Changing Views

As students return to Main Campus, more changes should be expected.

As students return to Main Campus, more changes should be expected.

A new school year brings big changes, whether it’s the start of classes, settling into your new living space, making new friends or just trying to navigate your way through college life. For incoming freshmen, this can be an exciting time filled with new experiences and challenges, while for seniors scheduled to graduate in the spring, this marks the last chance to make the best of your college years.

No matter what is on your plate for the upcoming school year, The Temple News would like to welcome you all. You’re not alone – Temple’s going through some pretty big changes, too. Imagine what life on Main Campus would be without the TECH Center, Student Center, the much-hyped Alter Hall or the new Tyler School of Art. Only five years ago, none of these existed.

As we all know, the economy is in a slump, and it may cause big changes in your lifestyle. Don’t let your financial uncertainties ruin your college experience. Money may be tight, but once-in-a-lifetime opportunities are endless – and some free.

Perhaps the easiest thing to do is venture beyond Temple’s borders. Consider yourself lucky to be at not only one of the most diverse colleges in the nation but in the sixth most populous city in the country. Check out the “Beginner’s Guide to Philly” on page 9, and get moving. 

Don’t forget to fight for the Cherry and White. From its high-profile basketball program to fencing, Temple Athletics has a great tradition. For the first year ever, Temple’s football team will participate in the Mayor’s Cup on Sept. 3, when they will take on Villanova. To get Owls fans ready for the upcoming season, we’ve devoted this issue to our Football Preview. Head to our sports section for all the highlights.  

Take advantage of what Temple and Philadelphia have to offer while you still have the chance. Who knows what things will look like five years from now? The Fresh Grocer is slated to open January 2010, and plans are in the works to convert the former John Wanamaker Middle School into student housing and community space. You would hate to realize what you’d missed out on once you’ve graduated.

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