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Big 5 Conference Tournament, Championship Week preview

For everybody in the city — except, of course, No. 2 ranked Villanova — the Conference Tournaments are a last chance to save the season. While it’s likely most of them will be unsuccessful, they’ve got nothing to lose at this point trying. Here’s how their respective...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 3:47pm

Philly, Big 5 could have two NCAA tournament teams as UPenn makes push

The Penn basketball trophy case, which used to overflow with regular additions, has been gathering dust at its current capacity for over a decade. But that may be about to change after the Quakers took sole possession of the Ivy League with a 74-71 win over Harvard Saturday in a old time Palestra...

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 5:49pm

UPenn basketball looks to be headed, finally, on right track

Winning seasons and wins in Big Five games were the norm at Penn long before Steve Donahue inherited the reins from Jerome Allen in 2015. In fact, going back a few decades, the Quakers weren’t only a force in town and in the Ivy League.  They were a national power, going 28-1 in 1971...

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 1:54pm

UPenn basketball preview: Is it time to contend in the Ivy League?

Steve Donahue’s Penn Quakers may have not yet turned the corner when it comes to the conversation of Ivy League basketball contenders. But following five straight losing seasons and nine in the last 10, at least they can see the end of the block. Coming off four seasons in which they went a...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:43pm

Even amid team struggles, UPenn's Justin Watson on cusp of history

Not until it’s all over next month will Penn’s Justin Watson look back. But when the kid from Bridgeville, PA — just outside of Pittsburgh — finally does he’ll realize he’s left behind quite a legacy. Already the 6-foot-3, 220 pound senior has equaled Dan...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 3:17pm

College football preview: Penn Quakers out to prove 'experts' wrong

Like the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield and singer Aretha Franklin, Ray Priore’s Penn Quakers can tell you all about respect. Or rather the lack of it. Despite owning a piece of the Ivy League title both seasons since Priore replaced longtime Quaker coach Al Bagnoli, the so-called “...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 4:28pm

WATCH: Penn Museum unveils contents of artist’s suitcase unopened for 50 years

“What’s in the box?” was the question many Philadelphians were asking this week after Penn Museum acquired a mysterious unopened suitcase from a vintage dealer in Kentucky.According to the museum’s Facebook page, the valise once belonged to Mary Louise Baker, an artist who worked at the museum from...

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 9:39pm

Former VP Joe Biden joins the faculty at UPenn

Former Vice President Joe Biden has accepted a position on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, the school announced Tuesday.Biden will lead the new Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, and will be the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor.UPenn president Amy...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 2:44am

What Philly graduates make right out of college

Students graduating from 50 four-year colleges and universities, technical schools and community colleges in the Philadelphia area can expect to earn between$19,300 and $95,800 after graduation.Metro analyzed data from50 schools in Philadelphia and within a 20-mile radius of the city. The highest...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 9:37am

Ex-Penn professor, wife-killer, released from prison

Ten years after bludgeoning his wife to death with an exercise bar in the their Montgomery County home, former University of Pennsylvania professor Rafael Robb was released from prison Sunday.Robb, 66, and his late wife, Ellen Gregory Robb, were in the midst of a divorce when he —in a fit of rage...

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 12:19pm

31 Philly professors sign letter denouncing Trump's attorney general pick

More than 30 law school faculty members from four area universities signed a letter opposing President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Alabama Rep. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.Thirty-one professorsfrom the law schools of Drexel University, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 9:26am

Pennsylvania lawmaker seeks to defund sanctuary campuses

A Republican state representative is looking to punish Pennsylvania universities that vow to protect undocumented students by threatening their state funding.Rep. Jerry Knowles plans to introduce a bill next month that would withhold state funds from colleges and universities that serve as so-...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 8:32pm

Conservative ‘watchlist’ attempts to intimidate Philly professors

A new "watchlist"is getting a rise out of the academic community, with some of its members calling it "nonsense," “Orwellian" and even "the worst of McCarthyism."Set up last month by political action committee Turning Point USA (TPUSA), the Professor Watchlistincludes the names of nearly 200...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 3:31pm

City attorney linked to anti-Trump vandalism keeps job

Duncan Lloyd, a Philadelphia city attorney who sipped wineas his friend spray-painted a message against President-elect Donald Trump, will not face charges and is keeping his job, authorities said.Lloyd, an assistant city solicitor, was captured on surveillance footage on Nov. 25 with a friend, who...

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 3:14am

UPenn students lead national college walkout to protest racist messages

Students at the University of Pennsylvania and other colleges around the nation walked out of their classrooms at precisely 2:15 p.m. on Thursday to demonstrate against racist messages that circulated around the West Philadelphia campus last week."We all refuse to attend universities or live in a...

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 9:28pm

Philly GOP miffed by questions about racist UPenn texts, while Casey visits campus

The Philadelphia Republican Party on Monday condemned the barrage of racist text messages sent to black students at the University of Pennsylvania and decried attempts to associate them with supporters of President-elect Donald Trump.“Any violence towards somebody because of who they are or who...

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 2:13am

Racist messages sent to black students at Trump’s alma mater

Students of color at the Philadelphia university where President-elect Donald Trump studied were bombarded with racist messages through the Groupme app on Friday.Furious students announced on social media that black freshmen were added through Groupme, a group texting app, to racist groups...

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 2:03am

Quakers, Alek Torgersen spoil Al Bagnoli's return to UPenn

Al Bagnoli’s been around long enough to know a good story line. And you don’t get any better than having the man who coached Penn for 23 years — the final one after he’d already announced his “retirement” at the end of the season, only to change his mind and take over the reins at Columbia, the...

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 12:16am

UPenn app could be an Election Day game-changer

Elections—and politics, in general—has embraced the digital age. A simple search on the App Store for "presidential election" reveals dozens of mobile apps, from news organizations to profiles of candidatesto Election Daysimulation games.Another app may soon join that mix, and it's all about making...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 2:30pm

UPenn party invite sparks 'rape culture' outrage

Fliers with the eye-catching title "This is what rape culture looks like" popped up all over University of Pennsylvania's campus earlier this week, apparently in response to an emailed invitation to a party.The text of the email invitation to a party called "Wild Wednesday" says that girls are...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 2:02am