More than 400 freshmen move in to Marietta College residence halls

Nathan Eschbaugh was moved into his freshman residence hall by 9:30 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 17).

Good planning? Luck? Not exactly. It's what happens when you are the second son to attend Marietta College, and your mother knows some tricks.

"We got here early, got a good parking spot and got him moved in," said Robin Eschbaugh, whose oldest son, Ryan, will be a senior this fall.

More than 400 Marietta College freshmen moved in Thursday, amid a sea of boxes, plastic tubs, stereos and televisions being hoisted and deposited into rooms by the new students, family members and Greek movers.

Students continued to move into their new homes until 3 p.m.

"Early morning was the best time to move in as it was still cool," said Lynne Miller, assistant director of Student Activities and Greek Life. "In the afternoon we were looking for as much water as we could to hand out to make sure no one got too hot as they moved into the residence halls."

All students will be back on campus by Sunday as the College opens the fall semester on Monday, Aug. 21.

The freshmen will formally enroll at Marietta through the annual Matriculation at 7 p.m. Thursday, however, orientation activities will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday with academic advising and registration in Andrews Hall, and continue until 9 p.m. Sunday with a showing of the movie "Mission Impossible 3" in the Hermann Bowl.

Also on Thursday are residence hall meetings at 9 p.m. and a performance by hypnotist Dale K at 10 p.m. in the McDonough Center Auditorium.

On Friday the students will choose between a white-water rafting trip and Forbidden Broadway for the day's activities. On Saturday and Sunday, the students will go through a number of seminars to prepare them for college life.

The students will enjoy the annual "Taste of the City" at 6 p.m. Saturday on the Christy Mall as local restaurants prepare a dinner cuisine, and at 10 p.m. will be Riverboat Casino Night in Andrews Hall.

On Sunday the students will enjoy a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. and a class picture at 2:30 p.m. at Hermann Fine Arts.