Temple’s 2022-23 Academic Year was far from a normal academic year.
In September, Temple Football struggled to get off to a good start for the second year in a row. With the Owls’ offense struggling, first-year head coach Stan Drayton made the decision to bench quarterback D’Wan Mathis and play freshman EJ Warner, who would go on to start every game the rest of the season.
On Oct. 20, the Iranian Students of Temple University held a vigil for Mahsa Amini, a woman killed in Iran for not wearing a hijab. Nearly 100 students attend the event in solidarity with the Iranian protesters.
In November, some of the state and nation’s most influential politicians came to Temple to encourage voter turnout. On Nov. 5, President Joe Biden reunited with former President Barack Obama at the Liacouras Center to endorse then-Attorney General Josh Shapiro for governor and then-Lt.Gov. John Fetterman for the U.S Senate.
December was the second month of Temple’s Men’s Basketball season, and after beginning the season with the goal of reaching the NCAA tournament, Temple recorded a non-conference record of 6-7, en route to a disappointing end of their season.
The new year began with the TUGSA negotiations for a new contract becoming stagnant and them ultimately initiating a strike. Teaching assistants across the university stopped working and picketed to voice their displeasure, specifically calling out President Jason Wingard.
February saw one of the most difficult moments in Temple University’s history. On Feb. 18, Officer Christopher Fitzgerald was fatally shot on 17th Street near Montgomery Avenue the Temple community came together to mourn his death at Bell Tower vigil.
March marked the end of the Jason Wingard era at Temple. At the end of the month, the university announced Wingard’s intent to resign and that they would soon begin their search for a new president.
The last full month of the academic year was spearheaded by JoAnne Epps as acting university president.
Mathis benched for Warner in win over Leopards
“Women, Life, Freedom”: Vigil for Iranian protesters held at the Bell Tower
Biden, Obama join forces at The Liacouras Center to support Fetterman, Shapiro
“Tournament-or-bust” Owls taking a negative record into conference play
TUGSA officially strikes following stagnant negotiations with Temple
Temple community mourns death of Christopher Fitzgerald in emotional vigil
Wingard expected to resign on Friday, university announces