November 19, 2014 |
Percussion guru Alan Abel was the subject of what had to be the loudest 85th birthday concert in Philadelphia history on Sunday. But had it not been a bang-up occasion, something would have been seriously wrong. Indeed, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society was out of its usual league at the Perelman Theater with this 21/2-hour lovefest of Abel's percussion disciples, ending with a battery of 12 in a Rolando Morales-Matos drumming showdown incongruously titled The Little Rhumba . All had their individual moments, and, as we know, once percussionists hit a groove, you never know when they'll stop - even Abel, whose contribution was on cowbell.
November 16, 2014 |
At first, they wrote for grades - perfunctorily, without heart. But then, a funny thing happened once the teens at Benjamin Franklin High School realized that adults actually wanted to know what being students in the Philadelphia School District felt like, even if the words were dark and difficult to hear. They wrote about overcrowded classes, fights in hallways, not enough books or counselors or supplies. They wrote about losing friends to gun violence. And it began to matter.
November 16, 2014 |
Ralph J. Flood, 79, of West Philadelphia, an English teacher for many years, died Saturday, Oct. 25, of cancer at his home. At the end, Mr. Flood refused all drugs except pain medication. "Despite Dylan Thomas," he told his family, "I will go gentle into that good night. " (Thomas' famous poem exhorts the elderly to "not go gentle into that good night" but to "burn and rave" in old age.) Mr. Flood grew up in the Oxford Circle section of Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from North Catholic High School in 1953.
November 14, 2014 |
U.S. DISTRICT Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo, a native of Colombia, was nominated yesterday by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. Restrepo, 53, has served as a U.S. district judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since June 2013, having been a U.S. magistrate in the Eastern District from 2006 to 2013. Restrepo has taught at Temple University's Beasley School of Law since 1993. Restrepo was 2 when he moved to the U.S. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1981 from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree in 1986 from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans.
November 14, 2014
ACCORDING to an August report by D.C. think tank the Brookings Institution, nearly 285,000 Chinese students entered the country on F-1 visas between 2008 and 2012, making China the largest source nation of foreign students pursuing degrees at American universities. Schools in Philadelphia, home to the second-largest Asian population on the East Coast, attracted upward of 7,100 of these students in this time period - quite the community, although it's one that average citizens have little exposure to if they operate outside academia.
November 11, 2014
Astral Artists , a Philadelphia nonprofit cultural group that helps classical musicians launch their careers, has named the following board members: Joan Chait , a cellist with the Lower Merion Symphony Orchestra; Robin Pinder Herndon , counsel at Siemens Healthcare; Bobby Ellen Kimbel , a published writer who has been an instructor and lecturer in English, art history, and aesthetics at Temple University, Rosemont College, and Drexel...
November 10, 2014 |
A Temple University student was shot outside a party early Saturday after the shooter was denied entry to the fraternity house where it was being held and a fight ensued, authorities said. The student, whom the school said was a 22-year-old undergraduate, was shot once in the left thigh and hip shortly before 1 a.m. on the 1500 block of North 17th Street. The student's identity was not revealed. He was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, treated, and released, said Temple spokesman Brandon Lausch.
November 6, 2014
YOUR PAPER recently published an oped by Chad Dion Lassiter, the President of Black Men at Penn School of Social Work, that called real-estate development company Templetown Realty and Temple University, "the new Jim Crow. " The objective of Mr. Lassiter's letter is to raise awareness of the allegedly heavy-handed tactics used by the realty company and Temple to displace the poor African-American community that surrounds the campus, and to call for a campaign of civil disobedience against the university's expansion efforts.
November 4, 2014 |
The director of a major Muslim group told Muslim and Jewish women gathered Sunday that God "has put the spark of the divine in all of us. " Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement in New York City, was among the speakers at the Muslim-Jewish Women's Leadership Conference at Temple University. Its organizers called it "the first-ever national gathering of Muslim and Jewish women. " About 100 women participated. Khan urged audience members "to try to see things from God's perspective - that religions are part of the divine plan - and to see ourselves as part of the plan.
November 4, 2014 |
President Obama called on a crowd at Temple University's Liacouras Center on Sunday night to elect Democrat Tom Wolf governor Tuesday, casting the election as a choice between failed trickle-down economics and shared prosperity based on a strong middle class. "The biggest corporations, they don't need another champion. The wealthiest Americans don't need another champion, they're doing just fine," Obama said. But the hardworking single mother and the first-generation college student need a champion like Wolf, the president said, "somebody who understands that opportunity for all is what America's all about, opportunity for all is what Pennsylvania's all about.