Londoners React to Presidential Election

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With Election Day upon us, Americans have not been the only ones keeping up with who is getting closer to getting the oval office.

We stopped and talked to Londoners around the South Kensington and Imperial College area to learn more about their final thoughts on this year’s election.

“A joke: that’s how I feel,” Londoner Jessica Burbury said about the US Election. “They’ve shamed each other a lot more than in previous elections. Like, it’s very personal. Like, when you listen to the debate and things. I watched the first one and it’s more like an attack on each other and less talk of the politics and things that people would be interested in.”

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton seems to have the support of Londoners, as her political career has made her the best fit to be the next President of the United States. Londoners report that they can’t wait to see the results from tonight’s polls and get this election over with.

 

Study Away LA: How Owls Are Casting Their Ballot

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Your vote is your voice and you wont be heard unless you go out to the polls and vote.

Temple LA students can’t just go to the polls on November 8th. But they still want their voice heard. By this time people in the program will have to overnight their absentee ballots to make Friday’s 5 pm deadline.

In an important election for graduating owls are taking advantage of their right to vote even from across the country. But some might lose their vote because of possible postal service delays.

Originally Chanelle Grannum’s ballot got lost in the mail. She only got hers because a family member works for her county.

“I lucked out in that sense, but like it made me wonder like how many people aren’t getting their absentee ballot because of a mistake like that.”

Others at temple LA weren’t quite as lucky.

“I would like to vote, however, there have been some complications with the mail and I haven’t received my absentee ballot yet,” said Kiera Campbell.

This problem might be even more widespread. Pennsylvania’s neighbor to the east, Ohio, is already reporting similar absentee ballot issues.

“It’s completely unacceptable. The post office needs to do a better job,” said Jon Husted, Secretary of State of Ohio.

Problems with this year’s mail-in ballots have Campbell hoping for more modern choices in the future.

I think it would be maybe more encouraging for young people to vote if it was easier for them, and like more up to date with the technology that we’re used to and uh that people’s absentee ballots don’t get lost in the mail.”

St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Preserving Medieval Architecture and Religion in Dublin

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Along one of Dublin’s busiest roadways stands the largest and one of the oldest churches in Ireland – St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The story of the cathedral begins centuries ago, when St. Patrick is said to have come to these holy grounds to practice Christianity.

Andrew Smith, Head of Education at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, says the name and location of the cathedral are based on this story.

He tells, “there is a popular legend that St. Patrick himself visited this spot about 1,500 years ago, and he used a well to baptize converts into Christianity.”

Construction on the cathedral began in the 12th century, ad St. Patrick’s became the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland more recently in 1922.

Smith said that since the Republic of Ireland gained Independence, “this cathedral represents the entire island of Ireland, North and South, so technically two different countries.”

The building is open to the public daily for tours and worship, and hundreds of people visit each week.

“The Cathedral is an active place of worship, so that means that we have services actually twice a day. Outside of those services times we open our doors to visitors, and we are very, very lucky because last year we had 535,000 visitors to the cathedral,” says Smith.

And St. Patrick’s Park provides a community space for families and tourists to enjoy beautiful views of the cathedral.

From the architecture to the statues within, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one of the most historically significant buildings to Irish Christianity.

Owls Adjusting to Life Abroad

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With just seven weeks into the London experience, our Temple Owls are starting to make their new home feel like home. One of the students, Alex Cove, tells us about some her favorite locations and how she has adjusted into the London life.

“Well the first place is Shoreditch, which is the really cool, kind of hipster area of London. They have so much graffiti and so much wall art and it’s absolutely beautiful. They have really cool clothing stores,” said Cove.

Being a fashion blogger she has taken a liking to all of the vintage stores and markets in the area, despite her new-found love with London, Cove still feels homesick at times.

“When I am, I just kind of like to be by myself, do something that I’ve done when I’m home. I sometimes like to go to a coffee shop, I’ll just read my books.”

Although with the ups and downs of studying abroad, the opportunity is one that Alex will remember for the rest of her life.

Joselyn Castro is one of two student correspondents for Temple Update as she studies abroad in London. You can find other stories she’s worked on during her time abroad below:

NFL Arrives in London

100 Years Later, Irish Remember the 1916 Easter Rising

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Walking around the city of Dublin, visitors may notice murals and plaques all with one common theme – the historic battle of the 1916 Easter Rising.

The year marks the 100-th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, when Irish Nationalists led a rebellion against the British in an attempt to gain independence.

Donal Casey, an Irish Culture and Politics Lecturer at the Dublin Business School, says the rising was not as successful as the rebels hoped, stating, “The rebellion was a military failure, from the Irish Nationalist point of view, but the leaders of the rebellion were executed, and this really radicalized public sympathy and public opinion towards the more radical, Nationalist view. So the event itself wasn’t incredibly successful, but the legacy was very important and it lead directly to the events that lead to independence in 1922.”

Many buildings and monuments still stand in modern Dublin as reminders of the rebels who fought in the Easter Rising. Casey commented, “The General Post Office is the main, tangible monument of the 1916 Rising – it’s the place that was the headquarters of the rebels… you’ll also find plaques and different things. The other really obvious way that the rebels of the 1916 Rising are remembered is in place names and street names.”

On O’Connell Street, where most of the fighting took place, reminders of the 1916 Easter Rising still surround us today. Many buildings and statues, such as the monument of religious freedom leader Daniel O’Connell, still bear bullet holes from the original 1916 battles.

Commemorative parades, re-enactments, and other events were also held throughout the year in Dublin and all across Ireland to celebrate the centenary.

NFL Arrives in London

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One of America’s most beloved sports is headed to London for a limited time, with NFL teams facing off at Wembley Stadium! The NLF is typically recognized as an American league; but it has gained a large following of dedicated fans in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. With people flying from Germany and the Netherlands just to see a real NFL game in person, Wembley Stadium hosted over 83,000 sports fans during its first NFL game.

Football has its own culture in the United States, which many UK and European fans are eager to adapt. Traditions such as tailgating and body paint can now be found outside of the stadium when the NFL comes to the city. German fans Sebastian, Leonard, and Mauricio even brought burger patties, buns, and cheese to Wembley Stadium, in hopes of getting a small taste of American sports culture with a fun tailgate party.

Even though the world is separated by language and cultural barriers, sports is the one unifying factor that can bring people all over the world together to enjoy a fun and exciting game.

Update LA: California Faces Crippling Draught

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While those in the South are recovering from crippling rainfall as a result of Hurricane Matthew, those in California are facing the worst drought on record.

While water levels are nearing all time lows on the West Coast – water conservation efforts are hitting new highs, but saving water in the largest desert city in the country isn’t easy.

It’s become a real challenge in supporting this many people in this very dense metropolitan area with limited water, said Karla Heidelberg, PhD, Director of USC Environmental Studies Department.

After another dry year, the Los Angeles river water levels are at a near record low. Scientists agree that the end of the drought is no where near in sight so the burden falls on residents and government officials to save the regions’ water.

“Our needs in the LA region are to provide a package of conservation minded approaches, especially when we’re dealing with such a large urban area,” said Heidelberg.

The market is starting to catch up to that idea. New rain barrels can reclaim more than 600 gallons of stormwater a year. Businesses and Californians can save thousands of gallons yearly by replacing old sprinklers with new efficient models.

With temperatures now on the rise every year, officials are cautiously approaching their plan of action.

Mark Cowin, Director of the Department of Water explains that there is great uncertainty as to what will happen with climate change in the future so again we need to be conservative about how we expect those types of changes to take place.

For the first time in this historic 5 year-long drought, city water reserves actually saw increases in 2016. So for now, officials say conservation efforts are paying off.

Welcome to Dublin!

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Dublin, Ireland has the hustle and bustle of any city, but embraces a unique mixture of global citizens.

Sixteen colleges, universities and technical institutes draw students from many different countries to the city of Dublin for higher education.

Temple Owl Bridgette Ivkovich says this international population creates a unique atmosphere.

“DBS (Dublin Business School) is really, really diverse, it has a lot of international students. There’s a lot of Germans and French and Italians in my class, along with the Irish and American students, so there’s a lot of different cultural influences.”

Students aren’t the only ones coming to Dublin. Tourists flock here from around the world to see what the historical city has to offer.

Historic monuments like the Spire of Dublin and the General Post Office attract visitors from around the world, while the Temple Bar District offers pubs and coffee shops to get a taste of Ireland.

 

Update Abroad: Pub vs. Bar Culture – What’s the Difference?

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After a long day at the office, London’s local pubs are filled with workers who are looking forward to winding down, enjoying a pint, and having a chat with their fellow colleagues.

Pubs, otherwise known as Public Houses, have a sense of history and comfort to them where anyone can come in, enjoy a meal, and each other’s company. But how do pubs compare with American bars?

According to Londoner Ami Kaura, “It’s more of your part of a family. So it’s like you have a group of friends, it’s more of a religious thing you do.”

Chad Palagri, Chicago Native, describes his favor of pubs over bars due to the atmosphere. “Just like the rustic feel of a pub you know. A bar in Illinois or Chicago, you know seems more trendy.”

Pubs usually have a rich sense of history, with memorabilia of old rugby teams and even old arcade games. Whereas in America, the setting is usually more for a celebration.

Tom Hartwell, an FIE Resident Life Supervisor, has worked with students from America for over 5 years now. Because of this, he has had his own experience at an American bar.

“The music was louder; pubs don’t generally play music.” Hartwell exclaims. “They may, [and if so] there may be a jukebox.”

There may be some competition between English pubs and American bars, but the one thing we can all agree on is wanting nothing but good conversations, food, and a great time with friends after a long day.

Study Away L.A. Students Adapt to New Transportation

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Get ready to trade in the highway for the freeway. The Phillie Phanatic for Dodger blue and pine trees for palm trees.

While the City of Angels is known for its beaches and sunny skies, another prominent feature of this sprawling city that students have to adapt to is its heavy car-centered culture. The Los Angeles Study Away program encourages students to have a car.

Kaitlyn Osborn said that she has only used her rental car and hasn’t used any form of public transportation. And Osborne isn’t alone. Fellow study away student Nike Foye said he drove out to Los Angeles specifically for that reason, “public transit [in LA] is hard to come by.”

“Not all places are accessible by public transportation here, if I were take the subway from my house … I’d have to drive to get to the subway which kind of defeats the purpose,” said Lou Pepe.

Trains carry an estimated 335,000 people a day in L.A. In Philadelphia, a city less than one third of Los Angeles’ size, SEPTA trains transport a hundred thousand more passengers. Renting a car isn’t the only way to avoid public transit: some students are taking a more modern approach to getting around their new home.

Students can take an Uber or Lyft to get around L.A., and although car sharing might not be the most convenient way to get around, some members of the program don’t see the cost of renting a car adding up. On average car sharing services would cost about 700 dollars for the semester. While renting a car could be as pricey as twenty five hundred.

While even SEPTA somehow puts the metro to shame it still has it’s perks. Because LA is so big, transportation just seems a little slower. It’s great if you want to have audio books and listen to Tolstoy and Delstoyesky because it does take a long time.