August 23, 2015 |
The mound of clothing, pillows, and belongings piled on top of Cassie Rumbough's bed looked a little daunting. The colorful dorm room was already filled with her possessions and those of her new roommate - including similarly trendy bedspreads and a coffee machine, which both proclaimed to be the most important item in the room. Rumbough, 18, of Bloomsburg, Pa., put a hand on top of the mini-fridge and leaned back, surveying the mess. What was she going to do next? She sighed.
August 18, 2015 |
Pennsylvania and other states should consider legislation similar to a New Jersey proposal that could help prevent suicides among college students. The Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention and Proper Reporting Acts have been approved by the state Senate Higher Education Committee and are awaiting action by the full Senate. They're named for a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania freshman who jumped off a parking garage near the school last year. One of the two bills would require colleges to make individuals trained in suicide prevention available to students on campus or by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
August 17, 2015 |
There's nothing grosser than a bunch of girls," Greta Gerwig is saying. "Girls are gross," Lola Kirke concurs, adding that " 'girls are disgusting' is the moral of Mistress America . " It's not really. If there is a moral in the new film from director Noah Baumbach, cowritten by Baumbach and Gerwig, it's more complicated than that. But it is very much a story about women's relationships, their friendships, affinities, rivalries, betrayals. Maybe a little about hygiene, too. Gerwig stars in Mistress America - open in Los Angeles and New York now, opening in Philadelphia and other markets Aug. 28 - as Brooke Cardinas, a 30-ish New Yorker exploding with ideas but not all that adept at executing them.
August 11, 2015 |
Temple University and its friends deserve congratulations for the on-schedule, on-budget start of restoration of the historic East Park Canoe House. The university took a long and difficult path to a graceful solution that will provide a fitting home for its rowing teams without encroaching on a well-used stretch of Fairmount Park. The university's teams were thrown out of the canoe house in 2008, when the city condemned it following years of neglect. At first, Temple considered building another, 23,000-square-foot boathouse in the area, near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge, which would have consumed precious parkland and made for a tight fit between Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill.
August 10, 2015 |
Battle-scarred as it is, North Broad Street is still punctuated with an extraordinary collection of majestic buildings. The farther north you go, the more beat-up its gilded relics seem to get. Yet at the corner of York Street, you'll find an intact neoclassical complex sharing company with a gas station and a vacant laundromat. The plainer of the two limestone pavilions was built in 1905 to house Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning, a private university that was devoted to the "scientific" study of ancient languages and Jewish history.
July 29, 2015 |
The community college in New Jersey's largest county is shifting its operations around among its physical campuses, closing its longtime Pemberton home and expanding its Mount Laurel campus to reflect enrollment and population changes over the years. The announcement Monday from Rowan College at Burlington County - newly renamed from Burlington County College, reflecting a partnership with Rowan University - follows an internal study showing the school's Mount Laurel campus has high demand, while its Pemberton location does not. It also follows a simple reality: The Mount Laurel campus has already been the de facto main campus for a decade, and future growth for the 9,500-student college was always likely to occur more on that campus than in other locations.
July 25, 2015 |
The Rev. James Robert Tanis, 87, formerly of Villanova, a minister, a scholar, and a professor and director of libraries at Bryn Mawr College, died Sunday, July 19, of respiratory failure at Shannondell in Audubon. He had lived at the senior community for more than a decade. He grew up in Phillipsburg, N.J., where he was born. Dr. Tanis earned a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University; a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York City, in 1954; and a doctor of theology degree in 1967 from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
July 17, 2015 |
IF IT'S JULY and there is a gym with basketballs being bounced by very athletic teenagers, college coaches will be taking up most of the seats. Games may be won or lost on scoreboards from November to April, but, in reality, they are won or lost during the manic July recruiting period when coaches have ambitious itineraries that require detailed planning, on-time airplanes, rental cars, late nights and very early mornings. Sleep and food are options. The coaches are in the gyms to a)
July 16, 2015
DEMOCRATIC presidential candidate Martin O'Malley surrendered - just like many other parents. When his daughters were choosing their colleges, he let them have their way. He didn't want to crush their dreams, and ended up with crushing debt. Last week, O'Malley spelled out a proposal to help students graduate debt-free from public colleges and universities, by increasing Pell Grants and automatically enrolling borrowers in income-based repayment plans. One key part of his plan calls for helping students and parents refinance their debt at lower interest rates.
July 13, 2015 |
Valery Swope, 18, answered her phone one afternoon in March. It was Cabrini College, telling her she had been accepted. "I feel so great. Oh, my Lord. I've got to tell everybody!" First, she posed for a selfie. "I've got to take a picture of this face!" Then she got on the phone. The first six people she called were two caseworkers with the state child welfare agency, two social workers appointed by the court, a child-advocate in the public defender's office, and an FBI agent.