F&M in the News 2015


LNP: Pay Climbs for Private College Presidents

Dan Porterfield and F&M are mentioned in this report on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual report on presidential compensation.


LNP: F&M Dean of Admission Eric Maguire

F&M’s vice president for admissions and financial aid is featured in the Sunday “spotlight” feature of the Lancaster paper.


The Journal-Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.) The GOP of Today Has Strayed Far from the Party of Lincoln

Prof. Louise Stevenson, a prominent Lincoln scholar, traces the roots of Abraham Lincoln’s views on immigration and civil rights (Fort Wayne is a city long associated with Lincoln, who lived there early in his life).

WITF: Smart Talk/G. Gerry Madonna

F&M political analyst and pollster joins Scott LaMar’s Smart Talk program to discuss Pennsylvania politics. (Audio)


LNP: Colleges Are In An Arms Race of Higher Tuition and Higher Discounts

F&M is noted in this feature on trends in tuition discounts.


The Huffington Post: Franklin & Marshall Students Explore “The Examined Life”

This feature describes an NEH-supported course based on Socrates’ declaration that “The unexamined life is not worth living.”


WITF: Lincoln’s World View (With audio)

Professor of history and American studies Louise Stevenson was on the Smart Talk program to discuss President Abraham Lincoln’s world view (on the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address). 

Pottstown Mercury: What Pa. GOP Really Lost in 2015

The 2015 Pennsylvania court elections almost certainly will affect elections in Pennsylvania from the presidency down the ballot to the “row offices,” say F&M pollster G. Terry Madonna and his colleague Michael Young.


The New York Times: On Fake Instagram, a Chance to Be Real

An F&M freshman is quoted in this feature about slightly subversive “real” social media networks.


The New York Times: Obscure College Score

A bright spot on a Tuesday: the Upshot Tuesday Morning Quarterback blog features the F&M-Gettsyburg score as “obscure,” but nonetheless admits that `Diplomats’ is a classy mascot name.


LNP: Nationally Ranked F&M Set for Season Opener

Previewing the exciting hoops season, with F&M men ranked first in their conference and high in national Division III polls.


LNP: Pa. Earns an `F’ in State Integrity Investigation

F&M political analyst and pollster G. Terry Madonna is quoted in this story about the Keystone State’s bad rep for integrity in government.

LNP: HACC’s Media Contact Policy Stifles Journalism, Say Students

F&M’s media-contact policy is mentioned in a piece on how the Harrisburg Area Community College restricts student journalists’ access to officials.

Central Penn Business Journal: Is the Annual Glut of College Rankings Really Useful?

F&M is noted in this essay about the annual “rankings sweeps” for higher education.


Bay Area News Group: Three Steps to a Winning College Application Essay

President Dan Porterfield’s tips for writing an admissions essay. (This link is to the Contra Costa Times; the essay was published in several other California newspapers as well.)

LNP: F&M Professor Offers Another View of Lincoln

Professor Louise Stevenson and her new book on President Lincoln are featured by the Lancaster paper.

LNP: Where Did Colleges’ Facebook Ratings Go?

F&M’s Facebook “ratings,” along with those of other local colleges, have disappeared. It remains a mystery.


The Legal Intelligencer: Is Pa. Judicial Race a GOP Failure?

F&M pollster and political analyst G. Terry Madonna is quoted in this analysis of Tuesday’s state elections.

The New York Times: Expectations Mount for Trustees in Higher Education

Board chair-elect Sue Washburn is quoted in this New York Times feature on how higher-ed boards have evolved.


CBS Philly: Dems Secure a Majority on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court

F&M pollster and political analyst G. Terry Madonna is quoted in this KYW report on this week’s elections.


CBS21: Police Investigate Two Assaults

Harrisburg TV station update on campus assaults.


LNP: Colleges Should Heed Student Debt

Franklin & Marshall is praised by the Lancaster paper’s editorial board for reducing student debt load while increasing diversity, and financial aid.

LNP: Franklin & Marshall Student Assaulted in Parking Lot Early Sunday

Local paper reports on incident in Williamson Lot; police are still investigating.

Several other citations, including WGAL and PennLive (Harrisburg)

The New York Times: Boys and Girls Constrained by Toys and Costumes

Professor of Sociology Carol J. Auster is quoted in this feature on the gendering of Halloween costumes, clothing and toys for children.


LNP: Pa. Student Debt Burdens Among US’ Highest, But Millersville, F&M Buck Trend

While the national picture on student loan debt is gloomy, Franklin & Marshall’s continues to get brighter, with average debt at graduation declining every year.


Philly.com: Voters prefer Hillary, Trump, Think Pa. Is a Mess

Pennsylvania  is a decrepit old train, sputtering along in the wrong direction, with a bunch of hapless politicians behind the controls.T hose were some of the takeaways of a new Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College poll of 614 registered voters in the state.


USAToday: New Polling Strength Makes Marco Rubio Top Target

G. Terry Madonna is quoted in this debate preview.

The New York Times: Beyond Monticello and Mount Vernon: The Other President’s Houses

F&M’s connection to Wheatland is featured in this New York Times piece on presidential homes.


The Post-Gazette: Poll Results Not Expected to Push Either Side to Resolve State Budget Impasse

F&M political analyst and pollster G. Terry Madonna quoted in this Pittsburgh P-G story about Gov. Wolf’s softening poll numbers and the continuing budget stalemate in Harrisburg.

NPR: Disappointment Over Politics Spurs Some Millennials To Get Involved (Audio and Transcript)

Kabir Hossain ’16 and Theo Kelly ’17 participate in this Morning Edition talk about politics and the generation gap.


The College Reporter: Washburn Discusses Her Time As A Student

A Q&A with board chair-elect Susan Washburn ’73.

LNP: Who’s News

The Lancaster paper notes Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Sam Houser’s appointment to be head at the George School in Bucks County.

LNP: Quidditch, Harry Potter’s Favorite Game, Comes to Franklin & Marshall

A feature on F&M’s quirky new athletic activity.

Spoon University: There’s More to Dr. Porterfield’s Food Habits Than His Starbucks Addiction

A student-run food blog interviews Dan Porterfield about his espresso habit, sweet-tooth and other palate matters.


USAToday: Joe Biden Says No to 2016 Presidential Race

F&M pollster and analyst G. Terry Madonna tells USAToday that Vice President Biden will likely now turn to writing his memoir.

BusinessInsider: The Most Interesting Politician in America is Nearly 7 Feet Tall and Campaigns in Dive Bars

Madonna is quoted in this profile of Braddock, Pa. Mayor John Fetterman.


The Associated Press via ABC News: Franklin & Marshall Latest to Rescind Cosby Honorary Degree

The AP reports on the Board of Trustees decision to revoke Bill Cosby’s honorary degree.

(Numerous other citations, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian and WTOP-DC)

LNP: Franklin & Marshall Was Right to Join Cascade of Colleges Distancing Themselves from Bill Cosby

The Lancaster paper’s editorial page weighs in, praising the Board decision.

Forbes: College Students Tell Us Why High School Teaching Makes a Difference

Dan Porterfield writes in Forbes about F&M’s High School Teacher Award.


LNP: F&M Revokes Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree

The Lancaster paper covers the Board of Trustee’s decision on the honorary doctorate awarded in 2000 to entertainer Bill Cosby.

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Bucks Local News: George School Selects Franklin & Marshall College Vice President and Chief of Staff as New Head of School

Bucks County papers report on George School hiring of F&M’s Sam Houser.


LNP: Democratic and Republican Debates Differ in Drama

Professor of Government Stephen Medvic is quoted in this analysis of the party primary debates.


Editor & Publisher: The Aftermath of a Post-Print World

F&M’s College Reporter is mentioned in this feature about papers that have gone digital.

WITF: Political Money (Audio)

F&M’s analyst and pollster G. Terry Madonna appears on WITF’s Smart Talk broadcast.


LNP: F&M Common Hour Speaker J. Jondhi Harrell

The Common Hour speaker discusses incarceration from a very personal standpoint: as a former prisoner.

LNP: Scorecard Offers Value to Students (Opinion)

The Lancaster paper editorializes in favor of the administration’s “College Scorecard,” and credits F&M for its talent strategy and aid policy.

Huffington Post: Depressing New Study Shows Know-it-Alls Get Better Grades

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Ben Meagher discusses his work, which suggests more arrogant students tend to get better grades.


The Atlantic: Political Polling's Unfavorables Are on the Rise

G. Terry Madonna, F&M’s poll director and political analyst, weighs in on changes in polling, as Gallup gets out of the primary horse-race business.


LNP: Mayor Names Members of Commission

A poverty commission is formed, spurred in part by an F&M study of local tax records.

LNP: F&M Men's Soccer Ranked No. 1 in Division III

Franklin & Marshall men’s soccer is ranked first nationally in Division III, the first time that has ever happened.


Lancaster Newspapers: The language of the refugee crisis and what it fails to convey

“Labeling the situation in Syria and the resulting displacement as an emergency is simply inadequate,” Emily Lynch, visiting assistant professor of anthropology writes in this guest column. “Old crises never end and new crises continue to emerge."

Lancaster Online: College-access coalition that includes F&M, Penn State faces tough questions at conference

Representatives of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success faced some intense grilling over the weekend about the organization's plans for a new online college application system.

TribLive: Wolf still seeking to raise income tax, impose tax on shale-gas drilling

Gov. Tom Wolf dropped a sales tax increase as part of his new tax plan but would increase the personal income tax from 3.07 to 3.57 percent, legislative and administration sources said. F&M Pollster Terry Madonna quoted.


Contra Costa (Calif.) Times: Everybody Wins When Students Are Recruited From Across Demographic and Economic Lines

President Porterfield writes about college opportunity for 11 Bay Area papers, including the Contra Costa Times.


The Hechinger Report: Can $25 Million Get 500 Poor Kids To and Through College? One Billionaire is Trying

F&M’s participation with the Cooperman Scholars program is described in this feature on the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit education news blog.

UConn Daily Campus: The Importance of Liberal Arts in UConn’s Push for Stem

President Dan Porterfield’s recent essay in The Washington Post is quoted in the lead editorial of the University of Connecticut’s daily newspaper.


LNP: F&M Football Off to Its Best Start Since 1989

Franklin & Marshall College boasts a long and impressive football tradition, with a .556 overall winning percentage coming into this season. But you have to go back to 1989 to find the last squad that began 4-0, as the 2015 Diplomats have done.


LNP: Age and Disease Mean the End for Franklin & Marshall's Protest Tree

The end is near for the historic gathering spot.


LNP: F&M, Penn State Join Coalition to Make Applying to Colleges Easier

Lancaster paper covers F&M’s participation in the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success


The Chronicle of Higher Education: Getting Inside the Mind of an Applicant

F&M Vice President for Admission Eric Maguire is quoted in this lengthy feature about how data mining puts a high-tech spin on the age-old competition for students.


LNP: F&M President Porterfield: Liberal arts Education a 'Vast American Resource'

The Lancaster paper writes about President Porterfield’s recent essay published by The Washington Post.


Newsday: College Rankings Crush Liberal Arts Education

President Porterfield’s Washington Post piece, syndicated, calls for a better,  more relevant approach to defending the liberal arts in an age of rankings.


The Washington Post: College Rankings Crush Liberal Arts Education; It’s Time to Revalue It (Opinion)

President Porterfield makes the case for a liberal arts education in an era of rankings and scorecards.

The Reading Eagle: Many Berks Residents Can't Afford Dental Care

A report by F&M researchers, linked to a new task force looking to improve oral health in Berks County, finds that many residents lack the resources for regular dental care.

The Pottstown Mercury: Will Pa. Have a Say in Electing Next President?

F&M pollster and analyst G. Terry Madonna and his colleague Michael Young say Pennsylvania may be relevant in the 2016 election.


The New York Times: Udacity Says It Can Teach Tech Skills to Millions, and Fast

Kelly Marchisio ’12 is featured in this Business section story about online coding academies; she is now a software developer at Google.

LNP: Startup launching video-production business sees unmet demand in Lancaster

An interview with Evan Scudner ’15, who has launched a video-production business in Lancaster.


New Scientist via Science Alert: Giraffes Hum to Each Other at Night – You Just Can’t Hear Them

Associate professor and Chair of Psychology Meredith Bashaw is quoted in this feature about newly discovered giraffe vocalizations. It turns out they communicate with each other in a range humans can hear - just barely.


Philly.com: Moses Malone, a Legend Fo-Ever

It turns out that Sixers great Moses Malone made his famous playoff prediction, “Fo’, fo’, fo’” while at minicamp at Franklin & Marshall.  Or so the story goes.


CBSPhilly: Analyst: Governor Likely to Feel Heat on Stopgaps

F&M pollster and political analyst G. Terry Madonna discusses Gov. Tom Wolf’s options in the budget stalemate.


New York Daily News: Princeton University No. 1

Franklin & Marshall is listed at the top of the “most innovative” colleges list in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

LNP: Q&A: Change in Diet Led to All-Natural Treat Business for Franklin & Marshall Grad

An interview on Lixin Ji ’14, who sells no-bake, vegan bars at Central Market stand


CNN Money: Here’s What Happened When These Colleges Ditched SAT Scores

Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid Eric Maguire is quoted about enrollment outcomes in this feature on test-optional admissions.

LNP: Franklin & Marshall College Professor Wins Chemistry Teaching Award

Richard Moog, has won the American Chemical Society’s George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer:  Unions Banking Hopes on Races for High Court

Experts say an increasingly active faction of the Pennsylvania legislature isn't fond of unions; F&M political analyst G. Terry Madonna is quoted in this feature on judicial elections.

The College Reporter: New Random Drug Testing Policy Shakes Up F&M Athletics (Opinion)

The first issue of the 2015-16 CR takes on a new policy in Athletics: Starting this year, F&M will randomly drug test athletes throughout the course of their respective season. 


The Wall Street Journal: Vigorous Senate Race Unfolds in Keystone State

The Franklin & Marshall Poll is noted in this Wall Street Journal blog posting on the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania.


LNP: How Liberal Is Gov. Wolf?

F&M pollster and political analyst G. Terry Madonna and co-author Michael Young assess Tom Wolf’s politics.


The New York Times: Some Battle Lines Harden, Others Fade, in 2016 Fight for Senate Control

F&M pollster and political analyst G. Terry Madonna is quoted in this piece looking ahead to next year’s Senate campaigns.

LNP: West Liberty Street Extension Complete

The Lancaster paper reports on the completion of an extension to West Liberty Street, which will be turned over to the city by F&M and development partner Lancaster General Health.


York Dispatch: Polls Blame Pa. Budget Impasse on Lawmakers

Franklin & Marshall poll shows that many pin the state budget impasse on lawmakers.


LNP: F&M Converting City Warehouse Into Restaurant-Retail-Office Space

F&M has renovated and will lease an underused warehouse on Charlotte Street.


Philly.com: Poll: Voters Blame GOP – Not Wolf – for Budget Stalemate

Voters are siding with Democratic Gov. Wolf over the Republican-controlled Legislature in the ongoing state budget standoff, according to a new Franklin & Marshall poll.

{Numerous other citations and publications}

Forbes.com: Three Books, One Message: Educating for the American Future

President Daniel Porterfield reviews three top books from his summer reading list.

LNP: Replacing Grass with Garden: F&M Invests in Sustainable Landscaping

A feature on the new “sustainable” garden at Wohlsen, stocked with 2,000 native plants.


LNP: Millersville U., Franklin & Marshall and Elizabethtown Implement LiveSafe Campus Safety App

F&M  and neighboring institutions the first three first three LiveSafe schools in Pennsylvania.


The Citizens’ Voice: Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up

Economics Professor Sean Flaherty ’73 is quoted in the Luzerne County newspaper’s feature on workers in Pennsylvania.

Philly.com: Polls Have Problems. Somewhat Agree?

F&M pollster and political analyst G. Terry Madonna is quoted in this Daily News column on the polling business; he agrees it’s a mess.


WITF/Smart Talk: F&M President on Low-Income Students, Community

President Daniel R. Porterfield spends an hour on WITF-FM, the Harrisburg NPR affiliate, talking about F&M’s talent strategy and how the College and Lancaster work together to promote community development and success.

  LNP: A Thriving Downtown is Vital, But So Is Investing in People

Berwood Yost, director of the Floyd Institute and the Center for Opinion Research, discusses recent study on poverty in Lancaster.


LNP: We Need More Than a Shallow Analysis of Poverty

Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray takes issue with the Floyd Institute report.


York Dispatch: Yorkers Love, Hate Donald Trump

F&M political analyst G. Terry Madonna quoted in this feature about the GOP frontrunner.

Chalkbeat: As Charter Students Head to College, Schools Ask, How’d We Do?

Avril Gordon ’17, a Achievement First  graduate, is quoted in this feature on how charter schools can best prepare students for college.


PBS Newshour: Should Financial Aid Only Go to College Students in Need? (Video)

F&M’s talent strategy is showcased on the award-winning national news broadcast.


WAMU-FM/The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Moving Beyond Pink for Girls and Blue for Boys (Audio)

Professor of Sociology Carol Auster is featured on the Washington, D.C. NPR affiliate’s syndicated Kojo Nnamdi show, discussing gender norms.

LNP: Has Revitalization Created Two Lancasters? F&M Study Says So

A report on the Floyd Institute’s latest economic study.


Forbes: The Benefits of an Early Taste of College: One Program's Example

President Porterfield’s blog at forbes.com explores the successful F&M College Prep program.

Philadelphia Magazine: Will Pa. Forsake the Democrats in 2016?

F&M political analyst and pollster G. Terry Madonna is quoted in this analysis of the 2016 elections.


LNP: Don Yoder, 'Dean' of Pennsylvania Dutch Studies, Dies at Age 93

Obituary for former F&M professor and founder of Pa. Dutch Folklife Center.


Delco News Network: Mentor Inspired Hundreds to Pursue Governmental Careers

A profile of Dan Siegel ’81, who has published a book about the late Prof. Sidney Wise.

Allentown Morning Call: Four Factors Led to Kathleen Kane's Political Downfall

F&M political analyst G. Terry Madonna and colleague Michael Young break down the case against the Pennsylvania attorney general.


Forbes: As We Celebrate the Voting Rights Act, a Related Promise Remains Unfulfilled

President Porterfield writes about college opportunity and civil rights.

LNP: Franklin & Marshall Among Princeton Review's 'Best 380 Colleges'

The Lancaster paper notes F&M’s inclusion in the 2015 Princeton Review, which describes the college as a “little liberal arts gem.”


LNP: Welcome to the Era of the New College Textbook

F&M’s MAT105 is mentioned in this feature on costs and options in buying textbooks.

The Philadelphia Inquirer: McGinty Launches U.S. Senate Campaign

F&M pollster and political analyst G. Terry Madonna is quoted in this news story about the Democratic Senate campaign.


CBSPhilly: Month 2 With No Budget 

F&M political analyst and pollster G. Terry Madonna is quoted in this update on the budget stalemate in Harrisburg.


The Post-Gazette: Severance Tax Foes Dig In Their Heels

F&M political analyst G. Terry Madonna is quoted in this Pittsburgh paper feature on the energy industry and the severance tax.

Harrisburg Magazine: Empowered Future

Pennsylvania First Lady and F&M board member Frances Donnelly Wolf is profiled in the magazine’s feature on five of the state capital’s dynamic women. 


LNP: Epps Assumed Command of Franklin & Marshall Athletics

Calendar feature in Lancaster paper’s sports section remembers Patty Epps’ selection as athletics director in 2007.

WREK: After Phrenology

Atlanta radio station interviews Associate Professor of Psychology Michael Anderson about his book, and about brain circuitry issues.

Citizens Voice (Times Shamrock): Budget Stalemate Continues

F&M political analyst Terry Madonna is quoted in this feature on the continuing budget standoff in Harrisburg. He says there’ll be no quick solution.


Accounting Today: Former SEC Chair Joins CAQ Governing Board

Mary Schapiro ’77, former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined the governing board of the Center for Audit Quality. She will serve as one of three independent Governing Board members who come from outside the public company auditing profession.


LNP: F&M Grad Writes `Rip-Roaring’ Story About Holocaust Survivor

Daniel Cohen ’71 will soon publish a book about a Medal of Honor winner and Holocaust survivor.

Allentown Morning Call: Gov. Wolf’s Top Aide Leaves Door Open for Senate Run

F&M political analyst and pollster G. Terry Madonna is quoted in this story speculating on a Senate bid for Katie McGinty.


USAToday: What Explains Donald Trump’s Appeal?

Franklin & Marshall pollster and political analyst G. Terry Madonna predicts that Donald Trump will eventually say something to sink his campaign.

LAX Magazine: New Reality Series 'The Agent' to Feature Dose of Lacrosse

Peter Schaffer ’84 will be featured on new reality show about sports agentry.


U.S. News & World Report: Colleges Turn to Social Apps to Recruit Foreign Students

American universities are using social media apps and platforms to recruit international students; Assistant Dean of International Admission Carly Mankus is quoted in this feature.

LNP: (Audio)Classic Audio: Grateful Dead Plays Franklin & Marshall College in 1971

The Lancaster paper offers an audio clip of the Dead’s 1971 concert at F&M, as the iconic jam band winds up 50 years with a concert in Chicago.

WITF: Uncharted Territory for Pa. Budget Talks

F&M analyst G. Terry Madonna featured in this item about the budget negotiations between Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican legislative leaders.


The Hechinger Report: Lower-Income Students to Top Colleges: A Little Help Here!

President Daniel Porterfield writes about F&M’s success in recruiting and enrolling Pell Grant recipients – and urges other colleges to do the same.


Reading Eagle: After Budget Veto, Stalemate Could Last Weeks

Political analyst and F&M pollster G. Terry Madonna quoted in this feature on the budget standoff in Harrisburg.


Philly.com: Money Talks, Especially During Legislative Sessions

Legislators may be in the midst of a contentious budget season, but they aren't letting the possibility of a partial government shutdown get in the way of their own fund-raising. F&M’s G. Terry Madonna quoted in this political feature in the Inquirer.


LNP: Recommendations for an Engaging Summer Read

President Dan Porterfield and English professor (and Phillips Museum head) Tamara Goeglein contribute to a recommended reading feature in the Lancaster paper.

LNP: As the Grateful Dead Celebrate 50 years, Look Back at the Band's Local Ties

Iconic jam band’s performance at F&M in 1971 ($4.50 per ticket) is celebrated in this feature on the Dead’s golden anniversary.


WFMZTV 69 News: What the Affordable Care Act Means for the 2016 Election

A report on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week to uphold the law. F&M Pollster and Government Professor Terry Madonna is quoted. 


Pottsville Mercury: Will Pennsylvania Matter in 2016

For 40 years Pennsylvania was a key swing state in presidential elections, but much has changed in recent years to diminish that standing, F&M pollster Terry Madonna said.

Pocono Record: GOP Way Off on Budget

Editorial cites recent F&M poll to argue for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's spending proposal to increase funding for education. 

Lancaster Online: F&M grad growing women's lacrosse in Israel

2009 F&M grad Sarah Meisenberg is helping to bring the game of lacrosse to children and teenagers in Israel as a member of the country's women's lacrosse team. 


LNP: 5 Reasons Republicans Could Win Pennsylvania in the 2016 Presidential Election: Madonna & Young

F&M pollster and analyst G. Terry Madonna and colleague Michael Young handicap next year’s election.


Allentown Morning Call: Polls Put Republican Pat Toomey Ahead

The Franklin & Marshall Poll is cited in this analysis of the U.S. Senate race.


The Philadelphia Inquirer: Chesco Couple Oversee School in Ghana

A profile of Kwesi Koomson ’97, who was also an honorary degree recipient at this year’s F&M Commencement. 

WITF: Do Pennsylvanians Support Medical Marijuana and Death Penalty Moratorium?

The Harrisburg NPR station’s Smart Talk program discusses the latest Franklin & Marshall Poll.


Philly.com: Pot: Yes. Executions: Sure. Sestak: Who?

The latest Franklin & Marshall Poll shows commonwealth voters are in favor of medical marijuana and the death penalty, but are unaware of Joe Sestak, who’s running for Senate, despite his relentless publicity machine.


Allentown Morning Call: Comparing Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf Tax Plan with GOP Plan

F&M political analyst Terry Madonna is quoted in this feature on the dueling property-tax proposals in Harrisburg.


LNP: Colleges Help First-Generation Students Navigate 'Hidden Curriculum'

Package of stories illustrate the challenges and accomplishments of first-generation college students; features senior associate dean for planning and analysis of student outcomes Donnell Butler as well as an incoming first-gen freshman.


NBC News.com: Former Ivy League Insider Shares Why Some Asian Americans Don't Get In

Former Penn and F&M admissions official attracts more attention for her controversial op-ed in the Los Angeles Times.

LNP: Magna Carta's Impact 800 years Later

Professor of history Ben McRee discusses the import of the Magna Carta on the occasion of its 800th birthday.


The Daily Mail: Why Are We So Fascinated by Auschwitz? 

The study led by Associate Professor of Marketing and Chair of Business, Organizations & Society Jeffrey Podoshen says that “death tourism” helps people deal with issues of mortality.


Philadelphia Magazine: Former Penn Official: Admissions Practices at Elite Universities Hurt Asian Americans

Former F&M vice president for admissions says `holistic’ admit policies discriminate against Asian-American applicants.


The Los Angeles Times: The Truth About 'Holistic' College Admissions

A former F&M admissions official discusses who gets into elite American universities, and why (op-ed).

LNP: Penn State Recruit's Father Played Hoops for F&M

Son of Brian Menet ’90 (a leading basketball player for F&M) is recruited to Penn State for football.


LNP: Franklin & Marshall's Class of 2019: It's About the Fit

While the large number of applicants means that F&M will be considered more “selective,” the College’s admissions office emphasizes that the most important aspect of the Class of 2019 is the “right fit.”


CSA (College Squash Association): Franklin & Marshall and Williams Win the 2015 Men’s College Squash Sloane Award for Team Sportsmanship

Diplomat Squash is recognized by peers and competitors for outstanding sportsmanship.


Andover Townsman (Mass.): Opportunity fulfilled; A Better Chance's seniors prepare to graduate AHS
An organization that brings together students from underperforming schools across the country so they can obtain a top education, win admission, and excel in college helped Fatouma Koné secure a spot in Franklin & Marshall College's class enrolling this fall.


FOX43: Volunteer training begins for U.S. Women’s Open in Lancaster County


The local FOX station covers the massive volunteer training operation for the Women’s Open; the training was held at F&M’s Alumni Sports and Fitness Center. F&M is a sponsor of the event.


Pennlive: F&M Grad Chris Finch Hopes to Help Houston Rockets Star James Harden Through a Rough Patch

Chris Finch ’92, considered by Coach Glenn Robinson one of his finest F&M players, is now an assistant with the Houston Rockets, and using his personal experience to work with guard James Harden through a tough patch.


Allentown Morning Call: Runner-up to the Republican Presidential Nominee Last Time, Rick Santorum's Still a Long Shot

F&M political analyst and pollster G. Terry Madonna is quoted in a story about Rick Santorum’s presidential bid.

LNP: Which Planned Change for Lancaster County Court System Is Most Urgent?

Dennis Reinaker ’74, president judge for Lancaster County, tells the Lancaster paper his plan of action for procedural rule-setting.


York Dispatch: Summit to Reveal Yorkers' Health Issues

Results to be released from F&M survey on personal health.


The Hartford Courant: Trinity Surges To NCAA Lacrosse Final

Women’s lacrosse falls to Trinity College in the NCAA Final Four.


LNP: Study Reports 'Epidemic Levels' of Sexual Assault at College

A new study is supporting the oft-cited statistic that one in five women, or 20 percent, experience sexual assault during their time at college. F&M is noted in the story.

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Primary 2015 – The Case of the Missing Voters

F&M’s Terry Madonna is quoted in this story about voter turnout.


The New York Times: Jim Kenney Wins Philadelphia’s Democratic Primary for Mayor

Anthony Hardy Williams ’79 loses in the Democratic primary for Philadelphia mayor, and Terry Madonna is quoted as  saying, “This has been Williams’s race to lose. For African-Americans to back away from a high-profile state senator was stunning.”

LNP: F&M Aims for Third NCAA Title in Women's Lacrosse

The 2015 Franklin & Marshall women’s lacrosse team looks to make its own mark in program history at the NCAA Division III Final Four this weekend in Chester.


LAX Power: No. 3 Franklin & Marshall Downs Fredonia in Regional Final
No. 3 Franklin & Marshall punched its ticket to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse semifinals with a 16-9 win over No. 17 Fredonia in the regional final of the 2015 NCAA Division III Tournament May 17.
Scranton Times-Tribune: Nanticoke man, the 'father of intravenous feed,' honored
The American College of Surgeons in Chicago honored Dr. Stanley Dudrick, a 1957 graduate of Franklin & Marshall, for inventing intravenous feeding, a method of getting nutrients into the body through the veins.
Unionville Times: Franklin & Marshall honors KHS’ Joseph O’Sullivan
Joseph O’Sullivan, a member of the Social Studies Department at Kennett High School, was presented with the Franklin & Marshall College High School Teacher Award May 8 during the College's Senior Awards Ceremony.
Lancaster Newspapers: Turning the page: Used book sale marks 60 years supporting city library
The annual sale, hosted by the Friends of the Lancaster Public Library at Franklin & Marshall College's Alumni Sports & Fitness Center, features more than 250,000 items for sale.


York Daily Record: New Camp Security site has 'boxy' anomalies; dig starts Monday
A recent subterranean survey of the site of a Revolutionary War prison camp showed some "boxy" anomalies -- some straight lines that could signal the footprint of a structure, Franklin & Marshall College Professor Tim Bechtel says.
Lancaster Newspapers: In predicted 2016 toss-up, Toomey could be tough to beat
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is running for his first re-election since his victory in 2010. His seat is likely to be one of a tiny handful that will determine whether Republicans continue to control the Senate. Franklin & Marshall College political analyst and pollster Terry Madonna and longtime collaborator Michael Young, a former professor of politics and public affairs at Penn State, break down the race.


LNP: Class of 2019 Takes Shape at Elizabethtown College

F&M is noted in this story about enrollment at local colleges.

LNP: Analyzing the Decline in Those Calling Themselves Christian

Professor of Religious Studies Stephen Cooper talks to the Lancaster paper about the latest Pew report on Christianity in America, saying that the findings show the “slow bleed of mainline Protestantism.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Pa. Supreme Court Race Long on Name Recognition
In a feature on the upcoming state Supreme Court election, we learn that "voters don't have a clue who these candidates are," according to G. Terry Madonna, director of F&M’s Center for Politics and Public Affairs.

Philly.com: Anthony H. Williams: A Long Political Record, Faces Toughest Race Yet

A profile of Philadelphia mayoral candidate Anthony Hardy Williams ’79.

LNP: Brookings Institution Study Rates Schools by How Much They Boost Earning Power

F&M rates highly in a new think-tank study on the earning power of alumni.

LNP: Four Tips to Help You Succeed After College

Beth Throne of OSPGD offers grads some important advice for post-college success.

CURRENTS: Show Your Worth

The new issue of the CASE magazine features F&M’s Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development in a story about how institutions are focused on demonstrating their value.


LNP: From Congo to Lancaster County: Refugees Among Wave of Newcomers to Arrive this Year

The Lancaster paper features an employee of Upohar, the restaurant created and owned by F&M Director of Web Content Sri Dasgupta.  Upohar works to pay living wages to refugees to help them become financially stable while serving dishes from their home countries. Thanks to her steady employment, Rachel Bofuasini, a native of Congo, has been able to bring her daughter to the U.S. after 10 years apart.


The Hartford Courant: College Waitlist: When You're Not In, Or Out

Just when you think the college admissions cycle is over, you're given a maybe.

Incoming freshman Ryan Paulekas is quoted; he chose F&M rather than agonize over being waitlisted at Bates.

Palo Alto Online: Visiting Bucknell, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg and Ursinus

This Bay Area publication blogs about a Pennsylvania college tour; F&M’s history is cited as a plus.

Mic.com: Game of Thrones Just Made TV History, But Not In the Way You Think

Richard Plepler ‘81’s Commencement speech is quoted in this e-zine’s article on television piracy.

Clinic for Special Children: A Key Addition 

Richard Fluck’s appointment to the Clinic’s board of directors is noted.


LNP: Life Is Like 'Game of Thrones,' HBO Exec Tells Franklin & Marshall Graduates

Coverage of Commencement 2015.

PennLive: Franklin and Marshall College Commencement Photos; 'Change is life' Says President

PennLive: HBO CEO on Green-Lighting 'Game of Thrones,' HBO Now Success, Franklin & Marshall College Memories and More

In an interview with PennLive/the Patriot-News, Richard Plepler ’81 talks about his companies recent success, and how his experience at F&M shaped his life.


Nature World News: Experts Predict Future Extinctions With the Fossil Record

Assistant professor of geosciences Paul Harnik is quoted in this article about vulnerable species.


The Washington Post: You Finally Selected a College, Don’t Start Worrying About Your Major

F&M, and its annual Declaration Dinner, are featured in this column about when and how students should choose their area of study.


LNP: Top aide to Congressman Joe Pitts Leaves Post After 20 Years

Gabe Neville ’90 is profiled as he takes a new job, leaving Capitol Hill after 20 years as an aide to Rep. Joe Pitts.


York Dispatch: Candidates for Judge Field Questions

F&M Poll Director Terry Madonna moderates a forum where the seven candidates for the York County Court of Common Pleas field questions.


LNP: Devastating Nepal Earthquake "Felt" in Lancaster County

A seismogram at F&M recorded the ground motion from the earthquake in Nepal for three hours on Saturday.


LNP: FBI Offers Reward: Ex-Franklin & Marshall Swim Coach Accused of Videotaping Girls

The FBI is now offering a reward to help track down a former Franklin & Marshall College swim coach who vanished after police accused him of secretly videotaping girls undressing in a locker room there in 1998.

Time: The Day I Discovered My Grandparents Survived a Genocide

Time Magazine republishesAssociate Professor Sylvia Alajaji’s essay from Zocalo Public Square, describing her family’s link to the genocide 100 years ago this month.


LNP: Consortium of Colleges Receives EPA Award for Food Waste Reduction Efforts

Josh Hooper ’74, head of the Pennsylvania Environmental Resources Consortium, accepts an EPA award as PERC, F&M are lauded for their environmental initiatives.

Zocalo Public Square: The Day I Discovered My Grandparents Survived a Genocide

Associate Professor of Music Sylvia Alajaji writes about how her family was affected by the echo of the Armenian genocide.


LNP: Education Dept. officials convene focus groups in Title IX investigation at Franklin & Marshall

Representatives of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights met with a broad cross-section of the Franklin & Marshall College community during a visit here this week.

 Allentown Morning Call: Tom Wolf’s Budget Invests in Education

This editorial mentions the F&M poll and Pennsylvanians’ support of ed spending.


Huffington Post: Why I Became An Activist In The Movement Against Sexual Assault

F&M sophomore Bendjhi Villiers tell the story of his activism.

See also:

LancasterOnline:  F&M sophomore: 'Why I Became An Activist In The Movement Against Sexual Assault'

LNP: Screening, discussion of 'The Hunting Ground' planned at Franklin & Marshall

Rachel Kohler ’09 is quoted in this preview of  `Hunting Ground’ screening and symposium at F&M.


LNP: Proud Fraternity Brother Glad Bad Actors Are Exposed So We Can Be Rid of Them

Dave Coyne ’87, who worked for eight years on the national staff of Kappa Sigma, says he is thankful for the media coverage given occasional fraternity hazing, assault and substance incidents.


LNP: Bad Actors Don’t Exemplify Greek Life

In this op-ed., Anthony DeMarco,  vice president of F&M’s Alumni Interfraternity Council, says incidents in the news don’t reflect the fraternity life he experienced and knows today.


LNP: More Funding, Less Ideology would Help Pa.’s Public Schools

The Franklin & Marshall poll is cited in this op-ed.


LNP: College Faculty Pay: Too much, Too little, Just Right?

F&M is featured in this piece on faculty compensation.

The New York Times: At the Head of the Pack, HBO Shows the Way Forward

Story on HBO’s advancement features Richard Plepler ’81.


The Philadelphia Inquirer: Five Years In, a Look at Drexel's High-Flying Fry

Former President John Fry is profiled in this feature. 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Judicial Campaigns Often Lean on Identity Politics

G. Terry Madonna is quoted in a story on judicial campaigns; he says the fact that voters have so little information makes the outcome of judicial races hard to predict.


LNP: Judas Iscariot on Trial in Play at Franklin & Marshall College

Lancaster paper review and discussion of spring play, directed by Jason Narvy ‘02


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Toomey's Lead Over Sestak Grows in Polls for Next Year's Senate Race

The F&M poll is cited in this look ahead to the 2016 campaign.


LNP: New 'Real Housewife' of New York Went to Franklin & Marshall

Dorinda Medley, a 1986 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, is a new cast member of “The Real Housewives of New York.”


LNP: College Decision Day is May 1 — How Should High School Students Make Their Picks?

F&M interim Vice President for Admission Julie Kerich is quoted in this story about college decisions.

LNP: Lancaster County women weigh in: A woman for the $20 bill

Deborah Murray Martin ’72, Director of Protocol and Events and Associate Secretary of the College, is among prominent Lancaster County women asked whom they think should be the first female on U.S. paper currency. Martin backs Eleanor Roosevelt.


LNP: Sidewalks Around Buchanan Park and F&M Get Signage for Walkers

The American Heart Association, Lancaster Heart and Vascular Institute of Lancaster General Health and Franklin & Marshall College unveiled a newly designated walking path around Buchanan Park and the college.

Freedom to Tinker: Scan This or Scan Me? User Privacy & Barcode-Scanning Applications

A prominent cyber-security blog from Princeton University features opinion from F&M assistant professor of government Nina Kollars and Chief Information Security Officer for the higher ed consortium that includes Bucknell, Susquehnna and F&M.

LNP: Twitter Tuesday: College Foodies Find Their Voice at Spoon University

F&M’s chapter of `Spoon University’ is noted in this LNP feature.


C-SPAN: Undocumented Students and Immigration Policy

President Dan Porterfield was a panelist at a seminar on the challenges faced by undocumented students in higher education. The seminar was sponsored by the Center for American Progress.


LNP: HBO head Richard Plepler to speak at F&M commencement

Plepler, who graduated in 1981, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Losing part of leg doesn’t stop F&M swimmer
Megan Liang, a sophomore, competes fearlessly in the 200 and 400-meter freestyle for F&M – with only one leg.\ at Franklin and Marshall, written by F&M First-Year Ben Finkelstein. 


LehighValleyLive/Pennlive.comAt What Age Should Seniors Need to Prove Driving Skills? 

A look at a recent Franklin & Marshall poll asking whether it is time to require older drivers to pass a driving skills test before their Pennsylvania driver's license can be renewed. A majority of voters think so, the poll found.

Delaware County Times: Some Youngsters Learning Pitfalls of Social Media the Hard Way

In the wake of a controversial Tweet about young baseball phenom Mo’ne Davis by a Bloombsburg University athlete, the Delco Times explores colleges’ policies on social media use by athletes. Franklin & Marshall Director of Athletic Communications Mickey Blymier is quoted.


PoliticsPA: F&M Poll: Sestak Mostly Unknown to Pennsylvania Voters

Joe Sestak may be walking the length of Pennsylvania,  but it’s not helping his name recognition as much as he’d like. According to a new F&M poll, the only declared 2016 Democratic challenger to Sen. Pat Toomey is still unknown to nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of Pennsylvania voters.

Numerous other citations statewide.


LNP: F&M poll: Wolf’s budget proposal gets good review from state voters

A majority of Pennsylvania voters support Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending plan that aggressively increases education funding, a statewide Franklin & Marshall College poll found.

(Numerous other citations statewide)


LNP: Why would any decent person want to run for public office?

Stephen Medvic, associate political science professor, weighs in on the effect of the Internet and social media on the democratic process. He tells LNP that the jury is still out on the overall impact.


History News Network: The Long History of Hate Speech

Hate speech has been a century-long rift in American politics because it pits two deeply held American values against each other: free speech and equality. Associate Professor Alison Kibler’s op-ed links past and present on the History News Network.


NJ.com/Trenton Times: Franklin & Marshall College President Speaks at Pennington School

President Porterfield addresses students, faculty and parents at the Pennington School on the value of higher education. (Read his speech here: http://www.fandm.edu/president/speeches/stephen-crane-lecture)


The New York Times: Remembering Lisa Adams

Style editor Katherine Rosman’s affecting personal remembrance of Lisa Bonchek Adams ’91.


The Boston Globe: Fight for Black Voting Rights Precedes the Constitution

The Globe’s weekly Ideas section features associate professor of history Van Gosse, who busts myths about black political participation.

LNP: Officials Seek Source of Explosion Near F&M

A loud `boom’ rattled College Row but the cause of the explosion, which did not cause any injuries, is still under investigation. 


The New York Times: Lisa Bonchek Adams Dies at 45; Chronicled Fight With Breast Cancer

The Times obit for Lisa Bonchek Adams ’91.


LNP: Franklin & Marshall College Alumnus Donates $1.5 Million for Career Services Facility

The Lancaster paper features Brett Harwood ‘71’s gift to expand OSPGD and move it to the current Appel Infirmary location.


LNP: Franklin & Marshall College Named a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars

The Lancaster paper features the news of F&M’s first-ever naming to the Fulbright leaders list.

Newsworks (WHYY): Average Americans Lack Common Bond of Service Against Evil Abroad

F&M alumna Rosemary Calabrese McDonough ’76, P’11 writes about societal change that can be viewed through alumni magazines and in other venues.


The Philadelphia Inquirer: Nutter Proposes 9.34% Property-Tax Hike to Help Fund Schools

In a story about the Philadelphia mayor’s proposed property tax increase, F&M analyst and pollster G. Terry Madonna expresses skepticism that state lawmakers would approve new Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget – in which case Philadelphians might have to swallow a hike in their property taxes.

NBC: Grisly Ritual Revealed: How Bolivians Dissolved Bodies

An NBC News story features recent exciting work by F&M's Scott Smith, which reveals how an ancient funerary practice adapted to a peripatetic Bolivian culture.


Inside Higher Ed: Shocking Decision at Sweet Briar

Former F&M President Richard Kneedler is quoted in this follow-up to the surprising news that Sweet Briar College is shutting down. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Law Review: Campus Sex-Assault trials Bypass Rights to Pass Judgment

F&M is mentioned in a feature on legal aspects of campus sexual-assault proceeedings.

MainlineMediaNews: Democrat Joe Sestak to Kick Off 2016 Campaign for U.S. Senate Democrat Joe Sestak is looking for a rematch against Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., in 2016; F&M pollster G. Terry Madonna says that Sestak never really stopped running against Toomey since his defeat five years ago.

LNP: Gov. Tom Wolf Budget: His Plan for K-12 Education

Franklin & Marshall College political analyst G. Terry Madonna said any tax increase makes Gov. Wolf’s budget plan a tough sell in the GOP-dominated Legislature.


FoxNews: Colleges Using Coffers for Financial Aid to Illegal Immigrants 

Network picks up New York Times story that featured new DACA initiative at Franklin & Marshall.

LNP: Franklin & Marshall Among Leaders in Extending Aid to Undocumented Students

The Lancaster paper takes note of the New York Times story featuring F&M’s DACA initiative.


The New York Times: Financial Aid for Undocumented Students Is Losing Its Stigma

Franklin & Marshall's program to enroll DACA students is featured in this story about trends in financial support for immigrant students.“It’s been talked about more, and more openly, because of the existence of a legal status, DACA,” President Porterfield told the Times.  “It now gives those students the legal right to be more out of the shadows than they had been when they were simply undocumented.”

See also: The Honolulu Star-Advertiser 


LNP: Lancaster General Health to Provide Franklin & Marshall College Student Health Services

The Lancaster paper details the new partnership between LGH and F&M.

University Business: Supporting First-Gen Students

F&M’s move away from merit aid is listed in this article about initiatives to enroll more first-generation students.


LNP: At Wealthy Colleges, More Student Aid, Less Debt

Institutional wealth helps top colleges offer their needy students "better financial support than most other colleges could afford to provide." F&M’s `endowment per student’ - one method of evaluating college wealth and support for students - is $131,632.


USAToday: Ancient Mortuary Sheds Light on Early Burial Rites

An ancient mortuary has been discovered in the foothills of the Andes; assistant professor of anthropology Scott Smith describes how the rituals performed there suited both the religious beliefs and the peripatetic lifestyle of the people.

See also: International Business Times:


LNP: First Lady, Frances Wolf, visits Lancaster city school

Frances Donnelly Wolf  ’96, a trustee and Pennsylvania’s new first lady, spent time with some third-grade pupils as part of a visit with educators in Lancaster.

LNP: Student debt impeding homeownership, says Federal Reserve

F&M mentioned in this blog post about Fed report on student debt.


LNP: Armstrong Pedestrian Bridge Being Dismantled; Lancaster to Take Ownership

The old bridge on the former Armstrong site is being taken down. 


Pennlive: The Only President from Pennsylvania Ranked as the Worst in U.S. History

F&M's Terry Madonna weighs in on the only Pennsylvanian ever to be elected president - Lancaster's own James Buchanan, again recently named the worst in U.S. history. "His biggest overall problem was an inability to deal with a growing unrest and polarization of the North and South at the beginning of the Civil War," Madonna said. 


Philadelphia Daily News: Mayoral Candidate Williams' Resume Not Quite Right – Again

The record of Anthony Hardy Williams ’79 is examined.


Chronicle of Higher Education: Top Fulbright Producers

Franklin & Marshall is named to the list of top producers of Fulbright scholars for the first time.

Bloomberg News: Colleges Use ‘Bag of Tricks’ to Juice Application Numbers

Over the last month, schools including Colby College in Maine and Swarthmore and Franklin & Marshall in Pennsylvania have seen one-year jumps in their application numbers of as much as 50 percent, a swing that would seem more at home on the Nasdaq stock exchange than a college campus. While admissions offices have occasionally reported big increases in the past, they generally occurred when the number of high school graduates was increasing.

NorthCentralPa.com: Interactive Website Highlights Pioneering Approach To Watershed Restoration

Franklin & Marshall College and multiple partners who collaborated to develop and test a new approach to a wetland ecosystem restoration at Big Spring Run (BSR) announced the launch of the BSR Project website. The website consolidates more than a decade of research and monitoring of a pioneering approach to ecosystem restoration within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, with the research lead by Franklin & Marshall College and the restoration design and implementation by LandStudies Inc. from Lititz, Pa. 


LNP: Bridge’s Link to History Lacks Solid Foundation

In an editorial, the Lancaster paper supports F&M and LGH's plan to dismantle a pedestrian bridge in the Northwest Gateway development zone.

Forbes: Four Innovative Ways Colleges and Universities are Fighting Poverty

Franklin and Marshall's partnerships, including Posse, are mentioned in this Forbes piece about higher education's efforts toward equity and inclusion.


Pennlive: Armstrong Pedestrian Bridge to Be Removed Next Month in Lancaster County

Despite some public resistance, Franklin & Marshall College and Lancaster General Health are moving forward with plans to take down an old pedestrian bridge at a development site in the city.


Philly.com: Teens' immature brains pose all sorts of dangers
When young people make risky decisions or do dangerous things, certain areas of the brain -- the reward centers -- light up more when they are in the company of friends. Compounding the risk is social media, which gives young adults round-the-clock access to one another. Abigail Quint, 21, a senior at Franklin & Marshall College, says she often juggles coursework with her need to connect with friends. "If I'm not texting on my cellphone, I feel as though I'm missing something. We have a name for it: FOMO, fear of missing out. Your friends will be somewhere or do something cool without you. You'll be out of the loop."

Lancaster Online: Signs urging Armstrong bridge be kept as-is popping up in city's northwest
The signs urge Franklin & Marshall College and Lancaster General Health to keep the Armstrong pedestrian bridge at its current location. The text reads: "Say 'No' to F&M and LGH / Save this link to our past" and urges people to call City Hall. Former mayor Art Morris, who has been pushing for the bridge's preservation, said he had 50 of the signs made. They started going up last weekend, including along President Avenue.


The New York Times: The Myth of the Harmless Wrong

Victims — like beauty — are often in the eye of the beholder. In a piece for the New York Times “Gray Matter,” Chelsea Schein ’11 writes with a colleague on their recent studies that found people perceive victims in acts they consider immoral, even ostensibly `victimless’ behaviors. Schein, a Williamson medalist, is the daughter of Jan Schein '78.


LNP: Donations to U.S. colleges set record in 2014

Franklin & Marshall sees an increase in giving, according to a national report released this week.


LNP: Armstrong Bridge Deemed Not in Heritage District

The Armstrong pedestrian bridge that sits on property Franklin & Marshall College and Lancaster General Health are developing isn't located in Lancaster's heritage conservation district, according to the city's solicitor. While the opinion would seem to pave the way for its removal as part of the development, those who want to see the bridge preserved said they'd fight on.


Lancaster Newspapers: Lancaster City Council to vote on water rate increase, get Armstrong bridge update
Franklin & Marshall College and Lancaster General Health are developing the land on which the footbridge sits. Mayor Rick Gray has asked the city solicitor to determine whether part of the bridge lies in the city's heritage conservation district.

Blue Ridge Cable: Contested Space: Witness to Place (VIDEO)
This 48-second video features a current display at Franklin & Marshall College's Phillips Museum of Art. The images by local photographer Robert Lowing depict the construction of a natural gas pipeline in northern Pennsylvania's Tioga and Bradford counties, as well as tracts where the pipeline is proposed in Lancaster County.

The Legal Intelligencer: Pa. Supreme Court May Be Shorthanded All Year
Vacancies on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court may go unfilled until after November's judicial elections, setting the stage for the court to function with only five justices throughout 2015. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College, said that might be the best course of action. "You'd have to find somebody who would agree to do it for [about] nine months," he said. "You can't say it won't work, but it doesn't seem likely."


In a feature on the STEM Posse program, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute quotes President Porterfield:  “We know there are extraordinary numbers of talented students who fail to attend colleges that fit with their high school achievements. We invest in programs, including Posse, to provide students access to higher education that’s commensurate with their talent. And we believe they will go on to make a disproportionate difference in the world.”


LNP: Applications to F&M Exceed 7,000, Break School Record

Franklin & Marshall College said this week it has received more than 7,000 applications for enrollment for 2015: 7,025, to be exact. That figure shatters by 25 percent the previous record of 5,632, set in 2008. It beats the 2014 numbers by 28 percent. 

LNP: Pedestrian from Fatal City Hit/Run Was "Gentle, Kind," Driver Charged

Chuck Leayman, science library assistant and longtime F&M employee, is remembered. He died this week after being struck by a car, whose driver fled the scene.


LNP: Gov. Tom Wolf Sworn In As Pennsylvania's 47th Governor

President Daniel Porterfield  said Gov. Tom Wolf's commitment to education is the reason he braved the chilly temperatures to witness his swearing in.

"At F&M, we have been excited about some of the ideas (Wolf) has put forward about education, and how that relates to the future of the commonwealth," he said from his seat in the risers.

Porterfield also said he is excited to see what F&M alumna and board member First Lady Frances Wolf does in her new role.

WTIF: Smart Talk: All About Polls

Franklin & Marshall Center for Opinion Research director Berwood Yost appeared on the Smart Talk program to discuss recent polling performances, disclosure standards for polls, internet polling, partisan polls, and pollster Nate Silver.

LNP: New photography exhibit at F&M explores impact of proposed gas pipeline

A new photographic exhibit at Franklin & Marshall College compares what the hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Bradford and Tioga counties does to the landscape with what some Lancaster County residents fear will happen to their community if a 35-mile gas pipeline is built.


Applications to F&M Eclipse 7,000, Breaking Record

All the World’s a Stage (Slideshow)

The Washington Post: For Parents, Now Begins the Anxious Waiting Game for College Financial Aid

Franklin & Marshall’s move away from merit aid is mentioned on The Post’s new higher-ed blog; other colleges tell The Post that strategy would be too risky for their bottom line.

The Post-Gazette: First Lady Frances Wolf will be her own woman

A profile of Frances Donnelly Wolf ’96, who is also a trustee, points out that the wife of new governor Tom Wolf is a working artist with a record of community involvement, but likely to keep a low profile. The story also interviews F&M polling director and political expert Terry Madonna.

The New York Times: Sorority Anti-Rape Idea: Drinking on Own Turf

A front-page story explores move afoot among sororities to end anti-alcohol regulations among traditionally “dry” houses. Members say they would feel safer drinking in their own residences than at fraternities.

Inside Higher Education: Well Prepared in Their Own Eyes

It turns out that college students are being well-prepared for future careers – at least in their own minds. Ask employers, and it’s a very different picture.


LNP: The Federici File: `The Godfather,’ Sushi and Coldplay

What fans of Franklin & Marshall’s nationally ranked men’s basketball team don’t know about Brandon Federici, a freshman guard/forward who leads the Centennial Conference in scoring.



LNP: Context Essential to Understanding Ferguson, Georgetown's Chatelain Tells F&M Audience

At Common Hour, the creator of #FergusonSyllabus advocates a `loving, peaceful’ approach to talking about racial strife.

LNP: `Die-In’ Precedes Ferguson talk at F&M

As audience members filed into Mayser Gymnasium for Marcia Chatelain’s presentation they encountered about a dozen students and activists lying in the middle of the floor. It was a die-in, a form of protest widely adopted in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo.

University Business: Higher Ed Thought Leaders Forecast 2015 Trends

President Daniel Porterfield says affordability and value will be key issues to watch in the coming year.


Pennlive: What Do Area Educators Think of Obama's Free Community College Idea?

President Daniel Porterfield weighs in on the proposal from the White House, saying it "emphasizes the importance of societal investment in quality public education at all levels."

Pennlive: The Floridians Are Coming!

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced plans to try to lure Pennsylvania businesses to the Sunshine State. Politics probably has a lot more to do with Scott's poaching attempt than economic development, said Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin and Marshall Center for Politics & Public Affairs.


LNP: Undergrad Years Were Exploration of possibilities

In an essay for the Lancaster paper’s Perspectives section, Malu Malhotra ’14 explains why her Franklin & Marshall experience was so valuable.

LNP: Effort Underway to Preserve Railyard Bridge in Lancaster

Removing and relocating a 92-year-old pedestrian bridge from the redevelopment project near Clipper Magazine Stadium would sever a link to Lancaster’s industrial past, according to people who would like to see the bridge kept in place. F&M and project partner Lancaster General Health say the bridge has been deemed ineligible for historic status and will be dismantled as the project, on the old Norfolk Southern site, proceeds.

NPR: A Restaurant That Serves Up a Side of Social Goals

NPR’s All Things Considered profiled F&M’s Director of Web Content and Multimedia Sri Dasgupta, who owns a small restaurant and catering company in Lancaster that employs primarily refugees who might have trouble finding work elsewhere.



LNP: Design intervention: `A’ is for Arches in Architecture

The arched windows on Old Main are cited as perfect examples of narrow lancet arches in the first of a series of design columns in the Lancaster paper.


LNP: F&M's meritorious decision to shift financial aid to students who need it

An editorial in the Lancaster paper praises Franklin & Marshall for its talent strategy, including the shift away from merit aid in favor of need-based assistance. 

Charleston Eater: Charleston Chefs Battle for the Win on the Food Network’s `Chopped’

Carlton “Vandy” Vanderwarker ’04, a chef in Charleston, S.C., is a contestant on the Food Network’s reality cooking show, `Chopped.’



The Washington Post: Colleges often give discounts to the rich. But here’s one that gave up on ‘merit aid.’F&M’s talent strategy, involving a move away from merit aid to need-based assistance, is explored in depth in a front-page article. The story was syndicated and appeared in several other newspapers, including the Columbia (Tenn.) Daily Herald,  the Ozarks (Missouri) Sentinel and the Allentown Morning Call.

LNP: Need-based approach to student aid paying off at Franklin & Marshall College

A few years ago, Franklin & Marshall College reassessed how it attracts students and distributes its financial aid. The result was "a recruiting revolution that has drawn national attention," according to The Washington Post. Along with publishing The Post’s feature, LNP interviewed President Porterfield for a sidebar.

LNP: Should the federal government rate colleges?

A framework for the administration’s ratings plan was released; President Porterfield says more information is helpful to students and families, and that F&M “has a great story to tell,” particularly about student outcomes.


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