Across a variety of events, Families Weekend succeeds
The Philharmonics sing for students and parents.
Mosquitoes were not the only ones buzzing around campus this weekend. Oct. 20-23 marked Rice's annual Families Weekend. Over 2,200 families entered the hedges to participate in a variety of events, ranging from sitting in on classes to attending tailgates and even a 1920's-themed public party at Baker College, Baker Blues.
"The weekend had a great turnout," Student Chair of the Event Sanjula Jain said. "It was great to see families come down from all over the country."
Not all students shared this fervor, however. Carolina Osuna said Families Weekend was less than ideal.
"I loved seeing my parents," Osuna, a Sid Richardson College freshman said. "But now they understand the amount of freedom and opportunities Rice gives its students. They expect me to make the most out of my time here. It's a lot of pressure."
With close to 100 different activities over the course of four days, parents, grandparents and siblings alike were able to see how Rice works.
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