Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

USM’s Title IX coordinator hopes to support trans students amidst rollbacks of federal protections

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Johnna Ossie, News Editor Last Wednesday, amidst public outcry, the Trump administration removed federal guidelines which stated that transgender students have the right to use the restrooms that best align with their gender identity. Over the past two years the Obama administration had issued memos to the nation’s public schools that stated not allowing […]

Portland police officer shoots, kills 22 year old

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Johnna Ossie Twenty-two-year-old Chance David Baker was shot and killed by Portland Police on St. John’s Street in Portland on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 18. Reports say Baker purchased a rifle-style pellet gun from a pawn shop, Coastal Trading & Pawn, in Union Station Plaza and shortly after police received calls that a […]

Candid Conversations: An event to foster civil campus discussion

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike While Rep. Larry Lockman spoke in Hannaford Hall on what he calls the “immigration crisis,” Muna Adan, a sophomore political science major, and other USM faculty and staff members brought a group of students and community members together to have a constructive conversation about free speech on campus. In the Woodbury Amphitheater, […]

Representative Lockman speaks at USM, exposing political divide

Posted on February 17, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Sarah Tewksbury and Krysteana Scribner On Thursday, Representative Larry Lockman spoke at USM in his presentation, “Alien Invasion: Fixing the Immigration Crisis” at 7:00 p.m. in the lecture hall located inside of the Abromson Center. The political climate was tense as community members gathered both in opposition and in favor of the conservative speaker’s […]

Pdg Muhamiriza chosen as new Student Body Vice President

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By: Julie Pike, Staff Writer Freshman student and political science major Pdg Muhamiriza will be taking on the role of student body vice president and will work alongside Student Body President Humza Khan. Muhamiriza stated that he was involved with the student senate only two weeks before he came into his new position. “As soon […]

President Cummings addresses the Student Senate on Lockman: “You have a choice”

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By: Julie Pike, Staff Writer President Glenn Cummings was a guest speaker at the student senate meeting on Friday, Feb. 10. He spoke to the senators about the upcoming event at USM, a talk by Maine Rep. Lawrence Lockman titled Alien Invasion: Fixing the Immigrant Crisis. Students at USM have pushed for the event to […]

President Cummings talks openly about issues with SGA

Posted on February 06, 2017 by Krysteana Scribner in News

What can you tell me about Madison’s decision to tell the general public about your confidential conversation? Humza and Madison came to me to talk about the state budget. They wanted to know if they could be helpful for supporting a strong budget request, and it was terrific. In the context of that, there is […]

Controversial conservative speaker to visit Portland campus

Posted on February 06, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Johnna Ossie, News Editor Fliers distributed Friday on the Portland campus announced that the USM student group Young Americans for Freedom (YAFF) will be bringing Representative Lawrence Lockman to campus to speak to students.  The flier features a political cartoon about immigration and is titled “Alien Invasion: Fixing the Immigration Crisis.” At a senate […]

Conservative students fear backlash for beliefs that contradict Liberals

Posted on February 06, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

This image, used on the cover of Issue 14, highlights how many people feel silenced on freedom of speech, are blinded by their own ideologies, and are often unwilling to listen to the opinions of others.

By Sarah Tewksbury, Free Press Staff The response from USM students to the presidential election and President Trump’s first days as the nation’s leader has been strong and active. All campuses have seen protests, walkouts, demonstrations, calls for action and a general mobilization of students to come together to either fight or support the new […]

Sexual assault prevention training on campus

Posted on February 03, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

This screenshot from the University of Southern Maine's website shows that the training is considered to be "mandatory," but many students are getting away with not completing the training and USM administration is doing nothing about it.

By: River Plouffe Vogel, Free Press Staff The University of Southern Maine hopes to provide fair, safe and equal education to all students. Protecting as well educating the student body is one way to do that. USM offers students to take an online sexual assault prevention training course, which is required of all university employees and […]