Changing Gears is a public media project about the future of the industrial Midwest. Each week, reporters Dan Bobkoff in Cleveland, Niala Boodhoo in Chicago and Kate Davidson in Ann Arbor cover issues of interest to the Great Lakes region. Changing Gears also sponsors public events and conversations.
Losing jobs Wisconsin lost 4,300 jobs in March. That could have an effect one other important job: Scott Walker’s. The Governor is facing a tough recall campaign, and the state is nowhere near reaching the 250,000 new jobs he promised by the end of his term.
Fewer teachers The number of school teachers in Wisconsin dropped 2.3 percent last year, according to the AP. Despite the cuts, Gov. Scotte Walker’s spokesperson says his education reforms are working.
The University of Chicago has posted a job opening. The requirements include being able to stand for 45 minutes at a time, and climb 235 winding stairs to get to work. And oh, yes, have some musical ability.
The posting is for a carillon player at the Laura Spellman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon. GapersBlock.com has the details.
What’s a carillon, you might ask? According to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance:
“A carillon is a musical instrument consisting of least two octaves of carillon bells arranged in chromatic series and played from a keyboard that permits control of expression through variation of touch. A carillon bell is a cast bronze cup-shaped bell whose partial tones are in such harmonious relationship to each other as to permit many such bells to be sounded together in varied chords with harmonious and concordant effect.”
Next Wednesday, Changing Gears will co-host a town hall-style discussion that explores the global economic crisis and its impact throughout the Great Lakes region.
Robin Young, host of public radio’s Here & Now program, will moderate the event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Blau Auditorium at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
Panelists include Linda Lim, Professor of Strategy at the Ross School, Doug Rothwell, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan and Changing Gears senior editor Micki Maynard.
Michigan Radio and the Ross School of Business are co-sponsoring the event with Changing Gears.
Today’s must-read stories about the Midwest economy.
More Jobs in Chicago: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and JP Morgan Chase announced the opening of four new Chase bank branches in the city yesterday, a move that will create more than 400 jobs. Chase now has the most bank deposits of any financial institution in the city.