September 20, 2016 |
Some very basic ideas have shifted in Rutgers-Camden's financial aid philosophy this year. The school used to distribute aid on the basis of both financial need and merit; this year, it uncoupled the two into need-based grants and merit-based scholarships. As the first freshmen enter under the need-based program, Bridging the Gap, the university said first-year student enrollment has grown more than 50 percent, which it attributes largely to the program. "When I started, one of the things I saw was we had first-generation, low-income, working-class families, and the way our structure was set up when it came to even grant aid, it was based on having a merit component with it," said Craig Westman, who joined Rutgers-Camden in 2015 as head of enrollment management.
September 18, 2016 |
After an active Sunday spent with his family, Bob Murken started feeling lousy. He assumed he was coming down with the flu that his son had a few weeks earlier. He went to bed, shivering with chills, figuring a night's sleep would help. But in the morning, he felt worse. He was achy, weak, and his fever was climbing. He took Tylenol, drank water to stay hydrated and hoped his illness would be short-lived. Murken, director of legislative affairs for Mayor Kenney, was a key part of the soda tax initiative and hearings were set to begin before City Council.
September 17, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE - Pennsylvania State University plans to ask for $25 million more in state funding next year with hope of avoiding a tuition hike. At a presentation to university trustees Thursday, Penn State president Eric Barron acknowledged the request for $350 million - an 11 percent increase over its current allocation - might be a "stretch. " Barron said the university also will look to make $26 million in cuts for the 2017-18 year. That figure does not include savings the school anticipates from staff reductions as part of a voluntary retirement program announced this month.
September 16, 2016 |
Bill Graham was a flamboyant showman who became the most famous music promoter in the world, a key figure in the 1960s San Francisco psychedelic scene known for hobnobbing with the luminaries he gathered for mammoth awareness-raising events like Live Aid , the star-studded 1985 Philadelphia concert for African-famine relief. Graham - whose Fillmore brand of clubs in San Francisco and New York has been replicated by Live Nation in venues all over the U.S., including the Fillmore that opened last year in Fishtown - even died like a rock star.
September 8, 2016 |
By 1987, the terrifying and mysterious new syndrome afflicting gay men had become a deadly epidemic with a name: AIDS. That year, 28,000 Americans would get HIV. One was 19-year-old Brian Sanders, infected by a man in New Hope who got sick shortly afterward. "I thought it was the flu. Then I heard he died three months later. I never really put that together," said Sanders, now 49 and artistic director of the dance-theater company Brian Sanders' JUNK. "Maybe I just never wanted to. " Today, Sanders is marking 30 years of living with HIV - and, with the benefit of perspective, finally putting the pieces together.
September 3, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - In one of his first acts as Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Bruce Beemer has fired two of his predecessor's most controversial hires. Jonathan Duecker, the former chief of staff to Kathleen Kane, and Patrick Reese, Kane's onetime security chief and driver, were terminated Thursday morning, said Jeff Johnson, the office's spokesman. Johnson would not say why the two were dismissed. But the move wasn't unexpected after Kane's resignation and conviction last month on perjury and obstruction charges.
August 31, 2016 |
Loretta DeFazio Taylor did not graduate from college until the year she turned 50, after helping to raise her five children. "She loved going back" to school, said a longtime friend, Joan McKeon. "She loved being educated," McKeon said. "She had not had enough. " The education had its rewards. In the same year in which she graduated, Mrs. Taylor began a career that included working as an aide to the late U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D., N.J.). On Tuesday, Aug. 23, Mrs. Taylor, 87, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the retirement community Medford Leas.
August 23, 2016 |
In its latest experiment in higher education, Trenton-based Thomas Edison State University is testing a program that gives federal financial aid to students taking courses with nontraditional providers. Beginning this fall, up to 200 Thomas Edison students will be able to receive federal financial aid for courses taken at Study.com, an online course provider. Students pursuing bachelor of science in business administration or bachelor of arts in liberal studies degrees would enroll with Thomas Edison and then take at least half their degree credits through Study.com.
August 16, 2016
ISSUE | HAITI U.S. aid sorely needed It is deplorable that the United States sends military aid to the Dominican Republic and trains its police and border patrol officers, while that Caribbean country has stripped the citizenship of 200,000 Dominican-born Haitians ("No country to call home," Tuesday). In the past year, more than 60,000 people have been deported, while Haiti struggles to recover from a 2010 hurricane. It is time for the United States to give Haiti's economy a boost so its citizens won't need to leave to find jobs.
August 12, 2016
By Robert G. Duffett Hillary Clinton recently unveiled her New College Compact. The goal is college affordability by ensuring free tuition at four-year public colleges for every student from families earning $85,000 a year or less. The family income cap would rise to $125,000 by the year 2021. The compact would primarily be funded by the federal government through "new money" appropriations from yet unidentified tax-benefit limitations on high-income taxpayers. State governments, universities, and parents would also be required to contribute.