Siblings Weekend Preview

Siblings weekend is this weekend and that means the Gamma Phi Circus is getting ready for their 90th anniversary show. Days before the performance circus performers are out on the quad practicing and showing off their skills. Graduate student Ryan Kemper and freshman Damian DeDivitis practice juggling out on the quad. 

Illinois State University will host its annual Sibling Weekend Friday through Sunday.

Sibling Weekend provides a variety of events for students and their siblings to attend. ISU’s Alumni Council helps organize and host some of the weekend’s events. Some events are hosted by registered organizations. There are events planned for all age groups with various price points, some being free.

“We invite current ISU students and their siblings to join us on campus,” Associate Director of Alumni Engagement Lauren Hardy said. “It’s really a fun weekend and we want students and siblings and families to see everything our community [and] ISU has to offer and to get them involved and engaged.”

On Friday and Saturday, ISU’s Gamma Phi Circus will perform their 90th anniversary home show. The theme of the show is “celebration.” Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Those interested in purchasing tickets can go to

“The circus is a sight you don’t want to miss. Even the most onerous children will be glued to their seats [to] watch the next death-defying stunt performed by students in [GPC],” Freshman GPC performer Jon Fulton said. “It’s an experience one will remember for a lifetime, so you definitely don’t want to miss the chance to experience it in person.”

Before the GPC matinee performance on Saturday will be the seventh-annual Sibling’s Carnival in the Redbird Arena Concourse. The carnival will begin at noon and is open to everyone with youth tickets to the 1 p.m. circus show.
The carnival is hosted by the Student Alumni Council. There will be a variety of games, face painting and prizes for kids. The carnival ends just before the matinee performance of the circus.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, College Mentors for Kids will be hosting their Rainbow Run. Participants can run or walk around the Quad. There will also be a bake sale and a raffle at the Rainbow Run. Registration is $20 and includes a T-shirt. Those interested in registering can visit  

“I think [Sibling Weekend] just helps [students] get engaged in campus even more. There’s a lot of opportunities to maybe attend events they don’t get to throughout the year,” Hardy said. “They can learn about different programming and different student organizations that have events during this weekend.”

University Program Board will be hosting Strike Out with Siblings from 12:30-2 p.m. on Saturday on the lawn outside of Tri-Towers. The event is in preparation for the Redbird baseball game later that day. There will be free stadium food, games, crafts, shirts and giveaways during the event. 

Redbird baseball will play against Missouri State every day throughout Sibling Weekend. Game times are 5 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. All games are free and take place at Duffy Bass Field, located by Tri-Towers. 

Redbird softball will also be playing against Missouri State at noon on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are also free and the games will be at Marian Kneer Softball Stadium.

The Children’s Discovery Museum will be offering discounted tickets during Sibling Weekend for ISU students. Students may receive one dollar off the ticket prices by showing a current student ID.

“Sibling’s Weekend is just a fun way to really show siblings and your family what ISU is about,” Hardy said. “We a lot of different ways to include students around campus.” 

Hardy also adds that any Registered Student Organization holding an event during the weekend should contact Alumni Engagement so they can help promote all events taking place over siblings' weekend. 

ANDREA RICKER is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follower her on Twitter at @ricker_andrea    

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