[Ed. – Just one reason Maine will never be in the FBS.]
UMaine faculty and staff received an email on Monday forbidding candy canes, Christmas trees, Christmas presents, Menorahs, and wreaths in public areas on campus.
“Just wanted to remind everyone that Aux Services is not to decorate any public areas with Christmas or any other religious themed decorations,” the email states. “Winter holiday decorations are fine but we need to not display any decoration that could be perceived as religious.”
“This includes xmas trees, wreaths, xmas presents, menorahs, candy canes, etc.,” the email says. “What is allowed our [sic] winter themes, snowmen, plain trees without presents underneath, decorative lights, but not on trees, snow flakes, [sic] etc.”
According to a statement from the university, UMaine’s holiday decorations decision was made to better promote diversity on campus. …
UMaine Dean of Students Robert Dana said Thursday morning on WVOM, a local radio station, that the the university isn’t “the Grinch,” and the email was not a “university missive.” Dana said the university welcomes diversity, and the email had been sent by a “supervisor” who was trying to make the university more “inclusive.”