Spring Break Snow Still Lingers on Campus

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Temple Owls are fortunate to have been away during the Spring break snow storm, but for the Department of Housekeeping and Ground Maintenance, snow removal was still a top priority.

The department of Housekeeping and Ground Maintenance, Joe Imsezennik, is in charge of snow removal. Cost for removal varies depending on the severity of the snow fall. The Assistant Associate Director of Groundskeeping referenced this recent storm removal process as “expensive.”

Ashley Rodriguez and Lexy Williams, communication students at the School of Media and Communication, both want commuters to be taken into consideration during snow removal. They explained that efforts to clear snow on campus grounds are great but the surrounding areas need more attention.

Stephen Witherspoon, Operations Manager of Housekeeping, agrees with Imsezennik that they were fortunate that the storm came during a break where studies safety wouldn’t be in jeopardy, and that it happened during the week, so weekend overtime wouldn’t be an issue for crews.


College of Engineering Partnership with PennDot

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Since 2009 there has been an ongoing project to widen highway I-95.

One of the most recent developments in the project is the new partnership formed between researchers from Temple University’s College of Engineering and Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation.

Dr. Erica McKenzie

The I-95 project includes researchers and students in multiple disciplines within Temple University and Villanova. Outside of the College of Engineering, there are also professors contributing to this research from the department of Earth and Environmental Science.

The partnership between PennDOT and university researchers is the first infrastructure project of it’s kind due to the high level of the researchers’ involvement the development of the new highway.

The construction on I-95 will require a new storm water management system that was not built for the previously existing highway. This partnership aims to find better ways to manage storm water runoff from the I-95 expressway.

Dr. Erica McKenzie, who is an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, is currently one of the professors contributing to this research.

She and her students are studying how trace metals that can be found in exist in storm water from road runoff, such as the copper from brakes, zinc from the tire composite, and materials used in de-icing techniques on highways effect their surrounding environments.

Along with this, Dr. McKenzie and her students are also trying to find out how quickly these metals are entering storm water in order to figure out how to manage their presence in these environments.

One of Dr. Kenzie’s graduate students, John Kelley says that using the data they collect will allow them “to calibrate a model that we can use to hopefully predict how these bumps will perform given a certain storm event.”

Dr. McKenzie says one of the most exciting aspects of this research project is the future response from Philadelphia’s citizens on the move and developments towards green infrastructure.

Philadelphia’s Millennial Advisory Committee

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The Philadelphia Mayor’s Office has recently named the newest members of the Millennial Advisory Committee.

After more than 400 online submissions were received for the committee, there were 20 individuals chosen to become a part of the panel. Members of the committee include a diverse panel of Philadelphians ranging in ages 23 to 34 years old. Each will serve for a term of one year.

This committee will work alongside the mayor’s office to develop city policy to create more engagement within the large millennial community in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia currently has one of the largest millennial populations on the east coast and this committee will also be one of the first of its kind in any major city in the country. The Millennial Advisory Committee was founded by the Managing Director’s Office under former managing director Rich Negrin, who is now a candidate for district attorney.

Millennial Advisory Committee 2017

One of the candidates serving on this committee is Temple University Alumni Raymond Smeriglio, who is also currently the Assistant Director of Temple University’s Athletics Development.

“It really made sense in a lot of ways to give back in this way. I love government. I think it has a great impact on its citizens and be involved in any way was really impactful and this was a really cool way to get involved with the city of Philadelphia and the mayor’s office,” said Smeriglio.

Like Smeriglio, the committee aims to not only get committee members involved in city issues but the entire millennial community as a whole.

“Millennials are one of the largest generational groups in the city and yet our voting rate is about 17%. We are going to look at various issues that affect millennials, that effect their positions in the city and whether or not they stay in the city and how we can continue to keep the millennial coming and staying here,” said Nicole Allen White, the chair of the committee.

The Millennial Advisory Committee will meet monthly in locations throughout the city. A few of those meetings will be open to the public of all ages and millennials in Philadelphia are encouraged to come and join the conversation.