TSG Transfer Student Discussion

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On Tuesday afternoon, Temple Student Government held a town hall meeting to hear from transfer students and how the University could improve their college experience.

Razin Karu, Transfer Representative, spoke about his experiences as a transfer student. He felt that joining Temple Student Government helped him make connections and made him feel more a part of the Temple community.

Karu wants to work with administration to include transfer students in freshman orientation activities. He believes that this will make students more comfortable in a new environment on the first day of class.

Karu says, “It helps them not just academically, but also to make friends and settling them down over here.”

Katie Hullihen transferred from North Hampton Community College in her junior year. She found it difficult to connect with other students around campus and within her major. She thinks it’s imperative that transfer students also have an orientation similar to freshman orientation with the overnight stay.

Hullihen believes, “They should have like something more where transfer students of the same major meet up every week, kind of like a club.”

Karu would like to gather student thoughts and opinions on how the University can better accommodate their college experience. He would like to get opinions from not only transfer students, but also commuter and international students. He believes that there is a lot of commonalties between the three. He realizes that it will be harder to work around commuters’ schedules since they have more commitments. He at least wants them to know that their opinions are valid and encourage students to contact him with any questions or suggestions.

Behind the Notes: Student Music Recital

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Thirteen students were given the opportunity to show off their piano skills at a recital called Beyond the Note. They have been preparing since the beginning of the semester.

Charles Abramovic, Chair of the Keyboard Department at the College of Music and Dance, has been teaching at Temple since 1990. He chose music pieces composed by Antonin Dvorak, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, Frances Poulenc, Alfred Schnittke, Gioachino Rossini, Benjamin Lees, Mortiz Moszkowski, and Aleksandr Scriabin to challenge students’ musicianship.

Charles Abramovic speaking before the performances start.

Abramovic stated, “I was trying to find short, attractive pieces, and things that would match the students’ abilities. That’s why I chose Dvoark and Korsakov.”

Abramovic made sure that incoming students in the program were able to hone and enhance their skills by being partnered with a veteran of the program. He believes that both students can learn from each other, no matter how much experience a person may have.

Annenberg Hall Security Changes

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In Spring 2017, a student let someone not from Temple into the back doors of Annenberg Hall. That person got into a fight and Temple Security had to break it up.

But changes to Annenberg’s security system were already in the works to conform with Temple University policy. Klein College Senior Vice Dean, Don Heller, says Klein changed its building access so that students could only enter Annenberg through the front of the building.

“This was the only building on campus where students had swipe access and there was no guard,” said Heller.

Heller understands that students like to hold the door open for other students to get into the building, but he also worries about their safety. Students who work at TUTV and graduate students in the theatre and production department are guaranteed authoritative access since they are in the building most of the time.

Captain of Temple University Police Department, Jeffrey Chapman, makes sure that the bike patrol frequently checks the back door, so unauthorized persons do not get into the building.

“We want to make sure that there are no propped doors,” said Chapman.

Currently, Temple Security is trying to install swipe access in all buildings while having a security guard stand in the front of the building.

“We are waiting for the software and the blessings of the deans and managers of the buildings,” said Chapman. “We want it to be identical to the Tech Center.”

Even though many students find this to be inconvenient, most understand that this benefits their safety. It took many students time to adjust to the changes.

“I think it’s important that safety comes first,” says Temple senior Katie Hullihen. “With everything happening in the world, you never know what’s going to happen.”

Dean Heller says the change to Annenberg’s back door access is permanent.

Fox School of Business Expansion

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Fox School of Business Dean Moshe Porat has been working on a project with Dozie Ibeh, Associate Vice President of the Project Delivery Group, to expand classroom space, modernize the Entrepreneurship Institute, and add a new atrium.

They have been planning to construct this model for approximately three years since the school is growing with more students each year.

Marguerite Anglin, Project Manager and Architect for the Project Delivery Group, is in charge of all of the design construction at Temple University. To manage the design process, Anglin sought out outside design consultants to compare ideas and make construction models for contractors to build.

A rendering of the skywalk across Liacouras Walk. (Courtesy of Fox School of Business)

Porat says that he wants to make students’ lives easier by connecting a bridge from 1810 Liacouras Walk to Alter Hall. Having a bridge can help students get to class on time and keep them safe from walking outside in harsh weather conditions.

“We are the fastest growing and largest school in Temple. We are more than a quarter of the University. We have more than 10,000 students running around from class to class,” said Porat.

Besides the structure of the bridge and building, Anglin claims that “the business school really wanted to have a design that where 1810 Liacouras and Alter Hall visually relate to each other.”

The Fox School of Business brought their ideas to the Project Delivery Group and both of them negotiated what could work.

Many students state that they were not notified about the construction around Alter and Wachman Hall. The fencing around the school did not cause an inconvenience to them. However, the pathways become congested when classes change.

“If I could have all my teachers let us out early, it’d be easier,” says Matthew Tremblay.

Fox School of Business wants the new building to reflect on the quality of their programs. When transfer and high school students walk on campus tours, the University wants incoming students to know what Temple offers them.

The new renovations are expected to be finished by the beginning of fall 2018.

National Coming Out Week Drag Show

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As part of National Coming Out Week, Temple hosted its 6th annual Drag Show on October 2nd from 7 to 10 PM.

Hosted by Drag Queen Kiara Genae, the show featured performances by Temple University Dance Company, D2D. Third place winner Ms. Lee’s emotional performance wowed the crowd. Second place winner, Ms. Penny, started her routine with an original rap and later on performed I Wanna Be Your Man by Zapp and Roger. First place winner, Sakura Allure, transformed into Cardi B and returned to the stage for their rendition of Do You Think Of Me by Misha B.

Drag Show Judge Kalen Allen has been attending the show for four years. He is impressed by the performances and energy from the crowd every year. He believes that the number of students getting involved in National Coming Out Week events will continue to grow by Friday.

Students Kate Whalley and Haydn Williams found the performances emotional and uplifting. They felt that students appreciated the art of the Drag Show, even though they are not a part of the LGBTQIA community.

Temple Student Government President Tyrell Mann-Barnes emphasized that the show’s message was solidarity. He spoke about the Owl Promise initiative and TUnity statement. Barnes urges students to accept everyone’s race, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic background since it makes Temple’s campus unique and diverse.

Other events during the week included Come Out, Speak Out (Tuesday) and Queer Lunch (Wednesday). The two other events coming up this week are State of the LGBTQIA + Issues Townhall on Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 PM and NCOW Fest on Friday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.