In what has become an annual springtime ritual, Temple University has found itself the target of multiple protests.
Hundreds of students spent their Sunday demonstrating in front of the Student Activities Center before marching down Broad Street to City Hall, protesting a decline in the percentage of minorities at Temple. Both the protest and march were planned to coincide with newly accepted students visiting Temple on Open House Day. The week before, the Association of Latino Students protested for the very same reason.
AFSCME Local 1723, a union representing professional employees at Temple, spent April 1 in front of the Bell Tower protesting a five-month long lapse in negotiating a new contract with Temple. A variety of other unions representing Temple employees, including TUGSA, the graduate students’ union, showed up to support them.
Rev. Clarence James, who is also an African American studies professor here, was a keynote speaker at a conference of black pastors condemning gay marriage in Atlanta, Ga. Prominently quoted by the Associated Press, Rev. James discussed how homosexuals cannot compare their struggle for equal rights to that of blacks.
Student protests, labor protests and controversial professors.
No one ever said springtime at Temple was boring.