Newsletter for Monday, March 16
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
‘NOVA MAKES IT, TEMPLE MISSES; SELECTION SUNDAY GIVETH AND TAKETH AWAY
Are you in a bracket pool at work? Well, at least there’s one Philly school in there — Villanova is the no. 1 seed in the East. ESPN even called it a “pretty easy pick!” (Autoplay video annoyance warning.) But Temple — which was hoping for a bid — missed the cut, leaving alumni stunned and sorta bitter on social media. Here’s the bracket for your downloading convenience, but the real star of the Internet is the Washington Post’s custom emoji for NCAA teams (including Temple!). At least Owls have some small reason to cheer today.
IT’S SUNSHINE WEEK: PA’S PUBLIC RECORD LAW IS OK, BUT NOT GREAT
Guys, bear with us because this is a li’l wonky but it’s important. It’s Sunshine Week. What that means is that people who care a lot about things like access to records are asking you to pay attention to what you can and can’t do in Pennsylvania: Things like asking for accident reports, or (let’s say) how many of your taxpayer dollars were involved when a local superintendent mysteriously “resigns” or something. According to this Op/Ed in the Harrisburg Patriot-News on Sunday, we’ve got a ways to go in the Keystone State. It’s not the worst place in the nation to get information, but it’s not the best. The piece was penned by the executive director of the Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition. They’ve got lots of resources showing what meetings oughta be open, and what you can get under the law. Just be ready to hear “no” a lot from public officials who are basically like that guy at the driver’s license center who’s super impressed with himself and not all that helpful.
TO DO: LEARN ABOUT PHILLY’S LOST STREAMS
WHAT: ‘Tapping our Watershed: From creek to sewer, the history of topological change in Philadelphia’ by Drexel U’s Academy of Natural Sciences
WHERE: National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd Street
WHEN: 6 PM
HOW MUCH: Free, but it’d be nice for you to buy food or drinks (or both)
BILLY PENN LIKES
US AT 18 WEEKS: THE TRAFFIC, THE EVENTS AND THE AUDIENCE PLAN
Billy Penn founder Jim Brady penned this update Friday about the site and our aims at the tender age of 18 weeks. In his words, “As any entrepreneur can tell you, starting a company from scratch is like riding a roller coaster: constant motion, some ups, some downs, the occasional blood-curdling scream.” Want to know how big our audience is, and what we’d like to do next? We’ve got you covered.
THE BILLY PENN PARTY SCHOOL RANKING
Some of the area’s colleges have earned a reputation for being a place where the Natty Light runs free; others are known for being in a city and having an awesome bar scene. But what’s the no. 1 party school? Billy Penn‘s aim was simple: A way to rank the schools ourselves based on a point system that we created. First, we picked 20 schools that people who live in Philly are likely to go to/ have gone, so that means Philadelphia area schools and some of the biggest schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Without further ado… Here’s our top 20.