Looking back: Spring of 1999

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

A former student was arrested for injuring a police officer when he dragged her from his vehicle. The former student was visiting his adviser to discuss readmission to Southern. Police noticed something under the former student’s jacket when he was leaving the office and the adviser notified police that her purse was missing. A Southern cop obtained permission to search the former student’s car, but he drove away when she opened the door. The cop was dragged on her knees and suffered injuries to her knees
and elbows. New Haven police eventually arrested the former student and found three of the adviser’s credit cards.

• Theater student Joseph Tantalo became the first Southern student to win the Irene Ryan Scholarship, which recognizes student performers at different regional levels.

• Gymnast Kelly Wildowsky set a school record against Rhode Island College in the all around competition with a score of 38.15.
• Players from the National Football League visited Southern as part of the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Players included running backs Ricky Williams and Tony Dorsett.
• Four students and one non-student were involved in a fight and were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital to receive medical treatment. The four students, the one non-student were arrested. A resident adviser was also fired as a result of the fight.

• Southern was unable to negotiate a contract with rapper Busta Rhymes for Spring Fest, and instead hired local bands to play.
• A transformer on Crescent Street caught on fire, causing United Illuminating to shut off the power at Southern. While power was out, two fire alarms were pulled in Wilkinson Hall and one was pulled in Hickerson Hall.
• Baseball coach Joe Bandiera won his 400th career game after Southern swept a doubleheader against Binghamton University.
• Wendy Wasserstein, winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for her play “The Heidi Chronicles,” spoke at Southern.
• Connecticut state universities modeled their new sexual harassment policies after one
developed by staff and faculty at Southern.

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