January 29, 2001
The year 1943 saw an event that brought many more men to the campus. What was it?
Answer: President Claxton contracted with the U.S. Navy for the college to give academic training to young men enlisted in the Naval Cadet Training Program. The first contingents were young men from the Southeast, whom the girls began dating immediately. The second group would come from New England, and the girls vowed they “would not date Yankees.” The men arrived on campus on Thursday, and by Friday evening, only one girl in the dormitory had resisted the request for a date with the young men. Source: “The First Fifty Years of Austin Peay State University,” by Charles M. Waters.