Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Freshman 2.0: How to handle your second semester

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Mary Ellen Aldrich, Community Editor The first semester of any freshman’s college experience can be the most difficult. For some freshmen the first semester acts purely as a transitional period in which they take it easy and take as few credits as possible. Other freshman will be a bit too enthusiastic for their own […]

Planetarium hosts holiday show

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Sarah Tewksbury, Free Press staff Having been called the “hidden gem” of USM by former Free Press reporter Raquel Miller, the Southworth Planetarium provides a safe learning environment for people of all ages. Located on the ground floor of the Science Building on the Portland campus, the Southworth Planetarium hosts events which are free […]

Maine Student Action chapter recently established on campus

Posted on December 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Sarah Tewksbury, Staff Writer Although still in the early stages of development, USM’s chapter of the Maine Student Action group is hoping to inspire a strong presence of young activism on campus. The group met  for the first time on Nov. 29 on the Portland campus, and its founder and organizer, Emma Donnelly, discussed […]

People of USM: Sara Valentine

Posted on December 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Jack Hahn, Staff Writer Starting a new job in a new town can be nerve-racking, but for USM’s new theatre professor, Sara Valentine, this experience has become a normal occurrence in her life. Born and raised in New England, Valentine got her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts at Ithaca College and her master’s degree […]

USM Husky Festival

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Mary Ellen Aldrich   Between Luther Bonney and Payson Smith, a colorful collection of tables and tents sat ready for students and faculty to pursue. Each year, the USM community gathers together for Husky Fest to display its unique groups, clubs and resources. This event serves as a great way for students to easily […]

People of USM: Hamdi Ahmed

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Muna Adan In what is perhaps one of the most memorable commencement speeches, Steve Jobs gave Stanford University’s graduating class of 2005 simple yet thought-provoking advice: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards,” he said. “So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in […]

Support for Eating Disorders on campus

Posted on November 12, 2016 by Krysteana Scribner in Community

By Johnna Ossie Eating disorders are a common problem among college-age students, but they often go unnoticed or undiscussed. According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), eating disorders have been steadily on the rise in the United States since the 1950s. Stigma around eating disorders, including who is affected, and what they look like, […]

USM’s Hidden Greenhouse

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Jack Hahn, Free Press staff Did you know USM has its very own greenhouse? Tucked away atop the science building on the Portland campus sits this peaceful strip of green, ripe with the scent of wet earth and new life. According to Professor of Biology Kenneth Weber, the greenhouse has been there at least […]

People of USM: Reza Jalali

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Muna Adan, Free Press staff Mention the American dream, and Americans tend to visualize a wealthy family living in a suburban home surrounded by white picket fences. Yet, to many immigrants who are chasing that dream, those same words evoke a chance to rebuild a life torn apart by war, poverty and persecution. To […]

Huskies for Reproductive Health

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Johnna Ossie, Free Press News editor On Wednesday night in Luther Bonney, seven students sat in a circle with Assistant Dean of Students and Title IX coordinator Sarah Holmes, and gave their names and the pronouns they use for themselves. They are the Huskies for Reproductive Health (HRH), a USM Student Organization whose goal […]