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Grammarly Says Democrats Better Writers

October 7, 2015 by Jason Elsman in Culture, Politics
RI governor Lincoln Chafee makes an appearance at Brown University in 2007. Photo by Kenneth C. Zirkel

RI governor Lincoln Chafee makes an appearance at Brown University in 2007. Photo by Kenneth C. Zirkel

Grammar lovers who also happen to dislike Donald Trump and his bid for president will love this latest of bizarre surveys.  The people at the popular writing-enhancement website “Grammarly” examined the comments made by supporters of the various candidates for president on their official Facebook pages. Their intention: to discover which of the candidates followers have the worst/best grammar.

It turns out supporters of Lincoln Chafee, one of the Democratic candidates who is barely a blip on the radar screen has supporters whose grammar is almost beyond reproach. Chafee’s supporters were found to make only 3.1 mistakes for every 100 words they wrote.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has supporters who seem to be pretty sloppy when it comes to their ability to write a sentence in English. Their pathetic score was 12.6 mistakes per 100 written words, putting Trump in last place out of 19 candidates’ supporters.

As a group it seems Democrats paid better attention in grammar school, scoring overall 4.2 mistakes per 100. Republicans should be embarrassed to discover that they did more than twice as bad, with 8.7 mistakes every 100 words.

In case you were wondering who actually writes more words, it turns out more liberal supporters seem to have a lot more to say. For every 41.8 words a follower of a Democratic candidate wrote, a supporter of a Republican candidate only wrote 32.4 words.

The Lasry Family Professorship in Race Relations

October 7, 2015 by Dan Kazan in Culture
Marc Lasry

Marc Lasry

Cathy and Marc Lasry established the chair in race relations at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 to allow a distinguished scholar, academic and educator to teach and do research in the School of Arts and Sciences with a special focus on the subject of race relations. This is not the Lasry family’s only venture into the support of University programs; the couple has also served as joint chairs of the Penn Parent Leadership Committee. Cathy also contributed her time to the School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers.

David Bershad Among Successful Columbia Law School Graduates

September 9, 2015 by Janice Marks in Culture
Columbia Law School. Photo credit: BrOnXbOmBr21 via wikipedia

Columbia Law School. Photo credit: BrOnXbOmBr21 via Wikipedia

David Bershad received his law degree from Columbia University in 1968, along with James Meredith, Robert Cover and Nomi Reice Buchwald.

After graduation Bershad became the first associate at a prestigious New York law firm, specializing in securities litigation. He became a partner in 1970, and the firm has since expanded with offices around the country.

James Meredith became active in the American civil rights movement of the 60s and 70s, and was the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi. Perhaps Meredith is most famous for running against Adam Clayton Powell for the Congressional seat representing Harlem as a Republican, in 1967. Powell was re-elected to the seat after Meredith withdrew his candidacy.

Fellow class of ’68 graduate Robert Cover was a law professor, scholar and activist. From 1972 until he died at the age of 42 in 1986 he taught at Yale Law School. The most famous essay he wrote is entitled, “Violence and the Word.” The article inspired many debates about how law language and violence are interrelated.

After graduating from Columbia Naomi Reice Buchwald practiced law for five years. She then went on to become an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. In 1999 Buchwald was appointed by then President Bill Clinton to sit on the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Reality TV Producer Nancy Glass Finds Success in Philadelphia

July 6, 2015 by Danielle Stoneman in Culture
Nancy Glass

Philadelphia skyline

After a successful career in front of the camera, Nancy Glass has made the switch to reality TV program production in an unusual location for this industry: Philadelphia.

It has been more than ten years since Nancy Glass left her last on-air role as a pop-music radio morning host. Prior to that Glass was a co-host on KYW-TV’s Evening Magazine during much of the 1980s. In 2002 she decided to go into production and launched her business, Nancy Glass Productions, choosing Philadelphia, her hometown.

“We do great incredible television in Philadelphia,” Glass says.

Glass is not exaggerating. She produced an episode about Cuba for the Travel Channel series Dangerous Grounds using some of the first scenes shot in that country since the ban on travel to Cuba was ended. Her company produces Tanked, which is now in its fifth year, for Animal Planet. It is distributed to over 100 million households via cable and satellite. For the upcoming year the cable network has ordered 15 more shows from Nancy Glass Productions. Overall Glass’s company has produced 50 cable specials, 24 series, and three documentaries.

It is especially impressive that Nancy Glass Productions has been so successful from its headquarters in Bala Cynwyd, on the western edge of Philadelphia.

“Very few companies outside of New York and Los Angeles have found real success, and Nancy is one who has,” said Brent Montgomery, CEO of Leftfield Entertainment in New York. Leftfield describes itself as one of the biggest TV production companies on the East Coast.

When necessary, Glass will make the trip to New York or Los Angeles, pitching as many as ten new ideas in one day. If she were based in those hubs she could space out her pitches since she would be only a subway ride or taxi ride away.

“We go to everybody,” she said. “We talk to online platforms; we talk with cable; we talk with broadcast networks.”

Glass says Philadelphia has its good points, like lower real estate costs, taxes, and a more stable workforce-staff turnover is minimal.

“You take a risk on things you like,” Glass said. “That’s what you do. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.”