The lesser known history of Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Some of Libby Bischof’s private collection of vintage Valentine’s Day cards from the 19th century, when the mass sending of love messages gained popularity. One card reads: “When thou art near, the rose doth seem less fair, the lily pale is shorn of baff its grace, I only see the glory of thy hair. I only know the beauty of thy face, thy presence gladdens like the vernal year, and it is always May, when thou art near.”

Over priced roses and heart shaped pieces of plastic have adorned department store shelves, signifying that the ancient fertility festival of Lupercalia is almost upon us. But of course, most modern Americans know it as Valentine’s Day. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 62% of American adults celebrated the holiday of love and romance last […]

First presidency finalist visits

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Brian Gordon in News

The first of the three prospective USM presidents, Jose “Zito” Sartarelli, met with student leaders, faculty and staff Thursday to introduce himself and answer questions about his vision for USM. “Job one is enrollment. You have to fix enrollment. Job two is fundraising. Fundraising takes time, three to five years,” Sartarelli said. “USM has great […]

President Flanagan donates half of his salary for scholarship funding

Posted on February 09, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

President David Flanagan during a board of trustees meeting in October.

President David Flanagan announced today that he will be donating half of his annual salary to the USM Foundation, pledging $100,000 to be put toward student scholarships. “We understand how vital it is for all of us connected to USM–faculty, staff, administration, alumni and friends–to be engaged in supporting our students and strengthening our role […]

No consequences set for ‘mandatory’ training

Posted on February 04, 2015 by Zachary Searles in News

Consequences are yet to be set for the majority of students who haven’t completed the mandatory sexual assault prevention training. In the middle of November an email was sent out to students, paired with a message on Maine Street, making students aware that the training must be completed. Originally, the training was supposed to be […]

Library fines add up, lock student accounts

Posted on February 04, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Students collectively owe the Glickman library in Portland an estimated amount of $4,375 in overdue book charges, with 29 students blocked by student accounts because they owe more than $100. According to the director of libraries David Nutty, once a book is two weeks overdue, it’s assumed lost and a “billed book policy” is started. […]

Presidential search committee chooses three finalists

Posted on February 04, 2015 by Emma James in News

Glenn Cummings

Three finalists have been selected by the University of Southern Maine Presidential Search Committee and were announced last week. The candidates will be on all campuses at separate times throughout February. The search committee included members of the board of trustees, students, staff, faculty, the community, board of visitors and a designee of the Chancellor. […]

Winter storm shuts down USM, classes canceled three days in one week

Posted on February 04, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

A love car sits in the parking lot behind Upper Class Hall during last Tuesday's blizzard.

USM shut down its campuses, suspending classes and activities, three times last week, in response to a series of snowstorms that blanketed Portland with over two and a half feet of snow. Bangor Daily News reported that the first storm, colloquially named “Juno” dumped two feet of snow in some Maine communities, while the second […]

UCU opens campus branch: students ready for convenient banking

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

The new, open-campus branch of University Credit union is located on the lower level of the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham campus. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week.

Last week, University Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of an on-campus branch in Gorham, giving residential students a quick and convenient banking location. “We know that managing your finances can be confusing, so we want to be there for USM’s students, staff and faculty if they need any assistance at all,” said Amy Irish, […]

Number of adjunct professors on the rise at USM

Posted on January 27, 2015 by USM Free Press in News

By: Brian Gordon The university has been firing tenured professors and replacing them with adjuncts or temporary workers as part of executing their vision of a “metropolitan university.” The administration has been carrying this out in the name of saving money.  The national average of adjuncts teaching is 50 percent  at 4-year public universities. USM […]

Students still prefer the classic classroom experience

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Emma James in News

In the fall, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences issued a survey to ask students in the department which kind of learning they prefer. A resonating 92 percent answered that they prefer in person instruction, with two percent preferring online, and five percent preferring the blended classroom concept. Leonard Shedletsky, professor of communication, […]