Articles by Francis Flisiuk


The search for a new president begins

on Dec. 10, 2014, at 7:37 p.m.
The online portal to submit applications and be considered as a candidate for USM’s presidency has closed, but the search for a new leader is far from over. A presidential search committee has and will continue to be working on narrowing down the number of applicants into a workable number …

Petition to reverse cuts drafted by AAUP member

on Dec. 10, 2014, at 7:18 p.m.
A petition has been published online representing the wishes of scholars and teachers all over the world to reverse the cuts and restart the process of addressing USM’s projected $16 million budget deficit. So far the petition has over 300 signatures on it. This petition comes as a response to …

Metropolitan rebranding of USM will cost $900,000 annually

on Nov. 24, 2014, at 3:41 p.m.
The recent administrative push to make USM more attractive to potential applicants, and henceforth more profitable through a “metropolitan” rebranding, is going to come with a $900,000 price tag. According to Richard Barringer, the head of a steering group created to implement the initial plans for the metropolitan university vision, …

Chronicling USM’s national media attention

on Nov. 17, 2014, at 12:02 p.m.
The American Studies Association has launched a new website with a map featuring schools across the nation they believe serve as examples of “assaults on academic freedom.”  USM is on that list. the ASA is citing USM’s most recent faculty layoffs and elimination of undergraduate and graduate programs as reasons …

Car crash near Hiram kills two teenagers, one a USM student

on Nov. 10, 2014, at 1:04 p.m.
Two teenagers died in a car accident last Saturday near Hiram, one of whom was a USM student. Andrew Stanley, a recent graduate of Sacopee Valley High School and a first year nursing student at USM, was riding with three of his friends in a speed zone of 35 mph …

Community members show support to Noyes St. victims through fundraising

on Nov. 10, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
From donation based yoga classes, to student run bake sales and concerts, many fundraising efforts have sprung up in Portland to help the affected families of the Noyes St. fire pay for funeral costs and to provide assistance to the two survivors who lost their possessions. While the investigation regarding …

Survivors of Noyes St. inferno express grief and shock

on Nov. 10, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
In the wake of a deadly house fire, the cause of which is still a mystery, several fundraising efforts have been started by community members mourning the loss of the six people who perished in the blaze. According to Jerome LaMoria, Portland’s police chief, David Bragdon Jr., Ashley Thomas, Maelisha …

Flanagan responds to critics of his plan

on Nov. 03, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
When David Flanagan came out of retirement last year to tackle the daunting task of balancing USM’s $16 million budget shortfall, he said it would be obvious that his plans would be met with disapproval. From faculty outraged over the loss of their jobs and elimination of their departments, to …

Five dead and one critically injured in a house fire near USM

on Nov. 02, 2014, at 6:34 a.m.
A fire engulfed a two family home on 20 Noyes St. last Saturday, killing five people and severely injuring another, who is now in an intensive burn center in Boston. According to President David Flanagan, seven tenants did escape the structure, one of which was USM student Nick Marcketta. It …

Students upset over ebola costume get police called on them

on Oct. 28, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
When five students from the multicultural center were hanging out and studying during their weekly “Feel Good Fridays” event, the last thing they expected was to be struck by a torrent of fear, anger and confusion. As Howa Mohammed, a junior health sciences major, peered out of the center she …

Faculty and students in the Franco-American community distraught over proposed cuts

on Oct. 27, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
Last week, Nancy Erickson a French professor at USM, logged onto her computer and learned in a mass email that her department and position were slated for elimination by an administration that is attempting to bridge a projected $16 million budget gap. “The announcement email from the Provost to the …

36 professors retire as retrenchment date nears

on Oct. 27, 2014, at 3:32 p.m.
In response to a strong urge from the administration and a financial incentive to retire early, 25 faculty members from USM have voluntarily decided to step down from their teaching positions. The biggest facets of President David Flanagan’s $16-million budget saving plan includes, most recently, eliminations of the French and …

Faculty Senate seeks more attractive retirement incentives, suggests closing one campus

on Oct. 14, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
In light of the administration’s plan to eliminate 50 faculty positions and two academic programs, the faculty senate has proposed alternative plans that include better incentives for early retirements and the possible elimination of one of USM’s three campuses. According to Tom McDonald, an associate professor of business computing, closing …

LGBTQ community and Christians discuss love on campus

on Oct. 04, 2014, at 9:28 p.m.
In an effort to provide a comfortable and welcoming space for members of the LGBTQ community to explore and discuss their faith with other Christians, a six-week series of discussions has been planned, centered around the idea that “love is an orientation.” Sarah Holmes, the assistant director of student life …

Flanagan pitches USM to local businesses

on Oct. 04, 2014, at 9:23 p.m.
President David Flanagan gave more details about his strategy to “vanquish USM’s daunting budget challenge” during a brief speech to an audience of over 300 local business and education leaders at an “Eggs and Issues” event at the Holiday Inn in Portland. The monthly business forum, organized by the Portland …

English professor Nancy Gish returns from historic Scottish referendum

on Sept. 29, 2014, at 9 a.m.
In light of Scotland rejecting independence from the U.K. by a vote of 55 to 44 percent during a recent referendum, USM is hosting a free panel discussion to determine the impact and educational value of such a monumental political event. The panel discussion will feature three experts: Donnie Jack, …

College campuses across the nation join the fight to end domestic violence

on Sept. 29, 2014, at 9 a.m.
In this country at least four women are murdered by abusive partners daily and 25% of female college students have reported a violent rape, according to a crime victimization survey done by the National Institute of Justice. With an estimated one in five college women attacked, USM’s faculty and students …

New cyber-security lab will be a sandbox for student hackers

on Sept. 22, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
In a world where cyber attacks and heists pose a very real threat, USM is arming its IT students with the knowledge of not only how to repel them but how to release viruses themselves. Thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation and Maine Technology Institute, …

Arcadia National Bar brings the culture of nerd to Portland

on Sept. 22, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
It’s time to take those drunken games of Mario Kart out of your dorm room and into a night on the town. The recently opened Arcadia National Bar is drawing in consistent crowds of adults from several age groups, all of whom share a common love for drinking beer and …

USM police department has four M16′s on loan from the US government

on Sept. 22, 2014, at 10:04 a.m.
The USM police department currently has four M16 assault rifles locked up in their armory that they received from the U.S. Department of Defense back in 2007. The guns were loaned to USM as part of a military surplus initiative, known as the 1033 program, that had weapons and equipment …
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