Is Temple downsizing its connections to the black community?
Over the last five years, the relationship between Temple and the massive black community that surrounds it has been deteriorating, says Paula S. Peebles, a Temple alum and president of Renaissance Community Development Corporation, which collaborates with PASCEP. "I see the moving of PASCEP as one more brick in that deteriorating wall that's falling down," she says.
Jay says he doesn't think moving PASCEP will have a negative effect on Temple's relationship with the community because he's confident the relocated program will prosper. "We plan to expand the marketing of the program and get more community folks involved," he says.
As for Odom, he's not sure what's in store. "My first thing is to stay home in July," he says. "I've been here in Philadelphia for 20 years, and I've never taken a vacation. As for PASCEP, as the sister says, 'and the latter part shall tell' because it's really up in the air."
Ibram Rogers is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer. Comments on this story can be sent to feedback@ philadelphiaweekly.com