May 22, 2015 |
IT'S EASY TO say that Donovan McNabb is right. That Syracuse, his alma mater, has no business unretiring the No. 44, worn by Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little. But it's a bit more complicated than it seems. The school retired the number in November of 2005. Even hung an banner emblazoned with it hanging in the Carrier Dome. Back then, the athletic director was Dr. Daryl Gross who said, "If there was ever a number that needed to be retired it is 44. " Fast-forward to 2013 when Little - then a special assistant to Gross - brought up the idea of bringing the number back saying, "I don't agree that it belongs in the rafters.
May 13, 2015 |
THE SCHOOL REFORM Commission voted yesterday to renew the charters of 12 schools and not to renew two others. Delaware Valley Charter High School and Universal Bluford Charter School were not renewed based on recommendations from district staff. Both schools will remain open, pending an appeal process that could take more than a year. Delaware Valley, located on Old York Road near Wagner Avenue in Olney, opened in 2000 and has 696 students. According to the district, the school failed to meet academic standards, with declining reading and math scores over the last three years.
May 13, 2015 |
During a special meeting devoted to charter schools, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Monday to begin the process of closing two for academic and management shortcomings. One of the schools - Universal-Bluford, an elementary with nearly 600 students - is run by Universal Cos., the nonprofit founded by music mogul Kenny Gamble. In a 4-1 vote, the SRC voted not to renew Bluford's charter for five years. It was the first time a school run by Universal has been targeted for closure.
April 29, 2015 |
Pennsylvania's 14 state universities raised tuition 27 percent over six years, and a state audit report released Monday says that while stagnant state aid is largely to blame, the system should do better. "Despite laudable efforts to hold down costs, the state system must look for additional ways to minimize tuition hikes, cut costs, and increase enrollment," said Auditor General Eugene D. DePasquale. The 59-page report, which was largely positive, noted that while the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education offers one of the most affordable options, "many students and families across the commonwealth are concerned that attaining a PASSHE education is becoming out of reach.
April 24, 2015 |
When Mark C. Reed graduated from St. Joseph's Prep in 1992, he knew he wanted to attend a Jesuit college - and he was accepted to all four to which he applied, including St. Joseph's University. But in the end, the Philadelphia-area native chose Fairfield, in Connecticut. "I just wanted to go away," he said. Now he's coming home. Reed was named president of St. Joseph's on Wednesday, the first lay leader in the school's 164 years. And at 40, the mathematician is the university's youngest president - at least since 1927, when St. Joseph's moved to City Avenue.
April 9, 2015 |
NOW HERE'S the kind of husband every woman should cherish. Carlis F. Cook Jr. would prepare gourmet meals just for his wife, Aqila - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Imagine breakfast in bed served by a doting husband! Eat your hearts out, ladies! But Carlis loved to cook, and who better to express his talents upon than a receptive family? Carlis Cook, an optician and longtime maintenance supervisor for Rutgers University, Air Force veteran of the Korean War, and loving family man, died last Wednesday.
April 2, 2015 |
Individual hospitals in the behavioral health unit of Universal Health Services Inc. have long been dogged by federal investigations into their billing practices, but the King of Prussia company disclosed Tuesday in a regulatory filing that it was under criminal investigation at the corporate level. The Securities and Exchange Commission filing updated legal matters noted in UHS's Feb. 26 annual report. "UHS and its subsidiary facilities have cooperated with the investigating agencies and will continue to do so," the company said in a statement.
March 26, 2015 |
Stockton University announced Tuesday that Trump Entertainment was seeking to block the transformation of the shuttered Showboat Casino into an "island campus" for the university - a move touted as a game-changer for the embattled local economy and the school. Trump Entertainment will use a 1988 legal covenant with Caesars Entertainment - Showboat's former corporate parent - to prevent Stockton from reopening the property as a school and hotel, according to the university. The covenant would prevent the property from being used as anything other than a first-class casino-hotel, the school said.
March 11, 2015 |
The ghost hunters and the Ivy League professors were 40 minutes into their investigation at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology when Projit B. Mukharji felt something. The rest of the group had fanned out across the darkened Harrison Auditorium, a spacious art deco room with a coffered dome. The paranormal sleuths were training their temperature guns and "electromagnetic frequency meters" - tools that, in theory, register changes should a spirit be present.
March 11, 2015 |
THE REV. EDMUND Dobbin always said his first love was teaching. So it had to have been something of a relief when Dobbin left the presidency of Villanova University at the end of the 2005-06 academic year after 18 years. Sure, he said, he loved it, but being an administrator is a far cry from the hands-on experience of the classroom, the shaping of young minds, the interaction with students hanging on your every word - at least in theory. "Teaching was always my first love," he said on leaving the presidency and stepping into a classroom at the Main Line university he served for so long.