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Thursday, April 12, 2012
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1:06 – 1:30 OPEN
1:30 – 1:39
Prospective employers now have to meet the parents
Job-hunting is such hard work – writing a resume, marshalling your references, pounding the pavement and then trumpeting your skills in the all-important interview. Why not just let mom do it? After she’s finished your laundry, that is. According to research from Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute, about a third of employers say parents are actively involving themselves in their adult children’s job search. It’s one thing to “help” your child find Easter Eggs, finish a jigsaw puzzle, or pick out a tie to match his socks. It’s another to doctor your son’s resume with jobs he never had, or fix your daughter’s typos on an assessment test. All parents want the best for their kids – the best preschool, the best college, the best opportunity to shine in an overcrowded job market. But does showing up at job fairs, handing out resumes and tagging along on job interviews help or hurt the little darlings? Some employers say seeing anxious parents in the cockpit is a sure sign that the candidate isn’t ready to go it alone. On the other hand, today’s boomer-juniors, used to an open, friendly relationship with their parents, find it perfectly natural to turn to them for advice and a helping hand. How much is too much when it comes to nudging your fledglings out of the nest? If you’re a parent, how do you break the helicopter habit?
Philip D. Gardner, director of research for the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University
Christine Hassler, author and Gen-Y life coach
2:06 – 2:30
Should California hunters be banned from using dogs to hunt bears & bobcats?
California Fish and Game President Daniel W. Richards refused to resign despite state legislators’ calls for him to do so after photographs surfaced showing Richards holding a dead mountain lion he had hunted using hounds in Idaho, where hunting mountain lions is legal. State Senators Ted Lieu and Darrell Steinberg amended legislation, Senate Bill 1221, to prohibit the use of dogs in hunting bobcats and bears in California. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) supports the anti-hound-hunting bill and said the controversy surrounding Richards has brought needed attention to the contentious practice of using dogs for hunting predatory animals. The proposal has inflamed hunting groups, including the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, which has vowed to shoot down the bill. Is it humane to use dogs to hunt down bobcats and bears? Seventeen states do allow the use of hounds for hunting bear, why shouldn’t California allow this activity?
SB 1221 will have its first hearing on April 24 in the Senate Natural Resources Committee
Wayne Pacelle, president, CEO, The Humane Society of the United States; author, The Bond: Our kinship with animals, our call to defend them
Rob Sexton, senior vice president, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, a national advocacy organization that protects the rights of American hunters
2:30 – 3:00
New York Times’ journalist Devan Sipher writes about weddings real and imagined
Truth can be stranger than fiction when it comes to weddings… and who better to pen a novel with a plot about nuptial drama than Devan Sipher, a journalist who covers non-fictional weddings for the New York Times? Sipher’s new novel, “The Wedding Beat,” borders on matrimonial ‘gonzo’ journalism by using autobiographical experiences as fodder for his fictional characters. The protagonist in “The Wedding Beat” writes a weddings column for a major newspaper, and his assignments find him covering lavish ceremonies and parties from coast to coast while wrestling with his own singlehood - rendered stark by his obligatory attendance at countless weddings. Always a journalist, never a groom, it seems - and Sipher applies the same wit, insight and deft humor to his fiction as he does to his real-world New York Times wedding articles. How does an author find humor in the most stressful of days? Was your wedding day more comedy or tragedy?
Devan Sipher (DEH-van SIGH-fur), writer for The New York Times and the author of the new comic novel, The Wedding Beat
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