Botman reiterates commitment to USM in face of criticism

Posted on April 03, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

President Botman speaks to TV reporters Tuesday afternoon in Wishcamper Center.

University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman told members of the media today that she has no plans to resign in the face of a potential vote of no confidence from faculty. “I remain fully and unalterably committed to USM,” Botman told reporters in Wishcamper Center.

On-campus concert pushed back to next fall

Posted on April 02, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

Coordinator of Student Activities Dan Welter is the main staff organizer of the on-campus concert originally scheduled for late April. Welter and the students helping plan the concert have pushed it back to a tentative date in late September.

The on-campus concert originally planned for this spring has been pushed back to next fall after organizer decided they didn’t have adequate time to prepare for the original date in late April. The $27,000 in student activity fee funds the Student Senate allocated for the event will be rolled into the next year. Dan Welter, coordinator of […]

USM wastes less during national recycling competition

Posted on April 01, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

A display in the Brooks Student Center shows students what materials can be recycled at USM.

USM ranked 63rd out of 249 schools  in its competition division for the highest amount of waste that has been recycled rather than thrown away during the RecycleMania Tournament. Although USM has participated in the project in the past, it was at a much lower level. This is a big year, according to Tyler Kidder, the […]

Student Body President Chris Camire drops out of race

Posted on March 13, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

Student Body President Chris Camire has decided to end his campaign for another term.

Chris Camire has announced that he will not seek another term as student body president, all but handing the position to current Board of Student Organizations President TJ Williams, the only other candidate currently in the race. Camire said he dropped out of the race in part because he’s in the running for the student […]

College deans seek to minimize budget cuts’ impact on students

Posted on March 10, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

Despite slashing $1 million from each of the three major colleges at the University of Southern Maine, the three deans each assure the budget cuts will have minimal effects on students’ academic experience. “There’s always an impact when you’re reducing budgets,” said Andrew Anderson, dean of the College of Science, Technology and Health. “We’re simply […]

Faculty morale takes a hit in new round of budget cuts

Posted on March 04, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

Provost John Wright speaks at the Faculty Senate meeting Friday.

With the possibility faculty and staff could lose their jobs in a new wave of budget cuts, morale is low reportedly low amongst at faculty at the University of Southern Maine, which is facing a grim $5.1 million budget shortfall projected for the upcoming fiscal year 2013.

Faced with massive budget shortfall, colleges forced to make large cuts next year

Posted on February 20, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

USM President Selma Botman and Provost John Wright speak at a financial symposium last year.

The University of Southern Maine’s three major colleges have three weeks to come up with about $1 million each in budget cuts for fiscal year 2013 as a result of a budget shortfall of over $5 million. USM President Selma Botman and Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs John Wright’s delivered the news to the faculty of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences on Friday in the Wiscamper Center.

UMS Board of Trustees pick James Page to replace Pattenaude as chancellor

Posted on February 16, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

James Pages speaks at USM Jan. 17. Page will begin the job as chancellor of the University of Maine System March 20.

James Page, CEO of the James W. Sewall Company in Old Town and adjunct of professor of philosophy at the University of Maine will be the new chancellor of the University of Maine System. UMS Board of Trustees Chair M. Michelle Hood announced the decision Thursday at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Page will replace the current chancellor, Richard Pattenaude, who has served since 2007, in March.

Students compete for spot as social media reporter for XFINITY

Posted on February 13, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

Seven University of Southern Maine students have the chance to work for a year as a social media sports reporter for XFINITY/Comcast at national sporting events. The students in the BUS 415 sports management seminar course entered the contest as part of a required assignment by submitting 30 second to two minute videos arguing why […]

USM Police Beat: smoking weed, urinating on cars, post-Superbowl heartache

Posted on February 13, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

Wednesday, Feb. 8 8:30 p.m.–Drug Violation: Complaint of a subject smoking marijuana by the smoking benches. Officer responded and spoke with a group but they were only smoking cigarettes. —Robie Andrews Hall 10:13 a.m. -Fire Call: Report of smoke in a room. Officer and Gorham Fire Department responded and found the cause to be burnt […]