November 18, 2011 |
Robert J. House, 79, of Center City, a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania who was a founder and principal investigator of a global project on leadership and organizational behavior, died of heart failure Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. House joined the Wharton faculty in 1988. From 1993 to 2003, he was active with the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) research project at Wharton and he coedited three books compiled from the research.
February 13, 2003 |
Alexandra Grilikhes, 70, who built a University of Pennsylvania library from a fledgling facility into a respected source of information, died Saturday of breast cancer at her home in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia. She also was an award-winning poet and novelist who taught at the University of the Arts. As director of Penn's Annenberg School for Communication Library from the late 1960s until she retired in the early 1990s, Ms. Grilikhes "built a real library," said Larry Gross, deputy dean of the Annenberg School.
June 17, 1991 |
A report by the Educational Testing Service finds that "students are poor writers, they do not like to write and they like it less as they go through school. " One reason students write poorly could be that so many teachers write poorly. Strunk and White, in "The Elements of Style," tell us to omit needless words and avoid elaborate and pretentious ones. The writer William Zinsser talks of stripping a sentence to its "cleanest components. " But neither the professional literature nor the meetings on the teaching of writing I attend show any concern for such matters.
June 25, 1986 |
William W. Brickman, a retired graduate professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania and gifted linguist who spoke dozens of modern and ancient tongues, died Sunday. He was 72 and lived in Cherry Hill. Peter Bent, assistant dean at the graduate school of education at Penn, said Brickman's linguistic skills were "remarkable. " "You could sit and have a 20-minute conversation with him in German and he'd walk out the door and talk to somebody else in Polish, or Japanese, and do so quite fluently.
October 7, 1991
IMAGINE THAT Remember Tom Laughlin of the Billy Jack movies? Now he says he wants to run for president. Can you imagine that, a has-been grade B movie actor thinking he has a chance to be president? - Jay Leno EAT THEM WITH A FOX? Alexandra Ripley has been commissioned to write "Sam," the sequel to "Green Eggs and Ham. " - Glynn Moore, Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle. LAWYER JOKE Q. What's the difference between a lawyer and a catfish? A. One's a slimy, garbage-eating nuisance . . . and the other's a fish.
June 12, 1994 |
A few weeks ago, one of my more emotional colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania followed me down the great central staircase of Bennett Hall, the English Department building, lamenting: "You must be just horrified at what is happening at your alma mater. It really is a shame for you!" He was talking about historically black Howard University, situated in Washington, D.C., and founded during the 19th century by the United States Freedmen's Bureau to educate aspiring black citizens of America.
May 20, 1992 |
An educator from Massachusetts who says she's used to coping with shrinking budgets yesterday was named president of West Chester University, the largest in the suburbs, with nearly 12,000 students. "My challenge," said Madeleine Wing Adler, "will be to keep the university moving" despite belt-tightening in Harrisburg. Speaking to well-wishers last night, she called the university in Chester County "the jewel in the crown of the Pennsylvania system. " Adler, 51, has been vice president for academic affairs at Framingham State College, a state school near Boston with about 5,500 students, many of them commuter students - which also is the case at West Chester.
May 14, 2011 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The musician Michel Martelly will be sworn in as Haiti's president Saturday in front of the collapsed National Palace and a shantytown filled with thousands of people displaced by last year's earthquake - two stark reminders of the challenges faced by the neophyte politician. The performer known to Haitians as "Sweet Micky" is not expected to have much of a honeymoon amid deep frustration with a political leadership that has made little progress toward earthquake reconstruction or addressed many other problems, from a deeply dysfunctional judicial system to almost universal unemployment.
April 10, 1995 |
When students at the City University of New York recently jammed streets around City Hall to vent indignation about budget cuts that portend tuition increases, they carried signs denouncing Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, but misspelling his name, as well as "tiution" and "priorty. " Those signs were indications either that more money is needed for higher education, or that less money should be entrusted to the people responsible for that university. Whichever, the turmoil was just one manifestation of resistance to budgets that Giuliani calls "reality therapy.
November 28, 1993 |
Five hundred and one years ago an Italian started American history, which, sensitive people say, has been a blood-soaked tale of unrelieved exploitation, racism, sexism, genocide, violation of the rights of old growth forests and victimization all around. But today the sensitive City University of New York awards Italian Americans a coveted place on its affirmative action list of official victims needing therapeutic preferences. Strange. New York state has an Italian American governor who is from New York City.