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Colleges cope with retrenchment of faculty

Since President Theo Kalikow announced the layoffs of twelve faculty members on Friday, March 21, the colleges of the retrenched faculty have responded by...

Students for #USMFuture demand funding reform for UMaine System

Two weeks after over two hundred students stormed the law building to protest faculty layoffs, the #USMFuture movement has broadened its focus and is...

Students push back against proposed program cuts

The difference between the faculty members who were laid off last Friday and the four programs President Kalikow proposed cutting entirely the week before...

Students continue to organize after denial of bill at state house

Update: March 27, 6:27 p.m. Students who proposed a bill to analyze the distribution of funding in the UMaine System were disappointed today to hear...

Muskie students respond to cuts

Earlier this evening, nearly 40 students from the Muskie School of Public Policy met with the school’s Dean Joseph McDonnell and Associate Dean Andrew...

Doyle on 2014 election: Maine needs a plan to serve students in longterm, and...

This letter was contributed by Andrew J. Doyle. The University of Maine system has experienced a declining enrollment during a time when pursuing higher education...

Conte: Cuts not just a budget issue, also a human issue

My name is Martin Conte.  I have resided in the great state of Maine for 20 of my 21 years.  I grew up “Downeast,”...

Over two hundred students protest university budget cuts, sit-in

Update: 9:00 p.m. After nine hours of demonstrating, starting at the Law Building and moving into the Woodbury Campus Center, all but one of the...

Chann: Vote of ‘no confidence’ came too soon

This letter was contributed by Marpheen Chann. I applaud my fellow student government colleagues and the student senate for their support of students and faculty....

Ward: Students should support admin efforts, work with what they’ve got, stop protesting

This letter was contributed by Dustin Ward. Dear Free Press, I want to first write and say what a wonderful job you and your organization are...

Hunter: This is not my USM

Dear Free Press, Like most students and alumni I have been watching the events of the last two days unfold over social media with something...

Lacy: We’re fighting for our right to learn

Dear USM Administration, My name is Caleb Lacy. I am a 4th year Theater Major here at USM and a United States Marine Corps Veteran....

Parry: USM pulled out of rip-tide but tossed into furnace by admin actions

Dear Provost Stevenson and Board, Now I'm no economics or mathematics major, but it seems to me that by dramatically reducing the size of the...

Student senate votes no confidence in USM president and council

The student senate voted no confidence tonight in President Theo Kalikow and her council following a series of cuts on Friday. More than 20 students...

President Theodora Kalikow to students: Faculty Layoffs

The following is an email sent from Kalikow to current students at USM. It was sent at 3:31 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Dear Students: We have made...

Faculty from London to New York show support in letters for USM faculty laid...

The following is a compilation of letters written from faculty from a variety of backgrounds and from various locations that were sent to Provost...

Faculty Senate votes to reject first round of cuts

In a special meeting of the Faculty Senate in response to the series of faculty layoffs and program cut proposals, the Faculty Senate voted...

President gives official notice of termination to 12 despite protests

Just after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, President Theo Kalikow sent out an email officially announcing that 12 faculty members from nine departments have been...

Linebaugh: Stop the cutting now

This is a letter was written by USM alumni Wade Linebaugh. Dear Provost Stevenson, If the news has it right, you're either currently meeting--or about to...

More than 100 gather in law building to protest faculty cuts

A group of more than 100 students have gathered on the 7th floor of the law building this morning to protest termination of faculty. More...

Provost calls meetings for the morning, lay-offs of 11 to 12 faculty could follow

Tomorrow morning more than 10 USM faculty members will climb to the seventh floor office of the provost for back-to-back meetings that, some think,...

Shelley: Corporate language on USM’s “changes” strange and depressing

This article was contributed by USM graduate Phil Shelley. Last week, I received a mass email from the USM Graduate Admissions office regarding the current...

Rood: ‘new direction’ doesn’t mean the same direction as before

Dear USM, I am shocked and appalled at the level of disrespect you have shown your students and the fine educators of this institution, without...

Students and faculty concerned about cuts, not vision

University President Theodora Kalikow hosted an all-campus meeting yesterday morning to discuss the future of the university within the University of Maine System, but...

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