The University of Southern Maine offered a “pop-up” elective course this week for students interested in traveling to Washington, D.C. to protest and pressure Sen. Susan Collins into voting against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The University of Maine is offering free course credit to students who travel to DC to harass @SenatorCollins. (Bonus points if you’re willing to get arrested, conservatives need not apply.) #Kavanaugh pic.twitter.com/0jdVNk7zFZ
— Howie Carr (@HowieCarrShow) October 3, 2018
The Republican Party of Maine sounded the alarm on Facebook Wednesday:
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 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 as 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.
Maine Republicans urged followers to call and email USM President Glenn Cummings to voice their concerns.
The university’s email, sent to students Wednesday with the subject “info on bus to DC TONITE,” described the free one credit course, titled “Engaged Citizenship”:
The requirements of the pop-up include: busing overnight to Washington D.C. to join activists, political action groups and social justice organizations to meet with Sen. Collins. Rally up around the FBI investigation of the Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh.
The so-called course included two overnights on the bus – Wednesday and Thursday – as well as an escort to the capitol Thursday.
New England conservative talk show host Howie Carr highlighted the obviously biased course and conversations between students who support Kavanaugh who attempted to ride along on the bus.
“I wonder if they would allow you to protest in support? It doesn’t specify that you have to protest against,” Jared Wezner wrote.
“When James called to ask that, he was informed supporters would need to find their own transportation,” Nick Weeks posted in response.
The call to action follows a series of attacks and public harassment of Republicans in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere following California Rep. Maxine Waters’ call to “create a crowd” and “push back on them.”
“Lets make sure we show up wherever we have to show up and if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Waters, who has staked her re-election on her singular focus of impeaching the president, has since described Kavanaugh as “nothing more than a tool and a puppet to the president” and urged her followers “who care bout justice to fight and to confront them and protest against what we’re seeing,” Breitbart reports.
In Maine, University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings told the Press Herald he put the kibosh on the free course to protest Kavanaugh and blamed the ordeal on former economics and women and gender studies professor Susan Feiner, who hasn’t worked for the school since July 1.
“Dr. Feiner is technically retired,” Cummings said. “Dr. Feiner acted in a rouge manner. Her behavior was inappropriate. It was unacceptable.”
He also issued a prepared statement.
“This pop-up course was hastily arranged in the past 24 hours, without the knowledge of the Povost or myself. It was not appropriately reviewed nor went through proper channels,” Cummings said. “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 universites’ core mission of education, research and public service,” he said.
Disgusting that this was offered, but USM issued the following statement that I just saw on News Center Maine (4 pics to follow). pic.twitter.com/jFU7KpVn2p
— Barbie West (@12truewest) October 3, 2018
According to a USM statement provided to News Center Maine, no students signed up for the trip. Collins, meanwhile, as signaled she’ll likely vote to confirm Kavanaugh, according to media reports.