There were rousing cheers at the welcome home rally held for Jim McGowan yesterday afternoon on Temple University's Berks Mall.
"My doctor in Dover told me I would survive the English Channel swim, but not the welcoming home in Philadelphia," said the 54-year-old paraplegic marathon swimmer in response to a thunderous round of cheers from more than 1,000 Temple students and faculty. McGowan was treated in Dover, England, for hypothermia.
But the cheers turned to jeers when Temple President Peter J. Liacouras took stage center. He got a Bronx cheer from students who blame him for the current impasse in contract talks between Temple and faculty members represented by the American Association of University Professors.