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 […]

Portland Events Board’s existence is at stake

Posted on October 04, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The Portland Events Board, a student group that organizes programming for commuter students, may no longer exist because the last executive board member, the group’s chair, turned in a letter of resignation last Friday. Rebecca Tanous, the student body vice president, raised concerns at last week’s Student Senate meeting, informing the senate that Heath Garson, […]

USM to host teach-in focusing on ISIS activity

Posted on October 04, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, commonly referred to as ISIS, has made headlines around the world recently for making violent threats against the United States and its allies, and the beheading of two American journalists. On Wednesday, the office of Multicultural Students Affairs is hosting a teach-in for the public, focusing on the […]

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 […]