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By: Cullen McIntyre, Sports Editor Southern Maine Women’s Ice Hockey won a tense 2-1 game in triple overtime over the University of Massachusetts Boston in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Quarterfinals. Saturday afternoon’s affair took over three hours as the Huskies came back from a 1-0 deficit to win on a goal from freshman Maddy Young (biology) 6:05 into...
By: Ben Whitcher, USM Eco-Rep According to goingzerowaste.com, zero waste is the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. Sounds nice. You’re probably thinking, “But I’m just a college student, I don’t know my left from right, let alone how to eliminate all my waste”. Well, you’re right, you’re probably not going to eliminate all the waste...
By: Naamah Jarnot, Coordinator of Tutoring Services & Paul Dexter, Director of Academic Retention Initiatives As you’ve likely gathered from our Free Press series so far this year, learning with a peer fosters self-testing for understanding, connecting concepts, and improving memory. This week we want to draw your attention specifically to our peer tutoring program. Through partnerships with academic departments...
By: Zoe Bernardi, Columnist Ciao! It has officially been 3 weeks since I landed in Italy. I am two weeks into classes and still trying to figure it all out. When most people think of studying abroad, they think it’s a four-month-long vacation: easy classes and galavanting around European countries on plane tickets that cost nothing. I knew going into this...
By: Anna Gardner, Recovery Oriented Campus Center Coordinator, Vicki Libby, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist We aren’t here to tell you if cannabis is good or bad, or debate its merits. We have noticed an increase in marijuana use among students since its legalization in Maine. We think it is important for you to understand what research has shown about its risks so you...
By: Abigail Nelson, Community Editor Imagine waking up in a hospital with no recollection of how you got there. Andrew Therriault, a senior business management major, did just that. Three years ago, Therriault found himself in a unique situation; in a hospital bed with severe injuries that left him nearly paralyzed and no memory of how he got there. Despite...
By: Lillian Lema, Staff Writer How do you live and work a life that allows you to be content? This question prompted Sarah Chang, former USM AmeriCorps Vista STEM Partnerships Coordinator, to reflect on her life choices.. At the beginning of her college career, Chang was unsure if chemical engineering was the right fit. She was enrolled as a chemical engineering...
By: Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer Last weekend marked the release of DC’s first film of the new decade, “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey”. This violent anti-hero piece is full of life and color; it heavily differentiates itself from past films in the DC Universe. While it’s unique style is impressive, it often messes with the series’ continuity. The intense performances...
By: Stephen Bennett, Staff Writer The popularization of the folk-pop sound has unwittingly hindered attempts at an authentically diverse folk revival. Bands like Mumford & Sons, The Head & the Heart, and The Lumineers, genuine and novel in their soft yet emotionally roaring songwriting, have developed a formula for legions of other folk artists to model. Local singer and multi-instrumentalist,...
By: Amelia Bodge, Staff Writer  The proposed name change to USM was widely talked about last year, but this wasn’t the first time the school has tried to reinvent itself. The University of Southern Maine has a long history dating back to the late 1800s. The school began in 1878 under the name Gorham Normal School, which was a higher learning...
By: Max Lorber, Arts and Culture Editor The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts (MMPA) celebrated its 10th anniversary with a uniquely expansive and impressively formidable exhibition. Instead of procuring a selection of pieces from a few photographers or collectors, MMPA board members decided to contact one hundred different collectors in Maine, requesting one print from each. The result is an epic...
By: Max Lorber, Arts and Culture Editor Students with a passion for the arts have the unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals at the Society of Student Artists (SoSA). Created in the Spring of 2019, SoSA aims to foster a community for creative students on campus by providing workshops and group trips to museums or galleries. According to SoSA president, Natasha...
By: Emma J. Walsh, Staff Writer, and Alyson Peabody, Editor-In-Chief Separation from the Senate has been an on and off issue for The Free Press and WMPG for more than thirty years. As it currently stands, the Student Senate does not intend on funding the Student Communication Board (SCB) with 30% of the Student Activity Fee (SAF). The 30% financial protections...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Sports Editor President Glenn Cummings confirmed in last week’s Monday Missive that the Media Studies Lab & Production Center would not be relocated as the new Career/Student Success Center and Residence Hall in Portland are built. This possibility had been suggested the week before in a discussion about the campus renovations. Protests arose as soon as students...
By: Alyson Peabody, Editor-in-Chief Taylor Swift opened up in her documentary Miss Americana about her reluctance to speak up about her political views. Swift broke her longstanding silence on politics during the 2018 midterm elections. Marsha Backburn, a self-proclaimed “hard-core conservative” was running to become Tennessee’s first female senator. Blackburn opposes gay rights and protective rights for women who are victims...
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If you’re living on-campus, then a car isn’t quite the necessity that it is for commuting students. You have the luxury of parking your car for the week and walking or riding a bike to and from class or around campus. Having a car on campus, though, can let you make a run home to do some laundry or...
By: Connor Blake, Staff Writer Peter Del Gallo, of the Men’s Wrestling Team, is dominating his final season with the Huskies. The exercise science major of Gardiner, Maine graduated from Gardiner Area High School (GAHS), as a two-sport athlete in soccer and wrestling. During his time there he earned three varsity letters in soccer and served as the team captain in...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Sports Editor The Women’s Ice Hockey team put five goals past Suffolk in an emphatic 5-2 victory over Suffolk University. The New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) matchup placed the Southern Maine Huskies in third place over Suffolk following the win on Saturday, Feb 1. The Huskies celebrated Senior Day before the puck dropped, as it was the final...
By: Tom Dolloff, USM Eco-Rep Climate change is a wicked problem with complex causes and unpredictable effects. If these issues aren’t addressed at a global scale, we will face the dire consequences of a planet not adapted to its climate. This is an unprecedented amount of pressure on both millennials and Gen Z who will both live to see the...

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By: Paul Dexter, Director of Academic Retention Initiatives & Cristina Kerluke, Learning Commons Academic Support Program Specialist Our weekly column is titled “Learning: It’s What You DO That Matters.” This catchphrase aims to level the playing field, as all students can improve their learning and academic performance by employing intentional, evidence-based, action-oriented strategies. We recognize, though, the link between our thoughts...
By: Zoe Bernardi, Columnist Ciao! Welcome to Florence Italy, my home away from home for the next four months. I am a student from USM and was the Community Editor for The Free Press, before placing my life in a checked bag and large backpack to start a new chapter. This column will reflect my time here studying abroad: the ups...
By: Lillian Lema, Staff Writer As a new semester begins students dread the anxiety of balancing school, work, and classes. Students who study abroad face other worries and concerns. Two weeks before USM student Denae Walton left for England for the Fall 2019 semester, she experienced a bit of cold feet. “I was freaking out about traveling, classes, the different...
By: Abigail Nelson, Community Editor Pilot Pete may not have stolen Hannah Brown’s heart in season 15 of the Bachelorette, but he stole ours. Now, he gets a second chance at love as the current Bachelor. Monday nights at 8pm, people all over the country tune in to catch a new episode full of drama and love, including our very...
By: Ryan Farrell, Staff Writer Last weekend marked the release of January’s last horror release. Oz Perkins launched his vision of a classic Grimm fairy tale, alternatively titled as “Gretel & Hansel”. The film puts Gretel at the center of the stage, allowing her to define the story. While “Gretel & Hansel” falls short on the scares and structure, the...

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