November 20, 2003
WE WANT our students to be taught by people who look like them. Why? Because the data shows that students excel at a higher rate. If a white man, protesting for more white teachers in the Philadelphia School District, had said this, cries of racism would ring the land. Yet those words came from Mukasa Afrika, who apparently reflects the thinking of Pam Africa (seen above in her negative glory) of MOVE and others who protested for more black teachers this week. No wonder not a single public school student reportedly join Africa's farce.
March 25, 1995 |
In 1991, Connecticut made its only women's NCAA Final Four appearance and ended up being just a footnote to the University of Virginia's season. Their roles should be reversed today when the unbeaten Huskies (32-0) host the Cavaliers (27-4) in sold-out Gampel Pavilion for the East Regional title and a trip to Minneapolis. Now, the momentum seems to be with Connecticut, while Virginia is being treated as one of the Huskies' stepping stones. "It's not quite the same situation," said Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma.
March 4, 1999 |
A retelling of the Cinderella story tops this week's list of new movies on video. Ever After 1/2 (1998) (Fox) $19.98. 101 minutes. Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Patrick Godfrey. Breathing fresh air into the stale saga of Cinderella, Ever After stars Barrymore as the resourceful chargirl who doesn't need a prince to save her, but does have a hand in saving a certain Prince Henry. Enough derring-do for adventurers, and enough courtship to send romantics into raptures.
June 23, 1987 |
The only thing certain about politics is that nothing is certain. Consider World War II: When it began, Germany and the Soviet Union were allies; when it ended, they were fighting each other to the death. As soon as Germany attacked the Soviet Union, the Russians, who were "lousy Reds" to Americans, became "our gallant allies. " Italy entered the war as an ally of the Nazis, and ended it as an ally of the democracies. There are hundreds of such examples, but I don't believe there ever has been a reversal quite as unexpected as that which has taken place in the world's perception of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
December 27, 1993 |
Controversial rapper Flavor Flav played peacemaker instead of peacebreaker yesterday, when a fight broke out at a Christmas party that he was attending. The New Jersey nightclub brawl sent one patron to the hospital. Witnesses said the rapper, whose real name is William Drayton, grabbed the DJ's mike and pleaded for calm after a fight erupted around 2 a.m. at Saint's Cafe. "He was trying to calm everybody down," said party promoter Grege Morris. "It's Christmas. There's no need for everybody acting wild.
November 10, 1994 |
The Archbishop Wood girls' soccer team is hoping for a little role reversal. Last season, the Vikings sailed through the Catholic League regular season undefeated, but lost to rival St. Hubert's in the championship game. This season, it's St. Hubert's that escaped with the regular season title, and Wood is hoping Sunday's championship game, scheduled for noon at La Salle University, will go its way. The only time these teams played this season, a mere two weeks ago, Wood saw a 3-1 lead go astray in what ended up as a 3-3 tie. Wood (13-0-3)
February 2, 1993 |
It's hard not to pay attention to fashion trends, no matter how liberated a woman is. My female friends and I spent a fair amount of time dissecting the fashions at the Clinton inaugural. There were Hillary's hats and Aretha's furs, but the costume that really got to me was worn by Barbra Streisand at the gala. It sent a disturbing signal to - and about - American women. And then came the rumor that Streisand was contemplating a run for the Senate. "Several people have approached me and I find it very flattering," she said, only to reverse herself hours later.
August 25, 1991 |
Lucia Vigil admits that she really didn't have to travel more than 2,000 miles to spend a year helping people in need. "There's plenty to do in New Mexico," she said in the lilting accent that is a hybrid of her Hispanic heritage and her Southwest upbringing. But travel she did. Two years ago, she came east to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament convent in Cornwells Heights, far away from the aspen trees, the adobe missions and the sweeping skies of her home state. And what seemed like continents away from her three children.
June 14, 2000 |
At age 2, Jason Powell took apart a ball-popper push toy and earned the nickname "Mr. Destructo. " As he grew, his curiosity prompted him to take apart and reassemble several vacuum cleaners, five VCRs, tape players, and almost anything else he could get his hands on. This year, at 16, Powell built a tabletop model of a working trebuchet, a medieval device for hurling heavy missiles such as rocks. The success of his small scale model, which sent a clay ball flying across his Garnet Valley High School classroom, has Powell thinking about building a backyard version capable of tossing a bowling ball.
April 10, 1995 |
They are the defending Suburban One National Patriot Division champs, and they are one season removed from the PIAA state softball title. But when you graduate all but two starters from one of the top teams in the area, predictions of failure suddenly run rampant. So it is for Pennsbury, which returned only infield starters Jen Bray and Kathy Kulan from a year ago. The rest of the league licked its collective chops in anticipation of playing the Falcons, but after one week of league play, only one team is still unbeaten.