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Temple Fox School Students Get a Jolt of Pop-Up Pride

During an early morning lecture last month, students at Temple University’s Fox School of Business received an uplifting surprise.

The school’s marching band; Hooter, the Temple Owl mascot, and a squad of cheerleaders took over Dr. Samuel D. Hodge’s legal studies classroom in Alter Hall last month at around 9 AM for a Pop-Up Pride Event. Dr. Hodge had explained to his unknowing students that the cameras in the lecture hall were there to shoot promotional material.

The second event of its kind, Pop-Up Pride means to inject unsuspecting audiences comprised of alumni, students, or faculty with an empowering charge of school spirit. In a press release, Hodge said, “You really [couldn’t] find a better week to do this”, referring to the nationally ranked Owls football team who rallied against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on October 31, 2015. Dr. Hodge is a season football ticket holder and an admittedly rabid fan of the team.

Specializing in the intersection of law and medicine in the Legal Studies in Business Department, Hodge also serves as the Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. His interactive teaching style has received media attention in the New York Times, on National Public Radio, and in the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has taught courses in Tokyo, Paris and Rome in both law and anatomy, and was named a “Top Lawyer in Pennsylvania” by the National Law Journal in 2013.

Dr. Hodge is an alumnus of Temple School of Law, and has lectured at the University since 1983.

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Maggie Boccella
Maggie Boccella

Maggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city's annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.

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