Penn President Amy Gutmann was the among the Penn faculty who marched in solidarity on the school's campus last night. She encouraged the student demonstrations. Gutmann told those gathered, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, "[G]iven that my father escaped Nazi Germany, and my mother was a child of the Depression - I just think of them smiling and saying this is what their life was all about." Earlier, Gutmann had released a statement updating the public on the racist group chat that targeted Penn's black freshmen last week. She said that per the investigation, they had learned one of the suspects got into Penn in the spring, "but chose, ultimately, not to attend.” Here's a rundown of the latest, including how authorities believe the suspect got access to the students' names.
The list of nominees for the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class got tightened last night. Weapon X, Terrell Owens and 24 others made the semifinal shortlist. Other names on the list include Kurt Warner, Hines Ward and LaDainian Tomlinson. Donovan McNabb, while nominated, didn’t make the cut. Dawkins, who won our Ultimate Eagles Bracket this year, reacted on Twitter, saying, "Honored... Humbled #BBTB (blessed by the best)."
For the last couple of decades the Market East neighborhood has been stuck in Center City purgatory. It's about to climb out. The final beam to top off the first residential tower of the hyped East Market development was placed atop the structure yesterday. Pre-leasing for its apartments will begin early next year, and move-ins will happen in the spring. Success is far from a guarantee, but here's why a Market East revival could stick this time around.
|What||Spirit of Philadelphia is hosting Philadelphia themed First Friday dinner cruises. Enjoy a delicious buffet menu featuring a build your own cheesesteak station, a free Yards beer or glass of wine for each guest over 21, DJ entertainment, and of course, unbeatable views of the Philadelphia skyline. Cruises start April 7th and continue every First Friday of the year.|
|Where||Spirit of Philadelphia at 401 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106|
|When||April 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm|
|How much||From $66.90 per adult / $39.95 per child age 3-12|
|What||For beer lovers, traveling through Belgium's best bars and breweries with Tom Peters of Monk's Cafe is like a dream come true. Be there for the grand prize drawing to go along on the annual Philly Beer Week trip. Raffle tickets ($5) are available there or in advance online.|
|Where||City Tap House Logan at 2 Logan Sq. 19102|
|When||November 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm|
|How much||Pay as you go|
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Wondering why there's a Facebook truck parked on 15th Street outside City Hall? Virtual Reality, obvs. Facebook, which owns VR company Oculus, is currently on a multi-city tour and will be outside Dilworth Park for the next few days. You can try it out for free.
You'll never be short on volunteer opportunities in Philly, but this time of year has people looking to give back more than ever. Whether you want to donate your time, your money or your stuff, this list can help you find a way to do that. Here's your post-election, pre-holidays guide to giving back in Philly.
The Sixers franchise was faced with a difficult decision on Wednesday: Should they play Joel Embiid at home against the Wizards, or on the road the next night against the Timberwolves on national TV? From an NBA fan standpoint, watching on TNT will be a better experience with Embiid, win or not, but the Sixers as a local Philadelphia franchise have two obligations to the community: try to win, and provide value for the fans' dollar. By sitting Embiid at home, the team risked screwing the local fans. And yet, the team held on late to beat the Wizards 109-102 — led by Jahlil Okafor’s 19 points — giving fans both a victory, and saving Embiid for a showdown with Karl Anthony Towns. Everybody wins. But fans should still take notice of the decision.