July 13, 2016
By Lex O. McMillan III I suspect that just about everyone has had the annoying experience of hearing someone hold forth on a subject with unshakable confidence but giving voice to pure bunk. In the heated atmosphere of our current political races, this experience is probably even more common. One of the most annoying that has been making the rounds for quite some time is the recurring refrain of a "student debt crisis. " I am probably imagining the frequency given my work as a college president, but it seems that almost daily, I read or hear someone invoke this phrase as if it were as uncontested as the sun rising in the east.
July 9, 2016 |
Swarthmore College again beat out the University of Pennsylvania in a Forbes annual ranking of top U.S. colleges. In the magazine's 2016 ranking of the nation's top colleges and universities, Swarthmore came in at No. 10 and Penn at No. 11. The only other Pennsylvania school to come in the top 25 was Haverford College, at No. 23. Stanford University topped all at No. 1, Williams College came in at No. 2, Princeton University at No....
July 6, 2016
Haverford College is capping student financial aid, retreating from a long-standing policy of admitting students regardless of ability to pay. The college already spends about 20 percent of its budget helping students from lower-income families, but administrators say they had to make the difficult decision to control the drain on its endowment and ensure a financially secure future. Haverford's move, detailed by the Inquirer last week, makes it the second venerable institution in the region to undergo a major recent change in financial-aid policy.
June 19, 2016 |
Back in the 1990s, real estate sales data were considered closely guarded secrets - by some, at least. That meant one of the most difficult things about this job was finding numbers to support what real estate agents were saying about the market. Fortunately, there were some Realtors who thought the attempt at secrecy was nonsense and successfully argued that, in the words of one, if they didn't provide sales numbers when the market was bad, how would I know when it was good.
June 6, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Not quite Rocky I was amused to read the letter that said Bernie Sanders should "go the distance" like Rocky Balboa ("Sanders is Democrats' Rocky," Wednesday). But where the analogy breaks down is in realizing that the championship match is the general election in November, not the Democratic National Convention next month. Former presidential candidates George McGovern and Michael Dukakis have taught Democrats that electability matters. If I thought America was ready to elect a 74-year-old Jewish socialist as president, I'd be all in - but it ain't gonna happen.
May 23, 2016 |
Two years ago, fast-food worker Shymara Jones was a single mother, living with her mother, siblings, and son in a three-bedroom rowhouse on a worn-down block in the non-gentrified part of Grays Ferry, hard by warehouses and refineries. None of that has changed, but everything is different. Same small house, same small street, same Popeyes at Broad and Catharine Streets where Jones, 22, has worked since 2009. But in that time, Jones visited the Eiffel Tower. She met fast-food workers in Brussels, picketed corporate meetings in Chicago - twice - shook hands with politicians, led marches down Broad Street, and plans to rally outside the McDonald's annual meeting this week.
May 16, 2016 |
When it comes to money know-how, talking is key, particularly when senior citizens are considering reverse mortgages. "I would encourage you to go to a counseling agency with your children," said Patricia Hasson, 53, president and executive director of Clarifi, the financial counseling and education nonprofit now celebrating its 50th year. (People old enough to qualify for reverse mortgages might remember the nonprofit's legal name, the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley.)
May 16, 2016 |
Informality, especially increased outdoor living space, is one of the key trends in home design being reported by the nation's architects. That's the word from the American Institute of Architects' chief economist, Kermit Baker, who said the 600 architects surveyed earlier this year also noted a greater emphasis on wireless technology, the result of increased telecommuting during the recession. (See the full report at http://goo.gl/tR7nGj ) Baker was one of three members of a panel at mid-April's Urban Land Institute spring conference in Philadelphia that discussed housing design in the future.
April 25, 2016 |
By now the pitch was familiar: Bill Clinton, his speechmaking skills sharp as ever, crisscrossed the region Saturday to stump for his wife, Hillary Clinton, "the best change-maker I've ever known," as the Pennsylvania primary nears. He spoke in Delaware and Montgomery Counties, adding stops in Northeast Philadelphia and lower Bucks. Yet some of the day's most electrifying words were uttered not by the former president but by a former congresswoman - Gabby Giffords of Arizona, who joined him at a school in Lower Gwynedd.
April 25, 2016 |
By Claudia Vargas and Michaelle Bond STAFF WRITERS By now the pitch was familiar: Bill Clinton, his speechmaking skills sharp as ever, crisscrossed the region Saturday to stump for his wife, Hillary Clinton, "the best change-maker I've ever known," as the Pennsylvania primary nears. He spoke in Delaware and Montgomery Counties, adding stops in Northeast Philadelphia and lower Bucks. Yet some of the day's most electrifying words were uttered not by the former president but by a former congresswoman - Gabby Giffords of Arizona, who joined him at a school in Lower Gwynedd.