New, returning FSU students move into dorms

Cassidy Juntunen drops off a few items in her new dorm before heading downstairs to unload more boxes during Ferris State University’s move-in day on Friday. Juntunen, along with Payton Castelaz spent the morning hours carrying the essentials for dorm life up to the room and rearranging. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Gunther-Haas)

Hannah Todd carries totes into her new dorm and begins to set up her home for the semester with the help of her family.

BIG RAPIDS — Boxes full of clothes and essentials, microwaves, pillows and blankets were unloaded from vehicles, transported by golf carts across Ferris State University’s campus and carried to students’ new rooms as part of move-in day on Friday.

FSU students preparing for the fall semester worked throughout the morning to move everything to their rooms and get settled before the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 27.

“Move-in day has been good,” said Benjamin Menapace, an environmental biology student. “I’m glad we got here early. We got a head start on moving in and the people downstairs are very helpful.”

FSU sports spectators may see Menapace on the track this year. The coaches making him feel welcome, the campus size and the college offering his degree program all factored in to Menapace choosing to attend FSU.

Fellow athletes, like members of the football team, helped new and returning students carry their school supplies to their dorms throughout the event.

FSU professor Phil Walling (left) spent Friday morning and afternoon helping students, like Kevin Lewis (right), and their families unload their cars and transport clothes, miniature refrigerators, microwaves and more to residence halls across campus.

“This lets students know the football team is very welcoming and they are good people to turn to on campus,” football team member Devon Johnson said about helping his peers move. “The football team is a nice group of men that is willing to help people out, whether with moving in, on campus or in the classroom.”


Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at

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