Martin’s Travel Blog: My English adventure begins

Posted on September 15, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

This past June a friend of mine, who had steered a ship across the Pacific using celestial navigation, pointed out the cycle of the stars across the sky. The path of the stars is something I have always known about, a fact stored from some second grade lesson in astronomy, but I had never been […]

Letter from the editor: I’m hunting for new editors

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Sam Hill in Letter From The Editor

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 […]

Our opinion: Administrators and BoT need to listen to USM concerns

Posted on September 13, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion

The atmosphere at USM is tense, and both the administration and board of trustees should seriously consider moving the September BoT meeting back to USM where it was originally scheduled. Times are tough here and we all know that there will be cuts, eliminations and retrenchments this year. Students will lose professors, professors will lose […]

LaSala: Who are you calling a climate denier?

Posted on September 08, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

At the 2014 welcome breakfast for faculty and staff, the new interim president David Flanagan laid out a grim path for USM. The cuts this year, Flanagan tells us, will be more in the ballpark of $15 to $16 million— not the $12 million projected last year. Already the administration has pressed forward with the […]

Lee: “A University is not in the business of making money”

Posted on July 31, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

The following is in response to a letter from Newly appointed USM president David T. Flanigan requesting “thoughts, recommendations and support” concerning the future of USM. I take up your request for help, though I have serious doubts as to how much anyone will pay attention to, let alone read, the many responses you will […]

Sustainability & ME: Bucking the rhythm

Posted on April 28, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Tyler Kidder I had a short lunch with a close friend and mentor at USM, and like all conversations these days, our dialogue drifted toward the changing face of USM, what that means for us and the state in which we find our mental health, financial security and emotional stability. My friend suggested that […]

You Are Wrong: This time you may be right

Posted on April 28, 2014 by Thaddeus Moriarty in Perspectives

I’m Thaddeus Moriarty, and you are wrong. Why? Because you expect me to be here to say goodbye. After all, this is the last “You Are Wrong” you may ever read. I know, I know; it’s a travesty and a shame. I lobbied for the Free Press to include free tissues in every paper for […]

Students for #USMFuture’s open letter to administrators

Posted on April 21, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Dear USM President Kalikow, Provost Stevenson, UMaine System Chancellor Page, and UMaine Trustees: We were overjoyed when we heard President Kalikow [unexpectedly reversed] her decision to “retrench” 12 to 15 tenured faculty in a single day. To us, the un-retrenchments mark an unequivocal victory, the achievement of our number 1 stated goal from the day […]

You Are Wrong: Isn’t laughing awesome? You’re welcome.

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Thaddeus Moriarty in Perspectives

I’m Thaddeus Moriarty, and you are wrong. Why? Because you think I’m funny. Or you think I’m not funny. Either way, that’s why you’re wrong this time. Because someone, somewhere, disagrees with you no matter what you think. I’ve heard it both ways; a woman on the Free Press website said I was witty (and […]

Our Opinion: Paging Provost Stevenson

Posted on April 21, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The ghost in the machine at USM has a name, and I think we all know what it is. Provost Stevenson has always been pretty ghostly, but since President Kalikow backpedaled on his least popular decision without bothering to let him know ahead of time, he’s been downright incorporeal –– we have a heck of […]