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.

Marc Lamont Hill Joins Klein College of Media and Communication

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Dr. Marc Lamont Hill (pictured) previously attended and taught at Temple University.

Klein College students received an email Friday afternoon announcing that political activist and journalist, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, will be taking on a new role as the first Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities and Solutions for the Lew Klein School of Media and Communication.

Hill, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, attended Temple University as an undergraduate student.

From 2005 to 2009, Hill served a professor of Urban Education and American Studies at Temple University before taking a position as an associate professor at Columbia University, Since 2014, Dr. Hill has taught Africana Studies to students at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Marc Lamont Hill has authored four bestselling books. In 2014, Ebony Magazine named him one of their ‘Power 100’ list. Hill has frequently appeared as a guest on Fox News, CNN, as well as MSNBC and HuffPost.

In the announcement, Klein College Dean David Boardman called Hill, “perfect for this role.” He continued, calling him, “A superb teacher, an outstanding researcher, and a high-profile, highly respected journalist and public intellectual.”

A Live Recap of Trump’s First 100 Days

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Temple Update reporter, Stetson Miller, joined us live from Washington D.C. this morning to discuss the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency.

During an interview with Stetson, Congressman Dwight Evans, a representative of Philadelphia’s second district, was critical of Trump, calling him “A person who just doesn’t have a clue about where he wants to go.”

Stetson also spoke with Pennsylvania Senator, Bob Casey, who called Trump’s victory against Hillary Clinton, “[a] self-inflicted” problem for the Democratic Party.

However, Junior Pennsylvania Senator, Pat Toomey, had a different perspective on Trump’s first few months in office. In a statement to Temple Update, he said, “Generally … I’m optimistic there’s a lot of good things we can accomplish.”

Gregory Mandel Appointed Dean of Beasley Law School

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The Beasley School of Law’s national search for a new dean has come to an end, as it named Gregory N. Mandel its new dean, Monday.

Temple University president, Richard Englert spoke highly of Mandel in a press release, saying “with Greg at the helm, the law school is poised to build on the momentum established by decades of faculty excellence and the visionary guidance of its former dean, Provost JoAnne Epps.”

Mandel has served as the school’s interim dean since July of 2016, replacing Epps who began her position as provost during the fall semester. Prior to being hired at Temple, in 2007, Mandel served as the associate dean for research and scholarship at Albany Law School.

“I look forward to working with President Englert and Provost Epps,” Mandel said. “I am honored to be a part of advancing both Temple Law’s commitment to being at the forefront of how law schools can contribute to society.”

Mandel is set to begin his tenure as dean on May 1, 2017.