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Class of 1948...



Class of ‘48...The end of one life…the beginning of another…a new tempo…new times…the times were different…buildings once unknown to female smiles, except for a girl engineer or two, now had their halls filled with coeds …the armed services left only a scattering of men to walk them…12 girls entered in September ‘42 and passed through Lincoln Corridor…the following February, 20 more coeds were admitted...soon there were 700 and their influx only stopped when the restrictions were reinstated after the war..

December 8, 1941 was the turning point…the beginning of the exodus of men from the campus, of soldiers from this country, of Fascism from the world…President Roosevelt spoke to the nation…the college faculty and students listened and heard him call for a declaration of war…heard him plead for a better world to emerge from the ensuing blood and destruction…

Other things changed, increased, and swelled out with the new tempo and the strange times…the book store expanded into two stores, one in the Main building and another in Army Hall…later in the spring of 1948, a compulsory Student Activity Fee replaced the inadequate U-Card as a result of a student referendum…the new $1.50 fee helped ease the financial worries of most organizations…In the Fall of ‘47 the administration banned a speaker who had been invited by the Marxist Cultural Society…students were aroused to their meeting to abridge free speech...Then another blow...the City College budget was cut by the Mayor’s Budget Committee which later revisited its estimate and granted an additional $51,000…this reduced the cut to $127,000…students, faculty, and administration protested…28 instructors and 12 clerical and laboratory workers would have to be dropped…students looked about them and saw crowded classes…knew the budget slash would make the classes larger…a protest rally, a strike, and a march on City Hall were recommended…all but the rally was called off…classes were cut and the audience was larger at the rally…

Men and women returned from the war…back to the subway college…some back to become ‘48 graduates…some never to come back, except in memory and memorials…The vets were back…tired, eager to get their degrees as fast as they could…they became the plodders, the leaders…

The times changed and moved on…the College played host for the first time on May 1, 1948 to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers…distinguished engineers from the industry and universities spoke…awards were given for the best student papers…the convention closed with a dance at the Hotel Ascot.

A women’s basketball team was started this year…under the leadership of Coach Rosalind Garfinkel, the squad suffered only one defeat in a 5-game schedule…the swimming team also turned a winning record, with five victories in ten meets…the nocturnal Basketball team won 16 of 21 games for another outstanding record.




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