April 25, 2008 |
The University of Pennsylvania had 20 sports teams singled out by the NCAA for outstanding academic performance, it was announced yesterday. Penn's teams were included among 712 squads nationwide recognized by the NCAA. Yale produced the most impressive classroom performance for the second year in a row. Of the 29 men's and women's sports offered by the school and measured by the NCAA, the Bulldogs made the list in 28 sports. Villanova's football team also was recognized. The grades are calculated over a 4-year period but not including 2007-08.
January 22, 1990 |
Penncrest's Kiernan Conn is not your prototypical wrestler. "I think I break the average stereotype for wrestlers," he said. "Even my own teammates joke about me because I often am reading or doing homework while waiting for my match to begin. " Reading? At a wrestling match? Sure, when you are taking seven accelerated college preparatory classes; captaining the school's Hi-Q team, which competes academically in quizzes against other schools; teaching a Saturday morning karate class for grade schoolers, and preparing for the weekend's science olympics, you need all the time you can get. "I have always done a lot of things at the same time, especially in academics," Conn said.
December 13, 1999 |
Bishop Eustace centerfielder Tom Cuneo, one of the fastest outfielders in South Jersey, has made an oral commitment to attend the University of Pennsylvania. Cuneo, who has scored 1,400 on the Scholastic Assessment Test, said his decision was made Saturday after he received early acceptance to the Ivy League school. "I really wanted to go to Penn because of the academics, and I also like the baseball program," Cuneo said yesterday. "They have a couple of seniors graduating, and I was told I will have a chance to play right away.
January 1, 1987 |
Penn Wood wrestling coach Steve Palis says he's seen his share of athletes who decide they want to pursue athletics in college but let their academics suffer at the expense of an extra five minutes in the weight room. "Some of those kids think a school won't care what their grades are or their test scores are as long as they're good athletes," Palis said. "When they finally realize the mistake they've made, sometimes it's too late. Those kids go about doing things the wrong way. " Based on that, David Wood, a team captain and one of the best all-round athletes in Delaware County, is going about things the right way. In addition to his status as an all-Del Val league performer in wrestling, football and baseball, Wood has a 3.7 grade-point average, which gives him a class rank of 11 out of 349, a spot on Penn Wood's honor roll and membership in the National Honor Society.
October 14, 2014 |
When they hear the word adoption, people often think of babies. However, the majority of children in need of permanent homes are school-age, and many are teenagers. Among them is Jordan. At 15, he is handsome, attentive, and well-mannered, and takes pride in his appearance. He also excels in sports, enjoys playing basketball with friends, and gets a kick out of testing his skills at video games. Jordan's favorite foods are hamburgers, french fries, spaghetti with meatballs, rice and beans, and salads.
June 30, 1986 |
As University of Maryland officials attempt to make academics a priority for their athletes in the wake of the Len Bias tragedy, some former Terrapin basketball players have told The Baltimore Sun how difficult it was to maintain a high grade-point average and a high scoring average at the same time. "It's only my opinion, but I don't think many people can do both well," said Lawrence Boston, 30, who starred for Maryland in the late 1970s and now plays professionally in Europe.
November 8, 1997 |
If someone attacks you in the groves of academe, you can't very well swing a machete at them. Therefore, words are our weapons, and we academics are all avid quoters of the wisdom of others. Rudyard Kipling got it right when he said, "Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. " That means words can also be misused or abused. Some of us are more likely than others to overdose on words. Worst of all, for those of us on college campuses, it's too easy to say the right words and skip the actions that should go with them.
March 26, 1987 |
On a sprawling tract of wooded farmland in rural Chester County, kindergarten pupils at a private school slice apples, bananas and oranges for a fruit salad they will eat later in the day; use their fingers to knit strands of yarn; dress up to play make-believe; and listen to stories told by their teacher. At Avery D. Harrington Elementary in West Philadelphia and William Dick Elementary in North Philadelphia - and at all other city public schools - 5- year-olds are recognizing letters of the alphabet and making up sentences to show they understand the days of the week.
October 27, 1995 |
Cabrini College's Donna Schaeffer has three majors, two sports and a schedule as congested as New York City traffic at rush hour. But Schaeffer isn't complaining. "I'm concentrating on academics," she said. "But I'm glad I have tennis and softball. They help me keep my sanity. " Schaeffer, a Phoenixville High graduate, has been cracking books and forehands with equal success lately. She majors in English, communications and history, and carries a 3.1 grade-point average.
July 30, 1993 |
I am going to make a statement. You tell me if it is racist. Black athletes appear to be able to jump higher and sprint faster than white athletes. I base that statement on two things: What I see with my own eyes. I see collegiate and professional basketball dominated by black players with great leaping and sprinting ability. In football, I see almost all positions requiring bursts of speed dominated by black players. In track, I see black runners dominating the shorter distances.