Kick-off for Temple’s First Sexual Assault Prevention Week

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Temple Student Government kicked off Temple University’s first ever Sexual Assault Prevention Week with a festival designed to raise more awareness about the issues surrounding sexual violence on college campuses.

Student artwork featured at the event focused on the stigmas surrounding sexual assault and celebrated empowered women.

Amelia Burns, president of Student Activists Against Sexual Assault, and Tyrell Mann-Barnes, TSG President, both expressed that this event and the entire Sexual Assault Prevention Week was a passion project of theirs.

Amelia noted that the force behind this week’s programming is the need for better education about sexual assault and increased conversations.

“I don’t think sexual assault is something that’s talked about, we just want to start talking about it and make people not afraid to have these conversations.”

Organizations like Planned Parenthood, She’s the First, and Feminist Majority Alliance were there to show their support. With all of these organizations gathering in one place to share new information, Tyrell found people were more willing to have conversations about sexual assault.

“We wanted to create a space where so many different organizations were in solidarity together, basically combating rape culture on our campus.”

TSG and Student Activists Against Sexual Assault are hoping the student artwork and performances will resonate past the end of the week, and conversations will continue to happen throughout the entire college experience.

Campus Construction Continues as Students Flock to Campus for Fall Semester

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Students returning to Temple University this fall will see more than few upgrades to their favorite main campus spaces.

While construction on the new library will continue until the Spring of 2019, many of the cosmetic and structural upgrades are set to open as students head to their first day of classes.

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Founder’s Garden has received a complete makeover, including the removal of trees, new landscaping, new pavers, benches, and a large Temple T in the middle. A new owl has also been installed in Alumni Circle, but the university has assured students via social media the beloved Red Owl won’t be going away permanently; it will receive a new home inside Founder’s Garden.

The Bell Tower will also see continued landscaping and cosmetic renovations in the upcoming weeks. Announced in the spring as a phase of the Verdant Temple project, the Bell Tower is set to be dedicated in honor of trustee H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest upon completion. The bells were cleaned and reinstalled this summer, and will ring each day on the hour.

The Howard Gittis Student Center is set to reopen on August 28 with a brand new food court, provides new dining options such as Saladworks and Chick-fil-A. The atrium, which has been closed during the summer sessions, has already reopened with new furniture and brand new flooring.

The brand new student recreation facility, or the STAR (Student Training and Recreation) Complex is set to open its doors to students on the first day of the semester, providing brand new classroom space for the College of Public Health.

One of the changes that will continue to develop include the expansion of the Fox School of Business. The expansion project, which was announced in late June, will include a skywalk that will connect Speakman Hall with 1810 Liacouras Walk.

As of now, there are no definitive plans for the space that will become available after Peabody Hall is torn down during winter break.

Freely Magazine Launches with Special Event

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International students at Temple are now coming together to share their cultural experiences from home and in America in a new way.

Freely Magazine is a brand new online publication run by international and domestic students at Temple University. With a staff of forty students, Freely Magazine is focusing on showcasing the cultural backgrounds of international students. Sylvia Dao, founder of the magazine, says their content right now is focusing mainly on presenting diverse cultures to students who have yet to be exposed to them.

“Our content is basically discovering cultures, sharing your opinions, and the purpose of debunking stereotypes.”

To launch their magazine, the Freely staff hosted a photo exhibit titled ‘A Piece from Home,’ showcasing the work of ten different photographers from all over the world. Students from Congo, China, Romania, Poland, and more displayed their photographs accompanied by short biographies about their experiences at home and coming to Temple.

Dr. Hai-Lung Dai, Vice President for International Affairs, and Nelson Diaz, Temple Board of Trustees Member, both praised the students involved for taking the initiative to popularize the international student’s perspective at such a large scale. Diaz is in full support of bridging the gap between international and domestic students.

“We have to figure out how we reach the rest of this institution so they realize how important international students are to the future not only of the university, but to the future of America.”

The staff writers and photographers hope to expand this intercultural initiative to impact as many students as possible, both in the Temple community and in the greater Philadelphia area.

“I think it’s like a really incredible idea just to bridge this culture gap between international students and domestic students,” stated Keilon Rachford-Hawkins, Vice Director for Freely Magazine Public Relations, and international student from Trinidad and Tobago.

Visit Freely Magazine’s website here for more information.

Love Your Melon Kicks Off Campus Fundraiser

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Love Your Melon, a newly established student organization at Temple, is an apparel brand dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer and providing support for young patients with cancer across the United States. As a part of the Campus Crew Team program, the Temple Crew kicked off their fundraising efforts with a benefit concert featuring the band 3 Shades of Blue.

Love Your Melon donates half of all their proceeds from sales to two nonprofit parters, Cure Search for Childhood Cancer and the Pinky Swear Foundation. Cure Search for Childhood Cancer strives to end pediatric cancer by supporting targeted and innovative research into a cure for cancer and aims to document measurable results in a more accelerated time frame. The Pinky Swear Foundation attempts to ease the emotional and financial impacts experienced by families directly affected by childhood cancer.

Temple Crew Team captain Erin McComb has a personal connection to the organization that drives her dedication to the brand.

“I had a best friend who was diagnosed with cancer, so just seeing that other children were going through this and knowing they have best friends worried about them throughout the night too, just, it really hits home for me.“

Not only did Temple students come out to the benefit concert, but also team members from other college crews in the Philadelphia area came to show their support. Drexel Crew Team Captain Brianna Squilla commented on the size of the event.

“This is the first big thing I’ve actually heard from the Northeast Crews so far, and I think it’s a good opportunity for everyone to come out and learn more about it.”

Along with the kick-off benefit concerts and selling raffle tickets at the event, Love Your Melon Temple reaches out to Ronald McDonald houses and go on superhero visits to individual children afflicted with cancer.

Temple Crew Team member Kara Bowen is very passionate about these visits.

“It’s not very often that you see a lot of focus on childhood cancer, not only just the research, but actually interacting with the children and making their lives a little bit better and a little bit brighter.”

You can read more about Love Your Melon and it’s mission here.

Temple University Selected for Landmark Study

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Temple University has been selected to participate in the largest study ever focused on concussions in student athletes. The NCAA and Department of Defense chose nine more institutions to add to twenty-one already conducting longitudinal research under the guidance of the Care Consortium.

After a lengthy selection process, co-principal investigator and Temple neuroscience professor Dr. Dianne Langford is looking forward to beginning research.

“We’re very honored to be a part of this study, and this is just the beginning of a wellness and fitness program here at Temple that we’re going to be employing to reach out to all of our students,” stated Dr. Langford.

25,000 students are expected to participate in this study, and 1,000 of these students are projected to be Temple Owls. Preliminary screening of the D-1 and club athletes will begin this summer and lead to further testing within the next three years.

Fellow co-principal investigator and Temple kinesiology professor Dr. Ryan Tierney described methods of research faculty and students will be using to assess concussion affects on athletes.

“You can do balance testing, cognitive testing, ask about short term and delayed memory, then some more sophisticated balance testing as part of a pretty good protocol of assessing concussions.”

Undergraduate and graduate students at Temple will also be selected to conduct research and assess the results of the balance and cognitive tests.

For more information on this landmark study on concussion in sport, visit Care Consortium’s website, here.

NAACP at Temple Aids in Flint Water Crisis Efforts

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The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is still an ongoing issue, and Temple University has joined in the efforts for relief. The progressive chapter of the NAACP here at Temple has taken the time to collect bottles of water as well as monetary donations from students to send off to the communities affected in Flint.

Over the past month, the organization has set up shop in the Student Activities Center for a few hours every Tuesday, and has collected about 24 gallons of water. Temple Student Government as well as the Delta Mu chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated also joined in their efforts.

The NAACP is now in the midst of sending off the collected water to The Catholic Charities Center for Hope in Flint, using the monetary donations for shipping costs. The organization used social media and a GoFundMe account to spread awareness to the campus and collect the donations.

Financial Chair of the NAACP, Leroy Map, says as soon as he heard of the situation in Flint, he immediately felt a call to action.

“The desire to act now, to want to help as much as possible, that’s what made me propose it to the organization to send water to Flint.”

Map also felt that his organization received a lot of positive feed back from the campus. Several people approached him asking how they could find their own ways to help Flint, including several NAACP chapters from other schools. Map says he had no problem passing the information on to others about who exactly to send help to.

Even though the NAACP may not have reached their financial goal, Map feels secure that they have still given the affected community members of Flint hope just by letting them know others are thinking of them.

Visualize Temple Plan Continues with New Library

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The Visualize Temple Plan continues with construction along Liacouras Walk. This demolition site that was once Barton Hall will soon be the location of Temple University’s new state of the art library. With workers set to lay the foundation, the campus will be able to see the building on the rise starting this May. The library is scheduled to be completed by Fall of 2018.

Norwegian architect firm, Snohetta, has contributed to the design of the library which has been in the works for approximately four years. The building was originally planned to be located on the west side of Broad Street, before the university decided to make it more of a central location o the campus.

University Architect Margaret Carney said, “We wanted to make sure that the building really was in a place where all of this traffic would see it and know the center of the campus and be able to get to it easily. So the site was really perfect in that sense.”

LibraryFeatures of the new library include:

  • a robotic book retrieval system
  • almost 1,000 additional seats
  • group study rooms
  • 3D printing
  • immersive visualization labs
  • 24/7 café

The Writing Center along with the Math and Science Resource Center will be relocating into the library as well. The new structure will be covered by a green roof that utilizes storm water management, and will reportedly be one of the largest green roofs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

As for further construction on campus, the Visualize Temple Plan includes adding a new interdisciplinary research building following the demolition of Beury Hall and the Bio Life Center. Removing these building will create room for a large green space in front of the new library.

Paley Library will remain standing, and is set to be repurposed as a student academic center. Carney spoke highly of the library project and its future contribution to the university.

“If we don’t create a building that will inspire people to greatness, we will have failed.”




Temple Student Shot in Attempted Robbery

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UPDATED 11/14.

A Temple student was shot during an alleged armed robbery around 1:00 a.m. on Saturday along the 1500 block of North 17th Street. The student was standing outside of a Temple fraternity house that was holding a party when the gunman approached him.

After being denied entry into the party, the suspect demanded that the student give him everything that was on him, flashing a silver handgun in his waistband. The student then ran at the gunman and was shot in the left thigh and hip.

The victim was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital and is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries. The gunman did not take anything off the victim.

The gunman was described as an African-American male between 35 and 40 years old with no facial hair. He was wearing a red hoodie, blue jeans, and a red beanie hat. The police later confirmed this description.

Further investigation is underway regarding the shooting as the police continue to search for the gunman.


News Ticker: Start of New Annenberg

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A year-long project to enhance Temple’s Annenberg Hall began with the installation of a news ticker above the building’s front entrance along 13th street. The ticker will feature up-to-the-minute news streaming from Philadelphia’s KYW Newsradio.

Installment of the news ticker is the first step in Annenberg’s enhancement project that will include a new outdoor seating area, new furniture throughout the building, increased office space for faculty, and new hallway ceilings.

“The exterior of the building is rather generic otherwise, but this will make it clear that news and public-affairs communication are at the heart of what we do,” School of Media and Communication Dean, David Boardman said.

The 40 feet long and 2 feet tall ticker will also be used for important information and announcements from Temple and the School of Media and Communication.


Video courtesy of Temple Update Reporter Rebecca Rosenblatt