Aggie Parents Come to Campus

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Numerous events were on the calender as part of the yearly Parents Weekend at Texas A&M.

An annual A&M event marked a milestone with a record-setting turnout. Every year, the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority holds a 5-K run and fun walk. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the event. All proceeds go to Scotty's House and CASA. Around 600 people took to the streets for the fundraiser, and for the first time, a band and silent auction were included in the festivities.

"I am so impressed with the turnout this year," said one of the organizers, Kristie Kuzma. "The girls have been pushing it all year. They've been really excited about it. We've actually tried to get more businesses involved."

"They put us in their budget yearly," said another organizer, Chelsea Munn. "This year, we're excited to give them a couple thousand more than we've given them in the past, and I don't think their expecting that, so that will be really fun to be able to give them that."

Kappa Alpha Theta expects to count up between $13,000 and $14,000 this year, which would be a new record.

University president Robert Gates held an open house for his extended Aggie family. It is only the second presidential residence on the A&M campus, and has been in use since 1965. Although a fire burnt down the first house, most of the furniture in the living area was salvaged from the original home.

Student artwork was also on display as families perused the halls.

Just down the road at Kyle Field was the annual Whoopstock Unity Festival. In its 12th year, Whoopstock allows student organizations to showcase the various cultures at A&M. The event was held in The Zone in conjunction with the Aggie Athletic Department. Entertainment and variety of food was available to those who stopped by.

But undoubtedly, there were parents and students who didn't care about variety and just wanted some good old-fashioned barbecue. And that's what they got at the annual Bevo Burn Barbecue on Simpson Drill Field. Families loaded up on food and checked out some Aggie booths.

Many of the folks took the short walk to Kyle after the buffet for the Maroon and White game later on.