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Cutler proposes reform for higher education

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Sidney Dritz in News

Of the the voices airing ideas on the subject of education reform this election season, only 2014 gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is proposing a complete merging of the state of Maine’s community college and public university systems. In an op-ed for the Sun Journal on Oct. 20, Cutler called for educational reform across the board. […]

Q2 could improve USM’s labs

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Sidney Dritz in News

In the midst of debates over funding and program cuts, USM may have the chance to give some laboratory space an upgrade. Question 2 on the Nov. 5 ballot will be a bond package that includes $15.5 million to update science labs and classrooms across the University of Maine System, including $4 million to be […]

Science Cafe takes on cyber surveillance conversation

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Sidney Dritz in News

“You are watched by all sorts of people,” scientific systems administrator Edward Sihler of USM’s “Information and Innovation” program said when describing the subject of the discussion at the most recent Science Cafe. The subject of electronic surveillance and cyber security, said Science Cafe organizer Jennifer Dean, who is the director of communications at USM, […]

President announces direction, then switches gears

Posted on October 07, 2013 by Sidney Dritz in News

Between the roll-out event of President Kalikow and Provost Stevenson’s plan for the university on Sept. 23 and the email Kalikow sent out on Oct. 3, something significant changed. That change caused Kalikow to switch plans in ten days from the process she and Stevenson said, on Sept. 23, they had been refining all summer. […]

University Politics 101: take it before they cut it

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain, and Sidney Dritz in News, Politics on Campus

Jerry LaSala, chair of the faculty senate, votes Friday during a faculty senate meeting to resume meetings after USM faculty decided last year to stop meeting under work-to-rule.

Physics not cut but still on the table   Headlines across the state last week led with news that USM officials had announced a plan to cut its physics major, but the document that had led to public outcry from the community, faculty and students over the decision, Provost Michael Stevenson made clear, was never […]

Faculty contract settlement may be in sight

Posted on September 16, 2013 by Sidney Dritz in News

There are 34 articles in the University of Maine faculty’s last, expired contract, but in the two and a half years since that contract expired, the hold-up in negotiating the next contract has been narrowed down to one main issue: salary. The USM representative on the Associated Faculties of the University of Maine bargaining committee, […]

In brief

Posted on September 09, 2013 by Sidney Dritz in Briefly, News

Gas leak makes for delays The area of Bedford Street connecting to the USM parking garage on the Portland campus sprung a leak on Tuesday, Sept. 3, just in time for the first day of school. “The first day of school is usually crazy, anyway,” said Lissa Luckey, a senior English major who left for […]

USM fall enrollment drops four to six percent

Posted on September 09, 2013 by Sidney Dritz in News

The eighth floor of the Wood Tower of Dickey-Wood Hall on USM's Gorham campus is currently vacant, not unlike the top five floors of the Dickey Tower of the Dickey-Wood Hall tower-duo.

USM’s admissions office projects that enrollment for the fall 2013 semester will drop four to six percent from last fall, a decrease of between 375 and 563 students. This decrease comes in the aftermath of an announcement by the U.S. Census Bureau that 2012 saw a huge drop in national college admissions, with half a […]

USM student campaigns for Congress

Posted on September 03, 2013 by Sidney Dritz in News

Isaac Misiuk, a second-year political science major at USM and now a contender for Congress, sees young Republicans like himself as the future of the party. The 24 year-old Misiuk was the first Republican candidate to enter the upcoming race against incumbent Chellie Pingree for the congressional 1st district seat. He hopes that his relative […]

USM’s President Kalikow will stay on for another year

Posted on September 02, 2013 by Sidney Dritz in News

This summer USM President Theo Kalikow announced that she will stay in her post a second year and that she plans to strengthen and solidify the administration of the college before passing the job on to a successor. Kalikow, who postponed her retirement to succeed Selma Botman as president, was not new to being the […]