Local Youngster Trains with Former NFL Player

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David “D-Magic” Macon is on his way to being a football star. The only problem is, he may have to wait a couple of years to become a football great like Tom Brady or Joe Montana. That’s because D-Magic is only eleven-years-old.

Nicknamed “D-Magic” for his blazing speed yet humble demeanor, he lets his work ethic tell the story.

“Twice a week, I go to track, three times a week. I might have track meets on the weekends. And in the football season, I’ll have practice and games,” says David.

Former NFL cornerback Brandon Bing trains David, along with other young Philadelphia-area athletes, to cultivate their potential. Bing is impressed with what he has seen so far in David.

“As far as Magic, we started sessions inside, and he started showing up,” says Bing. “We worked something out. We were going about 2 to 3 times a week for like two months. We just saw the improvement. He’s a player who I’ve seen get consistently better but, naturally had that, so I said I got to work with him. So we started going 2-3 months straight and we just started picking it back up. Yeah, I think he’ll be great once he starts to get the details down.”

During the bi-weekly training, Bing tests David’s agility with drills that any professional football player would take part in. David’s football coach, Maquis Merricks, says that David is improving because of his work with Bing.

“It’s great that he’s with Bing,” Merricks says. “He’s learning D-Back drills, wide receiver drills, he’s getting his footwork. Incredible. His catching has gone up. His hand-eye coordination has gone up. His work off season has taken him to a whole other level.”

It is easy to see why David’s father, Ford Howard, has high hopes for his son.

“As a dad, I really want him to go to a good high school to display his talents with. And you know, I want to think short-term. He’s in the 5th grade right now. I want to think National Championship 2017 and getting into a good high school,” says Howard.

David’s goals include wanting to get into a good high school where he can continue to hone his skills so he can get into a reputable college. If he were to play a game with any professional football player, it would be Julio Jones. David plans to continue working so he can have a career in the NFL.

Students Reflect on Their Memories of Peabody

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Peabody Hall
Peabody Hall

Temple University’s oldest residence hall will be closing after the Spring 2017 Semester. The University put out a statement which says, in part, that “the University is evaluating the 60-year-old building to determine the future [of Peabody].”

The residence hall, which has around 290 beds, has garnered quite the reputation on campus: “I feel like it gets a bad rap until you give it a try; live in Peabody a few week, you start to really fall in love with it,” said former Peabody Hall RA Maddie Murphy. “I feel like it gets a bad rap.”

The charm of Peabody made itself evident to Peabody Resident Marvin Minalo. “I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll give [Peabody] a shot’ and it turned out to work out in my favor,” Minalo said.

It remains to be seen what will actually happen to Peabody Hall and what Temple plans to do with the space. The almost 300 beds will be dispersed through other campus residence halls by allowing freshman to apply to live in halls that are typically available only to Upperclassmen.

What is known is that Temple will not be the same without Peabody Hall.

Students Participate in Campus-Wide Career and Internship Fair

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Temple University students came out in droves yesterday to get the chance to talk to over 100 employers. The Campus-wide Career and Internship Fair welcomed students of all majors and was also open to Temple University alumni. The far included companies such as Target, Verizon, WaWa, and Vanguard.

Temple University Senior, Simone Chapman, explained why she came to the Internship and Career Fair, “I’m looking for a job for after I graduate…I wanted to solidify a job today, get some more leads on another type of job.” It was an opportunity for students like Simone to talk to employers directly.

Gwen Ruff of WaWa was one of those employers. At the fair, she was impressed by Temple Students’ preparation for the job market: “They do well. Very prepared, very professional. They know what to ask. They know how to drill down so they get the answers they need. So preparation is key.”

Temple also offers many major-specific Internship and Career Fairs. For more information visit the Temple Career Center site.