Meeting Noah Hurowitz

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Nathan Mooney in News

Noah Hurowitz smiles at the prospect of speaking at commencement

Not all of the graduating student body will get to hear Noah Hurowitz’s commencement speech. This year graduation will be split into two ceremonies, which means that each session will only get to see one of this year’s two student commencement speakers. “Their loss,” said Hurowitz, chuckling. He said at one point that he was […]

Administration gives specifics on budget cuts at USM, details layoffs

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Nathan Mooney in News

In an email sent to USM students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, President Theo Kalikow released details on $5 million in cuts, the majority of which showed faculty and staff reductions, to be made to the USM budget for the 2013-2014 school year. Of the cuts, $3.1 million identified to date will come from from […]

Music education faculty halved due to university budget cuts

Posted on April 08, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features, Music

Music students stood outside Corthell Hall on Wednesday evening to attract the attention of those in Corthell and other students passing by on the Gorham campus. They sang songs, chanted and waved hand-made signs for nearly two hours and then held a candlelight vigil.

Budget cuts at the university have affected all departments, but the School of Music may have taken a heavier blow. At the end of the semester, lecturer of music education Steve Bizub’s position will be cut, leaving the program to one professor. On Wednesday night the entrance to Corthell Hall was flooded with boisterous USM […]

USM merges facilities staff

Posted on April 08, 2013 by Nathan Mooney in News

The USM Department of Facilities Management is consolidating control of grounds and maintenance staff previously under other departments in a merger aimed at creating greater efficiency in handling facilities related concerns on campus. Currently, the Athletics and Residential Life Departments have their own custodial and grounds staffs to maintain their facilities. Under the merger, which […]

So, what is a MOOC, anyway?

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Nathan Mooney in News

“A threat and an opportunity,” USM Professor of Linguistics Wayne Cowart said of MOOCs. Though it sounds a bit like a cuddly science fiction creature, what Cowart was referring to is actually a hot topic in higher education lately –massive, open, online courses or MOOCs. For some, the idea of giving away university-created content in […]