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By: Amelia Bodge, Staff Writer For just about everyone wearing either a mask or face covering has become a part of their daily lives and has become the easiest way for people to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Along with these newfound accessories though comes many questions. Which is better reusable fabric masks or disposable? How often should...
By Lydia Simmons / Staff Writer Socializing during this pandemic is something that many people have struggled with in a time when it’s required, and safer, to interact from a distance. For greek life at USM, socializing and making in person connections is a big part of the process. In the time of Covid-19 creativity and the internet have...
By Kayley Weeks / Staff Writer  Olivia Richmond is currently a junior at the University of Southern Maine. She is studying Art Education with a double concentration in Painting/Drawing and Ceramics. Richmond is from a small farm town in central Maine called Jefferson. She is a residential student, but has recently made the switch to remote learning for the holiday...
By Haley Hersey, Staff Writer Martin’s Point Health Care has recently donated $5,000 to the University of Southern Maine, which was used to open a food pantry on the Gorham campus, states a press release from USM’s Office of Public Affairs. The initial closure of campus due to COVID-19 inspired Martin’s Point to donate a total of $20,000 to be...
Should You Start Paying Off Student Loans While in School?
While you’re attending college, you may already feel the weight of your student loans and worry about how you’ll afford to pay them off. If you have extra money at the end of the month, whether from your work-study job or another part-time job, putting a little toward your impending loans may cross your mind. The answer will vary...
Reasons To Live on a School Bus
Right now, it’s nearly impossible to plan for life after college—or even over break. So, keep all your options open before you’re required to “adult” full-time. One possibility is the “skoolie” lifestyle trend. More individualists are converting buses for on-the-road travel and adventure. The increasingly popular reasons to live on a school bus make it perfect for the young...
By: Emma J. Walsh, Staff Writer  The Elliotsville Foundation recently returned 735 acres of ancestral land to the Penobscot Nation. The land includes the sacred headwaters of the Pleasant River, which is a tributary to the Penobscot River. The surrounding acres of this land is already owned by the Penobscot Tribe.  The Elliotsville Foundation was created by the family of Roxanne...
How To Maximize Window Space for Plants
No matter what type of home you have, you may not have enough window space. Construction in some decades didn’t emphasize natural light the way modern construction does. Most people are familiar with the benefits of natural light in a home, but not everyone has the luxury of living in a place with sufficient window space. People who love plants...
By Haley Hersey, Staff Writer On a local and national level, the 2020 election was full of controversies and high stakes for many. Deciding whether or not to vote in any election is an important decision. Voting is a right of every United States citizen, but it is also the civic duty of citizens to vote. After Joe Biden was...
The Free Press wishes everyone a safe and healthy Thanksgiving this year! You can read more about what will be on our holiday menus here. While this year families might do zoom calls and smaller gatherings, the traditions of asking about the current, watching movies and football, are still alive. Take a walk down memory lane as The Free Press...
Happy Thanksgiving, this year we have to be extra grateful for what we have, and for those, we surround ourselves with. In this new normal of socially distant meals, we are relying on smaller dinner parties and more facetime calls. Staying in touch with those you care about and checking in to let them know they are loved. USM...
Car Maintenance You Should Do Before Winter
Harsh winter weather is just around the corner. For many students, this may be your first time owning and caring for a car in the winter. To keep your vehicle running smoothly during the change of seasons, consider what car maintenance you should do before winter strikes. Check Your Lights As winter approaches, the sun starts to set earlier in the...
By Kayley Weeks / Staff Writer  Emily Colby is a senior at the University of Southern Maine. Her major is Health Science with a minor in Fine Arts. She plans to attend graduate school to further her education after her graduation this spring. Colby is from Lunenburg, Vermont and she is currently residing on campus at USM.  Her art career stems...
By: Lydia Simmons / Staff Writer In a world where people are feeling more distant than ever, especially in the age of Covid-19, there is a growing need to connect with others in our communities and beyond. Each person has their own individual stories, a series of key moments that have shaped them into the people they are today. It’s...
By : Sophia Sturdee / Staff Writer The University Theatre Department offers a variety of courses for theatre and dance majors, and those that are interested in learning more about the performing arts. Many of their programs are largely hands-on and experiential. They learn through dancing, acting, singing and producing. Many things that take in person classes. These courses...
By: Lizzy Boudah, Staff Writer trigger warning: sexual assault It is no secret that everyone wants to love and be loved. As people start to grow up, this only becomes stronger as they learn and develop feelings and curiosities surrounding romantic or sexual interests. When students reach college, they are typically old enough to join dating apps, such as Tinder, Bumble, Grindr,...
Basic Guide To the Principles of Chromatography
There are vast amounts of disciplines to study as a science major. Each one requires a deep understanding of research, analysis, and testing methodology. Separation is a technique widely used for analysis. Among the standard separation techniques is chromatography. Follow this basic guide to the principles of chromatography to understand how and why you may use it as a science...
By: Lizzy Boudah, Staff Writer When the warm months of summer fade into fall, the colors aren’t the only things that start to change. When there’s less sunlight in the day your brain can change, too. For some people, when the cold weather starts to come in so does a different kind of depression. Some people who have a depression disorder...
With the start of the holiday season beginning next week, students will be placed in the spotlight. Having to recall the joys and challenges of being at college during a pandemic. However, as we go back to the homes and begin to follow the rules of the roof we are under, protecting your happiness is more important than ever. The...
By: Sarah Kelly LCPC “I just don’t have any motivation.” “Why can’t I get motivated?” “What is wrong with me?” As mental health clinicians, these are statements and questions we hear often from our clients. Lack of motivation and difficulty finding motivation can be caused by depression, not feeling connected to our values and interests, and unexpected circumstances (such as a...
By: Lydia Simmons / Staff Writer In these uncertain times of Covid-19 many things have changed. People have had to find ways to adapt under the circumstances that come with a global pandemic. For USM student Emma Page adapting meant performing her senior recital from home and live streaming it for an audience that otherwise may not have been able...
By: Amelia Bodge, News Editor With the holidays fast approaching and the country still very much amid the third wave of a global pandemic it is important for students to try and stay safe when traveling home for the holidays. Both the President of USM, Glenn Cummings, and the CDC have released sets of guidelines for staying safe during the holidays....
Ways To Motivate Yourself To Work Out
Between the demands of studying and maintaining a healthy social life, it’s common for students to find themselves getting just a bit heavier, perhaps falling victim to the infamous “Freshman 15.” However, it’s typically not a lack of desire to exercise, but rather it can be difficult to motivate yourself when you’re already so bogged down with your academic...
With Thanksgiving around the corner and the end of the on-campus portion of the Fall semester looming, Winter sports are also on the minds of many athletes at USM. Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey, Indoor Track & Field, Basketball, and Wrestling teams are heading into a winter break like no other. Women’s Ice Hockey  For the Women’s Ice Hockey team, they...

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