February 21, 1990 |
Theodore H. Welsh, 84, of West Philadelphia, the owner of a South Street barbershop for more than half a century, died Saturday at the Mercy Catholic Medical Center-Misericordia Division. Welsh's Barber Shop, at 1908 South Street, usually smelled of hair tonic. Mr. Welsh, a distinguished-looking man who wore glasses and a white smock, was always ready to discuss world affairs, politics, opera or any other subject that appealed to a customer. He cut hair until two years ago, when he sold his business.
January 26, 2006
America has become a "choice" society. Consumers increasingly have to decipher and choose from a throng of competing credit-card offers, 401(k) plans, HMO benefits and the like. But even college graduates may lack the basic skills to make good decisions. The nonprofit American Institutes for Research (AIR) has found a distressing literacy gap among graduating seniors. Surveying 1,827 students at 80 two- and four-year schools in 2003, researchers discovered that only a fraction could handle the most complex tasks, such as comparing interest-rate offers.
May 2, 1997 |
They sold wine and cakes for months to get to the United States from France, only to be dazzled by the little things in life: lockers, Gatorade and fake nails, among them. They'll be hitting the obligatory tourist spots in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. But as 22 French students sat in classes last week at Bishop McDevitt High School, they were learning real lessons about what it's like to be an American teenager in suburbia. "When they came home from school, they eat," remarked Nicolas Tourette, 15. "They're always eating.
May 23, 1995 |
Ronald C. "Ronny Boy" Owen Jr. felt disrespected by a young man in a City Avenue bar that fatal night in 1993, and waited outside for the man to come out, the prosecutor said. In a parking lot across the street from the Muddy Duck Tavern, Owen dragged David Atlas Jr. out of a car, beat and shot him to death, Assistant District Attorney Richard Carroll told a jury as Owen's murder trial opened yesterday. Atlas, 23, was a second-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, finishing up his term and getting ready to go home for Christmas when he was slain early on Dec. 21, 1993.
May 22, 1998 |
Edward Bernatavicius is to graduate today from Villanova Law School, a year behind schedule. There's a good reason, and while he does not plan to mention it when he gives his commencement address, his wheelchair offers a clue. Four years ago, Bernatavicius was working on another speech at another school when he answered a call for help. Within minutes, a bullet altered his life - but it did not change his dream. So here's the story he's not going to tell today: Late at night on April 22, 1994, Bernatavicius (pronounced Ber-nah-ta-vich)
June 7, 1992 |
To increase endowments and operating income, Ursinus College is embarking on the biggest fund-raising campaign in its 123-year history. The Collegeville school's board of directors Friday night launched a campaign to raise $39 million in capital, endowment and annual income for building projects, academic programs, faculty development, student programs and operations. The $39 million is more than has been raised for Ursinus in all previous campaigns combined. A celebration on the campus Friday was the start of the campaign, called "The Next Step: A Campaign for Ursinus College.
December 31, 2000 |
Paul Ostrom could probably get used to this hero stuff. Lauded by family, acquaintances, teachers and strangers for saving a friend's life on the way to school this month, the junior at Gloucester City Junior-Senior High is now a certified star in the local firmament. "Everywhere I walk now, people go, 'What's up, hero?' " said Ostrom, 17. On Dec. 15, Ostrom was driving Nicole Kochersperger to school when he noticed that she looked dazed, was bleeding from the mouth, and had begun to shake.
September 25, 1987 |
Question: What's the most common line heard in bars frequented by college students? Answer: Could I see some identification, please? For many collegians, a key experience is the one that takes place in the taproom, not the classroom. That's where the intensity of conversation often reaches meltdown. That's where thoughts crystallize in a way that it feels as though every idea is original. That's where perfect attendance is achieved. Any region as rich in higher education as Philadelphia is going to have some great college bars.
October 24, 1999 |
Registering for college classes, the old way: Set the alarm clock to rattle you awake so you can race across campus to the sign-up center, only to - argh! - get stuck at the end of a long line, only to - ugh! - learn that your top pick is already closed, only to - grrr! - scramble from table to table to find a course, any course, that fits your schedule. Registering for classes, the new way: Sit down at your dorm-room computer. Click your mouse to call up the campus Web site. Click to the registrar's site.
May 24, 2004 |
For most of his life, Francis J. Marx V had prepared for one moment. That moment arrived without him yesterday as the class of 2004 graduated from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Marx, 21, of Richboro, was supposed to deliver the valedictory speech. But he died three days earlier when he fell or was pushed under the wheel of a bus filled with bar-hopping students from the University of Rhode Island, police said. Fairfield honored Marx by passing his diploma to his tearful parents during a moment of silence at yesterday's graduation ceremony.