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First Lady Frances Wolf Visits the Lion’s Pantry, Discusses Need to Increase Pennsylvania’s Outdated Minimum Wage to Help College Students Meet Basic Needs

first_imgFirst Lady Frances Wolf Visits the Lion’s Pantry, Discusses Need to Increase Pennsylvania’s Outdated Minimum Wage to Help College Students Meet Basic Needs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter First Lady Frances Wolf,  Minimum Wage,  Press Release State College – First Lady Frances Wolf today toured the Lion’s Pantry – Penn State’s student-run food pantry – and met with students and administrators to discuss financial struggles many higher education students in Pennsylvania – and across the country – are facing. The First Lady discussed possible solutions to help these students succeed – including an immediate increase to the commonwealth’s minimum wage.“We know that over 30 percent of college students go hungry because they can’t afford proper nutrition,” First Lady Wolf said. “We also know that many of these students carry jobs in addition to their studies. Raising the commonwealth’s minimum wage would help these struggling students meet their basic needs so they can succeed in school and get the skills they need to attain jobs after graduation.”A Government Accountability Office report released in December 2018 found that at least one in three college students do not always have enough to eat. Additionally, 71 percent of college students today do not fit the model of a “typical” college student and may be financially independent, work at least part time, enroll in and stay in college at a later age, or have dependent children. These factors, when paired with other challenges students face like cost of tuition, lodging and/or transportation, books, and supplies, can create significant barriers to making ends meet.Governor Tom Wolf established Pennsylvania’s Food Security Partnership in September 2015. The Partnership includes the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services. The partnership was established to address hunger in Pennsylvania across numerous fronts and coordinate food and nutrition programs and centralize coordination with federal, state, and local partners. As part of this effort, the Food Security Partnership leads the commonwealth’s efforts to better respond to issues that exacerbate food insecurity around Pennsylvania. The issue of hunger among college students has been identified as an opportunity for greater coordination and support.In January 2018, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services took another step toward addressing this problem by changing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility requirements for community college students. Under the new policy, community college students enrolled at least part-time and in a qualifying career or technical education program under the Carl D. Perkins Vocation and Technical Education Act or a program preparing students for a high-priority occupation may receive SNAP benefits if they otherwise qualify for the program. Examples of high-priority occupations set by the Department of Labor & Industry include jobs in technology, education, health care, human services, law enforcement, and skilled trades. Before the policy change, individuals who were attending school had to meet exemptions such as working more than 20 hours a week, caring for a child under the age of 6, or having a medical barrier to employment in order to qualify for SNAP while attending school.During the roundtable discussion, the first lady and students identified additional steps that can be taken to further support hard-working students – including an increase to the commonwealth’s outdated minimum wage. Lion’s Pantry President and Penn State student, Sayre Bradley commented: “We’re incredibly excited to meet with the First Lady today and discuss basic need insecurity amongst college students. This is a great opportunity for students to share their experiences and involvement while discussing what can be done at an institutional, state, and federal level to support college students facing food insecurity. Addressing the minimum wage is a great step towards making sure that no student is hungry.”The commonwealth’s current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour is the lowest allowed by federal law and trails most other states in the nation, including all of our surrounding states. That means Pennsylvanians doing the same job – especially in rural communities – earn less than someone in Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia.center_img November 14, 2019last_img read more

MBB : CARDINAL RULE: Cards use first-half surge to stun Syracuse

first_img Published on February 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hands on his hips, Scoop Jardine looked bewildered.Louisville had just capped a furious first-half run with another 3-pointer. This one, from Preston Knowles, came from about 25 feet as the buzzer sounded. And Jardine had a hand in his face.‘We let their best two shooters get hot,’ Jardine said of the Cardinals’ Knowles and Kyle Kuric. ‘That was the game.’So Jardine expressed the 21-4 Cardinals run in the simplest of ways: hands on his hips. Trailing by seven at one point in the first half, No. 16 Louisville (19-6, 8-4 Big East) used that run to take a 10-point cushion into halftime. And in a game of seismic shifts and turns, No. 12 Syracuse (20-6, 7-6) couldn’t recover inside the KFC Yum! Center, falling 73-69 to the Cardinals in front of 22,755.It was the second straight loss for the Orange and sixth in its last eight games. And it was Syracuse’s seventh consecutive defeat at the hands of the Cardinals. This one came as the result of a stunning turn of events — one Syracuse almost answered with a dramatic run of its own late in the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We had a bad end to the first half,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘We didn’t find their shooters.’That bad end started after the Orange built a comfortable 26-19 lead with just more than five minutes remaining in the first half. Then came the steady Louisville comeback, led by center Terrence Jennings. Then came the barrage of 3-pointers that would end in a 19-point swing in a little more than five minutes.With six quick points from Jennings and a free throw by Preston Knowles, Louisville tied the score at 26-26 in two minutes. Then, a Knowles 3. Then, another. Then, a Kuric 3-pointer after a kicked ball went right into his arms.In four minutes, Louisville now had a seven-point cushion. And the Cardinals weren’t done. After Jardine got into the lane for an easy, almost uncontested layup, Knowles raced down the floor. He pulled up with fewer than two seconds left on the clock and hit the 3-pointer that left Jardine stunned.‘We dug ourselves into a hole when we basically had the game won in the first half,’ Jardine said. ‘We can’t get behind to Louisville, can’t get behind 10 points going into halftime. They shoot too well.’And Louisville took that momentum and rode it into the second half, shooting just as well. Jennings opened the half with seven of Louisville’s first nine points. And a little later, two 3-pointers from Knowles and Kuric gave the Cardinals a 20-point lead.Spanning 9:30 of game time, the finishing touch on a 38-11 Louisville run was that 3 from Kuric. At one point, the Cardinals scored on 15 consecutive possessions. Kuric had 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting, and Knowles finished with 22 on 7-of-14.‘The objective was to not let them shoot,’ SU guard Brandon Triche said. ‘It was difficult for us. … They made us move as guards. They penetrated, and they sucked us in, and then they spread it out really well.‘Sometimes, we went to the wrong shooter. We didn’t go to Kuric. We probably went to Chris Smith or the other guys and left one of their best shooters open. And they knocked them down.’Syracuse nearly shocked an entire arena with what would ensue in the next eight-plus minutes. Starting with a Rick Jackson layup and ending with one from Triche, SU went on a 14-2 run to close a once 15-point gap to just three.But the deficit was too much to overcome. Louisville secured the game by making free throws. Peyton Siva ended the game on the line. After he missed the second free-throw attempt, C.J. Fair’s errant pass to Jardine left the point guard in resignation. Hands on the ground, head down, as the clock expired.In the Syracuse locker room after the game, Jardine displayed a similar emotion. Sunk in his locker, defeated, resigned and trying to look ahead. In a game of whirlwind emotions and twists, SU fell just short.‘We can’t kill ourselves like that in the beginning of the game,’ Jardine said. ‘We have to come out ready. We have to match teams’ toughness. If we don’t do that, we’re not going to win any games in the Big East.’bplogiur@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more