Protest of the day

by VanessaVaile

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This past Wednesday, faculty and students protested budget cuts and layoffs at University of Southern Maine, calling the reductions an attack on the university and on Maine’s economy.

Layoffs occurred in multiple departments including computer science and economics, the Maine Education Association reported, spurring a press conference on the Portland campus Wednesday.

Paul Christiansen, associate professor of musicology, told a crowd outside Payson Smith Hall, “I’ve been at USM for nine years, I’ve been tenured for three years, I’ve been fired by voicemail, and I’m supposed to get a letter sometime today by I guess express mail. Pretty pathetic.”

Christiansen said his position’s elimination will affect students.

“How will music undergraduate and graduate students be able to graduate without the music history courses that I’ve been teaching here since I’ve been here?” he asked. “How will they be able to graduate without a PhD teaching these courses? And…

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