All of the problems involved in attending college these days prompted me to write about attending college in the old days.
I transferred from Taft Junior College to Chico State College in January 1941. I moved into an apartment with three other students from Red Bluff. The house was a duplex. We had two bedrooms upstairs; the kitchen and front room were downstairs. We called it El Ranch Scruncho, and no, we were not Spanish majors.
We paid $5 each for the $20 rent and chipped in $2 a week for food. If we had any money left over at the end of the month, we bought a quart of Acme beer. I was no cook, so I did the dishes.
The only woman I ever saw in our apartment was Mrs. Moore to collect rent, or the time when my mother dropped in to see where I lived.
With board and room at $13 a month, and school tuition about $40 a semester, I could work in the summer and weekends and pay all my costs. Of course, I earned about 25 cents an hour, but it was enough.
That all ended Dec. 7, 1941, and we started leaving for the service. When I came back after the war, it was under the GI Bill.
—Joe “Rock” McClellan (BA, Physical Education, ’48; Credentials, ’48, ’57; MA, Education, ’60), Mineral, California
1960 Study Abroad
I just now read the piece you wrote about the 1960 Study Year Abroad in Europe (fall 2010 Chico Statements). Bob [English professor] and Jean Souders were good friends of mine and my entire family. I remember their frequent reflections on that year and what a significant experience it was for them as well as for the students.
They valued the relationships formed with the students during that time, and I remember both of them considering how those students had, in some respects, become the children they had not been able to raise. Jean and Bob had two children, both of whom died at birth.
—Paul G. Christensen, attorney, Foley & Mansfield, Minneapolis
(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’80) illustrated the New Yorker’s 2012 election cover.
(BA, Chemistry, ’71) is helping design Disney’s newest theme park in Shanghai.
(BA, Communication Design, ’92) runs The Sustainable Kitchen, a cooking school/farm tour program.