Carlos Torres Avilés, Recipiente de FEMA

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Aunque ha pasado casi medio año desde que el huracán María azotó a Puerto Rico, las víctimas del huracán aún enfrentan graves problemas todavia. Muchos se vieron obligados a abandonar sus hogares y venir a los Estados Unidos después de que la tormenta de categoría 5 destruyó viviendas y causó grandes pérdidas de energía y escasezde agua por meses.

Carlos Avilés y su hijo son unos de las muchas familias que por el huracán María tuvieron que dejar su familia, casa y pertendencias. 

Avilés mencionó que su hijo de dieciseis años no quiere volver a la isla.

“Ahora queremos establanisarnos aquí y seguir con nuestras vidas,” dijo Avilés.

Carlos Torres Avilés posa para una foto.

Avilés y su hijo fueron unas de las familias que por gracias a FEMA–la organización que ayudó a los refugiados puertorriqueños a establecerse en los Estados Unidos–fueron bridado con ayudas del Hotel Windsor en Fairmont, Center City y pertenecen ahí desde el 10 de enero.

Despues de el 10 de enero, Avilés a igual que muchas familias, las cosas cambiaran.

FEMA nadamas ofrecio hospicio hasta ese día. Mucho antes, Avilés dijo que “Despues de la huracán este, nosotros teniamos 106 días durmiendo practicamente en el piso porque si nos metimo en los cuartos no pudiamos dormir por la calor.”

FEMA los llamo y dijo que su hospicio de parte de FEMA sería hasta el 14 de Febrero.

“Pues fue algo muy fuerte y que no esperabamos. Mi cumpleaños era en esa misma semana y estaba muy triste porque no sabia que esperar,” dijo Avilés.

Avilés mencionó que gracias a otras ayudas, FEMA le extendío su contrato de hospicio gratis pero nadamas hasta el 20 de Marzo. Le pregunté a Avilés que despues del 20 de Marzo que iba pasar con el y su hijo y respondío con esto,

“A la verdad que no se pero tengo fe en el señor Jesus que el si me va ayudar porque hay gente buena en Filadelfia y me considero una persona humilde que nadamas quiero el mejor para mi hijo.”

Carlos Avilés con nuestro Reportera Izamarie Camacho.
También hablamos con un Agente de Servicio al Huésped de Windsor, Benjamin Kutner-Duff quien está agradecido de trabajar en un hotel que acepta a todos, sin juzgar su situación.

“It’s important to us that all the guests, whether they’re here on vacation or if they’re here sort of on a less fun adventure maybe because they’re displaced from their homes it’s important to us that we accommodate everyone, no matter what the situation might be,” dijo Kutner-Duff.

Avilés tambien tiene fe, que cuando llegue el 20 de marzo, él y su hijo por lo menos van a tener una lugar para vivir.

Avilés dijo que siendo padre soltero, la luz de sus ojos es su hijo y quedándose en Filadelfia, le puede dar una mejor vida y seguir adelante con nuevas expectativas.

Temple Students Travel to Las Vegas for Film Festival Win

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The Documentary Monumental Change: Expansion at all Costs has won first place at the BEA (Broadcast Education Association) Festival of the Media Arts. The group, comprised of Brooke DeZutter, Jake Segelbaum, Emma Quinn and Rachel Peterson, created this film over the course of a semester in Dr. Kristine Weatherston’s Genres of Media Production course this past fall.

Their film explores Monument Cemetery, which was once a historic site on Broad Street, but was destroyed to make way for Temple construction. It then shows the current state of Temple’s rapid expansion.

The story presented and the quality of the film stood out to the judges, and landed them a top spot in the BEA Film Festival, which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Brooke de Zutter told Temple Update that she’s “super excited” and that she “didn’t even think this would be possible”

The team reportedly spent close to 6 hours a day working on the film and some days up to 13 hours, but in the end the team came out with a win.

Dr. Weatherston says she thinks the team’s win is “validating” for herself as their professor as well as other students who are taking the course now.

They plan to continue sending Monumental Change to festivals this summer.

You can find their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/MonumentalChangeMovie/

New Congressional Map Being Challenged by PA GOP

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All eyes have been on Pennsylvania this week after the state supreme court released their own version of the new congressional district maps.

2011 Pennsylvania Congressional Map

Back in 2011, a Republican majority drew the former map, which was considered one of the most gerrymandered in the entire country. Last month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the map “clearly, plainly, and palpably” violated the state constitution.

The Republican majority redrew the Congressional map and sent an updated version to Governor Wolf’s desk last week, which he later rejected.

This week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released the new Pennsylvania Congressional map that is set to take effect for the May 2018 primaries. This map not only re-shapes the districts, but it also renumbers them as well. If you live in Philadelphia, you may be seeing a shake up in your district and represenation. The first district – currently held by Representative Bob Brady, no longer encompasses parts of Philadelphia. The first district is now in Bucks county, while the second, third, and fifth districts divide Philadelphia.

The new, 2018 PA Supreme Court drawn map

That poses an interesting problem for those who were running for that first district seat. Some have decided they will challenge incumbents – such as Willie Singletary – who plans to challenge Representative Dwight Evans in the second district. Other, such as Nina Ahmad – have yet to declare whether or not they plan to run.

The deadline to file for the congressional ballot has been postponed until further notice amidst the controversy over the new mapping.

Pennsylvania Republicans filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay on the new map – a Hail Mary that seems unlikely to be successful. Republicans appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling on the old map last month, but Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. rejected the motion.

Dr. Robin Kolodny, the Chair of the Political Science Department at Temple University, believes all eyes will be turning to the Keystone State as the primaries, and midterms approach.

“This primary season and this general election is going to be intensely focused on by national influences there will be a lot more campaigning being done especially in the southeast corner of the state.”

No word as to how the Supreme Court will rule on this latest appeal by Pennsylvania Republicans. President Trump tweeted out Tuesday he supports the GOP’s challenging of the new congressional map.

This new map is set to go into effect for the May 2018, but will not effect the March special election for the 18th district. The seat was vacated by Representative Tim Murphy (R) back in October, after he resigned from office following a sex scandal. Rick Saccone (R) and Connor Lamb (D) are running a very close race, according to the latest Monmouth University poll. Saccone sits at 49% with Lamb at 46%, with a 5.5% margin of error.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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.

Temple Opens Food Pantry

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When Sarah Levine was food insecure, dinnertime didn’t end with the dishes.

“The stress of knowing where your next meal is coming from is… always on your mind,” the senior said.

Students who are food insecure do not know where their next meal is coming from, which leads to skipped meals and a constant headache.

And for a high-achieving student like Levine, a worry like that takes a toll. With work to do and money to earn, it became hard to balance it all.  

“In the classroom, it’s nearly impossible to focus while you’re hungry. Your priorities are elsewhere –not on learning the content of the course,” she explains.

A recent survey found that thirty-five percent of Temple students suffer from food insecurity. And many, according to Sara Goldrick-Rab — a professor and researcher on the topic — keep their food problems hidden.

Goldrick-Rab says that’s not an excuse for the university to remain complacent.

“We have to do something to help students finish degrees. Just like there’s math tutors to help students with that, we need this. We need people who know what to say or do when a student is seriously distressed,” she said.

Temple’s food pantry is the first step, albeit one Goldrick-Rab says is overdue.

“It is an uphill battle, if you’re worried about the US news rankings or about how the people in the suburbs perceive the institution,” she said.

The pantry — now open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays — is available to anyone with an Owl Card, which includes all student and staff.

People like Dr. Theresa Powell, the VP of Temple Student Affairs, were emotional at the grand opening.

“I wanted to cry,” she said. “And I’m not a crybaby, but this touches me at the core of my heart. You have no idea how much I wanted this to happen. And to say it has happened and I’m a part of it it means so much.”

Today, Sarah Levine is able to afford food and helps run the entire pantry, also known as the Cherry Pantry.

“Knowing I might be able to help someone, so they don’t have to waste energy and time figuring out how to feed themselves, is the most tremendous feeling,” she said.

Philadelphia’s Proposal of Safe Consumption Sites

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Philadelphia has announced plans to open supervised drug injection sites. These facilities would provide users with clean needles, medical supervision, and resources to seek addiction help.

The decision to establish the drug injection sites comes after an increase of opioid deaths in Philadelphia. According to the Department of Public Health, the amount of overdose deaths in 2017 is expected to be around 1,200, which is nearly 300 more than 2016.

District Attorney Larry Krasner has placed the blame on pharmaceutical companies for selling such high powered drugs.

“And at the same time, the supply of pills have quadrupled, the supply of fatal overdoses from heroin and the supply of people who are suffering addiction from heroin and opioids have quadrupled,” Krasner says.

City officials believe that the supervised drug injection sites will prevent people from dying from drug overdose.

The city’s proposal has provoked both positive and negative reactions. Solomon Jones, who is a radio host at Praise 107.9, says, “If you are helping someone to survive a heroin overdose, then you are helping them to live an addiction.”

Jones has made an event called “Safe Injection Sites: A Community Forum,” in order for people on both sides to discuss the sites.

“[Philadelphia] just announced it from on high,” says Jones. “‘We’re going to do these safe injection sites,’ never came to the community, never brought people together, and so I took it upon myself to do that.”

Despite opposition, there are some people that think the sites will greatly help the city.

“To me, I think it’s a no-brainer that we need an engagement site where people can go and use drugs,” says Jillian Bauer-Reese, an assistant professor at Temple University. “I think they will save lives and will also save money and decrease public drug use.”

City officials will bring in private organizations to fund and run these consumption sites as well. These organizations are still unknown to the public.

The Museum of Sports to Open in Philadelphia Next Year

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Philadelphia is welcoming a new museum in the spring of 2019.

However, this is not going to be a typical art or history museum. Instead, it is a museum centered around sports.

“The Museum of Sports” will feature artifacts that celebrate all national sports and teams, yet the main focus will be about the rich sports history of Philadelphia.

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Computer rendering of the proposed stadium. (Courtesy of the Museum of Sports)

This project, which has been discussed since 1999, is currently run by former Governor Ed Rendell, sports executive Lou Scheinfeld, collector Nick DePace, and sports auction owner Ken Goldin.

The new museum, which will be located in the Jetro Building at 700 Pattinson Avenue, is a 25,000 square foot space that will feature important sports memorabilia.

A large amount of the artifacts will be supplied by the DePace Sports Museum in Collingswood, New Jersey.

Curator for the museum, Eric Katz, stated, “We need 8 million dollars to get this thing done, we have about a third of the money, and it’s going to be one of the greatest things you have ever seen.”

Visitors of the museum can expect an incredible experience as there will be immersive displays, unbelievable artifacts, and even virtual reality activities.

People can find more information or donate to the project by visiting www.themuseumofsports.org.

 

Lo último – 21 de febrero de 2018

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En este episodio, hablamos con los puertorriqueños que se afectaron por el huracán María y han tomaron refugio en Filadelfia. Hay un despensa de alimentarios nueva en campus en el centro de estudiantil. Además, tenemos lo último sobre el terremoto en México. ¡Gracias por mirando!

Farewell to the Septa Token

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Septa tokens, which have been a staple of subway and bus transportation in Philadelphia for over 100 years, are finally going away this March 1st.

The city will be fully embracing their electronic systems, including the quick trip kiosks and the Septa Key Card.

For some months after, employees will still accept the tokens, good for “one trip only.” However sales will completely cease on March 1st and any remaining token vending machines will be removed from stations.

The phasing out of tokens has been in the works for some time, although the full 25% of Philadelphia transit users have yet to switch. The complete removal could be a controversial subject for the many residents who have been using these token system for years.

For some, however, this change has been long overdue. Cities have incorporated magnetic keycards for decades, and some like New York have entirely phased out tokens since 2003. In fact, Philadelphia is currently the last major U.S. city to still sell subway tokens for their transit system.

Though many find the card system more convenient, some say that the tokens have a historical value. They represent the Philadelphia mint and have been in use since the late 1800s. While change is inevitable, moving on from the classic token design will signal the end of an era.

Temple Fights the Flu as Cold and Flu Season Strikes Main Campus

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It’s that time of year again…

Cold and flu season.

Last week, Temple Health released an email to students saying the flu has arrived at Temple,

Stephanie Berger, a junior, said she received the flu shot back in the fall, but she still became ill.

“It was not fun, I can tell you that. I did get checked out by Student Health Services and they confirmed it was the flu, so that kinda put a damper on my school work.”

Temple Student Health says they have seen more cases of influenza this year compared to last, but sophomore Quentin Nietz says he isn’t worried about the flu.

“Every time I get the flu shot I usually get the flu and I haven’t gotten the flu shot in the last several years and I haven’t gotten the flu.”

Temple Student Health has other suggestions to help students keep the flu at bay.

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Keep yourself hydrated with lots of fluids
  • If your experiencing flu-like symptoms, stay home, and avoid coming In contact with people while you still have a fever.

Temple students are encouraged to visit Temple Student Health if they are feeling any flu-like symptoms, including a fever, sudden dizziness, nausea, or difficulty breathing. You can contact them at (215)-204-7500 to schedule an appointment.