You Are Wrong: This time you may be right

Posted on April 28, 2014 by Thaddeus Moriarty in Perspectives

I’m Thaddeus Moriarty, and you are wrong. Why? Because you expect me to be here to say goodbye. After all, this is the last “You Are Wrong” you may ever read. I know, I know; it’s a travesty and a shame. I lobbied for the Free Press to include free tissues in every paper for […]

Students for #USMFuture’s open letter to administrators

Posted on April 21, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Dear USM President Kalikow, Provost Stevenson, UMaine System Chancellor Page, and UMaine Trustees: We were overjoyed when we heard President Kalikow [unexpectedly reversed] her decision to “retrench” 12 to 15 tenured faculty in a single day. To us, the un-retrenchments mark an unequivocal victory, the achievement of our number 1 stated goal from the day […]

You Are Wrong: Isn’t laughing awesome? You’re welcome.

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Thaddeus Moriarty in Perspectives

I’m Thaddeus Moriarty, and you are wrong. Why? Because you think I’m funny. Or you think I’m not funny. Either way, that’s why you’re wrong this time. Because someone, somewhere, disagrees with you no matter what you think. I’ve heard it both ways; a woman on the Free Press website said I was witty (and […]

Our Opinion: Paging Provost Stevenson

Posted on April 21, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The ghost in the machine at USM has a name, and I think we all know what it is. Provost Stevenson has always been pretty ghostly, but since President Kalikow backpedaled on his least popular decision without bothering to let him know ahead of time, he’s been downright incorporeal –– we have a heck of […]

Freidman: What college teaches you about money

Posted on April 14, 2014 by masonfriedman in Perspectives

Given the plethora of articles written about the present circumstances surrounding the average college student’s financial security and future. In the wake of on-campus protests, I would like to take this opportunity to address the fiscal lessons I have learned while attempting to achieve a higher education. 1) Return on investment This is a concept […]

You Are Wrong: Don’t believe everything you read, except this

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Thaddeus Moriarty in Perspectives

I’m Thaddeus Moriarty, and you are wrong. Why? Because you believe what you read. Because you believe that because an “expert” said it or wrote it down, it must be true. This is a fatal flaw in mankind, to be sure: we tend to take things at face-value. We watch the news or we log […]

Our Opinion: USM has cause to celebrate for now …

Posted on April 14, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion

Certainly there’s a reason to celebrate at USM since last Friday, but let’s not forget about the fine print: student protesters and faculty may have won the battle, but they haven’t won the war yet. President Kalikow’s surprise announcement that she’s cancelling all of the faculty retrenchments she announced last month (except for faculty associated […]

Sustainability and ME: An Eco-Rep Program Begins at USM

Posted on April 08, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

By: Jocylin Egan   The USM Assistant Director for Sustainable Programs, Tyler Kidder, and a few student workers ,are planning the launch of an EcoRep program at USM for Fall 2014. A USM EcoRep will act as a liaison between the Office of Sustainability and their fellow residents. EcoReps will promote sustainable practices at the university […]

You Are Wrong: The cuts you should have made

Posted on April 07, 2014 by Thaddeus Moriarty in Perspectives

I’m Thaddeus Moriarty, and you are wrong. Why? Because you didn’t think that I would be delving into the #USMFuture issue here in You Are Wrong. And why would you? I write about silly things, whimsical things, not emotionally-charged hashtag things. Thaddeus isn’t a writer of seriousness, you thought. He’s a wanna-be Dave Barry, you […]

Our Opinion: Everyone is watching, USM

Posted on April 07, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

During the slew of recent cuts at USM, we had to bring you the news, but we can also see the effect that these stories are having on the reputation of this institution. We can’t change the news, and we can’t alter it to benefit any party –– it’s our obligation to report the facts […]