Cosby admitted in 2005 to giving drugs to women for sex

Court documents have been released that indicate Bill Cosby gave Quaaludes to women he intended to have sex with, the Associated Press reported.

Cosby testified in 2005 that he got the drugs and was planning to give them to women he wanted to have sex with, admitting to giving the sedative to at least one woman and “other people,” according to documents obtained by the AP Monday.

The AP was previously denied access to these records – Cosby’s lawyers said it would embarrass their client. The documents obtained were part of a lawsuit involving a former Temple University employee, and Cosby testified that he gave her three half-pills of Benadryl, the AP reported.

Since last year, more than two dozen women have accused the longtime comedian of sexual assault, citing events dating back to the 1960s, the AP reported. Amid these allegations, Bill Cosby resigned from Temple’s Board of Trustees on Dec. 1 of last year. Cosby served on the board for more than three decades.

“I have always been proud of my association with Temple University,” Cosby said in a statement made available by the university following his resignation. “I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students. As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees.”

One of the lawyers who represented Cosby in the 2005 case was Patrick O’Connor, the current chairman of the Board of Trustees. The AP continues to investigate court records pertaining to the case in 2005. The board’s next public meeting is scheduled for July 14.

Temple education programs insufficient, says one report.

A national review of elementary and secondary college programs by the National Council on Teacher Quality has given both of Temple’s programs a mediocre rating in their 2013 review.

The undergraduate elementary program received two out of four stars , and the undergraduate secondary education program received two and a half..

While the undergraduate program received a lower score, it placed higher proportionally, scoring in the 70th percentile our of 594 programs. Temple’s secondary program placed within the 65th percentile out of 606 programs.

The NCTQ rated programs based on four categories: selection criteria, content preparation, professional skills, and outcomes.

Alumna behind same-sex marriage case heading to Supreme Court

A federal lawsuit challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act set to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court was filed by a Temple alumna, the New York Times reports.

Edith Windsor, an 83-year-old alumna, has challenged the federal law, specifically 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).

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case last week.

Experts in the Times report seem to think Windsor’s story – specifically the emphasis on a perhaps-unequal tax level – will resonate with members of the highest court. How do you think the Supreme Court will stand on the issue?

Light mast planted on North Broad Street

On your daily route to and from class (psh, who are we kidding?), you’re sure to have stumbled upon a giant light tube, strongly resembling a cross between a mosquito light and giant humidifier. If not, stop looking at the sidewalk when you walk.

Either way, this giant bug-humidifier is actually neither; it’s an Avenue of the Arts Light Mast and it’s just the first of many to be installed in North Philly.

According to University Communications, these light tubes are a part of the Avenue of the Arts Streetscape Enhancement Project.

To see a time lapse of the installation, click here.

You Should Always be Camera-Ready…

…especially if you’re front row at a game that’s being broadcast on ESPN.

Case and point: Sophomore Cherry Crusader, Charlotte Jacobson.

This is what our cameras caught,

Charlotte cheering for the Owls while they have the lead.

Still in the lead, Charlotte has nothing to do but smile.

…And this is what ESPN’s camera’s caught

After Temple's loss to Penn State Charlotte forgets the game is being broadcast on national television.

Don’t let this happen to you! Remember, someone’s always watching…

Women’s crew coach recalls time as 9/11 first responder

Jason Read, the new women’s crew coach, who was hired on Aug. 22 was featured on CBS Philly’s website and on KYW Newsradio today where he talked about serving as a first responder on Sept. 11.

“The images that we see don’t give the situation that really was,” [Read said].  “We’re talking about 50 acres — enormous buildings.  Hundreds and hundreds of stories, pancaked.  Collapsed.  Within seconds.”

The former Temple rower was working as an EMS/Rescue Chief of Operations in Hunterdon, NJ, when the attacks occurred.   To view the whole article and podcast, click here.

Feldman to join TUHS

As of Sept. 1, Dr. Arthur Feldman will assume the role of executive dean of the School of Medicine and the chief academic officer of Temple University Health System.

Feldman was the chairman of the department of medicine at Jefferson before coming to Temple.

For more details, check out the full story.

Philly named No. 9 most segregated urban area in the U.S.

According to a slideshow article on that analyzed 2010 Census data, the level of segregation between blacks and whites in Philadelphia  is declining at slower rate than it did in the 1990s.

University of Pennsylvania historian Thomas Sugrue credits Philly’s No. 9 status partially due to hegemony.

“The patterns of housing segregation in metropolitan Philadelphia are the legacy of discriminatory public policies and real-estate practices that played out for most of the 20th century,” Sugrue said in the article. “Though discrimination is now illegal, those patterns of segregation were so deeply entrenched that many people came to see them as ‘natural.'”

Why do you think segregation is so prevalent in Philly?

Juan Fernandez featured on ESPN Deportes

This one is for the Spanish-speaking readers of The Temple News

Junior guard Juan Fernandez is apparently referred to as “el ‘Bieber’ de baloncesto” in certain parts of the world, at least that’s what I think the video and article from ESPN Deportes is saying about the Argentine guard.

The article and video about Fernandez shows clips of singer Justin Bieber, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili and Fernandez himself.  You can watch it here.

Mobile Weather Lab comes to Main Campus

This afternoon the CBS 3 Live Mobile Weather Lab camped out by the Bell Tower on what was, for the most part, a sunny day.

Junior BTMM major Angel Young visited the CBS 3 station for a class. She now follows CBS 3 meteorologist Justin Drabick on Facebook, and asked him to come to Temple.

“I’m passionate about CBS 3,” Young said. “Justin has been driving around in a lot of the snow storms, and I figured he could use a break, [it’s getting warm] so I said come to Temple!”

Segments broadcasted from Main Campus aired on CBS 3 at 4:15 and 6:15. Several students talked about spring break plans and read the forecast during the live broadcast.

Drabick showed off the van to students, which is equipped with forecasting technology and microwave capability.

Jake Jacobson, cameraperson and Mobile Lab driver, explained that this allows broadcasters the ability to ‘go live’ from anywhere, even while the van is moving, with cameras mounted both inside and outside the car. The forecast technology measures temperature, wind speed and direction, and other conditions.

Jacobson said that while stations in other cities utilize this mobile technology, they are the only station to do so in Philadelphia.

“It gives us an edge,” Drabick said.

The CBS 3 footage can be viewed at