BREAKING NEWS: Ten People have Died in a School Shooting in Texas

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Updated: 5/18/18 6:11 PM

Ten people have died and ten have been injured at the shooting at Santa Fe High School, most of them students, Governor of Texas Greb Abbott confirmed.

The suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

The suspect, identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been booked into the Galveston County Jail and is being held on capital murder without bond. Additional charges may follow, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office says.

Two people of interest are being interviewed by authorities, Gov. Abbott didn’t identify them.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said two officers and roving officer were assigned to the high school.

Pagourtzis used both a shotgun and a .38 revolver Gov. Greg Abbott says.

Lt. Gov. Patrick said Pagourtzis was hiding the weapons underneath his coat when he walked on to the school’s property.

“Neither of these weapons were owned or legally possessed by the shooter,” Gov. Abbott added, noting instead they were legally owned by his father.

Gov. Abbott said he has no information as to whether the father was aware the son had taken the weapons.

Authorities found writings in the suspect’s journals on his computer and cell phone that stated Pagourtzis not only wanted to commit the shooting, but also commit suicide after the shooting, Gov. Abbott said.

“As you probably know, he gave himself up and admitted at the time he didn’t have the courage to commit the suicide, that he wanted to take his own life earlier,” Gov. Abbott added.

A victim from the shooting is reunited with a family member.

University of Texas Medical Brand said they recieved four patients.

Not all of the victims have been identified, UTMB said a 15-year-old male was treated and released, a female in her mid-50s is currently in critical condition and is undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to her a leg, and a child suffered an injury to a leg muscle.

One of the injured at UTMB was identified as retired Houston Police officer John Barnes. He sustained a gunshot wound to the arm.

The other victims who were injured and killed have not been identified yet.

 

 

Updated: 5/18/18 1:43 PM

10 people are dead in the Texas high school shooting. Nine of those killed are students and one a teacher.

Two law enforcement officers are among those injured, the official says.

Investigators are searching a trailer nearby where it is believed Improvised Explosive Devices were assembled, according to a law enforcement source.

That same source says a pressure cooker and pipe bombs have been found.

The suspect is a 17-year old-male student and is in custody, according to a law enforcement official.

Updated: 5/18/18 1:00 PM

Between eight and ten people have been killed in the shooting in Texas, police say.

The majority of the dead at Santa Fe High School were students, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

A student was held after the attack. Police said explosive devices were found at the school, 40 miles south of Houston, and off-campus.

The death toll makes this the deadliest school shooting since the one in February at Parkland, Florida.

The attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas left 17 dead and spawned a nationwide youth-led campaign for gun control.

Original Post: 5/18/18 12:46 PM

At least eight people are dead following a shooting inside Santa Fe High School, according to ABC13.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says the death toll could rise to 10, those killed including both students and adults. A Santa Fe Internal Security Division police officer has been injured, Sheriff Gonzalez added.

Location of the Shooting.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says one suspect is in custody and a second one is detained. According to law enforcement agencies, it appears the shooter is a student.

Witnesses say the shooting took place in an art class on the campus between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m.

Santa Fe Police, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, ATF, and FBI Agents have all responded to the school at 16000 Highway 6.

According to the Texas Education Agency, the high school enrollment is about 1,400 students.

This story is developing, stay tuned for updates.

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 Students Excited for Summer Break

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If there’s one thing that Temple students are excited about, it’s summer break. With finals concluding this upcoming week, students will be on their ways back home to enjoy the nice weather.  

Junior Dufort, a freshman criminal justice student, is excited about break because that means he gets the opportunity to travel to the sunny Los Angeles, California.

“I’m going to LA just to relax and de-stress after finals. I’m going to visit some cool artifacts, hit the beach, and it’s going to be a good time,” Dufort says. 

On the other hand, many students will be graduating in Temple’s 131st Commencement Ceremony next week, so they plan on spending their break applying for full-time jobs.

“I’ll be job hunting, job hunting, and more job hunting,” says Miya Jones, a senior Journalism student.

Jones hopes to land a job in the television news industry as a producer. She dreams of one day having her own own talk show.

Over the summer, Temple University’s campus will be busy with the continuation of construction efforts on the new library. Charles Library is set to open in May 2019 at the intersection of Polett Walk and Liacouras Walk.

Additionally, students unable to travel back home are welcome to take full advantage of all the resources offered at the Tech Center. It will be open for the entirety of summer while operating on a different schedule.

Fall 2018 classes will resume in late August.

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

Temple Ranked Safest University in Pennsylvania

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Temple University’s campuses were recently ranked as the safest in the state, according to the website yourlocalsecurity. 

Temple, along with the University of Pennsylvania, has some of the largest university police forces in the country, with Temple police employing roughly 125 officers.

The criteria included campus size, which the website states it only looks at universities that had at least 1,000 enrolled students and types of crime. More importantly, the survey looked at Campus Safety and Security Surveys provided by US Department of Education to report the campus’ crime statistics.

Rutgers University was named New Jersey’s safest university and the University of Delaware was named Delaware’s safest school.

Source: https://www.yourlocalsecurity.com/blog/2018/04/23/2018-safest-college-campus-by-state/

The Adobe Creative Jam Comes to Temple

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The Adobe Creative Jam has come to Temple University! For the first time ever, students, creative leaders, and audience members were able to interact with some of Adobe App’s, Experience Design and Spark, in the name of competition and creativity in Mitten Hall on Monday.

BlueCadet’s “Banana Pong” in action.

Founder and CEO of BlueCadet, Josh Goldblum, was one of the Creative Leaders who presented on stage. Goldblum used his time on stage to explain some of the projects his team at BlueCadet has completed–including “Banana Pong.” 

“What was kinda of amazing was that you could actually play a very active game of pong using capacitated fruit,” Goldblum said. 

Goldblum showed the audience the trial-and-error footage as well as the end product.

Jason Kernevich, one of the Principals & Creative Directors of The Heads of State, also presented as a Creative Leader focused on facing the students with questions in hopes to get them to work harder.

Kernevich asked, “What do you do with that time that’s made up by technology? How much is enough work? And how do you know when to stop? 

Jason Kernevich includes one of his favorite sayings in his presentation.

Kernevich’s presentation was also lighthearted–despite the competition aspect of the night.

Kernevich shared one of his favorite sayings, “If it ain’t broke broke maybe just fix it a tiny bit so it’s marketable to a younger design-savvy audience” to remind the audience members to never be complacent with their work.

Before the Jam began, team members were placed into groups at random and placed into one of two categories: U-X Design or Social Campaign. In just three hours, those in U-X Design had to create an app and those in Social Campaign had to create a website.

Team members met only once before the competition Madelaina Murphy, from Team Squad, explained their process.

“We met up once before today and just talked about what we think each of us could do role wise and that was pretty much the only preparation we could do, since we weren’t given are theme until today,” Murphy explained.

Team Squad members (from left to right): Jake Zebley, Dianne Ogalesco, Madelaina Murphy, and Wafa Labadi.

Competitors didn’t get the theme until the day of and the theme, “Identity,” surprised many of the competitors.

Team Squad member, Dianne Ogalesco, explained what was going on through their minds when they found out what the theme was.

“We were very shocked and we were brainstorming on like what the theme could be because we thought it was going to be about like an animal shelter or give us more details but they literally just gave us one word, Ogalesco stated.

The presenters, food, and photo booth didn’t take away from the main event: the awards. There were two awards per category: one judge-led and the other audience led. In addition to a glass award, each winner received a year subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud. 

Team Squad member, Jake Zebley, with his award.

Team Squad won the audience choice award for their app, “Advocatr.” Murphy explained that they were initially surprised at the results.

“I think that we were just shocked–we weren’t expecting it, but at the same time we knew that we put a lot of hard work in to it,” Murphy said.

This isn’t the end for “Advocatr,” team members, Madelaina Murphy, and Temple Update’s very own, Jake Zebley, both made it clear that the app they created, wouldn’t be the final version.

“I mean a couple of us are design students so we could end up getting together and flushing it out even more and maybe [redesigning it] or like maybe going back to it in the future,” Murphy suggested.

“Cleaning it up, We only had three hours,” Zebley added.

Other team members Wafa Labadi and Dianne Ogalesco agreed.

Adobe hopes to be able to make this event annual for Temple.

To view all of the websites and apps created by the competitors, click here.

Big Names Come Out To College Signing Day

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The Liacouras Center was filled with stars for the fifth College Signing Day.  The event was hosted by Nick Cannon and had appearances from, Bradley Cooper, Camila Cabello, Ciara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Keke Palmer, Kelly Rowland, Malcolm Jenkins, Questlove, Rebel Wilson, Robert De Niro, and Zendaya.

The biggest name of all was former First Lady Michelle Obama, who started the event in 2014 as a way to shine spotlight on high school seniors going to college.

Michelle Obama wanted to make sure all the students knew how proud she was of them.

To all of the young people, not just here in this city but around the nation who are celebrating college signing day.  We are proud of you.”

Robert De Niro shared his praise for the students, “Congratulations on your success in high school. And your poised for success in your next move.  Your accomplishments required a lot of commitment and maturity. Those qualities will serve you well as you continue your adventure.”

The celebrities told stories of their college careers, gave advice to the students about how to excel as they continue their education, and emphasized the importance of education.

One student at the event said what the event meant to her.

“I think it motivated us more to go to college, and they gave us really good advice and things to do, not to do, and things to look out for, and it was really helpful,” she expressed.

Signing day started in just a dozen cities and has since grown to over 2,000 nationwide.

Student Organization Spotlight: Temple Shotokan Karate Club

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Daniel Sbar, sophomore Physics major and Temple Shotokan Karate Club Treasurer, found out about the Temple Shotokan Karate Club, from a worker at Pearson after they stopped him when he kicked a punching bag in a gym.

“I was working out, using one of the punching bags and as I also play soccer, not on the team here I just play soccer, I also like working out my legs and I was not allowed to kick the bags because they didn’t want people to break the chains connected to the ceiling,” said Sbar.

“So they told me that there’s actually a karate team here where I could be working on that kind of stuff so I found out about it,” added Sbar.

After hearing about the club, Sbar attended and has been a member ever since and was promoted to Treasurer in the fall of 2017.

Members of the Temple Shotokan Karate Club practicing. (Courtesy: Temple Shotokan Karate Club)

A typical club meeting begins with stretching led by President of the club, Nicholas Palmer or Vice President Jason Roldan. Then if one of the two teachers or sensei do not show up to the class, either Palmer or Roldan will teach a lesson involving the styles of basic kicks and punches or they will do kumite, which is practicing Shotokan karate moves in pairs.

After these activities, whoever is leading the club that day will guide the members through a kata, which is a choreographed set of movements. Katas are usually 15-21 steps according to Sbar. To conclude the class, the members bow in a line based on rank of skill and say their code, which most dojos, centers for studying karate have.

Each club meeting is different for members.

“My favorite part of club meetings is when we try out new activities to improve our karate,” said Rebecca Crites, sophomore Psychology and Information science and technology major. “So trying different stances, learning new techniques, and having the experienced senseis come in really helps me learn about karate more and improve my own skills.”

“I really enjoy the aspects of being able to workout in a fun and dynamic manor,” said Sbar. “But the thing I like the most about it are people I get to interact with in the club is a very wonderful group of people who I enjoy going to meet with them twice a week every week, and I wouldn’t want to miss it,” Sbar added.

Crites, who had no experience with karate, joined the club at the beginning of the Spring 2018 semester.

“I learned about the club through a flyer that I saw somewhere around Temple’s campus and I just decided to show up to a meeting and try it out,” said Crites. “Everyone was very nice to me even though I had no prior experience with karate. But whenever I was working on my stances or on the katas, they would be very helpful and it’s a welcoming environment and so I decided to come back and be a full time member,” Crites added.

The Temple Shotokan Karate Club meets every Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 8 PM and on Thursdays the club goes to a dojo in West Philadelphia, the International Shotokan Karate Federation Headquarters.

Students interested in getting more information about the Temple Shotokan Karate Club can learn more here.