The Richmond Register

August 16, 2013

EKU move-in madness

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Several gasps could be heard as a brand-new LCD TV, balanced precariously atop a stack of boxes, teetered and then fell to the floor of the lobby with a loud smack.

An older man quickly snatched it up and placed it more securely on top of the cart, all the while assuring his daughter that he thought it would be OK.

Move-in day at Eastern Kentucky University was chaotic Friday with the usual traffic snarls, lack of parking and unfortunately, a few damaged belongings, as parents and students lugged boxes, baskets and carts into the dorms.

Several EKU student groups, along with student residence hall advisers and university employees worked hard to smooth out the wrinkles on a day when thousands of people flooded a campus that had been nearly dormant for three months.

Becca Wolfe was stationed at a table in the parking lot in front of Clay Hall. She is with the Student Activity Council, and she stayed busy directing passing cars on how to get to their destinations.

She said this is the first year she’s volunteered to be a guide.

“I’m just a sophomore, so this was me last year,” she said, talking about the parents and first-time students who were having trouble finding their way around campus.

While most students rejoice in going to college, usually the first time they get to “break away” from home, EKU move-in day is undoubtedly a family affair.

Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends lugged tubs, baskets, carts and boxes all over campus. Although many showed signs of weariness on their sweaty faces, a sense of pride and excitement also could be sensed.

Delilah Hensley of Pineville was one of the many, many parents at McGregor Hall and all over EKU who made several trips back and forth with her child’s belongings.

“I’m helping my daughter, Kaelyn Hensley, move in,” she said while waiting on an elevator. “She’s a freshman.”

Even the smallest of family members were drafted into helping on move-in day. Natalie Villa’s preschool-age godbrother, Chayden, cheerfully carried small items into McGregor Hall along with Villa’s other family members.

When told he was a big help, Chayden became shy and turned to watch as more people flooded into the dorm with an unending number of boxes and baskets. It was only 12:30 p.m., and there’s no doubt moving in would be an all-day, and perhaps an all-weekend, endeavor.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.