December 18, 2015 |
LET'S THINK outside the box score for a second. Forget about football. Forget about school spirit. Forget about all of the abstract notions that Temple president Neil Theobald asks you to think about when he attempts to explain why it makes sense for Temple to pursue the construction of a $100 million, on-campus football stadium. No doubt, it makes sense for the school's administrators. After all, it isn't their money. The $8.3 million in annual university revenue that Temple was transferring to its athletic department to fund its sports programs as of 2014?
December 16, 2015 |
Jim Kenney's Twitter feed confirms that Philadelphia's incoming mayor is a sports fan. A recent tweet: He may have been difficult to manage, but I liked DeSean. Wish he was still an Eagle. — Jim Kenney (@JimFKenney) December 8, 2015 A reasonable position on DeSean Jackson, even a populist one, as is Kenney's declaration last week that he wants to delve deeper into Temple's campus stadium hopes, and whether a deal with the Eagles still could be viable. Does Temple president Neil Theobald care what you, or I, or those protesters kept out of his board meeting last week think of his plan to build a football stadium on campus?
December 15, 2015
ISSUE | MOSQUE ATTACK Sisters and brothers It was with profound sorrow that I read of the desecration of the sacred mosque of the Al Aqsa Islamic Society by a cowardly and ignorant person last week ("Pig's head left at N. Phila. mosque," Tuesday). I have attended interfaith worship services and been joyfully received as a guest at the breaking of the Ramadan fast there. I have personally experienced these folks to be among the best of humankind. Our world and city would be diminished were they not among us. It is our duty and our obligation to protect them and their sisters and brothers in the Muslim community.
December 10, 2015 |
Temple University postponed plans Tuesday to study building a $100 million football stadium on its North Philadelphia campus, following opposition from Mayor-elect Jim Kenney. Patrick O'Connor, chairman of Temple's board of trustees, said university officials would meet with Kenney and his team within the next week to talk about the university's interest in placing a 35,000-seat stadium at the northwest corner of campus. O'Connor's announcement came at a meeting of the trustees.
November 4, 2015
FORGET THE IDEA of a stadium. Temple University is in the unique position to establish a leadership role by rallying other colleges and universities to donate money to the struggling public schools. By passing on the stadium, Temple makes a powerful statement that can make a much larger impact in the lives of students on the playing field of "life. " By kick-starting a program, higher education in the city benefits on many levels. Peter Tobia Philadelphia Letter told a lie Lora Neal rants on about the Black Lives Matter movement mentioning all the familiar names, but that's what it is. Just rants.
November 4, 2015 |
Not long after Camden schoolchildren chose a name for the unaffiliated minor-league team that would occupy a ballpark on the Delaware 15 years ago, a representative of the nearby aquarium informed the Daily News that "there really isn't anything called a river shark. " Now there isn't anything called the Riversharks either. The baseball team's departure for the bright lights of New Britain, Conn., after a singularly unsuccessful local run comes just as Temple University is readying the region's next plunge into big-time public subsidies for small-time sports.
November 3, 2015 |
Freddie Bolden was doing what she always does on Tuesdays from her perch on West Norris Street: feeding the neighborhood. She placed several boxes of donated canned goods on two tables outside her rowhouse with the yellow-painted cracked steps. But now, a mere glance across the street prompted anger. Temple University wants to build a football stadium on her block. "Who wants to open their door and look at a stadium?" asked Bolden, who is 58 and called Mom Mom by the neighborhood children.
October 30, 2015 |
(Note: The dollar amounts cited in this story were acquired from official documents from the schools in question, including operating budgets, EADA disclosure forms, 990 forms, legislative reports, and board of trustee meeting materials.) THE QUESTION that we never seem to ask is why. We'll wonder whether Temple can continue to win football games without an on-campus stadium similar to those of its opponents. We'll wonder whether any of the university's students or alumni would object to the opportunity to eat, drink and cheer together six Saturdays a year.
October 26, 2015 |
Earlier this month, I walked around the Lincoln Financial Field parking lot before Temple's game against Tulane, asking the Owls faithful whether they wanted an on-campus stadium or to stay at the Linc. I was surprised by how many - almost all - liked the idea of a campus stadium. Talking to season-ticket holders, parents of players, and former players, I found plenty of uniformity in their opinions. However . . . They diverged on sub-issues. On parking, for instance. Many agreed that is a tough obstacle on Temple's campus - "That's the tricky part," one man said.
October 25, 2015 |
Temple University is three-quarters of the way to securing the funding needed to build a $100 million football stadium on campus, president Neil D. Theobald said Friday. And there's no question: He thinks the school should do it. The university, Theobald said, expects to receive $20 million in capital funding from the state that was dedicated by former Gov. Tom Corbett. Theobald said Gov. Wolf promised to honor that commitment, although a spokesman for Wolf's office on Friday said, "We have made no decisions about higher education capital projects.