Volume 95, Issue 1
Thursday, May 24, 2001
Summer jobs in abundance
Just as Western students are scrambling for London jobs this summer, local business Manpower has released their Third Quarter 2001 Employment Outlook Survey on May 22, stating that London employers remain optimistic about new job opportunities.
Manpower, a workforce management solutions firm, revealed that 40% of the London firms polled plan on hiring during the July to September period, while only 10% foresee cuts.
Christine Evans, branch manager of Manpower's London office, said students must be flexible in their job searches.
"It's difficult for students when they're very inflexible," she said, adding when students have classes or want to go home for the weekends, it can be difficult to place them.
According to Manpower, new job openings are projected this summer in construction, administrative work and general labour.
Overall, Evans stated that if a student is "flexible, dependable, and
reliable," the summer job search will go much more smoothly.
Local art show promises to beautify the city
Designed to increase public awareness and appreciation of public art, a new summer celebration, Open Air will be displaying creative works all over the city starting as early as June 1 and continuing until the end of the summer.
The public can watch London artists creating their masterpieces during a four-week Open Studio which runs at both the Covent Garden Market and Galleria Mall for the entire month of June, explained Herb Bailey, one of the event's co-ordinators. The works will then be visiting several venues all across London.
"Throughout the city there will be bikes, benches, and canoes on display," Bailey said, adding at one point, the canoes will even be hung from the rafters at the Covent Garden Market.
"Open Air is also an event created to complement the 2001 Canada Summer Games," Bailey said, explaining between August 12 and 25, the art work will be displayed in Victoria Park in conjunction with Summer Games festivities.
The lead institutions funding the project are the McIntosh Gallery here at Western and the London Regional Art and Historical Museum.
If you wish upon a star
David Gray, observatory director, said the program will take place each Saturday at 8:30 p.m., and will run through the months of June, July and August.
He said a normal evening would begin with a slide talk show and then those in attendance will have a chance to be trained on how the telescope and rotating dome work, and experience the night sky for themselves.
"In the summer it's come and go as you please," he said. "We often get a dozen to 100 people on a Saturday night."
The open house sessions are organized and led by post-doctoral students, graduates and professors in the department of physics and astronomy.
Gray said the observatory has had a public mandate to offer it's services to the public for the last 60 years, noting he has been helping organize the summer open house program since he arrived at Western in 1966.
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