University of Maine President Robert Kennedy announced Tuesday his recommendations on what academic programs should be cut.The suggestions would save more than 12-million dollars over three years.Meghan Hayward reports.UMaine President Robert Kennedy accepted most of the recommendations suggested by UMaine’s Academic Program Prioritization Working Group.The cuts will help reduce UMaine’s academic budget by 12 point 2 million over a three-year period, beginning next year.They include suspending several majors.”Starting with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, I am recommending suspending certain majors in graduate concentration namely in German, Latin, theater and women’s studies.”The cuts also include:Eliminating the Department of Public Administration.The reduction of music masters degree concentrations from five to two.Downsizing of the masters of arts in teaching program.eliminating bachelors degrees in aquaculture, wood science, forest operations, and forest ecosystem science.And consolidations in the college of engineering.kennedy also unveiled an 8-point plan he calls “UMaine 150” to make the school more financially sustainableIt includes a new division of health and biomedical science.”Definitely excited to see that he’s taking this negative opportunity and turning it into a positive and a chance to collaborate, create better programs and be more efficient on campus.”Kennedy also announced areas where the university will invest in the future, including online academics.”We appreciate the significance of expanded online education.
Energy officials in Maine says that with the economy recovering, the oil prices are going to be pushed up.According to the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security, the average price for home heating oil rose to $2.78 per gallon, up two cents from last week.
More than 200 schools in Maine have civil rights teams.On Monday, 1,200 of those students travelled to the capital to conference, as guests of Maine’s Attorney General’s office.Students as young as 3rd grade all the way up through seniors in high school took part at Maine annual civil rights team conference.All have the common goal of combating hate, prejudice, harrassment and bias in their communities.
Anything that can fit in a trash can or bag, and is not hazardous, can be placed curbside and will be picked up by Public Works crews.Anything else that you’d like to throw away needs to be taken to the Public Works lot at 530 Maine Avenue.You can drop off anything from televisions to tubs, on week-ends this month.And for the first time this year, they will be charging fees.
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Les Otten has issued an apology after his campaign was accused of plagiarism.The website Pine Tree Politics says an Otten quote on a federal education grant program was virtually the same as testimony given to lawmakers by Stephen Bowen of the Maine Heritage Policy Center.Otten’s campaign apologized on the website Augusta Insider, where his quote about the grant program was posted, calling it an error of omission.A staff member has also resigned following the accusation.Bowen originally said he didn’t believe the incident was an accident, but now says he’s satisfied that if Otten had known where the material came from, he would have attributed it.
One man wound up the the hospital, another man in jail after a stabbing in Waterville early Sunday morning.29-year-old Charles Fling of Millinocket was arrested on a violation of probation conditions.Police say he was involved in a fight in front of the Bob Inn in Waterville around 2 Sunday morning.Police say Fling managed to get out of the fight, but was pursued a short distance away where the brawl resumed.And that’s when, police say, Fling stabbed a 21-year-old man in the stomach.Police have not named the man who was stabbed, but do say he was treated at a local hospital.
Two Solon residents are in trouble with the law, after police say they found more than 180 marijuana plants growing in their home.The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department raided the residence on Eaton Hill Road in Solon Monday.48-year-old Lora Gervais and 29-year-old Michael Gervais are accused of growing and selling marijuana.Deputies also reportedly seized cultivation equipment, dried marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.Michael Gervais was arrested.Last Friday, Somerset County deputies searched the home of 24-year-old Matthew Giguere on Route 2 in Skowhegan.Police say they seized twenty-five plants there, along with a small amount of dried pot and drug paraphernalia.Giguere has been charged with cultivating marijuana.