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Freshmen, parents report easy-going move-in day

By : Rachel Coker

University President Lois B. DeFleur shares a laugh with Earl Roberts of East Meadow, Long Island. Roberts was moving his daughter Melissa into Hunter Hall at Mountainview College.

Freshman Hannah Sommer of Merrick cannot believe that her parents, Vicki and Drew, are struggling to open her egg crate mattress pad inside her room at Seneca Hall.

Freshmen Bradley Lipitz, left, of Woodmere, and Bryan Conboy, of Westbury, get familiar with each other as they move into their Onondaga Hall room in College-in-the-Woods on Aug. 25.

Smooth sailing was the order of the day Aug. 25 as new students arrived on campus. Freshmen, parents and residence hall leaders alike said the process was organized and went more smoothly than they expected.

As Bradley Lipitz, 18, of Woodmere, and Bryan Conboy, 17, of Westbury, settled in at their new room, their mothers talked in the hallway about how sad they’d be to leave.

Inside the Onondaga Hall double, the freshmen agreed they’d feel more at home once their parents had left. The talk was mostly about classes, music and working out.

Conboy, who hasn’t decided on a major, is determined he’ll continue to lift weights.

“Hopefully he can motivate me,” said Lipitz, who plans to study accounting in preparation for entrepreneurial work. The two had already found a few matches in their music collections, including Taking Back Sunday and Brand New. “My computer’s basically my stereo,” Conboy said, motioning to his laptop.

Lipitz agreed, noting he hadn’t bothered to bring a stereo, either. Downstairs on the third floor, Sean Stettin and Jonathan Monina, both 18 and from Brooklyn, found themselves in a triangular room. It presented a few design challenges as their mothers tried to arrange their furniture.

However, the freshmen have been friends since they attended kindergarten together, and seemed to be taking the unusual arrangement in stride.

Shortly after noon, the University Union bookstore was packed and more than 25 students were waiting to pick up textbooks they’d ordered ahead of time.

Abby Garfinkel, 18, and her mother, Amy, were upbeat as they stood in line. They agreed the hardest part of the day was wedging the carpet under the furniture in her room at Broome Hall. The two drove upstate from Syosset, Long Island, the day before and just had to get to campus from their hotel that morning. “That’s the smartest thing we’ve done,” Amy Garfinkel said. Ginelle Correa, 17, of Wantagh, left Long Island with her father and uncle around 6:30 a.m. By 1 p.m. or so, her room at Marcy Hall was all set up and the trio were out shopping for sweat shirts. The freshman premed major said she was pleased with the residence halls and happy to be on campus. “I’m kind of nervous,” she confessed.

Tony Preus said the day was the best of the six move-in days he’s seen as faculty master of College-in-the-Woods. “Typically in the past, people have still been waiting to move in at this point,” he said around 2 p.m., pointing to the nearly empty parking lot in front of Onondaga Hall.

“Very few people even had to wait for a cart,” said Josh Johnson, the hall’s resident director.

Preus, a professor of philosophy, had his own theories about why the day went so well.

“You couldn’t ask for better weather,” he said. “When the sun is shining, people have a tendency to smile more.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08