Class of 1995...

In 1995, CCNY students and faculty united to fight an estimated $158 million in budget cuts proposed by Governor Pataki. Approximately ninety percent of City College students were affected by the proposed cuts, which would have led to a massive dropout rate. A protest march was held on March 23rd, which was also attended by former mayor David Dinkins. He was joined by about 3000 faculty members from CUNY and SUNY, who trekked across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest against the budget cuts in higher education. It is believed to be the largest faculty march that happened in this country up until 1995. Eventually, the College was granted $2.2 to bridge the budget gap for the 1995-1996 academic year.

CCNY also experienced improvements in its class registration process. Student registration became faster due to the new system implemented, which enabled students to register over the phone instead of having to register in person. The new system was just a step towards further improvement, registration via Internet.

There was also lots of excitement in the sports domain. The City College soccer coach, Wilson Egidio, made CCNY proud after the Beavers gained 5-1 home victory over John Jay. Furthermore, on April 22, two runners for the CCNY track team, Robyn McArthy and Jaqueline Hunter had qualified for the NCAA Division 3 Championship. In 1995, The World Chess Championship was held in New York City, the center of chess activity in America, where Garry Kasparov of Russia who defended his title against Viswanathan Anand of India.

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