Drexel Announces iPad Vending Machine

Had they unveiled it a day earlier we might have thought it was a prank. Drexel and the Free Library — spurred on by the success of the school’s MacBook dispensing unit —  announced yesterday that an iPad vending machine of sorts at the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships will make a cool dozen Apple tablets available, free of charge and for four-hour stretches, to Drexel ID-brandishing students and library card-carrying residents of the neighboring Manuta and Powelton Village neighborhoods. Read more »

Cocktail 101: Drexel Opens Mixology Class To The Public


For those baffled by the art of cocktail making, Drexel is opening a limited number of seats in their new class “Spirits and Mixology” to the general public. The class will explore the history and processes of major spirits, as well as cocktail-making, from basic to innovative. Lesson number one? No one who knows better ever calls it “mixology” anymore.

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Philadelphia’s New Boom

A view of Center City from Penn Medicine’s Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics, taken on a February morning at sunrise. Photograph by Chris Sembrot

A view of Center City from Penn Medicine’s Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics, taken on a February morning at sunrise. Photograph by Chris Sembrot

Were you here in 1987? (Actually: Were you even born?) If you were, maybe you remember the thrill of One Liberty Place rising in the sky — an honest-to-God Philadelphia skyscraper at last, looking down on Billy Penn’s hat. How about the early ’60s, when Society Hill emerged from a hardscrabble neighborhood and Penn Center gave a new sleekness to downtown?

We find ourselves in one of those moments again — a period when our physical surroundings are changing quickly and drastically around us. What’s different this time is the breadth of the change, with new buildings and revitalized neighborhoods and inviting public spaces emerging all at once all across the city. We’re calling it the New Boom, and on the following pages we give you an inside look at the eight trends that are fundamentally reshaping Philadelphia — and a sneak preview of the revitalized city we’ll live in for the next half century.

Edited by Ashley Primis

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How I Discovered Everything Wrong With My Running Form

Running form - Drexel assessment

Two examples of issues with my running form.

I am looking at myself run, and I am mortified.

I’m in the middle of a running assessment at Drexel University’s Parkway Health and Wellness Clinic, which opened in November. Kevin Gard and Robert Maschi are leading me through videos of myself on a treadmill, telling me what’s wrong with my form. I knew I was a rearfoot striker, but I didn’t realize how bad it was. I overpronate, especially on the left side. My right knee turns inward when I strike. My right foot compensates by twisting out on the backstride. When doctors who work for Drexel’s Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department are telling you your running form needs work, you listen. But I could see it myself on the screen, too. Read more »

String of Robberies Near Penn, Drexel Appear to Be Connected


Police are warning that a string of robberies in West Philadelphia near the campuses of Penn and Drexel appear to be connected. Cops yesterday released surveillance footage (above) of a robbery on the 3100 block of Hamilton Street that showed three men confronting a 20-year-old Drexel student in the foyer of her apartment.

One of the robbers, armed with a gun, took her cell phone, backpack and $200.

But cops say the suspects are also responsible for three other robberies on the outskirts of the two campuses. On February 12th, a woman entering her home was held up at gunpoint on the 4400 block of Pine Street. On February 16th, a man who went to 41st and Spring Garden to buy a paintball gun was robbed. Fox 29 flagged a fourth robbery, that of a Jimmy John’s delivery driver at 32nd and Baring. Read more »

Drexel’s Academic Bistro Offers 3-Course Lunch for $10

Academic_BistroCalling all broke college kids and thrifty professionals: if you are trying to get the most food for your money, check out Academic Bistro at Drexel University’s new lunch menu. The bistro is open every Thursday and Friday at 12 noon for the winter term and a three-course lunch will only cost you $10. Yes, only $10. So ditch that bowl of cereal and check it out.

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Relive the Best of ’80s Fashion at Drexel This Weekend

Images via Drexel.edu

Images via Drexel.edu

Although some of us might look back on photos from the ’80s and cringe, the over-the-top fashion decade gave us some beautiful textiles, legendary designers and trends that still inform the way we dress today.

For an inside look at the brilliance of the 1980s, check out the fashion presentation and lecture happening at Drexel University this Saturday, part of the Historic Costume Collection’s ‘Style Saturday’ program.

Normally closed to the public (which is a shame, because the collection is incredible), Drexel’s Historic Costume Collection will be opening to guests to showcase gems from the big-hair-neon-everything era, including stunning pieces by designers Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix and Emanuel Ungaro. (Swoon!)

Where you can snag a ticket!

Flyer Legend Tim Kerr’s Son Helps University of the Sciences Stun Drexel


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Garret Kerr, son of former Flyers star Tim Kerr, hit a three-pointer with two seconds left last night to lead University of the Sciences over Drexel. It’s the first win for a Division II school on the road against a Division I school in 227 games this season. Okay, so the schools are like 15 blocks apart. It still counts.

USP coach Dave Pauley celebrated by giving a quote that doesn’t make any sense, per City of Basketball Love.

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” USciences head coach Dave Pauley quipped, referencing a famous 1897 editorial in the New York Sun. “Really, there’s two plays in basketball – Romeo and Juliet, and Give Garret the Ball.”

Wait, what’s the Romeo and Juliet play? Fake a suicide then score when your opponents are distracted? Eh, it’s better than the Hamlet play (distract your opponents with a ghost).

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