published Thursday, August 18th, 2011

UTC students start moving into school housing

UTC R.A. Ashley Robles, right, helps Lucuia Grimes, a new freshman from Jackson, Tenn., middle, and her mother Alicia Ozier, left, prepare to move into the Chattanooga ChooChoo hotel which is being used as dorm overflow since the on-campus housing is full.
UTC R.A. Ashley Robles, right, helps Lucuia Grimes, a new freshman from Jackson, Tenn., middle, and her mother Alicia Ozier, left, prepare to move into the Chattanooga ChooChoo hotel which is being used as dorm overflow since the on-campus housing is full.
Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Students and parents trickled into University of Tennessee at Chattanooga housing this morning, with plastic bins, pillows and boxes full of clothes and shoes.

As part of the school’s official move-in day, Jessica Sage, 18, and her parents drove this morning from Thompson’s Station, Tenn., about two hours from Chattanooga. The freshman was being housed in a shared room at Guerry Apartments and, though it wasn’t her first choice, she said she’s happy to be one of the lucky students who got housing.

About 175 students are being housed at the nearby Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel. They started the process at 10 a.m. but some students had to wait until noon or 1 p.m. to be able to settle into their new rooms.

This year school officials are expecting to enroll about 2,200 freshman and more than 1,000 were expected to move in today.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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Perla Trevizo joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2007 and covers immigration/diversity issues and higher education. She holds a master’s degree in newswire journalism from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas. In 2011 she participated in the Bringing Home the World international reporting fellowship program sponsored by the International Center for Journalists, producing a series on Guatemalan immigrants for which she ...

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