Days before her scheduled graduation in 2015, Rachel Hall was struck by a hit-and-run driver, leaving her in a coma. After an agonizing year of medical treatments and therapy, Hall received her graduating honors with her fellow Temple University grads on Friday.
Hall was among the 9,341 Owls who graduated and made most of her fame not only in the classroom, but with her athletic accomplishments on the site of the future on-campus stadium at Temple, currently called Geasey Field.
There would have been no athletic opportunities for Hall or her teammates had there been a group of Geasey Field Stompers when the university sought to build the then “largest Astroturf field in the world” 40 years ago. (They used the same land as grass fields for at least 63 years. In 1953, university public information director Bob Geasey died and the fields were immediately named after him.)
Fortunately, most students today at Temple are like the ones back then, intelligent and driven to success.
Then you have others, looking to pick a fight when there is no fight really there.
Those are called Stadium Stompers and at least one went off on an illogical rant in response to our recent post how misguided the stompers are. Here are just some twitter responses.
Yes. People who want to donate to that can follow this link and name it as their specific cause. There are donors who made stadium-specific donations. If the stadium is not built, the money returns to the donors.
To give to the office of sustainability, go to Temple.edu, find giving , click other and name that as your cause. I’m sure they would appreciate as many Stomper contributions as possible.
You are also allowed to donate to that as well.
That above tweet, as well as the others, represents a basic misunderstanding how of university projects are funded at Temple. It might be “stale” to her, but it’s how funding life works at major universities without an Ivy League-level endowment. For a special project like a stadium, where the university does not want to dip into the general fund, it solicits donations. The Board of Trustees made clear it would not approve this project without special conditions. For the stadium, the bulk of the project will be funded by donations from alumni specifically directed toward that project. The balance of the money required will come from shifting the Lincoln Financial Field rent to the new stadium. If the project isn’t started, the money returns to the donor and the Owls continue to rent LFF with the Linc money. It’s a relatively simple concept that is hard for some who have not done their homework to understand.
Something tells me Rachel Hall and most of the graduates yesterday have done enough homework to understand simple reality that others interpret only as stale rhetoric.
Monday: Future Schedules
Wednesday: Real Meaning of Unfinished Business
Friday: Stadium End Game