Rockin’ Around the College Campus

You already know how many talented performers you live next to on campus, but I hope you realize just how close you are to the next Hall and Oates as well. Your colleges are hotspots for tons of young musicians who want you to hear all their jams. Here we round up six college-aged bands in the area that you might not have heard of, but definitely should get to know.

No Stranger

Photo Credit: Tess Ewing

“The goal of my music is to create a cathartic experience for the reader. When something happens in my life–happiness, confusion, sadness–I write a song about it. I want to create something both my listeners and I understand.”

Members: Jonathan Cooney

Sound: Cooney’s music features beautiful acoustics and vocals that will make your spirit soar as high as the notes.

When to catch them: All upcoming gigs are listed on the band’s Facebook page.



“Our goal is to grow as a band and continue playing as many gigs as we possibly can.”

Members: Pat Cassidy, Korina Dabundo, Brian Thomas, and Alex Held

Did you know? The majority of these band members are still in high school, but their exciting sound (influenced heavily by The Strokes, Arcade Fire and Dr. Dog) could rival bands that have been performing since they were in diapers. They have already released their first album and are hard at work on a new EP.

When to catch them: January 3rd @ World Cafe Live and January 5th @ Chaplin’s Music Cafe .


Baa Ram Ewe

Photo Credit: Hannah Lents
Photo Credit: Hannah Lents

“We have been playing music together in some way for the last 15 years. I’m trying to get my emotions out and hopefully it resonates with other college-aged kids.”

Members: Maura and Meghan Filoromo

Sound: This sister act injects their quirky personality into every song with influences ranging from the Ramones to Beirut.

What’s with that name? “Our name came from the 1996 movie Babe. The one about the pig. It is just so underrated.”


Roof Doctor


“I try to write very honestly about my life and the lives of people who I care about.”

Members: Mark Harper, Alex Stackhouse, Chester Williams, Kevin Paschall, and Sean Reilly

Did you know? Mark’s father was the original Roof Doctor. After his passing, Mark named his band after his business in memory of him.

When to catch them: New Year’s Eve @ Maggot House and January 6th @ Secret Art Space.


Family Vacation


“What are we doing with our music? Play it, progress with it, enjoy it—hopefully with others!”

Members: Matthew Kerr, Luke Harsel, Cody Bluett, and Adam Shumski

Sound: Indie jams that make you want to get up and dance, or at least bob your head to the beat and smile with influences like Dr. Dog, Beulah and Wilco.

When to catch them: January 5th @ Chaplin’s Music Cafe and February 2nd @ The Fire.


Rasputin’s Secret Police

“We’re trying to be what you wish the 90s had become.”

Members: Brandon Ayres and Josh Phillips

Did you know? The guys met when Josh was 14 and Brandon was 12, and have been making music together for the last 10 years, finding influence from Nirvana, The White Stripes, Dinosaur Jr. and others.

When to catch them: All upcoming gigs are listed on the band’s Facebook page.


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Philly Colleges Give Back
for the Holidays

‘Tis the season and everywhere you look, universities and colleges of the area are performing amazing acts of service as a way to give back to the surrounding community.

In Glenside, Arcadia University, in the spirit of shopping for a cause, has compiled a list of sites where you can contribute gifts to organizations like Heifer International. You can do all your regular shopping for family and friends with the knowledge that a portion of your purchase is going back to great causes, like Habitat for Humanity and even the university’s own service trips.

Up north, Temple University’s  Grandma’s Kids program is collecting toys, so that each of the 200 children living under the care of a grandparent and receive support from the program can get at least one item on their Christmas lists.

Over on the Main Line, Haverford College gathered students on December 8th to prepare  food to take to the homeless in Logan Circle for their traditional Holiday Homeless Dinner.

Looking westward, Saint Joseph’s University’s Government, Community Relations and Athletics departments gathered lots of fun gifts to donate to Toys for Tots this season. Many students made the commitment to drop off donations at community partners like Project H.O.M.E.

And from out in Collegetown, Ursinus College hosted a Holiday Extravaganza for the elementary school children and college-aged tutors of America Reads in the Christian Network Outreach Church and ACLAMO. The shared dinner and activities were meant to show young participants that college is within their reach.

Happy Holidays!

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Top 5 Philly Job Postings

Here are this week’s top 5 career postings on


1. Mural Arts Program: Marketing and Events Intern

The local art superheroes are Mural Arts are looking for an intern to assist their communications department. Editorial and marketing strategies are your responsibility; basically, you will write blog entries, edit newsletter stories, manage e-blast details, create collateral content, and connect with local media and MA’s partners. You must be able to get college credit for this internship, and attend some evening and weekend events.


2. FIS Group: Information Technology Intern

Be part of the IT  crowd! (sorry, we had to). As an IT intern, you’ll maintain FIS Group’s database by entering new and updated customer and account information. Since FIS works in finance and investing, some financial knowledge wouldn’t hurt when going into that interview.


3. Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas: Passionate Volunteer

Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas is looking for a volunteer to help out in the office of Philly’s premier Latin American arts organization. RCL offers cross-cultural lectures, music and dance performances, as well as  cultural arts educational programs for school assemblies and workshops. Keep the Latino spirit alive and kicking in Philly!


4. The NephCure Foundation: Health Education and Research Intern

Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a bad thing. That’s why the NephCure Foundation is so passionate about finding a cure to these devastating kidney conditions, and they’re looking to extend their network of patients, their families and friends, researchers, physicians and other healthcare professionals through health education and research. As a research intern, you’ll help science unlock the biological mechanisms that cause these serious conditions and maybe even find a way to cure and prevent them.

5. Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission: Public Affairs Intern

Are you addicted to social media? Use your Twitter handle for good, not evil, and get a PR internship! The DVRPC is looking for an intern to help develop communications materials and public outreach strategies. Excellent writing and communications skills, including speaking on the telephone with partner organizations and vendors, and writing for social media outlets are also a necessity!


You can contact Magali Roman at



5 Ways to Spend Winter
Break in Philly

If you’re reading this, the world beat the odds and continued to turn past December 21st! So here are some ways to celebrate another year!

1. New Year’s Week at Franklin SquareWhen: Wednesday, December 26th to Sunday December 30th, Noon to 3 daily. Where: Franklin Square Race Street Between 6th and 7th Streets Philadelphia, PA 19106. Price: FREE!

To usher in the New Year, historic Franklin Square is having daily arts and crafts and activities.

2. New Year’s Eve at Milkboy Coffee ShopWhen: Monday, December 31st. Where: Milkboy Coffee, 2 East Lancaster Avenue Ardmore, PA, 19003. Price: FREE!

With some good people and some great coffee, you can be sure there’s enough caffeine to keep you going until long after the ball drops.

3. New Year’s Eve Fireworks. When: Monday, December 31st, 6:00 pm and 12:00 am the 1st. Where: 101 S. Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19106. Price: FREE!

Whether you watch from the Blue Cross River Rink, the waterfront, or  the Battleship New Jersey, every location is a perfect viewing spot for what’s sure to be a fantastic display.

4. MAYA 2012: Lords of Time Exhibition. When: On-going until January 13th 2013. Where: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104. Price: $16.50 with Student ID.

With all of our playful talk of the Mayan prophecy, it seems only right that you investigate the real story. You’ll definitely want to check this out before the 13th.

5. Roomrunner at Kung Fu NecktieWhen: Tuesday, January 1st 2013, 8:00 pm. Where: Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front Street Philadelphia. Price: $8.00.

Rock into the New Year right with this high octane show that will sure to have all in attendance on their feet.

You can contact Rebecca Hannaford at

4 Must Dos for Your Graduation Checklist

The semester’s winding down, and anywhere from a few weeks to a month of winter break awaits college students across Philly. For some of you, graduation is not in the forefront of your minds, but for others, it’s coming up soon! But whether you’re a sophomore or a senior (where did the time go?), keep these things in mind before you toss your caps:


1. Visit your career center. 

We know you read our interview how-tos religiously and totally spruced up your resume from our do this, not that resume edition. But as helpful as our insider info is, nothing beats a professional opinion. So pop into your school career center in between classes–most appointments last from 15 minutes to half an hour–and get all your questions answered by someone who’s been in your shoes.


2. Consider all your options. All of them. 

Do you want to take a year off to save some money? Maybe join Greenpeace and save the whales? Have you though about grad school? These existentialist questions come and go in our minds, and as busy college students, it’s hard to address them with so many other things to occupy our time. But time moves quickly, and before long those questions might start altering your sleeping patterns. Before you make a decision about life after college, make sure you’ve covered every possible alternative.


3. Intern. 

Obviously. What better way to make sure the career decision you finally make is the right one? Essential for any job, and especially now. It’s a jungle out there in the job market!


4. Hang out with your professors. 

Essential if you ever need a recommendation for grad school. Everyone’s got that one completely brilliant professor that they’re totally inspired by. Find yours and get to know him or her.  Stop by for a chat and soak in the wisdom!


Did I miss anything? What is on your graduation bucket list? E-mail me at I want to hear them all!

Campus Newswire: Top 5

Cabrini Communication Students Win Pinnacle Award

A group of 2012 graduates from Cabrini College have recently been awarded by the College Media Association for excellence in a multimedia feature presentation. The group received inspiration for their capstone project from the movements of the Arab Spring, and focused on the different issues by creating 18 videos posted to Youth Voices Rise. To create this they interviewed students in Egypt, regularly communicating with them through Skype and email.

PAFA Features Moore Artists

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts has put together a collection over the last 25 years that deals exclusively with art made from a distinctly feminine perspective. The exhibition displays the work of a Moore professor, an alumna, and two recipients of Moore’s Visionary Woman Award.

Drexel Reps Join Delegation to China

Drexel University‘s vice provost for global initiatives and a professor from the engineering department will travel with Mayor Nutter’s delegation to China, to promote the city’s international profile and sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Nankai University. The partnership between these two urban universities will foster international collaboration.

Law Scholar Wins for Philosophy Article

Rutgers-Camden scholar Kimberly Kessler Ferzan has been awarded the Berger Memorial Prize by the American Philosophical Association for her article exploring permissibility of a state’s intervention to prevent a person from committing a crime.

Chestnut Hill Perfect for Harry Potter Fans

Chestnut Hill College has been ranked #4 in the top 10 list of Harry Potter-friendly campuses by, cited especially for its grand-scale Harry Potter Weekend held each fall.


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Top 5 Philly Events

Come to Philly and make use of your new-found time after finals week. Here are our top 5 events for the week:

1. Poet-Tree En Motion. When: Monday, December 17th, 7:00 pm. Where: The Rotunda 4014 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104. Price: FREE! Donations encouraged.

This is one of those events that didn’t show up on my radar until it was winding down, and made me wish I had known when it first started! But, no use crying over spilled events, and the important thing is between now and the final show on the 19th, you all can go out and enjoy this diverse, and funky performance based event.

2. The Colonial Cheesesteak TourWhen: Tuesday, December 18th, 10:30 am start time. Where: Meets out front of Benjamin’s Best at 401 Chestnut Street. Price: FREE! You can “buy” the tickets to reserve a spot.

Surprisingly enough this isn’t in the top 5 based off of the lure of cheesesteaks alone! Filled with quirky, fun, and totally Philly facts, this tour is great if you feel like you haven’t had the opportunity to walk around and see the quintessential Philly sites.

3. Annual March In of the Continental Army CommemorationWhen: Wednesday, December 19th, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Where: Valley Forge National Historical Park. Price: FREE!

What better way to mark the end of the semester than remembering General George Washington’s bitter and historic marching in to Valley Forge to hunker down for the winter? But, obviously, with candles and refreshments instead of harshness of war.

4. Chestnut Hill Farmer’s MarketWhen: Saturday, December 22nd to Sunday, December 23rd, Begins at 8 am. Where: 8229 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, 19118. Price: FREE to enter.

We are truly privileged as a city that we’re surrounded by a gorgeous country side with delicious local produce. My recommendation is to check out this market, get some delicious food and have an indoor picnic.

5. Sean Altman’s JEWMONGOUSWhen: Saturday, December 22nd, 8:00 pm. Where: Milkboy Coffee Shop 2 East Lancaster Ave, Ardmore PA 19003. Price: $15-$18.

Ready to laugh your tuchus off? Then you’re going to love Sean Altman’s Bo Burnham meets Adam Sandler meets synagogue social hall humor. Everyone needs a good laugh these days!

Hope everyone has had a wonderful semester! Don’t forget to continue exploring!

You can contact Rebecca Hannaford at


The Life of an Art Student

Alexis Kandra keeps a log book at her bedside where she marks, every day, how many hours of sleep she got the night before.

The senior Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting major in the Tyler School of Art only returns to her apartment off campus when she absolutely needs to, usually stopping by to cook large amounts of potatoes (“They are one of my staples,” she says) that will sustain her through long hours of painting.

“I’m constantly in and out of my studio,” says Kandra. “It’s my base of operations. I’m in Tyler for 12 hours a day, easy. I generally don’t leave until 1 or 2 in the morning.”

Due to the nature and size of her artwork, it is very difficult for Kandra to work anywhere outside of Tyler, but she returns to the studio spaces to complete her academic homework as well, saying if she tried to work at home, “I would be extremely tempted to lie down and take a nap.”

This is the life Kandra chose after being accepted into the very competitive Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts while in high school. Once there, she decided she really enjoyed painting as “something that could be an art form rather than just a commercial sort of reproduction.”

On top of all her studio time, Kandra still manages to get out once in a while, and keeps a separate column in her log book for “adventures.”

“You need experiences out in the world to inspire you,” she says. “If you exist in a vacuum, your artwork is going to be the same and you’re going to hit a lot of walls.”

The greatest advantage to the studio is the opportunity to talk to other people and get their opinion, because, as Kandra says, “After you graduate that’s the hardest thing to get: input from other people.”

The artist hopes to foster a similar community after graduation by sharing a studio space with other artists in Philadelphia.

Kandra opens her BFA Thesis show in Tyler tonight, December 14th, from 6-9pm. The theme is “The End of the World.”


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Top 5 Philly Job Postings

Here are this week’s top 5 Philly job postings on


1. Campus Philly: Career Programs Internship Spring 2013

Repeat after us: best networking opportunity ever. We’re hiring college kids who want a leg up on Philly jobs and helping others make career decisions. You’ll help out the career arm of Campus Philly with event planning, program development, and reaching out to keep Philly students working in Philly forever.


2. Delaware Art Museum: Alfred Appel Jr. Education Internship

Love art and can’t wait to share your knowledge with the younger generation? This internship will make you responsible for overseeing the Museum’s Summer Art Camp program, and conducting youth outreach programs at libraries. If you’re pursuing a degree in art education and want some experience teaching the masses, this is a golden opportunity.


3. Expert Business Development, LLC: Client Services Intern

As a client services intern, your job will be to make the motto “the customer is always right” fit civilized terms. To achieve this, you’ll need to be good at multitasking, able to speak eloquently and effectively, and be comfortable and skilled in the accurate retrieval and manipulation of large data sets. The position is paid, so get on it!


4. Families of Murder Victims: Court Advocate Intern

Not such a cheerful topic, but important nonetheless. As a Court Advocate intern, you’ll assist families and friends (co-victims) of homicide to help them navigate the judicial system and work through the grieving process. Equal parts counselor and legal guide, this position requires a tremendous level of emotional maturity, empathy and commitment to social justice, but the work you’ll be doing will be much more than beneficial- it will help lessen the suffering of victims.


5. Wickline Casting: Winter Spring Internship for Wickline Casting

When it comes to getting your foot in the door of talent agencies, Kathy Wickline Casting has over 25 years and top shelf credits in commercials, film and corporate to their name.  As an intern, you’ll help update social media sites to promote castings, classes and workshops, as well as assisting with casting (making phone calls to agents, sort through talent pool, create booking sheets, run sessions, etc.). Leave  the “Entourage” DVD box sets at home; this is sure to be one of the best talent networking experiences of your career.


You can contact Magali Roman at


I Break for Music: Top 5 Must-Sees during Winter Break

So now that you have all this free time, with finals being either over or winding down, the burning question is what are you going to do with all this unstructured time?

If you’re feeling in need of something to pull you out of your winter hibernation, we have some choice music events for you to check out in Philly!

1.  XPN Welcomes Good Old WarWhen: Thursday December 20th, 8:00 pm. Where: Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St Philadelphia, PA 19147. Price: $20

Returning to their home town, Good Old War is an indie band that is sure to build up your hipster cred. Be sure to wear your plaid and chunky scarves!

2. Badfish- A Tribute to SublimeWhen:  Friday December 21st, 8:30 pm. Where: The Electric Factory, 421 North 7th Street Philadelphia, PA 19123. Price: $18 plus processing fees.

I know we were all very young when Sublime had its heyday, but who isn’t a bit nostalgic for the 90’s? Why not bust out your overalls and show off your knowledge of Sublime lyrics?

3. 2nd Annual Hip-Hop AwardsWhen: Sunday December 23rd, 5:00 pm. Where: Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St Philadelphia, PA 19147. Price: $20

No one can deny that this award show’s mission statement to bring the hip hop scene in Philly together is only one thing: fun!

4. The Starting LineWhen: Wednesday December 26th, 8:00 pm. Where:  The Electric Factory, 421 North 7th Street Philadelphia, PA 19123. Price: $25 plus processing fees.

I have had “Island” by the Starting Line stuck in my head it feels like since I first heard it on MTV U in 2006. If you’re like me and love their confessional indie rocking, be sure to check this show out!

5. Sound of Music Sing-A-LongWhen: Saturday December 29th, 8:00 pm. Where: World Cafe Live 3025 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104. Price: $14 plus processing fees.

To round out our top 5 it seemed only appropriate to give you a chance to sing! The epic and iconic Von Trapp family are returning to the big screen for this night only (for those over 18, kiddies have a different showing)!

Enjoy your break guys–it’s been well earned!

You can contact Rebecca Hannaford at