Temple to have endzones painted at the Linc

Turns out “Paint the Linc Cherry” is more than just a marketing slogan from Temple athletics as for the first time ever, Temple will have the endzones painted Cherry for Saturday’s game against. One end will say “Temple” and the other will say  “Owls.”

In what looks to be the signature home game off the season as 50,000 tickets have currently been sold, with 10,000 of them being to students, athletics is pulling out all the stops to accommodate the increased attendance. In this week’s issue, deputy athletic directer Eric Roedl told The Temple News that its going to cost the athletic department $300,000 to host the Nittany Lions.

When Penn State last visited the Linc in 2007, it set program record for attendance with a total of 69,000 fans in the stands.

Women’s crew coach recalls time as 9/11 first responder

Jason Read, the new women’s crew coach, who was hired on Aug. 22 was featured on CBS Philly’s website and on KYW Newsradio today where he talked about serving as a first responder on Sept. 11.

“The images that we see don’t give the situation that really was,” [Read said].  “We’re talking about 50 acres — enormous buildings.  Hundreds and hundreds of stories, pancaked.  Collapsed.  Within seconds.”

The former Temple rower was working as an EMS/Rescue Chief of Operations in Hunterdon, NJ, when the attacks occurred.   To view the whole article and podcast, click here.

Former football starters suspended for season opener

Head coach Steve Addazio announced two suspensions for the Villanova game on Thursday, senior quarterback Chester Stewart and senior defensive back Kee-ayre Griffin, at noon to begin a media press conference.

“Chester Stewart and Kee-ayre Griffin have been suspended for the [Villanova] game for violations of team policy,” Addazio said. “I’m not going to talk about it, so don’t ask me any questions.”

Addazio said that the starting quarterback will be a “game time decision.” The position battle is currently between sophomore Chris Coyer and junior Mike Gerardi. Addazio also said that sophomore quarterback Clinton Granger may play a small role in the game.

Will more money for Temple mean less money for public welfare?

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported today that House Republicans are looking to give Pennsylvania’s education system, which includes Temple and the three other state-related universities, more money – at the expense of the Department of Public Welfare.

A half a billion dollars could be taken from the department and “redistributed” to state education, according to the report. The state-related universities would receive 75 percent of what they receive now in state appropriation funds rather than the approximate 50 percent cut Gov. Corbett is proposing.

A lot of arguments against Gov. Corbett’s cuts to education and funding of the correctional system were that he had it backwards: To stay out of trouble, children need a quality education first. Where do you think possible cuts to the Department of Public Welfare to make up for lost education funds stand in this situation?

President Hart talks pay and travel freezes, financial decisions

President Ann Weaver Hart released an announcement today outlining budget preparations the university is making as it braces itself for drastic cuts in commonwealth appropriation for the upcoming 2011-12 fiscal year.

Acknowledging that Temple cannot deal with the cuts solely through tuition increases, Hart announced a freeze to non-union salaries at the FY 2011 level, a university-wide hiring freeze and restriction on travel, examination of personnel’s benefits package to reduce its cost and consolidation of administrative positions throughout the university.

Dean searches for the Tyler School of Art, the School of Communications and Theatre, the College of Education, the College of Health Professions and Social Work and University Libraries will also be suspended, meaning there will be some shuffling of positions to fill the vacant leadership.

“Our collective commitment to Temple’s current and future students remains steadfast,” Hart said in the statement, “and the guiding principle of keeping the highest quality education within reach of middle- and working-class students and their families will continue to direct our budgeting efforts.”

Hart said the university is also looking for other ways to cut costs. What do you recommend? Do you find the solutions the administration is offering now will be effective?

Think no one’s checking you out when you work out? Think again.

Don’t get too comfortable while you’re working out at the IBC – anyone could be watching you.

There are three webcams installed in the IBC – one on the first floor and two on the second floor – where viewers can see specific areas of the workout facility and who is working out from anywhere there is Web access. There is also one inside the Student Pavilion.

A little creepy, no? Did you know someone could watch you sweat from the Web?

Penn State president makes bank

Penn State president Graham Spanier has donated more than $1 million to the 14-campus university, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Spanier’s “total cost of employment” at Penn State is also $800,592, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s newest report. This makes him the fifth highest paid chief executive at a public college for 2009-2010.

Ann Weaver Hart’s total cost of employment for the same year was $707,947.

In other presidential news, President Barack Obama makes around $400,000, plus expenses.

Philly named No. 9 most segregated urban area in the U.S.

According to a slideshow article on Salon.com that analyzed 2010 Census data, the level of segregation between blacks and whites in Philadelphia  is declining at slower rate than it did in the 1990s.

University of Pennsylvania historian Thomas Sugrue credits Philly’s No. 9 status partially due to hegemony.

“The patterns of housing segregation in metropolitan Philadelphia are the legacy of discriminatory public policies and real-estate practices that played out for most of the 20th century,” Sugrue said in the article. “Though discrimination is now illegal, those patterns of segregation were so deeply entrenched that many people came to see them as ‘natural.'”

Why do you think segregation is so prevalent in Philly?