March 12, 2010

This year’s Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition had so many promising business plans that picking winners proved difficult. So judges did something unusual: they ponied up their own money on the spot to award another $3,000 prize. The contest, which had 161 entries from 36 countries this year, encourages creative solutions to global poverty. The spontaneous Judges’ Choice award of $3,000 went to two brothers for their plan to help small-scale rice farmers in Mali earn a better living by providing storage, marketing and other post-harvest services. One of the brothers, Mohamed Ali Niang, grew up in Africa and is now studying at Temple’s Fox School of Business.

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Feb. 8, 2010

Most students still prefer print to digital, and even if they don’t, textbook publishers and authors have made very few titles available online. But that could change with the advent of the tablet-style Apple iPad and with students throughout the region buckling under heavy book expenses on top of pricey tuition. “I have no desire to cost these kids one cent more than they need to pay,” said Kate Nelson, an instructor in Temple’s Fox School of Business, who recently completed the fifth edition of a textbook on business ethics. “I am for whatever gets knowledge out there as cheaply as we can get it out there.”