Class of 1965...
Fall of 65' opened with more than a few changes to not only The City College of New York but also to the very recently formed City University of New York. Dr. Reuben Frodin (pictured right) began his position as the new Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences bringing his experiences studying university problems throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America to use at City College. On the student side of things, the college found its own student government restructuring itself to deal with a slew of issues caused by the heavy increase in enrollment. City College would welcome 350 more freshman than it had accepted in the previous year causing tension and unrest among the faculty. This was done as an experiment in an attempt to show that City College was "indeed an institution for the many and not for the few." The SG president for the fall semester, John Zippert (pictured left), devoted his and his group's time and energy into advocating for changes such as free tuition and curricular revision. Zippert chose to devote the manpower of student government to help change public opinion and attempt to remove legislators who voted against the free-tuition legislation from power. In addition to this anti-tuition front, he assigned his vice president to push for a change in the curriculum requirements for liberal arts majors, to reduce the number of math and science classes required of them. With this change in City College also came changes in the City University system. Dr. Albert Hosmer Bowker was inaugurated as the chancellor of the then three year old City University of New York, in front of 1500 University professors and the mayor, a testament to the importance of the City University system.
The class of '65 was one that knew how to entertain themselves. With events ranging from the "College Jazz Weekend", where for only thirty-five dollars one could enjoy an entire three day weekend of live jazz performance and the "Most Beautiful Man on Staff" contest held by Alpha Phi Omega. There were advertisements for traveling to study at UC Berkeley and to get jobs abroad in Europe, providing CCNY students with means to explore the world. The class of '65 was also a vocal group, speaking out on issues across the globe and in some cases breaking the law to see the world for what it truly was. During the summer of '64, four students traveled to Cuba despite the State department's ban on travel, resulting in several revoked passports. Jerry Weinberg, the head of the press committee for the trip said that the trip was a way to see socialism at work. Students at City College also engaged in dialogue about the movement for Puerto Rican independence, with Juan Nolasco (pictured left) secretary of the movement giving an impassioned speech in early November of '64. In the spring semester, the new student government president Joel Cooper petitioned for student participation in faculty council committees. By placing a student on faculty committees Cooper hoped to "establish a precedent of the Faculty Council listening to student opinion of curriculum matters." This would become one of the biggest issues of the year with an article on student inclusion in curriculum revision appearing in almost every issue of The Campus.
The class of '65 also sought to better relations with not only each other but with the communities outside of City College. The Wright '65 sorority branch of House Plan scheduled Faculty Teas for the sisters to bond with their professors, while faculty and seniors alike enjoyed the festivities at the Senior Beer Party. The Alpha Phi Omega fraternity, or APO, helped out the community by coordinating the Blood Bank drive, as well as the semi-annual Used Book Exchange in an effort to spread health and knowledge. The group also held food drives and parties for the less fortunate during the holidays. The Student Council established a Book-of-the-Year project to get students interested in local and national current events. Sorority Sister Downer '65 performs duties such as holding a Christmas party for Bellevue Hospital's children's ward, and taking the children of the Henry Street Settlement House to the Hayden Planetarium. CCNY's only Honorary Leadership Society at the time, Lock and Key, coordinated the World University Service Council.
In sports news, Nat Holman the famed City College basketball coach was inaugurated into the Basketball Hall of Fame while fencing Coach Edward Lucia was named the alternate coach to two Olympic squads. In review, the College's rifle team compiled their best season with 13 wins and only two losses which they followed up with a top 20 ranking in the Intercollegiate Sectional Rifle championships. City College's tennis team, the Netmen, surprised the entire league when, despite having a new coach and inexperienced team, they played a nine win one loss season tying for best in the league. The College's track team had only a moderately successful season but still managed to break several records, most notably the records in 120 yard high hurdles, two mile run, and three mile run.