EDUCATION Adam Smith And Emily Post

EDUCATION Adam Smith And Emily Post

Etiquette: the word evokes images of crinolines, cotillions and debutante balls. But at Chicago's DePaul University, good manners are essential weapons in the arsenal of the young job hunter. For four years now, undergraduate training has included a formal "etiquette dinner," where $25 buys graduating seniors a multicourse meal at a ferociously fancy hotel -- and a crash course in social grace from experts in the art of power schmoozing.

Advice runs from the obvious ("Avoid statements like 'The food looks pathetic,' " urges a guidebook) to the arcane (a third of the predinner cocktail hour is devoted to group instruction...

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