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. […]

The Folk Singer Who Kept Going

Posted on February 13, 2014 by dkelly in Perspectives

Pete Seeger, the quintessential agent of social change and an inspirational folk musician, passed away last week at 94. His legacy, however, is timeless. Born into a family of politically-progressive musicians, Seeger’s activism was nurtured at an early age. His father, a Harvard-educated musicologist, was removed from his professorship at the University of California at […]

Olympics fans have good reason to worry about Sochi

Posted on February 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Nick Rotondi With the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on last Friday, there have already been various reports of terrorist threats and “hotel horrors,” leaving many wondering if Putin has been putting everyone on with his promise to provide a “really spectacular show.” For Mainers, the Winter Olympics are always popular […]

You are Wrong: what I learned from the Superbowl

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Thaddeus Moriarty in Perspectives

By: Thaddeus Moriarty I’m Thaddeus Moriarty, and you are wrong. Why? Because you thought that this year’s Super Bowl was as un-competitive as pile of soggy newspaper and that it was worth absolutely nothing to society at large. Well, I’m here to tell you that this Super Bowl was worth a lot. Yes, I agree; […]

Restoring your body’s balance with natural medicine

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

I have been studying herbal medicine and the magic of wild plants and herbs for a couple of years now. I have found a distinct change in my immunity and strength during the change of seasons and among these cold winter months now that I support my body with herbs daily. I want to share […]

Our Opinion: It’s okay to be single on Valentine’s Day

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

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, singles everywhere are rolling their eyes and looking for an excuse to be single. What’s our opinion? Valentine’s Day can be great, but it’s also an overrated monument to commercialism that’s only saving glory is that it gives us an excuse to dine out and eat a lot […]