Sibs Bash, stargazing included in weekend itinerary

Siblings of all ages will visit campus this weekend to get a taste of the college life, and Ohio University is hosting a variety of events to accommodate them.

Events kick off at 7 p.m. Friday with a stargazing walk of the trails at The Ridges. Students and their sibs will get to hear the history of The Ridges while learning about the constellations and stars from astronomy professor George Eberts.

“This is a great alternative to the other events on campus because it gives students the opportunity to learn more about the place they are living and meet people they would not meet otherwise,” said Dan Vorisek, director of Outdoor Pursuits, the host organization.

Students will also have numerous opportunities to attend events on Saturday with their siblings.

Sibs Bash, which will run from 2 to 6 p.m. at Ping Center, will target students with younger siblings.

There will be a circus theme for Sibs Bash this year and activities will include inflatables, clowns, a snake show, balloon animals and airbrush tattoos.

Various student organizations such as OU’s Electronic Music Club will be involved in Sibs Bash, and the Juggling Club will also provide entertainment.

“We are trying to do something different this year by getting more student organizations involved in volunteering and providing entertainment,” said Tasha Westfall, a graduate assistant at Ping Center who is overseeing the event.

All weekend, College Book Store will be selling Sibs Weekend T-shirts in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens County. This is the fourth year the store hasdone the fundraiser; 20 percent of each shirt sold will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“We want everyone to know that this isn’t just about selling T-shirts; it is about giving back to local organizations and the Athens community,” said Ashleigh Mavros, College Book Store ImPRessions executive.

Many other student organizations will also be hosting Sibs Weekend events, including University Program Council, Phi Kappa Theta fraternity and the Black Student Cultural Programming Board.

“I enjoy Sibs Weekend; it’s a fabulous weekend, it’s all student-driven, all the clubs and organizations are putting on something for our visitors,” said Jenny Hall-Jones, interim dean of students.

Other Sibs Weekend events include Four Seasons Sibs Fest, Frame Your Sib, Polar Bear Plunge and recreational ice-skating. For a list of full details on these events, visit

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