By: Jared BeasleyThere is a movement of unrest rippling through the student campus and its origins are centered in the Visual Arts Building. The cause is advisors instructing students to take specific Graphic Design classes over the summer, and the same advisors and department chairs refusing to offer those classes. This has resulted in students who should have graduated with a bachelors degree in five years are now forced to stay extra semesters. The problems, however, do not end with just a mandatory sixth year. Many students are unable to secure financial aid as their last semesters spent taking one or two courses will not qualify them for financial aid.To those that inquire, certain faculty members have replied that there is not enough staff available to teach the courses over the summer. Students have retaliated by directly approaching professors and asking if they were available to teach the course. The response has further confused students, when nearly all those they spoke to replied that they were able and willing to teach those exact courses this summer. Students struggle to stay focused for the recommended four years of university schooling, yet graphic designers willingly press on to finish the five-year program. As such, many of the college’s students express extreme disappointment and frustration at being required to stay and pay for even longer.
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