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.”

Your Graduation Forecast

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Graduation is drawing near and our Kate Reilly has the latest weather forecast for your commencement festivities.

Kate stepped into the Weather Center for the first time as she gets ready to graduate and head off to Fort Meyers, Florida, where she will be a news producer at NBC2/ABC7.

All of us here at Temple Update wish Kate and the entire senior class good luck and best wishes in their future endeavors.

Graduation Ceremonies: What You Need to Know

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Nine-thousand people are expected to fill the seats of the Liacouras Center where university officials are preparing to send off the latest graduating class of Owls.

Strategic communications major Binh Nguyen is one of this year’s commencement speakers.

“It’s been a dream for me to speak at my college commencement since I was a little girl,” said Nguyen.

In addition to Nguyen, former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil will also speak at the commencement as well as receive an honorary degree for his public service.

“I’m very, very excited and it feels unreal,” Nguyen expressed.

Graduates will receive their degrees at their respective departmental ceremonies. The Fox School of Business will hold their ceremony on Thursday, May 11 at 1:30 PM in the Liacouras Center. The program for Theater, Film, and Media Arts will take place at the Temple Performing Arts Center on Thursday at 4:00 PM. The Klein College of Media and Communcation will send off its students on Thursday as well in McGonigle Hall and 5:30 PM.

On Friday, McGonigle Hall is also hosting the Tyler School of Art ceremony at 2:00 PM. The Lewis Katz School of Medicine event is taking place at the Kimmel Center at 9:00 AM.

On May 18, Beasley School of Law is hosting its ceremony at the Liacouras Center at 4:00 PM.

Crunch Time Café De-stressing Students During Finals

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It’s crunch time for students at Temple University, as finals have arrived.

With finals beginning this Thursday, May 4th, many students are looking for a way to escape the stressful environment.

The Paley Library is hosting its annual Crunch Time Café, an event that take place throughout the week until May 9th. The café aims to help students de-stress and take a break from the books, with activities ranging from games, free food, and even therapy dogs,

Kaitlyn Semborski, Administrative Specialist of Temple Libraries, coordinated the event. “We hope to provide a space where students can not only study and get help from a librarian, but also relax and get some free food,” Semborski says.

Along with giving students a way to take a break from their finals, the café also provides a much-needed mental break. Andrea Chang, a senior Math and Science Major, is taking on nine finals this semester. The Café helps her in taking her mind off of studying as she says, “Not having to think about finals that actually is really helpful in terms of studying and when I actually do have to study I’m not thinking about all the time in my head.”

Along with the Crunch Time Café, the Tech Center also aims to help students during finals week. It will be open 24/7 until May 10th.

Finals Week can have heavy effects on students, as sleep deprivation and malnutrition are some of the many things they commonly face.

With the help of Paley and the events of the Crunch Time Café, Andrea, as well as the many other students facing finals this coming week, will have a safe place to retreat when needing to take their heads out of their books.

Lenfest to be Honored at Bell Tower

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A sketch of Lenfest Circle, expected to be done in fall 2017. (Courtesy of Temple University)

On Tuesday, Temple University Board of Trustees decided to honor H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest with a tribute at the Bell Tower.

The base of the historic Bell Tower will be landscaped in honor of the Trustee and named Lenfest Circle. The project is expected to be done by fall 2017.

“Those of us who have had the honor of working with Gerry over the years know he is a humble, down-to-earth person with a heart of gold,” said Board of Trustees Chair Patrick J. O’Connor. “The entire Temple University community has benefited from Gerry’s wisdom and experience, and we are delighted to approve this project as a sign of our deep admiration and respect.”

The Bell Tower structure will also be cleaned and resealed. The remodeling is on track with the Verdant Temple landscaping plan for campus.

Lenfest’s support led to the naming of Lew Klein Hall, and also provided a gift on behalf of the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. Furthermore, Joe First Media Center in Klein College is named in honor of Lenfest’s mentor.

Lenfest continually supports the community with generous donations. Temple awarded Lenfest an honorary doctorate in 2002 and gave him the Russell H. Conwell award in 2003. He additionally received the Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership from Temple’s Fox School of Business in 2006.

“The Bell Tower is home to decades of memories for hundreds of thousands of Temple alumni. I can think of no more appropriate place to make known this university’s esteem and regard for Gerry Lenfest,” President Richard M. Englert said.

Lo Último 28 de Abril de 2017

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Monica Logroño and Kristine Aponte host the second episode of Lo último. They discuss Philadelphians coming together to send medical aid to those injured amidst Venezuelan protests, as well as the Day Without Immigrants taking place in Philadelphia on May 1st. Roberto Pelucarte catches us up with the latest in sports, including the NFL Draft being held in Philadelphia, and our very own Temple Owl, Haason Reddick, being the 13th overall pick in the draft. Izamarie finishes the program with our five day weather forecast. Stay tuned for Fall 2017 when Lo último picks up again with the latest in Latino news.

Monica Logroño y Kristine Aponte presentan el segundo episodio de Lo último. Discuten sobre ciudadanos de Filadelfia que vienen juntos para enviar ayuda médica a los heridos en las protestas de Venezuela y también hablan sobre El Día Sin Inmigrantes, teniendo lugar en Filadelfia el 1 de mayo. Roberto Pelucarte nos informa con lo último en deportes como el NFL Draft en Filadelfia y nuestro propio buho, Haason Reddick, siendo selección decimotercero en el draft. Izamarie termina el programa con nuestra pronóstico de cinco días. Siga sintonizado para otoño de 2017 cuando Lo último regresa otra vez con las últimas noticias de los latinos.

3 Things to Know for Thursday, April 27

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A forensic officer examines a knife at the scene of the arrest. (Courtesy of Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

Delaware state trooper shot:

  • A Delaware state trooper was shot and killed outside a convenience store on Wednesday. The trooper, Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard, was shot multiple times as he approached a vehicle in a convenience store parking lot. One of the suspects ran while the other was arrested on the spot. The gunman barricaded himself in his house 15 miles away for hours. This morning, he exited the home, and after engaging police, he was shot and killed just before 9:30am.

Flynn warned about foreign government payments:

  • Documents released Thursday reveal that former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, was warned by authorities not to accept foreign government-sourced money without “advance approval” by the Pentagon when he retired from the military in 2014. Flynn was later paid tens of thousands of dollars for work of foreign interests. Investigations are now taking place to determine whether Flynn properly informed military authorities about the payments.

UK man arrested on suspicion of terrorism:

  • On Thursday, police performing a counterterrorism operation arrested a man carrying knives in a bag near Britain’s Parliament. The 27-year-old man was accused of planning terrorist acts. No one was injured during the incident, which took place where an attack killed five people last month.

Construction Continues on New Wellness Center

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Just ten months after breaking ground in August 2016, construction on Temple University’s new Health and Wellness Center is well under way. John Doman, Director of Campus Recreation at Temple, said the new center will have more amenities for students to use in addition to the IBC and TUFF recreation centers. According to Doman, one of the most ideal things about the new facility is the space for weight rooms available to students.

“We’re always looking to improve recreation facilities for students,” said Doman, “One of the areas that we found we were most lacking was the free weight space.”

While the new center is expected to provide students with more amenities, the noise associated with the construction is disrupting some students. Brooke Damore is a senior at Temple who lives across from the construction site on 16th Street. She said the construction impacts her daily routine.

“On a normal day, Monday through Friday, they usually start construction between six and eight in the morning,” Damore said, “I’m a late night person so I don’t go to bed until later to begin with and my classes aren’t until later in the day so it [the construction] wakes me up every morning.”

In response to noise complaints like Damore’s, the university issued a statement saying, “Temple University cares about the impact construction projects may have on nearby residents. We do our best to mitigate any issues and respond to concerns raised by community members who live near construction sites.”

Grand Opening of Tiny House

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Temple University’s Tiny House has made its grand opening!

After more than two years, Temple’s Office of Sustainability has created a “Tiny House” that promotes sustainability on a smaller scale.

Don’t doubt this house’s size, as it includes solar panels, a green roof, and cork siding. These components are not only going to make this house more energy efficient but also promote sustainability to the Temple University and the Philadelphia community.

From a design charrette in January of 2015, to the construction in June of 2016, careful time and dedication have been two major components.

Katherine Elmhurst, Program Manager from the Office of Sustainability, has been working with faculty and students from the Architecture and Engineering Colleges, throughout the process.

Nine students from Temple’s Architecture Department and four from the College of Engineering have taken on this project, not only as a learning experience, but also as a chance to improve Temple’s grounds.

Architecture Professor Bob Schuman has been involved in the project since the beginning and worked with his students through the summer of 2016, setting the foundation for this project.

This project has combined the knowledge of different departments and has given them a chance to connect and work together.