March 26, 1995 |
The founder of an organization dedicated to gaining parity for women in elected office told Ursinus College students not to take for granted that women will soon gain equal representation in politics. George Dean, founder of the group 50/50 by 2000, addressed a class of political science students Thursday and said 1994 was a "hold-your-own year" for women candidates. "The playing field still isn't level yet," said Dean, a retired advertising executive who has lectured worldwide on women's issues since founding the organization in 1988.
April 11, 1993 |
The compulsion to measure, weigh and analyze every nuance of modern life - as if a precise label might somehow enhance understanding - is perhaps what has led critics to categorize poet W. D. Snodgrass' work as "confessional. " But Snodgrass, who will appear at Ursinus College on Wednesday, is far from comfortable with the term commonly used to characterize his work. "I don't like the label at all," Snodgress said during an interview. "It's a kind of journalists' tag. I don't like it especially because it sounds like you're writing about somebody's bedroom memoirs, or about some religious confession.
February 16, 1995 |
Free-associating about how the Mall of America is a self-contained universe, Andrei Codrescu is talking about how the top tourist draw in the United States has everything needed for an end-of-the-century existence. "If Howard Hughes, you know, was living now, he would love the Mall of America," Codrescu says in his Transylvanian staccato. "There's a hotel there. . . . In the Mall of America, you can actually jog. " Actually, the mall in Bloomington, Minn., boasts neither an inn nor a track.
December 7, 2000 |
Ursinus College has landed two gifts totaling $15 million that will help the school build a new theater-arts center. The $40 million complex will enable Ursinus to hold the kinds of touring theater companies that other college campuses enjoy, and in the process provide a performing-arts venue for the Collegeville community. The gifts include $10 million from the Sylvan Foundation in Wayne, and $5 million from retired Suburban Cable founder H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest and his wife, Marguerite.
August 5, 2014 |
Through a work of art, the two women were hoping to save a connection that is slipping away. Their husbands, who have Alzheimer's disease, are becoming more distant, their marriages more solitary and fraught with worry. But in a discussion of a painting called The Immigrants , those husbands - Jack Williams and Dick Force - virtually carried the conversation at the Woodmere Art Museum, in Chestnut Hill. The two men, whose wives had met through their mutual experience as caregivers, found the story in the brushstrokes and shared their thoughts about the discovery.
July 26, 2014 |
Bryn Mawr College, the small private women's school on the Main Line, this week joined a growing number of schools around the country that no longer require the SAT or other standardized test scores for admission. The college instead will rely on high school grades, essays, and other factors - a move officials hope will attract a broader applicant pool. "We know there are students all around the country who, when they see 'test scores,' they see it as a barrier to applying," said Peaches Valdes, Bryn Mawr's director of admissions.
June 11, 1996 |
Memorabilia of the railroad that once went through Collegeville draw Evelyn and Richard Landes. A display at Ursinus College was part of the borough's 100th anniversary celebration this weekend.
July 30, 2014 |
Battling the flames and billowing black smoke, Deborah Feairheller fought her way into the Caln Township home. As a metal air pack pumped oxygen into her mask, she yanked down the ceiling with a long pole to ventilate the attic above. Understandably, she feared for her safety, if not her life. " 'Is the floor going to hold me up?' " Feairheller said she thinks each time she enters a fire. " 'Is the ceiling going to fall on top of me?' " Yet Feairheller knew, better than most, that the top cause of fatalities among firefighters is not collapsing walls, or ceilings, or floors - or smoke inhalation.
June 17, 2014 |
BY HIS OWN admission, Russ Connor was something of a wild man in his youth. There was the time he and some buddies commandeered a trolley to drive them from dry Ocean City, N.J., to wet Somers Point for a night of intemperance. He once raced his Pontiac GTO full-out on an unopened section of the Atlantic City Expressway, not the safest venture even on a vacant road. His expenses and his caprices were paid for at least in part by the $20 weekly check he got from the government as a returning GI. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Donald Russell Connor, who went from his carefree years to the sober world of banking, working his way up to vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, a jazz buff who wrote four books on Benny Goodman and became pals with drummer Gene Krupa, died Wednesday at age 92. He was one of the original homeowners in Levittown.