Newsletter for Friday, Sept. 4
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OFFICIAL REVEALS WHY THE POPE MASS NEEDED TICKETS
Here’s why the Papal Mass needed a ticketing system: Security. World Meeting of Families Executive Director Donna Crilley Farrell fielded questions Thursday about why, just three weeks before the massive Papal visit, everyone suddenly learned that a large swath of the Parkway will be only for ticket-holders — and the only way to get a ticket is to be a member of a local Catholic parish. But Farrell refused on several occasions to say how many tickets are being distributed for the large part of the Parkway — from the Art Museum to 20th Street — and also wouldn’t answer questions about why the information surrounding ticketing was released just three weeks prior to the event. On the plus side, there will be a pair of Pope parades, sort of. Here’s what she said.
DID WE OVERESTIMATE THE CROWD FOR THE POPE IN PHILLY?
At three weeks out from the Papal visit, we may have overestimated the crowds. SEPTA has 190,000 Regional Rail passes still up for grabs for people to use to get into the city, about 2/3 of what it had originally set aside. Some 75 percent of Airbnb rentals set aside for the Papal visit weekend aren’t rented. Amtrak says very few trains coming into Philadelphia are sold out, a pivot from what they said to expect months ago. There are still plenty of flights available. And as of this week, about a third of the city’s hotel rooms remained unbooked. Of course, two million people could theoretically plan their trip to Philly within the next three weeks. But here’s what the evidence says as of right now.
Stop by the public opening of this week-long salon series featuring visual artists Dawn Kramlich and Yvonne Love, and poet Laura Bernstein.
Where: Christ Church Neighborhood House at 20 N. American St. 19106
When: September 4, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: FREE
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REVEALED: THE MOST POPULAR COLLEGE MAJOR IN PHILLY (AND WHICH PAYS THE BEST)
What’s the most popular major in Philadelphia? Five of the area’s biggest universities — Villanova, St. Joseph’s, Drexel, Temple and Penn — provided us with their top 10 majors for undergraduate students from their most recent data available. And while each of these universities offers dozens — if not hundreds — of majors, a large portion of the student body clusters into these few categories. At St. Joe’s, for instance (the only university that provided numbers to back up their list of top majors) about 30 percent of its entire undergraduate student body falls into just five majors. About 50 percent of its undergraduate student body studies its top 10. This index reveals these popular majors for Villanova, St. Joe’s, Drexel, Temple and Penn.
COMING SOON TO SUGARHOUSE: REALLY GREAT STEAKS
The cuts at Hugo’s Frog Bar and Chop House are something else. These are steaks worth seeking out. That they’ll only be available at a casino — you’ll have to walk through the gaming floor to enter the restaurant — could be considered a drawback, especially if you find gambling distasteful. Even so, the Frog Bar’s forthcoming launch is reason to cheer: It means there will be other reasons to visit Philly’s casino besides just slots and tables.