Museum Commemorating American Revolution Opens in Old City

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History enthusiasts rejoice!

The Museum of the American Revolution opened its doors for the first time Wednesday, the 242nd anniversary of the first shots of the revolution.

Vice President of Collections, Exhibition and Programming Dr. Scott Stephenson gave us a look at what those visiting the museum would get to see.

The museum has over fifteen rooms and theaters filled with artifacts, interactive exhibits, and immersive experiences, including a 4-D experience of the Battle of Brandywine, which includes flashing lights, puffs of smoke, and shaking floors.

”We’re going to line you up as if your in the continental army company,” said Stephenson, as we marched into the battle.

One of the most exciting parts of the museum, in Stephenson’s opinion, is the tent that belonged to General Washington. It was acquired in 1909 by an Episcopal priest, Reverend Herbert Burk, with the hopes of creating a museum to memorialize the American Revolution.

“It’s unlike anything you will ever see in any other museum,” said Stephenson

My favorite part? The Liberty Tree.

A Liberty Tree is where colonists would gather to protest the Stamp Act or post signs against the monarchy, a form of social media long before there was even the thought of internet.

Dr. Stephenson pointed out a special part of the MAR Liberty Tree to us as we walked by: within the replica tree is a panel of wood from the last known Liberty Tree – a Tulip Poplar from Annapolis, Maryland.

This museum is 17 years in the making, but those I spoke with told me it was all worth the wait.

“I thought it was wonderful, especially a couple of places where we actually gasped in delight,” said Cynthia Jacobus.

“It shows the whole gambit of the revolution…they’ve done an amazing job of really telling the story from the bottom up,” said historical re-enactor John Rees.

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.

Bell Tower Music: Thursdays at Saige Cafe

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Members of Bell Tower Music are working on giving Temple University students a night of tunes.

Temple’s student-run record label has teamed up with the Saige Café to put on monthly concerts called Thursday’s at Saige Café. This is a chance for Bell Tower to showcase some of their own artists, while shining light on other local musicians wanting to break into the music industry.

For a small fee, students can see a showcase of musical artists, some of whom are signed to Bell Tower Music. Students can expect to see new artists like rappers, Eddy and KJ, and Xilomen at the next event in April. Bell Tower live events member, Evan Prince, says these performers are part of a new hip-hop/ R&B focus for the upcoming show. Anyone who is interested in attending the event can hope to receive a date for the upcoming show from Bell tower music in the next couple of weeks.

Theater Professor Promotes the Positive

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Maggie Anderson, an Assistant Theater Professor, is working to make a positive impact on her students.

With the countless auditions that actors must face, one’s personal image can be brought down by rejections.

Professor Anderson is taking on that cost with her classes, which promote motivational thinking and a healthy mind-set.

“So we work on a wide range of kind of emotional places that a character would need to visit,” Professor Anderson stated.

Anderson believes that the different types of movement and energy that she is making her class get in contact with is only going to make them be more confident when they enter any audition room.

With the theater business being so competitive, she wants her students to understand how important it is to take care of yourself. With a healthy mind-set and body, she feels her students can accomplish anything.

“They don’t need to emulate or be somebody else they just need to be who they are and honor and express that.”

 

Temple Rome Anniversary Brings Weeklong Food Celebration to Main Campus

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Temple University is celebrating 50 years of Temple Rome with a week-long food themed celebration hosted by the Education Abroad office from.

“Well of course food is Italian tradition, Italian culture, and it seemed like a great way to celebrate Temple University Rome’s 50th and also a way that the full university community could take advantage,” Denise Connerty, Assistant Vice President for Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses said.

The celebration started with the event “Tasting Rome” at Melograno Restaurant, a restaurant owned by Temple University alum Marie Tran and her husband, Chef Gianluca Demontis. Tran met her husband while studying abroad in Rome through Temple. They served an authentic Italian dish, and all proceeds collected will benefit the Temple Rome Scholarship Fund.

Another event in the celebration was Food Truck Festa. Alumni-owned food trucks served and highlighted Italian dishes at the Bell Tower. Music was played and attendees got the opportunity to find out more information on study abroad opportunities.

“I just like how there are a lot of food trucks I haven’t tried, so it’s nice to go around and see what they have and taste different things,” Temple junior Mina Tatar said.

The week will conclude with a night of networking at the Fox School of Business with members of Professionisti Italiani a Philadelphiaand fried artichoke food sampling. Senior, Kayla Karp will also present her project: 3,000 years in the making: The Story of Jews in Rome which is a project she started while studying abroad in Rome last year.

“We’re given our education and we are given the opportunity to have these classes and have these lessons, but very few times do we take advantage, and turn that opportunity into our ability to do something. I want to share with other students and other professionals that we have to take that step,” Karp said.

The celebration does not end here. This May, Temple University will host another week packed event to celebrate the anniversary at Temple Rome’s campus. For more information on Temple Rome and study abroad opportunities through Temple University click here.

The 89th Academy Awards Ends With Historic Mistake

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The 89th Academy Awards was filled with many memorable moments which is to be expected when you pack a room with Hollywood’s most prestige artists. However, Sunday night featured one moment that was particularly unforgettable. Perhaps the most talked about moment came at the very end when the Oscar for Best Picture was given to the wrong movie.

Faye Dunway and Warren Beatty were handed the wrong envelope before presenting the award to “La La Land” instead of the actual winner of the best picture Oscar, “Moonlight.” The mistake was corrected on stage as host of the night Jimmy Kimmel made light of the situation to ease the awkwardness.

“Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for  this,” Kimmel said, referring to the comedian crowning the wrong winner of Ms. Universe 2015.

 

Although “La La Land” did not get the biggest award of the night, there were still may highlights for the film that collected 12 statues including Best Actress awarded to Emma Stone.

The award for Best Actor was given to Casey Affleck for “Manchester by the Sea” which many considered an upset, beating out Denzel Washington for his performance in “Fences.”

But Washington’s co-star Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress and became the first African-American actor to win an Oscar, Emmy and a Tony.

The rest of the night was filled with digs against President Trump by both Kimmel as well as foreign stars including Iranian director Asghar Farhadi who did not attend the ceremony in protest of Trump’s travel ban to seven predominantly Muslim nations. Farhadi won best foreign film for “The Salesman”  and Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian astronaut, read a statement from Farhadi.

“I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight,” it read. “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.”

With the historical Best Picture mishap coming at the end of the night, Kimmel attempted to end the show on a positive note.

“Let’s remember this is just an award show,” Kimmel said.

Here is a full list of the 89th Academy Award winners:

Best Picture: “Moonlight”

Actor: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Actress: Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, “Fences”

Animated Feature: “Zootopia”

Cinematography: “La La Land”

Costume Design: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Direction: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Documentary Feature: “O.J.: Made in America”

Documentary Short: “The White Helmets”

Film Editing: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Foreign Language Film: “The Salesman”

Makeup and Hairstyling: “Suicide Squad”

Score: “La La Land”

Song: “City of Stars” from “La La Land”

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Production Design: “La La Land”

Animated Short: “Piper”

Live Action Short: “Sing”

Sound Editing: “Arrival”

Sound Mixing: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Visual Effects: “The Jungle Book”

Adapted Screenplay: “Moonlight”

Original Screenplay: “Manchester by the Sea”

Temple Art Student on the Rise

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Dyymond Whipper-Young is a junior advertising major at Temple University who is inspiring and helping others in the community through her art. Whipper-Young is stepping outside of the classroom and showing others just how important art is to Philadelphia.

Originally from Baltimore, this young artist transformed her elementary school doodles into her own business with the strong support of her friends.

“They play such major roles in my development and my growth. And they’re always just pushing me that extra mile”, says Whipper-Young.

Temple has served as a huge platform, allowing Dyymond to showcase her sculptures and paintings. This February the freelance artist headlined her first show in the city of brotherly love, with the theme revolving around the love and support of her friends.

“She’s like really unique being that she’s twenty and she’s growing at a young age. I’m excited for the future of her”, says Leonard Chester.

Whipper-Young’s future involves inspiring and motivating other artists by giving them opportunities to showcase their work.

Dyymond Whipper-Young can be contacted through her various social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.

Temple Students Take Formula Race Car for a Spin On Campus

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Formula Racing can bring loads of excitement and adrenaline to anyone who attends, and Temple University had the opportunity to do just that. On Tuesday, Temple Formula Racing had the chance to take part in a race car drive right in front of the College of Engineering.

The car that was driven on Tuesday participated in The Society of Automotive Engineers event that took place last summer in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Temple students had the outstanding opportunity to see the formula car drive down Twelfth Street and around the Temple University campus.

See some footage of the car’s trip down 12th Street above.

London Report: On the Red Carpet

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Temple Update’s London Correspondent, Alexa Ross, got an up-close look at London’s version of the Oscars:

Kensington is the home of the royal family and Temple students but this past weekend, it was home to the 70th annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts Film Awards, known to most as the BAFTAs. The Cirque du Solieil cast set the red carpet on fire before the biggest names in Hollywood and beyond made their way to the show.

Kisa was one of the spectators: “It’s crazy. There’s always something going on in London, it’s really fun.”

People from all over the world gathered on Prince Consort Road for the chance to receive one of 800 wristbands that provided red carpet access before the main show at Royal Albert Hall.

“I’ve been waiting out here since Thursday at 2 pm…I want to meet Meryl Streep,” said one film fan.

Countless hours of waiting outside culminated in the red carpet experience of a lifetime for two Temple students, Abby Markle, a film major, and Vicki Gouvalis, a journalism major, who waited outside for a combined total of 42 hours, sleeping outside in the snow to get their BAFTA wristbands. Abby didn’t mind the wait: “Studying abroad is a great experience in itself and being a film major here, it’s just cool to be part of the buzz.”

Even after braving the elements, Markle and Gouvalis were all smiles on BAFTA day. Vicki said,  “Despite the cold being horrendous, I’m so glad to be here and to have the wristband and I’m going to see these amazing celebrities I’ve admired for so long.”

“I would absolutely do something like this again.”

Even I got to join in on the red carpet fun and take a selfie with a familiar face from “The Office” and Pennsylvania — actor John Krasinski.

Film awards will continue going on their way back to the States with the Oscars coming up on February 26.

Temple University’s Hootathon Raises Over $400,000

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Every year, for the past 4 years, Temple students have gathered together to dance for 12 hours in an effort to raise funds and awareness for patients of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, known as HootaThon.

This past weekend, students and families of CHOP patients turned out in droves at the Liacouras Center.  The event offered dancing, games, and other activities for students to enjoy.

But it wasn’t all fun and games.  Many, like Maxi Ehrlich, were deeply touched by the stories they hear from the miracle families.

“I think the most important part is remembering why we’re here, and that definitely happens when we hear from the miracle families,”  Ehrlich says.

Hootathon’s Senior Director of External Affairs, Megan Schmitt, explained how this year is bigger than ever for the miracle families.

“Our goal is $400,000, so we’ve increased our goal by almost $200,000 from last year.  So we’re hoping that we will hit it today, we will see when it gets closer to midnight,” she said.

All their hard work paid off as the final tally for funds raised came out at $404,074.85.