Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

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 […]

Shauna Shames: Getting millennials involved in politics

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

By Ben Theriault, Staff Writer The Millennial generation is continuing a common trend—young citizens abstaining from political action. Reasons why this occurs and how to change this fate are explored by assistant professor within the Political Science Department at Rutgers University, Shauna Shames, in her presentation “The Great (Political) Divide: Why Women, Minorities, and Millennials are […]

Letter from the editor: Look to the women in your life

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

By Julie Pike, Editor-in-chief March is the declared month to celebrate the vast contributions that women have made in history, but it’s reminded me to appreciate the aspiring women that are in my life. Women’s History Month is celebrated in the U.S., U.K and Australia. This month also includes International Women’s Day on the eighth. Thirty-one […]

Women’s History Month widely celebrated in Maine

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

By Sarah Tewksbury, Staff Writer Women’s history month is celebrated each year through March. In the late 1970s, the United States began to observe parts of March as women’s history days and weeks, eventually nationally celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. In 1980, President Carter declared there would be a National Women’s History Week celebrated […]

News Briefs

Posted on March 05, 2018 by Sarah Tewksbury in News

Sarah Tewksbury, Staff Writer Trash filled lot reveals the plywood home of three children Just outside of Joshua Tree, CA, police found three children, ages 11, 13 and 14, living in a makeshift shack on the same lot with 30 to 40 cats. They were living in the plywood structure with their mother on the trash […]

Letter from the Editor: Riding the train in England

Posted on March 05, 2018 by USM Free Press in News, Perspectives

Julie Pike, Editor-in-chief One of the simple pleasures that I miss from my time abroad in England is riding the train. There’s something about coasting through the English countryside that is incredibly peaceful and relaxing. In the states I rarely took the train, it was either driving, plane or bus for transportation. A train ride was […]