Freshmen Move in to Presidents Park Today

Posted: August 21, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

Presidents Park comes alive today and tomorrow with excited students and anxious parents sharing the first-time ritual of moving the family freshman to campus. The days are filled with check-ins for university services, orientations for international students, and meetings for resident and commuter students.

After taking care of business, students can relax and enjoy dinner–served by faculty and staff–at today’s new student barbecue buffet and Friday’s new student picnic, both beginning at 5 p.m. On Friday evening, students get acquainted amid dancing and partying on top of the Parking Deck.

Karaoke, ice cream, and several games are the highlights for Saturday, Aug. 23. On Sunday, Aug. 24, students will be treated to an acoustic music concert by Rebecca Walter, associate director of the Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center. The day is capped off by another barbecue in Presidents Park.

The university has received approximately 4,200 applications this year for 3,591 beds, according to Paul Barkett, director of housing and residence life. The university will add an additional 500 beds this year with the opening of Liberty Square on Saturday. Liberty Square is a complex of five brick apartment buildings, four stories high, around a central terraced courtyard.

Associated with the development of Liberty Square is an addition to the Eisenhower Community Building, which incorporates additional lounges, study rooms, and a diner into a common facility to serve both Presidents Park and Liberty Square.

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