Articles by Clint Cohen

03/22/07 5:00am
When students return to campus this fall, it may be a whole new SEPTA experience. Having previously announced that fares will increase from anywhere to 11 to 31 percent, SEPTA will also eliminate transfers between two modes of transportation - between the bus and subway system, for example - and reduce the number of Regional Rail and suburban transit zones this summer, SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney said.
03/16/07 5:00am

Common Application: New focus for applicants' pasts

The University has recently undertaken a critical examination of current background disclosure requirements for new hires and graduate-student applicants, but other institutions have demonstrated a rising interest in keeping their eye on the criminal background of student applicants, as well.
03/02/07 5:00am

Prof assoc. criticizes hiring-practices review

The nation's largest organization of college professors was less than sold on Penn's movement toward stricter hiring practices for faculty, calling the potential changes "an invasion of privacy."
02/23/07 5:00am

Experts: Ward likely to plead guilty in Pa.

With Scott Ward still facing federal child-pornography charges in Pennsylvania, legal experts say the former Wharton professor doesn't have much of a case and will likely plead guilty once again.
02/22/07 5:00am

Ward to still face trial for Pa. child-porn case

Former Wharton professor Scott Ward will still face additional charges in Pennsylvania despite pleading guilty to child-pornography charges in a Virginia federal court, prosecutors said yesterday. Ward pled guilty Tuesday to producing child pornography for importation into the United States, and it was expected that the plea would result in a consolidation of that case and another child-pornography case implicating Ward in Pennsylvania.
02/21/07 5:00am

Ex-prof pleads guilty

Former Wharton professor Scott Ward pled guilty in federal court yesterday to producing child pornography for importation into the United States. Ward, who has been held in custody since August, is scheduled for sentencing May 11. His trial was expected to begin in Alexandria, Va. Ward's charge carries a sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison, according to a press release issued by the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Virginia.
02/20/07 5:00am

BREAKING NEWS: Former Wharton prof pleads guilty to pornography charges

Former Wharton professor Scott Ward pled guilty today in federal court to producing child pornography for importation into the United States. Ward, who has been held in custody since August, is scheduled for sentencing May 11. His charge carries a sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison, according to a press release issued by the U.
02/19/07 5:00am

University begins review process of current hiring practices, use of background checks

The announcement that the two convicted sex offenders who had been working for the University would no longer be employed at Penn coincides with a University discussion about changing Penn's hiring and admissions policies that Provost Ron Daniels said is "well underway.
02/19/07 5:00am

Sex-offender employees leave Penn

The two convicted sex offenders discovered by Penn officials last month to be working for the University are no longer employed at Penn, University officials said Friday. University spokeswoman Lori Doyle confirmed that the two employees are no longer affiliated with the University but refused to provide further details about the reasons for their departure.
02/15/07 5:00am

Report: NYC law salaries on rise to $190K

A new report predicts that starting salaries for associates at top Manhattan law firms could reach $190,000 by December, and one expert says they have no signs of stopping. The 2007 Salary Guide - published by Robert Half Legal, a recruitment firm based in Menlo Park, Calif.
02/13/07 5:00am

U. leads nation in animal abuse, group says

The University is the most frequent violator of federal animal-abuse guidelines in the country, with 77 citations during a nine-month period, according to research watchdog group Stop Animal Exploitation Now. SAEN reported that most of Penn's violations are in three areas: veterinary care; housing, facilities and sanitation; and institutional animal care and use committees.
02/05/07 5:00am

Academic release revoked for felon

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - Convicted sex felon and former Penn student Kurt Mitman had his academic-release privileges terminated Friday and will not be able to return to campus until at least September. University officials discovered last month that Mitman - a first-year Economics graduate student who is serving a jail sentence on child-molestation charges - was commuting to class from a Bucks County prison for up to 12 hours a day as part of an academic-release program. In a hearing Friday, Bucks County Court Judge Theodore Fritsch suspended Mitman's academic release after ordering the Men's Community Corrections Center, at a hearing Jan. 17, to develop a proposal that would include more rigorous restrictions.
02/05/07 5:00am

McIntosh case settlements reached

Former Penn professor Tracy McIntosh and the University of Pennsylvania have both reached settlements in a civil suit filed by the graduate student McIntosh sexually assaulted in 2002, according to case records filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
02/02/07 5:00am

Mitman's fate to be decided at hearing today

Jailed sex felon and graduate student Kurt Mitman will learn at a hearing today if he will be allowed to return to campus.
01/31/07 5:00am

Hiring likely to mandate self-disclosure

The current University review of Penn's hiring and admissions practices will likely result in all faculty, students and staff being mandated to self-disclose any prior convictions, and more-stringent background checks are also in the works, officials said this week.
01/25/07 5:00am

Jailed sex offender's fate still unknown

A judge will decide within the next week whether jailed sex offender and Penn student Kurt Mitman will be allowed to return to campus, though any release from prison will likely be accompanied by additional security.
01/24/07 5:00am

Sex offenses won't bar hires, admits

Despite revelations that a graduate student and two current University employees are registered sex offenders, University officials say that a criminal conviction will still not prohibit admission or employment at Penn.
01/19/07 5:00am

Jailed sex felon enrolled as student

A convicted sex felon has been enrolled at Penn as a full-time graduate student since September, while still serving his sentence at a Bucks County prison.
01/17/07 5:00am
Cynics who contend that lawyers are morally insensitive now have a study to back them up.
01/11/07 5:00am

Experts: Conviction unlikely for Malinovskaya in retrial

Experts say a third trial for Irina Malinovskaya is unlikely to win a conviction for the prosecution - and some even suggest that the defense will have a better chance at an acquittal.
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