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Old March 12th, 2007, 01:34 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by edsg25 View Post
Is it safe to say the following:

• Indiana's two flagship public universities are more peer-like in their ranking than most states? IU and Purdue have similiar academic reputations?

• Michigan's flagships, U-M and MSU, offer far more curriculum overlap than IU and Purdue do?
About that I'm not sure. My impression is that UM, on the whole, is a more selective univ than MSU; though MSU has many outstanding programs as well. I get the sense that UM is Michigan's IU, if you will, and MSU its Purdue. More arts n humanities focus at UM/IU, and science and tech at MSU/Purdue. Is that out in left field?
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Robust job growth forecast for Lafayette area

Very few communities across the country can match the second quarter hiring plans of employers in Greater Lafayette, according to a survey conducted by Manpower Inc.

Responses from about 40 local companies that were interviewed by the employment services firm show that a robust 57 percent intend to hire more employees during the April-June period. Only 3 percent plan to reduce their staffing levels.
"Lafayette area employers expect significantly more favorable hiring conditions than in the first quarter, when 30 percent of the companies interviewed intended to add staff and 13 percent planned to reduce head count," said Laurie Brose, manager of the Lafayette Manpower office.
"It speaks to the diversity of industry we have in the area now. It shows some consistency in our area."
Respondents from only six locations in the United States had stronger hiring plans: San Rafael, Calif.; Fort Myers/Naples, Fla.; Temple, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Brownsville, Texas; and Huntsville, Ala.
Two of Lafayette's largest employers -- Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. and the Caterpillar Large Engine Center -- are in the process of increasing their employee levels.
SIA has begun hiring associates to meet an eventual goal of adding 1,000 workers to handle production of the Toyota Camry, which begins next month.
"In September we expect to have hired approximately 650 full-time production associates," said SIA spokeswoman Ann McConnell. "At that time, we expect to have approximately 450 temporary production workers."
Additional employment plans at the Caterpillar Large Engine Center are tied to production of generator sets for the company's C175 diesel engine.
"We're in the process of hiring additional people as they prepare for production for the new C175," said Rusty Dunn, Caterpillar chief corporate spokesman. Dunn was not able to provide details on the number of new employees that will be hired.
"Indianapolis has the reputation of a shark striking when other cities sleep."
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Old April 13th, 2007, 08:13 AM   #23
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Purdue unveils $81 million plan to renovate Mackey Arena

Purdue Athletic Director Morgan Burke today unveiled an $81 million plan to add onto the Mackey Arena while keeping much of the playing and seating area the same.

The plan, announced to the board of trustees' Physical Facilities Committee, calls for buildings to go up around the arena. They will include:

• A new practice basketball court.

• Locker, meeting and video rooms.

• Player lounges.

• A sports medicine area.

• A strength conditioning area.

• Additional restrooms and concessions.

• Two clubs with dining options.

• A new ticket office.

• New athletics offices.

• And new meeting space.

The design will allow for wider concourses that will make the arena feel bigger.

Another addition will be 690 premium seats that will be available through season ticket packages. The seats will have seat backs, more overall space and some desktop space. The premium seats will also come with access to the West Club, a private dining area.

Burke said the rest of the inside of the arena would remain basically unchanged, with most of the seating staying as benches to give an older feel.

The project would be bonded and paid for through revenue Purdue will get from the upcoming cable Big Ten Channel, about $30 million in donations and $2 million a year in increased concessions the school expects.

The plans also call for moving the Grand Prix track to the Northwest athletic site near soccer and tennis facilities. Two practice football fields would be located there and the current lower field would become the new F parking lot.

The outer buildings would be finished in about November 2011, Burke said.

The board of trustees will be asked next month for approval to hire an architect to begin the process
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