Class of 1987...
The Class of 1987 found countless ways to explore their own heritage and learn more about other cultures, religions and traditions.
The College instituted several study abroad opportunities for students. There was the study abroad program at the Kenyatta University in Kenya, the CCNY-China program with the Chinese Academy of Science, and the CUNY-Paris program.
There was also an array of cultural events and social activities on campus including the Black Theatre Festival, the 15th Annual Spring Poetry Festival, the Annual Jazz Festival, and many others. The College hosted a Latin American Book Fair which drew more than 15,000 people. Students gathered at the Annual Mr. and Miss CCNY Body Building Competition, which was won by Andre W. Cooper and Heather Foster.
The Class of 1987 also had much to celebrate. The CCNY Jazz Quintet finished first place at the San Sebastian International Jazz Competition in Spain. The College newspaper, The Campus marked its 80th anniversary issue on May 14 1987. The issue looked back on the newspaper's history and influence through the years.
Given the rich diversity of the Class of 1987, it is no surprise that students were actively involved with a variety of political issues. Students rallied against apartheid, demanding that all CUNY and SUNY institutions withdraw investments from companies doing business in South Africa. They succeeded in achieving this goal.
Public hearings were held at CCNY by the City University Student Senate to address student complaints against faculty racism. Over 200 students stormed President Bernard Harleston office demanded the resignation of philosophy professor Michael Levin for allegedly being a racist. They also call for the reinstatement of Professor Mohammed N. Asfar of engineering, who they felt was wrongly dismissed.
A group of concerned faculty, students and community members got together and lobbied and petitioned for funds to keep the doors of the CCNY Day Care Center open.
CCNY President Harleston received support from the Herman Goldman Foundation for his popular but expensive plan to refurbish the field on South Campus. Herman Goldman, a 1901 graduate of CCNY, pledged one million through his foundation for the construction of an outdoor center for sports and recreation on South Campus. The facility was to include bleacher seating for 5,000 spectators, a lighting system to permit night games, and a modern public address system.
Plans for a new stadium corresponded with many impressive CCNY sports team victories. The women's basketball team won the ECAC Regional Finals over Old Westbury. The CCNY soccer team won its fifth consecutive CUNY championships. The swim team won CUNY Metropolitan League Championship. The men's and women's track team also had a strong season; the men finishing their season with 6-1 record and the women were undefeated. CCNY student Glen Marie David, a Division III All-American Track Star, was selected to represent her native Antigua at the 1985 summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea.
Many of these class notes are excerpted from 1987 issues of The Campus, Editor-in-Chief Warner Abrams.