I am going to go against the grain and advocate for use of newer technology. I realize that not all people have a budget...(blah blah blah). If you push hard and know the right buttons to push, most theatres can aquire an exceptable stock of conventional lights. It is important to try and push/incorporate at least two moving lights if possible. Does it have to be top of the line....no. There are alot of technologies out there that the can meet a wide range of budget needs. I think it is then important to teach the basics from the new technology. Don't make it too complicated. Students need to be getting used to what they will be running up against in the near future. They need to get comforatable with the basic concepts of new technologies. What use is a lighting tech who can't even fathom the simplest of fundamentals in moving lights etc? I wouldn't hire him/her. We should never except the idea of "I'm just making do with what I got." Rather, we should seek to get more. I have had the misfortune of comming to a department that excepted the making do theory for too long. In the end, student's could not possibly have been equipped to do tech theatre/entertainment as a living. I have put myself on a 5 year plan to get us up to standard. Then I will continue to push until I get the most kick a** facilities for our money.