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Residence Services

Volunteers make move-in smoother for new residence students

Going away to school takes more stuff than in his day, said a father helping his son move in to Macdonald Hall on Sunday.

“When I packed for college, I just threw my backpack on my shoulder and I was ready to go,” said Steve Robinson, who said it took seven trips from the van to carry in the supplies of his son, Dillon Robinson. “Between the iPad, computer, guitar, every bit of clothing he owns—it adds up.”

Luckily, he said, there was plenty of help.

“There were all sorts of volunteers offering to haul with us,” he said. “They were very polite and very helpful.”

Student heroes collect a ton of food for needy

Dozens of residence students hit the streets of Windsor last weekend, collecting 3,400 pounds of non-perishable goods to stock local food banks.

“It’s not acceptable that many people are faced with not knowing where or how they are going to eat each day,” said residence life coordinator Lynn Charron, one of the organizers of the day of action sponsored by the Higher Education Reaching Out (HERO) Project.

“With food banks not being able to keep up with the demand, it’s time that we reached out and gave our neighbours a helping hand.”

Responsible drinking message received, say residence reps

After giving out more than 1,000 pieces of candy, plus bottled water and literature, organizers of Friday’s “I Clover Sober” event pronounced themselves satisfied with the effort.

“A lot of the students are really enjoying the tips we are giving them,” said Donja Trivers, a residence assistant – academic in Laurier Hall. “We are getting a good response.”

The annual campaign encourages students to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day responsibly. The holiday is often an occasion for alcohol abuse.

“We’re reminding them to know their limits – and stay within them,” Trivers said.

Campaigns calling for responsible alcohol use

Several campus projects are using the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day to send a message – you don’t have to drink to excess to have a good time.

“St. Patrick’s Day is the biggest drinking day of the year for university students,” says Catherine Joyce, who works with Campus Police as student alcohol education coordinator. “It’s a nice target for us to get to them before the event.”

She organized an information fair in the CAW Student Centre Thursday, with booths on a variety of topics related to alcohol awareness.

Reception fêtes academic success of residence students

Sapphire Wood knows the value of student engagement.

In addition to working as a resident assistant in Electa Hall, the fourth-year women’s studies major belongs to the Outstanding Scholars program, serves as teaching assistant, and participates in the alumni phonathon.

“Being involved in so many things on campus keeps me interested and motivated in my studies,” said Wood.

Santa Claus parade promises a Dickens of a good time

The UWindsor entry in Saturday’s Santa Claus parade will offer a Scrooge-eye view, says organizer Sandra Davis. The residence life manager says the float reflects the event’s theme, “A Dickens Christmas.”

“Our spectacular entry depicts Scrooge’s view on Christmas morning,” she says. “As he throws open the shutters, he looks across the town square to see people frolicking in traditional festive activities.”

Volunteers from residence and the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance will skate around a Christmas tree, build a snowman, or join in carolling.