1/11/2016 Peter Durantine

F&M in the News 2016

12/20/16 

WITF: A look back at Governor Tom Wolf's 2016

Longtime Pennsylvania pollster and analyst Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College said, though, that this doesn't necessarily mean much. After years of analyzing the Capitol he said one thing seems clear about the upcoming year--it's going to be a tough one. "The governor's race is underway right now. It's not in full swing, but it's underway," Madonna said. "Therefore, this budget coming up and the battle will set the stage for the bigger battle next year."

WESA (Pittsburgh’s NPR station): PA’s Budget Shortfall Not Unprecedented, But Still Pretty Bad

Budget Secretary Randy Albright said this year’s financial outlook is at least as bad, if not worse than any he’s seen in his time in state government. But Terry Madonna, pollster and analyst with Franklin and Marshall College, noted the commonwealth is by no means a stranger to being strapped for cash. “Routinely we had them in the 1960s … in the late 1970s. We had some tough budgets in the early '90s," he said. “So, budget deficits have been commonplace in this state.”

York Daily Record: Belsnickels & belly-guts: York's holiday traditions (column)

In the 1949 book “Christmas in Pennsylvania,” Franklin & Marshall College professor Dr. Alfred Shoemaker wrote that this was the first public display of a Christmas tree in America. By 1842, local entrepreneurs were capitalizing on the growing popularity of the holiday tradition.

PennLive: Will Trump give you a tax cut?

Congress is unlikely to pass a plan with high spending or those that will create big deficits, according to Terry Madonna, political analyst at Franklin & Marshall College. There's a better chance of Trump's plan being merged with House Speaker Paul Ryan's plan, analysts said.

12/19/16

National Geographic: How Today's Toys May Be Harming Your Daughter

The onslaught of gender-based marketing has only become more pronounced. A recent study by Carol Auster, a sociologist at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, examined the retail website of Disney, one of the most powerful children's tastemakers, and saw that every single toy was categorized as either “girl toys” or “boy toys.” Those toys that were cross-listed for both boys and girls were all of a color scheme more traditionally associated with boys: blue, green, red, gray. Even for ostensibly gender-neutral children’s toys, masculine gender coding seems to be the default.

Devex: From Pennsylvania to Melbourne: An outside the box internship in sustainable development

Understanding how everyday consumer choices impact developing countries is not a common concern for 22-year-old college students. But that’s exactly what’s on the mind of Katie Foreman, an environmental studies major from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania. Last month, she had the opportunity to intern at small sustainable fashion company Etiko on the other side of the world, in Melbourne, Australia. Her experience opened up a host of new opportunities and is shaping her career ambitions to work in the industry, which considers the impact on producing communities and the environment.

Newsworks (Philadelphia): Pennsylvania budget shortfall not without precedent, but still dire

Budget Secretary Randy Albright said this year's financial outlook is at least as bad, if not worse than any he's seen in his time in state government. But Terry Madonna, pollster and analyst with Franklin & Marshall College, noted that the commonwealth is by no means a stranger to being strapped for cash. "Routinely we had them in the 1960s ... in the late 1970s, [and] we had some tough budgets in the early '90s," he said. "So budget deficits have been commonplace in this state."

The Citizens’ Voice (Wilkes-Barre): Costly Senate race overwhelmed TV screens throughout NEPA

“It doesn’t surprise me,” said G. Terry Madonna, Ph.D., the political analyst from Franklin & Marshall College, of the spending locally. “Look, if you’re a Democrat, where do you put your money? You’re going to put your money in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and up in your area, which is still a big Democratic area.”

LNP: Report of Mayor's Commission to Combat Poverty has some gaps, but we hope new coalition succeeds

In August 2015, a Franklin & Marshall College report titled “Lancaster Prospers?” assailed the economic chasm between the city’s thriving downtown and its declining neighborhoods, particularly those in the Southeast, where much of the city’s poverty is concentrated. Two months later, Mayor Rick Gray appointed a commission to address poverty in the city. The 11-member commission, assisted by four work groups, was charged with producing a plan that included measurable poverty-reduction goals and a timeline for reaching those goals. It delivered its report, titled “One Good Job,” to the mayor Thursday evening.

The Phoenix Reporter & Item: Pennsylvania electors plan to uphold the state’s choice for president

 Terry Madonna, a pollster and political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, said there are other instances of faithless electors or disputed Electoral College results further back in America’s history: such as the 1876 election, in which electoral votes in four states were disputed; and the 1808 election, when there were six faithless electors. He said the last time Americans had a serious debate about the Electoral College was during the 2000 presidential election, when Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote, but lost the Electoral College vote to Republican George W. Bush.

12/16/16 

The Daily Astorian (Washington): Column: Make colleges diverse

Dan Porterfield, the president of Franklin and Marshall and a Bloomberg adviser, says that the coalition will welcome any college with at least a 70 percent graduation rate. I hope many more join. Porterfield emphasizes the benefits that colleges will get from working together — like learning how to find students or find budget savings to pay for scholarships. No doubt, this collaboration will help. But I think the public commitment matters more.

San Francisco Chronicle: Trump’s Cabinet nominees want to reshape the nation — and the Earth

During 2013 and 2014, only four of 69,406 authors of peer-reviewed articles on global warming felt that humans were not the primary cause of climate change, according to a study by former Franklin and Marshall College President James Lawrence Powell.

LNP: Lancaster poverty report: cut rate in half, move 3,000 to good jobs over 15 years

The Lancaster County Community Foundation contributed $65,000 to the commission’s work. Franklin & Marshall College gave $59,000 as part of its annual in-lieu-of-taxes payment. The city paid $11,681, said Patrick Hopkins, the city’s business administrator.

LNP: Christmas tree recycling at Lancaster County Central Park to operate Dec. 26-Jan. 31

John Moss, a former professor at Franklin and Marshall College and a founding member of the Lancaster Environmental Action Federation (LEAF), worked to promote the conservation of natural resources for the improvement of the environment of Lancaster County's public parks and open spaces. 

The Litchfield County Times: Women’s Forum presents program on land conservation in Litchfield County

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council, works with the CLCC Steering Committee to provide the Connecticut conservation community — including its 137+ land trusts — with technical assistance, training and advocacy for land conservation across the state. She received a BA from Franklin & Marshall College and her law degree from the University of Denver. Amy was awarded the 2014 Women Inspiring Conservation in Connecticut Award, sponsored by The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Farm Service Agency and the Connecticut Association of Conservation Districts.

12/15/16

Fast Company: The American Dream Is Under Threat. Can Higher Education Save It?

At Franklin & Marshall College, one of the coalition schools, administrators have found success recruiting applicants through partnerships with K12 schools and enrichment programs that serve lower-income populations, such as public charter schools like KIPP and nonprofits like College Track. "Their goals and our goals are aligned," says Dan Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall.

WITF (Harrisburg) Smart Talk: Recruiting low income, talented students

Franklin and Marshall College President Dan Porterfield is leading a historic effort to enroll more low or moderate-income but talented students at thirty of the nation's top universities and colleges. 

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: American Talent Initiative Seeks to Provide Educational Access for Low-income Students

Thirty higher education institutions from across the academic spectrum have united in an effort to increase the enrollment and graduation of high-achieving students from low- and moderate-income families. F&M is listed.

The Daily Princetonian: News and Notes: U. to participate in ATI to expand collegiate access to talented low-income students

President Christopher Eisgruber serves on the Initiative’s Steering Committee along with President Ana Mari Cauce of University of Washington, President Michael Drake of Ohio State University, and President Dan Porterfield of Franklin & Marshall College, among others.

LNP: Automatic pay raises reveal serious flaws in how we compensate our legislators

According to a Franklin & Marshall College poll earlier this year, 67 percent of those surveyed said they had lost faith in state government. That’s the highest dissatisfaction rate in more than two decades. And now a raise, about which the taxpayers had no say. No wonder they’re dissatisfied.

PennLive: Trump’s biggest promises in Pa.: Can he keep them?

"Conservatives in the House and Senate will balk at any big spending plans," said Terry Madonna, a veteran political analyst at Franklin & Marshall College.

12/14/16

WITF (Harrisburg) Smart Talk: Recruiting low income, talented students

Franklin and Marshall College President Dan Porterfield is leading a historic effort to enroll more low or moderate-income but talented students at thirty of the nation's top universities and colleges. The American Talent Initiative, which was announced yesterday, will be funded by an initial $1.7 million grant from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies.  As part of the program, the institutions will collaborate on recruiting and sharing ideas on what works.   Besides Franklin and Marshall, other participating colleges and universities include Harvard, Princeton, Duke and Stanford.Dr. Dan Porterfield explains the initiative on Wednesday's Smart Talk. 

LNP: F&M models new effort to recruit low-income students to selective colleges

Organizers of the American Talent Initiative, a new national program to attract more low-income students to selective colleges and universities, say Franklin & Marshall College is a model for what they hope to achieve. “Dan Porterfield and Franklin & Marshall led us to this initiative,” said Joshua Wyner, vice president and executive director of the Aspen College Excellence Program.

The Washington Post: Selective colleges pledge to recruit more low-income students

Thirty selective colleges and universities announced Tuesday that they are teaming up in an effort to recruit more students from lower-income families. F&M is listed among the private colleges.

Education Week: Elite Colleges Announce New Push to Recruit Lower-Income Students

Thirty of the nation's most selective colleges and universities on Tuesday announced a new initiative to find talented students from lower-income families and enroll them in institutions with high graduation rates. F&M is listed among the private colleges.

LNP: $4.2M was spent in Lancaster County's race for Congress; $1.4M of it came from 'dark money'

But skyrocketing spending is typical when seats open for a U.S. House district — which have an average 93 percent incumbent re-election rate. “It’s really the one shot that a minority party has of winning a district,” said Franklin & Marshall College political science professor Stephen Medvic.

12/13/16

Philadelphia Inquirer: Top colleges look to enroll more low-income students

Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster is helping to lead a new national effort aimed at recruiting 50,000 talented students from low- and moderate-income families to the nation's top 270 colleges

The New York Times: Making Colleges Diverse

[Former New York Mayor Michael] Bloomberg is creating a coalition of colleges that publicly commit to become more diverse. The initial 30 members include public universities (Berkeley, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Texas) and private (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Rice, Duke). Dan Porterfield, the president of Franklin and Marshall and a Bloomberg adviser, says that the coalition will welcome any college with at least a 70 percent graduation rate. I hope many more join. Porterfield emphasizes the benefits that colleges will get from working together — like learning how to find students or find budget savings to pay for scholarships. No doubt, this collaboration will help. But I think the public commitment matters more.

PennLive: F&M, Lehigh join effort to make college education accessible to talented, lower-income students

Opening the college doors to more high-performing students from low- to moderate-income families is the goal of a new initiative announced on Tuesday that two Pennsylvania higher education institutions have joined. Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, along with 28 other public and private colleges and universities, have agreed to be the first institutions to commit to expand the number of talented low- and moderate-income students it enrolls and graduates.

12/12/16

Inside Higher Ed: What 'Grit' Means for College Educators

Educators should seek to build campus ecosystems where those with certain qualities can shine, strengthen themselves and inspire others, writes Franklin & Marshall College’s Daniel R. Porterfield.

The Times-Tribune (Scranton): Fresh from cresting hill, GOP views a mountain

Voters have mixed feelings about Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. In a March Franklin & Marshall College poll, 40 percent had a strongly or somewhat favorable view of him while 42 percent had a strongly or somewhat unfavorable view. Plus, about two-thirds of voters thought the state was on the wrong track.

LNP: In the Spotlight: Interfaith leader urges solidarity, mindfulness in wake up a nasty election year

As someone who has devoted her life to bringing together people of different backgrounds, ethnicities and faiths, the Rev. Susan Minasian has never seen an election year quite like the one voters across the country just experienced.

“The hate rhetoric, the hate language, the hate behavior in this past election cycle was shocking,” said Minasian, chaplain at Franklin & Marshall College and one of the organizers of the new Lancaster Interfaith Coalition.

LNP: What factors will play a role in Pennsylvania’s congressional redistricting in a few years?

It’s still early to predict how the 2021 legislative group would handle the loss of another seat. But Franklin & Marshall College political observer G. Terry Madonna said, by just looking at the map, he would expect Republicans to have a difficult time picking up another seat. “They’ll just protect the 13-seat majority,” if they’re in power in the Legislature, he said. If Democrats are in control, Madonna said they would likely look to the moderate Philadelphia suburbs to pick up a seat. Places like Montgomery county, currently split among five districts, may be finagled to produce another Democratic district, he said.

12/9/16

LNP: York diner owner expands site of future Round the Clock eatery near F&M, might add stores

Themi Sacarellos, an owner of the two Round the Clock Diners in York, has acquired the vacant northwest corner of Harrisburg Pike and Dillerville Road for $2.0 million.

12/8/16

LNP: Higher pay for college presidents, but not at Franklin & Marshall or Elizabethtown

The pay for presidents of the nation’s private colleges reached new heights in 2014, but the trend went the other way in Lancaster County.

The Legal Intelligencer: 2016 Election Could Shake Up Next Judicial Race

And Democrats do not have a Philadelphia mayoral election to bring voters to the polls, said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College. Still, he said, it will be difficult to predict the results even as the election grows closer. "All bets are off. There's just too many unknowns from what we've just seen in the presidential election," Madonna said. Madonna said it will be interesting to see whether the municipal and judicial elections bring out citizens who did not historically vote, but came out for President-elect Donald Trump. They turned out in the southwest and northeast parts of Pennsylvania in November, Madonna said, and they might choose to get active in local government elections.

12/7/16

The Japan News: Living & Learning: Japanese students overseas / Opportunities await outside comfort zone

By Misa Katagi (Franklin & Marshall College) / Special to The Japan News

This column features reports by Japanese students currently studying overseas on their lives on and off campus. Opportunities. This intangible idea seems to be everywhere and at the same time hard to grasp. Here at Franklin & Marshall College in the United States, the environment drives students to venture forward and find a passion, make valuable connections and strive toward academic goals. Every day I feel pushed to step out of my comfort zone to a place where I can discover new opportunities and make them my own.

12/6/16

LNP: Lancaster grad student studying connection between Hispanics, city's art scene

Salina Almanzar grew up in the city’s southeast but went to Lancaster Mennonite High School, where her interest in art was encouraged. She’s pursuing her master’s in arts administration after getting an undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College.

PennLive: New display honors New Cumberland man killed during Pearl Harbor attack

U.S. Navy Ensign Lee Fox, of New Cumberland, is considered one of the first American men to die during Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Soon, you'll be able to learn all about his heroic actions. Fox had enrolled in the ROTC program at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, learned to fly at the Pittsburgh Airport and went on to naval flight training at Pensacola, Fla., before being assigned to duty in Hawaii.

The Washington Times: Donald Trump hit for assembling team lacking executive experience to run massive federal agencies

G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, said Mr. Trump’s picks may have less experience running big operations, but that shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who watched his campaign. “That’s the major argument used by Trump: that he would not only change the policies of the nation, but drain the swamp and put in a federal government hiring freeze, among many other promises,” Mr. Madonna said.

12/5/16

LNP: Millersville U., Franklin & Marshall College get state grants to fight campus sexual assault

Franklin & Marshall College was awarded $30,000 and Millersville University was awarded $29,994 through Gov. Tom Wolf’s “It’s On Us PA” program.

LNPOn the arduous journey out of poverty, and questions we hope the Mayor's Commission to Combat Poverty will answer

As LNP reported last Sunday, since 2001, the average hourly wage for Lancaster County workers has fallen 1 percent, when adjusted for inflation, according to a Franklin & Marshall College report. For those earning under $12, wages have fallen 4 percent.

12/2/16

LNP: Norman Bristol Colon announces run for mayor of Lancaster

Given the size of Lancaster’s Latino population — it’s about 40 percent of the total, according to the U.S. Census, — the city is bound to have a Latino mayor at some point, Franklin & Marshall College political science professor G. Terry Madonna says.

LNPTransgender Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine to speak at Franklin & Marshall

Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine will speak at a Franklin & Marshall College "Common Hour" next month. Levine, one of the nation's few transgender public officials, will speak on transgender medicine. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19 at F&M's Mayser Gymnasium. It is free and open to the public.

MyCentralJersey.com: Rutgers Preparatory School

On Monday, Dec. 5, Rutgers Preparatory School in Franklin will host a live webcast of a panel discussion regarding the expectation of an independent school education. … “The Evolution of College Ready – What skills and knowledge should independent school graduates master for success in college, career, and life?” will be moderated by Samuel Abrams, director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and will feature a number of experts in the field of education, including the president of Franklin and Marshall College, Daniel Porterfield, Ph.D.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Readers: Startingly rich Milton Hershey School should expand mission with $12B

Richard Kneedler, a retired president of Franklin & Marshall College, said: "Milton Hershey was clearly concerned about education so that anything that could be done to broaden the focus of the trust should have education at its heart. You are probably leveraging this three to four times. You will produce hundreds of thousands of college graduates in 20 or 30 years. These are graduates who could have a profound impact on the state,” said Kneedler, who said he was speaking for himself and not for Franklin & Marshall. “It brings tears to my eyes as to what this would do for our inner-city schools.”

RealClear Politics.com: What Dems and the GOP Learned in Pennsylvania

“It was small-town rural America vs. urban America,” G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College, told RealClearPolitics. “It’s pretty much a consensus here that what we ended up with was a neglected white working-class base. It’s a question in all these states [of whether] we appreciated the degree of angst and concern that these voters had, that in a change environment favored Trump. And they were willing to look past his foibles.”

The Meadville Tribune: Election officials call cyber-attack theory far fetched

But while results were unexpected, hacking seems a less likely explanation than experts just missing the signs of Trump's momentum, said G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin and Marshall College. “We didn't get the enthusiasm and dedication of Donald Trump voters,” he said. “Before the election, I kept hearing people talking about yard signs, and I said, 'Yard signs don't vote.' Well, now, I think maybe they do," he said.

12/1/30

Medium.com: When Colleges Invest in Students, Everyone Wins

Essay by F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield: “Thanksgiving offers the quintessential moment to express our gratitude for the richness in our lives. For me, I am profoundly blessed to work at a liberal arts college, where the future of society develops through an outstanding education, cultivating strength, passion, perseverance, and ambition in our students.”

LNP: Report: Lancaster County's foreign-born residents contribute $1.3 billion annually to economy

Moreover, immigrants have a strong track record of starting small businesses and expanding net economic activity, said Antonio Callari, an economics professor at Franklin & Marshall College.

BillyPenn.com: Philly vs. the farmers: Why rural voters rule in Pennsylvania

“We have this ideological change,” says Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College, “that has made it impossible to do the compromises that were historically done.”   

Atlanta Jewish Times: Are You College-Smart?

Included are questions relating to the Jewish aspects of college that parents may want to know as their students are preparing for post-secondary education: Which private college does not have an on-campus kosher meal plan? A. Boston University. B. Franklin & Marshall. C. Muhlenberg. D. Wake Forest. (The answer is D)

11/30/16

Philly Voice: Temple, Drexel and 34 other schools awarded $1 million to combat sexual assault on campus.

Thirty-six colleges and universities in Pennsylvania were awarded $1 million in state grants to fight sexual assault on campus, a first-ever for Pennsylvania's "It's On Us" campaign. Franklin & Marshall College is one of the recipients who each received about $30,000.

Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho): Other View: Clinton lost Pennsylvania more than Trump won it

A closer look at Pennsylvania’s balloting produces a different conclusion: Democrats of all stripes — young people, members of minority groups, suburbanites and working-class loyalists — just didn’t turn out the way they did for President Barack Obama. This was less about Trump than about Clinton. “He got out his vote but she underperformed their expectations,” concludes Terry Madonna who runs the poll at Franklin & Marshall College which, like the Bloomberg Politics October survey, foresaw a Clinton victory. If she had produced anywhere near Obama’s 2012 tallies with young voters and blacks she would have won Pennsylvania instead of losing it by about 70,000 votes.

NASDAQ: Strongbridge Biopharma plc Announces Promotion of Fredric Cohen, M.D., to Chief Medical Officer

Cohen has also held research and development positions with Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly & Company. Dr. Cohen earned his M.D. from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and an AB in biology from Franklin and Marshall College. Strongbridge Biopharma plc is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapies for rare diseases.

Mustang360: Stoner Car Care Solutions for your Mustang

In business since 1942, Stoner Inc. was founded by Paul Stoner (now deceased) after earning a chemistry degree from Franklin and Marshall College. Initially, Stoner specialized in printing inks, and then a lubricant designed for the tire retread industry. Over time, Stoner’s business model changed according to customer needs, which lead to the company’s shift toward the car care product industry.

11/29/16

LNP: It’s time for higher education to embrace vocational aspirations

F&M’s Jeff Nesteruk’s op-ed: It’s time for higher education to embrace vocational aspirations As a tenured professor at a liberal arts college, I hear regularly about the precarious future of “the liberal arts.” Since I’m not a prominent university president, provost or college dean, I wonder what I can do when I see something that I’ve given years of my life to slipping away.

LNP: Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray won't seek re-election

Under Gray’s administration, “we really have an environment that people want to be in and want to invest in,” said Marshall Snively, president of the Lancaster City Alliance, a nonprofit that describes its mission as improving the city’s financial stability, public safety and quality of life. That’s made it a model for others, said G. Terry Madonna, political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College. Gray was deeply involved in city life for years before he first ran, and he’s still out and about all the time, Madonna said.

LNP:  Defying poverty, part 1: At 3:40 in the morning, a single mom walks 2 miles to work

Since 2001, the average hourly wage for Lancaster County workers has fallen 1 percent, when adjusted for inflation, according to a Franklin & Marshall College report. For those earning under $12, wages have fallen 4 percent.

11/28/16

LNP: Lancaster college presidents join letter urging Donald Trump to condemn hate speech, crimes

The presidents of three Lancaster County institutions of higher educations have joined more than 100 of their peers nationwide in calling on President-elect Donald Trump to condemn hate crimes. In an open letter, the college and university presidents urge Trump "to condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation, sometimes in your name." The public roll of signatories lists Franklin & Marshall College President Dan Porterfield and Elizabethtown College President Carl Strikwerda.

NBC10 (Philadelphia): Deceased Bowling Alley Owners Donate More Than $6M to Liberal Arts College

Franklin & Marshall College announced on Monday it received the donation from the estate of Faye Gelhard. Gelhard's husband, Richard, graduated from the Lancaster college in 1957. They bought Blue Ball Lanes in East Earl in 1976 and managed it until he died in 1993. She died last year.

ABC27 News (Harrisburg): Franklin & Marshall gets major donation from estate of bowling alley owner

A private liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania has received more than $6 million from the late owners of a bowling alley. LNP newspaper reports Franklin & Marshall College announced on Monday it received the donation from the estate of Faye Gelhard. Gelhard’s husband, Richard, graduated from the Lancaster college in 1957.

The Charlotte Observer: College gets more than $6M from late bowling alley owners

Franklin & Marshall College announced on Monday it received the donation from the estate of Faye Gelhard.

The (Bryan-College Station, Texas) Eagle: College gets more than $6M from late bowling alley owners

Associated Press story on the Gelhard gift.

Pittsburgh City Paper: How did progressive Josh Shapiro win the Pennsylvania attorney general race in a GOP-dominated election?

But G. Terry Madonna, a pollster and professor of public affairs at Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, Pa., thinks it was a concentrated effort by the Philadelphia suburbs that secured Shapiro his victory. “The [Democrats] won all three statewide row-office elections, largely because of more ticket-splitting in the Philly 'burbs,” wrote Madonna in an email to Pittsburgh City Paper. “Shapiro ran many TV commercials there which certainly helped him. [And those commercials] did not focus on a liberal agenda.”

WITF radio (Harrisburg): Franklin & Marshall receives a donation of more than $6M

Franklin & Marshall College has received the donation from the estate of Faye Gelhard. He husband, Richard, graduated from the Lancaster college in 1957.

LNP: Since 2001, average Lancaster County worker earning 1 percent less

Berwood Yost of Franklin & Marshall College said Tuesday that the county’s low 4.5 percent unemployment rate, while a strength, shouldn’t obscure troubling undercurrents that, “if left unconsidered, might create severe problems for us in the future.”

WITF radio (Harrisburg): ACA repeal could leave 670,000 low-income Pennsylvanians without insurance

A state official says Pennsylvania wouldn't be able to take on the added cost, leaving many of the enrollees without coverage. Franklin and Marshall professor Biko Koenig says it would be a return to the past. "Then likely they will get insurance at the last moment, through an emergency room scenario, which tends to put the cost on to government," says Koenig.

LNP: LG Health plans 2-story look for 1-story behavioral health hospital

The conceptual design that Spies presented offers the most detailed look yet at the 126-bed behavioral health facility LG Health plans to build on a roughly 12-acre site between Clipper Magazine Stadium and Franklin & Marshall College’s College Row. 

Inside Higher Ed: Jewish Professors Targeted

F&M professors are not involved, but the story does refer to the swastika incident at F&M: Reports of ethnic and racial harassment have spiked on college campuses since Election Day. A number of alleged incidents have targeted Muslim and black students, but anti-Semitic expressions have surged, too. Franklin and Marshall College condemned identity-based violence after a swastika inside a Jewish star was found written in a classroom, and swastikas were found on a dorm bulletin board at the State University of New York at Purchase (a similar vandalism occurred at Purchase last year).

Scientific American: Cold Fusion Lives On, with Experiments Creating Energy When None Should Exist

F&M alumnus Randell Mills is featured.

11/22/16

LNP: Former Blue Ball Lanes owner bequeaths $6.3M to Franklin & Marshall College

Franklin & Marshall College has received the largest donation in support of student financial aid in its history, thanks to a husband and wife who ran an East Earl bowling alley. The college announced Monday it received a bequest from the estate of Faye Gelhard estimated at close to $6.3 million. The money will underwrite scholarship funds named for Gelhard and her late husband, Richard. In line with F&M policy, the aid will be need-based.

LNP: F&M's president Porterfield joins call to save DACA, the program for undocumented youth that Trump wants to end

Franklin & Marshall College's president Dan Porterfield has joined more than 90 higher education leaders in support of a federal immigration program that president-elect Donald Trump has condemned. The United States should preserve and expand DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Porterfield and his peers say in an open letter released Sunday.

Under DACA young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children are shielded from deportation for the time being and can receive work permits, provided they register with the government.

11/21/16 

Inside Higher Ed: In Defense of DACA

More than 90 college and university presidents have signed a statement calling for the continuation and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, under which more than 700,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children have registered with the federal government in exchange for temporary relief from the possibility of deportation and a two-year renewable work permit. President-elect Donald J. Trump has said he would end the DACA program, which was authorized by President Obama by executive action. Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield is one of the signatories.

The Philadelphia Inquirer: College presidents urge Trump to condemn racist incidents

More than 100 college presidents, including 11 local leaders, sent a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump, urging him to take a stand against racist incidents occurring on campuses and elsewhere in the wake of his election. according to Inside Higher Education. Among local college presidents who signed the letter are: Kim Cassidy, Bryn Mawr College; Frank G. Pogue, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (interim president); Daniel Porterfield, Franklin & Marshall College; Janet Morgan Riggs, Gettysburg College; Kimberly Benston, Haverford College; Alison Byerly, Lafayette College; Richard Green, Lincoln University; Bryon Grigsby, Moravian College; John I. Williams Jr., Muhlenberg College; Valerie Smith, Swarthmore College; Barbara K. Mistick, Wilson College.

Scranton Times-Tribune: Pollsters vow to get it right next time

F&M poll director G. Terry Madonna, Ph.D., admitted his poll was off and blamed a new polling method. With this election, F&M allowed registered voters to answer online rather than strictly through telephone calls, to improve response rates — people’s willingness to answer polls — and reach voters who lack telephones, Dr. Madonna said.

11/18/16

Inside Higher Ed: Presidents’ Message to President-Elect

More than 100 campus leaders urge Trump to take more forceful stand against "harassment, hate and acts of violence." Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield is one of the signatories.

Allentown Morning Call: How much did Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race cost?

The record-setting race cost more than $164 million, according to the latest data from the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign spending. That sum will grow when final spending reports are filed next month by the candidates and the many outside groups involved. "It's astronomical," said G. Terry Madonna, a political scientist at Lancaster's Franklin & Marshall College. "You can make the argument that it defies justification, but we know what it's about — power and control in Washington."

11/17/16

The New York Times: Political Divide Splits Relationships — and Thanksgiving, Too

Misty Bastian, 61, an anthropologist at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., is originally from rural Tennessee. Since serving in the Air Force in the 1970s, she has lived all over the world and earned her Ph.D., two milestones that have set her apart from most of her extended family. She said that she had sensed a “parting of the political ways” from her family for a long time, but that her support for Hillary Clinton seemed to be “the last nail in the coffin.”

Bloomberg News: Clinton Lost Pennsylvania More Than Trump Won It

"He got out his vote but she underperformed their expectations," concludes Terry Madonna who runs the poll at Franklin & Marshall College which, like the Bloomberg Politics October survey, foresaw a Clinton victory. If she had produced anywhere near Obama's 2012 tallies with young voters and blacks she would have won Pennsylvania instead of losing it by about 70,000 votes.

WITF (via Newsworks’ Keystone Crossroads): After stunning election upset, Pa. pollsters take stock of methods, misses

Muhlenberg College poll director Chris Borick said he's been on the receiving end of some angry emails lately. That happens after every presidential election to some degree, he said, but this year it's been worse. "People are upset and are angry either that the polls gave them confidence that was unwarranted, or that they thought the polls were biased because of some kind of nefarious reason," he said. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College poll, said his past week has been similar. Madonna and Borick have been in the Pennsylvania polling business for years, and they provide political analysis and commentary on the side. F&M and Muhlenberg are well-rated surveys in that they tend to be accurate. But both pollsters say, this year, they've never been further off. Pollsters across the country are in the same exact boat.

The Algemeiner: ‘Unprecedented’ Spate of Antisemitic Vandalism Across US Colleges in Wake of Presidential Election Leaves Jewish Students Feeling Vulnerable, Campus Groups Say

Referring to the more than a dozen acts of vandalism, mainly involving the scrawling of swastika graffiti — perpetrated by members of both the political Left and Right — Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, co-founder of the watchdog group AMCHA Initiative, said, “When hatred is in the air, it often comes to roost on the Jewish doorstep.” At Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, a Star of David with a swastika drawn in its center was found in a classroom. 

11/16/16 

LNP: Lancaster city bike-share program passes on federal dollars, for now

An informal “bike-share” committee that includes representatives from Lancaster city, Lancaster General Health, Lancaster City Alliance, South Central Transit Authority and Franklin & Marshall College has been considering various models adopted in cities across the country.

Allentown Morning Call: Pa. Legislature picks internal party leaders

The Republicans also do a better job of grooming young lawmakers for leadership posts. Fundraising and age differences show that Republicans, in general, are more organized than Democrats in how they manage their party, caucus and governmental operations, said G. Terry Madonna, Franklin & Marshall College pollster and political science professor. "Historically, Republicans just pay more attention to their caucus than Democrats," he said.

11/15/16

NationSwell.com: How a Fake Ad Campaign Led to the Real-Life Launch of a Massive Infrastructure Project

Conceptual artist Peter Svarsbein ‘02, an El Paso native, introduced himself as the creative mind behind the El Paso Transnational Trolley Project. Already connected to Mexico by the world’s largest border metroplex, local officials want to further link El Paso to its sister city, Ciudad Juarez. Shortly after Svarsbein moved away to attend Franklin & Marshall College, a liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, the tie between the sister cities was snipped.

Science Daily: Male chimpanzees can be players and good fathers

New research suggests that male chimpanzees are more invested in protecting their own offspring than previously thought. Using more than 25 years of behavioral data digitized at the University of Minnesota, Duke University, the Lincoln Park Zoo, Franklin & Marshall College and The George Washington University, the researchers examined patterns based on 17 father chimpanzees and 49 mother-infant pairs to see if the males could recognize their offspring and if the male's behavior was different around them.

11/14/16

Greensburg Tribune-Review: Election results might shake up leadership in Pa. legislature

Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, said the election results were probably beyond the two Democratic leaders' control. “I don't think there was much they could do about it,” Madonna said. “There are limited things you could do in presidential elections when you've got this little wave going on.”

LNP Editorial: A misleading ballot question on judges' retirement achieves the desired result

According to a Franklin & Marshall College poll in September, 64 percent of those surveyed would vote “yes” on the amendment’s current wording while only 45 percent would vote “yes” if told of the existing retirement age. “It would have been a much clearer ballot question had the age differences been pointed out within the ballot question itself,” Doug Schmuckle, of Lititz, wrote to LNP. “This lack of clarity to the question may have been misleading for many of the voters.”

LNP: Officials investigate swastika drawn inside a Star of David in Franklin & Marshall classroom

A letter sent out to the F&M community Thursday evening, co-signed by F&M President Daniel Porterfield, college Dean Margaret Hazlett and Associate Dean Ralph Taber, said the drawing “had the appearance of a swastika in the middle of a Jewish Star.”

PennLive: Trump victory: how did the pollsters get it so wrong?

Franklin & Marshall pollster Terry Madonna said late Tuesday night he was honest all along that his surveys were experimental, using a combination of online and phone interviews. "We can't continue to do polls the way we are. They're way off," Madonna said. About 40 percent of his polling was done online, and he suspects that most of those respondents were liberal and younger. "We also should've sent people out to do a more exhaustive look at Trump's appeal with white, working class voters," Madonna said.

The Scranton Times-Tribune: Pa political polls still shifting

“The Democrats have done better in the southeast, but not as well as the Republicans in the southwest,” said G. Terry Madonna, Ph.D., pollster at Franklin and Marshall College.

The Sunbury Daily Item: Pollsters look at where they went wrong

"I don't think any of us anticipated the large number of white blue-collar workers who voted," said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania voters. "He doubled what Romney got four years ago in different parts of the state." Conversely, Madonna said, Clinton didn't do as well with African American, Hispanic and millennial voters. "It's a combination of all those things and more," Madonna said. "We also didn't understand the effect of the enthusiasm factor and the so-called 'shy' vote — people who don't want to talk to pollsters." Some of those "shy" voters were new voters. "But I don't know that Trump won because of new voters," Madonna said. "He won because he appealed to white, working-class voters who have felt the angst and anger at being left behind."

York Daily Record: Can Wagner follow Trump's Pa. win?

Despite losing the presidential and U.S. Senate race Tuesday, Democrats won the three statewide row officer races, including attorney general. There is plenty of time for Wolf’s poll numbers to rebound, said G. Terry Madonna, a pollster at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, and Wolf had some legislative wins this year.

Governor races can be specific to the individuals running. Wolf’s win in 2014 is evidence of that. It was a bad year for Democrats nationally, and he was the only Democrat to defeat an incumbent Republican governor.

Inside Higher Ed: The Future of the Tiny Liberal Arts College

“If you’re located in a more populated area, then there are many more options that present themselves outside your front door,” said Richard Kneedler, president emeritus of Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and former interim president at Rockford College in Illinois. “The small ones remotely located need to somehow transcend their locations if they’re not satisfied with their size.”

11/11/16

PhysOrg.com: Study suggests male chimpanzees are focused on offspring rather than building relationships with females

The authors of the paper, "Chimpanzee Fathers Bias Their Behavior Toward Their Offspring," conducted their research based on long-term data from Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania where long-term data collection is supported by the Jane Goodall Institute. Using more than 25 years of behavioral data digitized at the University of Minnesota, Duke University, the Lincoln Park Zoo, Franklin & Marshall College and The George Washington University, the researchers examined patterns based on 17 father chimpanzees and 49 mother-infant pairs to see if the males could recognize their offspring and if the male's behavior was different around them. The researchers found the males associated with mothers of their offspring early in infancy and interacted with their infants more than expected.

Philadelphia Daily News: Baer: Lessons learned, lessons to learn

Franklin & Marshall College poll director Terry Madonna says pollsters need to use more online methods to reach more voters rather than rely on phone interviews. "I want to make sure in the future we get it right," he says.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Allegheny County stayed true to blue, but votes went across party lines elsewhere

“This election took the rural parts of Pennsylvania and pitted them against suburban and urban Pennsylvania,” said Terry Madonna, a Franklin & Marshall College professor and pollster. “Donald Trump got twice as many votes among the white working-class voters as Mitt Romney did four years ago. He won this race because of the enthusiasm and turnout of those voters. “The white working class feels left out, that life isn’t much better for them, that they’re working in marginal jobs. They feel forgotten, left-behind. These are the people who have the angst and the anger at the establishment. These are the people that the populist wing of the Republican Party appealed to.”

USAToday: A nation divided by politics is united by an election night shock

Partly it was because many Clinton supporters could go for weeks without talking to a Trump supporter. The signs were there — literally, on countless front yards, most of them in places other than the bigger cities and more affluent suburbs. “We didn’t pick up on that, or on the size of the crowds at his rallies,’’ said Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll.

Newsworks: Republicans romp in PA state Senate

Franklin & Marshall College political analyst Terry Madonna said that's not good news for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. "You've got a situation where the Wolf agenda moving forward for the next two years is not going to be in great shape," Madonna said. "It's going to require a lot of compromise and a lot of give and take by the governor."

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rural, working-class voters key Pa. presidential upset

Clinton’s performance in and near Pittsburgh and Philadelphia was close enough to the vote for President Barack Obama four years ago that she might have won in normal circumstances, said G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College.

11/9/16

PennLive: Trump on path to upset Clinton: How is this race so close

Franklin & Marshall College, Princeton University, Quinnipiac University and other pollsters were also wrong. Franklin & Marshall pollster Terry Madonna said late Tuesday night he was honest all along that his surveys were experimental, using a combination of online and phone interviews. "We can't continue to do polls the way we are. They're way off," Madonna said. About 40 percent of his polling was done online, and he suspects that most of those respondents were liberal and younger. "We also should've sent people out to do a more exhaustive look at Trump's appeal with white, working class voters," Madonna said.

PennLive: Pennsylvania voters approve raising judges’ retirement age

With 99 percent of the votes counted, the unofficial results showed 50.6 percent of voters supported making this change to the state constitution that affects state, county and municipal judges while 49.4 percent opposed.  Some critics still believed the wording was misleading because it fails to mention the current mandatory retirement age of 70. That thought was reinforced by a September poll conducted by Franklin & Marshall College's Center for Opinion Research that asked voters to respond to the question as it appeared on Tuesday's ballot, the version that appeared on the spring ballot, and a common language variation. The results showed each version elicited a different response, which signaled to the polling center's chief methodologist Berwood Yost that the differences had everything to do with the question's wording.

Greensburg Tribune-Review: Toomey wins to hold onto Pa. Senate seat

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey narrowly defeated Chester County Democrat Katie McGinty in the most expensive political race in Senate history. Polls consistently showed her trailing Toomey by wide margins through June. But she topped 24 of the 40 polls conducted since July, including 10 of the last 12 polls. “This has been a very different election,” G. Terry Madonna, director of Franklin & Marshall College's Center for Politics and Public Affairs, said of McGinty's strong showing in the Senate race versus her lackluster performance in the past gubernatorial bid. “She has been the beneficiary of a much more unified Democratic Party, and the party's establishment rallied around her very early. She's also gotten huge amounts of help from outside the state,” Madonna said, referring to the tidal wave of outside money that has flowed into the race.

11/8/16

The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.): Is the end of the world a better choice than Trump or Clinton?

“How could you lose interest in this campaign?” wondered G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “It’s volatile. You have no clue what’s going to be said at any given moment. It has drama about it, and almost an exotic nature. Honestly, I don’t remember a campaign where the opening line of one candidate’s speeches is that the other candidate is crooked and should be in jail.” Not, Madonna added, that this campaign is the meanest or most vituperative in American history. “Abraham Lincoln got elected in 1860 and seven states immediately secede from the United States, so that wasn’t exactly a friendly election,” he said. “The presidential election of 1804 was so friendly that [vice president] Aaron Burr shot [former treasury secretary] Alexander Hamilton. When Andrew Jackson ran, he was an accused murderer. Grover Cleveland was accused of having a child out of wedlock. …

PhillyVoice: In Philly suburbs, secret Trump supporters not so eager to come out of the closet

According to Berwood A. Yost, the director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College, the race has tightened in some areas of the country, with Trump gaining an advantage. But it’s not unusual in a campaign cycle as an election nears. “I think there is certainly a possibility that people are afraid to admit (that they’re voting for Trump),” said Yost, a Penn State undergrad who possesses a graduate degree in political science from Temple, and has been polling in Pennsylvania for 25 years. “I would imagine that could work on both sides, but it’s possibly true. The question is, will that manifest itself in the polling? We have looked at that. People we poll decide how they’re going to be interviewed. Some people will call us, or we’ll call them. Or, we also interview people online, and they don’t have to essentially let us know who they are.”

LNP: Enough with elephants, donkeys: Let’s consider the wily coyote

Op-ed by F&M’s Sarah Dawson: I’ve worked with coyotes for nearly 13 years now — my entire career. It never fails to mystify me how much they’re reviled. But most of what is said about coyotes isn’t true, and I’d like to start to set the record straight.

11/7/16

LNP: Award winning novelist will talk about writing at F&M

Chang-rae Lee compares writing a novel to a driver navigating an unfamiliar road in a temperamental car. Lee, an award-winning novelist who recently left Princeton University for a position at Stanford University, will deliver the Hausman Lecture at Franklin & Marshall College at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Lee will speak at Roschel Performing Arts Center on the F&M campus. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book-signing.

San Francisco Chronicle: Politics will only get worse after nasty campaign ends

“Someone is going to have to govern a country that is deeply divided,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and one of the nation’s top pollsters. “The danger is that we have a large segment of the population that doesn’t accept the results of the election.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: Judicial retirement referendum draws mixed signals from voters, pollster finds

Former Supreme Court Justices Ronald D. Castille and Stephen A. Zappala and Philadelphia lawyer Richard A. Sprague argue the question was altered at the last minute by the GOP-controlled state legislature to hoodwink voters into raising the retirement age. The critical information they removed: that judges are already required to retire when they turn 70. Without knowing that, the three petitioners contend, voters may believe they are establishing a judicial retirement age for the first time, rather than giving judges an extra five years on the bench. Lawyers for the Republicans say the language was changed to avoid confusion for voters, not sow it. Their protracted fight inspired Berwood Yost, a pollster and director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College, to survey voters using both versions of the referendum. Those asked the retirement-age question with the amended language - the one they will see on Tuesday's ballot - approved it by a nearly 2-1 ratio. Voters who were read just the original version of the ballot question defeated it, 55 to 45 percent. And when Yost offered other participants a third version of the question - his own, using more explanatory language - it lost by an even bigger margin.

PennLive (Harrisburg Patriot-News): Now this is how you rig and election: David Ciuk

Op-ed by F&M’s Dvaid Ciuk: Maybe the election is rigged. Maybe it really is the case that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats manipulated the system to ensure a victory on Election Day, Nov. 8. 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A Roman Catholic quandary: Presidential candidates leave faithful as polarized as others groups

A Franklin & Marshall poll in September found Catholics evenly divided on the presidential race, while an October poll put Ms. Clinton ahead among Catholics by 16 points. But that was before her numbers nationally began deflating amid the latest revelations about an FBI investigation into her emails. The Franklin & Marshall poll director, Terry Madonna, said he believes many Catholics in southwestern Pennsylvania will be supporting Mr. Trump, not so much over moral issues but because they come from the blue-collar heritage in which Mr. Trump’s economic positions resonate.

Greensburg Tribune-Review: Chances 'not in their favor' for Pa. GOP to snap row-office elections losing streak

“You can't rule out that the Republicans could win one or more of the statewide offices on the ballot,” said G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor and pollster at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster County. “But the odds right now are not in their favor.”

AlJazeera: Can Donald Trump sway women in suburban Philadelphia?

"Two out of every five votes cast [in the state] come from the Philadelphia suburbs," says Terry Madonna, a pollster and the director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. Madonna points out the suburbs are more affluent than recession-hit Philadelphia, as well as increasingly autonomous economically. More and more people do not commute to the city to work, but work in the financial and pharmaceutical corporations that have been established in the area.

Reading Eagle: Editorial: Voters get to decide when state judges must step down

The question that will appear on ballots statewide Tuesday regarding at what age judges must retire is not as clear as it should be about its effect. But, as shown by Berwood Yost pollsters at Franklin & Marshall College, there was a way to shorten the question without gutting it of the information voters need to make an informed decision. A September Franklin & Marshall College poll asked voters three versions of the question: the one that appeared on the April primary ballot, the one that will appear on Tuesday's ballot and the 52-word, common-language version below: "The Pennsylvania Constitution currently requires that justices of the Supreme Court, judges and magisterial district judges retire on the last day of the calendar year they turn 70 years of age. Should the state Constitution be amended to allow these judges to serve in office until they are 75 years of age?" Forty-five percent of respondents supported raising the retirement age of judges when answering the question posed in April; 64 percent supported the question as it will appear on Tuesday's ballot; and only 39 percent supported the question above. When they go to the polls, Pennsylvania voters should defeat the lack of information in the ballot question and decide: Yes, judges should be able to retire five years later than the Constitution currently requires; or no, the current mandatory retirement age of 70 is just fine.

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Referendum language confusing on judge age issue

Sixty-four percent of registered Pennsylvania voters asked in a Franklin & Marshall College Poll picked “yes” when presented the question in the way it will appear on Tuesday’s ballot. The version that was used in the primary, which mentioned the increase from 70 to 75, received 47 percent no and 45 percent yes. A third option also was presented in the survey: “The Pennsylvania Constitution currently requires that justices of the Supreme Court, judges, and magisterial district judges retire on the last day of the calendar year they turn 70 years of age. Should the state Constitution be amended to allow these judges to serve in office until they are 75 years of age?” It received only 37 percent yes, compared to 61 percent no.

WITF (Harrisburg) Radio: Judicial Ballot Initiative / Pennsylvania's Trust in Government

Berwood Yost is the Director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College and he authored an op-ed last month in the Philadelphia Inquirer voicing his opposition to the wording of the ballot measure.  He feels the wording is surreptitiously deceptive and it undermines voters' confidence in the political process. Yost joins Smart Talk to discuss why he believes the ballot's wording sets a dangerous precedent for Pennsylvania voters and how the issue should be rectified.

York Daily Record: What did Clinton, Trump raise in Pa., York area?

The fact that Hillary Clinton is far outpacing Donald Trump in fundraising in Pennsylvania -- and by a more than 2-to-1 margin in York County -- is not a prediction of presidential election results, political analyst G. Terry Madonna said last week.

Chemical & Engineering News: Cold fusion died 25 years ago, but the research lives on

In 1991, BLP’s founder, Randell L. Mills, announced at a press conference in Lancaster, Pa., that he had devised a theory in which the electron in hydrogen could transition from its normal ground energy state to previously unknown lower and more stable states, liberating copious amount of energy in the process. Mills grew up on a Pennsylvania farm, earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College and a Harvard University medical degree, and studied electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While a student, he began developing what he calls “The Grand Unified Theory of Classical Physics,” which he says provides a new model of atoms and molecules that shifts away from quantum theory and is based on classical physics.

11/4/16

Lebanon Daily News: How do Lebanon County lawmakers stack up?

“We have an expensive legislature,” said Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College. “(But) most voters don’t even think about it – it’s not on their agenda.”

StateImpact Pennsylvania: Climate Super PAC pursues Pennsylvania’s college vote in presidential campaign

G. Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, said he was unaware of any polling data on millennials’ support for climate policies in the current campaign but argued that many of them are committed to policy that pursues a low-carbon future. “It’s a big issue for them,” he said.

The Legal Intelligencer: Pa. GOP Poll Watchers Can’t Cross County Lines

"I don't think there's any doubt that Trump's comments spurred this on, I don't think you can draw any other conclusions," G. Terry Madonna, a pollster and director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College told The Legal shortly after the case was filed. Madonna, a former member of the board of elections in mostly Republican Lancaster County, said allegations of election tampering and voter fraud surface in every election cycle, but never with the intensity seen in this one. "We've never had a presidential candidate spend as much time in any speech that he gives on rigged elections" as Trump has, Madonna said, adding that concerns about rigging the voting system are likely to "ratchet up" as Election Day draws closer.

11/3/16

Philadelphia Magazine: Fewer Philadelphians Asked for Absentee Ballots This Year Than in 2012 or 2008

Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs a Franklin & Marshall College, says that’s “not good” news for Clinton. Pennsylvania is a key part of her electoral firewall against Donald Trump, and registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in Philadelphia by seven to one. “It either means not as many people are going away on Election Day or are ill, and so they aren’t requesting as many absentee ballots, or it shows declining interest in the election,” says Madonna. “I’m not suggesting to know which one it is, but that’s been a problem that Clinton has feared — that especially among African-Americans and millennials, the interest is not where it was four years ago.”

The Wall Street Journal: Philadelphia Transit Workers’ Strike Enters Second Day

SEPTA has said it would ask a judge to order employees back to work for a day if the strike isn’t over by Election Day next Tuesday. If voters have difficulty getting to the polls, that could hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton, who is counting on a big win in the city to help her carry Pennsylvania, said Terry Madonna, a pollster at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

CBS Pittsburgh: Poll: Clinton’s Lead Shrinking In Pennsylvania Just Days Before Election

A new poll shows Hillary Clinton’s lead is shrinking in Pennsylvania just days before the election. The Monmouth University poll finds Clinton leading Donald Trump by just 4 points, that is smaller than her lead one month ago. Just one month ago Clinton led Trump 50 percent to 40 percent in the Monmouth University poll. A poll released Tuesday by Franklin & Marshall college showed Clinton also up by 10 points.

Fort Worth Star Telegram: Will Trump supporters in PA re-elect GOP senator who doesn’t love their candidate?

Toomey’s campaign received a jolt Tuesday from a new Franklin & Marshall College poll that found McGinty expanding her lead over Toomey among likely voters, 47-35 percent with 16 percent undecided.

The Washington Times: White Catholic voters favor Trump, but Hispanics overwhelmingly support Clinton

G. Terry Madonna, a political professor at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, said Catholics made up 35 percent of the Keystone State vote in 2012, slightly higher than the national average, and that Mr. Obama won them over by a narrow margin four years ago. “The Catholic vote is located in Trump country this year — in the Southwest and Northeast,” he said. “These are Catholics whose ancestors came from southeastern Europe, and they came to work in the mines and the mills.” “I would be surprised,” Mr. Madonna said, “if, overall, Trump does not do well with them here.”

Campaigns & Elections: WILL 2016 PROVE A DEFINING CYCLE FOR POLLSTERS?

As the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tightens a bit in the final stretch, some recently released public polling has shown significant swings. Take Pennsylvania, widely considered a must-win for Trump. The latest Franklin & Marshall College poll has Clinton up 11 points compared with a Remington Research Group statewide conducted in a similar window that has Trump within two points. “Lots of uncertainty,” Nate Silver tweeted Oct. 31. 

Pittsburgh City Paper: Green Party's Pittsburgh rally pushes a third choice for president

The third-party activism comes on the heels of the latest Pennsylvania poll from Franklin & Marshall College, which found that 35 percent of Pennsylvania Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton voters support her due to a dislike of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, and that 30 percent support Trump due to dislike of Clinton.

LNPNew economic research center to boost Lancaster County's competitiveness

The Center for Regional Analysis will operate under the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County. The nonprofit's president, Lisa Riggs called the initiative a game-changer in guiding the growth of the county’s $26-billion economy. To extend its reach, EDC’s Center for Regional Analysis plans to collaborate with the economic and business departments at Elizabethtown College, Franklin & Marshall College and Millersville University, Riggs said.

11/2/16

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Clinton up 11 points in Pa. in new poll

A new poll out by Franklin & Marshall College shows double-digit leads for Democrats Hillary Clinton and Katie McGinty -- though it cautions the latter result should be read "with caution and in the context of other recent polling" showing a tighter race for the U.S. Senate.

Pittsburgh Business Times: Poll: Clinton still leads by wide margin in Pennsylvania

The latest Franklin & Marshall College poll released Tuesday finds Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ahead of Republican Donald J. Trump by 9 percentage points in Pennsylvania

USA Today: Trump wields Obamacare as political weapon in Pennsylvania

Trump hit Pennsylvania the same day that a new Franklin & Marshall College poll gave Clinton an 11-point lead in the state. Other polls reflect a closer race; the RealClearPolitics website average of recent polls shows the Democratic nominee 6 percentage points ahead in the Keystone State.

The Providence Journal: Donald Trump now leads in two of his three must-win states - but the path forward is grim

Two recent polls from less-established pollsters have Trump within a few points in Pennsylvania, but a new poll from Franklin & Marshall College has Clinton up 11 points in a four-person race. (The poll also has the Democratic Senate candidate in the state up by double-digits, which seems unlikely.)

LNP: Pat Toomey's campaign calls F&M poll 'worthless'

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s campaign said a new Franklin & Marshall College poll Tuesday showing him down by double-digits in his reelection bid is “worthless.” The poll, conducted Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, found Toomey down 35 percent to 47 percent among likely voters against Democratic challenger Katie McGinty. Most polls show a much narrower 2- or 3-point McGinty lead. “This poll is so laughably wrong, and so wildly off from every other poll that exists, that we will shed our long-standing policy of not commenting on public polls in order to call it what it is – worthless,” Toomey’s campaign spokesman Ted Kwong said in a statement. “It’s silly that anyone would take it seriously.”

Greensburg Tribune-Review: Toomey makes pitch to Millennials, disputes latest poll

Toomey's campaign called the F&M poll “laughably wrong” and “worthless,” and Toomey, during his campaign stop in Downtown, said he felt he was “holding onto a very small lead” in the race.

6ABC Action News (Philadelphia): CLINTON, MCGINTY AHEAD IN 6ABC-FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL POLL

The latest 6abc Franklin and Marshall College poll shows Hillary Clinton and Katie McGinty leading in Pennsylvania.

PhillyVoice: Undecided vote crucial as McGinty takes huge lead over Toomey in F&M survey

With one week remaining before the 2016 Pennsylvania Senate election, Democratic challenger Katie McGinty has landed 12 points ahead of incumbent Republican Pat Toomey among likely voters in the latest poll conducted by Franklin & Marshall University.

The Toronto Star: FBI letter may not be enough to help Donald Trump

The electoral map remains clearly on her side. Trump has one week to make up vast ground in several states in which he has trailed for months. In Pennsylvania, for example, a new Franklin & Marshall College poll, conducted mostly before the Comey revelation, showed Clinton up 11 percentage points — and a whopping 36 points in the large, affluent and politically mixed suburban counties around Philadelphia.

Allentown Morning Call: New F&M poll shows Clinton up by 11 in PA

new poll from Franklin & Marshall College shows Democrat Hillary Clinton with a double-digit advantage in Pennsylvania with a week to go in the presidential race. 

New York Daily News: Donald Trump holds single-point lead over Hillary Clinton in new poll

Pennsylvania, which doesn't have early voting, is another crucial state for Trump. Recent surveys show Clinton is maintaining a comfortable lead there as well — a new Franklin & Marshall College poll released Tuesday found her with an 11-point lead, though other surveys have found Clinton with a smaller lead.

The Washington Post: Here’s the Election Day nightmare scenario that should terrify you

CLINTON LEADING BIG IN PENNSYLVANIA? A new Franklin and Marshall College poll finds Clinton leading Trump by 49-38 among likely voters in Pennsylvania. Still, be cautious: this poll also finds Dem Katie McGinty leading GOP Senator Pat Toomey by 12 points, suggesting it could be an outlier. Also: 80 percent of the interviews were completed before the FBI news broke. The polling averages put her up six points, but we need more post-FBI data. If her lead holds here, that will be a big tell.

CNBC: Why Democratic panic may just be wasted energy

Clinton currently enjoys solid leads in enough states to deliver 263 electoral votes, just seven shy of victory. Trump is trying to make a late play for Pennsylvania and Michigan, which have demographics somewhat favorable to him given the number of white and less educated voters. But Clinton has a 6-point lead in Pennsylvania. A Franklin & Marshall poll out Tuesday put Clinton's lead in the state at 11 points. In Michigan, Clinton's lead is also 6 points. It would take massive polling failure and a huge turnout advantage for Trump to win either of those states.

Sputnik International: Clinton leads Trump by 11 points in Pennsylvania poll

“Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump 49% to 38% among likely voters,” a summary of the Franklin & Marshall College poll stated.

ABC27 News: You be the judge: Is somebody trying to rig a judicial ballot question?

Critics, which include two former state Supreme Court justices, say the ballot question is intentionally deceptive. “What our experiment showed is that the wording mattered a lot,” said Berwood Yost, director of Franklin and Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research. Yost tested three versions of a question about the retirement age of judges. The first was the wordy version that ran in the primary election. It mentioned that judges now must retire at 70 and asked if that should be expanded to 75. The second version, which will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, only asks if the retirement age for judges should be 75, with no mention that they currently must retire at 70. Yost created a third question, clearer and less clunky than the primary version. It included that the current retirement age is 70 and asked if it should be changed to 75. Yost polled the three questions. The two versions that tell voters that judges must now retire at 70 failed to pass. The version that is set to run on Nov. 8, which doesn’t include the current retirement age and only asks if judges should retire at 75, passed overwhelmingly.

11/1/16

Philadelphia Inquirer: Clinton up big in PA, says new F&M College Poll

A new Franklin & Marshall College poll suggests that Pennsylvania is slipping from Republican Donald Trump’s grasp in the last week of the presidential campaign, with Democrat Hillary Clinton opening up an 11-point lead among likely voters.

LNP: Donald Trump trails Hillary Clinton by 11 points in Pennsylvania, new F&M poll finds

Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump in Pennsylvania has grown to a substantial 11 points, a week before election day, a new Franklin & Marshall College poll shows. The widening lead in the key battleground state is in contrast to a recent national poll, where Clinton had a 2.5-point lead. Poll director G. Terry Madonna, a political scientist who has observed Pennsylvania politics for decades, said he’s never seen a presidential candidate come back from even a four or five-point deficit with only a week left.

PennLive: Outlier or harbinger? McGinty surges to bigger lead over Toomey in Pa. Senate race in one poll.

A new poll released by the Franklin & Marshall's Center for Opinion Research Tuesday shows incumbent Toomey's Democrat challenger Katie McGinty with a sudden 47 percent to 35 percent lead among respondents who identified as likely voters.

LNP: F&M poll: McGinty leads Toomey by 12 points in U.S. Senate race

Democrat Katie McGinty has her largest lead ever in her campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll that sharply breaks from other polls showing a closer 2- to 3-point difference. “We can argue about size of lead but can’t argue about the internal dynamics here,” said F&M’s poll director G. Terry Madonna.

WITF Radio (Harrisburg): F&M has McGinty up sharply, but it may be a fluke

A new poll shows Democratic US Senate candidate Katie McGinty with a 12-point lead over GOP incumbent Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania--with the election just week away. But the director of the Franklin and Marshall College survey is cautioning that a polling error may have caused the spike in McGinty's numbers.

Greensburg Tribune-Review: McGinty holds measurable lead in poll

Chester County Democrat Katie McGinty leads incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, by 12 percentage points in the latest Franklin & Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania's pivotal Senate race, but nearly one in six likely voters are undecided. “We encourage readers to interpret these results with caution and in the context of other recent polling,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of Franklin & Marshall's Center for Politics and Public Affairs. 

WITF Radio (Harrisburg) Poll shows Clinton's PA lead large enough to survive some losses

It's been a tumultuous few days for Hillary Clinton. FBI Director James Comey's announcement about the investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee's emails has set off a wave of speculation Clinton could take a hit in Pennsylvania. However, a new poll from Franklin and Marshall College indicates that probably won't be the case. F&M's latest survey has Clinton up 11 points over Republican Donald Trump among likely voters in the commonwealth. Poll director Terry Madonna was quick to note that the number doesn't fully reflect the potential implications of Comey's announcement.

The Legal Intelligence: Fear of Rigged Election Likely Spurred GOP Poll Watcher Suit

"I don't think there's any doubt that Trump's comments spurred this on, I don't think you can draw any other conclusions," said G. Terry Madonna, a pollster and director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. Madonna, a former member of the board of elections in mostly Republican Lancaster County, said allegations of election tampering and voter fraud surface in every election cycle, but never with the intensity seen in this one. "We've never had a presidential candidate spend as much time in any speech that he gives on rigged elections" as Trump has, Madonna said, adding that concerns about rigging the voting system are likely to "ratchet up" as Election Day draws closer.

10/31/16

The Legal Intelligencer (see PDF): Use of 'Public Opinion' Sparks Dispute

Between Pa. Justices

In an opinion supporting reversal of the Commonwealth Court's ruling in Sprague v. Cortés, Justice David Wecht said his concerns about the public's ability to fully understand the meaning of the ballot question were shared by many others. In doing so, he referenced "numerous commentators," including editorials published in The Legal and the Philadelphia Daily News, to demonstrate the significant public interest in the issue. He also cited a poll conducted by Franklin & Marshall College, which showed that support for the ballot question varied depending on its wording—the underlying subject of the litigation.

The York Daily Record: Judicial-age ballot question fight could cost $890,000

The clearer the question, the most people understood it — and they were then less likely to support raising the retirement age, said Berwood Yost, the chief methodologist of the Franklin & Marshall Poll. If the state is going to put referendums to the voters, Yost said there should be a process for vetting these questions. Right now, he said, “we have enough problems people with people trusting and believing in government.” “I want people to understand the importance that wording makes on these things,” Yost said. “Because it can absolutely change the outcome.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: GOP aims to gain veto-proof majority in Pa. Senate

Franklin & Marshall College pollster Terry Madonna echoed that assertion. “A Democratic presidential candidate can win Philadelphia by 580,000 votes — wow. But that doesn’t help your candidates in other counties.

Johnstown’s Tribune-Democrat: State political pundit shows no sign of slowing down

G. Terry Madonna is Pennsylvania’s premier political pundit, and he may just be as famous as the politicians he talks and writes about. Sometime before the 1988 presidential election cycle, Madonna stepped into his role as political analyst. John Baer of the Philadelphia Daily News was one of the first reporters to take advantage of his knowledge and accessibility. Baer said that when reporters reach out to academics for political analysis, professors often don’t call back before deadline. Madonna is different. Baer and other reporters soon discovered that he would respond on even the tightest of deadlines.

Newsday: Pennsylvania could be a tipping point for Donald Trump

“You can’t overstate how badly he needs Pennsylvania,” said Terry Madonna, a political scientist and poll director at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. “You can’t imagine Trump losing the election if he wins our state. For Hillary, it’s the firewall. If she wins here, it will put huge pressure on him to win all the other [swing] states.”

PennLive: Pa. slips away from Trump, odds favor Clinton to win

"The odds all favor Clinton," said Terry Madonna, political analyst and pollster at Franklin & Marshall College.

Reading Eagle: Election 2016: The 16th Congressional District

About 11 months ago, Franklin & Marshall College political analyst G. Terry Madonna said he was skeptical the support behind Hartman would be enough to propel her to a victory over Smucker. The pollster said a seismic political event would have to take place between then and Election Day to shake up the heavily GOP-dominated seat. "You can never say it's impossible, but you would have to have a perfect storm of issues, campaigning and fundraising for a Democrat to win," he had said at the time. "This is one of most secure seats for Republicans in the entire country." But that was before Donald Trump became the face of the Republican Party.

10/28/16 

LNP: Brecht's 'Caucasian Chalk Circle' opens at Franklin & Marshall College Thursday

When Franklin & Marshall College’s theater department was choosing its plays for this season, visiting professor Jerrell Henderson submitted Bertold Brecht’s “Caucasian Chalk Circle” for consideration.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Tricky Task of Teaching About Trump

"This is kind of a vexing problem," says Stephen K. Medvic, a professor of government at Franklin & Marshall College, in Pennsylvania. He says his own academic department’s experts on American politics met before this semester to discuss how to approach classroom discussions of the election, but "never came to any sort of agreement as to the best way to do so."

WKBN 27 (Youngstown, Ohio): Voters question ‘misleading’ Pennsylvania ballot issue

The Franklin & Marshall College Poll out of Lancaster did an experiment. They asked likely voters the same question but in different ways. When pollsters asked Pennsylvanians the question as it is worded on the ballot, 64 percent of voters said yes, judges should have to retire at 75. But, when they asked others the question with more information, telling them the current retirement age is 70, only 39 percent of voters approved the change. “I don’t know that I would characterize it as misleading, but I would suggest that it omits important information that people would need to make up their mind,” said Berwood Yost, chief meteorologist at Franklin and Marshall College.

10/27/16

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Brian O'Neill: Pa. voters, beware — slippery ballot question ahead

Berwood Yost, chief methodologist for the Franklin & Marshall Poll, published a piece in last Sunday’s Post-Gazette about the ballot language. He found in a split-ballot experiment that voters presented with the current wording tended to vote “yes.” When asked if justices should be able to retire at 75 instead of 70, however, most say no. Jay Lynch of Upper St. Clair (coincidentally the winner of this week’s Post-Gazette cartoon caption contest) emailed last week when he got his absentee ballot. Readers ought to be alerted to this misleading language, he said.

Bay Journal: PA municipalities begin uphill paddle to reach runoff goals, one stroke at a time

The city has 60,000 residents and 100,000 square feet of green roofs, more per capita than any other municipality in the country, according to Karl Graybill, Lancaster’s environmental planner. The city started by turning its own buildings into demonstration projects, but moved on to greening efforts at Franklin and Marshall College, at a popular local brewery and at a furniture store.

LNP: Why Gov. Wolf is blocking an 'independent' inspector general to investigate waste and fraud

Political scientist G. Terry Madonna said even though there are overlaps in those offices it would be helpful to have one like the inspector general that focused solely on the executive branch, rather than rely on the attorney general and auditor general that have a myriad of other responsibilities.

10/26/16

Colorado Public Radio: Colorado Wrestles With Ethics Of Aid-In-Dying As Vote Looms

A poll of likely Colorado voters conducted last month found 70 percent said they favored Proposition 106.  The poll of 540 registered voters by Franklin & Marshall College was commissioned by Rocky Mountain PBS and Colorado Mesa University.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s judicial retirement question: Ballot wording matters

Op-ed by F&M’s Berwood Yost: The legal fight over the state’s judicial retirement ballot question continues on as another court challenge gets underway. The plaintiffs claim the ballot wording offered by the Republican-controlled legislature is “manifestly deceptive” because, according to them, it does not provide enough information to voters. Are the plaintiffs right?

Pittsburgh City Paper: Discourse in the Pennsylvania Senate race has suffered under the weight of the presidential election 

To fight back, Toomey has attempted to paint McGinty as a supporter of sanctuary cities and an ally of criminal undocumented immigrants. Martin questions this strategy’s effectiveness, given that most voters aren’t even aware what sanctuary cities are. (G. Terry Madonna, a professor and pollster at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, says there hasn’t been a poll asking voters about sanctuary cities.) If Clinton wins the presidency, Democrats need to switch four Senate seats from red to blue to regain the Senate. According to The New York Times, three Republican seats have a greater than 75 percent chance of switching. Pennsylvania is rated as a toss-up, and could be that final linchpin in determining who controls the Senate for the next two years. Says Madonna: “It is inconceivable to think Democrats could win control of Senate without winning this seat.

The Washington Times: Hillary Clinton’s overconfidence could lower turnout, harm down-ballot Democrats

“Right now Trump needs outside help, the proverbial October surprise. I don’t think there is anything he can do or say that will help him much,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Pennsylvania’s Franklin & Marshall College. “Except for his first 100-day speech [in Gettysburg over the weekend], he actually sounds like he could lose given his rhetoric about [a] rigged election.”

LNP: Column: Collaboration leads to early success for city’s long-term strategic plan

Projects include Lancaster General’s $67 million expansion of its main hospital and a $30 million psychiatric hospital proposed near Franklin & Marshall College. At the former Lancaster Stockyards, Clio Health Lancaster has begun work on a $35 million medical facility.

The Hill: For PA's Pat Toomey, Donald Trump may be his biggest foe

Column by F&M’s Terry Madonn: There is no doubt that the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race is one of a handful of elections likely to determine party control of the Senate, and not just because the race between incumbent Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty has been in a dead heat for much of the last few months.

10/24/16

PBS NewsHour: GOP incumbent walks line in PA supporting Trump

More than a fifth of the statewide electorate is in the suburban “collar” counties surrounding Philadelphia, where recent polling shows Trump trailing by nearly 30 points behind Clinton. At the same time, Sen. Toomey needs to not alienate Trump’s most fervent supporters. “[Toomey’s] on that tightrope,” says G. Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. “Somewhere he’s gotta find a middle road to get both of them.”

Los Angeles Times: In Pennsylvania, Republican Senate candidate tries to save his seat by keeping Trump at a distance

“I personally think it’s a better approach for him,” said veteran Pennsylvania pollster G. Terry Madonna, whose Franklin & Marshall College survey in early October had McGinty narrowly ahead. “I think he’s in serious trouble if he endorses Trump, particularly with suburban voters and women, in the suburbs and many places. And what he wants to do is win those blue-collar voters. Since he hasn’t rejected Trump completely, it’s hard for them to say, ‘Oh, I’m not voting for you.’”

The Joplin (Mo) Globe: Lobbyist label sticks in close Senate race

Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said it’s difficult to say why polls show more people there have unfavorable views in the McGinty-Toomey race. It’s partly because of negative ads stemming from McGinty taking a job with the Washington lobbying firm Troutman Sanders in 2000. McGinty and Democrats have their own argument about special interest ties, highlighting Toomey’s jobs with investment banks in the 1980s before opening a restaurant in 1991. The Pennsylvania Senate race raises the question: Who’s more unpopular, those who have worked on Wall Street or lobbyists? “My bet is they’re equally unpopular,” Yost said.

The Daily Beast: Donald Trump Vows to Sue Female Accusers After Election

Terry Madonna, who runs the Franklin and Marshall College poll, said he finds Trump’s messaging perplexing. The mogul has centered his campaign on appealing to workers who have lost manufacturing jobs and fear increasing globalization. What Trump hasn’t done is try to appeal to voters living in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties––the four major suburban counties around Philadelphia that a candidate basically has to win to take Pennsylvania. About 20 percent of the state’s voters live there, Madonna said, and Trump needs to court them if he wants to win. “These are all places where you simply have to do well, because the numbers are there,” Madonna said. “They’re simply too big to write off. And Trump is literally making no appeals to those voters at all, and I don’t know how you win our state without doing that.”

The Day (New London, Conn.): Clinton’s WikiLeaks strategy: doubt, delay, distract

“When you start explaining, you’re in trouble,” said G. Terry Madonna, the director of the Franklin & Marshall College poll in Pennsylvania. “They are handling it the best way they can. It’s about as an effective argument you can make.”

LNP: Celebrating the Jewish Sukkot holiday

Rabbi Elazar Green, director of Rohr Chabad Jewish Center and spiritual adviser to the Chabad at Franklin & Marshall College, takes a photo of Estie Green and Maya Locker eating a cupcake from the back of the Sukkah truck at F&M on Wednesday. The Jewish holiday of Sukkot celebrates the Feast of Tabernacles. The Hebrew word sukkot — plural of sukkah — means booth or tabernacle. 

10/21/16

The Weekly Standard: Toomey Walks the Line in Pennsylvania 

G. Terry Madonna, who runs the Franklin & Marshall College Poll tells Reuters: "I think for him he's making the right choice, because I think he has to have it both ways... He's between a rock and a hard place, and he's chosen to stay in the middle."

10/20/16

PennLive: Trump won’t confirm if he would accept election results, analysts say ‘it’s dangerous.’ 

"That moment was the biggest takeaway of the night," said Terry Madonna, veteran political analyst and pollster at Franklin & Marshall College. "It's something I don't remember a candidate saying in modern history."

Philadelphia Inquirer: GOP Rep. Meehan says he'll snub Trump, vote for Pence

Several prominent incumbents and newcomers in the GOP congressional races have distanced themselves from Trump with harsh language in recent weeks. But until Wednesday, none in Pennsylvania appeared to have gone so far as to say they would vote for Pence, said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. Meehan spent years as a relatively low-key prosecutor before joining Congress and is not known as "provocative or flamboyant," Madonna said. Nor is he in a tight race where, politically at least, there would be a clear benefit to going public with plans to back Pence at Trump's expense, Madonna said.

Pittsburgh City PaperIncumbent Keith Rothfus and challenger Erin McClelland in stark contrast in 12th District race 

G. Terry Madonna, political pollster and professor at Franklin & Marshall College, says the advantages Rothfus has in this race are overwhelming, including his support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“The big [advantage] might be the strong support for Trump in the [12th] district,” Madonna wrote to CP. “[Rothfus] does not have to worry about the down-ballot effect. Also, the race has no zip to it. It’s not on anyone’s radar.”

10/19/16 

York Dispatch: Many more donors contributing to Clinton, even in York County

G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, said the reports he's read indicate the Toomey-McGinty race could be one of the most expensive in the country. Madonna said Toomey's large financial lead can be attributed, in part, to "the power of incumbency," because it's easier to raise money when you already hold the seat.

LNP: The Scribbler: American Indian reflects on nation’s oppressive history

In recent years, representatives from various Lancaster County church groups — Mennonite, Quaker, Presbyterian, Amish — have met with American Indian groups to ask forgiveness for killing their ancestors and stealing their land. Several national church groups — including United Church of Christ, Mennonite, Episcopal and Methodist — have acknowledged or apologized for oppressive and aggressive actions against Native Americans. The federal government has issued quiet, qualified apologies. Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray has apologized for the failure of town leaders to prevent the massacre of the peaceful Conestoga Indians in 1763. Mark Charles, a writer and public speaker of Navajo and Dutch heritage, did not mention any of these conciliatory statements during a talk at Franklin & Marshall College last Thursday. If he had cited them, he probably would have said they are insufficient.

The Washington Times: Democrats shift funds to Senate, House races with Clinton confident of victory

“Apologize and ask the nation to forgive him. Put another way, be contrite for the video,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Pennsylvania’s Franklin and Marshall College, referring to an 11-year-old “Access Hollywood” video that showed Mr. Trump bragging in a vulgar fashion about how he can grope women because of his celebrity status.

Athletic Business: Volleyball Uniforms Send Sustainability Message

When Franklin & Marshall College's women's volleyball team hits the court before a game, the back of their warm-up jerseys are adorned with an F&M logo surrounded by a branch. There's a recycling symbol, a green leaf and the message: "Envision. Act. Preserve."

Legal Intelligencer: Why Do Pennsylvania's Courts Suffer From Chronic Scandal?

According to G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, the disease infects the entire state. Of judicial misconduct, Madonna said, "You could argue it's not as bad as it could be, given the rest of the state's political culture." Still, he added, "Judicial candidates have to come out of that culture."

10/18/16

Reuters: Voting for Trump? Pennsylvania Republican senator will not say

"I think for him he's making the right choice, because I think he has to have it both ways," said G. Terry Madonna, the director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. "He's between a rock and a hard place, and he's chosen to stay in the middle."

PennLive: How can Trump and Clinton win the final debate

"Trump has to broaden his base beyond the white, working class if he wants to get elected," said Terry Madonna, veteran political analyst and pollster at Franklin & Marshall College. "He won't get that by doubling down on Clinton insults."

LNP : Lloyd Smucker, Christina Hartman nearly even in fundraising over summer

“Is it expected? No,” said Franklin & Marshall College pollster G. Terry Madonna about the Democrat’s chance to win. “But now more and more people are saying you can’t rule it out.”

WITF (Harrisburg): Smart Talk: Political satire

Political satire has been around since before there was a United States.  For hundreds of years it was in the form of political cartoons. To discuss that history is Dr. Amelia Rauser, Professor of Art History, Chair of the Art and Art History at Franklin and Marshall College, Author of the 2008 book Caricature Unmasked and Dr. Alison Dagnes, a Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University, author of the book, A Conservative Walks Into a Bar..."

10/17/16

LNP: Scribbler: Lancaster County’s first observatory invites the public to become star-struck

If you don’t want to wait to see the wonders of the night sky, you can observe them earlier at the Joseph R. Grundy Observatory at Franklin & Marshall College. The county’s first observatory is open to the public the third Monday of each month all year. Its two telescopes are considerably older and larger than the high-powered telescopes installed in two small observatory domes at Muddy Run Recreation Park.

LNP: Why F&M's new volleyball uniforms are made out of recycled trash

When Franklin & Marshall College's volleyball team hits the court before a game, the back of their warm-up jerseys are adorned with an F&M logo surrounded by a branch. There's a recycling symbol, a green leaf and the message: "Envision. Act. Preserve."

LNP: At F&M, CNN pundits Jeffrey Lord and Paul Begala give advice to Trump and Clinton

For two people so opposite on the ideological spectrum -- and who make a living arguing those positions on national television -- Republican Jeffrey Lord and Democrat Paul Begala are friends who get along better than most. The duo, who regularly serve as political commentators on CNN as they fiercly defend their party’s presidential nominee, talked about the 2016 election in a forum Friday night at Franklin & Marshall College.

10/14/16 

LNP: Lancaster County scholars, musicians weigh in on Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize win

Peter Jaros, assistant professor of English at Franklin and Marshall College, said he was somewhat surprised by the announcement. “On the one hand, it's hard to imagine anybody more universally celebrated and canonical, in a way, with such a monumental career as Dylan,” Jaros said. “On the other hand, he's someone completely outside the institution of literature.” That shouldn't — and didn't — disqualify Dylan from getting the award, Jaros said. Jaros teaches 17th- to 19th-century literature, and includes hymns and sermons in his curriculum. Because he views those hymns and sermons as literature, he believes songwriting should be included in the Nobel Prize's definition, too.

PennLive: Here’s how many people switched parties for the presidential election

Nearly 900,000 Pennsylvanians registered or updated their voter registration online for the upcoming presidential election. There's still a lot we don't know about what these voter registration numbers mean, said Terry Madonna, veteran political analyst and pollster at Franklin & Marshall College. "Voter registration normally benefits Democrats, but this election is so strange, anything is possible," he said.

PennLive: Is the presidential race over for Trump?

"There's no doubt about it, Trump has the bigger problem," said Terry Madonna, veteran political analyst and pollster at Franklin & Marshall College. "Look at the battleground states, he's losing every single one of them."

Washington University in St. Louis (news): Wild chimpanzee mothers teach young to use tools, video study confirm

Published online Oct. 11 in the journal Scientific Reports, the study is based on research conducted in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Max Planck Institute and Franklin and Marshall College. The findings have important implications for the evolution of teaching.

10/13/16

Daily Mail (Britain): Welcome to chimp school! Video captures the moment wild chimpanzee mothers teach their young to 'fish' for food using tools for first time

For the first time ever, researchers have captured footage of wild chimpanzee mothers teaching their offspring to use tools. Based on research conducted with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Max Planck Institute and Franklin and Marshall College, anthropologists from Washington University in St. Louis set up video camera to record chimpanzees’ tool-using activity.

LNP: Lancaster County colleges implement 'gender-neutral' housing, preferred name policies

Joining a broad nationwide trend, Lancaster County higher-education institutions are continuing to expand their inclusionary policies for LGBT students. This fall, Millersville University began offering gender-inclusive housing as one of its on-campus residential options. In doing so, the state-owned university joins the county’s two liberal arts colleges, Franklin & Marshall College and Elizabethtown College, as well as many other U.S. colleges and universities.

Pittsburgh Trib Live: Sen. Toomey won't endorse, defend or reject Trump

The Republican senator tends to be "not provocative, he's not a bomb thrower, he doesn't create controversy," said G. Terry Madonna, director of Franklin & Marshall College's Center for Politics and Public Affairs. "He's stuck in the middle," Madonna said. "He's walking a tightrope between the white blue-collar workers that really support Trump, such as in the northwest and the northeast and the southwestern parts of the state, and the college-educated voters and business owners in the Lehigh Valley and southeast."

PennLive: For the Nov. 8 ballot question about changing Pa. judges' retirement age, words matter: Berwood Yost

The legal fight over the state's judicial retirement ballot question continues on as another court challenge gets underway.  The plaintiffs claim the ballot wording offered by the Republican-controlled legislature is "manifestly deceptive" because, according to them, it does not provide enough information to voters.  Are the plaintiffs right? 

World Politics Review: Japan Tries to Promote Women’s Rights, but Cultural Norms Stand in the Way

Last month, Renho Murata became the first woman to head the opposition Democratic Party in Japan. She is the third woman to recently take up a prominent political position in Japan, following the appointment of Tomomi Inada as defense minister and the election of Yuriko Koike as governor of Tokyo. In an email interview, Linda Hasunuma, an assistant professor at Franklin and Marshall College, discusses women’s rights in Japan.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette : Polls: Swing states turning toward Hillary Clinton

G. Terry Madonna, pollster and political scientist at Franklin & Marshall College, agreed that Mr. Trump’s chances of winning Pennsylvania are low. 
 “Could you rule it out? No. Is it likely to happen? No,” he said.

10/12/16

Science Daily: Wild chimpanzee mothers teach young to use tools

Published in the journal Scientific Reports, the study is based on research conducted in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Max Planck Institute and Franklin and Marshall College. The findings have important implications for the evolution of teaching.

The Legal Intelligencer: Lessons From Pa.'s Judicial Retirement Age Ballot Fiasco

As polling expert Berwood Yost of Franklin & Marshall College ­persuasively demonstrated in an essay that The Philadelphia Inquirer published last week, the current phrasing of the ballot ­question is misleading insofar as it omits that Pennsylvania's current judicial retirement age is 70. As currently phrased, voters are likely to understand the proposed amendment as imposing a retirement age of 75 in place of no currently applicable judicial retirement age. As Yost's op-ed demonstrated, 64 percent of Pennsylvania voters surveyed in September preferred enacting mandatory judicial retirement at 75 years old in place of no existing limit. However, when ­voters were asked if the judicial retirement age should be raised to 75 from its current limit of 70, only 39 to 45 percent of voters ­favored the proposal.

York Daily Record: Ballot-question wording matters – decisively (column)

F&M’s Berwood Yost op-ed: The legal fight over the state’s judicial retirement ballot question continues on as another court challenge gets underway.  The plaintiffs claim the ballot wording offered by the Republican-controlled Legislature is “manifestly deceptive” because, according to them, it does not provide enough information to voters.  Are the plaintiffs right?

The Denver Post: Donald Trump warns that “other communities” are poised to steal the election

Four years ago, a number of precincts around Philadelphia recorded no votes for Mitt Romney. The places where that happened were, in the words of the Philadelphia Inquirer “clustered in almost exclusively black sections of West and North Philadelphia” — places where most of the residents were members of one of President Barack Obama’s most loyal voting constituencies. (Nonwhite voters in Pennsylvania prefer Hillary Clinton by 56 points in a recent poll from Franklin & Marshall College.)

10/11/16

The Washington Post: Donald Trump warns that ‘other communities’ are poised to steal the election

F&M Poll is cited.

The Toledo Blade: Center revises presidential projections

G. Terry Madonna, pollster and political scientist at Franklin & Marshall College, agreed that Mr. Trump’s chances of winning Pennsylvania are low. Still, Mr. Trump isn’t going to toss his hands up and walk away.

Philadelphia Daily News Editorial: Vote 'No' on question to raise judges' retirement age

We agree with those who filed the suits challenging the wording of the ballot question. We believe it is deceitful - and deliberately so, designed to bamboozle voters into thinking they are voting on a minor issue that simply codifies existing law instead of adding five years to a judge's term. We have proof of that assertion. In a recent Franklin and Marshall College poll, the pollsters rotated the questions. One was the one that will appear on the ballot. Sixty-five percent of the voters said they would vote "Yes." Another made it clear the question was changing the mandatory retirement year from 70 to 75. Only 39 percent of the voters said they would vote "Yes" on that question. By leaving out one crucial piece of information, supporters of the bill in the Legislature and in the judiciary greatly increased its chances of passage. To put it more bluntly, they are trying to rig the question so they get the results they desire.

WITF: Toomey, McGinty scramble to take positions on Trump controversy

Pollster Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College said the Trump comments--as well as the contentious debate--have pushed Clinton into her widest lead yet. Trump currently trails by 9 points in Pennsylvania, and Madonna said those numbers could fall even more in the coming days. Madonna added that a deficit that large would make it much harder for Toomey to win in November.

WITF: Splitting the Tickets on Pennsylvania’s Down-Ballot Races

Republican candidates on down-ballot races - from the U.S. Senate race to representatives to the statehouse, are facing a serious challenge on Election Day.  Franklin and Marshall Professor of public affairs G. Terry Madonna outlined the obstacles on WITF's Smart Talk on Monday morning: "They have to figure out a way to get people to vote, even if they're not going to vote for Trump."  The "they" Madonna is referring to is Pennsylvania Republican leadership.  "The Trump people don't have an organization.  They are starting from scratch."  That lack of a ground game has Republican candidates concerned that there is no national effort to drive Republican voters to the booths.  Beyond just using policy in motivating voters, state Republicans have to overcome the toxic rhetoric of the GOP's presidential nominee. 

PennLive: Clinton’s emails vs. Trump’s videos: who really won the debate?

The 90-minute debate, hosted by CNN's Anderson Cooper and ABC's Martha Raddatz, was so brutal that veteran political analyst and Franklin & Marshall College pollster Terry Madonna said it was hard to choose a winner. "It's really tough," Madonna said. "Trump really didn't do very well. He wasn't contrite in the first answer. He danced around it, and many people are asking if he actually apologized."

10/10/16 

LNP: Franklin & Marshall College begins building Shadek Stadium

Construction is underway on Franklin & Marshall College’s new 2,500-seat sports stadium behind College Row on Harrisburg Avenue.

PennLive:  7 reasons the debate was one of the most brutal in U.S. history

"It was a nasty debate," said Terry Madonna, veteran political analyst and pollster at Franklin & Marshall College. "This debate was in a league of its own, and I've watched every one since Kennedy vs. Nixon. This was the nastiest, most contentious debate."

The New York Post: These millennials are not impressed after second debate

Exit polls in 2012 show Obama won 65 percent of the 18-to-29-year-old vote in Pennsylvania — a recent Franklin and Marshall College poll in the Keystone State showed Clinton at about 55 percent, if the election remains close she needs to close that 10-point gap.

The New York Post: Trump, GOP are running opposite campaigns in this key swing state

“It’s all about geography,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College, who oversees the statewide Franklin & Marshall College Poll. The longtime Pennsylvania politico said he has never seen a year when so many of the down-ballot congressional candidates are running by themselves and not onstage with Trump. “Toomey is very wise to campaign with Ryan in the suburban counties of Philadelphia. It shows that he is not like Trump and more acceptable to suburban Republicans and independent voters,” said Madonna, whose F&M poll showed McGinty with a 6-point lead over Toomey.

Winston-Salem (NC) Journal: Hilary Clinton hits her stride

A trio of polls from Quinnipiac University, Monmouth University and Franklin & Marshall College gave Clinton a lead over Trump ranging from 4 to 10 percentage points in Pennsylvania. With Pennsylvania’s Oct. 11 voter registration deadline just days away, Clinton and her supporters repeatedly exhorted the crowd to register themselves and their friends.

Bluefield (Washington) Daily Telegraph: Trump’s troubles aren’t dragging down Senate candidates 

A Franklin & Marshall College poll had McGinty leading Toomey 41 percent to 35 percent, but it also showed Toomey slightly gaining ground.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Will 2005 tape hurt Donald Trump's chances of winning Pennsylvania?

Yet to be answered is how Mr. Trump’s lascivious comments will affect millennials, evangelicals, independents, women in general and college-educated suburban women, all of whom the GOP nominee needs to win here and nationally, said veteran Franklin & Marshall College pollster Terry Madonna. Adding to the drama is tonight’s presidential debate. which Mr. Madonna said “could be one of the most pivotal moments of the campaign, this could well be decisive. We don’t know yet if Trump can escape this politically. His best chance to recover is to have a sincere apology that folks believe. Anything else doesn’t work.”

The Wall Street Journal: Trump Recording Surfaces as Support From Independents, Women Weakens

In Pennsylvania, where most polls show Mrs. Clinton with a significant lead, a Franklin & Marshall College survey released this week found her advantage growing by 7 percentage points among independents over the prior month, and her lead growing by a slight 2 percentage points among women.

Miami Herald: ‘It’s a stain on the GOP’s soul’: Republicans abandon Donald Trump as he strives to save candidacy

The audio of Trump talking crudely about women, which seemingly played on a loop on cable TV, is “certainly is not going to help him with college-educated women, women in the Philadelphia suburbs, in Northern Virginia, or with millennial women on college campuses,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College poll in Pennsylvania. “It’s not helpful, to put it mildly,” Madonna said. “It’s just so graphic, the profanity. You heard the words.”

Los Angeles Times: Why is Trump still winning our poll? White men and uncertain voters

A recent poll of Florida voters by Quinnipiac University, for example, showed Trump losing women in the state by 20 percentage points while winning among men by 11 points. In Pennsylvania, a poll this week by Franklin & Marshall College showed him losing women by 12 points. In the Quinnipiac poll, for example, Trump was winning 84% of Republican voters in Florida, compared with Clinton’s backing from 92% of Democrats. In Pennsylvania, the Franklin & Marshall poll showed Clinton getting 78% support from Democrats while Trump got 71% from Republicans. A sizable share of Republicans, 11% in that survey, said they did not know how they would vote. 

The Hill: GOP worries Trump will exacerbate party drift

The CNN poll and the Franklin & Marshall survey both showed former state environmental official Katie McGinty (D) leading Toomey. The Quinnipiac poll showed Toomey ahead. 

10/7/16

LNP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at F&M: Activist athletes can help society move forward

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar believes athletes can use their celebrity to encourage social change and that they have the right, as we all do, to stand up for what they believe in.

Philadelphia Inquirer Commentary: Wording matters on Pa.'s judicial ballot question

F&M Poll’s Chief Methodologist Berwood Yost on Pennsylvania’s controversial ballot question: The legal fight over the state's judicial retirement ballot question continues on as another court challenge gets underway. The plaintiffs claim the ballot wording offered by the Republican-controlled legislature is "manifestly deceptive" because, according to them, it does not provide enough information to voters. Are the plaintiffs right?

The Daily Caller: With About A Month To Go Until The Election, Clinton Is Ahead In Key States

A Franklin & Marshall College poll released Tuesday has 47 percent of likely voters backing Clinton, 38 percent supporting Trump, 5 percent behind Johnson, and nine percent of likely voters are undecided. Trump has a strong lead among non-college educated white voters, 46 percent to 39 percent, but the poll does have some surprising findings. Among both white men and women, Clinton is ahead of the GOP nominee. The F&M poll has a margin of error of 4.8 percent.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: VP candidate Kaine rallies crowd at CMU

The visit coincided with a tide of positive polls for his running mate, Hillary Clinton. In the wake of her own debate with Mr. Trump last week, a Monmouth University poll showed Ms. Clinton up 10 points among voters in Pennsylvania. A Franklin & Marshall College poll showed her leading by 9.

WITF (Harrisburg): A month from Election Day, PA Senate polls are unstable

Berwood Yost, with the Franklin and Marshall College poll, said the difference has to do with undecided voters. "There are a lot of people who are still looking at this. The Senate race has not received the attention that the presidential race has received," Yost said. "I think because of that you're going to see people continuing to make up their minds through Election Day." Complicating the issue, major polls don't seem to agree on Toomey's spot. The F&M poll actually has him down, but Quinnipiac University has him up eight.

WITF (Harrisburg): House Speaker Paul Ryan stumps for Smucker in Lancaster County

Franklin and Marshall College pollster Terry Madonna says he stopped polling on congressional races a while ago--because they're rarely competitive, thanks to extensive gerrymandering. Yet he expects this race will probably be a safe bet for Smucker. "[The district] is likely to be won by a Republican," says Madonna. "But could you rule out something weird happening, in one of the weirdest elections in modern history? No.".

PoliticsPA: F&M Poll: Obama’s Approval Bounces Back to 51%

The latest Franklin and Marshall Poll has the 44th President’s approval rating at 51% against a 48% disapproval rating. That’s a significant improvement from last month, when his approval fell to 45%. This month’s results, though, are just a point off from his July numbers which were the best since his honeymoon period.

10/6/16

LNP: White House recognizes F&M President Porterfield as a 'champion of change'

Franklin & Marshall College President Dan Porterfield is becoming a regular at the White House. On Friday, Sept. 30, Porterfield was recognized as one of 11 national "Champions of Change for College Opportunity" for leading F&M's efforts to enroll more low-income, minority and first-generation students.

Duluth News Tribune: Polls show Clinton strengthening her hold on key states; Trump’s support from white men unwavering

In Pennsylvania, a poll this week by Franklin & Marshall College showed him losing women by 12 points. The gender gap is one of three huge divides in the electorate that have framed the race since Clinton and Trump secured their parties’ nominations.

Reading Eagle: F&M Poll: Clinton widens lead over Trump in Pennsylvania

Hillary Clinton has widened her lead in Pennsylvania after a rough week for Donald Trump, according to the latest poll from Franklin & Marshall College. The survey, released today, shows Clinton with a lead of 9 percentage points among likely voters in the state, which has become a key battleground.

RealClear Politics: CLINTON GAINING AMONG MILLENNIALS, BUT OBSTACLES REMAIN

In Pennsylvania, a state critical to Trump’s Electoral College map and where Clinton has consistently led in the RealClearPolitics average, millennials clustered around Philadelphia are highly important Democratic voters, according to Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin and Marshall College poll. Millennials make up about one-fifth of the voting population there, he said, and Clinton is polling well under Obama’s 2008 and 2012 margins. At the end of August, she was leading Trump by 46 percent-32 percent among voters under 35, according to the Franklin and Marshall poll; that spiked to a 55 percent-19 percent advantage in a poll conducted after the first debate. But Obama carried voters ages 18-29 by a 63 percent-35 percent advantage in 2012, and voters aged 30-44 by a 55 percent-43 percent margin.

Bainbridge (Washington) Island Review: Hillary Clinton Channels Her Inner Seinfeld

A trio of polls from Quinnipiac University, Monmouth University and Franklin & Marshall College gave Clinton a lead over Trump ranging from 4 to 10 percentage points in Pennsylvania.

10/5/16

Los Angeles Times: New Pennsylvania poll shows Hillary Clinton expanding her lead over Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton has expanded her lead over Donald Trump to nearly double digits in Pennsylvania, a new Franklin & Marshall College Poll has found. The state is considered a must-win for Trump in November. Other polls had shown her lead there plummeting in September as questions arose about her health and the activities of her family’s foundation. In the new poll, based on surveys from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, she led 47% to 38% among voters considered likely to cast ballots. The last Franklin & Marshall poll, taken in August, showed Clinton with a five-point lead.

The Wall Street Journal: Clinton Makes Gains in Two Key States

In Pennsylvania, Mrs. Clinton leads Mr. Trump 50% to 40% in a new Monmouth University poll, up from 48% to 40% in the same poll in August. A separate poll released Tuesday by Franklin & Marshall College shows Mrs. Clinton’s lead in Pennsylvania widening to 9 points from 5 in August. She now leads Mr. Trump 47% to 38%, up from her lead of 45% to 40% in August.

The Wall Street Journal: Clinton Widens Lead in Pennsylvania Polls, Overtakes Trump in North Carolina

Hillary Clinton has made significant gains in polling in the critical swing states of North Carolina and Pennsylvania, new polls released Tuesday show, buoyed by a strong showing in last week’s presidential debate. The Democratic nominee leads in Pennsylvania by 9 and 10 points over her Republican rival Donald Trump in two new polls of likely voters, and she has opened a 6-point lead in North Carolina. A separate poll released Tuesday by Franklin & Marshall College poll shows Mrs. Clinton’s lead widening to 9 points from 5 in August. She now leads Mr. Trump 47% to 38%, up from her lead of 45% to 40% in August. The Franklin & Marshall poll of 496 likely Pennsylvania voters was conducted Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 and has a margin or error of plus or minus 6.1 percentage points. The Monmouth poll of 352 likely Pennsylvania voters was conducted Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 points. The Elon University poll of 660 likely North Carolina voters was conducted Sept. 27 to Sept. 30 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 points.

The Washington Examiner: Poll: Clinton up 9 points among likely Pennsylvanian voters

Hillary Clinton has opened up a 9 percentage point lead on Donald Trump, 47-38, among likely Pennsylvania voters, according to a new poll released Tuesday. In the new Franklin and Marshall College poll, Clinton's advantage over Trump expands to 12 percentage points, 48-36, among registered voters.

The Washington Times: Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 9 points in Pa: poll

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 9 points in Pennsylvania, according to a Franklin & Marshall College poll released Tuesday. Mrs. Clinton had a 9-point, 47 percent to 38 percent lead over Mr. Trump among likely voters in the poll, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 5 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 0 percent. The survey was conducted from Sept. 28-Oct. 2 - after last Monday’s presidential debate.

The New York Times: Better Polling for Clinton, but Trump Is Still in Striking Distance

F&M Poll is cited.

The New York Post: Clinton takes poll lead in important Trump state

Hillary Clinton has bolted to a 9-percentage-point lead in Pennsylvania – perhaps the most important state in Donald Trump’s hopes for a come-from-behind victory in November, a new poll revealed on Tuesday. Among likely voters, 47 percent of them plan to vote for Clinton, compared to 38 percent for Trump, 5 percent for Libertarian Gary Johnson and less than 1 percent for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, according to the Franklin & Marshall College survey taken Wednesday through Sunday. Keystone State voters told the same pollsters in late August they supported Clinton over Trump by a margin of 45 percent to 40 percent.

The Charlotte Observer: Clinton gains in new Pennsylvania poll as Trump struggles

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton has expanded her lead in Pennsylvania, thanks largely to Donald Trump’s shaky debate performance and recent spate of bad news surrounding the Republican presidential nominee, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll. A week after the first presidential debate, Clinton leads Trump 47-38 percent among the Keystone State’s likely voters. Her advantage grows to 48-36 percent among registered voters. 

Other F&M Poll stories:

Western Journalism: Poll Shows Clinton Ahead By 9 Points In Key Battleground State

Allentown Morning Call: With polls showing her lead widening, Clinton rallies supporters in Philly suburbs and state capita

PoliticsUSA: Clinton Leads Grow In NC and Pennsylvania As Swing States Swing Away From Trump

BillyPenn.com: New PA poll: 1 in 5 Philadelphians will vote for Donald Trump

The Week: Multiple polls show Clinton gaining momentum in Pennsylvania

10/4/16

Reading Eagle: Week in review

Daniel R. Porterfield: The president of Franklin & Marshall College, Porterfield was honored by the White House as a "champion of change for college opportunity." In the past five years, the college has poured more resources into financial aid and is drawing more students from lower-income families.

LNP: Clinton bounces back in F&M poll of Pennsylvania, grows lead to 9 points

Hillary Clinton has regained a comfortable lead over Donald Trump in Pennsylvania following the Republican presidential nominee’s widely panned debate performance and Miss Universe controversy. A Franklin & Marshall College poll released today shows the Democratic presidential nominee with a 9 point lead over Trump among like voters in the state. Clinton held a 5-point lead in the poll one month ago.

CBS Philadelphia: Clinton Gains In New F&M Pennsylvania Poll

A week of bad news for Donald Trump means good news for Hillary Clinton in a brand new Franklin and Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania voters.

Philadelphia Inquirer: After debate, Clinton widens lead over Trump in Pa

Democrat Hillary Clinton increased her lead among likely voters in Pennsylvania after the first presidential debate, according to a new Franklin and Marshall College Poll. Clinton led Republican nominee Donald Trump by nine percentage points, 47 percent to 38 percent, among registered voters who said they were sure they would vote Nov. 8, the poll released Tuesday showed. Her lead was wider among registered voters, 48 percent to 36 percent.

WITF (Harrisburg): F&M poll shows sharp drop for Trump in PA

Donald Trump's numbers have fallen in Pennsylvania, according to a new poll from Franklin and Marshall College. Hillary Clinton leads Trump 47 to 38 percent among likely voters in F&M's survey. That's a steep change from much of September, when Trump was within a few points of Clinton. F&M's Poll Director Terry Madonna said the Republican's losses reflect several recent incidents.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Clinton extends lead in Pa., poll shows

A Franklin & Marshall College poll out Tuesday shows that Trump's momentum with Pennsylvania's likely voters has shifted in Democrat Hillary Clinton's direction. Pennsylvania is a key battleground state with 20 electoral votes at stake in November's general election.

The Citizens’ Voice (Wilkes-Barre): Polls: Clinton’s lead in Pennsylvania grows

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton continues to lead Republican nominee Donald Trump by a solid margin in Pennsylvania, according to two new polls of likely voters released Monday. The Franklin & Marshall College and Quinnipiac University polls differed on whether the first presidential debate changed anything.

PennLive: Katie McGinty expands lead against Pat Toomey in latest F&M poll

Katie McGinty, whose poll results have trailed those of Hillary Clinton throughout this election cycle, saw an uptick against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey in the latest Franklin & Marshall College poll. Clinton's lead against Donald Trump grew among likely voters from 7 percent in August to 9 percent, according to the survey of 813 registered voters conducted between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2. The former secretary of state's poll numbers have bounced back following last week's presidential debate.

PennLive: Clinton takes big lead over Trump in Pa.: F&M poll results

Donald Trump is still reeling from his worst week of the presidential campaign, and it shows in the latest poll of Pennsylvania voters. The Republican nominee is losing to Democrat Hillary Clinton by 9 points among likely voters and 12 points among registered voters, according to the Franklin & Marshall College Poll released Tuesday morning.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Trump supporter on CNN, stranger to mom at home

Feature profile on F&M alumni Jeffrey Lord. As CNN commentators, Paul Begala will debate Lord at 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. Both men were chosen for their past political experiences and recent analysis of the 2016 presidential election. Lord, an F&M alum, was a political director to former President Ronald Reagan and also worked for former U.S. Housing Secretary Jack Kemp during the George H.W. Bush administration.

10/3/16

Forbes: 12 Best Liberal Arts Colleges For International Students: Why Say No To STEM

Franklin & Marshall College is ranked 12. Something different: that’s the reason behind many international students’ growing interest in liberal arts colleges. It offers them an education with a broader base, says Paul Thiboutot, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Carleton College, a small private school in Northfield, MN. “That’s growing in value among many nations’ applicants because that is not an alternative readily available in their home countries.”

Lancaster Farming: Chesapeake Bay Commission Tours Legacy Sediment Experiment

The experiment, led by Franklin and Marshall College researchers, is jointly monitored by the state Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Elizabethtown College, Lancaster Farmland Trust and other partners.

PennLive: Lancaster crowd shows Trump can win PA

"Pennsylvania, despite what a lot of people thought, is very much in play with Clinton having a narrow lead," said Terry Madonna, veteran pollster and political analyst at Franklin & Marshall College.

9/30/16

Alaska Dispatch News: Is Monica Lewinsky the Trump Comeback for Miss Universe?
Recent comments by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won’t play well with suburban women, says F&M’s Terry Madonna.

9/29/16

Philadelphia Inquirer: Two college presidents with local ties named national 'champions of change'

Daniel R. Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, will be honored at the White House Friday for his dedication to helping talented students from low income families get their education.

Newsmax: Salena Zito: Hillary Bringing Out Big Guns to Secure Black Vote

"Clinton so far has shown she is lagging in inspiring these voters – that is why you see (first lady) Michelle Obama at two universities in Pennsylvania Wednesday, Hillary herself in a black neighborhood and with plenty of plans for both [President Barack] Obama and Bill Clinton to do the same thing," said Terry Madonna, political science professor at Franklin and Marshall College.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Boise State’s Innovation Guru Pushes a Start-Up Approach as a Model for Change

I sat with the ex-CEO of Boise Cascade, current chairman of the board of Clorox. He’s a history major from Franklin & Marshall. He was telling me how much he loves history and how much it influences some of their decisions. And yet a lot of the hiring managers in these organizations are looking for very practical skills that lead me to believe that these hiring managers never would’ve hired their ex-CEO because he was a history major, and that’s not what they’re looking for.

9/28/16

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: What some Pennsylvania voters said after the presidential debate

“Every analysis says Clinton has a problem with enthusiasm among younger voters and African Americans,” whose votes she needs to overcome Mr. Trump’s support among older whites, said Terry Madonna, a veteran pollster at Franklin & Marshall College. “Racial justice is a big issue for them.”

WITF radio’s Smart Talk: Debate analysis from F&M’s Terry Madonna

Also, on Tuesday's Smart Talk Franklin and Marshall College political analyst and pollsetr Dr. G. Terry Madonna summarized Monday night's presidential debate and concluded that in his opinion, it would help or hurt either candidate.

Reading Eagle: Analysis: Clinton, Trump didn't do much to sway undecided voters

The exchange was light on discussion of specific plans, and the focus instead kept drifting back to questions about the candidates' character and pasts that have dominated the race, said G. Terry Madonna, director of Franklin & Marshall College's Center for Politics and Public Affairs. "I didn't see much new ground," Madonna said.

9/27/16

PennLive: Clinton did well vs. Trump in debate, but did they change anyone's mind?

G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, said Clinton won the debate. She was on the offensive during the entire debate -- hitting Trump with stats, policies and facts.

Madonna said Clinton had much more command over the subject matter.

9/26/16

LNP: Camp Hill's Jeffrey Lord: Well-known Trump supporter on CNN, stranger to mom at home

Lord brings good cheer and, even when he doesn't agree with some politically, he's never personally nasty, [liberal commentator Van] Jones says. Fellow CNN analyst Paul Begala, a Hillary Clinton supporter and former adviser to President Bill Clinton, also finds common ground with Lord because of their professional backgrounds.

Begala will debate Lord at 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. Both men were chosen for their past political experiences and recent analysis of the 2016 presidential election. Lord, an F&M alum, was a political director to former President Ronald Reagan and also worked for former U.S. Housing Secretary Jack Kemp during the George H.W. Bush administration.

LNP: LNP forum examining political correctness on college campuses shows it's possible to discuss controversial issues

Jael Lewis, public relations chair for F&M’s Black Student Union, agreed, noting that safe spaces are “not to exclude, but to internally build.” But Matthew Hoffman, chair of Judaic Studies and president of the American Association of University Professors chapter at F&M, argued that there’s been an effort to make entire campuses safe spaces, off limits to viewpoints with which students may disagree. He cited the trashing of some of the 2,977 American flags planted by conservative students in the quad at Occidental College in Los Angeles earlier this month. The flags were intended to honor those who died on 9/11; some students objected to the flags as “triggering,” or evoking traumatic feelings, and as insufficiently emblematic of the diversity of lives lost on 9/11. Discarding American flags because they’re “triggering” is “not to me where we want to be on college campuses,” Hoffman said. The panel also addressed trigger warnings — the practice of alerting students to certain material that may be distressing.

LNP: In an age of oversharing, the founder of PostSecret says telling secrets still matters

Big secrets. Little secrets. Frank Warren has collected more than a million of them.

More than a decade after he first asked people to anonymously share a secret they had never told anyone, Warren spoke at Franklin & Marshall's Common Hour.

Reading Eagle: What to watch for in the first presidential debate

Both presidential contenders will take the stage at their first head-to-head debate with something to prove, political analyst G. Terry Madonna said. Both have controversies and public image problems to overcome. And he said, both need to convince voters they can be trusted in the nation's top job. "This is probably one of the most critical moments in the campaign," said Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College. "One hundred million people will be watching."

Hartford Business Journal: Colleges with the highest paid grads

For everyone who doesn't want to be an engineer and hasn't gotten into an Ivy League School, here's the list of liberal arts colleges where the most popular majors aren't engineering -- and still have highly paid graduates: 1. Williams College: $122,000 2. Wabash College: $121,000 3. Bates College: $120,000 4. Swarthmore College: $119,000 5. Washington and Lee University: $116,000 6. Colgate University: $114,000 7. Wesleyan University: $112,000 7. Reed College: $112,000 8. Carleton College: $108,000 9. Franklin and Marshall College: $107,00 

The Denver Post: New polls show narrow presidential race in Colorado, as Donald Trump closes gap

A Colorado Mesa University-Rocky Mountain PBS poll gave Clinton a nine-point lead against Trump, 44 percent to 35 percent, among likely voters in a head-to-head matchup. Another 14 percent supported a third-party candidate and 7 percent remain undecided. But a Quinnipiac University survey of likely voters suggested the contest is a tie, with Clinton and Trump locked at 47 percent in a two-way race. The Colorado Mesa survey is a first for the Grand Junction school’s Social Research Center. The university used public and university foundation money to pay for the poll, with a contribution from Rocky Mountain PBS. The pollsters at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania designed and conducted the survey, which is weighted to reflect Colorado’s registered voters. 

9/23/16

The New York Times: A New York School Where Students Learn to Read by Sculpting Words

Watching from the back of the room was Charlie Salzer, a tall, bearded man. At 26, Mr. Salzer, a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and a licensed ship captain, has traveled the world for four years as a mate on yachts. In fourth grade, he was in approximately the same place as the little sprites with their hands up. Except that his hand wasn’t raised 17 years ago. Like all the fourth graders in that room, Mr. Salzer had a learning disability based on how his brain handled language.

The Denver Post: COLORADO MESA UNIVERSITY ESTABLISHING POLLING CENTER — FIRST POLL DEBUTS THURSDAY

A new polling outfit in Colorado debuts this week. Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction is launching a research center focused on polling. Partnering with Rocky Mountain PBS, CMU will debut its first poll Thursday on the presidential race, Senate contest and ballot questions. The venerable pollsters at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania are helping with the venture. “No one understands the diversity of opinions across the state of Colorado more than Coloradans,” said CMU President Tim Foster in a statement. “No other university in Colorado is currently polling Coloradans. We saw the need and are fortunate that Rocky Mountain PBS is joining with us to meet that need.”

The Durango (Colorado) Herald: Clinton leads over Trump in Colorado-specific poll

Unlike other polling for Colorado this election season, the poll Thursday was conducted by pollsters from within the state, using Colorado Mesa University’s newest research center. It partnered with Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania.

Rocky Mountain PBS News: New Colorado poll shows Clinton leading Trump, Bennet over Glenn

The poll, conducted by Franklin & Marshall College and commissioned by Rocky Mountain PBS and Colorado Mesa University, had a margin of error of 6 points. So both Clinton’s 7-point lead and Bennet’s 11-point lead are outside the margin of error.

Colorado Springs Gazette: Clinton, Bennet have big leads in Colorado poll; more than half favor raising minimum wage, oppose ColoradoCare

Colorado Mesa University and Rocky Mountain PBS teamed with Franklin & Marshal College, a private school in Pennsylvania, to survey 540 registered voters this month. The poll is the first in recent years to be administered by a Colorado university in effort to shed light on state voter opinions during a presidential election season, said Justin Gollob, political science professor and director of Colorado Mesa University Social Research Center.

Denver Business Journal: Presidential race in Colorado nears a tie in one poll; Clinton leads in another

Hillary Clinton, who enjoyed a commanding lead over Donald Trump in several late-summer polls of likely Colorado voters, now finds herself in a virtual tie with Trump in the latest Quinnipiac University poll of the state, despite a nearly 3-1 advantage among the state’s non-white voters. But a separate new Colorado survey from Colorado Mesa University, Franklin & Marshall College and Rocky Mountain PBS shows Clinton with a 7 percentage point advantage.

The Colorado Independent: The Home Front: Marijuana for PTSD, scrapping a downtown coal plant, Big Soda and Big Tobacco

Colorado Mesa University, in partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS, published its first political poll today in the pages of The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “It is the first poll done by a newly created Social Research Center at CMU, which is being formed in cooperation with the Pennsylvania-based Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College.” The college checked in with 540 Colorado voters on the presidential race, U.S. Senate race and ballot measures.

PennLive: Trump catching up to Clinton: How close is the race in battleground PA?

"We could be heading for very close election in the popular vote," said Terry Madonna, a veteran pollster at Franklin & Marshall College.

Penn Live: Clinton and Trump debate to get Super Bowl numbers: Why it matters

"Why does this debate matter? These are the two most unpopular candidates in modern history, and voters have serious doubts about their candidacies," said Terry Madonna, a veteran pollster at Franklin & Marshall College. "These debates may reassure voters about one or both candidates. Or one of them could make a mistake lethal to their campaigns."

The Washington Post: Don’t Like Clinton or Trump? You can vote for a cat named Limberbutt McCubbins instead

In all seriousness, Wood’s analysis is likely correct, said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn. The unpopularity of the human presidential candidates provides fertile ground for inventing funny alternatives, he said. “There is an almost surreal aspect to this campaign,” Madonna said via email. “Nothing has been predictable, and many voters are supporting a candidate because they dislike the other candidate more.” The animal candidates adopt characteristics that people want in their human politicians, Madonna said.

9/22/16

Forbes: For College Students, Summer Is An Opportunity To Intensify Learning: President Daniel R. Porterfield’s column

Ask students whose colleges invest in paid internships what they did last summer and you may hear some extraordinary stories. For example, at Franklin & Marshall College’s recent Summer Experience Fair, senior James Mullman told me, “I learned to care for wildlife at the Drakenstein Lion Park in South Africa.”

CNN: For Trump, key to 2016 win could lie in Keystone State

"There are 800,000 more active Democrats than Republicans here," said Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin Marshall College Poll and the sage of Pennsylvania politics. "The fact of the matter is Donald Trump does have a tough battle. I'm not saying he can't win, but I'll tell you what, if he did, the presidential race is over."

LNP: LNP Opinion forum highlights diversity and free speech issues on college campuses

Jael Lewis doesn't have time to be politically correct. Now a sophomore at Franklin & Marshall College and member of the school’s Black Student Union, she was one of the students responsible for bringing awareness last year to offensive, racially charged comments on social media about the school’s black community.

RealClear Politics: A Dual Strategy is Key to Pennsylvania Win

“It’s all about the Philadelphia suburbs. That’s where the largest pool of swing voters live, and if you don’t win the Philly suburbs, it’s virtually impossible to win the state, simply because of the numbers,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll.

The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, Colo.): University jumps into politics

It is the first poll done by a newly created Social Research Center at Colorado Mesa University CMU, which is being formed in cooperation with the Pennsylvania-based Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College.

The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, Colo.): Political-science major gets crash course

This summer, Cory Massey was running cattle on the Uncompahgre Plateau. In the last few days, he was engaged in trying to round up voters by phone as part of Colorado Mesa University’s first try at statewide political polling. Massey returned Wednesday from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, which helped conduct the poll.

The Christian Science Monitor: Education Secretary John King: US still has work to do on equity in schools

He cited Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., as leaders in broadening their student bodies, and says they approach it as “ultimately… a talent strategy – that their student body is stronger as a result of their recruitment effort around low income students and students of color.”

UK Progressive: The GOP has become a pity party for white males

Broadly speaking, the Trump appeal is strongest among older men without a college degree, and among those who feel particular economic stress. . . . Montgomery [County, Pa.] and the other suburban counties around Philadelphia have “a very, very diversified economy,” with high-tech, insurance, banking and retail activity, says Terry Madonna, a pollster at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

9/21/16

LNP: Column: Why clean water should be a local priority for business, government and agriculture

Key organizations including the Lancaster Farmland Trust, the Lancaster Conservation District and the Lancaster County Conservancy are implementing a wide range of educational outreach initiatives while working with land owners to implement best management practices across Lancaster County. And important work has been conducted at Franklin & Marshall College on the impact of legacy sediments.

The Business Times (Grand Junction, Colo.): CMU joins in effort to offer polling services

Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction has joined in an effort to launch a polling service. Results of polling by Franklin & Marshall College have appeared in scores of newspapers and news magazines, scholarly publications and television network and cable news. The New York Times identified the Franklin & Marshall College Poll as one of the most accurate in America during the 2012 elections.

WesternSlopeNow.com: CMU to Conduct Political Polls: The polls will be the first of their kind in Colorado

For the first time this election season, Colorado voters will be able to see polls from Colorado Pollsters. Colorado Mesa University will team up with Rocky Mountain PBS and Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania to conduct the first ever political polling in the Universities History.

9/20/16

CNNMoney (via WPRO in New England): Colleges with the highest paid grads

A Payscale report released Tuesday ranks colleges based on the size of their graduates’ paychecks, at least 10 years after finishing school. For everyone who doesn’t want to be an engineer and hasn’t gotten into an Ivy League School, here’s the list of liberal arts colleges where the most popular majors aren’t engineering — and still have highly paid graduates: 1. Williams College: $122,0002. Wabash College: $121,0003. Bates College: $120,0004. Swarthmore College: $119,0005. Washington and Lee University: $116,0006. Colgate University: $114,0007. Wesleyan University: $112,0007. Reed College: $112,0008. Carleton College: $108,0009. Franklin and Marshall College: $107,000

The Wall Street Journal: Suburban Women May Be Hillary Clinton’s Lifeline 

Montgomery and the other suburban counties around Philadelphia have “a very, very diversified economy,” with high-tech, insurance, banking and retail activity, says Terry Madonna, a pollster at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

9/19/16

Philly Voice: NYT Report: Whoever wins Pennsylvania could probably win the presidential election

Whichever presidential candidate wins Pennsylvania – and currently Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is in the lead – could mean a win for the entire election, according to one expert in an exclusive interview with the New York Times published Friday. The Franklin & Marshall College Poll is mentioned.

9/16/16

The Catholic Sun: Maryland Catholic school grad shines in swim for gold at Paralympics

Paralympian Rebecca Meyers is majoring in history in college. She made some Sept. 8 at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Meyers is taking a sabbatical from her studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She transferred there after a stop at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. While its swim program has five Paralympians in Rio, its campus was not the right fit for Meyers.

9/15/16

Process History: Teaching in the Time of Trump

F&M’s Van Gosse’s blog: Like many historians of the U.S., I suspect, I anticipate this fall’s teaching with excitement and trepidation. This presidential contest is unprecedented—in my lifetime, anyway—in its virulence and surfacing of the most unsettling currents of our history.

9/14/16

LNP: The man who's collected a million secrets for PostSecret will speak at F&M

Frank Warren has collected more than a million secrets. He started by handing out postcards, asking people to anonymously share a secret they’ve never told anyone else. His experiment has grown into a movement as he’s shared these secrets on a popular blog, best-selling books and in art museums. PostSecret has spawned an album and a play. All of this is rooted in the idea of compassion and connection.

PennLive: Trigger warnings: A campus code of decency or an overused guise to censor?

It's a sense of self-censorship," says Matthew Hoffman, a professor of history at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. President of F&M's chapter of the American Association of University Professors, Hoffman is concerned that amid a heightened sense of political correctness, professors across the country have used the guise of trigger warnings to increasingly avoid covering materials that may not conform to a particular ideology or political dogma. "It leads to people feeling they are going to say the wrong thing," he says. "It comes down to speech policing. People are getting hung up on what political views are rather than what they are getting at."

Roll Call: Democrats Believe Long Shots Can Deliver a House Majority

The presidential campaign, for instance, hired a regional press secretary for the area who started on Aug. 29, a sign it sees an opening in what has traditionally been a GOP stronghold. That’s the kind of fortuitous thing that can help motivate donors, volunteers and increase momentum. “That could be the biggest help, a big Clinton victory,” says G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster. “In these transition districts, it could be especially hard for Republicans to win because of the pattern of straight ticket voting,” he says.

OUPblog: Building Central Park

In the following excerpt from the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, Franklin & Marshall’s David Schulyer describes the construction of Manhattan’s Central Park and how, despite the difficulties and cost attached, it was ultimately worth the undertaking, as it continues to captivate residents and visitors alike, and serve as a symbol of the City of New York.

The Washington Post: Clinton hindered by enthusiasm gap in Pennsylvania

A Quinnipiac poll last week put Clinton up 5 points, down from 10 points a few weeks before. A Franklin and Marshall College poll published the week before had her up 7 points, but the percentage viewing her favorably had dropped to 38 percent from 47 percent in July.

9/13/16

Chalkbeat: How KIPP learned the truth about its students’ college completion and inspired others to do the same

Barth credits F&M president Daniel Porterfield with making what he describes as “potentially third-rail” decisions to make his college more welcoming to first-generation students. “He has made the case with his board that in doing this, the student body will be higher-performing; there will be more fellowships, more Fulbright winners. That’s a remarkable example of what can be done. We’re looking for other partners who have that level of commitment.”

USA Today: A suburban tide against Trump could sink his election bid

Just how much impact Trump could have down the ballot is a worry for Republicans and a hope for Democrats. In a statewide Franklin & Marshall College Poll taken last month, Clinton led Trump by 7 points, 47%-40%, and Democratic Senate challenger Katie McGinty led incumbent Republican Pat Toomey by 5 points, 43%-38%. The hard-fought Keystone State race is one of a handful expected to determine control of the Senate. "The fact is she’s the beneficiary of Clinton emerging into the lead," G. Terry Madonna, director of the poll and a professor of public affairs, says of McGinty. "I think if it's five points or less, Toomey has a good chance of winning."

9/12/16

Politico: Franklin & Marshall President talks politics

he president of Franklin & Marshall College, who has drawn attention by more than tripling the percentage of Pell grant-eligible students at the small Pennsylvania liberal arts school, tells Morning Education he’s open to Hillary Clinton’s free tuition proposal. “Private schools will benefit a lot if public schools are better,” said Daniel Porterfield, during a sit-down interview in POLITICO’s newsroom. 

The Baltimore Sun: Digest: Swimmers Brad Snyder, Becca Meyers win Rio gold

Meyers took the SM13 200-meter women's individual medley in 2:24.66. "A lot of hard work went into that race, so I'm really pleased with the outcome," said Meyers, a student at Franklin & Marshall.

LNP: LNP Opinion to hold forum on political correctness on college campuses

LNP’s Opinion department will hold Diversity and Free Speech on campus, a public forum on political correctness, equality and free speech on college campuses, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. Students, faculty members and administrators from Millersville University, Elizabethtown College, Franklin & Marshall College, HACC, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster Theological Seminary and Stevens College of Technology will take part in the panel discussion.

Reading Eagle: Instant news might be deepening political divide

A statewide Franklin & Marshall College poll released this month found that more than half of registered voters say the internet or cable television is their primary source of news.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Guide dogs in Rio

Two Seeing Eye dogs are in Rio de Janeiro for the Paralympics through Sept. 18. The dogs’ vision-impaired partners are competing in the international competition for athletes with a wide range of disabilities.  Birdie, a Labrador retriever/golden retriever mix, is with swimmer Becca Meyers, 22, who also swims in NCAA competition for Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, where she is a rising senior.

Christian Science Monitor: In key states, voters poised to split their tickets between GOP, Democrats

Incumbent Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, is in a very tight race with Democrat Katie McGinty. If voters who reject Trump vote for Senator Toomey, that would be a boost, but probably not enough to rescue him if Clinton takes the state by a large margin, says Mr. Madonna of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

9/8/16

The New Yorker: THE ELECTION IS STILL HILLARY CLINTON’S TO LOSE 

In Pennsylvania, for instance, which is shaping up as a must-win state for the Republicans, a poll from Franklin & Marshall College showed Clinton leading Trump by seven percentage points: forty-seven per cent to forty per cent. Clinton’s net favorability rating was minus sixteen, which is pretty bad. But Trump’s net favorability rating was minus twenty-one.

Los Angeles Times: Analysis: In Pennsylvania and nationally, Trump's problems with suburban voters blunt his ascent

The latest statewide poll, by Franklin & Marshall College, showed Clinton with a 7 point lead among likely voters. That was a smaller gap than in August, but remains larger than President Obama’s margin over Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 election here. “Trump has to cut away the Democratic margins in suburban counties where Democrats have had a field day in past elections, which is why they win the state,” said G. Terry Madonna, who directed the Franklin & Marshall College poll.

The Toronto Star: Educated women pose big problem for Donald Trump in key suburbs

“They’re hugely important. You had 1.2 of 5.5 million votes cast in 2012 cast in four counties,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. “It’s virtually impossible for either party to carry the state if they don’t do well there. In fact, you usually have to win.” 

9/7/16

The Wall Street Journal: Undecided GOP-Leaning Voters Provide an Opening for Donald Trump (see PDF)

Normally, people who remain undecided at this point “are voters who aren’t paying attention,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania voters. That isn’t the case with many of this year’s undecided or third-party voters. “There are a larger number of particularly Republicans on the fence, because they’re torn. They’d like to vote their party” but are wary of backing “the controversial Donald Trump,” he said.

LNP: National Geographic wildlife photographer will speak during Franklin & Marshall sustainability week

National Geographic wildlife photographer Joel Sartore travels the world to photograph animals. He specializes in endangered species and founded The Photo Ark, where he’s trying to photograph every captive species in existence in a virtual “ark.” As Franklin & Marshall planned to focus its annual sustainability week on wild things, organizers thought Sartore would be a perfect fit.

PennLive: For Muslims now, 15 years since 9/11, 'it seems more people are more openly hateful'

"The first question a Muslim asks after an attack is was it a Muslim or not?" says SherAli K. Tareen, a Muslim and assistant professor of religious studies at Franklin & Marshall University in Lancaster. "That is highly unfortunate for millions of Muslims. I think that is one of the biggest pressures and problematic especially for the young generation, the teenagers who grew up in the shadow of 9/11. They grew up with the sensibility that if something happens suddenly they are under the microscope."

LNP: Lancaster photographer trains for 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio

One of King’s primary subjects during the games will be Franklin & Marshall College swimmer Becca Meyers. Meyers, of Baltimore, is a gold-medal contender who will swim in five events. Meyers was born deaf and has Usher syndrome, a genetic disorder leading to gradual loss of vision and balance.

9/6/16

The Guardian: Hawaii and other big marine protected areas 'could work against conservation'

Co-author Elizabeth de Santo, an assistant professor at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, added that the push for quantity over quality threatens to undermine sustainability. “There are concerns that marine conservation aims could be undermined by this focus on a few big areas. The marine biodiversity target is about much more than the proportion of the seas that are covered,” she said.

The Hill: Breaking down Pennsylvania: The battle in a battleground state

Terry Madonna's column: The latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll from the end of August provides some clues on where the election stands.

LNP: Coyotes and foxes are eating Lancaster County residents' garbage

Researchers and students at Franklin & Marshall College have confirmed what is likely to be a surprise to many Lancaster County residents: Coyotes and foxes are well-established in our midst. That includes suburban neighborhoods, even Lancaster city, where the opportunistic predators are not above dining on garbage set out by unsuspecting neighbors. “This is a good thing. We should embrace the return of these guys, rather than being afraid of it,” says Sarah Dawson, director of F&M’s Center for the Sustainable Environment and a wildlife biology professor.

LNP: Lancaster philanthropist Ann B. Barshinger is so very right: You can't take it with you

There’s the Ann & Richard Barshinger Center for Musical Arts at Franklin & Marshall College. There’s also the Ann & Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building at F&M. There’s Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine’s Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute. And now the Ann B. Barshinger Visionary Center.

9/2/16

CNBC: Anti-Clinton wave surges in PA, but she's still ahead

Franklin & Marshall College's latest measure of the election shows a stunning plunge in Clinton's "net favorability," or the difference between voters who view her positively against those who view her negatively. The gap in the F&M poll went from -2 after the Democratic convention to -16 in the poll taken from Aug. 25-29.

Sputnik News: Poll: Clinton Lead Over Trump Cut by More Than Third in US Swing State of Pennsylvania

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania has been trimmed by more than one third in the past month, according to a poll by Franklin and Marshall College released on Thursday.

Hot Air.com: Suffolk: Trump still trails by seven in national race

One more poll worth your time, this time at the state level: Franklin & Marshall has a new one out of Pennsylvania that puts Clinton up five in the four-way race, in between the eight-point lead Monmouth saw a few days ago and the three-point lead that Emerson found the day before that.

Allentown Morning Call: Pennsylvania Senate candidates spar over tax hikes

The economic debate comes as a new set of polls show a close contest between Toomey and McGinty. A survey out Thursday from Lancaster's Franklin & Marshall College had Toomey ahead by 1 point among registered voters, but gave McGinty a 5-point lead among likely voters.

Bloomberg: Clinton’s Lead Over Trump in Pennsylvania Narrows: F&M Poll

Hillary Clinton has 47% to Donald Trump’s 40%, compared to 49% to 38% after Democratic convention, Franklin & Marshall College poll shows.

The Oklahoman: Poll: Clinton's lead narrowing

The Franklin and Marshall College poll finds Clinton ahead of Trump 47% to 40% among likely voters, which represents a slight decline from a similar poll taken just after the Democratic National Convention (when she led 49% to 38%).

9/1/16

Latest F&M Poll appears in publications across the country:

CNN (via KSAT San Antonio): Poll: Clinton ahead of Trump by 7 in Pennsylvania

The Franklin and Marshall College poll finds Clinton ahead of Trump 47% to 40% among likely voters, which represents a slight decline from a similar poll taken just after the Democratic National Convention (when she led 49% to 38%).

The Washington Examiner: Poll: Clinton's Pennsylvania lead is disappearing

In a new Franklin and Marshall College poll released Thursday, the Democratic nominee leads Trump by 7 points, 47-40, among likely voters. She led 49-38 after the convention.

CBS Philly: F&M Poll: Trump Gains On Clinton In Pennsylvania

A new Franklin and Marshall College Poll shows that Donald Trump has closed the gap a bit among likely Pennsylvania voters.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Poll: Clinton's lead over Trump shrinks in Pa.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's post-convention bounce has deflated a bit among registered voters in Pennsylvania, according to a new Franklin and Marshall College poll.

LNP: Clinton's favorability drops by 9 points, still leads by 7 against Trump in Pennsylvania

Hillary Clinton's lead among Pennsylvania voters have slipped, and with it her favorability ratings, giving Donald Trump hopes of winning a state that will play a crucial role in the 2016 presidential election. The Democratic nominee leads the Republican 47 percent to 40 percent among likely voters — a drop from her 11-point advantage at the end of July, according to the statewide Franklin & Marshall College poll.

WITF: Unexpected problem for poly-sci profs: how to teach about Trump

The unprecedented nature of the 2016 race is making some professors wonder--what's the right way to teach students about Trump? Speaking on WITF's Smart Talk, Stephen Medvic, a professor of government at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, said in the past he has always avoided personal biases while teaching. But he said he's never seen a campaign like Trump's, and that changes things.

LNP: F&M men's soccer has high expectations for 2016

Franklin & Marshall’s men’s soccer squad, which returns four of its top five goal scorers, enters the 2016 season with its third consecutive top 15 preseason ranking. The Diplomats are 12th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III poll, six spots below Centennial Conference rival Haverford.

PennLive: Muslims prepare for potential for holy day to fall on 9/11

"One thing to keep in mind is that this is a coincidence," said SherAli K. Tareen, assistant professor of religious studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. Eid al-Adha — the feast of sacrifice, which commemorates the end of hajj, the annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca, like other Islamic holy days, is determined by the lunar calendar.

8/31/16 

LNP: Beat the Streets Lancaster wants city kids to fall in love with wrestling

The free program is funded by a donation from Dave and Patsy Lehman through the Lehman Family Charitable Foundation. Dave Lehman is a Solanco High School alumnus and a 1968 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College who gave $5 million to the F&M wrestling program two years ago.

Minneapolis Star -Tribune: Admiration abounds for Weiner's wife despite puzzlement over loyalty amid new sexting scandal

"None of us know what's going on with that couple now," said Stephen Medvic, an associate professor of government at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania and author of the book, "In Defense of Politicians."

WITF's Smart Talk: Teaching Election 2016

Also, we've heard many times that the 2016 presidential campaign is unlike any other.  Donald Trump's attention-grabbing presence is one of the reasons. The controversy that follows Trump has had a polarizing effect on the electorate. So much so that a few local university or college political science professors are wrestling with their own political beliefs and whether to discuss them in class. Three of them join us [including F&M's Stephen Medvic] on Monday's program.

8/30/16

The Washington Monthly: The Sixteen Most Innovative People in Higher Education [Includes F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield]

Can a selective liberal arts college triple its share of low-income students in a few years without sacrificing academic quality? The example of Franklin & Marshall suggests that the answer is yes. Since Porterfield became president in 2011, Pell-eligible students have gone from 5 percent of the student body to 19 percent. The college says it has gotten more selective, not less, since it started the initiative. To Porterfield, that makes it an obvious win-win. “I wish I could tell you that I was facing competition from ten other top schools,” he says. “But the reality is, these students are under-recruited.”

Santa Ynez Valley News: Climate change expert lecturing in Solvang

Geologist and climate change expert James Lawrence Powell is lecturing at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall at 7 p.m. Sept. 15. The event is co-sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society. Powell, a Valley resident, is executive director of the National Physical Science Consortium. His lengthy academic resume includes serving as president of Oberlin College and Franklin and Marshall College. He also served on the National Science Board for 12 years.

The Daily Lobo: Former UNM professor runs for congress in Florida

Former UNM professor Tim Canova is running for Congress in the state of Florida. [A]t Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Canova said he studied government, economics and history. After college Canova worked as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill for the late U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas, a Democrat from Massachusetts, he said.

Newsmax: Analysts: GOP Will Retain the House in November

Regarding Pennsylvania, Franklin and Marshall College professor G. Terry Madonna told me: “Too much gerrymandering. The only seat looks likely to be competitive is the 8th District [where retiring GOP Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick’s brother Bruce is in a tight race with Democratic state Rep. Steve Santarsiero]. At this point I don't see any other Republican defeats.”

8/29/16 

Two F&M alumni are participants in Lancaster's 2016 Great Social Enterprise Pitch:

Lixin Ji

Will Kiefer 

LNP: Refugees from 4 countries find common ground on Lancaster soccer field (see PDF)

Church World Service received donations for the local soccer match. There were drinks from Weis and Giant. Franklin & Marshall College donated use of the Baker Campus fields.

8/26/16

LNP: Teaching Trump: Franklin & Marshall College and Millersville University welcome new students (see PDF)

Millersville University and Franklin & Marshall College were a flurry of activity Thursday as they welcomed hundreds of new students.

8/25/16

The Hill: Clinton buries Trump in negative ads

“I think the Trump campaign is living on the assumption that TV ads are overrated. He won the primary while spending virtually nothing on TV,” said Terry Madonna, a professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, and an expert on the state’s politics.

LNP: Teaching Trump: How political professors will balance the election during fall semester (see PDF)

Next week, Stephen Medvic will start his 15th year at Franklin & Marshall College with a problem unlike anything he’s experienced as a professor of political science. Should he tell his students — in an environment where open discussion and objectivity are crucial — whether or not he thinks Donald Trump poses a threat to democracy in America?

Yahoo! News: A Democrat backs Republicans on gun control? It just happened

“The only way this gets resolved is if someone gets in the middle,” says pollster G. Terry Madonna, of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. Given that most Democrats already support broader background checks and other gun-control measures, that someone is Republicans, says Mr. Madonna.

NBC 10 Philadelphia: How Will Clinton Coax Pennsylvania Millennials to the Polls? Focus on Their Social Networks

Recent polling shows Clinton is enjoying healthy support among young people in Pennsylvania. According to a survey by Franklin & Marshall college earlier this month, 49 percent of those under 35 years old supported Clinton. Trump garnered 25 percent, third-party candidates like the Green Party’s Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson got support from 19 percent while 7 percent were undecided.

Phys.Org: One of the most significant Etruscan discoveries in decades names female goddess Uni

Besides SMU, other collaborating institutions at Mugello Valley Archaeological Project include Franklin and Marshall College, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology, the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy at The University of Texas at Austin, The Open University (UK), and Franklin University Switzerland.

8/24/16

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Toomey collects second endorsement in a week from gun-control advocates

Her attacks are playing well among suburban Philadelphia liberals but are having little effect in other parts of the state, said pollster G. Terry Madonna of Franklin & Marshall College.

8/23/16

Vail [Colorado] Daily: Vail Daily column: A little healthy competition never hurt anyone

As a child, I cherished the idea of being part of a true skiing community. After graduating Franklin and Marshall College in 1999, I packed all my belongings and traveled west from Pennsylvania. Column by Ryan Kelsey '99. 

Delaware County Daily Times: Guest Column: The tragedy of Kathleen Kane

Politically Uncorrected column from Terry Madonna and Michael Young: The breathtakingly rapid rise and agonizingly slow decline of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane mercifully ended Wednesday August 17th with her resignation one day after her conviction on nine criminal counts, including perjury for leaking grand jury information. 

8/22/16

Portsmouth [Maine] Herald: Nature News: The amazing lives of squid in our nearshore waters 

I sent a photo of the jelly mass to Joe Thompson, a researcher from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania who spends summers studying the muscle physiology and swimming biomechanics of squid at the Darling Marine Center. He confirmed that the mass I found on the beach belonged to the Atlantic longfin squid (Doryteuthis pealeii, formerly Loligo pealeii), the most common squid in nearshore waters in New England.

PennLive: 'I want to serve': Here's why people want to be cops

Heather Schaeffer, 23, is a police officer at Franklin and Marshall College, and her goal is to be a Lancaster city officer. "I enjoy city policing – the city environment," Schaeffer said, adding she will be taking the Lancaster County test in three weeks, and also the next state police test.

LNP: In the Spotlight: Hawa Lassanah recognized artistic opportunity in Lancaster

After leaving Franklin & Marshall College, Hawa Lassanah could have moved anywhere. She decided to stay in Lancaster, crediting the city’s then-burgeoning cultural scene.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Catholic voters split, perplexed by presidential choices

A recent Franklin and Marshall poll found that Ms. Clinton is leading Mr. Trump among Pennsylvania voters overall by 11 points. But Pennsylvania Catholics, who make up about a quarter of the electorate, are evenly split between the two major candidates, according to results similar to a national poll by the Pew Research Center. Mr. Trump has targeted Pennsylvania with TV ads and public appearances.

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Trump is running out of ways to win

A Franklin and Marshall College poll two weeks ago indicated Trump was running up against the same educational divide in Pennsylvania that has hurt him in other states.

8/19/16

Money Magazine: Graduates of These 20 Liberal Arts Colleges go on to Earn the Highest Salaries (see PDF)

New graduates of these schools (F&M ranks 18 this year) start at roughly the same salaries as other college graduates, according to surveys by PayScale.com. But once they're about 15 years into their careers, they report average pay of about $80,000 a year—$6,000 more than college grads in general, PayScale says.

The Economist: Kaned

Ms Kane’s case is a bit different. It was not about corruption in the typical way, says Terry Madonna of the Centre for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. It was not about illicit campaign contributions or bribery. “It was personal. It’s a story about retaliation, retribution and revenge.”

The Washington Times: ‘Boring’ Tim Kaine ensures focus stays on Hillary Clinton

“Let’s think about this: Progressives have to bite their tongue and vote for Hillary Clinton given the changes that she’s made. … She’s modified or changed innumerable positions, so why would they care if Kaine does?” said G. Terry Madonna, a pollster and political science professor at Pennsylvania’s Franklin and Marshall College.

The Legal Intelligencer: With Kane Out, AG Race Likely to Focus on Office Reform

G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College, said the race could lean toward issues like "straightening out the hierarchy" in the OAG and bringing back office morale. Campaign messages will tie reform efforts to "the sins of the past," Madonna said.

Newsworks: In battleground state, Pa. voter registration shows women lean heavily Democratic

As of August, 53 percent of all registered Pennsylvania voters who disclosed their gender were women. The figure is in line with voter registration and turnout by gender in past election cycles, according to Franklin & Marshall College political pollster Terry Madonna.

8/18/16

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Trump to begin buying ads in swing states, including Pennsylvania

Time will tell whether an ad blitz will make a difference for Trump. Recent polls showed him trailing Clinton by about 9 percentage points in Pennsylvania, said G. Terry Madonna, director of Franklin & Marshall College's Center for Politics and Public Affairs. “I think they understand they had to start advertising,” Madonna said. “Maybe the ads will make a difference. We'll see.”

8/17/16

About.com: Top Middle Atlantic Colleges and Universities

The Middle Atlantic region of the United States has some of the best colleges and universities in the world. This list of the top 36 Middle Atlantic colleges includes four Ivy League universities and some of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. (Franklin & Marshall College is listed. The order of the list is alphabetical.)

The Wall Street Journal: Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane Resigns Following Her Conviction

Political watchers in Pennsylvania say she squandered her opportunity when she became consumed with petty feuds involving former prosecutors in the attorney general’s office. “It all falls apart because of this cycle of retaliation and revenge,” said Terry Madonna, a professor of public affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

The Boston Globe: Pennsylvania attorney general quits after perjury conviction

“She comes into office with these expectations and it all fell apart,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. “It just goes on and on, the flood of problems. And many of them she brought on herself.”

8/16/16

LNP: In the Spotlight: F&M professor Amanda Kemp mixes artistic expression with political activism 

As long as she can remember, Amanda Kemp has cared deeply about community, justice and social change. Today she is a visiting scholar in Africana Studies at Franklin & Marshall College, an author, performer, consultant and the founder of “Theatre for Transformation,” a touring drama company that presents original works based in African-American history and culture. This summer, Kemp released “Say the Wrong Thing,” a collection of short essays and reflections on creating racial justice and true community.

The New York Times Review of Books: The Latest in Science Fiction and Fantasy

F&M alumnus book is reviewed: Indra Das’s '08 THE DEVOURERS, [is] a chilling, gorgeous saga that spans several centuries and many lands, though the bulk of the tale is set in India of the Mughal Empire and today.

TPM DC: Why Republican Leaders Just Can't Quit Donald Trump

“You walk a tightrope. You lose Trump supporters down ballot, and you can’t enlarge your base by moving away from it,” said G. Terry Madonna, the director of the Franklin and Marshall College Center for Politics and Public Affairs.

LNP: Retired county Judge Michael Perezous dies

Perezous grew up in Lancaster city and graduated from McCaskey High School, Franklin & Marshall College and Temple School of Law. Prior to his time on the bench, he was known as one of the county's top criminal defense attorneys.

WJLA (ABC's Washington, D.C. affiliate): Experts skeptical of Trump claims ‘cheating’ will cost him Pennsylvania

If Trump can stay on message and broaden his base beyond the white blue-collar crowd, G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, believes he can recover. He would likely need to gain some traction in the Philadelphia suburbs where Obama dominated in 2012.

Russia Direct: Clinton vs. Trump: The Russian people give their views 

In some national polls, Trump is seven percentage points behind Clinton, while in some key states where the outcome of the November election is going to be decided, the gap is larger still. Thus, in Pennsylvania, according to a survey conducted by Franklin & Marshall College and reported by the Bloomberg news agency, Clinton is 11 percentage points ahead.

The New York Times: Donald Trump’s Missteps Risk Putting a Ceiling Over His Support in Swing States

“There is absolutely no way Trump wins Pennsylvania unless he can broaden his appeal significantly and overcome his huge deficit in the suburbs,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College poll and a longtime analyst of Pennsylvania politics. “He does well with white working-class voters, but there simply aren’t enough of them in Pennsylvania to win. And he can’t stick with his political message for more than five minutes.”

The Atlantic: The GOP Security Experts Vs. The GOP Nominee

National polls aren’t the only ones to show these trends: The latest polls in New Hampshire (by WBUR/MassInc) and Pennsylvania (by Franklin & Marshall College) show Clinton leading among college-educated whites by 28 and 30 points respectively.

8/15/16 

LNP: Lancaster County campuses share 10 basic life skills they want in incoming freshmen

Donnell Butler is senior associate dean for planning and analysis of student outcomes at Franklin & Marshall College. Unlike high school, in college “you and only you are responsible for your education,” he said.

The Reading Eagle: The Rundown: Hillary Clinton builds momentum in Pennsylvania

Both polls back up an earlier survey from Franklin & Marshall College that gave Clinton an 11-point lead among likely voters, 49 percent to 38 percent. The F&M Poll was released just days after the Democratic National Convention. (The Reading Eagle is a media partner of the F&M poll.)

The New York Times: For Trump, Pennsylvania Is a Crucial Battleground

That would make it even coming into Montgomery and the three other suburban counties, which last time gave Mr. Obama a margin of 123,000 votes. A recent poll by Franklin and Marshall College suggested that Mrs. Clinton has an advantage in these suburbs of more than two to one.

LNP: Will local Republicans up for election vote for Donald Trump?

“I’ve never seen this kind of quandary for candidates,” said Franklin & Marshall College government professor Stephen Medvic. “There are times when the top of the ticket is not really popular in your district but this is a unique set of circumstances.”

PRI: Why New Zealand is going all out to kill its rats, possums

Sarah Dawson, director of the Wohlsen Center for Sustainable Environment at Franklin and Marshall College, thinks it is a possibility. But the effort will not be without some risks. “This is definitely the largest scale removal ever attempted,” Dawson says. “And when we're talking about things like rats and mice in particular — you have species refuging on private lands and in homes, so there's going to be a lot of public compliance and likely assistance necessary that’s going to be difficult — costs in billions of dollars. And also they're talking about using poisons, which will be effective against the non-native mammals, but there could also be some non-target species like domestic dogs being affected.”

The Huffington Post: How Trump Is Badly Losing The White College Educated Vote

In addition to citing the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll revealing Clinton’s seven-point lead among white college educated voters nationwide, Lauter adds evidence from a Franklin & Marshall College poll from the swing state of Pennsylvania, where college educated voters favor Clinton by a thirty-point margin. At the same time, whites whose education ended at high school back Trump by a double-digit margin.

8/12/16
CNN: Clinton, Trump Battle for Pennsylvania
Secretary Clinton has a sizable lead now, but this year almost anything can happen, according to F&M’s Terry Madonna.

PennLive: Big Things to Watch in Pennsylvania During the General Election
Terry Madonna offers five things to watch during the upcoming election as both candidates vie for Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes.

Politico: Trump Closes Up Shop in New Jersey
A story about Donald Trump’s campaign in New Jersey mentions F&M student Spencer Silverman ’17, who served as an intern for Chris Christie and now lists himself as the New Jersey field director for the Trump campaign.

8/11/16

The New York Times: Donald Trump’s Support Among Republican Women Starts to Slide

In politically moderate swing states like Pennsylvania, which aides to Mr. Trump say are crucial to his victory, Mr. Trump’s standing with women over all is perilously low among registered voters: Just 27 percent of women back him, compared with 58 percent for Mrs. Clinton, according to a poll by Franklin & Marshall College.

LNP: Editorial: Our Takeaways From the AP's Flossing Investigation

One such dentist, Lancaster native and Franklin & Marshall College graduate Dr. Eric N. Shelly, said that flossing studies are "very difficult" to create, so he understands why the recommendation was removed. But he insists that flossing is still a "significantly effective personal hygiene tactic," and "anecdotally, there's absolutely all kinds of evidence that dentists see every day."

8/10/16

The Daily Journal (Vineland, NJ): Sean Simms has Olympic aspirations

The 13 year old, who during the competition was 12, placed first in six of 10 races he participated in at the Middle Atlantic Long Course Junior Olympics, held at Franklin and Marshall College.

Oil & Gas Financial Journal: Dr. Austin Elected To Chevron's Board Of Directors

Dr. Wanda Austin (a Franklin & Marshall College graduate) has been elected to the Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX) board of directors. Dr. Austin's appointment is effective December 1, 2016; she will serve on the company's Board Nominating and Governance Committee and Public Policy Committee.

8/9/16

LNP: Editorial: Mike Pence must help steer Trump campaign in a different direction

Pennsylvania is a critical battleground state and the latest Franklin & Marshall College poll showed Clinton with a 49 percent to 38 percent lead in the commonwealth among likely voters. So Pence has a lot of cleaning up to do. He must repair foundational cracks within his own party — chasms created by Trump.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Jury selection wraps up in trial of Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane

The case is “hugely significant” for Pennsylvanians, said G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College. While Kane still has core support among a slice of Democratic voters who believe she is a victim, her case “adds to the notion that we can't trust our politicians and our government,” Madonna said. Public corruption over the past year was ranked by voters as the No. 1 issue facing the state. That comes after a wave of local state and federal officials have been convicted of abusing their offices or misusing tax dollars.

CNN: Battleground polls: Clinton tops Trump post-convention

Clinton leads Trump 49% to 38% among likely Pennsylvania voters, according to the Franklin and Marshall College poll. Her lead swells to 13 points, 47% to 34%, with Johnson and Stein included.

8/8/16

The Los Angeles Times: Trump loses ground among key voter groups, tracking poll finds

For example, the newly released Franklin & Marshall College poll in Pennsylvania, a state that Trump almost certainly would have to win this fall, showed a huge gap in the preferences of white voters with a college education versus those without.

Politico: 5 political numbers to watch

Results were mixed in Pennsylvania: A Franklin & Marshall College poll this week gave Clinton an 11-point lead over Trump at the top of the ticket. But Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty only had a 1-point advantage over incumbent GOP Sen. Pat Toomey.

The Washington Post:  New state and national polls suggest Trump’s campaign is wobbling

The New Hampshire and Pennsylvania (Franklin & Marshall College Poll) surveys break out how various demographics feel about the candidates. As usual, women are far more supportive of Clinton than Trump -- plus-31 in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania and plus-21 in Michigan -- but Clinton's running closer to Trump among men than in past polls. In New Hampshire, a state she lost badly in the primary and Trump won easily, Clinton's actually leading with men.

LNP: What's your take on Trump?

In Pennsylvania, Clinton led Trump by 11 percent among likely voters, and by 13 percent among registered voters, according to a Franklin & Marshall College poll released Thursday.

Slate: Donald Trump's Electoral Map is Shrinking

Consider Pennsylvania, which, according to legend, is always decided in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Well, about that: As MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki noted on Thursday, Obama won the southeast counties of Pennsylvania by 9 percentage points in 2012, and he won the state itself by about 5 percentage points. The latest Franklin & Marshall poll of the state released Thursday showed Clinton up 11 points on Trump in a two-way race and 13 in a four-way race. She was leading in the southeast counties by 40 points, 60 to 20.

The Sacramento Bee: Swing states swinging to Clinton – so far

In Pennsylvania, a Franklin & Marshall College poll this week put Clinton up by 11. The survey found a familiar post-convention pattern: Clinton has solidified her Democratic support while Trump has not done the same with Republicans.

8/5/16

LNP: First-generation students dive into the college experience

There hasn’t been much procrastination for Lucas Groff, a Manheim Central grad and rising sophomore at Franklin & Marshall College. He was a goalie for the hockey team, an event coordinator for a club, and an initiate advisor for the Phi Sigma Pi honor fraternity. This fall, he’ll be a resident adviser in a freshman dormitory.

(More on this week's F&M Poll)

NBCNews: First Read: The Clinton Bounce Is Real

A spate of new polling shows that the initial evidence of a significant post-convention bounce for Hillary Clinton is looking like it COULD become a sturdy lead for the Democratic nominee. A new Franklin and Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania shows Clinton with an 11 point lead over Trump, 49 percent to 38 percent.

San Francisco Examiner: New polling finds some signs of trouble for Trump

The Seattle Times: Trump shadowed at Maine rally by week’s conflict

The Washington Post: Two new polls show just how much Donald Trump could damage the GOP’s Senate hopes

The New York Daily News: Polls in N.H., Pa., Mich., and Fla., show Clinton crushing Trump in all four key swing states — SAD! 

The former secretary of state held another double-digit lead over her rival in Pennsylvania, where she led Trump 49%-38%, according to a Franklin and Marshall College poll.

PoliticsPA: F&M Poll: Obama’s Approval Rockets to 52%

CBS Pittsburgh: New Poll Shows Clinton With 11-Point Lead Over Trump In Pa.

The HillPennsylvania poll: Clinton has double-digit lead over Trump

Hillary Clinton has opened up an 11-point lead over Donald Trump among likely voters in Pennsylvania, according to a new Franklin and Marshall College poll.

Fox News: Sorry GOP, Trump gonna Trump

But in Pennsylvania, emerging as the, ahem, keystone to Republican hopes in 2016, a Franklin & Marshall College poll shows Trump down by 11 points overall and by 13 points among white, middle-income voters.

The Washington Post: Saving the Senate majority: Republican senators create distance from Trump, but will it be enough?

A Pennsylvania poll released Thursday by Franklin & Marshall College showed Sen. Pat Toomey down by 1 percentage point against Democratic challenger Katie McGinty. The same poll showed Trump behind Clinton by 11 points.

PBS Newshour: What can we learn from record-busting state budget standoffs?

“We have a very polarized Legislature, more than in any time in modern history,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll. “We elected a liberal governor and an even more decidedly conservative Legislature and never the middle shall meet.

8/4/16

(F&M Poll was released today and reported widely)

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Poll: Convention boosts Clinton to 11-point lead over Trump in Pa.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton enjoys an 11-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, according to a new Franklin and Marshall College Poll that found a big boost from her party's convention.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Poll of Pa. voters voters shows Clinton with 13-point lead over Trump

A Franklin & Marshall poll released Thursday showed Clinton with a 13 percentage-point lead over Trump among Pennsylvania's registered voters. Pennsylvania, long a "swing" state in presidential races, has 20 electoral votes at stake in the Nov. 8 election. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.

PoliticsPA: F&M Poll: Hillary 49% Trump 38%

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a significant lead over Donald Trump in Pennsylvania. That’s one of the findings of today’s Franklin and Marshall poll. F&M found Clinton received the support of 49% of likely voters. Trump, on the other hand, got just 38%.

LNP: Hillary Clinton up by double-digits in Pennsylvania in F&M's first general election poll

A new poll has Hillary Clinton pulling significantly ahead of Donald Trump with a double-digit lead in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state in the 2016 presidential election.

Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania ranked 5th worst in country for student debt

The ranking came from financial website WalletHub. It pointed to Pennsylvania’s 47th place finish for the average accumulated student debt, 45th for proportion of students with debt, 41st for student job availability, 40th for the number of student loan borrowers older than 50, 34th for overall unemployment rate, 25th for student debt as a percentage of income (adjusted for cost of living) and 19th for student loans past due or in default. (F&M is mentioned as those colleges in the $50,000 per year range)

8/3/16

PoliZette: The Way Trump Outpaces Clinton Nationally

“As much as I would tell you I’d like it, for obvious reasons because it’d be paying attention to my state, I do think that it doesn’t make a lot of sense to focus on just those three states,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College. “There may be a wider path.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer: The economy or security? Toomey, McGinty draw campaign battle lines

In Pennsylvania, the priorities are similar, said Franklin and Marshall College pollster G. Terry Madonna. "The economy right now is more important than terrorism and national security, but make no mistake about it, both are important," he said.

The Washington Post: How did Marist, Monmouth, Suffolk and Quinnipiac get known for political polling?

The website FiveThirtyEight, which analyzed the accuracy and methodology of polls going back several elections, rated Monmouth’s an A-plus as of July 15, Marist’s an A, Quinnipiac’s an A-minus and Suffolk’s a B-plus. The George Washington University Battleground poll received a B. Many schools specialize in home-state polls. Muhlenberg and Franklin & Marshall colleges are known for Pennsylvania polling.

The Daily Item (Sunbury): Devil and the deep blue sea 

Terry Madonna's and Michael Young's column. Historically Americans have complained that elections offer little real choice between presidential candidates or policies. Democrats and Republicans look much alike, act much alike and govern much alike. A choice between “Frick” and “Frack” is no choice at all.

8/2/16

WITF Smart Talk: Can computers learn from mistakes?

Also, computers don't make mistakes - or do they?  It may sound counterintuitive, but a Franklin and Marshall College study is looking into whether computers can learn through trial and error -- just like humans. Joining us on Monday's program is Erik Talvitie, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Franklin and Marshall College

The Daily Item (Sunbury): Teen polishes, catalogues 75-year-old collection at Danville library

Josh has reached out for assistance from Franklin and Marshall College and the Baltimore Mineral Society.

LNP: Q&A: Tricia Nabors opens up about organizational, funding challenges at New Choices

Nabors had a background in employment counseling when she began with New Choices in 2004, working under a grant through Franklin & Marshall College that was originally to last one year, but got extended.

McClatchy News Service (via Valley News): Do We Really Need an Extra Month of Campaigning?

“You have 15,000 reporters with no convention to cover. How many times can you write about the Clinton bus tour in Johnstown?” asked Terry Madonna, the director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll in Pennsylvania.

8/1/16

The San Francisco Chronicle: Trump, Clinton work to appeal to voters who don’t like them

“All of a sudden (Clinton is) for free college tuition and a $15-an-hour minimum wage,” positions pushed by Sanders, said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and director of the school’s respected poll. “She’s an establishment candidate, running as part of the political class, but they have to convince people that she’s a change agent because we’re in a period where people are frustrated and want change.”

Esquire Magazine: The Democratic Party Has Taken Back the Flag

Drew Wicas, a rising senior at Franklin & Marshall, and her sister-in-law, Erica Wong Wicas, a workers' comp litigator, got in line at 9 a.m. to secure a spot at the rally. Drew Wicas, a Sanders supporter, found the whole event "magical."

"Talk about someone that doggedly goes after something," she said, impressed.

Philadelphia Daily News (via LNP): Clinton and Trump will battle for Pennsylvania

Longtime Pennsylvania pollster Terry Madonna, of the Franklin & Marshall College poll, notes the state’s southeast, Philly and its collar counties, generally delivers 40 percent of the statewide vote. That’s Clinton territory.

7/29/16

The New York Times: Donald Trump Invades Scranton, Hoping to Wrest Pennsylvania From Democrats

G. Terry Madonna, a pollster and political scientist at Franklin & Marshall College, estimated that to win Pennsylvania, Mr. Trump would need a boost of six percentage points over Mr. Romney’s total among white working-class voters.

CNN Money: Can Donald Trump win ENOUGH union votes?

"The white working class vote is not sufficient," says G. Terry Madonna, a professor at Franklin and Marshall College and a long-time pollster in Pennsylvania. "Mitt Romney won every single old mining and mill town outside of Pittsburgh, but he still lost Pennsylvania."

7/28/16

USA Today: Trump bashes trade deals in Ohio, Pennsylvania

Trump is trying to become the first Republican presidential candidate to win Pennsylvania since 1988, and there is evidence that the Democrats will have to fight for it. Terry Madonna, a political scientist at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., noted that Clinton is planning a post-convention bus trip that includes the Keystone State. 

Politico: Donald Trump's Man in Philadelphia: Calvin Tucker

Told of Tucker’s hopes to nudge up black support for Trump from trace to meager in some measurable, meaningful way, Terry Madonna, one of the top pollsters in Pennsylvania, was skeptical. “I just don’t see that happening at the moment,” said Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. “I don’t know why that would happen. There’s no data suggesting that would happen.

LNP: Have you seen these Donald Trump billboards going up in Lancaster County? 

“At Cleveland, the Republicans doubled down and said Pennsylvania is a battleground state and they said we’re going to be here,” G. Terry Madonna, a Franklin & Marshall College political scientist, told LNP earlier this week. “It’s now apparent they believe this state has again resumed its battleground status.”

7/27/16

Forbes/Science: Why Are Robin Eggs Blue?

To clarify the interactions between eggshell pigments and sunlight, David Lahti, an assistant professor of biology at the City University of New York, and Dan Ardia, an associate professor of biology at Franklin & Marshall College, teamed up to take a closer look.

Toledo Blade: Democratic platform ‘most progressive’ ever

“The platform is certainly one of the things Democrats are offering” to Sanders backers, said Terry Madonna, a veteran pollster at Franklin & Marshall College. “But when is the last time you heard a candidate run for president by quoting their platform?”

7/26/16

Christian Science Monitor: How New Zealand aims to wipe out rats and other invasive predators

"It's wonderful that they're going to attempt to do this, it's certainly on an unprecedented scale," Sarah Dawson, the director of the Wohlsen Center for Sustainable Environment at Franklin and Marshall College, tells The Christian Science Monitor. "It's never been attempted for such a large area or for species that are so difficult to control." 

Roll Call: As DNC Kicks Off in Philadelphia, Some Dems Worry About Rest of State 

"For the first time in a long time I can see this remaining a tight race,” G. Terry Madonna, a political scientist at Franklin & Marshall College, told the Tribune-Review.

7/25/16

Science Magazine: Microbes in our guts have been with us for millions of years

Humans did not evolve alone. Tens of trillions of microbes have followed us on our journey from prehistoric ape, evolving with us along the way, according to a new study. But the work also finds that we’ve lost some of the ancient microbes that still inhabit our great ape cousins, which could explain some human diseases and even obesity and mental disorders. F&M Psychology Professor Elizabeth Lonsdorf served on the research team.

McClatchy News Service: Sanders to sound clarion call for Clinton, but will his voters listen?

“He needs to pull out all the stops for her,” Terry Madonna, director of Pennsylvania’s Franklin & Marshall College Poll, said of Sanders. “No middle ground.”

American Prospect: Liberal Governor, Divided Government

Pennsylvania’s Tom Wolf, among the nation’s most progressive governors, has been checked by the most right-wing legislature in state history—but there are always executive orders. But as G. Terry Madonna, the director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College, points out, Wolf simply “can’t make change for 12 million Pennsylvanians on his own.” His executive actions carry symbolic power, no doubt, but in practice they yield only limited impact. “For really big change,” Madonna says, “Wolf needs the legislature.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: With Pa. lawmakers in recess, several high-profile bills left in limbo

“They’ll focus mostly on consensus pieces and nothing very controversial,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. “I wouldn’t expect to see major pieces of legislation, with the exception of gaming.”

The Oklahoman: Executive Q&A: Accident attorney, former professional bull rider goes the distance for his clients

Workers' compensation attorney Joe Biscone: When I started Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., my plan was to go to medical school, but I hated my science classes. The first philosophy class I took, I fell in love. That's when our parish priest suggested the priesthood or law school. I seriously considered the priesthood. It was the '60s and I pummeled my priest with scrutinizing questions about the Catholic church, and only came out stronger in my faith. But by my junior year — when my once all-male college began accepting women — I realized I didn't have the discipline to be a priest.

Reading Eagle: What is Berks County's future?

According to a Franklin & Marshall College study, manufacturing provides more jobs than any other industry for Reading households, providing an important foundation for the city's economic future.

7/22/16

Philadelphia Inquirer: Political season 2016: The media are the madness

"It's the celebrity," said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and professor of public affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. "His unpredictability. His use of language we're unused to in politics. He's making these statements and drawing huge crowds. Who knows what he's likely to say?"

York Daily Record: Pence to local delegates: Make Pa. a red state

G. Terry Madonna, a pollster and political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, said presidential campaigns have historically targeted Pennsylvania as a battleground state. But in 2012, the campaigns didn’t have a large presence here until near the end.

7/21/16

Philadelphia Inquirer: Commentary: Outdated liquor laws are a hangover from Prohibition

Pennsylvanians are ready for this step forward. Recent polling, including a study conducted by Franklin & Marshall College, finds that a majority of us support reforming state liquor laws. By the time the DNC gets underway next week, our lawmakers should ensure that Prohibition officially ends in Pennsylvania, only 80-plus years late.

The Sunbury Daily Item: Half of state's congressional reps stay home

The light showing at the convention isn’t just a Pennsylvania phenomenon, said G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin and Marshall College who is attending the convention, with only 6 of 13 Republican House members from the state.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: GOP faces uphill battle in diversity efforts

In any case, moving black voters in the GOP column “is going to take more than imagery on TV,” said veteran Franklin & Marshall College pollster Terry Madonna. “Donald Trump has to figure out a way to convince African-Americans that voting for him is in their interests.”

7/20/16

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Pa. GOP chairman blasts past standard-bearers for skipping convention

That doesn't surprise G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College, because the first-term senator is seeking re-election. Madonna said he understands Gleason's frustration with the top Republicans but added that “party chairs typically don't burn bridges.”

Miami New Times: Inside Tim Canova's Bernie-Fueled Bid to Upset U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

After earning a liberal arts degree at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, Canova moved to Washington, D.C., in 1984 and landed a job as a low-level legislative aide to Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas, who went on to mount an unsuccessful campaign for president in 1992.

LNP: Lancaster General CFO leaves, sparking national search for replacement

System spokesman John P. Lines said in an email that Dennis Roemer, who joined Lancaster General in 2012, resigned June 15. F. Joseph Byorick, who has been with the organization since 1972, is filling the role on an interim basis while a national search is conducted for a permanent CFO. Byorick manages Lancaster General Health’s financial investment holdings and … has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Franklin & Marshall College and a master’s degree in business administration from Shippensburg University.

The Register (UK): Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

Microsoft has announced it will add five new features – some experimental - to the TCP stack it will ship in Windows Server 2016 and the Anniversary Update to Windows 10. Microsoft's tapping into ideas from others with these changes: four of the five come by way of people from Google*. The fifth was submitted to the IETF from folks at the University of Stuttgart, Franklin and Marshall College, and BitTorrent Inc.

The Virgin Islands Daily News: A black son, his white parents and ‘the conversation’

F&M English Professor Nicholas Montemarano's essay: The conversation has been coming for years now. It has been coming since Tamir Rice, and before that, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and before that, Trayvon Martin, when our son was only 2. But he is almost 7 now, and my wife wanted to have the conversation long ago. Not yet, I said; he’s only 4, he’s only 5, he’s only 6. Let him not know just a bit longer. But she is right: The time has come.

7/19/16

Internet 2: CIO Point of View: What Does Internet2 Mean for a Liberal Arts College?

Perspective by Carrie Rampp, Associate Vice President and CIO, Franklin & Marshall College. Franklin & Marshall College became a full member of the Internet2 community this spring, with initial support from the National Science Foundation. Carrie is already serving the community—as a brand new member of the Community Engagement Program Advisory Group—and shares with us an excerpt of her message to her trustee technology committee and senior college leadership.

Alternet.com: Mindfulness Has Gone Corporate—Why Has America Appropriated Buddhism for Capitalist Ends

“Buddhism has gone through many, many transformations from India to China to Japan,” said David McMahan, a scholar of Buddhism at Franklin and Marshall College. McMahan’s 2008 book, The Making of Buddhist Modernism, analyzes how Buddhism changed as it took hold in the West during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. “Now it’s changing again,” he said.

WITF: Smart Talk: Republican Convention report

Franklin and Marshall College political analyst and pollster Dr. G. Terry Madonna speaks to us live from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

LNP: Donations fall 11 percent, but United Way sticks with bold strategy

"For many groups, the first year was about simple things: how do we plan together, how do we set goals together, how do we communicate what we do, how do we deliver services," said Berwood Yost, opinion research director at Franklin & Marshall College. Yost heads an F&M team the United Way contracts with to coach the collaboratives and monitor their progress toward the bold goals.

Austin American-Statesman: Former Trump developer calls into question candidate's business practices

Trump's "business deals are going to undergo tremendous scrutiny," predicted Terry Madonna, a veteran pollster at Franklin & Marshall College. "The question is whether people will care."

7/18/16 

Reading Eagle: 2 delegates from Berks County not sure what to expect at GOP convention

Political historian G. Terry Madonna of Franklin & Marshall College says the sizable minority of Republicans who remain strongly opposed to Trump will make this gathering unlike any other in modern times. "Conventions have typically been crafted for television with every sound bite cleared in advance - that won't be the case this time," he said. "The prospect for a situation that could lead to chaos cannot be ruled out."

 7/15/16
Los Angeles Times: A black son, white parents and 'the conversation' about police (Op-Ed)
Nicholas Montemarano, and English professor at Franklin & Marshall, writes about raising his black son in a white neighborhood and attending a predominantly white private school in a country where blacks -- especially young black men -- are not safe.

The Indian Express: Insta Humor: Snapchat comedians talk about power of social media, their rising popularity
The comedians behind current favorite funny characters talk about the power of social media and their own rising popularity. One of the comedians interviewed is 2012 Franklin & Marshall graduate Mallika Dua, whose social media alias is Make-up Didi.

7/14/16

PennLive.com: Here's why the DNC, RNC could be the most unpredictable conventions in modern history
In the next two weeks, we might see a GOP movement to block Trump's nomination, a loud and passionate contingent of Bernie Sanders supporters protesting Clinton's nomination, and civil unrest spurring from the Black Lives Matter movement. "At this point, you can't rule out almost anything," said Terry Madonna, a political analyst and pollster at Franklin & Marshall College. "There's a possibility the election could be altered by events inside and outside the conventions."

Washington Times: Donald Trump even or ahead in key swing states, latest polls show
Donald Trump continues to be competitive in big key swing states in November's presidential election, according to the latest polling that shows the billionaire businessman and presumptive Republican nominee has indeed scrambled the electoral map. F&M political analyst and pollster Terry Madonna said pre-convention surveys are "always a little mystifying," and the real contours of the race will emerge a couple of weeks afterward.

LNP: Lancaster Democrat named to list of candidates who could flip Republican House districts this year
Senior Democrats in the U.S House think the party has a shot at replacing Rep. Joe Pitts in the 16th Congressional District that has a long history of sending Republicans to Congress. Christina Hartman, the Democratic candidate for the Lancaster-based U.S House seat was named in a select list of candidates across the country who party leaders perceive as having a possible path to victory. "They're trying to kind of test the waters," said Franklin & Marshall College government professor Stephen Medvic about the committee looking at Hartman's campaign.

 7/13/16
Philly.com: Live from Harrisburg! It's Donald Trump's guy on CNN!
He was born in Massachusetts, loved the Kennedys, moved to Pennsylvania, went to Franklin & Marshall College, worked in the state Senate and, at 24, lost a bid for the state House. Today, Jeffrey Lord '73 does political commentary for CNN, is a contributing editor for The American Spectator and has a book out, "What America Needs: The Case for Trump." 

Religion Dispatches: Sit Down and Shut Up: Pulling Mindfulness Up By Its (Buddhist) Roots
"Buddhism has gone through many, many transformations from India to China to Japan," said David McMahan, a scholar of Buddhism at Franklin & Marshall College. McMahan's 2008 book, "The Making of Buddhist Modernism," analyzes how Buddhism changed as it took hold in the West during the 19th and 20th centuries. "Now it's changing again," he said.

7/11/16

Huffington Post: Pennsylvania Senate Race Draws Highest Outside Money From The Left
Outside spending groups have poured more than $20.4 million so far into Pennsylvania's Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty. The Keystone State has been bombarded by money from the left, including some that was spent in the primary. The Pennsylvania face-off so far has seen the most outside money benefiting Democrats: $11.6 million. "McGinty is well-connected from her days working with Bill Clinton and Al Gore as environmental adviser, and those connections matter," said Terry Madonna, pollster and director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall.

7/8/16
Sculpture Magazine: Virginia Maksymowicz: Strong Supports
Sarah Archino, who was a visiting faculty member at F&M in 2010, writes up Associate Professor of Art Virginia Maksymowicz's "Bread" series. The artist "brings imagery from the distant past into closer temporal proximity, bridging the gap between the ancient and the present, the precious and the prolific," Archino writes.

7/7/16

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Democrats squelch Toomey's 'sanctuary city' legislation

“He is staking out a political terrain that gives him arguments to make throughout the course of his campaign. He is going to use this in the Senate race,” said G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.

7/6/16

Forbes: The 'Connective Tissue' That Liberal Arts Students Need For Lifelong Professional Success

President Porterfield's essay: For professionals, a great liberal arts education is an appreciating asset, like a wise investment that earns compounding interest over decades. That’s because the knowledge, skills, and learning capabilities that students develop in college gain value as their careers progress and their responsibilities grow more complex.

7/5/16

Swimming World Magazine.com: (Video Interview) Rebecca Meyers Uses Paralympic Trials Victories as Indicator for Rio

Rebecca Meyers (of Franklin & Marshall College) won four events at the 2016 Paralympic Trials in Charlotte this weekend. At the 2012 Paralympic Games, she won bronze in the 100 freestyle and silver in the 200 IM. In this weekend’s S13 400 freestyle, which she called her best event of the meet, she touched in 4:27.87, 30 seconds better than the next best competitor. In the S13 100 butterfly she finished first in 1:07.02. Tonight Meyers topped the SM13 200 IM (2:29.50) and S13 100 freestyle (1:01.55).

The Academic Minute.org: Jeff Nesteruk, Franklin & Marshall College – Humanities and Business

What do the humanities have to teach the business sector? Jeff Nesteruk, Professor of Legal Studies at Franklin & Marshall College describes the power of stories and why businesses need to tell better ones to survive in today’s environment.

Inside Higher Ed: Humanities and Business

Podcast of Jeff Nesteruk's Academic Minute.

The Washington Times: Voters insistent Congress needs to do more against Zika

“We’re talking about something that might materialize. We know it’s here and there have been victims, but the magnitude in the future is something we can’t measure out,” said G. Terry Madonna, a politics professor at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

LNP: Local GOP officials won't go to Republican National Convention

“When you think about all of that, this is really unusual,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College.

The Observer-Reporter (Washington County, Pa.): Mystery (partially) solved (see PDF)

By far, the most recognized Scout was Sanford Pinsker, the boy holding the patrol flag reading “Night Owls.” He would go on to graduate from Washington & Jefferson College in 1963 and have a 37-year career as a professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. He is the author of 19 books, including book-length studies of Philip Roth, Cynthia Ozick, Joseph Heller and J.D. Salinger. He also has published more than 800 articles, essays, editorials and book reviews.

The New York Times: Donald Trump’s Appeal to Rust Belt Workers

G. Terry Madonna, a professor of public affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, said Mr. Trump might do considerably better than Mr. Romney, who lost every Rust Belt state except Indiana.

7/1/16

LNP Editorial: In Lancaster city, where affordable housing is scarce, employer-assisted housing programs are making a positive difference

What LGH and F&M are doing to help employees buy homes in Lancaster City is in no way redlining, a horribly racist practice rightly outlawed by the Fair Housing Act of 1968. What they’re doing is laudable, and we’d urge other employers to consider following their lead.

Hazelton Standard-Speaker: State budget lacks revenue votes

“I think you have to have a way to pay for it (budget),” said G. Terry Madonna, Ph.D., pollster at Franklin & Marshall College. 

Newsworks.org: NRA, progressive super PAC come to Pa.

Franklin & Marshall College political analyst Terry Madonna said this is how it's going to be in Pennsylvania. "We're going to see an awful lot of special-interest money," Madonna said in an interview. "The super PACs, the dark money will flood into the state. The same is true of the U.S. Senate race, one of the top five Senate races in the country."

6/30/16

The Beaver County Times: Marcellus shale tax falls by wayside

Last November, with state government in the middle of its longest budget deadlock ever, a Franklin & Marshall College poll revealed that 67 percent of those polled supported a tax on Marcellus shale. 

The Hill: Clinton campaign seeks to shut door on Trump in Pennsylvania

Terry Madonna, a political scientist at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, said the buy counters the campaign’s surprising move not to advertise in Pennsylvania. Now, the outside group brings the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s message to the airwaves unopposed — Trump hasn’t launched a television campaign in Pennsylvania or any other state. “They want to keep the pressure on Trump and make sure his negatives stay so high that he’s viewed as unacceptable,” said Madonna.

WITF's Smart Talk: G. Terry Madonna on the PA Budget

On Wednesday's Smart Talk guest host Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Professor of Public Affairs, and Director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll, is joined by Angela Couloumbis, reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Steve Esack, Harrisburg Correspondent for The Morning Call, to discuss the prospect of a budget process complete on time.

6/29/16

Huffington Post: The Blog: Developing Talent at Top US Colleges

Our organizations are currently conducting research on the strategies that have helped some top colleges and universities that are both socioeconomically diverse and filled with highly talented students. These include a range of schools from Franklin & Marshall College to the University of California-Berkeley to Vassar College. These institutions are investing in an explicit “talent strategy.”

LNP: F&M, Elizabethtown will renew men's basketball rivalries with LVC in 2016

Franklin & Marshall and Lebanon Valley College are renewing a storied men’s basketball rivalry that at its peak produced national interest. Along with renewing its rivalry with F&M, LVC meets former league rival Elizabethtown on Dec. 19 and opens its season at Division I George Mason on Nov. 15.

6/28/16

The Washington Post: Why the Supreme Court is right to overturn McDonnell’s corruption conviction

As Stephen K. Medvic of Franklin & Marshall College said: The real problem is not that some people’s interests occasionally win out over the interests of others. It is that some groups, namely the wealthy, win far more often than other groups. There is evidence that economic elites and business organizations have a greater impact on policy outcomes than do groups representing average citizens. (Whether this is due to their campaign contributions or their influence in culture and society, generally, isn’t entirely clear.) In addition, the candidate with the most money, all else being equal, typically wins in an otherwise competitive election. The combination of these facts suggests that the playing field is tilted toward those with money.

The Philadelphia Tribune: Fattah replacement, pension still in question

“I would be stunned if the special election isn’t set for the general election on Nov. 8,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, professor of Public Affairs, and director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll. “There are competing arguments. One argument is that the citizens of the 2nd congressional district are without a member and without representation, but the other argument is the cost related to having a special election in August, September or even October. Who is going to vote? Turnout will be miniscule. There are a couple of competing narratives here.”

6/27/16

LNP: Are home-buyer programs at Lancaster General Hospital and F&M College a model or discriminatory?

Some housing advocates say they are "model" programs for increasing homeownership in the city. But an F&M professor says the programs discriminate against workers who can afford homes only in less costly parts of Lancaster. Economics professor Antonio Callari, in public remarks last week, likened the home-buying zones to redlining, a former federal housing policy that for decades steered home loans away from people wanting to buy in or near black neighborhoods.

LNP: Editorial: PA can't afford a repeat of budget stalemate

G. Terry Madonna, director of Franklin & Marshall College’s Center for Politics and Public Affairs, didn’t see the governor’s tax increases going anywhere but in a drawer anyway. “There will be no income or sales tax hikes. They haven’t done that in an election year in 40 years,” he said.

The Reading Eagle: The Brexit vote: Why you should care, and why you shouldn't panic

Antonio Callari, a professor of economics and international studies at Franklin & Marshall College, said the vote signals a fundamental rebellion against a system in which the majority feels that they're being left behind economically. "It's people telling their political leaders that they don't feel like anybody is watching their back," he said. "They feel like the current system rewards and protects the rich and powerful."

6/24/16

Las Vegas Sun: Studies in the First Amendment playing out on campus

Thirteen schools including Princeton, Columbia and Purdue have adopted some versions of the Chicago Statement, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. At Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a version of the statement was adopted by the faculty in February but was later vetoed by the board of trustees, which said it had legal concerns over the “uninhibited but still respectful exchange of ideas.” “Right now, the faculty has academic freedom, but there is nothing that comprehensively guarantees students free expression,” said Matthew Hoffman, an associate professor of history at Franklin & Marshall who initiated the motion to get the Chicago Statement into the faculty handbook.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Wolf, legislators plan rare special session on opioid crisis

Terry Madonna, a professor of public affairs at Franklin & Marshall College and a longtime Capitol observer, said such sessions have a "checkered history" of efficacy. "Many have not produced much in the way of meaningful legislation," he said.

Politico Magazine: Uprising in the Rust Belt: They used to be Democrats. Now they really could hand Donald Trump the White House.

Trump’s other problem is the math. “There just aren’t enough rural voters to put him over the top,” said Berwood Yost, director for the Center of Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. Trump may indeed win Cambria County and others nearby. But Mitt Romney did, too, and he still lost the state to Obama, who won just 12 of the Pennsylvania’s 67 counties four years ago, six fewer than he won in 2008. “In this state, a Republican has got to appeal to moderate Republicans and Republican voters in the southeast part of the state, who are mostly educated and mostly affluent,” Yost said. “And I don’t know that we’re seeing that sort of appeal from Trump.”

Western Journalism: Senator Reportedly Trump’s Top Choice For Vice President

“The selection will reassure conservatives,” said G. Terry Madonna, a Franklin & Marshall College professor and a top pollster in the swing state of Pennsylvania. “Sessions is one of the more conservative senators — that should be reassuring to economic conservatives and the religious right.”

Decibel Magazine.com: Guest Commentary: Does the Underground Metal Scene REALLY Have a Social Justice Warrior Problem?

Guest column by F&M's Jeffrey Podoshen: Extreme metal is art. It is dangerous art and part of its very appeal is indeed that of peril and endangerment. In fact, at many shows, one might come face to face with an artist or two (or fan for that matter) who has spent significant in time in prison for offenses that range from assault to arson to murder. That is the reality of extreme metal. Most art that provokes and challenges the individual isn’t safe. This is deliberate in artistic formulation. In recent months, however, a number of members of the scene, often described as Social Justice Warriors (or SJWs), have infiltrated extreme music to push self-serving agendas under the banner of “inclusion” and “safety” going so far to call out those they oppose with the use of incessant signal boosting in social media in order to slam the door on free artistic expression.

MetalInjection.net: Social Justice Warriors Are Not Invading Heavy Metal

This past Monday, Decibel Magazine published an article on its website titled "Does the Underground Metal Scene Really Have A Social Justice Warrior Problem?" The article was written by Jeffrey S. Podoshen, Ph.D an Associate Professor of Business, Organizations and Society at Franklin and Marshall College. The thrust of the article is that the extreme metal subculture within the larger heavy metal community is being infiltrated by so-called Social Justice Warriors who are using concerns about inclusivity and safety issues as a smokescreen to deprive musicians of their freedom of speech an expression. This is a ridiculous claim.

PennLive: The Dialogue: 'It's hard to imagine a fix in the short run'

PennLive's Opinion Page recruited a panel of experts to discuss what's happened to our political dialogue and what, if anything, can be done to fix it. F&M's Terry Madonna was one of the panelists.

LNP: Local congressional hopefuls evoke Trump, Clinton in critiquing each other

Franklin & Marshall College government professor Stephen Medvic said it’s become standard practice for the last few election cycles, noting that President Barack Obama has been a “great fundraising boom” for Republicans. In House races like the local one, Medvic said “it’s strategically a tricky thing to do,” especially for Republicans considering the “tarnished” brand of the party right now.

6/23/16 

LNP: Officials plan $150,000 study on Lancaster County’s wages

Charlie Douts, the county’s director of facilities management, said about eight positions in his 39-member department are unfilled. Douts said he’s lost maintenance employees recently to Franklin & Marshall College and Lancaster city. The city pays $5 more per hour for similar work, and likely has a better benefits package, Douts said.

Petoskey (Michigan) News-Review: Rev. Daniel Moser, David Kennedy to speak at Bay View

Bay View’s director of worship and religious activities, the Rev. Daniel Moser, will speak on the “Route of Guidance” taken from the book of Romans at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 26, in Hall auditorium on the Bay View campus. Moser is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. He has graduate degrees from the Divinity School of The University of Chicago and Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, the Rev. Moser has been involved in outdoor and retreat ministries throughout his career and is co-founder of Sabbath Time Ministries, providing Sabbath rest and renewal for pastors and congregations.

6/22/16

LNP: Hillary Clinton has raised 7 times more money in Lancaster than Doanld Trump

“I think it’s just baffling to most people who’ve watched campaigns,” said Stephen Medvic, Franklin & Marshall College government professor. “This pattern of activity is just sort of bizarre.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf will not seek income, sales tax hikes

“It’s about realism,” said Terry Madonna, a political analyst and professor at Franklin & Marshall College. “He’s not going to get a general tax hike. That’s been evident. If you draw one conclusion from last year’s budget battle, it’s that the Pennsylvania legislature is not going to pass an income and/ or a sales tax hike at the moment.”

The Philadelphia Tribune: The rise and fall of Chaka Fattah: 'A cautionary tale'

Terry Madonna, the director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall University who also serves as professor of public affairs and director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, said he believes Fattah will appeal, and that he will most likely be able to serve his remaining term until either he is sentenced or the conviction is overturned through the appeals process. According to federal legislative rules, even a convicted congressman can continue to serve and can only be expelled by a vote from the body, a recall campaign or impeachment.

6/21/16

LNP: Wages, hiring and predatory lending will be hot topics at poverty hearing Thursday

Four 10-minute presentations are planned. They will be followed by table conversations facilitated by staff and students from Franklin & Marshall College.

6/20/16

Forbes.com's: The Meanings and Messages of Student Creations

President Daniel R. Porterfield's latest essay: True education, to paraphrase Yeats, is not about the filling of a pail but the kindling of a fire—and when students light up, they spark flames in their teachers, too.

LNP: Franklin & Marshall's $16M stadium plans advance

The Lancaster City Planning Commission approved Franklin & Marshall College's plans for a new $16 million stadium. 

LNP: As budget deadline looms again, optimism remains for quick compromise

Franklin & Marshall College’s G. Terry Madonna said it shows “a renewed sense that they can’t do what they did last year.” “They realized after what they went through last year that nothing is to be gained by doing it again, in fiscal terms and the politics of it,” said Madonna, a longtime Pennsylvania politics observer.

Philadelphia Inquirer: USA, meet Jim Kenney: How 'big win' on soda tax raises Philly mayor's political stock

"We'll have to wait to see what the impact is, how much revenue gets generated," and how the tax hits soda sales, said Franklin and Marshall College pollster Terry Madonna. "Similarly, we don't know its total impact on the mayor and what that will mean for his future."

6/17/16

The-Dispatch.com (Lexington, NC): Novant Health names F&M alumnus interim president for Thomasville Medical Center

Michael Arno holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He also obtained a master’s degree in business administration and health administration from the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado. He is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Administration.

Morning Call: Madonna and Young: Five factors that Trump needs to win Pennsylvania

Latest column by F&M's Terry Madonna and former Penn State Professor Michael Young: Two questions dominate all others as the fall presidential campaign begins in Pennsylvania. Can the GOP win in Pennsylvania in 2016? If so, how do they do it?

6/16/16

The Tribune-Democrat: Halvorson could get Democratic nomination, face Shuster again in fall election

Having a candidate lose one party’s primary but then get another’s nomination for the general election is extremely rare, according to one of the commonwealth’s leading political analysts. “I’m not saying it hasn’t happened – it probably has happened in our state, where write-ins are common – but I don’t remember it happening in a congressional election,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll.

Fredericksburg.com: F&M Alumnus Delaney to Head UMW Men's Lacrosse

Drew Delaney was recently named men's lacrosse coach at the University of Mary Washington, pending final human resources approval. Delaney succeeds Kurt Glaeser, who retired in May after 27 years in charge. He played defense at Franklin & Marshall College and helped F&M reach the NCAA Division III quarterfinals as a senior in 2003.

6/15/16

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania House passes pension-reform measure

“I think they are desperately trying to avoid a repeat of last year,” Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College and a longtime Capitol observer, said Tuesday. “I’m not suggesting that they are suddenly enamored with each other, but they are trying to be pragmatic.”

Lamorinda (California) Weekly: College Communications Programs Offer More Than Just Idle Talk

Potential employers will expect interns and entry-level employees to have a skill set that includes strong writing, presentation skills and analytical skills. It will be difficult for an entry-level hire to advance to mid-level and senior-level positions without them. Among the small and mid-sized colleges that fit the bill include Franklin & Marshall College and Muhlenberg College, both located in Pennsylvania.

NJ BIZ: F&M Alumna Koning Becomes Director Rutgers' Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling

Ashley Koning, a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Rutgers, has been serving as Eagleton’s assistant director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in government and music from Franklin & Marshall College and a master’s degree in political science from Columbia University.

BusinessWire: F&M Alumnus Tagliaferri Named VP at Wolfe Laboratories

Wolfe Laboratories today announced that Frank Tagliaferri, Ph.D., has been appointed Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development, effective immediately. Dr. Tagliaferri will lead technical operations for Wolfe’s rapidly growing client base, bringing a wealth of experience in analytical methodologies, formulation and process development, scale-up, and regulatory functions across highly diverse therapeutic modalities.

6/14/16

USA Today: Donald Trump tries to reverse Republican fortunes in Pennsylvania

"You cannot win Pennsylvania without winning the Philadelphia suburbs and the Lehigh Valley," said Terry Madonna, a political scientist and Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

Reading Eagle: Reading Health announces chairman of pediatrics

Reading Health System has announced that Dr. Dennis DiRenzo is chairman of the department of pediatrics. DiRenzo will focus on the growth and utilization of pediatric services. He is board-certified in pediatrics and a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has been a longtime leader in pediatric care in Berks County since joining Reading Pediatrics in July 1983. He completed his residency and internship in pediatrics at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster.

The York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Action, not prayers, needed

The fact is, most Pennsylvanians want lawmakers to act. A Franklin & Marshall College survey earlier this year found 55 percent want new gun control laws, while 88 percent specifically support federal background checks on all prospective gun purchasers.

Central Penn Business Journal: Businessman aids conservative PAC's quest for Amish voters

In 1960, for example, there was a spike in Amish voters as the conservative Protestant sect turned out to oppose Catholic Democrat John F. Kennedy, Franklin & Marshall College pollster and political analyst G. Terry Madonna said.

6/13/16

RadioWorld: Wheeler Names New Chief Economist for FCC

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the appointment of Katja Seim as chief economist for the Federal Communications Commission, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Seim received her doctorate in economics from Yale University and her undergraduate degree in economics and mathematics from Franklin & Marshall College.

6/10/16

The Herald-Mail: Survey: Obesity, depression key health issues in Franklin County

Only six percent of Franklin County adults consumed three servings of vegetables daily in 2015. That's according to a health assessment completed by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College in partnership with the Healthy Franklin County leadership group.

LNP: F&M rugby sevens team finishes fourth at nationals

The Franklin & Marshall College men’s rugby squad completed a memorable season last weekend, placing fourth in nationals. F&M earned its trip to the National Small College Rugby Organization Sevens Championship by winning a 12-team regional it hosted April 9.

The Washington Times: Elizabeth Warren slams Donald Trump, endorses Hillary Clinton amid VP speculation

“You could make an argument that she could pick a liberal to help her credentials with liberals, but in the end, are progressives really going to vote for Trump anyway?” said G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor and pollster at Pennsylvania’s Franklin and Marshall College.

Forbes: Can't Donate A Building? Just Help Eager Grads Find Jobs

This week, career-service directors from Amherst, Franklin & Marshall, Pomona and Colgate spoke publicly about ways that their schools and others are bringing alumni and parents into the job scene more formally. Their remarks came during a panel discussion at the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ annual conference, in Chicago. One new practice that’s caught the eye of Mary Raymond, an associate dean at Pomona, is the rise of formal dinners to celebrate college sophomores’ choice of their major. Such events have taken hold at schools such as Wheaton and Franklin & Marshall, she notes. They become a handy way for students to interact with alumni and donors. “It creates good will among so many groups,” she observed.

Newsworks: Online shaming of beach litterbugs gains traction

"Research indicates it would also be effective to post pictures of clean, pristine landscapes," said Joshua Rottman, Ph.D, director of the Developing Moral Values Lab at Franklin and Marshall College. "People are very susceptible to conforming to local norms — especially when this norm is brought to their attention."

Cape Coral News: Attorney, Certified Land Planner Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey elected to Keep Lee County Beautiful Board

Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey, AICP, a land use, zoning, and local government attorney and certified land planner at Pavese Law Firm, was elected to join the Keep Lee County Beautiful (KLCB) Board of Directors. She graduated with pro bono distinction from the University of North Carolina School of Law and earned her Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received her A.B. degree from Franklin & Marshall College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Berkey serves as Director on the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association Board

6/9/16

Philadelphia Inquirer: Find your political soulmate: Trump, Sanders dating sites

The mix of dating sites and politics should not come as a surprise and on one level is completely understandable, said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College."Why wouldn't it make sense to find someone to share your political values," said Madonna. It is a nuance of how we have intertwined social, culture and politics altogether, he said.

6/8/16

LPN: Life lesson: F&M graduate there to support drug court participant on his big day

On a day late in April, Ronni Higger and Jesse J. sat across from each other at a table at the Lancaster County Parole and Probation Office. Both were on the cusp of graduation — Higger from Franklin and Marshall College, and Jesse from Lancaster County Adult Drug Court. Higger, 21, was interviewing Jesse, 29, as part of her Problem Solving Drug Courts class at F&M. She had prepared a list of questions, but quickly realized they were based on her life, not Jesse's. So she abandoned her questions and listened as Jesse, a recovering drug addict, told his story.

The Review (Alliance, Ohio): Old Trail School names new Head of School

Sarah Liotta Johnston, Associate Head for Enrollment Management at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, has accepted the invitation of the Old Trail School Board of Directors to succeed John Farber as Head of School at Old Trail School, effective July 1. Johnston earned her B.A. as a Government major at Franklin and Marshall College. She spent a year at F&M as assistant in the Office of Student Activities and Residential Life.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Commentary: Can Trump, Clinton accent positives to overcome negatives?

Column by F&M Poll chief methodologist Berwood Yost: No candidate with negative personal popularity has won an election for U.S. Senate, governor, or president in Pennsylvania. Not one. That Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the most unpopular candidates ever to run for president is one more example of how unusual and unpredictable this campaign is and will be.

6/6/16

LPN: Colleges hunting for hints amid slow, secretive enforcement of federal sexual assault policy

F&M is among the local colleges mentioned in the story.

Sunbury Daily Item: Who does Trump trust most? Two local Congressmen make Trump trust list

To date, only 15 members of Congress have publicly endorsed Trump, according to fivethirtyeight.com, a polling aggregation website with a blog created by analyst Nate Silver. “Barletta and Marino came out very early to support Trump and I am not surprised they made a list of people Trump trusts,” said G. Terry Madonna, a renowned political expert.

LAXPOWER.com: Mary Washington Tabs Drew Delaney as Head Lacrosse Coach

The University of Mary Washington athletic department has hired Andrew "Drew" Delaney as its next varsity head men's lacrosse coach … Delaney is a 2003 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where he majored in special studies with a focus on history, government and sociology of the modern era.

6/6/16

LPN: Franklin & Marshall's Vin Carioscia, Penn State's Kerry Collins among players on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

The ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame was announced Wednesday. There are 75 players from Division I on the ballot and 95 players from the other divisions, including Vin Carioscia, who played tackle at Franklin and Marshall and was first team All-American and first team all-conference in 1981 and '82.

Boise State Public Radio: An Idaho Controversy: The Pulitzer And Plagiarism

“The novel came out, it won the Pulitzer, and then this little controversy began to dog the novel and Stegner for the rest of his life,” says Sands Hall. Hall is professor of English and Creative Writing at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania. She wrote the play “Fair Use,” highlighting the controversy over the use of Foote’s writings.

CBS Philly: Analyst: DNC In Phila Could Help Avoid Another PA Budget Stalemate

Franklin and Marshall College political analyst Terry Madonna thinks there’s a different dynamic this year: political conventions, particularly the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, putting pressure on everyone involved to get it done, or at least have temporary funding in place.

The Hill: Third-party candidates aim for Sanders loyalists

“I can’t believe a Libertarian candidate would take away votes from Clinton given the fact that she’s been pushed much farther to the left because of Sanders,” said Terry Madonna, Franklin & Marshall College polling director, noting the two parties’ conflicting views on the size and role of the federal government.

Pleasanton Weekly.com: My Guide to Good College Communications Programs

Potential employers will expect interns and entry-level employees to have skillsets that include strong writing, presentation skills and analytical skills. Several small and mid-sized colleges that fit the bill include: Franklin & Marshall College and Muhlenberg College, both located in Pennsylvania.

PoliticsPA: Muhlenberg tops FiveThirtyEight's Pa. pollster grades

Franklin & Marshall College came in second with a B+. Eighteen surveys were included that had a success rate of 94% and a MRB of R+0.4.

Delaware Daily Times: Guest Column: Can a third party candidate be America’s savior?

Columnists Terry Madonna and Mike Young argue: The climate for a third party candidate in 2016 seems extraordinarily ripe.But this extreme dissatisfaction with both major parties and their presumptive candidates is juxtaposed against the single most important historical fact about American third parties: They almost never make a difference.

WHYY/Newsworks: McGinty stumbles over college try

The "first to go to college" claim is clearly inaccurate, but the campaign says [Democratic Senate candidate Katie] McGinty often stated the matter correctly on the campaign trail. Franklin & Marshall professor Stephen Medvic said candidates talk so much in so many places that they sometimes get careless and start saying things in a kind of shorthand. Medvic thinks this is probably an innocent mistake because "it would awfully silly to actually lie about something like this that the world could check on."

Roll Call: The Down-Ballot Shuffle, A Ticket-Splitting

"This is the oddest, most unpredictable election in modern history — or maybe ever in American history," says G. Terry Madonna, a political historian and pollster at Franklin & Marshall College. "We're in uncharted territory here."

5/31/16

Science News: Biologists Solve Mystery of Blue-Green Bird Eggs

Blue-green egg color shields bird embryos from harmful sunlight, according to Dr. David Lahti from the City University of New York and Dr. Dan Ardia from Franklin & Marshall College.

UPI: Study explains why robin eggs are blue

Scientists David Lahti of the City University of New York and Dan Ardia of Franklin and Marshall College hypothesized that a light blue tint would allow the eggs to warm without overheating. Their experiments confirmed the theory.

LNP: At the Table showed that people here care about the community

We’ve asked people who participated to take a brief online feedback survey to tell us more about their table conversations. The confidential feedback results will go directly to the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College. We expect to report some of the top themes from the conversations in early June. We’ll be sharing a more extensive report later this summer.

Polizette: Trump Turning Ds into Rs

"This is a couple of cycles now," said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College. But Madonna downplayed the significance of the party-switchers. "We're still talking about a relatively small percentage," he said. "Yeah, it's been a trend, but it's not likely to shake out to a win in one way or another."

The Times Herald: Norristown Area High School grad aims to become a community advocate

Akbar Hossain, 25, attended Franklin and Marshall College through a full scholarship and is now attending the University of Pennsylvania Law School on a full Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. “I want to use this education and opportunity to do something useful for others,” Hossain said, “whether it is in the immigration field or in advocacy. I am here because someone advocated for me.”

5/25/16

LNP: Franklin & Marshall faculty seek stronger free speech protections

Concerned by what they see as a national trend toward the policing of campus discourse, professors at Franklin & Marshall College are working to bolster the school’s free speech protections.

5/24/16

PennLive: Just because no one called you doesn't mean a poll isn't valid: Berwood Yost

Op-ed by F&M Poll's Berwood Yost: There are lies, damned lies, and statistics, as the saying goes.  Then there are polls, the most damnable source of statistics, if you believe their critics. 

LNP: Friends of Lancaster Public Library book sale draws large crowd

If you lined up the 250,000 books, records and DVDs being sold at the Friends of the Lancaster Public Library sale at Franklin & Marshall College, they’d stretch to Harrisburg and beyond.

New Castle News: John Finnerty: Lawmakers trade jabs on budget as Democratic convention looms

Democrats from all around the country are coming to Pennsylvania for the July 25-28 presidential convention. It will be plenty awkward for Gov. Tom Wolf and other Democrats to try to host the event with the state embroiled in a budget debacle.

“That’s something I don’t think is being talked about enough,” said G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin and Marshall College.

5/23/16

LNP: Larger community must help fight poverty in the city

Op-ed by F&M Economics Professor Antonio Callari.

5/20/16

LNP: How Racial Segregation and 1960s Urban Renewal Embedded Poverty in Lancaster's Southeast
A report on poverty in Lancaster cites the work of David Schuyler, F&M’s Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of Humanities and American Studies, who has documented Lancaster’s urban-renewal years and failure to improve the plight of the poor.

LNP: F&M Women's Lacrosse Looks to Advance to NCAA Final Four
LNP previews the F&M women's lacrosse team's trip to the NCAA Regional at Salisbury University, where the Diplomats take on Brockport at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

5/19/16

The Sacramento Bee: Will Trump cost Republicans the Senate?

Now, McGinty “talks about the two T’s” – Trump and incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and “doesn’t get a sentence out without putting the two together,” according to G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania

ScienceDaily.com: Habitat quality drives birds' reproductive success

Five songbird species in California's oak woodlands each seek out a different habitat to maximize their reproductive success, according to new research in The Auk: Ornithological Advances. F&M Professor Dan Ardia is quoted.

5/18/16 

Philly.com: Commentary: There are limits to polling in primaries

Column from F&M's Berwood Yost: There are lies, damned lies, and statistics, as the saying goes. Then there are polls, the most damnable source of statistics, if you believe their critics.

LNP: Save on summer reads at huge Lancaster library benefit book sale starting Monday

A quarter-million used books, along with CDs, DVDs, records, to be available at Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Center

EurekaAlert!.org: Habitat quality drives birds' reproductive success

"The use of nest boxes to manage bird populations is becoming increasingly more important to compensate for the loss of standing dead timber," according to Dan Ardia of Franklin and Marshall College, an expert on the role of environmental variation in bird behavior and physiology.

LNP: Law professors say federal crusade against campus sexual violence ignores legal rights

Elizabethtown, F&M are among the many targets of Education Department's enforcement efforts. Officials at both schools say they are cooperating fully with the department's efforts.

5/17/16

The Architect's Newspaper.com: Steven Holl unveils proposal for Franklin & Marshall College’s Visual Arts building

New York-based firm Steven Holl Architects has been awarded commission for the new Visual Arts Building at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The firm presented their scheme, which features trees and vegetation encapsulating the pavilion, to the College’s Board of Trustees on campus on May 5th.

USA Today: Love craft beer? This new cruise ship has its own brewery!

Brewmaster Colin Presby, 31, has a job at sea that no one else has ever had. He does his beer-making at the Red Frog Pub & Brewery on the new, 3,954-passenger Carnival Vista. He started homebrewing in 2006 with the guidance of one of his chemistry professors at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

LNP: Self-preservation, more than victory, is GOP's biggest task

Terry Madonna and Mike Young column: Clearly the party is on the precipice of a disaster. But it’s a precipice familiar in the history of American political parties.

5/16/16

Curbed Philly.com: Steven Holl to Design Franklin & Marshall Visual Arts Center in Lancaster

"There's been great excitement on all parts," senior partner Chris McVoy told Curbed Philly after the announcement. "It's going to be an expression of a kind of new life at that part of the campus, which is currently undervalued part on the south side. It's going to be a real draw for students of all disciplines."

LNP: US wants colleges, universities to reconsider inquiries into applicants' criminal records

F&M is mentioned as using the Common application.

LNP: Bargain hunters swarm over stuff Franklin & Marshall College students left behind

It was the 12th Annual Dump and Run sale, one part shopping spree, one part free-for-all. This year, the sale brought in a record $3,600, a thousand dollars more than last year, organizer Susan Walker said.

Reading Eagle: Ron Southwick: Why polling voters is getting tougher

Terry Madonna has tracked plenty of presidential elections. He hasn't seen a contest like this one in decades. "This is the most volatile presidential election in modern history," said Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Center for Politics and Public Affairs.

Allentown Morning Call: Madonna and Young: GOP on edge of a political dilemma

Column from Terry Madonna and Mike Young: What has happened to the GOP and what should be done about it?

PennLive: Former F&M College president who helped transform Lancaster turns to Philly next

This story is just a re-reporting of last week's Philadelphia Inquirer story: As president of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, John A. Fry presided over a $75 million redevelopment project, reportedly one of the biggest in the city's history.

5/13/16

Philly.com: College President as Urban Planner

Drexel’s Fry helped to move a landfill, knock down a mammoth factory, paving the way for “improbable” development at Franklin & Marshall.

Inhabit: Steven Holl’s minimalist new visual arts center reflects the beauty of old-growth trees

Steven Holl Architects has announced plans for a brand new addition to a historic college in Pennsylvania. Asymmetrical white walls will adorn a three-story visual arts center on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, which opened its doors in 1787. Holl’s signature minimalism is evident throughout the renderings unveiled during the college’s graduation ceremony this week.

LNP: Here's what F&M's proposed visual arts building will look like

Steven Holl, the principal of New York-based Steven Holl Architects, was named “America’s Best Architect” by Time Magazine in 1991.

LNP: Lancaster Bible College hosting Museum of the Bible exhibit Sunday

Stephen Cooper, professor of religious studies at Franklin & Marshall College, who as contacted for this story, stated in an email that he does not see a problem if the museum holds to that mission. And he praised the museum’s decision to hire David J. Trobisch as the director of the museum’s collection. He noted, however, “If the museum claims that the founders of America wanted a 'Christian America,' scholars will hold them guilty of being bad historians and retrojecting into the 18th century the positions of 19th and early 20th century anti-modernist evangelicals, from Dwight Moody to Billy Sunday.”

Herald Mail: Summit Health to host forum in June on health-needs assessment

The assessment was completed by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College in conjunction with the Healthy Franklin County leadership group.

PennLive: 'Come hell or high water there will be a budget on Wolf's desk' by June 30: Analysis

Veteran Franklin & Marshall College political analyst Terry Madonna added the prospect of a new tax on cigars and smokeless tobacco products to the potential tax blend. "You can't rule out the possibility of some kind of niche tax," that will eat away at the deficit, but not completely eliminate in  a single budget year, Madonna said.

5/12/16

Designboom: steven holl designs new visual arts building for franklin & marshall college

steven holl architects has been commissioned to design a new visual arts building at franklin & marshall college, a liberal arts school in lancaster, pennsylvania. conceived as a ‘pavilion in the park’, the structure has been raised among the campus’ surrounding vegetation

DeZeen Magazine: Steven Holl unveils visual arts centre for historic Pennsylvania college

The Visual Arts Building is slated to be built at Franklin & Marshall College – a liberal arts institution in Lancaster dating back to 1787, which has just over 2,200 students. Announced this week during the college's graduation ceremony, the three-storey building is designed by the US firm to house classrooms, studios, offices and an auditorium. Renderings show an asymmetrical white structure with curved walls.

Archinect: Steven Holl designs "concave response" lighting for new visual arts building

"We don't have a single 'style,'" Steven Holl explained in reference to his firm's new four level, 35,000 square foot Visual Arts Building commissioned for the Franklin & Marshall College. "We always try to shape a unique experience, and our approach is the same with this project. We look to create something of this place, to inspire future students."

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Candidates for attorney general touched by federal corruption sting

“It seems like business as usual,” said G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.

Radio Ink: CHICKENMAN TURNS 50

He was born in Williamsport, PA, in 1933, and by age 16, Dick Orkin was ready for radio. He began as a fill-in announcer at WKOK in Sunbury, PA. After earning his BA in speech and theater from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, he attended the Yale School of Drama, then returned to Lancaster to become the news director at WLAN in 1959. Orkin would move on to KYW in Cleveland, and in 1967 he took a job as production director at WCFL in Chicago, where he created Chickenman.

5/11/16

ArtForum: Franklin & Marshall Receives $10 Million for New Arts Building

A new visual arts building will be constructed by Franklin & Marshall College on its campus with the help of a recent gift of ten million dollars, reports LancasterOnline’s K. Scott Krieder. Ben Winter, the vice chairman of F&M’s board, and his wife Susan are behind the donation, the second biggest in the school’s history. The project will create “a new arts quad” that replaces the existing Herman Arts Center.

Politico: Vulnerable GOP Senate incumbents talk up their record fighting opioid abuse

“Sen. Toomey is using opioids as a way to talk about solutions and to demonstrate that Republicans care,” says Terry Madonna, a political science professor and director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll. “This is a community-based issue that Senate candidates will have to talk about. It’s not some removed policy idea dealing with the Federal Reserve.”

5/10/16 

The Pittsburgh Tribune: Ardmore lawyer, lobbyist Estey expected to plead guilty in wire fraud case

What's known about the FBI's sting operation still raises more questions than answers, but it potentially spells trouble for other elected officials, political experts say. “You don't go through all this effort and drop it,” said G. Terry Madonna, a professor of political science at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.

Chambersburg Public Opinion: Event planned for reveal of health survey results

The forum will start with a presentation of CHNA findings by Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College

5/9/16

LNP: F&M to Build Arts Building with $10 Million Gift
Franklin & Marshall will build a new visual arts building behind Shadek-Fackenthal Library, President Daniel R. Porterfield announced Saturday during commencement. It will do so thanks to a donation of $10 million from Ben Winter ’67, vice chair of F&M’s board of trustees, and his wife, Susan.

The Washington Post: Why Commencement Ceremonies Actually Matter
The Washington Post runs a commentary submission from F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield, who says commencement invites educators to reflect upon the arc of each student’s growth and reminds us that still more profound experiences await students in the future—a recurring truth that renews educators each year.

LNP: Franklin & Marshall College's Class of 2016: Meet the Graduates
LNP profiles four members of F&M’s graduating class: Emily Hawk, Shawn Hines, Kabir Hossain and Clare Wirth.

Reading Eagle: Gauging the Trump Effect in Pennsylvania
F&M’s Terry Madonna says he has not seen a poll that indicates Donald Trump wins in Pennsylvania.

LNP: Students Shouldn't Have to Suffer with Rising Higher Education Costs
From the LNP Editorial Board: The “College Affordability Diagnosis” says that on average a student’s family coughs up 37 percent of its income for a public four-year university such as Millersville. Public research universities, such as Temple and Penn State, and private four-year colleges, such as Franklin & Marshall, consume 47 percent of family income.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Problem With Cynicism
The Post-Gazette cites the latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll, which indicates that two of three voters believe the commonwealth “is on the wrong track” and that they “have lost faith” in their state government.

5/6/16

The Washington Post: The U.S. political system is flawed but not corrupt

F&M Government Professor Stephen Medvic essay: Though our political system is flawed and perhaps even “rigged” in certain important ways, there is very little political corruption in the United States. This claim is typically met with disbelief. How can anyone argue that our political process is not corrupted by the vast amounts of money spent on campaigns and the countless hours elected officials and their challengers spend raising that money?

The Washington Times: Hillary Clinton’s coal flip-flop could prove costly in general election

Her recent statements on climate change have given her some problems. It did not go well for her in [Kentucky and West Virginia] over the past few days. In general, the Democrats are going to have electoral difficulties in those regions,” said G. Terry Madonna, a Pennsylvania pollster and professor of public affairs at Lancaster’s Franklin & Marshall College.

5/5/16

LNP: Education Secretary lauds Franklin & Marshall College

Lancaster's Franklin & Marshall College has garnered a shout-out from the United States' top education official. In an interview aired Tuesday on PBS NewsHour, Education Secretary John King Jr. praised F&M's efforts to recruit low-income students while not only maintaining but raising its educational standards.

Reading Eagle: The Republican dilemma: Rally around Donald Trump or run away

"I don't think they have any choice but to rally around him," said G. Terry Madonna, director of Franklin & Marshall College's Center for Politics and Public Affairs. "How do they take a divided party into a fall election and hope to somehow hold on to legislative seats and seats in Congress and governors' seats?"

Sunbury's The Daily Item: Expert: GOP must unite or face November loss

G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs and professor of public affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, said the Republican Party has no choice but to rally behind Trump or risk fracturing itself for the next decade. “They can unite around him and perhaps lose the election or fracture the party for the next decade,” he said.

5/4/16 

PBS NewsHour: Secretary John King on raising education standards and changing the college admissions caste system

The Education Secretary praises F&M's efforts: "I think of a place like Franklin & Marshall that’s committed to enrolling low-income students, has raised their academic standards at the same time as they have enrolled more low-income students, and they’re providing the supports necessary to ensure that those students graduate."

PolitiFact: Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim linking Ted Cruz's father and JFK assassination

This interpretation rings true for Van Gosse, a Franklin & Marshall College historian and author of Where the Boys Are: Cuba, Cold War America and the Making of a New Left. Gosse said that the Fair Play for Cuba Committee had "effectively ceased to exist by the middle of 1963," when the picture was taken. And to the extent the group was active at all by then, he said, it would have been in greater New York City, not a city in the South.

5/3/16

LNP: Pondering the positives of last week's Pennsylvania presidential primary

Completely open primaries are popular, says G. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Center for Politics and Public Affairs. But they also can be wild, as they make it easier for partisans to wage mischief in the opposite party’s primary.

5/2/16

Philadelphia Inquirer: Area colleges draw all-stars for commencement

Gov. Wolf will headline two ceremonies, first at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster and then at Dickinson in Carlisle.

Wilkes-Barre Citizen Voice: Trump's big primary win could have put Pennsylvania in play

Never one to say never, G. Terry Madonna, Ph.D., political analyst and pollster at Franklin & Marshall College, said most data, for now, shows Trump losing the state. To date, most polls matching Clinton and Trump head to head have her substantially ahead.

LNP: A youthful fan base invigorates a not-so-youthful Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders received support from 83 percent of Democratic voters between the ages of 18 and 29, albeit losing to Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania. He also won Lancaster County, thanks, in part, to students from Millersville University and Franklin & Marshall College.

The Wall Street Journal: Democrat Katie McGinty’s victory sets up battle with incumbent GOP Sen. Pat Toomey

“His biggest problem goes to the heart of the possibility of a wave election in which Clinton sweeps at the top and carries the down-ballot elections,” said Terry Madonna, a public-affairs professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

LNP: Lancaster General Health wants to build a 126-bed mental health facility

LG Health and Franklin & Marshall College, which jointly led the decade-long project, both invested millions and are splitting the acreage. The college recently secured approval to build a new football stadium on its part.

The Philadelphia Tribune: How Dwight Evans won

“Dwight had the establishment backing him,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. “It tells me that to the African-American community, that in some respects, both candidates were acceptable.

4/29/16

Scientific American: How to Look at Art: a Mathematician's Perspective

Annalisa Crannell goes to art museums with chopsticks. She is not unusually hungry or over-prepared; she uses them to figure out how to look at the art. Crannell, a mathematician at Franklin and Marshal College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, studies mathematical perspective and applies her work to the world of art. She writes not only about how artists use perspective but also about how viewers can use it to see art in different ways.

PennLive: College commencements - who is speaking where?

Gov. Tom Wolf will address the graduates at two commencements – Franklin & Marshall College on May 7 and Dickinson College on May 22.

LNP: Sanders' win over Clinton in conservative Lancaster County not a surprise, analysts say

F&M's Terry Madonna is quoted.

The Washington Times: The final rebuke of Donald Trump

“I’m not prepared to say Trump can’t win my state,” said G. Terry Madonna, the director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “But in order to do so, he’s going to have to marry his white-working class support with the stop Trump movement as quickly as possible.”

Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County gets good grades in health study

Data for Lebanon County came from a community health needs assessment conducted last year by WellSpan Health System in conjunction with Franklin and Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research on behalf of Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, which joined WellSpan in July 2015.

4/28/16

Reuters: Wealthy, educated voters fuel Trump's East Coast sweep

F&M Poll mentioned.

Wall Street Journal: John Kasich Loses on Terrain He’d Hoped to be Friendly

Terry Madonna, a pollster at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania who studied that state’s primary with particular care, said Tuesday’s results have more to do with Mr. Trump’s strengths than Mr. Kasich’s weaknesses.

Reading Eagle: For Donald Trump, winning Pennsylvania isn't everything

But Sanders has a reason to stay in the race, said Stephen K. Medvic, a government professor at Franklin & Marshall College. "Sanders still has a statement to make," he said. "He wants to influence the public policy and overall platform of the party. And I think that will be a key thing to watch. He sees the writing on the wall and I think he'll pivot to making policy critiques and away from criticizing Secretary Clinton

Philadelphia Inquirer: Trump broadens reach and 'sets up huge' for race

About 50 percent of the state's 3.1 million registered Republicans cast ballots in the closed primary, said pollster G. Terry Madonna - who noted it was probably the largest GOP primary turnout here since the 1980 battle between Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

4/27/16

Forbes: On College Signing Day, Four Goals We Should Set For Education In America

Essay by President Daniel R. Porterfield: In a proclamation during American Education Week in 1961, President John F. Kennedy wrote, “Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”

LNP: Franklin & Marshall College delays launch of new application system

Last year, Franklin & Marshall College and more than 80 other colleges and universities announced the formation of a coalition that would develop an alternative online college application system.

PennLive: McGinty moves toward battle with Toomey, but larger forces are at hand

"You begin to see the problem where, if Toomey gets caught in a wave, he can't survive," said Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin and Marshall College's Center for Politics & Public Affairs.

The 74: A Challenge to Elite Colleges: Set Aside More Seats for Low-Income Achievers

Through my experience leading KIPP, a network of 183 public schools serving largely educationally underserved students, I’ve come to believe leaders in higher education have never been more interested in charting a new course. And it’s clear that when colleges make a priority of sending a message of opportunity, students respond and thrive. Just ask the 41 KIPP alumni who attend the University of Pennsylvania, or the 19 at UNC Chapel Hill, or the 10 at Wesleyan University, or the 34 at Franklin and Marshall, or the 15 at UC Berkeley. If this is possible for students at one network of schools, think what is possible for this nation.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Dems back McGinty over Sestak, faces Toomey in Nov.

Polling by Franklin & Marshall College, which previously showed Ms. McGinty with support in the low teens, showed a near-doubling, to 27 percent, in Democratic support between March and April. A mid-April poll showed Ms. McGinty and Mr. Sestak neck-and-neck; a Harper Polling survey in the race's final weekend showed Ms. McGinty leading Mr. Sestak by 6.

The Philadelphia Tribune: Pa. legislators second-highest paid in nation

“This isn’t big news,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, professor of Public Affairs, and director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll. “Pennsylvania has always been in the top two or three. Then, you have to add in perks, such as lifetime health care, per diems and a very substantial pension. But Pennsylvania has the second–largest legislature and largest full–time legislature. Folks have talked about legislator salaries for years. Every now and then, reformers go in and and try to change some of that by getting rid of per diems.”

4/26/16

LNP: To Trump and the rank-and-file Republicans: Do the delegate math

David Ciuk, F&M assistant professor of government, political column.

The Atlantic: The High-Stakes Senate Primary in Pennsylvania

A recent Franklin & Marshall poll showed Sestak leading McGinty by six points, but with a large enough margin of error—and enough undecided voters—to keep the scene interesting.

The Hill: Obama-backed Dem makes gains in Pa. primary

“About 1 in every 4 Democratic voters has not made up his or her mind, and what that leads to then is the fact that there’s great volatility … left in the race,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, referring to results of his group’s latest survey. “It wouldn’t stun me if either would win given what we know.”

The Wall Street Journal: Pennsylvania Shows Hillary Clinton’s New Keystone

“There’s been a kind of role-reversal, with Sanders winning the white, blue-collar workers—people who earn under $50,000,” said Terry Madonna, a professor of public affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

USAToday: Trump, favored in five states Tuesday, now faces Cruz-Kasich alliance

G. Terry Madonna, a political scientist at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., questioned whether the new Cruz-Kasich alliance would work, saying it "feeds the narrative that the establishment is intriguing to stop Trump. It plays right into his message."

U.S. News & World Report: Republicans Jockey for Delegates in 'Bizarre' Pennsylvania Primary

G. Terry Madonna, a public affairs professor and director of the College Poll at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, says more than 160 people have come forward to potentially serve as state delegates. He says dozens have already pledged their support behind either Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was born and raised in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

The Philadelphia Tribune: It's Pennsylvania's Turn

“It’s arguable that Democratic Congressional primary in the second district is the most watched in the country,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, professor of Public Affairs, and director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll. 

4/25/16

The Los Angeles Times: Trump and Clinton joust in Pennsylvania as underdogs nip at their heel

"They are struggling to get a narrative that trumps the notion that the other two are inevitable," said longtime Pennsylvania pollster G. Terry Madonna, whose surveys for Franklin and Marshall College have Clinton and Trump holding double-digit leads in Pennsylvania.

US News & World Report: Clinton Commands Home-Field Advantage in Tuesday's Pennsylvania Primary

"She's been in and out of this state forever. I'm not calling it her second home, but her connections in this state span 30 years," says G. Terry Madonna, a public affairs professor and director of the college poll at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.

The Toledo Blade: Faith issues take back seat in 2016

F&M's Terry Madonna is quoted.

The Boston Globe: In Pennsylvania, like New York, Clinton plays up her local ties

F&M Poll mentioned.

LNP: Politicking from the pulpit

F&M's Terry Madonna and the F&M Poll cited.

F&M Poll cited 2,400 articles the past week, according to Google analytics. 

4/22/16

Philadelphia Inquirer: 'Trump effect' on reporting of campaign

Op-ed by F&M's Berwood Yost: It was widely reported that Pennsylvania voters were switching to the Republican Party in large numbers. News reports at the end of March told us that nearly 215,000 voters switched parties in 2016 and most of them, about 125,000, had registered Republican. This reporting fit nicely into the national storyline depicting high excitement among Republicans and the power of Donald Trump to attract new voters. Turns out those numbers were wrong.

USAToday: Clinton looks past Sanders as Democratic race heads to Pennsylvania

F&M's Terry Madonna is quoted.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: McGinty getting big boost from outside groups as U.S. Senate primary approaches

F&M's Terry Madonna is quoted.

More poll stories:

LNP: Bernie Sanders announces Friday campaign rally at Millersville University

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Kasich to campaign Monday in McKees Rocks

PennLive: Sanders tries to close Clinton's lead in Pa. with Millersville University, Gettysburg College stops

MSNBC: Thursday’s Campaign Round-Up, 4.21.16

Bloomberg: Trump Wave Builds in a Steel Town Forsaken by the World Economy

Trump might need the kind of cross-party surge that led to the coining of the term “Reagan Democrats” in the 1980s, said Terry Madonna, director of the center for politics and public affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The billionaire, he thinks, is already displaying that kind of appeal to blue-collar Pennsylvanians.

4/21/16

Forbes: Why International Students Benefit from Going to College in America

Essay from Daniel R. Porterfield: “Education is all a matter of building bridges,” said the novelist Ralph Ellison. As the president of Franklin & Marshall College (F&M), I see such construction happening every day. More than one-third of our current first-year class comes from at least 1,000 miles away—and 14 percent of our entire student body is made up of international students, hailing from 55 countries.

CBSPhilly: F&M Poll: Trump Takes Command Among Pennsylvania Republicans

A Franklin and Marshall College Poll released last month showed Donald Trump and John Kasich in a dogfight. But the newest F&M poll has Trump at 40-percent, Ted Cruz at 26-percent, and Kasich at 24-percent among likely Republican voters. Poll Director Terry Madonna says at the time of the last F&M survey, Kasich was coming off a win in his home state of Ohio. But since then, Madonna says Kasich’s momentum has stalled.

A few of among the many more poll stories:

LNP: F&M College Poll: Trump, Clinton enjoy comfortable leads in PA

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Clinton, Trump widen leads in Pennsylvania, poll shows

Scranton Times-Tribune: Poll: Clinton, Trump lead in PA.

Greenwich (Conn.) Time: Tennis wear promotes sustainability

F&M alumna Merve Okutucu wanted to dress to impress at her club’s annual tennis tournament and shopped around for classic tennis whites with no success. When she didn’t find anything that reflected her style, Okutucu bought fabric, found a neighborhood tailor, and together they created a pleated white skirt. Now, the 29-year-old Greenwich resident has her own “court couture” fashion brand, Mervé Greenwich, which she officially launched in 2012.

4/20/16

National Constitution Center's Constitution Daily: Video:  Virtual Supreme Court finals

Senior Matthew Rohn, Franklin and Marshall College debate champion, is featured as a judge in the competition.

4/19/16

LNP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will speak at Franklin & Marshall College in October

Basketball legend turned writer and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is making a stop at Franklin & Marshall College this fall. Abdul-Jabbar has been named the college's 2016 Mueller Fellow. On Thursday, Oct. 6, he will be on campus for discussions with campus groups and to give a public lecture.

CNN Money: My American Dream: Offering legal help to other immigrants

Profile on F&M Alumnus Akbar Hossain: Then he was offered a full scholarship at nearby Franklin & Marshall University -- only 60 miles away from home. The decision was a "no brainer," he said.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Personalities of Pa. candidates take center stage in tightening U.S. Senate race

F&M's Terry Madonna is quoted.

4/18/16

The Chronicle of Higher Education: A Study of Forgetting

A study he did on turtle navigation with Timothy C. Roth, an assistant professor of psychology at Franklin & Marshall College, was featured on the cover of the February 10 issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

4/15/16

LNP: College faculty raises beat inflation ... a little

At Franklin & Marshall College, the average professor received a 2.1 percent raise, with some receiving a larger increase due to promotions, vice provost Alan Ciniglia said.

LNP: Media created the Republican voter surge that never was

Op-ed by F&M's Berwood Yost: It was widely reported that Pennsylvania voters had switched to the Republican Party in large numbers ahead of our primary election. This fit nicely into the national storyline depicting high excitement among Republicans and the power of Donald Trump to attract new voters. Turns out those numbers were wrong.

LNP: Pa. primary prediction: Sure win for Clinton, not so sure for Trump

F&M Professor Terry Madonna's column: There is little to say about the Democratic contest. Indeed, it would be stunning if Hillary Clinton were to lose the state. Put simply, Pennsylvania is Clinton country.

University of Vermont: UVM Launches Innovative Scholarship Program with Raise.me

Raise.me has partnered with a diverse set of nearly 150 schools, including Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon, Franklin and Marshall College, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Tulane, and Rollins College, in addition to UVM. Raise.me is free for students and also provides a free portal for high school counselors to help students track their progress.

4/14/16

LNP: Back to the bricks

The Scribbler column: Lancastrian Bob Ibold read the March 25 column about the old Lancaster Brick Co. and the Franklin & Marshall College-owned tract sometimes called the Baker Woodlands, or the Brickyards, that now occupies that site. He thinks access should be increased.

LNP: Analysts: Presidential candidates could stop in central Pennsylvania in the next two weeks

Lancaster and central Pennsylvania have been popular primary campaign stops for presidential candidates in years past. What about this year? F&M Professors Terry Madonna and Stephen Medvic are quoted.

York Dispatch: Three to join York Area Sports Hall of Fame

Alumnus Dave Gable '86 is one of the inductees.

4/13/16

The Wall Street Journal: John Kasich Sees a Path Through the Northeast

Mr. Kasich trails Mr. Trump by double-digit margins in most polls of Pennsylvania Republicans, but he was on the front-runner’s heels in one well-regarded public-opinion survey by Franklin & Marshall College. Perhaps more important, he has overtaken Mr. Cruz in many of those polls.

Allentown Morning Call: With two weeks to go, Democratic Senate candidates face off

The debate — broadcast live by WGAL-TV in Lancaster and co-sponsored by Franklin & Marshall College — had a more civil tone than a forum last week in Pittsburgh, when the candidates sparred over a number of issues.

Real Clear Politics: Pennsylvania's Presidential Primary: What Matters

Finally, the presidential nomination campaigns move to the Northeast. New York votes on April 19th and five more states-including critical Pennsylvania - vote one week later. Column by F&M's Terry Madonna and Michael Young of Michael Young Strategic Research.

4/12/16

Allentown Morning Call: Democratic Senate candidates to face off in Lancaster

Three Democrats vying in the U.S. Senate primary are set to face off in another broadcast debate this evening. The 7 p.m. event will be hosted by WGAL-TV and Franklin & Marshall College, and will be live-streamed on the central Pennsylvania station's website.

4/11/16

Scranton Times Tribune: 150 People Who Made Scranton Great - Dr. Isaiah Everhart

Dr. Isaiah Fawkes Everhart’s ancestors came from Germany to settle in Pennsylvania less than a decade after William Penn founded the colony in 1689. He was born in Berks County in 1840 and as a boy was fascinated by nature. Mr. Everhart was just 16 when he began studying science at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. He graduated F&M in 1861.

LNP: Host your friends At the Table and share ideas for community improvement

Op-ed by Tracy Cutler Lancaster County Community Foundation: We are working with the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College to help gather themes and information from all of the At the Table conversations. Everyone will have access to the results through local media and AtTheTableLanc.com.

Reading Eagle: Party hopping ahead of primary leaves analysts guessing at voters' motives

Political historian G. Terry Madonna of Franklin & Marshall College said it's impossible to know if voters are switching to vote for or against a certain candidate, but he's confident the controversy surrounding Republican favorite Donald Trump and the unexpected rise of Democrat Bernie Sanders have something to do with it.

The Christian Science Monitor: Gridlock in states: why they're mimicking D.C.

Hold the mirror up to dysfunctional Washington, D.C., and what folks in Pennsylvania see is their own state capitol. Different dome. Similar gridlock. The same could also be said of people who live in Illinois. Terry Madonna and F&M Poll are cited.

The Bradford Era: Pundit shares views on state’s presidential primary race

Dr. G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Public Policy and Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College, spoke to The Era about what we might see leading up to the April 26 primary.

Reading Eagle: Berks County health challenges to be addressed

It's been more than three years since the last countywide report on Berks County's health. That report, the Berks County Community Health Needs Assessment, showed Berks has big challenges, particularly in Reading, when it comes to obesity, smoking and chronic conditions like diabetes. Three years later, those problems should remain a priority for everyone, said Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College.

4/8/16

WGAL: WGAL to Host U.S. Senate Debate April 12

WGAL News 8 and The Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College will produce and broadcast a live debate between the Pennsylvania Democratic U.S. Senate candidates on Tuesday, April 12 at 7PM on WGAL TV.

The Washington Times: Donald Trump’s new voter appeal to face New York test

F&M's Terry Madonna is featured.

4/6/16

NPR: Will Wis. Primary Wins Affect Contests In New York And Pennsylvania?

Steve Inskeep talks to Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College about the Pa. primary.

4/4/16

The York Daily Record: Gov. Wolf to speak at Franklin & Marshall

Gov. Tom Wolf will be accompanied by First Lady Frances Wolf, a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, when he gives the commencement address at the college May 7, according to a news release.

LNP: Lend a helping hand at Impact Partnerships

The partners working on this project include Church World Service, Franklin & Marshall College's Ware Institute for Civic Engagement, IU13, Lutheran Refugee Services, School District of Lancaster, SouthEast Lancaster Health Services and the Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon.

4/1/16

Fox News: 2,500-year old slab unearthed, offers glimpse into the ancient Etruscan world

(F&M is mentioned as one of the participants) Archaeologists have unearthed a rare text from an ancient temple in Italy that could reveal new details about the Etruscan civilization.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Pa. ballot question is designed to confuse

Op-ed by F&M Poll's Chief Methodologist Berwood Yost: In Pennsylvania, what should be a clear and simple exercise in citizen democracy instead shows just how far removed policymakers are from understanding how everyday citizens think.

LNP: College rugby tournament to be held at F&M

Franklin & Marshall College will host a 12-team regional rugby tournament April 9 at its Baker Campus off Harrisburg Pike.

LNP: Set in the 1950s, 'Trouble In Mind,' opening Thursday at F&M, still has plenty to say about race relations

In 1955, “Trouble in Mind” almost made it to Broadway. But the play, about a play being rehearsed by a multiracial cast, never made it there — so the story goes — because the playwright, Alice Childress, refused to give it the happy ending the producers wanted. It won an Obie for best off-Broadway play of the 1955-56 season.

3/31/16 

LNP: Gov. Wolf to speak at Franklin & Marshall College commencement

Gov. Tom Wolf will deliver the commencement address at Franklin & Marshall College's graduation on Saturday, May 7, and will receive an honorary degree, the college has announced.

LNP: Ran Ortner's majestic and powerful ocean paintings on display at F&M College

Ran Ortner is exhibiting six oil paintings at The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin and Marshall College. These are vast works of art---a 26-1/2 foot triptych, two diptychs, and three single panel paintings--- that immerse you in the sea.

LNP: Gov. Wolf calls for government reform at F&M

“We need to make sure that we have a government that the people who we work for can actually trust,” Wolf told a group of students and faculty Wednesday at Franklin & Marshall College.

Albany Daily Star: In U.S. Wild Bee Population refuse pollination process, Farming is under risk

The team of seven researchers—from UVM, Franklin and Marshall College, University of California at Davis, and Michigan State University—created the new maps by first identifying forty-five land-use types from two federal land databases, including both croplands and natural habitats.

LNP: F&M experts discuss rise, portrayal of 'Trump phenomenon'

With an audience of more than 100 students, professors and community members on the Franklin & Marshall campus, the panel of experts took a stab at explaining some the ways his candidacy has been portrayed.

3/30/16

The Hechinger Report: Are These the Real Heroes Stepping Up to Get College Knowledge to Students Who Want and Need It?
F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield praises a growing network of nonprofit college access organizations using innovative means to get college knowledge to students who want and need it.

The New York Times: Republican Senator Meets With Garland, and Urges Colleagues to Follow
The Times references a Franklin & Marshall College Poll showing 35 percent of the state’s registered voters hold unfavorable views of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, up from 23 percent a year ago.

The Chicago Tribune: Kasich, not Cruz, is the One to Stop Trump
The Tribune cites an F&M Poll showing Ohio Gov. John Kasich statistically even with Donald Trump in the Keystone State.

LNP: F&M Professors to Talk About ‘Trump Phenomenon’
F&M professors will weigh in on Donald Trump’s rise to political acclaim today at 4:30 p.m. in the College’s Lisa Bonchek Adams Auditorium in Kaufman Hall.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Test for Toomey: Do Your Job, or Voters Will Elect a Senator Who Will
The Post-Gazett’s editorial board cites the latest F&M Poll that shows a jump in the percentage of Pennsylvanians who have a somewhat or strongly unfavorable view of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

The Morning Call: Berwood Yost: Poorly Worded Ballot Questions Confuse Voters
F&M’s Berwood Yost says failing to write a good ballot question is about much more than writing good questions -- it also drives cynicism and encourages apathy among voters.

Times Leader: In 2016, the Pennsylvania Primary Will Mean Something — Finally
F&M's Terry Madonna says that while Pennsylvania will be important, it’s not likely a win here will give Donald Trump enough delegates to reach the required 1,237 to secure the nomination before the GOP convention.

3/29/16

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: At least 180,000 join GOP as Pennsylvania primary nears

“I don’t think we can say there’s one reason here,” said G. Terry Madonna, the veteran pollster who directs the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. “But in the Philadelphia suburbs, if people are switching, some of that would be strategic: Vote for Trump because he would be the weakest candidate against [Hillary] Clinton.”

3/28/16

LNP: 'Trump effect' remains unclear as record turnout is expected for Pa GOP primary

“What we’re seeing, the fervor and mobilization on the Republican side in the presidential election, is about Trump and Trump only,” Franklin & Marshall College government professor Stephen Medvic said about the 29 other states that have held GOP primaries.

Daily Freeman News: Bard College program April 2 focuses on the Saw Kill

There will a welcome and opening remarks by Bard College President Leon Botstein, followed by a keynote address by David P. Schuyler of Franklin & Marshall College, entitled “Montgomery Place: An Enchanted Landscape.”

LNP: Lancaster Rotary’s panel discussion underscores the need for understanding in an age of intolerance

The moderator, the Rev. Susan Minasian, Chaplain at Franklin & Marshall College, asked the panelists what distortions about their religion have become popular in American culture.

LNP: Voter registration effort targets Latino community

“There is certainly a motivating issue for many Hispanics, given Trump’s positions on the border and immigration,” said G. Terry Madonna, a political analyst and director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll.

Pittsburgh Tribune: Sen. Toomey's favorability rating sagging

Terry Madonna and F&M Poll featured.

More F&M Poll coverage:

Politico: Bernie's math: Improbable, not impossible

The Washington Post: The 5 big states that will almost certainly decide both nominations

CNN: Poll: Donald Trump, John Kasich neck-and-neck in Pennsylvania

3/25/16

PennLive: 'We believe that all lives matter': co-founder of Black Lives Matter tells F&M audience

The diverse crowd of more than 500 people packed into Franklin and Marshall College's Mayser Gymnasium to hear Opal Tometi, one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, as a part of the campus "Take Back the Night" event.

LNP: Black Lives Matter co-founder Tometi says movement seeks a just, multiracial democracy

“We actually believe that all lives matter,” Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi told the audience of several hundred gathered to hear her Thursday evening at Franklin & Marshall College’s Mayser Gymnasium.

NPR: In This GOP Primary, You Can Win The State But Get Only A Few Delegates

"This is a very complicated process. It is beyond confusing," said Terry Madonna, a political scientist at Franklin & Marshall College. "There is no way to know for sure what's likely to happen."

A sampling of F&M Poll coverage by other media outlets:

The Washington Times: Donald Trump is nowhere near as strong in the Rust Belt as he claims

The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio Politics Now: Lawmakers wonder where John Kasich's huggable side came from

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: F&M Poll: Trump holds narrow lead over Kasich in Pa.

The Washington Post: GOP elites think Trump will be a disaster for the party. GOP voters disagree

The Christian Science Monitor: Kasich should drop out now! (Except maybe he shouldn't.)

Cleveland.com: Is it time for Ted Cruz fans to stop complaining about John Kasich? Ohio Politics Roundup

WITF.org: Smart Talk: Trump leads in PA; Budget; Babies born addicted

3/24/16

LNP: Local Bernie Sanders supporters host Adolph Reed at F&M

Hats, buttons and signs inscribed with “Feel the Bern” weren’t in short supply Wednesday afternoon when a prominent political scientist and Bernie Sanders activist spoke at Franklin & Marshall College.

Allentown Morning Call: Sestak widens lead in Senate race, Kasich surges among presidential candidates

Less than six weeks before the Pennsylvania primary election, Hillary Clinton dominates the Democratic presidential race in the state while Donald Trump narrowly leads the Republican contest, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll released Wednesday.

A sampling of poll coverage by other media outlets:

CBS Philly: PA Poll: Clinton Strong Lead, Trump And Kasich Battle It Out

LNP: New F&M poll: Donald Trump and John Kasich neck-and-neck in Pennsylvania

Reading Eagle: F&M Poll: Trump holds narrow lead over Kasich in Pa.

WITF.org (PBS): Poll: Kasich making a move in Pa.

Philly.com: Poll finds Kasich gaining ground on Trump in Pa.

Philly.com: Ending budget impasse, Wolf says: 'We need to move on'

F&M's Terry Madonna is quoted.

NGI Shale Daily: Pennsylvania House Democrats Probe NatGas Incentives

F&M's Terry Madonna is quoted.

3/23/16

LNP: Black Lives Matter co-founder Tometi to speak at F&M's 'Take Back the Night

A co-founder of the Black Lives Matter social justice movement will speak at Franklin & Marshall College Thursday evening, March 24, as part of F&M's annual "Take Back the Night" event.

LNP: Know your delegates: In this year's Republican race, Pennsylvania's 'unbound' contingent could make all the difference

F&M's Terry Madonna quoted.

 3/22/16

Forbes: Four Ways Talented 20-Somethings Are Building Great Careers

President Daniel R. Porterfield profiles four young F&M alums as examples of how this generation of "emerging adults" use their education to live, learn, grow, and build successful careers.

Associated Press: Catching Bigfoot: Wolf pursues election-year tax increase

F&M's Terry Madonna quoted

3/21/16

LNP: To Be Clear, or Not to Be Clear, That is the Question Facing Lawmakers
F&M’s Berwood Yost says failing to write a good ballot question is about much more than writing good questions -- it also drives cynicism and encourages apathy among voters.

LNP: Here's to the Great Young Minds who Took Part in the North Museum Science & Engineering Fair
F&M’s Alumni Sports & Fitness Center hosts the annual North Museum Science & Engineering Fair.

Reading Eagle: Here Comes the GOP: Republican Candidates Will Soon Storm the State
Republican party leaders stand to face significant backlash if Donald Trump wins the most delegates but not the nod, F&M’s Terry Madonna says.

WITF: Campaign Donations: Carson Led York County
The top two fundraisers on the Republican side do not surprise Terry Madonna.

The Morning Call: How Likely is Wolf to Get an Election-Year Tax Increase? As Likely as Catching Bigfoot
A major tax increase has never resulted in an electoral calamity for lawmakers, Terry Madonna says.

Pennlive.com: One Town, One Vote at a Time, Meet DIY Presidential Candidate Dennis Ball
Terry Madonna provides analysis on a longshot presidential candidate.
 

3/18/16 

3/11/16

HuffPost Green: Empowering the Next Generation of Environmentalists - One Teen at a Time

Working alongside Nature Conservancy scientists as an intern last summer opened Jomar Velez's eyes to the variety of science careers he could pursue, says the 17-year-old. So after Jomar graduates from the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in New York City later this year, he'll go on to major in biology under a prestigious scholarship at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania.

HNGN: Arctic Nesting Songbirds May Face New Challenges In Climate Change

 "Species at range edges are sentinels of climate change because they often experience high environmental variability and harshness," explained Daniel Ardia, an expert on the role of environmental variation in bird behavior and physiology from Franklin and Marshall College.

The Elm (Washington College Newspaper): Dr. Krochmal Published in Biology Journal

Last year, “Current Biology” published Washington College’s Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Aaron Krochmal and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Franklin & Marshall College Timothy C. Roth’s article “The Role of Age-Specific Learning and Experience for Turtles Navigating a Changing Landscape.” Now, according to the WC website, their new findings “earned them the cover story in one of the most prestigious international science journals, the ‘Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences.’”

3/10/16

LNP: F&M's DAX Center explores child psychology

Facilities like the DAX Center are typically found at large research universities, but at small liberal arts colleges they’re “really uncommon,” associate professor Krista Casler said.

PennLive: 'Ditch and switch': Trump may be behind mass Democratic party exodus in Pa., experts say

F&M's Terry Madonna is quoted. Nearly 46,000 Pennsylvania Democrats have gone Republican since the start of 2016, twice as many as have shifted the other way, as a wild primary fight continues to upend the business of politics as usual and challenge the status quo.

The (Duke Student Newspaper) Chronicle: Where are they now?

A look at the main characters involved in the lacrosse case. F&M's former interim president and board of trustee member John Burness is among those featured.

LNP: New Holland Band's season opener features Pennsylvania composers

Kenneth Laudermilch, adjunct professor at Franklin & Marshall College, and a former student from West Chester Univeristy perform.

Philly.com: A fashion conversation with the Veronicas
Helpusadopt - a New York nonprofit that provides grants to help families pay the tens of thousands of dollars often required to adopt children - is the brainchild of Becky Snyder Fawcett, a Villanova native. Fawcett, 45, who adopted two children, went to Franklin and Marshall College with Veronica Miele.

NASDAQ GlobeNewswire: ENT and Allergy Associates(R) Promotes One of its Best, Drew Franklin, to Senior Director

ENTA's Chief Executive Officer, Robert Glazer, announced the promotion of F&M alumnus Drew Franklin to Senior Director of Business Development, effective March 7th, 2016.

3/9/16

LNP: A Sign of Trump Fever? More Pennsylvania Democratic Voters Switching Sides Than Republicans
F&M’s Terry Madonna isn’t surprised that some Pennsylvania voters are shifting their partisanship because of Donald Trump.

Inside Higher Ed: Race on Campus, Nontraditional Leaders, Rising Confidence: A Survey of Presidents
Shelly Weiss Storbeck, co-founder of the search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, says that for every Simon Newman or Bruce Harreld, there's a president who might meet her own definition of "nontraditional," such as Clayton Spencer at Bates College or Daniel Porterfield at Franklin & Marshall College, who thrive.

LNP: Quiz: Are You Smarter Than a Science Fair Participant?
On Tuesday, March 15, students in grades seven through 12 will arrive at Franklin & Marshall’s Alumni Sports & Fitness Center for the annual North Museum Science & Engineering Fair.

E&E News: Water Quality Issues Seep into Hard-fought Pa. Senate Race
Despite Flint, water won’t be as important an issue for Pa. voters as fracking, according to F&M’s Terry Madonna.

3/8/16

LNP: Former Reagan chief of staff, F&M trustee remembers Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan’s death Sunday invoked a nationwide mourning for an influential first lady devoted to her husband. Kenneth Duberstein, who served as Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff during his final presidential year, witnessed that undeniable devotion up close. “It was a love affair and not simply in the Hollywood sense,” Duberstein, a 1965 Franklin & Marshall College graduate, said in a phone interview Monday with LNP. “She was better when he was around and he was better when she was around. They fed off each other and all it took was a look or a stare or a smile.

3/7/16 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s broken government

Op-ed by Berwood Yost, chief methodologist of the F&M Poll: Pennsylvania’s budget impasse is the direct result of three state policy failures: the failure to find reliable funding sources for state operations, the failure to reduce spending growth that existing laws require and the failure to support reforms that make elections more competitive.

Citizensvoice.com (Wilkes Barre, Pa): Nanticoke native named among top influential physicians

F&M alumnus Dr. Stanley Dudrick, the Nanticoke native known as “the father of intravenous feeding,” was recently named one of the 50 most influential physicians in world history by a respected online resource dedicated to the medical field.

LNP: In the Spotlight: Ezra Rothman surrenders his spring to taxes

A profile on F&M alumnus Ezra Rothman: When it’s not tax season, Ezra Rothman enjoys spending time woodworking, a hobby he learned from his father.

“I like working with my hands and using tools,” he said, describing projects ranging from a firewood shed to furniture.

3/4/16

Hawaii 24/7: Volcano Watch: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist receives two prestigious awards

Don Swanson spoke about Kīlauea Volcano’s 1969–1974 Mauna Ulu eruption with geology students from Franklin and Marshall College during their 2015 field trip to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 

The Daily Item (Sunbury): Battle begins for heart of the Republican Party

G. Terry Madonna, professor of public affairs and director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, said: “I’ve been teaching politics for more than 25 years, and I’ve never seen a former party nominee for president, like Mitt Romney, give a speech like he did calling the leading candidate a ‘con man.’ I’m telling you, Republicans right now are apoplectic over Trump. They think that if he is the candidate it could put the party into a political wilderness for a generation.”

Daily Freeman News: Greenway council, conservancy will meet in Hyde Park March 2

Professor David Schuyler, of the Humanities and American Studies at Franklin and Marshall College, will reflect on the 50th anniversary of saving the Olana State Historic Site. Schuyler will trace the steps of a small but determined group that fought to preserve the site.

The Bradford Era: Politically Uncorrected: The GOP’s painful dilemma

Terry Madonna's column: Baring some unforeseen circumstances, the presidential nomination contests are over. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the respective nominees of their parties.  

3/3/16

LNP: 10 tips to start a community garden from Lancaster gardeners

“You want some crops growing that your students can harvest this spring,” said Carl Pike, a retired Franklin & Marshall College biology professor who’s involved with Lighten Up Lancaster County. “There’s a fair number of things that you can get in the ground mid- to late March and they’ll be ready in May when the students are ready and eager to get out there.”

Misericordia University News: Dr. Dudrick named one of the 50 most influential physicians in history by Medscape

F&M alumni Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D., F.A.C.S., medical director of the physician assistant program and recipient of the first endowed chair position at Misericordia University, and professor of surgery at The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, has been named one of the 50 most influential physicians in history by Medscape.

Dallas (Pa) Post: Misericordia University medical director named one of 50 most influential physicians by Medscape

More on Dudrick.

3/2/16

Forbes: F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield's essay: One Philanthropist's Approach To Helping The Students Of Rural America

In 2003, when she was 17 years old, Amy Cohee was a top student at Greencastle-Antrim High School in a rural community in central Pennsylvania. Her plan, after graduation, was to enroll in a local university and pursue a science degree to teach in high school. But during her junior year, encouraged by her parents and guidance counselors, she applied for a Lenfest Scholarship, then a brand new program to support the college aspirations of high-achieving rural Pennsylvania students. (Full disclosure: I now serve as the chair of the Scholarship’s Board of Directors.)

LNP: Debate on fraternities' pros and cons for Franklin & Marshall draws large crowd

In a torrent of arguments and counter-arguments delivered with rapid-fire intensity, a pair of three-person teams drawn from Franklin & Marshall College’s nationally ranked debate squad argued the pros and cons of fraternities for campus life Tuesday.

Allentown Morning Call: Presidential race poised to peak before Pa. primary

"I think we'll know by March 15," said G. Terry Madonna, a pollster at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. "We could know sooner."

Missouri Lawyers Weekly: Court fight seen by African-Americans as affront to Obama

G. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin and Marshall College poll, said it’s still unclear to what extent the Supreme Court fight will be an issue in the fall

3/1/16

PRNewswire: Barry I. Schloss Named New Weinberg Foundation Board Chair

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, today announced that F&M alumnus Barry I. Schloss has been named the new Chair of the Board. He will also continue in his role as Treasurer/CFO.

Philly.com: New Jersey eyeing tax policy changes

A recent survey conducted by Franklin and Marshall College found that about 75 percent of New Jersey certified public accountants have advised their clients to consider moving to another state because of the estate and inheritance taxes here.

CBS Philly: Clinton, Trump Look To Carry Momentum Into Super Tuesday

Terry Madonna of Franklin & Marshall College, says Rubio, whom the Republican party establishment is rallying around, could make a bold move to appease the party for remaining primaries. “Rubio literally picks a running mate,” Madonna says, “someone like (John) Kasich.

 2/29/16

LNP: Frats nix participation in upcoming debate on their role at Franklin & Marshall College

Andrea L All Franklin & Marshall College’s debate team wanted to do was to engage classmates with an interesting topic.

But the subject of Tuesday’s exhibition debate — whether fraternities are good or bad for F&M student ife — has sparked an uproar on campus.

LNP: How to implement a Southeast community economics program

Column from F&M Professor Antonio Callari: I wrote about how the war on poverty in the Southeast could be strengthened by a community economics approach in a previous LNP column (“Poverty commission needs to look at community economics,” Feb. 7). I follow up here by suggesting some steps to implement such an approach.

PennLive: Here's how uncompetitive elections result in endless budgets: Berwood Yost

An op-ed by F&M poll methodologist Yost: Why don't we have a state budget? The answer to that question is neither short nor simple.

Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre): Angela Liddle: Get training on child abuse recognition and reporting

A 2014 survey from F&M's Floyd Institute's Center for Opinion Research and the Floyd Institute for Public Policy Analysis is cited.

2/25/16 
The latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll was released this morning. Here are a few mentions of the poll in the regional media:
Philly.com: Voters dislike both front-runners
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: GOP presidential race still close in Pennsylvania
PennLive.com: Clinton bests Sanders, Trump takes Pa. primary field in new poll
LNP: F&M poll: Half of voters think government and politicians are state's biggest problems
Scranton Times-Tribune: Clinton dominates, Trump leads among Pa. voters
PennLive.com: Wolf's approval rating approaching make or break time

PennLive.com: Everyone has a role to play in protecting Pennsylvania's children: Angela Liddle
Research conducted in 2014 at Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance's behest by Franklin & Marshall College showed that mandated reporters who are trained are five times more likely to accurately and completely report suspected child abuse.

2/24/16

Microcap Magazine: FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE ASTRONOMY PROFESSOR SPEAKS ON WHY GRAVITATIONAL WAVES DISCOVERY IS SO IMPORTANT

Andrea Lommen, the astronomy professor, who is co-founder of NANOGrav, also said that the gravitational waves are a part of her core research project. Her NANOGrav mission is a project on gravitational waves that includes scientists from a number of universities and colleges across the US.

Phillynew.com: AND1 Founder Seth Berger takes a new flier with iPhone case-wallet

Josh Harris became one of Berger's primo players at the Quaker prep school, later went on to play at Franklin & Marshall. "Josh is still no match for me on the court in a one-on-one," chided his mentor.

PCN On the Issues: PA Budget with Berwood Yost

Berwood Yost is the Director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College.  He explains the results of a January F&M  poll that rates Governor Wolf's job performance, and assigns blame for Pennsylvania's overdue budget.

2/23/16

LNP: Creative Works brings "Spinning Into Butter,' a play about race in a small college, to F&M

The series begins Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. with “Spinning Into Butter,” by Rebecca Gilman. It will be performed at the Brooks College House Commons at Franklin & Marshall College, located in Marshall-Buchanan Hall, at the intersection of Race and W. Frederick streets

LNP: Will Pennsylvania's April 26 primary matter in the presidential race?

Stephen Medvic, a government professor at Franklin & Marshall College, said after that halfway point it should be clear if Pennsylvania will have an important role because there won't be many significant states between then and late April.

The Manchester Journal: Hildene to host series on natural history of Battenkill Valley

The second talk, on March 19, will feature geologist Stephen Revell, owner and president of Lincoln Applied Geology, in Lincoln, Vt. He has a bachelor's degree in geology from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and a master's in geology from Southern Illinois University.

Mainline Media News: Husband and wife plan 22 condos for Lancaster Avenue in Wayne

Peggy and Scott Brehman have married their talents in building and design to start a new business, Brehman Builders + Design (BBD). Scott Brehman recently unveiled their newest project, to the Radnor Township Planning Commission. Both Franklin & Marshall College alumni, the Brehmans are each nationally ranked squash players.

USA Today: Marco Rubio doesn't need an outright win ... for now

F&M's Terry Madonna is quoted in this story.

2/22/16

PerfScience: Franklin & Marshall College Astronomy Professor Explains Why Gravitational Waves Discovery is Important

Professor of astronomy Andrea Lommen thinks the gravitational waves discovery will revolutionize astronomy. It may improve understanding as much as Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei first looked the sky through his telescope, said Lommen from the Franklin & Marshall College.

LNP: For F&M astronomy professor and students, gravitational waves open up new worlds of research: Smart Talk: Gravitational wave discovery

How big a deal is the world’s first observation of gravitational waves that fired up the scientific community earlier this month?“ I expect it to increase our understanding as much as Galileo first pointing his telescope to the sky,” Franklin & Marshall College astronomy professor Andrea Lommen said.

The Washington Post: Did you hear the one about the journalist doing stand-up comedy?

Asawin Suebsaeng, reporter and social media editor at the Daily Beast, enters the competition with more of a comedy pedigree. He did stand-up in high school at Sidwell Friends and was the head writer of Franklin and Marshall College’s sketch-comedy group.

2/19/16

LNP: Republican dominance in Lancaster County: down but far from out

F&M's Terry Madonna quoted in this story

WITF Smart Talk: Smart Talk: Gravitational wave discovery

Dr. Andrea Lommen, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Grundy Observatory at Franklin and Marshall College, appeared on the program Feb. 18 to talk about  gravitational waves and her work related to the discovery.

The Star Democrat: Turtle research earns cover of science journal

The research of Aaron Krochmal, associate professor of biology at Washington College, and his colleague, Timothy C. Roth, assistant professor of psychology at Franklin & Marshall College, is the cover story of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences, of Feb. 10, 2016, volume 283, issue 1824.

EducationDive: Early classes canned at Michigan's Lake Superior State University

Lake Superior State University in Michigan will test out a “common hour” in the fall of 2016, banning almost all 8 a.m. classes to give faculty and administrators a shared free period. F&M's Common Hour is mentioned.

LNP: Zika isn’t stopping local colleges from planning trips abroad

F&M's response is mentioned.

2/18/16

LNP: Study: College freshmen more eager than ever to engage in protests

"The rise is evident on local campuses, with several protests receiving national attention, such as the "Black Yak" display at Franklin & Marshall College, which F&M President Daniel Porterfield lauded in a recent Forbes article."

WITF Smart Talk: Smart Talk: Gravitational wave discovery

On Thursday's Smart Talk, we'll ask those questions and learn more about gravitational waves.  Our guest is Dr. Andrea Lommen, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Grundy Observatory at Franklin and Marshall College.

Yahoo Finance: Lowe Enterprises Investors Names Two Senior Vice Presidents

Lowe Enterprises Investors (LEI) announced today that it has named Alon I. Kraft and F&M alum John Gaghan Senior Vice Presidents of Lowe Enterprises Investors (“LEI”). Kraft and Gaghan are both involved in managing portfolios for the firms’ investment clients.

2/17/16

The News & Observer (Charlotte, NC): Democratic insiders: Sanders doesn’t worry us. So far

Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College is quoted.

The Baltimore Sun: Mount St. Mary's drowning freshmen

Perhaps to Mr. Newman's surprise, educators around the country disagree with his determinist views. Entire initiatives have been developed — from the Lumina Foundation to the White House — on the premise that providing appropriate, tailored supports to the 41 percent of struggling students can and does increase their success rates. To find evidence of these supports in practice, President Newman need only take a 90-minute drive to Franklin and Marshall College, where administrators regularly use data like attendance and GPA to flag when a student may be in need of intervention. By offering struggling students help to grow, rather than help to leave, Franklin and Marshall has developed a community of trust, support and academic success.

Pittsburgh Tribune: Pa. Attorney General Kane says she won't seek re-election

F&M's Terry Madonna quoted in this story.

The Hill: GOP unity cracks in court fight

F&M's Terry Madonna quoted in this story.

The Huffington Post (Blog): Millennial Writers on Writing

F&M alumnus Ifrad Asad is one of the writers profiled.

2/16/16

TheSlateonline.com: SU environmentalists learn green ideas for campus

Shippensburg University’s environmental club, Students for Environmental Action and Sustainability, attended the Green Allies Conference for the second year on Saturday at Franklin and Marshall College.

The Daily Item (Sunbury): Stumped by Trump: Outsider up by 10 in state, but GOP reps in two counties say party gives thumbs-up to Rubio

Franklin & Marshall College Poll and G. Terry Madonna featured in this story.

The Morning Call (Allentown): Sen. Pat Toomey says next president should pick Justice Antonin Scalia's successor

F&M's Terry Madonna quoted in this story.

2/15/16

MyCentralJersey.com: Morristown Medical Center Board of trustees expands

Dr. James P. Slater is a cardiac surgeon and the surgical director of Mechanical Circulatory Support at Morristown Medical Center and a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College.

LNP: Voters should be angry — about the madness in the nominating process

A column Franklin & Marshall's G. Terry Madonna writes with Michael Young.

2/12/16

The State Journal-Register (Illinois): Free things to do on Friday to mark Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

The Benjamin P. Thomas, Abraham Lincoln Association Symposium, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Old State Capitol. Features Dr. Louise Stevenson, professor of history and American studies, Franklin and Marshall College,

NBC News: Ditch Statewide Tests and Just Use SATs Instead, Educators Say

Sara Harberson, the founder of Admissions Revolution and the former dean of admissions at Franklin and Marshall College, said the strategy will have winners and losers.

The Triangle Online: Fry named Chairman of Phila. Chamber of Commerce

Former F&M President Fry was named Chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Feb. 5. He will assume this position in October 2016, succeeding the current chairman, Denis O’Brien.

LNP: Oral history project collects memories from Lancaster's African-American veterans and more

Sydney Bridgett Sr., a retired Washington Elementary School teacher, talked about being the second black graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, as well as his time in the Army during World War II.

LNP: Art from the Antarctic at F&M

F&M Assistant Professor of Art John Holmgren likes to explore time in his photography. Holmgren goes even further in his exhibit “District of the Penguins,” now at the Rothman Gallery of the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College.

2/11/16

LNP: 'N' is for neoclassical: Can you spot it?

Shadek-Fackenthal Library is featured as an example of late 19th century neo-classical architecture.

LNP: Firings at Maryland university provoke concern here

Meanwhile, more than 60 Franklin & Marshall College professors have signed an online petition protesting the dismissals, as have at least three each from Millersville University and Lebanon Valley College.

New York Times: Pennsylvania to Start Impeachment Proceedings for Attorney General

“I’ve taught Pennsylvania history for 20 years, and we have lots of graft, lots of corruption — we’re certainly not a clean state by far,” said G. Terry Madonna, a professor at Franklin and Marshall College, who was in the Capitol on Wednesday. “But there is nothing, nothing that even comes close to this drama.”

2/9/16

CBS SF Bay Area: Bay Area Students Turning Life’s Hardships Into Academic Excellence

Richard We first met Damont Hardnett when he was senior at Santa Clara High School, as well as president of the Black Student Union and captain of the varsity basketball team. He has a charm that breaks down barriers. Damont is now a sophomore at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, majoring in Business.

WESA 90.5 in Pittsburgh: Is Pennsylvania's Primary Relevant?

As New Hampshire holds its' first in the nation presidential primary, voters in Pennsylvania are waiting until late April to cast their ballots for their preferred Republican and Democratic presidential candidates. We'll talk with Terry Madonna, Director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, about the chances that the Pennsylvania Primary will still be relevant.

WITF Smart Talk: Harrisburg: Gov. Wolf Budget Preview

Political analyst Dr. G. Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College joins us with a budget preview.

The Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf faces test with new state budget

Franklin & Marshall College political scientist G. Terry Madonna said it would be a smart move for Wolf to build his agenda around the potential financial crisis because lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have acknowledged the problem. But, he said, the disagreements begin when discussion turns to how they want to address it.

2/8/16

LNP: Meatless Monday: 5 vegan Valentine's treats to indulge in around Lancaster County

At Lancaster's Central Market, F&M graduate Lixin Ji makes raw chocolates and raw energy bars that are sweetened only with dates. For Valentine's Day, she's selling a lollipop version of her chocolates, topped with goji berries.

(F&M Polls keeps getting media play. Here is a sampling.)

Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice: Wolf 2nd budget in volatile situation

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his second budget address Tuesday with the current budget still incomplete, a first in the state’s modern political era. F&M Poll cited.

The Meadville Tribune: Country's biggest, full-time legislature could get trimmed

F&M Poll cited.

The Sunbury Daily Item: Sanders must unclench Hillary’s fist on PA

F&M Poll cited.

Reading Eagle: State Sen. Smucker to vie for U.S. Congress

Smucker, who attended F&M, is seeking the GOP nomination to represent the 16th Congressional District, which includes parts of Berks and Chester counties and most of Lancaster County. The seat has been held by U.S. Rep. Joseph R. Pitts, a Chester County Republican, for nearly 20 years. Pitts isn't seeking re-election.

2/5/16

LNP: F&M men's basketball coach Glenn Robinson honored by Rep. Pitts

Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball coach Glenn Robinson received another honor this week, courtesy of Rep. Joseph Pitts. Rep. Pitts on Wednesday lauded Robinson for recently recording his 900th career victory and climbing to third place all-time in men’s NCAA basketball wins.

2/4/16

LNP: ‘Racial conscience of sport’ Richard Lapchick speaks to F&M athletics

Richard Lapchick, known widely as the “racial conscience of sport,” spoke to student athletes and coaches on Monday at Franklin & Marshall College about the power sports to heal, inspire and save lives.

Prince William Times: F&M Alum Martino named County Executive

Christopher Martino was appointed as acting county executive on Jan.15 following the departure of former Prince William County County Executive Melissa Peacor.

Bloomberg Business: Will the College Admissions Test Disappear?

Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, Pa., asks for a teacher-graded paper, which the school feels gives a better sense of a student’s writing than an SAT or ACT essay. (F&M is one of many colleges discussed in the report)

WITF: Smart Talk: Researcher explains bee decline

Here again is yesterday's radio interview with F&M's Professor of Ecology Eric Lonsdorf, co-publisher of the wild bee study.

2/3/16

LNP: What can we expect to learn from the Iowa caucuses?

For Democrats and Republicans alike, the Iowa caucuses are a source of excitement for some and dread for others. I’m certain some of my friends are going to cheer, and I’m also certain some will joke about packing up and moving to Canada. Column by F&M's David J. Cuik is an assistant professor of government.

LNP: Political analysts: Iowa caucuses are 'bizarre,' but effects are important

“The truth is that it’s largely a kind of symbolic event,” Franklin & Marshall College government professor Stephen Medvic said of the Iowa caucuses.

WITF: Smart Talk: Researcher explains bee decline

Dr. Eric Lonsdorf, co-publisher of the wild bee study and Franklin and Marshall professor of ecology appears on Wednesday's Smart Talk to discuss why wild bees are important, why they're disappearing and how farmers and homeowners can help combat the population decline and destruction of wild bee habitats. 

2/2/16

Forbes: Four Classes That Show The Value Of The Liberal Arts America’s strength as a democracy and its competitiveness in a global knowledge economy demand that more students receive an outstanding college education. This is a crucial national goal. Most proposals to achieve it, however, emphasize scale rather than quality. F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield's column.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Bringing medieval works to the digital world

Seven other schools - Bryn Mawr, Franklin and Marshall, Haverford, Swarthmore, Temple, the University of Delaware, and Villanova - are contributing their works. The Chemical Heritage Foundation, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Rosenbach Museum and Library also are participating. They are part of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries, which received the grant.

2/1/16

LNP: Gov. Wolf launches 'It's On Us PA' campaign against sexual violence

More than 40 colleges, universities and school districts (including the Lancaster and Elizabethtown districts) have already taken the "It's On Us PA" pledge, Gov. Wolf said, and he was joined Friday by the leaders of many of them. Franklin & Marshall College President Dan Porterfield, who was part of the group, said he was impressed by the turnout.

LNP Editorial: ‘It’s On Us PA’ welcome step in fight against sexual assault

On Friday, Pennsylvania became the first state in the country to launch an “It’s On Us” campaign. The movement was unveiled by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in 2014 to encourage schools and colleges to engage everyone in the fight against sexual assault. Gov. Tom Wolf appeared Friday at Elizabethtown College. (Editorial notes F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield and the College are part of the initiative.)

More coverage of the F&M Poll:

Allentown Morning Call: As race gets underway, Democratic U.S. Senate candidates try to stand apart

Reading Eagle: The Rundown: Hemp measure advances; Gov. Tom Wolf's support dropping, poll finds

(Wilkes-Barre) Citizens Voice Editorial: Total failure in Harrisburg

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Gun poll shows support for background checks in Pa.

Philly Voice: Poll: Sanders shortens gap in Pennsylvania, but Clinton still far ahead

WITF: Pa. moves to improve training for identifying child abuse

New and enhanced training will be taking place in Pennsylvania aimed at better spotting the signs of child abuse. Alliance President and CEO Angela Little says a recent survey from Franklin and Marshall College's in Lancaster shows this issue needs to be taken more seriously in Pennsylvania. (Story cites survey from F&M's Floyd Institute's Center for Opinion Research)

White House Press Release, Jan. 29, 2016: President Obama nominates R. David Harden, F&M alum, Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, United States Agency for International Development 

1/29/16

LNP: Local colleges' endowment earnings mirror national downturn

The endowments at Elizabethtown College and Lebanon Valley College grew in fiscal 2015, while that of Franklin & Marshall College declined slightly, according to a national report released this week.

More stories on F&M Poll reported today. Here are two samples:

Allentown Morning Call: New poll shows Clinton, Trump lead among Pa. voters

Politico does a round up on national polls, F&M Poll included.

1/26/16

WITF Radio: Smart Talk: Which state issues are most important to you?

On Monday's Smart Talk, we talked with you and many others about the national issues that you felt were most important right now. On Tuesday's program, we'll do the same with issues facing Pennsylvania and Pennsylvanians. Joining us are WITF's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson and political analyst and pollster Dr. G. Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College. 

1/20/16

LNP: CRISPR expert (a McCaskey graduate) to talk science and gene editing at F&M

Dr. Sam Sternberg, a genome editing researcher, will return to his hometown this week and give two talks at Franklin & Marshall College. Sternberg’s a graduate of McCaskey High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Columbia University and his doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Budget battle dominated Tom Wolf’s first year in office

Exactly a year ago, his hand on a mid-19th century family Bible, on another cold January day, Gov. Tom Wolf took the oath of office, pledging jobs that pay, schools that teach and a government that works. Now, Mr. Wolf is mired in a months-long standoff with the Legislature, more than halfway through a fiscal year that started July 1 and still without a completed spending plan. F&M Professor Terry Madonna is featured.

The Legal Intelligencer: With Kane Planning Run, Race for Attorney General Takes Shape

As the field of candidates vying to become Pennsylvania's next attorney general rounds into form, one significant question remains: Will Kathleen Kane, the current officeholder facing criminal charges, five civil suits, a suspended law license and a Senate investigation, put forth a re-election campaign? Madonna is featured.

1/19/16

Forbes: As We Remember Dr. King, Students Show the Power of Pro-Speech Protest
F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield reflects upon how Dr. King would view today's student-led discussions about equity, discrimination, inclusiveness and social justice on college campuses.

WITF: Smart Talk: Researcher Explains Bee Decline
Eric Lonsdorf, research associate in biology at F&M, appears on Tuesday's Smart Talk to discuss why wild bees are important, why they're disappearing, and how farmers and homeowners can help combat the population decline and destruction of wild bee habitats.

Pennlive.com: Gov. Wolf at One Year
A story about Gov. Tom Wolf's first year in office includes analysis from F&M's Terry Madonna, who calls Wolf's approach to governing "bold and vigorous."
 

1/18/16

Quotes from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 speech in Lancaster

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Franklin & Marshall College on Thursday evening, Dec. 12, 1963, less than three weeks after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Newspaper accounts said King spoke for 45 minutes without notes. 

Scranton Times Tribune: State budget stalemate joining epic battles

The continuing state budget stalemate invites comparisons to earlier dogfights between governors and lawmakers during the course of Pennsylvania’s history. F&M Professor Terry Madonna is featured. 

Smart Talk: 2016 presidential race to go to next level

F&M's Madonna is featured as one of the speakers. Franklin and Marshall College Political Analyst Dr. G. Terry Madonna joins the WITF program on Monday, Jan. 18 to talk about where the race is headed.

1/15/16

Duke's Krzyzewski tells LNP F&M's Glenn Robinson a 'tremendous role model'

Mike Krzyzewski, the legendary Duke University men’s basketball boss, took time Thursday in an email to LNP to recognize the career achievements of Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball head coach Glenn Robinson, who last weekend joined Krzyzewski, Herb Magee and Bob Knight as the only members of a most exclusive club – 900 or more NCAA victories. “Surpassing 900 victories is an incredible accomplishment for any coach and beyond the tangible wins … He has served as a tremendous role model for our profession as his players consistently achieve not only on the basketball court, but in the classroom and community as well. He certainly means a lot to basketball in the state of Pennsylvania and beyond.”

Allentown Morning Call: Kathleen Kane's law license suspension appeal moving through court

Kathleen Kane's fight to get her suspended law license back and possibly keep her job as state attorney general is moving through the court system. F&M's Terry Madonna is quoted.

1/14/16

Lancaster Online: Franklin & Marshall starts term with focus on diversity, inclusion

Franklin & Marshall College is moving full speed ahead with its diversity and inclusion efforts, college President Dan Porterfield said in a speech Tuesday to the assembled campus community. The college has launched a review of its policies on harassment and abuse. Faculty members are taking workshops on inclusive practices in teaching.

Lancaster Online: F&M professor, local farmer contribute to efforts to restore pollinator habitats

A local researcher and farmer are at the forefront of efforts to understand and reverse sharp declines in America’s population of wild bees. Eric Lonsdorf, a professor of biology at Franklin & Marshall College, is documenting the problem. Last week, he and several co-authors published what is believed to be the first comprehensive national assessment of U.S. bee populations and habitat. 

1/13/16

Vermont Mountain News: Wild bee decline threatens U.S. crop production, UVM study finds

The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they’re disappearing in many of the country’s most important farmlands — including California’s Central Valley, the Midwest’s corn belt and the Mississippi River valley. F&M is part of this project.

1/12/16

Moody's affirms F&M's PA A1 rev. bonds; outlook stable 

Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the A1 rating on Franklin & Marshall College's (F&M) revenue bonds. The A1 rating reflects the college's sizeable financial reserves, ample liquidity, and selective market profile. These strengths are tempered by a highly competitive student market, heavy dependence on student charges, and rising discount rate. In addition, strategic investments in financial aid, facilities, and personnel have strained operating margins.

Forbes: Renewing the Ideal of the Scholar-Athlete

In his latest column, President Daniel R. Porterfield writes, "the ideal of the scholar-athlete is slipping away among too many Division I schools—not surprising in an era of massive television contracts, arms races for top coaches, and relentless training, practice, and game schedules. The vast cheating scandal recently revealed at the University of North Carolina is just one example of an athletics culture that has sacrificed academic and amateur values on the altar of visibility, money, and victories."

1/11/16

ESPN: Glenn Robinson picks up 900th career win

F&M's Glenn Robinson has joined Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Philadelphia's Herb Magee and former Indiana coach Bob Knight as the only four men's basketball coaches with 900 career wins.

LPN: Former F&M Tackle on Ballot for College Football Hall of Fame

Philadelphia Inquirer: Colleges can take steps to reduce student debt

President Daniel R. Porterfield offered another view in this op-ed: "that some colleges have made it an educational, strategic, and financial priority to buck the student debt trend. Families should hear that story, too."

Reading Eagle: Making Sense of Political Surveys

Political pundits, anxious candidates and party leaders are starting to gauge who will come out on top in the 2016 race for president. That means that voters are starting to get inundated with polling data. F&M's Terry Madonna is featured.

Pittsburg Post-Gazette: Where are the millenials in Pa. Legislature?

Sit in the gallery of the state Senate or House in Harrisburg and you might notice something beyond the spectacular murals, stained glass windows and marble walls. There are a lot of gray-haired legislators on the floor in both chambers.  F&M's Madonna featured.

Salon: White bro reading: Yes, I’m reading men and women equally — but they’re still mostly white

Erik Anderson, director of F&M's Emerging Writers Festival, pens an essay: "We need more than a VIDA-style count for writers of color—we need to confront the implicit whiteness of Literature."

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