Freshmen Move into Presidents Park Today

Posted: August 26, 2004 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 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. Tonight, students are encouraged to participate in the President’s Park Outdoor Olympics. 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. 28, which is capped off by four hours of free pool and ping-pong in the SUB I game room from 8 p.m. to midnight. On Sunday, Aug. 29, students will be treated to a live musical performance during another President’s Park barbecue from 5 to 7 p.m.

The university has received a record number of applications this year for 3,975 beds, according to Paul Barkett, director of housing and residence life. Approximately 250 students are currently on the waiting list. The university will add an additional 500 beds this year with the opening of Potomac Heights on Saturday. The complex features five brick apartment buildings, four stories high, around a central terraced courtyard. It is similar in design to Liberty Square, which opened last year.

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