John Fry

Drexel University President's Blog

Month: November 2017

University City District at 20: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

The University City District was founded 20 years ago under the basic principle of clean and safe streets. But today’s UCD now offers so much more, far surpassing its motto of “Changing places, changing lives.”

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Drexel Square Groundbreaking The Start of Something Big

The vision of Schuylkill Yards officially became a reality during the groundbreaking Wednesday for a new public park that will serve as a gateway to Drexel University and University City. Continue reading

Tax Bill Will Increase College Costs

The tax reform plan released last week by House of Representatives will have a negative impact on all higher education institutions, including Drexel University. There are several harmful provisions, including: an excise tax on private university endowments; elimination of tax-exempt municipal bonds, which would increase construction costs; elimination of the student-loan interest deduction; elimination of tax-free tuition reimbursement from employers; and an excise tax on private university endowments. Continue reading

Drexel Professor On Trauma From Terror Attacks

Yasmine Awais, an assistant professor in Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, was in New York when a 29-year-old immigrant from Uzbekistan mowed down bikers and pedestrians in a rented truck on Halloween, killing eight people. Meanwhile, a lone gunman shot and killed 26 people inside a church near San Antonio on Nov. 5, including eight members from one family. Continue reading

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