A Nominal Mystery at Drexel Law

Drexel University Law will no longer bear the name of donor Earle I. Mack ('59), who donated $15 million 2 years after the school graduated its first class. Made available in full-text glory here by an anonymous Drexel Law alum and blogger, the e-mail the school sent out regarding the decision was congenial to a fault and leaves many remaining questions.

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Another $10 Million to UPenn from Lauder Heirs Makes a Hat Trick

Ronald (Wharton ’65), Leonard and William Lauder this November pledged $10 million to a new fundraising campaign at the Lauder Institute: a part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. They seek to raise money for financial aid, outreach and tech upgrades.

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Construction Mogul Foots the Bill for New Notre Dame Architecture School Building

Long-time Notre Dame supporters Joyce and alum Matthew Walsh late last month gave the school $27 million for the construction of a new architecture building. Notre Dame will call the school the Walsh Family School of Architecture to commemorate the donors.
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Cancer, Sports, and Business: Phil Knight's Charitable Darlings

Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) alumni Phil Knight last Friday promised the school $500 million for cancer research on the condition that they can garner another $500 million in support from elsewhere over the next two years. This is the latest in a series of three gifts from the Nike co-founder and his wife, Penny, to OHSU;
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Trinity Washington and Alumni Flattery

Trinity Washington University received one quarter of the total money they need to fund a new $40 million academic center from alumna Joan Payden. Construction will begin summer 2014. Payden, who earned who earned her BA from Trinity in physics and math, now runs an $80 billion investment firm in LA: Payden & Rygel.

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Pre-Hatch Chicken Count Leads to Egg-on-Face at Centre College

The A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust this week reneged on a $250 million donation in stock to Centre College hours before the deal closed. It would've more than doubled the small school's endowment. Before the floor fell out, Centre had planned to create 160 full economics, business and science scholarships with the money.

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