Petition Calls for Penn to Disavow Donald Trump

Wharton logo; Donald Trump

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If you listen to Donald Trump out on the campaign trail long enough, there’s a good chance you’ll hear him mention his time spent in Philadelphia. Though Trump’s college years remain a bit of a mystery, you’ll hear him bring it up often: Trump went to the Wharton School of Finance.

Trump has his undergraduate degree in economics from the University. Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka and Tiffany Trump all graduated from Penn. And since the institution granted him a degree, he’s free to flaunt it however he wants. But some alumni, faculty and staff of the University of Pennsylvania are not happy about it — and they’re hoping to get Penn to do something about it.

Philadelphia’s Nathaniel Popkin, the writer and editor who is also a 1991 Penn graduate, decided to do something about it. He started a petition at Change.org that calls for Penn President Amy Gutmann and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania to “disavow the intolerant views of Donald Trump.”

“Whenever he needed to say he was smart, he said, ‘Well, of course, I went to Wharton,’” Popkin told Philadelphia magazine. “It’s part of his family’s culture — they went there. But Penn was intentionally or not giving him some legitimacy that he desperately needs as he’s demonstrated.”

As a non-profit, there are limits to where Penn can involve itself in politics. A spokesperson for Penn told Inside Higher Ed “[t]he university doesn’t involve itself in partisan political races, so we would not have anything to offer on this.” Read more »

Tina Fey to Receive Media Award at Temple Next Week

We only have one question about Tina Fey‘s appearance at Temple next week: Will she make any Bill Cosby jokes?

Fey’s 30 Rock made a joke about the scores of sexual assault allegations against Cosby back in 2009, before Hannibal Buress delivered his infamous Bill Cosby routine at The Trocadero in October 2014. Fey also made Cosby jokes while hosting the 2015 Golden Globes with Amy Poehler.

Cosby still holds an honorary from Temple, and Cosby’s lawyer (Patrick O’Connor) is still the chair of the Temple Board of Trustees. And Fey will appear at Temple University next Friday to accept the Lew Klein Award for Excellence in the Media. Sure, she’s getting an award so she might be nice — but she is a comedian, and passing up an opportunity to make a Bill Cosby joke there… well, what comedian would? Read more »

Philly Woman Wins Lunch With Hillary Clinton in Contest She Doesn’t Recall Entering

Polly Rose Edelstein (left) at the Hillary Clinton lunch on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Polly Rose Edelstein (left) at the Hillary Clinton lunch on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

As she listened to the person on the other end of the phone last week, Polly Rose Edelstein thought she was the recipient of a prank or a scam. The caller asked if she remembered entering a contest to win lunch with Hillary Clinton, and she didn’t. She still doesn’t. Read more »

Video: In 2016, This Shit Still Happens to Gay People in Philly

South Philadelphia resident Donald Whitfield caught on video calling his gay neighbor a "faggot."

South Philadelphia resident Donald Whitfield caught on video calling his gay neighbor a “faggot.”

If you haven’t been to South Philadelphia since the 1990s, a lot has changed.

Yes, there are all sorts of trendy bars serving fancy beers, and you can get award-winning Norwegian and French fare on the same strip where you’ll still find old-school linguini and meatballs. But one of the most noticeable and dramatic differences that this historic neighborhood has seen is an incredible influx of gay residents.

Indeed, South Philadelphia has become its own gay mecca. And that’s why one gay couple was so shocked when their neighbor unleashed a homophobic tirade on Tuesday night. Read more »

La Salle University Slashing $11,600 Off Tuition

La Salle - stacks in the library

Photo by Matthew Chverchko, courtesy La Salle University

La Salle University is cutting tuition prices by 29 percent — reducing tuition from $40,400 to $28,800 for the 2017-18 school year. Students will pay the same rates they did in 2008 for the next school year. The college had previously frozen tuition for the 2016-17 school year.

“The cost of higher education continues to spiral year after year, with no end in sight,” La Salle President Colleen Hanycz said in a release. “We cannot continue to assume that this issue will fix itself someday, somehow — the tuition model for higher education is broken. La Salle is working to reshape that model so college becomes an affordable reality for students and their families.”

The university has dubbed its tuition reduction “An Affordable Path for All.” The only students that will receive a full tuition reduction of $11,600 are those paying the full share of the tuition. La Salle says 97 percent of its students receive some kind of financial aid. La Salle spokesperson Jaine Lucas says most students are getting $1,000 and $1,500 reductions in their tuition bill.

Tuition may go up in the coming years, but it will rise off the $28,800 base. The tuition cut does not change fees or room and board costs. Read more »

In North Philly, Michelle Obama Rips Trump’s Demeanor

Michelle Obama speaking at the Tom Gola Arena at La Salle University

Attendees at a Hillary Clinton campaign rally take photos of Michelle Obama as the first lady speaks. | Photo by Dan McQuade

Michelle Obama came to Philadelphia, and went in on Donald Trump.

“Being president is not anything like reality TV,” said the first lady. “It is not an apprenticeship. … It is about whether someone can handle the awesome responsibility of running this country.”

Earlier in her speech at La Salle University’s Tom Gola Arena, she attacked his temperament: “A president just can’t pop off or lash out irrationally. No, we need an adult in the White House.” Behind her, the Clinton campaign had put up a sign quoting Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention: “When they go low — we go high.” With Trump’s repetition of his attack on the weight of a Miss Universe winner in a post-presidential debate interview, the Clinton campaign is very clearly trying to pitch Trump’s rhetoric as un-presidential and unelectable. Read more »

Here’s Who Funded the Democratic National Convention in Philly

President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Those who are still wondering who funded the Democratic National Convention in Philly this past July are finally getting some answers.

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