Rendering of Temple University boathouse that never was. Via temple.edu
At first, the question was whether Temple University should renovate its decrepit old boathouse, which the crew team hadn’t occupied since 2008. Then the question was whether to build a new boathouse. Subsequently, another question was raised: Could the new boathouse be sited on Kelly Drive, under the Strawberry Mansion Bridge? Leading to another question: If so, how to hold Temple accountable for the parkland lost when the boathouse was built? The debate over each question was fierce, particularly the last one, which pitted conservationists and parkland advocates against players and enthusiasts of college athletics.
If we could add the hours of argument up, and then multiply by a factor of emotion, aggravation, passion and despair, the number would soar into the stratosphere — so many minutes gone, never to be gained again. And for what? The tragic reality is that Temple no longer has a crew team. The point is moot.
Temple has hired doggies from Therapy Day International to help students during exam period, which starts on Tuesday, December 10th. Though they may be asked to take tests as well, their primary function will be to provide therapy for stress-out students.
The Temple News reports on mass aviacide on the university’s main campus: “The Audubon Pennsylvania Society and Temple’s grounds department estimate more than 1,000 birds have died on Main Campus in 2013, mostly after flying into buildings. The university has spent years trying to figure out how to stop it.”
The Inquirer reports that enrollment is down at Pennsylvania’s state-supported universities—but then again, enrollment is down everywhere. The state should have 14,000 fewer enrollees by the time the process hits rock bottom.
Granted, that’s not the headline that Temple wants to see for this story. But heck, here’s the news: ”The crackdown on student drinking by Temple police that resulted in 270 arrests or citations during the first four weeks of this semester took a different direction these past two weekends, with 27 reported alcohol-related incidents, as compared to the average of 67 incidents in the first four weekends.”
Rolling Stone has compiled a list of sweet college marching bands playing sweet top-40 songs. Temple’s band–for the version of Kanye West’s ”All of the Lights” it performed at the Linc last October–made the cut. Here it is.