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Incoming students and their families accepted the help of over 200 Lafayette student-athletes as well as members of all 12 fraternities and sororities Friday morning during move-in day. The helpers relieved some of the stress associated with moving into a college residence hall.

“I heard numerous parents comment about much they appreciated the assistance they got from athletes and the Greek students as well,” says Terry Weber, assistant director of residence life and adviser to fraternities and sororities. “Our office really does appreciate all the attention they give first-year students during the move-in time. It’s important because it’s the first impression they get to make on first-year students.”

Student-athletes from seven of Lafayette’s fall varsity sports teams joined Greek students in the event, lugging everything from refrigerators and televisions to bedding and books. This marks the sixth straight year that student-athletes have volunteered their mornings to help the first-year students. The Office of Residence Life and the football program started the tradition in August 1999.

Teams that participated included football, volleyball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, and cheerleading. Each athlete was designated an area and time slot on campus and each team wore shirts to identify themselves as part of the move-in staff.

Classes for the fall semester begin Monday.

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