NFL Draft Expected to Bring Big Dollars

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The 82nd NFL draft is coming back to its roots in Philadelphia. Next week’s event, held April 27-29, will be the largest fan experience produced by the NFL, and will provide fans with three days of interactive exhibits, NFL meet-and-greets and more.

The Ben Franklin Parkway is expected to bring about 200,000 fans to the event and the city is looking at a large
economic boost of up to $81 million. Temple associate professor and director of the Sports Research Center Jeremy Jordan has studied the draft the past two years in Chicago and is expecting it to bring similar results to Philadelphia.

“What we’ve found in 2015 is the economic impact was about $80 million and in 2016 it was very consistent,” Jordan said. “So given what they had to invest to host the event we felt it was a positive thing for Chicago.”

NFL Draft stage being set up in front of Philadelphia Museum of Art, where draft rounds will be held.

While Chicago and Philadelphia are both metropolitan areas with many similarities, Jordan also thinks Philadelphia’s location will have an impact on the event’s attendance.

“Philadelphia is unique in some regards because of its geographic location. So if you think of where it’s at on the eastern seaboard it’s very close to large metropolitan areas with a large NFL fan base,” Jordan said.

The draft event is expected to cost about $25 million, of which the NFL covers 80 percent of the bill. The host city is responsible for covering city services such as marketing support and construction.  Philadelphia plans to contribute $500,000 in public funding, and anything over that amount will be reimbursed. 

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau said the city has been fundraising for a year and has received support from mostly corporate and hospitality donors.

“We’ve been reaching out to the corporate community and have received some packages, primarily hospitality-based, that we’ve been able to pitch. We have more than 20 companies that have come on board throughout the region, so we’re very thankful for that,” Larry Needle, Sports Director of PHL Sports said.

Some city residents have become skeptical about the use of public funding and whether it will be worthwhile for the city. Jordan and Needle couldn’t guarantee a specific amount of money the event will bring to the city, but they both believe it will be a positive thing for Philadelphia.

“26,000 jobs are supported, so it’s really a no-brainer and a win-win economically and in every other way,” Needle said.

Temple Student Government Postpones Election Results

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Temple Student Government elections for the 2017-2018 school year, which were supposed to be announced this morning, have been postponed until 12 p.m. tomorrow.

TSG released a statement last night saying it would be postponing the results to make sure the election is fair from its campaign efforts all the way to its results.

“Due to the increased complexity regarding having members of Parliament running at the same time as executive candidates, as well as the single-transferable voting system, we felt that it was necessary in order to preserve the integrity of elections,” TSG Elections Commissioner Noah Goff said. “And to make sure that everything was fair all the way from campaigning all the way through voting and election results being reported.

Activate TU, which is one of the tickets in this year’s election, also had its campaign suspended at 7:15 p.m. yesterday due to an election code violation regarding canvassing. The suspension was lifted an hour later.

“Yesterday afternoon we had given Activate TU an election code violation due to the information we had. However, when more information was presented to us we then decided it was appropriate to lift the violation,” Goff said.

Temple Update received statements from both campaigns.

Connecting TU said that they started their campaign ethically and that’s how they want to end it.

Activate TU said they became aware of the postponement via Twitter and have not since gotten any new information.

Temple Introduces Gender Inclusive Housing

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University Housing and Residential Life is now offering a new option for on-campus living.

Gender inclusive housing will allow students of any gender to live together regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or biological sex. Housing options for freshmen will be offered in 1940 and White Hall and for returning and graduate students it will be offered in Morgan Hall North, Temple Towers and the Podiatry Campus.

Morgan Hall North will offer gender inclusive housing for returning students.

University Housing and Residential Life has reserved 48 beds for the first year of this new program, so space is limited. They will be handling freshmen requests on a case-by-case basis to help assess the needs of these new students and to make sure they are receiving a spot in this limited space.

Many student organizations including Temple Student Government, Queer Student Union, Queer People of Color, STAR and the Residence Hall Association have been working with University Housing and Residential Life for close to six years to create this program.

Director of Residential Life Kevin Williams believes this is a big step in the right direction for Temple’s diverse community: “This allows a variety of students to live on-campus without needing to disclose what their needs are. So I think it’s really a great thing for Temple and for a campus that continues to talk about it’s diversity I think this really puts us where we want to be in that area.”

Temple now joins Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania as the only schools in Philadelphia who offer this type of housing, along with 200 plus other schools in the country.