Storrs Stories: A weekly look-back through the DC archives – October


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In Oct. 1962, the University of Connecticut faced a $9 million budget cut. The biggest cut was set to take from new buildings and land, as well as research, dorm renovations and Hartford branch social work and insurance.

In Oct. 1980, students expressed concern about the lack of coffee in the commuter lounge in the Union. The Union had obtained money through USG to buy coffee and supplies such as cream and sugar, and to put on various events such as “donut bashes,” then-Union President and seventh-semester computer science major Chris Payson said.

Payson said he believed apathy and lack of involvement from commuter students were possible obstacles to the commuter lounge’s improvement.

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In an effort to bring the coffee back, Payson put up a sign in the commuter lounge which called for students to sign their name if they wanted to “see this place improved.” Four people signed their names.

Ashley Anglisano is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at

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