Let’s Bake Hosts Decorating Competition

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Temple University’s student organization, Let’s Bake! TU, hosted their inaugural cupcake decorating contest. As a student organization with a mission to bring the delight of baking to Temple students, their competition allowed for members to compete using the techniques they’ve been learning all semester.

Let’s Bake! hosts workshops, as well as campus fundraisers, to teach decorating techniques. Their purpose is to bring this recreational activity to students, allowing them to destress and create something beautiful and delicious! This organization has over 250 members, and has progressed from a one star organization to a three star one in just one semester. The increasing popularity of baking by Temple students has allowed Let’s Bake! to host even more events, like the gingerbread house workshop the organization hosted just before the holidays.

This contest consisted of three rounds, each with their own themes. Each round lasted ten minutes, with Temple sophomore and the organization’s President, Jemi Patel, serving as judge. The first round was Beauty and the Beast-themed, meanwhile the second round served as a tribute to popular college student hangout, Starbucks. The final round was inspired by the popular springtime adage, “April showers bring May flowers.”

The winning student, freshman film major, Jasmine, won with her interpretations of Princess Belle’s beloved dress and rainy cupcakes.

Open Mic Night for S-I-P

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Temple University’s Service Immersion Programs held its first annual Open Mic Night on Tuesday, March 28th.

Participants, alumni, and friends came out to perform and fundraise for the trips, which will head out to their destinations this May after the semester ends. There are four different groups of students selected to volunteer. This year’s trips include El Paso, Mobile, a Native American reservation in South Dakota, and a small town in Guatemala. The students traveling out to El Paso, Texas will be actively engaged in immigration issues while they learn about the lives of those living on the U.S. and Mexican border.

Mobile, Alabama participants are exclusively Greek Life students. The trip is twofold, meaning one half of the trip is dedicated to understanding the history and culture of Mobile and the Civil Rights Movement. The second half focuses on service work within a community of intellectually-disabled individuals. The volunteers headed to Rosebud, South Dakota will become immersed in the social justice of America’s indigenous people. It will mark the 11th group of students to visit Rosebud through Temple’s Service Immersion Program. On the Rosebud Lakota Reservation, students learn about the history and culture of the Lakota tribe through service work, projects, and cultural events.

The common thread of these programs is the evening dedication to reflection and deeper understanding with student and faculty leaders. Program coordinators said that the Open Mic night was successful and that they raised a lot of money for the trips this year. Applications for next year’s trips open at the beginning of fall semester.

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.