“Temple’s bold plan” gets a shout-out from the Inquirer

The Inquirer’s editorial page praised Temple President Ann Weaver Hart’s 2020 plan today, saying it could heal relations between the community and the university.

The editorial noted Hart and the university administration’s troubles with faculty and employee unions, but credited her with standing up to John Taylor’s threats and enduring the union negotiations.

It did say that Hart has been “sluggish” in implementing her vision since she arrive in 2006. What do you all think? Has Hart been successful in your eyes? Does the 2020 plan have “the potential to become a home run” for Temple and the community, as the Inquirer said?

Inquirer tries to get online readership, in a brand new way!

So the Inquirer is launching a new program, called e-Inquirer, where, for just $2.25 a week, you can read the paper exactly as it appears in print, but online. Check it out here.

Seems like a pretty good idea, though I’m not sure how successful it will be. If newspapers are going to survive, they will have to find a way to get readers online – and paying. Even if this doesn’t work, at least they are trying something.

SEPTA strike, Shmepta strike

Hailing a cab on North Broad Street can be impossible on a good day, so it’s a good thing that SEPTA announced it will not strike on Sunday, according to an Inquirer report.

Transport Workers Union president Willie Brown told the Inquirer that there are no plans to strike this weekend or “in the immediate future.” SEPTA workers will continue to work under their current contract but are still in effort to reach a new contract negotiations.