LSU Chancellor Alexander, student-athletes lend a helping hand on Move-In Day

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POSTED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 5:13pm

It's Move-In Day for hundreds of students attending classes at LSU this fall. However, the move was made easier this year for students and their families thanks to the help of some familiar faces on campus.

"I love doing this,” stated LSU Chancellor F. King Alexander. “We’ve got over 700 volunteers out here, including our athletic teams, the football team - you name it. They're out here helping out kids move in.”

Alexander wasted no time helping new students move in to their dorms today; new freshman like Joseph Caravella said it was a huge help.

"It's a lot easier than I thought it was going to be,” said Caravella. “It's kind of cool. Makes it feel more like a community. I get to see everybody.”

Star athletes from the Tiger football team, such as QB Zach Mettenberger and Safety Craig Loston took time off the practice field to lend their muscles to their peers.

"It's all about giving back and just helping people out,” stated Mettenberger. “We're just trying to make everyone feel as comfortable as they can on LSU's campus."

"I can just remember when I was moving in. Now I'm a senior, on my way out,” said Loston. “It's just good for those guys, you know. They're fresh out of high school and they're trying to make the transition, so we're just making it a little easier for them to move in on their first day, so it won't be so much of a hassle for them and their families."

Joseph Caravella’s mother said she's got the transition part down.

“I actually have two other students that are here. So (he’s) number 3. I'm an empty nester after this one,” said mother Pam Caravella. “We kind of have the drill down now.”

One thing is for sure - she isn't worried about her son, and Chancellor Alexander says no parent has to worry.

"We want them to know they've made the best choice possible,” stated Alexander. “With over 4,000 places they could be going to college, they picked our institution. We're honored, and we're going to take care of their kids; we're going to take care of their sons and daughters."

Students have just a few days to get settled in. Classes begin on August 26.

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