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mm An ill ... i Well, I ' m back in school now, and brother, how things have changed. Oh, the old buildings are the same. They ' ll probably always be the same. The ivy has grown a little thicker on some of the walls until you can ' t be sure whether the walls are holding the ivy or vice versa. I guess it ' s changed some since the original build- ings were built in a corn field — but that ' s another story. But, Moe, the rest of the picture is something like a DeMille mob scene. No one had any idea what the enrollment would be last fall. The prexy estimated a large enrollment — maybe 5000. When the books were closed behind the last en- rollee there were 6500. The school was shaken to the core. There just weren ' t enough rooms to go around either for classes or for living. It looked for awhile as if the seams would let go. Somehow the school ' s pilots, who had been work- ing on plans for almost a year, dug up enough extra cpiarters for all the stu- dents. They started teach- ing classes at all ungodly hours, beginning at 7 in the morning and lasting until late at night. For some stu- dents they even scheduled them through the noon hour, utterly disregarding the custom of eating. That old crowded sensation we used to feel in an overloaded Quonset was common to everyone. Every available room in town was taken and in some cases students had to live so far from school that they wandered around for weeks like visiting firemen. The school searched frantically for ways to stretch their existing housing facilities. They added more rooms for men in the stadium until it was honey- combed with quarters. They converted the Waltheim apartment building into a dorm, since Van Zile Hall had long since housed only a fraction of the women students. Army barracks were moved in from Cof- feyville and were thrown together on the southeast corner of the campus. That was that lovely plot of grass where we learned our hup-ta-three ' s, re- member? The buildings are not good to look at, but they hold nearly 400 veterans. UtiiiiiVinriiwTu;r,wi iiv ii; ii(k i CAFETERIA
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For married veterans the facilities were ■(ttMgggJg even worse. The trailer camp behind the military building held a hundred families, but another million or so searched for shelter. Every basement in town that wasn ' t full of water (and some that were) was occupied. Attics, likewise. Finally the Federal Public Housing Au- thority agreed to build a million dollars worth of units. They started them, but they didn ' t do fall semester students much good. The first ones weren ' t ready until early in January. You should have heard the griping from fellows whose wives had to stay at home with the folks. As for eating, remember when we used to drift into Aggieville beaneries any time of day and help ourselves to anything on the menu? Now if you are starving enough to stand in line for a meager helping, you can have it. And the Canteen! Coffee and cokes aren ' t always worth struggling to the fountain through a mass of sports. Books? You want books. Okay, students, get in line, and what a line! Then when we got to the counter we found they were fresh out of some texts and would we please come back Tuesday. Tuesday there was another line. Fel- lows who had sweated lines from here to there found it easy to fall in, and luckily the school ' s enrollment was more than two-thirds veterans. Parking on the campus became a problem. Cars were stacked all over the place. Harry, the cop, developed writers ' cramp making out parking tickets. Then the school blossomed out with traffic signs allowing parking but limiting it to one side of each drive and the whole thing worked itself out. The coeds again learned how to be coy with the man-to-woman ratio back to pre-war standards. The big beef of the girls was the uncertain marital status of the men. They hated to waste time fluttering eyelids at ineligible males. The College threw out the dragnet for more professors and got some, but not nearly enough. Profs who had become ac- customed to sleeping nights or having a few days off each year had to change their ways. Old boys who were used to looking down to the three students in the front row started raising their eyes and voices to teach a roomful of thirsty learners. Yes, sir, Moe, the old place has changed. More changes are needed, but the school has weathered the first big wave. With any luck she should make the grade. By the way, I spoke to the dean about your chances of enrolling next year if you get back by that time. He said, " We ' ll see. " ARCHIE
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