July 16, 2014 |
A NONPROFIT KNOWN as the William Penn Development Coalition filed an injunction Friday with the state Supreme Court to stop the school district's sale of William Penn High School to Temple University. The community coalition - composed of neighborhood groups in North Philadelphia's Yorktown section, area business leaders, William Penn alums and educators - claims the School Reform Commission blocked its attempts to buy the high school, on Broad Street near Master. The filing states that the coalition began the process of purchasing the property in the fall for "community use including a mixed use of retail and a training academy in the high demand fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
July 10, 2014 |
Independence Blue Cross has partnered with Philadelphia University to augment its in-house innovation program. Employees of the health insurer can attend a four-week customized leadership program, "A Primer on Innovation," developed by Philadelphia University. The coursework, which leads to a certificate, can be applied to a master's degree at the university, the insurer said. So far, 1,000 IBC employees have participated in some aspect of innovation training and, as a result, developed Independence IQ, an educational game used to acquaint consumers with the federal Affordable Care Act. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-2769 @JaneVonBergen www.inquirer.com/jobbing
July 10, 2014 |
The board governing Pennsylvania's 14 state universities on Tuesday approved a 3 percent tuition increase for 2014-15. Under the plan approved by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's board of governors at its meeting in Harrisburg, full-time in-state students this fall will pay a base tuition of $6,820 a year, a $198 increase from the $6,622 they paid last year. Overall, tuition, fees, and room and board for an in-state student will be $18,500 for 2014-15, up from about $18,000 this year.
June 22, 2014 |
A proposal for the University of Pennsylvania to divest its $7.7 billion endowment from tobacco stocks died Friday without a vote by the board of trustees. Board chairman David L. Cohen said tobacco does not qualify as a "moral evil" - a criterion for divestment under Penn's policy - even though it causes serious health problems. "Let me be clear," Cohen said on the floor of the trustees meeting on campus Friday, "I am no friend of tobacco. I don't use tobacco products. I've never used tobacco products.
June 18, 2014 |
DREXEL University closed on the purchase of University City High School yesterday, netting the school district $21.1 million after closing costs and after paying off a few outstanding loans. Drexel's plans for development of the 14-acre parcel, however, are contingent on the passage of Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell's zoning bill this week, which would lift restrictions clearing the way for the university's latest venture. In an interview yesterday, Blackwell said she is confident her bill will pass Thursday, City Council's last session before summer break.
June 17, 2014 |
The story of Lincoln University's beginnings routinely highlights the benevolent white Presbyterian minister who founded the first degree-granting institution for African Americans. The Rev. John Miller Dickey started the historically black university in Chester County. James Ralston Amos and his brother, Thomas Henry Amos, were students, among the first to graduate. But in a retelling that shakes up a 160-year history, Cheryl Reneé Gooch, a dean at the school, elevates the Amos brothers' contribution.
June 11, 2014 |
THE COUP in Thailand has led to a perhaps unintended consequence. Miss Universe Thailand has resigned less than a month into her reign. Call it a coup d'tiara. Weluree Ditsayabut , 22, tearfully announced yesterday that she was giving up the title that would have allowed her to compete in the international Miss Universe pageant. The actress and former talk-show host said that she was initially pleased to have won the title in what was viewed as an upset, but that the hail of brutal comments on social media blasting her outspoken political views and calling her fat had hurt her family.
June 10, 2014 |
DR. PAUL J. FINK admitted to feeling a bit uneasy. There he was with 100 community leaders at an anti-crime summit in Graterford prison, sitting across from 100 inmates who were unlikely ever again to see the light of freedom. To get to the chapel, where the meeting was held, Fink and his group had to follow guards through the many clanging gates and locks that served as a stark reminder of what it must be like to be shut away for life. But to Dr. Fink's relief and satisfaction, the inmates were just as eager as the community leaders to find answers to what was happening to young people outside in the violent streets.
June 10, 2014
MALVERN PREP QB PICKS PITT Malvern Prep junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook committed to the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday, taking to Twitter to make the announcement. "Very excited and humbled to announce that I have committed to play football at the University of Pittsburgh," Hornibrook tweeted. The 6-4, 205-pounder threw for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns last season on an offense that relied heavily on stud running back Troy Gallen (Delaware), who rushed for 1536 and 19 scores for the co-Inter-Ac champion Friars (tied with Haverford School)