‘USM needs to be invested in, not cut:’ Faculty, students respond to announcement of faculty cuts

Posted on October 06, 2014 by Emma James in News

Susan Feiner, a professor of economics and women and gender studies, has continuously spoken out against USM administration since cuts last spring.

Students and faculty gathered in opposition to the cuts released earlier in the day by the president and provost. Susan Feiner, professor of economics and vice president of the faculty union AFUM, announced that AFUM speaks out strongly against the ill-advised cuts that, according to her, completely compromise USM. “Programs are explicitly detailed in the […]

Admin yet to ease uncertainty in teach-out plan

Posted on October 06, 2014 by Emma James in News

Programs eliminated by the board of trustees are still waiting for administrative action to proceed with the enactment of a teach-out plan for students. Progress has been made, but uncertainty still remains. According to Kent Ryden, professor and director of American and New England studies, the dean’s office sent out a letter to all current […]

Programs slated for elimination finalized

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Emma James in News

The three programs slated for elimination, American and New England Studies, geosciences and arts and humanities at the Lewiston-Auburn Campus were approved for elimination by the board of trustees last Monday in Fort Kent. After no discussion, with the exception of the citizen comment period, the board’s vote was unanimous. “We do have to face […]

Faculty has no plan in place yet for students seeking degrees in eliminated programs

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Emma James in News

The three USM programs up for elimination, to be voted on Monday, Sept. 22 at the Board of Trustees meeting in Fort Kent, do not yet have a plan for students to finish their degrees, if it passes. According to Kent Ryden, director and professor of American and New England studies, administration has not given […]

‘This is an experiement’: Faculty expresses concerns for budget timeline

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Emma James in News

President David Flanagan and Provost Joseph McDonnell respond to faculty concerns at the first faculty senate meeting of the year. Though they only accounted for two items on the agenda, the duration of the meeting was spent discussing program eliminations and budget cuts, and extended beyond the two-hour timeframe.

The Faculty Senate was set to spend last week’s meeting discussing a report from the Metropolitan University Steering Group, but after reports from President David Flanagan and Provost Joseph McDonnell, the rest of the meeting was spent on topics that weren’t on the agenda: this year’s budget deficit, program eliminations and how to combat dropping […]

Elimination of three academic programs to be finalized this month

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Emma James in News

Kent Ryden, director and professor of American and New England studies, described his feelings as ‘disappointed.’

In two weeks the University of Maine System board of trustees will vote on whether or not to eliminate three programs at USM: American and New England studies, geosciences and the arts and humanities program on the Lewiston-Auburn Campus. USM administrators proposed eliminating these programs in March as a cost-saving measure in an attempt to […]

Students take action after Direction Package

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Emma James in News

After the release of a new Direction Package on Sept. 24, students around campus have started to question the role USM serves as a public institution. For junior women and gender studies students Jules Purnell and Meaghan LaSala, their questions about the Direction Package eventually became action, in the face of ongoing cuts, specifically the […]

Planetarium hosts panel on the role of women in hard sciences

Posted on October 07, 2013 by Emma James in Briefly, News

Lucinda Cole, Director of Women and Gender and Studies Associate Professor of English, explains the upcoming panel on Women and the Night Sky TKTKTK

It used to be that men were the only ones allowed to call themselves scientists, in today’s world, gender structures are not so rigid. Even so, female scientists pursuing hard sciences has become a rarity, according to women and gender studies Professor Lucinda Cole. That is the subject of “Women, Science and the Night Sky: […]

USM professor brings Democracy Now! producer to speak on censorship

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Emma James in News

Criminology Professor Dusan Bjelic explains why he wanted to bring Democracy Now! producer, Nermeen Shaikh, to speak in Portland about censorship and the role of power in the media.

On Oct. 3, 2013 at the Space Gallery at 7:00 p.m., Nermeen Shaikh, news producer and co-anchor of DemocracyNOW!, a daily and independent global news hour, will speak with firsthand information on how the political process actually works. For funding for the event, Professor Dusan Bjelić of USM’s criminology department applied to the Maine Humanities […]

Huskies bite back at soapbox preachers

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Emma James in News

Students, professional staff and a USM police officer stand in the crowd listening to the Cross Country Evangelism group preaching outside the Brooks Student Center.

Gorham was the unsuspecting host of a religious group, Cross Country Evangelism on Thursday. The group came hoping to “spread, the Word” to students. Mike Stockwell, along with a handful of other ministry members who proclaimed the “gospel of Jesus Christ for the glory of God” came to USM as a part of a their […]