By Gerard Fiorenzaiii
Adelphi’s Fifth Annual Spirit Weekend was one for the books with 3,075 Panthers in
attendance. The first-ever hybrid Spirit Weekend featured 34 events hosted from Oct. 14-17. The Center for Student and Community Engagement (SCE) hosted 20 of those events. According to the SCE, 2,373 participated in the hybrid experience, a 109 percent increase from the previous year's virtual experience.
Adelphi continued their traditional programs for graduates, new students and Panther parents and families with a Contemplative Prayer at Cathedral of Incarnation on Oct. 12. Father Adam Bucko hosted the service in person at the Cathedral, but also live-streamed for 201 Panthers.
Arianna Livreri, the associate director for the SCE, said the event ran smoothly. “This year's hybrid experience was a success and I think we will continue this tradition.”
The events kicked off on Thursday with Daniel Martin hosting the Magic Show. The next night was Casino Night Under the Stars, which had 323 people in attendance. The Panther Carnival on Saturday was an immense success with 1,409 people in attendance who got to experience rides such as a rollercoaster and bumper cars, and there were raffles, an ice cream truck and other entertainment.
An essential component of Adelphi’s Spirit Weekend and Carnival was the announcement of
our Prestigious Panthers for the year. The Delphian’s editor-in-chief, Maxmillian Robinson, was among the winners, along with Saira Amar, Sarah Carbain and Vanessa Masih.
Robinson said, “I had a great time being around such a vibrant atmosphere. I hope to see more like this in the future.”
Gabriel Nuñez, a sophomore psychology major, said he thought the carnival was great. “It was a nice way to take a break from the mid-semester workload and stress,” he said.
Other events included a volunteer service event at Crossroads Farm, Panthers for a Cause 5K and Fun Run, Breast Cancer Walk with Swing Phi Swing, the 10 Under 10 Induction Ceremony and plenty of Panthers athletic competition.
It was a true showcase of the Adelphi Community’s unity, students, their families, faculty and alumni.