A Clarkson Mosaic - page 490

Human gene therapy began in September. Nelson Mandela was released from a South African
prison after 27 years. NASA announced that the $41.5 billion "Hubble Space Telescope" did
not work properly. Margaret Thatcher, "The Iron Lady," resigned as British prime minister
after more than 11 years in office. In reaction to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August, the United
States called up reservists and joined with many Arab nations in sending armed forces to the
Persian Gulf to discourage any further Iraqi aggression. East and West Germany merged to
form a single nation. The Dow-Jones average climbed over 2,900 for the first time. Bell Labs
unveiled digital optical procession leading to superfast computers using pulses of light and not
electrical currents. In the largest art theft in history, thieves stole 12 paintings worth over $200
million from a Boston museum. Nolan Ryan pitched his 6th no-hit game, a world record.
Broadway's longest running show,
A Chorus Line
, closed after 6,137 performances. Financier
Michael Milken pled guilty to six felonies, paid $600 million in fines and restitution, the largest
criminal settlement ever, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Washington Cathedral was
completed after 83 years.
Driving Miss Daisy
and its star, Jessica Tandy, won Oscars.
• Sunrayce
• Tuition
• The "PIT"
• HS Teachers Honored
• Women's Leadership
• Senior Week
• Clarkson ZIP Code
• Spring Musical
• Shurtleff's Pulpit
• Gallagher's Award
• Aeronautical Engineering
Computer Chronicles
• ICAC Title
• Circle K Awards
• Dorm Security
• "Fraternity Row"
• DZ House
• Résumé Software
• WISE Partnership
• Loan Default Rate
• Earthquake
• Theater Production
• CEE Teaching Evaluation
Over 90 Clarkson students and faculty advisors, under the supervision of Eric
Thacher, executive officer and associate professor in the mechanical and aeronautical
engineering department, designed and constructed their solar car entry named "Kalahkwaneha,"
the Mohawk Indian name meaning "belonging to the sun." Although Clarkson's entry did not
win the General Motors sponsored solar-powered-vehicle race across 1,625 miles from
Orlando, Florida, to Warren, Michigan, on July 19, the futuristic car and its team of Clarkson
students led the pack when it came to sportsmanship.
The team was awarded $1,000 and first place for outstanding sportsmanship by the
sponsors of the race. This award recognized Clarkson's efforts at lending a hand to some of the
31 other colleges during the course of the 11-day race. It also won a $600 award for the third-
best technical report. Officially, Clarkson's entry, Kalahkwaneha, placed 28th in the field of 32
universities from the United States and Canada taking part in the race.
Clarkson's entry was made possible by a grants from GM and the US Department of
Energy. Additional money was supplied by the NYS Energy Research Development Authority,
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