We’re off to a good start this year at the Free Press. We have an enthusiastic crew of new editors, a slew of new writers entering the wonderful world of AP style, and photographers taking the plunge into a land without an auto setting. I couldn’t be happier with how our roster magically filled-up at […]
Posted on December 01, 2013 by , and in Letter From The Editor
Since the start of the Direction Package Advisory Board meetings in November, the group has questioned the admittance of the press at those meetings, though they are open to the public. In short, the openness of these meetings is of the utmost importance for the community’s involvement in decisions about the future of this university. […]
On Oct. 28, the Free Press reported that the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is considering a possible reorganization. It has been brought to our attention that the article, “CAHS considers reorganization to offset costs,” blended together three issues, and that conclusion was not completely supported by our sourcing. From subsequent correspondence with […]
Working at The Free Press is the first meaningful thing I’ve done in my life. Myself and the others at The Free Press served the USM community — or at least gave our best effort — with crucial news about the university, hopefully-illuminating student profiles and Halloween-themed drink recipes.
You can find at least one story from The Free Press every year with a headline like this: “Faced with massive budget shortfall, colleges forced to make large cuts next year.” There’s a good chance the University of Southern Maine has been scrambling to make its budget every year you’ve been a student. A few weeks ago the deans of the colleges were informed they had to slash an extra $1 million from their budgets.
USM’s lack of community may be a reason for the unimpressive concerts in recent years, yet the university needs attractions like concerts to boost community.
Colleen Corbett arrived at USM in the fall of 2008, after choosing the university over other schools for what she saw as a vibrant campus life and active Greek community. Three years later, and the campus isn’t the same.
It was going to be different this year, I told myself. All the editors were returning, and we had the whole summer to prepare. The first few issues would be planned out before school started. Easy. We would have new students lining up to start working for us. Somehow it didn’t work out.
We’ve received largely negative comments online for the recent column by Elijah Miller, “Ladies you’re either with me or UGG-ainst me.” I’m glad critics have visited our website and Facebook page to point out where they feel, strongly in many instances, that we screwed up. It’s also worth pointing out that this reaction has not been universal; some readers appreciated Miller’s stab at satirizing male chauvinism. We appreciate readers using the comments section for all reactions, positive and negative, in response to what we publish.
Do you read any websites that only update once a week? How about one that takes a three week break with school vacations? Well if you read our website then you do.
The Free Press has improved the last couple semesters, but our online effort is still lacking.