SEPTA on Temple-Cecil B. Moore Station Flap: “We Made a Mistake”


Workers install the signage in August. Screenshot | Temple/YouTube

The Cecil B. Moore stop on the Broad Street Line has been the subject of some embarrassment for SEPTA officials over the past couple weeks.

The balled up remnants of the ads. Photo | Margo Reed, The Temple News

The balled up remnants of the ads sit outside the station. Photo | Margo Reed, The Temple News

Cherry-colored decals coating the station — both at street level and underground —were mysteriously removed two weekends ago following outcry from civil rights activists. According to SEPTA officials, the Cecil B. Moore Freedom Fighters took issue with the ads. They felt that they were over-the-top and — without signage on the street level indicating the actual name of the station — overshadowed the station’s namesake, a 1960s Philadelphia Civil Rights icon. Read more »

Temple Makes List of Top Colleges for Entrepreneurs

Temple University's Alter Hall, from the Fox School of Business.

Temple University’s Alter Hall, from the Fox School of Business.

Temple University has been making great strides to support startups, and now the school has been recognized on a new Princeton Review ranking of the top colleges for entrepreneurship. Temple’s undergraduate program ranked 8th and its graduate program ranked 10th.

It was the only Philadelphia-area school to make the top 25 list. Read more »

Verdant Temple Pilot Project Nears Completion, Master Plan Revealed

Rendering: Perspective view of the proposed central New Green at Temple University's main campus | Credit: LRSLAstudio

Perspective view of “The New Green,” the planned central quad at Temple University | Credit: LRSLAstudio

Yes, Temple University has a massive redesign plan in store for its main campus. But in case you missed our sneak peek from earlier in the summer, we’ll have you know the Visualize Temple Master Plan (.PDF) comes with a decidedly green and equally significant companion piece: the Verdant Temple Landscape Master Plan (.PDF).

“The landscape of a campus is critical in creating first impressions and lasting memories,” TU President Neil D. Theobald said in a press release unveiling the long-anticipated program. Per the release, Verdant Temple will focus on five interrelated components:

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Want to Sing the National Anthem at a Temple Football Game? It Will Cost You. A Lot.

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Photos via

On Saturday night in front of a sold-out Lincoln Financial Field and a television audience projected to be in the millions, East Falls’ Allison Boyle (a current Temple student) and her sister Jessica will perform the National Anthem prior to the much-anticipated Temple-Notre Dame football brawl. They were chosen to sing at the game prior to the season, when it was just another on the Temple football schedule; since then, the game has basically turned into Philly’s Super Bowl. But the Boyle sisters didn’t turn up here by chance. They basically were required to pay their way into the spotlight.

“We have the National Anthem as an asset,” explains Scott Walcoff, the associate athletic director of marketing and sales for Temple University’s athletics department. “We sell it.”  Read more »

Temple Stadium Not Cool, Say People Who’d Have to Live Across From It


Temple’s football team is killing it this season, and people are pretty pumped about the prospect of building an on-campus stadium. Significantly less pumped, however, are the residents across the street from the proposed site, who face the potential of a 35,000-seat stadium directly outside their front door.

Proposals being discussed would commandeer Amos Recreation Center, a small playground and swimming pool, and Geasey Field, a large artificial-turf field used by both Temple Athletics and the surrounding community.

Geasey Field, as seen from Freddie Bolden's front stoop.

Geasey Field, as seen from Freddie Bolden’s front stoop.

We talked to several neighbors — including the high school across the street — and none said they had been contacted by the University about the project. Read more »

SEPTA and the Temple-Notre Dame Game

The Temple Owl mascot leads the team onto the field during an October 10, 2015, game against Tulane at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Temple Owl mascot leads the team onto the field during an October 10, 2015, game against Tulane at Lincoln Financial Field.

The eyes of Temple Owls fans everywhere, and of the nation, will be on Lincoln Financial Field this Saturday evening when nationally Top 25-ranked Temple — when did you ever think you’d see that phrase in an article about Temple football? — takes on perennial college football powerhouse Notre Dame in the heart of Owls territory.

We like Temple’s chances in the game, as, we suspect, does the entire Greater Philadelphia region. So does SBNation, by the way.

If you’re among the fortunate fans who have tickets to the sold-out game, or want to hang out with the ESPN “College Football GameDay” crew on Independence Mall in the morning, SEPTA is adding extra service to get you there quickly and with less hassle than sitting in traffic at the Pattison Avenue/Broad Street exit on I-95. Read more »

Temple Trustee: Yeah, We Want to Build That $100M Stadium

The Temple Owl mascot leads the team onto the field during an October 10, 2015, game against Tulane at Lincoln Financial Field.

Good morning, Philadelphia, and happy Friday. Here’s what you need to know today:

Temple University wants to build a $100 million, 35,000-capacity stadium at the north western edge of its campus.

7-0 Temple just cracked the AP college football Top 25. So what better time to formally acknowledge that the university aims to build an on-campus football stadium near 15th and Norris Streets? Temple University Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor told the Inquirer that the matter would be discussed at a December trustees meeting, and said “we have already gotten some seven-figure commitments” for the project. Said O’Connor: “We don’t want to use tuition dollars for this.” Read more »

Temple, Philly Newspapers in Project to Create “Paperless” News Future

David Boardman, dean of Temple University's School of Media and Communication, left.

David Boardman, dean of Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, left.

Philly’s major daily newspapers are getting ready to take a big step away from “paper” — and they’re doing so with the help of Temple University.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced Monday it is giving a $1.3 million grant to Temple to help Philadelphia Media Network — owner of the the Inquirer, Daily News and — to accelerate the transformation of the business to a “truly digitally focused” operation that “can look to the future without newsprint.” Three other “legacy” news organizations — the Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald, and a publication to be named later — will also participate in the project.   Read more »

$15 Minimum Wage Activists Interrupt Temple President at Trustees Meeting

15 Now protesters - Broad Street - $15 minimum wage

Protesters march up Broad Street on their way to Temple president Neil Theobald’s office. (Photo | Dan McQuade)

Activists with the Philadelphia chapter of 15 Now interrupted Temple president Neil Theobald at a Board of Trustees meeting today, about an hour after marching on his office and briefly shutting down Broad Street.

Several dozen marchers gathered in the mid-afternoon at the Temple bell tower. The activists are calling for the university to institute a $15 minimum wage for its workers and for all companies contracted with it. Several activists got into Morgan Hall to speak with students, while police and security kept most of the marchers out. After that, protesters marched down the middle of Broad Street and attempted to gain access to Sullivan Hall (where Theobald’s office is). Police and other security kept out all protesters.

“Temple is an institute that calls itself community oriented, but it pays poverty wages in the poorest zip codes in the nation,” said Temple junior Zoe Buckwalter, who introduced speakers at the bell tower. “President Theobald can set an example for living wages at large Philadelphia institutions and pledge to pay workers, including student workers, $15 an hour.”

Later, activists marched to the Board of Trustees meeting at Luo Auditorium, and 12 successfully entered. Read more »

At Temple, Anxious Students but Cautious Normalcy in Face of Monday Threat

A Temple University Police Bike Officer stands guard at the Bell Tower, the epicenter of campus, earlier this morning. Photo | Rob DiRienzo

A Temple University Police Bike Officer stands guard at the Bell Tower, the epicenter of campus, earlier this morning. Photo | Rob DiRienzo

Temple University is among the handful of universities in the region treading cautiously today following threats of a “Beta uprising” on the anonymous message board 4chan.

“I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty scared,” said Monica Lingel, a freshman. “Usually I listen to music, but not today. I’m just trying to be more aware for my morning class, then I’ll just go home early. I wasn’t really worried about this kind of thing until the Oregon shooting.”

There was a slight increase in the presence of Temple University Police, with a bike cop stationed right by the Bell Tower, what is considered the heart of campus. A few police cars were parked around campus as well. Read more »

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