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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 […]

Faculty Senate votes to reject first round of cuts

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

Professor of English Deepika Marya makes her way into the provost's office for her meeting. Marya refused to enter without bringing protesters with her and as a result was not allowed in to receive her letter.

In a special meeting of the Faculty Senate in response to the series of faculty layoffs and program cut proposals, the Faculty Senate voted unanimously to reject the actions taken by the administration, including the layoffs and the proposed program cuts, despite its support for the idea of a metropolitan university. “I would like to […]

Students and faculty concerned about cuts, not vision

Posted on March 20, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

University of Southern Maine President Theo Kalikow (at the podium) listens to questions at an all-campus forum in Portland dealing with proposed dramatic restructuring and program cuts at the school.

University President Theodora Kalikow hosted an all-campus meeting yesterday morning to discuss the future of the university within the University of Maine System, but students and faculty in attendance were set on discussing recent proposals to cut programs and faculty. Last week Kalikow announced proposed elimination of programs including American and New England Studies, Recreation […]

Our Opinion: Make USM a metropolitan university and succeed

Posted on February 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

At the Direction Package Advisory Board meeting last Friday, there was a lot of discussion around turning USM into a metropolitan university. Ideas were tossed around involving ties with local businesses, independent research projects in the community and the concept of using the city itself as a sort of lab. And, boy, are we excited. […]

Direction Package Advisory Board focuses on the students

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Jeanne Munger, an associate professor of business administration and member of the academic review committee spoke at the Direction package meeting last Friday about the importance of focusing on people and not numbers.

USM is still looking for ways to fill the $14 million budget deficit for the next fiscal year, and officials agreed, after a set of student survey results were released Friday, that students should always be the focus. The CORE subgroup of the Direction Package Advisory Board was tasked with finding short-term solutions, trying to […]

Direction Package pushes for metropolitan university identity

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Student Body President Kelsea Dunham addressed the Direction Package Adivsory Board as a part of the presentation of the group she has been working with to define a vision for USM’s future. The vision they outlined emphasized USM’s urban location, which Dunham says students are very excited about.

Members of the Direction Package Advisory Board largely agreed that USM’s future should be as Maine’s metropolitan university, as the group’s meetings come to a close this Friday. The board met for a preliminary roll-out of the work that had been done in the three sub-groups for the past two months last Friday. While each […]

Senate pushes for Direction Package details

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Skyla Gordon in News

At the Faculty Senate meeting last Friday, faculty members expressed concern to President Theo Kalikow about the purpose and conclusions of the Direction Package committee. The committee is scheduled to present its findings to Kalikow on Feb. 28. Many at the meeting were frustrated, saying that Kalikow wasn’t giving enough details pertaining to the initiatives […]