Campus News Blog: Family Weekend Wrap-Up

September 27, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Elysse Carpenter

As a predecessor of what is to come for homecoming, SMU’s Family Weekend 2010 was filled with events that drew the crowds of parents, siblings and dogs alike.

Kicking off the weekend’s festivities, the ladies of Gamma Phi Beta heated up fried frog legs for their philanthropy, Campfire USA, to get the campus in the red and blue spirit before boulevarding Iron Skillet-style. Though the Mustangs suffered a tough loss it didn’t stop the students from having a good time.

Bright and early Saturday morning, the ladies of Kappa Alpha Theta hosted their fourth annual Theta 5K that benefited Dallas CASA. Later that night, SMU’s Student Foundation hosted their annual Family Weekend Talent show at 7 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium before the sorority and fraternity open house from 10 to 11:30 p.m.

After Sunday brunches, sorority members and their mothers stopped by the Lilly Pulitzer store in NorthPark mall in support of Delta Gamma’s philanthropy Service for Sight, which benefitted from ten percent of Lilly Pulitzer’s sales on Sunday afternoon.

The arrival of fall weather and chillier temperatures was a great end to Family Weekend at SMU. With midterms right around the corner and the nice weather outside it will be even harder for students to hit the books.

However, there is never a dull moment on this campus. While the Mustangs play at Rice this weekend, some students are already starting to get ready for homecoming on Oct. 23. Expect more updates soon!

As Seen on the Boulevard: Iron Skillet Edition

September 27, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Elizabeth Lowe
elowe@smu.edu

Students, parents, even pups flooded the Boulevard in a sea of red for the TCU game and Family Weekend.

See the styles of Mustang fans and families as they prepped for the game in true SMU tradition.

(PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH LOWE AND JAMES LUCENTE / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Winding Down The Year With Mane Event

April 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Mane Event featured booths for food, fortune tellers and caricature drawings to help students take a break before finals. (PHOTO BY NICOLETTE SCHLEISMAN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Mane Event featured booths for food, fortune tellers and caricature drawings to help students take a break before finals. (PHOTO BY NICOLETTE SCHLEISMAN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Nicolette Schleisman
nschleisma@smu.edu

It’s that time of year again. The semester is coming to a close, summer is just around the corner and the SMU Student Foundation put on their annual Mane Event on the Main Quad Friday afternoon.

It featured several things to do for students including: a zip line, waterslides, jousting, caricature artists, henna, fortune telling and Billy Buttons. There was also a couple of radio stations, including SMU radio, as well as food from Stromboli’s Pizza, Quesa d-ya’s, Ball’s Hamburgers, Paciugos and turkey legs. Peruna also made a festive visit to Mane Event.

It is meant to be a fun family friendly event to help students get their minds off finals for an afternoon.

SMU sophomore Katy Grossman came out to Mane Event to blow off some steam.

“It’s far enough away from finals that, it’s Friday, I want to relax, I don’t want to worry about finals,” Grossman said. “I’ll study this weekend.”

SMU freshman Thomas Griffin saw it as a celebration instead of thinking about how close finals are.

“I’m just here for fun,” Griffin said. “It’s basically my last day of class, I thought it’d be a good way to sorta celebrate.”

Student Senate for Student Foundation funds the event, which allows for all students to enjoy it with no cost.

SMU sophomore Staci Talamonti was in charge of putting on the event this year. She and a committee have been working on putting the event together since January.

“It’s basically to celebrate classes are over and give students something fun to do,” Talamonti said. “Kind of like a family friendly thing to do.”

The Student Foundation also invited the student organizations around campus to be involved for a minimum donation of $50.

Some of the organizations that were involved included the Markets and Culture Club, Delta Sigma Pi, Women’s Interest Network and the VSA Student Organization.

Clarke Mickum, a freshman member of Delta Sigma Pi, volunteered her time at the dunk tank they were sponsoring. Mickum wanted to get involved with Mane Event because she thought it would be fun.

“I have lots of friends in Student Foundation and I’m in DSP and whenever there’s an opportunity to get involved on campus, I usually take it cause it’s always fun,” Mickum said.

All Student Foundation members help out with Mane Event since it is such a large event.

Taylor Pass, SMU freshman and member of the Student Foundation, enjoyed helping to put it on this year.

“It’s just a really good way to end the year and just have everyone free food, free games, free rides and everything,” Pass said.

Pass also displayed a great interest to be on the committee next year to help put on Mane Event.

A modern dance class also decided to participate in the fun around campus, as they had their class on the quad. They brought a lot of attention and some people even crashed their class to take part in the conga drums and fun dancing.

Family Weekend and Homecoming are next on the list of events for the Student Foundation.

Students take turns going down the water slide at this year's Mane Event. (PHOTO BY NICOLETTE SCHLEISMAN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Students take turns going down the water slide at this year's Mane Event. (PHOTO BY NICOLETTE SCHLEISMAN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

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