Renovation to Student Center Food Court

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Photo Courtesy of Aramark
A mock up of the new student center food court courtesy of Aramark food service.

Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center food court will be renovated this summer.

The University will be working with Aramark to bring many new food options that will be available for the fall 2017 semester. The new brands include:

  • Chik-fil-A
  • BurgerFi
  • Saladworks
  • Twisted Taco
  • Which Wich Superior Sandwiches
  • Zaya Mediterranean Grill
  • Zen Asian Fusion Restaurant
  • Starbucks (in the atrium)

The renovation of the Valaida S. Walker Dining Court and the atrium will start in May and finish in late August. The 750 seat establishment will be rearranged in order provide more space for events and studying. The walls, floors, lighting fixtures, and furniture will all be renovated.

Two kiosks will be installed in the Game Room in Student Center South for food delivery options. The information desk in the atrium will also be upgraded, and during construction the desk will be moved to the south-end lobby.

Temple will also be working with Aramark to operate Cherry and White Catering, with a student-focused offering called Wise Owl.

“We are proud to partner with Temple University to transform the campus experience and environment for students, faculty and staff,” said Tammy Sumpter, Aramark’s regional vice president. “Aramark will be investing in the campus community with new dining venues that include a mix of national and proprietary brands, which the Temple community will be able to enjoy in the fall semester and beyond.”

Inter-Campus Bus Service to Return in Fall 2017

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Temple University announced that the evening inter-campus bus service will return in the fall, with new schedules available for students traveling between Temple’s Ambler and Main campuses.

Buses from Ambler campus to Main campus will be in service from 9:45 AM to 10 PM and will continue to pick up at the Learning Center and Student Parking Lot (Lot #3). The last bus will leave Temple Ambler at 10 PM.

Buses traveling from Main campus to Ambler campus will operate from 6:50 AM to 11 PM. The last bus will depart at 12th and Polett Walk at 11 PM.

These schedule changes have been made to correspond with the Ambler campus course schedule after months of gathering data, with several evening bus service times being restored.

The shuttle bus service between Ambler campus and the Ambler Train Station will remain unchanged so students have the ability to ride the SEPTA Landsdale-Doylestown/Center City trains.

Other travel options recommended for students without access to a car include ZipCar or Enterprise Car Share.

All details on Temple travel services between Ambler and Main campuses can be found on the campus operations website.

Record Breaking Applications for Class of 2021

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For the fourth year in a row, Temple University has broken the record for its number of applications.

Almost 37,000 people applied to be part of the class of 2021. Last year’s record was 34,504 applications by the deadline of March 1st, while this year it was 36,840. Temple enrolls approximately 5,100 freshmen annually.

President Richard M. Englert does not find the numbers surprising.

“Temple continues to offer a unique blend of excellence, affordability and diversity in one of our nation’s great cities,” Englert said. “Although we are still early in the admissions process, the academic strength and diversity of our admitted students gives me confidence that we are poised to welcome an outstanding Class of 2021 to Temple and to Philadelphia.”

Temple contributes the overwhelming interest to its academic reputation, campus improvements, and efforts to limit student debt, like the Fly in 4 program. The football team also gained national attention this year with its 10-win season, American Athletic Conference championship win, and second bowl game.

A year ago, almost 2,700 admitted students and their families visited campus on Experience Temple Day. This February, that rose to 3,100, which is the largest turnout yet.

Judge Grants Outside Jury for Cosby Case

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A Philadelphia judge ruled on Monday that a jury from outside Montgomery County will decide Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case.

The judge rejected a defense request to move the trial, which was requested by Cosby’s lawyers because they say the media brands him as a “serial rapist.” The lawyers also argued that moving the trial to Philadelphia or Pittsburgh would provide a larger population to find unbiased jurors, even though it will be difficult to get a fair hearing anywhere.

“Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the message that has been promoted, in insidious fashion, is that Bill Cosby is guilty and that Bill Cosby is a serial rapist,” lawyer Brian McMonagle told Associated Press. “I do not believe that there’s a place anywhere in this country now where he can receive a fair trial. Not here, not anywhere. I hope I’m wrong.”

Prosecutors did not fight bringing in an outside jury but they did fight moving the trial location, saying the defense was trying to shop for a jury. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court now has to decide from where the jurors will be selected.

District Attorney Kevin Steele wrote, “He’s not entitled to a jury that is ignorant of the facts surrounding his case. The publicity that necessarily follows the rich and famous cannot insulate them from prosecution.”

Cosby has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault of a former Temple University employee in 2004. Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill will oversee the trial on June 5th.