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Jobless in Philly Nocturne No. II

jobsearchnewspaperThe New Jersey Collegiate Career Day is being held May 28  at Rutgers University. The event will run from 9:30a.m.-3:30p.m. in the Brower Commons and Rutgers Student Center.

Sponsored by the school’s career services, the career day is touted as “the largest college job fair in the state” on the event’s Web site. The event will host 150 employers offering full-time jobs and internships in liberal arts, business, science and technical fields. Sorry education and communication majors, you’re out of luck on this one.

Attendees are encouraged to dress as you would for an interview and brings plenty of portfolio samples and resumes, as well as pens to sign up for employer mailing lists. An additional hint: shut off your cell phone while you’re walking through the stands and speaking with employers. Your potential future boss doesn’t want to be interrupted by a phone call during the first meeting.

Hey, it’s worth a shot. For more details check out Rutgers’s career services Web site at

Or, you know, you could try out to be a Ringling Bros. clown here.

Happy hunting.



Liz Wagner


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Jobless in Philly?

Never fear. We’ve been perusing Craigslist and snooping around Philly job listings, and we found a couple for starving college students.

Living near campus? – Athletics is looking for workers for its phone-a-thon. Check out the listing on the portal for details, or contact Phil Telan at for more info.

If you aren’t on campus, keep your chin up. There are still plenty of job opportunities out there.

Be a babysitter!Some of you out there may like taking care of drooling tykes. Here you go:

Or a camp counselor – Less drool, more teaching and playing sports. Though most of these are only for a few weeks at a shot, it’s a solid way to earn some summer cash.

Nonprofits your thing? – Like saving the environment and talking to strangers? Though these are generally canvassing jobs, kind where you have to walk around with a clipboard and coerce people into giving you money, they are for good causes and offer monetary compensation. Commission jobs may be daunting, but at least you’ll be out of the house and (potentially) getting paid.

Food Services – Whether is be as a server, baker or bartender, tons of restaurants and diners are looking for summer help. Though some require specific work experience, if you sift through these you will find plenty you could try out.

Like to Write? – These job offers seem a little sketchy, but some may be worth checking out. A lot are unpaid, but scattered about are some freelance jobs for kids in the area.

But beware! Some of these marketing jobs you can find on job Web sites are those miserable pyramid scams or other underhanded businesses (see Pure Marketing, 3W, Titan Marketing, etc.). Do some research before you sign on. The following Web site offers a list of underhanded business schemes and testimonials from employees who got out.

Good hunting, all.

Liz Wagner

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Cutbacks at La Salle

Like most institutions across the country, La Salle was affected by the recent economic downturn. In response, the President’s Office issued a statement Nov. 4 as how the university is coping with the situation. A list featuring six bulleted steps is included.

To summarize, the list includes: 1) A freeze on all new capital projects that aren’t Holyrod or West Campus. 2) For the most part, no new hires or promotions. 3) Limited funding for conferences. 4) Encouraging energy conservation (ie. please turn off your lights) and fixing the thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit. 5) Examining current budget for possible savings. 6) A call for suggestions for other cost-saving techniques.

One area that confused me was whether point one included the development of the Shoppes at La Salle.

University official Matt McManness said the project will continue as the “[u]niversity … leased that property to the developer – Moreland and they developed that property with their own financial backing and strategies.  We anticipate that they will open based on when they complete their construction, and we have nothing to date to indicate otherwise.”

Collegian will be tackling the issue next week, so stay tuned for further explanation of the university’s budget message.

—Sam Fran Scavuzzo

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Comcastic New Skyscraper Easy on the Eyes, Environment

In the constant bustle of Center City it is too easy for the business folk of Philadelphia to be overwhelmed in the 9-5 drag of paperwork, mergers and phone calls that make up an average day. But lately these frenzied workers have found a distraction from their routines in the form of a man-made tribute to technology, environmental forwardness and, of course, commerce. Such is the power of the new Comcast Building.

The building officially opened June 8, becoming the tallest, greenest and most innovative addition to the Philadelphia skyline. The 58 story complex holds a number of facets that separate it from your run-of-the-mill corporate office. The aesthetics of the building’s exterior, designed entirely of glass paneling, is a sight to behold in the midst of a Philadelphia afternoon. The glass also helps to filter light throughout the building. The plaza in front of the building is furnished with elaborate landscaping in which hidden sprinklers keep the plants thoroughly watered in the heat of the city summer. A fountain resides next to an outdoor café that is open to the public.

The wall opposite the entrance to the building is a hi-def video wall that throughout the day offers glimpses of outer space, fish, dancers, and people who give the appearance of living on the wall. If you happen to look in the building and see that the wall is on, feel free to go in and gawk. It is guaranteed that you won’t be the only one doing so. Models of businessmen and ordinary Philadelphians stand atop metal beams that crisscross up the sides of the lobby.

The lower level of the building is home to one of the highest of high end suit shops (allegedly a businessman can find $400 ties for sale), and a market that doubles as an excellent place for lunch and a formidable grocery store. Complete with a seafood market, fresh produce section and cake shop, a Comcast employee can leave work, walk downstairs and pick up a shrimp pizza or full rotisserie chicken to take home for the family. The downstairs of the building will also offer an entrance to the Regional Rail, creating a more convenient way for employees to catch the train or subway home.

According to, the building also houses an 110-foot winter garden. The building’s sustainable design, use of recycled materials in its creation and floor-by-floor climate control makes it eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification from the US Green Building Council.

At a shareholder’s event held last week at the Comcast Center one building official joked, “We even find time to do a little work here, too.”

Liz Wagner


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Investors: Come and Get Us

Despite all the recent headaches caused by the sub-prime lending crisis, it looks like the future (ie., us students) is relatively safe.

Philadelphia’s third news source, The Philadelphia Bulletin, did a piece on whether or not it is a wise investment for banks to lend to schools and their benefactors, the students. And the verdict is that it is a sound choice.

La Salle even got some input on the subject:

Mike Wisniewski, director of student financial services at La Salle University, said that La Salle’s three lenders: Citizens Bank, 5th Third Bank, and Sallie Mae Education Trust, have assured La Salle that they have enough money to lend students next year. Also Mr. Wisniewski said the default rate for La Salle students is 1.3, which makes La Salle a good investment for lenders.

While schools will not really know until students apply for financial aid in July and August just how difficult the loan situation will be, Mr. Wisniewski remains optimistic and feels that La Salle “does not anticipate any disruption of students obtaining federal loans from lenders.” Securing private loans could be a more complex question. However, Mr. Wisniewski does not anticipate “any major problems” with students seeking private loans.

Knowing that I’m gonna take out a butt-ton more next year, I’m glad I won’t be turned down. Otherwise, sad times will cause some sad pandas.

—Sam Fran Scavuzzo


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