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Petition to reverse cuts drafted by AAUP member

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

A petition has been published online representing the wishes of scholars and teachers all over the world to reverse the cuts and restart the process of addressing USM’s projected $16 million budget deficit. So far the petition has over 300 signatures on it. This petition comes as a response to the recent sanction by the […]

Metropolitan rebranding of USM will cost $900,000 annually

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

The recent administrative push to make USM more attractive to potential applicants, and henceforth more profitable through a “metropolitan” rebranding, is going to come with a $900,000 price tag. According to Richard Barringer, the head of a steering group created to implement the initial plans for the metropolitan university vision, the rebranding is necessary for […]

Chronicling USM’s national media attention

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

The American Studies Association has launched a new website with a map featuring schools across the nation they believe serve as examples of “assaults on academic freedom.”  USM is on that list. the ASA is citing USM’s most recent faculty layoffs and elimination of undergraduate and graduate programs as reasons for inclusion. The project, which […]

Car crash near Hiram kills two teenagers, one a USM student

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Two teenagers died in a car accident last Saturday near Hiram, one of whom was a USM student. Andrew Stanley, a recent graduate of Sacopee Valley High School and a first year nursing student at USM, was riding with three of his friends in a speed zone of 35 mph when the car crashed into […]

Community members show support to Noyes St. victims through fundraising

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

From donation based yoga classes, to student run bake sales and concerts, many fundraising efforts have sprung up in Portland to help the affected families of the Noyes St. fire pay for funeral costs and to provide assistance to the two survivors who lost their possessions. While the investigation regarding the exact cause of the […]

Survivors of Noyes St. inferno express grief and shock

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

In the wake of a deadly house fire, the cause of which is still a mystery, several fundraising efforts have been started by community members mourning the loss of the six people who perished in the blaze. According to Jerome LaMoria, Portland’s police chief, David Bragdon Jr., Ashley Thomas, Maelisha Jackson, Chris Conlee and Nicole […]

Flanagan responds to critics of his plan

Posted on November 03, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

President David Flanagan at September's board of trustees meeting.

When David Flanagan came out of retirement last year to tackle the daunting task of balancing USM’s $16 million budget shortfall, he said it would be obvious that his plans would be met with disapproval. From faculty outraged over the loss of their jobs and elimination of their departments, to students upset and confused about […]

Five dead and one critically injured in a house fire near USM

Posted on November 02, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

A fire engulfed a two family home on 20 Noyes St. last Saturday, killing five people and severely injuring another, who is now in an intensive burn center in Boston. According to President David Flanagan, seven tenants did escape the structure, one of which was USM student Nick Marcketta. It is unclear whether the fatalities […]

Students upset over ebola costume get police called on them

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

At request of the photographer the faces were blurred to “shift the focus from their identity to their actions and impact.”

When five students from the multicultural center were hanging out and studying during their weekly “Feel Good Fridays” event, the last thing they expected was to be struck by a torrent of fear, anger and confusion. As Howa Mohammed, a junior health sciences major, peered out of the center she was shocked to see two […]

Faculty and students in the Franco-American community distraught over proposed cuts

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Kelly Donaldson, senior foreign language major, opposes cuts.

Last week, Nancy Erickson a French professor at USM, logged onto her computer and learned in a mass email that her department and position were slated for elimination by an administration that is attempting to bridge a projected $16 million budget gap. “The announcement email from the Provost to the entire community was the way […]