October 23, 2015 |
Leave it to a Canadian to put a positive spin on SNAP (a.k.a. food stamps), a program whose ungainly full name is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program . "We don't have food stamps in Canada. A lot of Americans don't appreciate that the program is actually really cool and effective," says Leanne Brown , author of Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day (Workman). She'll discuss the book and sign copies Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Free Library of Philadelphia . The book has become an unlikely phenomenon, and the interest in it started before it was officially published in July.
May 16, 2014
JOSEPH Spearot sure went to a helluva lot of trouble just to drink beer on Arcadia University's dry campus. Undergrads might be expected to dodge vigilant RAs at the school's historic Grey Towers Castle residence hall by simply stuffing a suitcase with cans of Natty Light. Spearot? He built an entire brewhouse in his organic chemistry classroom, then spent months to obtain permission to "test" his experimental ale on human subjects. It was all part of the chemistry/biology major's unique senior project that also took him to a winery in Australia, the quality-assurance laboratory at Yards Brewery and - next month - a prestigious national brewing conference in Chicago.
February 8, 2013 |
The thesis behind David Schulner's An Infinite Ache is that regular folks fall in love, and that they, too, deserve their moment in the spotlight. Or as Charles, the male half of this couple whose entire 50-year relationship and marriage we're about to watch, explains, "I'm just an ordinary guy. Nobody tells us how ordinary people should love. " Theatre Horizon agrees, and indulges Schulner with an utterly run-of-the-mill production. The problems with Schulner's thesis are many. First, no one thinks he's ordinary - and certainly no one who works in a coffeehouse and aspires to be a historian/novelist.
January 12, 2013 |
Frederick N. Scatena III, 58, of Philadelphia, an expert on hydrology and land forms whose studies took him across the globe, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, of cancer at his home. For the last 10 years, Dr. Scatena was a professor in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Earth and Environmental Science. He rose to department chair in 2003. At various times and in disparate countries, he worked as a consultant hydrologist and geomorphologist - studying the distribution and movement of water over landforms.
May 11, 2011 |
Mohan Varughese worked hard for his prized Kawasaki motorcycle. The 23-year-old Bustleton native bought the shiny red Ninja with tips earned as a Center City valet. He got it last summer, just in time for his final year at Penn State Abington, where he was set to graduate Friday with a psychology degree. Monday afternoon, someone else wanted it and killed him over it. Varughese was visiting his girlfriend, a Temple University student, at a house on the 2200 block of North Camac Street, a few blocks north of Temple.
May 10, 2011 |
Mohan Varughese worked hard for his prized Kawasaki motorcycle. The 23-year-old Bustleton native bought the shiny red Ninja with tips earned parking cars at a Center City restaurant. He got it last summer, just in time for his final year at Penn State Abington, where he was set to graduate Friday with a psychology degree. Monday afternoon, someone else wanted it and killed him over it. Varughese was visiting his girlfriend, a Temple University student, at a house on the 2200 Block of North Camac Street, a few blocks north of Temple.
January 31, 2011 |
Helen Heydrick Dutcher graduated from Frankford High School in 1935, in the middle of the Great Depression. "She wanted to go to college," daughter Carol Bream said, "but the family didn't have any money. " Yet the dream lasted - for decades. In 1973, 38 years after she left high school, Mrs. Dutcher earned her bachelor's degree. Perhaps more remarkably, in 1988, the year she turned 70, she earned her doctorate. On Thursday, Jan. 13, Mrs. Dutcher, 92, former director of training for nonteaching personnel in the Philadelphia School District, died of a stroke at Twin Maples, a nursing home in Durham, Conn.
June 2, 2008 |
When Sandra Schulberg was last in college, Richard Nixon was president, The Godfather was in theaters, and Atari had come out with its first generation of video games. But turns of fortune - both bad and good - prevented the then-Swarthmore College undergraduate from finishing the senior thesis needed to earn her bachelor's degree in anthropology. Over the last 36 years, Schulberg - niece of Budd Schulberg, who wrote the screenplay for On the Waterfront, and daughter of the late Stuart Schulberg, once the producer of the Today show - has become an accomplished independent filmmaker, albeit without that bachelor's degree.
March 9, 2005 |
We all have unfinished projects. They're a hallmark of any successful life. The only way you can truly stretch the bounds of who you are is to take on a few projects that seem impossible. But beware: A seemingly innocuous pile of documents can soon turn into a parchment beast. My wife, Kris, and I live in the den of two snarling paper creatures. There, sitting side by side in two semisymmetrical stacks on our bedroom floor, lies our unfinished testaments to being overeducated. Kris is haunted by her ponderings about a dead opera composer, some of the ingredients for her thesis in music history at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.
October 7, 2004 |
Daniel Smith understands that people think he's strange. After all, the leader of the internationally known cult band the Danielson Famile turned in a life-size quilt shaped like a Subaru sedan as part of his senior thesis project at Rutgers University. The screechy-voiced singer from Clarksboro, Gloucester County, aims to convey the healing message of the Lord - while dressing his family indie-pop band in surgeon's scrubs and nurse's uniforms. And on Friday, when he performs in Philadelphia under the moniker Brother Danielson, he'll be wearing what he calls a "Nine Fruit Tree" made with PVC piping.