UPDATE: Preliminary Hearing for Joshua Hupperterz Delayed

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UPDATED 9/21/17 3:00pm:

The preliminary hearing for Joshua Hupperterz has been rescheduled for late November before Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Patrick Dugan.

The first court hearing was Wednesday, but Hupperterz’s attorney cited the need to review the prosecution’s case.

“I need more time to do a little bit of investigation,” Nenner said.

Hupperterz is being held without bail at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility and has maintained his innocence.

UPDATED 9/5/17 4:30pm:

Temple Student Government and the Progressive NAACP are hosting a vigil in remembrance of Jenna Burleigh on Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm. The event will be held in Founder’s Garden where there will be open-mic sharing and space to write letters to the Burleigh family. Candles and flowers will also be provided. All members of the Temple community are welcome to join.

UPDATED 9/3/17 5:00pm:

The Wayne County Coroner’s Office has announced that Temple student Jenna Burleigh died of blunt force trauma and strangulation.

The autopsy was completed Sunday morning, the same day Joshua Hupperterz, the man last seen with Burleigh, was arraigned on murder charges and denied bail.

Burleigh’s body was found Saturday in Hawley, Pa, 150 miles away from where she was last seen at Pub Webb off Temple’s main campus.

UPDATED 9/3/17 1:45pm:
Jenna Burleigh had just started at Temple on Monday. She was majoring in film and media arts.

Joshua Hupperterz was arraigned just before 5am Sunday morning, charged with the murder of Temple student Jenna Burleigh.

Hupperterz was also charged with abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and possession of an instrument of crime. He also faces multiple drug charges after police searched his 16th Street apartment and found drugs in the home.

According to Philadelphia Police, “Hupperterz informed [a detective] that he had been so drunk when he left the bar he had no recollection of who he had been with.”

According to documents on the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Web Portal, a judge has denied bail for Hupperterz, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 20 at 9am.

This is not Hupperterz’s first brush with the law. Police records show charges including possession of drug paraphernalia and other drug charges 2010, theft of a vehicle in 2011, and charges of a DUI, burglary, and theft in 2013.

UPDATED 9/2/17 9:15pm:

Philadelphia Police held a press conference this evening announcing they have recovered Jenna Burleigh’s body in Wayne County, about 25 miles east of Scranton.

Joshua Hupperterz, a 29 year old former Temple student, has been arrested and is being charged with the murder of Jenna Burleigh. Police say Burleigh’s body was recovered on the property of Hupperterz’s grandmother in Hawley, Pa, but they believe Burleigh was killed in the 16th Street apartment and transported to Wayne County.

Police believe Hupperterz and Burleigh had no prior relationship, and had met the night Jenna disappeared. In his statement to police, Hupperterz “admitted to elements of the crime,” Philadelphia Police said during the press conference.

The circumstances and cause of death remain unclear at this time.

Temple University president Richard Englert released a statement via email to the Temple Community this evening, expressing his condolences to everyone who knew Jenna.

“Jenna joined the Temple community just this week as a junior transfer student from Montgomery County Community College, majoring in film and media arts. Our deepest sympathies go out to Jenna’s family and her classmates, both here at Temple and at Montgomery County Community College,” read the statement.

Englert also reminded students that there are resources available to them during this difficult time at the Tuttleman Counseling Services on Main Campus, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 215-204-7276.

Burliegh was last seen wearing these clothes.

UPDATED 9/2/17 11:00am:

Police have searched a home on the 1700 block of 16th Street, which is said to be the home of a friend of Jenna’s.

A roommate reported to police that it looked like someone had tried to cover up blood stains in parts of the home. Police found the man at his grandmother’s home in Scranton, PA, and then obtained a search warrant for the apartment.

Homicide units were seen at the site of the home, as well as a cadaver dog, but the dog did not find anything.

No arrests have been made at this time, and no other information has been made available by police.

Original Article:

Temple student Jenna Burleigh has been reported missing by the Lower Salford Police Department.

The 22-year-old was last seen in the area of Pub Webb (1527 Cecil B. Moore Avenue) at 2 AM on August 31st. She was wearing a white shirt with a light blue jacket tied around her waist.

Any information should be reported to Temple Police at 215-204-1234 or Confidential Tip Line at 215-204-6493.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Date Set for Cosby Retrial

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A new date has been set for Bill Cosby’s retrial on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004.

This past June, the first trial ended in a mistrial when the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict after deliberating for over 50 hours.

The retrial was ordered to begin on April 2 by Judge Steven O’Neill. Originally set for November, O’Neill granted a request by Cosby’s lawyers to delay the retrial.

Cosby will use a new defense team led by Tom Mesereau. Mesereau is a Los Angeles lawyer best known for defending Michael Jackson from child sexual abuse charges over a decade ago.

According to Judge O’Neill, jury selection will begin in March.

Renovated Founder’s Garden and O’Connor Plaza Reopen

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Workers placing the new owl statue outside Founder’s Garden. (Courtesy of Betsy Manning)

On September 14th, Founder’s Garden was reopened with the unveiling of O’Connor Plaza, which was named in honor of Board of Trustees Chair Patrick J. O’Connor and his wife, Marie.

The renovation was a tribute to their leadership and support of the university. Changes include new landscaping, a water wall, and a bronze owl statue. An inlaid Temple “T” and diamond-shaped tablets for each of Temple’s 17 schools and colleges replace outdated pavement. Other features include new lighting, walkways, and outdoor furniture.

“Founder’s Garden is one of the most cherished places at Temple, and I am delighted to contribute to a revitalization project that makes it even more welcoming and functional,” O’Connor said. “I am also humbled by the recognition from an institution I hold so dear.”

The surrounding walls that honor Temple’s Great Teacher honorees remain untouched, as well as the burial site of university founder Russell H. Conwell.

Temple Releases Statement on DACA

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On Tuesday, Temple University released a statement in regards to the DACA controversy.

On September 5th, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a Memorandum on Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

The university supports the work of the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) with their efforts to persuade Congress to pass legislation that will make DACA protections permanent. Temple is committed to supporting its students by offering counseling or assistance to those that need it due to changes in the DACA program.

Students are encouraged to reach out to Dean of Students OfficeTuttleman Counseling Services, or International Student and Scholar Services.

Temple Update Nominated for CBI National Student Production Awards

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Temple Update is a national finalist in multiple categories for the College Broadcasters, Inc. 2017 National Student Production Awards.

The nominations include TempleUpdate.com for Best Student Media Website, Temple Update for Best Social Media Presence, and Update’s March 2nd, 2017 show for Best Newscast. Other TUTV finalists include OwlSports Update for Best Social Media Presence, Travel Ban Promo for Best Station Promo, and Owl Access Pass’ February 14th, 2017 show.

CBI aims to represent students involved in radio, television, webcasting, and other types of media. It currently represents more than 200 active radio and television stations.

The winners for each category will be announced at the National Student Electronic Media Convention in San Antonio, TX on November 2nd to the 4th.

Temple and TAUP Announce Agreement

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TAUP and Temple have been in negotiation for the past 15 months. (Courtesy of taup.org)

Temple and Temple Association of University Professionals, or TAUP, have come to a tentative agreement on a two-year contract with adjunct faculty after a year of negotiations.

As the first agreement since adjunct faculty became part of the union, it offers adjuncts credit-hour increases for each of the two years. $1,425 per credit hour in 2017-18 and $1,500 for 2018-19. Those already paid more than $1,425 but less than $1,500 per credit hour will get a single payment of $150.

The full-time faculty agreement will be extended for one year through October 2019. It gives full-time faculty the same level increases as the last two years.

On Wednesday, the union had a ratification meeting with its executive committee. A ratification vote by the membership is expected within the next month.

Dean Baquet to Receive 2017 Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award

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Dean Baquet will receive the award in November at Mitten Hall.

Executive editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet, will become the 17th recipient of the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award this fall.

Baquet will receive the honor at a ceremony annually hosted by Temple’s Klein College of Media and Communication. The ceremonies honor distinguished alumni and media figures, as well as raise funds for student scholarships.

Other recipients of the Excellence in the Media Award include Tina Fey, Robin Roberts, Matt Lauer, Anderson Cooper, Whoopi Goldberg, and Wolf Blitzer.

Baquet, who is a Pulitzer Prize winner, has spent almost 40 years in journalism. He began working at The New York Times in 1990, for which he has also served as the Washington bureau chief and managing editor. In 2014, he became the newspaper’s top editor, which also marked the first time an African-American held the title.

“At a time when the essential role of the press – and, in particular, of The New York Times – has never been clearer, it is our privilege to honor Dean Baquet,” said David Boardman, Dean of Klein College. “He is one of the nation’s greatest journalists, and leaders.”

In addition to the award ceremony, Baquet will hold a “Conversation with Students,” where he will answer questions and give advice to Temple students.

The Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Awards ceremony will be held on November 10th at Mitten Hall, where seven Klein College alumni will also be honored for their professional achievements. The proceeds from the event directly benefit the Lew Klein Scholarship Fund.

More information can be found at lewkleinawards.com.

Temple Update Nominated for Emmy Awards

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Temple Update and its contributors have been nominated for multiple NATAS 2017 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards.

Update’s March 2nd, 2017 show as well as the March 30th, 2017 show have both been nominated in the College/University Student Production – Newscast category.

The March 2nd show, anchored by Taggart Houck and Kylie Winkler, featured a report on adjunct negotiations, a live report from Alexis Johnson covering the beverage tax, as well as another live report from Cassie Semyon on anti-Jewish vandalism in Philadelphia. The show was produced by Jeseamy Muentes, Supervising Producer Joseph McHugh, and Executive Producer Peter Jaroff, and it was directed by Rebecca Rosenblatt.

Anchored by Daniel Ray and Alyssa Jerome, the March 30th show featured a report on the naming of the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication and a live report from Kelly Antonacci on Temple’s library construction. Directed by Logan Moritz, the show was produced by Spencer Trabbold alongside Supervising Producer Joseph McHugh and Executive Producer Peter Jaroff once again.

Also in the newscast category, TUTV’s OwlSports Update is nominated for their March 30th, 2017 show.

In the College/University Student Production – News: General Assignment category, Temple Update contributor Benjamin Otte was nominated for his “Construction Ongoing Inside Temple SMC” piece, for which he was a reporter and photographer. Ben was also editor for another nomination, “Immigration Ban Challenges Temple Student’s Family.” Update’s Taggart Houck is credited as producer and reporter.

Klein College students were also nominated in several other categories.

Reporters Emily MacMullen and Sarah Metts received a nomination for their “Turn Up the Town” piece in the College/University Student Production – Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs category.

In the College/University Student Production – Sports category, Tracy Yatsko is nominated for her “A Legacy On and Off the Court” report. Reporter Rachel Zerbe and photog Ben Otte are nominated for their piece, “From Player to Painter.”

In the College/University Student Production – Talent category, Emily Milliron and Tracy Yatsko received nominations.

The 35th Annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards will be held on September 9th at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA.

Online Service DocumentCloud Moves to Temple

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The company aims to “turn documents into data.” (Courtesy of Latoya Peterson/journalists.org)

DocumentCloud, a digital service that allows journalists to share and annotate documents, is coming to Temple.

The site received a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, allowing it to work on a business model while being located at the Klein College of Media and Communication. The company plans to hire students to work with DocumentCloud and there are additional plans to bring the cloud-based platform into curriculum.

Founders of the company include Aron Pilhofer, Eric Umansky, and Scott Klein. Pilhofer, who previously worked at the New York Times, currently holds the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple.

DocumentCloud, founded in 2009, describes itself as “a catalog of primary source documents and a tool for annotating, organizing, and publishing them on the web.” It plans to help “reporters get more out of documents and [help] newsrooms make their online presence more engaging.”

Since 2011, DocumentCloud has been a project of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a nonprofit focused on excellence in investigative journalism.

Temple Grad Wins World Series of Poker

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Scott Blumstein beat out 7,221 players over the course of two weeks to go home with over $8 million. (Courtesy of AP Photo/John Locher)

Scott Blumstein, a recent Temple graduate, won the World Series of Poker early Sunday.

At age 25, Blumstein won $8.15 million at the world’s largest poker tournament in Las Vegas. A native to New Jersey, this was Blumstein’s first appearance at the main event. He beat out over 7,000 competitors to take home the money as well as the WSOP bracelet.

“I’m really happy with how I played tonight,” Blumstein told ESPN. “Really happy with the result, really happy with the deuce, because I was playing good, but I’m pretty tired of poker at this point, honestly. To have to go back and battle pretty deep-[stacked] again, I wasn’t looking forward to it.”

Going into Saturday, Blumstein had 226 million chips. His opponents Dan Ott and Benjamin Pollack had 88 million and 45 million respectively. Dan Ott ended up in second place with $4.7 million and Benjamin Pollack came in third with $3.5 million.

Blumstein graduated from Fox School of Business three years ago with a degree in accounting.