Crime rate steady even with casino

Drexel criminal justice professor Lallen T. Johnson and Temple University criminal justice department chair Jerry H. Ratcliffe published a study June 30 that concluded that the SugarHouse Casino, built amid controversy in 2010 in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, has had negligible effect on crime in the area. The research… Continued

Seven Dragons awarded Fulbrights

A record seven Drexel students and alumni have been offered grants through the 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The recipients will travel to countries around the world — including Finland, Barbados and Australia, among others — to complete self-directed research in their field of study. Many of the students will… Continued

Biology junior found deceased

Junior biology student Kirsten Vannix was found deceased in her off-campus apartment May 22. The cause of death has yet to be confirmed. “University officials have reached out to Kirsten’s family and expressed the sincere condolences of the Drexel community,” Donna Murasko, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences,… Continued

Close expands degree options

The Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship recently announced that students will now have the option of earning a Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurship and Innovation beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. Aside from business schools, the Close School will be the first and only freestanding school in the nation… Continued

URBN hosts Veronica Mars producer

Dan Etheridge, a film and television producer best known for his work on the “Veronica Mars” series and subsequent movie, treated the Drexel community to a TV Night May 19 in the URBN Center AnnexThe event was part of his week-long residency as one of the University’s 2014 Rankin Scholars… Continued

Rutgers’ Lisa Zeidner joins Week of Writing

Drexel Publishing Group’s annual Week of Writing took place May 12-16, featuring programming designed to influence writers in the Drexel community. The series of events kicked off May 12 with a Marathon Reading session in the bookstore, which provided an outlet for both faculty and the student winners of the… Continued

Study links autism and parental age

In a recent study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, Drexel professor and A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Fellow Brian Lee revealed the results of his research, which identifies increased parental age as a risk factor for autism spectrum disorders in children. The study, which examined over 400,000 Swedish birth… Continued

Vidas to expand for new partnership

Drexel University and West Catholic Preparatory High School have announced a mutually beneficial athletic partnership through the construction of Maguire Field, a shared, multi-sport turf within the 17-acre Vidas Athletic Complex. The $2 million field will be used by WCP’s varsity, junior varsity and freshman football teams, which have had… Continued

Tetris played on largest scale ever

One hundred lucky gamers had the opportunity to play a competitive game of “Tetris” on the side of the 29-story Cira Centre April 4, when the building was transformed into a 436-foot tall “Tetris” board. The project, which kicked off Philly Tech Week 2014, was led by Frank Lee, co-founder… Continued