September 17, 1947
The college began its academic year with 1,336 students and 38 foreign students representing 14 foreign countries. The freshman class contained 404 students.
Professor of Economics Mabel Newcomer, returning to the college after eight months in occupied Berlin as chief consultant on taxation and revenue in the Civil Affairs Division of the Office of Military Government, spoke at Convocation. She reported that the joint occupation of Germany by the four Allied powers had the potential of promoting mutual understanding and cooperation. She regretted that “many people over here, and even in Berlin, are engaged in building the wall between the Russians and ourselves even higher, and that the Russians themselves reinforce this wall by refusing to permit people or ideas to cross the barrier.” The New York Times