Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Letter to the Editor: USM is giving Lockman a platform for his hate speech

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

I am a freshman at USM and I understand that the school regards itself as a safe space for minorities and people who face challenges. USM’s reputation for being a school that promotes equality and encourages the pursuit of knowledge and that cares about all of its students has been called into question due to the announcement that Rep. […]

Let Lockman spew his hateful rhetoric and attend his event armed with the facts

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

By the Free Press Editorial Board – Our Opinion, Editorial A controversial speaker who is coming to USM, Larry Lockman, has caused some debate around the limits of free speech in the United States. Some wonder if it’s appropriate to allow hate speech in public forums, citing risks to public safety that radical rhetoric could […]

An open letter in response Glenn Cummings’ statement regarding Larry Lockman

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

President Cummings, With respect sir, I pose a question: when does providing a platform for free speech undermine other fundamental freedoms? Free speech is a constitutionally protected right. This means that controversial, racist/sexist/homophobic, or otherwise discriminatory viewpoints are allowed to be expressed without fear of legal reprisal in the public sphere unless they reach the […]

Passages from the Quran explained

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Nairus Abdullahi Five Pillars of Islam Zakat In these mini series I will discuss the five pillars of Islam. Today, I will introduce zakat; its meaning and why it’s important. “True piety is this: to believe in God, and the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, and the Prophets, to give of one’s substance, […]

Let’s Talk About It: Approaching women in public

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Johnna Ossie, News Editor A recent Facebook interaction I saw has me wondering what it is that makes some people feel entitled to approach women in public. Does me being in public mean that I am welcoming people to approach me? If I’m listening to music at the bus stop or reading a book […]

Advising Advice: How to create your community at USM

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Anna Schwartz, Academic Advisor, anna.schwartz@maine.edu It is never too late to connect and build community at USM! Whether you are a brand new first-year student, a senior getting ready to go on the job hunt, or a graduate student- there are many ways to bond with other Huskies and make the best of your […]

Sustainability & ME: An update on the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Benjamin Alcorn In December of 2016, protesters in North Dakota celebrated as the Army Corps of Engineers issued a statement halting construction of the highly contested Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision was reached following months of protests led by the Dakota Sioux of the Standing Rock reservation. Soon after the statement from the Army […]

Top reasons why you should meet with your faculty advisors!

Posted on February 06, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Janis Albright and Kim Charmatz, Professional Advisors This article is the second in a series on the benefits of working closely with your Faculty Advisor. Below are the responses when we interviewed Lecturer Holly Bean, from the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department, and Robert Sanford, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, and Department Chair. […]

Let’s Talk About It: Small ways to survive

Posted on February 06, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Johnna Ossie, News Editor Is there anyway to keep my head above water these days? I was at a coffee shop last night and my friend working behind the counter was telling me how things in her personal life are great, but that feeling is clashing with everything else going on in the world. […]

Our Opinion: When we forget world history, is it bound to repeat itself?

Posted on February 06, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Editorial Board, Free Press Staff “Never Again.” It’s a phrase attached to some of the worst and most shameful moments in human history. We say “never again” to the holocaust, “never again” to slavery. “Never again” to Japanese internment camps. We say “never again” to the Rwandan genocide. But it seems that we keep forgetting […]