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    OCTOBER 28, 2004
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Peace Piano visits WRTI

The Steinway Peace Piano came to WRTI, Temple’s public radio station, on Oct. 11–14 and was part of a Jazz Jam for Peace on Oct. 14. The visit was part of the piano’s worldwide tour aimed at raising money for children around the world.
The Peace Piano was created by Steinway & Sons to increase the public’s awareness of UNICEF and to raise money for children in need. The concert grand made its debut in May, when it was played by UNICEF goodwill ambassador and Philadelphia resident Lang Lang, and has since been played at a series of special events around the world, including concerts with world-class musicians and “perform-a-thons” by local children.
The Jazz Jam for Peace took place at WRTI’s new performance studio in the Entertainment and Community Education Center at 15th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The event featured several local piano students and musicians, including Alfie Pollitt (pictured), and was hosted by WRTI’s Bob Perkins. It was produced by LifeLine Music Coalition Inc., an organization that aims to promote and preserve jazz and the arts in Philadelphia.

MTV, BBC bring election coverage to Temple

Erin Cusack, a freshman Honors student, is interviewed by MTVJ George Oliphant.

VJ George Oliphant of mtvU, a spinoff of the MTV network that focuses on college life, visited Main Campus on Monday to interview six students from the University Honors program and other politically active groups about the importance of voting in the upcoming presidential election. The get-out-the-vote segments will begin airing on the eve of Election Day and continue until polls close.

Also last week, a TV crew from BBC News visited Main Campus as part of a live presidential election report called “Swing States.” Presenter Jon Sopel interviewed political science professor Michael Hagen at Independence Hall about the Pennsylvania electorate. Later, Sopel met with six Temple undergraduates at Pat’s King of Steaks in South Philadelphia, where the students shared their opinions about the campaign and the candidates. The interviews were broadcast live on BBC News 24, the BBC’s 24-hour news channel, as well as on BBC World.