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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
A generation ago, college freshmen were taught at orientation to head for a “blue light” emergency phone if they felt threatened on campus. Now of course, almost everyone has a cellphone. That puts the potential for safety enhancement as close as a student’s backpack, pocket or purse. Earlier this year, Millersville University adopted LiveSafe, a mobile safety app that connects students, faculty and staff to campus security.
By Tim Stuhldreher, Lancaster Online

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Kutztown University's new president, Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, outlined an ambitious plan for the first 150 days of his administration at the college's traditional opening day ceremony Friday in Schaeffer Auditorium.
By Ron Devlin, The Reading Eagle

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities are implementing criminal background checks on all of their professors, even though most do not teach minors and are exempt from such checks under state child protection law, the faculty union says. So on behalf of its members, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties has gone to Commonwealth Court, seeking an injunction that would block the program’s implementation across its 6,000-member bargaining unit.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
A recently revised state law exempted some college and university employees from having to obtain child abuse background clearances so the faculty at the 14 state universities is asking why they are still required to get them. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties filed a petition in the Commonwealth Court on Tuesday challenging a State System of Higher Education policy mandating the background checks for all employees.
By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Monday, August 24, 2015
The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties has asked the Commonwealth Court to grant an injunction that would stop Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities from carrying out criminal background checks on professors. The 14 state-owned universities include Millersville University. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the association filed an unfair labor practice charge last week with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. Professors are very smart people. But in this instance, some are kicking up a fuss over an issue they should understand without an explanation.
Lancaster Online (editorial)

Monday, August 24, 2015
Have you ever tried to schedule an event, only to discover that no one’s free time coincides with anyone else’s? That, in a nutshell, is why Millersville University is trying out a “Common Hour” this year.
By Tim Stuhldreher, Lancaster Online

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
As students head back to campus, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is calling on male students to step up and help protect females from sexual assaults.
By Jacqueline Palochko, The (Allentown) Morning Call

Friday, August 21, 2015
Olivia Benbow smiled as she looked up at the South Village residence hall at Millersville University on Thursday morning. “It’s exciting,” the freshman from Shippensburg said. It’s tough sending your oldest child off to college, said Olivia’s mother, Bernadette Benbow. She and her husband, Samuel, have a 13-year-old daughter as well, she said.
By Tim Stuhldreher, Lancaster Online

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The mound of clothing, pillows, and belongings piled on top of Cassie Rumbough's bed looked a little daunting. The colorful dorm room was already filled with her possessions and those of her new roommate - including similarly trendy bedspreads and a coffee machine, which both proclaimed to be the most important item in the room.
By Justine McDaniel, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Friday, August 21, 2015
The end of August signals the start of school for students, but it's not just children and teens who are preparing to return to the classroom. Young adults also are getting ready for the start of fall-semester classes at Wilson College, Shippensburg University and Penn State Mont Alto.
By Daniel Barr, The (Chambersburg) Public Opinion

Sunday, August 16, 2015
The state budget impasse has prompted Edinboro University of Pennsylvania to take the unusual step of advancing aid to its students.
By Erica Erwin, The Erie Times-News

Friday, August 21, 2015
All over Pennsylvania, students are returning to universities that still face considerable uncertainty regarding their 2015-16 revenues, thanks to the state budget impasse. State funding accounts for about 25 percent of the budget at the 14 State System of Higher Education universities.
By Tim Stuhldreher, Lancaster Online

Friday, August 14, 2015
Gervon Williams, a senior studying sports management at Slippery Rock University, spent eight days this summer taking part in the 2015 United States Olympic Committee's Finding Leaders Among Minorities
By Rick Wills, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Sunday, August 23, 2015
Sara Garside Ellis could buy a Mercedes sports car with $130,000. Or a vacation condo. Or maybe more important to the physics teacher, a home. But $130,000 is how much Ellis still owes for a degree from Juniata College, a private liberal arts school, and the master’s degree she earned to qualify to teach high school. An unwitting victim of school funding cuts, Ellis left Pennsylvania because she couldn’t land a job in classroom. Instead she lives in Maryland, where she works in a poverty-stricken district in a job that qualifies her for $17,500 in loan forgiveness after five years.
By John Finnerty, The Daily Item

Sunday, August 23, 2015

It’s a dirty little secret of the college debt crisis: Kids aren’t the only ones digging themselves into a hole to pay the tuition bill. You don’t need to tell Lucy Evans that. She and her husband, Tom, of Sunbury, put five children through college. One daughter is still in law school. They’ve piled Parent Plus loans for their kids’ college tuition on top of Lucy’s own loans from her studies at Bloomsburg and Susquehanna universities.
By John Finnerty, The Daily Item

Monday, August 24, 2015
Students and their families should plan ahead and, when possible, be frugal when borrowing for college, education and financial experts say.
By John Finnerty, The Daily Item

Monday, August 24, 2015

Student debt is binding many new college grads, keeping them at home with mom and dad as they lick their financial wounds. If staying at home weren’t frustrating enough, an increasing number of former students are having trouble recovering at all and are slipping into delinquency and default.
By John Finnerty, The Daily Item

Sunday, August 23, 2015
Tentacles of the student loan problem are squeezing multiple generations, say consumer advocates, making it an issue too big to ignore. It's no surprise that a burden weighing upon 40 million Americans – and racking up $1.2 trillion in collective debt – is fodder for early rounds of the 2016 presidential campaign.
By John Finnerty, The Tribune-Democrat