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Police nab three for attempted robberies A female student was robbed, losing cash and an iPad, police said. LIAN PARSONS The Temple News

mances he has been putting on since 2011. “It’s a little weird, but it’s what I do,” said Williams, who also carries his father’s wake card to show guests if they don’t believe him. For a growing number of so-called “haunters” – their ranks come from professional and amateur actors, as well as those who just like to go “boo” – the emergence of a thrill seekers has led to a burgeoning business in the Philadelphia area were they are encouraged to be “weird.”

Philadelphia Police on Friday night arrested three female suspects in connection with a series of robberies this past week. Two attempted robberies occurred on Thursday afternoon: one was on the 1500 block of Broad Street and another on the 1400 block of Diamond Street. A robbery of a Temple student occurred on Friday at around 4 p.m. in the Progress Plaza parking lot. Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services, said in an email that the suspects in each incident drove a 2005 white Buick LaCrosse with a sunroof and the license plate number JRH9730. A TU Alert was sent out after each of the incidents. Leone said that after the robbery on Friday afternoon, Temple Police sent a description of the suspects and their vehicle city-wide through the Philadelphia Police communication center. Around 4 p.m. Thursday, the suspects stopped their vehicle on Diamond Street between 15th and Carlisle streets. One of the suspects then exited the vehicle and approached a non-Temple-affiliated woman around 20-24 years old.




Alexander Figueroa grits his teeth as he prepares for a night of haunting his “victims” at the Valley of Fear in Feasterville-Trevose, Pennsylvania.

BEHIND THE SCREAMS Local thrill-seeking actors are in the midst of a busy Halloween season.


JOHN MORITZ The Temple News

ARRYING HIS FATHER’S ASHES in a fist-sized urn, George Williams walks with a noticeable gimp around the corner off a desolate block of South Swanson Street into a dimly-lit parking lot deep in South Philly, hoping to find his first victims of the night. He finds them waiting in line along a brick

staff reports | student conduct

‘The most amazing day’ A recently wed couple reflected on efforts to legalize gay marriage in Pennsylvania. EMILY SCOTT The Temple News The outside of an early 1900s home is dressed in fallen red and orange leaves. Fall has arrived in the college town of Swarthmore. Six-year-old Henry Ferlaine sits inside the house, awaiting fresh banana bread baked by his moms, Christine Donato and Sandy Ferlanie. “It was just the most amazing day, wasn’t it?” said 46-yearold Christine Donato about her experience at Philadelphia’s City Hall on May 20, when Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban was struck down by a federal judge. Donato and her spouse Sandy Ferlanie were plaintiffs in the Whitewood v. Wolf case, a federal lawsuit filed in July 2013 that


facade, chattering loudly under the audible rush of the I-95 overpass a block away. He lets out a menacing growl that grabs the attention of more than a few and tells them the secret of what he keeps with him at work every weekend night. While his gimp and the bloody zipper separating the flesh on his face are fake, the urn and ashes are real. Williams, 33 of South Jersey, brings them not just to creep out customers at the Fright Factory, but as a way to finally bring his father – who died recently after years of hospitalization and sickness – to the perfor-

Fraternity seeks reinstatement A Student Conduct Board revoked TKE’s privileges after a Sept. 20 party. LIAN PARSONS The Temple News Temple will no longer recognize the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity after the chapter’s appeal of an Oct. 10 student conduct hearing decision was denied last Wednesday. Losing university recognition means TKE will no longer be able to participate in university events, recruit members or represent itself as a functioning organization around campus, Senior Director of Student Services Chris Carey said in an email. “Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations,” Carey said. “When behaviors do not align with those values, sanctions up to and including loss of recognition are possible.” A Student Conduct Board sanctioned TKE for alcohol, noise complaints that violated the Good Neighbor Policy and large crowds that exceeded the allotted guest list of more than 100 people after holding a party the night of Sept. 20, Carey said. No citations or arrests were made. The event was broken up after a resident on the 1800 block of Willington Street called Temple Police before midnight on Sept. 20, TKE President Frankie Bythrow and Vice President Andrew Lupo said.

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Police said the decision to cancel the event was based on past issues. MARIAM DEMBELE The Temple News

Bythrow said he was surprised to learn Temple was cutting ties with the fraternity. “I thought I had a good relationship with everyone in Student Affairs, I thought that TKE’s name was in good standing,” Bythrow said. “We’ve never had a problem with police [or] with the university.” Bythrow and Lupo said TKE can

A Halloween block party expected to take place on the 1700 block of Gratz Street on Nov. 1 was cancelled by Temple Police due to heightened tension between local residents and Temple students on the streets surrounding the block. “We had some serious issues with students living on that block and felt a block party would cause more tension with our neighbors,” Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services, said in an email. He also cited issues that rose from past block parties. “We had a few block parties in the recent past that caused major problems with drinking, fighting and vandalism,” Leone said. “We felt this was the right thing to do considering the climate.” Keenan O’Connell, a senior




A TKE member looks out the front door of the fraternity’s house on 16th Street.

Temple Police entered through the front door and climbed over the backyard wall of TKE’s house on the 1800 block of North 16th Street, Bythrow and Lupo said. A few officers either held cameras mounted on sticks or had them strapped to their chests or helmets. Guests were escorted out and recorded by the cameras, the two said. “[The event] was a registered social event through the university, so they knew we were having it,” Bythrow said.


Yik Yak investigated on campus

Recycled Artists in Residency

Skate rink owner a fixture in area

The app has been used to make threats at Penn State, Temple and Widener, among other schools. PAGE 3

An organization that promotes the use of sustainable materials in artwork allowed students to tour their facility on Oct. 24. PAGE 7

Roger Lloyd has owned the Carman Skating Rink for 40 years in the Germantown neighborhood. PAGE 9

OPINION - PAGES 4-5 Bikers, drivers and pedestrians

Halloween block party called off


Women command crew team




staff reports | facilities


Temple is renovating the former Zavelle Bookstore on the 1500 block of North Broad Street. An administrator said Temple will make the area into green space, but will find a use for the property in the future.

Church responds to university renovations Temple owns all but two plots west of Broad Street between Oxford and Jefferson streets. EMILY ROLEN The Temple News Bishop Ernest Tookes, the pastor of The Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, was known as “the fruit man” for 49 years. Tookes, who is not paid for his work at the church located on the 1500 block of North Broad Street, had a stand on 22nd and Diamond streets where he sold fruit to the people in the community. For his eldest son, Fred Tookes, his family’s presence in North Philadelphia has withstood time, bad circumstances in the community and now, the university’s advances toward development on his block. “See, we’ve always been here,” Fred Tookes said. “We’ve gone through all the trials and tribulations of the community. And we’re one family that didn’t get rich and move out. We stayed right

in the community in which we serviced and lived bought the bookstore in Spring 2014, and demoliin the community in which we serviced.” tion on the property is nearly complete. The Temple News reported in 2013 that acTookes said the owner of Zavelle was insiscording to the Property of Assessment office re- tent on not leaving or selling his property unless cords, the university owns all the church would do the same thing. but two properties on the 1500 “He told me he wasn’t selling block – one of them being the out,” Fred Tookes said. “So what Rite Aid located on North Broad happened? What caused him to Street. The other: The Original change his mind?” Apostolic Faith Church of the The university has no immediLord Jesus Christ. ate plans for using the property beTemple purchased eight yond planting grass and “keeping it, residential homes on the block [and] all of the properties we own between 1968 and 2001 for a in the 1500 block, looking respecttotal of $55,606. Temple now able,” Creedon said. owns six properties on the block “They were very difficult to whose total market value is maintain [and] very expensive to about $4.1 million, according to maintain, so we just thought we the City of Philadelphia’s Office should take them down, keep the Fred Tookes / son of Bishop of Property Assessment. Ernest Tookes area clean and neat, and down the Jim Creedon, senior vice road, we can sort out how to use the president of construction, fasite,” Creedon added. cilities and operations, told The Temple News in The properties will eventually be used for 2013 that the site of Zavelle Bookstore, a property university purposes, Creedon said. The Alfred E. Burk Mansion, on the 1500 that was not owned by the university at the time, would not be demolished. The university recently block that sits right next to the church, was bought

“We’re one

family that didn’t get rich and move out. We stayed right in the community in which we serviced.

by Temple in 1970 and last used by the university in 1995 as a day care center. In the last two weeks, renovations were made to the mansion, including painting the windows, removing boards from the windows, landscaping and adding lighting and interior ventilation systems, Creedon said. There is no immediate plan for a full-scale renovation. “That’s just to make it look better and to add to the neighborhood so it doesn’t look like an abandoned building,” Creedon said. There are no immediate plans to utilize the space. Fred Tookes said the church has been in contact with Temple about the properties on the 1500 block, but added that he is insistent on keeping the legacy of his family alive in the community and staying on Broad Street. “No one is going to force us out,” Tookes said. “Why force liable businesses out?” * emily.rolen@temple.edu T @Emily_Rolen

Visualize Temple prevents purchase of TUCC building The owners of the property said they would sell it soon. BOB STEWART The Temple News When Temple officials first approved renovations at 1515 W. Market St., the building which houses the Center City Campus, they expected the job to be completed by now. But the discovery of various building conditions, which failed to meet today’s building codes, caused a delay. Those issues, along with remnants of renovations from previous tenants, put completion of the project by the beginning of next semester in limbo, according to an interview with Senior Vice President for Construction, Facilities and Opera-

tions Jim Creedon. The renovation costs and the rent payments led to discussion among administration and the Board of Trustees regarding possibly purchasing the building. The current lease goes through 2022. Recently, the building’s owners announced their intent to sell the property, Creedon said. “We talked it through, a couple of Trustees, the President, myself, and [chief financial officer] Ken Kaiser,” Creedon said. “We have a lot going on right now. To take on another $90 million for the downtown location [would be too much]. Creedon said the upcoming release of Visualize Temple, the master plan for the future of Temple’s campuses, combined with the costs of developing the new property at the site of

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William Penn High School on Broad and Master streets, factored into the decision not to purchase the property. When the bookstore and cafe open, there will be outdoor seating at the corner of the building on the 15th Street and Plaza sides. The newly-constructed Dilworth Park next to City Hall is just across the street. “We’ve got the whole master plan coming out within a week or so, which advocates a lot of investments,” Creedon said. “[Buying the TUCC building] would take away from something else.” The original project called for outdoor signage enhancement, a lobby redesign and relocation of the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab, which houses the Philadelphia Neighborhoods website. A second phase of the job included relocation of the Barnes & Noble bookstore to

the ground floor and included the addition of a cafe. It was at the beginning of that phase the contractors found problems. Barnes & Noble, which operates the bookstore and will eventually operate the cafe there as well, stands to increase its earnings with the new space. “We started the construction over the summer, as we dug open what had previously been under the floor of [the] journalism lab, we found that the floors were uneven,” Creedon said. “As we took out the ceiling areas we found that some heating and ventilation ... [and] the wiring areas hadn’t been appropriately covered.” The discoveries meant increased pricing from the contractors to do the work. But since Temple does not own the building, administrators approached the landlord. “It’s [the landlord’s] re-


sponsibility to provide the building to us,” Creedon said. The current owner of the building is Winthrop Realty Trust. The landlord agreed to pay $100,000 toward rectifying to newly discovered problems. The varying floor levels for the bookstore caused other issues with the design and layout of the space. The university considered multiple solutions, but all of them required more money. “As we actually went through bidding on the cafe, those numbers ... crept up as well,” Creedon said. “We went back to Barnes & Noble and said, ‘you have to put up a little bit more money.’” Originally Barnes & Noble agreed to $400,000. With the amended plan it agreed to pay $550,000, an increase of 37.5 percent. The university receives a portion of the bookstore and

cafe profits. James Templeton, Temple’s Director of Architectural Services, said while the problems were not expected, they are not out of the ordinary. “The building dates from the ‘50s, which isn’t incredibly old,” Templeton said. “But the building owner ... didn’t have great documentation [with] the existing drawings.” “We uncovered a bunch of things like penetrations through walls that just weren’t fire-stopped that need to be by code,” Templeton added. “That was the majority of the stuff.” Templeton said he hopes the work will be completed early in the upcoming spring semester. * robert.stewart@temple.edu T @bstew74




Police investigate Yik Yak track user’s names or phone numbers, it can trace IP addresses and pinpoint from where a user is posting to help alert police or any potential legal authority, a right stated in the app’s terms of service. In addition, Mullen said the app has a team of seven moderators that review posts JOHN MORITZ flagged by users for racism, homophobic The Temple News comments or harassment, with a tendency to “err on the side of ‘take things off.’” Posts A flurry of activity on the anonymous that receive five “down-votes” are also resocial media app Yik Yak from Main Cammoved. pus has made Temple a hotspot for the app’s During a recent phone interview with activity in the Philadelphia area, the app’s Mullen about the app’s popularity, the developers said. The amount of activity in stream of comments from Main Campus the area has also caught the eye of Temple was full of postings about a robbery that had Police. been reported in the parking lot of the Fresh Yik Yak, which allows users to post Grocer less than an hour beshort, anonymous messages forehand. that can be read by others “It’s awesome that within the user’s vicinity, has people are using [Yik Yak] become increasingly popular as a source of news,” Mulon college campuses where len said of the posts, which students use it to share inincluded warnings but also side jokes, poke fun at rival jokes about a suspected schools or share a witty comvehicle described in a TU ment, said Cam Mullen, the Alert. “We take threats relead community developer ally seriously.” for the app. Charlie Leone, the exBut the platform that ecutive director of Campus allows users to post gossip Cam Mullen / Yik Yak community Safety Services, said Temanonymously has also bedeveloper ple Police and the Dean of come a message board where Students’ Office will conusers have posted a range of duct a webinar this week negative to potentially danaddressing possible uses for the app to help gerous comments. with campus patrols, including students’ Mullen agreed that the anonymous naproclivity to post about off-campus parties. ture of the app’s message boards “can someWhile Temple Police has used social times breed not the best comments,” but he media platforms like Twitter and YouTube said it can also help students and university in the past to send out alerts or investigate and local police forces become aware of pocrimes through online postings, Leone said tential situations. one concern with Yik Yak is how to deterPennsylvania State University Police mine the validity of statements made on arrested a 20-year-old male student on Oct. anonymous threats. 12 after police said he used the app to anon“Most of it is not related to [Temple Poymously post threats that he was going to lice] at all, most of it is just crazy stuff,” Le“kill everyone” on the College Park camone said. “But somebody throws something pus, according to the Daily Collegian, Penn in there that’s serious, my hope is that mayState’s student newspaper. be Yik Yak can help in that if a student sees Similar arrests have been made at Widsomething on Yik Yak they would call us.” ener University and at an Alabama high school. Mullen said while the app does not * john.moritz@temple.edu

Temple Police will discuss threats and other comments made on the app in a webinar scheduled for later this week.

“It’s awesome

that people are using [Yik Yak] as a source of news. We take threats really seriously.

Yik Yak allows users to anonymously post statuses viewable by people in their area.


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A TKE member looks at the fraternity’s crest inside its house. On Sept. 20, Temple Police broke up a party that led to the fraternity’s disbanding.

Leaders respond to university cutting ties with their fraternity no longer attend Temple Student Government and Temple University Greek Association meetings or participate in activities like Greek Week. The fraternity will no longer be required to meet university philanthropic goals or community service requirements, they said. Bythrow and Lupo said TKE had made an effort in the past few years to improve its standing with the university. “We have spent countless hours building up this fraternity that was in a broken state to an


organization that does so much good,” Lupo said. “And then to have something that you’ve worked so hard on get taken away from you like that for a completely unjust reason is just mindblowing.” “If your fraternity is a representation of your members, technically you’re changing your identity every two to three years with people coming in and going out,” Bythrow said. “When we took over, the state of the chapter was not that good and we changed a few of our rules, we recruited a

different type of individual, and despite all this we were sanctioned harshly.” Lupo and Bythrow said the chapter is still recognized by national TKE headquarters, and must still fulfill its national requirements. Members of the chapter released a petition on the fraternity’s Facebook page on Oct. 14 to gather support from Temple students and alumni. As of Oct. 27, it had garnered more than 1,150 signatures. “When the news broke out,

my phone would be ringing off the hook from alumni, from local TKEs in the area,” Bythrow said. “There was a lot of [communication] between me and our national headquarters.” The Alpha Chi Rho Temple chapter was located in the same house as TKE’s current housing. “AXP left a bad taste in the neighbor’s mouth,” Lupo said of the resident who called Temple Police on Sept. 20. * lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons

The suspect and the victim struggled with the victim’s bag but did not obtain it, Leone said. The attempted robbery resulted in the victim sustaining minor injuries when the suspect sliced her with a box cutter. Witnesses said they heard a scream and arrived on the scene shortly afterward. Witnesses at the scene said they helped the victim by providing first aid to stop her bleeding. A police officer and ambulance arrived shortly after 4 p.m., and the alleged victim was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, they said. Leone said Temple and Philadelphia police reviewed security footage from cameras in the area, including footage from the 7-Eleven on the corner of Broad and Diamond streets, where the suspects stopped for a short time before the Diamond Street incident. “Originally we thought there were two robberies on Diamond Street until we sorted out the details,” Leone said. Leone said that after sharing information with Philadelphia police, Temple Police learned of another attempted robbery near the corner of Broad and Jefferson streets, where another woman not affiliated with Temple reported a robbery attempt by two women driving the same car. On Friday afternoon, the same suspects robbed a Temple student in the parking lot of Progress Plaza, in front of the Fresh Grocer. Leone said one suspect approached the student armed with a box cutter while another remained in the car. The suspects then fled west down Oxford Street in the car with the student’s backpack, which contained an iPad and $300. The robbery happened in about 15 seconds and was captured by security cameras, Leone said. Temple Police reviewed the footage and confirmed that the suspects were the same people from Thursday’s attempted robberies, he said. Police have not revealed how a third female who was arrested Friday was connected with last week’s incidents. Bystanders in the area near the Progress Plaza robbery said they were not aware of the Friday incident about 45 minutes after it happened. A security guard at Fresh Grocer, who wished to remain anonymous, said he did not know about the robbery, though he arrived on duty shortly after the incident. * lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons


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Safety in all forums

When police notice suspi- webinar that will examine the cious activity, it’s their obliga- crime-fighting possibilities of tion to properly address a po- the app. tential issue before it becomes The initiative to host a serious. On Main Campus, in webinar discussing Yik Yak’s order to best capabilities protect a popu- Temple Police should closely to help to lation of stu- monitor Yik Yak, the popular maintain a dents, Campus safer Main new social media app. Safety Services Campus should recognize signs of a shows a proactive attitude from possible safety threat in the Temple Police. It is imperative area – whether that sign comes to consider all options to keep in the form of a call, visible the newly expanded patrol zone public activity, or even online well-monitored, so acknowlposts on apps like Yik Yak. edging all available informaYik Yak, an app that al- tion about the area should be lows users to post anonymous encouraged. If police utilize statuses, is typically used for observations of the community social and entertainment pur- they serve in order to monitor poses rather than crime-track- activity, they can take steps ing. But, in the case of the Oct. closer to preventing crime and 12 arrest of a Penn State stu- arresting alleged offenders. dent who allegedly posted vioIn cases like the robbery lent threats on the app, police last week, officers can look to acted appropriately by using posts on the app for informathe app to pinpoint the hostile tion to aid in the pursuit of aluser before the user could act leged criminals. Temple Police on those threats, according to should recognize the value according to the Daily Colle- of Yik Yak and use it to their gian. On Oct. 24, when a stu- advantage. By monitoring the dent was robbed in the Progress digital activity of the residents Plaza parking lot, Yik Yak saw in the patrol zone, police show significant traffic related to the their dedication to protecting crime – something CSS should them. discuss this week during its

Be a Good Neighbor

Temple Police recently fact, take issue with sidewalks called off a Halloween block smelling of their classmates’ party expected to take place on urine and streets littered with the 1700 block of Gratz Street broken glass. on Nov. 1, which an adminisThese students need to trator said was speak up. due to tension Temple should encourage While adminstudents to address the caused by preistrators have unruliness of other vious parties told various on that block. media outlets students. Residents of that they exneighboring streets had cited pect students living off campus past issues with student parties, to be good neighbors, there is including excessive noise dur- little mentioned in Temple’s ing and an abundance of trash Good Neighbor Policy about in the aftermath. dealing with a troublesome Charlie Leone, executive fellow student. This policy, director of Campus Safety incidentally, was sent out to Services, said the cancellation residents on Gratz after a com“was the right thing to do con- munity resident said a student sidering the climate.” used racial slurs against him. Temple should be comSeeing another student mended for preemptively ad- acting poorly toward commudressing community concerns nity residents should be a cause and shutting down the party, for concern, not just another which, according to Facebook, Friday night. While the Good had more than 11,000 prospec- Neighbor Policy does include tive guests. language encouraging students The discussion about the to “cooperate with neighbors “climate” of tension surround- and authorities,” it ought to ing community relations and also stress the importance of student partying lacks one standing up to students who are component, however: suffi- contributing to tension with the cient student input. community. There are plenty of stuWith that guideline in dents living off campus who place, students could deal with do not throw parties or litter issues as they arise, instead of the streets with trash. There letting them escalate to police are plenty of students who, in involvement.

CORRECTIONS In a photo published in an Oct. 21 article titled “Honoring a ‘brother,’” a photo was identified as deceased ice hockey player Mark Murray. The photo was actually of Joe Blaszczyk. In an article titled “650 TVs purchased for patients at Temple Hospital,” The Temple News stated that patients can review their medical records as part of the new pCare TV system at Temple Hospital. Patients cannot, in fact, review their medical records as part of the new system. An article titled “Filling in the spaces” referenced a “North Adler Street.” The street’s name is spelled Alder. In addition, collective member Keir Johnston’s name was incorrectly spelled as Kier. 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 Avery Maehrer at editor@ temple-news.com or 215.204.6737.


Oct. 28, 1993: Exactly 21 years ago, The Temple News reported that students were arrested for allegedly stealing more than $500 worth of pumpkins to provide ambience for a Pi Lambda Phi party. The pledges, who claimed they were forced to steal the pumpkins, were caught and released on $3,000 bail. Temple currently still has a Pi Lambda Phi chapter.



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Commentary | Community

Better banking options needed The lack of banks in North Philadelphia is detrimental to community members.


quick search of “banks in North Philadelphia” on Google Maps will yield dozens of results. However, a closer look will reveal that almost all of these results are simply ATMs rather than actual bank branches. Between Lehigh Avenue and Vine Street, Google indicates that there are about a dozen banks in the area but more than 50 non-bank affiliated ATMs. This low frequency of banks is consistent across the rest of North Philadelphia. Center City, by comparison, has one-fifth the population and one-twentieth the land area of North Philadelphia, according to city-data.com – but MICHAEL CARNEY the area has more than 100 banks and even more ATMs, according to Google Maps. Despite its greater land area and population than Center City, North Philadelphia is generally avoided by most big banks. And when they do establish themselves here, they fail to recognize the consequences of outrageous bank fees on the neighborhood’s impoverished residents. A more socially conscious standard of banking practices in North Philadelphia would be a major step in the region’s economic regeneration. In this financially burdened region of Philadelphia, much of the responsibility for spurring economic growth rests on banks. Low interest mortgages, auto loans, business loans, student loans, credit repair and tax resources are all essential services that would provide a better path towards an economically sound North Philadelphia. North Philadelphia’s banks, although not many, can generally be found on or near Broad Street. However, since certain areas of North Philadelphia can be as far away as two miles east or west of Broad, many residents without cars are forced to use SEPTA.

“My bank is Wells Fargo and the closest one for me is on Broad Street near Temple,” said Kimberly Harris, a resident of North Philadelphia near 21st and Diamond streets. “But the problem isn’t just no banks, there’s also no places around here to spend the small amount of money I have. Most of my money is put toward bills. ... With any money I have left over, my spending choices are limited.” Residents like Harris must frequently decide whether to withdraw cash from a corner store ATM and pay a $3 surcharge or use two SEPTA tokens to take a bus to their bank and back. In addition to it being expensive and often difficult for North Philadelphia residents to access cash, the big banks of the area hold residents to the same financial standards to which wealthier individuals are held. Requirements on checking accounts in order to avoid paying a monthly fee are the same for North Philadelphia residents as they are to Center City’s wealthy elite. Minimum balances should be made on a case-by-case basis, determined by an individual’s income. The financial constraints do not end there. Account overdrafts, or spending more than one’s balance, can result in fees upwards of $35. Withdrawals from corner store ATMs can not only be assessed a $3 surcharge by the owner of the ATM, but may face an additional surcharge from the customer’s bank for not using his or her bank’s ATM. With a median household income seven times higher in Center City’s richest zip code than North Philadelphia’s poorest one, according to the Pew Research Center, a flat fee structure like the one currently in place is exponentially detrimental. The example of banking in North Philadelphia is just one of many instances in which poor urban residents face expenses that are disproportionate to their income. Big banks need to take a greater role in designing banking options for poorer individuals. Calculating fee structures and interest rates based on a zip code’s median income will make the fees associated with banking more manageable for poorer customers. In poor areas like North Philadelphia, a structure like this would increase demand for banking services and

potentially impact the long-term economic success of this region and poor neighborhoods nationwide. While many eyes are focused on Center City developments like the East Market Redevelopment Project and Dilworth Park’s renovations, few have shown the initiative to address the need for progress in North Philadelphia. North Philadelphia represents one-sixth of the city’s entire population, yet receives nowhere near one-sixth of the city’s resources. Much of the neighborhood’s economic progress has been stifled by Center City’s growing appeal. This rapid growth of wealth in Center City’s neighborhoods have attracted many banks to expand and broaden their services. However, with little increase in income year-to-year in North Philadelphia, banks have chosen to avoid the market rather than take a role in its growth. PNC, to its credit, has established itself on Main Campus as a convenient service. Students can even link their PNC bank cards to their Owl Cards. However, the bank’s locations are concentrated around the constraints of Main Campus. The connection between Temple’s economy and the economy of the rest of North Philadelphia is inseparable. While the banking problem may not be as significant an issue to Temple students as academics or staying safe around Main Campus, I suspect this issue is greater than most students believe. Banks are the foundation for less wealthy individuals to achieve financial success and few banks in North Philadelphia have contributed toward this goal. The success of businesses near Main Campus and across all of North Philadelphia depends not only student patronage, but also on business from residents of the area. If the financial trend in North Philadelphia continues, economic activity is likely to decline. Although Temple students and North Philadelphia residents seem like two very different groups of people, our faith in each other’s financial success will determine the fate of the community we share. * michael.carney@temple.edu




Commentary | Campus Life

For residents, an unwelcoming nightlife The Draught Horse’s cover charge policy carries a host of tense implications.


few weeks ago, I caught up with some friends at my preferred drinking establishment near Main Campus – somebody’s house. We had traveled to South Dakota together through Temple’s Service Immersion Program and I was happy to be spending time with them. As the night drew on, the conversation turned to campus bars, places I try to avoid at all costs. My friend Jordan – who did not feel comfortable using his last name in this piece – mentioned that on Wednesdays, the Draught Horse will now charge $5 to BEN D’ANNIBALE all patrons who don’t possess a valid student ID. Jordan, a junior international business major, said this had to do with a recurring event at the Draught Horse, which is located at Cecil B. Moore Avenue and 15th Street. The event is colloquially known as “White Girl Wednesday.” Perhaps it was the fact that I happened not to be drinking that evening and had a clear head, but when I heard this anecdote, I could not possibly believe it was true – the implications behind it make it almost impossible to believe. I decided I needed to verify that this was an actual policy. The next week, I went to the Draught Horse and asked the first bartender I saw about the matter. The bartender, 2014 Temple alumna Chelsea Thompson, said there is a DJ that comes on Wednesday nights and that the cover was “to ensure and keep the college atmosphere,”

which appears to be a thinly veiled excuse to implications of such a policy on a neighborhood already rife with racist and classist tenkeep non-students out. Logic dictates that the reason for the cover sions. Private organizations are integral parts in couldn’t actually be to pay for the DJ, since the goal is to keep the clientele exclusively college helping Main Campus bridge the divide that students – the same students who aren’t being is glaringly apparent between the students of Temple and the residents of North Philadelphia. charged for entry. Employees at other bars around Main Allowing a night to be colloquially dedicated to “white girls” and charging a Campus, including Pub cover for those who are less Webb, Masters Bar and financially well-off – i.e., Restaurant and Maxi’s, said not students – does nothing their establishments do not but make the divide more have similar policies. tangible. When I went to Pub “I absolutely thought Webb to ask people about that it was to keep out resithe matter, the responses I dents,” said Jordan, my got were revealing. “[‘White Girl WednesClarissa Jordan, two-year North business major friend. “I Philadelphia resident thought he asked for my ID day’] is misleading. As a [because] I’m black and he black woman, I wouldn’t feel welcome there in the first place,” said Clar- thought I was a ‘local,’ but I kind of just tried issa Jordan, a two-year resident of North Phila- to shrug it off.” It seems the cover charge has a psychologidelphia. Though the Draught Horse does not of- cal impact on both students and residents. The policy calls to mind the recent push to ficially sanction the “White Girl Wednesday” name, it is known campus-wide as such, by pass laws requiring State IDs to be presented those who frequent the bar and those who do at voting booths – the ostensible reason being not. And although the establishment calls the to make voting more secure. It doesn’t take an event “Wild Wednesday,” a pinnie display- intrepid sleuth to realize that the laws are suring the insignia “WGW” on display at the bar reptitious plans to keep the poor and minorities from voting. seems to imply something else. The ability to afford a college degree is a “[The policy] causes divisions between the races and is inherently discriminatory,” Cla- de facto sign of financial privilege. Students rissa Jordan said. “If you’re a resident in the should use this privilege not to avoid cover neighborhood, you should have every right to charges, but to protest the existence of such go to any establishment without feeling dis- fundamentally divisive policies. criminated [against].” Only when we take a firm and substantial The policy seems to be intended to keep stand and say that racism and classism are not North Philadelphia residents and students sepa- welcome in our atmosphere can we begin to make real and positive change. rate. As a private establishment, the Draught Horse technically has every right to instill * benjamin.dannibale@temple.edu whatever policies it wishes. But consider the T @pianobell

“[The policy] causes

divisions between the races and is inherently discriminatory.

Commentary | housing

Proposed legislation unfair to landlords Students should be held accountable for their own disruptive actions.


ike many freshmen, I’ve thought about living off campus next year. It would be a chance to be independent and to learn to live as the adults we’re constantly told to act like. If new legislation proposed by the Philadelphia City Council goes through, however, that plan will have to change. The legislation, which was proposed by Philadelphia Council President Darrell L. Clarke, would restrict off-campus livVINCE BELLINO ing arrangements for students at Temple and punish landlords severely for the behavior of student tenants. Clarke’s legislation would require students to notify Temple where they live off campus, if they have a vehicle and of any citations received. The proposed legislation would also require an “adult supervisor,” someone over the age of 21, to live in the housing with the students. Landlords and supervisors would face harsh penalties if the residents of the apartment rack up citations and cause problems. If enacted, the legislation would mark the housing around Temple as an “educational housing district,” similar to the community surrounding St. Joseph’s and La Salle universities. Clarke told the Philadelphia Daily News the proposal stems from tensions between Temple students and the residents of the community. “Every weekend, there are parties, noise and public urination, and people are waking up to find beer bottles,” Clarke told the publication. The problem is, the wrong people are being targeted in this legislation. Why are supervisors and landlords being expected to bear the brunt of students’ judgment, or lack thereof? “We have no control over the tenants’ behavior and the city would not let us evict a tenant based on their party habits,” said Michael Petrikowski, a landlord


for Blackstone Development, which owns many properties in the Temple area. “The bill makes no sense and if it would pass, we [landlords] would fight it all the way to the Supreme Court.” While it may be borne of good intentions, the new proposal seems like a misguided attempt to appease the members of the community in the short term with no thought to the long-term effects of such a bill. Estelle Wilson, block captain for the 2000 block of North 15th Street, said students and their guests can act destructively over the short periods of time in which they pass through the area. Before homecoming weekend, students received multiple emails reminding them of expectations to represent the university and their responsibility for guest behavior. Wilson said that even with these warnings, students destroyed community residents’ flowers, urinated in their yards and were incredibly loud early into the morning. The Temple News reported that Charlie Leone, Executive Director of Campus Safety Services, dealt with a party involving approximately 1,000 students, as well as various other parties throughout the community. “Something needs to be done

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about it,” Wilson said. Wilson is right – but the wrong people will bear the negative consequences if the currently proposed bill is the action the city takes. Students are also turned off by the proposed legislation. “Knowing [the corrupt nature of this policy] would probably sway me toward not living off campus,” said Alex Lewis, a freshman physics major. Housing for upperclassmen in residence halls like Morgan Hall can reach the equivalent of nearly $1,000 per month. For responsible students, it is easier to live in an apartment where rent is significantly lower than to pay the astronomical prices of residence halls after one’s first year. “[Clarke] knows that the vast majority of Temple students who live off campus and their landlords are good neighbors,” Jane Roh, Clarke’s director of communications, told The Temple News previously. If Clarke indeed recognizes that the majority of students are just trying to save money by living near Temple instead of in a residence hall, then the proposition of such a restrictive bill seems even more counterintuitive. The legislation proposed by Clarke is well intended but does

nothing in the way of allowing responsible students to continue to grow into responsible adults. If college is supposed to be a time of growth and maturing for students before they enter the real world, then students must be allowed to act like adults, including learning to handle the consequences of their decisions. Instead of babying students and their guests, it’s time for Temple to attack the problem at its root – by more severely punishing those who break the rules. They are clearly outlined to us many times through emails and orientation lectures. Students have no reason not to know the rules and Temple has no reason not to enforce them. This sentiment exists among landlords too. “I’d like to see a bill passed where students and their co-signers are penalized for their actions. The university should expel them,” Petriowsky said. Landlords and responsible students aren’t denying the necessity of change – we just want to see it happen in the right way. * vince.bellino@temple.edu T @VinceTNF


Commentary | Transportation

Tensions between bikers, drivers rise

Bikers and drivers pose danger to pedestrians and each other.


ransportation has always been a problem for me. After my first and only childhood go-kart ride resulted in my body plummeting against a pile of spare tires, I swore it

all off. I’m 21 years old. I’ve never owned a bike, and I don’t have a driver’s license. I’ve coped by buying practical Velcro sandals and walking everywhere, frenetically drawing maps on scrap paper as I go. Now that the weather’s cooling down, I use SEPTA regularly, which I consider a huge accomplishment. Despite my steadfast aversion to all things wheeled, living in a city makes interaction with drivers and GRACE HOLLERAN bikers unavoidable – even if your feet never leave the ground. My leisurely four-mile strolls around Philadelphia would not be complete without at least three bikers almost clearing me as they run red lights. Drivers are no better. Many ignore pedestrians’ right of way as they make turns onto major roads like Broad Street, often illegally, in the case of the intersection at Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Accidents within and between groups of travelers – be they drivers, pedestrians or bikers – are not uncommon in cities. But it appears the roads around Main Campus are particularly unsafe for all parties. As a result, resentment has been building “I’ve had to swerve to avoid hitting stupid [bikers],” said Norman Lawrence, a senior music education and performance major who frequently drives throughout Main Campus. Lawrence said he often sees bikers disregard traffic laws by running stop signs and red lights. An interesting facet of Main Campus’ bike cultures is the presence of Jimmy John’s sandwiches. The company, which prides itself on its “freaky fast” delivery, delivers hoagies via “drivers” who actually travel by bike. “The company never asked me to bike fast,” said Tyler DiMarco, a senior music education major and a former Jimmy John’s employee. However, DiMarco said he often pushed himself to bike more quickly because it made him feel like a better employee. “I was always very careful, though,” he said. “No running stop signs or blindly crossing streets or anything like that.” DiMarco said during his brief duration at Jimmy John’s, he had two rough instances with drivers. Once, a driver opened a door without warning as DiMarco biked west on Cecil B. Moore Avenue, resulting in a front flip and several scrapes. “I was hurting for weeks,” DiMarco said. While it appears the company doesn’t force its deliverers to bike in a certain way, the presence of bikers attempting to be “freaky fast” could be a safety liability. The picture is often painted as one specific scenario – reckless drivers with bikers as victims. This is probably due to the fact that in a collision between a biker and a driver, regardless of where the culpability lies, the biker will be more physically hurt. While there’s no doubt in my mind that the students who shared their stories with me are being honest, their testimonials alone show me this phenomenon is more complex than it seems. A major cause for the tension between these groups could be the misunderstanding and lack of communication between students who bike and students who drive. Although Bike Temple offers a variety of programs and services to keep bikers safe, no organizations exist to discuss the importance of safety on the road between bikers and drivers as a unit. Each group thinks the other is the problem, and without communication, this mindset is allowed to persist. In addition, there are few truly safe options for bikers on Main Campus. The city’s interactive bike map shows that the only bike lanes nearby exist on 12th Street between Cecil B. Moore Avenue and Spring Garden Street, one block of 11th Street between Cecil B. Moore Avenue and Oxford Street and on Cecil B. Moore Avenue between Broad and 10th streets. No university buildings exist within this meager area, which doesn’t help students who use bikes to get to class. This leaves bikers to choose between cycling on sidewalks, swerving between moving traffic or taking up the same amount of space in the road as a car – the latter being the only legal option, but possibly the most dangerous. One could argue that a lack of proper bike lanes nearly forces bikers to break the law and bike between cars – although there is no excuse for abandoning other traffic regulations, like stop lights. Having a bike take up space as if it were a car is irresponsible and unsafe, seeing as the average bike can reach speeds not nearly as fast as the average car. As a self-proclaimed transportation worrywart, perhaps I am overreacting. But displacing blame from one group to another will not keep pedestrians, bikers or drivers safe. With nearly half the student population commuting, and many more using bikes or cars to travel from homes near Main Campus, action and clarity are must be taken to avoid ill feelings that result in injuries. * holleran@temple.edu T @coupsdegrace





More than 70 percent already work in the eventplanning industry. The program has previously won this award in every year from 2009-2014, with the exception of 2012. That year, the program won the Silver Pinnacle award.

WEEKLY LECTURE FOR MONTEIRO Since Oct. 8, former Temple African American studies professor Dr. Anthony Monteiro has taught weekly lectures in Gladfelter Lecture Hall 24 at 5 p.m. every Wednesday. These lectures, titled “Dubois and the Human Future,” were arranged by “Justice for Dr. Anthony Monteiro,” a student coalition formed in response to the nonrenewal of the professor’s contract last semester. Monteiro said that while Dubois was a complex individual, his teachings still provide vital lessons more than 50 years after his death. “His theories are an integral part of understanding pathways out of the crisis that humanity now faces,” Monteiro said. Dr. Joseph M. Schwartz, who assisted the coalition by booking the lecture hall for Monteiro, agreed that Dubois is an important figure in African American studies. “As director of Intellectual Heritage I was perfectly glad to get the room,” Schwartz said. “I certainly support the students that want Professor Monteiro reinstated.” Members of the coalition protested last spring after Monteiro learned his contract would not be renewed. Many of them blamed figures in the administration for the nonrenewal, including the chair of the African American studies department and the dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Above all, Monteiro said he hopes his current lectures show what he said is a growing problem in his former department, which lost four professors last year. Monteiro now teaches two urban studies courses at the University of Pennsylvania and occasionally teaches classes about Dubois at the Church of the Advocate on 18th and Diamond streets. -Nathalie Swann

-Steve Bohnel


The University of Oregon received a recommendation to scale back the expansion of fraternities after the results of a university investigation on sexual assault cited the increasing involvement of Greek organizations in those incidents, according to the Huffington Post. A university-sponsored task force was created in response to Oregon’s mishandling of an alleged rape incident involving three men’s basketball players earlier this year. Then-president Michael Gottfredson resigned as a result of the investigation. The task force suggested the suspension of Oregon’s multi-year plan to bring more Greek organizations to campus, and an additional office was also created to specifically deal with sexual assault and violence. Interim President Scott Coltrane said in an Oct. 22 statement that his administration “will need to look at this carefully to prioritize and focus our efforts.” “We have to tackle this and will on multiple levels,” Coltrane added. -Allan Barnes




The Fox School’s Global MBA program rose 20 spots in The Economist’s annual “Which MBA?” global rankings, the largest jump of any full-time program included in both the 2013 and 2014 reports. The rankings, which were released on Oct. 9, are based off three years of data which comes from questionnaires given to business schools, their students and recent graduates. These questionnaires assess multiple factors: “quality of faculty and career services, student diversity, breadth of alumni network, and salary increase following graduation.”

Former Temple African American studies professor Anthony Monteiro speaks in Gladfelter Hall.

Along with the improvement in the global rankings, Fox claimed the No. 33 spot in national rankings, a jump of nine spots from last year. The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School was the only other school in the Greater Philadelphia region that featured a full-time MBA program in the Economist’s rankings. -Steve Bohnel


The School of Tourism and Hospitality Man-

agement’s Event Leadership Executive Certificate program received the 2014 Haas & Wilkerson Gold Pinnacle Award on Sept. 29. It is the fifth time in the last six years Temple’s program has earned the award, which signifies it as the best of its kind across the globe. The program is offered for those seeking to develop their credentials in the “special events-planning industry.” Taught by “industry professionals with more than 20 years of experience,” 90 percent of the program’s students have at least a Bachelor’s degree.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, libraries at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Colgate University are offering students the opportunity to work with expanding catalogs of electronics. Students are now able to borrow everything from laptops and iPads to Google Glass and remotecontrolled drones. Colgate requires a training program and justification for the student’s use of the drone. Libraries are also offering various power cords for students to borrow in order to charge their own electronics. Justin Ellis, an instructional-technology associate at Georgia Tech, said the range of chargers is “a little thing that’s not terribly expensive” and provides a useful resource for students. -Allan Barnes

Residents respond to tension on Gratz GRATZ PAGE 1 media studies and production major, was the head organizer for the party. O’Connell, with his company Tier 33 Productions, said he planned for the event to include Temple student performers in addition to local vendors and nine local performers. He also planned to have security around the area. The event was advertised on Craigslist and on bestevents.us, where it was deemed the “Block Boonanza.” On Facebook, around 11,000 invites were sent out, though the event’s page has since been taken down. Debbie Brockington, the block captain on the 1700 block of Gratz Street, said she didn’t agree with the decision to cancel the block party. She said she and community members on her block supported the event. Since the announcement, she’s been fighting to get the event reinstated. Brockington said she and students living on the block had made preparations for the event throughout the past six months. They acquired the permit for the party, which required signatures of approval from at least three-quarters of the residents on the block and payment of a non-refundable $50 deposit, she said. Brockington said the experience she’s had with the Temple students on her block has always been positive. “They’re nice kids to me,” Brockington said. “No complaints.” Donnie Moore, the block captain on 19th Street, said he saw how the event could have led to further problems. The behavior of student neighbors on the adjacent Gratz Street has been a consistent issue for he and other residents on his block, he said. “[There’s been] wild parties since day one,” Moore said. Moore said parties are a constant nuisance for 19th Street residents, some of whom have not been able to sleep on the weekends because of the noise level. Moore said he has tried to address the issue before to no avail. “They don’t respect their neighborhood,”

Moore said of the students. ing major who lives on the block. Grievances like Moore’s led to Temple PoTensions came to a head on Oct. 4, when aclice’s decision to cancel the student- and neigh- cording to a Philadelphia Daily News article a borhood-run Halloween block party. student shouted racial slurs on the street. “Why not one time, for one holiday, have a Although student and community residents community vibe, a community party, that shows on Gratz Street believe the allegations are false, everyone having a good time?” O’Connell said. they said the news led to increased police atten“It’s not some kind of battle with two sides.” tion to the block. In addition, residents said they Spencer Forman, a sophomore MSP major believe it was one of the causes for the block party and one of the promoters for the event, discussed cancellation. a Labor Day block party which he said bonded the Brandon Lausch, a university spokesman, community. said Temple Police sent out a copy of the Good “I think [Brockington] just saw Neighbor Policy to students after how it brought everything together the incident. He said that Temand this just a larger scale, so it ple with the Philadelphia police might just work out,” Forman said. give further attention to areas of O’Connell said he believes poconcern such as Gratz Street, allice are concerned about students’ though it is outside the Temple safety and worried about the event Police patrol boundaries, which becoming out of control. He referwere extended west to 18th enced a block party held on Park Street in September. Avenue in the spring, which quickIn addition, City Council ly got out of hand. President Darrell Clarke proO’Connell said that while a posed a bill on Oct. 10 which block party might not have mended would hold landlords accountKeenan O’Connell / senior media the relationship between residents studies and production major able for student conduct. Under on the surrounding streets and stuthe legislation, landlords would dents on Gratz, he still believes that the relation- be required to hire a supervisor for residences with student tenants and notify Temple of any stuship can be made better. Moore said another issue was the cans and dent code violations like excessive noise, destrucother trash left over from parties, which is thrown tion of property or alcohol consumption. Forman said more communication between into residents’ yards and strewn on the sidewalks. students and residents on the block would have Moore said the trash is a potential fire hazard. Sarah Stankiewicz, a sophomore public a larger impact in easing tension than increased health major and a resident on the 1700 block of police interaction. He said when he first moved Gratz, said her house has received two $25 fines onto Gratz Street, he introduced himself to the for trash from nearby parties that ended up on neighbors and asked them to come to him if they the sidewalk in front of their house, and said the ever had any concerns. Forman said he was impacted by hearing trash was a cause for complaint from residents on residents’ stories at a recent community meeting, neighboring streets. Noise from parties has also been a cause for where they addressed their concerns about the neighborhood, and said attending would benefit complaint, for both residents and some students. “Even if I close all my windows I can hear students. “Just having the cops banging on [a student’s] it,” said Helen Van Natta, a sophomore engineer-

“Why not one

time, for one holiday, have a community vibe ... that shows everyone having a good time?

door every weekend [during a party], like, ‘OK, time to shut it down,’ that doesn’t do anything,” Forman said. “But if you sit there and hear, ‘I have to wake up at four in the morning for my job but I can’t sleep because there’s music playing until 2 in the morning and then drunk kids running through the street at three. ...’ You’re just like holy s---, you don’t even necessarily realize how much one party can affect somebody’s life,” Forman said. Forman said he hasn’t thrown any parties since attending the meeting. Brockington said there are plenty of students like Forman who have been conscious and considerate of the local neighbors. “They knock on my door, they’ll ask me, ‘Is the music too loud? I’ll turn it down,’” Brockington said. She added that she doesn’t want all students to be criticized because of the actions of a few. “[The students] just want to be heard,” Brockington said. “They don’t want to be shut out, made the bad guy because of one bad apple, it’s not fair.” Forman said that often there is a connection which is missing between some of the students and the neighbors. “When I walk by, I smile at [my neighbors],” Forman said. “It’s just the normal, everyday interactions with your neighbors that I think most people shy away from,” Forman and O’Connell said they want to see the relationship between student and community residents improve, even if it isn’t through the block party. “I don’t think throwing a block party with a couple thousand kids would have done it the right way, that might have gotten a little out of hand,” O’Connell said. “But I think it can be done.” O’Connell said he has plans for a spring event which would take place on campus. * mariam.dembele@temple.edu T @MariamDembele





Members of TU Tappers, a student dance group that started in 2011, have bonded over their love of dance. PAGE 8

Charles L. Blockson returned to Temple on Oct. 16 to lecture students on the Underground Railroad. PAGE 14




Main Campus Program Board will host a haunted house in the Student Center, a symposium will address issues facing diversity at Temple, other news and notes. PAGE 16 PAGE 7



A banner project by Lauren Ruth moves with the wind in a cement lot. Resources for the project were obtained through RAIR, Recycled Artists in Residency, an organization that promotes the use of sustainable materials in artwork. Temple students had the opportunity to tour RAIR’s facility in northeast Philadelphia on Oct. 24. | Page 15

Earning their ears

Paintball club gains national recognition

The Disney College Program allows students to study and gain work experience at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Temple’s paintball club, founded in 2005, ranked third nationally in the 2014 season.


ALEXA BRICKER Assistant Lifestyle Editor

att Scarano likes to describe his job as “working at a playground.” Last year, the senior media studies and production major had the opportunity to participate in the Disney College Program, an internship he said he had been interested in for years. “[My family] started going to Disney in 2003,” said Scarano, who worked in the merchandise department at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. “We went back year after year, and two or three years into high school, I noticed that the people working there were about my age or college age. I started asking them and they told me it was a college internship.” Students who are accepted to the program spend their fall or spring semester working in either Disneyland in Anaheim, California or Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Each participant is offered a role with the company prior to their arrival, including hospitality, attractions and food and beverage. Students are provided with housing just off Disney property, and the rent is taken out of their paycheck each week. Students come from all over the world – including Temple – to participate in the program. “I had roommates from London, so seeing the impact that Disney had on people was pretty impressive,” said senior advertising major Megan Bankard. Bankard, who lived with several other Cast Members during her eight-month stay, said she was inspired to participate after seeing how much her sister, a Temple alumna, enjoyed her time in the program. She said, however, the program isn’t exclusively for people who are “Disney-obsessed.” “When you go down you find out there are people that have never been to the parks before and are committing to six months down there,” she said. “Then there’s people that are like ‘Oh, we come down four times a year.’” While Bankard worked part-time in the recreation department at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, she was also enrolled in courses like the Exploring Disney Heritage, which she said

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JANE BABIAN The Temple News

was a great opportunity for students to continue their education during their participation in the program. There are also courses offered in fields like marketing and communications, some of which can be used to fulfill credit requirements. Like Scarano, Cameron Resnick discovered the program while on a family vacation, but he was interested in getting involved for a slightly different reason. Resnick, who had previous photo experience, worked for five months as as PhotoPass photographer at the Magic Kingdom. But he said the opportunities exceeded his expectations. During his College Program in 2013, Resnick served as a batboy during the Atlanta Braves’ spring training season. The Braves play their home games at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. “They took five people out of the whole giant program that got to do that and just being able to do that – I’ll probably never get to do something like that again, just being involved [with]

Temple’s paintball club is fueled by passion, adrenaline and fruit snacks. “I feed [members] fruit snacks,” said Ben Larason, a senior psychology major and coach of the Temple paintball team. “I got it from running. It’s a sugar boost and you don’t get cramps. It works.” Larason, 34, has been playing paintball since he was in high school and began competing in tournaments two years later in 1998. For four years, Larason played for Paintball Sports Promotion, which he said “Is as far up as you can go in the paintball world.” Joe Coady is the president of the club and said he has been paintballing since fifth grade. This is both Larason’s and Coady’s third year on the team, but experience isn’t necessary to join the club, they said. “We have two sides of the club,” Coady said. “Our main focus is the tournament, but we also have a recreational side where we’ll set up an event and have people come play.” Throughout the year, the National Collegiate Paintball Association hosts three events in which collegiate teams plays three or four matches. “Basically the format we play is that there are two 10-minute halves,” Coady said. “You score as many points in a half, or the game, as you can. There is a center flag and five guys on each team.” The point of the game is to transfer the flag from the center of the field to the enemy’s box, and you don’t have to eliminate all players to get to the flag, Coady said. Every flag hung in the enemy’s box is worth one point. “The paintballs shoot out fast from the gun, but you get used to it,” Coady said as he showed off a large welt that covered the knuckles on his left hand. “It’s like a sting.”




Cameron Resnick interned with the Disney College Program in Spring 2013, working as a PhotoPass photographer.





Students work, live and learn through Disney internship DISNEY PAGE 7 players and managers,” Resnick said. “It was a decorations.’ But no, that firework show was very valuable experience.” planned four years ago.” He said one of his main reasons for getting inNow that Scarano is older and has had the volved was in hope of getting his foot in the door opportunity to visit the parks many times, he said at ESPN, a subsidiary of the that he feels lucky to be “preWalt Disney Company’s meserving the magic.” After his dia network. program ended last year, he Resnick, Bankard and continued working as a Cast Scarano agreed that even if Member in a seasonal role. their job in the program was “Whether it’s a good unrelated to their field, just day or a bad day, I’m really having the word “Disney” on proud of [my job],” Scarano their resumes is valuable. said. “I’ll see a lot of fami“To work for a company lies having a good time and like Disney that’s so massive, a lot of families won’t get no matter where you’re apto come back for [a while]. Matt Scarano / former Disney intern Some can’t afford to come at plying, that goes a long way,” Scarano said. all. I can make or break their The work experience is a plus, but Bankard experience, so I hope just being able to be a part of said experiencing Disney “behind the scenes” was an experience families plan years ahead of time – also fascinating. it’s kind of giving back.” “I did the backstage stuff, so you get to see everything,” Bankard said. “They would tell us * abricke1@temple.edu that the Halloween show is planned like six years in advance. You go and think, ‘Oh, they put up

“To work for a

company like Disney that’s so massive, no matter where you’re applying that goes a long way.


Matt Scarano, a former Disney College Program intern, stands with Mickey Mouse.


Members of Temple Tappers sit in the Student Center. The tap dance group started in 2011 and is currently recruiting new members.

In club, students tap to their own beat Students in Temple Tappers use their love of dance to connect. SIENNA VANCE The Temple News When the Temple Tappers perform, they like to keep things classy. That’s how Alaina McNaughton, a senior history major and president of the Temple University Tappers, described the black and red dress the members usually wear during their performances. Though group members feel the club is well-organized now, McNaughton said she had no idea how to market it when she initially started. “I remember that we were all just trying to be so professional, and it was funny,” McNaughton said. “When I came here freshman year, there were a lot of dance clubs, but tap is just so cool and fun.” McNaughton and another current member of TU Tappers decided to start the organization because of their love of tap dancing. Their proposal for the club was approved by student affairs in

2011. “We were freshmen at the time and really had no idea how to get the club started,” McNaughton said. “We ended up finding some people who lived in the Peabody dorm who were interested and went on from there." The tappers’ first performance was held at the Temple University Performing Arts Center last year. Since then, the group’s presence has thrived on Main Campus. Maggie Lindrooth, a junior Russian major and vice president of the club, who joined last year, said it has been a ‘magical’ experience. “I was initially really nervous, because I never auditioned for a club before and I thought everyone was a senior, which wasn’t the case,” Lindrooth said. “I became comfortable after I saw that everyone was just hanging out and tap dancing, having a good time.” Though no one was cut from the auditions the year Lindrooth tried out for the club, she said many of the new members who initially were accepted ended up dropping out. “Everyone was at auditions, but then only about four people would actually show up to the practices,” Lind-

rooth said. “Our first performance in younger, than getting the choreography TUPAC had about 10-12 members.” shouldn’t be hard.” McNaughton said that after TU McNaughton also said she sees Tappers established an potential in the new executive board and cremembers. ated a better marketing “There’s a lot of strategy, the club attractgood talent and a lot ed more dancers. All of of good attitude,” Mcthe club’s performances Naughton said. “Their now have more than technique is great, and 20 members participatI think that this year ing. we could really do a Alyson Cohen, a lot more performancsophomore elementary es.” education major, is the Kara Bowen, a TU Tappers Temple Stusophomore theater madent Government reprejor and Cohen’s roomMaggie Lindrooth / group member sentative. mate, said old members “The experience of TU Tappers always was very informal,” Cohelped her when she hen said. “I was glad that I found this needed it. Bowen auditioned for the club, because I’ve been tap dancing club last year and is now in charge of since I was five after following in my its marketing. sister’s footsteps.” “I always felt comfortable with Cohen said the club is working on the older members,” Bowen said. new choreography. “We really are just a large group of “We have a general tap warm-up, friends.” and then we go into choreography for The TU Tappers collaborate with an hour and a half each practice,” Co- other groups on campus as well, Bowhen said. “The new members are keep- en said. In doing so, the club has pering up so far. If you learned specific formed at many philanthropic events skills of tap dancing when you were across the city.

“I became

comfortable after I saw everyone was just hanging out and tap dancing, having a good time.

“We’ve performed with others at a homecoming court pageant and a Christmas fundraiser,” Bowen said. “We like to support things that our club believes in.” Bowen said the club performed at a breast cancer research fundraiser last year, since the disease has afflicted many of the club’s family members. Lindrooth said the tappers dance at many health-related fundraisers. “We like to tap where there is a good cause,” Lindrooth said. “If we get random emails from groups, we also most likely perform at their events.” Though performances showcase the club’s tap-dancing skills, Lindrooth, McNaughton, Cohen and Bowen all reinforce that the core behind TU Tappers is the club’s strong bond. “I met [Cohen] through this club and now we’re roommates,” Bowen said. “Whether your meeting some potential new roommates, or just hanging with members outside of the club, we want to make this about friendships – that is the most important thing.” * sienna.vance@temple.edu



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MMA on the rise in Philly Daniel Gracie owns a prominent gym that trains MMA fighters.



Austin Sampson (right) of Port Richmond trains Jiu-Jitsu at Renzo Gracie Philly on Oct. 26.

s soon as I moved to Philadelphia, I quickly realized it’s a fighting town - as did Daniel Gracie. Gracie moved from Brazil to the United States when he was 30 years old. After training for just three months, Gracie fought his first professional fight in front of 60,000 CONNOR NORTHRUP people in Japan Beyond the mat during an international competition. “I said, ‘I think it is time to jump into MMA,’” Gracie said. “I did everything I could do in Jiu-Jitsu. Now I want to try MMA. So, I called my cousin Renzo Gracie and asked him if he could get me a fight.” Renzo Gracie, a world-renowned MMA fighter and Jiu-Jitsu competitor, set his cousin up a week later in a gym in New York. Now, Daniel Gracie lives in Phil-


Memories spin for faithful rink owner Carman Roller Skating Rink, open for 82 years, has been central to decades of Germantown youth.



olor washed over the waxed skating rink floor as a lone discoball slowly spun, shooting colorful light across the smooth floor. “Oh boy, this is my favorite part,” owner Roger Lloyd said as he turned to an employee. “Alright Junior, now turn on track 89.” Music poured over the smooth floor, washing over the expanded ceiling still in place from when the rink was a movie theater. Stringed lights and glowing wall decorations slowly followed suit, accompanying Lloyd’s favorite skate song. Carman Roller Skating Rink opened its doors for

the first time in 1932. Lloyd is the second owner since its original creation. As a mailman, security guard, substitute teacher and manager, it wasn't unusual for Lloyd to find himself needing work for only a few weeks back in the ‘70s. “I was only 13 years old and I would walk down the avenue to come skating,” Lloyd said. “I looked up and said, ‘Oh Lord, one day … one day I want to own this place.’” The once-romanticised building quickly began to lose its magic for Lloyd once it became a hotspot for drugs and violence, he said. Lloyd recalled a manager selling drugs through the ticket window. A string of luck and a little bit of faith put Lloyd in a position to eventually buy the place in hopes of cleaning it up. The self-proclaimed man of faith believes a lot of his fortune is that of a greater power. “I must have talked to every representative, vicepresident, loan officer and teller in Philadelphia,”



The Carman Roller Skating Rink opened in 1932 and still hosts skaters.

Circus makes its way to South Street for fall festival The third annual Pumpkin Fall Festival was held in Old City. PAIGE GROSS Assistant A&E Editor


The South Street Headhouse District and PHAIR hosted the Pumpkin Fall Festival.

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Hay littered the ground and drifted in the air on the cobblestone street in Old City. On Oct. 25, Headhouse Square hosted the third annual Pumpkin Fall Festival that brought business owners and community members together for a day of crafts, circus performers, vendors and carriage rides. PHAIR, Philly’s open air market partnered with South Street Headhouse District this year to be what Mike Harris, director of the district considers to be, “a celebration of fall and an opportunity to represent local businesses.” The event featured performances from many local groups in the area and a number of South Street restaurants offering special deals and plates.

“A lot of people see the shambles, and think they’re cool,” said Steven Taytelbaum, a senior broadcast major and intern with the South Street Headhouse District. “But when you put on live events like this, you bring the community together and help promote South Street.” Taytelbaum began working for the business improvement district in June and has had a hand in pulling off events like the Dog Days of Summer, a hot dog contest between restaurants in July and Fashion under the Shambles, a show for local boutiques this past September. Taytelbaum said his internship was a way to explore Philly, after only having been to South Street once in his three years at Temple. Mike Harris has been the executive director of the district for two and a half years, and said it takes about a month of planning to pull off an event that attracts and will appease all ages and types of people. Harris said that when he joined the district, the festival was “basi-


cally a petting zoo for kids.” “We found out that for the same price as the zoo, we could get a circus,” Harris said. “And we have been building on that success now for the third year in a row. Small business owners from all different neighborhoods participated in PHAIR Saturday, like Sherri Hall, creator of blacqskirtcompany. com, a website retailing clothing and accessories who has set up shop at 56 events like the Pumpkin Fall Festival this year. “At least 90 percent of our sales are made at events like these,” Hall said of her online boutique. “People need to see and feel the clothing.” Jamie Wickersham said she gained similar exposure for her custom jewelry company, JW Designs and has been a PHAIR vendor for five years. “I used recycled things – pieces from the ‘40s and ‘50s to make new things, and markets are ideal for people who want pieces like this,” Wickersham said.





Tech event brings together developers The Tech in Motion networking series was held on Oct. 16.


s people are moving from table to table networking with game developers, enjoying some complimentary pizza and drinks and trying out some games, Dj CUTMAN is providing some of his head-bobbing video game music remixes dressed as one of the iconic Mega Man Robot Masters. While every event may not be in this exact format, Tech in Motion is a national networking event series, from the collaboration of IT recruiting firms Jobspring ALBERT HONG Partners and WorkGeeking Out bridge Associates, that brings the local tech community together to meet, learn and socialize. The Oct. 16 Tech in Motion event was co-organized by Emily Strassmann, a marketing specialist at Workbridge and Lindsay Lewis, a marketing specialist at Jobspring and brought together eight local video game developers and companies to show off their projects and offer insight into the game design industry. Strassmann and Lewis knew that this particular industry was a good way to garner interest into the tech community as a whole. This is the first time the pair has organized a networking event featuring video games. “[Games] are nerdy and geeky but it’s also sleek and flashy because when people think about video games, it’s something that you don’t have to be in the tech community to enjoy,” Lewis said. “It was really great to meet more ADVERTISEMENT


people in the gaming industry that an open source toolset for creation you would not have met otherwise,” of audio gameplay, at Philadelphia Game Lab. Strassmann added. “We’re trying to put Philadelphia Local game studios like QuadraTron Games and Island Officials on the map because we have so many intelligent developers and artists that were present at the event. Lewis and Strassmann were bus- just sort of get stolen,” Harrison said. Chris Melissinos, curator and ily walking around the floor networkcreator of The Art of Video Games ing with game developers. “I really think that connecting exhibition at the Smithsonian Ameriwith individuals at events, as well can Art Museum, gave a keynote as before and after, is an extremely speech in the middle of the night that important part of our roles as co-or- touched on how game developers are ganizers of Tech in Motion,” Strass- members of the tech community that are “not making software, it’s an exmann said. “[The developers] really em- pression of our humanity.” This sentiment could not have braced that one-on-one aspect too, with so many people getting to try been more personified in the various works of art that their games and the numerous lohave that handscal game studios on interaction,” worked on, many Lewis said. being made up of In addition to only two to four helping connect people, sometimes aspiring game deeven one. velopers with the Husband-andlocal scene, Tech wife duo Jason in Motion events Lindsay Lewis / event organizer and Sasha Seip also try to bring created their indeawareness to the pendent game stuneed for more talent to stay local in Philadelphia’s dio, Backward pieS, in order to work tech community instead of moving for themselves instead of having to to more common tech cities like Los meet someone else’s demands. Even though Sasha Seip wasn’t allowed to Angeles and San Francisco. This struggle is what Philadel- play video games when she was little, phia Game Lab, a nonprofit that was her creative input along with Jason present at the event, tries to remedy Seip’s years of programming experiin their mission to make the city a ence produced “Let There Be Life,” better place for game developers to a game focusing on building trees in foster talent and improve the game careful consideration of the plant life below. development scene overall. “We have to get people in Phila“We approach professionals in the game industry and we ask them delphia to care about the tech comwhat sort of problems they’re run- munity, not just because they’re in it ning into technologically, then we and super passionate but because it try to solve those problems, whether really is a building block of Philadelit’s multiplayer, backend infrastruc- phia’s success,” Lewis said. ture or getting really high graphics to run on small processors,” said Bran- * albert.hong@temple.edu don Harrison, project lead of Sonic,


Performer and member of the improvisational comedeic group, The N Crowd, Mike Connor, (top) performs. Artistic Director and performer Kristen Schier and BJ Ellis, performer and executive director, perform togeher as a part of The N Crowd. The group is having a special Halloween performance on Oct. 31.

“[Games] are nerdy

and geeky but it’s also sleek and flashy.

Local comedy group puts on Halloween special The N Crowd puts on weekly Friday shows and is hosting a Halloween special this year. VICTORIA MIER THE TEMPLE NEWS Sometimes, dressing up as a sexy dinosaur is just part of the job – at least for comedians at The N Crowd, a short form improv group currently housed at the Actor’s Center on N. 3rd Street it is. In addition to weekly Friday shows, The N Crowd puts on special, seasonal events – like the upcoming Halloween special on Oct. 31. “We usually wear all black, every single show,” said B.J. Ellis, the executive director and regular performer at The N Crowd. “[The Halloween special] is the one time when we don’t.” Instead, the troupe dresses up as a theme chosen by fans on Facebook, Ellis said. This year, it is the Muppets. In prior years, The N Crowd has costumed themselves as superheroes, characters from “The Princess Bride” – and yes, sexy dinosaurs. Mike Connor, another performer in the group, is particularly excited about this year’s theme and his costume. “I made an actual puppet,” Connor said. “It’s going to barf candy onto the crowd.” In addition to sharing laughter, the cast at The N Crowd developed strong relationships with each other over the nearly 10 years the group has run, Ellis said. “We’re at the point that we’re all committed to the group,” Ellis said. “If you aren’t tolerant of other people, you really don’t last long.” Ellis refers to the four original members as his “second family.” Connor, also part of the founding group, thinks that those close friendships have helped create what he called “a solid group of comedians.” “We put together a consistently funny show,” Connor said. “Every Friday night, I’m really proud of what we put on.” Kristen Schier, the artistic director at The N Crowd, said that there is always a moment in each show that she enjoys. Schier remembers one performance when the audience suggested that the troupe do a scene with a prostitute and a pimp. Connor, who was on stage with Schier, “immediately named himself the prostitute,” making Schier the pimp. “He did it so quickly and was right on top of the scene,” Schier said. “It’s great working with people who are really smart and quick like that.” Though sometimes the audience can make The N Crowd’s night a little more difficult, they can also be the best part of the job, Connor said. Connor recounted a time when a 20-person choir came to their show. The choir asked if the comedians would come back into the theater after

the performance. When Connor and his fellow performers followed, they were greeted by a show of gratitude. “This group of 20 people go up on stage and sing an a capella thank you song,” Connor said. “It was great.” Sometimes, the audience can create a lot of tension – something that the troupe has to deal with on the spot. “Someone suggested abortion, and that was a mood killer,” Schier said. “They yelled it out, and we were all like, ‘Oh man,’ but then B.J. [Ellis] takes it and starts talking about how lots of things get aborted – like space missions.” Everything at the troupe was not always as smooth as Ellis’ delivery, however. Ellis said he looks back at The N Crowd’s performance footage from 2005 and cringes a little. “We’ve gotten much better and more refined,” Ellis said. In addition to performing, Ellis became the assistant stage and business manager for The N Crowd’s founder, Ray Reese. When Reese realized he needed to step back, the group reached an ultimatum – either someone else had to pick up the slack, or the group had to take a break for six months, Ellis said. With the help of other members, Ellis reordered the group. The N Crowd

“We put together a consistently

funny show. Every Friday night, I’m really proud of what we put on.

Mike Connor / comedian

was officially organized as a corporation in 2007, the same year Ellis was elected to become the executive director. “It’s kind of like the Prime Minister,” Ellis said. “I’m only there because no one else really wants to do it.” Ellis’ responsibilities, like “remembering passwords, and doing taxes,” certainly are not as much as fun as hitting the stage, but someone has to do it, he said. However, the business side has not gotten in Ellis’ way – he still regularly performs and rehearses with The N Crowd. “A lot of people get confused about rehearsal in improv,” Schier said. “I think of it like basketball: the Sixers still practice, even though they don’t know exactly what’s going to happen during the actual game.” Schier said The N Crowd practices various exercises that involve doing characters and coming up with words and scenes on the spot. But the most important factor is what The N Crowd does right before show time – something that is also rooted in how well the troupe has gotten to know each other over time. “Right before we go on, we need a moment,” Schier said. “We have to fire up our verbal skills and make sure we’re connecting.” * victoria.mier@temple.edu




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A SANCTUARY FOR THE SPOOKY Despite standing at 6-foot-6 inches and 340 pounds, Jim Peiffer describes himself “like a ninja,” when working inside the Fright Factory. The 37-year-old Conshohocken native adopts a wide range of voices for his character “Sluggo the Clown,” including a deep raspy voice that seems fitting for his giant build. But as he sits getting his make-up done in the cast room backstage, he readily breaks out in the unnerving pitch of a little girl that seems more likely to come from the petite make-up artist standing behind him. Like many of the actors who work at haunted attractions, Peiffer said he found out about the gig through social media, in his case Craigslist, and signed up this year to fulfill his long-time love of finding ways to terrify his friends and trickor-treaters. “Nobody would come to my house because I would scare them too much and I would end up with all this candy left over,” Peiffer said. “I came down and I auditioned. I figured my size would help me out.” Peiffer is not alone among haunters in priding himself in his ability to make people uncomfortable. He brags that when customers enter his room at the Fright Factory, they usually cower back or sprint forward, but they hardly stay for long. “You’re never going to find people like this anywhere,” Brandy Speas, 28, said. “None of us care where you come from or what you do. That’s why I do it. You finally feel like you fit in somewhere when you get picked on your whole life.” Speas, a “haunter” in her 16th season, said that as a kid she was “terrified” of Halloween. A New Jersey native, Speas said she first became involved with haunts through the encouragement of her mother. Now she spends the whole year working on costumes, make-up and characters that she shows off at haunts and conventions around the country. “I like to fall asleep to scary movies and I wake up in the middle of the night with the craziest ideas,” Speas said. This season, Speas can be found dressed in black and white make-up as Breezy (short for Betty Carnievil), a demented clown with a tendency to crab walk and pose with customers in line at the Valley of Fear in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. At the Factory, South Phillynative Alicia Domurat, 26, can also be found donning a bright red clown nose for a character she calls “switchblade clown.” Domurat, who describes herself as an artist, applies her own make-up for her character, and said that haunting is more than just scaring people: it is another creative outflow in addition to her daytime hobbies that include drawing, painting and computer illustration. “Halloween is like a way of life for me,” Domurat said as she applied thick layers of black make-up around her eyes discolored with yellow contacts. “Ever since then I said ‘I have to be a part of this. It’s something I’m passionate about.’” In addition to providing an environment for their morbid creativity, haunts are also a place where actors forge relationships that return year after year. Like the many couples that go through the Bates Motel Haunted House in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, during the Halloween season, Jillian Curtis, 23, is able to share the experience with her significant other Patrick Goodman, 24. Both have been working in the haunt for several years, and along with other friends they have made at the haunt, they are able to use their personal relationships to enhance their scare tactics, Curtis said. “If you’re in a scene with somebody else you get to the point where you are able to work with each other and know what they’re doing and where they’re headed,” Curtis said.

DEVELOPING THE CHARACTERS Many actors, performers and make-up artists who spoke to the Temple News said part of the thrill stems from the creativity in developing their own personal characters.


Fright Factory actors like Alicia Domurat (left) and Reuben Dickstein said that for them, Halloween is a way of life. Domurat applies her own makeup for her character “switchblade clown.”

“That’s why I do it. You finally feel like you fit in somewhere when you get picked on your whole life.” Brandy Speas / haunter


Jimmy Kennedy, 21 (top) of Claymony, Delaware, acts in The Fright Factory during the Halloween season.

At the Fright Factory, each of the close to 40 actors is required to think of their own character name and backstory corresponding to which section of the haunt they are assigned to, whether it be a haunted nursery or mad-scientists laboratory. Dave Ferrier, a 44-year-old professional actor who has made appearances on local stages and on national TV shows such as “Veep” and “House of Cards,” has spent the past five seasons working haunts in the Philadelphia area. Through his character Eli, the bloody caretaker of Fright Factory, and as the real-world casting director of the haunt, Ferrier is in charge of helping the actors develop their personas and scare tactics. “It’s such a different type of acting compared to theater or TV or film,” Ferrier said. “It’s so in the customer’s face, it’s also such a short time period. I have between 15 and 60 seconds to seek a customer or guest to create one of the most powerful emotions there is: which is fear.” After becoming involved with acting and community theater in the years following his high school graduation, Matthew Thompson, 30, from Lansdale, said he “got bit by the bug,” after auditioning for the Bates Motel in 2007. “You’re always performing [within the haunt]” Thompson said. “It keeps me creative. It’s a bug, an itch you got to scratch it every once and a while.”

NEW WAVE OF ‘CREEPY’ When Randy Bates began offering Halloween hayrides on his family farm in 1991 – the same year Eastern State Penitentiary opened its doors to its now famous Terror Behind the Walls attraction – the self-described farmer knew of only one other haunted house attraction in the Philadelphia area. Now in its 23rd season, the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride still operate among the cornfields and flocks of sheep and game birds raised on Arasapha Farms in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, but the competition has grown to no less then 13 other haunted houses and attractions in the area. Bates said while the competition has grown in recent years, so has the marketing, which leads to a growing number of thrill-seeking customers every season. With the growing haunted house fan base, Bates said, comes growing expectations from customers who are influenced by high-tech special effects from Hollywood horror films. “Back in the day, you’d jump out from behind a tree and scare somebody,” Bates said. “You’d use rubber masks and black cloaks and things like that. Now with CGI effects, the amazing custom effects on movies, it’s raised the bar on everybody.” Among the numerous influences actors draw upon in developing their characters, famous names from the silver screen feature heavily among them, whether it be childhood favorites like Willy Wonka, or violent murderers including Leatherface. More recently, the popularity of horror has crossed over to television in “American Horror Story,” most recent season of which served as inspiration for Peiffer, who plays Sluggo the Clown at Fright Factory, to develop his character to be more familiar to customers. “I’ve been trying to go for that look with a big grin and creepy teeth,” Peiffer said. Once the Halloween season has passed, most haunts will close their doors until next year, but several of the more involved actors will travel throughout the country during the next year visiting conventions dedicated to fright. Others, like Thompson, the amateur actor at the Bates Motel, will go back to their daily lives, returning again next year to some familiar ghouls, ghosts and goblins, along with some fresh meat. “When you come back every year it is like a big family, you just pick up where you left off,” Thompson said. * john.mortiz@temple.edu T @JCMoritzTU





King Tivoli played at the 2014 Fishtown Bean Hurricane Fundraiser at Norris Estate on Oct. 25. All proceeds from the show went to the St. Francis Inn Ministries.

Skate rink acts as safe haven for community kids SKATE PAGE 9 Lloyd said. “When I finally signed the biggest stack of papers I have ever seen, I got the keys and paid off the loans just two years later.” “People get complacent with God,” Lloyd added. “Sometimes they don’t realize he puts you through tough times so you remember you can call on him whenever you need him.” The strength he vicariously lived through has persevered through more than just financial woes. A broken heater, a failing economy, a drug infested neighborhood and a year in the Vietnam War tested his willpower. Coming back from his stint in the war, he knew that purchasing the rink would be his medium to spread his faith. With that in mind, he started the Gospel Rolling Skating in 1983. The impromptu group was set in place to bring his two passions together. However, the first few attempts

only produced five familiar faces. [p.m.] to 5 [p.m.]?’” Lloyd said. “My “That third night, I had said a little response was ‘Yes they do.’” prayer,” Lloyd said. “I said, ‘Lord. I Other events like the ‘Who can want to do this your skate from 8 to 8?’ way, but I need your marathon helped keep help.’ I came out the the rink financially door and looked down stable and involved the hall and found 20 with the community. people wanting to This was important skate … I said ‘Thank to Lloyd, as this was you Lord.’” also the neighborhood Lloyd said word he lived in. He recalls spread quickly and many nights breaking the club was a hit. up gang fights only Friends and family to come out to busted Roger Lloyd / owner windshields. were constantly filling up the rink to “We used to roll out a red carpet for make this unlikely the kids,” Lloyd said. combination – faith and skating. “They used to fly right through the “I had ministries calling me asking door with their skates on, pop right ‘Why are my kids bringing their skates onto the rink.” to church? Do you really skate from 1 “These are the kinds of things the

“These are the

kinds of things the kids never forget. These are some of their favorite memories.

kids never forget,” he added. “These are some of their favorite memories.” While shaping the childhood of his customers, Lloyd was also busy making his fondest memories. His investment in a stretch limousine not only added a bit of class to his already popular birthday parties, but turned out to be an integral part of developing a working mother’s dream. “I had a young lady, she was 65 years old and all her kids skated here,” Lloyd said. “One of her kids came up to me and said ‘I want to do something nice for my mother but I don’t have a lot of money.’ I looked at him and knew I had the perfect thing for her.” Lloyd set up a reservation at a restaurant and planned on taking the mother and the eight kids out for a night on the town. He recalls waiting at the door when the mother came down the stairs and yelled out, ‘Now where’s

your car at boy?’” The son pointed out the window at the limousine and said, “Mom … here is your car, right here.” “She started crying,” Lloyd said. “This is a woman who worked all her life just trying to make it.” The night moved on with dinner, flowers and a ride around the city. Once home, the mother pointed at Lloyd and told the kids to go inside so she could “talk to this man.” “I remember thinking to myself, ‘Oh Lord, now what?’” Lloyd said. “She came up and hugged me and said, ‘In my 65 years, this is the best thing that has ever happened to me.’” “I’d have given it to her for nothing,” Lloyd said with tears in his eyes. “Cause that … is priceless.” * patrick.mccarthy@temple.edu

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Food and craft vendors set up at 9 a.m., Harris said. This was work that he said wouldn’t get done without the interns. “I get to plan, interact with local businesses and develop relationships with them,” Taytelbaum said, “and then people get to come and enjoy it.” Taytelbaum also got to reach out to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, a group that performed two shows throughout the day from faculty and students. Currently, the district is proposing construction changes to the square as traffic concerns become more of an issue during events that draw many attendees. Next weekend, the district is hosting a return of the day of the dead festival, which has had a 10-year hiatus from the event schedule. “The more we hold these festivals and events, the more people will come and get to experience what South Street has to offer,” Harris said. “South Street is definitely in a renaissance,” Taytelbaum said. * paige.gross1@temple.edu T @By_paigegross

The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts performed two shows throughout the day for the third annual Pumpkin Fall Festival.







Daniel Gracie (far left) is the owner of the Renzo Gracie Philly gym he trains MMA fighters. Lilliana Leonardis, (left top) is a freshman biology major who trains at Renzo almost every night of the week.

MONSTER MASH-UP AT BRIDE The Painted Bride Art Center will hold a live concert on Oct. 30 in celebration of Halloween. The “Monster Mash-Up” will feature two clashing musical acts of different genres to bring forth a night infused with horrific frenzy. “Worldtown Sound System” is an eclectic band which uses typical instruments to compose blaring sound combinations ranging from house and classic funk to techno and Latin rhythms, whereas “Cask & Co.,” a recently formed band, generates booms of the 1950s rock and roll. The concert will commence at 9 p.m. and general admission is $15. –Faissal Darwish

FALL VINTAGE CLOTHING SHOW As fall is in full swing, The Alliance Francaise and CJ Tours have paired up to display vintage clothing on a fashion runway at The Racquet Club. The show will present designs created by Jamie Wei Huang –alongside Siste’s Fall – whose fall 2014 collection was inspired by war refugees’ artistic sides that were abandoned due to their attempts at survival. Tickets to the Nov. 6 show will vary between $30-70 depending on the seating area and time of purchase. Before and after the show, attendees will have the chance to visit CJ’s pop-up shop, as well as munch on food and drink refreshments. They will also be entered into a raffle, giving four attendees the opportunity to win a trip to New York City. –Faissal Darwish

FOUNDATION HOSTS SPACE TASTE As part of its monthly “First Friday,” the Chemical Heritage Foundation will host a night of tasting light foods that astronauts typically eat in outer space. From numerous ice cream flavors to spiced-up noodles, attendees can join Gigi Naglak and Jen Dionisio, the museum’s “favorite kitchen-science duo,” in their attempt at explaining the science behind an astronaut’s diet. The free-admission event will take place on Nov. 7, from 5-8 p.m.


Austin Sampson (above) is from Port Richmond. Sampson often takes a 10-minute bike ride to Renzo Gracie Philly, where he trains in Jiu-Jitsu.

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adelphia and trains in his own gym, Renzo Gracie Philly. Philadelphia has boxing written all over it. From the famous Rocky statue to the legendary Blue Horizon boxing venue just a few blocks away from Main Campus, competitive fighting runs through the city. Recently, MMA gyms are opening, whereas old boxing gyms and venues are closing, like Smokin’ Joe Frazier’s gym in 2008 and Blue Horizon in 2011. “I know most of the people from Philadelphia have a background in boxing because it is a boxing city,” Daniel Gracie said. “The reality is that Philadelphia is a tough city and people love fighting.” MMA is a sport that involves all different forms of martial arts. It includes different styles like judo, wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay-Thai, boxing, karate and kickboxing. The variety of styles in MMA have excited fight fans and helped the sport overshadow boxing in recent years. This is causing historic boxing towns like Philadelphia to

turn toward a new wave of MMA. The sport is continuing to grow and it is hard to tell where it will stop, especially for an observer and practitioner like myself, a fan since 2008 and competitor since 2010. Typically, people think MMA is only one form of competitive fighting, however it requires so many disciplines. “MMA is always evolving,” Daniel Gracie said. “People are starting to realize what they are doing with their bodies; they are starting to take advantage of that.” The Gracie family tree dates back to Helio and Carlos Gracie, who created the art of Gracie JiuJitsu and later helped form Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Daniel Gracie has followed the footsteps of his family members since he can remember. “I started Jiu-Jitsu at 6 years old, but when I started training for real, I was 10,” Daniel Gracie said. Because the sport has evolved, every fighter is looking to be better than the next guy, Daniel Gracie said. “One person starts to learn something new and then everyone wants to learn it,” he said. In just the past few years many MMA schools have opened all over

Philadelphia. Renzo Gracie Philly, has had its doors open for less than two and a half years. “I was hesitant to open my own gym because I didn’t know where the right place was,” Daniel Gracie said. “I realized when I was getting older, it is time to open my school.” The school still has one UFC fighter and two Cage Fury Fighting Championship world champions that consistently train in the gym. Jonavin Webb, the current CFFC welterweight champion, is an instructor at Gracies’ school. “I have an apartment upstairs, so I get to train full time,” Webb said. Webb runs the MMA program at the gym and teaches Jiu-Jitsu classes. He said that from his perspective as a fighter, Philadelphia has transformed into a MMA city. “It’s a fight town,” he said. “Any kind of fighting style you bring here, you are going to get fighters. They breed tough people here.” Webb said that the sport itself requires discipline, as well as mental and physical toughness. “You have to sacrifice a lot of stuff like food, fun and relationships because you have to dedicate yourself 100 percent to this sport,” Webb said.

Although Webb is an accomplished young fighter at Renzo Gracie Philly, he said that the gym is always open to new fighters. “In my school, I try to help however I can for everyone,” Daniel Gracie said. “I try to help professional fighters, I try to help a person who wants to get fit and I try to help anyone who just wants to do Jiu-Jitsu, to learn the art.” Daniel Gracie feels that not all schools offer that to their students. “Whatever the student wants to accomplish, that is what my school does,” Daniel Gracie said. “We build better people.” Daniel Gracie said he has found a passion for martial arts and it is more than a job. “It is not just a hobby for me,” he said. “I don’t do it because it is cool to be a Jiu-Jitsu teacher or cool to be a Jiu-Jitsu fighter. I do it because it is my family business and I been doing it my whole life.” * connor.northrup@temple.edu

–Faissal Darwish

BURGER JOINT OPENS NOVEMBER Jason and Marlo Dilks, owners of the popular pizzeria SliCE, are scheduled to open their newest eatery, P’unk Burger, in East Passyunk in November. P’unk Burger will serve a variety of burgers like beef, soy-free veggie, poultry and salmon. The new eatery will also feature a classic arcade game: Burger Time. The Dilks’ target is to be able to have P’unk Burger, which will have space for about 30 people, in service everyday and offer late night hours on Fridays and Saturdays. –Faissal Darwish


In celebration of Movember - the annual event by which men grow out their mustaches through November in support of prostate cancer - owner of Duke and Winston’s clothing store will host a party on Nov. 5. The ceremony ensues the “Shave the Date” event by which men shave their facial hair on the first day of the month. –Faissal Darwish

TRENDING IN PHILLY What’s happening this week in Philly from news and event coverage, to shows and restaurant openings. Based on Philly area: food, music, stores, etc. For breaking news and daily updates, follow The Temple News on Twitter @TheTempleNews.



@phillymag tweeted on Oct. 25 a link to the best food Instagram posts of the week. Some of the restaurants include Poi Dog Philly, Shake Shack and Rittenhouse’s newest restaurant, Aldine.

@HiddenCityPhila tweeted on Oct. 24 that Dilworth park’s entire 6,900 square feet is now open to the public along with a link to a critique by editor Nathaniel Popkin and his study of architecture around Philadelphia monuments through the years.




@visitphilly tweeted on Oct. 26 a guide to the best places to experience fall foliage in and around the city.

@PH1F tweeted on Oct. 25 “10 days until 200 comedians flood Philly for 5 nights of awesome comedy,” a preview to the 10th annual Philly Improv Festival that will run Nov. 4-8 at Figment Theater.

@WolfForPA tweeted “Happy Birthday” to @HillaryClinton on Oct. 26 and thanked her for stopping in Philadelphia in support of his campaign.




Blockson speaks on Underground Railroad Charles L. Blockson returned to Temple to lecture on Oct. 16. ALBERT HONG The Temple News Charles L. Blockson’s voice was nearly gone after a hectic week of speaking, but that didn’t hamper his enthusiasm in retelling how his ancestor, Jacob Blockson, was one of the documented slaves in William Still’s records of those who ran away through the Underground Railroad into Philadelphia. On Oct. 16, 80-year-old Blockson discussed the role of church hymns that contained secret codes for African-American slaves and allies as part of the Underground Railroad through a presentation in collaboration with the Moonstone Arts Center’s three-month series on the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia. The Underground Railroad is one aspect of African-American history that Blockson has dedicated his life to, compiling the collection in Sulli-

van Hall of more than 500,000 items for the study of the African-American experience. He said he is extremely proud of this history and believes it’s something that needs to be held onto. “[The history] doesn’t belong to me; it doesn’t belong to you,” Blockson said to the audience. “We’re preserving the history to pass on to our students.” Because of laws that banned organized resistance of slavery or the aid of slaves, it was important for African Americans and abolitionists to use secret ways of communicating, Blockson said. Music, a tool that Blockson said Africans were already deeply experienced with, became a form of hidden communication. Blockson told the audience at “The Ballad of the Underground Railroad” that slaves “spoke in riddles, sang in code, to understand the message you had to be told; those who knew the secret, never to tell, the secret message of the freedom train bell.” Dr. Diane D. Turner, curator of the Blockson Collection and three-time graduate of Temple, focuses on music in her studies and teachings as a vital part to the re-telling of the African experi-

ence. “The music becomes a form of cultural resistance to slavery,” Turner said. “I was able to use the music to talk about the history and also to tell the true function of the music.” A hymn like “Highway to Heaven” was used to communicate the free passage to Canada and “Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass” signified that an opportunity to escape could not be missed. Blockson said he wished more students had attended the event, given the historic value the Underground Railroad has on American history as a whole. “The Underground Railroad seems to excite the imaginations of most Americans from the ages of nine to 90, because it has so much of our history, geography and science,” Blockson said. Sakiel Harrison initially came to the library for some research, but after listening in, he said he was grateful to have learned more about the history. “It just shows how under a time of destruction and turmoil, people could rise and be innovative and actually do things to uplift themselves,” the sophomore psychology and African American

Studies double major said. “After taking up [African American Studies], my perspective on life has completely changed,” Harrison added. I’m just knowing more about my culture knowing more about my history.” “It’s almost phenomenal that under this type of terrorism, [African Americans] were able to create culture,” Turner said. Although Blockson said he has yet to see President Theobald visit his collection, the speaker hopes the Nov. 11 opening of the honoring Samuel L. Evans will draw his attendance, as well as more students. “[President Theobald’s] always welcome,” Blockson said. “I’m looking forward to the day I can shake his hand.” “African-American history is American history, and African history is world history, so it’s for everyone,” Turner said. * albert.hong@temple.edu



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RAIR, Recycled Artist in Residency, used materials from a junkyard to produce its annual Holiday Card for Revolution Recovery, through which the group showcases giant holiday decorations.

In art, rethinking recycled materials RAIR uses recycled materials to produce various works of art. VINCE BELLINO The Temple News The Student Center's brand new eco-friendly trash system has students rethinking where to put their waste. But one organization wants students to turn it into artwork. Recycled Artist in Residency aims to change people's perspectives of wastefulness. “Is it really waste if you can make art out of it?” said Kathleen Grady, director of the Office of Sustainability at Temple. RAIR held a tour of their Northeast Philadelphia facility for Temple students on Oct. 24. Through such

tours, the organization hopes it will challenge Temple students’ views of waste. RAIR is an offshoot of Revolution Recovery, an organization dedicated to sustainability through recycling in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. The organization helps to recycle for businesses, commercial operations and homeowners, with a mission statement “to keep materials out of landfills,” as stated on their website. The statement also promises “to create awareness about sustainability issues through art and design” and gives artists the opportunity to apply for residency, which offers them a workspace and “waste” materials to work with for their projects. Residents come from various backgrounds. All artists are invited to apply and chosen through an annual application processes. “A lot of our artists are sculptors,

but [RAIR] isn’t exclusive to sculptors,” Fern Gookin, RAIR’s co-founder said. “We’ve had photographers, printmakers, musicians, theater – people that are all interested in having a residency at RAIR.” “It’s a variety of artistic disciplines, and they aren’t necessarily environmental artists,” Gookin added. Students from any major were welcome on the tour, but Grady said the event was planned specifically with Tyler students in mind. “[For] Tyler students, we really want to encourage them to think about ‘How do you use the materials you use to create art, and is this an alternative way to think about things?’” Grady said. Temple uses Revolution Recovery, RAIR’s parent organization, to recycle its construction waste, so Grady said the tour is a good way for students to familiarize themselves with addi-

tional green organizations citywide. “We’re giving people an opportunity to see what professionals in the field are using,” said Katy Ament, senior environmental studies major and outreach assistant for the Office of Sustainability. “We always like to bring our students off campus to just see that sustainability isn’t just something that’s happening at Temple or just happening in the policy side at the city level – that it’s happening at the grassroots level,” Grady added. Gookin believes RAIR has an impact on the artists it works with over time. “More often than not, environmentalism isn’t the forefront of their work,” Gookin said. However, Gookin said many students “note that it was very powerful just to be in the place, to be at the recycling center. It changes the way they

interact with waste in their lives, not just when they’ve been here but in their lives as well.” The four program areas of RAIR are the residency program, education and awareness, material sourcing and exhibitions. There are currently eight artists with residency at RAIR for 2014. Artists who have already completed residencies have worked with various mediums and styles, including printmaking, with instruments made of waste. Temple’s tour of RAIR is part of the Office of Sustainability’s ongoing effort to involve students in sustainability and is an attempt to show how sustainability can begin at the “grassroots level” and continue to have an impact in the world outside of Temple, organizers said. * vince.bellino@temple.edu

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Larason compared the hit of the paintball to a snap of a rubber band. “It depends on how close you get shot, but most of the time it doesn’t really hurt,” Larason said. The paintball club has existed since the 2005-06 season. The team is a Class A team in the NCPA, which Coady said is equivalent to being Division I in the NCAA. The Owls placed third in the 2014 season. The team practices at Top Gun Paintball, in Cream Ridge, New Jersey, about an hour from Main Campus. The university does not fund the group and players must pay for all equipment and accommodations, like jerseys, travel, hotels and the paintball guns. Coady said paintball equipment isn’t cheap. Basic equipment includes a gun, an air tank, which pushes the paintballs forward through the gun, a hopper, which feeds the paintballs into the gun, and a mask, which Coady said is most important. Paintball guns alone can cost anything between $150-2,000. Larason has high hopes for this season. “I want a national championship,” the senior said proudly. Even though he is planning on graduating at the end of the fall semester, Larason said he plans to participate in the club until the end of the school year and plans to come back next year as a coach. Coady feels similarly. “I’d love to keep playing after I graduate,” Coady said. “It really all depends if I have enough money to keep playing or have the time to keep playing. It’s a time commitment between practices and tournaments.” “Most of the time it’s coming out of your pocket unless you're a pro player,” Larason said.

Michael Abramowitz is a 2010 information science and technology alumnus and is a founder of paintball club. “The process to start with the NCAA was simple, all we really needed to do was get five guys who could verify that they were full time students to play in tournaments,” Abramowitz said. “One of the tougher aspects was establishing ourselves correctly with the university as a campus recreation sport club. For the first few years we were a student organization under student activities.” Now that the team is entering its eighth season, Abramowitz reflects on the club’s first season, when players earned just a 55th-place ranking in Class AA. “This is a great moment for the group, but there are many things that go unnoticed throughout the club that personally make me even more proud as a founder,” Abramowitz said. “The way the members of the team grow personally within this club is what really makes me smile.” Larason said members the university's paintball team see themselves as part of an “amazing dysfunctional family.” “Everybody individually has their good days and bad days,” Larason added. Abramowitz believes the skills members of paintball club learn will benefit them later in life. “I know personally I wouldn't be where I am today without the experiences and lessons I learned from my time with the Temple University Paintball Club.” Temple’s paintball team played its first event of the 2015 season on Oct. 26. The squad defeated Connecticut and Northwestern, but fell to West Point. * jane.babian@temple.edu

Nick Frain, a member of Temple’s paintball club, lifts his paintball gun.

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AROUND CAMPUS H. WAYNE SNIDER LECTURE SERIES CONTINUES The H. Wayne Snider Distinguished Guest Lecturer series continues on Oct. 29 at noon with Michael Archer. The series provides students the opportunity to listen to some of the top professionals in risk management, insurance and actuarial science industries. Archer is the leader of the Client Solutions Group for Towers Watson’s North American retirement practice. Archer will be discussing his experiences in the workplace and value skills students should develop for success in the field. The lecture is sponsored by the Sigma Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma and will be held in Alter Hall Auditorium A031. The lecture is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith



Christine Donato (left) and Sandy Ferlanie pose with their 6-year-old son, Henry. The couple wed earlier this month, 18 years after they met.

Temple’s Information Security staff will host an information booth on Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Staff will be available to answer questions about computer security topics and give information about phishing, social networking and tips to protect personal information online. There will be activities and giveaways for attendees. The booth will be located in Mitten Hall during the HR Finance Fair and is open to all. -Jessica Smith

TYLER HOSTS HALLOWEEN COSTUME-MAKING EVENT Tyler Student Life is sponsoring a free “Make Your Own Halloween Costume” event on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be supplies to make a mask or paint faces in the Halloween spirit. This event will serve as a prelude to the Center for the Arts Dean’s Student Advisory Committee’s Ball benefitting the LGBTQ Advocacy Scholarship on Thursday night at 6 p.m. The costume event is open to all students and will take place in the Tyler Lobby. -Jessica Smith


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


Couple fights for marriage rights MARRIAGE PAGE 1 challenged the ban. The Pennsylvania natives have been together since 1996 and originally planned to marry in another state but said a friend talked them into fighting for their rights in Pennsylvania. Donato and Ferlanie were both born in suburban towns outside Philadelphia. Although they both attended Temple at the same time, Ferlanie, a 1990 radio television film graduate, and Donato, a 1991 nursing graduate, said they never crossed paths. It was in the late ‘90s through a mutual friend that they were able to develop a friendship. Donato said they had a solid year of “palling around” before they had their first date – it was Aug. 17, 1996, and the air conditioner broke in the Italian restaurant where they met. “The first date you’re trying to play it cool, and we were just dripping in sweat,” Ferlanie said. Eighteen years and a 6-year-old son later, Ferlanie and Donato married Oct. 3. If it weren’t for their and 23 other plaintiffs’ efforts, marriage in Pennsylvania wouldn’t have then been possible. They were familiar with the Whitewood case because they were following the case of Edie Windsor, an 85-year-old woman who fought against the Defense of Marriage Act and won in 2013. A friend of the couple’s, Helen Casale, is a lawyer with the Hangley

Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller Firm, which was working closely with the American Civil Liberties Union at the time. “She had mentioned that the ACLU and another firm got together to announce, not too long after the Windsor case, that they were suing the state of [Pennsylvania],” Donato said. For Ferlanie, the timing of the case couldn’t have been better. After she was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, she underwent extensive surgery and chemotherapy, but was able to return to work in July 2013, around the same time the ACLU announced the Whitewood case. “It gave me a different perspective, Ferlanie said. “I wanted to put my name on something – to leave my mark.” The couple got involved with the case in October. Donato considers herself a “true optimist” and said she had high hopes, but the pair still feared disappointment. “You don’t want to plan [the wedding] and not have it legally recognized,” Ferlanie said. On May 20, Ferlanie and Donato were driving on I-95 on their way to drink champagne and listen for the case decision with lawyers in City Hall. The couple was listening to the radio when the decision was announced. “We were near the airport and we were like ‘No KYW [radio], don’t tell us!’” Ferlanie said.

Ten minutes later, they were in Center City celebrating with the lawyers and plaintiffs from the Philadelphia area. Donato said the rally in Center City after the decision was explosive. Each of the local plaintiffs spoke publicly, but Donato said she wanted to “blow her speech out of the water.” As part of the only unmarried couple in the case, Donato took the speech as a moment to showcase what she had defeated. “[Donato] is very eloquent, and she ended her [speech] with ‘Mr. and Mrs. Ferlanie, may I have your daughters hand in marriage?’” Ferlanie said. A friend in the audience told the couple that Christine was the best speaker at the rally and that the crowd went “crazy.” “We knew that once the court and people of Pennsylvania got to know ... there was no way that Pennsylvania could continue to treat their relationship as second-class,” said Molly Tack-Hooper, an ACLU staff attorney involved with the decision. “With great plaintiffs like them, it was only a matter of time until Pennsylvania became a freedom-tomarry state,” Tack-Hooper added. Two days after the decision, Donato was on the phone with the rector of the Trinity Episcopal church of Swarthmore. Their friends and family were expecting them to get married immediately. “It felt anti-climactic almost, to

just go to the courthouse,” Ferlanie said. With the help of a wedding planner, they put together the day of their dreams in five months. The wedding was held at a barn in Skippack, Pennsylvania that was renovated with shining hardwood floors and beams, which Ferlanie said was done in their taste. They also hired a 12-piece orchestra that “played everything from Sinatra to Snoop Dogg.” With around 175 people in attendance, it was an emotional day the couple never wanted to end. Donato and Ferlanie retreated to a local hotel in the Skippack area and sat by the lobby’s fireplace until 4:30 a.m., they said. “People were like, ‘Aren’t you tired of smiling?’ because I was smiling the whole day and it wasn’t even an effort,” Ferlanie said. “The entire day felt like a movie scene.” After two years, Ferlanie and Donato said they don’t feel too different. They live in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where they play on a women’s soccer club throughout the year. Their son Henry, who Ferlanie had in 2008 after seeing a fertility specialist, attends school at Swarthmore Rutledge, where he said his classmates describe having two moms as “cool.” * emily.scott@temple.edu

Campus Recreation is sponsoring a Halloween costume party and rock-climbing event on Thursday night for All Hallows Eve. There will be jack-o’-lanterns, Ichabod Crane and prizes awarded for the best costumes. The party will start at 6 p.m. at the Pearson McGonigle Halls Climbing Wall. The event is free and open to all. No pre-registration is required, but space is limited. -Jessica Smith

‘NIGHTMARE ON BROAD STREET’ Main Campus Program Board has organized a haunted house in Room 200 of the Howard Gittis Student Center. On Thursday at 6 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to walk through the haunted house, make their own trick or treat bags, experience a tarot card reading and more. The event is free with a TUid and is open to all students, faculty and staff. -Jessica Smith

IMAGINING AND REIMAGINING The “Imagining and Re-imagining Diversity” symposium will run on Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 702 of the MBA Commons in Alter Hall. The symposium is organized to help develop clear action items to define diversity at Temple and ways to implement strategies to expand numbers and improve the work climate for diverse faculty, students and staff. This event is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith

CAMPUS RECREATION HOLDS HALLOWEEN NET NIGHT As part of Campus Recreation’s Net Night, students can play volleyball, badminton and table tennis from 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the third floor recreation courts of Pearson and McGonigle Halls. No registration is necessary. -Claire Sasko





Walker ‘tweaks’ ankle in conference loss OWLS LOSE SECOND STRAIGHT CONFERENCE MATCHUP

The Owls fell to Central Florida 34-14 Saturday night, marking their second straight conference loss. Sophomore quarterback P.J. Walker was taken out of the game before the second offensive series of the third quarter, and did not return to action until the fourth quarter. According to a report by Owlscoop.com, coach Matt Rhule said postgame that he brought Walker out of the game because he had “tweaked” his ankle in the first quarter. Walker, who has been bothered by ankle trouble this fall, was never meant to be pulled from the game for good, Rhule said. After he was re-inserted into the game with 11 minutes, 51 seconds remaining on the game clock, the Owls failed to capitalize on a Central Florida fumble off a punt return at the Knights’ 15-yard line, capturing the overarching story. Against the Knights (5-2, 3-0 The American), the Owls’ offense compiled 182 total yards. Central Florida amassed 466 yards of offense, 336 of which came through the air, and won the first-down count, 27-11. From the outset, like Temple’s 31-10 loss to the University of Houston last Friday, UCF dominated play. The Knights rolled to a 17-0 lead after the first quarter, helped in part by quarterback Justin Holman, who threw for 78 yards and a passing score in the opening period. Holman struck for 336 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes after his own benching last weekend in the Knights’ 20-13 defeat of Tulane University. A three-yard touchdown pass from Walker to sophomore Romond Deloatch put Temple (4-3, 2-2 The American) on the board early in the second quarter. The Owls are set to host No. 18 East Carolina next Saturday at noon. The Pirates (6-1, 3-0 The

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The other benefactor of Ganes’ strategy was sophomore middle blocker Kirsten Overton, who led the team in hitting percentage at 45.8 percent. “There are only a few middles in this conference that can stop [Overton].” Ganes said. “She has an advantage physically, and the other advantage she has is she has a very good setter.” “Every time I get set I’m looking to put a ball down,” Overton said of her performance. “I’m not trying to make it a long play, I’m trying to get a kill right away and I’m trying to win the game.” Junior Sandra Sydlik posted 60 assists, 21 of which came during a long third set in which the Owls eventually dropped. Davis led the team with 11 kills in the set, while Overton added four. “We both wanted the ball on that set,” Overton said. The Owls will be back on the road, when they face Memphis on Friday and Cincinnati on Sunday. -Aaron Carney Senior receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick carries the ball against Connecticut Sept. 27.

American) defeated Connecticut 31-21 last Thursday. -Andrew Parent



The volleyball team held its “Dig Pink” match last Friday in its American Athletic Conference matchup against Southern Methodist. Donations in the game went toward the Dig Pink campaign. Temple’s faction of the national Side-Out Foundation, which raises breast cancer research funding through high school and collegiate volleyball games and other events. Fans were encouraged to wear pink attire for


“It was more than just a team,” DiPietro said. “If you talk to any of the girls, they will tell you that they’re all best friends. That was DiPietro said. “I didn’t hear any talk amongst the thing that made it even worse, was the the other coaches that they were going to be fact that our kids were all best friends. They cut, or if an administrator slipped and said, weren’t just teammates, they hung out together ‘Hey, you know there may be some cuts com- all the time, and we had kids from all over the ing.’ We didn’t know anything about it until it country.” happened.” DiPietro added that if the team’s chemisThe cuts were a move that still leave DiPi- try and dynamic wasn’t as good as it was, the etro puzzled. cuts may not have stung as badly. But heading Prior to its last season, the team had im- into the team’s final season, chemistry could proved its win total every year for the last five only carry the team so far. years, setting a new single-seaThe team finished son wins record in 2013 with 32. with a 15-30 record, a The team also made imresult that DiPietro saw provements to its stadium at Amcoming from the first bler Campus in 2011 and 2012, tournament at Tennesadding a press box, new dugsee State. outs and seating, windscreens “You could just and netting behind home plate, tell body languagewhich was all afforded through wise, they had a hard fundraising, DiPietro said. time playing for the As far as the commute to name on the front of Ambler, DiPietro said that was their shirt,” he said. never a problem for his team. DiPietro received Joe DiPietro / former softball coach His team travelled often anya phone call from way, he said. Hampton toward the “It’s funny, because I reend of the summer. Mimember part of the reasoning chael Pelegrino, who for the cuts was student-athlete welfare,” DiPi- served as the Pirates’ interim head coach last etro said. “About being on a bus and going out season, had him down as one of his references. there, and going on a bus all the way back and He thought it was a call for a recommenhow long it took and all this other stuff. But the dation to keep Pelegrino as coach. But to his thing that bothered me with that was no one surprise, it was a job offer. asked the teams that were involved. No one There was some initial hesitance, DiPietro sat down with the teams and said, ‘Look, how said. A resident of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, much of a struggle is this for you?’” he also had an offer to be an assistant coach at Following the cuts, the university’s ath- St. John’s in New York, which would have alletic administration has made plans to relocate lowed him to be closer to his family. all teams currently situated at Ambler Campus DiPietro ultimately opted for the Virginia closer to Main Campus, announcing William school, and another shot at a head coaching Penn as the new home for the soccer teams in job. addition to track & field. When the players returned from winter * nick.tricome@temple.edu break, DiPietro saw a shaken bunch. In 12 T @itssnick215 years as a collegiate head coach, he said he had never seen a team as close as the program’s last

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the contest, in which the Owls edged SMU, 3-2, in an overtime conference win, their fourth straight . -Andrew Parent


Sophomore outside hitter Tyler Davis had a team-high 26 kills in the Owls’ 3-1 victory against Tulsa Sunday. “All I was thinking was put the ball away whatever it took,” said Davis, who saw 68 of the team’s 188 total hit attempts. “I thought she had a great performance on offense,” coach Bakeer Ganes said. “We wanted to run our middles a lot in transition, because we felt we had an advantage there over Tulsa. We wanted to keep them guessing.”


Temple dropped a 3-0 contest against Connecticut Sunday, clinching the eighth seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament. After an unblemished 7-0 start to the season, and a 3-2-1 conference record as of Oct. 12, the team dropped its last three regular-season conference matchups en route to finishing 10-7-1 overall and 3-5-1 in conference play. The team, competing in its second play-in game in as many seasons in the conference, will face ninth-seeded Southern Methodist in a rematch of last year’s 1-0 loss to SMU in a play-in. on Friday. The Mustangs dropped their last game of the regular season in a 4-1 loss to Memphis. -Andrew Parent

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However, a few days after Temple’s loss, Connecticut was able to take down UCF, handing the Knights their first conference loss of the season. O’Connor said the Huskies laid out a formula for his team and the rest of the conference to help expose the Knights. “UConn now gave us all a kind of game plan,” O’Connor JENNY KERRIGAN TTN said. “We got close to them on Freshman forward Gabriella McKeown races for the ball. Thursday and I think then UConn kind of built on what we were ist on Friday in a play-in game, Sunday, that’s the only thing that doing with them on Thursday a matchup sealed by Temple’s scares me.” and they took their chances.” Though the Owls wound up 3-0 loss to Connecticut this past “It gives everyone encour- Sunday. The game will be a re- in the same position in the touragement come playoff time,” match of last year’s play in, as ney bracket as last year, this outO’Connor added. “It’s going to the Owls fell to SMU in the first look differs slightly from a year be wide open and we all have a round a year ago. ago. The Owls saw an early exit chance.” Before the regular season last year in a 3-0 loss to SMU. Despite its recent signs of concluded, the team expressed The Mustangs topped Temvulnerability, UCF is one of two its desire to avoid a play-in ple 1-0 in a regular-season battle particularly schools game, as on Oct. 9 in Dallas, but the Owls the Owls said they UP NEXT c o n f e r e n c e forced a wide 15-3 advantage in would like to avoid Owls vs. Houston games are shots. playing early in the Oct. 31 Senior defender Alyssa played on tournament. T h u r s d a y s Kirk said the Owls are in a difCentral Florida and Mem- and Sundays, giving teams two ferent spot from a mental standphis, the two programs sitting days of rest in between contests. point this year heading into the atop the conference standings, The winner of Friday’s game postseason. Kirk’s squad will both possess fast players up will have to come back on one face the Mustangs in a 4:30 p.m. front that could give Temple’s day of rest and play Sunday. kickoff on Friday. defensive unit issues if the team “Last year I definitely just Before he found out where advances past the first round. Temple ended up in the final wanted to try to stay in the “Memphis and UCF are the standings, O’Connor said hav- game and [I] remember hoping two teams that I don’t want to ing less time to recover will we would get lucky,” Kirk said. meet,” O’Connor said. “Every- make it more difficult for his “This year it’s just a different body else — it’s crazy — every- team to make a run in the tour- mindset knowing that we can body else I’m OK with playing. nament. beat any team that we’re pinned Memphis and UCF have that “The only thing that scares against.” special speed up top, and that me is just the lack of depth right speed up top gives us problems.” now,” O’Connor said. “With so * owen.mccue@temple.edu As the eighth seed in the many injuries, having to play T @Owen_McCue tournament, the Owls will face Friday and then go back out ninth-seeded Southern Method-




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Owls falter, lose five straight

nity has been a long time coming. Last year, the Wyomissing, Pennsylvania native was ready to play golf at Delaware, but decided against it. He took MICHAEL GUISE the year off and went down to The Temple News Florida to practice at The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. After playing a practice “It helped me become a round with freshman Mark Far- better player,” Thornton said. ley, freshman Evan Thornton “When I went there, I was texted assistant coach Devin 6-foot-2 [inches], 155 [pounds] Bibeau with his thoughts. and now I’m 6-foot-2, 182 “He is the guy,” Thornton [pounds].” wrote of Farley. For the two, the transition Following the team’s first into the starting lineup was two tournaments, coach Brian made easier by their team’s Quinn was in search of a new experience. Matthews, along golfer to fill in the No. 5 spot. with seniors Pat Ross and Matt He gave the walk-on a chance, Teesdale all have at least three and it has since paid dividends. years of collegiate golf experiSince being inserted into ence and have acted as mentors the starting lineup, Farley has to the freshmen. placed an average 40th among “I can’t imagine not having tournament competition and guys like that to look out for me highlighted his fall season and to just befriend me and rewhen he finished in an eighth- ally take me under their wing,” place tie at the Temple Invita- Farley said. tional Oct. 11-12. While working with the “Mark Farley is very un- two, Quinn has noticed a spetapped,” Quinn said. “He has cial quality in the two that he a ton of ability, a ton of talent said can help them in will help and very raw … once he really them develop into golfers than learns how to swing the golf can help them immediately and club, he is going to be unbeliev- even more in the future. able.” “What you really want to When Farley joined the look at is the fearlessness in team, he said he didn’t expect them and both of these kids are to see much playing time off fearless,” Quinn said. “They are the bat. not afraid to fail and that is the “I didn’t think in my first greatest gift you could have.” semester I would see much Matthews has seen the playing time, if any,” Farley same qualities in the pair. said. “There might be other Even his teammates said freshmen in the country, but not they didn’t expect these kids,” UP NEXT this much early Matthews success from the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic said. “They Nov. 2 freshman. have a win“When we ning, fightcame in, we didn’t even think ing, good personality.” Mark would crack the Top 5 With one tournament left and now he is the low man for before the team’s season ends us when we needed a low man,” until the spring, Thornton Thornton said. knows he has plenty to work The pair of Farley and on. Outside of his Temple InviThornton, who has an average tational result, he has two finfinish of 46th place and a high ishes outside the Top 50. finish of 13th, has brought staWith one tournament left bility to the team’s lineup. At before the team concludes its the Temple Invitational, Thorn- fall season, Thornton knows he ton and Farley both finished has plenty to work on in order in the Top 15 to help the team to keep his place in the Top 5. capture their first tournament “[Quinn] wants me to be championship since 2013. Last shooting lower scores,” Thornseason alone, Temple did not ton said. “He said, ‘I know you have its fourth or fifth man fin- are a freshman … you need to ish any higher than 25th place. start shooting lower scores.’” “They have done more than their job,” Matthews said. * michael.guise@temple.edu “We weren’t expecting that to T @MikeG2511 happen, so we are getting more out of them than we were expecting.” For Thornton, this opportu-

Brian Quinn has relied heavily on a pair of newcomers.

The squad has lost five straight games, but hopes to rebound in the tournament. MATTHEW COCKAYNE The Temple News David MacWilliams gripped his knees and stared at the ground in disbelief after he saw the ball hit twine. Tulsa’s game-winning goal in the 103rd minute of the match on Saturday at Ambler Campus sent Temple’s losing streak to five games and increased its winless streak to seven games. The Owls’ last win was against the University of Cincinnati on Sept. 27. MacWilliams was at a loss for words when asked about what the team can take from the 2-1 overtime defeat. “I don’t know what we can take from this loss,” MacWilliams said. “I mean, we keep asking ourselves that same question.” Saturday’s game marked the seventh overtime game for the Owls. They have tied two of those games, and have won none of them. MacWilliams pointed to a lack of confidence and maturity as reason for the Owls’ demise in overtime matches. “I think we can play with anybody, but we’re lacking a bit of confidence and maturity right now,” MacWilliams said. “We have been in seven overtime games this year and we’re very young, so it shows.” Temple’s performance on Saturday helped make for a closer game compared to its recent contests. The Owls led for the majority of the game Saturday against the second-place team in the American Athletic Conference, while also keeping pace in terms of shots on goal, finishing with eight compared to Tulsa’s 10. Sophomore defender Robert Sagel said he saw improvement in Saturday’s defeat. “They’re a good team and we showed improvement,” Sagel said. “It’s been a tough year, but we have to continue to learn and be better next time.” The Owls (2-12-2, 1-5-1 The American) have one more

Golf team looks to young talent


Freshmen midfielder Felipe Liborio slides during the team’s game against La Salle Sept. 13.

game to improve their spot in defense can translate to more the standings before the confer- offense.” The American’s conference ence tournament starts Nov. 8. After Central Florida’s win on tournament is single-eliminaSaturday, Temple fell into a tie tion with a quarterfinal match, a for last place in the conference semifinal match and a champiwith Cincinnati, the only team onship. The quarterfinals round is played at the home the Owls UP NEXT field of the team with h a v e the higher seed in beaten Owls at Memphis the matchup, while thus far Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. the seminal and final in The rounds this year will American. be played in Storrs, S e Connecticut. nior goalAfter Saturday’s ie Dan game, several players Scheck said they are confifocused dent they can make on defense some noise in the when talkRobert Sagel / goalie tournament. ing about “The game i s s u e s shows that we can his team compete with anyone in this needs to fix. “I think we have to get a conference,” Scheck said. “Tullittle more disciplined and tight- sa’s one of the top teams in our er defensively,” Scheck said. conference right now, and, al“Then hopefully picking up our though we have been struggling

“We have had a

tough season. But we have improved all year.

all season long, we played well against them. We can play with anyone.” Sagel agreed with his teammate that his team is going to be a tough out come tournament time. “We’re feeling good about it,” Sagel said. “We have had a real tough season, but we have improved all year. We’ve just gotten real unlucky toward the end of games. I know other teams don’t want to play us. We’re a tough matchup for anyone in the conference.” Sagel laid out the mindset the team needs in order to scrape a successful tournament. “It’s do or die,” Sagel said. “For us, it’s our last chance and it’s win or go home. The pressure’s on and we have to bring it.” * matthew.cockayne@temple.edu

tennis spotlight | anutej yadiki

Yadiki embraces new home in America India native Anutej Yadiki joined the men’s tennis team with hopes of one day competing for India. DALTON BALTHASER The Temple News The city of Hyderabad, India sits roughly 8,130 miles away from Philadelphia. For Anutej Yadiki, the trip might as well be to Mars. “It is like traveling to a different planet here,” Yadiki, a freshman, said. His hometown of Hyderabad ranks as the fourth-most populous city in India. He likes it “because of the friendly people.” Yadiki said he puts his family members before all else. The enthusiasm of his mother is a pivotal reason he is playing collegiate tennis in a foreign country, he said. “My family has always supported me, they were the ones who told me about college tennis,” Yadiki said. “Up until that point I had no idea about college tennis. … Once I was told about that I started to work towards my goal of playing [NCAA] Division I tennis.” Through the enthusiasm of his family and his own passion for the game, Yadiki said he’s en-

visioning greater aspirations in tennis, goals that extend beyond the collegiate ranks. “I would love to play for my country,” Yadiki said. “For my singles career, I would like to be in the Top 100 of the Association of Tennis Professionals rankings. With that, I will be able to play in the Olympics.” After coach Steve Mauro saw Yadiki’s tennis film, he said he knew the freshman would be a valuable asset to his team. “After watching his video, I saw that he could be a good player,” Mauro said. “He had some decent finishes in the International Tennis Federation tournaments. … I liked the fact that he is a good student and I thought he would be a good addition to the team.” Anticipating the transition would be hard for the international student, Mauro advised Yadiki to keep his priorities in line, particularly his work in the classroom. “I told [Yadiki] to focus on his studies,” Mauro said. “At this point that is his main priority, while he is getting acclimated with the style of play and the conditioning we do as a team.” Yadiki has also made an impression on his teammates, gaining appreciation from the team’s lone senior, Hernan Vasconez. “[Yadiki] works extremely hard,” Vasconez said. “At first, I think he was a little shocked with

how we work here, especially with conditioning, but I think he is doing so much better now.” Vasconez attributed Yadiki as the most quiet of the team’s new additions, noting the language barrier as the primary reason. “[Anutej] was the shyest one out of the new players,” Vasconez said. “I think it was mainly because the other two were Americans. … The language barrier always plays a key role for international athletes.” With 80 percent of the team’s players originating from outside of the U.S., Vasconez said this factor is something that the international athletes can use as a way to bond with each other. “The teams that I have always played on were made up of international players,” Vasconez said. “I have connected with Anutej because we are international players and it is something the majority of the team shares as well.” When it comes to his future endeavors after leaving Temple, Yadiki is adamant on his desired endgame – a professional career. “After I graduate from Temple with a good GPA and attain my mechanical engineering degree, I want to play tennis long after college,” Yadiki said. “I would like to play singles into my 30s and doubles into my 40s, as long as my body can carry me on the court.” Compared to education in the United States,

India has a different structure for athletics and education, one that helped spur Yadiki’s move to the states. “In India, the system of education is tough,” Yadiki said. “If you study [engineering], for example, it is almost impossible to play tennis. The times are fixed and there is no flexibility within the system to play tennis. You have college from eight in the morning till four in the afternoon, and with large amounts of homework it is difficult to play tennis.” Yadiki knew what he was getting into when he made the trip across the globe, but after a while, he said he is starting to feel comfortable. “The U.S. is completely different from India,” Yadiki said. “Especially Temple, because it is one of the most diverse colleges I have seen. I like the campus. It is large, spacious and the housing on campus itself is safe.” “It’s taking a little while to get used to America,” Yadiki added. “I feel comfortable here at Temple and it is beginning to feel like home already.” * dalton.balthaser@temple.edu



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Brian Perkins said finding individuals who can maintain the weight requirement all season long is difficult. That was the case during Fall 2013 when the crew team could not find enough coxswains. During that time, Funck, who was friends with a few of the rowers and had gone to some of the races including the Dad Vail Regatta in Spring 2013, would joke with a few friends about being a coxswain on the men’s team. One of the rowers overheard the banter and told her about the team’s actual need for a coxswain. At first, Funck, who is from the small town just outside of Hershey called Annville, was hesitant. “One of my friend said, ‘Seriously, would you like to be a coxswain?’ And I was like ‘No, I don’t know anything about rowing.’ He said, ‘No, seriously, we need a coxswain’ and he gave me the coach’s number.” It was the following week, however, when Funck saw another rower who convinced her of the team’s need for a coxswain, that she emailed the coach. But for Funck, it wasn’t easy to get on the team. Before Funck could actually get in a boat and row with the team, she had to meet with Senior Associate Athletic Director Kristen Foley, the team’s administrator. Funck said she had to meet with Foley to ensure she had the appropriate intentions. “I had to meet with her just to make sure I wasn’t going to cause any issue,” Funck said. “That I wasn’t going to date any of the rowers or anything like that.” Funck wasn’t the only one who was spoken to prior to her joining the team. Perkins, along with head coach Gavin White, sat down with the team prior to her joining the squad. “We told the guys that they have to act like gentlemen,” Perkins said. “They are representing the university, as all athletes do. So they shouldn’t just be gentlemen on the river when they are dealing with other crews out there, they should be gentlemen to each other and to their teammates because something that might be funny with a group of guys might not be funny in mixed company. So putting that in their minds made everything a little better.” With the approval of Foley and the athletic administration, Funck was able to join the men’s crew team for the Spring 2014 season as a novice. This season, Wolanski transferred to the men’s team from the women’s side with less trouble, only needing approval from the women’s team. After rowing on the women’s team for the past two seasons, Wolanski, who is an environmental science major, said she made the switch because of the team’s morning practice schedule and needing to devote more time to academics in the afternoon. While most of the coxswains have had high school experience, Funck has only rowed for 10 months. Nevertheless, her teammates have noticed her improvement in the sport. Junior Hunter Devine said Funck didn’t have much understanding of rowing as a first-year rower, but she relied on the rowers, coaches and coxswains to learn how she could get better. With a boat of up to eight guys on the river looking for direction, Funck said her biggest improvement is her level of authority. “I am not timid,” Funck said. “I am not afraid to say, ‘Guys, put your hands on the [oar], we have to go!” * danielle.nelson@temple.edu @Dan_Nels



Junior libero Alyssa Drachslin posts a dig against Tulsa last Sunday during the team’s 3-1 victory, its fourth straight win against conference opposition.


Peric helps boost offensive effort The freshman’s 191 kills ranks third on the team this year. GREG FRANK The Temple News As a freshman starting at a new school overseas, Dara Peric said she still expected to thrive in her new role. The freshman outside hitter has started 19 of Temple’s 22 matches and has at least nine kills and nine digs in seven consecutive contests. As an outside hitter, contributions in both statistical categories are expected. But for Peric, who played libero in Serbia, helping on defense comes naturally. “I have always been expected to play good defense,” Peric said. “That’s what [coach Bakeer Ganes] relies on me to do.” However, with the team having lost two of its better offensive talents from a year ago in Gabby Matautia and Elyse

Burkert, offense was a primary is no exception. “The outside hitter is a focus for Peric coming into the position where she should be season. “I was expecting to be an the most skilled player on the offensive player because we court,” Ganes said. To have a freshman at this don’t have that one dominant position indicates player anyGanes entered more,” Peric the season with a said. lot of confidence Whethin Peric and her er it’s on ability to play an offense above her age as or defense, a freshman. Peric said “She was a she has been very important thrilled with recruit for us,” the opporGanes said. “We tunity given to her as a Dara Peric / outside hitter knew how good she was when we freshman. recruited her. But “It feels it certainly helps great honestly,” Peric said. “As a fresh- that she came in and adjusted man and an international one, I very well and right away.” didn’t expect to be a starter right away. But I was really excited Hitting percentage up One team aspect that has because all of the hard work that I put in during the preseason helped earn Temple’s 7-3 start paid off.” in American Athletic ConferGanes indicated he has ence play has been its hitting high expectations for anyone percentage. The Owls entered playing outside hitter and Peric the weekend hitting 25.8 per-

“I was expecting

to be an offensive player because we don’t have that one dominant player anymore.

cent on the season, good for Cincinnati in the conference second in The American. Out- home opener in which they hit side hitter Tyler Davis has post- 39.6 percent, and 47.1 percent ed double-digit kill numbers in last week at Tulane. “It takes pressure off of us six of Temple’s previous seven matches, and capped her week- as a team if we can execute on end with a season-high 26 kills offense,” Ganes said. on Sunday. “I think it’s really impor- Hitting dominance continues Despite a road-heavy start tant to play very efficiently,” to the season, Temple has capiDavis said. talized on its Of late, UP NEXT opportunities Davis has been

Owls at Memphis at home in McTemple’s best Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. Gonigle Hall. hitter and conThe Owls are tributed her success toward being able to famil- 6-1 this season at home after iarize herself well enough with weekend wins against Southern the opposition before the match. Methodist and Tulsa. Addition“I think recruiting the ally, only two of the six wins teams really helps because then went to five sets. The Owls will be on the we know where they’re going to road this weekend against be on defense,” Davis said. Ganes, in his fourth season Memphis and Cincinnati before at Temple, said the team’s high returning home for four straight hitting percentage is nothing matches in McGonigle. new. “I think we’ve always been * greg.frank@temple.edu a good offensive team,” Ganes T @G_Frank6 said. The Owls’ two highest hitting percentages came against

Ahmed’s work pays off with starting position AHMED PAGE 20 clear, but not easy – add and maintain the weight necessary for a starting NCAA Division I offensive lineman. Since last spring, Ahmed said he has added about 25 pounds to his 6-foot-3inch frame. The junior played in 10 games, starting five, as a defensive end last season. He was set to enter his junior season with hopes of building on his 2013 game time, until Owls coach Matt Rhule approached him with a plan. “He asked me to switch to the offensive line during spring ball,” Ahmed said. “It was kind of a shock.” In 2013, Ahmed was listed at 255 pounds, hardly the weight of the average offensive lineman in the Division I game. Each of Ahmed’s starting partners on the line this season – junior Kyle Friend, redshirt-sophomore Brendan McGowan and sophomores Eric Lofton, Dion Dawkins – each were listed at 300 pounds or greater last year. “At first I was like, ‘Man I’m a [defensive] lineman, I’m not going to switch over,’” Ahmed said. “But I went back home, I talked to my mom about it and she was just saying, ‘Sometimes you have to trust what the coaches tell

you. You have to trust what he’s saying need to continue to work every day to get to you.’ Rhule knows what’s best. After I better and physically tougher.” went home and I thought about it, I made Ahmed’s first season as an offensive a rational decision on it and ended up line starter has featured its share of high making a great decision.” and low points. One year later as the team’s startThe Owls are 4-3 overall with a pair ing offensive guard, Ahmed has been of American Athletic Conference wins, coming into his own in the trenches as a already an improvement in comparison 285-pounder. to their 2-10 (1-8 The American) result “It was very hard,” he said. “When last year. The offensive line, though, is I was in the spring, I was about 260 blocking for a Temple rushing unit that [pounds]. It was one of ranks No. 104 in DiviUP NEXT those things where sion I with 120.9 yards I was trying to lift Owls vs. East Carolina per game on the ground. Nov. 1 at Noon weights, eat as much as Temple’s rushers comI could, trying to get a bined for 32 yards on 21 thousand calories every meal. But it was carries in the team’s 34-14 loss to Central eating a lot, lifting my butt off and work- Florida this past Saturday. ing as hard as I could on it. Simultaneously, the offensive line “And thank God I was able to put has helped Temple to a 33rd-place tie in the weight on and everything,” Ahmed tackles for loss allowed with an average added. “But right now, I’m just trying to of 4.86. keep the weight since I put it on in such “We’re getting closer every week,” a short time.” Lofton said. “That’s one thing about ofAhmed has started in each game for fensive line. If you’re going to be great, a young offensive line this season that, you have to have chemistry. We try to heading into its schedule, was dubbed by meet by ourselves once every night bethe coaching staff as a work in progress. cause the closer we get off the field, the “We have a high upside,” offensive more we’re able to trust each other on the line coach Chris Wiesehan said. “We just field.”

Plugged in as one of Wiesehan’s chosen starters, Ahmed said he’s making the most of his chance. For the local product of Lindenwold, New Jersey, a town roughly 20 minutes outside of Camden, the opportunity to start each game in front of his family at Lincoln Financial Field is one that has helped him feel at home. “ It’s one of the biggest things [for me] that I’m very close to home,” Ahmed said. “My mom’s able to come to my games and being close to home, I love it.” “The biggest part of coming here, number one, was a good education,” he added. “My mom was trying to drill that into my head. And being close to home, it’s nice to have my mom or just my family come to my games. It’s been really good.” * andrew.parent@temple.edu ( 215.204. 9537 T @Andrew_Parent23


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India native Anutej Yadiki came to Temple in order to chase his dream of playing professional tennis for his home country. PAGE 18

The women’s soccer team falls to the No. 8 seed, the football team loses its second straight game, other news and notes. PAGE 17





Ahmed seizes new role

After his position switch, Shahbaz Ahmed is starting. ANDREW PARENT Assistant Sports Editor


On the Attack


Freshman outside hitter Dara Peric attempts a dig Friday night against Southern Methodist in the Owls’ 3-2 conference win. The native of Belgrade, Serbia has helped the team’s offensive attack with 191 kills, which ranks third among her teammates. PAGE 19

t was summer, and Shahbaz Ahmed made sure to put down a high-calorie, high-protein snack before bedtime each night. His palate, Ahmed said, included options like Muscle Milk milkshakes and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. In Week 10 of the college football season, his post-practice menu typically consists of a doublehelping of the meal served on that day, oftentimes turkey sandwiches, along with a protein shake or a hearty glass of chocolate milk. The endgame has been



Funck, Wolanski take on coxswain role Two former members of the rowing team chose to join the crew team as female coxswains. DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News Sometimes, the day after a race, members of the crew team can look forward to breakfast courtesy of Kati Jordan Funck’s cooking expertise. “She is like our team mom,” junior Hunter Devine said. “She makes us breakfast like pancakes and stuff, which is pretty cool.” Funck inherits a culinary gift for the kitchen, a place that has helped her family carve out a life. Her family owns two restaurants, the Funck family restaurant and Mt. Gretna Hide-A-Way, where Funck is a waitress during the summer. But Funck is more than just a chef for the crew team. In her second season, Funck, alongside junior Julia Wolanski, is a female coxswains on the men’s team responsible for commanding a

boat of crew members as they compete on water. Along with steering the boat, Funck said coxswains are responsible for getting a boat of four or eight males’ stroke rate in sync for speed, looking for other boats around them while calling different drills, motivating the boat and instructing the boat on its next move with a level of authority. Wolanski said the biggest change she had to make was adjusting to the level of intensity on the men’s side by changing the tone of her voice on the river. “They want an aggressive sort of voice,” Wolanski said. “They want a deeper voice so I had to change my voice. So I know my voice is much deeper now than it was over the summer.” Female coxswains join crew teams because of their smaller stature. Coxswains on the men’s team have to weigh at least 125 pounds. They generally have to weigh in before races and if they are below that weight limit the boat will be penalized by given extra weight. Therefore,


women’s soccer

‘Always going to be my players’

Same spot, different standard

After the cuts, Joe DiPietro took a position at Hampton University. NICK TRICOME The Temple News

Seamus O’Connor expects close games in the tournament. OWEN MCCUE The Temple News JENNY KERRIGAN TTN

From the outset, the American Athletic Conference has been unpredictable. “You don’t want to be a betting man in this conference,” coach Seamus O’Connor said. “You’d lose your shirt because you can’t predict who’s going to beat who. From week to week you just cannot predict who’s going to win.” As the conference tournament begins this week, the standings indicate no team can be written off as a contender —


Kati Funck, coxswain of the men’s crew team, at a race in April 2014.

Sophomore midfielder Elaine Byerley fights for the ball against South Florida en route to a 2-0 loss on Oct. 19.

and that includes the Owls. Temple has been competitive in each of their games this season. The Owls tied a talented Memphis team which comes into the tournament as the No. 2 seed and beat sixth-seeded Cincinnati earlier in the year. In a conference lacking an unbeaten team, and offering little separation from the top tier to lower end of the table, O’Connor feels the Owls have

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as good of a shot as any to win the tournament. “There’s just great parity and I love it,” O’Connor said. “Because every game now, we feel like we can win.” Until recently, Central Florida was the dominant team in The American. The Owls fell to the Knights two weeks ago in a 2-0 result.


There are some things that Joe DiPietro may never get used to. Near the end of September, as the new head coach for Hampton University’s softball program, DiPietro traveled with the team to the University of Maryland as part of the fall schedule. He saw three players there who, less than a year ago, planned to play for him at Temple. Catcher Erin Drennan, who spent her freshman year at Temple, and Shelby Stracher, another catcher who DiPietro recruited, ended up at Towson, while pitcher Jaymi BautistaGeiger transferred to Maryland after originally transferring to Temple before the cuts. When Bautista-Gieger was on the mound, DiPietro caught


“It’s tough. They’re always himself commenting on her pitching, thinking, “Oh boy, I going to be my players, regardless of who they’re playing for,” better not say anything.” Seeing these players in dif- DiPietro added. The elimination of the softferent uniforms, he admitted, was a bit awkward. He still saw ball program, along with baseball, men’s them as his indoor and outown. Where Are They Now? “ W h e n The fifth of a series examining how the door track & I looked athletic cuts have affected the lives of field and men’s student-athletes and coaches. gymnastics in at them, I a move that still looked was announced at them as without warnmy players,” ing last DeDiPietro said. “You spend cember, is a time with all day that is still fresh in DiPithese kids. You recruit etro’s mind. them, you get He had no Joe DiPietro / former softball coach idea the cuts them to believe in you, and a school that were coming, and while he you think is a great place for said he couldn’t speak for other them to be and continue their coaches, DiPietro knew the aneducation. And then what hap- swer was still the same. “There was no inkling,” pened to them happened to them.

“They had a hard time playing for name on the front of their shirt.


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Volume 93 Issue 10  

Issue for Tuesday October 28, 2014.

Volume 93 Issue 10  

Issue for Tuesday October 28, 2014.


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