Students Abroad Travel Around Europe

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Whether by bus, plane, or boat, Temple students studying in London have gotten the amazing opportunity to easily travel around Europe. Students have traveled to Greece, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Sweden, Barcelona and more.

“I feel very independent and I feel like I’ve matured almost because I’ve never had to travel by myself before, I’ve always done it like with my parents or family,” says student Emma Saperstein.

Trips can last anywhere from two days over a weekend to a whole week during fall break due to the close proximity of countries. Living in Europe allows quick and inexpensive travel for students. To put it in perspective, the distance from Paris to Amsterdam (267 miles) is about the same as the distance from Philadelphia to Boston (271 miles).

With a little over a month left abroad, students are still planning to travel to other countries in the weeks to come. Even though Temple students abroad have fallen in love with the city of London, getting the chance to travel around Europe has been a once in a lifetime experience.

New Food Option on Campus: Uncle Lee LunchBox

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Since the 1960s, food trucks have helped define Temple’s food culture. Some students saw business opportunities before they completed their studies. Hongrui Zhang is one of them. In the summer of this year, he applied for his license and began his homemade LunchBoxes.

“I came up with this business idea when I see a huge demand [from the] international student body, who is looking for authentic Chinese food elsewhere other than restaurants and food trucks,” said Hongrui Zhang.

The material used in Uncle Lee’s LunchBoxes is freshly grown. Uncle Lee’s family has a vegetable garden, where many kinds of vegetables in the LunchBoxes come from. This includes peppers, carrots, and beans.

Since the Uncle Lee LunchBox business has just started, it is applying to become a member of Temple University food trucks. They accept mobile reservations now and they provide delivery services around 12:00 PM every day.

“Our LunchBox mainly serves chicken, pork, beef, and sometimes shrimp. [It’s] two dishes, one meat, one vegetable, plus rice. It is a platter that sells for $9.00 and deliver[s] every day,” Hongrui Zhang said.

Students can text 267-475-5703 to make the reservation for the next day’s LunchBox. They will provide the next day’s menu a day in advance.

Mayor Kenney Says He Wants To Replace the School Reform Commission

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One week ago, Mayor Kenney announced his plan to replace the School Reform Commission (SRC) with a school board that he would appoint. If the SRC chooses to dissolve before the end of the year, they would be officially out of power as of June 2018.

“For too long, we have pointed fingers at each other, whether it be traditional public schools and public charter schools or city elected officials, and state elected officials. Again and again we have told the people of Philadelphia that the state of their schools are  someone else’s responsibility. That ends today,” said Mayor Kenney during his speech last Thursday.

He announced his plan to implement a nine member school board that would be appointed by him and approved by city council. This plan would make sure the city is being held accountable for Philadelphia’s school system.

Professor Brook-Dupree taught in the Philadelphia School District for 30 years.

Early childhood education professor at Temple, Professor Brook-Dupree, taught in the Philadelphia School District for thirty years. She agreed with the mayor’s decision saying,“This city will know our needs, will know neighborhoods, will know communities, will have that feeling that they know what our needs are, rather than somebody who is so removed from it (like in) Harrisburg.”

The School Reform Commission was implemented sixteen years ago. It is a group of 5 members, appointed by Harrisburg and the mayor, and it allows for the state and city to have joint control of the school district.

The Chair of the SRC, Joyce Wilkerson, says that she believes joint control is no longer necessary, “When the state stepped in, it did it at a time of financial crisis for the district, for a few years there was extra revenue, but that quickly went by the wayside.”

The SRC must vote for itself to dissolve. As a five member committee needing majority rule, only three members must vote in favor of the dissolution. Then, it must be ratified by the State Department of Education and 180 days later it would be officially gone. And Philadelphia would have local control of their education system.

Mayor Kenney says he wants the city to have local control of the Philadelphia School District.

“We need something that is close to the city. Close to the kids who has children here. That’s a big deal,” says Professor Brook-Dupree.



LIVE: 2017 Election Coverage

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Temple Update will be keeping up with the latest election results throughout the evening. Be sure to check back often.



Estimated votes in: 98.10%


D: Krasner: 147,666; 74.76%

R: Grossman: 50,107; 25.33%

CBS3, AP News has called Krasner as District Attorney.


D: Rhynhart: 158,502; 82.77%

R: Tomlinson: 32,951; 17.21%

AP News has called Rhynhart as City Controller.



Estimated votes in: 99%

D: Ralph Northam: 1,405,256; 53.9%

R: Ed Gillespie: 1,172,622; 45.0%

CNN, AP News has called Northam as Virginia Governor.



Estimated votes in: 99%

D: Phil Murphy: 1,124,168; 55.5%

R: Kim Guadagno: 858,624; 42.4%

CNN, AP News has called Murphy as New Jersey Governor.



Last updated: 11/8/17 8:20 AM

Temple Professors Develop “GAINS” for Autism Therapy

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Think about the process of brushing your teeth. Pick up the toothbrush, put on the toothpaste, and brush. 3 easy steps, right? For a lot of people, it is an effortless process.

However, one percent of the world population lives with autism. For these people, it’s important for simple processes to be broken down into more steps.

Until now, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been the program used to help people with autism develop both academic and life skills. ABA uses a system where trained nurses and aids log their exercise activities and progress seen within their student via paper. These progress pages are added into binders full of past progress pages. Upon the autistic student receiving a new nurse, that nurse then has to go back through countless pages of recorded process with each activity to determine where to then pick the lesson up.

This process has flaws in it, though. Being that each individual aid is determining the rate in which the lessons are taught and how fast the student is picking up on the skills, human error can factor in. Results are not always accurate and reliable as they had been recorded.

Dr. John Nosek explains his latest project, “GAINS.”

Temple Professor Dr. John Nosek, along with his team “Guided Technologies,” have developed a program to help combat these issues. The program is titled GAINS, or Guidance Assessment & Information Systems.

The program develops a learning program for each individual autistic student, depending on his/her current state of abilities. The program continues to evolve a plan as the exercises are executed and the program is taking in the results of each exercise.

Speaking with passion, Dr. Nosek told Temple Update, “We incorporated into a system and created an expert agent. So basically it’s monitoring where the student is and where the instructor is. And based on where the instructor and student is and how the student is performing, we can actually coach people on what to do and what to say, how to reinforce and what help to give.”


So how does GAINS physically work?

The instructor puts on a specially designed headset that sits directly above the instructor’s ears. The headset connects via Bluetooth to a smart-app. Through sending different vibrations, the instructor hears the instructions being given by the app on how to perform each step of each individual exercise. With a simple tap after performing each exercise on either the red or the green buttons, the app updates what step is next in the exercise.

Why not just read from a book that can provide the same instructions?

By having a hands-off approach, this app allows for the instructor and student to keep a strong connection throughout their entire session. By receiving directions via headset, an instructor is able to maintain eye contact with the student the entire time, creating a trustful bond between the two.

How can it help autism education expand?

Not only can instructors use this technology, but now family members can use it as well! With it’s easy-to-use interface and low prices, families can now directly help in the aid of developmental progress within their own homes. This can even help family members understand the processes broken down more than they typically would. To answer the toothbrush question, Dr. Nosek answered that brushing one’s teeth takes 21 steps total.

Orthorexia: The Unknown Eating Disorder

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When people think of eating disorders, they may think of anorexia and bulimia. However, there is one eating disorder that people may not know about: Orthorexia.

Meet Sarah Maduas. Maduas is junior journalism major who enjoys writing, reading, and cooking. She is also the Communications Director for Temple Student Government. Maduas also battles the eating disorder known as Orthorexia.

Maduas’s battle began when she was a junior in high school where she began to take an interest in the health and fitness pages on Instagram.

“I would see all these people that just had like the perfect, skinny, like toned abs,” said Maduas.

Maduas also started to compare herself to others. She began going to the gym every night between two to three hours. She would also eat the same lunch everyday, which consist of an apple, raw vegetables, and half of a protein bar.
“It really took a toll on my sleep habits and my academic life,” Maduas said.

Dr. Eunice Chen is the Principle Director of the TED Program, which stands for Temple Eating Disorders. Chen tells us that Orthorexia often involves obsessive behaviors around dieting and what is in the food.

“Orthorexia is described as being very focused and concerned about eating often pure foods,” said Chen. “The quality of the food is very important.”

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, Orthorexia is currently not recognized in the DSM-5 and when it comes to treatment, many clinical eating disorder experts treat it as a variety of anorexia and/or obsessive compulsive disorder.

Maduas was able to receive help from a therapist. However, everyday is still a battle. Maduas discovered that she loves cycling and it’s a type of exercise she enjoys. She is even a cycling instructor now and hopes she could be an inspiration for other people and her students. She also remembers what’s most important to her as motivation.

“I think it’s really important to balance that healthy lifestyle with things that you are passionate about, and definitely eat a cookie once in awhile,” said Maduas.

If you or you know someone who maybe struggling with an eating disorder don’t hesitate to seek help at Tuttleman Counseling.



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New Library Construction Update

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The completion date for the new library has been pushed back a year.

The library was expected to open in May 2018, but the building will not be ready for occupancy until May 2019. Dean of Libraries, Joe Lucia, says a change in the original design from last summer is to blame for the delay in construction.

Despite construction being behind schedule, the first piece of technology for the library was airlifted into the site in mid-October. The technology is called Robotic Automated Storage and Retrieval System, which is also known as Bookbot. This system is being used in other college libraries all over the country. When students want to check out a book that is stored in the vault with the Bookbot, they will use a database to search.

“The Bookbot employs essentially a computer controlled crane that rides down the rail, it’s got a lift mechanism that then rises up to the location where the item is, pulls out this metal bin, and brings it forward and delivers it to a pick up station,” says Lucia.

With the addition of this technology, Lucia says that the new open floor space will be more user-friendly than Paley Library is now.

“We could add in other services and functions that we cannot accommodate here [Paley]. Additional classrooms, visualization studios, and some really cool things that will make the learning environment very dynamic in this building,” Lucia said.

The new library will have more than double the amount of space for students to study and utilize than Paley.

The project is still on target for the original budget of $170,000,000 despite the delay in construction.

Halloween at Temple Japan

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Unlike the United States, which has celebrated Halloween in some form since the 19th century, the holiday has only gained popularity in Japan in recent years. This is partially due to amusement parks, like Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan hosting Halloween-themed events.
Now, Halloween is a billion-dollar industry, according to the Japan Anniversary Association. In 2016, Halloween costume shopping, themed dining and everything in between reached ¥135 billion, or $1.2 billion. The Halloween hub of Japan is Shibuya, a nightlife and entertainment district. Temple University Japan students dressed up in costumes to join in on the celebration.
In addition to celebrating Halloween in Tokyo neighborhoods like Shibuya, Temple
University Japan students participated in activities like a pumpkin-carving contest hosted by the school. Contest winners received Amazon gift cards.