Five dead and one critically injured in a house fire near USM

Posted on November 02, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

A fire engulfed a two family home on 20 Noyes St. last Saturday, killing five people and severely injuring another, who is now in an intensive burn center in Boston. According to President David Flanagan, seven tenants did escape the structure, one of which was USM student Nick Marcketta. It is unclear whether the fatalities […]

Students upset over ebola costume get police called on them

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

At request of the photographer the faces were blurred to “shift the focus from their identity to their actions and impact.”

When five students from the multicultural center were hanging out and studying during their weekly “Feel Good Fridays” event, the last thing they expected was to be struck by a torrent of fear, anger and confusion. As Howa Mohammed, a junior health sciences major, peered out of the center she was shocked to see two […]

AMS professors claim their major is of vital importance in local professional industries

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Emma James in News, Uncategorized

S. Monroe Duboise, associate professor of AMS, in his lab.

On Friday, the board of trustees approved the elimination of two university programs, one of which, professors believe, defines the notion of a metropolitan university. Applied medical sciences was established in 1997. On Nov. 3, 1998, voters of Maine approved a $20 million bond issues to improve the Maine economy by supporting innovative research and […]

Student Senate condemns program eliminations

Posted on October 27, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Alex Huber   It took only 18 days for the administration to finalize the elimination of the undergraduate French and graduate applied medical science programs, and the Student Senate fought the proposal every step of the way. The senate passed two resolutions in their recent meetings that they felt voiced the concerns of the […]

Former US secretary of state backs Mike Michaud for governor

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Emma James in News

Hillary Clinton and Mike Michaud raise their hands to the crowd after her entrance and fans and supporters take photos with their cell phones

Hillary Clinton likes Mike. Last Friday, supporters of Mike Michaud for governor gathered at Scarborough High School to rally alongside former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton. The lineup of speakers for the event also included other democrats on this years ballot. All had […]

Faculty and students in the Franco-American community distraught over proposed cuts

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Kelly Donaldson, senior foreign language major, opposes cuts.

Last week, Nancy Erickson a French professor at USM, logged onto her computer and learned in a mass email that her department and position were slated for elimination by an administration that is attempting to bridge a projected $16 million budget gap. “The announcement email from the Provost to the entire community was the way […]

Ebola demystified by faculty

Posted on October 27, 2014 by USM Free Press in News, Uncategorized

By: Brian Gordon Are you afraid of big bad Ebola? Should you be worried about a campus wide outbreak? Teachers gave a resounding no. There have been over 4,500 deaths from Ebola in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. In America there have been four confirmed cases, three in Dallas, and […]

BoT eliminates two programs, despite outcry

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Sam Hill in News, Uncategorized

President David Flanagan sat with the board of trustees as 63 people waited in line to criticize his plan.

Just over two weeks after USM President David Flanagan announced the administration’s plan to close two academic programs to battle the university’s budget deficit, the elimination of the undergraduate French and graduate applied medical sciences programs have been approved. The UMaine system board of trustees approved the elimination plan with a 9-2 vote before over […]

36 professors retire as retrenchment date nears

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

In response to a strong urge from the administration and a financial incentive to retire early, 25 faculty members from USM have voluntarily decided to step down from their teaching positions. The biggest facets of President David Flanagan’s $16-million budget saving plan includes, most recently, eliminations of the French and applied medical science departments and […]

Faculty Senate seeks more attractive retirement incentives, suggests closing one campus

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Members of the faculty senate spoke with President David Flanagan at last week's meeting and suggested boosting retirement incentives if the administration was trying to persuade more faculty to retire.

In light of the administration’s plan to eliminate 50 faculty positions and two academic programs, the faculty senate has proposed alternative plans that include better incentives for early retirements and the possible elimination of one of USM’s three campuses. According to Tom McDonald, an associate professor of business computing, closing off a campus has been […]