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Saint Mary’s hosts siblings on campus

Nikki Taylor | Monday, February 25, 2008

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) sponsored Little Sibs Weekend, an event in which Saint Mary’s encouraged students to invite their younger siblings or relatives last weekend on the College’s campus.

“I like getting students and siblings involved because in college there isn’t a lot of time,” event co-chair Jill Swan said. “Also the siblings enjoy being college students, and that’s a big part of it.”

The event this year had a luau theme, centered on the idea that “Ohana means family” – one inspired by Swan’s little sister.

“Her second grade classroom had a luau,” Swan said. “When I came home and told her that I was in charge of Little Sibs Weekend, which she had been to before, she told me it should be luau themed.”

RHA provided games and activities for students to participate in with siblings of all ages, including an ice cream social, a movie showing, games and karaoke.

“We had a huge turnout at all the events,” Little Sibs co-chair Taylor Flaherty said. “We even had to set up extra tables at crafts, but I think that the games were everyone’s favorite.”

Each morning there was also a breakfast buffet in the residence halls for students and their siblings, Flaherty said.

Freshman Lauren Hartman enjoyed the time she spent with her 11-year-old cousin, Olivia.

“We went to the luau, and game night, and we also had girls’ night in my room with popcorn and movies and facials.” Hartman said. “Olivia said that she loved it and wants to come back next year.”

Freshman Gina Storti also had a good experience with her little sister’s visit as well.

“It was so nice to see my little sister and spend time with her and have her meet my friends,” she said.

Swan said that the major goal of the weekend was to provide entertainment for the siblings.

“Anyone likes to say that their own event was a success, but the kids seemed to have fun, and if the kids are happy, then it was a success,” Swan said.

Flaherty agreed and said she is looking forward to next year.

“It was a great weekend. I’m really glad everyone volunteered from RHA. Hopefully next year’s will be great as well.”