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  • Anonymous

    A very good editorial, but one that acknowledges the subjectivity of this ranking–as with all such rankings of things that can’t really be quantified.  No doubt the UME System Trustees will use this ranking to punish further the Orono campus even as it enlarges its own staff and its own salaries and perks. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s “Fill the Steins to Dear Old Maine”. Besides, the Stein Song is the school song with For Maine as the fight song. Get your facts straight.

  • Anonymous

    And as a result of this some politically correct puke will go on a campaign to drop the Stein Song as 
    the school song.  Maybe Gov. LePlump will wight in and save it as he’s been known to raise a glass from
    time to time to time…………………

  • Anonymous

    If it wasn’t so easy to get an unsecured loan, guaranteed by the federal government, then colleges/universities wouldn’t be able to charge as much.   The easy loans encourage rising tuition rates and they encourage young people to go into debt for something that has dubious worth for many. The real winners are the employees of the colleges and universities, from the Chancellors and Presidents to the maintenance staff. Kids go into debt to pay their salaries and benefits.

    • Anonymous

      If it was the Government then it would be the banks, except the banks would require a Co signer. Now you would have two people on the hook instead of one, making it potentially even worst. 

      • Anonymous

         A co-signer isn’t likely to give his home away so a child or relative can fritter it away at a too-high priced college or university.

        • Anonymous

          You would be surprised what a parent would do for there children. Also there a many cases of kids going to great affordable colleges but run into hardship and do not finish. Now if they can’t pay back the loan Mom or dad has to. It can get bad. 

          • Anonymous

            Some parents are even generous enough to send their kids to a school which will teach them how to spell their and there and they’re!

          • Anonymous

            oh yes, because you had no idea what I was saying. Grammar is absolutely no indication of ones intelligence. I I have meet wonderfully smart and intelligent people that can’t spell for anything. Or they start sentences, Me and my friend went…., So please get off your high horse. 

          • Anonymous

            I wasn’t questioning your intelligence or your ability to make yourself understood, just the school that failed to teach you how to spell some of the most commonly used words in the English language. When “that’s close enough, I can tell what you meant” is more and more becoming the accepted standard in our primary schools, how can we expect kids to excel at higher levels?

    • Anonymous

      Excellent point Brightmeadows.  Now these same people who benefit from this scam want to vilify and discontinue athletics so they can keep getting more and more.

      • Anonymous

         My feeling is that unless the sports program can generate enough income to cover expenses, it should NOT be covered by student tuition.

        • Anonymous

          The title IX sports would all be gone and the same ones who hate football would blame it on that.  My thoughts are if people don’t want any tuition money going to athletics they should select other schools.  If there were NO athletics at UMaine there would be many fewer students which most likely would result in higher tuition.  You are right though, easy government loans creates higher tuition costs.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t believe a word of it…they go for Maine to get demographics, up in the NE. I transferred from a Catholic School to UMaine, the change was remarkable. Maine was so quiet compared to the liberal arts school.

  • Anonymous

    UMaine System custodians and other maintenance persons do not exactly get big salaries. Nor do most faculty. Contrary to the statistics provided by the highly paid System finance bigwigs, statistics that the four unions have repeatedly shown to be utter distortions, ordinary System employees, for the most part, are paid far less than their counterparts at UMaine’s peer institutions.
    I do recall the comment made not long by that the brilliant US Rep and would-be Republican Senator from Missouri that has nothing to do with his equally brilliant comment re “legitimate” rape: that is, that federal aid to education is “stage three cancer.” Great analogy, no?
    Of course he happily takes his $175,000 annual salary and the best govt. medical plan available without hesitation. For in his case, small govt. can’t apply to his job. 

  • Anonymous

    Peace studies, women’s studies, ethnic studies, empathy studies, social justice studies…not quite the arena to sharpen one’s potential job credentials or employment skills.

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