October 18, 2011

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 82, Issue 3

It's a family affair: 'Magical Moments' happening this weekend!

Tests, papers, and projects “ oh my! With midterm week in full swing, it may be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This upcoming weekend will give many of us something to look forward to as we welcome our families to Niagara University˜s campus.

NU's 56th annual family weekend will be held Oct. 21 to 23. The NU Family Weekend Committee has planned numerous events, which families have signed up for.

It's an exciting weekend and there is an importance to coming together to share this weekend with the families and students, says Campus Activities Director Mati Ortiz.

These events include:


'Magical Moments dinner: 6:30 to 10 p.m. in Kiernan Center with internationally known magician and illusionist Mike Super.


'Brunch with NU administration: 9:30 a.m. to

noon on the fourth floor of St. Vincent's Hall.

'Niagara Scenic Trolley: noon to 5 p.m. at Castellani Art Museum.

There will be a shuttle to the Niagara Scenic Trolley leaving from the Castellani Art Museum at the top and bottom of each hour.

'Casino Night: 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Center Lounge.

Win play money for chances at winning prizes! Includes hors d'Å“uvres and refreshments.


'Eucharistic liturgy/Mass: 11 a.m. in Alumni Hall Chapel

This year we've gone with a bigger entertainment act for the main event on Friday, Ortiz says of Super. So we're excited to see how it turns out.

For more information on Super, check him out online at www.mikesuper.com.

Ortiz says that there are about 300 people signed up for the dinner and 250 people for the casino night, which has been the average number of people registered over the years.

For some, this weekend has become a tradition.

This will be my fourth year attending family weekend, states marketing major Carol Hennessey. My parents are both Niagara alumni, so that plays a large role in why we attend family weekend every year.

For other students, family weekend means just being able to be together.

I attended the dinner on family weekend once and I wasn't thrilled, says biology major Sarah Nugent. Now I take advantage of the weekend for my family to come up and do our own thing.

Accounting major Mary Bridget Sennett, who has also attended once, thinks it would be fun to have an event for students who are 21 or older to take a wine tour with their parents.

Whether or not you plan on participating in this weekend's events, the campus is sure to be buzzing with friends and families. We welcome all visitors to the campus and wish you a weekend full of fun.

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