Students at the University of Southern Maine and all across the UMaine system have an opportunity on Nov. 5th to channel their frustrations into action. On the ballot and #2 on the list is a bond issue which would grant the UMaine system $15 million to upgrade STEM laboratories and classroom facilities.
This is especially important given the recent debacle over the possible suspension of the Physics major here at USM. I have heard many students and faculty alike express deep concern as to why the university is even considering placing such a vital program on the chopping block. Hopefully the $4 million that the university will get will shed light on the whole physics discussion and the vital role it plays in STEM programs.
Furthermore, this is a much needed investment given the massive cuts that have been handed to the UMaine system. The University of Southern Maine alone has had to cut $5 million. With more cuts on the way, the investment Maine voters and students choose to make if this bond is passed will help USM make the vital improvements it can't afford in these hard economic times.
With that said, it is time for us students to channel our frustration into action and I urge all students to join me on November 5th to vote YES on 2!