Archive for Monday, August 13, 2007

New, returning Jayhawks flock to residence halls

Janice Taliaferro, left, and Ben Taliaferro, 12, help Kasey Taliaferro, an incoming Kansas University freshman from Berryton, move into Templin Hall.

Janice Taliaferro, left, and Ben Taliaferro, 12, help Kasey Taliaferro, an incoming Kansas University freshman from Berryton, move into Templin Hall.

August 13, 2007


New students move into KU dorms

Triple-digit-heat is exactly what the KU Department of Housing was trying to avoid by allowing all incoming students to move into the dorms an hour and a half earlier this morning. Enlarge video

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Bye Mom, bye Dad. Love you.

Woo-hoo, freedom, baby.

Kansas University's newest students and their families had to brave hot temperatures Sunday while lugging their stuff into student housing facilities, particularly the residence halls on Daisy Hill.

"It's terrible," said Hannah Ballard, 18, a recent Wellington High School graduate. "It's nice and cool inside, but it's terrible coming out here."

During the afternoon, she was moving into Ellsworth Hall and was glad the elevator trips seemed to get her up to her new home - on the eighth floor - rather quickly. Ballard was looking forward to living a few hours away from home and having the opportunity to meet new people.

The day also meant her mother would have to say goodbye to her soon.

"I'm excited and sad and all that stuff at the same time," said her mother, Sharon, of Winfield.

KU Student Housing on Sunday opened up scholarship and residence halls earlier than usual at 6:30 a.m. to offer families a longer window to beat the heat. The temperature neared 100 degrees, and the heat index made it feel even more sweltering, particularly during the afternoon.

"We just felt for the safety of the students and their families," said Diana Robertson, director of student housing. "We wanted to get them in as early as possible."

Classes begin Thursday, and about 4,500 students were expected to arrive into campus housing by Sunday. Other than student, faculty and staff helpers available to assist the movers, several shade tents and stations with water were open for parents to rest.

But the new students said the heat was a small price to pay for a fresh start.

"It's definitely a good feeling to finally have a place of my own," said Eric Ashton, 18, from Wichita's Kapaun-Mount Carmel Catholic High School.

He was moving with his roommate and high school friend Joe McDonough, 18, into Hashinger Hall.

Josh Hernandez, 18, from W.T. White High School in Dallas, will be the first of his siblings to attend college, which has made him a little nervous. But he's also excited to move into McCollum Hall and attend KU.

"I'm excited most about meeting new people," Hernandez said.

For Blue Valley West High School graduate Laura Licata, 18, moving day also means freedom.

"The thing I'm most excited about college is being on my own and be lacking with rules that were in high school," Licata said.

6News reporter Andrew Baker contributed to his article.


The_Voice_of_Reason 10 years, 8 months ago

I cannot find any fault with compmd's above statement....

compmd 10 years, 8 months ago

Hooray students!

Back to enjoying Lawrence roads with psychopaths behind the wheel. Yes, I'm talking to you, Mr. Teenage Moron with the metallic dark red Audi A4 Quattro from Johnson County that almost killed me twice tonight on Clinton Parkway. And you, Ms. ZOMG I Heart My Sorority Sisters driving the white Ford Explorer from Illinois who blew through the stoplight at 15th and Iowa earlier this evening narrowly avoiding catastrophe.

Back to school time certainly is exciting!

Keith 10 years, 8 months ago

Remember, during Hawk Week stop signs/lights are optional, and one way streets run the opposite of their usual direction.

compmd 10 years, 8 months ago

Keith, that's only during Hawk Week? :)

Kontum1972 10 years, 8 months ago

YIKES....the same combat zone lies on Kasold from 6th street on down to the curve.....its a freefire zone...stock up on that 3.2 bier kiddos..

Confrontation 10 years, 8 months ago

The old people try to kill you with their cars throughout the summer, so I really see no difference now. At least the college students have a reaction time that can actually register.

MyName 10 years, 8 months ago

Great, we've picked on the old and the young, who's leave?!? And there's still all of this blank thread space! Good job guys!

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