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January 24, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Council President Darrell L. Clarke said Thursday that he wants to see Philadelphia's universities give more to its struggling school system - and not just to schools in their shadows. Clarke, speaking on the first day of a new Council session, did not offer specifics, but said conversations were taking place to "formalize" how universities support local schools. "My preference is actually having them commit the resources, be it in personnel support, be it real hard dollars, or be it in other initiatives," he said.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Radnor Property Group is scheduled to top off Wednesday a 25-story apartment tower, 3737 Chestnut, one of several high rises going up in University City to cater to graduate students and young professionals who want to rent near the Penn and Drexel campuses. Wayne-based Radnor Property developed the $95 million project in an unusual partnership with the nonprofit Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. As part of the complex deal, the Episcopal Cathedral will reap income and new space, company founder David Yeager said.
NEWS
December 29, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
George D. Murphy, 85, a retired English professor at Villanova University, died Monday, Dec. 22, of pulmonary complications at Roxborough Memorial Hospital. Known for his wit and stylish dress, Mr. Murphy began teaching at the Catholic university on the Main Line in 1954 and retired 46 years later, in 2000. But he kept his hand in teaching, offering literature classes to fellow retirees at Cathedral Village in Philadelphia, the retirement community where he lived. "He was very engaging," said daughter Karen Murphy Cain.
NEWS
December 25, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Helen F. Giles-Gee, the first African American and first female president of the University of the Sciences, has resigned after 21/2 years, the university announced Tuesday. Her resignation, which came as the 2,800-student campus was preparing to close for winter break, is effective next Wednesday, the university said. Giles-Gee was not available for comment, said university spokesman Brian Kirschner, who described the president's departure as a "personal decision. " "At this time, and after serious reflection, I have decided to leave University of the Sciences.
NEWS
December 24, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
WHEN UNIVERSITY of the Sciences students return from winter break, they will have a new president. The university yesterday announced the resignation of Helen Giles-Gee after 2 1/2 years. Giles-Gee, who became the school's first female president and 22nd president overall when she assumed the post in July 2012, will step down Dec. 31. Board of Trustees chairman Marvin Samson will serve as interim president. "At this time and after serious reflection, I have decided to leave University of the Sciences," Giles-Gee wrote in a statement.
REAL_ESTATE
December 22, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Doylestown homeowners Stacey Starcher and her husband, Bob Carlson, updated their master bath with elements of universal design - and liked the result so much they redid the rest of the bathrooms in the house. Their master bathroom had sported a whirlpool tub that had come with the 22-year-old house. Contractors and homeowners are ripping out these monsters, since they present a fall risk to baby boomers and the elderly. "Universal design" promotes and adopts ideas that work safely for an older customer but aren't obvious.
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE FISCAL health of Cheyney University, the nation's first historically black university, has deteriorated for five years and could worsen without immediate state intervention, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said yesterday. An audit released by DePasquale shows that the university has a $12.3 million deficit as a result of bad debt, declining enrollment and decreasing revenue from state aid, tuition and fees. The school projects an additional $5.5 million deficit this fiscal year.
SPORTS
December 6, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Garret Kerr has been among the best Division II basketball players in the country, but he added something to his glossy resumé Thursday - a giant-killing three-pointer against a Division I program. Kerr took a pass from teammate T-John Casiello and drilled a high-arching three from the right wing with 2.1 seconds left to give the University of the Sciences a 54-52 win over Drexel in a stunner at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. It was the first time the 6-foot-4 senior from Middle Township, N.J., and the son of former Flyers star Tim Kerr, played against a Division I team, and the first win by the Devils over Drexel in 10 games.
NEWS
November 30, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Several universities, most recently the University of Massachusetts Amherst, have cut ties with Bill Cosby over allegations that he sexually assaulted women, but Temple isn't one of them. University spokesman Ray Betzner repeated Friday that Cosby, 77, a Philadelphia native who attended Temple, remains a member of its board of trustees, a post he has held since 1982. But calls are increasing for the Philadelphia university to take another look at its beloved benefactor and longtime public face, a man who for decades has worn Temple sweatshirts proudly and who featured the school flag on episodes of The Cosby Show . A change.org petition started by Kerry Potter McCormick, a Manhattan lawyer and 2005 graduate, calls on Temple to sever ties with Cosby, who has been accused over a period of years by 20 women - at least 10 by name - many of whom contend he drugged them.
NEWS
November 26, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY president Robert Jennings resigned yesterday amid criticism over comments he made about sexual assault earlier this semester. The university announced Jennings' departure in a statement from board of trustees chairwoman Kimberly Lloyd. A university spokeswoman said the resignation is immediate, but she would not provide a reason. Valerie Harrison, the school's general counsel, will serve as acting president while the trustees look for a long-term replacement.
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