Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Staff Musings: Spring broke

Posted on April 11, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Dionne Smith, Free Press Staff The traditional thought of spring break, as portrayed in media, is one week of endless parties with people you don’t know and getting into trouble. For an introvert like myself, the party was in a video game and the trouble was taking some extra snacks when no one knew. […]

Sustainability & ME: Changing values in a changing climate

Posted on April 11, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Abram Marr, Contributor  All governmental administrations have their faults. We sometimes see that we are not properly represented, and sometimes the administration contradicts itself. Currently the official webpage of the White House states that “protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a […]

Letter to Editor: Response to gun on campus article

Posted on April 11, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Jason Parker, Transfer Student  The debate over campus carry of firearms has now been framed by Professor Dusan Bjelic as a safety issue with Muslims and immigrants on one side and white students on the other. This is a narrow-minded and dangerously bigoted point of view, as lawfully carrying a firearm is a right […]

Advising Advice: USM Strengths is going strong since 2013

Posted on April 11, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Jen Hart, USM Strengths Coordinator and Academic Advisor With over 3,300 participants, the Strengths@USM Program connects students, faculty and staff with a greater understanding of their natural talents and strengths. The program is in its fourth year and is making a positive impact on the USM community. Taking the StrengthsFinder assessment is the first step […]

Let’s Talk About It: Some things take time

Posted on April 11, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Johnna Ossie, News Editor I’ve been thinking about how sometimes trying to heal is so painstakingly slow that I barely notice it happening. Sometimes it feels like for every two steps forward I take 10 steps back, and that I’m always trying to catch up with myself. And I’ve been thinking about this quote […]

Advising advice column: creative study spaces

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

Megan Wright, Academic Advisor Remember when you were a child and you built a fort in the living room or your bedroom? You grabbed blankets off every bed and created caves, castles and dungeons for you and your toys. Having those creative spaces just for you to escape to and let your imagination run wild […]

Let’s Talk About It: You don’t have to do it alone

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

By Johnna Ossie, News Editor Months ago I wrote a column about radical vulnerability, and while in theory I knew and truly believed that being vulnerable is one of the most radical things we can do, I have to admit I haven’t always followed my own advice. I grew up in a conservative household, and […]

The importance of educating student journalists (A review of CMA)

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

Editorial Board, Free Press Staff As student journalists, we are not immune to the realities that more and more people are leary of the reliability of news in today’s politically charged climate. During the U.S. Presidential election campaign, we began to notice the changes in public opinion. Instead of positive feedback and encouragement, we received […]

The dichotomy between memorial and commodity: September 11

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

By Bradford Spurr, Multimedia Editor 2,977 people died on Sep. 11, 2001, not counting the 19 hijackers who I even debated mentioning in this piece. I removed their statistics from the final death count. Cowards deserve no fame from their deaths. An innocuous day in an otherwise auspicious city. Terrorism, hijacking, an indoctrinated theory of […]

Advising Advice: Balancing roles as parent and student

Posted on March 06, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Lynsey Thibeault, Academic Advisor, lynsey.thibeault@maine.edu Two years ago I wouldn’t have been fully equipped to write this article. That is when I became a parent to my son, Oliver. Then two months ago I enrolled in a class and am now experiencing what many of you deal with everyday: the balancing act of being a […]