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William Louis Jefferson, Graduate Student of English, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Date submitted: 6/5/98

All things considered, the Arts (such as music, drama, painting, etc.) are the embodiement of a western (Faustian) civilization in the Spenglarian sense of the word. And the moment they are removed, stricken from, or are discontinued to be a part of our Western, academic institution/tradition/heritage, then what will be upon us other than its very decline? And in that sense, the cost of tuition, greater professional competence, and/or higher salaries, all becomes quite redundant, and quite beside the point. (For when we bring professional competence, or higher salaries into the picture, then we entirely miss, in a Platonic sense, seeing the forest for the trees).

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