At Maryland, East Asian Studies Suffers Due to Arabic's Growth

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The University of Maryland's East Asian Studies center--once housed in plush offices in the school's Preinkert Field House--now has only "a few empty desks stuffed into corners with unplugged telephones and computer parts scattered across them," and no books, says the Diamondback. Behind the change: the growth of the school's Arabic program, which took over the East Asian Studies' office space after a government grant encouraged rapid expansion.