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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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Not Your Typical Flea Market

Just wanted to report on a cool event that happened in Philly over the weekend. The Punk Rock Flea Market was at the Electric Factory Sunday. Wish I could have reported on it sooner, but my attendance was a little last minute. The venue was packed with vendors selling everything and anything imaginable, not just items for the ‘punk’ minded.

The event happens twice a year and is a huge fundraiser for R5 Productions, one of the biggest (if not the biggest) production companies in Philadelphia, bringing all ages shows to the First Unitarian Church. So while today’s event is in the past, be on the look out for the next one (probably sometime in the summer). Vendors today were selling t-shirts, records, jewelry, books, bike parts, cup cake shaped items (yum!) and more, most of the time at awesome, reasonable prices. If you didn’t like the price, some vendors were willing to haggle as well. Definitely an event to keep in mind if you’re in town for it.

Kathryn “Kaitty” Bergin

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D.A. Grady?

Son of recently-deceased Honors Program Director John Grady, Brian Grady stopped by La Salle Friday to recruit volunteers and discuss his upcoming bid for Philadelphia District Attorney.

Grady, a Philly-based lawyer and former prosecutor for the D.A., discussed running a campaign outside the norms of Philly politics: mainly, not being tied in to unions and ward leaders. He is seeking the spot on the Democratic ticket, which effectively makes him the D.A. The primary is May 19.

Key aspects of his candidacy include reshaping the D.A.’s office to mirror the police ‘s organization, refocusing prosecutions to more serious offenses (homicides over drugs) and working to get a more lucrative budget for the office.

Speaking at his father’s former office in the basement of McShain Hall, Grady recruited volunteers and encouraged students to attend his official campaign kick-off Monday at 11:30 a.m. A neighbor of slain Philadelphia Police Officer Charles “Chuck” Cassidy, Grady will speak at the Dunkin Donuts on North Broad Street where Cassidy was killed in October 2007.

Grady received his undergrad from La Salle and graduated from Notre Dame School of Law. His father died this past summer.

Longtime D.A. Lynne Abraham announced in 2006 that she would not seek reelection. She has been the district attorney since 1991.

—Sam Fran Scavuzzo

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Philly Mourns Another Fallen Officer

Funeral services were held today for Philadelphia Police Sergeant Timothy Simpson, who was killed in the line of duty Nov. 17 when his cruiser was struck by an alleged drunken driver during a call to a robbery.

Simpson, 46, leaves behind his wife and three children, who were present at the funeral today, held at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul.

It has been reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer that Simpson worked closely with Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, who was shot to death May 3 while responding to a robbery in Port Richmond. Simpson was the officer to arrest Eric DeShawn Floyd with Liczbinski’s handcuffs, which were then personally handed to the family of the fallen officer.

Simpson was a 20-year veteran on the force and is the fifth Philadelphia police officer to be killed in the line of duty since last November.

Highway patrol officer Patrick McDonald was shot to death at point-blank range Sept. 23 by Daniel Giddings, who was killed by a responding officer.

Isabel Nazario, an 18-year veteran of the Philadelphia police department, was killed when an alleged 16-year-old drunken driver collided with her cruiser Sept. 5.

When responding to a robbery at a Bank of America in Port Richmond, Liczbinski was killed when the suspects opened fire with an AK-47.

Officer Charles “Chuck” Cassidy was shot point-blank Oct. 31, 2007 while performing a routine check at a Dunkin’ Donuts as part of his beat. Two weeks prior to Cassidy’s murder, there were three other shootings targeted at Philadelphia police.

In May 2006, Officer Gary Skerski was fatally shot in the neck while responding to an armed robbery at a bar.

—Lauren McGlone

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La Salle Sanctions the Phillies

Brother Michael McGinniss issued a blessing over the Phillies and has permitted all staff and faculty to done Phillies paraphernalia during the team’s appearance in the World Series, according to University Communications.

Although the approval of La Salle’s president has only brought the Phils a 1-1 split in Tampa, maybe the university’s spirit will translate to victories back home in Philly Saturday.

Now if we all could get off to attend a parade down Broad Street…

–Sam Fran Scavuzzo


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Coldplay Hot, Openers Not

Saturday night I didn’t sit in for Coldplay’s delayed visit to Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center. I stood. The entire time. Coldplay’s brand of rock, which escalates from melodic to anthemic, was perfect for enthusing a crowd eager to hear some good music. I was eager to hear Coldplay from the moment I got the tickets. I got online within the first minutes and still landed back in section 213.

But when I tell you that I heard perhaps the worst set of opening acts I’ve ever witnessed in my concert-going repertoire, I do not exaggerate. So let’s get the bad vibes out of the way before we talk about the main event.

Opening the show was 93.3 WMMR-contest-winner Jonah Delso and his band. I knew from the introduction we were in for a little bit of an ego-trip as he said “I’m Jonah Delso, and this is my band.” Isn’t that how Genesis split up? “I’m Phil Collins, and this is my band,” and then off goes Peter Gabriel? Poor chaps. Or maybe they were lucky in the sense that we can’t tie their names to this performance. Anyway, the way this garage band got up on such a grand stage was through a video they sent in to WMMR. The video was voted (from online poll) into the top three of those submitted, and then Coldplay picked the winner. I have not seen the field Mr. Delso was competing with, so I can’t make a full analysis there. What I will say is that they put out more destructive feedback than a bad psychiatrist convention. The lyrics were dull and uninspired pop/rock. The band was musically okay, but Delso was not. It was formulaic, and maybe Coldplay picked them because they had a piano? Not my question to answer.

After that rather iffy experience, and a small break with the lights on, I and the thousands of others left in the arena saw a group of white shirt, black pants individuals walk out. It was something like the Robert Palmer backup girls from “Addicted to Love,” but throw in some Clockwork Orange. I was interested, very much so. Techno, club, trance maybe? Bring it on! It turned out to be Philadelphian Santi White, better known as Santogold. Another bad start let loose, as she sang the whole first song apparently without monitor support. Her strained wailing (which her set confided to be her style) was so off-key I think maybe–just maybe–my ears actually cried. Every song’s completion was followed by earnest hope that her trance-hop punk self would trot off stage. She even made the audience aware of the monitor’s problem, which just gets me going to no end. As a performer (of a different type admittedly), rule number one is that if the audience doesn’t know it’s a problem, you don’t let them know there’s a problem. If Delso had an ego, Santogold made him look tame. You know it’s bad when an opener tells you “It’s my job to pump you up.” Mission from-thereon-out thoroughly unaccomplished. I know my entire section was mock-clapping for her followed by calls of “What?” and “Get off, where’s my Coldplay!”

That unpleasantness out of our systems, Coldplay took stage at 9:30 p.m. Glory of glories, it was finally here. The concert was originally scheduled for late June, but they had to postpone. Later front man Chris Martin would make a joke of the delay, noting that the band had mandatory nose job appointments. The stage was interesting from the moment I walked into the arena. Giant white spheres hanging in the rafters, intelligent lighting on lightweight (soon to be moving) frames. Double curtains and front screening. Those Western European bands really know how to throw a concert (reference: U2, Muse).

The album cover from Viva La Vida dropped (Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People) and the concert got rolling. The instrumental “Living in Technicolor” rolled right into the new album’s first single “Violet Hill.” Instantly, Martin owned the crowd; they eagerly anticipating every note and sang along with the passion perhaps only Philadelphia fans can offer. Martin made note several times through the concert that our singing blew him away, and frequently he shoved his mic away and let the crowd take a chorus. It was particularly fun to hear the crowd, and I joined in on “The Scientist.”

Laser lights adorned the arena starting with Clocks, perhaps their biggest hit from their album A Rush of Blood to the Head. The band then took their set to different performance settings. Down the stage left runway was a lit disco-esque platform at which they performed a couple songs. They also did a song on the other runway.

After the majority of their set was completed they suddenly ran off stage, down the hockey boards and into the first floor concourse. The audience abuzz (and many drunken fans sloppily sprinting for the concourse), Coldplay re-emerged in section 106 and performed a set from the entrance space which included “The Scientist” as well as “Death Will Never Conquer.” Acoustically, “The Scientist” worked wonderfully. Until this point I was very happy with the performances, but I did want a little more change from how we’ve heard it from the studio albums. This was the right injection at the right time of some new flavor.

The band then headed back to the stage while a rather political video played to the recorded tune of “Talk.” It included the jab Bill O’Reilly took at Martin and the band on his show. Is there anyone the man doesn’t take a hit at? Oh yeah…the President. Following the video, which played on those neat little hanging spheres that doubled as both live and recorded rotating projector screens, the band uncorked a rendition of “Politik” that made sense following the video.

The concert finished covering all of the hits, past and present, as well as the majority of the new album. Encores consisted of “Green Eyes” and “The Dubliners,” which rocked the crowd to the very end. I will tell you I’ve been to many big concerts. I was on the field for The Police last summer in Citizens’ Bank Park. I was front row for The Who in Washington, DC. This was the most pumped I have ever felt a surrounding audience. It was non-stop singing and pure fun brought on by amazing spectacles of performance with a little humor interspersed from Martin and the gang.

While I maintain The Police and The Who delivered just a bit of a better concert for me as a band, the energy that I felt just blew me away. It put it into that echelon of concert-going. And in my book, that’s great company. The exciting fact for me is that Viva La Vida is the beginning of a new Coldplay, as the older three albums were part of a “trilogy” as Martin has detailed. With what has happened thus far, Coldplay has nowhere to go but up.

—Doug Phelan


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