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March 8, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
On Sunday afternoon, enjoy folktales and songs as the Kennett Symphony Orchestra presents its children's concert "Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Orchestra Favorites" at West Chester University. The annual show will begin at 2 p.m. under the direction of Australian-born composer Melissa Dunphy. Movements to be performed are "Entrance of the Queen of Sheba" from Solomon by Handel; "Hoe-Down" from Rodeo by Aaron Copland; and "Jack and the Beanstalk," composed by Dunphy in 2010.
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May 20, 1993 | For The Inquirer / LAURENCE KESTERSON)
It's a time of joy and a time of sadness. A beginning of hopes and dreams. It's a rite of spring and it's called graduation, and for the approximately 1,300 graduates of West Chester University, last Saturday marked the parting of the ways for the Class of '93.
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June 18, 1989 | By Joy D. Gasta, Inquirer Staff Writer
When West Chester University officials discuss the school's new educational center in Japan, they sound a little like the rider trying to hold back a fine new horse straining at the bit. The experience may be scary, but the potential is exhilarating. Especially if it's a gift horse. In April administrators expected 75 students at this first overseas branch of the university in Fukuoka, an international port city of 1.2 million. One hundred and forty showed up, all with six years of English-language training behind them, eager to polish their skills, especially in speaking.
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October 24, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Greg Cuprak was able to salvage a few chunks of coal. The facilities manager at West Chester University put them in a small box - for posterity - and took them to a celebratory event on campus Wednesday. The university was formally decommissioning its coal-fired boiler plant, which for more than 50 years provided steam heat for the campus. It was replaced by a more-efficient geothermal system. The old anthracite plant hasn't been used since May, Cuprak said. But officials wanted to make sure the new system was working perfectly before they made the formal switch.
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March 6, 1995 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In what has become a revolving-door situation, West Chester University again is looking for an athletic director. The university was forced into its latest search for an A.D. - its seventh in a little more than seven years - when William Lide announced his resignation Tuesday to take a similar position at North Carolina Central University in Durham. Lide has been in the West Chester job for 23 months. Lide is scheduled to begin his duties at North Carolina Central, a historically black college that is part of the University of North Carolina system, on May 1. He will continue his duties here until the end of April.
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May 16, 1988 | By Joe Fite, Special to The Inquirer
Several area athletes turned in outstanding performances this spring at West Chester University. Chris Kelly, a graduate of Hatboro-Horsham, was named an at-large participant in the NCAA Division II Golf Championships being played this week at Osage Beach, Mo. Kelly was selected on the strength of his 54-hole score of 233 at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships May 2 and 3 at Treasure Lake Country Club in Clarion....
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March 1, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A bill in the works that might allow West Chester University to pull out of the financially struggling State System of Higher Education might come with a steep price of its own, the head of the university's faculty union warned Thursday. If West Chester became state-related, rather than being part of the 14-school system, tuition could go up and less money might be available to retain full-time faculty, said Lisa Millhous, a professor and president of the school's chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.
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April 7, 1998 | By Lubna Khan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Fred Morsell's rich baritone filled the West Chester University auditorium yesterday with two simple words that had the power to leave many squirming nervously in their seats. The words were black and white. "No white man can give a white woman or a black woman or anybody else a right that he possesses," Morsell told a class of about 100 music students. "The best he can do is to recognize that they are to be treated the same as him because they are the same. " Some students shifted in their seats.
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June 5, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aqua America Inc. on Wednesday named Christopher H. Franklin, an executive vice president who oversees Aqua's utility operations, to replace longtime CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis. Franklin, 50, chief operating officer of Aqua's regulated water and wastewater operations, will take over on July 1. DeBenedictis, 69, who has been CEO since 1992, will become nonexecutive chairman of the Bryn Mawr company. Franklin, who followed DeBenedictis from Peco to the water utility in 1992, was instrumental in the transformation of the local company, then called Philadelphia Suburban Water, into Aqua America, which now has operations in eight states.
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May 29, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Albert Eugene Filano, 89, of West Chester, a decorated World War II veteran and later a mathematics professor at West Chester University, died Monday, May 18, of respiratory failure at Barclay Friends in West Chester. Born in Penfield, Pa., he was the son of Italian immigrants James E. and Rosy Ulizio Filano. He graduated in 1943 from Jay Township High School and went into the Army Air Corps, completing 33 combat missions against the Japanese mainland as a B-29 bombardier and radar navigator.
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May 24, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bullet holes mar a shooting range in the basement. One dank room, according to a sign, is a vault for combat weapons. A silhouette of a lone soldier is painted on the stairwell wall. But when a group of West Chester residents enters the National Guard Armory, they see the arching, vaulted ceiling; the hall fit for a stage; the balcony that looks like it was made to be a light booth. They see a theater. "The first time I walked in, I went, 'This is a theater-in-waiting,' " said Tim Blair, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University.
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May 18, 2015 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there On Memorial Day weekend 2011, Rachel and her lifelong friend Sarah had a hotel room in Stone Harbor and evening plans in Avalon. Elsewhere at the Shore, Glenn was at his West Chester University buddy Bill's Sea Isle City beach house when another college pal, Paul, suggested they go out in his neck of the barrier islands. That's how a guy from Broomall and a girl from Cheltenham ended up at the same bar: the Princeton. Rachel and Sarah recognized Paul, whom they had met a few summers before.
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May 16, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Chester University's former chief budgeting officer contends that the school falsely reported deficits or near break-even budgets for three years to get more state funding, then "squirreled away" millions of dollars in unreported funds to use if it succeeded in withdrawing from the State System of Higher Education. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, Colleen Bradley said she was fired for speaking out about the university's "misuse and waste of public funds by high-level state government officers.
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April 20, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing in front of about 100 people - black, white, Latino, Indian, male, female, young, old - Lisa Croft talked about the elephant in the room. "It's not just there to sit and look pretty," she said. "Sometimes we need courageous people to . . . say what that elephant is. " That was the essence of the discussion at the daylong "Courageous Conversation" at West Chester University on Saturday. The diverse crowd talked about "implicit" biases: ingrained beliefs that can influence behavior, often subconsciously.
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April 5, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Chester University student was charged Thursday with the rape of a female student at a campus fraternity house. Mauricio Sanjuan Martinez, 19, was arrested on campus Thursday. He was charged with three counts of rape and other counts. The alleged assault occurred Sunday around 4 a.m. at the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house, said police. The victim, a 19-year-old woman, reported the rape to West Chester police. About 50 people were at the South Walnut Street house Sunday for a party involving alcohol, according to police.
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April 2, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Her first shots were with socks into a heating vent, squaring off against her brothers, before Dawn Staley graduated to a cardboard backboard concocted outside. The next upgrade was to a crate hooked up to a light pole at 23d and Diamond streets in North Philadelphia. "She used to hit bank shots off the crate - I don't know how she could do that," said her older brother Eric Staley, standing early Tuesday evening at the courts at 25th and Diamond, a piece of asphalt where his sister Dawn really first made her name.
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March 28, 2015 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Kids can party Mardi Gras-style Saturday with Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards. Enjoy sounds from the Crescent City with this New Orleans jazz band. The musicians' high-energy show, blending different sounds, ranging from zydeco to bebop to swing will keep youngsters and their caretakers dancing. Jazzy Ash infuses some of her Trinidadian background in her grooves, so get ready to boogie. WXPN's Kids Corner, the Fids and Kamily Awards, and Metro Kids magazine all honored Jazzy Ash's 2014 album, Home , in year-end lists.
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January 27, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stella Ferrari Conaway, 92, of West Chester, a respected voice teacher and performer, died Thursday, Jan. 8, her 61st wedding anniversary, of Alzheimer's disease at Simpson Meadows, Downingtown. Mrs. Conaway was a trained soprano, and her husband, Wayne Elias Conaway, a trained tenor; the two performed classical music and opera duets up and down the East Coast. The venues were local auditoriums where they often sang to benefit music clubs, he said. She earned academic degrees in music from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music - now part of the University of the Arts - and joined the faculty of the music department at West Chester University.
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