Our opinions: Admins need to talk to average USM students

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Uncategorized

Last week, Dean Joy Pufhal emailed 18 student leaders and invited them to a meeting with President David Flanagan and Provost Joseph McDonnell to discuss the criteria for potential upcoming program eliminations and faculty retrenchments, but only five students attended. We hope the administration does not consider five students adequate student input on the issues […]

Advice from Chaka: We all just need to breathe

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Uncategorized

by Chaka-Khan Gordon The beginning of the school year can be stressful, especially for students navigating several full lives at once. What do I mean by that? Well, some of us are students, employees and parents all at the same time. Some of us are taking classes and taking care of older parents. Some of […]

Kalikow to step down from presidency at USM and begin working at system-level

Posted on July 08, 2014 by Sam Hill in Uncategorized

President Thedora Kalikow at a campus-wide meeting in March where where discussed the urban metropolitan university vision which is to be implemented at USM. Today it was announced that she will be stepping down from her presidency to take a role at the system-level.

Theodora Kalikow will be stepping down from her presidency at USM in ten days, according to a press release sent by Dan Demerit, the director of public affairs for the University of Maine System. Kalikow will work throughout the remainder of her existing employment contract as an acting vice chancellor at the system-level and will be undertaking […]

President Kalikow announces final balanced FY15 budget, last $2.5 million in cuts

Posted on June 16, 2014 by Sam Hill in Uncategorized

President Thedora Kalikow in Hannaford Hall during a public meeting in March.

President Theodora Kalikow announced the final round of cuts needed to balance the budget for fiscal year 2015 on Friday and opened up discussion for future cuts for fiscal year 2016 and beyond. In an email to USM staff, Kalikow said the $14 million gap between expenses and revenues for FY15 has been closed and […]

Student honors fallen marine

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Justicia Barreiros in Sports, Sports Feature, Uncategorized

Brandon Sodergren crosses the finish line at the Army Marathon in 2013.

Brandon Sodergren is a senior criminology major, member of the wrestling team and a student senator. Before attending USM, Sodergren served in the Marines for six years beginning in 2006, including two tours–one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan–as an infantry machine gunner. Now he spends his free time running marathons and fundraising in honor […]

Student senate works through budget crisis

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Sam Hill in Uncategorized

Various student groups that receive funding from the student activity fee via the Student Senate met to discuss ways they could reduce their budgets at last Wednesday during the emergency meeting of the Student Senate.

Due to low enrollment this year, the amount of student activity fee funds expected to be dispersed this spring will be much less than expected, and in the past week, the Student Government Association has had to revise its budget and cut the budgets of its entities to adjust. In the past, the student activity […]

You are wrong: That’s March better than February

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Thaddeus Moriarty in Uncategorized

I’m Thaddeus Moriarty, and you are wrong. Why? Because you think that March is good for anything at all. After a long winter’s passing, full of holidays and holy days, and then the busy beginning of classes and the headfirst slide into the first break of the semester, March is about as dull as a […]

National Album Review: “The Age of Reason” by Gramatik

Posted on February 03, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture, Uncategorized

The Age of Reason defies standards in electronic music albums featuring 15 dynamic tracks that are rich in innovation and variety. The Slovenian born DJ Gramatik, whose real name is Denis Jasarevic, has been busy creating his own record label Lowtemp and crafting this gem of an album that’s been released after much anticipation. The […]

USM bids spring students welcome

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Skyla Gordon in News, Uncategorized

To kick off the spring semester, several students donned bright blue and yellow scarves to signal to new students that they were welcome ambassadors for USM. These 50 volunteers, primarily from the Board of Student Organizations and Student Senate, wore the scarves as an indicator that they were available to answer questions about the school. […]

USM’s 14th Annual Royal Majesty Drag Show And Competition Photos

Posted on December 02, 2013 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture, Uncategorized