Class of 1998...
During their time at CCNY, the Class of 1998 experienced many firsts, participated in a number of cultural events on campus, and witnessed a great deal of exciting student and faculty achievements. The College introduced a new CUNY ID card. The Public Relations Student Society of America opened a CCNY chapter. The Student Caribbean Association hosted its first Miss CCNY pageant. Student registration was moved to the Y building. Students attended the 7th annual City Lights Celebration featuring oral and poster presentations from 80 students in science and engineering. The first annual bio-medical fair brought students together with leading firms and researchers in the bio-medical industry. On Dec. 10, 1997, The Campus, the College's newspaper and oldest CUNY newspaper, celebrated its 90th Anniversary. The Frederick Douglass Debate Society of the CCNY Urban League Studies Program defeated Harvard University in the annual Brandeis University American Parliamentary Association Championship. The Office of Student Affairs instituted a very successful mentoring program. For the first time in its history, the CCNY Concrete Canoe Club completed construction of a concrete canoe for annual SUNY Buffalo competition.
There was also a great deal to celebrate in athletics at City College. The 1993-1996 women's basketball team won three consecutive CUNYAC (CUNY Athletic Conference) Tournament Championships and was the first women's team ever to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. In the 400 meter run All-Americans—Jacqueline Hunter, Keisha Latty and Robyn McCarthy, along with Susan Clayton finished second as a team in Division III NCAA Indoor Championship. These four students totaled seven All-American honors, two national championships and a new official record in the 400 meter run. CCNY's varsity soccer team also had three All-American players: Everald Cumming, Kwame Delandro, and Ricardo Gomez.
Members of the class of 1998 also witnesses and participated in the 1995 protests again tuition increases and budget cuts organized under the banner of the CUNY Coalition Against and the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). On February 27, 1995, approximately 8,000 CUNY and SUNY students attended a rally in Albany organized by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) against the proposed cuts. In April 1995, thousands of CCNY and other CUNY students protested at City Hall against budget cuts. They were joined by many kids from the city's public high schools, which were also facing overcrowding and budget cuts. The demonstration was the top story on every TV station and was on the front page of every newspaper. In a matter of days, the proposed cuts and tuition increase were both scaled back.