By Grace Shallow
The Temple News examined both the state’s and the defense’s case in the trial of Joshua Hupperterz, who was convicted in January of killing Jenna Burleigh. The story outlined key facts of the case and the competing timelines that both sides presented during the trial. Burleigh was murdered in 2017. Hupperterz was later sentenced to life in prison.
By Diana Cristancho
The Hernandez family, who are undocumented, recounted the experience of living in sanctuary for more than a year. The family had stayed in the Church of the Advocate on Diamond Street until December 2018, when they moved to a church in Germantown. A judge issued a deportation order against Carmela Apolonio Hernandez in 2016.
By Hal Conte
Students and doctors on Temple’s Health Sciences Campus recount the atmosphere during a Tioga-Nicetown police standoff involving a barricaded gunman on Aug. 14. The shooting, which left six officers wounded, led to a sense of tension and fear in the surrounding area. The alleged gunman, Maurice Hill, surrendered to police early the next morning.
By Will Amari
The Uptown Theatre on Broad Street near Dauphin continues to undergo its second stage renovations, which are expected to be completed by 2020. The historic theatre, which opened in 1929, hosted stars like Michael Jackson and Patti LaBelle. The entire project is expected to cost $14 million.
By Colin Evans
Julie Brown, who is known for her investigative reporting on the late billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, is thankful for the start she got at Temple. She recounted her Philadelphia upbringing and the lessons she learned in college that helped her develop into a skilled reporter. Brown was inducted into the Klein School of Media and Communications’ Alumni Hall of Fame at the annual Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Awards in October.
By The Temple News
The Temple News examined the rise of off-campus property values as landlords continue to buy properties at an accelerated rate. In recent decades, developers spanning across the U.S. have purchased properties around Temple, causing property values to sharply increase. The soaring market has exasperated problems like trash and partying off campus as more students move in.
By Kelly Brennan and Will Bleier
In April, The Temple News examined the university’s plans to establish a special services district with a board comprised of community residents and university leaders. The goal of the district was to mitigate trash issues off campus. While the university touted the district as a tool to improve the quality of life of community residents, some residents were skeptical about whether the district will be used to drum up support for an on-campus football stadium.
By Kelly Brennan
The spring mumps outbreak on campus posed a more serious threat for students with autoimmune disorders and children. Several students detailed the heightened risk they faced during the outbreak, which infected 186 people in total.
By Grace Shallow
In February, the Pan-African Studies Community Education Program reflected on its decades of service to the North Philadelphia community. Since merging with Temple in 1979, PASCEP has taught 780 educational programs to Philadelphia residents. The program offers low-cost, non-credit classes taught by volunteer instructors in different fields.
By Grace Shallow
The Temple News examined how recent controversies at the university has affected the confidence — and giving — of its donor base. While the total amount of funds raised by the university in the past five years has increased, the number of people donating is declining. Several donors, large and small, told The Temple News that recent controversies, like those generated by the university’s plans for an on-campus stadium and remarks made by Marc Lamont Hill, a media studies and production professor, at the United Nations, have caused them to reconsider their future plans for giving.