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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.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
The University City Science Center, a 51-year-old business incubator in West Philadelphia, has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for a new program to help start-ups get to commercialization. Phase 1 Ventures will vet technologies that have moved beyond initial proof-of-concept stage, provide management and other project-development resources, and help arrange financing. It will draw on the participation of a range of experts - in science and technology, academia and industry, as well involve entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
NEWS
October 14, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sister Maureen McGarrity, a longtime educator with a doctorate in microbiology, was inaugurated Sunday as the fifth president of Holy Family University. McGarrity, 68, the institution's former provost, took office July 1 after the retirement of Sister Francesca Onley, who had served as president for more than three decades. Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, celebrated the inauguration Mass in the Nazareth Academy High School chapel.
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
AS PRINCIPAL of Universal Bluford Charter School, Crystal Gary-Nelson saw about 6 percent of her students missing daily last year. That's a pretty low number, but one she wants to improve upon. The issue, she said, was not so much truancy, but sickness. "For us, if I can just keep my scholars in school healthy, that's a bonus for us," the second-year principal said. One of the problems is "kids being sick for a prolonged period of time and it going untreated. " To help address the issue, the West Philadelphia school and the seven other schools run by Universal Companies now have a full-scale health center, a hybrid between a school nurse and a doctor's office.
NEWS
October 6, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a bleach-white laboratory on the fifth floor of an austere building at Thomas Jefferson University, Matthias J. Schnell plays with biological grenades. Schnell is a microbiologist who specializes in filoviruses - the microorganisms that cause hemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola. For more than a decade, he has been working on vaccines to prevent the kind of tragedy now ravaging thousands of people in West Africa. "Filovirus research was a very unimportant field," said Schnell, director of the Jefferson Vaccine Center.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Universal Health Services Inc., of King of Prussia, paid $335 million for Cygnet Health Care Ltd., which owns 15 behavioral health facilities and two nursing homes in the United Kingdom, UHS said. Alan B. Miller, chairman and chief executive of UHS, called the deal an excellent opportunity. "Over 90 percent of the patients are National Health Service contracts," Miller said of Cygnet's customer base and referring to Britain's system of socialized medicine. "There's more," Miller said.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the eve of a scheduled bankruptcy auction for the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel, lead bidder Glenn Straub was mum on whether he thought his $90 million stalking-horse bid would face any competition. But Straub, a Florida investor who specializes in buying properties out of bankruptcy or other financially distressed situations, elaborated on his seemingly quixotic plan to create an elite university in the former Revel tower. "I want the geniuses of the world to have an opportunity not to be geeks, not to have to grow up in a dormitory room and be geeks.
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