For many college students, the arrival of Irene is colliding head-on with their plans to move into their dormitories this weekend.
College officials around the state are assessing the situation, with some opting to tweak arrival times for students to make it less likely that there will hurricane-strength winds and rains as they carry their bedding and books into dormitories.
With the storm expected to reach the state late Saturday night into Sunday morning, Eastern Connecticut State College has changed the arrival schedule so that freshman and upperclassmen will be moving in at staggered times on Saturday. Originally freshman moved in Saturday and
That means all 2,700 residential students now will be scheduled to arrive on the same day, said Edward Osborn, spokesman for the university, but, he said, "It's always pretty much of a zoo anyway" on move-in days. "We will make sure it works so students don't have to put themselves at risk."