University of Maine Welcomes Class of 2014 

”We have nearly 2,000 first year students coming from basically every state in the nation, from about 75 different countries and every county in the state of Maine,” said Robert Dana, Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Maine in Orono.It’s time for the class of 2014 to move into their dorms.Moving is a hefty task, made easier for families by 800 volunteers who lug everything up to their rooms.”It’s up and down, up and down, up and down.. Running and grabbing stuff,” said Adam Curtis, a third-year student at UMaine, helping new students move in.”They took everything out, put labels on it, brought it up. It’s been really easy,” Joann Bethoney, from Massachusetts , who is moving her son, Peter into UMaine.”There was like a million people outside just ransacking my car bringing all this stuff it, so it was helpful,” said Peter Bethoney.Ariel Bothen, of Bar Harbor, agrees that the move-in process was quite simple, “I didn’t have to move in anything. I felt really bad though because my car is piled to the roof with stuff, but they seemed to take it well. They brought it all up to my room.”Many students have family with them to help get everything put away.”I made the bed, his sister is organizing the closet, I mean the desk. He hung his own clothes,” said Joann Bethoney.It’s an exciting time, but also a big change filled with mixed emotions.”It’s a step towards her independence I suppose, and it kind of hurts a little bit, but I’m glad for her,” said Robbie Bothen. His daughter, Ariel, agrees ,”It’s really nerve wracking but exciting too because I’m ready for it. It’s an exciting change, but a welcome one.”For Joann Bethoney, it will be hard to leave her son in Maine when she heads home to Massachusetts, “It’s tough. I’m a little nervous. I’m good right now, but I think when I leave I’m not going to be too happy. I think if I lived in Maine it would be easier for me because I’d be closer but we’ll see how it goes.”The university hopes the community support during move-in will have parents feeling good about their children’s choice to become a Maine Black Bear.”I’ve never seen a parent not come and say”Wow, this is unbelievable, we couldn’t believe how welcoming everybody was, how easy it was. It just blows people away, they love it,” said Dana.Move-in activities will be taking place all weekend. Classes start on Monday.