Cynthia May 16, 2015 at 1:31 am

When used as a modifier: first-year student.
Otherwise, no hyphen needed.

Corinna Kirsch May 16, 2015 at 2:14 am

As a lover of grammar, I appreciate the sentiment. I think that’s in the quoted text, though?

Khafemma Anatizoni Baney May 17, 2015 at 3:40 am

Yo before I make my comment load this up in another tab:
so you can like experience my WRATH. I’LL WAit.

ok now that this is jammin heres what i gotta say about these art kids not respecting their elders. I received a BFA in textiles in 2004 and could care less about art now. California has to do what its got to do to make money. These kids might have paid the big bucks but that’s capitalism. You want to make it in the art world? its gotta take a lot more than bein a QUITTER. stay in school you miscreants. UGH. You have no idea how priveleged you are quitting school while theres probably BILLIONS of people who would love to be in your shows. That MFA program seems easy anyway. Stick it out and enjoy all the perks that come with a top notch terminal degree. USC has one of the top football teams in the nation, ranked #6 on the AP sports Coach’s poll. Im about to drink water

Devin O'Fallon May 17, 2015 at 4:10 am

I’m not sure what Khafemma is on but I agree with the sentiment. When I graduated with an MFA in Fibers there wasn’t a lot of funding available and I needed to scrounge around locally. Thankfully my practice was mostly lint-based and as such I had many sources to draw from.

These students need to be similarly economy-minded, their state is dealing with a severe shortage of water and artists are often the biggest water-wasters i’ve met. It wouldn’t surprise me if they wasted more water per-capita than a nestle employee. In other words they should be grateful for the opportunity they’ve been given and that the program hasn’t been shut down by the university entirely.

If they insist on looking for handouts instead of using their constraints artistically then the PR of their ‘open letter’ won’t be worth the water they wasted handmaking the paper it’s on.

da Renegade Mama May 17, 2015 at 11:58 am

Maybe you didn’t read the article, correctly, Devin. (Lint on the brain?) The students aren’t seeking handouts – they’re seeking for the University to honor promises and contracts they made. Since when does living up to your side of a mutually-agreed-upon contract constitute “giving handouts?”

da Renegade Mama May 17, 2015 at 11:56 am

It’s easy to defend soul-smashing capitalism when you’re on top, isn’t it. Here’s to hoping that one day (hopefully soon) you, too, can enjoy being the victim of money-grubbing at all costs! (Curious to see if you’re so brainwashed already that you end up “Stockholm Syndrome” defending the capitalists even when they’ve got their knife at YOUR throat!)

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