"Bad times, troublesome times, this is what men say. Let us live a good life, and the times are good. We are the times; we make our times."
The Great Depression of the 1930's frustrated ambitious building plans. These included a new library and a large quadrangle on the east side of
campus. All would be postponed for nearly two decades. Meanwhile student
enrollment fell to 700 in the fall of 1936, from a high of over 1100 just four years
before. Despite hard times, Villanova students enjoyed numerous dances in the new
Field House, where big bands like Dorsey brothers played regularly. The Villanova
football team attracted wide attention, with two undefeated seasons in 1937 and
1938. It was also in the 1930's that Mother's Day became and annual event at Villanova. As prosperity started to return toward the end of the decade, the
Villanova community began to worry about a troubled international scene and hoped that the
United States could remain at peace.
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