’80s ice skating event offers one free activity – the Oswegonian


The SUNY Oswego Student Association (SAPB) Planning Council hosted the ’80s Ice Skating on October 17th in the Deborah Stanley Arena & Convocation Hall.

The event was open to all SUNY Oswego students, faculty and staff at no cost from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. SAPB plans to host two more free events like this in the coming weeks, according to Tim Graber, Director of Skate Shop.

Graber said that before SAPB asked for the themed skate, the only special open skates were for holidays like Valentine’s Day or Halloween. He also said he liked the free sessions as it was an “easy and relaxed event” and hopes to see more in the future.

Open skates typically cost $ 1 for admission and $ 3 for skate rental for all SUNY Oswego students. SAPB paid for student admission and any skate rentals at the ’80s open skate and will pay for the next two events as well.

“Skating is one of the only events students have to pay for on campus,” Graber said.

Graber said that while he is not familiar with the theme of the other open skates that will be put in place by SAPB, the plan is for a movie to be shown on the dash above the ice. The next events are scheduled for October 24 and 31 at the same time as the first.

Due to COVID-19, all participants who come to themed events or any skating activity, including the development of free skating, skating and shooting or figure skating skills, must wear a mask at all times and show their SUNY Oswego ID.

Additionally, not all open skate events will be open to the general public until further notice, according to the SUNY Oswego website.

The list of all skating-related events can be found on the Campus Life portion of the SUNY Oswego website under Skate Shop Services. Other free SAPB sponsored events have been confirmed through the SUNY Oswego events calendar, with the theme “Hocus Pocus”.

Kailee montross | Oswegonian

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