For the past 12 months, the Temple University community has been impacted by increased gun violence on and near Main Campus, campus safety changes, a consequential midterm election and the fight for human rights both in North Central and abroad.
The Temple News has compiled a list of 10 stories signifying important university events in 2022:
By Jack Danz and Amelia Winger
After Moshe Porat, former dean of the Fox School of Business, was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison in March for conspiracy and wire fraud, The Temple News broke down how Porat’s scheme to misreport data to rankings surveys unfolded. Since at least 2014, Fox administrators provided rankings surveys with false data in an effort to improve the appearance of the school’s graduate programs and used their improved standing to increase fundraising and recruiting.
By Lawrence Ukenye
Just days before the Nov. 8 midterm elections, President Joe Biden was joined by former President Barack Obama, and other Pennsylvania Democratic party leaders, at The Liacouras Center to campaign for Lt. Gov. and U.S. Sen.-elect John Fetterman and Pennsylvania Attorney General and Gov.-elect- Josh Shapiro. Biden and Obama emphasized voter turnout and the importance of protecting democracy.
By Fallon Roth
After the fatal shooting of a Temple student in November 2021, the university convened a task force on violence reduction, among other initiatives, that released a report of their findings this past November. The task force created a list of recommendations focused on communication, improving existing efforts, fostering community engagement and evaluating and funding violence reduction efforts.
By Fallon Roth
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the Temple community, including students and administrators, hosted a gathering at the Bell Tower in support of the Ukrainian community. Ukrainian students, as well as university leaders, spoke at the event about how the war impacted them and their loved ones. Students also sold pierogies and bracelets and had QR codes to raise money and provide resources for Ukrainians.
By Natalie Kerr
In February, The Temple News spoke with local residents and experts about hardships in accessing quality food in North Philadelphia. Main Campus’ area, and North Philadelphia as a whole, is a food desert, meaning the community lacks nutritious or affordable food, impacting residents’ physical and financial well-being. Inflation during the COVID-19 pandemic also caused a spike in local food prices.
By Rachel Townsend
The Temple News surveyed approximately 470 students about the university’s campus safety response. Eighty-nine percent of students answered “no” when asked if they feel Temple is doing enough to protect its students while 11 percent responded “yes.” Approximately 50 percent of student respondents said they have considered transferring because of their safety concerns. The poll was also cited in a December Philadelphia Magazine opinion article.
By Fallon Roth
In September, the Temple community celebrated the inauguration of Jason Wingard as Temple’s 12th president and the first Black president in university history. The inauguration was hosted by Tamron Hall, a television host and 1992 broadcast journalism alumna, and featured speeches from family and university leaders. United States Sen. Cory Booker, a longtime friend of Wingard’s, delivered the event’s keynote speech.
By Fallon Roth
Amid nationwide calls throughout 2022 for President Joe Biden to cancel student debt, The Temple News spoke with alumni and graduating seniors from the Class of 2022 about how student debt cancellation and the federal moratorium on student debt had impacted their lives. Alumni expressed anxiety about their future and how to balance their life goals with accumulating debt.
By Devon Russell
In November, 99 percent of Temple University Graduate Students Association’s members voted to authorize a strike, meaning union leadership can call a strike if their demands are not met. TUGSA and Temple had been negotiating since TUGSA members’ contracts expired in February 2022. TUGSA wants the university to increase their wages, invest in classrooms and extend maternity and paternity leave.
By Maddie Sterner
Temple students and employees experienced the most relaxed COVID-19 guidelines during the Fall 2022 semester, as masks were optional in indoor and outdoor, non-health care spaces. Temple still required all students, faculty and staff to receive their primary vaccination against COVID-19, except for those with an exemption.