Where have all the parent volunteers gone? Post-proms, spring fairs, struggle on
Across Lancaster County, PTOs, the Girl Scouts and youth sports organizations are having trouble finding volunteers. Carol Auster, professor of sociology at Franklin & Marshall College, says, in part, that “in a society that tends to measure success in terms of one’s achievements in the workplace ... fathers and mothers alike may be working long hours and have less time and energy to be parent volunteers.”
Does Price Influences College Choice?
In 10 days, it will be May 1, a day hundreds of thousands of college applicants must send deposits to the colleges of their choice to keep their place. It also is the last day to receive a refund from most schools if a student has made a deposit but changed his or her mind. To look at the strategies colleges use and see how this important and difficult decision is made, the columnist spoke with one student and her parents who shared her college experiences. Franklin & Marshall is one of six colleges that accepted the featured student and one of her top choices.
Lafayette's leader takes to Twitter
Lafayette College President Alison R. Byerly is one of few local college presidents who regularly tweet. Other local presidents active on Twitter include Stephen Spinelli (@spinelliS) of Philadelphia University; Karen Stout (@drkastout) of Montgomery County Community College; Daniel Porterfield (@danporterfield) of Franklin and Marshall; and Michelle R. Howard-Vital (@CheyneyUPres) of Cheyney.
Jane Goodall spreads message of environmental warning and hope before 2,700 at F&M College
Jane Goodall, who showed us that chimpanzees are more like humans than we thought possible, stood before 2,700 people at a full Mayser Gymnasium at Franklin & Marshall College Friday and spread a message of hope for the planet, despite all the horrible things people are doing to it.
The Rapture of the Nerds
A new religion seeks to store memories for centuries and bring its believers into a world where our souls can outlive our selves. While it may not seem like a new idea that people are broadcasting their innermost thoughts to outer space, technology has always played a role in shaping religious practice and belief. “Technology does feel and smell and look and act like a God, at least sometimes,” says John Modern, a Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin & Marshall College. “So it’s certainly logical that someone would see the power of technology and locate their faith in it.”
SAT unveils 'intense' changes in test questions
The College Board, which oversees the SAT, rolled out Wednesday changes to give students and educators an idea of how the admissions test will change in two years. A leader at Lancaster's Franklin and Marshall College - one of about 30 in Pennsylvania that does not require standardized tests for admission - praised the overhaul. Julie Kerich, director of admission, said, in part, "I think it's going to be more knowledge that you learn vs. strategies that you can figure out."
How to make a White House Summit more than a photo op
American Public Media (APM) Marketplace
More than a dozen business school deans gathered at the White House Wednesday to talk about how to make the workplace work better for women and people with families. The meeting was in advance of a bigger Working Families summit coming up in June. The White House has held summits on everything from job creation to food marketing to diversity in the tech industry. One way to make the events more than a photo-op is for organizers to ask for specific commitments, as the White House did when college presidents gathered to talk about expanding opportunity for low-income students. “So just that one project alone – clearly there’s been some great momentum from the convening in January,” says Daniel Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall College, one of 10 schools that pledged scholarships after the summit.
A Good Start
Real Clear Politics
The latest syndicated column by F&M's Terry Madonna and co-writer Michael Young says that the hotly contested Democratic primary is finally moving into high gear. Over the next several weeks, Pennsylvania voters will be treated (if that’s the word) to a veritable barrage of political ads, press releases, debates and other assorted arcana of political campaigns heading for the wire.
THE NEW ENERGY PARADIGM: Inside Democrats' Plan to Oust Pennsylvania's Governor
Tom Corbett is proud of Pennsylvania's fracking boom, and the Republican governor hopes secure a second term in office. Democrats have other plans: They think they can use the boom—or rather, Corbett's handling of it—to oust the incumbent. Late March polling by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College shows that just 5 percent of Democratic voters list energy issues as the most important thing facing the state's voters today. The same poll suggests that schools are a top priority. "The Democrats have made a big deal of the severance tax because most of them want to use it for education funding," said G. Terry Madonna, head of Franklin & Marshall's Center for Politics and Public Affairs.
College graduation season fast approaching
From a well-known TV journalist to a three-star general, Lancaster County’s colleges will host a diverse group of commencement speakers as graduation season gets underway next month. George Stephanopoulos, host of "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" and anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America," will deliver Franklin & Marshall College's commencement address.
New students get the lay of the land at MU orientation expo
Across Lancaster County, institutions of higher education are preparing to welcome many of those young people. Franklin & Marshall College, according to Daniel G. Lugo, vice president, dean of admission and financial aid, said his school received 5,465 applications this year."We admitted 2,050 applicants and we plan to enroll 610 first-year students," he reported.
Bookends: Poet/activist performs at F&M
In her memoir, “The Other Side of Paradise,” Staceyann Chin wrote of growing up poor and parentless in Jamaica. After immigrating to Brooklyn, she co-wrote and performed in the Tony Award-winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway and presented one-woman shows off-Broadway to rave reviews. Now Chin’s coming to Franklin & Marshall College for “Take Back the Night” April 17 at Barshinger Center for Musical Arts.
Sabrosa Mexican Grill: Where taste meets wellness
Sabrosa Mexican Grill, a new Mexican-style grill restaurant, recently opened at College Row on Harrisburg Avenue, right across from Franklin & Marshall College and next to CVS. It's the first of what owner Jay Andreassi hopes to be a multi-location dining concept, with future spots on Long Island and in the Hamptons.
Worth the Effort?
Inside Higher Ed
Library directors at selective liberal arts colleges may this fall found a new open-access publishing house. Pamela Snelson, college librarian at Franklin & Marshall College, is quoted.
Jane Goodall coming to F&M
Primatologist Jane Goodall, whose landmark studies of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania revolutionized primate research and conservation efforts, will discuss threats facing chimpanzees and other environmental crises — and her reasons for hope — at 7 p.m. April 18 in Mayser Gymnasium at Franklin & Marshall College. "Jane is the world's most preeminent wildlife biologist and conservation advocate," Sarah Dawson, director of the Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment and event organizer, said in a press release.
Gender pay gap worse in Lancaster
Across the United States, women earn less on average than men do. In Lancaster County, the gap is much greater than most places. Several factors are contributing said Antonio Callari, the head of the economics department at Franklin & Marshall College and director of the Local Economy Center research group. They include the mix of jobs available in the local economy, as well as “a certain type of cultural conservatism in the area,” he said.
Wolf TV ads not leading to much campaign cash
The Morning Call
Tom Wolf's self-funded strategy of peppering airwaves with thousands of campaign commercials to win the Democratic primary for governor has helped him gain popularity among voters. But that strategy has not helped open many checkbooks. After saturating the state with commercials, Wolf's approval rating is 26 percentage points higher than his closest competitor, Schwartz, according to a Franklin & Marshall College poll released last week. "I thought money would have poured in because he has such a big lead," said G. Terry Madonna, the F&M pollster. "Those were the rumors in the political circuit."
Making the "Right" College Choice
In his latest column, F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield offers advice to prospective college students about how to find the right college for them.
Partisanship: El Salvador's Growing Threat
World Policy blog
In what has become a long fight over alleged voter fraud, the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front won the Salvadoran presidency for the second time in history. This political opposition and increased partisanship threatens El Salvador’s democracy, according to Van Gosse, historian and professor at Franklin & Marshall College.Support for El Salvador’s government during their civil war was the U.S.’s biggest military commitment between the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, Gosse says.
Shrinking pool of high school grads causes local colleges to adapt
While many colleges and universities are experiencing falling enrollment as the pool of high school graduates shrinks nationwide, some local institutions are casting a wider net for students and marketing their strengths. “While we have no trouble meeting our forecasts, we’re keenly aware of the changing national demographics,” said Daniel Lugo, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at Franklin & Marshall College. F&M freshman Andrea Martinez of Austin, Texas, talks about why she chose F&M.
The Needs: The Slowest Way to Draw a Lute
Doctoral student Evelyn Lamb writes about attending a talk by Professor of Mathematics Annalisa Crannell of Franklin and Marshall College called "Math and Art: the good, the bad, and the pretty." She talked about how mathematical ideas of perspective show up in art and how it can help us create and appreciate art.
The red-hot selfie: What does it say about us and our world?
The selfie, the "ubiquitous self-portrait snapped with an outstretched arm holding a cellphone and then posted on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram" is how we see ourselves today, says Carol Auster, a sociology professor at Franklin & Marshall College. Auster says the phenomenon taps into our desire to document and share what we are doing with others and makes use of advances in technology.
Wolf Still Leads the Pack
Tom Wolf continues to lead the pack seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for governor in the May 20 primary election. A Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College poll of registered Democratic voters shows Wolf well-ahead with 33 percent. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz trails at 7 percent, state Treasurer Rob McCord posted 6 percent and former state Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty is at 4 percent. "This is one of the most successful introductions of a candidate that we've seen," said pollster G. Terry Madonna said of Wolf's series of biographical television commercials.
Pa. gubernatorial hopeful: I can still win
U.S. Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz was leading a crowded Democratic field in the Pennsylvania primary contest for governor until York businessman Tom Wolf entered the race. Schwartz has seen her substantial lead collapse over the rest of the field. In March, polls from Franklin & Marshall College and Harpers shows Wolf leading Schwartz by 27 and 26 points, and her campaign team is changing its strategy.
Bringing Low-Income Students Into STEM Education
In his latest column, F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield talks about the Posse Foundation and its five-year scholarship initiative to educate 500 low- or moderate-income students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines at 10 leading American colleges and universities, including Franklin & Marshall. "Powered by $70 million of investment from the colleges and the Posse Foundation, this project should be cause for celebration across the country, but especially in the cities from which the scholars will be drawn like Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston and New York," Porterfield writes. "Future generations may well recognize this project as an important turning point in American higher education."
"Angels in America" at F&M's Roschel theater
F&M Professor of Theatre Carol Davis talks about directing the Franklin & Marshall production of “Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches,” which opens Thursday at the Roschel Performing Arts Center.
Martin Named Provost at Franklin and Marshall College (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
World News Network
Joel W. Martin, vice provost for academic personnel and dean of the faculty, has been named provost and dean of the faculty atFranklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., where he chaired the department of religious studies from 1996 to 2000.
Democratic candidates for governor to square off in Lancaster debate
If you’d like to know more about the four Democrats who want to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett in the fall election, mark your calendars for May 1. The four candidates will debate the issues at a forum in Lancaster jointly presented by PennLive/The Patriot-News, WGAL-TV, Lancaster Newspapers and Franklin & Marshall College. A media panel will pepper the candidates with questions during the 90-minute session, moderated by G. Terry Madonna, director of Franklin and Marshall’s Center for Politics & Public Affairs.
Lancaster Newspapers partners up to host Democratic gubernatorial forum
All four gubernatorial candidates in the Democratic primary — state Treasurer Rob McCord, former Department of Environmental Protection secretary Katie McGinty, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and former state revenue secretary Tom Wolf — will participate May 1 in a 90-minute forum streamed live from Franklin & Marshall College. “We are excited about having the gubernatorial candidates on campus to share their views with the F&M community and the wider audience,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics & Public Affairs, who will serve as moderator.
GOP's US House control got help from Pa. Democrats
Associated Press/Titusville Herald
The Pennsylvania map — designed by Republicans to increase their congressional delegation from 12 to 13 in the 2012 election — was called “the worst gerrymander in modern Pennsylvania history” by Franklin & Marshall College political scientist G. Terry Madonna. But the GOP got help from an unlikely source: Democrats.
Lancaster County celebrities have small degree of separation from Kevin Bacon
Franklin & Marshall College graduates Treat Williams (Class of ’73) and the late Roy Scheider (Class of ’55) have close connections to actor Kevin Bacon according to the rules of the popular game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." Scheider was in “Still of the Night” with Meryl Streep, who shared the screen with Bacon in “The River Wild.” Williams appeared in “Mulholland Falls” with John Malkovich, who was in “Queens Logic” with Bacon.
On Parenting: KIPP gives the old college try to its graduates, watching over their success
Some 42 colleges in 13 states and Washington, D.C., including Franklin & Marshall College are partnering with KIPP, the nation’s largest and best-known charter school network, to get students to and through college. KIPP and several other educational organizations show students how to study and help them handle challenges with the assistance of mentors and advisers.
Commencement Speakers Announced: Berkeley College, Cal State Fullerton, Daemen, FIT, Franklin & Marshall, Lesley, Meredith, Pomona, Randolph, Seattle Pacific, Tulane, UC Irvine
Inside Higher Ed
Franklin & Marshall is included in this list of colleges and universities that have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2014.
Resistance - and the many forms it takes - is subject of Holocaust Conference
Resistance — whether in the form of uprisings, underground movements, religious objections or aid and rescue of victims — is the major theme of the 33rd Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide at Millersville University. Franklin & Marshall College students, faculty and staff also remembered the Holocaust with a 24-hour name-reading vigil starting Tuesday evening in the atrium of Steinman College Center.
'Non-politician' leads Democratic race for Pennsylvania governor
In just a few months, a multimillion-dollar ad campaign has helped propel Democat Tom Wolf to the front of the field ahead of the May 20 primary. The race has attracted national attention in part because Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is considered the most vulnerable incumbent governor in the country. "Tom Wolf is the non-politician in a world of record disdain for politicians," said F&M's Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, in part, explaining the candidate's popularity.
This story was published in many other news outlets including 1330 WBHL, Sheboygan's Morning News (Wisconsin).
Old mill dam field in Lancaster County is crucible for newest tool to clean up the Chesapeake Bay
Two Franklin & Marshall researchers will be part of an effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, in part by removing old "legacy" sediment in East Lampeter and restoring streams to their original floodplains. The latest on the project was revealed Monday when more than 1,300 members of The Geological Society of America's northeastern section gathered for a three-day meeting at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square.
College Counselors: The Unsung Heroes of American Education
As college admission letters arrive in mailboxes all across the country, F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield takes time to thank college counselors, "those tireless educators and advocates who propel our students forward." He shares notes to and from high school counselors who helped soon-to-be graduates chart their course to F&M.
Here's what colleges look for in commencement speakers
Franklin & Marshall College has announced that George Stephanopoulos will deliver its Commencement address this year. The host of "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" and anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America" certainly has name recognition, but that's not necessarily what colleges are after when looking for speakers. At F&M, Deborah Martin, director of protocol and events, says a committee looks for people who embody "creative leadership or distinctive accomplishment in scholarship, arts and letters, or the professions, or (show) service to humanity of national or international significance." Martin also shares some stories about past Commencement speakers.
Digging Into The Roots Of Gender Differences
WBUR 90.9 Boston
Seven experts on chimpanzee behavior, led by Elizabeth V. Lonsdorf of Franklin & Marshall College and including the world-famous primatologist Jane Goodall, have published a paper in Animal Behaviour that finds that human sex differences in childhood are primarily the result of biological, evolutionary mechanisms.
This story was published by a number of other NPR affiliates including KUOW.org.
Hate politicians? Give 'em a break, professor says in book
If you dislike politicians, you may not want to read Stephen K. Medvic’s “In Defense of Politicians.” But Medvic, associate professor of government at Franklin & Marshall College, would want you to read it, writes this reviewer. “Politics resolves conflict peacefully and, if for no other reason, should be considered a noble activity,” Medvic says, in part.
VIDEO: Jay Paterno's candidacy could bring Penn State-Jerry Sandusky case to Pennsylvania politics
Jay Paterno, son of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno, is running for Lt. Governor and his candidacy could dredge up Governor Tom Corbett's role in sexual abuse case. F&M's Terry Madonna provides analysis.
Geologists to meet at the junction of the northern and southern Appalachians
Geoscientists from across the northeastern U.S. and beyond will convene at Franklin & Marshall College this month to discuss new science, expand on existing science, and explore the unique geologic features of the region. Topics include service learning in the geosciences, gaining a greater understanding of Mars, and abandoned mine drainage remediation. F&M's John Williamson Nevin Professor of Geosciences Roger Thomas is among the presenters.
Interactive: How Influential Is Your School?
For the next three weeks, many American universities will be measured up exclusively by the strength of their basketball programs. TIME has devised an alternate way to score schools: by the influence of their alumni. Use this interactive link to compare two colleges. Franklin & Marshall is among the schools included in the group.
F&M taps Stephanopoulos for commencement speaker
Associated Press/San Antonio Express
Franklin & Marshall College has chosen George Stephanopoulos as its commencement speaker. The Lancaster college said Monday that the host of "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" and anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America" will deliver its commencement address May 10.
This AP story was published in dozens of other news outlets across the country including the Washington Times, Burlington County Times and the Albany Times Union.
George Stephanopoulos will be Franklin & Marshall's commencement speaker
George Stephanopoulous, host of "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" and anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America," will deliver Franklin & Marshall College's commencement address at 10 a.m. May 10.
Some Democrats wonder: Can anyone stop Tom Wolf?
Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, the York businessman who began the race relatively unknown, is now the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, fueled by a $3.2 million barrage of television ads that began Jan. 30 and continues. Independent public polls have shown he leads among registered Democrats, but primary turnout could be a concern. F&M's Terry Madonna provides analysis.
Reforms could fix big mess
Voter frustration with Washington is mostly misplaced, writes Stephen K. Medvic, associate professor of government at Franklin & Marshall Colllege in this guest op-ed. "The problem, to the extent there is one, is not caused by misbehaving elected officials" Medvic says, in part. "It's the result of a constitutional and political system that is designed to create majorities in separate branches of government and, at the same time, to make it nearly impossible for those majorities to govern. In this respect, ours is unlike nearly any other democratic system in the world."
This story explores the three-year journey of Lina Bernstein, Franklin & Marshall professor of Russian and comparative literature, who traveled to Mumbai to research little-known Russian artist Magda Nachman and found herself in the drawing rooms of Mumbai's elite.
Hanger quitting Democratic race for Pa. governor
State government veteran John Hanger has dropped out of the race for Pennsylvania governor, acknowledging that front-runner Tom Wolf 's non-stop TV campaign had left the Democrat "no path to victory." The story cites a Feb. 26 Franklin & Marshall College Poll that found 48 percent of Democratic voters were undecided and 36 percent were backing Wolf.
This Associated Press story also appeared in the Seattle Post Intelligencer and Lewistown Sentinel.
Peers Providing Support to Vulnerable First-generation Students
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
A growing number of colleges and universities, including Franklin & Marshall College, are accelerating efforts to identify, recruit, retain, graduate and track the professional success of students who are the first in their families to attend college. The story spotlights F&M College Prep -- the College's three-week college life immersion program for underserved high school students -- and the partnerships F&M has forged with the Posse Foundation, KIPP and College Match to find low-income and first-generation students who are well matched to the scholastic competitiveness of other students at F&M. "There's an urgency to build pipelines of college success to far more low-income students attending our educational institutions," F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield says, in part.
Oka Asian Fusion to open March 19 at F&M's College Row
The restaurant at College Row, the retail strip at Franklin & Marshall College, will offer seafood, rice and noodle dishes, sushi, tempura, an oyster bar and other Japanese fare.
Flamenco Festival Casts a Net Over Philadelphia
Elba Hevia y Vaca, artistic director of Pasion y Arte, has organized the second Philadelphia Flamenco Festival. She also is a professor of dance at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. The festival includes master classes to seminars to the classic Carlos Saura film, Blood Wedding.
Op-ed: New SAT Is College Board's Answer To Greater Student Opportunity
Are we doing all we can to propel America’s students into college and career opportunities? So asked College Board President David Coleman as he outlined an ambitious, multi-pronged “opportunity agenda” that will define the future work of the 114 year-old non-profit organization known primarily for its iconic SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) exams, writes Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield in this op-ed. As both a college president and one of at least 20 College Board trustees who work in higher education, Porterfield says he see "enormous promise in this agenda."
The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul
New York Times Magazine
The College Board has announced a major overhall of the SAT. This story details the process that the organization and its president, David Coleman, underwent to make make meaningful changes to the test in response to some of its harshest critics. Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield talks about his own discussions with Coleman. Porterfield, who is now a board member of the College Board, said he saw Coleman as uniquely “using the College Board to serve society as opposed to the College Board serving its own position.”
F&M professor points to long history between Ukraine and Russia
WITF Morning Edition
Tensions remain high in the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea after Russia took over a key strategic location in the Ukraine last weekend. Franklin & Marshall College Assistant Professor of Russian Studies Jon Stone says the countries have an extensive history. "A number of people who consider themselves Russian were settled into places that all of a sudden became independent countries and it's caused conflicts in the Baltics, and to a lesser extent, in the Caucuses," Stone says, in part.
Bringing Money to Politics: A Job for a Pro
Alaska Public Radio Network
Alaska’s U.S. Senate race is shaping up to be a big-money affair. One hidden asset the campaigns deploy is the professional fundraiser. Sen. Mark Begich and the Republican front-runners hoping to unseat him all list professional fundraisers in their campaign finance reports. Stephen Medvic, associate professor of government at Franklin & Marshall College, says there’s little evidence fundraising consultants actually reap more than a campaign would raise on its own.
How to get the most out of college tours
Guidance counselors and prospective students say campus visits are a crucial part of the college search process. Daniel Lugo, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Franklin & Marshall, notes that at F&M, students are tour guides, and College Houses are student-governed. Lugo recommends that students think of the college and financial aid applications as “parallel” processes. “This saves time and reduces the risk of missing deadlines,” he explains.
See also: Lancaster Newspapers: Consider dining options on campus, too
Too often students tour campuses without looking into the dining options offered. The dining hall at Franklin & Marshall College boasts a separate room offering vegetarian, kosher, ethnic and organic foods.
Richard Nixon & the Foundation of a Modern Presidency
CSPAN American History TV
In his 1971 State of the Union address, President Nixon announced a sweeping re-organization of the executive branch and created what became known as the Ash Council. Five new agencies -- including the EPA and the Office of Management and Budget-- emerged following the Ash Council’s recommendations to create "a foundation for the modern presidency." F&M alumnus and former Ash Council executive director Andrew Rouse discusses the council’s behind-the-scenes work during an interview filmed at Franklin & Marshall College.
Theoretical reflections on dystopian consumer culture: Black metal
This article by Jeff Podoshen, associate professor for business, organizations and society at F&M, Vivek Venkatesh of Concordia University, Canada, and F&M junior Zheng Jin, examines aspects related to the dystopic consumption and production of the musical and performance art form known as black metal. "Steeped in anti-Christian motifs, surrounded by a history of violence and brutal imagery, black metal is an extreme metal art form that has been growing steadily in popularity throughout Europe, South America, and the United States," the article says.
Lancaster Oscar Ties
David Shirk, a graduate of Garden Spot High School and a New Holland native, is up for an Oscar in best visual effects for his work in “Gravity.” This is not the first time Lancaster County has brushed up against the Oscars. Franklin Schaffner, a 1938 graduate of McCaskey High School and a 1942 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, won an Oscar for directing George C. Scott in “Patton” in 1970. Roy Scheider, another F&M grad, was nominated for two Oscars, including best supporting actor in 1971 for “The French Connection” and best actor in 1979 for “All That Jazz.”
Democrat Tom Wolf leads other candidates in Pennsylvania governor race
Lebanon Daily News
A trio of poll results show York County businessman Tom Wolf in front of six other candidates seeking to unseat Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. Polls released this week by Franklin & Marshall College, Quinnipiac University, and Harper Polling were especially disheartening for Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who led previous polls. F&M poll director Terry Madonna credited the change to Wolf's aggressive television commercial campaign, which started several weeks ago.
GOP Governor Tom Corbett Trails Each of His Democratic Challengers
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett remains deeply unpopular among voters in the state and trails each of his potential Democratic challengers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. The Quinnipiac poll comes the same day as another Pennsylvania poll showing Wolf handily winning the Pennsylvania Democratic primary. That survey, conducted by Franklin & Marshall College, found Wolf leading Schwartz, his closest Democratic rival, by a margin of 36 percent to 9 percent.
EDITORIAL: Easing the Middle Class’ Financial Aid Burden
The Cornell Daily Sun
At a student assembly meeting, Cornell University President David Skorton identified a weakness in the University’s financial aid policy: the availability of aid to middle-income students. Other universities have attempted to combat this middle-income problem by implementing student loan relief programs to limit the amount of debt such students are taking on. Franklin & Marshall College implemented a pilot program in 2012 that capped federal loans for qualifying students at $10,000 over their four years of college and replacing loans above that amount with grants.
Wagner, Paterno, wild cards in top Pa. contests
Associated Press/San Francisco Chronicle
At the 11th hour, two men with better-than-average name recognition jumped into as candidates for the Democratic nominations for Pennsylvania governor and lieutenant governor. Jack Wagner, a former state auditor general, and Jay Paterno, a son of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, revealed their intentions during the petition filing period, which is unprecedented, according to Terry Madonna, a pollster and public affairs professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.
Pitt not included in White House initiative
The Pitt News
Nine Pennsylvania colleges were invited by the White House to support low-income students striving for a college education. Pitt was not among them, but the University says that it still aims to help prospective students who struggle financially. Franklin & Marshall was among the Pennsylvania schools that participated in the event.
10 things to know today about U.S. presidents, their office
On Presidents Day, Lancaster Newspapers asked two political science professors what you should know about the presidents and what they do. Adam Lawrence, an associate professor in Millersville University’s Department of Government and Political Affairs and Stephen Medvic, an associate professor in the Department of Government at Franklin & Marshall College weighed in.
Gifts to Colleges Hit $33.8-Billion, Topping Pre-Recession Levels
Chronicle of Higher Education
Record giving to higher education is back, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the Council for Aid to Education. The largest growth was in donations from alumni. F&M is included in a searchable table with this story.
Pennsylvania's Evolving Governor
Real Clear Politics
Opponents call it "flip-flopping," but "changing positions” might be a more neutral description, write F&M's Terry Madonna and co-writer Michael Young in their latest syndicated column. Politicians' preferred locution today is "evolvement" as in "my views have evolved on that question.” Consequently, they never acknowledge flip-flopping, of any sort, and only rarely admit they have changed their minds about anything.
Thoughtful theater at area colleges
Thought-provoking theater takes the stages of two area colleges this weekend. F&M College's Department of Theatre, Dance and Film will present “Sincerity Forever,’’ an adult-oriented satire that asks deep questions. “I wanted to direct a comedy, but one that the actors and audiences could sink their teeth into,” says Foley Sherman, director and visiting assistant professor of theatre at the college.
City bike share proposal presented, made subject of study
Bikes may be available outside Lancaster’s Amtrak station or near Central Market as early as spring 2015 as part of a new bike share program. With the swipe of a credit card at a streetside kiosk residents of cities with similar programs can check out a bicycle, ride to their destination and return the bike to another, nearby kiosk. Franklin & Marshall College is one area that has been identified for a future bike station.
In Governors’ Races This Year, Lessons for 2016
The New York Times
Three years after stripping public employee unions of the right to collectively bargain, Gov. Scott Walker began this election year by introducing workers who had found jobs since he took office. Walker is one of eight new Republican governors facing re-election who swept into office in 2010 in states that President Obama won two years earlier, driven by the Tea Party. Pennsylvania is the Rust Belt state where Democrats have the greatest prospects. Gov. Tom Corbett, who secured approval for a transportation law that finances bridges and highways has failed to advance other parts of his agenda, and has a job approval rating of just 23 percent in a recent Franklin & Marshall College Poll.
Economic Diversity at High-End Colleges
The Central Premise (blog)
Very competitive colleges can create a more economically diverse student body if they make up their minds to do it, the writer says in this blog post published by the Central Bank. The New York Times Opinionator published a piece about how Franklin & Marshall in Pennsylvania managed it — and how it benefited more people than the college even expected.
Oka Asian Fusion to open in mid-March at Franklin & Marshall's College Row
A new Japanese restaurant, Oka Asian Fusion, is slated to open in mid-March at 721 Harrisburg Ave. The restaurant at College Row, the retail strip at Franklin & Marshall College, will feature seafood, rice and noodle dishes in addition to sushi, tempura, an oyster bar and other Japanese dishes.
Newsman recalls his ticket to ride with the Beatles
Larry Kane, a longtime Philadelphia news anchor, talked about his experiences covering the Beatles during an event at Franklin & Marshall College. Kane didn’t think much of the group at the time, he told several dozen students at New College House: He was sure they’d be “here in September, gone by November.”
Parents becoming essential to college admissions, recruiting teams
Some parents are more involved in their kids’ college than one might think. Risa Doherty — who volunteers as a parent at Franklin & Marshall College, believes this is a “win-win” for all colleges that have adopted these methods. It’s also easier to be visible and build camaraderie at a small school, says Alan Freisleben, another Franklin & Marshall parent volunteer.
Tackling Hunger On Campus
Chronicle of Higher Education: Tenured Radical (blog)
Claire B. Potter, professor of history at The New School for Public Engagement, New York, writes about a New York Times opinion piece that recognizes Franklin and Marshall College’s efforts to recruit and retain lower- income students. Potter describes the College as "a thoughtful place" where professors take care with their students and administrators who respond to the needs of all students and faculty. She lauds the College in particular for helping students who may not be able to afford to travel long distances on breaks or to buy what for many are basic necessities.
2014 Shaping Up Roughly for Republican Governors
U.S. News & World Report
A recent F&M College Poll showing a low approval rating for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is mentioned in this story about Republican governors facing challenges as they seek reelection. The poll found that only 23 percent of voters thought that Corbett deserves re-election.
9 Non-Academic Things To Look For In A College
Huffington Post: Her Campus
There are many other factors that have nothing to do with academics that you should consider when choosing a college, this columnist writes. Shira Kipnees, a junior at Franklin & Marshall College, says she looked into religious life at the schools she was interested in. “I am Jewish, so it was important to me that there were places I could keep kosher or ways to celebrate holidays on campus with other Jews,” she says.
JOHN L. MODERN Secularism in Antebellum America
New Books in Religion
In his book "Secularism in Antebellum America," F&M Associate Professor of Religious Studies John L. Modern presents readers with a complex narrative that examines the vocabularies, ways of reasoning, and social expectaions that enabled people to engage “True Religion,” accoding to this review. Modern employs secularism as an analytical lens to examine different aspects of modernity, especially whether people defined themselves as religious or not.
The Opinionator: Improving Economic Diversity at the Better Colleges
The New York Times
Last month, the presidents of 80 colleges and universities including Franklin & Marshall convened at the White House to discuss ways to get more capable low-income students to and through top colleges. It’s an important topic — especially as concerns sharpen over slowing rates of social mobility in the United States, writes columnist Peg Tyre. The story features F&M as a prime example of a college getting it right. Six years ago, F&M had one of the least socioeconomically diverse campuses. That’s changed: for the last three years, 17 percent of the incoming freshman class has consisted of low-income students, more than some of the most highly competitive colleges with endowments three or four times the size of Franklin & Marshall’s. The lower-income students are doing well, too. They have roughly the same G.P.A. and retention rate as their more affluent peers. President Daniel R. Porterfield says that rather than proving to be a risk, increasing the number of low-income students “has actually improved the long-term health of the college. Donnell Butler, senior associate dean for planning and analysis of student outcomes, and first-year student Coleman Kline also are quoted.
Former PHS Standout Levy Paying His Dues, Taking Reserve Role for F&M Men’s Hoops
Town Topics (Princeton)
In an interview with his hometown paper, first-year F&M student and basketball player Lior Levy talks about adjusting to the college game and learning from F&M coach Glenn Robinson, the most victorious coach in NCAA Division III history (863 wins and counting).
Corbett campaign has $7.5 million for upcoming governor's race
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s re-election campaign has $7.5 million cash on hand after raising $6.8 million in 2013. Corbett can conserve those funds since he faces no serious primary challenger, but Franklin & Marshall's Terry Madonna says the governor will need that money to turn around lackluster public approval numbers ahead of the general election.
The Local Flavor: Espresso yourself with these local joes
F&M alumnus Scott Smith, one of the owners of Lancaster County Coffee Roasters, talks about all things espresso. Smith, a 1996 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, didn’t have his first cup of joe until his college years.
The Fix’s top 15 gubernatorial races of 2014
The Washington Post
Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is still the most vulnerable governor in America, according to a Franklin & Marshall College Poll out this week. The poll showed only 23 percent of voters said Corbett has performed well enough to deserve a second term.
G. Terry Madonna talks about Gov. Tom Corbett and the F&M Poll
Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is seeking a second term in the Pennsylvania governor's mansion this year. But public-opinion polls, including the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, have consistently shown his job-performance ratings are low. Poll director G. Terry Madonna joined Lancaster Newspapers for a Google+ hangout. Watch his discussion with political reporter Karen Shuey here.
Poll: Majority in Pa. support gas drilling
Associated Press/Houston Chronicle
A significant majority of people in Pennsylvania support the boom in Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College Poll, but many also have concerns about its environmental impacts.
F&M poll: Corbett out of step with voters
A Franklin & Marshall College Poll showed that only one in four voters surveyed believe Gov. Tom Corbett deserves to be reelected. Poll director G. Terry Madonna said the survey reflects a clear disparity between what the governor has been able to deliver to voters and what regular folks say they want. Most respondents said devising an economic plan to bring new jobs to the state is the most important issue that should be addressed. Other pressing statewide matters, residents said, include improving public education, protecting the environment and fixing roads and bridges.
See full poll results: January 2014 Franklin & Marshall College Poll
Miami Scholars Explore Career Paths
Posse Miami Quarterly
With assistance from the Posse Career Program, scholars across the country are researching and applying for summer internship opportunities. Last summer, Posse Miami Scholars Cristina Diaz a sophomore at F&M, spent her summer as a teaching assistant and mentor for the Franklin & Marshall College Prep Program.
Staff Editorial: GW needs real affordability goals
George Washington University President Steven Knapp met with higher education leaders and President Barack Obama at the White House Jan. 16 to brainstorm ways to make college more affordable. If Knapp really wants to make a GW degree attainable for low-income students and their families, he should take steps similar to other top-tier schools such as Franklin & Marshall College, which pledged to expand its financial aid budget by 10 percent next year, write the editors of this student newspaper.
22 Top Squash Players Working In Finance
Business Insider Australia
During the week of the prestigious J.P.Morgan Tournament of Champions squash in Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall, Business Insider Australia highlights talented squash players on Wall Street. The list includes UBS exec Aashish Kamat, an F&M alum who was a national champion in India.
Alex Shear, a Collector of American Kitsch, Dies at 73
The New York Times
When F&M alumnus Alex Shear died in New York at 73 this month, he left behind a collection widely described as one of the largest of pop-culture artifacts in private hands. Shear became a department store buyer and product designer after receiving a degree in accounting from F&M.
The 30 Most Influential Out Washingtonians
F&M alum and former Trustee Ken Mehlman, global head of public affairs for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in Washington, D.C., is included in this list of the 30 most influential Washingtonians who are openly gay. Mehlman, 47, served as campaign manager of President Bush's 2004 reelection and as chairman of the Republican National Committee. In 2010, he publicly revealed he was gay and began advocating for marriage equality. Mehlman earned his law degree at Harvard and a bachelor's degree at Franklin & Marshall College.
The Captain's Steps (Blog)
First-year F&M student Ashlynn Sarubbi writes about her determination to excel as a member of her high school step team, drawing on advice from her absentee father, who was killed when Ashlynn was 9.
Align rankings with access
President Obama brought more than 100 college presidents to the White House Jan. 16 for a daylong summit promoting college access. At the summit, colleges pledged to improve opportunities for low-income students. Franklin & Marshall College committed to boost its financial aid budget by 10 percent; Yale promised to increase by 50 percent the number of low-income students admitted through the QuestBridge program (the University is also a QuestBridge partner school).
Why the White House Summit on Low-Income Students Matters
The Chronicle of Higher Education
This opinion piece supporting the White House Summit on College Access Jan. 16 mentions the promises colleges have made to increase access to higher education, including Franklin & Marshall's commitment to raise its financial aid budget by 10 percent.
Obamas host summit to help low-income students go to college
Christian Science Monitor
President Obama and the first lady brought together leaders in higher education to push programs that could help lower-income students succeed in college. The ticket for their entry: A public commitment to specific efforts in 2014 to forward that goal. About 100 such initiatives were announced Thursday. While colleges need to improve graduation rates, particularly for disadvantaged students, “We have to attack the myth that low-income kids cannot succeed in college,” said Daniel Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall College. The Franklin & Marshall board decided to shift much of its aid away from merit aid to better support need-based aid, increasing its share of students on federal Pell Grants for low-income students from 5 percent to 17 percent in recent years. Among those lower-income students, 98 percent have persisted beyond their freshman year, Mr. Porterfield said.
F&M president on White House education panel today
Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield told participants Thursday at a Higher Education Summit at the White House, "We have to attack the myth that low-income kids cannot succeed in college. The core reality is that low-income kids are a collection of assets and talent and striving and drive. They're not a collection of pathologies that have to somehow be remediated constantly." Porterfield was part of a panel discussion leading off the daylong summit in Washington, D.C. The gathering brought together more than 100 higher education leaders for the purpose of developing and launching a plan to increase college opportunities for low-income and disadvantaged students.
Can legalizing pot win the governor’s race?
Philadelphia City Paper
The voters who packed a candidates’ forum in November will have a big say in May’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. Unsurprisingly, all five candidates up on stage played to the crowd, harshly criticizing Gov. Tom Corbett’s cuts to public education and his refusal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. But it was candidate John Hanger who electrified the activists, when he issued a call to reform the state’s marijuana laws. F&M's Terry Madonna provides analysis, saying in part, “it’s hard to believe that young voters will be energized in such numbers to make a difference in the primary."
White House Highlights How Groups Have Pledged to Improve Access
Chronicle of Higher Education
The more than 100 "commitments" that colleges, nonprofit groups, and foundations will make at a White House higher-education summit on Thursday will help hundreds of thousands of low-income students obtain a college degree, a top adviser to President Obama said on Wednesday. In a call with reporters to preview Thursday's event, Gene B. Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, highlighted a few of the pledges that the 100 colleges and 40 organizations attending the event will announce. Franklin & Marshall's commitments are listed in a document linked from this story.
See also: Commitments to Action on College Opportunity
Commit, Connect, Engage: How College and University Presidents are Using Twitter
140 characters. Infinite possibilities. Eduventures interviewed a variety of college and university presidents who are active on Twitter to research how they used the medium to communicate with their constituents, as well as to garner their advice to others who are considering jumping in. Franklin & Marshall President Daniel R. Porterfield says, in part, authenticity is key to success on this informal medium, but authenticity comes in many forms. "Find your own voice, and think about the role you want the medium to play in your relationship with your students, staff, and alumni."
Poll: View of Christie unchanged despite scandal, but he's not out of woods just yet
Philadelphia Business Journal
Despite the controversy surrounding Gov.Chris Christie last week after emails surfaced concerning lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, the governor seems to remain unscathed, a national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows. F&M's Terry Madonna provides analysis, saying, “We’re living in a world in which there’s been no direct way to implicate the governor personally. As long as that remains the case and there’s nothing that comes out of these other investigations, [it will be] reflective of the polling numbers.”
Obama working to mobilize outside coalition of groups to promote White House agenda
Faced with challenges with Congress and a constrained budget, President Obama and his top aides are increasingly working to mobilize an outside coalition of corporate, nonprofit and academic groups to promote White House economic and social policies. The strategy will be on display Thursday as the White House holds a summit with more than 100 college and university presidents, who will promise to enroll more low-income students and ensure that they graduate. The conference will feature leaders such as Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield, whose school has nearly doubled its financial aid to first-year students over the past five years and more than tripled the number of incoming students who are eligible for Pell grants during the same period.
See related blog post: The Washington Post: Post Politics: Obama promises to use a ‘pen and a phone’ to push his agenda
The Truth About Standardized Tests: How They Affect Your College Application
As the Class of 2014 submits the last of their college applications, much of the focus is around who will get in where, and if there will be historically low admissions rates again this year. But most don't realize this time of year is the prime test-prep season for underclassmen. October of senior year is a popular time for students to take the ACT or SAT. This column by an admissions counselor mentions F&M among institutions that are SAT-ACT optional.
Opening a second front on the War on Poverty: Stephen K. Medvic
In this guest op-ed, Associate Professor of Government Stephen Medvic argues in part that if more Americans understood the basic facts about anti-poverty programs, there would be more support for enhancing the nation’s social safety net. "Success in the War on Poverty, like victory in all wars, requires widespread public support. Ultimately, this battle will not be won until the American people are fully committed to ending poverty in the United States."
We've fallen short on the War on Poverty - here's why: Antonio Callari
In this guest op-ed, F&M Professor of Economics Antonio Callari argues in part that "to fight a war against poverty in an environment of unemployment, or underemployment and lower wages, is like going up against a too-well-entrenched enemy." Callari says he war on poverty could arguably have yielded much better results had it operated in a full employment environment.
'Into the Woods': Sondheim musical staged at F&M College
Franklin & Marshall College sophomore Charlotte Wynn will direct "Into the Woods," which is being put on by the student-run F&M Players at the Roschel Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 16-18. Wynn discusses the play, which was written by F&M grad James Lapine and is about the world of fairytales before and after the "and they lived happily ever after." F&M students Hannah Weissler, Josh Chopak and Kelsey Prakken also are mentioned.
Blue and White of Duke’s Pep Band Gets a Touch of Gray
The New York Times
Duke's University's alumni pep band performs when the Blue Devils travel to neutral-site games in major cities or at home games when the student band is on winter break. The alumni band recently performed at Madison Square Garden. F&M Associate Professor of Psychology Meredith Bashaw, Duke class of 1997, and a flutist, is featured.
Gerlach unexpectedly puts seat into play
Daily Local News
Six-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach announced Monday he will not seek reelection this year, citing Washington's political gridlock. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College, said the announcement came “out of the blue” but said gridlock has been an issue for several others who have decided to resign from politics.
Nothing can make local triathlete John Hargreaves quit, not even a heart stoppage
In this profile, F&M alumnus John Hargreaves talks about how he developed a passion for running and fitness when he was a student at F&M. That passion has endured even as Hargreaves recovers from cardiac bypass surgery. At F&M In 1974, Hargreaves received the Garrigues Award, which was presented to the most outstanding college athlete of that year. In 2010, Hargreaves was inducted into the Franklin & Marshall Hall of Fame for track and cross country.
Experts look ahead to state, national politics in new year
As the new year began, three political experts: Franklin & Marshall College political scientists Stephen Medvic and G. Terry Madonna and Muhlenberg College political analyst Chris Borick, made a few predictions about what political issues in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., will grab headlines in 2014.