Class of 1993...
During their time at City College, the Class of 1993 was a part of momentous change that redefined the values and identity of the institution.
City College was one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the CUNY system with a significant African-American, Caribbean, Hispanic, and Asian population. On campus, Asian societies became very active in student life and April was declared to be Asian Awareness Month. Clubs such as the Chinese Electrical Engineering Student Association, the Vietnamese Student Association, and the Taiwanese Student Association all lead tutoring and mentoring programs. Other clubs such as the Japan Club held weekly "Japan Table" discussions oriented around Japanese culture and political developments. The Bio-Med Indo-Pak Association melded a rigorous course study with cultural fun by hosting study sessions and cultural dance events.
The diversity of City College's campus was greatly affected by CUNY politics and administrative policies. Rising tuition at CCNY was accompanied by budget cuts that threatened student aid. Governor Cuomo's proposed to eliminate financial assistance for graduate students. The Goldstein Report was published midway through the year and created furor amongst teachers and students. The report planned to cut French, Spanish, and other liberal arts majors at CCCNY. Students wishing to complete their studies in these fields would have to travel to Hunter or other campuses. The CCNY student body, faculty, and administrators determinedly protested against such cuts and they were not implemented that year.
Like the students, the City College faculty also had an eventful year. CCNY Professor Patricia Broderick was recognized for her work with Ibogaine, a drug that could be used to treat cocaine addiction. The Writing Center was completely revamped in the fall and offered more personalized attention and tutors. Students from all majors found it to be a useful tool. Most importantly, the peer editing system greatly helped students and is in use even to this day.
Politically, CCNY students were very engaged and active. The Campus newspaper found that most students were eager to get rid of Bush and voted for Clinton. On campus, ousted Haitian head of state President Jean-Betrand Aristide was invited to speak at CCNY. Furthermore, C.U.R.E., the City University Re-establishment Endeavor—was established to "inform [the] CUNY university community of governmental and administrative actions that affect CUNY" and also establish a voting bloc of CUNY students, families and faculty in legislative districts.
Students not only excelled in classrooms but also on soccer fields and basketball courts. Despite budget cuts to the athletic program at he beginning of the year, many CCNY teams ended the year successfully. The CCNY soccer team won their second consecutive CUNY title. The baseball team placed fourth in the nation in the NCAA Division III. The women's basketball team placed third in the 1993 CUNY tournament while the cheerleaders placed second in the CUNY Championships. By the end of the year, 33% of varsity athletes at CCNY made it onto the Athletic-Academic Honor Roll with a GPA of 3.0—the highest number ever.
The end of the year marked a new beginning for CCNY. Yolanda Moses was the first black woman to be appointed as the president of CCNY. As the former vice president of California State University, she was committed to raising the standards of CCNY while promoting its diversity.