Englert appointed acting president

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to name Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard Englert the acting president of the university, said Assistant Vice President of University Communications Ray Betzner. Englert will begin his new role on July 1.

“Dr. Englert will serve as Acting President of Temple University until the Presidential Search Committee compeltes its work and recommends to the Board of Trustees an individual to become the next president of the University,” Patrick J. O’Connor, chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee, said in an email.

Englert’s contract was recently extended until the end of the year in order to ease the transition to a new president.

President Ann Weaver Hart will serve her last day at Temple on June 30, before assuming the role as president of the University of Arizona on July 1.

Check back with The Temple News for more on Richard Englert’s new role as acting president.

Hart attends final board meeting as president

During her last Board of Trustees meeting as president, Ann Weaver Hart thanked the Board of Trustees for its support and expressed confidence in Temple moving forward, today.

“It has been truly an honor to be president of Temple University,” Hart said. “I know that you are all committed to a bright future for this incredible institution.”

“As my last president’s report, I want to thank you for the privledge of being part of this wonderful team and assure you that I have great faith and confidence that this institution will continue to nurture and advance the values and accomplishments that make it the great institution that it is,” Hart added.

The Temple News has requested an interview with Hart multiple times since the last board meeting in March, and has received no response.

After Hart’s speech, the board announced the extension of the Temple Association of University Professional’s contract through October 2014. According a press release, the extension will go into effect when the current contract expires this October.

The board’s committees then unanimously approved a slew of recommendations from the various committees.

Among the approvals were four projects recommended by the facilities committee. The projects included interior lighting upgrades to various buildings that would cost up to $2.86 million, as well as a roof replacement to McGonigle Hall that would cost up to $2 million.

The board also approved a recommendation from the aumni relations and development committee that would authorize the naming of the Glass Studios at Tyler School of Art for Irvin Borowsky and Laurie Wagman.

“Whatchu Want, Daddy?” and other TU-related memes take Facebook by storm

Been on Facebook recently? Yeah, don’t lie, we know you have. But if you’re among those few and far between diligent students who actually studies (psh), then let The Temple News fill you in on the meme-frenzy that’s filling up our Facebook feeds and making us double over in laughter.

Following a growing trend of college-specific memes, Temple students hopped on Photoshop (or Paint, as some of them look) and went to town, logging Main Campus’ colloquialisms, complaints and inside jokes. For more Cherry & White memes, hit control+T and type in “Facebook.” Or, hop on the bandwagon and create your own. There’s a whole world of squirrel memes yet to be explored.

I got 99 problems…

and TU is one.

If you’re like me – and, God help you child if you are – you have a lot of problems. You have #whitegirlproblems, #princessprobz, #JAPdilemmas, #firstworldproblems, the list could go on. Well, let’s rejoice, fellow students, because a Twitter account has finally been dedicated to our biggest problem of all – TU problems.

Finally, there’s a place for all of us dissatisfied students to gripe about the condition of our campus, the train wreck so fondly referred to as Club Tech, Annie Weaves and, of course, the Hipsters.

The tweets are hilarious and oh-so-true. So the next time you find yourself around the corner from a shooting with no TU Alert in sight, don’t forget to tack on that #TUproblems hashtag at the end.

University announces Hart’s resignation

Temple announced that President Ann Weaver Hart will step down from presidency on June 30, 2012.

Because of the need to be nearer to family in Utah, she decided that it would be beneficial for the Temple community to have a president who can make a “multiple-year commitment to the university.”

After 5 years of leadership, Hart made this announcement now with hopes of having the Temple Board of Trustees “embark on a thoughtful and measured nation-wide search for a new president for Temple University.”

At the ‘crotch of campus,’ the Bell Tower could be a wind turbine

Check out Lauren Gruber’s take on why the Bell Tower is “that erect ugly phallus sitting in the crotch of campus,” and how it could power up to 400 homes if it were used as a wind turbine rather than a fake bell-chiming slab of concrete.

Gruber’s case that it would make campus more sustainable and save Temple money could perk the ears of President Ann Weaver Hart and her “commitment to sustainability.”

“Temple’s bold plan” gets a shout-out from the Inquirer

The Inquirer’s editorial page praised Temple President Ann Weaver Hart’s 2020 plan today, saying it could heal relations between the community and the university.

The editorial noted Hart and the university administration’s troubles with faculty and employee unions, but credited her with standing up to John Taylor’s threats and enduring the union negotiations.

It did say that Hart has been “sluggish” in implementing her vision since she arrive in 2006. What do you all think? Has Hart been successful in your eyes? Does the 2020 plan have “the potential to become a home run” for Temple and the community, as the Inquirer said?

TTN letter published in Inquirer

In our final issue, the Editorial Board criticized the choice of President Ann Weaver Hart as the highlighted commencement speaker this year in the 125th anniversary.

In turn, Inquirer columnist Daniel Rubin criticized us saying “these speeches are not for [students].” He also implied many would be hungover for the ceremony itself.

Not ones to take such stereotypical criticisms lightly, TTN responded with a letter, which was published in Monday’s Inqurier. Take a look here (it’s the first one).