Temple Hosts Panel About Tension on the Korean Peninsula

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Temple University hosted a panel discussion entitled “Tensions on the Korean Peninsula” on Tuesday, October 3rd.

The forum panelists discussed the current situation between North Korea and the United States, and explained their insight into the North Korean mentality regarding potential conflict with the United States and South Korea.

Evan Osnos, one of the panelists and a journalist for The New Yorker, spoke about his recent visit to the secluded country. He recalled an encounter with one of the North Korean diplomats where he stated, “You realize that your country would be annihilated in a nuclear exchange with the United States.” The diplomat, Mr. Pak, countered that his country had faced destruction twice before during the Korean War and the famine of the 1990’s. He stated that most would die but a few thousand would survive. Mr. Osnos continued by stating that “the North Koreans see themselves as survivors.”

Lt. General In-bum Chun focused on the contrast between the ideologies of North Korea and the United States. The General proposed that the rift between the two countries was influenced by the lack of compatibility between two very different world views. According to him, “they know that the very values of America, freedom, human rights. All of these good things that you represent is a threat to them.” General Chun would go on to discuss important ways the United States could pursue a peaceful solution to the current situation. In particular he emphasized the importance of maintaining a tightly knit bond between the Republic of Korea and the United States.

If tensions were to worsen with North Korea and war does break out, millions will be affected, including students at Temple University. Two Temple University graduate students gave their thoughts about how worsening relations in the region may affect them.

Hocheol Yang is a PhD Student at the Klein College of Media and Communication. Though he does not think fighting will break out, he is concerned that if it does, he will be recalled to active duty in the South Korean Military.

Grace Lee, also a Klein PhD student, had concerns about friends and family in Seoul. The capitol of South Korea lies close to the demilitarized zone separating the two countries. The city of over 20 million people sits well within range of North Korean artillery. If fighting broke out, civilian casualties would be high.

Although tensions remain high, Evan Osnos says it is important to realize that, in his words, “North Korea is not a suicidal regime.” He believes the game of nuclear brinkmanship isn’t won by igniting a war.

5,000 Protestors Gather to Oppose President Trump’s Travel Ban

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Thousands of protestors gathered at Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday afternoon to voice their opposition to President Trump’s executive action that bars immigrants and refugees from entering the country.

The protest began at 2 pm as about 5,000 gathered in terminal A with signs and bullhorns. The mass of people then began marching across the airport chanting things like, “No fear, no wall, sanctuary for all” and “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here.” Protestors eventually shut down I-95 access to the airport terminals, and SEPTA suspended bus service to the airport.

This comes after two Syrian families were detained after arriving in Philadelphia due to President Trump’s travel ban. The ban targets people from seven countries, including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. The families were sent back to the middle east after being detained.

The protest was one of several across the country. Thousands of demonstrators came out in New York and Washington, and several smaller protests broke out in Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco.

Stadium Stompers Block Broad Street

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Temple University Stadium protestors, the “Stadium Stompers,” the “Fight for 15” group, and community members from across North Philadelphia gathered on North Broad Street Thursday afternoon to symbolically block the flow of traffic and march their way south to City Hall.

Temple Police estimate more than 300 people showed up for the event, which culminated in a police protected march.

Temple Update got up close and personal with the protestors and concerned community members.

TSG Election Comes to a Close

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The Temple Student Government Elections are coming to a close, and some students still don’t know what they are voting for. Last year, only six percent of the student body voted in the TSG elections.

This year, all four tickets have been campaigning on campus and on social media to earn student’s votes, and raise that percentage. Believe in TU and Empower TU were out in full force on Tuesday and Wednesday following their debate on Monday.

The tickets stopped students at the Bell Tower and on Polett Walk to tell them about the election and to try and win their votes.

Some students were not even aware that there was an election going on. Sophomore Jessica Singler said she was approached by Empower TU on Polett Walk.

“They pulled me to the side and told me to vote for them,” said Singler. “No idea what I’m voting for, but I figured once I go online I’d figure that out.”

Whether they decide to vote or not, students believe that it is important to have their voices heard when the university makes changes and decisions.

“It’s very important, students need to get their voices heard,” said freshman Monica Lengle, “a lot more people need to know about it because it’s so important for them to be voting and voicing their opinions.”

TSG 2016 Election Season Underway

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Temple Student Government has held it’s first debate of the 2016 election.

Temple Update moderated the debate along with the Temple News. It happened on Tuesday, March 15th in the Student Center.

This year, four tickets are running for office instead of the usual two, making this debate more diverse in opinion than years prior.

The tickets in this years race are Believe in TU; concentrated on campus involvement and passionate about safety, Empower TU; a group that is making sure that every student feels at home by pushing inclusivity, Owl OpporTUnity; dedicated to making student’s time at Temple affordable, enjoyable, and beneficial, and Take TU; a platform comprised of three student activists who hope to represent what the students really want.

The candidates discussed hard-hitting topics such as Temple’s plan for a new on-campus stadium and how the budget impasse in Harrisburg will affect Temple students.

All of the candidates stated that they did not simply want to be the bridge between students and administration, but they also wanted to connect the North Philadelphia community and Temple administration.

After all of the hardship that the current TSG has gone through with the stadium, the tickets want to make sure that they are keeping everyone in the loop, and keeping everyone involved in decision-making.

Several of the candidates also pushed for a restructuring of the entire Temple Student Government system.

Empower TU discussed its plan for a 40-student house of representatives that would provide input when discussing issues on campus.

Take TU responded, saying, “We don’t think [40 students] is enough…we’ve been outside of Sullivan, we’ve been advocating for things, and Temple refuses to listen to us.”

Instead, they proposed a push to give TSG voting rights on Temple’s Board of Trustees.

Owl OpporTUnity had a similar idea to Empower TU, and explained its student senate, an elected group of students who will give a voice to the Temple student body.

Believe in TU did not speak a lot about how they would change the structure of TSG, but they stated that they planned to implement an “Open Door Policy,” in which students can come to the TSG office at any time of the day to discuss issues.

Current TSG President Ryan Rinaldi attended the debate and told Temple Update that he is excited for the candidates and he hopes students will come out to vote in the upcoming election.

“We had a room tonight that was standing room only for a TSG debate, and hopefully that’s indicative of how students get out and vote,” said Rinaldi. “It’s an exciting time, I’m happy for the candidates.”

The next debate will be held on Monday, March 28th at 6 pm in the Student Center.

Temple University Gets #Roasted!

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The roast was part of a weekly show organized by Good Good Comedy, a local Philadelphia stand-up group focused on putting on hilarious shows all over the Philadelphia area.

The show, titled Burn it Down, targets Philadelphia institutions such as CityWide, the Parking Authority, and SEPTA.

Lou Misiano, left, delivers his opening monologue for Good Good Comedy's "Roast of Temple University"
Lou Misiano, left, delivers his opening monologue for Good Good Comedy’s “Roast of Temple University”

Lou Misiano hosts the Burn it Down show every week, and said that the idea came to him after talking to his roommate, a Temple student who is involved with Good Good Comedy.

“We roast institutions. We can’t roast people because nobody knows anybody,” said Misiano, “I just thought it would be something funny to talk smack on for a show.”

The show had a format similar to “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” where members of a panel play different games and buzz in to give witty one-liners relating to the topic.

The panel consisted of three Temple Students, all of which had an axe to grind with the University.

The panelists played several games throughout the night like Rename, a game where contestants were asked to give Temple a new name.

Other games included giving Temple a new advertising slogan writing commencement speeches from the perspective of controversial alumnus such as Bill Cosby, and Bob Saget.

The crowd of over fifty people consisted of mostly Temple students or alumni.

While they were all there to laugh at themselves and the school they go to, former Temple student Michael Fisher shed some light on why the evening was so enjoyable.

“Yeah, we’re roasting Temple, [we’re saying] this is why we hate Temple,” said Fisher, “but you roast the ones you love.”

For more information about upcoming Good Good Comedy shows visit www.goodgoodcomedy.com.

 

 

Trustees Vote to Move Forward on Campus Stadium

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Temple’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve funding for the initial design of a football stadium on Temple’s main campus. The Board made the decision following roughly 45 minutes of emotional appeals by members of the community, demanding the plans for the proposed arena be halted. The university released a statement including specifications the board agreed upon during their meeting, including;

  • Temple will spend no more than $1 million to pursue initial designs and studies to determine how the site can best be used for the complex.
  • The university collaborate with community members and government officials to address local residents’ concerns, such as parking, trash and noise.
  • The total budget for the football stadium not exceed $130 million.
  • The overall financing plan for the project have a $50 million fundraising goal.
  • Cost reductions and revenue enhancements from a stadium result in net savings of about $3 million annually through 2024, compared to the most recent lease extension terms proposed to use Lincoln Financial Field, where the Owls currently play football.
  • The proposed stadium have a capacity of approximately 35,000 seats—about half the size of Lincoln Financial Field.
  • All capital expenditures, financing and naming opportunities related to the project move through ordinary board approval processes.
  • Funds for the project will come from private donations and bonds, the latter supported by money that would otherwise be paid to rent Lincoln Financial Field.
  • Student tuition will not be used.

Temple Police officers and Allied Barton security guards blocked off the entrance to Sullivan Hall, allowing six members of community into the meeting under the condition that they would not be disruptive. Police did not allow signs inside of the meeting.

While briefing trustees and those in attendance, Temple University president Neil Theobald gave details about the planned stadium. The stadium is expected to cost $126 million, up from the initial $110 million estimate.

Theobald announced that an on campus football field would save the university $21 million over its first 7 years. According to the approved plan proposed yesterday, funding for the projects will come from private donors. Student tuition will not be used to pay for the stadium.

During the meeting, Theobald restated that the entire stadium would be built on Temple property, and that no new property would be purchased in the building of the arena.

One of the goals of the proposed arena is to open the stadium up for other uses, such as local high school’s football programs. According to Theobald, the goal is “to use this stadium every day if we can.”

Much of the discussion inside of the board of trustees revolved around the topic of the new stadium and the impact that it would have on the local community. The six members were allowed to air their grievances, pleading to the board of trustees that the stadium plans come to a stop.

Many of the community members inside of the meeting spoke about how they feel as though they’ve been left out of most of the decision making over the stadium.

“We just want to be given the same opportunity to grow” said Tyrone Reed, a North Philadelphia native. “The community is never a part of these decisions.”

Students and community members gathered outside of Sullivan Hall to vocalize their disapproval. Protestor chants could be heard inside of the meeting.

During the meeting, Temple Student Government President Ryan Rinaldi stated that “Many of the students he had been in contact with were in support of the stadium”. While leaving, Rinaldi was heckled by protestors outside of Sullivan Hall.

Protesters were also yelling at police officers, chanting “Who do you protect? Who do you serve?” No arrests were made.

The university will start to move forward with the development of preliminary designs, which may take a few months. Temple hopes to begin construction in 2017.

STADIUM TALK: Students Weigh in on Possible Stadium

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University officials have proposed the location above for an on-campus stadium should plans proceed. Geasey Field is currently located there.
University officials have proposed the location above for an on-campus stadium should plans proceed. Geasey Field is currently located there.

Temple Student Government has announced that they will be holding an open forum for students that want to ask questions about the newly proposed campus stadium.

President Theobald and Athletic Director Pat Kraft will attend the forum to provide students with information about plans and answer any questions.

President of Temple Student Government Ryan Rinaldi said that he is looking forward to the event so that students will be able to voice their concerns about the project.

“It’s something that we’re excited [about],” said Rinaldi, “for students to have the opportunity to be heard, and then to get answers in return from the people that are making these important decisions at the university.”

Students who cannot make the event can submit questions they want answered through the Google Document that Temple Student Government tweeted below.

Rinaldi added that this event would let administrators see problems from a student point of view, and give students the answers to all of those ‘hard questions’ about the stadium development.

The forum will take place from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, February 1st in the Room 200 C of the Student Center.

Temple Student Government created a Facebook event to invite students to the forum, more information can be found here. So far, over 600 students have been invited and under 70 of them have given their RSVP.

The Verizon Café Speaker Series: Omarosa Manigault

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Former Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice star, Omarosa Manigault gave a short lecture in the Annenberg Atrium as the kick-off event to the 2015 Verizon Café Speaker Series. Manigault discussed her success story and all of the steps that she has taken in order to get to where she is today. Students asked Manigault for advice on different subjects such as finding a job and how to make connections. The lecture took place Tuesday, Sept. 15.