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The Michigan Daily - Thursday,,March 31, 2005 - 3A

Orchestra to hold
concert tonight
The University Philharmonic Orches-
tra will hold a concert tonight at 8 p.m.
at the McIntosh Theatre of the School of
Music. Conducted by Robert Boardman,
the program will include musical pieces
by Hayden, Mendelssohn and Bartok.
For more information, visit www.music.
Theatre dept to
perform comic
The "Hot L Baltimore," a theatre
department production directed by
Andrea Frye, will begin its run with an
opening performance tonight at 7:30
p.m. in the Trueblood Theatre of the
Frieze Building.
The "Hot L Baltimore" tells the
comedic tale of a run-down hotel and
its residents. Tickets are $15 for general
admission or $9 for students and may be
purchased from the Michigan League
Ticket Office. There will also be shows
on April 1 to 3 and April 7 to 10.
Conor O'Neill's to
raise money for
cancer awareness
Conor O'Neill's will be hosting a
fundraiser for Cancer Awareness Week
2005 today. As part of Restaurant Day,
15 percent of patrons' bills will be
donated to Cancer Awareness charities
if they bring in a "University Students
Against Cancer" flier. Conor O'Neill's
is located on Main Street and is open
from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Mcard reported
stolen from
laundry room
A caller reported to the Department
of Public Safety that an Mcard was
stolen Tuesday evening while left unat-
tended in the Mary Markley Residence
Hall laundry room. There are currently
no suspects.
Subject injures
hand, refuses to
give details
A subject was treated for a minor
hand injury at the University Hospital
Medical Room on Tuesday, according to
DPS. The subject refused to give details
on how and where the injury occurred.
Trespassers ask
for money, sleep
in Angell Hall

There were allegedly two non-Uni-
versity affiliates trespassing in Angell
Hall on Tuesday. A caller reported to
DPS that one nonaffiliate was in the
lobby asking for money. A second caller
reported to DPS that another nonaffili-
ate was sleeping in the Fishbowl area.
In Daily History
Gunman opens
fire on city from
downtown home
I* March 31, 1982 - A lone gunman,
who barricaded himself in a downtown
house and opened fire onto First Street
with a .22-caliber rifle, was apprehend-
ed by the Ann Arbor Police Department
late last night after an exchange of fire
with a police sniper.
The 26-year-old man first began firing
from the house at 314 N. First St. onto the
300-block of the street at 7 p.m.
The police officer who first arrived
at the scene was pinned down by fire
while other officers and sheriff's depu-
ties arrived and surrounded the house,
police said.

Liberal arts majors qualify for variety ofjobs

By Pauline Lewis
For the Daily
Every student graduating with a degree in the
humanities has been confronted with the dreaded
question: "What are you going to do with that?"
Students often worry about their majors because
they are under the impression that their careers
and the rest of their lives will be decided by their
degrees. But graduating seniors may discover
that their undergraduate majors have little to do
with their marketability.
The National Association of Colleges and
Employers has released a compilation of the top
20 skills that employers seek in job candidates.
Ranked number one was verbal and written
communication skills, while grade point aver-
age was number 18. It is also standard for most
employers to have a G.P.A minimum of between
2.5 and 3.0.
The University's Career Center corroborates
NACE's emphasis on students who are skilled in
communication and critical thinking.
"Well over 85 percent of all of our employers
are looking at all majors," said Lynne Sebille-
White, assistant director in Recruitment Ser-
vices. Because liberal arts class work does not
directly apply to most jobs, she said, it is impor-

tant for graduates to demonstrate to employers
that the abilities they developed in college can
be transferred into the workplace.
Adam Valentine, who is majoring in commu-
nication studies and English, is one LSA senior
who has been successful in his job search. With
a past internship at an advertising company pro-
viding him a fallback for a possible job, he is
hoping for a position at a financial corporation
on the East Coast.
"I was fortunate because (the advertising
company) wanted me to come back," Valentine
said. "If you get a good internship, you can relax
and really screen for a good company."
But not all seniors are having an easy time
finding a job with their liberal arts degrees.
Dan Zitnick, majoring in political science and
Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish and Islamic
Studies, has decided to stay in school for another
year partially due to his inability to find work.
"I applied to five or six jobs, and I didn't get any
responses back."
Despite this lack of feedback, Zitnick praised
the governmental website, www.usajobs.gov, for
facilitating his jobsearch. "The way they had it
set up made it pretty easy. I made a profile and
posted my resume, and they updated me when-
ever jobs in my area were available."

Seniors with degrees in humanities often feel
pressure from their families who have concerns
on their ability to find work. Cumi Ikeda, a
graduating senior majoring in English literature
and Japanese Studies, said that while her mother
supports her, some of her family worries about
her career opportunities. "My Japanese skills
might be marketable, but my grandfather defi-
nitely worries because I want to pursue English
literature," she said.
Ikeda has found a job for the fall in Louisi-
ana with Teach for America, an organization
that places recent college graduates in under-
privileged schools as teachers for two years.
Programs like Teach for America and the Peace
Corps are often popular for graduating seniors
who plan on going to graduate school.
"A lot of people are planning on going to
more school and have the luxury to do some-
thing for a bit that's not a 9-to-5," said Courtney
Skiles, a graduating senior with a double major
in political science and English who is planning
on attending law school after participating in the
Peace Corps.
Graduate schools also become a more tempt-
ing alternative to the job market when the state
of the economy is poor. "When the economy is
down, it is always a good idea to stash away some

good education," said Mike Belzer, an associate
professor of urban and labor studies at Wayne
State University. But with the economy picking
up after recent setbacks, Belzer suggested that
now might be a good time to take a break from
"Now is a great time to get out in the job mar-
ket," Belzer said. "The economy is bumping
along OK now; use your time wisely."
According to NACE, employers are planning
on hiring more graduates - and at higher sal-
aries - this year than they did last year. And
Belzer is confident that these employers will be
more interested in students' qualifications rather
than their majors.
"My hunch is that you need to have learned
how to read, write, to think analytically," he
said. "You will have gained what you need to
have gained to raise your human capital."
A temporarily improving economy and
employers eager to hire graduates is good news,
but many seniors in the liberal arts still face dif-
ficulties finding a job after graduation.
Kelli Klumpp, majoring in AAPTIS and seek-
ing employment in the State Department, said
that she wasn't alone in her inability to find a
job. "I can't think of any of my friends, who
aren't in the B-school, who have found work."

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has made no moves to incorporate restrictions in
its code of conduct that would inhibit Ris and Gra-
ham from participating in the final decision.
Instead, Stafford said he believes Coca-Cola
Campaign members may be misinterpreting the
debates and taking disagreement as an effort to
remove them from the board.
"It's a pretty complex subject so it's an equal
opportunity to express yourself and an equal
opportunity to have people disagree with you,"
Stafford said. "This is the way it is when you
have a committee at the University talking
about rule-making."
Graham said that although she understands the
anxiety over possible exclusion of herself and Ris
from the final vote, said she does not feel targeted.

"I don't think anyone is trying to silence
anyone. I don't really think that I'm targeted;
I think that everything that's going on with the
conflict of interest is in the best interest of the
DRB; they're just trying to make sure that the
board is credible and looks credible. If a deci-
sion is passed on Coca-Cola, it's going to be
huge and it's going to be scrutinized, so we
have to make sure that any decision we make is
made responsibly," she said.
While Graham is committed to ensuring
that the DRB is neutral, she is cautious that the
questions surrounding herself and Ris might
lead to overly restrictive guidelines.
"I don't think I was targeted, but there were sug-
gestions about the conflict of interest that I was
uncomfortable with," she said. "There should be
nothing (in the DRB guidelines) about disallow-
ing someone from a student organization from the

DRB or anything that says a member of a com-
plaining organization cannot be on the review
board. A conflict of interest clause is good as long
as it's not too restrictive."
Kristin McRay, LSA senior and Coke Cam-
paign member, said she agrees that everyone
will have some form of conflict with the issue
at hand and that she was under the assumption
that the University felt the same way.
"Historically, this has never been seen as
a conflict of interest by the administration. I
was on the Committee on Labor Standards and
Human Rights last year and my membership
with SOLE was never seen as a problem; the
information that I received as a student I passed
on to the committee," McRay said.
McRay added that everyone is entitled to his
own political opinions.
"The concern on the DRB is about remaining

neutral, and that's misguided because everyone
has a political opinion. To say that they have a
conflict of interest because of a political opin-
ion is trying to shut down that voice, which is
hurting the DRB as a whole because they will
be lacking information," she said.
At the last meeting on Monday, the DRB
reached a consensus that it would move forward
past the debate over what constitutes a conflict
of interest to concentrate more on the allega-
tions brought against Coca-Cola.
The DRB has been deliberating allegations
of Coke's human rights violations in India and
Colombia since last fall and is expected to make
a decision by the end of this semester.
In early March, DRB passed Phase I of the
review process, which included more informal
discussions, and it is now in Phase II, the for-
mal deliberation stage.

Continued from page 1A
complaints about the content of a stu-
dent publication," Goodman said.
UAC President Mark Hindelang
said UAC has no plans to forcefully
censor the Every Three Weekly, but
that it has the authority to do so.
"The UAC executive board has
the right to tell the E3W not to print
whatever we want," Hindelang said.
"It's a choice that we make to leave it
up to them."
But Goodman said UAC, because
its funding and authority are provid-
ed by the University, has no right to
censor a publication under its control
or to cut funding for reasons related
to content.
"If (UAC) attempted such an
action, there would be a very clear
First Amendment claim on the
part of the (Every Three Weekly's)
staff," Goodman said. "They have
no more ability to ignore the First
Amendment than the University
itself would."
According to case law, including
the 1969 U.S. Supreme Court case
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent
Community School District and the
2001 6th U.S. Court of Appeals case
Kincaid v: Gibson, public schools
cannot censor a student publication,
reduce its funding or discipline its
editors for the purpose of control-
ling content.
Under Tinker, censorship of stu-
dent expression is legal only if
school officials can prove that the
expression would substantially dis-
rupt school activities or invade the
rights of others.
According to SPLC, courts have
also determined that student govern-
ments - because their funding and
authority come from the universities
- have the same First Amendment

obligations as the public universities
themselves. UAC's position, Gibson
said, is the same as that of a student
When Stevenson initially con-
tacted UAC, Ganz said Hindelang,
president of UAC, asked her not to
distribute the remaining copies of the
issue and not to post three offending
articles on the Every Three Week-
ly's website. Ganz complied volun-
tarily, she said, because few of the
newspaper's on-campus readers use
the website and because the initial
distribution run had reached enough
students. It is typical, she said, for
The Every Three Weekly to distrib-
ute only about two-thirds of the cop-
ies it prints.
Ganz said she would not want to
work for the Every Three Weekly
if the UAC executive board were to
exert the control it says it has over the
"I don't think the E3W would be
able to function if we couldn't pub-
lish what we wanted to," she said.
Miranda Covey, vice president of
finance for UAC, said UAC would
not want the Every Three Weekly to
offend the University administration
because it could threaten UAC's rela-
tionship with the administration and
the University Board of Regents.
"(The administration) being con-
cerned means it's not a good situation
and we need to do something about
it," Covey said.
Goodman said that, by involving
itself in discussions of a publication's
content and seeking to placate the
administration, the UAC executive
board showed that its priorities are
"If they are not willing to stand up
for the free expression rights of the
student activities they fund, I think
they're really failing in their respon-
sibility," he said.

Continued from page 1A
historical average.
Although the growing economy seems
reassuring to seniors and juniors, Sebille-
White still suggests that students start
looking for jobs six to nine months before
they are ready to work. And since every
profession has a different recruiting strat-
egy, Sebille-White also suggests students
do research before they start searching for
jobs. "It's important to understand recruit-
ing strategies specific to your fields of
interest and to build transferable skills and

professional connections relevant to your
focus areas," she added.
Sebille-White said it is important
to keep options open, adding that stu-
dents should avoid applying to gradu-
ate schools just because the economy
is down. "We would not encourage
students to use graduate or profes-
sional school as their contingency
plan. It is much more effective and
productive for students to explore all
options and make an informed deci-
sion, understanding how an addition-
al degree impacts their overall career
plan," she said.


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