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Jan. 28, 2004

   OSWEGO -- Intercollegiate and intramural activities, a bonfire with pep rally, live entertainment and more are on the playbook for SUNY Oswego's first-ever Laker Days, Feb. 6 to 8. 

    "Laker Days is something we hope will become an annual tradition," said Sonia Robinson, the event's coordinator. "We've had a campus-wide group working on a wide range of events that we truly believe will offer something for everybody. It's a great way to shake off cabin fever while having a lot of fun."

    The festival, made possible by an National Collegiate Athletic Association Choices grant, will feature home athletic contests for Oswego's nationally ranked ice hockey and wrestling teams, but many of the sporting events for the weekend will be participatory. Contests in racquetball, basketball, broomball and other competitions -- including a human dogsled race -- will take place throughout the event.

    Activities on Friday, Feb. 6, will include a panel presentation "Sports: Past, Present and Future" at noon that will tackle the general history of professional and amateur sports, women and minorities in sports, and the athletic tradition at SUNY Oswego. After the 7 p.m. hockey game with Buffalo, visitors will be able to enjoy a sandwich competition and battle of the bands during Romney Rocks and Rolls.

    A bonfire and pep rally near the Laker Hall south parking lot at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, will precede the Oswego hockey game against Fredonia in Romney. Another highlight, "Oswego Idol" at 9:30 p.m. that night, will be a local version of the popular "American Idol" talent show. Saturday's activities will wrap with an indoor winter carnival, featuring games and food, starting 11 p.m.

    Sunday's events will include a 5K walk/run starting at 10:30 a.m.

    The NCAA Choices grant aims to promote institutional pride through strengthening active participation of the student body in intercollegiate athletic contests and other alcohol-free campus-sponsored events. The project, which also includes a proactive alcohol course for first-year student-athletes, is co-directed by Jean Conway, academics and life skills coordinator for student athletes.
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