Class of 2003...
The Class of 2003 experienced a great many developments at City College. Students were introduced to a new phone registration system (SIMS) and new CCNY website. The College launched an undergraduate program in biomedical engineering. The campus was upgraded with the remodeling of the bookstore and renovation of Shepard Hall. After 25 years on CCNY's campus, the food truck "Juicy's Meals on Wheels" lost its permit.
The Class of 2003 participated in the first annual Jazz Festival in spring 2000. In 2002, the College organized its first annual CityVisions, a film festival highlighting the work of CCNY students.
In sports, students celebrated the 2001 CCNY basketball team's victory over Staten Island University for CUNYC (CUNY Athletic Conference) championship. Ralph Perez was the game's MVP.
Numerous renowned individuals came to campus to share their thoughts with the Class of 2003. On April 2002, John Kerry spoke to a large gathering of students and guests in the Great Hall. Joined by Hillary Clinton and Charles Rangel, the event was part of Kerry's campaign, "Change Starts With You College Tour," which stressed student political involvement and voter participation. Walter Cronkite visited CCNY and delivered the Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture in the Great Hall. David Gonzalez, the Central America/Caribbean Bureau Chief for the New York Times also spoke at the College.
As City College changed, so did Harlem and the world. Harlem experienced a renewal. Former President Bill Clinton moved his office into the neighborhood. The Apollo theatre and many other Harlem establishments were renovated.
The Class of 200 also lived through many significant world events. They witnessed to the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. Classes were cancelled in response to the attacks. In the weeks following the attack, City College welcomed faculty and students from the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Located in lower Manhattan, the Community College lost several classroom buildings in the attack.