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USM to lower dorms costs and seeks to freeze out-of-state tuition

Residential and out-of-state students at the University of Southern Maine could be getting some relief in their wallets next year.

Appreciating life after harrowing childhood disease

At the age of one, Rachel Miller was diagnosed with an extremely rare blood disease that had killed nearly every child before her with the disease. But she said with the help of a miracle from God, she survived and is now a sophomore at the University of Southern Maine.

On-campus concert pushed back to next fall

The on-campus concert originally planned for this spring has been pushed back to next fall after organizer decided they didn't have adequate time to...

A new take on the old craft of printmaking

The texture of paper, the smell of ink, the crank of the press. For printmakers, these are more than just sensations. The act of printmaking...

USM students help give Somalis a voice in project for Al...

Mohammed Dini remembers the war-torn situation of Somalia when he left with his family in 1997. Conditions were so bad, people carried around white cotton cloths every day to cover their own bodies if they were killed — a preparation necessary to follow traditional funeral rites.

The Free Press has an immediate job opening as multimedia editor

The Free Press is currently hiring a new Multimedia Editor for this semester. This is an awesome opportunity for someone interested in photo and video to expand his or her portfolio and get some great experience. The editor is paid a stipend every two weeks, and you don't need work-study funds.

Student Body President Chris Camire drops out of race

Chris Camire has announced that he will not seek another term as student body president, all but handing the position to current Board of...

Popular Portland restaurant, Silly’s, gets a new ‘Twist’

Malt! Who goes there? No, it’s not a typo. Loaded with Bailey’s Irish Cream, chocolate, malt and coffee, “Malt! Who goes there?” is one of...

USM art students left high and dry by closing of The...

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.

No rest for Portland foodies during Maine Restaurant Week

Winter blues got you down? If you love memorable food, noteworthy dining experiences and contributing to a good cause, the fourth annual Maine Restaurant...

Being a musician in Portland takes new forms with changing economy

Barry Arvin Young didn’t plan on making a living on music in Maine. But after dropping out of college, Young found himself joining a...

UMS Board of Trustees pick James Page to replace Pattenaude as...

James Page, CEO of the James W. Sewall Company in Old Town and adjunct of professor of philosophy at the University of Maine will be the new chancellor of the University of Maine System. UMS Board of Trustees Chair M. Michelle Hood announced the decision Thursday at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Page will replace the current chancellor, Richard Pattenaude, who has served since 2007, in March.

Head of USM Foundation leaves university to become president of Maine...

Meg Weston, vice president for advancement at the University of Southern Maine and president and CEO of the USM Foundation is leaving the university to take the helm as president at Maine Media Workshops + College. Weston's last day at USM will be March 9, and she will begin her new job at the end of the month. The university has not yet chosen her successor.

USM women’s track sweep their 12th straight New England Alliance and...

The University of Southern Maine women’s track team swept the Little East Conference and Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference to capture their 12th straight New England Alliance and LEC Championships Saturday at the USM Field House. The lady Huskies won by a 205 to 1324 margin over UMass-Dartmouth in the Little East and 168 to 136 over Worcester State for the Alliance title.

Whether it’s your sweet heart or sweet tooth, Portland’s got you...

Whether you’re looking to play it safe this Valentine’s Day or take a walk on the wild side, Portland candy shops have something to offer everyone. Like every gift-giving holiday, however, last-minute shopper syndrome is prevalent. If you need Cupid’s arrow to remind you not to procrastinate, there might be some dangerously tasty consequences.

Learning commons open in Portland and Gorham

With the opening of the new learning commons in Portland and Gorham, students can now go to one centralized location on either campus for...

Judge sides with city, rules Occupy Maine can’t stay overnight in...

The city of Portland has issued Occupy Maine an order to vacate their encampment in Lincoln Park following a court ruling that stated Occupy Maine does not have a constitutional right to camp in inhabit the park around the clock.

USM basketball player joins team on memorable trip home for the...

USM men's basketball player Jeremy Jackson hadn't been in his hometown just outside of New Orleans since August. But Jackson joined his teammates for a holiday tournament in the Big Easy over Christmas break, and the team was able to take away much more than just wins and losses from its trip.

Planning for new Portland campus health center in the works

A cure may be on the horizon for students sick of trekking to Gorham to access University of Southern Maine health services thanks to a project currently in the works to reopen a student health center on the Portland campus. Portland has been without a health services center since 2010. But now USM health and counseling services and the School of Nursing are teaming up to fill the void and provide services for students in Portland while also providing a learning opportunity to nursing students.

Presidential-candidate hopeful Ron Paul to visit USM on Saturday

Ron Paul, candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination, is set to speak at the University of Southern Maine this Saturday. Paul is tentatively scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. in the Hastings Formal Lounge on the Gorham campus, according to Paul Madore, the state chairman for the campaign. He said the itinerary is still being developed for the rest of Paul's visit to Maine.

Leaky, old house perfect fit for USM applied energy program

The USM-owned building at 19 College Ave. was built in the late 19th century as a private residence and has been used for a variety of purposes for the university, though it wasn't in use when the department took it over in January. The applied energy program will be using it as a laboratory and research tool for students, and, if all goes to plan, the house will become a resource for the community as well.

Behind boarded-up windows, 131washington brings an all-inclusive DIY space to Portland

At the foot of Munjoy Hill rests a small warehouse with a weathered exterior and boarded-up windows, unabashedly displaying its survival through 84 harsh...

University of Maine System Chancellor candidates speak at USM

The three candidates for the position of University of Maine System Chancellor visited the University of Southern Maine this week, discussing with members of...

The Free Press Summer Festival Guide 2011

During the three long months of the Maine winter, it might be hard to remember what exactly summer feels like in Vacationland, yet here...

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