Temple fue el Anfitrion de el Panel de Periodismo Latino en Filadelfia

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Una foto de los periodistas.

“Media is being forced to rethink, uh, that you guys have a role to play,” dice Milady Nazir, la reportera de Unvision 65.

Y repensando los medios fue exactamente lo que hizo un panel de notables miembros de Philadelphia’s Latino media durante una serie de discursos de graduados.

El evento, que occurio el martes por la manana, incluyo personalidades de NBC10 y Telemundo 62, Al Dia, la revista “Motivos,” Univision 65 y El Zol.

Miguel Martinez-Valle, Emma Restrep y Jenée A. Chizick-Agüera

Temas candentes relacionado con la comunidad latina como inmigracion, etica de los medios, y el activismo social dominaron la conversacion entre la audiencia y los profesionales.

Pero para una una audiencia que inluia mayormente estudiantes de ultimo ano, los momentos mas memeorable fueron de panelistas, como el periodista bilingüe Miguel Martinez-Valle.

Valle, quien se graduo de Michigan State en 2015, ofrecio sus proprios consejos en como sobresalir en el competativo mercado de trabajo de hoy en dia.

“Ay que creer en ti mismo, ay que, ay que hacerlo si si si alguin te dise que no puedes hacer algo,” él dice. “Como a mi me desian que no puedo trabajar en ingles y en espaniol que tengo que escojer uno, y yo dije no yo.”

“Esta llena con informacion sobre como recoger becas, aaaa como entrar a la universidad, eee como escribir un ensayo para recibir una beca por ejemplo … Entonces léela!”

El evento era moderado por la professora de los estudios de medios y produccion, la doctora Clemencia Rodriguez

El evento era moderado por la professora de los estudios de medios y produccion, la doctora Clemencia Rodriguez, quien dice que enfatizar la importancia de la inclusividad es una leccion importante para todos.

“Tiene que vinir de los estudiantes las initiativas entices los invitos a toadas y a todos pa que participen y token la puerta del college y llegen con sus ideas lo que quieren y estamos dispuestos a serlos realidad.”

Michelle Obama to Visit Temple for College Signing Day

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Michelle Obama will join a roster of celebrities, who will host College Signing Day at the Liacouras Center

Michelle Obama will mark College Signing Day in the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday, May 2.

The former First Lady will spend the day alongside 8,000 students at the Liacouras Center, celebrating their futures at four-year universities, community colleges, trade schools, and military programs.

She announced on the event on Twitter, Thursday:

Other notable names joining the celebration include: Bradley Cooper, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kelly Rowland, Nick Cannon, Robert De Niro, Zendaya, players from the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, and more.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit the Temple Performing Arts Center next week on Wednesday, April 11.

Campus Safety Holds Active Assailant Training

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Students and staff listened intently during a training session designed to improve preparedness in the event of an active assailant. Campus Safety officials, Lieutenant Ken McGuire and Sarah Powell, led a 90-minute discussion, highlighting the importance of being ready for an emergency.

“This active assailant training is really focused on personal preparedness, says Powell, Director of Emergency Management. “It’s about that window of time before the first response is on the scene.”

Lt. Ken McGuire answers questions from Temple University students, faculty, and staff.

A window of time that Lt. McGuire thinks could make all the difference for first responders and victims. “They’re coming in with the heavy armor –– with the rifles and the shotgun –– but if all I’ve got is [my vest] and [my gun], that’s enough. That’s more than you’ve got.”

Campus Safety had previously organized smaller training sessions, but felt the need to broaden the program’s reach, following last month’s Parkland, Florida shooting.

The TUReady Training Sessions were inspired by the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14th.

“I wanted to give people the opportunity to have, just, that awareness at a moment when they were feeling especially, um, geared towards that message,” says Powell.

While some on-campus felt the university could do more to prepare, many students –– like Junior Matthew Diamond –– said they felt safe in and out of the classrooms. “I don’t think anything will ever happen on campus, and if it does, I think we have the appropriate resources to retaliate or respond to it.”

The next session in the TUReady Training Series will take place on March 28th. Register for the event here.

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.

Winter Storm Delays Students’ Spring Break Travel Plans

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Snowy conditions on Cecil B. Moore Ave.

Spring break is here, but Spring weather is an entirely different story.

Philadelphia and its surrounding areas were blasted by a powerful nor’easter that impacted several states, on Friday. On-campus winds reached speeds of more than 30-mph. The wintry mix and strong winds forced many trudging through campus to cling to streetlight poles to avoid being blown into the streets.

The storm arrived just ahead of Spring break –– on one of the semester’s biggest travel days for students –– forcing the cancellations of hundreds of flights, trains, and buses.

This morning, many of SEPTA’s Regional Rail lines are still delayed or suspended. Amtrak, Greyhound, and major airlines operating inside Philadelphia International Airport are also experiencing delays.

Students in residence halls, who have not applied for housing extensions, are expected to vacate the their dorms by 12 p.m. today. However, Resident Directors have sent notices to students, informing them that the university’s $50 fine for students without extensions will be waived for those who complete the housing extension and submit documented proof of canceled or delayed travel plans.

For more information on SEPTA’s amended schedules, visit septa.org

Follow @TUWeatherWatch on Twitter for the latest local and regional weather.

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.