A ‘Surplus’ of Sustainability for Students

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The Temple Surplus warehouse is located on the 2700 block of Park Ave.

In a building just one mile off campus, one of Temple University’s largest environmental initiatives is doing big business. The spacious warehouse holds hundreds of household appliances as part of the university’s Surplus Shopping program.

The Surplus program utilizes discarded pieces of furniture from the university and repurposes them as items for students and the public to purchase online at a discounted rate. Many think the program could help ease the financial burden of college life.

“Being in college, we already have enough loans. We’re struggling for money,” says senior, Mike Mingone. “Finding nice furniture –– that’s used, in good condition, at an affordable cost –– it’s a win-win for everybody.”

Thousands of items circulate through the warehouse annually.

In addition to being a financial investment ‘Surplus’ co-creator, Mark Gottleib, also sees the program as an investment in the future of our environment. As Associate Director of Operations and Logistics, Gottleib’s goal is to ensure the success of the program as a sustainability effort.

“Increasing the green footprint of the university is part of sustainability. We don’t wanna be putting this material in landfills.”

Gottleib — who acknowledges the program’s slow, yet steady growth — sees it as a major asset to the university. “It’s a work in progress, but it’s going in the right direction,” he says. “I think just the fact that we have made this progress has its own level of satisfaction.”

For more information about the Surplus program and other sustainability initiatives, visit the Office of Sustainability’s website.

UPDATE: Temple Student Found Dead in Off-Campus Apartment, Determined a Drug-Overdose

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Updated: 12/4/17 3:00 PM

The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the recent deaths of both Temple students, James Orlando and Michael Paytas, were due to drug overdoses.

Philadelphia Police has provided a statement about the incident.

“On 12/2/17 at 6:50 AM the girlfriend of a 20-year-old deceased male reported that she woke up as the deceased was having labored breathing,” it reads. “Medics were called, the male was then unresponsive and pronounced on scene; the Medical Examiner’s office notified cause of death unknown at this time.”

According to police, foul play is not suspected. The Medical Examiner’s Office is not releasing information about the type of drugs involved in each case.

Dr. M. Moshe Porat, Dean of the Fox School of Business stated, “Our Fox School community is deeply saddened by the passing of James Orlando, the second loss we have suffered in recent days. Our thoughts and prayers are with James’ family and friends, to whom we send our heartfelt condolences.”


Original post: 12/3/17

 Temple University has experienced its second student death in one week.

James Orlando (Credit: GoFundMe)

James Orlando was pronounced dead in his apartment on the 1800 block of Berks Street after police responded to a 911 call at the off-campus residence on Saturday, December 2.

Orlando, 20, was discovered by medical officials who were unable to revive the third-year Fox School of Business student.

Orlando’s death comes less than seven days after Michael Paytas, another Fox School student, was discovered unconscious in Paley Library. Paytas was later pronounced dead at Hahnemann University Hospital.

This also comes just days after the preliminary hearing for Joshua Hupperterz, the man charged with the murder of 22-year-old Temple University student, Jenna Burleigh, in late-August.

“We are extremely saddened by the passing of James Orlando, a third-year business student from Reading, Pennsylvania,” said a spokesperson for Temple University.

A GoFundMe page has been created in James Orlando’s honor.


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.

Articles of Impeachment Drafted Against TSG Parliamentarian Jacob Kurtz

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TSG Parliamentarian, Jacob Kurtz (Pictured)

In a statement, released on Twitter, TSG Parliamentarian, Jacob Kurtz, announced that articles of impeachment were brought before him, Tuesday afternoon.

Following an incident, during which Parliamentarian Kurtz allegedly overlooked a vacancy for the position of Vice Chair for the steering committee, Representative Shakeel Alibhai drafted the articles of impeachment, effectively calling his leadership ability into question. According to Kurtz, “when [he] realized [his] mistake, he immediately began working … to amend it.” Kurtz defended his position, saying, “it is my belief that one mistake … is simply not grounds to question my expertise.

A hearing, set to take place on November 6th, will help determine Kurtz’ future in Parliament.



Pa. Senate & House Pass In-State Tuition Funding; Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

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State Representative Seth Grove confirmed that Senate Bill 238, which would fund public universities like Temple University, was passed in both the Senate and House.

In a statement to Temple Update, Rep. Grove reiterated support for the move, saying, “[SB238 garnered] huge majorities across the board.” The bill is slated to arrive on Governor Tom Wolf’s desk Thursday morning.

This is a developing story. 

3 Things to Know for Wednesday, September 13

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Edith Windsor, pictured, led the fight for marriage equality in the United States.

Edith Windsor, LGBTQ Rights Activist Who Paved the Way for Same-Sex Marriage, Dies at 88:

  • Temple alumna, Edith Windsor, died Tuesday at 88. A celebrated. LGBTQ rights activist, Edith was known for winning a Supreme Court case against the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. She returned to main campus in 2014 to receive the Alumni Fellow Award from the Temple alumni.

Tyler School of Art Hosts 4th Annual Poetry and Art Fair:

  • Tyler School of Art is hosting the fourth annual Poetry and Art Fair. The fair, which runs from September 14th to the 16th, features a discussion and Q&A with Brian Teare and editors from Argos Books, Belladonna Collective, Double-Cross Press, and Nightboat Books. Temple’s Film and Media Arts creative writing program is also hosting pannel featuring five small press poet publishers.

Klein College Holds Student Organization Fair:

  • Wednesday, Klein School of Media and Communication students had the opportunity to attend the Klein College Student Organization Fair. The fair allowed students to explore a vast amount of resources, which included Study Away opportunities, student organizations, and multiple television shows, including Temple Update. The fair was a huge success, attracting a large crowd of Klein College students.

Edith Windsor, LGBTQ Rights Activist Who Paved the Way for Same-Sex Marriage, Dies at 88

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Edith Windsor, pictured, led the fight for marriage equality in the United States.

Edith Windsor, the main plaintiff in the landmark United States Supreme Court case, United States v. Windsor, died Tuesday in New York City.

Windsor was born June 20, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The youngest of three children, she grew up in a household deeply affected by the Great Depression. In 1950, Windsor graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University.

Windsor earned her Master’s degree from NYU in 1957. Shortly thereafter, she accepted at job at IBM, where she would work for the next sixteen years.

After divorcing her husband of one year, Windsor, who recalled having romantic feelings for women as a teenager, began a courtship with Psychologist, Thea Spyer in the early-1960s. In 1967, despite same-sex marriage being illegal in every U.S. state, Spyer proposed to Windsor.

Inspired by the groundbreaking Stonewall Riots in 1969, Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer spent the next forty years advocating for LGBTQ rights.

Following the death of Thea Spyer, Ms. Windsor became the sole beneficiary of her estate. Due to the lack of acknowledgement of same-sex marriage in the U.S., Windsor was forced to pay $363,053 in federal estate taxes. After an attempt to claim the federal estate tax exemption failed, she took legal action, filing a lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Eventually, United States v. Windsor made its way to the Supreme Court, with its decision becoming a landmark ruling in the fight for marriage equality in 2013.

Windsor is survived by her wife, Judith Kasen.

3 Things to Know for Tuesday, September 12

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Over 200 flights were canceled at Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest passenger airport.

Hurricane Irma:

  • As parts of Florida and the Caribbean recover from the wrath of Hurricane Irma, the weakened storm continues to travel up the east coast. The storm has reportedly grounded over 200 flights at Atlanta International Airport and claimed five lives in Georgia and South Carolina.

The Dreamer’s Initiative:

  • Philadelphia officials announced the launch of “The Dreamer’s Initiative,” a fundraiser that attempts to cover the 495-dollar application fee for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. The effort comes after last week’s announcement to rescind the Obama-era program.

University Statement on DACA:

  • In response to the DACA controversy, Temple University released a statement detailing its commitment to providing an inclusive learning experience. University president, Richard Englert says that Temple will support legislative action to continue DACA.

3 Things to Know for Wednesday, August 30

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Tropical Storm Harvey continues:

  • Houston, Texas is still dealing with catastrophic flooding caused by tropical storm Harvey. Damages from the storm are set to cost an estimated $2.3 billion. In addition to the flooding, the city is expecting another fifty inches of rain by this weekend.

Tom Wolf talks PA Budget:

  • In a letter to House Republican leaders, Pennsylvania Governer Tom Wolf warned of, “a much more dire financial situation” if the House fails to fund the state budget. The $32 million budget was approved in June. In the meantime, a loan from the Motor License Fund will cover many public school expenses which are due this week.
Lil Yachty, Young Thug, and Tee Grizzley will headline the upcoming homecoming celebration.

Owlchella Homecoming Ticket Sales:

  • Performers for Owlchella have been confirmed ahead of next month’s homecoming celebration. Hip-hop stars Lil Yachty, Young Thug, and Tee Grizzley will headline the concert. Ticket sales for temple students begin August 30th, with general public sales starting the following day. Past owlchella performers include Flo Rida and DNCE.

Cosby Sexual Assault Retrial Delayed Until 2018

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Bill Cosby, June 2017. (Credit: AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

— Bill Cosby’s newly appointed legal team appeared in a Montgomery County courthouse Tuesday, requesting a delay in the start of his sexual assault retrial. Judge Steven O’Neill, who presided over Cosby’s first sexual assault trial approved the delay, moving the new trial’s start date to March 2018.

The 80-year-old comedian is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby claims that his sexual encounter with Ms. Constand was consensual. The prosecution’s legal proceedings against Mr. Cosby ended in a mistrial earlier this summer. Prior to today’s hearing, the new trial was set to begin on November 6.

Bill Cosby and his TV daughter, Keshia Knight Pulliam, walking into a courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. June 5, 2017. (Credit: Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

One notable member of Cosby’s new legal team is Tom Mesereau, a high-profile attorney who famously represented Michael Jackson during his 2005 trial. That case ended in Jackson’s acquittal.

The new legal team has also expressed interest in selecting a jury pool from Montgomery County, the location of Cosby’s home and the site of the alleged assault. The previous trial’s jury was selected from the Pittsburgh area.

NOTE:  Bill Cosby earned a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University in 1971. In 2014, in the midst of various sexual assault allegations, he resigned from the university’s board of trustees. Andrea Constand worked as director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team from 2001 to 2004.