Richard Englert officially became Temple University’s president yesterday after serving as acting president for almost three months. Read more »
Today, Tina Fey receives the Lew Klein Award for Excellence in the Media. As is tradition with Klein Award winners, she did an hourlong Q&A session with Temple students this morning.
Fey talked with Temple students for an hour. She talked about her career at Saturday Night Live, at 30 Rock, in the many movies she’s worked on and starred in, and her time at the Upper Darby Summer Stage as a kid. But she mainly just answered questions for Fay fangirls and fanboys — one said, “I find you very attractive” — and gave them life advice. Below, a sampling of Fey’s wisdom at Temple today. Read more »
Next semester, Temple students will have a chance to take a class on a plant they may already be familiar with: marijuana.
But it’s not a class about how to best to enjoy the Three Kings strain. It’s about the plant itself — the difference between cannabis and hemp, the history of its cultivation, the effect it has on a human body, the history of its prohibition, its medical uses and its integration into pop culture. Temple School of Media and Communication professor Linn Washington has partnered with local marijuana activist and writer Chris Goldstein for the class.
“As an advocate, and as a writer, I keep running into what is kind of a knowledge gap,” Goldstein says. “People don’t get a basic education on marijuana in college. It touches on criminal justice, medicine, business, health care, pop culture, societal trends, but also deeply into politics and public policy, too.” Read more »
We only have one question about Tina Fey‘s appearance at Temple next week: Will she make any Bill Cosby jokes?
Fey’s 30 Rock made a joke about the scores of sexual assault allegations against Cosby back in 2009, before Hannibal Buress delivered his infamous Bill Cosby routine at The Trocadero in October 2014. Fey also made Cosby jokes while hosting the 2015 Golden Globes with Amy Poehler.
Cosby still holds an honorary from Temple, and Cosby’s lawyer (Patrick O’Connor) is still the chair of the Temple Board of Trustees. And Fey will appear at Temple University next Friday to accept the Lew Klein Award for Excellence in the Media. Sure, she’s getting an award so she might be nice — but she is a comedian, and passing up an opportunity to make a Bill Cosby joke there… well, what comedian would? Read more »
The Temple football team opens its season tonight with a game against Army at the Linc. (Tickets here!) Temple’s team is known as the Owls for the most proudly prosaic of reasons: It started as a night school, with a student body that worked during the day and went to classes after the sun went down. (Temple’s live great horned owl mascot is Stella, who, when she’s not on the sidelines, lives at Norristown’s Elmwood Park Zoo.) Army’s team (technically now the Army West Point team) is known as the Black Knights, a designation that, rumor had it, would be dropped last year under a rebranding with Nike. They originally became known as the Black Knights because their uniforms were black. So — what’s in a college mascot’s name? Some are weird, some are whimsical, some are politically incorrect all of a sudden. Just in time for back-to-school, here are the stories behind a few other collegiate sports teams’ names. Read more »
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’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 News’ David 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 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 »
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 »