Student arrested for exposure in Paley

A student was arrested and will be charged with indecent exposure following an incident on the second floor of Paley Library Thursday night, Temple police said.

Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said police were informed of the incident by a female student around 11:40 p.m. The woman told officers that a man sat down next to her, exposed himself and began touching himself, Leone said.

Police took the man, who they identified as a student, out of the library and turned him over to Philadelphia police Special Victims Unit, where he awaits charges, Leone said.

The student’s name has not been released at this time.

250 forced to sleep in SAC after steam burst in Towers

Close to 250 residents of Temple Towers were forced to sleep overnight in the Student Center after a pipe burst in a mechanical area of the building released large amounts of steam which shorted the electrical system.

Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the entire building was evacuated shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, when the power in the building failed due to the steam burst. Residents of the hall reported seeing steam in the first floor hallways. Leone said there was no actual fire in the building.

Leone said CSS monitored the effect of the steam burst and power outage at nearby 1300 Residence Hall, but determined there was not an issue.

Residents of Towers who attempted to spend the night in 1300 reported that they were told not to stay there due to the possibility of evacuation.

The all clear was issued around 6 a.m., and crews were in the building Saturday afternoon to fix electrical equipment.

Around 3 a.m., the fire alarm went off in 1940 Residence Hall, although Leone said that incident did not appear to be related. It was not immediately clear as to the reason for that alarm.

Man arrested after students report harassment on Broad

A man believed to have mental health issues was arrested near Broad Street after three students reported harassment  on Wednesday evening, April 2, police said.

Michael, Campbell, 26 of the 3000 block of Crosby Street was charged with two counts of harassment after bike cops pursued him to the area in front of the Cecil B. Moore subway station near Morgan Hall, Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said.

Leone said the first victim, a female student, reported a man walking down Broad Street from Norris Street around 5:30 p.m., when he announced that he was going to punch her in  the face. The student was able to duck and ran away towards Norris, Leone said.

Two more female student reported being targeted in the area, Leone said. One told police she was bumped by the suspect and fell to the ground, another was spit on. No serious injuries were reported.

Leone said another male student saw the incidents and began chasing the suspect near Montgomery Avenue down Broad Street before the suspect was apprehended by police and taken to Temple University Hospital for examination due to a perceived mental health condition.

The suspect remained in the hospital as of Friday morning, Leone said.

John Moritz can be reached at or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU. 

Teens charged as adults for assaults

Three of five teenagers arrested yesterday have been charged as adults in connection to three assaults that occurred near Main Campus last Friday, the district attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

Najee Bilaal, 16,  Zaria Estes, 15, and Kanesha Gainey, 15, have been charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy, possession of an instrument of a crime, terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Gainey’s bail was set for $75,000 while both Bilaal and Estes had bail set at $100,000 each.

The DA’s office didn’t say who is believed to have used a brick to attack a 19-year-old student who broke her jaw and required emergency oral surgery.

According to court records, Bilaal has been arrested six times since December 2011, including on charges of retail theft and criminal trespassing. Three of the arrests were made by SEPTA police for theft of services.

Neither Estes nor Gainey have prior arrests listed in the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania.

Bilaal’s zip code is listed in West Philadelphia near University City, according to court records. Gainey had a listed zip code from West Philadelphia and Estes had a Northwest Philadelphia zip code. Police yesterday said the teens left Temple after the attacks on a SEPTA bus heading south on 17th Street.

The next court date for the teens is set for April 10.

John Moritz can be reached at or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU. 

Grenade-like device found in Conwell Inn

Police responded to the Conwell Inn on Main Campus after a guest reported they found a grenade-like device in their room on Sunday afternoon.

Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said police arrived on the scene at 5:38 p.m. Philadelphia bomb squad units took the device to their lab to examine if it was real, a replica or another device.

Campus police closed down Liacouras Walk from Montgomery Street to 1940 Residence Hall, in addition to the portion of Polett Walk between the Conwell Inn and Sullivan Hall.

Temple issued a TU alert warning students of the investigation of a suspicious device at 5:54 p.m., at which time police on the scene were already beginning to take down caution tape and barriers.

An all clear was sent out through a TU Alert at approximately 6:06 p.m.

Justice for Monteiro holds meeting at Church of the Advocate

Students and local residents held a meeting to discuss their support for ousted African American studies professor Anthony Monteiro, as well as issues surrounding Temple’s relationship with the nearby community at the Church of the Advocate Tuesday night, March 19.

The meeting, which was conducted by members of the group Justice for Monteiro, lasted more than two hours and focused around a group of demands the students have made to the university during ongoing discussions.

Among the strongest of the demands are the reinstatement of Monteiro to the African American studies department with full tenure – a position he did not hold when his contract was not renewed this January – and the firing of Dean Teresa Soufas, who signed off on Monteiro’s removal.

Unlike previous meetings held by the group, Monteiro was not in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting. Kashara White, a senior African American studies major led the discussion, which ranged from Temple’s impact on local housing developments to the ability of students to vote upon university matters.

In order to pressure the university into complying with the demands, the protesters discussed a number of demonstrations, including public protests during Experience Temple Days, when prospective students visit Main Campus, as well as sit-down demonstrations on Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.

No agreement was reached for a specific type or date of demonstration, though a vote was held to create an “agitation committee” and discuss ideas at a later meeting.

During the meeting, Anthony Pressley, an African American studies student, further called for the group to demand the firing of African American studies Chairman Molefi Asante for his role in Monteiro’s dismissal.

Monteiro had been a public advocate for the promotion of Asante to department chair last spring, as well as a outspoken critic of Dean Soufas, who had placed Jayne Drake, a white woman, as interim chair of the department in 2012.

Many of Monteiro’s supporters also held public demonstrations in support of Asante last spring, but at Tuesday’s meeting the favor seemed to have swayed, with several voicing agreement with Pressley in their condemnation of Asante.

Ultimately, no vote was taken by the students whether or not to add Asante’s removal to their list of demands.

After concluding their meeting, the students agreed to a tentative plan to meet at the same time on March 25, though no location was set.

Student debt discussed in meeting of democratic socialists, student groups

Strike Student Debt and other organizations seeking to reduce or eradicate college student loan debt were on campus Thursday, Jan. 30 to discuss their movement’s goals for Temple.

Strike Student Debt, which was formed by the Philadelphia chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, held its Drop Student Debt Forum in collaboration with the United States Student Association, the Quebec Student Union and Jobs With Justice, which protests for workers’ rights.

“This movement must demand meaningful but realistic policy reform that puts us on the course toward universal free higher education,” said DSA member Michele Rossi, who began the panel. Much of the discussion was focused on neo-liberalism, which was the philosophy behind the economic policies begun under Ronald Reagan. The panelists argued that this philosophy has contributed to rising tuition costs and budget cuts in education.

Others argued that conservatives, such as Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, contribute to the attitude that “states no longer see education as a public good,” United States Student Association President Sophia Zaman said.

“If you’re from the state administration, you need to know that education is good for our society to invest in,” Zaman said. “An educated society is a much better society.”

“We should go to Harrisburg and demand a return of the money taken from our budget a few years ago,” Political Science professor and DSA member Joseph Schwartz said from the audience, referring to Corbett’s $25 million cut to Temple’s budget in the 2011 fiscal year.

Dustin Guastella, a Temple alumnus and communications director for the Philadelphia DSA, argued that President Obama’s income-based loan repayment plan is not extensive enough, since the movement’s ultimate goal is socialized higher education, comparable to the nationwide program in Finland.

Classes close due to snow

Temple posted on its website Tuesday afternoon that the university would close after 1 p.m. on Jan. 21 due to a snowstorm that has hit the Philadelphia area.

A spokesperson for the university said administrators were working with a lagging alert system to get messages sent out to students and faculty advising them of the closing, which took place at the Ambler, Main, Center City, Harrisburg and Fort Washington Campuses.

Owl Loop and TUr Door Services will close for the day. Several businesses in the surrounding area were also closed due to the weather,

According to, Philadelphia could receive between 7 and 11 inches of snow.

Snow shuts down Main Campus

In a Temple Alert sent out 6:30 a.m. Friday morning, administration announced that non-essential services at the university would be closed Jan. 3 due to the winter storm that dumped heavy snowfall on much of the Philadelphia region and Northeast United States Thursday night.

Temple University Hospital, physicians practices, Campus Safety Services and facilities and operations workers would remain on duty Friday, a full report on the university’s website stated.

Due to winter break, normal class operations were not affected. The report said that employees should not report to work unless their services are deemed essential by their supervisors.

According to, 7 inches of snow fell throughout most of the region, including 9 inches at Philadelphia International Airport. Philadelphia Public Schools were closed Friday and Saturday, but SEPTA regional rail, subway and bus routes remained open, although with delays. A state of emergency was declared in nearby New Jersey.

The last time Temple closed due to weather was in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy shut down campus for two days.

Water main break affects two campuses

Two TU alerts were sent out alerting students of a water main break in Northeast Philadelphia that affected large parts of the city, including the Health Sciences and Main Campus on Monday afternoon, Dec. 23.

The first alert, sent out at 10:45 a.m., alerted students of the situation and advised those living near either campus to conserve water. A second alert sent around 2:30 p.m. said that water pressure in the area had been restored, and those still experiencing problems should contact Campus Safety Services at 215-204-1234.

The break occurred near Frankford and Torresdale avenues around 9 a.m., flooding the intersection in five feet of water and leading to the closure of 40 Philadelphia Public Schools and numerous small businesses due to lack of water pressure.

Eight zip codes were affected by the break, including 19121, 19122, 19123, 19130, 19134,  19124, 19137 and 19140.