Different sort of labor day: Students, parents lug loads into Knox dorms

From the Register-Mail:

It wasn’t difficult to persuade Michelle Fernandez and her daughter, Bianca Vento, both of suburban Kansas City, to take a break Saturday morning. Despite comfortable 70-degree temperatures, wrestling a mini-fridge from a car to a dorm room is still a chore.

Saturday morning was move-in day for new students at Knox. Xavier E. Romano, vice president for student development, said students from 48 states and 35 to 40 countries were on campus Saturday. Karrie Heartlein, the school’s director of public relations, said by phone, “We are expecting 398 new students. The goal was 375.”

Asked if they were moving everything themselves, Fernandez said, “My mom’s upstairs. She’s out of breath.”

The corner of West and Brooks streets was a whirlwind of activity Saturday. Volunteers from the college were everywhere.

Asked about the transition from Overland Park, Kan., to Galesburg, Vento’s mother was all for it.

“It’s conducive to learning,” she said of Galesburg’s size.

Vento decided on Knox because the school offers a minor in Japanese language.