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 […]

Student Senate upgrades application process while looking to fill seats

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Student senate Vice Chair Judson Cease, sits with Senate Chair Joshua Dodge, to discuss attendance and the need to fill future empty seats.

The 43rd Student Senate held their first meeting of the semester last Friday and, while there was little official business on the table, attendance and filling seats in the senate was talked about the most. Throughout the meeting, the importance of communication and attendance was discussed multiple times, and it was announced that four different […]

David Flanagan, former Central Maine Power CEO, named interim president

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

David Flanagan, former Central Maine Power Co. CEO and UMS board of trustees chairman, will be the interim president at USM starting next Monday.

David Flanagan, former Central Maine Power Co. CEO and UMS board of trustees chairman, will be the interim president at USM starting next Monday announced officials yesterday. “David Flanagan is one of Maine’s most trusted, experienced and accomplished business leaders and public servants,” said Chancellor James Page at a press conference Wednesday, outlining Flanagan’s work […]

Kalikow to step down from presidency at USM and begin working at system-level

Posted on July 08, 2014 by Sam Hill in Uncategorized

President Thedora Kalikow at a campus-wide meeting in March where where discussed the urban metropolitan university vision which is to be implemented at USM. Today it was announced that she will be stepping down from her presidency to take a role at the system-level.

Theodora Kalikow will be stepping down from her presidency at USM in ten days, according to a press release sent by Dan Demerit, the director of public affairs for the University of Maine System. Kalikow will work throughout the remainder of her existing employment contract as an acting vice chancellor at the system-level and will be undertaking […]

Student Life lays off Portland director Christopher O’Connor in downsizing efforts

Posted on July 08, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Christopher O'Connor, the former director of Portland Student Life, said that he was somewhat relieved to be laid off and didn't want student protesters to fight for his job.

The department of Student Life announced recently that it would be eliminating the director of Portland Student Life position in an effort to downsize amidst recent budget cuts. Christopher O’Connor, the now former director, said he could feel something going on within the department and that he almost expected being laid off. “The way the […]

USM makes list of nation’s most expensive colleges, official says data is out-of-date

Posted on July 02, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

USM is one of the nation’s most expensive public four-year colleges for in-state students according to a recent report published by the U.S. Department of Education. USM was ranked 23rd in the public four-year college category with a net price — the amount that students paid after receiving grants and scholarships — of $18,177 a […]

Students for #USMFuture launch #NoMoreNice campaign with $10,000 crowdfunding goal

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Students for #USMFuture organizers Jules Purnell (left), Meaghan LaSala (front right) and Caroline O'Connor (front back) after leading a march throughout the streets of Portland to protest USM budget cuts in April. The group announced their new #NoMoreNice campaign last week.

Students for #USMFuture have launched a new campaign called #NoMoreNice in response to recent measures taken by the administration to balance the university’s budget. In a statement released to Bangor Daily News blogger Chris Schorr, the group announced that they would be launching a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of $10,000 to finance an independent […]