Crunch Time Café De-stressing Students During Finals

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It’s crunch time for students at Temple University, as finals have arrived.

With finals beginning this Thursday, May 4th, many students are looking for a way to escape the stressful environment.

The Paley Library is hosting its annual Crunch Time Café, an event that take place throughout the week until May 9th. The café aims to help students de-stress and take a break from the books, with activities ranging from games, free food, and even therapy dogs,

Kaitlyn Semborski, Administrative Specialist of Temple Libraries, coordinated the event. “We hope to provide a space where students can not only study and get help from a librarian, but also relax and get some free food,” Semborski says.

Along with giving students a way to take a break from their finals, the café also provides a much-needed mental break. Andrea Chang, a senior Math and Science Major, is taking on nine finals this semester. The Café helps her in taking her mind off of studying as she says, “Not having to think about finals that actually is really helpful in terms of studying and when I actually do have to study I’m not thinking about all the time in my head.”

Along with the Crunch Time Café, the Tech Center also aims to help students during finals week. It will be open 24/7 until May 10th.

Finals Week can have heavy effects on students, as sleep deprivation and malnutrition are some of the many things they commonly face.

With the help of Paley and the events of the Crunch Time Café, Andrea, as well as the many other students facing finals this coming week, will have a safe place to retreat when needing to take their heads out of their books.

Athletes Help Athletes During Temple Fun Day

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On Sunday, April 23, Temple University hosted its inaugural Fun Day with the help of an organization called Athletes Helping Athletes.

Athletes Helping Athletes’ main goal is to better the lives of special needs athletes, by providing opportunities for athletes and coaches of all abilities to come together while sharing athletic experiences and a love of sports.

During the event, individuals of all ages were paired with Temple athletes from the football, soccer, and basketball teams. Different stations were provided around the field, giving participants the chance to experience the games with their favorite college players. With the success of Fun Day, the organization hopes to hold more events like this in the coming semesters.

Paley Hosts Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

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Temple University’s Paley Library hosted it’s second Wikipedia Edit-a-thon with the group, Art + Feminism. The group strides to provide a space for people to come together and update or create Wikipedia pages for artists and feminists in the world that do not already have their information on Wikipedia.

The main goal of these events is to show that there is a gender gap for those that post and edit on Wikipedia, with less than 10% of people posting identify as female. Having events like this hopes to raise that percentage and give artists and feminist a voice on Wikipedia.

Each year in the month of March, Art + Feminism hold events such as this all around the globe. This global effort started as an idea between four friends. To attend one of these events no prior knowledge about editing or creating a Wikipedia page is necessary to contribute.

For more information on how to edit a Wikipedia page, visit the Art + Feminism tutorial page here.

To find out more on an upcoming event near you, check out their events page here.

TSG Wants a Cheaper Trailpass for Students

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Temple University is considered to be a commuter school with a sizable population of students and faculty traveling to and from the campus. Their daily commute may become more convenient as the Temple Student Government makes plans to bring a more affordable SEPTA TrailPass to campus.

The Director of Grounds and Sustainability, Aaron Weckstien has been working closely with TSG and SEPTA to bring the cheaper pass to Temple students soon.

“Right now, we’re just exploring the option of providing Temple students with a discount on transit in general. We’ve heard a lot of feedback from students about their experience both as a commuter student and just as a student going to classes, having a job or internship in the city, so we wanted to explore that further” says Weckstein.

TSG and the University are meeting with SEPTA at the end of this month to discuss the TrailPass in further detail.