Friday, November 16th, 2018

Letter to the editor: Pro name change to connect more with Portland

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

By Jeffrey Ahlquist, USM ’19 The name change of the University of Southern Maine to the University of Maine Portland will only be implemented if the studies being conducted suggest that the enrollment of out-of-state students will have greater benefit than the cost of undergoing a name change. If the research shows that the return on […]

Letter to the Editor: The Portland Phoenix

Posted on October 06, 2015 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

To the editor: Thank you for reading — and for taking the time to respond to – – my column in the Phoenix about the prospect of deaccessioning the Gorham Campus. You bring up a good implicit point that the Portland Campus leaves much to be desired in the way of “college feel” and fostering […]

Finding meaning from grief: My plea to Portlanders this season

Posted on October 06, 2015 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

In response to overwhelming tragedy often comes widespread push for reform— as those in mourning search desperately for resolution in their grief. Just shy of the one year anniversary of the Noyes Street fire that claimed the lives of six young people, loved ones of those who perished can— hopefully, breathe deeply knowing that a […]

Lee: “A University is not in the business of making money”

Posted on July 31, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

The following is in response to a letter from Newly appointed USM president David T. Flanigan requesting “thoughts, recommendations and support” concerning the future of USM. I take up your request for help, though I have serious doubts as to how much anyone will pay attention to, let alone read, the many responses you will […]

Doyle on 2014 election: Maine needs a plan to serve students in longterm, and Cutler’s will do it

Posted on March 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

This letter was contributed by Andrew J. Doyle. The University of Maine system has experienced a declining enrollment during a time when pursuing higher education has never been more important for Mainers. Combine that with the state’s declining graduation rate, and we find ourselves with a serious problem that has fell by the wayside at […]

Conte: Cuts not just a budget issue, also a human issue

Posted on March 24, 2014 by martinconte in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

My name is Martin Conte.  I have resided in the great state of Maine for 20 of my 21 years.  I grew up “Downeast,” up the coast in Blue Hill.  I went out of state for the first half of my University education, before moving back to the state, and enrolling at the University of […]

Chann: Vote of ‘no confidence’ came too soon

Posted on March 23, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

This letter was contributed by Marpheen Chann. I applaud my fellow student government colleagues and the student senate for their support of students and faculty. But I write to voice my dissent in regards to the vote of no-confidence in the administration. In my opinion, the vote of no-confidence is premature given that the protest […]

Ward: Students should support admin efforts, work with what they’ve got, stop protesting

Posted on March 23, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

This letter was contributed by Dustin Ward. Dear Free Press, I want to first write and say what a wonderful job you and your organization are doing in covering the news and latest events of the situation at USM. After seeing the many comments, and the constant disgrace that so many students at USM are voicing I feel […]

Parry: USM pulled out of rip-tide but tossed into furnace by admin actions

Posted on March 23, 2014 by Kirsten Sylvain in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

Dear Provost Stevenson and Board, Now I’m no economics or mathematics major, but it seems to me that by dramatically reducing the size of the faculty (and subsequently the amount of courses offered) the outcome is obviously going to be fewer students enrolled. An individual was speaking to me and others the other day about […]

Linebaugh: Stop the cutting now

Posted on March 21, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor

This is a letter was written by USM alumni Wade Linebaugh. Dear Provost Stevenson, If the news has it right, you’re either currently meeting–or about to meet–with as many as 10 (or more?) faculty members in order to terminate them. If this is indeed true, this action is unconscionable. The path I see USM going […]