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Faculty discuss how to implement union vote

Posted on January 29, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Faculty and committees at the University of Southern Maine gathered last week to discuss the recent work-to-rule vote of the USM chapter of the Associated Faculties of the University of Maine. The vote passed two weeks ago establishes that full-time USM faculty will only do what is specified within their current contracts. Ninety-three percent of […]

Students question snow day policies: USM answers

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

A student, leaving a USM bus, shuffled through the snow in Gorham last Wednesday, in front of Bailey Hall.

Poor weather conditions Wednesday played a part in a University of Southern Maine shuttle bus fender bender and led to long commutes, and now, many students are questioning why classes were not canceled, delayed or let out early during the snowstorm. USM Chair of the Student Senate Chris Camire quickly realized that student frustration was […]

Car crashes into USM shuttle in Gorham

Posted on January 16, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

This USM shuttle bus, parked in the snowy roadway, was involved in an accident in Gorham today when a car ran into its front driver-side.

A USM shuttle bus was reportedly involved in an accident today at 1:45 p.m. when a car slid into it in Gorham. Justicia Barreiros, USM student and Free Press photographer on board the bus, wrote about the scene in a statement shortly following the crash. The bus was going to the Gorham campus, Barreiros said, […]

Students and officials talk parking – again

Posted on December 03, 2012 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Students and administrators sat in a circle, talking about the parking problems on campus, trying to come up with some viable solutions to be put in place in the near future.

They’ve done it so many times before, and last week they got together to do it again. Students and administration held a forum-style discussion about campus parking issues last week that have lately been a source of unrest within the university community. As he lounged on the seats of the Woodbury Center’s amphitheater, Chief Student […]

Students share mixed reactions to election results

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Senate-elect Angus King celebrated last Tuesday after becoming the first Independent in Maine to win a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Students are giving mixed reactions following the results of the election last week, but one group remains fixed on following the issues. Before the election results came in, students voted, campaigned and volunteered on behalf of the party or candidate of their choice. Various groups were active on campus, including Mainer’s United. Students geared up, […]

Norton deserves a thorough review

Posted on November 05, 2012 by Kirsten Sylvain in Our Opinion

A tragic event rocked this university last week, with the news of the untimely death of David Norton. It brought national news media to our front door and set us before the critical public eye. Certainly it was an unfortunate, unpredictable event, but many questions are left unanswered for students, the public and Norton’s family […]

Students organize to stop up-coming tobacco ban

Posted on November 05, 2012 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

With the pressure of the smoking ban looming as January approaches, a small group of students is beginning to mobilize to stop it. The group, spear-headed by freshman Jordana Avital, met last week and invited other students to discuss the ban in a forum. The 15 or so students who attended were a mixture of […]

USM safety policies questioned after death of employee

Posted on November 05, 2012 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Since University of Maine System employee David Norton was found dying in his office in October five days after he had suffered a stroke there, many are questioning USM’s security and safety policies, including Norton’s mother. Linda Norton, David Norton’s mother, called for a review of policies days after her son’s death. She wants every […]

Obituary: David James Norton (1967-2012)

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Kirsten Sylvain in News, Obituary

Condolences left by friends and family describe Norton as dedicated, generous and bright with a friendly and engaging personality. He loved his job at USM and his co-workers and was often putting in extra hours. He will be greatly missed, not only by his family at home, but also by the family that he left […]

UMS employee died unexpectedly after being found in state of medical emergency in office

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

David Norton, 45, senior communications specialist for the University of Maine System, died unexpectedly on Oct. 15 after he was found in his Portland office on Wed. Oct. 10. Public Safety officer, Jeff Soper, responded to a call from another USM staff member concerned because Norton had not been present or in communication for a […]