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Fun-filled weekend in store for MU families

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By Mariah Schlossmann, For The Miami Student

This weekend Miami University is hosting Family Weekend. Friday Oct. 24 to Sunday Oct. 26 will be filled with activities and events for students and their families to enjoy.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the football game against Kent State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Yager Stadium. Game day will be filled with tailgates, f ood and games.

With an advanced $60 purchase, Miami is offering a deal of four tickets to the game, four hot dogs, four soft drinks and four Miami baseball hats.

There will also be a number of musical and theater events to attend. Global Rhythms, a group at Miami designed to perform ethnic music from all around the world, will be hosting "Voyage of the Souls," and "We are Together," two musical performances.

""Voyage of the Souls" is a tribute to peacemakers by solo artists from around the globe," Artistic Director of Global Rhythms Srinivas Krishnan said. "This is a project about the understanding of cultures. Cultures shape the way we deal with things, our behaviors and the way we emphasize the cross-culture representation on campus."

"Voyage of the Souls" will be an even larger show.

"This concert is a way in which 500-plus students are communicating with each other and showing that everything and everyone is of equal importance by crossing the music of various cultures," Krishnan said.

The two performances feature Grammy-award winning artists like Glen Valez and singing in over 10 languages.

"Voyage of the Souls" will be held in Leonard Theatre in Peabody Hall at 7 p.m. on Fri. Oct. 24 and We are Together will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 25 in Hall Auditorium.

Another musical event focusing on global interactions is the Collegiate Chorale and Men's Glee Club Fall Concert, presented by the Department of Music. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday Oct. 24 at Hall Auditorium.

"For this fall concert, we are focusing on global music," Sarah Mattina, Collegiate Chorale Public Relations Committee member said.

The choir consists of 80 members, both men and women. The fall concert will showcase nine globally diverse pieces that feature more than six different languages.

"We want the audience to take away the message of love and positive energy," Choir President Gretchen Hathaway said.

The Department of Theatre will be hosting "The Little Dog Laughed" this family weekend. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 to 25, with matinee shows on October 25 to 26 at 2 p.m. in the Studio 88 Theatre located in the basement of the Center for Performing Arts.

"The show is a comedy that satirizes the world of tabloid gossip, scandal, Hollywood and celebrities through the story of a rising young star who finds himself in the midst of an identity crisis," Director Carly Mungovan said.

There are also a number of brunches occurring this weekend, sponsored by various student organizations on campus.

President David Hodge is hosting a brunch from 9 to 10 a.m. and 11 to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 26 at the Goggin Ice Lounge. Brunch will be served and Hodge along with an unannounced keynote speaker will be giving remarks.

Throughout the weekend, there will be Family Welcome Centers at various locations to stop at for more information. At 3 p.m. Friday, the Family Welcome Center will be open in the Shade Family Room in the Armstrong Student Center. On Saturday, the welcome center will open at 8 a.m. at the Memorial Park, Uptown.

Both Welcome Centers will be offering free refreshments and Tuffy's Toasted Rolls, along with more information on the weekends festivities.

A full list and more information on other weekend activities like ice skating and the Oxford Farmers Market can be found on the Miami University website.