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Under the direction of Kirtley F. Mather, professor of Geology, the Summer School had its best enrollment in seven years, with 9,167 students registered. This year marked the fiftieth anniversary of organized summer studies there and the fifth anniversary of the new adult education program introduced by Mather in 1934.
A loud speaker system was rigged up in New Lecture Hall for the benefit of those visiting speakers who were as yet unaccustomed to sending forth their words of wisdom in such booming fashion, as, for example, is so successfully used by Professor Merriman, mentor of History 1. The speaker system will not be used this fall, official said.
The summer school has always been known for its excellent courses in the drama, and this year was no exception. John Mason Brown, dramatic critic of the New York Post, gave the most popular course in the yard. "The History of the Modern Theatre." A one-act tragedy written in Brown's course last year, "Vengeance in Leka", was among the plays put on in the Hasty Pudding Club theatre under the direction of Frederick C, Packard, assistant professor of Public Speaking.
One of the high-spots of the summer session was the "opinion sheet" passed out to students to enable official to out to students to enable officials to give their like and dislikes of their life. Recommendations varied from a demand for more cream for after-dinner coffee to a plea that the course credit system be abandoned altogether and that a more informal adult cultural institute be developed.
As for building improvements, students asked for air-conditioning in New Lecture Hall and Widener Library, "at least one long mirror in Matthews", a telephone system, ironing facilities, screens, common rooms, and outdoor seats in the Yards.
Prevalent femininity also demanded that bug sprays be issued for the dormitories, and that mouse traps be more abundant. One charming resident of Stoughton Hall set some traps and caught nine mice in one day, she said.
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