Student Profile: Student body president Kyle Frazier

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Anthony Emerson in Community

USM student body president Kyle Frazier is the kind of person who is able to talk to anybody comfortably. He can switch from talking about football in one sentence and school politics in the next. And he’s comfortable and charming in all topics. The Lisbon, Maine native was elected last spring in a landslide over […]

Community Spotlight: Go Zen with mindful meditation

Posted on March 10, 2014 by nathanbaril in Community

Buddhist community advisor for the Interfaith Chaplaincy John Baugher leads the Mindfulness Group. The group meets on Tuesdays in the Sullivan Gym.

The Mindfulness Group offers students a way to unwind and reflect through meditation. Each Tuesday, the Mindfulness Group assembles from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex in the Multipurpose Room. The group was started by the USM Health and Counseling Services’ suicide prevention initiative USM CARES with the meditation and […]

Involvement Spotlight: Chann learns and leads at USM

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sloane Ewell in Community, News

Chann at the podium during EDTalks, a public forum he organized for students and legislators in November to discuss the future of higher education in Maine.

Marpheen Chann is a popular name at USM lately. This fall he became the first ever student vice president at USM, and on top of that, he’s been hard at work on a number of other projects. Chann first came to USM in 2010 after a year at Valley Forge College in Pennsylvania. He is […]

Students study overtime

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Sam Hill in Community

While a lot of students like to spend Saturdays sleeping in, hanging out in their dorms and catching up with friends or binge watching entire seasons of whatever show their roommate claims to be the greatest show ever, some use the time to catch-up on their school work. And for some, it’s the only time […]

Student profile: Katie Belgard, at your service

Posted on January 27, 2014 by hguaciaro in Community, Features, News

Katie Belgard hadn’t planned on being the president of the Board of Student Organizations when she first joined. She’s one of those students everyone seems to know. Spending a lot of time in the Woodbury Campus Center, she can often be found calling to and greeting passersby with a smile. A women and gender studies […]

Involvement spotlight: USM junior Bryn Gallagher does it all

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Sloane Ewell in Community, Features, News

Bryn Gallagher does it all–well, practically. She’s involved in a number of on and off-campus activities and organizations. A junior sociology major and criminology minor at USM, Gallagher became the new president of the Sociology Club in the fall of 2013. “It has been a transitional semester,” Gallagher said. “It’s been hard to figure out […]

USM panel aims to “change the game” for LGBTQA students in athletics

Posted on September 16, 2013 by Emma James in Community, News

Sarah Holmes, coordinator of the Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity, explains why the upcoming panel discussion "Changing the Game" is an important conversation for not only USM to have, but for schools across the nation, to be more open and accepting of LGBTQA students in sports.

The conversation about LGBTQA students in collegiate and high school sports has not been common, but it should be, according to Sarah Holmes, coordinator for the Center of Sexualities and Gender Diversity. This week, the USM Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine will host “Changing the Game: A Panel Discussion on LGBT People in High […]

Divest UMaine pushes ahead, strives for more student involvement

Posted on September 16, 2013 by USM Free Press in Community, News

Curtis Willard, an undeclared sophomore and a first-time visitor at the Divest UMaine meetings, holds two jars of re jelly beans that Divest  student leaders used at their Thursday meeting in Gorham to symbolize fossil fuel emissions.

Despite a less than enthusiastic reception from students this fall, the USM branch of the student organization Divest UMaine plans to continue with its efforts this year to pressure USM’s community and administration to support a system move to divest its fossil fuels. Divest UMaine, is a group of students, staff, faculty and alumni whose […]

New student space opens at USM after Gorham stores consolidate

Posted on September 09, 2013 by Emma James in Community, News

The Husky Hideaway convenience store located in the lower Brooks recently merged with the C Store that was located in upper Brooks, leaving a space upstairs for students and student groups to enjoy.

The early bird gets the worm. Or, in this case, a few new breakfast options and some space to rest. This year, in an attempt to consolidate and better meet student needs for food, convenience and space, the Brooks Convenience Store, once located in upper Brooks, has been combined with the Husky Hideaway, in lower […]

From empty space to “food forest” – new project alters face of USM Portland commons

Posted on September 02, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in Community, News

The Food Forest Garden can be seen among the trees outside of Luther Bonney Hall on the Portland campus.

If you’re walking between the Luther Bonney and Payson Smith Halls at Portland’s USM campus this fall, you may notice that something is different about the once-empty, long stretch of grass. This summer, USM teamed up with local permaculture designer and USM graduate David Homa to construct an edible landscape ­­– the project fittingly called […]