Washburn hosts annual family day

Brenden Williams

Saturday September 26th, Washburn University’s Family Day took place on campus, starting off with face painting and ending with a Washburn University victory.

Students and their families joined in on campus activities like a pre-game tailgate, face painting, and games on the Memorial Union lawn.

The day kicked off with face painting and story time followed by a cake walk at 10 a.m. at Mabee Library. Many kids on campus had their faces decorated in different decadent designs.  Along with the activities, they offered a First Year Experience presentation for parents along with an open house and tour. On the Memorial Union lawn, carnival and inflatable games were set up for kids and families, followed by a tailgate run by the Washburn Alumni Association. Large inflatable slides dotted the lawn in front of Yager Stadium, as well as grills and tents from fraternities and sororities. For those trying to get out of the heat, a picnic was set up in the Washburn Room in the Memorial Union. Lastly, a pregame show kicked off prior to the Washburn/Missouri Southern State game, which Washburn won 27-21.

Paige Pruitt, a freshman in the marching band enjoyed the football game and the bands performance during it. They performed numbers like “Swing Swing Swing”, “Zoot Suit Riot” and “Hey, Pachuco”.

“It was more energetic,” said Pruitt, “it [the atmosphere] was more supportive, it went a lot better than last week. We had a more people there, we had more fun doing it because they had more fun watching it.”

Michaela Dervin, a freshman at Washburn University, attended the events sponsored by the Leadership Institute; a program showing what they had accomplished and worked on since the year’s start as well as a dinner for students enrolled in the program. The game and the atmosphere were her favorite part because of the thrilling victory that Washburn University experienced.