May 21, 2013 |
Calling a typical American engineering school a boys' club would be an understatement - on average, women make up 18.2 percent of engineering undergraduates nationwide. It's a statistic that hasn't gone unnoticed, with colleges and universities across the country scrambling to draw more women and minorities into engineering majors. Villanova University is no exception - and on Sunday, 31.4 percent of the engineering students who crossed the stage at graduation in Radnor were female.
May 20, 2013
MATTHEW STITT CAN take apart a proposed bill and tell you if it's financially feasible, or translate the mayor's $3.75 billion budget into less-wonky language. But Stitt, the 25-year-old assistant chief financial officer for City Council, doesn't have to crunch numbers to see that his brother Edwin, 12, and the Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club travel baseball team are kicking butt out there. And it's only the third inning. "He's pretty good. Faster than I was at his age. Strong arm," Stitt says Sunday, breaking down his bro's game like a scout.
May 13, 2013 |
The abrupt hiring of Houston Rockets assistant general manager Sam Hinkie as 76ers president of basketball operations and general manager, coupled with the swift kick the organization gave to Tony DiLeo on Friday, shows that owner Joshua Harris is going full-bore in doing away with one culture and giving birth to another. Harris has made his billions by propping up distressed companies, restoring them to value, and, in some cases, increasing their value. But in less than one year, the 76ers regressed badly after being one victory away from the Eastern Conference finals.
May 9, 2013
At last season's end-of-year banquet, Steph Toy handed Marie McCool a gift bag with a handwritten note inside. "I opened it, and the note said that it was my turn to lead this team," McCool said. "It said that she was handing me down the No. 51. " The Moorestown girls' lacrosse program is steeped in numerous, often quirky traditions. They have songs and chants and slogans, and they make videos and shirts - all with some kind of deep-rooted meaning, all part of the singular experience of being part of the Moorestown team.
May 2, 2013
OK, THIS could make your head hurt, but it's important stuff. It's about job numbers. Politicians, including embattled, poll-suffering Gov. Corbett, always promise jobs, tout jobs or point to jobs as evidence of leadership. So even 18 months before the guv is on the re-election block, those seeking to unseat him are pointing to state job numbers. This is common politics, and almost always dicey. You'll hear the following: We're losing jobs; we're doing better than many states; ever-changing jobs data in big states is statistically insignificant to a state's overall economy; monthly jobs numbers are seasonally unadjusted snapshots that don't reflect real progress; and governors can't do all that much - it's Obama's fault.
April 26, 2013 |
THE USGA has received a record number of entries for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. A total of 9,860 entrants signed up for the Open, which will be played June 13-16. The previous record was 9,086 in 2009 for the Open at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. "The fact that we have a record number of entries, from across the world, is a testament to both the great appeal of the U.S. Open and the historic nature and grandeur of Merion Golf Club," USGA executive director Mike Davis said.
April 5, 2013 |
TRENTON - Without drastic cuts or controversial pension changes to argue over last spring, Gov. Christie and Democratic lawmakers found other foils for their budget bouts: the wonks who crunch the numbers. That's how David Rosen, a long-serving budget officer for the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services, became "Dr. Kevorkian of the numbers," a name Christie gave him after the analyst cast doubt on the administration's revenue forecast for the fiscal year that ends June 30. Christie apparently wanted to link Rosen's dreary projections to a man called "Dr. Death," and best known for his role in assisted suicides.
April 5, 2013 |
TRENTON - A record number of Republican women are running for state office this year, including one who will face off against the highest-ranking Democrat in the state, Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester). A total of 75 women filed for state candidacy this year, including 29 Republican Assembly candidates and nine Republican Senate candidates, the highest percentage of women the GOP has ever put up, according to the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University.
March 22, 2013
DO YOU KNOW your number? That would be the amount of money you need - including your Social Security and pension (if you have one) - to retire comfortably. A few years ago, the financial- services company ING created a humorous advertising campaign around "Your Number. " Here's how one ad went: Neighbor: "Hey, Clark, what you got there? (Clark carries a long orange number amounting to just more than $1 million.) Clark: "It's my number. It's the amount I need to save to retire the way I want.
March 5, 2013 |
The number of teenagers being held in detention centers and other facilities across the country is at its lowest level in 35 years, a finding that suggests a national shift on how to treat young offenders, juvenile justice advocates say. Even better, those experts say, is that as fewer teenagers are locked up, a steep decline in juvenile crime has followed. "For so long, our response to issues of crime and public safety has been 'We need to lock up more people,' " said Bart Lubow, director of the juvenile justice strategy group for the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, which published a report on the findings last week.