Temple Timeout: The SportsDesk’s New Webisode Series

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Temple Timeout is the SportsDesk’s brand new weekly webisode covering all things Owls Sports.

Hosted by SportsDesk anchors Bri Hofsass and Vince Coll, the will cover sports from around the nest, focusing on three specific topics and featuring a player of the week.

This week, Bri and Vince discuss the future of the men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as the four Owls heading to the NFL Combine. The player of the week, however, may surprise you.

A new edition will be released each week of the semester.

Center City Restaurant Donates Profits to Those in Need

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A new restaurant in Philadelphia is doing its best to help out those in need.

Rooster Soup Company, a brand new eatery from the same guys that brought you Federal Donuts, recently opened on Sansom Street in Center City.

“I heard about the cause, thought it was really great, so I stopped in; this is my fourth time here,” said Lauren Correa, who was grabbing a bite to eat with a friend.

The restaurant serves all your favorite comfort foods at an affordable price. But that’s not the only thing that keeps patrons coming back; the Broad Street Ministry, a community outreach program for those who need assistance, receives 100% of the profit.

“It runs like any other restaurant. It has to pay its bills, it has to pay its rent, its insurance, its labor, all the purveyors,” said Erin O’Shea, Executive Chef of Rooster Soup. “What’s left over at the end of the day, instead of going to a single owner or group of investors, it’s going to Broad Street Ministry.”

The campaign to bring Rooster Soup to fruition began back in 2014, when a crowd fund page with the quote “What if you could help someone who really needed it, just by eating lunch?” Today, over 1,500 people have donated to the cause, bringing in $179,380 to date in efforts to get Rooster Soup off the ground.

“Philadelphia was very generous, and so everybody helped to create this. And that’s what makes it so special, that it’s something built by Philadelphians, for Philadelphians,” added Chef O’Shea.

Now Rooster Soup has a home, with a menu offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, which helps fund the Broad Street Ministry’s many programs.

“It’s something that you know Philadelphians helped start and they can take pride in and come in; you eat something, you’ve done good,” said Rachel Spiegel, Assistant Manager.

Temple Update Students Produce Segments for “Campus Takeover”

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MTV is taking over Temple University.

MTVU visited Temple’s main campus a few short weeks ago, enlisting several students to be producers on the project.

Temple Update’s Asad Bokhari, Kaicey Baylor, Alyssa Jerome, Nick Charles, and Jeseamy Muentes produced several segments for the “Campus Takeover” pilot episode.

Some of the segments included professors reading their “Rate My Professor” comments a’la ‘Mean Tweets’, A Diamond Dollar Date Challenge, and Food Truck Trivia. AaronRey Ebreo, a student you first saw on Temple Update, was also featured in the pilot episode in a Student Spotlight.

The pilot aired Monday, February 13 at the Student Center. It will later run on TUTV.


Temple Addresses Concerns of International Students Amidst New Immigration Policy

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Temple University is addressing international students’ concern as their ability to travel in and out of the country remains uncertain.

The Trump Administration recently signed an executive order suspending the immigration of nationals from Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. After the news broke yesterday that multiple immigrants from the Middle East were being sent back by officials, Temple University President Richard Englert is addressing the situation in an email to staff and students.

Protestors at the Philadelphia International Airport after immigrants were turned away from entering the United States.
Protestors at the Philadelphia International Airport after immigrants were turned away from entering the United States.


“We advise all nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen to consider delaying international travel at this time, as it is not clear how re-entry will be affected by the new regulations. We hope the coming days and weeks will provide greater clarity, for the benefit of you as individuals and for Temple and other institutions of higher education,” the statement read. “Temple prides itself on being a community of diverse scholars, many of whom come to us from foreign nations. We are committed to enabling our faculty, students and visitors – both from the U.S. and from locations around the globe – to contribute to the vitality of the education we provide and the role we play in the local, regional and global economy. We embrace diversity as integral to our mission of education and discovery. Temple is a better university because of this diversity.”

Those who may be affected by the Trump Administration’s policy should reach out to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

President Englert said the University will continue to seek clarity on the situation and will release more information as it becomes available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Lawrence Chosen to be Shapiro’s Replacement as Montgomery County Commissioner

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Ken Lawrence (photo courtesy of Temple University)
Ken Lawrence (photo courtesy of Temple University)

A Temple Owl has been tapped to replace Josh Shapiro as Montgomery County Commissioner.

Ken Lawrence Jr., Vice President of Alumni Relations, was unanimously voted on by the Montgomery Court of Common Pleas to fill the seat left vacant by Josh Shapiro. Shapiro was elected Attorney General in November, beating out Republican Joh Rafferty for the office.

Lawrence will be the first African American to serve on the three member board of commissioners, and will serve out the remainder of Shapiro’s term, until 2019. He will be sworn in on Wednesday at 3pm at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Lawrence earned a bachelor’s in political science from Temple and a master’s in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to him joining Temple’s Alumni Relations Office, Mr. Lawrence founded and acted as president of Public Affairs Strategies, where he represented corporate and nonprofit organizations.

Temple Update has reached out to Mr. Lawrence, but has yet to receive comment.

Dai Rehired to New Administrative Post

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Former provost Hai-Lung Dai is suing former president for libel and slander.

Dr. Hai-Lung Dai is returning to the President’s Office, but this time as Vice President of International Affairs.

Dr. Dai, who served as Temple’s Provost from February 2013 to June 2016, was fired by former president Neil Theobald on allegations of sexual harassment. Dr. Theobald resigned in July after the Board of Trustees voted “no confidence” in his ability to continue to lead the university.

The Board of Trustees hired a third party law firm to look into the sexual harassment claims made by Theobald, but ultimately determined “that the complaint could not be substantiated.” Dai will start in his new role later this semester, a role that is new to the university.

Temple Update broke the news last semester that Dr. Dai was suing Dr. Theobald on charges of libel, slander, and misrepresentation. The case, according to the Court of Common Pleas records, is still ongoing, with a scheduled case management conference on February 3. When we last spoke with Dr. Dai, who is seeking $50,000 in damages, he would only say that he was “waiting for the truth to come out.” Theobald is still on staff at Temple’s College of Education, where he is currently on a one year sabbatical.

Temple Update has reached out to Dr. Dai about the latest developments, and is awaiting comment.

School of Media and Communication to Be Renamed in Honor of Lew Klein

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Lew Klein, center, with wife Janet, Dean David Boardman, and Temple Alum Bob Saget at the NATPE Conference.
Lew Klein, center, with wife Janet, Dean David Boardman, and Temple Alum Bob Saget at the NATPE Conference.

Lew Klein will be honored by the National Association of Television Program Executives with the Lifetime Achievement Award this evening in Miami.

But today, he is honored by Temple’s School of Media and Communication.

Temple University announced today that the School of Media and Communication will be renamed the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication, honoring Klein’s generosity and years of service to Temple.

“Lew is the rare benefactor whose service to our school extends beyond his generous financial support to include decades of teaching and mentoring, both of Temple students and of working professionals. Naming the school to recognize all of his contributions is our honor,” said Dean David Boardman in a statement announcing the school’s new name.

The renaming honors Klein’s magnificent career in television and his more than six decades of teaching service to Temple University, and recognizes a historic, multimillion-dollar gift to the school from Lew and Janet Klein, the university said in a statement. The Kleins’ gift is supported by two additional seven-figure contributions from Temple University trustee and school alumnus Steve Charles, ’80, and trustee H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest and his wife, Marguerite.

“Thinking about the thousands of communications scholars who will graduate in future years, I am optimistic about their success,” said Mr. Klein in a university statement. “They will be coming from one of the finest and most prestigious schools in the nation.”

“I have been blessed with other examples of appreciation and recognition at Temple, and this is the culmination go them all.”

Klein has been an adjunct professor at the school for over 60 years. In 2000, in celebration of Lew’s 50 years teaching at Temple University, the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award was established. The awards and scholarship program were established by H.F. “Gerry” and Marguerite Lenfest with Walter and Leonore Annenberg to celebrate outstanding members of the media and students pursuing internships or study abroad opportunities in their chosen media field. This past fall, Tina Fey received the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award.

Amongst other career endeavors, Mr. Klein owned 4 CBS affiliates in Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia, and was the executive producer of American Bandstand. He was also program director at WPVI in 1970, when Action News was launched, a format that continues to bring 6ABC success.

Klein is credited with helping to launch careers of comedian and actor Bob Saget (’78), CBS Evening News Executive Producer Steve Capus (’86), NBC news anchor Matt Lauer, and the late Dick Clark. After broadcasting the Phillies for 15 years, he even convinced players such as Richie Ashburn, Bill White, and Tim McCarver to trade the dugout for the press box.

“Over many decades, Lew Klein has left an indelible imprint on the lives of countless Temple students who have gone on to build successful careers in media, communication and related fields,” said President Richard M. Englert. “It’s only fitting that we recognize Lew in an equally indelible way: through the naming of the Klein College of Media and Communication in honor of the legacy he has built in Philadelphia and across the nation.”

A formal renaming ceremony will take place sometime in March, and will be one of many events held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the college.

Temple Update would like to congratulate Mr. Klein on his Lifetime Achievement Award, and we are honored to call the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication our home.

Fox School of Business Online MBA Ranked No. 1 for Third Straight Year

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Temple University is once again coming out on top. This time, as the best line MBA program in the nation.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Fox School’s Online MBA program No. 1 in the country, earning a perfect 100 score. The Fox Online Bachelor of Business Administration program came in at No. 2  – its highest ranking in the history of the program.

“When we launched the Online MBA program in 2009 and the Online BBA in 2012, we chose to build our digital-learning model from the inside out,” said Dr. M. Moshe Porat, Dean of the Fox School of Business in a statement released by the university. “We hired video editors, instructional designers, and everyone in between to comprise our Online & Digital Learning team. Our team has embraced the Fox School’s mission to deliver the same top-ranked MBA and BBA programs across a consistent, user-friendly, online format. We admit the same quality of students, apply the same rigor, and utilize the same award-winning faculty. The results speak for themselves, and it is an honor that our online programs have been recognized by U.S. News as the benchmark for others in the United States.”

Each online business program is scored based upon student engagement; peer reputation; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and admissions selectivity.

The Fox Online MBA begins with a weeklong residency at Temple University’s Main Campus in Philadelphia. The residency features a leadership course, networking, team building, professional development and special events. From there, each subsequent online course employs a flipped-classroom approach, a 24/7, on-demand format that allows students to read content and watch videos at their pace and collaborate with their peers and professors through digital dialogue. Then, in an integrated online classroom setting, they are able to put what they have learned into practice. They can do so through Fox’s Video Vault, a collection of more than 2,000 academic videos produced by Fox faculty, a searchable archive of HD-quality, mobile-friendly, transcribed videos produced by Fox faculty.

TUTV Announces Before I Graduate Winner

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Before she gets her diploma, Valerie Nava got to live out a BIG wish.

Before I Graduate, a contest started five years ago through Temple University Television, gives graduating seniors a chance to live out a final Temple dream before heading out into the real world. Nava’s wish was chosen from 64 applications, giving her the chance to sit court side at the Temple – Yale game this week.

Nava, a marketing major, will also receive a jersey signed by all of the players.

“After attending almost every basketball game for the past four years, I’m excited to finally support the team up close,” said Nova in a press release.

Nova will be featured in a segment set to air on TUTV later this academic year.

“I’m happy that TUTV has had so much success with the ‘Before I Graduate’ contest,” said Paul Gluck, General Manager of TUTV. “It is truly a wish come true for me to know I’m helping one Temple student fulfill their dreams during their time here.”

SportsDesk Exclusive: Sit-Down Interview with Ed Foley

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After losing their leader just days after winning the AAC Championship, Temple fans and players are wondering what comes next for the program.

Update’s Dan Ray sat down with Interim Head Coach Ed Foley who will lead the Owls at the Military Bowl on December 27. Foley has coached at Temple for nine seasons and has held a variety of different positions, including assistant head coach, tight ends coach, special teams cooridinator, Director of Football Operations, assistant offensive line coach, and a recruiting coordinator throughout his nine seasons. Foley has now endured three coaches in his tenure- as he was hired under Al Golden, around for Steve Addazio who left to accept a job with Boston College after two seasons, and of course Matt Rhule.

Foley sits down with us to talk about working under Rhule and the impact he made on the program, and comments how the team can move forward from the sudden departure.

There has been no word on whether the University has reached out to anyone to fill Rhule’s shoes next season.