Temple’s international spectrum is visible everywhere on Main Campus, a place where diversity is not defined geographically.
One thing that Temple takes pride in is its ability to offer a vibrant experience to students. Undergraduates here have so many choices. Even undeclared majors can dabble in a little bit of everything to find a good fit.
Ainsley Carry, dean of students, can attest to this experience. Carry said Temple’s greatest strength is its diversity of students’ thoughts, perspectives and attitudes.
By adding to the university’s diverse student body, the Tyler School of Art will make Main Campus its permanent home in the Spring 2009 semester.
“[Tyler students] will add to the spirit of art, culture and vibrancy that we enjoy on Main Campus,” Carry said.
Brigitte Knowles, Tyler’s senior associate dean of architecture, said this move is historic.
“This is an extremely important moment for Tyler and for the university,” Knowles said, adding that this is “truly exciting in the history of Tyler and the university.”
It appears that the feeling that the Tyler move will be beneficial to the growth of Main Campus is mutual on the administration side. As a bonus, the building looks a little more inviting than Alter Hall, which looms over the Student Center, intimidating all those determined business students.
For Main Campus students, the move is causing quite a positive buzz.
“I think it would be a better way to diversify the campus,” said Elaina James, a senior in the College of Education. “[Tyler students] are most creative and less affected by mainstream cultures so it would definitely bring a new feel to campus.”
Dominique Wilkins, CEO of the Konnoisseur Group, an event and marketing management company, said the move also has something to offer the entertainment scene in North Philadelphia.
“I actually like the idea of it because it gives me more access to better designers and artists, while increasing the amount of people to market our events to,” Wilkins said.
Art is something beautiful, not burdening. The Tyler School of Art will bring something beautiful to life here on Main Campus.
Lindsey Granger disagrees. Respectfully, of course.
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