A professor of mine last semester spent each class reading his slide show to us. The tests were based on the slides, which were online, so there was no point in going to class, besides to sign the attendance sheet. I nearly slept through all the classes and never took notes. I got an A. [...]
When I started writing sports for The Free Press last fall, I had no I idea I would be executive editor a year and a half later. But here I am now, and I need your help. I don’t know if it’s a flaw of mine or just human nature, but I have an intense [...]
This could be considered a cautionary tale. Two years ago, I was working at the gym on the Portland campus, leafing through a copy of The Free Press. I remember thinking, “there sure are a lot of errors in this paper.” I had been looking for a way to break into reporting and the student [...]
I’ve been trying to write a paper for an economics class for the past three weeks. The assignment: Define democracy in three pages and critique two other definitions. It’s a three-page paper. It should not be a big deal. I’ve agonized over it. I’ve put it off, marinated in the work of great thinkers, watched [...]
I had a revelation last Wednesday in the parking garage on the Portland campus: USM doesn’t have enough parking spots. I know, I know. This is hardly news. As editor of this newspaper, I spend half my time spinning around in my big leather chair and the other half walking around campus, annoying students with [...]
I believe in a few things pretty strongly: Bill Murray, the First Amendment, the rule that men should never wear sandals, and the basic tenants of Keynesian economics, for instance. But chief among my beliefs — the one I hold true above all others, is this: A newspaper should have balls. Allow me to back [...]
By the time I graduate in December, I will have been a student as long as Tommy Callahan in “Tommy Boy.”
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