Temple students have plenty of things to around campus while living in a city like Philadelphia. Sometimes though, these activities aren’t so easy to afford. This is where Temple’s Student Activities organization comes in.
Student Activities in collaboration with Main Campus Program Board works to bring students fun and inexpensive activities. These include trips to athletic games around the area, group dinners, plays, musical events, and much more.
One program that Student activities sponsors is called Philly Connections. This is an effort to get Temple students out and about in their city.
“Philly connections goal is to provide an opportunity for students to go to events they don’t have money for so giving these students an opportunity to have fun in the city without breaking their wallets.” Bryan Newman, program coordinator for Student Activities and MCPB faculty advisor said.
Philly Connections sells tickets to all events for $10. Tickets are sold at The Reel in the Student Center, and any student can participate as long as they have a TUID.
Temple’s Student Activities gives students a fun inexpensive way to explore Philadelphia on a college budget, and sometimes the enjoyment even comes right here to main campus.
Student Activities transformed the skate park on cecil and broad into a street festival bringing all the best of Philly here to Temple’s campus.
“I think Temple’s trying to do a really cool thing by trying to do a kind of an ode to Philly. They’ve been doing a lot of night markets, and pop up events so I think it’s cool that they’re trying to bring the city to temple and do something cool like this,” said Paige Gross, a sophomore journalism student.
The event called “TU Pop Up” featured LED mini golf to mirror Franklin Square’s own mini golf set up. Philly’s own dueling pianos from the party bar Howl at the Moon in Center City. And of course no Philadelphia festival would be complete without plenty of food trucks from around the city.
With so much to do there was something for everyone to enjoy.
“I particularly liked making the headbands with the flowers. The ice cream is really good,” said Ricky Peterson, a freshman education major.
Many students enjoyed the contrast from last year’s “Cherry On Experience” that had more physical activities including sports and laser tag to entertain students.
“Last year’s Cherry On day was too hot, and didn’t have things for everyone to do. I like that [TU Pop Up is] at night. I like what they’ve done with the campus it looks really cool this year,” said Cassandra Walsh a sophomore neuroscience major.
Whether you want to experience a new international cuisine, the bright lights of Yankee Stadium, or sample some of Philly’s finest food trucks Student Activities is working to bring that experience to you.