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40 West fortifies new apartments in YMCA

Kirstin Cook / Editor-in-Chief, Phat Nguyen / News Editor

January 30, 2012

Students looking to live off-campus, but not too off-campus, will now have the option of living in new apartments being constructed on the upper floors of the Wilkes-Barre YMCA. 40 West is a new 21 apartment unit that is being...

New Farley catalog is ‘hell on wheels,’ helps library hit record gate count

Bill Thomas, Assistant News Editor

November 22, 2011

In the month of October, more than 31,000 people passed through the doors of Wilkes University’s Farley Library. Sure, a lot of those bodies were “repeat customers,” but John Stachacz, the library dean, held that number...

IT committee seeks input from faculty, students for possible e-mail switch

Bill Thomas, Assistant News Editor

November 22, 2011

With the success of the Farley Library’s switch from its outdated, on-site server-stored VTLS catalog system to the new, cloud-based ENCORE system, Library Dean John Stachacz has been tapped to help Wilkes’ IT Committee determine...

Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner warns of America’s waning future

Kirstin Cook, Editor-in-Chief

November 19, 2011

Thomas Friedman believes the world is flat. At least, this is the metaphor “The New York Times” foreign affairs columnists applies to the state of instantaneous business connections made possible by advanced technology. Friedman...

Wilkes-Barre robbery poses little threat to campus, despite early reports

Bill Thomas, Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2011

Despite reports of another robbery within walking distance of Wilkes University, it is doubtful that the campus community is in any danger, Public Safety manager Jerry Rebo said Wednesday afternoon. Around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday,...

Friends and family remember deceased public safety worker

Kat Dodson, Staff Writer

November 15, 2011

On Monday, Oct. 24, Wilkes Public Safety staff member Marybeth Patterson died of cancer at the age of 51. Although her passing has caused them grief, those who knew Marybeth take joy in remembering her as she was—a beloved family...

Wilkes and community embraces the homeless and hungry

Kirstin Cook, Editor-in-Chief

November 15, 2011

The sky blue walls and floors, crisp white tablecloths and vases filled with autumn leaves may evoke memories of better times for visitors to the St. Vincent De Paul Kitchen. Whether they are homeless or just low on grocery funds,...

Twelve Wilkes faculty and staff awarded at conference

Kat Dodson, Staff Writer

November 15, 2011

This September, twelve Wilkes University faculty and staff members were recognized for their achievements as advisers and educators by the Teaching Recognition & Effectiveness Committee.  Four award-winners were available...

Pennsylvania Health Care Access Network supports two new campaigns

Amanda Leonard, News Editor

November 8, 2011

Not too long ago, college-aged students went without health insurance and didn’t think twice. It may have been that they  could not afford it, they was no longer part of their parent’s plan or merely felt that they simply...

Disappointing turnout reveals problems at IT meeting

Bill Thomas, Assistant News Editor

November 8, 2011

This semester, Wilkes University’s Information Technology Services staff has been plagued by unexpected power outages, network failure and defective equipment. However, the biggest obstacle ITS faces may be its need to improve...

Resident life searches for involved students to become RAs

Todd Oravic, Staff Writer

November 8, 2011

Residence life fliers, posted all around the Wilkes campus, indicate that students will have the opportunity to “take a step in the right direction” and become a resident assistant for students living on campus. An information...

Family Day welcomes parents to campus for the day

Ian Foley, Staff Writer

November 8, 2011

When was the last time you had a chance to reunite with your family and show them around campus? Student Affairs gave students a chance to do just that.Wilkes University held its annual Family Day on Saturday, Nov. 5. “It’s...

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