Looking back: Spring of 1997; CSU Day relied on technology to make impact

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

Over 100 students gathered at the state capital on April 9 in an effort to convince legislators of the merits of the Connecticut State University system. Organizers of the event used fax machines and emailed legislators to voice themselves to legislators. Over 200 letters were faxed. Students also made presentations at the capitol.

• The men’s basketball team defeated UMass-Lowell 95-56 to win the NECC championship and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Southern would eventually lose to Cal-St. Bakersfield in the Elite Eight, ending the season at 28-4.

• Men’s basketball player Tim Greene was named to the all-conference first team, while Jermaine Carter was named Most Valuable Player of the NECC Tournament.

• Southern celebrated Earth Day with Veeder the Condor, music, exhibits, and guest speakers. The event was sponsored by the Environmental Futurists, Geology, and the Biology clubs. Veeder, an Andean Condor, was the only freeflying, captive condor in the world.

• Newly renovated sidewalks in front of Connecticut Hall were vandalized. People wrote their names and made other marks in the concrete before it hardened.

• The women’s rugby team defeated UConn for the first time in program history, winning 12-7. After already beating Western, Central, and Eastern, head coach Tiger Mann said the team “wanted to own Connecticut.”
• Renovations began on Schwartz Hall. Balconies were removed from the building and were replaced with large windows. For the interior of the building, projects included replacing wiring, plumbing, re-doing kitchens, and putting in a new heating system.

• Among 4,000 graduating seniors from Southern, Western, Eastern, and Central, 12 Southern students were honored with the Henry Barnard Award for academic excellence. Students must have an at least a 3.7 GPA, demonstrate leadership, and be involved in the community and campus.

• An outbreak of false fire alarms repeatedly dislodged students during all hours of the night. Seven different alarms were pulled during a two-week span from April into May.

• The women’s rugby team won the national championship by defeating West Chester 27-15.

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