For many siblings, the best part of the weekend was just getting to see their family.
Among the many events available to sibs were a F.A.C.E.S. fashion show, a Title IX concert and the continuation of last year’s Harry Potter marathon.
The Athena Cinema showed the fifth through eighth Harry Potter movies for fans.
Allison Gens, a senior studying journalism, said she cosplayed as Rita Skeeter, a character from the films, in anticipation of the costume contest that happened in between movie showings. Gens added that she liked the character because she’s a journalist and so is Rita.
Ann Gadrim, an Athens resident, and her 11-year-old son Owen came to Athena just for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Owen said it would be “more fun” to see the film on the big screen.
The Title IX a cappella concert began with a strong performance from Leading Tones. Next, Title IX stepped onto the stage clad in maroon and black.
Among their members was Emily Taggart, a sophomore studying graphic design, and her whole family was there to see her sing. Her brother Patrick said he was introduced to a cappella by going to Title IX performances, and he had enjoyed their Christmas show set.
The F.A.C.E.S modeling fashion show had high energy from both the models and their audience. Morgan Gresson, a junior studying interior architecture, said she was at the event to support some of her friends. She said the models were always “dressed nice” and “so confident.”
The Framed! event at the Kennedy Art Museum focused on how frames shape how people see art. There were many materials there for students and sibs to make frames.
“I liked the idea of getting my sibling’s creative juices flowing,” Kailee Slusser, a sophomore studying graphic design, said.
Slusser was excited about being able to frame pictures from the weekend with homemade frames.
The University Program Council hosted a Willy Wonka-themed event where students and siblings could play games to win candy, create edible necklaces and enter a raffle.
Among the games were a ring toss, bingo and balloon darts. There was also a photobooth available.
Siblings were able to participate in brain games with BREAKOUT at Ping Recreation Center where they had to decipher puzzles.
Sam Cooper, a 17-year-old visiting his brother, Adin Cooper, a sophomore studying entrepreneurship, said his favorite part of the weekend was “hanging out in the dorms."
“My mom thought (BREAKOUT) would be a nice family activity,” Sam said.
A more realistic event put on was The Evening Show which mimics the approach of a late night talk show. Joe Hennessy, a freshman studying journalism, said he watches Jimmy Fallon and was worried about how the audience would react to the comedy of the event.
Matt Lackritz, the producer of The Evening Show, said he was pleased with the turnout and thought the show was “really successful.” There was a mix of digital and live content, including a special guest visit from the president of Black Sheep Improv.
Lackritz, a junior studying journalism, added that the audience seemed to enjoy the “jokes on current events” and “street talking” segments the best. He said the group will hold four shows this semester.
Adrienne Hennessy, the sister of Joe Hennessy, said students and their families should give the school-sponsored events a chance because they are actually “fun.”