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As the latest Israel-Hamas war carries on into its third month, university students nationwide have remained at the fore...
01/08/2024

As the latest Israel-Hamas war carries on into its third month, university students nationwide have remained at the forefront of promoting discussions and protests of the war. The Temple News wants to hear how you consume and share news related to the Israel-Hamas war. Click the link below and take the anonymous survey.

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Following a national search, Temple has named S. Suresh Madhavan dean of the School of Pharmacy, wrote Provost Gregory M...
01/08/2024

Following a national search, Temple has named S. Suresh Madhavan dean of the School of Pharmacy, wrote Provost Gregory Mandel in a message to the Temple community Monday.

Madhavan, who will begin on March 1, is currently a professor of pharmacotherapy at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, where he served as dean of the College of Pharmacy from 2019 to 2023.

S. Suresh Madhavan will step into the role on March 1.

Hours after her inauguration on Tuesday, Mayor Cherelle Parker declared a citywide public safety emergency, calling on t...
01/03/2024

Hours after her inauguration on Tuesday, Mayor Cherelle Parker declared a citywide public safety emergency, calling on the Philadelphia Police Department to develop a plan to address crime.

The declaration, included in an executive order signed by Parker, directs new Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel, Philadelphia’s managing director Adam Thiel and other city officials to create a plan within 100 days to reduce crime, hire more officers and reduce “quality-of-life” offenses, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The new mayor announced her 100-day plan following her inauguration on Tuesday, which includes the emergency declaration.

Cherelle Parker, Philadelphia’s 100th mayor, was sworn in ahead of her formal inauguration today. Parker is the first Bl...
01/02/2024

Cherelle Parker, Philadelphia’s 100th mayor, was sworn in ahead of her formal inauguration today. Parker is the first Black woman to serve in the role. Read our coverage from October, explaining where Parker stands on Temple-related issues.

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Both candidates said they would be committed to a number of safety and crime reduction efforts around the city.

This year was a trying time for the Temple community, but not one without moments of celebration and hope. The Temple Ne...
12/31/2023

This year was a trying time for the Temple community, but not one without moments of celebration and hope. The Temple News’ top 10 photos of 2023 capture the range of emotions and stories, from the mourning of Officer Fitzgerald's death to the wondrous scenes following the Eagles' conference championship win.

The sudden death of President JoAnne Epps was heartbreaking, bringing the community together to celebrate her life and many years of service to the university. In response to somber, global events, the vigils and protests by Israeli and Palestinian students were a testament to the community’s resilience.

Stories like those of gymnast Brooke Donabedian were highlights for an otherwise struggling time for Temple Athletics.

From honoring the loss of President JoAnne Epps to one law student’s activism for Election Day off, here are some of the most memorable Features stories from the past year.

This year, the Temple community grappled with gun violence and the unexpected death of university President JoAnne Epps,...
12/30/2023

This year, the Temple community grappled with gun violence and the unexpected death of university President JoAnne Epps, as well as national issues such as the Israel-Hamas war. Amid the turmoil, some students turned to activism, hosting rallies and vigils on campus.

Despite the issues deeply affecting the community, students and alumni were able to find joy through club sports, rediscovering personal passions and creating and performing music.

Here are the top 10 Features stories from this past year.

From honoring the loss of President JoAnne Epps to one law student’s activism for Election Day off, here are some of the most memorable Features stories from the past year.

From the resignation of a president to a labor strike on campus, here are the most impactful stories from 2023.
12/28/2023

From the resignation of a president to a labor strike on campus, here are the most impactful stories from 2023.

From the resignation of a president to a labor strike on campus, here are the most impactful university stories from 2023.

In January, the Temple University Police Department will welcome two-year-old German Shepard Falko as the department’s s...
12/27/2023

In January, the Temple University Police Department will welcome two-year-old German Shepard Falko as the department’s second K9 unit.

TUPD’s K9 units serve both a highly specialized safety role and as an avenue for community outreach with students and the surrounding North Philadelphia neighborhood, said Jennifer Griffin, vice president of public safety.

Falko is currently being trained at the Philadelphia Police Department Academy in a similar specialization to TUPD’s current K9 unit, nine-year-old Chandler, who was cross-trained in finding explosives and assisting in apprehensions. Chandler’s deployment is also necessary when any suspicious packages are found, in case of explosives, or if a suspect is in hiding.

The department is training another police dog that can apprehend suspects, work in crowd control during campus events and detect explosives.

After a national search, Temple has appointed Jodi Bailey as vice president for student affairs upon final approval from...
12/21/2023

After a national search, Temple has appointed Jodi Bailey as vice president for student affairs upon final approval from the Board of Trustees, wrote Provost Gregory Mandel in a message to the Temple community on Thursday.

“She is a thoughtful and open-minded leader who has demonstrated genuine care for the student populations she has served over the course of her career,” Mandel wrote.

Jodi Bailey, the current New Jersey City University vice president of student development and community engagement, will begin on March 1.

Since 1966, Temple Rome, nestled across the Tiber River from the Roman Prati neighborhood, has served as a temporary hom...
12/20/2023

Since 1966, Temple Rome, nestled across the Tiber River from the Roman Prati neighborhood, has served as a temporary home to thousands of university students looking to indulge in the Cacio e Pepe, Aperol Spritzes’ and Renaissance art life abroad offers.

Now, Adult Study Abroad opens the doors for adults who aren’t currently students to experience adventures in Rome, too.
Whether participants were looking to build their language skills, visit historical and art sites or make up for a lost undergraduate study abroad experience, the program fosters longtime friendships.

“We spent a lot of time together because we did these trips, trips, classes and all the rest of it, and it was really a nice experience,” said Norma Mori, a 1977 counseling and psychology alumna, retired school counselor and member of the Fall 2023 cohort. “We all found a way to get along with each other and have fun together.”

The university's Adult Study Abroad program attracts a range of non-student participants, from seasoned travelers to first-time adventurers.

Temple University Police Department has been working toward improving gun violence prevention efforts on and near Main C...
12/17/2023

Temple University Police Department has been working toward improving gun violence prevention efforts on and near Main Campus since evidence-based solutions were identified in a 131-page audit conducted last year.

TUPD’s recent strategies include increased foot patrols and more collaboration with the Philadelphia Police Department, contributing to a more enhanced approach to safety on and near Main Campus, said Jennifer Griffin, vice president for public safety.

The department has seen positive results following increased foot patrols and other safety measures.

OPINION: “Professors should consider offering fidget toys in the classes they deem appropriate as  another resource to p...
12/15/2023

OPINION: “Professors should consider offering fidget toys in the classes they deem appropriate as another resource to promote learning. Fidget toys might not work for everyone, but professors should offer them regardless so students who actually benefit from them can have the opportunity to use them.”

Assistant Opinion Editor Valeria Uribe and Chase Gilroy, a sophomore journalism major, argue that professors should offer fidget toys in their classrooms as a tool to help students concentrate better and relieve their stress.

Two students argue about the importance of incorporating fidget toys in learning spaces.

In devising the Fall 2024 schedule, Temple is seeking opinions from both students and faculty, in addition to examining ...
12/14/2023

In devising the Fall 2024 schedule, Temple is seeking opinions from both students and faculty, in addition to examining the effect on classes before announcing any changes during the spring semester.

On Nov. 28, Provost Gregory Mandel announced a survey to Temple students and faculty detailing options to change the Fall 2024 semester schedule, including the addition of a break on Election Day.

The poll, which was available on TUPortal until Dec. 12, gave students the choice of keeping the current schedule or adding additional days off. The first option would maintain the current schedule. The second option would schedule a three-day wellness break in mid-October, with Fall break starting the day before Thanksgiving. The third option would give students a two-day wellness break and off Election Day. With this option, Fall break would also start the day before Thanksgiving.

The university will use the students’ opinions and other schools’ data to make a decision on Election Day classes.

Eileen Bradley, the first female Temple University Police Department officer, a retired captain and 1972 criminal justic...
12/12/2023

Eileen Bradley, the first female Temple University Police Department officer, a retired captain and 1972 criminal justice alumnus, passed away on Dec. 1. Colleagues and friends remember her as a devoted Captain and friend.

Eileen Bradley, Temple University Police Department’s first female officer, passed away at age 77, leaving behind friends, family and the Temple community.

Through today, students have been able to vote on potential schedules for the Fall 2024 semester via the TUPortal. The p...
12/12/2023

Through today, students have been able to vote on potential schedules for the Fall 2024 semester via the TUPortal. The poll comes after a year-long effort from Owls Out for Democracy, a group of students working to attain Election Day off for all students.

The poll offers three options for students, with varying plans for wellness days, Fall break and Election Day.

The poll comes after a year-long effort from Owls Out for Democracy, a group of students working to attain Election Day off for all students.

EDITORIAL: The Editorial Board encourages the university to consider options for the 2024-25 academic calendar that will...
12/11/2023

EDITORIAL: The Editorial Board encourages the university to consider options for the 2024-25 academic calendar that will allow students and professors to have off on Election Day and a full Fall break.

The Editorial Board encourages the university to consider giving students off on Election Day 2024 without taking away days from Fall break.

ESSAY: “To me, there’s nothing more invigorating than having shared, collective experiences over delicious food. With th...
12/08/2023

ESSAY: “To me, there’s nothing more invigorating than having shared, collective experiences over delicious food. With the profusion of rich culture, history and authenticity, Philly's food is too special to avoid indulging in.”

Sophia Reis, a junior communications major, shares how her love for going out to eat led to the creation of her food blog.

A student reflects on her love for diverse cuisine and visiting restaurants, and how it led to the creation of her own food blog.

Temple has developed a profile outlining the qualifications and responsibilities for the next president, wrote Board of ...
12/07/2023

Temple has developed a profile outlining the qualifications and responsibilities for the next president, wrote Board of Trustees Chairman Mitchell Morgan in a message to the university community Thursday.

“This marks an important milestone in our search as we imagine the kind of leader Temple is seeking,” Morgan wrote. “As we all know, this job calls for an exceptional individual, one who embraces the opportunity to helm a major university in a leading U.S. city, who understands exactly what sets Temple apart, and who can drive our great institution forward.”

The “presidential profile” includes qualities and experiences the community prefers the next president has.

Temple alumnus, CEO and founder of Applied Behavior Analysis Centers of America, Chris Barnett, opened Maddy’s Room on W...
12/07/2023

Temple alumnus, CEO and founder of Applied Behavior Analysis Centers of America, Chris Barnett, opened Maddy’s Room on Wednesday. Maddy’s Room is Temple's first on-campus sensory space in an academic building.

“The Social Services Annex is a place for students to come that they feel welcomed,” said Jennifer Ibrahim, the dean of Public Health. “And now we're taking it one step forward, that we're also making sure that everyone can see themselves in this space.”
Maddy’s Room was opened after a ribbon-cutting ceremony and is named after Barnett’s daughter, who collaborated with him on the space. She picked the logo design and worked alongside her father to make the space comfortable enough to become home to a community of students all along the spectrum.

Maddy’s Room offers students a therapeutic haven to regulate sensory experiences and is designed to foster inclusivity and aimed at providing a sanctuary for sensory well being.

THE ESSAYIST: June 12, 2021.Managing Editor Sarah Frasca reflects on the day she performed her first and final solo, whi...
12/07/2023

THE ESSAYIST: June 12, 2021.

Managing Editor Sarah Frasca reflects on the day she performed her first and final solo, which served as closure after 17 complicated years of dance.

“Dance was never something I was meant to pursue, but it taught me lessons of responsibility and friendship throughout my youth. I learned to respect the value and impact of something in its prime and to move on once it serves its purpose.”

A student reflects on June 12, 2021, the day she performed her first and final solo, which served as closure after 17 complicated years of dance.

THE ESSAYIST: February 4, 2023.Managing Editor Julia Merola explains how a rejection letter from her dream job completel...
12/07/2023

THE ESSAYIST: February 4, 2023.

Managing Editor Julia Merola explains how a rejection letter from her dream job completely changed her outlook on her career path and interests.

“These opportunities have helped me realize that I didn’t love the position I was applying for, and I didn’t want to be stuck in that branch of journalism for the rest of my career.”

A student explains how getting rejected from her dream job on Feb. 4, 2023, allowed her to grow as a journalist.

THE ESSAYIST: April 10, 2015.Julianna Musser, a freshman journalism major, reflects on the day she found out her book wa...
12/07/2023

THE ESSAYIST: April 10, 2015.

Julianna Musser, a freshman journalism major, reflects on the day she found out her book was getting published and how it defined her future as a writer.

“Even though I have grown immensely as a writer since then, publishing ‘Bored Dog’ gave me more hope for my writing career. It showed me that dreaming big, even when you are young, is achievable if you set your mind to it.”

A student reflects on April 10, 2015, the day she found out a book she had written would be published and how it still inspires her as a writer today.

The Temple News wants to hear about a day that defines you! Send a message to editor@temple-news.com describing an impor...
12/06/2023

The Temple News wants to hear about a day that defines you! Send a message to [email protected] describing an important day. Your experience could be featured in the Friday edition of The Rundown.

*If chosen your name will also appear alongside your experience.

Editor-in-Chief Fallon Roth writes how three moments of “small joy” on a chilly day in her junior year of high school le...
12/06/2023

Editor-in-Chief Fallon Roth writes how three moments of “small joy” on a chilly day in her junior year of high school left a big impact on her understanding of happiness.

“ It wasn’t the day I committed to college, went to New York City for the first time or saw Taylor Swift in concert (I ended up waiting a few more years for this). Instead, the sequence of three, consecutive, simple things brought me great joy on that chilly day: theatre rehearsal, falafel and a junior prom dress.”

A student shares how three moments of “small joy” on Jan. 18, 2019, left a big impact on her understanding of happiness.

THE ESSAYIST: June 22, 2023Chase Gilroy, a sophomore journalism major, reflects on an embarrassing moment from his famil...
12/06/2023

THE ESSAYIST: June 22, 2023

Chase Gilroy, a sophomore journalism major, reflects on an embarrassing moment from his family vacation that encouraged him to change his habits and improve his health.

“That day defined not just who I was, but who I wanted to be going forward. I wanted to be someone who could keep up with his family without his health slowing him down. I wanted to be proud of who I saw in the mirror.”

A student shares how an embarrassing family vacation in Puerto Rico on June 22 encouraged him to become a healthier person.

THE ESSAYIST: June 23, 2020. Maddie Mosley, a junior communication and social influence major, reflects on how her exper...
12/05/2023

THE ESSAYIST: June 23, 2020.

Maddie Mosley, a junior communication and social influence major, reflects on how her experience at a Black Lives Matter Protest impacted her career goals and desire for social justice.

“The transformative experience, etched into the fabric of my being, always lingers in the back of my mind. My journey is an ongoing testament to the belief that even in the face of adversity, the pursuit of justice and equality defines not just a moment but a lifetime.”

A student describes how an experience at a Black Lives Matter protest on June 23, 2020, influenced her career aspirations.

THE ESSAYIST: February 23, 2023.Rachel Grant, a freshman journalism major, recalls how her grandma’s passing encouraged ...
12/05/2023

THE ESSAYIST: February 23, 2023.

Rachel Grant, a freshman journalism major, recalls how her grandma’s passing encouraged her to become the person her grandma always saw her as.

“Throughout my childhood, I was extremely shy and reserved, but my grandma saw a different version of me. Around her, I was comfortable with myself, talkative and outgoing. She always told me I was beautiful, kind-spirited and meant to go far in life. She saw me as everything I could ever want to be.”

A student reflects on learning about her grandma’s passing on Feb. 23 and the impact it had on her life.

THE ESSAYIST: July 5, 2022.Assistant Opinion Editor Valeria Uribe reflects on an impromptu trip that helped her overcome...
12/05/2023

THE ESSAYIST: July 5, 2022.

Assistant Opinion Editor Valeria Uribe reflects on an impromptu trip that helped her overcome her need to meticulously plan her every move.

“July 5, 2022, changed my life, and since then I’ve decided to stop planning out every moment. Now, I embrace chaos, spontaneity and unplanned adventures because I’ve learned the best memories can come from the most disorganized plans.”

A student reflects on how a spontaneous trip on July 5, 2022, led her to realize the importance of unplanned experiences.

THE ESSAYIST: July 12, 2019.Opinion Editor Claire Zeffer reflects on the life lessons she learned from the experiences a...
12/05/2023

THE ESSAYIST: July 12, 2019.

Opinion Editor Claire Zeffer reflects on the life lessons she learned from the experiences and personal connections she fostered during her trip to Peru.

“I realized that my initial fears and doubts about the trip had instead given way to confidence and resilience. Although I was navigating unfamiliar places and cultures with my second language, I was able to establish deep connections and complete meaningful service work which shaped me into a more appreciative and open-minded individual.”

A student reflects on a trip to Peru and the impact the experience had on her worldview and sense of self.

THE ESSAYIST: Not every day is memorable or life-changing, but for this year’s edition of The Essayist, Temple students ...
12/05/2023

THE ESSAYIST: Not every day is memorable or life-changing, but for this year’s edition of The Essayist, Temple students recount the impact of those occasional days of significance.
Some recall happy days, like a student who took an exciting impromptu trip with friends. Others reflect on days plagued by devastation, like a student who was rejected from her dream job. Each of these days, good or bad, provided valuable life lessons and new opportunities to feel, to experience and to change for the better.

Sincerely,

Claire Zeffer & Valeria Uribe
Opinion Editor, Assistant Opinion Editor

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