Temple student-athletes officially kicked off the 2004-05 academic year with an informal get-together inside McGonigle Hall last week. Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw welcomed the 500-plus student-athletes in attendance, providing a summary of the previous year's success. He not only highlighted the six Temple teams that competed for the Atlantic 10 championship, but also the 10 programs that compiled 3.0 cumulative grade-point averages. Bradshaw also related Temple's success at the 2004 Olympic Games, in particular the gold medals won by current women's basketball coach Dawn Staley, men's rower Jason Read and men's basketball player Pepe Sanchez.
Nearly 3,000 Temple freshmen and new transfer students rocked the Liacouras Center and caught the Temple spirit at last week's "Cosby 101." In addition to hearing words of advice from alumnus/Trustee Bill Cosby and President David Adamany, all who attended received "I Passed Cosby 101" T-shirts and had a lesson in "T for Temple U" from cheerleaders and the Pep Band.
Lucky students with winning raffle tickets came away with prizes that included new computers, tickets to Temple football and basketball games and all Liacouras Center events, a free airline trip to anywhere in the United States, and tickets to see "Chicago" on Broadway. Cosby concluded with a promise he would return for their graduation ceremony in 2008.