Doyle on 2014 election: Maine needs a plan to serve students in longterm, and Cutler’s will do it

Posted on March 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

This letter was contributed by Andrew J. Doyle. The University of Maine system has experienced a declining enrollment during a time when pursuing higher education has never been more important for Mainers. Combine that with the state’s declining graduation rate, and we find ourselves with a serious problem that has fell by the wayside at […]

Chann: Vote of ‘no confidence’ came too soon

Posted on March 23, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

This letter was contributed by Marpheen Chann. I applaud my fellow student government colleagues and the student senate for their support of students and faculty. But I write to voice my dissent in regards to the vote of no-confidence in the administration. In my opinion, the vote of no-confidence is premature given that the protest […]

Ward: Students should support admin efforts, work with what they’ve got, stop protesting

Posted on March 23, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

This letter was contributed by Dustin Ward. Dear Free Press, I want to first write and say what a wonderful job you and your organization are doing in covering the news and latest events of the situation at USM. After seeing the many comments, and the constant disgrace that so many students at USM are voicing I feel […]

Hunter: This is not my USM

Posted on March 23, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Dear Free Press, Like most students and alumni I have been watching the events of the last two days unfold over social media with something akin to horror. As a resent alumnus, I have nothing but a deep since of pride and love for my USM community. As horrible as these cuts are there is […]

Lacy: We’re fighting for our right to learn

Posted on March 23, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Dear USM Administration, My name is Caleb Lacy. I am a 4th year Theater Major here at USM and a United States Marine Corps Veteran. Theater has always been my life passion. I grew up the youngest of 4 in a lower middle class divorced home, so when I graduated High School there was no […]

President Theodora Kalikow to students: Faculty Layoffs

Posted on March 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

The following is an email sent from Kalikow to current students at USM. It was sent at 3:31 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Dear Students: We have made the painful decision to lay off 12 full-time faculty members in nine departments. These individuals were informed earlier today, Friday, March 21. Under the terms of the faculty contract, […]

Faculty from London to New York show support in letters for USM faculty laid off

Posted on March 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

The following is a compilation of letters written from faculty from a variety of backgrounds and from various locations that were sent to Provost Michael Stevenson following the lay-offs of 12 faculty members on Friday and the proposed elimination of four programs earlier this week. The source of each of these letters was verified by […]

Linebaugh: Stop the cutting now

Posted on March 21, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor

This is a letter was written by USM alumni Wade Linebaugh. Dear Provost Stevenson, If the news has it right, you’re either currently meeting–or about to meet–with as many as 10 (or more?) faculty members in order to terminate them. If this is indeed true, this action is unconscionable. The path I see USM going […]

Rood: ‘new direction’ doesn’t mean the same direction as before

Posted on March 20, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Dear USM, I am shocked and appalled at the level of disrespect you have shown your students and the fine educators of this institution, without whom you would not have a school. I have stayed at USM because the faculty have always shown nothing but support and compassion to me and my peers and now […]

Our Opinion: Vote Erin Carlson for student body president

Posted on March 19, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The polls are open for the student elections for another day of voting, and it’s not too late to cast your ballot in favor of candidate Erin Carlson. Events this year have shown that USM’s student body president needs to be more committed and involved than ever as students face a transforming university, endless budget […]