Building Up

Welcome to the 2008-2009 school year. This is a hectic time of year, especially for freshmen and transfer students. As you make your way around campus, what sticks out most is the ongoing construction.

At 13th Street and Montgomery Avenue sits the future home of the Fox School of Business. Alter Hall is set to open for the 2009 spring semester. Gisela and Dennis Alter donated $15 million for the construction of this building, which will include smart classrooms, a trading room and a stock ticker.

A few blocks away at 12th and Norris streets, you’ll find more building in progress. Starting in January 2009, students at the Tyler School of Art will join Main Campus full time. The $75 million project was funded mostly by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and university bond revenues.

It wasn’t just academic buildings that got makeovers this year. The Louis J. Esposito Dining Hall also got a bit of a faceliftA. With 20 extra feet of space, the cafeteria can now seat 254 more people at booths and tables of various sizes. In addition to the old favorites, there is now a vegan and vegetarian station to accommodate students’ dietary preferences. There are also fewer self-service stations.

While you’re waiting for the sawing and jack hammering to end, take time to notice the more subtle changes on campus. The Temple News is here to help with that. Our staff has been working all summer to create the best product possible, and we’re not stopping with the weekly print edition. With daily online coverage, a blog and audio and video clips, The Temple News is your go-to source for campus and community news. We have the latest reports on the topics students and administrators care about most.

As the school year progresses, stick with The Temple News for all your news, entertainment and sports needs. The construction will stop eventually, but the news won’t. Neither will we.

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