Temple Students Adjust to New Home in Spain

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Temple Update Oviedo Correspondent Jon Dowding filed this reports on how students are getting used to the language, culture and customs of Spain:

After a week-long orientation filled with visits to world heritage sites in and around, students in the Temple Spain program have moved onto their homes in Oviedo until the end of the semester. Whether its practicing their soccer skills or exploring the Royal Palace in Madrid, students in the Temple Spain program have learned a lot about the Spanish language and culture since landing in January. Jacob DeAngeles told us, “I wanted to come on the Spain program so I could have an immersive experience. I feel like when you’re learning a language, having yourself surrounded by the language 24/7 is a really good way to have everything stick.”

Kayla Harnish said that after a bit of rocky start, she’s getting acclimated: “It just became all real to me that this is going to be my home for the next five months and it kind of freaked me out a little bit. But, you know, I got over it and I think I’m starting to get used to it now.” Eliana Hawkins wants to use eventually use Spain as a base for wider travels: “Academically, I want to become more fluent with my Spanish and feel more comfortable speaking and having conversations and discussing my likes, dislikes, you know that sort of thing. And I’d also like to travel a lot and get to see Europe.”

Everyday, students representing many different countries come to La Casa De Las Lenguas at La Universidad De Oviedo. Their classes include Written Expression, Oral Expression, Spanish Culture and Hispanic-American Culture — just to name a few. Eliana says she’s meeting students from all over: “We have a group from China, a group from Japan. There’s a couple from the United States. There’s some students we met from Virginia Tech. There’s some from Iowa, a couple girls from Miami. So there’s definitely a variety of students.”

Although Oviedo does not quite have the hustle-and-bustle of Philadelphia, Temple students are still learning to call this new place home.

London Report: On the Red Carpet

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Temple Update’s London Correspondent, Alexa Ross, got an up-close look at London’s version of the Oscars:

Kensington is the home of the royal family and Temple students but this past weekend, it was home to the 70th annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts Film Awards, known to most as the BAFTAs. The Cirque du Solieil cast set the red carpet on fire before the biggest names in Hollywood and beyond made their way to the show.

Kisa was one of the spectators: “It’s crazy. There’s always something going on in London, it’s really fun.”

People from all over the world gathered on Prince Consort Road for the chance to receive one of 800 wristbands that provided red carpet access before the main show at Royal Albert Hall.

“I’ve been waiting out here since Thursday at 2 pm…I want to meet Meryl Streep,” said one film fan.

Countless hours of waiting outside culminated in the red carpet experience of a lifetime for two Temple students, Abby Markle, a film major, and Vicki Gouvalis, a journalism major, who waited outside for a combined total of 42 hours, sleeping outside in the snow to get their BAFTA wristbands. Abby didn’t mind the wait: “Studying abroad is a great experience in itself and being a film major here, it’s just cool to be part of the buzz.”

Even after braving the elements, Markle and Gouvalis were all smiles on BAFTA day. Vicki said,  “Despite the cold being horrendous, I’m so glad to be here and to have the wristband and I’m going to see these amazing celebrities I’ve admired for so long.”

“I would absolutely do something like this again.”

Even I got to join in on the red carpet fun and take a selfie with a familiar face from “The Office” and Pennsylvania — actor John Krasinski.

Film awards will continue going on their way back to the States with the Oscars coming up on February 26.

Report From London: Winter Wonderland

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Study Away students Jackie Nelms and Taylor Garland are reporting for Temple Update from London this semester. Here is Jackie Nelm’s report on London’s Winter Wonderland: 

With the holiday season in full swing, Temple students took a trip to Hyde Park to experience London’s Winter Wonderland.

Student Aaron Jones says there is nothing like it:  “Winter Wonderland, when I first walked in, was like an Ocean City plus the craziest house you have ever seen decorated with lights and Christmas decorations and little elves. It was quite insane – the rides were pop-up so it was kind of like a carnival style. So it was very interesting.”

The famous Hyde Park is transformed into a holiday carnival at the end of November and is open to the public until the beginning of January. Entrance to Winter Wonderland is free and the festival offers something for everyone.

Another Temple student, Melissa Tate says it is like a Christmas Octoberfest. “It was an explosion of Germany, the holidays, Christmas and live music, and it reminded me a lot of Oktoberfest and there was bratwurst and waffles with chocolate. It was overwhelming, but so much fun.”

With Temple students leaving London in just a few weeks, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has filled them with spirit in preparation for their return home for the holidays.

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Contract Deal Reached: No SEPTA Strike

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septaSEPTA and its transit union reached a tentative contract agreement late Friday night, removing the threat of a strike that would have brought subways, buses and trolleys to a halt.

Broadcast and published reports say the proposed contract is a two-year deal and includes a five-percent raise.

The tentative agreement still must be approved by members of the Transport Workers Union and by the SEPTA board. But both SEPTA board chairman Pasquale Deon and TWU President Willie Brown have praised the agreement.

The thousands of Temple students, faculty and staff who rely on SEPTA transit to get to class or jobs can breathe a bit easier – there will be no SEPTA transit strike.

For more information:

https://6abc.com/news/septa-union-reach-a-deal%3B-strike-averted/374810/

https://www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/20141101_SEPTA__union_talks_continue_into_the_night.html

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/10/31/new-developments-in-septas-contract-negotiations-with-its-largest-union/

Temple Update’s Emmy Nomination

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For the fourth straight year, Temple Update has been nominated for a NATAS Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award.

Update’s April 25th, 2013 show was nominated in the College/University Student Production – Newscast category. The newscast, anchored by Megan McNerney and Chase Senior, featured reports on the death of a West Chester University student at an off-campus party after Spring Fling and a live report from Kaitlin Lavinder on a professor and students from Temple’s School of Podiatry who had treated victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Temple Update won the Emmy in the College/University Newscast category in 2011.

OwlSports Update also garnered its first nomination in the same category for their March 27, 2014 show.

A number of present and former Temple Update contributors were also nominated, including Rebeccah Hendrickson for her story “Temple Under Title IX Investigation.” Kevin Otte received two nominations in the College Sports Production category, for his work on stories dealing with the cuts in Temple’s atheletic programs and football player safety. Nic Cutrona‘s report from South Africa on the Kliptown Youth Program was nominated in the Arts and Entertainment category, and Luke Proctor was nominated as a co-producer of the Crossroads report “Heroin Epidemic.”

Jake Rasmussen and Karl Weimar were nominated for TUTV’s “The Grog Show – Renewal.”

Former Temple Updaters Rob Czyzewicz and Patrick Rosenbaum, now working together as 20/20 Visual Media in Philadelphia, collected three nominations, for “Temple Football: Inside the Owl’s Nest,” “Temple Basketball: Above the Rim – Temple Tours Europe,” and, with fellow Update alum Rudy Mezzy, for an editing nomination for their work with Temple Athletics for 20/20.

Two former Updaters, Lindsay Keeler and Amiekay Richcrick, were nominated in the Evening Newscast-Medium Market division, Lindsay for her work producing at WBRE in Scranton, and Amiekay as producer at WHTM in Harrisburg. Reporter Catherine Hawley won a nomination her report “Confronting Cancer” for WFMZ. Producer Monica Avery at CBS3 was cited for her work on “Alex Scott: A Stand for Hope.”

Other Temple alums receiving nominations including longtime Philadelphia 76er announcer Marc Zumoff, Comcast Sportsnet Senior Executive Producer Sean Olesiak and Comcast Sportsnet editor Ryan Woldoff.

The NATAS Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards will be held at The Philadelphia Hilton on Saturday, September 20th, and the award program will be broadcast on TUTV in early October.

 

Temple Buys William Penn High

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Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission has approved Temple’s bid to buy the former William Penn High School Property for 15 million dollars.

The request was approved at the June 19th meeting of the SRC.

As Temple Update’s Rebeccah Hendrickson reported last November, Temple had been eyeing the property as an opportunity to expand down Broad Street as part of the Visualize Temple Plan.

William Penn High School, which closed in 2010, has a 10.5 acre campus at the corner of Broad and Master.

At the time of Hendrickson’s report, Temple’s plans for the property were unknown, but the university reports that part of the property will be used for a job-training academy run in a partnership with the the Laborers’ District Council Education and Training/Apprenticeship Fund.

According to Temple, the remainder of the site will be used for soccer and lacrosse fields and for facilities for intramural and club sports.

 

Regional Rail Rolling Again

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SEPTA’s regional rail lines started rolling again early Sunday morning.

President Barack Obama Saturday granted Governor Tom Corbett’s request to create an emergency board to mediate the contract dispute between SEPTA and two regional rail unions. The creation of the board in effect stops the strike that began Saturday morning, and prevents workers from walking off the job for the next 240 days.

According to SEPTA’s web site, regional rail lines were operating normally Sunday morning.

Workers for two regional rail unions walked off the job at 12:01 am Saturday, bringing service on 13 regional rail lines to a halt. Temple University remained open for business as usual despite the strike. The university urged commuters to find alternate methods of transportation, and offered reduced rates at some parking facilities to help train commuters who had to drive to campus.

SEPTA subways, buses, trolleys and the Norristown High-Speed line were not affected by the walkout.

Trustee Lewis Katz Dies in Plane Crash

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Lewis Katz, a member of the Temple University Board of Trustees who recently made the largest-ever donation to his alma mater, died Saturday night in the crash of a private plane north of Boston, Massachusetts.

Katz was 72 years old.

Temple Trustee Lewis Katz, '63, died in a plane crash Saturday night.
Temple Trustee Lewis Katz, ’63, died in a plane crash Saturday night.
(Photo Courtesy Temple University)

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Katz was one of seven people on the plane when it    crashed and burst into flames at about 9:40 pm Saturday. The plane was headed for  Atlantic City International Airport. Katz and the others aboard had flown to Concord for  an education fundraiser at the home of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Katz and H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest had just been awarded ownership of the company that  owns the Inquirer last week.

Temple announced last month that the School of Medicine would be renamed the Lewis  Katz School of Medicine in recognition of the 25-million dollar pledge Katz made last fall.  It was the largest single pledge in the history of the university.

Katz graduated from Temple in 1963, and had been a member of the Board of Trustees  since 1998.

Katz was the featured speaker at last month’s commencement, where he received an  honorary degree. He joked on stage with old friend Bill Cosby, and talked about his humble beginnings and his years at Temple. Katz described how a scholarship made it possible for him to attend the university, and he urged the new graduates to make the most of their Temple diplomas and to hold on to the relationships they had made during their years at the school.

Temple President Neil Theobald called Katz’s death “an incalculable loss” for the university and for Philadelphia. President Theobald extended condolences to Katz’s family on behalf of the Temple community, and he said Katz’s impact on the university “will be felt by Temple students for decades to come.”

Click here to see more reaction from the Temple community and from around the nation.

Click here to see Lewis Katz’s remarks during Temple’s commencement on May 15th.