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President gives official notice of termination to 12 despite protests

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

Gabe Demaine former diversity program coordinator who was laid off last summer entered the protest with a bang, chanting intensely with student and faculty on the 7th floor of the law building today.

Just after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, President Theo Kalikow sent out an email officially announcing that 12 faculty members from nine departments have been laid-off over the course of the day. A group of students, numbering as many as one hundred at parts of the day, occupied the seventh floor of the Law Building, where […]

Four programs don’t make the cut in newest proposal

Posted on March 14, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

University of Southern Maine President Theo Kalikow talks to people in the Shepard Lee Community Hall before Friday afternoon's meeting of the school's Faculty Senate.

At a packed informational session of the Faculty Senate Friday, President Kalikow proposed cutting two undergraduate majors, one graduate program and the arts and humanities major on the Lewiston-Auburn campus. Kalikow proposed cutting the American and New England studies graduate program and undergraduate programs in recreation and leisure studies and geoscience. Geoscience is chaired by […]

Majority of faculty declare provost “very ineffective”

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

The job performance of Provost Michael Stevenson (right) was a contentious topic of conversation last Friday at the March meeting of the faculty senate

The immediate importance of the faculty survey evaluating the job performance of Provost Michael Stevenson is, as with so many things at USM lately, tied up in the Direction Package. In mid-December, the Faculty Senate exercised its right and responsibility as detailed in the governance documents to evaluate the performance of top administrators, sending out […]

Direction Package data needs clarification

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

The Feb. 28 presentation of the Direction Package Advisory Board explored ways to think about the future of the university in an abstract sense, but as the president’s presentation of recommendations for the university’s next step grows nearer, the question of ‘what’s going to get cut?’ is looming. Early commentary on the Direction Package after […]

Portland gourmets discuss roads to success

Posted on March 03, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

Line cook Lucas  Higgins at Mexican restaurant Zapoteca, an eatery that has enjoyed success since its opening almost three years ago. Owner and Executive Chef Shannon Bard was even featured in an episode of the Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay that will air this spring.

As the annual Maine Restaurant Week progresses, you may notice that among the old faces, there are a slew of brand new eateries, and a handful of others that you remember from just last year have disappeared. According to Professor Charles Colgan of public policy and management and the Muskie School of Public Service and […]

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences think reorganization may be the way

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

Lynn Kuzma, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, in addition to overseeing reorganization of her own college, is a member of the Direction Package Advisory Board.

The dissolution of the former department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures occurred at around the same time that the college it was a part of, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, embarked on a path towards larger organizational change. “This is my final year as dean,” explained Lynn Kuzma, dean of […]

Student senate finds less funds to allocate than anticipated

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

The Student Senate will be forced to turn away student proposals for funding soon, with funds running low and proposals running high. Student Senate vice-chair and senior economics major Will Gattis explained that when he was reviewing proposals for fund requests, he realized that the senate would not have enough funds to approve spending for […]

Students to ask Board of Trustees to divest

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

Money won’t be the only topic of conversation that’s green at the upcoming University of Maine System’s Investment Committee meeting of the UMS Board of Trustees this Friday. For the second February in a row, the question of financial divestment of fossil fuels is on the agenda for the BoT meeting. This time, a group […]

Taking it to heart

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

When you love someone, you don’t literally give them your heart (we hope), so what is this feeling that is as important to our emotional lives as the blood pumping through our bodies? What is love? In a highly informal poll taken in the Woodbury Campus Center cafeteria at lunch time, not a single student […]

Direction Package board nears next phase

Posted on February 03, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

USM announced the rollout of its new Direction Package in late September and the formation of the Direction Package Advisory Board in October, and as January draws to a close, the scheduled Advisory Board meetings are nearing an end. The advisory board has met 12 times since its creation, and has five more scheduled meetings, […]