February 25, 2015 |
Kevin DeCaesar always wanted to play football for a Division I program. He will get his chance at Temple University. A first-team all-South Jersey linebacker as a senior, DeCaesar has decided to attend Temple and try to make the Owls' roster as a preferred walk-on. "I know it's going to be a challenge," DeCaesar said. "These players are no joke. I know I'm going to have to work hard, a lot harder than I've ever worked. " DeCaesar was a three-year starter at linebacker for West Deptford.
February 24, 2015 |
The first Philadelphia Collegiate Stock Competition, hosted by Temple University on April 11, will feature student stock pickers from Temple, Drexel, Villanova, La Salle, St. Joseph's, and Rutgers Universities. The competition is the brainchild of Temple students managing an investment fund at the university's Fox School of Business. By running the William C. Dunkelberg Owl Fund, students gain experience for careers in investment finance. Owl Fund assets have grown to nearly $250,000 at year end 2014 from $200,000 originally donated in 2012.
February 21, 2015 |
Joan S. Schmidt, 85, of Blue Bell, a professor at the former Beaver College, where she taught education for many years, died Friday, Feb. 6, of Alzheimer's disease at Foulkeways at Gwynedd. "Dr. Joan," as she was called informally, was a loving mother, grandmother, and devoted mentor to her students. Born in Philadelphia to immigrant parents from Stuttgart, Germany, just before the 1929 stock-market crash, she grew up in Germantown and attended Friends Select School. Dr. Schmidt graduated from Chestnut Hill College and took a job teaching sixth grade at Whitemarsh Elementary School.
February 21, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter said Thursday that his successor must understand the importance of preventing youth violence if Philadelphia is to thrive. "You know what year it is," he told a room crowded with educators, politicians, and youth outreach groups on Temple University's campus. "I will go. But the work, the effort, and the impact, must continue. Whoever comes next must understand how critically important, how critically vital, how impactful this work is. " The city has made some important progress, he noted: homicides are down, employment is up, and development is booming.
February 20, 2015 |
YOUTH VIOLENCE is a disease and it spreads like a virus, Mayor Nutter told about 75 people at a Temple University conference yesterday. Attendees included activists, educators and members of the mayor's Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative. "Violence is a public-health crisis," Nutter said. "It is a disease. We know how to treat disease. " Nutter cited a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to the city and Temple to set up Ceasefire Philly, an offshoot of a Chicago-based group that uses methods and strategies similar to disease control to stop violence in communities.
February 18, 2015 |
Bernard F. Rafferty, 87, of Warrington, a teacher who rose to become an associate superintendent of the Philadelphia School District, died Thursday, Feb. 12, of complications from a stroke at Neshaminy Manor. Dr. Rafferty's career with the city's schools spanned four decades starting in 1949, when he signed on as a teacher at McKean Elementary School. In the early 1950s, he taught social studies at Bartlett Junior High School, where he was promoted to vice principal. He went on to become principal of Stanton Elementary School and then Harding Junior High School, Daniel Boone Remedial Disciplinary School, and Lincoln High School.
February 18, 2015 |
Urban Outfitters , the South Philly-based group of store chains that mostly sells women's apparel, said Monday it will use the one million-square-foot, 500-worker warehouse it has been building over the last year near Gap, Lancaster County, to replace its 10-year-old "Ecommerce Fulfillment Center" in Trenton, S.C. Urban Outfitters opened the Southern distribution center and moved 200 jobs there from the Philadelphia area 10 years ago. The...
February 14, 2015 |
The decision to suspend Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay is the latest unwelcome development at an NBCUniversal News Group division that has become a nagging and highly public trouble spot for Comcast Corp. The problems at NBC News, which date to Ann Curry's tearful on-air goodbye as Today co-host in June 2012, have stretched over two news-division leadership regimes. Williams' suspension now threatens months of speculation on his ultimate fate at the ratings leader Nightly News . "It's a noisy problem, and it plays out in the public," said Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.
February 12, 2015 |
Stephen Timothy Roll, 61, of Bala Cynwyd, an executive at WHYY for more than two decades, died Friday, Feb. 6, of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Known as Tim, Mr. Roll had a long career in the Philadelphia radio and TV industry. He was a manager of corporate underwriting at WHYY, where he worked for 24 years. In his role with WHYY, Mr. Roll sold advertising spots to corporate and nonprofit clients across all platforms - radio, TV and on www.whyy.org . Before that, Mr. Roll worked in radio advertising sales for WCAU-AM, KYW-AM, and WMGK-FM.
February 10, 2015 |
Beck Hansen's album Morning Phase , a becalmed collection from the changeling California songwriter, was surprise winner for album of the year at the 57th annual Grammy awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. The show was otherwise dominated by 22-year-old British crooner Sam Smith, who won best new artist as well as song and record of the year, and pop vocal performance. "This is the best night of my life," said Smith, in picking up his crowning record of the year trophy for "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)