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March 17, 2011

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Greencastle Industries Create New Jobs

Chiyoda USA’s and Crown Equipment’s Greencastle branches are undertaking expansions that will create new jobs. New jobs will make it possible to temporarily hire back workers laid off during the economic downturn. Greencastle Development Center’s Executive Director, Bill Dory, says customers have gained confidence in the economy and are ordering more products. Increasing positivity towards economic growth is making these expansions possible. Dory says Crown and Chiyoda will be investing in new equipment. Crown will also be expanding the size of their Greencastle based facility. Previously sold parts beginning to wear out create a natural growth in Crown Equipment’s sales. Dory says if the economy keeps improving, these new jobs could be made permanent. But it is still too early to tell. Chiyoda’s Greencastle branch produces parts for Subaru, in Lafayette. The earthquake in Japan could have an impact on Chiyoda USA, because Chiyoda is based in Japan. The demand for Subaru parts from American branches could increase, but the impact of the earthquake on Chiyoda’s production is currently unknown.

New Change to "W" Requirement

Director of the Writing Center Susan Hahn is skeptical of the recently modified “W” requirement. Hahn says the new requirement means students will take a first year seminar that is writing intensive and this will replace today’s required English 130. Students who still want to take English 130 may do so but it will be an elective. There will also be a writing competence requirement that students need to fulfill in their major and this will be determined by each department. The sophomore W requirement will remain.

Hahn says the goal behind the new W requirement is to make sure students are receiving writing practice at “every level of their curriculum”. Hahn is not against changing the requirement, but she says this new plan doesn’t seem like the most effective way of accomplishing the program’s goal. Hahn’s main concern is that not all faculty have been trained to teach students how to write in a correct and academic way. Hahn also worries about international students who come to DePauw struggling with their writing skills. Hahn says the first year seminar course might be too much for them.

Hahn says the English department will be minimally affected by this requirement change. However, other departments will need to increase their number of faculty with experience of how to teach a writing course. Hahn is doubtful that students will be "best served by this new requirement" but hopes for the best. The proposal was passed last Monday and the new requirement will be implemented in the fall.

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