Danielle Dentremont ‘25
Another successful family weekend came and went this past weekend from Oct. 28 to Oct. 30 with a record-breaking number of families in attendance. At one of the highlights of the weekend, the annual Ram-Crusader Cup game, the number of families tailgating and filling the stands was a testament to this record-breaking attendance. Other events consisted of opportunities for family members to engage with the wider Holy Cross community and learn about campus life.
Per usual, families were able to check in on Friday afternoon in Hogan where students and staff were available to provide campus maps, a weekend schedule and other information. The schedule offered many events that are traditional to family weekend along with some new additions. With this being the first family weekend that the building has been open, guided tours of the Prior Performing Arts Center provided families with a glimpse into the innovative spaces and opportunities that the center brings.
Some traditional events consisted of the Hogan Takeover, President’s Hour and fire pits and s’mores on the Hoval. The Hogan Takeover included food and games sponsored by the Campus Activities Board and Office of Student Involvement. On the Hoval, families were able to experience the familiar warmth that the fire pits as the nights become cooler during the fall semester. President’s Hour granted parents an opportunity to hear from President Rougeau himself his perspective on the Holy Cross experience.
The weekend provided many opportunities for families to interact with the smaller communities that their students are a part of as well. The Dance Ensemble show took place on Friday night with student-choreographed routines from several genres of dance. Later in the evening, the Prior presented “Autumn Landscapes” performed by the Holy Cross College Choir. With music from the United States, Estonia, Germany and Taiwan, the Department of Music said the music “reflects on the beauty and transience of the season.” On Saturday evening, the Black Student Union (BSU) hosted a family fish fry with additional activities. Sunday concluded the events with a family mass in the St. Joseph Memorial Chapel and an interdenominational service in the McCooey Chapel.
Tailgates were scattered throughout the fields on campus on Saturday morning, and culminated with the addition of another win by the undefeated Crusaders. In a Twitter post, Coach Bob Chesney attested to the energy of the crowd in the final moments of the game, which resulted in a 53-52 overtime win. However, football was not the only sports game scheduled with volleyball, women’s ice hockey, men’s rowing and field hockey on home turf this past weekend as well.
Exercise opportunities for family members themselves were not neglected with many ways to stay active incorporated into the schedule. As an award-winning arboretum, a nature walk through the campus grounds was offered as well as a 50-minute guided nature walk from campus to the Blackstone Gateway Park. Additionally, yoga and a rock wall could be found on the Jo patio. Family weekend has since concluded, but the many happy families that engaged in the weekend’s activities serve as testament to pride in the Holy Cross community.