News in brief: 10.27 Issue


From Oct. 19-26, there were 18 reports of theft.

Eight of the reports were bike thefts, while one was retail theft at the 7-Eleven at 2034 N. Broad St. Three of the bike thefts occurred on Broad Street.

The majority of the thefts were concentrated around 12th, 13th and Norris streets. Bike thefts were more often reported in the afternoon and early evening, while the others occurred later at night.

-Lian Parsons


Donald Fey died Oct. 18 at Bryn Mawr of a heart failure. Fey was the father of actress Tina Fey, and a Temple alumnus.

Fey was a Korean War veteran in the 1950s before returning to his home city to join the Philadelphia Fire Department.

He was also a professional writer for more than 30 years, the Inquirer reported. He primarily wrote about fundraising and lectured on grant writing at many universities and nonprofits.

Fey helped to raising more than $500 million for hospitals, schools and public service agencies, the Inquirer said.

In his free time, he also enjoyed painting and creative writing.

He is survived by his wife, two children, a sister, two brothers and three grandchildren.

Public services for Fey were held Friday.

A scholarship in Fey’s name has been established to support returning veterans enrolled in the School of Media and Communication.

-Lian Parsons

law student applications could rise this year

Beasley School of Law may have an increase in applications this year.

According to Kaplan Test Prep, 88 percent of law schools throughout the country believe they may see a spike in application rates this year, making it one of the most competitive application cycles throughout the past several years.

Temple has one of the highest rates of law school applications, with 185 Temple students in the 2014-15 application cycle.

Application rates for law school have dropped nationally, and the expected turnaround may help the future of the law school.

-Gillian McGoldrick


The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation gave a grant of $1.3 million to the  School of Media and Communication to work on a new project that will be researching the best newsroom practices as newspapers become increasingly more digitally-oriented.

This project, named the Knight-Temple Table Stakes Project, will include the Philadelphia Media Network, the Dallas Morning News and the Miami Herald.

These newsrooms will become leading platforms for Temple through their research of new practices for media in a digital age. Temple will produce sample materials for legacy newspapers to use and adapt to the digital world.

The project will also create in-class learning materials for students and future curriculum design. Temple will produce extensive reports and studies on its research during this project, along with ongoing coaching to help other newsrooms put the findings into action.

-Gillian McGoldrick