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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 […]

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 […]