Our Opinion: Student organizations lead the way in community engagement

Posted on January 27, 2015 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The idea of a metropolitan university is one that’s been almost force-fed to the USM community since it was introduced as the future vision for the university back in August. We’ve heard the term mentioned in almost every interview with administrative members and understandably so;  because whether the faculty and community like it or not, […]

Our Opinion: Looking forward to a fuller, more engaged student senate

Posted on January 27, 2015 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The student senate had an opportunity to make becoming a senator easier than ever at their last meeting by doing away with rules requiring applicants to gather supporting signatures from the student body, but in the end decided to stick by the rule and enforce the process. We applaud the senate for sticking to their […]

Invest in USM: An open letter and petition addressed to President Flanagan and the BoT

Posted on January 12, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

The following is the entirety of an online letter and petition opened in mid-November. 508 people have signed the petition as of print-time. Dear President Flanagan, dear Trustees: We the undersigned, scholars and teachers from colleges and universities around the world, write to express profound concern about the decision by the President and Trustees of […]

Simple science: What makes a snowflake?

Posted on January 12, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Donald Szlosek Do you ever look out your car window and notice the intricate design of a snowflake? Have you ever wondered how snowflakes are formed and whether they really are truly unique? First off, the formation of  ice crystals, more formally known as snowflakes,  takes place in the lowest portion of the Earth’s […]

Our Opinion: Remember to fight intolerance amidst terrorist attacks in France

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in Our Opinion

Shortly after we said goodbye to 2014, a year that already saw 61 journalists killed on the job, another assault against “freedom of expression” occurred in Paris, by, yet again, extremist radical Muslims. Last Wednesday, three masked gunmen stormed the offices of French satirical magazine, “Charlie Hebdo,” and took with them the lives of ten […]

Prague: A love story

Posted on December 09, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

Dear Prague. What can I say that you don’t already know?  You’re beautiful.  Alluring.  Elusive.  Mysterious.  From the moment we met, I felt chills (it may have been the freezing cold temperatures, or it may have been the way your moonlit world seemed to come from outer space).  You’re the lover I always wanted, and […]

Invest in USM: Help Mainers stay in Maine

Posted on December 08, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Emily Paine There’s something about Maine, isn’t there? And as a Mainer in my early 20s, Portland was the place to be. When I first attended the University of Southern Maine, I wasn’t looking for a traditional education; I was working at a coffee shop and engaging in community organizing and art projects that […]

Talking to British peers about American higher education

Posted on December 06, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

As I expected, and as has happened to me before, my third week in Winchester, England, dawned with the insatiable desire to see the sea.  Luckily, England is an island (which played no small part in my decision to travel here), and the sea was a mere hour ride on the train.  So, gathering a […]

A tale of two seas

Posted on December 06, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

As I expected, and as has happened to me before, my third week in Winchester, England, dawned with the insatiable desire to see the sea.  Luckily, England is an island (which played no small part in my decision to travel here), and the sea was a mere hour ride on the train.  So, gathering a […]

Invest In USM: A letter to the president from a retrenched faculty member

Posted on November 25, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Rachel Bouvier Rachel Bouvier is Associate Professor of Economics and Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy.  Her last day at USM will be December 31, 2014.  She would have celebrated 10 years of service to USM this fall. At a recent Faculty Senate meeting, I exchanged some heated words with President Flanagan. […]