Monday, January 22nd, 2018

The Value of Martial Arts

Posted on March 04, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Emily Torres, Contributor Martial arts are seen all the time in action movies. The courageous hero throws a few punches, kicks around the bad guys and then saves the damsel in distress. There are a few problems with this picture. The first is that there is no need for a damsel in distress because […]

Has My Garden Been Invaded?: Part three of invasive species series

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Haley Depner Take a look at the nearest garden in your vicinity. Do you know which plants have negative effects on your ecosystem? Most people would probably answer that they don’t. Invasive species can cause a variety of problems for an ecosystem, ranging from the introduction and/or spread of parasites and disease to outcompeting […]

Passages from the Quran: Five Pillars of Islam and Pilgrimage to Mecca

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Every year millions of Muslims make their journey to Mecca. It is a time of worship, reflection and removal of past sins. This is one of the five pillars of Islam. It requires that one makes a pilgrimage once in their lifetime given that they are physically and financially capable. It occurs annually; this year […]

Our Opinion: Trump administration continues to malign media

Posted on February 25, 2017 by Krysteana Scribner in Perspectives

By the Free Press Editorial Team After a few weeks of debate at USM surrounding free speech, and what that means in today’s political climate, a new concern arises: the freedom of the press. President Trump and his administration have been discrediting news sources since before the inauguration on Jan. 20, and have been openly […]

Advising Advice: Internships and how they can help you

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Travis Blair, Coordinator of Internships, travis.blair@maine.edu This personal account, by Travis Blair, UNH ‘09 graduate, shares his personal story to explain what internships can do for you: When I graduated from college in 2009, I had no idea what I wanted to do for a career.  My major, Tourism Planning and Development, didn’t neatly […]

Letter to the Editor: What neutrality means in 2017

Posted on February 25, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

I was privileged and honored to have acted as an ally to black and brown student leaders and their supporting community members at the February 16th protest against Representative Larry Lockman. More than two hundred people showed up and spoke out against the wanton peddling of xenophobic white nationalism on our University campus. An important […]

Letter to the Editor: USM is giving Lockman a platform for his hate speech

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

I am a freshman at USM and I understand that the school regards itself as a safe space for minorities and people who face challenges. USM’s reputation for being a school that promotes equality and encourages the pursuit of knowledge and that cares about all of its students has been called into question due to the announcement that Rep. […]

Let Lockman spew his hateful rhetoric and attend his event armed with the facts

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

By the Free Press Editorial Board – Our Opinion, Editorial A controversial speaker who is coming to USM, Larry Lockman, has caused some debate around the limits of free speech in the United States. Some wonder if it’s appropriate to allow hate speech in public forums, citing risks to public safety that radical rhetoric could […]

An open letter in response Glenn Cummings’ statement regarding Larry Lockman

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

President Cummings, With respect sir, I pose a question: when does providing a platform for free speech undermine other fundamental freedoms? Free speech is a constitutionally protected right. This means that controversial, racist/sexist/homophobic, or otherwise discriminatory viewpoints are allowed to be expressed without fear of legal reprisal in the public sphere unless they reach the […]

Passages from the Quran explained

Posted on February 13, 2017 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By Nairus Abdullahi Five Pillars of Islam Zakat In these mini series I will discuss the five pillars of Islam. Today, I will introduce zakat; its meaning and why it’s important. “True piety is this: to believe in God, and the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, and the Prophets, to give of one’s substance, […]