Drexel’s Philly Chef Conference Is Back
For the third year, Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management is hosting its annual Philly Chef Conference. The two day conference is set for Sunday and Monday, March 6th and 7th. The event brings together big names and rising stars of Philadelphia’s restaurant scene as well as experts from beyond.
The forum connects professional chefs with the regional food community to discuss key issues and to showcase the latest food and beverage ideas and techniques.
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Drexel University received a nice accolade this week. An organization called Best Medical Degrees named Drexel’s online doctor of nursing degree program as one of the top 50 in the country that offers the best value. It was No. 34 and the only Philly-area school to make the list.
DNP programs, as they’re called, allow nursing students to obtain an advanced degree while maintaining their employment. And they’re becoming more and more popular these days. Best Medical Degrees says the number of students enrolled in those programs increased from 14,688 in 2006 to 18,352 in 2015. Read more »
Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
For the second year in a row, Temple University’s Fox School of Business was named the No. 1 online MBA program in the country by U.S. News & World Report — but this year it won’t have to share the top spot.
In 2015, Temple was tied with with Indiana University and the University of North Carolina. In both years, Temple earned a perfect score of 100. Read more »
John Fry has a new contract, and a new beard.
Drexel University has extended the contract of President John Fry for five more years. The Drexel Board of Trustees announced the move at its latest meeting.
Fry has had serious fundraising success at the school since starting his presidency in 2010 — helping to raise $455 million and $425 million in separate capital campaigns. Read more »
This is a developing story.
On the weekend following the deadly campus shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, the FBI has warned Philadelphia-area colleges and universities of a potential for violence on Monday, October 5th, according to an alert from Drexel University. Read more »
Intricate beading and craftsmanship from the collection. | Photo by Lauren McGrath.
Fashion junkies, aspiring designers and blogger wannabes alike: The greatest fashion resource in this city is about to open its doors to the public. Starting tomorrow, you can now view treasures from the expansive Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection in a free exhibition, Immortal Beauty, running through December. We got an exclusive look at the exhibit to see if all the hype and mystery surrounding Drexel’s costume collection was worth it. The short answer: Absolutely. Read on to catch a sneak peek at some of the highlights. Read more »
In June, Councilperson Jannie Blackwell introduced legislation to limit food truck numbers and movement on and around Drexel University’s campus. Earlier this month critics called out the legislation for its potential to kill the area’s food truck culture, as it would limit competition and mobility. Josh Kim, owner of SpOt Burger has been a particularly vocal critic of the plan, citing the staleness of the food truck landscape at Penn which has similar restrictions to what was planned for Drexel’s campus.
An online petition to combat the legislation was signed by more 3,000 people this month. And there has been success. Yesterday, Blackwell took to Facebook to announce that the bill would not go forward.
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Dr. Marcel Waldinger being interviewed with a female patient. (Photo via mennospiro.blogspot.com)
It wasn’t so long ago that we all had a few chuckles over Drexel University’s virtual butt, a hysterical-looking tool that allows medical students to perform prostrate exams without a real patient. (Seriously, you have to see this thing.) And now, we are learning about a new Drexel professor and his unusual area of expertise: the foot orgasm, also known as a footgasm. Read more »
Legislation would limit and lock down Drexel food trucks.
When Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla’s legislation to modernize Philadelphia’s code regarding food trucks and carts passed earlier this year, the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association saw it as big first step to making Philadelphia, the East Coast’s most food truck friendly city. But now, new legislation from Jannie Blackwell looks to stifle food trucks in the area the movement began, on and around Drexel University.
The bill, which was introduced on June 18th, would create a special Drexel University District which would limit the number of vendors and lock them to a single spot. The legislation would keep the number of trucks and carts on and around Drexel’s campus to 25 and would require them to vend from a single spot and requiring continuous operation—stifling the churn of food trucks which is so much a part of food truck culture, and a big reason for the success of locations like 33rd and Arch. Additionally, each truck would be charged an annual fee of $2,750 to cover the loss of parking spaces and the cost of regulation.
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30th Street Station. Photo | Jeff Fusco
After the planning process for the 175-acre area surrounding 30th Street Station officially kicked off in January, the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan is starting to take shape.
A team lead by Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, PennDOT and SEPTA (plus additional public stakeholders) will release three conceptual diagrams at an open house scheduled for tonight from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 30th Street Station.
Each one is an ambitious view into what one of the busiest transportation hubs in the nation could look like in the not-too-distant future. Amtrak gave PlanPhilly’s Jim Saksa a sneak preview of the trio of concepts, which call for capping parts of the railyards or the highway in some fashion.
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