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 […]

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 […]