Thursdays at Saige Cafe

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The Saige Cafe is normally a place to grab coffee and study, but Bell Tower Music transformed it into a mini concert hall on Thursday, April 20th with their monthly event, Thursdays at Saige Cafe.

Local artists were selected by the student run record label to perform their live pieces, which include rapping, singing, instrumentals, and poetry, such as work from spoken word artist, Jasmine Kenny. “I’m just really into documenting the black experience, black womanhood, everything we go through. I just really want it to show through my art and things I have to say,” says Kenny.

Listeners enjoyed the atmosphere as performers took the stage to showcase their musical talents and promote their most recent projects. Some performers were artists who may have a chance to sign with Bell Tower Music, like female pop artist Xilomen. “My sister is actually a student in the class and she showed my music to the class, and I guess they want me to sign with them. So, this is my first show with them,” says Xilomen.

Anyone interested in attending the next Saige Cafe concert or being a part of Bell Tower Music can check out more information on BellTowerMusic.org

Bell Tower Music: Thursdays at Saige Cafe

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Members of Bell Tower Music are working on giving Temple University students a night of tunes.

Temple’s student-run record label has teamed up with the Saige Café to put on monthly concerts called Thursday’s at Saige Café. This is a chance for Bell Tower to showcase some of their own artists, while shining light on other local musicians wanting to break into the music industry.

For a small fee, students can see a showcase of musical artists, some of whom are signed to Bell Tower Music. Students can expect to see new artists like rappers, Eddy and KJ, and Xilomen at the next event in April. Bell Tower live events member, Evan Prince, says these performers are part of a new hip-hop/ R&B focus for the upcoming show. Anyone who is interested in attending the event can hope to receive a date for the upcoming show from Bell tower music in the next couple of weeks.

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.