Alumna successfully challenges DOMA

The federal lawsuit that successfully challenged the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act was filed by a Temple alumna.

Edith Windsor, 83, graduated from the College of Liberal Arts in 1950. Today, the Supreme Court ruled that DOMA, a federal law that denied benefits of marriage to same-sex couples, was unconstitutional.

In December, the high court agreed to hear Windsor’s case, which specifically argues against a section that prohibits same-sex spouses from receiving a number of benefits. That section has caused its fair share of costly problems for Windsor, whose wife, Thea Spyer, died in 2009 (because she wasn’t considered a spouse by the IRS, she’s paid more than $600,000 in taxes).

President Barack Obama called Windsor just after 11 a.m. to offer his congratulations.

Alum engineers Yeezus, adds to impressive résumé

Former BTMM major and 2006 alum Noah Goldstein has done it again.

Goldstein, now a music engineer who has already worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Coldplay and Arcade Fire, received 21 credits on Kanye West’s newly released album “Yeezus.”

Goldstein is credited with engineering each of the album’s 10 tracks, in addition to various production and mixing credits. West hired Goldstein as his engineer after the two met in 2010. Goldstein also engineered West’s 2010 release “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” in addition to his 2011 collaboration with Jay-Z “Watch the Throne.”

Since graduating in 2006, Goldstein has credits on 84 releases, according to his web site. He helped engineer Arcade Fire’s grammy award winning album “The Suburbs” in 2010, in addition to mixing and engineering work on Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” and Big Boi’s “Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son of Chico Dusty.”

Goldstein was an assistant engineer on Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto,” and engineered Fun.’s “Some Nights.”

West’s “Yeezus” has a score of 87 on the aggregate site, making it one of the most critically-acclaimed albums of the year.

Pearson & McGonigle Halls outfitted with posters

The exterior of Pearson & McGonigle halls were recently adorned with several giant posters of Temple student-athletes competing in various sports.

The planning and design staff of university communications worked with facilities management to put up the signs, which contain the likenesses of student-athletes from the basketball teams, the field hockey team and the lacrosse team, among other sports.

The posters, which are displayed on the south side of McGonigle Hall on Montgomery Street and on the west side on 15th Street, were put up as a final touch of the construction on the recreation halls that were completed last year.

Film alumnus wins editing award at Oscars

Temple film alumnus William Goldenberg won the Academy Award Sunday, Feb. 24, for Best Achievement in Editing for his work on “Argo,” which also went on to win the night’s most coveted award for Best Motion Picture of the Year. Goldenberg was also nominated in the category for editing “Zero Dark Thirty,” which was nominated for five Academy Awards total and won for Best Achievement in Sound Editing.

Goldenberg graduated in 1982 from Temple with a radio, TV and film bachelor’s degree. A Northeast High School graduate, Goldenberg picked up his first Academy Award last night after having been previously nominated for Best Film Editing for “Seabiscuit” in 2004 and “The Insider” in 2000.

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