All posts by Seth Koenig

Seth Koenig

About Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.

Transforming USM: Just what do they mean by ‘Metropolitan University,’ and what will the change cost?

University of Southern Maine buildings can be seen over Interstate 295 in Portland. (BDN photo by Seth Koenig)

Over at least the last year or so, University of Maine System trustees have pushed each of their seven universities to define its identity or specialty. For the University of Southern Maine, that conversation has centered around the establishment — or, perhaps re-establishment — of the school as “Maine’s Metropolitan University.” The term has evoked imagery […]

The AAUP’s place in USM governance: Faculty weigh in on the professors’ association inquiry

Katie Arnold (left) and Ali Sinclair, both juniors at the University of Southern Maine, discuss the school's recent budget cuts outside Luther Bonney Hall on the Portland campus in early October. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

Yesterday, I wrote a story about the fact that the American Association of University Professors issued a letter informing interim University of Southern Maine President David Flanagan the organization is planning to assemble a committee to investigate the school, its finances and its budget cuts.   Click here to read my previous piece about the AAUP letter. […]

Portland Phoenix to sue Dig Portland over ‘trade secrets,’ lost staff and advertising

(BDN photo by Seth Koenig)

Less than a month after Portland officially became a two-alternative-weekly city, those two alternative weeklies are engaged in a legal dispute. The new publisher of the Portland Phoenix has announced his newspaper will sue the nascent Dig Portland over what he calls breaches of contract by two former Phoenix leaders now working for Dig. In late October, at […]