June 27, 2016 |
Even colleges with endowments as large as Haverford's are not immune to the financial challenges hitting universities across the country. Haverford's board of managers this month approved a plan to set an annual cap on the college's mushrooming financial aid budget and increase the size of the freshman class by seven students a year for five years in an effort to balance the budget. The plan has proved controversial because it includes modifying the college's long-held policy of admitting students regardless of ability to pay and giving them enough financial aid to attend.
January 19, 2016 |
The week before her column was to appear in the student newspaper at Pennsylvania State University, Caroline Crasnick warned her parents: "Be prepared. " The 20-year-old media-studies major from Langhorne was about to lay bare for the University Park campus - and the Internet world - her battle with mental illness. She described being "curled up on the cold linoleum" floor of her State College apartment one autumn evening her sophomore year and thinking: "The world would be better off if I were dead.
October 12, 2015 |
Elaine Catherine Pierson Mastroianni, 89, of Bryn Mawr, a physician and the author of Sex Is Never an Emergency , a sexual-health guide for young adults, died Saturday, Oct. 3, of lung cancer at home. Dr. Pierson's slim paperback appeared on campuses a decade before Dr. Ruth Westheimer suggested a frank approach to human sexuality, and three years before Our Bodies, Ourselves , a landmark book on sex, was released. "My primary objective of this little book is to prevent unwanted pregnancies and, secondarily, to help students be more comfortable with their level of sexuality, whatever that level is," she wrote.
September 23, 2015 |
Despite the University of Pennsylvania's efforts to educate students about sexual assault, a majority of students surveyed recently said they did not know where to find help on campus if they or a friend became a victim. Penn president Amy Gutmann called that finding and others highlighted in a national survey on sexual assault at some of the nation's most elite colleges "deeply troubling. " "We clearly must do more, beginning immediately, to make all students aware that they have immediate recourse for help," Gutmann said in an email to the Penn community shortly after the national results were released.
September 19, 2015 |
Student leaders and parents of students who committed suicide at the University of Pennsylvania are pressing the Ivy League school to do more to address mental health needs - an issue that has been mounting on the campus since the high profile death of a promising scholar athlete last year. "In the past two years, seven Penn students have died by suicide," the group wrote in a letter to Penn president Amy Gutmann earlier this month. "Unfortunately, the university has not taken decisive action to make sure this doesn't happen to current and future students.
August 23, 2015 |
Dan Reimold, a journalism professor at St. Joseph's University who founded the influential blog College Media Matters, died unexpectedly this week. Hours after the school announced his death Friday, tributes to Reimold, 34, were growing on nearly every media-industry blog in the country - Poynter.org, Nieman Journalism Lab, MediaShift, the Associated Collegiate Press, and others. "He was undisputedly the foremost scholar on college media today," College Media Association president Rachele Kanigel said in an article.
June 10, 2015 |
LAST WEEK IT was announced that Shonda Rhimes, the award-winning creator of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" is releasing a book called Year of Yes . Apparently Rhimes was inspired to write it after she was dared in December 2013 to say yes to unexpected invitations for one year. I've always thought saying yes too often is right up there with smiling too much, being too friendly and trying too hard. But sometime around New Year's Eve last year, I was similarly inspired.
April 4, 2015 |
The phrase Rape Haven was painted on the front of a Swarthmore College fraternity house this week, and college officials said they were investigating. The vandalism at Delta Upsilon was discovered Tuesday morning, less than two weeks after a member of the fraternity wrote an opinion piece for the student newspaper, the Phoenix, touting the house's positive contributions. In the aftermath of "deplorable behavior" at a University of Oklahoma fraternity in which members were caught chanting racial slurs in a video, Nathaniel Frum wrote, Swarthmore "can take pride" that Delta Upsilon "has set a model that should be followed.
March 11, 2015 |
THE REV. EDMUND Dobbin always said his first love was teaching. So it had to have been something of a relief when Dobbin left the presidency of Villanova University at the end of the 2005-06 academic year after 18 years. Sure, he said, he loved it, but being an administrator is a far cry from the hands-on experience of the classroom, the shaping of young minds, the interaction with students hanging on your every word - at least in theory. "Teaching was always my first love," he said on leaving the presidency and stepping into a classroom at the Main Line university he served for so long.
October 28, 2014 |
James "Jim" Moffatt, 80, of Riverton, N.J., a longtime Inquirer copy editor and much-beloved journalism professor at Rutgers University, died Sunday, Oct. 26, at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden. A close friend said he had battled diabetes and heart problems for many years. Mr. Moffatt retired in January 1997 after more than three decades as a copy editor and slot at The Inquirer, initially for news and later for business copy under a newsroom reorganization. The last to get the story in The Inquirer's editing lineup, the slot's job is to vet the work of other copy editors and make sure mistakes are corrected before the story is released for publication.