Temple Is Playing at Penn State on September 17th This Year

Students in the Temple Owls student section cheer during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 5, 2015. Temple defeated Penn State 27-10. Photo | Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Students in the Temple Owls student section cheer during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 5, 2015. Temple defeated Penn State 27-10. Photo | Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, Temple beat Penn State for the first time since 1941. That’s 74 years! Next season, they’ll travel to Happy Valley to try to make it two in a row. Temple announced that that game will be on September 17th when the team announced its 2016 football schedule.

Temple rallied from a 10-point deficit and ended up beating the Nittany Lions going away, 27-10, at the Linc last season. But winning on the road is a tougher matter altogether: The Owls lost 30-13 the last time they played in State College, and Penn State was 6-1 at home last season. Read more »

Swastika, Racial Slur Drawn in Snow on Car Near Temple

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Surveillance footage released by Temple Police

Temple Police have released surveillance images of three men wanted for questioning after a racial slur and a swastika were found drawn in the snow on a car near Temple’s campus.

Kelly Dawson, president of Temple’s Black Student Union, found the swastika and slur sometime last week. Temple cops are asking anyone with information to contact them at 215-204-1234. Tips can also be called in to 215-204-6493 submitted online. Read more »

Local Colleges Still Losing War Against Student Drinking

Pity the poor American institution of higher learning. Student drinking on campuses leads to property damage, arrests, injuries and deaths, hazings, and a tsunami of reports of student sexual assaults. (Research shows that 89 percent of those assaults involve drinking.) A recent study declared Pennsylvania colleges sixth in the nation in alcohol arrests of students, led by Shippensburg, East Stroudsburg, Lehigh, Penn Tech, Penn State and Kutztown — not the sort of high ranking universities crave. So naturally, administrators are doing their damnedest to clamp down on alcohol. At Swarthmore College, for example, new rules — no more hard liquor at school-sponsored parties, no more drinking games like beer pong, no more punch or party bowls — went into effect on campus in the fall of 2014. Students, predictably, were not enthused. “Seriously — can the admin with a straight face — indeed genuinely — defend these rules?” one incredulous undergrad demanded in the student newspaper, the Daily Gazette.

A year and a half later, a new report from Swarthmore’s department of public safety shows that while alcohol incidents at the campus’s three major social events dipped slightly in the first year of the more stringent prohibitions, they’ve since soared to new heights. (Nifty chart here.) Read more »

Temple Grad Directs Sort-of-Sequel to J.J. Abrams’ Cloverfield

The trailer for the upcoming 10 Cloverfield Lane — which the Inquirer reports was released without warning on January 15th — is downright eerie, to say the least. We have first-time director, Philly area native and 2003 Temple graduate Dan Trachtenberg to thank.

Everything seems fine at first. Three people pass the time with puzzles and board games in a cozy bunker set to “I Think We’re Alone Now” — until we see that something more sinister is going on.

As per IMDB, in Trachtenberg’s sort-of-sequel to Cloverfield (2008), a woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) hunkers down with two men, (John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr.) but her suspicion grows that she has been abducted. They insist that a chemical attack has rendered the outside world uninhabitable and that they saved her life after she was involved in a terrible car accident. Read more »

Temple Gymnastics Team Is Stranded on the PA Turnpike

Members of the Temple women's gymnastics team stuck on Pennsylvania turnpike

Members of the Temple women’s gymnastics team show off their provisions. They’ve been stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for more than a day. (Photo: @TUWG)

After more than a day stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the Temple women’s gymnastics team is just trying to stay positive.

“We’re just trying to get to an exit,” coach Umme Salim-Beasley told Philadelphia magazine at around 2 p.m. this afternoon. “We want to stay in a hotel; we don’t want to have to sleep on the bus for another night.”

The Temple gymnastics team was headed to a quad meet at Pittsburgh, scheduled to start at 6 p.m. today. The Owls left Philadelphia early yesterday afternoon, but were stopped a little before 3 in the afternoon about 15 miles past the Bedford exit. They’ve been there ever since, along with about 500 other vehicles.

State government said the 7-mile backup was caused yesterday when westbound tractor trailers were unable to climb a hill toward the Allegheny tunnels. As crews worked to free those tractor trailers, other trucks got stuck when they had to stop on the turnpike. It has taken so long to clear, Pennsylvania government officials say, in part because the backup has prevented turnpike road crews from being able to clear the snow for motorists.

“The point that someone’s bad judgment turns into a social problem is when that bad judgment causes things like what happened between at Bedford and Somerset,” Gov. Tom Wolf said at a news conference just after 2 today. “We cannot have that happen.” Read more »

DNC Will House Student Interns at Temple This Summer!

Morgan Hall. Photo | Temple.edu

Morgan Hall. Photo | Temple.edu

If you’re young, hot and wonky, Temple’s main campus will be the place to be this July. The university has announced that Morgan Hall, the swanky new dorm at Broad and Cecil B. Moore (it has, among other amenities, a 30,000-square-foot landscaped courtyard, flat-screen TVs and killer views of the city), will be home to 200 student interns attending the Democratic National Convention. Read more »

Temple Prof Wrongly Charged With Spying Warns: “It Can Happen to You”

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Temple and DOJ photos, Shutterstock.

Got your tinfoil hat tied on tightly? The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an in-depth look (paywall) at the fiasco that had the federal government leveling charges of selling state secrets against the head of Temple University’s physics department, Xi Xiaoxing. You may recall that government agents seized the professor from his home at gunpoint last May: Read more »

Does Anyone in Philly College Hoops — Besides Villanova — Have a Shot at the March NCAA Tourney?

St. Joe's DeAndre Bembry (left); Villanova's Josh Hart (right)

St. Joe’s DeAndre Bembry (left); Villanova’s Josh Hart (right).

The January break is over, and all six of the area’s Division I men’s college basketball teams have started division play. With no hope of sporting glory among the pro ranks — except maybe the hard-charging Flyers — it’s now time for Philly sports fans to turn their attention to the college hardwood. So who would make a run to the NCAA tournament this season?

As has been true for every year for about a decade now, the best team among the Big 5 is Villanova. The Wildcats (12-2) are 11th in the AP Top 25, a rank that’s sure to rise when the next poll is released today. Nova is coming off a 2-0 week that included a road win over Butler yesterday.

But Villanova is ranked even higher among computer polls. The Wildcats are the No. 1 team in the nation in RPI, which is the tool the selection committee uses to help them select the bracket. They’re also No. 2 in the Kenpom rankings and No. 7 in ESPN’s BPI.

The Wildcats trailed by 7 in yesterday’s game about three minutes into the second half, but Ryan Arcidiacono sparked a 17-4 run. Villanova led by as many as 9, and held off a late Butler charge to win 60-55. Josh Hart had 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the win. The Wildcats do pretty much everything well this season except shoot threes. But as college hoops scribe Ken Pomeroy has persuasively argued, there’s reason to think they may improve.

Villanova is already 4-0 in the Big East, a conference with enough quality teams that a solid campaign in it could land the Wildcats another No. 1 seed. Now, about MarchRead more »

After Drexel Broadside, Temple Prez Defends College Football

Neil Theobald won’t let John Fry rain on his parade.

Just a few days after Fry, Drexel’s president, wrote a critique of college football’s effect on, well, college, Temple’s Theobald has responded. His argument: Good football teams make great universities even better.

“A well-run football program can create innumerable benefits to a national university,” Theobald, Temple’s president, wrote in a letter shared with Philadelphia Business Journal. Read more »

WATCH: Temple Got Hosed By the Referees Last Night

Temple coach Matt Rhule argues an onside kick recovery call with the referee during the second half of the Boca Raton Bowl NCAA college football game against Toledo, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Boca Raton, Fla. Toledo defeated Temple 32-17.

Temple coach Matt Rhule argues an onside kick recovery call with the referee during the second half of the Boca Raton Bowl NCAA college football game against Toledo, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Boca Raton, Fla. Toledo defeated Temple 32-17.

Temple’s dream season ended with a thud last night. But it wasn’t all the team’s fault.

The Owls fell to the Toledo Rockets last night, 32-17, in the Boca Raton Bowl. Temple finishes the season 10-4, tied for the most wins in school history. But the Owls end the year with consecutive losses, and won’t finish the year in the Associated Press Top 25. It was a good year, but the end is kind of a downer.

But! The Owls should’ve had a chance to drive for the tying score. Temple couldn’t get into the end zone for much of the game, but Kip Patton finally scored with 2:50 to go. A 2-point conversion pass from P.J. Walker to Robby Anderson made it 25-17. Temple went for an onside kick. If they recovered it, they’d have a chance to tie it.

And they appeared to recover it! Only the referees decided it was Toledo’s ball instead. Read more »

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