"Clear and open communication across the community is a vital part of Baruch. Whether it is initiated by students or by staff, we strive to keep people up-to-date."

Photo by Mario Morgado

This issue commemorates the 75th anniversary of The Ticker, Baruch College's award-winning student newspaper. Throughout its history, The Ticker has done an excellent job in covering current events at the College, reporting on trends, voicing opinions, and sharing "news you can use." Just as importantly, The Ticker has put the Baruch College community "on the same page"—literally—by giving us a common place to turn for information.

The Ticker has created a community among its staff. Several thousand of our alumni wrote, edited, photographed, and cartooned for The Ticker or worked on the business side and got to know one another as they covered the campus and met unforgiving production deadlines.

Clear and open communication across the community is a vital part of Baruch. Whether it is initiated by students or by staff, we strive to keep people up-to-date so they know when a Nobel Laureate in medicine is speaking on campus or when the Newman Library is open 24 hours a day (as it is during midterm and final exam weeks), or that one of our own is recognized (as Professor Bridgett Davis was when she received the Excellence in Education Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists).

Baruch is a better place because of its rich history of student-produced media. The Ticker is the undergraduate student newspaper. The Graduate Voice is the graduate student publication, now in magazine format. Dollars & $ense is the well-established student-produced review of business and society. Encounters, Baruch's literary magazine, now over 10 years old, publishes original poetry, short stories, essays, and photography submitted by students. Encounters editors write, "We offer a space, both in the office and in our literary magazine, for all creative minds to collaborate." That sentiment embodies how well-rounded our students are.

Baruch students' voices can be heard as well as read. WBMB Radio, which takes its call letters from Bernard M. Baruch and refers to itself as "The Biz" over the air, is the student-run radio station.

Many of you ask about the papers that you remember. The Sentry, which was a competitor of The Ticker, merged with The Ticker in 1977–78. The Reporter, which was the evening equivalent of The Ticker, no longer publishes. A newsletter focused on rock music ultimately led to the creation of WBMB radio in the 1970s.

This magazine is our twice-yearly publication sent to about 90,000 Baruch alumni. As a reader, you know we cover campus news and faculty research, among other topics. But mostly, the magazine is about you and your classmates and keeping you informed and connected to each other. We encourage you to contribute updates for our Class Notes section. You can send your news to the Office of Alumni Relations, Baruch College, One Bernard Baruch Way, Box A-1603, New York, NY 10010-5585 or e-mail it to alumni@baruch.cuny.edu.

We have been supplementing our twice-yearly magazine with Baruch Brief e-mails sent six times per year. For the Baruch Briefs, Lisa Poullard-Burton ('90), our director of alumni relations, and our communications office compile news and timely invitations to events on campus and events being sponsored by our alumni organizations locally and in California, Florida, and Washington, D.C.

The content on our alumni website has improved to help you connect with the College and with one another. We offer career assistance for alumni and advise you of other alumni benefits. The site makes it easy for you to network as well as reminisce.

I would be remiss were I not to mention another 75th anniversary. Sigma Alpha Delta, Baruch's oldest honor society, is also 75 this year. Still strong, Sigma Alpha Delta initiated and/or hosts Freshman Orientation, Oxford Debate, and the Faculty Drag, during which students and faculty meet informally. The purposes of the society have always been to develop and improve co-curricular life in the College and foster closer relationships between faculty and students. Congratulations to all Sigma Alpha Delta alumni and thank you for your years of service to the College.

Remember, you, your family, and friends are always welcome on campus. There are many reasons to come back after graduation: networking, mentoring, use of campus resources, and discounts, including 15 percent off any program offered through Baruch's Division of Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS).

Lifelong connections—through The Ticker, Sigma Alpha Delta, or any number of Baruch experiences—make us a stronger community. We appreciate your interest in and continued involvement with Baruch.