Thursday, September 20th, 2018

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 […]

Student-led event educates about gun violence

Posted on April 22, 2018 by Julie Pike in News

By Julie Pike, editor-in-chief On the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, USM Thinking Matters partnered with the Maine Gun Safety Coalition (MGSC) to provide an educational platform for students, faculty and community members. The Walk-In Against Gun Violence event was created to teach the community about gun violence policies and to join […]

Letter from the editor: #SaveStudentNewsrooms

Posted on April 22, 2018 by Julie Pike in News

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 about the need for financial and editorial independence for student-run publications. Melissa Gomez, the editor-in-chief of The Independent Florida Alligator, who worked with other students […]

Loretta J. Ross speaks on reproductive justice

Posted on April 16, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Jamela Lewis, Staff Writer   Human rights activist and self-described Texas Southerner Loretta J. Ross, received two standing ovations from a diverse audience representing the Portland and USM communities.  Ross took to the podium approximately 7 p.m. on the night of Friday the 13 in Hannaford Hall following the Women & Gender Studies (WGS) […]