Looking back: Fall of 1997

All eyes on residence hall

New surveillance cameras were installed in the North Campus residence hall lobby in hopes to stop vandalism. In one incident furniture was overturned and vending machines were pushed over. In other cases, holes were drilled into the walls, doors were left propped open, and fire alarms were falsely pulled. Nicole Laing, a resident advisor, said, “Our main purpose as staff of residence life is to protect students and provide a stable environment for them. The cameras will help us maintain the building. They should be on each floor and the common area.”

• A bus of students traveled to Washington D.C. to join 50,000 protesters taking art in the National March to show their disapproval for the war in Iraq.

• Crescent Players selected the American tribal love-rock musical, “Hair” for their Oct. production. The play dealt with protests, people unifying, drugs, sex, and self expression.

• An altercation with a hall director lead police to escort two students, Letroy Hundley, who was not a Southern student, and Terrance Willams, a commuter student, off campus. According to Assistant Police Chief Lewis Perry the students threatened and assaulted the officers.

• The Brownell sculpture was left unnoticed by state and university maintenance crews leaving it to deteriorate. The artwork cost $43,000 to build when it was installed in Aug. of 1985.

• Student leaders hoped for a more inclusive homecoming semiformal by opening it up to commuters.

• The Inter-Residence Council posted signs in all residence hall encouraging them to turn people in for numerous false fire alarms for an award of $1000. Money was offered in fear the alarms would disrupt homecoming events and leave a bad impression on visiting parents.

• On the way to their 37th consecutive winning season, Men’s swim team won their third consecutive Bentley Invitational. December

• School shootings caused safety concerns after shootings in Santee, Calif., and El Cajun, Calif. National news consultant and President of Kenn Venit and Associates, Kenneth Venit, said Southern education students are not prepared for what is happening around the country.

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

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