Looking back: Spring of 1991

Compiled from the Southern News archives by Michael RiccioManaging Editor

School system faces more cuts University president Michael J. Adanti said in a written message the four Connecticut State Universities will face financial difficulties in the coming years. Depending on the action of Lowell Weicker, the governor of Connecticut, the school system faces cuts from seven to 20 percent. Tuition rose by 19 percent in the coming fall semester as well.


  • Ray Reid, head coach of the men’s soccer team, was named Division II Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association. Reid guided the Owls to a 22-0-1 record and a national championship.


  • Kathy McCarthy, a sociology professor, was arrested for disorderly conduct by New Haven police during a demonstration protesting the Persian Gulf War.
  • After severe budget cuts, Folio, Southern’s “award-winning literary and art magazine,” was struggling to publish their spring issue. After requesting $8,200, they were only given $7,100.
  • Women’s indoor track took first place at the Collegiate Track Conference Indoor Championships for the third straight year.


  • Women’s basketball player Geraldine Artis was named New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring with 18.1 points per game.
  • Folio announces they will publish their spring issue in April despite budget cuts, but without color.
  • The New York Giants played the WTNH Channel 8 News team in a charity basketball game at Moore Field House. The event raised $6,000 for the Special Olympics and Damien O’Neil Scholarship Fund.


  • Club ice hockey defeats Marist College 5-4 to win the Metropolitan Collegiate Conference Championship, finishing the year 13-6-2.
  • Flora Nwapa, the first published black African woman author, spoke at Southern about African literature, her own works, and the status of women in Nigeria.
  • Despite the budget cuts, no Southern faculty layoffs will occur. However, because of agreements between Gov. Weicker and unions, faculty and administration had pay raises held for nearly a year.

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