April 23, 2015 |
AIDAN KERRIGAN enjoys the best of both worlds almost year-round. In autumn, the 5-11, 220-pound linebacker blasted ballcarriers for La Salle High. Springtime, however, it's all about lacrosse, and offense. "There's a balance to it," Kerrigan said after the Explorers clobbered Archbishop Carroll, 19-5, on Monday. "In the fall, I get to hit people. In the spring, I get to score goals. "I like scoring goals," the Maple Glen resident continued. "It's really fun. It's kind of cool to do two different things, because each season has something different.
April 18, 2015 |
A group of vocal anti-drilling activists Thursday night briefly disrupted a Drexel University symposium on exporting liquefied natural gas, giving the city a flavor of the opposition that LNG might arouse. "I'm sorry, I'm going to have to interrupt you and ask you to sit down," City Councilman David Oh said to one of the activists. Drexel security personnel escorted about seven of the protesters out after they persisted. Oh organized the event, attended by about 100 people, to explore the feasibility of locating a facility in the city to liquefy Marcellus Shale natural gas for export.
April 17, 2015 |
A caller awaited Central High School's principal when he arrived at school Wednesday: Mayor Nutter. The city's chief executive, it turns out, had read an Inquirer story detailing the plight of Central's RoboLancers, the student-led robotics program. The team recently won the organization's top honor and a pass to its world championship in St. Louis next week - but needed $35,000 to get there. "He told me it was important for us to be at Worlds," principal Timothy McKenna said. "He said he was going to make calls on our behalf.
April 17, 2015 |
CENTRAL HIGH School's robotics team has overcome its first hurdle in the quest to win a national competition: raising the money to get there. Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania each pledged to donate $20,000 in response to a request from Mayor Nutter to help the magnet school's team raise $35,000 to attend the FIRST World Championship, a four-day competition next week in St. Louis. In announcing the contributions yesterday, Nutter praised the universities for answering the call.
April 14, 2015 |
Facing a couple hundred of his employees this month, Drexel University president John A. Fry outlined his latest plan to remodel the campus once named the nation's ugliest. "That East German-like plaza that we have right now is going to be replaced by something that's really wonderful," he said. Fry pointed to an artist's rendering of a renovated campus quad thick with trees and grass and bordered by the LeBow College of Business building, a contemporary glass-and-limestone tower opened two years ago, and the Korman Center, which would get a much-needed face-lift.
April 7, 2015
DREXEL University junior Zakiya James didn't graduate from high school, or even spend much time there. She never took the SATs or got a GED. None of that stopped the 17-year-old from becoming a Drexel Dragon in January. Since transferring to the school, she has been thriving, taking a host of heavy-duty engineering courses. But there's one small problem: Zakiya's parents can't afford Drexel's pricey tuition. Not by a long shot. Her mother, who works as a medical receptionist in Washington, D.C., was able to make Zakiya's housing deposit and gave her money for books, but that was pretty much it. Zakiya has gotten financial aid from the school, but she is faced with the onerous task of coming up with the rest of the money she needs for tuition on her own. It's heartbreaking.
April 3, 2015 |
In March, Sigma Sound Studios was approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for a historical marker. The North 12th Street studio is one of the birthplaces of The Sound of Philadelphia, and it's where pop classics such as David Bowie's "Young Americans" and Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom" were recorded. That building recently was bought for $1.55 million for, of course, new apartments and condos. Famed recording engineer Joe Tarsia opened Sigma in 1968 and sold it in 2003 (to contractor Mario Santoro)
April 2, 2015 |
In just eight months, he's become one of Drexel University's most popular staffers. If he's not meeting with students in his West Philadelphia office, he's making the rounds of university events: Study Palooza in Center City, a meet-and-greet at the law school, boot camp in the Recreation Center, where he also has his office. "He loves his job," said Kathryn Formica, the university's coordinator of student fitness and wellness, of her office mate. "I think he's going for tenure. " This new employee is a dog, a Carolina blend with some shiba inu and corgi mixed in. His name is Jersey, and as his office nameplate attests, he is a certified therapy dog. Jersey is one of the first on-site, year-round canine therapists at a U.S. college or university, Drexel says.
April 1, 2015 |
DREXEL SENIOR Damion Lee will graduate in a few months, which, in today's college basketball world, essentially makes him a free agent. Lee, who took a medical redshirt in 2013-14 after tearing an ACL in Drexel's fifth game and has 1 year of eligibility remaining, told coach Bruiser Flint over the weekend that he plans to play his final season at another school. "What are you going to do?" Flint said. "That's what he said he wants to do, so that's what he's doing. " It is essentially what Temple's Anthony Lee did last year.
April 1, 2015 |
Junior swingman Damion Lee said Monday he has decided to transfer from Drexel. "I came to Drexel as a freshman and my plan was to graduate in four years," said Lee, who led the Dragons in scoring this season. "I'm going to do that. I love the coaching staff, the people around me and Drexel. But my decision wasn't personal or emotionally based - it was strictly business. " Drexel coach Bruiser Flint was not available for comment. The 6-foot-6 Lee will graduate next month with a degree in public relations.