By Alana Hu
This year’s Family Weekend, hosted by Residence Life, featured many changes with its traditional events.
As part of the event, parents and siblings arrived on Friday and attended classes with their family members prior to other scheduled events.
Scheduled activities for the weekend included the Chi Omega Make-A-Wish cookout, movie night and sibling sleepover on Friday night, president’s brunch on Saturday morning and intramural games.
Almost 700 tickets were sold for Chi Omega’s cookout, which will help the sorority grant a child’s wish.
“We were able to raise almost $3,000 from tickets to go towards granting a wish next semester,” said Savannah Hari, community service chairwoman of Chi Omega.
During the past 10 years, Saturday evenings of Family Weekend featured Sigma Alpha Iota’s All Sing event.
With the elimination of the international music fraternity for women and due to the constraints placed on students to prepare for the event, Union Night was created this year.
Union Night was coordinated by Josh Clarke, director of Alumni Relations and 2007 graduate, and consisted of live music and campus organizations highlighting their activities on the Great Lawn.
Show Hope’s Red Bus Project, a double-decker bus turned mobile thrift store, also was present, spreading awareness about the needs of orphans and raising money for orphan care. Purchases of the items on the bus could be made, and donations also were accepted.
Flying Colours, an alternative-rock group made up of Union students, provided music Friday and Saturday night.
During the night, families were able to take part in a friendly competition known as “Family Olympics,” and the winning family received a trophy.
Clark, Ken Litscher, director of Residence Life, and Chanel Watson, Residence Life secretary, were the primary planners and began their organizing efforts last spring.