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WINTHROP MOVES IN

Blenda Crout of Lexington waits to move her daughter Mackenzi into Wofford Hall at Winthrop on Friday.
Blenda Crout of Lexington waits to move her daughter Mackenzi into Wofford Hall at Winthrop on Friday.

Unpack your stuff onto the curb.

Wait.

Bring an armload to the elevator.

Wait.

Drop the belongings into your dorm room.

Repeat.

That was the routine for the hundreds of freshmen who moved into Winthrop University dorms Friday.

Sidewalks and parking lots were cluttered with piles of boxes, pillows, TVs, shoe racks, stuffed animals and sweaty brothers and sisters assigned to sit in the nearly 100-degree heat and guard the piles.

This year's freshman class is expected to have more than 1,000 students.

The Herald asked students what they couldn't live without when they packed their bags. Here's what they said:

• My teddy bear, Fluffy, said Paige Salane from Columbia. "He's just been with me since I was born."

• My laptop, said Ari Williams of Sumter. "Because that's how I keep in touch with everybody."

• My bass guitar, said Chris Wehking of Mount Pleasant. "I love to play. I love music. I had to have it."

• My makeup, laughed Jennifer Coles, who's from Myrtle Beach. "That's really bad to admit, probably."

• My pocketbooks, said Ashley Whitfield, who left about 30 of the 40-plus accessories at home in Central. "I had to get a coat rack to hang them on."

Although final enrollment isn't calculated until the fall, administrators expect the makeup to be similar to last year.

• Total students: 6,292

• Undergraduate students: 5,111

• Graduate students: 1,181

• Males: 1,919

• Females: 4,373

• On-campus residents: 2,277

• States represented by undergrads: 46

• Countries represented by undergrads: 36

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