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Student shot off campus at frat The victim, 22, was sent to a hospital and later released. CINDY STANSBURY The Temple News


xecutive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone received a phone call early Saturday morning that he said “made his heart stop.” A Temple student had been shot. A 22-year-old undergraduate student was shot in the left hip outside of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity house on the 1500 block of North 17th Street around 1 a.m. Saturday. The student was transported to Hahnemann University Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries and has since been released, Leone said. A TU Alert was distributed to students around 1:30 am alerting them to avoid the area. Leone said an attempted robbery occurred after the shooter was denied access to the party occurring inside of the fraternity house on the grounds that he was not a university student. There was one witness to the incident. KARA MILSTEIN / PATRICK McCARTHY (BOTTOM RIGHT) TTN

Students and musicians gathered Nov. 9 on the rooftop of a building at Diamond and Carlisle streets for a music festival. | PAGE 7

A more ‘progressive’ fraternity

The path to becoming an officer

Joshua Decker wants to make Greek life more open to gay, bisexual and transgender men.

Junior rower Emily Leyland enlisted in the ROTC after the announcement of athletic cuts. DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News Although her classes don’t begin until 10 a.m, junior Emily Leyland can be seen on Main Campus four hours prior. Leyland starts her day at 5 a.m., when she commutes from Cheltenham on a 20-minute train ride to Temple for the start How Leyland of her physical training with inspired others the Reserve Officers’ Training on the rowing Corps on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Mondays, Wednesdays team to enlist and Fridays, she takes part in a in the ROTC. morning lift for an hour-long session with the women’s rowing team at 6:30 a.m. She then reserves her time for classes and homework, before her three-hour rowing practice kicks off at 4 p.m. on the Schuylkill. Around 7 p.m., Leyland then heads home to Cheltenham. “When I get home, I pretty much pass out and then wake up and do it all again,” Leyland said, laughing.



EMILY SCOTT The Temple News Joshua Decker said growing up as a gay Jewish man in rural Missouri was “like walking up a mountain in the rainforest with flip flops on.” “I was one of the first people to be open about my sexuality, having come out when

I was 14,” said Decker, a junior theater and French double major. While in high school, Decker tried to establish a gay-straight alliance but was unsuccessful due to a lack of support from his school administration. “I was willing to stand up for myself, and being open about my sexuality, I believe that helped others be more open because I still get emails from kids that were freshmen when I was a senior that tell me that I helped them,” he said. Decker said he saw Philadelphia as a better opportunity for the arts, as well an oppor-

tunity to be more open with his sexuality. The arts-enthusiast is involved in Temple’s acting community and is a member of the Sidestage program. But Decker said he has been looking for a brotherhood since his freshman year at Temple. “If you’re like me, you come to college and you don’t know anyone,” Decker said. “It’s really kind of freaky.” He said he has been trying to rush a fraternity during the past three years, but said he believes attempts have been futile because of his willingness to express his sexuality.


Before there was Geasey, there were tombstones Monument Cemetery was located to the west of Main Campus until it was excavated in 1953. MARIAM DEMBELE The Temple News Thomas H. Keels wrote in “Philadelphia Graveyards and Cemeteries” about the city’s struggle to balance glorifying the dead and maintaining the needs of the living. Oftentimes, he wrote, it’s the living who win this battle. Philadelphia has long struggled

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with the desire to honor its rich history while still using its land for needs of today. Monument Cemetery, a Victorian cemetery which housed between 26,000 and 28,000 bodies including Temple’s founder Russell Conwell and his wife Sarah Conwell. The diamond-shaped chunk of land which once held Monument was COURTESY KATE McCANN bounded by Fontain Street on the A tombstone sits on the banks of the Delaware River near the


Betsy Ross Bridge. Several former grave markers from Monument Cemetery were used as foundation for the bridge.


OCR visits after complaints

Time capsule found on Main Campus

Cafe hires foster youth as baristas

The Office for Civil Rights is conducting focus groups in Morgan Hall about sexual assault and student response to it. PAGE 2

An 84-year-old time capsule was discovered three weeks ago during the demolition of Temple’s old medical school building. PAGE 7

The Monkey and the Elephant, a Northern Liberties coffee shop, aims to engage foster youth. PAGE 9

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Commuter lounge to be built near regional rail The space is expected to include a coffee shop and seating. ROB DIRIENZO The Temple News


emple has begun work on a lounge for commuter students at the corner of Warnock and Berks streets, near the SEPTA Regional Rail station. Plans include gaming and television areas, general seating and lockers for storage. Monitors that display Regional Rail train schedules are also slated to be installed. The lounge is expected to open to students next semester. A coffee shop named Sage Café is expected to open nextdoor in the retail space built into the parking garage, and a patio will be built out front. Director of Architectural Services James Templeton said the cost of renovating the retail space into a lounge will be

roughly $350,000. The Sage Café location will be independently run, for which the university will receive rent income. “The location was key,” Templeton said. “It’s just a block away from the train station and is close … so it was really ideal.” University officials hope the lounge will give a space for commuters to relax, plan and finish assignments between traveling. “It will be very similar to the Student Center,” Templeton said. “It will just be another place that can accommodate students throughout the day.” He said the space could hold between 40 and 60 commuter students at a time. Templeton said the idea was brought to Vice President of Student Affairs Theresa Powell during the master planning process. Students in President Theobald’s class “Organizational Change at Temple University” also helped design the space.


Senior Vice President for Construction, Facilities and Operations Jim Creedon told The Temple News earlier this fall that around 15,000 students, faculty and staff use SEPTA each day to come to Main Campus.

“There will be several security cameras installed and the lounge will be card-swipe access only,” Templeton said. The coffee shop will be open to the public. Commuters seemed receptive to the prospect of a lounge so close to the train station. “I think it’s awesome to have a place to just hang out and get stuff done because it gets kind of sickening always being at the TECH [Center] or the li-

brary,” said freshman strategic communications major Jennifer Faynberg, who commutes from Woodbourne. “To have a place that’s just for us commuters would be really cool.” Other commuters hope the lounge will provide refuge from the elements. “It would be pretty awesome,” said junior risk management major Hayley Leather, who commutes from Elkins Park. “Especially when it gets

cold and you have to wait at the train station, it can get freezing up here.” Junior accounting major James Overton, who commutes from Manayunk, said he doubts he will use the lounge regularly. “If it becomes a more regular spot and I see more people there that might influence my decision a little bit more, but right now my spot is the TECH Center,” Overton said. However, Overton did ac-

knowledge that he felt less involved in Main Campus activities because of the distance. He said Saturday was his first time at a Temple football game. “You sort of miss a lot of what’s going on,” Overton said. “I know I miss a lot of school events over the weekend. It might make it easier.” * robd@temple.edu

TAUP, administration reach Office for Civil Rights agreement on new contract visits campus amid The contract includes a faculty pay increase and NTT benefits. LIAN PARSONS The Temple News The Temple Association of University Professors and university administration negotiated a new faculty contract last month, effective immediately. The contract includes a faculty pay increase of between 11.5 percent to 12.5 percent over a span of four years, increased merit pay, a strengthened faculty role in the tenure and promotion process and greater flexibility in faculty workload. The contract also includes provisions for non-tenure-track faculty, including multi-year contracts and pensions. TAUP created six subcommittees to discuss the main issues expressed through a survey sent to faculty members. The issues were discipline and termination, nontenure-track concerns, faculty workload, the tenure and promotion process and childcare. Each of the subcommittees met at least twice between May and September 2014 to discuss their respective topics. “We tried to approach this differently,” said Sharon Boyle, associate vice president of Human Recourses. “[TAUP committees] focused on certain topics with people who would be best positioned to make [decisions] on these topics.” Throughout October, TAUP and the administration met to negotiate. “What was most interesting and most gratifying about the process was that it was very

cooperative on both sides and it pus daycare center, but concerns hasn’t always been that way,” about its cost made up most of TAUP President and Human the discussion of the issue. TAUP and the faculty senResources Management professor Art Hochner said. “Two of ate will work together on putour negotiations went on for ting together a committee to do very long periods during which research and make proposals to we had no contract, but we man- the university about the unreaged to be able to talk about it solved concerns. “There [are] a number of in productive and useful ways topics that TAUP and the unirather than finding deadlock.” Hochner said the gains for versity have committed to conNTTs move them closer to ten- tinue discussion on,” Boyle ure and tenure-track faculty in said. “We recommend that there be some groundwork done.” the amount of privileges. “We reached a very reason“Forty-five percent of the faculty are non-tenure track and able decision that was very benare not eligible to ever get ten- eficial to both sides and mindful ure, but they are an important of the fact that the university is part of the teaching force and under constraints not to raise tuvaluable employees,” Hochner ition or student debt,” Hochner said. “They have often felt like said. “What I hope is that this second-class citizens.” Multi-year contracts for means that the next four years will be years NTTs can proof further covide greater operation,” job security, he Hochner addsaid. ed. “[This is An inan] ongoing crease in availprocess which able merit pay I see as very allows more positive.” university facTAUP is a ulty to compete for it. collective barMerit pay is gaining agent added to the that represents Art Hochner/ TAUP president base salary full-time facand is based ulty and proon achievements like excellence fessional librarians. It has been in teaching, scholarship and re- been in place for 41 years and search and outstanding service is affiliated with the American to the university. Federation of Teachers and is Topics that TAUP and the certified under the Pennsylvania university administration did state labor law. not come to an agreement on for the current contract include * lian.parsons@temple.edu tuition remission, professors’ T @Lian_Parsons work load, balance for non-tenure track professors and childcare. Hochner said many faculty members would like an on-cam-

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negotiation] was very cooperative on both sides and it hasn’t always been that way.

Title IX investigation The U.S. Department of Education is conducting focus groups to gauge student response to sexual assaults. STEVE BOHNEL Assistant News Editor


The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights will lead a series of focus groups on Main Campus, after announcing this past May that Temple was under investigation for its handling of sexual violence or harassment complaints. The groups, which started Monday and will continue on Wednesday and Thursday, are designed to take a closer look at victims of sexual assault, as the OCR collects information for government records. However, the OCR will not collect any personal information from participants in the study. “We are happy to cooperate with this process in any way we can, and have helped to publicize OCR's visit,” said Theresa Powell, vice president for Student Affairs in an email. “We hope that information obtained through this process can augment other survey data that the university gathers to better direct and inform our university-wide efforts to promote education, prevention and response to complaints of sexual misconduct,” Powell said. In May, Temple was named one of 55 universities under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for possible violation of Title IX relating to the handling of sexual assault and harassment cases. According to the Title IX website, the Supreme Court has stated that schools are required under the amendment to “prevent and address harassment against students, regardless of whether the harassment is perpetrated by peers, teachers, or other school officials.” The current Title IX review comes in the wake of two sexual assaults that were reported last Monday night. Both incidents were reported at 10:46 p.m. around Morgan and White halls, respectively. Powell emailed the Temple community on Nov. 6 with a schedule for meetings with the OCR in Morgan Hall South.




1 IN 5 WOMEN FACE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT DURING COLLEGE On Monday, OCR met with university staff and faculty, leaders of student organizations, resident assistants, and members of student government. The office also offered students private meetings with the organization at 4 p.m. During the course of Wednesday and Thursday, the OCR will continue to meet with various groups throughout the university, including student-athletes of all genders, undergraduate students, members of fraternities and sororities, and LGBTQ students. Private meetings with the OCR will continue to be available, starting at 9 a.m. on both days. The OCR’s visit to Temple sheds light on a national trend among institutions of higher education. According to the Title IX website, “eight in 10 students experience some form of harassment during their school years, and more than 25 percent of them experience it often.” Powell hopes the collaboration between Temple and the OCR will help improve these statistics in the future. “OCR and Temple are both invested in and committed to ensuring our campus is a safe place to live, learn and work,” Powell said. * steven.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel





Democrat Tom Wolf overwhelmingly won Philadelphia’s votes in the Nov. 4 election with a platform focused on education, jobs and equality.

Wolf, other Democrats overwhelmingly beat the GOP in precincts near university Voter turnout in Nov. 4’s election was the second-lowest it has ever been for a gubernatiorial race. CHRISTIAN MATOZZO The Temple News Last week’s election marked the second-lowest turnout for a gubernatorial race in Philadelphia since statistics have been taken by the City Commissioner’s Office in 1942, with about a 36.7 percent voter participation-rate in the city. Unofficial voting numbers released by the City Commissioner’s office show that roughly 378,000 people out of a possible 1,024,362 registered voters in the Philadelphia area voted in the Nov. 4 elections. These numbers are with 98.28 percent of precincts reporting their voting statistics. “We expect to count about 3,500 absentee ballots,” City Commissioner Stephanie Singer said. She said she was unsure of the number of provisional ballots to be cast.

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After being told he could not go inside, the shooter then pulled up his shirt to reveal a silver gun tucked into his waistband. He demanded that the witness and victim give him “everything they got,” Leone said. The victim then rushed toward the offender and a shot was fired. Nothing was stolen. “While everyone was like, ‘Oh my God,’ that’s when the guy left,” said sophomore history major Sarah Devine, who was inside of the fraternity house at the time of the shooting. “He left as people were reacting.” “I went downstairs to get another drink and this guy was like, ‘Stay upstairs, someone got shot – stay the f--- upstairs,’” she said. Devine and other non-fraternity members were soon asked to go home. “We are trying to speculate why this guy picked them,” Leone said. “Did he think they were collecting money there at the door? I don’t know – it’s hard to say.” Leone explained that police have been given a variety of subject descriptions. Ray Betzner, a university spokesman, said the suspect is believed to be a 35- to 40-year-old African-American male about 5-foot-9 inches with a thin build and no facial hair. He was last seen wearing jeans, a red hooded sweatshirt and a red beanie hat. A TU Alert originally described the suspect as being 21-26 years old. Leone said police were able to gather more information in the area that day to produce the up-

With a 2013 population estimate of 1,553,165 according to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 25 percent of Philadelphians voted last Tuesday. Only two-thirds of the population is registered to vote. The only lower turnout in the city was 34 percent in 1998’s gubernatorial election, where incumbent Republican Tom Ridge won 57 percent of the vote against Democrat candidate Ivan Itkin, who took 31 percent. This number is a significant decline from past elections for Philadelphia. The 2012 presidential election garnered a 66 percent turnout in Philadelphia, while the 2010 gubernatorial election amounted to a 41 percent turnout. Tuesday’s election was a landslide victory for Democratic candidates in Philadelphia. Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf took 88 percent of the Philadelphia vote to Republican incumbent Tom Corbett’s 12 percent share. Philadelphia’s incumbent Congressional representatives, Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah also won with large margins of victory, winning with 85 and 91 percent of the vote in Philadelphia respectively for their

dated suspect profile. “There was only one witness and they were both shaken up – people are always in shock when something like this happens,” Leone said in explanation for the discrepancies. Philadelphia police are currently leading the investigation with help from Temple Police. The university has dispatched a team of detectives to the area to work with two Philadelphia detectives from the Special Investigations Unit, Leone said. He said the additional bike patrols, which began this semester with the expansion of the patrol border around Main Campus, have also been sent to the scene. Authorities are currently trying to obtain security camera footage from a business about a block away, and are looking to see if there are any other cameras in the area that could potentially aid in the investigation, Leone said. “We really want to catch this guy because he can’t do this to our students,” he said flatly. Looking toward the future, Leone expressed a desire for the university to work with the city to add extra levels of security to the area, including additional blue light emergency phones. It is also his hope that the phones will by equipped with security cameras. “When you go down towards Oxford and Jefferson [streets], it’s just a lot of street lighting and we want to maybe work with the landlords to get additional lights,” he added. Devine, who labels herself as “anti-gun,” was baffled that someone would show up to a party armed with a weapon. “I know that crime happens around here but I have never really seen it,” she said. “None of




1,972 RECEIVED BALLOTS FROM 20TH WARD districts. Just a day after the election, multiple media outlets reported that Tom Lindenfeld, one of Fattah’s political advisors to his 2007 Philadel-

phia mayoral campaign, had pled guilty to federal offenses related to wire fraud. According to a report released by the City Commissioner’s office, Philadelphia’s voter-base is also overwhelmingly registered Democrat, with roughly 803,000 of registered voters belonging to the party in 2012. The 20th ward is bordered by Broad Street to the west, Sixth Street to the east, Susquehanna Avenue to the north and Master Street to the south, and encompasses most of Main Campus. In the 20th Ward, 1,972 people voted. The 20th Ward also voted heavily Democratic, with Wolf receiving 97 percent of the vote in the governor's race, and both Brady and Fattah winning by large margins around Temple. W. Curtis Thomas, who represents the 181st district which covers the 20th Ward in the city, ran unopposed and only garnered one write-in vote in opposition to him. * christian.matozzo@temple.edu


Police cordoned off the 1500 block of North 17th Street with caution tape early in the morning of Nov. 8 after a suspect shot a student in the hip. The student was sent to the hospital and later released.

my friends have ever really been a part of that. So then to be at a party where someone could have died – it’s horrifying.” In light of the shooting, Leone urged all students to take advantage of university escort services like the TUr door and Owl Loop shuttle services and walking escort programs. He said students must be “alert and aware.” “It’s scary, it’s a little nerve wracking and we certainly don’t want this to happen to anyone,” Leone said. “More so than anything else, I mean, that kid was at a party and got shot,” Devine added. “It’s

a shame and it’s really scary that people think that way and think that that behavior is acceptable.” The last gun-related incident involving a student occurred in February near “The Let Out” venue near 16th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue when a student was grazed by a stray bullet. The brothers of Pi Lambda Phi were not available for comment. Anyone with further information regarding the incident is urged to call 911. * cindy.stansbury@temple.edu


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Speak out for sexual assault

This week, the Office of the new misconduct board can Civil Rights will host focus have much of an impact withgroups at Morgan Hall for sexout student participation. ual harassment and assault. If students do not attend The groups, which are dithese focus groups or particivided on the pate in the cliStudents must participate mate basis of stusurvey in Temple’s efforts to dents’ genders, that the misconclass level and eradicate sexual misconduct duct committee p a r t i c i p a t i o n to see meaningful results. distributed to in athletics, some students, will allow students to meet in Temple’s policies cannot siga group as well as individually nificantly change in a way that to discuss any concerns about will help the student body. the topics at hand. OCR will Students who didn’t recollect statistics, but not ask for ceive the survey or who are unpersonal experiences. able to attend the focus groups These focus groups come can still participate by talking in light of a Title IX review to TSG about their concerns. of Temple’s policies concernTSG has several members in ing sexual violence. In May, the new committee. Temple was named one of 55 If students remain silent or universities under investigation disinterested, Temple will reby the Department of Educamain in the dark about how it tion for a possible violation in can improve its policies. how it handles sexual assault Though sharing thoughts and harassment cases. on such a sensitive topic can On Oct. 3, President Theobe challenging, both the fobald emailed the student body cus groups and the survey will about the new Presidential keep identities safe, hopefully Committee on Campus Sexual encouraging more students to Misconduct, a board designed come forward. to use the concerns of students According to a CDC surto address problems in its polivey, one in five women will be cies. sexually assaulted while they While it’s reassuring that are in college. The university is Temple is taking action to comright to want to strengthen its bat the concerning possibilpolicies to protect victims of ity that it’s mishandling these sexual violence. But it can’t do extremely important cases, so successfully without hearing the voices of its students. neither the focus groups nor

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But even the volleyball Coming off of one of its team, which plays at McGobiggest victories in years – a nigle Hall, has an average atroad win against a nationallytendance of 257, which ranks ranked East Carolina squad second-to-last in – the football Attendance across many The American. team returned During a to Lincoln Fi- of Temple’s sports teams remains low. time in which nancial Field the university this past weekand President Theobald appear end for an American Athletic to be placing an increased emConference matchup against phasis on enhancing and growMemphis. ing the athletic department, They did so in front of – it’s disheartening to see that officially – 23,882 spectators. more students are not willing The weather was chilly, but unto support their fellow classlike the prior home game, there mates who compete for Temple was no rain. teams. While thousands of stuLast fall, Deputy Athdents did attend, during the letic Director Pat Kraft told program’s second season in The Temple News he wants to The American, the team ranks eventually see a sold out stadisecond-to-last in home atum and a level of student body tendance. And during a 2014 enthusiasm akin to that of Penn season in which the team has State. shown great strides and has a But until more students very good possibility of makfeel a sense of obligation to ating a bowl contest, students tend sporting events – in footstill don’t seem willing to take ball or another program here – the trip down to South Philasuch expectations will remain delphia for games. unrealistic. The football team is not With the basketball seaalone in its lack of support. son starting this week, students The men’s and women’s should rally around the men’s soccer teams rank last in the and women’s squads as they conference in attendance. The prepare for their second year programs are expected to see in The American – because the an attendance bump once the existence of so many empty administration’s plans to move seats throughout Temple Aththe programs closer to Main letics is unfair to the studentCampus come to fruition in the athletes who work tirelessly coming years. Rumors continto represent our school yearue that the football team, too, round. will eventually move to a complex closer to Main Campus.

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‘Dismantling an unjust system’ Student involvement is vital in the growing movement against mass incarceration.


f you passed the Bell Tower between 10-11 a.m. on Oct. 22, you may have seen me pacing back and forth in the rain. If you looked closer, you probably saw that I was contained within a 7-by-9-foot rectangle taped off on the ground. I was participating in a demonstration called “Mock SHU” for the Coalition to Stop Police Brutality Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation’s annual Day SARAH GISKIN of Protest. If you have ever had a loved one in prison, you probably know that SHU stands for Solitary Housing Unit – in other words, solitary confinement. Mock SHU is intended to call attention to the practice of putting inmates in solitary confinement, which many consider inhumane. The average size of a cell in the SHU is 7-by-9, according to Revolution Newspaper. Prisoners are usually held there for 23 hours a day, without access to any human interaction, and are allowed outside in another space for one hour of “recreation.” For this reason, in Mock SHU demonstrations the cell is occupied for 23 hours and empty for the final hour. During the protest on Main Campus, the first student stepped inside the cell at 5 p.m. on Oct. 21, replaced by another student for each of the next 23 hours. The United Nations special reporter on torture and inhumane punishment, Juan Méndez, told solitarywatch.com that “under no circumstances should [juveniles or people with mental health issues] ever be subjected to solitary confinement,” and that even for mentally healthy adults “anything beyond 15 days of solitary confinement” should be “completely banned.” In the United States, both convicted minors and adults are subjected to solitary confinement and mental health is rarely a consideration, according to the American

Civil Liberties Union. In 2003, the Department of Justice estimated, based on survey data, that one-third of youth in custody are at some point held in solitary confinement. When I heard that the Mock SHU demonstration was being organized at Temple, I knew I wanted to participate. I knew from personal experience that the SHU is what many people in prison fear most deeply. I recently completed the Inside-Out Program, a course in which the professor and students travel to a prison every week so that a number of inmates can participate as students. My incarcerated former classmates told me an inmate can be sent to the SHU for any alleged infraction, or even for no reason at all. What I did not expect when I stepped into the mock cell that morning was how deeply it would affect me. Let me be clear, my safety and wellbeing were never at risk. I have never been arrested or imprisoned. I was in broad daylight. There were no walls or a ceiling in my cell. I was not afraid for my life or my physical and mental safety. I knew that I could access food and health care whenever I needed it. And most obviously, I knew I would only be there for one hour, and I could leave at any moment if I really wanted to. Despite all of this, I began to feel claustrophobic by minute seven. I began to experience extreme anxiety around minute 15. My thoughts were racing, my heart rate sped up. I was jittery, and time passed slowly. All I could think about in the cell was if someone like me was this uncomfortable and emotional from something as trivial as standing in the same place for one hour, what could it possibly be like to be forced there for weeks or months at a time with little to no control over my life, and no social interaction whatsoever? This is unimaginable for those that have never experienced it, and truly terrifying. Rose Daraz, a senior journalism major, also took part in the demonstration. Daraz said she feels the program was effective. “So many people ... ask[ed] questions and were nodding their heads in agreement

walking by,” she said. I previously wrote an article for The Temple News about the private prison industry, after two Temple economics professors conducted a study called unethical by critics since they accepted funding from the industry itself. Since then, 30 academics from around the country wrote a joint letter to Temple’s Board of Trustees condemning the study and calling for the disclosure of funding sources. The letter, posted on truth-out.org, asserts that the study was funded “by the very industry that is the subject of the study and which stands to benefit from the findings.” One of the signatories was civil rights litigator and legal scholar Michelle Alexander whose book “The New Jim Crow” recently made waves by asserting that the criminal justice system unfairly targets people of color the way infamous Jim Crow laws of the past did, and thus suppresses the advancement of the whole community. The Mock SHU demonstration called out the specific practice of solitary confinement, but was also meant to call attention to mass incarceration and police brutality, which scholars like Alexander see as intimately related aspects of the same system. Daraz agreed. “Black and Latino kids are being targeted and directed into this school to prison pipeline,” she said. Daraz said she feels a personal responsibility to get involved with advocacy against abuse within the criminal justice system. “College students, specifically Temple University students, should get involved with this because we are partially responsible,” Daraz said. “Our tuition money is going to those police officers arresting black children in the neighborhood.” Daraz paints a grim picture, but like her, I believe it does not have to be this way. The more people like us, college students, use our place of privilege to stand in solidarity with the incarcerated, the closer we can get to dismantling an unjust system. * sarah.giskin@temple.edu T @SarahBGisky





The Essayist features two students with slightly different and often challenged interpretations of Veterans Day.

* holleran@temple.edu T @coupsdegrace






n the summer of 1954, my grandfather sat nervously in a crowded bus. He and a load of other military men were bound for Harrisburg to conduct their physicals. But, unlike most others, he wasn’t being tested to see if he was fit to fight. For my grandfather, the word “service” doesn’t have anything to do with combat. When we think about the concept of draft evasion, we immediately imagine scenes of radical college students burning draft cards in the 1970s. The truth is, people were refusing to fight long before the war in Vietnam. A conscientious objector, or a CO, is someone who morally objects to serving in the armed forces, usually for religious reasons. My grandfather, a Mennonite, was one. On Veterans Day, we celebrate those who served in our nation’s military. In doing so, we accept a narrow definition of the word “service,” and exclude many who chose to give of themselves in a different way. As a nation, we should also take time to honor those who served alternatively. Being a conscientious objector is not about being too craven to see a battlefield – it’s about being strong in one’s commitment to peace. COs don’t receive a “get out of war free” card, but instead go somewhere they can serve the country without compromising their religious or philosophical beliefs. Today, the decision not to fight is as easy as not enlisting. But before the military draft was discontinued in 1973, refusal to join the military had to be a conscious, and often unpopular, choice. My grandfather recalled his days in a public elementary school during World War II. My family is Mennonite, a Christian denomination that holds pacifism as one of its highest values. Believing that one must always seek alternative solutions to violence was not an easy ideology to follow during one of the most popular wars in history. Even when he was too young to be drafted, my grandfather was taunted by his classmates as a “conchie,” a derogatory term for conscientious objectors. For military-age males, the consequences of conscientious objection were far more severe than name-calling. Lloy Kniss, who would later write the memoir “I Couldn’t Fight,” was an objector to the first World War. At that time, COs were still forced to join the military, and in some cases were even required to wear the uniform and carry a gun. My grandfather told me Kniss refused to don the uniform. When he did, “he was really beat up bad... The other [soldiers] said, ‘You yellowbelly. You’re afraid to fight.’” By the time my grandfather was drafted in 1954, the Korean War had come and gone and the U.S. government had created programs to allow COs to enlist in other forms of service. LU

ment I purported to be a member of. I felt wrong, and I felt young. I wanted to run off the stage. I didn’t, because that action would have only solidified my position as a coward. Thankfully, I remembered to breathe. I played taps without a hitch. And I sat down. I politely listened to the rest of the service, which included speeches by veterans, remembering friends who had passed. After the ceremony, there was free food, which I obviously took advantage of. Keeping my head down, I loaded a paper plate with various types of potato salads. I looked for the exit. Before I could leave, I felt someone grab my free hand. A small elderly man was looking up at me, his eyes filled with tears. “I cannot tell you how much it means that you took the time to play that t o d a y, ” he said. “It brought me back … I really appreciate it.” I smiled at him and tried to duck out of the door, but a slew of people followed. A bold, virile fellow sporting a cap with a bald eagle clapped me on the back, exclaiming how impressed he was with today’s youth. A woman, slightly hunched and wearing red lipstick, told me she loved seeing a girl take over what some would consider a “man’s job.” “And you sounded much, much better than that boy in the balcony,” she added playfully. I felt a twinge of guilt – as I mentioned before, taps is easy. I hadn’t done anything special, at least not in my eyes. In fact, it was impossible to feel special at all around this group of people. These veterans were not heartless murderers. They were not bloodthirsty. And many of the people I met didn’t care too much for war – they just loved their country. I don’t support war after this experience. I haven’t even played taps since that day. I did, however, come to terms with the fact that life isn’t made of adamant causes and their blind oppositions. Regardless of the institutions that govern us, we are all humans, flailing to find something that matters. For some people, that something is war. For me, that something is blowing air into metal.


here is something almost unpatriotic about how easy it is for a trumpeter to play taps. In fact, taps is probably the second thing I’d ever performed solo in public, after I objectively nailed the second phrase of “Ode to Joy” in a fourth-grade talent show. Taps is easy because it doesn’t have any fingerings, which, contrary to how it may sound, is not a euphemism for something. When you play taps, the only trick is to take a deep breath. If you have good posture, the rest takes care of itself. When my middle school band director asked me to play at a neighborhood Memorial Day barbecue, I didn’t think too much of it, except perhaps as an opportunity to gain more experience as a player. Then, I was 11, and I didn’t have much of an opinion of our troops save that, of course, we should support them. My earliest taps-playing experiences have since faded into a blur of congratulatory middle-aged parents and steadfast nationalism that I was too young to understand, but just old enough to deliberately swallow. It took me until age 16 or 17 to start dissecting what the hell I was doing at these functions, which ranged from informal gatherings to crowded ceremonies, and that was for a variety of reasons. With age comes wisdom, I suppose, but a more realistic theory is that I was beginning to develop a more defined – but not necessarily wiser – version of myself. In a move that in hindsight was foolish for a feminist and a then-closeted queer woman, I hid myself in a movement of decades past, negating the progress the world had made in the past four or so decades. To cope with the frustrations I faced as an angsty high schooler, I absorbed myself in the 60s anti-war movement. I allowed myself to become obsessed. I collected vinyls and Yellow Submarine action figures. I wrote the lyrics of protest songs in Sharpie on my walls. I smoked pot. I wore flowy skirts and even tried to give myself dreadlocks. Where complex political ideals were lost on my adolescent mind, aesthetic remained. I didn’t know much about war. I didn’t study my history. I just knew that I thought violence was bad, so I vehemently opposed war in all forms. I thought it was as simple as that, and I wondered why my generation wasn’t as “forward-thinking” as the Vietnam protestors. So I told my classmates I was a hippie, but on Nov. 11, 2010, I was holding my trumpet, shaking onstage in the City Hall of Norwalk, Connecticut. A trumpet player from my town’s other high school was in the balcony, watching me. Once I started playing taps, he was to echo me after each phrase. We both wore varsity jackets to signify which school we represented. As I waited for my cue, I fiddled with the buttons I’d placed all over mine, most notably of which included “Give Peace a Chance” and “Sweet ‘n’ Sassy Trumpet Chick.” Suddenly, I felt ashamed. I gazed at my audience, which was old and wizened and included a number of folks in wheelchairs. Many veterans proudly bore medallions and uniforms. Under the spotlights, it hit me that these people had given parts of themselves for their country, parts they may never get back. I don’t love my country that much, I realized. I didn’t think there was any cause I could be that selfless for – and certainly not the bogus, dead move-

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By Grace Holleran

Conscientious objectors, though they don’t fight in battle, deserve as much recognition as soldiers in combat.


Playing in commemoration ceremonies caused an idealistic trumpet player to rethink her political beliefs.

When young men like my grandfather received the draft notice, they filed for 1-W service if they objected to enlisting in the military. 1-W was a two-year period of domestic service, equal to the amount of time others would spend in obligatory military service, at government-approved sites. Those who didn’t want to fight were subjected to rigorous tests of their character. Most had to prove membership to a church and be backed by a pastor. Then there were the background checks. According to the Gerald K. Haines book “Unlocking the Files of the FBI: A Guide to Its Records and Classification System,” the FBI would investigate the claims of those who said they wouldn’t fight to see if they were legitimate. In 1967, the Selective Service System took that responsibility. All my grandfather knew was that someone “had a way of looking at your background.” What did these people look for? “If you weren’t a peaceful person,” my grandfather said. “If you got in trouble with other people, if you were mean.” So, provided you were backed by a church and not a “mean” person, the government granted you the right to refuse the draft and serve the country in another way. For my grandfather, this meant going to an understaffed tuberculosis hospital in South Mountain, Pennsylvania. At the South Mountain Tuberculosis Sanatorium, now called the South Mountain Restoration Center, scores of young men served the country by taking care of its sick and dying. When our conversation turned to the modern day, discussing whether we thought the draft would ever come back and how warfare has changed, it was clear to me that what has remained constant is my grandfather’s idealogy. “The United States is a warlike country – the heroes in America are the ones who were in the army,” he said of society’s general sentiments. “I think the heroes are those people who go into West Africa and help people that need medical assistance.” I agree, and I think these heroes should be celebrated. On Veterans Day, many families will honor a tradition of military service. It’s different in my family – my legacy is one of resistance and serving alternatively, and I am proud of that. The people who served without lifting a gun deserve just as much thanks and recognition as combat veterans. When we honor our alternative servicemen, we also celebrate a commitment to democratic ideals. As Lloyd Gingerich recognized in the pamphlet “A Christian Response to War,” it is necessary to “thank and respect our government for making provision for those who have objections to participating in war.” Rather than forcing its citizens into military service, our country supports the individual right to oppose warfare. Whether we fundamentally disagree with the military or see it as a place of honor, we can decide for ourselves who our heroes are. So on Veterans Day, remember that there is more than one way to serve. Give the same honor to those who served with a thermometer as with a rifle. * tmhorst@temple.edu


Rundown: What a Republican Senate means for America A brief synopsis of what to expect after midterms.


ast week’s election was especially important for college students, many of whom are first exercising their right to

vote. With the post-election roundup happening all across the country, news organizations are celebrating and mourning the Republican swing the Senate has taken this midterm. Liberal rags are on full damage control across all fronts, churning out articles that range WILLIAM RICKARDS from fear-mongering, like the Huffington Post’s “Meet the Newly Empowered Right-wing Radicals,” to crisis control, like Salon’s “There is no GOP ‘mandate.’” Unilaterally, this election was bad for Democrats, with Republicans winning 24 of the 33 governorships in

contention, adding 10 more seats to their majority in the House, and won 10 of the 13 hotly contested Senate races. But besides the fear-mongering and doom-saying from the left, and the joyous victory sloganeering from Republicans, what can we actually expect from a right leaning Congress?


In the days of the Vietnam War there were always talks of “doves” and “hawks.” In the days of the War on Terror, the doves have been eaten. There only remains “hawks” and “hawk-like creatures.” For the last few years we have experienced the latter category, and now President Obama should prepare to work with the former. News organizations are already predicting that Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is being vetted as heading the Senate’s Defense Policy. McCain has long been an outspoken supporter of United States military intervention, earlier this month calling for “boots on the ground” in the conflict against ISIS in an interview

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with CNN, something that President Obama has been reluctant to agree to. Obama should expect even more pressure to pursue expanded military options in the fight against ISIS that hawks like McCain and fellow Republicans will be calling for, as well as increased pressure on countries like Iran. As of last Wednesday, Obama has stated, not surprisingly, that he would seek congressional approval in the war against ISIS. These are the types of concessions that we should expect to see after a devastating midterm for a president who once stated that congressional approval for wars is not needed.


Speaking of foreign policy, while the GOP should be expected to push for a more involved hand in the world, not all is well in the Grand Old Party. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, when asked if he would support now-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as senate majority leader, dodged the question, instead saying that “was a decision for Congress to make next week.” Cruz is known for his rancorous

behavior, once reading “Green Eggs and Ham” on the Senate floor during a filibuster. Cruz is also an ardent tea party candidate and a supporter of the Christian Right, saying recently in a CNN interview that he would attempt to repeal Obamacare provisions one by one if Obama vetoes a bill from the Republican controlled Senate and House. On the other side of the libertyoriented candidates, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, recently told CNN that the GOP brand “sucks” and needs to be reformed to appeal to minority voters. This is sure to create a tension between a party that has become splintered between neo-cons and more libertarian minded senators.


With a Republican Senate, efforts like that of Sen. Diane Feinstein, DCalifornia, to pass stricter gun legislation under the politicizing of shootings will hit a stone wall in Congress. A House and Senate controlled by Republicans almost guarantees a protection of Second Amendment rights. Raising the minimum wage has


also been a well-publicized goal of the Obama Administration. This is an issue that has galvanized the two parties, but is largely already being passed on a state-by-state basis. Democrats should expect an uphill battle over the next two years regarding the federal standard.


Like the Democrats who came before them, don’t expect to see a large amount of objection to the broadened NSA spying that is going on in the upper levels of the federal government. Phone taps, allegations of spying on reporters and hacking computers have all become par for the course in the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, and despite Obama’s recent announcement that he will ask for congressional support for a war against ISIS, terror driven measures against personal privacy don’t seem to be going anywhere. * william.rickards@temple.edu





Security at Temple’s Center City Campus has been increased after a student was attacked when leaving the building at 1515 W. Market St. around 8:45 p.m. on Oct. 29. The front desk staff has been increased from one to two people, and a bike patrol will now be added near the building along with an additional security staff member to provide escorts. Assistant Dean of the School of Media and Communication Donald Heller said in an email to staff that a man who appeared to be around 30 years old approached a student leaving the building before a faculty member intervened in the conflict and took the student back inside. Heller said the man, who does not seem to be affiliated with Temple, tried to get behind the front security desk and started throwing punches after he was asked to leave the building. His punches allegedly hit both the faculty member and the student, who were waiting in the lobby. Heller said that according to reports he heard, the man “appeared to be on drugs or some other substance.” He was later taken to Hahnemann University Hospital where Philadelphia and Temple police learned more details about him. Heller told The Temple News he has been at TUCC for 15 years. “Not to say that there weren’t other incidents, but this is the first time I’ve heard of one,” he said. “The entire time I’ve been around , I’ve felt [TUCC] is relatively safe,” Heller said. -Steve Bohnel


Laurence Steinberg, a professor of psychology at Temple, was named a recipient of the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award on Nov. 6. The Beckman Award recognizes select leading scholars in medicine, law and psychology for outstanding work. Steinberg was selected for his extensive study on adolescence, brain development and teen decision-making, as well as exceptional teaching. A well-recognized expert in adolescent psychological development, Steinberg has provided key assistance in juvenile justice issues. He has had significant involvement in several U.S. Supreme court cases related to this, including Roper v. Simmons, Graham v. Florida and Miller v. Alabama. As part of the award, Steinberg received $25,000 to further his research. -Ashlyn Miller


New regulations regarding sexual assault may now require college professors to pass on such cases given by students to higher college officials, according to The Chronicle of Education. Several college professors and faculty members think that being the liaison between students and higher officials will have a negative effect on their relationship with students, the report stated. Don Eron, a retired professor of writing and rhetoric at the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus, told The Chronicle the problem is that universities are actually more worried about how the public views them, rather than the victims of sexual assault themselves. “With Title IX, we’ve already seen how universities are more driven by fear of litigation or penalty than concern for victims,” he said. No matter how universities treat sexual violence, professors are no longer in full control, said Brett A. Sokolow in the report. Sokolow is the president of the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management, a consulting and law firm that advises schools. “This is a university-wide issue,” Sokolow said. “Faculty members have always acted like they had the privilege of keeping their conversations with students confidential. But that privilege mentality is now coming to clash with federal regulations.” -Steve Bohnel


The NCAA is reconsidering what penalties to enforce upon student-athletes cheating in college and university classrooms throughout the country, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Next year, the association is expected to introduce possible rules that would decipher what types of violations result in sanctions toward student-athletes. Along with the existing academicfraud charge, these new laws would include another classification of offense that allows for a lesser punishment. Critics of the NCAA’s current policy cite the fact that the association allows universities to make the final call on whether student-athletes did indeed cheat. While many said that institutions should have more power than college athletics’ main governing body, some also said colleges often don’t punish their studentathletes for breaking the rules. Gene A. Marsh, a lawyer with the workplace-law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. and a former chair of the NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions, said universities can’t rely solely on the association to solve the problem of student-athletes cheating in school. “Schools can’t stand down just because the NCAA does,” Marsh said in an email to the Chronicle. -Steve Bohnel

Monument Cemetery stopped accepting burials in 1929. By 1953, the once-grand space had fallen into neglect.

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the north, Montgomery Avenue on the south, 17th Street on the west and Broad Street on the east. Geasey Field, the track, the tennis courts, the Student Pavilion and the 15th Street Parking lot now sit on the land. The plan for the future of the area is “much the same as it is now,” said Jim Creedon, senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations. While not included in the initial fiveyear scope of the campus master plan Visualize Temple, Creedon said Temple may eventually enclose a portion of the field for indoor use. This would feature a recreation building behind Pearson and McGonigle halls which would house free weight space and multipurpose rooms and courts. This would overlay the area where the track is and cut into the edge of the former Monument Cemetery land. The only tangible signs left of the cemetery are the headstones and the tall obelisk that stood in the center of the cemetery. Most were used as founding stones for the Betsy Ross Bridge and are visible during low tide. Others are strewn around the banks of the Delaware River near the bridge. Dr. Stephen Nepa, a professor in the department of history, said Monument is an example of an area which slowly deteriorated and was overtaken as Temple expanded. “Some say it’s part of that larger conversation that this university has between itself and the neighborhood surrounding it,” Nepa said. “This neighborhood is changing, and Temple’s driving so much of that.” Temple purchased William Penn High School on Broad and Master streets, along with acquiring property on the 1500 block of North Broad Street. Monument Cemetery was one of the first acquisitions which marked the university’s growth. Monument Cemetery opened in 1837 as the second garden-style cemetery in Philadelphia, originally called Père-Lachaise after the

first rural cemetery in Paris, Keels wrote in his book. Nepa said cemeteries of its kind were exquisite – guests would visit the well landscaped and ornately decorated ground simply for leisure. “Some people would literally just go to these cemeteries, maybe not even having any relatives or friends buried there, just to kind of get lost in tranquility,” Nepa said. In 1929, the cemetery was filled and stopped accepting burials. “With no more money coming in, the cemetery could not maintain the gravesites, the landscaping,” Nepa said. “The place had been neglected; a lot of graffiti, apparently there was a rat problem.” In a 1953 copy of the Philadelphia Bulletin, resident Effie Bulmer described Monument Cemetery, where her parents and grandparents were buried, as “the most deplorable place in the city.” Nepa said the place existed in the shadows; there was a great deal of crime and vandalism which took place in the cemetery around the 1940s and 1950s. “At the same time, Temple is growing,” Nepa said. The cemetery represented an area into which the university could expand and potentially use for the increasing commuter traffic. “Extensively the idea was, ‘Take this cemetery, pave it over, we have a parking lot,’” Nepa said. “Temple is able to make the case to the city, it’s in disrepair, it’s in neglect and if we get it we can at least create some use out of it,” Nepa said. “Oh, and by the way, it will generate money.” After World War II, there was a need to remake the city, update it and find new investments, Nepa said. Monument was part of this change. The Philadelphia Bulletin reported that Councilman Raymond Pace Alexander lobbied for the condemnation of the cemetery for Temple. He saw it as an opportunity to gain revenue from revitalizing the neglected


land. After legal proceedings and debates over where the dead would be moved, Temple eventually received the majority of the land in 1956. The Philadelphia Bulletin reported that year that the plans were for playing fields, physical and recreational classes, a field house and parking facilities. The portion of the cemetery that spanned from 16th to 17th streets was bought by the Philadelphia School District to hold a playground for those at George Washington Carver High School. Out of 26,000 to 28,000 bodies buried over there during the cemetery’s 115 years of existence, 748 relatives were contacted and about 400 responded. The majority of the bodies were moved to Lawnview Cemetery in Rockledge, Pennsylvania. Nepa said there remains speculation about whether all the bodies were really removed. “In a city of this age there are bodies everywhere under the street,” Nepa said. Monument Cemetery is one of many cemeteries which were overtaken. Keels listed nine others which were removed throughout the mid-1900s. Nepa highlighted the Bethel burying ground, an African American Cemetery in Queen Village, which was turned into a playground. The area has recently become the center of great deal of controversy as many fight for those whom are still buried beneath. The future of Geasey Field remains uncertain, with administrators saying the lacrosse and field hockey teams may soon relocate to the newly-acquired property of William Penn High School, which is slated to be the future home of the men’s and women’s soccer teams. The tombstones that once stood on top of Geasey Field, however, remain scattered on the shores of the Delaware. * mariam.dembele@temple.edu T @Mariam_Dembele

Lubert wins award from Fox Ira Lubert was honored in a ceremony held on Nov. 5. STEVE BOHNEL Assistant News Editor Ira Lubert’s success started 44 years ago in McGonigle Hall. Lubert, then a Penn State sophomore and member of the wrestling team, was set to face Don Carden, a senior heavyweight wrestler on Temple’s squad. He was nervous, but ended up defeating his opponent in a close match en route to a 5-0-1 record in his first collegiate season. The 64-year-old credits much of his life’s success to this match at Temple in 1970. “Every time I drive up Broad Street … and see McGonigle Hall, I get fixated, because that really changed my life,” Lubert said. “Three years later, I ended up working for IBM in Philadelphia … and meeting Pete Musser.” This anecdote was the opening of Lubert’s speech for winning the Musser Excellence in Leadership award, which he received last Wednesday night at Mitten Hall. The award, named after Pete Musser, is “the highest honor Temple University’s Fox School of Business affords,” according to a program given out at the ceremony. Lubert credited Musser as one of the main reasons he has been able to have such a successful business career. “[Musser] has been my mentor, and the

first private equity job I had, I had with him,” Lubert said in an interview with The Temple News. “He taught me a lot about business and life, so it’s really special for me.” Lubert was the first recipient of the award since Lewis Katz, who received the honor last year. During his ceremony, Katz made a $25 million donation to the university, the largest in Temple history. In late June, three days before he died in a plane crash in Bedford, Massachusetts, Lubert said Katz wanted to introduce him in the award ceremony on Wednesday. Lubert added that being the first Musser award winner since Katz was a great privilege. “There’s no replacement for Lewis Katz,” Lubert said. “[He was] not only one of the greatest philanthropists in this region, but [was also] just a great guy, and gave back to so many folks, not just Temple.” Lubert has worked in the real estate and private equity sector industries for more than 40 years, and is co-founder of Lubert-Adler Real Estate, which was founded in 1997 and employs more than 30 investment professionals with a wide depth of knowledge in the real estate business. Dean Adler, who co-founded the company with Lubert, said his partner has been one of the best venture capitalists and real estate investors he’s seen because he “leads by example.” He also said Lubert’s entrepreneurial skills are essential in business. “We’re in a world of entrepreneurs today,” Adler said. “Ira’s always been an in-

dividual. Even though he started at IBM, he realizes [he’s] much better off using his own brain and instincts to thrive as an entrepreneur.” Along with the Musser Award, the Fox School of Business handed out six additional Excellence in Leadership awards: Excellence in Teaching, Research, Faculty Service, Administrative Service, Student Leadership, and Alumni Achievement. Dr. David Schuff, Dr. Sudipta Basu, Dr. Munir Mandviwalla, Mr. Charles M. Allen, Ms. Zahra Safa, and Mr. Frank Tidikis received each award respectively. Lubert and Musser also announced their co-founding of the Warren “Pete” Musser Professorship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where famous business professionals will spend a semester at Fox to teach and mentor students, helping to kick-start their early aspirations in the business world. Lubert concluded his ceremonial speech by declaring there are two type of people in the world: farmers and miners. Farmers are people who take but also give back to the world, while miners take but rarely give anything back. “No need to guess who Pete is,” Lubert said of his analogy. “Pete Musser is a farmer.” * steve.bohnel@temple.edu T @Steve_Bohnel





Honors fraternity Phi Sigma Pi held a soccer tournament Nov. 8 to help raise funds for local organization Autism Cares. PAGE 8

Junior theatre and French double major Joshua Decker wants to create a fraternity that is inclusive of gay, bisexual and transgendered men. PAGE 18




The Alumni Association participated in a Global Day of Service Nov. 8. Student and alumni assisted with various clean-up events across the city. PAGE 18 PAGE 7


Eric Doguet and Robbie Fischer of Eric & Robbie perform at The Block Jam, a rooftop concert at the corner of Diamond and Carlisle streets, held on Nov. 9.

Jazz student hosts rooftop concert Andy Conchelos held a concert on the roof of his Diamond Street apartment, where he frequently plays trombone, on Nov. 9.


VINCE BELLINO The Temple News ndy Conchelos’ Diamond Street apartment normally overlooks the Temple Community Garden and a family of cats living in the nearby bushes, but on Sunday, the typically quiet surroundings were filled with student

The event featured students and members of the surrounding community, ranging from elementary students to Philadelphians in their 70s.

onlookers. On Nov. 9, Conchelos, a junior music performance major known to some students on social media as “Trombone on the Roof,” hosted a day of music, called “The Block Jam,” for the community.

“This is all about nice music for the neighborhood, being able to walk around North Philadelphia... Andy Conchelos / junior

“I wanted the community to see that our neighborhood can be better … we can bring it back,” Conchelos said. Conchelos said he hopes fans and performers alike see benefits of showcasing both student and local talent. “This is all about nice music for the neighborhood, being able to walk around North Philadelphia and not be afraid,” he said. The school district has been incredibly receptive to Conchelos’ plan for the Block Jam and has allowed him to distribute flyers and speak at parent-teacher meetings, inviting students to perform. Inviting young musicians, as well as college students and older community members, allows listeners and performers to see that music


Putting student dancers in motion InMotion Dance Ensemble performed at this year’s homecoming. SIENNA VANCE The Temple News Members of Temple’s InMotion Dance Ensemble don’t discriminate when it comes to styles of dance. The dancers have spent their past few practices perfecting a routine to pop singers Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj’s hit “Bang Bang,” through which the girls showcase techniques in contemporary, hip-hop and jazz dancing. Brianna Poley, a senior education major and captain of InMotion dance, said the team is preparing for performances at a few upcoming service-oriented events, including a church organization and Red Lounge, an event by Temple University’s HEART Wellness Resource Center that promotes AIDS awareness. Some members said this year has been the most successful for the team. During homecoming weekend, InMotion was one of the headline performances for the Battle of the Sexes

event, which featured cast members of MTV’s Girl Code and Guy Code television shows. “When we went on stage it was crazy, because we were like the famous performer there,” said Noel Sarachilli, an InMotion member and senior actuarial science and risk management major. “It gave us so much adrenalin and was probably one of the best performances that I’ve ever done.” Poley said the team was ecstatic when the Oct. 7 Battle of the Sexes event coordinator contacted them to perform. “This was one of our biggest events – the way that it was completely packed was something that we had never experienced before,” Poley said. “The crowd was crazy and had a lot of energy. Some of us even met the Girl Code, Guy Code cast members and they really loved us.” For the Battle of the Sexes event, InMotion stuck to a hip-hop technique rather than contemporary or jazz. Poley said that although hip-hop routines are in demand at most events, members of InMotion must be able to perform contemporary and jazz routines when expected.

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A 1930s issue of Temple University Weekly, Temple’s student-run newspaper, sits on display at Ginsburg Library.

Time capsule found at old medical school A time capsule from the early 1900s was recovered on Oct. 24. ALEXA ZIZZI The Temple News Buried deep in a cornerstone near the historic 1930 building, a large rect-

angular copper box was packed full of Philadelphia and Temple history artifacts. Temple Medical School president, faculty and staff at the time left behind newspapers, periodicals and photographs. Though Temple’s Medical School no longer resides in the building at the corner of Broad and Ontario streets, a piece of its history was preserved in


this 84-year-old time capsule discovered at the demolition three weeks ago. “The time capsule was a lot of paper, but interesting paper,” said Dr. Larry Kaiser, dean of Temple University School of Medicine. Kaiser had the honor of opening the capsule and presenting it at the demolition site.





Fraternity tournament fundraises for autism awareness Proceeds from a Phi Sigma Pi soccer tournament benefitted organization Autism Cares. JULIA CHIANGO The Temple News This past Saturday, members of co-ed fraternity Phi Sigma Pi laced up for their Philly Cup soccer tournament. The fraternity holds the tournament each year to raise money for the Autism Cares foundation. “This is the only event like this that our chapter holds,” Bridget Fitzgerald, the Inter-Chapter Relations Chair of Phi Sigma Pi, said. “This is huge for our chapter, and everyone gets involved.” Autism Cares works to better the lives and experiences of the autistic. Jon Campione, the Inter-Chapter Relations co-chair of Phi Sigma Pi, said this year the fraternity has raised roughly $2,000 to donate to the organization. The fraternity raises money through the soccer tournament by asking participating brothers to pay an entrance fee. The brothers aren’t required to participate, but anyone who is a member of Phi Sigma Pi is encouraged to join the tournament. “All of the visiting brothers and sisters are invited to stay with us in our homes for the weekend,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s always great to see our brothers step up and take on the responsibility to show everyone what a great city Philadelphia is.” Students from schools like West Virginia University came to play in the tournament . “This is my second year coming, and it’s always just really cool to meet everyone because meeting people from other chapters, and seeing how they do things is awesome,” Sarah Hohenwarter, a senior at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, said. Fitzgerald said it was interesting to see members of the fraternity come together. The team huddled, mingled, danced and, of course, played soccer. “It is a great feeling knowing that all of these people are here to support such a great cause and that they are donating their time,” Campione said.


Kelsey Lazicki, a junior from St. Joe’s University, cheers on her teammates during the Phi Sigma Pi ninth annual ICR Philly Cup soccer game on November 9th. Proceeds for the event go to the Autism Cares Foundation.

* julia.chiango@temple.edu JENNY KERRIGAN TTN

University of Maryland students gather before the Nov. 8 soccer game at Phi Sigma Pi’s ninth annual ICR Philly Cup.

Newspapers, photographs among items found in capsule CAPSULE PAGE 7

“You get a pretty good idea of what was going on at that time in 1930,” Kaiser said. “It was fascinating being able to sort of look back and see what they would have put in there.” The box held city newspapers, including issues of the Inquirer and Evening Public Ledger from June 1930, as well as Temple University Weekly, the school’s student-run newspaper, from December 1925, the year university founder Russell Conwell died. There were also photographs, a medical journal, course catalogs, pamphlets and TUSM yearly bulletins dating back to the early 1900s. Director of the Special Collections Research Center at Paley Library Margery Sly said while most of these materials were already documented in the archives, there was one significant item that was not – a brochure that entailed the dedication ceremony program for the opening of the new medical school building. “One of the coolest things that I haven’t been able to find a copy of yet was a prospectus about the building,” Sly said. “It was a white brochure that was printed on really good quality paper and had the floor plan of the new building in it. That’s the one item that I’m not sure we have a copy of in the archives already, so we would probably focus our preservation efforts on that.” Although the box was enclosed in a stone and wedged inside the building’s wall, it was not tightly sealed. Many of the items, like the photographs, suffered water damage. “I’m sure they thought it was going to be great because they put it in a

completely enclosed stone and copper box, but they didn’t seal the box with wax or anything,” Sly said, “They just put a lid on it, and water got in. There were really interesting layers of color in there, depending on what paper had been resting on the tin. The stuff was still moist too, so it’s been decades of water.” “It was almost like a miniature tomb because it was entirely encased in stone, but not sealed,” she added. Standing alongside Kaiser in the opening of the capsule, Brad Chilnick, architect and assistant dean of Space Plan & Management, was also present at the demolition site during the discovery. Chilnick said that though it was “great” to uncover the artificats they did, he was disappointed that there was not a medical, research or teaching artifact. “There was nothing. I mean come on, give me a stethoscope, give me something that’s physical,” he said. “That’s my world. There was nothing other than paper in there. I would’ve liked to have seen anything that was a medical device they thought was state of the art at that time.” Interestingly enough, Chilnick said the newspapers were in the best condition of the items. “That’s another ironic thing,” Chilnick said. “If you have ever tried to save a newspaper and notice how they suck up moisture and crumble – these were in the best condition. You could almost open them, leaf through and read everything.” Besides the medical school’s pam-

A floor plan of the proposed medical building rests in a case on display in Ginsburg Library.

phlets, catalogs, brochures and photographs, there was not a full historical focus on the original TUSM building. Chilnick said the newspapers had headlines about sports teams and politicians. “It was almost like their communication was saying, despite all the things going on at this time, we’re put-

ting something new on the earth,” Chilnick said. The former medical school building demolition is still in process, but Chilnick said the university’s plan is to clear the space and add greenery. The time capsule’s items were held on display at the Ginsburg Library


in the new medical school building at 3500 N. Broad St. until Nov. 10. The items will be sent to Special Collections Research Center for proper preservation. * alexa.zizzi@temple.edu



Indy Hall was the venue for a poetry comic show that featured the work of poets also of visual artists on Nov. 6-7. PAGE 12

Two almunae participated in FringeArts Festival for the second year with their shows that they hope will inspire change. PAGE 11





Ryan Bross shows off his cross stitched retro video game designs in the game store, Classic Game Junkie, where he works. | PAGE 15

A smooth transition The Monkey and the Elephant, a coffee shop in Northern Liberties, employs former foster youth.

CLAIRE SASKO Lifestyle Editor When Lisa Miccolis first saw Ephraim, a Zimbabwean refugee, she said the 16-year-old boy was sitting at a desk writing his life story. Miccolis formed a strong bond with the foster youth while she was on a three-month photojournalism trip to South Africa in 2008. When Ephraim turned 18, he automatically lost foster support services and refugee status. He was forced to return to Zimbabwe. “I realized what it means to be turning 18 and not have a support system,” Miccolis said. “I saw a lot of the difficulties he was facing, as well as all the difficulties foster youth face around the world.” Miccolis maintained contact with Ephraim and returned to Philadelphia, where she built a business centered on providing stability for foster youth. Her coffee shop in Northern Liberties, The Monkey and the Elephant, opened this year


Lisa Miccolis (right) is the owner and founder of The Monkey and the Elephant cafe. Naje Taylor, a current employee and former foster youth, has worked at M&E since August.

and is named after her and Ephraim’s favorite animals.

By employing former foster youth, Miccolis hopes the The Monkey and the Elephant, or

M&E, café and mission can ease the city’s foster youths’ rocky transitions into adulthood, she said. Miccolis said it is often challenging for foster youth to leave support services and achieve self-sufficiency. Nineteen-year-old Naje Taylor, an M&E employee, said the shift has not been easy. “In foster care, you have to grow up faster than other children,” Taylor said. “[Foster children] face neglection. They face a lack of education because they move around a lot. Some [foster children] isolate themselves.” “Some have a hard time accepting people because they put up walls,” Taylor added. “Some [foster children] go through abuse, some go through not being fed. I can go on and on.” According to the Department of Human Services, approximately 3,000 children enter foster care every year in Philadelphia. On average, more than 250 youth age out of the care system annually.


For noir fans, a celebration of the genre in Society Hill NoirCon 2014 was a biennial conference held from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2. VICTORIA MIER The Temple News Society Hill’s streets, empty and sullen, were slick with rain, dull in a gloom that sunk into the city’s bones. To a small group gathered within the Society Hill Playhouse, the weather was perfect. The second-to-last day of NoirCon 2014 was just beginning. A celebration of all things noir, from literature and film to art and poetry, NoirCon is a bi-

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ennial conference produced and held in Philadelphia. “Noir is empathy,” said Dr. Lou Boxer, co-chair of NoirCon 2014. “It’s giving the underclass without a voice a way to speak, because no one understands their day-to-day life. And noir is about life – because life is hard.” Originally founded by Boxer and Deen Kogan – who opened Society Hill Playhouse along with her husband in 1959 – NoirCon was meant to bring together lovers of the mystery and crime genre to honor the unsung David Goodis, a writer of noir who graduated from Temple in 1938. In addition to providing speeches, panels, readings and a chance to net-

“NoirCon is

empathy. It’s giving the underclass without a voice a way to speak, because no one understands their day-to-day life.

Dr. Lou Boxer / NoirCon co-chair

work, NoirCon offered an award in the name of Goodis to an outstanding author who exemplifies the style of Goodis. This year, Fuminori Nakamura, a Japanese writer known for the novel “The Thief,” took home the prize. Tom Nolan, a mystery and crime novel critic at The Wall Street Journal, interviewed Nakamura during a panel at the event. Nolan said that the Japanese writer is a new favorite of his. “There’s a quality of humanity within his books that puts them several cuts above the rest,” Nolan said. “And I think his work definitely has an affinity with Goodis’ in the way the protagonist sits on a dark edge of existence, but is


still yearning for salvation and so persistent for it.” With the help of a translator during his interview with Nolan, Nakamura told NoirCon attendees that reading saved him – though even now he is not “necessarily saved” – when he found solace in the companionship of literature. The works of noir act as a crutch for many at NoirCon, as the convention has become a safe haven for people like Kevin Catalano, a 37-year-old writer. Catalano, who attended NoirCon for the second time this year, said that he appreciates how everyone at the event





Chef and Fairmount restaurant owner puts personality back into the kitchen Onna Hepner creates personal culinary experiences with her customers. GREGORY FORKIN The Temple News


s a child, Onna Hepner didn’t watch Saturday morning cartoons. “I would watch cooking shows all morning, then make my mom something for lunch and have it all set out for her,” said Hepner, now a professional chef and culinary teacher. “She would come home from her lunch break and I would give her this whole spiel about what I made.” Since then, Hepner has become the owner and head chef of Full & Happy, her most recent endeavor, a cooking studio that opened on North 15th Street earlier this year in the Fairmount neighborhood. “The mission of Full & Happy is to feed people really great food and expertly show them how to replicate gourmet meals at home,” Hepner said. Hepner said that while selling jams and baked goods at a monthly flea market, she realized that she wanted to do more than just sell her products – she wanted to teach others how to make them. “I am trying to reach people who want cooking skills and people who really want to learn how to cook,” Hepner said. “My overall goal for this business is to make cooking more approachable for people.” As part of the learning experience, Hepner creates original Full & Happy recipes for her

customers to take home. She has show at the time,” Hepner said. strayed from what she called the “Someone I knew was working traditional list format of recipes on the show and I asked how and instead, takes a photograph- she got involved. That’s when oriented approach in hopes of she asked if I wanted to fill in redefining the way recipes are for her for five days.” written and understood. Her diligence as a chef-inHepner said before Full & training paid off. Lagasse’s staff Happy, she cooked in six dif- liked Hepner so much that they ferent restaurants, on food TV offered her an internship to help shows and as a personal chef. prepare food in the kitchen for “My experience is so broad shows. that I can take from each one Today, Hepner is still workof those and tell you something ing for Lagasse, but instead of useful that you can do at home working as an intern, she works in the kitchen,” Hepner said. as a food stylist, preparing food Hepner is a graduate of St. for his QVC appearances. Joseph’s University with a deShe has worked with other gree in food marketing. She as- celebrities as well, preparing pired to delve into the culinary recipes for The Martha Stewarts but never pursued it imme- art Show and personally cookdiately after graduation because ing for Richard Nichols, forof her family’s concerns about mer manager of Philadelphia her ability to make a living with band, The Roots. Hepner also partnered a culinary degree. with The “Then my Roots’ drumdad got sick,” mer, Ahmir Hepner said. “He “Questlove” was diagnosed Thompson, four years ago for a project with stage four that aimed to colon cancer and provide food he basically had and music a two-and-a-halffor special year life span. He events held told me, ‘Go get Onna Hepner/ owner and chef by companies the culinary desuch as Rollgree you want. You have to do this right now. ing Stone magazine and Food & Wine magazine. So I can see you do it.’” Also an avid traveler, HepWith the wish of her dying father at hand, Hepner immedi- ner has traveled to places like ately quit her job in marketing Madrid and New Orleans where and enrolled in culinary school. she recalled paying close attenShe drove from Philadelphia to tion to the people, the sites and New York three days a week for most importantly, the food. “I try to travel as much as the first two months of school I can,” Hepner said. “I love to until she found a place to live. Hepner’s career quickly eat, obviously, so I am all about flourished. She soon landed a going places and just eating my job with celebrity chef Emeril way through a city.” She focuses on finding Lagasse. “He was filming a TV ways to weave her cultural ex-

“My overall goal for this business is to make cooking more approachable for people.


Onna Hepner is the owner and head chef at Full & Happy, which aims to make cooking approachable by not only selling her products to customers, but teaching them how to make them.

posure into her cooking lessons to give them an authentic cultural feel, frequently tailoring the studio’s ambiance to match the food’s culture of origin.

“Simply put,” Hepner said. “I want it to be a place where you can come to enjoy both good food and conversation. I want you to feel like you are at

home.” * gregory.forkin@temple.edu

Graduate student winner of local theater award Alice Gatling won a Barrymore Award for her recent role in “Gidion’s Knot.” MARYVIC PEREZ The Temple News Alice Gatling skipped class the day after she won a Barrymore Award. She spent the day in and out of museums with her younger brother. The next day, though, she was back to work as the newly named “Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play.” This year, 72 judges considered 88 theater productions in the Philadelphia area at the 19th annual Barrymore Awards. Companies like the Inis Nua Theatre Company, The Wilma Theater, The Lantern Theater Company, Arden Theatre Company and InterAct Theatre Company, were recognized. Gatling ADVERTISEMENT

received one of the three Barrymore awards achieved by her company, InterAct. She was recognized for her role in “Gidion’s Knot.” Connecting with the award winning role of a mother dealing with a son who committed suicide left her physically and emotionally attached to the role in “Gidion’s Knot,” Gatling said. “I like taking scripts that I have an immediate emotional connection to,” Gatling said. “I would get in my car and it would be time to go to the theater and I would just sit behind the wheel and cry. You can’t cheat the character story. As much as it devastated me, I had to commit to telling her story every night and going exactly to the emotional places that this mother went to.” Gatling, from Houston, is pursuing a Master’s of Fine Arts in Temple’s acting program. “[Continuing as a student]

had a lot to do with the fact that I learned how to act on the job,” Gatling said. “Since I worked with several people and that’s how they learned, I wanted that [classroom] experience.” Aside from this, as an educator and as head of The Educational Acting Company of Houston, known as TEACH, Gatling said she needed the credentials to provide professional development for teachers. “She’s a pro,” Seth Rozin, artistic director of InterAct, said of Gatling, “[She is] experienced, smart and talented. Anyone who takes an acting class with her will not just see the academics but the work with someone that knows what she’s talking about, someone that’s recognized.” Although her work has influenced undergraduate students, she said teaching the general education art course “The Art of Acting” has benefited her as well. Even if the students


Graduate student, Alice Gatling, won a Barrymore Award for “Outstanding Leading Actress.”

might not particularly major in theater, “the way they approach the work with such innocence, and willingness to just throw themselves into it … reminds me to keep that kind of naivety and joy and not get locked in to the technical way of approaching the art.” “I have a rapport with my students – that when I'm with you, it’s about you,” Gatling said. In the same way she receives support from students when they watch her performances like “The Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.” Winning a Barrymore left Gatling “completely overwhelmed,” as she recalled feeling when congratulated by her family. Her former student and younger brother walked alongside her and she was handed the award by her cousin. “The Philadelphia commu-

nity is aware of my work and receptive of the work that I do,” Gatling said. “And I’m very thankful.” The last time Gatling performed in a Philadelphia theater, it was 1999. “You begin to understand just how far reaching the Temple arm is,” Gatling said. “Which is a testament to Temple, that you are able to actually produce people who are working and who are able to find work.” At 18, Gatling auditioned for a company which initially turned her down, but she fought to work in any capacity. She offered to take care of anything that needed to be done in the theater – whether that meant cleaning or seating people. “If it needs to be done I’ll do it,” Gatling said. “Just because I wanted to be in the theater.” Through the founder and

artistic director of the Ensemble Theatre, George Hawkins, Gatling learned how to broaden her abilities within a theater by taking courses in lighting and other skills. “So I tell [my students], do the same thing,” Gatling said. “Learn it all.” After her receiving her award, Gatling said she has started to work on “The Syringa Tree” at Theater Horizon, which will be playing from Oct. 16 to Nov. 9. Her last project, “Under the Skin” is also fully booked, debuting from Jan. 15 to March 15 at the Arden and she will be soon back with Interact as Rozin writes her a piece. “Don’t limit your experience to just the university experience,” Gatling said. “Create those opportunities for yourself.” * maryvic.perez@temple.edu




For theater company, a take on social change Two alumnae started their Power Street Theatre Company in 2012. ASHLEY CALDWELL The Temple News Erlina Ortiz and Gabriela Sanchez said that it wasn’t always easy getting roles in plays during their time at Temple. “I wasn’t the easiest character to cast,” Ortiz said. “Especially with me being almost 6 feet tall, [I couldn’t] really show my talent.” After graduating from Temple, Sanchez said she decided she wasn’t going to “whine about getting roles,” so she decided to develop a theater company that would not only showcase the talents of Latin Americans, but that could also give way to other cultural talents. The company she created, Power Street Theatre Company, is run by women from a multitude of cultural backgrounds, and aims to be relatable to all kinds of people. The Philadelphia-based company was featured in the 2014 Philly Fringe Festival at Taller Puertorriqueño for the second year in a row. Its play, “Morir Sonyando,” was about “family and the grace we must choose to bestow on another every day to keep alive,” according to its press release. The play was written by Erlina Ortiz, the company’s playwright and artistic director. The show was somewhat focused “on the Latin community,” said Gabriela Sanchez, company founder and executive director, who added, “people of all colors can relate to it.” Both women are Temple graduates.

Sanchez said the company does a “talk-back,” after every performance, allowing the members of the company to hear feedback from the audience on their performance. Sanchez said the talk-back segment after every performance gives the company an opportunity to be “the face of social and political change.” Ortiz added that the FringeArts Festival gave them a chance to advertise the company and a higher chance of people from the community to come see their work. Showing the festival at Taller Puertorriqueño, which is located at 2257 N. 5th St., was a different choice from locations the “Fringe people,” as Sanchez referred to them, had opted for in years past. Community members who aren’t always able to see theater performances were given the opportunity to come see the show and try to relate to it due to the increased accessibility. “It’s beautiful to witness North Philadelphia people who’ve never seen a theater show give their feedback,” Sanchez said. “All different ages, races, genders, etcetera.” She added that the festival allowed them to create the most diverse audience members in the city. Sanchez and Ortiz both agreed the common assumption that “all-womanran businesses aren’t as successful as those with men as leaders in their companies.” “We’ve been like the dream team since the beginning,” Ortiz said. “We’ve kept friends stuff friendly and business stuff business.” “Communication [plays a big part in it],” Sanchez added. “We both have different personalities, but are clear and respectful of each other. We both have a common goal [that we want to reach].”


Power Street Theatre Company’s play, “Morir Sonyando,” premiered during the FringeArts Festival.

Sanchez and Ortiz agreed that the company seeks to bring stories to the stage where members of the community can relate and meet characters that they wouldn’t be able to in other theatrical platforms as well as in the real world. Sanchez and Ortiz mentioned last year’s participation in the FringeArts Festival as their first professional show titled, “MinorityLand.” The play tackles what it means to be a minority for the women, what it means to be a community and how words and actions can affect others. The play specifically focuses on

how African Americans and Latinos are affected by a local university purchasing community properties that force them to relocate, according to Power Street’s website. Ortiz said she was very grateful and happy when Sanchez approached her about joining the company. “[Sanchez] said, ‘Hey, I have this opportunity or idea to develop a theater company, would you like to be a part of it?’ Ortiz said. “I initially came on as an actress. No one knew I could write. Then I decided to start writing.” Sanchez and Ortiz said for the most part, their company aims to pro-

duce universal content that can reach people all across the board. “These plays can speak to anyone,” Sanchez said. “It’s beautiful to me to see it reach groups of all colors.” “Don’t wait,” Ortiz said. “Create the opportunity yourself.” * ashley.caldwell@temple.edu

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NOIR is a “little dark and a little twisted.” “It’s cool to not be the weird one,” Catalano said, grinning lopsidedly as he pulled the brim of his baseball cap down a little further. But noir is not dark simply for the sake of darkness, according to Boxer. Noir is about the pain that often comes with the human experience and condition, Boxer said. “NoirCon is camaraderie,” he said. “It’s collegiality and the sharing of ideas, it’s being in a place where everyone’s on the same page.” The authors featured at NoirCon are what Boxer called “underdogs” – people who have lived lives “fraught with ignorance and pain.” The keynote speaker, Eric Miles Williamson, exemplified that kind of life. Williamson, now the author of five books that have been critically successful, grew up in what he called “the ghetto” in Oakland, California. During his speech, Williamson said he grew up in a “house filled with music, but a house without books.” “There are only two ways out of the ghetto,” Williamson said. “Sports or entertainment.” In an attempt to get out, Williamson became “the best second-rate trumpet player,” but supported himself by working construction. During his time laboring on construction sites, Williamson said he saw seven people die. Williamson paused, furrowed his brow beneath the tweed cap, and told the audience, “Death isn’t pretty, not like it is in the movies.” Despite these graphic life experiences that lent themselves well – if depressingly so – to a page, Williamson said he never saw himself as a writer. That changed when Williamson attended college and “began reading like a fiend.” He wrote a short story that was quickly published. “And I was like, what the f---, that was easy,” Williamson said. From there, Williamson began writing about the people he knew – the people from the dark parts of Oakland. He met critical acclaim for his works of noir. Williamson is proud to be part of a movement that he said allows him to “say stuff America hasn’t heard, instead of more New Yorker stories.” However, Williamson said he never considered the tales of underdogs to be noir. “Maybe our realism is most people’s noir,” Williamson said. He spoke the words with a shrug, but was met with applause from the crowd. NoirCon’s attendees and supporters said they want noir to continue to grow; they want “real people” to be represented by writers in every genre. Boxer in particular thinks that noir has a lot more to offer than a good read. “Life is not all about happiness,” Boxer said. “I see that every day in my real job – I’m an anesthesiologist. People are scared. They’re looking for a hand to hold.” * victoria.mier@temple.edu


Twenty-two-year-old Tyrone Morrison, a former foster youth, said he had never worked with coffee before getting his current job at M&E cafe.

Coffee shop employs foster youth CAFE PAGE 9 “I knew I couldn’t [open the Monkey and the Elephant] in South Africa, because that’s not where my own support system is,” Miccolis said. “But I know people here, and I knew I could leverage the community that just inherently exists in coffee shops as a support system for people who don’t otherwise have one.” M&E employees are engaged with a community of supportive adults. An early six-day training program measures former foster youths skill levels and stability. “We are generally trying to increase their exposures to a variety of things while working on professional and communication skill development,” Miccolis said. “A lot of this happens just by working at the shop through customer interaction.” Miccolis said she hopes to build both core skills in employees, like communication and critical thinking, in addition to applied skills like money handling and food preparation. Employees complete self-reflection forms, work on “elevator pitches,” Miccolis said, as well as attend career fairs, farmers’ markets and survey public art. M&E received a grant in April that allowed Miccolis to recruit Taylor and 22-year-old Tyrone Morrison. Morrison was enrolled in DHS care for four years, from age 13 to 17. Morrison said he had trouble adjusting to his

family’s move from West to Northeast Philadelphia when he was 12. “In West Philly, I was used to a lot of violence and craziness,” Morrison said. “When I came to the northeast, it was this whole different environment. I felt like I had to prove myself. It caused me to make some stupid decisions ... caused me to have bad blood with people that could’ve really been beneficial to my life.” Morrison, who started working at M&E in August, said the program has been constructive. “Working here has taught me how to hold better conversations, have an interest in wanting to meet new people, and I guess really just accept change,” he said. Miccolis initially operated M&E as a pop-up shop in several different locations, like Manayunk, and out of Taffets, a bakery located in the Italian Market. M&E is currently nestled in Impact Hub, an artistic community workspace located at 1227 N. 4th St. Miccolis is still fundraising for a more permanent space where she can hire more employees and form a stronger customer base. “We are still very much in start-up phase,” Miccolis said. “Being able to have a permanent location and open seven days a week, then somebody like Tyrone isn’t going to be juggling two jobs to make ends meet, and we’ll have more time

to work together.” Taylor considers M&E a crucial “stepping stone” in his life. “When I tell my story, I don’t feel judged anymore,” Taylor said. “Now I can say ‘Listen, I went to school, I got two jobs and I look good.’ Now I say my story at ease. I’m in a place where I can feel important.” “Some [foster youth] go through it worse than [Tyrone and I] did, but we all have to face our own obstacles,” Taylor added. “I’m doing great things now, and I want to have someone talk about me as a role model later on.” Morrison said he frequently reflects on his past. “Everything I did lead me here,” Morrison said. “When I walk around, I’ll see a memorial – one of my homies, Dyia, I just lost him last year. It’s funny because I used to look at him, see his eyes move, shake his hand. Now I’m looking at a cartoon picture at a memorial.” “I want to tell [foster youth], ‘You are a diamond in the rough,’” he added. “‘Every situation that you’re going through is just you being rubbed off, so when they put you on a table you can shine a little brighter, show your true definition.’” * claire.sasko@temple.edu





Several artists performed at the 7165 Lounge in Germantown on Nov. 8 as a part of Mighty Hip’s Mighty Virtuoso event. The artists included Jahiti, CC Hill, Noel Sclaes, “Q” Randall, Yolanda Wisher and Tarica June. | Look for the full story in the Nov. 18 issue.

Poets meet visual artists at Indy Hall A poetry comic show was hosted by the Red Sofa Salon last week. GABRIELLA LOPEZ The Temple News Hila Ratzabi named the Red Sofa Salon, a workshop, after a sofa in her home that many writers have sat on and indulged in the homemade food she provided. “I had an [Master’s of Fine Arts] in poetry and decided that I wanted to start teaching and that’s how the Red Sofa Salon was created,” Ratzabi said. “I really wanted something that was comfortable and homey.” On Nov. 6-7, the Red Sofa Salon hosted tje first niche show of its kind, called “FULL BLEED: Poetry Comics Show,” at Indy Hall in Old City. On Nov. 6, the poems were performed and read while Nov. 7 served as a relaxed gettogether on First Friday. The Red Sofa Salon provides not only coaching for writers hoping to improve their work, but also a community for poets to share their writing. Ratzabi hosted her first poetry event just a year ago in October 2013, but this was her first time ever curating a poetry comics show. One of her inspirations to curate the show was poet and visual artist Bianca Stone. “I had known and seen her work in New York, and I always found it so great,” Ratzabi said. “When I asked her to perform, a lot of poets came along as well.” FULL BLEED was a show at the Salon where spoken word was simultaneously paired with visual art. “The image is not repeating the words that are already there,” Stone said. “The art is an additional line to the poem. A poem isn’t exactly linear. There are a lot of leaps and spaces where you fill in meaning, that’s what the image is supposed to do. Looking at the different works around the room tells you a story and it tells you this in the same way.” Stone said that if she sees a line of poetry alone on a page, she will pair an image with it. “It’s funny how the image can change the color of the line completely, and sometimes show if the line is bad,” Stone said. Eight total artists were featured in the show, including Emily Ballas and Paul Siegell. “I like to make my poems groupings of scavenger hunts,” said Siegell, a copywriter at the Inquirer and an author. “I usually like to talk about the life in a crazy imaginative city. I started writing when I was 19. I went to a Phish show in Philly and I had this thing in my head, an idea from the concert and I asked myself, ‘Should I write this down?’” Ballas, a local graphic designer who created art to complement Siegell’s work, describes her interpretation of the poetry comic genre. “It’s very interpretive,” Ballas said. “The illustrations can have their own interpretation.


Paul Siegell, a copywriter at the Inquirer and an author, read from his collection “wild life rifle fire,” as a part of the poetry and comics show.

There’s an important dynamic between the poet and the artist; it’s a visual team. [Siegell] came up to me and showed me a series of poems and told me to design images for whatever ones I gravitated towards.” “Working with [Ballas] was great – I trust her completely,” Siegell added. “What she did blows my mind, the colors are so bright and bold, she really ran with my aesthetic.” Siegell, who recently released a book of his poems called, “wild life rifle fire” uses his poems as a visual in a “poetry comic” style. “It’s all about using poetry in another way,” Siegell said. “The book uses poems as a visual, it uses written word as an object.” Annie Mok, another Philly poet and artist who performed at the Salon, is releasing a book of her own titled “Unholy Shapes.” The book is inspired by Austrian painter Egon Schiele and includes events from Mok’s life. “My work is a kind of love letter, but it also talks about desire, fear and transwomen in public places,” Mok said. “It’s been great,” Ratzabi said after the JENNY KERRIGAN TTN event. “People came and are really interested. I Annie Mok, a local Philly artist and musician, presented her comic “Shadow Manifesto.” would love to curate something like this again.” * gabriella.lopez@temple.edu





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Video games get a new look

OUT & ABOUT LOVE YOUR PARK DAY RETURNS Love Your Park Fall Service Day will return to Philly on Saturday. The Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation partners with parks across the city for the annual fall clean up. Participants help get the city’s 10,000 acres of park space ready for winter by sweeping, raking and planting trees and bulbs. The cleanup is a collaborative initiative between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philly Parks and Recreation -Paige Gross

AZUKA THEATRE PREMIERED NEW PRODUCTION ON NOV. 5 Azuka Theatre premiered its new production, “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence” on Nov. 5, which will run until Nov. 23. Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George wrote this sci-fi play interlacing the stories of four different Watsons. The play mirrors story lines and attracts fans of Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes, as the four Watsons interact with classic characters throughout history. Tickets cost between $15 -$30. -Paige Gross MARGO REED TTN

Ryan Bross cross-stitches retro videogame designs at a gaming store in Glenside called Classic Game Junkie.

“You can’t do crossstitch on the Internet, you can’t do needlepoint on your phone – it just doesn’t work. It’s something you do with your hands...” Linda Blowney / cross stitcher MARGO REED TTN

Bross has been creating artwork based off of video game designs since he was young.

A Philly cross stitcher commissions custom work of retro video games.


he first time I met Ryan Bross was when he walked into gaming store Classic Game Junkie with his most recent creation resting in his white, paint-splattered hands. Bross had just completed a ceiling tile with the Philadelphia Flyers logo, the letters PHI and an 8-bit sprite of a hockey player cross stitched into it. Paying homage to store owner Frank Stanchek’s favorite sports team, he immediately ALBERT HONG had it installed. Geeking Out This isn’t the first time Bross has brought in something to display at Classic Game Junkie, as the nearby Arcadia graduate in scientific illustration is known for his designing and cross stitching of retro video game art onto a number of things which can be seen on his Facebook page, Bross Stitching. Bross was taught how to cross-stitch by his mom and uncle, who thought it would be a good rainy-day activity for a young kid. Cross-stiching is a type of embroidery where floss or thread is used to stitch “X’s” into a tiled pattern onto fabric, like Aida cloth or linen, in order to make a picture. As he got older, this hobby became less and less consistent. A soccer tournament that resulted in a knee injury so severe that he couldn’t walk

for six months and had to find a way to spend his free time. Whether it’s with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stitched onto correspondingly colored hats or the classic Galaga spaceships on a pair of earrings, people have been noticing and spreading the word about Bross. People also often request commissioned pieces when they want something more specific. “It’s nice because you can do a small, simple one since people are used to seeing it already pixelated,” Bross said. “If you want to do Pac-Man, people are used to seeing him have these sharp edges; it’s not a round circle.” Along with his video game-centric cross stitching, Bross also uses his artistic skills to help support the Philadelphia Union soccer team as the director of tifo for the team’s supporter group, Sons of Ben. Tifo, an Italian word for visual displays of support for sports teams, comes in the form of huge banners. He even found a way to cross his “nerd-dom” into his passion for supporting the local soccer team. He once painted a 36-by-36 foot cloth banner to look like the cover of the Playstation game, Final Fantasy VII, with appropriate modifications to represent and support the Union. “Being a supporter equates with, how in nerd-dom or geekdom, it almost borders obsession,” Bross said. “That’s how it feels like in the soccer world so it matches with that.” Linda Blowney, a full-time employee at a needlepoint specialty shop called Rittenhouse Needlepoint, has been cross-stitching for most of her life. She thought it was great to see more

people like Bross using cross stitching in a different way. The team at Rittenhouse Needlepoint has recently collaborated with a local kink shop to use needlepoint to make things like submissive leashes and collars. Cross stitching in general has had a big impact in helping Blowney connect with her mother who recently passed away. She said she values it as an analog process that is both fulfilling and relaxing. “You can’t do cross stitch on the Internet, you can’t do needlepoint on your phone – it just doesn’t work,” Blowney said. “It’s something you do with your hands, there’s an immediate gratification.” Bross hopes that people will become more interested in cross stitching after seeing his work with creating video game designs to relate to a new audience. To help people get started, he’s started to sell Like a Bross Stitching Kits that come with everything people need to start and finish one of his Pokémon designs. “If you got interested in cross stitching because you saw one of my video game ones and you have a video game pattern to make that, you’re probably going to want to finish it just so you can have it,” Bross said. “There’s a sense of community in that, seeing someone else like this as much as you do.”

The Blue Cross RiverRink will be open on Nov. 28 and stay open until March 1. The rink offers skating sessions, special events, parties, private functions, as well as skate rentals and sharpening. A winter garden and forest of trees, fire pits, market lights and more will surround the rink. The rink will also feature the dancing lights from Spruce Street Harbor Park that will play two shows on the hour and half hour, starting at dusk. -Emily Rolen

SEPTA TRIES NEW FARE METHOD SEPTA recently announced the name of its new payment system, which will officially be called SEPTA key. This will replace the current payment system of using tokens. Paper tickets and magneticstripe passes will be the new fare system next year. The first phase to this new payment method will begin with those who use busses, trollies, trackless trollies and high-speed lines. In 2015, this method will be used for regional rail commuters. Testing of the new software and equipment will begin in December. -Emily Rolen

FALL SMOOTHIES AT SIP-N-GLO Sip-n-Glo Juicery, a juice and smoothie shop located on South Street, is introducing new fall flavors for the season. The new variety includes a Caramel Apple smoothie that includes apples, flax seed, banana, honey and almond milk. The other speciality flavor is the Great Pumpkin, which includes pumpkin spice, vanilla, honey, pumpkin puree, banana and almond milk. The juicery is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. -Emily Rolen

* albert.hong@temple.edu

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.




@uwishunu tweeted on Nov. 9 that Brigantessa – an Italian restaurant that opened last week – is bringing authentic Neopolitan pizza to the East Passayunk neighborhood. Menu items include traditional dishes from Southern Italy, like housecured meats and antipasti.

@muralarts tweeted on Nov. 8 a photo of the mural that was dedicated to community leader Dr. Shawn L. White who led health initiatives aimed to help young African-American men. The project, called ASpire, is located on 2054 Ellsworth St.



@ThingsToDoPHL tweeted on Nov. 9 a photo of two “gripping” performances done by Underground Arts for the First Person Arts Festival. The First Person Arts Festival began on Nov. 4 and will be held until Nov. 15.

@phillydotcom tweeted on Nov. 7 that on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Art Commission approved an “ultra-high end” 26-story residential glass tower on 5th and Walnut streets. The architect, Cecil Baker, and the developer, Tom Scannapieco, will appear before the commission later this year for final approval.




Students, bands and community members gather for day-long rooftop music festival ROOFTOP PAGE 7 is for everyone, he said. “Music will stop the generational gap,” Conchelos said. Though Conchelos is primarily a jazz musician, the event featured guitarists, saxophonists and full bands. “We’re all really excited to be playing this,” said Dave Scott, a freshman communications studies major and bassist of the band Water Polo. “We’ve all heard [Conchelos] playing on his roof and now is a really cool chance to get to do the same thing.” The event provided exposure for a variety of types of music, Conchelos said. Listeners were also able to hear new music and try their hands at instruments they may not have played before. The Block Jam featured instruments at the attendee’s disposal, like tambourines and drumsticks, open to anyone interested in using them. “Anyone who believes they cannot play an instrument, we can hand them something Dave Scott / freshman and say ‘Start playing,’” he said. Conchelos stressed the importance of being able to pick up and play an instrument, as he said he first did in middle school jazz band. Even though he said he felt he was “100 years late” to the style of music, he said he instantly connected to it. “They say music is a second language and jazz was the language I felt the best in,” Conchelos said. “It’s as if someone has spoken to you.” Because the performance was located on a rooftop, Conchelos drew safety zones and regulations that every performer had to abide by.

“We’ve all heard

Andy playing on his roof and now is a really cool chance to get to do the same thing.

A trombone sits on the roof of a building at Diamond and Carlisle streets, where junior Andy Conchelos held a day-long music festival.

“Up here is not the safest environment,” Conchelos said. “It is my responsibility … to make boundaries, have rules. Safety is my number one priority.” He put down tape lines before the roof’s edge, reinforced padding for a drum kit and areas where he asked performers to stand.

The event featured a barbecue provided by the Berean Presbyterian Church located at 2101 N. Broad St. Conchelos stressed the importance of not interfering with the everyday routine of the community members. He said he wanted the event to unite the locals and Temple students.


Freshman political science major Diana Nguyen attended the concert. “The music actually sounded quite good,” Nguyen said. “There were chill vibes around the general area.” * vince.bellino@temple.edu



Water Polo performs at The Block Jam, a rooftop concert held at Diamond and Carlisle streets.

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Michelle Smith, a sophomore Tyler student, climbs on to the roof to join the festival.





Members of InMotion, an all girl dance ensemble, perform multiple dance techniques like hip-hop, jazz and contemporary.

Female dance group encompasses all styles DANCE PAGE 7 “Hip-hop is so fun and has a lot of energy, but at some of our low-key events, like at a church, we choose to do contemporary because it has more of a calmer aspect to it,” Poley said. “We have a two-day tryout process where people must be able to show contemporary, jazz and hip-hop techniques in three different dances.” Poley said InMotion holds tryouts every fall semester for people interested in joining the team. Recently, the team has held a $3 dance workshop to help prospective members get to know the team better and learn its different dance techniques. Sarachilli said InMotion has been conducting about four workshops per year since she has been on the team. She said she enjoyed instructing jazz at the last workshop. “In the past, we’ve had some of the girls who’ve gone to the workshops and have ended up joining our team, and I know they really have fun with it,” Sarachilli said. “Teaching at first was a challenge because everyone was at different levels, but everyone was pretty open to trying new things, so it ended up being fun for everyone, whether they got to learn something new or pursue something different than they normally do.” Whitney Johnson joined the team this year as a freshman and said teaching dance can be very rewarding. “I taught a dance class at my studio for the first time this summer, which partly influenced me to continue dance after college,” Johnson said. “There was only one person in the class, since it was a private lesson, but seeing how the student was so willing to learn over the course of the summer made me want to keep going.” Johnson first heard about InMotion at a dance convention in Philadelphia last year, Manhattan Dance Project. One of the current members, who also attended, told her to like the

team’s group on Facebook and persuaded her to audition. Johnson said InMotion has been a highlight of her freshman year and not only helps her keep up her dance technique, but also provides a nice outlet to let off some steam. “I definitely did not want to lose my dance technique, but I also love InMotion because I’m able to come to practice and just let loose with my friends,” Johnson said. “This is a great group of people.” Sarachilli said InMotion constant-

ly keeps her active and gives her time for a good workout even with a full course schedule. “It forces you to do exercise because of the scheduled practices,” Sarachilli said. “We honestly have so many dance performances that it’s impossible not to stay active.” Though members said they are currently busy performing, Poley said InMotion hosts a variety of fundraisers throughout the year. One fundraiser she enjoyed most was a “drunk food stand,” she said, through which the

team sold food outside the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house on a Thursday night. Sarachilli said throughout the four years she has been involved, InMotion has been her favorite organization at Temple. Members of the team have become not only her roommates, but also her life-long friends. Poley encourages people interested in InMotion to come to the workshops if they are considering being part of the team next fall. “You shouldn’t be afraid to put

yourself into it and get in the moves,” Poley said. “We accept all dancing styles.” Sarachilli and Johnson said they hope to pursue dance even further in the future, because InMotion has helped to keep their passion thriving, they said. “It would be too sad to ever just let dance go,” Sarachilli said. “I honestly couldn’t live without it.” * sienna.vance@temple.edu

Members of InMotion Dance Ensemble practice their routine to Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J’s “Bang Bang.”


“In light of the shooting

off campus on Friday, do you feel safe overall at Temple?


“I have been living in the North Philly area for almost six years. I have never personally experienced anything scary, so I guess I’m biased.”



“I feel safe around Temple’s campus because it’s really lit. Even at night it looks like daytime.”

“I have never felt unsafe around here because the security is always around.”​










AROUND CAMPUS SAMUEL L. EVANS EXHIBITION The Samuel L. Evans exhibition opens Tuesday at 3 p.m. Founder of the American Foundation for Negro Affairs, Evans was a human and civil rights activist, philanthropist and political adviser. He picketed stores in North Philadelphia that refused to hire African Americans and led a demonstration against a group called the Nazi bund, which met regularly on what is now Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Considered the patriarch of Philadelphia’s African American leaders, Evans led a 43,000-member march in Philadelphia in 1963 as a contingent to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington. Evans died at 105 years old in 2008. His exhibition is free and open to all in the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection in Sullivan Hall. -Jessica Smith



The 2014 Featherman Lecture will be held on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and the speaker will be Edward Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania. Rendell served as the District Attorney of Philadelphia and then Mayor of Philadelphia before becoming governor in 2003 until his term ended in 2011. Rendell also served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 Presidential Election. Rendell will draw on his personal experiences and background as a Brookings Institute Fellow to lead the discussion of “The Direction of National Politics and Policy.” The lecture is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and is open to all in Gladfelter Hall in room L013.

Students from St. Joe’s University warm up for the Phi Sigma Pi ninth annual ICR Philly Cup soccer game, an event held to raise money for the Autism Cares Foundation, on Saturday November 8th.

Alumni Association holds global service

Students, staff and alumni partnered to provide service to the Philadelphia community. KARLINA JONES The Temple News

This past Saturday, students from Main Campus, Japan and Rome united over a common factor – servicing their surrounding communities. Temple’s Global Day of Service was brought to Main Campus last year by Director of Alumni Relations Christine Brady, but the idea behind the event started a few years ago when alumni from the three campuses began holding community service events on the same day. “Chapters started on their own with individual things,” CLA alumna Michelle Nicoletto said. “With the backing of campus and with the strong social media impact that we have, it is easier to get the word out.” Nicoletto said she believes alumni are eager to volunteer in their communities, even if there is not an alumni chapter in their area, she said. “If people live in somewhere like Maine, and there isn’t a chapter there, we encourage people to do something on their own and report it back to us,” Nicoletto said.

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This past fall rush week, he attempted to join three fraternities but said he hit roadblocks. Decker said that some fraternities were blatantly against his joining because he was too “visibly gay” and said at other fraternities he could “feel the tension.” Decker said he felt that he “couldn’t be himself” because he was too worried about being “openly gay.” Decker said someone suggested that he make a fraternity rather than be upset about the struggles he faced in joining one. From there, Decker pursued an idea to create a progressive fraternity. He began his efforts by posting a few flyers around Main Campus, mostly in Ritter Hall. So far, he has heard from four men interested in helping him start the fraternity. Decker said some people believe the fraternity will become a type of dating service, but he said that’s not how people should look at the idea. “It’s about making friends and having a brotherhood,” Decker said. The junior originally wanted to expand his fraternity as a multi-campus chapter to other schools in Philadelphia, like Drexel and the University of

Current graduate and undergraduate students are also encouraged to participate in activities. “It’s a way to keep the alumni and friends of alumni to put up the Temple name in community service,” Nicoletto said. “There are temple alumni all over the world.” Among events being held on Main Campus are Adopt-a-Block, Bright Hope Baptist Church Soup Kitchen and Hoot-AThon. Nicoletto said five of the events filled up with volunteers a week before the deadline. “Based on what we did last year, it’s definitely growing – our numbers are showing it, which is really fantastic,” Nicoletto said. Senior human resources management major Taylor Cowan is volunteering in the Adopt a Block event to clean up a block in the North Philadelphia community. “I chose Adopt-a-Block because I am very big into the environment and do not like to see so much trash everywhere,” Cowan said. She said Adopt-a-Block is something she is passionate about, since cleaning around the outside of her apartment is part of her daily routine. “I always make an effort to clean up in front of my apartment building,” Cowan said. “Litter and trash degrades the value of an area and hinders the natural beauty.”

Pennsylvania. On Monday Nov. 10, Decker had a meeting with Megan Connelly, the program coordinator of Temple’s fraternity and sorority life. Decker said he was told he would not be able to pursue the fraternity with Temple right now, given his current plans. He is now considering making a chapter of Delta Lambda Phi, one of the largest “allied” fraternities in the United States. Christopher Carey, director of student activities, wrote in an email that “clarity and risk management” play a role in Temple’s discontinuation of city-wide chapter recognition. “If there is a city-wide chapter without any Temple University students, the institution runs the risk of being held liable for issues unrelated to Temple students,” Carey wrote. Delta Lambda Phi is regulated by the North-American Interfraternity Conference, an association of fraternities. Due to regulations set forth by the NIC, new DLP chapters will not be accepted until 2018. DLP allows for city-wide and community based chapters. Decker now plans to shift toward making his fraternity city-wide and not specific toward any Philadelphia university. “I still want to offer all gay, bisexual and progressive men in the Philadelphia area the op-

Cowan said she believes neighborhoods would be cleaner if communities united more often. “It’s taking the time to benefit something that has little to do with yourself and will help in much bigger ways,” Cowan said. “With help from some students and residents, we can clean things up and make the area more appealing.” Cowan hopes cleaning up the block will help more students become motivated and dedicated to giving back to their neighborhoods. “Hopefully our efforts will inspire more students and residents to think the same and help make the streets we live on and share a cleaner, nicer place,” Cowan said. Nicoletto said she is passionate about giving back to the community and is excited for another day of service. She said he used social media to spread awareness of the event via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. “With the backing of Main Campus, we have grown,” Nicoletto said. “I know the numbers will grow.” In addition, Temple recently started the “Take Charge” campaign, which centers around helping Philadelphia communities. “Together [we have] a bigger impact than just little chapters doing everything individually,” Nicoletto said. * karlina.jones@temple.edu

portunity to join a frat that is geared towards them, even if it’s not specific to their university,” Decker said. “[The fraternities] definitely know that there are people that want to bring this here,” Decker said. Decker said anyone who identifies as male is welcome to join the fraternity. But its focus, he said, would be on men who are outside of the “hetero-normative” field. Decker said because today’s generation questions old-fashioned tendencies in society, it is the perfect time to create groups like his that are not exclusive of others and are meant to promote and enhance the experiences of all. The Missouri native would like to focus the fraternity’s charity work on mental health. “It’s a big thing, being treated like a second-class citizen; that really weighs on your mind,” Decker said. Two Temple students who have approached Decker about joining his fraternity believe the current fraternities at Temple aren’t accepting of gay men. “The frat that I am in is, for the most part, not accepting; if you are too gay or are obviously gay, then you won’t get into a frat,” said a Temple student who asked to remain anonymous because he feared negative consequences within his fraternity for

commenting on the issue. The student said his brothers sometimes refer to pledges as “gay” and think a gay brother would give the fraternity, which he declined to name, a “bad image.” Another student who also wanted to remain anonymous for the same reason said he likes the idea of fraternities, especially as an international student who has difficulty making friends with people outside of the foreign student group. “It’s about making [a] connection with other people who are like you, and that’s all I want – is for it to be OK to be gay and not be judged,” the international student said. Jay Chan is a sophomore computer science major. He is an international student interested in the “progressive” fraternity because he believes the brotherhood would provide new friendships. “Being an international student, you don’t find a lot of support from other international students about being gay,” Chan said. Decker wants to help foster friendships for men regardless of sexuality. “Everyone should be afforded the same opportunities as everyone else,” Decker said. * emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu

-Jessica Smith

‘SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER’ Temple Theater will present the premiere of “She Stoops to Conquer” on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. The classic Restoration comedy by Irish playwright Oliver Goldsmith follows the rogue Marlow who is tongue-tied around his love Kate Hardcastle. Marlow finds himself relaxed in the company of ladies of a lower social standing, so Kate disguises herself as a barmaid to win his affection, which leads to “misdeamoners, mayhem and eventually romance.” The show runs until Nov. 22 in Randall Theater. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinee showings on Nov. 15, 16 and 22. Tickets are $10 with a TUid. -Jessica Smith

FALL POETS AND WRITERS: RACHEL ZOLF The Fall Poets and Writers Series continues with poet Rachel Zolf on Thursday night at 8 p.m. Zolf’s writing practice explores knowledge, subjectivity, the conceptual limits of language and meaning and more. Zolf’s books of poetry include Trillium Book Award for poetry winner and Lambda Literary Award finalist “Human Resources.” Zolf also wrote the film “The Light Club of Vizcaya: A Woman’s Picture,” directed by New York artist Josiah McElheny, which premiered at Art Basel Miami 2012. Zolf taught at The New School and the University of Calgary. She will be speaking to students at the Temple Center City campus at 1515 Market St. in Room 222. -Jessica Smith

TCG FALL FEAST Temple Community Garden is hosting its annual Fall Feast on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. The feast will be located in Tyler’s Artist Palate Café and there will be live music, raffles and food. The price to enter is a sliding donation between $5 and $15. All donations benefit the Blaine Elementary School Fruit & Veggie Smoothie Program. Last fall, the group raised $800 for the school program. Previous feasts helped raise funds for a student’s independent study to improve the after school community program and a fund for a re-design project in the Sonia Sanchez Garden. The event is open to all. -Jessica Smith

HANSEL AND GRETEL Temple’s Opera Theater presents the premiere of Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Tomlinson Theater. Engelbert Humperdinck was a German composer, best known for Hansel and Gretel, who first composed the music to accompany a puppet show his nieces organized. He then composed a Singspiel of 16 songs loosely based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The story follows the brother and sister as they try to escape the evil Gingerbread Witch, who wants to turn the children into gingerbread treats in her oven. A second performance will run on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 with an OWLcard. -Jessica Smith





Fitzpatrick to be a game-time decision THE RECEIVER IS RECOVERING FROM A LOWER LEG INJURY

team, while redshirt-freshman Kayla Cunningham was selected to the all-rookie team. Farrell led the Owls with nine goals and 20 points for the season, eclipsing career marks in both categories. She was named to The American’s honor roll twice this season. Kerkhoff amassed the second-most saves in The American with her 79, while she finished the season with a .775 save percentage. Her 237 career saves ranks fifth on Temple’s all-time list, while topping the university’s all-time marks for save percentage (.806), goals against average (1.15) and shutouts (17). Cunningham, playing her first season of collegiate soccer after playing field hockey for Indiana University last year, registered nine points, four goals and one assist. -Andrew Parent

Senior wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick suffered a lower leg injury during the first half of the football team’s 16-13 loss to Memphis at Lincoln Financial Field last Friday. Coach Matt Rhule told reporters in a weekly conference call held by the American Athletic Conference that his leading receiver would be dayto-day, making Fitzpatrick a game-time decision for the Owls’ impending rivalry game against Penn State at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. Fitzpatrick leads all Owls receivers with 37 receptions and has career highs in receiving yards with 512 yards and touchdowns with five. -EJ Smith




Amber Youtz was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year last Wednesday, after a regular season in which she led the nation in goals. The senior forward was also unanimously selected by conference coaches to first-team Big East honors. The rest of this year’s senior class in midfielder Nicole Kroener and goalkeeper Lizzy Millen were also selected to the first team. Junior forward/midfielder Alyssa Delp was selected to the Big East second team. Youtz’s final regular season was the best of her career, with 27 goals, eight assists and 62 points. Along with leading the NCAA in goals, Youtz’ posted 1.29 goals per game and an average of 3.16 points per game. Her 69 career goals give her sole possession of third most in program history, and four of her eight career hat tricks were scored this season. Youtz was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week three times this season, and previously Continued from page 1


The junior, who has been a member of the rowing team for the past three seasons, decided to join the ROTC program last spring when the rowing team was among the seven sports teams set to be cut. A former team member encouraged her to join ROTC when she began expressing her interest in working with veterans as a physical therapist after graduation. Even after the rowing team was reinstated, Leyland remained committed to the ROTC program, which is designed to train young men and women to become officers for the military, Lieutenant Colonel Marco Young, Temple ROTC recruiting operation officer and instructor, said. After her time with the program last spring, Leyland decided to commit to the four-year ROTC program with the intention of joining the military after graduation. As a result, Leyland said she needed to enroll in a summer course because she had joined the program late. That led her to Fort Knox, Kentucky, where she took part in an intense four-week Leadership Training Course. “The whole month everything was just ROTC,” Leyland said. “You wake up you do your [physical training], you come back and then depending on what day it is, you would have a little bit of classroom learning, a little bit of field experience where they would run us through simulations and see how we would react. We did a little bit of the tests that the army does.” “There is the [combat water survival test], which is a water training test,” she added. “So you have to tread water for like five minutes, swim continuously for 10 minutes, swim across the pool with a rifle above your head and things like that. We did ropes courses, [and] some high ropes. I am afraid of heights, so that was interesting.” When she returned to Temple this fall, Leyland said she was familiar with the different exercises they would perform in the mornings during physical training. But that wasn’t the only thing she brought with her this fall in ROTC.


Senior wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick stiff arms Navy linebacker Jordan Drake during the team’s 31-24 loss to the Midshipmen Sept. 6.

won Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2012, when she scored 22 goals and 54 points. Millen, who was named to the conference’s second team last season, returned for a year where she posted a 13-6 record, with a .787 save percentage that ranks sixth in the nation. The redshirt senior has appeared in every game since 2011, making 413 saves along the way that are the sixth-most in program history. Kroener has started in every game since she arrived at Temple, becoming a staple of the Owls’ midfield and corner unit. In her career, Kroener has 14 goals to go along with her 30 assists, which put her in fifth all-time in that category. She led the team with 10 assists last season, and 10 she put up this year were second on the team to midfielder Paige Gross’ 11. Delp played in all 21 games this season, start-

This fall, two other members of the rowing team also joined the ROTC program – sophomores Nicole Barth and Kaitlin Grisanti. “I saw that she could do it with rowing and juggle it,” Barth said of Leyland. “So I was like, ‘Oh, wow. I just want to try it.’” After hearing stories of her grandparents’ involvement in the military, Grisanti knew she wanted to enlist in the military. But it was Leyland and another teammate who convinced her otherwise. “I have always wanted to be in the military,” Grisanti said. “After [Leyland] talked to me about it and one of the former teammates, Stephanie, exposed me to the option of becoming an officer rather than enlisting and I saw that I can do both.” Young said having athletes in the ROTC program is “exceptional.” “They bring a lot to the table,” Young said. “Student-athletes are not only in superb physical condition, but they are also academically astute.” The women’s rowing coach, Rebecca Grzybowski, said all three ladies have balanced their responsibilities. “The three who are doing ROTC just have that added responsibility and they do a great job,” Grzybowski said. “It’s not anything that hinders their academic or athletic performances. Being an athlete is all about commitment to a team and something bigger than yourself and ROTC is just an extension of that, something bigger than yourself. So to me, I only see positive things from them being involved in both ROTC and rowing.” One of the greatest benefits all three said they have learned from ROTC thus far is time management. “I used to be always be late for everything,” Leyland said. “But in the army, if you are 10 minutes early, you are on time. If you are on time, you are late. If you are late, don’t even bother showing up. So I am much better about being on time for things than I used to be.” * danielle.nelson@temple.edu T @Dan_Nels

ing in 18 of them. She tallied four goals and two assists for the 2014 season, giving her 17 goals and six assists in her career to this point. No. 16 Temple entered the Big East tournament as the third seed this past weekend, reaching the championship game after defeating No. 17 Old Dominion, 4-3, on Friday. The Owls fell to Connecticut in the Big East title game 4-1 on Sunday. -Nick Tricome

WOMEN’S SOCCER FARRELL, KERKHOFF AND OTHERS EARN CONFERENCE HONORS Juniors Kelly Farrell and Shauni Kerkhoff were selected by the American Athletic Conference to represent Temple on the All-Conference second


The kickoff time for Temple’s non-conference tilt with Penn State at Beaver Stadium on Saturday is set for noon, it was announced Sunday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2. The Owls boast a 5-4 (3-3 American Athletic Conference) record entering the contest, and are coming off a last-second 16-13 loss to Memphis last Friday. Penn State will come in at a matching 5-4 (2-4 Big Ten Conference) clip, having topped Big Ten foe Indiana, 13-7, last Saturday. Saturday’s contest will pit the two teams together for the first time since Sept. 22, 2012, when Penn State topped Temple 24-13 at Beaver Stadium. The Owls will seek their sixth win for the second consecutive game, a victory that would give them automatic eligibility for a bowl game. -Andrew Parent

Freshman midfielder Maiyah Brown runs during the Owls’ 2-0 loss to Penn State on Oct. 5.

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“We had a great season last year,” coach Amanda Janney said. “We really surprised some people. This year wasn’t a surprising one. People knew we were a strong team, being ranked nationally all year.” “[We] earned the respect of other coaches, that they’re voting us in the Top 20,” Janney added. “It’s a good step for the program. I think our [2-1 win against Old Dominion] on Friday was outstanding, that we’re capable of beating really strong teams like that. It’s a nice sign of where the program is and where we’re going.” The team has come a long way throughout the career of senior midfielder and co-captain Nicole Kroener. “This year we beat a lot of teams that we struggled with in the past, and we beat them handily,” Kroener said. “I’m extremely proud of our team for that. Stepping up to the plate and backing our stance from last year.” “The teams that we lost against, they were the Top 5 teams in the nation, and we gave them a good fight,” she added. “We never let anyone walk over us without giving them a challenge. I think

we are the real deal and we proved that this year.” Temple lost to No. 3 Connecticut, last year’s national champion, in the championship game 4-1, a contest that would have given the Owls an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament with a victory. The Owls still had a shot at the tournament via an at-large bid, but the NCAA’s selection show on Sunday night left them out of it, ending their season and the collegiate careers of Kroener, goalkeeper Lizzy Millen and forward Amber Youtz. “It sucks, it’s upsetting,” Youtz said after Sunday’s game. “But if you’re going to go down, at least you go down to the returning national champs.” The Owls, who finished the regular season with a No. 16 ranking in Division I, went into the Big East Tournament set for a rematch against then-No. 19 Old Dominion in the semifinal. The Monarchs had previously beaten Temple 3-2 on Oct. 17, despite the Owls having climbed back from a 2-0 hole. In the semifinal, Temple found itself in a similar situation, falling into a 1-0 deficit early. But this time the outcome was different, with sophomore forward Katie Foran and Youtz, who would eventually be named to the conference’s All-Tournament team with Kroener and


Millen, scoring the next two goals to give Temple the lead. The defense was able to take it from there, and hold off Old Dominion until the final horn sounded. After the game, sophomore midfielder Paige Gross said that even though the team fell behind, each player knew they weren’t going to lose that game. Kroener said the Owls carried that same mentality into the title game against topseeded UConn. But after falling into a 3-0 hole by halftime, Temple couldn’t pull one more comeback out of its pocket, losing to the Huskies 4-1. “At halftime we just talked to each other, like, ‘Hey, we have nothing to lose at this point and we’re not going home without giving it all we have,’” Kroener said. “I just said to the girls, ‘You have to give them hell, and that’s all we can do.’” “I think we went out giving them a fight,” Kroener added. “I’m proud of the girls for that. Obviously, I hoped we would have had a better outcome, but it is what is it is at this point. I don’t think at any point was anyone just ready to pack up their bags and head out. Everyone fought until the very end.” * nick.tricome@temple.edu



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014 passing troubles was senior running back Kenny Harper, who tallied a career-high 116 yards on the ground. The senior back, who has been battling a high-left ankle sprain, saw a The offensive troubles have led to total of three carries in the Owls’ prea NCAA Division I worst 26 percent vious two losses against Houston and third down conversion percentage. Central Florida. Despite the young class of receivHarper, who said he felt much ers, Walker recognizes his responsibilhealthier heading into the team’s game ity in improving the passing game. against the Tigers, received a season“It’s frustrating but the plays are high 17 carries in the loss. there, we’ve just got to execute them” “I’ve kind of gotten used to the Walker said. “There’s nothing that the pain [of the injury],” Harper said. “I’m coaches are doing wrong, they’re calla senior so I’ve only got a couple of ing the right plays in the right situagames left so my mentality is, ‘Whattions, we just have to execute them ever it takes, go all the way over to the and be a lot more smart and focused on wall.’ At the end of the day, I don’t third down.” have these days left. … When it’s all “Most of it is on me, the ball is in said and done, what am my hands and I have UP NEXT I going to say? ‘Oh, I to make the right Owls at Penn State didn’t play because of a play,” Walker added. Nov. 15 at noon high ankle sprain?’” “The ball is in my The Owls will shift their focus to hands and I’ve got to go make the play, in-state rival Penn State while in purI’ve got to make the right read. I felt suit of bowl eligibility next Saturday. like I did a decent job today but it still Despite “Beat Penn State” cheers wasn’t good enough.” from Temple fans after the Owls’ loss, Passing struggles aside, Walker players said it’s just another game. had success moving in the pocket and “We just have to play our game,” gaining yards on the ground, compilHarper said on his last matchup against ing 28 yards, including a 33-yard run the Nittany Lions. “It’s Penn State. … early in the first quarter. It’s just another team. We were wor“I was just running around,” Walker said. “When the opportunity ried about the conference. We don’t came I made a play with my feet, I’m worry about Penn State.” just trying to find lanes. … I just ran out there and ran around a little bit and * esmith@temple.edu ( 215.204. 9537 got a few first downs.” Driving the offense during the T @ejsmitty17

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Redshirt-sophomore receiver Nate Hairston jumps for a pass in the end zone during the team’s 16-13 loss last Friday.

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Temple’s defense, which still ranks 10th among Division I competition in points allowed with 18.1 per game, managed to hold a Tigers rushing attack averaging 206 yards per game prior to Saturday’s contest to 82. Memphis entered the game averaging 36.25 points in each of its prior eight matchups, and was held to 13 until Elliott’s game-winning kick. “We knew how good the offense was,” Martin-Oguike said. “They

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of player dues with his parents, but maintaining his busy lifestyle has taught him important life skills. “I have learned in the past few years that you really have to budget your time,” Hanrahan said. “You have to schedule your week in advance and really understand when you are going to play hockey, when you’re going to do school work and when you are going to work.” Hanrahan’s role on the team also includes the club’s president as he handles uniforms, apparel and keeps track of team expenses. Hanrahan also partners with the team’s treasurer in Greg Malinowski to collect player dues on a month-by-month basis.


Former coach Jerry Roberts assists Hanrahan and Malinowski by building the budget at the start of each season. New members to the team this season had to pay $3,300 in membership dues, but Roberts noted that the team pays $27,000 for ice time at the Northeast Skate Zone. Campus Recreation helps offset the expense by providing an allotment of funds each year. This year, the $23,000 given to the club was the largest amount among Temple’s 28 clubs, and the same amount as last year. Roberts has been involved with

spread you out and get you tired. We just worked on the same thing we’ve been working on all year. They kind of have our kind of offense and we were used to that. It helped us.” Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch moved the ball against the Owls, completing 21 of 28 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown pass in the second quarter. He managed to avoid turning the ball over against a Temple defense that had forced 24 turnovers in its prior eight games. “We played well but just not good enough,” junior linebacker Tyler Matakevich said. “That last drive, we just didn’t do what we did all game. We

gave up big plays and started loafing. … Unfortunately, they drove down the field and kicked the field goals.” Trailing by three points with five minutes left in the quarter, the Owls’ offense managed to move the ball into field-goal range, setting up a 46-yard kick for freshman Austin Jones. His boot split the uprights, knotting the score and handing Memphis the ball with 2:47 remaining on the clock. The Owls’ defense, which had held Memphis to 246 total yards to that point, was unable to make a final stand. Memphis managed the clock and picked up 66 yards, sealing automatic bowl eligibility with its sixth win

the budget every year since he was a player on the Owls from Fall 2002 to Spring 2007. Roberts expressed the desire to hand the responsibilities off to a current player on the team. “I think there are opportunities for some of the players, especially those with business majors, to get a more hands on experience with creating the budget and managing the budget,” Roberts said. “It would be something they could stick to when they go for a job interview when they go to graduate.” Forward Justin McKenney said member costs have risen since last year by a $600 clip, but players are treated to $250 discount thanks to a deal the team made three years ago, Roberts said. The cost of equipment is another factor the team takes into account. “One of the things that we realized a couple years ago was that we were not doing a very good job of leveraging our purchasing power, except that we had 30-35 players that all had the same basic need in terms of equipment,” Roberts said. The deficit pushed Roberts to work out a deal with professional hockey brand Bauer. The team is not locked into a contract, but has a general agreement with the sports equipment dealer. The deal requires the club to buy $15,000 to $20,000 in equipment with sticks, making up more than half the purchase. The cost-cutting move makes it cheaper for players to join the club,

with discounts reaching as high as 50 percent, Roberts said. Prior to Bauer, the club used to get their sticks from resale vendors, while players were responsible for the purchase of their own helmets and other hockey accessories.

of the season once Elliott’s kick went through. “They were just running quick outs and we had guys in the flats,” Matakevich said. “We just have to make the play. To play a game 58 minutes as hard as that and then come up short in the end, it hurts.” “I know we didn’t have too many turnovers,” Matakevich added. “I don’t think we had any turnovers on defense. And I say it all the time – I stress it – that for us to win, we need to create turnovers. Unfortunately, we didn’t [Friday].” The Owls, who, like Memphis, were seeking their sixth win and auto-

matic bowl eligibility, will look to win that sixth game against Penn State at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. “I thought the defense did a tremendous job until that last drive,” coach Matt Rhule said. “I thought they rallied when we made some mistakes [on offense]. But to win those games, we have to make that play and we didn’t make it. They did. ... They made the plays they had to make.” * andrew.parent@temple.edu ( 215.204. 9537 T @Andrew_Parent23


Coach Ryan Frain remembers player dues being around $2,000 during his playing days, but also noted that he did not have the luxury of the team’s new gear. The differences do not stop there, however, as Frain’s parents paid for the majority of his college finances. “I needed their support not only sports-wise, but financially,” Frain said. “They were able to not only put me through college, but pay my player dues each year. I will pretty much be forever grateful for that.” Frain worked as a DJ for various parties in the offseason because of the weekend slate of hockey games. Today, Frain works as a full-time Marketing Specialist for Farmers Insurance, but his more structured lifestyle allows him to handle the tolls of also being a coach. Frain tries to relay wisdom to his players about the importance of time management. “Let’s just say that when I was in school, I never thought I had the time that I actually did have and I know that now because of my experience with my real job,” Frain said. “Every day up by 7 a.m., in the office by 8 a.m. until 5:30


Former ice hockey coach Jerry Roberts oversees the administrative duties of the ice hockey club.

[p.m.], then I go to the gym and eat dinner, and I’m off to practice and then it’s all over again.”


Three of the club’s players pay for a portion of their player dues by staying on the ice. Goalie Eric Semborski, forward Steve Luongo and defenseman Jason Lombardi serve as part-time coaches for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. The charitable organization serves more than 3,000 kids from impoverished neighborhoods of urban Philadelphia and Camden. Each child has the opportunity to skate and play hockey, but the organization also focuses on helping them through high school and beyond.

“It’s awesome,” Lombardi said. “It’s pretty cool teaching kids how to skate. A lot of them come from underprivileged communities, so to see them come on the ice is a pretty neat thing.” Player dues are more than the $750 and $2,000 charges that Roberts and Frain faced, respectively, during their own playing days, but Frain said the money is getting funneled right back into the program. “We are trying to make this as varsity as we can for these guys,” Frain said. “I just think it has steadily crept up from year to year. Not too much of a huge surprise from one year to the next for returners, but we are trying to put our best foot forward.” * stephen.godwin@temple.edu T @StephenGodwinJr




Senior middle blocker Jennifer Iacobini digs the ball during the Owls’ 3-0 win against South Florida last Friday. Iacobini has started in 19 of the Owls’ 26 games during her last season.


Iacobini excelling in final season Jennifer Iacobini has embraced her final year, helping the Owls win their last eight matches. GREG FRANK The Temple News In the final month of her career as an Owl, middle blocker Jennifer Iacobini isn’t making the end of the season about herself. “I don’t think it’s just me individually,” she said. “I think it has a lot to do with how the team’s performing.” The senior was named to the American Athletic Conference honor roll after road victories against Memphis and Cincinnati just over a week ago. For the season, Iacobini averages close to two kills per set and roughly one block per set. In addition, Iacobini

has posted a career-high .315 hitting against these tough teams, how to act percentage as the Owls sit at 20-6 over- on the court and just be an example for all and 11-3 in The American. everyone.” In addition to Peric, sophomore Entering the season, one of the big middle blocker Kirstquestions for Temple was whether it could en Overton and sopheffectively replace omore outside hitter Gabby Matautia and Tyler Davis have been Elyse Burkert, two of vital pieces for the the team’s more talentteam this season on ed offensive weapons offense. Davis leads from last year. the team with 256 kills Temple has had ofthis season and said fensive contributions Iacobini is leading by from many of its playexample. Tyler Davis / outside hitter ers up front, but Iaco“Whenever it bini acknowledged she entered the sea- comes game time, she’s almost always son as one of three seniors on the roster there ready to play, doing her game,” Davis said. “So she’s a good person to expecting to take on a bigger role. “Being a senior you have a lot of look at especially whenever other hitexperience,” Iacobini said. “[Outside ters are struggling. She’s always that hitter Dara Peric is] a freshman playing one person that we can throw the ball so you have to take that part in showing to and she’s there.” her and the younger girls how to play With Iacobini’s days as an Owl

“Whenever it

comes game time, she’s almost always there ready to play.

winding down, the team will have to the Owls sit at 59th in the Nov. 4 NCAA find another player to be their veteran RPI, just on the outside looking in for anchor moving forward, a role that Da- 64-team field. A berth in the tournament would continue’s Iacobini’s run. vis said she would love to grow into. She said the team has the postsea“You always want to be that outlook player that, no matter what the set- son on its mind, particularly after the ter knows if she puts it to you, you’re Owls topped South Florida and previgoing to put the ball away,” Davis said. ously-undefeated Central Florida this “So that’s definitely something to look past weekend. Whether or not the Owls are to up to because she’s very good at that.” qualify for the NCAA At the start of the UP NEXT tournament, Iacobini season, coach Bakeer Owls vs. Connecticut said the team is goGanes said he felt that Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. ing in the right directhe amount of experience Iacobini brought to the Owls tion and said the future is bright for her would come with the necessary ex- younger teammates. “I think the next two years, three panded production with Matautia and years, they’re going to be a force to be Burkert having graduated. “Whenever you have a senior who reckoned with,” Iacobini said. is a starter, that means that player progressed and developed, and obviously * greg.frank@temple.edu this is probably the highest level she’s T @g_frank6 been playing in her career,” Ganes said. With five matches left on the year,

In rookie year, Pinson breaks out as one of team’s top runners The freshman runner has moved four times before settling at the university. ED LEFURGE III The Temple News Throughout her 18 years, freshman Katie Pinson has moved five times. She’s lived in two hemispheres, two countries and three states. After going through all of these changes, she now finds herself as a freshman at Temple, and one of the top runners on the women’s Division I cross country team. As a freshman, Pinson has placed second on the team in each of the Owls’ four meets this season. Her best time came at the Penn State National Invitational, where she finished the 6-kilometer race in 22 minutes, 33 seconds. Pinson’s time at the American Athletic Conference Championships was two seconds slower at 22:35.

After living in Troy, Michigan for the bulk of her life, Pinson and her family moved to North Granby, Connecticut, her fourth hometown. It was in North Granby that Pinson fell in love with cross country. Before becoming a cross country runner, she spent most of her time on the soccer field. “I credit a lot of my running now to soccer,” Pinson said. “I got a lot of strength from soccer because it’s a very power intensive sport and I had been running track for all of these years. So the transition to cross [country] wasn’t as difficult as you’d think.” Pinson is in her second year of running cross country. Prospective student-athletes are typically recruited directly by schools on the Division I level, but as Pinson had a late start to her high school career, she said she had to reach out to schools on her own. “Katie was a girl who had reached out to us,” cross country coach James Snyder said.


Freshman distance runner Katie Pinson jogs at Belmont Plateau during the Big 5 Invitational earlier this season.

“She was a girl who responded to our questionnaire and we started communicating with her. The earliest thing we could tell from Katie was that [she] was a girl who was incredibly driven with the desire to be great.” Snyder said he’s pleased that Pinson chose to come to Temple and feels she is a perfect fit for the program he is trying to build on the women’s side. “She’s the type of kid we

need in our program, both academically and athletically,” Snyder said. “She’s someone who chose Temple because she said she loved the grit of North Philadelphia.” Another reason for her joining the university, she said, was a result of her uniformed hometown. “I really wanted to be in a city,” Pinson said. “I never had a chance to live in the city. North

Granby didn’t have a lot of cul- Snyder said. “We kind of knew ture. I really like the grit here all along that she was going to [in North Philadelphia] because be someone we could lean on over the course of my moves, I right away and a girl who was going to come in and make an didn’t have that.” Snyder said Pinson’s resil- impact for us.” As for Pinson, she said she ience has been something that is nervous has helped UP NEXT her excel in NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional at the prospect of fillher rookie Nov. 14 ing senior season. Jenna Du“Distance running is all about brow’s spot as the team’s No. stringing together days, weeks, 1 runner next fall, but she said months, hopefully years of un- she’s confident in her ability to interrupted training,” Snyder take that role in stride. “Having Jenna in front of said. “It takes a unique mindset to go through that grind. Katie me has been really helpful as seemed like not only someone far as my training goes because who was prepared to do that, she’s comfortable in what she’s but someone who would thrive doing,” she said. “That’s going to be me next year and it’s kind in that type of environment.” This isn’t something that of scary.” has surprised Snyder. In fact, he said he had high expectations * lefruge@temple.edu for the freshman heading into T @Ed_LeFurge_III the fall. “I would say that I am pleasantly surprised by her performances, but I'm not going to say it was entirely unexpected,”


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Senior middle blocker Jennifer Iacobini has played an operative role in the volleyball team’s eight-game winning streak. PAGE 21

The senior forward is the Big East Offensive Player of the Year, football gears up for Penn State, other news and notes. PAGE 19





‘We needed one more play’

The defense failed to force a turnover in last weekend’s loss. ANDREW PARENT Assistant Sports Editor Seconds into the fourth quarter, Temple’s Zack Bambary pounced on a loose football. In the Owls’ American Athletic Conference matchup with Memphis last Saturday night, the Tigers’ B.J. Ross muffed a punt return that allowed the Owls’ special teams unit a turnover and gave Temple’s offense an opportunity with the ball 26 yards from the end zone in Tigers territory. Despite one 10-yard pass for a first down, the drive never materialized, and freshman kicker Austin Jones capped it with a 37-yard field-goal attempt that sailed wide right. The opportunity to take advantage of a turnover disappeared nearly as abruptly as it had arrived, and never came again. The Tigers’ 2-1 edging of the Owls in the margin of turnovers likened the close battle on the scoreboard, one that ended in a 16-13 Tigers victory off a 31-yard field goal from Jake Elliott as time expired. “We just couldn’t make as many plays as they made,” redshirt-junior Praise MartinOguike said. “That’s pretty much it. … We pride ourselves in just trying to change the game with turnovers. The statistics say when you win the turnover battle, you usually win [the game]. We need to go back to that and try to strip the ball more.”



Second-year coach Matt Rhule walks down the sideline during the team’s 16-13 loss to Memphis last Friday. The loss marked the team’s fourth of the season.

P.J. Walker and the Owls’ offense struggled to move the ball through the air in the 16-13 loss to Memphis.


EJ SMITH Sports Editor

t took Jalen Fitzpatrick less than a half of football to become Temple’s leading receiver on Friday night. The senior receiver, who suffered a leg injury just before the end of the first half, amassed five catches

for 64 yards in the first half of the Owls’ last-minute 1613 loss to Memphis. After Fitzpatrick’s departure, Walker’s second half numbers suffered, going six for 19, featuring many drops from the remaining wide receivers. For coach Matt Rhule, the close game could have been decided by one more crucial catch. “We just needed one more play,” Rhule said. “We just need to come up with a couple of those plays if not all of them. If we do that, we probably win the football game.” The receiving core, which lost 2013 standout Robbie Anderson after academic troubles led to his expul-

sion from the university, has been an operative part of a lackluster season through the air for the Owls. Walker, who played in nine games last season, has seen a considerable drop in statistics across the board, despite seeing a slight increase in attempts over the same number of games. Walker’s 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season are a drop from his 20-to-8 ratio this year, adding to his dropping completion percentage, which is down six percent from last year. In addition, Walker’s yards also dropped by 400, lowering his yards per attempt from 8.3 to 6.2.


Paying their own way

For ice hockey members, costs create challenges Some members are working part-time jobs to offset costs. STEPHEN GODWIN The Temple News


Redshirt-freshman defender Elle Hempt competes for the ball during the team’s 2-0 loss to Penn State on Oct. 5. Hempt has started eight of the team’s 21 games.

Missing NCAA tournament, Owls’ season ends with loss The squad did not receive an at-large bid after a Big East championship loss. NICK TRICOME The Temple News The field hockey team fell to Connecticut, the defending national champion, last week-

end in the Big East finals – but its fate wouldn’t be decided until later that night. At 10 p.m., the selections for the NCAA tournament were announced and Temple was not among the squads selected for an at-large bid. Despite the loss, the Owls are trying to see the bright side in what was a historically successful season for the program.

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The field hockey team finished its season nationallyranked for the first time in 12 years last fall, and after an offseason of training, the team returned for a 2014 campaign in which it not only replicated that success, but took it a step further with its first-ever appearance in the Big East Conference championship game.


Chris Parrezzi takes his gym bag with him every day. That routine might represent the norm for many studentathletes, but for the fourth-year ice hockey defenseman, it is an especially necessary companion. The bag contains several items that Parrezzi utilizes as he progresses through his first semester of student-teaching. Parrezzi starts his day teaching his kindergarten class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jarrettown Elementary in Upper Dublin. Parrezzi then rushes down to Olympia Pizzeria, for which he delivers pizzas three nights per week. He changes from black dress pants and a polo to kakis and a dress shirt. On Mondays and Wednes-


days, he sprints from his job to been helping me out a lot this the ice hockey rink, where he semester because of my student teaching.” dons his helmet and pads. Holding down a job off the “It’s time consuming for sure,” Parrezzi said. “It’s funny ice is not a foreign concept to because I have two groups. I Parrezzi’s teammates, as 18 have the hockey guys and they of the 30 rostered and redshirt players work only know during school me through semesters or hockey and in the offseathen I have my son. teachers that I work with. Among It’s hard havthose players ing them not is fellow deknowing that fenseman Patrick HanraI have two han, who separate lives officiates ice that are pretty hockey games crazy. I just for Manitoba have to know Junior Hockthat I am tryChris Parrezzi / defenseman ey League ing my hardest and the Eastin each little ern Hockey world.” Parrezzi works his pizzeria League during the ice hockey job, partly in an attempt to offset club’s off days. Hanrahan also expenses that include $2,700 to referees during the summer in men’s league games, tournaremain on the ice hockey club. “I pay for some of it, but ments and showcases. He said he splits the costs I get a lot of help from my mom,” Parrezzi said. “She has

“It’s time

consuming for sure. ... I just have to know that I am trying my hardest in each little world.


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