Xiaoxing Xi, the physics department chair at Temple University, has been charged by federal prosecutors with passing semiconductor technology back to his native China.
The indictment (see the full document below) alleges Xi — a naturalized U.S. citizen — went to work for a U.S. company in 2002 and 2003, obtaining access to a device that speeds the growth of superconductor film. He later used a U.S. Defense Department research grant to try to purchase the device. The unidentified company licensed the device to him after he signed a document promising not to reverse engineer, reproduce, or sell copies of that device to any third parties.
It was a scary scene near Temple University today as a building partially collapsed around 11 a.m. near the intersection of 18th and Page streets. The Philadelphia Police Department said that the vacant building at 2020 North 18th Street was being renovated by city workers at the time of the accident. Video from CBS 3’s Chopper 3 showed part of the roof had caved in and a significant portion of the front facade was ripped off. Damage to the adjacent rowhome at 2018 North 18th Street, an apartment building housing Temple students can be seen as well. No one was home at the time of the accident and no injuries have been reported thus far.
Could Temple University replace one of the last mansions on North Broad Street with a full-service hotel called The Nest? Hidden City’s Bradley Maule reports that, while plans for the Victorian Italian Renaissance home at Broad and Jefferson at still unclear, the university has no intention of demolishing the building. In fact, it’s quite the opposite:
[Temple University architect Margaret] Carney also indicates that while the mansion is empty, it’s not uncared for. “We’ve invested over a million dollars just to stabilize the roof,” Carney says. “We’ve worked closely with the Historical Commission,” she says, referencing new lights, heating, and ventilation that have also been installed, along with improved landscaping along Broad Street and historically sensitive lanterns on their way.
That’s good news, considering the mansion dating back to 1909 wasn’t listed in Temple’s sweeping master plan, which includes, among other things, an innovative library designed by Snøhetta. Also, as Maule notes, Temple is kind of in the middle of a demolition-driven renaissance, with no less than four university-owned buildings slated to be razed.
Carney said Temple “did not commission” the designs for The Nest and is still searching for the best use for the mansion.
Justine Carmine and Nicole Beddow, owners of Happy Hippy
Nicole Beddow and Justine Carmine have had a busy six months. Since first meeting at a yoga teacher training at Hotbox Yoga in Manayunk, the two have paired up on a new business venture that they’re hoping to launch later this summer. The idea: a healthy vegetarian- and vegan-friendly food truck, with occasional pop-up wellness and fitness events, for Temple University students. Read more »
Dion Dawkins (l) and Haason Reddick (r) in Philadelphia Police Department photos.
The Philadelphia Police Department has announced the arrest of Temple football players Dion Dawkins and Haason Reddick, who turned themselves in after an assault inside a North Philadelphia club on Sunday. Read more »
Adjunct faculty members from colleges and universities around the city plan to march today on Temple University campus, where adjunct instructors are attempting to unionize.
The adjuncts — who teach classes, but who aren’t on the tenure track that offers job protections and the likelihood of continued employment — want to collectively bargain pay and benefits with the university.
While a specific project has yet to rear its head, the former William Penn High School building on North Broad, a structure that’s been vacant since its closing in 2011, is closer to being demolished to make room for a new construction by Temple University.
What awaits the property post demolition is anyone’s guess as “there’s still a lot of talk”, according to Tom McCreesh, Temple’s director of facilities. However, Hangley writes that Temple spokesman Ray Beltzer confirmed the school would “use the new building to house some community job-training programs – part of a plan that was first discussed when Temple bought the William Penn campus last year.” So no, this won’t be the site of Temple’s long-rumored football stadium.