Donation to be used for Social Justice Center

Made possible by a $1.5 million donation, the Beasley School of Law will create a Social Justice Center that will work with nonprofits and agencies in the city to address social justice needs in the area, according to University Communications.

The donation was made by Sandra and Stephen Sheller.

Pick up The Temple News on March 5 for a full recap of the gift and the new Social Justice Center.

More than 70 percent have updated records

Two weeks after Temple started its spring campaign to have all students update their living addresses online, more than 70 percent have responded. Students are prompted to update their living address through a pop-up window after logging into TUPortal.

The number of eligible students who would see the window is 34,344, Dean of Students Stephanie Ives said. As of Friday, Feb. 22, 24,551  students have updated their living addresses.

However, Ives said not all students have logged into TUPortal to see the prompt, but, of those who have, the “vast majority complete the information the first time they see the window.”

$15,000 reward offered in Morgan Hall arson case

Investigators announced Thursday that a $15,000 award is being offered for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for setting five fires on multiple floors of Morgan Hall earlier this week.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering $5,000 in conjunction with L.F. Driscoll Company which is offering $10,000.

Check back with shortly for more information.

New building in the works for TU Japan

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees  has approved a proposal by Temple Education Support Services to prepare and submit a bid for a 50-year lease and construction of a building in Tokyo. The move was submitted by TESS’ Board of Directors for the “Japan Akasaka Building Project” last week.

Police looking for robbery suspects west of Main Campus

Philadelphia Police are searching for three suspects who allegedly attempted to take a woman’s cell phone on Monday, according to police.

On Feb. 4, at approximately 1:10 p.m., a 21-year-old woman was on the 1800 block of West Berks Street when three suspects approached her from behind, grabbed her and tried to take her cell phone, police said. After an unsuccessful attempt to grab the cell phone, police said the suspects fled west on Berks Street.

The first suspect is described by police as a 16 to 19-year-old black male of light complexion and stocky build. He was last seen wearing a black jacket over gray, a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The other two suspects are described as black males in their late teens.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-686-TIPS, 215-686-3093 or text tips to 773847.

Reports: Corbett expected to propose level funding for Temple

Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to announce Friday that he will propose flat funding for Temple and the other state and state-related universities in Pennsylvania as part of his 2013-2014 budget proposal which he will announce Tuesday, according to PennLive.

PennLive reports that Corbett has invited representatives from the 14 state universities and four state-related universities in Pennsylvania to join him at a news conference at the capitol in Harrisburg at 1 p.m.

If Temple were to be flat funded for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, its state appropriation would remain at $139.9 million. Corbett requested a 30 percent cut to Temple’s appropriation for the 2012-2013 budget, but the state ultimately kept the university’s appropriation on par with what it received in the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

In his first budget proposal as governor, Corbett proposed to cut Temple, and the other three state-related universities’ appropriations in half for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Eventually, the cut was altered to a 19 percent appropriation reduction, bringing its state funding from $172.7 million in 2010-2011, to $139.9 million, which it stands at today.

For a full recap of today’s announcement click here.

Updated: Sexual assault reported in White Hall

A sexual assault was reported Wednesday stemming from an incident that occurred last week said Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone.

Leone said the sexual assault happened at approximately 11:50 p.m. on Jan. 24, in White Hall, which normally houses freshmen. The victim, a 19-year-old woman and the suspect, a 19-year-old man, were both students and knew each other, Leone said.

The case has been referred to the Philadelphia Police Department Special Victims Unit and will be referred to the Student Code of Conduct, Leone said. No charges have been filed as of Thursday afternoon.

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Theobald to speak at next TSG meeting

Next Monday’s Temple Student Government General Assembly meeting will feature Temple’s new chief in the second meeting of the semester.

As reported by TTN’s Laura Detter, TSG Student Body President David Lopez said Monday, Jan. 28, that President Neil Theobald will be speaking to the General Assembly during the Feb. 4, meeting. Lopez said Theobald should be at the meeting for about 30 to 45 minutes.

Check back with The Temple News next week for complete coverage of Theobald’s first stop to TSG.

Budget and Finance Committee holds first meeting of 2013

In its first meeting of the year, the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees recommended that an authorized signer be added for the William C. Dunkelberg Owl Fund.

Cynthia Axelrod, a faculty adviser to the Temple University Investment Association and director of the Owl Fund, was recommended as a signer for accounts on behalf of the fund.

The Owl Fund, a student-run investment organization run through TUIA, was founded in 2006 and has more than 150 members, according to TUIA’s website.

Axelrod joins Jonathan Scott, managing director of the fund, Anthony Wagner, executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer and Ken Kaiser, senior associate vice president for finance and human resources, as signers for the fund.

Leon Moulder, Jr., who called into the meeting, participated in his first meeting as a trustee. Moulder was appointed as a trustee at the December meeting.

Preliminary hearing pushed back for accused killer of Temple student

The preliminary hearing for the 22-year-old man charged in connection with the New Year’s Day murder of student Stephen Johnson has been rescheduled for March 12.

Lawrence Jeffries of Glenside, Pa., is charged with murder and related offenses in the triple shooting that left Johnson dead and injured three others. At 3:40 a.m. on Jan. 1, Johnson, 23, was shot in the chest on the 1700 block of West Venango Street in Tioga after an apparent argument and pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital at 4:04 a.m., according to police.

Two other 22-year-old men were shot, one in the foot and the other in the chest and foot. A fourth victim sustained fractures to both of her feet after jumping from the second floor window to avoid the gunfire, police said.

Johnson was a senior marketing major and MIS minor and was set to graduate this spring.