Education news: Rosemont welcomes new mascot

The Phanatic was on hand to welcome Renny.

Rosemont welcomes ‘small and mighty’ new mascot

Rosemont College has undergone many changes since it went co-ed in 2009. One of those changes is the addition of a mascot for its athletic teams, the Ramblers. Renny the Raven was introduced to the college at an event that also featured the Phillie Phanatic and mascots from eight other local colleges.

People from across the college community submitted names, and the top five were voted on. Renny, which means “small and mighty” in Gaelic, was the clear choice.  “The name ties into our new college tag line, ‘The Power of Small,’” says Rosemont president Sharon Latchaw Hirsh.

Swarthmore College receives $50M gift

Swarthmore College announced that alumnus Eugene Lang is giving the college a gift totaling $50 million, the largest in Swarthmore’s history. The money will be used to build new science and engineering facilities. Swarthmore is unusual in liberal arts colleges in having a strong engineering program.

“Higher education in the 21st century will serve its students — and society — best if it focuses on knowledge design, real-world problem solving and basic research,” says Lang, chair emeritus of Swarthmore’s Board of Managers.

Lang graduated from Swarthmore in 1938 at age 19 with a degree in Economics and went on to study engineering. He has had an extremely successful career in technology transfer, working both in the private sector and as a government consultant.

Study: Americans prefer defense cuts to education cuts

There are two options as we approach the fiscal cliff: Raise taxes or cut funding. If it’s necessary to cut funding to either defense or education, a majority of Americans would prefer cutting funding for defense, according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted Dec. 1-3, was commissioned by two advocacy groups, the Foundation for Education Investment and the Committee for Education Funding.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents think defense funding should be cut, while 43 percent support cuts to education. This is despite the fact that most respondents seriously overestimated the amount of the budget currently devoted to education: The average guess was 15 percent, whereas it’s actually closer to 2 percent.

Forty-three percent said that the amount the federal government spends on education is “too little.”

Respondents said that it’s “very important” to protect spending for special education for children with disabilities (57 percent) and grants to attend college (53 percent).  


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