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"I'm an out of state student and already I feel
like I've invested plenty of money to my education.
Really so far I haven't seen it pay off," she said.
For Marino, it was hard not to despair, as she
had to decide whether to risk taking the job in
Chicago or grudgingly persist in the job market
battle. Marino was still hopeful and didn't want to
throw away her education, so she reluctantly
turned down the offer.
But she added, "Putting down the offer in
Chicago was really hard. I don't know if anything
else will come up.... Putting it down and having
nothing, that's the scary part."
Fear of the future also gripped Michalsen's life.
Michalsen will apply to medical school in June
and won't hear back until early next year. With a
full year to himself, all Michalsen wanted.was an
"OK-paying" job that would cover his bills and
give him more experience to improve his chances
of going to medical school. But Michalsen said
that seems to be too much to ask for in today's
His job search began like all the rest: Digging
through the newspapers, surfing the Internet job
sites, calling up hospitals and using the Career Cen-
ter. All of them were dead ends, said Michalsen.
"There is just nothing out there,' he added.
What defined the job search for Michalsen was
not only the scarcity of jobs, but how no one
seemed to want to help college seniors find jobs.
Like Marino, he had doubts that employers
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actually cared about his college degree. "The
people who have been rejecting me tell me I have
the skills and traits that are very employable. But
then I wonder, 'Why are you telling me this if you
aren't going to hire me?'"
Furthermore, the job market has also affected
many of his friends. "One of my friends is going
to be painting over the summer. A painting job
and he has a microcellular biology degree. So I
mean, what are we doing wrong? Shouldn't there
be something out there for most of us to do?"
It didn't seem like he could do anything to
change his prospects except go through the
motions and hope eventually something would
come through, Michalsen said.
He added he is convinced that for anyone hop-
ing to head to graduate school, it will be a frus-
"Searching for a job ... (and) trying to better
yourself by applying to a professional school, it
isn't easy. And there aren't too many people help-
ing you on the way."
Recently though, both Michalsen and Marino's
efforts have started to pay off. Michalsen finally
found a job at the University Hospital only a
week and a half ago by persistently calling
Marino also recently picked up a job at a bank
where she had worked a few years before. But
Marino said it's not a well-paying job and she hopes
to find something better that will be earned because
of her education and not because of her connec-
tions. Marino said, "I'm still looking for a job that'll
make me proud to say that I received it because of
my education at the University of Michigan."
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"In the 1980s, there were a lot more fires
than there are now, and it's true everywhere in
the country because of better building codes
and maybe better awareness. But nevertheless
we have the same size fire department," he
Johnson added that although it is not cur-
rently being discussed by the City Council,
places like Troy have volunteer fire depart-
ments, an extreme but functional response to
the fact that with reduced numbers of calls,
the job of a firefighter has changed.
"Obviously we still need a fire department
because even if there's only three or four fires
a year, somebody has to go put them out....
But the question is, if much of the time
they're waiting, what's the best model for
dealing with this?" he said.
"Big cities, and Troy is much bigger than
Ann Arbor, get along without a full-time staff.
They have a volunteer fire department."
The fire department, which has been work-
ing without a contract for almost two years, is
currently in transition. Questions of funding
and resources, as well as how the contract and
staffing will be structured, are at the forefront
of the discussion regarding the department's
future, Oates said, and many issues still need
to be resolved.
Additionally, a year ago cost-cutting efforts
resulted in the now-permanent closure of Sta-
tion No. 2 at East Stadium Boulevard and
Packard Road. In January 2003, the minimum
number of on-duty firefighters was 24.
Cuts in staff for various departments,
including the fire department, are preliminary,
said City Council member Kim Groome (D-
"I think those numbers that need to be laid
off could go down, not just in the fire but in
every department as we get closer to the real
projected gaps in funding, the real projected
deficit," she said, adding that the budget will
not likely be presented until mid-April.
Groome said she sees the changes that start
today as part of an ongoing process to find the
most efficient way to cut costs while still
ensuring the safety of the people in Ann
"I think the idea is that they'll try it on. a
short term basis and see if it's efficient - it's
sort of reshaping a large important part of ity
government in a baby-step sort of way so we
can see what sort of impact each step has,"
Since Station 2 was closed, overtime
decreased by about 19,000 hours, and cutting
the number needed on a shift is another over-
time reduction option, she said.
"I think this is seen as 'Let's see how this
works' and if it works well, we'll make it a
permanent piece, and if it doesn't work well
we can adjust it," she said.
The current city budget allotted 832 pr-
manent staff positions within the city, 240 of
which are in the police department.
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students to complete both an
Honors concentration and an
Darwall said he does not
believe the HLA program is less
rigorous than the traditional Hon-
"They provide challenges of
different kinds," he said. "I can
well imagine some courses taken
to satisfy the HLA requirements
that are as challenging as any
offered at the University."
Still, Darwall emphasized that
the Honors concentration should
remain the preferred degree pro-
gram for Honors students, citing
its senior thesis requirement as
an important asset for students
interested in deeply pursuing a
"The HLA doesn't have the
requirement to do original
research with a faculty mem-
ber and to write a thesis based
on that research," he said.
"The Honors department con-
tinues to believe that the Hon-
ors concentration is still the
flagship program for third- and
LSA sophomore Amy Duvall
said she plans on graduating with
an Honors concentration in polifi-
cal science, but thinks the new
degree will provide flexibility for
"I can see it being really appli-
cable to people who want to dou-
ble major in two things and want to
do honors in both," Duvall said.;
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