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.
February 27, 2015 |
Patrons of the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia founded the historic school in the mid-19th century so their students would be prepared for the day when equality arrived. But graduate Octavius V. Catto couldn't wait that long. The civil rights hero took what he learned at the school that would become Cheyney University and used it to speed up the process. So did many of his classmates - but with much less attention paid to them. A new digital history project at Villanova University aims to change that.
February 26, 2015 |
IF YOU WERE FEELING a bit low and you were fortunate enough to be related to or just a friend of Willie Lois Adams, you wouldn't be down for long. "No matter what may have been going on in the world to tear you down, it only took one smile, one kind word or one hug to make you feel rejuvenated again," her family said. Willie was known as Granny - "because of her loving and compassionate demeanor. Granny's warm heart spread love and cheer even to the casual acquaintance. Willie was truly a person who was loved by all. " She died Feb. 14 at age 96. Willie was born in Wake Forest, N.C., to Willie Dunn and Mary Land.
February 23, 2015 |
At 44 years old, Stockton University is experiencing a growth spurt. The school, known until last week as Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, has broken enrollment records four years in a row, expanded its geographic footprint into Ocean and Cape May Counties, and opened a slew of graduate programs. By fall, a new campus at the former Showboat Casino will fully open in Atlantic City and house Stockton's hospitality program and provide space for dance, music, and theater programs.
February 21, 2015 |
Someone spray-painted the N-word on a sign at the entrance of Lincoln University overnight, according to a message sent to the university community Thursday morning. Public safety officers at the university in Chester County discovered the graffiti on its northwest corner entrance sign at 1:50 a.m., and the word was gone later Thursday morning, officials said. "This incident is a sober reminder that our forebearers persevered in the face of hatred and intimidation, yet achieved and maintained standards for excellence which Lincoln University has become known," acting president Valerie I. Harrison told the university community.
February 19, 2015 |
ON A VISIT to Philadelphia in November, Colleen Hanycz did what most visitors do when in our midst: She ate her first cheesesteak. The Canadian native isn't sure which locale she consumed said sandwich, only remembering that the eatery was inside the Reading Terminal Market and featured a "Best of" sign. The sandwich "alone is reason to move to Philadelphia," Hanycz said yesterday. In fact, a much higher calling has attracted the married mother of three here: Hanycz was named president of La Salle University yesterday by the school's Board of Trustees.
February 9, 2015 |
One of his guys would let a three-pointer go from the fingertips, and Herb Magee would lean to his side as if he was trying to will a five-iron toward a pin over at Edgmont Country Club. He kept bending, but these shots didn't need his body English. The result became inevitable after five consecutive Philadelphia University three-pointers fell in 141 seconds, a festival of second-half jumpers. Another banner was unfurled from above Philly U.'s scoreboard. Magee gave it a long look, no doubt at that number "1,000" on top of his name, and the 48th-year coach kind of nodded.
February 8, 2015 |
When it comes to Philadanco, the award-winning dance company she created back in 1970, Joan Myers Brown is all focus. Fervor for the company, she acknowledges, has been second only to her delight in family. "My home, well, it's a good place to kick off my shoes and relax. But it's nothing fancy. " What her University City home is, however, is a warm and welcoming place that has brought Brown back from her years of rearing children in the suburbs to a more urban existence.
February 5, 2015 |
HISTORY WILL have to wait. At least until Saturday afternoon. Everything was in place last night at Philadelphia University's Gallagher Center. The Rams were trying to get coach Herb Magee his 1,000th win, 9 days after Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, another Naismith Hall of Famer, became the first man in NCAA history to reach that number. Too bad somebody forgot to tell Wilmington it wasn't supposed to get in the way of the celebration. Ironically, it came down to a three-pointer from straightaway by Philly U's top scorer, senior guard Nick Schlitzer.
February 2, 2015 |
Garret Kerr had stolen the ball and taken it downcourt, away from the traffic he is most accustomed to on a basketball court. A dunk was on Kerr's mind, until he was in the air and a knee kind of buckled on him. "I jumped, and I got nothing out of it," Kerr said later outside his locker room. "I don't know what happened. I was going to two-hand it. " Kerr adjusted and turned it into a layup. No surprise to anybody. Turning what he has into something tangible on a scoreboard has been the story of Kerr's astounding career at the University of the Sciences.