You can find at least one story from The Free Press every year with a headline like this: “Faced with massive budget shortfall, colleges forced to make large cuts next year.” There’s a good chance the University of Southern Maine has been scrambling to make its budget every year you’ve been a student. A few weeks ago the deans of the colleges were informed they had to slash an extra $1 million from their budgets.
USM’s lack of community may be a reason for the unimpressive concerts in recent years, yet the university needs attractions like concerts to boost community.
Colleen Corbett arrived at USM in the fall of 2008, after choosing the university over other schools for what she saw as a vibrant campus life and active Greek community. Three years later, and the campus isn’t the same.
It was going to be different this year, I told myself. All the editors were returning, and we had the whole summer to prepare. The first few issues would be planned out before school started. Easy. We would have new students lining up to start working for us. Somehow it didn’t work out.
We’ve received largely negative comments online for the recent column by Elijah Miller, “Ladies you’re either with me or UGG-ainst me.” I’m glad critics have visited our website and Facebook page to point out where they feel, strongly in many instances, that we screwed up. It’s also worth pointing out that this reaction has not been universal; some readers appreciated Miller’s stab at satirizing male chauvinism. We appreciate readers using the comments section for all reactions, positive and negative, in response to what we publish.
Do you read any websites that only update once a week? How about one that takes a three week break with school vacations? Well if you read our website then you do.
The Free Press has improved the last couple semesters, but our online effort is still lacking.
I hate NPR. OK change that. I hate some people who love NPR — specifically those who think that because NPR is tuned to their presets, they’re better than others who prefer the generic top-40 pop station. I hate you if you’re washed over with warm smugness when Robert Siegal’s voice flows into your ears. […]
The other day I asked a friend what I should write my impending letter from the editor about. “Egypt,” he said. I told him I hadn’t been paying attention to it enough because I spent all of my free time last week working on a finance project to avoid falling further behind. Then it hit […]
This week I decided to deviate from my routine of only writing straightforward news stories and instead wrote about a party metal band, WARANIMAL and their rad beach party show at SPACE Gallery a couple weekends ago. As executive editor, I can write and publish whatever I want, with only my desire to run a […]
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. […]