Top 5 Upcoming Philly Events

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Here are the top 5 Campus Philly picks for events going on in Philly this week.  For more events, visit the Campus Philly Events Calendar.


FREE!! When: April 5, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm | Where: Philly Sound Stages, 1600 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Are you ready for your close up?  You better be.  Actorfest is coming to Philadelphia, meaning its your opportunity to gain your 15 minutes of fame.  With actor workshops, special events and open casting calls by MTV and NBC studio, Actorfest is the World’s largest one-day event for actors and performers.  Still need convincing?  Actorfest is only in 6 cities nationwide, and Philadelphia is its first stop, meaning more open opportunities just for you.

Shooting Wall Film Festival

FREE!! | When: April 6, 4:00 pm | Where: The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art – 531 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Started by a Temple undergraduate, Shooting Wall Film Group was founded to promote Philadelphia’s local film scene.  Now this student-created society is presenting it’s first-ever film festival, completely free of charge.  That’s right: local, independent films with-out the artsy-fartsy price tag.  The goal of the Shooting Wall Film Festival is to provide an alternative space for independent filmmakers in an environment that is small enough to promote artists and viewers to engage with one another, so you’ll be able to schmooze with film connoisseurs and directors alike.

Circo Comedia

Price: $10 | When: May 3 – 5, various times | Where: Annenberg Center, Harold Prince Theatre – 3680 Walnut Street, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Live from University this week it’s Circo Comedia, the unstoppable two-man show with a mission to make you laugh till you cry.  Their distinctive style of humor is drawn from the tradition of Quebec Circus, combining acrobatic tricks, daring feats, magic and eccentricity.  Don’t be surprised if you find a burlesque clown in roller-skates performing a drum solo.  So take the time during finals to de-stress with a show that’s too funny to miss.

Art After 5 – Cinco De Mayo Party

Price: $12 w/ Student ID | When: 5:00 pm – 8:45 pm | Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

With one of the most extensive art collections in the country, there’s literally thousands of reasons to love Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Here’s a new one: this Friday is their Cinco De Mayo Party, where local musicians Magdaliz and Her Latin Band will be playing Puerto Rican boleros, Cuban sones and Mexican mariachi music.  Not sure what all those words mean?  They mean DANCE till you drop this Friday at Art After 5.

Van Gogh Up Close

Price: $25 w/ Student ID | When: Ongoing until May 6, various times | Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

Can’t get enough of the Philadelphia Museum of Art?  Neither can we. Which is why you must also check out Van Gogh Up Close this week before the rare exhibit says goodbye… from the country.  Philadelphia is the only city to host this major exhibit focused on the intense and eccentric European artist.  A man passionate about both art and life, Vincent van Gogh’s work is known to engage with the strength of emotions.  So come experience the power of his work first-hand at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Vincent van Gogh’s creations up close.


You can contact Dominique Clarke at

Campus Newswire: Top 5

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Here are this week’s top 5 news bites from our local colleges and universities:

Commencement ceremony honors students while protecting the environment

Millersville is not taking away the shine of their graduating seniors, but they’ve taken the opportunity that commencement presents: an opportunity to promote recycling and sustainability.  This project: Millersville University’s inaugural “zero waste” commencement ceremony, began in March and is meant to eliminate waste.

Bryn Mawr has FIVE Fulbright students this year!

Bryn Mawr is stepping up to the plate. Not one, but five of their students have accepted a Fulbright grant. The grants awarded to Bryn Mawr students so far this year are three English teaching assistantships and two study research/grants. The countries these students will study in include Germany, Mexico, and Sweden.

Cabrini partners for art event

Cabrini College has partnered with Norristown’s Friends meeting with the spirit of the arts series. This is a photography exhibition and mural workshop at the Norristown Friends meetinghouses. On Sunday, April 22 from 3 to 4:30 p.m, people are invited to create their own art.

Arcadia in top 4 percent in nation

Arcadia’s physician assistant students are top caliber. They are in the top 4 percent of the nation on the National Commission on the Certification of PAs (NCCPA) examination. This is especially an accomplishment because this university has over twice the students as the nation’s average class.

Swarthmore senior awarded Watson fellowship

Swarthmore senior Miyuki Baker was awarded the Watson fellowship. Her choice of study? “Visibly Queer: Exploring the Intersections of Art and Activism.” Her project will explore the art-making of queer communities in Argentina, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, India, Morocco, and the Netherlands. She hopes to find an understanding as to why certain modes of expression are preferred over others.


You can contact Megan McIntosh at

Going Green:
Temple, Ursinus and Cabrini

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Philadelphia and Philadelphia-area schools are committed to helping the environment one step at a time. But what exactly are these schools doing to help with sustainability and to help our planetary home? Temple, Ursinus, and Cabrini have stepped up as role-models to the rest of the Philadelphia community by promising to take advantage of what our environment has to offer without taking advantage.


Temple University:

Temple University has truly stepped up to promote sustainability by implementing environmentally friendly dorms. To promote going green, Temple has made a competition where the students try to be the most green. Each dorm room is judged by how environmentally friendly and green they are and awarded accordingly helping the students reduce their environmental impact while educating.

You can also take a sustainability pledge with Temple University.


Ursinus College

Ursinus  College has decided to pair an atmosphere which allows creative thinking with a need for student achievement when it comes to sustainability. Many programs have been developed to support the environmentally friendly atmosphere and initiatives to get students working on their own for this progress.

UCGreen Fellows Program – piloted this year- is a leadership professional development program for students  working with the office of sustainability on various sustainability initiatives across campus. With 11 interns already working hard, this effort is a great success.

Ursinus also has recently implemented the ECOrep program which begins this fall for those truly passionate about the environment and sustainability.


Cabrini College

Cabrini College promotes student responsibility when it comes to going green. How do they do that? With the Cabrini Green Team. The Cabrini Green Team is composed of students and faculty who are divided into 5 committees:  Recycling, Earth Month, Garden, St. Francis Pledge, and Communication.

The Green Team has multiple events and initiatives to promote sustainability so be sure to check out their website to get involved!


You can contact Megan McIntosh at



Top 5 Philly Career Postings

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Here are this week’s top 5 career postings on

1. Campus Philly: Editorial Board Career & Economy Beat

Are you a networking pro? Would you like to be? Yours truly is looking for an editorial intern to bring to the attention of fellow students the amazing job and internship opportunities in our city and across the region!

2. Vanguard: College to Corporate Internship Program

Vanguard, an investment management company, is seeking rising seniors of all majors to participate in their summer program. Finance majors should especially take a look!

3. PFS Financial Services: Agent Development

Job seekers – here’s an amazing opportunity for part-time and full-time work! As a broker agent, you’ll be responsible for consulting with clients, handling their service requests, and working with the sales team. Experience is a plus but not a must; full training will be given.

4. The Philadelphia Youth Network, Inc.: External Relations Intern

This paid internship position will require that you coordinate events, complete data entry, and support special projects – among other things. Sounds like a fantastic opportunity for students interested in administrative and support services!

5. THAT MAG: Sales and Promotions

If you’re able to multitask efficiently, keep well organized, and remain calm under pressure, this may be the perfect position for you! Definitely check it out if you’re into publishing, advertising, sales, and/or marketing.

You can contact Evetha Francois at

XPN’s Music Film Festival

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What happens when movies and musicians collide?  Answer: a dynamic, entertaining, growing genre of films that pair sound and cinema to stunning films in honor of our favorite music.

In collaboration with the Philadelphia Film Society, XPN presents the Music Film Festival, Philadelphia’s first-ever film festival devoted to movies about music, from April 26 – 29.  For four days, the Annenberg Center will screen brand new contemporary pictures ranging from rockumentaries, to biopics about musicians to fictional narratives where music plays a leading role.

For years, the Philadelphia Film Festival has featured a collection of four or five music movies sponsored by XPN.  But this non-commercial Philadelphia rock, blues, roots and folk radio station decided it was time for a major change, expanding their work into a full scale, entirely separate festival.

Rodger LaMay, General Manager of WXPN, sees the music movie genre getting larger.  “There are definitely a number of films that students will love,” said LaMay. “It’s a great genre and a growing genre where music and movies combine to make these films.”

If you’re a music lover, you can expect more than just XPN’s rock and folk aesthetic. “What we set out to do is to make half the films or so particular to an XPN audience, but also have festivals that appeal to a wide range of musical tastes,” said LaMay.

It’s true.  The lineup features a film about hip-hop and the L.A. race riots, a film about Warped Tour, a film about a Scottish rocker and even a feature length music video, where guests are encouraged to dance right through the movie.  Whatever you’re into, XPN’s Music Film Festival is really “a four day feast for music heads,” said LaMay.

The best part?  Tickets are only $8 for students  with student ID or by using the code ROCKSTAR at  With all events right on Penn’s campus at the Annenberg Center, this is truly an event geared towards students.  So take this opportunity to some seriously killer films for next-to-nothing.

Want to win free VIP Weekend Passes to the festival? Email by 1pm on Thursday, April 26th!

You can contact Dominique Clarke at


CP’s Guide to the Elevator Pitch

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Does just the thought of giving an elevator speech make you feel stressed out or panicked? Well, you’re not the only one. Talking about your strengths and qualifications to someone with the power to decide whether or not you should be hired for your dream job can definitely create a bit (or a lot) of anxiety – especially when you have under a minute to do it! The good news is it’s not impossible to learn how to deliver the perfect pitch. With these tips, you’re sure to have it down in no time:

  • Keep things short and sweet. We all know from experience that people’s attention spans are limited. With an elevator pitch it’s especially important to get your point across quickly, and make each sentence count!
  • Make it unique. Employers don’t want to hear the same old thing from each potential employee they talk to; conventional lines get old! In your speech, answer the 3 W’s (who, what and why) honestly. No one can have your story, so this will set you apart. Also, be as specific as possible when discussing your experience/s.
  • Don’t be all about you. Excite your listener by doing more than reiterating your resume! Let your audience hear about what you can offer them, and tailor your elevator pitch to each individual you speak to.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Give yourself time to develop your 30 sec. spot so that you can tweak things, if necessary, and become more comfortable and familiar with it. Do a couple run-throughs with family and friends to get feedback, better your eye contact, remember your lines, and perfect your body language.

Now, giving your speech to an actual business representative will be no biggie!

You can contact Evetha Francois at

Campus Newswire: Top 5

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Here are this week’s top 5 news bites from our local colleges and universities:

Haverford College partners with UPenn

Haverford College has partnered with UPenn to create a great opportunity for students. This program will allow Haverford students gain early admission into a master’s degree program offered by Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. This means 4 years for your bachelor’s and just one additional year for your master’s. It’s called Four Plus One partnership, and it’s definitely something to check out!


LaSalle Freshman leads the pack

Philadelphia native and Lasalle student Susan Casillo has a lot on her plate. She’s a member of the Resident Student Association, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, and serves on the Academic Committee for the University’s Honors Board. And get this: She keeps busy while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, talk about leading by example. Casillo  received the Comcast Gustave Amsterdam Leadership Award for all of her hard work: a scholarship worth $5,000.


Cabrini Men’s basketball had memorable season

Though Cabrini Men’s Basketball team came home with a 63-60 loss in the NCAA Division III Championship, they had a history making season. They had a perfect regular season, the first since 1993, and they have a 31-1 home winning streak. Way to be impressive boys.


Chestnut Hill College performs to get people to think

The Chestnut Hill College Mask & Foil Drama Club partnered with the Institute for Forgiveness & Reconciliation for the “Dead man Walking” School theatre project. The Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project was founded in 2003 and helps students to explore contemporary issues and gives students a new way to think about the role of art in examining issues that affect society. This project helps promote discussion on the death penalty.


Moore Recycling anyone?

Student services is hosting an event just in time for Earth day this year.  Partnering with Terracycle, Moore hopes to bring the campus together in the act of recycling. Over 170 students will be upcycling materials provided by TerraCycle that would otherwise be put in a landfill, for art and design assignments. One common theme unites all the various majors of Moore College.


You can contact Megan McIntosh at

Top 5 Upcoming Philly Events

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Here are the top 5 Campus Philly picks for events going on in Philly this week.  For more events, visit the Campus Philly Events Calendar.

Penn Relays

Price: $18 – $24 | When: April 26 – 28, various times | Where: Franklin Field – 3200 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19104

Once a year, the University of Pennsylvania’s historic Franklin Field is filled to capacity for the oldest track meet in the country, the Penn Relays.  Approximately 2% – 3% of all American high schools, plus 62 international schools, will travel to Philadelphia to compete for the top honors. Track buff or not, the Penn Relays has something for everyone this year with the brand new Carnival at the brand new Penn Park, with delicious food vendors, sports merchandise available for purchase and the largest crowd you’ll ever see  in one place at the University of Pennsylvania.

Astronomy Night

FREE!! | When: April 27, various times | Where: Various locations throughout the city

Whenever we are lost or confused we look to the stars, and April blank is Philadelphia’s opportunity to collectively refocus at Astronomy Night.  Over 20 different venues across Philadelphia, including universities, museums, community centers and even cemeteries, will look to the sky and host star parties aimed at educating the community about astronomy and enjoying the beauty of the night.  Campus Philly’s pick for where to enjoy the party is the Franklin Institute, a leader in astrological science in the city.

Public Art Pathway

FREE!! | When: April 27, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm | Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway from LOVE Park to Aviator Park, Philadelphia PA

In case you are still unaware, Philadelphia is one gigantic art gallery and April 28 is the last day to check out some of Philly’s incredible outdoor sculptures during the Public Art Pathway.  This incredible event presented by the Fairmount Park Art Association transforms the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into a city-sized Google map with a series of giant balloons marking the location of 12 outdoor sculptures including Robert Indiana’s Love and Stirling Calder’s Shakespeare Memorial.  So be sure to check out Philadelphia’s most popular public art absolutely free.

Fishtown Shadfest

FREE!! | When: April 28th, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Where: Penn Treaty Park – 1199 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Shadfest is the perfect opportunity to check out Philly’s historic Fishtown.  Once the center of Philly’s shad fishing industry, Fishtown is now a hip, trendy neighborhood with a gorgeous location along the Delaware River.  Now each year residents of Fishtown come together to celebrate their incredible neighborhood, including the beautiful Penn Treaty Park, the location of this year’s Shadfest.  With live music, environmental education, crafts and workshops, games, food and over 3,000 people to party with you, there’s no reason to miss this neighborhood celebration.

Fairmount Art Crawl

FREE!! | When: April 29th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Where: Various Locations in the Fairmount Neighborhood

Imagine an art gallery as big as the Fairmount neighborhood itself.  That’s what the Fairmount art crawl is.  For one day only the entire neighborhood converts nearly 40 businesses, including restaurants, apparel shops and more, into public art galleries.  The event gives local artists an opportunity to showcase their work in their own neighborhood in a fun and interactive way. Food, live music and over 4000 residents make this pop-up art gallery one of the most popular and one of the most enjoyable.


You can contact Dominique Clarke at

Commencement: Talk that talk

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As the end of a semester approaches, so to does the end of four years of hard work for seniors around the country. As they celebrate the end of four years of education and learning, college seniors are subject to the words of wisdom to be imparted on them from various speakers. Depending on who the college or university chooses, these students may be subject to the perfect time to nap or the most memorable of speeches that will stick with them for a long time to come. The University of Pennyslvania, Cheyney University, Villanova University and Rosemont College have definitely stepped up to provide memorable commencement speakers for their graduating seniors.


A Super Speaker for UPenn

UPenn has opted to have educational innovator and advocate Geoffrey Canada as their 2012 commencement speaker. Canada is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc. Perhaps for most students, they will best recognize Canada from the inspirational film: Waiting for Superman. Who better to speak to students as they end one part of their education and begin another (whether it be a career or higher education) than someone who knows all about the American education system?


Cheyney celebrates with Award-winning actor

CU is celebrating their 175th anniversary this year and decided to pair that celebration with a very special speaker for the commencement of the graduating class of 2012. Hill Harper, who graduated from Harvard Law School, is probably best recognized from his role in the television show CSI: New York. Harper is also known for his activist work and his best-selling books. Harper will address CU’s students with a wealth of knowledge from a diverse amount of work.

Villanova Elects U.S. Senator for Commencement

Villanova is not only having U.S. Senator Bob Casey speak at the 2012 commencement, but he will also receive an honorary degree. Casey entered the senate in 2007 and has been doing big things ever since, while serving on 5 different senate committees. Casey shows a true dedication to the people of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania’s education. No doubt Casey is an apt fit to speak to some of the students who represent the future of America, as he is invested in the futures of children and job creation for these students who will no doubt enter the job market very soon.


Rosemont Celebrates the Arts

Not only is Jane Golden, executive director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, scheduled to serve as Rosemont College’s 2012 commencement speaker but she will also be awarded an honorary doctoral degree. Golden has received numerous awards, was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, and was named one of the 75 “Greatest Living Philadelphians” in 2007. Golden has initiated multiple programs, allowing over 20,000 people to be mentored in the past 25 years. No doubt Golden can serve as an example and an inspiration to these students as they prepare to take the next steps in their life.


You can contact Megan McIntosh at

Top 5 Philly Career Postings

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Here are this week’s top 5 career postings on

1. Campus Philly: Editorial Board Campus Life Beat

Yours truly is seeking a summer intern to bring readers’ attention to unique students, events, and faculty members at Philly colleges and universities. This is a great opportunity for those interested in writing and journalism!

2. Lima Consulting Group: Marketing Analyst Intern

Lima Consulting Group, an international firm, is looking to hire an intern to update the company website, contribute to marketing activities, and perform data analysis. Punctual, organized and experienced Advertising, Marketing and PR majors – take a look!

3. Aztech Productions/@College TV: Web Design and Programming

Broadcast Media and Tech students – this position, which will have you testing new homepage designs, organizing website features, and integrating space for advertisers, is a fantastic resume builder that also allows you to showcase your talents!

4. One World Environment, LLC: Water Treatment Research and Development

To make clean water more accessible in developing nations, One World Environment is searching for an engineer/scientist to help with their development of a new purification system. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn, get hands-on experience, and make a real difference!

5. Resources for Human Development: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Intern

Do you have an interest in service and advocacy? Would you like to help individuals with mental health concerns and/or sexually problematic behaviors? Are you a student in the healthcare field? Then, check out this internship!

You can contact Evetha Francois at