October 24, 2013 |
THE REV. Terrence Toland had to be prodded - gently, of course - to attend the ceremony last November in which a building at St. Joseph's University was named for him. Father Toland was revered as a humble Jesuit who shied away from public recognition of the good works he performed in his 61 years as a Roman Catholic priest. Nevertheless, officials of the university, of which Toland was the 23rd president, managed to drag him to the ceremony at which the Fine Arts West Building became Toland Hall on the James J. Maguire '58 Campus, the site of the former Episcopal Academy.
October 21, 2013 |
Charles Dilks, 72, thoroughly enjoyed the party at the Hotel Monaco, where he and 400 others toasted the University City Science Center on its 50th anniversary. "We had a great time," he said. That was Thursday. In the mid-1960s, when Dilks was the second employee hired at the science center, it was an entirely different story. "We were at the very edge of bankruptcy," said Dilks, who went from being an all-everything administrator to head of operations as the complex grew in stature and physically expanded.
October 20, 2013 |
Temple University's credit rating could be downgraded because of the financial problems of the university's affiliated health system, according to a report by Moody's Investor Service. Moody's said it might cut the rating, now Aa3, unless the university can "separate" itself from Temple University Health Systems or take other steps to stop the hospitals' "deep operating deficits" from draining the university's cash. This situation is one of the challenges facing Temple University president Neil D. Theobald, who was inaugurated Friday.
October 18, 2013 |
WITH THE school district in financial crisis and the city projecting dangerously low fund balances in the coming years, some officials are calling for "payments in lieu of taxes," or PILOTs, from nonprofits that are exempt from paying property taxes. Fearing the onslaught, a dozen Philadelphia colleges commissioned a report released today that highlights their existing contributions to the city and makes the case for what it calls the "Philadelphia Model" of working with nonprofits rather than against them.
October 17, 2013 |
RESIDENTS in West Philadelphia and University City should be on alert about a series of recent robberies in the area, mainly being committed by juveniles, police said at a community meeting last night. Residential burglaries in the 18th Police District are up 13 percent for the year, according to police data. In several of the recent break-ins, authorities said, the opportunistic criminals have taken advantage of unlocked windows or doors. Police arrested three juvenile suspects yesterday and an 11-year-old boy last week.
October 14, 2013 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in this region's communities. Yet again, Glassboro is getting its groove back. It's an era of re-reinvention for the Gloucester County borough - once known for the manufacture of its namesake product, then as the sleepy town that hosted a 1960s Cold War summit - as it links itself to the growing reputation of Rowan University. This time, Glassboro is a college town with a difference, as both municipal and university officials are quick to emphasize.
October 11, 2013 |
LA SALLE University officials announced they will consider laypersons for the president's job for the first time in the school's 150-year history. The board of trustees recently approved changes to the university's bylaws allowing for greater flexibility as it seeks to replace Brother Michael J. McGinniss, who will step down in May after 15 years as president. Board Chairman William Sautter said yesterday the declining number of candidates from the Christian Brothers religious order made the change necessary.
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.
October 7, 2013 |
After spending nearly two years renovating a vacant Walnut Hill property, a student-housing developer and landlord hopes to entice denizens of University City to move deeper into West Philadelphia with discounted rental rates and free rides to class. About 30 apartments in the 127-unit Croydon Hall Apartments at 241 S. 49th St. will be available for lease beginning in January, said Scott Orens of Philadelphia-based Orens Bros. Real Estate Inc., the property's owner. With the $10 million renovation, the building will have a fitness center and bike storage and apartments with dishwashers, garbage disposers, and air conditioning, Orens said.
October 4, 2013 |
Real estate developers keep moving into University City as the neighborhood continues to evolve as a desirable place to live and work, according to a report issued Wednesday by an area civic group. More than 6.6 million square feet of commercial or residential real estate is under construction or planned for the area, according to "The State of University City 2013/2014," produced by the University City District. Though opinions vary on neighborhood boundaries, the district defined its borders as the Schuylkill, 50th Street, Spring Garden Street, and Woodland Avenue.