October 19, 1997 |
Vince Chiaro, chairman of Clearview Regional High School's technology department, was teaching auto shop five years ago when it struck him that trickling enrollment in metalworking classes and wood shop might be an omen. Perhaps the Internet generation - unimpressed with aluminum ashtrays - was demanding a more sophisticated elective. So Chiaro appeared before the Mullica Hill School Board early in 1992 with an unorthodox proposition: Why not convert the old workshop classroom into a telecommunications studio?
February 23, 1994 |
Latinos compose less than 3 percent of Temple University's student body. Only 28 of 1,700 full-time faculty members and 227 of 6,188 administrators and staff are Latino. Members of a Latino student organization yesterday told Temple President Peter J. Liacouras that those numbers are dismal. They highlight an abysmal, decades-long lack of progress in recruiting Latino students and faculty, and the numbers are totally unacceptable, the students said in a closed-door meeting that included several Latino community leaders.
October 17, 2012 |
A ninth-grade Cheltenham High School student was struck and killed by two cars Wednesday morning while walking to her bus stop in Cheltenham Township's Melrose Park section, police said. The student, identified by district officials as Dajanique Brown-Rogers, was hit at 6:50 a.m. as she crossed New Second Street at Clarion Avenue. Deputy Police Chief Kevin O'Brien said Brown-Rogers had stopped in the center of the roadway, and was crossing to get to her bus stop, when she was struck first by a northbound car, and then by a southbound car. All parties stopped and rendered aid. "Our Highway Safety Unit is investigating, but the preliminary investigation appears to (indicate it was)
March 30, 2002 |
St. Joseph's University has growing pains. And university officials are eyeing a potential remedy right next door - the 31-acre campus of Episcopal Academy. The neighboring institutions have begun informal talks about the university purchasing Episcopal's Lower Merion campus, which lies between City Avenue and Latches Lane, adjacent to St. Joseph's. Episcopal is in a position to sell because of its surprise purchase last summer of 110 acres in Newtown Township, Delaware County.
July 15, 2003 |
The news of three teenagers in Oaklyn being charged in an attempted carjacking and murder plot reminded me of what Thoreau said about people leading lives of quiet desperation. Perhaps that was their state of mind. Some of their peers claim that the teens were victims of bullying. Because I am a teacher, such revelations do not surprise me. We witness students who are bullied every day. Some victims react immediately with violence; others let the anger build. Preventing bullying is ideal.
June 4, 1987 |
Although it was a blistering-hot afternoon, students, faculty and members of the community showed up in full force at the Lincoln High School Horticulture Fair Saturday. The usual activities found at a high school fund-raising fair - such as a flea market, a student-faculty softball game, and the obligatory band performance - were all there. But this fair also featured tours of beautiful gardens at the school. Visitors could gaze upon a Victorian rose garden, and a Japanese teahouse near a pond filled with golden carp.
March 27, 2008 |
Barack Obama's advisers know that winning in Pennsylvania requires shrinking Hillary Clinton's wide lead among "Casey Democrats," working-class whites who were fond of their former Gov Robert Casey. The themes both Obama and Clinton aired out in Ohio to attract those voters, such as attacking NAFTA and decrying lapses in health-care coverage, undoubtedly will resurface in the coming weeks. But there's one more issue affecting these voters that the candidates haven't aired. And it's Hillary-proof.
January 21, 2003 |
The student body at the University of Pennsylvania looked rather homogeneous during my time as an undergraduate in the Eisenhower era, when we worshiped the twin gods of caution and conformity. I honestly can't recall a class with any Asian students, nor do I remember more than a handful of African American classmates in that rarified Ivy League Class of 1960. So it was with more than passing interest that I recently headed to Barnes & Noble's Marlton store for one of its Cappuccino Academy evenings.
November 13, 2011 |
Tucked away behind Langhorne Manor Borough's stately stone homes, Philadelphia Biblical University's bucolic campus sits hidden from cars rushing to the nearby SEPTA train station and bustling Route 1. Little do those motorists know what they're missing: 450 picturesque acres dotted by a pond, gardens, athletic fields, and historic and modern buildings. And the campus is completely open to the public - no guard shacks, security gates, or metal detectors. "We want to be part of the Bucks County community," university president Todd Williams said.
September 13, 2011 |
Apologies to Penn and due respect to Drexel, but the most remarkable and encouraging local higher education story of the last 15 years has been the rebirth and reinvention of Temple University. Encouraging because the forces behind Temple's transformation bode extremely well for Philadelphia's future. Remarkable because not that long ago, Temple was a pit. Think back to the 1980s and early 1990s, when Philadelphia was in sharp decline. Temple was, too. Enrollment was low. The university was so starved for cash and kids that it welcomed even weak applicants.