The start of something new – Opening Weekend 2017 Posted on August 22, 2017 by Rachel McMaster Hesston College welcomed new and returning students to campus and a new year during Opening Weekend Aug. 18 to 20. Classes started Aug. 21. Hesston College resident assistants (clockwise from front) Garrett Roth (Hesston, Kan.), Angus Siemens (Newton, Kan.), Curtis Oesch (Caldwell, Idaho) and Keegan Cook (Whitewater, Kan.) help a new student move into the dorms during one of the move in times throughout the week leading up to Opening Weekend. President Dr. Joseph Manickam runs the “official Mod Olympics torch” on its final leg to declare the opening of the 108th Mod Olympics. A mod works to untangle themselves during the “Human Knot” game at Mod Olympics, the final kick-off event of Opening Weekend prior to the start of classes. Each mod’s uniquely themed style of dress and the nonsensical games allow students to have fun and get to know one another in a laid back setting.