Archive for August, 2012

August 31st, 2012 by Wesley Brown

Fitness On & Off Campus

We’ve all been told over and over again that we need to get exercise and stay fit, but oftentimes leading a college lifestyle isn’t exactly conducive to a rigorous workout program. Between classes and extracurricular activities, college kids often don’t have, or don’t make, the time to look after their physical well-being.

One of the many ways in which colleges try to ameliorate this problem is through intramural sports. Over two million students participate in intramurals annually, with sports ranging from basketball to hockey to swimming to kickball. Most intramural leagues are casual affairs, with large teams and a laid-back atmosphere.

Of course, for those who choose to take the competition a little bit more serious, Philadelphia has your solution. The Philadelphia City 6 Extramural Classic, which takes place every year between Drexel, La Salle, UPenn, Temple, St. Joe’s and Villanova, is the only competition in the country that crowns a city-wide intramural champion. Each year, the best teams from each campus in flag football, softball, basketball and volleyball move beyond local competition and challenge each other for school pride and city-wide supremacy.

Intramurals, especially on the competitive level of the Extramural Classic, may seem like a phenomenon that ends as soon as you graduate from college, but the Philly Sports Network, which just recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, is working hard to bring the feeling of intramural sports into the rest of the world. After all, the graduated need exercise too, and outside of a college environment, where it can be more difficult to get to know people, the social benefits might be even greater. PSN offers the classics, like kickball, soccer, and softball, while also branching out with such exotic choices as monster ball, recess and inner tube water polo.

So, if you’re dismayed by the way in which exercise has fallen through the cracks of your college life, hit up the Campus Activities page on your college’s website and see what intramural sport catches your fancy. And if you’re a senior who’s worried that once you leave the college bubble you’ll lose the camaraderie, competition and fitness benefits of your unbeatable intramural dodgeball team, never fear. There’s a rec league calling your name, just waiting for you to don that headband and those goofy shorts and kick some butt.

You can contact Wesley Brown at wbrown3@villanova.edu.

August 30th, 2012 by Magali Roman

Top 5 Philly Career Listings

Here are this week’s top 5 career postings on campusphilly.org/careers.

 

1. Campus Philly: Graphic Design Internship
Where would CP be without our amazing graphics to divert your attention? If you’re looking to expand your design portfolio in a professional setting (well, professional enough. We’re nice!), apply for our graphic design internship and see your work published in printed and online media reaching over 150k students!

 

2. Committee of Seventy: Voting and Public Policy Internship

Channel all your Obama vs. Romney excitement into a voting/government internship at a local non-profit aiming to educate the masses on their voter rights. Committee of Seventy fights for clean and effective government, fair elections and a better informed citizenry in Philadelphia. Tasks will include conducting research, assisting with a statewide education campaign to inform voters about the state’s new photo ID law, and generally helping people understand how to vote and make a difference.

 

3. Lokalty Inc.: Web Development at Startup

If you’re an engineering student and have an eye for design, local app company Lokalty is looking for you! They’re starting a new data and AP-heavy platform, and are looking for college students or recent graduates with experience in Javascript, CSS, and HTML.This is a great chance to work with a laid-back company whose fridge comes stocked with a variety of motivational beverages.

 

4. Keystone Gardens: Team Member

Help build a landscape that would make the gardeners at Longwood Gardens cry. As a team member you should be willing to learn basic knowledge of plants as well as develop understanding of hardscaping techniques and be able to operate power equipment, which we don’t need to tell you, is pretty much the greatest job description ever (we like power tools). The salary’s not too  shabby either.

 

5. The National Constitution Center: Staff Accountant

As a staff accountant, you’ll get a real sense of what it felt like to handle Benjamin Franklin’s taxes. Okay, maybe not, but handling the current institution’s payments for goods and services is important too! You’ll attend meetings with the   Board of Trustees committee, Audit, Finance, and Investment, and handle most financial accounts and forms required to run a tight ship. And, honestly, we doubt the IRS has changed much since its prehistoric beginnings, so maybe this really is the best place to start!

 

You can contact Magali Roman at maga.roman@temple.edu.

August 30th, 2012 by Cara Donaldson

IKEA South Philadelphia: Students Save 15%

IKEA South Philadelphia

Students get 15% off in the Swedish Food Market with a purchase of $20.00 or more with student ID.*

Offer valid through September 30, 2012.

Glögg, smörgåsbord, kräftskiva, cloudberry trifle—there’s so much more to Swedish cuisine than Swedish meatballs! Now you can take advantage of all the great stuff our Swedish Food Market has to offer with our student discount offer. Students get 15% off in the Swedish Food Market with a purchase of $20.00 or more with student ID.

www.ikea.com

*This offer is valid at IKEA South Philadelphia only

Store location and Hours:

Address: 
2206 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Phone Number:
215.551.4532

Store hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Restaurant hours:
Monday – Saturday:
9:30am – 8:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am – 6:30pm

Photo © IKEA

 

 

August 29th, 2012 by Cara Donaldson

Live Well Holistic Health Center: 10% Off

Live Well Holistic Health Center

10% off final bill with student id

EXPIRES: 1/1/15

www.livewellholistichealth.com

Vendor Location: 16 East Lancaster Ave, Plaza 16 Building, Suite 104, Ardmore, PA 19003

Photo © Live Well Holistic Health Center

August 29th, 2012 by Camille Padilla

Coffee 101

Let’s be real, what would college students do without coffee? For many of us, it’s what wakes us up at 8:00a.m., keeps us up for all-nighters or is a break from our busy weeks. Coffee is part of college culture, yet, are you really tasting your cuppa’ jo?

My taste buds were challenged when Old City Coffee hosted a blind tasting.  For the first time I was asked to try coffee and figure out its taste (without milk or sugar). I quickly realized how evident the differences between macro roasters and micro roasters were. Usually when we think of coffee, we think of the large macro roasters. However, what we don’t realize is how the quality of the coffee is affected in large scale roasting.

In order for all of you to recognize a quality cup of coffee, we present to you the Campus Philly Guide to coffee *sponsored by Old City Coffee*.

1. What is the color?

Before you add cream and sugar to your coffee, check out the color of it. Is it a dark brown or a light brown? Depending on the roast, the color may vary. A medium roast will naturally have a lighter color than a dark roast. However, if you see coffee that looks watered down and has a light brown color it probably isn’t the best quality.

Jack C. Treatman, Coffee Buyer and Vice President of OCC explained that because macro roasters roast their coffee in large quantities they have to spray it with water when it’s done. This makes the coffee bean heavier and also makes it lose some of its flavor. In micro roasters they roast their coffee in smaller batches which means they don’t have to add water because they have more quality control.

2. How fresh is this coffee?

Just as we like fresh produce over frozen vegetables, freshly roasted coffee beans have a better taste then old ones. J. Tretman said that the average American  drinks coffee that was roasted 6 to 8 months before. The majority of the coffee consumed in the United States come from macro roasters. The large scale roasting is packaged and then  shipped off all over the country. In micro roasters the coffee is always fresh because they roast every day.  J. Treatman guarantees that in Old City Coffee their beans are never more than a week old.

Mira Treatman, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, says, “Rather than doing macro roasting and trying to reach a huge population of people we’re focusing on our community making the best boutique or luxury items that can still be in your everyday life.”

3. What roast do I like?

Now that you know that your coffee is fresh and of good quality, it’s time to figure out what type of roast you like. The roast depends on the amount of time the coffee was roasted. A medium roast was roasted for less time than a dark roast. Before adding cream and sugar, take a whiff of your cup of coffee and try to figure out the flavors it has. Taste it once, and then taste it again. Figure out if it has a sweet, bitter, floral or acidy taste. Because all our taste buds are different the type of roast you like will vary from other people’s. There is no right or wrong answer here, however, I do warn you to watch out for over-burnt coffee which loses its flavor.

4. Where is my coffee from?

Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Indonesia– coffee comes from many parts of the world! Start noticing where the varietal of the day is from and learn where your favorite coffee beans come from. Think of it as a trip all around the world through coffee. Just like the type of roast, this is completely subjective so don’t be afraid to choose a favorite.

Well coffee drinkers, now you are coffee connoisseurs. Be sure to check out Old City Coffee, especially their Acoustic Open Mic starting in October!

 

You can contact Camille Padilla at camiplati@gmail.com.

August 28th, 2012 by Magali Roman

Careers with Liberal Arts Degrees

How many times have you answered the question “What’s your major?” with “Oh, it’s ______ (fill in your Liberal Arts degree here)” only to hear “Yeah, I hear Starbucks is hiring!” from about half the people gathered in the room? I feel you, Johanna. As an English major myself, I’m often plagued with near apocalyptic “What have I done” freak-outs where I wonder why I ever thought analyzing Shakespeare sonnets was going to pay my bills, and whether I should have listened to my parents and gone into a sensible career, like accounting. Simply put, the whole starving artist deal isn’t really my thing. If you’re the same way, Campus Philly is here to give you a hand.  Check out our guide to handling that annoying quarter-life crisis that ails college students once a week.

 

African Studies/East Asian Studies/Whatever Foreign Country Studies

You think you’ll get a job in: Museum work. Maybe the National Museum of American Jewish History, or the Japanese Tea House at Fairmount Park.

You’d be surprised to know that: If foreign cultures float your boat, why not consider a career in an embassy? There’s plenty of travel, and you don’t even have to pay taxes!  And even if politics isn’t your thing, they need someone to bring them up to speed on how to not look like an idiot at state dinners.  People who specialize in a specific culture are priceless to international corporations, government and even schools abroad. 

The more you know: It would be in your best interests to minor in something that could support your career aspirations. If the embassy thing sounds like a good idea, consider minoring in political science, or international studies. At the very least, to make yourself an expert in a specific culture, minoring in the language of the culture you’re studying is a good way to start.

 

Art History

You think you’ll get a job in: Museum or gallery work  as a curator or art dealer. But let’s be honest- the art world is not easy to infiltrate, and that competitive lifestyle may not be for everyone.

You’d be surprised to know that: Art history majors have to develop a keen eye for detail and craftsmanship, so consulting for antique shops or interior design firms could work towards filling a gap in the design market. Combining research with artistic skill is one of the main responsibilities of  antique and interior design, especially when working for wealthy private employers, or museums.

The more you know: If you’re looking to focus on art sales, double-majoring or minoring in business is a great way to have a wider understanding of your market. Additionally, to make it in the art world, it is essential to get to know local professionals who can help you. Intern, intern, intern. 

 

Classics

You think you’ll get a job in: Education, maybe as a Latin or History teacher.

You’d be surprised to know that: Even though studying ancient civilizations has an indisputable academic pull, they have a very important role in contemporary culture. As the voracious lover of stories you certainly are, a career in publishing (be it literary or university) could be just the thing to bridge the gap between history and the present.

The more you know: Research, which you are likely very familiar with, is your best friend in this career. Translation work is also an option: if you know Greek or Latin, translation of ancient texts for academic book publishers is becoming a lost art.

 

Philosophy

You think you’ll get a job in: A university as a professor, or the local Starbucks. Possibly homelessness.

You’d be surprised to know that: You’re probably familiar with debate by this point. If you can argue a point backwards and forwards and provide pros and cons for every single kind of argument ever, you might be fitted for a law career. If you’re not a fan of law school, working for a nonprofit and knowing you’re doing some good in the world will likely fit your ethical mindset.

The more you know: Do not underestimate your oral and written skills. In an increasingly technological world, a human being with the ability to communicate eloquently is practically becoming an endangered species. Keep those skills sharp by educating yourself to the highest degree. Even if you’re not planning on getting a PhD, you should keep an open mind to learning- Philosophy has been around for centuries, but its list of questions only seems to grow by the decade. 

 

As a last resort, don’t forget that any and all of these majors are wonderful pathways to graduate school degrees. Don’t see your major on this list? Visit your career center or What Can I Do With This Major for more resources.

 

You can contact Magali Roman at maga.roman@temple.edu.

August 27th, 2012 by Wesley Brown

Campus Newswire: Top 5

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

Bioethics Institute Develops Sustainable Water Filter

We’ve recently talked about some Philadelphia schools efforts to increase the accessibility of clean water in developing nations. Well, St. Joe’s is also doing their part in the ongoing struggle for water sustainability. Researchers, including students, faculty and fellows, at St. Joe’s Institute of Catholic Bioethics have developed a filtration system that is cheap and simple enough to be wide-spread  in impoverished countries.

Rosanna Kim ’13 Critiques 112th Congress in Presidential Fellows Review

“Everybody hates Congress” has evolved from a jaded political complaint to a truism: Congress has just hit its lowest approval rating in at least 38 years. Rosanna Kim, an honors political science student at Swarthmore College, wanted to do some research to see whether the public disdain for our legislative branch is deserved. Turns out, public opinion wins this time around: Kim’s research concluded that this is the “least productive Congress to date.”

First class of students arrives at Cooper Medical School in Camden

At most schools, a 9:1 student to faculty ratio would be exemplary. At Cooper Medical School, the brand new graduate program attached to Rutgers University-Camden, that ratio is flipped: the school sports a whopping nine faculty members for every student. Of course, eventually the school will fill out to hold about 400 students. Until then, however, the 50 members of the inaugural class should expect some serious one-on-one attention.

Drexel Professor Teaches Life Skills to Foster Youth as Part of New Mentoring Program

Foster youth face uniquely difficult challenges throughout the course of their educational and developmental careers. Dr. Chuck Williams, a professor of education at Drexel University who was himself a foster child, knows very well the difficulties children in the foster system face, and is working with Arise Academy Charter High School, the only charter school in Philadelphia specifically for foster children, to help improve the social skills and coping mechanisms of the students.

College Named “Great College to Work For” Third Year in a Row

A new, somewhat disturbing study reported by Forbes reveals that only 19% of people are satisfied with their jobs. It’s even more commendable, then that Delaware County Community College has been named a Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education for the third consecutive year. The designation, which is based on an assessment of institutional characteristics and surveys taken by faculty and staff, is one of the most respected workplace recognition programs in the country.

 

You can contact Wesley Brown at wbrown3@villanova.edu.

August 27th, 2012 by Camille Padilla

Top 5 Upcoming Events in Philly

Here are this week’s top five Campus Philly picks for events going on in Philly this week. For more events, visit the Campus Philly Events Calendar. We hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

 

The Michael Live Project – A Tribute to Michael Jackson

Price: $15 When? August 28, 7:30p.m. Where? World Cafe Live

Attention Michael Jackson fans: the King of Pop’s legacy is still alive. Come celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday with The Michael Live Project, one of the best Michael Jackson tribute bands! With special guest Supreem & The New Experience opening the show, this will be a birthday party you won’t want to miss.

 

Screening Under the Stars: The Descendants

Price: FREE When? August 30, 8:00p.m. Where? The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Here it is ladies and gentleman, the last FREE movie screening at Penn’s Landing for the summer. This week George Clooney will be on the big screen with his most recent blockbuster, The DescendantsBefore each screening there is themed activities, coordinated with the theme of that week’s film. I’m guessing… summer luau?

 

Dani Mari @ FDR Park

Price: FREE When? August 31, 7:00p.m.-10:00p.m. Where? FDR Park

Come enjoy a free concert at FDR park hosted by Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey. This week’s performers include Johnny Miles and Ben Arnold. Bring a blanket and picnic basket and pick a spot in the lawn for a beautiful afternoon. Arts, crafts and food will be available.

 

Fireworks and Fountains: Swan Lake 

Price: $38 When? September 1, 8:15p.m. Where? Longwood Gardens

Leave the Black Swan attitude at home- there’s no room for cray at this special Longwood Gardens event. Swan Lake is one of the most famous ballets featuring Tchaikovsky’s beloved music. Watch as a sorcerer turns a princess into  a swan among sparkling fireworks and colorful fountains in the midst of the beautiful gardens.

 

Made in America Festival 

Price: $75-175 When? September 1-2  Where? Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Jay-Z promised Philly a concert, but, will he deliver? Just a quick glance at the line-up and you’ll see that he will. For two days the Benjamin Franklin will be the stage for some of the biggest names in music. Watch Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Drake, Mike Snow, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Passion Pit and many more in one of the best music festivals Philly will ever have!

 

You can contact Camille Padilla at camiplati@gmail.com.

August 24th, 2012 by Cara Donaldson

Save the Date: Campus Philly College Day

It’s coming! Will you be there?

The last Saturday in September belongs to Philly’s college students as Campus Philly welcomes them to another school year and to their Philadelphia during College Day 2012.

“The goal of College Day is to introduce the students of Philadelphia to all the great things the city has to offer,” says Deborah Diamond, president of Campus Philly. “There are thousands of college students on hundreds of campuses in and around the city, and College Day is the unique event where they all intersect.”

This year’s College Day includes:

 

Students from Campus Philly’s 26 college and university partners are heavily represented at College Day each year, and the organization attracts day-trippers from as far away as Princeton, Kutztown and Pittsburgh.

“When I was a freshman, going to College Day was like a gigantic present to college students,” says Rebecca Hannaford, a junior at Arcadia University. “I felt like I had just received secret Philly native information to make Philly my own.”

The only way to get the inside scoop (like who’s headlining the concert!) is to find us on Facebook and let us know you’ll be there.

For more information on Campus Philly College Day 2012, visit campusphilly.org/collegeday2012.

Read the official press release here.

August 24th, 2012 by Wesley Brown

Cooperation on the Main Line

No matter how big and how great your school is, there will always be courses or opportunities that won’t be available to you. Maybe your school is secular and you’re looking for a more spiritual aspect to college life. Maybe the college across town has a top-flight Gender Studies or Arabic or Neuro-Biology department that you would love to take advantage of. Maybe you’d just like to interact more regularly with a slightly different, larger group of students.

The Main Line is home to many small, academically rigorous liberal arts colleges that have banded together to make sure their students have as many opportunities as possible. This starts with the relationship between Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, which is affectionately called the Bi-Co, or Bi-College. All of the students at either college are free to register for classes at, and even major from, either campus. This greatly expands the options available to both Owls and Black Squirrels seeking diversity in their education.

In addition to the academic mingling between Bryn Mawr and Haverford, many extracurricular activities are Bi-Co as well, most notably The Bi-College News, which is the student newspaper for both campuses. Other campus-crossing organizations include the Bi-Co Finance Club and the Bi-Co Jazz Band, which performs every year at both the Bryn Mawr and Haverford campuses.

Rounding out the Main Line love fest is Swarthmore College, which shares its library, some classes and many social events with the Bi-Co, in a relationship that is (of course) called the Tri-Co.

And this web of connections even extends as far as University City where Bryn Mawr and UPenn have teamed up to help promote educational access. Bryn Mawr students can request registration to any UPenn course and, provided their request is allowed, they’ll get to hop right from their prestigious college out on Route 30 to the one in the heart of Philly.

Obviously the educational benefits arising from the Bi-Co, Tri-Co and Bryn Mawr-UPenn cooperation are tremendous, but what may be more important is the way in which these sorts of relationships shape students by getting them onto other campuses and interacting with new people. Without compromising the integrity or autonomy of their own schools, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore and UPenn have opened up new worlds of opportunities for their students.

You can contact Wesley Brown at wbrown3@villanova.edu.