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Overcrowding settles down

(Archive Photo) The amount of students on campus this year is the largest in 25 years, and while the Quad seems more crowded, the new students are finding their place with less overcrowding than anticipated

(Archive Photo)
The amount of students on campus this year is the largest in 25 years, and while the Quad seems more crowded, the new students are finding their place with less overcrowding than anticipated

With this years incoming class the largest yet, congestion in the dining centers and residence halls was a major concern throughout campus.

After the panic and preparations surrounding the large incoming class, it looks like everything has settled down.

In the residence halls, students have found a place to stay, and University Housing Services is working on moving residents from temporary to permanent housing, hoping for a smooth transition after a well-managed move in.

“We expected a large incoming class this year and had just that,” Rachel Kobus, marketing and assessment coordinator for housing services, said.

“We have accommodated all of our required students and had an excellent move-in this year. We had many families express gratitude in the help and generosity of the University.”

Students placed in temporary housing assignments will be moved to permanent rooms as more openings come up.

Campus Dining Services dealt with the threat of overly-packed dining halls, but still managed to offer meal plans to everyone, including off-
campus students.

Jamie Wood, marketing coordinator for dining services, noted that after the beginning of semester rush, meal times settled down into the usual routine.

“The semester is going well so far. The first couple of days of classes were especially busy in the dining centers. After that, things settled down and our traffic feels consistent with this time last year.”

Students seem to feel the same.

“The dining halls get really crowded during regular meal times, but I think the staff does a great job at keeping up with the hungry crowds. Hats off to them,” freshman renewable energy major Brian Pitt said.

Junior speech-language pathology major Almairis Castillo agrees, noting it’s just a matter of taking advantage of lulls at the dining center.

“I have learned when the best times to avoid are to either beat the crowd or enter once it’s died down. Usually lunch is the craziest,” Castillo said.

Not everyone has the same attitude, though. On ISU’s Facebook app, several transfers complained  they were still unable to get a meal plan, and freshmen said that move-in helpers did not make the process any faster or easier.

Whether these are the results of the size of the incoming class or just normal early semester problems remains to be seen.

One thing is for sure: during finals week, students will have to get to Milner early to find a table at this rate. This still may be the year of overcrowding.

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