October 5, 2012 |
As Jim Lehrer told the nation that the first presidential debate's live audience would refrain from cheering, booing, and hissing, a theater full of college students in a critical swing county erupted in laughter - and hisses. Hundreds of miles from the debate at the University of Denver, more than 200 students gathered at West Chester University's Sykes Student Union on Wednesday night to watch it on a giant screen, discuss their postdebate thoughts, and participate in a "Debate Watch" officially recognized by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
September 30, 2012
At 27, Martha Carey Thomas applied to be president of a newly formed women's college in Bryn Mawr. She didn't get the job, but was hired as dean and an English professor in 1884. After 10 years at Bryn Mawr College, she was elected its president in 1894. Thomas (she preferred to go by M. Carey or Carey) was born in 1857 in Baltimore. She grew up with a strong determination to attain a higher education, despite her father's wishes otherwise. She was educated at Cornell and Johns Hopkins Universities.
July 7, 2012
The Rev. John E. Brooks, 88, the longest-serving president of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., who as a professor there in the days after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. set out on a mission that led to the integration of what had been an all-male and virtually all-white institution, died Monday in Worcester. The cause was complications of lymphoma, said Ellen Ryder, a spokeswoman for the college. On April 4, 1968, the day King was murdered, fewer than a dozen of the 2,200 students at Holy Cross were African Americans, most of them on athletic scholarships.
May 9, 2012 |
A student at Germantown High School was in police custody Tuesday after he allegedly raped a fellow student in the basement of the school early Friday morning. Special Victims Unit Capt. John Darby said the students, two freshmen who'd known each other a few weeks, had been hanging out talking in a stairwell around 7:45 a.m. Friday when the boy ran down the stairs into a basement area, prompting the girl to follow. "The initial contact on that particular day was conversational," Darby said.
April 15, 2012 |
Urban flight isn't just for whites anymore. Middle- and upper-middle-class blacks are emptying out of big Northern cities - Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Cleveland - in huge numbers. Some are heading south for warmer weather and more abundant jobs. But a lot are relocating just a few miles away, in the suburbs, and for all the old reasons. Safer neighborhoods. Better schools. Parking. Central air. In all, the black population in Philadelphia's Pennsylvania suburbs grew 32 percent over the last decade, as reported by the website Metropolis.
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.
February 18, 2012 |
How does a team judge success? We chronicle the teams, with the ones that earn championships most prominently mentioned, and rightly so. Achieving any title, whether it's conference, South Jersey, or state, takes talent, toughness, and sometimes a little luck and plenty of cohesion. Yet we often forget that while only a select few win titles, the rest are putting in heavy hours in attempting to be competitive. Which brings us to the Cherry Hill West boys' basketball team.
February 13, 2012 |
A boy with a ball walked past Omowumi Rafiu's home in Nigeria, and instantly her eyes lit up. She wanted to know where he was going and what he was doing. Playing basketball, he told her. "Tomorrow, when you're going," she replied, "call me. " Rafiu (RAH-fee-oo) quickly fell in love with the game. Pretty soon, she was making the mile-long walk to the Police College of Kaduna court day after day. It led her to her future, to today, when the senior is taking the prestigious Philadelphia Catholic League by storm as a Neumann-Goretti Saint and soon-to-be Georgetown Hoya.
December 28, 2011 |
ERIE, Pa. - A guidance counselor and track coach at a Western Pennsylvania Catholic school has been suspended without pay for two weeks after he sent the student body an insulting e-mail criticizing the lack of fan support at a recent basketball game. Chet Moffett apologized for the e-mail he sent to students at Erie's Cathedral Prep high school after its Dec. 13 loss at General McLane. Moffett's e-mail was sent to all students at the all-male school, but mainly targeted 36 students whom the coach saw not sitting in a student cheering section.
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.