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.
November 5, 2015 |
A PHILLY GIRL is heading closer to home to take charge of Widener University. Julie Wollman announced yesterday that she's leaving her current position as president of Erie County's Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for the top job at Widener. "I am looking forward to strengthening the manner in which Widener can serve the needs of the metropolitan area in meaningful and mutually rewarding ways," Wollman, a Germantown native, said in a statement yesterday. She replaces interim president Stephen Wilhite, who took over after longtime president James Harris left the Chester school in August to assume the presidency at the University of San Diego.
November 5, 2015 |
Julie Wollman, named Tuesday as president of Widener University, is focused on the student experience. She teaches a freshman seminar - "College: What, Why, How" - at Edinboro University in northwestern Pennsylvania, where she has been president since 2012. And she's taken a class herself, a beginner's course in bagpiping, rooted in Edinboro's Scottish heritage. (Edinboro was founded in 1857 as the Edinboro Academy by Scottish descendants who named it after Edinburgh, Scotland.)
May 20, 2015 |
Temple University is starting a Confucius Institute - the first in Philadelphia - focusing on the teaching of Chinese language and culture, officials announced Monday. The school will partner with China's Zhejiang Normal University, which will send two Chinese language professors here to teach in the institute, said Temple provost Hai-Lung Dai. Each university will contribute in-kind services and personnel worth $150,000 to run the institute, which will start in July, Dai said.
February 15, 2015 |
William J. Coopersmith, 88, of Glen Mills and Jupiter, Fla., a retired executive, civic leader, and sportsman, died of cancer Saturday, Feb. 7, at Taylor Hospice Residence in Ridley Park. A Philadelphia native, he graduated from Villanova College in 1950 and spent a year studying at Georgetown Law School. The world of commerce beckoned, though, so he joined his father, becoming general manager of Great Leopard Super Markets. He operated one of the nation's first supermarkets in the refitted shell of a textile mill in Chester.
February 9, 2015
HER SAFE WORD is "Oprah. " Which seems perfect for Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry, who may or may not have been joking when she revealed that tidbit during a "50 Shades of Grey" discussion on TLC's late-night talk show "All About Sex" (11 p.m. Saturdays). "It shuts everything down," she said. Not that Davis Henry - who answers to "Dr. Tiff" - is looking to shut anyone or anything down. If she's the voice of reason on a panel that includes actresses and comedians Margaret Cho, Heather McDonald and Marissa Jaret Winokur, it's because the former co-host of ABC's "The Revolution," has done her homework.