Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:11

Senior Exhibition

University students to showcase diverse art at Lord Hall

ORONO Fifteen art students will be showcasing their work at an upcoming gallery opening at Lord Hall at the University of Maine in Orono. This is part of their Capstone project as seniors. The Think Make Senior Art Exhibition's opening reception will be Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Lord Hall on campus. The exhibition will continue until Jan. 25, 2013.

Published in Happenings

ORONO - It is unusual to see an electric guitar included in a wind band, so it takes a little extra effort if you play electric guitar and want to audition for the University of Maine's Symphonic Band. This past summer, UMaine School of Performing Arts senior music education major and electric guitar player Blake Ford went to Symphonic Band Director Chris White and asked if there was any music written for an electric guitar solo in wind band. White was sure they could find something, so he and Ford did some research online and found a piece, 'Chaos Theory 3.0 Concerto for Electric Guitar and Wind Orchestra' by composer, sound designer and guitarist Jim Bonney. The 'Chaos' piece was originally commissioned by the UNLV Wind Orchestra and premiered May 30, 2000. Bonney described his concept: 'In this piece, I wanted to fuse progressive hard rock intensity with classical sophistication. Because of its variety of tonal color and wide dynamic range, I believe the electric guitar has a role in contemporary concert music.'

Published in Music
UMaine production offers powerful, disturbing drama

The power of live theater is undeniable; the stage allows for a visceral urgency that simply cannot be duplicated in any other medium. While disturbing and taboo subjects can be tackled by all forms of artistic expression, nothing captures them with the same level of immediacy that the theater does.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:36

Fans or phantoms?

Let me start by telling you that I am completely biased regarding my subject this week. This is a column about University of Maine football, and I am the play-by-play broadcaster for that team and have been for over 15 years. During that run of over 175 games, I've seen some of the greatest moments in team history. As a matter of fact, among the recently-compiled list of 'Top Ten Maine Football Moments,' I've been behind the microphone for seven of them. I've also witnessed some colossal low points, from heartbreaking losses to jaw-dropping blunders. The point is, I've got a dog in this fight, but I also feel eminently qualified to talk about Maine football, being one of an incredibly small group of people (me, color analyst Bob Lucy, equipment manager Steve Jones and Coach Jack Cosgrove) to have seen every game since 1997.

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 13:54

2012 Schoodic Sculpture Symposium comes to a close

Eight international artists bring their talents to Orono

ORONO After months of planning and weeks of work by an assortment of artists, assistants and administrators, the 2012 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium has come to a conclusion.

Eight artists from all over the world lived and worked in Orono from July 22 through Aug. 30, each creating their own unique works of art to be put on permanent display in various locations throughout the area. The artists worked from 9 to 5, seven days a week, in the Steam Plant parking lot at the University of Maine. The process was open to the public; passersby were encouraged to engage with the artists and discuss their work.

Published in Buzz

ORONO - The Third Watch hockey team has invited the public to join them for a benefit hockey game vs. the UMaine Selects (Tim Whitehead, Jack Cosgrove and Bob Corkum, to name a few). They are playing hockey to raise money for the Leroy Patterson Scholarship Fund. The game is slated for April 1 at 6 p.m. at the Alfond Arena. Admission is free and donations at the door are welcome.

Third Watch is a group of emergency personnel who enjoy playing hockey. They play to raise money for great charities and to just have fun. The 2011 -2012 season marks their 12th season as a team. The team plays in a men's league in Brewer and we also have a travel team for fund-raising events. To date they have raised over $110,000 dollars for various charitable organizations. For more information you can check out

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:24

Fair weather complainers

First, congratulations to the University of Maine men's hockey team for battling to the Hockey East Championship game and earning a berth at the NCAA tournament. Twenty-three wins and counting...

Second, congrats to the UMaine hockey fans (well, most of them) for actually acknowledging that the Bears are still playing into late March.

To some of you I just can't take it anymore. You've finally pushed me too far! By "you," I mean the UMaine hockey "fans" who want to see nothing more than Tim Whitehead fail and be fired, as though the program would be better off if that happened.

Published in The Sports Edge
Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:52

It's off to the quarterfinals

UMaine secures home-ice advantage in win over UNH

ORONO It wasn't a high-powered offensive game by any means, but the University of Maine Black Bears hung on to an early 1-0 lead against the University of New Hampshire Wildcats on Saturday to win both the game and home-ice advantage for the first round of Hockey East quarterfinals.

While dubbed Senior Night, the game was all sophomores with goalie Dan Sullivan and defenseman Brice O'Connor leading the Black Bears to victory after O'Connor scored the only goal of the game and Sullivan ended the night with his second shutout of the year.

The win was the 20th of the season for the Black Bears, who improve to 20-11-3 on the season and 15-10-2 in Hockey East play. New Hampshire fell to 14-17-3 overall and 11-14-2 in conference play.

Published in Sports
Innovative Communication Design to present in San Francisco
ORONO - The newly developed Innovative Communication Design program at the University of Maine has been selected as a Stage Two winner in the fourth Digital Media and Learning Competition, an annual program designed to help mobilize emerging leaders, educators and innovators to create technologies that might change the way we learn, play, socialize and participate in civic life.

Since 2008, the program has awarded $6 million to 72 innovative digital media and learning projects, both in the United States and abroad.

The UMaine ICD proposal, led by John Bell and Rick Corey, is built around an innovative way to supplement the graduate certificates awarded to students who complete the ICD curriculum. The group has developed a series of 'badges' that will provide a quick and easy way for prospective employers to see what specific skills were learned through ICD.

Published in Biz
UMaine presents a grown-up puppet musical
ORONO - From childhood, I've had an affinity for puppets. There's a wonderful anarchy that puppets seem to inspire that can result in moments that are engaging and absurd at the same time. Throw in the element of music and the potential for joyful chaos is maximized. It's the chance to create work that tells a story in a very unique way.

'Avenue Q,' the musical by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marz and Jeff Whitty, is that sort of work. A production of the Tony-winning show is currently being mounted by the University of Maine's School of Performing Arts. The show is directed by Sandra Hardy and musically directed by Danny Williams; it is being performed in Hauck Auditorium and runs through Feb. 19.

Published in Happenings
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