Temple Having Students-Only Meeting to Discuss Proposed Stadium

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.

Temple University President Neil Theobald will take questions this afternoon at a students-only discussion of a proposed on-campus football stadium.

The meeting, sponsored by Temple Student Government, is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Howard Gittis Student Center. Protests, which have greeted most public gatherings on the topic, are expected at this event — though organizers said signs will not be allowed. Read more »

Snøhetta Drops Stunning Renderings of the New Temple University Library

The main entrance to the new Temple University Library | ©MIR & Snøhetta

The main entrance to the new Temple University Library | ©MIR & Snøhetta

Snøhetta has a thing for designing spectacular libray buildings all around the globe, and it just so happens that one such building will soon rise from the ground on the campus of Temple University. If we can gather anything from the tantalizing renderings released today, the new “social core” of campus is going to be a stunner.

The design, as you may recall, received glowing support during the Civic Design Review process in the fall; even inspiring Philly’s own starchitect and CDR board member, Cecil Baker, to near poetry.  “I see your project and I get filled with hope,” Baker said, of Snøhetta’s work.

The new Temple University Library will be located on Liacouras Walk at the former site of Barton Hall and adjacent to the upcoming Quad, an expansive green space in the heart of campus. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2018.

More from Snøhetta, who collaborated with Stantec on the overall design: “This new library will put Temple University at the forefront of progressive research institutions. Acting as a new social, cultural, and intellectual hub for the university and surrounding community, the design serves the contemporary needs of a world-class research facility and its students.

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Temple Hosting Nationally-Recognized New Musical Fest

MainStreet Festival collaborators in rehearsal.

MainStreet Festival collaborators in rehearsal.

Philadelphia has made its name as a unique incubator for new theatrical works. It is a tradition that goes back to pre-Broadway try-outs, where shows tested their chops in the City of Brotherly Love before they headed to the shark tank of New York. That spirit of innovation continues today, and will be highlighted this weekend at Temple University, when the MainStreet Festival comes to town.

The nationally-recognized program features concert readings of three new American musicals and employs local “MainStreet Affiliates” who employ local artists to perform the works. Jordan Mann, one of the Philadelphia Affiliates, suggested that the process fosters a sense of community amongst all elements of process. Read more »

Temple’s Online MBA Ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report

Temple University's Fox School of Business.

Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

For the second year in a row, Temple University’s Fox School of Business was named the No. 1 online MBA program in the country by U.S. News & World Report — but this year it won’t have to share the top spot.

In 2015, Temple was tied with with Indiana University and the University of North Carolina. In both years, Temple earned a perfect score of 100. Read more »

Kenney, Temple Meet Over Proposed Stadium


Mayor-elect Jim Kenney was scheduled to meet Thursday with Temple University officials to discuss the university’s proposal for a new $100 million football stadium.

Lauren Hitt, Kenney’s spokeswoman, said he came to the meeting without an agenda.

“It’s an informational meeting. It’s a chance for Temple to share with the mayor how they came to this decision” and the factors guiding it, she said. “They asked for the meeting. We’re there to listen, and any next steps will be determined following that.” Read more »

WATCH: Drone Video of Temple University’s Morgan Hall Reveals Perfect View of Skyline

Everything is on the up and up…and up..and up…and up!

Posted by Temple University on Wednesday, December 16, 2015


After what seemed like endless days of warmth, sunlight and puffy clouds, the recent dreamlike December weather has took a turn for the wet and dreary.

Let’s face it: we all need something to brighten our collective day. Naturally, we turn to drone videos that offer tremendous amounts of Philly skyline porn.

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Temple University Begins Demolition at William Penn High School

Image via Google Street View

Image via Google Street View

From the resurgence of the football program (and talks of a stadium in North Philadelphia) to the snafu with the marketing takeover of Cecil B. Moore Station, it’s safe to say that 2015 has been a busy year for Temple University.

Massive projects, such as the demolition of Barton Hall to make way for a shiny new library, are also starting to take shape, and we’re bringing your attention to one that may (or may not) have slipped your mind: the redevelopment of the shuttered William Penn High School.

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North Philly Residents Raise Cry Against Temple Stadium Plans

A crowd of roughly a hundred gathered at the Church | Rob DiRienzo

A crowd of roughly a hundred gathered at the Church of the Advocate to talk about Temple’s relations with the surrounding community. | Rob DiRienzo

[UPDATE, December 7th] Council President Darrell Clarke‘s spokesperson Jane Roh responds: “The 5th District office was not informed about this meeting; otherwise, an attempt would have been made to address residents’ concerns in person. Regardless, the community knows that Council President Clarke considers advocating on their behalf his office’s top priority. When residents expressed their concerns about an advertising campaign at the Cecil B. Moore SEPTA station, Council President Clarke intervened and the issue was addressed. With regard to Temple University’s proposal to build a stadium in North Philadelphia, Council President Clarke is already involved and advocating for the community. He has made it clear that the concerns of the community must be solicited and considered. If that does not happen, neither will the stadium.”

[ORIGINAL] Frustration dominated the conversation at a community meeting held to discuss the proposed Temple football stadium Thursday night.

About a hundred people, both residents of the community and Temple students, gathered at the Church of the Advocate to talk about the stadium. As I have written before, members of the community surrounding the university are less than thrilled about the prospect of a 35,000-seat stadium smack-dab in the middle of their neighborhood. Preliminary plans have called for the demolition of a recreation center and park that sits on the site, and there has been no word where football fans will park – leaving neighbors fearing that their homes will be bought out by the university.

“My grandfather bought my house in the ‘50s. This is my home,” said Glenda Bryant, who is in her third year at Temple. “I remember being a little girl riding down Broad Street seeing Temple and wanting to be a Temple student. Now, I’m not as proud.” Read more »

Temple Adjuncts Join Full-Time Faculty Union


The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board has tallied secret ballots cast by adjunct faculty at Temple in an election earlier this fall, and those faculty are now represented by the Temple Association of University Professionals, the union that previously represented only full-time faculty. Many adjuncts had protested in favor of such unionization at rallies on the school’s North Broad Street main campus and at City Hall.

The merger between the TAUP and adjuncts, who teach part-time and are not tenured, will add some 1,400 professors to the faculty union. The final count, according to the PLRB, was 609 votes in favor of the merger and 266 votes not to unionize, with 32 ballots disqualified. All schools except for law, dentistry, medicine and podiatric medicine are affected by the change, which will allow TAUP to represent both full- and part-time faculty in negotiations with the university over pay, benefits and work rules. Read more »

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