Activate TU Wins TSG Elections

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After a campaign that included a suspension and a delay in the announcement of results, Activate TU was named Temple’s new administration for the 2017-2018 academic year. Led by president Tyrell Mann-Barnes, Activate ran on the platform of every student having their voice heard.

Current TSG Vice President, Jai Singletary, called for more transparency in the election process after many questions surrounding this year’s election.

“I mean there is always going to be criticism, and valid criticism, so that’s the job for next years elections commissioner to make sure that those criticisms are heard and remedied, but I think the elections went out fair yes” Singletary said when asked about if he believed the election process was carried out fairly.

Activate was one half of a historic election which featured more than 1,000 votes from the previous year’s. With over 5,000 votes cast, the election was one of the closest in TSG history. Connecting TU lost by less than 100 votes and although they were not the winning party, they shared their congratulations with Activate. “I have to congratulate them on that.” said Connecting campaign manager Kevin Malone when asked about Activate’s win.

Activate TU feels they are an accurate representation of Temple’s student body and according to Vice President, Kayla Martin, they plan to start work as soon as possible. Visit TSG’s website for more information on the election process.

Beasley Panel Probes Immigration Policies

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Temple University professors Peter Spiro and Jaya Ramji-Nogales hosted a panel this week on the Trump administration’s proposed immigration policies.

The panel was a part of the Beasley School of Law’s Presentation series which revolves around analyzing headlines in the media from a legal perspective. Spiro explained some of the proposed policies, which include withholding federal grants from sanctuary cities,  and how the may affect the constitutional rights undocumented immigrants. He also spoke on the social impact of the policies and how they may tear apart families with members who have been living in the United States for decades without interruption. The issue directly affects the city of Philadelphia, which is a sanctuary city.

“The new administration’s policies really will be extremely disruptive to these families, so I’m sure there are many Temple students who have undocumented alien parents,” said Professor Spiro.

One Temple student who is already feeling the effects of stricter immigration policies is freshman Andre Abecassis:”I’m actually facing a situation which I might have to leave America at the end of this year if my green card doesn’t come out when it’s supposed to.”Abecassis is one of the many students in the United States who are in limbo in regards to their citizenship.

For more information on Beasley School of Law Presentations visit its website.

Students Reflect on Their Memories of Peabody

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Peabody Hall
Peabody Hall

Temple University’s oldest residence hall will be closing after the Spring 2017 Semester. The University put out a statement which says, in part, that “the University is evaluating the 60-year-old building to determine the future [of Peabody].”

The residence hall, which has around 290 beds, has garnered quite the reputation on campus: “I feel like it gets a bad rap until you give it a try; live in Peabody a few week, you start to really fall in love with it,” said former Peabody Hall RA Maddie Murphy. “I feel like it gets a bad rap.”

The charm of Peabody made itself evident to Peabody Resident Marvin Minalo. “I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll give [Peabody] a shot’ and it turned out to work out in my favor,” Minalo said.

It remains to be seen what will actually happen to Peabody Hall and what Temple plans to do with the space. The almost 300 beds will be dispersed through other campus residence halls by allowing freshman to apply to live in halls that are typically available only to Upperclassmen.

What is known is that Temple will not be the same without Peabody Hall.

Students Participate in Campus-Wide Career and Internship Fair

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Temple University students came out in droves yesterday to get the chance to talk to over 100 employers. The Campus-wide Career and Internship Fair welcomed students of all majors and was also open to Temple University alumni. The far included companies such as Target, Verizon, WaWa, and Vanguard.

Temple University Senior, Simone Chapman, explained why she came to the Internship and Career Fair, “I’m looking for a job for after I graduate…I wanted to solidify a job today, get some more leads on another type of job.” It was an opportunity for students like Simone to talk to employers directly.

Gwen Ruff of WaWa was one of those employers. At the fair, she was impressed by Temple Students’ preparation for the job market: “They do well. Very prepared, very professional. They know what to ask. They know how to drill down so they get the answers they need. So preparation is key.”

Temple also offers many major-specific Internship and Career Fairs. For more information visit the Temple Career Center site.