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New beginnings abound on KU campus

KU’s new chancellor, Bernadette Gray-Little, and her husband, Shade Little, were on Daisy Hill Sunday morning to meet students and lend a hand with moving. With them was Vice Provost Marlesa Roney, right, who led a tour of the residence halls.

KU’s new chancellor, Bernadette Gray-Little, and her husband, Shade Little, were on Daisy Hill Sunday morning to meet students and lend a hand with moving. With them was Vice Provost Marlesa Roney, right, who led a tour of the residence halls.

After today, Lawrence has 3,000 new residents, thanks to dorm move-in day.

August 17, 2009

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Cody Charles, left,  with KU's department of Student Housing, tells KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little about move-in day on the hill Sunday.

Cody Charles, left, with KU's department of Student Housing, tells KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little about move-in day on the hill Sunday.

The population of central Lawrence jumped by at least 3,000 on Sunday as Kansas University students moved into five residence halls on Daisy Hill and Oliver Hall at KU.

While the day started with rain, the skies cleared and parents and students started settling in.

“It was a little difficult to let the first one go, but the process went well,” said Jim Stadler, of Silver Lake. He made six trips from the parking lot, using both the elevator and the stairs, to move his freshman daughter into her room at Ellsworth Hall.

“She brought her whole closet of clothes, which, when you’re downsizing 50 percent of your closet, makes you wonder why you brought everything,” Stadler said.

But some parents had a year of experience under their belt.

Scott Speegle, of Oak Park, Ill., moved his son, sophomore Kieran Ford, with ease this year.

“Make sure that everything is packed, not in individual pieces all over,” said Speegle. “Try to get here early. Get carts. Get in early.”

Ford lived in Oliver Hall last year and feels he’s upgrading by living in Hashinger Hall for his second year at KU.

“I knew that these were newly renovated,” Ford said. “I got a whole tower of ramen (noodles). That’s a must.”

Other freshmen who had moved in Friday lent helping hands to their peers moving in Sunday.

“It was pretty long,” said Overland Park freshman Lauren Richter. “It was rainy this morning and everything.”

Richter and her roommate, Dana Whetter, were friends in high school and both learned a quick lesson -- pack light.

“I saw a lot of people leaving with things, like coffee tables, that didn’t fit,” said Whetter.

Now that students are moved in, they must learn all things KU, starting with Traditions Night, starting at 8 p.m. today at Memorial Stadium. The session will be followed by the Night on the Hill concert.

Hawk Week also includes the 144th Welcoming Convocation, given by new KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lied Center.

The fall semester officially begins on Thursday.

Comments

Norma Jeane Baker 4 years, 8 months ago

I'm not negating the genuineness of the chancellor and her husband, but it also looks like she knows a great PR opportunity when she sees it. And there's nothing wrong with that!

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edjayhawk 4 years, 8 months ago

Yes it is nice to see them helping. Sounds like they know that they work for the students because you can't have a school without students.

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persevering_gal 4 years, 8 months ago

It's nice to see the chancellor and her husband helping out. I know how much it's appreciated to have assistance when moving into the dorms especially while everyone else is trying to move in at the same time!

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Norma Jeane Baker 4 years, 8 months ago

Moving in seemed so much easier when I lived in the dorms: a couple of suitcases and maybe a coffee pot or Hot Pot. Packing trunks served as a coffee table (and convenient place to store your rolling tray). A few people (very few) brought an easy chair for their rooms, but that was pretty much it. There were no computers, TV/DVDs, etc. Most people rented a frig from student housing.

Of course, if you needed more 'furniture' you raided the loading docks of the dorms for milk crates. When they got wise to it, you just went up to Rusty's IGA at 9th & Iowa to 'borrow' some.

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Thinking_Out_Loud 4 years, 8 months ago

And you'll do what with that data, gsxr600?

It's easy enough to get. Just go down to the police station and ask for it. You may have to go the the campus police for on-campus data.

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Kevin Sontag 4 years, 8 months ago

The chancellor and her husband kinda have a Kirk and Luann Van Houten thing going, where they kinda look the same even though they shouldn't because they aren't related. I don't know, maybe I'm crazy.

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gsxr600 4 years, 8 months ago

I'd like to know the accident statistics for a mile long radius around Daisy Hill starting now until next month.

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