CORVALLIS — Ben Dawley brought the necessities with him to his new dorm room at Oregon State University’s Finley Hall residence hall: bed linens, clothes and a computer.
However, “the most important thing” was a box full of Xbox video games, joked his mother Theresa Dawley as she helped unpack Ben’s things from the family’s minivan parked near the hall between Western Boulevard and Washington Avenue.
“Actually, my Xbox is still in there,” Ben corrected.
Ben, a 2009 Corvallis High School graduate, was one of thousands of students moving into residence halls Sunday. They hailed from all over the world; on Ben’s floor alone, students made trips from as near as the Portland area to as far as Africa.
Although classes won’t start until Sept. 26 for OSU’s anticipated 25,000 students, Sunday is the most popular day to move on campus.
About 80 percent of the nearly 4,400 students living in university housing this year showed up to find their space in one of OSU’s 14 residence halls and four cooperative houses, including the new 320-bed International Living-Learning Center.
With that in mind, OSU’s University Housing and Dining Service enlisted the help of all 110 residence assistants and many volunteers. They checked in students at two locations in the Reser Stadium and at Arnold Dining Center, answered questions for parents and students, and helped bring around rolling carts and dollies to help haul things to rooms.
Ben, however, had his parents to help him move into his fifth-floor room.
And what were his first impressions of the space?
“I thought it’d be a little bigger,” he said.
“It’s a dorm room,” replied father Bryan Dawley.
Ben, who took classes at Linn-Benton Community College for two years before enrolling at OSU, hadn’t met his roommate before Sunday. They’d been matched up based on their responses to an online questionnaire as part of their on-campus housing application, so there’s a chance they’d both have something in common.
“There’s only one way to find out,” Ben said with a shrug.