Penn State to Honor Joe Paterno at Game vs. Temple

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Penn State will honor Joe Paterno before its home game against Temple this season, according to a press release about the season’s promotional schedule.

On the September 17th game against the Owls at Beaver Stadium, Penn State will hold an pregame ceremony “[c]ommemorating the 50th anniversary of Coach Paterno’s first game as Penn State head coach,” per the release. Per Onward State, which first reported the news, Penn State has not had any in-stadium mention of Paterno since his last game on October 29th, 2011 (besides his appearance in a few “hype” videos).

Paterno was fired in the aftermath of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, and died on January 22nd, 2012. His former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in June 2012. Read more »

Temple Is Trying to Get Into the Big 12

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Temple’s athletic team is trying to join the big boys.

There are five “power conferences” in college sports: ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. A school from one of these conferences always wins the national championship in football, and usually in basketball, too. (This year notwithstanding on the latter.) As such, schools from the Power Five conferences collect the most money from media deals (and are on TV the most). If you want your school to get attention on TV, being in one of these conferences is the way to do it.

The Big 12 — which currently only has 10 members — is looking to expand. Temple has been interested for a while, a fact the Daily NewsDavid Murphy has mocked. It’s a tough sell: While Temple is certainly a large enough school to compete in the conference — it would be the second-largest school by enrollment — it doesn’t have the athletic pedigree to fit in. Read more »

Temple Board of Trustees: No Confidence in President Neil Theobald

Temple University President Neil Theobald in February 2013.

Temple University President Neil Theobald in February 2013.

Temple University’s Board of Trustees took a vote of no confidence in university president Neil Theobald Tuesday afternoon. The board will seek his dismissal at a special meeting on July 21st.

The board lost confidence in Theobald over his handling of the removal of Hai-Lung Dai, a chemistry professor at Temple, from his position as provost late last month, according to Kevin Feeley, a spokesman for the trustees. The announcement of Dai’s ouster came on the same day that the university acknowledged it had run up a $22 million deficit on its financial-aid budget. Read more »

6-Year-Olds Will Be in College When Temple Plays Oklahoma

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

Hooter the Owl leads the team onto the field during a game last year at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Temple football team is on a bit of a hot streak. The team opened 7-0 last year, beating Penn State, and finished 10-4. The Owls may be moving up in the football world. And yesterday Temple announced a three-game series with Oklahoma, a traditional football power.

“We look forward to starting a series with a great program like Oklahoma and hosting the Sooners in Philadelphia,” Temple University Director of Athletics Patrick Kraft said. “Our goal is to continue to schedule the best games possible for our program, alums and the college football fans in the city.” Read more »

Temple’s Provost Removed Amid Aid Funding Shortfall

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Temple University’s provost Hai-Lung Dai was removed Tuesday amid a $22 million shortfall in financial aid, the Inquirer reports.

Dai has been “relieved of his administrative responsibilities, effective immediately,” Temple President Neil Theobald wrote in a statement, according to the Inquirer. Dai will remain a member of Temple’s faculty.

The university also announced Tuesday that it faces a $22 million deficit in its financial aid budget for 2016-17. An over-allocation of financial aid was due to an increase in students who qualified for the university’s merit scholarship program, the university said.

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Temple Profs Figured Out How to Reduce Fat in Chocolate Using Electricity

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A group of local physics professors from Temple University have come up with an innovative approach to manufacturing chocolate that reduces the fat content. Their findings, published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, outline a new method that uses an electric field during the manufacturing process to alter the viscosity, or consistency, of the liquid chocolate.  Read more »

WATCH: 60 Minutes Profiles Temple Prof Wrongly Accused of Spying

Last May, the Department of Justice dropped a bombshell when it announced charges against Temple physics chair Xiaoxing Xi. The allegation: The Chinese-born scientist was alleged to be passing top-secret technology — something called a “pocket heater” — along to China. He was demoted from his position at Temple and generally shamed. Then, four months later, the DOJ quietly, and with no explanation, dropped the charges against him. According to the New York Times, federal prosecutors didn’t understand the science. Whoops!

Last night, nearly one year after federal agents with guns and bulletproof vests barged into his home around sunrise and handcuffed him, 60 Minutes profiled Xi and Sherry Chen, another Chinese-born scientist accused and then cleared of spying for China in a segment called “Collateral Damage.” Read more »

Former Temple President Peter Liacouras Dies at 85

Peter Liacouras in 2002. Photo courtesy of Temple University.

Peter Liacouras in 2002. Photo courtesy of Temple University.

Peter Liacouras, who served as Temple University’s president from 1982-2000, died Thursday at the age of 85.

“Peter was a man of vision and determination,” said current President Neil Theobald in a statement. “He loved Temple and would do anything he could for the university’s greater good, whether that was before, during or after his term as president.” Read more »

The Writer Once Known as Danger Guerrero Is a Temple Grad — and He’s One of the Web’s Funniest TV Writers

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Danger Guerrero was a name you might know. No, not the Cuban League baseball player, but the writer for pop-culture site Uproxx. He’s done hundreds of posts there and written countless hilarious tweets. He’s one of the funnier writers working today. He’s also very popular: His post about Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow was shared more than 22,000 times.

Danger Guerrero was, obviously, an alias. And, in March, Guerrero revealed himself by writing: “My name is Brian Grubb. I am 33 years old. I am in a wheelchair.”

Grubb, grew up in Berks County and Allentown and went to Temple. He flunked out his first time. His second time, he did better in school — but fell off a loft bed one night and fractured the C4 vertebrae in his neck. But he eventually returned to the school, got his undergraduate degree and later graduated from Temple Law School.

I recently interviewed Grubb — who now lives in Allentown — about his former alias, his injury and how he became a writer.

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