UCU opens campus branch: students ready for convenient banking

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

The new, open-campus branch of University Credit union is located on the lower level of the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham campus. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week.

Last week, University Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of an on-campus branch in Gorham, giving residential students a quick and convenient banking location. “We know that managing your finances can be confusing, so we want to be there for USM’s students, staff and faculty if they need any assistance at all,” said Amy Irish, […]

Senate works to retain and train new members

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Senate parliamentarian Joshua Tharpe (right) explains to the senate and gallery that the rule requiring new senate applicants to gather 100 signatures from the student body was created during a time when the senate was more popular, in a meeting last Friday.

The student senate shot down a motion last week that would have changed the senator application process for the remainder of the semester. Throughout the year the senate has occasionally questioned whether or not applicants should have to gather signatures from the student body in order to become a senator. On Friday the senate decided […]

Obama proposes two free years of community college

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Less than two weeks ago, President Barack Obama announced a proposal that would make two years of community college free for student workers in an effort to make college as accessible as high school is for Americans. The program would require action from a Republican-dominated Congress and the details of the plan haven’t been released […]

Interview process for new president to start soon

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

University of Maine System administrators will soon be interviewing candidates who have applied to be the next president at USM after current president David Flanagan leaves at the end of the spring semester. The window to apply for the position closed in mid-December and the candidate pool has been whittled down to a workable number. […]

Majority against academic calendar change

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

When the faculty senate reached out to the USM community in early December for input on possible changes to the academic calendar, survey participants said they wanted everything to stay the same. The idea to align the academic calendars of all seven UMaine campuses has been brought up regularly throughout the fall semester by system-level […]

Flanagan balances the budget

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The administration announced last week that they have successfully created a framework to balance USM’s budget for the next fiscal year and close its $16 million structural gap. When everything is finalized, the university will have eliminated 160 positions to retirements, layoffs and nixing vacant jobs. The university will be saving $7 million from faculty […]

Over 100 students and faculty disrupt BoT meeting during protests

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

More than 100 students marched into the board of trustees meeting last week to protest recent faculty and program eliminations. Students flooded into the Sullivan Gym shouting “invest in USM” and “stop the cuts” while the trustees were taking their lunch break. “I would be concerned if you weren’t here because that would show your […]

USM combines student services for savings

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Sam Hill in News, Uncategorized

USM officials have announced a plan to consolidate and centralize student services. They hope that this will cut costs and contribute to filling the gap of the budget deficit.

USM officials announced a plan to consolidate and centralize student services last Thursday, with aims to cut costs, recruit more students and increase retention. Staff will begin to transition immediately, working to turn the efforts of 15 separate entities into a single, integrated division. The overall goal is to make student services easier to navigate […]

“We’re in it for the long haul,” faculty senate meeting filled with complaints

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

President David Flanagan tried to convince the faculty senate last week that the administration’s plan was going to put USM on a healthy, sustainable path, but the faculty continued to ask the question: what plan? Faculty are still asking the administration to provide data to back up program eliminations, faculty retrenchments, any detailed teach-out plans […]

Students petition to save faculty members

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Some students in programs affected by recent retrenchments have jumped at the chance to defend their professors’ jobs and are trying to get them rehired. Last week there were numerous petitions circulating on campus that demanded that some faculty members either retain their positions at USM or be rehired. “It’s just horrible, so horrible what’s […]