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Student brings Spain’s zest to Portland

Posted on December 03, 2012 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Olas performs at Local Sprouts Cafe. Megan Keogh (left) and Lindsey Bourassa (right) perform an original, flamenco-inspired dance while other members accompany them.

“I fell in love with the Spanish language and just couldn’t let it go,” said Chriss Sutherland, a senior Hispanic studies major at USM. Sutherland has dedicated himself to studying, preserving and enriching Hispanic culture here at USM and in Maine through his work, and is a part of a successful Portland-based musical group of […]

Get your drag on: USM’s 13th annual Royal Majesty Drag Show

Posted on November 14, 2012 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Michael DesRoches, graduate student creates a beard for Dri Huber, junior social work and psychology double-major.

It’s that time of year again and Portland is gearing up to get its “drag on.” The largest campus and community drag show in Northern New England, the annual Royal Majesty Drag Show will return for its 13th year on Nov.16 in the ballroom at Holiday Inn By The Bay. This year’s show will be […]

Lewiston-Auburn campus used as set for upcoming independent zombie film

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

LAC was invaded by a horde of zombies last Sunday as Freight Train Films filmed scenes for the upcoming movie How to Kill a Zombie. Hundreds of zombie enthusiasts, regional actors and students showed up to volunteer as zombie extras. “This is just a fantastic experience for everyone here,” said award-winning actor, director and president […]

Portland considered top foodie destination in America

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Rumored to have more restaurants per capita than any other U.S. city except San Franciso, Portland is definitely a must-see destination for any foodie. The city’s food scene is thriving and with an abundance of fresh seafood at the ready, a collection of local artisan bakeries, numerous distinct independent breweries and a community of innovative […]

New director at One Longfellow Square

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Samuel Haiden in Arts & Culture, Features

One Longfellow Square, one of Portland’s most diverse venues, has come under the new direction of long-time Portland art patron Kippy Rudy. In her years of participating in Portland’s vivid arts and performance scene, Rudy influenced the development several organizations, including the Maine Historical Society, the Portland Stage Company, the Portland Museum of Art and […]

Casablanca Comics hosts visiting artists

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Ben Hatke and Zack Giallango sit down to meet with fans at Casablanca Comics.

Casablanca Comics in Portland will host a collection of nationally renowned comic creators and artists over the next few weeks. These events will give fans of the genre a chance to meet with active artists in the field, getting an inside view of the business and a chance to chat with the creators of some […]

Recent graduate battles cancer

Posted on September 17, 2012 by Kirsten Sylvain in Features, News

Matt Nelson, who graduated from USM in 2010.

A couple of months after Matt Nelson graduated from USM, doctors found a tumor the size of about a softball in his chest. He graduated with Bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in holistic health in December 2011. His plan was simple: he wanted to enter the workforce as soon as possible. But his […]

The future of funny: Hope for improv comedy

Posted on September 10, 2012 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

Members of the improv group, Focus Group, act as though they are seeing the sun for the first time at Portland Improv Festival.

Everyone enjoys a good laugh. Whether it’s caused by the ridiculous adventures of your favorite animated TV character, a cynical cat meme on the internetor just by a friend sharing a dirty joke, laughter can lift your spirits, relieve stress and make your day a lot better. While a lot of people rely on scripted comedies […]

USM gets new president

Posted on September 10, 2012 by Kirsten Sylvain in Features, News

Selma Botman was the president of The University of Southern Maine for four years from 2009 to 2012. This summer she resigned her post after a drawn-out dispute with faculty that began with $242,000 that she awarded in controversial pay raises during a time of great financial struggle for the university. While some faculty members […]

Featured Faculty

Posted on July 20, 2007 by Joel C. Theriault in Features

Free Press: Why is the job of university president so important to you? Wood: Well, the president is the person who sets the tone of the university, who is responsible for ensuring that the mission of the university is accomplished. [The president] is the face of the university FP: Do you have anything new or exciting in store for us this year? Wood: A couple of things.