Looking back: Spring of 2001


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

Campus police made a shuttle available until 3 a.m. for students from Monday through Thursday. The shuttle was created because of parking problems, mainly in North Campus, which caused students to park in commuter lots if they got back to campus after midnight. Students would dial 888 on emergency campus phones to call a shuttle. Police Chief John Prokop said an average of 16 students a night used the shuttle over the three-hour period the shuttle was available. Prokop said the shuttle is part of a pilot program that only would continue if the shuttle got enough use. The shuttle did not run from Friday through Sunday or during holidays because of lack of students on campus.

January
• Men’s basketball player David Grenade became the 21st player in program history to score his 1,000th career point.

February
• Trash on campus piled up because students threw garbage out of their windows at dumpsters close to their dorms. Crewmembers and workers spent an average of two
hours each morning conducting lot cleanups. Joe Palumbo, a grounds crew facility operator, said “the students have no respect” and “they’re not acting responsibly.”
• Construction began on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, also referred to as the “Q Bridge,” causing traffic, delays, and tardiness for students and faculty commuting to Southern.
• Classes were cancelled for two days because of 15 inches of snow.
• After losing to Pace University 124-123 in triple overtime, the men’s basketball team came back from 15 points to defeat University of New Haven 99-93 in double overtime.
• Men’s soccer players Paul Oyuga and Bonaventure Maruti were drafted by the Connecticut Wolves from the United Soccer League.

May
• Baseball player Craig Prasauckas broke the program record for hits, homeruns and RBI in a career, graduating with 230 hits, 36 homeruns and 164 RBI. Prasauckas also broke the single season records for runs scored with 64, hits in a season with 94, homeruns with 18 and RBI with 63 while also being named an All-American.
• Marco Vitiello broke the program record for doubles in a career with 57, while Marc Potocsky broke the single season record for walks with 40 and stolen bases with 34.
• Baseball finished the season with a record of 38-17 before losing in the NCAA East Regional, breaking the program record for most wins in a season.

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