Siblings to invade campus this weekend

By Shannon King
February 7, 2002

Younger siblings can have a hard time dealing with older brothers and sisters living away from home. Even if you live at home, the amount of time that college homework can take up can have an impact on the quality time spent with siblings. Why not make them feel special and bring them to a weekend that is designed especially for them? Siblings weekend is just such a weekend right here on campus being held Feb. 9-10.

The event starts on Saturday, Feb. 9 between 10 a.m. and noon when siblings are supposed to arrive. Between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. there will be a brunch in the cafeteria. Siblings will be charged $5 for each meal so students should be ready to treat. Later on in the day is when the activities begin.

Jerry Palestini, better known as Mr. Magic, will be on hand to perform magic shows and leave his audience with questions of, “How did he do that?” He will also be available to make balloon sculptures and further amaze students and their siblings. Mr. Magic will be in the Widener Center Gathering Area between 1:30-3 p.m.

At 3 p.m., gather up all of the balloon animals and shapes and head over to the Dixon Center for fun and games with all of the recreational activities that are planned. Do not forget your bathing suits because the pool will be open for swimming and games. There will also be Wallyball and Squash on the squash courts.

After all that excitement, everyone is bound to be hungry so dinner will be served in the Founders Hall Dining Room from 4:30-6 p.m. Be careful not to eat too much though. There will be an ice cream social in the Widener Center Gathering Area at 7 p.m. followed by a special showing of the movie “Shrek” at 7:30 p.m. in the Widener Center Lecture Hall.

Sunday, Feb. 10, the last day of the weekend, brunch will be served in the cafeteria from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. At 1 p.m, there will be a carnival in the Dixon Center where there will be a giant slide, a moon bounce and super hoops, a giant basketball net where everyone can try their luck at being the next Michael Jordan. John Verdi, co-chair of CAP Board and student coordinator of siblings weekend, said, “This year we also have a photo package where students and siblings can get their picture taken and put the picture on a pin, a key-chain or a button.”

One of the big hits of siblings weekend last year was a caricaturist who will be pleasing many returning siblings with a return visit. Junior Christina Piselli said of her younger sister, Lisa Marie, “She asked me if we were having it [siblings weekend] this year and if the guy who does the cartoon pictures will be there because she didn’t get a turn last year. She’s really excited about coming up.”

Last year the weekend was a huge success and CAP Board is hoping for a similar turnout this year. Verdi said, “Siblings weekend is usually one of our biggest events of the year, along with Spring Fling.”

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