Thursday, October 13, 2005

UNCG remembers when economic times were tough

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In 1932, in the shadow of the Depression, the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina enrolled 76 male students. Long before UNCG was enrolling students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina, the university was admitting another type of refugee — economic refugees. The year was 1932 and the university was, at that time, Woman's College of the University of North Carolina. But there was something distinctly different about the 70-odd new students that year. These new students were men. "It was delightful," said Gen. Charles Hagan, a former Marine Corps general who attended WC. "It was right nice duty. It was a godsend to be able to go there. We had some good instruction up there at Woman's College." With the Depression, families were strapped for cash. In Greensboro, local school officials worked with college administrators to find a solution: the college would, for the first time and on a temporary basis, accept male students. Many of these men had been students at Chapel Hill, Duke or other North Carolina universities, but with the onset of the Depression and all the economic hardships that went along with it, these men could not afford to live and attend school at these institutions. To read the full article visit: