Thursday, December 14th, 2017

USM mourns the loss of three students

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

University officials will hold two community gatherings Thursday for students, faculty, and staff following the deaths of three USM students that occurred in the past two weeks. The news of the death of Brandon Hodges, a freshman on track to study engineering, was sent to students in a campus-wide email on Feb. 21. Hodges was […]

Police standoff with armed Sigma Nu brother at fraternity house in Gorham

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Kirsten Sylvain, and Sam Hill in News

Police have stopped traffic through Gorham Village as they attempt to talk down a Sigma Nu fraternity brother at their house at 124 School St.

An armed USM student has barricaded himself inside the Sigma Nu fraternity house at 24 School st. and threatened to hurt himself, authorities say. All other students have been removed from the building. The student, whose name is not being released, was intoxicated when he entered the house and was belligerent toward other fraternity brothers. They left […]

Former USM student body president arrested for arson

Posted on January 21, 2014 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Thomas "TJ" Williams

Former USM student body president, resident assistant and fraternity member TJ Williams was arrested at the home of his parents in Mexico, ME on Monday on two counts of arson. According to a statement released by Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, the fire was set in a recycling closet on […]

Budget estimates demand reaction

Posted on December 01, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

President Theo Kalikow attended the first Direction Package Advisory Board meeting Nov. 8. President Kalikow is the co-chair of the Direction Package Advisory Board along with Faculty Senate Chair and physics Professor Jerry LaSala. The Direction Package Advisory Board was assembled after the Direction Package rollout event on Sept. 23 in order to find a way to put the principles of the Direction Package into practice. The purpose of the Direction Package is to address recent conflicts and budget shortfalls facing the university.

In the face of a potential shortfall of $11.9 million for fiscal year 2015, university officials stand behind the work of the Direction Package advisory board as the best way forward. Besides the $5 million in cuts the university is making to meet budget in the current fiscal year, Chief Financial Office Dick Campbell also […]

A clarification from the Oct 28 issue:

Posted on November 06, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in Letter From The Editor

On Oct. 28, the Free Press reported that the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is considering a possible reorganization. It has been brought to our attention that the article, “CAHS considers reorganization to offset costs,” blended together three issues, and that conclusion was not completely supported by our sourcing. From subsequent correspondence with […]

Missing keys trigger a rise in security measures

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

One stolen set of keys has cost the university an estimated six-figure dollar amount, triggered a review of university policy and left many faculty and staff wondering how they will be able to get into their buildings at irregular hours. After a tool bag that contained a set of university keys was stolen from a […]

USM online course offerings continue to grow

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

USM has ramped up its online class offerings over the past few years in the face of a system-wide push for more online credit hours. Because they are the two largest branches of the University of Maine System, USM and the University of Maine at Orono will account for much of the change in a […]

Veteran student group gets funding for coyote hunt

Posted on October 07, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

The BSO votes last Friday on a proposal for to fund a coyote hunting trip in northern Maine for the Veteran Activity Group. The proposal passed with only one dissenting vote. However, the group still needs approval from USM's Chief of Police to take the trip because it involves firearms.

The Board of Student Organizations approved funding requests for 15 proposals on Friday, including one from the Veteran’s Activity Group for $1,200 to fund a six-student coyote hunt in northern Maine. There was limited discussion before the proposal passed on Friday at the BSO’s weekly meeting, although several board members questioned the constitutionality of the […]

University Politics 101: take it before they cut it

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain, and Sidney Dritz in News, Politics on Campus

Jerry LaSala, chair of the faculty senate, votes Friday during a faculty senate meeting to resume meetings after USM faculty decided last year to stop meeting under work-to-rule.

Physics not cut but still on the table   Headlines across the state last week led with news that USM officials had announced a plan to cut its physics major, but the document that had led to public outcry from the community, faculty and students over the decision, Provost Michael Stevenson made clear, was never […]

Tensions over cuts linger into new semester at USM

Posted on September 09, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Sophomore history major Lou Arseneault explains to the Free Press how he was affected directly by the budget cuts last year.

After the university cut over $5 million last year, the administration and many faculty members still do not see eye to eye on the direction the university is headed. Last spring, Chief Financial Officer Dick Campbell projected that the university would be forced to make over $12 million in cuts over the next four years. […]