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By Lydia Glen
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Fall was in the air this past weekend as parents journeyed to CSB/SJU to visit students on campus for Family Weekend.

Steven Brundage, a magician, kicked off the weekend Friday night featuring an opening act by the Attention Starved Children. Saturday morning began with a 5K Fun Run through St. John’s Arboretum, hosted by Campus Ministry, and was followed by a family bike ride.

“My favorite part was Friday night with Stephen Brundage, because we had a mix of all years of students and that was our event with the highest attendance. It was great to see campus come together and all of our hard work pay off,” Joint
Events Council (JEC) executive and CSB senior Emily Berg said.

At 1 p.m., students and parents headed to Clemens Stadium to watch the Johnnies defeat Bethel University. Through cheering on the team, parents were able to relive their own college days, no matter their alma mater.

“The game had a more relaxed atmosphere, so I was able to watch and enjoy football with family and friends,” SJU senior Michael Enck said.

Later in the afternoon, there was a carnival on the CSB Mall for families to attend and mass in the Abbey Church at SJU. There were several activities in the evening, including Life-Size Games, a showing of Beauty and the Beast and the Fine Arts Programming Event of John McCutcheon performing with the CSB/SJU Orchestra and Chamber Choir.

“It was a perfect show for family weekend, as John McCutcheon intertwined
memories of his own children and their own transitions away from home in his performance,” CSB junior Cassie Renckens said. “I enjoyed it because he engaged with the audience in a personal way and invited us to join with him in several of his songs.”

This performance was particularly meaningful as McCutcheon attended St. John’s University and graduated with the class of 1974.

The planning for Family Weekend began months in advance in order to ensure that students and families are able to have an enjoyable time on campus. And although the weather was not planned for, it was greatly appreciated by
families and organizers alike.

“Some of the goals of JEC and Student Activities and Leadership Development are to offer a wide variety of entertainment and activities that a wide range of ages and interests will find interesting. We want to put the institutions best foot forward to welcome parents, and really put on display those Benedictine values of hospitality and community so parents can see that we are committed to the best interests of their children,” Associate Director of Programming and Orientation Lacey Solheid said.

Family Weekend allowed first—year students to give their parents a tour of  campus tailored to their everyday schedules. Younger siblings were able to
experience the college life and dream of themselves as future Bennies and  Johnnies. In addition, students were able to introduce their families to their new friends. Students of all ages were able to show off their pride of CSB/SJU.