Students of Philadelphia: Meet Joseph from Arcadia

“Students of Philadelphia” showcases just a few of the many talented and creative students that inhabit our amazing city. In this mini series, we will introduce you to some of Philly’s young, talented and ambitious students.  

Meet Joesph from Arcadia University: 

Students of Philadelphia: Joseph Ferenchiak from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

Here’s a bit more about Joe, his music, and how he feels about Philadelphia!

Zipporah Dixon: Hey Joe! Would you mind introducing yourself to us?

Processed with VSCO with b5 presetJoseph Ferenchiak: My name is Joseph and I’m a fourth year International Business and Culture major with a double music and French minor here at Arcadia!

ZD: What was your first impression of Philadelphia? 

JF: Well, technically the first time I came to Philadelphia, I was in the fifth grade and I saw all of Old City specifically. We visited all the must-see historical spots. When I was coming into college, my impression was through tourist’s eyes.

ZD: What do you think of it now?

JF: Right now Philly is kind of like a home city where I do my day-to-day activities, like work or hanging out with friends.  

ZD: Where’s your getaway spot in the city?

JF: For me, my favorite neighborhoods are Center City and the Gayborhood. It just has that “city” feel to it, the Center City skyscrapers and the Gayborhood’s colonial charm. 

ZD: Since you moved to Philadelphia, have you discovered something new about yourself?

JF:  I was really awkward back in high school and since coming to college, I’ve really come out of my shell.  Philadelphia has really helped with that since I was able to meet a bunch of new people and do a lot of stuff that I was not able to do before.

ZD: So you’re a pianist?

JF: I am, I’ve been playing for 15 years.  I’ve also picked up singing a bit since I’ve come to school

ZD: Has Philadelphia influenced you with your artform in anyway? 

JF: Well, Philadelphia has influenced it in a lot of ways through music events and concerts and just working with my professors at my school.

ZD: So we know about the Philly Cheesesteak scene, but where’s your favorite place in Philly to grab a bite to eat or have a cuppa Joe? 

JF: My favorite place to go actually is this little coffee shop in Chestnut Hill, the Chestnut Hill Coffee Company. I go there every Tuesday to have my little cup of Joe (pun intended) and a pastry while I’m doing homework.

ZD: What’s your one piece of advice for those considering coming to Philly for school?

JF: Just do it! Philadelphia has a really good arts scene and it’s different from other cities. It has this very unique culture to it that you won’t find in say, New York City of Chicago. It’s very down-to-earth. If you’re looking for an at-ease city, where you can be your nice little hipster self, Philadelphia is just for you.

ZD: Thanks for sharing your Philly story, Joe. I’m headed out to lunch. Dare I get a cheesesteak?

JF: Whiz wit, Zipporah.

That was fun! Check back soon for our next featured Student of Philadelphia! And if you know someone who really embodies the qualities of our city, let us know. We definitely want to meet them and hear their Philly story. 

Z’s Weekly Picks: Nov. 7-13

It’s that time of the week again! If you’re looking for something to do or somewhere cool to go, your girl Z has got you covered! Below are some events and things worth taking a look at for this week.

Election Day Celebration at the National Constitution Center

To ring in Election day, the Constitution Center is having a slew of Presidential themed events. Stop by on Tuesday before or after you hit the polls to enjoy face-painting, crafts, trivia and a live stream of the election. If you come dressed up as a president or come with your ‘I Voted’ sticker, you get $5 admission into the museum!

Divine Lorraine Block Party

This one has definitely been a while in the making, after quite a few rain cancellations, the Divine Lorraine Block Party is coming to North Broad Street this Wednesday the 9th! As a celebration for relighting the Divine Lorraine sign, EB Realty Management will be hosting this pay-as-you-go Block Party around the historic hotel. Enjoy games, beer, music and much more!

Rotham Ice Rink & Wintergarden at Dilworth Park

Already in the Christmas spirit? Hit up Dilworth Park this Friday for the grand opening of Rotham Ice Rink and pop-up maze hosted right outside of City Hall. Greater Philadelphia Gardens helped create the maze. Whether you’re in the mood to skate and enjoy some great food and everyone’s favorite cold weather drink – hot chocolate – or head through this awesome maze, it’s clear that Dilworth Park is where the party is this weekend!

Questlove Supreme at the Foundry

The Roots drummer is returning the The Foundry! Questlove himself curated a jam session at the Foundry, this being a recurring event. Looking to hear some awesome music and have fun with friends, this is definitely the scene for you. Head to the Fillmore on Sunday to see Questlove of The Roots, you may have seen them on TV…as Jimmy Fallon’s house band!

So there you have it– Z’s Weekly Picks! If you have any suggestions or want to let us know how an event was, don’t forget to tweet us @CampusPhilly!


A little Hocus Pocus in Philly

Halloween is almost here! If you’re like me, you’ve been swamped with homework and midterms, so now Halloween is here and it’s the perfect time to relax, take a break from that work and hang out with friends in funny and ridiculous costumes.

And if you’re a true procrastinator, like myself, you waited until the very last minute to solidify your plans. Luckily, I have all of us covered– here’s a list of Halloween events and attractions coming up in the next week. Be warned, these events are not for the faint hearted or easily scared, visit at your own will!

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

From touring the grounds to the seasonal outdoor flea market,  we’re always directing people to the Penitentiary. This time of year things get spooky, really spooky. You can take a fright-filled stroll through the *haunted* Penitentiary until November 5th.

Wicked: 7 Evil Parties at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia

Looking to dance and dress up in your costume? XFINITY Live is holding seven (Yes, seven) parties. The parties also consist of a costume contest, where the winners will win a total of 4,000 dollars in cash and prizes! Dj’s, live entertainment, refreshments and so much fun will have you dancing all night long if you’re looking to show off your costume and party in the big city.

True Tales from the Tomb: Mischief Night by the Firelight

If you’ve never been past Laurel Hill Cemetery, it looks something straight out of a painting. Eerily beautiful, the cemetery sits on a hill and has an outstanding view. But around Halloween, it takes a completely different turn. On the 28th, some of Laurel Hill’s permanent residents rise from their graves to tell some of the most riveting stories that have come to the cemetery. 

Philadelphia Orchestra Halloween Activities

Not a big fan of being scared? If you’re into music, the Philadelphia Orchestra is holding an event where you can celebrate the spooky holiday with some sweet tunes. The Halloween Organ Extravaganza is featuring a score set to Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. The next day people are encouraged to come back for Halloween Treats, where they showcase music from Harry Potter and have other activities lined up.

Halloween Movie Series at The Schmidt’s Commons

Not really into dressing up or going out? Hit the Schmidt’s Commons on select dates to have a relaxing night and watch some classic Halloween or scary movies, including one of my personal favorites, Hocus Pocus. Food and drink are available there, but don’t forget to bring a blanket and something to sit on!

These are just a few of the many awesome spooky, fun and awesome Halloween activities going on this upcoming Hallo-weekend. If you find anything else you think is spooktacular and worthy of looking at, tweet us at @CampusPhilly!

The Week(end) Guide 1/11 – 1/17

2016 is in full swing and we want to set you up with events that are worth checking out! Get crafty at Pay What You Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, dive into the culinary culture of Restaurant Week, or get a good stretch session in at Winter Yoga at the Horticulture Center. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to share it with us– tag your posts with #meetphilly!

Wednesday, January 13th
Philadelphia Museum of Art: Make Stuff: Wish You Were Here
Leave behind the Philly freeze and create your own tropical escape.

Thursday, January 14th:
The  Franklin Institute: 3D Printing Workshop
Learn how to turn those designs you’ve imagined into physical formations with just the click of a button!

Thursday, January 14th:
The Franklin Institute: Night Skies in the Observatory 
Pluto: Newest Dwarf Planet of the Solar System. Come learn about what’s new at Pluto and get a better understanding of why it’s still a Dwarf!

Saturday, January 16th – Monday, January 18th:
Eastern State Penitentiary: Reading of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

Special readings from the landmark text and opportunities for visitors to respond to its relevance today.

Sunday, January 17th
Winter Yoga at the Horticulture Center: “Beat the Winter Blues” Yoga:
In this all-levels yoga class, you will be led through a sequence that creates internal heat, stimulates the immune system and helps you to reconnect with inspiration and joy.

Sunday, January 17th – Friday, January 22nd
Center City District Restaurant Week Winter  2016
Every winter and fall, participating restaurants offer three-course dinners for only $35 per person. In addition, many participating restaurants will also offer a three-course lunch for $20.