August 15, 2016 |
One recent sun-drenched day, Kate Goodrich stood amid one of the main reasons she took a job as assistant professor of biology at Widener University: that beautiful arboretum up the road, where professors have taken students for years to study the plants, trees, and water. In May, Widener acquired Taylor Memorial Arboretum, which means professors and students will have unfettered access, 24/7, to the 30-acre oasis in Nether Providence Township, just across the border from the city of Chester.
August 4, 2016 |
Can it possibly be true that the Tinder and hookup generation is actually unusually chaste? A new study says it can, and one of the authors, a professor in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University, is convinced it is - with some caveats. The study, based on surveys conducted between 1972 and 2014, found that the number of 20- to 24-year-olds who said they had not had any sexual partners since age 18 was more than twice as high for millennials born in the 1990s as for Generation Xers born in the late 1960s: 15 percent vs. 6 percent.
July 19, 2016
By Julie E. Wollman The Philadelphia area is distinguished by its rich concentration of higher education institutions. With more than 100 colleges and universities throughout the 11-county metropolitan area, we have the vast resources, broad expertise, and innovative thinking to tackle the most vexing problems facing the region. Among the nation's 25 largest metropolitan statistical areas, the greater Philadelphia region ranks highest in awarding professional credentials such as nursing, law, and medical degrees, and ranks second in the nation in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded.
June 3, 2016 |
A growing number of Americans are having gay sex, or at least admitting to it. And that's OK with more and more of us. "People over time are reporting more same-sex sexual experiences than ever before," said Brooke Wells, a social psychologist at Widener University's Center for Human Sexuality Studies. The behavioral trend, reflected in an annual survey conducted between 1973 and 2014, was fueled largely by people who had sex with both men and women. There has been little change in the number of people reporting exclusively homosexual behavior.
May 8, 2016 |
For the last 10 years, Sharon Nelton has been getting into her car a couple of days a week and driving from her home in West Chester to school in nearby Exton. There, she studies film and teaches contemporary literature - and, at 78, has the time of her life. What draws her, she says, is "a hunger for being around intellectual people. " Nelton is one of more than 1,000 seniors who take part in a lifelong learning program sponsored by Widener University, and offered primarily at an Exton campus.
February 9, 2016
ISSUE | WINTER BLUES Preventing suffering A story about seasonal affective disorder (SAD) implied that the condition was invented by big pharmaceutical companies ("Study finds no proof of 'seasonal depression,' " Philly.com, Jan. 28). While GlaxoSmithKline developed Wellbutrin XL to prevent the depressive episodes of SAD, it was not out of a desire to create an illness for which it could sell a treatment. Rather, the development program was undertaken at the urging of clinicians who saw the suffering caused by SAD and the benefits to patients of a preventive treatment option.
February 7, 2016 |
For William Earle Williams, it was just a gate, distinct from the imposing stone pillars that flank the other entryways to Haverford College, but still just a gate. The limestone columns, with attached benches, along Old Railroad Avenue were graceful, light, and simple. They invited passersby to sit, rather than simply walk through. For decades, Haverford students, staff, and visitors had no idea that the Edward B. Conklin Memorial gate was the work of one of the nation's most influential and underappreciated architectural designers.
February 5, 2016 |
In the perennially struggling city of Chester, which went 12 years without a supermarket, a burgeoning renaissance is on the menu along a strip of Providence Avenue near Widener University. The neighborhood now has a Mediterranean-theme diner, and will soon have a full-service Pizzeria Uno and possibly a trendy taco bar. Along with a morale boost, the developments are expected to add to the city's coffers with as many as 100 jobs at the pizzeria alone, and potentially valuable acreage entering the tax rolls.
December 29, 2015 |
The 11th annual Pete and Jameer Nelson Classic is set for Tuesday and Wednesday at Widener University and Chestnut Hill College. A total of 17 games are on tap at the two sites. On Tuesday at Widener, Imhotep will clash with Chester at 7 p.m. The Panthers' Daron Russell and Jaekwon Carlyle, a Hampton recruit, make up one of the area's top backcourts. The Clippers are powered by 6-foot-8 center Maurice Henry (Delaware State) and 6-7 wing Marquis Collins. Next, at 8:45 p.m., Plymouth Whitemarsh, led by 6-3 wing and Rider signee Xzavier Malone, will battle Friends' Central, fueled by 6-7 forward De'Andre Hunter, a Virginia signee, and guard Chuck Champion, who is bound for Loyola (Md.)
November 7, 2015 |
I once spent a day with Widener University basketball coach C. Alan Rowe, which meant going to class. Even at age 63, Rowe was teaching five Widener math courses a semester. He seemed to know all the names of his students without a seating chart. His first words to one calculus class: "Your hats, gentlemen. " This was 1994. This man was delightfully old school. Rowe never complimented his players - like ever, even his favorites. He simply drilled them in the principles that he held dear.