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Student body president incumbent facing difficult opponent

Posted on March 11, 2012 by Paul Koenig in News

Student Body President Chris Camire (above) faces a challenge from TJ Wiliams, who brings with him several years' experience in student government.

If re-elected, Chris Camire will be the first student body president to serve more than one year. In fact, it’s the first time a student body president has even gotten a shot at re-election since they’re always been seniors.

Koenig: Colleges debate how to lose $1 million without students noticing

Posted on March 02, 2012 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

Editor-in-Chief Paul Koenig

You can find at least one story from The Free Press every year with a headline like this: “Faced with massive budget shortfall, colleges forced to make large cuts next year.” There’s a good chance the University of Southern Maine has been scrambling to make its budget every year you’ve been a student. A few weeks ago the deans of the colleges were informed they had to slash an extra $1 million from their budgets.

College deans will decide on proposed $1 million cuts this week

Posted on February 28, 2012 by Paul Koenig in News

Provost John Wright addresses the College of Management and Human Service Monday with Dean Joseph McDonnell and President Botman in the background.

The additional $1 million in cuts needed from each college at the University of Southern Maine could result fewer faculty and staff and squeezed operating budgets, but the college deans hope to minimize the impact felt by students. The three deans of the major colleges will discuss their proposed $1 million-a-piece budget cuts for next year with Provost John Wright tomorrow, before Wright submits the proposals to President Selma Botman by Friday.

VIDEO: Delta Chi takes an icy plunge for charity

Posted on February 12, 2012 by Paul Koenig in News, Video

Brothers from the University of Southern Maine chapter of Delta Chi partook in Camp Sunshine’s Polar Dip Feb. 11 at East End Beach in Portland. The fraternity had seven brothers run into the frigid water, raising $335 for the Maine charity that provides a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their family. “It was […]

A case against holding the spring concert on campus

Posted on February 06, 2012 by Paul Koenig in Letter From The Editor, Perspectives

USM’s lack of community may be a reason for the unimpressive concerts in recent years, yet the university needs attractions like concerts to boost community.

Presidential-candidate hopeful Ron Paul to visit USM on Saturday

Posted on January 23, 2012 by Paul Koenig in News

Ron Paul, Republican Party presidential nominee

Ron Paul, candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination, is set to speak at the University of Southern Maine this Saturday. Paul is tentatively scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. in the Hastings Formal Lounge on the Gorham campus, according to Paul Madore, the state chairman for the campaign. He said the itinerary is still being developed for the rest of Paul’s visit to Maine.

Leaky, old house perfect fit for USM applied energy program

Posted on January 22, 2012 by Paul Koenig in News

Associate research professor Daniel Martinez points at a possible source of heat loss. The building at 19 College Ave in Gorham will be used by the University of Southern Maine as a laboratory for its applied enegy program.

The USM-owned building at 19 College Ave. was built in the late 19th century as a private residence and has been used for a variety of purposes for the university, though it wasn’t in use when the department took it over in January. The applied energy program will be using it as a laboratory and research tool for students, and, if all goes to plan, the house will become a resource for the community as well.

Botman announces ‘iron-clad commitment’ to provide $1 million in additional scholarships next fall

Posted on December 06, 2011 by Paul Koenig in News

USM President Selma Botman announces the additional $1 million in university funds that USM will provide next fall at a press conference in Payson Smith Hall Tuesday afternoon.

USM President Selma Botman officially announced the $1 million increase in student financial aid the university will provide to incoming high school students next fall at a press conference in the lobby of Payson Smith Hall in Portland today. The additional aid, which will come in the form of scholarships, will go to high school students of academic promise and merit and financial need.

With UMaine set to begin enforcing tobacco ban, USM is still in discussion about a similar policy

Posted on December 05, 2011 by Paul Koenig in News

With the University of Maine beginning to enforce its tobacco-free campus in January, other campuses like USM could follow with similar bans.

With projected budget deficit, USM takes substantial steps to increase enrollment

Posted on December 03, 2011 by Paul Koenig in News

Faced with declining enrollment and a projected deficit at the end of the fiscal year in June, the university is taking steps to improve residential and overall enrollment in the coming years, including awarding nearly $100,000 in housing grants for the spring semester and providing an additional $1 million for student financial aid next fall. Director of Public Affairs Bob Caswell said the $1 million additional student financial aid would be on top of the roughly $7 million of university funds USM provides for financial aid to students each year…