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.
November 11, 2011
"Of course we're going to riot. What do they expect when they tell us at 10 o'clock that they fired our football coach?" - Paul Howard, 24, a Penn State aerospace-engineering student, as quoted in the New York Times OK, SO maybe Paul Howard is no rocket scientist. (Oh, wait, actually he is a rocket scientist!) But I think that his comment sums up the real problem with the Penn-State-child-sex-cover-up-and-God-knows-what-else scandal. People barely blink an eye when a 24-year-old adult in an elite academic program says that a)
October 28, 2011 |
Correction: An article Saturday on a fund-raiser at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia gave incorrect information on the four original cast members of Jersey Boys, who perform as the Midtown Men. Christian Hoff, J. Robert Spencer, Daniel Reichard, and Michael Longoria - known as the Midtown Men - will appear at the Nov. 5 event at the high school. Entertainment producer was not a role that the Rev. Michael Marone, minister at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, thought he would take on when he was ordained into the priesthood in 2007.
October 16, 2011 |
In the spring, St. Joseph's University began building a residence hall for freshmen; when it opens next fall, there will be more spots in existing dorms for upperclassmen who want to live closer to campus. On the Main Line, Villanova University and Haverford College also are working on dorm projects to accommodate ever-changing student needs. It's not just a local phenomenon. Loren Rullman of the Society for College and University Planning said similar projects were under way around the country.