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DavidsonNews.net: Back To Classes At Davidson College; Steph, Too

Stephen Curry posed with Lauren Biggers, Davidson College's assistant sports information director, as he headed off to class

Stephen Curry posed with Lauren Biggers, Davidson College's assistant sports information director, as he headed off to class Monday morning. (Bill Voth photo) Davidson College students headed back to classes on Monday and there was a familiar face among them: NBA basketball star and former Wildcat Stephen Curry. Mr. Curry left Davidson after his junior year to turn pro, but at the time he vowed he'd be back to finish his degree. He was drafted and has been playing for the Golden State Warriors. But with the NBA owners locking out the players and the season nowhere in sight, Mr. Curry is taking the opportunity to work on that degree. A sociology major, he is taking 9 credits this semester, according to a Davidson sports information spokesman. He reportedly is five courses short of graduation. Mr. Curry, who was married recently to Ayesha Alexander, was on campus Monday heading off to his first class. A total of 1,920 students are back on campus this fall for the start of the 2011-12 school year, according to college officials. They include 490 freshmen in the class of 2015 and 11 transfer students. Freshmen have been here since last week, going through orientation activities that included competitions, fun at the lake campus on Lake Norman, and a campus-wide discussion of "In the Sanctuary of Outcasts" by Neil White, the parent of a Davidson senior. Davidson College senior writer John Syme was following the action, and notes that orientation is a much bigger deal these days than when he was a frosh way back in the dark ages. It's certainly a big deal for parents, who were shipped off with a luncheon on Friday. In a post on his college Daybook blog, Mr. Syme reminds parents: "The Kids Are All Right." Here are a few photos of orientiation, courtesy of college news chief Bill Giduz. Sophomore Nathan Shanor was among more than 100 volunteer student "Orientation Team" members who helped incoming students unpack cars and haul luggage to their rooms. (Bill Giduz photo) On Friday evening first year students participated in some serious, and some whimsical competitions. This event required team members to fill a sponge with water and fill a cup another team member held on her head. (Bill Giduz photo) "Dock ball" was a popular activity for first year students enjoying fun and sun during a Saturday afternoon outing at the college's Lake Campus on Langtree Road. (Bill Giduz photo)