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St. Lawrence County colleges offer guidance on back-to-school lists

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CANTON — As students return to area colleges this week and next, the universities they will attend have instructed them to bring a laundry list of items along — and have been warned to leave others behind. And as they arrive on campuses, colleges are offering them some new creature comforts for the new academic year.

Some of the usual suspects on college lists of things to bring this year include items no college kid would be caught without on moving day, including laptops, Ethernet cords, lamps, power strips, CFL bulbs and alarm clocks.

And by alarm clocks, colleges mean the old-fashioned plug-in kind, according to Sharon E. Tavernier, SUNY Canton’s director of advising and first-year programs, who cautions students not to rely on smartphones to get up for classes.

Calling college “a dress rehearsal for life,” Mrs. Tavernier also recommended students bring three-ring binders, rather than spiral bound notebooks, to keep track of important papers.

Things all four St. Lawrence County colleges want students to leave home this year include extension cords, candles, incense, halogen lamps and bulbs, portable heaters, toasters and string lighting, all of which can cause fires.

Clarkson also is discouraging students from bringing products heavily packaged in plastic this year, recommending they unpack items at home to reduce a buildup of recycling on campus as they move in, according to Michael P. Griffin, director of news and digital content services.

And, as they unpack, students will be met with a number of amenities in their residence halls.

At Clarkson, students living in the Ross, Brooks, Cubley, and Reynolds residence halls will be able to leave Ethernet cables at home as each hall is equipped with WiFi.

Residents of SUNY Potsdam’s Draime Hall will enjoy gender neutral housing, which has been expanded this year from one to two floors.

“This theme-housing area gives students the opportunity to share a living space with others, regardless of students’ sex, biological gender, gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation,” said Alexandra M. Jacobs Wilke, media relations manager for the college.

Additionally, the university’s Lehman Hall suites will feature a new housing area for outdoor living, where outdoor enthusiasts can meet and embark on hiking, biking, skiing and canoeing adventures.

And for up to 155 returning students who will call St. Lawrence University’s new $14 million residence hall home, there will be a first-floor café and glass bridge common area to explore, in a building in which the heating and cooling is regulated by geothermal wells.

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