When not engaged in the rigorous training regimen, Sailors relaxed and enjoyed the same activities students in modern colleges. Unlike those in similar U.S. Army programs, Navy V-12 personnel were encouraged to engage in the non-academic portions of higher education.
This included student theatre productions. McFarland Auditorium hosted productions of “George Washington Slept Here,” directed by MSTC faculty member Lester Hartnett, and “The Public Be Pleased,” directed by Nick Mihalareas of Chicago. “The Public Be Pleased” raised funds for the serviceman’s canteen, located in the Student Union building. Admission for the show was 50 cents for adults and 35₵ for students. Other musical shows were presented throughout the operation of the V-12 program.