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Students and staff at USM are protesting against program cuts

GORHAM (WGME) -- Students and staff at USM are rallying and hoping to send a strong message, "don't cut programs.

Dozens of students, faculty and supporters gathered outside the USM law building on the Portland Campus on Wednesday.

They're trying to stop cuts to three specific programs: American and New England studies, geosciences, and arts and humanities on the Lewiston campus.

Part of a larger series of cuts the president says must be made but the students say, no way.

Megan Lasalla, Students for USM Future, says:  "So we're sending the board of trustees a message that these programs are essential and that we're not going to stand for their elimination and they need to stop the process right now.

The group protested at the same time UMaine system trustees met in Bangor.

Those trustees will make a decision on this and other cuts on July 16th.