Class of 1994...
The Class of 1994 witnessed both cultural and physical changes at CCNY while maintaining a stellar record in academic and extracurricular achievements.
Dr. Yolanda T. Moses took office as the first African-American female president of City College. She declared ambitious but attainable goals for CCNY and wanted to mold the College into the "nation's leading public urban university." Dr. Moses championed community building amongst CCNY's diverse student population—75% of the student body worked part-time or was employed. Town meetings, open forums and an amicable relationship with the student government helped create a space for students to air their grievances and offer suggestions. Furthermore, Dr. Moses was dedicated to maintaining a first class education for students. As a response to budget cuts earlier in the year, she called for the administration to "create more with less."
The College experienced major renovations that excited both students and faculty. After years of construction, the Herman Goldman Center for Sports and Recreation finally opened to both CCNY and the surrounding community. The $6.7 million facility served CCNY students, A. Phillip Randolph Campus High School and other local youth organizations. It featured fields for soccer, baseball, lacrosse and softball. The Music Department also found a new—and upgraded—home in Shepard Hall. The multi-million dollar renovation welcomed electronic music studios, a digital music center, a new piano room, audio-visual classrooms, and most importantly, air-conditioned classrooms. CCNY continued its technological revolution and with a $1.5 million grant, set up an informational system for students, faculty and administrators that would allow them to access records, course registration and financial data. Computers were also introduced to most classrooms.
CCNY students continued their commitment to excellency and strived to change the world outside of their classrooms. Clyde Southwell was awarded a $5,000 fellowship from Pfizer Central Research to conduct research on molecular interactions that enable vision. Students from CCNY's South Asian student associations held fundraisers and massive bake sales to raise money to aid victims of India's worst earthquakes which displaced 30,000 people.
One of the most memorable moments for the Class of 1994 was a visit by renowned Nigerian author Chinua Achebe at CCNY's Langston Hughes Festival in Aaron Davis hall. Celebrating the works and legacy of fascinating writers across the world, the festival boasted a full-capacity audience and a standing ovation for Mr. Achebe.
On the newly constructed fields of the Goldman Center, CCNY athletes demonstrated their dominant abilities. In October, the CCNY soccer team set the record for the most consecutive wins (a whopping 21 games) against CUNY conference opponents. The Women's Varsity Basketball team attained their fourth consecutive CUNY Conference Championship. Lastly, the Women's Cross Country finished their season undefeated.