Temple Takes Next Step Toward Multipurpose Facility

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A sketch of the proposed facility.

On January 18th, President Richard M. Englert announced that Temple University will be taking the next steps in building a multipurpose facility on campus.

In an email sent to the Temple community, Englert said, “I’m pleased to report that Temple is taking the next step in evaluating the potential for a multipurpose facility, including retail space and a stadium, on our Main Campus.”

Talk about a stadium being built on campus has lasted almost two years, and it has caused great controversy with the people who live locally.

A map showing the planned site of the facility.

Englert said, “I want to emphasize that we will continue our conversations with neighbors to address their concerns. These discussions have been invaluable not only in terms of the proposed facility but also in helping us understand and develop better working relationships in the community.”

If the multipurpose facility is approved, it will be located directly behind Pearson and McGonigle Hall, and next to the new Aramark Student Training and Recreation Complex.

“Our goal is to build a project that can be a source of pride for Temple, our neighbors and our city,” said Englert.

Temple Men’s Basketball Falls Short to George Washington

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Temple men’s basketball fell short against George Washington Sunday afternoon with a score of 71-67. This loss brings the Owls to 4-2 on the season, and brings George Washington to 4-4 on the season.

George Washington came out hot in the beginning and never looked back. George Washington shot 68 percent from the field in the first half while shooting 60 percent for three pointers. The Colonials typically average 30 percent for threes per game.

George Washington outscored Temple 40-25 in the first half, but the Owls made a comeback in the second half outscoring the Colonials 42-31.

In the second half, George Washington was up by 15 points, but the Owls were able to go on a

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14-3 run to cut the deficit to just six. Shizz Alston tied the game for the first time with a three pointer with just 6 minutes left to play. During the last 5 minutes the Owls never trailed by more than 5 points, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.

In the first half the Owls made 46.15 percent of their shots from the field, but only a mere 14.29% from beyond the arch. The Owls turned it around in the second half of game pay and shot 50 percent from the field and 46.67 percent from beyond the arch.

For the third game in the row, sophomore Quinton Rose led the team in scoring with 20 points, and this also is Rose’s third straight game with 20 or more points.

Junior Shizz Alston, Jr also scored 18 points and made 4-5 three-pointers. Alston also knocked down 2 of 2 free throws, and this makes him a perfect 46-46 dating back to Dec. 28th 2016. This streak is the second-longest in programs history.

The Owls will play their first home game of the season against Wisconsin on Wednesday, Dec. 6

Student Health Service Changing Locations

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Tuttleman Counseling Services Sees Surge in Student Appointments with cold weather and finals
Student Health Service’s current home at 1810 Liacouras Walk.

Student Health Services will be closed on Friday, November, 17, Saturday, November 18, and Monday November, 20 as the office moves to it’s new space. Currently located at 1810 Liacouras Walk, Student Health will now be housed in 1700 North Broad Street. Tuttleman Counseling made the move to 1700 North Broad at the beginning of the semester.

This move was prompted by the renovations currently underway at 1810 to create more space for the Fox School of Business.

If you are leaving for Fall Break and need to refill a prescription, students are recommended to make arrangements to pick up your medicine by November 16 at 3:00pm.

Student Health Services will reopen on Tuesday November 21 and Wednesday November 22 from 8:00am-5:00pm, and all future appointments will be held at this location.

If there is a medical emergency, please call 911 from an off-campus phone or dial 1-1234 from an on-campus phone.

Nurses are still available to talk 24/7 by calling (215) 204-7500.

Owls Win Big Against USF

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In a vital conference matchup against USF, the Owls were able to live up to the hype and defeat the Bulls 1-0. This win not only puts the Owls at 9-7 on the season and 4-3 in conference play, but it also gave the Owls an AAC playoff berth. The Bulls lose puts them at 6-6-4 on the season and 3-3-1 in conference play.

Recently the Owls have been starting out hot early in the match to secure the win, however, that was not the case in this game. USF played a very strong defensive game that the Owls are not used to seeing. The first half was scoreless for both teams, due to the great defense on both ends.  In the 53rd minute of the game, senior Joonas Jokinen scored the game-winning goal off a corner kick. That goal secured the win for the Owls and secured them a spot in the AAC semi- finals.

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USF outshoot Temple 12-7, but Temple goalie, Michael Samnik had 4 saves while the USF goalie had 0. USF also had double the amount of corner kicks than Temple, however, Temple was able to execute on their corner kick and secure the win.

Coach David MacWilliams said, “This win on senior day is a huge win for the program and for our eight seniors who have contributed over the past several years. I am so happy for our guys. We’re in it to win it as far as the conference tournament goes. I think the team is pretty confident and we are looking forward to the challenge.”

The Owls will travel to the AAC tournament on Friday, November 10th at a location that will be determined shortly.

National Security Awareness Month: Cyber Security Tips

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October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and Temple University Computer Services is concluding the month with Tech Bits: Top Ten Tips for Staying Safe Online.

There are many tips included to help people stay safe online, but here are some of the most important tips:

  • Make sure that people do not know your passwords or any of your personal information.
  • Always install a firewall or antivirus software when you get a new laptop or desktop.
  • Have all your files backed up in case your computer gets a virus.
  • Whenever new updates come out, always install them because they usually have the latest patches for security risks.
  • If a pop-up ever appears on your screen, do not click any links or call any phone numbers. Instead just save what you are doing and restart your computer.
  • Most importantly, trust your instincts. If you feel like something is wrong, chances are, you are right.

If you have any questions regarding security, contact the Help Desk through the Request Help/Service tab on the cs.temple.edu home page or call 215-204-8000.

Screening of Temple Graduate Joe Mederios’ New Documentary

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On Monday, October, 23rd at 3 PM there will be a free screening of a new documentary called Processions of Faith in Annenberg Hall room 201.

This is a smart documentary about a church that is still the center of the Los Angeles Italian community, even though the Little Italy neighborhoods in Los Angeles are diminishing.

The filmmaker of this documentary is Joe Mederios, who is a Temple graduate and the former head writer of NBC’s The Tonight Show.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Mederios at the screening.

Temple Tops Tulsa 3-1

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The Temple Owls came out on top in an important conference matchup against Tulsa. The Owls beat Tulsa by a score of 3-1. This win brings Temple to 8-6-1 on the season and 3-2 in conference play. Tulsa sits at 4-7-1 on the season and 1-4 in conference play.

Tulsa came out strong in the first minutes of the game and scored in the 2nd minute to give them an early lead. But the Owls came back in the 11th minute and answered when Junior Hermann Doerner scored the Owls first

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goal of the game to make the score 1-1 and tie up the game. Freshman Alan Camacho Soto scored the second goal of the game off an assist from Mark Grasela to give the Owls the 2-1 lead. Temple continued to keep the lead in the second half, and with five minutes left in the game, Sophomore Thibault Candia secured the victory scoring the final goal for the Owls.

Tulsa outshot Temple 19-8, and Tulsa had 8 shots on goal whereas Temple only had 6. Temple only had 3 corners, and Tulsa had 6. The Owls goalie, Michael Samnik had 7 saves in goal, and Tulsa only had 3.

The Temple Owls will face UCF on Saturday October, 28th at 7PM.

Yappy Hour Comes to the Draught Horse

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The Draught Horse will be hosting the first annual Yappy Hour on October 23 from 7:00 to 11:00 PM.

Yappy Hour is ran by an Entrepreneurial Marketing group called “Puptown Girls.” These girls have a passion for animals and have partnered with Morris Animal Refuge for this event. Morris Animal Refuge has helped homeless and abandoned pets in the Philadelphia region since 1874.

At Yappy Hour, guests can pay a cover fee of just $5 to indulge in discounted drinks and meals, and they even can play with dogs from the shelters. All of the proceeds will go toward the Morris Animal Refuge.

Come down to the Draught Horse for this fun and charitable event, and watch the Eagles vs. Redskins game while playing with pups.

SportsDesk Spotlight: Men’s Soccer Michael Samnik

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As a sophomore and current starting goalkeeper, Michael Samnik has made the most of his opportunity as a starter, with a 3-2 record to show for it.
Samnik, in High School, was a captain, MVP, and earned 2nd team All-Regional in his Senior year. He also was the first freshman to play on varsity in his High School’s history. Now, he has finally been able to show the Owls what he is made of.

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The 6 foot 5 goalkeeper from Atlanta, Georgia lets his height play to his advantage, “It definitely helps to my advantage, make the angles a lot smaller. Makes me more of an aerial threat so people aren’t scoring off set pieces.”
Since Samnik has taken over at goalie,and the team has seen immediate success. Samnik believes there are a few keys to the team’s recent success. “Scoring early and that takes the weight off my shoulders, at the same time to be able to keep shutouts in two consecutive games has been big. Also the relationship I have with my defense and the connection we have is key.”
Samnik believes this Owls team is on the right path and can see them finishing first or second in the conference if they keep up these solid performances because nobody has really taken a step ahead in conference play.
After receiving the honor of Philadelphia 6 defender of the week last week, Samnik was very pleased and said his family found out before he did. “It felt Phenomenal to win it. I didn’t even know the news, I saw text messages from family members saying congrats. I want to keep that going and keep winning awards and keep up the success this year, and the remaining two years I have at Temple.”
As for the his starting goal-keeping position, Samnik hopes that he will get to keep it for his next couple of years at Temple. “ I hope to keep it through leadership, and I’m a vocal guy, everyone respects me on and off the field. Let my performance honestly speak for itself.”

Owls Beat Cincinnati to Earn Second Conference Win

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Temple men’s soccer team was able to win their second conference game yesterday as the Owls took down the Cincinnati Bearcats 2-1. This win puts the Owls at 6-6-1 on the season and 2-2 in conference. The lose brings the Bearcats to 5-6-1 on the season.

The Owls have consistently scored early in the game, and this game was no different. Within the first 7 minutes of the game, Cincinnati was issued a yellow card inside the

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box, earning Temple a penalty kick. Senior, Joonas Jokien, rocketed the ball in the bottom left corner of the net to give the Owls the early 1-0 lead. In the second half of the game, Junior Hermann scored the second goal of the game off of a corner kick that was originally deflected and gave the Owls a 2-0 lead. Cincinnati scored its lone goal of the game in the 67th minutes off of a penalty kick.

During this game, there was a combined 10 yellow cards that were issued. Temple outshot Cincinnati 13-7. The Owls also had 7 shots on goals while the Bearcats only had 1. Temple also had 5 corner kicks, and Cincinnati had 1.

Head coach David MacWilliams said, “We played a very tough team in Cincinnati tonight. It was an intense match with intense rivalry, fortunately we came out on top.  It was great to see Hermann score for us today to add to his other contributions throughout the season. Joonas was out for a while and his work today shows his efforts in getting back on track. Overall the guys played well and I think we are pretty confident in what we can do.”

Watch the Owls next as they take on NJIT at the Temple Sports Complex on Tuesday October 17.