Orono Officials Hope to Crack Down on Maine Day Partying

ORONO, Maine (WABI) - Officials in Orono think an annual day of celebration for the University of Maine has become an issue and are hoping to change things.

Maine Day, is a day on campus for students to mark the end of the school year.

Orono's Police Chief Josh Ewing says it has become a day when students drink all day and then become an issue for police and neighbors.

Ewing told town officials tonight he has met with several groups including people at UMaine and area landlords in an effort to alter the current course.

"I think we're on the right track," said Ewing, "I think it may take a couple of years to change the culture. I think that it's kind of an ingrained thing now in students and some of the young people who think that Maine Day is a party day. When it should be about philanthropy and helping out the community. It might take a little while to weed out the people that think it is a party day but I think we can change the idea of what Maine Day is supposed to be."

Ewing says they've started the school year by doubling their police presence around campus and making several citations and arrests for alcohol related problems.