December 16, 2013 |
Jim Glavin, now the rowing coach at St. Joseph's Prep, can remember the phone call. He was just back in the country after coaching a boat at the world rowing championships when one of his rowers called. They'd dropped the rowing team. "I thought he was kidding," said Glavin. "I thought it was a practical joke. " This was St. Joseph's College, summer of 1975. Title IX, signed into law by President Richard Nixon three years earlier, called for gender equity in educational programs that receive federal funding.
December 16, 2013 |
As the shock bit into her, Temple's women's rowing coach didn't remember saying much of anything. "I couldn't even think of a question," Rebecca Smith Grzybowski said. "I was completely blindsided. " Seven Temple sports had just been cut, she was told by athletic director Kevin G. Clark, including her sport. By the time of that conversation, midday on Dec. 6, Temple's board of trustees had already voted unanimously to cut baseball, softball, men's gymnastics, men's indoor track and spring track and field, and men's and women's rowing, effective at the end of the spring season.
August 6, 2013 |
Tow-truck operator Rodney Williams sat beneath a gloomy underpass on Kelly Drive, watching the cars whiz by as drivers headed into a notorious curve just before Boathouse Row. The rain came down in slanted sheets, scarring the surface of the surging, mud-churned Schuylkill River during Thursday's rainstorm. Small ponds of rainwater formed along the edges of Kelly Drive in both directions. Williams waited. He knew it was not a matter of "if," but "when. " "There were two accidents so far today within the past two-and-a-half hours," said Williams, 36, who drives for Poppy's & Son's towing.
July 29, 2013 |
So why were the club flags on Boathouse Row recently at half staff? For a relatively young man (36 years old) who had lived in Philadelphia for just over two years? Who didn't formally belong to any of those boathouses? Who wasn't even American? Did those spiritual descendants of Jack Kelly along the drive named for him believe they recognized a kindred spirit, or hoped so? Did they see a throwback to a time before performance enhancers and luxury suites and Andrew Bynum?
July 18, 2013
YO, PHILLY! I'm interrupting the regularly scheduled diet and exercise tips that usually run down the righthand side of this page to bring you some shameless promotion for a great cause. Back on My Feet is having its sixth annual fundraising race event Saturday and Sunday. It's called the Stroehmann Back on My Feet 20in24 Challenge and features a long slate of different races over 24 hours, all on a loop along the Schuylkill. Proceeds benefit BoMF, the national nonprofit organization founded in Philadelphia by Anne Mahlum that uses running to help homeless individuals turn their lives around.
July 8, 2013
DID YOU KNOW that you - you, John or Jamilla Q. Public - can have the lights on Boathouse Row lit in a color of your choice to mark a special occasion? Yes you can, but there are conditions and stipulations, says Barry Bessler, chief of staff, Office of the 1st Deputy Commissioner, Parks & Facilities. That's his official title, but since he's the guy who controls the lights, I think of him as Philadelphia's lumiere extraordinaire , or, in Stu-Speak, Director of Pretty Lights.
May 20, 2013 |
They couldn't row. One of them couldn't even speak. Jack Alden tried to stand up in front of schoolmates at a chapel service Friday morning to talk about one of his best friends on the Episcopal Academy rowing team and couldn't get past the first few words. "I just burst into tears," Alden said of the memorial service for Paul Pratt, a junior on the Episcopal Academy team who was killed in a one-car accident Thursday night. Alden and senior Pat Bernhardt, his partner on the Episcopal Academy boys' lightweight double, made up their minds: They weren't going to compete at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta.
May 2, 2013 |
AMID CONCERNS raised by open-land preservationists, Temple University has withdrawn a proposal to build a multimillion-dollar boathouse on the banks of the Schuylkill. The university initially announced plans in January to spend between $8 million and $12 million to erect a 23,000-square-foot boathouse on Fairmount Park land at the north end of Boathouse Row near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge. The plan was the first test of the Open Lands Protection ordinance, established in April 2011, which requires any institution using public land to provide or pay for an equivalent amount of green space to replace it. The city Parks and Recreation Commission raised questions about Temple's proposal at a public hearing in January after the university offered $1.5 million to help restore its former boathouse, the East Park Canoe House - which was condemned in 2008 - in lieu of providing new open space.
April 24, 2013 |
A 31-year-old North Philadelphia man was killed after he lost control of his 2000 Pontiac near the crew grandstands on Kelly Drive and plunged into the Schuylkill, police said. Police said Devon Womack of the 2600 block of North 29th Street was parked with a passenger in a lot near the finish line for crew races. Trying to leave, he put the car into drive instead of reverse and accelerated into the river. A high school crew team helped rescue the 30-year-old passenger. Police said the accident occurred at 5:01 p.m. Firefighters and a police marine rescue squad retrieved Womack from the water at 6:09.
April 20, 2013
A Philadelphia man was awarded the Carnegie Medal for heroism for saving the life of a man whose car plunged into the Schuylkill in 2011, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced Thursday. Christopher DeFelice, who was 32 at the time, was rowing nearby when a car spun out of control near Boathouse Row. The driver, Enderson Tejada, could not swim and submerged with the car. DeFelice dived into the water, which was about 45 degrees, and eventually rescued Tejada. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission named 22 recipients on Thursday.