Cheers to the University of Maine! Go Blue!

This has been a pretty rough end of the year for school students at every level. Springtime at UMaine is usally bustling with activities, but with the reality of COVID-19 and social distancing, people have had to come up with new and creative ways to not only visit with each other, but to show some school spirit too.

University of Maine students, faculty and alum have joiner together remotely from their lockdown locations around the state during the COVID pandemic to perform The Stein Song together in celebration of UMaine's 2020 Recognition Week. You will absolutely love this video. If you are, or were a UMaine student, or you are a fan of Maine sports, you can't help but smile at this. And yes, Bananas the mascot makes an appearance.

If you are curious abiut the back story, The "Maine Stein Song" is the school song of the Black Bears. Its lyrics were written by UMaine student Lincoln Colcord in 1902 Beleive it or not, the song was so popular that it became the only college song to become a number one hit way back in 1930, when singer Rudy Vallée recording it after hearing it when he was a UMaine student back in 1921-1922.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the song was contrversial for some of the lyrics that some felt promoted drinking, and it was also considered sexist. Nevertheless, it remains a staple, that was rankedas the sixth best college fight song of all-time.