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Campus & Community

Campus Digest — October 2019

October 10, 2019

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The fall term is in full swing! With classes, extracurriculars and co-op, there are plenty of things to keep tabs on this month, but here are a few more things to keep in mind as you start thinking toward midterms.

From the USGA

Freshman Elections – First year students just arrived on campus a few weeks ago, but it’s already time to jump right into the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) freshman elections! External elections will be held this week and internal elections will be next week during week 5. Be sure to cast your vote and help choose the next student leaders on campus. Visit to do so!

From Drexel Business Services

Grand Opening of Avenue C Markets – Drexel Business Solutions received feedback that students wanted more convenient and healthy snack options on campus. Enter Avenue C Markets, the new self-serve markets which will operate during the regular building hours for grab-and-go meals, snacks and hot or cold beverage options.

Visit a market location:

Korman Center lobby (15 South 33rd St.) Lobby

Bossone Research Enterprise Center lobby (3140 Market St.)

W. W. Hagerty Library in the Dragon Den (3300 Market St.)

Avenue C locations accept credit/debit card, payment via the Avenue C Pay and Go App  or DragonDollars. If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback regarding your experience at a market, complete this short form or contact Drexel Business Services at 215.895.6095 from Mon-Fri, 8 am–5 pm.

From Drexel Public Safety

Emergency Numbers for Center City Campus – Drexel’s Department of Public Safety would like to remind all faculty, professional staff and students on the Center City Campus of the following numbers to call in the event of any emergency or safety/security issue: 215.895.2222 or 911. Save 215.895.2222 (“Drexel Public Safety”) in your mobile phone contacts and delete any old emergency numbers you may have had for the Center City Campus. Please remove and/or ignore any signs or stickers in your work areas advising you to call a different number. 

Annual Security Report – In compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and The College and University Security Act of 1988, Public Safety has released its 2019 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. A copy of the 2019 annual report is available at [PDF], or you may request a printed copy by calling Public Safety at 215.895.1550. A five-year archive of these reports is available on the Public Safety website.

Construction Update: Enhancing the Student Experience

These three projects exemplify Drexel’s commitment to enhancing students’ living, learning and recreational experiences on campus. For more construction updates, visit the Real Estate and Facilities website.

Bentley Hall – The residence hall formerly known as Calhoun welcomed the first new class of residents since its makeover last month. With the help of a $5 million gift from Trustee Greg S. Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, and his wife Caroline, Bentley Hall received repairs to the building envelope and renovations throughout the interior to provide an improved, modern student living experience. For an in-depth look at how students are enjoying their newly renovated home away from home, read this DrexelNow piece.

Main Building Auditorium – The Main Building Auditorium got a new look this summer, with upgrades including new carpet, tile, stage floor refinishing, lighting, and a fresh coat of paint. Perhaps best of all for the students who study and take exams there, all the seating has been replaced to incorporate tablet arms for all chairs.

Buckley & Vidas Bubbles – Some of Drexel’s most-used outdoor athletics spaces can now be used year-round, thanks to the addition of new infrastructure to support seasonal, air-supported “bubbles” over Buckley Recreational Field and three existing tennis courts at Vidas Athletic Complex. Once inflated, the structures will provide a controlled environment for play during the colder months. First inflation of the Buckley and Vidas Bubbles is expected in late fall 2019.

Nov. 5 is Election Day!

Drexel students are encouraged to register to vote, become educated about local, state and national candidates, and exercise their right to vote in every election. There are many local county and municipal elections behind held on Tuesday, Nov. 5. If you can’t make it to your polling place that day, many states, including Pennsylvania, allow you to request an absentee ballot online.

Respecting Religious Observances

Embodying a culturally and spiritually diverse community, Drexel recognizes that on the occasion of important or solemn religious days, certain of its members will observe practices that preclude them from attending to their regular duties whether as faculty members, professional staff members or students. On the occasion of such days, it is equally important for all who do not share in these same practices to accommodate their colleagues and peers. Drexel supports an environment that respects the religious observances of others and is committed to making every reasonable effort to accommodate the religious observances. 

The religious observances calendar, developed by the Drexel Interfaith Council, provides a non-exhaustive list of globally recognized religious observances. Information on requesting and providing religious accommodations at Drexel is available on the Office of Equality and Diversity’s website.