Monday, May 1st, 2017

The ROCC provides life-saving training for local community

Posted on March 18, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

Mary Ellen Aldrich, Community Editor Across Cumberland County, the state of Maine and the United States, opioid use and overdose is increasing. According to the Office of the Maine Attorney General, in 2016 opioid overdose claimed more than one life each day in Maine, resulting in a total of 378 lives lost to opioids. “It’s […]

Ex-senator broke protocol at SGA meeting with ‘profanity laced tirade’

Posted on March 18, 2017 by Krysteana Scribner in News

On March 10, the weekly Student Government meeting was interrupted after Rowan Torr, a former senator, attempted to address concerns regarding alleged discrimination against individuals with disabilities within the student senate. According to Student Body President Humza Khan, various controversies the student senate has been at the center of over the course of the school year incited […]

Guns on Campus: What it could mean for students

Posted on March 18, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Johnna Ossie, News Editor Republican Maine State Representative Richard Cebra of Naples plans to propose a bill that, if passed, would allow students to legally carry firearms on campus. The bill, “LR 635 An Act To Enhance Safety on College and University Campuses by Allowing Firearms To Be Carried on the Campuses of Public […]

MaineStreet: An archaic tool or a useful database?

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Sarah Tewksbury, Free Press Staff Since the fall semester of 2008, the University of Maine System has been using MaineStreet, an online tool, to aid students, faculty members and employees in university business such as registering for classes, managing work study hours, paying university bills and accessing personal academic information. In recent years, however, […]

Portland campus sees a rise in thefts in the past month

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike, Free Press Staff In the last month, there has been a significant rise in the number of thefts on the Portland campus. On Feb. 22, USM Public Safety issued a statement on their Facebook page informing the public that several thefts have occurred in lockers and in unattended offices. In the first […]

USM’s Title IX coordinator hopes to support trans students amidst rollbacks of federal protections

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Johnna Ossie, News Editor Last Wednesday, amidst public outcry, the Trump administration removed federal guidelines which stated that transgender students have the right to use the restrooms that best align with their gender identity. Over the past two years the Obama administration had issued memos to the nation’s public schools that stated not allowing […]

Portland police officer shoots, kills 22 year old

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Johnna Ossie Twenty-two-year-old Chance David Baker was shot and killed by Portland Police on St. John’s Street in Portland on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 18. Reports say Baker purchased a rifle-style pellet gun from a pawn shop, Coastal Trading & Pawn, in Union Station Plaza and shortly after police received calls that a […]

Candid Conversations: An event to foster civil campus discussion

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike While Rep. Larry Lockman spoke in Hannaford Hall on what he calls the “immigration crisis,” Muna Adan, a sophomore political science major, and other USM faculty and staff members brought a group of students and community members together to have a constructive conversation about free speech on campus. In the Woodbury Amphitheater, […]

Representative Lockman speaks at USM, exposing political divide

Posted on February 17, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Sarah Tewksbury and Krysteana Scribner On Thursday, Representative Larry Lockman spoke at USM in his presentation, “Alien Invasion: Fixing the Immigration Crisis” at 7:00 p.m. in the lecture hall located inside of the Abromson Center. The political climate was tense as community members gathered both in opposition and in favor of the conservative speaker’s […]

Pdg Muhamiriza chosen as new Student Body Vice President

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By: Julie Pike, Staff Writer Freshman student and political science major Pdg Muhamiriza will be taking on the role of student body vice president and will work alongside Student Body President Humza Khan. Muhamiriza stated that he was involved with the student senate only two weeks before he came into his new position. “As soon […]