July 4, 2016 |
John Murphy was in his doctor's office one late-November day in 2013, reading a newspaper "from cover to cover" to pass the time till his appointment. Murphy, a history buff interested in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, came across an application to participate in an auction for the Squire Cheyney Estate in Thornbury Township, Delaware County. In 1777, Thomas Cheyney, a Thornbury farmer, rode on horseback through the British lines and dodged musket balls to alert Gen. George Washington that the Redcoats were about to outflank his army at Brandywine Creek.
March 23, 2016 |
West Chester University is in the early stages of scouting sites to establish campuses and accommodate growing enrollment. "If we're really going to be able to accommodate students who want a West Chester education, we're going to have to do it someplace other than here," said Greg R. Weisenstein, 68, who will retire March 31 after seven years at the helm of the largest university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. "We're landlocked, and there's only so many students our community can absorb.
February 29, 2016 |
We sports fans hit a certain age, and suddenly it's the loss column that occupies our attention. Once a distant peal, the constant toll of death and change rings louder every day. A consequential career ends. A boyhood hero dies. A beloved institution is diminished. A sports tradition is obscured by innovation. Week to week, the terrain of the familiar shifts. On Wednesday, with a victory at Cheyney, a niece played what was likely her final competitive basketball game. Throughout the last 15 winters, Katie Fitzpatrick's talents provided entertainment as well as an excuse for the family to gather.
December 2, 2015 |
Cheyney University, which has been running a deficit and experienced a 30 percent enrollment drop this year, has been placed on probation by the body that accredits colleges and universities. The historically black university, on the boundary between Chester and Delaware Counties, has two years to correct financial concerns raised by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education or face losing accreditation. That loss would mean that the university's students no longer would be eligible for state or federal financial aid. Frank G. Pogue, interim president of Cheyney, and Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, of which Cheyney is part, said they were committed to fixing the problems.
November 15, 2015 |
WHY? You won't come across many better souls than Chris Rouhlac. He's 69. A teacher for most of his life, he's been married 40 years to the same woman (Marcella). And there are times when even she will ask him why he's in the first season of his second tour as the football coach at Cheyney, some two decades after the first one ended. "She thinks I'm nuts anyway," Rouhlac said, laughing. "I try to make her understand I'm doing this because I'm trying to develop young men. My father worked in the YMCA here at Cheyney, helping youngsters go from kids to adults.
November 7, 2015 |
I once spent a day with Widener University basketball coach C. Alan Rowe, which meant going to class. Even at age 63, Rowe was teaching five Widener math courses a semester. He seemed to know all the names of his students without a seating chart. His first words to one calculus class: "Your hats, gentlemen. " This was 1994. This man was delightfully old school. Rowe never complimented his players - like ever, even his favorites. He simply drilled them in the principles that he held dear.
October 9, 2015 |
Cheyney University has lost more than half of its enrollment in the last five years, figures released Wednesday show. The historically black university has been struggling with finances and declining enrollment for years, and just this summer was rapped for mismanaging student financial aid, which could cost the school millions. But the latest enrollment drop of more than 300 students leaves the rural Chester County institution with just 711 enrolled. This has placed the school at a crossroads.
August 29, 2015 |
For the second time in a decade, Cheyney University has failed to properly manage financial aid that it awards students, and as a result may owe the U.S. Department of Education more than $29 million. Errors were found in nearly 85 percent of about 4,400 financial aid records reviewed from 2011 to 2014, according to a report released Thursday by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, one of 14 in the system, could not provide high school transcripts for 45 percent of the students who received aid during that period, the system said.
August 17, 2015 |
Western University, founded in 1865; Leland University, 1870; Bishop College, 1881; St. Paul's College, 1888; Daniel Payne College, 1889: These are some of the historically black colleges and universities across America that shut down after years of fighting financial calamities. Without major changes, Pennsylvania's Cheyney University, founded in 1837, could close too. There are a number of reasons. Perhaps at the top of the list is a lack of the leadership needed over the past decade to make Cheyney more competitive in attracting students of any race.
June 26, 2015 |
West Chester and Cheyney - two universities in the state's higher education system - are planning "a new level of collaboration" on academics and operations, their presidents announced this week in a joint e-mail to staff, students and alumni. Officials from both schools insist the move is not a precursor for a merger between Cheyney, a historically black university that has struggled financially, and nearby West Chester, which is growing and thriving. More than a year ago, West Chester officials had considered breaking off from the state system in part because they thought they were losing money to weaker schools.