No sleep ’til Broadway

Posted on September 02, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre

Cast photo of Les Miserables at Maine State Musical Theatre.

While being a musical theater major may seem like it’s all fun and games to audience members, there is a lot of work put into a single show with performers always bringing their best to the table. And that commitment to the stage doesn’t stop, especially during breaks between semesters.   “It isn’t easy. It […]

Portland Public Library bookmobile is on the road

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

The Portland Library bookmobile parked outside of Glickman Library on Wednesday. It will be returning for at least the next two weeks.

The Portland Public Library’s new “mobile branch” visited USM on Wednesday for the first time, showing off their customized Mercedes-Benz mobile library and spreading the word on what they have in store for Portland. “A lot of people in the city have busy schedules, and one too many things on their plates,” said Portland Public […]

School of Music receives $1 million bequest to be used in music scholarships

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features, Music

In a press release posted by the Office of Public Affairs on April 12, USM announced that the School of Music would be the beneficiary of a $1 million bequest from the estate of Anne Randolph Henry. But many music students are still stuck worried about the future of the music program. In the wake […]

Senior art students celebrate, open end of the year gallery

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

The Gorham Art Gallery was packed on Friday night as graduating studio art majors gathered for the art program’s annual BFA exhibition in a both a celebration and a culmination of their undergraduate careers The exhibition is part of a senior seminar class taught by Distinguished Professor of Art Rose Marasco, and represents the culminating […]

Music education faculty halved due to university budget cuts

Posted on April 08, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features, Music

Music students stood outside Corthell Hall on Wednesday evening to attract the attention of those in Corthell and other students passing by on the Gorham campus. They sang songs, chanted and waved hand-made signs for nearly two hours and then held a candlelight vigil.

Budget cuts at the university have affected all departments, but the School of Music may have taken a heavier blow. At the end of the semester, lecturer of music education Steve Bizub’s position will be cut, leaving the program to one professor. On Wednesday night the entrance to Corthell Hall was flooded with boisterous USM […]

Student playwright Sarah Kennedy thrilled for debut

Posted on April 02, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre

For their spring performance, Student Performing Artists will be producing their first full-length student-written work in the group’s 16-year history, written by their very own sophomore theatre major Sarah Kennedy. SPA has been producing prominent plays at USM since 1977. From Shakespeare to Edward Albee, with Sam Shepard, David Ives and Christopher Durrang in between, […]

The Poets and the Assassin: An untold story

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we often highlight contributions made to the U.S. by renowned women in our society. We talk about about our writers, our scientists, our politicians and our activists who have made great strides for women everywhere. Here at USM, Coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Reza Jalali is […]

A skösh of this and that: USM students’ band wins state-wide competition and prepares for debut album release

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

“These guys are badass,” said Tom Trasher, manager of the Fusion Lounge in Lewiston where the high-energy fusion band Skösh performed on Friday. “Really. You’re going to love them.” These guys are known in and around this town for their funky, upbeat covers. Listeners in the area come from all over to find them and […]

Theater students compete in regional festival

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features, Theatre

A select group of USM theater students made the trip to Hyannis, Mass. last Tuesday to take part in the nationally recognized 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Some students competed and were successful, some just attended the workshops that were held, but all seemed to learn something new. “Our theater department, like all […]

From Greece to Gorham: A look at one man’s ‘destiny’

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Gorham House of Pizza owner Angelo Sotiropoulos poses at the register with employees (from left to right) Lindsay Chapman, Abigail Hayes and USM Media Studies & Communication major Ayrie Calhoun.

Last spring, Angelo Sotiropoulos thought his life was over. Gorham House of Pizza was boarded up and he was diagnosed with cancer at age 63. But with generous support from the community and some time to rest, he is back on his feet and back in the kitchen, continuing his journey here in Maine. Gorham […]