Autumn Fest during Friends and Family Weekend 10/21/2023

Friends and Family Weekend brings fall fun

Events took place last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
October 26, 2023

Wells College encouraged the loved ones of students to visit campus and see what student life is like this fall during Friends and Family Weekend. 

Guests were invited to enjoy a light breakfast with President Jonathan Gibralter and other campus leaders in Macmillan Hall Saturday morning. An Open House also took place that afternoon, where many departments and offices tabled in the Sommer Center of Smith Hall. 

Autumn Fest was also organized in the Sommer Center. Participants played bingo to win prizes, engaged in fall-themed activities, entered in raffles, and purchased hand-made items from student clubs and organizations. 

Throughout the weekend, the Theatre Department presented “Everybody” in Phipps Auditorium. “Everybody” is an off-Broadway play written by Branden Jacob-Jenkins as a contemporary retelling of a 15th-century morality play titled “Everyman.” This semester’s production was directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Claire Mannle. The ensemble of eight Wells students and one alum told the story of the lottery of life and used a unique casting method where two actors memorized the lead role of Everybody, but only one of them would perform it based on the roll of a die at every performance. The play had coarse language, mortal peril, a discussion of racism, and dancing macabre skeletons. 

On Saturday evening, paranormal investigator Ross Allison visited campus for a ghostly experience. Allison has appeared on multiple TV shows like TLC’s “America’s Ghost Hunters,” ABC’s “Scariest Places on Earth,” Sci-Fi’s “Ghost Hunters,” and Travel Channel’s “Most Terrifying Places in America.” He’s the president and founder of AGHOST (Advanced Ghost Hunters of Seattle-Tacoma), has educated thousands of colleges and universities on paranormal activity, and has investigated haunted locations nationally and internationally since 2000. At Wells, Allison gave his Ghostology 101 presentation for about 100 people in Phipps Auditorium and conducted an investigation of some of the college’s reportedly haunted buildings for interested students. 

Friends and Family Weekend was made possible by Student Activities, Academic and Student Affairs, Dining Services, and Residence Life. Follow Wells College on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube for updates. 

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