September 13, 2016 |
No one knows how long Rowan University's water has been contaminated with lead. When the university announced this month that it had found elevated lead levels in the water of several buildings on its main campus in Glassboro, it could not say how many generations of students may have been drinking contaminated water. It simply doesn't know. When lead is present in water, humans can't taste, smell, or see it — it can only be detected by testing the water. And Rowan, as far as administrators can tell, has never conducted any real testing of its water, other than at its child-care facilities.
September 11, 2016 |
Initial campuswide testing of Rowan University's water has found further lead contamination. Last week, university officials said they had found elevated lead levels in several campus buildings tested in response to reports of discolored water. Those results prompted campuswide sampling, distribution of bottled water, and disconnection of water fountains. The first campuswide testing results were announced Friday. "The vast majority of results indicated the lead level in the water in buildings tested since Aug. 31 is well below the EPA Action Level, and in many instances no lead was detected," stated a university website dedicated to the water testing.
September 3, 2016 |
Rowan University has found elevated lead levels in the water in several buildings on its main campus in Glassboro, prompting it to hand out bottled water in dorms, disconnect fountains, and begin a campuswide test of water quality. The university sent an email blast around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday about the water. It also set up a website for updates. "My goal in this thing is to absolutely make sure not a single individual is in harm's way, and I'm going to try and spend whatever it costs to provide safe water," president Ali A. Houshmand said Thursday.
August 25, 2016 |
Comcast Corp.-owned NBCUniversal will fold DreamWorks Animation into its Universal films business but retain the DreamWorks campus and studios in Glendale, Calif., the companies said Tuesday. In April, Comcast agreed to buy the entertainment firm that produced Shrek , Kung Fu Panda , and other animated features for $3.8 billion. That deal closed Monday. Employee cutbacks at DreamWorks were not announced Tuesday, though they are expected among headquarters staffers. DreamWorks will now be a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, which owns feature-film brands including Universal Pictures and its movie studio, which had a blockbuster run in 2015 that it hasn't matched this year.
August 23, 2016 |
In its latest experiment in higher education, Trenton-based Thomas Edison State University is testing a program that gives federal financial aid to students taking courses with nontraditional providers. Beginning this fall, up to 200 Thomas Edison students will be able to receive federal financial aid for courses taken at Study.com, an online course provider. Students pursuing bachelor of science in business administration or bachelor of arts in liberal studies degrees would enroll with Thomas Edison and then take at least half their degree credits through Study.com.
August 18, 2016 |
Seven months after the Noyes Museum of Art closed its main location in Galloway Township, N.J., the museum has a new owner and game plan. Stockton University announced Monday that it now owns the museum, which will be the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University. The university has had a close relationship with the museum since a 2010 agreement to lease space and work together. Monday's announcement brings the museum's assets, including about $1.7 million and its artwork, to the university.
August 13, 2016 |
Lancaster General Health, a unit of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, picked King of Prussia's Universal Health Services Inc. to operate a planned 126-bed behavioral-health hospital planned in Lancaster, Pa. The $30 million facility is expected to open two years from now, Lancaster General said. The partnership will have a six-member board of governors, with three members from each partner. Lancaster General will lease the land to the partnership. UHS, which already owns eight behavioral-health facilities in Pennsylvania, will operate the hospital.
August 9, 2016
ISSUE | COLLEGE FUNDING Clarifying grants In a story about a dispute between Mansfield University administrators and the Mansfield Foundation, a university vice president said the foundation made grants in the last fiscal year totaling only $230,000 ("A fund-raising feud," July 31). The university's financial statements show the grants totaled $634,622: "During the years ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, the Foundation paid either directly to the University or on behalf of the University, scholarships, salaries and other administrative expenses, and capital additions totaling $634,622 and $810,487, respectively.
August 2, 2016 |
Two men connected with the Temple University Police Department have been charged with murder, according to court records. Aaron Wright, 47, and Marquis Robinson, 41, are charged with six criminal counts including murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy, and abuse of a corpse. Their addresses were unavailable Sunday. The men were charged with killing a 24-year-old woman who was reported slain at 10:40 a.m. Friday on the 4600 block of Greene Street, Philadelphia police said. A 47-year-old man was arrested at the scene, according to the department's Friday report on the killing, and court records say Wright and Robinson were charged Saturday.
August 1, 2016 |
On a July day with temperatures in the mid-90s, the breeze rushing through the unfinished 46th floor of the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South provides little relief. No matter. The views on every side are spectacular, to say the least, and make other high-rises near this one at 30th and Walnut Streets - with the exception of the new Comcast tower directly east - look very small. That includes the 33-story Evo apartments next door, which, with Cira Green, the parking garage with a one-acre park on its top - are both completed and in use. All comprise the nearly $700 million Cira Centre South project that is a large part of the eastern gateway to Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.