USM police department has four M16′s on loan from the US government

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

The USM police department currently has four M16 assault rifles locked up in their armory that they received from the U.S. Department of Defense back in 2007. The guns were loaned to USM as part of a military surplus initiative, known as the 1033 program, that had weapons and equipment delivered to at least 117 […]

Search for new undergrad BoT rep off to rocky start

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The deadline to apply to be USM’s new undergraduate representative to the board of trustees is being pushed back a week because there has only been one applicant. The deadline was supposed to be this Monday, but according to Kyle Frazier, the student body president, the student government hasn’t received any application requests as of […]

Faculty has no plan in place yet for students seeking degrees in eliminated programs

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Emma James in News

The three USM programs up for elimination, to be voted on Monday, Sept. 22 at the Board of Trustees meeting in Fort Kent, do not yet have a plan for students to finish their degrees, if it passes. According to Kent Ryden, director and professor of American and New England studies, administration has not given […]

‘This is an experiement’: Faculty expresses concerns for budget timeline

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Emma James in News

President David Flanagan and Provost Joseph McDonnell respond to faculty concerns at the first faculty senate meeting of the year. Though they only accounted for two items on the agenda, the duration of the meeting was spent discussing program eliminations and budget cuts, and extended beyond the two-hour timeframe.

The Faculty Senate was set to spend last week’s meeting discussing a report from the Metropolitan University Steering Group, but after reports from President David Flanagan and Provost Joseph McDonnell, the rest of the meeting was spent on topics that weren’t on the agenda: this year’s budget deficit, program eliminations and how to combat dropping […]

Students on work-study waitlist may start receiving awards soon

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

The financial aid office has recently started dispersing work-study funds to students who had been put on a waitlist. There were around 200 students on the waitlist and the first 80 have been awarded funding. According to Jami Jandreau, the assistant director of financial aid, the office will be monitoring funds and student payroll in […]

Students, faculty demand BoT meeting to move back to USM

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Susan Feiner, a professor of economics and women and gender studies, demanded that the board of trustees meeting be moved back to USM so affected faculty could have a say on the elimination of their programs

The fate of three USM programs will stand before the University of Maine System board of trustees next Monday, but the meeting will not be held anywhere near a USM campus. The meeting, where the board of trustees is likely to finalize the elimination of geosciences, American and New England studies and the arts and […]

LePage a no-show for energy forum at USM

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Mike Michaud, Democratic candidate in 2014 for governor of Maine attends energy forum at USM.

An energy forum hosted at USM was supposed to be the first time Maine’s three gubernatorial candidates would speak in the same place, but come Friday morning Governor Paul Lepage refused to participate. After a continental breakfast and networking period, each candidate was given a half hour block of time to speak on their energy […]

Health insurance required for all USM students

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

As of last Friday, there are 1,570 students at USM who have a $942 charge on their account for a new health insurance plan, but have not finished the plan’s enrollment process and are not receiving any benefits. The insurance plan was made mandatory by the University of Maine System this past summer. Students without […]

Student Senate upgrades application process while looking to fill seats

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Student senate Vice Chair Judson Cease, sits with Senate Chair Joshua Dodge, to discuss attendance and the need to fill future empty seats.

The 43rd Student Senate held their first meeting of the semester last Friday and, while there was little official business on the table, attendance and filling seats in the senate was talked about the most. Throughout the meeting, the importance of communication and attendance was discussed multiple times, and it was announced that four different […]

Adminstrators surprised by six percent drop in fall enrollment

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

University reports show that enrollment has declined for the third year in a row for the summer and fall semesters.

Enrollment at USM has dropped again this year, with reports showing a negative six percent change in credit hours enrolled for the coming year. According to Chief Financial Officer Dick Campbell, declining enrollment has been one of the biggest contributors to the ongoing budget deficit, as revenue from tuition and fees make up two-thirds of […]