A box of cash, a secret donor and a big lift for some N.Y.C. Students

A City College Physics professor was shocked to discover the contents of an ordinary box that had been in the mailroom.

The box contained bundles of $50 and $100 bills, adding up to $180,000. Credit... The City College of New York

Published Dec. 21, 2021 Updated Dec. 23, 2021

Vinod Menon was a City College of New York in Harlem physics professor who returned to in-person teaching this semester. He finally looked through the pile of office mail to find a cardboard box about the size of a toaster when he got back to his classroom.

The heavy box was large enough to justify $90 in priority U.S. mail postage. It was addressed to "Chairman Physics Department" -- his title.