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Lopez: How does parents weekend affect Homecoming?

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Collegian | Trin Bonner

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I’ve been participating in the Homecoming & Family Weekend activities at Colorado State University by myself for a solid three years now. And by participating, I mean I go to the game, and then I go home for the remainder of the evening because I normally work all weekend. But ever since my first Homecoming, when I discovered that both Homecoming and family weekend were on the same weekend, I have always wondered why that is the case and if it really is just because they are trying to lessen the partying in Fort Collins.

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Homecoming weekends are probably the most popular time of the semester to have parties going on throughout town because it is the middle of the semester. We all just finished or are about to finish our midterms, and we’ve realized the semester isn’t over yet — we still have eight more weeks to go. The weekend is ordinarily when students get the chance to blow off steam — unless your family decided to plan a surprise trip into town, and now you’re responsible for hosting them.

For all intents and purposes, hosting families during Homecoming weekend makes sense. It creates this issue wherein students have a responsibility to host their parents as well as a responsibility to be the poster child for legal school spirit. Yet there are many times when you see parents at the football games embracing their youth. So does this really do anything to dampen the partying that happens over the weekend?

Truthfully, probably not. Having Homecoming weekend and family weekend at the same time is so parents can have the opportunity to experience college life from the perspective of their child. But this also means not stopping or getting in the way students embracing the fullness of what the night could offer.

Plus, the many parents who come to campus probably don’t even choose the busiest weekend of the whole semester to visit. Their presence impacts students’ ability to have fun during Homecoming, and hotel prices are cheaper at other times. Parents who visit outside of Homecoming get to experience a college student’s real weekend, not the fabricated one the university pulls off.

The reality is that Homecoming is more of an opportunity for alumni, rather than parents, to come together and celebrate the history that is CSU. But by inviting families to join in, CSU is trying to expand their horizons by welcoming people to be a part of the university experience. But more than anything, they are trying to dampen the fun and enjoyment the students would have on any normal weekend.

Bringing parents to campus doesn’t suddenly mean the partying will stop. Instead, it provides an opportunity for the university to host a small portion of parents on a day that isn’t graduation, allows the community to celebrate and gives students the opportunity to invite their parents to tag along for the weekend of partying they have planned.

The Homecoming events held and showcased at CSU really are enjoyable for all students and do create a nice break in the business of the semester. Homecoming allows parents the opportunity to come and see their children on a weekend when they know they might be a bit more stressed and need some family — if the student really enjoys having their family around, that is. But it doesn’t really stop anything from happening that wouldn’t already happen on a Homecoming weekend.

Reach Dominique Lopez at letters@collegian.com or on Twitter @caffeinateddee6.

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Dominique Lopez
Dominique Lopez, Opinion Editor

Dominique Lopez is a third-year journalism student minoring in women’s studies and is currently the opinion editor for The Collegian.

Lopez is originally from Alamosa, Colorado, and moved to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University. While in Fort Collins, Lopez has spent her time working for The Collegian and is a swim instructor and front desk associate at Splash Swim School.

When Lopez isn’t working or attending classes, you can find her at home reading a good book, stress baking in her kitchen or binge-watching her favorite TV shows.

She chose journalism as her field of study in the hopes that it would bring her closer to the community and provide her with the opportunity to write about what is really affecting her in that moment. Some topics she is passionate about are social justice, gender studies and finding ways to honor her community and origins through her education.

As the opinion editor, Lopez hopes to inspire new writers to be able to find their true passions in writing, as well as diversify the topics that are written about in The Collegian’s opinion section and iscuss thoughts on important issues that impact the students at Colorado State University.

Lopez is excited to pursue this new year of journalism and is eager to see what the year will bring, especially as she continues to meet new journalists pursing topics they are passionate about.

Trin Bonner
Trin Bonner, Illustration Director
Trin Bonner is the illustration director for The Collegian newspaper. This will be her third year in this position, and she loves being a part of the creative and amazing design team at The Collegian. As the illustration director, Bonner provides creative insight and ideas that bring the newspaper the best graphics and illustrations possible. She loves working with artists to develop fun and unique illustrations every week for the readers. Bonner is a fourth-year at Colorado State University studying electronic arts. She loves illustrating and comic making and has recently found enjoyment in experimental video, pottery and graphic design. Outside of illustration and electronic art, Bonner spends her free time crocheting and bead making. She is usually working on a blanket or making jewelry when she is not drawing, illustrating or brainstorming.

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