By Zach Searles
Metropolitan University is an initiative that’s been around for a few years, but really started to surface and take hold last fall. MU has a complicated and entangled history as was evident with the moans and groans from the faculty when MU was brought up at last Friday’s faculty senate meeting.
One problem that Rebecca Tanous, student body president, has with the MU initiative was the timing of it all coming to light last fall.
“The big problem with the timing of MU initiative is that it happened at the same times as cuts, so the number one thing that students find is that it means more cuts,” said Tanous.
Tanous found this to be true when she went around campus asking students what they thought of MU and most responded in a negative way because they thought it was associated with cuts.
Lorrayne Carroll, Associate Professor of English at USM, stated that MU has a lot of initiatives tangled within it, one of them being an identity assigned to USM by the Board of Trustees under their one university model.
One thing that is clear is that there is a lot of confusion surrounding MU, so it begs the question: what does Metropolitan University really mean?
“In my eyes it means more resume builders as a student because we’re committed to helping our community and using that as a forum to get students experience,” said Tanous.
Others may feel that part of the problem lies with how MU was communicated to faculty and staff.
“The problem is that the conversation about MU never got outside this small group of people over the last two years. It never really got outside and explained and it got entangled with all the other things that were happening,” said Carroll.
Community outreach and working with the community to get students real world experience is a big part of the MU initiative, with programs such as service learning that are designed to get students out and working with the community.
“What the president thinks it means is that USM will be actively engaged with its many surrounding communities and community partners,” said Adam Tuchinsky, chief of staff for the president’s office.
Some faculty and staff have expressed concern that by using the term metropolitan, it may put the focus entirely in Portland and leave out the university’s other two campuses.
“It doesn’t adequately capture the full range of work that people do,” said Carroll. She then went on to mention the work that nursing students do in the Dominican Republic, which may not be directly tied to the Portland community but is still work done by students in the community.
President Glenn Cummings has stressed in the past that the MU initiative does not mean that USM is a regional university that only serves the southern part of the state.
As stated earlier, the MU initiative has been underway for a few years. Some may argue even longer than that, since USM has been recognized as a Metropolitan University since the 1980’s.
USM is already heavily engaged within it’s community. There are many programs that require internships and capstone projects, which require students to go out into the community.
Tuchinsky commented that in many ways, the MU initiative is just articulating on what faculty and students have been doing for years.
USM’s transition to this Metropolitan University and getting faculty and students into the community is going to come with a price tag, but how much will it cost exactly?
Last year, the Free Press reported that it was going to cost the university $900,000 annually, which is an estimation based on surveys and observations of other schools that have made similar transformations. That’s a price tag that could potentially cost $150.00 per student.
Tuchinsky was asked to comment on the cost of the MU initiative and if these numbers were still accurate, and responded by stating that it’s difficult to put a dollar value on something like a Metropolitan University.
With these added costs, something has to be done to generate money to afford this. One way this could be done is through enrollment. University advertisements have already begun to broadcast, marketing USM as a Metropolitan University to get the attention of prospective students.
Rebecca Tanous commented that this focus on community involvement could potentially bring students to USM.
“I think that offering the resources that we have from the community to our students is something that we have over other universities, it’s that winning factor for someone to choose here over somewhere else,” said Tanous.
Though it may be something that draws students in, Tuchinsky doesn’t believe that the sole purpose of MU is to boost enrollment numbers.
“In the end, this is about making USM more connected to it’s community and improving learning and making USM a better institution,” said Tuchinsky. “If those things help enrollment then great, but enrollment gains are really secondary to USM becoming a stronger university.”
By Nick Beauchesne
The USM branch of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) held its second on-campus meeting of the semester Tuesday night on the first floor of the Glickman Library.
The word socialism, in and of itself, is polarizing. Long marginalized in the American political system as radical, part and parcel to communism and a threat to democracy, strong stigmas have been attached to the socialist movement stretching back at least to the era of the Cold War.
The group came together to discuss its progress up to this point, as well as its
direction moving forward. New to campus, this group has several hurdles to overcome in order for it to become a viable and active organization among the many other student groups offered on campus.
Each club on campus seeks to establish a mission of sorts: something that it stands
for and represents. The ISO is no different in that regard, though its message has long been established. Pete Franzen, a graduate student studying clinical mental health, spoke about the agenda for the club, as well as the socialist movement as a whole.
“We are looking for a coherent way to make things better. There is this belief that the system that we have in place is working,” said Franzen. “The media conveys this message that all you have to do is pull yourself up by the bootstraps, work hard and you will achieve the American dream. We don’t see things that way.”
When asked about the difficulty in getting people to move past the stigmas and mischaracterizations so often attached to the idea of socialist politics, Owen Hill, head organizer of the USM branch of the ISO, sees the socialist message coming through more clearly now than ever before.
“People are already moving past [the stigma]. The rule of the few over the many has gone on for far too long,” said Hill. Hill spoke clearly about the aims of the movement in general, and the club in particular. “To replace the rule of the bankers and real-estate developers with the democracy of ordinary working people,” said Hill.
With one of the leading candidates for the 2016 presidential election, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, identifying as a socialist democrat, the movement finds itself with a bigger platform from which to work under.
All the while, the USM branch of the ISO will be conducting its weekly meetings, seeking to draw in support, and hoping to get its message heard.
By Sam Haiden
An initiative to allocate funds and contracts for a new student dormitory is gaining traction here on the USM Portland campus. John Jackson, Senate Chair of the Student Government Association, has completed his list of petition signatures to move the initiative forward and his comprehensive plan claims that it will improve many lacking aspects of the university infrastructure.
When considering a new dormitory in Portland is, where would it go? According to Jackson there is no shortage of space. “The USM Portland campus is actually very large,” said Jackson. “We actually have more square footage than Harvard.”
According to Jackson, a Portland dorm would be a nascent step in USM’s path to success.
Jackson also suggests that there are plenty of potential building sites for the dormitory that are within walking distance of the campus that are no farther than walking from Upperclass in Gorham to Dickey Wood in Gorham. Jackson says that these sites would be appropriate for a dormitory which would be comparable to Upperclass Hall.
Although he would not specify which sites were most likely to be used, he did mention that there would be no construction costs to speak of, due to the fact that the buildings are already in place. They would simply require a change of ownership and become contracted similarly to other dorms at USM.
For instance, a potential candidate in the decision-making process is the building known as Bayside, which has served USM students on some level for years now. The process of change-of-ownership would essentially entail a lease agreement in which USM provides student housing, but may or may not cover maintenance fees and labor.
“Those are things which will have to be worked out in principle between the owners and the administration before going to the Board of Trustees for final approval and a sealing of the deal,” explained Jackson, adding that it could happen by July of 2016, making it possible for students next fall to be living there.
As a student back in 2012, Tyler Gaylord was an eager freshman studying theatre. After realizing he wanted to live in California for experience, he has returned to Maine in hopes of seeking his life path on the big screen. For Gaylord, the idea of dorms on the Portland campus adds an attractive quality to the entire college experience.
“Being surrounded by an encouraging and exciting group of friends was the only way to balance out the stress of college courses,” explained Gaylord. “These people were the ones who inspired, supported, and uplifted me. I couldn’t imagine my college experience being anywhere nearly as great without having lived on campus.”
Not only does he think it would increase enrollment, but it would also severely hurt USM’s ability to pull out-of-state people in if they do not choose to create dorms on the Portland campus.
“Portland is one of the nation’s fastest growing “cool” cities in the United States. People all the way across the country are hearing about Portland, Maine, none of them are hearing about Gorham, Maine,” said Gaylord.
Petition circling to bring a bar to Gorham campus: 200 signatures needed, SGA pushing for 500 to send a stronger message
By Thomas Fitzgerald
A referendum question has been circulating among USM that is asking for student support for a bar to be built on campus. Although there are not very many details regarding funding of this operation, or where it would be on the Gorham campus, students are being asked to sign.
“We are just circulating the referendum to get the conversation started and to see how students would feel about it,” explained student senate member Ashley Caterina. “With their support, we can hopefully use that information and bring it to the appropriate parties. Plans will start being developed once the results from the referendum are in.”
It is the lack of information that is leaving a lot of questions from students and staff that are wondering if this plan is economical for the school. The inability to have answers regarding budgeting and where the bar will be built leaves some unsure about what they are signing.
“It is an interesting concept, but without knowing the specific revenues, costs and risks that USM would be exposed to I really don’t have an opinion as to whether or not it is a good idea for USM,” said business professor, James Suleiman.
When asked about his opinion on the circulating referendums that students are constantly seeing, senior English education major, Dylan LeComte, seemed to have a similar opinion as professor Suleiman. LeComte believes that some of the people circulating the petitions have no idea what they were asking students to sign.
“As far as the petition for a new bar on campus goes, I’d be reluctant to sign it until the whole story behind its funding and location comes to light,” stated LeComte.
Despite the small amount of details that have been circulating, chief of staff Dan Welter offered some insight regarding the recent serving of alcohol at the parents weekend in Gorham.
“Given the small number of 21+ residents, and the cost of serving alcohol, it does not make financial sense to widely host the sale of alcohol at events,” said Welter. “We are continuing to consider pairing the serving of alcohol with events that we are going to have a large number of community members on campus.”
The wide sale of alcohol is likely never to reach our campus, but a pub that is similar to the Bear’s Den pub that is on campus in Orono is a more likely scenario. Orono alumni, Seth Albert, best described it as “how you would imagine Starbucks if they served beer and some food.”
Senior student and Technology management major Dan Jandreau weighed in on the situation as more of a positive lift for the student community.
“I think a campus pub would be a great addition to the Gorham Campus,” said Jandreau. “For students of age, there is not a lot to do in the Gorham area for nightlife, so providing an on campus solution is great. This also means less people going to the Old Port from campus which could result in less driving under the influence.”
Safety is an important focus to consider when thinking about the positivity that added night lift can bring to the Gorham campus. As opposed to students wondering how they will find a way back to campus after a night in Portland, they can instead have the opportunity to enjoy themselves while only a walking distance away from their dorm.
The required 200 signatures have already been reached for the referendum to be passed along, but the senate believes that 500 signatures will send a stronger message.
By Erica Jones
In recent years vaccines have become a hotly-debated topic, leading to division in schools over whether students should be allowed to be exempt from getting vaccinated.
This year at the University of Southern Maine, 385 of the school’s 7,554 students opted out of sending vaccination records, according to Lisa Belanger, Director of Health Services at USM.
That is approximately five percent of students.
Currently, students do not need to provide any specific argument in order to waive out of sending records of their immunizations, or lack of. The reasons students opt out include religious principles, philosophical oppositions, as well as simply being unable to acquire their records due to significant inconveniences, such as an inability to access their records or no longer possessing them.
“That convenience becomes inconvenient if an outbreak does happen,” explained Cori Cormier, a University Health and Counseling Services staff member, referencing USM’s policy that all students without vaccination records are required to leave campus for the duration of the outbreak.
The concern of an outbreak is not met with the same reaction everywhere, with nation wide anti-vaccination movements expounding the dangers of these life-saving medicines based on refuted, false scientific studies, mainly a redacted paper by former British surgeon Andy Wakefield which insinuated a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
In his paper, Wakefield claimed that vaccines caused autism due to a mercury-containing compound called thimerosal which was an ingredient in earlier vaccines.
Despite there being no scientific evidence in favor of thimerosal’s relation to autism, the compound was eliminated from most vaccines in 1999 as a precaution.
The state of Maine’s vaccination exemption rate is one of the highest in the country at 1.7 percent, more than double the national average, according to the Portland Press Herald.
Low vaccination rates contribute to the spread of diseases such as measles, pertussis, and chickenpox. The dangers of these diseases, all made less prevalent by vaccines, have some Maine citizens concerned about their safety and that of their families.
“I think schools should require vaccinations. Anybody who doesn’t get vaccinated poses a risk for the resurgence of deadly diseases,” said Michael J., a Physics major and junior at USM.
According to the Bangor Daily News, Maine is one of the 18 states that allow parents to waive their children from immunizations for philosophical reasons.
Also reported in the Portland Press Herald were Maine’s school-by-school vaccination rates, released by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The troubling data revealed that 20 percent of students at South Portland’s Small Elementary School were opted out of vaccines by their parents, giving the school one of the highest opt-out rates in Maine.
The realization that the country is not as immunized as it could be has led to action from pro-vaccination movements, including groups within the state of Maine.
“It simply is not safe to have a large population of unvaccinated people,” said an anonymous USM student. “Maine is supposed to be a place where you dream of retiring – not catching measles.”
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USM Faculty voting on tentative contract: AFUM has until October 1 to vote or it’s back to negotiations
By Cody Marcroft
A tentative faculty contract agreed to between negotiators for the Associated Faculties of the Universities of Maine (AFUM) and University of Maine System (UMS) is currently being voted on by professors for approval.
The contract offered addresses salaries, healthcare, tuition waivers, commuting between campuses among other matters. According to James McClymer, chair of the AFUM negotiating team and Associate Professor of physics at Orono, one of the biggest changes was establishing a process to deal with the Cadillac Tax provision of the Affordable Care Act, if it were to impact the UMS in the future.
“In short, [the provision] is an attempt to rein in costs and to raise revenue by taxing plans that cost above a certain amount,” McClymer explained in an email. “The tax is large — 40 percent of the difference between actual cost and the tax level. The cost would be a burden on our members and on the UMS.”
The objective will be for both sides to negotiate plan design changes that will keep healthcare costs for faculty below the Cadillac Tax threshold. If an agreement can’t be reached, then an independent arbitrator will intervene, listening to both parties’ positions before determining how to stay below the tax level.
Other changes include healthcare for retirees being explicitly mentioned in the contract, waiving the unified fee for faculty members who decide to enroll in courses, and ensuring that professors who travel between more than one campus to teach courses will not have to make repeated trips during a day.
A Powerpoint created by the AFUM alleged that UMS negotiators wanted to spread the academic workload and require faculty members to be available year-round to provide student support with no additional compensation. Currently, professors have three months off, typically summer months.
The Powerpoint was shared via email with faculty earlier this month. It intended to explain not only the conditions in the proposed contract finalized in August, but also unsuccessful proposals put forth by both sides. Susan Feiner, President of the USM chapter of AFUM, said the changes proposed by the UMS were unacceptable.
“AFUM takes very seriously our commitment to teacher-scholars,” said Susan Feiner, “and scholarship requires large blocks of uninterrupted time. Everyone I know is using those months [away from teaching] for research.”
The contract is the first since numerous USM faculty and staff members were laid off to. The backlash the cuts received in the community made national headlines and warranted the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) to censure USM’s administration.
Mark Schmelz, Director of Labor Relations and member of the UMS negotiating team, did not respond to the allegations in the AFUM Powerpoint. He explained that negotiations are conducted in an executive session, not publicly.
“I wouldn’t feel comfortable, with the ground rules we entered into with the union, diving into any proposals we may have made or discussions we may have had,” said Schmelz.
The AFUM negotiating team, comprised of professors from various UMS campuses, and UMS’s board of trustees were responsible for negotiating the proposed contract. Now, AFUM’s roughly 900 members have until October 1st to submit their vote to either ratify the contract or send the two sides back to the negotiating table.
If approved, the contract will stand until the final day of June 2017.
In modernized classrooms on a campus that seems so separate from the rest, USM’s Lewiston-Auburn college has finally completed their laboratory and practicum/simulation spaces. These classrooms, which resemble medical rooms of real hospitals, will allow students to gain real-world experience while they work toward earning their degree.
Nursing and Occupational Therapy majors will be the students most likely to use these labs to their fullest potential for learning both inside and outside the classroom. The hope for these new innovations is to provide a supportive learning center as students progress in their learning stages.
In one classroom, hospital beds with all the necessary medical tools line the walls. Some of these beds even have life-like dummies that students can do things such as provide CPR, learn anatomy, check heart rate and much more.
As part of a 15.5 million statewide bond, the ultimate goal of this project is to improve lab and classroom experiences for students, faculty and staff. After it was approved by Maine voters in November 2013, $600,000 total was spent on the Lewiston-Auburn campus alone.
Tammy Bickmore, Director of MOT and Clinical Instructor at the L/A Campus said that these new renovations allow for students to work together in ways they never could before.
In one classroom, the bathroom wall was taken down and wheelchairs were added in. This area allows students to practice helping their patients in day to day routines such as brushing their teeth, going to the bathroom, etc.
“When we first asked them to take down the wall, they thought we were crazy,” said Bickmore. “But this area has been exceptionally helpful in getting students to understand what it’s like to have to help someone with things they usually take for granted.”
Bickmore also explained that in addition to the simulated medical practices that students can perform on the dummies, one of the other newer rooms has diagrams, charts and models of the human body for students to use as an educational resource.
“We really needed these updated labs in order to provide our students with the necessary tools when they go out in their career field,” said Blake Whitaker, an associate professor of Natural and Applied Sciences. “Every student I’ve talked to is very excited to have the opportunity to use the new labs, so we’re glad to be a University that can provide that for them.”
By Krysteana Scribner & Zachary Searles
Students looking for a place to do homework and work on computers will no longer be able to utilize the space in the Luther Bonney computer lab, starting at the beginning of October.
“We did a whole press conference and sent out an email about the changes that were going to take place, and we announced that we were consolidating student services, financial aid, admissions, student success, etc,” said Chris Quint, Executive Director of Student Affairs.
The computer lab in Luther Bonney is being split up in order to make space to move offices, such as financial aid and student accounts, into a more central location for students to make them more accessible.
“Right now, services like financial aid, student accounts and advising they are all over campus in portland — we need to figure out how to consolidate one space,” said Quint. “We hear complaints that students don’t know where things are. So next year, when students come on campus, they will know that everything is located in one central space and it will make things easier for them.”
According to Quint, when these changes were first in discussion, the computer lab wasn’t even mentioned. The changes are being funded through money saved from the cost of heating in the recently evacuated white house that surround the portland campus.
“We didn’t go into this project with intentions of changing the computer lab – it just so happens there is a computer lab in there,” said Quint. “the reason is because we have to move it temporarily, at that point we decided to separate the computer lab into two locations.”
The beginning stages of construction started last week, with more to come at the beginning of October, as computers are starting to be moved out of the lab and into the third floor of the Glickman Library, where they will stay until construction is complete.
According to Quint, the point of these changes is to create a “one stop shopping center” for students for them to get all the questions they have answered in one convenient location.
Junior biology major Casey Fillmore explained that a lot of the changes going on throughout campus seem extremely unnecessary. He believes that doing renovation in a computer lab that is already being used by many students is an inconvenient choice.
“We’re sacrificing money on this project, but for what? Offices we already have in Payson Smith?” said Fillmore. “This is from the same administration that talks about our dire budget crisis’ and that we need to fix the problem. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.”
Before renovations to the computer lab, both the student account offices and financial aid officers were in Payson Smith. The consolidation of these offices already exists, just in a different building.
Quint emphasized the importance of a one stop shopping center. A place where all the resources that a student would need are all conveniently place in one area.
“That’s a nice sentiment, but Payson Smith is right there – everything is in Payson smith that a student would need,” said Fillmore. “We’re a computer lab that is fully functioning, why change that?”
An anonymous faculty member at USM, who is fed up with USM’s ability to make good choices for a better campus, said It seems like they’re doing whatever they want and they could care less about faculty staff and students.
Even though the same number of computers will be available across campus and in a variety of locations, Fillmore explained that Glickman can not accommodate the amount of computers that Luther Bonney has.
Carol Sobczak, Assistant Director for Computer Services, explained that the same amount of IT help will be available to students, just the locations are changing.
“Some people are going to Gorham campus, some to the basement of Science Building and some of us will be placed on the 5th floor of Glickman,” said Sobczak. “As far as lab space, we have computers set up outside of Luther Bonney and we will have someone sitting there to help students if needed.”
Some staff members are more concerned with the time frame in which they have to completely move out before construction begins.
“When am I supposed to stop doing my job to pack my office? How do I continue doing my job? It’s getting down to the wire,” said an anonymous staff member in Luther Bonney. “The timing of this all is extremely inconvenient. We have two weeks to move everything around, and it’s stressing all of us out.”
While some believe that these changes are better for the university as a whole and these changes are in the best interest for the students, some do not agree.
“What makes me the angriest is that it’s in the shadow of a bunch of Professors being fired,” said Fillmore. “Quality teachers are more important than a ‘one-stop shopping center’. Whoever is calling the shots is making bad decisions.”
Other students believe that all these renovations will just simply be an inconvenience.
“I don’t like this at all because all of my business classes are in here in Luther Bonney,” said Laine Geistwalker, a senior business major. “It seems that the relocation of all these student services is, in turn, scattering the library services across this campus. This is all just so inconvenient.”
At all times of the day, you can always find students in the computer lab doing their assignments. Some may feel that students should have been asked before any changes were made.
“If they had talked to students first they’d find that this place is where most students go to study. It’s always full, even until 8:00 at night,” said Geistwalker. “They don’t need to be spending more money on relocating offices, especially when it takes away student accessibility during the semester.”
Chris Quint has made it clear that these renovations have nothing to do layoffs, faculty will just be relocated for a period of time and no one is losing their job, but that still doesn’t mean that everyone is happy with these changes.
“Every teacher is angry, every faculty member is angry – so far, no one has had anything positive to say about the changes taking place,” explained Fillmore. “This may be because I’m a student and they’re not afraid to talk to me.”
Quint said that his office will continue to send out emails to keep students up to date on the changes around campus, along with where faculty were relocated. President Cummings will also begin a weekly memo that sends to all students to fill them in on some campus updates.
By Thomas Fitzgerald/News Intern
The House of Representatives voted last week to take away all funding on a federal level from Planned Parenthood, while an investigation is pending that accuses them of selling aborted babies and their parts.
The US representatives approved the bill, as the defunding is imminent until the answers of this investigation come to a conclusion. If the investigation finds Planned Parenthood to be guilty, the funding ban will last a year.
Although these accusations are quite serious, there are a lot of US citizens that are being immediately impacted by this decision as the Independent Congressional Office released an analysis that estimated over 630,000 women would lose access to preventative health care through federal family planning money.
This is a number that has such a large volume that other healthcare providers may not be capable of covering leaving thousands of people uncertain when they will have access again.
Nicole Clegg, vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, was confident that this issue was not going to affect women in need for very long and cited other forms of funding to still be an asset to their continuation.
“The defunding will pass at the house level, but it is not likely to appear in the senate. It will need to pass in both bodies in order for us to be affected by this in the long term,” said Clegg.
Title ten is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services, and it is designed to make health care for low income homes a priority. Regardless of what house voters believe in this situation, it is not an act that the public is going to stand for.
“It is our job at Planned Parenthood to notify our supporters about what is happening,” said Clegg. “Elected leaders need to understand that they are not voting in support of what the citizens want.”
One tactic that was used as a deterrent for people in support of Planned Parenthood was put on display at the Republican debate, when candidate Carly Florina described a video viewed from planned parenthood as seeing “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”
However, there is no evidence of this footage ever existing.
Mallory Pelton, Senior communication major at USM, has done some research regarding this topic, and does not seem to believe what news media may be trying to tell her.
“I think there is controversy over what planned parenthood is doing with babies body parts. However, I think that some videos that are being posted are highly edited and are exaggerating the truth,” said Pelton.
Pelton does not believe that Planned Parenthood should have finding taken away since only 3% of their business is abortions and the other 97% is for birth control, STD tests, and check ups.
“If you take away funding it will only backfire and women won’t have any safe option which will create much bigger issues,” said Pelton.
Although the bill was passed by the US representatives, it has been clearly stated by President Barack Obama that any bill that reaches his approval regarding this defunding will be vetoed.
By Sam Haiden
The time is coming, once again to decide who will lead this country. As we are approaching the primary elections in November, campus is all aflutter with the most recent political scandals involving our would-be future presidents. Now is the time that USM students will have to begin to make important decisions about how to vote.
According to FOX, CNN and the Washington Post, Donald Trump is leading in the polls for the Republican Primary Election.
Next in the polls is Dr. Ben Carson, a celebrated former head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. Having stated that Obamacare was the worst thing to happen to America “since slavery,” he has gained a gratuitous amount of support from grassroots conservatives.
On campus, a quick survey puts Rand Paul, the son of Ron Paul, at the top of the list of republican nominees; however political analysts and the polls say otherwise.
Pat Mahoney, a junior marketing major at USM described him as “the only adult at the table” amongst the GOP candidates, lauding his tax policy and making the statement that if Paul were president, “the constitution would mean something again.”
Jack Forbush, a biology major, also supports Paul’s tax policies, adding an appreciation for the fact that Rand, “follows in the footsteps of his father.” When asked to scout a likely Democratic candidate, both students chose Bernie Sanders.
Although Sanders is second in the DNC polls to Hillary Clinton, he seems to have the favor of the voters: at least here on the USM campus. His platform is getting big money out of politics, and he seems to be pretty strict about who he accepts money from, putting Clinton’s association with super PACs in the spotlight.
Michael Havlin, a UMass Amherst grad student and USM alumni who has been involved in many activist, political and policy issues in Maine, says he is “undoubtedly and proudly” voting for Sanders.
Havlin succinctly summarizes Bernie’s political career as “one of fighting against established monied interest and for the people, and winning.”
Trailing closely behind Sanders in the polls is Vice President Joe Biden; however Biden has not yet announced that he is running for nomination at all, as he deals with the recent death of his son, Beau.
As political platforms vary drastically, so do the backgrounds of each candidate and their cultures and heritages. Two months from now, the parties will select their gladiators, to pit against each other in the partisan coliseum in November of 2016. USM students will continue to represent their ideals and political beliefs to the nation by way of voting.
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