May 21, 2024

Tracing its roots back to the 1960s, Wittenberg University hosted its annual Sibs Weekend March 24-26. The weekend featured an array of things within the theme of a carnival.

Younger siblings of all ages of current Wittenberg students and even children from Wittenberg staff and faculty found their ways onto campus Friday evening and Saturday morning in preparation for the weekend’s events.

On Friday evening, students and their siblings could attend a Disney Style Pinterest night, featuring crafts of favorite Disney characters, a lip sync battle in Founders Pub and various programs occurring in residence halls.

On Saturday morning, students and families made their way up to the HPER Center to attend a carnival. The carnival featured various activities, games and obstacle courses, as well as non-stop Disney music. Leftover stuffed animals from Union Board’s Build-A-Tiger appeared to be the hit of the event, as the line never seemed to end until the last animal was stuffed. Families also seemed drawn to a table making tie-dye t-shirts, with a line always at that table as well.

“I think the carnival is fun every year, but this time I especially enjoyed making tie-dye shirts,” sophomore Samantha Watson said, which was an agreed-upon answer by both Watson and her younger sister Sarah.

Watson brought her sister to both visit Wittenberg’s campus and to have a fun time exploring the Springfield area, although her sister is still unsure as to where she will end up as her time to choose a college inches closer.

Other events on Saturday featured donuts in Doppelgangers, a Rocket League Tournament, Bystander Intervention Training, Mini-Golf and Cornhole in the Student Center and a swim-in movie at the HPER pool, where students and their siblings could lounge in an inner tube while watching “Finding Nemo.”

Students were also encouraged to take their siblings to the annual Tigerthon in the CDR at 9 p.m. on Saturday evening to dance the night away in awareness of childhood cancer.

“I really enjoy Sibs Weekend because it gives me an opportunity to spend time with my sister and show her around campus and Springfield,” Watson said.

All throughout the weekend, students could be seen showing their siblings around campus, most notably putting their elementary-aged siblings into Wittenberg gear, hoping that this weekend will provide them with great memories of Wittenberg and the hope of them becoming a Tiger as they get older.

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