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The Lflnce is o bimonthly
pubiicfltion which is produced, ed
ited. ond designed by St. Andrews
students. The Lflnce is printed
by the Lflurinburg Exchflnge in
Lflurinburg. NC. Letters to the Edi
tor ore welcomed, but must include
name. The Lflnce stflff reserves
the right to refuse unsigned letters
Winter term is good for students
Times are tough. College graduates
know that they might have a difficult time
getting a job that will support themselves,
much less a family. It’s tempting to focus
more and more on high GPA’s, summer in
ternships and other things that look nice
on a resume. After all, who doesn’t want
a good job after graduation? One can get
that kind of education at any state school.
Any state school will allow one to
major in biology so that one can get in to
medical school. Any state school will have
philosophy and politics professors capable
of encouraging a future lawyer. Any state
school can teach an engineering major
how to design a bridge.
So can St. Andrews, but we’re not a
state school. Those of us who came to St.
Andrews were expecting a little more.
It’s called the liberal arts. And it
means that doctors who come from St. An
drews can also tell their kids about the
adventures of King Arthur and his Knights
of the round table, just like Edna Ann
Loftus told them. It means that lawyers
who come from St. Andrews don’t have to
hire somebody to design a web page for
their firm. Bill Rolland taught them how
to do it themsfiiyes. It means that engi
neers who come from St. Andrews can talk
about politics with engineers from Malay
sia. After all, Howard Reichner told them
all about the Malaysian political system.
If SAPC were to get rid of Winter
Term, there’s no doubt that students would
find another time to have internships and
travel, but it’s easy to forget that we would
also loose the innovative courses that are
a part of the St. Andrews experience.
Any school with any type of aca
demic calendar can graduate students who
are knowledge able about one field. But
it takes a special place with special kinds
of courses ^ teach students that life is
bigger than their major and that a class-
that might seem frivolous now might ac
tually teach you quite a bit. _
Right now, St. Andrews is one of
those places. Let’s keep it that way.