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 […]

Elimination of three academic programs to be finalized this month

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Emma James in News

Kent Ryden, director and professor of American and New England studies, described his feelings as ‘disappointed.’

In two weeks the University of Maine System board of trustees will vote on whether or not to eliminate three programs at USM: American and New England studies, geosciences and the arts and humanities program on the Lewiston-Auburn Campus. USM administrators proposed eliminating these programs in March as a cost-saving measure in an attempt to […]

‘This is not my first rodeo’: President Flanagan unfazed by growing budget deficit

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

President David Flanagan stands off the stage and gives a welcoming speech to a sparsely attended crowd of faculty and students at Hannaford Hall on the Portland campus. His speech was around 9 minutes long.

According to President David Flanagan, USM’s projected budget deficit of 12.5 million is going to grow. After this fiscal year, an additional $3 million is expected to be added to the current deficit. Flanagan put the numbers in perspective by saying that the deficit will roughly be equal to 13 percent of the university’s total […]

David Flanagan, former Central Maine Power CEO, named interim president

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

David Flanagan, former Central Maine Power Co. CEO and UMS board of trustees chairman, will be the interim president at USM starting next Monday.

David Flanagan, former Central Maine Power Co. CEO and UMS board of trustees chairman, will be the interim president at USM starting next Monday announced officials yesterday. “David Flanagan is one of Maine’s most trusted, experienced and accomplished business leaders and public servants,” said Chancellor James Page at a press conference Wednesday, outlining Flanagan’s work […]

Student Life lays off Portland director Christopher O’Connor in downsizing efforts

Posted on July 08, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Christopher O'Connor, the former director of Portland Student Life, said that he was somewhat relieved to be laid off and didn't want student protesters to fight for his job.

The department of Student Life announced recently that it would be eliminating the director of Portland Student Life position in an effort to downsize amidst recent budget cuts. Christopher O’Connor, the now former director, said he could feel something going on within the department and that he almost expected being laid off. “The way the […]

USM makes list of nation’s most expensive colleges, official says data is out-of-date

Posted on July 02, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

USM is one of the nation’s most expensive public four-year colleges for in-state students according to a recent report published by the U.S. Department of Education. USM was ranked 23rd in the public four-year college category with a net price — the amount that students paid after receiving grants and scholarships — of $18,177 a […]

‘It’s like burning money’: Administration shuts down little-used summer shuttle

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

The shuttle bus between the Portland and Gorham campuses will make its final loop on Friday before shutting down for the rest of the summer due to low useage. “This was a difficult decision but we could not balance the high cost of the service with the low level of use,” wrote William Wells, the […]

Students rally to save three programs on the administration’s chopping block

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Ardis Cameron, an American and New England Studies professor, spoke at the rally aimed at saving her program from elimination on Wednesday, claiming that ANES was a unique program in the country.

Students for #USM Future recently organized a rally outside of the Maine Law Building to protest President Theo Kalikow’s final budget recommendations, specifically the three programs that are slated for elimination. Geosciences, American and New England Studies and the Arts and Humanities program on the Lewiston-Auburn campus have been considered part of the necessary budget […]

Students for #USMFuture launch #NoMoreNice campaign with $10,000 crowdfunding goal

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Students for #USMFuture organizers Jules Purnell (left), Meaghan LaSala (front right) and Caroline O'Connor (front back) after leading a march throughout the streets of Portland to protest USM budget cuts in April. The group announced their new #NoMoreNice campaign last week.

Students for #USMFuture have launched a new campaign called #NoMoreNice in response to recent measures taken by the administration to balance the university’s budget. In a statement released to Bangor Daily News blogger Chris Schorr, the group announced that they would be launching a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of $10,000 to finance an independent […]