Solidarity through literary arts: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts on display in London, Cairo and USM

Posted on February 01, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture, Features

A letterpress made by contributors Sara Bodman, a printer, and Nadia Chalabi, a calligrapher, whose simple yet powerful statement embodies the message of the entire exhibition.

Seven years after a car bomb exploded in Iraq, killing 30 people, wounding over 100 and destroying the entire perimeter of Al-Mutanabbi street the cultural epicenter of Baghdad, a powerful art exhibition has arrived at USM entitled Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here that displays the significance of what happened on that day through visually impressive pieces […]

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 […]

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic reads for community

Posted on November 04, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic read his poetry to an audience comprised of students, staff and community members on Friday.

The university events room in the Glickman library is often reserved for packed workshops and faculty meetings, but last Friday the room was relatively empty, except for a single ring of chairs filled by students, staff and community members and a nationally recognized, award-winning poet. The USM English department named former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles […]

USM brings King’s high school horror to life

Posted on November 04, 2013 by caldrich in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre

(Left to right) Senior musical theater major Emily Davis, teases senior musical theater major  Eileen Hanley (Carrie) in an infamous scene that takes place in a girls locker room.

Musical theater majors at USM sacrificed their Halloween plans last week to celebrate the night by bringing a classic New England horror story to life at Corthell Music Hall. Only eight months ago, the rights to release CARRIE the Musical  became available, and the USM School of Music didn’t waste any time bringing the story […]

Social media connects students in multiple ways

Posted on October 22, 2013 by caldrich in Arts & Culture, Features

Addicted to social media? It’s okay, so is everybody else. Whether it be an occasional tweet or a Facebook birthday greeting, everyone, from your grandmother to your 10 year-old neighbor, is popping up online. In the Myspace days, it all seemed so new and exciting. Now, social media is just another part of our daily […]

WMPG’s new show gets more students in the booth

Posted on October 22, 2013 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Features, Music

USM students have an opportunity now to share their musical tastes not only with their friends, but also with listeners throughout New England. WMPG, USM’s community radio station, started a program, Husky Tunes, this semester in which students have the opportunity to host their own radio show. Students get to create a playlist with a […]

Let’s make Breaking Bad crystal clear: USM professor to release collection of Breaking Bad essays

Posted on October 09, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Author and Associate Professor of Media Studies David Pierson said his favorite character on Breaking Bad would have to be Walter White, although Mike Ehrmantraut would be a close runner-up.

Don’t worry, we aren’t going to spoil the ending for you. Whether you were glued to your television screen for the series finale or are only reading the Free Press during a short break from your Netflix binge, chances are you’ve watched Breaking Bad recently. And that means you know that it’s over. Some of […]

USM students look forward to fall flavors

Posted on September 23, 2013 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Features

Senior vocal performance major and Gorham Grind employee Sable Strout chats with a customer at the register.

By: Courtney Aldrich Everyone here in Maine knows what’s coming –– walking across campus or commuting to class will soon become unthinkable in the flurry of snow that will be waging war on our little New England world. So for now, it’s time to celebrate the fall. Smoothies are slowly going out of style. And […]

USM students take a bite of Portland

Posted on September 09, 2013 by francisf in Arts & Culture, Features

Students checking out samples from Gusto’s Italian Food Truck.

This past Thursday students were offered to get a taste of Portland, and they ended up coming back for seconds. The Taste of Portland event was the first of its kind at USM. The event featured tables and food trucks from various businesses around Portland to showcase some of the city’s popular eats and students […]