F&M in the News 2018


LNP: Former St. Joseph Hospital's closing creates uncertain future for employees, property 

But don’t expect a college near the UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster hospital to follow in Stevens’ footsteps and jump at the chance to expand into the hospital building.
“As of now, we have no plans to play a role in its future use,” said Peter Durantine, a spokesman for Franklin & Marshall College.

HV1: Learn how the Hudson River gave birth to the modern American environmental movement

In what amounts to a history of environmental consciousness in America and the birth of the modern conservationist movement, David Schuyler’s exhaustively researched  Embattled River: The Hudson and Modern American Environmentalism (Cornell University Press) positions the Hudson at the very center of the storm.

NBC News: Scientists are blowing up big batches of homemade lava. Here's why.

“We do very well at predicting things like tornadoes, but if we knew the degree of danger for explosive reactions between magma and water, we could give warning to folks who work in the area or live close by a particular volcano,” said Stanley Mertzman, a geologist at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who was not part of the new research.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Transitions: New President Selected at Wagner College, U. of Texas at San Antonio Names New Technology Chief

Joel W. Martin, provost and dean of the faculty at Franklin and Marshall College, will become president of Wagner College on July 1. He will succeed Richard Guarasci, who plans to retire after having been at the helm since 2002.


PennLive: The French Yellow Vests: How a social movement became a state crisis 

Essay from F&M Professor Maria Mitchell who is living in Paris this year: We were not the only ones taking pictures in the 8th arrondissement Sunday morning, Dec. 2, after the third Yellow Vest Saturday national protests injured more than 100 in Paris, resulted in more than 400 arrests, and produced scenes of havoc and violence reminiscent of civil war.

Staten Island Advance: Wagner College names long-time educator as new president 

Joel W. Martin, provost and dean of faculty at Pennsylvania’s Franklin and Marshall College, has been selected as the new president of Wagner College. Martin will begin his tenure as the 19th president of the school on July 1, 2019. 


Scientific American: The Foreigners at Your Thanksgiving Table

Essay written by Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Tom Hart: The foreigners are here. They’re in our supermarkets. They’re in our schools. They may even be in the room with you right now (cue dramatic music). I’m not talking about the hardworking migrant workers who toil long hours to collect the food we eat (and who deserve our support, kindness and respect). The foreigners in this case are the food we eat.

CQ Researcher: Turmoil in Central America 

Stephanie McNulty, a Latin American specialist at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., agrees that the continued demand for drugs in the United States is obstructing efforts to eradicate corruption in the Northern Triangle. In addition, many U.S. businesses rely on a continued supply of cheap, undocumented migrant labor. Such issues would need to be tackled, along with corruption, before significant improvement can occur in the economies of the Northern Triangle, she says.

LNP: F&M students light 9-foot menorah on first night of Hanukkah

Drive around Franklin & Marshall College’s campus, and you can’t miss the 9-foot-tall menorah at the edge of a Race Avenue lawn. College senior Connor Protter had the honor of lighting the first candle Sunday to mark the start of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Live Science: How Butt Gas, Drugs and Amazing Memories Led to This Weird Turtle Photo

Most of the other turtles had moved on already toward their winter homes, and this one was deeply buried, showing no sign of emerging. Perhaps she'd gone already, managing to leave her transmitter behind. But then the earth stirred, and, writhing, she emerged. Timothy Roth, a professor of psychology at Franklin and Marshall college snapped the picture.

The Daily Item: High tide for Republicans in Pennsylvania?

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: From the Civil War until the mid-20th century, Republicans dominated Pennsylvania politics, gradually giving way to a shared power two-party system by mid-20th century. But by the early 21st century Republicans had reestablished control over state politics, coming to control the state legislature by overwhelming numbers as well as the state’s congressional delegation.


The Highlands Current: 5 Questions: David Schuyler

David Schuyler, a Newburgh native and professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is the author of Embattled River: The Hudson and Modern American Environmentalism.


The Tribune-Democrat: Much remains unsettled after Election Day

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: Elections have consequences. But sometimes those consequences are neither clear nor obvious. Last week’s was such an election. As widely anticipated, state Democrats played a pivotal role in national results helping win control of the federal House of Representatives.

Campus Reform: College library: Thanksgiving a '#NationalDayofMourning'

The toolkit includes a link to a 2016 blog post titled, “Ten Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving about Social and Environmental Justice” by Franklin & Marshall College Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Eve Bratman.

“I want to make this Thanksgiving more deeply anti-racist, ecologically rooted, and anti-imperialist,” the professor asserts in the post. “Repeating the holiday with no acknowledgment of the intolerance in its history feels delusional at best, if not actively perpetuating oppression.”

LNP: First Amendment will be tested by CNN's suit to reinstate Jim Acosta, media experts predict 

“Anyone who cares about the First Amendment would not want to give the White House that power.” Elspeth Wilson, an assistant professor of government at Franklin & Marshall College, agreed this “is clearly an issue of the freedom of the press.”


LNP: Voters passionate, cross party lines, as polls open in key election around Lancaster County 

Voters were not only passionate, they, at times were in literal pain. At Lancaster City's polling place at St. Peter's UCC Church, a Franklin & Marshall College professor 10 hours into labor came in with a entourage of helpers - just in case- to cast her vote. And she walked there.

Politico: These 11 places could seal Trump’s midterm fate

As far as Pennsylvania statewide elections go, a recent Franklin & Marshall poll shows Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey swamping their Republican opponents in the Southeast.

The Washington Post: Why Nov. 9 is the most important day in German history

Essay written by Associate Professor of German Jennifer Redmann: For America and its allies, Nov. 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. Events across Europe and around the world will commemorate this solemn day. In Germany, however, the importance of Nov. 11 is overshadowed by a date two days earlier: Nov. 9, 1918, when a widespread anti-government revolution reached Berlin, forcing Kaiser Wilhelm II to abdicate his throne and go into exile.

LNP: WWI ended 100 years ago; Here's how Christianity, religion played a role in The Great War 

“From countries with established churches, such as in Britain or Russia, to officially secular states like France, religious officials and believers in every country portrayed the war as a spiritual mission or holy war on behalf of an innocent and invaded people,” said Maria Mitchell, professor of history at Franklin & Marshall College, who teaches and writes about religion and conflict.

LNP: F&M publicly launches $200M 'Now to Next' campaign

Franklin & Marshall College has raised $131 million as part of an ambitious campaign to expand aid and programming for students, invest more in faculty research and finish construction of a visual arts center. The “Now to Next” campaign, quietly launched in July 2014, aims to bring in $200 million by 2022. More than 17,500 donors including alumni, parents, faculty and staff, businesses and organizations have contributed so far, said Greg Wright, the acting vice president of communications.


Dr. Barbara K. Altmann, President of Franklin & Marshall College, shared stories from her many years as both a friend and colleague of President Bronet. “In her physical being, lightning-quick intelligence, in her multiple competencies, Frances represents for me the notion of embodied leadership,” she said. “She brings total authenticity and focus to the job at hand, which in this case, here at Pratt, is nothing less than all the challenges she loves best.”


witf: F&M Poll: Likely voters favor Wolf, Casey days before midterms

Gov. Tom Wolf has increased his lead over Republican challenger Scott Wagner in the latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll. The poll shows Wolf with a 26-point edge, 59 to 33 percent, over Wagner among likely voters. Wolf has held a big lead in fundraising and thus TV advertising throughout the campaign.

philly.com: Trump wanted a referendum, and new poll suggests he’s losing it in Pa.

A new Franklin and Marshall College poll being released Thursday shows that referendum is well underway in Pennsylvania — and the verdict appears damning for Trump and Republican nominees closely linked to the controversial president.

bctv: Politically Uncorrected: A Better Crystal Ball

Article co−authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future” is one of Yogi Berra’s best-known quotes. It’s succinct, witty and captures a universal truth, universally ignored in an age of pollsters, pundits and other would be prognosticators willing to share their crystal balls with us. No one knows the future – no one.

KITV: Pollsters expect accurate midterm polls following flawed 2016 projections

“It wasn’t socially acceptable (to support Trump) at the time and people were reluctant to tell pollsters,” recalls G. Terry Madonna, the director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll in Pennsylvania. “So, that context is very important.” The final F&M poll – which is the longest-running Pennsylvania statewide poll exclusively directed and produced in the state, according the college’s website – had Clinton leading the Keystone State by 11 points just days ahead of the election. In the end, Trump claimed a less-than one-point victory in Pennsylvania, what would essentially be the state that won him the presidency.

WGAL: Latest poll shows motivated voters for midterms

The midterm elections are nearly here and we have the results of the latest WGAL News 8 Franklin and Marshall College poll. Watch Matt Barcaro's report above to see part of what the poll is revealing about voter motivation in 2018.

KDKA NewsRadio: A Look at the Midterm Election Polls

Director for the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College Terry Madonna joined Robert Mangino to talk about a new poll done by Franklin and Marshall College that shows Republicans are now just as interested as Democrats in next week’s midterm elections.  Terry Madonna tells Mangino that we are going to see one of the largest turn outs in a midterm election that we’ve seen in modern history, in our state and around the country, all motivated by President Trump.

LNP: Local rabbi recalls growing up in Squirrel Hill 
Green, who heads Rohr Chabad at Franklin & Marshall College, was shocked when he heard about the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue. “I am mourning for the victims and their families,” he wrote in a Facebook post, “and I grieve for the Pittsburgh community, once known as a ‘safe city,’ a place where this kind of thing just didn't happen.”

The Japan Times: Anti-Semitic and political violence rattle run-up to U.S. midterm elections as Trump stays toxic course

The violence “won’t move the needle either way,” said professor G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, in Pennsylvania. “My sense is that those events will have a reinforcing effect, not a transforming one.”

The Atlantic: In Pennsylvania, One Democrat’s Message: ‘Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump’

In the words of the veteran nonpartisan Pennsylvania analyst Terry Madonna, the director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College: “We’re in uncharted territory, with the most wild and woolly congressional elections”—not simply because Trump has rewritten the rules of engagement, or because the polls have been so volatile (in the First District, Wallace and Fitzpatrick have traded leads), but because, in Pennsylvania, the entire congressional map has been overhauled to the Democrats’ benefit.

U.S. News & World Report: Democrats' Road to Controlling U.S. House Runs Through Pennsylvania

A Franklin & Marshall College survey of likely Pennsylvania voters conducted Oct. 22-28 found that 52 percent preferred Democratic House candidates. Two out of three viewed that choice as a vote against Trump, who has a 36 percent approval rate in the state.


The Kingstree News: Does Mommy still clean up after you?

There are many reasons given for littering.  In his study, “Hindering Harm and Preserving Purity: How Can Moral Psychology Save the Planet?” Joshua Rottman Assistant professor, Department of Psychology at Franklin & Marshall College, stated, “It seems the reason people litter is not because they think it’s okay but it’s because they think it’s the easy thing to do. It’s a moral hypocrisy. People think it’s wrong, but they do it because it’s easy.”

Herald-Tribune: Red tide forum highlights need for best management practices

Ron Musselman, a professor emeritus at Franklin & Marshall College, characterized it as an “ocean physics problem” that is not significantly impacted by pollution runoff.

Instead, he noted that in an algae bloom the organism splits every three days and is influenced by the complex eddy flow of the Gulf of Mexico.

“The bloom is almost an explosion,” said Musselman, whose presentation detailed how the currents impact the movement of red tide and other algae.

LNP: Franklin & Marshall College formally inaugurates Barbara Altmann as president 

Franklin & Marshall College must continue to make the case that the education it provides “is exactly what each successive generation of leaders needs to be those learned people who can wisely rule the world,” its new president told the audience at her installation Saturday.

A native of Canada and scholar of medieval French language and literature, Barbara Altmann is F&M’s first female president. She began her duties in August.


The Hill: Should we retire the ‘wave' election moniker?

Article written by the Director of the Center for Opinion Research at F&M Professor Berwood Yost: Will a “blue wave” in the 2018 mid-terms return Democrats to a position of policymaking relevance, or will the Republican’s structural advantages granted by re-apportionment act as an effective seawall to keep the Republican majority in our legislative bodies?  With less than a month remaining, no question seems more important or more disputed.

Forbes: Two Things College Leaders Can Do To Restore Confidence In Higher Education

It takes institutional courage to quit the ratings rat-race and replace merit awards, which go disproportionately to middle or upper-class students, with need-based aid that enables poor students to attend college. Franklin and Marshall College summoned that courage, when it ended almost all merit scholarships, redirecting those funds to students in financial need. The results? The percentage of Pell recipients more than doubled, overall enrollment held steady, and for those who care, Franklin and Marshall continues to fare well in national ratings. More colleges need to follow its lead.

WPSU Penn State: Terry Madonna On What He's Keeping His Eye On In The 2018 Election

The possibility of higher than average voter turnout for a midterm, an increase in the number of women representing Pennsylvania and a match-up of two incumbents running for the same seat are some of the topics WPSU talks about with Terry Madonna leading in to the 2018 election. Madonna directs the Franklin and Marshall College Poll.


Broadway World: BWW Feature: THE 24 HOURS PLAYS: LANCASTER at Creative Works Of Lancaster

Sponsored by Creative Works of Lancaster, this year's plays were performed for the public at the end of the 24 hour creation process on Saturday, October 6 at 7pm at the Green Room Theater on College Avenue at Franklin and Marshall College.

The New York Times: Republican Candidate in Pennsylvania Threatens to ‘Stomp All Over’ Opponent’s Face

Polls suggest that Mr. Wagner, a state senator, may have trouble throwing Mr. Wolf out of office. A poll released last month by Franklin & Marshall College showed him trailing the incumbent by 22 points, 30 percent to 52 percent, among likely voters, with 17 percent of voters undecided. Fifty percent of respondents said Mr. Wolf was doing an “excellent” or “good” job as governor.

CBS News: GOP Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate says he'll "stomp" on opponent's face with golf spikes

Polling has shown Wolf to be significantly ahead of Wagner. A Franklin and Marshall College Poll from September showed Wolf 22 points ahead of Wagner. The Cook Political Report has rated the race as "Likely Democrat."

The Washington Post: Trump rallies supporters in Pennsylvania as Hurricane Michael makes landfall

“Casey has run five times statewide for three separate offices in the past 15 years, winning all in a landslide. He is a formidable opponent,” G. Terry Madonna, a veteran nonpartisan analyst and professor of public affairs at Franklin & Marshall College, and political analyst Michael Young wrote this week. “Barletta has found himself caught in a perfect storm: a confluence of hostile political winds relentlessly battering his campaign.”

The Washington Post: In Trump country, Republican candidates this year fall flat

Pollsters do not rule out Trump repeating that success in 2020, especially if the economy remains strong. “He could certainly do what Obama did,” said Berwood Yost, the polling director at Franklin and Marshall College, which tracks Pennsylvania voters. “Trump’s approval rating in our state is about the same place Obama’s was in 2010.”


Forbes: Meet The Woman Making Game-Changing Medicine A Reality

Interview with Trustee and Alum Dr. Joan Fallon ‘79: If the field of medicine had a Nancy Drew super sleuth, it would be Dr. Joan Fallon. Fallon is the CEO and Founder of Curemark, a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies to treat serious diseases such as Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s Disease, addiction and most specifically Autism.

LNP: Land of the Lost: ancient animals of Lancaster County

“If you really want to find a lot of dinosaurs, go to Utah,” says Roger Thomas, a former professor of geosciences at Franklin & Marshall College. “On the other hand, it’s always worth having some energy expended on looking into places where they are less common. If there was one here that was found in the 19th century, there’s another one out there in those rocks somewhere.”


Michael Billig, professor of anthropology at Franklin & Marshall College, credits this to Americans seeing the Amish as a symbol of something idyllic that they’ve lost and wish they still had. The Amish, he said, care about this image not only for the sake of reputation but also for economic reasons. In Pennsylvania, a large tourism industry relies on the Amish - and the Amish increasingly rely on this industry as their main source of income, Billig said.


Inside Higher Ed: The Power of Academic Friendship

Jeffrey Nesteruk, professor of legal studies at Franklin & Marshall College, observed at the Teagle gathering that the time is right for faculty members to push the boundaries of traditional teaching: business needs to be more reflective, thoughtful and just, and the liberal arts need to be more engaged, collaborative and cross-disciplinary. Reframing interdisciplinary collaboration as opportunities for “academic friendship” -- getting to know each other’s work as intellectuals -- has inspired creative courses at F&M that pair entrepreneurship and dance, marketing and gender studies, and narrative and sustainable business.

Philly.com: Poll: ‘Blue wave’ may swamp Republican nominees for governor, U.S. Senate in Pa.

Democratic voter enthusiasm could swamp and then sink the Republican campaigns for the U.S. Senate and governor in Pennsylvania, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College Poll. The "blue wave" projected to help the Democratic Party in the midterm general election is being propelled in great part by President Trump's actions and administration, according to G. Terry Madonna, the poll's director.

Philly.com: Trump visits Philly Tuesday to discuss small business jobs at electrical contractor convention

Trump, known for speeches that roam across a range of topics, is likely to delve into the midterm elections during Tuesday's speech. Trump encouraged U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican from Hazleton, to challenge U.S. Sen. Bob Casey's bid for a third term. Casey, a Democrat from Scranton, holds 17-point lead on Barletta among likely voters, according to a Franklin and Marshall College Poll released Thursday.

LNP: F&M poll: Gov. Tom Wolf, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey enjoy solid leads over GOP challengers 

Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey continue to hold solid leads over their Republican challengers, a new Franklin & Marshall College poll of registered voters shows. Contributing to the incumbents’ strong positions is a motivated Democratic base.

The Daily Item: F&M Poll: Wolf, Casey still hold double-digit leads

Incumbents in Pennsylvania's two key races still hold significant leads heading into October according to the latest Franklin & Marshall College poll, released this morning.

The Mercury: Madonna & Young: Why the GOP needs to be worried

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: “What, me worry”! This iconic motto, famously attributed to Mad Magazine’s equally iconic Alfred E. Neuman, might well serve national Republican strategists approaching the end of summer and the impending 2018 midterms.

abc27: New Poll shows Democratic incumbents with big leads heading to Election Day

There are just 40 days left from the November election, and the latest poll from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster sees victories for the state's Democratic incumbents.


bctv: Politically Uncorrected: Lou Barletta’s Perfect Storm

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: Pennsylvania is holding a U.S. Senate race this year (if you hadn’t heard, you are apparently not alone). Congressman Lou Barletta (R) is challenging incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D).

The Washington Post: 71 countries are negotiating a new biodiversity treaty. Here’s what you need to know.

Op-ed co-authored by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Elizabeth De Santo: On Monday, under United Nations auspices, 71 countries debated in the first round of negotiations for a new “international legally binding instrument … on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.”

The Indian Express: Where the Wild Things Are

What makes Padmini Mongia’s story engaging is that it doesn’t try to make a point, it just has a baby looking out until he gets tired. There is drama in the story, sans the ‘melo’ part of it. The book is the first in the collection titled Baby Looking Out (Yoda Press, Rs 350) “These are stories that I wrote over time after having experiences that struck me and which I thought were worth probing,” says Mongia, who teaches literature at Pennsylvania’s Franklin and Marshall College.

U.S. News & World Report: Studying Business, Engineering in College Can Lead to Jobs

At Franklin and Marshall College, a liberal arts institution in Pennsylvania, business is approached more as a cross-disciplinary social science than as a preprofessional major, which helps to develop students' big-picture thinking, says Bryan Stinchfield, associate professor of organization studies and former chair of the school's Business, Organizations and Society department.

BWW Review: Human Race Theatre Company bats a 1000 with World Premiere of BANNED FROM BASEBALL

BANNED FROM BASEBALL, the first play written by Patricia O'Hara, is making its world premiere at the Human Race. Seems fitting to be so close to the original action. O'Hara is not only a writer but also a Professor of English Literature at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she teaches a course titled, not surprisingly, Baseball in American Literature and Culture.


LNP: F&M, Elizabethtown and Millersville land on US News & World Report's 2019 college rankings

Three of the finest higher education institutions in the nation are in Lancaster County, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest college rankings. Millersville University, Elizabethtown College and Franklin & Marshall College were recognized in this year’s report, which was released Monday.

LNP: 4 takeaways from LNP Editorial Board interview with F&M President Barbara Altmann

Franklin & Marshall College has built an upstanding reputation in the 231 years since it was founded. With his mission to recruit more students with high financial need, former college President Daniel Porterfield took that recognition to a new level. Barbara Altmann, who began her presidential duties in August, said she hopes to build on that momentum. She discussed some of the college’s initiatives, among other topics, in an interview Tuesday with the LNP Editorial Board. Here are a few takeaways from the conversation.

Forbes: College Admission Deans Tell Students #WhyApply

As a first-generation college student, my undergraduate education lifted my sights to a new horizon of opportunity and inspired the work that I do each and every day.—Eric Maguire, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at Franklin & Marshall College.

LNP: F&M, Elizabethtown ranked among best colleges in national report; LBC tops 'right choice' category

F&M President Barbara Altmann said the rankings reflect the college’s efforts to provide an education that “is among the best in the country.” Eclipsing the top 100 for the third year in a row was F&M with an overall score of 69.9 out of 100. The 2,283-student private college was ranked 82nd, thanks in part to its high marks in the resources category. Its 22.4 out of 30 was the 62nd best resources score in the nation.

The Conversation: Why Canadians should be paid for blood plasma donation

Article co-authored by Assistant Professor of Philosophy L. Chad Horne:  private corporation called Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) recently opened clinics in the Canadian cities of Saskatoon and Moncton, N.B. At these sites, CPR offers people up to $50 in gift cards for a donation of blood plasma. This has sparked a national debate over the ethics of paying plasma donors.

Nature Chemistry: What tangled webs we weave

Essay written by Professor of Chemistry Edward Fenlon: Knots have been rigorously studied since the 1860s, but only in the past 30 years have they been made in the laboratory in molecular form. Now, the most complex small-molecule examples so far — a composite knot and an isomeric link, each with nine crossings — have been prepared.

Chemical & Engineering News: Chemists tie most complex molecular knot to date

“The work is outstanding. It’s a very exciting development in the field,” says Edward E. Fenlon of Franklin & Marshall College, who works on molecular knots and was not involved in the study.


The Daily Item: Gubernatorial election: So far a non-event

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf is running against Republican challenger Scott Wagner for Pennsylvania governor. With the traditional Labor Day start of the campaign, we feel we should say something interesting about it. The problem is there isn’t much interesting to say so far.

LNP: One month until voter registration closes, Lancaster Democrats have increased ranks while GOP holds 20-point advantage

At the same time as Democrats increased their numbers and Republicans lost some here, the number of Independents also increased by 2,175 between August last year and this year, according to the state data. That’s pretty much a reflection of what’s happening nationally, political analysts like Elizabethtown College professor Kyle Kopko and Franklin & Marshall College professor Stephen Medvic say.


Washington Post: The Democratic Party nominating process just got more democratic. Don’t celebrate yet

F&M’s Stephen Medvic’s essay: Fifty years ago this week, Democrats — and an array of left-wing protesters — descended upon Chicago for the 35th Democratic National Convention. The event is best remembered for violent clashes in the streets between the protesters and the police. But this clash was not just about Vietnam, civil rights and Yippie politics. It was also about how the Democratic Party itself should operate. How the party should operate was again at stake on Saturday when the Democratic National Committee voted to adopt a rule change that will substantially weaken the role of superdelegates in the presidential nomination process. By addressing a “perception about elites influencing the nomination,” Democrats, ironically again in Chicago, reengaged the fight from 1968 over the meaning, function and responsibilities of the party and its members. 

Scientific American: The Battle for Storm King: In celebration of the mountain and river that helped launch the modern environmental movement

F&M’s David Schuyler essay with Paul Gallay: Today, the laws and oversight that resulted from that fight 56 years ago protect and preserve some of the most stunning river highlands and valley in the world. Storm King became a model used nationwide, and led to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the foundation of modern environmental law.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Trump’s unpopularity, Democratic voter enthusiasm drive leads for Wolf, Casey in new Pa. poll

President Trump and political polarization are not on the Nov. 6 general election ballot in Pennsylvania, but a new Franklin and Marshall College Poll shows they factor significantly into the thinking of likely voters.

PennLive: Wolf, Casey still hold double-digit leads over GOP challengers: new F&M poll

It's been a long, hot summer in Pennsylvania politics. The four candidates vying for the governor's office and United States Senate have spent the warmer months trading jab after jab on social media and in the headlines. But not much has changed for them, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll out this Thursday morning.

LNP: F&M poll: Gov. Tom Wolf and Sen. Bob Casey keep almost 20-point leads

Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey are maintaining comfortable 20-point leads over their Republican challengers two months before election day, a new statewide Franklin & Marshall College poll found. And President Donald Trump, meanwhile, is weighing heavily on the minds of both Democratic and Republican voters in Pennsylvania. With a steady 38 percent job approval rating, the president is “an essential motivating force” in the U.S. Senate and House races in the state this fall, according to the poll.

WHYY: Latest survey shows stable leads for Wolf, Casey

A new poll from Franklin and Marshall College has found that for the most part, Pennsylvania’s races for Governor and U.S. Senate remain where they’ve been for many months. F&M pollster Terry Madonna noted to some extent, the survey is actually a little redundant.


Inside Higher Ed: New Presidents or Provosts: Clarion U of Pa., Dartmouth College, Franklin & Marshall College, J. Sargeant Reynolds CC, Loyola U New Orleans, Massasoit CC, Notre Dame de Namur U, St. Thomas U (Fla.), U of Delaware, U of Louisiana-Lafayette, Vincennes U

Barbara K. Altmann, provost and professor of French at Bucknell University, in Pennsylvania, has been named president of Franklin & Marshall College, also in Pennsylvania.

Behind the Curtain Cincinnati: One of the Most Controversial Debates in Sports History Comes to Life in BANNED FROM BASEBALL

Patricia O’Hara (Playwright) is a writer and Professor of English Literature at Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, PA. At Franklin & Marshall she teaches all manner and forms of Nineteenth-Century British Literature, creative writing, and her course that has proven to be perennially popular: Baseball in American Literature and Culture. BANNED FROM BASEBALL is O’Hara’s first play.


Time Magazine: Yes, Congress Faces Obstruction and Gridlock. That's What the Constitution's Framers Intended 

Essay from F&M’s Matthew Schousen: Gridlock and hostility abound, the process is too slow and lawmakers disappoint their constituents by campaigning on specific issues and then compromising on those issues once they reach Capitol Hill. Citizens focus their anger and discontent on politicians, the parties or “the Washington establishment.” But lawmakers aren’t the only ones to blame for this situation. In fact, in some ways, this was what the founders intended. 

The Conversation: What are rare earths, crucial elements in modern technology? 4 questions answered

F&M’s Stanley Mertzman, a geologist whose specialty is X-ray analysis of rocks and minerals to determine their chemical composition, explains more about these little-known and fascinating elements – and the modern electronics they make possible.

LNP: Forces are arrayed against the GOP in November

Article co−authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: “What, me worry?” The iconic credo of Mad magazine’s equally iconic Alfred E. Neuman might well serve national Republican strategists approaching the end of summer and the impending 2018 midterms. The Republican Party has much to worry about. Loss of a single chamber in Congress could cripple the agenda of President Donald Trump; the loss of both chambers will effectively end the Trump presidency.

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Inside Higher Ed: Turning a College President Into a Thought Leader

At the recent College Media Conference, Kevin Burke, vice president for communications at Franklin & Marshall College, outlined the best ways to secure national media placements for your president and faculty. Burke, who helped place 40 op-eds for his president during the last three years, shared his top seven tips for scoring ink, and, in collaboration with him, I’ve summarized the key takeaways from his presentation.

LNP: 7 Franklin & Marshall alumni added to Diplomats' Athletic Hall of Fame

Franklin & Marshall College will induct seven new members into its athletic hall of fame during homecoming weekend on Friday, Oct. 26.

The class is the 37th to be included since the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame was formed in 1969, and it raises the total number of members to 250.


NBC News: Hours after White House warns of new election meddling, Trump again points to 'Russian hoax'

In June, a Franklin and Marshall University survey revealed that only 35 percent of the state’s voters — nearly the same as the 36 percent in northeastern Pennsylvania — said Trump was doing an excellent or good job as president. The statewide figure was up from 30 percent in March — but certainly lower than he would like.

“Trump’s approval has bounced around since he was elected, but overall has been pretty consistent throughout his term,” said Berwood Yost, co-director of the F&M poll.


Inside Higher Ed: New Presidents or Provosts: Clarion U of Pa., Dartmouth College, Franklin & Marshall College, J. Sargeant Reynolds CC, Loyola U New Orleans, Massasoit CC, Notre Dame de Namur U, St. Thomas U (Fla.), U of Delaware, U of Louisiana-Lafayette, Vincennes U

Barbara K. Altmann, provost and professor of French at Bucknell University, in Pennsylvania, has been named president of Franklin & Marshall College, also in Pennsylvania.

Mashable: Yellowstone won't erupt anytime soon, but a debate still rages about the supervolcano

"Both theories involve explaining a feature that formed over the past 15 to 20 million years ago when there was nobody around to take notes or images of what was going on," Stanley Mertzman, a geoscientist at Franklin and Marshall College who had no involvement in the research, said over email.

LNP: Book review: F&M professor examines Hudson River's role in national conservation effort

Schuyler, professor of the humanities and American studies at Franklin & Marshall College and a native of the Hudson River Valley, has spent the past several years examining the history of the environmental movement in his birthplace and nationally. The result is “Embattled River: The Hudson and Modern American Environmentalism.”

PennLive: There's no reason to fear Pakistan's new prime minister | Opinion

Article written by Associate Professor of Religious Studies SherAli Tareen: The lead-up to philanthropist turned politician Imran Khan's election as Pakistan's new Prime Minister generated copious alarming prognostications across international media. These vilifying accounts must be taken with a grain of salt. Rest assured, the sky is not falling in Pakistan. To the contrary, Khan's decisive victory represents a monumental moment in the country's checkered history.


The Chronicle of Higher Education: Field Sites Are Harassment Hell. Here’s How to Improve Them.

Paul G. Harnik, an assistant professor of geosciences at Franklin & Marshall College, says that when he created a code of conduct for trips he took with students he looked to a sexual-harassment guide used at field stations of the University of California at Irvine as a model. He wanted to be sure that his students had multiple ways to report an incident in case they didn’t feel comfortable going to him with a problem.

Business Insider: Why the Thai cave rescue captivated the world

"This sets the framework for what we expect from a great story," says Roscoe Scarborough, a sociologist at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania who studies first responders and reality television.

LNP: Looking back at the other consequential abortion case

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: Roe v. Wade is perhaps the seminal court case of our era. Certainly no U.S. Supreme Court case has been cited more often in the acrimonious debate over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the nation’s highest court. But a second critical court decision — less remembered today, but no less important — was Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey. Its history and background are as relevant today as they were in 1992 when the case was resolved by the Supreme Court. Roe made abortion a right; Casey defined the limits that states could impose on that right.


The Washington Post: A Thai cave, an extraordinary tale and a captivated world

That’s what we got Tuesday out of northern Thailand — a satisfying, all-tied-up-in-a-bow Hollywood ending, the kind that would make a reality-TV producer salivate.

“This sets the framework for what we expect from a great story,” says Roscoe Scarborough, a sociologist at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania who studies first responders and reality television.

The New York Times: A Thai Cave, an Extraordinary Tale and a Captivated World

"This sets the framework for what we expect from a great story," says Roscoe Scarborough, a sociologist at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania who studies first responders and reality television.

"Any action movie follows this script. Thinking they're dead but they're alive. A race against time and the odds to get them out," says Scarborough, who is also a firefighter. "It's a cultural product that we understand. But this is a real-life version."

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: BARBARA K. ALTMANN

BARBARA K. ALTMANN has been named the 16th president of Franklin & Marshall College, effective August 2018. Altmann currently serves as provost at Bucknell University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta and a doctorate from the University of Toronto.

Politico Magazine: Putin Has Already Won

Article written by Trustee and Alum Evelyn Farkas ’89: President Donald Trump’s long-awaited summit with Vladimir Putin hasn’t even happened yet — and the Kremlin strongman has already pocketed a win.

Time: How Trump Could Actually Make the Summit with Putin a Success

Article written by Trustee and Alum Evelyn Farkas ’89: Despite the best interests of the United States, our allies and the international order, President Trump will meet with Vladimir Putin on July 16. Given the president’s unwarranted and inexplicable praise for Putin and his approach at the summit with Kim Jong Un, we can expect him to attempt a charm offensive. 

LNP: Local experts assess President Trump's brash performance in Europe

Maria Mitchell, a professor of European history at Franklin & Marshall College, went further, asserting that Trump's performance “only confirmed that the U.S. is no longer a reliable partner.”

Mitchell said Trump accomplished nothing beyond confirming an Obama-era agreement that member nations pay 2 percent of GDP by 2024.

The Times−Tribune: Legislators ignore broad support for gun control

Article co−authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: America has endured at least 154 mass shootings this year — from Parkland, Florida, to Annapolis, Maryland. Despite this national carnage nothing has moved the Pennsylvania Legislature to pass even the most innocuous gun control legislation. Why?

Clarksville Online: APSU’s Zone 3 Press publishes Book that earns National Recognition

Erik Anderson, a creative writing professor at Franklin and Marshall College, won the 2015 Zone 3 Press Nonfiction Book award with his collection, “Flutter Point.” The press published the book in 2017, and the collection quickly earned praise from critics and authors around the country.


NY Times: Where American Politics Can Still Work: From the Bottom Up

Also in the early 2000s, farsighted community leaders at Franklin & Marshall, the dominant local university, and Lancaster General Hospital, the town’s biggest employer, decided to get together to redevelop the street that connected them, creating a new urban hub of restaurants, entertainment and housing called the “James Street Improvement District” (which later grew into the Lancaster City Alliance to work on improvements all across the city).

LNP: Free wooden birdhouses to 100-plus homes part of SoWe neighborhood revitalization plan

Funding was secured from Fulton Bank’s Fulton Mortgage Company, and wood birdhouses were handmade by Habitat volunteers led by Roger Huggard.

Habitat turned to Dan Ardia, a biology professor at Franklin & Marshall College, for advice on what specific birds people typically see in Lancaster’s urban neighborhoods.

“He actually (found appropriate birdhouse) plans and forwarded them on to us,” says Amy Balestier, the local Habitat’s director of communications.

PoliticsPA: Politically Uncorrected: A Pennsylvania Paradox

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: America has endured 154 mass shootings so far this year – from Parkland Florida to Annapolis Maryland. Despite this national carnage nothing so far has moved the Pennsylvania state legislature to pass even the most innocuous gun control legislation.



LNP: Poetry program helps Lancaster students express themselves

Kerry Sherin Wright, the director of Poetry Paths, remembers that her fifth-grade teacher took the time to teach her about poetry. Since then, poetry has played an instrumental role in her life.

“My poems were not brilliant; that kind of didn’t matter,” says Wright, director of the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House at Franklin & Marshall College. “Being introduced to any type of creative writing when you’re younger teaches you that it’s something you can do, too.”

Odessa American: Mary Schapiro Elected to Morgan Stanley Board of Directors

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) today announced that Mary Schapiro has been elected to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2018. Ms. Schapiro, 63, is Vice Chair of Promontory Advisory Board, part of Promontory Financial Group. Prior to this, she served as the first Chairwoman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Middlebury Campus: Doug Adams Resigns as Associate Dean of Students

Doug Adams resigned his position as associate dean of students to serve as dean of students at Franklin & Marshall College.

Mashable: Something much weirder than a ‘supervolcano’ is brewing under New England

"The one thing you can be absolutely sure of — nothing is going to happen on the surface of New England involving volcanic activity in your lifetime or that of countless generations to come given its current geological situation," Stanley Mertzman, a volcanologist at Franklin and Marshall College who had no involvement with the study, said via email.

LNP: Who's News: Lancaster County hirings and promotions

Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning has elected Samantha Eck and Jonas Kennedy to its board of directors. Eck is corporate communications coordinator at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. Kennedy is director of enterprise systems and web services at Franklin & Marshall College.

Keystone Business News: Graduates earn 575 degrees from Franklin and Marshall College

About 25.4 percent of the 575 degrees and certificates handed out by the Franklin and Marshall College in 2016-17 were to students in Social Sciences programs, making them the most popular programs that year, according to the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education.


The Atlantic: The Terrible Stereotypes of Mother’s and Father’s Day Cards

Article highlighting research done by Professor of Sociology Carol Auster and her daughter, Lisa Auster-Gusssman: A more scientific study of  the themes of Mother’s and Father’s Day cards  looked at a batch in 2010. The researchers, Carol Auster and Lisa Auster-Gussman (who, fittingly, are mother and daughter) came to this conclusion: “Ritualized holidays tend to support the status quo, and traditional ideologies of motherhood and fatherhood,” of mothers as nurturers, and fathers as providing more utilitarian support. “The portrayal of motherhood and fatherhood on the greeting cards is important because these cards may act as agents of socialization, shaping individuals’ perceptions, regardless of whether the cards reflect the reality of parenting,” the study goes on to say.

The Indiana Gazette: It's time to end gerrymandering

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: Gerrymandering has become the buzzword du jour in national politics — as well as a long smoldering policy issue about to convulse the Supreme Court in a possible constitutional crisis. Yet, few realize the ancient and arcane origins of the term — nor how we have gotten to this point.

The Washington Post: The World Cup starts today. It matters as much for politics as for sports.

Essay written by Professor of History Maria D. Mitchell: After years of waiting and anticipation, today — the opening day of the World Cup — is like Christmas morning for soccer fans. The world’s most-watched sporting event, the World Cup attracted more than 3 billion viewers in 2014, and it is sure to draw at least as many this year. It is also sure to draw controversy. 

Mashable: A drone flew over the Fuego volcano's hellish aftermath in Guatemala. Here's what it saw.

The hot avalanches were composed of a torrid mixture of volcanic rocks. 

This included freshly-made golf ball-sized rocks, blob-like lava "bombs" 10 centimeters or larger in diameter, and blocks of mountain literally torn from Fuego's summit, Stanley Mertzman, a volcanologist at Franklin and Marshall College, said over email.

Trib Live: Pennsylvania's primary problem

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: Donald Trump is right. Elections in the United States are fixed.

But he's wrong about how they are fixed, who is doing the fixing and what it is doing to our democracy.

PoliticsPA: F&M poll: Wolf, Casey enjoy wide leads

Gov. Tom Wolf and Sen. Bob Casey share a strong position against GOP challengers with nearly five months left before election day, a newly released Franklin & Marshall College poll shows.

Wolf leads former Sen. Scott Wagner 48 to 29 percent, according to the poll, while Casey leads Rep. Lou Barletta 44 to 27 percent. Both have maintained or extended their leads since March, when Franklin & Marshall conducted a similar poll.

FiveThirtyEight: How Trump’s Popularity Is Holding Up, By State

In Pennsylvania, another key battleground state the Democrats lost in 2016, a new Franklin and Marshall College poll shows Democratic Sen. Bob Casey ahead 44-27 over his challenger, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta. Gov. Tom Wolf, also a Democrat, had a 48-29 lead in his re-election campaign against his Republican opponent, former state Sen. Scott Wagner, according to this survey.

Fox43: Franklin & Marshall poll shows Gov. Wolf leads Wagner by 19% points among registered voters

Franklin & Marshall College Poll, released on Thursday shows that Gov. Tom Wolf leads Scott Wagner, a businessman and former state senator, by 19 percentage points among registered voters.

Wolf garnered 48 percent of support compared to Wagner’s 29 percent.


The Hill: Why we should care about the bottom of the ocean

Elizabeth De Santo’s op-ed: A New Yorker cartoon taped to my office door reminds me not to take the public’s awareness of ocean issues for granted. It depicts a group of ladies having tea in a well-appointed living room, with one saying, “I don’t know why I don’t care about the bottom of the ocean, but I don’t.” It appeared in 1983, the same year the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) opened for signature, and I’ve often wondered whether it was coincidence or commentary.

Time Magazine: 8 of the World’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes, According to Experts

Magma content is one way to assess a particular volcano’s danger level, according to Stanley Mertzman, a geosciences professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. Mertzman says experts will look at the level of silica, a rock-forming compound that affects the thickness of lava and a volcano’s overall shape, according to the USGS. Silica can indicate how dangerous an eruption can be because it tends to crystallize into chains in cooling lava, increasing its viscosity, in turn creating thicker magma that can make a volcano erupt more explosively. “The degree of danger increases dramatically as silica content increases,” Mertzman tells TIME. “The higher the silica content, the greater the viscosity — the magma becomes stickier, thicker, much harder to stir.”

Inside Higher Ed: At One College, 23% of New Students Will Be International

These are supposed to be tough times for recruiting international students. But Franklin & Marshall College is on track to have 23 percent of its new students this fall hail from outside the United States. That's up from 15 percent of those who enrolled in fall 2017, which is by itself a larger share than one would find at many other nearby liberal arts colleges -- last fall's freshman class at Lafayette College was 8 percent international, and at Bucknell University, the figure was 6 percent. 

LNP:CONGREGANT OF THE YEAR: Lynn Brooks honored friend by founding an education series in her name 

She founded the Beth Pomerantz Education Series at the temple, which is devoted to lifelong learning through study of a range of Jewish-related topics.Brooks also reviews the writings and sermons of rabbis Rami Pavolotzky and his wife, Daniela Szuster, whose native language is Spanish. She feels this work is a great gift to her and it has forwarded her own learning further.

Washington Times: Trump could be risking electoral politics in Eagles feud

The president, who disinvited the Super Bowl champions to a White House celebration Tuesday, carried Pennsylvania by less than 45,000 votes in 2016. That’s about two-thirds of the capacity of Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Eagles. “There’s likely to be a political downside for the president,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll and professor of Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. “I do think on balance it probably hurts the president more than it hurts the Eagles, given the huge amount of support base that they have.”

PennLive:35 Pennsylvania colleges with the highest-paid grads. F&M is No. 18

The decision to choose a college education will most likely determine one's earning power throughout a lifetime. The question remains, how best can tuition dollars be spent, and which college will give the greatest return for the investment? F&M is ranked No. 18 at $53,600.

Mashable: Why Guatemala’s volcano erupted in deadly avalanches, but Hawaii’s hasn’t

Pyroclastic flows, it should be noted, are completely different than lava flows. Lava flows are molten rock, often oozing like syrup, whereas pyroclastic flows are a hot mess of exploded magma that has rapidly hardened into a range of particles, from ashy volcanic dirt to large rocks."Most people are asphyxiated — the dust clogs the throat," Stanley Mertzman, a volcanologist at Franklin and Marshall College, said in an interview. "They simply can’t breath anymore."


Philadelphia Inquirer: Franklin & Marshall taps Bucknell provost as new president

Barbara K. Altmann got her education at a large university in Alberta and spent much of her career at the University of Oregon, but saw firsthand through her oldest son the benefits of a small liberal arts college. Now, she’s excited to take the helm of one. Altmann, provost at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, was named the next president of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster on Tuesday. 

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Franklin & Marshall Chooses Its Next Leader

Barbara K. Altmann, provost of Bucknell University, will become president of Franklin & Marshall College in August. 

LNP: Barbara Altmann named as new president of Franklin & Marshall College

Franklin & Marshall College will have a new leader but a familiar focus in the fall, when Barbara K. Altmann takes the reins as its 16th president. Altmann, provost at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, said she is eager to continue what she termed “the national momentum that outgoing President Daniel Porterfield has built for broadening access to college for talented young people from all backgrounds.”

PennLive: Franklin & Marshall College names its next president 

A provost at Bucknell University will soon become the top leader at Franklin & Marshall College. Barbara K. Altmann, current provost of Bucknell University and a scholar of French medieval language and literature, has been named the 16th president of Franklin & Marshall College and will begin her new role in August.

Central Penn Business Journal: F&M Appoints First Woman President

Barbara K. Altmann, a provost at Bucknell University, has been named president of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, the first woman to head the institution in its 231-year history.

The Sunbury Daily Item: Bucknell provost named Franklin & Marshall president 

Barbara K. Altmann, a scholar of French medieval language and literature and current provost of Bucknell University, was named the 16th president of Franklin & Marshall College by unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Altmann will begin her duties in August. 

WITF: F&M College Names First Woman President

Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster has named the first woman president in its 231-year history. Barbara Altmann was confirmed as the college's 16th president by a unanimous vote from the board of trustees. Altmann currently serves as provost of Bucknell University. The scholar of French medieval language and literature is slated to begin her tenure at F&M in August.

The Hill: The Memo: Trade war shadows Trump victory lap on economy

“Why is Trump’s job performance up? Why is the generic ballot question closer? In my opinion, it’s the performance of the economy,” said Terry Madonna, a professor of public affairs and polling expert at Franklin & Marshall College. 

Mashable: The future of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is written in the Big Island’s past

"There's no reason to expect the events of Kilauea will be very much different than those that took place at Mauna Loa," Stanley Mertzman, a geoscientist at Franklin and Marshall College, said in an interview.

LNP: United Way of Lancaster County reduces grants as contributions fall

Berwood Yost, a public opinion researcher at Franklin & Marshall College, has been evaluating the 15 partnerships funded during the three-year cycle that ends this month. He said that compared to when the partnerships formed in 2015, the agencies are more effective at coordinating work and sharing expertise to create a bigger impact. Yost said it’s too early to know if collective impact is making progress toward the “bold goals,” but he supports the shift to collaborative problem-solving. “When you look at things like poverty, the old model wasn’t solving the problem,” he said. “Why would you keep doing more of the same?” 

The Morning Call: Would voting on a Friday increase turnout?

There have been arguments for moving Election Day to Saturday to avoid the common five-day work week, said G. Terry Madonna, pollster and political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College.“Making it a tad more convenient is not the solution,” Madonna said. “What we need to emphasize is the educational relevance and importance of voting.” 


Business Wire: Kaplan Educational Foundation Honors Daniel R. Porterfield for Commitment to Inclusivity and Student Success

The Kaplan Educational Foundation (KEF), which helps disadvantaged minority community college students complete their associate’s degrees and transfer to top U.S. colleges and universities, will present its 2018 Leadership Award to Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., President of Franklin & Marshall College and incoming resident and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

Junkee: Junk Explained: Here’s Why Opinion Polls Aren’t As Important As People Think

This polling company motivation was discussed in great detailed after Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the 2016 US presidential election. In many of the states Trump won, pollsters got their numbers wrong.

One of them, Berwood Yost from Franklin & Marshall College, told Five Thirty Eight that polls try to avoid uncertainty.

“The incentives now favour offering a single number that looks similar to other polls instead of really trying to report on the many possible campaign elements that could affect the outcome,” Yost said. “Certainty is rewarded, it seems.”

witf: Smart Talk

Franklin and Marshall College political analyst Dr. G. Terry Madonna appears on Wednesday's Smart Talk to break down Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary election results and look ahead to the fall campaigns.

LNP: Battle unconscious bias in a comprehensive way

Op-ed written by visiting scholar Dr. Amanda Kemp: I feel sorry for Starbucks. Sort of.

The racism and unconscious bias at play in the recent situation where two black entrepreneurs were arrested while waiting for their business associate is not limited to Starbucks. It’s not limited to the police. It is pervasive in and endemic to American society.

CapeCodToday.com: World Class Cellists to Perform at Benefit for Outer Cape Health Services

Ms. Male is a former member of the Saskatoon Symphony and is well sought after as a chamber music recitalist, having performed in major venues in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. In addition to being an adjunct assistant professor music of cello at Franklin & Marshall College, she teaches at Linden Hall School and is an adjunct professor of cello at Millersville University. Ms. Male performs with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the Newstead Trio with whom she has toured worldwide over the last 17 years. 

PCN: F&M’s Berwood Yost Discusses PA Primary Election 

Pennsylvania Cable Network interviews Franklin & Marshall pollster Berwood Yost about the May primary.

LNP: 'Think about a reckoning': 411 Elizabethtown College students receive diplomas Saturday

Also Saturday, the college conferred three honorary degrees:

— Daniel Porterfield, who is stepping down as president of Franklin & Marshall College to become president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

The Bradford Era: Politically Uncorrected

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: Five takeaways that will still matter in Nov. They call it a primary election for a reason — maybe a couple of reasons. One is its priority. It comes first, preceding the “general” election by about six months. More importantly, primaries separate the wannabes from the winners. Almost anyone can run in a primary but running in a general means you won that primary. That’s why the puny fraction that vote in most primaries have such an outsized influence on our politics. They decide whom we get to vote for in the fall election — and whom we don’t.


Terry Madonna on Hawaii Public Radio 

Nature: How to save the high seas

As for the high seas, just 0.5% is off-limits to commercial exploitation. (Much of this is due to the largest international MPA, in the Ross Sea off Antarctica, which was created by a regional 25-nation council). “As is often the case closer to shore, there’s a serious risk that high-seas MPAs will be sited in areas of low commercial interest,” says Elizabeth De Santo, an environmental-management specialist at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

bctv: Politically Uncorrected: Is it millennial time?

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: An Electoral Millennium

The age of Trump will be remembered for many things. One of them will be the seemingly endless stream of political norms broken or endangered.

LNP: Local colleges reject school-branded 'swag kits' in favor of expanded orientation

Franklin & Marshall College hasn’t picked up the box trend, either.

Students may pick up a few small items if they attend an open house or event for admitted students, says Jason Klinger, F&M’s senior director of creative and brand strategy. But otherwise, he says in an email, the college limits what it sends accepted students to “a traditional admit packet ... a letter of acceptance, financial aid package (if applicable), an invitation to come to campus in the spring and some information about hotels and dining” in Lancaster.

LNP: Love, kindness key to making a difference, Sen. Cory Booker tells Franklin & Marshall graduates

Total of 564 seniors graduated Saturday; final commencement for outgoing F&M president Daniel Porterfield.

The Hill: Booker emphasizes respect in leadership during address to grads

“True power has nothing to do with those heights of attainment that the external world puts value on,” Booker told graduates at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., Saturday morning. “Real power comes from within, from your character, from your heart.”

Fox43: Girls on the Run Inspires Students to be Healthy and Confident

During the school year, GOTR hosts events and practices all leading up to the main event, a 5K that will be held at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster on Saturday May 19th at 9:00AM.

WAMC Northeast Public Radio: President Of Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay To Speak With David Schuyler At Oblong Books

David Schuyler is Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of the Humanities and American Studies at Franklin & Marshall College and is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning "Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists, and the Hudson River Valley, 1820–1909."


LNP: College graduations get underway this weekend; here's a rundown of regional commencements

Franklin & Marshall College: Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. on Hartman Green in the center of campus. Graduation speaker: U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (New Jersey). The event is closed to the general public. 

LNP: Penn Manor alum, F&M assistant coach Emily Eddowes chats lacrosse on "Inspirational Athletes' [podcast]

Since finishing up her playing days two years ago, Eddowes has since joined the collegiate coaching ranks, currently serving as the Franklin & Marshall College women’s lacrosse assistant coach/offensive coordinator.

Eddowes shares her lacrosse journey, the challenges in overcoming two knee injuries, and the transition from player to coach, among other topics.

The Daily Caller: Here’s How Gutless Bureaucrats Are HELPING Antifa Mobs Censor Speech With Threats Of Violence

Op-Ed co-authored by Associate Professor of Marketing Jeffrey Podoshen: Institutions like the private Franklin & Marshall College have adopted (or closely adapted) the Chicago Statement demonstrating a commitment to free speech on campus. In just this past year Franklin & Marshall has hosted talks from very public and very polarizing figures as such Jeffrey Lord and Jasbir Puar without incident. Princeton and Georgetown are other adopters.

EdScoop: Cybersecurity on a small-school budget: Two liberal arts colleges team up to share a CISO

Susquehanna University and Franklin & Marshall College — about 90 miles apart in Pennsylvania — have an uncommon deal with a security pro.

TribLIVE: The Republican governor's race

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: For many, national politics today seems bizarre. Indeed, viewed historically we are living through an abnormal moment, a chronically controversial president, deeply polarized political parties, bitterly divisive issues and an angry, frustrated electorate.


The Delaware County Daily Times: Guest Column: Wagner vs. Mango: Why the GOP race is so ugly

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: For many, national politics today seems bizarre. Indeed, viewed historically we are living through an abnormal moment, a chronically controversial president, deeply polarized political parties, bitterly divisive issues and an angry, frustrated electorate.


The Bradford Era: Is Trump’s Cabinet Really the Worst Ever?

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: The Trump cabinet is receiving a lot of attention lately-most of it bad. The details vary, but much of the unwelcome spotlight focuses on the quality of the cabinet — or lack thereof.  This is the cabinet Trump himself called “by far the highest IQ of any Cabinet ever assembled.” Others, less kind perhaps, have branded it “the worst cabinet in American history.” Individual cabinet members have been proclaimed, “dumb,” “stupid,” “illiterate,” “incompetent,” “moronic,” and panoply of other less than complimentary terms.


Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) will be busy this commencement season. The junior New Jersey senator is set to give commencement speeches at Franklin & Marshall College on May 12 and Kean University on May 17. According to CNN, Booker will also speak at Princeton University’s Class Day on June 4.

witf Smart Talk: Increasing size of PA legislature?/PA businesses optimistic

Franklin and Marshall College pollster and political science professor Berwood Yost argues a smaller legislature would actually be less responsive and maybe not save that much money.  Longtime Philadelphia Daily News columnist John Baer has often been critical of how the General Assembly operates.  Both Yost and Baer appear on Thursday's Smart Talk.

LNP: Entertainment Lancaster April 19-25 Art Calendar

Museum houses several galleries with rotating exhibits. Currently: F&M Senior Student Art and Film Exhibitions. Rothman Gallery and Gibson Gallery. Cont. through April 26 (plus May 11 and 12). “Furnishing Beauty: Vanities of the Dressing Table,’’ with objects and images from the permanent collection. Cont. through April 26. Curator’s talk, Friday at 4 p.m. Nissley Gallery; “Virginia Maksymowicz: Structural Transparencies” Cont. through April 26, Dana Gallery; Tues., Wed. and Fri-Sun. noon-4 p.m.; Thurs. 2-6 p.m. Free. Phillips Museum of Art, Steinman College Center, Franklin & Marshall College, 717-291-3879. fandm.edu/phillipsmuseum.

The Daily Caller: Walmart Declares War On Christian Music

Op-ed written by Associate Professor of Marketing Jeffrey Podoshen: Walmart recently announced that it would not be carrying — in its stores — Christian metal act Stryper’s newest release, “God Damn Evil.” I have listened to this record nearly a hundred times (and reviewed it here) and it is an incredibly well-crafted heavy metal record; quite possibly one of Stryper’s very best over a storied, decades-long career.

Stryper, of course, is an anomaly in the generally heretical and flagitious world of heavy metal.


PennLive: Rating airlines will require a steep curve | Opinion

Article written by Associate Professor of Marketing Jeffrey Podoshen: With the National Airline Quality Ratings set for release on April 9 for domestic airlines, there is sure to be a lot of chatter about which firms rose in the rankings and which took a tumble.

Scientific American: The Public Doesn't Take Flu Seriously Enough

F&M Professor of Government Jen Meyer writes about the 100th anniversary of the 1918 flu pandemic that killed tens of millions of people because there was no flue vaccine and why not enough Americans getting vaccinated.

LNP: CV alum Melissa Gates talks about her journey from swimmer to coach in 'Inspirational Athletes' [podcast]

Conestoga Valley alum Melissa Gates drop on episode No. 74 of the "Inspirational Athletes" podcast. Gates was a standout swimmer for the Buckskins in the mid-2000s before going on to become a three-time NCAA Division II national championship swimmer at California University of Pennsylvania. She also competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic trials, and more recently has spent time in various parts of the country as a swim coach. Now back in her hometown, Gates just came off her second season as the assistant swim coach at Franklin & Marshall College.

bctv.orgPolitically Uncorrected: A Ringside Seat

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: If you like white knuckle, top of the ticket, competitive elections, Pennsylvania is your kind of state.

For decades Pennsylvania has been a battleground in presidential contests. A large state with a huge prize of winner take all electoral votes, the state in modern times has balanced its party allegiances between Republican and Democratic parties. Back to 1948, the GOP has won eight of these contests; the Democrats have won 10.

Cape Cod Times: The psychology of a litterbug

However, most people litter either accidentally or deliberately when they’re not being watched.

“It seems the reason people litter is not because they think it’s OK,” says Joshua Rottman, assistant professor of psychology at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “It’s because they think it’s the easy thing to do. It’s a moral hypocrisy. People think it’s wrong, but they do it because it’s easy.”

LNP: Franklin & Marshall College cuts ties with security group after 'inflammatory' social media posts, misconduct allegation

Franklin & Marshall College has parted ways with a York County-based security company it hired to monitor campus fraternity parties after the firm was accused of misconduct and posting demeaning content on Facebook.

MProtective began working at the college during the 2016-17 academic year to “ensure the safest possible environment when students are socializing,” according to F&M spokesman Kevin Burke.

CNN: Clinton, Tillerson and Gore among politicos giving commencement speeches this year

The junior New Jersey senator will give the commencement speech at Franklin & Marshall College on May 12 and is set to speak on May 17 at Kean University's commencement in Newark, New Jersey.

Concord Monitor: When choosing classes, there’s no one answer

Our selection process, as competitive as it is, relies on finding students who have chosen to continually put their best foot forward, not just in grades, but in course selection as well,” said Kevin Dyer, assistant dean of admission at Franklin & Marshall College.

LNP: A letter to Congressman Smucker from a student

I will start by introducing myself. My name is Mackenzie Blackwell and I am one of your constituents. I am from just outside of Detroit, Michigan, but began my studies at Franklin & Marshall College last fall.

Lancaster has come to be my home. It is where I am both registered to vote and where I have become politically involved. I am an intended government and American studies joint major and I plan on working for the government one day.


Insight Crime: How Ríos Montt Won the War in Guatemala

“Ríos Montt was unique in that, in many ways, he embodied two different eras of Guatemala’s history,” said Michael Deibert, an author and Visiting Scholar at Franklin & Marshall College. “Both the fanatical anti-communism of the 1980s, that saw no great loss in sacrificing innocents en masse to stamp out a fairly meager insurgency, and the pervasive corruption and dishonesty that has typified the political class since the civil war ended in 1996. It is a rather ignoble distinction.”

The Inquirer: Legislatures aren't supposed to be efficient; keep Pa. General Assembly large | Opinion

An op-ed written by Berwood Yost, chief methodologist for the Franklin & Marshall Poll and F&M Professor of Government Matthew Schousen: Should Pennsylvania’s voters be cheered or frustrated that efforts to reduce the size of the state legislature have slowed? Anyone who believes a smaller legislature will reduce costs or become suddenly more responsive and efficient is likely to be among the frustrated; we do not believe a smaller legislature will produce any of those benefits.

LNP: When teaching King's legacy, the whole story matters

Gosse, department chair and associate professor of history at Franklin & Marshall College, works in his courses to counteract what he describes as a sanitized portrayal of King. Other local educators at the high school and college levels share his mission.

Inside Higher Ed: Commencement Speakers Announced: Bryn Mawr, Franklin & Marshall, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Saint Joseph's, Springfield, U of Maryland College Park, U of Montana, U of Southern Indiana, Vassar

Pennsylvania Cable Network: Latino Health Summit 

"Franklin & Marshall College, which, if you've never heard of F&M this place phenomenal and it's right up the street. We've had Franklin & Marshall students working one-on-one with the doctors either Skyping in with the doctors to help them prep for their lessons or being there in person pretending to be simulation patients." -- Dr. Daniel Ian Weber, medical director, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Department of Human Services, talking about Church World Service at April 4 Latino Health Summit in Lancaster.

LNP: Case of a Brazilian boy, genomic medicine and a county clinic

Article written by Kevin A. Strauss, M.D., medical director of the Clinic for Special Children, and adjunct associate research professor at F&M: In February, I saw 4-year-old Davi Silva at the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg. Every six months, Davi and his parents make the 4,800-mile trip from their home near Rio de Janeiro to the clinic, where they are welcomed by doctors, nurses and counselors whom they’ve come to regard as family.

LNP: F&M professor reflects on the 7 years she spent in the Church of Scientology

Sands Hall says she had no agenda when she decided to write a memoir about the decade she spent entwined with the Church of Scientology.

The Franklin & Marshall College professor says she had no desire to bash the controversial organization, which has faced a barrage of criticism from former members in recent years.


Science Daily: Hybrid chickadees found deficient at learning and memory

This discovery is the first time that learning and memory deficiencies have been identified in any hybrid of any species, opening up a new area of inquiry for understanding hybrids' selective disadvantage. The study results appear in the journal Evolution in an article that appears online today by Michael A. McQuillan, Amber M. Rice and Alex V. Huynh of Lehigh University and Timothy C. Roth II of Franklin & Marshall College called: "Hybrid Chickadees are Deficient in Learning and Memory."

The Aspen Institute: To Understand the Rise of Campus Activism, Listen to These Students

Incoming Aspen Institute President Dan Porterfield, who currently serves as the president of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, described the merits of removing barriers within higher education for minority students, DREAMers, and those from low-income households. He said that by targeting a diverse range of students, colleges could benefit from unique and substantial talent.

Archinect: Steven Holl Architects breaks ground on new Winter Visual Arts Center at Franklin & Marshall College

Yesterday, Steven Holl Architects broke ground on Franklin & Marshall College's new $29 million, four level, 35,000 square foot Visual Arts Building. The Susan & Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center, named for the trustees who helped fund the project, will bring a wide range of teaching studios, galleries managed by the Phillips Museum of Art, classrooms, student and faculty work spaces, space for digital and analog film production and editing, and an 84-seat cinema that doubles as lecture hall and performance space.

The Indiana Gazette: An unimpeachable conclusion

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: Impeachment is the nuclear option undergirding the separation of powers framework of American government. An antique vestige borrowed from British tradition, it was incorporated into the American Constitution in 1787 — and migrated from there into most state constitutions. Fundamentally, impeachment in a bicameral legislature is a political indictment voted by the lower house, precipitating a formal trial in the upper house. Possible conviction and removal from office can result.

6abc: Poll: Most Pa. voters strongly favor stricter gun laws

A new Franklin & Marshall College poll shows most registered voters in Pennsylvania strongly favor stricter gun laws.
Of those polled, 86% support enhancing the gun background check system.

The New York Times: How Will the Midterm Elections Play Out? Watch Pennsylvania

G. Terry Madonna, a political scientist at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., said Democrats have the popular wind at their backs. In a poll of Pennsylvania voters he released on Thursday, 53 percent who are “very interested” in the election said they would vote for a Democratic House candidate, against 30 percent who planned to vote Republican. And Mr. Trump’s job approval rating in Pennsylvania is just 30 percent in the new poll.

WHYY: How perceptions about natural gas production, climate change have changed

A new Franklin & Marshall College and StateImpact Pennsylvania poll on climate change and shale gas surveyed 423 Pennsylvanians – all registered voters, equally distributed across the state. The mix of party affiliations – Democrats, Republicans, and independents – matches statewide percentages.

FoxNews: Can Republicans win without Hillary?

A Keystone State survey just out from Franklin and Marshall College reinforces the message of a recent special election in the Pittsburg area. The poll shows that incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Casey Jr. are absolutely demolishing their likely Republican challengers in the fall.

LNP: F&M poll: Voters give Gov. Tom Wolf higher marks as he heads into re-election campaign

Gov. Tom Wolf’s job approval and popularity have surged to their highest levels since he took office in 2015, a new statewide Franklin & Marshall College Poll found.

The findings bolster the first-term Democrat’s position heading into the 2018 election in a state carried by Republican Donald Trump in the presidential race less than two years ago.

CBS Philly: Poll: Pennsylvania Voters’ Support For Gun Control At All-Time High

The latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll shows more Pennsylvania voters support gun control than at any time in the poll’s history.

Franklin and Marshall College Poll Director Terry Madonna says 72 percent of registered Pennsylvania voters believe there should be more general regulation of guns.

The Times-Tribune: Voters back gas drilling, renewable energy

State voters overwhelmingly favor promoting renewable energy sources over natural gas, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

More voters favor natural gas development than don’t, but they think neither Gov. Tom Wolf nor the state General Assembly have handled it properly, the Franklin & Marshall College poll found.


The Market Oracle: Time To Eliminate Your Wall Street Tax?

On Thursday April 6, 2017 two world-renowned economic thinkers, Michael Hudson and Ellen Brown, came to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA to discuss how a public banking option can affect governmental effectiveness. This discussion was moderated by Walt McRee, the chair of the Public Banking Institute. This discussion which was open to the public focused on the key differences between government’s unquestioned reliance on private capital markets and how an entirely new, more productive arrangement could be devised. Kudos to Franklin & Marshall College for providing their students and community with such a high caliber seminar. The following video is that discussion.

The Chesapeake Bay Journal: Stream mapping helps to identify most cost-effective restoration sites

Dorothy Merritts and Bob Walter, researchers at Franklin & Marshall College who are participating in the institute’s mapping project, said they believe that the legacy of those mill dams may be responsible for more of the sediment polluting the Bay than runoff from fields and urban areas. Mapping stream banks that have suffered major erosion is the key to pinpointing areas where large amounts of sediment can be removed in a stream restoration project — rather than letting it be scoured downstream during a storm.

LNP: Novelist will return to F&M to participate in Emerging Writers Festival, which she once attended as student

Some Lancaster County residents might recognize the setting for Mandy Berman’s second novel.

The protagonist is a college student.

“She’s at a small liberal arts college, not unlike Franklin & Marshall in central Pennsylvania,” Berman says during a telephone interview. “Nothing is named, but there are some similarities for sure.”

It makes sense that Berman, who lives in Brooklyn, would use F&M as a model for her fictitious college since the New York native spent four years there, graduating in 2009 with an English degree.

PennLive: Outsource the 2nd Amendment. Let insurers decide who should own a gun | Opinion

Article co-authored by Associate Professor of Organization Studies Bryan Stinchfield: In various areas of the economy and public policy, many Americans have come to believe that private industry offers better solutions than the government. 

For example, the United States currently outsources half of our military force in Iraq and Afghanistan to private military companies, and we've also outsourced management of prisons, schools, roads, bridges, and many other services to private industry.

But why stop there? 


LNP: Proposed restaurant gets zoning OK in Manheim Township to replace gun shop

Sacarellos leases the former Reifsnyder’s piano store at 1020 Dillerville Road to The Gun Gallery, which moved recently from Millersville. Sacarellos said he will not extend the gun shop’s lease, which expires at the end of the year when demolition could begin.

The commissioners approved Sacarellos’ request to rezone four parcels from industrial to business, but conditioned approval on his "voluntary commitment not to allow any sales of firearms or related products."

Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster Country Day School and others last month objected to a gun shop so close to the campuses.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: For vigorous debate: Pittsburgh schools, adopt the Chicago Statement

In Pennsylvania, just one school has adopted the Chicago Statement: Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. Pittsburgh’s many institutions of higher learning would be wise to engage the ideas of the document and sign on.

myDayton Daily News: OPINION: Helping make sure every income level has a shot at higher ed

Over the last year, we have worked with ATI staff to set our goals as part of the collective and to share some of our own innovative practices, including the Flyer Promise program, the UD Sinclair Academy, and the no-fee, fixed-net-tuition program. These programs are not only removing barriers for students in our Dayton community, they are at the heart of the ATI mission. I was happy to share our vision at the Bloomberg offices for the annual meetings of presidents — from Princeton and Harvard to Davidson and Franklin & Marshall to Michigan and Ohio State.

This Morning with Alex Jensen: PyeongChang Voices with Rebecca Myers: Paralympic athletes’ skills & awareness for Paralympic 

Radio interview with Becca Myers. 

Fox43: F&M program aims to help students in the City of Lancaster excel in school and beyond

At Franklin and Marshall college, middle and high school students in the city of Lancaster are learning life-long lessons on the squash court and in the classroom through a program called 'Squash Aces.'

The program started at the college in 2009. It pairs college student mentors with School District of Lancaster students and engages them through both sports and tutoring.

LNP: On chaos, worries of war, and Trump and Putin

Article written by Associate Professor of Organization Studies Bryan Stinchfield: “And no talking politics,” said my friend as the four of us drove up to his hunting cabin last weekend. Deer and bear seasons were over and spring gobbler season had not yet begun, but a weekend of hiking, poker and no politics seemed great.

Then we came home. And we learned that Russian President Vladimir Putin had suggested Jews may have been among those who interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and Trump had said of an African-American congresswoman, “She’s a low-IQ individual. She can’t help it.” 

Achievement first: Life on Campus: An Alumnus’s Take on His Studies at Franklin & Marshall

Interview with current student Tubyez Cropper ’18: Tubyez is a 2014 graduate of AF Amistad High and a member of the Franklin & Marshall College Class of 2018. We sat down with him to hear about his life on campus.


The Meadville Tribune: COLUMN: The 18th District race — bad and worse

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: A Congressional District that no longer exists — two opponents who will never face each other again — a race that will have itself little or no direct influence — the balance of power in Congress — and yet much of the nation’s political establishment is watching it as if it were a presidential race.

Maybe it is.

Penn State News: Pennsylvania Center for the Book announces 2018 Public Poetry Project

Marci Nelligan teaches creative writing at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster and is the author of two poetry collections, “The Ghost Manada,” published by Black Radish Books in 2016, and “Infinite Variations,” published by Black Radish Book in 2011. She coedited “Intersection,” published by Chain Links Books in 2008, a book about activist Jane Jacobs, and has published two poetry chapbooks.

LNP: Survivor of Pulse Nightclub shooting to speak at Lancaster March For Our Lives

Ruzow said several dozen students held a planning meeting Feb. 27 at Franklin & Marshall College, and there are now 40 to 50 students working on various committees to make the march happen.

Elizabeth Fulham, 20, of Massachusetts, is a sophomore studying history at F&M who’s helping organize the march.

“We would love to have 7,000 people and really fill it up,” she said of Binn’s Park.

The Union: A fresh start: Former Scientology member shares her memoir with Yuba Lit

Article featuring Associate Teaching Professor of English Sands Hall: The religious organization has been profiled numerous times by the media, but the church remains an enigma to many standing on the outside.

Sands Hall knows a lot about the often contentious religion after spending a decade of her life as a member of the Church of Scientology. When the church encouraged her to cut ties with some of her loved ones, Hall made the decision to leave the organization, and is now releasing a memoir titled "Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology."

LNP: It's simply common sense to keep gun shops away from schools [opinion]

“The opening of such a business without notice and consultation, in an era when school shootings are increasing, shocks the conscience,” F&M President Daniel Porterfield told Manheim Township commissioners at their Feb. 26 public meeting.

Porterfield is right, of course. And it seemed the township commissioners were dismayed by the gun shop location, too.

Inside Higher Ed: University Leaders Urge Changes to Endowment Tax

The leaders of 49 wealthy postsecondary institutions sent a letter to congressional leaders Wednesday urging them to repeal or amend the so-called endowment tax enacted as part of last year's Republican tax overhaul.

College costs or student debt will not be addressed by the tax, wrote the university leaders, who hold top executive positions at institutions potentially affected -- including Amherst, Bryn Mawr and Franklin & Marshall Colleges; the Juilliard School; Princeton Theological Seminary; Brown, Duke, Rice and Stanford Universities; and Washington University in St. Louis.

The Ambler Gazette: MADONNA and YOUNG: Casey vs. Barletta: The probabilities for 2018 Senate race

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: If politics is a science, it is a science of probabilities, not certainties. “President” Hillary Clinton could probably elaborate on that as could the late “President” Tom Dewey.

This is not to say there are no certainties in politics. One is the calendar. Pennsylvania on November 6th will hold a U.S. Senate election (along with 33 other states) - one that almost certainly will help determine which national party controls Congress during the last two years of President Trump’s current term.

MSNBC: Hardball with Chris Matthews 

Featuring Dr. G. Terry Madonna in a discussion about Pennsylvania’s 18th District. 


The Baltimore Sun: Paralympians are as skilled as Olympic counterparts

Article written by Becca Myers: Worldwide, a movement is taking place that celebrates our humanity, and the upcoming 2018 Winter Paralympics, which follows the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month, is the next great opportunity for all of us to share in it. The increasingly popular event will help change further the perception of the disabled community and the potential of members to achieve great things in life.

PennLive: On gun control, Trump could learn something from Richard Nixon 

Article written by Alum Jeffrey Lord ’73: It was the evening of April 30, 1970.

President Richard Nixon had just appeared on the nation's television screens to announce that he was sending American troops into Cambodia to go after "Communist-occupied" territory being used to attack Americans in the seemingly endless Vietnam War.

Within 15 minutes of Nixon's going off the air, the quad at Franklin and Marshall College, where I was finishing my freshman year, erupted. Students swarmed out of their dormitories to protest.

LNP: 'Raging debate': Manheim Township residents, parents, educators decry new gun shop near school, college

“The opening of such a business without notice and consultation, in an era when school shootings are increasing, shocks the conscience,” F&M President Daniel Porterfield told township commissioners during a public meeting Monday.

Porterfield earned raucous applause from the crowd when he urged commissioners to update the ordinance that allows the gun shop.

The Daily Caller: Antifa Is Violently Threatening Norwegian Heavy Metal Bands Now

Article written by Associate Professor of Marketing Jeffrey Podoshen: Over the past two weeks, noted radical leftist organization Antifa decided (rather arbitrarily) to impose its own interpretation and enforcement on what should and should not be consumed by American music fans. Norwegian black metal band, Taake, was set to perform a number of shows on its upcoming North American tour but ran into trouble as Antifa members reportedly threatened venues where Taake was performing. Antifa members also appear to have threatened concertgoers and individuals involved in the production of Taake’s shows.

Wall Street Journal: Princeton, Others Aim to Accept More Low-Income Students

“The future of our country requires that we have strategies to prepare those young people to live full lives and contribute to the economy,” said Daniel Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., ahead of a gathering last week of about 40 of the colleges.

LNP: Construction work on F&M's $29M visual arts center prompts 6-foot move for bronze statue

Abraham de Peyster didn’t move far, but the former mayor of New York City got a new home Wednesday morning when workers shifted the ponderous, 22 1/2-ton bronze statue approximately six feet north of its previous location in Buchanan Park.

LNP: Rapper Drake’s $1M giveaway: Academics debate ethics of publicly giving away money

“Giving in very public ways raises questions about motivation,” said David Merli, associate professor of philosophy at Franklin & Marshall College, who teaches courses in ethics. “Since the giving benefits both the recipients and Drake, one wonders if Drake was aiming at their good or his own ... it creates room to question what the motivation really is.”

LNP: Franklin & Marshall makes second round in NCAAs; LBC falls

Franklin & Marshall used a strong surge midway through the second half Friday to defeat Emory & Henry 73-59 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament at Christopher Newport.

The Diplomats (21-6) will play their second-round game Saturday night. They’ll meet host school CNU (22-6), a 68-65 winner over Lancaster Bible College on Friday. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

LNP: Lancaster students organize March for Our Lives for March 24, to mirror national event

The Lancaster march will start at noon at J.P. McCaskey High School’s Victory Field and Franklin and Marshall College’s Sponaugle-Williamson Field, proceeding about a mile until the two groups meet up and arrive together at the final location of Binn’s Park, 100 N. Queen St., Lancaster.


NBC News: After years of frustration, a U.S.-South Korean strategy on North Korea emerges

Article written by Trustee and Alum Evelyn Farkas ‘89: Renewed diplomatic negotiations must also include an implicit threat of increased sanctions if talks drag on.

Foreign Policy: The Dangers (and Opportunities) of 2018: Views From the Democratic Sideline

Contributing writer Trustee and Alum Evelyn Farkas ‘89: Russia poses the year’s greatest danger. It will continue to be America’s No. 1 threat, a non-status quo power willing to take startling risks — such as attacking the U.S. presidential elections — to weaken the government.

Meadville Tribune: COLUMN: Casey vs. Barletta: The probabilities

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: If politics is a science, it is a science of probabilities, not certainties. “President” Hillary Clinton could probably elaborate on that, as could the late “President” Tom Dewey.

This is not to say there are no certainties in politics. One is the calendar. Pennsylvania on Nov. 6 will hold a U.S. Senate election (along with 33 other states) — one that almost certainly will help determine which national party controls Congress during the last two years of President Trump’s current term.

Forbes: The Higher Education Movement Our Country Needs

Article written by President Daniel Porterfield: Across our history, America has educated our citizens and future leaders far more effectively than other countries. U.S. education has always been a staple of national strength and global leadership.

With this idea in mind, dozens of college and university presidents are convening today at Bloomberg Philanthropies with a singular mission: to bolster our country’s leadership by sending 50,000 more highly-qualified lower-income students to top colleges and universities with high graduation rates by the year 2025.

The Washington Post: The investigations into Russian meddling are not enough

Article written by Trustee and Alum Evelyn Farkas ‘89: The leaders of the U.S. intelligence community, crammed shoulder-to-shoulder last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee, told Congress two things: First, Russia is going to escalate its election meddling efforts this year. Second, the president has not directed the intelligence community or an interagency group to actively counter Russian interference.


WJCT News: Guest Editorial: Re-Envisioning Filipinos In Jacksonville

Article written by Assistant Professor of American Studies Mark Villegas: Walking through downtown Jacksonville’s dilapidated Wynn Hotel, once known as a site of African American musical life, Cheech Forreign reflects on the arts community and its connection to a new generation of activists, such as the Take ‘Em Down Jax, which is a movement seeking to remove memorials that honor Confederate leaders, white supremacists, and slave owners.

The Mennonite: Mennonite educators seek ‘Unexpected Encounters’ at 2018 Mennonite Educators Conference

Keynote speaker Daniel Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall College (F&M), opened the gathering with a focus on “composing the place” for students, asking educators to reflect deeply on the context in which students are formed. He highlighted realities that students face, such as information overload, changing demographics, anxiety for future occupations and global dilemmas. He also focused on the importance of empowering teachers to support transformational learning, sharing stories of several students he’s worked with from varied backgrounds at F&M.

U.S. News & World Report: College vs. University in the U.S.: What's the Difference?

Since liberal arts colleges are uncommon outside the U.S., prospective international students aren't always familiar with them, says Carly Mankus, senior assistant dean of international admission at Franklin and Marshall College, a liberal arts school in Pennsylvania.

Prospective students may also sometimes mistakenly believe liberal arts institutions only focus on the humanities, admissions experts say. But many of these schools offer degrees in science fields too.

WNYC: Drawn Out: The Value of a Vote, From Pennsylvania to the Supreme Court

Here are some of the voices you'll find in this special episode: Tom Corbett was elected governor of Pennsylvania in 2010 and signed the partisan maps into law in 2011. And Terry Madonna is director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. He’s a longtime political strategist in the state and is watching all of this play out from afar.

The Chronicle of Higher Ed: Top Producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Students, 2017-18

Three research universities had 10 or more Fulbright scholars in the 2017-18 academic year, and 13 research universities and two bachelor's institutions had 20 or more students who were awarded Fulbright grants.


The Chronicle of Higher Education: How to Identify and Invest in High-Achieving, Low-Income Students (see PDF)

College presidents who have found some measure of success often parlay that into a job at a more prestigious institution. But Daniel R. Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall College, will leave higher education this year to become president of the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit policy group.

PennLive: #PaBudget 2018: Get ready for an election-year spending plan

Article co-authored by Professor of Public Affairs Dr. G. Terry Madonna: What will Gov. Tom Wolf propose in his 2018/2019-budget address to the state legislature on Tuesday? Budgets are essentially policies with the price tag attached. Accordingly, one might expect the governor to propose a budget focused on Pennsylvania's compelling needs in education, jobs, health care, economic development and revenue.

WHYY: Third of Pa. delegation decamping U.S. House, leaving six seats up for grabs

Stephen Medvic, professor of government at Franklin & Marshall College, said he can’t remember the last time Pennsylvania had this many seats up for grabs in a single election cycle. Although midterm elections are typically tough for the party that holds the presidency, Medvic says it’s rare to have a third of Pennsylvania’s delegation out of the running.

Central Coast Public Radio: GOP Recruitment Troubles Could Affect Senate Races

In Pennsylvania, Republican Congressman Lou Barletta is running to take on three-term Democratic Senator Bob Casey. Terry Madonna of Franklin & Marshall College describes Barletta this way.

We need to break away from politics as usual

Article written by Assistant Professor of History Laura Shelton: Recent Democratic electoral victories were fueled by popular anger at the policies of the Trump administration and Republicans, but they also marked a significant increase in political engagement among voters and thousands of volunteers, many of whom had never been involved in politics before. These races have been characterized by grass-roots campaigns that have invigorated the party with new energy.

The Union: Theater By the Book to present Dear Elizabeth in Nevada City

When not writing, directing or performing, Hall spends the fall semesters as an Associate Teaching Professor of English and Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, PA. She recently completed her memoir "FLUNK.START.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology" which comes out in March.

Blouin ArtInfo: ‘Steven Holl: Making Architecture’ at The Dorsky Museum

“Steven Holl: Making Architecture” examines the works of one of the most renowned and in-demand architects of his times who has managed to preserve the integrity and quality of his work by resisting corporatization. The exhibition is part of the Dorsky Museum’s “Hudson Valley Master’s Series” featuring around a 100 models and related sketches of Holl’s recent projects including the Arts Building at Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania; The Kennedy Center Expansion, Washington D.C.; and Maggie’s Cancer Care Center in London.

Washington Examiner: Harvard symposium aims to restore civil discourse on campus

Conference attended by students from 29 different colleges and universities, including Franklin & Marshall College: Unlike the stereotype of “campus snowflakes,” these students showed up with a genuine desire to find common ground and advance the political dialogue on their campuses. The symposium — the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement — took place from Feb. 2-4 and included panels such as "Fixing Politics in an Era of Partisanship and Distrust," "Civil Discourse: Resisting Division, Creating Dialogue," and "Learning How to Be Loyal Antagonists."

Week of 1/29-2/5 

LNP: F&M's Federici is scoring his way into school, conference record books

Brandon Federici can, as basketball people sometimes put it, score the ball.

He’s a volume shooter, and a volume scorer.

He probably could have filled up Division One college baskets, perhaps in the Ivy or Patriot League, if things had worked out a bit differently on Federici’s journey from boyhood in New Jersey to a career, he hopes in international business.

But D-1’s loss has been Franklin & Marshall’s spectacular gain.

bctv.org: Politically Uncorrected: Chaos on the Susquehanna

Article co-authored by Professor of Public Affairs Dr. G. Terry Madonna: A shock it was not.

The dramatic decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to strike down the state’s 2011 Republican-drawn congressional boundary lines was not a huge surprise. At some point, the egregious gerrymandering implemented in the state earlier this decade was bound to be struck down — both on the merits and the hard political fact that the state Supreme Court now sports a commanding 5-2 Democratic majority.

Might met right on this one and both prevailed in finding that the 2011 voting district lines violated the state constitution.

Reader’s Digest: 11 Ways to Finally Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

“Celebrities are often a source of comparison due to the perception of that they lead luxurious lives,” explains Christopher Grant, PhD, an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at Franklin & Marshall College. “In many cases, their lives are on full displays. They have beautiful friends, wonderful talents, creative personalities, and the most desirable lovers.” But what you don’t see is everything that goes on behind the scenes; chances are if you really knew their life, you wouldn’t want it, he adds.

LNP: Orkesta Mendoza to show off genre-bending sound at Winter Center's globalFEST
A free 20-minute talk, “The Latinidad of American Music,” by Franklin & Marshall College professor Eric Usner will precede the performance.

PennLive: Trump is ushering in a new age of anti-intellectualism | Opinion

Article written by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Tom Hart: In the jungles of Belize, standing in the abandoned Maya city of La Milpa, a sense of wonder struck me as I stood at the base of a vine covered pyramid. There, in hieroglyphics underneath the moss of a stelae (a stone pillar common throughout the Maya world), was the eternal record of the Maya kings' triumphs.

Scientific American: Groundhogs Don't Have a Clue

Article written by Associate Professor of Biology Dan Ardia: The chubby rodents are infamously bad at forecasting the end of winter—but birds, on the other hand, are pretty good. 

Week of Jan. 22-29

History News Network: A historian is helping students register to vote

Article written by Associate Professor of History Van Gosse: As educators and activists we should defend students’ right to vote where they go to school. That right was affirmed by the 1979 Supreme Court Symm v. United States decision but is under continuous attack via familiar methods of voter suppression: the requirement to show a state-approved form of identification.  The special wrinkle here is state legislatures barring the use of college-issued IDs, even from their own public universities!

The Atlantic: Has the Tide Turned Against Partisan Gerrymandering?

“I think the Democrats would be optimistic that they would have a reasonable chance of picking up” a few seats, said Terry Madonna, a political scientist at Franklin and Marshall College. Estimates range from one to two spots to as many as four or five. It’s not just that the new maps will be less slanted toward Republicans. It also means that some current Republicans will lose some advantage of incumbency in their districts.

The Chicago Tribune: Obama center plans won't destroy Olmsted's park — they should be improved, not rejected

 “There’s going to be a hell of a lot of investment in this part of the park. That’s a real positive,” David Schuyler, a Franklin & Marshall College professor who has co-edited a collection of Olmsted’s papers said during a telephone interview last week. “And if (the center) draws people to this part of the park, it means that the city’s going to maintain it, which it hasn’t been doing very much lately. So, as far as I can tell, it’s a real trade-off with a very positive effect as well.”

WHYY: Reed joins Pa. congressional race amid redistricting chaos

But Terry Madonna, a political analyst with Franklin and Marshall College, said that isn’t how he’s ever seen congressional redistricting work.

“All of the members don’t have an equal say, come on,” he said. “That’s not how the legislature functions.”

Madonna noted, because the process will have to be so short, House and Senate leaders may actually have more say than usual.

Citizen Tribune: How will the Lancaster-based 16th district lines, candidates be affected when congressional district map is thrown out, redrawn?

Stephen Medvic, a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College, said the 16th, 7th and 6th — represented by Republican Rep. Ryan Costello — might be viewed together. A couple of them might become more Democratic, but not all can be.

“This is fascinating for the 16th because it could become safer for Smucker, or it could become a lot more competitive,” Medvic said.

Penn Live: Pa. private colleges where students get the most scholarship aid

The Student Loan Report analyzed information on private colleges across the country to come up with a list of the 250 that offer the most scholarship aid per undergraduate.

Franklin and Marshall College ranked 120th nationally in scholarship aid per student.

LNP: F&M's Phillips Art Museum is a treasure trove of culture

What is the largest fine arts venue in Lancaster?

What collection includes a Conestoga wagon, midcentury Abstract expressionists, West African sculptures, Fraktur and a large collection of Japanese woodblock prints?

And what venue has numerous art exhibits going on at any given time?

The answer to all three is The Phillips Museum of Art on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College.


Week of Jan. 15-22

The Daily Caller: Here Are The Three Ways Disney Can Fix Star Wars

Article written by Associate Professor of Marketing Jeffrey Podoshen: With Disney already in the precarious situation of having to find profitable solutions for disastrous brands like ESPN, their Star Wars property is key to the firm’s long-term viability, especially as The Mouse has made massive investments in future films and the $1 billion+ Star Wars attractions in the theme parks.

Portside: It HAS Happened Here

Article written by Associate Professor of History Van Gosse: We have to stop treating the deep anti-democratic currents in modern U.S. history as exceptions – mistakes that will never happen again. We should know better. 

The Indiana Gazette: Politically Uncorrected: A really special election in 18th

Article co-authored by Dr. G. Terry Madonna: On March 13, a special election will be held in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, with Republican Rick Saccone opposing Democrat Conor Lamb. Libertarian candidate Drew Miller is also on the ballot. It is an especially convoluted special election since the winner will need to also run two months later in the May 15 primary to be nominated by his party — and then again in the November general election when the seat’s regular term expires.

LNP: President Donald Trump wouldn't pass muster as a leader in the U.S. Army

Article written by Associate Professor of Organization Studies Bryan Stinchfield: When the stakes are high, as when people’s lives are on the line, actual leadership matters. Of course the stakes are extremely high in the military and thus leadership is taken very seriously. Leadership might actually be the thing most studied and developed in the military. It’s more valuable than strategy, technology, money and sheer numbers of people, missiles, tanks, etc.

Investor’s Business Daily: America's Railroad Titans Banked On Jacob Schiff

"Many Jews were forced to flee Russia, and Schiff, an immigrant from Germany, helped encourage these and other immigrants to be proud of their heritage and fight bigotry and hatred," Jeffrey Podoshen, associate professor of marketing at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., told IBD. "He was instrumental in instilling the beliefs that they had to depend on themselves and their own hard work to achieve success in the face of perpetual propaganda from racists and anti-Semites. Schiff was confident, bold, unapologetic, and very successful."

Week of Jan. 8-15

The Daily Caller: The Democrats’ Shameful Class Warfare Rhetoric About Tax Cuts Is Ridiculous

Article written by Associate Professor of Marketing Jeffrey Podoshen: While I was initially skeptical of the early versions of the bill, especially in regard to the heavy tax burdens it was going to place on graduate students and higher education, I have come around to believe that the final version of the law will be beneficial for the overwhelming majority of Americans across the board and not just “the wealthy.”

LNP: Entertainment Lancaster Jan. 11-17 Art Calendar


Oil painting exhibit by Michael Clapper, art history professor at Franklin & Marshall College. Exhibit cont. through Feb. 25. First Fridays 5-9 p.m. Also open Sun. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Other hours by appt. Free. Community Mennonite Church, 328 W. Orange St., 717-392-7567. 

Colgate University News: Maria del Carmen Flores-Mills appointed dean of students at Colgate University

Maria del Carmen Flores-Mills, J.D., the senior associate dean of the college at Franklin & Marshall College and former associate dean at Princeton University, has been named as the dean of students at Colgate University, effective June 4, 2018. 

Week of Jan. 2-8

LNP: Judge allows F&M College to build visual arts center; North Museum's concerns resolved (Jan. 3)

A judge will allow Franklin & Marshall College to break ground on a $29-million visual arts center after the college agreed to reduce construction-related disruptions to neighboring North Museum. In an eight-page agreement, F&M says it will erect temporary, 20-foot sound barriers, monitor vibrations and waive the museum’s rent not only during construction but also for three years after the Susan & Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center opens.

The Morning Call: G. Terry Madonna and Michael Young: Should GOP worry about Pennsylvania's March special election? (Jan. 3) 

The March 13 special election in the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District in the southwestern part of the state should be a ho-hum affair. It won't be!

The Philly Inquirer: Philly's PFM offers financial planning tool for higher education (Jan. 3) 

“It’s way more robust than Excel, which is what most schools use right now. That’s why we like it. It’s more comprehensive,” said Wendy S. Starner, associate vice president for finance and enterprise risk manager at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster. It arrives at a time when schools need a better handle on everything, not just the everyday business of teaching, but also the cost of buildings and debt ratios, for example, Starner said.

LNP: Dance performance celebrates 250th birthday of American dancer/actor John Durang (Jan. 4) 

“Dance and theater were rare at the time,” says Lynn Matluck Brooks, humanities professor at Franklin & Marshall College, where she founded the dance program. “John Durang has the distinction of being America's first native-born dancer.”

LNP: Local D-III hoops action worth watching (Jan. 5)

I’ve long been a fan of Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball, and this season the team is off to a 10-1 start, with two tournament championships in the early going. F&M is led by 6-4 senior guard Brandon Federici, who averages 22.9 points per game and shoots a sizzling 47 percent from 3-point range.

The Hechinger Report: Harvard Law grad helps low-income kids aim high (Jan. 3)

Some students return to work for the program after college and graduate school. Darrius Moore, a 25-year-old Legal Outreach alum, took a job as an academic advisor with the program after graduating from Franklin and Marshall College, in Pennsylvania. Though his degree is in social work, Moore said his summer internship at a prominent Manhattan law firm paid dividends in college. 

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