Last finalist revealed in CLA dean search

Jeff Manza, a sociology professor and former chair of the sociology department at New York University, is the last finalist to visit Main Campus in the university’s search for a new dean for the College of Liberal Arts, according to information on TUportal.

Manza—who has previously taught at Penn State and Northwestern University—studies and teaches classes based on inequality, public policy and political sociology. At Northwestern, he had served as the university’s associate director and acting director of the Institute for Policy Research.

According to TUportal, Manza is scheduled to meet with students, faculty and staff on May 2.

Steve Bohnel can be reached at or on Twitter @Steve_Bohnel.

Third finalist identified in CLA dean search

Richard Deeg, a political science professor and senior associate dean for Faculty and Research at Temple, is one of the four finalists in the university’s search for CLA dean, according to information on TUportal.

Deeg, who previously served as chair of the political science department from 2010-15, currently oversees faculty affairs, research promotion and strategic budget management. His primary area of research focuses on the German and European political economy.

According to TUportal, his meetings with students, faculty and staff are scheduled for April 27 and 28.

Steve Bohnel can be reached at or on Twitter @Steve_Bohnel.

News in brief: 4.19 Issue


Two Temple Police officers were assaulted in two separate incidents April 9 on the 1600 and 1700 blocks of French Street, according to university crime logs.

The first incident occurred at 12:05 a.m. outside 1601 French St. when police tried to separate two men engaging in an argument, said Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services.

20-year-old Wallic Maull punched Officer Elijah Lewis in the face once the argument was broken up, Leone said. Maull was immediately arrested and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another and disorderly conduct, according to court records.

Almost two hours later, Leone said Temple Police responded to what “started out as a domestic” incident.

He said a 17-year-old girl threw a brick through the windshield of her ex-boyfriend’s car. When police placed her in a patrol car, she attempted to kick out its windows, he added. Officer William Egan attempted to subdue the girl, and she spit in his face, Leone said.

Leone explained that the incident was reported as an aggravated assault because bodily fluid is considered dangerous.

Neither suspect was Temple-related or had alcohol or other illegal substances, Leone said.

-Julie Christie


Thirty-year-old Zachary Ducko will face a preliminary hearing today after Temple Police arrested him for stealing $10,000 worth of copper from William Penn High School over winter break, according to Temple Police.

Ducko and another suspect, Robert Lewandowski, allegedly broke into the school by cutting a hole in a fence and then accessing the high school through the lower level ramp, said Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone.

Leone said Detective Chad Harvey eventually “cracked the case” after reviewing security footage from a nearby charter school.

The video showed that two men entered the school around 2:30 a.m. on Christmas Day with their pickup truck parked alongside the building, Leone said. He added they spent about two hours inside the school removing copper.

Leone said the two men returned a week later but were stopped by Philadelphia Police for loitering.

“Detective Harvey spent hours viewing video from the charter school and working with their computer services folks pulling together the stills,” Leone said.

Philadelphia Police arrested Ducko April 5 at 12:35 a.m. before transporting him to Philadelphia Police’s 9th District Headquarters, Leone said. According to court records, Ducko was charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, conspiracy, criminal mischief, theft and receiving stolen property.

Leone said Lewandowski is still wanted.

-Julie Christie


The Philadelphia Department of Health temporarily shut down the Wendy’s restaurant at 1708 N. Broad St. near the Liacouras Center after an inspection on April 13.

According to a report filed by Office of Food Protection Inspector Tanisha Robinson, the restaurant had three new and two repeat violations.

Robinson cited the restaurant for first-time violations of not being knowledgeable of Pennsylvania Food Code and having employees with “persistent sneezing, coughing, and/or [a] runny nose” as a result of excessive smoke in the preparation area due to poor ventilation.

The report said repeat violations included the women’s restroom trash can missing a lid for sanitary napkin disposal and broken ceiling tiles in the storage room.

“Due to conditions observed during the inspection … the establishment has agreed to discontinue food operations and voluntarily close until it is approved by the Department [of Public Health] to resume operations,” the report summary stated.

-Julie Christie


Mayor Jim Kenney joined 10 other mayors across the country on Saturday in a pledge against any places that pass anti-LGBT laws.

The pledge, titled Mayors Against Discrimination, is an agreement among the 10 mayors that they will not do business with North Carolina or Mississippi and will not allow public funds to be used for travel expenses to those states, CBS3 reported.

Kenney told CBS the steps these mayors in the pledge are similar to those that brought down apartheid in the 1990s.

The actual impact of the pledge on Philadelphia’s travel is unclear.

-Gillian McGoldrick


Philadelphia has received a $3.5 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation to help fund a plan to cut the city’s prison population by more than 30 percent during the next three years, the Inquirer reported.

The foundation picked Philadelphia from a pool of 191 applicants. The grant will be used in a variety of ways to try to keep nonviolent offenders out of the prison system, move those already incarcerated out of prison more quickly, and use more alternative headquarters, the Inquirer reported.

There are more than 7,000 people in the Philadelphia Prison System, according to city statistics.

The project costs $6.1 million—$2.1 million of which will be paid by the city, and $500,000 through private sources, the Inquirer reported.

-Steve Bohnel


An alumnus from the School of Media and Communication won his second Pulitzer Prize yesterday.

Joby Warrick, who graduated with a journalism degree in 1982, won a Pulitzer in General Nonfiction for his novel “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS.” He visited SMC March 14 to discuss the novel.

“Black Flags” is “a deeply reported book of remarkable clarity showing how the flawed rationale for the Iraq War led to the explosive growth of the Islamic State,” according to the Pulitzer Prizes’ official website.

Warrick, a reporter for the Washington Post since 1996, previously won a Pulitzer for Public Service with two colleagues that same year for exploring hog waste pollution in North Carolina.

-Steve Bohnel

University selects candidates for CLA dean

Temple has selected two candidates in its search for a new dean for the College of Liberal Arts.

Sue Roberts, professor of geography at Kentucky University, and Eric Arnesen, professor of modern american labor history, are listed on TUportal as two of four candidates that could replace former CLA dean Teresa Soufas, who resigned in January 2015 due to health issues.

Roberts has been a faculty member at Kentucky since 1991, and received her Ph.D and master’s degree in geography from Syracuse University in 1992 and 1986, respectively. Arnesen has taught at George Washington since 2009, and earned a Ph.D in history from Yale University in 1986.

Both candidates will attend scheduled meetings with students and CLA faculty members next week, according to information on TUportal. Neither could immediately be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

The other two candidates, who have not been selected yet, are scheduled to visit Main Campus in late April and early May.

Steve Bohnel can be reached at or on Twitter @Steve_Bohnel.

Pearson-McGonigle power outages caused by melted cable

Two power outages have closed Pearson-McGonigle Hall during the last four days.

A university spokesman said power was lost around 6:15 a.m. Friday when a cable melted at a weak part in a transformer located in Pearson Hall’s basement. This caused the main breaker for the building to trip, preventing further damage to the transformer but resulting in the outage.

He added that power was restored around 11:15 a.m. Friday, and all activities were cancelled for the day except for a afternoon basketball practice.

A TU Alert was sent out about the power failure at around 8:40 a.m. Friday.

Another TU Alert was sent out today about another power outage in Pearson-McGonigle at around 2:30 p.m. The spokesman said the outage occurred because Friday’s repair to the cable didn’t hold, and that workers are still fixing the cable.

Steve Bohnel can be reached at or on Twitter @Steve_Bohnel.

Adjuncts to join full-time faculty union

A merger between part-time faculty and the Temple Association of University Professionals has been established after a secret ballot was cast earlier this month.

According to an email memo sent by Provost Hai-Lung Dai to university adjuncts earlier today, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board reported the merger between adjuncts and TAUP was successful, which adds about 1,400 professors to the university’s full-time faculty union. The final count was 609 votes for a merger, more than double the 266 votes “of remaining unrepresented,” according to the email.

“Now that the vote is completed, it is time to move forward,” Dai said in the email memo. “Soon, we will begin working with TAUP to produce a collective bargaining agreement that includes adjunct faculty.”

The Temple News previously reported that since of the start of discussion for possible adjunct unionization, some organizers and adjuncts have protested and held rallies on Main Campus. Organizers have also waited for adjuncts outside of classrooms and visiting their homes, upsetting adjuncts who said they were not interested in unionization.

Art Hochner, president of TAUP, previously told The Temple News anyone who has had a problem with a union recruiter should contact him.

“We’ll find out if they did anything wrong,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re not antagonizing anybody, but we want to get the word out too.”

Steve Bohnel can be reached at and on Twitter @Steve_Bohnel.

Police investigating fatal shooting near Main Campus

Philadelphia Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Sunday morning north of Main Campus.

At about 4:39 a.m., police received a call from York St. near 13th, according to a press release from the Philadelphia Police’s Public Affairs Unit.

Police said when they reached the location, they found a 35-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds lying in the street. His vehicle was also found with the keys in the ignition, and the driver’s door open, police said.

The man was transported to Temple University Hospital and pronounced dead at 4:55 a.m., according to the release. No suspects or motives have been identified, police said.

This is an ongoing story. Check back for updates.

Steve Bohnel can be reached at or on Twitter @Steve_Bohnel.

Police investigating shooting west of Main Campus

Temple Police are investigating a shooting on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 16th Street that happened shortly before midnight Saturday.

Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said two Temple Police officers were patrolling about half a block away when they heard what sounded like gunshots. Once they arrived at the location of the shooting, they found five shell casings and discovered two separate car windows struck by a bullet, he added.

Leone said one 16-year-old male wearing a denim jacket with a patch on the back “might have been involved,” but no other information was reported to police.

“No one would say what happened, so we don’t know if there was an argument out there or something,” Leone said. “But nobody was hit by the bullets.”

A TU Alert was sent out about the incident at around midnight Saturday. No injuries were reported.

One student, freshman business major Joe Babar, said he was out walking close the area where the shots were fired.

I thought it was crazy because it was the first gun shots I’ve ever heard,” Babar said. “Everybody near the shooting was running in the complete opposite way, toward the 7-Eleven [on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 15th Street]. I was kind of in shock, it didn’t hit me until later where I was like, ‘Wow, I just heard gun shots.'”

Another student, freshman geology major Dillion Riley, said despite the gunshots, nobody was nervous immediately afterward.

“I didn’t really feel anything, I just went out to go check it out,” Riley said. “They blocked it off and all of the drunk kids were trying to get around it. Nobody was scared, everybody was just drunk trying to get to their house.”

Steve Bohnel and Gillian McGoldrick can be reached at or on Twitter @TheTempleNews.

Police arrest suspect in connection to two armed robberies

Robert Sherrill, 26, has been arrested in connection to two armed robberies near campus last week. | COURTESY Philadelphia Police

Robert Sherrill, 26, has been arrested in connection to two armed robberies near campus last week. | COURTESY Philadelphia Police

Philadelphia Police have arrested a suspect in connection to two separate armed robberies that occurred near Main Campus last Thursday morning.

Robert Sherrill, 26, of North Clarion Street near York, was apprehended at his home Oct. 17, and has been charged with carjacking, robbery and other offenses, according to a press release from Philadelphia Police’s Office of Public Affairs.

According to the release, police were able to arrest Sherrill after uploading surveillance video of the two incidents to Philadelphia Police’s YouTube channel—a carjacking and armed robbery near 10th Street and Susquehanna Avenue, and an armed robbery on 15th Street near Montgomery Avenue.

Because of the video, tips were generated, and Sherrill was identified as a suspect, police said. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone previously told The Temple News he was confident the video would lead to an arrest.

“Video’s been so helpful to us,” Leone said in an interview Saturday. “I wish [robberies] would never happen to us, but when it does happen, the video has been really helpful in identifying people.”

According to court documents, Sherrill has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 3.

News in brief: 10.20 Issue


Rashan Roberts, 18, was sentenced to 11-and-a-half to 23 months in prison with five years probation last Tuesday, according to court documents. Roberts was arrested May 6 and pled guilty in court July 23.

On April 29, then-senior and student-athlete Rachel Hall, was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident when Roberts, driving his father’s 2012 silver Mitsubishi Galant on Diamond Street near Park Avenue, hit Hall on her bike. He had a learner’s permit at the time.

Roberts was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death or injury, and driving without a license.

-Lian Parsons


Director of Sbarro Health Research Organization and biology professor Antonio Giordano is currently examining a study involving 50 breast cancer patients to see if incorporating virtual reality will help make treatments more effective.

Giordano told Temple Now that patients with cancer often feel stressed, scared and even depressed, and immersing them in a virtual reality during treatment may remove those psychological symptoms.

“[It] can interfere with their ability to successfully follow a course of therapy,” Giordano said, adding stress is a “critical component” in cancer treatment.

Giordano is building on other studies that incorporated virtual realities into treatments, including one study he and Sbarro conducted that helped patients reduce their weight.

While the study involving breast cancer patients is not yet concluded, Giordano believes reducing stress is having a positive impact both psychologically and physiologically on the subjects.

-Julie Christie


Temple University Hospital has been ranked the 17th best academic medical center from the University Health Consortium.

Its rank has improved from 65th in 2013 and 44th in 2014.

Dr. Henry Pitt, chief quality officer for Temple University Health System, said the ranking reflects improvement in patient care, death rates and doctoring quality. He expects further improvement next year.

“We’re assuring our patients that the quality of outcomes of patient care on the inpatient side, particularly, are very high,” Pitt added.

-Lila Gordon