Minutes Of The Board Of Trustees April b, 1920.
"(e) Eousing of Students. The enrollment at the University
Zs growing rapidly. The total number of students that have regis-
tered to date this year is 1b23 including about 300 in the summer
session. We receive daily, letters from parents wanting places for
their children. Parents want their daughters placed under Univer-
sity supervision. Vrnen we are not able to care for them they send
them elswhere. The University will undoubtedly increase its body
of students very rapidly and we must make provisions for housing
these students. Last year we were able to house about 700 men.
About 200 students were turned away from the University because they
could not find adequate housing facilities. The cost of living
for students has increased; room rent, where rooms can be obtained,
has gone up. The monthly cost of living for students has increased
from $25 or $30 a month to $50 to $bO a month.
"The increased cost of an education is fact becoming a menace
to democracy. It is true that the ability of students to pay more
for an education has increased, but this increase has not kept pace
with the increased cost of living. We will get from the legisla-
ture an appropriation of $75,000 annually for two years to build
dormitories. This does not really solve our problem, because it
merely takes up the slack. By the time we have spent this money
for dormitories, we will have moved far ahead of our present posi-
tion and the housing situation will be even more difficult. There
is a movement at the present time for the erection of fraternity
houses. We have just leased to the Sigma Nu fraternity a building
site for the erection of a fraternity house. I understand that the
Sigma Alpha Epsilon wishes to make application for a site for a
$40,000 fraternity building. These fraternity houses will help to
a certain extent to solve our housing problem, but the rank and file
of students not so taken care of must be considered.
"(f) The Building Situation. In the budget estimates which
have just come to me, there are several requests for additional
buildings. Dean Anderson has requested that Mechanical Hall be
enlarged by the addition of a wing for recitation and tool rooms.
In the Agricultural Department there is a great necessity for a
building for Agricultural engineering. We have carried on this
work in a number of small sheds and this has been very unsatisfac-
tory. The demand for more recitation rooms is very pressing.
We need, also, a woman's gymnasium; we are using at the present
time a small wooden structure behind White Hall which is very un-
satisfactory. With the $150,000 which we shall receive from the
Legislature, we can probably construct one dormitory. The plans
which were drawn by Olmsted Brothers provide for a system of
dormitories to be erected mainly on Mulligan lot.