January 17, 2014 |
College students and parents looking for financial aid, listen up: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA, has changed this year. The form still asks for information about income, assets, and family size - but with a twist. Schools use the FAFSA form to calculate a family's eligibility for federal aid, as well as many state and private aid programs. What's new this year? The FAFSA form collects financial information from dependent students' legal parents - regardless of their marital status or gender, if those parents live together.
January 3, 2013 |
You'd think it was Santa Claus and his elves standing at Broad Street and Washington Avenue and not Misses P., a.k.a. Nathan Walk, and other members of the Drag Brigade. Everyone wanted a photo with the 10 ladies - a mother who eagerly foisted her toddler into Misses P.'s arms; two police officers; and multiple Mummers with painted faces. "I'm really having a great time," beamed Stella D'oro, Tim Johnson's alter ego, who was dressed as a Pan Am stewardess. In the world of Mummery, this was history.
December 28, 2012 |
WHEN THE NFL announced its Pro Bowl rosters on Wednesday night, Eagles kicker Alex Henery contemplated with curiosity. "I watched with outside hope," Henery admitted. "I kind of figured it wasn't going to come, though. " Aside from guard Evan Mathis, whom offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called the "last man standing" on the Birds' battered offensive line, Henery figured to be the Eagles' best shot at a Pro Bowl nod. Henery, 25, was the Eagles' most valuable player on offense this season.
October 11, 2012 |
Stories about the Iraq War hold a prominent place in this year's National Book Award nominations. The Yellow Birds , a debut novel by Iraq vet Kevin Powers, and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk , by Ben Fountain, are among the five finalists for the fiction award. Both novels are powerful tales about soldiers coming back from battle. This year's finalist authors are a star-studded group notable for their critical and popular success, although major novels from Richard Ford, Michael Chabon, and Barbara Kingsolver are absent from the list.
June 14, 2012 |
When those college tuition bills come in, be prepared for sticker shock - especially at Penn State. The average tuition at a four-year public university climbed 15 percent between 2008 and 2010, fueled by state budget cuts for higher education and increases of 40 percent and more at universities in states like Georgia, Arizona, and California. The U.S. Department of Education's annual look at college affordability also found significant price increases at the nation's private universities, including at for-profit institutions, where the net price for some schools is now twice as high as Harvard's.
May 15, 2012 |
Any hope of burnishing the beleaguered Camden City School District's image before Superintendent Bessie LeFra Young's imminent departure seemed to disappear Monday when the state Department of Education's revised "Quality Single Accountability Continuum" performance review's findings became public. The scores show the district still failing in virtually all categories. The district had appealed the initial QSAC report of early February that gave the district failing grades in four of the five categories — instruction and program (7 percent)
April 25, 2012 |
An American Lung Association report on the nation's air quality has turned up a puzzling blip: In this heavily urbanized region, comparatively rural Chester County has the highest annual average for fine-particle pollution - the sooty stuff that carries chemical pollutants and lodges deep in the lungs. However, the county still meets air quality standards for the pollutant. It's one of many seeming dichotomies found in the report, which is to be released today. Overall, the air we breathe is getting much better.
April 13, 2012
The Inquirer won the 2012 Keystone Press Award Sweepstakes Division I with eight first-place wins, including top prize in investigative reporting for "Assault on Learning," an exposé of violence in Philadelphia schools. The Inquirer has won the honor for the best among the state's largest newspapers in four of the last six years, most recently in 2011. The award was based on total winnings - eight first places, seven seconds, and five honorable mentions. The annual awards were announced Thursday by the Pennsylvania Press Association, which honors journalistic excellence by Pennsylvania newspapers.
February 13, 2012 |
I'm a journalist. And for at least the next 16 months, I am also a student. But to be honest, as a sports editor at the Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn's independent student-run newspaper, it's difficult to turn off my journalism mind and turn on my classroom mind. I spend 18 hours a day on this balance beam between school, friends, and the DP. So it was nothing far from the norm when Tuesday afternoon, instead of putting my full focus into a discussion on perceptions of risk in health, my attention was set on figuring out why Friday's Penn-Harvard men's basketball game was not in ESPN3's broadcast schedule.
February 9, 2012 |
Given that Kanye West is up twice for best rap album (alone and with his bud, Jay Z), he probably won't be throwing one of his famous temper tantrums this Sunday night on national TV (CBS, 8 to 11:30 p.m.) But don't be surprised if somebody else jumps out of the audience at the 54th annual Grammy Awards to loudly protest "we've been robbed. " For certain, protest activities are planned for outside L.A.'s Staples Center on Sunday. There'll also be an anti-Grammy concert (Latin Jazz)