Articles by Francis Flisiuk


‘It’s like burning money’: USM shuts down little-used summer shuttle

on June 27, 2014, at 11:47 a.m.
The shuttle bus between the Portland and Gorham campuses will make its final loop on Friday before shutting down for the rest of the summer due to low useage. “This was a difficult decision but we could not balance the high cost of the service with the low level of …

Students rally to save three programs on the administration’s chopping block

on June 27, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.
Students for #USM Future recently organized a rally outside of the Maine Law Building to protest President Theo Kalikow’s final budget recommendations, specifically the three programs that are slated for elimination. Geosciences, American and New England Studies and the Arts and Humanities program on the Lewiston-Auburn campus have been considered …

Educators and local businesses discuss plans for USM’s metropolitan redesign

on June 23, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
A new group has been formed at USM in an effort to implement USM’s plan to become a premiere urban metropolitan university and redefine the university’s mission, an undertaking that President Theodora Kalikow has said might take years to complete. The goal of the Metropolitan University Steering Group is to …

Old beats new: blacksmith forges handmade metalworks with 19th century techniques

on April 27, 2014, at 11:39 a.m.
Tucked away in a side shop on Fore street, hiding behind a heavy wooden door, is a workshop that looks like it was pulled from a time warp. The Portland Forge is a soot filled shop that specializes in crafting custom ordered metallurgic items made using only historical blacksmithing techniques. …

The Blade Society fights to preserve history

on April 26, 2014, at 8:13 p.m.
Every Tuesday night in the Sullivan Sports Complex a battle rages between armor-clad members of the USM Blade Society. The Blade Society is a student-run group that meets weekly to learn, practice and ultimately perfect the sword and fencing techniques of several different European styles. Made up of many different …

Understanding mortality through photography: how one artist understands death

on April 21, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
The photography that junior foreign language major Kelly Donaldson brought to submit for the President’s Art Show deals with a topic that, according to her, is constantly ignored: death. On display on the 7th floor of the law building is a series of four photographs that depict macabre images that …

Musicians riff to pay the bills

on April 14, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
Singers and musicians whose passion is pouring hours of practice and rehearsal into honing a musical craft, are finding plenty of ways to make money that go beyond just playing gigs. Landing gigs and performing at esteemed venues is near the end of the long road to making it big …

Sign of the rhymes: Poetry serves as a medium for change

on April 07, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
Poetry reading has evolved from coffeehouses and dusty leather bound books into packed bars, snapping fingers and vocal performance pieces with powerful messages. No longer is poetry culture limited by cliche love stories, strict organization and clever rhymes. Poetry in today’s age, specifically slam poetry, has developed into an artistic …

Campbell brothers shoot for big screens

on March 10, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
Siblings Thomas and Peter Campbell, emerging filmmakers and theatre and music majors at USM, are ready to see their work on national and international screens, after winning several awards, including “Best Film,” during Portland’s 48 Hour Film Project last year . The brothers made their winning eight-minute film as part …

A student’s guide to Maine Restaurant Week

on March 03, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
The 6th annual Maine Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to break free from the doldrums of frequenting the same eateries and explore new flavors  at an especially  discounted  price. Over 90 restaurants all over the state are offering new 3-course dinners for either $25, $35, or $45 and lunches …

Dark comedic musical written by Holocaust survior has english world premiere at USM

on Feb. 24, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.
The USM Department of Theatre is debuting the English language world premiere of In the Underworld, a darkly comedic musical written by the French ethnologist Germaine Tillion who secretly wrote the three-act script while imprisoned at the Nazi all women’s concentration camp of Ravensbrück in northern Germany. The operetta was …

Finding love in the digital age

on Feb. 10, 2014, at 1:41 p.m.
Can apps like Tinder spark an off screen romance? Whether we care to admit it or not, technology is changing every aspect of our 21st century world and, of course, dating and relationships are not exempt. Single people in the digital age have numerous tools at their disposal for finding …

Album Review: Along the Way

on Feb. 09, 2014, at 9:11 p.m.
Mark McGuire has had a busy year. After splitting up with the electronic band Emeralds and signing on to the Dead Oceans label, McGuire has managed to keep up an impressive creative pace with the release of what may be his most ambitious work yet. His EP, entitled Along the …

National Album Review: “The Age of Reason” by Gramatik

on Feb. 03, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
The Age of Reason defies standards in electronic music albums featuring 15 dynamic tracks that are rich in innovation and variety. The Slovenian born DJ Gramatik, whose real name is Denis Jasarevic, has been busy creating his own record label Lowtemp and crafting this gem of an album that’s been …

Solidarity through literary arts: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts on display in London, Cairo and USM

on Feb. 01, 2014, at 10:19 p.m.
Seven years after a car bomb exploded in Iraq, killing 30 people, wounding over 100 and destroying the entire perimeter of Al-Mutanabbi street the cultural epicenter of Baghdad, a powerful art exhibition has arrived at USM entitled Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here that displays the significance of what happened on that …

Arts & Culture Recommends: the Portland Comedy Showcase

on Jan. 27, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
A Wednesday night at Bull Feeney’s on Fore street helps you realize that Portland has more to offer than just its restaurants, breweries and music events. It also has a thriving comedy scene. Some of the most successful comedians from all over New England gather at the Irish pub every …

Protected: Faculty artists lead students by example

on Jan. 27, 2014, at 10:51 a.m.
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Alumni artists return for campus exhibition

on Jan. 20, 2014, at 8:23 p.m.
A new semester has begun and with it an opportunity to enjoy art from former students with a new exhibition in the AREA Gallery of the Woodbury campus center entitled Transitions: Juried Art Alumni. It opened last Thursday to a reception of students, professors and alumni artists. The gallery is …

Portland catches a case of those winter brews

on Dec. 09, 2013, at 12:50 a.m.
Although we haven’t seen any significant snowfall yet in Portland, we’ve definitely felt the cold chill of the season. While many warm up with a hot cocoa or peppermint coffee, others choose to celebrate with the return of another seasonal beverage––Maine winter beers. This time of the year, Portland’s bars …

USM’s 14th Annual Royal Majesty Drag Show And Competition Photos

on Dec. 02, 2013, at 3:22 p.m.
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