Category Archives: School

Gorham principal calls out MTV and local radio station, shuts down all remaining dances over ‘grinding’ controversy

Singer Miley Cyrus reflects on her controversial grind against Robin Thicke at this year's MTV Video Music Awards in August. (Reuters photo)

In a letter posted on the Gorham High School website, Principal Chris Record said he’s calling off all remaining school dances — with the exception of the Prom — for the school year. Record said the prevalence of provocative dancing — specifically grinding, gyrating at the midsection as demonstrated by singer Miley Cyrus above — has […]

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. […]