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Students bond with brothers and sisters


Feb 12, 2010
By Janelle Huelsman

One of Ohio University's most popular family weekends starts this Friday, as big and little brothers and sisters travel to Athens for Sibs Weekend. Siblings and other family members are welcome to campus to visit students and to get a taste of college life.

For some students, Sibs Weekend is a family tradition. 

"My sister wouldn't miss Sibs Weekend for the world. It's a weekend we both look forward to every year," Tommy Greene, a senior public relations major, said.

Greene and his younger sister will celebrate their fourth and final Sibs Weekend by going to Saturday's basketball games and touring other campus events.

Here's a preview of on campus events this weekend:

  • Venture to the Wild, Wild West Sib Fest for a night of crafts, games, prizes and festivities from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Feb. 19, at Boyd Dining Hall. Admission is free.

  • The Black Student Cultural Programming Board welcomes sibs to campus with its rendition of "So yOU Think You're Famous." Students and siblings can have their 15 minutes of fame by lip syncing to a song by an artist of their choice and performing their routine. Winning contestants will have the opportunity to be brought backstage and to meet the performers of Saturday's Sibs Weekend Concert. The competition starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Walter Hall. Admission is $5 or $3 with a nonperishable or canned food item.

  • Cheer on the OHIO Bobcats as the women's basketball team faces the Golden Flashes of Kent State University in MAC Conference play at noon on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Convocation Center. Admission is free for students with a university ID and all other tickets are $5.

  • The OHIO men's basketball team will take on Wright State University for ESNPU's "Bracket Busters" at 4 p.m. Saturday, also at the Convocation Center. Admission is free for students with a university ID and all other tickets are $20.

  • The Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center will host its annual Rec Fest for students and sibs to play inflatable games, compete for prizes and visit with Rufus the Bobcat from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Ping. Admission is free for students with a university ID and for Ping members. Admission for sibs and other visitors is $6.

  • Rotating performances will bring art to life as the Kennedy Museum of Art hosts "A Night at the Museum: Art Comes to Life." Visitors may arrive any time between 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Lin Hall in the Kennedy Museum. Admission is $5.

  • The annual Sibs Weekend Concert, sponsored by the Black Student Cultural Programming Council returns at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Five artists will be featured: Grammy Award-nominated R&B and pop singer, Mario Barrett; rapper and producer J. Cole, and other hip hop artists such as Whiz Khalifa, Corey Bapes and 3RDegree. Tickets are $15 for Ohio University students and $18 for non-students.

  • Have fun with a laser-light dance party, make crafts, sing karaoke or compete in the pudding-eating contest at University Programming Council's Sibs Remix. The night of activities begins at 9 p.m. and runs until midnight, Saturday, Feb. 20, at Baker University Center. Admission is free.
 

Published: Feb 12, 2010 4:10 PM

 
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Nick Pronin, 11, and Amanda Gordon compete against each other during Double Dare, a family television style game set up at Baker Center during Sibs Fest. The event, which featured a magician, games, karaoke, and etc., was organized by the UPC (University Program Council). The two, who are not related, were visiting their siblings at the university.

Photographer: Sherry DiBari

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Chris Tomazic takes a hand from his "little sib" Rosalie Saturday afternoon. Ping Center?s hosting of Rec Fest brought in scores of siblings to play inflatable games; crafts and food.

Photographer: Doug Peterson

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Arika May, a freshman at Ohio University, hams it up with her younger brother, Javon Johnson,8, in the photo booth set up at Baker University Center during Sibs Fest. The event, which featured a magician, games, karaoke, and etc., was organized by UPC (University Program Council).

Photographer: Sherry DiBari

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