Basketball Welcomes Students Back To Campus, Help With Annual Move-In
- Several newly arriving Northern Illinois University students didn't
have to worry about renting dollies to move into their residence
halls on Thursday. Typically one of the busiest periods prior to
the start of the fall semester, Move-In Day 2004 was a "lay-up"
for a number of those fresh Huskie faces, as members of the 2004-05
NIU men's basketball team helped their fellow students get adjusted
to their new home in DeKalb.
During a frantic period in which 5,000 students were expected to
embark on the Northern Illinois campus, James Hughes, Anthony Maestranzi
and Paige Paulsen all lent helping hands to new and returning students
in front of the Lincoln Residence Hall at 9 a.m. on Thursday, the
first day the residence halls allowed students to move in.
"It was kind of hectic," Maestranzi said. "So many
students were all moving in at once and some people had a ton of
boxes, so they were happy to see us come around and help them out.
We had the chance to meet quite a few freshmen and hopefully make
some new fans for next season."
While the opportunity to meet a number of new students was the highlight
of the experience that socialization came at a cost, as the Huskies
lugged everything from suitcases, boxes, computers and large televisions
up the narrow Lincoln Hall staircases.
"They don't have elevators over at Lincoln (Hall), so we were
using the stairs on every trip," Maestranzi said. "That's
not a big deal, but it got tough to maneuver some of those big TV's
we were a little tired by the end of it."
In addition to helping students get adjusted to their first day
at college, the service also helped the new Huskies identify with
a young NIU basketball squad, made up primarily of players in either
their first or second year of eligibility with the program. Entering
the 2004-05 season, NIU has 11-of-13 players fitting that description
including Paulsen, who made the difficult transition into collegiate
life just one year ago.
"The adjustment to college becomes easier as you meet more
people," Paulsen said. "This was a good opportunity to
greet the incoming freshmen and make Move-In Day a little easier
on some of them. It also helps them identify with our team when
the season comes around. These are the same people we hope to see
at our games this season."
guard Anthony Maestranzi carries a computer into Lincoln Hall.
James Hughes (left) with junior point guard Anthony Maestranzi (right)
carry a trunk up the Lincoln Hall stairway.
(near), James Hughes (back left) Anthony Maestranzi (back right)
carry items from the Recreational Center parking lot into Lincoln
Paige Paulsen prepares for another trip into Lincoln Hall..
(left), Paige Paulsen (center) and a parent of a new NIU student
gets moving instructions from current assistant coach Donald Whiteside