Could Football Boost Temple Enrollment?


Good morning, Philadelphia, and happy 240th birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps. Here’s what you need to know today:

Temple’s success on the football field this season could lead to increased enrollment.

Applications to Temple University are up 12 percent this year, and admissions officials attribute it to the performance of the 8-1 football team, KYW reports. More than 6,000 prospective students visited campus for an open house last weekend. Officials say the football team may be the lure, but the university itself will seal the deal. “It’s the campus that’s going to be able to sell students,” one official said, “what’s been happening in terms of new improvements, like our new library that’s being built right, it’s our faculty, it’s our academic programs. Read more »

Website Connects Laid-Off Journalists With New Jobs

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A screenshot from the web site.

The 46 journalists laid off last week at Philadelphia Media Network are getting an assist in finding their next job.

Davis Shaver, the digital products and solutions lead at Philadelphia Media Network, has helped set up, an online clearinghouse that aims to bring together the journalists with potential employers. (He was joined by’s Brian X. McCrone in helping create the site.) Dozens of companies have listed openings at the site already; nobody’s been hired yet, but workers are already starting to make potential matches.

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Dear Philly: Battered Women Aren’t Sports Mascots

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) leaves the field following a game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Eagles won 33-27 in overtime. | Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy leaves the field following a game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Eagles won 33-27 in overtime. | Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Dear Philly: Battered women are not your sports mascots.

Like you, I think that Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy is a bad dude. And like you, I’m always going to regard the Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane with a certain amount of wariness. But take away their team affiliations — make them two relatively anonymous guys — and I’d still feel that way.

In Philadelphia, though, we seem to treat the transgressions (alleged and otherwise) of our sports rivals as an opportunity to express our fandom. And that’s kind of gross — a conflating of priorities that, at its worst, serves to further objectify women who’ve already been treated and made to feel worthless. Read more »

Is Pennsylvania Turning Democratic?

Photo by Derek Hatfield/

Photo by Derek Hatfield/

Good morning, Philadelphia, and happy National Scrapple Day. Here’s what you need to know today.

Some surprising news from last week’s statewide election: Dems didn’t need Philly to win.

“It long has been the Republican mantra that Democrats only can win statewide if there is a large voter turnout in Philadelphia, a Democrat bastion. But this time, if you deduct all of the Philadelphia vote totals from the Supreme Court candidates, the three Democrats still win,” Joseph Sabino Mistick writes for TribLive.

And that win could have huge effects on the future politics of a state where Republicans win elections and Democrats win the votes. Mistick adds: “The politics of the court will matter more after the next national census. Then, the Supreme Court likely will appoint the chairman and tie-breaking vote of the legislative reapportionment commission. Democrats believe that this will put them in position to undo the gerrymandering that has kept Republicans in solid control of the Legislature, in spite of a million-vote deficit.”

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ThinkFest Recap: Millennial Creatives on Digital Storytelling

From left: Emma Fried-Cassorla, Conrad Benner and Cory J. Popp at ThinkFest.

From left: Emma Fried-Cassorla, Conrad Benner and Cory J. Popp at ThinkFest.

ThinkFest is streaming live all day. Watch ThinkFest here.

Three “digital storytellers” appeared on the ThinkFest stage Friday afternoon to talk about the art the create, how it’s affected Philadelphia, how they make money, and their advantage over Old Media.

“To have a newspaper or TV station or magazine, you have to have these big organizations,” said Conrad Benner, creator of the Streets Dept. photo blog. “Agility and the ability to experiment are the biggest obstacles for traditional media.”

“We’re finding ways to get our stories out there, created by us, told by us,” added Cory J. Popp, an independent videographer.

“You can take a picture, have it on Instagram, and start a movement within minutes,” added Emma Fried-Cassorla, creator of the Philly Love Notes blog.

Some other highlights from the session: Read more »

ThinkFest Recap: Dr. Jean Bennett on Curing Blindness

Dr. Jean Bennett at ThinkFest.

Dr. Jean Bennett at ThinkFest.

ThinkFest is streaming live all day. Watch ThinkFest here.

Philadelphia is leading the way in developing gene therapies that could pull off medical miracles like reversing blindness, a Penn medical researcher said Friday at Thinkfest.

“This is really, really an exciting time,” said Dr. Jean Bennett of University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She’d helped lead a team that’s in the midst of FDA trials to bring a blindness therapy to market.

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ThinkFest Recap: Buzz Bissinger Calls Chip Kelly a “Fraud”

Buzz Bissinger at ThinkFest.

Buzz Bissinger at ThinkFest.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly is a “fraud,” Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger said during a Friday morning appearance at ThinkFest.

“I hate that fucker. I shouldn’t say fucker. I think he’s a fraud. Don’t laugh — look at the record,” Bissinger told the crowd, suggesting that Kelly’s winning record during his college years was deceptive, built on the backs of players with academic problems who nevertheless never won national championship.

“He’s arrogant. He’s always throwing people under the bus,” Bissinger said of Kelly. And he suggested that Kelly will soon — despite his disavowals — return to the college game.

Other highlights from his wide-ranging, often profane chat with Philly Mag editor Tom McGrath: Read more »

ThinkFest Recap: Abbi Jacobson on Comedy and Female “Knuckleheads”


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ThinkFest got off to a laugh-filled start Friday morning with an appearance by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, a Wayne native. She was interviewed by Philadelphia novelist Jennifer Weiner. Jacobson talked about her upbringing, about comedy, and about the rigors of producing a TV show for comedy central.

One highlight: A recent appearance on Broad City by Kelly Ripa, playing a drug- and sex-fueled version of herself. Ripa, Jacobson said, was up for anything. “We prank-called Regis,” she said.

Three other highlights from Jacobson: Read more »

ThinkFest Features Philly’s Brightest Thinkers


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It’s ThinkFest today! Join Philly Mag on the Drexel campus, or watch the livestream at

Quick show of hands: Is Philadelphia moving in the right direction? In the wrong direction? In circles? Broadly speaking, that’s the question we’ll be asking today as Philly Mag presents ThinkFest 2015, our fourth annual ideas conference. This is a one-day event featuring some of the most powerful, intriguing and entertaining people in Philly and beyond — from politicos like Governor Tom Wolf and Mayor Michael Nutter to creative forces like Jennifer Weiner, Buzz Bissinger and Abbi Jacobson. If you didn’t get your tickets already — they’re not being sold at the door — you can watch the live streaming video here at
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Newspaper Guild Offers to Buy Philadelphia Daily News

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The union that represents journalists at Philly’s biggest newspapers is — once again — offering to buy the Daily News, this time in the wake of announced layoffs at the company. A spokesman for owner Gerry Lenfest, however, said he is uninterested in selling.

“We would like to commence negotiations for a sale of the Daily News immediately,” Lisa A. Lori, the guild’s attorney, wrote in a Thursday letter (below) to Terry Egger, the new publisher at Philadelphia Media Network, which owns the paper.

Such a purchase, she wrote, “will help mitigate the loss of employment for a substantial number of individuals and it will help PMN shed an asset that, based on the number of layoffs of Daily News employees … it appears PMN has little interest in.”

The letter was obtained Thursday afternoon by Philadelphia magazine. Bill Ross, executive director of the guild, confirmed the letter’s authenticity, but offered few details.

“At this point it’s probably premature for me to comment,” he said.

A spokesman for PMN, however, said the offer would be rejected: “Mr. Lenfest has consistently made it clear he has no interest in selling the Daily News.” (See the official response letter, below.) Read more »

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