Managing editor of Time magazine speaks at USM

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Alex Huber Bestselling biographer of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson spoke to students and faculty Wednesday evening as part of WEX’s leadership and creativity event series at Hannaford Hall in Portland. This event was hosted by WEX, a firm specializing in corporate payment solutions. Currently Isaacson is the president of the Aspen Institute, an organization […]

Sustainability still a money-saving focus for one campus program

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Annie Quandt USM is on a track to sustainability. Tyler Kidder, assistant director for sustainable programs and a member of facilities management is part of a team putting together a plan to set temperatures back during the non-work hours in the largest academic buildings, which will essentially save on heating fuel and put USM […]

Survivors of Noyes St. inferno express grief and shock

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

In the wake of a deadly house fire, the cause of which is still a mystery, several fundraising efforts have been started by community members mourning the loss of the six people who perished in the blaze. According to Jerome LaMoria, Portland’s police chief, David Bragdon Jr., Ashley Thomas, Maelisha Jackson, Chris Conlee and Nicole […]

Obama visits Maine to endorse Michaud

Posted on November 03, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

President Barack Obama stirred and energized a crowd of 3,000 people at the Portland Expo on Thursday, endorsing Mike Michaud in Maine’s gubernatorial race just five days before elections. Obama cited Michaud’s roots and dedication to the average Mainer as reasons for voters to check his box in the booth on Tuesday. “He ran for […]

Non-majors vocalize concerns in budget cuts

Posted on November 03, 2014 by Emma James in News

Part of the administration’s rationale behind the elimination of the applied medical sciences program was that the major didn’t benefit other programs in the school. According to official census data taken on Oct. 15, 2014, this is not the case. “In applied medical sciences there are 106 students, total, enrolled in a course in the […]

Faculty retrenched, some through voicemails

Posted on November 03, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Faculty, students and community members protest retrenchments of 24 faculty members last Friday. These retrenchments signify the second phase of the administration’s plan to reduce faculty cuts and address USM’s $16 million deficit.

Last week 24 faculty members were notified that they would be losing their jobs in an administrative effort to balance USM’s budget and address its $16 million deficit. These retrenchments are the second phase of the administration’s plan to reduce faculty costs, the first phase resulting in 25 faculty opting for early retirements with increased […]

Flanagan responds to critics of his plan

Posted on November 03, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

President David Flanagan at September's board of trustees meeting.

When David Flanagan came out of retirement last year to tackle the daunting task of balancing USM’s $16 million budget shortfall, he said it would be obvious that his plans would be met with disapproval. From faculty outraged over the loss of their jobs and elimination of their departments, to students upset and confused about […]

GEB discusses possibility of a merge with PEB

Posted on November 03, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

Students pose for a photo at the Gorham Event Board’s event, “Create a Critter,” where students are able to select and stuff their own stuffed animal.

By: Annie Quandt If you’ve been noticing a lack of events by the Portland Events Board on campus, and have tried calling their representative, you won’t get a response. The office has been empty for about a month now, with no one taking up the title of board or chair holder and no meetings being […]

Five dead and one critically injured in a house fire near USM

Posted on November 02, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

A fire engulfed a two family home on 20 Noyes St. last Saturday, killing five people and severely injuring another, who is now in an intensive burn center in Boston. According to President David Flanagan, seven tenants did escape the structure, one of which was USM student Nick Marcketta. It is unclear whether the fatalities […]

Students upset over ebola costume get police called on them

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

At request of the photographer the faces were blurred to “shift the focus from their identity to their actions and impact.”

When five students from the multicultural center were hanging out and studying during their weekly “Feel Good Fridays” event, the last thing they expected was to be struck by a torrent of fear, anger and confusion. As Howa Mohammed, a junior health sciences major, peered out of the center she was shocked to see two […]