Top 10 lifestyle articles of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we review chronologically the top 10 Lifestyle stories that impacted students, alumni and the university as a whole.

1. Stripping down stereotypes:

Students who work as strippers said the significant amount of money they can make in a short period of time is what drew them to the job. Some support themselves financially with the all-cash income. | Abi Reimold TTN
Students who work as strippers said the significant amount of money they can make in a short period of time is what drew them to the job. Some support themselves financially with the all-cash income. | Abi Reimold TTN

Edinger-Turoff’s article provides an in-depth look at student strippers at Temple, including reasons why some students are enticed to strip.

2. In search of stability:

Mental health services on Main Campus vary in helpfulness. | Abi Reimold TTN
Mental health services on Main Campus vary in helpfulness. | Abi Reimold TTN

Holleran contacted students who have sought health services at Temple and took a look at what it’s like to attend university while battling a mental illness. The article reveals that students’ satisfaction with Temple’s health services varies.

3. In telling other stories, Kurdish student sees his own:

Huner Anwer sits with his grandmother during a Kurdish picnic in March 2012. COURTESY HUNER ANWER
Huner Anwer sits with his grandmother during a Kurdish picnic in March 2012. COURTESY HUNER ANWER

Graduate civil engineering student Huner Anwer walked roughly 120 miles in what is known as the Kurdish Exodus when he was just five years old. Now in his mid-twenties, Anwer pledges to spread awareness of unjust happenings in the Middle East.

4. For local nurse, a taste of tradition:

Meneko Spigner McBeth is competing against three other finalists for the chance to win $1 million in the Frito-Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” contest. Andrew Thayer | TTN
Meneko Spigner McBeth is competing against three other finalists for the chance to win $1 million in the Frito-Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” contest. Andrew Thayer | TTN

Meneko Spigner McBeth, a nurse at Temple University Hospital, tapped in to her Japanese roots to create her wasabi ginger chip flavor, the million dollar winner of Frito-Lays 2014 Do Us A Flavor Contest. McBeth went on to win the contest in October.

5. Brian Williams takes the stage:

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams speaks to student media during his visit to the university on Sept. 26. Andrew Thayer | TTN
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams speaks to student media during his visit to the university on Sept. 26. Andrew Thayer | TTN

NBC Anchor Brian Williams accepted the 2014 Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award this fall. The distinguished broadcast journalist spoke to The Temple News before holding a Q&A session in Tomlinson Theater.

6. Diagnosed young, but fighting back:

Anne Ha holds a glass cup she painted. After her diagnosis in June, Ha began decorating mugs and other items with her own inspirational quotes. Claire Sasko | TTN
Anne Ha holds a glass cup she painted. After her diagnosis in June, Ha began decorating mugs and other items with her own inspirational quotes. Claire Sasko | TTN

Anne Ha, a 2009 Temple graduate from the School of Media and Communication, reflects on her life since she was diagnosed with stomach cancer in June. Though doctors discovered the rare illness early its in development, it has forever altered her diet, body and lifestyle.

7. ‘The most amazing day’:

Sandy Ferlanie (left) and Christine Donato marched in the 2014 Pride Festival in June. | COURTESY Ryan carville
Sandy Ferlanie (left) and Christine Donato marched in the 2014 Pride Festival in June. | COURTESY Ryan carville

Scott’s article shares the journey of Temple alumni Sandy Ferlanie and Christine Donato, who assisted in the overturning of Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban and, after 18 years, were able to marry in October 2012.

 

8. Amid fear of Ebola, travel restricted:

Omobolanle Adisa, an international student from Nigeria, has plans to return home for break despite receiving a personal email from the university. Andrew Thayer |TTN
Omobolanle Adisa, an international student from Nigeria, has plans to return home for break despite receiving a personal email from the university. | Andrew Thayer TTN

Babian uncovered the stories of Omobolanle Adisa and Adrienne Tingba, two international Temple students from Nigeria and Liberia, respectively. The students and their families were greatly impacted by the outbreak of the Ebola virus and by the university’s enacted policy to limit student travel to certain African countries.

9. A more ‘progressive’ fraternity:

After three unsuccessful attempts at pledging a fraternity, theater and french major Joshua Decker saw a need to create a fraternity that would be more accepting of gay, bi-sexual and transgender men.

10. The fight to be seen:

Shane Rubin displays a queer pride flag in their room. | Kara Milstein TTN
Shane Rubin displays a queer pride flag in their room. | Kara Milstein TTN

Edinger-Turoff’s piece closely examines the lives of Temple students who identify as genderqueer and the difficulties they and other students face on a day-to-day basis to feel safe, comfortable and accepted.

 

 

 

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