Your Weekly Edition of Temple Timeout

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It’s Friday, and you know that means another edition of Temple Timeout.

Bri Hofsass and Vince Coll are joined by special guests Safa Ibrahim and Kerry Plunkett, two fencers who represented the Owls at the National Collegiate Fencing Championships in Indianapolis this past week. Larry O’Connor also joins Vince and Bri from the newsroom to discuss what entering the NBA Draft could mean for Obi Enechionya’s career as an Owl.

Temple Dedicates Klein College, Unveils Future Expansion Project

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Temple Update was there as the School of Media and Communication became the Klein College of Media and Communication.

The dedication ceremony was full of positive energy from beginning to end, and the room was packed with so many people that we eager to show their appreciation for the Philadelphia television legend, Lew Klein. Hosted by alum Bob Saget, speakers such as Bernie Prazenica (President, 6ABC), Merrill Reese (the voice of the Eagles), and even Janet Klein spoke about their relationships with Lew and what he meant to each of them.

An mock up of what the future Klein College will look like after construction. No word as to when the project will start.

The historic name change to Lew Klein College came after Klein’s 60 plus year dedication to the television business and Temple University. This past year, the Klein’s made a multimillion dollar gift to Temple, which was supplemented by Trustees Lenfest and Charles to make it the largest gift in the school’s history. These factors, made it an easy decision as to who the school should be named for, according to Dean Boardman.

“Early on it was clear to me there was only one person for whom this school should be named {in honor of],” said Dean Boardman.

Klein was the creative force behind show’s such as Captain Noah, Sally Starr, and the classic American dance phenomenon, American Bandstand.

The reception was held in Mitten Hall following the ceremony, where Dean Boardman introduced a slide show featuring video and photos of what was SMC and is now Klein College. But he also revealed some photos of the plans for the new building that will be a reconstruction of the current Annenberg Hall. No word yet as to when construction will begin, but the new school will feature state of the art studio spaces, and additional floors to create more classroom space.

Alyssa Jerome was also at the renaming event, where she spoke with faculty, former students, and even Lew Klein himself. Take a look at all the love those in attendance had to share with their professor, mentor, and friend, the incomparable Lew Klein.

Trailblazer: The Lew Klein Story

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Lew Klein blazed a trail for countless individuals throughout his storied career. As a broadcaster, Lew created programming such as Captain Noah, Sally Starr, and of course, American Bandstand. Beyond his experience in television production, Lew and his wife, Janet, are selfless philanthropists, giving both their time and monetary means to organizations such as the Police Athletic League, the Pennsylvania Historical Society, and Temple University, where Lew has been a professor for over 60 years.

Over the course of eight weeks, I sat down with countless individuals whose lives were touched by Klein in some way, whether he was their teacher, mentor, or friend. Their heartfelt testimonial can be seen above.

As seen on TUTV – Temple Television, Comcast 50/Verizon 45 in the Philadelphia area on 3/29/17, the day of the renaming dedication of Temple’s School of Media and Communication to the Klein College of Media and Communication.

Live From London: An Update on the Westminster Attack

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Our London correspondent Alexa Ross reports live from London with an update after a car was driven into a crowd at the Westminster Bridge. He managed to fatally stab another victim before he was shot and killed by British authorities. British Police identified 52-year old Khalid Masood as the assailant in the attack on the British Parliament. Alexa was at the Westminster Bridge just 24 hours before the attacks, working on another story for Temple Update. *Special thanks to her videographer, Matt Rego.

Masood drove a grey SUV into a crowd of people on the Westminster Bridge, one of who was rescued from the river. The car crashed into the gates of the Palace of Westminster, while Parliament was in session, and fatally stabbed a police officer in the palace courtyard. Armed guards shot and killed Masood on the spot. Temple University student Abby Markle, a junior film major studying abroad in London this semester, was near the Westminster Bridge at the time of Masood’s attack. This is her account of the incident.

“I got off the bus stop at Westminster Abbey to do a delivery in the park…I saw a couple people start to get in a fight and I just kept walking because I thought people were fighting because that what happens … As soon as I got back to my internship and back on wifi I realized what had
happened…There was a second I was in the park and I took a slight step back and I fixed myself and if I didn’t take that one step back, I could have been the person who was pushed or attacked or hurt… It’s unbelievable but then you have to face it because you’re literally there and it was just a lot to come out of that and be like okay I’m still ok….”
Temple has reached out to all of it’s students studying abroad in London and all have been confirmed safe.

Your Weekly Edition of Temple Timeout

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We are back from spring break with a brand new edition of Temple Timeout. Vince Coll and Bri Hofsass have a recap of the women’s basketball team’s heartbreaking loss against the Oregon Ducks, as well as your top ten plays of the season from the men’s squad. Bri and Vince also take a look at what women’s gymnastics has been up to, and you don’t want to miss our player of the week.

TSG Campaigns for 2017-18 Underway

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Temple Student Government campaign season is underway. This year, two teams are running to be named the highest student body representatives – Activate TU and Connecting TU announced their runs this week.

Temple Update’s Taggart Houck moderated a debate alongside Temple New’s Julie Christie on March 23. The two hour debate included questions from the audience using #TSGRound1. Some of the questions included where each campaign stood on the issue of an on-campus stadium, sexual assault resources, and issues concerning food services at Temple.

Both teams spoke about expanding services for sexual assault survivors on campus and expanding campus safety services like the walking escort program, while the possible on-campus stadium which was a hot topic during last year’s debate was only mentioned in the Activate TU platform. Connecting TU did not take a stance on the issue.

Activate TU is led by Tyrell Mann-Barnes, a junior studying English and Biology, but outside of classes, he’s been involved as a resident assistant and an Owl Ambassador at the university.

Ari Abramson is leading the charge for Connecting TU. He is a Management Information Systems student in the Fox School of Business, and their website says he’s worked with several groups at Temple University to develop and expand Jewish programming.

Activate TU’s Tyrell is joined by Paige Hill and Kayla Martin. Hill is running to be the Vice President of External Affairs, while Martin will take the Vice President of Services.

Connecting TU’s Vice President of External Affairs would be Shiven Shah, while Dalia Al-Bataineh will be the Vice President of Services.

You can find Activate TU’s platform here. Connecting TU’s platform is available here.

Noah Goff, Elections Commission, will host the next debate, scheduled for Monday, April 3 at 5:00 p.m. in room 200C of the Student Center.

New Campus Organization Looks to Help Refugee Community

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A brand new organization is doing it’s part to bring awareness of refugee issues to the students of Temple University.

Temple Refugee Outreach began as a collaboration between students who were exposed to refugee issues when they studied abroad last spring at Temple Rome. MacKenzie Bonner and Katie Pfeil both interned with the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, and decided that their work in Rome was something that could be beneficial to Temple students, as well as the local community.

“We both really just had a very impactful experience and [we] thought a lot of students at Temple would benefit from something similar,” said Pfeil, Vice President of Temple Refugee Outreach.

Pfeil is currently working with SEAMAAC, the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition, who’s mission is to “to support immigrants, refugees, and their families as they seek access to opportunities, which would advance the condition of their lives in the United States.” As TRO continues to grow, they hope to pair students with organizations like SEAMAAC across the city, such as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Nationalities Service Center, and Puentes Hacia el Futuro.

According to their website, Temple Refugee Outreach’s main goal is to “provide and promote a better understanding of the global refugee crisis and to bring to light the challenges of individuals and families displaced from their home country due to fear of harm and/or persecution.” They plan to bring awareness through community service events as well as discussion panels at their weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 8pm in Anderson Hall, room 26.

“The refugee crisis sounds like this big distant thing, but its happening right in our community, and its people and families, and once you start to build those relationships and think of it as ‘my friend so and so’ it’s not this far away big thing, its personal.”

TRO plans to observe a Refugee Awareness Week in early April with an Artisan Fair amongst other events on campus. You can find out more about TRO on their social media pages, or find them on OwlConnect.

Philadelphia Prepares for Winter Storm Stella

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Snow Covered Temple UniversityPhiladelphia is preparing for Winter Storm Stella, and we aren’t talking about everyone’s favorite Owl.

According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Storm Advisory has been placed on Philadelphia from 8pm tonight (3/13) until 6pm tomorrow (3/14). Heavy winds, snow, and sleet are expected, with accumulation predicted to range from 8 to 12 inches. Heavy snow can cause dangerous road conditions and power outages due to the weight of the snow.

Temple University has closed all U.S. campuses for Tuesday, March 14. According to Temple’s website, “health system employees should contact their supervisor. Students in online classes or at off-campus locations should contact their instructors.” All classes and rotations at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine have been cancelled, and no classes or clinical operations will be conducted at the Kornberg School of Dentistry.

The TECH Center, the Student Center, and all libraries will also be closed. The IBC Student Recreational Center will be open from 6am to 8pm.

The Board of Trustees meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow will be conducted by phone.

Despite the closures and cancellations, Campus Safety Services, Operations, Facilities and other staff will be on duty.

Other Philadelphia institutions are also getting ready for the storm.

SEPTA has also made changes to their schedules due to the impending storm. Click here for more information.

The City of Philadelphia’s website remind residents to remove their cars from emergency routes and to park their cars as far away from the corner as possible. Parking too close to the corner interferes with plow trucks making the corners.

Philadelphia Police posted to their Facebook page a reminder that saving parking spaces after shoveling is illegal.


Your Weekly Edition of Temple Timeout

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With Bri on the road with the men’s basketball team, Vince welcome’s the SportsDesk’s Larry O’Connor to Temple Timeout. Vince and Larry take a look at where the men’s team went wrong in their loss against ECU Thursday, ending their season. Bri calls in from the road to give her take on what went down in Connecticut.

As the NFL Draft draws near, Temple Owls are looking to take flight into the NFL. Special guest Dion Dawkins gives us some insight into the NFL Combine and Temple’s Pro Day. Good luck Dion, from all of us at Temple Timeout!

Your Weekly Edition of Temple Timeout

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This week, Bri Hofsass and Vince Coll are talking AAC Tournament women’s basketball, where the Temple Owls are ranked #2. Also in play are men’s basketball senior recap and a look at the nationally ranked women’s fencing team. This week’s featured Player of the Week is Izzy Rapacz, a sophomore volleyball athlete who has been invited to the U.S. National Team tryouts.