New library still planned for Main Campus

Contrary to reports earlier today, university officials told The Temple News that the university hasn’t scrapped plans to build a new library. Reports suggesting that Temple will update Paley Library instead of constructing a new facility are false.

“We’re building a new library,” said James Creedon, senior vice president for facilities, management and operations. “We will reinvigorate or do something new with Paley, but it won’t be in place of a new library.”

The library was previously slated to be built on North Broad Street as part of the 20/20 plan, which was the university’s “framework for campus development” under former President Ann Weaver Hart.

President Neil Theobald said last September, a month after he was named president, that he was excited about the prospect of a new library and its location on Broad Street.

“The ability to plan, from scratch, a new library, I can’t think of anything I’d rather do as someone who’s been a professor most of my life,” Theobald said at the time. “There is little at a university, especially a 21st century university, that is more important than a library, so I love the idea that it’s right on Broad [Street] and very visible.”

In an interview with The Temple News in April, he reiterated that the library wouldn’t be like Paley, however, he said he would like to see it on the east side of Main Campus.

“The library is going to provide us an opportunity to rethink how students learn. This will not be a library like [Paley Library], nothing like that. It won’t be stacks of books,” Theobald said. “In my mind, Broad Street kind of divides us. The east side is the academic side and the west side is the Liacouras Center and some housing. I think it’s very likely to end up on the east side.”

The president confirmed this in August when he said the library is “certainly going to be on the east side of Broad” Street.

The exact location of the new library has not been announced as the university develops its new master plan through its Visualize Temple initiative, which was launched at the end of last semester.

Snøhetta, a Norwegian firm that has designed the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the James B. Hunt Memorial Library at North Carolina State University and the Ryerson University Library in Toronto, is designing the library.

University cancels homecoming concert

On Tuesday, citing financial considerations and unforeseen circumstances, the university canceled this year’s homecoming concert, Director of Student Activities Chris Carey said.

The concert, which was supposed to feature B.o.B and Far East Movement, was scheduled to be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Liacouras Center.

Main Campus Program Board’s website has a message in place of the concert on its homecoming calendar that states that people who bought tickets can return them to the Liacouras Center Box Office for a full refund.

Bergman named special assistant to the president

Vice President Bill Bergman, a former deputy Philadelphia Police commissioner who has been at Temple since 1996, was appointed special assistant to the president by President Neil Theobald earlier this month.

“Bill’s many years of service at Temple will make him an invaluable resource as we move Temple forward,” Theobald said in a statement. “I’m pleased he has agreed to return to the Executive Office of President in this role.”

Bergman came to Temple after 27 years with the Philadelphia Police Department to oversee the university’s public safety operation, according to University Communications. He rose through the ranks and eventually became former President Ann Weaver Hart’s chief of staff for two years.

“Temple has been an important part of my life,” said Bergman in a statement through University Communications. “I look forward to working with President Theobald to make sure that the university continues to be a vital part of this city and the commonwealth.”

Suspect arrested in off-campus assault

A 25-year-old man is in custody after a fight last month that left one man with a broken jaw.

Dominic Pesce was arrested on May 8, police said Wednesday in a release, in connection with an altercation that occurred on the 1700 block of Diamond Street in April.

On April 17 at about 8 p.m., surveillance video shows the 20-year-old victim in a verbal altercation with a group of people. Suddenly, the video shows the victim being punched in the face, resulting in a broken jaw and severe facial injuries, police said.

Pesce, of the 1500 block of West Locust Street, is charged with aggravated assault and related offenses.

Temple United wins TSG election

Temple United, made up of candidate for student body president Darin Bartholomew, candidate for vice president of services Cree Moore and candidate for vice president of external affairs Sonia Galiber, has defeated Diamond Nation in this year’s Temple Student Government election.

Check back with later for a full recap of the election results.

Director of Villanova library named University Libraries dean

Joseph Lucia, the director of the Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University, was named dean of University Libraries, according to University Communications. He will assume his new role on July 1.

Lucia had previously visited Temple on Feb. 13 and 14 during the search for a new dean. Mary Case of the University of Illinois at Chicago and David Lewis of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis were also named as candidates for the position.

Carol Lang is currently the interim dean of University Libraries, a position she has held since August 2011.

Check with for more information as it becomes available. 

Police release names of two arrested in robbery of four students

Police identified two suspects who were arrested Wednesday in connection with Monday’s robbery of four roommates west of Main Campus.

Tyree Johnson, 19, and Malcolm Murray, 18, of North Philadelphia were charged with aggravated assault, robbery and false imprisonment and related offenses. Their bail was set at $800,000 each and they are scheduled to have a preliminary hearing will be held on March 21, Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office, said.

On Monday, three men followed a Temple student to her off-campus apartment around 7:30 p.m. on 1800 block of North 18th Street. When she opened the door to her apartment, a man stuck a black revolver to her head and told her to keep walking, police said. After they gained entry to the apartment, one man duct taped the student while the other two bound the other three roommates in the front bedroom and took cash, computers, credit cards and cell phones from the students, police said.

A third suspect is still at large, though police said Wednesday that they know who the suspect is.

Car crashes into steps between Anderson and Gladfelter

This minivan crashed into the steps between Anderson and Gladfelter halls Wednesday. | TYLER SABLICH TTN

This minivan crashed into the steps between Anderson and Gladfelter halls Wednesday. | TYLER SABLICH TTN

The driver of a minivan that swerved off of 11th Street and into the steps on Polett Walk between Anderson and Gladfelter halls Wednesday afternoon will soon be charged with DUI, said Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone.

The crash occurred at approximately 12:20 p.m. and no students were injured. All three people in the minivan were taken to Temple University Hospital for precautionary evaluations for head and neck injuries, Leone said.

“We are very fortunate no one was walking along Polett Walk at the time of the accident,” Leone said in an email.

The area of the steps was cornered off as of Wednesday evening as Facilities Management cleans up. Leone said minimal damage was caused to Temple property and people walking through the area can utilize the ramp adjacent to the steps.

Temple student crowned Miss Philadelphia

Temple student Francesca Ruscio was crowned Miss Philadelphia on Saturday, March 2. The 20-year-old broadcast journalism major was one of out 17 women competing for the title, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Ruscio, according to the Inquirer, has overcome polycysic ovary syndrome, which she was diagnosed with two years ago.

Ruscio will now advance to compete for the title of Miss Pennsylvania.

TTN wins nine 2013 Student Keystone Press Awards

The Temple News secured nine awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association yesterday, March 4. The Student Keystone Press Awards recognize student journalists throughout Pennsylvania.
TTN’s website won best website of all four-year schools in Pennsylvania. The site was redesigned by TTN Web Editor Chris Montgomery this past summer. Also, TTN took home four other first place awards in the feature story, personality profile, columnist and sports story categories.
In addition, TTN won two second place awards in the feature story and cartoon/graphic illustration categories as well as honorable mention in the column and editorial categories.