Your Final Edition of Temple Timeout for the Semester

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In the last edition of Temple Timeout for the semester, Bri Hofsass and Vince Coll break down the potential draft picks ahead of next week’s NFL Draft on the Ben Franklin Parkway. We also take a look at the spring Cherry and White game, and the Women’s Lacrosse senior game to be played against the Florida Gators.

And, for our last episode, we have a special surprise for you.

Stay tuned next semester for new episodes, and keep following @TU_SportsDesk on Twitter for the latest on the NFL draft.

Museum Commemorating American Revolution Opens in Old City

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History enthusiasts rejoice!

The Museum of the American Revolution opened its doors for the first time Wednesday, the 242nd anniversary of the first shots of the revolution.

Vice President of Collections, Exhibition and Programming Dr. Scott Stephenson gave us a look at what those visiting the museum would get to see.

The museum has over fifteen rooms and theaters filled with artifacts, interactive exhibits, and immersive experiences, including a 4-D experience of the Battle of Brandywine, which includes flashing lights, puffs of smoke, and shaking floors.

”We’re going to line you up as if your in the continental army company,” said Stephenson, as we marched into the battle.

One of the most exciting parts of the museum, in Stephenson’s opinion, is the tent that belonged to General Washington. It was acquired in 1909 by an Episcopal priest, Reverend Herbert Burk, with the hopes of creating a museum to memorialize the American Revolution.

“It’s unlike anything you will ever see in any other museum,” said Stephenson

My favorite part? The Liberty Tree.

A Liberty Tree is where colonists would gather to protest the Stamp Act or post signs against the monarchy, a form of social media long before there was even the thought of internet.

Dr. Stephenson pointed out a special part of the MAR Liberty Tree to us as we walked by: within the replica tree is a panel of wood from the last known Liberty Tree – a Tulip Poplar from Annapolis, Maryland.

This museum is 17 years in the making, but those I spoke with told me it was all worth the wait.

“I thought it was wonderful, especially a couple of places where we actually gasped in delight,” said Cynthia Jacobus.

“It shows the whole gambit of the revolution…they’ve done an amazing job of really telling the story from the bottom up,” said historical re-enactor John Rees.

Your Weekly Edition of Temple Timeout

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It is that time of the week and this week were are definitely feeling the Fever here at Temple Update.

That’s right, Temple’s very own Feyonda Fitzgerald was drafted by the WBNA in the second round by the Indiana Fever last night.  Vince and Bri will also have your women’s lacrosse highlights, who are currently on a hot streak and looking to clinch a number two seed in the Big East conference tournament.

Your Weekly Edition of Temple Timeout

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On this week’s edition of Temple Timeout, Vince Coll and Bri Hofsass are joined by Kyle Gauss of to discuss the upcoming season and the battle for that quarterback position. Logan Marchi, Anthony Russo, Frank Nutile, and Todd Centeio are all vying for the position.

Bri and Vince also take a look at the women’s lacrosse team, who are playing their best game in the history of the program, sitting at 10-2 overall.

Developments in TSG Elections Ahead of Announcement of Results

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New reports today from the Temple Student Government hopefuls say that Connecting TU brought forth evidence of violations by Activate TU over six days ago.

In an emailed statement to Temple Update, campaign manager Kevin Malone said Connecting TU Presidential Candidate Ari Abramson brought concerns about the ethics of Activate TU’s campaign to the elections committee six days ago, but received no response. Connecting TU claims that Activate mislead students about how many endorsements they had obtained, and they did not file them correctly within the binder at the TSG office in the student center.

Connecting TU also alleges that Activate TU spent over the $1,000 limit set by the elections committee. “The sheer amount of t-shirts, buttons, and social media advertising we feel that they did not properly report all of this and remain under the budget,” said the statement. They maintain that they were “diligent” to stay under the budget set by the committee.

Malone also cites space usage infractions as a concern. While the elections committee gave Activate TU a full point penalty for not reserving the Bell Tower on April 4, they were not penalized for their use of the space on the following day, April 5.

At the time of April 5, another group had reserved the space, but gave it as a “gift” to Activate. According to documents attached to the statement, student government campaigns are considered “external parties” and would have to pay $160 minimum for the space. Connecting TU claims they went through the proper channels to reserve spaces, while Activate TU did not follow protocol.

Noah Goff, Elections Commissioner, notified both Malone and Rebecca Gonzalez that neither team were allowed to campaign at the Bell Tower on April 5. Activate TU was present at the Bell Tower on April 5. When the Elections Commissioner was informed of this, Activate TU’s campaign was suspended. Malone alleges that the suspension was lifted because Connecting TU was also campaigning there.

Temple Update reached out to Activate TU and were told they [Activate] “were originally suspended for perceived misuse of space while we were at the bell tower.” As for the other violations they are accused of, Activate said they did not receive any violation involving finance or endorsement paperwork and that “the commission took the extra time during the delay to review our finances, which were in order.”

“After both this unfounded suspension and unnecessary delay, we look forward to seeing the results,” said Activate TU.

Temple Update also reached out to Election Commissioner Noah Goff, but received no response at the time of publication.

Personal Story Behind Push for Recovery Housing

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Temple University’s Housing and Residential Life has been making many changes to create a more inclusive environment. Now those faced with addiction and the road to recovery have a voice advocating for a clean living environment to make their journey a little less difficult.

George Basile, the outgoing Junior Class Representative for Temple Student Parliament, was inspired by his father’s recovery to create a safe and healthy environment for students facing similar circumstances.

The full resolution that passed by Parliament in favor of Recovery Housing.
The full resolution that passed by Parliament in favor of Recovery Housing.

“This initiative also does have personal salience for myself, because my father is in his own recovery,” said Basile when Temple Update sat down with him to discuss the initiative before the Parliament put it to a vote. Basile said that other colleges and universities had similar housing opportunities to the one he proposed. According to the New York Times, the earliest recovery housing on a college campus was said to begin at Rutgers University in 1988.

A source tells Temple Update that an exploratory committee is in the works to research the feasibility of a recovery housing option for Temple. We reached out to Housing and Residential Life Director Kevin Williams for comment, but did not receive a response.

Although the initiative was approved by student government, Basile knows there is still work to be done. And although he is not seeking reelection for the Senior Class seat, Basile plans to work with the new administration to follow through with the proposal.

“What we’ve seen relative to other housing options being implemented, such as the gender inclusive housing, it took roughly four to five years to implement something like that. My expectation is that administration is going to be proactive when it comes to this issue because we do have an opioid epidemic and crisis knocking on our back door, but I also understand that within reason, administration is going to explore avenues to make sure we do this right the first time instead of rushing anything.”

Temple Update’s Guide to the 2017 TSG Election

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After two weeks of campaigning, Connecting TU and Activate TU are asking for your vote.

Temple Update has been on the campaign trail, and has all you need to know before you cast your ballot. Get familiar with both tickets before you cast your vote at

The polls open at midnight on April 4 for Temple Student Government elections. Voting closes on April 5th at midnight.

Read more about each team on our Temple Update profiles:

Activate TU

Connecting TU

To read about the past administration, Empower TU, read our profile here.

A Look Back Empower TU’s Administration

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Empower TU is getting ready to leave office as students cast their ballots to elect a new administration.

Empower TU, consisting of President Aron Cowen, Vice President of Services Kelly Dawson, and Vice President of External Affairs Jai Singletary was sworn in a year ago, and has made great strides toward creating an inclusive environment on campus. One of their greatest successes was creating a parliament for Temple Student Government to give students an opportunity for their voices to be heard.

Temple Update’s Darien Knudsen sat down with the outgoing administration to reflect on their tenure in office.

Your Weekly Edition of Temple Timeout

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It’s Friday, and you know that means another edition of Temple Timeout.

Bri Hofsass and Vince Coll are joined by special guests Safa Ibrahim and Kerry Plunkett, two fencers who represented the Owls at the National Collegiate Fencing Championships in Indianapolis this past week. Larry O’Connor also joins Vince and Bri from the newsroom to discuss what entering the NBA Draft could mean for Obi Enechionya’s career as an Owl.

Temple Dedicates Klein College, Unveils Future Expansion Project

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Temple Update was there as the School of Media and Communication became the Klein College of Media and Communication.

The dedication ceremony was full of positive energy from beginning to end, and the room was packed with so many people that we eager to show their appreciation for the Philadelphia television legend, Lew Klein. Hosted by alum Bob Saget, speakers such as Bernie Prazenica (President, 6ABC), Merrill Reese (the voice of the Eagles), and even Janet Klein spoke about their relationships with Lew and what he meant to each of them.

An mock up of what the future Klein College will look like after construction. No word as to when the project will start.

The historic name change to Lew Klein College came after Klein’s 60 plus year dedication to the television business and Temple University. This past year, the Klein’s made a multimillion dollar gift to Temple, which was supplemented by Trustees Lenfest and Charles to make it the largest gift in the school’s history. These factors, made it an easy decision as to who the school should be named for, according to Dean Boardman.

“Early on it was clear to me there was only one person for whom this school should be named {in honor of],” said Dean Boardman.

Klein was the creative force behind show’s such as Captain Noah, Sally Starr, and the classic American dance phenomenon, American Bandstand.

The reception was held in Mitten Hall following the ceremony, where Dean Boardman introduced a slide show featuring video and photos of what was SMC and is now Klein College. But he also revealed some photos of the plans for the new building that will be a reconstruction of the current Annenberg Hall. No word yet as to when construction will begin, but the new school will feature state of the art studio spaces, and additional floors to create more classroom space.

Alyssa Jerome was also at the renaming event, where she spoke with faculty, former students, and even Lew Klein himself. Take a look at all the love those in attendance had to share with their professor, mentor, and friend, the incomparable Lew Klein.