May 15, 2013 |
Delivering a politically charged speech, Vice President Biden criticized China, touted American innovation, and told the University of Pennsylvania's Class of 2013 to "never forget the future is in your control. " "You're the most competent, caring generation this nation has produced," Biden told the 5,000 graduates Monday at Penn's 257th commencement at Franklin Field. "We are so well-positioned to lead the world into the 21st century, and we have to take advantage of that. " Biden hailed advances in science and technology, saying that people with prosthetic legs can climb mountains and that electric vehicles can operate efficiently.
April 9, 2013 |
The former president of the World Bank has withdrawn as one of Swarthmore College's three 2013 commencement speakers after critical comments sparked a debate in the campus media. Robert Zoellick, a 1975 alumnus, also declined to receive an honorary degree, according to an announcement by Swarthmore's president, Rebecca Chopp. "I don't want to disrupt what should be a special day for the graduates, their families, and friends. Nor do I have an interest in participating in an unnecessarily controversial event," Zoellick said, according to an e-mail Chopp sent to the college community on Friday.
February 29, 2012 |
Lawrence A. Ciletti, 70, of Moorestown, president of Tru-Fit Frame & Door Corp., died of leukemia Friday, Feb. 24, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Mr. Ciletti grew up in South Philadelphia and helped support his mother and sister after leaving school in the sixth grade. A longtime friend and colleague, Glen Bennett, recalled that Mr. Ciletti was thrown out of Daniel Boone School for delinquent students. "He was this little kid and he was always fighting," said Bennett, who has been with the company for more than 25 years and now helps run it. Mr. Ciletti unloaded boxcars and worked for his uncle's catering business.
May 12, 2011
In recent years, protests erupted when left-leaning Democrats who support abortion access were honored by Catholic universities and colleges at commencement ceremonies, since that position violates the church's teaching on the sanctity of human life from conception. Now, it's a prominent Republican's turn. House Speaker John Boehner is to receive an honorary degree and address graduates Saturday at the Catholic University of America - and at least 100 academics from church-related universities around the country are protesting the visit because they say the recent GOP budget Boehner guided through the House will harm the poor, elderly, and vulnerable.
April 1, 2011 |
BILLY JOEL can't change his past, but he can change his view of his past. The Piano Man has decided to cancel his planned memoir. "The Book of Joel" was scheduled for publication in June. HarperCollins had billed it as an "emotional ride" that would detail the music luminary's failed marriages, including his union with Christie Brinkley , as well as his battles with substance abuse. Earlier this month, the publishing company even revealed the cover photo for the book.
September 23, 2010 |
Caswell F. Holloway Jr., 86, a former builder of South Jersey condominiums, died of complications from pneumonia Saturday, Sept. 18, at his home in Jupiter, Fla., where he had lived since the mid-1980s. For decades before, he lived in Haverford and Villanova. Born in Chester, Mr. Holloway graduated from St. James High School there in 1941, earned a football scholarship to Villanova University, and transferred to the Merchant Marine Academy, from which he earned a degree in engineering in 1944.
May 29, 2010 |
A baby is on the way for Alicia and Swizz Alicia Keys' tummy bump is a baby bump, her reps have confirmed. The transcendentally beatific R&B singer is expecting her first child. The papa is Swizz Beatz, a (non-Swiss) producer much prized for his work with Beyonc? and Jay-Z. Alicia and Swizz (Kasseem Dean) collaborated on the suggestive tune "Put It in a Love Song," from her new CD. "Swizz and I started that song, and it created this really fun feeling," Alicia told USA Today in December.
May 19, 2010
U.S.A., U.S.A. The United States will have a chance to play for a medal at the 2011 ice hockey world champions after T.J. Oshie scored three times in the penalty shoot-out for a 3-2 win over Italy to avoid relegation in Cologne, Germany. The U.S. team swept its demotion group, winning all three games. France also avoided relegation by defeating Kazakhstan, 5-3, for second place. Third-place Italy and last-place Kazakhstan will play in the second division next year. New York Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky gave the Americans a 1-0 lead after 12 minutes.
May 17, 2010 |
After proposing massive financial cuts to education, Gov. Christie on Sunday received a muted reception when he accepted an honorary degree at Rutgers University's commencement. When Christie was introduced to an audience of about 12,000 graduates and their families, who sat on folding chairs beneath tall shade trees, there was scattered enthusiastic clapping, followed by a few jeers and then a shout to "sit down. " Christie then began speaking, and after nearly 10 minutes of frank comments about the need to have courage and the need to follow one's life passion, the applause became warm and widespread before the governor took his seat.
May 17, 2010 |
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - After proposing massive financial cuts to education, Gov. Christie on Sunday received a muted reception when he accepted an honorary degree at Rutgers University's commencement. When Christie was introduced to an audience of about 12,000 graduates and their families, who sat on folding chairs beneath tall shade trees, there was scattered enthusiastic clapping, followed by a few jeers and then a shout to "sit down. " Christie then began speaking, and after nearly 10 minutes of frank comments about the need to have courage and the need to follow one's life passion, the applause became warm and widespread before the governor took his seat.