Sustainability & ME: Climate neutrality means a brighter future

Posted on March 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

By: Shaun Carland A USM committee generated the University’s Climate Action Plan, entitled “USM’s Guide to a Climate Neutral Education,” in 2010, under former president Selma Botman. In 2008, USM signed the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment, which publicly declared the USM’s commitment to achieving climate neutrality by 2040. But what exactly is […]

You are wrong: History’s not history, yet

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Thaddeus Moriarty in Perspectives

I’m Thaddeus Moriarty, and you are wrong. Why? Because you’re not studying history. You’re here at USM studying business, or physical therapy, or nutrition, or underwater basket-weaving — but you’re not studying history. And why not? It’s common knowledge that history majors and professors are the most clever, interesting and beautiful people in academia. Seriously, […]

Our Opinion: Boosting involvement a two-way street

Posted on March 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

Student elections are right around the corner, and you may be thinking to yourself, “So what?” The majority of senate seats are going to be uncontested, voting on the referendum questions doesn’t necessarily mean anything will come of them and with only a week until polls open, we’re not entirely sure what specific issues any […]

Sustainability and ME: You can still eat fresh in winter

Posted on March 03, 2014 by Sam Hill in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

For those of us who try to eat locally, the winter used to be a bit of a challenge and left us longing for the warmer days of spring, summer and fall, when our beloved nearby produce was easier to obtain and contained more variety. Now, thanks to a growing demand for healthy, high-quality, local […]

You are wrong: Trust your gut and eat what you want

Posted on March 03, 2014 by Thaddeus Moriarty in Perspectives

I’m Thaddeus Moriarty, and you are wrong. Why? Because you eat food. Food wants to be eaten, will make itself smell good and look tasty in order to be eaten, and — by eating it — you’re falling right into its trap. Don’t play food’s game. Think for yourself, you sheep. (Mmm, lamb chops.) I’m […]

Our Opinion: Students need to speak up on university issues

Posted on March 03, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

With the budget deficit, there are going to be changes at USM, whether we’re a part of them or not. The work of the Direction Package Advisory Board is officially finished, and plans are being made to put their work into action. Over the next few weeks, serious decisions will be made that will affect […]

Kalikow: Listen to students on divestment

Posted on February 26, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

The student group, Divest UMaine, will make a presentation to the University System’s Investment Committee on February 27, supporting divestiture of fossil fuel investments. As president of the University of Maine Farmington and now at USM, I have not made a habit of attending Investment Committee meetings. However, last year I was there when they […]

Sustainability in ME: Divest and invest in your future

Posted on February 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

By: Iris SanGiovanni I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and planning for my future. This has become an especially pervasive thought in college as I design my classes around my major. I am currently a first year, political science major at USM. Education is a tool I intend to use to craft a better […]

Ettenger: My apology to the students

Posted on February 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Kreg Ettenger “Looks good on paper” usually refers to something that seems sensible in theory, even if it doesn’t work out in practice. It applies to a lot of recent changes here at USM, including many that directly affect students. Case in point: the university “reorganization” that took place under the last administration. Despite […]

Our Opinion: Make USM a metropolitan university and succeed

Posted on February 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

At the Direction Package Advisory Board meeting last Friday, there was a lot of discussion around turning USM into a metropolitan university. Ideas were tossed around involving ties with local businesses, independent research projects in the community and the concept of using the city itself as a sort of lab. And, boy, are we excited. […]