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Board changes face, reinstates rowing teams Theobald doesn’t recommend reinstating other eliminated sports.


(From left) Rowers Layla Moran, Rachael Braccia and Kelly Hill react in excitement to the news that the men’s crew and women’s rowing teams will be reinstated. The programs were slated to be eliminated this summer before the Board of Trustees reversed its decision. | ABI REIMOLD TTN

A ‘BITTERSWEET’ RETURN While “relieved” and “ecstatic,” coaches feel for other cut programs. AVERY MAEHRER DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News When 34th-year coach Gavin White first learned the news that the crew and rowing reinstatements, his initial thoughts involved the other four teams that weren’t. “I feel bad for gymnastics, baseball, softball and track,” White said. “We’re all in this together.” White said it “really stinks” that the administration only voted to save the crew and rowing programs. Rowing coach Rebecca Smith Grzybowski called the board meeting “bittersweet.” “We know what it’s like – what it feels like to be

in that situation,” Grzybowski said. Still, White said that it’s “fantastic” that the East Park Canoe House will be renovated – thanks in part to a $3 million donation from trustee H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest. The boathouse’s renovation is expected to be completed between 12 to 18 months of the project’s start date. “When things get cut, that’s when you find out who your true friends are,” White said in regards to Lenfest’s donation and the city’s additional $2.5 million allocated toward the project. Grzybowski said there were times since the Dec. 6 announcement of the cuts that she thought the program couldn’t be saved from extinction. The secondyear head coach said there was a lot of information she had heard prior to the meeting, but she didn’t know for certain about Theobald’s recommendation to reinstate her program until he spoke at the meeting.

Student injured after fight at local club turns into shootout Students, witnesses describe scene where police found 29 shell casings. MARCUS MCCARTHY Assistant News Editor A stray bullet grazed a Temple student and another man was injured from a shootout between five men outside of a club near Main Campus early Sunday morning, including four security guards at the club. Police said the incident occurred around 2 a.m. on Feb. 23 outside of The Let Out, located on the corner of Cecil B. Moore Avenue and Willington Street. A Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson said the incident stemmed from a fight inside the club

after a man was removed from the building then returned with a firearm. In total, police investigators found 29 shell casings around the scene and one bullet two blocks away near Cecil B. Moore Avenue and 15th Street, where a Temple student was hit. The owner of the Let Out, Odi Obilo, said they were closing the venue when the shooting started. Obilo said a man was escorted out of the establishment, and another man, who Obilo said was a friend of the man tossed out of the club, returned brandishing a weapon. After being spoken to by a member of security, the man with a gun began firing at security from 17th Street down Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Obilo said. Martin Shnayder, a 21-year-old student in the School of Media and


White said he’s ecstatic that his and Grzybowski’s programs will continue past this season, although he is unsure if he will continue coaching next year. The longtime coach is considering serving as an adviser next season to allow assistant coach Brian Perkins to take over the helm, because as White puts it, “he bleeds Temple, too.” Physical ailments have plagued White this year, but the announcement of the reinstatement could change his plans.

CREW PAGE 19 ONLINE - The Meeting Watch students and coaches argue for their sports’ reinstatement at the Board of Trustees meeting at EDITORIAL The crew and rowing teams’ reinstatement rights an injustice. PAGE 4


Some classes now require students to use social media accounts as part of class participation. CLAIRE SASKO The Temple News It looks like a professor’s nightmare. In Jordan Shapiro’s Intellectual Heritage class, students’ eyes are fixed downward at their phones while their thumbs dart; almost all of them are using Twitter. Shapiro lectures on. He doesn’t mind – in fact, tweeting in class was his idea. The educational technology expert instructs his Mosaic students to tweet about class material using the hashtags “#Mosaic1” or “#Mosaic2.” Shapiro tweets back to his students under the Twitter handle @jordosh. All of the tweets are projected in front of the classroom on a massive screen, which

Jordan Shapiro requires students to tweet about the readings they are doing for his Intellectual Heritage courses. | COURTESY JORDAN SHAPIRO Shapiro said allows for “another track of conversation.” Tweeting in Shapiro’s class isn’t mandatory, but it can help raise a student’s participation grade. Shapiro said

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Student aids immigrant athletes

Coffee, books and tattoos

Nadia Malik, a 22-year-old pre-med student, was found dead inside a car with several parking tickets on Thursday. PAGE 2

Law student Han Lee created Global Sports Integration, which provides assistance to Asian athletes in the United States. PAGE 7

A new store on Spring Garden Street triples as a coffee shop, tattoo parlor and book shop. PAGE 9

OPINION - PAGES 4-5 Growing up without a father

n an unprecedented move, the Board of Trustees on Monday approved a motion to reverse the university’s decision to eliminate the men’s crew and women’s rowing teams, effectively maintaining the programs’ Division I status that was slated to be reduced this summer. At a public meeting at Sullivan Hall on Monday afternoon, the board passed a recommendation made by President Theobald to reinstate the crew and rowing teams, two of seven programs included in the university’s December decision to cut sports. Dozens of student-athletes and coaches from the cut sports attended the meeting, but Theobald’s recommendation did not call for reinstatement of the other eliminated sports – baseball, softball, men’s gymnastics and men’s indoor and outdoor track & field. “It saddens me that when these problems came up, nobody came and said, ‘You guys are the veterans. We’ve got this problem. Can we think of some solutions?’” men’s gymnastics coach Fred Turoff said. “Everything was done outside of the coaches, as far as I know. Where’s the collaboration? Where’s the respect for the time that we’ve been here?” Theobald approved Athletic Director Kevin Clark’s recommendation to cut the seven sports this past fall, but promised to revisit the issue after meeting with representatives of each of the affected programs on Jan. 28. “It’s a relief,” rowing coach Rebecca Smith Grzybowski said. “I’m optimistic about what the future holds and that we can continue what we’re building.” “These kids work so hard,” crew coach Gavin White said. “You won’t believe how much improvement they’ve made. Now we’re going to see these guys. Oh my gosh. I’m ecstatic about that.” The board’s decision comes after weeks of negotiations with the city to house the crew and rowing teams on

Classes migrate to social media platforms

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Student found dead on 30th St.

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students usually tweet about the books they read, like Freud’s “Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis” or the “Epic of Gilgamesh.”



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Plagiarism site begins transition

Staff Reports | Crime

Turnitin will replace SafeAssign in one year. LOGAN BECK The Temple News

An entrance to Paley Library, where staff members say they were accosted by a 52-year-old guest after warning him that material he was watching on a computer terminal was obscene. | TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN FILE PHOTO

Library guest charged for disorderly conduct Staff members say a man hit them after being confronted for watching obscene material. SARAI FLORES The Temple News An incident involving a man watching obscene material on a Paley Library computer turned violent earlier this month, prompting an investigation by Temple and Philadelphia police and renewed calls for building security. William Dixon, a 52-year-old library guest, was charged with disorderly conduct after two Paley Library workers said he accosted them when confronted about viewing the obscene material. Chris Denison, the student worker on shift at the time of the incident, said he approached Dixon while he was watching material bordering on pornography in which women were posing in scandalous ways in bikinis. “I never thought he would react the way he did,” Denison said. “He stood up, got toe-totoe with me and he told me ‘Boy, I’ll knock your a-- out right now.’”

Denison said Dixon proceeded to “It didn’t rise to an aggravated ascharge at him, landing a punch under sault level and it was more of a simple his right eye. Temple Police were then assault,” Leone said. After being examined by a doccalled after an attempt to reach security had previously been made by pressing tor, Reynolds was later found to have the library’s panic button. Nick Reyn- sustained a minor concussion which olds, a Paley supervisor, had been one prompted an aggravated assault charge of the library staff members involved and allowed campus police and the Philadelphia Police Department to file when the incident occurred. a warrant for Dixon that “I started waving is awaiting approval. the police down and Once the warrant is apthe guy turned around proved Dixon will have and saw me ... and ran his disorderly conduct across 13th Street and hit me once,” Reynolds charged removed and said. arrested for assault After campus pocharges, Leone said. lice arrived, Dixon Questions have was tazed, handcuffed been raised by library and taken down to the staff about whether campus police should campus police station, Chris Denison/ student worker increase its security said Charlie Leone, presence around Main acting executive direcCampus to further pretor of Campus Safety vent incidents. This past October, an Services. Both Denison and Reynolds sus- 81-year-old professor was assaulted tained minor injuries and with no video and robbed in Anderson Hall. “There’s still some concerns that I cameras capturing the event or police present to witness the incident in the have just because I’ve seen people gain library, Dixon was released that day access to the building through the Tutcharged with disorderly conduct and tleman entrance without showing their banned from Temple’s campus, Leone ID,” Reynolds said. “One individual said. in particular who had been previously

“He stood up,

got toe-to-toe with me and he told me, ‘Boy, I’ll knock your a-out right now.’

banned had made it into the library after the incident and he actually came into the staff desk and wanted to know why he couldn’t use the computer.” Preliminary talks are being held by library leadership in the library’s task force that was created in November to help increase security measures. Cameras and swipe card controls at entry points may be implemented by Fall 2014, said Joseph Lucia, dean of university libraries, and Leone, both members of the library’s task force. When asked whether campus police would be providing extra security officers in Tuttleman and the Paley Library Leone said, “I’m trying to figure out if we added more security what would we do and where would they go.” Temple police has between 10 and 12 security officers patrolling Main Campus at all times. Two security guards are within Tuttleman and Paley Library with additional outside security groups like the Lunch Relief Rovers, a separate police officer and AlliedBarton coming in three or four times throughout their eight-hour tour periods. Sarai Flores can be reached at

Body of missing student found in car Broomall, Pa., native was missing for 11 days before being discovered in illegally parked car. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News The 12-day search for a 22-yearold pre-med Temple student came to a close Thursday, Feb. 20, when an anonymous tip led police to the discovery of the woman’s body inside a parked car with several parking tickets near 30th Street Station. A Philadelphia police spokesperson confirmed that Nadia Malik was found in the passenger seat of a black Nissan Altima Thursday morning on South 30th Street near Market Street. Marple Township police requested Philadelphia police search the car Thursday morning, leading to Malik’s discovery. Multiple reports say the car was covered in snow and had tinted windows, making it difficult for the casual observer to see anything inside the car. Malik’s body was reportedly shielded by a pile of clothes and a duf-

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fel bag that obstructed her head from view. She was found placed on her side in a sleeping position and did not show any obvious signs of trauma. In addition, Malik was found with several bottles of prescription pills prescribed to Malik’s ex-boyfriend, Bhupinder Singh, reported Saturday. Singh was arrested in Ohio on Feb. 12 for violating probation, and is awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania for questioning. Malik was reported missing by a friend, who was concerned that Malik may have been held by Singh, prompting Marple police to launch an investigation that included search warrants of the couple’s apartment as well as a warrant for Singh, Marple Police Chief Thomas Murray said. The friend in question who reported Malik missing described the couple’s relationship as volatile and “on again, off again,” Murray said. “For a 22-year-old adult, we need more to start an investigation than her just not coming home,” Murray said. “In this case we had that.” Marple police traced Singh’s cellphone to his parents’ home near Cleveland, where he was arrested by authori-

Nadia Malik, a 22-year-old pre-med student, found dead. |COURTESY MARPLE TOWNSHIP POLICE

ties for a probation violation. He will be brought to Delaware County and questioned by Marple police on Thursday, Murray said. Malik, a mother of two and Broomall, Pa., native, had been missing since Feb. 9 when a friend filed a missing persons report to Marple Township


Police Department. The car was reportedly ticketed several times by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, dating back to Feb. 10 at 23rd and Market streets. “Some people were calling 911 to report that the vehicle was parked illegally, looking like seven or eight parking tickets from the Parking Authority were issued,” Philadelphia police Lt. John Walker told CBS 3. The spokesperson confirmed that the car had been ticketed twice at 23rd and Market streets before being towed to 30th Street as part of snow emergency regulations on Feb. 14. The spokesperson declined to say if police know how long Malik was in the car, something Walker told Philly. com Saturday they are still trying to figure out. As for Murray and the rest of his department, they await Singh’s arrival Thursday, as well as autopsy and toxicology reports from Philadelphia that Murray said could come as early as this week. Andrew Parent can be reached at or on Twitter @ daParent93.

Officials have made the decision to begin making the year-long transition from the online plagiarism checker SafeAssign to using Turnitin as the university’s safeguard. Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Peter Jones said SafeAssign software was originally introduced as part of the university’s contract with Blackboard. Initially, the program had to be purchased separately and the university stopped using the program. It was later included as a free add-on, which caused the university to continue using SafeAssign to check for plagiarism. About six months ago, many faculty members and schools, namely the Fox School of Business, issued complaints about the software claiming it was not “student-friendly” and that the university should seek alternative programs that could yield more accurate results in detecting plagiarism. “Computer Services did that and found an alternative method called Turnitin,” Jones said. According to the SafeAssign website, SafeAssign is “a tool used to prevent plagiarism and to create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase.” Turnitin is a software that can be purchased in conjunction with another program, iThenticate. According to the Turnitin website, it is the “global leader in evaluating and improving student writing. The company’s cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students.” Department of Computer Services’ Lead Software Developer Sherry Borden ran comparison of SafeAssign and Turnitin before determining Turnitin was better for Temple’s needs. “One of the difficulties we are going to face in the transition is the way both these programs work,” Jones said. When student work is submitted through SafeAssign, it is searched against a database as well as all published student material from Temple and other schools using SafeAssign. It costs the university $60,000 a year to use both programs. “As we migrate to Turnitin, it is essentially looking at the same external databases in terms of published materials, but it’s not looking at the same student database,” Jones said. “It’s looking at the same student database for people that are using Turnitin. At Temple, that database is fairly small because we’ve only just moved to Turnitin.” Temple Student Government was also involved and discussed how the university would identify plagiarized work, and suggested that informational videos be made to develop a standard for student and faculty as to what is defined as plagiarism. The videos are expected to be ready for the start of next academic year. Additionally, TSG suggested having a student honor code to make academic standards more explicit for students. “Right now, we essentially have a void,” Jones said. “We have faculty with individual views on what is plagiarism, and you may not get consistency within a department let alone a college or university. Equally we have students coming from diverse backgrounds who have been taught in different ways.” According to, between 2010-2011, 35 million papers were submitted through Turnitin, resulting in 128 million content matches. "I think people get away with more than they get caught for,” freshman Jacqueline Hempstead said. "I think the fact that it is a machine in itself has flaws, it can miss stuff." "I've taken a few classes that use Turnitin, and I've never had any problems,” junior Vaughn La Voice said. “They always give you a fair forewarning about being careful with combinations of words if you're taking it from someone else." Logan Beck can be reached at




In reversal, board votes to bring back crew CUTS PAGE 1 Kelly Drive in the East Park they didn’t have to pay a dime.” Canoe House, the Owls’ former Coaches from each of the home until the building was eliminated sports that weren’t condemned in 2008. reinstated all gave presentations In a news conference at City during a sometimes contentious, Hall following the board meet- but mostly peaceful public coming, Mayor Nutter and Theobald ment session of Monday’s hourannounced an agreement where long meeting. Temple can share space with the Turoff spoke first, reiteratPolice Marine Unit after EPCH ing the claims he’s made in deundergoes a $5.5 million reno- fense of his program throughout vation during the next 12–18 the process. Turoff’s team has months. The city is paying $2.5 won more conference champimillion and Temple trustee H.F. onships than any Temple sport “Gerry” Lenfest is donating $3 and finished in the Top 2 of million. No university money men’s gymnastics programs nawill be used to fund the project. tionwide in GPA from 2010-12. In an interview Monday After presentations from night, Theobald said the uni- track & field coach Eric Mobley versity hopes to have and softball the rowing teams coach Joe competing in EPCH DiPietro, by Spring 2015. The baseball plan to renovate coach Ryan EPCH wasn’t possiWheeler ble before the sports asked the cuts were announced board why because the universihis sport ty couldn’t afford to was still help fund the project, being cut Theobald said. despite “We didn’t have agreements the gift offer from were Rebecca Smith Grzybowski / that Lenfest,” Theobald rowing coach reached this said. “That’s what past weeksprung all of it.” end to use Theobald said in January the Camden Riversharks stathat his approval of the over- dium and youth fields at FDR all cuts was mostly based on Park for baseball and softball. his perceived issues with the Ultimately, the crew and programs’ facilities, but that it rowing teams are in a better could change if upgrades were position to make a significant possible. improvement to their facilities “I’m happy for the crew than any other eliminated sport and rowing teams,” said Simon due to the university’s ongoing Matthews, a freshman right- negotiations with the city in the handed pitcher on the baseball past five years to get Temple its team. “They’ve worked as hard own boathouse. as anyone else. Their solution Through those talks, the was unbelievably lucky because university was forced to considof the solutions that were pre- er the feasibility of renovating sented. It shows the board was EPCH for its use. Temple had open to the easiest option where estimated the cost at approxi-

“It might take

some time to heal some of the wounds. There were times I thought it was over.’

Gymnastics coach Fred Turoff sits in on a meeting of the Board of Trustees where they voted to reinstate the rowing and crew teams. Turoff ’s gymnastics team were among the seven teams cut in December. | ABI REIMOLD TTN mately $14 million, but crew and rowing coaches told the administration in January that it could be done for as little as $5 million if the project didn’t include additions. Temple submitted a plan to the city in October 2012 that included a proposal to build a 23,000 square-foot, multilevel boathouse. That plan was tabled last spring after the city asked the university to consider using EPCH instead. Housing the crew and rowing teams in EPCH was not a suitable alternative to building a new boathouse because it wasn’t large enough, according to the uni-

versity’s initial proposal. However, coaches and proponents of crew and rowing said they are willing to accept sharing space in the relatively small boathouse as an alternative to elimination. The crew and rowing teams have been competing out of tents in a parking lot on Kelly Drive for the past five years since EPCH was condemned. “It might take some time to heal some of the wounds,” Grzybowski said. “There were times I thought it was over.” Though Temple has a history of considering reductions to its athletic department, the

Board of Trustees had never before rescinded on one of its own decisions to cut sports. In 1986, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a recommendation from Athletic Director Charlie Theokas to eliminate eight sports. President Peter Liacouras modified that proposal, which originally recommended cutting 10 sports, to save the men’s and women’s track & field programs, but that was before it reached the board for a vote. Athletic Director R.C. Johnson submitted a proposal to the Board of Trustees to cut the men’s and women’s gymnastics

teams and the baseball team in 1994, but the board voted it down. The baseball, softball, men’s gymnastics and men’s indoor and outdoor track &  field teams are slated to be eliminated on July 1. Joseph Cranney can be reached at or on Twitter @joey_cranney. Evan Cross, Avery Maehrer and Andrew Parent contributed reporting.

Staff Reports | Campus

Trustees vote to bundle more assets under Van Eck control, drop RS Investment ties

Connecting memories in childhood Psych professor ran a four-year study on the ability of children to build memories.

New York based investment group has large holdings in energy, gold.

LOGAN BECK The Temple News Psychology professor Nora Newcombe and a team of psychologists conducted a study intended to determine the earliest beginnings of memories in children ranging from 16 months to 5 years old. The study was developed in 2008 and continued until 2012 before being published recently. The test focused on episodic memory – when a person can recall a specific experience, event or moment. Children were taken to a room, for example, the “rainbow room,” and were shown four different containers varying in size, shape and color. They were told that one of the containers contains a toy, for example, a bubble blower, and the other three containers were empty. The children were then directed to select which container had the toy. Next, the same children were taken to a different room with a different experimenter. The containers in the room were the same as the previous room, but now a different container had a different toy. “The question is, having seen all this and after leaving and coming back to these two rooms, if they remember which container has the toy and in

JOE BRANDT The Temple News Professor Nora Newcombe works with children to study their memorization abilities. |COURTESY NORA NEWCOMBE which room,” Newcombe said. Small children are known to have semantic memory – a more fact-based memory that attaches meaning to objects or characters – at an early age. “They can learn that the kitty gets mad when you pull its tail and that the kitty’s name is Kitty, and all that kind of thing,” Newcombe said. “Those are the facts about the world that aren’t contingent, like if you go to grandmother’s house and there’s another cat, it’s still going to scratch you if you pull its tail.” Contingent facts are much harder to master, especially for children, Newcombe said. This kind of memory is referred to as episodic memory, which is what the research set out to investigate in the children. Children used in the study were recruited through advertisements, mother-infant play classes and some were contacted through lists of parents from commercial vendors. There were also a number of parents that volunteered their children for the study.

“They have a fun time and are willing to come out,” Newcombe said. The study took place at Ambler Campus, as it is more “family-friendly” and parking is easier, Newcombe said. The results of the experiment determined that there is possibly an onset of episodic memory around the second year of life, but it does not fully mature until almost 5 years of age. When given heavy cuing such as “find where you can blow bubbles,” children at about 2 years old were able to determine the specific container that held the toy. Children younger than 2 years old were unable to remember the specific container, and the transition between the two groups was abrupt. “It actually took until the kids were 4 years old until they could reliably go to the correct container,” Newcombe said. Logan Beck can be reached at

Temple will fire RS Investments from managing part of its endowment and will shift those responsibilities to Van Eck Associates Corp., the Investments committee of the Board of Trustees announced at a meeting on Feb. 9. A group of investors at RS recently left to form a new firm, so the committee decided to break ties with the remnants of RS. Van Eck Associates Corp., a New York-based firm that is part of Van Eck Global, will continue to perform its previous role as investment manager for part of the post-retirement plan. “We no longer felt comfortable that [RS] had the right people and we weren’t confident that we would get the appropriate level of attention that we needed,” committee chairman Christopher W. McNichol said. Van Eck and RS Investments are both categorized in the committee’s investment policy and procedures manual as “non-real estate real assets,” which means the investments are typically in food, manufactured goods or energy. More than 73 percent of Van Eck’s investments are in energy, McNichol said.

According to NASDAQ, Van Eck has a market value of $21.5 billion. It is most committed to investment in gold companies like Goldcorp Inc. and Barrick Gold Corp., the world’s largest gold mining company. In 2010 the Securities and Exchange Commission granted Van Eck exemptions from multiple sections of the Investment Company Act of 1940 so that it could help U.S. investors invest in African companies. “[Van Eck] is a firm we’re familiar with and done our due diligence on,” Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Ken Kaiser said after the meeting. “They’re performing quite well.” Investment portfolio managers from RS Investments have been quoted far less often than those from Van Eck in business news outlets like Business Insider and Reuters. Temple’s endowment is about $278 million as of 2012 and collects about 4.5 percent interest, Kaiser said. McNichol said that the interest is used to “pay the bills.” Temple, like many other universities, doles out parcels of the endowment to investment managers like Van Eck to potentially gain more money to spend on things like financial aid. After the motion to cut ties with RS Investments was passed without objection, the committee reapproved Miller Investment Management L.P. to run its own specially designated pools of money within the re-

tirement and pension pools. Miller will have no more than 10 percent of each of the pools to invest, Kaiser said. It will continue to operate with less adherence to the investment policy than other investors, since it can “take advantage of opportunities” and can “manage nimbly in the markets,” Kaiser said. The amount of money in the pools has gone up “considerably” since Miller was given that opportunity, Kaiser said. Miller, an estimated $179 million firm that is based out of West Conshohocken, Pa., owned 20 percent of the burger chain Five Guys as of 2012. The firm’s largest share value investment is in SPDR Gold Shares, publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The firm claims that it has “no ties to fund management companies or brokers.” The next round of trustee committee meetings will be on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at noon, when the Student Affairs and Campus Life, as well as Diversity committees will meet jointly on the second floor of Sullivan Hall. There will be a public meeting after a “brief” executive session, Assistant Secretary Janet Carruth said. The athletics committee meeting for that date was canceled. Joe Brandt can be reached at or on Twitter @JBrandt7.




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Crew and rowing reinstated, right move KATIE HENNESSY TTN

The Board of Trustees’ ning and miscommunication decision yesterday, Feb, 24, to that went into the fundraising reinstate the men’s crew and effort for the project may have women’s rowing teams to Divi- doomed the boathouse from the sion I status should come as wel- start. come news to the Temple comFor the university to cut the munity, which crew and rowing has divided in The Board’s reinstatement teams due to the the two months of the crew and rowing administration’s since the univer- teams righted an injustice failures, withsity announced out consulting from the sports cuts. in December that coaches or stuit would be eliminating seven dent-athletes first, was perhaps sports. the greatest injustice among the The board’s decision to sports cuts. cut the crew and rowing teams, Now, due to an agreement based on a recommendation with the city, the Owls will share from Athletic Director Kevin space in the 9,000 square-foot Clark, was wrong from the start. EPCH after the facility underThe administration said goes a $5.5 million renovation, on multiple occasions that the which won’t include additions. teams were cut because their fa- The arrangement is far from the cilities were inadequate. Temple 23,000 square-foot, multi-level is the only rowing school in the boathouse the crew and rowing city that doesn’t house its teams teams wanted to build as their in a boathouse. Its former home, own, but as coaches have said, the East Park Canoe House, was it’s the only alternative to being condemned in 2008. The crew cut. and rowing teams have been It’s sad that the immediate competing out of tents for the future for the crew and rowpast five years. ing teams seems to be confined In an editorial published within a relatively small, 90on Feb. 3, we called for the re- year old building. It sits about instatement of the crew and 100 yards from St. Joseph’s rowing teams and argued why University’s 15,000 square-foot cutting programs due to their boathouse and doesn’t stack up facilities issues was fundamen- to the facilities of other rowing tally unfair. After all, it was the schools in the city. university who failed to get a It’s even sadder that it took proposal to build a new boat- the potential elimination of house approved by the city last the programs to get the Owls a year. The clear lack of plan- home at all.


Let Out shooting part of Temple’s growing pains While University City is A 21-year-old student was grazed by a stray bullet on the heralded for its restaurants, bars 1600 block of Cecil B. Moore and nightlife, the amount of crime surroundAvenue around 2:30 a.m on Sun- The shooting at The Let ing the University of Pennsylvania’s day morning. Out proves that students campus is indicaThe shooting was the result of and local residents will tive of the effects an argument be- clash as Temple grows. development can have on an urban tween two men outside of The Let Out, police community. In 2012, Penn reported one criminal homicide, said. In addition to being a ban- four incidents of forcible rape, quet hall, The Let Out, which 18 incidents of aggravated asopened in August 2012, attracts sault and 622 thefts. These numbers reflect “an expanded weekend crowds with parties. The idea of Templetown geographic area beyond cambecoming a destination spot pus,” according to Penn’s 2013 is appealing, and seeing local Annual Security & Fire Safety businesses grow would be of Report. By comparison, Temple regreat benefit for Temple’s surrounding area. However, as with ported no criminal homicides, any other development, one one incident of forcible rape, must consider the effects on the five incidents of aggravated assault and 279 thefts in 2012. surrounding community. As always, students should In this case, The Let Out’s placement in an area heavily take extra precaution when out populated with student residents late at night. However, Sunday is concerning. Even with a po- morning’s events show that, lice station on Willington Street, while economic growth is apstray bullets are a harsh reality pealing, there are side effects of that comes with living near a developments and the crowds nightclub and banquet hall in a they attract that must be considdangerous area. ered.

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

Dec. 2, 1994: Athletic Director R.C. Johnson proposes the elimination of the men’s and women’s gymnastics teams, as well as the baseball team. Temple’s Board of Trustees reinstated the men’s crew and women’s rowing teams Monday after cutting them on Dec. 6.

Who wants another 7-Eleven? A third 7-Eleven is being consructed near campus, but who will use it?


he Wawa debate is hardly a new issue on Main Campus. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you are either a freshman or a person who miraculously doesn’t crave hoagies ordered via computer screen when you’re hungover. Since Grace Holleran the mid’90s, the Temple News has published grievances about the lack of Wawas on campus, especially in conjunction with the existence of two 7-Elevens, one on Liacouras Walk and one just four blocks away at the corner of 15th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Rumors circulated about this questionable business tactic, ranging from a lack of com-

pliance on Wawa’s end to the idea of 7-Eleven actually having a monopoly on Temple, an idea that sounds a bit too much like a board game. Steven Kaspin, a junior biology major and former Wawa employee, had another theory. “It could be due to the fact that Wawa would likely be unable to handle the customer volume it would receive,” he said. “The overwhelming consensus is that Wawa is superior to 7-Eleven,” Kaspin added. “But for whatever reason, [they] have decided to not open a location at Temple.” For years, this explanation seemed suitable enough. Students fell back on the monopoly theory and tried to enjoy their taquitos, distracting themselves from dreams of something better. Recently, however, this coping mechanism has proven not to be strong enough. For the past few months, Temple students would fall into a hush when they walked by the construction site that occupies the former BP gas station on Broad and Diamond streets. They didn’t want to speak their hopes, for fear of jinxing them, but the underlying message was clear.

“Could this finally be a Wawa?” When I saw the “7-Eleven Coming Soon” sign on the site, it felt like I was again being told that Santa isn’t real. I decided to commit myself to finding answers for frustrated and hungry Temple students, once and for all. However, multiple attempts to contact Wawa about its business practices, via regional managers and public relations representatives, were unsuccessful. 7-Eleven is franchised, in contrast with Wawa’s corporate management system, but the company must approve the franchisee’s requested location through a process of interviews and site analyses. When I reached out to the company about its sites on Main Campus, I didn’t receive much information. What was 7-11’s motivation for opening yet another Temple location? Does 7-Eleven have any sort of agreement with Temple? When a spokesperson for 7-Eleven finally got back to me, her response was simple. “The only info I have is that we enjoy a good relationship with Temple and look forward

to continued cooperation.” Temple students, however, don’t seem too keen on the idea of the store’s new opening. “I’m not excited about the new 7-Eleven due to the two already within a small radius of each other,” said Collin Nissly, a senior psychology major and former 7-Eleven employee. Nissly acknowledged, however, that this new location could be convenient for those living on the north end of campus. As one of those students, I beg to differ. If I want a latenight snack, I will go to McDonald’s or U Got Munchies, both within a block of the new 7-Eleven. If I need groceries, Rite Aid is across the street. I began to fantasize about jalapeno poppers and realized that maybe this is the way things are supposed to be. The absence of Wawa on Main Campus allows students to idealize and glorify Wawa – to perhaps something greater than it is – while we eternally settle for subpar munchie food and inconvenient ATM fees. Grace Holleran can be reached at or on Twitter @coupsdegrace.




A friend and an addict What causes a student turn to heroin abuse?


By Laura Ordonez

ome people sense the luring trap of heroin and walk away. Others sense the same, but have one more hit. David, whose real name is being concealed to protect his identity, belongs to the latter. Last summer, we had gone to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting on account of his latest relapse. At the time, David was a full-blown addict and I was his nosey friend. “Hello, my name is David, and I’m an addict.” “Hi David!” “Four months of work gone to waste. Some of you have told me that relapse is not failure but part of a slow-recovery process. Those words are my beam of hope. Thank you.” Kudos from the group. It is a fact, shared nightmares are the pathway to empathy and offbeat friendships. In the room, the eloquent lawyer befriended the babbling panhandler. Even though they were

strangers in the street, they were in symbiosis in every meeting. Unlike them, David and I only enabled each other’s compulsions. We had a mutual problem: a low threshold for boredom. We roamed in search for remedies against it. I took walks, impromptu trips to nearby towns and challenges to tip cows. David, on his part, was fascinated by his brain’s euphoria mechanisms. I first met him during his “recreational user” phase, the one where he used drugs every other day after he was done with schoolwork. He was an English student with a daily routine he found unbearable at times.

Many of our conversations were akin to: “My parents paid for four years of this monotony. Everything, from parties to classes, becomes familiar to me,” he said. “I can’t trick myself into enjoying anything familiar.” “So what, we all wake up, eat, go to class and relax whenever we can.” “Yes, we all do the same.” Often times, my ability to assess threats is clouded by the mania phase of my bipolar disorder. So when David told me about his heroin use, I was neither worried nor disgusted, only intrigued. “Go ahead, describe. “ “I feel content, it only brings warm feelings and serenity. I enjoy everything, even waiting in line at the RiteAid,” he mut-

I liked him better from then on. He was kinder and cheerful, and always willing to recite poetry upon request. He was an outlandish user, without track marks or a lousy appearance. He managed to ace his classes. However, his pinhole-sized pupils always betrayed him. He never reproached me for knocking at his door past midnight, usually to take long walks, in the same way I never refused him a loan. We were friends as long as we never antagonize each other with feigned concern. On the whole, our friendship was built on shaky ground. In his essay “In Praise of Boredom,” the poet Joseph Brodsky writes “the good thing about bore-

“He never

broached that he wanted to go to rehab, at least not to me. I had lost my chance. I mistook his addiciton for a passing fancy.

tered. From a technical standpoint, a heroin rush is a stream of poison that morphs into a conformist state of mind. For some, it is an orgasm. From David’s account of it, it is the solution to the dullness of his regular days. “This is the one,” I said, congratulating him for finding something to look forward to.


dom, about anguish and sense of meaningless, is that it is not a deception.” Heroin is a deception. This might seem obvious to those who have never tried it. But to addicts, at first, it feels as deceiving as a mother’s hug. Yet, it is doomed to become re-

dundant; there is nothing original in needing a daily fix. Then summer arrived. If he could not stand the hours between classes during school, he was hopeless in the face of summertime. Soon, he went from one bag to four bags, when snorted, and two bags, when shooting. This is basic dope economics. “I discovered tolerance, a thick shield wrapped around all of my dopamine receptors,” he told me when I visited his hometown. Trying to circumvent it is a leap in the dark. “Have you ever hated it?” “Yes, more than I care to admit.” “So, why…” “I can never remember why I hated it once I’m sober, so I buy more to refresh my memory.” In other words, his flawed memory only renewed his hopes for a miracle shot, ergo relapse. A helpful friend would have plastered his walls with don’t-do-dope sticky notes. I never did. He never broached that he wanted to go rehab, at least not to me. I had lost my chance. I mistook his addiction for a passing fancy.

Eventually, his family took a hold of him. He is now in another state trying to master the tenants of recovery. One of them is to learn how to handle boredom. In Brodsky’s words, “let yourself be crushed by it, hit bottom; then surface. Boredom is your window to the properties of time.” Laura Ordonez can be reached at


Campus growth will cause issues Turning Templetown into a “destination spot” will come with a host of problems.


hen I first read Ivery Boston’s piece in The Temple News last month, as well as Student Body President Darin Bartholomew’s corresponding OpEd about how Templetown can and should become more like University City, where students Daniel Craig stay yearround and the neighborhood surrounding it is more of a destination spot, I can’t say I didn’t at least sort of agree. I stayed at Temple last summer, and although a few friends hung around, by June I found myself traveling downtown or finding a reason to leave North Philly on the weekends. But the idea that Temple and the surrounding neighborhood should wholeheartedly embrace incoming businesses and real estate developers without caution, or that there isn’t good reason to resist such an idea altogether, is false. The perception that Templetown needs to move toward the models of gentrification that can be seen in areas like University City and Northern Liberties while still benefiting longentrenched residents of the area suggests several ideas that don’t sit well after a second look. It assumes that incoming entrepreneurs would benefit all. Sure, some businesses hire residents from around the area. But walk into Jimmy John’s and you’ll see almost entirely Temple students serving your hoagie. New businesses could simply survive off of cheap, part-time student labor. Most importantly, it leaves out the very real dissonance there is between the University and the surrounding neighborhood. There are plenty of widely known reasons for why the surrounding neighborhood might not be thrilled with us expand-

ing and upgrading even more then we already have, like hikes in property taxes and the party lifestyle that inescapably comes with a large population of college students. And signals have already been sent as to which direction the University is moving towards anyway. A university spokesman said the fortress that is Morgan Hall was admittedly built to keep students from living off campus because our direct neighbors didn’t want us there. With another monstrosity being erected a little farther east of Morgan Hall by an outside company, the message is clear. We’re internalizing, and partly because the idea of moving out has been met with backlash. This is not to say that Temple cannot expand eventually, but it’s not going to come overnight and is not the current direction we’re headed in. And before wishing for the nightlife and high-class restaurants, appreciating what’s already here might change your perspective. Go get your hair cut at Mecca Salon next to Fresh Grocer or As-salaamu Alaikum Barbershop on Cecil B. Moore. Converse with some locals over a drink at Pub Webb. Next time you see your neighbor who isn’t a student outside their door, ask them how their week was. Before wishing Templetown reflected some other model, I’d suggest looking at what we already have. It took some time for me to really appreciate, but in many ways I’m glad we’re different. As last summer moved along I found myself playing basketball with some kids at the playground behind the fields on 16th street, something I wouldn’t have gone out of my way to do until I had the time to really look at what the neighborhood around Temple already offered. The fear about our neighborhood is very real and sometimes justified, but it’s always important to remember that it goes both ways. And thinking that inviting gentrification with an open door is not without pitfalls is short-sighted. Daniel Craig can be reached at


Growing without a father, growing as a man A son learns to grow alone without his biological father, becoming closer to the rest of his family in the process.


By Michael Carney

omewhere in a gated community in the upscale suburbs of Wilmington, Del. lives a man I have never met. I’ll call him S. He met my mom in 1992. She was 32 and her “biological clock was ticking,” as it is commonly said. My mom would frequent nightclubs in her ‘20s and ‘30s, never wanting to truly accept the fact that her youth was quickly fading. It was during one of her nights out in the summer of 1992 that my mom met S. I believe the club was called Pulsations, a favorite among middle-aged partiers from its opening in 1983 until its demise in ‘95. My mom and S. maintained a romantic relationship for a little more than a year. During this year, S. never found the right opportunity to introduce my mom to his wife and two children. His “dilemma” got worse in 1993 when he found out my mother had a child on the way. S. was furious when he found out my mom wanted to keep the child, so he vanished a few days later. My mom wanted to name the child Mi-

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chael, in honor of her uncle who died of leukemia at age 28. S.’s wife ultimately learned of the affair as my mom’s demands for child support became too much for S. to hide. Miraculously, S. and Mrs. S. are still married to this day. S. is my father. He is one of the most important people in my life. The lessons that my friends and family have given me have undoubtedly led me down the path toward becoming a responsible and respectable adult, but they’re nowhere near as influential as what I have learned from my father. The greatest lessons I have learned are not from those who tell me the right things to do, but rather from the man who has shown me the opposite of who I should be as a man, a father and a member of society. With every action I take, I am constantly aware of the actions of my father. Since I became old enough to understand my father’s character, I have set out to become the opposite of him. I am in no way attempting to depict myself as an individual without flaw. What I am trying to prove is that my awareness of my father’s mistakes helps me avoid situations where I would treat others poorly and work to become a better person when I inevitably do make a mistake. Because my mom eventually married in

2000, I was only deprived of a father figure for six years. However, those six years were confusing. I lived with my mother and grandmother in a row home in Upper Darby, Pa. It was difficult to make friends in that neighborhood or have playdates. It was also difficult for me at that age to understand why there was no father in my life. My mom worked full-time to support her mother and me while we lived in Upper Darby, so I spent the majority of my days with my grandmother. As a result, my relationship with my grandmother was much stronger than the relationship most children develop with theirs. It is safe to say that during those impressionable years, she was my best friend. Her death in 2007 was especially traumatic for me because we had lived together my entire life. It was difficult to adjust to life without her since I had woken up to her smile every day for 13 years. In a world without a father, she acted as my second mom. I often contemplate how my life would be different if my father was single when he met my mom. Naturally, I always first consider the ways in which my life could have been better. I imagine living in his massive house in Delaware rather than our row home. I imagine being

“Since I became

old enough to understand my father’s character, I have set out to become the opposite of him.


able to spend more time with my mom because she would have had the luxury of working less. I imagine how simple it would be to not have to explain why my mother and I have different last names. I imagine things as simple as having a father to read me bedtime stories until I fell asleep. Then I consider the ways in which my life could have been much worse as a result. And it is these reasons that make me glad that things worked out the way they did. I imagine my life without the strong presence of my grandmother, who likely would have moved out had S. and my mother gotten married. I imagine my life without my stepfather, who has treated me like his own. I imagine my life without the lessons I have learned from the people closest to me. I imagine how different circumstances may have changed the person I am today. I will never know what life would be like had my father not deserted my family. I frequently consider the scenarios I mentioned, but I ultimately find peace in the life I live now. It is pointless to consider the alternatives because the events of my life have shaped the person I am and the personality I have. I am happy with the way things were, the way things are now and the way things will be. Michael Carney can be reached at



In The Nation NORTHWESTERN FOOTBALL PLAYERS ARGUE FOR UNION REPRESENTATION Members of the Northwestern University Wildcats football team are attempting to create the first college football players’ union, a move that could alter the NCAA’s business model. In order to form a union recognized and protected by the federal government, the members must be employees among other requirements, something the university contests. Northwestern officials argued that the players are studentathletes and therefore do not legally qualify as employees. In a National Labor Relations Board hearing on Thursday, Feb. 20, the main witness for the players’ union, Northwestern’s outgoing quarterback Kain Colter, stressed the amount of work required of the players with none of the huge profits returned to them. “It’s a job. There is no way around it. It’s a job,” Colter said. -Marcus McCarthy

HARVARD RECEIVES RECORDBREAKING $150 MILLION ALUMNI DONATION Harvard College, the main undergraduate school of Harvard University, received the largest donation in the college’s history on Feb. 19. The $150 million donation was made by Harvard alumnus and hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin. With an estimated net worth of $3 billion, Griffin ranks as one of the most successful hedge fund managers alive. He founded the hedge fund firm Citadel Advisors LLC, which has a market value of $45.5 billion, according to NASDAQ. The donation is to be used to pay for financial aid, impacting up to 800 undergraduates a year. Temple’s alumni gifting record could be set after Lewis Katz announced in November a $25 million pledge, one sixth the size of Girffin’s donation.

-Marcus McCarthy

GUN DEBATE CONTINUES ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES The gun debate has heated up on college campuses. Officials from Occidental College in


Los Angeles have announced that they will not invest the college’s endowment in any companies that manufacture military-style assault weapons for sale to civilians. The college, with 2,176 undergraduates, had a $330 million endowment as of 2012, according to U.S. News & World Report. This idea is not rare in Los Angeles, as the city pension fund and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System have both made similar announcements. However, in Idaho, the state legislator is expected to pass a bill to the governor that would allow students to carry concealed guns on college campuses.

-Marcus McCarthy

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACES DATABASE HACK State and federal law enforcement are investigating how thousands of sensitive records were hacked from the University of Maryland database, which contained information on all students, faculty, staff and alumni who received school IDs since 1998. University officials estimated that the hack exposed more than 300,000 peoples’ names, So-

cial Security numbers and dates of birth. As a precaution, the university is offering free credit-monitoring service to those affected.

-Marcus McCarthy

PENN LAUNCHES TASK FORCE TO INVESTIGATE MENTAL HEALTH The University of Pennsylvania launched a task force into investigating and making recommendations to how the school handles student mental health and stress. Although not named as the reason for the task force, this update comes on the heels of two Penn students having commited suicide since the beginning of January. Formed to release recommendations “related to programs, policies and practices designed to improve the quality” of student life in early 2015, the Task Force on Student Health and Welfare will be headed by the former dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. On Jan. 17, Penn freshman Madison Holleran committed suicide by jumping off of a Center City parking garage. Sophomore Elvis Hatcher hung himself on Feb. 4 at an undisclosed location. -Marcus McCarthy

The Let Out, a local club where a fight between patrons spilled out into Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Two men and multiple security guards began shooting early Sunday morning, leaving two injured. Police found 29 spent shell casings and one bullet nearby. | JOHN MORITZ TTN

Two injured, 29 shots fired on Cecil B. Moore Ave. during shootout outside nightclub birthday party SHOOTING PAGE 1 Communication was hit in the abdomen and taken to Hahnemann Hospital, where was later released according to CSS. Shnayder said he returned to Cecil B. Moore Avenue after being in the city with friends when they heard gunshots fired down near his residence on 16th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. “It was all kind of a blur but the next thing I remember I just kind of felt a pain in my stomach. I lifted up my shirt and I was bleeding,” Shnayder said. “I was more shocked than anything. It all happened like right then. I was just out with my friends and we were walking home and the next thing I know, I’m in the hospital.”

Charlie Leone, the acting executive director of CSS said the man fled the scene in a green minivan and threw his firearm into a snowbank. A second man, who Leone said was the driver of the minivan, arrived at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania later driving a vehicle matching the description with a gunshot wound to the knee and is in stable condition. The four security guards were taken in for questioning but later released as they were certified to carry the firearms, a police spokesperson said. Police first responded to the scene when an officer on patrol said they heard the shots, Leone said. A TU Alert was sent out at 2:47 a.m. warning students to

avoid the area. According to the we could get it out.” alert, the message was sent 40 “I think the assumption is minutes after the that when the incident. incident oc“It was pretcurs we’re inty long after [the stantaneously shooting],” said there and that Madison Blyler, we know eva senior art eduerything that’s cation major and happened and nearby resident we’re able to on the 1700 block pull that inof Willington formation out Street. “When in minutes,” we got the TU Leone said. Alert, it didn’t “That’s just really make us Odi Obilo / owner of the Let Out not going to feel any better. happen. It’s reIt made us more ally difficult in scared.” most instances, However, Leone said the especially when you have a case alerts were sent out “as fast as like this with so many moving

“I try to provide

a nice place safely for people to have fun, and these guys... they just don’t know how to act.

parts.” “We have information that we know is accurate and we put that information out in hopes that if you’re a student and you’re receiving that information then: [No. 1] If you’re in the area then you know what’s happening and [No. 2] You want to take some precautions,” Leone added. A second TU Alert was issued at 3:09 a.m. reporting the student had been discharged from the hospital. Obilo, an alumnus of the Fox School of Business, said the event going on that night was a 33rd birthday party. “I try to provide a nice place safely for people to have fun, and these guys… they just

don’t know how to act,” Obilo said. The police are still looking for the second man they say was the gunman. The incident is still being investigated. “[Following the gunshots] we were like, ‘Oh my God those were really gun shots,’” Blyler said. “We were paralyzed by the fact that it could have been any one of us.” Marcus McCarthy can be reached at or on Twitter @MarcusMcCarthy6. Addy reporting.





Kwashee Totimeh made videos remembering his freshman year at the university, when he believes students were more open-minded. PAGE 17

Max Amato has been involved in several design projects during his time as a student at Tyler School of Art, including liquor packaging. PAGE 16


One student organization strives to keep student members active and appreciative of the wilderness. ONLINE


Different minds, same college experience The Institute on Disabilities offers several programs to assist the community. ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF Living Editor


ichael McClendon, a part-time receptionist at Temple’s Institute on Disabilities, discovered his passion for acting during his education at the university – he now loves improvisation, but when he first began, he was one of the shyest students in the

class. The IOD, not to be confused with the Disability Resource Center that aids matriculated students with disabilities, considers McClendon an example of success in their efforts to assist the community. McClendon processes information differently than the average student, but his supervisors and teachers want other students to understand that he is capable of the same success they are. The first recipient of the Spirit of Pride award, which recognizes students who overcome personal challenges for their accomplishments, Mc-

Clendon has been successful at Temple on a number of levels. He’s a graduate of the IOD’s Academy for Adult Learning, one of the many programs through the institute, which provides post-secondary education to people aged 18-30 with intellectual disabilities. “My experience was just going [to the program], meeting new people, getting the feel of being a student and being surrounded with friends and mentors,” McClendon said of his time as an academy student. The program, a two-year track, earns students a certificate


The Institute on Disabilities unites Academy for Adult Learning students and matriculated students who act as mentors and tutors. | COURTESY INSTITUTE ON DISABILITIES

‘Avoid the Historically black Greek organizations celebrate heritage area, area is safe’

Greek members strive to remember their heritage this month.

Campus security provides adequate safety measures.

LORA STRUM The Temple News


he advice given to Brazilian students is to avoid relaxing into a feeling of security during our experience in the United States, because we will still need to be on alert once we return to our country. During my pre-deparMonique Roos Foreign ture preparaPerspective tion for the exchange program, I heard a lecture about safety and was told things here would be different, but in a good way. In my experience, that couldn’t have been more accurate. I hear students complain about safety all the time, which frustrates me – there are the Philadelphia Police, Temple Police, AlliedBarton Security Services personnel and the blue campus emergency stations at every corner. Even with those measures, if anything goes wrong, students will get a message on their cellphones telling them where dangerous activity happened and to “avoid the area.” I can’t speak for all universities in Brazil, but at the one I attended, there were only a few security guards and cameras on campus. We don’t live on campus there, so the situation is different, but the prevention here is


“Although we are

a part of different organizations, we were founded on similar beliefs. We recognize and understand the need to unite African Americans to promote change that is needed...

Brandolyn Burks / senior

(TOP) Mathos Sokolo is a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha and Brandolyn Burks is a sister of Delta Sigma Theta. Their organizations are part of the “Divine Nine,” a group of historically black Greek organizations. | KATHRYN STELLATO TTN

Even though the National Panhellenic Council has not yet celebrated its hundredth birthday, the 84-yearGREEK LIFE old organization has already welcomed Martin Luther King Jr., Jada Pinkett-Smith and Maya Angelou as members of the “Divine Nine” historically black Greek organizations. Two members of Greek life continuing this legacy at Temple are Delta Sigma Theta sister Brandolyn Burks and Alpha Phi Alpha brother Mathos Sokolo. As NPHC participants, Burks and Sokolo support the organization’s goals in the African-American community as they move forward this February during Black History Month, both as representatives of African-American Greek life. The NPHC was established in the early 1900s, when disenfranchisement and racial segregation was prominent in society. The NPHC’s manifesto states that it strives to foster “unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities.” From these goals, the NPHC founded the Divine Nine: Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi Theta. “My organization was founded by 22 African-American collegiate women who


Han Lee hits new business for immigrant athletes out of park A law student founded Global Sports Integration. ANDREW THAYER The Temple News The Toronto Blue Jays’ Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki’s jubilant post-game interview following his gamewinning hit on May 26, 2013 against the Orioles became an Internet sensation overnight. Pure joy shone through his broken-English speech and captured the hearts of Jays’ fans on

that sunny spring afternoon. Many Asian immigrant players struggle to adapt to North American culture, the media and style of baseball once they sign to an American team. A desire to help those players smoothly transition to the lifestyle of a new country and excel professionally is why third-year law student Han Lee founded his consulting firm Global Sports Integration. After signing with an American baseball team, Asian players are exposed to a completely foreign setting with fundamental differences ranging

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from language, culture, conditioning and food to variances in pitching mound sizes and travel schedules. “What we would really like to create is a system where when a player signs, he would go through a system that would acculturate them to America,” Lee said. Having emigrated from South Korea himself at 15 years old, Lee said he doesn’t believe enough is being done to help professional Asian baseball players adjust to life in America once they decide to play in the United States.

“I personally experienced many challenges that these athletes face every day,” Lee said. “Having overcome the obstacles myself, I’m hoping to help players find success as well.” Lee initially approached former Temple law professor Jeremi Duru in an attempt to pursue a career assisting an Asian athletes coming to America for a career in baseball. Duru then introduced Lee to Professor Ken Jacobsen, a partial owner of the minor league Wilmington Blue Rocks team, who came up with the idea of creating a league-wide service


for Asian players. “[Lee] is extremely conscious and extremely committed,” Duru said. “He’s the driving force behind [GSI].” Last March, Jacobsen said he met with major league officials who expressed interest in utilizing a consulting firm that would aid their Asian players. In December, GSI was officially launched and introduced by Jacobsen at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Florida. “Everyone we talked to [at the Winter Meetings] recognized the need for this service,”


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Attention to safety is a focus

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much more serious. It is also true that the reasons for safety can be different. It seems that in Philadelphia, the police presence and other safety services are for the student security. In Brazil, the safety services are generally to ensure security of the university and students’ belongings. It would be highly unlikely that a person would enter the Brazilian university I attended to rob a professor at knifepoint, but the safety measures to address that situation don’t exist in Brazil. This is because those types of security issues are not common at Brazilian universities. The safety problem there is much more about people stealing property of students and the university, and not just cellphones – in Brazil, it is common for cars to be stolen from university parking lots. That’s why in my preparation lecture they told us not to change our behavior. Many exchange students come to the United States and they become accustomed to leaving their belongings temporarily unattended. Then, when they return to Brazil, they have lost the alert mindset – until the moment that someone steals something from them. Then they remember, “Oh, I am not in America anymore.” The only place I would have to show my ID in the Brazilian university was at the library, which makes me think that they were just afraid people would steal the books. In the other buildings, anyone could enter. Although the rule to show ID seems somewhat random at Temple since I’ve gotten into buildings without showing my ID several times, I at least feel that the rule exists for my own safety instead of the computers’ safety. Another realm of safety precautions are the weather alerts. Students get upset if the university waits until the last second to announce a decision. Then, if classes are not canceled, everyone goes crazy on Twitter and Facebook about how Temple is not concerned about students’ safety. Snow is something new for me, but we do have some similar situations in Brazil. Instead of the weather, we have a problem with strikes and protests. When the subway workers decide they will have a strike or the entire country decides to make a protest, we can’t arrive at the university because the highway is blocked. Then, the entire day students freak out on social media, just as Temple students do during snowstorms, asking if the university will cancel classes. In every country, people love to be dramatic – they just have different issues to complain about. In a large city, I expected Philadelphia to have crime. Compared with where I come from, though, Temple seems to take safety seriously. If students didn’t stop to complain so much and actually use all these services the university offers, maybe they’d see that it isn’t so bad. When I needed to be escorted home because it was late and I was alone, the Temple officers were very nice. They replied to me using Twitter with their official profile. In America, students have access to a large support network for safety features that are foreign concepts to many exchange students. They should make use of it. Monique Roos can be reached at


(ABOVE) Jordan Shapiro encourages tweeting in class. | COURTESY JORDAN SHAPIRO

“[Students] are able to have a different kind of conversation,” Shapiro said. “If you want to interject a joke or nonconnected comment, you can [tweet] without deflecting the conversation to other places.” Shapiro, who teaches only Mosaics courses, said the idea came to him when he started teaching as an adjunct professor at Temple a few years ago. “I noticed there were these long sections in every syllabus that said, ‘No smartphones in the class, no Twitter,’” he said. “I read it, and it made me so anxious. So I immediately decided I’m going to f--- with the system. I said, ‘Here’s the deal: I want you to take your smartphone out. I know other teachers tell you to put it away, but I want it out. I want you to be so engaged with what we’re doing in class that you can’t help but share it on social media.’” Of course, this doesn’t mean that phones won’t distract students, but Shapiro said he believes the benefits of using Twitter outweigh the downsides. He said it’s ultimately up to the students to know how to multitask. “You can daydream in a class too, right? It’s your job to focus,” he said. “It’s not my job to eliminate all distractions.” Shapiro said Twitter should be used as a form of communication in addition to class discussion, rather than in place of it. He said he believes students and professors should be communicating on a regular basis outside of the classroom. “We need to get rid of this notion of ‘class time,’” Shapiro said. “I firmly believe in not just meeting with instructors once a week. All week, I’m sharing things on your [Twitter newsfeed] and I’m trying to get people to see in a way where those things aren’t separate.” Aaron Stevens, a 2013 graduate, said he took Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II with Shapiro last year. The journalism alumnus said students like himself frequently used Twitter outside of class to discuss class material. Stevens said Twitter was helpful in class, but he thinks it should only be used in certain discussion-based cours-


Shapiro said this is why Twitter is a popular tool in the Intellectual Heritage program. “What we want to do is make sure that students learn to have articulate, thoughtful conversations in multiple ways,” Shapiro said. “On email, face to face, blogging and social media – these are all normal ways of talking today.” Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez, who also teaches in the Intellectual Heritage program, said she doesn’t grade students’ tweets, but often discusses them in class. She said she encourages her students to follow her, but lets them know she won’t follow them back, as to not violate their privacy. Freshman Joanna Marzano said her Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I professor, Linda Lee, uses Twitter for assignments outside of class. Marzano said it is mandatory for students to tweet about class material at least 10 times per week. The psychology major said that although the social network helps her organize her thoughts while she works, it’s a surprisingly time-consuming task. “It’s kind of a hassle,” Marzano said. “We have to take five of our own tweets and 10 of our classmates’ tweets and write papers and draw conclusions from them, so it’s a lot of extra work.” Unlike Lee, Shapiro instructs his students to use Twitter during class, but he said he plans on eventually using other forms of social media, like Tumblr, for assignments outside of class. “Right now there is this separation where we use a different kind of thinking and approaching the world when we’re in school than when we’re not, which to me is crazy,” Shapiro said. “We have this entire fantastic university full of brilliant scholars who can offer a ton of education and advice on living your life. I want you to see your education whether you’re on Twitter, on Facebook or writing an email.” Claire Sasko can be reached at

Help finding a voice, extending a hand INSTITUTE PAGE 7 of attendance after they take specialized seminar classes, audit regular general education courses and complete internships designed to develop their work portfolio. The program has had 49 graduates so far, 67 percent of whom are currently employed on a part-time basis. Kathleen Miller, the director of supports and services at the IOD, said the IOD is particularly successful in aiding the community due to its urban location at Temple. “Oftentimes our students are the first person in their family attending the university,” Miller said. “Some other programs [for intellectually disabled students] are more for people in a higher socioeconomic category who have the opportunity for higher educations, whereas with our students, that’s not necessarily the case.” Both Miller and project coordinator of the academy Titiana Boddie, who teaches some of the seminar classes, agreed that the program embodies a founding principle of the university – Russell Conwell’s “Acres of Diamonds” speech. “Each student, despite their disability, has an ability to express what they’re interested in,” Boddie said. “They are capable of doing whatever is required of them, they just may

need additional support.” Boddie said the academy offers paid positions to matriculated students as mentors and tutors, which she said is competitive. The academy students are required to spend 10 hours per week with their assigned mentor as part of the program. This allows for what Boddie called “an authentic college experience,” including attending sporting events, concerts and parties. Beverly Frantz, the director of Criminal Justice and Sexuality within the IOD, said this also allows for “secondary learning.” “At most parties, there might be alcohol or drugs or all kinds of things, and that helps [academy] students really be able to know when to say no, how things look, when to walk away, and if something happened to call campus police,” Frantz said. “[The hope is] that these skills would be transferrable when they leave Temple and they’re living on their own, wherever they’re living in the community.” The relationship between mentors and mentees is often a special one, Miller said. She said not only the academy student benefits from the experience. “[The matriculated students] see people who are dif-

ferent than they are who process things more slowly,” Miller said. “They realize that just because you have a difference doesn’t mean you’re not a great human with attributes. It’ll help them going out into the world of work to be more tolerant of others.” Miller said the IOD is hoping to eventually increase the program to last a full four years, to be even more true to the typical college experience. They anticipate increasing to three years within the coming year, though Frantz said it is a tedious process. Academy students can take the classes Frantz teaches, which are Marginalized Citizenship and Disability and Sexuality, as some of their audited courses. “They bring a depth of knowledge that I can’t give [the matriculated students],” Frantz said. “You’re sitting there, you’re talking and learning about intellectual disabilities, and you’re sitting next to someone with an intellectual disability – their perspective and their voice is just amazing. They bring such value to class.” Frantz said students who are uncomfortable interacting with academy students are often overly concerned with political correctness. Boddie recom-

mended students “treat them as human being, not as a person with a disability.” The Academy for Adult Learning isn’t the only program at the IOD where matriculated students can play a valuable role – Frantz said two graduate students do research within the program she directs, the Criminal Justice Project. The Criminal Justice Project strives to represent members of the community with intellectual disabilities, who Frantz said struggle to receive fair treatment. She said they assist both victims and offenders, never taking a position on innocence or guilt, but simply providing the means for equality in court. “We know that women with intellectual disabilities who are victims of sexual assault, they’re at anywhere between four to 10 times a higher risk than a person without a disability of being a victim of sexual assault,” Frantz said. “If they even get to court, they have a much lesser chance of being believed – they’re not seen as credible. But if you have a male with the exact same attributes who’s accused of a crime, he’s the most credible person there is.” Carrie Leonhart, a speech pathologist who works with the Criminal Justice Project and the IOD’s Augmentative Communi-

cation Services coordinator, has appeared in court as a testimony interpreter for intellectually disabled people. She repeats each utterance of the individual when they take the stand, allowing the jury to better understand them. “I think a lot of times we confuse people’s language abilities with their cognition, or we think that if they have a difficulty in one area, let’s say a learning disability, that means they don’t experience life the same way the rest of us do,” Leonhart said. “There is an inherent right to dignity for all humans, and communication is a big part of that.” Leonhart said she thinks the IOD has a lot to offer any student interested in becoming involved with a program, whether their focus is on research, social services or psychology, among others. “Service to the community is important, because college campuses can kind of become enclosed, but really the point of everyone coming to college to build their skills is to expand, so that service component is good,” Leonhart said. Erin Edinger-Turoff can be reached at or on Twitter @erinJustineET.





t’s not just about the espresso and free Wi-Fi. Vice Coffee, Spring Garden Street’s latest spot


CoLabination, a local startup, aims to help fashion designers and other creative minds looking for a way to expand their brands. PAGE 10

Tennessee-based band Diarrhea Planet has gained a following in the local punk scene. After a show at the Boot & Saddle last week, members talk moving from houses to stages and extending its fan base. PAGE 11


Vice, a new coffee shop and tattoo parlor, opened on Feb. 2.


for a caffeine fix opened its doors to the public on Feb. 2. While visitors have been stopping by for typical coffee shop items like a latte or a breakfast sandwich, starting in March those same customers can come in for something else – some permanent ink. “It’s a play on the vices: coffee, tattooing… everybody’s got a vice,” said Nan McNinney, Vice Coffee’s general manager. Owner Charlie Collazo,


A Permanent Vice

general board member of the West Poplar CDC neighborhood association, thought of buying the space, which was previously a nail salon before its vacancy, after becoming convinced that the Spring Garden area was lacking a spot for a decent cup of coffee. Although Collazo himself doesn’t have any tattoos, Vice Coffee is in preparation toward staffing three tattoo artists, for walk-in as well as appointment

based tattooing. “It’s kind of funny, [Collazo’s] not a tattoo-person by any stretch of the imagination. I have tattoos, but he doesn’t,” said Collazo’s wife and Vice Coffee’s co-owner Heather DeRussy-Collazo. “I think it was just in taking a look at development of neighborhoods across the city and what drives that development.” The husband and wife team also own The Institute bar, a

stone’s throw away from its latest endeavor. Vice Coffee will sell food products made at The Institute, as well as Philadelphia’s Le Bus Bakery. One Village, based in Souderton, Pa., will supply the coffee. In addition to the coffee and tattoo hybrid, Vice Coffee houses a new and used book collection. Several books about tattoos line the wall’s numerous shelves, but the collection of various genres has a little more

than 200 books so far, curated by McNinney’s partner, a librarian. Customers will be able to borrow the books for use outside of the coffee shop, but unlike the local library, pocketchange fines aren’t the biggest threat if books aren’t kept in good condition. “If not, we’ll tattoo a Smurf on your butt or something,” McNinney joked.


Finding a new champ

Dancing through disability

Stevie Richards returns for local Extreme Rising on March 1.

Jae Hoon Lim hosts MFA thesis concert at Mütter Museum.


hated Stevie Richards when I was a kid. As the leader of party-pooping super group “Right to Censor,” Richards’ appearances consisted of lecturing fans about the unnecessary violence, explicit language and barelyclothed Divas of the Attitude Era. EssenJohn Corrigan tially, evCheesesteaks erything I and Chairshots loved about pro wrestling. The worst part about Irwin R. Schyster’s long-lost brother was that he was the only WWE Superstar to hail from my hometown of Philadelphia. How could this dorky buzzkill have grown up in a city known for the Wing Bowl? Well, it’s been about 14 years since I ripped out Richard’s column on the last page of every WWE Magazine. And now I would like to use this space, in my column, to praise the ring veteran for entertaining audiences for more than two de-



Jazz students and the Fresh Cut Trio play a Sunday night jam session at the Painted Bride.| EMILY ROLEN TTN

Jazz students flesh out trio’s newest pieces Students help the Fresh Cut Trio play at the Painted Bride.

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from the Kimmel Center Music Program, University of the Arts and Temple to work through its music without getting the whole band together, while giving a show for the Bride at the same time. With only one rehearsal one day prior to their performance, junior and senior jazz performance majors Max Kraus, who appeared on bass, and Jake Kelberman, who played guitar, said that the experience was fairly unique to what they are usually accustomed to with jazz jam sessions.



ransfixed. Locked in the gaze of bones reaching for what seemed like miles. Separating myself from a skeleton of a nine foot man was a thick glass showcase as provided by the The College of Physicians’ Mütter Museum. Stages of fetal development, diseased and dismembered body parts Brianna Spause and even slivCaught in ers of Albert the Act E i n s t e i n ’s brain are proudly displayed in this small museum. What better place could there be to host a modern dance performance challenging life with physical disabilities than a house of medical oddities itself? Temple graduate student and teaching assistant, Jae Hoon Lim decided to make history by hosting the first dance performance in the Mütter’s halls on Feb. 2021 with his master of fine arts thesis concert, “Life Between.” With entrance to the museum included in admission cost,





BoyK!ller Lee Francis (above) and Thom Winter make up EDM group BoyK!ller, which formed this past year. The two said they aim to change the EDM scene.|ALEX UDOWENKO TTN

Philadelphia pop-electro duo talks about their separation from generic EDM. PATRICK MCCARTHY The Temple News Techno is dead, trap is out and house is gone. But local EDM group BoyK!ller is trying to change that. In Philadelphia’s evolving electronic scene, Thom Winter and Lee Francis, who have both taken classes at Temple and plan on returning, are trying to pioneer a unique genre of music. Collectively, they hope to fuse the intensity of a favorite club hit with the popularity of a pop single. Both having a passion for music, the duo created BoyK!ller to show that electronic music can still consist of real, tangible instruments and melodies hidden inside of a floor vibrating, speakerpumping song. The duo has only released eight songs, but is picking up steam since its conception in early 2013. The two said they hope to put out an album, take the pop charts by storm and maybe even get Beyoncé on a single. But for now, they’re taking it one show at a time. The group’s next one is tomorrow Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Silk City. THE TEMPLE NEWS: So when did you start? How did you meet? THOM WINTER: I met [Francis] through a friend of a friend in 2010. We didn’t start making music until last spring. It was basically a culmina-

tion of he’s always been making music and that’s his thing. He’s been around the block in terms of Philadelphia, different kinds of funk bands and stuff like that. I go to a lot of festivals through working. I guess just being around that kind of a crowd and seeing what’s happening. You kind of want to be a part of it in some way. You are either in the crowd or on the stage, and at one point it just clicked that I wanted to make this happen and not just sitting back and enjoying it. LEE FRANCIS: I saw [Winter] had a real passion for electronic music and the energy. I figured I should start making music to be commercial and relate to people your own age. TW: We’re not trying to make mainstream music just to sell it. We follow the mainstream format and change towards what we think electronic music can become. The only way I could describe it is everything we have can be played on the piano. That’s how we start all our music. There's always going to be a melody there. TTN: Where did the name BoyK!ller come from? LF: We were in the lobby of a condo building and it caught my eye on the TV screen. It was a story about a boy who was killing. TW: No, no, no. It was a guy for the Amber Alert or something he was known as the “boy killer.” And the thing was, we came to the conclusion that it stuck out. LF: We don’t want it to mean anything negative or dark at all. TW: It stood out. This road trip opened us up to these sort of experiences. It was just a moment and [Francis] said “Thom, look up,” and it was

instant. We both knew right away we are going with it. It was something with a negative connotation, sure, but we wanted to make into something positive, but still grabbing your attention on the song charts. TTN: You’re a particularly new band, how was your experience with your first few shows? TW: It was awesome. We definitely had some nerves going into it, normal stuff. Your fear is that no one will show up. LF: Just jump up and down, you know? Get the blood going. The second show was just not at the right place. We had to plug it in through some guy’s room stereo in his bedroom. People didn’t understand that we weren’t DJs. We had some guy ask us to play [Electric Light Orchestra], as if we were shuffling songs on an iPod. TW: Yeah, we have our horror story in our back pocket. I don’t think it gets worse than that. TTN: What’s the process in making your music? What is your inspiration? TW: It’s usually set into what kind of a mood we are going for, what kind of environment are we’re in, or mood – like high energy or something like that. We take an initial emotion and drive it from there. It’s all starts with a melody. LF: Chord changes. On the piano or guitar. I learned the most about harmony and such from Stevie Wonder and the Beach Boys. George Gershwin. Just all that non-electronic stuff. I always write my stuff with all kinds of pop music – from the ‘20s to Stevie Wonder. I don’t really think in terms of electronic dance music and that’s where [Winter] comes in. TW: Just taking the timeless aspect of certain

mainstream melodies and musical creations, making it into something people can appreciate. You can’t come out guns blazing and expect people to enjoy it. People just think we are grabbing sounds and samples and copy and pasting stuff. I’m the buffer for his creative side. LF: When we create songs with lyrics, I usually just create a harmony and he’ll send me back lyrics through the Internet. We want to write more songs, more lyrics. TTN: How would you describe your music? TW: I’d say pop-electro. I mean, there are so many words now, people will say progression or house. LF: Yeah, pop-electro. TW: Especially because you can’t say house, because it’s just too general with electronic terms. People come up with new words like nu-disco, I can’t keep up with it. TTN: What’s the pop-electronic scene in Philadelphia right now? LF: There's a lot of good guitar stuff, and ‘80s style synth pop. But I don’t think there is anyone doing what we’re doing. There are a lot of good DJs, who like to make really club orientated music without a lot of melody. TW: I don’t think anyone has pushed the pop-electronic scene in Philadelphia yet. I like to think we are pushing forward with something that’s not really evolved in Philly. Patrick McCarthy can be reached at

Fashion startup attempts to bridge gap between failure, success New fashion technology startup CoLabination is bringing its ideas to up-and-coming designers. CAITLIN O’CONNELL The Temple News Designers develop an idea. They grab their fabric, take their designs to the drawing board and sit in front of their sewing machines, pondering over their projects for hours. And once they’ve completed their masterpiece, they want to share it with the FASHION world. And despite the strides social networking has taken in developing larger networking strategies within small businesses, sometimes it isn’t enough. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 50 percent of businesses fail within the first year and 95 percent fail within the first five years. Scott Latham, CEO of CoLabination, is attempting to bridge that gap between failure and success. Based in Philadelphia, CoLabination works to help independent brands get the exposure they need and work with them to build their business. About three years ago, Latham started his own company called Flight Crew Clothing, a men’s street-wear line. And from that experience, Latham said he learned how difficult it is to expand and expose a brand to the world, and he found that he wasn’t the only one facing this problem. “I noticed that when I was going to events and I would be out on the beach talking to some other founders, whether it was a watch company or a shoe company, they were all dealing with the

same problems as myself,” Latham said. It was in this moment where he realized there had to be a better way for small businesses with original products to gain exposure. This led Latham to start his own magazine, Mainline Lifestyle, in order to make more money – but out of this idea, CoLabination was brewing. After meeting his now business partner Ryan Erfer, Latham said that Erfer opened him up to the idea of getting venture funding as opposed to opening the business on his own. Fast-forward six months, and Latham now has a team of six working to further develop CoLabination. The startup is now raising $2 million to fund its project. At its seed fundraising stage, CoLabination is developing its beta and raising money to develop its website. “We began this because we were looking for a way to help emerging designers have a better way to scale their business,” Latham said. Latham said there are three reoccurring problems new brands face: exposure, engagement and retention. Those same problems have become solutions on how CoLabination should help designers. Alexis Canary, who works as the marketing coordinator for CoLabination, said these emerging brands don’t have the money to grow or the business knowledge to build a website. “How do you expose your brand past a couple of zip codes, how do you engage with your followers and how do you get these shoppers to come back?” Canary said. Those solutions come in the form of three strategies named the “Rolodex,” the “Showroom” and the “xCollection.” The Rolodex allows brands designers to get the exposure they need by having their designs and collections displayed. The Showroom allows these brands to share their stories by telling the shoppers the details of their brand. Finally, the

CoLabination’s headquarters are located in West Philadelphia.| KARA MILSTEIN TTN xCollection allows the customer to handpick and collect the brands they are interested in and stay up to date with all the latest information. The xCollection also lets users to see what other people have added to theirs, making it easier to get a sense of their style. CoLabination is offering a brand signup for $15, where brands can sign up and build their own showroom while CoLabination puts the physical aspect of the design together. One requirement for working with CoLabination is that these brands must have the means necessary to maintain their business in the future. The whole process, however, is still being developed, but overall, Latham said he believes CoLa-

bination is different from most online shopping websites. “We’re doing all of this in one, and it’s really going to be revolutionary for small businesses looking to scale and share their story,” Canary said. “There are just so many cool and innovative people that are dying to get their word out. Imagine you have this website where everything is connected and everything is in one place and its organized and neat – imagine the potential collaborations you can have with all these different kinds of brands and industries.” Caitlin O’Connell can be reached at




Exploring disability, dancing




The life, climate on a Diarrhea Planet Despite punk beginnings, Diarrhea Planet’s Jordan Smith is hankering for as much success as possible. DAVID ZISSER The Temple News Jordan Smith, guitarist and front-man of Tenn.based guitar-rock sextet Diarrhea Planet, is aggressively interested in making sure everyone is having a good time. MUSIC “For real man, f--- you throwing punches and throwing f------ elbows like that,” said Smith, as a particularly intoxicated Planateer – the preferred nomenclature for Diarrhea Planet fans – got overzealous in the mosh pit. “We’re all here to have a good time. If somebody bumps you wrong, it’s fine. Those were some f----- hard punches. He’s way smaller than you. Shake his hand. Tell him you’re sorry.” But with the exception of this brief condemnation of a vulgar act of machismo, it’s nothing but good times at the Diarrhea Planet camp. Diarrhea Planet, a six-piece rock outfit with four guitarists from Nashville, Tenn., was somewhat of a happy accident. Formerly a Belmont University party band, the group formed under relatively contentious circumstances. In protest of a musical curriculum that Smith referred to as “semi-unbearable at times” that was geared more toward commercial communities than indie communities, Smith and bandmate Evan Donahue sought to create the noisiest, most unlistenable band ever. But when they hit the practice space, strangely enough, what emerged were pop songs. “I made a record in summer 2008 that was a noise/grind-core record that was initially supposed to be Diarrhea Planet,” Smith said. “And then Donahue, the other guy that made DP with me, made a bunch of feedback noise tracks, too. Initially that

was what we wanted, but the more we thought about it, the more we were like, ‘This isn’t going to work live.’ And then when I started writing songs for the band, they were just pop songs. So it’s one of those things that’s like, there’s other types of music I’d like to play, but I don’t want to write it.” In its onset, Diarrhea Planet – a band initially comprised of members preoccupied with more serious musical endeavors – thrived in beer-soaked, sweat-stained Nashville basements. However, it wasn’t long before demand for the group was at a point where it was getting asked to play three to five shows a night for an entire semester. “It ended up that we couldn’t keep up with everything and Diarrhea Planet was just going much stronger than all of our other things,” Smith said. “So we were like, ‘Well, this was not supposed to do this, but let’s just go ahead and make this our thing.’” Although Diarrhea Planet now exists on a larger stage, its propensity for playing an absurd amount of gigs has gone nowhere. In 2013, the band lent its shred-heavy, punk-infused brand of rock ‘n’ roll to roughly 200 shows. As the dreary winter makes way for warmer, more chipper times, so does the lineup announcement of a litany of music festivals. On gaudy flyers, underneath names like the Flaming Lips, Tegan and Sara and Vampire Weekend, is the moniker of Diarrhea Planet. The displaced rockers are on the bill of both Alabama’s Hangout Fest in May, and New York City’s Governors Ball in June. And Smith said he couldn’t be more excited. “To be totally frank, I don’t miss playing house shows or small shows at all,” Smith said. “There are moments where there’s things I miss about them, but we are just a band that thrives on a big stage. For us, we love it because we want to put on a show. And every level of stage that gets bigger and bigger for us, we see more things. Like, ‘Oh, we can climb on that. We can jump off that.’ Or, ‘I can run over on this or dive off of it.’ Or, ‘I can get down and play upside down on this thing or something.’

For us, it’s like we come in and we’re looking at a jungle gym.” The irony of the fact that a band that originally started as a destructive joke is now achieving a level of success that’s downright mainstream is not lost on Smith. In fact, when he thinks about it, he said he can’t help but find it funny. “It’s cool because it feels like we’re playing a giant joke on everybody,” Smith said. “I really like that. I really like that we’re playing the biggest joke in music – or what could potentially be the biggest joke in musical history, if we would get on a really big level. Like, having people tell their friends, ‘My favorite band is Diarrhea Planet,’ or having to tell their friends, ‘I’m going to go to see a band called Diarrhea Planet.’ I think that’s hilarious.“ Attendees of its recent Philadelphia gig at Boot & Saddle were laughing, but band members were clearly laughing with them. At one point in the night, Smith called up “the least punk person in the room” to the stage. When he arrived, the band improvised a punk song and had the non-punker yell vigorously about what he hated the most – spoiler alert, it was exams – but in the midst of bouts of laughter were passionate sing-alongs, constant pogoing, and perhaps most importantly, a raucous good time. Seconds after the fight that temporarily stilted the fist-pumping soiree that is a Diarrhea Planet show, Smith chimed in again. The most surreal part of the situation was that the mile-wide smile that seemed permanently etched on Smith’s face was replaced with a look of concern. “You OK, man?” he said. The injured bystander gave a nod. And on a dime, the lush, hedonistic grin that was otherwise omnipresent on Smith’s face reappeared. “Next time it’ll be a hatchet, a guitar hatchet coming down on you, bro.” David Zisser can be reached at

Alan Ashby talks ‘American Dream’ tour Guitarist of Of Mice & Men discusses touring, influences before the band’s March 2 show. PAIGE GROSS The Temple News Alan Ashby is blasting music and head-banging backstage. He throws back a beer and periodically puts the drink down for some lunges and squats. He’s about to perform. Ashby, the guitarist of Of Mice & Men, is loyal to his pre-show ritual. The band will open for Bring Me The Horizon on March 2 at the Electric Factory. Although Ashby is only 22 years old, he said he can feel his body deteriorating slowly every time he walks onstage and performs the band’s metal music. Ashby joined Of Mice & Men three years ago after briefly working at KFC. “I went from scraping s--- off the walls of a fast-food restaurant bathroom to being in a rock band in the same year,” Ashby said. Since joining the band as the rhythm guitarist, Of Mice & Men has played Warped Tour three times, put out two albums and embarked on a

Theory” and Papa Roach’s “Incest.” few world tours. “I think everybody grows up as a The band got its start after the two initial members, vocalist Austin fan of music, learning to play the covCarlile and bassist Jaxin Hall, posted ers from the people they want to be a cover of the song “Poker Face” by like,” Ashby said. Ashby was able to play next Lady Gaga on its MySpace page in to some of these musicians while 2009. Of Mice & Men “They just wantplayed at Warped ed people to know Tour. that the band existThe band ed,” Ashby said. name, Of Mice & Two months afMen, originates ter uploading the vidfrom the claseo, the page had more sic novel by John than a million hits, as Steinbeck, paywell as a few more ing homage to the members. theme of the novel. In the two years “It was a following the cover, book that every members came and kid had to read in went, but by early Alan Ashby / guitarist high school, it’s 2012, Carlile, Aaron about the AmeriPauley, Phil Manancan Dream,” Ashsala, Valentino Arteaby said. “What is ga and Ashby made a rock band if it’s not the American up the current members. Ashby said he feels fortunate that Dream?” The band embarks on its “Amerithe band was able to take advantage can Dream” tour on Wednesday at the of social media. “You kind of are your own press Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, N.J., source now,” Ashby said. and will be in Philly on Sunday. Ashby said he grew up listenAshby said he had never been ing to bands that taught him how to out of the country before joining the play guitar. By the time he got to high band, but since then has traveled the school, he could play three albums on world. “You wouldn’t expect it, but the guitar: Guns N’ Roses’ “Appetite for Destruction,” Linkin Park’s “Hybrid areas that aren’t big cities seem to

“I think everybody

grows up as a fan of music, learning to play the covers from the people they want to be like.

appreciate music more,” Ashby said. “In Scotland, people were doing some crazy s---, jumping out of windows and moshing.” Ashby said the biggest moment for him so far was flying over Japan knowing that he was going to play a show there the next day. “It was like New York without an end, it just kept going, and knowing that we were playing a city like that was just mind blowing,” Ashby said. Ashby also said hearing the band’s music for the first time on Sirius XM Radio in a friend’s car was a standout moment in his career. “My friend was like ‘Dude, I knew you were in a band, but I didn’t realize you were that big,’” Ashby said. Of Mice & Men released its third album, “Restoring Force,” in January. The record was a five-month process, and while Ashby said there’s a lot of worrying behind the scenes, the finished product is well worth it. “It’s really cool to put out something that so many people like and can relate to and are excited about,” he said. “It’s like a painting when it’s all done,” Ashby said. “Looking back and thinking, ‘Yep, that’s what I wanted it to look like.’” Paige Gross can be reached at

patrons casually browsed the shelves of skulls and skin until doors opened at 7:15 p.m. Curtains fell from ceiling to floor, leading the eye to the ornate ceilings and chandeliers of this great hall. Kissing the walls were portraits of physicians of the past – 32 of them to be exact. Their eyes cast over the dimly lit floor where geometric shadows fell and three rows of seating encircled the stage. The essence of the great hall created a calming ambiance as I waited patiently, not sure what to expect. “Life Between” was set to be a representation of overcoming diagnoses of osteoporosis, scoliosis, and F.O.P., or fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, through dance. “Our skeleton is an essential frame that upholds the body and allows us to both navigate our environment and connect with others,” Lim said. “When the integrity of this frame is compromised, as in conditions like scoliosis, one may feel alienated, misunderstood, and abandoned. Looking and moving differently can generate fear, lack of confidence and physical and psychological anguish. Those who adapt to deformities, living full, productive lives, reveal the strength of the human spirit.” With interest piqued and eyebrows raised, the hall fell into complete, sensealtering darkness. Enter the dancers. One by one they entered, barely dressed. Two women and two men exposed the majority of their bodies as they entered, clad in camouflage material. In lighting and music, the mood became very intense, very quickly. Slowly, and seemingly self-consciously the dancers reached for the mauve shawls at their feet, dawning them in fluid seamless motion. Their actions depicted a sense of hiding. “When they came out in those [camouflage] costumes, it looked like skin.” Marie Anne Chiment, head of design in the theater department of Boyer College of Music and Dance, said. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, he’s talking about skin.’ Then when they took off their shawls, I thought they were stripping out of their skin and going down to a more basic level.” I don’t think I could have said it better myself. The soft light illuminated the dancers’ skin as they physically removed their shawls and figuratively removed the “shame” of their disease. Throughout the rest of the performance there was a strong sense of support between the dancers, as if their encouragements were the only thing keeping each other going. This evident aspect of the performance was illustrated not only through physical contact, but in the sporadic poetry readings that were whispered in place of music. A personal favorite, and awe-inspiring excerpt came from president Theodore Roosevelt: “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.” The group movement and synchronization was breathtaking. The simplicity and fluidity of movement was an incorporation of both modern dance and ballet. A perfect execution of the performance illustrated the beauty of each moment when addressing a different aspect of physical deformity. The 40-minute performance was over in what seemed like a blink of an eye as I sat in a sense of captivated admiration. “I get to see a lot of student productions, particularly with my wife,” said Louis Berman, Chiment’s husband. “This was a very high-quality student production, and they don’t always come together this way, so that was pleasing.” As I’m sure hard work was the main cause of the high-quality production, Lim’s impressive fundraising efforts must have had an affect as well. On the fundraising website Indiegogo, Lim raised $3,210, surpassing his initial $3,000 goal. Perks for donations ranged from a $20 “good for one huge thank-you-hug and a five-minte shoulder rub from me!” to $150 private pilates lessons from Lim. Chiment is also one of Lim’s professors at Temple. Lim is a student in her costume design class. “He’s reaching out and doing interdisciplinary work, which I think is where the arts are going in the future,” Chiment said. Brianna Spause can be reached at




Tattoos, books and caffeine VICE PAGE 9

Top: Alexus Arthur and Kyler Jackson practice at Rock to the Future, an afterschool program to teach “at risk” Philly youth musical education. Middle left: Musicians at Rock to the Future learn covers for an upcoming performance at First Unitarian Church this Friday, hosted by the Quarterly. Middle right: Cheyenne Oxedine, 15, has been attending Rock to the Future for four years and is the lead guitarist for the house band. Bottom left: Jackson, nine, works on a song. | ONLINE | ABI REIMOLD TTN ADVERTISEMENT

On Feb. 14, a few weeks before Vice Coffee’s official launch date of March 7, several hand drills sat on the counter and the space smelled of fresh paint while a few of customers sat using their laptops despite the fact that Vice was missing its finishing touches. McNinney said the staff is still working out the kinks, but the establishment is coming along. “I used to live right up the street. I swung by because it sounds a little eccentric,” said Jeff Eshleman, a customer. Eshleman said he doesn’t have any tattoos, but would consider stopping by Vice if he were interested in getting one. Jerome Gunn and Mark Petrunak will be Vice Coffee’s tattoo artists, while a third has not officially been named. Petrunak has worked at a couple of different tattoo shops in South Jersey, but is eager to start in Philadelphia, an area that Petrunak believes widely accepts tattoos. “I think that it’s beloved here,” Petrunak said of the tattoo industry. “I think [Philadelphia]’s one of the cities that actually truly embraces tattooed people.” Vice will stay open until 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and until 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, in hopes that night owls, like those stopping by shows at Union Transfer right across the street, will swing by and make the space more than just a daytime hangout. “It’s a really unique concept,” McNinney said. “If anything, it’s going to make tattooing more accessible to people who might otherwise be afraid to walk into a tattoo shop, because tattoo shops can be very intimidating, and yet, this is a coffee shop. We’re trying to class up the tattoo industry a little bit by making it more accessible.” Kerri Ann Raimo can be reached at




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OUT & ABOUT PIES AND MASON JARS A new dessert bakeshop called The Baker’s Jar, located on 625 S. 16th St., opened on Feb. 8. As its name implies, the shop serves cakes, pies and pudding in a mini-sized or standard-sized mason jar for $3.50-5. Its current menu includes chocolate bread pudding, carrot cake, apple crumb and more. Also serving La Columbe coffee, it offers cookies, double-layer cake and pie renditions of every jar. -Albert Hong

RICHARDS PAGE 9 cades. Whether sacrificing himself as Raven’s lackey, impersonating “Big Daddy Cool” in the Blue World Order, losing his mind as Victoria’s henchman, treating Abyss as the monster’s abusive therapist, or yes, converting wrasslin’s favorite pimp The Godfather to the good side, Richards has adapted to every character like a super-kicking Johnny Depp. From curtain-jerker to mouthpiece to maineventer, “Stevie Night Heat’s” only G.M. has evolved through stints in ECW, WCW, WWE and TNA. These days he’s the champion of Extreme Rising, and he’ll be defending the gold against Sabu on March 1 at the promotion’s return to South Philly. “Springtime Beatdown,” held at the ECW Arena on the corner of Swanson and Ritner, will also be a homecoming for Richards. “The ECW Arena is basically 15 minutes from where I grew up,” Richards said. “My mom and dad still live in the area. It’s cool, but I don’t look at it too much because I’m not a nostalgic person. I just look at it as another show where I’ll work just as hard.” Graduating from Frankford High School in 1989, Richards pursued his grappling passion by learning the ropes in the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance. That’s where he also gained his interest in fitness, which has led Richards to becoming a certified instructor of DDP Yoga – the popular dynamic resistance yoga program created by former wrestler Diamond Dallas Page. “I don’t consider myself ever to be physically fit,” Richards said. “That’s part of the motivation to keep going to the gym. I’m always trying to look better especially in the world of pro wrestling where looks are a big part of it. Teaching DDP Yoga actually helps me train while training other people through a safe and effective workout.” When he isn’t in the ring or in the gym, Richards can be found in the studio filming technology reviews under his real name Michael Manna for his website “The creative outlet in WWE was non-existent,” Richards said. “If you have 70-second matches like I had with Sabu on Saturday Night’s Main Event, you don’t have time to show your talents or play a character. So I started the T4Show in 2007 under my real name because I didn’t want to use wrestling as a crutch. Most people who I work with don’t even know I used to wrestle or that I still wrestle.” As a proud techie and longtime wrestling fan, Richards said he believes the WWE Network “changes the entire landscape of new media.” “À la carte consumption is the future,” Richards said. “People who were going to buy WrestleMania are always going to buy it. People who weren’t going to buy it are now going to because they’ll pay $120 a year for the entire library and then also get WrestleMania, which is like $65 these days. I might even get it just because of all the classic stuff I watch on YouTube will be more readily available and have better video quality.” With the WWE Network featuring every ECW pay-per-view ever, it’s fun to relive Richards’ journey through the squared circle ranks as he prepares to battle fellow ECW legend Sabu. “Winning the title is not a form of appreciation – it’s a challenge,” Richards said. “The original thought was probably that we have all these guys who look like a shell of themselves, showing up drunk or high, so by default maybe we should think about Stevie. The matches I was having especially with the younger guys like Luke Hawx, who is the absolute best un-signed talent in the world, showed how I transcend both generations. I can still hang with the young guys, but I have the knowledge and reputation of the veterans.” Even though the changes were out of his control, everything Richards condemned about WWE all those years ago has mostly been eradicated. The violence has become a “controlled frenzy,” the language has PG restrictions and Big E shows more skin than the Divas. But if you want to turn back the clock and inject a dose of attitude in your wrasslin’, check out Extreme Rising where Stevie Richards is no longer a critic. He’s the champion. John Corrigan can be reached at


Cedar Point bakes a pecan pie in honor of Mayor Nutter.| PHYLANDRA MCFADDIN TTN

Paying homage to the city’s history, tastefully Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen finds celebrity inspiration for its menu. ALBERT HONG The Temple News This month, Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen received inspiration from some local flavor. In honor of Black History Month, the restaurant on the corner of Norris and CeFOOD dar streets has been using plays on the names of notable African Americans from Philly to take one inspirational ingredient and create an entirely new menu. This is all part of CPBK’s weekly Thursday Supper Specials, created by co-owner and chef Shannon Dougherty last fall where she decided to pick an autumn flavor to base new dishes around. Since then, she said she’s enjoyed the concept so much that she decided to honor Black History Month with it. “This month in particular, I wanted to switch it up and be inspired by people,” Dough-

erty said. “It took me a little while to really connect the people [with ingredients].” So far, Dougherty has done a play on bell peppers and meat “pattis” to pay homage to Patti LaBelle, fried chicken and roots for Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and varied nuts for Mayor Nutter. Last Thursday, Nutter was represented with Brazilian nut tomato soup and vegan cashew grilled cheese with pickled cucumbers. Liz Petersen, the other owner and chef, is an advocate of sustainability and good health, which she said she tries to carry out in her restaurant, and more specifically her concept of focusing on one specific ingredient. “A lot of the inspiration is just based on doing things organically, utilizing lots of resources and different things that are available,” Petersen said. For their menu, Dougherty and Petersen made sure to cater to vegans and vegetarians. However, the restaurant also serves meat dishes, like fried chicken and waffles. “Everyone should always have [the fried chicken and

waffles] once, and then maybe go home and take a nap,” Dougherty said. “Even meat eaters like to eat vegan and vegetarian foods sometimes.” CPBK also has offbeat selections like beet ravioli, or thinly sliced raw beets with stuffed goat cheese, chocolate coffee short rib chili and chocolate gnocchi with bleu cheese sauce. “You always think of chocolate as more of a dessert, but it was really nice seeing [Dougherty and Petersen] work that into more dinnertype dishes,” said Jesse Short, a bartender at Cedar Point. The restaurant’s concepts and menu, Dougherty and Petersen said, stem from a desire to be creative. “I always just try to make sure that I have my own voice,” Dougherty said. “We want to show everybody what kind of food we are really proud of making,” Petersen said. “It can be interesting, good, creative and thoughtful all at the same time.”

FOOD, BREWS AND BEERS The 10th annual Brewer’s Plate, an event celebrating the local food and beer scene, will take place March 9 at The Kimmel Center at 5:30 p.m. Started by Fair Food, a nonprofit organization focusing on bringing local farmers and chefs together, this festival already has a big list of eateries and brewers coming to set up vendors and stands for attendees to sample the food and beer. -Albert Hong

ONE BOOK AT A TIME Every year, the Free Library of Philadelphia picks a book for One Book, One Philadelphia – a program that aims to bring the city together by ways of increased literacy among children, teens and adults through workshops and events. The book chosen for the program this year is “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers. Events on the book will happen throughout the city from now until March 19. -Chelsea Finn

CELEBRATING FEMININITY The Philadelphia Ethical Society will debut the 5,000 Women Festival in Rittenhouse Square on March 29 at 8 p.m. for $20. The festival will showcase a collaboration of comedians, dancers, educators, singer-songwriters and performing artists in honor of Women’s History Month. -Emily Rolen

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Jazz, jams and trios BRIDE PAGE 9

“We usually don’t get to work through composed music like this – a lot of the gigs have a set number of songs and players that everyone has memorized,” Kelberman said. “Here we get to work with new guys and see some new faces.” For Kraus and Kelberman, finding work in the city and playing at jazz clubs happens pretty frequently. Playing with the trio and a new group of faces from different musical backgrounds added another layer to their experience while in school. “This is just like an education and gig in one,” Kraus said. The Sunday show was three hours, consisting mainly of rehearsed original pieces written by members of the trio, but also included some improvised pieces that were open to anyone in the audience who could play an instrument. All three members of the trio started composing original music in college. “I wrote a bunch of tunes as a kid but I don’t really count those,” Marshall said. “Some of the first tunes I brought into the group are from college at the University of the Arts. I had to dust

them off a little of course.” The trio’s trumpet player, Lawrence, also an alumnus of University of the Arts, said that he began to write his own music when he realized he would have to pay royalties to play other jazz musicians’ pieces. “I finally felt comfortable enough to record a solo record but I realized I didn’t want to pay other people to play music,” Lawrence said. For the trio, jazz is all about mixing music together, evident in the different flavors of music in their own compositions. “You’re always writing,” Fraticelli said. “I’m always mixing in things that could be a song, whenever I pick up an instrument, even when I’m just messing around.” The orchestra recently won a jazz residency at the Kimmel Center, where it is required to play a work-in-progress performance, two arts education workshops and a final performance. Its final performance will be on June 21.

What people FIRE ABOVE HAWTHORNE’S CAFÉ @6abc tweeted on Feb. 21 that several apartments and popular South are talking Street eatery and brewery, Hawthorne’s Café, were damaged by a fire about in early in the morning. Though the apartments above bared the brunt Philly – from news of the damage, it is expected that Hawthorne’s Café will close to be repaired. No injuries were reported. and store openings, to music events and restaurant open- FREE IMPROV WORKSHOPS @phitcomedy tweeted on Feb. 23 that Philly Improv Theater will be ing. For breaking news and daily holding free comedy workshops on March 2-3, and on March 6 and 12. updates, follow The Temple News PHIT is a nonprofit that’s been around since 2005 and has shows and on Twitter @TheTempleNews. events, outreach programs and workshops.

Philly Improv Theater is showcasing its talents at The Adrienne Theater on the 2000 block of Sansom Street on Friday for a “Variety Comedy: Story UP! After Dark” performance. This is a chance to see the cast in a new light “as they put the swear jar away and put their inner child to sleep.” Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The show runs from 10:30-11:30 p.m. Afterward, take a walking tour of Philadelphia’s historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, named a National Historic Landmark, on the fourth Friday of every month. This “Hot Spots and Storied Plots” tour is all about the history of the cemetery. A tour will be held Friday for $8 and will start at Laurel Hill’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Ave. at 10 a.m. -Kerri Ann Raimo

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PHILLY FREEDOM FESTIVAL HAS BEGUN @uwishunu tweeted on Feb. 21 that the Philadelphia Freedom Festival has begun. From now until July, free events ranging from concerts to discussions to spoken word performances will occur throughout the region. The festival honors civil rights leader Octavius V. Catto.

EXTENSTIONS CONSIDERED FOR SUBWAY LINES @metrophilly tweeted on Feb. 21 that SEPTA is considering extending hours for both the Broad Street and Market-Frankford subway lines. Currently, it is “crunching numbers” and surveying whether or not commuters would utilize the service.







Max Amato draws closer to future as artist The Tyler School of Art student aspires to illustrate children’s books. ALEXA BRICKER The Temple News

Max Amato took an interest in art at a young age, but he said it was when he TYLER SCHOOL used to walk down grocery OF ART store aisles, subconsciously analyzing the packaging of each food item, that he knew graphic design was the right path for him. The senior graphic design major said his knack for finding elements of design in all things, whether it’s posters or packages of hummus, is what fuels his passion for the trade. “I knew that I really wasn’t the best with really detail-oriented, realistic drawing,” Amato said. “I started being more interested in commercial art for that reason, so I realized that was the way to go.” Now, as Amato works on his senior thesis, the portfolio of professional and in-class design work he has compiled over the years includes jobs creating packaging for companies, from cigar manufacturer Havana to sound engineering company Paradise Soundworks. As important as the diversity of this content is, Amato said using his own interests in his work is even more valuable to him. His interest in music was inspiration for the sound engineering project, but recently he

found motivation from personal experiences. Amato’s senior thesis, titled “Small Ball,” is a proposal for a magazine layout which highlights professional basketball players under 6 feet in height, something he said he can relate to personally. “It’s a really great topic, because I think there are athletes everywhere, myself included because I played sports in high school, that were always just a little too small to actually make it,” Amato said. “So I think it could be a really inspirational thing for people, and I’m excited to see where it goes.” It’s also important to him that each design he creates represents the uniqueness of the product, which he said explains the large amount of variation in his work. “To me, design is not about having a style, it’s about letting the project dictate what that style is,” Amato said. “I try to be kind of like a chameleon.” While the majority of Amato’s designs have not been put into fruition, there are a few he said he has dedicated more time to and would love to expand upon outside of the classroom. One of those projects is his work titled “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall,” one of the three books he said he is attempting to have published. “[‘99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall’] was in the most recent edition of “HOW International Design Annual,” which will be out in March 2014,” Amato said. “It has won a couple international awards in competitions for students – it just seems to be

Max Amato holds two prints of his own design, themed after “Black Swan” and “Jekyll & Hyde.” | KRISTEN VANLEER TTN really marketable, so I would hope to have that one published. I could see it in Urban Outfitters as a coffee table kind of book.” In addition, Amato said he has drawn inspiration from his mother, a published children’s book author. He is working on publishing a children’s book of his own, “Perfect,” which he wrote and designed. “[My mom] knows a cou-

ple of agents and people in the industry, so she’s given me contact information for that,” Amato said. “Right now I’m working on a presentation so I can send it to them and they can understand what it’s about and why it’s something that should be on the shelves at Barnes & Noble.” The story, which centers around using mistakes as learn-

Historical organizations remember roots HISTORY PAGE 7

wanted to make a difference in the community because of the racial injustices they were facing,” Burks, a senior health information management major, said. Burks is vice president of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, a position of leadership she said she dedicates to assisting her sisters in Temple’s Epsilon Delta chapter. Delta Sigma Theta was founded at Howard University in 1914 and its 100-year-old goals are still relevant to Burks, she said. She grew up among people she called inspirational African-American women of Delta Sigma Theta. “The initial goal of my organization was to uplift the African-American community, with an emphasis on women through sisterhood, public service and scholarship,” Burks said. “They had a vision to fight injustices and be a part of a positive change. Being a part of Greek life has showed me how to empower myself and others around me.” With more than 300,000 predominantly African-American public service-oriented women to call sisters, Burks cited her organization’s focus on business and professionalism with helping her public speaking skills and self-esteem as an African-American woman. It is this consistent support that Burks said reminds her that Black History Month is not the sole commemoration of African-American heritage.

“If we [Delta Sigma Theta] are not recognizing black history and black excellence on a daily basis, then we are not doing our job in [upholding] the values and principles set by our founders,” Burks said. Burks is also a part of the National Council of Negro Women, which, like Delta Sigma Theta, aims to provide a strong coalition of African-American women. Burks said this togetherness is part of what allows for the Divine Nine’s success. “Although we are a part of different organizations, we were founded on similar beliefs,” Burks said. “We recognize and understand the need to unite African Americans to promote change that is needed and deserved for all types of people.” The Divine Nine has also shown Sokolo a feeling of unity, he said. The sense of community provided by the historically African-American Greek organizations is something he said he doesn’t believe he’d find elsewhere. “[Joining the Divine Nine] has also opened up a great network for me,” Sokolo, a senior strategic communications major, said. Sokolo is also chaplain, historian and corresponding secretary for Alpha Phi Alpha, the first Greek letter fraternity for African Americans. Founded in 1906 at Cornell University, its fraternity preamble states that it aspires to “a more perfect union among

college men; to aid in and insist upon the personal progress of its members; to further brotherly love and a fraternal spirit within the organization.” It is the “perfect union among college men” that most appeals to Sokolo, he said. He joined Alpha Phi Alpha after watching his god-brother acquire what Sokolo called a certain confidence that is recognizable in Temple Alpha Phi Alpha members. He said he greatly appreciates Alpha Phi Alpha’s focus on self-improvement and advancement. “Alpha Phi Alpha has been one of many components that uplifts the AfricanAmerican community, from the Civil Rights Movement to giving back to the [community at present],” Sokolo said. “Our organizations [educate the community] about different issues and epidemics that are plaguing [it] from within.” This February, in honor of Black History Month, Alpha Phi Alpha aims to remember its history in the African-American community during fraternity events. “In 1906, when our fraternity was founded, it was a time where African Americans were not accepted,” Sokolo said. “It was a drastic step for our seven AfricanAmerican founding fathers to start a fraternity that uplifts the community.” Lora Strum can be reached at

ing experiences, is a lesson Amato said he wishes he could have learned sooner, but wants to pass on to other young kids. “This is a book I kind of wrote for myself as a little kid,” Amato said. “I have always been a perfectionist – I think that’s part of why I became a graphic designer. So this book is really just about finding inspiration in your mistakes.”

Like many of his other projects, Amato said he hopes he will eventually be able to bring this book to life. “I’m really hoping for the best,” Amato said. “I think it’s a pretty heartwarming story that people could get behind, so it would be really exciting.” Alexa Bricker can be reached at




Energizing community sport programs The Sports Industry Research Center helps local youth fitness programs. REBECCA ZOLL The Temple News In Philadelphia, high school graduation rates are low and childhood obesity is high – something the Sports Industry Research Center hopes to change. The SIRC, a program within the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, supports organizations like “Black Girls Run!” and “Students Run Philly Style.” Both programs aim to improve Philadelphia’s overall health by giving the opportunity for participants to exercise, and get to know their community.

Christine Wegner, a second-year Ph.D. student in business administration with a concentration in tourism and sport, has been working with Students Run Philly Style since its launch in 2004. The yearly program starts in March and runs for about nine months, at the end of which the students participate in Philadelphia’s full or half marathon. “For me, the most interesting thing about their program is that it’s not just an intervention, it’s a tool that teaches students about setting goals and the power of determination,” Wegner said. “[It is] a tool they can use for the rest of their life.” She is also involved with Black Girls Run!, an organization designed to fight obesity in the African-American community by promoting healthy lifestyles and running events. “This organization inter-

ests me partially for what it has been able to accomplish in such a short period of time,” Wegner said. “It has given black women the opportunity to create identities as recreational runners, a [forum within] Pennsylvania that is still currently predominantly white.” By working with the SIRC, Wegner said she feels she’s established a positive relationship with the surrounding community. “It’s really important to me to feel like my research is in some small way trying to help make the community a better place,” Wegner said. The SIRC works with a variety of projects – some are ongoing and a few are one-time events. On average, the SIRC works with 10-15 programs each year. Mikihiro Sato, a fourthyear Ph.D. student also in busi-

ness administration with a tourism and sport concentration, is a research assistant for the Philadelphia Marathon and the Broad Street Run, two programs involved with the SIRC. “My overall research goal is to better understand the role of sport and physical activities in promoting well-being,” Sato said. “Physical inactivity is a global public health concern. However, if these events can serve as a means to promote physical activity through working local running clubs, the events can be an effective community-based intervention to promote physical activity in communities.” Some of the participants in the SIRC’s programs are at risk for obesity and health problems, Sato said, but it hopes to combat that issues as well. “If marathon events can work with [Students Run Philly

Style] or Black Girls Run!, the events may indirectly help improve academic performance and reduce juvenile arrests,” Sato said. She said the commitment to physical activity often helps improve academics in local students simply because of the community support. The SIRC also offers executive workshops, community-based programming and event management. There are seminars in which industry professionals come to campus to promote the programs within the community. Jeremy Jordan, associate professor in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, has been the director of the SIRC for four years. “I like that [the SIRC] allows us to do academic-based research that also values and benefits our various research

partners that we work with,” Jordan said. “It provides opportunities for us to work with Ph.D. and [graduate] students as far as their skills to do research. It’s work that has a practicable application in the real world.” Jordan said he feels strongly that the SIRC can help with more than just fitness. “There is a correlation between physical activity and academic performance,” Jordan said. “The more physically active kids are, the more likely they are to have better academic performance. The marathons help students with goal setting. They give them a lot of selfconfidence and that translates to schoolwork. If you can run a marathon, you can study for an exam.” Rebecca Zoll can be reached at

(FRONT) Kwashee Totimeh created videos on YouTube to reminisce about his freshman year at Temple. He and some of his friends, also pictured, agreed that they remembered students being more open and friendly when they first started their college educations, in terms of joining organizations and within social circles. | SASH SCHAEFFER TTN

For one senior, ‘Temple Made’ students aren’t unified A senior thinks students are less open to others, despite advertising. KARLINA JONES The Temple News Kwashee Totimeh said he believes Temple used to be much more than a “party school” – he said he’s not the only upperclassman who reminisces about when they were freshmen. As the Temple Made campaign continues to brand the university as a destination school, Totimeh said he thinks the campus is less unified – the community atmosphere he experienced in his first year is not the same, he said. The senior advertising major used YouTube to express his feelings about how the Temple environment has changed during the years he’s been here. He’s used video clips of his freshman year in what he said is an attempt to show underclassmen how the social en-

vironment has changed. Two short videos compiled by those clips are posted under the title “#LikeFreshmanYear.” The idea of Totimeh’s videos came from complaints of this year’s freshmen that there is nothing to do on campus, he said. “I made the videos to show freshmen the fun my class had when we first came in,” Totimeh said. “They need to get more involved on campus.” A friend of Totimeh’s, junior media studies and production major Isaiah Gaymon, said he and his friends think they have observed less efforts from the newest class to get involved socially and in organizations. “The freshman class isn’t as involved as we were when we first came to Temple,” Gaymon said. “You barely see them active and involved with organizations, and we definitely want them to come out and be active so that campus life can remain productive and fun.” The upperclassmen said that campus organizations have changed as well, referring to the presentations and activities they said organizations used to host.

Senior criminal justice major Onya Brown said she believes organizations have been impacted by stricter regulations. She also said it seems students don’t come together as much in the social scene as they once did. “The creative freedom that organizations used to have and the hype that used to happen for a party is just not the same anymore,” Brown said. Gaymon said he remembers more appreciation for group activities in his first year. “I remember freshman year we would have open mic programs that would be fun, and all you had to do was sign up,” Gaymon said. “We had [an event called] ‘Sex in the Dark,’ where we talked in a dark room about all different topics that related to safe sex and shared personal opinions.” The students said they don’t necessarily believe it’s an issue with administration or organizations themselves, but rather the students’ interests. The upperclassmen said they have noticed segregation among students into more distinct “cliques,” rather than the

community atmosphere they remember. “There is less unity on campus,” Totimeh said. “Everybody, whether you knew them or not, used to hang out with each other and have a great time.” Brown said even walking around campus used to be different. “[Liacouras] Walk was our area to forget about the stress of assignments and tests and just relax,” Brown said. “Meet people, talk, dance, listen to music, just be college students.” Totimeh, Brown and Gaymon said they want the underclassmen to have the same college experience they have had. “I would love to see more diversity within the involved crowd of people,” Gaymon said. “We want everyone to have a great undergraduate experience and make lifelong memories.” Brown said before she and her friends in her class graduate, they hope to “make it like freshman year” again. Karlina Jones can be reached at

Kwashee Totimeh wishes more students would be willing to meet new people at the university.| SASH SCHAEFFER TTN







This weekend marked the end of visual studies and foundations assistant professor Nichola Kinch’s exhibit at the Tiger Strikes Asteroid art gallery. Her piece, entitled “Down the Drain,” opened on Feb. 7, as part of her larger body of work, Lithophane Electrotachyscope, ended Sunday. Kinch’s exhibit was also accompanied by a film, which was funded in part by grants from Temple. The piece is centered around an essay written by Matthew Borgen, a professor at Arcadia University. It describes in great detail the environment of Kinch’s bathroom. Different parts of the exhibit were created to reflect the images he encountered and specifically reflect the movement of water going down the shower drain. The TSA, located in Suite 2H, at 319A N. 11 St., is open Saturdays and Sundays from 2-6 p.m. There is no fee to enter the gallery. -Alexa Bricker

NEUROSCIENCE SEMINAR On Wednesday, the Neuroscience Seminar Series will continue at the Kiva Auditorium. The focus of this week’s session will be “Forgiving the sins of the fathers: Epigenetic inheritance of a cocaine resistance phenotype.” The neuroscience program within the College of Liberal Arts will sponsor the presentation. Dr. Christopher Pierce of the University of Pennsylvania will present for the seminar, providing insight into the brain functions of those individuals who react differently to the stimulant drug cocaine. The event will be held from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and is open to all students and faculty who desire to attend. The seminar is free of charge for all attendees. -Erin Edinger-Turoff


Temple Outdoor Club gets students outside the concrete jungle and into surrounding nature havens. The Temple Outdoor Club is a student-run club that encourages members to stay active in an outdoor setting throughout the academic year. This winter, the club went on several skiing trips due to the inclement weather. ONLINE. | COURTESY TEMPLE OUTDOOR CLUB

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Jacobsen said. “Nothing has been offered to these players that GSI offers.” Jacobsen said he recalls Kawasaki’s shining moment in May with some reservation, particularly regarding the motives of the press at the scene. “I think the most interesting thing is that [the press] didn’t even initially try to interview him,” Jacobsen said. He said the TV crew immediately turned to Kawasaki’s teammate, Mark DeRosa, who scored the winning run for an interview. Viewers only heard from Kawasaki after he unexpectedly jumped in front of the

camera and started reading from a notebook containing English translations. “Reporters know [Kawasaki] isn’t going to be able to speak good English,” Lee said. “But as a fan, you want to hear what is going on in his mind. I would like to hear the player’s voice directly, not through an interpreter.” Asian immigrant baseball players competing in the United States have complained about feeling isolated and confused once entering the U.S. and the major leagues. “[Former Yankees pitcher] Kei Igawa had trouble finding Japanese food

after ball games in New York City,” Lee said. “It’s absurd.” Endorsement deals are an additional area in which GSI hopes to aid Asian players. Players in Japan are national heroes who are hugely marketable, but Lee said they do not receive the same opportunities in America. “When was the last time you saw an Asian player speaking English in a commercial?” Lee said. “Nike may not want [recent Yankees Japanese signee Masahiro] Tanaka because right now he cannot relate to their market base.” While there are many Latino and Spanish-speak-

ing players in Major League Baseball, there will be approximately 65 Asian players – roughly 2 percent of all players – in the league in 2014. GSI is flexible in its outreach efforts, Lee said. After signing with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese professional league, former Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis reached out to GSI for advice. To help ease his transition to Japan, Lee said he prepared a pamphlet for Youkilis detailing Japanese food, culture and baseball. “We started communicating with [Youkilis’s] agent after his signing was

finalized,” Lee said. “We’re confident that the information that we provided him and his family will make a difference.” Finishing his undergraduate education while taking care of the everyday business of GSI has been challenging for Lee, but he said the commitment is worthwhile. “Juggling two full-time commitments is certainly a challenge,” Lee said. “There are not enough hours in a day – let’s just put it that way.”

On Wednesday, the Temple University Singers, Women’s Chorus and Temple Jazz Singers will host a free concert in Lew Klein Hall, sponsored by the Temple University General Activities Fund. Students, faculty, alumni and community members are all able to attend. For those who cannot attend but wish to hear the concert, the Boyer College of Music and Dance will livestream the concert on its account, available to anyone with Internet access. The concert will be conducted by Mitos Andaya and Christine Bass. The concert will feature a number of prepared musical numbers, including a musical adaption of Psalm 148, “I thank you God for most this amazing day,” ”Take Me to the Water” and “Praise His Holy Name.” The concert is scheduled from 7:30-9:30 p.m. -Erin Edinger-Turoff

FLAMENCO DANCE SHOW On Thursday, the Boyer College of Music and Dance will showcase flamenco dance performer Rosario Toledo as part of its continuing series, “Master Class.” The performance will be held in Room 222 of Pearson Hall. The performance is available to the general public, students, faculty and alumni. The event will take place from 9:40-11:10 a.m. To register for the free event, attendees are encouraged to email Rosario Toledo is an esteemed flamenco dancer who has participated as a lead dancer in shows choreographed by Javier Latorre. She has also created and directed several of her own shows, including “Contrastes,”“El Aire de Cadiz” and “Del Primer Paso.” -Erin Edinger-Turoff

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on having social media usage requirements in academic courses?


“All of my classes require me to do at least one thing on Twitter, Facebook or other forms of media. I’ve gotten used to it.”

“I would personally find it annoying, mostly because I am not on the computer all the time. Plus I think that social media is really distracting.”

“I would love to use it because I think it would be so much fun and it’s something I already use every day. It’s so convenient.”











Owls honored at Philadelphia Soccer 6 annual banquet MACWILLIAMS, PLAYERS AWARDED AFTER EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS Temple was named the 2013 Philadelphia Soccer 6 Champions last Wednesday at the annual banquet, as the Owls also claimed several individual awards. Coach David MacWilliams was awarded with the Bill Harris Coach of the Year title. The Owls were picked last in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll, but MacWilliams led his squad to fourth place while recording his 100th career win during the team’s inaugural season in The American. After Jared Martinelli won the William Wilkinson Freshman of the Year Award last season, Robert Sagel claimed it this year as he started every game for Temple this season. Sagel was also selected to the AllStar and All-Rookie teams. Matt Mahoney was named to the All-Rookie Team as well, while Martinelli and Vaughn Spurrier were named to the All-Star Team. Dan Scheck, who played the entire season at goalkeeper for the Owls, was announced as the Goals Against Average Leader among the six schools. -Avery Maehrer

GYMNASTICS OWLS BREAK RECORD, BUT STREAK IS SNAPPED AT RUTGERS The women’s gymnastics team saw its string of first-place finishes end Saturday at Rutgers, as the Owls placed third among four teams. Penn State won the meet, posting a team score of 195.825. Host Rutgers finished in second (194.575), followed by Temple (191.950), with Ursinus rounding out the group (184.825). Despite the third-place finish, coach Aaron Murphy pointed to a long-standing record that his team has now matched. “After that win against Ursinus, that put us with 11 straight wins,” Murphy said. “So we tied the all-time record set by the 1989 team. That’s pretty spectacular for us.”

family and we like to see each other succeed, field hockey junior goalkeeper Lizzy Millen said. “Especially in this time when sports have been cut it’s really important that we show our support for everybody.” “We spend a lot of time in the training room and weight room together and we all kind of know the athlete grind,” field hockey junior midfielder Nicole Kroener said. Both the field hockey and lacrosse teams play on Geasey Field. The two programs have a history of supporting each other, but these two teams have an added reason for their familiarity. “I think it really stems from our coaches being close and because of that we have always just been involved with each other,” Millen said. Lacrosse coach Bonnie Rosen and field hockey coach Amanda Janney know each other well since they both have been at Temple nearly a decade. “We all really support each other a lot and it’s not just field hockey, but since we share this field and Coach David MacWilliams (left) was named Bill Harris Coach of the Year by the Philadelphia we always see each other a lot and we are always Soccer 6 for the 2013 season. | PAUL KLEIN TTN FILE PHOTO in each other’s corner rooting each other on,” Rosen Looking ahead, Murphy continues to empha- volunteered at Chosen 300 Ministries, a soup kitchen said. -Stephen Godwin size the fact that the focus for his team is to “keep located on Spring Garden Street near Ridge Avenue. outdoing themselves”. However, as Temple heads to The Owls helped set up for a church service and Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., next weekend, he made food after the service. Chosen 300 Ministries’ does expect a favorable head-to-head result. founder and executive director Brian Jenkins is a “We’re going to go in there and obviously look Temple graduate. for that win,” Murphy said. “But like I said before, for – Evan Cross ALLEN TRADED TO PACERS AFTER us it’s all about points. So we just have to focus on TWO-YEAR STINT WITH 76ERS us, and maybe get our girls to each gain one extra tenth in each routine. If they can do that, we’ll be Former Owl Lavoy Allen was traded from the two points up than we were last weekend.” Philadelphia 76ers to the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 20. Temple has already beaten Ursinus head-to- FIELD HOCKEY PLAYERS SHOW Allen was part of a larger deal, being shipped head twice this season. to Indiana along with Evan Turner in exchange for SUPPORT FOR LACROSSE TEAM –Steve Bohnel Danny Granger and a second-round draft pick. AlFriends, family and alumni came to support the len and Turner now join the best team in the Eastern lacrosse team on Wednesday as it faced off against Conference, where they will likely get less playing La Salle, and among them was nearly the entire field time but will have a much better chance at winning the NBA Finals. Allen has averaged 5.2 points and 4.9 TEAM HELPS AT SOUP KITCHEN hockey team. On Feb. 16, a group of Temple volleyball players “I definitely feel that in sports we are all one big rebounds per game in his career. – Evan Cross




Crew to continue, but White may step down after season CREW PAGE 1 “I’m barely going to make it through this year, but I think this might give me some new energy,” White said. White, who lives with Parkinson’s disease, was recently diagnosed with chondromalacia. Doctors told him that he had two meniscus tears with his arthritic knee, but White described it as “not real bad.” While the crew team spent the past four weeks preparing for the season, White was away from the team as he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair tissues, ligaments and cartilage in his knee. Still, he was ready to be back with the team. “Brian has been doing a good job,” White said. “I just wanted to be back with the

team. Even though I am still recovering, I feel the need to be at practice.” Crew members said they were glad to see White back in the weight room. “It was back to normal again,” co-captain Zephyr Dippel said. “He told us a lot of stories and jokes as usual.” White was in the weight room of McGonigle Hall last Saturday as the crew team completed a 2,000-meter ergometer test. Members on the team exercised on indoor rowing machines for a maximum of seven minutes as hard as they could go as they vied for boat positions. Crew will open its season on March 8 at the Stetson Invitational in DeLand, Fla. Grzybowski’s squad also

recently conducted its own erg test. The rowing team will open its spring season March 22 against Lehigh and Delaware on the Schkulkill. Some of the rowers cried upon hearing the announcement that their team would be saved. Others kept emotions inside, as many of their fellow studentathletes still face the elimination of their respective teams. Grzybowski and her rowers didn’t stick around too long after the board meeting, however. They had somewhere to be. “We have practice at 4 p.m.,” Grzybowski said. Avery Maehrer and Danielle Nelson can be reached at sports@

Five programs still cut CUTS PAGE 22 “They didn’t really go indepth,” freshman gymnast Jakob Welsh said. “They tried to go away from the answer because they knew they were in the wrong. I didn’t really like it that much.” The four factors for the cuts the administration has stood behind are inadequate facilities, issues with gender equity, student-athlete welfare and financial commitments. Baseball coach Ryan Wheeler said to the board that he had been told that facilities were the main reason for the cut of his team. When he asked why the offer from the Camden Riversharks allowing Temple to play home games in Campbell’s Field didn’t change the fate of the team, Theobald said the other factors played a role, eliciting

groans from the crowd. “They knew they were going to do this the whole time,” freshman baseball player Pat Vanderslice said. “They never were going to change their minds.” “They kept bringing up the same thing over and over,” Vanderslice added. “When we would fix one thing, they would come up with another excuse.” One of the reasons given in the past for the cut of men’s gymnastics is that the team shares a facility with the women’s team. Theobald has said there is not enough space for both teams. Thirteen of 14 schools in the U.S. that have both a men’s and women’s program share training space. “It’s kind of a given in our sport,” sophomore gymnast

Wayne Conley said. “I don’t know how familiar they are with our sport. I think they don’t know much, if anything at all, about our sport and our situation. It’s a very special situation. The men and women’s team here, we’re like brothers and sisters. We’re all there all the time and the facilities issue - it’s not even a question to me.” Both McCarthy and Vanderslice said most baseball players will transfer after the season to play elsewhere. “It would be hard to go to school and enjoy coming to a school if they screwed you over before,” McCarthy said.

Sophomore guard Quenton DeCosey drives to the hoop during Temple’s loss to Louisville. DeCosey averages the second-most minutes per game on the team. | HUA ZONG TTN

Owls faced with depth issues

to step up.” Another Owl who has been relied upon with the team’s short-stacked roster is Mark Williams. The freshman forward saw a career-high in minutes against the Huskies and then topped it in the team’s following game against the Tigers. He scored the Owls’ only points off the bench during the loss to UConn. “Coach has confidence in Evan Cross can be reached at me to put me in there,” Williams or on Twitter said. “My teammates have con@EvanCross. fidence in me. I got the opportunity and I capitalized.”


The Owls have one more game against an opponent that’s currently ranked – a road trip to Louisville on Thursday to face the Cardinals for the second time this month. Lee’s status for that game is uncertain. Should he not play, the Owls will again be presented with a bench of three players who average a collective 1.5 points per game. In its inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference, Temple will have faced 12 opponents who were at one point nationally ranked this year.

“It’s a tough schedule with the teams coming from the A-10 to this conference,” DeCosey said. “We’re just trying to accept the challenge and come out every night and play hard.” “That’s what you want,” Dunphy said. “You want that great challenge. We’ve been presented with that. It’s been a tough road but we’ve got more in store.” Avery Maehrer can be reached at or on Twitter @AveryMaehrer.




DiPietro to lose coaching job DIPIETRO PAGE 20 When this season ends, student-athletes. If I needed to DiPietro will find himself with- go in and say, ‘Hey, I could get out a coaching job. this kid if I had two more thou“There’s a lot of uncertain- sand dollars,’ they gave it to ty,” DiPietro said. “I’ll wait and me.” see what opens up, but there’s But economic reasons no guarantee I’ll get a job.” forced DiPietro to leave La Still, he said he’s proud Salle. In 2008, his title abstracof what he’s accomplished as tor business went under, and he a softball coach, especially at needed a full-time job. Since Temple. The softball team is the Temple was near his home in only program at Temple to have Mount Laurel, N.J., it was “a increased its win total every perfect spot.” UP NEXT season for the DiPietro built Under Armour Invit. up the Temple past five years. Feb. 28 - March 2 DiPietro program, turning also speaks it into a contender with pride about his first Temple within a few years. Last season, recruiting class, calling it his the team set a program record “fondest memory.” for wins and led the country Nicole and Megan Tiernan (left) and Avery and Kari Longstaff are twins on the lacrosse team. | EMILY ROLEN TTN His players, past and pres- with 94 home runs. ent, are equally fond of him. “Where we could have “He’s very easy to get along gone, if they wouldn’t have with,” sophomore outfielder An- cut us – we’ll compete for the nie Marcopolus said. “We go league this year – I think we Tiernan said. “We’re always then there were Hillary and ference is in playing styles. into his office and just talk for were in a really good place,” The Longstaff and there for each other. I don’t Whitney Richards, who coach “We play differently, at hours with him. He’s awesome.” DiPietro said. “We had good Tiernan twins enter know how people don’t have a Bonnie Rosen had the chance to least I think our play looks dif“He understands us,” senior kids coming in next year.” twin.” coach early on in her career at ferently,” Avery Longstaff said. their sophomore year. catcher/first baseman Stephanie Now, though, he has to bid A relationship like that Temple. “It’s more about play style.” Pasquale said. goodbye to Temhelps, especially when a year But this time around, the But for Rosen, the differ“He does what ple, and DiPietro NICK TRICOME ago, the Tiernans and the LongOwls have two sets of twins. ence is in each one’s personalneeds to be done said that while The Temple News staffs were adjusting to a new Not only that, but both the Tierity. for us. Some he’s frustrated setting. nans and the Longstaffs are part “Each have very unique coaches are just with the athMegan Tiernan would get of the same class (sophomores), personalities,” Rosen said. “Freshman year, we were there for themletic department, greetings from people she didn’t scared,” Kari Longstaff said. study the same major (nursing) “When you get to know selves, but he’s there are still even know. “Figuring out school and not and played the same position them personality-wise, you can there to make plenty of things Last semester she took Mobeing homesick.” (midfield) up until this season— tell them apart,” Rosen added, sure we get evhe will miss. “It’s really nice because erything we “I’m going saic. Her identical twin sister Avery moved up to the attack mentioning that some differNicole did, too. They had the we don’t have to worry about and Kari moved to defense. ences lie in observations like the need.” to miss my playsame course with the same probeing homesick as much,” AvOn top of that, the four way they walk or the way they Even players, especially fessor, but at different times. ery Longstaff said. “Half your lived amongst one another last wear their hair. ers from La the freshmen and “People would say hi to me home is with you.” year. Avery roomed in the same But of course, just like Salle still stay in sophomores,” Joe DiPietro / coach Between lacrosse and nursMegan said, Rosen actouch with their DiPietro said. “I and I don’t know them,” Me- suite as Nicole, and Kari UP NEXT gan Tiernan said. “They’ll say, ing, both the Tiernans and the the same as Meknowledged that former coach, DiPietro said. recruited them, I helped develOwls vs. Oregon ‘Hi, Nicole,’ and I’ll just say hi Longstaffs have the respect of gan. Between the differences are “They’ll get a hold of me op them. The girls I have here, March 1 at 1 p.m. back.” Rosen, who said that they’re that and all the harder to spot when somehow, let me know how I wouldn’t trade them for anyBut getting confused with fulfilling all their responsibilitime spent in they’re running they’re doing,” DiPietro said. “I one.” her sister, and vice-versa, isn’t ties between practices, games classes and practices, they see around in a game. have lunch with a few of them “I met a lot of great people anything new – and they’re not and classes, all while taking each other a lot. The Tiernans said they do every once in a while.” here,” DiPietro added. “There’s the only ones. Teammates Kari up a major that can get pretty “It’s a novelty kind of,” just about everything together. DiPietro spent six seasons some coaches here that I’ll aland Avery Longstaff have been demanding and not allow for Kari Tiernan said. “It’s funny They played the same sports as head coach of La Salle and he ways be friends with. I’ll always in similar situations. and shared a lot of the same inmuch down time. because we’re together all the said that there were many chal- stay in touch with coach [David “I’ll meet someone in class, time.” terests. The Longstaffs said they “For them to be able to do lenges. MacWilliams] and Eric Mobley then they’ll come up to me and do, too. both is a credit to them all,” And that didn’t get lost “La Salle was tough,” DiPi- and [Bakeer Ganes] and [Fran say, ‘I said hi to you last week, Avery Longstaff added Rosen said. on the team, as Kari Tiernan etro said. “In the Atlantic 10 Dunphy] especially, Dunph’s why did you ignore me?’” Avthat it’s a leg up, because the Avery Longstaff acknowlrecalled some teammates jok[Conference] there were seven the best.” ery Longstaff said. chemistry between her and Kari edged that living together can ingly referring to them as quateams that were fully funded. I But senior shortstop Sarah It turned out they were talkis natural. The Tiernans know sometimes be frustrating, but druplets. As far as telling them only had five tuition-only schol- Prezioso believes that honor ing to Kari. It comes with the each other so well that they that she and Kari enjoy having apart, Megan Tiernan said “the arships. It was hard to recruit. goes to DiPietro. territory. have a pretty good idea of what each other around. whole team has been pretty The football team used to prac“We just respect him so “All the time, someone will good with it.” the other is going to do. “It’s not just living with tice on our field. So they would much,” Prezioso said. “Our say hi to us on the street,” Kari “I don’t think there has ever your teammate,” Avery LongDifferent numbers help, but rip the outfield up. And we’d be team loves him, because he’s Longstaff said. “We’ll just say been a day in our lives where we staff said. “There’s the sister the Tiernans have another methout there in March, and left field so approachable, and because hi back, not to be mean or so haven’t been together,” Megan aspect to it.” od with their hairstyles. was complete dirt.” he’s so laid-back and fun to be they don’t think we’re ignoring Tiernan said. “When you spend “If [Nicole] has a ponytail, But DiPietro said he loved around. Just a nice guy.” them.” Nick Tricome can be reached I’ll have a braid,” Megan Tier- most of your time with someworking for La Salle. at or on Twins aren’t new to the one, you fit pretty well. It makes nan said. “But when you’re runDon McDermott can be reached “I felt a sense of family Twitter @itssnick215. at lacrosse program. Twin sisters ning down the field it’s a little everything easier. I’m never by there,” DiPietro said. “The adAlex and Claudia Ovchinnikoff hard to tell when you’re moving myself or have to do anything ministration cared about their were driving forces for the pro- so fast.” alone.” coaches. They cared about the gram in the mid to late 90s, and “It really is nice,” Nicole For the Longstaffs, the dif-

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them. I helped develop them. The girls I have here, I wouldn’t trade them for anyone.

In final home meet, seniors honored at McGonigle Four fencers were honored before the Temple Invitational. MICHAEL GUISE The Temple News Before the Senior Day ceremony, Chantal Montrose was sure she wouldn’t be overwhelmed with emotion. But when she came out FENCING and saw her coaches, that all changed. “It started to hit during the ceremony,” Montrose, an épée said. “I was fine. Then I started crying … It’s the end.” Montrose, along with sabre Tasia Ford, foil Epiphany Georges and sabre Andrea Haley, was honored at the Temple Invitational last weekend. The seniors each received a picture of them competing and their team roster picture, which was different than the usual gift of flowers. “It was really nice,” Haley said. “They surprised us … It is something to keep forever.” “It was nice getting the pic-

ture,” Ford said. “It didn’t really have brought the group closer hit me until Chantal came out. I together is what Ford and Haley started feeling it, too and it was said they will miss the most. really sad.” “Everyone has been so supFord was able to share the portive of me and my career and moment with her mother, who my education,” Ford said. “It’s came to Philadelphia for the not always about the fencing. I’m going to miss having this ceremony. “I was happy that my mom family bond with me team.” was able to come, it was re“The support of the team,” ally nice,” Ford said. “My mom Haley said. “We are always doesn’t get to see me fence a there for each other and you lot, so it was nice that our last know someone always has your meet was close enough to home back. It’s a really unique feeling where she could come.” being on a team.” The seniors said Montrose also had famthe emotion of ily there. Her UP NEXT mother, father the moment has NIWFA Champ. and brother were not hit them yet. March 1 at the meet. The season is not “That was really awesome over and they still have National that they could all come out and Intercollegiate Women’s Fencsupport me,” Montrose said. ing Association, which Temple “It’s great having them here.” has won 17 years in a row, and After the ceremony, the se- NCAA Championships. niors still had to compete. Mon“[We] need to keep kicking trose started off slow, losing her butt,” Montrose said. “We’ve first four bouts, but got back on been having a really good year track after a squad huddle. so far.” “It took me a while to get in Haley said the end comes my right headspace, but eventu- when they have their team banally I got there,” Montrose said. quet, where they give awards, These team moments that gifts and say their goodbyes.

The Owls hosted the Temple Invitational last Saturday, where the team posted wins against Duke and St. John’s. Temple fell to Penn State and Princeton. | ANDREW THAYER TTN The seniors also give speeches, which Ford described as “summing up your entire experience.” “Everybody ends up crying,” Ford said. “That’s when it feels final.”

Fencers said that the seniors’ leadership has been instrumental to the team’s success all year. “Their level of commitment has been outstanding,” coach Nikki Franke said. “They

have really set the tone and have set the bar high for the next set of leaders that we have. You hate to see them leave.” Michael Guise can be reached at



Wheeler PAGE 22

erton High School, Wheeler played at Penn State – where he was coached by Temple baseball alumnus Joe Hinderlang. When Hindelang heard the news of Wheeler’s hiring at Temple from former Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw, he was elated. “Bill, you have no idea who you hired,” Hindelang said in a January interview. “This kid is the greatest.” While in Happy Valley, Wheeler started at shortstop for three seasons and still has his name in the record books. His 109 career drawn walks are second all-time in Penn State history and he still is in the Top 10 in career stolen bases. Upon graduating, Wheeler was selected in the 31st round of the 1994 draft by the California Angels. After playing for a short time in the minor leagues in Boise, Idaho – an Angels Single-A affiliate – Wheeler retired from his playing career at the age of 24. That’s when the career on the golf course was set to begin, but he was lured away from his job in Williamsburg, Va., before he could even get settled in. A couple of friends, who were coaching at William & Mary, offered him a job as an unpaid assistant. It wasn’t an easy adjustment for the long-time player. “I learned at William & Mary that I didn’t know as much as I thought I did,” Wheeler said. “You’re young and you think you’re ready to just handle everything. It was a great learning experience for me to learn how things operate in coaching. It’s much different than being a player.” Wheeler would spend nine years at William & Mary before joining the staff at the University of Pennsylvania for one season in 2006. From there, he joined Mark McQueen’s staff at Richmond University. That’s when Wheeler’s coaching career took off. “Coach McQueen really gave me a lot of freedom to experiment with my own ideas and implement them,” Wheeler said. “I got to implement my ideas and test them out. That was tremendous.” Equipped with experience and coaching skills, Wheeler used those five seasons at Richmond to prepare for a head coaching job. That job would come in the form of Temple when former coach Rob Valli resigned in June of 2011. The decision to come to Philadelphia was a no-brainer for Wheeler, he said. “It was an opportunity to come back and take a program that was struggling and turn it into a success,” Wheeler said. Now just three years later, Wheeler will be without a job come May when the season ends. With three young kids at home – two boys and one girl – moving to a different city isn’t as easy as it was before. Wheeler said he is lucky to have a family that is willing to do so, however. For this baseball lifer, he just wants to keep doing what he knows and loves: coaching baseball. “As we move closer to playing now and being on the field, I just recognize how special that is,” Wheeler said. “I think a month or two ago I said, I could be OK walking away and not being on the field. Now, getting ready to start the season and play this weekend – knowing this could be the last – it makes it seems all the more special.” “I hope it doesn’t end,” Wheeler added. “I hope that I can continue coaching, but right now it’s just too early to tell what the future holds.” Jeff Neiburg can be reached at


Hard-luck conference play continues, as Owls drop another one-possession game A loss to USF marks the latest in a string of narrow conference defeats for the Owls. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News The pain was evident. Players took their customary “good game” lap around the Liacouras Center after the final horn sounded – some gazing at the ceiling, others stone-faced in silence – while one or two coaches WOMEN’S BASKETBALL and fans gave an appreciative applause for the fight. Smiles were few on the Temple side, tensions were high and frustration etched on the faces of each player and coach saddled with the weight of another one-possession loss in Saturday afternoon’s 72-69 defeat to South Florida. “You don’t understand how frustrated I am right now,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “We’ve been so close in so many games and for us to be in this situation knowing that one or two plays could’ve made a difference, that’s the most frustrating thing.” This latest loss saw the Owls hold the lead for the majority of the first half and entirely for the first 10 minutes of the second. Then the recent second-half woes began to set in again with missed opportunities, as the Owls failed to cover Bulls senior guard Courtney Williams, who burned Temple with 35 points. And yet, Temple fired back and knotted the score at 69 with 45 seconds left when freshman guard Feyonda Fitzgerald drove in the lane and dished off a pass to junior guard Rateska Brown in the corner, who hit a 3-pointer. The majority of the 803

The Owls’ bench looks toward the court during the team’s 55-53 loss to Cincinnati. Coach Tonya Cardoza said she is “frustrated” with the team’s string of close losses against conference opponents this season.| ANDREW THAYER TTN fans in attendance came to their could’ve made a difference.” “If you look at our record, feet, as did the Owls’ bench. Failure to score on their we’re better than a 12-14 team,” next possession came back to Cardoza said. “6-9 in the conhurt them, as the Owls could ference, we’re better than that. only watch as Williams sank We have to learn how to win three buckets from the charity basketball games. We’ve been stripe in the waning seconds to in so many close games, and seal a game the Owls believed we just don’t know how to win them right now.” they could win. A 60-50 They thought UP NEXT loss at No. 4 they had the CincinnaOwls at Rutgers Louisville on ti game last Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 was too, when Temple held a three-point advantage at home far closer than the score indiwith less than a minute remain- cates. An 85-75 loss to Southern ing against a Bearcats team of Methodist Feb. 1 featured the Owls hold an 11-point advanlesser standing. A three-pointer from junior tage in the first half, only to reguard Alyesha Lovett and two linquish a 15-0 run to the Muslater Cincinnati free throws iced tangs in the second half. The Owls fell to Rutit as the Bearcats (12-15, 5-11) escaped with a 55-53 win at gers, the third-place team in The American, by a six-point McGonigle Hall. “It makes you think back margin on Jan. 25. Three days on it sometimes,” Fitzgerald prior, they failed to close out a said. “You wish you didn’t make Big 5 contest to the University that one mistake in a game that of Pennsylvania that did just

as much damage to the team’s psyche as it did on paper. Temple stayed right with Louisville in the first 15 minutes of a New Years Day clash, but then the wheels fell off in an eventual 77-68 defeat. A one-point loss to Villanova in December and a four-point defeat that could have bounced in the other direction to a ranked Michigan State team on Nov. 26 proved to be foreshadowing tales. “When you look at every game outside of UConn, we’ve been in every single game,” Cardoza said. “Going to Louisville and being in that game on the road there, the game here at home against Rutgers, we’ve demonstrated that we can play with every team in this conference outside of UConn.” Clinging to the sixth spot in the conference by a game and a half above Cincinnati, the Owls will have a rematch on the road

against Rutgers (20-5, 11-3 The American) Feb. 26, a team they say they can play with. Temple will then travel to Central Florida (10-17, 3-13 The American) on March 1 before hosting Houston (5-22, 1-15 The American) to close out the regular season schedule, two teams the Owls dispatched with cruising victories earlier in the season. The opportunity to right the ship and build some momentum before the conference tournament in Connecticut on March 6 is there. “That’s the goal,” junior guard Tyonna Williams said. “We can’t lose anything right now. At this point in time, we have nothing to lose and we just need to give it our all.” Andrew Parent can be reached at or on Twitter @daParent93.

Conference opponents lacking in The American this season, while the women have four. The men’s team competed in seven conference matches last season, while the women’s team competed in nine. However, seeding for The GREG FRANK American will be based on naThe Temple News tional ranking. Mauro pointed to the strength of schedule for The Owls are still adjusting both teams, saying he believes to their new conference. the level of competition remains In past seasons, coach Steve high and he doesn’t feel the lack Mauro has repeatedly said con- of conference matches will hurt ference matches are the readiness of the team for the TENNIS crucial because they conference tournament. determine seeding “Even though we’re not heading into the conference playing a lot of conference tournament. As a result, Mauro teams, this year I scheduled a scheduled several matches in really tough schedule against the Atlantic 10 Conference in some top teams,” Mauro said. “I previous seasons to ensure that think that’s helped.” his teams were prepared. Freshman Vineet Naran But this seasaid he thinks son’s schedule playing a valooks a little difriety of teams ferent for both has its pros teams in their inand cons. augural season in “It can be the American Athharder to get letic Conference. into a rhythm, The move caused but I think it’s problems for Maufine and our ro, who was unschedule is able to schedule as good enough many matches in Vineet Naran / freshman to prepare us,” The American. Naran said. “We schedule The ima year in advance and moving portant thing, Naran said, is into new conference made it continuing to grow as a team difficult to schedule conference and develop – which can be opponents,” Mauro said. difficult when playing a tough This difficulty resulted in schedule. the men having only one con“Every match, we’re learnference match on their schedule ing,” Naran added. “We’re

Steve Mauro said the new conference brought difficulties in forming schedule.

“It can be harder

to get into a rhythm, but I think it’s fine and our schedule is good enough.

The men’s tennis team has one match scheduled against an American Athletic Conference opponent. Last year, the team held seven conference matches. | ABI REIMOLD TTN young and we’ve been playing “We are really excited to together.” be in the new conference,” MaOne of the senior leaders on vrina said. “We know that evthe women’s team is Yana Ma- ery match is going to be a chalvrina. At times, Mavrina said, lenging match. We believe in it can be uncomfortable against ourselves. It’s exciting to play unfamiliar opponents. against better teams than last “It’s a little bit of a dis- year.” advantage to play SophoUP NEXT against teams you do more Minami Owls at Hampton not know,” Mavrina Okajima said March 1 said. “But you just she finds the have to be out on the court and conference transition to be simitry for each point and eventually lar to her first season as an Owl. “Last year I was a freshman the wins will come.” However, the women’s and I didn’t know any of the team is looking forward to the players, so it’s kind of the same challenges of competing in The thing this year,” Okajima said. Both the men’s and womAmerican.

en’s teams are struggling this season. The men’s team is 0-8 and the women are 2-4. As both teams continue to look for their own identity, knowing much about their opponents takes a backseat to gaining momentum. Mauro said for this reason, both teams need to focus on their own play. “It’s still just tennis, whether you’re playing a school from around here or a conference opponent,” Mauro said. Greg Frank can be reached at or on Twitter @g_frank6.


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The women’s basketball team expresses frustration after losing close games in conference play. PAGE 21

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‘They knew they were in the wrong’ Players for remaining cut teams didn’t expect the board to change its mind. EVAN CROSS Assistant Sports Editor


t the Board of Trustees meeting Monday where the crew and rowing cuts were overturned, there was an opportunity for members of the public to voice their concerns directly to the board, President Theobald and Athletic Director Kevin Clark. Student-athletes from the affected sports hoped they would get a chance to state their case and perhaps sway the opinions of some board members. However, that didn’t end up happening, as all but one present board member approved Theobald’s recommendation to reinstate crew and rowing but still cut baseball, softball, men’s gymnastics and men’s indoor and outdoor track & field. “I feel like they already had their mind made up and whatever we said, they weren’t going to [change their mind],” sophomore baseball player Tim McCarthy said. “They kept on going back to the four situations, with Title IX and all that. I just thought what they did, they haven’t handled this whole process correctly at all.”


Gymnastics coach Fred Turoff speaks to the Board of Trustees at Monday’s public session. Turoff has been at Temple since 1965. | HUA ZONG TTN

Rising programs, exiting coaches

Facing ranked opponents, depth issues plague Owls The team scored zero points off the bench in a loss to Memphis. AVERY MAEHRER Sports Editor

Baseball coach Ryan Wheeler (left) and softball coach Joe DiPietro help their respective teams prepare for the final season the programs will compete in before they are slated to be cut in July. | ANDREW THAYER/ALEX UDOWENKO TTN

Ryan Wheeler said his coaching future is uncertain after cuts. JEFF NEIBURG The Temple News When Ryan Wheeler enrolled at Penn State, he wanted to learn how to design golf courses. He said he wanted to continue to play baseball as long as possible, but the BASEBALL ultimate goal was to then get into the golf course construction business. When he retired from playing after just one season in the minor leagues, it was time for that plan to take its course. Wheeler lasted one month before he returned to the dugout, as a full-time coach. He just couldn’t escape the game. “It was something that was in my blood,” Wheeler said. “It was something that I knew I wanted to do.” Now, 17 years later, he doesn’t know what his future

holds. The third year Temple coach is in the same position as several other coaches at the university. With their programs cut there is a level of uncertainty on what’s next. At Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting, President Theobald made a “final reccomendation” to uphold the cuts of the baseball team. Wheeler, 42, thought the direction of the program was going in a positive direction. “I watch us practice now and I don’t have to say much,” Wheeler said. “These guys know what to do. I felt like the quality of our players was improving. I certainly felt like I had tremendous support from the alumni and had really engaged them and gotten them involved.” “I felt like we were doing a lot of great things which is why the decision on [Dec. 6] came as a surprise,” Wheeler added. Wheeler remembers being a kid, throwing baseballs at a wall in his backyard to improve his skills. After attending Soud-


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called me and said, ‘Look, just do it for one year.’” That was 37 years ago. DiPietro has been coaching softball ever since. He spent 25 years at CamDON MCDERMOTT den Catholic, winning three The Temple News straight championships and finishing with a record of 274Joe DiPietro was shooting 98. From there, DiPietro took hoops on a warm March after- a part-time coaching job at La noon when he saw some girls Salle University, before becomfrom his former ing Temple’s high school, Camhead coach in den Catholic. DiPJuly 2008. The ietro, story is funny, SOFTBALL t h e n DiPietro said, enrolled at for a man Gloucester County whose first College, walked love was basover to chat and ketball. And it found them disall started with heartened. Their a softball team junior varsity about to get softball team was cut. about to get cut, N o w , Joe DiPietro / coach DiPietro’s own the girls told him, because they had team has been no coach. cut, and at Monday’s Board of “I said, ‘Tell them I’ll do Trustees meeting the adminisit,’” DiPietro said. “I was only tration stood pat on its decision. joking around. Well, they went and told the athletic director. He DIPIETRO PAGE 20

Joe DiPietro has been coaching softball for almost four decades.

“I said, ‘Tell

them I’ll do it.’ I was only joking around. Well, they went and told the athletic director.


In the midst of the worst season of his tenure at Temple, coach Fran Dunphy said he was proud of his for Eighth-year coach Fran MEN’S BASKETBALL team p u s h i n g Dunphy. | HUA ZONG TTN No. 22 Memphis to overtime on Saturday evening in front of guard Dalton Pepper. The three the largest crowd the Owls have accounted for 67 of the team’s played in front of this season. 79 points. Up until the 7:49 mark “But I would have been in the first half, only Cummings even more proud to get more and Pepper had scored for Tempoints,” Dunphy said. ple. The bench, which consisted Among the most pressing of freshman Josh Brown and jureasons for the team’s failures nior Jimmy McDonnell, played in the 82-79 loss to the Tigers a combined 21 minutes. Pepper was a lack of bench play – or and Cummings played the entire nonexistent bench play, in terms game, save for one minute each. of scoring. With junior forward With a lack of bench opAnthony Lee sitting out due to tions, DeCosey has become an injured toe, the Owls tallied one of the most zero points off relied upon the bench. Durplayers on the ing the team’s roster. Although recent four-game his shooting stretch against percentage Top 25 oppohas dropped nents, the Owls in the past few have tallied an games, during average of 4.5 Fran Dunphy / coach the Owls’ 68-55 points off the loss to No. 21 bench, while Connecticut, DeCosey played their opponents have averaged for 38 minutes and scored a more than 15 points from their team-high 16 points. For a reserves. 13-minute stretch of the secWith sophomore Daniel ond half, DeCosey was the only Dingle already sidelined after Temple player to score. right knee surgery, the Lee in“Obviously we don’t have a jury caused problems for the lot of depth at the guard spot,” Owls – who were left with eight Dunphy said following the loss available players. to the Huskies. “But he’s a Against Memphis, Temple strong kid and he’s working real relied upon sophomore guard hard at the game. We need him Quenton DeCosey, junior guard Will Cummings and senior BASKETBALL PAGE 19

“Obviously we

don’t have a lot of depth at the guard spot.

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Issue for Tuesday February 25, 2014


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