Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

NGOs worlwide respond after Trump reinstates Mexico City Policy

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

By: Johnna Ossie, Free Press News Editor Just days into office, newly installed President Donald Trump reinstated a policy that bans international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) receiving U.S. funding from providing abortion services, as well as from providing education or counseling to those seeking their services. The Mexico City Policy, often referred to as the global gag […]

New program homes to connect faculty and staff

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

By: Julie Pike, Free Press Staff The University of Southern Maine will be implementing a program called, “Informing U@USM,” which is set to begin in February. These classes, which are focused on bringing the USM community closer together, will teach a broad range of topics to employees from financial wellness, cultural resources on campus, physical […]

Student Government strives for transparency, although confusion around process still stands

Posted on January 22, 2017 by USM Free Press in News

By Sarah Tewksbury, Staff Writer The USM Student Government Association (SGA) is determined to hit the ground running and work hard in the coming months of the 2017 semester, though not without challenges. The enthusiasm among the members of the SGA is met with low interest among nonparticipating undergraduate students. Even more, most students who have […]

The implications of eliminating Obamacare

Posted on January 22, 2017 by Krysteana Scribner in News

Donald Trump takes a bite of an Obamacare cookie in this caricature created by our Design Director, Orkhan Nadirli

Last Friday, President Donald Trump signed his first executive order, which included a set of instructions for the federal government to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This decision, which was a staple of his 2016 Republican Presidential campaign, has become a large topic of debate and discussion across the United States. […]

Knitting group hopes to keep activists warm at Standing Rock

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

Kelly Scrima, Free Pres Staff “I would tell the protesters at Standing Rock to keep up the good fight and stand firm,” said Roberta Ransley-Matteau, Cartographic Cataloguer at the Osher Map Library. Ransley-Matteau started the Carto-Crafters, a group that works on “knitting, crocheting, embroidery, sewing, and more,” about a year ago. “We meet on Thursdays […]

Students strive to get more gender neutral bathrooms on campus

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

Julie Pike, Free Press Staff USM has only a limited number of gender-neutral bathrooms on its three campuses. Gender-neutral bathrooms are important to have to provide a safe and accommodating bathroom for all students. There are several locations on the Portland and Gorham campuses that students can find a gender-neutral bathroom, which includes any single-stall bathroom. […]

Student senate hopes to move forward after alleged hate crime

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

Julie Pike, Free Press Staff The Student Senate at USM has made recent changes, with over 10 new senators being voted in, after anti-Muslim graffiti was discovered several weeks ago in the student government office in the Woodbury Campus Center The Student Senate experienced some backlash after allegedly trying to cover up what is being […]

Student activists mobilize on campus to get to Washington for massive protest

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

Johnna Ossie, News Editor The newly re-started Gender Studies Student Organization (GSSO) along with faculty from the Women and Gender Studies (WGS) Program are working to send a group of students to the Women’s March on Washington, which will take place on January 21 in Washington, D.C., one day after the official inauguration of President-elect […]

University officials propose tuition increase for fall 2017

Posted on December 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

Three different scenarios for the proposed tuition increase at USM.

Johnna Ossie, News Editor This May, the USM Board of Trustees is set to decide on a tuition increase that, if approved, could go into effect as soon as fall 2017. A committee composed of the chief financial officers from each University of Maine institution, along with several staff members and Chief Systems Financial Officer […]

USM faculty and students celebrate the installation of President Cummings

Posted on December 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

At his installation last Friday, President Cummings spoke at the conclusion of the ceremony.

On Friday, Dec. 2, the USM community, including faculty, students, alumni as well as family and friends, honored President Cummings at his installation as USM’s thirteenth president. The installation ceremony of President Cummings was a first for USM and the school plans to recognize future presidents of the university in a similar way. Held in […]