The pros and cons of USM’s advertising campaign

Posted on April 16, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in Perspectives

Nowadays it’s hard to watch a Hulu show or listen to a Spotify playlist without being interrupted by an advertisement encouraging you to “find yourself,” at Maine’s metropolitan university. However we’re worried that where the money came from to pay for the ads, is fueling enough negative criticism to potentially render the entire ad campaign […]

What makes sticky things so sticky

Posted on April 14, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Have you ever wondered what makes tape so sticky? Why paint sticks to walls? The function of adhesives is to hold things together. Adhesives come in many forms, including glue, tape and sealant, and are used in a variety of everyday applications. In addition, natural substances can act as adhesives, such as soda, and caramel. […]

Back to School: Break is never long enough, but appreciate it

Posted on April 14, 2015 by mabrooks in Perspectives

By the time this column is put into print and distributed around the campus spring break will be over.  We will all be looking ahead towards the last five weeks of the semester.  Many of us will be wondering how we are going to get everything done before the semester comes to a close.  At […]

Sustainability & ME: Are you paying too much for free water?

Posted on April 14, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Bottled water is one of the biggest marketing gimmicks to date and it works.  Last year alone Americans wasted over 11 billion dollars buying bottled water.  Not only is the industry selling you something that should be free but they are destroying the environment in the process.  The entire life cycle of bottled water is […]

Bayside Village sends students unsolicited suite offers

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Brian Gordon in Perspectives

If you’re a USM student you recently received an email from Bayside Village comparing the costs of their apartments to the dorms on campus. Some of you may even have received an email confirming your tour of the apartment complex that you didnt even schedule. The email suggests Bayside is a part of USM, but […]

Sustainability & ME: The illegality of hemp is foolish

Posted on March 23, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Hemp is a fascinating material, having been used by human civilization through time, only in recent history has it come under such strict prohibition. Often confused with marijuana, hemp is also classified as Cannabis sativa, but is cultivated in a manner which eliminates almost all of the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) element, and emphasizes the strength […]

Simple Science: Can you stand the heat?

Posted on March 23, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

  We all know that when you heat up a solid it melts into a liquid and when you eat up a liquid it vaporizes into a gas. But what happen when you keep exciting a gas? Well if you heat up has enough, the electrons in the gaseous atoms will leave the nucleus (filled […]

Our Opinion: USM is ready for long-term leadership from Kesselman

Posted on March 23, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

We welcome Harvey Kesselman as USM’s new president and value his enthusiasm and experience, but he’s got a tough job ahead of him and we’re ready to see how he can handle the challenge. USM has had three presidents over the past four years and most of them have been focused on cutting programs and […]

Our Opinion: Tuition freeze will not help increasing budget deficit

Posted on March 23, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

The decision to freeze tuition across all UMaine campuses has been pushed by system public relations offices as a ‘historic’ vote, but only time will tell exactly how flattening costs will be remembered. As students, we appreciate system-level administrators watching our backs. We’ve got rent to pay, books to buy, old cars that cost too […]

Back to School: Simple, healthy-eating habits

Posted on March 23, 2015 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Breakfast:  1 slice of leftover pizza, coffee Lunch:  1 clementine, saltines with peanut butter, coffee Snack: 1 package Reeses Pieces, coffee Dinner: wait…did I actually eat dinner yesterday? I don’t actually keep a food diary but this is a pretty fair approximation of a typical Monday (and pretty much every other weekday) of eating for […]