Looking back: Fall of 1996

Police involved in melees

An incident between a Southern student and an unknown University of New Haven Student resulted in arrests and hospitalizations. The incident occurred during the Black Student Union’s Comedy Jam, but Chief of Southern Police, John A. Prokop said “the event did not cause this unfortunate incident.” The two students were arrested outside of Farnham Hall after Southern student, Tedla Brock, was charged with assault on a police officer. Sherema Sheppard, also a Southern student was charged with breach of peace and interfering with a police officer.


• Students complained of nausea after eating the food served to them at Conn. Hall. Most came from younger students leading claims that students have not adjusted to university food, but Conn. Hall worker, Gladyse McGee said conditions of the kitchen have not changed in her 20 years at the university.

• Plans were proposed to add additional parking on campus. The Tilcon plan was to create a lot directly across from North Campus Residence Complex and the Prescott plan entailed the purchase of the former Prescott apartments. Both plans were intended to end parking problems.


• The Women’s Studies program hosted its sixth annual conference at Southern, with the theme of “Change the Politics: Women Make the Difference.”

• Southern appointed a new dean to the Department of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education, Laura J. Evans.

• Police caught a would-be car thief in parking lot 7 after adding two full-time officers for Buildings and Grounds detail after a car was stolen earlier that semester.


• An ex-Editor-in-Chief of the Southern News was caught publishing a false letter from “Kevin George Brown” concerning how students dress. The media board said the students judgement had jeopardized Southern News’ integrity.

• Phase one of a 15-year master plan to renovate Engleman and Jennings began that would not be completed until the class of 1997 returns for its 20-year reunion.

Compiled from the Southern News archives by Jessica Guerrucci, Managing Editor

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