Going Down SOUTH (on N. Broad Street)

Going Down SOUTH (on N. Broad Street)

Last week Campus Philly invited a few students out to SOUTH Kitchen & Jazz Parlor to experience fine southern cuisine and incredible jazz music. Along with promoting Jazz Appreciation Month, the Bynum Brothers (who also own Warmdaddy’s, Relish, and Green Soul) are looking to spread the love of jazz music to the young and young at heart alike. Below are two quotes from Bryant and Zakiyy who were in attendance. Make sure you also check out SOUTH Kitchen & Jazz Parlor every Wednesday night in April to receive deals and discounts like half-off tickets for the second set!

Any questions, feel free to email me cory@campusphilly.org


Students should listen to jazz more because it is the mother of the music we listen to today. I’m new to jazz, but in my most recent outings I have heard live jazz music. After each time I’ve left feeling better than when I entered the room. And on top of that, I’ve been able to pick up hints of jazz in modern day music. Many artists today build their beats and tones from jazz music, but if you don’t know where those sounds come from how can you truly appreciate it? Listening to jazz has helped me appreciate my music more.

If college students truly appreciated music, they would know more about jazz. In life you can never truly value something if you don’t know where it comes from or what it means. Students should listen to jazz in order to learn more about the history and true art of music.

Bryant O. Washington
Temple University, ‘18

Jazz is a music and lifestyle that stems from African American culture that has weaved its way through several other popular genres of music, such as R&B, hip hop, pop, and some forms of rock. Last week, I attended a nice dinner at SOUTH with Cory from Campus Philly and a few other students. The atmosphere upon entering was automatically a great vibe. The interior décor really complimented the theme of southern cooking and as an artist I enjoyed the visuals. This was my second time having dinner there and I will definitely be back. The jazz side of the restaurant is separated for the reason I guess to be so the sound and ambiance of the live sounds can be amplified.

The food at SOUTH was very delicious and embodied what a southern menu should exemplify. I had the seafood gumbo, which left me beyond satisfied. The taste of the food was blended harmoniously and I also loved the presentation of the food. Overall, a great experience!

Zakiyy Williams
La Salle University, ‘21

Think Summer! Become a Philly Lifeguard

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Spring semester is zipping by, and before you know it, summer will be here! Philadelphia Parks & Recreation wants to remind you that the city has got plenty of summer job options for you—400+ jobs, to be more specific. Lifeguards work at 70 outdoor pools across Philadelphia, earning $12.33 per hour while they do so.

But who’s a typical Parks & Rec lifeguard? There’s no one profile that fits the bill, but a sizeable portion of the lifeguard force is composed of high school and college students, many of whom return year after year for the leadership opportunities, decent salary, and chance to enjoy the summer sunshine. Take, for example, Kyree Westbrooks.

Kyree is a Parks & Rec lifeguard who has worked with us for seven years, beginning when he was in high school. He is currently an education major at the Community College of Philadelphia. Kyree likes the lifeguard job over the typical summer job young people get because of the good pay and the seriousness of the job.

“I get a lot of satisfaction from teaching young people from ages 6 to 16 how to swim in just a few weeks in the summer,” said Kyree. “I also appreciate that I am responsible for protecting the lives of hundreds of people each summer.”

Kyree became a lifeguard after being encouraged by Marty Jackson, a staffer at Ziehler Playground in the Olney section of the city. Kyree was a mainstay at the pool, and Marty figured that he might make a good lifeguard. Although Kyree was a good swimmer because of his many visits to Ziehler pool, he did not initially pass the first lifeguard screening test, but he did not give up. He took advantage of our remedial lifeguard classes, which enhanced his swimming technique and helped him build his endurance, and was able to pass the screening easily on his second attempt.

“I always recommend the lifeguard jobs to my friends since they always inquire about my high-paying summer job,” said Kyree. “I tell them, ‘Don’t sweat it if you are not a strong swimmer, the Parks & Rec staff is always willing to help potential lifeguards become stronger swimmers.’”

Join Kyree on the pool deck as a lifeguard this summer. Lifeguard screenings are taking place now, so it’s not too early to get swimming. Learn more at www.phila.gov/lifeguards.

Nine reasons why you should make summer plans with Penn

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It’s never too early to start making plans for your summer, and the University of Pennsylvania is the perfect place to start. With Ivy League academics, an expansive global network and a convenient location right in the heart of University City, there are plenty of reasons to explore all that Penn has to offer this summer – enroll in courses online, on campus and abroad to get ahead on credits and expand your academic horizons.

  1. You can enroll through open admissions
    If you want to take classes online or on campus, there’s no need to worry about completing a formal academic application. Admissions for summer courses are open for visiting undergraduates.
  2. You can earn all the credits in nearly half the time
    Summer at Penn is designed with flexibility in mind. You can receive college credit in 11 weeks or in just five-and-a-half weeks during one of the accelerated sessions.
  3. You can make the poolside your classroom
    Online classes provide you the opportunity to experience the Ivy League from anywhere in the world, including your own backyard.
  4. You can actually get a seat in the library
    When you take summer classes on campus at Penn, you can enjoy historic libraries, state-of-the-art laboratories and modern study spaces—with leg room to spare.
  5. You can travel across the globe and earn credit while doing it
    Did you know that applications for Penn Summer Abroad are open to students outside of Penn? From Havana and Buenos Aires to London and Madrid, Penn takes you on thrilling academic journeys. Many of the programs take place over a span of weeks, so you have plenty of time to soak up summer at home.
  6. You can still sleep in as late as you want
    Evening and online courses mean you can catch up on z’s. The flexibility of summer offerings provides room in your schedule for a summer job, internship, road trip and the all-important TV-watching marathon.
  7. You can experience a lush urban oasis
    With thousands of trees along Penn’s sprawling green campus, the University is an accredited arboretum. Lounge on College Green, play soccer in Penn Park and cycle through University City’s protected bike lines while studying at one of the nation’s top institutions.
  8. You can dive into fascinating and out-of-the-ordinary topics
    There are more than 300 courses available on campus and online, so there is something for everyone at Penn in the summer. From visual neuroscience and Beyoncé to witchcraft and human evolution, you can get ahead on your degree requirements and explore what excites you.
  9. You can enjoy your favorite lunch truck without the wait
    Last, but certainly not least, summer is the perfect time to finally figure out who really serves West Philly’s best burrito. Without the crowds, you can indulge in global fare from the famous food trucks that line almost every block of Penn’s campus.

Visit the Penn Summer website to learn more about online, on-campus and abroad programs.

Live in the Philly Moment!

What an exciting time to be a student in Philadelphia! The Eagles are Super Bowl bound, The Franklin Institute has a special student discount to see the famed Terracotta Warriors and there are cool upcoming events happening all over the city, PLUS Open Arts Membership Week and Wired:Philly, our recruiting event for science and tech majors.  Below are our weekend picks!

P.S. Take this quick survey for your chance to win a free dinner in the city.

Deal Alert! The Franklin Institute is offering a student discount (only $10!) for a special Evening with The Terracotta Warriors on Thursday, February 8. Create an Open Arts account (FREE!) to access this deal.



Now’s Your Chance to Become a Member of Open Arts Philly

January 14 – 21 is Open Arts Membership Week!  Sign-up at openartsphilly.com/activate. Members get access to awesome discounts, free tickets and the ability to be part of our Open Arts College Nights, all for FREE.

Here’s What to Expect at the 2018 Inclusive Leadership Conference

You’re registered to attend the 2018 Inclusive Leadership Conference or you’re thinking about registering – if that’s the case, email Cory Dulaney to see if there is still room.  If this is your first ILC, or you need a refresher, this is what to expect and how to prepare for the 2018 Inclusive Leadership Conference!

What is ILC?
The Inclusive Leadership Conference is an annual day-long conference for college students from the Greater Philadelphia Region. It is taking place this February 3rdfrom 10AM – 4PM at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student CenterKeynote presentations set the tone for the day followed by three sessions, each session has up to seven discussions for you to choose. Continental breakfast and lunch is included!

Who will be there?
Last year we saw nearly 400 students from various schools in the Greater Philadelphia region (Philly, the suburbs of Philly, South Jersey, and Delaware). Our keynotes for the year include Michael O’Bryan (Village of Arts and Humanities), Tiffany Tavarez (Wells Fargo), and Mayor Jim Kenney (City of Philadelphia). Community and civic leaders, entrepreneurs, regional businesses and higher education professionals are leading the discussions.

What will we discuss?
This year’s theme is Finding Your Voice: Advocating for Self & Others. We all come from different experiences, backgrounds, and are born with different skills and passions. No one voice is, or should be, the same. Some may protest racial injustices by walking in solidarity and others may organize the protest, getting all the proper documentation in order. Some may write a song for gender equality and others may perform that song. No voice is better than another, and we need all of our voices! Maybe you know your voice or maybe you want to discover it. In either case, we want you to leave this conference with the motivation to (re)discover your voice, the knowledge on how you should use your voice, and ways in which to flex your voice!

How to prepare.
Start thinking about what you’re naturally good at. What skills were you born with and what are you passionate about? Your voice is part of an intricate puzzle, and a space is perfectly tailored for you. Sometimes, though, other people’s space look more appealing and may get more recognition. Activists who chain themselves around a tree seem cool, but what about the person who writes policy to save trees? Film directors may have their work on clean water shown across the world, but what about the behind the scenes editors and camerapersons? Come with questions on how to find your voice, where to use your voice, how to help others find their voice, etc…

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via my email or phone info below. If not, look forward to hearing your voice on February 3rd!

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via email or phone.

Cory Dulaney
Campus Philly Program Manager
215-988-1707 || cory@campusphilly.org

Hello, 2018! We’re Getting Fit, Giving Back and Planning Our Cheat Day

Exercise your body and mind! Here’s Where to Get Fit in Philly Without Going Broke and where to test your pop culture knowledge at these themed trivia nights.

Lend a helping hand on Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 15. The 23rd Annual Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service has a long list of community volunteer opportunities.

Take a break from your clean eating resolution for one day. Come on, it’s just one! CCD Restaurant Week is happening January 14-26 at 50+ local spots. Three-course lunch, $20. Three-course dinner, $35. This is a popular deal so make your reservations now.

A Snowy Bowie Skate on Saturday, January 13 and Open Arts College Night: Skate Night on Wednesday, January 31both happening at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.

Start the New Year off right by finding, advocating, and teaching others to discover their voice! Campus Philly and Temple University will be hosting the Inclusive Leadership Conference on Feb. 3 for ALL Philadelphia-area college students. Register here.

Looking for more? Our calendar is a great resource for planning your Philadelphia adventure!

Ring in the New Year Philly-style!

Welcoming the New Year in Philadelphia is like the dessert of the holiday season. You think you’re done after opening presents and family get-togethers, but hold up! New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are here for the sweet ending. Here are our picks for ringing in the New Year in Philly:

SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront
Sunday, December 31 | 6PM-12AM
Celebrate the biggest night of the year with fireworks! Two shows, at 6PM and Midnight. 

New Year’s Funkin’ Eve at FringeArts (21+)
Sunday, December 31 | 10PM – 2AM
$35 for students and ages 21-25 gets you: 
• all the grooves you can handle
• all the balloons you can handle
• champagne toast
• a floor to bust a groove on to the tunes of the renowned band Ill Doots and Philadelphia favorite DJ Dame Luz

The Ping-Pong Prom (21+)
Sunday, December 31 | 9PM – 2AM
Ping-pong social club SPiN is throwing a unique New Year’s Eve bash. The 21-plus crowd is invited to Ping-Pong Prom, where you can eat, drink, dance and play.

Plus here’s “Cheap or free Philly New Year’s Eve parties ($20 or less)” (21+)

The Mummers Parade 2018
Monday, January 1 | Parade Start: 9AM
During the festive, nearly 120-year-old tradition, 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets. The 2018 Mummers Parade parade begins at City Hall and continues south to Washington Avenue.





5 Ways to Treat Yourself for the Holidays!

Treat Yourself for the Holidays!

Ice Skating
From the Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, you have plenty of places to lace up and get some laps in. P.S. Stay tuned for January 31 when we are hosting an Open Arts College Night: Skate Night at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.

Miracle on South 13th Street
Reaching across South 13th Street from one rowhome to the next, strings of colorful twinkling lights create a canopy of holiday cheer for sightseers to stroll through. After you’ve been dazzled, treat yourself to Varallo Brothers cannoli or Marra’s pizza pie.

Reading Terminal
Don’t know what kind of mood you’re in but know you want to eat something delicious? Reading Terminal Market, 51 N 12th St, is the spot for you. Some of our favorites:  Beiler’s Donuts, DiNic’s Roast Pork, Beck’s Cajun Cafe, Tootsie’s, and Famous 4th Street Cookie Company.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
We think this is the most festive Philadelphia activity you can do. Run up the Art Museum steps, a.k.a “the Rocky steps,” and you’ll be greeted by the beautiful Christmas tree that’s right in front of the museum. 

High Tea at The Dandelion 
Offered year long at The Dandelion, High Tea is especially cozy during the holiday season. The food and atmosphere – mini cakes, finger sandwiches, working fireplace and big cozy chairs – will have you feeling like you’re in London without taking that seven-hour flight.


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