UPDATE: Former AEPi President Posts Bail after Charges of Attempted Sexual Assault

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Updated: 5/17/18 5:30 PM

Ari Goldstein, the former president of Temple’s AEPi fraternity, has been released from jail after posting 10 percent of a $2 million bail, according to a report by 6ABC.

Goldstein was arraigned on May 16 and officially charged with attempted rape, attempted sexual assault, and more related counts.

Temple University spokesman Brandon Lausch says, “We continue to contribute to the ongoing investigation.”

Original post: 5/16/18

Ari Goldstein, the former president of Temple University’s AEPi fraternity, has been officially charged today with attempted rape and attempted sexual assault, according to a report by Philly Magazine. Goldstein, 21, was arraigned today and is currently being held on 2 million dollars bail.

Goldstein’s arrest comes after charges were brought against the frat in April. AEPi was forced to suspend all official activities pending an investigation by the university and Philadelphia police. While no official arrests have been made prior to today, Philadelphia police have confirmed that at least 3 women have come forward in what they call “credible” accusations of assault.

Ari Goldstein
Via LinkedIn

AEPi denounced the claims and behavior in April, stating that their organization was cooperating with police and university officials and would hand any accusers over to the police.

Goldstein’s official court documents seem to indicate that the only offenses he is being charged with occurred in February. This leaves the possibility for further arrests in the upcoming months, pending further investigations into the frat’s activity.

According to AEPi’s national leaders, Goldstein was forced to step down from his position as AEPi’s president following the April accusations, and his continued membership in the frat may be rescinded following the subsequent trial.

In an official statement, spokesperson Jonathan Pierce stated that “There is no place for these kinds of actions amongst any of our brothers.”

Goldstein will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on May 31st. Any students with additional information are urged to call Temple police at 215-204-1234. Any students seeking support or counseling relating to these accusations are also encouraged to reach out to Temple’s Wellness Resource Center at 215-204-8436.

 

Bill Cosby to be Sentenced in September

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While the guilty verdict in the high profile Bill Cosby has been rendered, the 80 year old comedian and Temple alumni is awaiting his fate, which will be decided on September 24th.

Cosby was found guilty last month of three counts of indecent assault by a jury in a retrial that had been roughly a year and a half in the making. Among the women Cosby is charged with assaulting is former Temple employee Andrea Constand, who Cosby drugged and assaulted in 2004.

Cosby’s defense lawyers have attempted to push the sentencing back to December, but judge Steven O’Neill has upheld the September date.

Under house arrest since his conviction, Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison at his sentencing.

Temple Student Found Dead in Off Campus Apartment

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Temple officials notified the community today of the death of Daniel Duignam, a third-year business student in the FOX School of Business.

Duignam was found dead in his apartment on the 1700 block of Diamond at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday night. The cause of death was ruled to have been multiple gunshot wounds.

Temple Police sent out a TU alert Saturday night warning students to avoid the area. The incident was officially addressed the following Sunday morning in an email from Temple University President, Richard M. Englert. 

President Engert’s official email sent to Temple community

While police do not yet have suspect in custody, Temple officials say that this may not have been an isolated incident. In response to such acts, TUPD presence has thus been increased both on campus and in the surrounding areas.

Duignam is the sixth Temple student to die this academic year. Last semester saw the deaths of five students, including the murder of student Jenna Burleigh.

Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to call TUPD’s anonymous tip line at 215-204-6493. 

Students seeking help coping with events like these are encouraged to reach out to Temple’s Tuttleman Counseling Services.

Temple Film Students Show Their Work at Diamond Film Festival

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Temple students in the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts screened their semester-long projects at Temple’s annual Diamond Film Festival.

The program, which ran from May 1 to May 2, was the culmination of many artist’s works over the last year. Students, families, and faculty were treated to a stunning display of creativity in Temple’s Performing Arts Center.

The works ranged from contemporary to modern, with many students constructing visual art pieces, such as sculptures or projection. These were shown off in the basement of the TPAC, below where the event took place.

The main event of the two-night festival was the public screenings of several student-produced films. Students got a chance to show off their successful and creative works in front of a wide audience and receive real-time feedback from peers and viewers.

The Diamond Film Festival also gave students the opportunity to network with possible future employers. Representatives from multiple production companies and freelance producers were in attendance to scout talent for upcoming projects.

The Diamond Film Festival concluded right before the start of finals, just in time for the upcoming commencement ceremony on May 10.

Student project at the Diamond Film Festival

Bill Cosby Found Guilty on All Charges

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Comedian and Temple alumn Bill Cosby was back in court today as jurors delivered their final ruling in his assault retrial.

Cosby was found guilty on all charges. Cosby’s accusers, who sat in court as the verdict was read, let out an emotional response at the news.

Speaking publicly in front of the Montgomery County Courthouse after the ruling, Cosby accuser and actress Lili Bernard told the public, “I feel like my faith in humanity is restored.”

Though the accusations against Cosby are numerous, the comedian has been charged with three counts of aggravated and indecent assault, including a charge for the assault of former Temple employee Andrea Constand.

Each of these charges carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail. Cosby is currently out on bail until his official arraignment.

Supporters of the #MeToo movement are counting today’s verdict as a victory in their pursuit of justice for victims of assault throughout Hollywood. Many supporters of the movement have since taken to social media to express their satisfaction with the verdict.

Cosby’s legal team have attempted to claim that the encounters in question were fully consensual and that accusers like Constand are simply trying to take Cosby’s money and wound his public image.

The defense also has pointed to Constand’s three million dollar civil settlement with Cosby years prior. Constand claims that she let the case go because she wanted the experience to be over with.

Cosby’s sentencing date has not yet been announced. According to the comedian’s defense team, Cosby will try to appeal for an overturn of the verdict.

Cosby Defense Rests Case in Assault Trial

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Bill Cosby’s defense team in the high profile Cosby assault trial has officially rested their case, marking the end of official hearings from prosecutors and defense.

Cosby’s team made their final statements before the Judge Steven O’Neil today, opening the floor to closing arguments expected to take place tomorrow. Judge O’Neil informed jurors that they had been provided with all the evidence in the case.

Cosby has opted not to testify before a jury, instead leaving his innocence up to his extensive legal team, including Tom Mesereau, who represented Michael Jackson in his 2005 child abuse case.

Cosby Atorney Tom Mesereau (Courtesy: Mesereau Law Group)

Today’s case marks the end of weeks of hearings in what is now Cosby’s second trial, his first last summer ending in a hung jury. The defense has insisted that Cosby acted with consent when he had sexual relations with former Temple employee Andrea Constand. Constand, however, along with several other accusers, claim that Cosby drugged and assaulted them.

Defense attorney’s have sought to create a narrative that Constand and other accusers are con artists seeking to rip Cosby off. Cosby had previously paid Constand over 3 million dollars in a previous civil suit, and critics now argue that she wants more.

The defense’s claims were slightly undermined Wednesday, however, as a key witness admitted that she and a Cosby attorney had “created it together.”

Cosby is charged with 3 counts of aggravated and indecent assault and faces a potential 10 years in prison for each charge if found guilty.

Closing arguments are expected in the next few days, and jury deliberations will likely wrap up in the following weeks.

Temple Students Take Part in Second Walk Out

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Yesterday marked Temple’s second walk out in protest of gun violence and reform in recent months. Students and faculty at the university, as well as schools around the city, marched out of class to call for legislation and reform of America’s gun laws.

The protest comes as April 20th marks the 19th anniversary of the infamous Columbine shooting in 1999, in which two seniors killed fellow students and faculty in their high school. Schools across the country participated in the event, with Temple’s own event garnering student interest in the thousands on its Facebook page.

Speaking to Temple Update, senior Adam Leopold said “Today was a fantastic success. Turnout was never a concern of ours. We would have been happy to speak to 10 people who really care rather than 1000 who just wanted to get out of class.”

The event also featured public speakers, students, and faculty, all who made their voice heard during the large gathering at the Bell Tower. Local Temple community members who have lost loved ones to violence were also in attendance to make their voices heard, and a moment of silence was held for those lost to gun violence.

“We did have a wonderful turnout and a lot of passionate attendees who had the chance to speak out on their own to accompany our slew of speakers. We did something really good today,” Leopold said.

Protesters hope that events like these will spark conversation and further legislation in gun violence in the future, and more walkouts are expected down the line.

 

 

TUPD Addresses AEPi Allegations

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In an email to students today, Temple police issued a formal statement in regards to the charges currently being leveled against Temple’s Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.

AEPi’s social privileges were suspended on April 1st following a pending university investigation. What the frat was being charged with was unclear at that time however, and TUPD had not formally addressed the charges until today.

AEPi’s official statement following accusations in early April

In a statement released by the frat on their Instagram when the allegations were first made public, the group stated that they themselves were unaware of the charges, but promised full cooperation with any investigations.

“If we determine that one of our members is responsible-or even knowledge of whom internally or externally is responsible-we will deal with them to the full extent of our powers, including beginning expulsion proceedings from the fraternity and turning them over to local and school authorities.”

In today’s email, however, campus officials specifically identified the accusations under investigation, including possession of drugs and sexual misconduct, including sexual assault.

As of today, the fraternity is not currently recognized by Temple pending a follow up by authorities, and city police are also involved in the case.

Police activity will be increased on the 2000 block of Broad street during the proceeding investigations.

Any students who may have information aiding the investigation may make an anonymous call to Temple police at 215-204-1234, or

email the department at police@temple.edu. Additionally, those seeking support or resources related to assault may contact the Wellness Resource Center at 215-204-8436 or at tuheart@temple.edu.

Temple’s WHIP Radio Takes Part in Vinylthon

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Temple’s own radio station, WHIP, will be joining over 90 other college radio stations in this year’s College Radio Day Vinylthon.

Starting Saturday, April 21st at noon, WHIP will be playing nothing but vinyl track for a full 24 hours. The station will be participating in the event as a part of an initiative by College Radio Day to mobilize schools across the country for the event.

College Radio Day is a non-profit collaboration founded by students and professors with the goal of bringing college radio stations together “to harness the combined listenership of hundreds of thousands of college radio listeners throughout the world and to celebrate the important contribution of college radio by uniting for this one day.”

While College Radio Day itself is not until October, the group hosts several other events throughout the year, including Vinylthon. According to College Radio Day founder, Dr. Rob Quicke, “the idea of this Vinylthon makes sense because college radio is still probably the only remaining medium that regularly plays music on vinyl. A lot of college students still buy vinyl at record stores and then bring them to the studio to play them on the air.”

This year’s Vinylthon will mark the third anniversary of the event. Those interested can tune into WHIP on iHeartRadio from start to finish Saturday.

 

TUTV Hosts Taste of Summer Event at The View

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Students today lined up outside the the View at the corner of 12th and Montgomery in celebration of today’s TUTV event.

Complete with a DJ and prize table, interested students lined up starting at noon today for free water ice and even a prize wheel to win some TUTV swag.

“It’s called Taste of Summer,” one of TUTV’s staff members told us. “We’re out here celebrating the end of the school year, with some water ice and prizes.”

Keep up with TUTV on Twitter and Instagram.