April 20, 2016 |
What is the state of the orchestral training program at the Curtis Institute of Music at the moment? The question is worth asking mostly because so many Curtis orchestra concerts over the last 21/2 decades have so decisively tipped over into the professional-quality realm. The Curtis orchestra playing Sunday night in Verizon Hall veered more into the territory of a terrific student group - highly capable, but never quite getting to the sophisticated ensemble concepts that have often made this group a startling and unlikely phenomenon.
February 10, 2016 |
Despite a boisterous protest outside its meeting, and blistering comments from community members inside, Temple University's board of trustees on Monday decided to take the next step in pursuing an on-campus stadium. Their unanimous vote came without debate following about an hour of comments from community residents, most of them critical, and a presentation by the board chair and the university president. Their decision paves the way for designs to begin for a 35,000-seat stadium in the northwest corner of campus.
December 5, 2014 |
A University of Pennsylvania student group called on the school Wednesday to begin donating about $6 million a year to Philadelphia, with the money designated for its cash-starved public schools and other "essential services. " The Student Labor Action Project asked Penn president Amy Gutmann to set aside the money for a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT). Penn, like other nonprofits, gets a break on property taxes. The $6 million represents a small portion of the property tax it would pay as a for-profit entity.
December 4, 2014 |
In a brief but poignant gesture, students at the University of Pennsylvania Law School made a silent statement of protest Tuesday over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. At noon, more than 60 law students, black and white, gathered in the law school's Great Hall and lay on the marble floor for 41/2 minutes of silence in what they described as a "die-in. " The quick, quiet protest was a reference to the 41/2 hours that Brown's body lay on the street on Aug. 9 after he was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson.
September 12, 2014 |
THE FALLOUT from an alleged assault at a Temple University activities fair continued yesterday. Abdel Aziz Jalil, 22, was charged with simple assault and reckless endangerment after he allegedly punched another student during a heated argument Aug. 20, said Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office. The victim - whom law-enforcement sources identified as Daniel Vessal - initially claimed that Jalil had used anti-Semitic slurs during the confrontation. However, Vessal later told the D.A.'s Office that "he does not believe that he was assaulted because of religion, race or ethnicity," said Jamerson, who also noted that witnesses to the incident echoed that belief.
August 27, 2014 |
The president of Temple University assured Jewish students and others Monday that the university was conducting an investigation after a student was allegedly attacked and called anti-Semitic names last week. Neil D. Theobald addressed the issue while answering written questions from students at the Student Center during the school year's first meeting of student government. "There is no place on a university campus for violence," Theobald said when asked what the university was doing to prevent similar incidents and why no one had been arrested.
March 15, 2013 |
The stereotypical Curtis Institute of Music professor heroically survived the Russian Revolution and continues teaching proper Tchaikovsky performance while smoking Gauloises at the age of 103. At least in years past. These days, the six members of the cutting-edge Chicago ensemble eighth blackbird are barely distinguishable from the students during their periodic residencies here. Their presence augments the traditional Curtis landscape, yielding concerts of new music that make students do it the hard way: from memory and without a conductor.
February 20, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Nearly three dozen downtown bars, restaurants, and bottle shops have agreed to halt alcohol sales to counter an early St. Patrick's Day celebration created by Pennsylvania State University students, the most aggressive effort yet to curb drinking for the unofficial "State Patty's Day" holiday. In exchange, each business will receive a $5,000 subsidy to help account for lost revenue. State Patty's Day was created in 2007 to celebrate St. Patrick's Day when it fell during spring break that year.
February 3, 2013 |
Massachusetts authorities reported Saturday night that a Philadelphia-area charter bus carrying 42 passengers struck a bridge overpass in Boston, injuring 34 people. The passengers were high school students and chaperones visiting Harvard University, state police said. Boston Emergency Medical Services reported that one person suffered life-threatening injuried and that three were seriously injured. The students were in Boston with the Destined for a Dream Foundation, NBC 10 reported late Saturday night.
September 12, 2012
A Chester County law student has been elected president of the International Law Student Association for the coming school year. Kevin Krauss of West Chester, a student at Widener University Law School, will preside over student-led projects for the Chicago-based organization. The group runs educational programs in areas including international law and comparative legal systems, coordinates 500 student chapters in more than 80 countries, and runs an international moot court competition.