Class of 1962...
Throughout their four-years, the Class of 1962 put the words of the Ephebic Oath into action. It was a time when public service was much talked about and encouraged, at City College and in the larger world generally. Student organizations throughout campus sponsored public service activities: Alpha Sigma Rho sponsored a drive for the American Cancer Society, Zeta Beta Tau helped to renovate of a local community center, Alpha Mu Epsilon raised money for the Mental Health Association, and Phi Tau Alpha held a charity drive for the Blood Bank.
Like students across the nation, the Class of '62 took part in the social and political movements that now define the sixties. In protest against segregation policies, four busloads of City College students (between 150-300 students) gathered with students from other schools in Washington, D.C. for the March for Integration. CCNY students also supported the Sit-In movement in the Southern cities, led by Southern Negro students. In New York, over 300 students congregated at Woolworth's on 34th Street to protest the segregation policies of Woolworth stores in Southern states. In addition to segregation, more than 300 students gathered on the South Campus Lawn to protest an air-raid drill and the Vietnam War.
Fun, social activities were also part of the experience of the Class of '62. There was an unprecedented rise in social fraternities as defunct chapters were reactivated and new chapters of national fraternities were established. The Wright '65 sorority held a successful 'Twist 'n Mambo' floor show as part of the annual Mardi Gras. Shepard '65 won Best House Award for its Mardi Gras booth, 'Battle of the Sexes.' House Plan celebrated its 25 years of existence with a Silver Anniversary Ball, and a very young Susan Sontag was a lecturer in the Philosophy department.
At the end of their senior year, the Class of '62 saw the return of President Buell Gallagher, who briefly left his position at City College to head the California University system. He was a trusted and celebrated leader and his decision to return was celebrated by most students. The Class of 1962 also witnessed the opening of the Morris Raphael Cohen Library after years of planning and the creation of the Department of Architecture and Graphics.
In athletics, the Beaver cross-country squad established itself as one of the best athletic teams to compete for City College. The team brought the Collegiate Track Conference cross-country team championship back to CCNY after a lapse of seven years. The Lavender Mermen completed a highly successful season and broke CCNY records. The Rifle Team had their most successful season winning the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Rifle League title and finishing with an impressive 21-0 record. In fencing, Viro Manino reached all-American status.
The Class of 1962 graduated well-aware of the great responsibilities facing them and ready to make valuable contribution. As the Downtown Class of 1962 stated in Lexicon: "In our new frontiers, our educational backgrounds will be put to full use. We know the values of right and wrong and need only the courage of our convictions to prevent us from falling into the temptation on unethical and expedient practices, as may be used by many of our fellow citizens. We will dedicate ourselves to a new frontier where the "what ought to be" becomes the reality of our world."
Many of these class notes are excerpted from the 1962 Microcosm, Editor-in-Chief Larry Karabaic and the Baruch School 1962 Lexicon, Editor-in-Chief Robert Solodow.