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Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:26

A celebration of statehood at UMaine

ORONO – A big anniversary is looming for the State of Maine.

Specifically, the state’s bicentennial. Maine was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until it voted to secede in 1820. Maine was then added to the Union as part of the Missouri Compromise on March 15 of that year, becoming the 23rd state.

As part of the ongoing celebration of that momentous occasion, the University of Maine is playing host to the Maine Statehood and Bicentennial Conference from May 30 through June 1. Through a series of panel discussions, keynote speakers and other presentations, scholars from all over Maine and beyond will delve into the state’s history and what its path to statehood meant both back then and now, two centuries later.

Dr. Liam Riordan is a professor of history at the University of Maine. He is the primary organizer of the conference and was kind enough to answer a few questions for The Maine Edge.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 13:57

A hack day’s night – Hack AE hits UMaine

ORONO – The University of Maine is preparing to play host to a unique weekend of problem solving.

UMaine is the site for America East Hackathon 2019. Known as Hack AE, the event takes place March 2-3 on the University of Maine Campus in Orono. Scores of students from all over the country will be landing in Orono, primed to use their myriad skills to find unconventional solutions to specific problems.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 10:52

UMaine football wins CAA conference title

ORONO - Exceeding expectations has been a way of life for University of Maine football for many years but this year’s edition of the Black Bears is taking that practice to new heights.

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ORONO – A classic allegory is coming to animalistic life at UMaine.

The University of Maine School of Performing Arts (SPA) is presenting Orwell’s “Animal Farm” inside the intimate Al Cyrus Pavilion Theatre on the Orono campus. The show, directed by Alan Liam Estes, runs through Oct. 28.

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:53

The Brice-Cowell Musket returns to UMaine

ORONO - It’s an old flintlock rifle made by a guy named Ebenezer Nutting sometime in the 1700s and named after a couple of coaches who did their best work during the Coolidge administration. It was largely forgotten for decades until Jack Cosgrove made it a thing again during his tenure as boss of the Black Bears. Oh, and it’s spent the better part of the last decade and a half on a shelf in Durham, New Hampshire, providing a tangible reminder to the Wildcats of their domination of the football rivalry with the neighboring state university.

And now, it’s found a new/old home in Orono, after a 35-7 opening night stunner by the Black Bears in the “Thursday Throwdown.”

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ORONO – A beloved comedic classic is springing (or summering) to life at the University of Maine.

UMaine’s School of Performing Arts is presenting their production of William Shakespeare’s beloved “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Directed by Marcia Joy Douglas, the play runs through Nov. 19 at UMaine’s Hauck Auditorium.

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“Belief in each other.”

University of Maine football coach Joe Harasymiak calls that a fundamental component of his program and as “Coach H” gets ready to kick off his second year as Black Bear boss, he and his staff believe they’re prepared to make continued progress this season after doubling the team’s win total last year.

Published in The Sports Edge

ORONO - This week, I got the chance to sit down with Jeremy Swayman, a freshman goalie for the University of Maine Black Bears hockey team.

In addition, the 18-year-old Alaskan was taken in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft with the 111th pick by the Boston Bruins.

Swayman played the 2016-17 hockey season for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, posting a .914 save percentage and a 2.90 goals against average. He attended Bruins development camp earlier this summer; fellow Black Bear goalie Rob McGovern was there as well.

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It’s Homecoming week! Well, I mean … sorta. Let me explain.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:45

'Constellations' shines bright

Collaborative UMaine production engaging, thought-provoking

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