EVENING POST OFFERS PRIZE FOR SUICIDE EXPLANATIONS
Seeks to Account for Wave of Mental Depression
A prize of $100 has been offered by the New York Evening Post to the college undergraduate who best explains the wave of mental depression apparently sweeping through American schools and colleges.
"Has the American undergraduate a post-war neurosis?" asks the Evening Post in announcing the offer. "Just what is responsible for the melancholia which seems to have invaded the campus today? Does modern education foster too much independent, unguided thinking?"
The Post has the opinion of university deans, faculty members, and psychologists as to why this morbid tendency has spread among students. It is now endeavoring to find out how undergraduates themselves interpret the abnormal attitude which some of the students seem to have toward life.