Siblings Weekend offers a variety of activities

Story by Nicole Dohm

Over the weekend, Drake University welcomed siblings for fun activities, bonding time and more. This year’s theme was “Oh The Places You’ll Go.”

Siblings received a T-shirt, passport and a folder containing an ID card, meal tickets, a campus map and a basketball game ticket.

Each day there was something new happening. On Friday, there were different hall programs.

In Carpenter Hall, you could visit Malaysia with different Malaysian food and facts.

Crawford Hall was the Land of Oz and provided carnival games in the Emerald City.

Goodwin-Kirk Hall took us to Hawaii with a game of coconut bowling and Hawaiian pizza.

In Herriott Hall, students and their siblings ate authentic Indian food.

Jewett Hall took us to Sweden for a photo shoot in a Viking Boat.

In Morehouse Hall, we travelled to Puerto Rico for nachos and salsa dancing.

Ross Hall put on berets in France and served crepes in Paris.

Stalnaker Hall took us to Ireland for pub games and a lesson on alcohol education.

After the students and their siblings travelled around the world in two hours, it was time for Free Movie Friday.

The movie was “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in Sussman Theater.

Everyone was provided free popcorn, lemonade, water and as much candy as they could eat.

On Saturday, Residence Hall Association programs took place in Parents Hall, where students enjoyed karaoke, Wii games, nachos, cupcakes, punch and a chance to win prizes.

Later that day, bingo was played on Pomerantz.

Students and siblings could win prizes like a 32-inch TV or a Keurig coffee machine.

Right after, families rushed to the Knapp Center for the men’s basketball game versus Loyola.

Siblings Weekend came to and end on Sunday, with the women’s basketball game versus Wichita State. The first 3,000 fans received a pink T-shirt.

“It was cool seeing all of the younger kids on campus. My sister did not attend, but I wish she had. It would have been a lot of fun to take her to the activities Drake provided,” said first year Sydney Williams. “My favorite part this weekend was Free Movie Friday because “Catching Fire” is such a good movie.”

Sophomore Jeorgie Smith shared the enthusiasm.

“My brother David and his friend Lucas came to visit me for Siblings Weekend. We went to Free Movie Friday, Quad for a late-night dinner with some friends and brunch at Hubbell,” Smith said.  “My favorite part of Siblings Week was showing them around Drake. They absolutely loved the bookstore.”

One Comment

  1. As a member of the Drake Parent Board, I’d like to thank those students who worked to organize Siblings Weekend! It sounds like a great event! I’d also like to suggest that next year you consider publicizing this event with an email or regular mail to all Drake families with an agenda. It’s a wonderful Drake event but information was not easily available.