May 15, 2015 |
NANCY MORGAN got a chance to try out her French during a reception in 2001 for French dignitaries in celebration of French support for the American Revolution 225 years before. As she presented a ceremonial bowl to French ambassador Francois Bujon de l'Estang, she said, "Vive la France. Vive l'Etats Unis. Vive l'alliance. Vive Philadelphie. " Then she impulsively added, "Vive l'amour!" Explaining why she added the expression of eternal love to her remarks, she said, "I cannot say the vives without saying, 'Vive l'amour.' " "Well," someone said, "we are the city that loves you back.
May 1, 2015 |
In fall of her junior year, Travonya Kenly learned from her roommate of a marine biology program at Duke University that offered a full scholarship and gave special consideration to minority students. "Sure, I'll apply for that," responded Kenly, a student at Cheyney University, the historically black school in Chester County. She got in - one of two students in the country to be so honored - and traveled as far as Singapore to study. That wasn't the first time abroad for the student from Allentown.
March 19, 2015 |
VAUGHN COVINGTON isn't shy on the basketball court, but you could call him offensively bashful. The 5-11 junior for Neumann-Goretti High is a pass-first, second and third point guard for the Saints. Before last night's Class AAA semifinal against Imhotep Charter, Covington had never topped the Saints in scoring in Catholic League play or the playoffs. He also only recorded double digits three times this season after only thrice last season. Against the Panthers, however, Covington's 21 points led the victorious Saints to a 75-67 triumph and another state title appearance.
March 19, 2015 |
Vaughn Covington isn't shy on the basketball court, but you could call him bashful on offense. The 5-foot-11 junior for Neumann-Goretti is a pass-first, -second, and -third point guard for the Saints. So much so that Covington had never led the Saints in scoring heading into the PIAA Class AAA semifinals Tuesday night. He had recorded double digits just six times in the last two seasons. Tuesday night, however, Covington's team-high 21 points led the Saints to a 75-67 triumph over Imhotep Charter and another appearance in the state title game.
February 27, 2015 |
Patrons of the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia founded the historic school in the mid-19th century so their students would be prepared for the day when equality arrived. But graduate Octavius V. Catto couldn't wait that long. The civil rights hero took what he learned at the school that would become Cheyney University and used it to speed up the process. So did many of his classmates - but with much less attention paid to them. A new digital history project at Villanova University aims to change that.
February 4, 2015 |
RANDOLPH SANDERS attended Kim Jones' birthday party over the summer and her funeral last month. He shook hands with her friends and family, wearing a smile or a furrowed brow, depending on the occasion. He might as well have been wearing a mask. On the morning of Jan. 13, Sanders, 36, allegedly put a bullet in Jones' head and calmly walked away - then dialed her phone number minutes later to check on her well-being. Sanders hadn't yet seen her that morning, he said on her voice mail.
January 15, 2015 |
Paul Steinke, former general manager of the Reading Terminal Market, announced his bid Tuesday for an at-large City Council seat, calling himself a candidate with a track record of transforming the city for the better. Standing in front of the wide windows of a Center City bar across from the market he oversaw for 13 years, the Democrat said his life's work has been "creating growth and producing results. " "Our city deservedly is an international destination, known for its great history.
December 25, 2014 |
Helen F. Giles-Gee, the first African American and first female president of the University of the Sciences, has resigned after 21/2 years, the university announced Tuesday. Her resignation, which came as the 2,800-student campus was preparing to close for winter break, is effective next Wednesday, the university said. Giles-Gee was not available for comment, said university spokesman Brian Kirschner, who described the president's departure as a "personal decision. " "At this time, and after serious reflection, I have decided to leave University of the Sciences.
December 24, 2014 |
WHEN UNIVERSITY of the Sciences students return from winter break, they will have a new president. The university yesterday announced the resignation of Helen Giles-Gee after 2 1/2 years. Giles-Gee, who became the school's first female president and 22nd president overall when she assumed the post in July 2012, will step down Dec. 31. Board of Trustees chairman Marvin Samson will serve as interim president. "At this time and after serious reflection, I have decided to leave University of the Sciences," Giles-Gee wrote in a statement.
December 19, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Saddled with escalating debt and declining enrollment, Cheyney University - the nation's first college for black people - is in dire straits that will worsen unless the state takes "drastic action" to rescue the school, the state auditor general said Wednesday. The school's expenses exceeded its revenue in four of the last five years, and its deficit, already $12 million, will grow by an additional $5 million this academic year, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in a report.