1/11/2021 Jill Graham

F&M in the News 2021

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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.
 

2/15-2/22

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.
 

2/8-2/15

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.
 

2/1-2/8

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.
 

1/25-2/1

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.”
 

1/18-1/25

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.
 

1/11-1/18

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
 

1/4-1/11

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.

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