May 21, 2016
By Charles G. Häberl President Obama struck a discordant note when he raised the specter of campus "political correctness" and attacked the "fragility" of the student body at Rutgers' commencement on Sunday. Like many others attending the commencement, I was inspired and enthralled by Obama's address to the Class of 2016. However, as a faculty member who was supportive of the principled, student-led opposition to the selection of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the 2014 commencement speaker, I feel obliged to address some of Obama's regrettable misperceptions.
February 21, 2016 |
Students and instructors at an Upper Roxborough school found an unexpected and unpleasant addition to their expansive garden this week: Tire tracks that destroyed much of the acre-sized grounds. Someone, possibly with a truck or ATV, drove over the grounds at Lankenau High School, ruining the soil, plants and flowers and sending the school into shock and on the hunt for help to repair the garden. "Everything was basically destroyed," said Jessica Newton, a senior at the magnet high school at 201 Spring Lane, which describes itself as the "country campus for the college bound" due to its wooded location near the Montgomery County border.
October 5, 2015 |
Swarthmore College's new president has a plan for dealing with a student body known for its vocal activism: Listen carefully to the students. Craft a careful, well-researched response. Communicate with them. "It's critically important to maintain open dialogue with students," said Valerie Smith, 59, who on Saturday was inaugurated as the first African American president of Swarthmore, one of the most prestigious and selective colleges in the country. Smith, an English and African American studies scholar who formerly served as dean of the college at Princeton University, took over at the 1,500-student college in July, replacing Rebecca Chopp, who now heads the University of Denver.
June 5, 2015 |
Community College of Philadelphia has had "mixed success" educating its students, though its tuition is far above the median for similar institutions - and higher than those of all other community colleges in the region, according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew found that the school's graduation rate was no better than about average, and in some cases was below those of its peers. The college also falls short in employee training programs, serves a smaller percentage of city residents than peer schools, and has failed to meet some standards set by the agency that accredits colleges and Pennsylvania's Board of Nursing, Pew researchers said in the 56-page report, released Wednesday.
August 12, 2014
WHEN I entered Temple in September of 1956, I was not required to take what was then called the College Boards because I finished in the upper 25 percent of my class at South Philadelphia High School. Temple required only that I take placements tests for English and math. Forgive me, then, if I'm puzzled by Dom Giordano's concerns that Temple's decision to forego the SATs is going to dilute the quality of its student body. I agree with Giordano that an "A" at a suburban high school may be worth more than an "A" at an inner-city school, and that is also the problem.
April 15, 2014 |
GLASSBORO Nearly 900 Rowan University students fanned out across Glassboro on Sunday for the "Back to the Boro" neighborhood cleanup in what has become an annual outpouring of sweat equity - and appreciation - for the town that hosts them nine months of the year. On a gorgeous, summerlike day ideal for sunbathing and otherwise loafing, students from 150 campus groups instead helped residents with household chores, cleaned along roads, and put in time at community centers. "They get to see who we really are," Joe Niccoli, 20, a criminal justice major, said as he scrubbed William and Rita Capelli's bathroom.
December 7, 2013 |
CAMDEN The Rutgers University School of Law-Camden has been fined for accepting students who took standardized graduate school tests other than the Law School Admission Test, the American Bar Association's accrediting arm announced Wednesday. The LSAT is required under accreditation standards, unless a law school seeks a "variance" in advance to accept one of the other tests, such as the GRE or GMAT. Rutgers-Camden has been fined $25,000, and a public censure document is posted on both the bar association's website and at the bottom of the law school's home page.
October 18, 2013 |
AN UPPER DARBY High School teacher suffered a concussion earlier this month when he was knocked out while trying to break up a fight among students, police said yesterday. As a result of the melee, five students, ranging in age from 14 to 17, were charged as juveniles Tuesday with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and related offenses. A sixth student, Jermaine Richardson, 18, has been charged as an adult with the same offenses as well as aggravated assault for hitting the 30-year-old teacher, said Michael Chitwood, Upper Darby police superintendent.
July 23, 2013 |
The hook-up culture has become the norm at Penn, as illustrated by the recent New York Times article "Sex on Campus. " Sixty undergraduate women were interviewed, and many have embraced the shift in sexual mores, using casual sex to blow off steam from their overburdened academic and extracurricular lives. While many American students revel in the sexual freedom once championed by students of the '60s, we have forgotten the emotional and spiritual dimensions of relationships that deepen us. With the school administration largely silent on sex and relationships, except for the provision of an infinite supply of free condoms, students find their romantic lives dominated by puerile pressures.
June 20, 2013 |
NEXT YEAR, the empty and quiet halls of Germantown High School will turn 100. The generations of students who called Germantown home will be gone, leaving behind only the school's rich history. Building Located on the same space since 1914, with a large addition built in 1965, Germantown's brick-and-stone facade is an example of Georgian Revival architecture. Industrial beginnings Germantown High was born into an industrial, working-class neighborhood.