Parents’ Weekend boasts varying activities

The a capella group InPulse is  coming to Bradley on Saturday night as part of spring Parents’ Weekend.
The group will perform at 8 p.m. in the Michel Student Center ballroom. The cost is $1 for students and $2 for parents and others wishing to attend the performance.
“I am really looking forward to the a capella group,” freshman accounting major Zach Tenny said. “It’s a good idea.”
Director of Student Activities Michelle Whited said the Saturday night show is the main event of Parents’ Weekend and is usually well attended.
“Any student can come, even if they are not bringing their parents with them,” she said.
Other events this weekend include sports events, religious services and recitals.
Men’s tennis will play Illinois State at 2:30 p.m. Friday and Wichita at 10 a.m. Sunday. Students and visiting parents can also attend men’s baseball games against North Dakota at 4 p.m. Friday, 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.
“There is a lot to do this weekend for anyone who chooses to come,” Whited said. “Parents’ Weekend is a great opportunity for students to show their parents what they enjoy doing on campus.”
Religious services include Shabbat services and dinner at 5 p.m. Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hillel, located at 702 N. Duryea Place.
Students and their families who enjoy music can attend the student recitals at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Dingeldine Music Center.
Executive Director for Student Involvement Greg Killoran said despite the abundance of events this weekend, not as many parents usually sign up for Parents’ Weekend in the spring as in the fall.
“We don’t do anything different in terms of advertising it, but the Parents’ Weekend in the spring is always quite a bit smaller than the one in the fall,” he said. “In the fall parents are anxious to check on their kids and see how things are going but that is not as much the case in the spring.”
Killoran said the last two Parents’ Weekends in the fall have attracted 1,600 to 1,800 people, while the spring event has only attracted four to five hundred.
“Another reason for fewer people signing up could just be that parents of students who have been here a while just don’t sign up anymore,” he said. “They just come down to visit their kids.”
Killoran also said the bulk of students that come to Parents’ Weekend in the fall are parents of freshmen.
“I think we get more people in the fall in part because the parents of the freshmen who came in the fall are not quite as worried,” he said.
Whited said by spring, freshmen students know more about campus and can show their parents what they do for fun.
“The whole point of Parents’ Weekend is to provide a relaxing weekend for parents to spend with their students,” she said.