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Park. Unpack. Move In. Repeat

Park. Unpack. Move In. Repeat

With music and energy, Duke employees and students help first-year students arrive on campus

August 20, 2013 |
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Greeted by unseasonably cool temperatures, more than 1,700 first-year students of the Class of 2017 moved in to their new homes on East Campus Tuesday.

The car lines moved along quickly, aided by scores of energetic upperclass students who unpacked each car and carried student luggage into the residence halls in minutes.  Duke Police, student affairs officials and other employees directed traffic with an unerring eye that advised drivers just how much space they had to maneuver on the East Campus circle.

Meanwhile, for the fourth straight year, campus Catholic Priest Mike Martin stood outside the East Campus Union greeting students and handing out bottles of water to riders waiting in the carline. 

The atmosphere was festive with Daft Punk blasting music outside of Giles and Cee Lo singing outside of Bell Tower.  President Richard Brodhead and Dean of Undergraduate Education Steve Nowicki were on hand to greet the students, many of whom stopped to have their photo taken with Brodhead.  Nowicki himself took a number of photos for posting on Duke social media.

Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta credited the smooth move-in to a coordinated effort that included 249 FACS (members of the First-Year Advisory Committee), Duke and Durham police and many other Duke employees. Even though construction limited access from Main Street, there were six other entrances for students and their parents to enter East Campus, and with three different move-in periods the waits were minimal, he said.

"I don't think people realize the extra collaboration that makes this work," Moneta said.

A Durham Police officer said the Main Street construction posed few problems and even allowed police to line up more cars on Main Street without the traffic backup issues traditionally seen on move-in day.

After all the items were lugged inside, parents moved their cars to the Blue Zone and took a shuttle back to East Campus to rejoin their children.  The students and their family members will get back together tonight for the Taste of Duke dinner outside on the East Campus gazebo.

Photos by Megan Morr/Duke University Photography. Video by James Todd

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