By: Joe Strupp
Not many college newspapers can boast 100 years of service, or alumni that span some of New York’s top journalists. So as the City College of New York student paper, The Campus, approaches its centennial this September, college officials plan to honor it during an upcoming alumni dinner.
During the CCNY Communications Alumni Group Annual Dinner, to be hosted May 30 at the National Arts Club, the 100-year-old paper will be saluted as several alumni are inducted into the CCNY Communications Hall of Fame.
Among those are Lou Lumenick, film critic for the New York Post; Betsy Frank, chief research and insights officer at Time Inc.; and science writer Ben Patrusky. Two other alumni, publisher and photographer Ralph Ginzburg and Newsday reporter Henry Gilgoff, will be inducted posthumously. Marvin Kitman, the former television critic at Newsday and author of the recent book “The Man Who Would Not Shut Up: The Rise of Bill O’Reilly” will be the keynote speaker.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the journalism skills and contacts I acquired while working on The Campus,” Lumenick said. “And I probably wouldn’t be reviewing movies today if I hadn’t taken a film survey class at CCNY with the legendary cinephile Herman G. Weinberg.”
The newspaper published its first edition Sept. 30, 1907, shortly after the CCNY Manhattan campus opened.