Former Temple Football Player Arrested in Florida

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Former Temple football player and current New York Jets wide receiver, Robby Anderson, was arrested in South Florida on Friday. Police say Anderson was driving 105 mph in a 45 mph zone. He is currently facing nine charges including harm to a public servant/family, fleeing police, resisting an officer, reckless driving, eluding police, failure to drive in a single lane, two counts of disobeying a red light, speeding and turning without a signal.

A Jets spokesman said, “We are aware of the situation. This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comment.”

This is the second time Anderson has been arrested since joining the Jets in 2016. His first arrest happened last May at a music festival in Miami Beach. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 19.

This comes after Anderson’s stellar second season with the Jets. He led the team with 63 catches for 941 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.


Fox School Ranked No. 1 in U.S. & World News Report for Fourth Consecutive Year

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Temple University’s Fox School of Business is making national headlines regarding the excellence of their online MBA program. For the fourth year in a row, Fox was ranked No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report.

They also obtained high marks in another category with a No. 2 ranking in their online BBA program. With the competitive nature of these rankings, the Dean is incredibly proud of what these programs have been able to deliver while continuing to grow.

According to Dean M. Moshe Porat, the success can be specific aspects of their programs. “Convenience and flexibility are critical components of high-quality, online-based programs. As these programs grow in popularity, we at Fox are proud to deliver programs that are yearly ranked as either the best in the nation or among the best in their respective categories.”

Festividades Este Invierno

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Si quieres hacer algo con su familia este invierno, vaya a la ciudad para diferentes actividades familiares divertidas. Algunas de las actividades se encuentran en Wintergarden en la calle 15 con jeffereson, así como el Pueblo de Navidad y El Mirical en calle 13.

Las familias disfrutan del medio ambiente.

Maribel Gonzalez-Graham comparte su experiencia: “Es un momento muy familiar para disfrutar y disfrutar de la Navidad. Esta es la primera vez que venimos. No gustaría hacer lo de costumbre.”

Hay muchos vendedores que venden adornos en el parque Love, en sus cabinas bellamente decoradas y música para acompañarlos y agregarle el ambiente navideño.

Familias vinieron a patinar sobre hielo y a ver el brillante y colorido árbol de Navidad.

Esta es una gran época del año para invitar a las familias a explorar Filadelfia y participar en la diversión.


“Estamos aquí porque queriamos ensenar mi familia de florida que llegaron para aca el aria. Sabemo del aria pero es la primera vez que hemmo llegados aqui. Estamos encantado con el lugar, bien lindo todo,” decies Solimar Santamaria


No se lo pierdan! Este invierno porfavor visita El Miracle on 13th street y Christmas Village y Winterfest.

Temple Police’s Newest Canine Officer

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Murphy as a puppy on the beach right after the Besa family got her.

Meet Murphy, the newest member of the Temple Police force.

His owner, Officer Larry Besa, has been with the K9 force at Temple for eight years now. Officer Besa has been training with his yellow lab, Jarvis, for the span of those years. He added Murphy to the family this past August.

Murphy and Jarvis playing tug of war at home.

Since then, the two have become best buds. When showing a picture of the two playing one night, he explained, “He gets a toy and then they just play tug of war for an hour. They’re buddies.”

Both dogs are trained in explosive-detection and patrol, which includes crowd control, article search, and tracking. They work at all different events ranging from the Liacouras Center to potentially out-of-state.

These dogs go through extensive training programs at the Philadelphia Police Academy to keep their skills fresh. They train at least three times a week while at work, and are re-certified twice a month. One of those certifications is for the explosive-detective portion, while the other is for the patrol aspect.

Despite all of the work that goes into training the dogs to be ready for the job, Officer Besa says it’s all worth it.

Officer Larry Besa with Jarvis (left) and Murphy (right).

When asked what the best part about the job is, he replied, “It’s a different job than the patrol aspect of riding around in a police car and answering radio calls. As the day goes on and you’re out there, you get the dog out of the car and you play with the dog and he does something crazy and stupid and it makes you laugh.”


Temple students can catch both these pups around campus, and are encouraged to always say hello!


The Holiday Season in Philadelphia

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The holiday season is in the air in Philadelphia. Young and old crowd into Macy’s for the light show before starting their holiday shopping. And Christmas carols floated through Center City’s Christmas Village sung by a local high school a cappella group. The audience even joined in on the singing before wandering off to the various vendors within Christmas Village.

Hot sausages and ornaments to write your Christmas wishes were for sale. We even met a special visitor, Santa Clause, who loves visiting the kids in Philadelphia.

Christmas wishes

It is Ernest Roebuck’s second year being Santa Clause at the Christmas Village. “I really enjoy the excitement from the children. And you can see in their eyes that they truly believe. It’s just so thrilling you know, to know that they are so young and innocent and just believe in something. It’s good.”

While ice skating around the rink at Dilworth Park, we asked a few kids to share with us what they are asking from Santa this year. Isaiah says, “An xbox, I want an xbox!” And his friend Victor had an unusual reply, “A pet rat…because my mom said I could get one!”

Dilworth park has ice skating until February and even offers some college discounts to those who come on Thursday nights. Temple students always receive $1 off their ice skate rental.

Ice skaters at Dilworth Park

The sound of the skates mixes with the ringing bells from the Salvation Army and the local street performers surrounding City Hall in the holiday spirit. As people pass into the courtyard they are greeted by the twinkling lights of the Christmas Carousel.

Carousel attendant, Eric Marchione, is the third generation manager of the carousels in his family business. He says, “I just enjoy doing it. It’s a unique thing. Its normally our off-season and it’s just something nice that we can extend into the Christmas months. The kids love it, and it’s just nice to see everyone moving around the circle waving and yelling Merry Christmas. It’s awesome.”


First Annual Temple Entrepreneur Summit

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The Fox School of Business is the go-to place for business career fairs on Temple’s campus.

Employers generally meet to find potential graduating talent for employment. What they usually don’t do is provide pitching assistance. That’s where the First Annual Temple Entrepreneur Summit came in on Monday, December 5th.

The First Annual Summit started at 4 PM and concluded around 8 PM that evening.

The Entrepreneur Summit opened with a mentoring session followed by several students pitching their business ideas. Most of the students were Fox Business majors, but a Film and Media Arts major was more than willing to share why he came to the Summit.

“So, my ultimate goal tonight is to meet different entrepreneur spirited students, Fox School of Business and also other students from other schools around Temple’s campus,” says Justin Harrison.

Attendance by students, faculty, and business representatives made this First Annual Summit an event that should be a continued tradition at the Fox School of Business.

TUJ Students Animated by Studio Visit

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Japanese animation, or anime, is a large part of the country’s culture and a significant influence for many American students looking to study abroad.
Studio Ghibli is one of the most famous and popular Japanese animation studios around the world. The studio, which created popular movies like Howl’s Moving Castle
and Spirited Away, even has its own museum in Mitaka, a city in western Tokyo.
To celebrate Thanksgiving weekend, some TUJ students visited the museum to learn more about Japanese animation.
Jade Davis, a junior journalism major told Temple Update she’s been watching Ghibli moves since middle school.
“They’re just really heartwarming and they have something that I feel American animated moves lack, and they’ve just been so amazing, and I’m really happy to be here,” says Davis.
Junior film major, Chineme Aniagba, says she is another huge animation fan.
“That’s one of the reasons why I came to Japan,” says Aniagba. “And I haven’t seen a lot of animation places, but this is like the place, and I really love that.”
Eight of Studio Ghibli’s films are among the 15 highest-grossing anime films made in Japan, and five of the films have received Academy Award nominations.

Handling Stress During Finals Week

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Finals week is approaching, and Temple students are getting ready. From December 14th to December 20th every student will be busy with studying and taking exams.

A busy day at the TECH Center

Isaak Griggs, a junior at Temple studying Media Studies and Production, said “I feel more stressed during the finals.” During finals, Griggs prefers to hang out with friends and ends up “doing something that isn’t school work most of the time.”

Paley Library with Temple students studying

Ram Rallapalli, a junior student at Temple studying neuroscience, talking about stress, explained “When I know when the day of the final is, that’s when I tend to start feeling stressed because initially it always feels like it is closer than it actually is.”

When it came to the question about having more stress before or during finals, David Gansen, a senior at Temple studying bioengineering, stated, “Definitely before. During the finals, like after school is done, it is like a vacation. You spend an hour a day refreshing yourself, but not really stressed at all. I have a bunch of time then and just take the finals.”

During the study days, December 12th and December 13th, and during finals, there are certain places that Temple students prefer for their studying. The TECH Center and Samuel L. Paley Library are the places most students choose.

David Gansen suggested, “The sky lounge at the View at Montgomery.”

For Temple students who have a problem with stress and anxiety and need help, The Tuttleman Counseling Services is available at 215-204-7276.

TSG Transfer Student Discussion

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On Tuesday afternoon, Temple Student Government held a town hall meeting to hear from transfer students and how the University could improve their college experience.

Razin Karu, Transfer Representative, spoke about his experiences as a transfer student. He felt that joining Temple Student Government helped him make connections and made him feel more a part of the Temple community.

Karu wants to work with administration to include transfer students in freshman orientation activities. He believes that this will make students more comfortable in a new environment on the first day of class.

Karu says, “It helps them not just academically, but also to make friends and settling them down over here.”

Katie Hullihen transferred from North Hampton Community College in her junior year. She found it difficult to connect with other students around campus and within her major. She thinks it’s imperative that transfer students also have an orientation similar to freshman orientation with the overnight stay.

Hullihen believes, “They should have like something more where transfer students of the same major meet up every week, kind of like a club.”

Karu would like to gather student thoughts and opinions on how the University can better accommodate their college experience. He would like to get opinions from not only transfer students, but also commuter and international students. He believes that there is a lot of commonalties between the three. He realizes that it will be harder to work around commuters’ schedules since they have more commitments. He at least wants them to know that their opinions are valid and encourage students to contact him with any questions or suggestions.

Inside Out Prison Exchange Program

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In 1995, Lori Pompa took a group of Temple Students to Dallas State Correctional Institution to have them sit down with a panel of incarcerated people. Twenty-two years later, this one class has turned into an international program.

The Inside Out Prison Exchange Program was started by Pompa after an inmate at that first prison suggested she take the one-time experiment and turn it into a semester long class. After that visit, Pompa took a new group of students to Graterford State Correctional Institution in Montgomery County, PA.

Graterford Correctional Institution Montgomery County, PA

At Graterford, she was approached by Tyrone Werts who had participated in the class and was interested in helping get the program started.

Pompa says, “There was a lot of miseducation about crime and justice, and we wanted to do something about that.”

What they did was create a program that focused on interaction between students – the “outside” – and the incarcerated – those on the “inside.”

While Pompa wasn’t sure of what reactions to the program would be, she received support from both students and those inside of the prison, saying, “The stuff that happened in the classroom was beyond anything that I could imagine.”

From the class formed Inside Out Think Tanks, which Werts describes as “groups of insiders and outsiders that meet on a regular basis and they do locally informed projects together.”

Werts is the National Think Tank Coordinator for the program, and works to organize these groups in ten different countries.

John Pace was also a participant of the program, and now works as the Program Assistant to Inside Out. He says one of the biggest changes he’s seen and been a part of since he first started working on Pompa’s team is the program’s expansion.

The program has reached over three hundred schools, and “[they’ve] trained over eight hundred instructors around the world, and probably over thirty thousand students have taken an Inside Out course.”

The program continues to grow, and this coming January will be the 52nd instructor training session in Chicago, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

Pompa, Werts, and Pace all agree that both students and those incarcerated benefit from the program. They know that both sides have preconceived notions, but they’ve seen those quickly dissolve and create a powerful learning environment that makes a difference in everyone.

Pompa even says, “People will say to me, ‘wow Lori, this must be like a dream come true.’ And my response to that is it’s really not because I never dreamed it, which makes it just that much better.”

To find out how to take the class or more about the program in general, visit or visit their office located at 1938 Liacourus Walk.