Grand Opening of Tiny House

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Temple University’s Tiny House has made its grand opening!

After more than two years, Temple’s Office of Sustainability has created a “Tiny House” that promotes sustainability on a smaller scale.

Don’t doubt this house’s size, as it includes solar panels, a green roof, and cork siding. These components are not only going to make this house more energy efficient but also promote sustainability to the Temple University and the Philadelphia community.

From a design charrette in January of 2015, to the construction in June of 2016, careful time and dedication have been two major components.

Katherine Elmhurst, Program Manager from the Office of Sustainability, has been working with faculty and students from the Architecture and Engineering Colleges, throughout the process.

Nine students from Temple’s Architecture Department and four from the College of Engineering have taken on this project, not only as a learning experience, but also as a chance to improve Temple’s grounds.

Architecture Professor Bob Schuman has been involved in the project since the beginning and worked with his students through the summer of 2016, setting the foundation for this project.

This project has combined the knowledge of different departments and has given them a chance to connect and work together.

Theater Professor Promotes the Positive

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Maggie Anderson, an Assistant Theater Professor, is working to make a positive impact on her students.

With the countless auditions that actors must face, one’s personal image can be brought down by rejections.

Professor Anderson is taking on that cost with her classes, which promote motivational thinking and a healthy mind-set.

“So we work on a wide range of kind of emotional places that a character would need to visit,” Professor Anderson stated.

Anderson believes that the different types of movement and energy that she is making her class get in contact with is only going to make them be more confident when they enter any audition room.

With the theater business being so competitive, she wants her students to understand how important it is to take care of yourself. With a healthy mind-set and body, she feels her students can accomplish anything.

“They don’t need to emulate or be somebody else they just need to be who they are and honor and express that.”


Ambler Helps Bring ‘Holland’ to Philly Flower Show

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Philadelphia’s Flower Show is back at the convention center. It is the largest and longest running flower show in the country.

Along with the annual show, Temple’s Ambler campus gets their Landscape Design majors back in the competition.

Thirteen Ambler students joined forces alongside their professor to conceptualize, design, and implement their exhibit. This planning has been in preparation since the beginning of the fall semester.

These students have been working alongside each other to bring this project together, as well as designing their own segment of the full display.

This year’s theme for the show is ‘Holland,’ and with this Dutch theme, exhibits across the convention center display the color orange, tulips, bicycles, and windmills.

Temple Ambler decided to use this symbolism subtly in their work with a vertical axis wind turbine instead of a windmill and bicycle gears in their rain run-off structure.

During this process, Temple Ambler has held true to its values of sustainability in material choices and creativity. They utilize materials from past exhibits and repurpose them into their current project. This includes previously used walls and wood pallets. The students also go out of their way to find salvaged items to reuse in their work, like scrap metal and old bicycle parts.

Temple Ambler will compete against four other local colleges. Last year, they took home seven awards including the award for best interpretation for the theme “National Parks”.

The 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show will be held at the Philadelphia Convention Center from March 10th through the 19th.

Tuttleman Counseling Crunch

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Delays in Tuttleman’s Counseling Services have caused students to have to wait longer to meet with a therapist.

Temple Senior, Mary Watts says “Last year I had a walk-in appointment and I didn’t really know how long it was going to take but it took them about a month to assign me a counselor”.

Because of an increase of over 800 students during walk-in hours, students like Mary have experienced waiting times from two weeks to over 1 month in order to schedule their intake appointment.

Dr. John DiMino, the Director of the Tuttleman Counseling Services, says he has expressed his concerns over the matter and is taking steps to fix it. One of the fixes is group therapy:

“It’s a very powerful aspect of any kind of group therapy, which is the universality that you realize you’re not alone in whatever the problem is”, DiMino stated.

Along with the group therapy option, Dr. John DiMino has asked the University for funding in order to hire three new full-time faculty members.

With the new faculty and group sessions, Tutttleman has the Temple Student Government to thank for a new location and bigger space for its resources.

Tuttleman Counseling Services will be relocated to 1700 North Broad Street this coming August.

The President of the Temple Student Government, Aron Cowen, heard about the issue and then took action.

“The part that TSG played, was really advocating for a true increase and not just a move. We saw this move as an opportunity to really get Tuttleman the space and the funding that they needed”, Cowen says.


Update Abroad: London Reacts to Trump Presidency

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Americans were glued to their screens when the future of our country was announced Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. Across the world, in the UK, Londoners and Temple Owls tuned into to see the end results.

Londoner, Becky Black, says, “I went to bed at eleven and Hillary was in the lead and then I woke up at five and Donald Trump had practically won.”

UK residents couldn’t believe their eyes when seeing the news. Black says for the US to follow Obama’s advice of supporting the new president.

Temple London Owl, Emily Savidge says “It didn’t feel real.”

“I think there will be definitely be some tension but I think overall everything will be okay.”

Upon returning, we can only hope that the world puts aside their differences and begin to build together with their newly elected President.

Londoners React to Presidential Election

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With Election Day upon us, Americans have not been the only ones keeping up with who is getting closer to getting the oval office.

We stopped and talked to Londoners around the South Kensington and Imperial College area to learn more about their final thoughts on this year’s election.

“A joke: that’s how I feel,” Londoner Jessica Burbury said about the US Election. “They’ve shamed each other a lot more than in previous elections. Like, it’s very personal. Like, when you listen to the debate and things. I watched the first one and it’s more like an attack on each other and less talk of the politics and things that people would be interested in.”

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton seems to have the support of Londoners, as her political career has made her the best fit to be the next President of the United States. Londoners report that they can’t wait to see the results from tonight’s polls and get this election over with.


Owls Adjusting to Life Abroad

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With just seven weeks into the London experience, our Temple Owls are starting to make their new home feel like home. One of the students, Alex Cove, tells us about some her favorite locations and how she has adjusted into the London life.

“Well the first place is Shoreditch, which is the really cool, kind of hipster area of London. They have so much graffiti and so much wall art and it’s absolutely beautiful. They have really cool clothing stores,” said Cove.

Being a fashion blogger she has taken a liking to all of the vintage stores and markets in the area, despite her new-found love with London, Cove still feels homesick at times.

“When I am, I just kind of like to be by myself, do something that I’ve done when I’m home. I sometimes like to go to a coffee shop, I’ll just read my books.”

Although with the ups and downs of studying abroad, the opportunity is one that Alex will remember for the rest of her life.

Joselyn Castro is one of two student correspondents for Temple Update as she studies abroad in London. You can find other stories she’s worked on during her time abroad below:

NFL Arrives in London

NFL Arrives in London

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One of America’s most beloved sports is headed to London for a limited time, with NFL teams facing off at Wembley Stadium! The NLF is typically recognized as an American league; but it has gained a large following of dedicated fans in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. With people flying from Germany and the Netherlands just to see a real NFL game in person, Wembley Stadium hosted over 83,000 sports fans during its first NFL game.

Football has its own culture in the United States, which many UK and European fans are eager to adapt. Traditions such as tailgating and body paint can now be found outside of the stadium when the NFL comes to the city. German fans Sebastian, Leonard, and Mauricio even brought burger patties, buns, and cheese to Wembley Stadium, in hopes of getting a small taste of American sports culture with a fun tailgate party.

Even though the world is separated by language and cultural barriers, sports is the one unifying factor that can bring people all over the world together to enjoy a fun and exciting game.

Update Abroad: Pub vs. Bar Culture – What’s the Difference?

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After a long day at the office, London’s local pubs are filled with workers who are looking forward to winding down, enjoying a pint, and having a chat with their fellow colleagues.

Pubs, otherwise known as Public Houses, have a sense of history and comfort to them where anyone can come in, enjoy a meal, and each other’s company. But how do pubs compare with American bars?

According to Londoner Ami Kaura, “It’s more of your part of a family. So it’s like you have a group of friends, it’s more of a religious thing you do.”

Chad Palagri, Chicago Native, describes his favor of pubs over bars due to the atmosphere. “Just like the rustic feel of a pub you know. A bar in Illinois or Chicago, you know seems more trendy.”

Pubs usually have a rich sense of history, with memorabilia of old rugby teams and even old arcade games. Whereas in America, the setting is usually more for a celebration.

Tom Hartwell, an FIE Resident Life Supervisor, has worked with students from America for over 5 years now. Because of this, he has had his own experience at an American bar.

“The music was louder; pubs don’t generally play music.” Hartwell exclaims. “They may, [and if so] there may be a jukebox.”

There may be some competition between English pubs and American bars, but the one thing we can all agree on is wanting nothing but good conversations, food, and a great time with friends after a long day.