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January 27, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
When the Borough of West Chester wanted to set up a program for local leaders, Mayor Carolyn Comitta's first thought was that she might need to go to Philadelphia to find the expertise West Chester needed. Then the mayor realized she should do what she often tells others to do: try West Chester University. Soon a faculty member from the Center for Contemplative Studies was leading a three-month program in stress reduction for community leaders. And because he used the project as a research study, it came at no charge to the borough, Comitta said.
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January 13, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Thomas Edison State College has been granted New Jersey state approval to become Thomas Edison State University, the school announced Monday. "We wanted to change the name to reflect the stature and complexity and growth, and particularly at the graduate level, that's occurred over the last seven or eight years," George A. Pruitt, the school's president, said. "And so the name college wasn't really an accurate representation. " The Trenton-based school caters exclusively to adults, and is known for work on "prior-learning assessment," translating nonacademic work - such as skills acquired in the workforce - into college credit.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
The community colleges in Burlington and Gloucester Counties, having formed partnerships with nearby Rowan University, took a step Monday to further intertwine their schools. The presidents of Rowan College at Burlington County and Rowan College at Gloucester County said their schools would work with Rowan University to create bachelor's degree programs in which the first three years are offered by the community colleges. The program could begin as early as this fall. The cost of attending community college for three years is about equal to one year at Rowan University, the presidents said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'Star Wars' No. 1 in history Look, I warned you this would happen, but you went to the movie anyway. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the highest-grossing movie in North America since the Declaration of Independence. On Wednesday, the pic, which stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega , Harrison Ford , Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver , surpassed Avatar 's $760.5 mil lifetime gross, and did it in a mere 20 days (now, that's really using the force). EntBiz bits HBO prez Michael Lombardo tells John Horn , host of NPR's The Frame , that the second season of True Detective failed because he rushed writer-creator Nic Pizzolatto . The author, he said, needs time to gestate ideas naturally.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2016 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
Can Kamala Khan help save the world - or at least help make it more peaceful and understanding? Don't laugh. As fear of Islamic extremists has risen in the United States following recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., the first Muslim character in mainstream superhero comics to carry her own title is growing in popularity. Ms. Marvel , the character's alter ego, has been a consistently best-selling title in an increasingly crowded marketplace still dominated by decades-old characters.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2016
Jackson Browne Jackson Browne is a true folk-rock road warrior. He spent much of 2015 crisscrossing the country with his six-member backing band, recently plowing through 55 U.S. tour dates in less than four months. After a month off, Browne hits the road again this week. But this time out, he's taking things down a few notches, accompanied only by his guitar and piano for a monthlong solo acoustic tour that kicks off Saturday in Atlantic City. The 67-year-old singer-songwriter will undoubtedly play some songs from his latest album, the well-received Standing in the Breach CD (his 14th, in case anyone's still counting)
NEWS
December 29, 2015
CHESTER COUNTY Dinniman is honored by West Chester University WEST CHESTER State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester) was awarded West Chester University's President's Medal for Service last week. Dinniman, a longtime faculty member at the university, was recognized for leadership and service to the school and students. "Like public service, part of the joy of teaching is having the opportunity to work with a diverse group of individuals from all walks of life," he said in a statement.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2015 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
The merger of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University will create an academic empire spread over more than 100 acres in Center City and in East Falls. Jefferson sits on 13 acres in the heart of the city; Philadelphia University's rambling ground occupies 105 acres in a leafy patch in the city limits. But the union of the two campuses is about more than real estate, said the two CEOs who brokered the deal. "It's not an infrastructure play, it's an opportunity play," said Philadelphia University president Stephen Spinelli Jr. "The synergies are huge.
NEWS
December 19, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker and Martha Woodall, STAFF WRITERS
In a deal that would join two fast-evolving institutions, Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University on Thursday announced a preliminary agreement to merge. The deal, expected to close by the end of June, could boost Philadelphia University's profile in the competitive Northeastern U.S. market for undergraduates, giving some a straighter shot at Jefferson's medical school. Jefferson, which has announced plans to merge with two hospital systems since 2014, would see its enrollment nearly double and its academic programs expand.
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