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February 28, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite President Obama's focus on the soaring costs of a college education, area universities are poised to raise their prices again in excess of the core rate of inflation. Costs at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014-15 will exceed $60,000 for the first time under a fee increase announced at the board of trustees meeting on Thursday. That's a 3.9 percent increase over last year's overall tuition, fees and room and board. Several other private colleges and universities around the region also have set their cost increases for next year, ranging from a low of 3 percent at Swarthmore College to 4.4 percent at Immaculata University.
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February 27, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Faced with an $8.7 million shortfall in its revenue projections, St. Joseph's University has cut budgets campuswide and is planning to increase enrollment for next year's freshman class, causing consternation on the 8,860-student campus along City Avenue. The situation at St. Joseph's is part of a struggle that private universities are facing as high school enrollment declines and pressure mounts to reel in tuition costs. Students say they plan to protest outside a meeting of the board of trustees at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in McShain Hall.
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February 22, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first ticket for illegal parking was slipped onto the black Nissan Altima's windshield on Feb. 10 outside Peco headquarters at 23d and Market Streets. On Valentine's Day, the car was blocking snow removal, so it was towed to 30th Street just south of Market, behind the former post office and near where university students gather along a line of popular food trucks. Snow fell, covering the car's windshield. Through the tinted windows, it was almost impossible to see inside.
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A still-fractured Pennsylvania State University came together Monday in perhaps its most unified showing since the child sex-abuse scandal erupted, as its board of trustees unanimously voted to hire a new president. Eric J. Barron, a climatologist with 20 years' experience at Penn State who most recently served as president of Florida State University, will start on or before May 12. "I hope the winds of change are blowing in the form of a renowned climatologist named Eric J. Barron," said university trustee Anthony Lubrano.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Terry Adkins, 60, a University of Pennsylvania art professor whose works have been exhibited at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art and elsewhere, died of heart failure Friday, Feb. 7, at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Adkins lived there with his wife and two children, and also kept an apartment in Philadelphia, where he taught at Penn's School of Design. A native of Washington and the oldest of five children, Mr. Adkins was exposed to the arts early. His father, Robert, was a singer and organist, and his mother, Doris, played piano and clarinet.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
CASEY ICHNIOWSKI was an esteemed economist with numerous research papers behind him and a teacher highly regarded by his students, but when it came to fantasy football, he could trash talk with the best of them. "His fantasy-football opponents were awed by his moves and his good-natured trash talk," his family said. A graceful shortstop in high school, Casey never lost his love of sports, even when he became a distinguished professor and researcher at Columbia University. " 'Casey at the Bat' may have failed, but the brothers and teammates of our Casey know that he was the one player you wanted in the clutch," his family said.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ironworkers are getting ready to hang more steel high above University City - and not just on the several large hospital and undergraduate housing jobs now in progress. At 3601 Market St., the University City Science Center broke ground on a 28-story, $110 million, 364-apartment tower it hopes will attract engineers and founders of companies to live near the science center's offices and laboratory blocks. Brandywine Property Trust plans 260 high-end apartments for its $341 million, 47-story FMC Tower at 30th and Walnut Streets.
SPORTS
February 10, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Monica Schacker (Germantown Academy) scored a game-high 19 points and Bria Young (Prep Charter) posted 18 points and 10 rebounds as Philadelphia University (15-5, 13-0) picked up its seventh straight win, besting host Post (8-12, 8-6) in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference game. Gwynedd Mercy 109, Cairn 29 - The host Griffins (11-10, 8-4 CSAC) won their third in a row as Chandler DiFebbo (Phoenixville) scored a game-high 18 points. Amie Eppolito (Pennsbury) had 16 for the Highlanders (1-18, 1-12)
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
REGINA LEWIS' idea of a good time was to catch a play at the Walnut Street Theater, a concert or dance at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts or Robin Hood Dell, any venue that featured R&B and soul music - or reading her Bible at Bright Hope Baptist Church. Regina had eclectic taste in the performing arts, from the down-home rhythms of the Philadelphia Sound to ballet. And she was a student of the Bible at the famous North Philadelphia church. Regina Lewis, who worked 35 years at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in various supervisory and management positions, died Jan. 14 of complications of breast cancer at the age of 56. "She was a warm, loving person," said her daughter, Kimberley Lewis.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
HOLY FAMILY University announced yesterday that president Sister Francesca Onley will retire in June after 32 years leading the Northeast Philadelphia school. Onley, who was the longest-tenured university president in the city, was inaugurated as the school's fourth president and chief administrative officer in 1981, the university said. "I feel so privileged to have been able to play a role in Holy Family's tremendous transformation from a college to a university, from a small, local private school to one with students from other states and other countries," said Onley, a 1959 graduate of the school.
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