To my Friends and Neighbors of Oberlin:
There has been a great deal of comment in regard to the year-round community-wide recreational program that is being suggested for Oberlin. I am vitally interested in such a project believing there is a definite need for it in our community.
I have been asked by a number of people as to why I am so interested and as to why I am willing to give so much of my time and effort to this undertaking. I wish I could tell you what I feel. I wish I could explain to you why I care. During my service overseas I saw many boys die horrible deaths. After four years back home, I still have a very heavy heart. I wish that everyone in the world had been able to spend just one-half hour in the Receiving Tent of an Evacuation Hospital. Why did these boys die? So that Oberlin and communities like Oberlin could have a CHANCE [sic] to become the most perfect places for people to live in. What is $2,000, what is $20,000 if we can help people, help them to develop and progress, help them to overcome pettiness and bitterness, intolerance and prejudice, help them to be joyous and kind; to understand and to love each other, to be friends with each other. Oberlin is a beautiful place. It has beautiful music and beautiful art. It has wonderful people with wonderful children. It has a wonderful college. It could be a center of great influence.
I repeat- those boys died to give us a chance to make it that way. If we have not learned during this last devastating war what is important, if we have not learned that dollars are not important, if we have not learned that human relationships are the only things that are important, may I say- if we have not learned these things- then we deserve to be blasted off the face of this earth. With its rich heritage and tradition, Oberlin MUST [sic] strive to develop its people physically, mentally, morally, and spiritually.
Eleanor B. Stevenson
 Jay Weiner, “P.E. Dept Gives Nod to Open Hales Gym,” Oberlin Review, 20 February 1973.
 When adjusted for inflation, 2,000 dollars in 1950 would be almost $20,000 in 2016, while 20,000 1950 dollars would be nearly $200,000 today (“US Inflation Calculator.” US Inflation Calculator. Accessed 5 July 2016. Source.