The Washington Blade: (Opinion) LGBTQI+ equality is central to health of our democracy
Last week, world leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector gathered virtually for the Summit for Democracy to set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal and to tackle today’s greatest threats to democracy. In advance of the summit, the Council for Global Equality—a coalition of LGBTQI advocacy organizations of which the Center for American Progress is a proud member—in collaboration with F&M Global Barometers published report cards assessing the extent to which participating states have fulfilled their obligations to ensure LGBTQI+ people are full citizens and able to contribute to and benefit from democratic institutions. Unfortunately, the United States’ score on the human rights of LGBTQI+ people is in critical need of improvement. While we scored a 70 percent on basic human rights—a C- if our country were a school—we received failing grades in protecting LGBTQI+ Americans from violence and upholding the socioeconomic rights of LGBTQI+ Americans. We clearly need to catch up on our homework.
Patriot League: Lafayette Football Hires John Troxell to Take Over Program
EASTON, Pa. – John Troxell '94 has been named the Fred M. Kirby II '42 Head Football Coach at Lafayette College. The coaching veteran will be introduced at a press conference today at 4 p.m. in Pfenning Alumni Center. All members of the Lafayette campus community and members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend. Troxell is coming off a 16-year head coaching stint at Franklin and Marshall College where he molded the program into a consistent winner. Prior to his arrival at the Lancaster, Pennsylvania school in 2006, F&M had managed one winning season in the previous 13 campaigns. Four years later, after a full recruiting cycle, the Diplomats finished with a 9-2 record and have continued to climb, subsequently reaching the postseason on nine occasions. "We are proud and excited to be able to bring back an alumnus of Lafayette College to take over our storied football program. We undertook an exhaustive hiring process featuring a deep applicant pool, to bring John on board," said Director of Athletics Sherryta Freeman. "In each of his coaching stops covering nearly three decades, he has been part of program turnarounds, including those on our own campus. John further set himself apart with his head-coaching experience, alumni development and willingness to be a partner to our campus community. We are so excited for the future of Lafayette football."
Lehigh Valley Live: Lafayette picks Phillipsburg grad Troxell to lead football program
John Troxell is coming home. The Phillipsburg High School and Lafayette College graduate will be introduced as the new head coach of the Leopards football team 4 p.m. Tuesday. Troxell, 49, spent the last 16 years as head coach at Franklin & Marshall, a rival of Moravian and Muhlenberg in Division III’s Centennial Conference. Troxell, who graduated from Lafayette in 1994, replaces John Garrett, who didn’t have his contract renewed after going 15-33 in five seasons.
Washington Blade: U.S. lags behind other countries on LGBTQ rights: Report cards released ahead of Summit for Democracy
A series of report cards from the Council for Global Equality and F&M Global Barometers that rank countries on their LGBTQ rights records indicate the U.S. continues to lag behind. The report cards rank the 110 countries that are participating in the White House’s Summit for Democracy that began on Thursday. They specifically rank the nations on 30 specific benchmarks that are grouped together in three categories.
News 5 Greater Belize Television: Belize’s LGBTQI Human Rights Report Card
The US Government has invited one hundred and eleven countries, including Belize, to participate in the Summit for Democracy, which began on Tuesday and ends on Thursday. During the meeting, three main themes will be explored: fighting corruption, combating authoritarianism and promoting human rights. LGBTQI-specific data about each of the countries has been collected to produce a report card on based sex and intersex characteristics. The report cards are produced by Franklin & Marshall College.
NBC10 Philadelphia: What the Heck is Happening in Pa.'s US Senate Race? Here Are the Candidates
The Trump-endorsed candidate already dropped out of the race. A tattooed, 6 foot 7 inch mountain of a man is the leading fundraiser. "Dr. Oz" just joined the race. What the heck is happening in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race, which is likely to determine control of Congress next year? More than two dozen candidates have filed federal paperwork to run in 2022 for the open seat of retiring Sen. Pat Toomey, and more people could enter the race still. Uncertainty on the Republican side is matched by the uneasy choice awaiting Democrats in Pennsylvania: will the party's voters in the May primary choose a progressive like Lt. Gov. John Fetterman -- who has raised more than $9 million so far -- or a moderate like U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb? Neither are from Pennsylvania's vote-rich Philadelphia region, which means someone like Montgomery County Commissioner Chairwoman Val Arkoosh could make a strong candidate in the primary. In other words, neither party has a frontrunner at the moment. The open Senate race, combined with the gubernatorial race to succeed outgoing Gov. Tom Wolf, will make for a historic 2022 midterm election in Pennsylvania, Berwood Yost of Franklin & Marshall College said. "Since 1970, when the new election rules took effect, we’ve never had an open gubernatorial race and open senate race at the same time," said Yost, who is in charge of the highly-regarded Franklin & Marshall College Poll. "You’re going to have a lot more interest than you’d normally have because you have two very important statewide campaigns being run."
CNN: Dr. Oz runs for Pa. U.S. Senate seat
The Franklin & Marshall College Poll is cited in this CNN broadcast.
The Morning Call: Pennsylvania residents losing faith in Joe Biden’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic: Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll
Pennsylvania’s views on President Joe Biden’s handling of the pandemic have shifted considerably since the spring. Forty percent of respondents to a Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll approve of Biden’s efforts today; 55% approved of them in the spring. Biden’s statewide disapproval rating on the issue now stands at 45%, up from 28% previously. Biden campaigned for president in part on a pledge to better deal with the pandemic, and his early scores on that effort were good. But the emergence of the delta variant in July fueled a spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths that helped weaken his public support to politically dangerous lows. In October, pollsters at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster asked Pennsylvania adults what had changed their minds about Biden in recent months. COVID-related issues ranked third (at 14%) behind the president’s handling of the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan (31%), and immigration flareups along the U.S./Mexico border (15%).
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Firm assisting Pa. Senate GOP's election investigation will focus on election integrity
The head of the firm hired by Senate Republicans to assist with the taxpayer-funded investigation into Pennsylvania elections on Tuesday said while his firm has not conducted an elections review, he defended his company’s non-partisan track record of work for the Department of Defense and other federal government agencies. Steven Lahr, president of the Dubuque, Iowa-based Envoy Sage LLC, said in a conference call with reporters the firm begins its work with “no preconceived notions of what we will or will not find. Sen. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, who chairs the 11-member intergovernmental operations committee leading the investigation, said at the call’s outset Pennsylvanians find themselves “at a crossroads when it comes to the integrity of our election process.” He pointed to the Franklin & Marshall College poll in August which for the first time in its history saw “election integrity” as one of the state’s pressing issues. However, the college’s October poll found 55% of voters polled opposed the election investigation.
Erie Times: After Parnell exit, former Pa. CEO with ties to Bush and Trump eyes U.S. Senate run
With beleaguered candidate Sean Parnell out of the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania, Republicans are looking for a replacement to take on Democrats. A name that is coming up a lot is David McCormick, according to three GOP sources in Pennsylvania. McCormick could be a strong option for Republicans in a race that hasn't really had a GOP frontrunner. In most polls, the overwhelming majority of Republicans have said they were undecided. Before Parnell dropped out, he was getting 10% of Republican support, according to the most recent Franklin & Marshall College Poll. McCormick is a Pittsburgh-area native who could appeal to conservatives and moderates with his resume in the military, business and government.
Times Higher Education: Professional success is liberal arts colleges’ best-kept secret
[written by F&M’s President Barbara Altmann and Professor Jeffrey Nesteruk, Department of Business, Organizations and Society]
Liberal arts colleges have a branding problem – and it is partly of their own making. It matters because if you mention their name in some quarters, you’ll meet surprising levels of scepticism, if not downright hostility. Much of the challenge concerns rhetoric. “Liberal” has acquired a partisan political connotation, and “arts” seemingly excludes excellence in mathematics and the sciences. According to a 2017 Gallup study, neither term resonated with students or parents, while a similar poll with parents of children in secondary school declared “no college at all” was a better path to a good job than a “liberal arts degree”. In fact, liberal arts college alumni enjoy a median return on their investment ($918,000, £692,000) that slightly exceeds those leaving engineering and technology schools ($917,000) and business and management schools ($913,000), according a study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. But the term “liberal arts” acquires its full meaning best when illustrated through the stories that demonstrate its power – stories from those who live out diverse and rewarding careers rooted in this style of education.
Yahoo Finance: Course Hero Announces Launch of Online Educator Exchange, Following Successful Beta Program
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Course Hero, the popular learning platform used by a global community of students and educators to contribute and share educational resources, today announced the official opening of its Educator Exchange to any verified college faculty member in the U.S. and Canada. Initially launched as a beta program in July 2020, the Educator Exchange was created with input from an academic advisory council made up of both faculty and administrators with the goal of enabling faculty to collaborate and share best practices, while supplementing their income through the development of teaching and learning resources with academic peers. It builds on the success of the Course Hero faculty community, which has grown to more than 80,000 faculty. "Faculty are always emailing around trying to get a sample syllabus or assignment as they prep new courses. Educator Exchange makes finding resources easy, and it is such a time saver to have so many helpful documents all in one place," said Dr. Nicole Young, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at Franklin & Marshall College. "This program offers faculty more tools and resources that can help us better prepare our courses and develop innovative and inclusive pedagogical tools to meet the needs of students."
FOX43: Dr. Oz joins crowded field of Senate candidates vying for Pennsylvania seat
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz announced he is running as a Republican for the 2022 race for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat on Nov. 30. Oz brings a new level of celebrity to the open Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). In a video posted on social media, he cast himself as an outspoken conservative and champion for health. The largest points of criticism are likely to come from his living outside the state and from his controversial medical advice. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania for both his medical and business degrees and graduated in 1986. For the past two decades, he has lived in a northern New Jersey suburb of New York City, but last year registered to vote using his wife’s parents’ address in Bryn Athyn, a Philadelphia suburb in Montgomery County. According to the Constitution, a Senator must be resident of their state at the time of election. “If he were to become a resident between now and when he would be elected, then that would be constitutionally fine," Stephen Medvic, director of Franklin & Marshall College’s Center for Politics and Public Affairs said. "But politically, I think this is going to be an issue for him."
LNP: F&M's Old Main is LEADS' 2021 fundraising ornament; here's where to buy one
Franklin & Marshall College's Old Main is LEADS' 14th annual ornament. LEADS, Lancaster's Economic Action for Downtown Development, is a volunteer nonprofit that relies on private contributions for its work. The group beautifies downtown Lancaster city by paying for the hanging and maintenance of flower baskets in the spring and holiday decorations in the fall — including decorations for the Penn Square Christmas tree. Ornament sales raise funds for those efforts. ''The landmark ornament has become a popular and successful fundraiser to help make downtown streets festive for the holidays," Joel Henry, LEADS board president, said in a news release.
LNP: Lancaster city menorah damage was ‘clearly an accident,’ no criminal charges to be filed
No charges will be filed against the two people who damaged a menorah early Saturday morning in downtown Lancaster city, according to a spokesman for the Lancaster County District Attorney. Late Thursday afternoon, spokesman Sean McBryan said investigators reviewed video footage of the incident that caused damage to the menorah in Penn Square and determined that there is “no evidence suggesting either party intentionally damaged the structure.” “Criminal intent is required to file any charges in every incident, and the video evidence suggests that this was simply not the case,” he said in an email. Officials with the Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster have previously described the incident as an accident. Nearby surveillance footage at Penn Square shows the two people running to each other near the recently placed menorah around 1:35 a.m., said Miriam Baumgartner, board president of JCAL, which helped purchase the menorah along with Klehr Center for Jewish Life at Franklin & Marshall College. One of the people jumped into the other person’s arms to hug them, but the two then fell over into the 460-pound steel menorah, damaging it. The two then attempted to fix the menorah before walking away. The incident was “clearly an accident,” said Baumgartner, who spoke with city police detectives Wednesday. “We’re still grateful to the community for their outpouring of support,” she added. “I’m glad that we were able to find the truth. The cameras were there and now we know what really did happen. It was an accident.”
LNP: Artist who created Lancaster city menorah describes incident that damaged it as 'a happy accident'
The artist who designed the menorah in downtown Lancaster city said he’s grateful the incident which led to it being damaged over the weekend wasn’t done out of hate. “Accidents happen,” said Mark Lewin, 42. “I forgive the people who did it.” The York city resident was traveling in Costa Rica when he learned Saturday morning that the menorah had been heavily damaged. Though Lewin was relieved Wednesday night that a city police investigation determined the damage was not done intentionally by vandals, as was initially suspected, “the fact of the matter is that it was damaged,” he said. “We’ll mourn later for it, let’s just get (the repairs) done,” Lewin said his initial mindset was. The Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster and the Klehr Center for Jewish Life at Franklin & Marshall College provided about $1,600 to purchase the materials used for the project. Lewin, who is himself Jewish, did the work for free, saying he felt it was his “obligation to help the community,” he said. “I just love creating so much and working with my hands,” Lewin added. “I didn’t really think twice about it. It was something that I really wanted to do.”
LNP: After vandalism of Lancaster city menorah, large crowd at Penn Square Hanukkah ceremony restores some light [editorial]
As LNP | LancasterOnline’s Erik Yabor reported, “Lancaster city’s menorah was lit Sunday night, marking the beginning of Hanukkah,” as hundreds of Lancaster County residents crowded into Penn Square to watch. The Hanukkah menorah, or chanukiah, had been created with funding provided by the Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster and the Klehr Center for Jewish Life at Franklin & Marshall College. According to Lancaster city police, the 460-pound steel menorah — a beautiful creation of York artist Mark Lewin — was intentionally damaged sometime Friday night or Saturday morning. Nevertheless, ceremonies to light the menorah will be held each evening this week at 5:30, except Friday, when the start time will be 4 p.m. The Hanukkah story is one of light prevailing over darkness. So, too, we believe, is the story of the menorah in downtown Lancaster. When Rabbi Jack Paskoff of Congregation Shaarai Shomayim learned that the chanukiah — an elegant steel creation, adorned with red roses representing Lancaster city — had been vandalized, he issued a call to other clergy and Lancaster County residents to “be a presence” at the lighting ceremonies. Paskoff’s call was taken up by others and Sunday evening, the result was a packed Penn Square, filled with Jewish county residents and people of other faiths standing in solidarity with them. (Monday night’s ceremony drew a smaller but still significant crowd to Penn Square.) Diverse, respectful, resolute, caring, this was Lancaster at its best.
LNP: Lancaster city menorah appeared to have been damaged unintentionally, search for suspects continues: police
Whoever damaged a menorah placed in downtown Lancaster city didn’t appear to have done so intentionally, according to city police. Nearby surveillance footage showed two people damaging the recently placed menorah at Penn Square around 1:35 a.m. Saturday, police said in a news release Tuesday evening. The two were walking and fell into the 460-pound steel menorah, Mayor Danene Sorace said during Tuesday night's lighting ceremony. The two attempted to put the menorah back together but then walked away. The damage to the menorah “did not appear to be from a deliberate act,” police said, though the people seen in the footage “seemed to be aware that they had caused damage.” Police are still trying to identify the people in the footage. “That it appears to not be a hate crime is good, I must admit,” said Miriam Baumgartner, board president of the Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster, which helped purchase the menorah along with Klehr Center for Jewish Life at Franklin & Marshall College.
LNP: Hundreds watch as Lancaster city menorah is lit Sunday [photos]
People gathered in Penn Square Sunday evening to light the chanukiah, the specific name for the Menorah lit for Hannukah, to honor the start of the holy holiday. This year, a chanukiah made from metal formed into the shape of branches and roses was hand-crafted by artist Mark Lewin. Each night of Hannukah, ending Monday, Dec. 6, another candle will be lit on the chanukiah. Several local Jewish congregations, including Shaarai Shomayim, Temple Beth El, the Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster, and Franklin & Marshall's Hillel and Chabad will take turns lighting.
LNP: Hundreds watch as Lancaster city menorah is lit Sunday, day after it was found vandalized
In a ceremony witnessed by hundreds of Jewish faithful and others from across the community, Lancaster city’s menorah was lit Sunday night, marking the beginning of Hanukkah. Onlookers packed into Penn Square to witness the lighting, which came just a day after the menorah was found heavily damaged and vandalized. “Let’s remember to add light to the world, to our city and our community,” said Rabbi Jack Paskoff of Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, who led the ceremony. “Let’s make sure we’re doing everything possible to defeat powers of darkness.” The menorah’s metal arms were found twisted and bent Saturday morning, making it unusable. While local leaders are unsure if the defacement was an act of anti-Semitic hatred, they believe whoever damaged it did so intentionally. City police are investigating the incident. Though a local blacksmith helped partially repair the menorah to make it useable for Sunday night’s ceremony, the piece still appeared damaged. Mark Lewin, the York artist who built the menorah, will further repair it Tuesday. Miriam Baumgartner, board president of the Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster, which helped purchase the menorah along with the Klehr Center for Jewish Life at Franklin & Marshall College, said it was important for people in the community to see the lasting physical impacts of the vandalism.
GoErie.com: After Parnell exit, former Pa. CEO with ties to Bush and Trump eyes U.S. Senate run
With beleaguered candidate Sean Parnell out of the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania, Republicans are looking for a replacement to take on Democrats. A name that is coming up a lot is David McCormick, according to three GOP sources in Pennsylvania. McCormick has not publicly confirmed a run, but he is being urged by Pennsylvania Republican operatives, the sources told the USA TODAY Network Pennsylvania State Capital Bureau. McCormick could be a strong option for Republicans in a race that hasn't really had a GOP frontrunner. In most polls, the overwhelming majority of Republicans have said they were undecided. Before Parnell dropped out, he was getting 10% of Republican support, according to the most recent Franklin & Marshall College Poll. McCormick is a Pittsburgh-area native who could appeal to conservatives and moderates with his resume in the military, business and government.
WHYY-PBS: Montgomery County’s MontcoStrong grant program helped them, businesses report in survey
A Montgomery County-commissioned survey has found that the county’s $42 million MontcoStrong grant program was largely successful in sustaining local businesses during the height of the pandemic. Nearly all the businesses surveyed, 98%, said they were still in operation and expected to remain so until at least the end of 2021. Three in five grant recipients responding to the survey said the MontcoStrong grants were “extremely important” in keeping their businesses open. MontcoStrong was established using CARES Act funding to assist small businesses and nonprofits in the pandemic. More than $42 million in grant funding has been allocated since April 2020, with about 75% of the money going to the business sector and the remaining 25% going to nonprofits. “As things started to slow down a bit, we actually initiated this study, and used Franklin and Marshall to conduct it so that we could get feedback from these business owners on whether or not this grant program had been helpful to them,” said county Commissioner Chair Dr. Val Arkoosh. Berwood Yost, director of Franklin and Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research and the Floyd Institute of Public Policy, said the center worked closely with the county to identify goals and work on a way to administer the survey. “The thing to remember is that this study was focused only on those organizations that received the grant funding from the county. So whatever we say here is meant to be applicable to those businesses and not to the entire business community,” Yost said. Yost said Montgomery County was forward-thinking in trying to evaluate its program in real time. “We often don’t appreciate the work that our local governments do. And I think in this circumstance, the county should be praised for its efforts to understand the impacts that its activities have,” Yost said.
PhillyVoice: Survey of MontcoStrong grant program showed 98% of recipients stayed in business
During the pandemic, Montgomery County launched the MontcoStrong grant program to support local businesses as they adapted to the new normal. To assess the impact, leaders behind the initiative commissioned a survey of those that received funding and found that it succeeded in sustaining a majority of them. The survey discovered that 98% of the businesses who received money were still open and operating, and expected to remain open until at least the end 2021. “As things started to slow down a bit, we actually initiated this study, and used Franklin and Marshall to conduct it so that we could get feedback from these business owners on whether or not this grant program had been helpful to them,” county Commissioner Chair Dr. Val Arkoosh told WHYY. Nearly 900 of the 2,153 eligible businesses participated in the online and telephone surveys earlier this year. The survey focused on three categories to determine the success of the participants: operating status, employment changes and revenue changes.
LNP: These are the top building projects in the Lancaster County area, winning 2021 construction awards
The Winter Visual Arts Center has been described as forward-looking and like it landed from outer space. The $30.4 million project at Franklin & Marshall College has won another award. The building’s construction manager, Poole Anderson Construction, Harrisburg, won the top award from Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. The trade group highlighted top construction projects in the region by member companies at the 32nd annual ABC Excellence in Construction Awards Gala last week at Spooky Nook Sports. The Project of the Year Eagle award goes to a building with "wow factor," based on design, community impact, client satisfaction and positive notoriety, according to ABC Keystone. The Winter Visual Arts Center opened in August 2020 and has teaching studios, galleries and a cinema. It replaced the Herman Arts building.
LNP: Emerson, Lake & Palmer played at F&M in 1972; a local man has the only recording in existence of the show
On April 13, 1972, English prog rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed in Franklin & Marshall College’s Mayser Auditorium, and for nearly 50 years, there was no audio proof. That is, until July of this year, when a man named Mark Scalise posted an 84-minute long video on YouTube titled “Emerson, Lake & Palmer – 4/13/1972 Lancaster, PA.” The caption of the video reads: “Previously uncirculated audio recording from Andrew Caldwell on ‘a regular cassette deck from J.C Penney, a plastic directional mic from my seat halfway back on the gym floor.’” Ask Caldwell why he made the recording in the first place, and the answer is simple. “Well, I was a 16-year-old degenerate,” Caldwell, now 65, says on the phone with a laugh. The April 1972 ELP concert was the third that Caldwell had seen at F&M that year, along with The Beach Boys and his beloved Badfinger, after his mother relented in allowing him to go to shows once he turned 16. While most F&M concerts were $5, ELP boasted a $5.50 entrance fee.
Penn Live: This election waved red flags for Pa. Democrats hoping to win in 2022
Every election’s different, and the political environment can change, but results of Election 2021 suggest 2022 will be a time of significant trials for Democrats. And that’s putting it mildly, especially so in Pennsylvania. Not only is `22 a midterm election in which the party of the White House usually suffers losses nationally, but next year’s stakes for state Democrats couldn’t be much higher. There’s an open seat for U.S. Senate, an open seat for governor, the prospect of losing congressional seats to Republican-run redistricting. And all this in an atmosphere that, at least for now, is not embracing Democratic leadership. And in Pennsylvania, there were signs in last week’s Franklin & Marshall College poll that Republicans would do well here. Foremost, was Biden’s abysmal job-performance rating of 32 percent. And while Gov. Tom Wolf was rated 10-points higher than Biden, in both cases, a majority of voters said they’re not impressed with Democratic leadership. F&M poll director Berwood Yost tells me voter response rates to pollsters showed, “A lot more men interested than women, which is the exact opposite of the Trump years, and lots more interest in smaller metro areas, not much at all in urban areas, especially Philadelphia.”
The Hill: Parnell allegations roil GOP bid to keep Pennsylvania Senate seat
New allegations of abuse against former President Trump’s pick to succeed retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are setting off a panic among some Republicans as the party looks to maintain its grip on one of the most competitive Senate seats in the country next year. Since Trump endorsed Republican Sean Parnell’s Pennsylvania Senate campaign in September, the retired Army Ranger and author has faced a series of damaging headlines. One of his rivals for the GOP nomination revealed that Parnell’s estranged wife had sought protective orders against him. Last month, a judge rejected Parnell’s request for a sweeping gag order that would have barred his wife and her attorney from discussing those protective orders. Polling in the primary has been scarce, but one survey conducted in late October by Franklin and Marshall College showed Parnell leading the GOP field, albeit with only 11 percent support. The overwhelming majority of Republicans — 78 percent — remain undecided.
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Here are three ways that Pa. can help prevent lead poisoning in children | Opinion
[written by Harriet Okatch, an assistant professor of public health at Franklin and Marshall College and cochair of the statewide Lead-Free Promise Project.]
While several national efforts to prevent lead poisoning have been successfully implemented over the past 50 years, including a ban on lead-based paint, a ban on the use of leaded gasoline, and lowering the limits of lead in drinking water, roughly half a million children under age 6 nationwide are still affected by lead each year. And almost 70% of those children are exposed to lead in their homes. In 1978, the federal government banned the use of lead in paint, a victorious moment because, at the time, several studies had demonstrated that lead-based paint was associated with neurodevelopmental delays in children under age 6. Some of the effects associated with lead include hearing and speech impairments, behavioral and learning problems, impulse control disorders, and aggressive behaviors. Lead is a toxin; there is no safe level of lead in the body. However, the ban on lead-based paint only applied to future homes, and not existing structures that already had lead-based paint. Homes that were built before 1978 are likely to have lead-based paint in them, and children living in these homes are at risk of lead poisoning unless the home is abated for the toxin. In Pennsylvania, a significant proportion (79%) of homes were built before 1980. And according to one study, about 9,000 of the state’s children are diagnosed with lead poisoning each year.
LNP: The poisonous reality for children of lead exposure [column]
[written by Glorimar Jaramillo, a public health major on the biology track at Franklin & Marshall College]
Home is a place where one feels safe and out of any danger. A place where you raise your family, spend time with them and keep them protected. However, some dangers may lurk in your walls, in your windows that you look out of every morning, your doors and railings. Dangers that might cause harmful consequences, especially in growing children. Lead-based paint was used in almost every home until it was banned in 1978, but some homes still contain this toxic metal to this day. This old lead-based paint chips away and creates dust in these old buildings that children can either swallow or get exposed to as the lead dust travels around the house. The lead that the children get exposed to enters their bloodstream and can severely harm their health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are no safe blood lead levels in children. Even small amounts of lead in a child’s blood affects the child’s brain development, leading to cognitive, developmental and behavioral problems. Those only increase the more a child is exposed to lead, resulting in learning problems caused by a decreased ability to pay attention, increased antisocial behavior and a reduced IQ.
Far Out Magazine (UK): The crazy 'race riot' that broke out at a Fats Domino concert
[photo credit Franklin & Marshall College]
Fats Domino is perhaps the most underrated artist in rock and roll history. Very much put on a pedestal by those in the know, namely the white adherents that gave the blues a rebirth in the early 1960s, Domino’s legacy is incredible, particularly for someone who seems to be so absent in current discussions regarding the birth of “this thing” they call rock ‘n’ roll. A brilliant man by all accounts, and said to have been one of, if not the most successful rock ‘n’ roller of the ’50s, his music was also iconic for another reason; the way that it helped to cross the segregated line between white and black listeners. His listenership was a mixed one, and, considering that 1950s America was a place ruled by Jim Crow and the violent de facto implications of segregation and racism, this was massive.
LNP: Here's what Pa. voters in the F&M poll said about Biden, masks in schools and more
Sixty-four percent of Pennsylvania voters favor requiring masks in public schools and a majority support businesses mandating COVID-19 vaccines for their employees, according to the results of a poll conducted by Franklin & Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research Poll last week. Opinions on mask mandates are sharply divided across party lines, the poll found, with 41% of Republicans strongly opposing mask mandates in school while 71% of Democrats strongly favor them. “There’s been a lot of talk about school board meetings and people opposing the mask mandates, but among the different mitigation measures we’ve tested, requiring teachers and students to wear masks in schools got a lot of support,” said Berwood Yost, director of the poll.
StateImpact – NPR: In Pa., poll shows many people aren’t confident in knowledge of climate change or its effects
A new poll from Franklin & Marshall College shows few Pennsylvanians are confident in their knowledge of climate change. The latest poll asked more than 500 registered voters to say whether seven statements about weather and climate were true or false. For example, “Climate means the average weather conditions in a region” (true) or “Climate and weather mean pretty much the same thing” (false). Only 7% got them all right. Another 12% got six right. Less than a third said they feel “very well informed” about the consequences of global warming. Most people fell in the middle, with 55% saying they feel “fairly well informed” and 14% feeling “not very well informed.” Only 2% said they were “not informed at all.” Berwood Yost, who directs the Center for Opinion Research at F&M, said the poll is a first step in trying to understand how familiar people are with climate change.
Tribune-Review: Poll: Economy, mistrust of government, covid-19 continue to drive voters' decisions
Lewis McClain vividly remembers the double-digit mortgage rates of the early 1980s, and the 83-year-old Edinboro Democrat is afraid the country is headed in that direction again. “I don’t agree with all this stimulus money giveaway,” McClain said. “All of this is going to be very inflationary. It has been in the past. … And I don’t trust the government anymore. Anything they tell me, I’m not so sure about it.” The retired real estate broker was among 522 Pennsylvania registered voters — 39% Republican, 47% Democrat, 14% other — who participated in a Franklin & Marshall College Poll conducted Oct. 18-24. With few statewide election races of note, the poll focused on issues driving voters as well as approval ratings for Gov. Tom Wolf and President Biden.
Reading Eagle: Poll finds majority backs COVID mandates, opposes 2020 election review
The Franklin & Marshall College poll shows there’s consensus on some of the most contentious issues facing the state. Issuing COVID mandates and auditing the 2020 presidential election and have been two of the hottest conversations taking place in Pennsylvania. They have been the subject of impassioned debates, spirited protests and legal battles. They have been railed about by politicians and covered endlessly in the news media. But while they have caused the appearance of a lot of division, more people are on the same page than it might seem. A new Franklin & Marshall College poll shows that more than half of registered voters in the Keystone State are in agreement on both issues.
WITF: President Biden’s job approval is dropping in Pa.: F&M Poll
Penn Live: President Biden’s job approval is dropping in Pa.: F&M Poll
(Harrisburg) – President Joe Biden’s approval rating in Pennsylvania has dropped substantially since the summer, according to a new poll from Franklin & Marshall College. The F&M poll, released Thursday morning, found roughly one out of three (32%) registered voters in Pennsylvania said Biden is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as president. The numbers represent a substantial decline in the past few months. In August, 41% said Biden was doing a “good” or “excellent” job, while in June, that number was 44%. While a majority of Democrats rate Biden’s performance favorably, his job approval has fallen among members of his own party as well. Since August, his positive job approval from Democrats has dropped from 78% to 62%, the poll found. The F&M Poll surveyed Pennsylvania voters on a host of issues about elected officials and public policy. But Berwood Yost, director of the F&M Poll, said Biden’s drop in support was the most surprising aspect of the poll.
WITF: Franklin & Marshall Poll: Pennsylvanians weigh in on Biden, election review, abortion, masks
Thursday’s Smart Talk analyzes results of the October 2021 Franklin and Marshall College Poll. President Joe Biden’s approval ratings have been going down nationally in the last few months after the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, price inflation and infrastructure and budget plans that are stalled in Congress. The F&M poll provides data on how Pennsylvania voters view the president.
Air & Space Magazine: Journey to the Surface of Venus
The current record for a spacecraft’s survival on the surface of Venus is 127 minutes. Set 40 years ago by the Soviet Venera 13, it was a triumph of engineering. Still, two hours after touchdown, it was curtains, and the landers that the Soviets later sent to visit succumbed in half that time. Now a U.S. team is developing a plan to send a more advanced and much more durable lander to Venus—to brave a world of hellish heat, crushing barometric pressure, and a swirling carbon dioxide atmosphere laced with sulfuric acid. The principal investigator for the Venus Flagship study is Martha Gilmore, an effervescent planetary geologist at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, who cheerfully admits that she has been fascinated by rocks and stars since she was five. Something of a prodigy, Gilmore finished high school at 14, her B.A. at Franklin & Marshall College at 19, and her Ph.D. at Brown University at 26. She worked at JPL before heading back to academia, arriving at Wesleyan’s Earth and environmental studies department in 2000. As a leader in her field and one of the few Black women to be a full professor in a university science department, Gilmore is an ardent advocate for women of color in the physical and Earth sciences.
FOX43: Local elections increasingly focusing on national issues
CAMP HILL, Pa. — School board elections are known for focusing on mundane, but necessary, issues like passing budgets, setting tax rates and building new school facilities. “If you run for school board you’re going to spend a lot of time doing personnel and budget matters and all those kinds of things,” said Berwood Yost, director of Franklin and Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research and the Floyd Institute for Public Policy. “You’re not going to spend a lot of time talking about critical race theory, for instance.” But that’s precisely what’s happening in one Cumberland County school board race, which has become part of the trend toward hyper partisan debates of national politics infiltrating local elections. An anonymous letter recently arrived at some Camp Hill homes attacking three Democratic candidates for the Camp Hill School District—Josceylon Buchs, Melanie Gurgiolo and Karen Mallah. The letter also accuses them of supporting the teaching of “radical” ideas such as critical race theory, an academic framework used to examine race and racism. Opponents often use the term has as a catchall phrase for teaching students about racism and the related subjects of equity, diversity and inclusion.
The New York Times: Nadia Chaudhri, Scientist With an End-of-Life Mission, Dies at 43
Nadia Chaudhri, a neuroscientist with terminal ovarian cancer who used her final months to raise money for graduate students of diverse backgrounds and to educate the public about her disease through a widely followed social media chronicle, died on Oct. 5 at a hospital in Montreal. She was 43. Her campaign raised funds for the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award, which was established in her honor and announced by Concordia in May. She had previously raised money with a GoFundMe campaign to sponsor students from diverse backgrounds to attend the annual conference of the nonprofit Research Society on Alcoholism. In the announcement of the award, Dr. Chaudhri recalled the discrimination she had experienced as a Pakistani woman in graduate school. “When I gave talks or presentations, people often commented on my accent instead of my science,” she said. Nadia attended Karachi Grammar School in Pakistan. She went to the United States for college, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in the biological foundations of behavior from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania in 1999. She was the first woman to win the college’s Williamson Medal for academic and extracurricular achievement.
The Concordian: Concordia professor Nadia Chaudhri dies at 43, leaving a historic legacy
Dr. Nadia Chaudhri, an award-winning neuroscientist, Concordia professor, and beloved mother and wife, passed away on Oct. 5 due to ovarian cancer. While dealing with a terminal diagnosis during the pandemic, Chaudhri demonstrated nothing but courage and inspiration to an audience of over 150,000 on Twitter. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Chaudhri attended Franklin & Marshall College in the U.S. from the age of 17, where she was recognized for outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements. With a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, Chaudhri has taught at Concordia University since 2010. The professor had become a role model for the representation of women and minorities in neuroscience research — a cause for which she raised over $630,000 from thousands of donors, setting a record-breaking fundraiser at Concordia. Much of this support had emerged from Chaudhri’s popularity on social media, achieved by inspiring thousands with her personal stories about her fight against cancer, including the highs and lows of her difficult journey.
ABC27 News: F&M committee recognizes Indigenous peoples’ past, present, and future in Central Pa.
A growing number of places around the United States celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of or in addition to Columbus Day, which this year falls on Monday, Oct. 11. A recently formed committee at Franklin & Marshall College aims to honor Native peoples and cultures both on the holiday and year-round. The committee began with a student’s suggestion in 2019 that F&M craft a land acknowledgment and recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the group’s actions temporarily, but students, staff, and faculty convened in the spring of 2021 to begin work on the acknowledgment. One goal of the committee is “to recognize the Indigenous peoples who were, in fact, dispossessed from the land upon which Franklin & Marshall was built,” Mary Ann Levine, F&M professor of anthropology and chair of the Land Acknowledgment Committee, said. Nick Kroll is an associate professor of philosophy and the chair of the philosophy program at F&M, and he is a member of the Land Acknowledgment Committee. He is Métis, or mixed; his father is Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, and his mother is Scandanavian. Kroll has found the work of the Land Acknowledgment Committee personally meaningful. “For me…it felt really good just to hear an external sort of validation that not only there were these people, but there are these people. And just to hear that, from a personal perspective, coming from the institution I’m a part of, it was a big deal,” he said.
LNP: F&M professor's new book is 'supposed to bother you'
John Modern, an author, historian and professor of religious studies at Franklin & Marshall College, often suggests his students try his favorite drug. But don’t worry; it’s legal. “I always tell my students, history is the best drug ever invented,” says Modern, 50, of Lancaster. “If you’re looking for a great experience, try history. It’s safer, it’s cheaper and there’s no hangover. You get to read and, every moment, you realize it all potentially could dissolve. And you can see how developments happen and it becomes incredible the way the world really is changing – even things that we hold to be most secure and foundational.”
Savannah Morning News: Savannah, Chatham County residents can visit the Jepson Center for Free Family Day on Oct. 16
A large fabric canopy draped overhead and spanning an entire museum gallery greets visitors to Sonya Clark: Finding Freedom, which opened Oct. 1 at the Jepson Center. Telfair’s presentation of the immersive installation by Clark, an artist and Amherst College professor, offers a celestial viewpoint that encourages viewers to consider freedom-seeking enslaved individuals whose forced labor built America’s wealth. Draped as if a night sky overhead, the large-scale canopy is pieced together from cyanotype reactive fabric squares made with the help of workshop participants over the course of Clark’s various residencies. On Sept. 30, Clark delivered Telfair’s free, annual Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Lecture to a full crowd at the Jepson Center, with funding provided by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, the City of Savannah, and the Georgia Council for the Arts. Sonya Clark: Finding Freedom is organized by the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin and Marshall College in collaboration with Telfair Museums and is curated by Amy Moorefield. The presentation at Telfair is curated by Erin Dunn, curator of modern and contemporary art.
LNP: Lancaster County health advisory council moves to vote before commissioners today
Lancaster County Commissioner Ray D’Agostino wants to create a voluntary, ongoing health advisory council that — failing renewal — would expire in two years. The Republican lawmaker’s proposal came Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, during a county work session, citing the success of a COVID-19 advisory group that was disbanded earlier this year. The plan is expected to be put to a vote at the commissioners’ meeting Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, and could be implemented by January. The advisory council would be composed of nine to 13 volunteer members appointed by commissioners to provide data analysis and recommendations on the “detection, prevention and response” to illnesses that pose a public health threat to Lancaster County residents. The proposal stops short of what county leaders, organizations and health officials have for decades called for: the creation of a local health department. Earlier this year, a Franklin & Marshall College survey found 90% of Lancaster County adults in every group polled — regardless of political affiliation, racial or income attainment — support forming a local health department.
CBC/Radio-Canada: Nadia Chaudhri, beloved Montreal neuroscientist with fans worldwide, has died
Nadia Chaudhri, a Montreal neuroscientist who gathered a worldwide following while sharing her journey in palliative care with ovarian cancer, has died. She was 43. Chaudhri was renowned for creating scholarships for underrepresented young scientists and raising awareness about ovarian cancer amid her terminal diagnosis. Her friend and colleague, Krista Byers-Heinlein, tweeted confirming her death Wednesday afternoon, saying Chaudhri had passed away the previous evening. "She leaves behind her Sun and Moon, a loving extended family, colleagues and students, friends around the world, and so many others who have been touched by her and her story," Byers-Heinlein wrote, referring to Chaudhri's six-year-old son and husband, whom she called her Sun and Moon. "Nadia was a force of nature. She was an incredibly talented researcher with a passion for teaching and student success matched only by her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion," Concordia President Graham Carr said in a written statement Wednesday. Chaudhri was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, and left at 17 to pursue a liberal arts degree at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania. She told CBC in April that support from professors there encouraged her to pursue neuroscience. According to Concordia, she became the first woman to receive the college's Williamson Medal, "awarded to a member of the senior class for their outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement."
WITF: The great political divide: rural and urban voters
Drive through rural Pennsylvania and there’s still a good chance you’ll see a Trump 2020 sign or flag or even a Trump 2024 sign. In the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump dominated the rural areas of the country and got more votes than when he won over Hillary Clinton in 2016. However, Democrat Joe Biden won 91 of the nation’s 100 most populated counties and gained voters in the suburbs around those cities. The U.S. is divided politically between rural and urban areas. On Monday’s Smart Talk, we delve into why this divide exist. Are there issues that rural and urban residents see entirely different? What impact will changing demographics have on future elections? Appearing on Monday’s Smart Talk are Dr. Stephen Medvic, director of Franklin and Marshall College’s Center for Politics and Public Affairs and The Honorable and Mrs. John C. Kunkel Professor of Government at F&M and Dr. Lonce Bailey, Associate Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University.
The Philadelphia Inquirer: The Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame faces up to $100,000 in damages after Hurricane Ida’s remnants wrecked the Center City museum
As the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame prepares for its first induction ceremony in two years, the organization is also dealing with significant damage to its museum at 2100 Arch Street wrought by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Flooding in that part of Center City left the museum’s exhibits under 10 feet of sewage-filled water. And because the museum is located on the basement level of its building, home to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the damage was not covered by the museum’s insurance policy. Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Inductees: 2020 class - Award winners: William Yale Saltzman, founder of Camp Canadensis in the Poconos and the first Jewish football captain at Franklin & Marshall.
CBS21: Unvaccinated Pennsylvania college students facing disciplinary action
HARRISBURG, Pa. — More than 1,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. are mandating the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. 48 are in Pennsylvania. Colleges are enforcing public health on campuses, but each has a different approach, and some are taking action when students and staff aren’t compliant. Both Dickinson College and Franklin & Marshall College are requiring the COVID-19 vaccine, aside from medical and religious exemptions. Unvaccinated students are not permitted on Dickinson College campus and Franklin & Marshall College is working through the final stages of getting all of its students and staff to 100% vaccination status. Those who don’t comply with surveillance testing in the meantime could face disciplinary action. “We have viewed the vaccination requirement as the strongest tool we have to promote, from a public health point of view, a safe campus and a safe surrounding area,” Franklin & Marshall College Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Alan Caniglia said.
LNP: Examining resistance to COVID-19 measures through a political science lens [opinion]
[written by Stephen K. Medvic, F&M’s Honorable and Mrs. John C. Kunkel Professor of Government, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, and co-director of the Floyd Institute for Public Policy]
Perhaps the most perplexing aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic is the rabid opposition to virtually all measures intended to control the disease. Even relatively innocuous actions like wearing a mask have sparked unhinged responses from a sizable portion of the public. These reactions are bewildering to many citizens but can be explained by some well-established insights from political science and related fields. Initially, of course, outrage was triggered by the imposition of temporary shutdowns. Economic insecurity seemed to drive this response as millions of Americans faced the potential loss of their livelihoods. Still, charges of “tyranny” were overblown; the shutdowns were always intended to be short-lived, emergency measures designed to give scientists and public health experts time to assess the lethality of the virus and to develop measures to contain it.
LNP: F&M names new director for Center for Politics and Public Affairs
Franklin & Marshall College on Thursday announced that longtime government professor Stephen Medvic is the new director of the school’s Center for Politics and Public Affairs. Medvic succeeds G. Terry Madonna, who retired from F&M earlier this year and returned to Millersville University, his alma mater, to fill a one-year volunteer position as senior fellow in residence for political affairs. Medvic’s new role includes working with the Center for Opinion Research, home to the Franklin & Marshall College Poll. The Honorable and Mrs. John C. Kunkel Professor of Government at Franklin & Marshall College, Medvic lectures and writes about the role of political parties, the factors influencing campaigns and elections and public attitudes toward democracy, according to the school. Medvic’s most recent book is “Gerrymandering: The Politics of Redistricting in the United States.”
LNP: F&M ranked in top 100 nationally in latest WSJ/THE college rankings
One Lancaster County college landed in the top 100 of this year’s The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college rankings released this week. Franklin & Marshall College ranked 84th overall in the list, which annually ranks the nation’s best colleges and universities based on student outcomes, student and faculty resources, engagement and campus environment. Each school is given an overall rating out of 100 depending on how they score on each of those four categories. The top 600 schools were given an overall ranking. F&M, a 2,500-student private liberal arts school in Lancaster, earned an overall score of 68.8, largely propelled by its high marks on outcomes (26.5 out of 40, ranked 91st) and resources (21.6 out of 30, ranked 74th). Its lowest rating was for environment, which is mainly based on campus diversity. It received a 5.1 out of 10 and ranked 366th.
Building Design & Construction: Wellness is now part of more colleges’ health services
Buildings offering wellness services are proliferating on college campuses. Among the schools with student centers that include “wellness” in their titles and programming are Franklin & Marshall College, the University of Chicago, Cal State Fullerton, Texas Tech, Stevens Institute of Technology, College of the Holy Cross, New York University, the University of Utah, Duke University, and Rutgers University. Wellness “is redefining the typology,” says Scott Baltimore, an architect with Duda|Paine Architects in Durham, N.C., which has carved out a specialty in wellness design. He elaborates that more schools are taking a “synergistic” approach that brings different services and academic departments under one roof, thereby making the building more of a destination. This transformation has also been “institutional,” says Turan Duda, FAIA, the firm’s Founding Principal. Parents want to know where their kids can go if their educational journey suffers a medical or psychological setback, particularly in the area of depression.
FOX 43: An organization says they're fighting for better healthcare in south central Pennsylvania
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — "Put People First Pa." held an outdoor story-sharing event on Sept. 19 at Locust Park in Columbia to bring awareness to the health care crisis in South Central Pennsylvania. Many attendees shared their health care experiences to highlight the issues they feel need to be addressed; the group says Medicaid enrollment has spiked to over 80 million people, up from just over 71 million at the beginning of the pandemic. Put People First Pa. says Columbia has the highest percentage of poor and low-income people in the county after Lancaster City at 44.6%. Recently, they undertook research on poverty and inequality in Lancaster County partnering with Franklin and Marshall College. Organizers say health care should be a basic human right.
WTAE Pittsburgh: Voters' private info subpoenaed by State Senate Republicans; Democrats challenge move in court
PITTSBURGH — If you voted in the 2020 presidential election in Pennsylvania, there's a battle under way over your personal data, along with that of nearly 7 million other voters. As part of its latest election audit, Pennsylvania state Senate Republicans have subpoenaed that personal data, including your driver's license number, the last four digits of your Social Security number and other personal information which will be turned over to a private contractor for the audit. Senate Democrats filed suit against the subpoenas late Friday and are expected to the court for an injunction against the Republicans' subpoenas sometime this week. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) said, "It's unequivocal. They are risking an identity theft catastrophe here in Pennsylvania. And I want to emphasize to your viewers, that this is Republicans and Democrats (information) too." State Sen. Kim Ward (R), the Senate majority leader, said, "I think everybody in Pennsylvania should feel good and confident about our elections. And, if you look at the Franklin & Marshall polling, there is a substantial number of Pennsylvanians who think there was something wrong.
The Daily Item: Geisinger’s wage increase a signal to state officials
Last week, Geisinger announced it was increasing its minimum wage to $15 for all current and future employees. The change goes into effect on Sept. 26 and will, a spokesperson for the health system said, impact 6,500 employees. Geisinger’s decision was not borne of largesse or some sense of it being the right thing to do. It was the necessary business move in a job market that makes the $7.25 number no longer viable or livable. Pennsylvania’s $7.25 per hour minimum wage is an anachronism of another time. The last increase to the commonwealth’s minimum wage came in 2009, when the final budgeted increases to the federal minimum wage went into effect. Since then, state lawmakers have fervently opposed an increase in the state minimum wage in the state Legislature. That’s the same state legislature where base salaries are third-highest in the nation at $90,335 per year, according to Ballotpedia. A Franklin & Marshall College poll released in March found that 67 percent of Pennsylvania voters supported raining the state minimum wage to $12 per hour.
WITF: The life and legend of Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali is one of the best-known sports and cultural figures of the 20th century. He was a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans throughout the world with his athletic power in the ring, and personality outside of it. On Sunday, September 19, WITF-TV will air a four-part PBS documentary film series by Ken Burns on the life and legend of Muhammed Ali. Gregory Kaliss, Ph.D., is a visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies at Franklin & Marshall University and he has written extensively about the boxer. Professor Kaliss joins Smart Talk Thursday to share his perspective.
LNP: 3 Lancaster County schools featured in US News college rankings
Three Lancaster County schools made it onto the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list, released Monday. The rankings, now in their 37th year, evaluated more than 1,400 colleges and universities on factors such as student outcomes, academic reputation, faculty resources and financial resources. Schools are assigned point values out of 100, then ranked based on how they scored. The list is meant to inform students who are looking to embark on a path to post-secondary education, though U.S. News has been criticized in the past for its focus on prestige over virtues like diversity and social mobility. It has added categories devoted to those areas in recent years. Franklin & Marshall College, the county’s largest private liberal arts college with about 2,300 students, earned a 72 out of 100, three points lower than last year. It ranked 42nd among national liberal arts colleges, up one spot. F&M ranked 31st among national liberal arts colleges in value with a total cost of $78,082 and discounted cost of $26,570, U.S. News reported. Fifty-seven percent of students receive need-based aid, according to U.S. News. F&M also ranked 29th in the “best innovative” category and 26th in the “best undergraduate teaching” category.
CBC News [Canada]: In facing death, Concordia neuroscientist Nadia Chaudhri has built a lasting legacy and inspired thousands
[article written about Nadia Chaudhri ‘99]
From a palliative care bed, academic shares joy and wisdom, raises funds for future scientists. There is a picture pinned at the top of Nadia Chaudhri's Twitter page of the neuroscientist's young son eating a mango in July 2019. The sun shines above his baseball cap and sends flares across his face, giving the photo a glittery sense of wonder. The boy's small hands cupping the mango convey joy in its purest form. Chaudhri's Twitter presence is full of these moments: a trash can she and her family painted over with all sorts of colours; close-ups of flowers or picking mushrooms; eating gelato with the grandparents on a warm summer evening. She also shares reminders of her painful reality. The view from her room in the McGill University Health Centre's palliative care ward. A watercolour painting of her Sun (her son) and her Moon (her husband) planting her ashes at the base of a serviceberry tree. "I drew this to help my Sun visualize my wishes," she wrote. "I hope it will help."
LNP: As delta continues to wreak havoc, please get vaccinated
[opinion written by Harriet Okatch, F&M’s assistant professor of biology and public health]
In May, after some 14 months, states across the country relaxed the stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders instituted to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths were then on the decline across the country. These successes were partly a result of the various public health measures that had been implemented, including mask mandates, reminders to wash and sanitize hands frequently, social distancing and contact tracing. On Dec. 11, 2020, vaccinations were added to the COVID-19 prevention tool kit when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Vaccination rates peaked in April 2020; about 3 million individuals were getting vaccinated each day. The COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death. The vaccines are effective and safe and have few side effects, including pain, redness and swelling to the arm to which the shot is administered, and tiredness, headaches, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea to the rest of the body. The question, “to get vaccinated or to not get vaccinated?” has been on the mind of folks since the beginning of the year. Proponents of vaccinations trust the science, have lost loved ones to COVID-19 or just want their lives to return to normal. Opponents of vaccinations argue that the long-term effects of the virus and the vaccines are unknown; many just wanted to exercise their freedom of choice to not get vaccinated.
The Wall Street Journal: The Rising Shame of Not Knowing Someone’s Name
Can we have an Amnesty Day to finally ask what to call that chatty neighbor, or that parent of your kid’s friend? You meet some neighbors when your kids are small, and from that point on you bump into them often at school functions or the supermarket or soccer games where your children get obliterated by the big, scary team from upstate. Years pass, decades. You keep crossing paths with these people. You like them. They are not exactly friends and you don’t socialize with them on a regular basis, but they are people whose company you enjoy. You keep up with them. You know their kids’ names. But for the life of you, you cannot conjure up their names. People resort to all sorts of gambits to deal with this problem. The internet can help: You recall hearing that the person played lacrosse for Franklin & Marshall 35 years ago, so you Google ancient yearbooks searching for old team photos. Or you remember that they attended the groundbreaking ceremony when the Henrietta Poindexter Memorial Pier opened in 2006, so you rifle through the local Historical Society archives seeking their name.
LNP: Lancaster city’s rain gardens, with monthly maintenance, work well [Lancaster Watchdog]
Anita Darpino began her Aug. 22 email to the Watchdog with a caveat. “This may not be the most pressing issue of the day but it’s something that is on my mind.” Turns out, what the Lancaster Township resident was writing about — Lancaster city’s curbside rain gardens — is tied to a pressing issue, though not to what prompted Darpino’s message. She was concerned rain gardens were overgrown by weeds. “I have seen some that look tended, but the majority don’t and it’s kind of sad. It looks sloppy. And our city is a nice city to see,” Darpino said when the Watchdog called her Monday. Darpino wanted to know what the rain gardens are for and if there is a maintenance plan. Whether they work is something this Watchdog column writer has long been curious about. “I am happy to announce that the gardens are working really, really well,” said Sybil Gotsch, an associate professor of biology at Franklin & Marshall College. Students in her ecohydrology lab studied more than 50 of the rain gardens this past winter and spring. The EPA considers a rain garden to be doing its job if it infiltrates — basically, absorbs and slowly releases into the ground — at least 10 inches of water an hour, Gotsch said. Her students found that, on average, the rain gardens her four students studied were able to facilitate the absorption of much more water — 71 inches an hour — as measured using a tool called an infiltrometer. “I was shocked at how they were working,” Gotsch said.
FOX 43: After more than a century of commemorating American workers, some still have to work extra time
YORK, Pa. — More than a century ago, American lawmakers decided to honor workers across the United States for their hard work, honoring them with a national holiday. Today, this tradition continues with a three-day weekend for millions across the country. However, that isn't the case for some in the U.S. Judy Wechter, the site administrator for the Pennsylvania Career Link of Lancaster County says the pandemic has impacted the way workers think. "People are still looking at how do they want to work and how is that going to fit with their family, rather than their family fitting into their work," said Wechter. In addition to this, economic experts such as Leanne Roncolato, associate professor of economics at Franklin and Marshall College, say employers cannot get away with just creating jobs, but must begin creating quality jobs that include living wages, benefits, and flexibility. "If we are paying workers really low wages where they're just going to break even and not going to have disposable money we're not going to expect to see in the retail industry," said Roncolato. Roncolato says that quality jobs will boost the economy, and without them, consumers and suppliers will be at a loss. "People aren't going to have money to go out to dinner," she said, they're not going to have money to go on vacation, they're not going to have money to buy the extra pair of jeans, or shoes that they want to buy."
Pennsylvania News Today: Never forget: Reflections on 9/11 from a survivor, a soldier, members of Gen Z and more | Together
Twenty years after the deadliest terror attack on American soil, we remember. Saturday marks two decades since 9/11. Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks, there’s a generation of young adults who were either too young to have clear memories of that day or weren’t even born. How can a post-9/11 generation, some as old as the 20-year war in Afghanistan, never forget an event they don’t remember? Erin Maxwell, a junior double-majoring in history and government at Franklin & Marshall College, was almost 1 year old when the attacks occurred. Maxwell says both of her parents, who work for the government, have shared their memories of that day with her. “My father remembers driving past the Pentagon shortly after the attack happened and seeing the smoke curling in the distance. My mom remembers feeling kind of helpless and rushing to the preschool to pick up my older brother,” says Maxwell, 20, of Herndon, Virginia. “My mom had a really good friend who died in the World Trade Center. He was a fire marshal and was the last one to leave (one of the floors of the World Trade Center). He didn’t make it but he saved everyone in that area.” Maxwell says she considers herself lucky that her teachers emphasized the gravity of 9/11 because that helps young people not to forget what happened that day – even if they are too young to have their own memories. “The members of my generation learned through the personal stories of everyone around us,” says Maxwell. “The echoes of the event make it feel so approximate to us it’s almost like we lived it as well in this weird way.”
City & State Pennsylvania: 4 election reform bills lawmakers could consider this fall
Efforts to rewrite Pennsylvania’s election laws aren’t over just yet. After Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a sweeping GOP election reform bill earlier this summer that would have, among other things, mandated voter ID for all elections and required counties to verify ballot signatures, state lawmakers are looking to take another stab at reforming the state’s election laws. The question isn’t whether lawmakers will try and update the state’s Election Code, but rather how they choose to do it. Lawmakers could make another attempt to earn Wolf’s support, or they could move ahead with constitutional amendments that would circumvent his desk entirely. Recent polling suggests that an overwhelming majority of Pennsylvania voters approve of strengthening voter ID requirements, with a June Franklin & Marshall College poll pegging the number at 74% of voters.
FOX 43: Tips and tricks you need to know to help your child transition as they head back to school
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Some students across the Commonwealth have already begun school or are just a few days away from starting -- both on the collegiate and grammar school level. Dr. Ramnarine Boodoo, a psychiatrist for Penn State Health Medical Group, says back-to-school jitters are normal -- and any odd feelings after that are too. It all requires patience, he says. Boodoo says parents and teachers should not just be thinking about the transition of the pandemic. Other aspects of school life may also be on the child's radar, for example, if they've been bullied. "Going back to school can be even sometimes traumatic because you know you're going to be put into proximity with the person that bullied you in the past," he says. Susan Knoll, care coordinator at Franklin and Marshall College, says the same things apply at the college level. High emotions including grief and loss can arise, Knoll says, and she hopes students can reach for services available to them. "It does take some students by surprise, and it's one of those things that may be students will put off, because they're too busy with their studies and academics, but eventually it usually shows up in some way," says Knoll. Franklin and Marshall College recommends students who are experiencing personal issues of any kind to contact the counseling department. The institution's Student Wellness Center is connected with Lancaster General Health to expand on the aid students may need.
Legacy.com: Joseph Nolt [obituary]
Joseph P. Nolt, 84, of Willow Street, PA, died on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. He was the son of the late J. Paul Nolt and Mary Keiser Nolt, both of Lancaster, PA. He was the husband of the late Lorna Simmons Nolt, his first wife, and was currently married to Marianne S. Nolt for twenty-three years. Joe was born and raised in Lancaster, PA, and graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School and Franklin & Marshall College with a degree in history. He studied at Eastern New Mexico University, where he received an MBA in 1962. After college, Joe proudly served his country with the United States Air Force for two years and was a member of ROTC. He earned the rank of Lieutenant at Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, NM. He spent his career in the insurance industry at Engle-Hambright and Davies and later at Murray Risk Management and Insurance Associates as Chairman. His service to the Lancaster Community included the Board of Directors of Franklin & Marshall College, President of the Alumni Board at F&M, John Marshall Society, William Schnader Society and the Benjamin Franklin Society at F&M.
LNP: Pa. voters maintain majority support for redistricting reform. Advocates hope to finally achieve it by 2030.
As lawmakers prepare to redraw Pennsylvania’s congressional and state legislative districts, 64% of registered voters believe the state’s redistricting process needs reform, according to a Franklin & Marshall College Poll released last week. What’s more, two in three Pennsylvania voters, across political ideology, support creating an independent citizen commission to redraw the state’s legislative districts, according to the poll. The new results are consistent with past F&M polls in 2018 and 2019, showing redistricting reform has been widely popular in the state for the past several years. Districts are redrawn every 10 years, after each U.S. Census, and the process has already begun in the wake of the 2020 Census results. “Voters don’t like gerrymandering, and they don’t think legislators should be drawing their own maps,” said Carol Kuniholm, the executive director of redistricting advocacy group Fair Districts PA. But instead of working on redistricting reform these last few years, a group of lawmakers will begin doing exactly what voters don’t want them to do: choosing their own district lines. It’s too late to change the system this time around, so advocates are turning their sights to reforms that would take effect after the next Census in 2030.
WESA-Pittsburgh NPR News: F&M Poll Shows A Majority Of Conservative Pennsylvanians View 1/6 Attack Negatively
The latest Franklin & Marshall College poll shows Pennsylvanians, including those who say they’re politically conservative, still hold an overwhelmingly negative view of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. F&M’s survey is one of the first statewide polls taken on the events of the attack since it happened eight months ago. Researchers asked a group of 450 Pennsylvanians of varying backgrounds from across the state to weigh in on this question: “Do you think it would be good or bad for our democracy if the events that took place at the capitol on January sixth happened after every election?” 85 percent said that scenario would be bad, including 66 percent of people who identify as Republican and 77 percent of those who consider themselves conservative.
Reading Eagle: Over half of voters think Pa. headed in wrong direction, F&M poll finds
It's been quite a while since Pennsylvanians thought the Keystone State was on the right track. It was before the hotly contested presidential election of 2020, and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that followed. It was before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, closing businesses and schools and killing more than 620,000 Americans. You have to go all the way back to the first month of 2020. That's the last time the Franklin & Marshall College poll found a majority of registered voters felt Pennsylvania was "headed in the right direction." The latest version of the poll, released today, shows that now more than half feel the opposite. Of those polled, 53% said the state is on the wrong track. "The highest ratings we saw were before the pandemic," said Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at the Lancaster college. "That was the last time people thought things were going well and felt good about the future. And the pandemic ended that." The poll shows that there are several reasons people are concerned about the direction of the state. Sitting atop the list of the biggest problems facing residents are the current state of politics and the coronavirus.
LNP: Creating ‘more normal’ year with vaccinations and masks
[written by Barbara K. Altmann, president of Franklin & Marshall College]
August brings great anticipation for all of us on college campuses, as well as for students and their families. This particular August brings anxiety as well; many Franklin & Marshall students and parents have expressed to me their deep desire for a “more normal” academic year than what we have all been through recently. One of the lessons of the past two years is that nothing is completely under our control. Nonetheless, we must do everything we can to return to that “more normal” year.
Smithsonian Magazine: In the Land of the Ancient Ones
Never before has the Navajo Nation allowed a film crew into the magnificent red gorge known as Canyon del Muerto. On tribal land in northeast Arizona, it’s part of Canyon de Chelly National Monument—a place of the highest spiritual and historical significance for the Diné, as the Navajo call themselves. Coerte Voorhees, the writer and director of the film being shot on location here, describes the interlinked canyons as “the heart of the Navajo Nation.” The movie, an archaeological epic titled Canyon Del Muerto with an expected release date later this year, recounts the true story of Ann Axtell Morris, a pioneering archaeologist who worked here during the 1920s and early ’30s. She was married to Earl Morris, sometimes described as the father of Southwest archaeology and often cited as a model for the fictional Indiana Jones, portrayed by Harrison Ford in the blockbuster Steven Spielberg and George Lucas movies. The acclaim that attached itself to Earl Morris, combined with prejudice against women in the discipline, has long obscured her achievements, though she was one of the first female field archaeologists in America. In the judgment of Mary Ann Levine, a professor of anthropology at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania who has written extensively about early women archaeologists, Morris was a “trailblazer who colonized an unoccupied space.” With the academic research path blocked by institutional sexism, she found a niche working in a career couple with Earl, writing large sections of his technical reports, helping him to interpret their findings, and authoring successful books. “She introduced the avid public, including young women, to the methods and objectives of archaeology,” says Levine. “In telling her own story, she wrote herself into the history of American archaeology.”
The Times of Israel: In ToI interviews, Jewish veterans of Afghanistan speak of relief…and betrayal
A week after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Captain Joshua Zager, a Marine Corps fighter pilot, stood in the historic Beth Israel synagogue in Beaufort, South Carolina, praying the Rosh Hashanah liturgy. Zager was especially focused on his prayers that year. The next day, he was scheduled to fly his F/A-18 Hornet onto the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which had already begun sailing for the Middle East to start striking al-Qaeda and Afghanistan. Zager, 49, grew up in New Jersey, and always dreamed of being a fighter pilot. That plan took a significant detour when he came to Israel for the first time as a teen on a United Synagogue Youth summer program. The connection to Israel he formed on the trip brought him back to Israel for his junior year of college, and to the IDF after graduating Franklin and Marshall College in 1992. Zager joined Battalion 890 of the Paratroopers Brigade, where he eventually became a squad commander.
The Hechinger Report: Sophomores in name only: Helping students start their second first year
Colleges scramble to give extra support to sophomores whose first college year was disrupted by Covid-19. Mariah Davis moved from Farmington Hills, Michigan, to St. Louis to begin her freshman year at Washington University last year, but she took all but one of her courses on Zoom from her dorm room. She said she feels like her class is sophomore in name only, because of the experiences they missed out on during the COVID-19 pandemic. When school starts this fall, she will have to get comfortable with things like taking notes during real-time, in-person lectures, and meaningfully socializing with people outside her suite. Like Washington University, Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is offering second-year students the chance for a do-over orientation program before school starts. Beth Throne, associate vice president for student and post-graduate development at Franklin & Marshall, said last year’s freshmen came aboard while the college was still figuring out how to operate safely and efficiently amid the pandemic. Typical new-student orientation material was tossed out and instead, students were given guidance on how to succeed despite all the “constraints on spacing and mobility and other necessary precautions because of that virus,” she said.
LNP: Biden approval rating dips to 41% in Pa. as COVID-19 surges: F&M Poll
President Joe Biden’s approval rating dropped slightly to 41% among Pennsylvania voters in the latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll released Thursday. Even before the Taliban took over the Afghan government -- news that national polls show is hurting voters’ assessment of his presidency -- Biden’s approval was slipping in the state, down from 44% who rated his performance as excellent or good in the June Franklin & Marshall poll. The same measure was 42% in March. Biden’s approval rating fell as uncertainty mounts across the nation about another COVID-19 surge and the future of the United States economy, said Berwood Yost, the director of the poll. The pandemic’s resurgence was reflected in the poll, with 17% of respondents saying COVID-19 is the top problem facing the state -- a ten-point gain from June’s poll, taken at a time when Americans were confident that widespread vaccination was allowing a return to normalcy. “What you’re seeing here is some worry about COVID and the uncertainty about what it means,” said Stephen Medvic, a Franklin & Marshall government professor who works on the poll. “You're seeing that manifest itself in the [responses].”
LNP: F&M joins Lancaster County colleges requiring masks indoors
Franklin & Marshall College is the latest Lancaster County college to require face masks indoors. Three of the four largest county colleges — Millersville University, Elizabethtown College and F&M — now require masks indoors entering the fall semester. Lancaster Bible College, the third-largest college in the county, is entering the fall mask-optional. “F&M follows the best practices recommended by the CDC, Pa. Department of Health and the American College Health Association,” F&M spokesperson Pete Durantine said in an email Wednesday. “Based on the recent rise of infection in the local community as well as statewide and those recommended practices, the College determined it was best to require masks when indoors in public places.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College Health Association has recommended implementing universal mask requirements. The Pennsylvania health and education departments encourage masking but have not mandated it. F&M’s mask requirement, implemented this week, applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status, and runs at least until Sept. 10. That date may change depending on the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Durantine said.
WGAL: Franklin & Marshall College requires everyone to wear masks indoors
LANCASTER, Pa. — Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster is requiring everyone to wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. The mandate will be in effect through at least the first two weeks of classes until Sept. 10. Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks outdoors. Unvaccinated people must wear masks outdoors if they can’t maintain physical distancing. The college said students and employees are returning to campus with more than 90% of the population vaccinated.
WHP 21: Project Education | Franklin and Marshall will require masks to begin fall semester
Lancaster County, PA — Franklin and Marshall College says is will require masks in indoor public spaces to start the fall semester. The new guidance went into effect August 16. The college says that because Lancaster County is currently defined by the CDC as having a high level of community transmission for COVID-19, they are making the move out of an abundance of caution. F&M says that while more than 90% of it's students, faculty, and staff is vaccinated, everyone regardless of vaccination status will be required to wear masks in indoor public spaces on campus. The mandate is in effect for at least the first two weeks of classes. The college says people who are vaccinated will not be required to wear masks outdoors. People who are not vaccinated will be required to wear masks outdoors if they cannot maintain social distancing. F&M says they are hopeful the mask requirements will be temporary, officials say they will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. You can read the full statement here.
City & State Pennsylvania: Senate lawmakers are seeking a bipartisan approach to election reforms
After Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a doomed election reform bill crafted by House Republicans earlier this summer, lawmakers in the state Senate are now taking a different approach as they prepare to introduce legislation that leaves out some of the more controversial provisions that sank the original bill. The proposal, which is being introduced by state Sens. David Argall, a Republican, and Sharif Street, a Democrat, would do away with the voter ID and signature-matching requirements sought by House Republicans. Instead, it would expand the amount of time county officials have to pre-canvass mail ballots, bolster security measures for ballot drop boxes and shorten the window for voters to apply for mail-in ballots. But Republican lawmakers already have set in motion a plan to establish voter ID requirements without the need for Wolf’s signature in the form of a proposed constitutional amendment that was approved by the Senate in June. Public polling has indicated that a majority of Pennsylvania voters support strengthened voter ID requirements. A Franklin & Marshall poll released in June found that 74% percent of voters think that people should be required to show ID at the polls. Argall said if lawmakers approve the measure this session, as well as next session, triggering a ballot referendum, he believes that voters will approve it.
The New York Times: How a Former ‘Real Housewife’ of NYC Spends Her Sundays
Dorinda Medley [F&M Class of ‘87] has chosen to ‘lean into’ Covid fears and enjoy the city’s museums, parks, restaurants and shops. “I came to New York on a bus in 1987 with an L.L. Bean bag and no money,” said Dorinda Medley, the flashy entrepreneur who has run a cashmere company, created an exercise regimen and most notably, achieved reality television stardom with Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New York City.” She left the show, after six seasons, in 2020. This month, she can add author to her list of accomplishments with “Make It Nice,” a memoir that chronicles her upbringing in the Berkshires, marriage and motherhood in New York and London, and her return to the region of her childhood to renovate Blue Stone Manor, an estate in Great Barrington, Mass.
PennLive: Bloomsburg University joins growing list of schools imposing indoor mask mandates
Bloomsburg University on Friday announced it will institute an indoor mask mandate on its campus, starting on Saturday. This decision comes in response to the rise of positive COVID cases in the northcentral region of the state and in Pennsylvania as a whole. Pennsylvania logged 2,082 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, according to the state Department of Health. Pennsylvania’s seven-day average of new infections reached 1,652 on Thursday, after bottoming out at 160 in early July. Bloomsburg joins a growing group of universities imposing masking requirements. That includes Millersville, Slippery Rock, Clarion, California, Cheyney, Edinboro, Lock Haven, Mansfield, East Stroudsburg, and Kutztown universities. Meanwhile, 43 private colleges and universities across the state, including Dickinson College, Gettysburg College and Franklin & Marshall College, have joined hundreds of others across the country in imposing vaccination mandates on its students and in some cases, employees, according to a database maintained by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CBS 21: Project Education | As COVID cases surge, colleges prepare for the fall semeste
In just a few weeks students will be packing their bags and heading back to college. And with many counties in Central PA now moving from the moderate level of COVID transmission to the substantial phase – CBS 21 wanted to know how are colleges planning to handle the upcoming fall semester. While other colleges like Franklin and Marshall are requiring both students and staff to be vaccinated. About 50 exemptions are being made for religious or health reasons. Alan Caniglia, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Franklin and Marshall University telling CBS21, “We have received very few complaints from students about the fact that it is a requirement.“ But when it comes to masks, the school is taking a wait and see approach. Caniglia explains nothing is set in stone and he will be ready to call an audible if cases skyrocket. “There is always the possibility of an outbreak that is focused on a very small area. On a college campus that is a possibility. I think its extremely unlikely with the vaccine requirement but we will take into account all those possibilities.”
The Sentinel: Day at the Lake returns to Boiling Springs Saturday
Organizers of the Day at the Lake event are excited to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of Boiling Springs village, even if it is a year late due to COVID-19. The event, which started in 2018 at Children’s Lake, will return this Saturday with vendors, food trucks, historical tours and music. The event was canceled last year due to the pandemic. Day at the Lake will finally mark the 175th anniversary of Boiling Springs with a special citation from Sen. Mike Regan’s office during the opening ceremony at 1 p.m. Though the opening ceremony won’t start until 1, children and their parents can get a head start on some activities that start at noon at Children’s Lake. Franklin and Marshall College researchers will also return to the event to update residents about the latest in their study of the Bubble. The F&M team will talk in the parking lot of Boiling Springs Tavern about ways residents and officials can protect the Bubble and Children’s Lake.
CNBC: Why Black and Latinx women are more likely to struggle with impostor syndrome—and how to overcome it
Keyli Motino, a first-generation college student who was born in Honduras, began doubting her academic self-efficacy when she realized she was the only woman in her computer science class this spring. “I found myself just like, ‘Do I really belong here?’ My confidence was just down on the floor,” said Motino, who recently completed her first year at Franklin and Marshall College. It’s called impostor syndrome – when one perceives themselves as an intellectual and professional fraud —and she’s not alone. More than half of women said they have felt like impostors, compared to only 24% of men, according to a study by Heriot-Watt University and the School for CEOs. And younger people were more prone to feeling like an impostor: 45% of young professionals compared to 30% of older professionals said they doubt their abilities. For Black and Latinx college women, the intersecting challenges of racism and sexism make them even more susceptible to impostor syndrome.
FOX 43: Local colleges, universities share their COVID-19 vaccination, masking policies for the fall semester
Some area colleges are requiring students and staff to be vaccinated; others are not. Many are requiring masks to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. With many students returning to college in the coming weeks, Central Pennsylvania's colleges and universities are beginning to announce their COVID-19 safety measures and requirements for the upcoming fall semester. Here's a list of the policies FOX43 has received thus far. The list will be updated as more information becomes available. Franklin & Marshall follows the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College Health Association that comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination will be the most effective way for our community to enjoy a safe and robust on-campus experience this fall. Like hundreds of other colleges and in accordance with the ACHA's recommendation, F&M is requiring all enrolled students present on campus to receive, and to provide proof of having received, a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Faculty, professional staff, and contractors working part-time or full-time at F&M also have a vaccination requirement.
LNP: With Lancaster County now seeing substantial COVID-19 transmission, schools need to deal wisely with the delta threat [editorial]
Franklin & Marshall College is the only major college in Lancaster County that is requiring its students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lancaster County is now considered to be at “substantial” level of community transmission of COVID-19. Per the latest CDC guidance, people in areas reporting “substantial” or “high” transmission rates are urged to wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status. (The CDC determines transmission rate by studying new cases per 100,000 residents and the rate of new positive tests in the last seven days.) As LNP | LancasterOnline reported Wednesday, Lancaster County saw an 86.5% increase in cases in the previous seven days, and a 1.84% increase in positivity rates, according to CDC data. New hospital admissions related to COVID-19 saw a 100% increase in that time frame. We continue to be perplexed by the very smart people who seem to be getting it wrong on COVID-19 prevention in local institutions of learning. F&M wisely announced in May that students on campus would be required to get vaccinated and to provide proof of it by Aug. 1. As LNP | LancasterOnline’s Alex Geli reported, “The decision to require vaccines is in line with guidance from the American College Health Association.”
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Private colleges should be leaders when it comes to requiring COVID-19 vaccines
York College will require universal masking indoors for the fall semester until its campus population reaches a 70% COVID-19 vaccination rate. York College students will also be required to submit proof that they were vaccinated before returning to campus. Unvaccinated students must provide a negative COVID-19 test dated no more than three days before their return to campus. Students who are not fully vaccinated will also be required to participate in random surveillance testing during the school year. Given the latest COVID-19 surge caused by the emergence of the Delta variant, those are all wise moves, but they don’t go quite far enough. We believe it’s time for the school to join the long list of colleges nationwide, mostly private, that are requiring their students to have a COVID-19 vaccine to attend in-person classes. If students refuse vaccination because of justified medical or religious exemptions, they should be required to submit to frequent scheduled asymptomatic testing, not just random testing. In Pennsylvania, more than three dozen colleges have already made the decision to require vaccines for their students, including other regional private colleges such as Gettysburg, Franklin & Marshall and Dickinson.
NPR: U.S. Schools Aim To Lure Foreign Students Back Who Shied Away During The Pandemic
U.S. colleges and universities saw a 20% drop in the number of foreign students due to the pandemic. Though enrollment numbers are rebounding, it is posing a big problem for colleges. The Biden administration is hoping to lure back tens of thousands of international students who stayed away from U.S. campuses during the pandemic. Foreign enrollment fell by 20% last year. And that cost colleges and universities almost $10 billion in lost revenue. Here's the problem with luring the students back, though - foreign students were turning away from the U.S. even before the pandemic. Foreign students bring a lot to the table. They offer U.S. colleges diversity, brains and solid tuition. International students are more likely than Americans to pay full freight. Here's the Zoom recruiting session put on by Franklin & Marshall, a small liberal arts college in Lancaster, Pa. Like many schools, Franklin & Marshall relies heavily on foreign students. Not only was he dealing with the pandemic, but Dean of Admissions Lukman Arsalan was holding this session two days after the violent uprising at the U.S. Capitol.
The New York Times: $5,800 Whiskey Bottle, a Gift From Japan to Pompeo, Is Missing, U.S. Says
The State Department is investigating the whereabouts of a $5,800 bottle of whiskey the Japanese government gave to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2019, according to two people briefed on the inquiry and a document made public on Wednesday. It was unclear whether Mr. Pompeo ever received the gift, as he was traveling in Saudi Arabia on June 24, 2019, the day that Japanese officials gave it to the State Department, according to a department filing on Wednesday in the Federal Register documenting gifts that senior American officials received in 2019. Such officials are often insulated by staff members who receive gifts and messages for them. American officials can keep gifts that are less than $390. But if the officials want to keep gifts that are over that price, they must purchase them. According to the filing, the State Department said the bottle was appraised at $5,800. Stanley M. Brand [F&M Class of 1970], a criminal defense lawyer, ethics expert and former top lawyer for the House of Representatives, said that in his four decades working in Washington, he could not recall an instance in which legitimate questions had arisen about whether an official improperly took a gift from a foreign country. “Like a lot of what occurred in the Trump era, this arises from a mix of rules and regulations that were previously obscure and rarely invoked,” Mr. Brand said. “I have been doing ethics stuff for 40 years and this has never been on the top of the list or on the list of problems.”
FOX 43: After a 26-year hiatus, the 'Day of Music' is returning to the Long's Park Amphitheater stage on Sept. 18
LANCASTER, Pa. — This year, the Long's Park Summer Music Series is going out with a bang: by bringing back an old classic. The Long's Park Board of Directors announced this week that after a 26-year hiatus, the Long's Park Day of Music is returning to close out the summer. Once a staple at the Long's Park Amphitheater, the Day of Music brought a mix of local and national acts to the park from 1962 to 1995. Guests to the free event can listen to three national and three regional acts, sample brews from a beer garden, and eat from a variety of food trucks on site. On Sept 18, the Day of Music will return in a big way, according to organizers. From 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., three national acts will alternate with three regional performers on the amphitheater's main stage and a special side stage. Shannon McNally, a Franklin & Marshall College grad now based in Nashville, McNally music evokes memories of Van Morrison, The Band, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, and Susan Tedeschi. She'll perform with her band at 3:30 p.m.
NPR: Finishing 'Sunday In The Park': Behind-The-Scenes Stories Of Working With Sondheim
[Fresh Air interview featuring James Lapine ‘71]
This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. The musicals "Sunday In The Park With George," "Into The Woods" and "Passion" are usually called Stephen Sondheim musicals. And, of course, Sondheim is widely acknowledged as the most innovative and brilliant Broadway composer and lyricist of our time. But there's someone else who is essential in the creation of those three shows. And he is my guest, James Lapine. He wrote the books for each of those musicals and directed the original Broadway productions. "Sunday In The Park With George" won a Pulitzer Prize for drama. Lapine won a Tony for the book of "Into The Woods." Lapine also co-wrote the book with William Finn for "Falsettos."
The Philadelphia Inquirer: After a Temple librarian died, coworkers said the sick-leave policy ‘ran her into the ground’
[follow-up on Latanya Jenkins ’98, WND 04/26-05/03]
Temple library workers say the university's sick-leave policy causes employees to go to work sick and in pain, including Latanya Jenkins, who died of cancer in April. The month before she died, Latanya Jenkins got one step closer to a career-making promotion — the librarian’s version of tenure at Temple University. It was an important moment for Jenkins this past March, getting the first round of approval for what they called “regular appointment.” Jenkins had another name for it: permanence. She was applying for permanence. The achievement would come with a raise and job security, but equally important, it would be an acknowledgment of Jenkins’ service to the institution. It was the kind of acknowledgment she had come not to expect there. At 45, she had spent more than a decade at the university. She taught students how to do research and helped professors access government records, while also speaking at conferences around the world and writing book chapters. Hers was not just a job, her friends said, but a calling. “It was what she was meant to be doing,” said her childhood best friend, Maraizu Onyenaka. Despite that, during many of her years at Temple as her breast cancer worsened, Jenkins was forced to choose between her health and her job, said more than a dozen friends, coworkers, and family members. “They ran her into the ground,” said her mentee Fobazi Ettarh. Temple did that, coworkers said, with a sick-leave policy that starts disciplining workers once they use six sick days in a year — even though they get 10 paid sick days annually. Those days roll over. So an employee could have dozens of sick days saved up, but it wouldn’t matter: Taking that sixth day kicks off a series of disciplinary actions that can escalate into a three-day unpaid suspension and, ultimately, firing. Temple’s employee manual cautions workers to “use sick days sparingly.”
ABC27: Pa. experts discuss causes of inflation, when prices might go back down
PENNSYLVANIA, (WHTM) — After a period of recession sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, prices have been rising for several months. The Associated Press reported that inflation in June marked the fourth straight month of price increases. Yeva Nersisyan, associate professor of economics at Franklin & Marshall College, said that the inflation Americans are seeing now was not a surprise for economists. “When you’re looking at inflation, you’re comparing what happened this year to what was going on last year, and given last year’s low baseline, it’s expected to see some kind of price pressures,” Nersisyan said. Consumer prices in June were up 5.4% from the previous year, which was the largest increase in 13 years, the AP reported.
ABC27: Midstate colleges and universities consider requiring masks after all
YORK COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — With vaccination rates slowing and the COVID-19 delta variant surging, local colleges and universities are rethinking preliminary plans to allow vaccinated students to go maskless this fall. Penn State University, including its Midstate campuses? “The university is in the process of finalizing fall plans and will be sharing more information next week,” a PSU spokesperson told abc27 news. Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster? “The college is now deliberating over whether to require masks based on the CDC guidelines but has not yet made a decision,” a spokesperson there said.
ABC27: Study finds negative impacts of COVID-19 unevenly distributed in Lancaster County
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — On Wednesday, Franklin & Marshall College and the United Way of Lancaster County released the results of their collaborative study of the coronavirus pandemic’s social, economic, and health impacts on Lancaster County. The study involved two rounds of surveys facilitated by F&M’s Center for Opinion Research in the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021. “COVID-19 has impacted literally 100% of the world,” Kevin Ressler, president and CEO of the United Way of Lancaster County, said in a Zoom presentation of the study results on Wednesday. However, Ressler said, “It’s impacted us in different ways, and we see this now today as many of us are getting back to a more normal [lifestyle] while others are still suffering [from] a lot of the different fallouts of COVID-19.” The F&M and United Way of Lancaster County study looked at the impacts of COVID-19 on Lancaster County residents’ employment, housing, financial security, food insecurity, and stress. The study’s results highlighted that the “effects of the COVID-19 pandemic — be they economic or social or mental-health-related — there have been serious effects, and these effects have been distributed unevenly,” Emily Marshall, assistant professor of sociology and public health at F&M, said in the presentation.
LNP: Can Japan reanimate the idea of Olympism? [opinion]
[Ken-Ichi Miura is director and senior teaching professor of the Japanese Language Program at Franklin & Marshall College]
Japan has in recent times suffered many natural disasters — the 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake, the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami along the northeastern coast and the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes. The country confronted the challenges of overcoming the physical and emotional fallout caused by these catastrophes. Since then, the Japanese people have moved forward by uniting, rebuilding and preparing for the future. To help with these goals, Japan competed and won the right to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. The Japanese people enthusiastically planned for the success of the events. Many venues were readied for athletes, but Japan had to face yet another challenge. This time, it was not an earthquake or other natural disaster, but a pandemic. Consequently, the Olympics were postponed for a year. But, finally, the Summer Games arrived. Leading up to the recent opening ceremonies, there were still many hurdles to overcome — limiting the spectators, caring for the athletes and quarantining international visitors were among the most pressing. These modifications have provided the opportunity to reevaluate the significance of the Olympics in a new era.
Legacy.com: Col. George A. Babe [obituary]
Col. George A. Babe, 96, of Williamsburg, passed away on 24 July 2021. George was born in Philadelphia, PA. and raised by the late Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Babe. George met his wife Anna in the fifth grade and was married for over 75 years. He graduated from Sharon Hill High School and Franklin and Marshall Academy, where he captained the football, baseball, and wrestling teams. He went on to play football and earn a BS degree in civil engineering at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and sent to the Pacific. He served as the executive officer for the Marine detachment on the USS St. Paul seeing combat action in China. He served as a platoon leader during the Korean War, landing at Inchon and serving at the Chosen Reservoir and being wounded three times. He was Battalion Commander of the 9th Engineering Battalion in Vietnam. His many decorations include; the Legion of Merit for valor, three Bronze Stars for valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation, Good conduct, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Combat Action, WWII Victory, Navy Occupation, American Defense, American Campaign, United Nations, China Service, Asia Pacific, Vietnam Service, Korean Service, RVN Campaign, Korean Service, and National Defense.
WITF: Majority of Americans are worried about the state of democracy, new survey finds
(Harrisburg) – Most Americans think democracy is facing serious challenges or is in crisis, according to a new nationwide poll from the nonpartisan research group Public Agenda. The poll was conducted on the heels of a chaotic election cycle and the January 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to think democracy is in crisis, by 48 to 25 percent. In 2018, more Democrats than Republicans thought that. The views of Independents, on the other hand, haven’t changed much on that issue. A recent Franklin & Marshall College poll found nearly 60 percent of survey takers said Pennsylvania’s voting laws should be changed. Among the group of nearly 450 registered voters, 74 percent want people to show ID each time they vote, and 81 percent said signatures on mail-in ballots should be required to match what’s on file at county election offices. The F&M poll had a 6.4 percent margin of error because of the size of the survey group.
Penn Live: The latest trend in governing, in Pa. and elsewhere, is looking for ways not to govern | John Baer
Perhaps you’ve noticed some recent signs in government and politics suggesting that those elected to get stuff done aren’t all that interested in doing so. These signs can be seen from red-state Texas to purple Pennsylvania and, as always, in the nation’s capital. One senses that elected leaders are increasingly offloading their responsibilities, thereby messing with democracy. Take recent comments by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. The South Carolina Republican suggested a Senate walk-out rather than dealing with Democrats on President Biden’s infrastructure and budget bills. Calling the Democratic agenda “a power grab,” Graham said, “I’ll leave town to prevent this…if we can shut the Senate down by leaving, we should.” The lesson learned seems to be that the best way to score with a constituency is sticking fast to party ideology, regardless of whether anything gets done. So, walking away from sworn duty, even if only temporarily, even if proven ineffective, becomes an option. Another avenue to avoid governance. A survey by Franklin & Marshall’s Center for Opinion Research shows most Pennsylvania voters “do not believe that American democracy is working as it should.” The average score on a series of questions describing a well-functioning democracy was just 2.4 of a possible 10.
York Dispatch: Former York Suburban coach Andy Loucks joins Franklin & Marshall football staff
When Andy Loucks decided to leave his position as the head football coach at York Suburban to spend more time with his family, it was a tough choice. His sons are reaching the age where he wants to be sitting in the bleachers instead of standing on the sidelines on Friday nights, despite his love for coaching the game. But Loucks has found a way to do both. Loucks will join the coaching staff at Franklin & Marshall College in nearby Lancaster as a defensive assistant coach this season, which frees up his Friday nights and allows him to keep coaching. A perfect example of Loucks’ ability to multitask came over the summer in South Carolina. After dropping off his older son, Adam, at a baseball game, he took his son Anthony to a local high school to play around. While there, Loucks noticed a football team practicing and made his way over toward them. His wife laughed at him for it, but Loucks came away with a few potential prospects for the Diplomats.
USA Today: Paralympic swimmer: I don't want to pull out of Tokyo Games, but I've been given no choice
[opinion written by F&M alum, Becca Meyers ‘21]
I am a deaf-blind swimmer. How can I feel safe navigating the chaotic and confusing Paralympic venues without a personal care assistant I trust? When I made my first trip out in public to a store since the pandemic began, it was late 2020. With my trusted guide dog, Birdie, I nervously walked into the Apple store near where I live. I had been there many times before, but COVID-19 changed everything. Everyone was wearing masks, which inhibits my ability to read lips. The store layout had changed, which made it difficult for Birdie and me to get around. As a deaf-blind person who was born with Usher syndrome, a condition affecting both hearing and vision, I am used to being forced to become comfortable in uncomfortable surroundings. That’s part of the deal. And that’s what makes my decision to withdraw from the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympics so incredibly difficult. The Paralympic Games are supposed to be a haven for athletes with disabilities. The one place where we are able to compete on a level playing field, with all amenities, protections and support systems in place. After COVID-19 put last year’s Games in Tokyo on pause, we all expected and were forced to deal with the reality that this summer’s Paralympic Games would be altered in many ways. But then I learned this summer that U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee denied a reasonable and essential accommodation for me to be able to compete at the Games.
LNP: Should F&M reconsider its name? It’s a complex issue [The Scribbler]
Franklin & Marshall College last month protested an Atlantic magazine article that claimed it is considering changing its name because of its associations with slavery. The magazine later reported that the college has had no “official” conversations on that subject. But there has been considerable discussion on campus about the men for whom the college is named — not so much about the early embrace and later rejection of slavery by Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), but about the lifelong buying and selling of hundreds of slaves by John Marshall (1755-1835). The Scribbler first heard about the Marshall matter from an F&M staff member about a year ago. This spring, the college sponsored three “conversations” about Marshall’s and Franklin’s “complex history with slavery.” The college has appointed a committee to examine “the impact of naming and symbols” on campus.
American Thinker: Strangely Nazi-like talk at a Pennsylvania college
The Jewish Voice: Professors at Expensive Pa. Private College Sign “Palestinian Solidarity” Statement Containing Nazi Language
Franklin and Marshall is a private college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania whose annual tuition exceeds $63,000 a year. If the recent "Franklin & Marshall Faculty Statement in Solidarity with Palestine," as signed by two dozen F&M professors, is in any indicator of the school's quality, students should look into public universities whose tuition is one-third of this or even less. More to the point is the fact that Godwin's Law ceases to apply when somebody really does talk like a Nazi.
TribLIVE: Legalizing marijuana could stem opioid abuse, Pitt study suggests
Legalizing marijuana for recreational use could lead to fewer opioid-spurred health emergencies and overdose deaths, a University of Pittsburgh study has found. Opioid-related emergency department visits dropped by 7.6% within a year of cannabis legalization for adult residents in four states — California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts, according to the analysis led by Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health. Lead study author Coleman Drake said the research does not point to cannabis legalization as “the silver bullet” to stemming the opioid epidemic — but it could be “another arrow in the quivers” of policymakers to combat the broader crisis. “It suggests that recreational cannabis legalization could be an effective tool to help not only reduce opioid use, but also to reduce the health implications that stem from opioid use, one of them being overdoses,” said Drake, assistant professor in Pitt’s Department of Health Policy and Management. “That’s potentially exciting and promising.” Nearly 6 in 10 Pennsylvania registered voters are in favor of cannabis legalization, a Franklin & Marshall College poll found in March.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Redirect casino tax revenues
Casino tax subsidies totaling almost $3.3 billion have gone to the state’s horse racing industry since 2004. It’s time to redirect a substantial portion of those monies to other needs in Pennsylvania. A recent poll by Franklin & Marshall College found that 83% of respondents favored using the $240 million annual allocation for other public purposes than the support of horse racing. Only 10% of those surveyed wanted to keep the current arrangement. The poll, commissioned by Education Voters of Pennsylvania, found that there was overwhelming support for redirecting the 12% of slots tax funding that now goes to the Race Horse Development Fund.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Joining RGGI will strengthen Pennsylvania’s recovery | Opinion
Across the country, Americans are beginning to see signs of our economy reopening as we move past the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past year, so many of us have faced unprecedented challenges. Across all sectors of the economy, millions have lost their jobs after far too many small businesses closed and others made dramatic cuts to stay afloat. For those that have weathered this storm, every opportunity for savings matters more than ever. As communities across the country prepare to reopen this summer, state and local governments are exploring policies that will help rebuild local economies and create new, local jobs. Smart policies and programs that enable businesses to save money and reinvest in their operations will be essential to making this happen. For Pennsylvania, one action the state can take now is to link with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a successful, bipartisan initiative designed to reduce carbon dioxide pollution from power plants and invest in low-carbon technologies under a predictable, market-based program, already embraced by 11 other states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. NAESCO is an association of companies dedicated to modernizing public building infrastructure in the U.S. through performance contracting. More than $1 billion of these projects have been in Pennsylvania. Among our projects in the state, NAESCO members have worked on lighting and retrofit projects at Franklin & Marshall College, energy performance upgrades at East Lycoming School District in Hughesville, and energy use management at Allegheny Technologies, Inc. Through these projects and more, our members have helped promote more efficient energy use in both public and private facilities across the state.
City & State Pennsylvania: In Philly, Joe Biden pushes back against ‘21st century Jim Crow’
President Joe Biden wants Americans to rally around voting rights and prepare for “another test in 2022,” he said during his speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. Biden called on Congress to pass the For the People Act, or H.R. 1, which looks to expand voting rights, limit partisan gerrymandering and create new ethics and campaign finance rules. The bill is Democrats’ counter to efforts by Republican-majority state legislatures to restrict voting access in the name of election security. "This year alone, 17 states have enacted 28 new laws to make it harder for Americans to vote,” Biden said. “The 21st century Jim Crow assault is real." he Republican-led Pennsylvania legislature passed similar election reforms in House Bill 1300, which Gov. Tom Wolf promptly vetoed. HB 1300 would have enacted stricter voter identification rules, created ballot drop box limits and required signature verification for mail ballots. Republicans said the omnibus bill would have improved election security while also making voting more accessible through the creation of in-person early voting centers and curbside voting for those who are disabled. They cite a Franklin and Marshall poll that shows a majority of Pennsylvanians support signature matching for mail-in ballots and voter ID requirements.
The Algemeiner: Franklin and Marshall Alumni Letter Backs Faculty Condemnation of Israel’s ‘Jewish Supremacy’
A volley of community statements on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resumed Monday at Franklin & Marshall College (F&M), when over 130 alumni endorsed a hotly-debated faculty expression of “solidarity with Palestine,” criticizing university administrators’ response to it. The letter was written in support of a June 22 faculty statement that said in part, “The brutal system that controls Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is ideologically founded upon Jewish supremacy, rules over the lives of Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel alike, and is practically committed to territorial theft from Palestinians who continue to resist physical removal and existential erasure.” That statement drew sharp responses from other faculty and alumni, who criticized the use of the “misguided” and “libelous” use of the phrase “Jewish supremacy.” It also drew reaction from the president and other senior staff at the Lancaster, Pennsylvania college, who noted that the original statement had left members of the campus Jewish community “angry, hurt, and confused.” On Monday, the group of 130-plus alumni called that response “alarming.” “While we echo the commitment of the F&M Leadership Team to fight antisemitism along with all other forms of racism, discrimination, and intolerance, we reject the message’s implied connection,” it said. “F&M, as a highly regarded academic institution, must explicitly differentiate between antisemitism and standing up for Palestinian human rights, regardless of how uncomfortable it feels to read about the apartheid reality on the ground.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Drexel came through the pandemic better than expected. Now president John Fry is contemplating his next step.
Drexel University and its real estate partner last month broke ground on the first major development that is part of a $3.5 billion innovation neighborhood in University City. The university’s enrollment for fall looks strong, with hundreds more submitting deposits and fewer withdrawing this summer compared to last year, university officials said. And, while Drexel had been projecting a $90 million shortfall for the fiscal year that just ended June 30, it appears poised to end with $50 million more than expected, thanks in part to federal stimulus dollars. The university said it had restored contributions to employee retirement funds and added a 2% lump sum salary payment for most employees to make up for sacrifices during the pandemic. Merit raises will return this year, too. Now, Fry, who became Drexel’s president in 2010, is publicly acknowledging for the first time that, although he hasn’t decided the exact timing, this could be his last full year at Drexel. He has two more years left on his contract. “The art of this game is you don’t overstay your welcome,” he said. “I’m starting my 12th year. I’ll finish that out and who knows beyond that, but not a whole lot more. It’s time for the natural cycle of change.” Fry is as much an urban planner as he is a college president. When he was an executive vice president under former Penn president Judith Rodin, he helped bring in a movie theater and Fresh Grocer, created the public Penn Alexander School and started the University City District, fostering relations among colleges, businesses and residents. At Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, where he became president, he helped to move a landfill and railroad yard, knock down a huge factory and launch a major redevelopment project.
PennWATCH: Governor and Democratic Lawmakers Rally for Minimum Wage Increase
Governor Tom Wolf joined Sens. Vincent Hughes and Christine Tartaglione, House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton and numerous House and Senate Democratic members, along with labor, religious and community leaders to call for an increase to Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. The rally marks the 15th anniversary of Gov. Ed Rendell signing the last minimum wage bill in 2006 at the same location, Sharon Baptist Church in Philadelphia. “The fact that Pennsylvania’s minimum wage hasn’t increased in 15 years is an embarrassment,” said Gov. Wolf. “It’s an insult to hardworking Pennsylvanians who are doing the same amount of work but finding that their paychecks cover less and less every single year. The governor has proposed raising the minimum wage each year since taking office. His plan would increase the state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour with a path to $15 per hour. Pennsylvanians strongly support raising the minimum wage. A Franklin & Marshall College poll released in March found 67 percent of registered Pennsylvania voters support raising the minimum wage to $12.
WFMZ Allentown: Governor Wolf, lawmakers push to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. | Governor Tom Wolf joined Sen. Vincent Hughes and Sen. Christine Tartaglione, House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton and numerous House and Senate Democratic members, along with labor, religious and community leaders to call for an increase to Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. The rally marks the 15th anniversary of Gov. Ed Rendell signing the last minimum wage bill in 2006 at the same location, Sharon Baptist Church in Philadelphia, officials noted. “The fact that Pennsylvania’s minimum wage hasn’t increased in 15 years is an embarrassment,” said Gov. Wolf. “It’s an insult to hardworking Pennsylvanians who are doing the same amount of work but finding that their paychecks cover less and less every single year." Pennsylvanians are reported to strongly support raising the minimum wage. A Franklin & Marshall College poll released in March found 67% of registered Pennsylvania voters support raising the minimum wage to $12.
The Jerusalem Post: The phrase ‘Jewish supremacy’ is brazen antisemitism – opinion
American Jews are caught in a paradox. We thought we have struggled “against all forms of racism, colonialism and injustice,” yet we are accused of standing for… “Jewish supremacy.” At Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., 24 faculty members recently accused us of “Jewish supremacy” as the linchpin for Israeli oppression of the Palestinians, yet the vast majority of American Jews vote for Democrats who strive to end racism, etc. and improve the lives of our most vulnerable citizens. We cannot stand for social justice and “Jewish supremacy” simultaneously. Just like “white supremacy,” of course. It must be the truth. Four of the signatories teach history. The others teach religious studies, sociology, government, English, economics, geosciences and classics. The collective voice of authority. The phrase “Jewish supremacy” can be traced back to Nazi Germany and has been retreaded for use in today’s conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, writes Gil Troy in Newsweek. He is a professor at McGill University in Montreal. I confess I never heard the term until last week after the faculty statement was published in F&M’s College Reporter.
LNP: Franklin & Marshall College student finds YouTube audience by posting videos of his road trips
Tyson Gates taps the brakes on his 2011 Hyundai Sonata and slows to a stop at the stop sign. He waits for a cyclist in a bright green shirt to pass, then exits the parking lot at the Columbia Crossing River Trail Center. He makes a left and brakes again as he falls in behind a compact SUV at the red light. To the left, the leaves of a bushy plant growing beside the road tremble in the wind. The sky is bright blue. It’s a beautiful day for a drive. Nothing happens for several seconds, then the light turns green and Gates slowly accelerates as he moves through the intersection. Sliding the cursor ahead ten minutes and pressing the play button on YouTube finds Gates softly rumbling over Veterans Memorial Bridge spanning the Susquehanna River. Five minutes later, Gates is coasting down a leafy expanse of Lincoln Highway in Wrightsville. This trip around Columbia and Wrightsville is one of many videos that Gates posts on his YouTube channel. Viewers feel like they’re riding along in the passenger seat of Gates’ Sonata, but without having left the couch. Gates, a 20-year-old junior astrophysics major at Franklin & Marshall College, started recording his road trips and posting them online in 2020. The videos, besides being an interesting way to experience the rural roads and highways of Lancaster County and the East Coast, act as an ASMR stimulus for many viewers. ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response — a sensation (sometimes described as a tingling, low-grade euphoria) triggered by visual and auditory stimuli. Millions of these videos exist online.
Diplomats: Mike Rogers Selected to Coach Pennsylvania's Junior Nationals Team at Fargo
LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall head wrestling coach Mike Rogers has been named the head coach of Pennsylvania's Junior Nationals Team, which will compete in Fargo, N.D. later this month. Rogers will enter his 12th season leading the Franklin & Marshall program during the 2021-22 season. The 2021 US Marine Corps (USMC) Junior & 16U Nationals will mark the 50th Anniversary of this event that brings the top high-school wrestlers from all across the country. The national tournament will run from July 17-23. Before the competition, Pennsylvania's top wrestlers will go through a training camp that opens this coming week and will run from July 11-14.
PennLive: Three ways Pennsylvania government can crawl back toward credibility | John Baer
It is, I’ve noted in past, sad irony that the state where American democracy was framed so often fails to meet even minimal expectations of government and politics. This, I consistently argue, is a failing due to too much partisanship (which has gotten worse), too much parochialism and too little interest in the common good. As a result, our politics are rigid, our government unresponsive -- to all but GOP interests of a too-large, self-protective legislature, and the basics of liberal credos. Common ground is an airless wasteland. Our entrenched, Republican assembly favors its political base over progress. And, so, pushes right-leaning ideology to battle Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. Wolf meanwhile practices political aloofness, gets what he can in budget deals and governs from the left with a veto pen. Voters have come to expect this. But they understand it doesn’t serve the public at large, or move the state forward. A recent statewide Franklin & Marshall College poll shows a majority of registered voters, 55 percent, believe the state is “on the wrong track.” You have to look back five years to find a higher number.
WITF: The legacies of Chief Justices Roger Taney and John Marshall and slaver
The legacies of two former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justices with ties to Central Pennsylvania — Roger B. Taney and John Marshall — are under scrutiny today because of their connections to slavery. The US House of Representatives voted in June to replace a bust of Roger B. Taney with one honoring the first African American Justice Thurgood Marshall. The Taney Court is remembered most for its 1857 decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford, when they ruled that blacks were not citizens of the United States and Congress had no authority to prevent the spread of slavery into federal territories. Justice Taney was a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle. Justice John Marshall served early in the nation’s history and is considered to be a framer of Constitutional law. He was also known to have owned hundreds of slaves in his lifetime; purchasing and auctioning some to pay off family debts. In conflict to his personal interests, the Marshall Court heard many cases involving then current slaves’ claims of freedom, which could have influenced his opinions. The Marshall in Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster is named for Justice Marshall.
ArtfixDaily: Featured 19th Century Painter: Earl Lincoln Poole (American 1891 – 1972)
Earl Lincoln Poole was born in 1891 in Haddonfleld, New Jersey and attended Central Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Poole remained in Philadelphia and studied at University of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Pennsylvania School of Industrial Art (now the Philadelphia Museum of Art). In addition, he studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences (now part of Drexel University). He was also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 19th century artist Earl Lincoln Poole traveled widely and visited Guatemala and Honduras to study flowers, plants, animals, and bird life. He is best known for his exquisite renderings of wild birds.
LNP: Examining some of the threats facing our republic as we mark Independence Day [column written by F&M’s Stephen K. Medvic, the Honorable and Mrs. John C. Kunkel Professor of Government]
This weekend, we celebrate our nation’s assertion, in 1776, that we would no longer be subject to British monarchical tyranny. This year, early July also marks six months since the violent, but ultimately unsuccessful, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The experiment in self-governance that the Declaration of Independence initiated has been threatened numerous times in the past 245 years; today, it is threatened on multiple fronts. The declaration is often treated as the window dressing of the new nation. Though its words had real consequences, its effect is widely thought to have merely ended the relationship between the Colonies and the British state, while the U.S. Constitution is believed to have provided the foundation for what eventually would become American democracy. However, the Harvard political theorist Danielle Allen maintains that the declaration is much more than patriotic propaganda. In “Our Declaration,” Allen’s magnificent treatment of the theory behind the declaration, she argues that in form and substance, the declaration is a profoundly democratic document. It treats political equality as the bedrock of our system of government.
CBS Detroit (Sacramento; Miami): Child Tax Credit: What Will The Revised Credit Mean For Families?
(CBS Miami) — The revised Child Tax Credit is about to take effect. Starting July 15, most parents will receive a monthly payment of up to $300 per child, courtesy of the American Rescue Plan. That extra money can really add up, especially for families on the low end of the income spectrum. It may even be the difference between eating and not eating or paying and not paying rent. “It’s good that we’re reducing poverty,” says Yeva Nersisyan, Associate Professor of Economics at Franklin & Marshall College. “And the fact that we could reduce it with a tax credit increase that’s not dramatic — we might be almost doubling it, but in dollar terms is not that much — so the fact that we could have done that and we hadn’t done it sooner, I think it’s kind of outrageous. But it also tells you that the way we think about poverty — the poverty line, where were we put it (which is at an annual income of $26,500 for a family of four) — it’s not really realistic.” “So that’s why a little bit more money can push you over the poverty line,” Nersisyan continues. “But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not poor in a more realistic sense.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Pennsylvania governor vetoes GOP-led election overhaul citing voter ID restrictions
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican rewrite of Pennsylvania’s Election Code on Wednesday, making clear his party’s opposition to stricter voter ID requirements and setting up a potential showdown on the issue at the ballot box. In addition to requiring voters to show ID during every election, the bill would have created early voting, instituted new security rules for drop boxes, and allowed voters to fix mail ballots with missing signatures. GOP lawmakers said the legislation provided extra security measures while also expanding access, but Wolf said it would create new barriers for voters. “This bill is ultimately not about improving access to voting or election security, but about restricting the freedom to vote,” Wolf said in a statement. “If adopted, it would threaten to disrupt election administration, undermine faith in government, and invite costly, time-consuming, and destabilizing litigation.” Voter ID has a contentious history in Pennsylvania. In 2012, the state enacted one of the nation’s strictest mandates — requiring voters to present a government-issued photo ID — but courts struck it down as unconstitutional before it took effect. Still, roughly three-quarters of respondents to a recent Franklin & Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania voters said they favor requiring all voters to show photo ID.
NPR: Pennsylvania Republicans Look To Evade A Veto And Enact Voter ID By Ballot Measure
Facing a veto on their sweeping plan to overhaul state election laws, Pennsylvania Republicans have set in motion a plan to circumvent the Democratic governor and create a mandatory voter ID requirement. They aim to do it via an amendment to the state constitution — a process that requires approval from the legislature and subsequent victory on a statewide ballot measure. Critics say it's a technique that Republicans appear increasingly willing to use as they clash with Gov. Tom Wolf over highly politicized issues, like voting and the pandemic. Corman, the highest-ranking lawmaker in the chamber and a key player in quietly shepherding the voter ID amendment to Senate approval, has his own connections to baseless election fraud claims. He signed a letter that his caucus sent to Congress just before the Jan. 6 election certification, urging a delay until Pennsylvania's vote could be further investigated. Corman notes that recent polls have appeared to show that voters are on the same page as Republicans when it comes to voter ID. Earlier this month, Franklin and Marshall College found that 74% of voters who answered a survey said they support photo identification at the polls.
Go Erie: Senate Republicans send sweeping elections reform bill to Wolf, who has promised a veto A bill that would overhaul Pennsylvania’s elections laws and implement a voter identification requirement was passed by the state Senate on Friday, but it faces a promised veto from Gov. Tom Wolf. The Republican-backed House Bill 1300, also known as the Voting Rights Protection Act, was passed in a 110-91 vote by the House on Tuesday before the Senate approved it in a party-line 29-21 vote Friday. Wolf did not immediately respond to the Senate vote, but made his position clear on Tuesday in a Twitter post. “I want election reform, too. But House Bill 1300 isn’t it,” Wolf said. “The lawmakers behind this bill are the same ones who asked Congress to throw out PA votes and whose lies directly contributed to the Jan. 6 insurrection. I will veto this bill if it reaches my desk in its current form.” In a statement released after Friday’s vote, Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward said the bill “puts the voters of Pennsylvania one step closer to having greater confidence in our election process by safeguarding the vote of each eligible voter in Pennsylvania.” Ward noted, as Republicans have done this week, that a recent Franklin & Marshall College poll showed that 74% of voters surveyed supported voter identification.
LNP: On-campus statue of Franklin & Marshall College namesake vandalized
A statue of Supreme Court justice John Marshall on Franklin & Marshall College's campus was defaced Sunday morning, the college told LNP | LancasterOnline on Monday. Statues of both of the college's namesakes — Marshall and Benjamin Franklin — have been temporarily covered with tarps as the college investigates the vandalism. "F&M continues to support freedom of thought and expression," the college said in an emailed statement. "However, vandalism and the destruction of property is a crime and exceeds the boundary of free speech." The college said the vandalism was red paint, not words. The damage is being evaluated. The perpetrator and motive have not been determined. The vandalism comes after The Atlantic magazine published a June 15 article — written by Paul Finkelman, president and history professor at Gratz College, located just outside Philadelphia — detailing Marshall's unabashed participation in slavery. The article initially stated F&M was weighing a name change, but the college told LNP | LancasterOnline last week that is not the case. The Atlantic article has since been corrected.
ABC27: Franklin & Marshall’s John Marshall statue defaced, college investigate
LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — A statue of John Marshall on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College was defaced on Sunday. The statue was discovered with red paint with no discernable words or imagery. The statue has been covered along with another statue of Benjamin Franklin. The damage is being estimated and no suspect or motive has been discovered.
WGAL: Franklin and Marshall College statue vandalized
LANCASTER, Pa. — A statue at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster was vandalized on Sunday. College officials said the John Marshall statue was vandalized with red paint. The school is evaluating the damage. In a statement, the college says: "Earlier (Sunday), F&M’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) was notified that the John Marshall statue on Manning Green had been defaced. Both statues, Benjamin Franklin and John Marshall, have been temporarily covered for their protection while DPS investigates. "F&M continues to support freedom of thought and expression. However, vandalism and the destruction of property is a crime and exceeds the boundary of free speech." The school says it does not know the motive for the vandalism.
The Algemeiner: Franklin and Marshall Faculty Statement Condemning ‘Jewish Supremacy’ of Israel Draws Campus Backlash
A statement by faculty members at Franklin & Marshall College (F&M) condemning Israel as a state based on “Jewish Supremacy” drew sharp responses this week from alumni and other faculty, as well as local Jewish groups. On Tuesday, 24 professors at the Lancaster, Pennsylvania liberal arts college published a Statement in Solidarity with Palestine in the campus’ College Reporter newspaper. Responding to the statement on Twitter, Franklin & Marshall College said the opinions of the signing faculty did not represent the views of the college or F&M faculty as a whole. By Friday, the “Solidarity” statement had prompted a series of rebuttals. Eleven faculty members — including Amy Zylberman, Acting Director of the Klehr Center for Jewish Life — called the statement “hyper-simplistic and misguided” in a response published in the College Reporter.
World Israel News: WATCH: US professors condemn ‘Jewish supremacy’ in anti-Israel manifesto
Professors from Franklin & Marshall College published a statement claiming Israel is a state based on “Jewish Supremacy.”
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Bill banning COVID-19 ‘vaccine passports’ on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf, who vows veto
Legislation that would ban local and county governments, as well as public school districts and colleges and universities from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, colloquially referred to as “vaccine passports,” is on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. The 29-21 party-line vote in the Republican-controlled state Senate comes a day after the majority GOP state House voted 112-89 to approve the legislation sponsored by Sens. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, and Judy Ward, R-Blair. Dozens of schools in Pennsylvania, including the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, and Franklin and Marshall College, have already mandated staff and students receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the Capital-Star previously reported.
LNP: As Pa. House advances doomed election overhaul, Senate GOP charts different course to voter ID, other changes
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania House passed an election overhaul bill Tuesday that creates stricter voter ID requirements and early voting in 2025, despite opposition from most Democrats and a promised veto from Gov. Tom Wolf. The state Senate is poised to take up the measure in the coming days, but Republican lawmakers in the chamber are charting a separate path that would advance the priorities of county election officials while putting stricter voter ID requirements on a future ballot. The topic has emerged as a partisan sticking point in Harrisburg. Currently, only first-time voters and those casting ballots at a new polling precinct are required to show ID. Roughly three-quarters of respondents to a recent Franklin & Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania voters said they favor requiring all voters to show photo ID. Democrats call any new such ID restrictions “voter suppression,” while Republicans say it makes elections more secure. The reality is more complicated, with a 2019 study showing such laws don’t reduce already-rare fraud or voter turnout.
WITF: Franklin & Marshall statewide poll points to dissatisfaction with current election laws
Results from the June 2021 Franklin & Marshall College Poll show that many Pennsylvanians are feeling positively about the state of the pandemic. Fewer than 10 percent of survey respondents believe COVID-19 is currently the state’s most important problem, compared to more than 30 percent in March. The survey also asked about vaccination. Seventy-nine percent of respondents overall said they had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Among those surveyed, Democrats were significantly more likely to be vaccinated (94%) than Republicans (61%). While the June poll shows Pennsylvanians are less concerned about the pandemic, they are more concerned about voting and election laws. Nearly 60 percent of registered voters believe the state’s election laws should be revised. That belief varies by party affiliation, with more Republicans (75%) saying the laws should be changed than independents (52%) or Democrats (46%).
The Morning Call: Pennsylvania House advances bill to reform Pennsylvania elections, setting up possible final vote Tuesday
HARRISBURG — The Republican-dominated Pennsylvania House on Monday advanced a bill to change many facets of the state elections — including inserting a requirement that photo IDs be shown at polling places — and set up the potential for a final vote in the chamber Tuesday. Ahead of the move, Republicans were heartened by a poll that showed support for photo ID and a drop in the approval for the bill’s leading opponent, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. Lehigh County Republican Rep. Gary Day believed the poll would give the election reform effort a boost. The Franklin & Marshall College Poll released Thursday found 74% of respondents favored a requirement that all voters show a photo ID, compared with 25% opposed. Beyond that, 39% of respondents said Wolf was doing an “excellent” or “good” job, down from 52% in July. At the same time, the number saying Wolf was doing a “poor” job increased to 37% in June from 24% eleven months earlier.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Poll: Majority of Pennsylvanians think slot revenue should be reallocated from horse racing industry
Whether it’s for funding students at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities or another purpose, the majority of registered voters in Pennsylvania believe tax revenue from slot machines in the commonwealth should be reallocated away from the horse racing industry, according to a new poll. Eighty-three percent of respondents to the June 7 poll by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College said they believe that the state should use tax revenue generated from slot machines for other purposes. Another 10 percent of respondents said it should continue to support the horseracing industry, and seven percent said they did not know.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Poll: State residents back shifting casino tax subsidies away from the horses
Pennsylvanians favor re-focusing casino tax subsidies — long earmarked for horse racing — to other public purposes, with 83% favoring a switch in the $240 million yearly allocation and 10% preferring continued support for the horse racing industry, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll. The opinion survey, commissioned by Education Voters of Pennsylvania, comes amid a pitched debate over Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to shift funds to his proposed Nellie Bly Scholarship Program. That move is meant to aid tens of thousands of state university students in a high-tuition, high-debt state. The Franklin & Marshall survey was conducted June 7-13. It sampled 444 voters, including 205 Democrats, 177 Republicans and 62 Independents and has a margin of error of 6.4%. It found wide support among those on both sides of the political divide for redirecting funds. Among Republicans, 4 out of 5 respondents favored the change (81%) compared to almost 9 out of 10 Democrats (87%), according to the organization.
The Morning Call: For some Lehigh Valley same-sex couples, Pride Month is more of a celebration than Father’s Day
This Father’s Day, families will gather across the country for BBQs and picnics to celebrate the Dads in their lives. For Mark Stanziola and his husband, Nate, they’ll have a low-key meal at a restaurant with their 9-year-old son Bennett. It’s a holiday they acknowledge, but for the Macungie family, Sunday is overshadowed by the month of June, which is Pride Month. Pride Month, which honors the LGBT communities, is a reminder to Stanziola of the hurdles families like his have overcome and still have to jump over in a heteronormative society. Carol Auster, a sociology professor at Franklin and Marshall College, conducted a study looking at how Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards portrayed motherhood and fatherhood, examining the pictures, the wording, the lettering and the colors used. She said the Father’s Day cards would commonly depict things such as cars, fishing or being outdoors. “I think the themes that we found on those cards are absolutely reflective of heteronormativity and stereotypes, not only about motherhood and fatherhood but stereotypes of women and men,” Auster said. “A lot of what we saw, at least in terms of the themes, is that they seem to represent pretty traditional ideologies of motherhood and fatherhood.”
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With new amendment strategy, Pa. GOP could target voter ID, mail-in ballots
Faced with veto threats at every turn from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, legislative Republicans are embracing their inner populists by looking to a new tool to pass their priorities: constitutional amendments. The process takes time. The Legislature must first approve amendments two sessions in a row in identical form. Then, voters can vote yes or no in a referendum. That means the process can take, at minimum, many months, if not years. But for Republicans in Harrisburg, it’s the only way to avoid the Wolf in the near term, until the term-limited governor leaves office in 2022. Unlike traditional bills, Wolf cannot veto or block an amendment. Polling has indicated the public will on voter ID requirements, and it doesn’t match what Democrats might hope. A Franklin and Marshall College poll released this week found that almost three in four Pennsylvanians supported voter ID laws.
WITF: Latest F&M poll shows Wolf job rating drop, broad support for controversial voting law changes
(Harrisburg) –– Gov. Tom Wolf’s approval rating among registered voters is at 39 percent according to a recent poll. That’s down from 52 percent just under a year ago. Franklin & Marshall College researchers polled a group of 444 voters of all backgrounds from across the state earlier this month, and have been regularly checking in on the Democratic governor’s performance since his term began in 2015. While Wolf’s approval rating remained about as low as it had been in the recent past among Republicans, the survey results showed eight percent fewer self-identified Democrats and 19 percent fewer Independents were satisfied with Wolf’s performance than in July 2020. Research Director Berwood Yost says it’s not unusual for a head of state to have lower approval ratings after a long tenure. Wolf is serving his second term as governor and will be term-limited out of office next year.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Wolf says GOP’s election bill is ‘driven by fringe conspiracy theories’ as lawmakers crash event
The battle to shape public opinion over Pennsylvania Republicans’ proposed election overhaul intensified Thursday, as Gov. Tom Wolf called it an attack on voting rights and GOP lawmakers crashed an event in the Philadelphia suburbs to demand he negotiate. Democrats have blasted the proposal as the latest effort by GOP-controlled legislatures across the country to appease former President Donald Trump and effectively codify his lies about a stolen election into law. “Make no mistake, leaders of the [state] House Republican caucus are being driven by fringe conspiracy theories, and that is no way to make good policy,” Wolf said during a morning appearance in Delaware County. A poll released Thursday by Franklin & Marshall College found a majority of registered voters approve of some of the most notable provisions in the GOP bill. About three-quarters, including 47% of Democrats, said they strongly or somewhat favor requiring all voters show a photo ID, the survey found. Strong majorities of voters in both parties, as well as independents, also approve of signature verification of mail ballots.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Poll results show Pa. residents largely in favor of tougher voting restrictions
A new survey of Pennsylvania voters shows widespread support for some of the most central — and controversial — planks of an election reform bill drafted by House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove, R-Spring Grove. The latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll showed big majorities of respondents leaning in favor of signature matching for mail-in ballots (81%) and ongoing photo identification requirements (74%). The data represent the responses of 444 registered Pennsylvania voters, who were interviewed by telephone or online between June 7-13. Under current state law, only voters who are making their first trip to a specific precinct are required to show identification. Grove’s bill would apply that requirement to everybody who votes in person, each time they turn out.
LNP: PA voters support 'major changes' to state election law in latest F&M poll
A majority of Pennsylvania registered voters say they support “major changes” to the state’s election law, including photo identification and signature validation rules favored by Republicans in the General Assembly, a new Franklin & Marshall College Poll found. The poll also found increased pessimism about the state’s direction among respondents, including about their own personal finances. That sentiment likely contributed to dipping approval ratings for Gov. Tom Wolf and President Joe Biden: just 39% of respondents rated the governor’s job performance as “excellent” or “good”, and less than half (44%) said the same of Biden’s performance. Stephen Medvic, a Franklin & Marshall College government professor who worked on the poll, said the support for election law changes shows voters are taking cues from their elected leaders. One example, he said, is that 61% of Republican respondents oppose expanding the pre-canvassing window for mail-in ballots (i.e. opening and preparing mail-in ballots for counting ahead of Election Day), a change that wouldn’t have been controversial prior to last year’s election. “Just to be efficient, this shouldn’t really be that controversial, but it has taken on a partisan edge to it,” Medvic said of pre-canvassing.
Yahoo! News: Poll shows COVID-19 concerns sharply decline as vaccines flourish
Jun. 17—Concern about COVID-19 declined sharply in the last three months, but voters remain pessimistic about the future, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The Franklin & Marshall College poll showed only about one in 14 voters (7%) see the virus as the most important problem facing the state, compared to almost one in three (31%) in a March F&M poll. Back then, COVID-19 was the top concern. Now, it's only ranked fourth. Concern about government and politicians ranks first with three in 10 voters (30%) naming that as the most important problem facing the state, up a bit from March (27%).
The Atlantic: America’s ‘Great Chief Justice’ Was an Unrepentant Slaveholder
John Marshall is America’s most important jurist. Biographers are universally laudatory of the “Great Chief Justice.” A recent documentary about him (in which I am interviewed) is subtitled The Man Who Made the Supreme Court. This icon of jurisprudence is central to America’s constitutional development. For nearly three and a half decades, longer than any other chief justice, he led the Court and shaped constitutional law. A bronze statue of him sits outside the Supreme Court Building, and a marble one stands inside. He has appeared on four postage stamps, a commemorative silver dollar, a $20 Treasury note, and a $500 Federal Reserve note. Two centuries after he wrote them, Marshall’s opinions are still read and cited. Five of the 10 opinions most cited by the Court itself are Marshall’s. But the country must now reevaluate this venerated figure in American history. A few institutions have already begun to do so. Of the three law schools named after him, one—John Marshall Law School, at the University of Illinois at Chicago—announced last month that it would now be known as simply the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Law. Another, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, at Cleveland State University, is considering a change as well. Franklin & Marshall College, in Pennsylvania, is also weighing a new name. Though some will surely deride these decisions as “cancel culture,” they are part of an earnest and deserved reckoning, the result of an effort to fully understand Marshall’s jurisprudence and his personal life, and to examine whether his profound impact on American law was not as honorable as we have previously believed.
Susquehanna National Heritage Area: Susquehanna NHA Creates Local Trail Application with help from Franklin & Marshall College
Susquehanna National Heritage Area works with partners and communities in Lancaster and York Counties to showcase our area as a destination for cultural discovery and outdoor adventure. During the global pandemic, Susquehanna NHA focused on creating self-guided heritage and outdoor exploration tools, while our visitor centers were temporarily closed. One of those tools is a custom map created on the Google Maps platform. Users of the map can explore the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail and learn historical, geological, and natural facts on their trip. In early 2021, Franklin & Marshall College reached out to the community to offer development of a mobile application. Professor Ed Novak led the computer science course in which groups of students would develop fully-functional Android app prototypes for community partners. Susquehanna NHA applied to participate and was chosen as one of four projects. Susquehanna NHA staff members Hope Byers and Megan Salvatore worked to expand information on the custom map while Franklin & Marshall College students developed the code. The Franklin & Marshall students assigned to the project were Rafael Silva, Waleed Kamal Butt, Molly Sproul, Quang Anh Tran, and Thu Do. The students met virtually with Hope on a weekly basis to discuss the project. “It was obvious that these were passionate, dedicated students. They managed the project so professionally and really treated it as if I was their client. They taught me how to use tools to keep the app functioning, send notifications, and walked me through the app launch. Susquehanna NHA is so grateful for their dedication to create not just a prototype but a live application” said Hope Byers.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: College vaccination mandates against COVID-19 top 500 as schools bank on a back-to-normal fall
Dozens of campuses in Pa. to require a shot in the arm, while others weigh the idea. With summer approaching, and with quarantine-weary college students already banking on a normal or near-normal fall, the number of U.S. campuses requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 has surpassed 500. Nationally, the number of campuses with student or employee vaccination mandates stands at 509 as of Tuesday, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The prevalence of those policies follows blue and red political lines, with institutions in the Northeast and on the West Coast far more likely to require individuals to roll up their sleeves. These are the Pennsylvania schools requiring vaccination, according to The Chronicle list: Allegheny College, Bryn Mawr College, Bucknell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Dickinson College, Drexel University, Duquesne University, Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College, Gwynedd Mercy University, Haverford College, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Mercyhurst University, Muhlenberg College, Saint Joseph's University, Swarthmore College, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Scranton, University of the Sciences, Ursinus College, Villanova University, Washington & Jefferson College, Widener University and Williamson College of the Trades.
CBS Chicago: Stimulus Check: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
According to Yeva Nersisyan, Associate Professor of Economics at Franklin & Marshall College, “we had a whole year where prices didn’t really increase. And for some stuff they actually decreased. So, if you’re comparing this year to that year, then the reading is going to be higher than if the prices had continued to just go up. If there wasn’t a pandemic, the prices would just go up more steadily, and we wouldn’t see that kind of a jump that we saw recently.”
LI Herald: Valley Stream college students weigh in on vaccines
Valley Streamer Munahil Sultana, 18, is majoring in government and international studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. Sultana, who will take in-person classes and live on campus in the fall, said her college is requiring all in-person students to be vaccinated. She will spend the summer on campus while completing two virtual summer internships. Sultana received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in April. She is awaiting word on masking requirements. “Requiring vaccines is the best decision the school could make to ensure that we get the education that we are paying for and to keep people safe,” Sultana said. “I think it’s fair to require in-person students to be vaccinated because there were so many Covid cases in colleges everywhere this past year.” As a student who works in the athletic facilities, Sultana said she worried about contracting Covid-19 and spreading it to other students before she was vaccinated. “It’s liberating to be vaccinated because I feel less worried about catching Covid, and if I do get it, I will be less likely to get super-sick,” she said.
LNP: Lancaster Sen. Scott Martin announces exploratory bid for Pa. governor
Lancaster County Sen. Scott Martin announced Tuesday that he may enter the 2022 Republican gubernatorial primary where, he said, he believes his “strong conservative record” may appeal to many types of conservatives and help him stand out in an already crowded field. Martin will need to appeal to the two loudest groups of Republican voters: those who support Trump and his populist values, and those who want the party to stress traditional small government, low tax policies and are conservative on key social issues like abortion. If he’s able to do this, he’d be a “formidable” candidate, said Stephen Medvic, a government professor at Franklin & Marshall College. “If you’re a conventional politician, you’re gonna be a little cautious about when you run for which office,” Medvic said. “Sen. Martin has a lot to do, asking the questions, ‘Is this the right time [to run]? Is this the right office?’”
Inside NoVA: Civic leader Ty Brooke dies at 88
Tyrrell “Ty” Willcox Brooke, who founded Vienna Youth Soccer and ran a rental company, died at his Vienna home June 4 after a short battle with lymphoma. He was 88. Brooke was born Aug. 25, 1932, in Minneapolis. He graduated from Westfield High School in Westfield, N.J., in 1949 and from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., in 1953. Brooke believed local institutions were important to the survival of democracy and was active in many.
Globe Newswire: KKR Executive Ken Mehlman Joins UNCF Board of Directors
Washington, D.C., June 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UNCF (United Negro College Fund) welcomed a new member to its board of directors as Ken Mehlman, partner, global head of public affairs and co-head of KKR Global Impact at global investment firm KKR, joined the ranks of the board on March 4, 2021. Mehlman has focused on purpose and equity throughout his career in government, politics, business and philanthropy. He spent a dozen years in national politics and government service, including as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and campaign manager of President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, the only Republican presidential campaign in 30 years to win the popular vote. Mehlman also served in high level positions in Congress and the White House. He has a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College and J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mehlman is a trustee of Mt. Sinai Hospital of New York, Franklin & Marshall College, Teach for America, UNCF and Seizing Every Opportunity (SEO). Mehlman was active in the successful efforts for marriage equality and employment non-discrimination and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
The Athletic: The tall tales of Chris Finch’s youth play into the T’Wolves’ head coach’s quest for NBA accountability
The phone rings at Glenn Robinson’s home, and the 76-year-old retired coaching legend is laying down after a recent back surgery when he answers. The caller is asking about Chris Finch, who starred for Robinson at Franklin & Marshall College back in the day, and his mood immediately brightens. Robinson has been telling a story for 30 years that captures Finch, and some might say that the tale gets a little taller with each passing year. It was a holiday tournament in Ocean City, Md., in the winter of 1991. The Diplomats had all five starters back from a team that went to the national championship game the season before and were 6-0 heading into a game against Susquehanna. After a ragged first half, Robinson huddled outside the locker room with his coaches to discuss 6-foot-8 freshman Charlie Detz, a promising prospect who was having trouble getting position in the post and having even more trouble holding on to Finch’s entry passes when he did manage to get open. When Robinson walked into the locker room still unsure of what he was going to say to the young man, he found Finch already addressing the issue for him. “Chris had him pinned up against the locker room wall, telling him if he didn’t catch the f-ing ball they were not going to throw it the ‘F’ in there,” Robinson said with a chuckle. “This kid outweighed Chris by a good 60 pounds and he had his feet off the floor. It was just priceless.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn will require faculty and staff, along with students, to be vaccinated
The University of Pennsylvania intends to have a fully vaccinated campus in the fall. The Ivy League university announced Tuesday it would require all faculty, staff, and postdoctoral trainees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Aug. 1. It previously announced that students would need the vaccination for the fall semester unless they had medical or religious exceptions. Penn was a front-runner in announcing last month that all of its health system employees would be required to be vaccinated by Sept. 1. More than 400 colleges and universities have said they will require students and/or employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which has kept a running tally. Brown and Columbia are the only other Ivy League universities that have said they will require both students and employees to be vaccinated, according to the Chronicle’s list. The others, including Princeton, have said they will require students to be vaccinated. No other local colleges on the Chronicle’s list, except for the College of New Jersey, has said it will require employees to have the vaccinations. Other local colleges that will require students to have vaccinations include: Thomas Jefferson, Drexel, Bryn Mawr, Bucknell, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Muhlenberg, Dickinson, Gwynedd Mercy, Haverford, Lafayette, Lehigh, Rider, Rowan, Rutgers, Stockton, Swarthmore, the University of Delaware, and the University of the Sciences.
Yahoo News: Gov. Wolf, legislators, business owners call for minimum wage increase
May 27—WILKES-BARRE — Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday said increasing the minimum wage puts more money into the pockets of workers, which gives local businesses more customers. "Boosting wages also increases productivity and decreases turnover," Wolf said. On Wednesday, Wolf was joined by legislators, business owners and advocates to call on the General Assembly to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage to $12 an hour with a path to $15. Wolf said more than 1 million workers would get a boost in their paychecks, which creates new customers for businesses and strengthens the economy for everyone. "This isn't about pitting workers against business owners, because businesses also stand to benefit from a higher minimum wage," Wolf said. Wolf said raising the wage has strong public support. A Franklin & Marshall College poll released in March found 67 percent of registered Pennsylvania voters support raising the minimum wage to $12 as the governor is proposing.
CBS Pittsburgh: Gov. Tom Wolf Renews Calls For Minimum Wage Increase
LANCASTER, Pa. (KDKA) — Gov. Tom Wolf is renewing his call to raise the minimum wage. In Lancaster today, he urged lawmakers to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour “immediately,” and then to $15 an hour over the next several years. He points out that all of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states have raised their minimum wage above the federal level. However, Pennsylvania’s has stayed the same for 10 years. He says it would benefit more than a million Pennsylvanians, especially essential workers. “They keep food on our shelves, took care of our children, supported people with disabilities, and many of them many of them earned poverty wages while doing it,” Gov. Wolf said. Wolf cited a poll by Franklin & Marshall College that found two-thirds of registered voters in Pennsylvania support a higher minimum wage.
EconomyWatch.com: Spirit of America Welcomes Zack Hosford as Director to Increase Citizen Engagement in National Security Issues
Foreign policy leader joins the nonprofit to develop new ways for Americans to work together Zack Hosford ARLINGTON, Va. - May 26, 2021 - (Newswire.com)
Spirit of America, a nonprofit citizen service organization that supports the safety and success of U.S. troops and diplomats serving abroad, has hired Zack Hosford to develop new initiatives that will engage citizens in fulfilling its mission to preserve the promise of a free and better life. As a director, Hosford will focus on strategic ways to promote American ideals in the face of challenges presented by near-peer competitors and increasing authoritarian influence. As with all of Spirit of America's work, Hosford will bring innovative thinking to leverage the strength of Americans who want to work together to make the country and world safe for our nation's democratic values. Hosford joins Spirit of America with broad experience in foreign policy and national security. Most recently, he served as the acting director of the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). He holds a master's degree in security studies from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a bachelor's degree from Franklin and Marshall College.
NBC10: Pa. Voters Have a Really Hard Time Saying ‘No' to Ballot Questions
It's been decades since Pennsylvania voters rejected a ballot question, and they continued their propensity for pressing "yes" with four more approvals handed out on Tuesday. The four ballot questions passed despite a rare attempt by a sitting governor and his administration to campaign publicly against two of them. Ballot questions #1 and #2 on Tuesday asked if the legislature could have more sway over emergency declarations in times of crisis. The legislature is the only means by which questions can be put on a ballot in Pennsylvania, unlike other states where citizens can gather enough support for a referendum and have it put to voters. "You’ve got the legislature selecting the right questions for the right audience, choosing which election these take place in," says Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College.
The Academic Times: Guidelines for doctors still contain racist pseudoscience
F&M Assistant Professor of Sociology Ashley Rondini and her co-author argue that “historic rationales for structural racism have hitchhiked into modern medicine.”
PennLive: Franklin & Marshall College joins list of schools mandating COVID-19 vaccinations
Franklin & Marshall College announced on Tuesday that it will require enrolled students who are present on campus in the fall to have been fully vaccinated by Aug. 1. The Lancaster-based private liberal arts college is now the 13th private college in Pennsylvania to impose this requirement on students in hopes of preventing an outbreak of COVID-19 in the next academic year, according to a list being kept by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Fox43: Franklin & Marshall will require students to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination
The college said students will have to provide a scanned copy of their completed vaccination cards to the Student Wellness Center by August 1. Students who attend Franklin & Marshall College in the fall will have to present proof that they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 before they are admitted, the school announced this week. The college said students will have to provide a scanned copy of their completed vaccination cards to the Student Wellness Center by August 1. "Like many colleges, Franklin & Marshall recognizes that comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination will be the most effective way for students to enjoy a safe and robust on-campus experience," the school said in its announcement. "Therefore, after careful consideration, and in accordance with the recommendation of the American College Health Association, F&M will require all enrolled students present on campus to receive, and to provide proof of having received, a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration."
LNP: Franklin & Marshall to require vaccine for students studying on campus this fall
Franklin & Marshall College will require students to get the COVID-19 vaccine in order to learn on campus during the fall semester, the college announced Tuesday. The 2,400-student private liberal arts college in Lancaster joins a growing list of private colleges and universities requiring the vaccine for students. University of Pennsylvania, Bucknell University and several others across Pennsylvania have made similar announcements in the last month. F&M is the first Lancaster County college to make the move. Students will need to provide proof of having their final dose of the vaccine by Aug. 1, the college said. To do that, students must submit a scanned copy of their completed vaccination card to the school’s Student Wellness Center at email@example.com. The college said it will accommodate those who have approved medical or religious exemptions. Online instruction, however, will not be available for students who refuse to get vaccinated. The decision to require vaccines is in line with guidance from the American College Health Association. The state Department of Health encourages all college students to get vaccinated, but it hasn’t explicitly said colleges should require vaccines.
University Business: The next chapter of international education is being written now
[written by Barbara Altmann, F&M president]
For more than a century, talented students from around the globe have sought world-class higher education in the United States. Now, the future of international education in this country is at risk. We look back on a year when myriad barriers kept those talented students from their ambition—visa restrictions, diplomatic disputes, international travel difficulties, and of course, a global pandemic. Throughout 2020, pursuing higher education in the United States became nearly impossible and even dangerous for many. More challenges have emerged in 2021. International students have faced many obstacles getting to the U.S., and news coverage of disturbing events and violence in this country have conveyed a message of American instability around the world. Unless we, as leaders of U.S. higher education, are prepared to find solutions to these impediments, we risk giving up the progress we have made to increase the presence of international students on our campuses, the benefits of which are numerous and far-reaching for all.
WITF: When it comes to ballot questions, it may not be what you say, but how you say it
(Harrisburg) –– A recent study from Franklin & Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research does not show how people might vote on one of the ballot questions in the May 18 primary. But it does indicate that the way the question is worded could have an effect on how people interpret the question. Researchers got together 400 registered voters of all political and social backgrounds for what’s called a split-ballot experiment. “The approach to this is like a randomized clinical trial, where you’re randomly assigning people to get one of the different treatments,” Center for Opinion Research director Berwood Yost said. “If that works properly, then the changes that you see in the response are likely due to the different way things are presented to the person.” Yost’s team put together a few different versions of one of the ballot questions, then randomly assigned each of the voters to answer one.
FOX43: Dickinson College will require students to get the Covid-19 vaccine before coming back to the campus
Dickinson College will be requiring students living on and off campus to get the covid-19 vaccine in order to come back. Belgin Koc spent her freshman year at Dickinson College going back and forth between online and in person classes. Now, because she’s fully vaccinated, she gets to head back to campus to have the full college experience. College Officials say the health and safety of the community has been at the center of all decision making through the pandemic. And some students agree. But will other colleges and universities follow suit? Here is the what each College and University said: Franklin and Marshall College: The college expects to make a decision on the matter in the coming weeks.
SwimSwam: Brendan Cline Gives Franklin & Marshall College a 2nd Olympic Trials Qualifier
Franklin & Marshall junior Brendan Cline booked his ticket to Omaha for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials over the weekend at the Jim Frye Memorial Long Course Meet in Richmond, Virginia. The 20-year-old Cline won the 50 free in 23.35, which missed the standard, but went for a split in the 200 free final and swam a 23.09 over the first 50 meters, knocking in total .74 seconds off his previous best time. That dips under the Wave I Trials qualifying time of 23.19. The swim qualifies him to race the event on June 7 in Omaha, Nebraska. With a top 2 finish, he would advance to swim in the Wave II meet alongside swimmers who automatically advanced via hitting the faster cut of 22.71. “Making the trials cut has been a dream of mine since the beginning of my swim career,” Cline said of his achievement. “When I got up on the block for the swim, I thought of all the work I had put in prior to that moment, and all the family, teammates, and coaches who were supporting me. Olympic trials represents the peak level of competition, and I am honored to have the opportunity to participate.” Cline is actually the second Franklin & Marshall swimmer to qualify for the 2021 US Olympic Trials in the 50 free: Chris Schiavone qualified in the same event in November at the U.S. Open when he swam 23.08.
WFMZ Allentown: Pennsylvania House majority leader says minimum wage ‘taking care of itself’ as unemployment persists
(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania’s House majority leader said this week that Gov. Tom Wolf’s call for raising the minimum wage ignores the reality of the current labor market. “The private proprietors are almost doubling current wages on the signs that I see out there competing for manpower,” said Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Bellefonte. “When you have a shortage of workers, capitalism works best because people are willing to pay the price to get them there.” Benninghoff’s comments come amid a campaign from the Wolf administration to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 on July 1. The rate would increase an additional 50 cents each year until reaching $15. Wolf said this will boost incomes for 1.1 million workers and generate as much as $326 million in tax revenue for the state when the rate maxes out in 2027. The administration also points to broad public support – 67% of residents according to a Franklin & Marshall poll – and raised wages in 29 other states, including all those that border Pennsylvania. Another eight states are “on the path” to raising the minimum wage, according to the Department of Labor & Industry.
WHYY/PBS/NPR: Pa. tipped wage workers rally behind Wolf’s proposed minimum wage hike
During a pandemic recession that has hammered the service industry, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is attempting to sell its minimum wage proposal by focusing on tipped workers. In Pennsylvania, the tipped minimum wage is $2.83 cents an hour, an amount set in 1998. As a part of his annual budget, Wolf proposed raising the minimum wage for the seventh consecutive year. That plan calls for raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour on July 1, and then gradually raising it every year until it reaches $15 an hour in 2027. That proposal would also eliminate the existence of a separate, lower tipped wage, something long sought by the group “One Fair Wage.” Restaurant workers spoke in favor of that proposal on Monday and described how depending on tips can force them to choose between putting up with sexual harassment, or other abuse, and making enough money. Pennsylvania has long resisted sweeping changes to minimum pay. With businesses struggling during the pandemic, many in the state GOP see putting another hefty cost on their balance sheets as untenable. However, raising the minimum wage is popular in the commonwealth, with two-thirds of respondents in a recent Franklin & Marshall survey saying they are in favor of a hike to $12 an hour.
Pennsylvania Pressroom: L&I Acting Secretary Joins Sen. Haywood And Restaurant Workers To Say $2.83 An Hour Is Not Enough To Survive
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier joined Sen. Art Haywood and restaurant workers Samuel Jones, Nour Qutyan, James Conway, and Richard Gegick today to demand an increase in the minimum wage to $12 an hour with a pathway to $15 an hour, including for tipped workers who can be paid as little as $2.83 per Pennsylvania law. "$2.83 an hour is simply not enough to survive today in Pennsylvania, where the living wage has been calculated to be more than $11.50 an hour," said Acting Secretary Berrier. "The ridiculously low tipped wage grants managers an unprecedented power to reward or punish workers with shifts, tables and tasks that can make or break bank accounts. This has fostered an environment where racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination can flourish. We need to eliminate the $2.83 tipped wage and ensure every Pennsylvania worker is earning at least $12 an hour for their hard work." Raising the wage has strong public support. A Franklin & Marshall College poll released in March found 67 percent of registered Pennsylvania voters support raising the minimum wage to $12 an hourOpens In A New Window as the governor is proposing.
ABC27: Lancaster initiative aims to reduce landfill waste through community composting
LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — A new initiative, Lancaster Compost Co-ops aims to reduce landfill waste and build community relationships by providing space for residents to engage in composting together. With Lancaster Compost Co-ops, volunteers drop off compostable waste in designated containers around the city, help maintain the compost sites, and eventually get to use or share the compost they create. Eve Bratman, assistant professor of environmental studies at Franklin & Marshall College and the founder and project lead for Lancaster Compost Co-ops, points out that many Lancaster city residents may not have enough backyard space — or even a backyard at all — for composting at home. “The idea of this decentralized bin system is that in your own local neighborhood, you can participate through just offering an hour a week of service work to maintain the bin, and in exchange have the privilege of dropping off your food scraps and ultimately hopefully also having some nice compost at the end of it,” says Bratman.
The Conversation: There’s a gay wage gap – and it’s linked to discrimination
The wage gaps that exist between men and women and between white and black people have received a lot of attention in recent years. But there’s another wage gap that tends to be overlooked – between heterosexuals and LGBT+ people. Interestingly, it works in two different directions: most studies show a wage penalty for gay men but a wage premium for lesbian women compared with their heterosexual counterparts. One analysis of 32 studies from several countries found that on average, gay men earned 11% less than heterosexual men, while lesbian women earned 9% more than heterosexual women. Studies and surveys have also shown a negative wage gap for bisexual and also for transgender people, though the evidence is much more limited, particularly for transgender people. Discrimination against gay people is a global issue. The Franklin & Marshall Global Barometer of Gay Rights gave 62% of countries a failing grade on legal and social protections afforded to LGBT+ people in 2018. Contrasts among countries are wide. For example, Finland scored 96% in the barometer, while Russia scored just 19%. This raises the question of whether it is possible to quantify the potential economic consequences of this discrimination, particularly in countries that lag the world’s leaders in both economic output and LGBT+ rights.
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Latanya N. Jenkins, Temple University librarian who traveled the world, dies at 45
Latanya N. Jenkins, 45, of Sicklerville, a reference librarian at Temple University’s Charles Library, died of cancer Tuesday, April 13, at Samaritan Hospice in Voorhees. At the Charles Library, Ms. Jenkins’ areas of responsibility included Africology and African American Studies and government documents. “She was a very kind and dedicated person, an excellent librarian who was involved in the profession, and she will be missed,” said Diane Turner, curator of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple. Ms. Jenkins had worked at the Temple library since 2013 and was an award-winning coauthor of the book, Government Information Essentials. The Government Documents Round Table of the American Library Association awarded her the Margaret T. Lane & Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Research Award in 2019. Ms. Jenkins graduated from Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, in 1994. She earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and English from Franklin and Marshall College in 1998. Later, in 2006, she graduated from Drexel University with a master’s degree in library and information science. She also earned a certificate in Adult Organizational Development from Temple University in 2017.
Times Observer: Two county athletes lauded for efforts on football team in 1927
Two Warren County men were key members of a 1920s football team that challenged one of the nation’s best. And they did it in the early years of the forward pass. Quay McCune and Karl Chapel were born just months apart in December 1904 and February 1905. “CHAPEL AND M’CUNE RATED AMONG BEST OF FAST ELEVEN” graced the top of the sports page on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 1927. “Local players taking prominent part in work of plucky Lancaster college team.” Plucky – having or showing determined courage in the face of difficulties. Great word choice. “Karl ‘Cut’ Chapel and Quay McCune, Warren county’s offerings to the Franklin and Marshall football team are making good in fine shape this season and both figured prominently in the battle wages at University of Pennsylvania last Saturday when Coach Lou Young’s big Red and Blue varsity had a hard struggle in defeating the tiny Lancaster school 8 to 0,” the report explained. Young led Penn to a national championship just three years earlier in 1924.
Central Penn Business Journal: Truist economic growth fund allocates $850,000 to midstate colleges
Seven area colleges are slated to receive $850,000 in grants through the BB&T – now Truist Economic Growth Fund – at the Lancaster County Community Foundation. Truist Financial Corp. and The Lancaster County Community Foundation announced the series of grants, which are designed to bolster the midstate’s economy, on Thursday. Recipients include Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, which will receive $110,000 to help create ‘Pathways to Success,’ a program created to connect local students with a technical education. Other recipients include: Franklin & Marshall College, $125,000 to support first-generation college students from Lancaster County.
Crossroads Today [KAVU-TV]: ‘Dr. Green to provide more context into the broader movement of the removal of Confederate monuments’
VICTORIA, Texas – An Alabama professor and historian is studying how more Confederate monuments were removed in 2020 than previous years, as protests and conversations continue throughout the country about those removals. The University of Houston in Victoria will hold their second annual UHV History Day on April 23, hosted by the UHV history program, where the Victoria community can learn more about the removal of the monuments. Hilary N. Green is an association professor of history at the University of Alabama and a Vann Professor of Ethics in Society. Beginning at 6 p.m. via Microsoft Teams, she will be the main speaker at the program and will deliver the lecture “Confederate Monument Removals: Contextualizing the Post-George Floyd Moment.” Dr. Green is an association professor of history in the department of Gender and Race Studies and American Studies at the University of Alabama. While being on leave at the university, she works at Davidson College in North Carolina for the 2020-2021 academic year as a Vann Professor of Ethics in Society. She is also working with the faculty and members of the college’s Commission on Race and Slavery. Green received her bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College in history with minors in Africana studies and pre-healing arts. She earned her master’s degree in history from Tufts University and a doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Intersections of race, class and gender in African American history, the American Civil War, Reconstruction, Civil War memory, the U.S. South, 19th century America and the Black Atlantic are included in her research and teaching interests.
CBS Philly: Which Colleges Are The Best Value In The Philadelphia Area
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Princeton University is ranked among the best value colleges in the United States, according to a 2021 study by SmartAsset. Princeton provides an average of about $53,000 in scholarships and the average starting salary is about $77,000. The financial company crunched data provided by the National Center for Educational Statistics and found that Princeton ranked the sixth best value out of all universities across the country by taking into account grants, scholarships, average starting salary, tuition and students’ cost of living. In Pennsylvania, several Philadelphia-area colleges rank high for value. Lehigh University ranks second, only behind Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pennsylvania ranks third. Lafayette College, Villanova University, and Franklin and Marshall College also make the top 10 best value colleges list.
Central Penn Business Journal: Dickinson, F&M make Princeton Review’s value colleges list
Two colleges in the midstate, Dickinson College and Franklin & Marshall College, have made Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges List for 2021. Dickinson also ranked 11th on a select list of 20 private colleges ranked for having an impact. Princeton Review ranks its Best Value Colleges on what it calculates as each college’s return on investment. It says it relies on more than 40 data points covering academic offerings, cost and financial aid, career placement services, graduation rates and student debt, among others. They include two criteria that will appeal to most students as well as parents: the salary levels of their alumni and job satisfaction.
The Hill: The GOP commitment to democracy
[Opinion written by Stephen K. Medvic, The Honorable and Mrs. John C. Kunkel Professor of Government at Franklin & Marshall College and Berwood A. Yost, Director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College]
The ongoing attempt by GOP legislators in 43 states to curtail access to voting is the latest in a series of actions by Republican elites that seem designed to undermine our democratic system of government. These actions raise perhaps the most pressing question about the current state of American politics — is the Republican Party fully committed to American democracy? That’s an important question because democracy is unlikely to persist unless right-leaning parties support it. We conducted a survey of registered voters in Pennsylvania, a battleground that represents the major divisions in our national politics, to assess Republicans’ commitment to democracy. We asked respondents about their support for certain principles of democracy as well as for their assessment of how American democracy is working in practice. Republicans, it turns out, are roughly as supportive as Democrats of the democratic principles we measured. On a ten-point scale, where ten represents strong agreement with democratic principles and five represents agreeing “somewhat” with those principles, the average score for Republicans was nearly seven, which is not notably different than the seven and a half score for Democrats.
PennLive: Pennsylvania once led in suppressing the Black vote
Op-Ed by F&M’s Van Gosse: Who said Jim Crow is dead? After losing the presidential contest and two Senate races in quick succession, the Republican-controlled Georgia legislature passed a comprehensive bill to suppress the very voters—Black voters—who defeated them. In CNN’s summary: “The new law imposes new voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, empowers state officials to take over local elections boards, limits the use of ballot drop boxes and makes it a crime to approach voters in line to give them food and water.”
FOX43: As officials urge student vaccinations, some colleges considering vaccine requirement
LANCASTER, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Education are encouraging all college students to get vaccinated this semester, before they head home for summer break. “College students are going to be leaving now and going back to their communities, and so we want to make sure that they have their protection before they go out and start interacting with other folks,” said Acting Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson. Many college students support vaccinations and want to get vaccinated themselves. Some think colleges and universities should go further by requiring vaccination to attend classes in the fall. “Personally I don't want to ever do a semester like this again,” said Sarah Miller, a sophomore at Franklin & Marshall College. “I want to have a normal college experience and doing that means as many people get vaccines as they can.” “It should be required for those people who are able to get one,” said F&M junior Jihang Dai. “I think it should be required unless you have a specific health reason why you can't get the vaccine,” said F&M senior Dina Spyropoulos. “I think it's really, really important for everyone to be vaccinated.”
LNP: Elizabethtown College to continue offering in-person classes in the fall
Elizabethtown College will continue offering full-time, in-person instruction in the fall, the college announced Monday. The majority of the college’s 1,600-plus students have been learning in person since fall 2020, the college said in a news release. More than 70% of the student body opted for in-person classes with the majority living on campus during both the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, the college said. Both of Lancaster County’s largest colleges, Millersville University and Franklin & Marshall College, followed a hybrid model that consisted of mostly online classes this year. Millersville, however, announced in March a return to normal ratio of in-person and online classes for the fall, meaning 80% of its classes will be conducted in-person. Franklin & Marshall has not announced plans for the fall, and a college spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment Monday.
LNP: Can, and will, Lancaster County colleges require students to receive COVID-19 vaccine?
Laptop? Check. Textbooks? Check. Pens and pencils? Check. Proof you’ve been inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine? That’s what the must-have list might look like for college students this fall, especially if local colleges and universities follow a trend beginning to take shape across the country in which schools are requiring students to get vaccinated in order to study in-person. Universities like Rutgers in New Jersey and Cornell in upstate New York have announced plans to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for students expecting to live and learn on campus this fall. Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities, including Millersville University, do not intend to require students to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Two of the largest private colleges in Lancaster County, Franklin & Marshall and Elizabethtown, have not ruled it out. “It seems clear that every college will have to have a discussion and make a decision regarding whether to require the vaccine for in-residence students in the fall,” Franklin & Marshall College spokesman Peter Durantine said. “We are aware that a few institutions have made this decision, but we are not yet at the stage of making this decision. We want to see more about how the vaccine roll out process proceeds.”
FOX43: The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences welcomes back some students for in person learning
LANCASTER, Pa. — What were once empty college hallways and classrooms will now be replaced with students filling in seats for in person learning. The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is allowing students from health programs like nursing, surgical, and respiratory care to get the hands on experience they’ve been missing out on. Students are not required to show proof of vaccination, but they will be screened when entering through the designated entrance as well as having to wear a mask at all times. And as more colleges and universities start to welcome back students, the question becomes whether they will require students to be vaccinated. FOX43 reached out to other colleges and universities to see if they would require students to be vaccinated. Here's what some of them said: Franklin & Marshall College, "As you know, every college will have to make a decision regarding whether to require the vaccine for in-residence students in the fall. Franklin & Marshall is aware that a few institutions have made this decision, but we are not yet at the stage. We want to see more about how the vaccine roll out process proceeds."
LNP: Pandemic power struggles in Lancaster in 1918 and 2020 [opinion]
Tyson Gates, a resident of Etters, York County, is a sophomore astrophysics major at Franklin & Marshall College. This essay is an abridged version of a research paper he recently completed.
As we approach the anniversary of Lancaster County partially reopening in May 2020 ahead of Gov. Tom Wolf’s guidelines and debate the role of a potential Lancaster County health department, historians cannot help but have a sense of deja vu. Last year was not the first time Lancaster reopened against a state mandate during a pandemic. In 1918, the so-called “Spanish flu” ravaged Lancaster, much like COVID-19 has. At that time, the Lancaster city Board of Health succumbed to business and political pressure, as both Lancaster County and the city made poor decisions that endangered tens, even hundreds, of thousands of lives. Lancaster missed every opportunity it had to slow the spread of influenza. After Philadelphia hosted the famous September 1918 Liberty Loans Parade, one of the worst superspreader events in American history, Lancaster quickly began feeling the flu’s effects.
LNP: Lancaster City Council readies to vote on county health department
Lancaster City Council is officially weighing in on Lancaster County’s lack of a health department. Council members at a Monday committee meeting considered a resolution supporting the creation of a county health department and moved the resolution out of committee and onto council’s April 13 agenda. Lancaster City Council President Ismail Smith-Wade-El said he asked the city clerk to draft a resolution similar to Manheim Township’s but with some adjustments. Those included adding a reference to a study conducted by Franklin & Marshall College, which was partially funded by the United Way of Lancaster County and indicated strong support for a public health department.
Intrado Globe Newswire: Helical Bendheim Channel Glass Walls Grace Pennsylvania College – Stunning Curved Design by Steven Holl is a First in Exteriors
NEW YORK, NY, April 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eight helically-curved, double-glazed, 16-foot channel glass walls by Bendheim are key to the design of the new Franklin & Marshall College Winter Visual Arts Center in Lancaster, Pa. They clad the building’s 2nd and Mezzanine levels and define its celebrated “box-kite” shape. Steven Holl Architects designed the $29 million project – a three-story, 33,000 square foot building that opened in the fall of 2020. The unique building design curves in plan and section in response to several large, historic trees. “The trees are the largest thing of this campus. I made the actual geometry of the building concave in response to the diameter of the trees,’’ Holl said in a video on the company website.
National Geographic: Ew! Gross. Why Humans are Hardwired to Feel disgust
“This is an age at which they've been weaned, and so they're starting to find food for themselves and put a lot of things in their mouths, but their immune systems aren't fully developed,” says study author Joshua Rottman, an assistant professor of psychology at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “A lot of really young children die every year due to pathogens and parasites. That might be in part because they're not disgusted.” Some adults find gross things compelling, too. We judiciously inspect the contents of our tissues, watch gory movies, enjoy slimy food, and we have elevated Dr. Pimple Popper to stardom. What’s wrong with us?
Mashable: Why Iceland's eruption is so gooey and thrilling
Icelanders recently played volleyball as lava poured from the ground behind them. Why so carefree? The new Icelandic eruption is relatively small and non-threatening for a volcanic eruption. And thanks to a well-placed webcam, it's a fascinating natural event you can freely stream online as lava oozes from the ground. "Being at the margins of a pahoehoe flow I always find it compelling to take countless images and videos of ropey pahoehoe being formed," said Stanley Mertzman, a volcanologist at Franklin and Marshall College. "That never gets old because you think the next image or video will be better, more dynamic than the last." Near the eruption, it's not just about seeing the lava. It's also about listening. When this lava cools, a natural glass forms on the surface of the flow. It flakes off as the lava cools. "You can hear the tinkle of the glass shards," marveled Mertzman. And a little drizzle or rain can sizzle on the lava, too. "The sizzle sound can be quite striking," he said.
Spotlight PA: Pa. cannabis legalization remains unlikely as neighboring states go for it
New Jersey. New York. Virginia. One by one, Pennsylvania’s neighbors are moving to legalize recreational cannabis for adults. There’s majority support for doing the same thing here: A March poll from Franklin & Marshall College showed 59% support among registered voters for legalization. And after years of saying he wouldn’t endorse such a move, Gov. Tom Wolf changed his position in 2019 and has committed to signing a bill if it reaches his desk. But in order for that to happen, the idea would need to gain backing among the Republican lawmakers who control both the state House and Senate.
LNP: 5 takeaways from women in health having a conversation about public health
A two-hour virtual discussion with group of seven women professionals Wednesday touched on a variety of public health issues from the COVID-19 pandemic, maternal mortality and support for a local health department. A Franklin & Marshall College survey found 90% of Lancaster County adults in every group polled — regardless of political affiliation, racial or income attainment — support forming a local health department. Jennifer Meyer, a government and public health professor and F&M researcher who presented the results of the public opinion poll called the support “universal" and “high levels of demand for a public health department."
LNP: F&M study on potential Lancaster County health department was fair and objective [column]
Written by Stephen K. Medvic, the Honorable and Mrs. John C. Kunkel Professor of Government at Franklin & Marshall College.
Last week, a manufactured controversy erupted over a study of public support for a potential Lancaster County public health department conducted by my colleagues at Franklin & Marshall College and partially funded by the United Way of Lancaster County. I say the controversy was manufactured because nothing about the study should have been the least bit controversial. The survey questions at the center of the dust-up were designed to gauge public support for a public health department while taking into consideration the potential for higher taxes to pay for it. Respondents were randomly chosen to get one of two hypothetical scenarios in which a public health department reduced some harm (either the number of children with high lead levels or the number of COVID-19 cases) by a reasonable amount. Once the scenario was described, respondents were asked if they would pay $50 more in taxes each year for the creation of a public health department. If they would, they were then asked if they would pay even more in taxes ($100, followed by $250). If they would not pay $50 more, they were asked if they would pay a smaller amount ($25, followed by $5).
ABC27: What is a filibuster, and how does it work?
A Senate voting rights bill, SB1, has recently renewed debates over the filibuster. Long used as a method for delaying or inhibiting action on a bill, the filibuster is under the microscope once again with a narrow Democratic majority controlling the Senate and President Joe Biden looking to pass key parts of his agenda. A filibuster is “endless debate,” says Stephen Medvic, professor of government at Franklin & Marshall College. It’s a strategy used by a minority party or faction to stall passage of legislation in the Senate (and only in the Senate, not in the House). According to the United States Senate website, “The tactic of using long speeches to delay action on legislation appeared in the very first session of the Senate.” In the mid-1800s, the tactic was given the name “filibuster.”
Fredonia SUNY: Poet Meg Day to give virtual craft talk, poetry reading
Meg Day, a poet and author of the award-winning “Last Psalm at Sea Level,” will present a craft talk on Wednesday, April 7, and a poetry reading on Thursday, April 8, both at 7 p.m., via Zoom, as part of the Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series. An assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College, Dr. Day identifies as genderqueer and deaf, which both play into their poetry, especially in a series of self portraits in “Last Psalm at Sea Level.” “We are not static beings,” Day was quoted as saying in an interview. “I think of a self-portrait as trying to find the right title for yourself: what lens can I look through to be sure that I see myself right.” Day also explores deaf identity, sometimes in poems that feature erasures or redactions. Day’s poems are powerfully image-driven, frequently focused on poetic forms, and in many cases written as both personal testimony and as advocacy, said Department of English Assistant Professor Michael Sheehan.
AZ Central: Richard Hill, who led the efforts to bring Mayo Clinic to Arizona, dies at 94
Dr. Richard Hill, the man credited with establishing the first Mayo Clinic in Arizona, died Wednesday. He was 94. Hill "has long been recognized for his strong and impassioned leadership," said a Mayo Clinic press release. Hill served as chair of Mayo Clinic's Division of Hematology from 1972 to 1975 and served on the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors from 1975 to 1982. Hill became the first chair of the board in 1987 where he continued to lead the clinic until his retirement in 1992. Hill's background in education and research extended far beyond Arizona. According to the release, he earned his bachelor's from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1949 and a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. From there he attended Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine and earned his master's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1957.
LNP: Tony winner and 'Glee' actress Ali Stroker to appear in F&M virtual event Thursday
The public is invited to an online talk by, and question-and-answer session with, this year’s Franklin & Marshall College Lapine Family Visiting Theatre Artist, Tony Award-winning actress Ali Stroker. The talk Thursday, March 25, is hosted by the Philadelphia Alumni Writers house of Franklin & Marshall College. Stoker will speak at 4:30 p.m. March 25; the public can access the event free at lanc.news/AliStrokerZoom. In winning the 2019 Tony for best featured actress in a musical, for her role as Ado Annie in “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!” on Broadway, Stroker became the first actor or actress who uses a wheelchair to win the award.
MassLive: Why a Massachusetts senator sees anti-Semitic incident at Duxbury High School as a ‘teachable moment’
When a college football game against Georgetown fell on Yom Kippur, a 19-year-old Barry Finegold channeled the religious conviction of Sandy Koufax. Just as the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher missed Game 1 of the 1965 World Series to observe the Jewish holiday, Finegold told his coach he had to miss the football game. “He looked at me like I had two heads, but I said, ‘It was drilled in my head that Sandy Koufax didn’t pitch in the World Series because he’s Jewish,’” said Finegold, now an attorney and a Democratic state senator representing Andover. Football led Finegold to the halls of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was Finegold’s breakout season his senior year of high school, not his average GPA and test scores, that got him recruited by the liberal arts college. “I don’t think I would have achieved half the stuff I have if Franklin & Marshall didn’t give me a chance,” he said. “I don’t think I’d have the confidence today that I have if I didn’t play football. I don’t think I’d have the values that I have today if I didn’t play football.”
LNP: Franklin & Marshall poll finds ‘overwhelming support’ for public health department in Lancaster County
The first public opinion poll in Lancaster County to gauge interest in a local health department found “overwhelming support” irrespective of political party or the COVID-19 pandemic. Conducted by Franklin & Marshall College in the fall, the survey asked more than 2,000 adults living in Lancaster County about the economic impact of the pandemic, access to testing, vaccine acceptance and support for a public health department, among others. “Researchers and public health experts might know the benefits of a public health department, but the public also seems to recognize the benefits,” said Jennifer Meyer, one of the researchers and a government and public health professor at F&M. Meyer added, “No matter how we cut the sample, we still saw really high support across groups for a public health department.” The other F&M researchers who participated in the survey were Jessie Cox, associate professor of Spanish and linguistics; Emily Marshall, assistant professor of sociology and public health; Harriet Okatch, assistant professor of biology and public health; and Wei-Ting Yen, assistant professor of government.
LNP: Support is strong for county health department [column]
[written by Jennifer Meyer, assistant professor of government and public health at Franklin & Marshall College]
Lancaster County residents clearly want a public health department, according to a recent scientific survey of over 2,000 Lancaster County residents conducted by my colleagues and I at Franklin & Marshall College, in collaboration with United Way of Lancaster County. The survey shows that the overwhelming interest extends beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic and across political party lines. After providing survey respondents with information about the basic functions of public health departments, we were able to assess the intensity of demand for such a department. Almost all survey respondents (more than 90%) indicated support for the creation of a public health department in Lancaster. This support was bipartisan, with no significant differences between Democrats, independents and Republicans. Moreover, the majority of the respondents indicated strong demand for such a department.
LNP: Commissioner Parsons takes issue with Franklin & Marshall poll
During Wednesday’s hour-long interview with LNP | LancasterOnline reporters on the county’s COVID-19 response, Commissioner Josh Parsons took issue with a poll from Franklin and Marshall College. A recently released public opinion poll by Franklin & Marshall College found Lancaster County residents overwhelmingly supported and would be willing to pay more in taxes for a local health department. For his part, Parsons took issue with how the survey was conducted, saying its questions were crafted to achieve the outcome wanted by its sponsor, the local United Way. Parsons categorized the survey as a “push poll,” which is defined by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as “negative campaigning that is disguised as a political poll. ‘Push polls’ are actually political telemarketing -- telephone calls disguised as research that aim to persuade large numbers of voters and affect election outcomes, rather than measure opinions. Berwood Yost, director of the Floyd Institute’s Center for Opinion Research at F&M, refuted the accusation that it was a “push poll.” “This thing doesn’t come close to fitting a definition of what is a push poll,” he said. ”It’s convenient to try to label something in that way to discredit it but if the commissioner knew anything about research that label doesn’t apply.”
LNP: Lancaster County residents don't just want a county health department — they need one [editorial]
LNP | LancasterOnline reported Tuesday on a Franklin & Marshall College poll that found overwhelming and widespread support last fall among Lancaster County residents for the establishment of a county public health department. Josh Parsons, chairman of the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners, took part in an hourlong, livestreamed interview Wednesday with several LNP | LancasterOnline reporters to discuss the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has made some realities crystal clear: Equitable access to health care is imperative. The coordination of resources is essential in a health crisis. So, too, is factual, science-based information. Lancaster County needs a public health department to address those issues and others.
Spotlight PA: Ballot questions should be clear, but two written by the Wolf administration don’t pass the test
HARRISBURG — Amending the Pennsylvania Constitution is a lengthy process that ends at the ballot box, where voters are asked to make consequential decisions based on a few lines of text. For both supporters and opponents of these measures, that means each word included — and excluded — from the question on the ballot is critical. Two proposed constitutional amendments that will be before voters this May have drawn the ire of Republican leaders in the state House and Senate, who called language written by the Wolf administration “prejudicial.” The proposals would give the General Assembly the power to end a disaster declaration without the governor’s approval and would require the executive to seek lawmakers’ consent to continue a declaration past 21 days. Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College, recently wrote that these questions need to give voters the “information they need to make an informed decision.” And on that account, he wrote, the Department of State failed.
LNP: James N. Spencer [obituary]
James N. Spencer, 79, died at The Glen at Willow Valley Communities on Saturday, March 20, 2021 with his wife, "Kat" holding his hand. He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for over 7 years. Born in Rainelle, WV, he was the son of the late Harold Lester Spencer, Sr. and the late Thelma Kessler Spencer. He grew up in rural West Virginia, where his proudest moment was quarterbacking the state-championship high school football team-a squad so small it couldn't muster a scrimmage. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from Marshall University and a Ph.D. from Iowa State. He served on the faculty at Lebanon Valley College for 13 years before moving to Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, PA, where he taught from 1980 until 2007, and was awarded the highest honors that the college bestows in both teaching and research.
The Washington Post: What encourages Black Americans to get vaccinated? Hearing that other Black Americans want the vaccine.
F&M Government Professor Wei-Ting Yen co-authors op-ed on their study: Although African Americans have been much harder-hit by covid-19 than non-Hispanic White Americans, with significantly higher hospitalization and death rates, they’re more skeptical about vaccination. A larger proportion of Black people than White people say they would rather wait and see how vaccination goes for other people, instead of getting vaccinated as soon as possible. What would change this attitude and move the United States more quickly toward herd immunity? Our research finds that individuals are more likely to get vaccinated when they hear that a higher proportion of their racial group plans to do so as well.
Penn State News: Dickinson Law professor testifies before House Judiciary Committee
CARLISLE, Pa. — Penn State Dickinson Law Distinguished Fellow in Law and Government Stanley M. Brand was one of four experts invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on March 11 about the constitutional framework for Congress’ ability to uphold standards of member conduct. Brand’s testimony discussed the limits of the constitutional power of the House to expel and punish its members for misconduct and discussed several landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases interpreting that power. “I was gratified to be asked to address this important subject that has received attention since the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the Capitol and any possible implications of that event for the powers of the House in this area,” said Brand. Brand earned his juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law School and his bachelor of arts from Franklin & Marshall College.
Penn Live: What will it take to get Pennsylvania off ‘the wrong track’? | John Baer
I keep wondering when my labeling Pennsylvania as “Land of Low Expectations” is proven wrong. I keep asking how much legislative turnover is needed before newer lawmakers alter the self-serving image of an institution meant to serve the public. But then I watch our government in action, see our legislature do what it does, and find -- even though more than one third of lawmakers are new since 2018 -- little in the way of positive change. It’s no surprise a majority of registered voters see the state “on the wrong track.” A phrase, by the way, Merriam-Webster defines as “following a course that will lead to failure.” The percentage of voters thinking “wrong track” (54 percent, according to the latest Franklin & Marshall College poll) is the highest in five years. And the state’s biggest problem, other than COVID-19, as identified by those polled, is government and politicians. Nothing else is close. This at a time, due to pandemic, that government and elected officials should be providing smart leadership focused solely on helping people. Instead, we’re provided other things.
WITF: Smart Talk: Poll shows support for higher minimum wage, legal pot; Republicans hesitant to get vaccinated
The most recent Franklin & Marshall College state-wide poll found that only 36 percent of the state’s voters believe that Pennsylvania is “headed in the right direction.” That’s significantly lower (57 percent) than a poll taken before the COVID-19 pandemic and state-wide mitigation efforts impacted daily life. The poll indicated 67 percent of those surveyed support increasing the state’s minimum wage and 59 percent favor legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes. Both are issues garnering a lot of attention right now, as is the polarization of vaccines.
The NonProfit Times: Educational Philanthropy Gets Ethical Update
The standards, guidelines and definitions for reporting the results of educational philanthropy around the world have been updated with new guidance on gift counting, a new definition of educational philanthropy and for the first time, a statement on ethics. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) released the CASE Global Reporting Standards. For the first time since its initial publication in 1982, the standards offer a digital subscription and six country-specific supplements. The standards were reviewed and updated under the leadership of the CASE Reporting Standards and Management Guidelines Working Group. The group is comprised of 19 CASE volunteers and staff, co-chaired by Matthew Eynon, vice president for college advancement at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and Brian Hastings, president and CEO of the University of Nebraska Foundation in Lincoln, Neb. Six groups of regional volunteers also provided guidance on the new regional supplements for Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, United Kingdom, and the United States, including text in Spanish and French. “In developing the first global reporting standards for the advancement profession, CASE has decided to make a statement about the power, impact and importance of philanthropy around the world,” Eynon said. “The working group members represented many of the leading advancement programs in the world, and their efforts helped to ensure we defined standards which represent excellence in our profession,” he said.
LNP: Franklin & Marshall College to hold in-person commencement at Clipper Magazine Stadium
Franklin & Marshall College will hold an in-person graduation ceremony May 15 at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, the liberal arts college announced Friday. The outdoor ceremony will include a combination of live and virtual components, and it will be livestreamed and recorded so the entire Class of 2021, friends, family and community members can participate. Previously, F&M planned smaller ceremonies for April as a precaution due to the coronavirus. Last year, the college held a virtual commencement. All graduates, including those who graduated early or studied remotely this spring, are invited to participate in the in-person celebration. In-person guest attendance will be limited because of the need to maintain social distancing. Tickets will be required. In case of severe weather, the ceremony will move indoors to the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center on F&M’s campus and will be restricted to graduates only.
Inside Higher Ed: Seeing Clearly the Blurred Boundaries
[opinion written by Stephanie McNulty, associate professor of government and Gretchen Meyers, associate professor of classics at Franklin & Marshall College]
The early research is clear. Academic women -- especially Black, Indigenous and people of color -- and other caregivers are shouldering the burden of domestic life in this pandemic. As the crisis continues, and K-12 schools have adopted virtual and hybrid models, “Faculty parents are once again being asked to perform a miracle,” as Colleen Flaherty has written in Inside Higher Ed. The boundaries between work and home -- already tenuous before COVID-19 -- have been increasingly and rapidly erased. And as such, this pandemic has the potential to eradicate hard-earned gains toward equity that have taken decades to secure. Pandemic life challenges the problematic assumption that academics are, as Christopher C. Lynn, Michaela E. Howells and Max J. Stein describe, “unencumbered scholars.” An unencumbered scholar is one who can do their work anywhere and anytime. This assumption was often true in the 18th, 19th and even 20th centuries, as the professoriate was mostly made up of white, cisgendered, able-bodied males in homes that divided parenting and household along gender lines. But that is no longer the case. While Ph.D. recipients have only recently represented a more diverse cross-section of the global population, those clear delineations no longer exist.
U.S. News & World Report: 3 Biggest Reasons to Choose to Study in the U.S.
U.S. colleges and universities are prestigious, flexible and welcoming of international students, experts say. The solid reputation of U.S. schools was a big draw for Eleni Kytoudi, who is from a small agricultural village in northern Greece and the eldest child of farmers. She credits her time at the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece, for setting the wheels in motion. "After spending two summers in the U.S. at college preparation summer programs facilitated through my high school, I knew I wanted to come here," says Kytoudi, now a junior double majoring in economics and government at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania. Many international students are drawn to U.S. schools for their high academic standards and training they provide, which can be advantageous for employment opportunities anywhere in the world. Similarly, Franklin & Marshall has created virtual programming and engagement opportunities aimed at international students in different time zones, says Sue Mennicke, associate dean for international programs. For example, she says the school developed a program in China offering specially designed courses taught by university faculty to first-year Chinese students in order to introduce them to the academic and social experience at F&M and to keep them on track with degree requirements. The students live together in a residential facility in Shanghai. Franklin & Marshall has supported international students in other ways. When the unexpected March 2020 lockdown occurred, Kytoudi says F&M provided extended access to campus housing and emergency travel funding for some students, for example.
Associated Press: Myanmar’s searing smartphone images flood a watching world
“I’m very hesitant about whether and how the democratization of image(s) can put pressure on outside forces,” says Wei-Ting Yen, who teaches Asian politics at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania. “It does provide a closer-to-reality kind of understanding,” she says. But beyond that? Perhaps not so much. “In Myanmar, the first few days it was amazing, and then you saw the cracking down, which was horrifying,” Yen says. “But as it goes on, people have a short memory. They forget, and the next time they see the image — people who don’t understand what’s going on — they say, `Oh, this is what’s happening,’ and they move on.”
U.S. News & World Report: COVID-19 Relief Package: What's in It for You
Meanwhile, the unemployment benefits ultimately help everyone, even if you aren't unemployed, says Yeva Nersisyan, an associate professor of economics at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. "By providing aid to the unemployed we are not only helping these individuals and households, but we are also keeping spending and incomes in the economy higher than they would otherwise be. Without government aid, unemployed workers would have to cut their spending, which would lead to lower incomes for others," Nersisyan says, citing an example that if she stops buying coffee from her local coffee shop, that coffee shop owner will have less income. "This all stems from the simple macroeconomic principle that someone's spending is someone else's income. When spending goes down, so does income," she says.
LNP: F&M Poll: Pa. Republicans still split on whether they align themselves with Trump or with 'traditional' GOP values
Republican voters in Pennsylvania are divided on how they feel about former President Donald Trump, according to a Franklin & Marshall College Poll released Thursday. Two-in-five registered Republicans identify themselves as being more loyal to Trump than the party itself, while a similar proportion self-identified as traditional Republicans, according to the poll. This result illustrates Trump’s hold on the party is not as immovable as GOP insiders and observers once thought. For the poll, respondents were asked which party they align themselves most with -- regardless of their actual registration. Those who said they are Republicans or lean Republican were then asked whether they align themselves more with Trump and his brand of conservatism, or with a more traditional brand of Republican politics. Forty-two percent identified themselves as Trump Republicans, 38% as traditional Republicans and another 21% did not know or identified as something else, according to the poll. “There’s a real tension within the party and in Pennsylvania,” said Berwood Yost, the executive director of the poll. “It’s generally more divided among the voters than it is among some of the elected officials who are much more strongly inclined toward the Trump faction.”
LNP: New PA poll shows split among Democrats, Republicans on coronavirus vaccines
Voters see COVID-19 as the most important problem facing Pennsylvania, a new poll shows, but they differ by party on the importance of vaccinations. The new poll, from Franklin and Marshall College, shows 31% of voters surveyed believe the pandemic is the state’s top issue, and about three in 10 have received a vaccine so far. But more Democrats (40%) than Republicans (26%) have received a vaccine and more Democrats (74%) than Republicans (36%) who have not been vaccinated say they will “definitely” get the vaccine.
WESA/Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station: Majority Of Voters Say PA Congressmen Should Not Have Voted Against Certifying Election Results
A new poll from Franklin & Marshall College shows a large majority of Pennsylvanians disapprove of the vote by eight Republican congressmen to object to the 2020 election results. Six in 10 of the 588 registered voters surveyed by Franklin & Marshall College pollsters during the first week in March thought the lawmakers who voted against certifying the results should not have done so. Fifty-one percent strongly disapproved while another 10 percent somewhat disagreed. Berwood Yost, who directs F&M’s Center for Opinion Research, said it’s not likely that vote alone will stop the GOP congressmen from earning re-election. “One of the mismatches that comes up between the way Congressional districts are constituted, and general public perception overall, is that most of these districts are not that terribly competitive,” Yost said. “This isn’t…likely [to] be an issue for many of these candidates.”
ABC27: Challenges and triumphs of conducting field research as a woman
LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — Eve Bratman, assistant professor of environmental studies at Franklin & Marshall College, was giving a talk in Brazil to celebrate the launch of her book “Governing the Rainforest: Sustainable Development Politics in the Brazilian Amazon” when her one-year-old child started to cry. “As kiddo starts screaming in the middle of my talk, I try desperately to keep my composure,” says Bratman, who was traveling alone with her child. “In the middle of my talk, I take them into my arms and give them what they wanted, which was to breastfeed.” Bratman followed her motherly instincts, she says, and then people in the audience started taking photographs. She worried that she had breached some kind of social boundary. “And they all said, ‘No!’ In fact, they were delighted to see it happening because to them, this symbolized the height of what it meant to be a woman at the sort of pinnacle of achievement of being a scholar and at the same time being a mother,” Bratman says.
PolitiFact: Rachel Levine does not support gender confirmation surgery for all children
Since being nominated for the post of assistant health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine has faced repeated attacks focusing on her identity as a transgender woman. One of these attacks circulated on social media platforms in the form of a viral image, which features a picture of Levine photoshopped next to a group of prepubescent children. The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) In support of their claims, Levine’s critics have surfaced a 2017 lecture she gave at Franklin & Marshall College, where she described professional standards of care for transgender youth. They have also referenced a tweet in which Levine cited a study that found that access to puberty blockers decreases the likelihood of suicide and mental health problems for adolescents with gender dysphoria. However, we could not find any instance where Levine advocated for children to receive government-funded gender confirmation surgery without parental consent. Performing genital surgery on prepubescent minors violates professional standards of transgender medicine.
New York Daily News: NY’s history of blocking Black votes [opinion]
Today “voter suppression” is code for the tools Republicans use to disfranchise Black people and other people of color, because they are Democrats. But hardly anyone knows that one of the most significant acts of racial disfranchisement took place two hundred years ago here in the Empire State. Only three of the original 13 states — Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia — limited voting exclusively to whites. Elsewhere, free Black men voted to ratify the Constitution in 1789 and continued voting in steadily growing numbers. Remarkably, in the Empire State widespread voter mobilization developed even as slavery persisted here until 1827. Freedom tied to Black power was on the table for decades. In 1785, the Legislature voted for emancipation, but Hudson River slaveholders insisted on disfranchising former slaves. The elite-dominated Council of Revision vetoed this latter provision, saying it would create a “dangerous and malignant” aristocracy of “persons who deduce their origin through white ancestors only,” so emancipation was put off.
Van Gosse, a history professor at Franklin and Marshall College, is the author of the new book “The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War.”
LNP: F&M’s decision on music lessons hits wrong note [opinion]
[written by Dylan Brandt, a senior at Franklin & Marshall college.]
From the moment one is accepted into Franklin & Marshall College, until the moment one commits to it, the admissions office transforms into the marketing department. It’s a sell that only gets harder after one glance at the price tag. And yet here we are. I can only speak for myself, but what drew me to F&M was that it is a liberal arts college. I could study chemistry, psychology or sociology — and still participate in music, through lessons and ensembles, even though I was not going to pursue it as a major. Or at least that’s what I was told. Starting next year, F&M will begin to charge students for participating in music lessons — in addition to the tuition they already pay.
LNP: Carol A. Strausser (obituary)
Carol A. Strausser, 79, of Maytown quietly passed away at home on March 1, 2021, with her husband, John Brown, by her side. They celebrated 42 years of marriage in July 2020. Carol spent her early childhood in Berks County. She moved to Lancaster County as a teenager and graduated from Pequea Valley, class of 1959. She enjoyed her 42-year career at Franklin & Marshall College as the Academic Coordinator for the Chemistry Department. Carol liked graphic design and designed booklets, newsletters and web sites for the Chemistry Department and several other organizations.
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Years-long GOP blockage of safe gun storage laws put kids’ lives at risk | Editorial
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health’s Violence Dashboard, at least 100 children 18 and younger were killed by a bullet in 2019 throughout the commonwealth. Nearly half used the gun on themselves. Many more were shot and survived. How did they have access to a gun? One way is unsafe storage. Gun owners in Pennsylvania aren’t required to keep their firearms locked when they aren’t using them. And despite evidence that safe storage laws save the lives of children, Pennsylvania Republicans have been blocking any effort to pass a gun storage requirement for years. Bills at the state House go to the Judiciary Committee — helmed by State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R., Franklin) — where they never see the light of day. An October Franklin & Marshall College Poll [page 35] found that more than 60% of Pennsylvania voters were in “favor of creating more laws that regulate gun ownership.” Safe storage, red flag, and permit-to-purchase have all been reintroduced this session. Lawmakers should remember that supporting gun control is not only good policy but also good politics. The time to legislate is now.
Breitbart: Biden Transgender Health Nominee Urged ‘Accelerating’ Cross-Sex Hormones for ‘Street’ Teens
In 2017, President Joe Biden’s transgender nominee for a top post at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommended “accelerating” cross-sex hormones for homeless teens who are suffering from gender dysphoria and estranged from their parents. Dr. Rachel Levine, born Richard Levine, delivered an address four years ago titled “It’s a Transgeneration: Issues in Transgender Medicine” to an audience at Franklin & Marshall College: [picture w/ link to video]. Levine said (at 28:00 in the video above) that those in the transgender medical industry who are seeing gender dysphoric teens from the “street,” living in homeless shelters, should not go through the usual procedure of first administering puberty blockers to stop normal puberty, but instead immediately prescribe cross-sex hormones.
CBS21: Franklin & Marshall Hall of Famer named as NBA head coac
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Exciting news from the NBA for Central Pennsylvania. Berks County native and a Hall of Famer at Franklin & Marshall College, Chris Finch, has been named the new head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Chris has spent the past few years as an assistant in the NBA, this year with the Toronto Raptors, but he started making a name for himself at Franklin & Marshall College as a two time All-American in the early 90’s. We caught with his head coach from those years, Glenn Robinson, who is not surprised that Chris has come so far as a coach. “Chris was so smart, he picked up things so quickly and he was very competitive,” said Coach Robinson. “So, you take those traits and clearly those are things coaches should have and often have.”
LNP: Minnesota Timberwolves make F&M grad Chris Finch an NBA head coach
For Chris Finch, Monday was the best day, and also the day he took on the greatest challenge, of his long basketball life. Finch, who was an All-American player at Franklin & Marshall College from Wilson High School in Berks County, was named head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The move came hours after the Timberwolves fired coach Ryan Saunders Sunday night. Finch had been an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors. “When I got the phone call yesterday, it was kind of shocking,’’ Finch said at a press conference in Minneapolis Monday. “But, exciting at the same time.’’ The T-Wolves are 7-24, the worst record in the NBA. They are 1-6 since Karl Anthony Towns, their best player, returned from a bout with COVID-19. Starting point guard D’Angelo Russell will be out for at least the next month with a knee injury and surgery. And yet, …, as Finch’s college coach, Glenn Robinson, put it Monday, “There’s only 32 of these jobs. Everybody in the (basketball) world wants one of them.’’
ABC27: Franklin & Marshall alum Chris Finch named head coach of Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves named Chris Finch as the Timberwolves Head Coach Monday afternoon. The 1992 Franklin & Marshall graduate had a historic playing career with the Diplomats. Finch was a National Association of Basketball Coaches Honorable Mention All-American in 1991 and 1992. He played in all 119 games in his career, which tied a then NCAA Division III record for most games played in a career. As a starter, Finch played 115 games compiling a 102-13 record, good for the most career wins as a starter in D-III history. The all-time blocked shot leader (103) at Franklin & Marshall, he ranks among the all-time best Diplomats in scoring (1,287-tenth), rebounding (628-twelfth), assists (532-second), steals (253-second) and three-point field goals (81-ninth). In four years, Finch’s F&M teams were Middle Atlantic Conference Southwest Champions (four times), MAC Champions (three times), a 1991 NCAA finalist, made the Final Four once and the Elite Eight twice. The 51-year-old was inducted into the F&M Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
A Miner Detail: Career foreign service officer set to enter 1st congressional district Dem primary
Heather Mizeur won’t be the only high-profile Democrat eyeing a 2022 general election matchup with Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) in Maryland’s 1st congressional district. Retired career foreign service officer R. David Harden of Westminster will soon enter the 1st congressional district’s Democratic primary, according to sources close to Harden’s impending campaign. Harden, 58, retired in 2018 as a career U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer (SFS) after serving 17 years overseas in the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia, including as Minister Counselor for Yemen, Mission Director in the West Bank and Gaza, and Deputy Mission Director in Iraq. After retirement from the U.S. Foreign Service, Mr. Harden founded The Georgetown Strategy Group, where he serves as its managing director. Mr. Harden was awarded the President’s Award for Distinguished Service in 2019 by former President Donald J. Trump for “sustained extraordinary accomplishment in the conduct of foreign policy.” He earned a law degree from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Franklin and Marshall College.
Wide Open Country: Hallmark Star Treat Williams Lives In A 200 Year-Old Vermont Farmhouse With His Family
Treat Williams really is one of the greats. The Rowayton, Connecticut native got his big break in theatre, starring as Danny Zuko in Grease on Broadway. Whether you recognize him from his Golden Globe-nominated performance as George Berger in Miloš Forman's movie musical Hair or from one of his many starring TV roles on shows like Everwood and Chesapeake Shores, Williams has pretty much been everywhere and done everything throughout his lengthy career. And somehow he's managed to be a happy family man along the way. Ever since Williams' breakout role in Grease, he's proven that he can effortlessly change gears from theater to TV to film. But the actor explained to ABC NY that he actually never had any intentions of appearing on anything other than the stage while he pursued an acting career after attending Franklin and Marshall College. "I always wanted to be what we called a 'New York actor,'" Williams said. "I had no pretensions of ever being on film or television in my life. The fact that I was on stage for so many years before I ever really started to hit in films was incredibly helpful for me," he continued. "You know, you're out there for two hours on your own, and that's a skill that a lot of young actors don't have."
LNP: Michael S. Billig [obituary]
On Wednesday morning, February 17, after a valiant struggle with cancer, Dr. Michael S. Billig, Professor of Anthropology at Franklin & Marshall College, passed away at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, at the age of 64. Michael was born in New York City on April 7, 1956, the son of the late Arnie and Adele Billig. He was the devoted husband of Heidi Wolf of Lancaster; the loving father of Monica Billig of Denver, and Shira Billig of Los Angeles; and the proud grandfather of Daphne Simone and Seth Michael Avery. Seth was born in Los Angeles two days before Michael passed away. Michael received his B.A. from Columbia in 1976, and stayed on for graduate work. He earned an M.A. in anthropology from Columbia in 1979, before moving to Harvard University to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology. There he studied under Peter Ellison, writing a dissertation comparing the effects of demographic constraints on marriage in two states in India. In 1986, as he was completing his Ph.D. at Harvard, Michael was hired to teach in the F&M Department of Anthropology. He completed his Ph.D. in 1987. F&M and Michael were a perfect match. He flourished in the Department of Anthropology, and poured his heart into the program, willingly taking on the department's chair ship and any other duty for which he was called by the department and the College. Michael's enthusiasm and sense of duty to the department and F&M inspired and instilled the same dedication in his colleagues. An enthusiast for College rituals, he reveled in the pomp and circumstance of College events, even memorizing the F&M Alma Mater.
LNP: Popular F&M writing festival is still on; up-and-coming writers will host panels, readings
If you don’t recognize the names of the writers participating in the 2021 Franklin & Marshall College Emerging Writers Festival yet, there’s a good chance you will soon. The festival has a track record of bringing in some of the country’s best young writers at the beginnings of their careers — like Robin Coste Lewis and Jericho Brown, to name just two. The Emerging Writers Festival has been a staple on the college’s calendar for nearly 20 years, and one of the English department’s most popular events. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of 2020 festival, but the event has returned — albeit, in a different format, for 2021. The festival, which typically spanned three days in the spring semester, is happening virtually over the course of three weeks. Programming launched Thursday and continues through March 5. Writers will deliver discussions on their craft as well as readings over Zoom. The festival is free and open to the public, and information on the virtual events can be found on the college’s website.
Filmfare.com: Mallika Dua talks about her brush with comedy, Indoo Ki Jawani and more
Daughter of veteran journalist Vinod Dua and Padmavati Dua, a doctor, Mallika comes from a family that is as distant from the world of entertainment as the sun is from the earth. She never actively thought of being a comedian. It happened by chance. She used to perform on stage while in college and most of it used to be comedy. She feels comedy is more effective when done on stage in front of a live audience, “It’s more difficult to do a serious play and convince the audience. It can go really wrong and look very tacky but a bunch of us, who were studying abroad would meet every summer and put up these really funny plays. We would take plays from all over the world and adapt them and I would act in them. That is when comedy really started.” After passing out of the Modern School, Barakhamba, she went to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to do her graduation in theatre performance. She says she never actually thought of taking up comedy as a full-fledged profession because the idea of a comedian in Bollywood movies meant playing stock characters day in and day out. “It was only after Russell Peters or Sasha Baron Cohen came that we realised that you can be a protagonist in your own right and still be funny and be in charge of what you are doing and not just support the main cast.”
Penobscot Bay Pilot: ‘From Roommates to Intimate Partners’ relationship between algae, spotted salamander eggs, larva
Dr. John Burns of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will lead an online presentation called “From Roommates to Intimate Partners,” about the symbiotic relationship between algae and spotted salamander eggs and larva, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 12 p.m., hosted by Merryspring Nature Center. Many Mainers are familiar with the "Big Night" that comes near the beginning of each spring, when yellow spotted salamanders migrate en masse from their underground hideouts to their spring breeding pools. In vernal pools they mate and lay their eggs, which swell to form a dense jelly mass holding around 100 embryos each. These eggs and embryos are colonized by a tiny green alga, which have adapted to one another to both benefit from this arrangement. John Burns is a Senior Research Scientist working at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. He received his Bachelor's degree in geoscience from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and a Master's and PhD in molecular biology from New York University. He spent five years broadening his horizons working on evolutionary biology and symbioses involving protists and algae at the American Museum of Natural History in New York before starting his own research group in Maine.
LNP: Uniquely, in local small-college basketball, Lancaster Bible is finding a way to play
Of the over 400 universities that have men’s and/or women’s basketball programs in NCAA Division Three, nearly half, of each gender, are not playing as this is written. The hoop drought is more acute in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions. The Middle Atlantic Conference (Lebanon Valley, Albright, et al) started playing a truncated season last week. Franklin & Marshall, and its Centennial Conference, are considering a return to play that may or may not include basketball, no earlier than late March. Elizabethtown, and its Landmark Conference, is beginning limited sports activity March 1. An emphatic exception is Lancaster Bible College, which is almost unique in all of college basketball outside Division One in that it has been at least trying to play since November. “We don’t spend much time focusing on what either schools are doing,’’ LBC athletic director Pete Beers said Tuesday. “One hard part with higher education is there’s a lot of concern about liability. We prefer to focus on possibility.’’
WESA (Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station): PA Republicans Have Lost Voters This Year, But It May Not Make A Difference In Upcoming Elections
More than 15,000 voters have left the state Republican Party in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, according to the most recent Department of State data. But a new analysis from Franklin and Marshall College shows that shift may not make much of a difference in upcoming contests. So far this year, Democrats have taken in about 6,300 former GOP voters, while more than 9,000 other Republicans jumped ship to a third party or became independents. Republicans did gain about 5,000 voters — not enough to offset the migration. That looks like a shift. But the analysis by Berwood Yost, the director of F&M’s Center for Opinion Research, shows the change is in line with what normally happens from year to year. “There’s a natural kind of ebb and flow in party registration patterns, and any party switching that we’re seeing right now is sort of overwhelmed by the usual switches that we see in party registration,” he said.
LNP: 2 excellent books for Black History Month amid the COVID-19 pandemic [opinion
[written by F&M’s Patrick Bernard, associate professor of English]
Here are two recommended books to read during this year’s Black History Month, which is occurring amid the pandemic. Both are timely, and speak to the topics of history and health. The first is about the history of Black History Month itself. The book is “Carter G. Woodson: A Life in Black History” (Southern Biography Series) by Jaqueline Anne Goggin. Published in 1993, this biography recounts the life and career of Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), one of the most influential personalities in African American history. Known as the “Father of Black History,” Woodson in 1926 launched what he called “Negro History Week,” which later became Black History Month. The second book is about health and appropriately titled “A Book of Medical Discourses: In Two Parts” (1883) by Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831-1895), a pioneering African American woman with a history that was fascinating and groundbreaking on multiple fronts. Crumpler was the first Black woman physician in the U.S. She was also the first Black woman to author a medical book — a collection of nearly two decades of Crumpler’s journal and autobiographical notes and discourses on medical matters, including health care delivery, mostly as they pertained to women, children and the poor.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: John Fetterman: ‘Race played no role’ in shotgun-wielding chase of Black jogger he mistook for criminal
The campaign ad released earlier this week demonstrates that Fetterman’s campaign had a hunch questions regarding the years-old incident likely were coming — preparation that could help his chances at getting ahead of the controversy, political experts told the Tribune-Review. “He established a context about what happened and why he reacted the way he did,” said Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College. “He basically told his story, and some people are going to believe it. “Some people are going to think that it’s disingenuous, some people will think it’s a non-apology. Any candidate has to frame a response in a way that they’re comfortable with and that they can defend and speak to honestly,” Yost said. “As people judge his response, they’re going to come at it from a lot of angles, but what’s most important for him is that he has addressed the issue.”
LNP: A visit from John Updike in 1996 and Valentine's traditions circa 1921 [Lancaster That Was]
A critically acclaimed author with ties to Central Pennsylvania enthralled a crowd at Franklin & Marshall College in February 1996. John Updike, renowned for novels such as "The Witches of Eastwick" and the Rabbit series as well as several decades worth of poetry and criticism, spoke in the college's Hensel Hall to a standing-room-only crowd. Updike grew up in Shillington, and the region often played a role in his writing, for which he earned many awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes and the National Book Award. In his 1996 appearance at F&M, he read from a variety of his works, including a passage from "Memories of the Ford Administration" that touched on Lancaster's own James Buchanan, a subject of frequent fascination for Updike. He also shared anecdotes and memories from his childhood.
Borgen Magazine: The Links Between WASH, Poverty and Health
TACOMA, Washington — Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) play a vital role in the well-being of a person, yet 829,000 people die every year from diseases caused by unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. The Borgen Project spoke with Jennifer Orgill Meyer, an assistant professor of government and public health at Franklin & Marshall College. Outside of her professorship, Meyer has conducted research in India, Jordan and Cambodia relating to areas of environmental economics and policy. A study of her’s found that improved sanitation led to increased long-term cognitive test scores. Over the course of 10 years, the study looked at 40 villages from the Bhadrak district in India where they implemented a community-led total sanitation intervention to promote better hygiene and decreaseopen defecation. At the time of the study in 2012, 77% of rural India practiced open defecation leading to sanitation issues across the villages. A key point of this study was the improvement of childhood health and cognitive performance that branched from the increase in better hygiene practices.
LNP: F&M campus ready for spring semester
President Barbara Altmann’s op-ed: As I look forward to welcoming our students back for the start of the spring term at Franklin & Marshall College, I am taking stock of where we’ve been and where we still need to go in this COVID-19 world. Our reality at F&M is like that of every business, organization and family during the pandemic — we are faced with unprecedented challenges, increased expenses and less predictable budgets, while paying very careful attention to health, wellness and safety for those who live and work on our campus and in the surrounding community.
LNP: 'It’s going to go somewhere': Salt used to treat roads often ends up in soil, waterways
Like other pollutants, salt used during winter storms can be carried from pavement into local streams and rivers by melting snow and stormwater. Robert Walter, a geoscience professor at Franklin & Marshall, explained why that is “definitely a problem.” Mostly, he focused on how salt can impact local freshwater ecosystems, where it can harm both wildlife and vegetation. To back his point, Walter pointed to a report from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, a New York-based nonprofit organization that researches environmental issues. The report outlines a clear link between the use of ice-melt and rising saltiness of freshwater — a problem that can remain a threat to those ecosystems for decades, not just during winter months. Freshwater fish and animals are not built to live in those salty conditions, according to the report.
FOX43: "Robinhood clearly seems to be in the pockets of Wall Street": Financial experts weigh in on Wall Street battle
Financial experts say what Reddit users did to drive up GameStop's stock isn't illegal. So why were transactions blocked by some websites like Robinhood? "This is absolutely David vs Goliath," said Dr. Jeffrey Podoshen of Franklin and Marshall College as he reflected on the battle unfolding on Wall Street pitting Reddit users against hedge fund managers and now websites like Robinhood that have restricted transactions. "Robinhood clearly seems to be in the pockets of Wall Street," Dr. Podoshen said. "Maybe they're feeling pressure from these hedge fund managers." Critics are accusing websites like Robinhood of manipulating the free market by blocking transactions after Reddit users were able to get rich off a plan to drive up stock value on businesses such as GameStop and AMC. That plan wasn't such good business for hedge fund managers who had bet against those same businesses.
WHP Harrisburg: Colleges prepare for COVID travel ban
Central Pennsylvania is gearing up for a travel ban that could have an impact on several of our area colleges. President Joe Biden will sign executive action reinstating COVID-19 travel restrictions for non-US travelers from the UK, Brazil and 27 other European countries. At Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster plans are in place to utilize virtual learning and satellite campuses, but they acknowledge that the changing nature of the pandemic is a challenge. “I guess what it does is makes our job more complex,” said President Barbara Altmann. “It also means that we have to adapt to all kinds of flexibility and be much more nimble. What it really did was break the mold so it’s no longer just go with the tried and true, we’ve had to figure out how to reach them where they are and work with what their constraints are at a given moment. It turns out that we have a much greater capacity to be flexible than we knew.”
Dictionary.com: “Misogyny” vs. “Sexism”: Do You Know The Difference?
With the recent #MeToo and Times Up movements, equality and the empowerment of women have become household conversations around the world. What is sexism? While the inequality of women has existed for thousands of years, the word sexism allegedly wasn’t introduced until the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1960s. During this era, in which Second Wave Feminism was introduced, women started fighting back against societal oppression. In 1965, Pauline M. Leet defined sexism by comparing it to racism during a “Student-Faculty Forum” at Franklin and Marshall College: “When you argue … that since fewer women write good poetry this justifies their total exclusion, you are taking a position analogous to that of the racist—I might call you in this case a ‘sexist’ … Both the racist and the sexist are acting as if all that has happened had never happened, and both of them are making decisions and coming to conclusions about someone’s value by referring to factors which are in both cases irrelevant.”
US New & World Report: 6 Changes for Your Finances Under President Biden
Will your taxes go up or down in the near future? It depends how much you're earning, says Yeva Nersisyan, associate professor of economics at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. "Anyone with an income of $400,000 or more will see a tax increase, while those with lower incomes – below $160,000 – will probably see a tax reduction because of a whole host of proposed tax credits," Nersisyan says.
LNP: No quarter for white nationalism in the US
[column by Van Gosse, professor of history and chair of Africana studies at Franklin & Marshall College]
We need to consider the urgency of addressing systemic racism in this country, given the Jan. 6 assault by a white nationalist mob on the U.S. Capitol. The belief in white superiority and domination goes back to this nation’s founding, and lingers over our history like a cloud of shame, polluting everything it touches. An acquaintance noted this in an email: “The insurrectionists were marching to retain white supremacy — and look at how they were treated. They were mostly allowed to leave the premises, unscathed.” As President-elect Joe Biden noted, imagine if the violent seditionists were part of the Black Lives Matter movement. Do you think they would have gotten into, let alone out of, the Capitol “unscathed” after beating police officers, one fatally? No member of the Republican Party, including U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster County, can pretend that an armed gang of African Americans who tried to seize power would have survived untouched, after taking selfies of themselves defacing and stealing federal property.
FOX43: President-elect Biden's new $1.9 Trillion rescue plan raises concern for some
On Jan. 14, President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a new resume plan to aid those in need as the country continues to be affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic. The $1.9 trillion dollar plan includes another $1,400 stimulus check to add onto the $600 stimulus check from the $900 billion stimulus package put out this past December. This rescue package offers a great amount of relief needed to aid the country but it also comes right after a $900 billion stimulus package that passed this past December. Stephen Medvic, professor of government at Franklin & Marshall College says many are concerned with the large spending of this new plan. "We have access to the money through government borrowing, that runs up the deficit, the deficit is an annual shortfall in revenue and every year when we have a deficit, that adds up to a bigger and bigger national debt," said Medvic, "so people are worried that overtime that huge national debt will have negative consequences for the economy." While large spending is a concern, Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College, says there is a sense of great need the country still faces. "We've seen increases of poverty rates, there's concerns about foreclosures and food security so there are a lot of really devastating financial impacts on people that somebody's got to backstop those concerns or there's going to be untold amounts of human suffering," Yost said.
PennLive: Americans need to demand more of their political leaders and of themselves
An op-ed from F&M’s Craig Lang: Raise your hand if you are exhausted from the incessant political turmoil that continues to unfold in the United States. While almost everyone is hoping for a quieter 2021, experience tells us the road to a better democracy will not be quick or automatic. In addition to holding our political leaders accountable for this morass, we (the people) must also abandon the notion that only politicians can fix the ills of this country
LNP: Less than half surveyed Lancaster County residents willing to take COVID-19 vaccine; experts say that's likely to change
A survey showing less than half of Lancaster County residents would take a COVID-19 vaccine may not be an accurate reflection of current attitudes. The survey questions were asked to 2,094 Lancaster County residents by the United Way of Lancaster County and Franklin & Marshall College between September and November. However, national surveys have shown that the population of people willing to be vaccinated has increased since the fall. For example, The Kaiser Family Foundation vaccine monitor showed an increase in people saying they were “definitely/probably going to get it” grow from 63% in September to 71% in December.
WGAL: Survey finds 48% of Lancaster County residents willing to get COVID-19 vaccine
A new survey shows the majority people in Lancaster County don't want to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The United Way and Franklin & Marshall College released the findings Tuesday. Less than half of respondents — 48% — said they are willing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Twenty-eight percent said a lack of information about testing locations is what would hold them back from getting tested for COVID-19. Other results showed 94% of those surveyed said they wear a mask, and 62% avoid public spaces, gatherings or crowds.
Los Angeles Times: Opinion: What’s the matter with Pennsylvania? Trumpism and blind partisanship
The death last week of former Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh coincided with continuing resistance by Republicans in my home state to President-elect Joe Biden’s 80,000-vote victory there. The juxtaposition was a reminder of how the Republican Party in Pennsylvania has changed for the worse. Thornburgh, who also served as U.S. attorney general under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, was typical of the sort of sane and centrist leaders produced by the Republican Party when I lived and worked in the state prior to moving to Washington, D.C., in 2003. Yes, there were hard-line conservative Republicans in Pennsylvania, but prominent Republicans in the Legislature, Congress and the governor’s mansion were rational and committed to good government. Terry Madonna, the longtime director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College who this year is returning to Millersville University, said that partisanship and polarization are at their height in Pennsylvania, a state with a Democratic governor and a Republican-controlled Legislature and deep ideological differences between the parties.
LNP: Stanley Michalak, Jr.
On January 2, 2021, Stanley Michalak, Jr., beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died at home at the age of 82. Stanley was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, to Stanley Sr. and Rose Michalak. Stanley graduated from Reading High School and completed his first year of college at Penn State. He then transferred to Albright College in Reading to finish his studies, earning a Bachelor's degree magna cum laude in 1960. He paid his way through college playing jazz piano at night clubs in State College and Reading. Stanley served as a legislative assistant to Congressman George M. Rhodes (D-PA) before completing a Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University in 1967. He studied and taught international politics at Franklin and Marshall College (F&M) from 1967-2004, where he was awarded the Honorable John C. and Mrs. Kunkel Professorship in Government, chaired the government department from 1973 to 1976, and received the Christian R. and Mary Lindbeck Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1975.