Our Opinion: Ensuring student safety

Posted on January 27, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

USM has seen more than its fair share of breaking news this week.From the arrest of a former USM student body president for arson on Monday and a Gorham standoff between police and an armed student Wednesday night, to an incident of spontaneous combustion in the science building on Friday. Two of these events have […]

University oversight of fraternities questioned after Gorham standoff

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Authorities blocked off College Avenue to keep USM residents from traveling near the crime scene. The campus did not go into lockdown because university officials felt that the scene was contained at the off-campus fraternity house.

Last Wednesday’s Gorham standoff between local police and an armed USM student, Alan-Michael Santos, has raised a lot of questions about the university’s policies and procedures during emergency situations. Santos, 23, of Winchester, Mass., a junior business marketing major, surrendered to authorities after a four-hour standoff with police, in which he barricaded himself in the […]

Speaker sparks controversy at USM

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Sidney Dritz in News

Students, many of whom are a part of the Alpha Omega student group affiliated with the Casco Bay Church of Christ, listened intently to Hammond’s practiced but impassioned oration at Friday night’s “Caring Beyond the Margins” event in Gorham.

In an interview with The Free Press, Guy Hammond expressed a hope that his event Friday and Sunday, “Caring Beyond the Margins,” would help to provide a bridge between the LGBTQ community and the Christian community, a hope which was borne out, after a fashion, in the diversity of the population which turned out to […]

USM art students left high and dry by closing of The Art Guru

Posted on March 05, 2012 by Liza Miller in News

"The Art Guru" Jeremy Greene stands outside his shuttered art supply store in Gorham. The closure left USM art students in Gorham without a nearby store to purchace supplies.

University of Southern Maine art students in Gorham can no longer rely on a nearby art supply store, which for years offered discounts and guidance to students.

With projected budget deficit, USM takes substantial steps to increase enrollment

Posted on December 03, 2011 by Paul Koenig in News

Faced with declining enrollment and a projected deficit at the end of the fiscal year in June, the university is taking steps to improve residential and overall enrollment in the coming years, including awarding nearly $100,000 in housing grants for the spring semester and providing an additional $1 million for student financial aid next fall. Director of Public Affairs Bob Caswell said the $1 million additional student financial aid would be on top of the roughly $7 million of university funds USM provides for financial aid to students each year…

Koenig: Is Greek life the solution to a struggling Gorham campus?

Posted on October 24, 2011 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

Editor-in-Chief Paul Koenig

Colleen Corbett arrived at USM in the fall of 2008, after choosing the university over other schools for what she saw as a vibrant campus life and active Greek community. Three years later, and the campus isn’t the same.

Kappa Delta Phi active once again after two years of dormancy

Posted on September 25, 2011 by Noah Hurowitz in News

The active members of Kappa Delta Phi at a recent gathering. From left: Marpheen Berry, Chris Camire, TJ Williams, John Lepper, Jason Roberts, Mike Emory, Will Schoen and Danny Gay.

In the spring of 2009 the USM Iota chapter of Kappa Delta Phi, the oldest Greek organization on campus, was declared dormant by the fraternity’s national organization. But now, just over two years later, the fraternity has been reorganized and is back on campus. The rebirth of the Kappa Delta Phi rests on the work […]