Handling Stress During Finals Week

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Finals week is approaching, and Temple students are getting ready. From December 14th to December 20th every student will be busy with studying and taking exams.

A busy day at the TECH Center

Isaak Griggs, a junior at Temple studying Media Studies and Production, said “I feel more stressed during the finals.” During finals, Griggs prefers to hang out with friends and ends up “doing something that isn’t school work most of the time.”

Paley Library with Temple students studying

Ram Rallapalli, a junior student at Temple studying neuroscience, talking about stress, explained “When I know when the day of the final is, that’s when I tend to start feeling stressed because initially it always feels like it is closer than it actually is.”

When it came to the question about having more stress before or during finals, David Gansen, a senior at Temple studying bioengineering, stated, “Definitely before. During the finals, like after school is done, it is like a vacation. You spend an hour a day refreshing yourself, but not really stressed at all. I have a bunch of time then and just take the finals.”

During the study days, December 12th and December 13th, and during finals, there are certain places that Temple students prefer for their studying. The TECH Center and Samuel L. Paley Library are the places most students choose.

David Gansen suggested, “The sky lounge at the View at Montgomery.”

For Temple students who have a problem with stress and anxiety and need help, The Tuttleman Counseling Services is available at 215-204-7276.

Lew Klein Awards Honor NYT’s Dean Baquet

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Executive editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet, received the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award for 2017.

Dean Baquet receives the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award. Friday, November 10, 2017.

In a ceremony that took place at Mitten Hall’s Great Court, Klein College’s Dean Boardman said about Dean Baquet, “In the 17 years that we have had this event, we have recognized many giants of the media world. From Ed Bradley to Anderson Cooper, to Whoopi Goldberg, to Tina Fey. I am confident that no one we have honored has had as much impact, on our nation and on our world, as today’s honoree.”

The Lew Klein College of Media and Communication honored seven more for their exceptional work, six distinguished media professionals–two of them worked for Temple Update in the past–and one rising star of the media industry.

Rising star went to:

  • Julia Nietsch: Senior Director of Communications, Bravo and Oxygen Media
Lew Klein attends the Awards for the first time after the official renaming of the college. Friday, November 10, 2017.

Lew Klein talked to Temple Update and expressed his gratitude for the people that came to the event.

He said, “I think it (the event) is wonderful. Each year, and this is the 17th year, we have approximately 400 people who come to the luncheon. So, we are delighted with the crowd that comes every year.”

David Murphy, 6 ABC’s Meteorologist and past recipient of the Lew Klein Award. Friday, November 17, 2017.

Furthermore, David Murphy, 6ABC’s Meteorologist and past recipient of the Lew Klein Award, had some important advice for Temple students and future journalists.

“Well I would say practice your writing,” said Murphy. “Write, write, write, because it is really all about that. I am a meteorologist now, but I started as a reporter and did some anchoring. And that is what really got me in the door and what got me noticed a little better than the average person.”

Dean Baquet also spoke to Temple students for an hour in a Q&A forum at the Temple Performing Arts Center, before accepting the 2017 Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award.

Philadelphia Streets Go Car-Free for Philly Free Street Day 2017

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People were walking, running, and riding their bikes on the streets of Philadelphia, with no cars in sight. It sounds like a dream, but it actually happened. For only one day, Philadelphians were able to use the streets of the city and do whatever they wanted.


For 7 miles, from 3rd & Chestnut all the way up to 5th & Indiana, cars were not allowed to drive through these streets from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This idea came from the Office of Transportation.

Charlotte Castle, the director of the Philly Free Streets talked to Temple Update about the program.

“Philly Free Streets is a program is which we temporarily closed the streets to cars, inviting people to walk, bike, and play,” said Castle. “We are the Office of Transportation and it is an opportunity for us to invite people to really see how walkable and bike-able their neighborhoods can be if streets are not just designed for cars. I mean, really, to promote people making the choice to walk and bike as part of their everyday routine.”

Castle also said a few things about the new route for this year’s event.

“This year along our new route, it is really exciting to get to know new neighborhoods and new neighbors, and have them be a part of our planning process,” she said. “And I really hope that shows through, and that you see how diverse are the neighborhoods we are visiting, which will be reflected through the program, and you’ll be able to explore.”

Along with Philadelphians enjoying the event was a popular YouTuber, Elijah Watene, who visited the city and stated his opinion about the Philly Free Streets event.

“I mean, everybody loves it. It is honestly super cool, it is great. The community is all coming together, everybody is meeting each other, we are all meeting new people,” said Watene. “Honestly, I think it is awesome. I mean, from what I can see, everybody looks super happy and ecstatic. Everybody looks happy to be here.”


Overall, people of Philadelphia and visitors were satisfied with this project and their comments about this effort were positive. One person hopes that “this event will be happening every year, because it is something that brings people together.”

Temple Security Guards: Meet the People Behind the Uniforms

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They patrol around campus all day on their bikes. They are the “eyes and ears” of Temple’s campus. Their goal is to serve the University community, protect life and property, and to enforce the law.

Gene Cummings, the District Manager for Allied Universal Security Services, spoke about their mission and explained their main priorities. He emphasized the fact that they assist the campus police and report every crime to them.

When patrolling, they observe “different conditions, reporting incidents that they see on the street, helping students and citizens with complaints that they may have,” said Cummings.

Temple security guards provide help to Temple students 24/7.

Gloria Chapple, a Temple security guard, was very proud for her job.

“Everybody knows me. All the students call me Ms. G and they look for me,” she said as she smiled. “You have to love what you do and do what you love. That’s what I do when I am out there.”

Temple Students can use the Walking Escort Program when in need.

Next to “Ms. G” was her supervisor, Ben Rosario. Rosario used to be a security guard and now is supervising, aiming to have them prepared every day.

“We help in every way we can, from escorts to just finding a vehicle,” said Rosario.

“My advice [to students] would be to be more aware, more effective in their surroundings. Walk in groups at all time, keeping an eye when walking instead of in the phone,” said Rosario.

The Campus Safety Services believes that the Walking Escort Program is a useful service for all students. They stated that there is always a security guard available to help and escort a student to his or her residence as their main priority is the safety of students.

The Walking Escort Program works 24/7, for Temple University students and can be accessed at 215-777-9255.