Maybe I’d start a riot, if I had the time

Posted on February 14, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

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 […]

Taking cues from a party metal band

Posted on February 07, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

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 […]

USM shouldn’t offer Coddling 101

Posted on January 31, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

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. […]

We should write what students want to read

Posted on December 06, 2010 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor

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 […]

The Free Press: A laboratory, a clubhouse, a launch pad

Posted on December 05, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in Letter From The Editor

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 […]

Journalism, like democracy, needs your voice

Posted on November 08, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in Letter From The Editor

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 […]

A modest proposal to improve campus parking

Posted on September 26, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in Letter From The Editor

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 […]

On standing your ground

Posted on September 13, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in Letter From The Editor

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 […]

Reflecting on a decade in academia

Posted on September 06, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

By the time I graduate in December, I will have been a student as long as Tommy Callahan in “Tommy Boy.”

Free Press launches new blog

Posted on August 30, 2010 by Dan MacLeod in Letter From The Editor

To be more transparent with our readers, we have set up a blog to promote an active dialogue about our coverage.