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New dean of students to focus on a stronger community at USM

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Jonathan Pessant There are many new faces on campus this year, but one is an old friend returning to Maine and USM. David McKenzie, interim dean of students, grew up in Portland. His deep roots in the city shaped how he values community, leading to a lifetime devoted to serving Portland. “It always felt […]

New project seeks to ease burden ofn buying books.

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Pierce and Nick Beauchesne Students scramble each year to get ready for the beginning of the fall semester. One of the more stressful aspects of getting prepared to take on the new course load is the process of securing books, often times at a price that breaks the bank. Through a new program offered […]

Sodexo brings healthy, local food to USM

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike Sodexo, one of the world’s largest food companies, took over USM’s dining services as of July 1, 2016. Tadd Stone, Sodexo’s General Manager of Dining at USM, announced that Sodexo has committed to having 20 percent of its food be locally grown. Aramark, the previous food supplier for USM, was outbid by […]

Regardless of campus rules, students still smoke on campus

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Mary Ellen Aldrich Within recent years USM has made a major change to the quality of its air. In January 2013, USM enforced a new policy that banned all tobacco products from being used on campus. Prior to 2011, tobacco use was permitted on campus without any restrictions. In 2013 there was a hybrid […]

Dorms on campus overcrowded, over 30 rooms tripled

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike This year USM has experienced a 20 percent increase in enrollment from last year for housing. On the Gorham campus there has been overcrowding in the residential dorms to accommodate the 612 new residential students. The Office of Residential Life has created many triples in response to the overcrowding, which will serve […]

Online classes use Voicethread as a new learning tool

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Katie Harris USM professors are relying on VoiceThread, an online communication discussion board,as a means to communicate with students through digital conversation. What makes VoiceThread stand out to professors is that it allows students to communicate through different forms. On Blackboard, students are only able to communicate through discussion board posts. VoiceThread, however, has […]

The ROCC finds a home

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Jonathan Pessant, Free Press Staff In tracking down interviews and information about the ROCC, or Recovery Oriented Campus Center, I was pointed in many directions. On the ROCC USM web page, I was led to the basement of Luther Bonney where the English department maintains space for two full time professors and a host […]

Molly Ringwald at USM

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike, Free Press staff The Brat Pack star Molly Ringwald put her celebrity status to use while campaigning at USM for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate. On Tuesday Sept. 13, Ringwald and other representatives of the campaign set up a voter registration table in the Brooks Dining Hall on the Gorham campus. […]

Multicultural Center Changes

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Mary Ellen Aldrich, Free Press staff Mariana Cruz, the first assistant dean of diversity at USM, has many things in store for the Multicultural Center. Cruz has organized many events and programs for the coming weeks at the Multicultural Center to help students feel more at home at the Multicultural Center. It’s planned that […]

Study Drugs

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Colin Cundy College students around the country are acclimating to the difficulties of a new semester replete with new courses, new professors and other difficulties. Some of these difficulties are not so subtle. Full course loads, in addition to extracurricular commitments and part-time jobs are often combined with the knowledge that this most recent […]