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Life as a Temple

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Let's meet at the Bell Tower (clockwise, from far left): Conwell Hall, circa 2005; Russell H. Conwell, founder of Temple University; famous sophomore Bill Cosby, circa 1962; and men's basketball coach John Chaney and his players celebrating Chaney's 500th winThe university's founding was principally the work of one man - "not a captain of industry, but a captain of erudition, an educational entrepreneur - who sought to democratize, diversify, and widen the reach of higher education." Russell H. Conwell, who lived from 1843 to 1925, was one of those outsized 19th-century figures - a soldier, journalist, lawyer, minister, orator on the Chautauqua circuit ("a traveling tent show that visited towns in America's heartland, presenting musical performances, plays, political speeches, and spellbinding orations"), as well as Temple's founder.Did you know that one in every eight Greater Philadelphia college graduates holds a Temple degree? Or that the Kornberg School of Dentistry receives 4,500 applications per year for 125 available slots? Or that among Temple's notables graduates was the film director Richard Brooks, who made "Elmer Gantry," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and "In Cold Blood"?

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