Friday, December 9th, 2016

Advising Advice: Technology Resources for “Non-Techies”

Posted on October 22, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Lindsay Brissette, Advisor In a world where technology is catapulted forward every minute, it can be hard to keep up with the updates, new “apps,” and new software platforms. Online resources and classrooms are becoming the new normal and therefore having the “know how” to navigate them is becoming essential to being a successful […]

Let’s Talk About It: Setting Boundaries

Posted on October 22, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Johnna Ossie, Free Press Community Editor How often do you say yes when you want to say no? I often find myself saying yes to my friends, my family, my partners, my bosses, my clients, the person on the street, to the acquaintance in the coffee shop—all when I would much rather be saying […]

A semester in Fiji, a lifetime of change

Posted on October 22, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Bradford Spurr My grandmother told me that, shortly before my 30 hour radio silence with the world as I traveled ten thousand miles and countless time zones away from my home, Maine, I used to hate Maine. I was born in the suburbs of Massachusetts, a stone’s throw from a T station and less […]

Solidarity With #NoDAPL and the Indigenous Population of Maine

Posted on October 22, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Bryer Sousa, Free Press staff Paul Street of counterpunch.org attempted to describe “the hideous long black Earth-poisoning and planet-baking snake that is the Bakken Pipeline” by way of writing the following on September 2: “Beneath the cover of the endless presidential election season, which in Iowa started a year and a half ago, the […]

On the Common Good

Posted on October 22, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Bryer Sousa, Free Press staff The current concept of the common good is opposed to acting collectively by way of hyper-capitalism and hyper-individualism. Thus, we are subjected to a perverted view of solidarity and we are encouraged to ask ourselves “how am I doing (financially)?,” rather than asking ourselves “how are we doing?” and […]

Vulnerability as a Radical Act

Posted on October 22, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Johnna Ossie, Free Press News editor I have often struggled in my life to be vulnerable with people, even my closest friends. There is something terrifying about opening up a part of ourselves that we think of as weak. The scary thing for me about being vulnerable is that when I share something vulnerable […]

Clinton and Trump

Posted on October 22, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

This week, on Press Perspectives: We take a look at the most recent presidential controversies of Trump and Clinton, and highlight how it has shaped our opinion on the upcoming election. On October 8th, Wikileaks exposed thousands of Hillary Clinton’s email exchanges, including with campaign aide John Podesta. While most of these emails date back […]

Let’s Talk About It: Deciding What’s Important

Posted on October 22, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Johnna Ossie, Free Press News editor On Wednesday afternoon I sat in the Free Press office snacking on muffins that our sports editor, Erin, had made the night before instead of doing her homework. Laughing and shoving muffins into my mouth, I told her how I had spent the night before watching Buffy the […]

Sustainability & ME: Food Waste: “So Hot Right Now”

Posted on October 22, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Move over Zoolander. Hansel is not what’s hot right now. Food waste is. That’s right, food waste: the amount of food that gets thrown away by Americans and the global community. It’s a real problem, and people are starting to talk about it. Maybe you were raised in a family in which leaving food on […]

The Universal Right to Housing

Posted on October 22, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Bryer Sousa In late April, a collaboration between the Portland Tenants Union, the USM Socialists – International Socialist Organization, Portland, Maine and the University of Southern Maine Greens presented a multi tiered conference. It was titled “Green Thinks: Housing is a Human Right!” I didn’t know what to expect. It had been well established […]