Giant puppets and a herd of elementary-school students may not seem like the most obvious path for social activism, but a local nonprofit organization is giving it a try anyway.
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Between farmers' markets, sword fights, local sports leagues and flea markets, Clark Park is constantly abuzz with activity. This summer, a local theater company will provide even more action for students staying on campus with its third-annual free show in the park.
As Penn nears the closing stages of negotiating a partnership with a nearby public high school, education experts are debating the merits of such relationships.
Local groups throughout Philadelphia have been organizing cleanup efforts in the city for years, but this Saturday they received a big boost from Mayor Nutter's new initiative to clean up Philadelphia.
Penn officials have wanted to collaborate with University City High School for some time now, but many community members who attended a public forum last night say Penn's help is not welcome.
Twenty-seven states have constitutions with amendments that ban same-sex marriage. Now, Pennsylvania is considering whether to join them.
When it comes to making plans on how to improve Philadelphia, architects and city planners from Penn say civic engagement is critical.
A program that began in 2000 to rehabilitate area homes has stopped expanding, but 400 properties near campus have been restored as a result of its efforts .
Last week's meeting of the Spruce Hill Zoning Committee, which discussed plans for an 11-story extended-stay hotel at 40th and Pine streets, seems to have created only a greater divide between developers and the community on an already divisive issue.
Services like Net Flix and On-Demand might be the most convenient options for movie-viewers, but the Independent Video Library's new owner aims to add some local flavor to the movie experience. Oliver Assiran, who recently bought the video store located at 40th and Locust streets, has begun a series of changes designed to turn the business into more than just a video store. The layout of the store has been rearranged in the last month to make room for a comic store in the back called West Philly Comics. Assiran said he also plans to add a screening room where he hopes local filmmakers will showcase their work. College sophomore Melissa Metelits, who is majoring in film studies and theatre arts, said the idea of a local venue for Penn students to show their films is very exciting. "Now, the only chance we get is in the classroom and at festivals that come once a semester," said Metelits, who makes thrillers. Assiran, a filmmaker himself, said he empathizes with the difficulty amateur filmmakers face. "I know when I made my first movie we couldn't get it shown anywhere," he said. With his second movie, however, Assiran had more success. The film, called Flogging Margaret, was picked up for distribution by Warner Brothers and released earlier this month. Assiran described it as "a love story about revenge." With his success, Assiran decided to branch out and leave his job as a projectionist in Manayunk. When he heard from his sister, a former employee, that the Video Library was for sale, he decided to buy it. In addition to the comic book store and screening room, Assiran said he wants to overhaul the Video Library's little-known mail order system, which serves customers nationwide. Nine customers interviewed at the store this week said they had never heard about the mail order system. Thus far, Assiran's changes have been popular among local children. Will Jenkins, a fourth-grader at the Penn-Alexander School, said he was not very interested in comic books before, but he really likes the new store. "My friends and I have walked over here from school a few times since it opened," he said. "It's a fun place to hang out and they don't get mad at us if we're being loud." Assiran will begin filming next year on a second film for Warner Brothers that will be called How to Pick Up Girls if You're a Comic Book Geek.
Area residents are still up in arms about a proposed hotel at 40th and Pine streets - and they don't seem to be backing down.
The prospect of an 11-story hotel in a residential neighborhood near campus has become a contentious subject among residents.
Everyone loves the underdog. Everyone, that is, except donors.
A downtown performing arts venue is getting a public image boost from members of the Penn community.
A recent uptick in Pennsylvania's abortion rate defies a nationwide trend of fewer abortions, drawing a range of explanations from local organizations and on-campus groups.
New hotels are being planned citywide, a trend experts say is likely to weather recent financial difficulties in the real estate markets.
As food prices increase nationwide, students and West Philadelpia residents are feeling the strain on their purse strings.
For some students, Greek life starts before they reach college.
Parents looking for lodging in University City while visiting their children could soon have a more affordable option if the proposal for a new off-campus hotel is approved by local organizations and the University's Board of Trustees.