Irma Garcia, a 1980 graduate of St. Francis College, was recently named St. Francis’ Director of Athletics. Garcia played basketball for St. Francis as a student and later became the head coach.
‘COMMON READINGS’ INCREASE ON CAMPUSES
College campuses are discovering the possibilities that open up when students, faculty and staff make a point to read the same book. “Common readings” serve a range of purposes, especially for incoming students who are navigating a big transition.
In recent years, hundreds of colleges and universities have come to assign common readings for new students to complete over the summer. This past summer, the University of Vermont had its students read A Long Way Gone while Holy Cross students read The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.
CONGRESS TO REFORM THE STUDENT LOAN INDUSTRY
Senate and House of Representatives negotiators are getting closer to finalizing a student loan bill to send to the White House based on measures approved earlier this year by both chambers. Sen. Edward Kennedy released a report recently alleging many instances of marketing misconduct among lenders and colleges.
Both Congress and President Bush want to cut federal subsidies paid to lenders, but they differ over how deep the cuts should be. If passed, the reforms would go into effect on Oct. 1.