Mason declared that there were “forces at work” to make all state colleges into tuition-paying institutions, including state teachers colleges. He pointed out that these have traditionally been tuition-free, and that requiring tuition would put a bar to many furthering their education.
“I and my parents were far too poor,” Mason said, “to pay tuition and I went to a State Teachers College. I regard the tuition free colleges with great veneration.”
After the attempted change to make Delhi a community college, the SUNY Board of Trustees denied charges that the plans were kept secret.
This weekend: Oneonta had a “Dress Up Week” in April 1919.
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