Friday, February 12th, 2016

Burn the Books: This post does not exist

Posted on January 25, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Martin Conte, USM Graduate  “I’d like to sit down on a wooden chair,” she continued.  “Not a concrete one or a metal one.” “You can sit down on whatever kind of chair you like,” I said. “I already have the chair in mind,” she said, “and I’m already sitting in it.  It’s a wooden […]

Sustainability & ME: Fill Your Belly, Not the Landfill

Posted on January 25, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

By Emily Eschner Wasting food – we’re all guilty of it from time to time. The head of lettuce you forgot about in your refrigerator. The extra helping you took at that party and were too stuffed to finish. It happens. The truth is, it happens way too much. But it’s not just you – […]

Letter from the Editor

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Krysteana Scribner in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

We all know that imminent, beautiful doom that comes with the dawning of a new semester. We prepare ourselves for only the best, as we should, to keep ourselves comfortable with the idea that we’ll be spending yet another semester paying others for our education. I like to think that some of the best learning […]

Poetry Corner: Last Goodbye

Posted on January 25, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Dustin Kelly   Getting an injection of pure pain and misery It fries my heart and breaks my brain, this thing is a mystery You lied to me, said you’d be a friend to me But you brought out the worst in me, all I could feel or see was the apathy I should […]

Advising Advice: Can you graduate in four years?

Posted on January 25, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Can you graduate from USM in four years?  Yes!  Many students here have accomplished this goal because they followed the suggestions below and so can you!   Even if you are not a first year student, or need to go part time, these tips can help you be more efficient in your progress.  Benefits are that […]

The Critical Role of Advising

Posted on October 06, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Last year, a student services review was completed and the consolidation of academic advising services was one of several recommendations that has been implemented. As Thomas Fitzgerald points out in the Free Press September 14th edition, advising is a critical component of the college student’s educational experience. USM leadership has heard the student voice and […]

Our Opinion: Don’t call USM a Metropolitan University if student’s can’t define what that means

Posted on October 06, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

This past week we heard, for the first time this year, radio ads trying to draw in potential students to come to what is being called a Metropolitan University, but what does that actually mean? This piece is neither for or against the MU initiative, we are simply stating that all the messages we’ve been […]

When a moment becomes a memory, will you remember it through a lens?

Posted on October 06, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Nick Beauchesne Two rare and spectacular events occurred this past week. A “supermoon” total lunar eclipse glared a radiant red in the late evening sky Sunday night. It had been more than three decades since such an event occurred; it will be nearly twenty years before another comes again. Earlier that Sunday, another event, […]

Beautiful Visit

Posted on October 06, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Dustin Kelly Reds, yellows, oranges and pinks splash the trees while greens wave goodbye Branches dance to shed their skin and lend the ground a crisp blanket Aromas flood the chilled air so that we float in warm nostalgia   Knitted hoodies, pumpkin spice, cinnamon scents and crackling fires Shorter days and longer clothing […]

Changes in the campus food program: USM treats become local eats

Posted on October 06, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

For the last ten months a small and dedicated core team of staff representatives from the seven UMaine System campuses have been working to create a Request for Proposals (RFP) to address the approaching end of the dining services contract. Currently, Aramark is the vendor who holds the contract for six of the seven campuses […]