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Number of sex assault reports rises

Univ. avoids possible credit fall

To date, reported forcible rapes have increased in 2013.

Moody’s confirms credit rating after health system drop.

CINDY STANSBURY The Temple News During a night out in Center City two years ago while she was a freshman, Sarah said she was raped at knifepoint by a man whom she had never met. Sarah never reported the incident to police. “I almost dropped out last semester. I have post-traumatic stress disorder, I can’t have sex and enjoy it, I haven’t been as close with my friends, I don’t go to clubs, I don’t go to parties, I avoid anything that has to do with that,” said the female student, who The Temple News is referring to as Sarah to protect her identity. Reports of sexual assaults such as Sarah’s have increased in 2013, with 17 reported incidents through Oct. 10. Thirteen were reported during the same time period in the university’s catchment area in 2012 Sexual assaults as reported by Campus Safety Services can range from unwanted sexual contact to rape. The increase of sexual crime at the university has caused CSS to place special attention upon the issue. Acting Executive Director of CSS Charlie Leone said a large amount of these incidents occur in party settings. “You think everybody is great and most people are, but you have a few people out there whose intentions from the beginning aren’t good,” Leone said. “You get to the point where you’re both intoxicated and thinking is not as logical.” Sarah said her rape, like those Leone described, occurred during a night out. “I had just broken up with my boyfriend so I was dancing with this guy,” Sarah said. “I wasn’t planning on doing anything and he suddenly pulled me back behind the stage.” Leone said while it is not the victim’s fault if they are assaulted while intoxicated, he




Sophomore Dondi Kirby (center) and freshman Jarrad Alwan, both members of the football team, utilize the Student-Athlete Academic Advising & Support Center. The football team’s APR has steadily increased since 2006-7. | SASH SCHAEFFER TTN

Playing by the book Academic rates in Temple athletics are on the rise. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News Come mid-October, Shawn Fagan is a busy guy. Amid the few days leading up to the priority registration date, the principle advisor for Temple’s cross country, baseball and softball teams sat in his Pearson Hall cubicle at the Student-Athlete Academic Advising & Support Center and continued

to work with his student-athletes one by one on each of their prospective class schedules well after business hours had ceased. Fagan said he worked until 11 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 10 p.m. on Wednesday of last week leading up to the beginning of priority registration Thursday, Oct. 24. Last week marked the onset of registration time, a period in which Fagan’s office enters overtime mode in helping Temple’s student athletes sure up each of their spring schedules, surely with the aid of an extra cup of coffee or two.

Despite the flashy picture painted on many cable television networks, the life of a college athlete is one of structure, commitment and little free time. Student-athletes have to deal with a full class load, take exams, write papers and labor on assignments and weekly doses of reading just like any one of Temple’s more than 27,000 undergraduate students. Then add an NCAA Division I sport to the mix. “I think a lot of people take for granted what student athletes do,” cross country


State-relateds argue against change Universities hold hearing in Harrisburg on Right-to-Know legislation. SEAN CARLIN The Temple News Representatives from Temple and the three other state-related universities argued against possible changes to the public universities’ exemptions under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know law at a hearing before the Sen-

ate’s State Government Committee in Harrisburg last week. Though a bill was introduced in the state Senate earlier this year, legislators are proposing changes to the law, which contains exemptions for the state-related institutions – Lincoln University, Penn State, Temple and the University of Pittsburgh – and does not treat those schools as state agencies. The law has been subject to much scrutiny because of Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that began to unfold nearly

fter issuing a review of Temple’s finances in July, the credit-rating agency Moody’s Investors Services upheld the university’s Aa3 rating while lowering its future outlook to negative from stable in a report released to the public on Oct. 17. Moody’s issued the review due to “concern that the link between Temple University and the Temple University Health System may stress resources of the university with TUHS’s downgrade,” according to a July 16 report. Earlier this year, Moody’s downgraded Temple University Health System’s credit rating from Ba1 stable to Ba2 negative after the system incurred financial losses greater than expected in the Fiscal Year 2013. The report cited a “fundamentally weak credit profile,” increased dependence of state funding and challenges within the industry as reasons for the downgrade. Fellow credit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s also issued a downgrade to TUHS, from BBB- to BB+, while the outlook remained stable.


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two years ago. “Many people have registered with us the view that the law does not go far enough in its application to the state-related universities,” state Sen. Lloyd Smucker, chair of the State Government Committee, said at the hearing on Oct. 21. “This debate has been affected by the Sandusky situation, which has been a game-changer in several areas of state law and may prove to be for open records as well.” The university representa- Chris Richer (middle), a 15-year-old boy, was “adopted” by the football team. | COURTESY TEMPLE ATHLETICS


For multiple sports, new 3-D printing to become new student tool additions to the team

The TECH Center will soon make 3-D printing available to all students. JERRY IANNELLI The Temple News From afar, it looks like any old office copy machine. Upon closer inspection, it’s clear that the whirring, boxy contraption permanently cemented into the concrete floor is building something, offering viewers a glimpse of its deliberate, painstaking processes through a concave glass window arching over the device’s top end. A printer head, virtually the same found in any home inkjet, is meticulously spraying

When objects are printed, they are nested on a supportive material so they take the correct form. | ABI REIMOLD TTN layer upon layer of resin into six U-shaped patterns of various colors, its progress invisible to the naked eye. A second, nearly identical device sits about two

feet to the machine’s left. In eight hours, the instrument on the right will have created six fully-functional whistles, each about 3 inches

in length, to be handed out as souvenirs to visitors at the Tyler School of Art’s 3-D printing laboratory. Stanley Lechtzin, founder and head of Tyler’s metals/jewelry/CAD-CAM program, has been at Temple since 1962 and helped bring these two printers to the art school in 2010, at the cost of more than $100,000 each. “We were definitely the first, but now it’s all over in virtually every discipline,” Lechtzin said, peering through prescription safety goggles. “Medicine, engineering, mathematics, you name it. People are developing new applications in great speed and great profusion. My students are going out and

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EVAN CROSS Assistant Sports Editor Tyler Matakevich leads the nation in solo tackles with 82, 27 more than any other player. Even though he’s pretty busy anchoring the Temple defense, he finds time to talk to Chris Richer, a 15-year-old boy from Mullica, N.J. “He texts me all the time, just asking if I’m watching the football game, asking me if we’re going to win,” the sophomore linebacker said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling, just having the opportunity to have someone like that be a part of our team. It’s really something special that nobody really un-

derstands but us.” Richer was adopted by the Owls on Sept. 24. He is diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerve tissue. He was given his own helmet, jersey and locker and is welcome at all Temple practices and games. Richer was set up with the team through The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, an organization that brings together children with pediatric brain tumors


INSIDE - The Service Issue Read about students and local organizations who are dedicated to giving back to the community.

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LIVING - PAGES 7-8, 14-16

LIFT supports the community

Nonprofit helps women in recovery

Layton receives multiple honors

Administrators say the university may look to go smoke-free in its next master plan, reflecting a national campus trend. PAGE 2

A volunteer organization is staffed by students who use their computer and life skills to help community members. PAGE 7

Temple alumna Kristin Gavin heads the nonprofit Gearing Up, which uses exercise as a means of healing. PAGE 9

Despite its losing record, Temple has one of the nation’s top punters on its roster. PAGE 20

Possible ban on smoking

OPINION - PAGES 4-5 Klein awards miss the point


Organization bonds athletes with ailing fans.



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A report by the U.S. Public Interest Group states that the federal government has assisted more than 300 students with college loans. PAGE 6

Temple officials confirmed they asked the Philadelphia School District about purchasing the shuttered William Penn High School. PAGE 6 NEW LIBRARY STILL IN WORKS


Despite reports stating the university scrapped plans for a new library on Broad Street while planning updates to Paley Library, officals said the new building is still planned for the east side of Main Campus. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013

Dorm voter registration low in off-year election Despite low turnout for registration campaign, TSG said hopes remain high. MARCUS MCCARTHY Assistant News Editor Despite low turnout in a first-of-its-kind city voter registration drive at Temple’s resi-

dence halls, Temple Student Government members remain optimistic for the future of the program, which could expand to other colleges in upcoming elections. City Commissioner Al Schmidt brought the idea to TSG, who then worked with Residential Life and Residence Hall Association to distribute the registration forms in the dorms. Of the 5,200 registration

forms given by the commissioner’s office, only 150 were filled out and returned by students. “I wish we could have done better, as always,” Darin Bartholomew, Temple’s student body president, said. “But it is an off-year election.” The election on Nov. 5 is for local offices, such as city controller and district attorney, as well as municipal and commonwealth judgeships.

In comparison, last year’s election had races for the president, senators and representatives, as well as numerous state and local offices. According to records from the Pennsylvania Department of State, more than 17,000 people registered to vote by Aug. 25 of this year. In 2012, nearly 30,000 people registered to vote in the same time period. The voter turnout for this

year’s municipal primaries was also low. Dylan Morpurgo, TSG director of government affairs, said TSG will work from now to Election Day to spread the word about the elections. “The TSG communications team is going to be doing a full push on our social media ... with Election Day reminders and information,” Morpurgo said in an email. “We will also be making posters for each of the residence

Media mogul Lenfest is governor’s BOT pick get a quality education. “Students go there because they want an education,” Lenfest said. “Not because their parents went there.” For the coming year, the board appointed Lenfest to the Alumni Relations and DevelopJOE GILBRIDE ment Committee and the BudThe Temple News get and Finance Committee. When he met with Gov. He said his experience best fits Tom Corbett last July, H.F. those committees due to their “Gerry” Lenfest said the gover- role in raising money from Temple alumni. nor told him right “I’ve been acMeet the Trustees away he wanted tive in fundraising my Part three of a series. him to be on Temwhole life,” Lenfest ple’s board. said. Lenfest, a local media moAccording to tax records, gul who is business partners the Brook J. Lenfest Foundawith longtime trustee Lewis tion, managed by Lenfest’s son, Katz, was approved by the board as the governor’s appointLENFEST PAGE 3 ment at the General Assembly meeting on Oct. 8, becoming the second owner of Interstate General Media to serve on Temple’s highest governing body. Though he did not graduate from the university, Lenfest has donated to Temple multiple times. He and his wife, Marguerite Lenfest, provided the initial funding for the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Scholarship, which is given to students in the School of Media and Communication to help pay for internships, independent study or study abroad programs. Lenfest said he has always Trustee H.F. “Gerry” admired how Temple gives op- Lenfest | COURTESY portunities for needy students to LENFEST GROUP

halls with Election Day reminders, information and polling locations.” Morpurgo expressed hopes that this would give those registered in the dorms initiative to vote as well. Bartholomew said the initiative to hand out voter registration in dorms is a good idea that needs tweaking. “I think we can get the


Gerry Lenfest is the second member of IGM ownership group on board.

Discarded cigarettes are crammed into an ashtray in front of Speakman Hall. Reflecting a national trend, administrators say the university will consider making Main Campus smoke free as part of the next master plan. | YUXUAN JIA TTN

University weighs smoking bans Student smokers question feasibility and effectiveness of smoking bans. LOGAN BECK The Temple News


ith the number of smoke-free campuses across the country nearly tripling since 2010, the question of implementing such a policy

as part of the university’s next master plan has been raised by students and administrators. While no official plan has been set in motion, multiple steps would have to be taken if Temple were to follow suit in the growing national trend, Jim Creedon, senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations, said. “To take the campus smoke-free, I think we would need to have a lot of dialogue amongst the campus first, and kind of approach it very care-

fully and make sure the key constituent groups are supportive,” Creedon said. Temple prohibits people from smoking inside university buildings, including residence halls and within a certain distance from classrooms. Sophomore advertising major and former smoker Gabi Radcliffe said she believes making Temple smoke-free would be impractical and difficult to enforce. “I don’t think people would go for it at all, or how it would

State and municipal positions to be decided Nov. 5 General election polls will open at 7 a.m. next Tuesday. SHARNITA MIDGETT The Temple News

The 2014 general elections are a week away and students registered to vote from Main Campus or the surrounding neighborhoods will have the option to choose from a number of city and statewide offices when polls open at 7 a.m. on Nov. 5. Pennsylvania’s voter identification law, which passed in March 2012 and requires voters to present photo identification to vote, will not be enforced for the third straight election after a judge ruled in August that election workers are not allowed to enforce the law or ask to see ID without requiring it, citing ongoing legal battles over the law’s constitutionality. However, if it is someone’s first time voting in a polling place, a valid ID will still be required. At the state level, there is one vacancy for the Superior Court. The candidates are Democrat Jack McVay Jr., an Allegh-

eny County Court of Common Pleas judge, and Republican Vic Stabile, an attorney in Harrisburg. On the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, two judges are up for retention: Chief Justice Ronald Castille and Justice Max Baer. In Philadelphia, Alan Butkovitz, a Democratic incumbent, is running against Republican Terrence Tracy Jr. for city controller. In a questionnaire on the Committee of Seventy’s website, Butkovitz said during his time as City Controller, he has been most proud of “turning the office into the lead local anti-corruption office, identifying the school district financial insolvency years in advance; identifying the errors and problems involved in the property tax reassessment and uncovering a violation of health and safety rules by developers in North Philadelphia.” Tracy, a retail business manager, said the city controller is one of the least understood but most important offices in the city, and if elected he said he would focus on economic development, school reform and

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government accountability. “I will use this office to hold every agency in city government accountable, investigate corruption and mismanagement, look deeply into our finances and challenge city leadership’s core economic assumptions,” Tracy said in his

candidate questionnaire. Another incumbent, Democrat District Attorney Seth Williams, will run against Republican Danny Alvarez for the chief’s prosecuting position. Williams is running on a 12-part plan to improve the way prosecutors work with the po-

lice, the courts and the community. His plan includes assigning a prosecutor to every neighborhood, focusing on the most dangerous criminals, getting guns off the streets, improving teamwork with police and probation


be enforced,” Radcliffe said. “So many people here smoke cigarettes.” As of this summer, there were 1,178 smoke-free college campuses in the U.S., a rise from 530 in July 2011 and 420 in July 2010, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights organization. Of these campuses, many of which are community colleges, 792 were 100 percent tobacco free. There are 11 smoke-free college campuses in Pennsylva-


Crackdown a part of a larger trend More than 50 students cited during Homecoming, latest in booze crackdown. EDWARD BARRENECHEA The Temple News

A campaign lawn sign stands for district attorney candidate Danny Alvarez, who is running against incumbent Seth Williams. | KELSEY STANGER TTN


The crackdown on student drinking that has been pursued by Temple’s Campus Safety Services, Philadelphia and CRIME state police this semester is not exclusive to North Philadelphia, with other similar crackdowns occurring nationwide. According to Temple Police statistics, more than 320 students have been arrested or cited under the Student Code of Conduct this semester. The majority, 270, of those incidents occurred in the first four weekends of the semester after which CSS said it pulled back enforcement to view the effect.





Despite rise in reporting, rape arrests remain low ASSAULT PAGE 1 said risky behaviors carry the potential of resulting in unwanted sexual contact. “Just be really mindful of what you’re doing at the party situation,” Leone said. Sarah said students should not only be aware of their own actions, but aware of their company as well. “It happened to me by a stranger but it can happen from your friends and I know people who have had that happen to them,” she said. “Just be cautious. Always make sure you are out with good friends.” Leone said in the case of sexual crime at Temple, about 70-75 percent of the perpetrators cited are non-university students. He said this phenomenon is due to the university’s developing reputation as a location where others can come in search of weekend festivities. “There’s that anonymity,” Leone said. “‘I am at another place they don’t know me. I met this woman, we are both drinking. You know, I can do something that maybe I wouldn’t do in another setting.’”

Despite the increase in reported sexual assaults this semester, only one incident has led to an arrest. Leone said many victims chose not to pursue criminal charges, thus leaving police with little room to act. “It does get a little frustrating sometimes because, you know, we want to do the right thing, but we help them as best we can.” Leone said Sarah said she is one of those victims who decided not to pursue criminal charges, a decision she said she made out of a desire to forget. She has since expressed regret in her choice. “I would have told people so I wouldn’t have had so many problems afterward and my college experience would have been not so horrible,” she said. “Not that it’s horrible, but it’s hard.” CSS has scheduled an interdepartmental meeting in the coming weeks to derive the root of the issue and attempt to find avenues to combat it. Sarah now seeks comfort from her sessions at the Women Organized Against Rape facility

on John F. Kennedy Boulevard. “It’s really good,” Sarah said. “Everyone’s well trained, people there know how to communicate with people like me and they don’t make me feel uncomfortable or scary.” The Wellness Resource Center and Tuttleman Counseling Services also provide aid to students who are victims of a sexually-based crime. “TCS has two counselors who are members of the sexual assault counseling and education unit who were specifically hired to provide these services to students,” John DiMino, the director of TCS said in an email. Kate Schaeffer, program coordinator for alcohol & other drugs, interpersonal violence, and mental health with the Wellness Resource Center, said the WRC is more of a first step for victims. “We can help a student to understand the options and find outside supports and resources as needed,” Schaeffer said.

Student Body President Darin Bartholomew looks into an office mirror. Bartholomew led a campaign to register voters in residence halls this semester.| JACOB COLON TTN

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forms into the hands of students quicker,” he said. Due to the large logistical task of handing out a few thousand forms, plus an accompanying informational letter, distribution took longer than what Cindy Stansbury can be reached was optimal, Bartholomew said. at He discussed the idea of making a packet for every paper for dorm residents, including the voter registrations.

The future of the program looks to be intact since the lower numbers were expected. Bartholomew said he considers the project to be a success. “We were the pilot program, which showed a positive aspect for expanding it,” he said. Next year, voters will decide in the last congressional midterm election under the Obama administration, as

well as the race for Pennsylvania governor. The Democratic challenger to the incumbent, Gov. Tom Corbett, will be determined in the primaries this spring, which is also expected to attract more voter interest. Marcus McCarthy can be reached at or on Twitter @MarcusMcCarthy6.

Gov. Corbett appoints second IGM owner to trustee board State-relateds argue against change to right-to-know law LENFEST PAGE 2

donated more than $116,000 to ates of their own college,” LenTemple scholarships between fest said. “Temple has a great July 2010 and June 2011. The opportunity to do the same Lenfest Foundation donated thing.” nearly $750,000 to scholarship Lenfest’s career was built programs at Penn State in the in the cable television and comsame time period. munications industries, where In addition to he was his career in media, the head Lenfest has had exof sevperience as a trustee eral media at other universicompanies, ties. He served on including the boards at WashLenfest ington and Lee CommuUniversity, where nications, he spent his unwhich was dergraduate years, sold to H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest / trustee and Columbia UniAT&T in versity. He is a graduate of the 1999, then Comcast in 2000. latter’s law school. Lenfest said Since selling his company, his time at Columbia gave him Lenfest said he has dedicated valuable experience and ideas himself to charity. According he can use on Temple’s board. to the philanthropy tracking While on the board at Co- website Glasspockets, Lenfest, lumbia, Lenfest said he led an who was a billionaire after he effort to mobilize its alumni, sold his company, currently has who gave back more after the an estimated net worth of $430 university changed its alumni million. In 2009, the Inquirer fundraising strategy. Lenfest reported that Lenfest had given said Columbia’s board built up away nearly $800 million. its alumni association so that In 2012, Lenfest and Katz each school and college no lon- led a group of investors who ger had a separate identity, but purchased the Inquirer, Daily all alumni were under one um- News and Lenfest brella. said he had not met Katz until “Alumni were considered they became partners with InterColumbia graduates, not gradu- state General Media.

“In truth, the

media field is changing so much, I’m no longer in touch.

Lenfest and Katz’s new partnership on Temple’s board came two days before they both filed a lawsuit against their own company and the publisher of the Inquirer in a dispute over the firing of Inquirer editor Bill Marimow. Publisher Robert Hall and his lawyers sought a dismissal of the lawsuit, claiming it did not have approval by the company’s board. Lenfest declined to discuss the case, which he said is currently in litigation. Though he’s had decades of experience in the media, Lenfest said he has no idea where the industry will go in the future or how it should be taught at Temple, where the School of Media and Communication recently hired Dean David Boardman, a former editor at the Seattle Times, who has little academic experience. “In truth, the media field is changing so much, I’m no longer in touch,” Lenfest said. “I was a cable television operator. I don’t think I’d be any help anymore. The media belongs to the world of the young.”

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KNOW PAGE 1 tives spent much of the hearing arguing that the institutions are not state agencies, and the disclosure requirements already put forth by the state sufficiently account for state funds. “We’re not here to hide any information about how we spend commonwealth funds. We never have been,” said George Moore, senior vice president and university counsel at Temple. The state-related universities are classified under chapter 15 of the Pennsylvania Rightto-Know law and are currently required to disclose their Internal Revenue Service Form 990 information, including the pay of officers and directors as well as the salaries of the 25 highest paid employees that are not officers or directors. The universities’ representatives said the institutions are subject to a number of other disclosures from the federal government and the Public School Code. “I really believe that Temple University fully accounts for every dollar of the commonwealth appropriation,” Moore said in a telephone interview

last week. “There’s 100 percent transparency.” During the hearing, Moore, along with representatives from Penn State, Lincoln and Pittsburgh, laid out some of the negative consequences associated with classifying the state-related universities as state agencies. On top of additional costs and an increased administrative workload, the representatives argued that there would be at least 12 other negative consequences, including a detriment to research, an inhibited ability to enter sponsorship contracts with outside organizations and a loss of leverage in negotiating contracts with vendors, according to joint testimony submitted by Dunham, Harrison, Moore and Supowitz. “It’s not a question of hiding information or not wanting certain information to be out there,” said Dunham, vice president and general counsel at Penn State. Ken Lawrence, Temple’s senior vice president for government, community and public affairs, reiterated in an interview last week the need for protec-

tion for research, but added that there also needs to be protection for donations. “Some people don’t want their name on a gift because they don’t want 100 other universities to come and ask them for a gift,” Lawrence said. One of the provisions of Senate Bill 444 supported by the universities is the inclusion of campus police departments under the full scope of the law as “local agencies.” “The state-related universities support the approach taken in SB 444 regarding the staterelated universities, and the inclusion of our police departments in the [Right-to-Know] law,” read the testimony. “They are the same as local police departments,” Moore said during the hearing. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi introduced the bill earlier this year. The legislation also addresses inmates’ rights in regards to open records. Sean Carlin can be reached at or on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.

Students question a ban on cigarettes November elections under discussion for next master plan ELECTIONS PAGE 2

SMOKING PAGE 2 nia, none of which include the four state-related institutions. The increasingly popular move for colleges comes after the American College Health Association adopted its Position Statement on Tobacco on College and University Campuses in September 2009. This statement included a no-tobacco policy that “encourages colleges and universities to be diligent in their efforts to achieve a 100 percent indoor and outdoor campus-wide tobacco-free environment.” According to the ACHA’s statement, 85 percent of college students described themselves as non-smokers. As the weather gets colder,

more students smoke closer to doorways and smoke entering the building poses an additional security threat, Creedon said. “Our security guards are trying to keep track of who goes in and out to make sure we have a secure situation, and then they’re running out saying ‘Come on, we got to push it back from the building,’” Creedon said. Smoking on campus is an environmental issue as well, Creedon said, when cigarette butts clutter the ground. “I think I see more cigarette butts than I see smokers,” Creedon said. Some students said there are alternative solutions and

strategies to control smoking and the disposal of cigarettes. Sophomore French major and current smoker Brianna Dougherty said there should be certain places on campus for smoking. “Designated areas would probably be a better solution,” Dougherty said. Senior English major Lisabeth Snyman, an on-and-off smoker, said both smokers and non-smokers should have their sides heard in the matter. “You have to have a mutual respect,” Snyman said, who also supported the idea of designated smoking areas. Senior psychology major Jake Pearlmutter, also a smoker,

said placing a smoke-free label on Temple’s campus would be unreasonable because of the city life surrounding it. “It’s better to make an argument to outlaw cigarettes because they’re bad for you,” Pearlmutter said. Creedon agreed it would then become an issue of the city versus the campus. He said the rule would need to be specific, determining what would happen when passers-by walked through campus while smoking. “As someone who lives in Philly, I think it’s unreasonable,” Pearlmutter said. Logan Beck can be reached at

officers, protecting witnesses from violent retaliation, helping young men say “no” to crime, prosecuting drug offenders in court, ending prison overcrowding, helping crime victims heal, appointing a chief performance officer, fighting municipal corruption and protecting consumers. Alvarez’s campaign focuses more on being a watchdog for corruption. “If you are not safe in your own home or in your own neighborhood, your freedom is crippled,” Alvarez said in his questionnaire, vowing to “investigate and prosecute public corruption, as opposed to waiting for the federal establishment to clean our house for us.” For the Court of Common

Pleas, there are six vacancies in Philadelphia County with seven candidates running to fill them. Democrats Anne Maria Coyle, Giovanni Campbell, Joe Fernandes, Timika Lane, Daniel D. McCaffery and Sierra Thomas Street will run against Republican Kenneth J. Powell Jr. There are also three vacancies for Philadelphia Municipal Court judge, with only three Democrats running to fill those seats: Fran Shields, Henry Lewandowski and Martin Coleman. Polling locations are available via, and most other polling websites.

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Serving Philadelphia Readers will notice a com- underlining the ways Temple mon theme woven throughout students give back to their comthis week’s issue: A commit- munity. ment to raising awareness about Furthermore, Arts & Enthe myriad ways tertainment has in which the The Temple News’ second put a magnifyTemple commu- annual service issue aims ing glass over nity, as well as to raise awareness about multiple charithe city of Philatable services charitable causes. delphia, gives throughout back to the area via community greater Philadelphia. However, service. Temple’s influence throughout As Temple’s student body the city still shows strong. Gearcontinues to grow and pull more ing Up, a nonprofit that aims to students from the Philadelphia help women recovering from suburbs and beyond, it is more substance abuse, was founded important than ever that the Owl by a Temple alumna and is community remains focused on profiled on Page 9. Likewise, giving back to the area whose Temple alumnus John Infante land and resources it utilizes to has chosen to donate earnings a greater extent every year. from his art gallery projects to a Threaded throughout this sanctuary in India. issue are 11 stories profiling the A piece on the multitude many ways that Philadelphians of Temple student-athletes who give back to their hometown have “adopted” players with each day. disabilities can be found on In the Living section, mul- Page 1. tiple student organizations and As a Temple student, it can North Philadelphia charities be easy to focus on the future, have been highlighted. Read- forging ahead in your scholastic ers will find a profile on the career without helping to alleupcoming AIDS walk orga- viate the daily struggles of the nized by Temple’s fraternities residents who surround Main and sororities, a piece about Campus. We hope this year’s student involvement in LIFT, an Service Issue inspires more organization devoted to helping Owls into action. the homeless and other articles

Sarah’s “Sexy Hooter” costume succeeded only in getting her banned from home football games.


Reelect Alan Butkovitz for city controller Butkovitz specifically notMore than six months before a building collapse in Cen- ed illegal dumping and a lack of ter City left six people dead and dust screens that left busy streets filled with dethe city’s Department of Licenses Alan Butkovitz has made bris. For years, and Inspections a career out of fixing issues tensions have in a whirlwind of pertinent to the Temple been brewing in the North controversy, City community. Central area Controller Alan Butkovitz released a report ex- around Temple as an increasing posing similarly poor inspec- amount of students rent propertion practices at building sites ty in what has traditionally been a residential neighborhood. all around Main Campus. While town-gown relations Butkovitz, a two-term controller who is up for reelection between Temple and the city in next week’s general election, of Philadelphia have caused a has persistently shown himself number of issues, Butkovitz to be adept at exposing ineffi- was able to use his position to cient and irresponsible practices highlight some problems that all in Philadelphia’s vast municipal people, student or resident, must government. During his ten- tackle moving forward. Despite attempts by City ure, Butkovitz has also shown dedication in looking out for Council in years past to limit the oft-overlooked areas of the city, growth of off-campus student particularly the North Central housing, the trend has only conarea where many Temple stu- tinued. In order to better achieve community harmony, Philadeldents live. For these reasons, The phia needs more politicians like Temple News is endorsing But- Butkovitz willing to address kovitz in his reelection cam- specific problems that can be handled by the university, resipaign for City Controller. The Construction Activity dents and the city government. If you are registered to vote Review of North Central Philadelphia released by Butkovitz in Philadelphia, The Temple in October 2012 highlighted a News encourages you to vote number of issues involving con- for Alan Butkovitz on Tuesday, struction practices at off-cam- Nov. 5, so as to ensure a continpus building sites, notably the ued focus on issues relating to extensive code violations and the Temple community. lack of proper oversight from the city.

CORRECTIONS An article that appeared in print on Oct. 22 titled “University to review emergency response” incorrectly stated the duties of the Dean of Student’s office. The office does not oversee University Housing or Campus Safety Services.

The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Joey Cranney at or 215.204.6737.

Nov. 1, 1967: Students boycott the Mitten Hall cafeteria. Students complained about the quality of food service in university dining halls, as well as the price of coffee being raised to 12 cents per cup.

Keep encouraging volunteers What will get Temple students excited about community service?


hen walking off Main Campus toward Willington or 17th Street, there are no sidewalks like the ones surrounding the Student Center. Instead, there are broken beer bottles, cigarette butts and overflowing garbage cans. Temple recognizes that North Philad e l p h i a ’s community has been here long before Russell Conwell founded the university and tries Kate Reilly to remind students of this with the Good Neighbor Initiative. According to the initiative’s web page, it hopes to “encourage Temple University students to engage in proactive and intentional efforts to build connections and relationships with their residential community.” The initiative highlights ways students can reduce their noise level, alcohol consumption and trash in their neighborhoods. The initiative’s web page offers many organizations that students may join, including the Temple University Community Service Association and

the Residential Organization of Community Service. However, the problem isn’t whether Temple offers enough ways to help its surrounding community. It’s whether students are participating in them. When a student is initially enrolled at Temple, he or she agrees to follow a code of conduct that holds them responsible to “foster an environment conducive to continued intellectual and educational stimulation within the university free from unlawful harassment by other members of the community,” “foster the maintenance of physical and mental health, the safety and welfare of each member of the community,” and most importantly, “respect the rights of others.” It’s fairly obvious that students are forgetting about these responsibilities once they are off Main Campus. Not only does Temple have a Student Conduct Code, but the Good Neighbor Initiative lists its own conduct code on its web page. On the site, students can find out when trash is collected, which times are acceptable for loud noise coming from a residence and even guidelines for hosting a safe social event. But even with all of these guidelines, a remarkable amount of students have no interest in being good neighbors. “The street outside my apartment is always full of trash, but after the weekend it’s [especially] filthy,” junior Marissa Fuller said. “Usually we end up having to pick stuff off the

ground ourselves so we don’t get fined. Everywhere you walk there’s trash, it’s really crazy.” Few organizations understand this better than the TUCSA. The charity organizes a variety of service projects around Philadelphia, from cleaning up parks to working with sports teams such as the Phillies to bring awareness to recycling efforts. However, many students haven’t heard of the organization. “To be honest, I have never heard of TUCSA,” freshman Doug Jameson said. “It sounds like an awesome organization, definitely something I would consider being a part of.” “Making TUCSA more influential to the entire Temple student body is something we have been trying to do for many years now,” TUCSA President Casey June said. “Students have the choice to do what they want with our organization, but sometimes without that pressure to perform, students aren’t as driven.” June also said Temple’s location gives students community service opportunities that some other colleges might not have. “Other colleges might not be located in a neighborhood or neighborhoods that are low-income, therefore we get a different experience when it comes to community service,” June said. Temple has certainly made strides in its service efforts in the past few years. After includ-

ing a series of metro-engagement goals in its Strategic Plan, the university gained its Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in 2010. But there will always be room to get better. While the university does advertise many of the service events happening each week via the online TU Calendar, getting students excited about volunteering is a tough task for any the university and its organizations. More publicity may go a long way in teaching students not to smash beer bottles in the street on Friday nights. The Good Neighbor Initiative is a great step toward better relations between off-campus Owls and local residents, but it’s clearly in its early stages. A potential next step for the initiative could be to raise awareness for under-promoted service clubs – like TUCSA – that otherwise struggle to pull Cherry Crusade members away from Lincoln Financial Field on Saturdays. Going to a school in Philadelphia offers students a wide range of opportunities, community service being one of them. As Temple President Neil Theobald said in his inaugural speech, “Temple is Philadelphia’s public university. Our mission is to address issues in Philadelphia, and we’re willing to put all kinds of resources into that.” Kate Reilly can be reached at




Post inauguration, Whoopi overshadows winners rating Theobald’s first 10 months The Lew Klein Award should focus more heavily on Temple alumni.

What has Neil Theobald done since coming to Temple in January?


he president of the United States may take office after his inauguration, but not Neil Theobald. Though he was inaugurated with much fanfare, he has been Temple’s president since January. What has he done in that timeframe? T h e issue that Theobald, an educaJoe Brandt tional finance expert, mentions most often in his speeches is the affordability of education. He’s off to a good start. During the 2013 fiscal year, both his leadership and the work of former president Richard Englert helped the university increase funding from donors by 45 percent to $65.8 million. Also implemented under Theobald is the larger scholarship program for the incoming class, which has drawn some criticism from upperclassmen. Regardless, Temple provides a service to the area: It offers a variety of degrees, and thus keeping tuition affordable is important, to say the least. It’s what Russell Conwell would have wanted. Affordability is a large part of why Temple is here. In his seven and a half months as president, Theobald has already campaigned for maintaining affordability. In late February, his testimony before the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee contributed to the state’s decision not to decrease its $139.9 million annual contribution to Temple. Theobald said the money, a significant portion of Temple’s budget, pays almost $10,000 of tuition per student. Adding to that, tuition increases for this year were limited to $400 for instate students and $600 for out of state students, and the goal is a tuition freeze for next year. In Theobald’s inauguration speech, he noted that there is an affordability pact in the works as well. The largest funding-related problem before Theobald right now is the condition of Temple’s medical program. Earlier this month, reported the Temple University Health System’s debt has engorged to $1.26 billion. Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Temple’s credit outlook to “negative” as well. To add insult to injury, U.S. News and World Report has named Temple’s medical school graduates in the Top 10 of the most indebted in the nation. Theobald has not specifically addressed the debt or medical school students yet. His notion of affordability has, so far, pertained more to undergraduates. Theobald is also tasked with improving another debtrelated problem: Temple’s fouryear graduation rate, which is around 40 percent, according to Forbes. When testifying before the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee, Theobald said Temple would be providing more incentives for students to graduate in four years, noting that the majority of student debt is due to living costs rather than tuition. “It is clear to me that [local, state and federal politicians] are looking at Temple to produce the graduates who will become our nation’s lead-

ers and/or faculty with research breakthroughs that will enhance people’s lives,” Theobald said at a Board of Trustees meeting on May 14. The climax of Theobald’s inauguration speech was the announcement of a $50 million plan to fund research into a broad range of subjects, such as urban development and cancer treatment. Theobald started his administrative reorganization when he appointed Hai-Lung Dai as provost. To fill Dai’s seat as dean of the College of Science and Technology, Theobald appointed Michael Klein, who is a member of the National Academy of Science, one of the highest honors for scientists. He appointed Gregory Anderson to head the College of Education, whose résumé includes a professorship at Columbia University and a deanship at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education. David Boardman, a former executive editor of the Seattle Times, now heads the School of Media and Communication after more than 30 years in the newspaper business. The College of Health Professions and Social Work currently has an interim dean. There is no question that Theobald has hired well-qualified experts to lead Temple’s schools. Theobald is an open, sociable president. He has not quite shown himself to be as lovable as New York University’s John Sexton, who is ranked among Time magazine’s 10 best college presidents and is known for hugging many of his students. This is a healthy challenge to live up to. So far, Theobald has been seen at sporting events, even at smaller sports such as field hockey. He’s also been spotted on campus grilling and humorously referred to the grill that he brought with him from Indiana as his “fourth child.” Some say Theobald is a radical departure in personality compared to Temple’s past president, Ann Weaver Hart, who was known to stay in her office and did not have a large presence on campus. She also rarely spoke to The Temple News or any other Philadelphia newspaper. Indeed, Theobald is a huge improvement in this respect. He encourages students to email him, and he said his office is open to the Temple community. “I love to stop, chat, learn their priorities and what can we do better,” he told University Communications. “That’s always my primary question. Any suggestions they have, I want to talk to students.” At the Board of Trustees meeting on June 20, Theobald said that this academic year, Temple will begin looking into increasing the amount of campuses abroad, with possible sites in the Middle East, China, Korea, India and Singapore. Many prestigious colleges, such as NYU, have campuses around the world. The huggable Sexton currently teaches a class at NYU’s campus in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. However, the addition of more international campuses does seem at odds with the Conwell legacy of focusing on the local community first and foremost. A university president that listens, can handle the egos of politicians and wants to limit student debt is certainly off to a good start. Even if he doesn’t hug anyone.


hoopi Goldberg visited campus on Oct. 17 to receive the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award, but what exactly did she win? The 13th annual Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Awards took place in Mitten Hall this semester. The awards ceremony was free, but each person in attendance at the luncheon had to pay a fee, as the money went toward scholarships for the School of Media and Communication. After the Chelsea Ann l u n cheon, Rovnan Goldberg held a Q-and-A session with students, which was held in the Temple Performing Arts Center. There are two categories of Lew Klein awards. One is for Temple graduates – the Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Award – while the other is the one Goldberg was honored with: the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award. The latter honors individuals who have made outstanding achievements

“I guess it’s only fair that they have to come here,” sophomore Georjenna Gatto said. She added that she sees it as a great way to drum up positive press for Temple. Choosing a recipient based on availability does cast some doubt on the merit of the ceremony’s biggest draw. Many of the same criticisms leveled at honorary degree programs – namely that universities often hand them out to anyone who will speak at their college – can be applied to the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award. The alumni who are being honored are deserving of praise, but rather than putting them first, they often come across as second to the celebrity who just happened to be free. Of course, giving out the Excellence in the Media Award helps keep top-level names coming through Temple’s doors each year. But in reality, the Alumni in the Media Award is more of a “thank you” card than a true honor. Klein said he’s proud of the success that has come from the award bearing his namesake. He said he’s thrilled that so many names in the industry have been linked to his own through the “Lewie.” The man clearly means well, and overall, the awards are a great thing for the university. In addition to the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award

that Goldberg received, graduates of SMC received a separate award in recognition for their work, dedication and talent. There are about 60 nominations each year for the graduates. This year, four Temple graduates received the Alumni in the Media Award at the luncheon in Mitten: late radio host E. Steven Collins, 6ABC “Action News” reporter David Henry, ESPN anchor Kevin Negandhi and Deborah Veney Robinson, senior communications officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Noah Goldstein, a producer for rapper Kanye West, was honored with the Rising Star Award. This award opens up doors for SMC students on a yearly basis. These opportunities include scholarships to help students pay for independent study, internships and study abroad programs. “We’ve given 23 [of these awards] just this year,” Klein said. Honoring Temple grads for their career success is wonderful, as is the amount of fundraising that comes from the event. However, we should take care to not overshadow the winners of which we should truly feel proud: our very own Temple Owls. Chelsea Ann Rovnan can be reached at

A lone Assyrian’s singular struggle Being the only member of an ethnic group on campus is a tough burden to bear.


higga,” “sharah” and “hareesa” are some of the most recognizable and iconic words to an Assyrian – an ancient Christian ethnic group indigenous to northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, northeastern Syria and southeastern Turkey that speaks various dialects of Neo-Aramaic – yet you probably have almost no idea what or who I am talking about. I am, I suspect, the only AssyrRomsin McQuade ian on campus. When I’m asked about my ethnicity and I say “Assyrian,” in foolish hopes that, by emphasizing the first syllable, the person will somehow understand what I am saying. He or she immediately either responds: “Oh, so you’re Syrian,” or, after at least a fivesecond pause, the dreaded and all too familiar, “Wait, didn’t you guys go extinct thousands of years ago?” After this game of 21 questions is over, I usually have to delve into a brief history lesson in which I say that even though the name fell into oblivion with the fall of Nineveh in 612 B.C.E, its people were never destroyed. I then hear a faint, “Oh.” They’re already uninterested and I give up. Unfortunately, this situation isn’t a rare occurrence. It’s become a part of my initial conversation with almost anyone I have met who asks about which ethnicity my name is from. During the past, and even here at Temple, when I’ve told people that I speak a modern dialect of Aramaic, which was the de facto language of western Asia nearly 2,600 years ago, I have been tested – the person asked me to say a few words in the language, and I complied, saying “shlamalukh,” meaning Joe Brandt can be reached at “hello,” and a few other words, only to have the person to tell me I am lying and don’t how to

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in the field of communications. “One of the issues for that award is that they must come to Temple to receive it,” Lew Klein said. Klein has been an adjunct professor at Temple for the past 60 years, and has spent decades in television production. If a star is willing to come to the university, talk to the students and work the visit into his or her schedule then they’ll be honored with the award. This is the most practical way of guaranteeing a visit from the honoree. “They honor our school by coming to the school,” Klein said. Recipients are not given any monetary reward. The Excellence in the Media Award has been presented to a series of high-caliber individuals over the past 13 years, including ABC’s “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Today Show host Matt Lauer. None of the recipients of this award, so far, have been Temple graduates. This sounds similar to what other colleges call “speakers’ series” or “lecturer series.” Colleges such as Widener University and Penn State also attract well-known figures to their schools to speak with students. However, many of the aforementioned schools charge a fee to attend the guest lecture, while the Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Awards are free to attend.

speak the language I claim to know. And it’s always been like this. Growing up as one of the only Assyrians in Philadelphia, and as the son of an Iranian Assyrian immigrant, I didn’t expect that Temple would have any Assyrian students, since the total population numbers around 1.5-2 million throughout the world, and the Assyrian population in the U.S. is nearly

is much more difficult and the chance of a student maintaining their identity decreases. Eventually, the corollary of no clubs and nowhere to share or express one’s culture results in a loss of identity. And for an Assyrian, identity, an idea so abstract, it is paradoxically one

110,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It is still recovering from the genocide that decimated half of the Assyrian population nearly 100 years ago. It wasn’t until a few weeks into the semester that, as I was riffling through the list of cultural clubs on ADDY PETERSON TTN OwlConnect, I of the most salient and became not unsurprised, but upset – upset that, concrete objects they have. With almost no Assyrian just like my four years at high school, I would again be act- organizations outside of Caliing as a sort of emissary whose fornia, Michigan and Chicago, responsibility was to educate and no organizations on camstudents whenever they ask me pus, there have been myriad times at Temple where I have about who I am. With religious and cul- thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it tural organizations present on be much easier to simply stop campus, students feel free to telling people who I am and who celebrate holidays, talk about Assyrians are? Are my explanaupcoming cultural events, un- tions even worth it?” Some part derstand and enjoy the music of me still believes it is. or simply speak to each other in With such a small populatheir respective languages about tion in the United States and even the most trivial topics. throughout the globe, in generThese clubs are almost es- al, you can see why community sential in helping a student keep is so important. their identity. Without them, it Some students on campus


have asked why I care so much about being Assyrian. I care because no one else cares. When one’s history consists of genocide, nonstop massacres, persecution and oppression, someone has to remember it. With no Assyrian state, this affirmation of who I am is the only way to connect with others, even if they are thousands of miles away. N o t mentioning I am Assyrian is detrimental because it only perpetuates the idea that we are not here and haven’t been here for thousands of years. Since no more than 1.2 million Assyrians remain in their homeland across four nations and most of the population lives in the diaspora, throughout the Middle East and the West, I am doing a disservice to myself by not mentioning who I am. T h e more I think about those stationary ancient ruins – the stones, monuments and statues of the ancient kings – the more I believe that the Assyrian people, although scattered, are also a part of this phrase: They too are the ruins of Nineveh. Assyrian activist Rosie Malek-Yonan once said, “I may not have a country, but my country is in me.” And if giving a short lecture is what it takes to educate one person, and reaffirm that my country is in me, so be it. It’s the least I can do. Romsin McQuade can be reached at




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Hope may be in sight for those overwhelmed with student loan debt. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has helped at least 330 student loan borrowers get compensation and close complaints, according to a new U.S. Public Interest Research Group analysis. The CFPB is a relatively new independent government agency created in 2010 to protect consumers from dangerous financial products and services. A median of $700 was given in monetary relief with some receiving up to $75,000. CFPB were also able to resolve 500 other borrowers’ complaints with non-monetary relief. The analysis argued CFPB should spread The exterior of the vacant William Penn High School from North Broad Street. Temple officials awareness of these opportunities further. have confirmed that they are interested in purchasing the property. | TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN -Marcus McCarthy

INSENSITIVE COSTUMES TARGETED IN COLORADO Students at the University of Colorado Boulder are being asked to think further about what Halloween costumes they pick. The university launched a campaign urging students to avoid stereotype-enforcing costumes. In the form of posters, the message is conveyed with a student of a certain ethnicity, sex, or religion on one side and a costume that stereotypes them on the other. Across the top, the posters read “we’re a culture, not a costume.” These posters discouraged costumes such as a geisha, a cowboy and others that use sombreros or blackface. -Marcus McCarthy



Off-campus parties within Boston city-limits are being slashed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in nearby Cambridge, Mass. According to the Boston Globe, MIT officials emailed members of the Panhellenic Association, Infraternity Council and Association of Independent Living Groups explaining that if their residence is located in Boston, they can’t hold social events until the city issues new inspection certificates. Boston Inspectional Services Department determining they can’t guarantee safety at the homes during large events, according to MIT’s student newspaper. -Marcus McCarthy

A non-recognized fraternity at UPenn caught national attention for spending more than $2,000 in one liquor purchase. A student-run blog at the university, UnderTheButton, obtained an email from the fraternity, OZ, which bragged of the purchase and mocked their education. The email, which was intended for fraternity members only, showed a purchase of 156 bottles of vodka and 15 bottles of Skyy Vodka for $1,636 and $431, respectively. OZ is one of a few “underground fraternities” that the university does not recognize or sanction. Because they are not registered through the university, members of OZ are unlikely to see any punishment, the Huffington Post reports. -Marcus McCarthy

The university has inquired with the Philadelphia School District about purchasing the shuttered William Penn High School on North Broad Street, Jim Creedon, senior vice president of construction, facilities and operations said. Creedon said the university has not gotten word back from the district, which recieved an offer for more than 30 buildings including William Penn from a Washington-based firm. Creedon said the university doesn’t have plans for the property. According to records from the Office of Property Assesment, the school at Broad and Master streets has a 2014 market value of $32.5 million. -John Moritz

Crime MAN STABBED IN HEAD AT LOCAL PARTY A man was taken to Temple University Hospital in critical condition after being stabbed in the head during a party brawl that spilled out onto the 1200 block of Susquehanna Avenue early Sunday morning, police said. Police responded to the party around 2:51 a.m. Oct. 27 to a rowdy scene in which another woman was hit by a chair, Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said. Leone said no students were involved with the party, and those in attendance refused to cooperate with police by giving information on possible suspects. No arrests were made, and the stabbing victim remained in TUH in critical condition as of yesterday, Oct. 28. - John Moritz

After TUH losses, credit outlook negative CREDIT PAGE 1 Temple’s Health System was one of 10 health systems nationwide to receive a downgrade from the S&P in Fiscal Year 2013. Ken Kaiser, Temple’s interim chief financial officer and treasurer, said the health system lost $8 million in the most recent fiscal year after projecting losses of $6 million. While Temple and TUHS operate as legally separate entities with independent finances, Moody’s warned that financing by the university to cover the health systems’ losses would force the credit agency to downgrade the university’s rating. Temple operates the various medical schools and the corresponding medical practice plan, while TUHS is a strictly clinical enterprise that operates several independent medical practices in the Philadelphia

area. However, funds flow from TUHS to the university when medical faculty members are paid for clinical hours at Temple University and other hospitals. “We don’t operate Temple University for the credit rating agencies,” Kaiser said. “With the outlook, it’s about partnering with the health system to make sure that their strategy over the next six months makes sense.” In July 2012, TUHS used bonds to acquire the Fox Chase Cancer Center for $83.8 million, or 66 percent, of Fox Chase’s outstanding debt, Kaiser said. The acquisition of debt from the sale was one of the major borrowing purchases that led to TUHS’ credit downgrade, Kaiser said. Since running on a loss last year, Kaiser said TUHS has adjusted its credit portfolio, and

records show it will operate on a $34,000 surplus from its $1.47 billion budget for 2014. “My sense is that [the health system is] at the bottom of where they’re going to be rating-wise and we will see improvement going forward,” Kaiser said. In the report released Oct. 17, Moody’s cited a rise in the university’s enrollment and 3.5 percent three-year operating margin as reasons for maintaining the university’s credit rating, while warning that continued financial woes at TUHS were cause for the negative outlook on the university’s debt. “TUHS operates in an extremely challenging market as a safety net provider to southeastern Pennsylvania that is highly indispensable in the City of Philadelphia,” Lead Analyst Diane Viacava wrote in the fi-

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nal Moody’s report, citing a high share of Medicaid patients and indigent-related revenue streams. In his inaugural address on Oct. 18, President Theobald promised that increased funding for indigent health care would not come out of university tuition dollars. According to the Moody’s report, the university’s debt was $518 million in Fiscal Year 2008, while the total debt of the consolidated enterprise that includes TUHS was $882 million, according to university financial statements. By 2013 debt at the university rose to $717 million, while total debt for the consolidated enterprise rose to $1.25 billion. A downgrade for the health system increases its cost of capital on future borrowing, though Kaiser said it could have a more

direct impact on the system’s reputation at a time when there are no current plans to borrow more money. “The major impact for the health system is just in the signal it sends to the market, that it’s a vote of no confidence,” Kaiser said. “As they try to recruit doctors, does the doctor look at that and say ‘Maybe I don’t want to go work for Temple right now?’” Kaiser said the university is waiting on the final report from S&P, though he remained hopeful, saying that Moody’s has tended to provide stricter ratings on the university and health system. John Moritz can be reached at or on Twitter @JohnMoritzTU.

Drinking crackdown a part of a larger national trend ALCOHOL PAGE 2

However, during Homecoming weekend, campus police again patrolled near campus to curb student parties and drinking, citing 52 in a four-day span. “We started getting reports again about behavior issues, and we also knew that it was Homecoming weekend and we were getting reports of lots of parties,” Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said.

A similar crackdown by Tempe, Ariz. police at Arizona State University called Operation Safe and Sober garnered national attention earlier this semester when police arrested 1,367 people in nine days in an effort to curtail drunk driving and underage drinking. At Temple, university officials have been consistent in saying that a large part of the perceived student drinking problem stems from students at

other universities coming to the blocks around Main Campus to party. “Those from the outside do not have the same sense of community,” Leone said. “They have more anonymity, allowing opportunity for unwanted behavior.” Pennsylvania state legislatures have also been active in cracking down on underage drinking. In October 2012, Gov. Tom Corbett signed Senate Bill

941, which amended Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, increasing fines for individuals under the age of 21 who purchase, consume or possess alcohol from $500 per violation to $500 for the first violation, and $1,000 thereafter. Temple is not the only school in Philadelphia dealing with increased reports of alcohol consumption. Crosstown neighbor Penn’s student newspaper, The Daily

Pennsylvanian, ran an article in September regarding an “overall increase in disciplinary referrals for liquor violations since 2009.” In Happy Valley at Penn State, more than 650 students were hospitalized due to alcohol-related issues in 2011. The average blood alcohol content of those students two years ago was .287, more than twice the legal limit allowed by the state, according to an article by the

Daily Collegian, Penn State’s student newspaper. “We are seeing increases in sexual assaults, vandalism and medical transports all related to alcohol use,” Leone said. “We are coming together as a university community working on how to reduce risks and change negative behaviors.” Eddie Barrenechea can be reached at or on Twitter @EddieB_TU.


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Eva Monheim advises the Temple Community Garden and volunteers with Philadelphia Urban Creators. PAGE 8

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Lifting spirits Chloe Brown, a sophomore criminal justice major, searches for the file of a client she is assisting with their job search at LIFT North Philadelphia. | ABI REIMOLD TTN

LIFT North Philadelphia is an organization that assists members of the community with different disciplines.


BRIAN TOM The Temple News

upport for those in poverty isn’t as simple as just finding a person a bed or a hot meal – students who volunteer at LIFT North Philadelphia know they may be nourishing a potential career by helping to write

a résumé. “Poverty is very complicated, but we believe getting help shouldn’t have to be,” LIFT North Philadelphia Site Coordinator Lydia Gajdel said. According to the “LIFT Constitution,” “[LIFT] is a metaphor describing the act of lifting citizens out of poverty and allowing people to then uplift themselves into a better lifestyle.” This was the concept that Yale University sophomores Kirsten Lodal and Brian Kreiter had when they created LIFT in 1998. As volunteers at several child service organizations, Lodal and Kreiter were unsatisfied with the lack of support for low-income parents. The two students found that campuses across the

country had the same issues with providing services to these families, so Lodal and Kreiter created LIFT. Since then, LIFT has become an international organization that serves nearly 100,000 people, known as members, in several cities including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago and recently in Los Angeles. The organization has more than 720 advocates nationwide who work approximately 67,441 volunteer hours, which is the dollar-value equivalent of $1.47 million. “It grew from two college students’ idea into something that is much bigger with a much bigger mission,” Gajdel said.

Although LIFT’s mission is to help community members achieve economic stability in times of personal hardship, Gajdel said LIFT offers much more to community members. “We help make goals. We write a lot of résumés and cover letters. We can help with getting public benefits and housing,” Gajdel said. “And all of that one-on-one work is done primarily by college students.” LIFT takes advantage of college students’ abilities and skills, especially clerical and computer skills. The nonprofit organization provides services like résumé writing and job searching. Most importantly, LIFT prides itself as an orga-

Greek students give back

Building support for family Architecture students are building a ramp for a local family.

Philanthropy is a major aspect of many sororities and fraternities.


LORA STRUM The Temple News There are rattling cans on Liacouras Walk, donation bins in the Student Center atrium, walks and banquets or drives clamoring for attention on bulletin boards and in email inboxes. Greeks can be seen in the streets, halls and on the Internet trying to raise support for various organizations in attempts to use their network of individuals to positively impact another community. Alpha Phi Alpha will hold its Black and Gold Pageant on Nov. 24, the proceeds from which will go entirely to the March of Dimes Foundation. “It helps us,” APA brother and senior finance major Atiba Booker said of his organization’s philanthropic event. “It helps everyone around us.” Each organization has different philanthropic goals based



Vice president of SEA Morgan Nemtuda (left) and Bonnie DuPrey work on a poster that will display the negative effects plastic bags have on the environment as part of their new campaign to ban them on campus. ONLINE. | DANIELLE HAGERTY TTN


In the urban city of Philadelphia, volunteering isn’t just a résumé filler for many Temple students. There are enumerable ways to get involved and make a difference on and off campus in the local community, but students aren’t just showing up for a few hours at service organizations – many are initiating their own movements and leading others in serious commitments of time and energy, all in the interest of benefiting their fellow students and neighbors in North Philadelphia. This week’s Living section is primarily focused on the stories of those exemplary students who contribute valuable causes to the community, along with the weekly insight into life on campus.

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For 12-year-old Nayla Campbell, exiting and entering her home is always a multipleperson job. Campbell is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She is unable to walk and is confined to a wheelchair. The family has many nurses who help Campbell, but lifting her from the sidewalk to the house is challenging because there is no ramp from the sidewalk to the front door, which is elevated. “Nayla has about four different nurses a week who all have to struggle with creatively maneuvering her wheelchair up two steps and through the front door,” Radiah Campbell, Nayla’s mother, said. “These difficulties pose safety risks and can take a toll on your body.” Temple architecture students are currently working together through an organization




With bare face, a new outlook

I didn’t hear much feedback from my female friends, but my male friends had varied reactions to my new look. A few asked if I was sick, others said I looked tired and some didn’t even notice at all. Much to my expected my week without surprise, a handful said they makeup to be a full-frontal even preferred the fresher face. attack on my self-esteem, My friend Matt felt so badcomplete with a hovering ly that he asked if I was tired raincloud and an omnipresent that he began to question the internal soundtrack of TLC’s institution of makeup itself and “Unpretty.” how it affects not only me, but But somehow, I survived. all of his female friends. My boyfriend didn’t break “Who they are is the draw,” up with Matt said to me in a text. “Not me, I still what they smear on their face in have all my the morning.” friends and The question of why womI didn’t get en are commonly accepted fired from – and arguably, expected – to my job. wear makeup while men are For a chal- not was also raised quite a few lenge that times. Jenelle Janci simplifies Makeup began as a unisex daily practice, tracing back to the Quality of Life my routine, it ancient Egyptians. Egyptian wasn’t easy. men would apply kohl, or eyeI’m a creature of habit, so liner, before a day’s work or a not reaching for my gold bag of banquet, according to a history. glamour on Day One felt hor- article. Bilribly wrong. To compensate for lie Joe Armstrong and other my tired eyes, pallid skin and ‘guyliner’ lovers aside, it’s perimperfect complexion, I curled plexing that modern men aren’t my hair to feel a little more put- held to the same societal costogether. metic standards that women are. I sighed when I saw how When the challenge was small the tables were when my over and my makeup bag dustboyfriend and I met his family ed off, I chose a far more minifor brunch on Day malistic look. One. Under A swipe the restauof masr an t’s cara and fluoa dab of resundercent eye conlightcealer was ing, all I felt I I was needed. paraG o i n g n o i d forward, they’d I plan to w o n research der what prodtheir son ucts on was doing the Enwith such a vironhomely gal. I menused my hands t a l as a shield durWo r k ing conversation, i n g trying to slyly cover KATIE KALUPSON TTN Group’s Skin as much surface space as Deep Cosmetic Database to possible to hide my unpolished consider the risks before buying face. another makeup item. Just like quitting any other While I’ve invested too habit, the first few days were the much in my beauty collection hardest. Every time I encoun- to swear it off completely, my tered a mirror, my face contort- week without it has made me ed into a pained grimace. realize I don’t need to hide beThe week wasn’t purely tor- hind as much as I thought. ture, though. Omitting makeup from my daily routine gave me more than a few extra minutes Jenelle Janci can be reached in the morning. My skin cleared at or on up a bit, and I enjoyed hugging Twitter @jenelley. my friends without worrying if makeup would smear onto their shoulders. Perhaps the most important thing I gained, however, was perspective.


A week without makeup brings unexpected results, prompts reflection on society.


Debbie Dasani owns Samosa Debs, a new food truck that often parks next to Insomnia Cookies after encountering ticketing issues on 13th Street. Dasani is concerned about representing her culture on campus. | ERIC DAO TTN


Owner advocates diversity A new truck serving traditional Indian fare hopes to increase cultural awareness. ARIANE PEPSIN The Temple News Samosa Deb’s is the only authentic Indian food truck open on Main Campus. Debbie Dasani, the truck’s owner, said she believes the university’s truck culture needs more diversity. “I think I’m better at representing my culture than a lot of other trucks,” Dasani said. “When you grow up with the cooking, you just know what to do. It basically came to me by osmosis.” Owner of Dasani LLC, a convenience store in South Philadelphia that she runs with her husband, Dasani has always offered home-cooked Indian cuisine outside of her store. Her specialties are sweet breads and samosas, which are triangularshaped pockets of wheat dough filled with potatoes and vegetables that are fried and served over chaat, a spicy snack mix. When customers requested other things for her to make, Dasani said she decided to open a food truck to satisfy everyone. She came to Main Campus in an effort to add to the diversity of Temple’s food selection, she said. “There’s too many of the same types of steaks and things like that,” Dasani said. “I think we need a lot more diversity, and I’m here to bring it to everyone.” The transition from sell-

ing outside of her small shop to apart from other trucks because operating out of a truck wasn’t she allows customers to try a difficult, she said. She said she dish before they purchase it. strategically kept her business “I talk to customers and small enough to handle every- ask them what they like and thing effectively. their needs, and without a doubt “I wanted to be able to they’re all repeat customers,” manage things, so I didn’t want Dasani said. “I must offer someto open a restaurant along with thing that they really like.” the store because it would’ve Dasani uses cooking methbeen too huge of an endeavor,” ods that she learned during her Dasani said. “I saw trucks at time growing up in Guyana, and other events and it matched said she’s become accustomed what I thought I was capable of. to using the techniques passed I wanted to serve different ar- down through her Indian herieas, not be stuck behind a stove tage. Dasani said she’s happy a with no customer interaction.” lot of her culture has stayed with Although she has run into her throughout the years. problems finding a location for “People have told me that her truck due to police ticketing my style of cooking is more and some mild and palatable than of the othother Indian styles,” er truck Dasani said. “My spicowners on es vary though. I use a campus, lot of turmeric, corianDasani der and cumin. There’s said she certain methods of ushasn’t let ing Indian spices that the chalI took for granted and lenges Debbie Dasani / truck owner didn’t realize until I drive her trained part-time emoff camployees, and they’d ask pus. She had her truck parked me what to put in and when.” on 13th Street initially, but Dasani is a member of The recently decided to move to Food Trust, a nonprofit organiMontgomery Avenue after those zation that aims to ensure that complications. everyone has access to afford“I’m still here because able, nutritious food and the my customers want me here,” information to make healthy Dasani said. “I had a hard time eating decisions. With its headwith some of the vendors tell- quarters in Philadelphia, The ing me to go somewhere else, Food Trust is responsible for and I’ve had police ticket me, organizing the Night Markets but I was encouraged to come to that take place in neighborhoods Temple so I’ll continue to.” across the city. The first time Customer satisfaction is Dasani offered her hot dishes as of the utmost importance to opposed to her usual breads was her business, Dasani said. The at the Italian Market festival in truck’s menu is largely driven 2008. She continued to observe by customer requests and fa- other trucks at the Night Marvorites. She said she sets herself kets before she opened her own.

“There’s too

many of the same types of steaks and things like that.

Dasani said one thing she realized after attending social gatherings like those was there is a large population of vegetarians in the city. She tries to accommodate her menu to fit the needs of everyone with dishes like chicken tikka chaat, which contains chicken marinated in yogurt and spices, along with vegetarian dishes like falafel, which is mashed chickpeas mixed with spices and fried. Dasani said she sees a lot of customers branching out and said she has felt positive about her interaction with the Temple community. “The students are the best to cook for,” she said. “I love [students]. [They] have healthy appetites and [are] always willing to try anything new.” Students said they are intrigued by the new truck. For Chioma Uba, a junior media studies and production major, seeing the truck came as a surprise. “It’s my first time seeing an Indian food truck, but I’ve had Indian food before,” Uba said. “I figured I’d try it out.” Colby Wallace, a senior psychology major, stopped at the truck out of curiosity. “I’d seen it before and it looked interesting to me,” Wallace said. “Nothing on the menu was familiar, so I decided to just try something.” Dasani said she is glad students are willing to step outside of their comfort zone, if necessary, to sample her fare. Ariane Pepsin can be reached at


Community garden can be ‘applied education,’ adviser says Eva Monheim acts as an adviser for the Temple Community Garden. SHAYNA KLEINBERG The Temple News Students who garden in the local urban environment are able to plant a seed of healthy eating awareness in the surrounding community, as well as harvesting fresh produce. Since its formation in 2009, the Temple Community Garden, located on Broad Street, has been run by a tight-knit group of students who operate with the intent of fusing the joy of gardening with spreading healthy produce to students and the surrounding community. Advising the team is Eva Monheim, an instructor in land-

scape architecture and horticulture at Temple’s campus in Ambler, Pa. Although the garden is run by a group of students, Monheim advises them on what to plant and how to obtain supplies. She also works in unison with the students to help ensure the garden’s success. “If anyone were to ask me what my No. 1 mission is, it’s the students,” Monheim said. “If there’s any way I can help the students or there’s a problem, that’s my mission. Students are clients. I am working for the student, and if the students weren’t there, I wouldn’t have a job.” In conjunction with teaching classes and advising the community garden on Main Campus, Monheim also advises students in maintaining the medicinal garden at Temple’s medical school and the John Paul Endicott Memorial Garden

in Ambler. She also volunteers with Philadelphia Urban Creators, a group comprised of people who help to build sustainable communities in the city. “If we have anyone wanting to start a community garden, we have to help each other and connect with each other in order for things to move forward in the green industry and in order to keep a pulse on what’s happening,” Monheim said. Students work together to plant and grow the produce, organize dinners for the community using food from the garden and coordinate a small farmers market where the produce can be sold. Not only is TCG a way for students to have a handson learning experience, it’s also a chance for the students to share their knowledge with others. The garden is used as an

educational experience and as a way to enrich the environment around North Philadelphia. The students also work with Penrose Playground to teach children how to garden and make healthier eating choices. “In order for students to apply what they learn, they want to start projects that they could put their mark on,” Monheim said. “Students want to make a mark on the university while staying connected to the students, helping other students and the surrounding community – it’s applied education.” Monheim often gives students advice regarding their involvement in the community and what they should plant next. “The students consult me on what plants they want to grow,” Monheim said. “I tell them where to go and give them connections. It’s about having someone there to listen or to ad-

vise in some capacity and having someone there to give you the connection to other connections.” TCG was sprouted by a group of Tyler School of Art students when the art school moved to Main Campus. The switch from a tree-lined campus in Ambler to inner city Philadelphia was a harsh transition for those students and the garden was a way to “soften it up” and give the art students more inspiration, Monheim said. In its original stages, with the help from the Office of Sustainability and companies like Organic Mechanics and Primex Garden Center, Monheim was able to acquire money and supplies, enabling the community garden to become the established cultivation it is today. “I helped to create a framework for the students,” Monheim said. “The timing was right

for the garden to happen, and at the same time the movement for healthy eating and the idea of a raised consciousness within the student body was right. Those were all things that had to be in place before the garden was born, so having a group of students that had a similar desire actually pulled it together. I’m just one of the little cogs in the wheel that helped it get moving along.” The students who run the community garden have a variety of majors, making it a diversified collaboration. “These little garden popups are really important,” Monheim said. “There are now more permanent places to take students to a site and show them something specific.” Shayna Kleinberg can be reached at




Little Big League discusses how the band came to be and the making of its newest album “These Are Good People.” PAGE 10

Wrestler Christopher Daniels talks to columnist John Corrigan about his TNA career and upcoming appearance at the Liacouras Center. PAGE 13


Ride to recovery Alumna develops bicycle program for women in transition. CHEYENNE SHAFFER Chief Copy Editor


uring Kristin Gavin’s first semester studying exercise and sports psychology for her master’s degree at Temple, she created a business plan as a final project for her class on entrepreneurship in health professions. “I remember thinking, ‘This is brilliant, I’m coming up with some really good ideas here,’” Gavin said. The business plan was for a bicycle program involving women in transition from addiction, abuse or incarceration. The women would use a bicycle as a tool for recreation

and transportation, as well as a way to socially connect with others. At the same time, Gavin began teaching aerobics and yoga at a residential recovery home for women with histories of drug and alcohol addiction. “I started teaching these fitness classes three mornings a week and my mind was blown,” Gavin said. “Here was this beautiful community of women who never had anyone teach them physical activity or integrate that into this critical life transition. That’s when I was like, ‘“We need to be doing this. There needs to be more of this.’ While aerobics and yoga were fun and easy, that wasn’t what I’m passionate about.” As Gavin’s graduation neared, she returned to the business plan in hopes of turning it into a reality. The program became known as Gearing Up and began at In-



Finding ‘sanctuary’ in giving to India John Infante uses art as catalyst for change. MARY SALISBURY The Temple News While other graduates were starting careers, John Infante embarked on a three-month excursion to a castle in Halvad, a city in the state of Gujarat, India. Despite traveling in 120-degree heat with little human interaction, it was an experience he said changed his life. A 2011 graduate, Infante double-majored in anthropology and broadcasting telecommunications & mass media. During a visual anthropology course, he connected with Professor Jayasinhji Jhala.

Jhala liked Infante’s final project for the course so much that he encouraged him to travel to his palace in India to study art. There, he could immerse himself in a different culture, different elements and develop as an artist. “As an artist, I had the worst experience in India that anyone could expect to have,” Infante said. “I felt a strong dislike for India and a frustration with the environment. But after coming back to the United States, I realized that from that misery, frustration and angst, I found my creativity.” This realization sparked Infante’s idea to host other artists in this kind of environment. He said he wanted to create a sanctuary that would nurture artists


Life lessons taught out of classroom Instructors at the free program “Play On, Philly” teach more than music. DAVID ZISSER The Temple News The commotion that filled the halls of St. Frances de Sales, a Catholic school in West Philadelphia that teaches kindergarten through eighth-grade, was not out of the ordinary. However, after a ruckus that could only be caused by a recently freed group of elementary schoolers died down, a momentary silence was replaced by a chorus of violins. After the final bell, many students ages six to 13 are choosing to pick up a bassoon or a viola instead of an Xbox controller. This is possible thanks to a music program in its third year of existence, Play On, Philly. The inspiration for Play On, Philly was a Venezuelan program by the name of El Sistema. Started by trumpeter Stanford Thompson in 2011, the Philadelphia iteration offers oftenunderprivileged youth in a direly underfunded school system the opportunity to learn how to play classical music. Among the kids, it’s been a hit so far. “She loves it,” said Erica Dill, the mother of a young bas-


Sisters team up to clean city blocks The West Rockland Street Project aims to beautify Philly’s neighborhoods. John Infante was inspired to give back after taking a trip to India.| MEAGHAN POGUE TTN

ALBERT HONG The Temple News

Two sisters have learned the meaning of cleaning up their share. Ainé and Emaleigh Doley, sisters and longtime residents Feet intern and Temple junior of West Rockland Street, started said. the West Rockland Street ProjTo join, residential memect in 2009 to organize and bring bers must sign a dedication residents together to improve contract after living in a partner the image and community in the shelter for 30 days. After runneighborhood by cleaning and ning a certain amount of miles, renovating it. members join the Next Steps With neighbors enthusiastiprogram through which Back on cally greeting one another and My Feet offers financial literacy flower planters lining the sideprograms, résumé-building and walk and the fronts of homes, other tools necessary to obtain this block in the Germantown a job, such as a suit or subway section of Northwest Philadeltokens to get to an interview. phia has clearly gone through Approximately 70 percent changes. of residential members are in When the sisters became the Next Steps phase of the proco-captains of the block, they gram. Since the start of the first began projects that encouraged branch of Back on My Feet in residents to clean up trash, plant 2007, Philadelphia alone has gardens in their homes or spend had 205 residential members time with kids during events, obtain employment and 143 such as the Grow this Block! members have their own housand Philly Spring Cleanup. ing. The organization is located Just like with any other in 11 other cities in the U.S. project, there were initial strugBack on My Feet has a gles for attendance. In the case large team of non-residential of the Philly Spring Cleanup in members that dedicate time to 2009, Emaleigh explained the attending and organizing runs. way new projects get started. One residential member, Robin “When we have a new projDawson, said she drew inspiraect idea, it’s usually going to be tion from volunteers when she

Homeless, volunteers lace up for a cause Back on My Feet urges physical activity and its positive effects on homeless. CLAIRE SASKO The Temple News

The nonprofit Back on My Feet organizes runs with volunteers and the homeless at 5:30 a.m. as a part of the program toward better living. | ABI REIMOLD TTN


As Temple students, we have the fortunate advantage that other colleges or universities don’t have. We can be a part of something larger than our campus – we can be a part of the fifth largest city in the United States. Within this service issue, aside from the arts and entertainment content, readers will normally find, there will be a larger focus on human interest and inspiring stories of Temple grads and non-grads alike taking initiative in Philadelphia and setting an example for the rest of us. –Patricia Madej, A&E Editor

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More than 100 people gather for a jog before sunrise on a street corner in Center City. Half of them are homeless. The run is part of Back on My Feet, a national organization with the goal of creating self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness. The catch is that those seeking advice, resources and shelter must show up to run three days a week or for at least 90 percent of the runs. Founder Anne Mahlum and those involved with Back on My Feet said they believe a commitment to running and in turn good health, leads to self-discipline and a more structured life. “Our members work hard for every benefit they receive,” Megan Keen, a Back on My







Little Big League

Philadelphia’s own Little Big League talks cassettes, genres and tour life. JAMIE SCHOSHINSKI The Temple News

The partier, the rebel, the baby and the wildcard. That’s how the members of Little Big League describe themselves. The band is comprised of guitarist and lead singer Michelle Zauner – the baby, guitarist Kevin O’Halloran – the wildcard, bass guitarist Deven Craige – the rebel, and drummer Ian Dykstra – the partier. Having recently released its first full-length album, “These Are Good People,” Little Big League is leaving on a tour that will cover the eastern half of the United States on Nov. 25. On a few dates of the tour, it will be playing with the bands Paws and Lvl Up. THE TEMPLE NEWS: How did you all meet? MICHELLE ZAUNER: A party.

KEVIN O’HALLORAN: [Zauner] and I took classes together, and I was in her old band, Post Post, and then we met [Craige] at a Post Post show up in Brooklyn when he was playing in Golden Ages. We kind of reconnected after Post Post broke up, and we were looking for a new band and then we met this kid [Dykstra] at a party. TTN: Your album came out recently, right? IAN DYKSTRA: August, yup. MZ: Really? No, Sept. 6. DEVEN CRAIGE: August 6. MZ: It doesn’t really feel like it was then. KO: Because the record’s been done since January. MZ: It was just sitting there waiting for a label to pick it up. TTN: How’d you go about writing and recording the album? MZ: The nine songs were

written in varying ways. Some of them were songs I had written in my bedroom and then we picked them apart and restructured and then others were more collaborative, which we did in the studio together. KO: “Settlers” in particular was more collaborative. MZ: And then we recorded at our friend Craig’s studio, which was in the Berks Warehouse. ID: It was a locally made record. TTN: Are you excited to be touring? KO: Yeah, I need to get out of town. MZ: I think we all do. DC: Got a couple warrants. TTN: What are some of your musical inspirations? Or really any inspirations at all? MZ: Lately we’ve been thinking a lot about how [O’Halloran, Craige and Dykstra] have more early 2000s emo,

Pub crawl aims to spook Ghost stories get academic credibility with help of professors, teachers. SINEAD CUMMINGS The Temple News Al Capone’s Valentine’s Day Massacre could now be a conversation starter for date night. Grim Philly Twilight Tours aims to bring an academic approach to ghost tours by providing concrete sources for the gory, unexpected and frightening. The stories shared on the tours are not just tall tales, but meticulously researched events, run by professors and history graduate students. This year, the “Bootleggers Ball” bar crawl makes its debut with stories of gangsters, pirates and ghosts in Philadelphia. For those 21 and over, sharing ghost stories has moved from around the campfire to around the bar. Professor Joe Wojie, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania who teaches at Rider University, takes Philadelphia’s grim history seriously. He founded the tours three years ago and has stayed hands-on through its development. “I’m a night owl, so when I’m on vacation I want to sleep in, relax,” Wojie said. “Most tours are at 9 a.m. and I always wanted something late in the day, which are usually ghost tours. I like the academic but my wife is less into that, so [Grim Philly Twilight Tours] are a happy medium between academic and fun.” Wojie said he thoroughly

researches each story until it’s Duffy was another. The Irish fully-developed. Once he’s sat- mafia were controlling the beer isfied in the content of the tour, – people always laugh at that.” The tours, which are geared he trains a member of his qualified team to run it. He aims to toward adults, focus on brothels have factual and interesting in- to executions and everything in formation provided by dynam- between. All of the tours use inic, knowledgeable tour guides, formation are intrinsically acamost of which have master’s demic, but the content still aims to be entertaining. degrees or are history teachers. “We have a cult following,” “I like to use history teachers, those that can answer inde- Wojie said. “The first year I was pendent questions off the cuff,” just doing the tours myself, and it was just the [Vampires, Sex, Wojie said. John Crider, currently in Ghosts] tour, and I remember I saw the same the Ph. D. hisguy three times. tory program We definitely at Temple, runs have regulars.” the Cemetery Since its and Serial Killinception, Grim ers tour through Philly Twilight Grim Philly TwiTours has won light Tours. Best PhiladelWojie said phia Tour from he uses the rePHL17’s Philly search of Mark Hot List. There Haller, a historiare currently an and one of the three tours founders of the available: the criminal justice Vampires, Sex, program at Temple who passed Ghosts!... & September of So Much More last year. Wojie Joe Wojie / professor tour, the Cemealso utilizes the tery, Serial KillPaley Library. ers, Blood & Beer! tour and the “Temple’s library, I be- Bootleggers Ball – Historic and lieve, is the most comprehen- Haunted Pub Crawl. sive on the [prohibition] era,” Wojie has plans to expand he said. “It’s the premier place in the future, since the poputo be looking for information.” larity of Grim Philly Twilight The prohibition era and the Tours has been more than he gangsters that became famous anticipated. from it is the main focus of “People who have never the Bootleggers Ball bar crawl, done the tours have become inwhich runs on Saturdays from terested in all of them,” he said. 7-10 p.m., stopping at three tav- “People are going on dates.” erns along the way. Sinead Cummings “The tour focuses on gangcan be reached at sters,” Wojie said. “Al Capone’s connection here was controlling industrial alcohol. Mickey

“I like the

academic but my wife is less into that, so [Grim Philly Twilight Tours] are a happy medium between academic and fun.


pop/punk backgrounds, which was more of something I associated with the East Coast. I’m from Oregon originally and I feel like a lot of my influences were more rooted in the Pacific Northwest indie rock, so it’s a real meshing of inspirations. There were a lot of common bands we really liked though. TTN: So I see you have some cassettes there? ID: One of these days we’ll have CDs too. KO: I don’t know, will we? We only have tapes, records and the Internet. TTN: Why? KO: It’s cheaper. MZ: I think that it just doesn’t make sense anymore. KO: Like who owns a Walkman anymore? Or a Discman? MZ: People want the music in something that will represent the band. ID: A CD is just a bulky

download code. MZ: I don’t really like CDs and I don’t really know people who buy them. I think it’s just something that faded out of the scene. ID: Records sound good and they’re archival, so there’s every reason to buy a record of something you totally love, and tapes are, like, throw away. It’s really an aesthetic decision to buy a record or a tape. TTN: What genre do you consider yourself? Or how would you describe your sound? KO: I think that’s the one thing we can’t describe. Not in an annoying way, like, ‘I’m a beyond a genre’ but I guess what I’ve learned is you don’t really have control. It’s not what I think it is, it’s where we get put – and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. We’re getting brought under the rug with a lot of the emo revival, and I never really

thought of us as an emo band. MZ: But I’m learning that emo is such an enormous umbrella. It’s basically hardcore music that focuses more on the vocal melodic content. I think – well, at least I hope – that’s what people are including us in. I think one common thread is that we all liked ‘90s indie rock bands. We like melodic music that can be both hard and soft and that can keep you interested. We’ve also been called indie rock. TTN: Do you have any shows in Philly on your tour? ID: Yeah, it’s right in the middle of the tour. DC: Nov. 13 at the Barbary. ID: It’s one of our rare allages shows. KO: Yeah, so that’s exciting. Jamie Schoshinski can be reached at


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The Terror Behind the Walls tour of the historic Eastern State Penitentiary uses actors, props and its eerie location to make the experience as scary as possible. The tour winds through the building and the cells. This year, for the first time, there is an interactive option where actors can grab guests, lead them to secret passageways, remove a guest from their group or incorporate guests into the show. Tickets are $19 from 7-11 p.m. on Oct. 29-31. Located in Fairmont, Eastern State Penitentiary also offers discounts to college students with IDs. Tickets can be purchased at – Sinead Cummings


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Celebrate the history of the United States and Constitution Day at the Constitution Center. Admission is $13 for students. Limited supply of free tokens will be available in the Dean of Students Office (3rd Floor of the Student Center) to travel to the Constitution Center on Friday, November 1, 2013.

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terim House, an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center in Mt. Airy. The first official ride took place on National Bike to Work Day in May 2009. Since then, Gearing Up has expanded, working with Chances, an outpatient women’s drug and alcohol center on 12th and Callowhill streets, Washington House in South Philly, the Joseph J. Peters Institute and Interim House. Gearing Up hosts 11 rides throughout the week and each location has its own fleet of bikes and team leaders. In order to graduate the program, a woman must ride 100 miles with the group, demonstrate proficiency in how to fix a flat tire and perform a safety check on a bike. “The rides are very casual and very social,” Gavin said. “We work with women with diverse backgrounds and physical capabilities. Our philosophy is that we meet women where they are. That means if we have one person where it’s her first time riding and she can’t ride more than a mile, the group will help

her through her first mile and then go back out. We have to be really flexible and focus on community.” Gavin said women often join the program just to get out of the house, but as they begin riding, they become fond of the sport. “They get out and they see things, and they do things they wouldn’t otherwise be doing,” Gavin said. “We try to plan a monthly social ride. Last summer, we rode to a Camden River Sharks game and riding over the Ben Franklin Bridge is a thrill. We’re working with women who have been oppressed by abuse, addiction, incarceration, depression, marginalization, stigmatization and to just go on a bike ride and feel free. I actually can’t even wrap my head around how awesome that must feel.” Leanne Sharkey, who was a client at Interim House for three months earlier this year, said she joined Gearing Up as soon she heard it was an opportunity to get fresh air. “When I got to Interim House, I was not happy about being in rehab or any of that

stuff, so I felt really confined,” Sharkey said. “The first 30 days you’re there, you’re kind of on lockdown at the house. The only thing you could participate in outside of the house was Gearing Up, so as soon as I knew I could get out, I was all about it.” After never missing an opportunity to ride, Sharkey graduated from the program within a month and a half in June. Besides enjoying the chance to get outside, Sharkey said she rode her bike because of the positive impact it had on her. “I saw changes in my mood, just my outlook on the whole situation completely changed,” she said. “I was a lot calmer, I was sleeping better. It was an overall mental and physical change.” Once a woman rides 100 miles, she receives a lock, helmet, messenger bag and T-shirt, as well as her own bicycle. Since Sharkey graduated, she said she’s used her bike almost every day, especially at her job at Wash Cycle Laundry, where she picks up laundry from customers and delivers it to Laundromats in Center City. “I never thought I’d be in

Gearing Up, a nonprofit started by Temple alumna Kristin Gavin, has women recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction come together by way of bike riding. | SKYLER BURKHART TTN this kind of shape,” Sharkey said. “I’m pulling 600 to 800 pounds for five or six hours every night. The company is really picking up and hopefully it will open some more doors for more stuff.” Besides providing her with the skills needed for her job,

Sharkey said Gearing Up has given her the chance to be an inspiration to others as she continues to ride with women at Interim House. “I hear the girls tell me all the time that it helps them to know that I’m out and I’m doing it, and it gives them some

hope that it can definitely be done,” Sharkey said. “Gearing Up has been amazing, and hopefully I’ll be able to stick with it for a really long time.” Cheyenne Shaffer can be reached at

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Emaleigh Doley (right) and Kevon Lewis stand in front of an empty lot on West Rockland Street that she and her sister Ainé helped improve in 2008.| JACOB COLON TTN

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something that continues, so we always know the first time we do it, we’re not going to have as many participants,” Emaleigh said. “People need to see an example of something and get excited about it, and then they want to be a part of it.” Grow This Block! was a project held over Memorial Day weekend and, due to its success, garnered media attention. Mayor Nutter read the story and stopped by the block for a tour from Ainé and then helped the block get two abandoned, dangerous houses torn down. This kind of exposure enables the sisters to get help from volunteers and financial assistance from groups, such as the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and City Council, of which the latter awarded the block a $1,500 Philadelphia Activities Fund grant. Emaleigh said the attention also boosts confidence throughout the community. “It reinforces the good

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while facilitating a change in them artistically and personally. With the support of Jhala, Infante’s vision became the Jhalavad Sanctuary for the Arts, or JSA. For the past two years, Infante has taken college students, many from Temple, and professors working on artistic residencies to a palace in Dhrangadhra, India, where the JSA is located. Those who travel to the JSA can work alongside teachers and translators from the village as they study traditional Indian art,

work that people are doing to help improve the block, whether it was from cleaning up or doing activities with kids or planting gardens,” Emaleigh said. Both Ainé and Emaleigh have day jobs outside of their work on Rockland Street, with Emaleigh’s background being in public relations and Ainé’s in experiential marketing. “I’m very skilled at promoting the events, making sure they happen right and knowing all about how events work, so that’s come in very handy when we’re promoting events here,” Ainé said. The sense of community is another aspect that has been improved, made apparent with kids excitedly waving at the sisters and people taking part in events outside. David Williams, 50, was on the sidewalk with his nieces and nephews, selling DVDs at what would have been the project’s flea market, though it was cancelled for that day. “They’ve really been doing what they need to do for the

block,” Williams said. “There’s nothing they won’t do for our block, and it inspired me to help out with the block more and play with the kids more.” Not having the finances to move and realizing that it was becoming difficult to live on the street, the sisters both decided to kick start change, even with the difficulties. “I like [the work] a lot, even though at times, it’s frustrating because it’s time consuming,” Ainé said. “We have to work together to keep it going.” “It was kind of like our organizing came out of a necessity,” Emaleigh said. “We had to do it or we had to move.” The last event of the year for the West Rockland Street block is its Halloween party on Oct. 31, where there will be three-legged races, egg-onspoon races, potato sack races, tug of war, candy for the kids and bobbing for apples.

yoga, meditation, snake charming, film, dance, writing, music, philosophy and sculpture – Infante’s specialty. Jhala is the director of Temple’s graduate and undergraduate tracks in the anthropology of visual communication. His family is native to the Dhrangadhra, Gujarat region and they own the Ajitnivas Palace and the Halvad Citadel. “Dhrangadhra has been a center for stone carving since before the ninth century,” Jhala said. “This region features many artistic traditions and a unique regional dialect.” An environment like this can be stimulating for artists.

“The most rewarding part of working for the JSA is seeing how students have changed after their India experience,” Infante said. “While in India, they’re all very overwhelmed. This forces some to go inwards and some to go outwards. It changes who they are as a person and who they are as an artist.” “The sanctuary is the canvas and the new ephemeral medium is the person transformed by their experience in India,” Jhala said. Closer to home, Infante is a co-owner of Copious Space, located in West Philadelphia. Copious Space is a gallery that hosts art and film exhibi-

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decided to join Back on My residents reconnect with famFeet. ily and loved ones through the “I saw them and thought, showcasing of their achieve‘If these organizers and mem- ments, mainly through pictures bers can invest so much of their displayed on the organization’s time and energy, I can invest website and Facebook page. He mine and give this a shot,’” said he believes these athletic Dawson said. achievements further boost conDespite having arthritis, fidence and autonomy. asthma and other health issues, “Running is an overarchDawson joined Back on My ing structure that exists in Feet in July 2013 after seeing someone’s life,” Cantiello said. members returning “They learn from a run. to recognize “They had things that such a different keep them and positive enfrom excelergy compared to ling, such everyone else in as a bad diet the shelter,” Dawor sleeping son said. schedule.” Dawson used Unfortuto start work at 7 nately, those a.m. during the suffering week at a Norfrom physiristown State Robin Dawson / member cal or mental Hospital. After disabilities she experienced are unlikely homelessness, Back on My to become involved with Back Feet helped her return to a strict on My Feet. The dropoff rate schedule while training for and of those who self-select out of running a 5K race in the pro- the program is around 20 to 25 cess. percent. “I became addicted to run“Running is not universal ning because it motivated me to for everyone,” Cantiello said. frame my entire day from that “We’re trying to figure out the point,” Dawson said. “My mind safest way to integrate those was clear, and no one viewed who can’t run and our doors are always open to those who give me as a charity case.” Back on My Feet Program up and want to come back.” However, Back on My Feet Director Evan Cantiello said a sense of confidence is necessary has seen great progress in those to self-sufficiency, and that is who are able to run. Cantiella why the organization holds such said one member in Washington named Walter recently compethigh expectations. “Suddenly people see what ed in a Leadman race — a race they can do and realize they’re that requires participants to run capable of something they nev- 100 miles. Back on My Feet frequenter knew was possible for them,” ly participates in races and holds he said. Cantiello has seen many fundraisers. Alongside Nation-

al Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week from Nov. 1822, the organization will hold a fundraiser called Sneaker Week. For this event, Back on My Feet pairs with hundreds of companies, offices and universities that invite their employees to donate $5 or $10 to the organization and wear sneakers and jeans to work. Donors will receive a branded item. “For some organizations, wearing sneakers to work is no big deal,” Scott Crossin, the executive director of Back on My Feet, said. “We strive to make fundraising relevant for those companies too, by figuring out different strategies that are relevant to them.” Companies participating can set fundraising goals. Back on My Feet will provide them with a link to a fundraising page that allows them to promote their campaign and involvement. Back on My Feet will also hold “fundracing” for the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon. Runners can gain entry to the marathon and sold-out half marathon through this fundraising event if they commit to raising a set amount of money for Back on My Feet. Participants will receive a set of performance clothes. “This is a really important relevance driver for our organization,” Crossin said. “It allows people to do something they aspire to do while making a tangible difference for others.”

tions and fundraiser events for the JSA. All proceeds from the events and art go toward doing community work in and around Gujurat. “Our goal is to fund water irrigation projects, pollution projects and to spread health awareness,” Infante said. “I want to convey an artistic push to be a catalyst for change in a developing country rather than something like Coca-Cola or building highways. Because the cost of living in India is so low, money made just from the sale of a painting can go a very long way and do so much good for the community.” Infante travels to India for

All of these are long-term goals, but in the meantime, Infante is working to open a second art gallery in Fishtown, which will also benefit the JSA and the surrounding community. “Everything for the JSA is my blood and my effort,” Infante said. “Until we can get staff from this country and not just in India, it’s pretty much a oneman show. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.”

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addicted to running because it motivated me to frame my entire day from that point.

three or four months out of the year. As founder of the JSA and the consultant for Jhala’s properties, he said he’s always looking for ways he can transform their palaces and other facilities into something new and useful. Infante and Jhala said they believe this is only the beginning for the JSA. It is just a small piece of a larger vision. Infante hopes the program will evolve into a year-long experience for students, as opposed to just a month of study in India. He also wants to expand the JSA and host more graduate-level students at the sanctuary. Infante even hopes to live in India year-round someday.

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soon player. “She has friends that were a part of the program, and she was excited to play an instrument.” Tuition and audition-free, Play On, Philly is intense and comprehensive. Five times a week for three hours a day, students are given group lessons and prepped to play in ensembles or improv jazz groups. In addition, the kids have the opportunity to take classes in music theory and musical history. Many involved in Play On, Philly said without the program, giving kids in Philadelphia a solid musical education would be impossible. “Without the program, they wouldn’t,” said Josh Popejoy, a trombone instructor and three-year veteran of Play On, Philly. “They just wouldn’t. They’d take general music here and they’d go onto high school. And high schools hardly have any programs left as it is, unless they go to a specialized school that they wouldn’t have gotten into since they wouldn’t have played. These kids would’ve never had an instrument.” But thanks to Play On, Philly, a new generation is getting the chance to experience classical music. “The more people we could bring that to the better,” Popejoy


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said. “There’s kids here — they’re so far ahead of where I was. Light years. Seventh and eighth graders that are playing better than I played as a junior in high school. And I went to school and got a degree in performance. It’s pretty remarkable.” Attached to bassoons and trombones that often dwarf them, students learn the fundamentals of notes and scales through popular melodies such as “Hey Jude” and “Jingle Bells.” But the goals of Play On, Philly expand far beyond just musical education. Instructors in the program said they hope to instill life lessons into their students that they can take outside of the classroom. “My No. 1 goal is to teach them to teach themselves,” Popejoy said. “I want them to be able to process on their own. Whether it be from musicianship, from a technical aspect, from something that’s not related to music, problem solving, it’s all about just being able to teach yourself. And that’s something that carries through life.” This principle of instilling values that have little to do with music was a motif amongst Play On, Philly instructors. “It is really more than music,” said Naomi Gonzalez, a Play On, Philly violin instructor. “It is really

a social program. Kids that come from a little bit of a disadvantaged background really get exposed to working as a group, setting goals, working hard. I mean, what kid really wants to just not be in front of the TV right after school? But this is really giving them a sense of belonging and a sense of accomplishment. Also as teachers, we’re not just teachers. We’re there to address any social situations that happen.” Program Director Kathy Krull concurred. “I always believed that the No. 1 thing I was teaching my students was not music,” Krull said. “It was teaching them how to dedicate themselves to something, how to succeed at something, how to get past hard times and be successful. And I definitely saw that in some of the communities I taught in, that these skills could transfer over to other parts of their lives.” Krull said every graduate of Play On, Philly has continued their musical education after eighth grade. In addition to this, Play On, Philly alumni are receiving high school scholarships, performing with community programs and returning to the program as mentors. Recently, the folks at Play On, Philly quantified the effect the program was having on its participants’

grades. They calculated the average change in grade between students enrolled in Play On, Philly and students enrolled in the school’s afterschool tutoring program. Kids participating in Play On, Philly, on average, experienced a change in grades nine points higher than those receiving tutoring. Play On, Philly officials chock this up to a principle they refer to as delayed gratification. “In the world of video games and Xbox, you see the screen and your action directly makes a move,” Krull said. “But with learning an instrument there’s absolutely delayed gratification in that the kids, especially when they’re first learning an instrument, you don’t get a perfect sound. But what they learn is that they have to work toward getting to that point and that it’s important to think through that process and think through those steps.” Dill was quick to reiterate the benefits of the program that her daughter has been reaping. “It’s beneficial across the board,” Dill said. “She definitely learned more responsibility, she learned how to read music, she’s into classical music. It’s helping her think better and problem-solve better.”

violins, and Lovechild, a hardcore punk act formerly known as Cerce, are both slated to play The Fest. It is a three-day exploration of all things punk, ska and hardcore. Between the bands and the gig is a 120-mile drive. Wish it the best on its lengthy excursion at Moonbase Nix, where the band will be playing one of its two pre-fest stops.


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Overkill and Kreator are a pair of thrash-metal luminaries in the midst of their third decade of existence. While never quite touching the popularity of contemporaries such as Slayer or the almighty Metallica, both acts, Overkill, from New Jersey, and Kreator, from Germany, have consistently pumped out music worthy of copious amounts of headbanging. The duo is set to embark on a 24-day cross-country tour.


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The oft-cited yet criminally underrated Sebadoh is back, and not a moment too soon. Lo-fi indie forerunners and heroes to mopey glasses wearers everywhere, Sebadoh has returned with its first full-length offering in 14 years. In its 27th year as a band, Sebadoh has released “Defend Yourself,” a bummed out yet decidedly catchy LP that was selfrecorded on a shoestring budget, in typical Sebadoh fashion. –David Zisser

OUT & ABOUT HALLOWEEN AT LAUREL HILL Laurel Hill Cemetery is hosting its Soul Crawl: Haunted History Halloween Tours on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at the cemetery, located at 3822 Ridge Ave. The walking tours will include exploration of some of the most haunted parts of Laurel Hill, where many famous Philadelphians have been buried. Guests will also listen to ghost stories of the cemetery, including stories of the headless woman who roams the cemetery and a man who committed suicide on the grounds. The tours will last two hours. Admission to the tours is $20. Guests are encouraged to bring their own flashlights. More information can be found online at Reservations can be requested by phone or email. – Patricia Madej

LIBERTY 360 Philadelphia’s history can now be seen in a 360-degree, 3D panoramic show called “Liberty 360.” The show illustrates to viewers what happened in Philly’s history by touching specifically on the main points and symbols of freedom. Hosted in the PECO Theater at the Historic Philadelphia Center, the 50-by-8-foot tall screen will make it appear that the show happening all around the audience. The show is 15 minutes long and can be seen Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student tickets are $6. -Chelsea Finn

BARNES OFFERS BRUNCH The Lounge at the Four Seasons is teaming up with the Barnes Foundation to offer a new weekly event – Brunch, Bubbles and Barnes. Although the experience is a splurge at $99, it includes Sunday brunch followed by VIP entry into the Barnes. The event is open to guests and non-guests of the hotel, however advanced reservations are required. For more information, visit the Four Seasons’ website at – Sarae Gdovin

‘Fallen Angel’ and TNA star Christopher Daniels refuses to settle down Wrestler Christopher Daniels argues the future of TNA.


can’t keep up with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. But that’s not a bad thing. I haven’t written much about the second biggest professional wrestling company in America because I can’t offer any information that can’t be found elsewhere. With stars fleeing and financial woes crippling TV show Impact Wrestling, I relied upon TNA pioneer Christopher Daniels to reveal whether I John Corrigan should buy a tickCheesesteaks et for TNA’s live and Chairshots event at Temple’s Liacouras Center on Dec. 27. “We’re definitely not going to be done by December, for goodness’ sake,” Daniels said. “I think we’re going through some growing pains. We’re still trying to find our legs with being on the road. I don’t think there is trouble in the sense of imminent doom.” Despite the distress reported on TNA’s fiscal structure, Daniels remains focused on improving his position within the promotion. “I’m sorry to see some of the

people who have left in the past cou“It was OK because there are ple months leave, but hopefully con- certain people that wrestle like me tract negotiations mean they’ll have a that WWE took a chance on and I just chance to come back,” Daniels said. wasn’t one of those people,” Daniels “All I can really count on is me trying said. “But I got the chance to work to stay relevant on the scene from now with Jeremy Borash and Bob Ryder, until my contract expires in the middle who were instrumental in getting TNA of next year, not that I’m counting the off the ground.” clock ticking. I’m just trying to stay enAs guest lecturer after guest lectertaining on television for as long as I turer stresses the importance of netcan.” working throughout the Temple comAfter two decades munity, I suggested the of moonsaulting around avid comic book fan the globe, the “Fallen should have geeked Angel” refuses to settle out with former WWE down. Senior Vice President “Honestly, I of Creative Writing aimed for 20 years as Brian Gerwitz, a fela career goal,” Daniels low comic book buff said. “Now that I have who Daniels said he’s reached it, I don’t see met a few times and an end in sight. It’s hard “would be cool to talk to believe sometimes, comics” with. but I’ve been fortunate Another former to avoid big injury. I’ve creative writer would Christopher Daniels / wrestler kept myself in good most likely not be inshape and learned how vited to discuss “Xto minimize the damage done from this Men”: Vince Russo. wacky business. It’s just a matter of “There was a time when he was still having fun and doing it with a lot pushing really hard for me to do someof my good friends.” thing with Sting, and then somewhere Although the “King of the Indies” along the way it fell apart and I never headlined local shows with CM Punk got a firm answer on why,” Daniels and Daniel Bryan before they became said. “In the past couple months, I mainstream superstars, Daniels never guess in some interviews that [Russo] received an offer to work for World has done, he said that I cared more Wrestling Entertainment. about wrestling good matches than

“Honestly, I

aimed for 20 years as a career goal. Now that I have reached it, I don’t see an end in sight.


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@foobooz tweeted on Oct. 25 that Fairmount will be home to its own market opening sometime in early November. Tela’s Market & Kitchen, opening on Fairmount Avenue, is the brainchild of real estate developer Daniel Greenberg and Chad Williams, a chef who previously worked at Amada. The market and kitchen will feature dining and shopping, as well as a oncea-week “dinner table” in which Williams will prepare a family-style meal for guests. Reservations will be required.

having a character. I guess that was his reasoning for why I never got over in his eyes. I look at what I’m doing now and [Russo] isn’t there, so you tell me, was he right or was I right?” Teaming with Frankie Kazarian to form the snarky Bad Influence, Daniels has participated in some hilarious and exciting moments, like the recent Extraordinary Gentlemen’s Organization’s Hall of Fame. Donning obnoxious baby blue and neon orange suits complete with top hats, the duo inducted Bobby Roode into their mock memorial via a hyperbolic sound biteridden tribute video, with various TNA talking heads ridiculously edited to compliment Roode. “[Kazarian] and I have made a reputation of taking wacky things and making it entertaining,” Daniels said. “It’s funny to sort of surprise people with how we approach going out on stage and grabbing a microphone every week. This past year Bad Influence hasn’t been at the forefront of any storylines. We’ve just been in limbo doing good, entertaining stuff, but nothing to shine the spotlight on us specifically. Maybe being part of EGO is going to put us back at the top of the list of guys.” Perhaps EGO will be the main event at TNA’s return to Temple – “Bound for Glory 2011” and “Lockdown 2009” were also held at the Liacouras Center. In addition to those

shows, Daniels said he cherishes other Philly memories. “I wrestled Rhino in the original [Extreme Championship Wrestling] Arena when it was his first television match as Rhino,” Daniels said. “I lived in Chicago, so ECW wasn’t available on TV but I got to see tapes. I was a big fan of Public Enemy and their wacky antics. Also, the first two or three years of Ring of Honor were incredible. I look back on the days of the Prophecy and the stuff I got to do with Samoa Joe, Donovan Morgan, Low Ki and American Dragon. The faces in the locker room may have changed, but 11 years later people look at ROH as the one of the top companies in this country.” We’re not concerned about ROH. Can wrestling fans still perceive TNA as a top American company? “The way the wrestling world works right now is to focus on what’s happening at WWE,” Daniels said. “If people are upset with that, they can watch TNA because we’re a big alternative. We have some of the most talented wrestlers in the world. If you’re a real wrestling fan, you can’t help but appreciate that sort of effort when you’re putting out a wrestling product.” John Corrigan can be reached at

PHILLY NATIVE ON “STYLED TO ROCK” @phillymag tweeted on Oct. 25 that designer Autumn Kietponglert, a Philadelphia native, is one of 12 designers featured on this season’s “Styled to Rock,” a design show on Bravo produced by pop star Rihanna, who has hand-picked each of the show’s designers. The winner of the show will receive $100,000. In the past, Kietponglert has designed for the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, according to an article by Philadelphia Magazine.





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nization that consolidates hundreds of resources and other organizations to make navigating through these resources easier for community members. “When people don’t know where to turn to, they come to LIFT,” Gajdel said. “We might not necessarily have the resources to help someone with a specific issue in say, utilities, but we can connect that person with the organization that can.” LIFT members said the experience of volunteering through the organization is mutually beneficial. While providing temporary relief for serious issues like homelessness is important to the organization, there is significant focus on bettering an individual’s circumstances in the long term. “When we say we ‘lift’ or that we are ‘lifting,’ we are not necessarily implying that we uplift people who come in destitute and poor and disenfranchised and provide them with hope,” said Sarah Schlosbon, senior english major and LIFT director of volunteer engagement. “What it means is that we try to develop professional relationships or partnerships with members of the community, and actually, they’re constantly uplifting us.” LIFT established an office in North Philadelphia 10 years ago. Currently, the LIFT North Philadelphia sector has six AmeriCorps members, three permanent staff members and

almost 200 student volunteers who are known as advocates. Even at an international level, LIFT relies heavily upon student volunteers for support. “College students have a lot of skills, especially in the services industry,” Gajdel said. “The fact that the advocates that we have are so computer literate is incredible. These are skills that are really undervalued.” LIFT is unique in its nature because it is the only organization that focuses on building professional relationships with members to provide networking connections. LIFT also provides emotional support for members, which Gajdel said is one of the most important aspects of social service that is often ignored. “LIFT is important because everyone needs someone standing beside them saying, ‘you can do this’ and that is something that LIFT really focuses on,” Gajdel said. “We have a [social services] system that is very broken. We have a system that is very convoluted.” For senior urban studies major and LIFT Director of Communications and Campus Liason Chelsey Lowe, it has become one of the most valuable experiences in her academic career. “My experience at LIFT has directed my career goals,” Lowe said. “It has sparked my interest in working in the nonprofit sector, particularly with low income communities.

Overall, LIFT has changed my perspective on people who may be going through hard times financially. Working with people and seeing how hard they work and their determination to provide for themselves and their families is motivation for me to strive to improve the social sector.” Lowe said that after gradu-

ating, working at LIFT will be her greatest take away from her college experience. According to LIFT, 80 percent of members are able to find jobs and earn a cumulative six million dollars in wages. During the 2008 recession, one LIFT North Philadelphia member Gary Farmer lost his job after 20 years of working,

and was struggling to find employment. For weeks, Farmer and LIFT volunteers worked together to write Farmer’s résumé and apply for unemployment aid. Farmer was eventually able to find a job with LIFT’s help. “The volunteers are always willing to work with you,” Farmer said in an interview with LIFT. “They take you right

away, the door is always open. There is nothing that they won’t do to help you out, and they consistently go beyond the call of duty. They make my life so much better. It’s hard to find help today working on these things, but LIFT is always there for me.” Brian Tom can be reached at

Michelle Samys (left) attends her fourth visit to LIFT North Philadelphia. Temple student DiAsia Dozier is helping her work on her college applications, including writing and filling out forms. | ABI REIMOLD TTN





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Student volunteer growth is needed Forstater argues more people should volunteer for green causes.


nvironmental activism is sprouting like wildflowers across the university, luckily with no apparent shortage of volunteers – but more people should feel compelled to get involved. On Main Campus, students can lead art programs, clean up vaToby Forstater cant lots, Green Living plant trees, compost, canvass, garden and educate the community. The greatest part of all this activism is that the majority of those getting involved are gladly offering their free time. Community efforts with an environmental emphasis can have remarkable outcomes. “Reduce, reuse and recycle” is a founding concept used for every earth-friendly job, leading to a more clean and attractive campus. Unfortunately, this reduce, reuse and recycle philosophy is not innate. Temple needs more volunteers to donate their time to help instruct the local community. Exemplary teachers and tutors have flocked to the neighborhood Tree House Books afterschool facility on West Susquehanna Avenue. There is a garden in the back of the building that introduces the local students to the positivity of being outdoors. Kids are usually thrilled to help out with planting and watering, volunteers said. “Teaching the kids is important because I believe that a healthy connection with plants and nature [will] foster healthy minds, bodies and spirits,” Mira Kim, a junior community development major, said of student volunteering. “Gardening exposes humans to a whole other realm of skills and senses. When a child realizes this, they can be empowered in a whole new way.” With budget cuts to the local school district, college students should consider the impact they can have if they get involved. Instilling an appreciation of the environment at an early age is paramount. Other nonprofits on the outskirts of campus, such as the Wagner Free Institute of Science, have summer camps with potential internships for students. Teachers, scientists and artists collaborate to introduce children to science in a constructive, intriguing way. Kids can see science demADVERTISEMENT

onstrations, learn through hands-on lessons and create artwork representing what they have done. Temple Community Garden paired up with Kairos House, a homeless shelter on Broad Street. People who normally would have no access to community gardens can benefit from the healing nature of gardening at Broad and Norris streets, where students teach gardening tactics and the value of healthy food. “People from Kairos House come, not so much to garden, but to socialize,” said Joyous Elisabeth, a junior art education major. “[It helps] the homeless to make connections and teaches them about real food, but it helps students, too.” I couldn’t agree more with Elisabeth. Volunteering is a mutually beneficial experience for all parties involved. It’s an experience students shouldn’t pass up. Lot cleanup in the neighborhood is a great way for students to get involved with promoting the value of the environment in the community. Organizations such as Temple Student Government, Tree House Books, Students for Environmental Action, TCG, Philadelphia Urban Creators and Grow Food, Not Loans have been leading that cause. With dozens of lots cleared from trash and debris, these kind folks, particularly those from Urban Creators and Grow Food, Not Loans, will often convert the area to garden space. They then introduce it to the local community to be maintained by residents. It’s not just vegetable and herb gardens that should be developed by environmentally conscious students. Facebook helps to gather crews to plant fruit-bearing trees. Students like senior sociocultural anthropology major Alexa Zerkow are leading groups to orchards like the Philadelphia Orchard Project’s sites. “Philly is booming with transforming vacant lots and planting new orchards,” Zerkow said. “Unfortunately, people are not [typically] involved from seed to plant. But Philly is a remarkable city because of the vast network of volunteering options, and it is not always difficult to find volunteers.” Students should remember that their participation in volunteering efforts can make all the difference for the environmental standard of living in the community – it’s what a good neighbor would do. Toby Forstater can be reached at

Rachel Fine, a grad student and the print lab administrator, opens the printer to remove the students’ work. Some of her own pieces were among the work she collected from the 3D printer last week. | ABI REIMOLD TTN

For students, technological advancements in 3D printing will soon become accessible buying [models] so they can then test their ideas at home, just as you would with a draft on a regular 2D printer.” Lechtin said Tyler’s original machine, purchased around the turn of the new millennium via a grant from Tiffany and Co., was the first at any university in the nation. Since then, he’s watched the technology develop and drop in price, so much so that Temple’s TECH Center will begin offering smaller-scale 3D printing this semester. In essence, 3D printers turn digitally-created models into physical objects at the click of a button. Users first create a full-scale model of their desired shape — be it a wedding ring or a set of dentures — using standard 3D drafting software. Lechtzin’s students mainly use a program called Rhinoceros. When students are finished, the file is saved in a format that allows the printer to convert the shape into thousands of miniscule, printable layers. The file is sent to the printer, and the machine goes to work. Lechtzin’s “flagship” machine is the Objet Eden350V, a solid, navy blue box that measures roughly 4-feet long by 4-feet tall. The 350V can print using a wide variety of plastics, from hard, opaque material used for piping, to softer, rubber-like medical plastic. Lechtzin said the TECH Center’s new machines, manufactured by a company called MakerBot, are both smaller in size and lower in overall print quality than Tyler’s. “There’s this great profusion of small, relatively inex-


A common trait among all pensive printers,” Lechtzin said. “These small printers don’t 3D printers is that they each have the capacity or the resolu- work layer by layer, building tion but have the speed and a up sheets of resin or plastic very low price tag. I would have upward from the bottom of an given anything to get one when object. According to the website of Objet’s parent company, I first started.” Lecthzin said the technolo- Stratasys, Lechtzin’s machine gy has had a staggering effect on prints one 16-micron layer at just about any major involved in a time. One micron represents manufacturing. His students, for one-thousandth of a millimeter, example, use the printing lab to which means that a 5-inch obefficiently create jewelry, de- ject would take roughly 7,900 sign usable products and rapidly passes of the printer head to prototype projects like toys or complete. Lechtzin said the avtables with a fraction of the ef- erage print job takes multiple fort it would take to otherwise hours and costs a student about build standard projects by hand. $15. Joe Williams, systems and “There isn’t any discipline that I can think of that isn’t technology manager at Temple Computer Sersome way impactvices, said the ed by 3D printing, TECH Cenjust as the word ter’s new, miprocessor has imcrowave-esque pacted everyone,” machine, the Lechtzin said over MakerBot the rhythmic hum Replicator of the lab’s equip2X, came to ment. the computer Shriram Pillab as a way lapakkam, assoto extend 3D ciate professor Stanley Lechtzin / faculty printing to the of mechanical common stuengineering at Temple, watches his students dent, one that otherwise would rapidly prototype projects each have no knowledge of or access day, printing prototype parts for to rapid prototyping machinery. freshman hovercraft projects at “What we wanted to do was a relatively instant rate. bring this technology to stu“For students, it’s an excep- dents en masse,” Williams said. tionally useful tool,” Pillapak- “Unfortunately, if you aren’t an kam said. “If they’re working art student or an engineering on a project, they have whatever student, you don’t have access parts they want immediately. to these resources. We’ve got If it’s a complex part that they business students that want to don’t have the skills to machine, make prototypes of things.” it’s easy to just model it in a Williams said Temple will computer program and hit print. join Drexel University, the [It’s] that simple.” University of Michigan, Cor-

“There isn’t any

discipline that I can think of that isn’t some way impacted by 3D printing.

nell University and a few other schools as some of the first colleges to offer 3D printing to all students, regardless of major. “Some people just probably want to have fun with it,” Williams added, holding up a small figurine of a minion from the film “Despicable Me” printed as a test model. Representatives from MakerBot estimate that virtually all schools and colleges have at least one of their models somewhere on school grounds. A small section of graduate MJCC student Rachel Fine’s project, a set of body adornments designed to unfold and grow when the user becomes anxious or angry, began printing in Lechtzin’s lab at 1 p.m. It will not finish until 9:30 p.m. Despite the relative lag, Fine said she’s ecstatic about the technology and its possibilities. “I don’t think it’d be possible to make this [without 3D printing],” Fine said as Lechtzin peered over her 3D file. “This material is flexible when thin and firm when thick, and that’s not something that exists outside of 3D printing.” Fine is also Lechtzin’s lab assistant. “As we approach this, it’s not a substitute for anything else,” Lechtzin said. “It’s a new medium. It allows the artist to think about things that they would otherwise never consider.” Jerry Iannelli can be reached at or on Twitter @jerryiannelli.

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; They will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, In a salt land where no one lives. “but Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the Lord search for the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”






This Thursday, Oct. 31, Baker Dave will be hosting another event as part of his “Art of the Pastry Chef” series. Last month, Baker Dave helped students explore their artistic talents by teaching guests how to paint cakes and other treats. At this event, Baker Dave will be showing students how to create edible roses out of chocolate and fondant in time for the candy-fueled holiday season. “Chocolate Roses” will take place in the lobby of the Tyler School of Art, from 11 a.m. to noon and students will be permitted to take creations with them to give as gifts or to keep for themselves. The event is open to anyone interested in pastry arts. -Alexa Bricker



Sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma recently held an annual grilled cheese fundraiser, which donated to the local school district.| TYRA LOCKHART TTN

Service, a Greek way of life

on whether it is a part of the National Panhellenic Council, the Multicultural Greek Council or the Interfraternity Council. Some organizations choose to do can shakes, such as the sorority Phi Sigma Sigma’s can shake for school and college readiness that occurred on Oct 14. The sisters gathered at Alumni Circle to raise money to buy school supplies for underprivileged kids in the School District of Philadelphia. In addition, the sisters held their annual grilled cheese sale on Oct. 24, generating additional profits for local schools. This initiative will join the sorority’s past donations to the Twin Ideals Fund, which raises money for disaster victims, such as those affected by Hurricane Katrina or 9/11. While Phi Sigma Sigma chooses to raise money for local schoolchildren, the brothers of Omega Psi Phi help in another way. The fraternity is part of the National Panhellenic Council, which often has ongoing philanthropic work dedicated to a few causes.


“All organizations have different missions and cultures regarding philanthropy,” said Kufere Laing, a junior African-American studies and economics double major and Omega Psi Phi brother. “Our philanthropy is year-long. We donate to the NAACP, the Red Cross and the [United] Negro College Fund.” The fraternity raises money through benefits, banquets and interactive programs. Omegas nationwide support health initiatives with the Charles Drew Blood Drive and partnerships with the American Diabetes Association. The causes are directly linked to the organization’s mission of fostering community among its African American members and raising awareness for public health. Greek philanthropy can often be tied to the nature of the organization. A mission statement on reads, “The most effective philanthropists have a strong connection with the cause they support and are extremely educated about its mission.”

Alpha Kappa Alpha represented the motto with a “Forever 21” event on Oct. 15. The event taught students “the truth about being 21,” promoting alcohol safety awareness. This will join Alpha Kappa Alpha’s other events on social and professional development, such as Project Alpha, an outreach program providing sex education to Philadelphia school children and a women’s appreciation event in the coming months. “Each chapter does what they want to uplift the Philly community,” Booker said. Some chapters band together to make a difference. The sisters of Lambda Theta Alpha at Temple join with the Lambda Theta Alpha sorority at the University of Pennsylvania to hold events that empower the Latin community, including ongoing efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence. “Our motto is Latin by tradition, not by definition,” said Camille Brugnara, vice president of LTA and junior construction management. “[Our principles] are unity, love and

respect.” The Temple University Greek Association also holds its own philanthropic events. This Halloween season, TUGA will be hosting Greek trick or treat, where Greek homes around campus will give out candy to local trick-or-treaters. The most recent TUGA meeting also allowed organizations to get the word out for other charitable events, including Delta Phi Epsilon’s work raising money for cystic fibrosis research, the Delta Zeta’s “360 Degrees of Sisterhood” event that will support education for the impoverished and the Alpha Epsilon Phi’s “Phight Hunger” can drive during November. Regardless of how an organization does it, members of Greek life say they see any form of philanthropy, as Brugnara puts it, as “giving back to the community.” Lora Strum can be reached at lora.

Local family aided by architecture students called Freedom by Design to build the family a ramp in order to eliminate the daily struggle. Radiah Campbell reached out to Freedom by Design after hearing about the projects it has done in the past from one of her coworkers. She works in the billing department at the Health Sciences Campus. Freedom by Design members said their organization is happy and grateful to be serving someone involved in the Temple community. The project is run by junior architecture and architecture preservation major Meghan Higgins. Higgins is the project manager, meaning she oversees the process and helps the team create the blueprint sketch of the final product. “Ms. Campbell reached out to me this past summer,” Higgins said. “Usually we do interviews and search for families, but this one came to us.” She is also in constant contact with the Campbell family, keeping them updated every step of the way and relaying their needs to her team. Higgins has been a part of Freedom by Design for two years, but she said this is the first time she is participating in a project with meaning


for a family in the community. The organization has been around for five years as a branch of the American Institute of Architects. Freedom by Design completed two similar projects prior to working with the Campbells, both involving the building of a ramp. Along with Higgins, junior architecture and architecture preservation major Stephanie Haller has been involved with Freedom by Design for two years. “Basically I document the project itself and also advertise with flyers and other methods,” Haller said. Haller said the two projects the organization has done in the past have not been as intricate as the one it’s doing now. “In the other two projects we just built ramps, but this is more in depth,” Haller said. “We’re actually tearing down an old deck in the backyard of the family’s home and building a whole new deck with a ramp fixture.” This new ramp will lead right to the door of Nayla’s bedroom. The organization decided to build the ramp in the back of the house because of the easy access into Nayla’s bedroom and overall consid-


“Do you think that

Temple provides adequate housing for students who stay on campus when school isn’t in session?


eration of the neighborhood. The students involved are attempting to incorporate their major into community service, they said. Higgins said she became involved in Freedom by Design when she was a freshman because it was highly advertised in the architecture department. “Previously, I had been involved in Habitat for Humanity, and I really wanted to remain a part of something that was largely community-based,” Higgins said. Haller said she was also interested in community service because of how much she had been involved in high school. Haller and Higgins agreed that helping the family is one of their favorite parts of the project. Higgins said she enjoys implementing the techniques she is learning in the classroom and being given the chance to actually build and be involved in a hands-on project. Haller said she appreciates the experience she is getting from the project as well. She’ll receive internship credit, she said, and the experience will be beneficial when applying for professional work. The organization has received

funding for this project from friends, family, architecture firms, local companies and fundraisers that were organized within the past year, such as grilled cheese sales, potlucks and bike races. The actual project installation won’t take place until Spring 2014, but the documentation and behindthe-scenes work is being done now. “We’re all currently working to organize and raise funds for the project,” Higgins said. The Campbell family said they’re appreciative of the project, though Radiah said their family is only one of many in similar situations. “I must say that I’ve had mixed emotions about this,” Radiah said. “While I’m extremely grateful and excited about this opportunity, I think about all the other families out there whose loved ones need some type of home modification, whether big or small, and are not able to get any assistance because resources are scarce.” Kristi Fidler can be reached at

The Student Leadership organization is sponsoring a public speaking workshop, “Easy Public Speaking for Developing Leaders,” on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 12:30-2 p.m. in Room 220 of the Student Center. Jeff Jubelirer of 6ABC’s weekly public affairs show, “Inside Story,” will lead the workshop. As a corporate communications and public relations strategist, Jubelirer will share his insight on how to deliver a compelling speech and deal with anxiety. Refreshments will also be served. The event is open to all students and is worth 5 Leadership Diamond Points for all who attend. For more information, contact Lauren Bullock at 215-204-7145. -Jessica Smith

BRING YOUR OWN PUMPKIN The anthropology department will host a stone tool pumpkin-carving contest on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 6-8:30 p.m. The event is described as B.Y.O.P., or “bring your own pumpkin,” where stone tools will be provided to all contestants. Awards will be given to students who create the scariest, funniest and most artistic jack-o-lanterns. The contest will take place in the Anthropology Research and Learning Center in Gladfelter Hall. Tickets are free and the event is open to all. Snacks will also be provided. For more information, contact Susan Bachor at 610-7617452. -Jessica Smith

CLIMBING IN COSTUME This Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 6-9 p.m., students are invited to attend a celebration of both Halloween and rock climbing at the campus climbing wall. Sponsored by Campus Recreation, the event is open to any students, regardless of climbing experience. The event will be held in the atrium at Pearson and McGonigle halls. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. The climbing wall offers numerous climbing problems, as they are known in the climbing world, along with bouldering routes. Any students may climb, though a belay certification is required for those who want to climb with a partner. Weekly belay training classes are offered upon coordination with climbing wall instructors. Climbing wall manager Rory Coughlin is in charge of event organization and can be reached at 215-204-1249. -Erin Edinger-Turoff

“It’s kind of 50/50, sometimes it seems like things are open and other times they’re not.”

“The hours are reasonable for the library and the TECH Center, but the food options are limited.”

“I have not been here for a holiday, but I was a little upset about the dining in the summer. The only place open was J&H.”










Records set in Owls’ loss to SMU

opened up his season last year with a 10-game hitting streak. Lustrino has also been honored for his academic achievements, being named to Temple’s President’s Honor Roll, the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and the Philadelphia Big 5 Academic Team. -Avery Maehrer


Former Owl Khalif Wyatt was recently cut by the Philadelphia 76ers. | TTN FILE PHOTO


Texas shootout

Multiple records were set by both teams in Temple’s 59-49 loss to Southern Methodist on Saturday. Both teams set school records for offensive yardage – Temple with 593, SMU with 728. SMU also set the record for most yards against Temple and most yards by a team this season. SMU redshirt-senior quarterback Garrett Gilbert accounted for 635 yards of offense, the seventhhighest single game total in NCAA history. He threw for 538 yards, the most in SMU history and the most allowed in Temple history. Gilbert won the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week award. Temple’s 376 passing yards, 293 from freshman quarterback P.J. Walker and 83 from junior wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick, are the most Temple’s had in the past 10 years. On Sept. 20, 2003, quarterbacks Mike McGann and Walter Washington combined for 415 passing yards in a 30-24 triple overtime loss to Cincinnati. Sophomore wide receiver Robby Anderson set a program record with 239 receiving yards on nine catches. The previous high was 214, achieved by Van Johnson in a 53-52 loss to Pittsburgh on Oct. 5, 1996. -Evan Cross


Schedule announced

On Oct. 21, the gymnastics team announced its schedule for


what student-athletes do,” cross country sophomore Will Maltin said. “Some people think they just go out there and perform and get praise for doing it, but there’s a lot of hard work that goes into it not just on the field, but off it as well in the classroom. A lot of the kids on my team have pretty challenging majors and I know other teams have that as well. Doing a sport in college is a huge commitment… it’s no easy task.” The NCAA has modernized the academic phase of college athletics in recent years, thanks in part to the introduction of the Academic Progress Rate in 2004, which accounts for an institution’s success in retaining and graduating student-athletes, as well as the ability for each athlete to pass NCAA-mandated academic requirements each semester, according to the NCAA’s website. One point is counted per athlete for staying in school and

the upcoming 2014 season. The Owls will begin their season at the West Point Open on Jan. 17-18. Temple will host its first meet of the season against Springfield on Feb. 2. The Owls are also set to host the University of Illinois at Chicago and Air Force Academy on Feb. 15 “This season is a rebuilding one, as over the past two seasons we graduated 14 competitors,” Fred Turoff, entering his 38th year as head coach, said in a statement. “However, the returning talent and some new faces will help us in our effort to place high in the [Eastern College Athletic Conference].” Temple’s schedule also features a road trip to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Winter Cup Challenge from Feb. 20-22. The ECAC Championships will be held March 28-29 at Navy, while the NCAA Championships will be held at the University of Michigan. “Grad co-captain John Leonard will attempt to perform a higher-difficulty floor exercise than before in order to compete for that title in the ECAC, and he is a potential NCAA finalist,” Turoff said. “He should help us with several other events as well.” “Senior co-captain Scott Haddaway has improved his floor exercise and horizontal bar routines, so he should count regularly for us there,” Turoff added. “Senior Brendan Williams has been a regular for us the past three years and will be a counter on two or three events this season. Junior Mike Bittner has been cleared for full practice

following forearm surgery on both arms this past summer. As a freshman, Mike was our most consistent performer thanks to his fine pommel horse work, so I expect him to be able to get back to that level. He also does good work on parallel bars and horizontal bar.” -Avery Maehrer

remaining academically eligible each semester, Fagan said. The percentage of total points racked up for each student against the highest amount of points possible per team is then multiplied by 1,000 to yield a team’s APR. One thousand is the highest possible APR score. Along with the newly-instituted APR came a standard, as teams that receive below a 925 APR in one year can receive immediate punishment, while teams that score below a 900 can face additional sanctions in historical penalties. Temple became one of the NCAA’s first experiments in punishing schools for a low APR, as the football team suffered a hit of nine less scholarships after scoring an 837 in 2004-05, and also faced the NCAA’s sanctions with respective scores of 858, 868 and 891 across the team’s next three seasons. Along with the scholarship hit, the team also faced two cases of public warning as well as a reduction in practice time in 2006-07. The team has seen a steady increase in APR

as well as its graduation success rate statistic in years since, and scored an APR of 963 in 2011-12, the program’s highest to date and the highest number in the Big East Conference last year, said SAAASC director Justin Miller. Baseball (2005-06, 200607), men’s soccer (2006-07) and men’s indoor track (2006-07) have also faced NCAA sanctions in the past, and have since improved vastly. Men’s soccer hit an APR mark of 976 in 201112, while the men’s indoor and outdoor track teams scored 992 in 2011-12, high scores for all three programs. Despite some struggles in the mid-2000s and even before that period, Temple has since improved greatly by the numbers. Per Miller, all NCAA D-1 athletes had a cumulative GPA of 3.08 in the spring of 2013, Temple’s third consecutive year of a cumulative GPA above 3.0 and the highest cumulative number on record. Three hundred and seventeen studentathletes also scored above a 3.0, while 147 students eclipsed the

BASEBALL Captains named On Oct. 24, the Owls selected their four captains for the 2014 season. Redshirt-senior pitcher Ryan Kuehn, senior pitcher Matt Hockenberry, senior infielder Derek Peterson and junior Nick Lustrino have been chosen as captains for the team’s first year in the American Athletic Conference. “These young men have worked hard to earn this honor,” coach Ryan Wheeler said in a press release. “They are true leaders both on and off the field in every sense of the word. I know they will do a great job of helping us reach our goals this season as we enter into the American Athletic Conference.” Kuehn appeared in 16 games last season for the Owls and posted a 2.21 ERA over 20.1 innings of work. Hockenberry started six games and made nine bullpen appearances in 2013 and was named to Temple’s Director’s Honor Roll. Peterson started all 46 games for the Owls last season and was named to the All-Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Team. Lustrino also started all 56 games for Temple, and

ESPN personalities Jay Crawford and Jay Harris visited Temple on Oct. 21 to partake in a discussion that centered around social media use. The event was the second in the “Owls Striving for Excellence” speaker series. Crawford and Harris talked about their careers in the industry and emphasized the importance of planning for life after collegiate athletics. They also talked about the responsibilities that come with social media, and to be mindful of what should be posted online, which then led to a portion of the discussion centered around “selfbranding” in today’s culture. The next event in the speaker series will be held on Nov. 10 at McGonigle Hall. -Avery Maehrer

BASKETBALL Wyatt waived Former Temple guard Khalif Wyatt was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers last week. He signed a contract with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the China Basketball Association yesterday, Monday Oct. 28. Wyatt played in four of the Sixers’ seven preseason games. He didn’t start in any of them and averaged 11.8 minutes and 4.3 points per game, shooting 43 percent from the field. The possibility remains that Wyatt could sign with the Delaware 87ers, the Sixers’ NBA Development League affiliate. Wyatt was waived at the same time as forward Royce White, guard Vander Blue and forward Mac Koshwal. Before the roster moves, it was widely believed that Blue and Wyatt were competing for the same roster spot. -Evan Cross

3.5 mark, both program highs. While the introduction of APR and the penalties that can roll in with poor academic performance have helped stiffen the attitude toward student-athlete academics in recent years, a rejuvenated staff has helped as well. Fagan, who joined in 2009, is one of six full-time advisers and 10 full-time staff members in the SAAASC. Advisers help map out student-athletes’ class schedules come registration time, and also keep the coaches up to date with each of their athletes’ academic standing. “I want to impact their lives positively so that they can leave Temple with a skill and have a great experience here,” Fagan said. “Hopefully I can have an impact along the way and that they were happy to have me as a resource to them. My goal is for all of them to earn their degrees and put something in place to help them graduate, and pushing them to apply themselves as opposed to just pushing through.” Outside of the advising component, the SAAASC provides tutoring services to


Teams ‘adopt’ kids ADOPTION PAGE 1 and high school and college sports teams. Friends of Jaclyn began in 2004, when 9-year-old Jaclyn Murphy was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, or a malignant brain tumor. A year later, she was adopted as an honorary member of the Northwestern University women’s lacrosse team – a team that went undefeated and won the national championship that season. This inspired Murphy and her family to start the foundation so other children could have the same experience. “We were over at the children’s hospital for Christopher’s testing a couple of years ago,” Albert Richer, Chris’s father, said. “I saw a flyer on the wall for Friends of Jaclyn ... I went on the website and signed Chris up. Last year they tried to put us with a team, and we couldn’t connect, couldn’t get it done. And then this year, when they called up trying to place us with another team again, we were looking for something local that we could get Chris to more often. Temple came in and said they’d be willing to do it. The coordinators at Friends of Jaclyn put it all together and made it happen.” Chris Richer played youth football when he was younger, but his father said he cannot play now. He attends a special developmental school that doesn’t have a football team, and the Richers could not find a team that would be able to give him playing time. “He’s been real excited about it,” Albert Richer said. “He talks to the players on his phone. They call him and text him. He’s into watching all the away games and we try and make as many home games as we can. It’s given him an outlet to being part of a team again.” The football program isn’t the only Temple team to have adopted a child through Friends of Jaclyn. The softball team adopted Vanessa Moresi, a then6-year-old girl with neurofibromatosis, in May 2011. Moresi is still taking part in activities with the team. The lacrosse team was the first team at Temple to adopt a child, welcoming then-5-yearold Devon Lam in February 2008. “We were really excited about it,” lacrosse coach Bonnie Rosen said. “It was really a magical experience from day one. [The Lams] were from New York, so they weren’t local. They traveled in to meet us, and they traveled to our home game and traveled to our away games, so we spent a lot of time with Devon. We just really became bonded very quickly with Devon and her parents, and we

were really excited for what was hopefully was going to be a lifelong relationship.” Lam, who suffered from a brain tumor, passed away in December 2008. In April 2010, the Owls became the first team to adopt a second child, welcoming then4-year-old Lily Adkins. Adkins is a survivor of an ependymoma brain tumor, a tumor that grows on the part of the brain that is connected to the spinal cord. “We had a Friends of Jaclyn Day to raise awareness for pediatric brain tumors,” Rosen said. “On that day a family, the Adkins, showed up and we met them. Since we met, it just seemed like the perfect match.” Rosen said Adkins was shy when she was first adopted, so the team organized events such as a dance party and arts and crafts days to make Adkins feel more comfortable. Some players have gone to Adkins’ soccer games to cheer her on. “Fortunately, Lily is actually just thriving,” Rosen said. “She’s getting stronger and better and has been really healthy.” “Being around children is always a wonderful reminder of what it means to play and be happy,” Rosen added. “She has been a great reminder of being grateful and thankful. Even more than that, she has just become part of the family … she has been a true inspiration and a reminder not to take life for granted.” Although Chris Richer has only been a part of the football team for about a month, he has already had the same effect on the Owls. “Every one of them, at the home games when we’re around, they all stop and say hi and shake his hand, get a high five when they go out to the field and come in from the field,” Albert Richer said. “They’ve really embraced him as part of the team.” Matakevich said the last game the Richers attended was the game versus Louisville on Oct. 5, which Temple lost 30-7. “You could see his smile in the locker room,” Matakevich said. “He definitely was getting us excited … When you’re out there, you see him walking around and clapping. You’re just like, ‘Come on guys, let’s go. We gotta push through it.’ We weren’t fortunate enough with the outcome in that game, but it really does open up your eyes about how lucky we are every day.” Evan Cross can be reached at or on Twitter @EvanCross.

Senior Dalton Pepper, of the basketball team, meets with a tutor each week to keep on top of his academics as a studentathlete. | SASH SCHAEFFER TTN student-athletes. There is also a Temple-mandated study hall period for freshmen, as well as multiple study lounges and newly-added Mac computers located in the facility for study and other school-related purposes. While playing and partaking in a sport is a significant part of the student-athlete title, baseball coach Ryan Wheeler said there is a reason they’re referred to as “student-athletes” as opposed to ordinary athletes.

“I certainly believe in academics,” Wheeler said. “It’s the reason why these guys are in college, to get their education. Most of them aren’t going to get the opportunity to play beyond here, but getting that degree is why they’re here.” Andrew Parent can be reached at or on Twitter @daParent93.




Layton honored for performance “Usually you come in with a group of freshmen and you spend four or five years with them,” Layton said. “This year, I was basically starting from scratch with a whole new team. I didn’t come in with a group of 20 guys that are all my year. So it was a little challenging at first to find the right group to sort of fit into, but I feel very comfortable now.” Layton has garnered several accomplishments over the course of his first season with Temple. This past summer, he was named to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Special Teams Watch List. After averaging 51.2 yards during a matchup against nationallyranked Louisville, Layton was awarded the title of National Punter of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards. After Temple picked up its

After going undefeated during a five-match home stretch, the Owls dropped two road matches. | HUA ZONG TTN

Owls to focus rest of season on road trips after losses night, travel on Saturday and then play against another team on Sunday. We have to figure out what we need to do as a team to be ready for each competition so that we can be more RICH FOGEL successful when we are on the The Temple News road coming down the stretch.” In past years, Temple’s The Owls went undefeated opponents were usually much on their recent homestand, but closer in distance. The team’s after leaving the confines of farthest match south was CharMcGonigle Hall they were not lotte and its farthest trip west as foturnate. was St. Louis – trips they made T e m p l e only every other year. away VOLLEYBALL dropped With the season winding matches to Central down, the Owls still have a few Florida and South- more road matches left. After ern Florida this past weekend in next weekend’s home matches what was its first road trip in against Louisville and Cincinnearly a month. With seven of nati, the Owls embark on a fivetheir final nine matches away match road trip. They will travel from McGonigle Hall, road to Houston, Memphis, Southern matches will decide much of the Methodist, Rutgers and ConOwls’ remaining season. necticut. With a 15-6 overall record “Coming into the season I that marks the program’s best knew we had two stretches – a start through 21 games in 12 five-game road stretch and a years, the Owls currently re- five-game home stretch,” Ganes main second in the conference. said. “When we play at home Two of we have a certain the major difcomfort level and ferences from have been able coach Bakeer to do very well. Ganes’ first two We need to bring years at Temple that same focus are the amount to these road of traveling matches because the team has it is really tough endured and to get wins on the the quality of road in this conthe opponents ference.” they’ve faced. “We have Elyse Burkert / senior OH The Owls have traveled further taken trips to distances than in years past, but Buffalo, George Mason, Louis- I do not believe that is why we ville and Cincinnati. do not have a good road record,” “I knew the biggest chal- Ganes added. “We just do not lenge as we moved conferences execute consistently through the was going to be the opponent,” matches on the road.” Ganes said. “We scouted them Senior outside hitter Emily to be more athletic than the Carlin has had arguably the bigteams that we have faced in the gest adjustment in traveling this Atlantic 10 [Conference] over season, as she transferred from the years. Also, as I sat down Radford where her matches and looked at the schedule I were always in the same region. could see there was going to be “I had never been on a much more traveling with this plane before to go to a match,” year’s slate.” Carlin said. “We took buses Road trips have caused everywhere we went the last problems for the Owls this sea- three years. Schools we played son, as they hold a 3-5 record in at Radford were schools I have away matches while maintain- never heard of, so it is really ing a winning home record of cool to be a part of a conference 7-1. with really well-known teams.” “Our competition this year The final stretch of road is a little more geographically games will begin on Nov. 8 at spread out with our new con- Memphis. ference, which means we travel more,” senior right side hitter Rich Fogel can be reached Gabriella Matautia said. “We at or on have to win as many matches on Twitter @RBFogel26. the road as we can. This isn’t always an easy task, because at times we play a match Friday

Away matches make up most of the Owls’ remaining schedule.

“It’s refreshing

to have new competition and the chance to play at a higher level.


first win against Army, Layton was named the American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, while also receiving the mid-season honor of Phil Steele’s Second Team All-American Athletic Conference Punter. Most recently, Layton was named one of 85 candidates for the Ray Guy Award – the nation’s top award for a punter. “I think he’s done a fantastic job for us,” coach Matt Rhule said. “He’s changed field position. He really has played well in the big games. Even holding on extra points and field goals, there’s been some bad snaps and he’s gotten the ball down. He brings maturity and he brings a lot of game experience.” “He’s done great,” McManus said. “He definitely made everyone forget about me, which is good. That’s what I want. I definitely wanted some-

one to come in behind me and succeed, because it always helps represent our university and makes us look better.” Layton, who after last week’s 59-49 loss saw his punting average dip slightly to 44.3, currently holds the second best average in The American behind Memphis senior Tom Hornsey. The record for career punting average is 45.4 yards, held by McManus. McManus said he hopes Layton can break it. McManus got some professional experience after being signed by the Indianapolis Colts this past summer but was cut before the season began. He still works out with the Owls just in case he gets a call. As Layton continues to pursue his master’s degree in the spring, he said he will be aiming for the NFL as well. “I’d like to try and pursue the next level,” Layton said.

“I’ll talk to Brandon about that when the time comes, because he has some experience.” While the punting game has been a source of pride for the Owls, Layton’s first season has involved mostly losses. Temple currently holds a 1-7 record. “It’s a little disappointing when the punter is one of the bright spots,” Layton said. “I think that’s going to change. I certainly feel like we’re going to step it up. I do feel like it was the right decision to come here. I’ve had a great time meeting all of these great guys.” “They’re great people, and it’s a great coaching staff,” Layton added. “It’s been a good opportunity. It’s been a lot of fun and hopefully we can pick it up at the end of the season. I definitely want to turn this around.” Avery Maehrer can be reached at or on Twitter @AveryMaehrer.

Tennis season comes to a close Four athletes qualify for ITAs after first three tournaments. DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News Leading up to its upcoming inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference, the women’s tennis team ended its fall with an overall singles record of 34-26. With The American housing some of the country’s elite tennis teams, coach TENNIS Steve Mauro remains resolute in his team’s ability to perform at a consistently high level. “We have the capabilities of being one of the top teams in the country but it is just a matter of how much people work,” Mauro said. “If the work ethic is there, we can be very successful.” Throughout the fall season, the women’s tennis competed in four tournaments: the Cissie Leary Invitational, SJU Ladies Invitational, Lehigh Fall Invitational and, most recently, the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Atlantic Regional Championships.

Despite competing in only two tournaments, the women’s season was highlighted by senior Jordan Batey’s performance at the SJU Ladies Invitational, winning the team’s lone singles championship of the fall. On her way to the championship, Batey went on a fourgame streak. Mauro said Batey would have participated in all of the tournaments if not for injuries and schedule conflicts. Batey’s only loss came at the ITAs, where she and her teammates – seniors Yana Mavrina, Alicia Doms and freshman Anais Nussaume – were among the Top 88 tennis players in the Atlantic region competing for a championship. Mavrina and Doms played in all four tournaments during the fall. Throughout the season, the pair alternated between the top flights in singles matches, facing some of the best players in the region. During the second round of the ITAs, Doms fell to Virginia Commonwealth junior Cindy Chala, who is ranked No. 50 in the country. Doms finished the season with an even 6-6 record, while Mavrina ended with a record of 5-7. In spite of their records, they were named captains. “Alicia and Yana are cap-

tains because they did a good job last year,” Mauro said. “Hopefully they will do a good job this year.” Although two freshmen are on the team, only one saw action this fall. Nussaume, a Thailand native, wrapped up her fall season with a 5-1 singles record. “I did well, I guess,” Nussaume said. “I was consistent. I am happy about myself. I could have played better and shouldn’t have lost the matches that I lost, but it is better to lose them now than when the spring season starts.” “I think it will take [Nussaume] a little bit more time to get use to the style of play here, but she has been a pleasure to have on the team as she continues to work hard,” Mauro said. “She is still working on her all court game. She just needs to be able to hit all different types of shots.” Nussaume said she had to get accustomed to many of the rules involved with collegiate tennis. “The matches that we play in tournaments and in regionals were super tiebreakers,” Nussaume said. “Instead of just winning another set to win the match, it’s 10 points. The first [super tiebreaker] I was nervous

because I didn’t know how to play it. Then, after that, I played two more and I was perfect. I lost one but you learn from it.” Mauro said the team’s record is not indicative of the talent it possesses, particularly due to injuries that some on the team, including Doms, have suffered. Freshman Dina Karina, who is from Indonesia, did not play a single match this fall. “She will be fine,” Mauro said. “She has been playing since she was six. She knows how to play tennis, so once she gets healed then I think she will be a good player.” Mauro is planning to add another recruit to the team for the spring season. The team will resume action in January. Until then, the Owls will be preparing for their first season in The American. “We are going to work on all the facets of the game,” Mauro said. “It’s just a matter of practicing and getting our conditioning at a high level, and we should have a pretty successful year.” Danielle Nelson can be reached at or on Twitter @Dan_Nels.

Team strives for higher RPI ranking The Owls are No. 45 in the nation in the RPI rankings. HOON JIN The Temple News With only one game remaining in the regular season, the Owls are looking ahead to their involvement in the firstever American Athletic Conference tournament. The Ratings Percentage Index, or RPI, ranking currently has the Owls at MEN’S SOCCER No. 45 in the country. The RPI is a ranking system based on the team’s wins and losses, the strength of the team’s schedule and the strength of the opposition’s schedule. It helps determine who gets a bid to the NCAA tournament. There are 48 teams that make it to the tournament, but only the Top 16 teams are seeded. The 22 conference champions receive automatic qualification. For the Owls to make the tournament, they’ll have to at least maintain their status within the Top 50 in RPI rankings. The only teams in The American with a better RPI than Temple are Louisville and Connecticut, who are ranked at No. 26 and No. 22, respectively. The Owls are currently ranked No. 27 in the nation by Top Drawer

Sophomore midfielder Jared Martinelli (left) and the Owls are currently in fourth place in the American Athletic Conference as the season approaches its end this week. | TTN FILE PHOTO Soccer after winning their first conference game on Oct. 19 against Memphis. Coach David MacWilliams has expressed a desire for his team to stay hungry until the end. “The most important thing is the RPI,” MacWilliams said. “If you’re ranked, you’re having a good year. But I’d rather have [a] higher RPI than be ranked. But having both, I think it’s a credit to our team and being noticed by other schools and the league.”

“As a team, we would love to be ranked and receive the recognition, but we know our goal is to win The [American tournament] and make it to the NCAA tournament,” senior midfielder Ryan Bradbury said. Unlike in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament, every team in The American will compete in the conference playoffs. But only the eighth and ninth seeded teams will play in the first round to fight for the last playoff spot that leads to the eight-team playoff system.

Winning the conference, however, gives a team an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The other schools will rely upon their RPI rankings. The Owls currently have a 9-3-4 record after tying Central Florida this past weekend. Temple will wrap up its regular season schedule on Nov. 2 against Cincinnati at the Ambler Sports Complex. Hoon Jin can be reached at or at Twitter @hjin6.



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The team lines up before its 5-1 win against Georgetown. | KELSEY STRANGER TTN

Seniors play final home game A trio of studentathletes was honored last Friday at Geasey NICK TRICOME The Temple News For senior Molly Doyle, last Friday’s game came with a strange feeling. Along with midfielder/defender Mandi Shearer and forward Lauren Hunt, the 5-1 win over Georgetown FIELD HOCKEY marked the three seniors’ final Temple game at Geasey Field. “I remember being a freshman and thinking how much older the seniors were and how long of a road it would take to get there,” Doyle said. “It seems like that was literally yesterday. It’s gone by so fast. It’s just hard to believe that we’re seniors and that this is our last home game.” Doyle isn’t the only one who feels like the time has flown by quickly. “I feel like we just got here a year or two ago,” Shearer said. “I mean we’ve seen all the hustle and bustle about Senior Day in the past, but it’s weird that we are the people that are celebrating now.” Although the season isn’t over yet, the seniors got to celebrate during one of the best years in the program’s history. The Owls are 14-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play in their first year as members of the Big East Conference. Temple is currently fourth in the conference and ranked No. 17 in the nation, holding a national ranking for seven straight weeks after making it to No. 11 on Sept. 10. Before the season started, all three seniors said they believed the team would do well this year. However, they didn’t expect all the success and attention that was to come. “I knew that we had a really good team coming in,” Doyle said. “I think it was really beneficial to us losing only one senior last year. We have a re-

ally talented and strong group, last year, too. Katie was such a core group of girls return- a great leader and such a great ing, and I knew that we would captain that we wanted to play be contenders for the Big East for her.” “I hope that we inspired Championship and things like the girls under us in that way that.” “But I didn’t know that we as well,” Doyle added. “We’re would get all of the national at- playing really hard, these are tention that we’ve had and ex- our last few games, so hopefully perience the success that we’ve they can see that and emulate had beating such good teams that style of play and realize like Penn State and Ohio State,” how big these next few weeks Doyle added. “In some aspects, are coming up.” They also kept a message in I was anticipating a lot of the good stuff that has happened to mind from before. “In years past we’re always us but not nearly everything that told when it comes to the end has happened to us.” Although The Big East has of the season, play for your senot announced its playoff sched- niors,” Shearer said. “It’s their ule, Temple will likely make it last few games, play like it’s in per athletic communications. your last and you try to emulate “The Big East has been a that as much as possible, but I really strong conference this don’t think you realize what it’s really like until year, so if you’re at this mowe make it, ment.” just makNow that the ing it would Owls are at this mobe somement, they can take a thing to be bit of time to reflect proud of,” before focusing on Hunt said. the rest of the road “We reahead. ally want to “It might sound win and get corny, but my favorback some ite memories are just of those losses from being with the team,” Hunt said. “They conference become your family play.” over the years.” “I think Mandi Shearer / captain Hunt mentioned all of the this past spring when recognition we’ve got this year and being the team played flag football, nationally ranked, going to the one of the games coach Amanda Big East tournament will be our Janney adds into some practices chance to play like it and prove as a way to help the team bond that we deserve the recognition and relax. “When you look back, that we’ve gotten this year,” those are the things that – and Shearer said. At this time last year, Katie the wins, obviously – but those Briglia, the only senior on the little things are why field hockroster, was celebrating her last ey has meant so much to me,” home game at Geasey. But she Hunt said. played with a certain mentalNick Tricome can be reached ity last season that Doyle said at or on made its impact on the rest of Twitter @itssnick215. the team. “Every game she played like it was her last, and I think it trickled down to the rest of the team,” Doyle said. “I think that’s why we did really well

“We’ve seen all

the hustle and bustle about Senior Day in the past, but it’s weird that we are the people that are celebrating now.

Conference tourney nears them the more you play them.” Though it has lost to all but one conference opponent, Temple players said they can make a case for their tournament berth. “I definitely think we deserve a shot,” Kerkhoff said. “We’ve proven that we can play with these teams. I think we can hold our own. We’ve never been embarrassed. I think we’ve proven that we at least belong in this conference.” One of the struggles the Owls have faced during the conference schedule has been overcoming slow first period performances. “If we can find a way to play totally fearless and like we have nothing to lose, like we have in the second halves, that’s how we can be in the future,”


Kirk said. “If we can just learn to play like we play in the second half in the first half, we’re going to be successful and we’re going to surprise some teams. If we can figure that out quickly, that would be even better.” The Owls have been outscored 12-1 in the first period against conference opponents. In the second period against conference opponents, Temple has been outscored 7-4. The players believe if their first period play is more like their second period efforts, they will create trouble for their tournament opponent(s). “I think what we’ve struggled with is being consistent,” Kerkhoff said. “We can see how good we are, but we have to be that good the whole game.”

when you’re on the bench how much pressure they can sustain in the offensive zone.” Kennedy had a simpler explanation for the line’s success. “We’re just hungry,” Kennedy said. “We like to establish fore-check down low and pepper the goaltender.” But it’s not just the Kennedy line that can put up points for the Owls. “It’s not just them,” Frain said. “Yes, they’ve been the highest producing line, but all the other lines can score just as much and pick up the slack if maybe [the Kennedy line] is having an off night.” “We are a really deep team,” sophomore forward and team captain Greg Malinowski said. “Every line can score which gives everyone time to rest in between shifts and gather their thoughts.”

Malinowski is fourth on the team in scoring with six goals and four assists for 10 points. “We have a lot of depth,” Frain said. “It definitely doesn’t hurt to have guys that can step up. If guys need to be out of the lineup one night for whatever reason or an injury, our team won’t falter off.” Having a roster filled with talent sometimes makes things difficult, however. “It makes my job harder when I have to take guys in and out of the lineup because a lot of kids on this team have a ton of talent,” Frain said with a laugh, adding that it’s a good problem to have. Samuel Matthews can be reached at or on Twitter@SJMatthews13.


OWLS IN PLAY FRIDAY WVB vs. Louisville 7 p.m. WSOC vs. SMU (at UCF) 7 p.m. ICE vs. Rowan 9:20 p.m.

SATURDAY FH at UConn Noon FB at Rutgers Noon MSOC vs. Cincinnati 1 p.m. WBB vs. West Chester (EXH) 3 p.m. MXC in AAC Championship TBD MXC in AAC Championship TBD

SUNDAY WVB vs. Cincinnati 1 p.m. ICE vs. Penn State 1:40 p.m.

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Franke expects improvement “I was really proud overall,” Haley said. “I think we all had a very good finish … especially our sabre squad. I was very proud of what we did. We all fenced very well. If we were eliminated, we all fenced our best.” The Temple Open is a competition that allows coaches to get an early look at their athletes, especially the freshmen. It also allows fencers to get experience before their first meet. “It’s a good starting place to see where people are at, fencing-wise, physiologically, and it really prepares,” Montrose said. The freshmen held their own throughout the competition. Miranda Litzinger finished 11th in foil, while Rachael Clark, Noelle Baptiste and Alexandra Keft finished 6th, 12th and 19th in épée, respectively. Victoria Suber finished 14th in sabre. “We are excited to see how they will grow,” Franke said. “They are all going to contribute to the program, and we are just really excited to see how they are going to progress as the year goes on.” The Owls’ five returning seniors, including Montrose and Haley, all placed within the Top 18 within their divisions. Epiphany Georges finished seventh in foil, while Kimberly Howell


finished 18th in épée and Tasia Ford finished 10th in sabre. “We help each other out and tell each other what we did wrong,” Haley said. “We support each other, so I think going through four years together, having good results with some of my classmates is amazing and has really created a bond.” “It is always great to have people that have been on the team for a while,” Montrose said. “We’ve been through everything before several times. We know what to expect, we can really help out the freshmen and the sophomores and really lend our wisdom towards them.” The sabre squad, who had six finishers in the Top 14, preformed the best. The epee squad placed five competitors in the Top 20, and the foil squad placed four competitors in the Top 12. “Our sabre squad is the deepest, in terms of strength,” Franke said. “And our épée squad is very young. Half of the epee squad are freshmen. And our foil squad is the middle. So they are all very strong and should do well.” Success is nothing new to the Owls, who are coming off a 22-8 record from last season. They also ranked No. 9 in the final national poll. Temple will look to build off its success

from last year where it captured the National Intercollegiate Women’s Fencing Association Olympians Trophy for the 17th consecutive year. Some of the athletes said there is pressure to continue that success. “I think that it makes us work harder, and we know that we have a tradition to uphold and that we really want to make the team proud and continue that success,” Haley said. “There is a pressure, but I think every year we really rise to the occasion and we really are able to maintain that, which is awesome and really impressive for a team,” Montrose said. The team’s next tournament is in Cleveland, Ohio. In the meantime, the squad will go back to the drawing board to work on their weaknesses and prepare for the upcoming season. “Our expectation is constant improvement,” Franke said. “That no one sits back. Everyone is always working on how to improve, how to get better. We have team goals, and we want to make sure we are nationally ranked and we qualify everyone to the regionals, and so everyone is very motivated.” Michael Guise can be reached at or on Twitter @MikeG2511.

In the previous match-up, with SMU, Temple lost 1-0. Despite the loss, the Owls are confident they can learn from their string of losses and play well enough to achieve an upset victory. “I think we just need to stick to what we know, stick to what our strengths are, be the Broad Street Bullies that we are,” O’Toole said. “We’re finally in the postseason. It’s something we haven’t experienced. So we have nothing to lose, all the more to gain and history can be made.” Brien Edwards can be reached at or on Twitter @BErick1123.

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Conference tournament awaits Owls After eight straight losses, Temple still has a chance for the conference title. BRIEN EDWARDS The Temple News With as many losses as the Owls have accumulated in the past few weeks, the assumpWOMEN’S SOCCER tion for some would be that the season ended on Sunday as the regular season games came to a close. But Temple still has a chance to wear the conference crown.

This year in The American, all 10 conference teams are given a postseason tournament berth, regardless of record within conference. “Whatever happened to this point doesn’t matter, I guess,” senior defender Karly O’Toole said. “Winning these games means a hell of a lot more than winning the games in the season.” Despite a 1-8 record against American Athletic Conference opponents, the women’s soccer team will compete in its first conference tournament in 18 years for an opportunity to win a conference title and therefore earn an NCAA tournament berth. “Postseason means forget about

what happened the last time you played them,” O’Toole said. “Now, it’s a whole new game. A whole new 90 minutes. Nothing matters but winning.” Temple has not reached the postseason since 1995, when the Owls, under coach Seamus McWilliams, were members of the Atlantic 10 Conference and had earned a 3-0-1 conference record. “The interesting thing about this conference is that teams are playing each other for the first time and we don’t know their styles,” coach Seamus O’Connor said. “I think some of the results in the playoffs will be different than the regular season. I think

there will definitely be some surprises in there.” After losing to Rutgers on Sunday, the Owls have earned the No. 9 seed and will play against No. 8 Southern Methodist on Friday at Central Florida’s Soccer Complex. The victor of that first round matchup will face topseeded UCF on Nov. 3. “We now know what to expect,” sophomore goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff said. “The only way we’re going to beat them is if we give 110 percent and we all do our jobs to the best of our abilities. Now we have to execute. I’m not really concerned with where we’re seeded or who we play. I just want us to

Despite the team’s 1-7 record, a senior transfer from Albany brings success at punter.

The ice hockey club is averaging 4.8 goals per game.



he crowd went wild for Paul Layton. He was three years old and on the court at his older brother’s youth league basketball game. Layton stood at the free-throw line, making shot after shot as the fans kept




Layton among nation’s elite

Offense continues to surge

Last season, the ice hockey club scored double digits once all season. This year, they’ve already done it twice. Temple scored 10 goals in a game against Lehigh and 11 in one at St. Joe’s. “We have a really talented group up front,” coach Ryan Frain said. “And ICE HOCKEY it all comes from the defense as well too. We have been having a lot of production not just from the offense but from the defense putting up some points as well.” With their 58 goals this season, the Owls are averaging 4.83 goals per game. In the team’s first 12 games, it has scored less than three goals three times. “It started in tryouts,” Frain said. “We wanted to emphasize proper shooting techniques, and we work a lot with that in practice. Keeping your head up and picking a spot behind the goalie, whether it’s the corners or top blocker, top glove, and then actually shooting to score, ripping the puck at the net and basically just trying to put it through the goalie.” “That’s the way I was taught how to shoot when I played and I’ve been trying to relay it to these guys and I feel like it’s working,” Frain added. Points wise, junior forwards Stephen Kennedy and Brady O’Donnell, and sophomore forward Cody Vassa have been the teams’ most effective line all season and are the teams’ top three scorers. Kennedy leads the team with 24 points, followed by Vassa with 16, and O’Donnell with 12. “The goal scoring has been exceptional so far,” senior forward Joe Pisko said. “We have a couple lines gelling nicely together, in particular the Kennedy, Vassa, O’Donnell line. Line pairing and chemistry are important in this game and it has been working out well for us on the scoreboard so far.” “That line has kind of been the top story of the year for us so far,” Frain said. “It started out in tryouts and you could just tell right from the get-go that they understood each other and how they played. It’s nice to watch

win and play well.” With every team’s inclusion in the conference tournament, the lower seeded teams will face the stronger, higher seeded teams. Junior defender Alyssa Kirk said that higher seeds’ overconfidence will lead to some teams’ downfall. “They’re going to overlook us,” Kirk said. “That’s where we’re going to catch them. I think we’re going to have more confidence the second time around. After you play a team, you just have a little bit more of a competitive nature. You have a little more against

cheering. Layton, who holds the 12th best punting average in the nation with Temple, grew up in a sports-dominated household, FOOTBALL as each of his three siblings played collegiate athletics. His brother, Steve, was a tight end at Union College. Layton’s sister, Jessica, played soccer at Syracuse while his other sister Lauren was on the field hockey team at State University of New York Oswego. The youngest of his family, Layton carried on the family tradition and played football for the University at Albany through the 2012 season. After earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration, Layton still had one year of eligibility left to continue punting. But he wanted to experience a more competitive environment, as he desired to transition from Albany, a FCS team, to a FBS university. While Layton was looking for a new school, Temple was looking for a new kicker. The Owls were losing their all-time leading scorer in placekicker Brandon McManus. McManus currently holds school records for punting average, field goals made and field goals attempted. Layton first met McManus at a kicking camp in Wisconsin, where they started talking. “He said they were looking for a guy, and I was looking for a spot to go so it just seemed like a perfect fit,” Layton said. After turning down various offers from schools like Notre Dame and Penn State, a scholarship offer from Temple and an opportunity to start immediately proved to be convincing factors. “I came in January and the guys welcomed me in for workouts and offseason training,” Layton said. “I spent a lot of time in the summer bonding with them. Coming into the season, we felt like we were going to have a pretty good team. We’ve obviously had some growing pains with a young team.” In his final year of collegiate athletics, Layton found himself in a unique situation at Temple. Senior Paul Layton punts during Temple’s Oct. 19 win against Army. | AJA ESPINOSA TTN


Kastor defends sabre title at Open The Owls kicked off their season with the annual Temple Open. MICHAEL GUISE The Temple News The fencing team competed in the 34th Annual Temple Open on Saturday, where junior Tiki Kastor won the sabre title for the second year in a row. Nearly 80 competitors challenged Kastor for her title, including senior teamFENCING mate Andrea Haley. Kastor defeated Haley to advance to the gold medal round where she emerged victorious. “I think the rest of my team did great,” Kastor said. “I’m really proud of my teammate Andrea because she was definitely my toughest bout of the day and

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she did really well and I’m really proud of her and everybody else because I think we all did a really good job.” The Open is the largest of its kind in the nation, with representation from more than 30 colleges and universities. “It’s a really big deal,” coach Nikki Franke said. “We have teams from all over the East Coast come in, so it’s really exciting.” Temple had 15 finishers in the Top 20 among the three weapons. In the three areas of competition, the Owls had eight student-athletes in the Top 10 – four in sabre, two in épée and two in foil. Temple had six finalists. Haley tied for third in sabre, while senior Chantal Montrose also tied for third in the épée division.


Nikki Franke (left) is entering her 44th season as head coach. | CAMERON RESNICK TTN


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