Looking back: Spring of 2003
Compiled from the Southern News archives by Michael Riccio, Managing Editor
With the threat of war in the Middle East, students waited to see if they were going to be called to duty to serve in the armed forces. Nursing major Tasha Cuvi, a sophomore, said she would put her studies on hold to serve the country. “It’s something I signed up for,” Cuvi said. Out of the 250 students enrolled in the National Guard and Army Reserves, 26 were activated in support of the possible war. After the students were activated for the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, Jack Mordente, Associate Director of Student Support Services, said the school put a policy in place saying National Guard and Reserve students would receive a full refund for tuition, fees and books if they could not complete a semester. Students also received grades for their courses, an incomplete or a withdrawal depending on when they left.
• A bus of students traveled to Washington, D.C. to join 50,000 protesters taking part in the National March to show their disapproval for the war in Iraq.
• Men’s basketball player Aaron Davis finished his career with 269 blocks, setting a new program record. Davis also set the single season record for blocks with 103.
• The women’s basketball team finished 22-10 and 14-8 in NE10Conference play, their most wins since the 1983-1984 season when they went 24-7. The team also made the NCAA Tournament as a seven seed, losing in the regional semifinal to Stonehill 57-49.
• Panelists gathered in Engleman Hall to discuss the war in Iraq and threats made by North Korea.
• The New York Power and Boston Breakers of the Women’s United Soccer Association played in a preseason game at Jess Dow Field. Over 1,500 people attended the game.
• A new printing system was implemented in Buley Library, called Uniprint, in an effort to cut down on wasting paper. The new system required students to enter a username and password, swipe Hoot Loot cards on monitors next to printers, find their username
on screen and type their password before printing.
• Defensive end Jacques Cesairewas signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted NFL free agent. During his time at Southern, Cesaire recorded 206 tackles and 21 sacks while also being named an All-American as a senior.