Eliot, Winthrop, Leverett, Kirkland to Be Reserved as Barracks for Army and Navy Trainees This Summer
Undergraduates to Live in Others; All Seven Housemasters to Stay On
Four College Houses, Eliot, Kirkland, Leverett, and Winthrop, have been set aside for possible use by the armed forces starting this summer, Dean Buck announced last night. The remaining three, Adams, Dunster, and Lowell, will be available for occupancy by students in regular civilian status, the College explained, and will house all men now living in the newly designated barracks.
Although no contract has yet been signed with any of the services for housing or instruction in addition to that now going on at the University, this latest step has been taken in anticipation of a demand for far more space to house men arriving for the beginning of the summer term. There is no way of knowing the exact number of men to be detailed here, but the space set aside is considered sufficient to take care of any request. Groups which are expected at that time are the Army's Basic Engineering School, Pre-Meds, and Area and Languages School, and the Navy's V-12, NROTC, and various midshipman units.
House Masters will continue to live in their present quarters, and the House officers will be maintained throughout the occupation.
Adams, Dunster, and Lowell will be ample to take care of the non-service elements of the College, Dean Hanford expects. "The capacity of these three Houses is between a thousand and eleven hundred men," he said, "and should be sufficient to take care of all students not enrolled in one of the Army or Navy training programs who will desire to live in residence."
"Students now living in Eliot Kirkland, Leverett, and Winthrop Houses who are returning for the summer term will be given places in one of the other three Houses in accordance with plans, the full details of which are now being worked out and which will be announced next week."
Re-engagement blanks for men expecting to register for the summer will be distributed in the Houses early next week and will be due by May 8.
The Houses picked for military and naval use were chosen mainly because of their position and size. Together they will probably be just about right for the demand, and their position along the river makes them most convenient for handling service students in segregated, disciplined groups, as is expected. Closeness to Soldiers Field and use of the same central kitchen were other factors, Dean Hanford suggested.
Details to be released early next week include the exact method of registering for new rooms and choice of roommate. Still very uncertain are the exact groups that will live in the barracks and where each will live.