Now more than ever…teach!

On February 8th, help Teach For America start a national discussion. Post to your Facebook wall: Current research suggests that only 8% of children growing up in poverty will graduate from college by the age of 24. You have the power to change this. Apply by this FRIDAY at!

There are many organizations dedicated to service, but Teach For America is specifically dedicated to the service of closing the achievement gap. I decided to join the movement and hope that others will be encouraged to join as well.

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International Dance & Fashion Show Participants Needed

International dance and fashion show participants are needed for Temple’s Celebration of Globalization on March 30, a biannual event that showcases Temple University and Philadelphia’s dedication to globalization.

Participants have the chance to win a grand prize of $1,000! Below are details for the international dance performance and fashion show. Interested participants are encouraged to submit proposals by February 6. The Celebration of Globalization form can found here.

INTERNATIONAL DANCE PERFORMANCE: Individuals dancers and dance groups are invited to perform a five minute routine and compete for a chance to win a monetary prize of $1,000!  Auditions will be held in mid-February.   If selected to perform, a panel of judges will determine the winner at the event. Second and third place prizes of $500 and $250 will also be offered.

PARTICIPANTS FOR THE FASHION SHOW:  Students are invited to participate by wearing a traditional international outfit that represents a particular country or culture.  A photograph of the traditional apparel will need to be submitted with the attached proposal form and participants will then be selected by the steering committee.  All fashion show participants will be entered into a drawing to win CASH PRIZES!

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Half-staff for Joe Paterno?

When I got news that Governor Corbett ordered the state’s flag lowered to half-staff in memory of Joe Paterno, I questioned myself, when it is appropriate to fly to flag half-staff?

And there is actually a flag code that exists.

“Section 7m of the Flag Code authorizes a governor to half-staff the US flag upon the death of a present or former official of the government of the state, or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from that state who dies while serving on active duty.”

So there’s a difference: According to Flog Code, the US flag can’t be lowered to half-staffed, but the state flag can be lowered at the Corbett’s discretion.

Do you recommend that the state’s flag be flown half-staff in his memory?

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United By Blue wants you!

On Sept. 5, 2011 The Temple News featured an article about a sustainable apparel company (see article here), United By Blue, founded by Brian Linton, Temple alumnus. UBB seeks to free our nation’s waterways of pollution and for every product sold a pound of waste is removed from waterways.

Now UBB is reaching out to Temple students to fill positions in their internship program. If you are a student who wants to pair an environmentally friendly mission with the opportunity to learn what it’s like to grow a sustainable business and pursue real projects, you are encouraged to apply. There are several positions available ranging from marketing to graphic design, film and photography to cleanup planning.

Through their unique application process you are only required to submit a cover letter. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, which means there is no deadline but when positions are filled, they’re filled. For more information and to apply click here.

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Pizza should be pizza, not a vegetable

According to the Huffington Post, the United States Congress voted to rebuke new USDA guidelines for school lunches that would have increased the amount of fresh fruit and vegetable in school cafeterias and instead declared that the tomato paste on frozen pizza qualified it as a vegetable.

The first thing that came to mind after reading about this new legislation was that this directly affects children of low income communities where children qualify for the free lunch program, and might I add, where obesity is more prevalent among children.

Is the health of children not worth investing in more fruits and vegetables for school lunches? Furthermore, wouldn’t it make more sense to Congress to invest in preventative measures by providing healthier foods at schools rather than having to pay for the costs of treating obesity?

It seems that Congress isn’t protecting the interest of children, but rather large food corporations.

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Wali “Diop” Rahman visits Temple

On Tuesday, Nov. 1 mayoral independent candidate Wali “Diop” Rahman visited Temple’s campus giving a speech in a political communications class. Rahman spoke to the audience about his plans if elected as mayor, which include to replace the $1 billion budget of police containment with:

  • Jobs and businesses for working, poor people and the youth;
  • Establish city policy to prevent discrimination in employment against ex-felons;
  • Community controlled police with subpoena power and power to fire dirty cops; and
  • Fully funded, community controlled education and with power to hire and fire faculty, staff and administration.

Rahman noted that he never referred to himself as a politician, but rather a “freedom fighter.” His campaign slogan hails, “Run hard! It’s our city and we want it back now! He hopes to get the support of as many voters as possible for the upcoming election Nov. 8.

Also included on this year’s ballot for Philadelphia mayor is Democrat Micheal Nutter and Republican Karen Brown.

For information on Wali “Diop” Rahman refer to

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“Finding Your Essence” at Temple, Oct. 27

Don’t miss the opportunity to be in the presence of the renowned author and editor, Demetria Lucas.

Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m., Temple University’s Her Campus and Association of Black Journalists will host, “Finding Your Essence: a chat with Associate and Relationship Editor of “Essence Magazine,” Demetria Lucas,” at the student center 200C. The event will include a Q & A session and provide participants with a chance to network.

Not only is Lucas an author and editor, but she also is known for her self made blog, “A Belle in Brooklyn: the unintentionally funny adventures of a southern women living way too far above the Mason Dixon.” She exudes confidence and wants to share that same sentiment with other women who are trailblazing their path to success in whatever field it may be.

The event is free and all are welcome! Food and light refreshments will be served.

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Farmers Market fans head to Headhouse

If you are looking for fresh, local home grown foods be sure to stop at Headhouse, at 2nd and Lombard Streets, every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will feature products samples and offer a chance for community members to mix and mingle.

Hosted by Pumpkin Restaurant and Market, the market will include numerous vendors like Beechwood Orchards, Market Day Canele and Mountain View Poultry, which feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, tarts, sweet cakes, organic poultry, sausages, brothers, chili and eggs.

Pumpkin Market prides themselves on supporting local food and farmers.

For more information visit

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Oct. 17 Teach For America Information Session

Monday, Oct. 17 Teach For America will host an information session at Tuttleman, Room 300AB at 5:00 p.m.

For those of you who may be interested in teaching upon graduation, Teach For America is an organization worth looking into. You don’t have to be an education major to join their initiative. However, what you do need, is a passion to close the achievement gap in education. TFA enlists promising leaders to teach in a low income areas throughout the U.S. for a commitment of two years.

At the information session, hear from current corps members, Kijafa Davis and Ashley Clark (2010 Temple graduates), about their experiences in the classroom and how they are working to change the life trajectory of kids who need it the most.

Check out the application here. Submit your resume + 500-word essay + basic info.

For more information, please contact or visit their website at

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