USM hosts bone marrow drive

Posted on April 27, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in News

Lavena Jordon (left) a senior nursing major, and Abby Krolak, a sophomore nursing major sit at a welcoming table in Woodbury Campus educating students on the process of donating Bone Marrow.

Last week, a bone marrow drive was held at the Woodbury Campus Center so volunteers could sign up to become a potential match for someone in dire need of a transplant. Bone marrow cancer is a form of leukemia, a cancer of the bloodstream. According to the Maine Medical Center Developmental Department, individuals diagnosed with […]

AFUM brings alleged contract violations to arbitration with UMS

Posted on April 27, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Student Senate Vice Chair Thomas Bahun holds a sign in support after some faculty members were fired by voicemail.

Officials from the UMaine system will go into arbitration this week with representatives from the Associated Faculties of the Universities of Maine over alleged contract violations that may have taken place over the past year during administrative budget cuts. The union alleges that 11 different contract violations took place that involved at least 26 faculty […]

UMaine students rally for climate change action

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Brian Gordon in News

Students from nine different Maine colleges marched through capitol park protesting the government indifference to a growing global problem: climate change.

In anticipation of Earth Week, nearly 300 students from all over the state came together on Saturday, April 11 on the steps of the capitol building to protest climate change and government’s apathy towards it. The students were organized under Maine Students for Climate Justice along with the environmental group 350 Maine. Nearly every college […]

Alcohol vs. marijuana vs. tobacco

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Zachary Searles in News

In recent years, marijuana has become the most widely used illegal drug in the United States, with over 94 million people having admitted to using it at least once. According to the United Nations, nearly 159 million people have used marijuana worldwide, roughly 4 percent of Earth’s population. The numbers of Americans who smoke tobacco […]

Portland’s marijuana legality won’t protect you

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in News

The laws and regulations concerning marijuana are complex and have been for many years. Last fall, the city of Portland legalized marijuana for recreational use, but individuals caught for possession of can still be issued a citation because of state and federal laws. According to Bobby Lewis, a membership assistant at the Marijuana Policy Project […]

So you want to get a medical marijuana card?

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Apart from their Portland location, the Wellness Connection of Maine also serves patients at their marijuana dispensaries in Brewer and Gardiner. They offer 14 different strains of both indica and sativa.

Despite an outlaw image and often confusing legal status, marijuana is becoming widely accepted as having many medicinal benefits. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center showed that 77 percent of Americans approve of marijuana for medical purposes. Patients across the country are choosing cannabis over traditional opiates to treat the symptoms of conditions […]

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 […]