Harrisburg University: Will it survive financial struggle?

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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is the Blanche DuBois of Pennsylvania higher education. Like Tennessee Williams' tragic heroine in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the university is both alluring and fragile. Despite all efforts to keep up appearances—and some illusions of grandeur—its past threatens to overwhelm its shaky present.

And like Blanche DuBois, the university depends on “the kindness of strangers,” from more than $50 million in state and federal tax dollars to Dauphin County, which is committed to paying $1.5 million on behalf of the university every year for the next six years.

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