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.

Temple Update Students Produce Segments for “Campus Takeover”

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MTV is taking over Temple University.

MTVU visited Temple’s main campus a few short weeks ago, enlisting several students to be producers on the project.

Temple Update’s Asad Bokhari, Kaicey Baylor, Alyssa Jerome, Nick Charles, and Jeseamy Muentes produced several segments for the “Campus Takeover” pilot episode.

Some of the segments included professors reading their “Rate My Professor” comments a’la ‘Mean Tweets’, A Diamond Dollar Date Challenge, and Food Truck Trivia. AaronRey Ebreo, a student you first saw on Temple Update, was also featured in the pilot episode in a Student Spotlight.

The pilot aired Monday, February 13 at the Student Center. It will later run on TUTV.

 

Philadelphia Auto Show Excites Temple Students

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Temple students, Heather Goodman, Julia Laitman, Skyeler O’Brien, and Will Stickney pose with a Toyota for a scavenger hunt

The Philadelphia Auto Show is the latest attraction for Temple students to check out.

An amazing array of cars, free promotions and an opportunity to see Temple University’s engineering students show off their race car; what could be better?

Companies like Toyota encourage students to use Instagram in order to get free prizes while Jeep has a roller coaster-like course where they show off the extreme capabilities of their newest models of cars.

Julia Laitman, an early education major at Temple University said, “I liked all of the promotions because I got to view some cool products and got hand warmers out of it!”

The show is incredibly interactive and has a lot of different components to entertain everyone.
The idea that “owls are everyone” is evident at the show being that Temple University’s very own engineering students have a car on the floor. Expect to see a single seat race car with a Temple “T” on it!

The auto show is taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from January 28th-February 5th with tickets costing $14.

Temple Theaters Presents “Reggie Hoops”

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Kristoffer Diaz, a Pulitzer-Prize nominated playwright, is the first-ever recipient of Temple’s Playwright Residency Program. Through this program, Diaz collaborated with students and professors from Temple’s theater department and wrote a full-length play with the student artists in mind. The play, Reggie Hoops, will premiere at Temple this week as part of the mainstage season.

Reggie Hoops tells the story of former NBA assistant general manager Reggie, who, in present day, receives an offer that causes her to make a choice between the game she loves or being close to her beloved family. In the 1970s, her parents deal with the outcome of the violent 1977 New York City Blackout that affected their wedding day. The play examines these two events side-by-side, showcasing a family discovering strength to face difficult times and suffering, and the struggles of making difficult decisions.

Reggie Hoops features a cast of extremely talented Temple theater students. The production, which will be housed at the Randall Theater, will hold a preview of the show will be held on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:30 pm.

The play officially opens on Friday, February 3rd and runs until Sunday, February 12th. The performance on February 4th features a reception with the playwright, Kristoffer Diaz, after the show. There are both matinee and evening performances. This is the world premiere of the play, so it is definitely an event you do not want to miss!

Tickets are $25 for general admission, and $10 for students and faculty with a TUID. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Tomlinson Theater box office.

To learn more about Temple’s world premiere production of Reggie Hoops, visit its event page or its BroadwayWorld article.

Diamond Gems Rank 8th in Nation at Competition

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Stancil, far left, performing with the Diamond Gems in their hip-hop performance.
Stancil, far left, performing with the Diamond Gems in their hip-hop performance.

“And welcoming our next team, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this is Temple University!” said the announcer as the crowd’s cheers ripple throughout the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. The Diamond Gems Dance Team hit the floor of the Jostens Center and embraced the audience as they prepare to compete at the Universal Dance Association’s College Dance Team National Championship. The moment that they took the stage was the culmination of hours of dedication, perseverance, and the desire to make it to finals in the Division 1A Hip-Hop category.

Two years ago, the team advanced to finals for the first time in Temple’s dance team history and ended the competition by being ranked 8th in the nation.

This year, the dancers were determined to do the same, and perhaps, even place in the top 5 for all D1A Hip-Hop Teams.

The dancers of the Diamond Gems dance team sacrificed nearly their entire winter breaks in order to properly train for the competition. Each practice leading up to the championship is spent learning choreography, cleaning, drilling, and building endurance for the dancers, which takes close to 9 hours per day.

The highly distinguished UDA competition allows teams from around the country to compete in their division for Jazz, Pom, and Hip-Hop dancing. Dependent upon the number of teams in each category, only half of the them will move on to the final round of competition.

Team member and freshman Public Health major, Sylvie Dent, shared what her first experience on the Nationals floor was like. “My immediate reaction was excitement,” she said. “Once I saw the crowd all my fears turned into dust and I was ready to just perform my very best.”

Not only are the girls dancing learning extensive choreography but are also developing their character throughout the process.

Sophomore Early Childhood Education major Madison Diehl spoke about what she drew from the entire Nationals venture. “I gained a lot knowledge about myself as a performer,” she revealed. “For the first time, I felt like I was dancing as one with team rather than just me performing on stage as an individual.”

The Diamond Gems pose with their trophy in Orlando, FL.
The Diamond Gems pose with their trophy in Orlando, FL.

Ultimately, the team was ranked 7 following the first round of competition, and finished at number 8 in the nation for Division 1A Hip-Hop.

“What I took away from this whole experience, is that winning isn’t (and shouldn’t) be a team’s ultimate goal of Nationals,” says Dent. “Going out on the floor and performing to the best of your ability and being genuinely happy with your performance is all that matters.”

As a member of the Diamond Gems dance team, I can say wholeheartedly that I have never been more proud of a group of girls. I couldn’t have asked to perform on the floor with a more talented team of young women, and I can’t wait to witness this team blossom in the future!

Simone Stancil is a sophomore studying journalism and a member of the Temple Update web staff.