October 13, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 81, Issue 2

Family Weekend Goes to the Beach

by Matt Riley

It's that time of year again: time to bring your families to Niagara University.
Next weekend, Oct. 22-24, NU will be holding its annual family weekend. This year's theme is a Caribbean-oriented Niagaritaville.
Michelle Semski, the temporary secretary for the Family Weekend student committee, said that the goal of the weekend is for families to become a part of the Niagara community. It's a bonding experience.
Some bonding opportunities this year will be the traditional casino night on Friday in which a casino company comes to Under the Taps to make it look like a real casino with a roulette table and a variety of card games according to Brenna Miller, a senior at Niagara and a co-chairperson of the Family Weekend committee. There will also be a Chinese auction. The fake money from the casino games can be used to purchase tickets.
On Saturday there will be a brunch with the administration. The family weekend committee hopes this will allow students and their families to become better acquainted with the faculty.  Brunch will be followed by a series of scenic trolley tours throughout the Niagara area.  
The main attraction of the weekend will be Saturday night's Niagaritaville sit-down dinner with a steel drum band performing after the meal said Miller.  
The final event will be mass at 11 a.m. in Alumni Chapel on Sunday morning.  
Semski said that 176 families attended last year's Rock-N-Round NU weekend and the committee is expecting a similar turnout this year.
According to Miller, the student committee works all year planning each family weekend.
Mati Ortiz and Father Hubbert keep us on track during the meetings and make sure we can actually do what we're trying to, she said.
NU senior Chris Denz has been on the Family Weekend committee in the past and said, I really do enjoy Family Weekend every year. I think it's a great time and I love the concept, I'm excited to see what they plan this year.

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