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 […]

Obama visits Maine to endorse Michaud

Posted on November 03, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

President Barack Obama stirred and energized a crowd of 3,000 people at the Portland Expo on Thursday, endorsing Mike Michaud in Maine’s gubernatorial race just five days before elections. Obama cited Michaud’s roots and dedication to the average Mainer as reasons for voters to check his box in the booth on Tuesday. “He ran for […]

Faculty retrenched, some through voicemails

Posted on November 03, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Faculty, students and community members protest retrenchments of 24 faculty members last Friday. These retrenchments signify the second phase of the administration’s plan to reduce faculty cuts and address USM’s $16 million deficit.

Last week 24 faculty members were notified that they would be losing their jobs in an administrative effort to balance USM’s budget and address its $16 million deficit. These retrenchments are the second phase of the administration’s plan to reduce faculty costs, the first phase resulting in 25 faculty opting for early retirements with increased […]

BoT eliminates two programs, despite outcry

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Sam Hill in News, Uncategorized

President David Flanagan sat with the board of trustees as 63 people waited in line to criticize his plan.

Just over two weeks after USM President David Flanagan announced the administration’s plan to close two academic programs to battle the university’s budget deficit, the elimination of the undergraduate French and graduate applied medical sciences programs have been approved. The UMaine system board of trustees approved the elimination plan with a 9-2 vote before over […]

President Flanagan announces 50 faculty cuts, two program eliminations to combat budget deficit

Posted on October 06, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

David Flanagan, interim president at USM.

President David Flanagan announced today that the university would be eliminating 50 faculty positions and two additional programs by the end of November to combat its growing budget deficit, which is estimated at $16 million right now. The administration has increased early retirement incentives and are looking to eliminate many positions through retirement by Oct. […]

Alleged Student Senate violations tossed aside

Posted on October 04, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Two weeks ago the Student Senate treasurer denounced decisions made by the senate chair and parliamentarian to withhold his paycheck after multiple absences. Treasurer Jason Blanco recommended that Joshua Dodge, the senate chair, and Joshua Tharpe, the parliamentarian be removed from their positions for violating the constitution, which does not give them the authority to […]