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"It's based on this sort of noble idea of
stretching kids to get them to try all the
forms of art that they wouldn't try other-
wise," said Art and Design freshman Glenn
Getty. "But I think a lot of us feel that it
takes all the choice away from students. It's
like grade school again - we have less
choice about which classes we take when we
get here than we would have in high school."
The new program requires first- and sec-
ond-year students to complete a series of
courses in a wide range of materials and
techniques before choosing areas of concen-
tration in their third and fourth years.
"The new curriculum is good in several

ways," said Art and Design Associate Dean
Mary Schmidt. "It requires all students to
become conversant on a basic level with the
tools and techniques in every studio we
But Getty complained that the new
requirements, which are fulfilled through a
series of seven-week courses, only scratch
the surface of the media they introduce to
students. "Seven weeks of any one thing is
just too fast to really learn anything in that
area," Getty said.
Responding to reports that some students
had dropped out of the program due to the
new requirements, Schmidt noted that all
major curriculum changes meet with some
initial resistance.
"We did have high attrition in the first

year, but this freshman class is an extraordi-
nary group of students," Schmidt said.
She added that the number of students
leaving the program appears to have dropped
significantly this year, but said the adminis-
tration would not release specific numbers.
Gregg said one objection students have
expressed regards the curriculum's focus on
conceptual development. "There's a very
heavy emphasis on concept rather than tech-
nique, and so a lot of people are learning to
run before they can walk," Gregg said. "They
have all these great ideas, but they have no
idea how to express them."
She said the student government is
addressing this issue by asking the art school
to allow for more flexibility in class schedul-
ing. The organization also recently set up an

online message board, hoping to gather new
ideas from many students.
Other art students also said they were con-
cerned that increased focus on concept takes
away from time that could be better spent
developing technique.
"We could be helped so much more by
improving our art skills rather than by spend-
ing this much time on conceptual courses,"
said Art and Design freshman Michelle Bien.
But Schmidt said an emphasis on concept
is vital to artistic development.
"You can't be an artist in the world without
having ideas," Schmidt said. "Being required
to have ideas about your art-making is not a
bad thing. It's a new thing for freshmen."
She added that the new curriculum had not
lost sight of the importance of artistic tech-

nique, but rather sought a balance between
skill and concept.
"If you've got great ideas and no artistic
skills, just as if you've got great skill but no
ideas, then you're not an artist," she said.
Schmidt also defended the art program's
plans to supplant traditional photography
with digital.
"There was a lot of discussion about
whether we should stick with chemical pho-
tography or do digital photography," Schmidt
said. "Everyone in the faculty recommended
that we transition to digital photography,
because that's what the world is out there."
Getty, however, said he had intended to
explore traditional photography in art school
because he had not been able to do so in high

Continued from Page 1Z
M-card. In the 2002-2003 academic year, only
one peeping Tom incident was reported, and
none have been reported yet this academic year.
Currently, 10 residence halls feature electron-
ic entry systems to dorm rooms. Such systems
in Mary Markley, Bursley, Vera Baits I and II,
Stockwell and Fletcher residence halls are all
projected for completion in fall 2004.
In addition to the electronic locks, security
cameras were also installed around South Quad,
East Quad, Couzens and Stockwell residence
halls. Eventually all halls will have the record-
ing system.
"They're just one deterrent of the many we're
talking about. The awareness is a deterrent
because as people become more aware, they
take more precautions," said Bill Bess, director
of DPS.
Ian Steinman, director of housing security
and associate director of DPS also said anoth-
er key factor in the prevention is the Resident
Contact Initiative, in which DPS officers work
with residents to promote awareness of crime
Three times a year, officers go door-to-door
throughout each residence hall, speaking with
students about crime prevention and safety.
Each of the three visits has its own theme, such
as a property prevention theme in January.
In April, the officers will be speaking with
students about move-out safety and warning
them not to leave items unattended. Unattended
belongings and unlocked doors account for the
majority of DPS-reported instances of theft.
"Security is everyone's business. One of the
most important things a resident can do to
ensure their safety is to make sure their doors
are locked," Steinman said.
Overall, LSA sophomore Nick Rutledge said
students do not seem to be greatly inconve-
nienced by the automatic-lock doors, despite
when they are locked out of their dorm rooms.
Rutledge is an employee at the West Quad Resi-

dence Hall front desk and a resident advisor in
West Quad.
"A lot of people don't understand the pur-
pose of them. They see it like it's easier to
get locked out. I think it's frustrating for
(students). We try to explain that it's a secu-
rity reason," Rutledge said.
He also added that the process for changing
locks under the old key system was less organ-
ized. In the past, students would be required to
purchase a new door lock, mailbox lock, door
keys for all roommates and a bathroom key if
necessary. The cost for these services could be
as high as $37, depending on which services the
student selected.
Now, under the new card system, a resi-
dent is given two free temporary cards per
semester in case of a lockout, which are
valid for 48 hours. On the third lockout, resi-
dents are charged a fee of $5. If a card is
lost, a new card costs $15. Residents can
also change their password at any time.
"I feel it's a better organized program. Before,
there was a lot of paperwork," Rutledge said.
LSA sophomore Ian Hoover, a resident of
West Quad, said he is generally not bothered by
the new locks.
"It's not bad. It's kind of a pain to have one on
the bathroom. I still lock myself out of my room
as much as I did with keys," Hoover said.
DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown said the
home invasion crimes are not unique to the
dorms, and occur frequently in off-campus
housing as well.
"It's not a problem unique at all to the resi-
dence halls, it's a challenge in any community
living situation. The residence halls are vulnera-
ble because of the amount of traffic. The off-
campus housing seems to be vulnerable because
of the inattention that people give to the security
measures," Brown said.
But despite low levels of crime this year, the
University has no plans to discontinue the pro-
grams it has put in place to deter crimes. "It
doesn't go away because we have better num-
bers this year," Levy said.

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Certain industries within the job market are
also still seeing a much slower improvement in
employment than other sectors, such as manu-
facturing and computer-related professions, he
added. Gardner said because they arre moving
production out of the country, some industries
need fewer workers and Americans are going to
have to face that cost in jobs.
"The global-ness of it now, production can
be moved almost anywhere. If we like what
Wal-Mart does, then we have to pay the conse-
quences of it. To get cheaper labor is to get
prices down, but it's also to lose jobs here at
home," he said.
Gardner added that because of the global
pressures on the job market, his study predicts
only bachelor's degree graduates with majors in
business and physical or biological sciences
will be in demand seeing as those are the only
industries that have experienced substantial
economic growth. All bachelor's graduates in
other majors will suffer from a slight decrease
in employment openings, he said.
NACE's study had somewhat similar conclu-
sions and found that the service industry -
which includes business, accounting and com-
puter science majors - should experience a 22
percent growth in hiring from last year. The
manufacturing industry will increase hiring by
3 percent, while government and non-profit
jobs will decrease by 10 percent, it predicts.
The good news is in the long-run the job
market will get better, but it will take time,
Gardner said.
"We are in this period where we are having
this major restructuring in the economy. ...
Moving the economy from one major focus to
another one, to a knowledge-based economy,
meaning we are only going to use fewer people
now (in certain industries) that will take time to
reorganize," he added.
So far predictions in hiring by the two
reports have proven to be fairly accurate.

As of January, the U.S. Department of Labor
reported a decline in the nationwide unemploy-
ment level from 6.1 percent in August 2003 to
5.6 percent. The unemployment rate for work-
ers with bachelor degrees or higher has been
gradually decreasing from 3.2 percent in Sep-
tember to 2.9 percent in January with a total of
64,000 new workers with college degrees
entering the labor force. But at the same time
Labor Department data also indicated 239,454
workers were laid off in January - the highest
number of total mass layoffs since December
2002. The manufacturing sector had the highest
number of layoffs at 89,551 jobs, whereas gov-
ernment jobs also reported a high loss of work-
ers at 10,876 layoffs.
Regardless of the layoffs, many of the
major U.S. companies have reported that
they will continue to increase hiring of col-
lege graduates.
Gail Dundas, corporate affairs spokeswoman
of Intel, the world's largest computer chip pro-
ducer, said college graduate hiring has
remained at a flat rate in the past few years for
her company because of the unstable economy.
As for this year though, Dundas said Intel
projects an increase in hiring for 2004, but only
for computer science students with graduate
degrees. "There will be more hiring of
advanced degrees in engineering and computer
science majors," she said.
But Dundas added, "(This year) we will be
keeping the same levels of hiring for MBAs in
finance and marketing."
Aerospace company Rockwell Collins,
based in Iowa, had similar plans in hiring.
Company spokeswoman Kelly Kennedy said
Rockwell Collins has seen a dramatic decline
in college graduate hiring from 163 graduates
in 2001 to 62 graduates hired in 2003. This
year's hiring will increase, but only slightly
when Rockwell Collins adds 10 new jobs,
Kennedy said.
Although the current degree of improvement
in the job market has been mixed, the positive
signs of gradual increases have made some stu-

dents more optimistic about their job searching.
Art and Design senior David Porter, who
will begin his job search next month, said with
the economy rebounding, he still anticipates to
be hired within a month or two.
"If I do the amount of work I should, if I do
all the work that's necessary, being persistent, I
should have job,"he said.
Even if his job search stalls and he receives
no job offers, Porter said he can always fall
back on his internship which will probably give
him a full-time position.
For other seniors, the pessimism lingers.
While many seniors will not head directly into
the labor force after graduation, instead going
off to graduate school or other activities, there
is still the sting of fear when thinking about
what the job market will bring in the future.
Education senior Tracy Krzezewski said next
year she will embark on a student teaching
position to complete her teaching degree.
But once that is over, she worries that she
might not get a job teaching in Michigan. "It's
pretty tough to find a teaching job now. You
sometimes have to be known to get those jobs,"
she said. She said she hopes that when she
begins her job searching, some of the older
teachers will have retired so more positions
will be available for her.
Yet all of this doubt and fear surrounding the
hardships of the job market is a burden that
shouldn't be on students' minds said John
Luther, career development coordinator of the
School of Art and Design.
Students should not so easily buy into the
media reports or let individual worries break
their confidence in job searching, he added.
"If you listen to the radio or turn on the
news or read the newspaper, there is always
some forecaster that will give you some
gloomy news. ... Take that for what it's
worth and know that your life is not a statis-
tic on the radio." Luther added, "People can
get very caught up in the 'bad news,' without
realizing that I don't have to follow that path. I
can do something different."'

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