F&M’s Alan Caniglia is interviewed about the College’s protocols. PA's Health Secretary said it would be 'prudent' of college students to get a test before going home for the holidays and upon returning back to campus. Franklin & Marshall College has been testing both asymptomatic and symptomatic students and staff since the beginning of the semester.
At Franklin and Marshall students are already required to get a COVID-19 test before coming to campus, and a spokesperson from the college told ABC 27 News they’ll require more testing in the spring.
First impressions matter, and that has been bad news for opinion pollsters this year. On Election Day and its immediate aftermath — when President Trump looked to have a real chance of winning a second term — pollsters were excoriated for being “wrong,” just as they had been in 2016. But as time has gone by and more votes have been counted, a different, more favorable picture has emerged. Overall, pollsters have had a better year in 2020 than they did four years before — though there are important caveats. Terry Madonna, the director of Pennsylvania’s Franklin & Marshall College Poll, said that although “there is huge skepticism among the public where polls are concerned,” nevertheless “there is a general consensus among analysts and pollsters themselves that this is largely in line with past years.”
Years of anti-immigrant policies have taken a toll, and schools in other countries are filling the gap. Joe Biden’s election will undoubtedly come as a relief for international students exploring MBAs, colleges, and other programs in the U.S. But given years of unwelcoming policies toward immigrants under the Trump administration and a loss of foreign students because of the Covid-19 pandemic, winning them back may not happen overnight. Take Thao Phuong Le, 27, who grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam. She graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, earned a master’s in finance at Villanova University, and went home to work as an equity research analyst in Vietnam for four years. When it came time to look at MBA programs, she didn’t even bother applying to a U.S. school out of fear and frustration over U.S. policies. She arrived at Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in October. “Canada is a country that applauds international diversity,” says Le, whose younger brother also enrolled at the school for a master’s degree after graduating from Villanova. “Compared to the U.S., Canada has become more and more welcoming.”
(CBS Detroit) — Both Democrats and Republicans agree on the need for a second round of economic stimulus. What they disagree on is what form that stimulus should take and how much it should cost. Little progress has been made since the election. What can be done in the lame-duck session leading up the inauguration of president-elect Joe Biden remains to be seen. Two sources of that impasse are the amount of additional federal unemployment payments and aid to cities and states. Republicans see the former — at least the $600 per week the Democrats are requesting — as overly generous and a disincentive for the unemployed to return to work. They view the latter as “blue state bailouts,” though budget shortfalls are hitting states and cities across the political spectrum. State and local governments depend on revenue from sales and property taxes. “Sales tax revenues are falling [and] property tax revenue will probably be affected as well,” says Yeva Nersisyan, Associate Professor of Economics at Franklin & Marshall College. “So then their revenues are falling. They’re going to start laying off people, cutting services… education, policing, firefighters, those kind of services that state and local governments provide.”
It's been more than a week since President-elect Joe Biden's win in Pennsylvania returned the state to its decades-long pattern of picking a Democrat for the nation's highest office. As voting totals continue to climb, it's becoming clearer how and why Biden won the battleground state. The Philadelphia suburbs made the biggest difference in the presidential election, according to Terry Madonna, pollster and political analyst at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. Those suburbs are the four counties surrounding the city in the most heavily populated area of Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. "Hugely important," Madonna said. "It gives the Democrats a big advantage in statewide elections. The Republicans need to make inroads there."
LNP: Lancaster city seeks bids to evaluate police department; seeks state accreditation
Lancaster city officials want to hire an outside expert to review police department policies and procedures and make recommendations for changes to bring the department in line with best practices. The city committed to the review this summer amid protests following the police-custody death of George Floyd in Minnesota. The review will also inform the department’s effort to acquire accreditation from the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. Pennsylvania has more than 1,100 law enforcement agencies, but just 126 are accredited, according to the association. In Lancaster County, East Lampeter, Lititz, Manheim Township, and the Northern Lancaster County Regional departments are accredited, along with Franklin & Marshall College’s public safety department.
LNP: F&M warns of possible campuswide quarantine if COVID-19 doesn't relent
Franklin & Marshall College is warning students of a potential campus-wide quarantine if conditions related to COVID-19 on campus don’t improve soon. The private liberal arts college in Lancaster on Thursday reported 26 active cases of COVID-19 among students who have been on campus -- either students living on campus or ones who live elsewhere but attend on campus classes or events. An additional 61 students are in quarantine either on campus or at home. Forty-six total students have tested positive since their arrival on campus this fall.
The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Pandemic May Have Changed International Recruiting Forever
New tactics started as emergency measures, but could be a lasting way to keep enrollments up. The staying power of the coronavirus has thrown next fall into question, too. Will international students be able to enroll? Will they want to travel to a country with higher-than-average infection rates? Will they want to do so if remote learning confines their American experience to a computer screen? As a result, college recruiters find themselves not only having to calibrate their message in a time of uncertainty but altering their entire approach to overseas admissions. Colleges are also timing their programming to accommodate international interest. Franklin & Marshall offers all of its admissions events twice, in the morning and the evening, while Cornell maintains a 24-hour chat on its admissions website, with different staff members taking turns to respond to queries. Admissions officials said they had also thought more deliberately about messaging and how to distinguish their institutions. At Franklin & Marshall, Lukman Arsalan, who took over as admissions dean in July, conducted focus groups with 70 current international students to get a better sense of what they valued in their college experience. Because 20 percent of the Pennsylvania college’s students are from abroad, understanding their perspective would have been a priority anyway. Covid-19 made it critical. Like many of his colleagues, Arsalan expects pandemic-era recruitment practices to continue even after the public-health crisis recedes. While they may have begun as stopgap measures, many offer long-term sustainability. In fact, he said, colleges could become even more innovative, such as allowing students to start their education overseas or offering more American degree programs abroad.
LNP: After the 2020 Election, should we trust polling? A Q&A with the Franklin & Marshall College Poll director
Trump won Pennsylvania by 44,000 votes four years ago. Though vote counting continues from last week’s election, Biden appears set to carry the state by 50,000 votes. LNP | LancasterOnline spoke with Berwood Yost, the director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll. The poll he manages consistently showed Biden leading Trump since last spring by 6 to 10 points. (You can read the College's last poll before the election here.) The conversation has been edited for brevity and clarity.
Courthouse News Service: Want Accurate Predictions Again? Pollsters Say Trump’s Exit Can Do That
(CN) — The polls were wrong. Again. Joe Biden was up by 10 points or more in surveys taken just before the election by NBC News, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, CNBC and Quinnipiac. Once ballots were tallied, however, his 3-point lead over Trump in the popular vote is barely better than that of Hillary Clinton in 2016. So what’s causing the systemic distortion? Polling experts say there’s a simple two-word answer: Donald Trump. In the 2018 midterms, when Trump’s name wasn’t on the ballot, the polls if anything were more accurate than usual, said Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll. It’s only when Trump is running that the polls fail to pick up Republican strength. “Trump’s base of support base desperately dislikes the media, and that’s an understatement,” said Madonna. “They distrust the media, so they distrust the polls, because they associate them. And they refuse to talk to them.
Fox News: Pennsylvania House race billed as key test of Trump's 2020 strength
F&M’s Berwood Yost, co-director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, discusses a Pennsylvania congressional race.
Fox News: Biden's warning on oil tests voter resolve on climate change
Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, said fracking opinions there fall on regional lines and the comments could hurt Biden’s efforts to cut into Trump’s support in southwestern Pennsylvania, where the industry is strong. “Anything that the president can do to try to make sure he’s able to maintain the sizable advantage that he had in 2016 in these fracking areas, he’s going to do,” Yost said. But Biden’s call to end subsidies for the oil and gas industry may be politically popular. Biden must try to thread the needle in explaining his calls for a transition away from fossil fuels without an outright ban, Yost said.
FLOORNATURE: Steven Holl: Winter Visual Arts Building in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
The Winter Visual Arts Building - a new pavilion for the study and exhibition of the visual arts, designed in 2016 and completed in 2020 as part of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania - is the brainchild of Steven Holl Architects. Located at the south entrance of the university, it is not merely one of the institution’s many buildings spread over a vast green area, as American campuses are so often structured. It is also a manifesto, echoing the university’s famous motto “Lux et Lex”, and - according to Steven Holl himself - it was designed to contrast with the brick architecture of all the other buildings at Franklin & Marshall College which have been built since its foundation in 1787. The use of Okalux translucent double glazing, steel and concrete for the structure and the lightness of its formal synthesis suggest quite a precise direction for the future of the college.
LNP: What we can glean so far from unprecedented election [opinion]
Brandon Koenig is assistant professor of government & public policy at Franklin & Marshall College.
When the dust settles on the 2020 elections, there will be plenty to analyze —the reliability of polls, the claims of voter fraud, the strength of U.S. democracy, the post-election turmoil. Until then, there are a handful of important conclusions that we can draw from what we know so far.
FOX43: One day after election is called, voters reflect and look ahead
Saturday’s celebrations and protests faded Sunday as news of Joe Biden’s presidential victory settled in with voters across the country. In Lancaster many welcomed the news, while others merely expressed relief that the election was finally over. Though the election is now settled in the minds of many voters and officials across the world, President Trump has yet to concede the race. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, vowed over the weekend to file another lawsuit on Monday alleging voter fraud in Pennsylvania. “We’ve haven’t really seen a lot of evidence for that,” said Brandon Koenig, assistant professor of government and public policy at Franklin and Marshall College. “And it seems to be the case that every time the Trump campaign goes to court the cases tend to be thrown out. There isn’t a ton of evidence to show fraud.”
Philadelphia Inquirer: From hanging chads to deadlocks, presidential elections that took weeks and months to decide
For the nation’s overwrought nervous system, the 2020 presidential campaign was akin to a punitive marathon. In most presidential elections, the results become clear within hours of the polls closing, the losers graciously concede, the winners thank everyone and then celebrate, and the public accepts the results long before the Electoral College formalizes them in December. That obviously hasn’t been the case in 2020.
1876: 115 days between end of voting and decision - This centennial year election would be the reigning wait-time champion. Democrat Samuel J. Tilden defeated Republican nominee Rutherford B. Hayes by more than 250,000 votes, or by three percentage points, a clear majority in the popular vote. But Tilden came up one vote short of electoral majority, with 184 out of the 369 total. Hayes received 165 electoral votes, but the remaining 20, among three Southern states, remained in dispute. It was not a civil dispute. Republicans accused Democrats of using force and intimidation to keep Black people from voting. Democrats alleged that Republicans dumped ballot boxes into bodies of water and smeared ink on ballots to make them illegible, according to G. Terry Madonna, the veteran political analyst at Franklin and Marshall College. To resolve the election impasse, Congress created a commission in January 1877 that included House members, senators, and Supreme Court justices.
CBS21 News: Franklin & Marshall professor joins CBS 21 to breakdown unknowns of 2020 election
Harrisburg, PA — As we wake up this morning, there are still a lot of unknowns about the results of the 2020 election. Stephen Medvic, a Government Professor at Franklin and Marshall College, joined CBS 21 News This Morning to help break it all down.
Deutsche-Welle: More people in Taiwan prefer a Trump presidency, opinion polls find
Wei-Ting Yen, an assistant professor in government at the Franklin and Marshall College in the U.S., also thinks that while Republicans are traditionally more friendly to Taiwan, the result of these opinion polls are more related to Trump’s Taiwan policies over the last four years. “The visit of the two high level U.S. officials over the last few months send a very clear signal to the Taiwanese people,” Yen said. “Even though some Taiwanese people might not know these U.S. officials, since they were dubbed as the ‘highest level U.S. officials that have visited Taiwan over the last 40 years’ by Taiwanese media, their visits left strong impressions in Taiwanese people’s minds, especially for those who receive information about the United States through television news.” Yen also pointed out that if results of the YouGov opinion polls are put in the context of international exchange, most countries in the survey will view Trump as a disruptor of international order. She believes that the reason why more Taiwanese people support Trump might be due to the fact that Taiwan has long been excluded from the international community. “When a foreign leader disrupts the international order, such behavior could earn more recognition from Taiwanese people,” Yen explained.
EDUCAUSE Review: Top IT Issues, 2021: Emerging from the Pandemic
"A great digital divide has been laid, and that became even clearer during the pandemic. Institutions of higher education as a collective can have a lot of power and influence, and they have changed our nation for the good in seismic ways at certain pivotal points in our nation's history. There is a lack of broadband in rural areas and abysmally served, economically depressed areas of our country. We're all trying to support students who arrive on our campus and have been disadvantaged in terms of their access for their entire youth. This is a moment for our collective institutions to advocate for resources to be put in place to ensure that this problem is addressed." Carrie Rampp, Vice President & CIO, Franklin & Marshall College
The Architectural Record: November Editor's Letter: What's Next for Colleges and Universities
Other projects in this issue are home to more traditional programs. The Bobst Library is a finely detailed series of spaces by CannonDesign for special collections and research at NYU. Steven Holl’s lyrical Winter Visual Arts Center, at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, sits on the edge of campus, where gown meets town. And the Beloit College Powerhouse, a student-recreation center, occupies a former coal-fired energy plant which has been retrofitted by Studio Gang, with the addition of a luminous new field house that glows at night. While these last projects serve the historic underpinning of campus life—academic research and collections, sports and exercise, and the arts—will such facilities be obsolete someday?
The Architectural Record: Winter Visual Arts Center at Franklin & Marshall College by Steven Holl Architects
Set on the south edge of the campus, the 32,000-square-foot, pavilion-like building aligns with Old Main, the 1856 Gothic Revival pile that features an idiosyncratic central tower and had been the heart of the college before new construction to the north in recent decades. “When it first opened, I bet Old Main seemed daring,” says Holl. “I wanted my building to have that same sense of looking forward.” The Winter Visual Arts Center reinforces the college’s historic axis by extending it to the south and reaching out to the town, says Chris McVoy, the partner in charge of the project. The college hopes to create an arts quad here with an eventual museum facing this new center for making and studying art. To the west, Buchanan Park spreads out just beyond the campus, and to the southeast runs West Lemon Street, which leads to downtown Lancaster. So Holl’s building sits at a critical juncture where town and gown, architecture and nature intersect. By raising the structure above the earth and wrapping a central “forum” with clear, mullionless glass, the architect allowed these opposing forces to flow through and around his project.
Philadelphia Magazine: The Latest Pennsylvania Polls Show Biden Ahead. Can You Believe Them?
The majority of pollsters show Trump consistently trailing in the Keystone State. We ask one why he's so confident. On November 1, 2016, a week before the latest presidential election, Franklin & Marshall College released its final poll of Pennsylvania. A poll is but a snapshot in time, but at that time, anyway, the analysts at the Lancaster college found that the race for Pennsylvania wasn’t especially close: Hillary Clinton led Donald Trump by 11 points. Even within the poll’s margin of error of 4.4 percent, the lead seemed safe. A few days later, it became blindingly obvious that F&M was wrong. So we caught up with Berwood Yost, the head methodologist of the Franklin & Marshall poll, to talk about what happened in 2016, what’s changed in polling this year, and whether the poll-refreshing addicts among us can trust the numbers. Here’s our conversation, edited for length and clarity.
New York Magazine: Will the Unrest in Philadelphia Affect How Pennsylvanians Vote
“During other incidents [of police violence and subsequent unrest] things settled down after a while, but this is an active situation days before we vote,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. For the Biden campaign, pulling out voters in urban cores is central to avoiding the mistakes that Hillary Clinton made in 2016, when she lost the state by 44,000 votes; Clinton saw a drop of over 30,000 votes in Philadelphia alone, compared to 2012 numbers. The Trump campaign by contrast has long believed that the protests and riots that have engulfed the country after police killings of African Americans will benefit them politically, by turning off moderate and suburban voters. So far that prediction has not been borne out — and it’s not at all clear that it will in Pennsylvania.
LNP: 'Everyone should vote': College campus voting initiatives carry on despite coronavirus pandemic
During one of the more polarizing elections in recent memory, students at Lancaster County's major colleges are receiving a single, simple message: Vote. But with COVID-19 changing so much of campus life, the effort to encourage college students to vote is changing. With in-person events essentially out of the question due to the coronavirus pandemic, students, faculty, staff and administrators have had to rethink how to spread the message to students on and off campus. “This was already going to be an adventure in of itself,” said Jessica Haile, an assistant dean for international student services at Franklin & Marshall College and the staff chair of the college’s voting initiative, F&M Votes. “And then came the pandemic.”
LNP: Franklin & Marshall College Winter Visual Arts Center gets recognized for its construction
A new building on Franklin & Marshall College’s campus has won an award from a prominent regional engineering and construction news source. The Winter Visual Arts Center, which opened in August, is unusual in several ways. It is equipped with geothermal heating and cooling, which transfers heat to or from the ground. The building was also designed to mimic and fit in with nearby trees, many of which are more than 100 years old, making them the oldest landmarks on campus. The building’s foundation walls are designed to remind viewers of tree roots and trunks, and its upper floors are suspended, reaching outward like branches.
Greensburg Tribune: How covid-19 did and didn’t affect the election in Pennsylvania
More than a quarter of likely voters (27%) see the virus as the most pressing issue for the state, according to a Franklin & Marshall College poll released last week. But in recent months, more and more voters have shifted their concerns to the economy (21%). Another key takeaway from the poll: the overall consistency on stark political division. Almost every topic — including covid-19 — shows a rift along party lines, and that hasn’t changed in months.
Associated Press (via LNP): 'We need you': GOP hunts for new voters in Trump territory
“Trump has to drive turnout,” said Terry Madonna, a professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster who has conducted polls in the state for almost three decades. “I don’t see any evidence that he’s expanded his base.” The strategy is more difficult to execute given the stunning disruption wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, both in terms of a public health crisis and nationwide economic dislocation.
New York Times: Trump’s ‘Frack’ Attack on Biden Seems to Be Falling Short
G. Terry Madonna, a political-science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., conducts frequent polling in the state, and sees a critical difference between 2020 and 2016: Hillary Clinton paid little attention to white working class voters when she campaigned, while Mr. Biden makes them a singular focus. Mr. Trump “is not doing as well in these old mining and mill towns as he did four years ago,” Mr. Madonna said, “and he’s getting hammered in the suburbs” in large part because of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Madonna said he is skeptical of the importance of fracking in statewide elections. But, he noted, “when you win by 44,000 voters,” as Mr. Trump did in Pennsylvania four years ago, “you’ve got to be careful because a little thing here or there can make a difference.”
Wall Street Journal: Biden Maintains Lead in Pennsylvania Poll
Joe Biden leads President Trump 50% to 44% among likely voters in Pennsylvania, according to a poll released Thursday by Franklin & Marshall College. A key finding from the survey is that Mr. Biden appears to have greater support in the counties Hillary Clinton won in 2016 than she had then, such as the Philadelphia suburbs, while President Trump’s support is weaker in some counties he won that year, including in the mining and mill towns in the southwest part of the state. Pollster Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at the liberal arts college in Lancaster, Pa., said he has never seen such a polarized electorate in the state, with few voters remaining undecided about who they’re backing.
WHYY Philadelphia: Latest F&M poll shows more than half of Pa. voters will cast ballots in-person on Election Day
Just over half of Pennsylvania voters plan to cast their ballot in-person rather than by mail, according to the latest poll from Franklin & Marshall College. Researchers conducted interviews between Oct. 19-25, speaking online and by phone to 268 Democrats, 229 Republicans and 61 who identified as independent. The results were weighted for things like age, education and geography to help pollsters achieve a representative sample. Pollsters have been criticized for not accounting for the latter two in 2016, which was one of the reasons forecasts for the presidential race that year were significantly off.
Christian Science Monitor: Trust the polls to reveal values, not predict the future
Four days before Election Day, we are awash in polls, which tell us … what? Former Vice President Joe Biden appears set to win the presidency, but the polls in key states could be wrong. Again. That, at least, is the fear of some voters, and for others, hope. But there is reason for more confidence about polling this time. For one, pollsters have adjusted how they sample and consider important subgroups. “There’s more weighting for educational level this time,” says Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll in Pennsylvania. His latest poll of that state has Mr. Biden ahead by 6 percentage points.
Franklin & Marshall College hosts a virtual reading with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown this Saturday
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown will give a virtual reading hosted by Franklin & Marshall College’s Philadelphia Alumni Writers House from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Brown was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 2019 book “The Tradition.” In the book, Brown addresses the evils and injustices of modern life from police shootings to the destruction of the environment. His poems shake the reader out of the drowsy air of complacency to see life, with all its faults and beauty, with fresh eyes.
LNP: Lancaster County colleges say few students have COVID-19. But without universal testing, how do we know for sure?
Despite signs of a second wave of coronavirus in Pennsylvania and across the country this fall, Lancaster County colleges say they are keeping the virus contained. College officials credit students for practicing safe behaviors like wearing masks and social distancing, as well as efforts to limit on-campus student populations and commuting to campus. Franklin & Marshall College also attributes its low rates to its comprehensive testing plan, which includes testing every student every three weeks in addition to testing the wastewater from residence halls weekly. “In the age group our students represent, many cases are asymptomatic, making it critical to have some sort of testing of students that goes beyond clinical testing of those representing symptoms,” said Alan Caniglia, F&M’s vice president for strategic initiatives, who is leading COVID-19 prevention efforts on campus. Outside of Franklin & Marshall, no other Lancaster County college is routinely testing all students, whether or not they exhibit symptoms. Elizabethtown College tested all of its students living, learning or working on campus upon their arrival this fall. The college is now only testing students on a case-by-case basis. Millersville University did not conduct universal testing at any point this fall.
The Construction Specifier: Steven Holl designs Pennsylvania college building as a ‘kite-in-the-trees’
Franklin & Marshall College celebrated the completion of its Winter Visual Arts Building, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with a virtual event where professor Kostis Kourelis said the “new building is itself a philosophical machine.” The Winter Visual Arts Building opens to students as the college begins its academic year. On the historic campus of Franklin & Marshall College, the new building takes shape as a raised pavilion formed by the site’s 200-year-old trees, the oldest elements of the campus. The building’s spaces aim to evoke the creative energy involved in teaching and making art. A first reflection of the new Winter Visual Arts Building for Franklin & Marshall College led Steven Holl of Steven Holl Architects (SHA) to remember Benjamin Franklin’s kite on the rainy and thunderstruck night when he first harnessed electricity. Holl’s initial sketches of a building like a kite stuck in the trees were a playful beginning.
Architect: Winter Visual Arts Center
On the historic campus of Franklin & Marshall College, the new Winter Visual Arts Building takes shape as a raised pavilion formed by the site’s large old growth trees, the oldest elements of the campus all of which were preserved. The building’s spaces evoke the creative energy involved in teaching and making art. It is designed to become a new campus destination for all students. This building activates the southern end of the campus and creates a destination coming from the north path that runs through the entire campus.
LNP: 'Everyone should vote': College campus voting initiatives carry on despite coronavirus pandemic
During one of the more polarizing elections in recent memory, students at Lancaster County's major colleges are receiving a single, simple message: Vote. But with COVID-19 changing so much of campus life, the effort to encourage college students to vote is changing. With in-person events essentially out of the question due to the coronavirus pandemic, students, faculty, staff and administrators have had to rethink how to spread the message to students on and off campus. “This was already going to be an adventure in of itself,” said Jessica Haile, an assistant dean for international student services at Franklin & Marshall College and the staff chair of the college’s voting initiative, F&M Votes. “And then came the pandemic.”
LNP: Tumultuous year could end with electoral chaos [column by Professor Stephen Medvic, Department of Government]
Exactly where 2020 will rank among the most tumultuous election years in American history is unclear at this point. There’s still more than a week to go until Election Day and two months between Election Day and the joint session of Congress, on Jan. 6, 2021, when the results of the presidential election will be made official. To this point, though, what we’ve experienced is quite abnormal. There’s no need to review all that’s happened, but a short list puts the strangeness in focus: an impeachment (yes, that was this year); a catastrophic pandemic; an economic collapse and partial recovery; widespread and ongoing protests in the wake of multiple cases of police brutality; the death of a U.S. Supreme Court justice and the resulting vacancy just a month and a half before the election; a historically bizarre debate; and a presidential illness. Is it a stretch to say that this election is a matter of life and death?
AP News: Biden’s warning on oil tests voter resolve on climate change
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Joe Biden is confronting the harsh political realities of combating climate change. The Democratic presidential nominee has spent months touting a $2 trillion plan to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from the U.S. economy by 2050. The plan implied that he would wean the U.S. off oil and gas, but Biden wasn’t so explicit about the industry’s fate — until Thursday night. During the final moments of the presidential debate, Biden said he would “transition away from the oil industry.” President Donald Trump, trailing Biden in many national and battleground state polls, immediately sensed an opportunity to appeal to voters in competitive states like Texas and Pennsylvania that produce oil and gas. Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, said fracking opinions there fall on regional lines and the comments could hurt Biden’s efforts to cut into Trump’s support in southwestern Pennsylvania, where the industry is strong. “Anything that the president can do to try to make sure he’s able to maintain the sizable advantage that he had in 2016 in these fracking areas, he’s going to do,” Yost said.
PBS News Hour: How to read the polls in 2020 and avoid the mistakes of 2016
On Oct. 28, 2016, Berwood Yost had just finished interviews for his last poll before the presidential election. The director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, had asked voters in his state if they preferred Republican candidate Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. Like many polls around the country at that moment, his results suggested Clinton could win the critical swing state. Most national polls were pegging Clinton’s lead over Trump anywhere between 1 and 7 percentage points in the close presidential race. Hours later, FBI Director James Comey submitted a letter to Congress. With less than two weeks before Election Day, he had reopened an investigation into Clinton’s use of personal email for government business in what many now see as a seismic decision — the effects of which weren’t captured by Yost’s poll.
FOX43: Students in Central Pa. react to the final Presidential Debate
[F&M students, Rachel St. Louis ’21 and Angelica Camilo ’21, featured in video clip.] PENNSYLVANIA, USA — We wanted to know what our viewers thought about the second and final Presidential Debate. After the debate finished Thursday night, FOX43's Rachel Yonkunas sat down with a group of local college students over Zoom to get their takes on the debate.
LNP: Republicans ahead of Democrats in Lancaster County, according to voter registration data
Republicans are outpacing Democrats in registering voters in Lancaster County, according to preliminary data released by the county elections office on Monday. In the months since the June primary, Republicans added thousands to their overall registration lead in the county, according to county Commissioner Ray D’Agostino, who discussed the numbers during a press conference on election security in Manheim. But Berwood Yost, director of the Floyd Institute for Public Policy at Franklin & Marshall College, cautioned that voter registration numbers should be looked at historically. “Voter registration certainly reflects political affiliation, but also if you take a big picture look, it reflects changes that are happening in your community,” Yost said. “The point still stands: Lancaster is a county with a Republican edge in registration, but that advantage has shrunk as the population has grown and become more diverse.”
ENRMidAtlantic: Best Higher Education/Research and Project of the Year Finalist: Winter Visual Arts Center - Franklin & Marshall College
Envisioned by architect Steven Holl as a “pavilion on the park,” the new Winter Visual Arts Center rises four stories to meet the canopy of neighboring old-growth, large-diameter trees on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College. The arts center’s envelope features concave curvatures intended as a response to the trees that surround 75% of the building. One judge lauded “the aesthetics and how it was built to match the surrounding natural environment. It’s just a great looking project.”
CBS13 Sacramento: Stimulus Package Update: As Unemployment Claims Climb, Have Both Sides Found Common Ground?
Talks on a possible second stimulus package continued this past week between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. And the House and the White House seem to be inching toward some sort of common ground. That common ground, however, is still far removed from anything the Senate might approve. “So we hear a lot about the extra $600,” notes Yeva Nersisyan, Associate Professor of Economics at Franklin & Marshall College. “Are people going to get it, or is Congress going to do it or not? But a more important question is whether we will extend the period over which people can collect unemployment. It depends on the state. From 13 to 26 weeks, that’s how long unemployed people can collect unemployment. And for many of them, I think, by the end of the year, it’s going to run out. For those that it doesn’t, maybe early next spring, that’s when it’s going to run out.”
CBS4 Miami: Market Strategist Warns ‘Pain Felt On Main Street Quite Distinct From What’s Reflected In Stock Market’
Seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and Wall Street is doing well. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 28,514.76 on Wednesday afternoon, over 3,000 points above where it found itself at the end of February, the last full month before COVID took hold of the economy. The Dow would drop to a 2020 low of 18,591.93 less than a month later. But a steady upward trend has lifted it almost 10,000 points since. The economy hasn’t rebounded to that degree. It remains far below its pre-COVID level. Even with the modest growth promoted by the CARES Act, which has since leveled off, the threat of a double-dip recession looms large. And Main Street is doing even worse. “Things are not looking up for small businesses,” says Yeva Nersisyan, Associate Professor of Economics at Franklin & Marshall College. “A lot of them will probably close permanently. A lot of job losses have become permanent. I think about 2.5 million of the job losers are permanent job losers compared to February numbers. So that’s not looking good for now.”
CBS3 Philly: Stimulus Package Update: What Happens To The Economy Without A Second Stimulus?
“[The economy] is sort of hanging in there for now,” says Yeva Nersisyan, Associate Professor of Economics at Franklin & Marshall College. “The unemployment rate has come down. But at the same time, labor force participation rate, which is basically measuring the percentage of people who are eligible to be working, who are actually either working or looking for work, that number is down from the February numbers.” February is the last full month before the pandemic began to shut down large parts of the economy, forcing millions out of work. Then, the unemployment rate was 3.5 percent. By April, it would spike to 14.7 percent. By September, it had fallen to 7.9 percent, which is an improvement, but still doesn’t suggest a healthy job market. “And things are not looking up for small businesses,” Nersisyan continues. “A lot of them will probably close permanently. A lot of job losses have become permanent. I think about 2.5 million of the job losers are permanent job losers compared to February numbers. So that’s not looking good for now.”
CBS21 Harrisburg: Franklin & Marshall College successfully fielding COVID-19 cases on campus
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — Franklin and Marshall says at the height of their active cases, there was a total of seven over a two day period. Officials believed they have been successful at curbing cases due to the many precautions. "We've asked a lot of them in terms of their behavior in terms of wearing masks, being physically distant and you know using common sense protocols," said Alan Caniglia, VP for Strategic Initiatives at Franklin and Marshall. A third of the college's students, including the entire sophomore class, are learning from home this semester as a part of the dedensification plan. In the Spring, all freshman will learn virtually.
LNP: COVID-19 cases at Lancaster County colleges hit October low despite Pa. surge
The number of COVID-19 cases at the county’s four largest colleges has reached its lowest level of the month, despite increasing infections across the state, according to data published this week. There are seven total active cases — four at Millersville University and three at Lancaster Bible College. Franklin & Marshall College and Elizabethtown College reported no active cases. Total active cases reported by the four colleges have steadily declined the past few weeks, with 13 total active cases reported last week and 22 the week prior.
High Times: Pennsylvania Governor Continues Push For Cannabis Legislation
Legalizing marijuana could help Pennsylvania weather the economic turbulence brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. That was the argument put forth on Tuesday by the state’s governor, Tom Wolf, who continued to urge Keystone State lawmakers to take up the issue. “This year, I again went to the General Assembly and asked them to make legalizing adult-use cannabis a priority for the fall as we work to find ways to overcome the economic hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, there has been no movement to advance legislation,” Wolf and Fetterman would appear to be correct in their assertion that most Pennsylvania voters have their back on the matter. A poll last year from Franklin & Marshall College found that nearly 60 percent of Pennsylvanians support marijuana legalization, which was unchanged from what the pollsters found when they asked the question in 2017.
Discover: Are Animals Capable of Grief?
When animals lose a member of their species, they often show behaviors that look like human grief. Does this mean they are mourning the dead? In August of 2018, millions of people watched a video of an Orca in the Pacific Northwest and felt their hearts break. The new mother named Tahlequah had lost her calf, but persisted in pushing the corpse around for 17 days. It was almost impossible not to feel, deep down, that the mom was grieving. Scientists are tempted to draw those conclusions, too. But even if researchers feel that an animal’s behaviors mean it is mourning, that’s not how their job works. “We need documented evidence that this is indeed an analogue to grief,” says Elizabeth Lonsdorf, a primatologist at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, that proof is hard to get. “In terms of emotion, animal cognition is tricky,” she says. “It would be a lot nicer if you could ask them what they’re feeling.”
Psychology Today: Do Children Learn Moral Lessons from Storybooks?
Essay from F&M’s Josh Rottman: Changing children’s minds about moral issues requires straightforward lessons. Many bestselling children’s storybooks, like The Lorax, aim to teach kids important moral lessons. But do they work? New research suggests that they probably don’t, but that parents can effectively instill moral ideas in other ways.
LNP: What to watch for as we near Election Day (and beyond)
[Opinion written by F&M professor of government & public policy, Brandon Koenig] As we head into the final few weeks of a historic election season, here is what I’ll be paying attention to in the days before the election. If you are someone who already knows who you are going to vote for and are committed to casting that vote, it’s important to remember that you are no longer the audience for either campaign. Instead, campaigns are focused on the narrow band of voters who can swing the election — the undecided voters, the swing voters, and the voters who might or might not go out and vote if no one reaches out to them.
WITF: Here’s how Democrats could flip the Pennsylvania legislature
Just nine GOP seats in the House and four in the Senate would have to flip to blue in order for power to change hands. Terry Madonna, a pollster at Franklin and Marshall College and longtime Pennsylvania political analyst, said those major victories also came with a downside: Most of the contests left for the general election are tougher, more uphill battles for Democrats. Madonna, who has been observing the legislature for thirty-odd years, noted that Democrats are certainly closer to regaining control than they’ve been in the last 10 years when they lost the House for the last time amid a Tea Party wave.
FOX43 News: Push to engage young voters; pandemic presents challenges
With less than a month until the election and less than two weeks until the last day to register to vote, there's been a push to engage young voters across the country, but the pandemic is making that task more of a challenge. Dr. Stephen Medvic, Professor of Government at F&M College, said each person plays an important role in the election. "We want elections to reflect the will of the people," Dr. Medvic said. "And it can only do that if most of the people, ideally all of the people, go out to vote and then we know, 'okay this is what the people want.'"
USA Today: Always a battleground: Is Pennsylvania the most important swing state in the 2020 election?
Pennsylvania has a long history of being consequential in presidential elections —choosing 20 of the last 25 presidents. With 20 electoral votes up for grabs, it is considered by some analysts as the most important state in the 2020 presidential election. It's an opinion clearly shared by President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, as they made a combined 10 campaign visits to Pennsylvania in September. "The candidates have been virtually living here," said Terry Madonna, a pollster and political analyst at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. "That tells you how important Pennsylvania is."
LNP: Lancaster County colleges report 13 active COVID-19 cases, 9 fewer than last week
The number of COVID-19 cases across the county's four largest colleges dipped slightly this week, as campuses continue strict measures in an attempt to keep a lid on the virus. There are 13 total active cases at Millersville University, Franklin & Marshall College, Elizabethtown College and Lancaster Bible College, according to data published Monday and Tuesday. That’s down from 22 active cases this time last week. Millersville is home to seven cases, F&M and Lancaster Bible each has three, while Elizabethtown reported no cases.
PennLive: Only fools fear COVID-19?
F&M’s Kerry Sherin Wright shares her family’s COVID-19 experiece in an op-ed: Watching the news coverage of President Trump as he fights coronavirus, I can’t help but recall the awful month when COVID-19 struck at my family’s house – the Wright house, not to be confused with the White House – last spring. We were lucky; we did not have to be hospitalized, and all three of us recovered with (almost) no lingering effects. But for the whole of April, we could not tell which way this disease was taking us. The only thing I knew for sure was that it was trying to kill me; whether it would succeed was anyone’s guess.
The Weather Network (Canada): Bright Blue Lakes of Canada
F&M Biology Professor Janet Fischer is interviewed by Canada’s weather channel.
Dezeen: Steven Holl shapes Winter Visual Arts Building around 200-year-old trees
Curving glass walls enclose the Winter Visual Arts Building, which Steven Holl Architects has completed in the arboretum of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The sculptural three-storey arts centre, first revealed by Steven Holl Architects in 2016, forms part of the US college's new Arts Quad and contains studios, classrooms, and offices.
Archinect News: Steven Holl's just-opened Winter Visual Arts Building emerged from a sketch of a kite stuck in the trees
Just completed this month, the new Winter Visual Arts Building, designed by Steven Holl Architects, takes shape on the historic campus of Franklin & Marshal College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The formal qualities of the new structure takes its inspiration from the kite Benjamin Franklin wielded when he first "harnessed electricity." The initial sketches of the building embraces the webbed form of a kite "stuck in the trees." Moreover, the design team moved to play off the geometry of the 200-year-old trees that surround the site. "We thought of the geometry of trees as a way to give shape to the new arts building.”
ArchDaily: Winter Visual Arts Building / Steven Holl Architects
On the historic campus of Franklin & Marshall College, the new Winter Visual Arts Building takes shape as a raised pavilion formed by the site’s 200-year old trees, the oldest elements of the campus. A new campus destination for all students, the building’s spaces aim to evoke the creative energy involved in teaching and making art.
The Architect’s Newspaper: Steven Holl Architect’s kite-like Winter Visual Arts Building opens its doors
Students making their return to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this semester will find a new addition to the forested, 52-acre campus: The two-story Winter Visual Arts Building, splayed like a kite stuck in the trees, that was recently completed by Steven Holl Architects (SHA). The 33,000-square-foot arts center was designed as a one-stop-shop for arts students, consolidating space for film, video, and photo work on the basement level, galleries, a sculpture garden, and “forum” on the ground floor, and “studios for drawing, painting, woodworking, design, and printmaking,” according to a press release from SHA, on the second floor, as well as a cinema. On the mezzanine level are studios for faculty and seminar rooms.
Designboom: steven holl architects opens 'winter visual arts building' at franklin & marshall college
steven holl architects has completed a new building on the historic campus of franklin & marshall, a liberal arts college in lancaster, pennsylvania. appearing as raised pavilion, the distinctive shape of the ‘winter visual arts building’ is derived from the campus’ oldest elements — its trees. designed to be the center of creative life on campus, the building brings students together to collaborate on a variety of arts projects.
CampusReform: Pennsylvania students petition university president to pay bail for arrested protester
After a college student in Pennsylvania was arrested for arson at a protest of police brutality in September, students demanded that the university president help pay her bond. Kathryn Patterson, a junior at Franklin & Marshall University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was arrested on 14 different charges, including arson, obstruction of highways, and rioting with the intent to commit a felony. The protest was over the death of Ricardo Munoz, who police say was shot and killed while chasing a police officer with a knife. Patterson’s bail was set at $1,000,000, which the police report said she was unable to post. A GoFundMe page was launched by “members of the Black Student Union and Kappa Delta Sorority” to help pay her bail.
Bloomberg Opinion: Racial Justice and the Long Shadow of Gettysburg
Along the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania, signs of division and of reconciliation. I thought it was a quiet night in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It wasn’t. As my wife and I settled into a campsite beside Dutch Wonderland — a tragedy was occurring in town. The mother of 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz had called the county’s crisis intervention center — but another family member called 911. Minutes later an officer arrived, Munoz charged with a knife, a shot was fired, and the young man lay dead on the sidewalk. Protesters gathered at the downtown police station demanding answers. As the hours passed, the crowd grew, the tension rose, and the lid came off. One of the people arrested, a White student at Franklin & Marshall College, had bail set at $1 million. Her father told a reporter he was “completely floored. It’s really just vindictive. You want to have faith in the system because it’s the only one we have, and then you experience this. I understand why my daughter would protest in the first place.”
LNP: A month into fall semester, COVID-19 cases remain relatively low at Lancaster County colleges
More than a month into the fall semester, COVID-19 cases remain relatively low across the four largest colleges in Lancaster County. There are 22 total active cases at Millersville University, Franklin & Marshall College, Elizabethtown College and Lancaster Bible College, according to data published Monday and Tuesday. Millersville is home to 14 of those, F&M has four, while Elizabethtown and Lancaster Bible report two each. Franklin & Marshall College is up to 13 total student cases, plus two that were considered false positives, data released Tuesday shows. One faculty or staff member has also tested positive. Of the four active student cases, three are isolating on campus, and one is isolating at home.
6ABC: Jim Gardner and Terry Madonna discuss the fallout from the wild first Presidential debate
6abc Studios (WPVI) -- So what did YOU think about the debate between President Trump and Joe Biden. Almost everyone has an opinion, including Terry Madonna, professor of politics and public affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. Once again, Jim Gardner and Terry Madonna take stock of the Presidential campaign in their series of weekly conversations. On this week's agenda: debate reaction, how the wild night will impact the next debates, scenarios for what could happen on election night and whether a newly seated Supreme Court Justice could play a roll.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Do we still need presidential debates? | Pro/Con
F&M Professor of Government Biko Koenig writes the pro side: “Debates matter for undecided voters. While the poll numbers indicate a record level of interest in this year’s presidential campaign, 11% of voters are still undecided, more than Biden’s lead in the same poll. For these voters, presidential debates might offer the cleanest opportunity to compare the two candidates position by position. Debates matter for a second minority of voters—the organized and the powerful. One of the greatest victories of our elites is convincing citizens that voting once every two or four years is enough to be a responsible citizen. While many of us engage in this “set it and forget it” style of politics, real policy change happens in between elections.
CBS21: Central Pennsylvania professor reacts after Biden, Trump faceoff in first debate
LANCASTER COUNTY — This morning, Americans across the country are reacting to the first presidential debate last night, in which President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden shared a stage for the first time. CBS 21's Ryan Eldredge spoke with Government Professor Stephen Medvic of Franklin and Marshall College about his reaction to the debate and some of the big takeaways.
FOX43 News: Political science professors weigh in on President Trump, Joe Biden's debate performances
Early polls show voters believe Biden had the better debate performance. However, just because the early polls favor Biden in the debate doesn't mean that's a reflection of what may happen in November. Brandon Koenig, an assistant professor of government and public policy at Franklin & Marshall College says, the polling is similar to the polling done in the 2016 debates between President Trump and Hillary Clinton, which also showed Clinton as the stronger performance. "Many of them had very negative comments about Trump's performance and felt it was un-presidential, however that's what many felt about him in 2016 and he still won the election."
FOX43 News: How likely is the presidential debate to sway voters?
Political science experts say debates typically do not sway voters, but this year could be different. It's estimated three to 11 percent of voters remain undecided. While that may not seem like a lot, in 2016, President Trump won Pennsylvania by 44,000 voters. That's .7 percent of Pennsylvania voters. "So, it's enough to swing an election even though it feels like to many of us we've already made up our minds," said Brandon Koenig, an assistant professor of government and public policy at Franklin & Marshall College.
Newsweek: Pennsylvania Democrats and Republicans Battle Over Virus Restrictions in Crucial Swing State
A clash over coronavirus restrictions between Democratic and Republican lawmakers continues in Pennsylvania, a crucial swing state in the 2020 election. The state's governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has pushed to continue measures in place amid the pandemic—though these actions have faced challenges, with critics seeking they be lifted at least to some extent. Last week, a move to loosen the restrictions on restaurants and bars passed the state's House—with all Republicans supporting the bill and a split of Democrats also doing so. However, Wolf said he will veto this, as he did previously with a bill which would have altered the rules around crowd sizes at high school sports events. Polling from Franklin & Marshall College, conducted among 625 respondents September 14 to 20, found 25 percent of respondents think COVID-19 is the most important issue facing Pennsylvania at the moment.
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin: Inconceivable Middle-Class Black Space: The Architecture and Consequences of Space-Focused Stereotype Content at the Race–Class Nexus
Research Article written by Caitlyn Yantis, Visiting Assistant Professor, Psychology Department — White Americans tend to stereotype a Black neighborhood as lower class and less desirable than a similar White neighborhood. A strong mental image of Black areas, in general, as lower class and undesirable contributes to this perceptual race-gap. The present studies show that a weak mental image of middle-class Black space as middle class and desirable may also contribute.
The Guardian: US election polls look good for Joe Biden. But can they be trusted?
After Donald Trump’s surprise victory in 2016, some Democrats are reluctant to believe the numbers. But have the polls improved since then? The well-known and widely followed Franklin & Marshall College poll based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, had Clinton ahead by double digits in the state in its last poll before the 2016 election. Trump won the state by a razor margin of fewer than 50,000 votes, or less than a percentage point. The director of the poll, G Terry Madonna, said an unusual wave of late-deciding voters mostly breaking in the same direction – toward Trump – created the polling blind spot. Madonna said this year the poll would stay in the field longer – and he sees fewer undecided voters this time. “When you have 85-90% of Republicans saying they approve of the job Trump’s doing, and Democrats are in single digits – people are locked in in this race,” Madonna said. “There’s a relatively small number of undecided voters. And it may turn out that what they do might make a difference, but it’s probably more important for the campaigns to get out their base of voters.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Biden maintains an edge over Trump in new Pa. poll, as pessimism over coronavirus and the economy looms
Pennsylvania voters are closely tuned into the 2020 election, pessimistic about the coronavirus, the economy, and their own personal finances — and currently giving Joe Biden the edge over President Donald Trump, according to a new poll. The Franklin & Marshall College survey released Thursday showed the former vice president and Democratic nominee with a six-point lead over Trump among likely voters, 48% to 42%. Seven out of 10 voters are “very interested” in the race.
ABC27 News: Maintaining mental health during COVID-19
LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — This Thursday, the Office of Student Wellness Education and Violence Prevention (WEVP) and the COVID Wellness Education Committee at Franklin & Marshall College will launch a virtual discussion series titled, “Wellness in the Age of Coronavirus.” The series will dig into how COVID-19 is impacting people’s mental health and is expected to cover anxiety, depression, loneliness, and more. Kathryn Wanner is the director of WEVP. She says, “Thinking about health and wellness is, I think, almost the most important thing that we can all talk about and think about together right now.”
Fox43 News: 33 F&M students in quarantine awaiting COVID-19 test results; another student who has tested positive is in isolation
According to data released this week, 33 students at Franklin & Marshall College are in quarantine while awaiting test results for COVID-19, and one additional student on campus is in isolation because of a positive test. The information was released Tuesday as part of F&M's weekly update of COVID-19 data. Of the students in quarantine, 25 are on campus and eight are in quarantine at home. Of those on-campus, five are staying in Schnader Hall, and 20 are in off-campus housing, the university said.
6abc: Jim Gardner and Terry Madonna discuss impact of Justice Ginsburg's death
6abc Studios (WPVI) -- The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has sent shockwaves through the country's world of jurisprudence. But it has also rocked the campaign for President. Jim Gardner and Terry Madonna discuss Ginsburg's death and its potential impact on the race and the Court. Over the next several weeks, Jim Gardner and Dr. Terry Madonna from Franklin and Marshall College are going to talk about which way the state, its counties, its voters are leaning, and how the choices made here could sway the outcome of the national results.
Breitbart: Franklin and Marshall College Students Forced to Quarantine After Sewage Tests Positive for Coronavirus
A group of students at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, are being forced to quarantine after wastewater from their residential building tested positive for coronavirus. Franklin and Marshall is one of several colleges that is testing sewage water as part of its coronavirus mitigation protocols. None of the 92 students required to quarantine have actually tested positive for the Chinese virus. According to a local news report, Franklin and Marshall College is forcing students in the Brooks College residential community to quarantine in response to a positive wastewater test.
Wilkes-Barre The Citizens' Voice: Republicans cut sharply into Democratic voter registration advantage in three months
Franklin & Marshall College political analyst G. Terry Madonna said the registration shift to Republicans has happened basically in counties Trump won in 2016, especially in southwestern Pennsylvania. In the counties around Philadelphia, Democrats have gained voters. “It seems to me that given the intensity of this election and given the polarization, this doesn’t surprise me,” Madonna said. “Remember what’s going on in some of these counties, particularly out in the southwest like Cambria. Trump carried Washington, Westmoreland, Beaver, Greene, Cambria and Fayette (in the southwest), even though they all had Democratic voter registration edges. He didn’t win them by five (percentage) points or 10 points. He won them by 20, 25 and over 30 points.”
LNP: More than 90 F&M students forced to quarantine on campus after positive wastewater test
More than 90 Franklin & Marshall College students residing at the Brooks College House on campus were required to quarantine this week after the college’s wastewater testing picked up a positive COVID-19 case inside the dorm. It’s the latest complication brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, which, despite various health and safety precautions on campus, has reared its ugly head at F&M and other Lancaster County colleges. F&M, according to data released Tuesday, has had nine total cases of COVID-19 — eight students and one faculty or staff member — and nearly two dozen students in quarantine. The college releases COVID-19 data once a week on Tuesdays.
LNP: Initial $1 million bails were excessive and unconstitutional; we're glad they were lowered [editorial]
“Nine of the 13 protesters facing multiple felony charges after a round of arrests early this week saw their bail amounts reduced Thursday, after days of controversy over whether the initial totals were excessive,” LNP | LancasterOnline’s Ty Lohr reported Thursday. Protests, followed later by rioting, arson and vandalism, occurred in the city early Monday, hours after Ricardo Miguel Muñoz was fatally shot by a Lancaster city police officer Sunday afternoon outside his parents’ home. District Court Judge Bruce Roth initially set the bail at $1 million for at least nine of those who were arrested during the rioting. The fact that these bail amounts were reduced just days later, and to such drastically lower levels, shows how wrong they were in the first place. Those who were arrested are innocent until proven guilty in court. And the idea that excessive bail shall not be required is one of the bedrocks of American democracy. “On Sept. 17, we celebrate Constitution Day,” Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said in statement Thursday that followed the bail reductions. “A vast disconnect between criminal charges and bail violates the Eighth Amendment. End of story. Bail cannot be weaponized. Our Constitution literally, explicitly forbids it.” He’s referring to the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified in 1791 and states: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
LNP: A former Army officer’s take on the commander in chief
Op-ed by F&M’s Bryan Stinchfield. As is usually the case with President Donald Trump, the most important point isn’t always the most obvious. In this case, it isn’t just a report of what Trump did or did not say, or the media’s reactions to said report. The most important point to keep in mind is that Trump is a dangerously flawed man, yet he has the power to launch nuclear weapons, mismanage a pandemic, and weaken democratic institutions that have (so far) kept us from sliding into authoritarianism.
The 19th: A whistleblower complaint alleging ‘high rate’ of hysterectomies in ICE detention centers parallels grim U.S. history
Elspeth Wilson, an assistant professor of government at Franklin and Marshall College and author of “The Reproduction of Citizenship,” said these allegations against the ICE facility in Georgia are a continuation of the country’s “eugenics movement” that dates back to the early 1900s. In 1905, Indiana became the first state to approve a sterilization law “making sterilization mandatory for certain individuals in state custody,” and to prohibit marriage licenses for “imbeciles, epileptics and those of unsound minds” in an effort to reduce reproduction. During the next several decades, more than two-thirds of all states passed similar laws, legislation that affected many poor women, especially those associated with poverty, disability, criminality, alcoholism or even having children out of wedlock, Wilson said. “England and the United States started the eugenics movement, not Nazi Germany,” Wilson said. “After World War II and the Holocaust, the United States doesn’t even acknowledge our eugenics past.”
LNP: US News college rankings: F&M, other local schools make the list, but the value of college rankings remains in question
Franklin & Marshall College received the highest marks among Lancaster County colleges listed in the 36th annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings released this week. The long-running publication lauded the 2,200-student liberal arts college in Lancaster city for its value, distribution of need-based aid, high graduation rates and low student-to-faculty ratio. It rated F&M a 75 out of 100 overall and ranked it 43rd among national liberal arts colleges.
LNP: Nearly 2 dozen F&M students quarantined and awaiting COVID-19 test results, new data shows
Nearly two dozen Franklin & Marshall College students are in quarantine and awaiting test results for COVID-19, the college's latest virus data shows. In its weekly update published online Tuesday evening, F&M revealed it has four active student case of COVID-19, all of whom are isolating off-campus. One faculty or staff member has also tested positive. An additional 23 students are at-risk and in quarantine as they await test results. Twenty-one of the 23 students in quarantine are on campus.
USA Today: Pennsylvania judge will likely reevaluate 'unconstitutional' $1 million bail set for Ricardo Munoz protesters
The father of Kathryn Patterson, 20, an undergraduate student at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, told the Associated Press she was acting as a medic, as she has been at other recent protests. Chip Patterson called his daughter's $1 million bail“obscene.” “Everything that I know so far, which is not a lot, indicates that Kat is not guilty of those charges. But then again, we’ll have to wait and see,” said Chip Patterson, who lives in Mercersburg, about 100 miles west of Lancaster. The adults face charges including conspiracy to commit arson, riot, institutional vandalism and disorderly conduct. One has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. The 13 defendants range from 16 to 43 years old and live in Lancaster and surrounding communities.
The Washington Free Beacon: University President Helps Raise Money for Student Arrested for Arson
The president of Pennsylvania's Franklin and Marshall College is helping raise money for a student arrested during riots in Lancaster, Pa., and charged with arson, among other felonies. Facing pressure from the student body to speak out in favor of junior Kat Patterson, university president Barbara Altmann took to social media to thank students for creating a GoFundMe for Patterson and wrote that "many of us in our community will be contributing." "We stand by our students’ constitutional right to protest," Altmann wrote. "And affirm a presumption of innocence."
Daily Mail: REVEALED: A sorority girl, a volunteer medic, a newspaper employee and a 16-year-old boy are among the 13 protesters arrested during clashes with Lancaster police after cops shot and killed a crazed knifeman
The protesters were taken into custody on Monday in Lancaster and slapped with a slew of misdemeanor charges including arson, riot, vandalism and criminal conspiracy. A judge set bail for nine of the defendants at an astonishing $1million, including 20-year-old Kathryn Patterson, a Kappa Delta sorority sister at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster. A GoFundMe campaign raising money to help Patterson post bail describes her as an 'ally' of Black Student Union at her school, which charges nearly $60,000-a-year for tuition. Patterson grew up in the tiny town of Mercersburg, according to her Facebook page, which is filled with photos of her racial justice activism. One post from August shows her pumping her fist in the air during a march. 'My left fist, to symbolize black power. BLM, all day everyday,' she wrote in a comment. Patterson's GoFundMe page has raised more than $44,600 as of Wednesday afternoon.
The New York Post: Here’s a test of how rich radicals really feel about their privilege
One of the vandalous “protesters” arrested for rioting in Lancaster, Pa., this week turns out to be a Kappa Delta sorority member from Franklin & Marshall College, a pricey private school. Will the parade of privileged idiots never end? Kathryn Patterson was one of a dozen radicals arrested at 3 a.m. after a late-night march in response to the police killing of mentally ill Ricardo Munoz after he charged officers with a knife. The marchers allegedly threw glass bottles, bricks, rocks, liquid-filled gallon jugs and plastic road barricades at cops and damaged a county vehicle, as well as smashing post office windows and setting dumpsters aflame. That earned many of them $1 million bail. Her defenders claim Patterson had merely served as a “medic” for the mob. A 20-year-old medic?
Breitbart: University President, Students Promote GoFundMe for Sorority Girl Facing Charges of Arson, Rioting in Lancaster
The president of Lancaster’s Franklin & Marshall College, Barbara Altmann, promoted a GoFundMe to raise money for a student and sorority girl who was one of 13 arrested as a result of the riots in Lancaster Sunday night into Monday morning. Authorities arrested thirteen individuals, including one juvenile, as a result of the riots in Lancaster that occurred Sunday night into early Monday morning — riots that were spurred by the fatal police-involved shooting of 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz, who wielded a knife as he chased an officer. Kathryn Patterson, 20, was among the arrestees. She faces charges of arson, institutional vandalism, riot, failure to disperse, obstructing highways and other public passages, disorderly conduct, and defiant trespass, according to the Lancaster Bureau of Police. She is being held on $1,000,000 bail.
LNP: 8 people, 4 from outside Lancaster County, arrested after Monday morning protests in Lancaster city
Kathryn Patterson, 20, of Mercersburg, charged with felony arson, felony vandalism, felony riot, failure to disperse and other protest-related charges. Patterson is a junior at Franklin & Marshall College and has been an active member of its Black Student Union, as well as Green Dreamz. She has organized protests around the region and attended protests in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. in recent months. "She would not advocate violence, in fact that’s what she’s protesting against," Chip Patterson said.
Popsugar: Becca Meyers Says She Forgets She's Visually Impaired and Deaf Once She Gets in the Pool
Meyers, who broke two world records at the 2019 US Paralympics Swimming Para National Championships and who has six medals across two Paralympics already, focused her time on finishing up her history degree from Franklin & Marshall College online. "I really liked it because I was able to take all my energy from swimming, my goal setting, my determination, and put it into school," she told POPSUGAR. "My priority became school and it gave me a purpose to wake up, to do school work, and to work towards completing my degree." She'll be a part-time student in the spring and she plans to graduate in May of next year before her go at the Tokyo 2021 Paralympics.
FOX43: F&M College testing sewage for presence of COVID-19
Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster is testing for COVID-19 in its sewage. It's called "wastewater testing" and sample collection began last month. It sounds like a pretty crappy job, but according to leaders at F&M College - "This is actually very sophisticated science," Alan Caniglia, VP for Strategic Initiatives, said. Caniglia is talking about testing waste for the presence of COVID-19. "Turns out the virus leaves a trace of its genetic code in human waste and we can access in several different spots on campus," Caniglia said. It's not an alternative to regular swab testing. This method is more of a compliment. It's less time consuming, costs less, and it's not as intrusive.
LNP: Rules for visitors to F&M campus (letter)
President Altmann letter-to-the editor: It's a new and very different fall for Franklin & Marshall College. Several hundred of our students are studying remotely, and a large percentage are in residence on or near campus. We take seriously the challenge of conducting hybrid education with in-person and residential components. We have many safeguards in place, including COVID-19 testing for all employees and students and signed pledges to observe the commonsense practices that keep everyone safe: wearing masks, washing hands and staying 6 feet apart.
The Washington Post: Trump’s lead over Biden on the economy appears vulnerable, a potential turning point
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is intensifying his efforts to dislodge President Trump’s advantage on economic issues with voters, fueling an intensifying debate over which candidate could better handle the fragile recovery. Senior Biden campaign officials cheered a CNN poll conducted Aug. 28-Sept. 1, that show Trump polling 49 percent on the economy and Biden 48 percent. It is a significant narrowing from CNN’s Aug. 12-15 poll that found Trump leading Biden on the economy, 53 percent to 45 percent. “Concerns about the economy are rising. Pennsylvania voters said covid was the biggest issue in July. Now it’s the economy,” said Berwood Yost, the director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.
Washington Examiner: Trump hopes in Pennsylvania ride on painting rural areas a deeper shade of red
Vice President Mike Pence had a simple message for supporters when he stopped at a campaign office in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. “The road to victory goes straight through Pennsylvania,” he said. But Democrats sense an opportunity and say Trump is losing support in suburban Pennsylvania and has little option but to run a strategy dependent on turning out the base elsewhere. Dr. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll in Lancaster, said the state was clearly divided into urban centers voting for the Democratic Party and its version of identity politics and other areas that were trending Republican in a process greatly accelerated by Trump. “For Trump to win these battleground states, in the Upper Midwest, the Rust Belt states, he needs turnout to be big, and he needs to win these areas by huge percentages,” he said.
LNP: 5 students at Millersville University, 1 at F&M test positive for COVID-19
There are six students with COVID-19 at Lancaster County’s four largest colleges, and five attend Millersville University, according to data published Monday and Tuesday. The sixth positive case is a student at Franklin & Marshall College, according to its data collection, which updates Tuesday evenings. The F&M student is also isolating off-campus. Sixteen additional students are in quarantine, as they are considered at-risk and awaiting test results, on-campus.
The New Yorker: Trump’s Scare Tactics Haven’t Worked Against Biden So Far. Could That Change?
Example, in a poll of registered voters in Pennsylvania by Franklin & Marshall College, thirty-one per cent of respondents cited the coronavirus as the most important problem facing the state, and twenty-two per cent mentioned the economy and personal finances. “The only other issue listed as a problem by more than one in ten registered voters is concern about government and politicians,” the pollsters noted.
The Christian Science Monitor: Why Pennsylvania is ground zero for mail-in voting debate
With far more Democrats planning to vote by mail than Republicans – 52% compared to 10%, according to a Franklin & Marshall College poll – that could create a “blue shift” after polls close and mailed ballots are counted.
San Francisco Chronicle: Swing voters in battleground states don’t care about Nancy Pelosi’s hair
Nor will Pelosi’s salon adventures move any voters in Pennsylvania, another battleground that Trump won in 2016 and where polls show Biden with a narrow lead now. “No, it won’t. This is between Trump and Biden, not her,” said G. Terry Madonna, who directs the Franklin and Marshall College Poll in Pennsylvania. “If one of them did something, yes, it could have some impact. But not somebody else. “What’s going to move voters here is something like when Biden said that he doesn’t want to ban fracking,” a big source of jobs in the state, Madonna said.
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Biden has an 8-point lead over Trump in Pa. and almost all voters have decided, poll says
The Quinnipiac University survey — one of several this week that show Biden with substantial leads in battleground states — found 52% of likely voters supporting Biden, compared with 44% for Trump. And 94% have settled on their pick for president, the poll said. If accurate, that would leave Trump little room to maneuver in the race’s final two months. The Quinnipiac poll paints a different picture than one released just a day earlier by Monmouth University. Other August polls from Muhlenberg College and Change Research have also suggested a closer race in Pennsylvania, while Franklin and Marshall College recently found a Biden lead of 7 percentage points.
LNP: Two additional students test positive for COVID-19 at Lancaster County colleges
One additional student each at Millersville University and Franklin & Marshall College has tested positive for COVID-19, according to data published online Friday. That makes 10 cumulative, and four active, cases at Millersville, the county’s largest college and lone state-owned university. All four students who are currently positive are in isolation off-campus. At Franklin & Marshall College, six total students have tested positive, one of whom is currently contagious and isolating at home. Friday’s update, however, showed two of the six tests were false positives. The tests picked up traces of the virus, because the students were infected before coming to campus, but they are no longer considered contagious.
LNP: 9 students in quarantine, 1 in isolation after Thaddeus Stevens student tests positive for COVID-19
Nine students at a Lancaster County technical college are quarantining at home after a student tested positive for COVID-19, a college spokeswoman said Thursday. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, which began classes last week, learned about the confirmed case on Tuesday, states an email sent to students from Chris Metzler, dean of student services. This makes nine total active cases among students enrolled in the largest Lancaster County colleges. Millersville University has three. Franklin & Marshall College and Elizabethtown College each have two. Lancaster Bible College has one.
LNP: How many COVID-19 cases exist on the F&M campus? The answer may be in its sewage
In an effort to keep students healthy by minimizing the spread of COVID-19, officials at Franklin & Marshall College are looking to likely one of the dirtiest places on campus — its sewer system. Specifically, they will be sampling wastewater flowing through its pipes, looking for indications that the coronavirus is spreading among the student body, said Alan Caniglia, the college’s vice president for strategic initiatives. It’s a process that some Pennsylvania leaders have already applied at a citywide scale. “We are trying to do everything in as fact-based an approach as we can,” Caniglia said. “We are relying on the best science available.”
LNP: 'I'm not frightened': Franklin & Marshall students react to COVID-19 on campus
Four Franklin & Marshall College students have tested positive for COVID-19, and seven additional students are at-risk and awaiting test results in quarantine, new data from the school shows. Students on campus, however, told LNP | LancasterOnline Friday morning that they’re not bothered by what they say is a small number of cases on campus during the first week back. “I think, honestly, that’s really good considering other schools that have hundreds of cases,” said Rachel Rubin, 18, a first-year student on campus. Rubin and others said they’re confident the precautions put in place by the college — which include limited in-person instruction, fewer students living on campus, revised dining protocols, daily health screenings, masks and social distancing — will prevent large COVID-19 outbreaks on campus.
Inside Higher Ed: What I Learned About Myself During This Pandemic
The world has changed, and seeing it with new eyes, I have, too, F&M’s Jeffrey Nesteruk writes. As the pandemic continues into the fall, I'm re-entering a world that’s different from the one I left. It’s one in which social expectations are rising all around, creating a new normal that will of necessity be asking more of me. A still threatening pandemic, racial injustice and civic unrest, an economy in recession. All this amid reports about our diminishing trust in our institutions and each other. I'm living in a more uncertain, fragile and interdependent world. But more than the world has changed. Seeing it with new eyes, I have, too.
New York Times: Biden’s Approval Rating, G.O.P. Recasts Trump: This Week in the 2020 Race
President Trump, during his convention speech, did little to acknowledge the coronavirus pandemic, warning instead of what would become of the country’s economy and “greatness” if Joe Biden were elected. Welcome to our weekly analysis of the state of the 2020 campaign.
The week in numbers
· A Franklin and Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania, conducted during the week of the D.N.C., found Mr. Biden leading President Trump in the key swing state by seven points.
· Pennsylvania voters tended to say Mr. Biden was better suited to the job of president in various ways — though handling the economy was a notable exception. Forty-eight percent said Mr. Trump would be a better steward of the economy, compared with 44 percent who chose Mr. Biden.
LNP: Biden leads Trump by 7 points in Pa.: F&M poll
Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 7 points in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state that carries 20 electoral votes, with just over two months until the Nov. 3 election, a new Franklin & Marshall College poll shows. G. Terry Madonna, the director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, said the gap between Trump and Biden in key battleground states like Pennsylvania is likely to continue to get smaller depending on the state of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy.
Fox 43: Franklin & Marshall, Elizabethtown College announce 6 students test positive for COVID-19 in online dashboards
Two of the students are at F&M, while the other four are at E-town. All of them are currently in isolation, according to data released on the schools' dashboards.
LNP: F&M, Elizabethtown reveal 6 students tested positive for COVID-19
Two Franklin & Marshall College students and four Elizabethtown College students (plus two who have recovered) have tested positive for COVID-19, according to dashboards released this week by both schools. The dashboards, released Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, show how many students have been tested, how many have tested positive, how many students are quarantined and more. They offer perhaps the most comprehensive collections of COVID-19 data among Lancaster County colleges.
PennLive: To preserve democracy, we must defend civility | Opinion
F&M’s Classics Professor Ryan Fowler: Right now in the United States we struggle to communicate with each other. To put it another way, we seem incapable of disagreeing in a civil manner.
ScienceNews: A measurement of positronium’s energy levels confounds scientist
A new measurement of the exotic “atom” — consisting of an electron and its antiparticle, a positron — disagrees with theoretical calculations, scientists report in the Aug. 14 Physical Review Letters. And physicists are at a loss to explain it. In quantum electrodynamics, making predictions involves calculating to a certain level of precision, leaving out terms that are less significant and more difficult to calculate. Those additional terms are expected to be too small to account for the discrepancy. But, “it’s conceivable that you could be surprised,” says theoretical physicist Greg Adkins of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., also not involved with the research.
Science: Tantalizing oddity found in exotic atom—but physicists aren’t hyping it
A property of positronium—an exotic atom consisting of an electron bound to its antimatter partner, a positron—differs significantly from theoretical predictions, a team of physicists reports. That difference could be a sign of new particles or phenomena beyond physicists’ standard model of fundamental forces and particles—the kind of result typically accompanied by a feverish press release. Yet, not only did the researchers issue no press release, their paper makes no mention of new physics. “It’s very exciting,” says Gregory Adkins, a theorist at Franklin & Marshall College who works on positronium. “To find a discrepancy signifies that this is an interesting system to pursue.”
CBS Denver: The 19th Amendment Turns 100: Historian Explains How Law Didn’t Exactly ‘Give Women The Vote’
The 19th Amendment is commonly viewed as giving women the right to vote. That isn’t entirely accurate. The 19th Amendment actually “prohibited states from using sex (and they used the word ‘sex’ then, not ‘gender’) as a means of limiting the vote to men only,” according to Louise Stevenson, professor of History and American Studies at Franklin & Marshall College.
Yahoo!Sports: Becca Meyers wants more Paralympic gold and an Olympic Trials spot
F&M Senior Becca Meyers normally swims six days a week, totaling up to 50,000 meters. The coronavirus pandemic put a stop to that. Meyers, the greatest distance swimmer in her Paralympic classification for visual impairment, spent three months out of the pool. Now, after moving from the D.C. area to her native Baltimore, she is back in the water twice a week, covering a fraction of her usual training distance.
LNP: The 19th Amendment does not stand alone [column]
F&M Professor M. Alison Kibler: On Wednesday, a statue of “women’s rights pioneers” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth — will be unveiled in New York’s Central Park. After raising more than $1 million for the first statue depicting real women in the park, the organization Monumental Women proposed a statue of Stanton and Anthony to join the dozens of statues of real men and the monuments to fictional women, such as Alice in Wonderland. Groups criticized the statue design for leaving out Black women and celebrating women, Stanton and Anthony, who voiced racist views in their political careers.
Art Blog: Salina Almanzar, artist, educator and school board member in Lancaster, PA
Salina Almanzar is a Puerto Rican/Domincan visual artist, community-based artist, art educator, writer, scholar, School Board Director and social justice warrior based in Lancaster, PA. In all that she does, Salina models the kind of thoughtful, compassionate and authentic creative that she and I both needed to see growing up. It is in the spirit of lifting up artists who challenge eurocentric artist stereotypes, that I reached out to Salina and asked to chat over Cafecito. “I usually describe myself as a visual artist and a community based artist… Outside of art stuff, I work at [Franklin & Marshall College] as a photo and printmaking tech and then I do a lot of adjuncting at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and Drexel University. I am also a part of the school board for the school district of Lancaster–it’s an elected position.”
LNP: College students (and the institutions they attend) face an academic year sadly altered by COVID-19 [editorial]
Franklin & Marshall College sophomores have been directed to stay at home. Millersville University has welcomed back only a fraction of its students to campus. Elizabethtown College is using a sequenced approach to bringing students back onto campus. HACC is offering mostly online classes. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology has developed a hybrid model of instruction to allow for social distancing. Lancaster Bible College has installed plexiglass guards around campus and is asking students to take their temperatures daily and wear face coverings. In an excellent column published in the Aug. 9 Sunday LNP | LancasterOnline, Janine Everett, F&M’s public health program director, offered an empathetic but impassioned plea to young adults. “Friends and connection and having a sense of normalcy — those are all critically important, and there are tangible health outcomes when those social needs aren’t met,” Everett wrote. “During this pandemic, you have been asked to give up so much — and you don’t even know how long this period of sacrifice might last.” Nevertheless, she urged young adults: “Please be even more careful and thoughtful about how you engage with your friends and with the world. Especially if you are someone who has been spending more time out and about, in bars and restaurants and parties and social spaces and any other place where people gather, often without masks or concerns about contracting the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. ... (These) are not safe practices now, and they are causing harm.” She is right, of course. They are not safe. And it may be unfair, but there’s a lot that’s unfair right now.
Reuters: Trump slams Biden in his birthplace ahead of Democratic nomination speech
U.S. President Donald Trump slammed Democratic rival Joe Biden’s decades of government service during a visit to the swing state of Pennsylvania and Biden’s birthplace just hours before the former vice president was to accept his party’s presidential nomination. The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But politics Professor Terry Madonna at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said Trump risked alienating Scranton voters by being too hard on their native son and would be better served by sticking to the issues.
Science Magazine: A secret hidden in centuries-old mud reveals a new way to save polluted rivers
Brown water might not hold much interest for many researchers. But a dozen years ago, it catapulted [Dorothy] Merritts and [Robert] Walter to scientific prominence. The pair, professors at Franklin & Marshall College (F&M), showed that Big Spring Run and many other meandering, high-banked streams in the eastern United States look nothing like the low-banked, marshy waterways that existed when European explorers first arrived nearly 500 years ago.
Red Green and Blue: A rush is on to mine the deep seabed, with effects on ocean life that aren’t well understood
Mining the ocean floor for submerged minerals is a little-known, experimental industry. But soon it will take place on the deep seabed, which belongs to everyone, according to international law. The Conversation: Elizabeth M. De Santo, Franklin & Marshall College; Elizabeth Mendenhall, University of Rhode Island, and Elizabeth Nyman, Texas A&M University.
The Washington Post: Education, interrupted
The pandemic has forced Haila, Jingchu and many other Chinese students to rethink dreams of a U.S. diploma. That uncertainty is changing lives and trajectories. It will reshape American education, potentially making U.S. institutions less attractive. And it may diminish what remains of the United States’ soft power in China as ties between the world’s two largest economies hit fresh lows. The Trump administration’s immigration threats led parents to worry about student and work visas. They also asked a lot about gun violence, said Lukman Arsalan, inaugural dean of admission at Franklin & Marshall College. “I’m seeing, just in the past three years, more interest from Chinese students looking at the U.K., Australia and Canada. Students have been frank about it,” he said.
The Conversation: A rush is on to mine the deep seabed, with effects on ocean life that aren’t well understood
Article co-authored by F&M’s Elizabeth De Santo. Mining the ocean floor for submerged minerals is a little-known, experimental industry. But soon it will take place on the deep seabed, which belongs to everyone, according to international law. Seabed mining for valuable materials like copper, zinc and lithium already takes place within countries’ marine territories. As soon as 2025, larger projects could start in international waters – areas more than 200 nautical miles from shore, beyond national jurisdictions.
LNP: Recreational trail part of $14M project that would restore section of Little Conestoga Creek
When Bob Walter thinks about the Little Conestoga Creek, his mind often wanders back to the 1700s, a time when colonials were just settling Lancaster County. It was a landscape that could be admired both for its beauty, as well as its environmental benefits — its ability to filter pollutants from water while also helping to contain potential flooding, said Walter, a Franklin & Marshall College geologist.
Fox43: Centennial Conference cancels all sports through end of year
Central Pennsylvania schools Franklin & Marshall, Dickinson, and Gettysburg are members of the conference. Just over a month after announcing that it was suspending its fall sports season, the Centennial Conference on Friday announced that all fall and winter sports activities have been cancelled through December 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A long way to November
Another day, another poll showing Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in Pennsylvania. It’s also a reminder that polling fell woefully short in 2016, and it’s still a long way until November. What does seem clear is Pennsylvania, especially southwestern Pennsylvania, will have a lot to say about who our next president will be. According to the latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll, which is the longest-running political survey in Pennsylvania, Mr. Biden had a 9-point lead in the state. The poll was conducted prior to Mr. Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate.
LNP: 'I feel the history behind it': Lancaster County residents react to Kamala Harris as VP pick
The historic nomination of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to be nominated for vice president of a major party is being felt across Lancaster County, with several county residents calling her nomination “exciting” and “groundbreaking.” Malachi Longmore, a sophomore public health major at Franklin & Marshall College and social action chair of the school’s Black Student Union, said Harris will help motivate students of color to vote. “I feel this history behind it,” Longmore said. “We’ll look back at this moment [and say] ‘This really did happen in 2020.’ And so whether or not she wins, it’s a groundbreaking moment for Black people and people of color all around.”
York Daily Record: Does Kamala Harris help Joe Biden win crucial Pa. electoral votes? Pundits say maybe a little
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday chose U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate this fall, but vice presidential picks rarely matter in determining election results, said political scientists. [Christopher] Borick [Muhlenberg College] and two contemporaries, Franklin and Marshall College’s Terry Madonna and Chatham University’s Jennie Sweet-Cushman, said last week that, while the media and political operatives love to predict and dissect the vice president sweepstakes, whoever it is rarely moves the needle among voters in any significant way.
LNP: Panel discussions to mark the 19th Amendment centennial
Three community organizations will host two panel discussions to mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The virtual forums, to be held Tuesday and Aug. 26, are hosted by Lancaster Votes and supported by YWCA Lancaster and Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Tuesday’s forum, set for 6-8 p.m., will explore how the struggles women’s suffragists faced while working to get the the 19th Amendment ratified intersect with modern voting rights challenges. Stacie Blake, YWCA Lancaster CEO, will participate. Panelists include: Chelsea Reimann, director of the Alice Drum Women’s Center and LGBTQ student life at Franklin & Marshall College; Sandra Brown, of the Lancaster chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority; Randall Wenger, chief clerk of the Lancaster County Board of Elections and County Registration Committee.
NorthcentralPA: Establishments say customers mostly comply with mask requirement
To mask or not to mask? This has been a debate among the public ever since the COVID-19 public health crisis began several months ago. Like it or not, wearing a face covering or mask has been required in public spaces ever since Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine made it an order in July. A recent poll by Franklin & Marshall College suggests that two-thirds of registered voters in Pennsylvania believe it is “extremely important” to wear a mask whenever they leave home.
Scottish Daily Mail: How make-up can influence court verdicts
WEARING make-up is beneficial for middle-aged women appearing before a jury in court – but detrimental for younger defendants. A new study has found that younger women who get glammed up for court could be putting themselves at greater risk of being found guilty. The study, in the journal Cosmetics, is the first to examine the influence of make-up on jury verdicts. The study was led by psychologist Dr Carlota Batres, formerly of the University of St Andrews, Fife, and now Assistant Professor of Psychology at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania.
The Hans India: The Influence of Makeup on Jury Decisions
The new study is the first to examine the effect of cosmetics on jury verdicts and sentences. Given that makeup increases attractiveness, an advantage for defendants, but also increases perceived age in young faces, a disadvantage for defendants, the researchers wanted to determine what the overall effect of cosmetics would be on jury decisions.
MedicalResearch.com: HOW DOES WEARING MAKEUP INFLUENCE JURIES
Interview with Carlota Batres, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Franklin & Marshall College.
LNP: Legacy of late F&M professor David Schuyler will live long and large [commentary]
Let me be clear about what Lancaster has lost with Schuyler’s untimely passing on July 24. He was, by turns, one of Lancaster city’s most enthusiastic cheerleaders and its most authoritative historian. He developed over time an unmatched expertise on the city’s (and the college’s) built environment.
PennLive: What the Franklin & Marshall poll says about the coronavirus and the 2020 elections
Most Pennsylvanians feel the commonwealth is headed in the right direction, even if they’re worried about COVID-19 and the economy. That’s some of the conclusions of the recently released Franklin & Marshall poll that looked at voter sentiments just a few months before elections that could reshape the nation.
PennLive: COVID-19 mitigation on campus
F&M's librarians, Scott Vine and Mike Horn, are featured.
LNP: F&M bans sophomores from campus in the fall as a precaution against COVID-19
Less than three weeks before they were expected to move in, Franklin & Marshall College sophomores received an unexpected alert. In essence, it read: Don’t come back. The college informed students Monday evening that hundreds of college sophomores would not be allowed back on campus, and only the slim number of sophomores who were already approved may return to off-campus housing in Lancaster.
LNP: Lancaster County colleges, universities to get $1.4M in additional COVID-19 relief: Wolf
Lancaster County colleges and adult education programs will receive $1.4 million in coronavirus relief grants to help resume operations this fall, according to numbers Gov. Tom Wolf's administration released Monday. While that’s welcome news for local college officials, they say more is needed to help recoup costs from the pandemic. Barbara Altmann, president of Franklin & Marshall College, recently told PA Post that the college lost more than $2 million from room and board refunds after it closed in the spring, and it recouped less than half of that from the coronavirus relief act. She conceded that F&M, which will receive nearly $79,000 from the governor, faces increased pressure to reopen to students because of the financial hit, but that hasn’t driven the college’s decision.
PennLive: Future students could pay more after pandemic costs universities millions in refunds and safety measures
Enrollment at this 2,200-student college in Lancaster may be down 3% from last year which may not seem like much but President Barbara Altmann said, “that 3% is important when you are tuition dependent.” She said going into the fall, her biggest worry is that if the college has to change course and switch back to offering only online instruction, the lost revenue from room-and-board payments will be painful. Last spring, the college refunded students $2.7 million for these costs when the campus closed mid-way through the semester.
PA Post: ‘I’d be nuts not to be anxious’: Pa. college administrators prepare for unpredictable fall semester
[F&M listed in table of colleges] Coronavirus testing, online instruction, and the ability to turn on a dime are central to reopening plans. Overall, about 80 percent of Pennsylvania’s four-year colleges and universities are still planning to offer some kind of on campus instruction. But the rate has dropped even in the last week as the logistics of bringing thousands of young people from across the country back to campuses — many of which are in small towns that have limited public health infrastructure to deal with a surge in coronavirus cases — have proven impractical in wake of a lack of testing and tracing capabilities and the realities of what an in-person semester would look like.
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Local colleges pave the way for international students to start studies in their home countries, given visa restrictions
Many first-year international students might not be able to get into the United States to attend college this fall, given coronavirus-related visa restrictions. New York University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Franklin and Marshall in Lancaster are among other schools that are preparing to have first-year international students study on campuses abroad.
WHYY: Pa.’s GOP-led legislature isn’t acting on climate change — even as scientists say the clock is ticking
Scientists say climate change can’t be blamed for a single weather event. But Pennsylvania’s Climate Action Plan says in the coming decades, the state is expected to experience higher temperatures, changes in precipitation, and more frequent extreme events — like flash floods — because of climate change. However, like some of those flooded roads in Chanceford Township, climate change isn’t getting much attention in the state capitol. That’s even though nearly 70 percent of Pennsylvanians in polls say they’re seeing the effects of climate change now, and about the same percentage say they want lawmakers to do more about it. “I think the citizens have a very different set of views than elected officials at the moment in the state legislature,” said Berwood Yost of Franklin & Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research. “If it were different, we would see different behaviors in the legislature.”
Psychology Today: Is Hugging Moral? It Depends on Your Religion
Blog from F&M’s Joshua Rottman: For proselytizers, the scope of morality is broad. Some actions, like stealing and saving lives, clearly fall within the moral domain. Other actions, like flossing and singing off-key, clearly don’t. But many actions are ambiguous. For example, is it a moral issue to miss a religious service or to eat a cheeseburger?
LNP: Franklin & Marshall College announces cancellation of all fall sports due to COVID-19 concerns
In a press release from Franklin & Marshall, College President Barbara K. Altmann stated, "I regret that conditions won't allow for intercollegiate competition this fall." She continued by saying, "Even if we could test as often as the NCAA Resocialization Guidelines require, travel is still ill-advised, and a considerable number of athletes simply won't or can't be on campus. My hope is that we can salvage competition in the spring semester. In the meantime, I know that our coaches will still bring their teams together in a variety of ways for training and provide an anchor for these students even in this disrupted year." The move impacts F&M's seven fall sports programs: men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, football and women's volleyball.
LNP: Housing concerns raised over Lancaster city mixed-use development eyed for site of former YMCA
LG Health is asking for the rezoning to allow it to partner with Exton-based developer the Hankin Group, which would build medical and administrative offices for LG Health and develop the residential and retail aspects of the project. During its presentation to council, representatives from LG Health and Hankin emphasized that the rezoning was endorsed by the county and city planning commissions and pointed out it fit with the objectives of both city and county comprehensive plans. But Antonio Callari, an economics professor at Franklin and Marshall College, called those plans out of date and irrelevant to the city’s current day situation.
LNP: Biden leads Trump in Pa. F&M poll with fewer than 100 days until the election
Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 9 points in Franklin & Marshall College’s first general election poll, with nearly three-quarters of polled registered voters saying they are very interested in the 2020 election.
Reading Eagle: Franklin & Marshall College poll reveals how Pennsylvanians view the coronavirus crisis
The poll shows nearly one-third of those questioned list the coronavirus as the most important problem currently facing the state. One in five respondents reports a family member or close friend has contracted COVID-19, although most (63%) think they are unlikely to contract it during the next three months.
LNP: Pa.'s private colleges 'reimagine what the classroom is' in preparation for Fall 2020 semester
During a live chat between Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Tom Foley, the president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, Foley discussed the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on these private higher education institutions. The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Elizabethtown College and Franklin & Marshall College are all members of this association of private colleges, along with 89 other colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. Member schools have an average age of 134 years, Foley said.
CBS21: Franklin & Marshall College teaming up with students for COVID-19 safety
CBS 21's Ryan Eldredge spoke with DipCon President Shubh Punj about a social contract everyone will be asked to sign.
LNP: F&M mourns loss of beloved, devoted professor
Franklin & Marshall College has released a statement on the death of David P. Schuyler, a professor of humanities and American studies at the college. Schuyler died July 24 at the age of 70. A native of Newburgh, New York, he was a professor at F&M for more than four decades. A statement from F&M noted that Schuyler, a tireless scholar and an award-winning author of several books, won the college’s top awards: the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for distinguished teaching and the Bradley R. Dewey Award for scholarship and teaching. Schuyler, along with student co-authors, wrote several histories of F&M with a focus on the campus’ architecture and landscape and this work culminated with the placement of several buildings including Old Main on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010, according to a statement released by the college.
ENR MidAtlantic: ENR MidAtlantic Names 2020 Best Projects
The 2020 ENR MidAtlantic Best Projects winners include a diverse set of projects from across the region. This year’s 25 winning projects in the main categories—which are listed at the bottom of this post—will also be profiled in depth in the October print issue of ENR MidAtlantic. Higher Education/Research: Winter Visual Arts Center - Franklin & Marshall College; Submitted by Poole Anderson Construction.
LNP: David P. Schuyler
[obituary] David P. Schuyler, of Newburgh and Lancaster, PA, died suddenly on July 24, 2020. He was 70 years old. David had a wonderful forty-year career as a Professor of Humanities and American Studies at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster. He was a dedicated teacher and authored numerous books, including many that focused on the Hudson Valley, which he loved.
York Dispatch: Fox News poll: Biden holds double-digit lead over Trump in Pa
Former Vice President Joe Biden holds an 11-point lead over President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, says a Fox News poll released Thursday. The poll found that 50% of the 793 registered voters surveyed would vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee if the general election were held now, compared to Trump's 39%. The poll also showed Biden leading in other key swing states. “What basically happened in the last three weeks is that the spike in coronavirus has really hurt the president,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. "... That's been the most serious problem."
ABC27: College students petition for lower tuition due to online learning
Colleges and universities are still working on how students can safely return to campus. At Franklin and Marshall College, there is slated to be a mix of online and in-person classes. Kyle Addis, a rising junior, believes the price he pays should reflect those changes. “We understand as students why our semester is going to look different and the reason for that and we agree with and understand that, but we believe the cost of that education should reflect those differences.” Earlier this year, F&M increased tuition and fees at the school by 3.5%. Addis is leading the petition which asks the college to at least consider reversing the tuition increase.
Washington Post: Shut out from Nationals Park, fans look for other ways to make Opening Day memorable
In early July, Nationals fan Jacob Ottinger posted a message on the Nationals’ subreddit inquiring about whether anyone who lived in one of the condos with a view into Nationals Park might make their place available for the opener. The 1221 Van and West Half apartment buildings are limiting rooftop access to residents at this time, but several individual units in both buildings offer views of the field. “My friends and I just wanna watch baseball live and would pay if anyone has those accommodations,” Ottinger wrote. “I had some chats with people, but nothing went through,” said Ottinger, a recent graduate of Franklin & Marshall College who won’t get to use the 82-game, standing room only ballpark access pass he purchased for this season. “They didn’t want an outside person in their apartment, which totally makes sense, and the ones with a view are the expensive ones."
7/13 - 7/20
LNP: Sen. Casey urges increased federal spending on education; local advocate says Lancaster city schools 'underfunded already'
Sen. Bob Casey made a pitch for increased federal spending on education Friday during an online forum in which a Lancaster city resident was among the panelists. During the hour-long discussion organized by PA School Works campaign, Casey advocated for passage of the Heroes Act, which would provide $175 billion for elementary and secondary education and $12 billion for special education. Susan Knoll, care coordinator at Franklin & Marshall College and School District of Lancaster parent of a soon-to-be sixth grader, was one of the three people that joined Casey on the call. Knoll told the senator adequate funding has been a long-running problem for the Lancaster city school district.
bctv: Economics and the Coronvirus pandemic 6-9-20
Yeva Nersisyan, Associate Professor of Economics at Franklin & Marshall College, discusses alternative economic policies and how to repair the economic damage caused by the Coronavirus pandemic with host John Hoskyns-Abrahall on this edition of Centering on Peace.
FOX43: Central PA colleges announce plans for fall semesters amid COVID-19 outbreak
Several colleges and universities across Central Pennsylvania are announcing their plans for the fall semester amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Franklin & Marshall College: Classes will resume at F&M on August 26 and will run through the Thanksgiving Recess on Nov. 20. Students will work from home for the rest of the semester after Thanksgiving. F&M's COVID-19 mitigation plan includes: pre-screening for symptoms prior to arriving back on campus; testing; daily self-screening by all members of the community after arrival; availability and use of masks and other personal protective equipment; physical distancing; cleaning protocols; comprehensive education and communication; and appropriate quarantine, isolation, and contact tracing protocols. The school said it will use a staggered approach for students returning to campus. Students will return in phases prior to the start of classes. The school said it will announce return dates before the end of July. For more information on F&M's 2020 Fall semester, go here.
CBS21: Franklin & Marshall College discusses plans to reopen during pandemic
While the president says it's a mistake if kids don't go back to class in the fall, many schools are still moving forward with online options. BS 21's Ryan Eldredge spoke with the president of Franklin & Marshall College about plans for the upcoming academic year.
WITF: A midstate college suspends in-person instruction for the Fall semester
Dickinson College plans to move to remote instruction for the fall semester. College President Margee Ensign says the main factor in the decision to suspend in-person classes was primarily aimed at protecting the health and safety of staff and students. She said the college in Carlisle is concerned about the recent rise in cases, mandatory quarantine for out-of-state students, and social distancing in residential halls.
LNP: F&M president: International students are vital for local colleges, communities [column]
At Franklin & Marshall College, we support and value our international students, for their sake and for the sake of the college, the community, and the commonwealth. We therefore oppose the current attempt to expel international students, because it will impoverish us all.
New York Times: How to Kill a Vampire: Not With This Kit, Apparently
But experts agreed the kit’s authenticity was beside the point. Jeff Podoshen, a marketing professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. and a leading expert on dark tourism, said that while there were some “true believers” in vampires, items like the vampire slaying kit were popular with fans of the author Bram Stoker, who wrote the horror classic “Dracula” in 1897. “Akin to the desire to have unique and morbid showpieces like mummies in 19th century Britain, having something like a vampire kit is a good conversation starter in the home,” he said in an email Tuesday night.
7/6 - 7/13
Albany Times Union: Union College's chief diversity officer departs
Union College's chief diversity officer is leaving the college for another opportunity at a time when a heated conversation between Union's administration and a group of current and former students aiming to create a safer environment for Black and brown students on campus is underway. After 22 years in various leadership positions at the Schenectady private school, Gretchel Hathaway, who also serves as dean of diversity and inclusion, will be leaving Union for a senior-level position at Franklin & Marshall, a private liberal arts college in Lancaster, Pa.
LNP: Europe has a lot of experience dealing with agonizing history
Op-ed from F&M’s Maria Mitchell. Adolf Hitler Place? Statues of Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin? As controversies about historical monuments rage across the United States, Europe’s negotiations with the past suggest strategies for America’s future. Having experienced autocracy, communism, democracy, fascism and monarchy over the past century, Europeans have dealt repeatedly with public memory controversies. In one Czech town, the statue of Czechoslovakia’s first president has been removed and reinstalled five times.
LNP: Assessing Trump’s handling of COVID-19 and Russia [opinion]
Column from F&M’s Bryan Stinchfield. Before considering the U.S. intelligence reports about Russian bounties placed on the heads of American soldiers in Afghanistan, let’s remind ourselves of the quality of leadership currently occupying the White House. A recent comparison between the United States, Iran and Pakistan should do the trick. All three are in the top 15 countries most affected by COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. And, as of Thursday, their numbers for new cases confirmed each day were rising.
LNP: Local college students are demanding a discount for online courses, but will they succeed?
Online petitions urging Millersville University and Franklin & Marshall College to reduce tuition have received a combined 1,400 signatures and counting, as students express concern over paying full price for a potentially watered down academic and social experience. At F&M, tuition, fees, room and board increased by 3.5% this year. The college didn’t respond to a request for comment, but in a May email announcing the tuition increase, college President Barbara Altmann wrote, "Since 1787, the value of an F&M diploma has fortified and bolstered generations of Diplomats throughout their professional and personal lives." She continued: "We are proud to offer the same powerful F&M education to our students today, as together we adapt, learn, and stretch to prepare this generation for lifelong success in a changing world."
FOX43: Students urge F&M College to reverse tuition increase amid plans to move fall courses online
Franklin and Marshall College plans to increase tuition, fees, room and board by 3.5% this year, despite plans to move many courses online in the fall semester. “It’s hard, with so many different financial backgrounds at F&M, to assume that everyone can pay or come back in general, let alone with coronavirus,” said Abby Straub, a sociology major and rising senior at F&M. In a statement, F&M spokesperson Pete Durantine told FOX43, “Franklin & Marshall College's tuition reflects the high caliber of instruction and mentoring the College provides to each one of its students, which serve them well long after they have graduated.”
Bloomberg News: Harvard Says U.S. Visa Rules Upend College Pandemic Planning
International students must now find at least one in-person class to attend, creating additional logistics and scheduling headaches, said Alan Caniglia, acting vice president for finance and administration at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “I worry in general about how this affects us, I worry about how it affects our students,” Caniglia said. “I do worry about losing the room and board revenue.”
FOX43: Colleges 'scrambling' over rule that won't allow international students to take all online classes
“Franklin & Marshall College, like all colleges and universities in the US, is in the process of fully comprehending the scope of the recent ruling regarding online learning and international students. Since the College has decided to operate "in-person" instruction, F&M's international students in the US are not currently under threat of being forced to leave the country. We continue to collaborate with other professionals in the field and consult expert resources as we work to keep our students, faculty and staff fully informed about the ramifications of this ruling." - Sue Mennicke, F&M's associate dean for International Programs
LNP: GENERATION Z(EAL) How I became someone who’s unafraid of what others think
Op-ed by F&M first-year Glorimar Jaramillo. I had this recurrent problem growing up. Whenever I felt like letting my voice be heard, there was something holding me back. I feared being judged, being perceived as dumb, and the possible physical and verbal actions of others. This made me a shy and closed-off person, one who preferred going along with what others said, rather than conveying my own opinions.
LNP: History isn't monuments and statues — it's a narrative we can, and must, help to shape [editorial]
The May 25 killing of George Floyd and ensuing Black Lives Matter protests relaunched a national debate about what historical figures should be memorialized in our public spaces. On Wednesday, LNP | LancasterOnline Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy led an online discussion of the subject with Michael J. Birkner, a professor of history at Gettysburg College; Maria D. Mitchell, a professor of history at Franklin & Marshall College; Leroy Hopkins, retired Millersville University professor and president of the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania; and Ismail Smith-Wade-El, Lancaster City Council president.
LNP: Did Abraham de Peyster, memorialized on F&M’s campus, own slaves? [The Scribbler]
A statue of Abraham de Peyster sits in a prominent place on a pedestal beside the new F&M art building on Buchanan Avenue. Slavery was common in New York during the time of de Peyster’s business and political career. Did Abraham de Peyster own slaves? Did de Peyster help to bring slavery to an end, or did he mostly serve the cause of expanding slavery? Please excuse the Scribbler while he searches for an appropriate tool to open this can of worms. OK, the can is open and, yes, indeed, Abraham de Peyster (1657-1728) enslaved at least nine and as many as 13 African Americans, depending on who is counting and when. De Peyster’s slaves kept his Manhattan mansion humming while he served as New York’s mayor. There is no indication that de Peyster attempted to end or to expand slavery. Like a lot of slave owners in early America, he probably accepted slavery as part of life.
LNP: Centennial Conference, which includes Franklin & Marshall, elects to suspend fall sports
The Centennial Conference on Tuesday announced via a news release that it would suspend intercollegiate competition for the upcoming fall semester. Its 11 member schools — including Franklin & Marshall, Bryn Mawr, Dickinson, Gettysburg, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, McDaniel, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore, Ursinus and Washington College — are looking to ensure the health and safety of all athletes and personnel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In a follow-up release of its own, Franklin & Marshall clarified that the conference's decision would apply to all Diplomat athletic teams, regardless of division or conference status.
LNP: Lancaster city Planning Commission vows to put racial equity 'front and center'
When people took to the streets here and nationwide to protest police brutality after George Floyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis, their reaction was ignited by a video that gave a clear view of a blatant action. But as Lancaster city planning commission Chair Eve Bratman knows, not all injustice is done out in the open and captured on a video that goes viral. Sometimes it’s more subtle, getting done with documents, rules and decisions in offices and meetings, rather than on a street. “I felt it was important to do a public reckoning in terms of racial justice issues,” she said, including at the planning commission. Bratman said she learned about many of the earlier urban planning policies in a book by fellow Franklin & Marshall College professor David Schuyler titled “A City Transformed: Redevelopment, Race, and Suburbanization in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,” which chronicles the city’s infrastructure development from 1940 to 1980.
CBS: July 4th, 2020: Celebrations, Protests, Social Distance Mark An Independence Day Like None Other
July 4th is the holiday on which the United States recognizes its independence. “Historians debate whether we should be celebrating July 2nd or July 4th, the day of the signing or not,” says Louise Stevenson, professor of History and American Studies at Franklin & Marshall College. “But we celebrate July 4th, and it is to celebrate the official announcement that the colonies had declared their independence from Great Britain.”
LNP: College students typically vote less often than their peers. This F&M professor wants to change that.
A Franklin & Marshall College professor assisted in creating a faculty-led organization that helps college students nationwide register and turn out to vote. In its first two weeks, about 150 faculty members from 24 states joined the Faculty Network for Student Voting Rights, which was cofounded by F&M history professor Van Gosse.
Campus Reform: School tries to accommodate Chinese students, worries about security risks from Chinese government
Franklin & Marshall College has considered offering a program for first-year students based in Shanghai who may not be able to make it on campus this semester. Faculty are trying to negotiate how to avoid both modification of the program and the use of content that could be subject to Chinese government surveillance. Other universities have terminated relationships with China over concerns of academic freedom.
LNP: Will SCOTUS ruling force Pa. to fund religious schools? Not quite, officials say
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that’s expected to pave the way for public funding of religious institutions may have little to no impact on Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, the nation’s highest court ruled in favor of parents in Montana seeking to use a state-funded tax credit program to send their children to religious schools, an action previously banned by the state’s constitution. But because no such program exists in Pennsylvania, the court’s decision likely won’t have the same effect here. The court’s decision ultimately came down to a battle between the U.S. Constitution’s establishment clause, which created the separation of church and state, and the free exercise clause, which formed freedom of religion, Franklin & Marshall College assistant professor of government Elspeth Wilson said.
LNP: Renewed appreciation for 17th-century writer [column]
F&M’s Jeff Nesteruk: As it turns out, 17th century mathematician, physicist and theologian Blaise Pascal was on to something when he warned of the harms of being unable to sit quietly alone in a room. With the social distancing required by today’s pandemic, our penchant for restless activity is an ever-present danger to ourselves and others.
ABC News: Indigenous peoples of South America face 'genocide' as coronavirus pandemic exposes historic inequalities
When it comes to indigenous cases, accurate data regarding the spread of COVID-19 in the Amazon is nearly impossible to come by, according to Eve Bratman, an assistant professor of environmental studies at Franklin & Marshall College and author of "Governing the Rainforest: Sustainable Development Politics in the Brazilian Amazon." The lack of testing and inadequate medical provisions pre-dates the pandemic and has "been consistent [with] the way they have been constantly ostracized from society," she said. "Governments are using this virus very opportunistically to let these populations suffer," she told ABC News. "In the case of Brazil, [the] Bolsonaro government is not treating them as citizens."
LNP: F&M's fall reopening plan: 'significant' online instruction, masks, social distancing
Franklin & Marshall College plans to reopen in the fall under a blended approach, offering a mixture of online and in-person instruction, college President Barbara Altmann announced Wednesday evening.
LNP: Why masks are more important than ever
F&M’s Janine Everett explains the critical need to wear a mask.
LNP: Uncertainty over pandemic contributes to drop in first-year student deposits at Millersville, F&M
The number of first-year students who have paid deposits at Millersville University and its public sister schools dipped slightly this year, and the coronavirus pandemic may be why. For some Lancaster County colleges, though, the pandemic doesn’t seem to have had much of an impact, if at all. Data from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education shows projected first-year enrollment at the 14-university system is down 1.7%, from 17,583 to 17,277. At Millersville, it’s down 4.2%, from 1,356 to 1,299. Franklin & Marshall College, the county’s largest private college with about 2,300 students, has also seen a dip in projected first-year enrollment. It’s down nearly 4%, from 655 students to 631. F&M spokesman Peter Durantine said the college received a "near record of applications" this year. Deposits seem to be lagging this year, he said, but they’re outpacing 2018.
Governing: Legislative Leaders Are Losing in This Year’s Primaries
Chamber leaders and committee chairs are losing their seats. It's not easy to face voters during a combined health and economic crisis, but many primaries also represent ideological battles. The Democratic Party is preparing for a generational changing of the guard. Joe Biden, the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, is 77, while all of the top three leaders in the U.S. House are even older, including 80-year-old Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “In Pennsylvania, the progressives in the Democratic Party challenged incumbents, particularly in the state legislature,” says Terry Madonna, a pollster and political scientist at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. “Basically, it’s the progressives challenging what I’ll call the Democratic status quo.”
National Geographic: Dolphins learn how to use tools from peers, just like great apes
The study upends the belief that only mothers teach hunting skills, adding to growing evidence of dolphin intelligence, experts say. In Shark Bay, Australia, bottlenose dolphins that aren’t related have been observed teaching each other a new way to use a tool, a behavior that until now scientists have found only in humans and other great apes. Though dolphins and great apes have very different evolutionary histories and habitats, they’re both long-lived, large-brained mammals with tremendous capacity for innovation and culture, Krützen says [Michael Krützen, University of Zurich]. Maggie Stanton, a psychologist at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, who has studied Shark Bay dolphins and chimpanzees at Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park, agrees. One chimp family in Gombe, she notes, may have learned how to use tools to extract ants from a female chimp that joined the community.
LNP: F&M grad, honorary doctorate recipient lied about scientific work with China: feds
A Franklin & Marshall College graduate and honorary doctorate holder was indicted last week on charges of making false statements to federal authorities regarding his scientific work with the Chinese government. Charles Lieber, a 1981 F&M graduate who’s become a nationally renowned expert in chemistry and nanoscience, allegedly lied to federal investigators for his role in China’s Thousand Talents Plan, a program designed to lure overseas talent and further the nation’s scientific development, economic prosperity and national security.
Wealthy Gorilla: The 20 Most Expensive Colleges in the World
11. Franklin and Marshall College, US: Cost: $56,550. Franklin & Marshall College is a private liberal art residential college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1787, the college has roughly 2,800 students and 175 full-time faculty members. Roughly 55% of undergrads that attend Franklin & Marshall receive need-based financial aid. It was the first bilingual college in the United States and was America’s first coeducational institution. Here’s the story’s kicker: “Summary: We hope you enjoyed our list of the 20 most expensive colleges in the world. They’re certainly pretty darn expensive, but it depends on the value you receive. Although they’re pricey, they all have a great reputation and adhere to the highest of educational standards. So, if you’re thinking of attending, or you would like to send your children to one, then it could be some of the best money you’ll ever spend!
Talk Business & Politics: Dan Turton joins Tyson Foods as head of government affairs
Tyson Foods on Thursday (June 18) named Dan Turton as senior vice president for global government affairs, effective June 29. Turton will be based in Washington, D.C., and lead the worldwide government relations activities for the company. According to a news release, Turton will report to Amy Tu, executive vice president and general counsel. Turton holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn.
Universe Today: Weekly Space Hangout: June 17, 2020 — Dana Backman, Director of NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors
This week we are joined by Dana Backman, an astrophysicist with a Ph.D. from the University of Hawai’i. He was an infrared astronomy researcher at Kitt Peak Observatory and NASA Ames, then a professor of physics & astronomy at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dana has also taught introductory astronomy at Santa Clara U., in Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
LNP: 'I am outraged': Lancaster city school leaders react to George Floyd's death, protests
At Franklin & Marshall College, where a series of race-related incidents sparked emotional protests on campus last fall, President Barbara Altmann said she, too, is angry. After Floyd’s death, “I see more and more clearly how important it is not just to feel the outrage but to express it, to name it, to act on it, to say out loud that Black Lives Matter, and especially so, because I am a person of privilege,” Altmann, a white woman, said in a letter to the campus community. She continued: “I am sickened by the murder of Mr. Floyd, haunted by his dying words, and outraged by the never-ending stream of injustice and tragedy in this country.”
LNP: A letter from local college leaders on racial injustice (letter)
“As educators, we are devoted to building environments that recognize and value the dignity of every person, regardless of background or experience. It is in this mutual purpose that we can build trust and hope. With one voice, we unite to denounce racial injustice, as well as the systemic intolerance still so prevalent in our society. … In the days and weeks ahead, we will be listening to the voices of those who are too often silenced or ignored. Each in our own schools we will do the difficult, self-reflective work of examining our own prejudices and practices. We shall examine our academic programs to resolve the racism and systemic inequities in our criminal justice, housing, medical and education systems that have gravely endangered historically marginalized communities.” Signed by: Barbara Altmann, president of Franklin & Marshall College; …
Psychology Today: Is COVID-19 Inflaming Prejudice?
F&M’s Josh Rottman’s monthly blog: Our "behavioral immune systems" seem designed to respond on a hair-trigger. At this time in history, avoiding sick people is essential. Reducing close contact with others, wearing masks, and quarantining will prevent many needless deaths. But avoiding people who are potential disease vectors can also come at a cost: healthy forms of social distancing might tend to give way to problematic forms of social marginalization.
Business Journal Daily (AP): Protests in Trump Country Test His Hold in Rural White Areas
In the lake country 200 miles northwest of Detroit, hundreds danced, prayed and demanded racial justice in Cadillac, a Michigan town that was long home to a neo-Nazi group. It was not an isolated scene. In eastern Ohio, even more demonstrated in rural Mount Vernon, a town with its own current of racial intolerance, just as others did in Manheim, Pennsylvania, a tiny farming town in Lancaster County, with its small but active Ku Klux Klan presence. “If President Trump cannot hold onto white, working-class voters in rural, small-town Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ohio, I don’t know how he wins the election,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “Can you rule out he won’t have that same level of enthusiasm? No, you can’t.” Trump carried Pennsylvania by about 44,000 votes in 2016, in part with overwhelming support from a patchwork of rural, white counties.
Faculty at Franklin & Marshall College raised concerns about faculty oversight and academic freedom for a planned program in Shanghai for Chinese students who can't come to campus.
Routine testing, temperature checks and social distancing measures are a heavy lift for small colleges without their own hospitals or clinics, so several are turning to nearby health systems for help. Franklin & Marshall College, a private, nonprofit college serving about 2,300 students in Lancaster, Pa., is scaling up its existing relationship with Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.
Rent is due once again. So are mortgage payments. As the calendar turns from May to June, people around the country owe what for most is their biggest single monthly expense — housing. Experts generally recommend that households cap their housing expenditures at about 30 percent of before-tax income. Many renters, especially in more expensive areas, spend as much as 50 percent. When incomes drop to zero, making that monthly payment can become very difficult. If people can’t pay their rent or mortgage, how does that affect the larger economy? “There is a very simple principle in macroeconomics, and that’s somebody’s income is someone else’s expenditure,” says Yeva Nersisyan, associate professor of economics at Franklin & Marshall College. “And so, if someone stops their spending — their expenditure — then someone else is not going to earn income. And that really has multiplier effects in the economy, because if this person or entity doesn’t earn income, then they’re going to cut their spending, and their spending was someone else’s income, and so on.”
(In April 1966, there were even "dueling demonstrations" regarding the war. An anti-war protest organized by Franklin & Marshall College's Students for a Democratic Society was accosted by a group of counter-protestors who threw eggs, started fist fights and tried to run protestors down with cars. Hours later, a much larger protest of more than 100 people gathered to decry the violent response and call for fee speech.)
Dr. Janine Everett, director of the public health program at Franklin & Marshall College, who studies health disparities and inequities, said her initial assessment of COVID-19 long-term care facility data released by the state Department of Health last week is that it “isn’t very helpful." The data lacks details, such as how many people were tested, how many beds each facility has and what the rate of infection is – contextual information that helps viewers understand the spreadsheet, she said. “People are going to make unfair judgments with incomplete data,” Everett said.
Like many colleges, Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster County is enthusiastically announcing fall 2020 plans. But the message is delivered with a hint of ambiguity. The private college said in a statement it is planning for the return of in-person instruction following “considerations for health and safety." But added it is “fully prepared for a powerful virtual experience if conditions prevent a return to in-person instruction.” F&M hasn’t made a final call about what students can expect moving forward. An announcement is expected before July 1.
The growing divide in the Pennsylvania Legislature loomed large this week with the news that a Republican House member’s coronavirus diagnosis was not shared with Democrats. House Democrats say they were stunned to learn Wednesday that state Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin County, was diagnosed with covid-19 on May 20. Political scientist G. Terry Madonna, a Franklin & Marshall College professor who has followed Harrisburg politics for more than three decades, said little about the rancorous exchanges that followed was surprising.
Two Democratic challengers - both newcomers to the political scene - are vying for the Congressional seat that represents much of Lancaster County and parts of York County. The winner of the June 2 primary between Democrats Sarah Hammond and Paul Daigle will face Republican incumbent, Rep. Lloyd Smucker, to represent the 11th Congressional District. Paul Daigle, 44 and a Manheim Twp. resident, is an employment manager at Franklin & Marshall College, where he tends to the human resources needs of 1,300 part-time employees.
Biologists David Lahti of the City University of New York and Dan Ardia of Franklin & Marshall College explored the reasons behind pigmentation in eggs in their article, “Shedding Light on Bird Egg Color: Pigment as Parasol and the Dark Car Effect” (American Naturalist). “The optimal pigmentation level for a bird egg in a given light environment, all other things being equal, will depend on the balance between light transmittance and absorbance in relation to embryo fitness,” they conclude.
A desire to give students greater certainty about fall plans helped spur Franklin & Marshall College to set up a semester in Shanghai for freshmen from China, the largest group of international students at the Pennsylvania institution. “We’ve gotten to the point where students are constantly worried,” said Sue Mennicke, associate dean for international programs. “We wanted to give them a real, concrete plan.”
Lancaster County college officials say they hope to bring students back to campus in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Health. But they’re stopping short of an official announcement as the coronavirus pandemic isn’t expected to disappear anytime soon.
F&M’s Van Goose essay: The United States is fast approaching a tipping point. Consider the following:
· A coordinated mobilization of armed militias threatens elected officials in Democratic states, with open White House backing;
· The most powerful member of the national legislature interferes in judicial appointments to gain his party permanent dominance over this branch of government;
· A top official who has admitted his guilt in a major breach of national security is released from prosecution by the nation’s chief judicial officer.
These attacks on democratic norms should have rung every alarm we have. But more than three years of Trump’s transgressions have numbed much of the progressive base. The steps outlined above document a clear and present danger: whatever `democracy’ we have acquired, through enormous struggle, is now on the line.
Like most of us, Nick Nichay wasn’t good enough to play basketball at the University of Maryland. He went there to learn to be a coach. “I would have done anything,’’ he said last week, after having been named the no-longer-interim head men’s coach at Franklin & Marshall College. “Swept the floors, let me tag along to a practice … they didn’t want my help.’’
A Democrat from Hellam Township has launched an 11th-hour write-in campaign to oust state Rep. Keith Gillespie, a nine-term Republican. Fred Owens is a consultant who formerly spent four decades teaching psychology at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. Owens opted to challenge Gillespie because politics should be competitive and decades of poor policy decisions have set the region back, he said.
Paul Daigle said during a virtual forum between the two candidates he would have preferred to run for Congress when his 11-year-old daughter was older and hoped former congressional candidate Jess King or Lancaster City Council President Ismail Smith-Wade-El would run. Because the two declined to run for the seat in a Republican-dominated 11th Congressional District, which spans all of Lancaster and the southern half of York counties, the student employee supervisor at Franklin & Marshall College said he felt “compelled” to run against Sarah Hammond, a high school field hockey coach.
Young Franklin J. Schaffner moved to Lancaster when he was just 5 years old, after his parents served as Reformed Church missionaries in Japan. Having starred as Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice,” the first play ever presented on the J.P. McCaskey High School auditorium stage, Schaffner was the new school’s first valedictorian in 1938. His graduation speech focused on “The Need for National Health Care.” In 1971, Schaffner won the Academy Award for best director for his work on the World War II biopic “Patton.” Because he was working in Europe at the time, actor Karl Malden had to accept the Oscar in his place. This coming week, which has been designated Franklin J. Schaffner Week in Lancaster (May 23-30) by proclamation of Mayor Danene Sorace, was supposed to have been filled with events including local screenings of the director’s films and a library exhibit at his alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College.
The biases individuals harbor against people they see as physically dirty emerge in children as young as five years old and persist into adulthood, according to a new study by researchers from Boston College and Franklin & Marshall College, who found these prejudices extend to the sick and may hold implications for people diagnosed with Covid-19. “Avoiding filth and germs is typically advantageous. However, when other people are physically dirty or sick, often through no fault of their own -- such as being homeless, or working a ‘dirty job’ -- the tendencies toward avoidance can lead to problematic social biases,” said Joshua Rottman, an Assistant Professor at Franklin & Marshall and co-author on the report.
We, the people. But individual rights. The common good. But don't tread on me. Form a more perfect union and promote the general welfare. But secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. . . "They're being told to stay home, wait it out. And that's a really weird democratic message to get. And the only way to do it is to say, 'I trust the government,'" says Elspeth Wilson, an assistant professor of government at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania.
"What a thrill it is to announce that Nick Nichay will take up the reins of the storied F&M Men's Basketball Team," Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia S.W. Epps said via a news release announcing the move. "Coach Nichay has been an inspirational assistant and interim coach during his time at F&M. After an extensive national search, we are confident that Coach Nichay will provide the mentoring that will preserve the Diplomat tradition of excellence on the court and in the community."
Mr. Walker was born in Auburn, N.Y., and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1970 at Franklin and Marshall College, where he also played football. “Cardboard helmets and leather facemasks,” his son cracked. Mr. Walker, who founded what is now Genesis Healthcare, died on Saturday, April 18, as a result of COVID-19 complications coupled with underlying conditions.
Much like their human counterparts, chimpanzee mothers provide their offspring with far more than just food. Essay from F&M’s Maggie Stanton and Elizabeth Lonsdorf. The four-year-old whined as he followed his mother away from his playmates; a brief tantrum failed to convince her to stay with the play group. This scene could conceivably play out between parent and child at any local playground, but in this case the scene took place in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park, and the sulking youngster was a chimpanzee named Grendel, who did not agree with his mother, Gremlin, that it was time to move on.
Julie Kerich, assistant vice president of enrollment at Franklin & Marshall College adds, “if you are unable to complete assignments because of internet issues, let us know. We understand the inequities of remote learning.” Finally, Franklin & Marshall’s Kerich reminds students to “breathe, take care of yourself, find gratitude where you can, and try to be optimistic for your future. Support your family and friends and don’t be afraid to ask for help.” This is good advice for us all as we embrace uncertainty and bet on the best in ourselves and others.
Based on research by two professors (Robert Walker and Dorothy Merritts) at Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania removed 22,000 tons of “legacy’”sediment from massive 18th– and 19th-century erosion. They took 3,000 feet of stream banks down to their original, flatter, wider, slower-moving profile — allowing the water to spread out, to seep and dribble through lush wetlands.
It's not too late to apply to some private colleges that say they are recruiting students who may have originally planned to go far from home. Barbara K. Altmann is president of another Pennsylvania college, Franklin & Marshall. Franklin & Marshall is "slightly behind" on its target of a freshman class of 640. The college extended its deadline to May 15. The college recently reached out to high school students who had expressed an interest in the college but hadn't applied, if they live within 175 miles. "In no way have we changed our approach to recruiting," Altmann said. "It's not like we will take anyone who applies." Altmann said that F&M was "not in an existential crisis," but she acknowledged that the college would almost certainly end up with a smaller class size than it originally wanted. But she said the college could thrive. It would just be a little smaller. Franklin & Marshall also is unusual in that between 20 and 25 percent of its students are international, most of them from China. To keep them, amid uncertainty over visas and travel, F&M is offering a semester program in Shanghai, in which new students will study online with Franklin & Marshall professors. Altmann said that if travel restrictions are loosened, she would send the professors to visit the students. She hoped the model also attracts students from elsewhere in Asia.
Patrick Fleming, an agricultural and environmental economist at Franklin and Marshall College who was not involved with the study, noted both the EPA and the report rely on computer models to calculate pollution, and that those would be improved by better data. He said there’s no way to produce food that’s completely environmentally neutral, so it’s important to measure the magnitude of the problem. “You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and so having good data on the sources of pollution is the first step in better management and better water quality,” Fleming said.
The play is being produced, technically, through Franklin & Marshall College’s Zoom webinar platform, which will allow up to 500 people to join the livestream Sunday night.
Everything you need to know for Friday and the weekend about higher ed and the coronavirus in one easy-to-read package (with some distractions to help your sanity). In other happy news, some faculty members at Franklin & Marshall College who are part of the group "The Feminist Ukuleles" filmed a Zoom jam session for all to enjoy.
SherAli Tareen, an associate professor of Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College, who hails from Quetta, has written a book that explains the history and complexity of many such religious debates and questions in Pakistan. Defending Muḥammad (SAW) in Modernity(University of Notre Dame Press) has been lauded for making the subject easy to understand for the non-specialist reader. And the American Institute of Pakistan Studies has just awarded it the 2020 Book Prize.
F&M announced Tuesday that it's rescheduled in-person ceremony will take place Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center. The event, originally scheduled for May 16, was postponed in mid-March to avoid large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In his newsletter, Green wrote of his support system. It includes students at Franklin & Marshall College and adults and youth from Lancaster and York Jewish communities who prayed for him and shopped for his family.
F&M Public Health Professor Janine Everett’s latest column: By the time this is published, my family and I will have been carefully limiting our movements, physically isolating, and trying to make the best of things for exactly 40 days. That is a long time, even by this introvert’s standards.
Ellyn Fritz is heading into her junior year at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and has been taking online classes this spring. She has cancelled plans to study abroad in South America next semester, but still intends to move back to an off-campus apartment in Lancaster this fall and take classes from there — online or not.
Officials at two Pennsylvania colleges, Dickinson and Franklin & Marshall, said the schools would lose revenue this summer if they can't continue to host programs such as the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth; Skidmore is also a host site. Franklin & Marshall's bigger worry is that international students might not be able to attend in the fall; they usually make up 20% of each class, the school said.
But there may be a reason Wolf hasn't become a national figure like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College. “He’s not given to temperamental outbursts, he’s not given to hyperbole, and he doesn’t attack his opponents personally,” Madonna said.
“These biases are generally constant across different causes of dirtiness,” said Joshua Rottman, an assistant professor at Franklin & Marshall and co-author on the report in the press release. “There are no clear differences between biases directed toward individuals who are sick versus individuals who are intentionally dirty versus individuals who are accidentally dirty.”
About 750 F&M students live off-campus in communities such as College Hill, according to college spokesman Peter Durantine. The two other college-approved, off-campus options are College Row – run by Campus Apartments, based in Philadelphia – and James Street Properties – run by Silverang Development Company, based in King of Prussia. F&M, Durantine said, has been “communicating with the property owners to advocate on behalf of our students and their families.” The college is considering using part of the emergency funding it will receive under the federal CARES Act – nearly $1.7 million – or its own resources, to “help minimize the impact on our students with off-campus leases.” Meanwhile, some 1,200 students will receive refunds for on-campus housing in the next week or so.
F&M student Alex Calabrese’s essay: Since the U.S. men’s soccer team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, American fans have searched for a new group of young players to lead it. But the team’s problems are too deep-seated for an easy fix.
LNP: GENERATION Z(EAL) Women’s national team has earned right to be paid more (opinion) F&M student Maddy Birch’s essay: Having won half of all women’s World Cup championships, the U.S. women’s national soccer team is the world’s most successful women’s soccer team and, in the eyes of some, even better than many men’s national teams.
Column by F&M’s Public Health Professor Janine Everett: By the time you read this, Lancaster County will have been under a full stay-at-home order for more than two weeks.
Even before the order was announced by Gov. Tom Wolf, many people had already taken steps to socially distance, limiting unnecessary trips outside of the home, minimizing interactions with others, and washing their hands often. The phrase “flatten the curve” has become part of our everyday conversations, and it seems that each day brings more news than anyone can reasonably keep up with.
Franklin & Marshall College has created a “virtual Quad,” home to plenty of things to do, from a weekly trivia night that attracts hundreds of students every Tuesday to a weekly pet photo contest. “All it takes is 5 or 10 or 15 students to create a community,” said Tim Brixius, F&M’s digital and social media strategist. “And it gives them another connection to people on campus that they find useful, particularly in times like this.”
Franklin and Marshall's field hockey team should be doing spring workouts, together. They're forced to practice on their own but find time to have group meetings.
Skill probably was a bigger factor. Amherst and Colby, both from the NESCAC, qualified for the D-III tournament, and Amherst beat Colby in the second round. In the round of 16, the team then known as the Lord Jeffs met Franklin & Marshall, coached by another D-III icon, Glenn Robinson.
F&M’s Yeva Nersisyan’s co-authored op-ed: No, federal government spending doesn’t have to be ‘paid for’. The crisis shows providing for our society is not a financial issue.
Student column written by F&M’s first-year student Cathlene Kaseta: During a competitive soccer match in my high school sophomore season, I suffered a severe concussion when the opposing midfielder and I both jumped into the air to head a ball plummeting down from a punt. The rest of the game was a blur. I felt confused and disoriented.
What does that mean for those at Millersville University, Elizabethtown College, Franklin & Marshall College and Lancaster Bible College? "The hard part of F&M is not having a graduate program,” Franklin & Marshall men’s lacrosse coach Todd Cavallaro said. “And cost is another thing. To ask an individual to come back and repeat another year is a tough thing to do. My seniors are most likely not going to do that.”
G. Terry Madonna, a pollster and political scientist at Franklin and Marshall College, said questions about possible recidivism loom large, especially if Wolf uses the reprieve process. “Even though governors in other states have been doing it, there's always a certain element of risk in it, and it's controversial,” Madonna said.
After a months-long application process, Brodie found out in March that she had been accepted as a Fulbright summer researcher. Brodie, a junior at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was supposed to live and work at the University of Calgary, analyzing the connection between adequate housing and food resources. The pay was to be $8,000. But then coronavirus swept the world, and her position was cancelled. She had to scramble to find something else to do this summer. Now, she plans to intern for free at the Washington Improv Theater in D.C., not far from her parents’ home in Virginia.
The latest wave follows a steady increase in schools that have stopped requiring scores for admission to varying extents in recent years, including in this area Temple, Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, Immaculata, Stockton, Rider, Rowan, Susquehanna, Ursinus, Delaware, Cabrini, Dickinson, Eastern, Franklin and Marshall, Gettysburg, La Salle, Muhlenberg, and St. Joseph’s.
“In terms of preserving jobs, this is perhaps the most important part of the whole stimulus bill,” said Yeva Nersisyan, an economics professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, adding that the Treasury Secretary’s request for additional funding will bolster its short-term effectiveness.
Franklin & Marshall College will spend the rest of the spring semester using online instruction and postpone commencement as a precaution against the novel coronavirus, college President Barbara Altmann has announced. F&M was the first Lancaster County college to postpone commencement.
Student column written by F&M’s first-year student Immanuela Antwi: After three years of boarding school in Dodowa, Ghana, the city I partly grew up in, I knew I needed a change.
Even though my school was rigorous, my opportunities were limited because I was female. During daily snack breaks, girls were expected to serve beverages and pastries to the boys. The school’s sexist culture was perpetuated through female-specific “Obaapa” workshops — Ghanaian for “being a good woman.” These sessions taught us how to properly sit, eat, walk, talk and take care of ourselves. While I agree that polite behavior is important, I soon noticed that the boys never participated in such lessons.
Franklin & Marshall College, in Pennsylvania, will push its acceptance rate up by two points to 32% and is recalibrating its financial-aid models, said interim vice president for enrollment Donald Saleh. He cited bleak economic forecasts and families who may not be able to pay full costs anymore. “We will be ready to work with those families,” he said.
Op-ed from F&M’s Janine Everett, director of the Public Health Program: With COVID-19, we currently face a threat to public health that is unlike anything that has happened in our lifetimes.
This threat comes during an age when information may be shared instantly and widely through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — and without any valid way of us knowing what is supported by science and facts, and what is harmful misinformation that can lead people to do unsafe things.
F&M’s KelseyLeigh Hepler recounts her harrowing trip to return home: The remote nature of the Galápagos Islands, where wildlife abounds and Wi-Fi is limited, is exactly what attracts thousands of tourists every year. It also is where hundreds of foreigners — including me and my mother — were trapped in isolation as the outside world faced the widespread COVID-19 pandemic and the panic that greeted it.
Many local universities, including Millersville University, Franklin & Marshall College and Elizabethtown College, are finishing out their spring semesters online. Those colleges’ seniors, too, will miss their senior spring.
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The May 15-16 ceremonies are postponed. “We are deeply committed to celebrating your achievements and enabling you to celebrate with one another. We will choose another date and design a special graduation that is tailor-made for F&M’s terrific Class of 2020.”
Op-ed written by F&M’s Assistant Professor of Biology & Public Health Harriet Okatch: As of Friday afternoon, more than 142,000 individuals had been infected with the novel coronavirus disease — COVID-19 — in 136 countries and regions, according to the World Health Organization.
Some schools moved students over to the admit pile from the wait list or “deny” group at the last minute, to help ensure they can enroll a full class. Reed College in Oregon boosted its admit rate by 3 percentage points, to 40%, while Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania accepted 32% of applicants this year, up by two points.
When SherAli Tareen came to the United States from his native Pakistan two decades ago, he took an introductory course on Islam at Macalester College. It was an eye-opener.
“That made me realize how little I knew about my own tradition,” he said recently by telephone from Princeton, New Jersey. “It also made me realize how little I knew about South Asia, where I came from. I got really interested in this whole tradition I knew nothing about.”
Every day, the Pennsylvania Department of Health releases data about coronavirus cases in counties across the state. Experts at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster have begun turning that data into a series of graphics that show trends over time.
F&M was the first Lancaster County college to postpone commencement. "Please know that this has been a very difficult decision to reach," Altmann said in a letter to students, faculty and staff. "We are a close-knit community, and personal interaction is a critical element of the F&M experience." The announcement came a week after F&M said it would shift online for two weeks following spring break. But, as Altmann put it, "Our world has shifted enormously since this time last week, both locally and globally."
“The main issue is the uncertainty about how long the pandemic is going to last,” said Yeva Nersisyan, an associate professor of economics at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. “How long is the economy going to be closed?” Contraction or recession, there is a growing consensus on who is first in the path of this viral wrecking ball, and it is generally people in lower-wage, hourly positions who have the thinnest of financial cushions to fall back on.
Student column written by F&M’s first-year student Hulamatou Dukureh: “Thump, thump. Thump, thump,” my heartbeat raced. I looked down at my green pants, anxiously twirling the gold Africa chain that hung around my neck, bracing myself for what was to happen.
Lawrence, the Starbucks barista, uncertainly called out, “Umm ... Sadia?”
Student column written by F&M’s first-year student Curtis Mark: Every time I encountered a crowd, the unwanted eyes cut through me like relentless lasers. Strangers’ eyes caused my throat to dry, hands to tremble and heart to beat uncontrollably against my chest, leaving me breathless, trapped and fearful.
As the lasers penetrated my damaged psyche, the devil sat on my shoulder and tugged at my ear, maliciously whispering, “If you stayed silent, no one can verbally attack you.” But the angel whispered to me as well, assuring me that my words held value. As the devil and the angel continued their fierce debate on my shoulders, I felt attacked. In reality, I was attacking myself.
Op-ed written by Yuliana Tamayo, a first-year student at F&M. She is one of six F&M students writing op-eds this semester for LNP as a Cooperman College Scholar.
July 21, 2013, started like any other Sunday but, unbeknownst to me, my life was about to change. That afternoon, we received a call from my uncle, who said to my dad, “Your family was granted permanent residency in the United States.” I remember seeing the shock on my parents’ faces when they heard about this opportunity. I remember that they were excited, but unsure about starting over with a new language and different culture.
Franklin & Marshall College will spend the rest of the spring semester using online instruction and postpone commencement as a precaution against the novel coronavirus, college President Barbara Altmann announced Wednesday. "Please know that this has been a very difficult decision to reach," Altmann said in a letter to students, faculty and staff. "We are a close-knit community, and personal interaction is a critical element of the F&M experience."
The NCAA already canceled national championships for spring sports but there was still a chance teams would have regular-season games and conference championships. The conferences for Millersville University (PSAC) and Lancaster Bible (NEAC) canceled their spring seasons last week. Franklin & Marshall announced Wednesday that is has canceled the remainder of its spring schedule as a result of the current situation revolving around the COVID-19 pandemic.
Franklin & Marshall College will spend the rest of the spring semester using online instruction and postpone commencement as a precaution against the novel coronavirus, college President Barbara Altmann announced Wednesday.
The study found that more than half of heterosexual women reported at least some attraction to women, which in turn was related to their assessments of male attractiveness. “I was interested in this topic because much of my research examines what makes some women prefer more feminine-looking men while other women prefer more masculine-looking men,” said study author Carlota Batres, the director of The Preferences Lab and an assistant professor at Franklin & Marshall College.
Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster says one of its faculty members was exposed to coronavirus. College officials said she was in contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19. The faculty member is not experiencing symptoms and has self-quarantined.
Srirupa Dasgupta is co-owner of Upohar, a food business that includes Upohar vegetarian restaurant; Global Flavors Catering; and Christina’s Criollo, a food stand at Lancaster Central Market. In 2017, she partnered with chef Christina Maldonado, who will be featured later this month. Upohar is a certified B corporation, which includes a socially responsible mission as part of its business model. Dasgupta is senior director of marketing and digital strategy for Franklin & Marshall College.
Xiangyuan Li, a freshman at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, had already decided to return home to Chengdu after being told on Thursday that his classes would move online. It would be boring with everyone gone from his college town, and he was worried about not being able to get into China for his summer internship.
F&M plans to start remote classes March 23, after spring break, through at least April 3, college spokesman Peter Durantine said Wednesday. It's possible it could last for the remainder of the semester.
“Materiality, materialism and how much happiness and satisfaction we get from things is something that has permeated our culture for a long time,” says Jeffrey Podoshen, a professor of marketing at Franklin and Marshall College, as well as an adjunct professor with the University of Maryland Global Campus, whose research includes consumer behaviorism.
No Franklin & Marshall College student has been pulled from studying abroad, college spokesman Peter Durantine said. However, “students are kept informed as things develop and the safety and security of the students are the College’s and the programs’ highest priority,” he said.
Satbir Malhi, a visiting assistant professor at Franklin and Marshall College, gave the Lafayette community love advice this past Wednesday – through the means of differential calculus. He began his talk, titled “Romance and Chaos in Love Affairs with Differential Calculus,” by examining the story of Romeo and Juliet as the reference point for all things love.
This week, Lancaster Watchdog revisits an ongoing issue of dangerous pedestrian behavior along Harrisburg Avenue near Franklin and Marshall College. Since the college did away with a pedestrian bridge over Harrisburg Avenue almost a decade ago, a big problem has arisen: pedestrians — many of them students — have been traversing the busy road outside designated crosswalks.
"It keeps his candidacy alive. He lives to battle on," said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania. "But there isn’t a lot of time. The voting comes out on Tuesday, for gosh sakes."
Tim Roth, a behavioral ecologist at Franklin & Marshall College who completed a postdoc with Pravosudov and did not participate in the research, agrees that “we have a lot of information from a lot of different species in a lot of different systems of long-term memory,” including decades of social memory in dolphins and long-term memory in turtles based on one-trial learning. But Roth says he also recognizes the value of studying this particular system of wild birds. “It’s very difficult to get these kinds of opportunistic sorts of observations,” he says, “where you try to do something at one point in time, and then, hopefully, you’ll see the same individuals one or two years later.”
All Franklin & Marshall College students have completed the self-isolation recommended as a precaution against coronavirus and no cases have been identified, according to the college.
LNP previously reported that 13 of the 16 had finished their isolation, and college spokesman Peter Durantine confirmed Monday that the remaining three had as well. "Yes, everyone is free from isolation, and yes, no one has tested positive," he wrote in an email.
While we all think we are funny - India's bona fide millennial star Mallika Dua is the real deal. Loved by millions, she is the laughter queen who is making common soul chuckle. Her days in Franklin and Marshall college transformed her and shaped her as a person she is today. "If I hadn't gone outside of my comfort zone and literally got my ass kicked at Franklin Marshall, a lot of the things that I enjoy today wouldn't have happened to me," she shared.
Now, a team from Franklin & Marshall Collage has gathered this data that includes information on 247 chimpanzees to understand the impact of having or losing a mother at different stages of their lives – the team collaborates with researchers at George Washington University and Duke University for the study.
Terry Briggs sits at a round table on the back deck of his restaurant and bar, the simply named Briggs’ Tavern. Decked out in a gray Franklin & Marshall College sweatshirt (his alma mater), the tan, white-haired Easton native takes in the deck’s tables, covered in sheets of ice and snow.
None of the 16 Franklin & Marshall College students who self-isolated last week as a precaution against coronavirus have tested positive for it, and 13 completed their isolation on either Saturday, Sunday or Monday, according to the college.
Franklin and Marshall college in Lancaster County has 16 students that fall into that category. The Campus Wellness Center is helping them with temporary isolation. The school said 13 students are out of self-isolation, while the remaining three should be released by Friday.
When a recent Franklin & Marshall College poll found that a majority of Pennsylvania voters support “few restrictions” on access to government records, my peers were quick to celebrate. Access to government records like documents, datasets, even calendars and emails, often lead reporters to stories. I admit, I cheered, too. I know how important this access can be.
G. Terry Madonna, political analyst/pollster, Franklin & Marshall College: “One of the enduring myths is the extensive coverage of Pennsyltucky. Yes, it refers to rural and exurban Pennsylvania, and specifically the Appalachian parts of the state. [But] the state has become much more diverse and complicated, especially in the suburbs. So, yes, parts of the state are like Kentucky but many parts of it are more like the [northeastern U.S.]. The point is that sometimes the state is just characterized as Pennsyltucky and the stories don’t include the complexity of the state.”
Welk-Joerger teaches a science and religion class at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she discusses how science and religion have had specific values attached to them that have been used politically at different times throughout America's history. People make assumptions, she says, about Republican, conservative, religious versus progressive, liberal, scientific. "And it's not that clear-cut. It's a narrative someone's trying to sell you right now," she says.
Compared to other mammals, primates such as chimps and humans take a long time to grow up. Young chimps continue to travel around with their moms and stay within her sight for four to five years after they’re weaned. “Primates are unique in having a really long period of juvenility,” said associate professor Elizabeth Lonsdorf of Franklin & Marshall College.
A scientific duo has wrapped up seven years of measuring how lakes are changing due to glaciers melting. They've found that, as glaciers shrink, the lakes are changing colour — and rapidly. "They're very well known for the really brilliant blues," researcher Janet Fischer told the Calgary Eyeopener on Tuesday. "The blue is changing from more of a brilliant turquoise blue-green to a richer sapphire blue." Fischer, a biologist from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, is spending a year at the University of Calgary's biogeoscience institute. She's work on a project with her husband and scientific partner, Mark Olson.
They’re a husband and wife team who have been conducting research in the Canadian mountain parks for 14 years. Mark Olson is a fish biologist and his wife Janet Fischer studies smaller aquatic creatures. The two started out looking into the impact of ultraviolet radiation on underwater life. Their focus shifted seven years ago when they started looking at water transparency. They initially thought all alpine lakes would be similar but soon learned differently. In the summer months the couple are joined by their two children and students from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where the two are based, to collect data.
La couleur émeraude presque surréelle des lacs des Rocheuses pourrait disparaître à cause de la fonte des glaciers, selon les hypothèses de recherche en cours de deux biologistes américains. Janet Fischer et Mark Olson, professeurs de biologie au Franklin & Marshall College, en Pennsylvanie, étudient la couleur des lacs de cette chaîne de montagnes depuis presque 14 ans.
Lakes in the Alberta Rockies are famous for their bright blue colour that almost seems too perfect to be real. But that's changing and a biologist [F&M’s Mark Olson] who's keeping an eye on them tells us why.
A new report has found that only 9% of the world’s countries received an “A” grade when it comes to protecting sexual-orientation minorities. The situation is even worse for gender identity minorities: only 3% of countries scored the top grade in 2017. Data of the F&M Global Barometer of Gay Rights and the Global Barometer of Transgender Rights were released Tuesday by researchers at Franklin & Marshall College, a liberal arts institution in Lancaster, Pa.
“Solid Side Vinyl” was a radio show that aired on WFNM, Franklin & Marshall College’s station. Spearheaded by F&M American religious history professor John Modern, the show aired Thursdays from 9 to 11 p.m. Modern and his friends — Jeremy Seedorf, Brian Keener, Nicky Kroll and occasionally Noel Heitmann —committed to playing sides of vinyl albums in their entirety. One night, Modern and his friends played a side of the Stooges’ 1969 self-titled album. Hearing “I Wanna Be Your Dog” sparked conversation in the booth: Could the group running the radio show start a band themselves?
“Under Freedom’s Sky,” featuring 10 authentic stories about Lancaster County’s involvement in anti-slavery movements and the Underground Railroad, was presented Thursday at Franklin & Marshall College. The anecdotes highlighted little-known operatives and history in the pre-Civil War clandestine system to transport enslaved people to freedom.
In the second installment of our Battleground 2020 series, we’ll examine voting and election reform in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With the passage last fall of ACT 77, a comprehensive set of improvements to voting processes were put into law. No straight-party voting, mail-in ballots, early voting, and new registration deadlines are among the changes. We’ll talk about what it means for voters and the April 28th Pennsylvania primary with Carol Kuniholm of Fair Districts PA and Jonathan Lai (Lie) of the Philadelphia Inquirer. But first, we’ll hear from Franklin and Marshall professor Stephen Medvic about the latest Franklin and Marshall College polling results.
It is just a precaution and no students are showing any symptoms, officials said. The quarantined students spent winter break at home in China. F&M said Health Department officials visited the campus Thursday and handed each student a letter explaining the mandatory quarantine. No students have tested positive for the coronavirus or are even sick, officials said. The state stressed the mandatory quarantines are out of an abundance of caution.
Nearly three out of five Pennsylvania voters don’t believe President Donald Trump deserves re-election, a finding in a new Franklin & Marshall College poll that suggests he has work to do to win the state a second time. But the poll offered some good news for the embattled president as those favoring re-election grew to 41%, up from 37% in October.
Op-Ed from F&M’s Professor of Psychology Krista Casler: This week, the Pennsylvania Senate Committee on Labor and Industry will hear testimony on the Family Care Act. As a mother, I know the beauty and bewilderment of new parenthood. Having fostered, I know the wonderful and hard period of welcoming a child into a family.
While there's a big risk involved, the reward could be great. Jeff Podoshen, professor of marketing at Franklin and Marshall College tells me a good ad could have a decent impact on the stock market the following Monday.
With that said, ensuring that graduates receive the “right” pre-professional experience and guidance is easier said than done. Career centers, like the one we have here at UMaine, face the difficult task of preparing students to hit the moving target that is the ever-evolving professional landscape. There is a constant struggle between the school of hard, technical skills which may or may not become obsolete as technology advances, and “soft skills” like communication, analysis, and creative design which are far more difficult to replicate with a machine but also less immediately tangible. Students don’t even like the word “career,” says Beth Throne, associate vice president for student and postgraduate development at Franklin & Marshall College, as it has a connotation of “lifetime commitment,” and graduates in this day and age are likely to jump between many career paths over the course of their professional lives.
Joe Biden’s lead in the Democratic presidential race in Pennsylvania has fallen by 8 percentage points since October, according to a new poll of registered Democrats in the state. The poll was released Thursday, five days before the Iowa caucuses begin the party’s nomination process and three months before the Pennsylvania primary. Biden was the choice of 22% of registered Democrats surveyed, down from 30% in October, according to the Franklin and Marshall College poll.
Berwood Yost is the Director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College. The Center has published the results of the most recent election poll and Yost appears on Smart Talk to explain how this poll and others can be used effectively.
However, environmentalists are worried about long-term global impacts. Sarah Dawson, director of the Center for the Sustainable Environment at Franklin and Marshall College, said waste combustion creates a new concern. “It creates something called super-toxins,” she explains. “Those are things like dioxins and furans, which are some of the most toxic compounds known to man.” Those compounds are found in fly-ash, a byproduct of the combustion process. Fly ash is filtered out in a baghouse by pollution control equipment. It is later mixed in with the damp, bottom ash that is taken to the landfill.
Also, a new art exhibit highlights area's connection to the Underground Railroad and the night sky. Sonya Clark is on Friday’s Smart Talk, along with Amy Moorefield, director of the Phillips Museum of Art, to discuss the exhibit at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster.
F&M’s Stephanie McNulty’s essay: India. The United Kingdom. Brazil. The United States. The major headlines in these countries conveys "Democracy in peril," "Democratic backsliding," or "Populist threats to democracy." However, another democratic transformation occurring around the world lacks the same spotlight: the spread of participatory democracy.
F&M’s Bryan Stinchfield: Act impulsively, light a match, take credit for putting out the fire, twist the truth, wait for your followers to fawn all over you. Repeat. True to form, President Donald Trump dishes out some great reality TV, as we saw last week. There’s a lot of drama, a rotating cast of colorful characters, an unpredictable blend of comedy and tragedy, and a healthy dose of poetic license. How could reality TV get any better?
Op-Ed written by F&M’s Professor Van Gosse: In recent years, 10 state legislatures have pursued restrictive “voter identification” requirements that target the poor, the elderly, persons of color, and students. Efforts to limit early voting, locate polling places in ways that disadvantage large groups of voters, and remove large numbers of people from voter rolls are also becoming more common in the run-up to the 2020 election. All in all, these moves add up to a concerted attack on our democracy.
According to a new study co-authored by researchers at Franklin & Marshall College in addition to Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Miami, expert diggers often teach young, inexperienced chimpanzees how to harvest termites in areas where it’s especially difficult. “What we found is that where termite fishing is more complex and hard to learn … mothers are demonstrably more willing to share with their kids essentially to help their kids learn,” F&M associate professor of psychology Elizabeth Lonsdorf said.
Yen Wei-Ting, a Taiwanese political scientist teaching at the Franklin and Marshall College in the US, said China's continuous aggression towards Taiwan, and the ongoing Hong Kong protests, helped drive up voter turnout. "Traditionally, voter turnout among young people is usually pretty low in Taiwan, but because of China and the Hong Kong protests, more young people were determined to vote in yesterday's election," Yen told DW.
However, it is not only Tsai supporters and young people who are returning. “The older generations have always mobilized themselves to go back for elections, often through personal networks,” explains Wei-ting Yen, a professor in political science at Franklin and Marshall College. “Most of these people are KMT supporters who migrated decades ago.”