During Ohio University’s Sibs Weekend, there were few events that would have attracted a younger crowd, leaving students with younger siblings scrambling for things to do other than lounge around the dorm all day and night.
“We’ve been able to find a couple of things,” said Kayla Young, a junior exercise and physiology major who has brought her younger sister to Sibs Weekend all three years, “but it is difficult having a younger sibling.”
The Ohio University Program Council, UPC, held a free carnival in the Baker Center Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 6, in order to entertain a wider variety of attendants for Sibs Weekend.
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Games and events at the carnival included a goldfish table, a candy bar, balloon darts, ring toss, a photo booth, balloon animals and a juggler.
The juggler attracted small crowds everywhere he went and attempted to incorporate the crowd into his act by asking children and adults to volunteer. He had children throw him bowling pins to add into his juggling routine, and he had one parent hold balloons as he tossed a sword at them to pop them.
The sword stunt was in all probability the most graphic or inappropriate moment of the entire two-hour event.
With lights displaying fun designs on the walls of the ballroom and contemporary music playing in the background, including “Sorry” by Justin Bieber, the carnival seemed to be a step-up from previous Sibs Weekend events marketed toward a younger audience.
“Sometimes they have comedy shows and stuff like that, but they aren’t always appropriate,” Young said. “I think there should be multiple events (for younger siblings) because this is the only one today.”
UPC holds events for Sibs Weekend annually, but this year, it specifically focused on marketing toward a younger audience.
“We tried to make something that appeals to all ages because we know that people have different aged siblings,” UPC President Kiley Landusky said. “It really came from our University Events Executive. She came up with the carnival theme idea, just as a way to appeal to everyone. And it’s really easy to make the games and stuff.”
According to Jenna Sopko who planned the event, UPC was not at liberty to discuss specifics in relation to funding, although Landusky noted that it gets its budget through the Student Senate.
Sopko did, however, say that the Council estimated only 450 attendants. That number was surpassed within the first 30 minutes of the event.
Although it had no way of tracking the exact number of attendants for this event, UPC is planning to implement a card swipe type of entrance for the next carnival, which will only be available to students of Ohio University.