Monday, September 25th, 2017

An open campus should have more locked doors

Posted on April 22, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Dionne Smith, Staff Writer While Portland is great, it’s not as if bad things never happen here. The Portland campus has a large flow of students daily, either coming from Gorham or commuters, and each student should be ensured safety. Without any locks on any of the doors, that doesn’t happen. In my home […]

Advising Advice: How to succeed in an online course this summer and beyond

Posted on April 22, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Rusty Dolleman, Contributor  As someone who has both advised online students and spent the last decade teaching online, there are a number of good practices I’ve identified among successful online students. A lot of it comes down to self-discipline and actually doing the work, but getting started the right way can make a big difference […]

Let’s Talk About It: What am I doing?!

Posted on April 22, 2017 by Krysteana Scribner in Perspectives

By: Johnna Ossie, News Editor Every morning when I wake up I think about dropping out of college within the first 2 minutes of opening my eyes. In fact, before my eyes have even opened I have elaborate fantasies of withdrawing from USM, lighting my essays, homework assignments and readings on fire and throwing them […]

A Thousand Words: The Deal With God in a Godless Time

Posted on April 22, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Bradford Spurr, Multimedia Editor I don’t believe in god, but sometimes I understand why people do. My grandmother makes flower arrangements for her WASPy congregation in a well-to-do suburb of New Jersey known for its award of “Best Place to Live-2005” from Money Magazine and also for being home to one of the few […]

Sustainable solutions to food insecurity

Posted on April 18, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Asia DiBenedetti, Contributor  There is a lot of talk these days about food security, but what exactly does that mean? Food insecurity is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. It’s a major concern, not only throughout the world and the United States, but specifically in […]

Deaf Gain: Why being Deaf is not a disability

Posted on April 18, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Mary Ellen Aldrich, Community Editor In a recent conversation, someone tried to argue that being Deaf is a disability. I found this to be rather frustrating. I’ve been learning American Sign Language (ASL) and studying Deaf culture for the past five years. Because of this, I often forget that what seems like common sense […]

Advising Advice: Discover the gold mine that USM’s advising website has for you!

Posted on April 18, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Janis Albright, Professional Advisor Not sure where to find a graduation planner? Need general information about online courses? Not sure how and when you can drop a class? There is no need to look any further than the advising website. The advising website has resources that focus on academic advising, major and early career investigation, […]

Let’s Talk About It: Body shaming starts young, but it doesn’t have to

Posted on April 18, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Johnna Ossie, News Editor This morning I saw an article from the Portland Press Herald about a student at King Middle School (KMS). She and her classmates broke the school’s dress code on purpose after “a teacher asked Molly and another girl to stand up and measure their clothes [in front of other students]. […]

Woodbury due for an upgrade

Posted on April 18, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Dionne Smith, Free Press Staff Woodbury is due for an upgrade. The Portland Campus is the main campus for commuter students, yet despite this it lacks options for food. The store in Luther Bonney is perfect for its size and location. Woodbury is larger and offers more than ready-made food, but it could still […]

Our Opinion: Communication is key

Posted on April 14, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Editorial Board As students who, for the most part, grew up with access to the internet, we’re used to its instantaneity, how one comment on an article or post can spark seemingly endless discussions. When you see a comment you disagree with, you can respond in a minute, perhaps even in seconds, tapping away […]