Susan Snyder covers higher education issues and trends, focusing on major universities in our region.

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Haverford students on strike after college officials’ comments on Walter Wallace Jr. death

Students said they were incensed that Haverford, which is supposed to care deeply about social justice, would try to interfere with their right to protest.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pa. and N.J. double over past month; N.J. tweaks restrictions on malls and stadiums; Friendly’s to sell locations, file for bankruptcy

Pennsylvania reported more than 15,000 new COVID-19 cases last week, the most of any week during the pandemic and over 3,600 more cases than the previous week.

Some local colleges are still holding in-person classes. Can they make it to Thanksgiving?

Local colleges that opened for in-person classes and on-campus living are cautiously optimistic they can make it to turkey day, despite rising case counts of the virus nationally and statewide.

Penn State’s loss to Buckeyes had a silver lining: No large gatherings.

Although it was Penn State's first home game of the season, there weren't any large social gatherings like the previous weekend. Officials considered that a win in the COVID era.

U.S. tops 9 million confirmed cases; CDC study determines household spread of COVID-19 is very common; Cherry Hill elementary school to remain closed due to new cases

Pennsylvania reported 2,641 newly confirmed cases on Friday, and over the past two weeks, 36 counties saw a rise in new cases.

Pennsylvania’s state universities move to lay off more than 100 full-time faculty

It would be the largest such retrenchment in the state system’s history, according to the faculty union, which intends to try to save the jobs.

Philly considering new restrictions as cases now exceed the city’s ability to track them; as Pa. cases spike, another uptick at Penn State

Both Pennsylvania and New Jersey have seen the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations more than double over the past month, according to an analysis of state data.

Penn State prepares for first home football game as coronavirus cases on campus fall and concern mounts

Penn State will play the first of four home games against archrival Ohio State on Halloween night. Its first away game of the season this past weekend already triggered unsafe student behavior.

Penn president and husband donate $2 million for nursing scholars program at the university

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and her husband have donated $2 million to the nursing school to establish leadership scholarships for undergraduates and graduates.

‘It’s very empty in here': Eagles fans finally return to a very different Linc

While fans were glad to be back, they were stunned how different things felt with so few of them. "Masks up, please," yelled one worker to approaching fans. There wasn't even a wait at the bathrooms.