February 20, 2015 |
What's the path that took Kadir Burton, a 15-year-old freshman at KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy, to soccer fields in Nicaragua and Colombia? You might say it began on the 52 bus, with a transfer to the 65, eventually getting Burton from his school in West Philadelphia to Main Street in Manayunk, to the Starfinder soccer facility, where Burton plays three afternoons a week. That was just the start of the journey last month. The U.S. State Department had helped set up an exchange program for countries that try to use soccer as a tool for social development.
August 4, 2014 |
As the Gaza conflict drags on, Iraq has faded from the headlines, even though the country is falling to pieces. So it was intriguing to meet a terrific group of Iraqi college students at Temple University on a State Department exchange program that introduces them to religious pluralism in America. Needless to say, I wondered whether they could apply these lessons in Iraq. The impressive five-week program run by Temple's Dialogue Institute exposed the five Iraqis - along with Lebanese, Turkish, and Egyptian peers - to a dizzying variety of religions as well as the U.S. protections for religious freedom.
June 20, 2013 |
Mi casa, su casa . An exchange program for Spanish teenagers is looking for families in Camden County who would like to host students for the month of July. Fifteen students and a chaperone are coming from July 1 to 29, and eight students have been placed in host homes. "They're sharing their culture and you're sharing the American way of life," said Dan Herman, a coordinator for the Greater Cherry Hill area for Global Friendships, a homestay program for international students who travel abroad.
November 16, 2012 |
More than 1,000 foreign college students who came to the United States for a cultural exchange but ended up working long hours for below minimum wage in a warehouse packaging Hershey's candy will receive back pay, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Wednesday. Three companies will pay $213,042 to 1,028 students who worked at the warehouse in Palmyra, Pa., between November 2009 and October 2011. The students made headlines in August 2011 when they went on strike over their situation and the complicated hiring process behind it. "I feel deeply inspired today, because our strike has had the incredible result of exposing and addressing the fundamental problems facing so many workers," Chinese student Chen Wen said in a statement from the National Guestworker Alliance, an advocacy group.
August 20, 2011 |
"Hershey, Hershey, can't you see," the protesters sang, "what justice means to me?" Led by a man wearing a silver hoopskirt on his head with chains draped over his shoulder (an enslaved Hershey's Kiss), some 30 Philadelphians protested at Sixth and Market Streets on Friday, championing the cause of some 375 J-1 visa students working at a Hershey warehouse in Palmyra, Lebanon County. Backed by National Guestworker Alliance and union leaders, the students say they were misled about the exchange program.
August 5, 2011 |
"JERSEY SHORE" made a blockbuster trade earlier this year, dumping a group of boorish, bronzed clowns on Europe in exchange for hundreds of studious young men and women, eager to make money and soak up the American experience. We gave the world "Snooki" and "The Situation. " The world gave us Aytac and Olesia. The cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore," according to published reports, didn't have a personal renaissance in Florence. They spent their time racking up fines, beating each other up, and butchering the native tongue while the country collectively referred to the crew as "tamarri," Italian for uncultured or vulgar.
April 2, 2011 |
As family members headed to their seats, 15 inmates at Cambria Community Center waited nervously in the wings for their big day. They were the first class of students in almost two decades to take college-credit courses in the Philadelphia prison system, city and prison officials say. And in a celebration Friday morning, in their prison blues, they received certificates for completing their first semester. The prison system offers literacy programs, GED courses, and job-readiness workshops.
April 8, 2010 |
Charles A. Evers, 58, of Philadelphia, an architect whose love of historic structures took him all over the world, including several expeditions to Egypt, died of a heart attack Wednesday, March 31, at his home. Mr. Evers worked on the restoration of more than a dozen historical structures and sites in the area, including the Roman and Etruscan galleries at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Fort Mifflin Commandant's House in Philadelphia, and the Rogers Locomotive Works in Paterson, N.J. He also created master plans for several churches throughout the country.
November 3, 2008 |
"How many students are in your classes?" "Is the food different?" "Do you celebrate Halloween?" "How long have you been a principal?" A class of fourth graders at Marlton Elementary School fired these and other questions last Thursday at Janet Saltanovich, an Argentinian principal on a three-week visit to the school as part of the Fulbright Administrator Exchange Program. Saltanovich answered in her native Spanish, with translations by Julio Feldman, Marlton Elementary's principal, who will visit Saltanovich's school in C?rdoba, Argentina, this summer.
March 21, 2008
So? When Vice President Cheney was told by a reporter that two-thirds of Americans are against the war in Iraq, his response was, "So?" ("President sees start to victory in Iraq," March 20). Let's examine that response. Almost 4,000 American men and women dead and thousands maimed. "So?" About $3 billion spent per week during a recession. War costs projected at $1 trillion. I could go on, but let's look at the bright side. For the first time in five years, the White House is finally being honest with the American people.