Commuters Get Involved

Temple commuter students talk about the clubs they participate in on campus

There are a variety of clubs on Temple’s campus that one can get involved with. The hundreds of clubs and organizations on Temple’s campus give students a diverse set of options. Additionally, if a student lives on-campus, club meetings are usually only a short walk away.

For commuter students, it can be harder to stay involved on campus. It can be difficult to attend club meetings and events because of the distance that has to be traveled.

Dez Johnson, a freshman at Temple, is involved in the Badminton Club on campus. She says that being a commuter and while being involved in a club can get tricky.

“I don’t drive yet so when I take public transportation late at night I have to be cautious. It also takes forever to get from point A to point B when I still have homework to do,” Johnson said.  “I still go to this club because I really like the sport and the people there. So I try to work it out anyway.”

Although there are some drawbacks with commuting and being in a club, she does believe that the experience overall is rewarding.

“Since I’m a pretty shy person it helped me make my first few friends at school and since I’m a freshman the other club members even helped me get used to school,” Johnson said. “They [shared] some good places to eat or what teachers are cool to have and stuff like that.”

Jenna Lee, a freshman, is a member of Temple’s Asian Student Association (ASA). She joined during her first semester and has loved it ever since. She is also a member of ASA’s dance team. She finds it difficult at times to be a commuter student and also be in a club on campus, but like Johnson, she loves the organization she is a part of.

“I kind of can’t see my life right now and not be in ASA. Sometimes it can get really difficult juggling everything, but ASA is a home away from home for me and a place where I can really be myself. I also love all the people I’ve met,” Lee said.


Written by Brittney Coleman

Philadelphia Favorites

Temple students discuss the best places to go in Philadelphia

Temple University’s location in the city of Philadelphia means that there is often plenty to do outside of Temple’s main campus. Areas off of Temple’s campus are often accessible by subway or walking.

On a diverse campus of more than 30,000 students, students have a variety of different places that they call their favorite Philadelphia locations.

Lila Finley, a freshman biology student at Temple, likes using the ride service Uber to get around Philadelphia.

She enjoys going into the city to go to her favorite store, Forever 21.

“Forever 21 has some of the cheapest prices and the clothes are actually cute. The sales rack is awesome and I actually found a pair of jeans there the other day for just $8,” Finley said.

Josh Block, a freshman engineering student, says his favorite city spot is Rittenhouse Square. He likes going there on warm sunny days and appreciates the fact that it is only a few subway stops away.

“I like people-watching there and a lot of people bring their dogs out. So if you love petting dogs, that’s the best place to go. The scenery is really nice and it’s a chill hangout spot,” Block said.

Tiffany Phan, a freshman marketing student, enjoys going into Chinatown for rolled ice cream. Rolled ice cream is typically made in front of the customer. The end result is ice cream that is rolled up and then served.

“I go to Teassert Bar to get rolled ice cream and it’s always good. It’s like $7, but it’s a large portion of ice cream and you can get as many toppings as you want. The cookies and cream rolled ice cream is definitely my favorite. It honestly makes my day,” Phan said.


Written and photographed by Brittney Coleman

Reflecting on Freshman Year

Freshmen reflect as their first year at Temple University is coming to an end.

Michelle Mateta, an undeclared business major, says that the three words she’d use to describe her freshman year at Temple would be eye-opening, memorable and exciting.

Mateta believes her biggest accomplishment this year has been mastering time management, while the most challenging aspect of this year has been waking up for her 8 a.m. classes as well as dealing with her habit of procrastinating.

Looking back, Mateta wishes she would have focused more during her first semester, but looks forward to enlarging her professional network here at Temple.

Media studies and production major Maxwell Bass feels that the best parts of this year have been those spent doing extracurricular work. “The highlights of my freshman year consisted of being involved with various Temple University Television (TUTV) shows while also adjusting to a college campus,” Bass said.

As a freshman, Bass has already held multiple roles with TUTV. He has worked as a graphic designer for Temple Update and OwlSports Update as well as as producer and director for Update Now, Temple Update’s daily news brief. He feels this to be his biggest accomplishment thus far.

“The most challenging aspect of my freshman year was balancing my time. I was extremely involved with my extracurriculars, which forced me to budget my time wisely in order to complete tasks both in and out of the classroom,” Bass said. “My first year of college is better than I expected it to be. The amount of opportunities and experiences I’ve had will put me on a personal path to success.”

Tor Sante is a freshman social work major. She says that her freshman year at Temple brought her genuine happiness for the first time in a very long time.

Sante says the most challenging aspect of her first year at Temple was managing multiple responsibilities. “Maintaining good grades while working two jobs and still managing to have a social life and help others took effort,” Sante said. “I am looking forward to getting the chance to get involved on campus and in the community.”

Media studies and production major Erin Marie says that the highlight of her freshman year has been working as a social media coordinator and talent producer for TUTV’s entertainment talk show, Temple Talk.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to meet new people and serve in different positions in various clubs and organizations that I join” Marie said.


Written and Photographed by Greta Phillips

Experiencing Temple

Owl Ambassadors offer the inside scoop on Experience Temple Days


Temple University is becoming a more selective university each year. Submitting nearly 37,000 applications, the class of 2021 is maintaining Temple’s annual record-breaking number of applications.

Owl Ambassadors have a busy schedule ahead of them, showing themselves as the face of Temple University to prospective students and parents during Experience Temple Days.

Junior theater major Kristina Del Mar describes the responsibilities of being an Owl Ambassador as “the driving force behind the success of every Experience Temple Day.”

Del Mar believes that interacting with prospective students on Experience Temple Days is one of the most crucial moments throughout each of these days.

Whether it is to ease someone’s anxiety about college life or sharing someone’s enthusiasm, each interaction is precious,” said Del Mar. “Certain things we say will really resonate with people, and I think that is the best part of my job.”

Del Mar feels students take these days seriously, as they’re looking for an answer to whether Temple is the right school for them.

Sophomore electrical engineering major Andrea Poosikian is a member of the Honors Ambassadors and Transitions Team. Her job involves working with prospective honors students on Experience Temple Days.

“There are a few different classifications of perspectives that we see throughout the day: the people who have essentially committed already but want to make sure that they are making the right decision, the people who are really conflicted and are looking for that “aha” moment, and the people who have just begun searching and a have no idea where they want to go,” Poosikian said.

“Throughout the day, the nervousness transforms into excitement,” Poosikian said. “They also become very eager to see the 1300 residence hall, which houses the honors living learning community.”

Junior media studies and production major and fellow Honors Ambassador Rebecca Rosenblatt says her favorite part is talking to families that aren’t yet fully convinced by Temple. “I love trying to win them over, either with safety facts, perks of the Honors program, or just expressing my love for Temple,” Rosenblatt said.

As these busy days come to an end, Del Mar feels that the spirit of Experience Temple Days is always reflected on campus. “Temple pride is strong, and campus certainly reflects that on Experience Temple Days. The true Temple spirit is being passed down to a new class of students, and being able to witness that firsthand is truly a rewarding and remarkable experience,” Del Mar said.



Written and Photographed by Greta Phillips


Temple’s Residence Hall Association

A deeper look into the group of students that represent Temple’s on-campus housing life.

The Residence Hall Association, commonly referred to as RHA, is an organization that represents the voices of students living on campus.

RHA is comprised of two main bodies- each residence hall consists of the Executive Board and Community Councils (Peabody, Johnson and Hardwick, 1300, 1940, Beech International, Temple-Sponsored Edge, White Hall, Temple Towers and Morgan North/South).

The Executive Body is responsible for overseeing and guiding the array of Community Councils and representing Temple’s RHA in regional conferences. Kelsey Mallon, a student at Temple University studying environmental science, is the current president of the Executive Board.

The duties of the president involve a variety of responsibilities.

“As president, I meet with different directors, including Residential Life and Maintenance, to discuss the desires of the on-campus student population. I also lead several different types of meetings that cover the agenda of RHA in order to accomplish the needs of the residents,” Mallon said.

Community Councils are comprised of a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, RHA representative, public relations representative, advocacy representative, sustainability representative and community service representative. Each student role has specific responsibilities, but they all work together to represent the best interests of the students in their respective residence hall.

The Residence Hall Association is delegated a sum of money to use in event planning.

The money is split between the individual Community Councils and the Executive Board. The Executive Board plans large-scale events that includes the entire student body, while the Community Councils work closely and develop programs within their halls.

Alongside event planning, the group of students attend town hall forums hosted by a board consisting of Temple staff. At these events, the board members answer questions about housing and deliver future plans Temple hopes to achieve.

These students are passionate about helping the Temple community.

Isabelle Lawler, the treasurer of the RHA Executive Board, likes the idea that she is able to help others. “I am able to work as a team to help improve the lives of Temple’s on-campus community,” Lawler said.

Tyler Ressler, vice president of external affairs for the Executive Board, values the opportunities that being an executive board member provides.

“My favorite part of being an e-board member is that I get to interact with not only other incredible executive board members, but also a number of amazing students who live on-campus and wish to have a positive impact on community,” Ressler said.  
By  Lubin K. Park


The Main Campus Program Board’s PB & J day breaks a Guinness World Record.


Temple’s Main Campus Program Board (MCPB) has broken a record this year.

This September during Temple’s homecoming week, its Peanut Butter and Jelly (PB & J) day event broke the Guinness World Record for the most sandwiches made in one hour. More than 1,400 students, faculty, and staff members turned up to volunteer and made a total 49,100 sandwiches to be donated.

Danielle Snowden, the director of university events, originally had doubts as to whether such a large event would be successful.

“We pull off big events all the time but never something of this scale,” Snowden said. “We just didn’t know if it was going to happen so we were the ones that were freaking out the most.”

Trina Van, secretary and director of community service events, came up with the idea and hosted a small scale PB & J event to make and donate foods to the local community. With the encouragement and assistance from MCPB’s E-board, Van started planning for a larger, more daring goal where students would be able to show their Temple spirit but also be able to support the homeless and those in need.

Although it took only 12 weeks to get permission from Guinness World Records, a lot of planning went into organizing the event, especially with sponsorship and marketing.

Dylan Rhudd, the director of marketing, believes that the hardest part was getting the best turn-out.

“We wanted to have as many participants as possible,” Rhudd said. “I did a lot of promoting at Temple and the surrounding area to see who was on board with our goal to beat the world record.”



Written by Anh Nguyen

Fall Temperatures, Hot Beverages on Campus

As the temperatures drop, Temple has a variety of places that offer hot beverages to warm you up.


This fall, when it comes to hot beverages, Temple University has a multitude of choices. While students have many different places to choose from, some prefer to stick to their favorites.

Steph Connor, a Temple University sophomore, has already picked her favorite. “I’d say Starbucks [is my favorite],” Connor said. “The caramel macchiato is so good. It’s cool because it’s coffee, but it’s also sugary. It’s a coffee that can do both. I enjoy going to Starbucks for the quality of the drink.”

While some may enjoy the quality Starbucks provides, some students factor in price and convenience when choosing their idea location.

For Matt Bevan, a senior at Temple University, price and convenience are the determining factors. “I would probably go to Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s easier and cheaper than Saxby’s and Starbucks,” Bevan said. “[It] provides essentially the same quality as them.”

Other students also agree that Dunkin’ Donuts’ prices are more budget friendly. Ali Cullen, a sophomore at Temple University, personally prefers Dunkin’ Donuts.“My favorite place is Dunkin’ Donuts,” Cullen said. “I think it’s just cheaper than Starbucks, and also they give you a lot more for cheaper prices.”

There are two Starbucks locations in different areas of campus. The busier of the two franchises is located on the first floor of the TECH Center. The other is inside the Barnes and Noble on the corner of Cecil B. Moore Avenue and Broad Street. The two stores both have sitting areas.  Starbucks sells pastries and cookies and has many different drink and coffee options, as well as seasonal coffees.

The Dunkin’ Donuts on Temple’s main campus is located on Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The coffee shop has areas to sit indoors, as well as tables and chairs outside. Dunkin’ Donuts sells everything from various breakfast sandwiches and donuts to different types of coffee.

Saxby’s is a coffee chain with a location on Temple’s Liacouras Walk.  The location features seating inside with a few tables outside. With one location on campus, Saxby’s has a menu similar to Starbucks. The menu includes pastries and snack foods as well as different types of coffees and beverages.




Written by Katelyn Donahue

Best Places to Study on Campus

Best Places to Study on Campus

From indoor to outdoor areas, Temple has some comfortable areas to settle in and open the books.


Sky Lounge in The View


On the 14th floor of The View apartment building is a study area surrounded by windows. The top floor has a clear view of Penn’s Landing as well as Philadelphia’s skyline. The room is spacious and includes several tables and chairs to work on assignments. A lounge with a computer lab is located next door and is equipped with Apple computers and printers.


Starbucks (Temple’s Campus)

The coffee chain has two locations on campus. One is located on the first floor of the TECH Center, making it especially convenient your classes are located in the Science and Education Research (SERC) or Anderson and Gladfelter halls. if  The other Starbucks is located inside the Barnes and Noble on Broad Street. Both locations include multiple sitting areas.

The Tech Center

The TECH Center’s multiple rooms filled with computer workstations make it difficult not to be productive. The computers feature many different types of software- from computer science to video production, the TECH Center’s help station will assist you in finding the software you need. Smaller private rooms (also known as breakout rooms), often used for meetings or group projects, are along the outside of the larger computer labs. Fun fact: the TECH Center even has a recording studios!

Founder’s Garden

Not only is Founder’s Garden Russell Conwell’s final resting place, but it is also home to some of the greenery on campus. This outdoor area has sets of tables and chairs surrounded by plants and trees. Located near Liacouras Walk, the memorial site is an ideal place to study on a bright spring day.

Beury Beach

At Beury Beach, you can enjoy the outdoors while studying. Located in the center of campus next to the Bell Tower, Beury Beach has a large grassy field ideal for studying on warm days. Benches sit along the edges, making it a convenient area for studying in-between classes.




Written By Katelyn Donahue



Campus Hotspots

Places Around Campus Students Frequent the Most

With spring semester in full swing, both Temple students and Mother Nature are slowly but surely awakening from their winter slumbers. Warmer weather means more students hanging around popular campus areas, or “campus hotspots.” These places never fail to attract Temple students privileged with a bit of free time.IMG_7306.jpg

One classic campus hotspot is Beury Beach, located just outside of Beury Hall on Polett Walk. Earning its nickname from being the closest thing to a beach in North Philly, Beury is an area of grass where students lounge when temperatures are warm.

Still, some may not be aware of a secluded area just behind the beach.

“I don’t think there’s an official name for [the secluded area],” sophomore Sam Pritchard said. “It’s a spot where you can go to avoid the large crowd. There is also a bunch of seating back there that people may not be aware about.”

Sitting right next to Beury, students also congregate at Temple’s trademark Bell Tower. Even if its right next to Beury Beach, the two hotspots offer contrasting atmospheres.

IMG_7295.jpg“When I sit by the Bell Tower, there’s always something going on, whether it be people playing music and dancing, or an organization fundraising,” graduate student Kevin Chin said. “It feels weird because they’re so close to each other, but one usually has more activity than the other.”


Sometimes, you don’t have to travel far to get to your favorite spot on campus. In fact, you might not even have to travel at all.

“I’d honestly say White Hall, along with some of the other residence halls, have been my favorite spots on campus,” freshman Mark Lee said.“I usually just hung around the residence halls, which is where most of my friends are as well.”IMG_7292.jpg

Another overlooked hotspot lies in the courtyard between Alter and Speakman Halls, bordering Founder’s Garden. Complete with seating and lighting, the courtyard is often overlooked despite being right in the middle of campus.

“I don’t think many people frequent that spot throughout the day, so when I have some time to kill in between classes, I like to go there,” senior Claire Voeglein said. “The Bell Tower is always crowded, and other spots feel almost too secluded. The courtyard is like a little of both.”

With the weather as unpredictable as it’s been lately, students should take every chance to hang out at their favorite campus hotspot.

Written by Joseph Williams

Photography by Lida Lech

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