Friday, April 20th, 2018

Letter from the editor: the need for a truly free press

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

By Julie Pike, editor-in-chief After hearing the recent news that a vote within the Student Senate to disband the organization as an independent 501(c)(3) status, I felt compelled to share my opinion, and I figured that there’s no better way to do this than through my letter to our readers. With this change, the Student Senate, […]

Meet the newly elected Student Body President

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike, editor-in-chief   In a close vote, so close in fact that a recount was called, Katelyn Seavey emerged as the newly elected Student Body President for USM. Seavey ran against Shaman Kirkland, the Vice Chair of the Student Senate. Seavey transferred to USM last year from York County Community College. She started […]

Outdoor spots around campus to soak up some sun

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Ben Theriault, Staff Writer   As spring slowly arrives to campus this year, students are starting to be able to find themselves comfortably outside again. The need for students to go outdoors is important—In 2015, Stanford University found that nature is a potential remedy for mental illness. A 90 minute walk in the woods can […]

USM provides seniors with a low cost education

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Liz Trudel, Staff Writer     For inquisitive individuals ages 50 plus with a passion for the joy of learning, there is a close-knit community of 2,000 plus like-minded senior learners who are students of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USM. The OLLI is located in the Wishcamper building on the Portland campus at […]

Trump’s budget proposal includes cuts to TRIO

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Emily Adams, Staff Writer     Colleges across the country face catastrophe from the possible ramifications of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts. On February 12, 2018, President Trump’s administration released the 2019 Fiscal Year’s Budget to Congress, which can be found on the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) website. Part of the proposed budget is […]

Safezone Project identifies support for LGBTQ+

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Sarah O’Connor, Staff Writer   The Safe Zone stickers on office doors, desk spaces or dorm rooms do not only suggest support to the LGBTQ community but it shows that the people behind these doors have been educated through the Safe Zone orientation program. Last week, volunteers underwent a 1.5 to 2 hour orientation to […]

Letter from the editor: Positive and negative news: finding a balance

Posted on April 02, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike, editor-in-chief When you first open a newspaper, what are your eyes drawn to first? During a panel at our recent Journalism Workshop event, one of the topics that came up was the question of whether news outlets focus too much on negative stories. Most often the most eye-catching stories are going to be […]

High school students fight back against gun violence

Posted on March 26, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike, Editor-in-chief Among the dozen or so high schools in Maine that participated in the national walkout to protest gun violence, Westbrook High School had three students come together in hopes to make a difference in their community. What began as three separate ideas by Sandy Cao, Kelly Maguire and Zoe Popovic, joined together […]

Student Senate approves budget for individual jackets

Posted on March 26, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Ben Theriault, Staff Writer The Student Senate meeting held in Bailey Hall on March 9, provided an overall reflection on the current work of the Student Senators. The meeting, led by Senate Chairman Trevor Hustus, ensured progress and attention were being maintained in current projects, however it also served as a way to commemorate and […]

Students are fighting back against sexual assault

Posted on March 26, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Sarah O’Connor, Staff Writer USM students have ditched silence about rape culture and campus sexual assaults, and have started a discussion with the #MeToo: The Fight Against Campus Sexual Assault event. Huskies for Reproductive Health, USM’s Queer Straight Alliance and the Portland Branch of International Socialist Organization (ISO) teamed up on March 20 for […]