Our Opinion: USM is ready for long-term leadership from Kesselman

Posted on March 23, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

We welcome Harvey Kesselman as USM’s new president and value his enthusiasm and experience, but he’s got a tough job ahead of him and we’re ready to see how he can handle the challenge. USM has had three presidents over the past four years and most of them have been focused on cutting programs and […]

Our Opinion: Tuition freeze will not help increasing budget deficit

Posted on March 23, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

The decision to freeze tuition across all UMaine campuses has been pushed by system public relations offices as a ‘historic’ vote, but only time will tell exactly how flattening costs will be remembered. As students, we appreciate system-level administrators watching our backs. We’ve got rent to pay, books to buy, old cars that cost too […]

Back to School: Simple, healthy-eating habits

Posted on March 23, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Breakfast:  1 slice of leftover pizza, coffee Lunch:  1 clementine, saltines with peanut butter, coffee Snack: 1 package Reeses Pieces, coffee Dinner: wait…did I actually eat dinner yesterday? I don’t actually keep a food diary but this is a pretty fair approximation of a typical Monday (and pretty much every other weekday) of eating for […]

The Talk 101: Safer Sex

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Sokvonny Chhouk in Perspectives

This segment focuses on safer sex methods and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Let me begin by explaining why we say safer sex instead of safe: When having sex, there is no way to be 100% free of risk of transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs from here on out), so there is no such […]

Sustainability & ME: What you need to know about Co-Ops

Posted on March 09, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

A Cooperative (co-op) business is a business that works for everyone.  A cooperative is a business or organization that is owned and used for the benefit of the individuals that are using its services.  There are many reasons to love cooperatives, but here are my three top reasons why you should shop at locally owned […]

Simple Science: Survival of the Sickest

Posted on March 09, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Throughout our life we are exposed to sickness. Whether it be the a pneumonia, a sinus infection, or the common cold we are undoubtedly going to fall ill at some point in our life. And for most of us, we recover back to normal, even stronger than before. Having build up our immune system to […]

Back to School: Answering the age-old question: What’s New?

Posted on March 09, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

“So how are things? What’s new?” “How am I? I’m so glad you asked because honestly I’m exhausted.  I didn’t sleep well at all last night due to over caffeinating myself because I have two projects due this week and I’ve only started one.  I didn’t go to bed until nearly 2:00 AM and the […]

Letters & Comments: Consciously Forgotten History

Posted on March 02, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

The University of Southern Maine is steadily losing its’ history. I have worked here for 14 years. I have seen people come and go over the years and each time someone who has really had an impact, I mean really, leaves behind their work. The countless hours put into everything they did. These file cabinets […]

Simple Science: How do we make sound?

Posted on March 02, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Ever wondered what why a door creaks or why you makes sounds when you clap? What is sound? Well sound is the compression of molecules floating around in the air. These compression move in a pattern forming a wave in three dimensions. To get a better idea, think of throwing a single rock into the […]

Sustainability & ME: The Eco-Friendly Investment

Posted on March 02, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

As a college student, it’s hard to imagine that sustainable investment opportunities exist for you to pursue. In reality, a great investment is one that maximizes profit from the least possible input. To be clear, an “investment” is the allocation of current resources (things like money, energy, or time) from which profit or material result […]