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Temple is a one-of-a-kind experience. New to Temple University? You’ll definitely want to familiarize yourself with these things.

1. The Wind

It’s like Mother Nature’s version of a sucker-punch. This wind will, quite literally, take the wind right out of you. Attempting to trek through a gust feels like trying to run on a treadmill made out of wet cement. Basically, we’re where umbrellas come to die.

2. The Squirrels

Cute. Fluffy. Playful. Savage. They may lurk in garbage cans and under parked cars, but Philly’s squirrels are totally plotting against us. We know there’s evil behind those bushy tails.

3. Stella

How many schools invite a live owl to their home sporting events? Lucky for us, Stella gives a hoot about hoops. Her all-knowing eyes peer into our souls, questioning our Temple pride and forcing us to prove it by showing up for our teams. Stella’s so much more than a bird—she’s a star.

4. TUAlerts

Few relationships are more hot-and-cold than the one we have with TUAlerts. When they tell us campus is closed for a snow day, we love them. When they arrive two hours after shots were fired, we hate them. The system is far from perfect (and, in many cases, fear-inducing). However, something’s better than nothing.

5. J&H

For starters, J&H isn’t even J&H. Technically, this all-you-care-to-eat spot is named the Louis J. Esposito Dining Center. It’s one of the first things we learned at freshman orientation. Since then, though, the ease with which “J&H” rolls off our tongues has convinced us to forget all about that. If only we could forget all about the post-dinner stomach cramps, too…

6. Mondays (and Tuesdays, and, Well, All Days) at Maxi’s

Whether it’s a piled-high piece of penne pasta pizza or (for the 21+ crowd) a good ol’ liquid lunch, this campus hangout has everything we need to relax and recharge post-lecture. It’s nearly impossible to head down Liacouras Walk without wondering whether or not hot wings are a valid reason to dip out on your work study job.

7. Club TECH

Ain’t no party like a Club TECH party cuz the Club TECH party doesn’t stop. Seriously, the TECH Center is the place to be at 3 o’clock on a Thursday morning. We go there to catch up with friends, duke it out over available desktops and cram for finals. (Of course, the cramming part could easily be avoided if we cut back on the other two things…but it’s Club TECH!)

8. Diamond Dollars

Forget cash and credit—we fill our pockets with diamonds. Okay, so most of us don’t actually stroll from class to class with pockets full of precious stones. But this collegiate spin on currency is loaded onto our Owl Cards for laundry, midnight 7-Eleven runs and all those times we overshoot our meal swipe equivalencies at the SAC.

9. Bell Tower Guy

Though most of us ignore him, this microphone-toting man isn’t always wasting his time at the Bell Tower. He does, occasionally, wage word war with someone who’s either at the halfway point of a bad day or passionate enough to say what everyone else is probably thinking.

10. The This-Makes-Zero-Sense Buildings

Anderson has two second floors. Annenberg has a secret room with its own special staircase. As for Weiss, my best friend is convinced the entire building is an elaborate social experiment. The classrooms we frequent aren’t for the faint of heart. If you’re a fan of labyrinths, then our campus is the place to be.


Megan Sawey

Megan Sawey is a Temple University alumnus. She maintains deep passions for puns, distance running, hula hooping, peanut butter, and (thanks to her recent trip to Rome) Nutella. You can find her on megansawey.com.

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