A $10 million gift to Drexel University will soon transform a portion of the 3500 block of Spring Garden Street into a community center that will offer local residents science, technology, engineering and mathematics education programs; digital access; and healthy living education, as announced Oct. 4 by President John A. Fry. Construction of The Dana [...]
Archive | October, 2012
Students living in Drexel’s residence halls and fraternity and sorority houses participated in a fire evacuation simulation Oct. 18 as part of the Philadelphia Fire Department’s annual citywide fire drill The citywide fire drill focuses on simulating fires and showing people how to leave a building safely. The event also has a theme that changes [...]
For the second consecutive year, the Drexel University men’s basketball team has been projected to win the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title. The selection was made by coaches, media relations directors and media members at the CAA basketball preseason Media Day Oct. 16 in Arlington, Va. In addition, two Dragons were given personal honors. Following [...]
The Drexel women’s soccer team has seemingly perfected the art of late-game winners, and as a result they’re spearheading the most successful season in the history of the program. For the first time in team history, the Dragons will both be appearing in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships and taking advantage of the first-round bye [...]
Legendary music producer Ken Scott visited Drexel Oct. 23 to give a talk regarding his career and his new book, “Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust.” He walked out in front of a near-capacity Stein Auditorium in Nesbitt Hall full of music industry students, older, longtime fans and curious onlookers alike. Scott detailed his experiences working with the [...]
Philadelphia’s own Pennsylvania Ballet Co. has recently added “Giselle” to its performance list, with shows running Oct. 18-28. This classical ballet was first performed in a Parisian theater in 1841 and tells a haunting and woeful tale of love’s joyous beginnings and its bitter end. Giselle, the eponymous main character, is a farm girl whose [...]
Stepping into the fashion world as an outsider, journalist-turned-filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer’s debut documentary “Valentino: The Last Emperor” shows an inside look at the life of legendary Italian designer Valentino Garavani. After 15 years writing for Vanity Fair, Tyrnauer embarked upon this project as a result of a job assignment profiling the designer. Inspired by his [...]
With Drexel being one of the top 10 most expensive colleges in the country according to CampusGrotto.com, it would come as a surprise to no one that our students are getting into massive amounts of debt. In fact, according to the Institute for College Access & Success, 73 percent of Drexel students graduate with some [...]
What a difference a century makes. A hundred years ago, in the presidential election of 1912, self-styled progressive candidates won three-quarters of the popular vote. Conservatives won less than a quarter. The Socialist candidate, Eugene Debs, got over 900,000 votes, which, with the growth of population and the doubling of the electorate by the enfranchisement [...]
In a New Yorker article, author Malcolm Gladwell argues that “social media can’t provide what social change has always required.” Is Gladwell right? Can a tweet really start a revolution? In March 2012, a 30-minute documentary swept through cyberspace and created a wave of sensationalism so astounding it was dubbed the best viral video campaign [...]
In the year 2000, we recall that George W. Bush won the presidential election in the Electoral College, although Al Gore had a majority of the popular vote. (I’m ignoring any issues about the counting of the votes.) This stimulated some discussion of the possibility that the Electoral College might be eliminated by constitutional amendment [...]
You might not think too much of them, but it turns out seashells have a long and fascinating history, and that’s exactly` why they were the focus of the latest exhibit at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The Academy hosted the Philadelphia Shell Show Oct. 21 and overhauled its facilities to house [...]
Drexel has been making noises about bringing down the Frederic O. Hess Engineering Research Laboratory. You know, the building across from the 7-Eleven that no one ever goes in or out of? It’s more important than you might think. The Hess labs are home to numerous engineering and science laboratories like the bloodborne pathogens lab, [...]
Members of Drexel Hillel and Chabad at Drexel, two active Jewish life student groups, attended the “Philly Friendship Circle Walk 2012” to help raise funds and awareness for the Friendship Circle organization. The event was held Oct. 21 at the Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr. The student team that walked called themselves “Mario Loves [...]
“The Physical Foundation of Vasocclusion in Sickle Cell Disease,” a paper written by a team of Drexel researchers, explains how sickle cells cause sickness and how large red blood cells can pass through much smaller pathways. The paper was published in the Oct. 17 issue of the Biophysical Journal. The team’s study provides a measuring [...]
In Doug Hess’ third year as Drexel’s men’s soccer head coach, the team has emerged as one of the Colonial Athletic Association’s most feared programs. The Dragons, tied with Northeastern University for the top spot in the CAA, hit the road this past week for two matches and six vital points up for grabs. First [...]
The Drexel women’s basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association at the league’s annual Media Day. The announcement came Oct. 16 after coaches in the league submitted their rankings, predicting the finishes for all 11 teams. Also included in the many announcements on Media Day were the selections to the [...]
The word “classic” in hip-hop is one that cannot be used lightly. “Classic” albums withstand the test of time and are still highly regarded 10, 20 or even 30 years later. While there have been many incredible albums over the illustrious history of hip-hop, few debut albums have ever been able to accomplish what Kendrick [...]
Wan Shih, a Drexel University professor and biomedical engineer, created a handheld, radiation-free device that can detect breast cancer in instances where mammography has failed. Rather than using the image-based technology of a mammogram, this device uses a sensor to detect small displacements on the surface of a breast. It can then differentiate the malignant [...]
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney met at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., Oct. 22 for their third and final debate of the 2012 presidential election cycle. The day of the debate was also the 50th anniversary of the day that President John F. Kennedy revealed that the Soviet Union had [...]
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