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The lead editorial "Book Smart" (Feb. 1) was a blatantly inaccurate debasing of the Commerce School curriculum. Depicting only two liberal arts classes as the sole requirements conveniently ignores that the University requires each Commerce student to spend two years as a member of the College. This dedication of half of a Commerce student's career provides for a much more solid foundation than most other business programs in the country.

My own academic experience is a classic example of this approach. I chose to come to the University over other schools with four-year business programs precisely because I appreciated the Commerce School's commitment to a strong liberal arts background. This opportunity allowed me to pursue a history major in addition to my Commerce classes. During my two years in the College, I was able to take a full range of courses, including a semester studying history, politics and language in Rome, Italy. Even now, I am able to continue taking liberal arts electives in addition to the Commerce course load.

Many of my classmates at the Commerce School have similar stories. The Commerce School does not measure "perspective" by the number of area requirements or by finance-related thesis papers. Rather, it empowers its students with the freedom to build their own foundation within the College before and then begin their pre-professional training.

It seems that the Managing Board needs to go beyond their own "book smarts" and consider the full range of experiences that Commerce students receive at the University.

Nicholas Vallorano\nCOMM III