Simple Science: Pheromones dictate attraction

Posted on February 10, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Have you ever wonder what makes you attracted to someone else? Is it just physical appearance and interpersonal experiences? Or is it something more…scientific?   Studies involving cosmology, or the science of smell research, has observed that men and women are attracted to each other via selective chemical messengers called pheromones. Coming from the greek […]

Our Opinion: Make Valentine’s Day whatever you’d like; with respect of course

Posted on February 10, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Love. That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about. But love doesn’t necessarily mean you have to dedicate one day of the year to your significant other. Love can be for a boyfriend, a parent, a sibling or a friend. It’s subjective, so you don’t have to give in to the intense commercialization of the emotion […]

Our Opinion: Snow days prevent students from getting their money’s worth

Posted on February 09, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

A USM snow plow clears the roads on the Gorham Campus two weeks ago. Since the beginning of the semester USM students have been snowed-out of their classes five times.

If there’s one more snow day spree at USM, we’re not sure how students are going to get what they’re paying for out of their courses. It’s becoming difficult to keep focused and stay concentrated on our studies with constant interruptions, and with most professors kicking class into high-gear to catch up on the syllabus […]

Sustainability and ME: Your food choices can impact the environment

Posted on January 27, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

The USDA made headlines recently when, in a recent draft of their proposed updated nutrition guidelines, they suggested that your food choices should not only be based on how good the food is for you but also how good it is for the planet.  Now most of us are familiar with what is healthy and […]

Simple science: Déjà vu debunked

Posted on January 27, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Donald Szlosek You know those moments that felt like they already occurred? In fact, you are certain that they have, but you don’t know when or how it became too familiar? Well this is known as déjà vu (which in French mean “already seen”) and was first studied in 1876 by the French scientist […]

Our Opinion: Student organizations lead the way in community engagement

Posted on January 27, 2015 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The idea of a metropolitan university is one that’s been almost force-fed to the USM community since it was introduced as the future vision for the university back in August. We’ve heard the term mentioned in almost every interview with administrative members and understandably so;  because whether the faculty and community like it or not, […]

Our Opinion: Looking forward to a fuller, more engaged student senate

Posted on January 27, 2015 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The student senate had an opportunity to make becoming a senator easier than ever at their last meeting by doing away with rules requiring applicants to gather supporting signatures from the student body, but in the end decided to stick by the rule and enforce the process. We applaud the senate for sticking to their […]

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 […]