May 15, 2016 |
Dwight Hicks thought he was going to be a first-round draft pick out of the University of Michigan. "I went in the sixth round," Hicks said. Hicks thought he would make an instant impact and quickly develop into an all-pro player in the NFL. "I was cut, not once, but twice," Hicks said. Hicks, the former San Francisco 49ers star defensive back, returned to Pennsauken High School on Friday. Hicks and former Pennsauken stars John Taylor and Billy Griggs were back at their old high school to present gold footballs to their alma mater as part of the NFL's Super Bowl 50 celebration.
November 17, 2015 |
When Rider University announced plans last month to close some academic programs and lay off 14 faculty members, it cited financial struggles and a need "to adapt to the changing climate. " Those challenges are familiar to many other small and mid-sized private colleges in the region. Among the chief concerns: a shrinking pool of traditional college-bound students, continually increasing costs, and a constant need to prove value. For private colleges, lack of state funding leads to dependency on tuition dollars; for smaller schools, enrollment can vary wildly and is never guaranteed.
November 15, 2015 |
Planned faculty layoffs at Rider University and the elimination of some majors have been averted as a result of a two-year wage freeze approved by the faculty union. "It was a pretty bitter pill," Jeff Halpern, contract administrator for the Rider chapter of the American Association of University Professors, said Friday. The alternative - to go to arbitration over the cuts first proposed by the school in Lawrence Township, N.J., on Oct. 29 - would have been too disruptive to students, Halpern said.
November 1, 2015 |
Rider University, which has seen enrollment fall over the last several years, will soon shrink even further, as the school closes academic programs and lays off faculty. Twelve undergraduate majors and a graduate program will be shut down, and some majors will be scaled back to minors. Fourteen of the university's 248 full-time faculty members will lose their jobs. Five vacant full-time faculty positions also will be eliminated, and an undetermined number of part-time faculty will not be rehired.
October 31, 2015 |
It is dark when the alarm goes off. It remains dark well past that first cup of coffee. Fear not, sleepyhead, for help is on the way Sunday - in the form of that annual mass reprogramming of digital devices that comes with the end of daylight saving time. But coping with the shift requires more than just turning clocks back by an hour, sleep medicine specialists warn. Many people will feel off their game for a day or two, and those with existing sleep issues can take up to a week to recover, said Philip Gehrman, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine.
September 10, 2015 |
With teenagers and college kids untethered from the traditional TV set, Comcast Corp. officials said on Tuesday that they had nearly quadrupled, to 30, the number of colleges participating in their Xfinity on Campus service. Xfinity on Campus streams entertainment, news, and sports onto smartphones, laptops, and tablets throughout campuses, using WiFi. Among schools participating in the Philadelphia region are Drexel University, Rider University, and the University of Delaware.
July 13, 2015 |
Hello there Every session of eighth-grade social studies at Newtown Junior High was another chance for Justin, whose family had moved from Lower Moreland to Richboro the previous year, and Erica, who had lived in Newtown all her life, to talk. But after school, his most important friendships remained those he'd made in Lower Moreland. When they met up again as sophomores in English at Council Rock High School North, their friendship began stretching beyond school hours, largely through AOL Instant Messenger.
May 2, 2015 |
Esther Erb looks at the Broad Street Run as one that changed her running career. Erb, now an assistant track and cross-country coach at Rider University, won the 10-mile race in 2012 in 55 minutes, 28 seconds. Since then, the winning has continued. She won the Litchfield Hills (Conn.) Rotary Run on a 7.1-mile course in 2013 and 2014. She also won the U.S. Marathon Championship in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., last year. "Winning the Broad Street Run was a turning point in my career and really made me feel special," Erb, 29, said in a telephone interview.
November 21, 2014 |
When the final whistle sounded Wednesday night at Rider University, the fans of the Eastern field hockey team cheered for a victory. But the players did not. They sat in silence and waited to be addressed by a disappointed coaching staff. The Vikings defeated Rumson-Fair Haven, 4-0, in the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions. But the team's reaction said it all - the win wasn't good enough. "I'm a little upset right now," Eastern coach Danyle Heilig said. "I think we had a lot of opportunities that we missed.
September 4, 2014 |
When John Bochanski was 7, he would sit on the porch at night in Washington Township and watch as his grandfather pointed out the constellations. By 12, he was reading everything he could find about astronomy. The following year, he saved up more than $400 from his Gloucester County paper route to buy an 8-inch telescope. Lately he has been setting his sights quite a bit farther: more than 5 quintillion (five followed by 18 zeroes) miles away. That is the distance between Earth and the most distant known star in the Milky Way - a "cool red giant" that Bochanski helped discover while a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College.