English professor Nancy Gish returns from historic Scottish referendum

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

In light of Scotland rejecting independence from the U.K. by a vote of 55 to 44 percent during a recent referendum, USM is hosting a free panel discussion to determine the impact and educational value of such a monumental political event. The panel discussion will feature three experts: Donnie Jack, a Scottish Affairs counselor for […]

College campuses across the nation join the fight to end domestic violence

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

In this country at least four women are murdered by abusive partners daily and 25% of female college students have reported a violent rape, according to a crime victimization survey done by the National Institute of Justice. With an estimated one in five college women attacked, USM’s faculty and students are working to spread awareness […]

Faculty concerned about metropolitan universty’s $2 million price tag

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Last month the Metropolitan University Steering Group released their interim report, outlining what the university can do to transform into a highly-engaged institution with strong ties to the community and a focus on service learning. The report, which lists suggestions for administrative responsibilities, leadership roles and how to centralize engaged learning efforts, estimates that the […]

Student senate treasurer denounces student leadership

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By Alex Huber The student senate went into executive session last week to discuss the potential of taking disciplinary actions against the senate chair and parliamentarian. Jason Blanco, the senate treasurer, decided to address leadership concerns in the senate after he went to pick up his stipend check last week to discover his pay was […]

Programs slated for elimination finalized

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Emma James in News

The three programs slated for elimination, American and New England Studies, geosciences and arts and humanities at the Lewiston-Auburn Campus were approved for elimination by the board of trustees last Monday in Fort Kent. After no discussion, with the exception of the citizen comment period, the board’s vote was unanimous. “We do have to face […]

BoT votes to eliminate three USM programs despite vocal faculty

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

James Page, the UMaine system chancellor, and Samuel Collins, chair of the board of trustees, listened to faculty members from USM defend the programs slated for elimination

In its meeting on Monday, the UMaine System board of trustees unanimously voted to approve the elimination of three programs at USM. The elimination of geosciences, American and New England studies and the arts and humanities program at Lewiston-Auburn College has been an ongoing debate since last March, but the board of trustees finalized the […]

The cost of convenience: comparing food costs

Posted on September 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Brian Gordon Students could save money on food by taking a quick walk to the Back Bay Hannaford, but still some prefer the convenience of on campus dining, like the Luther Bonney cafe and the Woodbury Campus Center cafeteria. Those that were grabbing lunch in the cafeteria had either meal plans or were just […]

New cyber-security lab will be a sandbox for student hackers

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

In a world where cyber attacks and heists pose a very real threat, USM is arming its IT students with the knowledge of not only how to repel them but how to release viruses themselves. Thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation and Maine Technology Institute, a new Cyber Security Lab […]

‘It’s never been this bad’: Student Senate attendance issue worsens

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Filling seats at Student Senate meetings is still an issue for the organization. At last week’s meeting, four senators were absent, two defaulted and were kicked off the senate for attendance issues and the senate initially was unable to make quorum until one senator arrived late. On Friday, the senate voted to suspend an article […]

Student Senate meeting consumed by shark fishing talks

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The Student Senate spent more time discussing a proposal to fund a shark fishing expedition than any other item on their agenda or topic brought up, including USM’s budget deficit, program eliminations and senate attendance and recruitment issues. The proposal, which was brought to the senate by Chris Wagner, a student leader in the veteran […]