By Ty Coney
This weekend, Springfield College will hold its annual family weekend, and there are a lot of different activities planned for people of all ages to enjoy.
Various events include: Norman Magic Experience, Family-Frenzied Bingo, and Laser Tag on Abbey Green.
While family weekend provides a chance to loosen up and have fun, there is a bigger meaning behind the weekend according to Springfield College’s Director of Student Activities and Campus Union, Annie Warchol.
“The intent and the goal behind (family weekend) is for families to reconnect with their students and get a little glimpse of what it’s like to be a student here at Springfield College,” she said.
Warchol is the one responsible for many of the events happening around campus, and is the faculty leader of family weekend.
Typically, family weekend is popular among first-year students, since it’s their first chance to see family since they departed for college. With all the adjustments to college life, the timing of family weekend is to make sure that students have a chance to see their family so they know they are not alone.
“Institutions across the country within that six-week mark, especially for first-year students, there is usually high success when a family is able to reconnect with their student within the first six weeks,” Warchol said. “So we try to intentionally have family weekend within the first six weeks of school to make sure we give families and students that time of reconnection.”
Family weekend, of course, is open to all family members, not just parents or siblings. This includes family, friends, significant others, and/or people who are considered family.
With that being said, if the family wants the full Springfield College experience, Family Frenzied Bingo is a must. This family-oriented bingo will be on the Naismith Green Friday and is sure to be one of the highlights of the weekend.
There are big prizes this time around, and not just for students, but for anyone in the family. A few prizes include a bike for the younger ones attending, gift cards, and the highlight of the prizes — a Coca-Cola mini-fridge.
The biggest event of the weekend looks to be the Norman Magic experience, which is a magic show hosted by Norman Ng that will take place at the Fuller Arts Center on Saturday at 8 p.m. Norman pulls off a variety of tricks such as restoring baseball bat beaten phones, causing pictures to bend and twist, and even impaling playing cards with a hockey stick.
Online registration has ended, but there will still be registration on-site on a first-come, first-serve basis, as certain events are limited in occupancy. That being said, be sure to bring the family to the Flynn B. Campus Union on Friday so they can register for what looks to be a very fun weekend.
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