Sibs Weekend will take over Athens with night hikes and T-Pain

Ohio University’s Sibs Weekend kicks off this Friday, Feb. 5. Sibs Weekend provides an opportunity for students to invite their brothers and sisters for the total Bobcat experience, along with T-Pain, night hikes and ziplining.

The weekend events begin in Bird Arena with the OHIO Men’s Hockey game vs. Illinois at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets for students are $6 and all other tickets are $8. The second game in the series will be held on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

There will be a Midnight Meltdown recreational skate session in the arena following Saturday’s game. Admission and skate rentals are $3.50 each.

OHIO men’s and women’s basketball teams will be playing Northern Illinois University on Saturday at the Convocation Center. Women’s tipoff is at 11:30 a.m. and the men will follow at 2 p.m. Admission is free for Bobcats and only $5 for sibs and visitors.

Sibs Bash and Zumbathon kick off at 2 p.m. and intramural wallyball begins on the racquetball courts in Ping Recreation Center at noon.

The university’s outdoor pursuits will host a night hike on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at The Ridges. The hike features a campfire with s’mores and stargazing. Tickets are $10 per person, which includes transportation, s’mores and guide staff.

The Ridges will also have a 300-feet zip line course on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. hosted by Outdoor Pursuits. Equipment, instruction and transportation will be provided for $25 per person.

There will also be a day hike at Old Man’s Cave on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Outdoor Pursuits will guide students and their siblings on a hike in Hocking Hills through waterfalls, rock formations and sandstone cliffs. Tickets for the hike are $20 per person which includes transportation, lunch and guide staff.

Opportunities for students to see the artistic talents of fellow Bobcats will be present all weekend, with events ranging from concerts to art shows.

Presented by the Black Student Cultural Programming board, T-Pain will perform in the Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets start at $15.

The BSCPB will also present the annual “Apollo Night” variety show, which provides a platform for OU students to display any and all artistic talents. There will be chances for raffle prizes at the show. Tickets are $3 per person at the door in the Baker Center Ballroom.

The Athena Cinema will host a Harry Potter marathon on Saturday beginning at noon and wrapping up at midnight. Hosted by the Ohio University Harry Potter Alliance, this one-time special event will show films one through four in addition to themed concessions, a costume contest and prizes for an on-screen trivia game. A full event pass is $15 per person.

The Kennedy Museum of Art will host a studio activity designed for students and their siblings. Exhibitions at the museum include Encounters Beyond Borders, Hidden Mother, Emerging Artists and Frank Hunter Photography.

The Ohio University Alumni Chapters will offer bus transportation from Cleveland and Akron to Athens and back. Proceeds from the bus ticket sales will go towards the chapter’s scholarship to send a local area student to the university.

A complete schedule of events and ticket information can be found on Ohio University’s website.


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