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 […]

Rood: ‘new direction’ doesn’t mean the same direction as before

Posted on March 20, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Dear USM, I am shocked and appalled at the level of disrespect you have shown your students and the fine educators of this institution, without whom you would not have a school. I have stayed at USM because the faculty have always shown nothing but support and compassion to me and my peers and now […]

Our Opinion: Vote Erin Carlson for student body president

Posted on March 19, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The polls are open for the student elections for another day of voting, and it’s not too late to cast your ballot in favor of candidate Erin Carlson. Events this year have shown that USM’s student body president needs to be more committed and involved than ever as students face a transforming university, endless budget […]

Pleau: Stonecoast is special and sustainable

Posted on March 18, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

I’m a student in the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing. I also graduated in 2012 with a BA in Media Studies from USM. I thought about comparing all of the ways that being at Stonecoast is different and special but I only have so many words and I have to get a packet to my […]

Sustainability & ME: Climate neutrality means a brighter future

Posted on March 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

By: Shaun Carland A USM committee generated the University’s Climate Action Plan, entitled “USM’s Guide to a Climate Neutral Education,” in 2010, under former president Selma Botman. In 2008, USM signed the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment, which publicly declared the USM’s commitment to achieving climate neutrality by 2040. But what exactly is […]

You are wrong: History’s not history, yet

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Thaddeus Moriarty in Perspectives

I’m Thaddeus Moriarty, and you are wrong. Why? Because you’re not studying history. You’re here at USM studying business, or physical therapy, or nutrition, or underwater basket-weaving — but you’re not studying history. And why not? It’s common knowledge that history majors and professors are the most clever, interesting and beautiful people in academia. Seriously, […]

Our Opinion: Boosting involvement a two-way street

Posted on March 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

Student elections are right around the corner, and you may be thinking to yourself, “So what?” The majority of senate seats are going to be uncontested, voting on the referendum questions doesn’t necessarily mean anything will come of them and with only a week until polls open, we’re not entirely sure what specific issues any […]

Sustainability and ME: You can still eat fresh in winter

Posted on March 03, 2014 by Sam Hill in Perspectives, Sustainability and ME

For those of us who try to eat locally, the winter used to be a bit of a challenge and left us longing for the warmer days of spring, summer and fall, when our beloved nearby produce was easier to obtain and contained more variety. Now, thanks to a growing demand for healthy, high-quality, local […]