Temple’s Rapping Professor


Professor Aaron Smith, also known as the “rapping professor,” has become quite popular amongst Temple students. He is a professor in the African American studies department and teaches multiple courses with Tupac hip-hop, with the revolution being the most popular amongst students.

While Dr. Smith has been very well known for quite some time now, there was certainly a boost in popularity after he appeared on MTV’s Wild N’ Out. He participated in the wild style battle as “Fearless,” his rap name.

All of his students were very supportive and proud of their professor as many of them expressed on social media. Dr. Smith decided to give his students a live performance at the Bell Tower on campus displaying his rap skills that landed him on Nick Cannon’s Wild N’ Out.

He sent an e-mail out to all of his students so that they could show up and experience his live performance. It was an 80-degree day and there was a tremendous amount of support shown by his students as well as those who were just at the Bell Tower enjoying the weather. They record the event with their phones and cheered him on as he performed.

“Aaron Smith is a great professor he actually was a judge at one of our rap battles, he’s very talented and I’m interested to see what he has next,” said Temple student Maada Sammah.

Students like Maada Sammah were very impressed with his performance and look forward to seeing more from the rapping professor.

“Instead of just theorizing and always showing slides and displaying what used to happen back in the day and what other people did, I figured some practical application would be more impactful for my students to really see the art in action,” said Dr. Aaron Smith.

Dr. Smith incorporates his raps into his lectures and entertains his students which allows them to be more engaged and retain important information, making what could just be another boring lecture for students an enjoyable learning experience.

Students Plan for Spring Break 2017

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Temple Owls are preparing to fly away from campus, headed toward various spring break destinations. In just a few days, campus will be shutting down and many students say they are ready for some time off.

“Light at the end of the tunnel, sense of relief that we’re almost there,” said freshman Melanie Snier.

Students like Katlyn Buchy are ready to be relieved of the pressure from classes and exams, and take a break from those long study sessions at the TECH Center.

“I’m gonna fly out to San Francisco on Sunday to see my family,” said freshman Kilian Laverty.

While some Owls are going as far as the west coast to visit family, others are staying on the east coast to head to cities like Miami for HBCU week and Virginia Beach for cheerleading competitions.

According to USA today, airlines are expecting record high numbers of spring break travelers from March to April. TSA is bracing for this travel surge, especially in Orlando, Fort Myers, and Fort Lauderdale airports.

Some of our Temple Owls will be staying here in Philadelphia to spend time with family, get school work done, and even work so they can have extra money to use throughout the semester.

Whether these students are working or jetting off to a city with warmer weather, they are all excited to get away from classes, books, and exams. Spring break will give these Owls some time to regroup and prepare for a strong finish for the rest of the semester.

Temple Art Student on the Rise

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Dyymond Whipper-Young is a junior advertising major at Temple University who is inspiring and helping others in the community through her art. Whipper-Young is stepping outside of the classroom and showing others just how important art is to Philadelphia.

Originally from Baltimore, this young artist transformed her elementary school doodles into her own business with the strong support of her friends.

“They play such major roles in my development and my growth. And they’re always just pushing me that extra mile”, says Whipper-Young.

Temple has served as a huge platform, allowing Dyymond to showcase her sculptures and paintings. This February the freelance artist headlined her first show in the city of brotherly love, with the theme revolving around the love and support of her friends.

“She’s like really unique being that she’s twenty and she’s growing at a young age. I’m excited for the future of her”, says Leonard Chester.

Whipper-Young’s future involves inspiring and motivating other artists by giving them opportunities to showcase their work.

Dyymond Whipper-Young can be contacted through her various social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.