Class of 1952...
The 1952 Lexicon was dedication to the "cultural achievements of the City of New York symbolized by the Stadium concerts." The concerts series at Lewisohn Stadium were extremely popular among students and had been a part of City College for 35 years.
In addition to the Lewisohn Stadium concerts there were a lot of other social activities taking place on campus. Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt returned to the Great Hall to speak. CCNY's first service sorority, Chi Lambda, was organized. The "Kissometer" booth was one of the most popular attractions at the Carnival. The first City College School-Wide Prom took place along with the Senior Prom on Thanksgiving eve at the Astor Roof. The Lamport Leaders Society was established. The society is named after Arthur Lamport, a CCNY graduate who became a renowned philanthropist. The School of Technology hosted its second annual Engineers' Day celebration, consisting of demonstrations and guided tours, concluding with a dance in the gym. The sorority Phi Tau Alpha was organized.
The Class of '52 also saw the College grow and expand its programs. The eighteen-and-a-half acre property from 130th-135th streets was given to City College and become South Campus. The College of Liberal Arts allowed women to enroll. The Graduate School of International Relations was established.
As freshmen, the Class of '52 experienced "the first general strike at a municipal institution of higher learning." In 1949, the student council voted to hold a general student strike to demand the trial and removal of both Dr. William E. Knickerbocker, who was accused of anti-Semitism. It is estimated that 65 percent of students participated by staying away from classes. The student council of the business school voted to condemn the strike.
The Class of '52 also lived through another CCNY controversy, the basketball point shaving scandal of 1950-1951. After winning the 1950 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball and the 1950 National Invitation Tournament, it was uncovered that four CCNY players shaved points in exchange for money. The basketball players were arrested and City College was banned from playing at Madison Square Garden and moved from Division I to Division III. The scandal shocked the student body: "Pride, enthusiasm, unrestrained joy, disappointment, shock, apathy—there are but a few of the varied emotions we, as students, displayed toward the City College basketball team during our four-year tenure at the School."
While basketball and most sports at the College were beset by various maladies and mishaps, the Beaver soccer team constantly improved as evidenced by its two Met championships in four years. The fencing team also managed to provide added laurels to the prominence of Lavender athletic squads. Hal Goldsmith was named National Foil Champ for the sport of fencing. The Class of '52 also produced some of the finest individual records in wrestling with sterling performances from Dave Lesky, Jerry Steinberger, and Bernie Lloyd.
Many of these class notes are excerpted from the 1952 Lexicon, Editor-in-Chief Henry Lowenthal.