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Published August 20, 2010, 06:53 PM

UND's Student Government Shares Goals for This Year

Streets on campus saw the beginnings of a lot more traffic today as parents brought their students to the first day of move-in weekend at the University of North Dakota.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

Streets on campus saw the beginnings of a lot more traffic today as parents brought their students to the first day of move-in weekend at the University of North Dakota.

Freshmen are playing a game of tetris, trying to fit everything in their new dorm rooms, and the student government is trying to fit several goals into the coming year.

On the other side of campus, freshmen are ready for the collegiate world.

"Going to be a nice change of pace.. looking forward to it," said incoming freshman, Thomas Maruska.

Suitcases, clothes and a few essentials, freshmen are saying 'goodbye' mom and dad and 'hello' UND!

"I like the feel of the university.. I know they have a comedian tonight. Pretty excited to see him," said Maruska on this weekend's new student activities.

"In college everyone is older and more mature. My Dorm room is a bit smaller though," Callie Ronkowski commented on her new living space.

Steps have been taken to make UND's move-in weekend a smooth transition.

"There were a lot of helpers here. It made moving in really easy and convenient for everyone," said Ronkowski.

Box-by-box, suitcase-by-suitcase, the students moving in said they just want to get through this weekend. As for the rest of the year, student government already has things in the works.

"Starting to get together as leaders across the state to put together some legislative plans and goals..things we want to accomplish this season," said UND Student Body President Matt Bakke.

Bakke says the university has been working with NDSU and Minot State. They want to make sure students have a strong presence with the state legislature.

" Looking into possible tuition caps or tuition freezes are important to us.. Tuition is always the biggest issue coming into a legislative season for students.."

Beyond this goal, they're looking into loan forgiveness programs. All universities want this as an incentive for students to stay and work in North Dakota.

" We're making sure it's a combined effort. So one college isn't saying one thing, and one isn't saying the other. Really just voice the opinions of the students," said Bakke.

At this point, Maruska's opinion involves unpacking.

" Getting kind of anxious to get in there and get set up."

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