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Family Weekend Winter Festival Hits Campus

February 1, 2005

While the cold weather stubbornly remains, things will heat up this weekend on the Bentley campus, when the Family Weekend Winter Festival 2005 kicks off on Friday, February 4.

Traditionally held in the fall, this is the first time Family Weekend will be showcased during the spring semester.

"Normally the weekend is tied into many other programs," says Jim Morris, coordinator, Arts & Lectures and co-chairman of Family Weekend. "This year we thought we should spotlight it on its own, and this is also a way to reinvent it."

Morris also noted that this year's goal is to attract more upperclassmen families as well. "Traditionally it's been focused on freshmen, and this allows us to get more student groups and a broader cross section of people involved."

Friday night's events include dinner and a movie, "Shark Tale," and Greedy Bingo in the Dana Center.

Saturday's daytime events feature academic tours and workshops, men's and women's basketball games and dinner with President Morone in the Executive Dining Room.

The highlight of the weekend comes Saturday night. Bentley Night Live!, Bentley's first ever talent showcase, has already sold out Koumantzelis Auditorium. Paul Nardizzi, a Bentley alumnus and nationally renowned comedian, will be the Master of Ceremonies for an evening featuring performances ranging from Latin hip-hop dance to student poetry.

"The show really serves two purposes," says Kerry Gorgone, associate director of Communication and the show's associate producer. "It showcases our student organizations to visiting parents, and it's also a chance for individual Bentley students to express their creative side."

Sunday will include religious services and a brunch in Seasons Dining Room before wrapping up around 2:00 p.m.

For more information, including the complete weekend schedule, you can visit the Family Weekend website.


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