September 20, 2016 |
TEMPLE STILL has never won at Penn State, although there was a 7-7 tie in 1950. And since there are no future meetings scheduled, who knows when or even if the Owls will get more chances? In last season's opener, they beat the Nittany Lions for the first time in 74 years by scoring the last 27 points. This time, on an afternoon when Penn State chose to honor the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno taking over the program, they never led. It was 7-7 midway through the first quarter, 21-10 at the half and 27-24 with eight minutes to go. The Owls (1-2)
September 18, 2016 |
Hard to believe it's only Sept. 17 and we're just into the third week of a 15-week college football season but we're already talking about potential playoff elimination games. The top three teams in this week's Associated Press poll all face games on the road against ranked opponents: No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 Mississippi, second-ranked Florida State at No. 10 Louisville, and No. 3 Ohio State at 14th-ranked Oklahoma. What's even more heavenly is that no two contests are being televised at the same time.
September 18, 2016 |
Florida State at Louisville, noon, 6ABC: This heavyweight matchup pits the Seminoles, who have outscored opponents, 84-12, in the last six quarters, against the Cardinals, whose quarterback, Lamar Jackson, has amassed 1,015 yards of total offense in two games while accounting for 13 touchdowns. Alabama at Mississippi, 3:30 p.m., CBS3: The top-ranked Crimson Tide have never lost games in three straight seasons to the same opponent since Nick Saban has been head coach, but the Rebels get their chance at home with quarterback Chad Kelly trying to dent a rock-solid Alabama defense.
September 15, 2016 |
Joan Mazzotti always has a story about a student who has faced tough circumstances but has persevered to get to and through college - with her organization's help. In Mazzotti's more than 16 years at the helm of Philadelphia Futures, the nonprofit organization has shepherded more than 500 students through cash-strapped public high schools in the city and on to college. Among them were two Haitian-born orphans whom she and her husband mentored. Now, Mazzotti herself is preparing to take a culminating step.
September 14, 2016
The Philadelphia Education Fund has received a $3 million federal grant to help prepare students at five city high schools for college. The money awarded to the fund's College Access Program will be used over the five years to create college-going cultures at the schools and to help 1,200 students apply for college, obtain financial aid and attend college after they complete high school. The five high schools that will share in the grant are Kensington CAPA, Olney Charter, John Bartram, Robeson and Roxborough.
September 13, 2016 |
No one knows how long Rowan University's water has been contaminated with lead. When the university announced this month that it had found elevated lead levels in the water of several buildings on its main campus in Glassboro, it could not say how many generations of students may have been drinking contaminated water. It simply doesn't know. When lead is present in water, humans can't taste, smell, or see it — it can only be detected by testing the water. And Rowan, as far as administrators can tell, has never conducted any real testing of its water, other than at its child-care facilities.
September 12, 2016 |
IF CARSON Wentz's first NFL start, Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, goes anything like his first college start, Eagles fans will be ready to dye their hair red and throw him a parade. On Aug. 30, 2014, Wentz took the helm of the FCS North Dakota State Bison against Iowa State, an FBS school, at Ames, Iowa. The Bison fell behind, 14-0, early, in front of a hostile crowd of 54,800 at Jack Trice Stadium. "Carson just got the guys together in the huddle, and I remember he was like, 'Hey, we're going to put a drive together here.' I think it was literally the next play, our running back (John Crockett, now on IR with Green Bay)
September 12, 2016 |
The setting: the Weymouth building of Lancaster Court Apartments. The event: move-in day at St. Joseph's University. The mood: tired and sweaty from carrying so much stuff up so many steps as temperatures climbed, too, into the 90s. The exception to this overall miserable scene late last month: Isabela Garcia. A 19-year-old sophomore from Panama, Garcia was the picture of Zen, chilling in her air-conditioned room while two guys lugged in seven boxes, two duffel bags, and two large trash bags full of her belongings, as well as a plastic cabinet, a hamper, a comforter, and a mini-fridge.
September 9, 2016 |
Several local colleges, including Harcum, Peirce, and Community College of Philadelphia, are reaching out to students who have been displaced by the sudden closing of ITT Technical Institute's campuses. "ITT Tech had been offering several comparable programs to Harcum's, in business and criminal justice, for instance," Jon Jay DeTemple, president of the Bryn Mawr-based Harcum College, said. "Harcum would like to help these students continue their education here, since several ITT campuses are within the Philly region and a comfortable commuting distance to either our Bryn Mawr campus or our partnership sites.