Prague: A love story

Posted on December 09, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

Dear Prague. What can I say that you don’t already know?  You’re beautiful.  Alluring.  Elusive.  Mysterious.  From the moment we met, I felt chills (it may have been the freezing cold temperatures, or it may have been the way your moonlit world seemed to come from outer space).  You’re the lover I always wanted, and […]

Talking to British peers about American higher education

Posted on December 06, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

As I expected, and as has happened to me before, my third week in Winchester, England, dawned with the insatiable desire to see the sea.  Luckily, England is an island (which played no small part in my decision to travel here), and the sea was a mere hour ride on the train.  So, gathering a […]

A tale of two seas

Posted on December 06, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

As I expected, and as has happened to me before, my third week in Winchester, England, dawned with the insatiable desire to see the sea.  Luckily, England is an island (which played no small part in my decision to travel here), and the sea was a mere hour ride on the train.  So, gathering a […]

Invest In USM: A letter to the president from a retrenched faculty member

Posted on November 25, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Rachel Bouvier Rachel Bouvier is Associate Professor of Economics and Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy.  Her last day at USM will be December 31, 2014.  She would have celebrated 10 years of service to USM this fall. At a recent Faculty Senate meeting, I exchanged some heated words with President Flanagan. […]

Invest in USM: Destroying the village in order to save it

Posted on November 19, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Dan Kolbert   As a building contractor, I’ve run a business and had employees in Portland for the past 16 years. I’ve had various personal and professional connections with USM, and have employed several students and graduates. I myself have taken classes both related to my business and not; and both my children attended the […]

Invest in USM: Student Walkout today to protest recent faculty cuts

Posted on November 19, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Katie Zema   Today at noon students on both the Portland and Gorham USM campuses will walk out of our classes and stand together in solidarity against the recent faculty and program cuts made by the USM administration and the UMaine System Board of Trustees. Students will gather outside of Payson Smith Hall on […]

The Talk 101: How to do it with consent

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Lorraine Kessler Remember in the last column I said talking about sex is awkward and taboo? Surprise! We’re going to be talking about how in order to do it, and do it right, we’re going to learn how to talk about sex. Consent is necessary during sex and is already used in nonsexual situations. […]

Lists and scribbles: favorites from England

Posted on November 10, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

 Contemplative statue in the crypt beneath Winchester Cathedral.

This week, I thought I’d share a few lists I’ve been keeping as I’ve travelled.  In general, I encourage the keeping of lists.  There’s even a new ‘Book of Lists’ released this year with some fascinating names discussing some fascinating issues.  Here’s a few lists I’ve jotted down during this venture:   Best New Foods […]

Portland’s civic leadership must fight for USM in Augusta

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By John Anton John Anton served two terms on the Portland City Council from 2007 – 2013. People move to Portland from all over Maine, the US, and the world. We—I am one of them—move here for many reasons. We want to live in a beautiful and safe place; to escape violence or hatred at […]

Our Opinion: Keep USM politics out of the classroom

Posted on November 08, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

We understand that there’s a lot happening at USM and emotions are running high, but we all need to try our best to keep our concerns out of scheduled class time. People are losing their jobs and some students are going to find it more difficult to take the classes they need, but that doesn’t […]