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A Healthy Option In The Spirit of Finals December 14, 2011

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In the spirit of finals, take some time to enjoy a news package I created as a final project for a TV News Reporting class at Temple.

Nearly 70 percent of children are obese in Philadelphia, according to the city’s health department, and some say limited access to healthy food options is to blame. The city’s over 2,000 corner stores provide kids with easy access to calorie-packed junk foods.

Watch to find out what’s being done to provide fresher and healthier choices to the shelves of area convenience stores.


Volunteer With Temple Admissions This Weekend November 17, 2011

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Undergraduate Admissions at Temple University is hosting their second Open House for Fall 2011.

The event kicks off from 9 a.m. and runs through 3 p.m. this Saturday, November 19th. Volunteers can join us beginning at 7:30 a.m. and stay until lunchtime or work through the conclusion of the program.

If you spare a few hours of  your Saturday morning, you may be assigned to help welcome guests or give directional support throughout main campus.

Yes! There are perks! Volunteers get hooked up with a free t-shirt, lunch, and a 15% coupon to the campus bookstore.

Interested? Email Adrianne Greth at amgreth@temple.edu to sign-up.

P.S. Prospective Owl Ambassadors should HIGHLY consider volunteering for this event.

Forget the ‘Freshman 15,’ More Like ‘Freshman 3,’ Study Says November 3, 2011

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Roll it…The list of  high-calorie foods served up on college campuses everywhere that allegedly contribute to the infamous “Freshman 15.” From beer kegs to fast-food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, college students face a big hurdle when it comes to eating outside the comfort of their own home.

A new study shows that college students might not tip the scales as much as we used to think. The study, conducted by researchers at Ohio State University, says first year students expand their waistlines between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds, not the stereotypical 15 pounds. This gain amounts to a half pound more than young adults not enrolled in college, according to the study.

The study did find one group of students who gained more weight than just by eating fried wings and pizza: heavy drinkers. Even then, the weight gain amouted to less than one pound.

Researchers studied 7,418 participants from 1997 to 2011. The team investigated all aspects of college inlcuding: full-time and part-time students, living on or off campus, and years of study.

Temple Tour Guides ‘Drive Admissions, Local Economy,’ University Says October 27, 2011

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Temple's Main Campus, overlooking the Bell Tower. Credit: Undergraduate Admissions

A new article published by Temple University Communications says the school’s Owl Ambassadors serve as a driving force for enrollment and the city’s economy.

The story connects “Temple’s elite corps of 37 tour guides” to the rapidly-increasing number of guests visiting the university in North Philadelphia.

If those visiting students enroll at Temple, the potential money they will spend within the city limits, not including tuition, contributes to Philadelphia’s $2.4 billion economy, according to the article.

To experience the story, click here.

Temple’s ‘OwlCapella’ Appears in ABC Network Promo September 27, 2011

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Temple’s student a cappella singing group, OwlCapella, recently appeared across ABC’s media platforms in a spot focused on promoting the network’s morning show, “Good Morning America.”

Fellow Owl Ambassador Kevin is a part of the university’s singing students, which appear 18 seconds into the “How Does Philadelphia Say Good Morning America” commercial.