The First Crisis: 1914-1920
WALTER MURRAY reported to the editor of the Public Service Monthly on 29 October 1914:
The University Matribculation Examinations began on the 15th September, and teaching on the 22nd.
The registration is proceeding with fairly satisfactory results. In spite of the war and the crop failure in certain parts of the province, it is probable that the attendance at the University this year will be about equivalent to that of last year.
A number of students and prospective students have gone to the front, and it is probable that a larger number of students and four or five of the staff will go with the second Canadian contingent. 1
Thus began a new era in the history of the University of Saskatchewan. It would be both trite and an overstatement to say that the years 1914-20 were a time of crisis. More accurately, the period was one of abnormalities before normalcy had been established and these abnormalities contributed to the development of a crisis in 1919.
The crisis came at the end of the period, but there was a building toward it during the years of the First World War. Late registrations and a good number signing up for the associate course in agriculture