May 2, 2016
Two New Jersey universities pay their commencement speakers sums much higher than their peers across the region, according to an Inquirer survey. Rutgers University is paying $35,000 to veteran journalist Bill Moyers for speaking at its New Brunswick commencement ceremony May 15. (President Obama, who will be the featured speaker, did not accept the invitation until after Moyers had been announced. He will not be paid.) Kean University's undergraduate and graduate commencement speakers will both be paid $40,000.
April 23, 2016
"One fine day, in a fit of euphoria, after he had picked up the telephone and taken an order for zero-coupon bonds that had brought him a $50,000 commission, just like that, this very phrase had bubbled up into his brain. On Wall Street he and a few others -- how many? - three hundred, four hundred, five hundred? - had become precisely that ... Masters of the Universe. " - "Bonfire of the Vanities," Tom Wolfe Donald Trump, a man about town in Manhattan, doubtless fancies himself a Master of the Universe.
April 23, 2016 |
The city's Commission on Universal Pre-K issued its final report to the mayor and City Council this week, with recommendations for how to expand pre-K to 3- and 4-year-olds in Philadelphia. Many of the recommendations will likely be adopted in Mayor Kenney's final pre-K plan, given that he appointed several of the commission's members, including his own director of pre-K. The report notes that the majority of the group recommends a sugary-drink tax to bring in the $60 million a year that Kenney says he needs for the program.
April 21, 2016 |
Swiss insurer Zurich Insurance Group has acquired the 2.0 University Place office building near 41st and Market Streets for $420 a square foot - among the city's highest purchase prices ever for a commercial property. Zurich paid $41.3 million Tuesday for the five-story building in a deal that also commits the company to completing up to $1.8 million in interior construction work, developer Scott Mazo said. Mazo invested $31 million in the 98,000-square-foot eco-friendly office project at the largely untested western edge of Philadelphia's University City neighborhood.
April 16, 2016 |
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Cooper University Hospital $55,000 for allowing employees to be exposed to needle-stick injuries and bloodborne pathogen hazards, the agency said Thursday. OSHA also said the Camden hospital failed to train carpenter-shop employees on the hazards of methylene chloride, a cancer-causing chemical in an adhesive used to fasten laminate to countertops. Cooper also failed to monitor employees exposed to the chemical, according to OSHA.
April 14, 2016 |
Thanks to a fashionable collaboration between Philadelphia University and the East Falls Historical Society, we have yet another reason this spring to celebrate our city's most beloved princess. Each floor of the university's Paul J. Gutman Library houses a slice of the sweet exhibit "The Swan: Grace Kelly and a Century of Bridal Fashion. " Thirteen ensembles are featured in "The Swan," but a replica of the dreamy, lace gown Kelly wore the day she married Prince Rainier of Monaco - April 19, 1956 - is meant to be the sartorial draw.
April 11, 2016 |
Faculty members at 14 Pennsylvania state universities have opted against going on strike this school year, despite frustrations over ongoing contract negotiations, the union representing them announced Saturday. If there is no progress at the bargaining table, members could take a strike authorization vote either over the summer or in September, the Association of Pennsylvania State Colleges and University Faculties (APSCUF) said in a statement. "In the end, my colleagues believed that a strike at the very end of the semester would unfairly burden students and their families," the union's president, Kenneth M. Mash, said in the release.
April 9, 2016 |
When Rebecca Kolodziejczak left her full-time job as a hairstylist to become a full-time student at the University of the Arts - specializing in wood crafts - some thought the transition strange. She disagreed. "Manipulating hair is just like manipulating any other natural material. That's all we're doing," said Kolodziejczak, 29, who will graduate with her bachelor's degree this year. "We're worried about balance, composition, aesthetics, style, functionality. All of those things cross over.
April 7, 2016 |
Several City Council members want Mayor Kenney to add an income cap to his universal prekindergarten program to ensure it benefits the city's poorest residents. "Fundamentally, I'm trying to understand why we're subsidizing people who can afford to pay for slots," Council President Darrell L. Clarke said at Tuesday's budget hearing. "It's not normally what . . . government does. " Otis Hackney, the mayor's director of education, said low-income families would have priority under Kenney's plan because the city would draw from the list of families living below 300 percent of the federal poverty line first.
April 7, 2016 |
Vickie and Jack Farber, longtime supporters of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, are giving the Center City institution $20 million to expand the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience. The institute, which was founded in 2002 with a $10 million lead gift from the Farber Family Foundation, will unite Jefferson's departments of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, and neuroscience, said Robert Rosenwasser, president of the institute. "It breaks down the silos that exist in every university and every medical center," said Rosenwasser, who also is chair of neurological surgery at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.