Five Top Stories of Spring 2017

As we all pack up for the summer and reflect on the past semester, take a moment to stop and read some of the most important stories that were published this semester. 
 
Here is our countdown to the top five stories of the spring 2017 semester. 
 
Riley Dance Marathons happen on campuses nation wide and this year, FCDM marathon participants raised $33,371.76 for Riley Hospital for Children under Jaime Robbins’ leadership which was $10,000 more than their goal. 
 
A petition was making it’s way around campus with more than 250 signatures at the time this story was written. The petition set out to inquire how many students want gender-inclusive dorms on campus in at least one of the following ways: a whole floor in Elsey Hall, a whole floor in the Dietz Center, or the entirety of Johnson-Dietz. 
 
Senior Regina Solik is the first female swimmer at Franklin College to compete at the swimming and diving national championships.
 
For the first time in Franklin College’s history, tuition will break $30,000 next semester. A few of the increased institutional costs will work to retain quality faculty members, including gathering more money for healthcare benefits and possible faculty salary increases. 
 
The college announced that it will break ground on the construction of the new science center and renovation of Barnes Hall on May 18, a date that sits at the front end of commencement weekend. The estimated timetable for both structures to be fully operational is late December 2018. The new, larger structure will also house the college’s psychology department upon completion. 
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About Nicole Hernandez 6 Articles

Nicole Hernandez is the social media and web editor for The Franklin. She is majoring in multimedia journalism and minoring in visual communications. Anyone who knows her, knows that she loves photography because she is or has been involved in various positions such as photographer and assistant photo editor for The Franklin and photographer for the college’s communications office, TheStatehouseFile.com and WISH-TV as a summer intern. She also takes her Instagram account way too seriously. When she’s not taking photos she’s working at Starbucks (even though she doesn’t drink coffee) or spending too much time shopping.

This is Nicole’s second year in a leadership role and her third year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as staff photographer and assistant photo editor.

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