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Want To Become A Temple Tour Guide? November 30, 2010

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Then, your dream is right through these doors!

Undergraduate Admissions at Temple University has officially kicked off their 2010-2011 recruitment season. So here’s the details, if you’re interested.

The only way to apply for the “Owl Ambassador” position is through TUPortal under “Student Jobs at Temple.” Once you’re there, look for “req#: TUS-5734.” Fill out the app and hit submit! You have until January 21, 2011 to apply for a position.

So what do Owl Ambassadors do? So nice of you to ask!

As a tour guide, you can expect to serve on the front lines of the university. We provide a unique campus tour to thousands of prospective students and their families every year; also, welcoming them for weekend programs like Open Houses and Experience Temple Days. And yes, there is some clerical work and serving as the welcoming committee when guests arrive in our two offices.

Owl Ambassadors must be outgoing and personable, responsible and punctual, charismatic and involved on campus, and above all else, passionate about Temple University. We’ll also look for folks who have stellar public speaking skills, the ability to work well with others and possess a positive attitude.

What’s next?

To wet your tour guide appetite, here’s a quick overview of the hiring process. Every applicant gets invited to “Meet the Owls,” a group interview session. From these sessions, we will invite the best candidates back for a single presentation and interview. If you survive the gauntlet (just teasing), our team will invite you back to help out with an Experience Temple Day in February. By March 3rd, you’ll know if we’d like you to join our nest of Owl Ambassadors.


Shoot me an email, send me a Tweet, or drop a comment on this blog post. You can also email Adrianne Greth directly at amgreth@temple.edu.


Taylor Swift, ‘Speak Now’ Tour to Rock Out Lincoln Financial Field in August November 25, 2010

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Country-pop princess Taylor Swift is set to rock out Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia next summer.

The Grammy-Award Winner is scheduled to bring her “Speak Now” World Tour to the outdoor venue on Saturday, August 6th. Swift’s stop at the “LINC” is one of six stadium shows scheduled in the United States.

The eight-month tour is expected to kickoff February 9th in Singapore. From there, the 20-year-old singer is set to make 87 stops in 19 countries before closing the tour in Texas on October 8.

“The Fearless Tour was so much fun and even more unforgettable than I ever imagined, and I can’t wait to get back out and play my new music from Speak Now!,” Swift said, “The fans have been so amazing, and I’m thrilled to play in new cities around the world and meet even more of my fans in 2011!”

Swift announced her plans for the tour in line with the release of her third album, “Speak Now.” Within the first week, sales of the new album skyrocketed to over 1 million copies.

Officials have not released ticket information or on-sale dates. According to the Swift troop, tickets will start at just $25.

The Berks County, Pennsylvania native last performed in Philadelphia in March on the 2009-2010 “Fearless” World Tour. That string of shows grossed nearly $64 million and entertained more than 1 million fans.

News and Celebrity: ‘Enquiring Minds Want to Know’ November 2, 2010

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‘Enquiring minds want to know,’ according to Barry Levine.

Levine is the executive editor of The National Enquirer, a supermarket tabloid surrounding everything around celebrity news, gossip, politics and crime.

The Enquirer’s master spoke with students in the News and Celebrity Journalism course at Temple University Tuesday morning.

He spoke about the tabloid’s history, reporting techniques, ‘checkbook journalism,’ and the stories that shed a positive light on the magazine, like Michael Jackson, John Edwards and O.J. Simpson.

Did you ever wonder how much is the Enquirer willing to pay a source?

Levine says anywhere from a few hundred dollars to six and seven figures. While Levine didn’t reveal any sources, he did say that we would be surprised to hear who speaks up about certain events.

The most popular edition of the Enquirer came after the death of Elvis Presley. The magazine sent numerous reporters to cover Presley’s funeral at Graceland, but the exclusive was a photo of the singer in his coffin taken by a cousin. Over six million copies were sold, the highest circulation ever for a magazine.

Levine is a 1981 Temple grad.