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University planned activities including movies and sports for Family Weekend

The University’s campus was filled with friends and family this weekend due to the annual Falcon Family Weekend.

Over 30 on-campus activities were available for families to attend.

Activities included LGBTQ+ Family Social, family game night and movies such as “The Fault in Our Stars” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” were shown.

Also, many families took advantage of their time spent on campus by attending the highly anticipated football game against Indiana at the Doyt.

Sophomore Kara Maxey and her family showed excitement for the weekend with University spirit attire and high hopes for the football team.

“We’ve had an awesome time,” said mother of Kara Maxey. “We are pumped for the game and just spending time with [Kara]. The only thing I would change about family weekend would be the weather.”

Some students used this time to catch up with people from their past, because the word “family” to some is not exclusive to those outside of blood/physical relation.

Mentors, friends and significant others also came to campus for Falcon Family Weekend. Sophomore Quentin McKinnon welcomed his high school mentor and teacher Mark Paik as his family.

“He has been my mentor for the past two years,” McKinnon said. “I wanted him to see BG since he has never been [here].”

The two reconnected over a tour of campus beginning at the business building due to their shared major in business. They ended their day with Lola’s Frozen Yogurt on Main St.

“It was great to see him,” McKinnon said. “He really enjoyed himself too, especially at Lola’s.”

Like visiting Lola’s and taking specialized tours, other students decided to create their own activities for their family’s visit.

Freshman Shelby Sharp had a slumber party with her younger sister to begin the Family Weekend festivities.

“I was a college girl for the night,” said younger sibling Bailey Sharp. “We watched some Frozen.”

Falcon Family Weekend has hosted over a thousand families in the past two years, according a past news article.

“I’m really glad they have a family weekend,” student Traci Sharp said. “We just want to spend time with her, doing whatever she wants to do while we are here as a family.”

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