Appalachian State University Historical Photographs

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Appalachian State University Historical Timelines
General Events: 1990-1999

1990: Indigo Girls perform at Legends in January.

1990: Appalachian State chapter of Amnesty International holds a benefit concert at the Student Union Pub.

1990: Approximately five hundred students and community members march across campus in protest of a planned student recreation center on the hillside north of Kidd-Brewer Stadium.

1990: 50-100 blue gill fish die in Duck Pond due to low oxygen levels in the water.

1990: Alpha Tau Omega is organized on campus.

1990: Activist and NOW President Molly Yard speaks at Appalachian State in October.

1990: Bob Dylan performs at Varsity Gym in October.

1990: 11,000 students; 700 faculty

1990-1991: Gulf War

1990: Feminist Collective organizes.

1990: Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) forms.

1990: Communist Party relinquishes control over USSR in February.

1991: Ralph Nader speaks at Farthing Auditorium in February.

1991: Women’s Basketball Team wins Southern Conference.

1991: Students hold a Troop Support Rally to support soldiers in the Persian Gulf in March.

1991: Jazz singer Jane Powell performs in Student Union Pub in March.

1991: Appalachian State Child Care Center opens in the fall.

1991: Women’s outdoor track team wins Southern Conference five years in a row.

1991: Appalachian State begins faculty-staff exchange program with North Ossetian State University in the Soviet Union.

1991: Campus Security becomes University Police.

1991: Soviet Union officially dissolves in December.

1992: Bill Clinton elected president.

1992: Student Government Association (SGA) request that Appalachian State include sexual orientation in the university discrimination policy.

1993: Appalachian State adds sexual orientation to their anti-discrimination policy.

1993: John E. Thomas retires as chancellor.

1993: Frank Borkowski becomes Appalachian State's fifth chancellor in August.

1993: SAGA is renamed Bisexuals, Gays, and Lesbians Associated for Diversity (B-GLAD).

1994: On October 22, Appalachian State fans celebrate a Mountaineer victory over Marshall Thundering Herd by tearing down two goal posts in Kidd-Brewer Stadium, throwing them in the duck pond, then marching them down King Street. 

1994: Valborg Theatre dedicated -- grand opening.

1995: Faculty and community members present a “Speak Out” against hate crimes and intolerance.

1996?: Appalachian State rebuilds the smokestack that was removed in 1973 to comply with EPA emissions regulations, requiring emissions be released into the atmosphere at a certain altitude.  It is the first time the Appalachian State campus has been in compliance with emissions standards.

1996: November flooding washes out thirty-two student vehicles parked beside the John E. Thomas Hall.

1996: Equity office formed.

1997: Apartments at Appalachian Heights are flooded by 700 gallons of water from a broken sprinkler system pipe in the attic. Twenty students are evacuated, and dislodged students receive free rooms at the Broyhill Inn.

1997: Wal-Mart opens in Boone.

1997: Football players are no longer housed together in Justice Hall and are purposefully spread across different residence halls to be in compliance with NCAA regulations. During the process, six football players in Justice are accused of sexual assault, one is suspended and five put on academic probation. Student did not press charges.

1997: In March, NAACP charters an Appalachian State University branch with sixty initial members.

1997: School of Music sponsors a three-day guitar festival including performers Anthony Giles, John Michael Parris, and Thomas Patterson.

1997: Joyce Lawrence, dean of Cratis D. Williams Graduate School, retires.

1997: Alternative Transportation Committee suggests implementing a process of satellite parking lots, free parking for carpoolers with three or more passengers, not issuing on-campus parking permits to students within walking distance to an AppalCART route, and restricting residence hall student parking to perimeter lots. The only alternate transportation suggestions involve bike ramps and lanes, sidewalk installations, and closing selected roads on campus to vehicles.

1997: Open visitation approved by 93% of on-campus students in 14 campus residence halls.

1997: Annual Block Party is replaced by an alcohol-free “First Night” celebration for all students. The party is held at Sanford Mall..

1998: A smoldering cigarette sets fire to a pile of leaves just outside of Edwin Duncan Hall. Boone Fire Department was called in to put out the resulting blaze.

1998: Women’s Center opens in Plemmons Student Union.

1998: Spike Lee speaks at Farthing Auditorium Hall in November.

1998: Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, prime minister of Poland from 1996-1997, spends semester at Appalachian.

1999: New New York Loft at 117 E. 24th Street in Manhattan opens to Appalachian State students; loft was a former orthodontist’s office. The loft rents for $30 a night for students, faculty, and staff, and $40 for alumni and guests.

1999: Appalachian Majorettes win national title, “1999 National College Majorette Line.”

1999: Appalachian State celebrates 100 year anniversary since the founding of Watauga Academy in 1899.

1999: Appalachian State NOW chapter sponsors Day of Silence.

1999: Board of Governors announce that Appalachian State has the highest amount of drug violations of any school in the UNC system for 1997-98.

1999: Appalachian State reports between 200 and 300 cases of influenza among students. School denies rumors of closing or quarantine.

1999: College of Business students begin internships in China for one month internships in accounting, computer information systems, and marketing.

1999: Students participate in NOW’s national day of silence on April 7, where gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students attended classes wore tape over their mouths and handed out fliers.

1999: Chancellor emeritus Herbert Walter Wey dies.

1999: Greek Week celebrates 25 years of Greeks on campus.

1999: In April, campus police start patrolling on bicycles.

1999: In October, Mountaineer fans tear down one goal post in celebration of a victory. Although the post was quickly repaired, the repaired post was stolen days later.




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