May 14, 2014
The sorry spectacle of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice being run out of Rutgers' graduation program is being echoed at Rowan and Haverford, where planned commencement speeches by Gov. Christie and former Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, respectively, have provoked protests. Haverford's dissidents went so far as to present a list of demands, making an ostensibly joyous occasion sound like a hostage situation. Efforts to muzzle speakers are at odds with American and academic ideals of free expression, association, and inquiry.
May 14, 2014 |
The idea of Lana Del Rey at the Mann Center's hilltop Skyline Stage on Sunday sounded divine. What could be lovelier than Del Rey's distantly cool but captivating contralto and her torchy music's cinematic atmospheres, performed against a spring night's starry sky? Before a largely female crowd fond of floral circlets, Del Rey (resplendent in winged eyeliner) and her small yet mighty ensemble offered both mesmerizing hits (her career-kicking "Video Games," of course) and new fare ("West Coast")
May 9, 2014 |
Among the many things I thank my mother for was her sense of resourcefulness. Her Scots-Irish heritage taught her never to waste anything, so when it came to food preparation, this meant taking advantage of whatever grew wild outside. In summer, she'd strip clean the blackberry bushes that grew along the driveway of our Connecticut house. In the fall, we'd climb the gnarly apple and pear trees in our back yard to shake a bounty loose. But in spring, it was all about rhubarb. Every May, my sisters and I would wait for those sprouts of magenta to push up from winter's carpet of brown leaves and pine needles in the woods behind our house.
May 4, 2014 |
Toward the end of his freshman year, Paul VI junior receiver Irvin Charles started getting an indication that he could be a scholarship football player. He began earning invitations to college football camps, great recruiting vehicles for the big-time programs. Since then, Charles hasn't done anything to dispel the notion. In fact, he is among the top recruits in the state, and that is why the spring of his junior year is in some ways much more hectic than the past football season.
April 30, 2014
AS THE DAYS get longer and sunnier, many of us are inspired to do some spring cleaning. I like to take that tradition and apply it to my financial life. After the tax deadline passes, and everything is fresh in our minds, my husband and I start to talk about revisiting our budget. We update our net worth statement. And he usually shreds financial documents we don't need. But this spring, what I'm going to do for my financial life is inspired by the struggles I'm having in trying to help my mother, who was critically injured in a fire at her home.
April 29, 2014 |
IT WAS ANYTHING but an offensive outbreak at Temple's annual Cherry & White game at Cardinal O'Hara High on Saturday. The beautiful afternoon featured an opportunity for Temple fans, parents and alumni to get a sneak peak of the Owls in their first live action of 2014. The intersquad battle ended with the White team earning a 10-9 victory over the Cherry squad. "I think when [the fans] come out and watch us practice more than when we scrimmage they see how we do things and it's good for the school; it's good for the program," coach Matt Rhule said.
April 27, 2014 |
SHAMONG New Jersey's pine forests are considered by experts to be among the most flammable landscapes in the United States. So it was no surprise when flames licked the pines and oaks, and sizzled the underbrush, in a small section of the vast Wharton State Forest on Friday, within three days of four other wildfires in the region. The wind was not quite as blustery as it had been, the humidity was increasing, and the region was expecting a good soaking rain overnight, the National Weather Service said.
April 25, 2014 |
A YEAR IS supposed to make a difference. Last spring, Temple had a first-year coach in Matt Rhule, a former Owl assistant. And a bunch of young players who were learning new systems. There's still only a handful of scholarship seniors on the roster. Now the team is coming off a 2-10 season that included way too many near-misses. Along the way it at least saw the next quarterback emerge in true freshman P.J. Walker, who made everyone around him look better. You have to start somewhere.
April 25, 2014 |
As the weather warms and the days lengthen, the long-awaited glory of spring has arrived with splashes of pink and yellow in the trees, with green leaves and buds bursting out all over. The gentle breezes beckon us outside, and colorful lighter fare beckons at the table. Paschal lamb and spring chickens are available at the market, but my tastes turn to veggies, especially the tender shoots, sprouts, and spears of spring. At this time of year, it's a snap to add a splash of brightness and pizzazz to every plate at every meal.
April 25, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The bad news for Philadelphia bicyclists: A bike-sharing program, like ones other cities have, won't be launched here this fall, as previously hoped. The good news: Officials plan to announce Thursday that it will happen next spring. Mayor Nutter's office has chosen the contractors who will operate the fledgling system. B-Cycle, a Wisconsin-based firm that supplies bike-share systems around the nation, plans to provide 1,800 bikes and 185 stations for Philadelphia.