Invest in USM: An open letter and petition addressed to President Flanagan and the BoT

Posted on January 12, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

The following is the entirety of an online letter and petition opened in mid-November. 508 people have signed the petition as of print-time. Dear President Flanagan, dear Trustees: We the undersigned, scholars and teachers from colleges and universities around the world, write to express profound concern about the decision by the President and Trustees of […]

Simple science: What makes a snowflake?

Posted on January 12, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Donald Szlosek Do you ever look out your car window and notice the intricate design of a snowflake? Have you ever wondered how snowflakes are formed and whether they really are truly unique? First off, the formation of  ice crystals, more formally known as snowflakes,  takes place in the lowest portion of the Earth’s […]

Our Opinion: Remember to fight intolerance amidst terrorist attacks in France

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in Our Opinion

Shortly after we said goodbye to 2014, a year that already saw 61 journalists killed on the job, another assault against “freedom of expression” occurred in Paris, by, yet again, extremist radical Muslims. Last Wednesday, three masked gunmen stormed the offices of French satirical magazine, “Charlie Hebdo,” and took with them the lives of ten […]

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 […]

Invest in USM: Help Mainers stay in Maine

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

By Emily Paine There’s something about Maine, isn’t there? And as a Mainer in my early 20s, Portland was the place to be. When I first attended the University of Southern Maine, I wasn’t looking for a traditional education; I was working at a coffee shop and engaging in community organizing and art projects that […]

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 […]