EXCLUSIVE: President Englert Talks New Stadium Plans

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President Richard Englert sat down with Temple Update reporter Dan Ray in an exclusive interview discussing the the university’s progress for an on-campus football stadium.

Temple just submitted designs and plans to the Philadelphia Planning Commission for review, and should get an evaluation from the city in four to five months. Concerns over the project dwarfing the North Philadelphia neighborhood continue to mount. Despite the university’s promises, residents and students are still concerned the stadium would force long-time residents out of their homes, and disrupt the surrounding community.

President Englert addresses these concerns in this exclusive interview with Temple Update, as he details the university’s progress over the last two years, the similarities with the Liacouras Center construction in 1997, and their efforts to make the stadium work for the surrounding community.

NFL Draft Experience Takes Over Ben Franklin Parkway

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While it may be a weekend for the players, fans will have plenty to keep them busy at the NFL Draft this weekend.

The NFL has set up a sprawling exhibit the size of 25 football fields down by the Rocky Steps that lets fans immerse themselves in the game. Along with setting up locker rooms with the jerseys from famous players and a new, innovative light display that will correspond to each draft pick, fans will get to test their skills.

The NFL has set up a variety of “combine-like” drills for fans, such as a 40-yard dash, vertical jump, shuttle run, and touch passes. Along with the physical drills, fans will get to taste the Virtual Reality exhibit to take them inside the game.

“This is a lot of our attractions, we really want to draw everybody up there. It’s going to be dry out and be great weather for tomorrow,”  said Mary Pat Augenthaler, NFL Vice President of Events.

Fans can get a full guide to all the events by downloading the NFL Fan Mobile Pass app here. The exhibit opens at noon and runs through 11 PM both today and Friday. On Saturday, the event will open at 10 AM and close at 7 PM.

Temple Lacrosse Roars Back, Secures Best Start in 20 Years

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Credit: Cincinnati Athletics

Temple Lacrosse is on fire. On Wednesday, the Owls, lead by Brenda McDermott took down Cincinnati. The game wasn’t the girl’s prettiest this season. In total the Owls committed 21 turnovers, which equated to their second highest total all year. It took some time before either team got on the board, but the Bearcats stuck first. The first half became a back and forth affair with Cincinnati holding onto a 4-3 lead going into the half.

The beginning of the second half wasn’t kind to the Owls. The Bearcat’s Elaina Enich lead the team in opening up an 8-4 advantage with little under 13:00 to play. The then teams exchanged goals at around the 9:00 mark making the score 9-5. The Owls needed a spark and got it in the form of Brenda McDermmot. Down the final 8:00 stretch, Temple scored 4 goals, three of which coming from McDermott. Finally, with just 1:33 left to spare Carly Demato scored the go ahead goal. Just for good measure Anna Fredrick chipped in the final goal for the Owls making the final score 11-9.

The team is now 3-1 in the Big East and holds its best record in the past 20 years. They will now enjoy a two game home stand and prepare for Big East and long-time rival Villanova this upcoming Saturday.

Temple Track & Field Grabs Three Personal Records at Fastrack National Invitational

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By: Adam Miller

Credit: Temple Athletics

This past Friday the Temple Women’s Track and Field team took to the Fastrack National Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex. The group produced two top-three finishes, but the three personal records were the headline of the day.

In the 400-meter dash, senior Kenya Gatson broke her season record with a time of 56.31. The effort was enough to propel Gatson to a third overall finish out of an assembly of 44. Gatson wasn’t the only Owl to break some personal records, Katie Leisher and freshman Grace Moore each achieved personal record in the mile run. Leisher finished with 15th overall and a time of 4:53.40 while Moore came in 17th with a time of 4:53.49.

Finally, the 4 x 400 meter relay team took third out of a field of six. The squad of Gaston, Millie Howard, Crystal Jones, and Bionca St. Fleur finished with a time of  3:54.64, besting each of the team’s previous races of the 2016-2017 season.

Outside of all the personal records, Seniors St. Fleur and Jimmia McCluskey competed in the long jump invite. St. Fleur finished with a jump of 5.62m, putting her at fourth place while McCluskey’s jump of 5.50m placed her at sixth overall.

Look for the Owls to continue to make major strides the AAC Championship Approaches

Temple Students Uses Extra Meal Swipes for Homeless

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When freshman Aaron Rey saw another student carrying almost 20 boxes of cereal out of Morgan Hall, he was curious. So he asked the student how he he was able to get all the extra food. It turns out he had used his extra meal swipes to accumulate all that extra food.

“He said he was probably going to sell it or keep it for himself,” Rey said.

From there, an idea was born. Rey has has 25 meals swipes per week through his dining plan at Temple, and uses only 16 of them. So for the past two months, Rey has used those extra swipes to gather and distribute non-perishable items to homeless people around Center City.

“We have a lot of opportunities as college students, and we should give back to the less fortunate. We have been blessed with a ton of resources,” Rey said when asked about why he continues.

The idea has spawned from Rey doing it on his own time to rallying to students to help him out. Every weekend, he posts on his Facebook Page, Swipes for Philadelphia (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SwipesForPhiladelphia/). Students will use their extra meal swipes, meet up with Rey, and go into the city.

“Being in a city where there’s a lot of homeless people, I think its nice for us college students and young people to take action,” said Freshman Joshua Lacerna, who has helped Rey since the project’s conception.

Rey plans to set up a website soon. This will allow students to sign up to be group leaders and go into the city on their own. With this addition, Rey homes the project can spread to other campus around the country, and all over the world.

Rey has given out hundreds of boxes of cereal, bottled milk and water. He says just seeing his recipients reaction is enough for him.

“There’s joy in their faces, and that’s a beautiful thing.”

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.

Matt Rhule Done at Temple, Accepts Head Coach Job at Baylor

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Temple Football received a startling blow this morning.

Three days after his team beat #19 Navy and claimed the AAC Championship, news broke this morning that Head Coach Matt Rhule had accepted a head coaching job at Baylor University. He will be taking over a program riddled with controversy the team’s handling of sexual assault cases with its players. Last May, Baylor fired head coach Art Briles in wake of the sexual assault scandal.

The Baylor Bears went 6-6 this season under acting head coach Jim Grobe, but Grobe will step down after Baylor’s game against Boise State in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl in December 27th.

Rhule had a 28-23 record during his tenure and led the Owls to their first major conference title since 1967. The Owls have won 10 games in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history.

Rhule was at the helm of the program’s resurgent resurrection. The first year at the helm in 2013, Rhule’s team went 2-10, including a heartbreaking loss to Fordham on a last second heave. Rhule constantly refers to that game as one of the turning points for the program and its players. The Owls improved to 6-6 in 2014, and then made a monumental leap the next year. In 2015, Rhule led the team to a win over Penn State for the first time in 74 years, a near upset of #9 Notre Dame ABC’s primetime game of the week, and a 10-2 record and a birth in the conference title game.

This season the Owls had made some serious noise lately as they are currently riding a 7 game winning streak, which includes a AAC Championship win against then ranked #19 Navy Midshipmen. The Owls are ranked #24 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

Matt Rhule will not be coaching the Owls in their game against Wake Forest in the Military Bowl.

Temple assistant coach Ed Foley has been named the team’s interim head coach. Foley has coached at Temple for nine seasons and has held a variety of different positions. The interim coach has been the 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.

The Baylor Football website posted the following quote from Rhule, “I am truly honored and humbled to join the Baylor Family,” said Rhule, “and I can’t thank President Garland and Mack Rhoades enough for this incredible opportunity. Baylor is a tremendous institution with a history of football success and I know the passion that so many have for the Bears will help bring the community together to reach even greater heights. I am excited to get started.”

Director of Athletics Patrick M. Kraft spoke in front of the media at 1:30 this afternoon.

Kraft stated that “we have not gotten to that yet.” when he was asked if Rhule’s assistants would be going with him to Texas.

As far as the new head coaching search, Kraft gave no specific timetable.

“We are going to go out and get the best person for the job to continue this momentum.” said Kraft.

The Temple Football head coaching job is a more desirable job than it was four years ago when the Owls were among the worst in the college football. Patrick Kraft seemed excited during the press conference and willing to accept the challenge of finding a new coach. He wants to find the right person for the job more importantly and noted “this is not just an X’s and O’s job” as there are many factors to consider other than football.

Clinton, Obama Draw Thousands to Independence Mall

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On the eve of the election, the Democratic Party had their big sendoff right here in Philadelphia.

Nominee Hillary Clinton held a Get Out To Vote rally in one of the city’s most historic landmarks, Independence Mall.

Clinton- None of us want to wake up on Wednesday morning and wish we had done more

Hillary Clinton spent election eve with with over 30,000 people.

Joined by her family, Clinton was introduced by President Obama, who fired up the crowd for the secretary of state.

“I am asking you to work as hard as you can this one last day to elect this fighter, this stateswomen, this mother, this grandmother, this patriot,” said President Obama.

First Lady Michelle Obama also took the stage to praise clinton for being inclusive.

“We deserve a leader that sees our diversity not as a threat, but as a blessing”

Clinton made sure that thousands of people gathered here at Independence Mall knew knew one thing- that their vote mattered in which direction the country was headed.

“Every issue you care about is at stake”

The Obamas echoed the same.

“Tomorrow with a vote, you can stand up to those who seek to divide us and make us afraid,” said the First Lady.

“The choice you make when when you step into that voting booth could not be more clear and could not be more serious,” the President added.

McGinty & Toomey Face Off in Final PA Senate Debate

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Before they candidates squared off, supporters didn’t back down.

Hours before candidates Pat Toomey (R) and Katie McGinty (D) faced off at Temple’s Performing Arts Center, supporters of both Toomey and McGinty stood outside with signs, chanting for each candidate.

That energy carried over into the debate hall.

During the debate, the two candidates clashed over a number of issues, including an accusation that as a banker, Toomey engaged in predatory lending.

“Senator Toomey’s banking processes are literally considered illegal in 30 plus states,” accused Toomey.

Toomey countered by saying mcginty used the same practices when she worked for the state. “When Katie McGinty was the Secretary of the DEP, she through the DEP, used the same device on her own credit extensions.”

McGinty talked about how she would deal with the controversy over police involved shootings, such as doubling the community policing program and make sure they have the equipment to be active in the community.

While Toomey’s comments around the Black Lives Matter movement drew a reaction from the crowd.

After the debate, McGinty remained defensive against accusations of economic wrongdoing.

While Toomey continued to try and explain his position on Donald Trump.

“I was clear once again I feel like many Pennsylvanians do, that I’m stuck without a good choice,” said Toomey.

When it was all said done, both candidates had to field attacks from each other, and try to prove to voters one last time why they’re the best choice for Pennsylvania. With less than two weeks until election day, that campaign trail is far from over.

Robberies Spike Off Campus

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Temple junior Emily Schroder is on edge after her apartment was broken into twice in the past two weeks.

Her home is just one of the thirteen between Cecil B Moore and Master street that have been broken into and robbed in the last three weeks.

The wave of break ins is forcing her to take extra precautions.

“Make sure all the windows and stuff are locked when we leave, make sure all the security alarms are set before we leave.” Shroder says she does every time she steps outside now.

Deputy chief of temple police Denise Wilhelm says the spike in crime in unusual for the area.

“Residential burglaries aren’t common, but they do occur. those back alleys are desolate they’re a pretty easy target.”

The break ins aren’t contained to just one block. Wilhelm says the entire area is being affected.

“We have seen an increase in our far western- 18th street, gratz street down on master street,” Wilhelm says

TUPD is working with Philadelphia Police to increase their presence in the area to prevent more burglaries.

“Plain clothes officers are out there, not just us but Philadelphia. we’re adding various resources out there, walking back alleyways and things of that nature.”

For the crimes committed on Schroder’s block, there is one primary suspect. For now, law enforcement urges all residents in the nearby area take extra precautions, lock all doors and windows and report any suspicious activity. We will keep you updated on the current investigation.