Welcome back to a newly renovated Temple University. This place is so incredibly different. Well, for those of us returning it’s a big change, for those of you who are new, just consider yourself lucky.
The buildings along Park Mall have been “coming soon,” since my orientation three years ago. If they would have just said “coming later,” it would be an entirely different story, but three years is definitely not soon by any measure.
Even if the buildings are new to all of us, the new students still have some Temple learning to do. So, to help the new students out a bit, I’ve compiled a glossary, containing words you might hear on a daily basis.
New Student Glossary
Apollo (A-pol-oh): The newly named Liacourus Center is the building formally know as the Apollo. It is easy to say and remember, and is the reason why most lazy upperclassmen still refer to the old name.
Beast (Bee-st): There is no beauty behind this beverage, but it is the cheap product of choice when you are strapped for cash on a Friday night.
J & H Breezeway (Bree-zzz-way): You’ll know when you are in it. It is the graveyard of umbrellas on a stormy day.
Chumpies, Homegirls and Rapsnaks: Forget Ruffles or Pringles you haven’t eaten a chip, until you try these three ghetto snacks.
Club McDonald’s (aka club Mickey Dees): This famous spot right off of campus is a great hangout at 3 a.m.. Located at Diamond and Broad, it is the best place to get a six pack of nuggets and hang out with the Ruff Ryders.
Draught Horse (draft hoor-sss): Not draught as in it hasn’t rained for 10 years, but as in draft beer, a Baseball draft or rough draft. So please say it right and giddy up to the hottest hangout on campus.
Ghetto golfing (get-toe golf-ing): Jim Palmer wouldn’t approve of this tee party on the roof, so watch out below, because everyone is a possible hole in one.
New Res (knew-rezz): Could be the excess of newly cleaned pipe, but this nickname refers to the newly built dorm of the current year, i.e. 1300 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Park Mall, and White Hall.
Spring Fling (as it’s spelled): It’s a big fling, guess when.
Stab and Grab: Sounds like a safe beer store to me.
Wash out: No you do not do this in the shower. It is the easiest way to drop your classes without even knowing.
SAC, USB, IBC, and GAF: Too many acronyms. Just remember these in order: food, books, phone bill and gym. You need it to do anything Temple related.
So with some slang under the belt, you’ll start to fit right in, just one more piece of advice… the key chains… yeah… they’re kind of a give away. I know the RAs told you it was cool to wear them 24 hours a day, but they were just kidding. Lose the key chains and I.D.s, because they shout FRESHMAN.
Have a fun semester.