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Student body president condemns faculty voting no confidence

Posted on April 06, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

Chris Camire speaks at the Faculty Senate meeting in Lewiston Friday. Camire pleaded with the faculty not to hold a vote of no confidence in President Botman

Student Body President Chris Camire had harsh words for faculty moving to vote no confidence in University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman. He pleaded with faculty to work with, not against Botman.

Student body president pleads with faculty against voting no confidence in Botman

Posted on April 06, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

Student Body President Chris Camire called a move by faculty to vote no confidence in University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman a “coup d’etat” at a Faculty Senate meeting Friday and pleaded with faculty to work with, not against Botman. “I think you all should consider how much you’re tearing this university apart,” he said. […]

Faculty petition triggers referendum for a no-confidence vote in President Botman

Posted on April 04, 2012 by Paul Koenig in News

President Botman speaks to TV reporters Tuesday afternoon in Wishcamper Center.

Faculty Senate Chair Jeannine Diddle Uzzi dropped the petition off at Botman’s office this afternoon after being presented with it by Jerry Lasala, professor of physics. “We’ve come to the conclusion that this is a chronic and apparently unchangeable solution,” Lasala said.

USM takes back two controversial raises for administrators

Posted on April 01, 2012 by Paul Koenig in News

Tim Stevens, senior advisor to President Botman, and Executive Director of Public Affairs Bob Caswell volunteered to give up their raises. Administration, housed in the University of Maine Law Building on the left, have faced criticism for the salary increases.

The University of Southern Maine took back two controversial pay increases to top administrators following backlash from the USM community member as well as members of the public.

Refund checks allow one student to pay bills, car bling for another

Posted on March 10, 2012 by Dylan Martin in News

Junior English major Jake Lowry sits outside his house in Portland. Lowry used part of his refund check to pay for a pressing of his band's record, as well as for rent and bills.

While the refund money is legally supposed to only cover a student’s cost of attendance — including room and board, transportation, books, supplies and miscellaneous costs like food and entertainment — it’s hard to know how students use the money, said Director of Financial Aid Keith Dubois.

Faculty morale takes a hit in new round of budget cuts

Posted on March 04, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

Provost John Wright speaks at the Faculty Senate meeting Friday.

With the possibility faculty and staff could lose their jobs in a new wave of budget cuts, morale is low reportedly low amongst at faculty at the University of Southern Maine, which is facing a grim $5.1 million budget shortfall projected for the upcoming fiscal year 2013.

College deans will decide on proposed $1 million cuts this week

Posted on February 28, 2012 by Paul Koenig in News

Provost John Wright addresses the College of Management and Human Service Monday with Dean Joseph McDonnell and President Botman in the background.

The additional $1 million in cuts needed from each college at the University of Southern Maine could result fewer faculty and staff and squeezed operating budgets, but the college deans hope to minimize the impact felt by students. The three deans of the major colleges will discuss their proposed $1 million-a-piece budget cuts for next year with Provost John Wright tomorrow, before Wright submits the proposals to President Selma Botman by Friday.

Faced with massive budget shortfall, colleges forced to make large cuts next year

Posted on February 20, 2012 by Noah Hurowitz in News

USM President Selma Botman and Provost John Wright speak at a financial symposium last year.

The University of Southern Maine’s three major colleges have three weeks to come up with about $1 million each in budget cuts for fiscal year 2013 as a result of a budget shortfall of over $5 million. USM President Selma Botman and Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs John Wright’s delivered the news to the faculty of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences on Friday in the Wiscamper Center.

Whether it’s your sweet heart or sweet tooth, Portland’s got you covered

Posted on February 09, 2012 by Anna Flemke in Arts & Culture

Portland Candy Co. and various other stores across the city of Portland are preparing for Valentine's Day with sweet confections — and even sweeter sales.

Whether you’re looking to play it safe this Valentine’s Day or take a walk on the wild side, Portland candy shops have something to offer everyone. Like every gift-giving holiday, however, last-minute shopper syndrome is prevalent. If you need Cupid’s arrow to remind you not to procrastinate, there might be some dangerously tasty consequences.

As college bookstores compete, high textbook prices remain an issue

Posted on February 06, 2012 by Dylan Martin in News

The Campus Bookstore competes directly with the Official USM Bookstore for student business.

At the beginning of the school year, Chris Cunha stood outside of the Woodbury Campus Center to hand out coupons for his new employer, the Campus Bookstore. For nearly twenty years, the off-campus store has been the University of Southern Maine bookstore’s direct competitor — most notably, offering lower prices — and last May, it moved closer to the Portland campus. Some say a little too close.