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April 14, 2004


EXHIBITION ON TRAGIC ACCIDENT TO OPEN WEDNESDAY

    OSWEGO -- "Friends: One Day . . . One Wrong Turn," an exhibition detailing a deadly drunk-driving accident involving seven college students at Colgate University, will have its Central New York premiere when it opens Wednesday, April 21, at SUNY Oswego.

    The public is invited to view the admission-free exhibition, which will run through June 4 in the Hewitt Union formal lounge on campus.

    Four of the students returning from a night out died in the single-car crash in November 2000 near Colgate, and the driver is serving a prison sentence for operating the vehicle while intoxicated.

    "The exhibition focuses on the lives of the victims prior to the crash, emphasizing individual histories through photos, possessions, interviews of victims' friends and families, and audio and visual recordings," according to an exhibit brochure. "The combination of these elements creates an emotional reaction in observers, with the goal of behavioral change."

    At SUNY Oswego, hours for the exhibition will be noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; noon to 7 p.m. Wednesdays; and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Special viewings are available by appointment by calling the Office of Campus Life at 312-2301.

    The Louis Henry Morgan Institute at Union College and the SUNY Institute of Technology prepared the exhibition, working with the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation, Capital District STOP-DWI Programs and the Mandeville Gallery at Union College.

    "This exhibit helps us identify with the human tragedy behind the stories about drinking and driving we all see in the news," said James Scharfenberger, associate vice president and dean of student affairs at SUNY Oswego. "Even though the display relates the stories of students at other colleges, the display is relevant to our students, to the educational purpose of our college, and to members of the community. We are pleased to host the exhibit."   

    The exhibition at SUNY Oswego is made possible thanks to sponsorship from the New York Press Association, Oswego County Weeklies and SUNY Oswego, with curatorial services donated by the Oswego County Historical Society.

    Student volunteers are needed to staff the exhibition in the coming weeks. For more information on volunteering, call the SUNY Oswego Center for Service Learning and Community Services at 312-2505.

    Organizers expect the display to tour campuses throughout New York state in 2005.

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