Students Abroad Travel Around Europe

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Whether by bus, plane, or boat, Temple students studying in London have gotten the amazing opportunity to easily travel around Europe. Students have traveled to Greece, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Sweden, Barcelona and more.

“I feel very independent and I feel like I’ve matured almost because I’ve never had to travel by myself before, I’ve always done it like with my parents or family,” says student Emma Saperstein.

Trips can last anywhere from two days over a weekend to a whole week during fall break due to the close proximity of countries. Living in Europe allows quick and inexpensive travel for students. To put it in perspective, the distance from Paris to Amsterdam (267 miles) is about the same as the distance from Philadelphia to Boston (271 miles).

With a little over a month left abroad, students are still planning to travel to other countries in the weeks to come. Even though Temple students abroad have fallen in love with the city of London, getting the chance to travel around Europe has been a once in a lifetime experience.

Explore the History of One of London’s Oldest Music Venues

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The Koko music venue located in Camden Town, London was not always as it is today. Having many different names and uses throughout the decades, even though it wasn’t always a place to hear music and drink, it has always been a place to enjoy the arts.

It started as The Camden Theatre when it was open in 1900 by famous actress Ellen Terry. After a few years, the theatre was renamed The Camden Hippodrome, a variety theatre where Charlie Chaplin regularly performed.

For 20 years, the venue was closed until it was bought by the BBC and recorded famous shows such as the Goon Show, and Rhythm and Blues, which featured a performance by The Rolling Stones.

In 1970, the theatre was revived again, being named The Music Machine. This became the heart of punk and hosted some of the decade’s most legendary shows. The Sex Pistols and Iron Maiden performed live, and it was home to The Clash for four days in the summer of 1978.

In 1982, the venue was redesigned again with the name The Camden Palace. The venue quickly became a hangout spot for the coolest kids from London and all over the world. Celebrities like Grace Jones would fly to the city just to party at The Camden Palace. This venue was also home to Madonna’s first UK performance in 1983.

The venue closed again in February 2004 during a six month, multi-million pound renovation. It created a 21st century entertainment venue from what was left of the 20th century building. Since opening in 2005, true music legends have graced Koko’s stage.

Transportation in London

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Opening in 1863, London’s Tube station has made an incredible impact on London’s history.

The London Underground has over 270 stations that span over 400 kilometers. The London Underground also offers 11 different lines compared to just two lines SEPTA offers back in Philadelphia.

“You know they’re really clean, generally the subways they don’t smell bad or anything like that. They’re generally very on time, the subways come very frequently,” says Temple study abroad student Lindsay Hargrave, when comparing SEPTA to the Tube.

Another effective way for people to get around in the city is the London bus system. There are bus systems within at least 400 meters for 90% of London residents. That is over 19,000 bus stops in total. The buses also tend to be reliable, serving as a common form of transportation.

To access these services, people buy Oyster cards. These refillable cards have the same concept as the SEPTA keycards, but Oyster cards were introduced in 2003. They can be refilled at automated systems located at most Underground stations.

If people do not want to use either the bus or underground system, Oyster card users have access to a cycle system. In addition to all of these transportation systems, London transport offers trains, river services, and coach systems. Serving over 31 million trips per day, it is no wonder the London transport system is so successful.

Owls Adjust to Life Abroad in London

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For Temple students studying abroad in London, it can sometimes be difficult to adjust to life across the pond, let alone moving to an upscale neighborhood. Temple University students studying in London have gotten a chance to live on one of the most elite streets in London: King’s Road.

This stretch of pavement houses some of the most designer stores and lavish restaurants.

“When you think of living in London you think you’re living in a really nice place, and the fact that we’re staying in a really nice place makes that picture come to life,” says London study abroad student, Samantha Nestel.

Being in London a little over a month, students have finally begun to understand the city and its transportation system. Being from a city like Philadelphia and having access to certain phone applications, this part of moving to another country has not been too difficult of an adjustment.

As the semester continues, students are excited to become a real citizen of London. They are excited to start their internships, find local attractions, and easily travel around Europe.

Temple University Hosts Health and Wellness Fair

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On Wednesday April 19th, Temple University Human Resources, Total Wellness, and Benefits and Absence Management hosted the 15th annual employee Health and Wellness Fair. Temple faculty and staff were able to enter raffles, receive massages, and more at Mitten Hall.

Along with the fun activities, vendors from the Philadelphia area showed up to help educate the employees about their own health and wellness. One vendor, Jen Laurence, a dietician from Family Food, gave advice on nutrition and dietary needs. “Working with a dietician can also just help you feel your best, help you to maintain a healthy weight and help you to prevent disease. If you’re healthy right now and you want to stay healthy, working with a dietician can help you achieve these goals,” says Laurence.

With the vendors from the local area, Temple Wellness, safety, and more came out to the event. “I’m always curious to see what Temple has to offer, it’s part of the benefits being an employee at Temple,” says Albana Cejne, a Temple employee. Temple also offered biometric and oral, head & neck cancer screenings for those who wished to take part.

In the end, tons of employees came out for the event, and officials hope for the Health and Wellness Fair to return again next year.

Protecting the Planet, Along with Identities

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Temple’s Office of Information Security and Privacy, Sustainability, and the Computer Recycling Center  came together to host the first ever paper shred event. The paper shred event took place on Monday, April 3rd, as one of the many events a part of Sustainability Week at Temple University. A ProShred Security truck came to Founder’s Garden to shred papers and personal documents students, faculty, and staff wished to get rid of.

Not only does paper shredding help the environment, but it provides a secure way for people to dispose of classified documents containing personal information. “Today we’re putting this event on because we are trying to inform people about having privacy information at their home on paper shred, so it’s really important to get rid of old documents like tax returns or things with your social security number on it,” said Associate Vice President of Computer Services, Larry Brandolph.

Computer Services hoped to educate people about identity security, and that some documents need to be shredded, not just thrown away.

Along with the shredding, organizers of the event gave out information and water bottles to help educate people about sustainability and how everyone can help out. In the end, the event collected more than 5,000 pounds of paper. Officials hope to surpass that record when it returns next year.

Temple KDP Chapter Hosts Book Drive for Community Public School

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Kappa Delta Pi has been an International Honors Society in Education since 1911. The organization was founded to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching others. The Society started with a single local chapter and has grown for over a century into the international organization it is today with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million members. Temple University’s KDP, Alpha Alpha Nu Chapter, founded on October 10th 2001, continues to strive today towards sustaining an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence by advancing the education of a local elementary school, Dr. Tanner G Duckery Public School.

Temple’s KDP Chapter is focusing their attention on fundraising in order to build a new library for the Dr. Tanner G Duckery Public School, which is located just two blocks away from Temple’s Main campus. The Society is hoping to receive most of the funds for the project through OwlCrowd. OwlCrowd is a campaign throughout Temple Universty that has received over $54,340 from more than 570 donors. This is the 8th OwlCrowd campaign and the Alpha Alpha Nu Chapter is hoping their application for funds will be accepted so they can begin their work on the education in the local Temple community. In a personal interview KDP, Alpha Alpha Nu Chapter Secretary Jeannette Rupprecht says, “Our goal hopefully is to build better relations with you know Temple, and the College of Education, as well as the community.” Previous projects funded by OwlCrowd can be found in the archives.

In order to make the new library the best it can be, KDR is also accepting new to slightly used books to fill the shelves. Students, faculty, and everyone who would like to donate can find the brightly decorated donation boxes in the Shimada Resource Center located in Ritter Annex room 150. KDR is asking for books that are in the range of slightly before kindergarten to 8th grade. Over 500 books have already flooded the donation boxes, but the total amount of donations that will be accepted are limitless. William Pestcoe, the KDP Treasurer told us the donations are,”giving back to them so they can have a nice base, and a nice foundation for reading, writing, and building that library for them is going to be not only a great thing for us but for them and a community as a whole.” Those who would like to donate have up until a week after spring break on March 24th.

The Alpha Alpha Nu Chapter plans on returning to the completed library to host events and activities for the children. Kristen Shields, the KDP Event Coordinator, says, “I definitely think it’s something that we should have a continued relationship, we shouldn’t just build a library and you know, never come back.”

There is no set date for the completion fo the new library, but the International Honors Society in Education is hoping to open in early May.

Temple’s Eyes Move From Blackboard to Canvas

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Since 1999 Temple University has used Blackboard as its online course management system. After 18 years, Blackboard’s contract with Temple University will come to an end in the summer of 2017. With this contract ending, Temple has the option of either choosing to continue the partnership with Blackboard, or turn to a new system. One option Temple is looking into is another course management system, Canvas.

Canvas includes many features such as chatting with professors, viewing assignments, and more. In order to get opinions from faculty and staff of Temple University, Temple’s Computer Services has created a pilot of Canvas. This pilot is currently being used by 25 courses across Temple, including in courses abroad in London and Japan. This pilot gives faculty and students a chance to compare Canvas to Blackboard. With the pilot, students and faculty will take multiple surveys and meet with committee members in order for Computer Services to be given proper feedback.

Since Canvas is a different system, Temple Computer Services is offering a number of help outlets. This includes a 24-hour, 7 days a week, phone hotline, (844) 683-6439, where students can get help if they are having trouble with the system. There is also a live chat for technical support at For classes taking part in the Canvas pilot, instructors are able to come in and explain the system.

There is also an option for people not participating in the pilot to be given a chance to try Canvas. This “Sandbox” gives other Temple students and faculty a chance to play around with the new system.

Even though Computer Services is looking into Canvas, it wants to make it clear that this does not mean Temple is definitely switching to Canvas when the contract with Blackboard runs out. Computer Service says it is simply looking into Canvas in an attempt to create a report to pitch Canvas to both the Provost and Vice President of Computer Services this summer. And if a decision is made to switch from Canvas to Blackboard, the process would not be automatic. There would be a migration period of at least two years.