University provides 500 personal computers for students and begins aggressive actions to add more.
Trustees approve a second mortgage plan, allotting $1.6 million to attract new faculty to the university.
In March, an international conference, "Particles, Strings, and Cosmology," is held on campus with Stephen Hawking as the main speaker, drawing physicists from around the world.
Senior Vice President James King leads a Northeastern delegation to assist with free elections in Romania, funded by a grant from the U.S. Democracy Training Project.
Journalist Marvin Kalb is the first speaker in Presidential Lecture Series initiated by President Curry.
Partly in response to Fenway neighborhood concerns, a new student code of conduct is developed.
Interim Co-op Vice President Karl Weiss begins major study of cooperative education with the involvement of 73 faculty and staff members. The so-called Cooperative Education Planning Project examines tenure for co-op professionals, administrative organization, marketing and advertising, and external funding.
In March, Trustees approve a 1990-1991 budget of nearly $232 million.
President Curry presents and the trustees approve a $25 million tax-exempt bond program for renovation and expansion of the School of Law; relocation of the College of Criminal Justice to Churchill Hall; the purchase of computer, research, and instructional equipment; the renovation of Dodge Hall into a new home for the College of Business Administration; a feasibility study for a new engineering/science building; and the purchase of a new warehouse.
Scholarships are increased for Ell Scholars and other honors students.
In May, a major residence hall, West Hall, is named for Robert Willis, a chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees; another residence hall, at 115-119 Hemenway, is named in memory of Christopher Kennedy, beloved students affairs administrator and Vice President for Administration.
In a speech to the university's corporation in May, President Curry predicts that cost-containment measures will be needed for 1990-1991 due to the recession, a decline in the number of high school graduates, and anticipated cutbacks in federal and state funding.
In June, President Curry freezes hiring for new positions and postpones salary increases until January 1, 1991.