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May 12, 1987 | By Dick Pothier, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Temple University faculty senate yesterday overwhelmingly endorsed its inquiry commission's report highly critical of Temple President Peter J. Liacouras and voted to consider asking for his resignation or dismissal in September if it considers his response to the report's recommendations unsatisfactory. "The senate position, which passed by something like 250-3, means that we agreed to wait until September before more drastic measures, like a call for his resignation or asking the board of trustees to fire him or for a vote of censure, might be undertaken," said Lynn Miller, a professor of political science and president of the faculty senate.
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May 5, 1987 | By Huntly Collins, Inquirer Staff Writer
A report by a Temple University faculty investigative commission yesterday accused Temple President Peter J. Liacouras of capricious management, disregard for faculty opinion and subversion of the university's academic mission in favor of intercollegiate athletics. Liacouras has lost "in significant measure" the trust and support of a majority of the university's 1,100 full-time faculty members, the 10-member commission concluded in an 85-page report to the faculty senate.
NEWS
December 19, 1999 | By Acel Moore
When Peter J. Liacouras announced Tuesday that he planned to retire as president of Temple University, he surprised and saddened many whom he had touched in the 18 years he has led the urban, working-class university that runs through the center of North Central Philadelphia. Liacouras, 68, announced his plans at a meeting of the 36-member board of trustees, and many members reacted by giving him high praise for his many accomplishments. In my tenure of four decades as a journalist here, I can't think of any other white college president who has done more than Liacouras to promote diversity and provide access to those who traditionally have been left out or excluded.
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October 10, 1990 | By Huntly Collins, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University President Peter J. Liacouras, in his first major public statement since a court ordered striking faculty members back to work last week, yesterday called for a negotiated settlement with Temple's faculty union and signaled his willingness to address long-standing faculty concerns. "This is the time to achieve an honorable settlement," Liacouras told Temple trustees during a meeting at Temple University Hospital in North Philadelphia that attracted about 75 student and faculty protesters.
NEWS
November 5, 1986 | By Huntly Collins, Inquirer Staff Writer
The board of trustees of Temple University declared its "complete support" of Temple President Peter J. Liacouras yesterday and told the faculty senate it had no authority to conduct an investigation into the president's leadership of the university. In a strongly worded letter to professor Lynn H. Miller, president of the faculty senate, Temple board chairman Richard J. Fox also said the board had instructed Liacouras and his top administrative officers not to participate in the faculty governing body's pending probe.
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May 3, 1989 | By Huntly Collins, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University President Peter J. Liacouras yesterday condemned the South African government as "a murderous regime," but he defended the right of its representative to speak at the university. "We will condemn now and in the future South Africa," Liacouras told more than two dozen student activists who met with him for nearly two hours in Sullivan Hall. "It remains a murderous regime. It is a regime of white supremacy. " But Liacouras said Temple was "an open university" that would serve as a forum for all ideas, including unpopular ones.
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November 1, 1986 | By Huntly Collins, Inquirer Staff Writer
The faculty senate at Temple University voted overwhelmingly yesterday to investigate whether Temple President Peter J. Liacouras has lost the "trust and support" of faculty members on the 31,000-student campus. The investigation, to be conducted by a faculty commission to be appointed next week, was approved with only two dissenting votes by about 200 faculty members who attended a special meeting of the faculty's chief governing body at Ritter Hall yesterday morning. The meeting was linked by telephone to faculty members on Temple's Ambler campus and at the Health Sciences Center.
NEWS
June 16, 1991 | By Huntly Collins, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University President Peter J. Liacouras does all right. His salary is $241,000 this year - plus allowances for travel and housing. Temple also pays premiums on his future nursing care, and has given him a $1 million life-insurance policy. But the university gets back half of that million if Liacouras dies before June 30, 1993. "One inescapable conclusion is that I am worth more to the university dead than alive," Liacouras wrote in a June 11 memo to his board of trustees.
NEWS
January 4, 1987 | By Howard Goodman and Daniel R. Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writers
Temple University President Peter J. Liacouras announced yesterday that Carl E. Singley's duties as dean of the Temple Law School had been "terminated" as of Friday. Liacouras named law professor James A. Strazzella, a scholar in criminal law, as acting dean, and said a national search would begin for a dean who would take command next fall. Singley, who had refused to cut short his embattled deanship when asked to do so by Liacouras in September, did not answer a message seeking comment yesterday.
NEWS
February 8, 1990 | By Huntly Collins, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University President Peter J. Liacouras yesterday warned faculty members about mounting deficits and a 25 percent decline in student applications at the 34,000-student school, the largest in Philadelphia. Although trying to put the best face on the university's accomplishments and its promise, Liacouras depicted its fiscal problems as far-reaching. Speaking to an estimated 250 faculty members gathered at a special meeting on Temple's North Philadelphia campus, Liacouras said the financial problems included: Gov. Casey's failure to offer Temple any more than $6 million in new funds to cover a $12.5 million deficit stemming from the state's under-funding of medical care for the poor at Temple University Hospital.
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NEWS
May 24, 2016
By Deena Cellini In the fall of 1986, I attended an open house at Temple University. I remember being greeted by the school's president, Peter Liacouras, who died on May 12 and whose memorial service was Thursday. The statement he made that struck me then and sticks with me to this day about the place I called home during the next four years was, "If you want to find and meet other people like you, people with similar interests and backgrounds, people who think the way you do ... go to Penn State.
NEWS
May 17, 2016
ISSUE | PETER LIACOURAS Temple's redeemer The passing of former Temple University President Peter Liacouras marked the official end of an era ("Former Temple president Peter Liacouras dies," Philly.com, Friday). Liacouras saw his charter in a simple manner - to lead and manage Temple's transition - and this vision became a reality along Broad Street and in North Philadelphia. His years of work benefited Temple, the neighborhood, and the community, and as with Comcast cofounder Ralph Roberts, social activist the Rev. Leon Sullivan, and former Mayor Richardson Dilworth, his sense of uncompromising integrity raised the bar for all Philadelphians.
SPORTS
May 16, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
Did it bother Bruce Arians, new to his job as Temple's head football coach in 1983, that Temple's president, Peter Liacouras, publicly expected Arians' Owls to make it to the Sugar Bowl in short order? It did not. "That's what I thought, too," Arians said over the phone Friday afternoon. "I wanted to work for someone who thought like that. It was fun to work for someone who dreamed the same way you did. " It took Arians three decades to achieve such heights, in his second head-coaching job - in the NFL, with the Arizona Cardinals - but he hasn't forgotten his first head-coaching stop, which is why Arians, just off a plane, returned a call back to Philadelphia.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan and Emily Babay, STAFF WRITERS
Peter Liacouras had a vision for Temple University. He wanted the commuter school on North Broad Street to become a world-class institution. He wanted star sports teams and leafy green quads and all the hallmarks of a classic American college experience. He wanted a diverse faculty and a student body that looked like the city Temple called home. And for nearly two decades as Temple president, he charged headfirst toward that vision - courting controversy along the way - as the university he dreamed of slowly became reality.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2016 | By Michael Harrington, Staff Writer
Time to get down! How can you resist, when Elmo asks? Join the little guy and his furry and feathered (and felt) friends Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Ernie, and company for Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance! on North Broad Street to "Do the Robot" and "Shake Your Head One Time" in an interactive event. That's right - it's a dance party! 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad St. Tickets: $15 and $32. Information: 1-800-298-4200 or www.liacourascenter.com . Rule the planet A tree grows in the Kimmel Center.
SPORTS
February 20, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Lost in the aftermath of a sensational performance by Villanova guard Jalen Brunson during Wednesday's 83-67 win over Temple was the play of another freshman who also enjoyed the best performance of his young career. While Brunson silenced the sold-out Liacouras crowd with 25 points, hitting 9 of 11 from the field and 4 of 5 from beyond the three-point arc, Temple's 6-foot-6 Trey Lowe scored 21 points, the third time he has hit double figures this season. Even though Lowe scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, when the Wildcats were in command, it was still the type of performance that can have a lasting impact.
SPORTS
December 21, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
There were no words, and no words necessary. A touchdown shown on a television, a high-five between a father and son. In a skilled-nursing facility just outside the city, there is one room with a banner that used to fly over North Broad Street. "One of the giant original Temple 'T' banners," Greg Liacouras said over the phone. "It's right behind the TV set. The whole wall is covered by the Temple 'T.' " His father, former Temple president Peter Liacouras, stays in that room.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
There are so many disarming, alarming, and charming elements of any R. Kelly show, you'd need a clicker to keep count. And all were on display Thursday night, when Kelly played a packed-to-the-rafters show at Temple University's Liacouras Center just before the pope's Philly visit. This gig found the shades-wearing crooner getting towel-downs from female fans, dancing a "Bump N' Grind" to his simmering hit of the same name, and loudly posing provocative questions to his devoted crowd, such as "How many of you have made babies to my music?"
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Who needs a marketing degree when you've got Vince McMahon as a role model? Comedian Gabriel Iglesias, 38, has worked his way up from small clubs to commanding arena-sized audiences - he will play the Liacouras Center on Thursday - in part by taking cues from the WWE owner. As in professional wrestling, almost everything Iglesias does is a carefully coordinated marketing plan. He's become a merchandising machine. He has mall kiosks in markets where he's particularly popular. He sells T-shirts, hats, toys, anything you can think of bearing his cherubic face, or nickname: Fluffy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
With the 2014 release of his debut full-length studio album People Keep Talking , University of Pennsylvania graduate Steven Markowitz - nom de rap , Hoodie Allen - fully realizes his dream of making pop-rap harder and sharper without losing its melodic sensibilities. "Don't waste time trying to convince everyone of your purpose, just know and focus on bettering yourself," Markowitz said from New York. He plays the Liacouras Center on Saturday. " People Keep Talking took a minute to drop, considering the mix-tapes and EPs like All American [I did]
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