Campuswide events draw in students, sibs

Peyton McDade (left) and Rachel McDade make door decorations at Sibs Fest on West in Boyd Hall during Sibs Weekend. (Eli Hiller | For The Post)

Ohio University more closely resembled a playground than a college campus this weekend.

Sibs Weekend was a success for the students and their siblings who bonded through university-sponsored activities.

OU had events planned throughout the weekend to entertain siblings of all ages, such as Sibs Fest on West, which was held on West Green, Sibs Bash at the Ping Center and Four Seasons Sibs Fest at Baker University Center.

Sibs Bash’s theme was Bobcat Bigtop, with carnival games and a snake show. Leah Kidd, a freshman studying psychology, and her younger sister Sophie enjoyed climbing the rock wall and seeing the snake show. Sophie said she enjoyed holding the “soft” snake.

Katie Cameron, university events vice-chair for University Program Council, said the council’s event, Four Seasons Sibs Fest, went very well.

UPC began planning the event during the summer, as it does with all of its big events for the year.

With a budget of about $3,500 for the event, UPC was able to provide more entertainment and prizes, said Jena Green, UPC’s university events chair and a senior studying restaurant, hotel and tourism.

Free mugs, candy-filled Easter eggs, face painting and hot chocolate were provided by funding from Student Senate and other organizations, leading to a larger turnout than expected.

A total of 120 mugs were ordered for sibs to paint and keep, but the supplies ran out within the first half hour of the event, Cameron said. To compensate, UPC’s president Kate Willse used tote bags from the council’s office to paint instead.

“It’s really hard to predict how many people you’ll have at the event,” Green said, adding last year’s UPC sibs weekend event saw less people because the timing of events wasn’t as convenient.

UPC tries to put on similar free events for all the big weekend events, such as the annual Moms Walk for The Cure and the Parents Pancake Breakfast, Cameron said.

“We really like putting on events around campus that are free to the students just to have a good time,” she said.

Kevin Hill, a freshman studying finance and management information systems, and his 14-year-old brother Taylor attended events including Sibs Fest on West and Four Seasons Sibs Fest, but said they enjoyed spending time with Hill’s friends and their siblings most of all.

Hill said he and his brother got along very well, despite the typical sibling banter.

“I was the one trying to do more exciting things than he was,” Hill said. “It was a reverse of how it was in high school.”

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