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They're Back - Georgia Southern students return
Georgia Southern University residence halls were buzzing with action during Operation Move-In Friday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

And no, we’re not talking about Poltergeist.
    We are talking about a much friendlier group of people, the 20,000-plus students who will start taking fall semester classes Monday at Georgia Southern University.
    Friday was “Operation Move-In,” during which thousands of university staff and volunteers helped check students in and move their belongings into university housing.
    What can these students look forward to in this 2014-15 school year?
    Bigger football, for one. The Eagles football team’s move up to the Football Bowl Subdivision means no more Southern Conference games against Furman, Wofford and the like. Now, there is a whole new slate of Sun Belt Conference opponents, such as Texas State, Troy and Louisiana-Lafayette — not to mention a new cross-state rival (Georgia State) and a familiar foe (Appalachian State, who also made the move to the Sun Belt). Paulson Stadium is bigger, too, with a new upper deck expanding seating capacity to 21,000.
    There are new buildings. The newest one is actually an old one that has been extensively renovated from the inside — Sanford Hall, the new home of the Communication Arts Department. A ribbon cutting is set for Thursday.
    And finally, perhaps the most noticeable change is that Georgia Southern became a tobacco-free campus Aug. 1.

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