Fairfield University Student Association (FUSA) has announced the return of Siblings Weekend for the first time since 2020. Once an annual Fairfield tradition, Siblings Weekend was canceled for several years due to Covid-19 restrictions. Now, FUSA is gearing up for the event’s return on Feb. 23, 24 and 25.

“Siblings Weekend was once a traditional FUSA event that occurred annually,” FUSA President Aliyah Seenauth ‘24 said of the event. “We are hoping to bring the tradition back and keep it going from here!”

The announcement was made in an email sent to students on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Included in the email were the schedules of events for the weekend and some frequently asked questions. Students must register themselves and their guests on Life@Fairfield by Feb. 12.

Planned events for Siblings Weekend range from a Fairfield Flicks movie night on Friday to painting on Sunday. Stags and their siblings can also attend the women’s basketball game against Niagara at 2 p.m. on Saturday and the men’s basketball game against Siena at 2 p.m. on Sunday. 

The full list of planned activities for Siblings Weekend is available on FUSA’s Instagram page and can be found as a PDF in the email announcement.

“We have a great lineup of events planned which include basketball pre-game programming, an obstacle course and bouncy house, movie night, BINGO, sip and paint and much more,” Seenauth said.

In addition to registration on Life@Fairfield, individual activities also require tickets. According to FUSA’s recent email, these tickets can be purchased or reserved through the Fairfield University Box Office. The deadline for online ticket sales is Feb. 21. A limited number of remaining tickets will also be available to buy starting on Feb. 23 at the Tully Information Desk.

Since Fairfield’s last Siblings Weekend was during the 2019-2020 school year, many current students have never experienced the event for themselves. A Mirror article from 2020 describes the event as one “where siblings of all ages came to campus and engaged in a variety of activities.” 

The article also detailed the tradition’s events and noted that Fairfield Siblings Weekend is welcoming of siblings of various ages, with attendees ranging from young children to older teenagers. In fact, the event is also welcoming of “siblings” who may fall outside of the traditional definition of the word. 

Seenauth stated, “Siblings can also be interpreted as cousins or friends. Additionally, parents and guardians may attend but must also reserve tickets to events that are free.”

Guests attending the event must be accompanied by a current Fairfield student. Per university policy, those ages 15 and older can stay on campus overnight in their sibling’s dorm, townhouse or apartment.

 Students and their families can find additional information and stay up-to-date on Siblings Weekend by following @fusa47 on Instagram. Email fusa@fairfield.edu or call the Office of Student Engagement at 203-254-4053 with questions. Ahead of the event, Seenauth expresses her hopes for the upcoming weekend. “FUSA is hoping to bring smiles to our Stags and Stag siblings’ faces and create memories that last a lifetime!” she said. “We feel that this weekend can unify our campus community with families, and really exemplify that Fairfield is home.”

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