The Depression and growing international tensions were much on the minds of Loyola students and faculty during the 1930s, and their discussions were permeated by considerations of Catholic social teachings. Despite the Depression, Loyola grew in the 1930s, adding a College of Music and departments of medical technology and education. During this decade, Loyola had a number of outstanding athletes, including Olympic gold medalists. However, the cost of being nationally competitive in football had to be balanced against the continuing Depression, the cost of academic programs, and the necessity of repaying debts. And so the football program was ended in 1939.

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