Non-smokers dispel pot stereotypes

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

With marijuana legal for medical use in 23 states and legal recreationally in four, it’s clear that the mind-altering plant is gaining support across the country. Out of 300 students polled at USM, 249 said that they think marijuana should be legalized nationwide. However, a lack of reliable knowledge surrounding the substance and its illegal […]

Black Lives Matter at USM

Posted on April 14, 2015 by USM Free Press in News

#BlackLivesMatter started out on Facebook as only just a hashtag but grew into a national organizing project within days. On March 27th Alicia Garza, Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and cofounder of #BlackLivesMatter gave a lecture on “building a world where black lives matter.” In July 2013 the night George Zimmerman […]

Study ranks Maine schools by affordability

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

A recent study by financial data and technology company, SmartAsset, explored which Maine colleges provide students with the best deal financially and USM was ranked fourth. USM finished below Colby College, UMO and Husson University, and just above the University of New England. SmartAsset considered five factors in their study: tuition, student living costs, average […]

The loss of liberal arts education

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Brian Gordon in News

On Wednesday night,  the Criminology Student Association hosted a panel of five professors who gave a talk titled “Deforming the System: The Loss of Liberal Arts as a Blow to Student Success.” About 40 students attended along with a few faculty members. The professors laid out their vision of a potential future where education becomes […]

Eliot Cutler to lead new business school

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in News

Former gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler was recently appointed by the University of Maine System to develop the blueprints and take the reigns of leadership in the establishment of a new graduate business and law school in Portland. The center will be located in Portland and is planned to combine the graduate business programs at the […]

One million dollars spent on television and radio advertisements

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

A one million dollar ad campaign was launched in February encouraging prospective students to “find themselves at USM,” but the effectiveness it’s had on boosting enrollment is unclear at this time. Two weeks ago the Portland Press Herald reported that despite the numerous television and radio ads, undergraduate applications are down ten percent from last […]

SGA elections turnout lower than last year

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Zachary Searles in News

Late Monday afternoon, the results from this years student government elections were sent out by email, naming Rebecca Tanous for student body president and Matthew Creisher as vice president, winning by a margin of just 26 votes. The newly elected Tanous expressed how excited and eager she was to get started. “I’m really passionate about […]

Student advocacy program launches

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Toward the end of March, students from six of the UMaine system’s seven universities took a trip to Augusta to spend a day at the statehouse. The visit was the pilot event for a new pilot program being developed at the system level. The goal of the program is to bring student advocates from all […]

Local chapter of Enactus hosts “Grand Expo,” to showcase community accomplishments

Posted on April 07, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Enactus members pose after a day of cleaning up Back Bay as part of the USM day of service.

This Wednesday, the USM chapter of the Global Enactus organization will be holding their first annual “Grand Expo,” an event that hopes to spread awareness of the groups presence and highlight some of the work they’ve done to bring the community together and empower people. “I want to show people the good work we’ve done […]

Activist Ruchira Gupta exposes sex trafficking crimes

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Zachary Searles in News

Activist Ruchira Gupta visited USM last week to speak on her experiences fighting to abolish sex trafficking. She started her career as a journalist and won an Emmy for her documentary The Selling of Innocents which explores the plight of young girls in India being taken from their homes and sold into prostitution to work […]