Maryland today | Sounds of a new beginning

The rumble of yellow move-in carts, cheers from the stands at Maryland Stadium and the Marching Band rehearsing their pre-game show provided an upbeat soundtrack to Fall Welcome Weekend at the University of Maryland.

In cars and SUVs stuffed full of gear still in the box, more than 4,700 freshmen — and thousands of other students — and their families have arrived on campus in the past few days to begin the academic year and getting to know the campus, and each other.

At the New Student Welcome Picnic Friday night, President Darryll J. Pines advised Terps to “stand up and be counted” over the next four years.

“Take the courses that will challenge your preconceived ideas and develop your point of view. Join a student organization and make your voice heard. Show up at sporting events and artistic performances and cheer on your peers. Walk around our campus, explore Greater College Park and Washington, DC, and always say hello to strangers who may one day become your friends for life,” he said.

On Thursday and Friday, students moving into residence halls weathered the scorching heat, crowds, traffic and jitters, buoyed with hope and excitement to begin a new adventure in Maryland. Near the new heritage community, University of Maryland police directed vehicles in neat rows for unloading, student volunteers handed out chilled water bottles and tubes as “Day ‘N’ Nite” from Kid Cudi and Lyaz’s “Replay” created a festive atmosphere.

One of the parents preparing to say goodbye was Carey Reise, of Bel Air, Md., whose eldest son Tyler, an art studio major, was moving into Pyon-Chen Hall. “I think he is completely ready. This is the next step and frankly, ‘excited’ is the best word I have,” she said as she headed to the new Yahentamitsi dining hall to have lunch with her husband and youngest son. .

Maryland Athletics hosted students to cheer on the Terps at men’s football, volleyball and field hockey games, while the Department of Resident Life, Division of Student Affairs hosted dozens of events throughout the weekend. These ranged from informal open recreation at the outdoor aquatic center, movies at the Hoff Theatre, billiards and bowling at TerpZone and midnight frisbee on the McKeldin Mall, to formal gatherings for cultural groups, the concert of moonlight music from Student Entertainment Events and the FreeFest.

The Saturday mall event was filled with giveaways, fun activities and information about UMD resources. First-year mechanical engineering student Michael O’Neill descended the steps of the ODK fountain with a bag of loot and surveyed the landscape around it. “It’s huge,” said O’Neill, a member of the Clark Scholars Program. “Thirty thousand undergraduates sounds like a lot, and then you see it in person. It’s a lot to take in. »

It may be big, but Patty Perillo, vice president of student affairs, promised it would also be a nurturing environment.

“If you don’t hear anything else I’m telling you tonight, I want you to remember this: This is a campus community that cares deeply about you,” she told New York on Friday. Student Welcome. “I care about you. We care about your success and will do everything we can to create the conditions for you to reach your full potential. We want every Terp to thrive!

Dylan Manfre M.Jour. ’23 and Mayu Mishina contributed to this article.

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