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Okay, you ' ve bored your listener with a list of meaningless statistics, but where do you go now? What about the real Temple? What about all the things that make this school, if not unique, then at least different from St. Joe ' s, Villanova, or even, (vech), Penn? What about the subways, the busses, the parking lots, (or lack of)? What about the SAC cafeteria. Canteen, and the trucks, the professors, students, faculty, and staff? What about Reber Hall, Gladfelter, Curtis, Johnson, Hardwick and Peabody, Park Mall, Columbia Avenue and Broad Street? What about Johnny Ring, the Temple Hospital, the Temple News and the Temple Alumni Review? What about the Harvard on the Delaware? What about the hundred of other things that make Temple University Temple University? How do you explain it all? You probably just don ' t, because Temple really can ' t be explained. It ' s got to be experienced to be understood. And even then, experience does not guarantee understanding. A few weeks into the beginning of the Fall semester, we received a phone call up in the Templar office on the fourth floor of SAC. Sue Kraus, our editor answered the phone. The caller, a woman, said that she wanted some information about the founder of the school. Surely a strange request, but whenever people have some obscure question they want answered, thev always seem to wind up calling the yearbook. Well, Sue said, she only knew about as much as anyone else — the " Acres of Diamonds " speech, and things like that. At least, the woman said. Sue could tell her the founder ' s first name, couldn ' t she? Sure, it was Russell. Hmmmm, the woman muttered under her breath, sounding a bit perplex- ed, Russell Temple, that sure is a funny sounding name .... That probably doesn ' t explain Temple University any more than anything else, but it ' s a funny story all the same.
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m- mr We ' ve all had the experience before. It used to happen a bit more when we were freshmen, but it still happens often enough. You know the feeling, you ' re somewhere — at work, on vacation in Florida, at your grandmother ' s house in Buf- falo — anywhere, and while talking with someone the subject of school comes up. And the person you ' re speaking with will invariably ask you the question you cannot answer. They ' ll ask you what is Temple like?!! And you sit there for a few moments, not knowing what to say. Speechless. It ' s happened before and is a familiar feel- ing, but you still break into a cold sweat whenever it happens. Finally, you try to explain. Well, you say. Temple is sort of . . . it ' s . . . ah . . . well, it ' s . . . it ' s big. Yeah, it ' s big, real big. Okay, you ' ve gotten that far, now where do you go? So you stumble a bit more and then say that it ' s big and . . . ah, in the city. Yeah in Philadelphia. North Philadelphia. Bad area, but nice campus . . . especially in the spring. What next? You ' re undecided. Do you mention the Bell Tower or the financial crunch? The history or the apathy? The plans or the reality? There ' s so much to explain, where do you start? Well, you could start with some statistics: With almost 37,000 enrolled students. Temple is one of the largest univer- sities in the country. The school offers a variety of degrees, from medicine to law to recreation, to journalism, to music. Temple has five campuses in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, including one in Center City. And Temple ' s Rome, Italy campus offers interested students a chance to study abroad. Back home at the Main Campus at Broad and Montgomery, Temple is the largest single employer in the North Philadelphia area. The school colors are cherry and white and its nickname is the Owls.
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