Move-in hassle for all

By on February 8, 2006

Long lines of traffic, tired parents, and anxious students. Welcome to move-in day for the second semester.

Parents and students grew very impatient on Sunday, January 22, as some waited in line for two hours to drop off belongings.

Sarah Leighton, a freshman from Maine, arrived on Campus around 12:30 p.m. and experienced no problems waiting in traffic.

She went straight to Ledges without a hitch.

Freshman, Nicole Fiore, on the other hand, did not have a similar experience.

Nicole arrived on campus at 3:30 p.m., and apparently so did most other students.

There are over 1,350 freshman enrolled at Quinnipiac. Those students, along with sophomores, and some juniors who were all slated to move in on Sunday contributed to the traffic.

Assistant Chief for Parking and Transportation, Ronald Colavolpe said that Quinnipiac was “bombarded” with anxious parents and students waiting in lines of traffic.

Colavolpe, supervised the Saturday move-in day, and he said it was, “very successful” also stating that there was a “great flow of traffic.”

Colavolpe also acknowledged that because the move-in was so successful on Saturday, he knew the campus was going to get overwhelmed with students on Sunday, a reality that was inevitable.

As predicted, he felt that the “flow” was obstructed on Sunday. With so many students and parents moving in there was hardly room to move.

However, it is hard for the school to imagine exactly how move-in days are going to run.

Colavolpe agreed that a lot of the planning revolves around “trial and error.”

Campus officials were trying to “move [students] in and out as fast as [they could],” Colavolpe said.

For most of the afternoon, there were at least a dozen cars filling dorm back- entrances at a time.

In the past, students were assigned certain times to arrive on campus to limit the amount of traffic arriving at the same time.

Colavolpe acknowledges that not everyone follows the stipulations of their assigned arrival times, and the campus is then backed up with traffic anyways.

It is possible in the future, certain dorms will be assigned to arrive and move in on a specific day, in hopes of making the process much easier and less stressful on everyone.


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