Sept. 24, 2009

Cyclone Family Weekend begins Friday

by Paula Van Brocklin

If campus seems more congested that usual this weekend, it's not your imagination. At least 400 families will visit Iowa State beginning Friday afternoon, Sept. 25, through Sunday, Sept. 27, for Cyclone Family Weekend.

A complete list of Cyclone Family Weekend events is online.

No decorating this year

Due to lack of participation and tight budgets, the office-decorating contest associated with family weekend will not be held this year. But don't throw out your balloons and crepe paper yet. The dean of students office intends to resurrect the contest next year.

Fun for all

Cyclone Family Weekend will offer an array of entertainment, much of which is open to faculty and staff. Friday events include two performances by mentalist Christopher Carter (7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union; tickets are $5), free crafts (7-9 p.m., Workspace, MU) and a concert featuring Barely Blind with Lancelot and The Promise Hero (9 p.m., Maintenance Shop, MU; tickets are $5-$6 in advance, $7-$8 day of the show).

Family weekend offers fun for kids as well. The Student Union Board is offering free showings of the animated film, Up, beginning Thursday, Sept. 24, through Saturday, Sept. 26. Show times are 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Pioneer Room, MU.

Saturday's focus is athletics. The Cyclones take on Kansas State in volleyball (2 p.m., Hilton Coliseum; tickets are $4-$5). And, Army comes to town Saturday evening to battle the Cyclones in football (6 p.m., Jack Trice Stadium; tickets are $10-$40).

The fun continues on Sunday with the Collage of Choirs, featuring the Iowa State Singers, Cantamus, Iowa Statesmen and Lyrica (3 p.m., Stephens Auditorium; tickets are $5-$10). On Sunday evening, SUB presents a murder mystery dinner theater in the M-Shop, "Murder High Class Reunion of 1989" (6 p.m., tickets are $15-$20).