Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Number of adjunct professors on the rise at USM

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Brian Gordon in News

The university has been firing tenured professors and replacing them with adjuncts or temporary workers as part of executing their vision of a “metropolitan university.” The administration has been carrying this out in the name of saving money.  The national average of adjuncts teaching is 50 percent  at 4-year public universities. USM uses more than […]

USM professors help The Phoenix rise from ashes

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Brian Gordon in News

Jason Read, professor of philosophy.

USM professors Ronald Schmidt and Jason Read have been filling holes left in the wake of the mass exodus of Portland Phoenix writers to the new alternative weekly in town, Dig Portland. The two professors have had more or less regular columns in the Phoenix, which comes out every Wednesday in Portland and the surrounding […]

The Pulps! Art exhibit

Posted on December 09, 2014 by Brian Gordon in Arts & Culture

The headlines for The Pulps! exhibit at the Portland Public Library sound more like horror movies than an art exhibit. Titles like, “They’re Lurking Behind Buildings” and “They Strike at you from the Darkness” make for an awesome exhibit that pops off the walls with color and crime. Pulps, or pulp fiction were cheaply made […]

Online sexual harassement training now mandatory for all students and faculty

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Brian Gordon in News

Last Monday the board of trustees voted to make a federally mandated sexual harassment training mandatory for all students and faculty to complete. According to Sarah Holmes, assistant director of student life and diversity, there has been an increase in public attention to the issue of sexual assault on campus over the last 18 months. […]

Student worries about value of her education

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Brian Gordon in News, Uncategorized

Kimberly Clark, USM graduate of the media studies department, is currently enrolled in the eliminated American and New England studies program.

The University’s graduate degree program in American and New England Studies has been abolished as part of the cuts handed down by President David Flanagan and the board of trustees. No teach out plan has been available to students or faculty, leaving students wondering how they will finish their studies in the two years the […]

Ebola demystified by faculty

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Brian Gordon in News, Uncategorized

Are you afraid of big bad Ebola? Should you be worried about a campus wide outbreak? Teachers gave a resounding no. There have been over 4,500 deaths from Ebola in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. In America there have been four confirmed cases, three in Dallas, and one recently occurring […]

Students demand earlier bus

Posted on October 04, 2014 by Brian Gordon in News

The 8:45 bus that runs from Woodbury Campus Center in Portland to Gorham is often late getting students back to the dorms. A quick search on MaineStreet yielded nine classes that end at 7 p.m. or just after, forcing those students who are heading home in Gorham to wait nearly two hours, as they miss […]

The cost of convenience: comparing food costs

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Brian Gordon in News

Students could save money on food by taking a quick walk to the Back Bay Hannaford, but still some prefer the convenience of on campus dining, like the Luther Bonney cafe and the Woodbury Campus Center cafeteria. Those that were grabbing lunch in the cafeteria had either meal plans or were just content to shell […]