In the early 1960s, President Hugh F. McKean and Jeannette McKean redecorated the Campus Center. Noticible changes include the additions of potted palms and light fixtures made of shutters. A memo from Hugh McKean, to John Tiedtke, college Treasurer, on September 28, 1962 explains:
"Pursuant to our conversation in which you reminded me that Jeannette and I had spent $15, 000 redecorating the student center last year, I will point out the following. Your $15, 000 estimate included the following:
vending machine -- 360.00 painting outside and inside -- 6,768.21 replacing roof tiles -- 76. 00 replacement & repairs to furnace 998.78 replace fire extinguishers 100.30 repair of cash register -- 64. 30 replace water cooler -- 262.46 repairs and replacements of small items such as dishes -- 193.27 new water cooler -- 186.70 (apparently there are two water coolers) 2 dispensing machines -- 960.00 piano tuning & repair -- 20. 00 Rausch Plumbing -- 794.51 air conditioner for ladies lounge -- 204.00 Hi-Fi set 479.92
In the cool light of reason in which I customarily view these matters, I point out that the decorating included 8 chandeliers made out of shutters, 8 palms, having the furniture refinished and introducing lights into the fireplace area to make it suitable for pictures. I would be surprised if the amount actually spent in decorating exceeded $1, 000. If you can show me otherwise, I would be glad to see it.
We would both look more sensible if next year we could agree on a certain amount to be spent for maintaining the furnishings and decorations on the campus. Our present system making piecemeal decisions is probably a unique example of how this should not be done."