September 7, 2016 |
Emma Morgan-Bennett isn't sure whether she wants a career in the humanities or the hard sciences, or a piece of both. So the Swarthmore College freshman decided to use her first semester to explore. She'll take biology, introduction to education, and Spanish. Oh, and costume design. "Because, why not?" said Morgan-Bennett, 18, of New York City. It's the kind of academic comfort and freedom that Swarthmore tries to encourage by having all first-semester freshmen take their classes pass/fail - or credit/no credit, as Swarthmore likes to call it. Under the policy, professors share grades with students so they know how they did, but no A, B, C or D ever appears on an official transcript.
September 2, 2016 |
For the first time in eight years, finding 53 players to fill the Eagles' final roster has been arduous. In the past, the trimming of players before cut-down day has seemingly left worthy candidates off the list. It is, of course, a subjective enterprise. Those Eagles teams that once appeared deep ultimately didn't meet expectations. But coach Doug Pederson's first squad does look light, particularly at running back, wide receiver, offensive line, linebacker, and in the secondary.
August 25, 2016 |
Aramark was one of three major food-service companies to receive a passing grade, barely, for seafood sustainability in a report issued Tuesday by the enviromental organization Greenpeace. Aramark and its biggest competitors, Sodexo USA and Compass Group USA, were the only three firms of 15 surveyed by Greenpeace to participate fully in the analysis, which looked at the companies' policies on wild and farm-raised seafood, labor practices of suppliers, traceability, and other factors.
August 1, 2016 |
High school students in the Lower Merion School District will be catching a bit of a break this coming year: It will be easier to ace tests, and not as easy to flunk them. Under a new grading policy, a score of 90 will be enough for an A, down from the traditional cutoff of 92. At the other end of the measuring stick, a failing grade now will be 59 and under, instead of 64. What's behind the grade-point pick-me-up? Some Lower Merion parents complained that the decades-old system of eight points per letter grade - falling out of favor nationwide as districts adopt the more forgiving 10-point scale - could cast their children in an unfair comparative light when they apply for colleges and merit scholarships.
June 30, 2016 |
On June 16, police were called to an unlikely scene: an end-of-the-year class party at the William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood. A third grader had made a comment about the brownies being served to the class. After another student exclaimed that the remark was "racist," the school called the Collingswood Police Department, according to the mother of the boy who made the comment. The police officer spoke to the student, who is 9, said the boy's mother, Stacy dos Santos, and local authorities.
June 12, 2016 |
A reader recently complained that I spend more of my time writing about real estate than about fixing up things. I write for the Real Estate section, and news articles elsewhere follow my byline with the words real estate writer . I guess he doesn't get past my name on those. Rather than spend this June day droning on about some topic or another, I'll just present a bunch of "real estate" facts and let you choose what you want to read. Before I do, a home tip for the reader: When embedding a nail, a hammer works almost all the time.
May 4, 2016 |
Patients at four Philadelphia-area hospitals suffered a worse-than-expected rate of complications after hip or knee replacements in 2014, according to a new study from a Pennsylvania state agency. Just one, Bryn Mawr Hospital, reported fewer complications than expected following knee replacements. The information, compiled by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, is designed to help consumers evaluate providers of the popular surgeries. Pennsylvania hospitals replaced the hips or knees of more than 56,000 patients that year, up more than 40 percent from a decade earlier.
May 3, 2016
NFC EAST EAGLES (C-) 1 (2) Carson Wentz QB North Dakota St. 3 (79) Isaac Seumalo C Oregon St. 5 (153) Wendell Smallwood RB West Virginia 5 (164) Halapoulivaati Vaitai T Texas Christian 6 (196) Blake Countess CB Auburn 7 (233) Jalen Mills S Louisiana St. 7 (240) Alex McCalister DE Florida 7 (251) Joe Walker LB Oregon Domo's Take: Moving up and selecting Wentz was a bold move. I'm just not sure whether it was a smart or necessary one. Six of the Eagles' draft picks were in the bottom 101 selections.
May 3, 2016 |
Grading a draft can be a futile activity in the hours after Mr. Irrelevant is announced, but for the Eagles, there is only one grade that eventually will dictate how they did this year. That's the one for quarterback Carson Wentz, whose performance will always be the barometer for how this eight-man draft class is remembered. Because the Eagles invested so heavily in Wentz with the No. 2 pick and the team is expected to take a patient approach with his development, the Eagles might not have a single Day 1 starter or major contributor from this year's haul.