Friday, November 16th, 2018

Letter to the editor: Sodexo is valuable to USM’s community

Posted on October 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Adam Tuchinsky, Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences I am writing in regard to the Oct. 1 Free Press cover story, which focused upon student dissatisfaction with Sodexo. While I am sure that Sodexo General Manager Tadd Stone is always looking to improve service and quality, as he concedes in the article, I […]

Working on Wellness: Anxiety

Posted on October 21, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Conan Deady, Social Work Intern Anxiety is the most common mental health issue among college students. The term “anxiety” refers to feelings of fear, nervousness, or apprehension that may apply to general life activities or that may be specific to certain activities. In many cases, anxiety is perfectly normal. Most people feel some amount of […]

Sustainability & ME: Smartphone apps for the environment

Posted on October 21, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Melissa Shepard, USM Eco-Rep While technology can take us away from nature, it can also be used to bring us closer to it. Over the last several years, nonprofits, publicly fund entities and private companies have developed smartphone apps that allow people to engage with nature in a different way. In this article, I will […]

Question One would help students and other Mainers

Posted on October 21, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Valerie Kazarian, Staff Writer On election day a vote for Question One is a vote for USM social work students and senior and disabled Mainers. This referendum would, if approved, establish a universal home health program for 27,000 sixty-five-year-olds and older and disabled Mainers. It includes support for worker training and would be paid for […]

Letter to the editor: The Senate does not facilitate popular referenda; but our elections do

Posted on October 21, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By:  Alexander Holderith, USM ‘20 During and after the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and now Justice Brett Kavanaugh, it became increasingly clear that the intransigence of the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, much to the chagrin of democrats across the country, would lead to the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme […]

Letter to the editor: support question 4 on November’s ballot

Posted on October 21, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Dylan Reynolds, Student Undergraduate Representative to the Board of Trustees To my fellow students, I am reaching out as one of your student representatives to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees to discuss Question 4 on the upcoming November ballot. Should Question 4 pass, a $49 million bond package will be issued to […]

Letter to the editor: for a strong and competitive Maine economy, vote yes on questions 4 & 5

Posted on October 21, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Ed Cervone, Executive Director Educate Maine Educate Maine, a business-led education organization, supports both Questions 4 and 5 on the November ballot. We see these historic bonds for the University of Maine System (Question 4) and the Maine Community College System (Question 5) as much needed investment in our workforce and our economy.We need more […]

Working on Wellness: You are more than your academics

Posted on October 14, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Malinda Scannell, Nurse Practitioner How are you prioritizing your own needs while attending university? Are you getting enough sleep? Experts say seven to nine hours of sleep is recommended for allowing your body to restore itself. Regular adequate sleep is one of the best defenses to ward off sickness and is more powerful than vitamins, […]

Helping Mainers keep warm through energy efficiency: Americorps project

Posted on October 14, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Leah Soloway, Americorps Energy Efficiency Coordinator With the winter fast approaching and the colder temperatures among us, many Mainers feel the pressure of their upcoming heating bills. As a recent college student with experience renting an apartment along the coast, this situation is all too familiar. I can remember the cold nights that my […]

Sobriety and the ‘college experience’

Posted on October 14, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Cooper-John Trapp, Staff Writer Coming to college, I had two goals – to do well in my classes and to have the ‘college experience.’ For me, the college experience was inextricable from drinking. Parties were cool. Girls went to parties. Alcohol equaled liquid confidence. I feared that if I didn’t drink like a fish and do […]