(Photo provided by Mount Saint Mary College)

by Amy Rice

On the weekend of March 30st, Mount Saint Mary College held a rockin’ two day “rock star” themed event for all the siblings of our Mount students, Siblings Weekend.  All siblings, as well as other family members, were invited to take part in a weekend of fun activities, ranging everywhere from a “build a bear” station, to a “make your own music video” set, to appearances by all of our favorite rock star (impersonators) such as Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, and Lady GaGa!  This event, hosted by Student Activities, drew in approximately 150 siblings, ranging in ages from 2 to 22 years old.  Although this years’ event was a huge success, there were big obstacles to overcome to make this weekend possible.

Unfortunately, the outside carnival that was planned for Siblings Weekend was rained out, forcing Student Activities to make quick readjustments to move the attractions inside.  Mount Saint Mary College’s Student Body President, Brian Klose, said their team had to just “roll with the punches,” and that even after reorganizing inside, the event went just as smoothly as it would have outside.  In fact, Klose thought that the inside events went so well, that Siblings Weekend might be better hosted inside in the future.

The “rock star” theme was chosen through a committee, and according to Sophomore Mount Saint Mary College student Stephanie Weaver, it was “amazing,” and even better than the previous year.  Weaver said that her seven-year-old brother looks forward to coming every Siblings Weekend, and that it is truly successful in bringing families together, as well as creating a great sense of community.  Klose stated that the goal of Siblings Weekend is just that, to get everyone involved on Mount Saint Mary College campus, and give the siblings a chance to see what life is really like on a college campus.

(Photo provided by Mount Saint Mary College)

Year to year there are changes made, such as the theme and the attractions.  The biggest hits are usually repeated, but a few new additions are added to give some variety.  One of the biggest hits every year is a giant blow up toy of some variation, this year featuring a huge blown up ball in the middle of the blown up bouncing platform.  Student Activities faced another challenge when the ball was popped throughout the course of the weekend, but thankfully no one was injured, and the weekend continued on unhindered.

There were more fun events at Siblings Weekend, including a movie held in the Kaplan Recreation Center, Bingo with great prizes, such as iPod shuffles, and photo opportunities to allow the siblings to have a souvenir to take home with them.  Siblings got to experience eating in the dining hall, visiting a college campus, and even sleeping over in dorm rooms. Siblings Weekend was a great success, and surely set high standards for years to follow!