December 14, 2015 |
ASSAM, India - The huge, one-horned beast looks up and gazes at us in the early-morning mist. Its thick, gray, leathery hide drapes down its flanks, like sections of armor plating. Two small birds perch on its rump, pecking away at insects. The rhinoceros is unperturbed by the birds or our close approach, allowing us to observe it at leisure from high above. My wife, Annie, and I are riding atop an elephant through the grasslands of remote Kaziranga National Park in the northeastern state of Assam, India.
February 27, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Worried about horse meat in your beef? Try water buffalo, donkey, and goat. South African food scientists said they have found all three in mislabeled foods including beef burgers, ground beef and sausages. A study published by three professors at Stellenbosch University found that 68 percent of 139 samples contained species not declared in the product label, with the highest incidence in sausages, burger patties and deli meats. The study found soy and gluten were not labeled in 28 percent of products tested.
October 16, 2011 |
I opened my eyes to the sunrise as a one-man fishing boat glided by. It was my first morning on the Vrinda, a vessel that plies the backwaters of southern India in a world that contrasts dramatically with the nation's sense-overloading, overpopulated cities. If you think of India as one endless stream of people, motorcycles, cars honking their way around cows, pedestrians, and dogs, well, you're right. But you also are in for a surprise - and, believe it, a luxurious rest - on the Vrinda.
August 26, 2010
Cows have long ruled the mozzarella consciousness of most Americans who've embraced a good Caprese salad. But Italian water buffalo are the beasts we should really celebrate in that ode to fresh cheese and ripe tomatoes. Water buffalo ( not the same as American bison) were the original source of Campania's famed mozzarella, dating from the second century A.D., and I still find their cheese superior to even good renditions of cow's-milk mozzarella. The catch is the higher cost and lack of consistency in this delicate imported cheese, which has a tangy savor and a softer center that demands careful handling.
March 11, 2009 |
John R. Brobeck, 94, former chairman of the physiology department at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, died of pneumonia Friday at Granite Farms Estates, a retirement community in Media. He had been a longtime resident of Swarthmore until moving to Media in 1997. Dr. Brobeck headed the physiology department from 1952 to 1973 and was a professor at Penn's medical school until 1982. Then, for 10 years, he was assistant to the vice president for health affairs. He was also Penn's judicial administrator and served on several committees until well into his 80s, said his daughter, Elisabeth Thompson.
June 12, 2008 |
University of Pennsylvania history professor and free-speech advocate Alan Charles Kors defended the student who uttered the "water buffalo" comment at black female students in 1993 that pushed the university into a controversial national spotlight. He backed another Penn student in 2005 who faced sexual-harassment charges after snapping pictures of two students having sex in front of a dorm-room window. And remember the uproar in October 2006 when Penn President Amy Gutmann let her photo be taken with a student dressed like a suicide bomber?
January 2, 2003 |
Many University of Pennsylvania students were outraged in the spring when a graduate student posted a message on an Internet newsgroup calling for the death of Palestinians. Some were so upset by what they called the blatant "hate speech" that they pressured Penn president Judith Rodin to punish the teaching assistant. Rodin demurred. "The way to respond is not by furthur intimidation but by exposing the haters to the light of day," she said. She used the dispute as a "teaching moment," with Penn holding debates and lectures on the Middle East.
November 12, 2000 |
Members of the Thorndale Rotary Club may spend their time as volunteers in Coatesville area schools reading to students, or take part in a larger framework of raising money to purchase water buffalo for needy families in the Philippines. The first is indicative of local Rotary efforts, the second, the club's efforts to contribute to Rotary International, which focuses on projects such as buying water buffalo for farm families and getting children in Third World countries inoculated against polio.
September 9, 1997 |
More than four years after a University of Pennsylvania student touched off a national brouhaha by calling a group of black women "water buffalo," the saga has ended. The student, Eden Jacobowitz, has settled his lawsuit against the university. Jacobowitz leaned out his sixth-floor dormitory window late one night in January 1993 and yelled down to five black sorority members who he thought were talking too loudly and disrupting his studying: "Shut up, you water buffalo. If you're looking for a party, there's a zoo a mile from here.
August 20, 1997 |
When Sheldon Hackney looks back on his four years as chief of the National Endowment for the Humanities, he takes satisfaction in one thing above most everything else: He kept everyone talking. Literally. Hackney's pet initiative, the so-called National Conversation on American Pluralism and Identity, set people a-jabbering in forums from coast to coast for over three years. About 80,000 sat down and talked face to face about race and ethnicity and the meaning of America. An additional million or so plugged in via radio or video or the Internet.