May 11, 2013
This article is from the Penn State campus paper.
“The Next Nike Lives in South Halls
In room 132 Simmons Hall, a movement is going on; Abu Fofanah, sophomore, Finance Major, is pulling allnighter after allnighter,
bringing his company, Motivational Apparel, to life. Motivational Apparel, MoAp for short, founded in June 2012, is an athletic tshirt
line in which a portion of sales is given back to organizations devoted to overcoming challenges. One of the organizations he gives back to is the Special Olympics. His desire to give back to the Special Olympics came from attending the event last summer. Fofanah explains, “I learned from the athletes that ‘you truly are your only limit’ and ‘individuals need motivation to overcome their
biggest obstacles and challenges.’” A flame was lit within him, and he felt the need to spread that fire to as many people as he possibly could.
The result evolved into what is now MoAp. His line of shirts features original and motivating slogans and designs, all of which are devoted to inspiring those who wear and see these shirts. These shirts are priced between $20 and $30. Slogans like, “Motivate”, “Life Has No Limitations Except The Ones You Make”, and “Time To Grind”, are just some examples of the inspirational messages
MoAp features on its merchandise.
Fofanah, originally born in Sierra Leone, Africa, now lives in Philadelphia, but is hitting the West Coast this summer with Price Waterhouse Cooper. At his internship with PwC, he will be further developing business skills that will be useful in expanding his company. He has already recently reached the 100tshirt sale mark, been publicly supported by big names, such as John Legend, and plans to push forward with new lines and directions. This college student, who is taking 24 credits this semester and is actively involved in several campus organizations, has still found time to make Motivational Apparel a priority. His passion for the cause continues to drive him to grow this company.
To find out more about Fofanah’s company and the merchandise available, go to getmoap.com or talk to Abu! You can easily find him nearby South Halls or wandering through the Business Building.
April 22, 2013
A Hummer's View, Girard College Alumni Association
Joe Zanghi ’54 is a GC grad who started this project many years ago and just saw the last trees planted.
Click here to read more.
February 8, 2013
New Book Written on Life as a Hummer
Title: The Unique Childhood of a Hummer
Author: Lew Rinko, Class of 1952
The latest book revealing an inside look at the life boys led in Girard College in the Forties and Fifties is sure to delight anyone who attended or had a relative in Girard. In our case, we found our wife completely taken by the anecdotes Lew Rinko recalls. “I can’t believe that’s what you kids endured” is her usual refrain.
The book is available through Amazon.com and, including postage and all other fees, totals $19.70. Trust us, it will be the best $20 you’ve spent so far in 2013! When you go to Amazon, just enter Lewis Rinko and the site will lead you to the ordering section.
Thanks Lew for a wonderful treat.
February 8, 2013
A Hummer's View, Board of City Trusts, Chicetawn, Clay Armbrister, Fran Manley, Girard College, Girard College Alumni Association, Girard College Federation of Teachers, Joe Martz, Ronald Donatucci,
We receive phone calls and emails from Girard alumni frequently. The recent post we put up titled “Stakeholder’s Summary” contains many of the questions we’re asked, and unfortunately, unable to answer.
The Board of City Trusts operates in its own vacuum. They release statements telling everyone how transparent they plan to be, yet continue to stonewall those who ask what they consider to be private matters. Public agencies ,we feel, have very little that should be kept from public review.
In this era of instant communications,there is no reason the ongoing business affairs of the BOCT can’t be made public. Their monthly meetings and annual reports should all be published on a website available to the public.
The public, especially the Girard College and Wills Eye Hospital stakeholders, have every right to know the trusts for the college and hospital are receiving the fiduciary oversight they are legally deserve.
When a corpus such as the Girard Estates is reduced nearly 50%, stakeholder’s have a right to know that the managers responsible have been replaced. What investment counselors have been changed by the Estate? Have any been changed? Why hasn’t the Estate manager’s heels been held to the fire?
The financial problems facing Girard College have been well publicized. The only people who have paid a price for the financial mismanagement, however, have been the employees of the school and, most importantly, the students and prospective students. The student population is about 400 now, compared to 750 just a few years ago. That fact alone should shame the BOCT to take action. Protecting and educating children, not a political hack’s job is the primary function of the Board!!
So, my friend, ask your questions. Just don’t expect much of a response.
February 8, 2013
Alumni Voices, Board of City Trust, Family Concerns
A Hummer's View, Board of City Trusts, BOCT, Clay Armbrister, Girard College, Girard College Alumni Association, Girard Estate, Joe Martz, Ronald Donatucci,
A Hummer’s View – I thought of you when I read this. I, being very much an outsider, I live outside of Boston and have not been very active in the alumni, have a couple of questions. If you know who best to address them to, I will.
How much did the trust invest in derivatives, such as interest swaps? How much are they worth now or how much were they worth when they were sold? Essentially how much did the trust lose?
Who was responsible for those investments? And is that person still managing investments for the trust.
I would like to see a an expanded list of the portfolio “investments” in 2008. 2009. 2010, 2011, and 2012.
How many people are employed by the trust? Part time? Full time? salaries? Job descriptions?
Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year
Hail Stephen Girard