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Moms Weekend Guide THE DAILY ILLINI | April 6, 2017

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Take your mom to the bars on Moms Weekend NATASHA MOSQUE Staff writer


Moms Weekend approaches, the campus community is ready to spend time with

families. The weekend is sure to be a promising one with the awesome activities the University has planned; however, the fun won’t last until 2 a.m. So what do you do to keep your mom entertained late at night? The answer is simple: Take her out to the bars. Whether or not students should take their moms to the bars seems to be a common question when deciding how to spend the weekend. As much as sons and daughters hate to admit it, they know in the back of their minds they’re secretly upset they can’t go out whenever mom is in town. Nonsense. If you’re anything like your mom, embrace it. In the back of her mind, she might be secretly hoping you invite her out. She was young once too. Taking your mom out to the bars is the perfect way to reveal your mom’s wild side. You might be surprised at how fast she can chug a beer, how easily she can take a shot of tequila or how crazy her dance moves are. Moms of all ages deserve to have some fun every once in a while. Campus offers a variety of other bars to choose from. If your mom is more of a social drinker and just wants to sit down and enjoy a drink with you, then Legends or Murphy’s is the way to go. But if your mom truly is the party type, then take her to The Red Lion or Joe’s. Even if she doesn’t like to consume alcoholic beverages, bars may still make your list of things to do. Consider heading to happy hour. You


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How college strengthened a mother-daughter bond EMMA PALATNIK Staff writer


y relationship with my mom has evolved over time. When I was in middle school we were very close, and I felt like I could come to her with anything. During high school we grew apart due to my ‘teenage rebellion.’ Now that I’m in college and no longer living at home our relationship has improved. When I first came to school I called my mom nearly every day, sometimes even more than that. It was weird that I wasn’t living with her anymore, and I felt the need to hear her voice. I did go to sleepaway camp for a few summers, so it wasn’t the first time I was away from home. But, this situation was different. At summer camp, I had counselors to watch over me and act as my temporary mom. At college, I was all on my own. As time went on, I stopped calling her every day. It became twice a week, and eventually once a week. Sometimes I got so busy that I forgot to call her. Now, I try to call her every Friday after my 9 a.m. class. I want her to feel like she is still an important part in my life,

because she is. I want my mom to know that she means the world to me. I don’t think I would be where I am and who I am without her. She is my rock and my support system. I know that I can call her with any problem that I have and she will listen. She won’t yell at me or be angry, no matter the circumstances. She just wants to know that I’m OK. Although our relationship isn’t the same as it used to be, I think that it’s better. The time we spend apart has strengthened it, and we don’t fight as often as we did when I was in high school. I will admit that I do miss her and my home. It’s weird not having an actual house to come home to. That’s something I definitely took for granted back in high school. There’s nothing wrong with where I live, but it’s strange to not live in a house with my family anymore. There aren’t any dogs that greet me when I open the door, and there’s no smell of a home-cooked meal. College has been an amazing experience so far for me, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. My mom and I still miss each other, but that’s unavoidable. I know she’s happy that I’m here and making the memories that I am.


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Classic, modern songs to play for your mom HARRISON LINDHOLM






oms Weekend is a great time to show the woman who raised you the wonderful campus you are a part of. I have curated a playlist to help you mentally prepare yourself for a wonderful time with your mom. This playlist consists of songs about moms and for moms. It’s music many of our moms listened to during

Kanye West


Twenty One Pilots


3. Julia

The Beatles


2. House of Gold

4. Gravity

John Mayer


3. Julia

5. I’m Yours

Jason Mraz


1. Hey Mama

2. House of Gold

their younger years, and the music they certainly love nowadays. Moms have done so much to help us become the people we are today. They deserve many songs of praise, and the following list names a few. Some of these songs personally make me think of my childhood, particularly about my mother. I hope that while reading through this list you might be reminded of some songs that make you think of your own mom. Hopefully reminiscing about your past experiences with your mom will bring up some good memories to talk about during Moms Weekend.

1. Hey Mama

Written and performed by the always interesting Kanye West, “Hey Mama” is the ultimate tribute to the strong woman who raised him. He raps off a few lines about the sacrifices his mother made for him during his youth. The pathos of Kanye’s song elicits warmth and affection. A close listening always makes me thankful for my mama, and will do the same for you. Twenty One Pilots released this ode to moms in 2013. The strumming ukulele, coupled with Tyler Joseph’s voice and lyrics creates a warm, affectionate song. “House of Gold” explains that Joseph will always have his mom on his mind and will always make her “queen of everything.” “Julia” is a beautiful acoustic recording from The Beatles’ classic, self-titled album most commonly known as the “White Album.” John Lennon said his inspiration for this song was not just his mother, who the song is named after, but also his new lover at the time, Yoko Ono. Although it’s a little odd to listen to the song thinking solely of your mother, as some of the lyrics are directed and inspired by a romantic relationship, Lennon’s multi-tracked, echoey vocals,and poetic lyrics like, “half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you, Julia,” will be sure to warm your heart. His desire is that of yearning for love from the most important women in his life: his mother and his wife.

4. Gravity

6. Your Mother Should Know The Beatles


7. Dear Mama


Tupac Shakur

5. I’m Yours

Jason Mraz’s smash hit single was heard over and over for years after it came out. Once John Mayer’s “Continuum” lost its appeal to my mother, the dinnertime anthem at my house became Mraz’s album “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.”

6. Your Mother Should Know

Hey Mama Kanye West 2:13

When John Mayer’s album “Continuum” was released, it played on repeat over and over in my house. My mom was so in love with his music. Every night when dinner came around, Mr. Mayer could be heard on the little speaker by the kitchen. John Mayer’s great album is accessible to a broad spectrum of listeners. From “Waiting on the World to Change” to the selection for this playlist, “Gravity,” John Mayer’s laid back guitar playing is soothing to the ears.

Yes, it’s another Beatles song, but this one is good too. “Your Mother Should Know” is a cute pop song with the often repeated line “let’s get up and dance to a song that was a hit before your mother was born.”


7. Dear Mama

This tribute song by the late Tupac Shakur is perhaps the most touching song on this list. Tupac deviates from his traditional new-age hip-hop music to deliver a deeply touching track that does so many things at once. Throughout this song’s smooth harmony of slow rap beats and heartfelt lyrics, Tupac acknowledges, apologizes to and thanks his mother for having put up with him as a young man. Even if you haven’t had quite as rough of an upbringing as Tupac, there is still a lot to relate to in this song.


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Off campus activities for Moms Weekend JESSICA POTEMPA Contributing writer


hether your mom, grandma or whole family is visiting to celebrate Moms Weekend, there are many activities to partake in, both on and off campus. It’s always fun to show your visitors around the Main Quad, your favorite cafes or one of the local bars. But for an original Moms Weekend experience, try taking your loved ones to a few off-campus sights. Check out the list below for some places to visit this Moms Weekend.

Hit the town

Downtown Champaign is home to various restaurants and bars. Try some of Champaign’s original restaurants like Seven Saints, Guido’s or Big Grove Tavern. There are endless options for food all around the downtown Champaign area. After enjoying some great food, take a walk around the town. The majority of the bars and restaurants are within walking distance. You can find bakeries or ice cream parlors around Champaign too.

See local art

It can be fun to see a play on campus at the Krannert Center, but there are options to enjoy the arts off campus as well. Go see a movie at the Art Theater, a movie theater in downtown Champaign which is over 100 years old. There is also The Art Party Studio in Urbana, where you can relax, sip on wine and creatively paint with your mom.

Go shopping

Since it can be hard to take a break and treat yourself during the week, take a trip to the mall over Moms Weekend. Market Place Mall is only a five-minute drive away. The mall is filled with endless options from department stores to nail salons to electronic stores. Spend the day shopping with your mom at Market Place Mall and enjoy the atmosphere.

Enjoy the day

What better way to celebrate a spring day than taking your mom to see the beautiful nature surrounding Champaign-Urbana? A fun spot to hang out can be Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. There you can check out the Anita Purves Nature Center, Busey Woods or Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center. Enjoy the beauty and nature around you while


The Jane Addams Book Shop in downtown Champaign is just one off-campus spot to visit during Moms Weekend. Other locations include Market Place Mall or Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. having a picnic at Crystal Lake Park. There is so much to do in the Champaign-Urbana area both on and off campus. Hopefully you can make some

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FRIDAY, APRIL 7 Silent Auction and Petals & Paintings Opening Gala

6:30 p.m. Krannert Art Museum Gala tickets are $85 per person (a portion of the price is a tax-deductible donation). Krannert Art Museum will host a silent auction and a two-day floral design exhibition to raise money for the museum.

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7:30 p.m. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Faculty member Shozo Sato will put on a “Kabuki performance style from Japanese theater” spin on Shakespeare’s “Othello,” with tickets ranging from $8-23.

Malignant Humor Comedy Festival

8 p.m. Courtyard Café of Illini Union Spicy Clamato and DeBono will present a comedy show, open to all with free admission.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 Moms Association Annual Meeting and Awards Recognition

8 a.m. Illini Union Colonial Room Moms Association will be giving out awards for planning Moms Weekend events and this event is open to the public.



62nd Annual Mom’s Weekend Flower Show

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stock Pavilion Moms Weekend Flower Show will feature garden displays and a plant sale. It is sponsored by the University’s Horticulture Club and is open to all with free admission.

Iago’s Plot

3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Faculty member Shozo Sato will put on a “Kabuki performance style from Japanese theater” spin on Shakespeare’s “Othello,” with tickets ranging from $8-23.

Illini Union Board Craft and Vendor Fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Illini Union First Floor Local vendors will sell handcrafted and popular items.

Bags Tournament

1 p.m. Illini Union Rec Room (Lower Level) This tournament will be open to all, with prizes for top three teams. There’s a $5 entry fee.

UI Women’s Glee Club Moms Day Concert

2 p.m. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts UI Women’s Glee Club will combine more than 60 voices to celebrate Moms Weekend. Tickets are $4-10.

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UI Black Chorus Mom’s Day Concert

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Stock Pavilion Moms Weekend Flower Show will feature garden displays and a plant sale. It is sponsored by the University’s Horticulture Club and is open to all with free admission.

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8 p.m. Courtyard Café Spicy Clamato and DeBono will present a comedy show, open to all with free admission.

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8 p.m. Foellinger Auditorium Undergraduate students will perform songs and dance routines put together by the members of Atius-Sachnem. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Illini Union Lower Level stage Illini Union Board will host several activities including “Karaoke with Mom.”

SUNDAY, APRIL 9 62 Annual Mom’s Weekend Flower Show 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

10 a.m. to noon Colonnades Club, Memorial Stadium Brunch will include tours of the suites and club levels and close with a photo-op on Zuppke field. Tickets are $35 per person. 10 a.m. to noon Illini Union Ballroom Brunch will be open to all and tickets are $20.

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Best C-U brunch spots to impress your mom LILLIAN BARKLEY Editor-in-Chief


t’s the last day of Moms Weekend. You’ve spent the day before walking around campus, visiting the craft fair or flower show and, of course, showing your mom all of your favorite bars. There’s only one thing left to cap off a good weekend: brunch. Luckily, there are plenty of restaurants on and around campus with great brunch menus to finish the weekend without making you or your mom worry about cooking.


The Hub is one of the few brunch spots on campus. The restaurant at 601 S. First St. in Champaign is normally a sports bar, but it offers a Sunday brunch menu starting at 11:30 a.m. Most entrees come with the option of a $6 bottomless mimosa bar, which is a great “hair of the dog” option if you stayed out late the night before. Most of the food is Mexicaninspired, with huevos rancheros and roast beef eggs benedict. The sweet options are limited to the dessert menu and a hefty stack of six buttermilk pancakes with berries and whipped cream. The priciest thing on the menu (a spe-

cialty burger) plus bottomless mimosas is less than $20, so you’ll get a full meal for a reasonable price. Cracked is also a good brunch option now that its location at 619 E. Green St. is open. This is a much more casual option, but a sandwich or wrap and tots will still be around $10. The restaurant is open for more than just Sunday brunch, so it’s a good option for a meal on Saturday as well. If you’re looking for good, fast and satisfying hangover food, there’s nothing quite like a Morning Bender or truffle tots to start the day right.


One of the most popular brunch options in Champaign is at Radio Maria at 119 N. Walnut St. The brunch is mostly Mexican-inspired, but also features six variations on eggs Benedict and a build-your-own bloody mary bar from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Radio Maria sources from local and sustainable producers, making it a more environmentally conscious way to brunch. Most of the menu clocks in at around $10, so prepare to splurge a bit. Big Grove Tavern, 1 E. Main St., boasts “Midwestern craft cuisine” on its brunch menu, so expect plenty of grits, pancakes and bacon. There are also plenty of vegetarian options including rich French toast bread pudding. The natural, homey food isn’t very

cheap — entrees are around $11 — though an unlimited $8 mimosa bar offsets the cost if you want a boozier brunch. Miga is a unique but expensive brunch. The restaurant at 301 N. Neil St. focuses on Korean-fusion cuisine and offers just nine options on its brunch menu. The prices range from an $8 house salad to a $26 New York strip steak with eggs, kimchi and bacon. The other dishes are all $12 and include bibimbap, rice with marinated mountain vegetables, greens and pork chili sauce, and the Galbi Burrito with ground beef, egg, bacon and kimchi cabbage. Miga is known for its clean, fresh flavors and creative dishes.


Silvercreek Restaurant might have the most iconic brunch in Urbana. The restaurant at 402 N. Race St. features a buffet from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It takes place on Sunday for just over $20 per person. The value is what you make of it, but with unlimited made-to-order omelettes and tables full of breakfast and lunch selections, it’s a hard deal to beat. On a nice day, Silvercreek opens The Greenhouse, a converted greenhouse with an exposed brick floor. Between the buffet selection and ambiance, Silvercreek has something for everyone. Dancing Dog Eatery and Juicery, 126 W. Main St., is perfect for anyone with dietary



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How to clean your room for when mom visits COURTNEY BOYER Opinions editor

also help ensure you have clean clothes to wear when your mom is around. Getting the laundry off the floor, if nothing else, will at least give the impression of a clean room.

your room like when you were younger. Here are a few ideas to implement if you want to clean your room in a way that is both efficient and effective.

Start early

If you still have a couple of days until your mom’s arrival, start the cleaning process now. Throughout the week, empty your room of any trash or other unmentionables that you don’t want your mom to see. Busy college students often leave dishes in their rooms that tend to acquire mold and old food crust over time. This definitely contributes to the smell that might alarm your mom. Get rid of these dishes — throw them away if you need to — and hopefully the room will have enough time to air out.

Do your laundry

Laundry is one of the main contributors to a messy room. If you haven’t done laundry in a while, try doing a small load every night so you aren’t swamped the night before your mom comes. This will

Buy some air freshener

A nice spritz of Febreze might be just what your room needs to officially complete the mirage that your room is truly clean. This should help mask the smell that lingered in the air before. It will actually be a nice change in pace from the usual scent that hits visitors in the face as they enter your room. You might be surprised to find that you actually enjoy living in a clean room. If cleaning is not usually your thing, you might have a change of heart when you realize that falling asleep on a bed instead of a pile of old clothes can help you get a better night’s sleep. By following these ideas, you will be well-dressed, well-slept and put together when your mom arrives. Also, she’ll be impressed that you actually learned something from all those years of her making you clean your room at home.


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ur moms know us better than we give them credit for. They know when we just shove everything under our beds in an attempt to make our rooms look “cleaner.” This isn’t fooling anyone. The musky smell of dirty clothes and unwashed dishes

will linger around far longer than the actual clothes and dishes do. This is why you should take the time to officially deep clean your room in a timely manner, since Moms Weekend is just around the corner. Your mom, who loves and cares about your well-being as moms often do, will have peace of mind knowing that you are not always living in an absolute pigsty. She will go home more confident that you are being well taken care of at school and don’t always need her to remind you to clean


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Seven things to do on Moms Weekend if mom is an alumna in college. NORA HALLERAN Staff writer


f your mom is an Illini, she will be expecting an action-packed Moms Weekend. Here are some ideas of fun things to do with your mom.

1. Take a walk around the Main Quad

Your mom will want to reminisce about when she was in college. You can show her where you take some of your classes and she can show you where she took hers. Talk about the classes you’re taking and how they are going. Your mom might have even taken some of the same ones.

2. Go to the Illini Union Bookstore

Have fun and finish homework JOSEPH LONGO Managing editor for reporting


id-April isn’t the ideal time of year for Moms Weekend. The spring break letdown has fi nally sunk in and the end-of-the-year rush is beginning. This means endless projects, homework and tasks to fi nish. Plus if you’re an upperclassman, add in summer internships or job stress. However, there’s a way to let loose with your mom while still fi nishing your to-do list. It’s all about fi nding the balance. Here are a few things to consider if mom comes to town, but your Statistics 100 exam is on the Tuesday after.

Stay in until Friday

Alright, this one isn’t new or unique to Moms Weekend. Instead of going out Thursday night, stay in and get ahead on all of your work. It’s likely you’ll be going out all weekend anyway, so one night might be just the right move. The extra perk: You won’t be as tired all weekend. Even if you don’t have a ton of homework, one night of rest could equal several nights of fun, festive, motherly bonding.

Make it “take your mom to work day”

There’s something sweet about spending Saturday at a coffee shop while both you and your mom work. It’s a chance for you to show her around campus, while still keeping up the image that you’re spending

enough time studying. The extra perk: You’ll likely get free drinks and food. There really isn’t a much better way to study than with a free drink from your mom. Just make sure to pay her back with great grades.

Get up early or stay up late

If you know there’s just not much free time during the weekend, work in the offhours. There’s a truth to being most productive when there are no distractions. Brew yourself a cup of coffee, make breakfast — or dessert if it’s late at night — and put in just a bit of work. The extra perk: Your mom will be impressed. If she sees you studying before she’s up or after she goes to bed, you’ll gain more respect. She’ll actually see just how hard you’re working.

Illinois alumni love to show school pride, so make some time to head over to the bookstore. She can buy herself some Illini gear, and maybe she’ll buy you some too! You’ll both want to be sporting your orange and blue this weekend and the bookstore has got it all, from alumnae apparel to Illini mom’s apparel.

3. Stop at your mom’s old hangout spots

Walk around campus and let your mom show you her favorite bars, where she worked or where she liked to eat on Green Street. There is a chance some of these places might not be there anymore, but it’s still worth a shot to check it out. You might go to some places you normally don’t go to and you’ll learn about how your mom spent her days

4. Show your mom your favorite spots on campus

Take your mom out to your favorite restaurant, bar or coffee shop. Campus has changed a lot since she went here and there are several new spots to show her. It will be fun to show your mom what your everyday life is like at school and compare it to what she used to do.

5. Take a picture with Alma

Stop by the Alma Mater and take a picture with your mom. All moms love to take pictures, so Alma is the perfect spot to document the weekend and get a great Facebook or Instagram post. You will have a photo to commemorate all of the fun you have this weekend.

6. Visit the places where your mom used to live

Your mom can point out which dorm she lived in freshman year and you two can talk about your opinions on the dorm food. If she was in a sorority, stop by and see how things have changed. Check out her old apartment or house and see if it’s still there. You can talk about all her favorite memories from living there before she graduated.

7. Go to a theater or sporting event

Alumni love to support their fellow Illini, so find an event or activity that you would both like and buy tickets. Enjoy the time with your mom while also cheering on your school. After all, you and your mom are proud Illini.

If all else fails, forget about homework for once

For many, this might be the only week their mom comes to visit. Homework is always going to be there. So make it a “staycation.” Ditch the work for a few hours and go explore campus and the ChampaignUrbana area with your mom. You always end up getting your work done anyway. Trust yourself and take a much-needed break. The extra perk: Your mom knows you work hard. She get’s it. After all, she likely was in your situation once. Whether you spend time working together or partying together, she’ll appreciate that you kept her involved.


Bring your mom to the Main Quad on Moms Weekend. Staff writer Nora Halleran suggests showing your mom where your classes are and seeing if she had any classes around the area too.


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For this year’s Moms Weekend, bring the spa to her. Bath bombs, candles and sugar scrubs are all easy to make and customize. The handmade cosmetics retailer Lush can offer some inspiration for ingredients. Flower petals and essential oils make for great-smelling additions. Baskets can also be tailored to specific treatments like manicures, pedicures, facials or bath time. Baskets can be embellished with artificial or real flowers, watercolor paint strokes, family pictures or ribbons and bows. The gift can also be made more practical by placing the homemade items in an antique chest or jewelry box that can be found at a thrift store.

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There are very few supplies needed to construct a wine rack. For a bare-boned rustic look, use some reclaimed wood, a wood-cutting saw and a couple of nails. For a more sleek and modern rack, bring out the sandpaper and wood varnish. One of the nice things about making a custom wine rack is that one can decide how many bottles it will fit. Whether mom hosts parties a few times a month or drinks only on special occasions, the rack will prove very useful. The rack can be decorated with ornamental knobs and pre-cut letters, or can be left as is. The rack should complement the decorations and furnishings of her home and mimic them, so that she will know how much thought was put into making her gift.

Cornhole is the perfect game for family events when the weather cooperates (this is the Midwest, after all). Pre-constructed boards cost upwards of $150, but the supplies shouldn’t cost more than $50, and that includes the paint for decorating. After constructing the boards and making the bags, paint your family crest on the boards if you have one. In the more likely case that you don’t have one, mom’s favorite sports team logo will suffice. Use a stencil for more intricate designs. For some friendly competition, this gift can be used this weekend before heading to the bars. It also serves as a nice activity for moms who are not into drinking.



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ast year, I didn’t think it was necessary or particularly fair for my mom to make the trek all the way down to the University just to see me. I wasn’t sure if there would be enough for her to do on campus, and I had just seen everyone two weeks before during spring break. I now realize that Moms Weekend does have a lot to offer and doesn’t have to be just another ordinary visit. This year, I actually have some options for my mom so that she doesn’t get bored here, which is something that tends to happen when my parents visit. They come, have some food with me and then leave. I usually wouldn’t expect them to stay any longer, but for Moms Weekend, there should be something more. My mom attended college back in the day and was also involved in Greek life. I am in a fraternity, and I think it would be cool to show her the house and to perhaps engage in some of the traditional festivities that this school is known for. My greek house, and many other fraternities and sororities

alike, will be hosting for Moms Weekend activities. In addition to the lunch that will be provided for all of the moms at my fraternity, everyone can participate in some friendly games to get to know each other and the house better. This will include a newlywed’s type of game show, some simple meet-and-greet welcoming activities and a basket auction. The money from the basket auction will be donated to charity. Of course, the moms don’t have to stay the whole time, but my mom has to because I am on the committee running the event. I think giving my mom a chance to see the house and the friends I hang out with will give her a better idea of my life at school. I have a feeling she will enjoy it since she has not visited a fraternity house since her college years. After we leave the house, if it’s a nice day, we may take a stroll through the Main Quad and then eventually find someplace to eat. I could take her to a restaurant around Green Street for dinner, but this is a good opportunity to get off campus for a nicer meal. If my mom wants to, I can try to show her a glimpse of the bar scene on campus. My roommate brought his mom to Red



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Mary Dehaan (left), with her daughter Stephanie Dehaan (right). Multiple events on campus are provided for families visiting on Moms Weekend, including fraternity events and activities at the Illini Union. Lion last year, and he said it was a unique experience. I’m probably not going to push it though because I am not entirely comfortable with taking my mom out to the bars. However, if some of the people from the fraternity want to go out with their moms, it could be the makings of a good time. I figure that I am only going to be at this school for another couple years so I

might as well bring my mom down for a traditional Moms Weekend visit. There is also no rule that says only your mom can come for that weekend. My dad will probably be coming down as well. Hopefully, they will find a way to bring my dog down because for some reason, there still isn’t an official Pets Weekend.

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