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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...
By: Haley Hersey, Staff Writer Exciting news of the TRIO program’s funding doubling spreads campus-wide. A press release from the Office of Public Affairs indicated an additional $1.3 million (for a total of $2.6 million) is being provided to TRIO from the U.S. Department of Education. The additional funding allows the program to advise 120 STEM majors within the university as...
Best Jobs for People Who Love Flowers
For some people, there is nothing more relaxing than spending an evening working in your garden. But for a select few, they get to turn their passion into a full-time career. There are many job opportunities available for people who possess a green thumb. Here are the best jobs for people who love flowers. Landscaping There’s more to the landscaping profession...
These past few months have been solemn for many. Joy doesn’t come as it used to and more. It feels like stress fills our heads and thoughts more than we’d like to admit. This week especially, with the election on Tuesday, I know my friends and I sat in our common spaces continuously refreshing our screens. Tracking the states...
In September of 2020, The University of Southern Maine proudly unveiled the art installation on their Portland campus.  The installation itself, named “Glacial Retreat” has bold translucent blue walls that spread to the surrounding ground. The color brings the viewer’s thoughts towards the ocean and ocean creatures. The intention behind the piece, was to bring awareness to the environmental...
By: Cullen McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief According to an email from President Glenn Cummings on Thursday addressed to students, faculty and staff, a "detectable level of SARS-CoV-2 has been identified in our Gorham Campus wastewater." As a result of the wastewater sampling that was implemented in August, all in-person classes and events will be held remotely on Friday. The email also added that temporary...
Morgan Richardson is an art student at the University of Southern Maine on track to graduate in 2022. Her major is Art with a concentration of digital art and photography. She is originally from Oxford, Maine, but she is currently living in Bethel, Maine. Richardson has been making art for as long as she can remember. From a young age,...
The Best Ways To Get Donors’ Attention
In addition to adjusting to online schooling, student organizers have had to navigate the new landscape of fundraising. Many huge donation opportunities are in-person events, which are now being delayed indefinitely to prioritize student and staff safety. Especially with the shift toward digital donating, much of an organization’s campaign success relies on the number of committed donors it already has....
Best Strategies for College Success
Regardless of your field of study or learning style, there are a few important tactics for acing college courses. These are the best strategies for college success in the classroom. Plan Ahead Term papers, midterms, and research projects are all immensely time-consuming tasks that can quickly go awry without the proper time management. To succeed in your college courses, take your...
USM Health and Counseling Services staff see many students who complain of “winter blues” or “winter depression”. This is also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). S.A.D.  is a pattern of mood changes, occurring at the same time each year; it usually begins in the late fall ( now) to early winter months and ends in the Spring.  S. A. D....

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