Life After Dark
Now more than ever, Temple’s vibrant residential campus is also buzzing when the sun goes down.
Ryan S. Brandenberg, CLA ’14, and Joseph V. Labolito
Brandon Lausch, SMC ’06
Students edit multimedia recordings in the TECH Center, complete laboratory experiments in the new Science Education and Research Center, blow glass in the Tyler School of Art, scale the rock-climbing wall in Pearson and McGonigle Halls, enjoy open-mic nights in Saxbys coffee shop, and compete in informal glow-in-the-dark hula hoop competitions at the Bell Tower.
Sounds like a typical day at Temple. What’s different is that it’s all happening long after dark.
The hours after sunset offer an intimate look at student life at Temple and provide spectacular views of the many recent changes to facilities that range from the stunningly large to the beautifully subtle.
Most noticeable is the empty space where Barton Hall once stood. That’ll soon be home to a state-of the-art $170 million library.
Smaller details like modern lighting treatments, paving and signage make navigating campus easier day and night.
The upgrades touch practically every corner of campus. Academic spaces, such as Wachman Hall and the College of Engineering, are being refreshed with additional classrooms and more pronounced entranceways, while paths and walkways are being beautified with updated landscaping and more green space.
Changes aren’t only evident on Main Campus. The East Park Canoe House on Kelly Drive is being historically restored for the men’s crew and women’s rowing teams. Temple is also moving forward with plans to bring several sports closer to Main Campus. Intercollegiate field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and track and field will find new homes at the former William Penn High School site two blocks south of Morgan Hall, as will a number of intramural and club sports. And preliminary discussions continue for a potential on-campus football stadium. Temple’s electric, eclectic life after dark proves it’s a university on the move.