Sunday, May 20th, 2018

The timely process of awarding tenure to faculty

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

Sarah O’Connor, Staff Writer Achieving tenure as a professor at any university is a huge academic achievement and requires a lot of time and work in service to their university and their academic portfolio. At USM, applicants for tenure must fill out the personnel action form to be judged by the Board of Trustees and […]

Bringing the conversation of sexual assault to USM

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

Julie Pike, Editor-in-chief In response to the #metoo movement and the Women’s March, the discussion about sexual assault has been trending across the nation, including right at USM. It has been close to five months since the #metoo movement went viral on social media, empowering victims to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment, […]

Letter from the editor: gun regulations need to change

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

Julie Pike, Editor-in-chief In the wake of the school shooting at the high school in Parkland, FL, where 17 people were killed, it makes me reflect on the current situation regarding gun control in our country. It saddens me to say that I’m not surprised when I hear news of another school shooting. This news still […]

Food insecurity problem seen across entire state

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Sarah O’Connor, Staff Writer   Maine’s food insecurity situation has gotten worse in the past three years. The number of food insecure Mainers has decreased from 2014 to 2015, but Maine’s ranking nationwide has moved up to 7th in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Maine ranks #7 in the nation and […]

Letter from the editor: New changes and new challenges

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Julie Pike, Editor-in-chief   My first letter from the editor, a piece of writing that symbolizes a big change in my role at The Free Press, as I take on the challenge of becoming editor-in-chief. For the past two years that I have worked at The Free Press, I always had in the back of my […]

History of mandatory student activity fees

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Sarah Tewksbury, Staff Writer   Student Activity Fees $110. That is how much a full-time USM student pays each year to support the student activity fee. Over a century ago, students at universities and colleges across the U.S. self imposed student activity fees in order to fund extracurricular activities and additional services. In the beginning, […]

Generational Differences in Student Reporting

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Sam Margolin, Staff Writer   “In the English language, it all comes down to this: Twenty-six letters, when combined correctly, can create magic. Twenty -six letters form the foundation of a free, informed society.”- John Grogan USM’s student newspaper, The Free Press, has been a definitive source for news and commentary throughout the history of the […]

New Board Policy stirs up debate among faculty

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Julie Pike, Editor-in-chief   The UMS Board of Trustees (BoT) has been in the works on a new policy, “Institutional authority on political matters.” The proposal was first introduced five months ago, but on Friday, Feb. 2, the USM Faculty Senate had a chance to weigh in on their opinions. This proposal, Board Policy 214, […]

A week of crimes on the Portland campus

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

Julie Pike, Editor-in-Chief   Over the past week a series of crimes have been reported across the USM Portland campus, from Woodbury Campus Center to the Science Building. In the early hours of Wednesday, Feb. 7, Raymondo Rezendes, 48, of Portland, broke into the Woodbury Campus Center. At 4:30 in the morning, both USM police and […]

Letter from the Editor: Goodbye, Free Press

Posted on February 07, 2018 by Sarah Tewksbury in News, Perspectives

Sarah Tewksbury, Editor-in-chief With this letter, I write my last piece for the Free Press as the editor. At this point in time, I have decided that this is the perfect moment for me to take my leave as the leader of the paper. When I was elected to the position in April, I was […]