May 23, 2015 |
Update: Temple University said Friday that Xiaoxing Xi has been temporarily suspended as chair of Temple University's physics department, pending the outcome of federal charges that he schemed to provide sensitive U.S. defense technology to China. "The concern is this certainly will affect his ability to do administrative duties," Temple Provost Hai-Lung Dai said. No decision has been made on whether he will be permitted to teach in the fall if the case has not been resolved, Dai said.
February 13, 2015 |
If there's one thing the people at Montgomery Theater love, it's a cluttered urban apartment filled with two or three of the city's ragged loveless. Jim Geoghan's Light Sensitive fills this bill, and, like many of the theater's other productions, it's a story with working-class humor, heart, and a warm Christmas message. So, good for them. It's not all they do, but they have their niche and they fill it well. The twist in Geoghan's tale comes in the form of Tom (Jared Michael Delaney)
February 10, 2015 |
Zymir has his heart set on becoming a fashion designer and developing his own brand of "Z" jeans. In fact, he already has made a sketch of them. That's quite ambitious for an 11-year-old, even one as stylish and creative as Zymir. During a recent visit to Philadelphia University's fashion design department, he watched several garments being made and learned the process start to finish. He also got some tips from designer Jay McCarroll, winner of the debut Project Runway competition in 2004.
December 13, 2014 |
Chris Rock established himself as one of our foremost comics with his 1996 HBO special, Bring the Pain . Nearly two decades later, he proves he's also a brilliant filmmaker with Top Five , a stunning, joyous, big-screen comedy written and directed by and starring the 49-year-old Rock. An innovative take on familiar material, Top Five is an exquisitely paced, rich, idiosyncratic, satirical, yet deeply moving free-form comedy about a Hollywood star who is shadowed for one day by a New York Times reporter.
December 2, 2013 |
Getting a prostate exam is generally not high on any man's list of favorite pastimes, but just imagine what it would be like to administer one. Actually you don't have to imagine - if you know the right people at Drexel University College of Medicine. That is the home of Patrick, a simulated patient who is part image on a video screen, and . . . well, there is no elegant way to say this: part plastic butt. The inside of the synthetic posterior is equipped with 12 pressure sensors so medical students can practice their technique.
May 2, 2013
"Pauperism is the consequence of willful error, of shameful indolence, of vicious habits. It is a misery of human creation, the pernicious work of man, the lamentable consequence of bad principles and morals. " YOU'D BE forgiven if you thought that the above quote was from Gov. Corbett as he expanded on his explanation Tuesday for the state's unemployment rate - that not enough people seeking jobs can pass a drug test. In point of fact, the comment above came from the Rev. Charles Burroughs, a preacher in New Hampshire who was addressing a poorhouse in 1834, according to Michael Katz in his book The Undeserving Poor . But in their demonizing of the poor, the struggling and the needy, Corbett and Burroughs seem to be ideological brothers.
April 9, 2013 |
Lisa describes herself as smart, awesome, respectful, and a one-of-a-kind teen. This social, friendly 16-year-old is easy to talk to and values her friendships highly. Lisa enjoys being a teenager and loves to spend time with her fri'ends at the mall, texting, going to movies, and attending church. She also likes to sing and cook and has a talent for very detailed and organized writing. Lisa strives to do her very best in school and her grades are usually A's and B's. Social studies, choir, and English are her favorite subjects.
February 10, 2013 |
In Chopin, it's about liberty - or at least, liberties. But Emanuel Ax isn't taking them, not many and not to any great extent, which makes him a minor radical. The pianistic tradition in this repertoire of erasing bar lines, blurring note values, and delivering the listener to time-defying spaciousness goes back a century or more. In Thursday night's Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital at the Perelman Theater, Ax neither floated nor dallied in his encore, the Nocturne No. 5 in F Sharp, Op. 15 No. 2 . You could have set your metronome to sections of Chopin's Piano Sonata in B Minor, Opus 58 . Shouldn't the sonata's last movement be terrifying, the unexpected climax of a four-movement bildungsroman?
November 30, 2012
IN THE SECOND EPISODE of the hilarious sitcom "The Office," titled "Diversity Day," a clueless boss prompts the need for sensitivity training and then bufoonishly takes over the class. You can still find the show, which aired in 2005, on YouTube. Or, if you work at the City Controller's Office, you could have watched it in person during a four-hour "Diversity & Sensitivity Training" class earlier this year. We recommend YouTube, which is free, rather than the class, which cost the Controller's Office $17,671.
October 5, 2012 |
BENGHAZI, Libya - More than three weeks after attacks in this city killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, sensitive documents remained only loosely secured in the wreckage of the U.S. mission on Wednesday, offering visitors easy access to delicate information about American operations in Libya. Documents detailing weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full internal itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens's trip, and the personnel records of Libyans who were contracted to secure the mission were among the items scattered across the floors of the looted compound when a Washington Post reporter and a translator visited Wednesday.