Gift will fund community center

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.… Continued

Fire dept. focuses on proper dorm evacuation routes

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… Continued

M. basketball voted CAA favorite

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… Continued

W. soccer wins twice on late goals

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… Continued

Ken Scott details legendary career

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… Continued

Zombies visit the ballet in ‘Giselle’

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,… Continued

Tyrnauer screens debut documentary ‘Valentino’

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… Continued

Transparency needed in higher education

With Drexel being one of the top 10 most expensive colleges in the country according to, 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… Continued

2012: What’s a progressive to do?

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… Continued

The age of Slacktivism

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… Continued