Third Annual Vigil Held at Bell Tower

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On Tuesday night, students and faculty gathered at the Bell Tower for Temple’s third annual vigil.

People gathered at the Bell Tower with candles for the event – honoring and remembering the loss of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

The vigil is for those who have passed away since February 2017, and people submitted names they would like to remember at the vigil.

Temple partnered with the CTC Foundation, which also created the “Don’t Stall, Just Call” alcohol poisoning education program.

“It’s important for Temple to raise awareness about like the dangers of binge drinking, and how there’s this new culture going through of [feeling] like it’s necessary to black out when you go out, and that’s just not okay because there are serious consequences that are life changing…” says Kate Tangradi, a student at Temple and member of the sorority Delta Zeta.

Some students expressed the importance of having a vigil, as it is a time for people to remember those who have passed away and reflect on their own lives.

“I just really think that everyone needs to remember and take time out of their day to think about this kind of stuff,” said Katie Cook, a sophomore at Temple. “I really hope that this takes a step in a bigger direction to spread awareness and try to prevent these things from happening that are tragic to the Temple community.”

Temple Student Government Election Campaigns Announced

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Election season has kicked off, and Temple Student Government has just announced the three campaigns in the running.

Each campaign has a Presidential candidate, Vice President of Services candidate, and a Vice President of External Affairs candidate.

The three hopefuls are UniteTU, whose presidential candidate is Daniel Borine; VoiceTU, whose presidential contender is Tyler Lum; and IgniteTU, whose presidential nominee is Gadi Zimmerman.

These campaigns are not allowed to endorse themselves until Wednesday at 12:01 a.m., with the campaigns running until Election Days, on April 4 and 5. The winner will be announced by Elections Commissioner Daritza Santana on April 6.

This Thursday, the three campaigns will have their first debate, co-moderated by Temple Update’s own Kelly Antonacci and The Temple NewsGillian McGoldrick.

 

Philadelphia’s Proposal of Safe Consumption Sites

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Philadelphia has announced plans to open supervised drug injection sites. These facilities would provide users with clean needles, medical supervision, and resources to seek addiction help.

The decision to establish the drug injection sites comes after an increase of opioid deaths in Philadelphia. According to the Department of Public Health, the amount of overdose deaths in 2017 is expected to be around 1,200, which is nearly 300 more than 2016.

District Attorney Larry Krasner has placed the blame on pharmaceutical companies for selling such high powered drugs.

“And at the same time, the supply of pills have quadrupled, the supply of fatal overdoses from heroin and the supply of people who are suffering addiction from heroin and opioids have quadrupled,” Krasner says.

City officials believe that the supervised drug injection sites will prevent people from dying from drug overdose.

The city’s proposal has provoked both positive and negative reactions. Solomon Jones, who is a radio host at Praise 107.9, says, “If you are helping someone to survive a heroin overdose, then you are helping them to live an addiction.”

Jones has made an event called “Safe Injection Sites: A Community Forum,” in order for people on both sides to discuss the sites.

“[Philadelphia] just announced it from on high,” says Jones. “‘We’re going to do these safe injection sites,’ never came to the community, never brought people together, and so I took it upon myself to do that.”

Despite opposition, there are some people that think the sites will greatly help the city.

“To me, I think it’s a no-brainer that we need an engagement site where people can go and use drugs,” says Jillian Bauer-Reese, an assistant professor at Temple University. “I think they will save lives and will also save money and decrease public drug use.”

City officials will bring in private organizations to fund and run these consumption sites as well. These organizations are still unknown to the public.