SUNY Oswego students enjoy interactive alternative to BSR at the first annual OzFest

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Oswego State’s administration went all-in on their end-of-the-year spring festival in an attempt to keep students on campus and away from the annual pub crawl known as Bridge Street Run (BSR).

The event, OzFest, began Friday around two in the afternoon with a small carnival open to all students.

Students were treated to free food, fresh made lemonade in novelty, color-changing cups, a caricature artist,  and a variety of inflatable attractions including a free fall platform, a bungy equipped trampoline, and a mechanical bull. Other concessions were also available in the Marano Campus Center.

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Hundreds of students were present throughout the afternoon and early evening at OzFest, but the large turn out did not keep everyone from heading downtown to participate in the decades old BSR tradition. Nor did it keep some students from drinking before arriving at the campus sponsored event.

“Yea, I had a few drinks before,” one student said with a laugh.

Though the school could not cap off all drinking related to BSR, their efforts were not without a measure of success. Oswego University Police posted on their Facebook page that number of discipline related incidents were few in number. Further, there was a decrease in the number of arrests from last year’s event to this year’s.