Temple Students Brace for Pope’s Visit to Philly

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WRITTEN BY: IZZY UKNIS

Temple has announced plans for the Pope’s arrival, which will directly affect both students and staff.

Though many plan to flee campus to avoid the anticipated influx of 1.5 million people, the university will have multiple activities available for students who aren’t able to leave. These activities include workshops, lectures, free food (and fun), movies, games, and even a barbeque.

When asked about how the Pope’s arrival will be affecting her schedule, Temple student Hannah Misko said she’s “worried she won’t be able to make it to her math test on time because the streets will be overcrowded with people.”

Overcrowding is only one of the many conflicts that Temple students are worried about facing in the next couple days. Student Sarah Almazan stated that she wanted to go home for the weekend, but is worried that the closures of major roadways and bridges are going to make it hard for her to get back to campus.

Additionally, students have raised questions about the availability of health services. Temple’s website states that if a student on campus requires medical assistance during this time, he or she will have access to necessary care. The Health Sciences Center will be open this coming Friday from 8am to 8pm.

As far as the reopening of campus, Temple’s president Neil D. Theobald has delayed the opening on Monday until 1pm; however, some teachers have decided not to hold any of their classes that day, regardless of the time. Students should check with their teachers if unsure about whether their classes will be closed.

For more information on the hours of different buildings, the details of different activities, and the public transportation schedule, students and staff can visit news.temple.edu for an FAQ on the impact of the Pope’s arrival.

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