September 19, 2014 |
Jeanne R. Koller, 79, of Roxborough, the first African American teacher at Ardmore Avenue Elementary School in Lower Merion, who went on to a long teaching career in Philadelphia, died Sunday, Sept. 14, of pancreatic cancer at her home. Mrs. Koller started out at Ardmore Avenue, where the township's minority children once comprised 80 percent of students. When the building was razed in the 1960s, black children joined white students in Lower Merion elementary schools for the first time.
March 14, 2014 |
HOWARD ARNOLD might have trod the hallowed halls of the University of Pennsylvania as a teacher and administrator for 31 years, but his consciousness of the plight of suffering people was always at street level. He knew about the ravages of poverty, ignorance and violence, especially in the African-American community because his hands were always in it, trying to make it better. As a social worker, Howard Arnold was possessed of a natural gift for identifying with people on the short end of society, and a talent for helping them rise above their situations.
October 8, 2013 |
Enrollment at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities has dropped more than 6 percent since its peak in 2010, setting off a flurry of proposed faculty layoffs, program eliminations, and increased recruitment at many of the schools. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education enrolled just over 112,100 students this year, down from its all-time high of 119,513 in 2010. Enrollment dropped 2 percent in the last year alone, with 12 of the 14 universities noting decreases. Only Bloomsburg and West Chester Universities recorded increases.
July 11, 2013 |
Pennsylvania's 14 state universities, including West Chester and Cheyney, will raise tuition 3 percent, or $194, for 2013-14 under a measure approved by the board of governors Tuesday. In-state undergraduate students who attend full time will pay $6,622 annually next academic year. Nearly 90 percent of the system's students are Pennsylvanians. The technology fee will rise $10, or 2.8 percent, for in-state students, to $368 annually. Even with the revenue from the tuition increase, the state system will have to cut $50 million from its $1.6 billion budget this year, prompting concern from faculty union leadership.
April 4, 2013
In the Region DEP radiation study detailed The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday released detailed plans for its comprehensive radiation study of oil and gas development and said it intends to begin sampling this month. The agency plans to analyze radioactivity levels of flowback waters, treatment solids, drill cuttings, and drilling equipment, along with the transportation, storage, and disposal of drilling wastes. DEP says current data do not indicate any health risks, but activists have raised concerns about naturally occurring radioactivity in materials extracted from the mile-deep wells.
April 4, 2013
Pennsylvania State University had the nation's fourth-fastest-growing endowment from 2009 through 2012, according to a ranking from Bloomberg News. The value of Penn State's endowment climbed to $1.78 billion, from $1.23 billion, for a three-year annual average growth rate of 14.46 percent. The University of Pittsburgh ranked fifth. Its endowment averaged 13.66 percent annual growth to reach a value of $2.62 billion. Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania were also on the list, which included endowments worth at least $1 billion last year.
January 23, 2013 |
The call came in to Gabriel Gates early Thursday from one of Pennsylvania State University's branch campuses: A wallet with $10 was missing from a common area in one of the buildings. Did the school have to issue a "timely warning" to students and staff about the apparent theft, the employee wanted to know. Timely warnings are required by a 1990 federal law known as the Clery Act in cases where there is an ongoing threat to the campus community. Gates, Penn State's official in charge of monitoring compliance with the law, said a warning was not necessary.
November 3, 2012 |
Attorneys for two former Pennsylvania State University administrators charged in the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal on Friday accused a key witness of violating her professional ethics when she testified before a grand jury against their clients. Signaling a potential defense strategy, lawyers Caroline Roberto and Thomas J. Farrell said former university general counsel Cynthia Baldwin violated attorney-client privilege when she helped prosecutors build the case against suspended Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former university vice president Gary Schultz.
June 7, 2012 |
At a time of life normally suffused with hope and energy, 22-year-old Evelyn De Jesus has little to be optimistic about. The 2008 graduate of Mastbaum Vocational/Technical School did a year at Pennsylvania State University but could not afford it and dropped out. Once dreaming of becoming a lawyer, De Jesus - who lives in North Philadelphia with her unemployed boyfriend and 2-year-old son - now earns poverty wages of $10 an hour at a...
February 14, 2012 |
Pennsylvania State University has incurred nearly $3.2 million in legal, consultant, and public relations fees as a result of the case against its former assistant football coach charged with molesting boys, the university said Monday. A small portion of the cost is expected to be recovered through insurance policies, the university said. The rest will be covered with money other than tuition, taxpayer money, or alumni donations, the school said. The university said the fees would be covered by interest on a repaid loan and an athletic project that it maintains is not taxpayer money.