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.
March 11, 2012 |
Rick Santorum is not only the first viable presidential hopeful from Pennsylvania in many years, but he's also the first candidate who is a graduate of Penn State. And how does he thank his alma mater? By brandishing Happy Valley as "one of the liberal icons. Unfortunately it's gotten a lot worse," he said recently, a description of Penn State that's rarely made. "I can tell you professor after professor who docked my grades because of the viewpoints I expressed and the papers that I wrote.
March 23, 2013 |
Parents of nine freshmen at Cherry Hill High School East say an English teacher has been harassing and bullying their children, in part by making racially charged remarks. District officials say they are investigating the allegations by the parents, who have submitted a complaint to school officials accusing Kimberly Real of creating a hostile educational environment. During one vocabulary lesson in February, the parents allege, Real said to students, "What's so bizarre about a black man going to jail?"
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.
February 14, 1995
LAWRENCE IS THE VICTIM, NOT THE RUTGERS STUDENTS The desperate attempt by students at Rutgers University to "force" Francis Lawrence to step down is infuriating. In a Feb. 11 article, one student was quoted as saying: "He has been a good slave master to his slaves for the last 35 years. " Correct me if I'm wrong, but here is an African American calling himself a slave. What these students are relaying is that they live in the past, a time that none of us has lived or experienced, or thinks about whenever we make a comment.
September 6, 1990 |
Principal Frances Colon-Gibson beamed with pride as she stood on the stage of Camden's Northeast Elementary School and beckoned a dozen bashful elementary students to come up and show off their new uniforms. "Look how beautiful they look," she said above the din of English and Spanish as parents and children milled about the school cafeteria in the hectic atmosphere of the first day of school registration. Pointing to the boys, in navy blue slacks, white shirts and dark shoes, and the girls, in navy blue jumpers, knee socks and blouses, Colon-Gibson smiled broadly and proclaimed: "Northeast is part of a pilot program in the district and the school will be wearing uniforms this year.
October 11, 1990 |
One month into the new school year, the cafeteria at Medill Bair High School is yet divided. Divided, like the school district, into north and south. Youths from one area still sit with youths from their old schools. Across the busy room they define each other, by neighborhood, by clothes, by hair. As part of a systemwide reorganization, the Pennsbury School District brought together ninth- and 10th-grade students from the working-class south - Falls Township and Tullytown - with those from the more affluent north - Lower Makefield and Yardley.