Looking back: Spring of 1998

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

Students confess to fire alarm pranks
Four students were placed on interim suspension for their involvement with pulling fire alarms in residence halls. After two campus organizations contributed $2,500 to the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible, two female students confessed to Richard Farricielli, acting Dean of Student Affairs. The two students then named two other female students, who would not admit if they were involved. Farricielli said, “It looks like it was some kind of game they played between the residence halls. When we talked, they didn’t seem to understand the ramifications and danger they put people in.”

• Senior defender Mike Petke was drafted eighth overall in the Major League Soccer draft by the New York/New Jersey MetroStars. Junior defender Chris Houser was drafted in the second round by the Tampa Bay Mutiny.
• Due to an agreement made with Comcast cable, Southern was able to purchase cable service at a rate that reduced the amount of money students spent on monthly bills. Residence Life arranged for cable television and other technological upgrades to be installed in residence halls in the summer.
• Candles, either for decoration or burning, were banned from all residence halls. Black lights, halogen lamps, incense, and incense holders were also banned.

• Students attended an open forum with architects to discuss the structure and design of a new student center.
• Thrower Dan Bourque set an NCAA DII meet record with a throw of 66’3.75 inches to win a national title.

• Southern police discovered water on the floor of a machine room in Jennings Hall. Bob Sheeley, director of facilities and operations, said the ventilation systems caused two leaks. The water left “several inches” of accumulation on the floor, and more water seeped into the sub floor that contained wires for the telecommunications system. No computers were damaged, but a terminal got wet.
• The Environmental Futurists worked with 10 students to clean up Beaver Pond. The goal was to make the pond for the animals that lived there.

• Keri McDermott ends her softball career as the program’s all-time leader in batting average, hits, doubles, homeruns, RBIs, runs scored, and walks.

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