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Sample Assignments FYE Redesign

Many college students will be expected to manage their own finances to a much larger extent than they had to in high school. You may be responsible for managing your own spending money, your meal flex bucks, your work-study income, etc. Successful budgeting is a skill which will be essential in your life after graduation and is one which requires a lot of practice. In simple terms, budgeting is making and following a plan so that your resources (money, food, time, etc.) are sufficient to meet your current and future needs. To budget well, you need to not only know how much you currently have, but also when you can expect to get more, what you will have to spend it on, how much you will have to spend, and when you will have to spend it.

Using the information found in your textbook, class activities, and the Libguide  complete the following assignment.

You will be making budgetary decisions that a person living in Greenwich Village in the 1910s would have had to make. If you have been placed in Assignment Group A, you will collect information relevant to a Bohemian artist. If you have been placed in Assignment Group B, you will collect information relevant to a wealthy suffragette. If you have been placed in Assignment Group C, you will collect information relevant to an immigrant laborer.  NOTE: This is an individual assignment. You should not be sharing information with others in your group. You must complete the assignment on your own and submit only your own work.  Sharing information or turning in joint work as your own is a violation of the Brenau academic honesty policy and will be penalized accordingly (for first offense, you will receive a zero on the assignment).

 
1. Find the following information for your assigned category. 
Group A: Bohemian artist. You are a painter struggling to make a name for himself so are working as a carpenter. You are married and have one child. Find the hourly wage for a union carpenter. Find the average hours worked. Find the cost of a brownstone in NYC. What is the average cost to feed your family three meals a day? What is the cost of a new outfit (shirt, shoes, socks, pants, etc.) for one member of your family?

Group B: Wealthy Suffragette. You are a well-educated woman who married and has one child. Find the salary of a lawyer. Find the cost of a single family home in NYC. What is the average cost to feed your family three course meals a day? What is the cost of a new outfit, including shoes, for each member of your family? What is the cost of a haircut? What is the cost of a housekeeper?

Group C: Immigrant Laborer. You are an immigrant working in a factory that makes men’s clothing. There are 5 people in your family. Find the hourly wage for a worker in a factory of men’s clothing. Find the average hours worked. (https://fraser.stlouisfed.org/title/3924) Find the cost of an apartment. What is the cost to feed your family two meals a day? What is the cost of a dress, pants, shirt?

3. Create a budget for one week (include income, housing, food, clothing, other expenses). In your budget describe type and quantity of food, type and quantity of clothing, etc.

4. How easy was it to create a budget that allowed you to have extra money at the end of the week? What was the most difficult thing about creating a successful budget? How could this person (the artist, the suffragette, the laborer) have cut their expenditures? How could this person realistically have increased their income?

Submit here the answers to these questions.

The purpose of the life and academic success strategies assignments is for you to learn about and practice a variety of skills which will be essential for your success at Brenau and after graduation. These assignments also address Course Learning Outcome 2: Develop and practice academic learning strategies (critical reading, critical note taking, study skills, information literacy) appropriate to the college setting.

By this point in your life, you are already familiar with conflict. In college, you will experience new types of conflict (with a roommate you've just met, with classmates, with your family as they transition to this new phase of your life). Unfortunately, there will always be conflict in your life and you will need to know a variety of ways to resolve conflicts without escalating the situation, and hopefully preventing similar conflicts.

For this assignment, you will be trying to mediate conflicts that would have arisen among people living in Greenwich Village in the 1910s. If you have been placed in Assignment Group A, you will be mediating a conflict between a suffragette and her reluctant husband. If you have been placed in Assignment Group B, you will be mediating a conflict between an immigrant laborer and the foreman of the factory where you work. If you have been placed in Assignment Group C, you will be mediating the conflict between a Bohemian artist and an established gallery owner.   NOTE: This is an individual assignment. You should not be sharing information with others in your group. You must complete the assignment on your own and submit only your own work.  Sharing information or turning in joint work as your own is a violation of the Brenau academic honesty policy and will be penalized accordingly (for first offense zero on the assignment).

You will want to use your textbook and the LibGuide to find information which may be relevant to your specific scenario.

GROUP A: You are a 34 year old, college-educated, upper class woman who is a mother of 3 small children (2 boys and a girl). You are married to a lawyer who aspires to serve in the state legislature. Several of your friends from college have become active in the suffrage movement and you are dedicating more and more of your time and money to the cause.  You husband is very angry about what he sees as a threat to your family and has forbidden you to spend any of his money on suffrage. He is threatening to take the children to his mother's and divorce you. How can this conflict be resolved? You will want to consider marriage, property, and custody laws in New York in the 1910s. 

GROUP B: You are a 19 year old Jewish immigrant from Russia who works in a factory making shirt collars. You live in a cramped tenement apartment with your parents and younger siblings. Recently the foreman has announced your daily quota (how many shirt collars you have to make) will be increased 25%. Anyone who fails to meet their quota will be fired. You and several of your coworkers feel this is an impossible goal and are threatening to strike. The foreman is under pressure from the company executives who think profits are slipping. If the foreman does not increase productivity he will be fired.  If you go on strike you will probably be fired immediately and replaced by new immigrants.  How can this conflict be resolved? You will want to consider New York labor laws. 

GROUP C: You are a 23 year old man who wants to have his art displayed in a prominent gallery in New York City. You believe your work is ground-breaking and inspiring. In your opinion it conveys social messages which the world needs to hear.  The gallery owner is a member of the American Academy of Design and refuses to display your work. He feels your work lacks artistic merit and is subversive.  He feels so strongly that he has spoken to other gallery owners which resulted in you being blacklisted (no gallery in NYC will show your work).  In response, you are threatening to protest daily in front of his gallery and destroy his business.  How can this conflict be resolved? You will want to consider the American Academy of Design's rules, New York laws about protesting, etc. 

Submit here your analysis of what each side really wants, contextual information which is relevant to a possible solution, a solution which could remedy the conflict, and what conflict resolution strategies you would use.

The purpose of the life and academic success strategies assignments is for you to learn about and practice a variety of skills which will be essential for your success at Brenau and after graduation. These assignments also address Course Learning Outcome 2: Develop and practice academic learning strategies (critical reading, critical note taking, study skills, information literacy) appropriate to the college setting.