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Sept. 26, 2001
 
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ABBREVIATED FALL CLASSIC RAISES NEARLY $300,000
OSWEGO -- The 12th annual Oswego State Fall Classic Sept. 14 reflected the mood of the nation and campus. The event was held in an abbreviated version, without many of the celebratory trappings it usually has. Yet it raised a gross of $292,684 to support scholarships for SUNY Oswego students.
"We came to be together, to show the American spirit, in defiance of terrorists who would disrupt the American way of life, and to carry on the good purposes of this traditional event," said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley.
The money raised by Fall Classic sponsors will support Oswego's Presidential Scholars Program. This year's class of 177 Presidential Scholars is the largest in the program's five-year history.
In light of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, the college canceled the first day of the Fall Classic, which was to include the Sithe luncheon for sponsors and other guests, a reception to introduce Presidential Scholars to sponsors and a ground-breaking ceremony for Oswego's School of Business.
The reception for Presidential Scholars and sponsors has been rescheduled for the evening of Oct. 18 and the ground breaking will be held at 1:45 p.m. Oct. 19.
The Friday Fall Classic events -- golf, fishing and a clay pigeon spectacular -- went on as scheduled, although in a subdued fashion. The golf tournament opened with a moment of reflection and prayer led by Stanley and the Rev. Ed McNally of the Newman Center. Golfers wore anti-violence ribbons and headed out to the greens on carts adorned with American flags.
Proceeds of one game of the golf tournament went to the New York State Laborers' Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Relief Fund, which LECET set up to aid the families of laborers who were victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. About $1,000 was raised.
The barbecue that traditionally closes the Fall Classic was held earlier in the evening, without student involvement and the usual presentation of a big check for Fall Classic proceeds. Instead of celebratory banners, the barn at Fallbrook Recreation Center was decorated with photos of a campus candlelight vigil and student-created banners showing "hands against violence."
The Fall Classic, coordinated by the Office of Alumni and University Development, has generated a grand total in gross sponsorship gifts of $2.35 million since 1990.
Presidential level sponsors, all of whom were unanimous in wishing the tournament to go on in the face of the terrorist attacks, are El Paso Corp., Enron, New York State Laborers' Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, and Sithe.
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