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 […]

Hunter: This is not my USM

Posted on March 23, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Dear Free Press, Like most students and alumni I have been watching the events of the last two days unfold over social media with something akin to horror. As a resent alumnus, I have nothing but a deep since of pride and love for my USM community. As horrible as these cuts are there is […]

Lacy: We’re fighting for our right to learn

Posted on March 23, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Dear USM Administration, My name is Caleb Lacy. I am a 4th year Theater Major here at USM and a United States Marine Corps Veteran. Theater has always been my life passion. I grew up the youngest of 4 in a lower middle class divorced home, so when I graduated High School there was no […]

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 […]

President Theodora Kalikow to students: Faculty Layoffs

Posted on March 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

The following is an email sent from Kalikow to current students at USM. It was sent at 3:31 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Dear Students: We have made the painful decision to lay off 12 full-time faculty members in nine departments. These individuals were informed earlier today, Friday, March 21. Under the terms of the faculty contract, […]

Faculty from London to New York show support in letters for USM faculty laid off

Posted on March 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

The following is a compilation of letters written from faculty from a variety of backgrounds and from various locations that were sent to Provost Michael Stevenson following the lay-offs of 12 faculty members on Friday and the proposed elimination of four programs earlier this week. The source of each of these letters was verified by […]

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 […]

Shelley: Corporate language on USM’s “changes” strange and depressing

Posted on March 20, 2014 by , and in Perspectives

This article was contributed by USM graduate Phil Shelley. Last week, I received a mass email from the USM Graduate Admissions office regarding the current “changes” USM is undergoing. I found the email strange and depressing because it was written in corporate marketing language and seemed to me to be the kind of pre-emptive “don’t […]