Drexel: Your Favorite College Football Player Is Worth $178,000

With talk rising of college athletes unionizing and seeking pay for their services, the Washington Post reports on a Drexel University study on what college athletes are actually worth:

A study by Drexel University and the National College Players Association calculated the fair market value of a player between the years 2011 through 2015 and came up with a figure of $178,000 for football players. The biggest stars, like Johnny Manziel, might be worth as much as $547,000 (from 2011-12). The biggest money, though, is in college basketball, where the fair-market value for a player over the same time frame is $375,000. The players expected to be taken early in the NBA draft, like Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, might be worth upwards of $1.6 million.

The good news for the Sixers? That’s still not as much as Wiggins will make by declaring for the draft and leaving school early. The pros still pay more. For now, at least.

Drexel Meningitis Death May Be Linked to Contact with Princeton Students

There is now more information on the sudden death of a Drexel student from meningitis earlier this month.

Today, Princeton announced the death of Stephanie Ross may be due to contact with a student at the Ivy League school. The Daily Princetonian reports:

“The Drexel student had been in close contact with students from Princeton University about a week before becoming ill,” the email read, citing an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control.

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John Fry to Powelton Village: We’re in Your Corner

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What would the residents of Powelton Village like to see Drexel University do with the University City High School site? Top of the list: create a new K-8 public school to augment the highly regarded Samuel Powel School.

What would be the last thing they want to see on the site? More student housing.

What is Drexel University’s top development priority for the UCHS property? Build a new, university-assisted K-8 public school. What won’t it put on the site? New dorms.

Neither Drexel University President John Fry nor the civic leaders, architects and planners who organized a March 5 planning workshop at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue had spoken to each other before the event, but comments Fry made in a post-workshop interview made it seem as though he had read their minds.

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Drexel Sophomore Dies Suddenly, Meningitis Suspected

Meningitis is suspected in yesterday’s sudden death of Drexel sophomore Stephanie Ross, NBC 10 reports. She was found unresponsive by her sisters in the Phi Mu – Beta Tau sorority house yesterday afternoon and taken to Penn Presbyterian hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Though no official cause of death was given, Drexel said they are working with city health officials under the assumption that the death was due to meningitis. The college didn’t reveal what type of meningitis is suspected.

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Drexel University Building Still Contaminated with Radium

Ex-City Paper editor in chief Theresa Everline has a piece in the new issue of The Magazine (which, if you hadn’t been able to guess, is a tablet magazine with a web presence). The article’s a look at cleaning up radioactive contamination in the area, specifically the radium cleanup duties of Frank Hartman (in the early 20th c.) and the current cleanup crews in Pennsylvania.

In it, Everline tells the story of Hartman cleaning up the American Oncological Hospital at 33rd Street and Powelton Avenue. Turns out the hospital left a radium spill to sit there for five months.

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5 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: A Dark Place Inside, Welcome to Campus, and more

Every Friday we round up five of the best ways to spend your weekend in Philly. Have an event you’d like listed? Send details to ticket@phillymag.com

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Maniac Films Presents A Dark Place Inside Premiere:  For a background check on Philadelphia-based director/writer/producer Mike O’Mahony, look no further than the titles of his previous work. If Sloppy the Psychotic doesn’t sound like your idea of a Friday night flick, maybe skip tonight’s premiere of his newest filmA Dark Place Inside. For those who do enjoy a good grindhouse gore-fest (and can hold down a beer even as the on-screen heads roll), stow away “good taste” for a night of no-brow thrills. Fri., Feb 21, 7 p.m., PhilaMOCA,  531 N. 12th St.

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Drexel Welcome to Campus:  Presented by Drexel and Swim Pony, Welcome to Campus: Not Your Average Campus Tour dramatizes the already fairly dramatic going-ons of your typical college student. The student-performed, interactive theater performance stages a campus tour where the realities of college/adolescent life, and not just the highlights of the meal plans and study-abroad programs, are at the forefront. Catch the show in its first weekend run and maybe re-think letting your daughter take that semester in Barcelona. Fri., Feb. 21, 7 p.m., URBN Annex Black Box Theater, 3401 Filbert St.

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The Unflinching Eye: The Works of the Tiberino Family Circle: In honor of Black History Month, the African American Museum in Philadelphia is featuring a slew of special programming celebrating the black community of Philadelphia. This Saturday, join the Tiberinos, Philadelphia’s first family of African American art as they offer insight into their own works.   An intimate look into black history as it’s situated in Philadelphia’s narrative and a poignant display of art and the urban experience. Sat., Feb. 22, 1 p.m., African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.

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4th Annual Party for the Market:  The last time you were at Reading Terminal may have been at the request of an out-of-towner, but admit it, you were just as thrilled with that pork sandwich as your Aunt Sally. Show your support for  a Philadelphia institution this Saturday for Reading Terminal Market‘s “Party for the Market,” where a ticket gets you food, drinks, dancing and live entertainment. Proceeds go to the preservation of the historic market and will fund upcoming arts and nutritional programming. Sat., Feb., 22, 7:30 p.m., Reading Terminal Market, 5 N. 12th St.

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Salsa on Ice:  Things are heating up for Blue Cross RiverRink’s final weeks. This Saturday, join DeeJay Jonathan for an eclectic set of latin grooves to fumble around on skates to. And after embarrassing yourself to meringue rhythms, you can warm up in the Waterfront Winterfest lodge with craft beer and warm beverages. Ole! Sat., Feb 22., 3 p.m., Blue Cross RiverRink at Pen’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Market Street. 

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