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05/02/2022

One of the first reviews of my memoir “Moon in Full: A Modern Coming-of-Age Story” can be found in the student newspaper The Free Press at my alma mater University of Southern Maine.

Moon in Full is available for pre-order on Amazon or on the Islandport Press website: https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Full-Modern-Coming-Age/dp/1952143357

How are you celebrating the earth this April? Read about how USM is making sustainability a priority 🌎 🌱 🪴 💚link in bio!...
04/26/2022

How are you celebrating the earth this April?

Read about how USM is making sustainability a priority 🌎 🌱 🪴 💚
link in bio!

@helloitszoe_

Artist of the Week: Sigrid Sibley! Sibley is a 2021 graduate from USM and just released her first album in February with...
04/09/2022

Artist of the Week: Sigrid Sibley!

Sibley is a 2021 graduate from USM and just released her first album in February with her band, Flight.

Read all about Sigrid’s bluegrass background and time at USM on our website! 🌾🎻🪕 🎶

#artistoftheweek #usmfreepress #freepress #flight #sigridsibldy

On Saturday, March 5, students and faculty at the University of Southern Maine gathered together outside of Glickman lib...
04/04/2022

On Saturday, March 5, students and faculty at the University of Southern Maine gathered together outside of Glickman library to show their support for Ukraine.

The event was organized by Jason White, a sociology major at USM.

Read more about what’s happening in Ukraine and how USM is showing their support on our website. Link in bio.

#supportukraine #ukraine #usm #standtogether #freepress

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Congratulations to our Editor-in-Chief for this award!
03/31/2022

Congratulations to our Editor-in-Chief for this award!

Please help us congratulate Cullen McIntyre, the co-recipient of the Communication and Media Studies Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior in Media Studies!
He may look a bit familiar to our followers, he was the co-recipient of the 2020-2021 Maine Association of Broadcasters Award!

Pronouns: he/him/his
Major: Media Studies Major; Sports Media Minor
Extracurricular Activities: Editor-In-Chief at The Free Press, photographer for the athletic department, intern for the Maine Mariners Hockey as the team photographer, and the radio show host of Sports Jam at WMPG FM.

“My time at USM has been meaningful from my time spent at the free press, WMPG, the athletic department and in the media studies program. I appreciate all the opportunities available, and the support given from the media studies faculty.” -Cullen

Congratulations Cullen, keep doing great things!

Did you know that a USM Assistant Professor won a National Education Association Foundation Envision Equity Grant for $5...
03/03/2022

Did you know that a USM Assistant Professor won a National Education Association Foundation Envision Equity Grant for $5,000?

Meet Dr. Larissa Malone, an assistant professor in the Teacher Education Department, School of Education and Human Development at USM.

Link in bio 🖊

Interested in being a part of leadership at the Free Press? We are currently accepting sign ups for the Editor-in-Chief ...
03/02/2022

Interested in being a part of leadership at the Free Press? We are currently accepting sign ups for the Editor-in-Chief and the entire Editorial Board for next year!

You can sign up at the link in our bio or come to our office at 92 Bedford St on the Portland Campus to sign up.

“Students voice distaste for Sodexo and Usm dining despite semesterly survey,” Second-year exercise science major Andrew...
03/02/2022

“Students voice distaste for Sodexo and Usm dining despite semesterly survey,”

Second-year exercise science major Andrew Wessling said he’s frequently been served uncooked chicken and over cooked pork.

“Nine times out of 10 you’ll find something edible,” said Wessling. “But it’s not necessarily what you want. We spend way too much money on crap food. I feel like they put out these surveys all the time, but nothing ever changes.”

Link in bio for more content 👀 🍴 🪳

Photo courtesy of Michelle Karam

TODAY! Come to our open house from 1-4pm to get involved with the Free Press. We are looking for staff in all positions,...
02/18/2022

TODAY!

Come to our open house from 1-4pm to get involved with the Free Press. We are looking for staff in all positions, especially in our upcoming editorial board applications.

We will be raffling off gift cards and a few other prizes! Additionally, we will have cookies, pie, coffee, coco, tea and more!

Meet Shane Harinxma-Toelg of Covid-19 Community Workers!“Shane Harinxma-Toelg, who is currently the Testing Lead through...
02/10/2022

Meet Shane Harinxma-Toelg of Covid-19 Community Workers!

“Shane Harinxma-Toelg, who is currently the Testing Lead through the Health and Counseling Department for both the Gorham and Portland campus locations…has had a different view on the pandemic as the coming of Covid-19 has allowed him to have opportunities otherwise never to have existed.”

Read more about Shane and the great ways he is helping our community! Link in bio.

#usmfreepress #community #usm

Huskies! Have you ever been curious about how a newspaper functions? Do you want to get involved on campus while buildin...
02/03/2022

Huskies! Have you ever been curious about how a newspaper functions? Do you want to get involved on campus while building your resume? The @usmfreepress is having an open house on Friday, February 18 from 1-4pm in our office located at 92 Bedford St. on the Portland campus!

We need writers, photographers, designers, and ad executives. After this semester there will be multiple openings on the editorial board. Come by the open house to learn more! Snacks and drinks will be provided. Masking required.

We had a great event last week as former Free Press staff Noah Hurowitz spoke about his book “El Chapo: The Untold Story...
11/02/2021

We had a great event last week as former Free Press staff Noah Hurowitz spoke about his book “El Chapo: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Infamous Drug Lord.”

Joining Noah at the event was current and former Free Press staff members! Including our own Director of Photography Nora Devin and News Editor Haley Hersey. Former staff includes Kevin Steeves, Dylan Martin, Noah Hurowitz and Paul Koenig. And our great Business Manager, Lucille Siegler (picture 3). It was great to have new and former staff come together!

Vice Provost of Student Affairs position created and filled 🗞Damian Medina has been active in the role since September 1...
10/27/2021
Vice Provost of Student Affairs position created and filled - The Free Press

Vice Provost of Student Affairs position created and filled 🗞

Damian Medina has been active in the role since September 15. The job description for Vice Provost of Student Affairs is, “Under the direction of the Provost, the Vice Provost for Student Affairs will have oversight in planning, developing, implementing, and advising on programs, services, activities, and processes for students in their life at the university, including student conduct and community standards, identity-based experiences, sexual violence, Title IX, leadership development, intercultural student affairs, student government, student organizations, disability services, health & counseling services, residence life and housing, veteran services and other student resource areas. The Vice Provost will be responsible for helping to realize the full potential of a combined academic and student affairs division, including integrating learning opportunities across the student experience in alignment with USM’s academic vision and strategic plan.”

Read more: https://usmfreepress.org/2021/10/14/vice-provost-of-student-affairs-position-created-and-filled/

By: Haley Hersey, News Editor The University of Southern Maine (USM) has created and filled a new position titled Vice Provost for Student Affairs. Damian Medina, ailing from Texas, has been hired for the position. As of September 15, Medina has been active in his role. The job description for Vice....

This Thursday, @usmfreepress and @usouthernmaine alumni Noah Horowitz will be at Payson Smith 303 from 6-8pm talking abo...
10/26/2021

This Thursday, @usmfreepress and @usouthernmaine alumni Noah Horowitz will be at Payson Smith 303 from 6-8pm talking about his book “El Chapo The Untold Story of the World’s Most Infamous Drug Lord”

Come check it out this Thursday!!

NEW ARTICLE!Graduate Student Conducts Vaccine Intervention Plan Research 🦠🩺“‘Before they made the decision to make the v...
09/27/2021

NEW ARTICLE!

Graduate Student Conducts Vaccine Intervention Plan Research 🦠🩺

“‘Before they made the decision to make the vaccine mandatory for students to be on campus, it was going to be a very interesting challenge for USM’s health leadership to accomplish mobilizing a lot of people - students, faculty, and anyone in the USM community to get vaccinated…’”

Read more on our website (usmfreepress.org)!
#news #covid_19 #usmfreepress

Looking to get involved this semester? Join @usmfreepress!We are looking for staff writers, photographers, designers and...
08/22/2021

Looking to get involved this semester? Join @usmfreepress!

We are looking for staff writers, photographers, designers and editors!

Email [email protected] if interested.

The University of Maine System shared via an important message from Chancellor Dannel Malloy on August 4 that requiring ...
08/19/2021
University of Maine System requiring vaccination, masking for in-person presence in Fall 2021 - The Free Press

The University of Maine System shared via an important message from Chancellor Dannel Malloy on August 4 that requiring vaccination to participate in an on-campus experience in Fall 2021 is now UMS policy. As of August 18, masks are required indoors on UMS campuses again. Students must verify vaccination status, or be in the process of being vaccinated by August 20, or they will not be allowed on campus in the fall.

Read more:
http://usmfreepress.org/2021/08/19/university-of-maine-system-requiring-vaccination-masking-for-in-person-presence-in-fall-2021/

By: Haley Hersey, News Editor The University of Maine System shared via an important message from Chancellor Dannel Malloy on August 4 that requiring vaccination to participate in an on-campus experience in Fall 2021 is now UMS policy. As of August 18, masks are required indoors on UMS campuses agai...

Men in Black International, a spinoff of the original MIB series, was released in 2019. Following a similar plot from th...
04/23/2021
Movie Talk: Men In Black International - The Free Press

Men in Black International, a spinoff of the original MIB series, was released in 2019. Following a similar plot from the original film, by protecting the world from alien threats, the MIB faces a greater threat, which is a mole inside their own organization. A decent movie, this is one of the worst out of the other three. Being lackluster and forgettable, this film fails to live up the hype and expectations. Read more at the link below.

Byline: Isiah Leach Men in Black International, a spinoff of the original MIB series, was released in 2019. Following a similar plot from the original film, by protecting the world from alien threats, the MIB faces a greater threat, which is a mole inside their own organization. A decent movie, this...

The film The Magnificent Seven, which was released in 2016, is one of your classic western cowboy movies. The plot invol...
04/17/2021
Movie Talk : the Magnificent Seven - The Free Press

The film The Magnificent Seven, which was released in 2016, is one of your classic western cowboy movies. The plot involves the antagonist taking control of a town, which leads the town to hire a group of people to save them from him. While overall it is good and has a lot of great things woven in, The Magnificent Seven is a film that can be viewed as predictable. Before you read the rest of the article, this does contain spoilers, so read at your own risk. Read more at the link below :

By: Isiah Leach, Staff Writer The film The Magnificent Seven, which was released in 2016, is one of your classic western cowboy movies. The plot involves the antagonist taking control of a town, which leads the town to hire a group of people to save them from him. While overall it is good and has [....

Demolition of Woodbury Campus Center is well under way on the @usouthernmaine Portland campus. Photos today by @cullenmc...
03/31/2021

Demolition of Woodbury Campus Center is well under way on the @usouthernmaine Portland campus.

Photos today by @cullenmcintyrephotography

03/29/2021

Our special issue print on Women’s History Month is out today! Check out the PDF version on our website, or look out for the issue around campus over the next day!

"In honor of Women’s History Month, The Free Press wanted to highlight and honor three individuals who work, coach, and ...
03/29/2021
Husky Heroes of the Month - The Free Press

"In honor of Women’s History Month, The Free Press wanted to highlight and honor three individuals who work, coach, and play in each of these important areas. This week The Free Press sat down for a Q&A with Women’s Lacrosse Player Hannah Gorham, Women’s Basketball Coach Samantha Norris, and Associate Director of Athletics Kim Turner." ... Read More! Click the link!

Three very important factors to making a Division III Athletics program successful are the players, coaches, and administrators. Without these pillars, the University of Southern Maine wouldn’t have the successful program it does. In honor of Women’s History Month, The Free Press wanted to highl...

03/14/2021

Applications for Editorial Board positions for next year are now open. Positions include:
- News, Arts & Culture, Community and Sports Editors
- Director of Photography
- Design Director
- Web Editor

Email [email protected] to apply. Applications close 3/21

This was a film I was very excited to see, as it was said to be a “distant cousin” from the film Inception, which was a ...
03/11/2021
Movie Talk : Tenet - The Free Press

This was a film I was very excited to see, as it was said to be a “distant cousin” from the film Inception, which was a fantastic film and also directed by Christopher Nolan, but it lived up to some of the expectations I had. Along with a great plot, a cast that consisted of John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kenneth Branagh, all fantastic actors. Their performance and deliverance of their lines added to the film. Read more at the link below!

Byline: Isiah Leach, Staff Writer Longtime great director Christopher Nolan’s newest movie, Tenet, was one of the movies that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year. It was delayed three times before finally being released in certain theaters on Sept. 3, 2020. Before I go into reviewin...

Representation matters, for everyone. This simple yet profound idea of representation and inclusion is exactly what soph...
03/01/2021
A Powerful Advocate for Representation: Hussein Maow hopes to be voice for change on campus - The Free Press

Representation matters, for everyone. This simple yet profound idea of representation and inclusion is exactly what sophomore Hussein Maow is passionate about. As the current Student Body Vice-President, political science and finance double-major and former Director of Racial Equity and Inclusion, Maow’s efforts on campus have been incredibly important. “I am able to advocate exactly what students are trying to do, things that students need,” he said. “How is the environment at USM and how can we change that because coming into it as someone who has lived in Portland, that idea of inclusion and the environment didn’t really exist and still doesn’t exist at USM.”

Read more: http://usmfreepress.org/2021/03/01/a-powerful-advocate-for-representation-hussein-maow-hopes-to-be-voice-for-change-on-campus/

By: Cullen McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief Representation matters, for everyone. This simple yet profound idea of representation and inclusion is exactly what sophomore Hussein Maow is passionate about. As the current Student Body Vice-President, political science and finance double-major and former Direc...

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We are so excited to welcome our three new Resident Directors! Many thanks to The Free Press for a great article!
September 23, 2021 Ladies & Gentlemen: Re: Let's Hear Your Story (LHYS) My name is Tony Lombardo. I have been afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over forty-one years and wheelchair bound for twenty-one years. To say the least, it certainly has not been an easy road. Along the way, I have met numerous individuals who taught me the true meaning of the word COURAGE. As a means of "paying it forward," I established Let's Hear Your Story (LHYS). Our mantra is “How We Conquer Life's Obstacles.” We collect and post personal survival stories on the LHYS site as the written word, videos, or by other available mediums. Anonymous stories are welcome. Please visit our Facebook prototype site at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/439109260104105. LHYS exhibits “social value” by focusing upon how we learn survival skills from each other. I am developing LHYS into an online showcase which focuses upon the Inner Strength contained within the Human Spirit. We will post a vast selection of exceptional work created by exceptional individuals. We welcome individuals who are interested in exhibiting their work on the LHYS site. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected]. Your input is greatly appreciated. Thank you! Tony Lombardo
Want a lift to your spirits, going into the New Year? On December 31st, at 2 pm sharp, Belfast Parks and Recreation will be providing an hour of free entertainment, provided by local singers and musicians. This will happen on the lower part of the Common, next to Front Street. Front Street will be closed from Commercial Street to Miller Street, so you can just stroll by, stand, or bring your own seating and listen to songs of compassion, promise, hope and joy. This program lasts under one hour and is free. Come, Turn the Page on 2020 and welcome in 2021 with our fine volunteers. THIS IS A COMPLETELY, SERIOUSLY COVID 19-COMPLIANT PRODUCTION. SINGERS ARE TO BE 14 FEET APART, NON-SINGERS 6 FEET. MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES. MASKS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON-SITE AT NO CHARGE. Come join us, sing, watch, dance (solo!) and Turn the Page on 2020.
With so much entertainment shut down due to COVID-19, come enjoy a LIVE SHOW on Belfast Common! With safety precautions fully observed, come enjoy a presentation of Classics on the Common's THE CANTERBURY TALES, sponsored by Belfast Dept of Parks & Rec. Seating will be limited, so tickets are best purchased in advance at Left Bank Books in Belfast.
It may be hard to believe, but we're getting into the last weeks of the spring semester! Cristina Kerluke from The Learning Commons at the University of Southern Maine wrote this great article in The Free Press with tips for getting prepared.
Image 1/3 In the recent "Making the Pivot to Online Learning" #AGILEUSM article in the The Free Press, our Academic Support Program Specialist Cristina Kerluke shares 10 tips to help #USMHuskies make the most of University of Southern Maine's transition to remote learning this spring. Remember: as with any learning endeavor, it’s what you DO that matters. Use the resource below as a starting point, or read the article on the FP site at https://bit.ly/2UFVXwz.
Image 2/3 In the recent "Making the Pivot to Online Learning" #AGILEUSM article in the The Free Press, our Academic Support Program Specialist Cristina Kerluke shares 10 tips to help #USMHuskies make the most of University of Southern Maine's transition to remote learning this spring. Remember: as with any learning endeavor, it’s what you DO that matters. Use the resource below as a starting point, or read the article on the FP site at https://bit.ly/2UFVXwz.
Image 3/3 In the recent "Making the Pivot to Online Learning" #AGILEUSM article in the The Free Press, our Academic Support Program Specialist Cristina Kerluke shares 10 tips to help #USMHuskies make the most of University of Southern Maine 's transition to remote learning this spring. Remember: as with any learning endeavor, it’s what you DO that matters. Use the resource below as a starting point, or read the article on the FP site at https://bit.ly/2UFVXwz.
The Free Press has the lowdown on what it means to switch to a Pass/Fail option for the spring semester. Before you email the Registrar to make the shift, make sure you've chatted with professors, academic and faculty advisors, and coaches to understand how it may affect you!
Thank you The Free Press for promoting the scholarships we award through the Journalism Education Foundation of New England. This year's scholarships will be $2,000 each. College students or high school seniors who are studying and acquiring work experience that will prepare them to work in the field of journalism are eligible to apply. Deadline to apply is March 27, 2020. University of Southern Maine #scholarships #journalism
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