Articles by Paul Richards

06/10/10 12:09am

Paul Richards | Philadelphia through graduated eyes

Even when not the path planned Philadelphia can have a lot to offer a recent college grad.
04/29/10 2:28am

Senior Goodbye from Paul Richards | My advice: take it or leave it

I’m going to offer a little bit of advice. Take it, leave it, mock it, it doesn’t matter that much to me.
07/17/08 5:00am

News Brief | $10 million donated to Cognitive Center

Penn is leading the way in learning how the mind works. The University is part of a consortium that received a $10 million grant for five years from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to establish a 21st Century Center for Cognition and Science Instruction.
07/10/08 5:00am

News Brief: Wharton changes e-mail server

Wharton Computing performed a major upgrade to the school's e-mail server last month by switching to Microsoft Exchange 2007, which offers more space, advanced security and other new features to Wharton students. The upgrade is a response to "student requests for more e-mail storage space," according to the Wharton Computing Web site.
06/26/08 5:00am
There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but there is such a thing as free admission. At least at Penn's Institute of Contemporary Art, that is, where a donation from '88 Wharton alumnus Glenn Fuhrman will eliminate admission costs for the next five years, beginning July 1.
06/19/08 5:00am

News Brief | Gov. signs Clean Indoor Air Act into law

Smoke 'em if you got 'em, because in three months you'll be out of luck. Last Friday, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell signed into law the Clean Indoor Air Act, which will prohibit smoking in most public places, such as restaurants, workplaces and certain parts of casino floors.
06/05/08 5:00am

Nutter plans to help with foreclosures

Philadelphians affected by the mortgage foreclosure crisis now have more options, thanks to a new public outreach program from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Nutter unveiled the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Protection Program on Tuesday. The plan aims to help struggling Philadelphians hold onto their homes.
02/19/08 5:00am

A little bit of Italy in a South Philly nook

Disclaimer: I don't know that much about Italian food. It was only about a month ago that I learned how to pronounce gnocchi, and I'm still not entirely sure what prosciutto is. (Google tells me it's ham, but I'm not convinced) Basically, I'm pretty easy to please.
01/18/08 5:00am

Online books remain unpopular

Earlier this week College sophomores Melissa Gunderson and Kristen Lange stood in the Penn Bookstore with a bad case of sticker shock. The price tag of their new Chemistry 101 book: nearly $300. "It's highway robbery," Lange said. And though alternative electronic textbooks - high-tech substitutes to pricey print versions - have been available for more than a decade, they have not yet taken root at Penn.
11/30/07 5:00am

Gutmann joins in on U.N. debate

The chair recognizes the ambassador from the University of Pennsylvania. Penn President Amy Gutmann joined 24 other university presidents from around the globe at the third annual United Nations Global Colloquium of University Presidents, held yesterday at New York University, to discuss climate change.
11/16/07 5:00am

Calling all military vets: Odd student aid abounds

Wanted: recipient of a Purple Heart applying to the School of Nursing. No, the description is not from a personal ad. Rather, it's a more specific set of requirements for one of Penn's many endowed undergraduate scholarships, which make up about 15 percent of the $92 million financial-aid grant budget.
11/14/07 5:00am

Iz not cats everywhere? Online trend spreads across campus

Four days until Caturday. That's Saturday for those who haven't yet caught on to the latest phenomenon to dominate the Internet and student lexicon - LOLcats. That's LOL for "laugh out loud." LOLcats are funny pictures of cats with captions attributed to them.
11/12/07 5:00am

Officials breathe easier with endowment legislation off the table

University endowments are safe from government control - for now, at least. Legislation mandating a minimum 5 percent spending rate on university endowments will not appear before the Senate Finance Committee this year, and Penn officials are breathing a sigh of relief.
11/06/07 5:00am

Capital Campaign | Resource centers asked to raise funds

With responsibility for raising $310 million of the University's $3.5 billion capital campaign, Penn's six resource centers are charged with making a significant contribution. But undergraduate and graduate schools, for example, have loyal alumni with incentives to give - how do you fundraise when you don't have an obvious constituency? At the six centers - the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Penn Athletics, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Penn Libraries, the Morris Arboretum and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - development directors are faced with this challenge as they try to mobilize their constituents to reach campaign goals.
11/05/07 5:00am

Unlike its peers, U. controls credit scams

Back away from the table. That's what Ed Mierzwinski wants you to do when it comes to signing up for a credit card on campus. Mierzwinski, of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, is heading a campaign called FEESA to limit unfair credit card marketing on college campuses, a problem he says plagues students nationwide.
11/02/07 5:00am

'Casual Penn President' calls party a success

Amy Gutmann was a "casual Penn President" at her Halloween party Wednesday night. Gutmann, who has dressed up as Glinda the Good Witch, Willy Wonka and the Statue of Liberty in previous years, noticeably stood out this year dressed in Penn winter apparel.
10/31/07 5:00am

Admin. mum on effect of last costume party

Despite the costume controversy that marked Penn President Amy Gutmann's Halloween party last year, there will be no official censorship policy implemented for tonight's annual soiree. Gutmann came under criticism last year for posing with 2007 Penn alumnus Saad Saadi, who was dressed as a suicide bomber.
10/30/07 5:00am

Hack to end term as dean of Design School

School of Design Dean Gary Hack will leave the University this summer after finishing his twelve-year run as the school's top administrator. Engineering Dean Eduardo Glandt will serve as chairman for the committee responsible for replacing Hack, who will leave the school June 30, 2008.
10/29/07 5:00am

Presidency extension announced now to show confidence

Five more years. The University Board of Trustees announced at its meeting on Oct. 19 that Penn President Amy Gutmann's contract has been extended for five years, securing her position as Penn's leader until 2014. The extension for Gutmann, who assumed the presidency in June 2004, comes 20 months before her contract was set to expire.
10/25/07 5:00am

Looking Ahead | Publicity doesn't necessarily mean money

Amy Gutmann is slowly becoming a "world-class rock star." Sort of. Since the kickoff of Penn's $3.5 billion capital "Making History" campaign, news of the school's undertaking has appeared in a variety of publications, from The Philadelphia Inquirer to The Times of India.
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03/14/12 6:21pm
Penn plays its first postseason game in five years against Quinnipiac at the Palestra. Follow along with all the action here. M.
01/18/12 2:57am
Quakers recruit and Southern California native Julian Harrell spoke with ESPNLA.com about the reasons he chose Penn — one of which was his relationship with Miles Cartwright, whom Harrell said he calls his "older brother." Harrell currently plays for Cartwright's alma mater, Loyola High School, in Los Angeles. The 6-foot-5 guard committed to Penn in October, and drew interest form top programs like Stanford, California, Duquesne and Boston College, among others, but ultimately decided upon Penn.
02/12/10 2:56pm

Gimme Fiction (please)

11/03/09 3:58pm
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