September 17, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE - Pennsylvania State University plans to ask for $25 million more in state funding next year with hope of avoiding a tuition hike. At a presentation to university trustees Thursday, Penn State president Eric Barron acknowledged the request for $350 million - an 11 percent increase over its current allocation - might be a "stretch. " Barron said the university also will look to make $26 million in cuts for the 2017-18 year. That figure does not include savings the school anticipates from staff reductions as part of a voluntary retirement program announced this month.
September 9, 2016 |
Angling to reconcile budgetary constraints with a high payroll, Pennsylvania State University is offering voluntary retirement packages or buyouts to more than 1,200 faculty and staff members. The university said 340 of the targeted employees work on campuses other than University Park and 590 are academic faculty. Those choosing to accept the buyout must do so by Sept. 30. The plan, outlined in a letter sent to staff last week, will help the school community become "active in addressing budgetary and ongoing workforce challenges," president Eric Barron said in a statement.
August 27, 2016
ISSUE | DEATH PENALTY A flawed system The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit showed us that the death penalty is a flawed system ("New trial ordered in 1991 slaying," Wednesday). The court ruled Tuesday that the prosecution improperly kept evidence out of the murder trial of James Dennis. That evidence might show that the Philadelphia man did not kill a 17-year-old Olney High School student. The ruling is a victory for Dennis, who has been in prison since 1992 because prosecutors were more interested in getting a conviction than in getting it right.
June 23, 2016 |
Following an extraordinary spurt in freshman enrollment, Pennsylvania State University expects to admit fewer students next spring. That means getting in could be harder. "I am sure we will probably shoot for a target that is a lower number," said Clark Brigger, executive director of undergraduate admissions. Penn State accepted 57 percent of applicants to its main campus in State College for fall 2016 - up from 51 percent the year before. Officials were trying to attract a larger class this spring than the previous year, but not as large as they ended up getting, Brigger said.
June 11, 2016 |
Fury over a six-month sentence handed to a former Stanford University athlete convicted of raping a passed-out student has spread locally on social media and among advocates who fear a chilling effect on victims. "I'm outraged along with the public," said Barbara Ashcroft, an associate professor at Temple University's law school and former chief of the Montgomery County Sex Crimes Unit. "I think when you look at the tone at what is happening with millennials ... we're seeing judges that basically give a slap on the wrist.
June 4, 2016 |
Nearly 200 Pennsylvania State University freshmen have accepted the school's offer to forgo enrolling at the main campus in State College and attend a regional campus for their first year at a $10,000 to $20,000 discount. Penn State offered the deal to about 2,800 of its 8,600 freshmen admitted to its main campus, and as of Wednesday's deadline, 190 students had signed on, said Clark Brigger, executive director of undergraduate admissions. The university on Thursday planned to extend the offer to 5,000 more freshmen, he said.
May 27, 2016 |
While some universities can't attract enough students these days, Pennsylvania State University is flush - a little too flush. With hundreds more freshmen than expected accepting admission offers at the main campus in State College this year, the university for the first time is offering a special financial deal to some incoming freshmen: Attend one of the 18 other undergraduate campuses spread throughout the state for the first year, and...
May 23, 2016 |
Penn's run has come to an end. The Quakers, the seventh seed, lost to unseeded Penn State, 8-4, in the NCAA Division I women's lacrosse tournament quarterfinals at University Park, Pa., on Saturday. The game started well for the Quakers, whose Caroline Cummings and Catherine Dickinson scored the first two goals. But Penn had no answer for the Nittany Lions, who netted six straight goals in a span of 7 minutes, 21 seconds near the end of the opening half. Conversely, the Quakers (15-5)
May 5, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Watching those Nittany Lion home games may soon become even more palatable. A committee of Pennsylvania State University trustees on Thursday recommended that some fans be allowed to buy alcoholic beverages at Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center and other athletic facilities on the University Park campus. The proposal is expected to win full board approval on Friday. Sales would occur only in private and controlled areas - including suites, club seats and reception areas - under the proposal.
February 28, 2016 |
HERSHEY - Pennsylvania State University will lay off 1,100 employees and shut down its agricultural extension offices this summer if the state doesn't soon release its funding, president Eric Barron warned Friday. "This is an incredibly serious issue," Barron told the university's trustees. His prediction, delivered during the board's monthly meeting, was among the most dire in the eight-month budget impasse, one that has particularly punished Pennsylvania's four state-related universities.