October 3, 2015 |
Greg R. Weisenstein, who presided over a 20 percent enrollment increase during his seven-year tenure as president of West Chester University, says he will retire as of March 31. Weisenstein, 68, was choked with emotion as he announced his departure to 650 faculty, staff, and students at the annual State of the University address. The audience stood and applauded. He said in an interview this week that he plans to "pursue some other opportunities," perhaps in higher education. "It's a good time for a presidential transition," he said, noting the school's growth and improvement in college rankings.
September 26, 2015 |
You say you want to see the pope, but fear your small fry just doesn't have the attention span to last through the events? Try Franklin Square . There will be a Jumbotron broadcasting all the papal events, along with two playgrounds, a great hamburger stand, the best carousel around, a gift shop selling Pope Francis memorabilia, and Philly Mini Golf (your only chance to make a putt around a tiny Independence Hall). Something for everybody. Go in peace. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Franklin Square, Sixth and Race Streets.
September 24, 2015 |
THE IRONY? West Chester senior Tim Brown had just made an honor roll for the first time in his life. Then he found out that he'd been ruled ineligible by the NCAA because of an administrative error. "That's the part that made it almost comical to me," said Brown. "I didn't want anyone to think I'd done anything wrong. I'd just had my best semester ever. So I'm thinking, 'Man, maybe if I hadn't worked so hard.' That's crazy. I just didn't understand how I could be penalized for taking too many classes.
September 21, 2015 |
In Al Bagnoli's Columbia coaching debut, the Lions dropped their season opener, 44-24, to host Fordham at Mitchie Stadium in West Point, N.Y. Bagnoli spent 23 years at Penn before he was named the Lions' head coach in February. The Rams jumped to an early lead and never looked back. Trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, the Lions were able to get on the board with a strong drive at the end of the period. Junior quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg was able to move into Fordham territory after completions to Scooter Hollis and Cameron Dunn.
September 19, 2015 |
After two unsuccessful attempts to have all-American tight end Tim Brown reinstated, West Chester University finally broke through on the third. Brown began practice this week and is expected to play Saturday against Seton Hill after the NCAA reversed its decision on appeal. The NCAA originally ruled that Brown's career was over because he had used up the 10 full-time semesters that Division II student-athletes are allotted. West Chester coach Bill Zwaan took the blame for it, saying that he had made a clerical error and hoped the decision would be rescinded.
September 12, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Supporters of embattled state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane rallied here Thursday, seeking to forestall a suspension of her law license, a move that could force her from office. About a dozen people belonging to the group Citizens 4 Kane urged the state Supreme Court to hold off on deciding whether to suspend Kane's license. They said she first deserves a chance to defend herself against criminal charges that she leaked secret grand jury material and lied about it. "Going forward with an emergency suspension would be tantamount to trying the criminal case against Kathleen Kane and without giving her the ability to confront witnesses and have her fate decided by a jury," said Wendy Silverwood, a supporter who lives in West Chester.
September 6, 2015 |
The president of West Chester University will lead a national contingent of state university presidents on a one-week trip to Cuba to foster student and faculty exchange programs, research collaboration, and other partnerships. "This is a really unique opportunity to open those doors, with the opening of diplomatic relations between our countries," said Greg R. Weisenstein, who will fly to Miami on Saturday and Havana on Sunday. Weisenstein is one of 18 presidents and chancellors from New Jersey, Oklahoma, Georgia, Texas, New York, Mississippi, Colorado, and California making the trip.
September 6, 2015 |
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - It can be hard out there for a lifeguard. So when someone like Rich "Rich the Butcher" Hill shows up at the Jetty, fires up the Weber, and starts passing up bacon burgers to the Beach Patrol members on the lifeguard stand - and we're talking custom burgers where the bacon is blended into the mix - legendary status is immediately bestowed. Rich the Butcher, 56-year-old owner of the Colonial Village Meat Market in West Chester, has very much earned most-honored-shoobie status at the Jetty, a drive-on south-end beach in Brigantine.
September 4, 2015 |
You don't get an email like this too often. West Chester University's all-American tight end, Tim Brown, was declared ineligible by the NCAA last week, basically out of eligibility. Here's the part you don't see. "This is my fault as his coach," West Chester football coach Bill Zwaan said in the email. "I have been coaching at the Division II and III level for 23 years, and this is one of the worst mistakes I have ever made because of the effect this may have on [Brown's] life. " Talking on the phone this week, Zwaan said he'd explained to the NCAA that this was his fault, a misunderstanding solely on his part of whether Brown had been a full-time student at a community college before coming to West Chester.
August 29, 2015 |
The shooting of a knife-wielding attacker by a deputy sheriff at the Chester County courthouse this week was justified, the district attorney ruled Thursday, declaring the assault to be an unprovoked attack by an obviously troubled man and closing the case without finding a motive. In releasing new details, District Attorney Thomas Hogan also disclosed that the assailant, Curtis W. Smith, had not stabbed a deputy before he was shot during the lunch-hour incident in West Chester, as the prosecutor first reported.