Monday, November 20th, 2017

Kittens and yoga, a match made in heaven

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in Community

By: Julie Pike, Staff Writer Imagine bending into downward dog as a tiny kitten scampers underneath you, or extending into sun salutation while another kitten brushes up against your feet. This describes the experience of those who attended the Kitten Yoga event to benefit the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP) on Saturday, Feb. […]

People of USM: Maria Tzianabos, Instructor’s passion for dance runs deep

Posted on February 06, 2017 by USM Free Press in Community

By Jake Hahn, Free Press Staff For some, the art of dance is just part of the background noise of life, just another thing they may see throughout the course of the day. For others, however, much more thought is put into the art. For these people it’s a way of life, not just a […]

The dreadlocks debate: appreciation or appropriation?

Posted on February 06, 2017 by USM Free Press in Community

By Dionne Smith, Free Press Staff There is an ongoing debate about whether it is appropriate or not for white people to wear dreadlocks. The argument stems from the history of white people appropriating different aspects of other cultures as well as stereotyping cultures. In the twenty-first century, is it okay for all aspects of […]

People of USM: Dana McDaniel, Head of USM’s Linguistics Department

Posted on February 02, 2017 by USM Free Press in Community

By: Jordan Castaldo, Free Press Staff Dana McDaniel is known to most as the head of the USM Linguistics Department. However, having the pleasure of getting to know her a bit further, and to focus more on her linguistics background and not just her job, it becomes apparent just how interesting McDaniel is. McDaniel was […]

Islamic studies minor in the works at USM

Posted on February 02, 2017 by USM Free Press in Community

By: Kelly Scrima, Free Press Staff USM is currently in the planning stages of adding a minor in Islamic studies. The idea of an Islamic studies minor has been on the minds of faculty and students for some time. However, it’s taken a while for things to actually get started. According to Brendan Butler, a […]

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 […]