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F&M in the News 2014

Dr. Evans Awarded Honorary Degree from Franklin & Marshall
University of Illinois College of Dentistry
July 8
Franklin & Marshall College recently awarded an honorary doctor of science degree to Dr. Caswell Evans, the College of Dentistry’s associate dean for prevention and public health sciences. Evans earned his bachelor's in English from Franklin & Marshall in 1965. Daniel R. Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall, told Evans that the institution wanted “to honor you for your work as a strong and effective advocate for health promotion and disease prevention and your deep commitment to health equity and eliminating health disparities.”

School Budgets and Public Opinion Polls
WITF Radio Smart Talk
July 7
Guest host Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at F&M and director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll, discusses school budgets and polls with F&M's Berwood Yost, director of Floyd Institute's Center for Opinion Research and director of Floyd Institute for Public Policy Analysis and Chris Borick, director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. 

Only Himself to Blame
Wall Street Journal
July 7
The one GOP governor in the country almost certain to lose this November is Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett, who rode to office in 2010 on a tea party wave while Republicans secured control of both legislative chambers. A poll last week by Franklin & Marshall College showed the governor trailing his Democratic challenger Tom Wolf by 22 points.

American Heart Association recognizes 'Fit-Friendly' workplaces
Lancaster Newspapers
July 7
Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster General Health, the Heart of Lancaster and Lancaster Regional medical centers, St. Anne's Retirement Community and seven county businesses received awards recently as part of the American Heart Association's “Fit-Friendly Worksite” program.

Companies offer cash to help workers buy homes
WITF News Works
July 3
Franklin & Marshall is among the employers that offers housing incentives to employees for both community revitalization, recruitment and retention. Qualifying workers must buy within a designated geographic area, whether it's an entire city or particular neighborhood. And they have to repay their employer if they move or leave the job within an established timeframe - typically, about five years.

Dallastown native returns to stomping grounds for 50th anniversary of ordination
York Daily Record
July 2
Returning to York County is more than just coming home for The Rev. Robert Hoover. He'll be visiting his stomping grounds and the congregation that first introduced him to a life of ministry. While he attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster County as a math major, a young Hoover took an interest in religion classes. The head of the religion program pulled him aside and told him he'd taken enough electives in the field that it could be a major. "He tried to direct me to actually make something of that time," Hoover said. He would go on to attend Princeton Theological Seminary.

Campus Inq: Ten Pa. liberal arts colleges to collaborate on cost savings
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 2
As pressure to control tuition costs mounts, 10 private liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania are creating a consortium to save money and improve offerings by collaborating on staff training, course offerings, study abroad, library resources and other areas. The new Pennsylvania Consortium, which includes F&M, will be funded with a three-year, $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. See also: Chronicle of Higher Education: The Ticker: 10 Liberal-Arts Colleges in Pennsylvania Team Up to Save Money and Inside Higher Ed: Liberal Arts Colleges to Collaborate With Mellon Money

Democratic challenger Tom Wolf leads Gov. Tom Corbett by 22 points in F&M poll
Lancaster Newspapers
July 2
Tom Wolf holds a 22-point lead over Republican Tom Corbett as the gubernatorial campaign shifts into gear for the general election, according to a Franklin & Marshall College survey released Wednesday morning. F&M political analyst G. Terry Madonna said. “This says more about Corbett than it does about Wolf."

Oka Asian Fusion and Sushi serves up a lively blend of influences
Lancaster Newspapers
June 27
At Oka Asian Fusion and Sushi, at F&M's College Row, the menu ranges from sushi and appetizers to tempura, teriyaki, hibachi and noodle dishes. There are Thai curry dishes such as Massaman curry, green curry and pineapple curry — each with a tiny red pepper next to them on the menu, meaning hot and spicy.

Lehman: New Lancaster County GOP Chairman Has 'Conflict of Interest'
Lancaster Newspapers
June 25
Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman sees a conflict of interest in Matthew Kirk, the county’s health insurance broker, serving as the new leader of the county Republican Party. Stephen Medvic, associate professor of government at F&M, says Kirk's positions are a conflict in a "technical sense" but believes there are enough checks in the process to avoid anything untoward happening.

Active engagement with professors key to job satisfaction later on
MPR News
June 24
Students who are able to build strong relationships with professors are far more likely to find engaging work after graduation, according to a new Gallup-Purdue poll. The piece quotes F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield saying, "There's a message for everyone in the Gallup/Purdue research: To faculty, it's to believe in and advocate for the value of our role. In each moment with our students we have the chance to shape positively what those young people go on to know and strive for and become."

Jumpstarting American Innovation Through Student Research
June 24
"America is embedded in a vast global competition to discover, invent, create, teach, cure, scale, produce, and sell. To succeed, we must leverage students’ college years as a crucial time to build the new pipeline of advanced and agile thinkers our country needs for leadership in a global knowledge economy driven by innovation and ideas, especially in science and technology," writes F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield in his latest column for

F&M's decision to arm its campus police part of a nationwide trend
Lancaster Newspapers
June 22
Franklin & Marshall College’s decision to begin arming its sworn police officers — announced June 9 — took place after at least a year of careful deliberation and research. Bill McHale, Franklin & Marshall’s director of public safety, said in an email that “there was no one incident that precipitated” F&M’s decision to arm its sworn officers. They will begin doing so in the fall 2014 semester. “Franklin & Marshall, like most other higher education institutions, assesses campus safety and security on a regular basis,” he wrote.

Why do Amish people leave their communities?
June 18
In this blog post from June 18 in Amish Beliefs, Assistant Professor of Sociology Caroline Faulkner explores the many factors that play into individual decisions to leave behind an Amish faith and background. Faulkner is trying to shed some light on this and related questions in a new study. She examines depictions of Amish people leaving their faith and communities, seen in prominent recent television programs and media stories.

Giving Police the Tools They Need
Lancaster Newspapers
June 20
A Lancaster New Era editorial says, "Franklin & Marshall College has made the perfectly sensible decision to arm its campus police force.There was not a particular incident on the F&M campus that prompted the move. But trustees are mindful of the escalating violence on campuses around the country, starting with the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007."

Analysts: Federal Government Should Cut Funding from Lowest-performing Colleges
The Washington Post
June 18
The Education Trust, a group that seeks to close gaps in academic opportunity and achievement, contends in a report that it is time to use federal influence to pressure colleges to meet minimum performance standards. F&M is highlighted in the report as an example of colleges making strides in access. See Education Trust report, pages 22-23.

New Planetarium, New Nature Gallery Part of Major Renovations Planned at North Museum
Lancaster Newspapers
June 13
F&M will contribute $220,000 to a major renovation project at the North Museum of Natural History and Science, which was established by the College and became an independent nonprofit organization in 1992.

Fewer Teens Entering Workforce, Data Shows
Lancaster Newspapers
June 13
The percentage of Americans ages 16-19 with summer jobs has plunged, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Antonio Callari, F&M's Sigmund M. and Mary B. Hyman Professor of Economics, says declining youth employment is a symptom of the ongoing disappearance of the middle class in the U.S. economy.

Does Nature Need to Be Nurtured?
Scientific American
June 12
This opinion piece explores preconceptions about the behavioral tendencies of the sexes. The author cites a study of play behavior among chimpanzees in Tanzania led by Elizabeth Lonsdorf, assistant professor of psychology at F&M. Internationally renowned primatologist Jane Goodall was part of Lonsdorf's team.

Sea Otter Moms Risk Lives to Raise Babies
National Geographic
June 11
A new study suggests sea otter moms invest so much energy in raising their pups that they risk their own survival. The story quotes Dan Ardia, associate professor of biology at F&M, who notes that otters are a species surviving on a thin margin during a time of rapid global change.

Frances Donnelly Wolf's Art Reflects on the Everyday and Beyond
Lancaster Newspapers
June 11
Lancaster Newspapers features F&M Trustee Frances Donnelly Wolf '96, whose show "High and Low: Reflecting on the Everyday and Beyond" is now on display at the Artisans Gallery. Wolf says her F&M degree in studio art and the history of art changed her life. "I received my second bachelor’s degree in my first love," she says.

Expert Advice: 8 Questions to Ask on a Campus Tour
Nerd Scholar
June 10
This Q&A about campus tours quotes Julie Kerich, director of admission at F&M. Kerich says "many colleges offer information sessions, interviews, lunch with a student or the opportunity to sit in on a class." Taking advantage of these opportunities will give you a richer experience and understanding of campus life, Kerich says.

Franklin & Marshall Campus Police to Carry Guns Starting this Fall
Associated Press/CBS Philly
June 10
The Franklin & Marshall Board of Trustees has made the decision to arm the College's trained police force. Cass Cliatt, vice president for communications at F&M, says sidearms will be issued to the 19 sworn campus police officers and supervisors after they receive additional training and before classes resume in September.

Franklin & Marshall's College Prep
Hispanic Outlook
June 9
F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield discusses the formaiton and evolution of F&M College Prep, a three-week, pre-college immersion program for talented high school seniors. Also quoted are Coordinator of Strategic Projects Aime Silfa and student Andrea Martinez, a rising sophomore.

21 Tips: How to find solitude (however brief) at work
Lancaster Newspapers
June 9
Misty Bastian, a professor of anthropology at Franklin & Marshall College, has an open-door policy with students at her office. But when she seeks a moment of solitude, she sneaks out the back door to a cranny of trees and vegetation.

Move aside, 'Amish Mafia' — Amish horror movie will be filmed this month in Lancaster County
Lancaster Newspapers
June 5
The Amish community, which has already provided grist for the mill of the gangster-style “reality” show “Amish Mafia,” has inspired a screenplay for a scary movie. “Infernal,” described as an “Amish horror movie,” will be filmed in Lancaster County. The independent thriller is slated for release in 2015 and will star Lancaster native Jennifer Gareis, a 1992 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, who starred in the TV soap opera “The Bold & the Beautiful” and “The Young & the Restless.”

"Staging Ground: An American Theater and its Ghosts," a personal memoir about the Fulton
Lancaster Newspapers
June 6
F&M alumna Leslie Stainton’s book “Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts” delves into the history of Lancaster’s Fulton Theatre and one woman’s relationship with it. 

Quaker Valley graduate Reguiero enjoys South Africa trip
June 4
Franklin & Marshall student Matt Regueiro traveled to South Africa as a member of the College's soccer team in May to visit the Chris Campbell Field and Education center. The facility was built in 2008 in honor of Chris Campbell, a former Franklin & Marshall soccer player who died the day before his senior season started in 2007. This was the soccer team's third trip to the facility since it was built.

“I Have A Dream” Foundation Annual “Spirit of the Dream” Spring Gala Honors Dr. Daniel Porterfield, Franklin & Marshall College President
New York City Invites
June 10
The “I Have A Dream” Foundation will host its annual “Spirit of the Dream” Spring Gala June 10, in New York City. This event celebrates the tremendous efforts and outstanding achievements of Dr. Daniel Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College. Under Dr. Porterfield’s leadership since 2011, Franklin & Marshall has enrolled three of the most talented and diverse classes in its history by increasing need-based financial aid and by a strategy of targeted outreach to promising students in underserved communities.

Rethinking College ROI: The Rewards Of Meaningful Student-Professor Relationships
May 30
A recent Gallup/Purdue survey of 30,000 college graduates, which shows that students who have at least one formative relationship with a professor later become the most “engaged” professionals – those who are the most “deeply involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work” and their field. Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield writes that the study speaks personally to him, because lessons learned in college have made him bring more to his work.

New Data On Whether College Is Worth The Debt
WAMU 88.5 FM (NPR): The Diane Rehm Show
May 28
New data suggest a college degree has never been more valuable. But many recent grads burdened with debt are struggling to find a good job. Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield is among the guests with Diane Rehm and New York Times editor David Leonhardt discussinh the value of a college degree, new proposals for college ratings by the federal government and whether some levels of higher education are worth the debt. 

Pennsylvania Governor Won’t Fight Ruling That Allows Gay Marriage
The New York Times
May 21
Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania did not appeal a judge’s ruling striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage. It is the second time this month Corbett chose not to appeal a court decision overturning a state law supported by conservatives. Both actions take divisive cultural issues off the table in the election, said G. Terry Madonna, a political scientist and pollster at Franklin & Marshall College.

Primaries Set Stage for Competitive Governor Races in Fall
The Wall Street Journal
May 20
As primary voters in six states head to the polls Tuesday, the best hope of Democrats to unseat a GOP governor appeared to be a Pennsylvania businessman against vulnerable Republican Gov. Tom Corbett this fall. In a race where there was little policy distinction between all four candidates, some experts credit Wolf's lead to his spending $10 million on TV ads. "This initial impression has made a huge difference, and nothing has really countered it," said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College. 

Rep. Allyson Schwartz’s Washington résumé doesn’t excite voters in Pa. governor’s race
Washington Post
May 19
Allyson Schwartz, once a fixture in Democratic politics, is likely to lose in Tuesday’s primary, according to polls. Frontrunner Tom Wolf’s sudden rise has surprised many Pennsylvania political experts. “This was a virtual unknown who within three weeks has lurched into a lead that has essentially not dissipated,” said Terry Madonna, a veteran pollster at Franklin & Marshall College.

Al Jazeera America
May 19
Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett came into office in 2010 on a platform of balancing the budget without raising taxes. Four years later, frustrations with his policies and style have prompted a field of Democratic challengers eager to take him on. Many are predicting this year will be tough for Democrats, but in politically mixed Pennsylvania, the party is expecting big things in  November. “He’s in the worst shape of any governor seeking re-election in the modern history in this state,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll, of Corbett.

Why a Tom Wolf Win Is No Surprise: Money
National Journal
May 19
The candidate with the most money usually wins, and the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Pennsylvania is shaping up to be no exception. The question isn’t whether self-funded candidate Tom Wolf will win the Democratic primary, but by how much. Franklin & Marshall's Terry Madonna is quoted extensively, saying, in part, that Wolf’s spending advantage has proven particularly useful in a primary where few issues divide the candidates. 

Watch This Year’s Notable Commencement Speeches
May 19
A video of ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos as he addressed graduates at Franklin & Marshall’s commencement ceremony is included in this roundup of notable Commencement addresses. Pictured in the video still are F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield and then-interim Provost Joseph Karlesky.

Love Makes Space: A Message for Today's College Graduates
Huffington Post
May 19
In his latest blog post, Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield shares a message adapted from his remarks at the 2014 Commencement ceremony. "This year, with the splendid ABC News journalist George Stephanopoulos giving the Franklin & Marshall College commencement address, I had the perfect opportunity to adapt some wisdom that George, a longtime friend, shared with my wife Karen and me in a toast at our wedding 25 years ago, when he said, "Love makes space," Porterfield recounted.

Gadget hoarding: When technology runs amok
Lancaster Newspapers
May 15
Rapidly changing technology and retailer incentives encourage Americans to buy new and better gadgets often. But many of us simply can’t decide what to do with our defunct devices. Jeff Podoshen, associate professor of marketing at Franklin & Marshall College, says technology — and phones, in particular — are today’s status symbols, signs of apparent purchasing power akin to a flashy watch.

New Presidents or Provosts: Alexandria Technical & Community College, Appalachian State U., College of Saint Benedict, Concorde Career Colleges, Franklin & Marshall College, Notre Dame of Maryland U., St. Francis Xavier U., Saint Louis U.
Inside Higher Ed
May 15
Joel Martin, vice provost for academic personnel and dean of the faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been chosen as provost and dean of the faculty at Franklin & Marshall College, in Pennsylvania. Martin is included in a list of new provosts and presidents.

Wolf's double-digit lead narrows slightly in new F&M poll
May 14
Before the Democratic gubernatorial primary, front-runner Tom Wolf retained a sizable lead in a new Franklin & Marshall College poll, but some of his rivals have accused him of of poor judgment and questionable campaign financing. F&M's Terry Madonna discusses the results.
See full poll results: F&M College Poll: May 14, 2014

Graduation 2014: Advice from 5 celebrity commencement speakers
Metro Boston
May 12
“Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos is included in this list of 2014 Commencement speakers. He urged Franklin & Marshall graduates not to let fears about the economy or the job market stand in the way of their dreams.

Stephanopoulos to Graduates: 'Always Err in the Direction of Kindness'
May 12
George Stephanopoulos delivers Franklin & Marshall's Commencement address on May 10. A transcript is included.

Poll Finds Success After College Linked to Caring Professors
Good Morning America/ABC News
May 12
A Gallup poll found that people who were happier later in life and more engaged in their careers had a professor with whom they connected. Good Morning America Anchor mentions at the end of the clip that he will be delivering the Franklin & Marshall College Commencement keynote speech.

Stephanopoulos urges F&M students to slow down and take chances
Lancaster Newspapers
May 10
George Stephanopoulos, anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and political analyst, urged Franklin & Marshall College’s graduating class Saturday morning to make time for quiet, take time to read serious books, stay curious and carve out time to serve others.Stephanopoulos noted his many F&M connections. He studied at England’s Oxford University with F&M President Daniel Porterfield, a fellow Rhodes Scholar. Current F&M trustee and attorney Stan Brand counseled Stephanopoulos during President Clinton’s presidency. And former trustee Ken Mehlman also is a friend. Porterfield began his introduction of Stephanopoulos by remembering his friend’s toast at Porterfield’s wedding 24 years ago.

Pennsylvania Governor Faces an Uphill Battle for a Second Term
The New York Times
May 10
Since Pennsylvania changed the law in 1968 to allow its governor to serve two consecutive terms, no incumbent has been denied re-election. But Tom Corbett, a Republican, is in danger of becoming the first. G. Terry Madonna, a political scientist at Franklin & Marshall College, pointed to a Franklin & Marshall poll conducted in January showing that most Pennsylvania voters do not believe Mr. Corbett cares about people like them. “He’s been unable to explain in language that was clear and unmistakable and compassionate what he’s been trying to do,” Mr. Madonna said.

The Quantified Soul
Al Jazeera America
May 9
The developers of mindfulness apps believe technology can make us happier and healthier. According to Franklin and Marshall College’s John Lardas Modern, who is currently writing a book on religion, technology and “prayer machines” ranging from the Catholic rosary to Scientology’s e-meter, some elements of Gunatillake’s work and the efforts of Project Ginsberg can trace a lineage stretching back to the 19th century, when the use of machines to measure and alter spiritual states came into its own. “Buddhify is like having learned to perform a phrenology exam upon yourself, from the comforts of your own home,” Modern says, in part, referring to the once popular practice of assessing the shape of the skull in order to gain insight on the function of the mind, or the soul, within.  

Program on the Native American Village of Otstonwakin at Northumberland County Historical Society, May 15
The Daily Item
May 8
Mary Ann Levine, an associate professor of anthropology at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, will discuss her excavations at Otstonwakin, an 18th century Native American community near Montoursville and the life of one of Otstonwakin’s prominent residents, Madame Catherine Montour at the May 15 meeting of the Northumberland County Historical Society. Dr. Levine has been a member of the faculty at Franklin and Marshall since 1998. In an article on the Franklin & Marshall website, Dr. Levine said, “The woman who became known as Madame Montour in the N.Y. and Pennsylvania colonial archives was born in Québec in 1667, the child of a French-Indian marriage.

Groundbreaking New Study Spotlights the Limited Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect
May 2014
On the eve of the passage of new laws aimed at fighting child abuse, a recent study found public awareness about its prevalence is surprisingly low. Only 17% of those surveyed believe child abuse is a problem, according to a study conducted by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) and Franklin & Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research. The white paper was prepared by PFSA from data gathered by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College. “This study clarified common assumptions about people’s willingness or desire to get involved,” said Berwood Yost, Director of the Center for Opinion Research, in part.

The Future For Today's College Graduates Is Uncertain...But They Can Handle It
May 5
May is college graduation season, and soon thousands of seniors will stride across the stage in an American ritual, writes F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield in his latest column. It’s tempting to separate today’s graduates into two camps: the secure and the unsettled. The former have landed jobs in established fields, spots in coveted graduate programs, or placements in prestigious opportunities like Teach For America or the Peace Corps. The latter may have lined up a summer job, a temporary role, or an internship, if anything at all. But that’s a false dichotomy. Opportunities will come to the unsettled, and those that believe today they’ve “made it” may not feel that way a year from now.

Flashback Lancaster
Lancaster Newspapers
May 5
50 years ago today: Franklin & Marshall College announced an experimental program in which it would provide a pre-college enrichment program for 50 black students, the May 5, 1964 Intelligencer Journal reported. The program was funded by a $40,000 contribution by David Rockefeller, the article states, and intended to "overcome the loss of human talent among culturally deprived students by strengthening their verbal comprehension, writing and mathematical concepts."

Merit Aid Won’t Help Colleges Survive
Chronicle of Higher Education
May 5
Until now, most of the arguments against tuition discounts disguised as merit aid have focused on the consequences for financially needy students. What’s rarely discussed is how such a strategy can also be a losing one for an institution’s long-term survival. Franklin & Marshall College is featured in this story as an example of how it can be done. President Daniel R. Porterfield explains how the strategy has benefitted the College. 

A Clinton In-Law Seeks Office, but Where Are the Clintons?
The New York Times
May 3
To hear Marjorie Margolies tell it, she gave up her seat in Congress to help pass President Bill Clinton’s 1993 budget. But it is unclear whether the Clintons will be able to save her as she tries to win it back some 20 years later. Ms. Margolies, whose son Marc Mezvinsky is married to Chelsea Clinton, is locked in a tight four-way Democratic primary to regain her seat representing Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District. The Clintons’ relative silence has prompted awkward speculation in Philadelphia that Mrs. Clinton does not want to be burdened by Ms. Margolies’s baggage in a state that could be pivotal to her chances in the 2016 presidential campaign, should she decide to run. G. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, said “one huge advantage” for Ms. Margolies “that everyone thought was transcendent was her son’s marriage to Chelsea.” “But,” he added, “other than the Clinton story, there are a lot of negatives.”

Democrat challengers targeting front-runner Wolf
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 1
Weeks before Democrats pick their challenger to Gov. Tom Corbett, candidates chasing Tom Wolf tried Thursday to tarnish the York County businessman with claims about his associations and leadership. The tone of the Democratic gubernatorial debate at Franklin & Marshall College.

PA-Gov: Candidates Draw Blood At Forum
Politics PA 
May 1
In a forum co-hosted by Franklin & Marshall College, WGAL News, PennLive/Patriot News and Lancaster Online, the Democratic candidates for governor fired shots at Governor Tom Corbett – and a Tom of their own, Mr. Wolf. The candidates went twenty minutes before barbs were launched at Wolf, and Allyson Schwartz attacked first. She began with a thinly veiled reference at Wolf’s involvement in the legal defense fund of convicted lawmaker Steven Stetler, and then things became nasty.

2 go on attack at Democratic governor candidates forum
Lancaster Newspapers
May 1
The four Democratic candidates for governor had a common enemy Thursday night: Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. Corbett's funding of public education is atrocious, they agreed. His failure to impose a drilling tax on fracking companies and to address property tax reform are both harmful to the state's bottom line. The audience at the forum at Franklin & Marshall College was asked to hold their applause during the program but when one candidate said he was working to defeat Corbett, who is seen as vulnerable, they could not sit on their hands. The crowd burst into applause.

Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls tussle for airtime during F&M debate: analysis
May 1
The four Democrats vying to take on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett spent 90 minutes vying for the spotlight in an unwieldy debate at Franklin & Marshall College Thursday evening. Echoing the same points and critiques they’ve advocated through the campaign and in the critical final weeks before the May 20 primary, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and state Treasurer Rob McCord took turns in an impromptu tag team on primary frontrunner Tom Wolf. Moderator Terry Madonna, director of the College's Center for Politics & Public Affairs, is pictured.

Democratic candidates clash over leadership style
Associated Press/
May 1
A debate among the four Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania governor became lively May 1 when they were asked about ethics and leadership style, and presumed front-runner Tom Wolf continued to sustain and pushed back on daily attacks against him. The debate at Franklin & Marshall College also revealed that all four candidates support either a moratorium on or an end to the death penalty. Wolf, state Treasurer Rob McCord and former state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty agreed a moratorium on the death penalty was in order while studying its value, and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz said she opposed it.p

Colleges, universities respond to sexual violence investigation
May 1
Many colleges and universities under review for their handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints say they are cooperating with the federal investigation and take reports of sexual violence on their campuses seriously. The schools span 27 states and the District of Columbia. CNN sought a response from the 55 colleges and universities on the list. In a statement, Franklin & Marshall College said, in part: "Our appearing on the Department of Education's list is in response to a complaint filed with the Department of Education by an individual in March of this year. As the DOE announcement notes, the Office of Civil Rights evaluates all complaints, so there is no indication of any finding of any fault...Franklin & Marshall has been very active in focusing resources to confront what really is a national issue." This story and other news coverage on this topic appeared in many other media outlets nationwide. 

College papers cut back on print
USA Today
April 29
Once thought to be more immune to the fallout in print advertising than local dailies, college newsrooms are increasingly cutting back on print schedules or ditching print altogether, while maintaining real-time news operations online. The pace of change has picked up in recent months, with several announcing plans to retreat from print, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Utah, University of Richmond, Franklin & Marshall College and Florida A&M University. Some are going online entirely while others are switching from daily to weekly. This story was reprinted in more than a dozen news outlets.

Fixed-tuition trend not yet evident at local colleges
Lancaster Newspapers
April 29
While more colleges are offering fixed-rate tuition to incoming freshmen — a guarantee that they’ll pay a single rate throughout their four years — schools surveyed here haven’t yet adopted that policy. Still, officials said, there are efforts to make sure students have enough financial aid to cover any increased tuition costs. Private institution Franklin & Marshall College does not have a fixed-rate tuition program, but there are measures in place to prevent what's known as "gapping" — when financial aid does not increase for students from year to year to match increases in tuition and fees, said spokeswoman Julia Ferrante. "We meet 100 percent of our students' demonstrated financial need, every year,” she said. “As a result, students' financial aid packages will adapt to increases in tuition and fees."

F&M, local institutions look to nonprofit network for better Internet
Lancaster Newspapers
April 29
Whether it's students and faculty accessing databases for research or just young people streaming Netflix in the dorms, high-speed connections have become the standard for daily life on campus. To deal with the expenses, some local organizations are looking to a nonprofit broadband network calledPennREN — Pennsylvania Research and Education Network — and F&M was the first institution in Lancaster County to connect to it. Director of Network Infrastructure and Systems Alan Sutter says, in part, that  proximity made connecting to PennREN a possibility for F&M, but the pricing made it really attractive. 

Where No Dem Has Gone Before
Real Clear Politics
April 27
The first political ad warmly embracing ObamaCare, by a candidate not named Obama, hit state airwaves last week. Allyson Schwartz went where no Democrat has gone before, trying to gain ground in a primary race that is slipping swiftly from her hands. Schwartz, the early frontrunner in the gubernatorial race and the darling of Washington elites, fell behind as the primary field grew. The most recent Franklin & Marshall College polls show her trailing York County businessman Tom Wolf; he holds strong 33-percent support, while she is at 7 percent and hoping to persuade the 46 percent of Democrats who are undecided.

Editorial: Too few parent volunteers
Lancaster Newspapers
Aug. 28
Carol Auster, professor of sociology at Franklin & Marshall College, is quoted in this editorial about a shortage of volunteers at schools and elsewhere. Auster says, in part, that many parents are busy at work and may have less time and energy to volunteer.

John Robshaw
New York Social Diary
April 25
F&M alumnus John Robshaw talks about his design career in this profile/photo feature.

Award-Winning Journalist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Soledad O'Brien to Deliver Spelman College Commencement Address May 18
Yahoo Finance
April 24
Soledad O'Brien will addresses the Spelman College Class of 2014 at Commencement and receive an honorary degree on May 18. Dr. Wanda Austin, an internationally known systems engineer and president and CEO of Aerospace Corporation, also will also receive an honorary degree for her leadership in the sciences and commitment to building the pipeline of scientists of color. She holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Franklin & Marshall College, master's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in systems engineering from the University of Southern California.

The Cure for Jewish Burnout
New Voices
April 24
Student Shira Kipnees writes that after years of Jewish education, many Jewish young adults enter college thinking that they are sick of everything Jewish and don’t want to do Jewish programs at college. One Jewish group on campus,Chabad, changed her mind. She is now co-president of Chabad at Franklin & Marshall.

"The Neglected Mission of U.S. Higher Education"
April 24
In his latest blog post, F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield writes: "With the nation debating models and metrics for the federal government’s rating of America’s more than 4,000 colleges and universities, there’s one crucial area that no one talks about measuring: higher education’s role in preparing some of today’s most academically-promising 18-22 year-olds to succeed in high-level graduate and professional education, and, eventually, to take their place as tomorrow’s intellectual leaders in our society."

Where have all the parent volunteers gone? Post-proms, spring fairs, struggle on
Lancaster Newspapers
April 21
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.”

Lafayette's leader takes to Twitter
April 21
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.

Does Price Influences College Choice?
April 20
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. 

Jane Goodall spreads message of environmental warning and hope before 2,700 at F&M College
Lancaster Newspapers
April 18
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
April 17
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
April 16
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
April 16
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
April 16
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
National Journal
April 14
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
Lancaster Newspapers
April 14
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
Lancaster Newspapers
April 12
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
Lancaster Newspapers
April 13
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
Lancaster Newspapers
April 11
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
April 11
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
Lancaster Newspapers
April 10
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
Lancaster Newspapers
April 8
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
April 8
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
Huffington Post
April 9
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
April 8
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.

Who's talking to college grads this year? Dan Rather, Al Gore and Terry Gross to name a few Inq
April 7
Colleges and universities have announced some big-name Commencement speakers this year. Among them, news anchor George Stephanopoulos, who will deliver the keynote talk at Franklin & Marshall College on May 10. See also: 2014 commencement speakers at Philadelphia-area colleges

Shrinking pool of high school grads causes local colleges to adapt
Lancaster Newspapers
April 8
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
Scientific American
April 7
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?
Lancaster Newspapers
April 4
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
April 4
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
April 3
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
April 3
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
Lancaster Newspapers
April 2
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
April 1
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
April 1
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
Lancaster Newspapers
April 1
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
March 31
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
Lancaster Newspapers
March 28
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
Washington Post
March 26
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
March 25
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
Lancaster Newspapers
March 25
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
Chicago Tribune/Reuters
March 24
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
Lancaster Newspapers
March 24
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
Huffington Post
March 24
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
Lancaster Newspapers
March 24
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
March 21
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

Hate politicians? Give 'em a break, professor says in book
Lancaster Newspapers
March 21
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
Washington Examiner
March 20
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
March 18
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?
March 18
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
March 17
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
March 17
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?
March 17
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
Lancaster Newspapers
March 16
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."

Finding Magda
Mumbai Mirror
March 16
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
Houston Chronicle
March 13
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
March 12
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
Lancaster Newspapers
March 11
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.

Pizza Coupon 'Scandal' Isn't One in Small Town
Associated Press/NBC 10
March 7
Critics are raging after an energy giant offered pizza coupons to a community near a natural gas well that exploded last month, killing a worker. News stories, TV shows and blogs — many sarcastic or outright scornful — spread the word far and wide. But the 750 or so residents of the hamlet of Bobtown? Not one has signed an online petition demanding an apology for the pizza offer. Overall, Pennsylvanians support the drilling boom, said G. Terry Madonna, a professor of public affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. "I think it's pretty fascinating that folks in the community" aren't openly upset with Chevron, Madonna said, agreeing that such kerfuffles are surrogates in the political fight over American energy production.

Flamenco Festival Casts a Net Over Philadelphia
Jewish Exponent
March 6
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
March 6
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
March 5
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
March 4
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
March 3
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
Lancaster Newspapers
March 3
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
March 2
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
Sage Journals
Feb. 27
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
Lancaster Newspapers
Feb. 27
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
Feb. 26
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
Huffington Post
Feb. 26
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
Feb. 24
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
Feb. 22
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
Feb. 21
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
Lancaster Newspapers
Feb. 17
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
Feb. 12
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
Feb. 12
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
Lancaster Newspapers
Feb. 12
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
Lancaster Newspapers
Feb. 12
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
Feb. 11
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)
Feb. 11
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
Lancaster Newspapers
Feb. 11
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
Lancaster Newspapers
Feb. 11
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
USA Today
Feb. 10
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)
Feb. 8
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
Feb. 6
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 
Feb. 6
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
Feb. 6
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
Feb. 5
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)
Feb. 4
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
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Feb. 4
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
Lancaster Newspapers
Feb. 3
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
Jan. 31
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
Lancaster Newspapers
Jan. 30
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
Jan. 30
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
Lancaster Newspapers
Jan. 30
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
Winter 2014
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.

Winter 2014
Eduardo Alsina, a sophomore at Franklin & Marshall College, is taking his passion for science into the community of Lancaster, Pa. A neuroscience major and member of the college’s first STEM Posse, he assists local elementary school teachers to enrich their science curriculum through experimentation and demonstration. In addition, Eduardo is working with his neuroscience professor to study a gene mutation associated with an intellectual disability in patients from a local children’s clinic. He presented his initial findings during a research forum at Franklin & Marshall.

Staff Editorial: GW needs real affordability goals
GW Hatchet
Jan. 26
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
Jan. 26
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
Jan. 25
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
National Journal
Jan. 23
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)
Huffington Post
Jan. 21
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
Cavalier Daily
Jan. 20
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
Jan. 17
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
Jan. 16
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
Lancaster Newspapers
Jan. 16
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
Jan. 16
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
Jan. 16
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
Jan. 15
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
Jan. 14
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
Washington Post
Jan. 14
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
Huffington Post
Jan. 13
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
Jan. 10
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
Jan. 10
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
Lancaster Newspapers
Jan. 9
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
Jan. 8
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
Jan. 6
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
Jan. 6
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
Lancaster Newspapers
Jan. 2
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.