Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Advising advice column: creative study spaces

Posted on March 18, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Megan Wright, Academic Advisor Remember when you were a child and you built a fort in the living room or your bedroom? You grabbed blankets off every bed and created caves, castles and dungeons for you and your toys. Having those creative spaces just for you to escape to and let your imagination run wild […]

Let’s Talk About It: You don’t have to do it alone

Posted on March 18, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Johnna Ossie, News Editor Months ago I wrote a column about radical vulnerability, and while in theory I knew and truly believed that being vulnerable is one of the most radical things we can do, I have to admit I haven’t always followed my own advice. I grew up in a conservative household, and […]

The importance of educating student journalists (A review of CMA)

Posted on March 18, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Editorial Board, Free Press Staff As student journalists, we are not immune to the realities that more and more people are leary of the reliability of news in today’s politically charged climate. During the U.S. Presidential election campaign, we began to notice the changes in public opinion. Instead of positive feedback and encouragement, we received […]

The dichotomy between memorial and commodity: September 11

Posted on March 18, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Bradford Spurr, Multimedia Editor 2,977 people died on Sep. 11, 2001, not counting the 19 hijackers who I even debated mentioning in this piece. I removed their statistics from the final death count. Cowards deserve no fame from their deaths. An innocuous day in an otherwise auspicious city. Terrorism, hijacking, an indoctrinated theory of […]

Advising Advice: Balancing roles as parent and student

Posted on March 06, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Lynsey Thibeault, Academic Advisor, lynsey.thibeault@maine.edu Two years ago I wouldn’t have been fully equipped to write this article. That is when I became a parent to my son, Oliver. Then two months ago I enrolled in a class and am now experiencing what many of you deal with everyday: the balancing act of being a […]

Our Opinion: Current political climate is harming student’s health

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Free Press Editorial Board For many students, college is a time of high stress. All around campus, we see posters and fliers explaining how students can reduce their stress levels, especially around midterms and finals. Get outside, take deep breaths, drink some water. But what can students do when their stress is not caused […]

Let’s Talk About It: Becoming an adult, or something like it

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Byline: Johnna Ossie, News Editor I’ve lived with at least one roommate, but usually at least three, since I moved out of my parents’ house eight years ago. First, at eighteen, I lived in an unfinished bungalow in Hawaii with four roommates, a kitten and an untrained dog. When I moved back to Maine, I […]

Sustainability & ME: Bite into Spring with a Community Garden Plot

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Stephanie Broido, Contributor In juxtaposition to the human-made structures of brick and metal, nestled between walking paths and parking lots, lay a hidden gem of natural abundance. Behold, the USM Community Garden. The garden hosts 34 students, faculty and staff who grow organic produce from May to November each season. Throughout the season we […]

The Value of Martial Arts

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Emily Torres, Contributor Martial arts are seen all the time in action movies. The courageous hero throws a few punches, kicks around the bad guys and then saves the damsel in distress. There are a few problems with this picture. The first is that there is no need for a damsel in distress because […]

Has My Garden Been Invaded?: Part three of invasive species series

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Haley Depner Take a look at the nearest garden in your vicinity. Do you know which plants have negative effects on your ecosystem? Most people would probably answer that they don’t. Invasive species can cause a variety of problems for an ecosystem, ranging from the introduction and/or spread of parasites and disease to outcompeting […]