Class of 1950...
The Class of 1950 dedicated its Microcosm yearbook "to our Educators," declaring, "we dedicate this yearbook to those instructors who were true friends - sources of inspiration to a student body appreciative of their fellowship and guiding hands." At the downtown campus, students dedicated Lexicon to "an idea which has blossomed into a reality": the Cooperative Work-Study Program.
City College in its post-World War II days saw a reactivation of student organizations and activities, and the establishment of Observation Post, a veterans' newspaper that was to become a worthy rival to Campus. Fraternities which had either collapsed or maintained skeleton membership during the war were now pledging record numbers.
The biggest snowstorm in New York history to date fell on the campus in the winter of 1947-48. "Bigger than the blizzard of '88," the newspapers said.
In 1948, the Young Republican Club appeared, along with Students for Wallace, YPA, and Students for Democratic Action - all in anticipation of the Presidential campaign coming in the fall.
In 1949, Campus favored Bob Rabinowitz '50 for SC president, and Observation Post favored William Fortunato. A third candidate, Student's Rights Coalitionist Milton Luchan, divided the votes, and Fortunato won. When Forutnato came to office his talents were taxed with the famous "Outst Knickerbocker and Davis" strike.
In the Fall of 1949 Observation Post ran a survey. The school paper learned from over 6,000 students that 1) 54% of City College students work full or part-time; 2) The average student has 20 hours and 48 minutes of leisure time each week; 3) 39% of all male students smoke pipes; 4) The average student spends $5.10 weekly for items other than lunch and carfare; 5) Three out of every 100 students are married, while seven more out of every 100 intend to marry before graduation.
The 69th annual dinner of the Associate Alumni was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Astor on October 22nd, highlighted by Milton Berle's gags and Kitty Kallen's songs.
Bernard M. Baruch, the financier, received the John H. Finley award.
On the evening of January 28, 1950, 300 seniors danced their prom night away at the Collonades of the Essex House to the music of the Mark Towers Orchestra.
The School of Business and Civic Administration held its senior prom on December 17, 1949 at the Georgian Room of the Hotel Statler. As noted in Lexicon, "It was a cold, clear wintry night, but inside, the air of spirit and fellowship warmed the entire room."
The biggest news of the graduating year for CCNY was, of course, basketball. The Beavers took the National Invitation Tournament crown, and then won the NCAA tournament. Lexicon devoted eighteen pages of text and photographs to the basketball "whiz kids." Sadly, the cheers and celebrations would be followed by sobering reality in January 1951, when the first arrests were made in the college basketball point-shaving scandal that would eventually involve at least seven schools, 33 players, and organized crime.
Many of these class notes are excerpted from the 1950 Microcosm, Editor-in-Chief Josh S. Weisstein and the 1950 Lexicon, Editor-in-Chief Bernard M. Kessler.