In "A Separate Peace", what details does the author use to show the ways in which the war is changing the atmosphere at Devon?

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There are details in the very first chapter that show how things have changed at the school.  There had never been a summer session before the war, and Gene, Finney, and the other students on their way to being Upper Middlers are the first group to have a summer session.  Gene refers to how the seniors are "caught up in accelerated courses and first-aid...

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