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“We used to go to hotel rooms when we could afford them to try to keep us warm, keep us clean,” said Johnson. To get the wireless access Holly needed to complete his schoolwork — he’s a semester away from completing an associate’s degree in criminal justice at Community College of Philadelphia — they would sit in a parking lot. To charge their devices, they relied on the generosity of a woman who let them use her porch outlets. Holly, who has dreams of becoming a lawyer, saw his grades slip after becoming homeless. “I can’t work and drive the car and do my schoolwork at the same time,” Holly said. “Everything was so difficult.”

College Snapshots

Faculty member, Debonair Oates-Primus, was recently selected as student commencement speaker for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s December 14 graduate commencement ceremony. She will receive her doctoral degree in Literature and Criticism. Oates-Primus began teaching English at the College 11 years ago. Since then, she has helped to create the Diversity Certificate Program and played an integral role in the development of the new Black Studies major. She has also published her short stories in several magazines and journals. In an Interview with IUP News, Oate-Primus explained that she was motivated to “set an example of achievement” for her students of color. She believes “students need to see that people from their community can be successful even what they aren’t able to see it modeled around them.” Oates-Primus's graduation was celebrated by her students. She said when that when they found out she passed "Well, the students couldn’t wait. [She] walked into the classroom and they were all yelling congratulations and running up to hug [her]."