A junior public relations major at the time, Lorae Bonamy celebrated her 21st birthday by organizing a project called 21 Days of Love, in which she asked friends and family members to donate items or money so she could compile 21 bags containing 21 items and disperse them to 21 people experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia.
Patricia Madej wrote a lengthy story about Temple students recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. She reported on the resources available to them throughout the university, as well as the community formed from the efforts.
A 2006 Temple alumna, Yasmine Mustafa has quickly become a notable name in the Philadelphia entrepreneurship scene by founding ROAR for Good, a company that produces wearable self-defense devices for women. Its first product, Athena, is now available to preorder.
A devastating earthquake in Nepal this past April prompted some Nepali students at Temple to band together and start a fundraising campaign on crowdsourcing platform Indiegogo titled the Temple Community for Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.
Before working as a public relations consultant at Temple’s Inside Out Prison Exchange Program, Tyrone Werts served 36 years of a life sentence without parole at SCI Graterford. Assistant lifestyle editor Michaela Winberg spoke with Werts about how he decided to further his education and stay involved in helping represent lifers.
Pepón Osorio, an artist and professor at the Tyler School of Art, created reForm, an exhibition addressing the closing of two dozen local schools in 2013 because of budget cuts. On display through May 2016, the exhibit specifically focuses on Fairhill Elementary School’s students, teachers and community.
For National Hazing Prevention Week held in late September to raise awareness about the dangers of hazing and how it can be prevented, Brianna Baker spoke to members of fraternities, sororities and sports clubs who attended various events held at Temple.
Instead of staying angry at the comments made by Donald Trump toward Mexicans during his presidential campaign announcement speech, Temple’s Asociacion de Estudiantes Latinos used them to its advantage by holding an event, “Why Trump is Good for Latinos,” to provide students with a forum to discuss political issues important to the Latino community.
For its 300th episode on Oct. 31, ESPN’s live pregame show College GameDay came to Philadelphia’s Independence Hall in anticipation of the Temple v. Notre Dame football game, which resulted in a 24-20 loss for the Temple Owls. This was GameDay’s second time in Philadelphia and first time covering Temple football.
Lisa Kaplan, a College of Education alumna, was recognized nationally for her work as the principal of Andrew Jackson Elementary on 12th and Federal streets. Awarded the 2015 Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education by thebestschools.org, Kaplan was noted for her focus on providing opportunities for students and improving her school’s condition under limiting budget cuts.