July 9, 2016 |
EUGENE, Ore. - Marielle Hall has already made American track and field history. Now she's doubling down on her Olympic ambitions. Hall is bound for Rio de Janeiro after her third-place finish Saturday in the 10,000-meter final at the U.S. Olympic trials. The Haddonfield High and University of Texas alumna now has set her sights on the 5,000 meters. She finished in 31 minutes, 54.77 seconds behind Molly Huddle and Emily Infeld on Saturday at Hayward Field. Hall will be the first African American runner to represent the United States in the Olympic 10,000, "and that's very meaningful to me," she said.
July 6, 2016 |
Temple University early Tuesday morning elevated law school dean JoAnne A. Epps to provost, its number-two position, replacing Hai-Lung Dai, who was removed from the post last week. The appointment, subject to approval by the board of trustees, would be permanent - not interim, as universities often do so they can launch a national search. Epps, 65, who has spent 31 years at the law school, the last eight as its dean, was appointed by president Neil D. Theobald. Her title will include senior vice president and chief academic officer also, and she will oversee academics across the university's 17 schools and colleges and 12 administrative offices.
July 2, 2016
ISSUE | HAL LEAR 'A good guy' I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Hal Lear ("A great man," Monday). Not only was he an all-American basketball player at Temple University, but he was also a wonderful person and friend. "Baldie," as some of his friends called him, was my teammate on the 1951 Overbrook High School varsity baseball team and an associate at Opportunities Industrialization Center. During our last conversation, when he lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., he still remembered and talked about the old days at the "Brook.
July 2, 2016 |
Some faculty at Temple University, including members of the chemistry department, are rallying to the defense of Hai-Lung Dai, the provost who was ousted this week with no explanation. Eric Borguet, a chemistry professor, has started a Change.org petition demanding to know why Dai, also a tenured member of the chemistry department, was abruptly relieved of his administrative duties as provost. The petition asks the board of trustees to scrutinize the decision by president Neil D. Theobald.
June 30, 2016 |
Temple University on Tuesday announced the sudden departure of its provost, Hai-Lung Dai, saying he "has been relieved of his administrative responsibilities effective immediately. " The announcement came on the same day that the university acknowledged that it had exceeded its financial aid budget for its merit scholarship program for 2016-17 by $22 million and had already taken steps to balance the budget. Several sources with ties to the university said that president Neil D. Theobald was unhappy with the shortfall and that a rift had developed between him and Dai, who had been provost for four years.
June 17, 2016 |
Lewis Becker, 78, of Villanova, a law professor at Villanova University for more than four decades, died Sunday, June 12, of complications from glioblastoma brain cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He had been diagnosed in March, his family said. Professor Becker joined what is now Villanova's Charles Widger School of Law in 1972, rose to professor in 1976, and retired in 2011 as an emeritus professor, although he kept teaching for several more years. "Professor Becker left an indelible mark on the Law School community and the generations of students he educated and inspired," the school said in a tribute on its Facebook page.
June 11, 2016
ISSUE | NORTH PHILA. Neighborly mosque Thanks to the Inquirer for writing about the mosque we are building north of Temple University ("Ahmadiyya mosque rising in N. Phila.," May 31). The story quoted residents who said they had been unaware of the project until construction began. We did conduct a community meeting at the Cookman United Methodist Church on April 15, 2010, to an overwhelmingly positive response, before construction began. The mosque will include a community center and soup kitchen in addition to teaching the peaceful principles of Islam.
June 11, 2016 |
We all knew Villanova University was feelin' the love during the basketball team's amazing run to the 2015 NCAA championship title, and now there is proof. Collegestats.org collected more than 100,000 tweets between March and April that mentioned universities' Twitter handles to come up with a measure of how often the schools are praised or criticized. The site analyzed positive words such as "happy," "great," "recommend" and negative words such as ... well, we can't repeat those in print.
June 9, 2016 |
Before there was Google, there was Arnold Sulby, whose encyclopedic knowledge and steel-trap memory settled many a bar bet and produced, nearly without fail, the answer to Final Jeopardy! Mr. Sulby, 80, of Bala Cynwyd, died Monday, June 6, at Bryn Mawr Hospital after a stroke. Beginning in the 1960s, as households of two working parents proliferated, Mr. Sulby became a crusading advocate for quality day care. He worked for the cause for four decades. He was "a Renaissance person," said his lifelong friend Harvey Finkle, a photojournalist, whose first photos materialized in a closet darkroom set up by Mr. Sulby.
June 5, 2016 |
A woman who was injured in a rowhouse fire was recovering Friday at Temple University Hospital while her 5-year-old daughter was fighting for her life at a hospital. Kristina Henes, 38, was listed in serious condition at Temple, and her daughter, identified in TV reports as Sophia Olsen, was at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Fire officials were still trying to determine what sparked Thursday's blaze on the 3700 block of South Hereford Lane in the Morrell Park section of the Northeast.