Kemar Jewel Graduates From Temple Wearing 5-Inch Heels

Sometimes when we hear from our readers, we can’t help but share their good news. Today is one of those days.

Earlier this afternoon, we received the following Tweet from Kemar Jewel (@K_Jewel), celebrating his graduation from Temple University:

https://twitter.com/K_Jewel/status/621737532284366848

Mr. Jewel, a choreographer whose work has appeared on MSBNC and Huffington Post, amongst other outlets, is surely owning those silver heels #LikeABoss. Congrats on your graduation, and on working those shoes like no one else!

Check out some of his work in the clip below:

Rare Big 5 Doubleheader Scheduled for Palestra This Season

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Penn and Saint Joseph’s before a January game at the Palestra in 2006. (Photo by John Shadle via Wikimedia Commons; used under a Creative Commons license)

The Palestra is always named among the best gyms in college basketball. The arena, built in 1927 and most recently renovated in 2000, used to be the biggest, best gym in the city. And so it hosted many double- and triple-headers involving teams from the Big 5, the city’s informal basketball association.

As college basketball became more of a television attraction, the doubleheaders became harder to schedule. The city’s round robin basketball games ended in 1991, but returned in 1999. Doubleheaders, though, have only been done sporadically since — teams understandably don’t want to give up a home game to play a neutral gym.

Fortunately, next season is one of those occasions. The Big 5 announced this morning that, on January 20th, four Big 5 teams will play in a a doubleheader. Penn will play Saint Joseph’s, while Temple will take on La Salle. The doubleheader is being held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Big 5. Read more »

Cops Make Arrest in Temple Hit-and-Run

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Rashan Roberts, via Philadelphia Police, and Rachel Hall, via Facebook.

Philadelphia police have made an arrest in the hit-and-run of Temple student Rachel Hall. Cops arrested 18-year-old Rashan “Robert” Roberts, charging him with leaving the scene of an accident that causes a grave injury. It is a third-degree felony.

Police say Hall, 22, was bicycling last week on the 1300 block of West Diamond Street when Roberts hit her with his car. She suffered severe head trauma and a compound fracture to her left leg. She remains unconscious. Roberts turned himself in the next day. Read more »

Cosby Won’t Speak at Temple Graduation

Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University's commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.

Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University’s commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.

Bill Cosby won’t speak at Temple University’s graduation ceremony this year.

The Inquirer reports that the announcement had long been expected. Cosby spoke at the university’s graduation ceremonies for many years. He resigned as a member of Temple’s Board of Trustees last year after allegations of sex abuse resurfaced. Read more »

One Philly College Basketball Team Is Still Playing

Miami Hurricanes guard Davon Reed (5) keeps Temple Owls guard Quenton DeCosey (25) from the net during the second half n the semifinals of the 2015 NIT college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. Miami Hurricanes won 60-57.

Miami Hurricanes guard Davon Reed (5) keeps Temple Owls guard Quenton DeCosey (25) from the net during the second half n the semifinals of the 2015 NIT college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. Miami Hurricanes won 60-57.

Quenton DeCosey got a pretty good look.

Trailing Miami by three in the closing seconds, Temple passed the ball around the perimeter looking for a good shot. DeCosey fired off a shot at the buzzer. It clanked off the back iron.

That’s how the season ended for the Temple men’s basketball team, which finished 26-11. It’s a pretty good turnaround — even though the team did not make the NCAA tournament — considering last year’s team finished 9-22. The 26 wins is the most for Temple since 2011, when it also won 26. Read more »

Temple Has a Great Shot at Being “Crappy UConn” This Year

Last night, Feyonda Fitzgerald hit a bank shot with a half-second left in overtime to put Temple past N.C. State, 80-79, in the Women’s NIT. The Owls are now in the quarterfinals.

Coincidentally, Temple’s men’s team is in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament, the top postseason tourney for teams that didn’t make the NCAA tournament.

Last year, the University of Connecticut won both the men’s and women’s NCAA tourneys. You know what’s coming: Temple has a great shot to win both the men’s and women’s NIT this year, which would make them a shitty UConn. Read more »

5 Reasons Temple Got Snubbed by NCAA Tournament Selection Committee

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Temple basketball fans got an early Christmas gift last year when the Owls routed Kansas by 25. “I think we played about as well as we possibly could have,” Dunphy said after the game. Things were looking up for the Temple Owls, who had started the season 6-4.

Kansas finished 26-8, and received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. But yesterday, the selection committee played the Grinch for Temple. They were left out of the NCAA tournament, and will play instead in the NIT.

Many this morning are feeling Temple was hosed. Sports Illustrated listed Temple as its No. 1 snub in the field. The Owls finished 23-10, ending the season on a 16-5 clip, and placed third in its conference. What happened? Read more »

Villanova Gets No. 1 Seed in NCAA Tournament; Temple Out

Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II (4) and guard Josh Hart (3) celebrate after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-52 during the second half at Wells Fargo Center.

Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II (4) and guard Josh Hart (3) celebrate after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-52 during the second half at Wells Fargo Center.

After a 32-2 season, Villanova received the No. 1 seed in the East Region of the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats will play Lafayette, winners of the Patriot League, on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

But the bubble burst for Temple, which was left out of the 68-team field by the selection committee. They’re a No. 1 seed in the NIT, and will host Bucknell at the Liacouras Center on North Broad on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Read more »

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