Students continue to organize after denial of bill at state house

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

After the press conference at 12:30 p.m. at the state house, students made their way around the state house, looking for law makers to talk to about their bill, sponsored by Rep. Ben Chipman (I-Portland). Here they spoke to a representative from Senate President Justin Alfond's office. The bill will go through legislative council tomorrow, where lawmakers will decide whether it moves on to the next stage. Student here carried with them flyers that read "Stand in Solidarity for #UMainefuture," as groups have sprung up not only in USM but also in Orono and Farmington to protest recent cuts across the system.

Update: March 27, 6:27 p.m. Students who proposed a bill to analyze the distribution of funding in the UMaine System were disappointed today to hear news that the legislative council had denied advancement of the legislation, but they promptly responded that they would use the result to further mobilize and engage students. Six voted against […]

Muskie students respond to cuts

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

Earlier this evening, nearly 40 students from the Muskie School of Public Policy met with the school’s Dean Joseph McDonnell and Associate Dean Andrew Coburn to discuss what a letter drafted by four student leaders at Muskie described as the disproportionate impact last Friday’s series of faculty retrenchments had on the school. “We urge you […]

Over two hundred students protest university budget cuts, sit-in

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Kirsten Sylvain, and Sam Hill in News

Over a hundred USM students are protesting outside of the law building where the president and provost's offices are located.

Update: 9:00 p.m. After nine hours of demonstrating, starting at the Law Building and moving into the Woodbury Campus Center, all but one of the protesters had left for the night. Update: 4:00 p.m. A smaller group of protesters remain at the Woodbury Campus Center, but they told the group they plan to be in […]

Student senate votes no confidence in USM president and council

Posted on March 22, 2014 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Board of Trustees representative Alex Greenlee addressed a group of students, alumni and faculty gathered in the Woodbury Campus Center. He explained why he thought a simpler resolution was better to present at the Sunday/Monday BOT meeting in Machias.

The student senate voted no confidence tonight in President Theo Kalikow and her council following a series of cuts on Friday. More than 20 students gathered tonight at the Woodbury Campus Center in Portland to help the 13 present student senators draft a proposal that will be taken to the upcoming Sunday and Monday Board […]

Faculty Senate votes to reject first round of cuts

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

Professor of English Deepika Marya makes her way into the provost's office for her meeting. Marya refused to enter without bringing protesters with her and as a result was not allowed in to receive her letter.

In a special meeting of the Faculty Senate in response to the series of faculty layoffs and program cut proposals, the Faculty Senate voted unanimously to reject the actions taken by the administration, including the layoffs and the proposed program cuts, despite its support for the idea of a metropolitan university. “I would like to […]

President gives official notice of termination to 12 despite protests

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

Gabe Demaine former diversity program coordinator who was laid off last summer entered the protest with a bang, chanting intensely with student and faculty on the 7th floor of the law building today.

Just after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, President Theo Kalikow sent out an email officially announcing that 12 faculty members from nine departments have been laid-off over the course of the day. A group of students, numbering as many as one hundred at parts of the day, occupied the seventh floor of the Law Building, where […]

More than 100 gather in law building to protest faculty cuts

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Kirsten Sylvain, and Sam Hill in News

Students gathered outside of the provost's office on the 7th floor of the law building to protest cuts to faculty.

A group of more than 100 students have gathered on the 7th floor of the law building this morning to protest termination of faculty. More than 10 faculty members are set to have one-on-one meetings with Provost Michael Stevenson this morning and some think it will end in notification of their terminations. “I’m here because […]

Provost calls meetings for the morning, lay-offs of 11 to 12 faculty could follow

Posted on March 20, 2014 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Provost Michael Stevenson speaking with faculty about their concerns when the budget cuts for last fiscal year were released last spring. Stevenson has called meetings for tomorrow with several faculty members for what many think will end in lay-offs.

Tomorrow morning more than 10 USM faculty members will climb to the seventh floor office of the provost for back-to-back meetings that, some think, will end in notification of their terminations. Word spread quickly through social networks and between colleagues and students today that the provost called the meetings for tomorrow morning to lay-off additional […]

Students and faculty concerned about cuts, not vision

Posted on March 20, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

University of Southern Maine President Theo Kalikow (at the podium) listens to questions at an all-campus forum in Portland dealing with proposed dramatic restructuring and program cuts at the school.

University President Theodora Kalikow hosted an all-campus meeting yesterday morning to discuss the future of the university within the University of Maine System, but students and faculty in attendance were set on discussing recent proposals to cut programs and faculty. Last week Kalikow announced proposed elimination of programs including American and New England Studies, Recreation […]

The three-way race for Student Body President

Posted on March 18, 2014 by Anthony Emerson in News

The debate is over, the campaigns are wrapping up and the first ballots are coming in. It’s a three-way race between the all-student-senator ticket Kyle Frazier and Rebecca Tanous, commuter students Jordan Miles and Luther Vigneualt and Erin Carlson, who at press time did not have a running mate. The single presidential debate was held […]