Direction Package board nears next phase

Posted on February 03, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

USM announced the rollout of its new Direction Package in late September and the formation of the Direction Package Advisory Board in October, and as January draws to a close, the scheduled Advisory Board meetings are nearing an end. The advisory board has met 12 times since its creation, and has five more scheduled meetings, […]

Officials discuss active shooter policies

Posted on February 03, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The USM community has been thinking more about safety than usual in the aftermath of the armed standoff in Gorham on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The number of school shootings has been on the rise throughout the U.S., with approximately 10 incidents recorded in 2012 and 28 in 2013. A school shooting is an act of […]

Students to urge board to go green

Posted on February 03, 2014 by hguaciaro in News

Students have come together with the help of the Office of Sustainability at USM and support from the Student Senate to bring the issue of Divestment to the floor at the Board of Trustees meeting on February 27. In March of 2013, the Student Senate approved a resolution to express the student body’s desire to […]

Student profile: Katie Belgard, at your service

Posted on January 27, 2014 by hguaciaro in Community, Features, News

Katie Belgard hadn’t planned on being the president of the Board of Student Organizations when she first joined. She’s one of those students everyone seems to know. Spending a lot of time in the Woodbury Campus Center, she can often be found calling to and greeting passersby with a smile. A women and gender studies […]

Involvement spotlight: USM junior Bryn Gallagher does it all

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Sloane Ewell in Community, Features, News

Bryn Gallagher does it all–well, practically. She’s involved in a number of on and off-campus activities and organizations. A junior sociology major and criminology minor at USM, Gallagher became the new president of the Sociology Club in the fall of 2013. “It has been a transitional semester,” Gallagher said. “It’s been hard to figure out […]

Students stand in solidarity against pipeline

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline is drawing objections from a range of USM students, staff and faculty, perhaps most dramatically when a handful of students were involved in a protest recently that culminated in two arrests. Last Wednesday, a group of between 12 and 24 people, at different points in time, stood at the entrance to […]

Lab supplies combust, igniting in an empty room

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

Even with the multitude students coming in and out of the Science building during the school week, the most explosive thing to happen in the building last Friday took place in an empty classroom. A little after 1:00 on Friday, in the bottom corner of a shelving unit in the unused combination lab and classroom […]

USM hires new associate provost

Posted on January 27, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, who is no stranger to USM, has recently been appointed as the associate provost for graduate studies and research, scholarship and creative activity. Her role in this position entails overseeing research for the university as well as graduate admissions and programs, with a special emphasis on connections to and within the local community. […]

Study finds link between student income and achievement

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Skyla Gordon in News

A report released January 9th by the Maine Education Policy Research Institute at USM on the impact of poverty on student achievement in Maine shows a clear correlation between poverty rates and how well students perform in the classroom. One key finding was that as poverty levels increase, student performance decreases. Although this research didn’t […]

University oversight of fraternities questioned after Gorham standoff

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Authorities blocked off College Avenue to keep USM residents from traveling near the crime scene. The campus did not go into lockdown because university officials felt that the scene was contained at the off-campus fraternity house.

Last Wednesday’s Gorham standoff between local police and an armed USM student, Alan-Michael Santos, has raised a lot of questions about the university’s policies and procedures during emergency situations. Santos, 23, of Winchester, Mass., a junior business marketing major, surrendered to authorities after a four-hour standoff with police, in which he barricaded himself in the […]