Looking back: Spring of 1996

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

President Michael J. Adanti informed Aramark their contract will be terminated at the end of the semester. Aramack ran the food services at Connecticut Hall and the student center. Amarak’s dismissal comes on the heels of numerous student complaints such as quality and variety of cuisines, employee rudeness, and a one-entrée polity.

• Billy Joel spoke and sang at Southern in front of a sold out crowd at the Lyman Center.

• Wrestler Sean Smyth won his individual NCAA East Regional Championship.

• Former goalkeeper and men’s assistant coach Jim O’Brien became the first coach of the women’s soccer team.

• Sean Mahon, a graduate student, won the NCAA high jump national title with a jump of 6 feet, 11.25 inches.

• Southern students partnered with Habitats for Humanity and four other universities to rebuild abandoned houses in Newhallville.

• Southern revised their gun policy, saying that regardless of having a gun permit, “university police are the only persons authorized to carry firearms on campus.”

• The United States Navy Band gave a free concert at Lyman Center with music ranging from modern jazz to Broadway tunes.

• Men’s soccer was honored at the state capitol for winning the National Championship in the fall of 1995.

• Women’s gymnastics finished in first place at the ECAC gymnastics championships, their fourth ever first place finish at the time. The team also set a school record with a
point total of 187.025, and freshman Kelly Wildosky set a school record with a score of 37.950.

• Southern created a new strategic plan over a seven-year period with projections to 2015. The plan had 11 initiatives and 95 separate objectives. Proposed objectives include Human Diversity studies, distance education, and the creation of a quality council. The cost to sustain the different programs is just over $14.1 million.

• Southern ended the 1995 fiscal year with a $3.3 million reserve to be used for budgeting purposes and new faculty computers.

• Grammy-Award winning artist Coolio performed at Neff Field for Springfest.

• The Women’s Studies program hosted a weekend workshop to discuss finances for women. Laura DiSano, vice president of Fleet Bank, was the keynote speaker.

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