Archive for the ‘Magazine Updates’ Category


Anthology with Widener Ties Making News

October 22, 2014

Thompson & Defreitas

The recent issue of Widener Magazine included the story “Writing Wrongs, Mentoring Youth, Redeeming Souls” by Jayne Thompson, a senior lecturer in Widener’s English Department. Thompson and Emily Defreitas, a senior English/creative writing major, collaborated to edit the book, Letters to My Younger Self: An Anthology of Writings by Incarcerated Men at S.C.I. Graterford and a Writing Workbook.  If you didn’t read Thompson’s article, be sure to check it out — it’s a fine piece of writing, as is the book.

Thompson and Defreitas (pictured above in Widener’s Wolfgram Memorial Library) are featured today in a Philadelphia Inquirer article, “Insights from inmates form a compelling book.”  In addition, Thompson appeared on the show Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on WHHY-FM Friday morning. You can listen to a podcast of that interview.

This past Sunday, Ed Gebhart, a columnist for the Delaware County Daily Times, wrote about Thompson’s article in Widener Magazine, and also paid some very kind and much appreciated compliments to the work we do here.

–Sam Starnes, Editor


40 Years Ago: Springsteen Rocks Widener

April 4, 2014

077_The_Boss_at_WidenerForty years ago a skinny kid from Jersey hopped on stage in Widener’s MacMorland Center wearing a straw fedora and electrified the crowd with songs like “Blinded by the Light” and “Rosalita.” A month later music critic Jon Landau wrote of the young artist, “I saw the future of rock and roll, and his name is Bruce Springsteen.”

The April 5, 1974, concert was the first of three that Springsteen played at Widener in less than a 12-month period in 1974 and 1975 before his Born to Run album launched him to rock and roll superstardom.

Joe Quinn from The Dome interviewed Springsteen and he said he “hoped that someday he would make it big enough to pay his band decently and not worry about making ends meet.”

Mission accomplished.

Dan Hanson ’97, Widener’s director of public relations, wrote a story about Springsteen’s concerts at Widener for the spring 2013 issue of Widener Magazine that won a silver CUPPIE award in the best article category from CUPRAP: The Association of Communicators in Education.  Hanson’s article revealed a long-standing mystery about bootleg video footage from one of the 1975 concerts.

Editor Sam Starnes won a gold CUPPIE award in the creative headlines category for the article’s headline “The Boss and the Booleg: Widener Concert Video the ‘Holy Grail’ for Springsteen Fans” and the magazine cover that combined images of Springsteen with President Eisenhower under the headline “Ike and the Boss” won a bronze CUPPIE award.


Widener Magazine Contributor Selected to Give University’s Inaugural Invited Student Lecture

March 28, 2014

Janelle Rouse, a junior from Washington D.C. who wrote about her study abroad experience in Honduras for the fall 2013 issue of Widener Magazine, has been selected to deliver Widener’s Inaugural Invited Student Lecture. 

The lecture will be held in the Webb Room in University Center at 12 p.m. on Monday and is free and open to the public. Rouse was chosen for the lecture based on an essay she wrote about her grandmother. It was selected as the winner of a contest where students were asked to submit pieces about strong, silent women in their lives.

Rouse in Honduras

Janelle Rouse’s study abroad experience in Honduras in March 2013 included teaching sixth graders.


New Chester Grocery Watering ‘Food Desert’

October 2, 2013

aisle_photo_Fare__Square1By Maria Klecko ’15

An award-winning story in the spring 2011 Widener Magazine reported the efforts of a Center for Social Work Education program to create maps documenting the lack of food options in Chester — deemed a “food desert” by the USDA — and develop ways to fill those needs.

For a dozen years, residents of the city had been without a grocery store and had few options for fresh and healthy food. That void was filled on Saturday when Philabundance opened the Fare and Square, a nonprofit grocery.

Construction on the store began last year in the vacant section of the building housing Family Dollar on the 3100 block of West 9th Street. As a nonprofit grocery store operated by a food aid group, it is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

A second grocery store, this one commercial, is slated to open in Chester in 2014. Bottom Dollar will be located at 15th Street and Edgmont Avenue, near Widener University.

Establishing Fare and Square in Chester was a project set forth by Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2), a national initiative created by the Obama administration in July 2011, and supported, in part, by Widener. The initiative’s goal is to aid distressed cities like Chester by “strengthening local capacity and sparking economic growth in local communities.”

“There is no significant quality of life without proper food and nourishment,” said Arto Woodley, one of Chester’s two SC2 fellows who works out of an office in Old Main on the Widener campus. “The market helps elevate the quality of life. It’s a huge win for this region.”


Widener Triplet Named Homecoming Queen

November 2, 2012

The spring 2012 issue of Widener Magazine featured a story called “Triple Plays” about two sets of Widener triplets — the Conover triplets, class of 2013, and the Wenrich triplets, class of 2005.

Last month, Emily Conover, an elementary education major from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., added an individual distinction — homecoming queen.  Congratulations, Emily!

The 2011 homecoming queen, Kristin Yeager, puts the crown on the new queen, Emily Conover, as Widener President James T. Harris III looks on.


Homecoming 2011: Widener Spirit is in the Air

September 14, 2011

By Nathalie Carril-King ’12

From Pioneers to Pride, the Widener community is preparing to welcome the festivities of homecoming. From past traditions to revamping new ones, this year is bound to have spirit in the air.  In addition to the traditional broom drill and PMC reunions on campus, Widener students have created unique ways to demonstrate their school spirit.

Marking a new tradition, the freshman class of 2014 was the first to sing the Pride “Fight Song,” which is now the song sung after every football victory as well as during convocation for incoming students. Another tradition established in recent years is the homecoming cart parade. This parade allows students to express their creative side while displaying what their clubs and organizations mean to them.

This year’s homecoming is Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.   We hope to see you here.  For more information and a list of events, see the schedule here.

Nathalie Carril-King is a senior from New York City majoring in international business and marketing management.


Looking Back to the Boardwalk Bowl

June 22, 2011

I’ve been busy this week finishing up stories for the fall issue of Widener Magazine that will be due out in October, and thought I’d share one of the photographs that will go with a story about the history of athletics on campus dating back to when baseball started way back in 1866.  Above is a shot of the Boardwalk Bowl in Atlantic City from 1967, Pennsylvania Military College’s last game of that season (click on image to enlarge).

In 1934, PMC played one of the earliest indoor football games on record in Convention Hall in Atlantic City, now known as Boardwalk Hall, the arch-roofed arena famous for being home to Miss America pageants until 2004.   The football team played six more games in Atlantic City in the thirties.

After a hiatus, PMC returned to Atlantic City in 1961 to play the Merchant Marine Academy, more commonly referred to as Kings Point for its location in New York state.  “Beat Kings Point,” became the mantra on campus. PMC played a game annually in Atlantic City until 1970.

After that, there was only one more game in Atlantic City, that in 1973 when Widener beat Fordham 49-20 in the last game of the season.  It also was Billy “White Shoes” Johnson’s final game in a Widener uniform before he went on to stardom in the NFL.

You can see scores of the games online in the Widener Football media guide.  There also are oral histories with PMC alumni talking about the game accessible on the PMC Museum web page.

–Sam Starnes, Editor