Not a creature was stirring at IUP, not even a mouse.
Less than a year removed from IUP making headlines all across the globe for
a student-teacher debate about gender, a rapper being arrested after performing at IUP and two years removed from a strike,
a fraternity member’s death and multiple IUPatty’s shootings, things have returned to being quiet here on campus.
So, what does this really mean? Either one, IUP media relations people are very good at their jobs, or two, IUP has just returned to being like any other Division II state school in rural America.
IUP is just back to be being expectational at being exceptionally ordinary – and that is not a bad thing.
With nals week now upon us, the biggestheadlines of the semester have been a small shooting between non-students, IUP now offering over-21 housing and IUP football missing the playoffs.
As mentioned in a previous editorial this semester, this fall semester was a crucial one for IUP to try and rid itself of the party- andcontroversy- lled reputation it was known fornot too long ago.
But maybe IUP wasn’t ever any different from the other universities like us in this part of the state.
Clarion. Slippery Rock. Cal U. Edinboro. All are similar in the way that we are
(TNS) In the past, IUP was known as a party school, but has since
attempted to change its reputation.
Division II Western Pennsylvania schools that are members of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for sports, and
we are all home to a pool of students from Pennsylvania for eight to nine months out of the year.
For one thing, enrollment at IUP is much higher than these other schools. This semester’s overall enrollment for credit programs is 11,325. While the enrollment is still down from previous years, it is still far more than our fellow Western Pennsylvania PASSHE schools.
Slippery Rock’s 2018 of cial 15-day-of-classes report shows that 8,824 students attend this fall. California has 7,312 students currently enrolled, Clarion has 5,225 students and Edinboro has only 4,834 students currently enrolled.
IUP’s 2018 freshman and transfer student enrollment of 2,528 is more than half of Edinboro’s total student population at this point.
So, it only makes sense that a bigger state university like IUP would attract more attention, both good and bad from the media.
The other difference?
IUP is very close to some of the state’s most circulated newspapers. According
to a list compiled in April 2016 by Cision Media Research, the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette’s circulation of 140,987 is good enough for third most in the state, behind only Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Pittsburgh Tribune- Review’s circulation of 89,807 is good enough for the fourth highest in the state.
IUP is fewer than 60 miles from the Post- Gazette and fewer than 40 miles from the Tribune-Review’s Greensburg location.
So, is it possible that IUP was always very similar to all the other state schools in Western Pennsylvania aside from size and location, and the more intense media coverage of our school is what led to the past reputation of us?