Temple Police’s Newest Canine Officer

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Murphy as a puppy on the beach right after the Besa family got her.

Meet Murphy, the newest member of the Temple Police force.

His owner, Officer Larry Besa, has been with the K9 force at Temple for eight years now. Officer Besa has been training with his yellow lab, Jarvis, for the span of those years. He added Murphy to the family this past August.

Murphy and Jarvis playing tug of war at home.

Since then, the two have become best buds. When showing a picture of the two playing one night, he explained, “He gets a toy and then they just play tug of war for an hour. They’re buddies.”

Both dogs are trained in explosive-detection and patrol, which includes crowd control, article search, and tracking. They work at all different events ranging from the Liacouras Center to potentially out-of-state.

These dogs go through extensive training programs at the Philadelphia Police Academy to keep their skills fresh. They train at least three times a week while at work, and are re-certified twice a month. One of those certifications is for the explosive-detective portion, while the other is for the patrol aspect.

Despite all of the work that goes into training the dogs to be ready for the job, Officer Besa says it’s all worth it.

Officer Larry Besa with Jarvis (left) and Murphy (right).

When asked what the best part about the job is, he replied, “It’s a different job than the patrol aspect of riding around in a police car and answering radio calls. As the day goes on and you’re out there, you get the dog out of the car and you play with the dog and he does something crazy and stupid and it makes you laugh.”

 

Temple students can catch both these pups around campus, and are encouraged to always say hello!

 

Temple Update Exclusive: Remembering Michael Paytas

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On Wednesday morning, Temple Update broke the news of a student passing that occurred just two days prior.

Wednesday afternoon, President Englert sent out an email to the Temple community confirming the death of Michael Paytas.

Michael Paytas was a 24-year-old Business and Management student, set to graduate in only 3 weeks.

In an exclusive interview with Temple Update, Michael’s mother, Melinda Lilley, spoke with us about the sudden, heartbreaking death of her son Michael.

 

Michael and his mother, Melinda Lilley.

 

“Michael, since the day he was born, has always had a massive heart,” she began. “He always had a huge amount of friends.”

“Michael was loyal, loving, and kindhearted, and would do anything for anybody.”

 

 

 

Along with loving his friends, Michael was also very close with his family.

Michael and his brother’s dog “Mercedez” that he loved

 

“He loved his family. Our favorite memories were probably down the shore. We vacationed in Ocean City, New Jersey. We would go there every year when he was younger. He loved the shore.”

 

Melinda and Michael shared a special love of one Philadelphia sports team.

 

“Michael and I LOVED the Eagles! Tried to watch every game together!”

 

Melinda also spoke Michael’s passion for music.

“He was so gifted. He picked up the guitar in two seconds. He also picked up the drums in two seconds. He was so talented. He did teach himself, he picked it up on his own. He was probably around 18-19 when he first started.”

“He loved rap [music] cause of his age. He liked Rock and Roll too though, he was very diversified. He was such a good boy. One of the last songs we listened to was ‘California Dreaming ‘by the The Mamas and Papas.’ I mean he liked all kind of genres. He was such a good boy.”

Melinda took a moment to compose herself.

A photo Melinda took of Michael driving her

 

“We would drive to and from Temple almost everyday. His sense of humor was profound, and his laughter always made the days so much easier!”

Melinda then continued on to explain the special connection Michael held with Temple.

 

“He always did well in school and he cared about his grades.”

 

 

Michael Paytas died with only 3 weeks left until graduation

 

“He was so looking forward to graduating. It was his proudest moment. My mother paid for his college at Temple, and she’s 89 years old. The only thing he wanted to happen was that if I have to go up to Lancaster to pick you up and bring you back here to see me graduate I will do it. That’s what kind of kid he was.”

“My dad, his grandfather, George Lilley, graduated from Temple. He passed away in 2007, but my dad was hysterical! He had the same sense of humor as Michael! Both graduating from Fox- another reason he (Michael) was so proud.”

 

Michael and his brother, David (29).

 

“After graduation, he wanted to start a breakfast/lunch business with his brother, David.”

 

After all his family has been through over the past week, Michael’s mother, Melinda, just wants him to be remembered for the loving person he was.

“Everybody that knew him was fortunate. He just had a heart of gold. He was so grateful for everything. He had such a big heart.”

 

 

Services for Michael will be held as follows:

December 9th at 11AM

Red Clay Creek Church

500 McKennans Church Rd

Wilmington, DE 19808

 

 

Temple Student Found Unconscious in Paley Library, Dies at Hospital

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Updated: 11/30/17

Students are shocked to find out about another death of a fellow Owl.

Temple Update broke the story on Wednesday that 24-year-old Michael Paytas of Holmes, PA was found unconscious on an upper floor of Samuel L. Paley Library, Monday, before being taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Michael Paytas, 2017 (via Facebook).

Paytas was a senior Business and Management student in the Fox School of Business. He transferred to Temple in 2014 after attending Delaware County Community College. He was set to graduate in 3 weeks.

Senior Kinesiology major, Riley Conahan, says she recalls seeing some of the series of events that took place on Monday.

“So on Monday a friend and I were walking to class past Richies and we look over and we saw an ambulance. [And] I didn’t really think anything of it until I saw them pull out a stretcher and take it to the library.”

Although Conahan took notice of the medics responding, she, like many other Temple students, had no idea of the severity of the situation.

Despite this tragic event happening on Monday, students of the university were not notified until Wednesday. Students in classes with Paytas were first notified by their professors upon arriving to classes Wednesday, noticing the empty seat where Paytas sat just 2 days before. His 10AM class “Introduction to Digital Design Tools for Advertising,” was the last class he attended, before being found unconscious one hour later. The university sent out an email to the entire Temple community later Wednesday afternoon to let them know about the passing of Michael Paytas.

Jillian Moyer, a senior Chemistry major, says she has concerns when it comes to the delay in notifications being sent out to the university. Jill tells Temple Update “As a Temple student, we wanna know when things are happening. Like, kind of soon to when they occur just so that we can be aware of what’s happening.”

University officials have not yet announced the cause of Paytas’ death. One source tells Temple Update a student worker found Michael unconscious in the second floor bathroom of Paley Library.

Students in need of support during this time are encouraged to visit Tuttleman Counseling Services.

Original Story: 11/29/17

24-year-old Michael Paytas was found unconscious on an upper floor of Samuel L. Paley Library, Monday, before being taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Paytas, a senior marketing major from Holmes, Pennsylvania transferred to Temple in 2014 after attending Delaware County Community College.

University officials have not yet announced the cause of Paytas’ death.

Students in need of support during this time are encouraged to visit Tuttleman Counseling Services.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Thanksgiving for International Students

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Junyng “Nikki” Lu, Chinese International Student (Top Left), Brendon Creed, Trinidadian International Student (Bottom Left), Hermann Doerner, German International Student (Top Right), and Rayanna Ruani, Brazilian International Student (Bottom Right).

Four different students, four diverse backgrounds and one common struggle.

For most college students, the week of Thanksgiving is a week full of good food and family time. However, international students staying in the U.S. don’t all get that luxury. With homes ranging from China, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, and Germany, traveling back and forth for shorter breaks isn’t necessarily feasible.

Chinese international student, Junyng “Nikki” Lu, is in her second to last semester in the Fox School of Business. Being that she wanted to take graduate classes, Lu has taken classes over every summer that she’s been in America. By taking classes over the longest break students have all year, she has forfeited her only chances to go home.

When asked how it feels to see her friends go home each break, she replied, “At first I heard some of my friends are going to go back to China, which I really am jealous because I haven’t seen my family for three years.”

International students staying in the States over break are interested to experience this national holiday.

Rayanna Ruani of Brazil explained that she “had heard about it in movies and books,” while Brendon Creed of Trinidad and Tobago expressed that he “would see it on TV episodes or sitcoms.”

When asked if the real Thanksgiving paralleled with what they were seeing on TV, both replied that once experiencing it first hand, they realized that it was a lot more about family than they thought it would be. Both stated that the United States’ Thanksgiving paralleled with their home countries’ Christmas.

As Temple’s campus turns into a “ghost-town,” as Creed described it, international students who cannot return home for the holidays are left to find plans. However, if a student doesn’t know many people in America, he/she may be left feeling alone on the holiday.

To avoid this, Temple’s International Student Affairs office has put an initiative into place to pair international students with host families for Thanksgiving dinner. Ed Roach, who works closely with the organization, explained the matching process.

“Mostly the way that we find people is partnering with churches locally, usually people from churches are open to bringing in new people,” said Roach. “They just want people to feel welcome.”

However, being that this holiday does not exist outside of the country, these international students say they will not feel too bad that they will not be with their own families for the holiday.

Ruani pointed out that “if it were like Christmas, a holiday that my family and I have always spent together every year, I would definitely be upset.”

Hermann Doerner (Germany) is a student athlete on Temple’s Men’s Soccer team.

Hermann Doerner of Germany says how the thought of returning home for winter break soon helps him get through not going home this week.

He said, “Of course I would like to be with my family. But since there’s no history in Germany of Thanksgiving and I’m going to see my parents like a month after when I go home for winter break, it’s not that bad.”

Unlike other international students who get to go home on breaks, Lu laughed about the amount of time that has passed since she last saw her parents.

She joked, “I know I’ll maybe [be] in the airport, you know, when my family sees me they probably cannot recognize me because in three years I’ve changed a lot.”

This link will provide information on hosting Thanksgiving for international students through Temple’s International Student Affairs.

Temple Professors Develop “GAINS” for Autism Therapy

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Think about the process of brushing your teeth. Pick up the toothbrush, put on the toothpaste, and brush. 3 easy steps, right? For a lot of people, it is an effortless process.

However, one percent of the world population lives with autism. For these people, it’s important for simple processes to be broken down into more steps.

Until now, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been the program used to help people with autism develop both academic and life skills. ABA uses a system where trained nurses and aids log their exercise activities and progress seen within their student via paper. These progress pages are added into binders full of past progress pages. Upon the autistic student receiving a new nurse, that nurse then has to go back through countless pages of recorded process with each activity to determine where to then pick the lesson up.

This process has flaws in it, though. Being that each individual aid is determining the rate in which the lessons are taught and how fast the student is picking up on the skills, human error can factor in. Results are not always accurate and reliable as they had been recorded.

Dr. John Nosek explains his latest project, “GAINS.”

Temple Professor Dr. John Nosek, along with his team “Guided Technologies,” have developed a program to help combat these issues. The program is titled GAINS, or Guidance Assessment & Information Systems.

The program develops a learning program for each individual autistic student, depending on his/her current state of abilities. The program continues to evolve a plan as the exercises are executed and the program is taking in the results of each exercise.

Speaking with passion, Dr. Nosek told Temple Update, “We incorporated into a system and created an expert agent. So basically it’s monitoring where the student is and where the instructor is. And based on where the instructor and student is and how the student is performing, we can actually coach people on what to do and what to say, how to reinforce and what help to give.”

 

So how does GAINS physically work?

The instructor puts on a specially designed headset that sits directly above the instructor’s ears. The headset connects via Bluetooth to a smart-app. Through sending different vibrations, the instructor hears the instructions being given by the app on how to perform each step of each individual exercise. With a simple tap after performing each exercise on either the red or the green buttons, the app updates what step is next in the exercise.

Why not just read from a book that can provide the same instructions?

By having a hands-off approach, this app allows for the instructor and student to keep a strong connection throughout their entire session. By receiving directions via headset, an instructor is able to maintain eye contact with the student the entire time, creating a trustful bond between the two.

How can it help autism education expand?

Not only can instructors use this technology, but now family members can use it as well! With it’s easy-to-use interface and low prices, families can now directly help in the aid of developmental progress within their own homes. This can even help family members understand the processes broken down more than they typically would. To answer the toothbrush question, Dr. Nosek answered that brushing one’s teeth takes 21 steps total.

The View at Montgomery Begins Construction on Phase 2

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Early morning clanking and clattering marks the start of construction on a new expansion to The View at Montgomery.

This new complex, tentatively titled “Phase 2,” aims to add on 984 bed spaces.

According to Mark Caltabiano, an employee of Asset Campus Housing, “Phase 2 will have a lot more study space, a larger fitness center, because a lot of the feedback we received from current residents at The View is that they wanted a lot more space to study, hangout with friends, and needed that space both academically and socially.”

The Goldenberg Group’s model of what Phase 2 of The View will look like upon completion.

The new complex will boast its own version of The View’s iconic “Sky Lounge” to maintain the clear city view that the building is known for. The combined complex will retain an outdoor fitness area in addition to expanded retail facilities.

This $199 million dollar project was undertaken in order to alleviate the stress of finding on campus housing for Temples growing student population. It is an issue with which student Hunter Muhlhauser became well acquainted during his sophomore year.

”I think that more options would have helped a lot because by the time I got to choose my campus housing, it was kind of slim pickings,” he expressed.

Although construction on the new building has just begun, its builders, The Goldenberg Group, claim it will be ready to house residents by fall of 2019.

Tailgate Talk | Temple Homecoming 2017

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Temple alum, Josh Peters,’ creation “The Owlbulance” celebrates its seventh year in the K-Lot.

The K-Lot at the Lincoln Financial Field is synonymous with Temple Football. This lot is where the majority of Temple students and alumni can be found before a Temple Football game.

There are those that take the Temple game-day experience to the next level, including Josh Peters, the owner of the Owlbulance. The Owlbulance is a one-of-a-kind creation: an ambulance that was transformed into a tailgate party on wheels.

“This is our seventh season as the Owlbulance owners coming to tailgates,” said Peters. “Setting this whole thing up on tailgate row in the middle of it all, it’s absolutely incredible.”

If you were to take a look inside of the Owlbulance, you wouldn’t see a gurney or any medical supplies, but instead party lights, food and games.

Along with the alumni at the games, the student fan section, led by the Cherry Crusade, is always radiating energy. Cherry Crusade president, Olivia Ashley, has been a dedicated member for the past four years. She knows a thing or two about cheering on the Cherry and the White.

Cherry Crusade members pose for a picture in the front row.

“I recommend getting here early, getting ready for the pep rally,” said Ashley. “You want to make sure you get your face painted over at the student tailgate. You want to get in there super early, it’s super hype, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m really excited for this game.”

The Owls will take on UConn this Saturday, October 14th

 

Here’s Your Game-Day Lineup:

7:00 AM- Parking Lots Open

9:00 AM- Free Student Shuttles Start Leaving Temple

9:30 AM- Football and Spirit Squad Fly-In

10:30 AM- Gates Open

12:00 PM- Kickoff

 

 

Temple Nursing Students Offer Free Flu Shot Clinics

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Temple University has put a flu shot initiative into place after the CDC released strikingly low numbers for annual flu shots on college campuses. Student Health Services has teamed up with senior nursing students to provide free flu shots for all members of the Temple community.

In the past, Student Health Services has worked with a professional medical team to provide flu shot clinics. The Director of Student and Employee Health, Mark Denys, says “We’ve been offering the flu shots for about the last 12 to 13 years, free for employees or students. Historically until last year we used all ADC Nursing plus our employee health nurses to help run the flu shot clinics.”

Although professional health staff may have been the way to go in the past, Temple is taking steps to engage its student body to be more involved in the areas they study.

Last year the nursing students came in and did one clinic with us, a small cohort of them, and then this year they approached us about taking on even a larger role and as you can see we have a larger role. So a lot more of them are helping out this year. It’s a great opportunity for them. It helps us not have to bring out/in ADC nursing, so it’s a win-win for both,” says Denys.

Senior nursing students will also gain clinical hours for the hours that they spend giving flu shots.

A senior nursing student lines up her flu shot vaccinations as a line of people formed to receive their flu shots.

Jennifer Baumher, a senior nursing student, believes that conducting the flu shots with Temple’s Nursing Program is very beneficial for students in the nursing program.

“So the cool part about this clinical experience is that it’s a public health project. Whereas our other clinicals we just show up to and we’re told what to do. This one we were more involved in the planning process,” says Baumher.

Bauhmer continued on to explain the planning process the students went through to organize these clinics.

“We had two meetings so far, full day experience, and we sat down in a big conference room and we all just got together and brainstormed. ‘How we can advertise? How we can spread the word? What the rotation is going to look like?’ All the different roles that we’d have to play today and kind of nail down as many details as we could, start-to-finish, so there was less left up to chance and we could be as organized as possible,” concludes Baumher.

Students and faculty fill out a form upon arrival at the clinic to obtain proper documentation that they have received their flu shot.

This flu shot initiative is not just for students and faculty of Temple University, however.  The team of student nurses this year is trying to expand this initiative into the community of North Philadelphia as a whole.

Pat DiGiacomo, an Assistant Professor of Instruction and the Undergraduate Program Director for Nursing, is proud to see the progress and interaction between her students and the community.

She explained “Our students today are senior nursing students in their fall semester. In the spring semester, that is their last semester in clinical, and then they will graduate, pass Boards, and then get a position. The students in this rotation had the opportunity to work with Mark Denys, the Director, as far as setting up the entire flu clinic. That also involved additional clinical faculty Dr. Barb Stevens and Dr. Tish Gill, as well as my director Marty Kubik.”

DiGiacomo continuously praises the work her students put into the setup of this project, specifically admiring their reach out into the surrounding communities of Temple University.

“What was really nice about this is our students coordinated some of the marketing piece, the education components, how we’re going to run the flu clinics here on campus. The other component that I really like is how we’re going to reach out the community members surrounding Temple University Hospital, and where are they going to get their flu shots. Our students actually put together a map of the different clinics that are available for our community members. So we’re out reaching not just employees, staff and students, we’re also reaching out to the community.”

Although in past years the CDC has revealed the low amount of participants for this important drive, Temple faculty and students are working their hardest to try to receive as many intakes as possible. With the changes Student Health Services is implementing, Temple hopes to see an increase of numbers of flu shots given over this next year.