The streets are starting to flood with students dragging their lives packed in boxes and bags into their new homes as move-in day commences Wednesday at Illinois State University.
"Move-in is going well!" said Director of University Housing Stacy Mwilambwe Wednesday. "We have great weather and lots of volunteers to welcome our Redbirds!"
The once quiet campus will slowly return to its usual livelihood as over 6,000 students settle into the residence halls of Hewett, Manchester, Watterson, Wright, Wilkins and Haynie.
About 60 percent of the new residents will move in Wednesday and Thursday with the remainder of returning students scheduled to move in between Friday and Sunday. As of today, ISU police Chief Aaron Woodruff said move-in was halfway complete across campus.
"Things seem to be going smoothly," Woodruff said. "We appreciate everyone's patience and look forward to a great start to the semester."
In order to accommodate the influx of students, temporary traffic patterns are in place as well as a number of street closures that will be in effect Wednesday through Friday.
North Street will be one-way east from School Street to Fell Avenue. Fell Avenue will be one-way south from Mulberry Street to College Avenue, which will only be permitted to move in traffic. Fell Avenue will be closed between College Avenue and North Street and will also be closed for all northbound traffic.