Drexel University seniors Ashley Revay and Erin Moffit are banking on bottles for their new startup Chakra Fitwear. The concept: to create a line of stylish, ecofriendly yoga and fitness clothes made from recycled plastic bottles.
Technically Philly reports that Drexel University is one of three schools to receive state grants to help develop a video game industry in the state. Drexel will receive $200,000 for its Entrepreneurial Game Studio, which aims to serve helps students start their own game companies in Philadelphia.
Carnegie Mellon University and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology are also receiving grants. The three schools will also share an additional $150,000 for collaborative efforts, like a statewide gaming conference.
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The highly praised Spot Burger cart by Josh Kim has launched a $75,000 GoFundMe campaign in order to raise money for a brick-and-mortar location for the cart that normally hangs out around Drexel’s campus.
According to Kim, Spot Burger has “caught the attention of a retail developer, and we have been given the opportunity of a full restaurant in the Drexel Campus/Mantua area.”
Since coming on the scene in early 2012, Kim has received lots of praise including a 2014 Best of Philly award for Best Cheesesteak.
GoFundMe is a bit different than the better known Kickstarter, all GoFundMe campaigns have no deadlines or goal requirements and no penalties for missing your goal. So all donations are received by the person offering the fundraising campaign.
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Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sports Management is hosting its second Philly Chef Conference. The two-day event takes place on Sunday and Monday, January 11th and 12th and will bring renowned chefs, restaurateurs, purveyors and food writers from across the city and region to come together to discuss issues facing the restaurant industry as well as new food trends, products and techniques.
The first day of the conference is open to the public and will feature two panel discussions and a keynote. Tickets are just $20 per person. Fine Wine & Good Spirits – Doing Business with the PA Liquor Control Board will feature a panel of industry experts including Jason Malumed (Chalkboard Wine & Spirits), Melissa Bova (Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association), State Senator Chuck McIlhinney (Chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, responsible for reviewing legislation and policies related to the PLCB) and Steve Wildy (Vetri Family).
Philly 2020–The Future of Dining in Philadelphia will include a panel of chefs including chef chair of the conference, Kevin Sbraga, Jeff Benjamin (Vetri Family), Joncarl Lachman (Noord), Marcie Turney (Barbuzzo) and Rob Keddie (Garces Group) gazing into their crystal balls to discuss what Philadelphia’s dining scene will look like in 2020.
The keynote will be delivered by James Beard Award winning author and internationally known expert on bread and baking, Peter Reinhart.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is introducing a new, monthly science cafe called Tapping Our Watershed. The happy hour lectures will bring together students, citizens, and experts on the third Monday of each month to discuss the Delaware River watershed and aquatic ecology. The first installment will be Monday, November 17th at 6 p.m. at National Mechanics in Old City.
Carol Collier, the Academy’s senior advisor for watershed management and policy, will start off the cafe series with a presentation called “The Future of the Delaware River Basin: Why We Need to Think Holistically.” Her lecture will talk about problems and changes to the region’s water sources, and potential solutions to those problems.
Series attendees must be over 21 (it is at a bar, after all) but if you’re not of age, you can attend with a buddy that’s at least 25. Click here or follow the Academy at @ANSStreamTeam for updates and info.
My name is … as you might suspect, a family name, coming from Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Although when asked by a prospective landlord in NYC if I was related to Gordon, I didn’t deny it …
I am … blessed to work in the theatre, where talent, values, politics, vision and humanity all serve at the pleasure of bringing the written word off the page and into a room with people breathing the same air. Turn off your cell phones and be present with us …
On opening night I … will be grateful that my husband, Dean Harrison, and sons, Owen and Beckett, are in the house (theatre house, that is … )
If I had to describe Blood Wedding in one sentence, I’d say … a wrenching poetic saga about forces, seen and unseen, that lead men to violence in the name of love while the women watch, written as only the genius Lorca can. (I’ve made it sound so upbeat! Truly, though, there is much music, love and laughter in the mix.)
It’s not every day that I have an interview with a dog on my calendar. But a few weeks back, I found myself in an office at the Drexel University Recreation Center asking questions. To a dog.
Well, to be fair, the dog’s owner, Kathryn Formica, the center’s coordinator for student fitness and wellness, was supplying the answers, but the interview itself was all about Jersey, the Carolina blend therapy dog, adopted from the Delaware County SPCA, who’s now a permanent fixture at the university.
“He helps create a sense of community, give that sense of home to students who might be missing their families, or family dogs, or who may be dealing with other stressors of academic life,” says Formica. “He’s a great conversation starter, a great outlet.”
Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia made its mark on music history in the 1970s when artists recorded hit after hit in its studios. Artists from all genres, like Madonna, Billy Joel, The Jackson 5, Patti LaBelle, and The Roots, recorded at this local institution. In 2005, Drexel University inherited 6,200 of the studio’s master tapes dating from 1968 to 1996, when Sigma began recording digitally.
One of these tapes, labeled “reel 4,” was a recording by none other than David Bowie.