I found this great cartoon captioned "O poor man's life in International House" in a 1933 yearbook (click on image for larger version). I believe it was the work of Maurice F. Bilton (who appears in the student gallery).
International House is a graduate and professional residence hall shared by several prominent NY universities. It's meant to foster cross-cultural relationships and understanding. Looks like it was a madcap, screwball place in the 1930s.