Newsletter for Thursday, March 12
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Old City was as pretty as the rest of Philly yesterday; photo via @wayfancy on Instagram.
TEMPLE BOARD OKS ROOM AND BOARD INCREASE
It’s going to get more expensive for about 5,000 Temple University students to stay on campus. The University’s Board of Trustees approved a 3.57-percent hike in the cost of room and board, The Inquirer reports. That boosts the cost of staying in the dorms and eating on campus from 10,296 to $13,596 next year — there’s no word on tuition yet, but Gov. Tom Wolf wants schools that receive state aid to freeze that cost in order to get more money. However, Republicans will be fighting that. So fingers crossed.
PENN LAW FACULTY, STUDENTS AT ODDS OVER ACCUSED RAPISTS’ RIGHTS
Penn’s policies have Philadelphia’s Ivy League school in the middle of a national conversation on sexual assault. Things ramped up last year when President Obama got involved in the discussion about campus rape — everyone’s trying to reverse what’s looking like an epidemic and make it easier for survivors to come forward, both to law enforcement and to the school. But new regulations and guidelines laid out by the Department of Education have drawn fire, with some saying they’re unfair to people accused in the assaults, with their right to due process stripped away. Penn in particular garnered national press for sexual assault policies that were challenged by members of its own faculty. Here’s what’s going on.
MILTON VS. TONY, 21 AT LARGE CANDIDATES: WHAT WE LEARNED ON PETITION DAY
Tuesday marked the deadline for filing nomination petitions for public office. If you had all your signatures and forms completed and the proper amount of money in hand you were good to go. When 5 p.m. rolled around, five Democratic mayoral candidates (plus Milton Street by a hair) had done just that. And then Street got to talking trash about Tony Williams. Here are six highlights from petition signature day.
TO DO: LEARN ABOUT SCIENTISTS WHO THWARTED NAZIS
WHAT: ‘The Fantastic Laboratory,’ how a typhus vaccine saved thousands during World War II
WHERE: The Mutter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street
WHEN: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHAT A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR DOES THESE DAYS
You’ve seen ‘em on TV, in classic noir films like the Maltese Falcon or Chinatown, or maybe the caught-on-camera infidelities on the TV show Cheaters. But with only about 30,000 private investigators in the county, less than .1 percent of the country’s workforce in 2012, that’s really all most of us have to go on. But what do those few investigators do these days? Billy Penn sat down with Jeff Stein, the president of ELPS Private Detective Agency and the Pennsylvania Association of Licensed Investigators, to find out.
KINGSESSING: FROM BEN FRANKLIN TO QUEEN LATIFAH
Kingsessing existed long before Philly did. The Swedes and Native Americans of the Delaware tribe lived together in Kingsessing as early as 1644. A hundred years later, Kingsessing was known for its beauty and the then-famous resort called Gray’s Gardens that attracted George Washington, Ben Franklin and others. Life in the neighborhood hasn’t been as easy since then, as Kingsessing’s industry hollowed out in the 20th century. It now suffers from some of the worst crime and vacancy rates of anywhere in the city, but pieces of its beauty still remain at Bartram’s Garden and in new efforts to revitalize the area, such as Farm 51. Here’s our look as part of our Neighborhoods Project.