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Arthur Andersen Recruits are in Limbo

In the past week, several thousand college recruits around the country were informed by telephone and e-mail that their jobs no longer exist at Arthur Andersen, a company that had been one of the nation's most active campus recruiters. For Arthur Andersen recruits, the problem has been particularly acute because they were tied to the firm as a growing number of experts began questioning whether it would survive. "It's a mess," said LYNN PRINGLE, director of the master of accountancy program at the University of Iowa, where about one-tenth of the 100 graduating accounting students accepted jobs at Andersen. "The timing is terrible for them." TY DOGGETT, 21, of Seymour, Ill., a senior at the University of Iowa who has accepted a job in the tax department of Andersen's Kansas City, Mo. office, said he did not become "alarmed by the situation" until the federal government announced it had indicted the firm. He said he has been told his job offer remains good. "They're telling me I still have a job and I have to believe it," Doggett said.


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