Spokesman: Athletic cuts not on tomorrow’s BOT agenda

The university’s decision to eliminate seven intercollegiate sports from its NCAA sponsorship will not be an item on the agenda for tomorrow’s Board of Trustees meeting, a university spokesman said.

“It’s already been voted on and approved by the board,” said Ray Betzner, associate vice president for executive communications. “The issue’s already been decided.”

The Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from Athletic Director Kevin Clark on Friday to cut baseball, softball, men’s gymnastics, men’s crew, women’s rowing and men’s indoor and outdoor track & field, effective July 1, 2014. Betzner said no representatives from any of these sports or any other sports are scheduled to speak at the meeting.

When Temple was kicked out of the Big East Conference in 2001, men’s basketball coach John Chaney gave the president’s report in place of President David Adamany at a board meeting less than two weeks after the announcement. A representative from the women’s basketball team, Athletic Director Dave O’Brien and chairman Howard Gittis also gave presentations on athletics.

Tomorrow’s meeting will be held in public session at 3:30 p.m. on the 27th floor of Morgan Hall.

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Saturday, Sept. 28 offers a chance for those new to Philadelphia, or for those who have never taken the time to see all Philly has to offer, to explore some of Philadelphia’s top tourist sites for free. Lead by members of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, The Great Tour runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone interested is invited to join or leave the 12 hour walking tour whenever they please. Starting in historic Old City the tour will cover sights like the Liberty Bell, the Water Works and Eastern State Penitentiary.

From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on that same Saturday, a food truck block party will take place on Catharine Street in South Philly. Food trucks will be split into savory eats and sweet eats. Chances to win raffles and donate will also be available.

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Tuesday, Sept. 3 – Hop Along, The Sidekicks, Luther, Ma Jolie
First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.
All ages
Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.
$10 in advance, $12 at the door
A year removed from releasing their full length “Get Disowned,” Hop Along brings their quirky, spastic take on emo-tinged indie to the infamous sweat lodge simply known as “The Church.” Joining them will be The Sidekicks, as well as Luther and Ma Jolie. This will surely be a gig to crush a tall boy of PBR to.

Friday, Sept. 6 – The Bad Gig: Bad Side (record release), Bad Energy, Bad Doctors
Wolf Cycles, 4311 Lancaster Ave.
Doors at 7 p.m.
The upstairs of the Lancaster Avenue bike shop Wolf Cycles is quickly becoming a hotbed for Philly’s finest and raunchiest punk gigs. This undertaking will be no exception. Featuring all things bad, The Bad Gig will serve as the record release show for hardcore punk stalwarts and international men of mystery Bad Side’s second 7” “Everybody Wants Something From Me.”

Friday, Sept. 6 – Man Man
The Porch at 30th Street Station, 2955 Market Street
Doors at noon, show at 1 p.m.
Free with RSVP
Philadelphia’s own experimental/eclectic/indie/unquantifiable quintet Man Man will be performing at The Porch at Amtrak’s 30th Street Station for XPN’s latest installment of Free At Noon. The group has another dose of strange, undefinable goodness looming in the form of their brand new LP “On Oni Pond.” As the name of the event implies, the whole shindig is free. Be sure to head to xpn.org to RVSP.

Saturday, Sept. 7 – No Age, Perfume River
PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th St.
All ages
Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
$10 in advance, $12 at the door

In promotion of their latest undertaking, an 11 track LP entitled “An Object,” art punk duo No Age are embarking on a world tour that’ll see them venture as far as Helsinki, Finland. But before their European tour, the Sub Pop Records group is trekking stateside, including a stop at PhilaMOCA to spread their weird, noisy gospel.

Craig: Harlem Shake symbolizes a powerful revolution

“Do you hear the people sing? Singing the songs of angry men!” – Les Miserables

A revolution starts with a spark, a small flame to ignite a peoples with a common goal. In this case, a Facebook event is all that was needed to round hundreds of inspired young adults to sacrifice their Friday afternoons for a common cause: dance.

Temple Students gathered around the Bell Tower this afternoon to recreate the famous Harlem Shake videos, creating a sea of costumes and fist pumping that clearly said, “We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!”

Yet to what oppressive force can we attribute this phenomenon? With so much going on, it’s clear these Youtube pioneers were making a statement about something.

What about President Obama and his policies?

“Absolutely,” said sophomore Harmon Sachse, “Obama is directly related to this.”

Could this be in response to the recent debate surrounding immigration?

“I think it says nothing at all about immigration,” said junior Joseph McGovern, “I think everyone who’s here was already in the United States.”

Maybe this video will be a defiant rejection of corporate culture. A Temple student, who to protect his identity decided to go simply by “Tim,” commented on this possibility.

“Um,” said Tim, “I don’t know. Maybe it’s about like overplayed pop music that’s exploited by record companies.”

Although the direction of this movement is not clear, we can say for sure that it is a bold expression of our Wayne and Garth given right to party on.

Daniel Craig can be reached at daniel.craig@temple.edu.

Officials report an abundance of students using provisional ballots

At least several hundred first-time voters in Philadelphia and the surrounding area were forced to vote provisionally Tuesday after their names weren’t on register lists in various polling places, a PennPIRG press release indicated.

There have been reports from multiple Temple students who have said they were directed to vote provisionally in polling places off-campus despite registering to vote on time and properly.

At polling places on 10th and Oxford streets and 16th and Berks streets, Temple students were separated into “college lines” and voted provisionally, multiple students said.

One Temple student said he was forced to vote provisionally at the Amos Recreation Center at 16th and Berks streets without giving his name or offering his voter registration card.

Some reports indicate late registration by students has been the cause of the mixup, but the press release warned the city didn’t update its rolls after Philadelphia was redistricted following the 2010 U.S. Census.

Multiple news outlets have projected Barack Obama will carry Pennsylvania in the 2012 Presidential Election.

Mayor Nutter declares state of emergency

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has issued a state of emergency for the city, beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, and lasting until at least 5 p.m. Tuesday, due to severe weather conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy.

In a press conference Saturday, Nutter issued a simple message to Philadelphia residents, “have a plan, be prepared, and then be prepared to take action.” The mayor added “we are encouraging residents in this city to please stay inside during the height of this storm.”

Nutter said that three emergency shelters would be open in the city at West Philadelphia High School, Roxburough High School, and Samuel Fels High School. The closest shelter to Temple is Fels High School located 6.4 miles away at 5500 Langdon St.

Nutter warned that the storm could cause extensive power outages, as well as flash flooding in certain areas of the city. The city will place robo-calls to residents of the East Germantown area of the city, warning them of the hazards of flash flooding.

Nutter said the city had not closed off any streets, but may do so in response to rising flood waters.

Temple has not cancelled any classes as of Saturday, however officials said they will monitor the weather and remain in talks about canceling classes.

Hurricane Sandy is the first hurricane to reach the East Coast this season. She is expected to make landfall on the Delaware or southern New Jersey shore late Monday or early Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, which as issued a flood and coastal flood watches along with a high wind watch for Philadelphia County.

John Moritz can be reached at john.moritz@temple.edu or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.

President chooses Temple over Penn State in NCAA bracket

Last year, President Barack Obama chose Cornell University over Temple in the NCAA Tournament. The Owls lost 78-65. But this year, the president has pledged allegiance to our men’s basketball team – at least for one round. Though Obama chose Temple to advance to play San Diego State University, he sided with the Mountain West Conference champs for the win. Check out all of Obama’s picks here. (Don’t feel like clicking? He has Kansas winning the final match up against Ohio State.)

‘Eyes around Temple’ Facebook group created after armed robberies

After a TU Alert was sent out Friday, Dec. 10 and today informing students of four armed robberies that occurred in off-campus housing, “Toast McButter” created a Facebook group to raise awareness. The group already has 403 attendees. The following is an excerpt from the “more info” section:

“You are all probably aware of the INCREASED CRIME occurring around the off campus part of Temple University. I have lived off campus for 3 years and this year is by far the worst.

“…The economy is DOWN hard and when it is crime is UP. I am tired of hearing TEMPLE STUDENTS being robbed and assaulted. We are not targets, We need to stand together to help one another.

“Some people say it’s our fault for living off campus, but last time I checked this was AMERICA and we can live wherever we please. For most it’s not even an option with Temple having so little on campus housing( <— Big Issue).”

If you or someone you know was affected by the recent armed robberies, please contact news@temple-news.com.

President to bring political fever to Main Campus Saturday

President Barack Obama will be swinging into Philadelphia yet again this month, but this time he will be stopping by Main Campus.

Hosted by Temple College Democrats, the president is expected to canvas at the Student Pavilion Saturday, Oct. 30. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and there will be a security check point at 16th and Berks streets. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are strongly encouraged to RSVP here.

Be sure to check in with temple-news.com for photos and a recap of the event.

UPDATE: Temple student escapes abduction attempt

Philadelphia Police reported the attempted abduction of a 20-year-old female Temple student last night near the Center City campus. The student was able to escape from the suspect’s vehicle after one block, police said.

Capt. John Darby addresses the media at a press conference announcing the attempted abduction.

Capt. John Darby addresses the media at a press conference announcing the attempted abduction.

The suspect, described as a black male in his 20s or 30s, about 6 feet tall, and about 200 pounds, was on North 16th Street by a black four-door sedan, asking for help adjusting a car seat in the vehicle.

When the student approached the vehicle, the suspect pushed her into it, and locked the back door. What she had thought was a child in the seat was actually a doll. Police said the student also saw a black handgun resting on an armrest beside the suspect. Continue reading