Residential Life says goodbye to Dickey-Wood

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The Dickey-Wood towers have been USM dorms since the ‘70s. They were under enrolled when they were first used and have stayed unpopular.

Come next semester, Dickey Wood Hall will be entirely offline to students. Due to a combination of low on-campus enrollment and the unpopularity of the towers, they will remain empty during the next school year and possibly beyond. “We’ve made this decision for now, but we’re not entirely sure what’s going to happen in the […]

New student body president pushes to dissolve BSO

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Board of Student Organizations’ Chair Katie Belgard hosted a meeting in the Woodbury Campus Center amphitheater last Tuesday for students to provide imput on the resolution that would dissolve the BSO. Few students were available to meet, and Belgard noted lack of attendance as a reason for inefficiency in BSO.

After 23 years of controlling student activity fee funding for student groups, the Board of Student Organizations may be stripped of its financial responsibilities, putting that power back into the hands of the Student Senate exclusively. According to Student Senate chair Joshua Dodge, the BSO was originally developed so that the senate wouldn’t be overwhelmed […]

#USMFuture pledges to keep it up

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Meaghan LaSala spoke at Thursday’s rally before the group marches down Congress Street.

#USMFuture protesters were thrilled Friday when President Theo Kalikow reversed all twelve faculty cuts made in mid-March, but the protests’ organizers assured the Free Press, even with summer break quickly approaching, they have no plans to let up on protest efforts. LaSala said that while the members of the movement are excited for the decision […]

Students for #USMFuture demand funding reform for UMaine System

Posted on April 07, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Over 200 students protested recent faculty cuts at the law building on Monday, March 24.

Two weeks after over two hundred students stormed the law building to protest faculty layoffs, the #USMFuture movement has broadened its focus and is looking to gain support from other Maine universities and the Portland community. On Tuesday, #USMFuture supporters will take to the streets of Portland and march between Monument and Congress squares to […]

Over two hundred students protest university budget cuts, sit-in

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Sam Hill, and Kirsten Sylvain in News

Over a hundred USM students are protesting outside of the law building where the president and provost's offices are located.

Update: 9:00 p.m. After nine hours of demonstrating, starting at the Law Building and moving into the Woodbury Campus Center, all but one of the protesters had left for the night. Update: 4:00 p.m. A smaller group of protesters remain at the Woodbury Campus Center, but they told the group they plan to be in […]

More than 100 gather in law building to protest faculty cuts

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Sam Hill, and Kirsten Sylvain in News

Students gathered outside of the provost's office on the 7th floor of the law building to protest cuts to faculty.

A group of more than 100 students have gathered on the 7th floor of the law building this morning to protest termination of faculty. More than 10 faculty members are set to have one-on-one meetings with Provost Michael Stevenson this morning and some think it will end in notification of their terminations. “I’m here because […]

Students and faculty concerned about cuts, not vision

Posted on March 20, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

University of Southern Maine President Theo Kalikow (at the podium) listens to questions at an all-campus forum in Portland dealing with proposed dramatic restructuring and program cuts at the school.

University President Theodora Kalikow hosted an all-campus meeting yesterday morning to discuss the future of the university within the University of Maine System, but students and faculty in attendance were set on discussing recent proposals to cut programs and faculty. Last week Kalikow announced proposed elimination of programs including American and New England Studies, Recreation […]

Dunham addresses the state of the university

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Student Body President Kelsea Dunham addressed an assortment of students last Wednesday to discuss the state of the university as she has observed it over her time as president. During her tenure as president, Dunham has worked to make student government more involved both with the administration and with the student body at large.

In the State of the University Address last Wednesday, Student Body President Kelsea Dunham encouraged students to learn more about the changes happening at USM and to get involved. “Change is coming, kids. It is what it is,” said Dunham. “If it doesn’t happen, I can’t confidently say that this institution will continue to exist.” […]

Student senate works through budget crisis

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Sam Hill in Uncategorized

Various student groups that receive funding from the student activity fee via the Student Senate met to discuss ways they could reduce their budgets at last Wednesday during the emergency meeting of the Student Senate.

Due to low enrollment this year, the amount of student activity fee funds expected to be dispersed this spring will be much less than expected, and in the past week, the Student Government Association has had to revise its budget and cut the budgets of its entities to adjust. In the past, the student activity […]

100 years of culinary history displayed at the Maine Historical Society

Posted on March 03, 2014 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture

To celebrate Maine Restaurant Week, the Maine Historical Society Museum has put together a collection of culinary history. From Chop Suey to Washington Pie, Maine Menus features a collection of menus from 1882 to 1949, all with a special link to the state of Maine.The exhibit has been curated by MHS archivist Nancy Noble, who […]