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    OutFest: Celebration of Visibility

    The rainbow-painted concrete at 13th and Locust Streets was especially bright and welcoming as crowds gathered to witness an outdoor drag show featuring various members of Philadelphia’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally community. As the first OutFest since the Supreme Court ruling which legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, this year’s pride festival was not only met with happiness but to also continue pushing on for visibility. “It is important to continue to be visible and to have a welcoming, safe place, for the LGBTQA community to express themselves,” said Patti Calandra, president of the Philadelphia Freedom Band. “We want to show that we have every right like every other…

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    Inspiration or Identity Theft?

    Students in uniforms of bright T-shirts, tutus and fanny packs embarked on a twelve hour dance celebration to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. On Saturday, Nov. 7, Temple students met on the dance floor at Mitten Hall for its third annual HootaThon. Despite the wearing twelve hours that these dancers faced, it was easy to see that the energy of the event was preserving their spirits. “It’s all really positive, you can tell,” said Jennifer Foti, a sophomore sociology major dancing through the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. “People who don’t even know each other are going up to each other and dancing, talking. It’s all…

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    The Divine Lorraine – Bridging the Gap or Making it Grow?

    When traveling past Fairmount Avenue on the way down North Broad Street, it is almost impossible to miss the imposing behemoth that is the Divine Lorraine Hotel. Once a pinnacle of wealth and luxury in Philadelphia, the grand hotel has sat abandoned since 1999 and has fallen into great disrepair. Despite multiple attempts to renovate or restore the building to its original glory, none have come to fruition thus far. However, since September, the building’s latest owner has finally begun to restore the structure to it’s former self, with plans to make it an apartment complex and stores. The question that many local Philadelphians have though, is whether or not the…

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    Chance The Rapper At The Electric Factory

    Philadelphia’s Electric Factory was brought to life during the month of October. With appearances ranging from Franz Ferdinand to Kraftwerk, the venue was filled with concertgoers from all around the city. On Oct. 22, one of the most notable performers for the month was contemporary hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper. Known for his youthful appearance and trend-setting social media coverage, the artist struck a chord with many young fans, including students at Temple University. Known for his large influence over the rap music genre in the past three years, Chance the Rapper brought many friends and fellow artists into Philly for the Family Matters Tour: a one-night, festival-style show. Although…

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    Atop A Silent Hill

    With the message of “bring your own flashlights,” Saturday night’s Soul Crawl at Laurel Hill took away the lights of the city as  tour guide Dave Horwitz and co-workers guided parties through the steep graveyard overlooking the Schuylkill River. Through the dark and with the aid of cheap pharmacy flashlights, we walked to see the all the graves in the huge expanse of the premise. An uncountable amount of celebrities are housed there, like Ben Franklin’s family, mayors of the city of Philadelphia through 1920 and more. If you tour the place yourself, you will probably catch a familiar name in every section of the cemetery. Everyone expects Harry Kalas’…

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    An Ode to Pumpkin Beer

    Every year, it feels as though people start celebrating for holidays earlier and earlier. For fall, the pumpkin craze drives everyone to the nearest coffee shop for a pumpkin spice latte (extra whip, please!) with a pumpkin spice muffin to go. Now, the pumpkin has been smashed into a brown beer bottle for when people put down the coffee and hit the bars. With craft beer and micro-brews on the rise, there is an art to making interesting tasting beer. So why not try pumpkin? Along with the malt and hops put into making the refreshing campfire friend, breweries have made a seasonal concoction with pumpkins or squash, flavorings and…

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    PAN (2015) ★★

    Through the London smog and chaos of World War II, director Joe Wright’s, “Pan,” begins with a promise and ends with a letdown. Distracted by an overload of special effects,  delusional characters and forced humor, we are left to wonder if we’re watching the origins of J.M. Barrie’s literary masterpiece or a Tim Burton nightmare. Beginning in an orphanage, rations are scarce and Peter, played by up-and-coming actor Levi Miller, is somewhat of a troublemaker. It turns out that the nuns are secretly selling the orphans off to pirates, who spring down from the ceilings in the dead of night and snatch the boys from their cots. The boys are…

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    “The Brick Artist”

    At the age of five Nathan Sawaya received his first Lego set. Now 42-years-old he has turned his childhood hobby into a fulltime career. Tired of working as New York corporate lawyer, Sawaya said he would come home at night and play with Legos, creating unique pieces of art using the small colored bricks. Eventually he decided to take a chance on the children’s toy and quit his job in the corporate world to become an artist. His work ended up being a hit. His creations have since traveled around the world from Texas to Singapore to Alaska and Israel. They have now landed here in Philadelphia at the Franklin Institute.…

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    Cosette Gobat: Temple’s Alternative Superstar

    The Grape Room in Manayunk was filled with Temple students as one of their own took the stage. Cosette Gobat, 19, filled the room with  soul-filled, melancholic lyrics putting the spotlight on her own style of alternative music. The crowd swooned in awe as a raspy voice was projected from her body, things we only hear from well-versed artists in the music field. Having lived within a conservative community of Mennonites, the freshman media studies and production major was heavily influenced by gospel tunes unveiled to her by the Christian faith. She said the art program at her school was not a major concern. “They didn’t support the arts in…

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    United By Blue brings Fall Looks and Fall Blends to Philadelphia

    It is rare to find a compost bin in a clothing store. But this is the case in Philadelphia’s own United by Blue hybrid clothier-coffee shops.United by Blue, a fashion company founded by 2008 Temple alum and Asian Studies major Brian Linton, has two retail locations that can be found in Philadelphia: One in Old City and one in University City on Walnut St . Each of these locations sell more than just clothes—they also are equipped with a coffee shop. The company’s mission is to mitigate waste around Philly and the world through their sales. The “blue” in the name is for the ocean, so for every product that…