A 17-year-old boy was shot in the neck at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 15. at 36th and Wallace Streets, according to police. Wallace street, which is four blocks north of Spring Garden Street, is outside Drexel's Public Safety Patrol Zone, and the shooting did not involve any University affiliates, according to Domenic Ceccanecchio, senior associate vice president for Public Safety.
Police and Drexel University Public Safety are investigating reports of an alleged sexual assault Jan. 18 in a University-owned apartment across from the Towers Residence Hall a University statement and police sources said. Specifics of the reported crime were not available and the investigation is ongoing according to police.
The suspect in the Jan. 18 sexual assault of a Drexel student knew the victim and is not a University student, Drexel Public Safety officials said Jan. 19. Police know the location of the suspect and expect an arrest to be made shortly. "We do not believe that this individual is a continued threat to the community," Candace Wannamaker, director of support services at Drexel Public Safety, said.
The University's Student Government Association, along with the Department of Public Safety, announced the addition of a traffic light and crosswalk at 34th Street and Lancaster Avenue early this week. The three-year project began in winter term of 2005 when USGA recognized the heavy pedestrian traffic flow at 34th Street and Lancaster Avenue, as well as at 33rd and Lancaster Avenue.
Next year upperclassmen will have the opportunity to create their own learning communities in North Hall, under the new residential program For Students, By Students (FSBS). According to the Housing by Design web site, there are several benefits to living in a learning community including allocated funding and designated meeting space for each group.
Going into the first Olympic Trials event of the year, 21 talented athletes had ambitions of advancing to the North American Qualification Tournament April 4-6 in Vancouver, Canada. But in the end, only four men and four women had their dreams become a reality, as a roaring crowd of 1,850 people cheered in approval Jan.
Possible Rise in Philly Taxi Rates Members of the taxi industry joined together Jan. 17 to press for an increase in the fare that would raise the cost of the average cab ride in Philadelphia from $9.15 to $9.87, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. However, drivers fear the money will end up in the hands of the taxi company owners while scaring away the riders.
Drexel University is interested in acquiring new property for the Center City Medical Campus. Most recently, it is looking into buying the historic building that is currently home to The Philadelphia Inquirer, located on 401 N. Broad St. "With the continuing growth of the University's health sciences enterprise, Drexel is exploring a range of realty options to accommodate and enhance this growth," University spokeswoman Niki Gianakaris said.
The Hagerty Library's 24-hour room began offering an array of food choices Jan. 14 and library officials said they are planning more additions including outdoor seating and a coffee machine, according to library officials. Dorothy Schwartz, director of administrative services for the library, said the feedback from students has been positive so far and encouraged students to share their thoughts on the plans.
In 1996, Drexel University began annually implementing the best undergraduate and graduate student suggestion to improve Drexel, a suggestion that now earns students $1,000. The prize was implemented under the tenure of President Constantine Papadakis, beginning upon his arrival at the University; in 1996, the prize money only consisted of $500.
WKDU, Drexel's student-run FM radio station, recently ran into trouble with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) after a failure to disclose certain public inspection files. The omission of these files was discovered during the station's last license renewal and resulted in a $10,000 fine.
Psychology and art joined forces Jan. 16 for an exhibit featuring the inkblot paintings of artist John Langdon and the analysis of Professor of Neuropsychology and Athletics Director Eric Zillmer. The exhibit was meant to expose the inkblot as both a means of art, as well as a "scientific tool" used to study personalities and perception, according to a University news release.
With the new year well underway and students getting back into the routine of classes, memories of relaxing at home and enjoying all kinds of delicious meals are quickly fading. What aren't fading, however, are the traces of winter break - those few extra pounds some pack on.
"Fad" dieting may have psychological implications as well as physical risks, according to Amy Henning, associate director of counseling at Drexel, Henning says that the reason so many college students turn towards crash diets is mainly psychological.