Retrenchment Retrospective: Dean Kuzma explains criteria for cuts

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

Lyn Kuzma, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in her office last October.

Though the retrenchments and position discontinuances that were announced last March have since been rescinded, the process by which faculty members were selected for layoffs is still seen as unclear. One of the reasons that understanding the process is important, according to Dean Lynn Kuzma of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, is […]

Honors morale high as funding drops and program reviews

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Kyle Robinson, a sophomore economics major and honors student, explains some of the advantages of being a part of the honors program at the program’s meeting last Thursday to discuss the program with reviewers. Robinson said he believes the staff layoff in the program will effect the atmosphere of the honors office.

The time has come again, after more than a decade, for the USM honors program to be reviewed, and according to program director Nancy Artz, the timing is right. “It would be fair to say that USM’s fiscal reality in recent years and future budget projections affected the timing of the review,” she said. The […]

Student profile: A commuter for community

Posted on April 21, 2014 by dakotawing in News

As a USM freshman, Brendan Butler is a brother in the Phi Mu Delta fraternity, a member of two active bands and organizing a dance marathon that will take place in Gorham next November.

Brendan Butler is first year student with a lot going on. He has not yet declared a major, but is already a member of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity, is a part of two bands, and has participated in many shows and community service activities. He has aspirations to make changes at USM and wants […]

Phi Mu Delta strengthens community partnership

Posted on April 21, 2014 by matthewgraeff in News

Brothers from USM’s Phi Mu Delta fraternity raked and picked up trash and painted benches in an effort to clean up Longfellow Park, near USM’s Portland Campus last Friday. They worked to clean up the same park for last year’s Day of service, and this year will be co-hosting a block party to celebrate on May 3.

The Phi Mu Delta fraternity and University Neighborhood Organization co-hosted a cleanup of Longfellow Park with a block party to follow in the hope that the events will bring USM and its neighbors in Portland together. Phi Mu Delta, which only formed in 2012, also hopes that the event will help establish them within USM. […]

Residential Life says goodbye to Dickey-Wood

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The Dickey-Wood towers have been USM dorms since the ‘70s. They were under enrolled when they were first used and have stayed unpopular.

Come next semester, Dickey Wood Hall will be entirely offline to students. Due to a combination of low on-campus enrollment and the unpopularity of the towers, they will remain empty during the next school year and possibly beyond. “We’ve made this decision for now, but we’re not entirely sure what’s going to happen in the […]

Stonecoast MFA may soon be out of a house

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

 Faculty and students of the Stonecoast MFA Program for creative writing take a lunch break in one of their week-long residencies, which faculty and alumni describe as one of the more rewarding parts of the program. There are two residencies per year as a part of the program, which involve intensive workshopping at peer-editing sessions.

One of USM’s most prestigious pieces of architecture may have reached the point where it’s more trouble than it’s worth to the university, according to a recent University of Maine System maintenance report. When President Kalikow announced her first round of proposed cuts in February, one of the considered cuts was the Stone House, home […]

New student body president pushes to dissolve BSO

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Board of Student Organizations’ Chair Katie Belgard hosted a meeting in the Woodbury Campus Center amphitheater last Tuesday for students to provide imput on the resolution that would dissolve the BSO. Few students were available to meet, and Belgard noted lack of attendance as a reason for inefficiency in BSO.

After 23 years of controlling student activity fee funding for student groups, the Board of Student Organizations may be stripped of its financial responsibilities, putting that power back into the hands of the Student Senate exclusively. According to Student Senate chair Joshua Dodge, the BSO was originally developed so that the senate wouldn’t be overwhelmed […]

News Analysis: Same deficit, different decade

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

A cartoon from the Vol. 4 Issue No. 5, March 1, 1976

As a university news source, the Free Press tries to do a few different things. The ones that are the most relevant to our day to day work for publication are to cover news for and about the USM population more closely than community news outlets and to be a showcase for student work, but […]

Recent grads discuss their level of career preparation post-USM

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Sidney Dritz, Kirsten Sylvain, and dakotawing in News

Recent graduate Phil Shelley (right) has been active in efforts organized by the #USMFuture group to oppose faculty cuts and call for funding reform throughout Maine’s public university system. The photo above was taken last Thursday at a rally in Monument Square, Portland, which culminated in a march. Shelley told the Free Press that he was concerned that the recent cuts could devalue a USM degree.

One of the arguments made by protesters of the recently retracted faculty layoffs and the still slated for elimination program is that such cuts will significantly devalue a USM degree. “That’s the sort of thing that I worry about as a reality as I apply for grad school,” said Philip Shelley, who graduated in December. […]

#USMFuture pledges to keep it up

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Meaghan LaSala spoke at Thursday’s rally before the group marches down Congress Street.

#USMFuture protesters were thrilled Friday when President Theo Kalikow reversed all twelve faculty cuts made in mid-March, but the protests’ organizers assured the Free Press, even with summer break quickly approaching, they have no plans to let up on protest efforts. LaSala said that while the members of the movement are excited for the decision […]