March Through the Arch

Published 08/17 2014 11:14PM

Updated 08/18 2014 09:38AM

Tonight incoming freshmen and returning students are settling into their rooms looking ahead to their first week at Indiana State University. Earlier this evening ISU officially welcomed the freshman class of 2014 with the long-running tradition... March Through the Arch.

You could see the excitement in their faces. Freshmen began moving in Friday and in just such a short amount of time their lives have changed... They're officially Sycamores.

Another school year begins and for Indiana State University this freshmen class is just another leaf on the Sycamore tree... And this freshmen class has the potential to set records for Indiana State.

John Beacon said, "If all the numbers work out we should be somewhere around 2,700 students which will be the fifth consecutive year of the largest class in the history of the university."

Sunday freshmen met for convocation at the Hulman Center... the goal first and foremost was to welcome students.

John Beacon said, "This is the first time the freshmen class comes together as a group. they probably won't come together again together as a group until graduation four years or five years from now."

But there's also a serious message.. President Dan Bradley says it's to work together and succeed.

Dan Bradley said, "There's a real change in their life that's occurred over the last weekend... they're now college students and they're here on this campus and we want them to recognize that there is a significant change."

That change is symbolized through the Marth Through the Arch... an annual tradition that began about 10 years back. Students walk from the Hulman Center to the ISU arch on the corner of Cherry and 3rd streets.

The ritual symbolizes their transition from high school to college life... the fun and the challenges ahead. Freshman Sean Disbro accepts the challenge.

Sean Disbro said, "Classes, managing time, staying healthy... it's gonna be a challenge. I'm looking forward to it."

Sunday's march was just the beginning to a big journey for more than 25-hundred students.

Ben McGill said, "It was really cool honestly because like there's all this support out here and i wasn't expecting it and I've probably given like a thousand high fives."

Breanna Manriquez said, "I'm excited for like the games and like just everyone cheering on for like the same group of people and everyone just being welcoming. It's a lot different than what high school was so I'm excited for that too."

Official enrollment numbers for this incoming freshmen class won't be available for a couple of weeks.

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