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Archive for Friday, August 19, 2011

It’s move-in day at Kansas University, a day of freedom and sweat

Kansas University residence halls opened Friday for students to move into their homes for the upcoming school year. Two freshman roommates from Kansas City, Kan., high-fived for a parent's camera before carrying their belongings into their new room at Ellsworth Hall.

August 19, 2011

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Helen Bradley, left and Natalie Parker, both from Kansas City, Kan., and freshman roommates, lift a microwave as they move into their KU dorm room at Ellsworth Hall on Friday, August 19, 2011.

Helen Bradley, left and Natalie Parker, both from Kansas City, Kan., and freshman roommates, lift a microwave as they move into their KU dorm room at Ellsworth Hall on Friday, August 19, 2011.

Steve Lemieux, left, and his son Max Lemieux, a sophomore at KU, both from Overland Park, move Max's couch into KU's Hashinger Hall on Friday, August 19, 2011.

Steve Lemieux, left, and his son Max Lemieux, a sophomore at KU, both from Overland Park, move Max's couch into KU's Hashinger Hall on Friday, August 19, 2011.

They came to Daisy Hill by the carload: the mini-fridges, the microwaves, the closet organizers, the futon frames and the televisions of all sorts and sizes.

And, on Friday, the items all had to be lugged from parking lots up to rooms in residence and scholarship halls at Kansas University. It was move-in day, an occasion that brings its share of pulled muscles and sweat along with the emotions that go along with parents and their children separating, often for the first time.

Nicole Cox, a freshman from Topeka, was settling into her new room at Templin Hall on Friday afternoon — it still felt a bit like a hotel room, she acknowledged.

The move-in was relatively painless, she said. She didn’t have any large items to lug around. Her three suite-mates provided most of the furniture in the room.

“I brought a sweet iPod dock,” she said, as her main contribution to the room.

She travels light, Cox said.

“She doesn’t travel light in the clothing department,” piped in her mother, Linda Calderwood, pointing out that she brought one entire bag filled with nothing but shoes.

“That’s not that many,” Cox said.

Cox, who plans to major in pre-medicine or pre-pharmacy, was ready for college about two weeks into her senior year of high school, her mother said.

“She’s been independent since the day she was born,” Calderwood said of her first child she’ll be dropping off at school. “So we’re going to be just fine.”

One floor down, Alex Wolfrum, Ryan Xiao, Dan Phalen and Nick Caldwell — sophomores all — were old pros at this, having navigated three large sections of a couch up the residence hall’s stairs.

The couch may have been “a bit ambitious,” they agreed, but at least it was upstairs now. Nothing to worry about until they have to move it back out. The four also agreed it was good to be back on campus.

“Freedom,” said Wolfrum, expressing the sentiment.

The weather was sunny and hot, but not blistering.

Still, it was hot enough for Davi Nicoll, a freshman from Baxter Springs, who took a break before embarking on the last trip up the stairs to her room in Lewis Hall.

“It’s sweaty,” she said.

Cindy Woolston, the mother of Nicoll’s friend William Woolston, was standing nearby.

“Women don’t sweat, they glisten,” she told Nicoll.

Nicoll seemed unconvinced.

“I’m sweating,” she said.

Comments

ResQd 2 years, 8 months ago

I don't work for the University of Kansas, however, we all KNOW darn well that without KU, this town would be almost a ghost town. It is what keeps Lawrence on the map and thriving. That being said, it scares me every August through October to even drive in this town. Just in the last 3 days, I've avoided 2 car accidents, through no fault of my own. The new students also have a tendancy to think that they can be on their cell phones, not paying attention to anything around them and walking right out in front of you, just like they do on campus. Just take a deep breath, and wait it out for 2 months.

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kernal 2 years, 8 months ago

Evidently, some people can't find KU if it's referred to as Kansas University. Sad.

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Keith Richards 2 years, 8 months ago

I believe the intentional incorrect name that ljworld reporters continually use for KU is a result of Dolph Simons personal vendetta against the University. Almost any person who has lived in this town for more than a few months should know it is called the University of Kansas. Please quit showing your incompetence ljworld reporters.

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JackCrabb 2 years, 8 months ago

Throw in all of the construction going on, AND the utility vehicles dealing with the fallout from the storm...man...brutal.

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FarneyMac 2 years, 8 months ago

It's called "The University of Kansas." I'm surprised you morons don't know that.

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gsxr600 2 years, 8 months ago

Ahh the time of the year when Douglas county becomes Johnson county. It takes thirty minutes to get through town because of the herp derp driving of out-of-towners. Consider yourself lucky if you don't come within a hair of getting into a major accident. Good luck with your sanity goals of August 19, 2011

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akt2 2 years, 8 months ago

And you can't block the intersection at 6th and Kentucky turning right into the single lane that goes across the bridge. I bet this summer's driver's ed graduates are better drivers than many of the adults around town.

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somedude20 2 years, 8 months ago

Is also a day in which people drive like shhhhhh it! People, unless there is a sign saying "no turn on red" you can make a GD right turn at a red light. Also, Lawrence has not switched Kentucky/Tennessee into 2 way roads still north and south. With the technology we have now, there is no excuse for not googling the address of which you are moving to so that you don't go 15mph on Tenn/Kent and stop at every intersection looking around to see if it is your road. Please learn how to park too!!! Thanks from drivers who care not to be hit AGAIN by you stinky little people!!!

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consumer1 2 years, 8 months ago

Enjoy your freshman year girls and have fun. (within reason).

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