DANBURY - They arrived with 36-pack juice assortments, stereos, refrigerators, and endless piles of clothes and shoes.

They swarmed both Western Connecticut State University campuses lugging plastic bins or bags. If they were lucky, they carted their belonging in large, blue laundry bin.

WestConn students are back. Over the weekend, they moved into dormitories to expand their educational horizons.

Joe Moore of New Fairfield, brought a small shopping cart to move in daughter, Tara Moore , 18, a sophomore.

Girls tend to have more stuff, he said as he lugged bedding and other items.

Tara said the hardest part is moving in.

The Moores were moving the second carload of belongings into her dorm Saturday afternoon. Tara and her mother Betty, said they still had more shopping to do.


Moving into his first dorm was Jose Barbosa Jr., 21, a senior, of Bridgeport.

He quickly filled a large laundry bin on wheels with his refrigerator and other items like plates and cups.

"I'm sweating like crazy," said Barbosa Jr. But he added, "it's a rush. I am excited to move in and get started on school."

Moving into Pinney Hall on the Westside campus, Danielle Joseph , 20, a junior, said "with classes starting Monday, it doesn't give us much time to unpack and get settled."

Stacey Dumas ' parents carried boxes of her things toward her Midtown dorm.

"I think I brought too much stuff," said Dumas, 17, a freshman from Stamford, carrying a box herself.

Dumas said she was "nervous" to live on her own for the first time.


Just the opposite, freshman Jing Chen , 19, of Norwalk, said "it's exciting" to be independent and on her own.

To personalize her room, she brought a dolphin-shaped lamp and lights to hang around her bed.

She arrived at around 9 a.m. Saturday and was glad she beat the afternoon crowds. As others moved in Saturday afternoon, she watched and relaxed.

The DiGioias of Hamden squeezed into the Litchfield Hall elevator with Lou DiGioia 's belongings.

A lacrosse stick and other equipment along with Gatorade, water, cereal and clothes was hauled to the two-man, too-small room.

DiGioia, 19, said he remembered to bring his must-have possession - his PlayStation 2.

Along came his roommate, freshman Bobby Madden , 19, who tackled DiGioia as he greeted him with a slap on the back. He had already set up the fridge, TV, and stereo by the time the DiGioias arrived.

Bringing his six siblings to help him move in, Jota Villar, 18, a freshman from West Haven, had no problem getting his computer to his Litchfield Hall dorm room as well as his 12 pairs of shoes.

His roommate freshman Zach Ensero, 18, of Prospect, said he brought his Xbox which he can't live without.

He was also glad he brought a fan.

"I am sweating already," he said in his room. Already, he said the room seemed small.

His brother, Don Ensero , a senior, lives in Pinney Hall on the Westside campus.

Villar and Ensero's third roommate was freshman Alex Fabrizio of Northtown, N.Y.

At one point on Saturday, Litchfield Hall residence assistant Steve Siecienski , 19, of Danbury, said "the whole hall was clogged," on the third floor, with people's stuff.

"It was hectic for a little while," said echoed Brian Rondeau , 20, a junior, who is a resident assistant at Litchfield Hall. Mainly though, it was in the girl's hallway because women pack more, he said.

He was surprised there were no questions about parking rather it was the same old questions about hooking up their computer and door codes.

But not everyone had a smooth moving in day.

While ceremonies and orientations were going on throughout the day, Kara Hlavacek of New Haven, tried to move in some of her boyfriend's brother's belongings to his Litchfield Hall dorm room.

While the student had to go to a ceremony, he gave her his key, but he didn't give her an access code to get into the room and she couldn't reach him by phone.

Hlavacek said she was thinking about leaving for a while Saturday to make use of the last day of tax-free shopping.



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