May. 19, 2017
Feb. 17, 2017
A legacy of giving
Drexel University lost one of its most well-known alumni this week.
Oct. 28, 2016
Alumni donation up despite trend
This past year alumni donations to Drexel University were higher than ever before despite the national trend of diminishing alumni donations.
May. 13, 2016
No money, but still problems
I’m not sure where the idea of taking someone hostage to coerce others to take action and meet the demands set forth first came from, but Drexel’s latest iteration of fundraising could not have felt more like being held over a barrel. I am, of course, speaking of Drexel 24, Drexel’s Day of Giving, which, before you get excited or proud, did not mean that the University was going to give back to its students in any way. In a bold, yet not entirely unexpected move, Drexel had asked for donations from alumni, faculty … and students? Yes, Drexel had asked students, already paying their life’s savings and more into getting an education, to contribute just a ‘little’ bit more from their pockets.
May. 13, 2016
The case of the missing Mario
Drexel 24, Drexel’s “Day of Giving,” has managed to bring the university together to raise more than $700,000 for the university. Almost 3,000 people from our university including alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and general friends cashed in to break a Drexel record for how many people can be inspired to give within 24 hours. Aside from the major support we received from the alumni, faculty and staff, this movement also gave an opportunity for student groups to express solidarity with the university. Smaller groups such as the Men’s Wrestling Team and Alpha Epsilon Pi were able to fundraise an outstanding amount of money, exhibiting what a small group of people are capable of accomplishing. In addition, the Close School alone was able to raise almost $300,000 for themselves.
May. 6, 2016
Alumni Weekend 2016
Drexel University will host Alumni Weekend 2016 May 6-7. A number of events have been organized for the alumni such as a temporary beer garden in Perelman Plaza and a cocktail gathering at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
May. 6, 2016
The value of being a Drexel alum
There’s a single factor that unites all Drexel alumni – they’ve successfully survived Drexel. This means plowing through four to five years of the quarter system; ignoring (or accepting, lying back, and thinking of Penn’s Woods) the Drexel Shaft, which wears away at your tired body day in and day out; applying to and interviewing for co-ops; and learning to manage your time well because you never have enough of it (or, as the emergency response community knows it, learning to “triage.”) We Dragons slay these challenges, or at least attempt to, because we know that on the other side of that diploma there’ll be nothing life can throw at us that we can’t handle. In a way, surviving Drexel is a mark not only of employability, but capability.
Nov. 20, 2015
A word from the past: Drexel needs change
As an alum, I would like to encourage Drexel students to use the march as an event to inspire changes at the university. I would also encourage the creation of a list of demands that goes further than what we are seeing in some instances nationally. For example, Drexel tuition is overpriced and should be reconsidered, however, we should look further to the opportunity costs that Drexel overcharges like housing. As a student I had an issue with housing insecurity, often hiding out in the dorms over break instead of sleeping on 30th Street. When I finally had enough money to move off campus I was charged a percentage of what I would have paid for housing if I remained on campus. That premium is a significant portion of the loans I had to take out for school, and still pay today.
Jan. 23, 2015
Drexel alumni open ‘Legendary Coffee’ business
Two Drexel University alumni, Matt Campana and Ron Connolly, have teamed up to form Legendary Coffee, a company focused on developing the best possible coffee by using science to help the roasting process bring out the natural flavor of every bean.
Jan. 17, 2014
Designer Profile: Black Wednesday
Everyone looks good in black. The shade is slimming, chic and glamorous — all in one color. As Coco Chanel once said, “Black has it all. [Its] beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” Monochrome has the world scrambling to piece together minimalist outfits and the brand Black Wednesday was created as the embodiment of this trend. Designers Diana Bader and Lindsay Leichner founded Black Wednesday in 2011 “to bring [their] wildest fantasies to life.” According to fashion, food and entertainment website DailyCandy, Black Wednesday seems to be inspired by the girl child of Morticia and Gomez Addams. The brand takes basic pieces such as crop tops, maxi dresses and skirts to a whole new level using unconventional, sleek silhouettes and a variety of textures. Ranging from statement pieces such as the Semi-Precious Dress (a backless mesh number) to quality basics such as the Illicit Pant, Black Wednesday is a contemporary twist on gothic fashion. Their locally-made creations can be found at Urban Outfitters, Dolls Kill and Edge of Urge, as well as Kiki Hughes and the Geisha House located on North 3rd Street.