A new year, a new home

Monday, August 13, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:56 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Nathaniel and Alex Cochrum help their sister move in to Mark Twain Residence Hall at MU on Sunday.

Columbia - The hallway around Hillary Mullin’s dorm room Sunday afternoon was filled with the clutter of plastic bags of clothes, boxes of toiletries and a few big items, including a fuchsia-edged mirror and personal ironing board.

Mullin,18, had packed her belongings — including a silver Acura coupe — in her father’s NASCAR trailer to drive from Lenexa, Kan., to Mark Twain Hall, her new home at MU.


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“We only have 20 minutes to unload the truck,” she said. “They tried to tell us to park on the top of the parking garage, but the trailer won’t fit on the ramp.”

Lenny Mullin used the trailer to move his Nextel Cup Monte Carlo stock car to races around the country as a member of the Sports Car Club of America. Last weekend, Lenny Mullin raced at the Virginia International Raceway. This weekend, he raced to MU.

“We thought it would be an easy way to make one nice trip,” he said.

Mullin and her roommate, Catherine Wiese,18, were working hard to put together their room before sorority recruitment begins today. Students involved in Freshman Interest Groups, Greek recruitment and Marching Mizzou were allowed to move in early, and MU’s residence halls open for other students Wednesday. Classes begin Aug. 20.

Lindsay Cochrum, 18, decided to participate in a Freshman Interest Group for journalism and moved in early to avoid the rush. She had two GMC Yukons to make the move from Arlington, Texas. Her family was also along for the ride, helping by carrying moving boxes and suitcases from the hot parking lot to the air-conditioned room.

“We’re making it a family vacation,” said Jennifer Cochrum, Lindsay’s mother. Lindsay’s family planned to stop at Six Flags St. Louis before returning to Texas. While Jennifer Cochrum said the 12-hour drive didn’t seem long, she said she doesn’t know how the distance will feel when she’s apart from her daughter.

Alex Franklin, 18, from Fulton, had help from his mother and sister, who both attended MU. The euphonium player said he feels connected to Columbia because of his family ties, attending music camps and hanging out in town.

“I’ve kind of always been here,” he said. “I’ve been in and out of Columbia all my life.”

Franklin is the first to live in his room in McDavid Residence Hall after recent renovations. He said he won’t spend much time in the room over the next few days.

“We have a Mizzou Marching meeting tonight, and tomorrow we start practice at 8:30 a.m.,” he said. “We have practice from 8:30 to 8:30.”

Franklin won’t have to get to know a new roommate; he’s a fellow band member whom Alex knows from Fulton.

Like other new students, he said he felt prepared for move-in day.

“Everyone in my family went here,” he said. “I’ve been planning this day for a long time.”

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