September 16, 2011 |
I was invited to deliver several 9/11 10th anniversary speeches in the last two weeks. I accepted them all. Two stand out. One week ago today, I spoke to nearly 3,000 students in two local suburban high schools. In the morning, I spoke to the entire student body of Central Bucks East in Buckingham, and in the afternoon, it was the entire student body of Central Bucks West in Doylestown. The speeches came just after I'd completed a full week of guest-hosting for Chris Matthews on MSNBC's Hardball , and yet I found it more intimidating to speak to local high schoolers than go live on a national cable channel.
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.
September 9, 2011 |
Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart is stepping down after five years, moving to Utah to care for her ailing mother, officials said today. There was no immediate word on her replacement. University administrators plan to announce Hart's departure later today. At Temple, Hart was known as a stable, calm and able force who sought to transform the North Philadelphia campus through her signature 20/20 program. She came here in July 2006 from New England, where she was president of the University of New Hampshire, taking over Temple following the tumultuous tenure of the previous president.
September 22, 2009
STATE COLLEGE - Pennsylvania State University said the body of a missing student has been found at the bottom of a stairwell about 75 yards from where he was last seen alive. The university said last night that 18-year-old freshman Joseph Dado of Latrobe was found dead about 6 p.m. at the Hosler Building. University police say it looks like Dado fell about 15 feet to the concrete below. University Police Director Steve Shelow said that there was no reason to suspect foul play and that the death appeared to be an accident.
September 10, 2009 |
To respond to a shortage of nurses regionally and nationally, Rutgers University-Camden yesterday announced plans to start a school of nursing on its campus next school year. The campus already has an upper-division nursing major and department within its College of Arts and Sciences, with about 80 students enrolled. Creating a separate school, which must be approved by the university board and the state, will let the program grow to 345 students, add faculty and a dean, and expand offerings, officials said.
October 24, 2008 |
A hard-fought primary, televised debates, pundits pontificating, and newspaper editors arguing over their endorsement - smells like a presidential campaign. And smells like teen spirit, too. (Sorry, Kurt.) In Caroline Suh's funny, fascinating documentary Frontrunners , students at New York City's super-competitive Stuyvesant High School face off in a not-exactly-vicious run for president and vice president of the student body. (Full disclosure: This writer is a long-ago Stuyvesant alumnus.
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.
February 10, 2008 |
Construction noise is loud and constant these days on Laurel Road in Stratford Borough. A four-building, 23-acre site, dating to 1844, is getting a half-million dollar makeover, thanks to the Stratford Classical Christian Academy. The academy purchased the property, once a sawmill, maternity hospital and later the Stratford Military Academy, in August from its most recent owner, the Camden County YWCA. It sought to accommodate an enrollment outgrowing its home at nearby Stratford Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
April 8, 2007 |
Down the hall from the cafeteria and away from the gym, schools are deploying one of the latest weapons in the fight against childhood obesity - mandated measurements of body mass index. On a recent afternoon, seventh graders at Robert K. Shafer Middle School in Bensalem waited as school nurse Kathleen McLaughlin recorded their heights and weights, the first step in tabulating BMIs. Each child's score, an indicator of body fat, will be mailed home in letters some have dubbed "obesity report cards.
April 26, 2006 |
Authorities may have finally found 19-year-old freshman John Fiocco Jr., whose disappearance last month shook the College of New Jersey's suburban Trenton campus and gripped the region. But yesterday's discovery was hardly cause for celebration. Exactly a month after the Gloucester County teen vanished from his dormitory, investigators combing a Bucks County landfill found a body. Television helicopters caught on tape the ominous scene at the sprawling Tullytown dump: white-suited officials loading a body bag into a coroner's van. The New Jersey State Police, the agency heading the investigation, would not confirm that human remains had been discovered.