Class of 1963...
The 1963 Microcosm was dedicated to the theme of evolution. This theme reflected the great number of changes and developments that the Class of 1963 lived through during their four-years at City College.
The Class of '63 experienced the retirement and eventual return of President Buell Gallagher, one of CCNY's most popular presidents. The years of the Gallagher administration brought the greatest expansion of CCNY's campus since the early 1900s. The College grew with the addition of the Morris Raphael Cohen Library, Steinman Hall and the Administration Building. After years of planning, the College also added the Department of Architecture and Graphics. Also, in response to student demands, the student cafeteria was remodeled.
Along with the physical expansion of CCNY's campus, there was an unprecedented rise in social activities led by sororities and fraternities. House Plan celebrated its 25 years of existence with a Silver Anniversary Ball. The Wright '65 sorority put on 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' and held its second successful Pajama Party. Harper '63 organized a blind date party and several pajama parties. Hunt '63 held popular stag and drag parties, as well as Rathskellar beer parties. Jolson '65 was given the very first Outstanding Community Service Award by the House Plan Association. Beta Pi, the College chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, won an award for the most outstanding chapter in America.
In addition to these events, the Retailing Society held a fashion show, with the winner being given the chance to participate in Glamour magazine's "Best Dressed College Girl" contest. The show and its entrants were featured in a New York Post article. A very young Susan Sontag was a lecturer in the Philosophy department. Performer Dick Gregory held a concert on campus and gave all the proceeds to charity. CCNY student, Gary Horowitz received national recognition when he fought for, and won the conversion of Hamilton Grange into a national monument.
Like college students across the nation, the Class of '63 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.
Red scare also had an impact on the life of the Class of 1963. CCNY students organized a "Ban the Ban" to protest the College administration's decision to ban US members of the Communist Party from speaking on campus.
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 seven-year lapse. With Olympic coach, Ed Lucia and two-time all-American, Vito Mannino, CCNY's fencing team came in sixth place in the NCAA championships in Colorado Springs. The steady performance of Frank Palka and Fred Grospin, led the College's rifle team to the top of the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Rifle League. Andre Houtkruyer, the fantastic goalie of the CCNY's soccer team was named to the All-American squad.
Many of these class notes are excerpted from the 1963 Microcosm, Editor-in-Chief Murray Riss and 1963 Lexicon, Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Oloff.