Posted February 6, 2014

Highlights from recent stories about Temple in the media

Here are highlights from recent stories about Temple in the media.

New “Fly in 4 initiative earns national attention

Temple announced “Fly in 4,” a new program that will encourage students to graduate in four years and will reduce the amount of time needy students spend on the job. Students who commit to fulfilling requirements including meeting with an adviser each semester and advancing in class standing each year will graduate on time—or the university will provide the remaining classes they need free. “The biggest issue in higher education right now is the level of debt students are taking on,” Temple President Neil D. Theobald told The Chronicle of Higher Education. “The major factor in the amount of debt students at Temple take on is the length of time to degree.”

Chronicle of Higher Education, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, NBC News, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Charlotte Observer, Kansas City Star, 6ABC, University Business, many more | Feb. 3, 2014

Analysis of Super Bowl ad market by SMCs Glennon featured on GMA

At $4 million for a 30-second Super Bowl spot, Temple’s Joseph Glennon, an assistant professor of advertising, says it’s “almost impossible” to see a return on investment. That’s why some advertisers, like E*Trade, are pulling out. So why are others staying in the game? “Live sports is the most in-demand advertising time there is,” Glennon said on ABC’s Good Morning America. “In the age of the DVR and TiVo and time shifting and skipping commercials, live sports are one of the few places where an advertiser can go and reasonably expect that everybody watching the event will watch the ads.”

ABC News, Philadelphia Business Journal, more | Jan. 13-15, 2014

Political scientist in Washington Post: Don't blame polarization on partisan news
Why is there an unprecedented level of polarization in Congress? In a column in the Post’s Monkey Cage blog, political scientist Kevin Arceneaux argues that we shouldn’t blame partisan news media. “Partisan media, which reach a small slice of the electorate, emerged well after Congress began to polarize, and mainstream news media have just as much power to polarize,” Arceneaux wrote. As he demonstrates in a new book, “the plethora of entertainment options filters out those who are most likely to be persuaded by news shows…and blunts the polarizing effects of partisan news on the mass public.”
Washington Post | Feb. 4, 2014

Temple football sees recruiting boost from conference’s national TV exposure
How did the Temple football program land an outstanding class of new recruits? Having more games broadcast on ESPN as part of American Athletic Conference’s media rights deal made a difference. “So many people across the country [saw] us play,” Head Coach Matt Rhule said. “For the first time since I’ve been here, we’ve taken our Temple brand really across the country. And what we found was, the university as a whole is really becoming a national brand.” Temple’s 25-member class contains players from nine states, including Colorado, Mississippi and Florida.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Comcast SportsNet, more | Feb. 6, 2014

Temple physician explains why some people faint at the sight of needles
Why do some people have extreme reactions to needles? “Most people are anxious when they are faced with being stuck with needles,” said Joshua Cooper, director of cardiac electrophysiology in Temple’s Heart and Vascular Center. “It’s not that some people are more afraid than others and that’s why they faint. It’s that they are wired such that they have a powerful vasovagal reflex.” The reflex may be triggered by fear, pain or any of a number of other causes, including standing in church for a few hours, Cooper said.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, San Diego Union-Tribune, many more | Jan. 22-Feb. 6, 2014

President Clinton to speak at Temple in April
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will speak at Temple’s Liacouras Center in April to kick off a new series that raises scholarship money for the Beasley School of Law. Clinton’s speech is open to the public and will be held at 5 p.m. on April 10. The event is hosted by the Temple Law Foundation and will launch the Foundation’s new annual guest lecture series, which aims to raise funds for student scholarships and loan repayment assistance programs. Clinton will be the ninth president to speak at Temple., Associated Press, more | Feb. 5, 2014

Laurence Steinberg: Even some doctors avoid talking to teens about sex
The doctor’s office should be a natural place for teens to talk about sex, sexual development and sexual health, but new research shows that doctors spend an average of 36 seconds talking about it during annual physical exams—if the topic is brought up at all. Temple psychologist Laurence Steinberg joined MPR to discuss doctors, teens and sex. “[Doctors] are thinking erroneously that if the teenager wants information about it, the teenager will ask,” he said. “But I think that doctors who are trained in adolescent medicine, particularly, know better than that. Let's face it: This is a sensitive and difficult topic for people to talk about.”

Minnesota Public Radio | Feb. 4, 2014

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