Class of 1974...

The Class of 1974 witnessed one of the most dramatic changes to City College's campus: the demolition of Lewisohn Stadium. The 58-year-old arena, which had been a stage for historic concerts and dozens of College commencements, was torn down to be replaced with a modern academic complex, the North Academic Center.

The need for more student space was altering the architecture of the College. As part of its master plan, the College also constructed a new 14-story, glass and cement modern building. The new Science and Physical Education Building was completed in 1973 and named after President Marshak.

With the stadium gone, the newly constructed Aaron Davis Center for the Performing Arts became the center for culture and the arts on campus. The Center, which included a 750-seat proscenium theater, a 175-seat experimental theater and a 75-seat rehearsal studio-workshop, was built with the support of Leonard Davis, an alumnus of the Class of '44. It The Center's premier season in 1973 featured presentations of theater, dance, and music. The performances were open to everyone, on and off campus, and admission was free.

In addition to a new arts center, the College established the Center for Biomedical Education, a unique program that combines undergraduate education with the first two years of medical training. The School admitted its first class of students in 1963.

Lewisohn stadium was not the only landmark that disappeared in 1964. Raymond Rueben Haber, better known as "Raymond the Bagelman," the College's street corner philosopher and most ardent sports fan, went missing. After 26 years, Raymond abandoned his post selling pragels (pretzel made out of bagel dough) in front of Shepard Hall.

Outside of City College, as the Nixon administration sank deeper into the swamp of the Watergate scandal the intense political interests of the 1960's were gradually being replaced by a new social, cultural and ethnic awareness. At City College, ethnic studies programs were created in Asian Studies, Black Studies, Jewish Studies and Puerto Rican Studies. These programs began reaching out across lines of race and origin to encourage students to enroll.

Many of these class notes are excerpted from the 1974 Microcosm, Editor-in-Chief Howard Goldman.

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