October 6, 2007
Fuzzy math on arts Let me get this straight. The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance - dedicated to increasing government funding for the arts - commissions a study that shows that every public dollar spent on the arts increases tax revenue by $5. The Inquirer buys this without skepticism, and argues that it justifies spending $60 million on the alliance's wish list ("Funding the Arts," editorial, Sept. 28). Why stop there? Why not spend $600 million and wait for the tax revenue to gush in?
October 1, 2007 |
In case you're not convinced the American university system is broken, consider the reactions of two college communities to two different speakers. Four years ago, Smith College invited former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to be its commencement speaker. The Smith community was outraged and flew into action. At the graduation ceremony, students handed out pamphlets claiming that Albright was guilty of "crimes against humanity. " When she took the stage, many graduates and others in attendance turned their chairs about and sat with backs to her. For the first seven minutes of her speech, she faced constant heckling and booing from the crowd; she was forced to beg the audience to allow her to continue.
March 7, 2004 |
Aurelia Bender was surprised and humbled when members of the South Jersey Music Teachers' Association presented her with a plaque for years of dedicated service. "I really appreciate your thoughtfulness," was all Bender could muster up to say when the 15 members of the group honored her during their monthly meeting Feb. 24. Bender, 82, a frail yet feisty woman, is a music connoisseur and a founder of the music teachers' association. She mastered the piano and devoted four decades to teaching the young and old to play and appreciate music.
April 29, 2003 |
Mary Chase Morrison, 92, an author who wrote about the joys of old age, died of heart failure April 19 at Kendal, a retirement community in Kennett Square. In 1998 Mrs. Morrison published Let Evening Come: Reflections on Aging, in which she wrote about the loss of energy, muscle tone and conventional beauty associated with aging. Yet, she said, there were many positives of old age: "Freedom to dare, the thrill of understanding, and a more mellow ego. " Acknowledging that time on earth is short and precious, she wrote that the prospect of death adds "quite a spice to life, and sharpens it up. " Mrs. Morrison grew up in New England and Florida.
December 19, 2001 |
This is the start of No. 4 Florida's so-called silly season. With 26 straight points to open the second half against High Point, the Gators showed just how laughable December could become. In the first of four straight expected walkovers at home this month, the Gators got 18 points and 11 rebounds from Matt Bonner in a 103-49 victory last night. "That's what we're supposed to do when we play a team like High Point," Gators guard Brett Nelson said. "They're a pretty good team, but that's what we're supposed to do. " Nelson made four three-pointers and scored 18 points for the Gators (8-1)
October 7, 2000 |
Helen Barlow Clancy, 89, a retired architect who had designed public buildings and served on her local school board, died Monday of cancer at the Pennswood Village retirement community in Middletown Township, Bucks County. She had moved to the community 10 years ago from Jenkintown. After her marriage in 1937, Mrs. Clancy lived and worked in New England for several years. She resumed her career after moving to Jenkintown in 1947 and was employed by three major architectural firms, including Thalheimer & Weitz.
June 2, 2000 |
Sally Leopold Kusch, 79, managing editor of a Philadelphia textbook-publishing company, died Monday of lung cancer at Clara Burke Community, a nursing home in Plymouth Meeting. She had been a resident of Center City, but she had also lived in several Philadelphia suburban communities. She grew up in Elkins Park. Mrs. Kusch was the widow of Victor H. Kusch, a prominent Philadelphia architect who died in 1986. After taking time off to raise her children, Mrs. Kusch returned to publishing and in 1979 became one of the first project editors at Saunders College Publishing, a division of W.B. Saunders & Co. of Society Hill.
April 4, 2000 |
Prudence Wallis Suydam, 93, a former physical-education teacher who was honored for service to the community, died Thursday at the Pennswood Village retirement community in Middletown Township. As a young woman, she taught physical education at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and then served with the Grenfell Medical Mission in Labrador, a facility established to provide medical care for fishermen. Mrs. Suydam resided in Doylestown Borough for 37 years before moving to Pennswood in 1984.
November 5, 1999 |
This former South Jersey running back barges through tackles as if they are yellow lights, is chasing history as the college football season hits its stretch run - and, surprise, surprise, is not named Ron Dayne. Paul Smith, a 1996 graduate of Holy Spirit, toils in the shadow of the most famous battlefield in American history. Unfortunately for him, that is far from the spotlight that is regularly cast on major college battlefields. Gettysburg College is a Division III school in south-central Pennsylvania, and its games rarely get more than a line of small print in most major newspapers.
October 12, 1999 |
Marshall D. Schechter, 78, a psychiatrist who had recommended that custody of a black child remain with a white Downingtown foster couple, although a judge ruled otherwise, died last Tuesday at his home in Wynnewood. Dr. Schechter was professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and maintained a private practice from his home. He specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry. In September 1995, Senior Judge Alexander Endy of Chester County Court ruled that Alexa Howard, 4, should be removed from her white foster parents, B. William and Debra Fell, and placed with Darlene Herring, a black social worker in Washington, D.C. The Fells had raised the child for three years until July 1994, when the Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families removed her from their custody.