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USM activists protest for equality at Maine State House

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

Student activist Emma Donnelly leads the crowd in a chant at the "We Won't Go Back" protest at the State House in Augusta.

Sarah Tewksbury, Staff Writer On Friday, Nov. 18, a group of protesters gathered in front of Maine’s State House in Augusta in an effort to demonstrate their commitment to progress and equality in light of the recent election. Organized by USM student Emma Donnelly, the gathering was called “We Won’t Go Back,” in reference to […]

Students and Recovery seek to establish center on campus

Posted on November 12, 2016 by Krysteana Scribner in News

The University of Southern Maine is on its way to creating a collegiate program for university students struggling with substance use disorders. With the hopes to create Students and Recovery center on campus and future plans to discuss sober housing on campus, opportunity is in the works to end the stigma attached to addiction and […]

Students host “Ask a Muslim” on campus

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Thomas Fitzgerald Students of USM gathered at the Woodbury campus center on Wednesday, March 23 to go about their regular routine, but were met during the lunch rush by a bright and inviting group of people who were tabled right at the cafeteria entryway. These individuals were representing the multicultural student center by hosting […]

From the closure of Bedford Street to dorms on campus, changes at USM are in the works

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Krysteana Scribner In his presidential breakfast speech at the end of August, President Glenn Cummings discussed the changes that are planned to take place over the course of the next next few years. These changes, which include adding dorm rooms to the Portland campus and blocking vehicle access to Bedford Street, are aimed at […]

New dean of students to focus on a stronger community at USM

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Jonathan Pessant There are many new faces on campus this year, but one is an old friend returning to Maine and USM. David McKenzie, interim dean of students, grew up in Portland. His deep roots in the city shaped how he values community, leading to a lifetime devoted to serving Portland. “It always felt […]

New project seeks to ease burden ofn buying books.

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Pierce and Nick Beauchesne Students scramble each year to get ready for the beginning of the fall semester. One of the more stressful aspects of getting prepared to take on the new course load is the process of securing books, often times at a price that breaks the bank. Through a new program offered […]

Sodexo brings healthy, local food to USM

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike Sodexo, one of the world’s largest food companies, took over USM’s dining services as of July 1, 2016. Tadd Stone, Sodexo’s General Manager of Dining at USM, announced that Sodexo has committed to having 20 percent of its food be locally grown. Aramark, the previous food supplier for USM, was outbid by […]

Regardless of campus rules, students still smoke on campus

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Mary Ellen Aldrich Within recent years USM has made a major change to the quality of its air. In January 2013, USM enforced a new policy that banned all tobacco products from being used on campus. Prior to 2011, tobacco use was permitted on campus without any restrictions. In 2013 there was a hybrid […]

Dorms on campus overcrowded, over 30 rooms tripled

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike This year USM has experienced a 20 percent increase in enrollment from last year for housing. On the Gorham campus there has been overcrowding in the residential dorms to accommodate the 612 new residential students. The Office of Residential Life has created many triples in response to the overcrowding, which will serve […]

Online classes use Voicethread as a new learning tool

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Katie Harris USM professors are relying on VoiceThread, an online communication discussion board,as a means to communicate with students through digital conversation. What makes VoiceThread stand out to professors is that it allows students to communicate through different forms. On Blackboard, students are only able to communicate through discussion board posts. VoiceThread, however, has […]