September 9, 2016
ISSUE | COLLEGE An 'F' for Swarthmore Life itself is the school of hard knocks. Delaying the experience, as Swarthmore College does for its freshmen, works to deny our youth the most valuable of lessons ("1st semester, no grades," Tuesday). In creating a faux-world for new students, Swarthmore's take-a-pass freshman offerings reek of the kind of political correctness that produces citizens fearful of everything. |Avrum Fine, West Chester, email@example.com
September 7, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Trump's head-spinning flip-flops I wish Donald Trump would keep his immigration message and policy the same long enough for us to know what it really is ("Soft and hard words," Thursday). There was the hard-core, anti-immigration stance he pontificated for most of the last year. Then, he went to Mexico on Wednesday, trying to sound like a statesman, and he softened his tone. That night, he made a rip-roaring, bombastic "major policy speech. " And in Thursday morning interviews, he walked it back, softening his tone and changing the substance of his policy.
September 7, 2016 |
Emma Morgan-Bennett isn't sure whether she wants a career in the humanities or the hard sciences, or a piece of both. So the Swarthmore College freshman decided to use her first semester to explore. She'll take biology, introduction to education, and Spanish. Oh, and costume design. "Because, why not?" said Morgan-Bennett, 18, of New York City. It's the kind of academic comfort and freedom that Swarthmore tries to encourage by having all first-semester freshmen take their classes pass/fail - or credit/no credit, as Swarthmore likes to call it. Under the policy, professors share grades with students so they know how they did, but no A, B, C or D ever appears on an official transcript.
August 15, 2016 |
One recent sun-drenched day, Kate Goodrich stood amid one of the main reasons she took a job as assistant professor of biology at Widener University: that beautiful arboretum up the road, where professors have taken students for years to study the plants, trees, and water. In May, Widener acquired Taylor Memorial Arboretum, which means professors and students will have unfettered access, 24/7, to the 30-acre oasis in Nether Providence Township, just across the border from the city of Chester.
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....
June 6, 2016 |
Hello there Back home in the city after a day of teaching honors English at Abington Senior High School, Julie walked to Devil's Alley to meet friends and watch the Flyers. Arriving first, she sat at the bar. "This handsome, confident man in a suit sidled up to me. " That was Charlie, president of the M.B. Funding Inc. commercial finance firm, also there to watch the Flyers and also earlier than his pals. There was Julie, attractive and sitting by herself. "I was not expecting anything more than a five-minute pleasant conversation, but five minutes led to an hour.
May 20, 2016 |
'A twisty tale of mayhem and allegorical ridiculousness" - that is how the Pig Iron Theatre Company described its own dizzying 2015 production I Promised Myself to Live Faster . The description could well stand for everything the interdisciplinary ensemble has done in its 20 official years of existence, with more than 24 original works (not counting daringly athletic takes on, say, Twelfth Night , as they did in 2011) and an educational program (the seriously clowning Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training)
April 29, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN AIR Foul school buses Buying emissions-free electric buses will help clean up the air in Philadelphia and make our city more livable ("SEPTA gets grant to add 25 electric buses next year," April 20). It's a huge step in the right direction. But since there are about 480,000 school buses on the road in the United States, are we also funding school transportation system efforts to reduce that source of pollution? What happens to old buses that are being replaced? Are they being dismantled and recycled, or are they being sold so they can continue to belch diesel fumes outside of our city and state?
April 13, 2016
ISSUE | POPE FRANCIS Not enough 'joy' The title " Amoris Laetitia ," or "The Joy of Love," seems strange for a document by Pope Francis that calls "irregular" relationships emblematic of those who live in an "imperfect manner" ("Pope urges compassion for gays, divorced," Saturday). Love is a loose term, and joy is an emotional reaction for those who are no longer distressed, angered, frightened, or disgusted by being judged "irregular" and "imperfect. " Compassion without celebration remains a form of denigration.
April 3, 2016 |
Business: Springfield, Delaware County-based general contractor, project management company; $60 million in revenues. Staff: 40 full-time, 30 regular subcontractors. Projects: Buildings at colleges - Haverford, Princeton, Swarthmore; Morris Arboretum; Ardmore Farmers' Market. Point of pride: Evangelist for green building methods.