The Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News reported four members of the University of Maine football team and head coach Jack Cosgrove were honored by the New England Football Writers’ Association. Cosgrove was named the Jack Grinold New England Coach of the Year and quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was named the Gold Helmet Player of the Year. Wasilewski was also named to FCS All-New England team along with offensive lineman Jeff Gakos, linebacker Christophe Mulumba and cornerback Kendall James.
The Bangor Daily News previewed the upcoming Penobscot Theatre Co. production of “Cinderella: A New Telling of an Old Tale.” University of Maine student Ira Kramer is starring in the play as the prince.
The University of Maine School of Computing and Information Science is hosting the COS 125 Student Game Exhibition 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in Jenness Hall’s Soderberg Center. There will be 11 teams competing for three cash prizes. Members of the public are invited to attend the free event to view and try the games and vote for their favorite teams.
Fans of the University of Maine football team can show their spirit during “Go Blue” festivities prior to Saturday’s first-ever home playoff football contest. At 2 p.m., the 10–2 Black Bears host 8–4 University of New Hampshire at Alfond Stadium.
Students and staff are invited to write a good luck message to the Black Bears on a 16-foot banner that will be in the dining commons in Hilltop, York and Wells this week. Dining staff will wear football jerseys when the banner is in their respective facility. The banner will be presented to the football squad at Thursday’s pep rally in Memorial Union.
Blue snow cones will be given out Monday in the union and blue cotton candy will be handed out Tuesday. An ice sculpture showcasing the UMaine-UNH rivalry will be carved Wednesday, starting at approximately 11 a.m., outside the union on the library side. And, a pep rally will kick off Thursday just prior to noon in the Bear’s Den.
Student Life will purchase the $2 game tickets for the first 1,000 students who enter the gates; Athletics Engagement will pay for all other students who attend. In addition, the first 1,000 university students admitted will receive a $5 food voucher to use at the concession stand. All UMaine students will get free hot chocolate at halftime and all other fans can purchase hot cocoa for $1. A warming tent will be available for fans adjacent to the south end zone.
Tailgating for the 2 p.m. game begins at 11 a.m.; gates open at 12:30 p.m. ESPN3 is streaming the game live.
UNH crushed Lafayette College 45–7 on Nov. 30 to advance to play the fifth-seeded Black Bears in the second round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The UNH Wildcats topped the Black Bears 24–6 in the regular season finale Nov. 23.
Sarah Newcomb, a doctoral student in behavioral economics at the University of Maine and research assistant at UMaine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative, was featured in a Bangor Daily News column about a shopper-friendly phone app she developed. Newcomb won the first Big Gig networking and pitch-off event in October with her proposed app, “Who’s Your Daddy?,” that allows shoppers to scan products to learn more about the product’s parent company and its practices. The Big Gig was organized by the University of Maine, Husson University and the towns of Old Town and Orono to bring together innovators and entrepreneurs.
Allyson Eslin, a first-year political science major at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “We might feel helpless in face of mass violence, but we’re not.”
The Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News and Kennebec Journal were among news organizations to report Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, and 10 players were recently honored by the team’s conference. The Colonial Athletic Association selected Cosgrove as Coach of the Year, freshman linebacker Christophe Mulumba was named Defensive Rookie of the Year and senior quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was given the second annual Chuck Boone Leadership Award. Wasilewski and Mulumba were also among the 10 Black Bears to earn all-Colonial Athletic Association honors.
Robin Barstow, a master’s of social work student at the University of Maine who also has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, wrote an opinion piece that appeared in the Bangor Daily News titled “In Maine, Thanksgiving dinner can be made with completely local ingredients.”
The University of Maine student organization REACH (Respect, Education, Action, Community, Hope) will offer a Parents’ Day Out at the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center on Dec. 7.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., parents can drop off children while they run errands, go holiday shopping or enjoy a day to themselves. Children will spend the day taking part in activities such as basketball, soccer, swimming or crafts with REACH members and other volunteers from the UMaine community.
The event — which is by donation — is a fundraiser for the group’s spring service trip to India with a nonprofit organization called Yearoutindia. During the trip, students plan to work on a sanitation project and help rebuild a nursery.
Children from surrounding communities are welcome to attend the Dec. 7 event.
For more information, email Hannah Dexter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard Barron, head coach of the University of Maine women’s basketball team, spoke with espnW for an article about the team’s first road trip since their bus crashed on Interstate 95 in February when the driver lost consciousness. Barron, who said he generally tries to avoid talking about the crash to media, asked the team for approval before agreeing to speak with espnW about the incident. He also said the team is “ready to move on” and seems to be “handling pretty well.”