WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) reported on the Family Weapon Safety and Range Day held at the Orrington Rod and Gun Club and organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the University of Maine student veterans group. Families were invited to learn the proper way to handle different types of firearms and how to keep guns safe in the household. “Familiarization is key,” Christopher Phinney, VFW senior vice commander and treasurer of the UMaine group, told WLBZ. “If people are familiar with the weapons — how they work, how the safeties work — then if they come across the weapon in any situation, they can understand how to operate it or leave it alone safely.”
A University of Maine ROTC training exercise was featured on WABI (Channel 5). Freshmen and sophomore ROTC cadets were flown to Plymouth, Mass. by Black Hawk helicopters as part of a spring training mission with the Army National Guard. The cadets have been training all semester for the exercise. Cadets Ashley Anderson and Thomas Fontaine spoke about their excitement for the challenging off-campus drill.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the scheduled Maine Day activities include:
8:30–9:00 a.m. (after parade)
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 (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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.