Just as fall arrives on campus and students are getting used to being back, there’s no better time for family and friends to come enjoy Knox’s early autumn festivities. Family and Friends Weekend was in full swing from Sept. 28-30, bringing in moms, uncles, grandparents and high school buddies from all over the country. Events included a trivia night, Share Shop hours, football and soccer games, a concert from Mockingbird Duo (Anthropology professor William Hope and his daughter, Marina) and even a Food Truck + Art Fest in town.
Family and Friends Weekend is a lot of fun for students and visitors alike, but it is also a great time for Knox students (particularly freshmen) to catch up with relatives and friends, and show their guests around their new home.
“I had fun showing her the library. There’s a lot of cool things in there,” said freshman Jasper Morgan, who was hosting his mom, Jennifer Anderson, who came in from Champaign, IL. The two had a great time walking around campus and checking out the different events, including the photo session in front of Old Main. Morgan is in the Knox College Choir and Chamber Choir, which his mom is hoping to experience sometime soon.
“I haven’t heard him sing [in the choir] yet, so I’m looking forward to coming down whenever the first concert is. That’s the nice thing about only being two hours away,” Anderson said.
On Saturday, Union Board hosted a PB&J cook off in Taylor Lounge. Competitors had bread, peanut butter and jelly, and lots of fixings to use in order to make the greatest PB&J sandwich possible. Some teams, like sophomore Veronica Sefic and her mom Aleta Sefic, came back this year to prove themselves after a disappointing loss at last year’s first annual cook-off.
“This is my mom and I’s second year doing [the PB&J cookoff]. When she came she was like, ‘I don’t care what we do, we just need to do the cook off,’ because we lost last time and she did not like it. So there’s like a competitive edge now,” Sefic said. The two were preparing a fox sandwich, in hopes of swaying the judges with Knox pride.
Freshman Alyssa Habschmidt hosted a big family group: her mom, Joan Habschmidt, came all the way from California, and her aunt Barb Habschmidt came with “honorary guest” Steve from Chicago. [Joan] Habschmidt expressed her mixed feelings on having her daughter so far away. On the one hand, she’s glad Habschmidt is having a good time, but on the other, she misses her daughter.
“It’s hard to say goodbye to her. It’s been fabulous to see her again and have an excuse to get out here,” said Joan Habschmidt.
The themes among parents during Family and Friends Weekend were their excitement to see their children and their appreciation for Knox.
“I think it’s a good fit for him, it feels good that he likes it here and he’s adjusting and fitting in,” said Laurel Simms, mom of freshman Sam Barouch.