Although there was not a speaker for the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders this Family Weekend, there was no short supply of entertainment for the students and their visitors. Friday, October 28 kicked off the weekend with a multitude of events for students and their families. Students were able to show their families the educational side of Colgate when Professor of English George Hudson reprised his popular convocation speech “The Beauty of Language” that he had given for the Class of 2015 earlier this year. Departmental open houses gave students a chance to introduce their professors to their parents and show them what the atmosphere is like for their major. Families and students were also able to experience art at Colgate, as the Iroquois Bead exhibit in the Longyear Museum of Alumni Hall provided a glimpse into the culture of Upstate New York.
“My brothers went here so I had to show my parents something that they had not seen before. We went to the visualization lab in Ho. The films they were showing were interesting and my parents were very impressed with the construction,” sophomore Alex Hite said.
Friday’s activities came to an end as the Colgate 13 and Swingin’ Gates performed in the Colgate Memorial Chapel that evening, attracting large crowds of students with their parents.
Saturday morning, sorority members took their parents to the houses for brunch, tours and a chance to meet their sorority sisters. Just down the road, families were treated to a taste of village life at the weekly farmers’ market. Around 1 p.m., families were able to attend the Colgate Raiders football game against the defending Patriot League champions, Lehigh, or were able to watch the men’s club rugby team take on SUNY Plattsburgh in state semi-finals. Neither the overlapping times nor the dropping temperatures kept fans away, considering that large groups came out to support the teams. The men’s rugby team walked away with a win and the opportunity to play for the state title the next day at home.
“The rugby game on Saturday was one of the more fun things we did this weekend, even though I do not know the rules. I was very surprised by the large amount of fans and how much they wanted to know about rugby, despite the cold weather. The second half was spectacular,” mother of sophomore Jenni Caputo, Patricia Caputo said.
After the football game, families had the option of attending the Raiders’s women’s hockey game. Later that evening, a conflict arose again, as students and their visitors had to choose whether they wanted to hear comedian and actor Jim Belushi’s comedy show at The Palace in downtown Hamilton, watch the men’s hockey game in Starr Rink or attend the Dischords and Resolutions concert in the Chapel.
Malcolm Bliss, father of sophomore Emily Bliss, was impressed with the amount of events and activities they were able to attend over Family Weekend.
“I can’t believe all that we did… visited [Emily’s] suite, campus tour, sorority brunch, Barge Canal, farmers market, went to the rugby game, visualization lab, southwest art opening, Iroquois bead exhibit, dinner at Brewster Inn, quick foosball at Risky Business, Church, brunch at Frank, walk up the hill. I only wish I could have been at two places at once to do more – exciting end to rugby game and hockey game… Colgate and the Colgate community have so much to offer,” Bliss said.
Although Sunday brought an end to Family Weekend, those who stuck around long enough witnessed the Colgate men’s rugby team become New York State Champions with a big win over Niagara University.
Overall, it was a very successful and entertaining weekend that was enjoyable for everyone. There was never a lack of activities to attend and people to meet. The movement of the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders speaker to April 13, 2012 will bring a large influx of families, but after the success of this weekend, Colgate will be able to handle the pressure and make another great time for students and families alike.
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