Looking back: Fall of 2009

The show must go on

The sudden death of Crescent Player Mike Altieri days before the opening night of “Othello,” led to a decision that director Sheila Hickey Garvey made that the production must continue. “At first I thought, ‘How can we go on?’” said Garvey. “Then I began to realize that this is exactly what we need to do to heal. Mike loved the theater so this is what he would do if he was in our situation.” The show was dedicated to to Altieri in his honor.

• Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Attorney General, and current U.S. Senator, was included on a panel to hear the grievances of Chartwells workers regarding racial discrimination, workplace harassment and wrongful termination.

• The Plain White T’s performed at Southern selling 800 tickets at the Lyman Center. The band, famous for their hit “Hey There Delilah” played for an hour full of both old and new songs

• A University Dialogue was held with President Cheryl Norton where issues discussed included computer and technological difficulties, losses created by the Retirement Incentive Program and problems with retirees collecting final pay.


• The Geography Club attended the National Conference on Geographic Education in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Club President Heather Casiello said the conference focused on teaching in the classroom and using geography as a tool.

• Selase Williams, the provost and vice president of Academic Affairs was appointed to fill a vacant position of the New Haven Board of Education by Mayor John DeStefano. The offer, he said, “came as a complete surprise” to him.


• An $887,000 grant allowed Southern to move ahead with the construction of a new 450-space parking garage to help alleviate parking issues on campus.

• Students honored Ashley Newton, who passed away after spending several days in Bristol Hospital. Students wrote “love” on their arms for “To Write Love on Her Arms” Day while holding pink roses to remember Newton.


• Southern launched a new sustainability website to show students how to impact the planet positively and help the university be more “green.”

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

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