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Composting initiatives fall by the wayside due to regulations, ‘disappointing circumstances’

Composting initiatives fall by the wayside due to regulations, ‘disappointing circumstances’

Investigative News Editor, Kathryn Nicolai
April 21, 2017
Filed under Investigative News, NEWS, Top Stories, Top Stories

A 2015-16 Sustainability Initiatives pamphlet published by Dining Services lists food composting as the first of many environmentally friendly efforts; however, the University has not partaken in any such composting since May 2012, according to General Manager of Resident Dining John Cummins. In...

Investigative News: University cost increases by 3.9 percent to $67,136 for the 2017-18 academic year

Investigative News: University cost increases by 3.9 percent to $67,136 for the 2017-18 academic year

Kathryn Nicolai, Investigative News Editor
April 13, 2017
Filed under Investigative News, NEWS, Top Stories, Top Stories

The University’s new enrollment cost of $67,136 for the 2017-18 academic year was announced in a letter sent to University students’ families this past February. The new cost is a comprehensive fee that includes tuition, the student government fee, and standard room and board. The $67,136 price is...

Investigative News: “Fair Districts” plan aims to end gerrymandering in PA, engage students along the way

Kathryn Nicolai, Investigative News Editor
April 6, 2017
Filed under Investigative News, NEWS

The unfair practices of state legislatures through redistricting and gerrymandering was discussed alongside potential reform by Professor of Economics Christopher Magee and Esquire Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Suzanne Almeida at the forum titled, “Reforming the...

The overwhelming role of donations in athletics

Kathryn Nicolai, Investigative News Editor
March 30, 2017
Filed under Investigative News, NEWS

The University offers a variety of sport programs for students within the categories of varsity, club, and intramural. The success of all programs is reliant on funding from both the University and outside sources. The 27 varsity sport programs on campus receive funding allocated from the University’s...

Investigative News: In an inherently exclusive Greek system, are all walks of life welcome?

Kathryn Nicolai, Investigative News Editor
March 9, 2017
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The nature of Greek life at any university is inherently exclusive—fraternities and sororities alike have capped membership numbers that allow them to admit only a select number to their organizations each year. The question of inclusivity, however, hinges on a multitude of factors, several of which...

Investigative News: Anti-Vietnam, anti-interventionism, anti-apartheid, anti-sweatshop, and anti-discrimination: How activism has evolved on campus over half a century

Investigative News: Anti-Vietnam, anti-interventionism, anti-apartheid, anti-sweatshop, and anti-discrimination: How activism has evolved on campus over half a century

Kathryn Nicolai, Investigative News Editor
March 2, 2017
Filed under Investigative News, NEWS, Top Stories, Top Stories

In the wake of an unprecedented presidential election and President Donald Trump’s new administration’s contentious actions, campus has witnessed a spur of politically-driven student activism. However, examining the University’s history of organized action reveals the undeniable trend of student...

Trans-inclusive efforts on campus contrast trans-exclusive efforts in the nation

Trans-inclusive efforts on campus contrast trans-exclusive efforts in the nation

Kathryn Nicolai, Investigative News Editor
February 23, 2017
Filed under Investigative News, NEWS

The implementation of gender-neutral restrooms at the University is a topical and controversial issue being advanced by students, staff, and faculty on campus. Though specific implementation efforts at the University currently await any concrete decision, the debate has recently resurfaced to national...

Investigative News: High impact: Student-athlete concussions get high-priority, NCAA-mandated care

Kathryn Nicolai, Investigative News Editor
February 16, 2017
Filed under Investigative News, NEWS

Concussions are a prevalent topic of conversation among all athletes, especially those who play at the collegiate level. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur in sports and recreational activities annually, not including a vast number...

Students entrusted with managing $1.7 million of University endowment in competitive two-semester course

Kathryn Nicolai, Investigative News Editor
February 10, 2017
Filed under Investigative News, NEWS

Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) is a two-semester course within the School of Management’s experiential programs offered to juniors and seniors on a selective basis who manage over $1.7 million of the University’s endowment. The course is co-taught by management professors Curtis Nicholls...

Investigative News: University opts not to be labeled a ‘sanctuary campus’

Kathryn Nicolai, Investigative News Editor
February 2, 2017
Filed under Investigative News, NEWS

University President John Bravman sent an email on Jan. 19 to the University community addressing “sanctuary campuses,” a topic that has gained traction in the past two months as an outcome of the recent presidential election. Bravman stated that the University did not need the label of a sanctuary...

Investigative: NYT reports that more University students are from the top one percent than the bottom 60 percent

Kathryn Nicolai, Investigative News Editor
January 26, 2017
Filed under Investigative News, NEWS

Economic Mobility Hindered by Limited Access to Higher Education The New York Times reported on a recent study on Jan. 18 titled “Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility” published by The Equality of Opportunity Project. The study ranked the University sixth of 38 colle...

Impact of 2015 Phi Kappa Psi suspension still felt by former members

Impact of 2015 Phi Kappa Psi suspension still felt by former members

Caroline Fassett, Investigative News Editor
December 1, 2016
Filed under Investigative News, NEWS

In May 2015, the University and Phi Kappa Psi National Headquarters reached a joint decision to effectively dissolve the Pennsylvania Gamma Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity for a minimal period of four years. Dean of Students Amy Badal said that, following a student conduct hearing as well as various...

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