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Student moderators raise tough questions to gubernatorial candidates

Posted on May 09, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Jamela Lewis, Staff Writer On Monday April 30, at Luther Bonney Talbott Hall six candidates for Governor of Maine gathered for the inaugural 2018 Spring Food Security Dialogue debate. The Food Studies Program at USM provided 24-year old student intern Kayla Buckley, with a professional gig as event planner and moderator. Buckley, an Economics major […]

Student Senate: what to expect next year

Posted on April 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Cooper-John Trapp, Staff Writer Despite being hamstrung by low numbers and turnover, the Senate has accomplished and facilitated several projects for the benefit of the student body this past semester. For perspective, the senate is proscribed 27 senators, but only 12 seats stand filled currently. Shaman Kirkland, current Chair of the Student Senate, says […]

Removal of six-meal plan upsets busy students

Posted on April 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Sarah O’Connor, Staff Writer Starting next fall, students with a meal plan will no longer have the option of the six-meal a week with $400 in flex cash, one that is commonly used by students with busy schedules. As a result of student and parent feedback, dining surveys and the Student Government tackling the issue, […]

Dormitory upgrades coming to the Gorham campus

Posted on April 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Jam Lewis, Staff Writer At the culmination of the spring 2018 semester, USM Residential Life will step into action to follow through on a planned three project expansion to Philippi, Woodward and Anderson Hall. This entails beautification for dorms by the end of summer. The Director of Residential Life and Housing, Christina Lowery, provides […]

Bus transportation changes hit USM next fall

Posted on April 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Sarah Tewksbury, Staff Writer During the 2016 summer, USM officials entered negotiations with Portland Metro to create a partnership between the university and the public transportation system called the Transit West expansion. In the fall of 2017 it was officially announced that USM would move towards an official business relationship with Metro once their […]

Funding for Master Plan remains unknown

Posted on April 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Ben Theriault, Staff Writer The new USM master plan has hit a brief obstacle during its final stages of development. The 128th Maine Legislature decided to adjourn on Thursday afternoon, April 19 without addressing many major bills, leaving the USM master plan budget temporarily in the air. The session extended from Wednesday night into Thursday […]

Letter from the editor: changes coming to USM and the Free Press

Posted on April 30, 2018 by Julie Pike in News

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 editor-in-chief, and I look forward to the next year to come. The overall theme of this issue encompasses the many changes coming to USM both […]

USM students engage in aquaponics research

Posted on April 22, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Elizabeth Trudel, Staff Writer The Department of Environmental Science and Policy has installed elaborate aquaponics systems in the basement greenhouse of Bailey Hall. This was created to promote sustainability and clean water research, while also engaging students in essential hands-on applied science. Robert Sanford, the head of the Environmental Science Department states, “The aquaponics […]

Making college and science a reality for local children

Posted on April 22, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Cooper-John Trapp, Staff Writer The 4H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Ambassadors is a program putting college students in classrooms to teach children about science in an engaging and inspiring manner. The program was started five years ago by Sarah Sparks, a science education professional at UMAINE Cooperative Extension, the program, which is […]

Providing USM with an education in social justice

Posted on April 22, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Sam Margolin, Staff Writer Four USM professors worked together to bring a Social Justice minor to USM. It was just recently approved and will be available for students in the fall. The new program will be housed within the Geography-Anthropology Department. The four professors who created and organized the minor are: Lorrayne Carroll, Associate […]