Editorial: USM’s future trumps press access debate

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. […]

A clarification from the Oct 28 issue:

Posted on November 06, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in Letter From The Editor

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 […]

Koenig: Making my four years of college matter

Posted on April 30, 2012 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

Editor-in-Chief Paul Koenig

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.

Koenig: Colleges debate how to lose $1 million without students noticing

Posted on March 02, 2012 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

Editor-in-Chief Paul Koenig

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.

A case against holding the spring concert on campus

Posted on February 06, 2012 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

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.

Koenig: Is Greek life the solution to a struggling Gorham campus?

Posted on October 24, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

Editor-in-Chief Paul Koenig

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.

Another year, another rough start

Posted on September 04, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor

Editor-in-Chief Paul Koenig

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.

Koenig: Responding to online critics

Posted on May 11, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

Executive Editor Paul Koenig stresses over unpreparedness at start of the school year.

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.

Revamping The Free Press newsroom

Posted on April 03, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

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.

A low tolerance for highbrow snobs

Posted on March 11, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

I hate NPR. OK change that. I hate some people who love NPR — specifically those who think that because NPR is tuned to their presets, they’re better than others who prefer the generic top-40 pop station. I hate you if you’re washed over with warm smugness when Robert Siegal’s voice flows into your ears. […]