I’m HIV-Positive, and I Have No Interest in News About HIV Cures

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Philadelphia is all atwitter currently with news out of Temple University that researchers there have gotten a step closer to a so-called cure for HIV. Basically, medical researchers are doing their jobs. Being medical researchers, though, they need to gin up some interest and rationale for more funding, so they’ve decided to recklessly issue a statement so slippery you can’t exactly disagree with it: “This is one important step,” says Temple’s Dr. Kamel Khalili, “on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS.”

Thanks to those four little letters — “cure” — many journalists who have no experience or strong understanding about HIV/AIDS are writing about HIV/AIDS and society is yet again unfurling the “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner. HIV/AIDS is about to be over! Will the last the person out please shut off the lights? Thanks.

Most people are zooming by the fact that this Temple discovery has no relevance to people living today or even in the near future; the discovery is simply a “proof of concept” with a completely uncertain future use, particularly if it’s anything like past “steps on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS.” More on that later.

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Bill Cosby to Temple Grads: Algebra Easier Than Cotton Picking

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Last Thursday, Temple University held its 127th Commencement Exercises at the Liacouras Center on North Broad Street. Inquirer co-owner (well, at least for now) Lewis Katz gave a pretty good speech after receiving his honorary doctorate, and singer Jill Scott said a few inspiring words after getting hers.

And then, as the nearly two-hour ceremony came to a close, Temple President Neil D. Theobald asked Temple trustee and alleged sex assaulter Bill Cosby if he wanted to say a few words. Has Cosby ever declined such an invitation? Read more »

Jill Scott to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Temple

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Philly’s Jill Scott goes by many names — neo-soul queen, poet, actress — but today she will receive a new title from Temple University, when she is presented an honorary doctorate from her alma mater. The certificate will anoint her Doctor of Humane Letters. More from Essence:

Temple University President Neil D. Theobald said Scott’s “values and achievements embody the mission and ideas of the university.”

Besides her award-winning music career, Scott is also the founder of the Blues Babe Foundation which helps underserved students in the Delaware Valley with their postsecondary educational goals through financial assistance and mentorship. The foundation is named after her grandmother.

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Edie Windsor Honored by Mayor, Community at Temple University

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Exactly 10 months after the historic ruling of United States v. Windsor, Mayor Michael A. Nutter proclaimed April 26, 2014 “Edie Windsor Day.” The accolade came during a special afternoon honoring Temple CLA ’50 alumna Edith S. Windsor, who, as you all know, successfully overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June of last year. Windsor was met with thunderous applause and a standing ovation as Nutter presented her with a miniature Liberty Bell under the bright lights of the Temple Performing Arts Center.

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Temple Gay Web Series One of the Guys Wins College Emmy

One of the Guys' Michael Busza (center) accepts the College Emmy for Best Series with his co-prodcuers TK (left) and TK (right).

One of the Guys writer/Director Michael Busza (center) accepts the College Emmy for Best Series with his prodcuers Jaime Sweet (left) and Jen Parmer (right).

Last night, at a ritzy ceremony in Hollywood, Cali., student producers of Temple gay web series One of the Guys, Michael Busza, Jen Parmer, and Jaime Sweet, were awarded the college TV Emmy for Best College Series at the Television Academy Foundation’s College Television Awards.

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Morning Headlines: Saffron Says New Templetown Housing Achieves the Impossible

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Image of Paseo Verde apartment house via Paseo Verde website.

In her latest column, Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron writes about the new North Philadelphia development Paseo Verde, calling it “a trifecta of socially responsible development.” And it achieves what seems almost impossible: it “makes peace with gentrification.” If development around Ninth and Berks were to follow “the usual Philadelphia script,” says Saffron, there would be two possibilities:

Either the neighborhood would surrender to developers and allow a construction free-for-all. Or, it would dig in, using its political power to hold onto the acres of vacant land in the hope that someone, some day, might build subsidized housing.

Instead residents found a third, and better, way…

The four-story apartment house makes peace with gentrification by accepting high-end, modern apartments as a fact of life. But it also ensures that longtime residents will have a good place to live if the area takes off and prices spike.

To achieve that tricky balance, nearly half of Paseo Verde’s 129 units are set aside for low-income residents at reduced rents. The other 67 go for market rates. After a quiet opening in the fall, Paseo Verde is now home to a mix of Temple University students, professionals, and low-wage workers.

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