of student spiritual life, and in 1907 it finally got its own building. The familiar arched church-like windows along its ides might lead one to assume it was the campus chapeL But although there was a high-ceiling chapel with two tiny bal- conies in the area that for many years now has been a snack bar, no one can say for certain that University chapel exercises ever were held there. It's quite possible the YMCA chapel just was too small. Chapel was moved from Gerrard to Memorial Hall in the mid-1920s after Memorial was heated. Chapel's final home apparently was the second Memorial Hall, built on the site of the original. Now known as simply the Campus Y, the organization broke with the YMCA and YWCA in the 1970s as religious diversity and the constitutionality of religion on a public campus became issues, and now it is a non-sectarian social justice organization.
Eisenhower Chapel was built on the
Penn State University campus 45 years
ago. It also houses the school's Center for
Religious Ethics and Religious Affairs.
It's used by some 30 student religious
organizations, and it's not big enough
anymore. The university began construction last summer on a spiritual center that
will include a core worship area accom-
modating about 400 people; other rooms
that can be used for prayer, worship or
otller functions; and two kitchens, one of
which will be kosher.
"The most fundamental challenge fac-
ing colleges and universities today is devel-
oping conscience, character, citizenship
and social responsibility in their students,"
Penn State President Graham Spanier said
when the project was announced.
Those are timeless words, but 30 years
ago many public universities grew timid
about cloaking them in any sort of reli-
gious garb. Funding witll public money
or student fees anything that had a hint of
favoritism to one faith over another car-
ried overtones oflawsuits and loss ofpu
blic funds, particularly on a Ganlp USso
known for its diversity watchdogs as Car-
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