October 24, 2015 |
Drexel University and Philadelphia Media Network will launch a mobile news app created by Drexel students to serve millennial audiences. The app, which will be available to the public next year for download on Apple's iPhones, focuses on news in the Philadelphia region produced by the staffs of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. The app was conceived by undergraduate students at Drexel's Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship. Working with digital-media entrepreneurs Jordan Motzkin and Ari Winkleman, the students come from a range of disciplines, including marketing, business development, arts and sciences, and media art and design.
October 23, 2015 |
In the middle of a major capital campaign that could reach $900 million, Drexel University recently gave its entrepreneurial president, John A. Fry, a second five-year contract, running to August 2020. The board of trustees unanimously approved the pact Sept. 30, said trustees chairman Richard Greenawalt. Fry received a boost in pay for good performance, Greenawalt said, but declined to provide the amount. Drexel, like most private colleges, does not release pay until it becomes public on tax forms.
October 15, 2015 |
TANYA GIEBUS recognized the tall, gaunt man sitting at the defense table as "Jimmy," the handyman who lived on her West Philly block and who worked at two apartment buildings on the block. She had talked with "Jimmy," or James Harris, every day for the few months she'd been living on the block, when she'd see him in passing, she said. So, Giebus testified yesterday, she thought it odd when she spotted him on the evening of July 15 on the porch of one of the apartment buildings where he had worked, and instead of greeting her, he backed away, she testified.
October 15, 2015 |
A West Philadelphia handyman was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for murder in the July 15 rape and strangulation of Drexel University graduate Jasmine Wright. Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon ordered James Harris held after a sometimes-tumultuous preliminary hearing in which Harris' lawyers, Thurgood M. Matthews and Geoffrey Kilroy, argued there was not enough circumstantial evidence to justify a trial. Assistant District Attorney Gail Fairman called the defense argument ridiculous, noting that Harris' DNA was in the sperm found in the body of Wright, 27, and on a towel and pillows in her third-floor apartment in the 200 block of South 50th Street.
October 2, 2015
MENTION the word "health" and people usually think of doctors and hospitals. Those are the people and institutions that work to make individuals healthy. Public health has a broader mission - to make whole communities healthy. The first public health professionals were called "sanitarians," partly because of science's new found understanding of the link between disease and sanitation. It's hard to believe but Philadelphia did not begin to chlorinate its drinking water until 1913 - and that was decades after the link between typhoid and dirty water was a proven fact.
October 2, 2015 |
An idea that started in the back of a car in Ethiopia 21/2 years ago culminated Wednesday with a $45 million gift to Drexel University's public health school and a new name: the Dana and David Dornsife School of Public Health. The donation, one of the largest in the university's history and by far the biggest for the public health school, will strengthen Drexel's long-standing commitment to Philadelphia neighborhoods and broaden its global work in urban health. Wednesday's announcement brings the California couple's Drexel gifts to $58 million.
September 29, 2015
E THAN KEISER, 24, of Powelton Village, is founder of StudyTree, a mobile app that connects college students for on-demand peer tutoring. The student-to-student solution creates a marketplace enabling students to either make money as a tutor or save money as a student. The University Platform allows universities to manage their own tutors on a budget and provide students with flexible tutoring options. Keiser, a 2015 Drexel graduate, founded StudyTree in January. Q: How did you come up with the idea?
September 21, 2015 |
They've been coming for 60 years, looking for help and often returning to say thanks. "Come in and pray with St. Katharine," the sign on the door invites. Soon after Mother Katharine Drexel died in 1955, her reputation for holiness made her tomb at the motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in Bensalem a place of pilgrimage by people who considered her a special friend of God, able to plead for divine favor on their behalf. The Catholic Church, crediting her with two miraculous cures, declared her a saint in 2000.
August 28, 2015 |
DREXEL'S BASKETBALL team will open the 2015-16 season with its annual game against Saint Joseph's, on Nov. 13 at Hawk Hill. That's one of three games against city schools. The Dragons are at La Salle Dec. 5 and host Penn on Dec. 22. They also play Penn State at the Palestra on Dec. 19. The first home game is Nov. 18 against High Point. Their CAA opener is Dec. 31 at North Carolina-Wilmington. The Dragons, who went 11-19 last season (9-9 CAA), are in the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage Nov. 26-28.
August 28, 2015 |
Two local universities can claim fashion diva status - they made Business of Fashion's inaugural "Global Fashion School Rankings. " Drexel University placed 10th in undergraduate fashion education, while Philadelphia University came in 16th. In graduate school education, Philadelphia University showed up again, in 10th place. That prompted the New York Times' Vanessa Friedman to quip in her blog, "On the Runway": "Philly: hotbed of fashion invention. Who knew?" Business of Fashion, an industry website, said it looked at 60 data points from 24 participating schools, surveys completed by students and alumni, and input from other experts.