News Briefs

VOX petitions school insurance to cover pill

Voices of Planned Parenthood (VOX) at the College recently collected signatures during its “Right to Choose Day” to support coverage of birth control by school insurance.

Currently, the school’s insurance plan does not cover any form of female contraceptive. The petition to bring birth control under the College’s student insurance plan is part of a larger effort by Planned Parenthood to achieve “contraceptive equity.”

Many health insurance plans across the nation cover sexual health products for men, such as the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, but still do not cover the birth control pill and other forms of female contraceptives.

Forrester, wife sponsor entreprenuer series

Former gubernatorial candidate Doug Forrester and his wife Andrea are sponsoring the speaker series “Entrepreneurship for the Public Good,” which begins Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., in the Library auditorium.

The College’s Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement is presenting the program, which will focus on entrepreneurial efforts to benefit the greater society.

“Thanks to the support of Doug and Andrea Forrester, we are able to bring together this group of successful and community conscious nonprofit and business leaders for a program that will enlighten those in attendance about the possibilities and rewards of public entrepreneurship,” David Prensky, director of the Bonner Center, said.

Scheduled presenters include Stacy Holland, chief operations officer of Philadelphia Youth Network, Tom Szaky, chief executive officer of TerraCycle, Inc., Alfa Demmellash, executive director and Alex Forrester, chief operating officer, of Rising Tide Capital, and Hans Dekker, president of the Community Foundation of New Jersey.

Albertine re-elected to CCAS board

Susan Albertine, dean of the School of Culture and Society, was recently re-elected to the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) Board of Directors at its annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia in early November.

Albertine will serve a three-year term on the board. The CCAS is “the largest organization of arts and sciences deans in the country,” according to a press release on the College’s Web site.