July 24, 2013 |
THE EAGLES haven't even held their first training-camp practice yet, but thanks to the NFL, two of their rookies, Zach Ertz and Jordan Poyer, already are behind. Ertz, a second-round tight end, and Poyer, a seventh-round defensive back, are victims of one of the league's dumber rules. While the rest of the team's rookies spent most of the spring at the NovaCare Complex participating in OTAs and minicamps and familiarizing themselves with the offense and defense, Ertz and Poyer were on the West Coast finishing school and forced to learn their positional responsibilities via once-a-week Skype sessions with an assistant coach.
November 24, 2012 |
When religion professor Stuart Charmé decided to teach a course on the end of the world this semester, he knew he had a compelling hook: the Dec. 21 conclusion of the "Long Count" Mayan calendar that doomsday believers have latched on to as proof that time will end. But Charmé had no idea what the next few months would bring: the cataclysmic Hurricane Sandy, a fiscal cliff some have dubbed "debtmageddon," and an intensifying conflict involving Israel,...
March 10, 2010 |
The basketball court is spotlit and harsh, riding like a golden space station amid the fathomless darkness of Madison Square Garden. There is nothing much beyond the orange of the rim that a shooter can use for perspective, just that lonely goal suspended up where the black of the arena meets the searing lights of the ceiling. Oh, it's quite a place any day, but fill it with rabid college basketball fans - some cheering for you, some cheering against you, some swinging back and forth with the pendulum of the game - and it gets even better.
October 23, 2009 |
After years of debate, Pennsylvania is going ahead with a plan to offer school districts state-approved final exams that students would have to take to get diplomas. The controversial plan that received a 4-1 vote of approval from a state review board yesterday is sure to change the lives of thousands of public-school students and teachers. Gone, for 11th graders at least, will be the PSSAs - the Pennsylvania System of State Assessment math, reading, and science tests that grew out of the No Child Left Behind law. The new Keystone exams, to be phased in starting next school year, signal a major shift in control of education policy: The tests would come out of Harrisburg, not local districts.
May 7, 2008 |
A former standout volleyball player at Unionville High School who was in her first year at the Naval Academy was found unconscious in her dormitory room Monday morning and pronounced dead a short time later. Kristen Dickmann, 19, was in the midst of taking final exams, said her father, who said the family was at a loss to explain what happened. Douglas Dickmann, of New Garden Township, said last night that his daughter had been in "outstanding physical shape. " When her alarm went off Monday morning, her roommates found her unconscious, he said.
April 4, 2008 |
It's a pretty sweet assignment: Watch at least five NCAA tournament games, then be prepared to think and write critically about them. College basketball fever has entered one local classroom. And it's for credit. For Rob Bryan, a student in Nancy Rosoff's "Heroes and Heartbreak: Sports in American Popular Culture" at Rutgers University-Camden, the NCAA focus is a beautiful thing. A huge sports fan, he would be watching the postseason games anyway. And Rosoff's class, he said, has helped him view sports through a new lens.
June 13, 2007 |
DENIES SLAY CLAIM ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A government minister quit yesterday after police named him as a suspect in the death of a Canadian woman at their shared home in the Pakistani capital. Shahid Jamil Qureshi, minister of state for communications, lived with Kafila Siddiqui, a Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin. Qureshi said that he believed the woman died of natural causes and that her family's allegations that he held her against her will were "baseless. " Troops raid lollipop factory; sucker's full of bomb gear BAGHDAD - U.S. and Iraqi forces on yesterday raided a lollipop factory being used to make bombs, finding boxes of explosives and two tons of fertilizer in the basement of the facility in northern Iraq, an Iraqi officer said.
October 29, 2006 |
For Lisa and Joe Chascsa of Delran, the hard part in obtaining their college degrees from Thomas Edison State College should have been the final exams. Instead, it was finding a baby sitter so they could take the tests that posed the toughest problem. Despite working and parenthood, the Chascsas always managed to stay on course for their ambition - a goal that was achieved when they both received their baccalaureate degrees Oct. 7 at the college's commencement at the War Memorial in Trenton.
June 15, 2005 |
While most high school students are sweating over final exams, the 1,300 pupils at Delsea Regional High School in Gloucester County are not. This is the second year Delsea has dispensed with the two-hour finals and midterms. Instead, many students finish the year working on intricate projects that carry extra weight or on tasks that are a normal part of the class. "We were seeing GPAs decline, and we wondered what we could do about it," principal Joseph Sottosanti said. He and his staff at the Franklinville school debated what has long been a controversy in education: How fair is it to base a big part of a final grade on how well the student does on a single day?
June 1, 2005 |
Nothing closes the gap between class picnics and final exams like a national title. Germantown Academy swim coach Dick Shoulberg was notified yesterday by Swimming World Magazine that the Patriots' girls had won the 2005 national championship. After a dental appointment, he arrived back at GA, where class picnics were being held on the eve of final exams. He saw juniors Alicia Aemisegger and Danielle Visco first, and they spread the news faster than it takes GA's speediest swimmers to complete a 50-yard freestyle.