Faculty concerned about metropolitan universty’s $2 million price tag

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Last month the Metropolitan University Steering Group released their interim report, outlining what the university can do to transform into a highly-engaged institution with strong ties to the community and a focus on service learning. The report, which lists suggestions for administrative responsibilities, leadership roles and how to centralize engaged learning efforts, estimates that the […]

BoT votes to eliminate three USM programs despite vocal faculty

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

James Page, the UMaine system chancellor, and Samuel Collins, chair of the board of trustees, listened to faculty members from USM defend the programs slated for elimination

In its meeting on Monday, the UMaine System board of trustees unanimously voted to approve the elimination of three programs at USM. The elimination of geosciences, American and New England studies and the arts and humanities program at Lewiston-Auburn College has been an ongoing debate since last March, but the board of trustees finalized the […]

Conte & Crumpets: The city of Winchester

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Sam Hill in Perspectives

The city of Winchester, which has the feel of the city of Portland condensed into about a quarter of the size, is home to, among many domestic businesses, a McDonald’s, a Subway and a Starbucks. What makes Winchester’s Starbucks different than the one’s we’re used to, is that it sits in a building that is […]

‘It’s never been this bad’: Student Senate attendance issue worsens

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Filling seats at Student Senate meetings is still an issue for the organization. At last week’s meeting, four senators were absent, two defaulted and were kicked off the senate for attendance issues and the senate initially was unable to make quorum until one senator arrived late. On Friday, the senate voted to suspend an article […]

Student Senate meeting consumed by shark fishing talks

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The Student Senate spent more time discussing a proposal to fund a shark fishing expedition than any other item on their agenda or topic brought up, including USM’s budget deficit, program eliminations and senate attendance and recruitment issues. The proposal, which was brought to the senate by Chris Wagner, a student leader in the veteran […]

Search for new undergrad BoT rep off to rocky start

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The deadline to apply to be USM’s new undergraduate representative to the board of trustees is being pushed back a week because there has only been one applicant. The deadline was supposed to be this Monday, but according to Kyle Frazier, the student body president, the student government hasn’t received any application requests as of […]

Students, faculty demand BoT meeting to move back to USM

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Susan Feiner, a professor of economics and women and gender studies, demanded that the board of trustees meeting be moved back to USM so affected faculty could have a say on the elimination of their programs

The fate of three USM programs will stand before the University of Maine System board of trustees next Monday, but the meeting will not be held anywhere near a USM campus. The meeting, where the board of trustees is likely to finalize the elimination of geosciences, American and New England studies and the arts and […]

LePage a no-show for energy forum at USM

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Mike Michaud, Democratic candidate in 2014 for governor of Maine attends energy forum at USM.

An energy forum hosted at USM was supposed to be the first time Maine’s three gubernatorial candidates would speak in the same place, but come Friday morning Governor Paul Lepage refused to participate. After a continental breakfast and networking period, each candidate was given a half hour block of time to speak on their energy […]

Health insurance required for all USM students

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

As of last Friday, there are 1,570 students at USM who have a $942 charge on their account for a new health insurance plan, but have not finished the plan’s enrollment process and are not receiving any benefits. The insurance plan was made mandatory by the University of Maine System this past summer. Students without […]

Letter from the editor: I’m hunting for new editors

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Sam Hill in Letter From The Editor

We’re off to a good start this year at the Free Press. We have an enthusiastic crew of new editors, a slew of new writers entering the wonderful world of AP style, and photographers taking the plunge into a land without an auto setting. I couldn’t be happier with how our roster magically filled-up at […]