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  • “He said the university takes substance abuse seriously because it can be “very corrosive” to the university experience.”

    Odd. If I were to believe the news Id be inclined to think that parties and substance abuse WAS the university experience.

  •  Hey sweet, I’ve been looking for a new pair of binoculars! Though I will admit, your taste in aesthetics is rather poor.

  • Anonymous

    “The next few weekends at the 21-apartment-building complex will likely draw similar police and security attention, according to the Orono police captain.”

    It would be much more cleaner and clearer to say “21-building apartment complex.”

    • Anonymous

      Are there 21 buildings or 21 apartments?

      • Anonymous

        Twenty-one buildings.

        • Anonymous

          21 apartment buildings, but there are two or three other buildings as well, so saying it’s a 21-building apartment complex wouldn’t be correct. 

      • Anonymous

         It said in another article that there are over 600 tenants. I would tend to believe that makes it 21 buildings.

      • Anonymous

        A few years ago, Orono had a lengthy discussion over whether a proposed project was an apartment complex or an off-campus dormitory. This facility looks more like an off-campus dormitory with the kind of problems that a relatively remote, off-campus dormitory might have.

    • Anonymous

      Well that wouldn’t be correct. There are 23 or 24 buildings in that complex, but 21 of them are apartment buildings. Kind of confusing wording, but it’s correct. 

  • Anonymous

    When you have this many kids and this many buildings what do you expect?  We have been to college we know what its like.  When you have students that are 18  and some are 21   kids are going to drink.  Whats the solution make these alcohol free apartments?

    • Anonymous

      The only alcohol-free apartments at UMO are the dorms.  You want alcohol free, install an RA and pay them to police.

      • Anonymous

        UMO doesn’t exist.

  • Anonymous

    “police issued 25 summonses for possession of alcohol by a minor, two summonses for possession of marijuana and another for possession of drug paraphernalia.”

    Good luck trying to get a job after college, even at a Walmart or Home Depot. The Human Resources offices of many companies are now using, or will be getting, very sophisticated background checking software that will find EVERYTHING on applicants. Not just convictions for crimes, but even summons and charges that were dropped. It is all public information. Additionally, the software will find all face book pages,even undelete deleted Facebook pages.

    Now fast forward to getting a job at a Walmart or Home Depot. With the high unemployment in the country,many professional people who loss their jobs, are finding out Walmart and Home Depot will not hire them because they their background check came back with hits.

    Pour the booze down your gullets,have fun. Pay the piper later

    • Anonymous

      The landing gear of reality never quite touches your runway, does it?

      • Anonymous

        People drink booze and do drugs for one reason: to escape reality.  I do not drink booze nor do drugs because  I like looking at raw ‘reality’.  It really takes a strong person to do it.

        ….

        • Anonymous

          So true! I never drank and never used any drugs at all. Raw reality can be great when you like a good challenge and never run away from it. I always wondered why people have to “escape reality” because after the effects of the booze and drugs wear off, they’re right back where they started at. Guess it just creates a vicious cycle for them unfortunately.

        • Anonymous

          Because its all old and wrinkled and gravity has taken a toll.

          • Anonymous

            From what i read, there are Scandinavian people in their 40s ,50s, that look like they are in their 20s.  Females who booze, smoke pot,butts, start developing winkles at 25 years of age. By 27-30, you can ‘see’ the elderly image of themselves setting in.

        • Alec Cunningham

          Absolutely!  Feeling good is only for those who hate their lives and can’t handle reality.  That’s the only reason they do it.  Only the really strong people can look at life full-on and not do anything to make themselves feel good, lest they lose track of the rawness of it all.  

      • I can only find “The landing gear of reality” in one other place on the Internet. It’s in a poem and I wonder if you wrote it.

        “The landing gear of reality never quite touches your runway, does it?” is an excellent sentence and should be in all the books containing great quotes. It sounds like something one would hear on Letterman or Leno. Thank you for creating it.

        The humble Farmer

        • Anonymous

          Thank you for your kind comment.  I did not write the poem that you found, nor had I read it until just now.  I wouldn’t want to be credited for someone else’s work.

          • Anonymous

            I noticed the landing gear phrase too and marveled. Good writing is appreciated by the literate! Thank you so much for that new phrase. I plan to repeat it.

      • Anonymous

        I daresay skowheganresident is much closer to reality than you are because everything he said is true.  I have two nephews who have had to learn that lesson the hard way.  The elder of the two had the opportunity to join the apprenticeship program of a trade union.  Only trouble was that when they did the obligatory urnine screen he flunked it.  He’s 25 now and the light FINALLY turned on because he recently got a good job after passing the pre- employment drug screen.  The younger of the two is now at that same crossroad.  He, too, may have to learn the lesson the hard way because he mistakenly believes that he can cheat the drug screen.  What he doesn’t seem to understand is that the makers of these tests are constantly improving and updating them to be sensitive to even the most minute levels of illegal substances.  I’ve tried to help him realize that it makes a lot more sense to just man up and put aside the pot pipe.   There are simply too many people looking for work for companies to bother with somebody who smokes pot.  THAT is the reality of the landing gear meeting the runway.

    • Alec Cunningham

      What’s unfortunate is that, if what you say is true, the solution is to “behave” and is not to question the increasing intrusion into our lives by corporations.

      • Anonymous

        There is no such thing as ‘privacy” Its over. They should remove “privacy” from dictionaries as it is an archaic word that does not exist any longer.

  • Anonymous

    I am tellin’ ya, it just is not true that U of M is on the list of being a party campus.

    • Anonymous

      It made the top 20 this year.

      • Anonymous

        At the rate they are going they will be in the top 10 soon.

        • I’m assuming that you don’t get out of Maine much

          • Anonymous

            Often enough!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think they should arrest adults for drinking as adults if under the age of 21. They don’t need this on their records starting out in life..

    • Anonymous

      what?

      • Anonymous

        If someone is charged with drinking under age (age of 21) then why are they charged with an  adult crime, where it will stay on their record for life.. Are they concidered an adult or not, if so then it should be legal for them to drink..

        • Anonymous

          the legal drinking age is 21. Its the law, however a lot of college age kids drink. I don’t think they should end up with criminal records because of it. However, drinking to get drunk can cause alot of problems, so something has to be done about it to control it. I’m not sure what that is though. Most of the kids don’t get arrested for drinking, it’s the ones who act like idiots to the police that do get arrested. Having a place with that many students living is going to have some problems. These kids just need to show some respect for others .

        • Anonymous

          Part of being adult is restraint I guess 8)

  • Davida Willette

    there was a huge party in milton mass maybe they were connected to that  1 to 2000 attended that one 

    • Anonymous

      The US has become one huge partying country. Russia,China,and all the enemies of the US in the world know this country is collapsing from within.

    • Anonymous

      what difference does it make??

  • Anonymous

    When I went to college the cops didn’t care what we did as long as we weren’t driving. Heck, half the cops would come by and hang with us and drink like mad after their shift. Unless the cops plan on living here during their shift, these kids are going to have all kinds of parties. Given the fact it’s private property, there is little the cops can do about just going in to break the place up unles there are complaints from others. 

  • Henderson bobby

    It is about time the police take this serious . Ya some might get arrest records but how else are they going to control this mess .

  • Anonymous

    Well, if that place keeps the noise and trash and mischief away from the year round residents homes, I say let ’em party all they want to there.  Soon enough it’ll be a foot of snow and 10deg outside so they’ll have to migrate inside anyways.   Did USM in Portland have a similar situation a few years ago with a student complex by the Miss Portland?  Wound up with homeless people in the basement and fire escape doors being propped open for ease of access to the party crowd.   Where there’s a will there’s a way. 

  • Anonymous

    “If you build it, they will come.”

  • Scott MacCallum

    society’s greatest downfall -can’t fix stupid

  • Seriously…why does the sign to get into “The Grove” look like the sign outside a bar or a nightclub? That probably doesn’t help the problem. 

  • Anonymous

    So the Grove has a security problem yet the Orono taxpayers get the costs? Just checking the facts.

    • Anonymous

      Hoate to be coarse, but maybe they shoulda thought of that when they approved it.

      • Alec Cunningham

        Orono has had issues with partying students over the decades, so this shouldn’t be a surprise that this has happened.

  • “If you build it. . . “

  • Anonymous

    It’s not the drinking and drugs..it’s the behavior that ensues.  I drank in highschool and college, smoked some pot but never was destructive or got out of hand or disorderly.  These types of people have a propensity to poor behavior and attitude.  NOT everyone that drinks is disorderly.  It’s learning to control yourself and act responsibly.  Most of the time these people take a very long time IF EVER to get control of their behaviors. 

    • Anonymous

      It’s hard to believe parents are paying for their kids to act this way. It must be nice to have money  to blow in this manner.

    • Christopher Ruhlin

      “These types of people have a propensity to poor behavior and attitude.”You mean University students? hahah  Yeah some graduate and become bankers and actuaries who create financial disasters…. And you are worried about college kids….hahaha 

  • I read with understanding and serious concern this article about young people drinking and hollering, and didn’t laugh until I came to “When the man, later identified as Kyle Carver, 19, of Beals…”

    The humble Farmer

    • Anonymous

      Google and you find out he was a ‘honors student’ in high school.  Of course the meanings of an  ‘honors student’ has been watered down over the decades, but we all know that.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not too swift – I don’t get the joke. Would you explain it?

  • Christopher Ruhlin

    We have a lot of nerve calling our selves free… It is a despicable lie.
    You are only as free as the Maine legislator wants you to be.
    These summonses create  victims by harming a young person by the act of making a criminal record for what that person chooses to do to themselves. ABSURD 
     
    If you have reached your 18th birthday you can vote, you can go to war and kill, and in some states you can face the death penalty but, you can’t have a beer or smoke a joint?

    You call this liberty? 
    This is what we send people to war to protect,
    to dictate and micro manage the behavior of others?

    United Police States of America

    • Anonymous

      Absurd you say?
      Yessir, your entire comment is ABSURD!
      If you do not consider us to be free, please feel FREE to pack up and move to a free country…..might I suggest, Cuba, China, North Korea, Iran….pick one, any one.

      • Christopher Ruhlin

        Hahah typical ” love it or leave it”  just like the people who spoke out against the Viet Nam disaster….
        Have you ever been to Holland, Spain or even Canada?
        I doubt it very much.. Knee-jerk reaction is to attack me rather than have an independent thought about what it means to be free!

        Ahh.. the sheeple.

  • Tom Jones

    sounds like the police and the owners of the complex have taken control of the problem.

  • Anonymous

    The young are SOOO much smarter today, aren’t they?

  • Anonymous

    Just wait for cold weather and snowfall (assuming we’ll get some of each) – that will calm things down.

  • Anonymous

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