1932

The national champion Pomona College Men's Glee Club of 1932

CAMPUS

Earthquake Damages Little Bridges

The Long Beach Earthquake dislodged one of four small steeple-like projections on the front of Bridges Hall of Music and the small tower on the front of the roofpeak. All of these were removed in the interests of safety.

STUDENT LIFE

Glee Club Victory

It was in 1932 that the first (and, as it turned out, the last) National Glee Club Championship was held in St. Louis, a site selected for its central location at a time when transportation was a significant challenge. That year both the Men's Glee Club and the Women's Glee Club (they performed separately until 1951) took first place at the Pacific Southwest Championship in San Diego. In claiming that title, the men won the right to represent the region at the Nationals. (A sign of the times: There was no national competition for women.)

The men traveled to St. Louis by train and on April 8 took the title they would hold unchallenged for the remainder of the century. Under the direction of Professor Ralph Lyman, they placed first with the College song “Torchbearers.” Yale came in second and Penn State took third. The men returned to a hero's welcome, with The Student Life announcing in its headline that Pomona had the "Best Glee Club in the Western Hemisphere." This was all the more remarkable for having been made possible by direct financial support from fellow students, alumni, parents and friends of the College during a Depression year in which financial constraints had prevented both the men’s and women’s glee clubs from making their usual California tours.

Class Banner Traditions

In a long-time Pomona tradition of “springing” the newly created class banner of each new freshman class by surprise in some public place, so as to avoid capture by the sophomore class, the Class of 1932 sprung its Aztlan banner in the city of Pomona’s Fox Theatre on Nov. 4, 1932. The Student Life reported that the banner spring came as “the climax of a snappy program, ten husky frosh escorting the banner across the stage during the intermission with yells. Sophomores poured out of the theatre but were unable to capture the banner.”

FINANCES

Falling Enrollment, Mounting Deficits

Due to falling enrollment and mounting deficits related to the Depression, faculty and staff salaries were reduced by 10 percent in 1932 and an additional five percent in 1933.

ELSEWHERE

  • The infant son of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, New Jersey.
  • Approximately 15,000 World War I veterans arrived in Washington, D.C., demanding the payment of their military bonus, becoming known as the Bonus Army. President Herbert Hoover ordered the U.S. Army to forcibly evict them.
  • Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Republican President Hoover in a landslide victory.

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