During a slight pause in the action of new and returning students moving into on-campus residence halls Friday, a mother helping her son shared this with Housing and Residential Life personnel in Jim Cummings Hall:
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee (right) helps Shuntez Smith carry a load of supplies Aug. 24, 2012, into Corlew Hall during the annual "We-Haul" event in Murfreesboro, Tenn.. (Photo courtesy of MTSU/Andy Heidt)
"This is so organized," she said, referring to efforts by the staff.
In the next three days, approximately 3,000 students will be moving into the university's 14 traditional residence halls, two apartment complexes and two houses on Greek Row.
Led by the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, an army of volunteers — students, staff, administrators and even off-campus help — move like clockwork to make it happen in precision-like fashion.
Every year, it's called "We-Haul," an event where lots of bodies and moving parts assist their peers in the carrying of luggage, televisions, boxes and everything else students bring to their MTSU home away from home.
Freshman Tierney Finnie, of Nashville, did not have "We-Haul" help in January.
"We-Haul is something different," Finnie said. "I'm excited to have someone help."
Patrice Finnie, her mother, also assisted.
Tierney Finnie, a marketing major, said she is both "nervous and excited" because she wants to "make sure my grades stay up." She added that she is "ready to kickoff the semester and ready for football games, late-night studying, and early-morning classes."
Budding country-music singer Cody Powell, a freshman recording industry major from Charlottesville, Va., said he has been "wanting to move for a long time," to be closer to Nashville recording studios.
"I'm ready to get settled in," said Powell, as his mother, Marlina Smith, lent her support. "Moving in is not my favorite thing, particularly, but I've got to do it."
Two members of the Cody Powell Band, guitar players Colton Rhody and Stephen Nolan — are seniors. Powell said the band plans to perform Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the new Student Union Building.