Manayunk Kicks Off Restaurant Week with Annual StrEAT Food Festival

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Rainy weather didn’t stop people from heading out to explore some of Philadelphia’s best food vendors over the weekend.

The familiar hum of generators filled Manayunk’s historic Main Street for the annual StrEAT Food Festival. Over 50 of Philadelphia’s best food trucks and gourmet food vendors lined the street on Sunday despite the chilly weather.

“It’s delicious, it’s a little cold, but it’s definitely worth coming out when you can eat stuff like this,” said Shannon Reilly of Abington as she showed off her sandwich. “It’s so good, it’s like breakfast, lunch all rolled up into one.”

“This is my first time here,” said David Kremer of King of Prussia. “I got a crispy chicken sandwich with bacon and some kind of sauce, and it’s absolutely delicious.”

People enjoyed a wide variety of foods, from savory sandwiches and sides to sugary desserts. Roasted corn on the cob and Philly Fry fries were popular picks throughout the crowds.

Temple senior Mitch Dugan appreciated not only the food, but also the business side of the festivities.

“I can definitely see why they do this every year, I think this is great for the local businesses around here. It gets a lot of people down here on Main Street, so it’s a really good thing,” explained Dugan.

The one-day festival served as the kickoff celebration for Manayunk’s Restaurant Week. Some of the street vendors plan to participate throughout the week at their main locations along Main Street.

“We’ve got a place right at the bus station down the street, so we love coming out, seeing the neighbors, seeing the community,” expressed Caroline Bird of Deke’s Bar-B-Que.

“We come out here for every street festival that we have in here in Manayunk, we’ve supported it wholeheartedly,” said David Boyle of Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar. “We love it, so we always do the Jake’s crab cakes… it’s a wonderful experience.”

Temple students will have the opportunity to experience a similar event right on campus. TU Foodie Fest kicks off the evening of April 24th on 13th street. More information can be found by following Temple Student Activities on social media @tuactivities.

Temple Grad Student Creates Program to Help Students in Recovery


After struggling with addiction during his undergrad years, Temple graduate student Bob Lamb has been working to help other students in recovery.

For most people, college culture is often associated with partying. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 20% of students across college campuses meet the criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder. Bob Lamb was one of these students a few years ago.

“I was just like a typical college student,” says Lamb. “Like I looked good on paper but like inside—I was, you know, I was drinking a lot…you know, when it came down to getting my life responsibilities done, I was unable to do that.”

Throughout his journey to sobriety at the University of Sciences, Lamb felt that despite there being a good recovery program, a peer-based support system was lacking. When he came to Temple, he founded the Temple Collegiate Recovery Program to ensure students had that extra peer support.

“I knew there were a lot of students at Temple that were in recovery, and you know, that was just kind of something I envisioned that could be beneficial to Temple,” says Lamb. “There was already a 12-step recovery meeting on campus, but just you know, some more officialness at the university level I thought would be beneficial.”

The Temple Collegiate Recovery Program has meetings every Thursday night in Morgan Hall, where students can connect with others in recovery from substance use disorders.

Lamb is very involved with recovery advocacy in the Philadelphia area. Lamb says current studies show that Philadelphia has the highest overdose rates of any major city in the country right now, with rates rising thirty percent last year.

“I’ve been able to meet other programs that have been doing stuff,” says Lamb. “It feel like most of the universities in the area are trying figure out how to address the, you know, drugs and alcohol on campus by developing these recovery communities.”

Lamb says that although the program focuses on recovery from substance use disorders, it also addresses issues like mental health that are often coinciding with substance abuse.

“We’re kind of just an open space where anybody can talk about difficulties they’re going through, you know struggles and stresses,” explains Lamb. “You know, being a college student in today’s age is really difficult, so… it’s a good safe place to go where you can, you know, talk about that, and you know there’s other people that have been through it. Most of the major universities have somebody there that’s trying to figure out a way to do it, whether it’s student-led, faculty-led.. but you know, you just keep seeing them pop up more and more.”

Those seeking recovery support can also visit Tuttleman Counseling Services at 1700 North Broad. There is access to counselors trained in recovery-oriented treatment, substance abuse group therapy, and medication-assisted treatment.

Students Travel to Unique City for Spring Break

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Some students are all set for a one-of-a-kind experience this spring break.

Starting March 1st, a select group of students will be flying out of the city to Arcosanti, Arizona. The trip is a ten-day Study Away program where students have a chance to immerse themselves in a unique urban lifestyle—all while earning three credits.

Director of Klein Global Opportunities at Arcosanti, Doctor Barry Vacker, explains the concept of the experimental town.

Arcosanti focuses on the concept of arcology–the blend of architecture and ecology.

“Arcosanti is a prototype for an ecologically grounded city,” he says. “It’s one hour north of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert and its entire design and structure is based on ecological principals that merge architecture and ecology.”

In addition to learning about arcology—the blend of ecology and architecture—participants will come to understand how technology plays a role in environmental awareness.

“You get a new perspective about the literal world that you live in, how we’re all going to fit here with a growing population that just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” says past Arcosanti participant Gabrielle Verzella.

Another past participant, Greta Phillips, explains the lesson she learned on her trip.

“What I got out of it was that without the media and technology kind of conveying messages of how humans are rapidly contributing to changes in our planet, the public wouldn’t know about it,” says Phillips.

“You get a much bigger picture about where we are on earth and where we are in the universe because there’s starry skies every night,” says Dr. Vacker. “And it’s about altering your consciousness to get into a perspective that is not available inside the standard urban environment.”

For those interested in the Arcosanti program and other Study Away opportunities, more information can be found at the Global Opportunities office in Annenberg Hall, or on their website.

New Student-Athlete Lounge Funded by Private Donors

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Temple’s most recent addition to campus is located on the second floor of Pearson Hall. The new student-athlete lounge was unveiled in late January. The space includes nap pods, gaming consoles, big screen TVs, and unlimited coffee.

“The lounge has everything,” says sophomore football player Kenny Yeboah. “I mean places for us to sit down and relax after class, bunch of TVs, coffee, tea, just a place for us to come and relax. I feel like everybody gets what they deserve, like regular students get what they deserve, they have the TECH and other places to go to.”

While athletes are enjoying the lounge, some students have differing opinions.

Nap pods are one of the highly discussed aspects of the new lounge.

“Props to them, they’re doing something that I could never do,” says junior Kalie Onukiavage. “But they already get so much I feel like and it’s like, alright, well why couldn’t we just do a lounge for every student.”

Sophomore Michael Zingrone says, “It’s a nice little thing for, you know, for them to, you know, to get their little sleeps in the sleep pods, you know, do their thing, you know, mingle together as a team.”

“It would be super crowded if there was–if anybody could go into those lounges,” says sophomore Paul Burke. “But I think there should be somewhere for, you know, any other student to go as well.”

The lounge was funded via an undisclosed amount from an investment group known as the New York City Angels. Senior Associate Athletics Director Jeremy Wang explained how they received the funds.

“We’re fortunate enough that in athletics that we have this group that is interested in the welfare and the performance of our student athletes, and this really resonates with them,” says Wang.

The donors have contributed to projects over the last several years in hopes of enhancing the student athlete experience.

Shelter-in-Place Drill to Take Place on U.S. Temple Campuses

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On Wednesday, February 14th, all U.S. Temple campuses will experience a shelter-in-place drill.

The drill will begin at 10 AM and last for 10-15 minutes. During this time, outdoor warning sirens will activate for approximately three minutes.

The purpose of the drill is to test the University’s plans, policies, and response capabilities for scenarios such as environmental hazards or severe weather. During a real shelter-in-place emergency, the sirens indicate that people should quickly move inside and stay there until told otherwise.

For Wednesday’s drill, people are encouraged to practice the procedure. Emergency Management Teams (BEMTs) will be in designated buildings to direct people to the correct locations.

TUalerts will be sent out Wednesday morning and at the start of the drill as a reminder. There will be a final alert when the drill concludes.

PHOTOS: Hundreds of Thousands Celebrate at Eagles Victory Parade

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At the time this article was written, crowd-safety experts at Manchester Metropolitan University in England estimated that 700,000 people were in attendance of the parade. (Photo: Maxwell Bass)
Many fans showed their pride by dressing in Eagles gear and waving festive flags. (Photo: Brianna Dent)
Homemade Lombardi Trophies could be spotted throughout the crowds. (Photo: Brianna Dent)
Attendees of the big day were among all ages. (Photo: Brianna Dent)
People were awed as skywriting that read “Philly Philly” and “Dilly Dilly” appeared in the sky. (Photo: Cassie Semyon)
A fan sporting a dog mask and Carson Wentz socks. (Photo: Brianna Dent)
Flags that read “World Champions” lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (Photo: Maxwell Bass)
More than 20 buses made their way through the city as fans cheered from all sides. (Photo: Sarah Moser)
Some attendees attempted to gain a better view by climbing trees. (Photo: Brianna Dent)
A young child cheering as the parade made its way down the Parkway. (Photo: Brianna Dent)
Green and white confetti fell to the streets as the buses passed. (Photo: Brianna Dent)
Eagles players and staff spoke from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as fans watched on large screens set up along the parade route. (Photo: Brianna Dent)
As the eventful day came to a close, large crowds exited the Parkway to begin the travel home. (Photo: Brianna Dent)

Eagles Parade Details: SEPTA Service Changes

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After coming out on top in Super Bowl LII, Philadelphia will celebrate the Eagles with a parade this Thursday.

The parade will begin at 11 AM at Broad and Pattison, and end with a ceremony at the Art Museum. The ceremony is expected to last from 1 PM to 3 PM.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney believes attendance may exceed the estimated one million people who attended the 2008 Phillies parade.

In anticipation of this, SEPTA has provided information on services changes for Thursday.

Independence Blue Cross has sponsored free rides for the day on the Market Frankfort and Broad Street Lines. SEPTA has provided maps showing which stations will be open for the parade. The Cecil B. Moore/Temple University station will remain open.

Regional Rail will have limited inbound AM service. Many stations will be closed for the day, including the Temple University Station. Full details on Regional Rail service can be found here.


All parade day service information can be found on SEPTA’s website.



UPDATE: Temple Student Found Dead in Off-Campus Apartment, Determined a Drug-Overdose

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Updated: 12/4/17 3:00 PM

The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the recent deaths of both Temple students, James Orlando and Michael Paytas, were due to drug overdoses.

Philadelphia Police has provided a statement about the incident.

“On 12/2/17 at 6:50 AM the girlfriend of a 20-year-old deceased male reported that she woke up as the deceased was having labored breathing,” it reads. “Medics were called, the male was then unresponsive and pronounced on scene; the Medical Examiner’s office notified cause of death unknown at this time.”

According to police, foul play is not suspected. The Medical Examiner’s Office is not releasing information about the type of drugs involved in each case.

Dr. M. Moshe Porat, Dean of the Fox School of Business stated, “Our Fox School community is deeply saddened by the passing of James Orlando, the second loss we have suffered in recent days. Our thoughts and prayers are with James’ family and friends, to whom we send our heartfelt condolences.”


Original post: 12/3/17

 Temple University has experienced its second student death in one week.

James Orlando (Credit: GoFundMe)

James Orlando was pronounced dead in his apartment on the 1800 block of Berks Street after police responded to a 911 call at the off-campus residence on Saturday, December 2.

Orlando, 20, was discovered by medical officials who were unable to revive the third-year Fox School of Business student.

Orlando’s death comes less than seven days after Michael Paytas, another Fox School student, was discovered unconscious in Paley Library. Paytas was later pronounced dead at Hahnemann University Hospital.

This also comes just days after the preliminary hearing for Joshua Hupperterz, the man charged with the murder of 22-year-old Temple University student, Jenna Burleigh, in late-August.

“We are extremely saddened by the passing of James Orlando, a third-year business student from Reading, Pennsylvania,” said a spokesperson for Temple University.

A GoFundMe page has been created in James Orlando’s honor.


Phone Scammers Target Temple Students

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FBI Philadelphia has received reports of phone scammers targeting former and current Temple students.

According to this tweet, the caller claims to be an FBI agent from the State College office. The office’s real information – like the caller ID and phone number – is displayed.

The FBI warns people to be aware of this scam and others of the same nature.

Posing as an FBI agent, the caller may claim there is a warrant for the victim’s arrest, which can be thrown out in exchange for payment. Other scenarios where the caller is demanding money have also been reported.

The caller usually knows personal information about the victim, such as their name, background, and personal cell phone number.

The FBI does not call people asking for money or threatening arrest.

More information can be found on the FBI’s website.