A Clarkson Mosaic - page 506

About 8:30, nearly 50 State students raced through the Jim Dalton Pontiac lot to attack
the snow forts. They were repelled by over 100 Techers waiting for them, and chased to the
other side of the Raquette River. Being vastly outnumbered, the Staters were pushed back past
the Clarkson Inn, up Bay Street, and all the way back to their own campus where
reinforcements of over 200 students were awaiting them behind Thatcher Hall.
Then it was the Techers' turn to retreat, and retreat they did as the screaming horde of
Staters pelted them with snowballs all the way back to Hamlin-Powers lawn. There, as the
forces were about even, the exchange of snowballs began in earnest. State's advance was halted
by the lack of snow to use for snowballs as they chased the Techers. Finally, as the Potsdam
police monitored the event for safety, the Staters were pushed back to their campus, where, late
in the evening, both sides agreed to end the fray: out of snow and out of energy.
ID Became IE&M.
Effective November 1, the Industrial Distribution program, a Clarkson
creation in 1954, changed its name to Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management, referred
to simply as "E&M." According to David Wells, the director of this program, the name
Industrial Distribution was a misnomer, for only a few of its graduates actually enter the field of
"industrial distribution." Most have held responsibilities in management, sales, and engineering.
Seventeen other universities across the nation had industrial distribution programs, but
they did not match Clarkson's program, for they did not require the significant management and
engineering course work that Clarkson did. Because of the confusion among recruiters, Wells
stated that Clarkson's program wanted to distance itself from the others, and felt that this name
change was the appropriate way to accomplish that separation.
Three times in the past, ID alumni had been surveyed about a possible name change.
Each time, 75 to 80 percent responded that the name should be changed. When this change was
proposed to the various governing bodies on campus, the Faculty Senate, the Administrative
Council and the Board of Trustees, it was approved unanimously. The change affected only the
name, not the curriculum.
Distinguished Professor.
Clarkson University Professor Stig Friberg was awarded the
Langmuir Distinguished Lecturer Award by the American Chemical Society (ACS). He also
was honored by delivering the Langmuir Lecture in colloid chemistry at the annual ACS
meeting. Another Clarkson professor, Egon Matijević, also received this medal.
25,000th Graduate.
At Commencement exercises in 1991, Todd K. Alasin, electrical
engineering major, became Clarkson's 25,000th graduate.
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