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May 9, 2009 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Private colleges got closer to their fall enrollment targets this week, thanks to a finish-line spurt in student sign-ups, but in this tough economic climate, the schools had to put out more in financial aid to bring freshmen in. Many colleges spent the admissions season worrying whether they could fill their ranks with the same number and quality of students as last year, given the financial problems families are facing. Some schools are heavily dependent on tuition to pay their bills.
NEWS
April 3, 2009 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Maria Eugenia Gama Olivan immigrated to the United States 10 years ago, language separated her from her profession. She was a nurse in Mexico. Now she cleans dorm rooms at Ursinus College. Gama Olivan was just the kind of person a group of students on the Collegeville campus had in mind when deciding to help others chip away at a wall. "English is power," Ursinus senior Carolina Contreras said. "Being able to share it means a lot. " So the students, mostly Latino and human-rights activists, started a class that puts a twist on the classic student-teacher paradigm.
NEWS
January 2, 2009
Adults can do more I worked in the School District of Philadelphia for 11 years, the last five as the director of behavioral health. Reading about the district's renewed commitment to zero tolerance and the practice of expulsion prompted me to write. In managing the district's behavioral-health emergencies, my staff and I found that behind virtually every student in distress was a story that left our hair standing on end, incredulous that the student was making it to school at all and had held things together for so long.
NEWS
April 28, 2008 | By Sandy Bauers INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Inside her Ursinus College lab, biology professor Rebecca Roberts dons rubber gloves and watches as her students inject spleen samples from mice with a reactive substance. It's part of Roberts' eight years of work on bisphenol A, an ingredient in plastics ranging from reusable food containers to eyeglass lenses to CDs. It's also part of her life as a mom: Many baby bottles contain BPA. "I wholeheartedly believe there are serious concerns with this compound," she says, thoughtfully fingering a test tube partly filled with the white, powdery substance.
NEWS
April 28, 2008 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Inside her Ursinus College lab, biology professor Rebecca Roberts dons rubber gloves and watches as her students inject spleen samples from mice with a reactive substance. It's part of Roberts' eight years of work on bisphenol A, an ingredient in plastics ranging from reusable food containers to eyeglass lenses to CDs. It's also part of her life as a mom: Many baby bottles contain BPA. "I wholeheartedly believe there are serious concerns with this compound," she says, thoughtfully fingering a test tube partly filled with the white, powdery substance.
SPORTS
April 15, 2008 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
The top players from the region's small colleges will be honored by the Herb Good Basketball Club on Monday. Nick Shattuck of Ursinus College yesterday was named the Philadelphia-area player of the year. He and seven others will be honored as the all-Philadelphia-area team. They are: Ed Braswell of Cheyney; Matt Byrnes of Rowan; Keith Dundas of the University of the Sciences; Dante Blanton-Holcombe of Lincoln; Malcolm Ingram of Philadelphia University; Ian McCormick of Swarthmore; and Michael Sturns of Holy Family.
NEWS
July 11, 2007 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gladys C. Pearlstine, 88, a civic-minded dynamo who infused energy and perspective into social and educational issues in Montgomery County, died Monday of cardiac arrest at Bryn Mawr Hospital. A longtime resident of Collegeville, she moved to the Quadrangle in Haverford in 1992. She was the widow of Raymond Pearlstine, a prominent Norristown lawyer, who died in 2000. After graduating from Ambler High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1940 from the University of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
February 23, 2006 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lois Murphy took her congressional campaign to Ursinus College yesterday and announced her plan for ethics and lobbying reform. Before 25 students in a political science class, Murphy said that if elected, she would accept no travel or gifts from lobbyists, nor would she meet with them in secret. Murphy is seeking the Democratic nomination in the Sixth Congressional District, now represented by Republican Jim Gerlach. The two squared off in 2004 in what was one of the closest congressional contests in the country.
NEWS
December 21, 2005 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Richard P. Richter, 74, president emeritus of Ursinus College, died Friday of lung cancer at the Frederick Mennonite Retirement Community near Schwenksville. Mr. Richter headed Ursinus from 1976 until 1994. He earned a bachelor's degree from the college in 1953 and 12 years later joined the faculty as an English instructor and alumni secretary. He was offered a position, his daughter Karen said, after a college administrator admired his writing style in a commentary piece he wrote for the alumni magazine.
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