mvn clean package failed with mysql errors : Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO)

when running mvn clean package I had a lot of the tests fail with mysql errors:

Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO)

Most of the errors seemed to be the same. Had this at the bottom of the console output

Tests run: 268, Failures: 0, Errors: 73, Skipped: 0

[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] BUILD FAILURE
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 18.970s
[INFO] Finished at: Thu Jul 09 15:01:04 EDT 2015
[INFO] Final Memory: 57M/699M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[ERROR] Failed to execute goal org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-surefire-plugin:2.5:test (default-test) on project mamute: There are test failures.
[ERROR] 
[ERROR] Please refer to

I had already had mysql set up for sometime and the root user requires a password. Anyway to set mysql user/pw to something else? Did not see anything in pom.xml.

(BTW...I'm a maven newb)

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