Looking back: Spring of 1992, more students seek financial aid as result of budget cuts

Compiled from the Southern News archives by Michael Riccio, Managing Editor

As a result of the state budget cuts and spikes in tuition, 2,700 students were forced to go on some form of financial aid. Officials estimated 300 to 400 more students are expected to need financial in the following semesters.

• Senior Joe Bena and freshman Gene Hanemann qualified for the division II wrestling championships. Hanemann broke the Southern record for most wins in a season by a freshman.

• Leading scorer for the men’s basketball team, Jonathan Greenfield, was hit by a car and
missed the Owls semifinal game against New Hampshire. Southern would advance to the finals, but lost and was denied an NCAA Tournament bid despite going 20- 10.

• About 1,000 people took part in a march and rally to protest Gov. Lowell P. Weicker’s proposed cuts to Southern’s budget. Students gathered in the quad, marched to the front of Buley Library, and listened to various speakers.

• Robin Roberts, anchor on ESPN’s SportsCenter, spoke to discuss the dangers of drugs and alcohol, especially in sports.

• Southern celebrated Women’s History Month with movies, lectures, and art exhibits. Women’s History Month is celebrated nationally in March, but because of spring break, Southern extended their celebrations into May.

• Nearly 50 Southern students joined a rally for abortion rights in Washington D.C. As marchers exited their buses at the Pentagon parking lot, tennis balls with pre-inscribed messages were handed to to be thrown at the White House.

• It was announced the campus police station will move to the back of the Granoff Health Center.

• Pitcher Damon Piccolo threw a no hitter in the second game of a double header against University of Bridgeport, walking three and striking out eight.

• After 18 years, Southern decided to end “one of it’s most interesting programs,” glassblowing, citing lack of money, faculty cutbacks, and issue of safety. Southern was
the only public institution in New England that offered the class.

• The Student Government Association sponsored the first club fair, with 22 clubs participated in the event. A similar event was planned for the following fall semester.

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