Meet the creator of Lo Último, Temple’s first fifteen minute show in complete Spanish

 

On a normal day, you wouldn’t see Sierra Guenst awake before 10am but today was a special day as she was rushing to Studio 3.

Guenst was gearing up for the first fifteen minute Spanish Temple Update show on April 21, 2017.  

Although she previously produced Update Ahora, a 90-second news brief in Spanish, and reported for Temple Update, a 30-minute live newscast, this was the moment she was waiting for; it made every late night at the Tech Center and her journey to Temple University worth it.

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Sierra Guenst directing her last taping of Lo Ultimo in December 2017

Guenst never expected to be involved with Temple Update; the beginning of her college career was rough, and she felt lost about what she should study.

“People always told me, ‘find your passion and pursue your passion’. I started to hate when people said that because I felt passionless!” Guenst said “But once I transferred to Temple, I decided to pursue Spanish because I loved the language so much, and I was actually majoring in Linguistics. I joined Update Ahora because I thought it would be a good way for me to practice my Spanish.”

Guenst eventually switched to communications with a minor in Spanish, and her vision of creating Lo Último came together when she realized Temple could benefit from having a live Spanish newscast.

“There was nowhere for the Spanish speakers in Update Ahora to improve their skills in a Spanish speaking media environment, and fortunately for me, I wasn’t the only one that felt that way,” Guenst said. “Once I voiced my idea, a lot of other people came forward saying they had been thinking of doing something like this too! It was a little overly ambitious of me to think that we could start off as a live 30 minute show, but I hope that someday it reaches that point!”

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Crew of Lo Ultimo during their recent show in December 2017

However, creating your own show completely in Spanish comes with its own obstacles.

“In the beginning, it was difficult to find bilingual students who also had an interest in news production. So we started with I believe six people, but since then we have grown to almost 30!”

Monica Logroño, a media studies and production major and Karly Matthews, a journalism and political science major with a minor in Spanish, are two students who joined Lo Último because they hoped to expand their horizons with a show like this.

Logroño is now taking over Guenst’s responsibilities as director and producer of Lo Último. As a sophomore, being part of Lo Último has opened doors for her, and she has Guenst to thank for that.

“I think having shows like Lo Último are important because they celebrate and highlight the diversity at Temple and the community,” Logroño said. “My experience has been so rewarding, I’m learning how to organize, create, produce, and direct a fifteen minute show in Spanish which is rare for my age. Before I had some experience with production but Lo Ùltimo has helped me really learn the process and everything that goes into it.”

As for Matthews, she also agrees that it’s important to have a show like Lo Ùltimo because it helps reach to a whole different audience.

“Students like me, who are not native speakers, get great experience speaking and writing in Spanish. We’re all expanding our horizons, which is what college is about,” Matthews said. “My experience with the Lo Ùltimo was unforgettable. I made so many great friends, learned so much about television production and did it all in a different language.”

Guenst who graduated in the winter is hopeful Lo Ùltimo will prosper without her and hopes more students will learn how to produce their own show like she did.

“I cannot imagine my college career having gone any other way. Starting college, I really had no clue what I wanted to do, but now as I graduate I could not be happier with my time at Temple, and Lo Ùltimo was a huge part of that.” Guenst said.

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Guenst giving one of her crew members a high five

As for any advice for future students, Guenst suggests finding a faculty member who will help you like Professor Jaroff.

“Professor Jaroff helped me from the start to get this show on air, and without him, Lo Ùltimo never would have happened. He was a producer at 6ABC, and to have him as my mentor was critical. He and I met regularly to see how we could improve the show, and he is just as excited about its success as I am.”

Guenst’s goal to create a place for Latino news was accomplished and she hopes Lo Ùltimo will be the place where more Temple students will find their voice on campus.

“I wanted Spanish speakers to have a voice in the news on campus. A lot of our stories have extended into the Philadelphia Latino community and I could not be more thrilled about that. So, yes, I am happy with where it is going. I believe it will only continue to grow and I hope that it will one day be a very respected news source in Philadelphia like Temple Update.”

Written by: Gail Vivar

Photos by: Travis Sherel

 

Reaching his Peak

We Caught Up With Templar Yearbook Alumni Dominique “Peak”Johnson

Dominique Johnson may have started from the bottom like many Temple journalism majors, but since graduating from the School of Media and Communication, he has made a name for himself. In early January, he acquired a position covering media and technology at Al Día News Media, a company that documents issues facing the city’s Hispanic community, and his stride doesn’t stop there. He is a blogger for the Huffington Post, Geekadelphia (a publication covering technology news in Philadelphia) and he works part-time for Keystone Crossroads, a program that partners with WHYY.

A Philadelphia native, Johnson wanted to be a journalist ever since he was a child. He began his writing career in 2002, contributing to the Project HOME publication The North Philly Metropolis until 2008 and from there began writing for the Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Philadelphia Weekly. During his undergraduate career, Johnson contributed to the Temple News and served as a section editor for the Templar Yearbook.

Johnson said his position as the yearbook’s People section editor prepared him for the career opportunities he received after graduation.

“I really miss my days at Templar,” Johnson said. “It was great to be part of its community and matter.”

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Johnson said his work at Templar taught him how to be an editor. Chelsey Hamilton, one of Johnson’s freelance editors on Templar who eventually became the People editor and Managing editor for the publication, emphasized that Johnson went “above and beyond” in his position.

“He went out of his way to schedule once a week meetings for the staff writers under him,” Hamilton said. “He didn’t have to do that.”

Johnson made his mark at Temple in his introductory “Writing for Journalism” class that teaches journalism majors the basics of reporting. Vernon Clark, his former teacher for the class and a retired reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer, said Johnson showed early signs of his ability to succeed in his journalism profession.

“I found him to be very energetic, very inquisitive and very focused in North Philadelphia, reporting on the community quite well,” Clark said. “Many of the stories that he wrote for the class really showed his knowledge about North Philadelphia.”

Johnson said he enjoys working in Philadelphia and has had a great start at Al Día so far—he debuted his first cover story for the publication in February.

“It’s been great being around other journalists and being around my craft,” he said. “I’m breaking out of my comfort zone by doing new things.”

Johnson said at Al Día he has exposed himself to more breaking news pieces and works on a more deadline-oriented schedule. He does not know any Spanish, but tries to pick up new words when he can in meetings at the news organization, which he said is “pretty cool.” Johnson said he does not only cover issues that affect Philadelphia’s Latino community, but other minority communities in the city as well. Johnson mostly reports on technology for Al Día and strives to cover more events in the Latino community.

Johnson said one has to be passionate in journalism in order to thrive in this career path.

“Journalism is hard to break into and you’re not going to get paid a lot, but I do it because I believe it really helps people,” he said. “If you want to go in this field, connect with others and make yourself known. Always be the first and last in the classroom and in the newsroom.”

Written by Sienna Vance

Photos Courtesy of Dominique “Peak” Johnson

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

Temple All Around The World

Temple Students Represent Countries All Around the Globe

Temple’s diverse student body is just one of many things that make us proud to call ourselves Temple Owls. From the northern coast of California to the southern tip of Italy, Temple is home to students from all across the world.

France, China, Korea, Nigeria and Turkey are just a few of the more than 100 countries represented in Temple’s student body.

Our thriving international population, consisting of nearly 1,500 international students, often makes students wonder two things: how did these students from other countries hear about Temple, and why did they choose to come here?

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Flags displayed at the Howard Gittis Student Center represent some of the numerous countries Temple students are from.

Students from outside the U.S. choose to come here for a wide variety of reasons, such as our strong academic programs, city environment and affordable prices.

Senior Manuela Tchamou is from Cameroon in Central Africa and grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana.

“I heard about Temple through two good friends from my high school that ended up going here,” Tchamou said. “Temple was among the cheapest schools I applied to. It was also the largest, which made me happy because I graduated from a very tiny high school. It was about time for a change of scenery.”

Mariana Lucia Bedon, a sophomore from Trujillo, Peru, attends Temple on a full tennis scholarship. She discovered Temple through a company that matched her with schools that were actively recruiting tennis players.

“I wanted to come here to study because back in Peru, the education system is not as developed,” Bedon said. “In the U.S., I get access to a lot more educational sources.”

Bedon said she was attracted to Temple because of its urban environment. Easy access to the city was also important to her so she didn’t feel “trapped in school all the time.”

Shagun Gupta, a sophomore from Mumbai, India, offers another perspective.

“The Fox School of Business was the perfect match for me because their ratings were going up,” Gupta said.

Temple is proud of its diversity on campus, and continues to attract students from all across the globe.

Written by Mary Salisbury

Photographed by Jademan Baker

2016 Graduates Score Big at Senior Day

Field Hockey

On the beautiful afternoon of October 23, 2015, the field hockey team celebrated Senior Day for the graduating seniors on the team. A large crowd of students gathered to watch the game against Georgetown.

The team has had a challenging schedule this 2015 season, but that has not deterred the athletes from working together and never giving up. The early challenges in the beginning of the season prepared them for later conference games.

Head Coach Marybeth Freeman has seen improvement in all of her players throughout the season, both on and off the field. Freeman said she genuinely cares for her players and the best part about coaching is seeing the young women grow as people.

Freeman said she looks for leadership in her players. This entails selflessness, confidence and ownership of actions. Freeman said she is most proud of her players when she sees them “putting a belief into action.”

Friends, family and fans closely watched the Senior Day game, anticipating a Temple win. Students stopped to see what was going on as they strolled down the surrounding sidewalks.

Temple positioned itself with an early lead in the first half of the game when senior Alyssa Delp scored a goal twelve minutes in. Temple was able to hold onto its lead for the rest of the first half.

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Shortly into the second half, Georgetown tied it up with a goal of its own. Temple tried furiously to regain its lead throughout the second half. With only a few minutes remaining in the game, senior Erin VanHorn finally scored again for Temple, cementing the lead.

In a move of desperation, Georgetown removed its goalkeeper in an attempt to tie the game back up in the last minute. The plan was fruitless and Temple scored again into the empty net. Temple won with a final score of 3-1.

It proved to be a glorious day for the Owls but especially for the ten seniors on the team. They were able to reflect on their time at Temple and with the field hockey team with a nice win and a beautiful day to celebrate.

Written by Gary Nines

Photographed by Jademan Baker

Brandon Matthews

Temple’s Hole In One

If anyone can attest to the idea that golf consists of much more than swinging a club and hitting a ball, it’s senior Brandon Matthews.

Matthews describes golf as a “very mentally taxing yet addicting sport.”

Matthews grew up surrounded by sports and decided to pursue golf when he was in high school and had to decide where he wanted to go to college.

“I ended up choosing Temple because of my coach and the teammates here,” Matthews said. “I came here and started working with my coach and he has taken me a long way.”

Since joining the men’s golf team at Temple, Matthews has noticed his skills in golf improve since his freshman year.

“My mental and physical state has gotten a lot stronger as well as my consistency,” Matthews said. “All around, I think I have improved and I don’t think there is a side of me that has gotten weaker.”

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In the past year, Matthews has achieved a number of accomplishments golfing at Temple. In April 2015, he was named the American Athletic Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week. He broke the school record for a season stroke with 71.0, and tied school marks for three consecutive wins and eight career wins. During summer 2015, Matthews won the 111th Open Championships for the second time.

“It’s always great to win something in Philadelphia. It’s a great competition with great people and the association that runs it is incredible,” Matthews said. “I always love playing in those events. It was a great day overall and I’m just lucky enough to come out with a win for that again.”

Although Matthews is graduating next year, he is confident that golf will be a part of his future.

“I hope to be on the PGA tour within the next three years. If I can do that, I think I’ll succeed pretty well out there — it’s just a lot of hard work and dedication, which I am pretty used to at this point.” Matthews said. “I’m really excited for what the future holds and hopefully I’ll be holding a bunch of trophies within the next couple of years.”

Written by Desiree Zimmer

Photographed by Jademan Baker

Cherry, White, & Pink

Lindsey Casella Represents Temple On and Off Campus

Senior advertising major and general business minor Lindsey Casella used her creativity to thrive during her four years at Temple.

As a freshman, Casella was eager to become involved in campus life and activities. Now, she is one of the Victoria’s Secret PINK campus representatives at Temple. The reps host Victoria’s Secret PINK parties and events to promote the company’s products to the student body.

Events such as PINKAPALOOZA, a VS PINK in-store shopping event, and a PINK Spring Break Party have been hosted by the Temple PINK reps in the past year. Through creative advertising, Casella plans and carries out large events like these to increase PINK’s merchandise sales.

“Temple is a magnet for students, as well as businesses that want to expand their customer base,” Casella said.

Casella said Joseph Glennon, an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising
in the School of Media and Communication, helped nurture her creativity as a PINK representative. Casella said she enjoys his personal advice and academic insight.

Glennon said Casella has grown intellectually throughout the years he taught her.

“As a sophomore she was eager and curious. Now, she exhibits a level of experienced knowledge,” Glennon said.

According to Glennon, a few years ago Casella asked many questions. Now, two years later, she is well-versed in her field. He asks her opinion on matters “sort of like the roles had reversed,” he said.

“I know all of my professors,” Casella said.  “The family environment lets students
within the School of Media and Communication develop from young, curious freshmen to articulate and creative Temple Made students.”

Casella acquired various internships in social media marketing, media operations and branding throughout her time at Temple. In the summer of 2014, she was a recipient of Keds and Seventeen Magazine’s Brave Life Grant. She was also awarded the second place of honor for the American Advertising Federation’s Pizza Hut Campaign, District 2 in the spring of 2015.

In addition to her duties as a PINK representative, Casella is also an Owl Team Leader. She said she enjoys meeting prospective freshmen and showing them the opportunities available to them at Temple.

Casella said student diversity is a source of creativity both on campus and in the city of Philadelphia.

“Temple is such a big, diverse campus,” Casella said. “It always has an impact.”

Written by Amanda M. Figueroa-Diaz

Photographed by Jademan Baker

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