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Student senate votes no confidence in USM president and council

Posted on March 22, 2014 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Board of Trustees representative Alex Greenlee addressed a group of students, alumni and faculty gathered in the Woodbury Campus Center. He explained why he thought a simpler resolution was better to present at the Sunday/Monday BOT meeting in Machias.

The student senate voted no confidence tonight in President Theo Kalikow and her council following a series of cuts on Friday. More than 20 students gathered tonight at the Woodbury Campus Center in Portland to help the 13 present student senators draft a proposal that will be taken to the upcoming Sunday and Monday Board […]

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 […]

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 […]

President gives official notice of termination to 12 despite protests

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

Gabe Demaine former diversity program coordinator who was laid off last summer entered the protest with a bang, chanting intensely with student and faculty on the 7th floor of the law building today.

Just after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, President Theo Kalikow sent out an email officially announcing that 12 faculty members from nine departments have been laid-off over the course of the day. A group of students, numbering as many as one hundred at parts of the day, occupied the seventh floor of the Law Building, where […]

More than 100 gather in law building to protest faculty cuts

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Kirsten Sylvain, and Sam Hill in News

Students gathered outside of the provost's office on the 7th floor of the law building to protest cuts to faculty.

A group of more than 100 students have gathered on the 7th floor of the law building this morning to protest termination of faculty. More than 10 faculty members are set to have one-on-one meetings with Provost Michael Stevenson this morning and some think it will end in notification of their terminations. “I’m here because […]

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 […]

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 […]