March 10, 1934
The college announced the trustees' decision to continue for the 1934-35 academic year this year’s successful cooperative housing experiment in three residence halls. Intended to help students meet their college costs by working in their residences, the plan differed significantly among the three halls. In Main, students earned $40 a year by doing relatively light work such as cleaning their rooms.
Raymond House was entirely maintained by students, except for a chef and helper, a janitor and a night watchman. Students ran the elevator, scrubbed bathrooms, waited on tables, helped in the kitchen and ran the messenger service. The student in charge of cleaning supplies and the one overseeing waitresses had those jobs throughout the year, but the other students traded responsibilities every six weeks. Each of these students enjoyed a six-week “vacation” during the year. They received $150 a year.
In Blodgett Hall of Euthenics, the 28 sophomores, juniors and seniors assumed virtually all residential responsibilities. The college charged each student $100 for heat, light, gas and shelter, and “each week there are four cooks: a chief or meat cook, a vegetable cook, a dessert cook and one who makes cocoa and does odd jobs. The chief cook plans the menus, does the marketing and budgets the time for other students.” The only college oversight in Blodgett was supervision of diet.
Tuition at Vassar for 1934 was $500 and, including fees for room and board, the fixed cost for the year was about $1,000. The New York Times