Businessman and LeBow College of Business namesake Bennett S. LeBow donated $45 million to help fund a new College of Business building that will replace Matheson Hall, Drexel announced at a ceremony Nov. 16. LeBow's gift is the largest single donation in Drexel's history and the largest ever to a business school in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell was the guest of honor Nov. 12 as the College of Arts and Sciences celebrated its 20th anniversary and recognized individuals who have played a vital role in its success. Rendell received the College's inaugural Distinguished Friend Award at a private dinner reception hosted by Dean Donna Murasko in the Main Building's A.
The Drexel Engineers Without Borders project recently sent a group of three students, one professor and one professional mentor to Miramar, El Salvador, to continue work on a clean water project. "This is a large-scale project where we are working on a permanent design for a water distribution system that will continuously provide the citizens of Miramar with clean water," Yakira Kirzner, one of the students who traveled to El Salvador, said.
Filmmaker and journalist Brian Palmer visited Drexel University Nov. 18 to screen his film entitled "Full Disclosure," which documents his experiences with the First Battalion, Second Marine Regiment in Iraq. "Like many of us raised in this culture, I watched a lot of war movies and also read a lot of war journalism by people I admired," Palmer explained as he described his early interest in documenting warfare.
Drexel University's music industry department has been named one of the top programs in the country by Billboard.com. The magazine cited the importance of dynamic, innovative music programs in the face of a rapidly changing music industry as the criteria for a winner.
On Nov. 17, the Engineering Graduate Association and the Biomedical Graduate Association held a "Welcome to the American Graduate Experience" panel discussion for international students to discuss challenges that foreign students face in a new country. Approximately 25 graduate students gathered in the Mitchell Auditorium to participate in the event, whose goal was to target students who are new to the Philadelphia area.
SAN FRANCISCO - In a bold challenge to its rivals, Facebook Inc. is launching a messaging service for its more than half a billion users, setting off a battle that could shape the future of communication on the Internet. Facebook Messages will meld the three major forms of communication - e-mail, instant messages and text messages so that users can manage all their communications through a single inbox on their personal computer or mobile device.
To Bradley Spahn, it seemed like a clear case of cheating. The Wesleyan University student was assigned a 24-hour take-home exam. Later, he said, nearly half the class would admit to taking so-called "study drugs" medications like Ritalin or Adderall to help them focus during the exam.
The makers of seven alcoholic energy drinks have been given 15 days to show that their beverages are safe for consumers or remove them from the marketplace. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters yesterday to four beverage manufacturers including the maker of Four Loko saying that the drinks are being marketed in violation of federal law.
The company that pioneered online book sales wants to go Hollywood. Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, is launching a website that lets users upload scripts and movie samples and then use community tools to evaluate and edit one another's work. Submissions judged the most promising by a panel of experts and company executives will be brought to Warner Bros.
The following are crimes that occurred on or near campus and were reported to The Triangle by the Drexel University Department of Public Safety between Nov. 6, 2010 and Nov. 15, 2010. All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement or DPS incident reports.