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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Dr. John Helferty is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Temple University, as well as an alumni of the school. As part of his Intro to Engineering class, students were to design quadracopters, which are drone helicopters made up of K’nex pieces.
“The idea of this class is to get hands-on, state-of-the-art technology in front of the students first semester, as soon as they come in the door,” stated Dr. Helferty.
This was the first college integration and competition involving K’nex, which donated the parts. Students had two weeks to get the projects together, which was 20% of their final grade, and were graded on the design and test flights. There also was a lucrative $400 prize to be split amongst the team who completed the obstacle course quickest.
Helferty also showed appreciation for help received from colleagues on the project. Jean Jacques Raymond of Montgomery County Community College, as well as a few of his students, were integral in providing information and help for the project.
With so much hard work and time invested, the process behind creating the quadracopter wasn’t easy.
“It’s got 4 wings with motors at each end. We’d take the K’nex pieces and make the frame of it, we’d make that quad shape. Then we’d take the electronics, the propellers with their wires and wire them to the ends,” said Mitchell Brasher, a Mechanical Engineering student.
The winning team, made up of Alec Beiswinger, Matthew Berry, Jake Erdlen and Brian DiBartolo, were able to complete the course in a remarkable 12 seconds. Despite the competitive aspect, everyone present shared a sense of comradery and had a blast with the flight. Though this was the first year building and flying the quadracopters, it seems that this initial flight was a great success.
The Comcast Holiday Spectacular draws thousands of people every year to the Comcast Center. The magic of the holidays comes alive in the fifteen minute show that plays at the top of every hour from 10am to 8pm daily. On Saturday’s from 11am-3pm, kids get a special treat when they have the chance to see and have their pictures taken with Santa.
Broadcast on a large flat screen in the lobby of the Comcast Center, the show features scenes from The Nutcracker, an orchestra, a dance sequence, and an interactive sing along portion at the end of the show. The Comcast Holiday Spectacular has become a tradition
The show is the same every year, but many guests return and bring friends to experience the holiday magic. “This is my first time seeing the show. I knew I had to see it after the way she described it,” Marilyn Cook says as she motions to her friend, Pat Gessner, who saw the Comcast Holiday Spectacular last year and brought Marilyn to see it this year.
“It was very varied. They had a lot of things going on. They had a little sing along and then they had an orchestra playing,” Eileen Smith says when asked how she enjoyed the show for the first time. Her and her friend had heard about the show from friends and made the Comcast Holiday Spectacular a destination they had to see.
Do you need to relax and refuel before finals? The Temple Library is here to help.
Crunch Time Café is hosted by the Temple Library and provides activities to help students take a break during study days and final exams. The series of events includes free food, activities, and therapy dogs.
Freshman Rema Qasmieh appreciates Temple’s initiative to not only help students study but also help them relax. “The great thing about Temple is that they give us a lot of recreational things to do and I think that’s great because a lot of people are staying up and are definitely cramming.”
And she’s not the only one. Students like sophomore Asmaa Abdulah and senior McMishah Rapheal are thankful for the goodies the Library provides.
“The Crunch Time Café really does help. I came here for snacks and coffee and I found that,” stated Asmaa.
McMishah also benefited. “I appreciate it just for them just thinking about me. That’s something my mother and father would do.”
Possibly the most exciting event of the week is the De-stress with Dogs event that will be held on Friday. Students can stop by and hang out with some four legged friends.
“I am a huge dog fan and I’ve usually seen at other colleges that there is this dog event and I was wondering when Temple was going to get one,” stated Rema.
“I know how helpful they are for de-stressing,” agreed Asmaa.