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.
September 16, 2011
THIS WEEK "Street Gazing" left Center City for the University City home of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Class is in session and students promenading down Locust Walk clearly dress for comfort and style. On my journey I saw the classic prep style, relaxed looks and even some high fashion takes on the student body. It seems higher education builds your mind and sharpens your style. Follow Reuben Harley on Twitter at @BigRubeHarley and at streetgazing.blogspot.com.
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.