Student presents six month’s of work at Thinking Matters conference

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Tom Collier in News

Matthew Dobson holds up a mask he designed, inspired by Christopher Marlowe’s play The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus.

At the edge of the gym floor at USM’s annual Thinking Matters conference, Matthew Dobson, a senior theater major, showed how he can make demons appear on stage. The Thinking Matters conference encourages students and faculty to display the work they’ve accomplished together over the year in research and scholarship. Hundreds of students, professors and […]

USM community mourns Boston Marathon tragedy

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Tom Collier in News

Hundreds of USM community members across all three campuses held vigils Wednesday at noon for the victims and families affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, reflecting upon the tragedy and the startling reality of terrorism when it occurs so close to home. After two explosions at the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured over […]

Student involvement sees a sharp increase

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Tom Collier in News

Chris O’Connor, the director of Portland Student Life, told The Free Press that student involvement this year is much greater than it has been in years past. Student Life is preparing to recognize students who have shown great leadership and involvement over the past year at the Student Involvement Recognition Gala on May 3, which […]

Budget cuts impede university communication

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Tom Collier in News

While many faculty and USM staff members are still reeling from the recent announcement detailing position and budget cuts, the administration admits to finding it difficult to communicate proactively with them. According to Provost Michael Stevenson, part of the reason that communication has been minimal is because of the short amount of time the administration […]

USM President Theodora Kalikow outlines position and spending cuts

Posted on April 10, 2013 by Tom Collier in News

USM President Theodora Kalikow released a statement by email, outlining actions that the university administration has already taken to meet the $5 million in budget cuts USM will endure in the next fiscal year. “This is very difficult work, so it is important to remind ourselves that this university is an agent of change for […]

University of Maine System complaint partly targets USM faculty

Posted on April 08, 2013 by Tom Collier in News

Recently, the University of Maine System administration has filed an official complaint with the Maine Labor Relations Board against Associated Faculty of the University of Maine union members for following what administrators consider to be “prohibited practices,” and at least one of the points of complaint is specific to USM faculty who are currently operating […]

University of Southern Maine student elections showdown: voter turnout higher than in recent years

Posted on April 01, 2013 by Tom Collier in News

Though turnout for the  student elections this year was about four times greater than last year’s, Student Senate Chair Chris Camire believes that it could have been better. Those students who did vote elected a new president and senate and also gave approval for all but one of the referendum questions. Of the 21 senate […]

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Kelsea Dunham, candidate for student body president at the University of Southern Maine

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Tom Collier in News

Kelsea Dunham is former vice president of the Gender Studies Student Organization and also organized the protest against the Genocide Awareness Project’s display. Students may remember GAP for their exhibition of violent images of aborted fetuses on the walking paths between Payson Smith Hall and Luther Bonney Hall last year. Dunham explained that her experience […]

Isaac Misiuk aims for student body president at University of Southern Maine

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Tom Collier in News

Misiuk is the current president of the USM College Republicans, having revived the formerly defunct group last year to represent the conservative presence on campus during election season. “Hopefully I will be stepping down soon to take up the position of student body president,” he said. He did, however, say that he would like to […]

Chancellor Page addresses the state legislature

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Tom Collier in News

The University of Maine System’s Chancellor, James Page, spoke with USM students and faculty about the future of higher education in Maine.

Chancellor James Page addressed the state legislature Thursday with the “State of the University,” reflecting on his first year as system chancellor and giving his thoughts on the present state of higher education in Maine and the future of the University of Maine System. Page, a Maine native, said that he was hired by the […]