July 18, 2015 |
The body of a 27-year-old woman who appeared to have been beaten and strangled was found Thursday afternoon in her West Philadelphia apartment, police said. Jasmine Wright was in her third-floor unit in the 200 block of South 50th Street. Her father could not reach her by phone and asked an apartment attendant to check on her, said Homicide Capt. James Clark. Wright, who lived alone, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:35 p.m. She was a 2015 graduate of Drexel University's School of Public Health, a Drexel spokeswoman said Thursday night.
July 17, 2015 |
The truck : Nice change of pace here in a food truck scene that's heavy on tacos and other Mexican fare. You can tell from a block away that Royal Tea Truck - a bright red and yellow truck featuring pandas and bubble tea - is bringing a bit of Chinatown to Drexel University's campus. Specialty drinks : So. Many. Beverages. Specialties include the Royal Tea (green milk tea, pudding and tapioca), Iron Man (mango and passion fruit, popping boba and rainbow jelly), Spider Man (strawberry and lychee, rainbow jelly and lychee jelly)
July 17, 2015 |
"LIKE A PUNCH in the gut. " That's how Keith Hooks said he felt upon hearing that Jasmine Wright, 27, his kind and quiet neighbor, had been found brutally murdered in her apartment. "It's just sick," Hooks, 53, said last night, mere feet from the slain Drexel University grad's front door, directly beside his own. "She was professional and sweet," Hooks said. "She just went about her business and didn't bother anybody. "And she certainly didn't deserve this. " Wright's body was found about 2:30 p.m. inside her third-floor apartment on 50th Street near Locust in West Philly, Homicide Capt.
July 13, 2015 |
Paul McCartney keeps a piano bedside to try out musical ideas that come to him in the middle of the night. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin ( The West Wing , Sports Night ) overcomes writer's block by taking six or more showers a day. And John Kounios, a pioneer in the study of insight, rides the quiet Regional Rail car on his commute to and from his West Chester home so he can carve out a creative, idea-inducing space for himself. The Drexel University professor of psychology further isolates himself by donning noise-canceling Bose headphones (to block the rumble of the train)
July 2, 2015 |
Drexel University has laid off "several dozen" administrative employees as a result of a new admissions policy that brought in fewer freshmen for the fall. University officials declined to specify the number of layoffs or how many vacant positions were eliminated, but said the move - along with other cost-cutting - will save $18 million. No faculty members were cut. The employees were to be dismissed by Wednesday. "When we made the conscious decision to take a smaller class size to increase quality, we knew we were going to have to cut administrative costs," said Lori Doyle, senior vice president for university communications.
June 29, 2015 |
John A. Berton teaches at Drexel University. But before he started clocking time at the Westphal College of Media Art and Design as an assistant professor of animation and visual effects, he hung out with dinosaurs and cyborgs. Berton worked on the the visual effects teams for both Jurassic Park and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (the face-morphing effect? That's all Berton). Both movies receive sequels this summer - Jurassic World (Berton saw it the night before he was interviewed last week)
June 11, 2015 |
Drexel students closed out this spring's university fashion show season with a group of witty collections that boasted foil-knit sweaters, elaborately draped evening wear, and sportswear inspired by the brown paper bag. The annual, end-of-year presentations were staged Saturday at the Urban Outfitters corporate headquarters in the Navy Yard. The evening's most noteworthy looks included gowns by senior Calla Michaelides and baggy yet femme sportswear - inspired by the arrogant swagger of discontented youth - by sportswear designer Nadhya Sanchez.
June 9, 2015 |
On first glance, it could pass for an ATM. Or the machine at the Wawa for ordering sandwiches. But the sleek, wireless kiosk tucked in a corner of Drexel University's rec center has a much more weighty purpose. "Get a CHECK-UP from the NECK UP?" a sign near it beckons. On it, students who are feeling depressed or having other mental-health issues can take anonymous, two-minute screenings to see whether they may have a problem. And if their responses suggest a mental illness, the machine arms them with resources and places to go for help.
May 22, 2015 |
ZACH MAKOVSKY walked into the wrestling room at 34th and Market with a fresh shiner. Occupational hazard, he said. "A black eye?" Makovsky shrugged. "Yeah, it's pretty common. " Makovsky looks like the boy next door, but don't get in the ring with him. At 5-4, 125 pounds, he's almost cherubic, except for that shiner. On Saturday, the 32-year-old Drexel graduate has the fight of his life when he goes against John Dodson, the No. 1 contender in the flyweight division, in a UFC card in Las Vegas (FS1, 8 p.m.)
May 18, 2015 |
Drexel University's newest housing complex won't have a dining commons or a study lounge. But it will have two floors of high-end day care and apartments at prices your typical undergrad would struggle to afford. Administrators hope the $55 million 3201 Race St. project on university-owned land will provide homes and child care to a mix of faculty and staff and a yearned-for influx of researchers and techies with ties to the private sector, not necessarily the school itself. The permanent year-round population of young professionals at the residential tower - and others like it to come - are part of Drexel's bid to tip the balance in its surrounding neighborhoods from gown toward town.