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Maine Day Slated for April 30

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Maine Day, the annual campus-wide spring cleanup tradition, is slated for April 30. University of Maine students, faculty, staff and alumni will come together to complete a variety of volunteer projects aimed at sprucing up the campus, enjoy a barbecue, and compete for the oozeball — mud volleyball — championship.

On the agenda this year are many recurring projects, from riverbank cleanup along the Stillwater River to Greek house beautification along College Avenue. New projects will include landscaping around the new UMaine entrance signs and a fresh coat of paint for Nutting Hall. More than 75 projects are planned.

Festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with a “Red, White and GO BLUE!” themed parade featuring student organizations, residence halls, fraternities and sororities. The parade will travel from the Hilltop area to York Hall and finish on the Mall.

Volunteers can register and obtain cleanup equipment on the Mall when the parade finishes around 8:30 or 9 a.m. Projects will continue until lunchtime, when the annual barbecue will take place in the Steam Plant Lot from noon to 1 p.m.

After lunch will be a 1k run to benefit the Ronald McDonald House and get participants warmed up for the annual oozeball championship. Oozeball, a UMaine tradition, looks like a regular game of volleyball, except the court is filled with mud.

Other activities that will take place in the Steam Plant Lot from noon to 3 p.m. include: a battle of the bands, pedal go-karts, a dunk tank, henna tattoos, tie-dyeing, an inflatable obstacle course, a pitching cage, football toss, a Humvee pull and the St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event hosted by UMaine Circle K International.

President Arthur Hauck first inaugurated Maine Day in 1935. It is traditionally held on the last regular Wednesday of the spring semester. Classes with three or more weekly meetings are canceled to allow students to participate in volunteerism.

The Maine Day Committee organizes the event, and funding is provided from The University of Maine President’s Office, the Division of Student Affairs, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, Facilities Management and Black Bear Dining.

More information, including a list of projects, is available on the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism website. Questions about Maine Day should be directed to EJ Roach at ej.roach@umit.maine.edu.

Some of the scheduled Maine Day activities include:

8 a.m.

  • “Red, White and GO BLUE!” parade.

8:30–9:00 a.m. (after parade)

  • Projects begin; volunteers register and pick up equipment on the Mall.

10–11:30 a.m.

  • Mechanical engineering technology seniors will demonstrate their restoration of a Lombard steam log hauler at Leonard’s Mills in Bradley. The log hauler was invented and built in Waterville between 1910 and 1917, and was the first successful tracked vehicle. Six student teams restored the log hauler to working condition, one of only three in the world. The public is invited to learn about each team’s project and for a Lombard demonstration with compressed air at 11 a.m. More information about the project is online.

12–3 p.m.

  • Barbecue in the Steam Plant Lot — a zero waste event — from noon to 1 p.m.
  • St. Baldrick’s head-shaving in Steam Plant Lot (rain location: Memorial Gym) hosted by UMaine Circle K International
  • Battle of the bands; six bands performing for 20 minutes each on stage in Steam Plant Lot
  •  1k run to benefit Ronald McDonald House
  •  Oozeball begins after the run, continuing until 3 p.m.
  • Other activities in Steam Plant Lot include: pedal go-karts, a dunk tank, henna tattoos, tie-dyeing, an inflatable obstacle course, a pitching cage, football toss and a Humvee pull

4 p.m.

  • Male Athletes Against Violence “Unwrapping the not-so-sweet truth of relationship violence” Guinness World Record attempt at the Alfond Arena. More information on this event is online.

Tips for Attending UMaine’s Commencement May 10

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

The University of Maine’s 2014 Commencement is May 10, with ceremonies at 10 a.m. (College of Education and Human Development, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Division of Lifelong Learning and Maine Business School) and 2:30 p.m. (College of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture) in Harold Alfond Sports Arena.

Motorists in the Orono area will encounter heavier traffic than usual throughout much of the day. Anyone attending Commencement should plan to arrive early. Doors open at 8 a.m. for the morning session and noon for the afternoon session.

Both ceremonies are ticketed events. All students marching were offered up to five guest tickets, provided they were picked up by the April 25 deadline.

Guests attending Commencement are urged to park in the following parking lots: Collins Center for the Arts, Belgrade, Steam Plant, Hilltop and Buchanan Alumni House, where six shuttle buses will transport them to and from the arena.

Captioned, live video streaming will be available for both the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

Backpacks, large tote bags and strollers are not permitted in the Alfond Sports Arena.

Spectators are not allowed on the arena floor for any purpose, including photos. Only professional photographers hired by the university with proper credentials are permitted to photograph the ceremony from the floor.

Vehicles with handicapped plates or placards can be parked in the Satellite Lot behind Alfond Stadium. There will be a designated handicapped drop-off area on the side of the Alfond Arena, where University Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel will be available to assist attendees.

Visitors are reminded that the University of Maine is a tobacco-free campus.

WABI Reports on New Scholarship Started by Maine Steiners

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

WABI (Channel 5) reported on a new scholarship fund started by the Maine Steiners, the University of Maine’s oldest a cappella group. With the establishment of the Maine Steiners Vocal Music Scholarship Fund, the group became the first performing arts student organization to establish an endowed scholarship fund with the University of Maine Foundation. “We decided we just wanted to give back to the school’s performing arts and the university which has given us so much,” said Morgan Cates, the group’s business manager, who also spoke about the group’s diverse members and vocal influences. WABI also interviewed Robert Laraway, the Steiners’ music director, who spoke about the high standards the group holds when taking on new members and their drive to always be better musicians.

Black Bear Food Guild Offering CSA Shares, WABI Reports

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

WABI (Channel 5) reported the Black Bear Food Guild, a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program that is organized and managed by students in the University of Maine’s Sustainable Agriculture program, is offering CSA shares for the season. The guild is selling full ($475), half ($300) and quarter ($175) shares. Shareholders can pick up fresh produce each week from mid-June to October at the university’s Rogers Farm.

MAAV Event to Raise Awareness, Attempt to Set World Record

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The University of Maine student group Male Athletes Against Violence will sponsor an event at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 in Alfond Arena to raise awareness about relationship violence.

The event, Unwrapping the Not-So-Sweet Truth of Relationship Violence, also will be an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest number of candies unwrapped at one time.

The current world record of 614 candies unwrapped at one time is held by Tarleton State University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include speakers and information tables by Spruce Run, Rape Response Services and the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. For those participating in the record book event, wrapped candies will be provided.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Sandy Caron, 207.581.3138.

Black Bear Food Guild Offering CSA Shares

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Black Bear Food Guild, a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program that is organized and managed by students in the University of Maine’s Sustainable Agriculture program, is offering CSA shares for the season.

In an effort to increase accessibility to fresh, seasonal produce for all members of the community, the Black Bear Food Guild is offering full, half and quarter shares. The 2014 season marks the first time the guild will be offering quarter shares, which are recommended for one person and an ideal choice for students. Quarter shares cost $175. Full shares are $475 and will feed four people, and half shares are $300 and will feed two people.

Shareholders can pick up produce each week at the university’s Rogers Farm. The guild’s season runs from mid-June through early October.

A limited number of shares are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in purchasing a share for the 2014 season should email the Black Bear Food Guild at blackbearcsa@gmail.com.

Since 1994, students have farmed two acres of MOFGA-certified organic vegetables and cut flowers on Rogers Farm. The farmers for the 2014 Black Bear Food Guild are Laura Goldshein, Lindy Morgan and Abby Buckland.

Pride Week Begins April 7

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

University of Maine Student Life LGBT Liaison Services announces that a stand-up comedian, concert and documentary will be part of Pride Week, scheduled for April 7-12 on campus.

Pride Week begins at noon Monday, April 7, with a flag raising on the Mall. It concludes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 in North Pod with a drag show featuring Ivy Winters, a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5.

Alison Grillo, “New York City’s Woman Trapped Inside A Woman’s Body,” will perform a stand-up comedy routine at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in DP Corbett Room 100; Magdalen & Greane will be in concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in North Pod; a NOH8 Photo Shoot to promote marriage equality will be held 12-4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the Rainbow Resource Center in Memorial Union; and “God Loves Uganda,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in DP Corbett Room 100.

A complete schedule is online. To request disability accommodations, call Chelsea Barker, 207.581.1439.

BDN Interviews Dana, Young About Alcohol-Related Medical Calls

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The Bangor Daily News spoke with Robert Dana, UMaine’s vice president for student life and dean of students; Dick Young, UMaine auxiliary operations director; and members of the University Volunteer Ambulance Corps (UVAC) for a report about a recent increase in the number of alcohol-related ambulance transport requests for UMaine students. Young said when responding to alcohol-related calls, UVAC volunteers evaluate the student to make sure they are safe. Most of the calls for help come from friends and residence hall staff, he added. Dana said the Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan reporting program, which started in 2010 to encourage students to report extremely intoxicated classmates, may be playing a role in the increased numbers. “It makes a safer community — a closer community,” he said of the program.

Media Report on New Balance Recreation Center’s Men’s Health Mention

Friday, March 28th, 2014

WABI (Channel 5), I-95 Classic Hits (95.7 FM) and WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center was named one of “The Coolest College Recreation Centers in America” by Men’s Health magazine. The feature touts that the facility, open since August 2007, offers ski and snowshoe rentals for the surrounding 20 kilometers of groomed trails in the DeMeritt Forest, as well as a 20-person hot tub, a large pool leisure area with hot-water-jet bench seating, co-ed sauna, more than 100 cardio and weight machines and a view of “the rustic Maine countryside.”

New Balance Student Recreation Center Recognized by Men’s Health Magazine

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Men’s Health magazine has named the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center one of “The Coolest College Recreation Centers in America.”

The feature touts that the facility, open since August 2007, offers ski and snowshoe rentals for the surrounding 20 kilometers of groomed trails in the DeMeritt Forest, as well as a 20-person hot tub, a large pool leisure area with hot-water-jet bench seating, co-ed sauna, more than 100 cardio and weight machines and a view of “the rustic Maine countryside.” The $25 million facility is the second of 12 entries in this ranking.

“The distinction of making the Men’s Health list affirms the standing of UMaine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center as one of the best in the country. This distinguished list of university recreation centers represents the best of the best,” says Jeff Hunt, UMaine’s director of campus recreation. “We here at UMaine are proud to add this distinction to honors our facility has received beginning in 2007.”

In April 2013, Best College Reviews named the University of Maine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center as No. 7 on its list of the “25 Most Amazing Campus Student Recreation Centers.”

The New Balance Student Recreation Center also received the 2009 Special Mention for Excellence in Architecture by the American Institute of Architects: New England and was included in the 2008 Athletic Business Architectural Showcase.

Additionally, the facility has been awarded Silver Certification under the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s Green Building Rating System, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

New Balance Student Recreation Center memberships are available to UMaine students, community members and the general public.