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USM Freshmen Move Into Campus

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New Golden Eagles and their parents were greeted by upperclassmen, USM employees and community members who helped them move into their dorm rooms this morning.

President Rodney Bennett also helped and told the students he hopes to see them walk across the stage at graduation.

We caught up with a few freshmen at the very beginning of their Southern Miss experience.

Volunteers were well prepared this morning to meet the nearly 1,500 incoming freshmen moving into campus residence halls.

"If they have things like TVs or drawers that are sometimes kind of difficult to carry we help them bring them up to their rooms up several flights of stairs," Volunteer Miranda Farmer said.

New students said they are grateful for the help and warm welcome.

"I feel excited, ready just to get the year kicked off, and I'm looking forward to having fun and also being successful in my work and meet new people," freshman Amber Hunter said.

Hunter is from Edwards, MS, and she said there is one thing she's nervous about, though...community bathrooms.

She said she was undecided about where she would attend college, until her mom talked her into visiting USM. 

"When I came to tour the campus, I fell in love with it right away," she said.

Among the students were dozens of proud parents.

"I'm a mother of six, and this is my first one to go off to college," Catherine Stewart of Jackson said.

Southern Miss alumnus, Brian Barkley, of Gulfport gloated about his step-daughter's decision to move to Hattiesburg.

"Her mom, myself and her dad all are graduates of here, of USM, so we're proud that she chose the university to go to," he said.  "I think it's going to be some good things going on."

Some students are coming from as far away as Louisiana, Florida and even Washington.  Books and a cell phone are items some of the girls from Wilbur Hall said they couldn't have left home without.

Dr. Bennett will officially welcome the students at Freshmen Convocation Sunday before the annual painting of the Eagle Walk at M. M. Roberts Stadium. 

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