Here you go your tax dollars at work at USM...

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johnw
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Here you go your tax dollars at work at USM...

RED ALERT: The University of Maine uses your tax dollars, offers college credit to protest Sen. Collins in Washington D.C.

In an email from a University of Southern Maine Community Outreach Coordinator, U Maine students are told that they they can earn a free credit if they hop on a free bus ride down to Washington D.C. to protest Senator Collins.

The event page goes so far as to ask if STUDENTS are okay with being ARRESTED. That will look good on a job application when they graduate...

In case you were wondering, students who want to support Senator Collins are not welcome, as one individual who asked found out.

Call and email USM President Glenn Cummings and tell him you don't approve of how he's spending your tax dollars:

PHONE
207-780-4480

EMAIL
glennc@maine.edu

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Red Alert, indeed.

Red Alert, indeed.

At the risk of banging an overused drum... is it possible for the value of a college education to go negative?

johnw
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Looks like someone got to him

Looks like someone got to him:he following is a statement from USM President Glenn Cummings:

"This pop-up course was hastily arranged in the past 24 hours, without the knowledge of the Provost or myself. It was not appropriately reviewed nor went through proper channels.

"As soon as the Provost and I were apprised of the course, we immediately pulled the one-credit offering. We also made sure that no USM monies were being used for the trip.

"University policy makes it absolutely clear that our public, taxpayer-funded institutions must be non-partisan in terms of political activity and institutionally impartial in all political, religious and social matters that are unrelated to our universities' core mission of education, research, and public service."

Dan Demeritt
Executive Director of Public Affairs
University of Maine System
(207) 441-6962 mobile
Dr. Glenn Cummings
President, University of Southern Maine
Masterton Hall
35 Bedford Street
Portland, ME 04101

P. 207.780.4480
C. 207.838.7705

GlennC@maine.edu

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Pop-up course? Seriously?

Pop-up course? Seriously?

How is it possible for ANY credit to be offered without the PRIOR concurrence of the deans/provost?

Sounds weak... like someone caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

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Great work by the Maine GOP

Great work by the Maine GOP to expose this fiasco at USM, and I'm pleasantly surprised at the media coverage it has received.

Rebecca
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https://twitchy.com/brettt

https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2018/10/03/busted-university-of-southern...

If anyone can find the author of this insult to Maine people, please post it.

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National News now - WaPo has

National News now - WaPo has picked up the story, with its usual liberal spin... attempting to cast it as free speech and the clamp-down as McCarthyism.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/professor-barred-from-university-syste...

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There was also a local report

There was also a local report that said no tax dollars were actually spent on this effort since it was exposed and Cummings took action on it... but it's hard to believe that's true IMO.

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Didn't I hear that the

Didn't I hear that the beloved Susan Feiner was the perp on this?

Toolsmith
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Correct, Mel. The story I

Correct, Mel. The story I linked above goes into detail on her, even has a scan of the application survey with its "willing to be arrested" questions.

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