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Record UCR Move-In Day

Record Number of New Students Move Into UCR Residence Halls

3,140 students invade the campus this Sunday.

(September 19, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — ( -- Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, is move-in day for 3,140 new and returning UC Riverside students, so if you don’t have to be on campus that day …STAY AWAY!!!

The students will be moving into the university’s residence halls between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. so there will be heavy traffic entering and leaving the campus.

“It’s like an invasion,” said Andy Plumley, director of housing services at UCR, “and this is the largest number of students we’ve had in the residence halls.”

To accommodate the increase, the campus has converted 100 double-occupancy rooms into triple- rooms and lofts. If enrollment keeps growing, Plumley said, the campus may soon have to start plans for a new residence hall.

In the meantime, there are more urgent matters confronting housing services this weekend.

To help prevent traffic jams on Sunday, students assigned to the campus’ three residence halls — Aberdeen-Inverness, Lothian and Pentland Hills — have been instructed to use the travel route designated for their particular hall.

Each student and his family will be given 30 minutes to unload their vehicle in front of the hall. If they need additional time, they will be asked to move to one of the campus parking lots and carry the remaining items.

Pulling off the logistical challenge of move-in day will require a small army of campus staff members.

“It’s all hands on deck,” for the more than 100 housing services employees, Plumley said. In addition, about 150 student/staff members will be on duty as well as a dining staff of 85 who will be serving up a barbecue for all the newcomers.

While about 17,000 students attend UCR, the university only guarantees housing for new students in its residence halls. Another 1,200 students live in on-campus apartments while the rest of the university’s students live in nearby off-campus apartments or commute.

The increased number of students has meant that Plumley and his staff have had their hands full trying to match students with their ideal roommates and hall assignments.

“The difficulties we come up with every year are the requests — smoking or non-smoking, what time they get up and go to bed, and one of the critical factors is ‘What kind of music do they like?’” said Plumley.

Recently, there has been a new wrinkle in the process.

“This year a couple of incoming students went online and looked up student profiles on Facebook and MySpace and they didn’t like what saw. They asked for a change of roommate,” Plumley said. “We discouraged them…. There is no substitute for meeting face to face.”


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