The world and Holy Cross over the past four years
Published: Sunday, April 13, 2003
Updated: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 09:09
World News 1999 Nelson Mandela, first black president of South Africa, steps down. An earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale shakes Turkey. U.S. Senate holds impeachment trial for President Clinton, culminating in his eventual acquital. John F. Kennedy Junior and his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, along with her sister die in a plane crash off the coast of Cape Cod. World population reaches six billion. Tobacco companies admit to the harms of cigarette smoking. EgyptAir flight crashes in the Atlantic, killing all 217 on board. Judge finds Microsoft to be a monopoly. Young Cuban Elian Gonzalez is caught in a highly publicized custody battle between Cuba and the U.S. The number of Internet users worldwide reaches 150 million by the beginning of 1999. Over 50% are from the United States.
2000 Concorde crash kills 113 near Paris. Presidents of North Korea and South Korea sign a peace accord, ending a half-century of fighting. Yugoslavian President Milosevic is overthrown in a nationwide uprising. U.S. sailors on Navy destroyer Cole die in Yemen terrorist explosion. Mad Cow disease alarms Europe. * Beginning of the end of the Internet stock boom occurs. U.S. presidential election is closest in decades. Bush's slim lead in Florida leads to automatic recount in that state. Republicans file federal suit to block manual recount of Florida presidential election ballots sought by Democrats. Controversy over hand counting erupts. The Supreme Court eventually seals Bush victory by 5-4; rules there can be no further recounting.
2001 Ariel Sharon wins election in Israel, named the nation's next president. George W. Bush is sworn in as the nation's 43rd president. U.S. spy plane and Chinese jets collide, sparking an eventual formal statement of regret from the U.S. government. The World Trade Center and the Pentagon are hit by three different hijacked airplanes flown by the Taliban on the morning of Sept. 11, killing thousands of U.S. civilians and resulting in a War on Terrorism in Afghanistan. Taliban regime in Afghanistan eventually collapses after two months of American bombing. Race riots in Cincinnati continue for several days following a shooting of an unarmed black man by a white Bush signs new tax-cut law, the largest in 20 years. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh executed. Anthrax scare rivets nation as anthrax-laced letters are sent to various media and government offices. Several postal workers die after handling the letters.
2002 Wendy's founder Dave Thomas dies at 69. New England Patriots win their first Super Bowl championship. Salt Lake City, Utah hosts the 2002 Winter Olympics. Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is murdered in Pakistan by terrorists. Andrea Yates sentenced to life in prison for the drowning deaths of her five children. US Cardinals go to the Vatican to discuss the sexual abuse scandal that rocked the American Church. Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat agrees to resume peace talks with Israel in the wake of increased violence in the region.
2003 United States invades Iraq, declaring war on the regime of dictator Saddam Hussein. Despite mixed feelings, the stock market remains low, creating a tighter job market. An outbreak of a new disease in Asia, SARS, reaches numerous countries, including the United States. Many in Asia die, and hundreds more are quarantined.
Holy Cross News
1998 Michelle Webster '99 dies over break. Gary Vander Veer '00 is killed in a hit-and-run accident. Ritalin abuse emerges as a new trend on campus. Rev. Gerard Reedy, S.J., resigns as HC president A member of the class of 2001 lands in hot water after sending an e-mail entitled, "The Top Ten Reasons to be Heterosexual" as a joke.
1999 The HC community protests acting-President Frank Vellaccio's decision to allow two members of the class of 1999 accused of sexual assault to receive diplomas. Off-campus crime increases, culminating in an incident in which two students are held at gunpoint. Amy O'Brien '99 tries out for the WNBA. Sylvia Gomes '01 makes the top ten finals of the Miss America Pageant. A press conference is held by HC after 52 students are arrested.
2000 Chuck D of Public Enemy comes to the HC campus to speak on rap and race. The Cusack family visits the HC campus. Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," speaks at HC. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. is inaugurated as the 31st president of HC. Princeton Review rates Holy Cross as one of the top colleges for "lots of beer" on campus. An HC freshman and junior face felony charges after an altercation with a Worcester resident. The Chicago White Sox draft Jim Sweeney in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
2001 SGA co-chair Kevin Long '02 and student Colin O'Callaghan '02 are involved in a serious car accident near Hershey, PA. Ralph Willard and Josh Sankes are nominated for the Clair Bee Award. The HC Crusaders nearly defeat no. 2 seeded Kentucky Wildcats in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Jacob Jackson '04 dies due to undisclosed circumstances. Seven HC alumni die in the World Trade Center attacks. Former "Real World" cast members Dan (Miami) and Julie (New Orleans) visit campus as part of Rainbow Alliance Week.
2002 Performance of "The Vagina Monologues" on Ash Wednesday causes controversy on campus. HC awarded Lilly Endowment of $2 million, the largest foundation grant in the college's history. Crusaders nearly upset Kansas University Jayhawks in NCAA first round, 70-59. Kimball dining hall is temporarily shut down on St. Patrick's Day due to chaos and overcrowding. Clarence Thomas '71 addresses campus in lecture. Wyclef Jean performs HC's Spring Concert. Jonathan Duchatellier '05 dies due to injuries sustained in a fight outside of the Cambridge Apartments; Paulo Liuzzo '04 is charged in the murder, suspended from the college. College president Michael C. McFarland, SJ, refuses to use HC funds to pay for feminist and abortion rights activist Frances Kissling to speak on campus, raises controversy. Daniel Grabauskas '85 runs for MA treasurer and is defeated but receives position on governor Mitt Romney's cabinet. The SGA and several faculty members condemn the school's Community Standards and Judicial Procedures. Glenn Crane '05 dies of Hodgkin's Disease.