Category Archives: School

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

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?

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

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. […]