December 23, 2014 |
Students at William Tennent High School didn't know what it takes to run a supermarket - until one opened on campus. Inside the Warminster school, a one-room ShopRite offers the snacks, drinks, and laundry detergent students and staff can buy at a bigger version of the supermarket a mile away. But this ShopRite - designed in the chain's signature red, yellow, and black - is about more than the customer. The mini-branch at Tennent, which opened in October, is part of an internship and career program aimed at giving students a taste of work in the real world.
September 30, 2014 |
To those who believe the world is in general decline: At least one corner is rapidly improving, and that's the string quartet. In decades past, quartets practiced for months before daring to play anything for the outside world. Astral Artists opened its season of young-artist concerts on Saturday at the Church of the Holy Trinity with a group that converged only for this concert, but that delivered a weighty program with technical confidence plus a degree of imagination and emotional presence infrequently heard in any season.
September 5, 2014 |
LIKE MANY teenagers, Tyteana and Tyana Gutzmore had become somewhat bored by the monotony of school. But when the twin sisters got accepted earlier this week to the U School - one of three new district high schools - their outlook quickly changed. "I just can't wait," Tyana said. "It's awesome. I just like the fact that they're doing something different. " Different, yes, but also innovative, the district believes. The school, in the former Ferguson School at 7th and Norris streets, is based on a problem-solving model that teaches students core subjects while challenging them with real problems.
August 1, 2014 |
THE GENERAL manager who has failed to produce a winning season since 2011 insisted he has a realistic sense of the market value of the players. It is the general managers who are actually in contention for the playoffs whose valuations are misguided. This is the world according to Ruben Amaro Jr., a place where fundamental economic principles do not apply. The real world? That's a different place. In the real world, market value is whatever the market says it is. And the market doesn't give a damn what you think about its judgments.
May 29, 2014 |
In college, we spoke often of "the real world," a mythical place beyond the ivied walls. The real world could be a beast, a panacea, an alien planet, a fungible concept where we would eventually dwell. Summer was when we were released from the coddling of our intellectual playpen into some version of that real world. Those seasons spent in offices shifting paper - we had paper back then - seemed like three-month dress rehearsals for adult life. We donned costumes that approximated responsibility: closed-toe shoes and a navy jacket, the cloak of maturity.
July 16, 2013
USUALLY, I'm with Stu Bykofsky 100 percent, because he is always firmly rooted in the real world. So, when he stepped off into la la land I was completely floored. In la la land, where you reside, Stu, you can con yourself into believing that you can raise a young black man just like you raise a young white man. But - news flash - he, as a young black male, will have to face a real world where there are going to be more than a few white folks who are not going to hesitate to let him know that he is indeed not a young white man. When he comes home with questions about why stop-and-frisk affects only him and not his little white friends, what are Angela and her husband going to tell him?
June 11, 2013 |
In politics, we often skip the simple questions. This is why inquiries about the fundamentals can catch everyone short. The independent-minded scholar Michael Lind posed one such question last week about libertarianism. I'll get to it in a moment. It's important because many in the new generation of conservative politicians declare libertarianism as their core political philosophy. Libertarians have the virtue, in principle at least, of a very clear creed: They believe in the smallest government possible, or what the philosopher Robert Nozick called the "night-watchman state.
May 2, 2013 |
Welsh-born Hollywood heavyweight Catherine Zeta-Jones , 43, who has been open about her struggles with bipolar mood disorder, has "proactively checked into a health-care facility" for treatment, her rep says. The Side Effects star is not in crisis: She has long planned to take a break so doctors could give her a medication tune-up, People says. TMZ says Michael Douglas ' better half will enjoy a 30-day inpatient sojourn. Zeta-Jones previously was treated for the condition at a facility in 2011.
May 2, 2013 |
Spend enough time around elite athletes and you come to realize something that you'd otherwise miss. While many wrongly assume they are all mostly narcissistic, self-centered, intolerant and out of touch, I've always felt that they have, in some regards, a better perspective on some things than the fans who complain about the salaries they help to pay. Athletes operate in a world where many of the picayune barriers we erect - racism, sexism and...
April 6, 2013 |
Meg Hoechlin is an average teenager. She plays several sports, is involved in her school, and likes to hang out with friends. There's just one thing. Hoechlin is not able to hang out with a lot of her friends in person because she has never met them outside of a computer monitor. Many of her friends live in far-flung places across the country. And she met them through social media. "Some of the people I trust most in the world are Internet friends, simply because they are judgment-free," said Hoechlin, a 17-year-old senior.