Families got a taste of TWU student spirit and life on campus
*Originally printed in the October 8, 2014 issue of The Lasso*
By: Sarah de Schweinitz, Reporter
TWU’s Family Day Weekend gave parents a chance to see what their kids have been up to in college and experience all that our campus has to offer.
It started on Friday night with live music and tailgating followed by the TWU volleyball game against Eastern New Mexico University, which TWU won 3-0. Then at 9 p.m., the movie “Maleficent” was shown, which Kinesiology major Rachel Roplas said was her favorite part of the weekend. She is a sophomore this year and decided to volunteer for Family Day Weekend.
On Saturday over by the “Great TWU Duck Count” at the fountain, I met Child Development major Adrian Butler who came to have a good time and to fulfill her duty as a member of the Family Science Association and help out with the family and children’s stations. She, like many other students, didn’t just bring her parents but other loved ones with her as well. Butler told me that she loves TWU, but was a bit wary at first.
“It’s a beautiful campus, and I like the people. I didn’t think I was going to have that much fun here because I like girls, but I’d rather be around some testosterone. But they’re really cool — no drama so far,” she said.
Glad to know TWU is one of those places that doesn’t fit the stereotype of girls not being able to get along.
Family Studies major Ashley Friddia was also a volunteer for the weekend and said she enjoyed seeing parents explore the campus: “I got to see the parents enjoy our campus. It was really not something they get to see all the time. It’s something the students might take for granted, but to see the parents outside and enjoying it was nice.”
Nursing major Erica Paola volunteered all weekend and said she enjoyed seeing families traveling on the shuttles together to see where their kids hang out in downtown Denton. She added that the Resource Fair was helpful and was one of her favorite parts about the weekend.
“The parents were really interested in what their kids can be involved in. I liked hearing the parents talk about how the school is presented so well,” said Paola.
Music Therapy major Casey Montgomery heard about TWU from the music therapist in her hometown who graduated from TWU. Her parents said they enjoyed the beautiful weather and getting to relax with their daughter. Montgomery said she had a good time watching our volleyball team play, and her mother was impressed by how well everything was organized.
“They did great organizing everything. Every event has just been very delightful — it really has been,” said Montgomery’s mother.
I met Nursing major Vicki Morena on Sunday morning. She was one of many students who told me how friendly everyone is at TWU. She came with her parents and said they are happy she chose to go here.
“My favorite part about Family Weekend was the closeness of everyone. There’s just that bond there, and everyone was so close,” said Morena.
The weekend, blessed with beautiful weather, went off without a hitch.