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Doyle on 2014 election: Maine needs a plan to serve students in longterm, and Cutler’s will do it

Posted on March 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

This letter was contributed by Andrew J. Doyle. The University of Maine system has experienced a declining enrollment during a time when pursuing higher education has never been more important for Mainers. Combine that with the state’s declining graduation rate, and we find ourselves with a serious problem that has fell by the wayside at […]

Conte: Cuts not just a budget issue, also a human issue

Posted on March 24, 2014 by martinconte in Letter to the Editor, Perspectives

My name is Martin Conte.  I have resided in the great state of Maine for 20 of my 21 years.  I grew up “Downeast,” up the coast in Blue Hill.  I went out of state for the first half of my University education, before moving back to the state, and enrolling at the University of […]

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 […]

President Theodora Kalikow to students: Faculty Layoffs

Posted on March 22, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

The following is an email sent from Kalikow to current students at USM. It was sent at 3:31 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Dear Students: We have made the painful decision to lay off 12 full-time faculty members in nine departments. These individuals were informed earlier today, Friday, March 21. Under the terms of the faculty contract, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Provost calls meetings for the morning, lay-offs of 11 to 12 faculty could follow

Posted on March 20, 2014 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Provost Michael Stevenson speaking with faculty about their concerns when the budget cuts for last fiscal year were released last spring. Stevenson has called meetings for tomorrow with several faculty members for what many think will end in lay-offs.

Tomorrow morning more than 10 USM faculty members will climb to the seventh floor office of the provost for back-to-back meetings that, some think, will end in notification of their terminations. Word spread quickly through social networks and between colleagues and students today that the provost called the meetings for tomorrow morning to lay-off additional […]

Students and faculty concerned about cuts, not vision

Posted on March 20, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

University of Southern Maine President Theo Kalikow (at the podium) listens to questions at an all-campus forum in Portland dealing with proposed dramatic restructuring and program cuts at the school.

University President Theodora Kalikow hosted an all-campus meeting yesterday morning to discuss the future of the university within the University of Maine System, but students and faculty in attendance were set on discussing recent proposals to cut programs and faculty. Last week Kalikow announced proposed elimination of programs including American and New England Studies, Recreation […]