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)


NORRISTOWN, Pa.
— 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.

Jim Cawley, Former P.A. Lieutenant Governor, to Serve as Vice President of Institutional Advancement

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Credit: Ryan S. Brandenburg, Temple University News

Jim Cawley, a Temple graduate, who served as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania has been nominated as the university’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Jim Cawley is exactly the right person for this vital role,” said Temple President Richard Englert in a statement made earlier this week. Adding to his praise of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey CEO, Englert called Cawley’s record of public service, “the right mix of experience.”

The Republican politician served as Lieutenant Governor during Tom Corbett’s four-year term, from 2011 until 2015. In this role, Cawley will spearhead alumni relations operations and university fundraising.

“I can think of no finer role than raising the funds that will keep Temple affordable, and provide students with the resources they need to thrive,” Mr. Cawley said of his new position.

A lifelong Pennsylvanian, Cawley was born and raised in Bucks County. He graduated from Bishop Egan High School. Cawley is a 1991 graduate of Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts and additionally earned a professional degree in law from Beasley in 1994. Prior to his election as Lieutenant Governor, he served as a member (and later Chairman) of the Bucks County Board of Commissioners. He currently resides in Bucks County with his wife and son.

An official Board of Trustees voting ceremony regarding Cawley’s nomination is scheduled to take place in September. Currently a member of the board, he will step down following his confirmation.

TSG Announces Vacant Seat Fillings

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In an official press release, Temple Student Government announced the finalizing for the appointment of two new students to its Parliament.

The news is the latest in the aftermath of the TSG’s Spring 2017 elections, during which the Activate TU party was elected to the organization’s executive board. The two students, Neil Chada (’19, College of Engineering) and Doreen Nguyen (’20, School of Theatre, Film and Media Arts), had previously expressed respective interest in filling two of Parliament’s vacant seats.

Following the approval of Parliamentarian, Jacob Kurtz, he contacted Chada and Nguyen to confirm their interest. The process began shortly after.

Both students have handed their Committee resumes and statements of interest to the former Parliament’s Steering Committee, which still retains the right to vote on nominations, as the new Parliament has not yet formed one of their own. The Committee plans to vote in the coming weeks.

Any student interested in filling any of Parliament’s vacant seats can contact TSGelect@temple.edu or Parliamentarian@temple.edu for additional details.

Main Campus Prepares for Upcoming Safety Drill

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The simulated active-shooter scenario will take place at Peabody Hall, pictured, on Temple University’s Main Campus.

Campus Safety Services and Emergency Medical Services have announced plans to conduct a simulated active-shooter drill on Temple University’s Main Campus. The drill will begin at approximately 8 a.m. on June 7 at Peabody Hall.

In a mass e-mail sent to students and staff, Charles Leone, Temple’s Executive Director of Public Safety, expressed the importance of being prepared in the event of a campus emergency.

“Preparedness exercises are a critical component of emergency management efforts at any college or university,” Leone says. “Through the training, as well as many other initiatives, we continuously evaluate and optimize our resources and services for the Temple community.”

During the drill, “Actors will pretend to be victims, who will be triaged outside of [Peabody Hall]. The areas reserved for the exercise will be clearly marked.”

Prior to the exercise, Campus Safety Services will send a TUalert, reminding the Temple community of the drill.

NOTE: This exercise is only a simulation. Those who are not directly involved with the event will not be required to take any action.

SEPTA Announces Across-the-Board Fare Hikes

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SEPTA’s regional rail, subway system, and buses service Philadelphia and several of its surrounding counties.

Philadelphia’s daily commuters will soon find themselves digging deeper into their pockets, as SEPTA announced its plan to increase fares, starting later this year. The sixth largest transit authority in the U.S., SEPTA averages ridership of over 300,000 people per day.

Beginning July 1, prices for everything from Quick Trip and disabled fares to TransPasses and TrailPasses are expected to increase.

This is not the first fare hike customers have seen in recent years. Typically, SEPTA increases its prices every three years – as was the case in 2007, 2010, and 2013. The 2016 fare increase was pushed back to this year to avoid any conflict with the official launch of SEPTA Key.

Still, with ongoing customer dissatisfaction regarding the punctuality, accessibility, and overall quality of SEPTA, many riders are hoping that the fare hikes will ultimately lead to improvements within the foreseeable future.

For more information on the fare increases and their effects, check out SEPTA’s official release.

 

Philadelphia Primary Results: What You Need to Know

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Sun, crisp air, and blue skies made perfect ballot-casting conditions for voters who participated in Philadelphia’s primary elections on Tuesday. Here’s a closer look at the election results and what they mean for the near and distant future:

District Attorney Race

Beth Grossman (R), Nominee for Philadelphia District Attorney.
Lawrence Krasner (D), Nominee for Philadelphia District Attorney.

Civil Rights attorney, Lawrence Krasner, clinched the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia District Attorney, winning 38.19 percent of the vote, approximately 58,200 votes, against six other Democratic opponents. The race drew notable attention when former D.A. Seth Williams announced that he would not seek reelection following his March 2017 indictment on 23 federal fraud and bribery charges. Krasner will face Republican candidate, Beth Grossman, who previously worked as an assistant district attorney and ran unopposed, in the general election on November 7, 2017.

City Controller Race

Michael Tomlinson (R), Nominee for Philadelphia City Controller
Rebecca Rhynhart (D), Nominee for Philadelphia City Controller.

The Democratic race for Philadelphia City Controller was won by Rebecca Rhynhart. In surprise victory, she bested outgoing City Controller, Alan Butkovitz, by garnering 58 percent of the vote against his 40.68 percent. Prior to resigning in order to focus on her campaign, Rhynhart served as the Chief Administrative Officer under Mayor Jim Kenney. Republican Michael Tomlinson, who ran unopposed, won his primary with 99 percent of the vote. Tomlinson previously ran as a Republican candidate for District 173 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Municipal Court Race

Matt Wolf (D), Nominee for Philadelphia Municipal Judge.
Marissa Brumbach (D), Nominee for Philadelphia Municipal Judge.

Due to the two vacancies in the Philadelphia Municipal Court, Democrats Marissa Brumbach and Matt Wolf both scored nominations to become Philadelphia Municipal Court Judges. Brumbach is an attorney who has run her own practice for more than 20 years and previously ran for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in 2015. Opponent, Matt Wolf, has 24 years of experience as an attorney, most of which was spent as a trial attorney.

More Information

The general election will take place on November 7, 2017. The last day to register for the election is October 10. For more information on voter registration, visit www.pavoterservices.pa.gov.