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

Brian Grubb

Photo courtesy Brian Grubb

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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Scenes From Yesterday’s “Day of Action” Demonstration in Center City

Photo | Mariam Dembele

Photo | Mariam Dembele

Several coalitions joined together on Thursday — Fight for 15’s national Day of Action — to not only demand a $15 minimum wage, but to also protest local issues like Philly’s stop-and-frisk policy and Temple’s proposed on-campus stadium.

The mash-up of about 200 people met at 2 p.m. at Temple University, and from there they marched down Broad Street and around City Hall where they made a pit-stop. Drummers preformed and the crowd swelled with excited on-lookers.

The march eventually came to a full-stop in front of the McDonald’s at the corner of Broad and Arch Streets. There Shymara Jones, a fast-food worker, mother, and longtime advocate for a $15 minimum, led the discussion. Read more »

At Raucous Temple Rally, Bernie Sanders Says Hillary Clinton Not “Qualified”

Bernie Sanders at the podium at Temple University's Liacouras Center. Photo | Kyle Laskowski

Bernie Sanders at the podium at Temple University’s Liacouras Center. Photo | Kyle Laskowski

Bernie Sanders spoke before a packed-in crowd at The Liacouras Center on Temple’s Main Campus Wednesday night. He and his camp cast the upcoming Pennsylvania primary on April 26th as a critical step in furthering their recently burgeoning momentum. This came on the heels of their still-fresh snag of Wisconsin’s primary on Tuesday.

“A lot has happened in the last 11 months,” Sanders said. “When we started we were 3 percent in the polls, about 60 points behind Secretary Clinton. There was a poll out today, a national poll: We were up 2 points!” Read more »

Last Night’s Massive Bernie Sanders Rally on Twitter and Instagram

Bernie Sanders may be lagging behind Hillary Clinton in the Pennsylvania primary polls, but you couldn’t tell that when he visited Philly on Wednesday.

Sanders took the stage Wednesday night at Temple University, appearing before an enthusiastic, overflow crowd, to make his case for the presidency.

“This sounds to me like the sound of a political revolution,” Sanders said of the reception.

He also stirred controversy, suggesting Clinton isn’t qualified to be president — a response, his campaign said, to interviews in which Clinton appeared to suggest that he isn’t qualified for the White House. “Secretary Clinton appears to be getting a little bit nervous,” Sanders told the Temple crowd.

Sanders’ visit to Philadelphia was captured and shared widely on the Twitter and Instagram social media platforms, often under hashtags like #PhiltheBern and #PhillytheBern. Here are some of the best posts we saw.

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What Villanova’s Win Means for a Philly Hoops Fan

Former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino (right) with head coach Jay Wright after the Wildcats beat North Carolina in the NCAA championship game.

Former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino (right) with head coach Jay Wright after the Wildcats beat North Carolina in the NCAA championship game.

The very first time I went to the Palestra, I almost got run over by Bill Cosby.

My dad took me to the Atlantic 10 tournament. This was a doubleheader with a TempleSaint Joseph’s game and another quarterfinal. As we went up the walkway toward the gym, an older man was laughing with his friends and clowning around. He crashed into me. It wasn’t a big deal — I wasn’t knocked over or anything — but my dad turned to the guy ask him to knock it off. When he did, he realized it was Cosby.

I guess I eventually got Cosby back for this, but I remember what happened afterward much better: Temple beat Joe’s by 15 points, and I got my first introduction to Big 5 basketball.

That was not my only Atlantic 10 tournament. My dad took me again the very next year. St. Joe’s looked like they were going to lose to Rutgers. They trailed by 13 at one point. But the Hawks rallied and won it on a Bernard Blunt three-point play with just seconds left. I had never heard a louder crowd. Read more »

WATCH: Temple Loses on Last-Second Shot

Temple gave up offensive rebounds all game. One in the final second cost the Owls the game.

Iowa’s Adam Woodbury grabbed an offensive rebound on an airball and tapped it in with no time left to push the Hawkeyes past the Owls, 72-70, in a first-round NCAA tournament game.

Replays showed Woodbury should have been called for a foul — he clearly pushed off before grabbing the rebound. But the referees didn’t call it and now the Owls are going home. Read more »

Temple Rode the Subway to Its NCAA Tournament Game

Temple plays Iowa in the first round of the NCAA tournament today at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Rather than taking a charter bus from the hotel to the arena, coach Fran Dunphy and the Owls rode the New York City subway to the game instead.

The Owls also rode the subway to practice yesterday. “It’s an important part of getting into the flavor of New York City,” Dunphy said yesterday. “Our bus driver took the same route as us and drove into the city, and it took him over an hour. It took us 26 minutes.” Read more »

These Are All the Times Big 5 Teams Squared Off During March Madness

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As you probably know by now, there’s a chance that Villanova and Temple play each other in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this weekend at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

As if the tournament wasn’t wild enough, now two Philly schools could be facing off against one another to not only gain their usual bragging rights but also end one another’s season. This got us thinking: When has this happened before?

In earlier eras of the NCAA Tournament, teams were actually placed in the region that they hailed from geographically. This meant that it was a little more likely that Big 5 schools would play one another. Still, it’s only happened five times in the history of the NCAA Tournament, with all five matchups taking place between 1970 and 1978.

Here’s a look at each of those games: Read more »

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