Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Our Opinion: Ensuring student safety

Posted on January 27, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

USM has seen more than its fair share of breaking news this week.From the arrest of a former USM student body president for arson on Monday and a Gorham standoff between police and an armed student Wednesday night, to an incident of spontaneous combustion in the science building on Friday. Two of these events have […]

Our opinion: yes on 1 is in the best interest of students

Posted on November 06, 2013 by alexandervandintel in Our Opinion

Marijuana legalization is good for Portland and good for students. Marijuana penalties are notoriously harsh on most anyone, but they’re especially hard on students. More than 85 percent of first-time students at USM receive some kind of financial aid; college is expensive and almost necessary to secure a well-paying job in the 21st century. Here’s […]

LePage insults Mainers by reviving Romney gaff

Posted on October 28, 2013 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion

LePage is bringing back a failed strategy with his latest inflammatory comment. “About 47 percent of Mainers don’t work.” That’s what the governor said to a Maine women’s group at a conference last week. In case you were wondering, LePage is wrong. A minute’s research will show anyone that LePage didn’t get his information from […]

Our Opinion: Cutting physics is not the answer for USM

Posted on September 16, 2013 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

Last Thursday’s announcement that the physics department will be cut due to low enrollment maybe shouldn’t have come as such a surprise, especially after President Kalikow’s statement to the Free Press last week about how the faculty should be scared.         Last week’s article touched on the issue of drastic cuts to faculty research, travel […]

Our Opinion: Student Life a bright spot at USM

Posted on September 09, 2013 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

Sergey Miller, a sophomore English and philosophy double major, rode a zip line that spanned the length of the commons in Portland during Husky Fest on Wednesday.

Even though in recent months USM has lost manpower and some serious cash,  welcome events showed that the fun will go on. Everyone at USM could take a lesson from Student Life. They may have had to work a little harder to make Welcome Week a success, but they set an example in hard times […]

New education reforms challenge academic traditions

Posted on September 02, 2013 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion

In an attempt to address steeply rising tuition and housing costs, President Obama announced last week his plans to reformulate financial aid appropriations by executive order, effectively circumventing a dysfunctional and unproductive congress. The president deserves applause for making good on his 2012 State of the Union commitment to make higher education a priority, and […]

Our opinion: Reflecting on success in a year filled with obstacles and stress

Posted on April 29, 2013 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

There is only one week until finals, the weather is better than it has been in months and it’s becoming more and more difficult to concentrate on schoolwork, but guess what, we made it. We know, we know – it’s cheesy, but it’s true. Looking at the front of the paper this week, you’ll see […]

Our opinion: Non-traditional sources, be careful where you get your news

Posted on April 22, 2013 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

After the Boston bombing last week, we had coverage streaming in the newsroom nonstop, but we noticed something –– every major broadcast outlet had serious issues, such as misinformation or late reporting, with their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing. CNN, in particular, seemed to be arguing with themselves over what information proved true at […]

Our opinion: It’s time for the facts

Posted on April 08, 2013 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

We’ve been arguing a lot here at The Free Press lately over, you guessed it, the recent budget cuts at USM. Trying to decide exactly what to write this editorial about, we decided that we couldn’t actually agree or come to a conclusion on any argument that related to the cuts. That pesky $5 million […]

Our Opinion: USM students should support recent faculty vote to work-to-rule

Posted on February 04, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in Our Opinion

I went to the University of Southern Maine’s Glickman Library today on a mission. I started on the first floor, found two girls hunkered down in the corner with stacks of books sitting on the table in front of them, and asked them if they had heard of the recent faculty decision to work-to-rule. “No […]