August 21, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 196

Move-in day

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP — Ninety-three students stampeded into the Campus Suites at Gogebic Community College on Tuesday, their induction into dorm life the first experience living away from their families for many.

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Cody Haataja, right, 19, of L’Anse, moves some things into his dorm room at Gogebic Community College Tuesday afternoon with the help of his father, Leslie Haataja, left, and his mother Cindi, not pictured. Cody is planning to study criminal justice and is one of 93 students in the dorm, according to officials. Classes begin Monday.

Students living at the suites this year come from as far away as New York, said dean of student services Jeanne Graham, although most come from throughout the Midwest.

“The suites provide a nice community atmosphere,” said Graham. “It’s a good living and learning environment.”

Orientation begins today for freshmen, and they will get the opportunity to meet with their advisors and register for classes, said campus suites manager Jordan White.

White lives in an apartment on-site, and is supported by three resident assistants, upperclassmen who have been trained to lead the younger students in a positive direction and reign in inappropriate behavior.

Activities in the upcoming week include picnics, games, an outdoor movie, and other events to teach the freshmen about proper community living behavior and help them get to know each other, said White.

This weekend, students have the option to travel by van to the Porcupine Mountain Music Festival, as the festival donated more than 50 tickets for the college to make available to students.

After a week of activities, students will get down to business with their studies on Monday, when the fall semester starts and summer is officially over on campus.