Transportation in London

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Opening in 1863, London’s Tube station has made an incredible impact on London’s history.

The London Underground has over 270 stations that span over 400 kilometers. The London Underground also offers 11 different lines compared to just two lines SEPTA offers back in Philadelphia.

“You know they’re really clean, generally the subways they don’t smell bad or anything like that. They’re generally very on time, the subways come very frequently,” says Temple study abroad student Lindsay Hargrave, when comparing SEPTA to the Tube.

Another effective way for people to get around in the city is the London bus system. There are bus systems within at least 400 meters for 90% of London residents. That is over 19,000 bus stops in total. The buses also tend to be reliable, serving as a common form of transportation.

To access these services, people buy Oyster cards. These refillable cards have the same concept as the SEPTA keycards, but Oyster cards were introduced in 2003. They can be refilled at automated systems located at most Underground stations.

If people do not want to use either the bus or underground system, Oyster card users have access to a cycle system. In addition to all of these transportation systems, London transport offers trains, river services, and coach systems. Serving over 31 million trips per day, it is no wonder the London transport system is so successful.

Temple University Japan Students React to North Korea Missile Launch

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A missile was launched by North Korea just east of Japan on September 15th, causing Japan’s nationwide warning system “J-alert” to sound around Hokkaido.

Many Temple University students at the Japan campus were left with mixed feelings about their safety after receiving information in their email after the launch occurred.

Political Science Professor James Brown believes that students should stay informed on the situation.
“Students, if they are following the news… should feel a level of concern,” he said. “However, I wouldn’t want students to be overly alarmed by the situation.”
One student, Hannah Cooper, expressed her laid-back perspective.
“I personally don’t think there’s much of a point in being too worried about it because, on a personal level, there’s nothing I can do about it,” said Cooper. “If we get struck by a missile, we get struck by a missile, it’s over.”
Student’s at Temple’s Japan campus are all required to sign up for Internal SOS email updates, so if anything else were to happen, they would be aware of the situation very quickly.

2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Released for Community

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The 2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Temple University has been released for the Temple community.

In this report, information discussing a plethora of reports regarding the safety of Temple University is available. Additionally, there is information about university-wide crime statistics and fire statistics for residence halls from the past three years.

Furthermore, there is information on emergency response and evacuation procedures, and the policy for missing student notifications. It also discusses Temple’s drug and alcohol policy along with safety awareness and prevention programs. There are sex-offender inquires, and the criminal incidents and emergencies that were reported.

This annual report also has information regarding Temple’s policy on preventing and addressing sexual misconduct.

All of Temple’s safety and security policies can be read about in the full report.

BREAKING: Temple University Student Killed by Miami Police

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Hithon was pursuing a Political Science degree in Temple’s College of Liberal Arts.

Temple University student Cariann Denise Hithon was shot and killed by Miami Police on Sunday after allegedly running over a Miami Beach officer with her car.

Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates confirmed that Hithon was driving a black BMW when she crashed into multiple vehicles and then fled the scene.

When police arrived and prompted the 22-year-old to exit the vehicle, she allegedly accelerated and ran over an officer. Police then fired several shots, striking Hithon.

Hithon and the officer, identified as David Cajuso, were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where Hithon died. Cajuso was later released.

A man who was in the car with Hithon was taken for questioning.

Hithon’s father told CBS4 that his daughter, who was from Bowie, Maryland, was in Miami to celebrate her 22nd birthday. She was a transfer student studying political science and philosophy.

Police have not announced the name of the officer involved in the shooting, which remains under investigation.

Temple Student Government has released a statement about the death of Hithon.

“This has been a painful semester, Owls. We know. We hear you. We see you. We support you,” the statement read. “We will continue to push unity and peace through these times because pain is always easier to deal with when you have people surrounding and encouraging you.”

Students are encouraged to utilize Tuttleman Counseling Services at 1700 N. Broad Street. More information can be accessed online or at 215-204-7276.

Student Body Attempts to Break World Records for Homecoming Week

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Monday, October 9th, the Temple University student body is attempting to break two world records related to socks to kick off the Temple’s Homecoming Week.

One-thousand students, faculty, and staff will gather in attempt to break these records at the Howard Gittis Student Center. All socks that are donated will go to Joy of Sox, an organization that gives new socks to the homeless community of Philadelphia.

The first record they will be attempting to break is the most amount of socks donated in an hour, which is currently held at 2,459 pairs. The second record the Owls are trying to break is the largest gathering of people wearing mismatched socks, which is currently held at 576 people.

There will be a Guinness World Record judge present to count the amount of socks donated and people wearing mismatching socks. Temple’s goals are to have 3,000 pairs of sock donated, and 600 people wearing mismatching socks.

Last year during Homecoming Week, Temple’s Main Campus Program Board coordinated a similar event. They broke the record of the most peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made in an hour with 49,100 sandwiches made. All the sandwiches were donated to food banks in the Philadelphia area.

El primer episodio de Lo último de este semestre

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En este episodio, cubrimos la visita del Presidente Trump a Puerto Rico, las últimas actualizaciones de la isla recuperándose de los desastrosos huracanes, y una mirada interior a las protestas de Venezuela el pasado verano. Le damos detalles sobre la declaración del Presidente Trump sobre la inminente sustitución de DACA. Y luego, hacemos la transición a lo último en deportes de Temple antes de Kristine nos da el pronóstico del tiempo de esta semana. ¡ Gracias por sintonizar!

HootaThon Spreads Awareness for Child Health Day

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On Monday, October 2nd, Temple University’s HootaThon program kicked off the morning by spreading awareness for their annual Child Health Day. Child Health Day promotes health insurance and access to better health care for children.

The day began at 10 AM with tables set up outside the Student Center and members handing out flyers and lollipops. In addition, games, snacks, and crafts were set up at their headquarters in room 200B of the Student Center to incorporate the importance of child life amidst health issues.

The HootaThon program wanted to bring attention to children in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and to all Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Executive Director MaryAnn Thackrah says, “We really love spreading the awareness for our movement so that was the choice that HootaThon chose to have as the impact that we’re doing today.”

Director of Communications for HootaThon, Brooke Schisler, expresses the support HootaThon has for the children, stating, “Today is a big cause connection day which is super cool because we just want everyone to know that we’re here to support the kids, and commit for the kids.”

Aside from Child Health Day, HootaThon will continue spreading the importance of child health with activities such as a 12-hour dance marathon occurring later in the school year. HootaThon will also use the hashtag #CommitForTheKidsToday in continuing the spread awareness.

Temple Hosts Panel About Tension on the Korean Peninsula

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Temple University hosted a panel discussion entitled “Tensions on the Korean Peninsula” on Tuesday, October 3rd.

The forum panelists discussed the current situation between North Korea and the United States, and explained their insight into the North Korean mentality regarding potential conflict with the United States and South Korea.

Evan Osnos, one of the panelists and a journalist for The New Yorker, spoke about his recent visit to the secluded country. He recalled an encounter with one of the North Korean diplomats where he stated, “You realize that your country would be annihilated in a nuclear exchange with the United States.” The diplomat, Mr. Pak, countered that his country had faced destruction twice before during the Korean War and the famine of the 1990’s. He stated that most would die but a few thousand would survive. Mr. Osnos continued by stating that “the North Koreans see themselves as survivors.”

Lt. General In-bum Chun focused on the contrast between the ideologies of North Korea and the United States. The General proposed that the rift between the two countries was influenced by the lack of compatibility between two very different world views. According to him, “they know that the very values of America, freedom, human rights. All of these good things that you represent is a threat to them.” General Chun would go on to discuss important ways the United States could pursue a peaceful solution to the current situation. In particular he emphasized the importance of maintaining a tightly knit bond between the Republic of Korea and the United States.

If tensions were to worsen with North Korea and war does break out, millions will be affected, including students at Temple University. Two Temple University graduate students gave their thoughts about how worsening relations in the region may affect them.

Hocheol Yang is a PhD Student at the Klein College of Media and Communication. Though he does not think fighting will break out, he is concerned that if it does, he will be recalled to active duty in the South Korean Military.

Grace Lee, also a Klein PhD student, had concerns about friends and family in Seoul. The capitol of South Korea lies close to the demilitarized zone separating the two countries. The city of over 20 million people sits well within range of North Korean artillery. If fighting broke out, civilian casualties would be high.

Although tensions remain high, Evan Osnos says it is important to realize that, in his words, “North Korea is not a suicidal regime.” He believes the game of nuclear brinkmanship isn’t won by igniting a war.

Students React to Las Vegas Attack

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Together in solidarity.

Temple student organizations such as SASSA, TSG, S.M.O.O.T.H., Progressive NAACP, Society of Minorities in Sports, AMS, and more gathered together for prayer and song this week to remember those 59 people that lost their lives, and the many who have the long road of recovery ahead.

While Las Vegas may be far from Philadelphia, it hits home for many here on campus. Student organizations want fellow Owls to know they have a safe space here on campus to grieve and process the tragic events.

“We all need to be here together even though you know we go to our classes, we do extracurricular stuff, we represent the temple student body, we all need each other,” said Breea Gillette, President of Progressive NAACP.

“Whatever you need to do to be physically, mentally, and spiritually well, feel free to do that. I feel like we have so many resources here on campus but also in Philadelphia, and I think we need to break down the stigma of actually seeking help with so much happening not only on our campus but in our nation and in our world altogether,” said Tyrell Mann-Barnes, President of Temple Student Government.

Students are encouraged to visit Tuttleman Counseling Center for support in these difficult times. Walk-in hours are available six times a week, and you can learn about other resources available here.

Walk-In Clinic Hours

Monday 10:00am-1:30pm
Tuesday 10:00am-1:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am-12:00pm
Thursday 10:00am-1:30pm
Friday 10:00am-1:30pm
Saturday 9:00-12:00pm (during fall & spring semesters only)

Temple Nursing Students Offer Free Flu Shot Clinics

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Temple University has put a flu shot initiative into place after the CDC released strikingly low numbers for annual flu shots on college campuses. Student Health Services has teamed up with senior nursing students to provide free flu shots for all members of the Temple community.

In the past, Student Health Services has worked with a professional medical team to provide flu shot clinics. The Director of Student and Employee Health, Mark Denys, says “We’ve been offering the flu shots for about the last 12 to 13 years, free for employees or students. Historically until last year we used all ADC Nursing plus our employee health nurses to help run the flu shot clinics.”

Although professional health staff may have been the way to go in the past, Temple is taking steps to engage its student body to be more involved in the areas they study.

Last year the nursing students came in and did one clinic with us, a small cohort of them, and then this year they approached us about taking on even a larger role and as you can see we have a larger role. So a lot more of them are helping out this year. It’s a great opportunity for them. It helps us not have to bring out/in ADC nursing, so it’s a win-win for both,” says Denys.

Senior nursing students will also gain clinical hours for the hours that they spend giving flu shots.

A senior nursing student lines up her flu shot vaccinations as a line of people formed to receive their flu shots.

Jennifer Baumher, a senior nursing student, believes that conducting the flu shots with Temple’s Nursing Program is very beneficial for students in the nursing program.

“So the cool part about this clinical experience is that it’s a public health project. Whereas our other clinicals we just show up to and we’re told what to do. This one we were more involved in the planning process,” says Baumher.

Bauhmer continued on to explain the planning process the students went through to organize these clinics.

“We had two meetings so far, full day experience, and we sat down in a big conference room and we all just got together and brainstormed. ‘How we can advertise? How we can spread the word? What the rotation is going to look like?’ All the different roles that we’d have to play today and kind of nail down as many details as we could, start-to-finish, so there was less left up to chance and we could be as organized as possible,” concludes Baumher.

Students and faculty fill out a form upon arrival at the clinic to obtain proper documentation that they have received their flu shot.

This flu shot initiative is not just for students and faculty of Temple University, however.  The team of student nurses this year is trying to expand this initiative into the community of North Philadelphia as a whole.

Pat DiGiacomo, an Assistant Professor of Instruction and the Undergraduate Program Director for Nursing, is proud to see the progress and interaction between her students and the community.

She explained “Our students today are senior nursing students in their fall semester. In the spring semester, that is their last semester in clinical, and then they will graduate, pass Boards, and then get a position. The students in this rotation had the opportunity to work with Mark Denys, the Director, as far as setting up the entire flu clinic. That also involved additional clinical faculty Dr. Barb Stevens and Dr. Tish Gill, as well as my director Marty Kubik.”

DiGiacomo continuously praises the work her students put into the setup of this project, specifically admiring their reach out into the surrounding communities of Temple University.

“What was really nice about this is our students coordinated some of the marketing piece, the education components, how we’re going to run the flu clinics here on campus. The other component that I really like is how we’re going to reach out the community members surrounding Temple University Hospital, and where are they going to get their flu shots. Our students actually put together a map of the different clinics that are available for our community members. So we’re out reaching not just employees, staff and students, we’re also reaching out to the community.”

Although in past years the CDC has revealed the low amount of participants for this important drive, Temple faculty and students are working their hardest to try to receive as many intakes as possible. With the changes Student Health Services is implementing, Temple hopes to see an increase of numbers of flu shots given over this next year.