Our opinions: Admins need to talk to average USM students

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Uncategorized

Last week, Dean Joy Pufhal emailed 18 student leaders and invited them to a meeting with President David Flanagan and Provost Joseph McDonnell to discuss the criteria for potential upcoming program eliminations and faculty retrenchments, but only five students attended. We hope the administration does not consider five students adequate student input on the issues […]

Advice from Chaka: We all just need to breathe

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Uncategorized

by Chaka-Khan Gordon The beginning of the school year can be stressful, especially for students navigating several full lives at once. What do I mean by that? Well, some of us are students, employees and parents all at the same time. Some of us are taking classes and taking care of older parents. Some of […]

Invest in USM: we all can help our school’s future

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Lydia Savage What should the University of Southern Maine be? The USM Board of Visitors concluded in 2000, after an extensive survey of the community, that “the University of Southern Maine must become one of the top-ranked public, regional, comprehensive universities in the United States in the quality, breadth and the accessibility of its […]

London: a tour through time

Posted on September 29, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

Let’s take a walk through London; we start at Buckingham Palace.  On one side of a massive square is a fountain, dominated by mermen and white marble.  At the other side of the gates, the high fence, and across a cobble yard as barren as an empty parking lot, the little figures of the Queen’s […]

Conte & Crumpets: The city of Winchester

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Sam Hill in Perspectives

The city of Winchester, which has the feel of the city of Portland condensed into about a quarter of the size, is home to, among many domestic businesses, a McDonald’s, a Subway and a Starbucks. What makes Winchester’s Starbucks different than the one’s we’re used to, is that it sits in a building that is […]

Shelley: Who rules the school?

Posted on September 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Philip Shelley Here’s a quick civics lesson for USM students, especially new or transfer students who may not know how their school is governed: USM is one of the 7 campuses that form the public university system for the state of Maine. Each school has its own president and provost, but the system as […]

Our opinion: The USM student body deserves a more dedicated senate

Posted on September 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The attendance and involvement issue that has plagued the Student Senate has, hopefully, reached it’s highest points. At last week’s senate meeting, four senators were absent, the senate was unable to make qurom to begin their meeting and important discussions were pushed to next week for the sake of saving time. Two senators also defaulted […]

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 […]