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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 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 […]

Linebaugh: Stop the cutting now

Posted on March 21, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor

This is a letter was written by USM alumni Wade Linebaugh. Dear Provost Stevenson, If the news has it right, you’re either currently meeting–or about to meet–with as many as 10 (or more?) faculty members in order to terminate them. If this is indeed true, this action is unconscionable. The path I see USM going […]

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 […]

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 […]

Portland Public Library bookmobile is on the road

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Sam Hill in Arts & Culture, Features

The Portland Library bookmobile parked outside of Glickman Library on Wednesday. It will be returning for at least the next two weeks.

The Portland Public Library’s new “mobile branch” visited USM on Wednesday for the first time, showing off their customized Mercedes-Benz mobile library and spreading the word on what they have in store for Portland. “A lot of people in the city have busy schedules, and one too many things on their plates,” said Portland Public […]

Athletics budget barely takes a hit

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Anna Chiu in Sports

While academics is shouldering a hefty 63.4 percent of the $5 million budget shortfall at USM, the Athletics Department will only see a cut of less than 2 percent in its operating budget. In addition, the recreation manager position has been eliminated and another position related to equipment management will see a reduction in pay. […]

Camire: A letter supporting President Botman and a unified university

Posted on April 05, 2012 by Paul Koenig in Perspectives

Student Body President Chris Camire

I am a student and, of my own accord, I am sending this message to speak out in support of our president, Selma Botman. As a student leader, I have spent a lot of time with President Botman — having conversations about what students want and need and making USM a better place together. She has been incredibly receptive and student-centered, and I couldn’t imagine working with a better president to improve our home.