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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Five days of marathon contract talks between negotiators for State System of Higher Education and its faculty union and they have nothing to show for it. No agreement. No new dates set for returning to the bargaining table.  A $159 million salary package rejected. And strong likelihood that a strike date could be set before the weekend is out.
By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Thursday, September 22, 2016
The union representing faculty and coaches at the 14 state universities says its members will strike by the end of October if a new contract settlement is not reached.
The Associated Press

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
We're dismayed that talks between officials at the State System of Higher Education and its faculty union broke down on Wednesday, increasing the likelihood of a strike.
The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities have announced their intent to strike by Oct. 30 if no agreement is reached. The move came as marathon talks broke off Wednesday with no more bargaining sessions scheduled until next month. The system proposed eight addtional bargaining sessions, said state system spokesman Kenn Marshall, but the union declined to meet until next month.
By Susan Snyder, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Negotiators for Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities and a union representing 5,500 faculty members and coaches ended a marathon five-day negotiating session late Wednesday at a stalemate, with emotions high among union representatives.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Marathon bargaining between the state university system and the union representing faculty members fell apart Wednesday evening as union negotiators ended talks and scheduled an Oct. 30 strike date. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties made the decision after days of talks resulted in an offer of a near-12 percent pay increase tied to health-care changes -- a deal that the union said was “essentially what they started with, reworded.”
By Dan Majors, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Contract negotiations continue between Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and faculty at the 14 state-owned universities. Monday, an offer was put on the table. A proposal from PASSHE to the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties would raise salaries by a combined $159 million over the life of a proposed contract, which is nearly a 12 percent raise.
By Chris Eckstine, WHTM-TV (ABC-27)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
His name is Trevon Jenifer, but he goes by Trey. Now he can call himself a Paralympic gold medalist. "We knew that we would have to have a lot of toughness mentally, physically, and emotionally going into this game because it was a hard-fought game," said Jenifer, reflecting on the United States gold medal game against Spain. Jenifer was one of twelve players on the United States Paralympic Men's Basketball team in this year's Rio games.
By Matt Knoedler, Erie News Now

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Officials from Shippensburg University and the U.S. Army 2nd ROTC Brigade have signed a joint partnership plan that reaffirms the Army’s commitment to the university, which has been home to a ROTC battalion for 35 years.
The (Chambersburg) Public Opinion

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
 In a chapel at Shippensburg University so full that students and others sat along the walls. four professors and a police chief spoke Thursday night about the increasingly complex relationship between the Black Lives Matter movement and the police. It was the first time SU's annual Criminal Justice Symposium, now in its 10th year, featured an all-black panel. The host, professor Stephanie Jirard, began the discussion by saying she wanted to open up the dialogue without fear.
By Becky Metrick, The (Chambersburg) Public Opinion

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Taxpayers and students at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities have paid more than $1.5 million during the past six years for a continuous series of searches culminating in the hiring of 12 university presidents and one system chancellor.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Friday, September 23, 2016
Anyone who thought the state universities' faculty union wasn't serious about calling the first-ever strike in the 33-year-old system's history better brace themselves.
By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Friday, September 23, 2016
With an Oct. 19 faculty strike date now set, questions are beginning to arise over what it means and how it might impact the more than 100,000 students who attend the 14 state universities. The State System of Higher Education and Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties offered their responses to some of those questions on their websites.

By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Days before fall classes began, a chunk of concrete longer than a car fell onto the first floor of a garage at California University of Pennsylvania, prompting the five-story structure’s immediate closure and removal of all cars. A month later, the $12 million Vulcan garage remains shut. It was built behind the campus library six years ago with publicly financed debt that Cal U is supposed to cover with income from parking fees.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Friday, September 23, 2016
Taxpayer money is making its way back to the Poconos, in the form of a $600,000 grant being awarded to East Stroudsburg University from the federal Economic Development Administration. The grant is to be allocated towards the university’s Business Accelerator Program, a series of services intended to develop and sustain business and capital in the Northeast Pennsylvania region.
By Kevin Kunzmann, The Pocono Record

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Hundreds of freshman at Edinboro University can take pride in knowing, that they helped make a difference for some local families. The students donated food and money in force, Tuesday, on campus. What's called "Walk for Food is now in its 7th year on campus.
By Eva Mastromatteo, Erie News Now

Sunday, September 18, 2016
The 324-member West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band took part in the pregame and halftime shows for the Pittsburgh Steelers home opener against the Cincinnatti Bengals at Heinz Field on Sunday.
By Pete Bannan, The (West Chester) Daily Local News

Monday, September 19, 2016
When student journalists take to the air on Shippensburg University Television (SUTV) this fall, it is at times to report on more than just ordinary campus events. The students who staff the Emmy award-winning campus television station have been reporting the current stalemate in contract negotiations between the faculty union and the state organization that runs Shippensburg and 13 other universities.
By Vicky Taylor, The (Chambersburg) Public Opinion

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
For up to 40 days, any potential strike by faculty at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities would be placed on hold. Even so, State System of Higher Education officials say it’s not why they have asked the state’s Labor Relations Board to conduct fact-finding involving their 15-month-old contract dispute with the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Tuesday asked the state's labor relations board to grant fact-finding in its contract negotiations with faculty, which would delay any possibility of a strike for up to 40 days. A decision on the request could come as soon as Friday, the next time the board meets.
By Susan Snyder, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has asked the state's labor board to appoint a fact finder to help in negotiations with a union representing faculty at 14 state universities, but the union contends the move is a delaying tactic. "We think it's important to do everything we can to move these talks forward," said Kenn Marshall, spokesman for the state system. "We want an independent third party to look at the proposals and make recommendations."
The Associated Press

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
At the edge of the waterfall fountain in Kutztown University's Alumni Plaza, a group of several faculty members gathered Monday beneath a blue tent. They held in their hands copies of a letter. It outlined their perspective on the ongoing contract dispute between the faculty union and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that has left professors and coaches without a contract for 445 days (Kutztown is one of the 14 state-owned universities in the system).
By David Mekeel, The Reading Eagle

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
It's back to the bargaining table on Tuesday for negotiators for the state universities and their faculty union following a daylong session on Monday when a variety of proposals were exchanged.
By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Negotiators for Pennsylvania state universities' faculty union and administration are in marathon talks, trying to avert the first strike in the history of the 105,000-student system.
By Susan Snyder, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Contract talks between the State System of Higher Education managers and the faculty union have concluded for the day with plans to return to the bargaining table on Monday. During Sunday's six-and-a-half-hour marathon negotiations, the system exchanged offers with the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties that address salary increases, healthcare changes and other items, system spokesman Kenn Marshall said.

By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The entire college admissions process this year may get a fast forward. High school seniors may be able to figure out which college they can afford much earlier in the process. For the first time, students will be able to file federal financial aid forms for college on Oct. 1 - three months earlier than the previous date of Jan. 1.
By Susan Snyder, The Philadelphia Inquirer