Professors

6 tips on how to ask a professor for a letter of recommendation

Recommendation letters have always been a big part of the graduate school application process. Along with your transcripts, essays and standardized test scores, these letters provide admissions officers a window into your academic interests, job performance, and, ideally, your personality....

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 12:45pm

Back on their feet, and finding their voice

When Devon Simmons started college, he was not a recent high school graduate living on a bucolic campus. He was a prisoner at the Otisville Correctional Facility, a medium security men’s institution two hours from New York City.“To finally utilize my talents was really a blessing, and in the...

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 3:19am

Is the pencil making a comeback?

Sharp, dull, bitten, broken or whittled down to a stub: The pencil, no matter what its condition, holds a special place in the popular imagination. After all, our first writing utensil will always be our first.Now step in the wayback machine and get off in 1858, when Mr. Hyman Lipman patented the...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 11:16pm

Prison debate team beats award-winning Harvard team

A prestigious debate team from Harvard University reportedly lost to a team of New York prison inmates in a scenario that sounds like the premise of a Terrence Howard movie high schoolers would be forced to watch on a rainy day.The prisoner debate team was part of a program that allows inmates to...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 10:13am

Three easy ways to take a study break

It’s about that time in the semester that everyone dreads — finals week. In anticipation of term papers, presentations and tests, students swarm the library armed with books and pages of messy notes or hole up in their dorm rooms, unable to move away from the stack to study all the materials they...

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 4:58am

Minimum wage workers shut down Philly streets for $15/hour

Shymara Jones has been working as a cashier at Popeye's for five years, but still earns just $7.60 an hour. That's why she joined in a protest against her employer on Thursday."My biggest struggle right now is working two jobs, paying my tuition off and not being able to see my son all seven days...

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 3:42am