Edith Windsor, LGBTQ Rights Activist Who Paved the Way for Same-Sex Marriage, Dies at 88

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Edith Windsor, pictured, led the fight for marriage equality in the United States.

Edith Windsor, the main plaintiff in the landmark United States Supreme Court case, United States v. Windsor, died Tuesday in New York City.

Windsor was born June 20, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The youngest of three children, she grew up in a household deeply affected by the Great Depression. In 1950, Windsor graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University.

Windsor earned her Master’s degree from NYU in 1957. Shortly thereafter, she accepted at job at IBM, where she would work for the next sixteen years.

After divorcing her husband of one year, Windsor, who recalled having romantic feelings for women as a teenager, began a courtship with Psychologist, Thea Spyer in the early-1960s. In 1967, despite same-sex marriage being illegal in every U.S. state, Spyer proposed to Windsor.

Inspired by the groundbreaking Stonewall Riots in 1969, Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer spent the next forty years advocating for LGBTQ rights.

Following the death of Thea Spyer, Ms. Windsor became the sole beneficiary of her estate. Due to the lack of acknowledgement of same-sex marriage in the U.S., Windsor was forced to pay $363,053 in federal estate taxes. After an attempt to claim the federal estate tax exemption failed, she took legal action, filing a lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Eventually, United States v. Windsor made its way to the Supreme Court, with its decision becoming a landmark ruling in the fight for marriage equality in 2013.

Windsor is survived by her wife, Judith Kasen.

3 Things to Know for Tuesday, September 12

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Over 200 flights were canceled at Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest passenger airport.

Hurricane Irma:

  • As parts of Florida and the Caribbean recover from the wrath of Hurricane Irma, the weakened storm continues to travel up the east coast. The storm has reportedly grounded over 200 flights at Atlanta International Airport and claimed five lives in Georgia and South Carolina.

The Dreamer’s Initiative:

  • Philadelphia officials announced the launch of “The Dreamer’s Initiative,” a fundraiser that attempts to cover the 495-dollar application fee for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. The effort comes after last week’s announcement to rescind the Obama-era program.

University Statement on DACA:

  • In response to the DACA controversy, Temple University released a statement detailing its commitment to providing an inclusive learning experience. University president, Richard Englert says that Temple will support legislative action to continue DACA.

Tyler School of Art Hosts 4th Annual Poetry and Art Fair

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Philalalia, Philadelphia’s annual small press and handmade poetry and art fair is back.

This free, three-day event is open to the public and will be taking place at Tyler School of Art & Temple Contemporary Gallery. It runs from Thursday, September 14th to Saturday, September 16th.

On the 14th at 2:30 PM, The Temple University FMA Creative Writing Program is hosting Poetry, Politics and the Art of the Book, a panel featuring five, small press poet-publishers.

Be a part of this discussion and Q&A moderated by Brian Teare and featuring editors from Argos Books, Belladonna Collective, Doublecross Press, and Nightboat Books. These publishers are known for getting innovative writing in print. They plan to talk about their decisions as publishers and poets during the age of Donald Trump, reinvigorating the art of the book, and other topics pertaining to print.

Philalalia continues until Saturday with events at Tyler School of Art from noon to 5 PM.  Over 25 small presses, comic artists, zine makers, illustrators and book artists will be there to perform and sell their wares. Come out and be a part of this year’s readings, performances and panels at the 4th annual Philalalia.

For a detailed schedule and more information about off-site events and readings go to Philalalia.com.

Grand Opening of New Public Safety Station

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On Monday, Temple University hosted the grand opening of the new public safety station.

Members of the Temple University Police Department, as well as Allied Universal and TUEMS, were invited to the event.

The new station is located at 1513 Cecil B. Moore Ave and is projected to be very beneficial to the university.

TSG, Progressive NAACP Host Vigil Honoring Jenna Burleigh

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Temple students take a moment of silence in remembrance of Jenna Burleigh.

Temple Student Government and the Progressive NAACP held a vigil in remembrance of Jenna Burleigh. Burleigh, a 22-year-old transfer student, was reported missing by her father one week ago after she did not show up to her classes. After two days of searching, her body was discovered by police in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. Former Temple student, 29-year-old Josh Hupperterz, is charged with killing Jenna after the two met at an off-campus bar. 

When he heard the news of Burleigh’s death, Temple Student Government President, Tyrell Mann-Barnes, wanted to give the Temple University community a safe space to grieve and remember Burleigh. TSG then worked with the Progressive NAACP to create an inclusive space to honor Burleigh’s memory.

“When TSG first found out about [Burleigh’s death] we were at Notre Dame and it was extremely heartbreaking,” Mann-Barnes said. “We wanted to create a vigil where we would have a sense of community and come together to grapple through this grief together instead of going through it alone.”

During the vigil, which was held in Founders Garden, students, faculty and members of the community had the opportunity to speak about their experiences with Burleigh and write letters of sympathy to her family. Burleigh was described by students and faculty as someone who cared deeply for other people and was always looking for ways to help the less fortunate. In her honor, the Burleigh family has created a charity called Jenna’s Blessing Bags for the Homeless, which will provide free backpacks to the homeless. 

Temple University President Richard Englert speaks at Jenna Burleigh’s on-campus vigil.

Temple University President Richard Englert spoke to the crowd about the impact Burleigh made on campus during her short time as a Temple University student.

“I am so impressed with how the Temple University community has responded,” Englert said, “She [Burleigh] is a remarkable woman who had been at Temple for a few days and already she has won the hearts of the Temple community. This is why I am so proud to be at Temple University.”

Mann-Barnes also spoke about on-campus resources that are available to students who are dealing with the loss of Burleigh.

“It is okay to be upset. This is a horrible event and I think it is important to acknowledge the resources we have here on campus,” said Mann-Barnes, “Whether that means going to the Tuttleman Counseling Service, the Wellness Resource Center, or talking to your professors, you do not have to go through it alone because all of us are grappling through this together.”

Vigilia en memoria de estudiante asesinada

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La comunidad del Temple se unió en luto por la muerte de la estudiante, Jenna Burleigh, el jueves 7 de septiembre de 2017.

Un memorial temporal para Jenna Burleigh. Foto por Michelle Severino.

El gobierno de los estudiantes del Temple y Progressive NAACP organizaron la vigilia en el Founder’s Garden. Regalaron flores para colocar bajo un memorial temporal y cartas de simpatía para enviar a su familia.

Muchas personas ofrecieron sus condolencias y dolor, incluyendo al Presidente de Temple, Richard Englert. Nos mencionó antes del evento que está tan impresionado por la respuesta de la universidad a esta tragedia. “For our student leaders to do this kind of a vigil today, it is so heart-warming, not only to the Temple University community, but just think how it will be for the Burleigh family.”

El Presidente de Temple, Richard Englert, habla en la vigilia. Foto por Michelle Severino.

Burigh era un estudiante, de 22 años, estudiando cine y medios de comunicación en Temple. Ella había transferido recientemente desde Montgomery County Community College. La estudiante de Temple, Abby Sturgis, había asistido a la misma escuela secundaria que Burleigh, y ella habló de su pasión por el cine. “I do remember seeing a video that she made… It was I think a lip dub or a lip sync to Call Me Maybe that she involved the whole school. And it was just you could see that she loved doing what she did… You could just see her passion for it.”

Joshua Hupperterz, un ex-estudiante de Temple presuntamente asesinó a Burleigh el 31 de agosto. El cuerpo de Burleigh fue encontrado dos días más tarde en la casa de la abuela de Hupperterz en Wayne County. El 3 de septiembre fue acusado de asesinato, abuso de un cadáver, manipulación de pruebas y posesión de un instrumento de crimen.

El funeral de Burleigh fue el viernes, 8 de septiembre de 2017 en Hatfield, Pennsylvania. En lugar de flores, su familia pidió donaciones para Jenna’s Blessing Bags for the Homeless. Fue un tiempo de duelo para una joven cuya vida se terminó demasiado rápido.

Los estudiantes honran a Jenna Burleigh en una vigilia. Foto por Michelle Severino.

Los estudiantes de Temple son animados a hablar con los consejeros en Tuttleman Counseling Services. El Presidente del cuerpo estudiantil, Tyrell Mann-Barnes, dice, “It’s okay to be upset. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to be fine.  This is a horrible event, and I think that it’s important to actually acknowledge the resources we have on campus.”

Temple Surpasses Fundraising Record

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During this past fiscal year, Temple University set a new record for fundraising which collectively surpassed $90 million dollars. The $90.6 million will go towards supporting many aspects of the University including students, faculty, research, community programs, campus improvements and much more.

This banner year’s success can be attributed to fundraising triumphs at various levels including the boost in alumni engagement, the increase in Conwell Society members, the maintenance in alumni donors, and the ability to sustain a high level of principal and major gift donors.

According to President Englert, “These results demonstrate the sustained strength and scope of Temple’s fundraising efforts as we expand our culture of philanthropy.”

Many schools benefited from this increase in donations including the Klein College of Media and Communication, which was renamed after Lew Klein in recognition of his six decades of teaching at Temple and the historic multimillion-dollar gift to the school from Lew and his wife, Janet.

Other schools were also recipients of an increase in funding this year. The Beasley School of Law and Boyer College of Music and Dance were both gifted $25,000 to acknowledge the highest increase in alumni participation over June 2016.

This new record has completely surpassed the previous 2015 record of $84.2 million and has the potential to exponentially grow in future years.

Temple to Host Sexual Assault Prevention Week

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Temple University is hosting its very own Sexual Assault Prevention Week in an effort to educate students, empower them, and to further battle the unwanted presence of sexual assault on campus. It will take place from Monday, September 11, to Friday, September 15.

First on Monday, there will be an event called “Owl Stand Up” at the Skate Park from 6 to 9 PM. With art, poetry, music and storytelling, those who are victims of sexual assault will be given the opportunity to share their compelling experiences. Discussions are to be open and non-judgemental, and support from allies and supporters will be welcomed into this safe space.

On Tuesday, September 12,  students can learn how to be more assertive if they attend the “Bystander Intervention” at the Howard Gittis Student Center Underground from 5 to 6 PM. Students will be taught the necessary skills and tactics that will give them the confidence to take initiative in situations that indicate possible assault, harassment, or violence.

On Wednesday, September 13, there will be a “Know Your Resource Panel” at the Howard Gittis Student Center (Room 223) from 5 to 6 PM. The panel will teach students about resources that can be found on and off campus. This event is helpful for students who don’t know who to talk to if they need help recovering from their experience or if they are supporting another victim who is trying to recover.

On Thursday, September 14, students have the opportunity to learn how to effectively fight against perpetrators in a self-defense workshop at the Howard Gittis Student Center (Room 200A) from 3 to 5 PM. Self-defense coaches will teach students the basic ability to protect themselves. If students would rather not attend discussion based events, they should show up at this more active and physical one.

The week will be capped off at the Temple vs. UMass football game located at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday. Temple University and Temple Athletics are proud to announce the It’s on Us campaign at the game; their goal is to “affirm [to everyone present there] the importance of engaging in the conversation in order to end the perpetuation of rape culture.”

The activities and events this week are meant to strengthen Temple students in the fight against sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence, which are still quite prevalent on campuses everywhere today.

Temple Dedicates New Aramark Student Training and Recreation Complex

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On Thursday, Aramark and Temple University came together to officially dedicate the new Aramark Student Training and Recreation (STAR) Complex.

The multipurpose facility that had been under construction for the past year is now the home of a 70-yard synthetic field, a climbing wall, a Jamba Juice, as well as an academic portion of the building that features the College of Public Health’s clinical education.

While attending the event, guests were able to hear remarks from Temple and Aramark Leadership. Towards the end of the function, a tour of the facility was given to all attendees.

Temple Update Nominated for CBI National Student Production Awards

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Temple Update is a national finalist in multiple categories for the College Broadcasters, Inc. 2017 National Student Production Awards.

The nominations include TempleUpdate.com for Best Student Media Website, Temple Update for Best Social Media Presence, and Update’s March 2nd, 2017 show for Best Newscast. Other TUTV finalists include OwlSports Update for Best Social Media Presence, Travel Ban Promo for Best Station Promo, and Owl Access Pass’ February 14th, 2017 show.

CBI aims to represent students involved in radio, television, webcasting, and other types of media. It currently represents more than 200 active radio and television stations.

The winners for each category will be announced at the National Student Electronic Media Convention in San Antonio, TX on November 2nd to the 4th.