UMaine students get into muddy fun during annual oozeball game

Posted April 30, 2014, at 8:20 p.m.
University of Maine senior Jody Page goes for the ball during a game of oozeball, a popular Maine Day festivity, at the university on Wednesday.
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University of Maine senior Jody Page goes for the ball during a game of oozeball, a popular Maine Day festivity, at the university on Wednesday. Buy Photo
Alpha Delta sophomore Judson Walden, oozeball chairman, holds two muddy volleyballs during an oozeball game at the University of Maine on Wednesday.
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Alpha Delta sophomore Judson Walden, oozeball chairman, holds two muddy volleyballs during an oozeball game at the University of Maine on Wednesday. Buy Photo
Alpha Delta sophomore Judson Walden, oozeball chairman, is covered in mud on the sidelines of the oozeball pit on Wednesday. The Alpha Delta fraternity started the oozeball tradition as a Maine Day festivity and 2014 marked the 31st year of fun in the mud.
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Alpha Delta sophomore Judson Walden, oozeball chairman, is covered in mud on the sidelines of the oozeball pit on Wednesday. The Alpha Delta fraternity started the oozeball tradition as a Maine Day festivity and 2014 marked the 31st year of fun in the mud. Buy Photo
University of Maine senior Tyler Averill tackles an opponent during a round of oozeball, one of the Maine Day festivities at the university on Wednesday.
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University of Maine senior Tyler Averill tackles an opponent during a round of oozeball, one of the Maine Day festivities at the university on Wednesday. Buy Photo
Alpha Delta sophomore Judson Walden, oozeball chairman, clears the mud pit for the next 8-minute round of oozeball at the University of Maine on Wednesday.
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Alpha Delta sophomore Judson Walden, oozeball chairman, clears the mud pit for the next 8-minute round of oozeball at the University of Maine on Wednesday. Buy Photo
A team huddles together for a photo after their oozeball game during Maine Day at the University of Maine on Wednesday.
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A team huddles together for a photo after their oozeball game during Maine Day at the University of Maine on Wednesday. Buy Photo
University of Maine senior Jody Page misses the ball during the oozeball game at the university on Wednesday.
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University of Maine senior Jody Page misses the ball during the oozeball game at the university on Wednesday. Buy Photo
University of Maine senior Evan O'Brien gets a piggyback ride his friend Tyler Averill, also a senior, during a game of oozeball, a popular Maine Day festivity at the university on Wednesday.
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University of Maine senior Evan O'Brien gets a piggyback ride his friend Tyler Averill, also a senior, during a game of oozeball, a popular Maine Day festivity at the university on Wednesday. Buy Photo
 John Hwalek, chemical and biological engineering professor, enjoys a round of oozeball with students during the Maine Day festivities at the University of Maine on Wednesday.
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John Hwalek, chemical and biological engineering professor, enjoys a round of oozeball with students during the Maine Day festivities at the University of Maine on Wednesday. Buy Photo

According to Margaret Nagle, senior director of public relations and operations at the University of Maine, Maine Day began in 1935 as a day devoted to the campus, a day to take pride in the institution.

One of the activities students participate in during Maine Day is oozeball.

With no scoring, no formal rules and no winner, the sole purpose of oozeball is to get as dirty as possible. A University of Maine tradition started by the Alpha Delta fraternity, 2014 marked the 31st year of oozeball, an 8-minute volleyball game played in a mud pit.

All money raised from the oozeball entry fees is donated to a different organization each year. This year, Alpha Delta is donating the funds to the Conley Speech & Hearing Center.

 

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