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October 27, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robots playing hockey, even driving. Gaming gear that enables 3-D examination of human cells. The world's largest video game. These are part of the creative legacy of Drexel University. Then there's the experiment headquartered at Suite 402 in Drexel's Leonard Pearlstein Business Learning Center. "I call this a disruptive innovation in higher education," Donna De Carolis said of the goings-on she leads there. It's the new Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, the first such freestanding school in the nation to offer degrees - currently a bachelor's in entrepreneurship and innovation.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Run a start-up in Philadelphia? Here's your chance to win some bucks. Young entrepreneurs who need funding can enter a Shark Tank -style competition coming to the Convention Center. The deadline to apply is next Monday. The competition takes place on the morning of Oct. 21, part of a three-day event that begins Oct. 19 at the first Forbes Under-30 Summit here. It is sponsored by the business magazine. It's a confab where aspiring start-ups meet business leaders, mentors, and industry heroes such as Sean Rad, cofounder of Tinder, and Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and an investor in LinkedIn, Airbnb, and Space X. Executives from companies such as Spanx, Spotify, Cinnabon, and venture capital firms will also be present, as will celebrities Malala Yousafzai, the young woman shot by the Taliban in Pakistan, Monica Lewinsky (yup, that one)
SPORTS
May 8, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Nick Browne, a junior outfielder at Bishop Eustace, the University of Maryland was the best of three worlds: a big-time baseball program that is a managable distance from home with some familiar faces on the roster. On Monday night, Browne, who leads South Jersey in home runs with nine, committed to Maryland on a baseball scholarship. Browne also seriously considered Duke, Lafayette, and Penn. "I wasn't stressing about it, but it was tough making a decision," Browne said.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
An administrator who had been poised to become La Salle University's next president has withdrawn his candidacy after talks with the school's board of trustees broke down. Gregory Dell'Omo, president of Robert Morris University, near Pittsburgh, was to take the top job at La Salle. But that changed Thursday afternoon, according to a Robert Morris statement. "I wish La Salle University the very best as their search continues," Dell'Omo said in a news release. "It was gratifying to know that the progress that's been made here at RMU caught the attention of this institution and led them to invite me into their recruitment process.
NEWS
December 31, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ONE DAY, when Lillian Cosby was 15, she begged her mother not to send her to school that day. She had dreamt that she would be struck by a car on her way to school. It was such a clear premonition that she was sure it would happen. Her mother, of course, would hear none of it. She packed her daughter off as usual, and, sure enough, she was hit by a truck. She had to be hospitalized. "I was so mad at my mother I wouldn't go home for three days," she said in an interview with the Inquirer in 1985.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2013 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Like the prow of a ship, the main facade of Drexel University's new business school at 32d and Market Streets steers toward Center City, straining to narrow the two-block gap between the Schuylkill and its fast-growing campus. In a bit of overt symbolism, the university even relocated a statue of founder Anthony Drexel to the entrance plaza, so he now stands firmly at the helm of this eastward venture. Under its current president, John A. Fry, Drexel has made no secret of its desire to fill that bleak, underutilized space with the sleek towers of a new technology-dominated neighborhood.
NEWS
November 14, 2013
G ARY A. GIAMARTINO, 61, of Chestnut Hill, is dean and professor of management and leadership at La Salle University's School of Business. Giamartino, who came to La Salle in July from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, collaborated with architects on a 78,000-square-foot, $35 million building that La Salle will erect at Chew Avenue and Wister Street in East Germantown. The project, to be announced today, is expected to create 600 construction jobs. The building is planned to open for classes in January 2016.
NEWS
October 28, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
While welcoming some 5,000 alumni for homecoming hoopla, Villanova University on Saturday presented its largest capital campaign ever: a $600 million fund-raising effort to increase financial aid for students, upgrade classrooms and academic buildings, and build a new performing arts center. The effort, dubbed "For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change," is double the size of the previous campaign of $300 million that concluded in 2007. Villanova already has raised $285 million in the campaign's "quiet phase," which began in 2010.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Inside Bartley Hall, the epicenter of Villanova University's business school, senior Charlie Dolan isn't chased by screaming young girls or packs of unrelenting paparazzi. But he is a big deal. Not that you have to take my word for it: "He's our superstar," said Madonna Sutter, associate dean of external relations for the business school. "He's just been a rocket ship," said Patrick G. Maggitti, the school's dean. "We're so proud of him," said communication associate Mariana Martinez.
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