“Laker Days is an opportunity to do many things, all of them positive,” said Sonia Robinson, coordinator of Laker Days. “One main objective is letting students know that they can enjoy themselves through healthy, fun interactions as opposed to relying on alcohol and other drugs as their socializing agents.”
Several winter sports teams will host home contests that weekend. The Laker ice hockey team will face off against Potsdam on Friday, Jan. 28, and archrival Plattsburgh on Saturday, Jan. 29. The men’s and women’s basketball teams, who both closed the fall semester undefeated, will play Potsdam on Saturday night. Other Saturday contests will include Oswego’s nationally ranked wrestling squad grappling with Oneonta at noon as well as the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams facing Geneseo at 1 p.m.
After Friday’s hockey game with Potsdam, the field house will host the Friday Night Main Event: Romney Rocks and Rolls. The evening will feature entertainment from the college’s Shaun Cassidy Fan Club Improv Comedy Troupe, a sandwich competition and the Human Dogsled Race with co-ed campus teams of five competing on the Romney ice. “Our schedule has come together with many chances for students to show off their abilities and have fun at the same time,” Robinson said.
Saturday’s highlights include three finalists vying for the title of Oswego Idol at 10 p.m. in the Hewitt Union ballroom. The winning vocalist will also earn a spring break travel and accommodations package. The Laker Days Winter Carnival, beginning at 11 p.m. in the Hewitt Union main lounge, will offer free food and games for members of the campus community.
The Bridge Street Run/Walk 5K will have competitors dashing through the snow on Sunday morning. The race will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Oswego YMCA on West First Street and finish at Laker Hall on campus.
Robinson praised the cross-campus Laker Days committee that has been involved in year-round planning. “We have so many people—staff members and students alike—who provide their time and expertise in planning and staging our many activities,” Robinson said. “Laker Days is a testament to their cooperation and creativity.”
She also appreciated the generosity of many businesses around the community who donated prizes and other support for the festival.
The festival is funded by an NCAA Choices grant to promote institutional pride through strengthening active participation of the student body in intercollegiate athletic contests and other alcohol-free campus-sponsored events.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit http://www.oswego.edu/lakerdays.
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PHOTO CAPTION: Banner season—SUNY Oswego theatre majors Luann Cardinal (left) and Greg Brewster show off some of the spirit banners created in advance of this year’s Laker Days festival on campus. It’s one of many ways members of the campus community have been gearing up for the second annual celebration, scheduled to run Jan. 27 to 30. Highlights will include five athletic teams playing home contests, campus-wide talent competitions, intramural activities and more. For more information and a schedule of events, visit http://www.oswego.edu/lakerdays.
(Posted: Jan 19, 2005)