F. King Alexander was among the 626 volunteers helping about 2,700 underclassmen settle into their new homes for the fall semester. Athletes joined the effort later in the day, once the thunder and lightning stopped.

Though this is but the first day students were allowed to move into the residence halls (dorm is a passé term), the head of the LSU system expects most of the on-campus housing to be filled in what he predicts will be one of the largest classes in history, maybe topping 30,000 students.

Classes at LSU start Monday.