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Thousands move into UW-Stout dorms over Labor Day Weekend


Menomonie (WQOW) - For many Labor Day weekend is the last time for friends and family to gather before summer is over.  But, for hundreds on UW-Stout's campus, today meant work.

Student helpers and athletes were on hand to move nearly 3,000 students into their dorms.

"There's a lot of futons, televisions, lots of clothes obviously, lots of containers and fans too," says Laura Reiter, a student volunteer.

Futons and fans can mean only one thing at UW-Stout.

"I brought a really heavy couch too, I feel bad for the people who had to bring it up," says Kenzi Krueger, a freshmen.

It is dorm move in day!

"People are excited. It's a high energy day. Lots of families are here with sometimes their first child, sometimes their last child," says Scott Griesbach, Executive Director of Student Life Services.

Nearly 3,000 students were moved in by more than 600 volunteers.

"We're actually moving all the freshmen into South Hall today. Baseball and volleyball are working together to get all the freshmen moved in as quickly as possible," Reiter says.

"The athletes are all here to help move things into students rooms. So when the cars pull up, the athletes descend on the car like ants on a sweet piece of candy. They grab everything and they haul it right up to the floor," Griesbach says.

A process that used to take hours made more efficient through volunteers, time-slots and lots of organizing.

"Most people are moved in about 10 to 15 minutes after they get on campus and that is just an amazing turn around time," Griesbach says.

With freshmen's families in tow, more than 14,000 people were estimated to make the trip to Menomonie Sunday, a number local businesses like.

"Being close to campus is definitely an advantage. We are right in the heart of things so we get to see a lot of new faces every year. They'll come in with their parents on move in day and it's one of the places they come to on graduation day when they leave," says Kristin Schenck, General Manager of The Log Jam.  

But even if you don't venture off campus there are plenty of people to meet, boxes to unpack and of course, orientation. 

"I'm going to probably meet up with people on my floor and just hang out," Krueger says.

Students will have a few days to get settled. Classes start on Thursday.

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