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Chann: Vote of ‘no confidence’ came too soon

Posted on March 23, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

This letter was contributed by Marpheen Chann. I applaud my fellow student government colleagues and the student senate for their support of students and faculty. But I write to voice my dissent in regards to the vote of no-confidence in the administration. In my opinion, the vote of no-confidence is premature given that the protest […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Student profile: Katie Belgard, at your service

Posted on January 27, 2014 by hguaciaro in Community, Features, News

Katie Belgard hadn’t planned on being the president of the Board of Student Organizations when she first joined. She’s one of those students everyone seems to know. Spending a lot of time in the Woodbury Campus Center, she can often be found calling to and greeting passersby with a smile. A women and gender studies […]

Our Opinion: Ensuring student safety

Posted on January 27, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

USM has seen more than its fair share of breaking news this week.From the arrest of a former USM student body president for arson on Monday and a Gorham standoff between police and an armed student Wednesday night, to an incident of spontaneous combustion in the science building on Friday. Two of these events have […]

University oversight of fraternities questioned after Gorham standoff

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Authorities blocked off College Avenue to keep USM residents from traveling near the crime scene. The campus did not go into lockdown because university officials felt that the scene was contained at the off-campus fraternity house.

Last Wednesday’s Gorham standoff between local police and an armed USM student, Alan-Michael Santos, has raised a lot of questions about the university’s policies and procedures during emergency situations. Santos, 23, of Winchester, Mass., a junior business marketing major, surrendered to authorities after a four-hour standoff with police, in which he barricaded himself in the […]