Temple Update Sits Down with TSG President, Tyrell Mann-Barnes

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Tyrell Mann-Barnes prides himself on being approachable. And he wants students to know his door his always open.

Mann-Barnes and his administration have almost completed their first semester in office – and they have a lot of accomplishments under their belt.

But he says they are nowhere near done.

Mann-Barnes says his team plans to continue its crusade for a sexual assault survivor center, and that TSG is preparing to head back to Harrisburg in the spring to continue the fight for state funding.

I sat down with Tyrell to talk about his team’s early accomplishments, future endeavors, and what he hopes his legacy as Temple Student Government President will be.

Students Violently Assaulted Just Blocks From Campus

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“The first thing that comes to my mind is just you know get the hell out of here. Like run.”

Temple student Elijah Glovas-Kurtz was on his way to his car after a night class last Tuesday, when a group of four teenagers attacked him with a metal pipe.

“Right as he’s at my side he just turns around punches me in the back of the head and then the kid to his right strikes me in the head with like a metal pipe.”

His car was parked right off main campus, near 12th and Master. He was just a block from safety when the teens attacked Glovas-Kurtz the first time.

“I had this thought that I cannot believe this is happening – how is this happening why is this happening, is this a dream…I was getting attacked a block off campus for no reason,” he said.

Glovas-Kurtz was attacked three times by the group. He ran away, slipped and fell, and they caught up with him. It happened again on the 1200 Oxford Street, where a Temple bike officer witnessed the incident and called for backup. “I really think they were trying to just knock me out and take whatever I had,” said Glovas-Kurtz. The teens walked off before Temple Police arrived on scene. “You take three strikes to the head and they’re like ‘oh this kid isn’t going down.'”

Glovas-Kurtz suffered multiple blows to the head, and required nine staples in his head. Luckily, he did not suffer a concussion or any other injuries.

And he’s not the only one who has fallen victim in recent weeks.

Colin Field was leaving a party on 15th and Master just a few days prior to the assault of Glovas-Kurtz, walking with a bunch of friends when they were stopped and patted down looking for money. Field said things took a turn when the assailants made a comment to one of his female friends.

“They made the comment to her about which one of us was her boyfriend and that’s when they figured out that we were all gay they started pacing back and forth behind us following us at a rapid pace, saying hell no.”

While Field remained uninjured in the attack, his friend was not so lucky.

“They started to beat him pretty bad – he got a black eye, they tore part of his ear.”

Both Field and Gloves-Kurtz plan to remain vigilant when walking at night, and say they are ready to move forward.

“Definitely the fear is still there but I’m a commuter so I have to drive here I have to park somewhere,” said Glovas-Kurtz.

Director of Campus Safety Charles Leone told Temple Update that the two incidents were not related, but they do have one male teenager as a person of interest in the incident on 12th and Oxford. Temple and Philadelphia Police are continuing to investigate both assaults.”

Temple Police Still Searching for Sexual Assault Suspect

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Temple University students received an alert from campus security late Sunday morning after a student was sexually assaulted in a private residence around 2 AM.

The incident occurred on the 1500 block of 15th Street, and police were called about an hour and half later, according to Campus Safety Director Charles Leone.

“We can’t say with 100% certainty ‘this is the person, this is who,’ and that sort of thing, so we decided to put out a message to the community letting them know that this occurred,” said Leone.

The email detailed the suspect as a black male, standing close to six feet tall, with a full dark beard and short hair.

The incident this past weekend is the third reported to Temple Police this semester according to Leone. But this uptick in sexual assaults isn’t necessarily because they have been occurring more frequently.

“It’s hard to differentiate sometimes, are we actually seeing an increase in incidents or are we seeing an increase in reporting or a combination to both?” said Leone.

Both Temple Police and WOAR have teamed up to create online reporting services, giving students more opportunity to come forward after a trauma such as sexual assault.

Despite the increased awareness and options to report, some students are still shocked about the weekend incident.

“I was definitely shocked, you know Temple’s a pretty safe campus overall, but like the fact that things like this still happen is kind of crazy,” said Jay Mohabir.

“It’s definitely frightening, especially on Halloween weekend because everybody is out and it’s very scary,” said Emily Tobin.

As of now, no suspect has been taken into custody, but Leone says that Temple Police have some leads, and “someone that we’re [Temple Police] looking at that was identified.”

Anyone with any information should contact the Temple police at (215)-204-1234, or submit an anonymous online report through Temple’s Title IX coordinator.

Norris Homes Set to be Demolished, Leave Behind Rich History

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Albert Hill sits in his crowded living room, amongst piles of possessions and packing supplies.

Hill, 87, will be moving soon after receiving notice that he and his other neighbors will have to vacate the Norris Homes to make way for a new mixed income housing development.

Hill has lived in the Norris Homes for the majority of his adult life; over 50 years. It’s where he and his wife moved their young family after leaving Atlanta, Georgia, where his two younger children were born, and where his wife and two of his children died.

“This is where we’ve been all our lives. Live here. And now they getting ready to do something else and we gotta move out and there’s a possibility that we could come back,” said Albert.

Not only has he outlived a great deal of his family, but in a few short months, he will outlive his current home.

This isn’t the first time Albert has had to move for a renovation.

“Tore this thing down we had to move out of here for a couple of years up on the other street, then they rebuilt it then they brought us back,” he told us.

The Norris Home demolition is part of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative under the Department of Housing and Urban Development to revitalize neighborhoods, improve schools, and provide a safe place to raise families. The Philadelphia Housing Authority received the $30 million grant from HUD in 2014, but now, the project has become a reality.

Demolition will take place in April 2018, and the new complexes are expected to be built within 12 months of the demolition.

Some residents may even choose to return.

But the new buildings cannot replace the old memories.

State Budget Stalemate Could Impact Temple Tuition Beginning Spring 2018

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Temple students may be footing the bill after a state budget standoff has left Temple scrambling to make up for lost funds.

If lawmakers can’t pass a funding package that would provide appropriations for state related schools within the next few weeks, Pennsylvania residents who receive a $12,000 discount annually will see a hike in their bill come November.

“So, if we were to get defunded, and lose all 156 million, there’s really no other option then to get rid of that in-state discount, and really [start] equalizing the tuitions. So we would be bringing the in-state tuition to the [same] level as the out-of-state. We’d have to do that because by receiving no funding, there is no reason to provide a discount, and we simply couldn’t do it,” said Ken Kaiser, Chief Financial Officer of Temple University.

This isn’t the first time that Temple has had to face the prospect of losing state funding. Just two years ago, the state went eight months without appropriating money to its state associated institutions. But Kaiser said this time it’s different.

“That had a whole different look and feel to that situation. There was never talk of ‘well maybe we just won’t fund the state related universities,’ it was really about negotiating on getting the final pieces of the budget put together…this time is completely different,” Kaiser said. “I mean there’s talk right off the bat that you know is it important to fund these schools, so you know whole different approach if we went past spring without reacting to that, the university would be looking at a 156 million dollar, you know, budget/cash issue.”

And Temple officials aren’t the only ones who see the problem should these state institutions not be funded.

“If the tuition at these institutions gets any higher, higher educational opportunities for Pennsylvania’s working class families, which frequently look to these institutions for opportunities in higher ed will become out of reach,” Representative Thomas Murt (R – 152nd District) in Harrisburg on Wednesday. “I am a graduate of Penn State. I currently am a Doctoral student at Temple University. My wife is a full time professor at Temple and I have a son who’s a sophomore at Temple University. We are still in the throws of higher education. We see the tuition bills and we are very empathetic to what will happen if this funding is not forthcoming in the near future.”

Representatives across the aisle agree.

“This breaks a long standing generational commitment to Pennsylvania students and families that the legislature has had for many, many years to help with higher education so that we can better train our young people and make sure they are better taken care of, and become very productive tax-paying citizens of our commonwealth,” said Representative Joe Markosek (D – 25th District).

But with no end in sight, Temple is prepared to step in to make ends meet – even if it means students have to face a hike in tuition.

Kaiser said that if a tuition hike were to happen, it would start in the spring 2018 semester. Spring bills are set to be posted November 27th, and Kaiser estimates a final tuition decision will be made by November 20th depending on forthcoming appropriation news from Harrisburg.

There are just six days of scheduled House sessions before that November 20th deadline.

Students React to Las Vegas Attack

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Together in solidarity.

Temple student organizations such as SASSA, TSG, S.M.O.O.T.H., Progressive NAACP, Society of Minorities in Sports, AMS, and more gathered together for prayer and song this week to remember those 59 people that lost their lives, and the many who have the long road of recovery ahead.

While Las Vegas may be far from Philadelphia, it hits home for many here on campus. Student organizations want fellow Owls to know they have a safe space here on campus to grieve and process the tragic events.

“We all need to be here together even though you know we go to our classes, we do extracurricular stuff, we represent the temple student body, we all need each other,” said Breea Gillette, President of Progressive NAACP.

“Whatever you need to do to be physically, mentally, and spiritually well, feel free to do that. I feel like we have so many resources here on campus but also in Philadelphia, and I think we need to break down the stigma of actually seeking help with so much happening not only on our campus but in our nation and in our world altogether,” said Tyrell Mann-Barnes, President of Temple Student Government.

Students are encouraged to visit Tuttleman Counseling Center for support in these difficult times. Walk-in hours are available six times a week, and you can learn about other resources available here.

Walk-In Clinic Hours

Monday 10:00am-1:30pm
Tuesday 10:00am-1:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am-12:00pm
Thursday 10:00am-1:30pm
Friday 10:00am-1:30pm
Saturday 9:00-12:00pm (during fall & spring semesters only)

New Meal Plans Cause Confusion on Campus

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Temple and Aramark debuted their new meal plans and extensive dining options just a few weeks ago when the fall semester kicked off. While Chick-fil-a still has everyone a buzz, the new dining plans have others abandoning their meal swipes.

“The SAC is where I get the majority of my meals on campus and when I found out I wouldn’t get to use all the swipes there it was upsetting and I decided not to get one anymore,” said junior Nicole Rizzo.

Endri Baduni, Aramark’s Resident District Manager, said these changes to student swipes are a direct result of the request to bring new flavors to campus.

“Every meal plan has a specific amount of meals that the students can use at all of our retail locations except for Starbucks. We call these meals meal equivalencies.” Baduni went on to explain that the board equivalencies are to be used at traditional dining halls, such as J&H, while the standard equivalencies can be used at other locations, like the SAC.

But students say these changes are taking away from their dining experience.

“It’s really limiting where you use them, like they’re not giving you the option to use them at the new venues which was probably preferred,” said Nikki D’Agostino. “I’m pretty unhappy with it. I think it took away a lot of the student’s freedom with being able to use the meal plan and it’s very expensive.”

“It is inconvenient now I have to keep loading Diamond Dollars onto my account when I could’ve just had my meal plan and swiped in whenever I wanted food,” said Rizzo.

“Restructuring the meal plans the way we have done allows us to give the students the variety and the food quality needed and to bring on campus the brands that they asked us for, said Baduni.

So how can students tell how their meal swipes equal out? Here’s the breakdown:

PREMIUM – Meals allotted weekly to use without restrictions of meal zones & the ability to bring in friends

Premium 25

  • 25 meals per week • $150 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 14 meal equivalencies included in meals per week • $1,972/semester

Premium 15

  • 15 meals per week • $150 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 8 meal equivalencies included in meals per week • $1,999/semester

Premium 12

  • 15 meals per week • $150 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 8 meal equivalencies included in meals per week • $1,999/semester

Premium 10

  • 10 meals per week • $150 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 5 meal equivalencies included in meals per week • $1,787/semester

Premium 8

  • 8 meals per week • $150 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 4 meal equivalencies included in meals per week • $1,375/semester

Premium 5

  • 5 meals per week • $50 Diamond Dollars/ semester
  • 3 meal equivalencies included in meals per week• $888/semester

REGULAR – Meals allotted weekly to be used once per meal zone

Regular 10

  • 10 meals per week • $150 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 5 meal equivalencies included in meals per week • $1,529/semester

Regular 8

  • 8 meals per week • $50 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 4 meal equivalencies included in meals per week • $1,164/semester

Regular 5

  • 5 meals per week • $50 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 3 meal equivalencies included in meals per week • $888/semester

J&H UNLIMITED – Unlimited access to all-you-care-to-eat dining with no meal zone restrictions

  • Unlimited access to Louis J. Esposito Dining Center
  • 12 meal equivalencies per week • $1,907/semester

PREMIUM BLOCKS Meals allotted by semester to use without restrictions of meal zones & the ability to bring in friends

100 Meals per Semester

  • 100 meals/semester • $50 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 55 meal equivalencies included in semester meals • $968/semester

75 Meals per Semester

  • 75 meals/semester • $50 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 55 meal equivalencies included in semester meals • $744/semester

45 Meals per Semester

  • 45 meals/semester • $50 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 25 meal equivalencies included in semester meals • $472/semester

30 Meals per Semester

  • 30 meals/semester • $50 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 17 meal equivalencies included in semester meals • $332/semester

15 Meals per Semester

  • 15 meals/semester • $50 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 15 meal equivalencies included in semester meals • $193/semester

10 Meals per Semester

  • 10 meals/semester • $50 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 10 meal equivalencies included in semester meals • $146/semester

5 Meals per Semester

  • 5 meals/semester • $50 Diamond Dollars/semester
  • 5 meal equivalencies included in semester meals • $99/semester

 

Baduni encouraged all Temple students to contact them with any questions or concerns about their meal plan. They can also check the Diamond Dollars tab or the TU Mobile App to get more information about their specific plan.

UPDATE: Preliminary Hearing for Joshua Hupperterz Delayed

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UPDATED 9/21/17 3:00pm:

The preliminary hearing for Joshua Hupperterz has been rescheduled for late November before Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Patrick Dugan.

The first court hearing was Wednesday, but Hupperterz’s attorney cited the need to review the prosecution’s case.

“I need more time to do a little bit of investigation,” Nenner said.

Hupperterz is being held without bail at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility and has maintained his innocence.

UPDATED 9/5/17 4:30pm:

Temple Student Government and the Progressive NAACP are hosting a vigil in remembrance of Jenna Burleigh on Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm. The event will be held in Founder’s Garden where there will be open-mic sharing and space to write letters to the Burleigh family. Candles and flowers will also be provided. All members of the Temple community are welcome to join.

UPDATED 9/3/17 5:00pm:

The Wayne County Coroner’s Office has announced that Temple student Jenna Burleigh died of blunt force trauma and strangulation.

The autopsy was completed Sunday morning, the same day Joshua Hupperterz, the man last seen with Burleigh, was arraigned on murder charges and denied bail.

Burleigh’s body was found Saturday in Hawley, Pa, 150 miles away from where she was last seen at Pub Webb off Temple’s main campus.

UPDATED 9/3/17 1:45pm:
Jenna Burleigh had just started at Temple on Monday. She was majoring in film and media arts.

Joshua Hupperterz was arraigned just before 5am Sunday morning, charged with the murder of Temple student Jenna Burleigh.

Hupperterz was also charged with abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and possession of an instrument of crime. He also faces multiple drug charges after police searched his 16th Street apartment and found drugs in the home.

According to Philadelphia Police, “Hupperterz informed [a detective] that he had been so drunk when he left the bar he had no recollection of who he had been with.”

According to documents on the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Web Portal, a judge has denied bail for Hupperterz, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 20 at 9am.

This is not Hupperterz’s first brush with the law. Police records show charges including possession of drug paraphernalia and other drug charges 2010, theft of a vehicle in 2011, and charges of a DUI, burglary, and theft in 2013.

UPDATED 9/2/17 9:15pm:

Philadelphia Police held a press conference this evening announcing they have recovered Jenna Burleigh’s body in Wayne County, about 25 miles east of Scranton.

Joshua Hupperterz, a 29 year old former Temple student, has been arrested and is being charged with the murder of Jenna Burleigh. Police say Burleigh’s body was recovered on the property of Hupperterz’s grandmother in Hawley, Pa, but they believe Burleigh was killed in the 16th Street apartment and transported to Wayne County.

Police believe Hupperterz and Burleigh had no prior relationship, and had met the night Jenna disappeared. In his statement to police, Hupperterz “admitted to elements of the crime,” Philadelphia Police said during the press conference.

The circumstances and cause of death remain unclear at this time.

Temple University president Richard Englert released a statement via email to the Temple Community this evening, expressing his condolences to everyone who knew Jenna.

“Jenna joined the Temple community just this week as a junior transfer student from Montgomery County Community College, majoring in film and media arts. Our deepest sympathies go out to Jenna’s family and her classmates, both here at Temple and at Montgomery County Community College,” read the statement.

Englert also reminded students that there are resources available to them during this difficult time at the Tuttleman Counseling Services on Main Campus, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 215-204-7276.

Burliegh was last seen wearing these clothes.

UPDATED 9/2/17 11:00am:

Police have searched a home on the 1700 block of 16th Street, which is said to be the home of a friend of Jenna’s.

A roommate reported to police that it looked like someone had tried to cover up blood stains in parts of the home. Police found the man at his grandmother’s home in Scranton, PA, and then obtained a search warrant for the apartment.

Homicide units were seen at the site of the home, as well as a cadaver dog, but the dog did not find anything.

No arrests have been made at this time, and no other information has been made available by police.

Original Article:

Temple student Jenna Burleigh has been reported missing by the Lower Salford Police Department.

The 22-year-old was last seen in the area of Pub Webb (1527 Cecil B. Moore Avenue) at 2 AM on August 31st. She was wearing a white shirt with a light blue jacket tied around her waist.

Any information should be reported to Temple Police at 215-204-1234 or Confidential Tip Line at 215-204-6493.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Exclusive Interview: Temple Dreamer Speaks Out

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“We are people who have been living in the states for a very long time, many of us have graduated fro Pennsylvania high schools, paid Pennsylvania taxes, our parents have paid Pennsylvania taxes, we have contributed to a community and everything.”

Part of society, but living in uncertainty.

That’s the struggle 800,000 DACA students here at Temple and across the country every day.

And not only do they fear being deported, they fear that their hard earned degrees will be useless should their DACA applications be rescinded.

“If I graduate and then my DACA is rescinded I wont be able to use my degree so I will have to try to find a way of finding a work permit but its becoming very difficult to do so.”

Temple Student Government is leading the charge to let all students know they have support – by hosting town halls and other events to create an open dialogue.

“For us were just trying to get together with students who are really gonna work on this and are really going to put in the time to make sure DACA students are protected on campus. We are trying to figure out all different ways for the administration to hear us out and to understand the need on this campus to help DACA students.  It’s not a matter of DACA students contributing to the economy, it’s not a matter of DACA students already being here, its a matter of the fact that DACA students are a part of our community,” said Tyler Lum, TSG’s Director of Government Affairs. “So were gonna start off by just getting students together.  Were gonna try to reach out to orgs and other groups on campus that are really gonna be able to disperse information quickly.  And try and get as many students and faculty together to have a larger voice to bring up points to the administration”

“There’s a lot of people who get discouraged from even applying to temple because temple as of right they don’t have a clear policy on what their stance with DACA.”

Temple students protected under DACA can receive legal assistance from HIAS-PA at 2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pa. They welcome walk in clients as well as scheduled appointments and can also help individuals with the reapplication process for DACA protection.

Lewis Katz School of Medicine One of the Nations Most Sought After Medical Schools

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Photo Courtesy of Betsy Manning/Temple University

A new study released by U.S. News and World Report showed that the Katz School of Medicine is one of the most desired medical colleges in the nation.

With 10,623 applications for the Fall of 2016 class, the Katz School ranked number 9 on the list, falling behind schools such as Georgetown University’s School of Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College, but beating out New York Medical College.

According to their website, the Katz school accepts only 210 students per year, making the application process very competitive and selective.

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University consistently attracts a wonderfully diverse student body with a wide variety of life experiences and out-of-classroom interests, as well as a true commitment to serving the community,” said Associate Dean of Admissions Jacob W. Ufberg in a statement released by the university Friday.

The Temple’s School of Medicine was renamed in October 2015 to honor the late Temple Trustee Lewis Katz. Katz, a Temple graduate (’63), was a generous philanthropist and a beloved member of the Temple community.