By Julie Pike, editor-in-chief Welcome to our last issue of the academic year! It has been a great experience this past semester as I began to learn my way as … Read More
By Julie Pike, Editor-in-Chief Just last week the Free Press joined in on the movement, #SaveStudentNewsrooms, a group of college newspapers across the country have banded together to spread awareness … Read More
By Julie Pike, editor-in-chief A question that comes up almost on a daily basis in the life of an editor, is being asked, or asking yourself, why is this … Read More
By Julie Pike, editor-in-chief After hearing the recent news that a vote within the Student Senate to disband the organization as an independent 501(c)(3) status, I felt compelled to share my … Read More
By Julie Pike, editor-in-chief When you first open a newspaper, what are your eyes drawn to first? During a panel at our recent Journalism Workshop event, one of the topics that … Read More
By Julie Pike, Editor-in-chief March is the declared month to celebrate the vast contributions that women have made in history, but it’s reminded me to appreciate the aspiring women that are … Read More
Julie Pike, Editor-in-chief One of the simple pleasures that I miss from my time abroad in England is riding the train. There’s something about coasting through the English countryside that is … Read More
Julie Pike, Editor-in-chief In the wake of the school shooting at the high school in Parkland, FL, where 17 people were killed, it makes me reflect on the current situation regarding … Read More
Julie Pike, Editor-in-chief My first letter from the editor, a piece of writing that symbolizes a big change in my role at The Free Press, as I take on the … Read More
By: Sarah Tewksbury, Editor-in-Chief Today marks the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on American soil. It has been 16 years since 2,977 individuals were killed as a result of … Read More
Last week, I sat down with Andrew Kiezulas for an interview about the Students and Recovery group and his own experiences with addiction. Never have I felt more comfortable talking … Read More
We all know that imminent, beautiful doom that comes with the dawning of a new semester. We prepare ourselves for only the best, as we should, to keep ourselves comfortable … Read More
Since the start of the Direction Package Advisory Board meetings in November, the group has questioned the admittance of the press at those meetings, though they are open to the … Read More
On Oct. 28, the Free Press reported that the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is considering a possible reorganization. It has been brought to our attention that the … Read More
You can find at least one story from The Free Press every year with a headline like this: “Faced with massive budget shortfall, colleges forced to make large cuts next year.” There’s a good chance the University of Southern Maine has been scrambling to make its budget every year you’ve been a student. A few weeks ago the deans of the colleges were informed they had to slash an extra $1 million from their budgets.
USM’s lack of community may be a reason for the unimpressive concerts in recent years, yet the university needs attractions like concerts to boost community.
Do you read any websites that only update once a week? How about one that takes a three week break with school vacations? Well if you read our website then you do.
The Free Press has improved the last couple semesters, but our online effort is still lacking.
I hate NPR. OK change that. I hate some people who love NPR — specifically those who think that because NPR is tuned to their presets, they’re better than others … Read More
The other day I asked a friend what I should write my impending letter from the editor about. “Egypt,” he said. I told him I hadn’t been paying attention to … Read More
This week I decided to deviate from my routine of only writing straightforward news stories and instead wrote about a party metal band, WARANIMAL and their rad beach party show … Read More
A professor of mine last semester spent each class reading his slide show to us. The tests were based on the slides, which were online, so there was no point … Read More
I had a revelation last Wednesday in the parking garage on the Portland campus: USM doesn’t have enough parking spots. I know, I know. This is hardly news. As editor … Read More
I believe in a few things pretty strongly: Bill Murray, the First Amendment, the rule that men should never wear sandals, and the basic tenants of Keynesian economics, for instance. … Read More
By the time I graduate in December, I will have been a student as long as Tommy Callahan in “Tommy Boy.”