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A student pulling a cart into a residence hall.

Scores of volunteers, including Ore Philips and the Bruininks' Moving Crew, helped new and returning University of Minnesota students move in to their residence halls last weekend.

Moving-in angels

By Pauline Oo

Published on September 6, 2005

Moving to a new home, apartment, or residence hall can be a lot of work if you're the only one doing the loading and unloading--assuming, of course, you have a ton of belongings. But University of Minnesota students who move into residence halls on the Twin Cities campus have move-in angels.

In the early 1990s, these angels were called the Hasselmo Movers and Shakers, after former University president Nils Hasslemo (1987-1996). During Mark Yudof's reign (1997 to 2002), they were known as Yudof's Moving Crew. Today, they carry a new moniker: Bruininks' Moving Crew.

Whatever the name, the goal has been the same. The group, which is typically made up of between 200 to 250 volunteers, provides new and returning students and their families with directions and assistance for moving into University housing. The U's Housing and Residential Life office coordinates the call for volunteers during the summer-often a mix of current University students, faculty, and staff-and once September hits, it makes sure there are enough helping hands to get the job done during the three official move-in days.

This year, gold-shirted Bruininks' Moving Crew was ready with its dollies and carts to help new students and freshmen move in to their halls on Thursday (September 1). The next day they were on the St. Paul campus helping Bailey Hall residents. And on Saturday, the crew spread its wings across the seven residential halls in Minneapolis: Comstock, Centennial, Frontier, Territorial, Pioneer, Sanford, and Middlebrook.

Close to 51,000 students are enrolled at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and each year, about 6,300 of those students live on campus.

If you wish to be part of the Bruininks' Moving Crew in the future or learn more about the service, see Housing and Residential Life.

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