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Matt Erickson

Staff Writer
Matt Erickson serves as editor for DrexelNow and the Drexel Quarterly print newsletter, in addition to contributing to Drexel's publications as a writer. Matt joined Drexel in 2013 after working for three years as a newspaper reporter, most recently at the Lawrence Journal-World in Lawrence, Kan. A University of Kansas graduate, he recently moved from Kansas to northern Delaware as part of an attempt to inhabit each of the country's most obscure states. He can often be found staring at his phone on his commuter train, trading lines from the TV show "Arrested Development" with his wife to the point where they should really not be funny anymore and obsessively following the Kansas City Royals despite the fact that they have not made the playoffs during his lifetime.



Drexel rugby team

Drexel Men's Rugby Squad Will Play in National Spotlight

Combine the physical contact of football with the endurance requirements of soccer, and you get one tough sport. But for one tight-knit group at Drexel, that unforgiving sport is about to give them something back after hours and hours of work: a chance to play in the national spotlight.

Fight Song contest

Drexel offers $750 prize in fight song contest — and takes aim at world record

Since it was resurrected about five years ago, Drexel’s fight song has enlivened basketball games and given the University a bit more traditional glue to bind its community together. Now, it could also win you $750.

Behavioral Lab

LeBow Hall’s New Research Lab Has Eyes — and Controls — Everywhere

Even the reception room isn't quite what it seems in Gerri C. LeBow Hall's new behavioral lab, where there's a lot more going on than what meets the eye.

Eileen Behr

Drexel's New Police Chief Remembers Her Pioneering Career and Tells Her Best Cop Story

DrexelNow sat down with Eileen Behr, Drexel's new director of police operations, to discuss what it was like to work at a time when women were first entering police departments and why the world can seem pretty small for a police officer.

Stained glass window

Hidden Treasures: The Armory's Military Artifact Collection

Drexel has a proud military history, so it’s only fitting that an extensive collection of artifacts from the armed forces sits right on the University City Campus.

Susan Aldridge

How Much Does Online Education Matter for Drexel? A Q&A With Susan Aldridge

The world of online learning is changing fast, at Drexel and around the world. What’s in store for the future? DrexelNow talked with the University's new online-education leader for some clues.

People planting a tree

What Does the West Philadelphia Promise Zone Mean for Drexel? A Q&A With Lucy Kerman

What does being a Promise Zone mean for the area? Why and how is Drexel a part of the designation? DrexelNow talked with Lucy Kerman, vice provost for University and Community Partnerships, about those questions and more. 

Drexel Main Building

Why Drexel Is Aiming to Become More Efficient

Drexel is trying to reduce expenses and increase revenue, but it has little to do with the current state of its finances. Instead, it's about making sure the University improves its competitive position in a changing higher-education landscape.

Richard Kopp singing the fight song

Employee Spotlight: Richard Kopp, Champion of the Drexel Fight Song

Richard Kopp has sung Drexel’s fight song behind a table at new student orientation sessions. He has sung it with fist-pumping fury in front of 3,000 new students in the Daskalakis Athletic Center. And he has sung it in a boardroom, in front of 50 or so skeptical Alumni Association Board of Governors members.

Drexel rowers celebrating

Drexel Ready for First Dad Vail Regatta as Defending Champion

Drexel will be right in the middle of this year's Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, a must-see part of the Philadelphia experience. The Dragons won the overall team championship at last year's regatta for the first time.

Mohammad Nozari and family

A PhD Student With a Commute and a Family: Mohammad Nozari's Story

Mohammad Nozari’s days are filled with things just about any graduate student is familiar with: Classes. Research. Teaching. Dissertation work. But there are other things, too.

Exterior of Gerri C. LeBow Hall

How LeBow Students Helped SAP Hire Employees on the Autism Spectrum

Seventeen students in a LeBow College of Business online MBA course served as consultants for the software corporation SAP during the winter term. Their job: help the company with an initiative to hire more workers with autism spectrum disorder.