Students return to Canton and Potsdam for another school year; fall sports starting up
Friday, August 23, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Jason Grinstead of Massena, a student dispatcher with the SUNY Potsdam Police Department, was one of many members of the department out helping new arrivals find their way at the college. Fall semester classes begin Monday at SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton and Clarkson University, and Wednesday at St. Lawrence University. North Country Now photo by Craig Freilich

The annual migration of thousands of new and returning students to Canton and Potsdam is nearly complete as they prepare for the fall semester at SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University.

Fall semester classes begin Monday at Clarkson, SUNY Potsdam, and SUNY Canton, and on Wednesday at St. Lawrence.

The increase in vehicle traffic is noticeable as the students, many accompanied by parents, transport the necessities of life with them to their temporary homes in dormitories, fraternity, sorority and theme houses, and off-campus apartments.

Fall sports are also starting up.

Clarkson's women's soccer team opens its season Aug. 31 at home against Wellesley College. SUNY Potsdam's team starts up on the same day at home against New England College. SLU's team p[lays SUNY Cortland at home, and SUNY Canton's team plays Bay Path College at home, also on the 31st.

Men's soccer will begin a day earlier, with SUNY Canton at Nazareth, Stevens College at SLU, Cortland at Clarkson, Lyndon State at Potsdam.

St. Lawrence University is the only school among the four with a varsity football team. They open their season Sept. 7 at home against the team from the Coast Guard Academy.