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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.
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Gov. Christie isn't the only one gearing up for a presidential campaign. Over a recent nine-day span, Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray, whose work is usually confined to New Jersey, released surveys of voters in six states where Tuesday's midterm elections could swing control of the U.S. Senate to Republicans for President Obama's last two years in office. Murray says the polling blitz - of Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Georgia, on top of 11 other surveys he released in October - presents a challenge that will test his models.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Liberty Property Trust plans to spend $900 million putting up Comcast 's second tower over the next three years. That works out to about $600 a square foot to build. Last week, the owners of 2.0 University Place, a year-old green-roofed building west of the Drexel campus, put it up for sale at $46 million, or $469 a square foot. That's not quite as much as the Comcast tower - but roughly three times what the city's dominant landlord, Brandywine Realty Trust , was paying for central Philadelphia office towers just a few years back.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Citing falling enrollment, sluggish fund-raising, and a turnover in staff, the faculty union at Lincoln University this week took a vote of no confidence in the school's president, according to several people with knowledge of the matter. The vote came about five months after the university's alumni association voted no confidence in Robert R. Jennings, who has presided over the historically black university since January 2012. "Overall," said Robert Ingram, president of the 700-member alumni association, "there's a loss of confidence in his ability to lead the university at a very critical time for colleges and universities in America" - especially historically black colleges and universities.
NEWS
October 24, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Greg Cuprak was able to salvage a few chunks of coal. The facilities manager at West Chester University put them in a small box - for posterity - and took them to a celebratory event on campus Wednesday. The university was formally decommissioning its coal-fired boiler plant, which for more than 50 years provided steam heat for the campus. It was replaced by a more-efficient geothermal system. The old anthracite plant hasn't been used since May, Cuprak said. But officials wanted to make sure the new system was working perfectly before they made the formal switch.
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