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Edge contract to cease Morgan Hall leads Temple to not renew housing contract with the Edge. JOHN MORITZ Assistant News Editor


he university will end its official ties with the Edge at the end of this semester, after Temple decided not to renew its contract, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Scales said. The anticipated opening of Morgan Hall, which will open 1,275 beds this fall, was the main factor in the university’s decision, Scales said. The Edge opened in 2006 and immediately started a relationship with the university when Residential Life began leasing approximately 750 beds from Campus Living Villages, the company that operates the Edge. The university had a oneyear contract with the company, with a yearly notification for renewal. Scales said the university has typically made the decision to renew in February. Through Residential Life, students could rent rooms in the Edge by signing onto My Housing. Beginning this year,


Campus Safety amends crime logs Temple has relabeled its online daily crime logs to specifically comply with federal requirements. ANGELO FICHERA ALI WATKINS The Temple News

The Edge sits near the south end of Main Campus. Officials have said that Temple’s contract with the housing facility will not be renewed, in preparation for the opening of Morgan Hall. | HUA ZONG TTN FILE PHOTO

Following scrutiny of Temple’s crime reporting practices by The Temple News, university officials have said they will include previously omitted arrest information in its daily crime logs, but not across all mediums. The inspection by The Temple News, outlined in a report last week, pointed out the university’s failure to publicly publish, or release to the press, the names and addresses of people arrested and charged, as a 2004 state law mandates. Under the Campus Safety Services website, the “Security Reports & Crime Logs” tab states: “In accordance with the state and federal laws, our


City hears earful on New res. hall calls for added student electoral issues safety procedures, protocols Months after Election Day, the city is working to solve the litany of problems. JOE GILBRIDE The Temple News Mayor Michael Nutter held a public session on Feb. 28 at Bright Hope Baptist Church,

where his staff heard concerns from Temple-area voters about problems stemming from last November’s election. Voters said it was a scene of confusion and chaos on Election Day. At polling locations around campus, many Temple students were left guessing as they found their names hadn’t appeared in the voter rolls, or that they had shown up at the wrong location. Others had trouble finding any

record that they were registered to vote at all. Dylan Morpurgo, president of the Temple College Democrats, shared complaints from Temple voters who faced some of the widespread problems on Election Day. “Students reported that some locations set up ‘Temple lines’ made up of just students


Expected Morgan Hall traffic prompts officials to consider new safety measures. LAURA ORDONEZ The Temple News For the future residents of Morgan Hall, the trip from the new housing facility to Main

Campus might resemble a daily struggle to dodge heavy traffic in an unmarked crosswalk and venture through unlit areas. The opening of the new residence hall will result in new walking patterns on Main Campus, creating a new major crossing point at Liacouras Walk and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. In preparation, Facilities Management is ramping up efforts to ensure the safety of the

new crossing point. “It is a safe place to be, but a careful evaluation of the traffic plan and the added student influx showed us there is a need for improvement,” said Senior Vice President for Construction, Facilities and Operations James Creedon. Creedon said Temple will make the street pedestrian


SHINE director receives high honor Patience Lehrman was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal. ALI WATKINS The Temple News

Patience Lehrman wears her Presidential Citizens Medal in her office.| ALI WATKINS TTN


Columnist Joey Cranney relays why the sequester highlights President Obama’s failures. NEWS DESK 215-204-7419

Patience Lehrman wants today’s immigrants to know she’s been there. Leaving her native Cameroon for Washington state in 1997, Lehrman knows the strange looks. She’s been in unfamiliar surroundings, a new society and a new community that doesn’t know what to make of her. She knows the isolation. “When I came here...there was no immediate reaching out,” Lehrman said. “It was the most difficult time in my life,


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the first six months I was here.” Lehrman, who is champion of the immigrant integration initiative Project SHINE, or Students Helping in Naturalization and English, never let it get her down. She plugged away, met new people, opened closed minds and made a home where there wasn’t one. The Washington state community that once struggled to accept her cried when she left for the East Coast, a move that would ultimately lead her to Project SHINE, which has roots in Temple’s Intergenerational Center. Now, as the program’s national director, Lehrman said it’s her mission to make sure other immigrants, particularly the elderly, don’t feel the same isolation that she did. Her efforts earned her a Presidential

Citizens Medal and an audience with President Barack Obama in April 2012. She was presented the medal in February. But, Lehrman said, the real award doesn’t come from the Oval Office. It comes from the work she does at Project SHINE. “What gives me my greatest joy is when I can look in the eyes of the immigrant elders that we serve and see them happy that they’ve passed their citizenship test,” she said. “That is more than [the medal]. That’s what gets me up every morning.” Despite the setbacks in her own integration, Lehrman said she never lost hope in the goodness of the American spirit, an



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NEWS IN BRIEF Students bound and robbed in offcampus home Four female students were robbed after three men forced their way into the students’ off-campus apartment Monday night, police said. Around 7:30 p.m., police were called to the 1800 block of North 18th Street where three men, two of which were armed, followed one of the roommates home and forced their way into the second-floor apartment before they allegedly bound the roommates with duct tape and robbed them, according to police. Computers, cell phones, an unknown amount of money and credit cards were taken from the apartment, police said. No injuries were reported and no arrests were made as of Monday night. The university sent out a TU Advisory about the incident at 9:17 p.m. -Sean Carlin


Edge won’t be connected to Temple EDGE PAGE 1 students will still be able to lease rooms from the Edge but will have to do so through the Edge’s own services. The university notified Campus Living Villages that it would not renew the contract through a phone call and followup letter, Richard Rumer, associate vice president of business services, said. In order to determine the number of bed spaces needed, the university develops and reviews a yearly master occupancy plan, which assesses the university’s owned and operated residence halls. In addition to the properties owned and operated by the university, Temple would lease additional space from buildings owned by private entities – the Edge and Elmira Jeffries.

Elmira Jeffries, which is owned by Philadelphia Management Corporation, houses 140 students, as well as the university’s telecommunications network. Its contract is being continued, Scales said. Despite complaints from several students about problems with the Edge’s heating, water and electricity, Scales said that the building’s services were not a factor in choosing not to renew the contract. Alex Ewing, a sophomore business major, and Kenny Roggenkamp, a sophomore English major, are roommates at the Edge who said their experience there for the past two years included problems with the building’s maintenance. In their first year, the two said that a large crack developed

in their bathroom ceiling that was so large that it caused the lighting fixture to fall in. The problem was reported in December and not fixed until April, they said. Roggenkamp said that maintenance issues at the Edge should be filed “three at a time.” This year, Ewing and Roggenkamp returned to the Edge and said they had more issues with the heating in their apartment going from very hot to very cold. “[We returned] half out of laziness, half out of hoping it would get better,” Roggenkamp said. Scales said that issues are to be expected with any large building, and that Campus Living Villages was equipped to handle such problems. “It’s been great, they have

been great partners, I would not want to give the impression that we are walking away from there with our relationship in poor state. It’s actually in a great state,” Scales said. “I suspect they will continue to do business here well.” Without a contract with the university, the Edge will become an entity similar to University Village and Oxford Village, which the university has no official business relationship with. “We have great working relationships [with off-campus providers]. It’s in everyone’s best interest that we continue to collaborate and communicate for the good of Temple students,” Scales said. Like Morgan Hall, Bright Hope Baptist Church, in association with the Goldberg Group,

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Temple student Francesca Ruscio was crowned Miss Philadelphia on Saturday, March 2. The 20-year-old broadcast journalism major was one of out 17 women competing for the title, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ruscio, according to the Inquirer, has overcome polycysic ovary syndrome, which she was diagnosed with two years ago. Ruscio will now advance to compete for the title of Miss Pennsylvania.

University is conducting a review of gen-ed program. LAURA DETTER The Temple News

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Pearson & McGonigle Halls outfitted with posters The exterior of Pearson & McGonigle halls were recently adorned with several giant posters of Temple student-athletes competing in various sports. The planning and design staff of university communications worked with facilities management to put up the signs, which contain the likenesses of student-athletes from the basketball teams, the field hockey team and the lacrosse team, among other sports. The posters, which are displayed on the south side of McGonigle Hall on Montgomery Street and on the west side on 15th Street, were put up as a final touch of the construction on the recreation halls that were completed last year. -Joey Cranney

John Moritz can be reached at john.moritz@temple.edu or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.

Board to vote on budget for projects Gen-ed

Temple student crowned Miss Philadelphia

The Temple News secured nine awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association yesterday, March 4. The Student Keystone Press Awards recognize student journalists throughout Pennsylvania. For details, visit broadandcecil.temple-news.com.

has begun construction of a new, $100 million, 832 bed facility along 12th Street across from the TECH Center. Scales said that university has not been in discussion with the project managers about future leasing options, though he stated that the new building will most likely play a role similar to Oxford Village, University Village, and now the Edge.

Morgan Hall is set to open this fall. Landscaping changes will be made to the area this summer. | BRENDAN MILLS TTN friendly by marking the crosswalk and adding a blinking yellow caution light and yield signs. The university will also add a roving police officer to monitor the crossing point, he said. Facilities Management will improve the landscape leading toward Morgan Hall during the summer. Creedon said the specifics of the plan are not ready yet while emphasizing that none of the changes will be drastic or disruptive. “Our short-term goal is

to polish the little skateboarding park next to Morgan Hall,” Creedon said. “We are going to make sure it is clean and well lit, perhaps we’ll add more benches or trim some trees, anything to make it more attractive.” The budget for the new developments was approved by the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees meeting in early February. It will be reviewed and voted on during the Board of Trustees meeting today, March 5. Depending on the final

version of the budget, Facilities and Management will consider adding bike lanes along North Broad Street and adjacent streets to Morgan Hall. “It is worrisome when you see all these bikers on the sidewalk,” Creedon said. “We can’t have that happening, especially when we expect the number of pedestrians to increase by more than 1,200.” Aside from crosswalk safety measures, school officials are worried about students’ lack of precaution while crossing the

street. “We’ll do everything we can, but certainly students will have to realize they have to look up from their phones when they get to the crosswalk and look both ways,” Creedon said. “There is no officer or policy that can help with careless actions.” Laura Ordonez can be reached at laura.ordonez@temple.edu.

Sen. may seek crime reporting changes CRIME PAGE 1 department maintains a public log of all crimes reported to us. In this section you can view crime-related statistics for the last three calendar years on each Temple University campus as well as daily logs for individual campus locations.” Temple has since labeled its online logs for each campus a “Clery Crime Log” – in reference to the federal Clery Act – and attached to them a disclaimer, referring the public to Campus Safety headquarters to access the additional statemandated information. Prior to last week’s story, the university did not differentiate between daily logs compliant with federal requirements and those compliant with state law requirements – nor did print

and online reports provide different information. Neither the Clery Act nor the state Uniform Crime Reporting Act explictly require online publication. CSS officials told The Temple News that the information will be readily available to the public in a print binder, but said they wouldn’t opt to publish the arrest information online. The UCR act is broad in terms of dissemination requirements, stating: “The campus police or campus security officers of each institution of higher education shall develop and maintain a daily log as a public record.” On including the arrest information online, Assistant Vice President for University Communications Ray Betzner said: “It’s not required.”

However, Betzner said, the information will now be readily available upon request. “That’s the key difference,” he said. Universities’ online crime logs that The Temple News reviewed during its reporting process – including those at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State and the University of Pennsylvania – do include the arrest specifics. Temple’s response, while compliant, calls in to question the vague nature of the law, said State Sen. Judy Schwank, D-11, who has sponsored an amendment regarding sexual assault reporting and information. “The differences in how schools make police logs available frankly is a new and interesting concern,” Schwank said

in an email. “With more and more people relying on electronic sources for information, online access would be a common sense step. It would give the public information it already is entitled to, in an effective and economical way that can help them avoid becoming victims, and help police to prevent and solve crimes.” Schwank said that she plans to introduce a bill that would require online publication of university police logs in the near future. CSS officials have said they will also now provide arrest information to The Temple News during its inquiries. Angelo Fichera and Ali Watkins can be reached at news@temple-news.com.

Director of the General Education Program Istvan Varkonyi discussed the gen-ed curriculum and the program review occurring this semester to the General Assembly yesterday, March 4. “There are always concerns and questions about gen-ed and I think one of the biggest things is a lot of misinformation about gen-ed,” Varkonyi said. Varkonyi began with a 20-minute briefing of basic details of the gen-ed program. The current gen-ed curriculum is five years old and was designed to become more thematic and force students to make connections between disciplines, cultures and texts. Along with basic details, Varkonyi admitted that not all gen-ed courses are successful due to a variety of factors including course content and professor performance. “I’m the first one to admit there are weaknesses in the program,” Varkonyi said. The gen-ed curriculum is currently undergoing both course recertification and a program review. According to the original presidential document put in place by former President Ann Weaver Hart, every gen-ed course must be reviewed using student work and course information to ensure the course is meeting the learning objects and earn recertification. In the next two months, Varkonyi and the rest of the gen-ed executive committee plan to edit, conduct and present the findings of a self review of the program. In early May, three outside professionals will evaluate the gen-ed curriculum. Director of Academic Affairs Patricia Boateng, who also serves on the General Education executive committee, invited Varkonyi to speak to the GA. “I have been privy to some great conversations and great discussion about gen-ed and I thought that it was important to give students the ability to be part of the discussion as well,” Boateng said. Laura Detter can be reached at laura.detter@temple.edu.




Temple Police SHINE works with immigrants honor TUEMS for 5 years of service SHINE PAGE 1

the university services building and we had two milk crates, a desk and a file cabinet,” Grodziak said. Fellow founder Wiencek also explained that, even though it was approved in 2005, it took three years for the program to CINDY STANSBURY begin active service. Their first The Temple News call was on Jan. 28, 2008. “I had one semester of actuTemple Police, faculty, ally going live and then I gradualumni and students gathered ated,” he said. “Three years of inside the police station at 12th work, for four months of actuStreet and Montgomery Avally doing it.” enue on Feb. 28 to honor the “It was a year and a half members of Temple University or two years where it was just Emergency Medical Services like paperwork, straight paperfor five years of service on Main work,” Grodziak said. Campus. Since then, the program has TUEMS is a student-run, grown to include 29 EMTs and volunteer organization of trained 11 EMS officers. EMTs and first responders who “It’s mind-blowing, the respond to medical emergencies numbers that are here; the contion Main Campus. The idea for nuity and the continued growth the program was conceived in and the success,” Wiencek said. 2005. Medical Director Dr. MiLong-time friends Paul chael Wang, Deputy Director of Grodziak and Zachary ReichenCSS Charlie Leone, Capt. Debach, came up with the idea for TUEMS during their time as nise Wilhelm and the rest of the undergraduates. The two were university police force were also previously EMT-certified and recognized at the gathering. “In the beginning, you start missed being able to exercise this and you wonder, ‘How are their skills. the police of“We were ficers going just, like, there is to react?’ and no where around it went much, here to volunmuch smoother teer,” Grodziak than I ever ansaid. ticipated,” BitThe idea was tenbender said. then followed up It was made by a meeting clear throughout with university the presentation police. by Bittenbender “We just Paul Grodziak / tuems founder and the Foundsaid, ‘Hey, let’s ing Four, that carry around a TUEMS has backpack and surpassed its greatest expectapass out Band-Aids,” Grodziak tions. said. “There’s such a strong ur“The plan was for me to ban interface between Temple go big and for Paul to go conand the community, so the variservative and I remember the ety of calls that we see and the police grilled us for a little bit. variety [of] things that we reI thought the meeting was gospond to is far different than any ing downhill, I thought they other campus EMS program in were going to shoot us down,” the country,” Grodziak said. Reichenbach said. Reichenbach also exReichenbach’s premonipressed gratitude toward the potions proved to be wrong. That meeting was the foundation of lice department. “It’s been phenomenal the TUEMS program. working with the police,” Fellow students Val Rakita Reichenbach said. “Seven years and Anthony Wiencek joined of an excellent work relationthe project a short time later, ship.” and with Grodziak and ReichenBittenbender concluded the bach, they all collectively comevent by honoring all of those posed the “Founding Four,” a involved in the organization. name used to refer to them by “I can’t think of a better Executive Director of Campus student organization than you Safety Services Carl Bittenfolks. So the first five [years] bender, who was present during are down, let’s hope there’s 50 the initial meetings. more, congratulations to you all “Zach was the persistent – really thank you very much,” one,” Bittenbender said of the four. “Then we had Anthony the Bittenbender said.

TUEMS ran its first service call in January 2008 after years of planning.

“We just said, ‘Hey, let’s carry around a backpack and pass out BandAids.’

schmoozer, Val was very steady, and Paul – well I guess you need an aggressive one.” With the help of Bittenbender and other members of police force staff, the founding four built TUEMS from the ground up. “When we first started we were running out of an office in

Cindy Stansbury can be reached at cindy.stansbury@temple.edu.

ideal that was imparted to her by a young Texan Peace Corps volunteer in her native West Africa. “All I saw about [the volunteer] and the country she represented was good, because that’s what she showed me and that’s what stayed with me,” Lehrman said. “When I came here and people were not very nice to me, a part of me refused to accept that that was the American reality...I told myself...if I only stayed true to that image I had in my mind of what was good about America, that I would transform those people and bring that good out of them.” And somehow, she said, it worked. Despite the country’s perceived cynicism, Lehrman said, she thinks the American spirit is alive and well. She said Project SHINE is her way to encourage and foster it. Started nearly 30 years ago by Temple’s own Nancy Henkin, founder and director

of the university’s Intergenerational Center, Project Shine has emerged as a national leader in immigration integration. Creating connections and fostering acceptance across geographic, cultural and age barriers, Project Shine has taken root in more than 32 different communities in more than 30 states, and assists immigrants with everything from citizenship test prep to grocery shopping. Although the organization focuses on immigration integration across the board, the program focuses specifically on bringing college students and young adult volunteers to elderly immigrants, many of whom have a harder time assimilating than their younger counterparts. Often times, Lehrman said, they are isolated behind a language barrier, left behind by younger family members who adjust more easily, and are often forced to abandon their own cultural heritage. For Steve Calvarese, a 2012

alumnus and Project SHINE volunteer, the plight of elderly immigrants strikes a personal chord. His own grandmother emigrated from Sicily, and found herself struggling with the same challenges. “There was a personal need for me to join SHINE so I can try to make the experiences of other immigrants better than what my grandmother had,” Calvarese said. “She gave up her language for her children.” Calvarese currently volunteers at two Philadelphia-based Project SHINE sites. He said the experience has completely shifted his outlook, and gives meaning to his work. It’s these experiences that Lehrman said are the backbone of Project SHINE. By facilitating relationships between two very different demographics, Lehrman said, Project SHINE is a vehicle for change and cross-cultural education. The elderly immigrant population is not always easily accessible

for college students, but Project SHINE bridges the gap. “SHINE...makes it that much easier for [Calvarese] and other students like [him] to be able to engage with a population that is not an immediate contact,” Lehrman said. “This is the richness of bringing these two populations together, and that’s what SHINE really represents.” As Lehrman moves forward with Project SHINE, she’s glad for the recognition from Washington, D.C., but hope that it’s only the beginning of her achievements. “Now, do I think I’ve performed extraordinary duties?” she asked, smiling. “I think I’m just getting started.” Ali Watkins can be reached at allison.watkins@temple.edu.

2nd session held near campus ELECTION PAGE 1 coming to vote,” Morpurgo said. “Many did not show up as being registered to vote or their names weren’t on the poll books.” All voters who did not show up on the poll books were required to cast a provisional ballot, no matter what form of identification or registration status they showed. Provisional ballots were not counted on Election Day, but the city was inundated with voters who had to cast them, more than double the totals seen in previous elections. TCD and PennPIRG, a local government watchdog organization, collected data from Temple students who had to vote provisionally on Election Day. Chanel Ross, who worked for PennPIRG on Election Day, said she and her fellow volunteers were angry at the city for the influx of provisional ballot voters. “The problem was that so many votes weren’t counted that day,” Ross said. Morpurgo said TCD compiled a list of up to 40 students who had to cast provisional ballots. Morpurgo said TCD registered Temple students and many did not get official confirmation they were registered until six weeks after the fact. “We made efforts to ensure students were registered,” Morpurgo said. “I sent a request to [City] Commissioner [Stephanie] Singer’s office for around 200 to 300 registration forms.” Morpurgo said a person in her office told him: “There are too many people running around campus trying to get people registered.” Singer apologized for the conduct of her office, saying she was shocked that they would say something like that. Singer said the provisional

ballot issues could be mitigated in the future through the integration of better technology in the voting system. “I proposed in September that we should find a way to track provisional ballots in real time,” Singer said. “This is something that is technologically feasible right now, but the other two commissioners weren’t interested, and it got voted down.” Singer said the problem was magnified by an error in the state’s voter registration system, but safeguards have since been put in place against such a mishap in future elections. “There were people who had voted for ages who didn’t show up in the rolls,” Singer said. “It should not have happened. It’s both our fault and the state’s fault that we had so many provisional ballots.” According to a report released by Singer in December 2012, thousands of provisional ballots were estimated to have come as a result of the Department of State’s error. The report said a total of 27,395 provisional ballots were cast in Philadelphia. Sonia Galiber, junior political science major and event coordinator for TCD, said the city was not prepared for so many provisional ballots, and many polling places around campus ran out of them in the middle of Election Day. At one location near Main Campus, Nutter personally called and requested more provisional ballots. “A lot of students were not able to wait for provisional ballots to get there,” Galiber said. “So they left without voting.” Managing Director Richard Negrin expressed concern that the large amount of voting issues may have deterred students and residents from voting. Morpurgo said the problems caused delays and long lines at polling places around campus.

“Some students could not afford to wait, because they had to go to class, and they had to walk away without voting,” Morpurgo said. Morpurgo said he received distressing reports from students who had to cast provisional ballots without any privacy. “Fifteen students were filling out ballots, all at once, at a table in front of a poll worker,” Morpurgo said. “There was no secret ballot.” Tom Gregory, who worked his third year as a poll worker last November, witnessed a large number of voters coming to his location after their original polling place was closed due to ADA accessibility violations. “Most people had no clue where to go,” Gregory said. “They split the polling place and redirected the voters. Half

came to us and half went somewhere else.” Gregory said many of the voters had to cast provisional ballots, because they came to the wrong place. Though they had to provide many more than in previous years, Gregory said his location did not run out of provisional ballots. Nutter and his team pledged to hear the stories and recommendations from voters as part of an effort to figure out ways to improve elections in the future. Temple students can share their election experiences and offer recommendations to the mayor by visiting www.phila. gov/eleciton2012 or by calling 267-209-FACT. Joe Gilbride can be reached at joseph.gilbride@temple.edu.

Voter casts a ballots last Election Day. | KATE McCANN TTN

Donation to create law school social justice center Two donors give generous amount to help establish center.

DOMINIQUE JOHNSON The Temple News Scheduled to open this spring at the Student Center, the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Social Justice Center will be a place for law students and young alumni to work together with faculty and practicing lawyers and receive training in legal research, advocacy and policy development. The Shellers made a $1.5 million gift in order to establish

the center, which will partner with nonprofit groups and city agencies to identify and address urgent social justice needs in the city. “This justice center will not just provide people with legal assistance in the sense of major class actions but will help to find a way to give people a voice,” Stephen Sheller said. “There’s just so many problems, and we want to be able to have a real focus on finding ways to deal with those problems successfully.” In more than four decades as a leading national litigator, Stephen Sheller’s causes have varied across myriad issues in-

cluding civil rights, voter protection, employment discrimination and consumer fraud and protection. The idea of a justice center stemmed from discussions with Joanne Epps, dean of Temple’s Beasley School of Law. “Dean Epps suggested it to me, and we talked about it, and I thought it was a great idea.,” Stephen Sheller said. “They see it as a necessity to get this kind of program going.” In 2006, the Shellers founded the Sheller Family Foundation to expand their commitment to improving lives. The foundation has become a way to support institutions and pro-

grams that champion the causes of the underprivileged and undeserved. “The center will bring a real statement that the university’s interest in improving the community in which we exist and that we care,” Epps said. “I think they believed our vision for the center would help fulfill a vision that we had, that justice is ensured for everyone. It’s a great outlet for their goal.” The center will be an extension of Temple Law’s commitment to public service. Students and faculty will work together in leading the center, Stephen Sheller said. The center will add to the university a substantial

effort to focus education on providing social justice for all. “In other words, it won’t be about just getting students jobs when they graduate,” Sheller said. “It will be about getting students to participate in [the] community for advancing the better.” Sheller said he donated the money in order to create the ability for the community to have input and to say what they need and to find ways of accomplishing it. Though the concept of the justice center did not originate from the Shellers, they will be able to make their suggestions about what the center will take

on and find those who would like to be involved. “We want the law students, the law faculty, the community and the rest of the Temple faculty to be involved,” Sheller said. “It’s not just a hope, it’s a plan to give the community a voice through Temple’s law school and an ability for the students and graduates of the law school to have the full participation in doing the most good for the community, and there is so much to do.” Dominique Johnson can be reached at dominique.johnson@temple.edu.


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n today’s talks of immigration reform, the topic of legal migrants finding their way in American society is often tabled for another day. But a huge part of the discourse needs not only be on finding ways to allow others into America in a legal manner, but on helping them navigate afterward. Patience Lehrman knows that. Lehrman, national director of Project SHINE – or Students Helping in Naturalization and English – was recently awarded a Presidential Citizens Medal for her efforts with elderly immigrants, as Ali Watkins reports on P. 1. Project SHINE was a product of Temple’s Nancy Henkin, founder and director of the university’s Intergenerational Center, more than 30 years ago. The fact that the program has extended to more than 30 states speaks to its impact and ability to connect with immigrants


Weekend warriors

n the Living pages of this week’s The Temple News, you will find our Weekender issue. The goal of this theme is simple: to provide a useful guide to students on how to escape the doldrums of student life that so often swallows up those five weekdays each semester. The importance is more understated but still relevant. College can be a stressful time. Class workloads, time commitments and other tension additives are enough to negatively affect even the most dutifully prepared of students. As such, taking the occasional weekend to relax is essential. Obviously, in trying to put together an inclusive guide, diversity of ideas is required. Not all students have the same interests, travel capabilities or bank accounts. To accommodate, we’ve attempted to incorporate activities and locations that appeal to as large a base of people as possible. And so, in this issue of

Project SHINE, whose director gained national recognition, deserves praise. across both state borders and cultural differences. The Temple News applauds Lehrman for her commitment and for her national recognition, and also extends its congratulations to all the workers with Project SHINE. Through the efforts of Project SHINE, immigrants are offered assistance in the delicate balancing act of assimilating into American society without being forced to abandon their roots, and their languages. Furthermore, we urge current Temple students to consider volunteering their time with an organization like Project SHINE. The effort won’t be in vain, as evidenced by 2012 alumnus Steve Calvarese. At a school of such diversity as Temple’s, it’s imperative that we – as a collective – don’t fail to recognize the native cultures from which our families hail.


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With warm weather in sight, explore local and nearby attractions. The Philly Flower Show features a display by Ambler students and faculty. | DANIEL PELLIGRiNE TTN The Temple News, you can find some trip ideas for Lancaster City, Pa., and South Jersey. There is also a column about places to go using only SEPTA’s Regional Rail. For the people who find themselves unable to leave the city limits, there is an article about ways to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city environment without ever actually leaving Philadelphia. For the more outdoorsy among us, there is a guide to finding good hiking locations within close proximity of Main Campus. There are even some trip ideas to consider as the weather warms and spring shifts from an eagerly awaited treasure on the horizon to a beautiful reality. The Temple News would like to encourage its readers to utilize this guide as best they see fit and to go out and make whatever weekends they can secure for the purposes of fun count.

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“It smelled so gross to

me. I had to cut it with a razor, and I would feel the tendons snapping back on me. It was the only time I had to walk away because it was so gross.”

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...but some studies question the effectiveness of the format.

Almost 90 percent of professionals admitted that they don't complete every item on their todo lists at the end of the day.



To-do lists are a popular organizational system among both men and women...

A study by Sheena Iyengar found that our brains become overwhelmed when provided with more than six choices.

For commentary, see Zack Scott’s column on P. 6.

Dominic Episcopo / artist Sources: LinkedIn, “When choice is demotivating: Can one desire too much of a good thing?”



Tuesday, march 5, 2013

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Sequester refutes messages



Cranney discusses how the sequester has affected his opinion of President Obama.

voted for Barack Obama for all the wrong reasons. Like many collegeaged voters, I was captivated by his compelling public-speaking ability and his down-to-earth personality. Despite some of the failures of his first term, I felt honored in 2012 to cast my vote for the nation’s first black president and someone who had inspired so many across the world. Before that, I believed his 2008 promise of hope and change. To a young, impressionable student, President Obama really did seem like a different kind of politician. During his 2008 presidential run, I used to go into my high school social studies classroom after class let out to watch videos of his campaign speeches with my U.S. history teacher. I’ll never forget President Obama’s stop in Philadelphia in March 2008, when he told the story of Ashley Baia, a 9-year-old girl whose mother was ill-stricken with cancer and without healthcare. To make her ailing and financially struggling mother feel like she could support her family, Ashley convinced her mom for a year that all she wanted to eat was mustard and relish sandwiches. I bought it all. The political rhetoric. The sob stories. The ar-

bitrary inspiration. Was President Obama’s 2008 run one of the most wellorchestrated public relations campaigns in modern history, or was it just the first time that I was old enough to pay attention and be fooled by politicians’ old tricks? It’s likely a combination of both, but I’m sure I’m not the only student who was moved by President Obama’s message of hope in 2008, only to be sick over the alltoo-familiar political climate in Washington during his first four years. Budgetary disagreements, congressional gridlock, foreign invasion. Am I describing President Obama’s first term, or the first term of virtually every president who has taken office in the past 50 years? President Obama and Congress’ most recent debacle has me feeling more hopeless than ever. The so-called sequester, which really means $85 billion in federal spending cuts, went into effect on Friday, March 1, marking the beginning of what

appears to be a months-long process where more than a million of federally-employed Americans could lose their jobs. The cuts were proposed by the Obama administration during the 2011 talks that raised the country’s debt ceiling and were accepted by Republicans wanting to reduce spending during those negotiations. But the sequester was never supposed to actually take place. The sequester was proposed as a fail safe; a hypothetical so unacceptable that members of the opposing parties would have to come together on a package that balanced the government’s budget before the cuts took place. Republicans and Democrats could have addressed the issue at the end of 2012, when parties rushed to avert automatic tax increases and spending cuts from going into effect, but the negotiations were only able to save a few months. Now, the country is facing the reality of a White House

“The sequester

and all of its failures from both parties only highlights the depressing reality of life as a politician in Washington.

administration and Congress so hampered by gridlock that they’re unable to protect the jobs of the people who voted them into office. The sequester and all its failures from both parties only highlights the depressing reality of life as a politician in Washington, a reality that President Obama has gotten a harsh dose of since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2010. Since then, it’s been financial showdown after showdown, with Congressional approval ratings steadily declining and President Obama’s approval rating middling below 50 percent, according to weekly Gallup poll data. Yet there I was, voting for President Obama in 2012. It was less an endorsement of his policies as it was a feeling of wanting to be part of something big, something historic. Contributing to the election of the country’s first minority president certainly qualifies, but I’m sure even President Obama will tell you he’d like to be remembered for something more. Joey Cranney can be reached at joseph.cranney@temple.edu or on Twitter @joey_cranney.

Preacher confrontations see two wrongs



Salah argues that both the Bell Tower preachers and students who talk back are in the wrong.

ike some sort of migratory bird returning to our northern lands along with warmer temperatures, it seems lately that Temple’s “favorite” visitors are back, only this time they have somehow multiplied. I’m talking about the guys who camp out by the Bell Tower waving Bibles in the air and trying to lecture to students about Christianity. I have no problem with their presence on campus. I think it’s great that they’re so passionate about what they believe in and want to spread their vision with Temple’s students. They believe that they are doing students a service in trying to change them, and I can definitely respect the effort. However, the way that these people sometimes go about do-

ing this is completely wrong. First, their tone when talking to students is too often harsh and confrontational. Sometimes it’s just downright condescending. Instead of calmly having a conversation, they repeatedly point out the flaws in other people and tell them that they are going to hell. I can only speak for myself, but I definitely do not think anyone is going to listen when they are being called sinners and having their beliefs ripped to shreds. I was walking to class about two weeks ago when one of the guys stopped me and handed me a pamphlet. For the first time, I actually looked at it. Right on the front of it in all capital letters and, in bold face, was: “Muhammad is a liar.” He tried to talk to me and I tried to listen, but everything he had to

say was a direct attack on everything I believe in. I am not one to force my religious beliefs on anyone, but it shocked me that he really thought he would get through to me this way. Furthermore, talking to anyone in such a manner completely contradicts what they are trying to convince us is the truth. As far as I know, many of the teachings of Christianity are based on love, compassion and peace. The provocative manner in which they often address us indicates that they are either unfit to do such a job or are misinformed about their own religion. At the same time, I see students that don’t know how to handle this situation. The way to deal with this is to just keep walking, especially when you know that whatever is being preached will not change your

mind. However, many Temple students find other ways to deal with them, and while it can be entertaining, I have to admit that it is sometimes wildly inappropriate. For example, I was by the Bell Tower and actually listening to something interesting that I heard one preacher say when a student got up next to him and started yelling the lines from Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham.” I felt a little bad for laughing, because it really was unnecessarily obnoxious and rude. I truly respect the preaching man for ignoring him instead of creating a fight. Another one of the preaching gentlemen was by the Student Center, and when I passed by I found six cops standing



“In the run up to today, President Obama resorted to a campaign of fear mongering. He decided to make sequestration a blunt instrument. Instead of using his executive discretion to make careful cuts, he found ways to make the cuts appear disastrous, spooky, and painful for the American people.”

Erick Erickson,

on foxnews.com in “Happy sequestration day”

“Recent debates about Twitter revolutions or the Internet’s impact on cognition have mostly glossed over the fact that Silicon Valley’s technophilic gurus and futurists have embarked on a quest to develop the ultimate patch to the nasty bugs of humanity.”

Evgeny Morozov,

on nytimes.com in “The Perils of Perfection”

“Progressives are remarkably uninterested in progress. Social Security is 78 years old and myriad social improvements have added 17 years to life expectancy since 1935, yet progressives insist the program remain frozen, like a fly in amber. ”

George Will,

on philly.com in “Liberals locked in the past”


Networking with professors a must


he benefits of acquiring more information from a professor outside the conventional classroom setting can be truly rewarding. The daily classroom experience might limit the way a student interacts with his or her professor, considering the number of other students potenALLEN HABTAMU tially vying for similar attention. Yet, it is the initiative on the student’s part to go above and beyond that separates the average student from the “go-getter.” “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” is a quote that we’ve all heard at one point in our lives. It helps to bring into focus the topic of constructive relationships with others – especially with professors. Developing professional relationships is all about networking in today’s world, and a

Habtamu argues that students need to better utilize access to professors and develop more individualized relationships.

pivotal asset can be one’s professors. Forming a bond with individuals can allow for an exchange of pertinent insight into not only higher levels of academia, but the application of that knowledge to facilitate greater readiness in today’s competitive job market. Professor Mary Meyers, a professor of landscape architecture at Ambler Campus suggests students seeking additional materials as being, “really mentally engaged.” “They’re always seeking a little more,” she said. Meyers said, from her experience, older students tend to have a greater understanding of the value of their education, for they are more likely to be active in educational endeavors than younger students who might refrain from asking questions or

seeking advice. Professors also allow for students to partake in conversations with them, whether it be an opportunity to bond, or a problem a student might be stuck on or simply for more information pertaining to a certain subject, generally during their office hours. “Come to office hours,” urged political science professor Heath Fogg Davis. The significance of office hours can sometimes be overlooked, especially in terms of the number of students actually inquiring about more information outside the classroom. It’s the first step in not only making an impression with a particular professor, but a step in the right direction on the students’ part to broaden their own academic horizons.

The indispensable information that a student can gain from a professor and his or her expertise can translate into the real world and a student’s future career. Professors are tantamount to a boss: They are not only there to decide whether or not you pass or fail. If used accordingly, they can serve as a vehicle to venues that one might have not thought of, with insightfulness and credible sources of information in their respective fields. Next time you’re free with nothing to do, try to stop by a professor’s office hours. It just might change your life. Allen Habtamu can be reached at allen.h@temple.edu.

“There are 108 words in the Fifth Amendment, and no matter how hard you try, you cannot find the words, ‘equal,’ ‘protection’ or ‘component’ in the amendment. The component simply doesn’t exist. Nevertheless, for more than 50 years American courts have been deciding cases based upon this nonexistent clause.”

David W. New,

on washingtontimes.com in “Proposition 8 cases based on a phantom constitutional clause”


“Have you gotten better

with money management since beginning college?


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it. I am better at keeping track of it because I have less. You’re kind of forced to budget in college.”

“I’d say I

am better at saving money, but having money – definitely not.”

“I have less of it. I look for sales of the necessary things.”


joe schwarz





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BECKY SAYS on “PAYING HOMAGE TO NEWTOWN 26” on FEB. 26 at 7:28 p.m.

How great to see the Greek community embracing kindness in honor of the 26 victims. As an Alpha Phi (and sister of an AEPhi) and Sandy Hook resident and mom of two boys, one of whom is in 2nd grade at SHS and was there on that day, I so appreciate the goodness coming out of our community’s tragedy. Thank you.

TONY CASSERO says on “KIRK: BROOKLYNKNIGHT STRUGGLES WITH IDENTITY, HERO STATUS” on FEB. 26 at 3:51 p.m. Black power ranger!? really? Dude green/white ranger all the way. Besides that nice article Matt.

MARJORIE GRIGONIS Says on “3RD STREET GALLER’S PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY EXHIBIT PUTS LOCAL TALENT ON DISPLAY” on FEB. 22 at 10:17 A.M. Excellent interview describing this community show and its value to so many.

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Attacks too common in preacher, student campus interactions SALAH PAGE 5

around. One of them told me it was because they had to make sure the crowd did not get violent. I think that it is extremely sad that we need police officials to make sure our student body doesn’t turn into a mob. From where I was standing, it definitely looked like it had the potential to turn into one. Even though I do not think that it’s necessarily a bad thing that they come to visit, it still creates tension on campus. Both the preachers and the students act in ways they should not, and there is no right side in this situation. It can be entertaining, but

all the amusing moments I’ve witnessed have been a little too mean. I myself am at fault for stopping to listen. I didn’t realize how pointless it really was until I was leaving and one of the preachers yelled: “Thanks for drawing a crowd.” You’re welcome, sir. That’s exactly why I stopped to listen to you personally attack me, to draw you a rude and unkind crowd. Hend Salah can be reached at hsalah@temple.edu.

To-do lists have myriad advantages for students



Scott argues that to-do lists are the best way to stay organized.

o the untrained eye, my organizational system might seem to be a bit too excessively reliant on the use of heaps. My room is littered with piles of papers, bills, research materials, more bills and the remnants of my ever-worsening addiction to sugar. Obviously this life management strategy is wanting in efficiency. I try and keep everything in some sort of chronological order, but that only goes so far. When I’m actively searching for something, this might mean an extra 15 minutes or so being added on to the aggregate time – I just file that away as an unofficial respite. Where it proves actually problematic is in remembering that the assignment exists in the first place. In those terrifying moments when a professor neglects to post a reminder on

Blackboard – because clearly they are at fault in some way, shape or form – and the prompt for the paper has gotten itself wedged in some crevice, I’ve been known to utter a foul word or two. To combat this problem, I’ve been utilizing the classic to-do list more and more. I first became enamored with the system my freshman year, when a pair of two-page papers due the same week caused me to batten down the mental hatches and to activate hermit mode and feeding myself meant walking two blocks and swiping my TU ID rather than whipping up my own feast. My love has only grown with the average total items throughout the years. I used to tape them to the door with comparable conviction to Martin Luther. Lately, I’ve gone more portable since I

seem to add three things for every one I get to check off, and also because I think my tape is somewhere in the December 2012 area. Admittedly, it might be simpler to just invest in a daily planner or start plugging reminders into my phone than to constantly write down “seriously, don’t procrastinate on this paper like last time.” But a planner would most likely just end up in the same place as my last reminder of extortion by Comcast and I can’t risk my phone knowing my plans when it finally becomes sentient. So instead I’ll stick to my handwritten notes. After all, there are certain idiosyncrasies to the system that make it clearly the best option. For example, I can load it with things that are easy to cross off to boost confidence. Turn on computer. I am mowing through

this. Check email? Check that I checked. Remain sane? Better hold off on that one for a bit. I also like to use it as a way of including optional reminders like “eat” and “sleep.” Typically, I’ll just tack a question mark on to the end to signify that those will only get done in some sort of fairy land. To-do lists are also a tremendous way to prioritize things. Just put the stuff that needs to get done toward the top, and the stuff that actually really needs to be done right ahead of it. Bury the stuff that can wait further down. For example, “figure out my life” has occupied the No. 9 spot for the past couple weeks. Any day now I’ll actually get around to it, I swear. Frankly, the to-do list is elegant in its simplicity, and effective in that it forces you to accept that your homework

or time obligations are not just going to disappear. It rewards your hard work by giving you the chance to metaphorically exorcise your academic demons through the crossing-out process and apply structure to the otherwise occasionally unforgiving land of memory. So until the day personal secretaries are included in the cost of our tuition, I’m going to advocate for the humble to-do list as the preeminent organizational system for any college student. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have one more thing to check off. Zack Scott can be reached at zack.scott@temple.edu or on Twitter @ZackScott11.

Teach timeliness with slammed doors



Barrenechea argues that a lockout might be necessary to teach punctuality.

hen I arrived on campus one frigid morning, I was running late enough that I knew that my political science class had started without me. To try and catch up, I darted through the hallway, passing a flock of students heading in the opposite direction. Once I had reached the door to my classroom, I found it locked with a note in front: “After 10 minutes, this door will be closed for the remainder of class.” Tardiness now seems to be physically imposed. Whenever the topic of class punctuality comes up, both professors and students have mixed emotions. Teachers are reluctant to give a late student a chance to redeem themselves, sending them back into the wild after arriving 10 minutes late. During

my college career, I have experienced a few techniques that professors have used to enforce promptness. Some will lock the door right at the beginning of class, others will call a student out in front of the entire lecture hall. However scary that may seem, a first instinct is to find the most ridiculous excuse imaginable. The only thing you may learn that day is how painful a door slam can become. On the other hand, students are being taught a valuable lesson in the importance of punctuality. Chances are the same few students who came late the first week of the semester would carry on the tradition for the remainder of the course if not given such a sharp reminder the first time. “I always try to be on time,

but if it’s the same person coming late over and over again, I can understand why the professor locks them out after some time,” said Rachel Manning, a senior English major. Lateness in the real world could hinder chances to succeed, and could end up with an employer giving a pink slip. This can prove especially problematic in these colder months, considering winter is such a harsh season. It seems inevitable to have a few lateness marks on your attendance. Driving – or sliding – through the messy snow is one of the worst experiences anyone can face, and the last thing you want to see is a door shutting down in front of your face after the terrifying ordeal. Snow can be hazardous when walking as well, having

experienced the occasional tumble near Paley Library just the other day. How about when winter is not a factor in your lateness? Then it must be something else hindering you from attending class on time. Talking with friends in between classes perhaps? Maybe it’s someone you haven’t seen in ages, and you would like to catch up because no one knows when you will ever see them in person again, and you can’t tolerate Facebook conversations. Admittedly, I am at fault for this type of excuse. Temple is such a social school, you simply cannot get to class without meeting at least one of your friends near the Bell Tower. You don’t want to seem rude when you meet your buddy as he or she discusses their last class.

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Whatever the reason may be, the final part of the chapter will always end with the wooden door shutting ever so tightly in front of you. Ultimately, the problem lies with the students. It is their responsibility to wake up on time and head to class. Students have to be aware of the consequences for being late to anything. Employers are paying for services, and the last thing they want to see is someone come in 30 minutes late. Unlike some teachers, corporations will not tolerate tardiness. Ed Barrenechea can be reached at edward.barrenechea@temple.edu.

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The Weekender Spring break is on the way and with that comes the itch to travel. In this week’s Living section, we break down some cheap, quick and nearby weekend travel options. We hope you’ll read up and pack up.

Lancaster holds more than just Amish country Less than a twohour car ride away, Lancaster provides a mix of countryside and city nightlife. ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF The Temple News


ith both urban and rural charms, Lancaster is a breath of fresh air and just a train ride away from Philadelphia’s big city atmosphere. In the last five years, Lancaster City has grown in population by 10 percent, and has seen rising numbers of people in their 20s and 30s, said Joel Cliff, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitor’s Center. In Cliff’s words, “This isn’t your grandparent’s Lancaster anymore.” College students can experience events downtown such as First Friday, much like those in Old City Philadelphia, and attend music festivals – all while in close proximity to scenic state parks in the surrounding countryside.


Students both with and without cars will find Lancaster easily accessible, Cliff said. With a car ride of less than two hours, driving to Lancaster won’t require several tanks of gas. For those at the mercy of public transportation, Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station offers

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South Jersey venues provide nearby break from city life

trains to Lancaster. Lancaster’s train station is a mile and a half from its central downtown area.


From downtown, students can catch one of the Red Rose Buses to get around the city and surrounding area, including Amish country. The buses stop at locations such as the Amish Experience, Amish Farm and House and other Amish businesses, where local touring groups offer a glimpse of the Amish lifestyle that many associate with Lancaster County. Amish communities are not the main attraction of Lancaster, despite the numerous options that make them available to tourists. While there is an influence of the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage in Lancaster that locals and tourists alike call charming, shopping, dining, music and art are all in great abundance within the city’s boundaries.


Local dining favorites include the Prince Street Cafe, which freshman speech pathology major Kendra Baugus from Lancaster praised for its $2 “bottomless” coffee mugs. Shady Maple Smorgasbord, a restaurant specializing in authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, is something of a culinary legend amongst Lancaster locals, who rave about its extensive dessert menu and “all you can eat” specials. Melanie Klinefelter, a


and the reopened establishment welcomed the faithful back in this past September. Amenities brought on by the redesign include an outdoor seating patio and a larger banquet room that can hold up to 50 people. KEVIN STAIRIKER “PB’s is really still just a The Temple News casual diner,” Stephanie Lefakis said. “Though our remodeling ight off of Main was fairly elegant.” Street in Glassboro, Lefakis is PB’s public relaN.J., during the day- tions manager, and the wife of time, there is a mod- PB’s owner John Lefakis. est, family-friendly diner by the Now with more available name of PB’s Tavern. At night, space, PB’s finds itself more ofdepending on your luck, there ten than not with a full calendar. might be a band playing to a Fridays and Saturdays are repacked bar, also called PB’s. served for live bands during the Diners and bars line the streets nighttime. “Bands usually start of Philadelphia, so what is spe- around 8 [p.m.] and get done cial about a place out in South near 11 or [midnight],” Lefakis Jersey? added. The beauty Though in PB’s is the Lefakis stressconstant evolues the “family tion of mood as friendliness” of the day goes on. PB’s, fans of Though breakfast 21-plus activiis served all day ties like sitting just like every on bar stools great diner, the and drinking family environbeer will also ment of the dayfind a haven time gradually on the bar side Stephanie Lefakis / of the restaugives way to a pb’s public relations manager rant. Not only more all-encompassing atmoboasting a full sphere later at night. bar, PB’s also serves many loOpened in 1953, PB’s cal craft brews as well for those Tavern has been quenching ap- looking to indulge in a bit of Jerpetites in the South Jersey area sey pride. for decades now, but it was only Menu prices are average for recently overhauled for numer- the area, with breakfast ranging ous redesigns after decades as a between $3.75 and $7.25 and “regular diner.” dinner entrees coasting up beReconstruction can often tween $9.99 and $13.99. be a breaking point for even South Jersey is only a train the most seasoned diners, with ride or a bus nap away, so PB’s some patrons losing their pa- is certainly worth a glance if tience with “sorry for the mess” Philadelphia’s got you down. signs for so long before moving BUS STOP MUSIC CAFE to another establishment. Worse still, diners often become woven 148 SOUTH BROADWAY, into a town’s landscape in a spe- PITMAN, N.J. Where can you get a grilled cific way, and a design overhaul that brings too many changes chicken panini nicknamed “The could easily lose older custom- Cure” and a 3-foot long 1/4” to 1/4” guitar cable at the same ers. Thankfully for PB’s, its JERSEY PAGE 16 diners tend to be a loyal breed,

South Jersey venues offer visitors a variety of options from diner food to comedy shows.



“PB’s is really

still just a casual diner. Though our remodeling was fairly elegant.




Hiking destinations not scarce in Pa. A list of local hiking spots and gear people can use regardless of skill level. JENINE PILLA The Temple News Philadelphians have seen worse winters, but it’s about time this one comes to an end. You would never think it when you look out the window at the concrete jungle that surrounds us, but we are only miles away from a great assortment of outdoor sanctuaries and hiking areas – and no, not “Beury Beach” surrounding the Bell Tower. With spring break nearing, plan a hiking trip to one of these nearby destinations and help rid yourself of those winter blues.


It’s the simplest get-away from the easily consuming bustle of city life as well as a great jumping off point for new hikers. SEPTA’s 27 bus takes you right to the heart of the park that runs along the banks of the Wissahickon Creek equipped with mountain and road bike paths and moderate hiking trails scattered throughout. The creek is stocked full of trout each spring and is an ideal place to cast-off and enjoy the lack of blaring horns and crying sirens. Take a Sunday morning to explore the gorge and wrap up the hike with a coffee or brunch break in the surrounding neighborhoods of Manayunk and Roxborough.


Named after the Lenni-Lenape Indian term for “slow-moving water,” Pennypack Park allows you to enjoy history while wandering the paved and unpaved trails for bikers, runners and hikers. The rolling hills lead to sites such as the Pennypack Bridge, established in 1697, making it one of the country’s oldest stone bridges still in use, and the Ver-

ree House, which was raided by the British during the Revolutionary War. This park is a great destination for a quick break from those long weeks and a solid cure for writer’s block.


French Creek State Park is a perfect adventure for those who are looking for more challenging hikes that are still close to home. The park is equipped with 35 miles of trails that vary in difficulty from the fairly simple Buzzards Trail, a three-mile hike that parallels Baptism Creek, to the “most difficult,” six-mile, Mill Creek Trail that sees no paved roads from start to finish. They also have several cabins equipped with electricity and plumbing available for rent if you plan to stay the weekend.


Grab a ZipCar or ask your roommate to borrow his coupe and hit the road as early as possible for this gem that sits about 95 miles outside of Philadelphia but is well worth the trip. There are more than 100 miles of trails for hikers of all skill levels, three life-guarded swimming beaches and areas to rock climb. Hike by waterfalls to reach the top, revealing a landscape of green that will help you forget about finals – even if only for a day.


Located at Blue Mountain, the Pinnacle is a section of the Appalachian Trail that is a draw for local hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. The trail is at least a six-mile loop with numerous routes

in a variety of difficulties. All your hard work pays off when you reach the summit where you are rewarded with an unforgettable view of Pennsylvania. Be sure to be aware of your surroundings, though, for the Pinnacle is home to rattlesnakes and copperheads. While hiking is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature, it is very important to be aware of your skill level and to keep within your limits. Show up prepared to all hikes with proper clothing and footwear, as much water as possible, an assortment of snacks to carry with you and bug repellent, as always, is a good touch. Research your trails before departing on your hike and grab a map, just in case. Most importantly, it’s best not to travel alone, for the sake of your safety and state of mind, find a partner to hit the trails with. For more information on local hikes and other outdoor adventures, contact Temple’s Outdoor club, which meets Thursday evenings at 8:30 p.m. in 305 Beury Hall. Jenine Pilla can be reached at jenine.pilla@temple.edu.

KNOW YOUR GEAR As great as it is to get away, hiking can easily turn into a sour experience without the proper equipment. Here are a few necessities to make sure you’re prepared.


Water: Try not to use disposable water bottles – reusable bottles save money and waste. Try investing in the Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth water bottles, which are supposed to be durable against most impact. They can be found online or in the bookstore with prices between $10 to $20. Snacks: Hikes can take longer than expected sometimes, so pack a few sandwiches, granola bars or Cliff bars to keep you going. Knife: It’s important to be smart with your knife purchase. Buy one that’s not too expensive – it’s unnecessary to spend more than $100 for a knife used for local hiking. Recommended are Kershaw brand knives, some priced as low as $10.


Boots: It isn’t necessary to break the bank in this department. Just look for a pair of boots that are water resistant, protect your ankles, have traction for all terrains and most importantly, break them in. You can order a pair of Merrell Moab Ventilator boots on Amazon.com for $80 to $100. Weatherproof jacket: No need for an expensive North Face, nylon jackets can be found anywhere for a fraction of the price. A simple trip to the thrift shop should get you exactly what you need. - Jenine Pilla

Warm weather allows for more options As winter makes way for warm weather, it’s time to get out and explore the city’s best spots to cool off or just enjoy time in the sun. Spring in Philadelphia means Phillies’ games, festivals and blooming buds all over the city. So instead of spending another afternoon soaking up rays on Beury Beach, embrace spring’s arrival by visiting Philadelphia’s best parks, restaurants, events and more.


South Philly’s green oasis has something for everyone. Enjoy a picnic or barbecue with friends while relaxing by the water. FDR Park has tennis courts, a golf course and eight ball fields. Bring your skateboard and skate at the renowned FDR Park Skate Park located just under the bridge. No matter how you like to sweat or spend your time, FDR Park is the place to be.


The Italian Market is known for its gourmet specialty stores and fresh produce, but the annual Italian Market Festival brings the market to a whole new level. Held in open air May 18-19, the festival features cultural music, religious celebrations and the best part – food. Aromas of homemade desserts and entrees are sure to attract one’s appetite to this enriching festival.


On March 19, The Schuylkill Center will be hosting a volunteer opportunity open to the public. Volunteers will help remove invasive plants from the forest, fix deer fences, maintain the trails and more. The center suggests volunteers wear long pants and sturdy boots and bring a water bottle. Water refills and

snacks will be provided for all those that donate their time to improve The Schuylkill Center’s park.


There’s no better way to cool off on a warm day than with some ice cream, and Franklin Fountain is one of Philly’s best places to find this sweet treat. This cashonly ice cream parlor specializes in overthe-top sundaes such as “The Lightening Rod.” This sundae consists of a dark chocolate brownie, coffee ice cream and a shot of espresso. It’s then garnished with chocolate covered espresso beans, white chocolate shavings and a pretzel rod. Ben Franklin would be proud.


As if watching movies and sports games on a 40-foot jumbotron wasn’t a good enough reason to come to this Northern Liberties staple, the open-air plaza is home to various restaurants, galleries and shops. Eat outside at PYT while enjoying one of its famous burgers. Sit in the sun while enjoying various bands and musicians playing on the stage in the center of the Piazza. Any sunny day is a day to relax and shop at this famous plaza.


Held on March 18 and 19 at Ninth and Spring Garden streets, this flea market and craft-fair houses more than 500 vendors. From bakers to vintage clothes to paintings, Philly’s Punk Rock Flea Market has something that appeals to almost any interests. The cost of admission is a $3 donation that is good for both days. -Bria Topper

In addition to outdoor markets and festivals, the city offers plenty of outdoor fountains to cool off. A walk through any neighborhood in North or South Philly could also lead to a cracked fire hydrant. | LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN

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A ‘rare’ medium Philadelphia artist and photographer Dominic Episcopo is set to release his book, “Meat America,” depicting various American iconic images and symbols shaped out of raw meat. PATRICIA MADEJ The Temple News


eat isn’t just for grilling, broiling or marinating anymore – ask local artist Dominic Episcopo, who makes art out of it. Episcopo, a professional photographer and 1989 graduate of the University of the Arts, is experimenting with some unconventional mediums for his upcoming book “Meat America.” Consisting of portraits from Michael Jackson to the Liberty Bell, this is the first big meat-art project Episcopo has taken on, though he has worked with raw meat for about seven years. “It’s definitely a milestone for me and an accomplishment. I’m really proud of it. I kind of get butterflies, because I’m putting myself out there and being

judged and criticized,” he said. trip to the butcher. In the past, the artist has “I try to find a steak I find worked primarily in portrait inspirational. Sometimes I go work and has been published to the butcher with one idea in in many magazines, including mind, then see a steak that reRolling Stone. sembles something else,” EpisHe’s photographed every- copo said. one and everything from MariInstead of cutting out and lyn Manson to molding each Modest Mouse piece to repand, now, a slab resent some of meat resemAmerican hisbling Betsy Ross. torical figure The marbling or subject, he of a piece of meat looks for it in that resembled Dominic Episcopo / artist the meat himthe world map self. He deinspired his first scribes cutting project. This the image out might have been too ambitious as a “cop-out.” of a task to start with, so EpiscoThe process involves set po tried to do the United States up, hands on work and a little and each of the states. Since bit of Photoshop to get the perthen, he has had to keep work- fect image. ing on other pieces to keep his “[For Abraham Lincoln], interest from rotting. I kind of pinched the neck and Each portrait starts with a got the basic shape and really

“I try to find

a steak I find inspirational.

had to fine tune. I can’t just cut the shape out of the steak. Then it becomes the shape with the pattern of meat in it,” he said. The pattern of the meat has a lot to do with the image. He chooses certain meat based on the color and texture of the slabs. For example, porterhouse worked the best to make the state of New York, while rib eye steak worked best for New Jersey. But finding the right material takes a lot of trial and error, Episcopo said. Michael Jackson, who has made his way into the book, is crafted out of calf liver, because of its robust color, Episcopo said. But that was the last time Episcopo worked with that kind of meat. “It was so gross. It smelled so gross to me. I had to cut it with a razor, and I would feel


Dominic Episcopo holds his photo book, which he funded through Kickstarter, in his home. | ANDREW THAYER TTN

Ambler Alumnus bases Honeygrow blooms restaurant on local ingredients at Flower Show Justin Rosenberg has found success serving locally grown ingredients in customizable, health-conscious dishes.

Landscape horticulture students create an exhibition at the Philadelphia Flower Show. SAMANTHA TIGHE The Temple News

Once a year, the Pennsylvania Convention Center receives a stunningly systematic makeover. Inside the main hall, thousands of flowers are carted in by different organizations and entire gardens sprout up. The Philadelphia Flower Show, which began Saturday, March 2, is an nine-day event where gardeners and onlookers can purchase plants and flowers, receive horticulture tips or simply stand back and observe the exhibitions. The theme for this year’s show revolves around British culture. Red telephone boxes dot the building, as well as a large model of Big Ben. Even the attendants have gotten involved with the theme, many sporting zany garden-party hats. While most of the exhibitions seemed to have focused on springtime garden designs, the students and faculty who are part of the landscape horticulture design team at Ambler Campus took another direction. This year, the theme of the Ambler landscape horticulture design team’s exhibition is “WILDE! Cultivating wonder in everyday places” – recreating a small bog, complete with trickling water and a path right



Most restaurants tout their low prices or calorie counts to draw in eaters, but most will never tell what they’re actually serving. That’s not the case at Honeygrow in Center City, where you’ll find a list of ingredients, and where they’re grown on a chalkboard behind the counter. Opened in July 2012 at 16th and Sansom streets, Honeygrow is far from the typical restaurant. For starters, there’s not a traditional cashier but, instead, a touch screen to order. Customers are given the option of choosing one of many menu items or creating a concoction of their own out of Honeygrow’s seemingly endless list of ingredients. It’s the ingredients themselves, however, that make this restaurant truly stand out, as founder Justin Rosenberg is committed to serving locally grown produce. “We take pride in that,” Rosenberg said. From apples grown in Lansdale to mushrooms grown in Kennett Square, Honeygrow stays true to its mission of serving fresh, local ingredients. Rosenberg came up with the idea for Honeygrow in 2009, the same year he graduated from Temple. He left a job doing asset management at a Philadelphia-based real estate investment trust with the dream of starting a restaurant modeled after his own healthy eating habits, he said. “This is the way I typically eat,” Rosenberg said. “I shop at Whole Foods. I enjoy getting a high-quality product, and I

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wanted to serve that same product, but in a more creative and different way.” He credits his experience in the corporate world with giving him invaluable knowledge he used to start his own business, though he attributes the bulk of his success to his ability to deal with adversity. “I know a lot of good people with good ideas who after four or five months of meeting resistance from people, they just throw the towel in,” Rosenberg said. “I was working in a cubicle, I had just gotten my MBA from Temple, and I wanted to do something more with it.” Rosenberg continued by describing the struggle he faced in securing the funds necessary to get Honeygrow off the ground. “I went to 94 people looking for capital. The 94th said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it’ while the other 93 said, ‘Get lost,’ more or less,” Rosenberg said. “You’ve just got to be able to deal with it if you really want to be able to do something you’re passionate about.” He also spoke about the difficulty of finding the right staff and menu for his restaurant, saying he faced many issues as most businesses do in the early stages. “We had a lot of challenges at the beginning,” Rosenberg said. “The food wasn’t right, the wrong team was here and our foundation was very shaky. But as time went on, we got the right people in, I got a firm grasp of what was going on and it has been great.” Honeygrow’s menu seems to have a little something for


Justin Rosenberg stands in front of his store on 16th and Sansom streets. A customizable stir-fry is one of the restauraunt’s most popular dishes, using fresh and local vegetables and specially made noodles. Touch screens allow diners to order add-ins. | ABI REIMOLD TTN


Family Vacation, comprised of four sophomores, has been receiving recognition and radio play. ARTSandENTERTAINMENT@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM


Columnist Samantha Tighe gives readers a rundown of what to expect from Playstation 4.




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Episcopo’s home also doubles as a studio. The building, which is formerly an abandoned church, has been altered to be environmentally friendly with solar panels. | ABI REIMOLD TTN the tendons snapping back on me. It was the only time I had to walk away because it was so gross,” he said.

However, Episcopo worked strategically to make sure he woudn’t have to walk away again. He said he worked very

quickly. He would set up the composition prior to the shoot, so after a few hours he could stop working with the meat.

“For the most part, I at least could stomach it,” he said. During the project, Episcopo reserved a few days at a time to complete the process. On his successful days, he would get two or three completed. Some days, he would get none. The artist said he realizes his book will get mixed reactions, especially from the vegetarian or vegan community, and he said he respects that. He said he tries to grow a thick skin, but said no one likes to be criticized or judged. He said he understands the book takes on a sort of political standpoint, but that’s not exactly his aim. In a meat-crazed society ruled by mass production and over consumption, Episcopo said it’s inevitable not to. But he leaves his work to be interpreted by the readers. “Some people are repulsed about it, some see the images as a rally cry. In our household, my wife tries to limit the meat

we eat. The meat we eat is usually organic or grass fed,” he said. Epsicopo is a part of Philly CowShare, though he said he could not use that same meat for the pieces because it tends to retain a purple color, is smaller and is not as robust as the $30 pieces of steak he purchases from the butcher. “I mean it is expensive, there is no doubt, but I find that when I buy from more expensive stores, you get better cut, and it gets better to work with,” he said. To be resourceful, Episcopo and his family sometimes eats his work after he is done photographing it. His eating habits aren’t the only part of his life that reflect a conscious state of being. Episcopo and his family live in a 150-year-old abandoned church, which he also converted into his studio. At about 1,500 square feet,

he was paying to heat and cool essentially two gymnasiums. “If I was going to make this whole building work, I had to get the utilities down. Solar paneling made the most sense,” he said. And that’s exactly what he did. Now, his studio and home is completely green and has the same utility costs as a regular house, he said. “Plus, I kind of like the planet, so I figure that’s a good thing,” he said. In the future, Episcopo isn’t sure if he sees himself working with meat as a medium again but perhaps more conventional uses of food instead. To see his meat art, visit Episcopo’s website at meatamerica.com. Episcopo said he hopes the book sees shelves by Father’s Day. Sellers, however, are yet to be determined. Patricia Madej can be reached at patricia.madej@temple.edu.

Sony officially announces PlayStation 4 console



Tighe explores details of Sony’s next generation console.

ony officially came clean and announced its next generation console, the PlaySta-

tion 4. It’s a big move, especially for the gaming market, and now all sights are set toward the future. Undoubtedly Microsoft will come forth within the coming weeks to announce the next Xbox successor – which is rumored to be called Xbox 720 – and Nintendo, of course, came out with Wii U in November of last year. What Sony has opted to do is release information about PlayStation 4 in fragments, and in doing so, the rampant rumors that have been flying around for months about the console are now systematically being sanctioned or put to rest. First things first – let’s talk facts. The Feb. 20 announcement was from Sony. It’s been circulating for months that the name for this new console was going to be “Orbis.” It’s not – it’s going to be PlayStation 4. During the New York press conference, a video was shown that displayed some of the graphics and gaming engines

PlayStation 4 is going to be capable of. Not once did it reveal what the console actually looks like. It’s being said that the big reveal should be coming up within the next few weeks, since the console is still in its final stages of development and has not been finalized. What was shown, however, was the new DualShock 4 controller. Sony and PlayStation fans have probably already seen it – images were already making their way across the Internet. The functions of the controller were not demonstrated, it was pretty much just brandished during the conference, but it has been redesigned. What is most striking about the new controller is the touchscreen in the center of it. The ‘start’ and ‘select’ buttons are now missing – only one button designated as “options.” There is also a “share” button. One of the newest features of PlayStation 4, and console

gaming as a whole, is the ability for players to record and share videos of their gameplay with friends and family. It’s been a semi-popular theme among PC gamers, especially for games like “World of Warcraft” and “League of Legions,” to stream live feeds of gameplay. This trend hasn’t fully made the jump to the consoles since it’s much more of a hassle to set up a live feed. There’s also an audio jack for headsets in the controller itself, and it will be paired with a camera/sensor bar that has the ability to track the positioning and distance of the controller. PlayStation 4 will also have a “sleep” ability, much like the PlayStation Vita. While playing a game, it can be put in a pauselike state and essentially exited out, and, upon return, the player will be able to resume right where he or she left off. Games for the next console

“The rampant

rumors that have been flying around for months about the console are now systematically being sanctioned or put to rest.

have already been publicized. “Watch Dogs” is slated to be a launch title, as will “Killzone: Shadow Fall.” Blizzard is also working on a “Diablo III” console remake, though it is expected to release after PlayStation 4. As for used games, their fate is still up in air. Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, told Eurogamer that yes – the new PlayStation will be able to play used games. Unfortunately, Yoshida backtracked a few days later, saying although the Sony won’t limit the used game market, gaming companies may be given the ability to decide whether their games can be purchased used. Another issue that arises with PlayStation 4 is backward compatibility. For the most part, each of the Sony consoles has had the capacity to play games from its predecessor. It makes upgrading your system a whole lot easier when PlayStation 3 can play your entire collection of PlayStation 2 games. The improved graphics of PlayStation 4 come at a price – the microprocessor architecture of PS4 is receiving an upgrade, moving away from Cell Archi-

tecture and, instead, adapting x86-64, which has been found mostly in computers. What this means is that PS4 will not be able to read PS3 games. It’s become a new system, to put it in simpler terms. Although there has been some chatter about utilizing a way for players to access emulators, when PlayStation 4 releases it’s going to have a very limited gaming catalog. We’ll just have to wait to see how and if it affects sales. PlayStation 4 has yet to be given a precise release date, but it should be coming out sometime toward the end of the year before the holiday season. There’s not a listed price either. It looks like Sony is raising the bar with some of the features within PlayStation 4 and is making gaming a lot more social, but we’ll just have to wait and see. I’m going to have to see a lot more games before I even consider investing in a new console. Samantha Tighe can be reached at samantha.tighe@temple.edu.

Pa. burlesque prepares for second annual festival The Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival will come to Philly this weekend. AMBER CLAY The Temple News Burlesque is more than just taking your clothes off. Brooke Au Buchon is the executive producer and hostess of the Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival that will take place at the Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, on March 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. The act itself is labeled as a striptease, but Au Buchon spoke on how she removed a lot of the negative aspects from her production. This includes no full nudity,

profanity, politics, religion or social commentary. Her policy is firm, and Au Buchon said she has the most strict rules in the system – rules that, she said, are worthwhile. “What you wind up with is entertainers who have to dig deeper for their creative content,” Au Buchon said. “So, you wind up with classy material that focuses on tease and the concept of the act.” Classic burlesque reached its popularity peak during the late 1950s and early 1960s. In America, it is known to be the traditional striptease show with comedic elements like slapstick and vaudeville. The word burlesque also means “to lampoon” or “to make fun of.” Although the art of a burlesque show has

fundamentals of a striptease show, there are some states that won’t allow full-scale nudity. However, that isn’t what makes the show. “The art of the striptease, for me, isn’t what you see; it’s what you don’t see,” Au Buchon said. Speaking on what attracts people to burlesque shows, Au Buchon said it is the naughtiness of the presentation. Still, there is something more specific that the show represents. Burlesque is empowering for women, showing them that they can do anything regardless of shape, size or color, Au Buchon said. Au Buchon said a lot of people who attend the show think it will be just like the

movie “Burlesque.” Last year at Boolesque, a Halloween edition act in Jim Thorpe, Pa., a woman bought four tickets, sat through two acts and then left, demanding her money back because she saw it as a strip show. Since most of the performances done in the movie, if not all, are just singing and dancing but doesn’t involve taking off clothes, Au Buchon does not consider it burlesque. “Technically, what they’re doing, that’s cabaret,” Au Buchon said. The burlesque trend in Philadelphia is small – Bravissimo Burlesque and Peekaboo Revue are some shows the city has to offer. With the Burlesque Festival, Au Buchon plans to give the city a detailed experi-

ence of the exciting style of burlesque. This is its second annual showing, and the first show last year sold out. The burlesque group that performs at the Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival is called Dragontown Burlesque. The troupe is under the corporation Jim Thorpe, which was named after the hometown of Au Buchon as well as a few of her colleagues. The company started in Jim Thorpe where Dragontown Burlesque holds its own hometown performance. Some of the girls in the cast have worked with Au Buchon since the beginning and she said she considers them family. “Aside from the fact that they are wonderful, wonderful women, I can depend on them,”

Au Buchon said. Though Jim Thorpe isn’t one of the biggest burlesque acts, it is still steadily growing with a couple of performers traveling from Europe to be in the festival. The Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival is an event for both men and women – Au Buchon assures that anyone can have a great time. “[Burlesque] is a story about quasi-naked ladies,” Au Buchon said. “All you need is a sense of humor and an open mind.” More information can be found at paburlesque.com. Amber Clay can be reached at amber.clay@temple.edu.





Four sophomores are quickly becoming a favorite in the Philadelphia music scene. MAURA FILOROMO The Temple News Few bands get multiple offers for gigs before they have even played their first show. Family Vacation, however, has received praise from many in the music community before even hitting the stage. The band, which is comprised of four Temple sophomores, recently had one of its songs aired on WXPN radio. The band is made up of drummer Adam Shumski, a jazz performance major; guitarist Matthew Kerr, a secondary education and history major; guitarist Luke Harsel, an advertising major; and main vocalist and guitarist/bassist Cody Bluett, a fine arts painting major. With the exception of Shumski, all play guitar and frequently play both guitar and bass.

Family Vacation released a well-received EP in the fall. The members’ senses of humor feed off each other so naturally; it could be said that these musicians have become like family. The Temple News talked to the band about the positive reception from the Philadelphia music community, its upcoming album and plans for a summer tour. The Temple News: How did you all meet? Matthew Kerr: [Harsel] and I met as freshmen. I saw he was wearing a “Built to Spill” jacket. We bonded over similar music tastes. Luke Harsel: We basically all met at Qdoba. Beulah was the band that [caused] the main bond between [Kerr and] me. We were all in the same hallway in freshman year in 1300. LH: We jammed a lot last year. We weren’t really a band, because we couldn’t think of a good band name...like that was the reason. Cody Bluett: I sort of knew them but was kind of intimidated because I knew they

all played music together. Adam Shumski: If you had to describe our band’s history in a few words: intimidation, hummus, no name and burly. CB: I joined the band late September. [Kerr] came to me with our first single, and asked me to play bass with them. I thought I’d give it a shot, because I was looking for people to play with. I just jived with these guys. AS: It was angelic. TTN: You recorded an EP in the fall. What was that like? MK: We recorded the drums at Presser Hall and [in the dorms]. We wrote, recorded and produced all of it in a month. We wanted to get something out there. TTN: So you released the EP before your first show? LH: Yeah, we had our first show in December. The EP was released in November. AS: It was funny because when we put it online, we immediately got...offers to play shows.

LH: XPN has the blog called “The Key,” we’ve been pretty lucky to have [its] head guy, John Vettese, really have an affection for us. He’s really nice. I was emailing a lot of different people at like 2 a.m. and forgot I had emailed him first. AS: We got on WXPN’s website before the EP was out. TTN: What is your songwriting process like? MK: One of us will come up with an idea. We’ll write a really rough song and bring it to the band. LH: Our songs aren’t really finished until it goes through each of us. When we listen to the original recording, it sounds so weak compared with after all of us contribute. CB: It’s really collaborative, and that’s the best part about it. There’s not one leader.


Stairiker gets to the bottom of Billboard’s newest charting technique.


f you can believe it, Baauer’s meme-song hybrid, “Harlem Shake,” is the No. 1 song in the country for the second week in a row. It’s hardly believable that it made it to the once-heralded Billboard Hot 100 in the first place, but thanks to Billboard’s new algorithm that now incorporates YouTube views, Baauer has found himself in the chart territory of Lil’ Wayne and Justin Timberlake. Billboard’s decision certainly edges the generally meaningless chart closer into the current day, but really, if this is what it means to have a popular song in 2013, why bother? The Hot 100 is a jumbled up system that already incorporated physical sales, radio plays and iTunes purchases, so throwing in YouTube views won’t make it any easier or worthwhile to find out who is at the top of the heap. Never mind that the collective

ine thousands of covers of the song in every genre conceivable littered across YouTube. Giant corporations scattering desperately attempting to capitalize, possibly with an official “Tootin’ Bathtub Baby” iPhone app that makes a fart noise when you press the button. In the wake of ad-revenue wet dreams like “Gangnam Style” and “Harlem Shake” that act as invitational, do-it-yourself pop songs on a giant scale, meme-flavored novelty songs will no longer be merely enshrined by an unfortunate shirt in the back of your closet. Popular music has seen things stranger than the “Harlem Shake,” but now that the doors are opened, they won’t be shut again. If all of this sounds eerily like a certain wayward music channel, it’s because it is. Artists will spend more time on flashy music videos to cull the largest audience in a way that former MTV executives will certainly be kicking themselves over. The age of YouTube-driven dance crazes brings to mind the last time that there was such a proliferation of songs with direct ties to specific dances. After Chubby Checker released his version of “The Twist” in 1960, America was pummeled with similar and increasingly inane “dance” songs such as “The Watusi,” “The Jerk” and “The Mashed Potato.” These songs didn’t have much to say other than variations of “do the [insert dance craze here]. Now do the [insert dance craze here] like this,” but the driving backbeats refused to let people leave the dance floor. I can’t speak on whether or not the “Harlem Shake” is played at clubs today or if all the gathered party

TTN: When and how did you pick the name? MK: The end of last year. We have a song on the EP called “vacations” and one of the lines in the song is “family vacation.” CB: It just kind of rang. LH: We named the band before we named the song. MK: Our first EP is nostalgic and talks about growing up and stuff. So I think Family Vacation kind of fits.

TTN: How do you describe your music? Or how have others described you?

TTN: Speaking of family vacations, are you planning on touring? MK: We’re going on tour with the band Keepers this summer. We’re going to Boston, Brooklyn, [N.Y.], South Jersey and maybe Montreal.

CB: We’ve gotten jangly pop, indie rock. MK: I either tell people

TTN: Are you planning to release an LP? CB: We’re starting that

Billboard charts now track viral YouTube sensations conscious of the world is like, so totally over the song anyway. It’s not even the fault of Baauer at this point. The drive that exists innately in people to be a part of something bigger made the “Harlem Shake” and “Gangnam Style” and every other 10-cent-parody-ready novelty song the rider on the horizon of musical entertainment. On paper, there is a certain allure in the thousands of varieties of the original video. Instead of listening to a song, why not get together with your friends and make your own version of a video someone posted on your Facebook wall? Humankind’s tendency for one-upmanship shines especially bright when it comes to anything popular on the Internet. As time has shown us again and again, what starts as an iteration of, “well, everybody’s doing it,” eventually snowballs into a Pepsi commercial masquerading as an excuse for Jeff Gordon to dance on the top of a race car, all to the sweet, sweet sounds of cash registers ringing and Harlem Shaking. It’s just too bad that some videos missed out on Billboard’s momentous ruling due to cruel timing. Consider possible hits like “Tootin’ Bathtub Baby Cousins,” which has more than 250 million views and features, much as its namesake promises, cartoon babies singing a duet in a bathtub and farting at each other for only a little bit longer than most “Harlem Shake” videos. That classic hit YouTube five years ago, but had it hit the airwaves today, it could have been up for consideration as the No. 1 song in the nation. Think of what could have been. Imag-

we’re a Prince cover band or action and adventure. All of our best songs are not on the EP. LH: We’ve grown a lot since the EP. We’d much rather have people come see us live than listen to what’s on the EP.

people break into the dance – not the actual Harlem Shake of course, I speak of the dance featured in the videos consisting of spastic air-humping and the slow but steady draining of humanity from its performers – but I can imagine it would garner far more eye rolls than genuine booty shaking if it did. Here’s to hoping that Billboard’s decision won’t cause the music industry to circle the drain any faster. After all, how else will we as a people be able to make ourselves look foolish for future generations? Kevin Stairiker can be reached at kevin.stairiker@temple.edu.

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next week. We have the artwork and track list already. TTN: Do you see this as being something you’re involved with for a while? MK: We all plan to be in Philly for a long time. TTN: Do you have any upcoming shows? MK: We’re playing on March 8 at Sprinkle Kingdom, March 26 at Billiards Room, and March 30 at Yacht Club. LH: We’ll be listing all shows on our Facebook. So if anyone reads this and wants us to play a house show... MK: Or wants to go bowling... CB: Or get Domino’s with us... Maura Filoromo can be reached at maura.filoromo@temple.edu. Full disclosure: Luke Harsel has sold advertisements for The Temple News. Harsel did not play a role in the reporting or editing of this story.

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through the display, where people can observe the construction closer. When deliberations for the exhibition began, the design team examined the terrain and biomes found with England. “We took a medieval English garden and found what the key components of that was – so enclosure, an overhanging feature, water,” said Shannon Kelly, a landscape architecture student. “We took landscapes that were found in England – so there’s rockery, orchids and there’s also bogs.” Taking the features typically found within a garden, they applied them to a bog landscape. “There are a lot of natural bogs in England, so we took that idea and cultivated a bog. So there’s wildness but there’s also cultivation to it,” Kelly said. The exhibition does give off a damp, marshy feeling when traveled through or inspected. Each of the plants – from moss and grasses to the carnivorous pitcher plants – are all found in these moist, acidic environments. Also, none of the plants are considered invasive species to the area. For the full effect, many of the plants were forced into an early bloom. Even though we’re still in the throes of winter, it’s a very spring-like atmosphere in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For juniors and seniors studying landscape horticulture, the Philadelphia Flower Show is an event that is written into

A tribute to Big Ben was constructed at the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show to fit its British theme. | DAN PELLIGRINE TTN the curriculum. In October each year, these students come together and begin brainstorming what they plan on doing. “We design from October to winter break and in January, when we came back, we only had six weeks to build the entire thing and get it set up,” Kelly said. Actually creating the exhibition is a multi-step process.

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The display is too large to be built in one building, so it’s divided into sections that are constructed in different places. Ambler Campus has its own greenhouse, where many of the plants are from, and other parts of the design – like mossy logs with mushrooms or a rusted chain-link fence. “We went trampling through the forest around Am-

bler and found these logs that had mushroom already on them. It’s pretty cool,” Kelly said, touching a nearby mushroom. After all the material is gathered and the flowers chosen, the first time everything comes together is actually at the convention center. The designers and other organizations had four days to set everything up before the opening.

Also, because it’s part of the curriculum, these landscape horticulture students are graded on the designs. “It’s part of our semesterlong grade,” Kelly said, referencing the show. “We have to be achieving these certain criteria throughout each of our designs, so our teachers are going to grade us based on the outcome of our designs.”

In addition, they are also competing against other organizations for various accolades awarded by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society in their division, the education sector. Ambler Campus has already received awards for its manmade bog, including the Alfred M. Campbell Memorial Trophy for its plants and design. Overall, Kelly said she believes what she and the other landscape horticulture students created was a success. “It’s like my vision has actually come to life,” Kelly said. “It’s amazing. It worked out really well. The water feature looks amazing, it looks like it’s raining – the glass mulch is brilliant.” It was a popular exhibition as well – a faculty member was stationed at the beginning of the path through the exhibit armed with a clicker. Every time a person would walk through, she would record it. By 1:30 p.m., more than 1,000 people had traversed through the bog the landscape horticulture students crafted. Annette Richards, a nurse from Bryn Mawr, was an attendee at the Philadelphia Flower Show and said she loved Temple’s design. “It’s cool, it’s different,” she said. “You see all these daisies and sunflowers around but they did something else, it’s just something different.” Samantha Tighe can be reached at samantha.tighe@temple.edu.


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UNKNOWN JAPAN FILM SCREENING PHILAMOCA 531 N. 12TH ST. MARCH 13 AND MARCH 20 7:30 P.M. FREE Eric Bresler, curator of art space PhilaMOCA, has partnered up with the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and One Book One Philadelphia to screen a series of rare Japanese films throughout February and March in a program called Unknown Japan. Unknown Japan is a biannual programs that screens rare Japanese films that have never received a VHS/DVD/ VOD release outside of their country of origin. The films are shown in various venues around Philadelphia but PhilaMOCA will be hosting the final three films for this season. You may have never heard of these movies anyway, so if you’re interested in Japanese culture or rare films, then be sure to check this out. The program is in its third year and will be leading up to the first Cinedelphia Film Festival, a 23 day celebration of films that show why Philadelphia is such a

cultural epicenter. More than 30 films will be playing in various venues around the city including PhilaMOCA, Viva Video! and International House. The festival kicks off on April 4, but before then, Bresler and his crew will be enlightening Philadelphians with films from other cultures – most specifically Japan. Japan cinema has a history spanning more than 100 years – spawning directors such as Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu. On March 6, PhilaMOCA will be showing “HachiKo,” a film that follows the life of Hachiko, an Akita born dog, from his birth up until his death and imagined spiritual reunion with his master. The film became Japan’s top grossing for 1987 and was even remade in 2009, starring Richard Gere. The story has been a stuff of legend in Japan, even to the

point where a bronze statue of the Akita dog has been created outside the Tokyo Shibuya Station. The last two films of the Unknown Japan program include: Wednesday, March 13: “Sweet Home” (1989) – Kiyoshi Kurasawa oddball horror film follows a television crew as it uncovers the secrets of an abandoned mansion once belonging to a prominent Japanese artist. The movie is a classic of 1980s Japanese horror that has also been made into a Nintendo video game. Wednesday, March 20: “University of Laughs” (2004) – This simple tale by Mamoru Hoshi stars Koji Yakusho as a loyal and faithful government worker in 1940 Japan whose job is to sift through creative works and ready them for wartime Japanese audiences.

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FOURTH ANNUAL PHILLY CHILI BOWL RUBA CLUB STUDIOS 414 GREEN ST. MARCH 9 5:30 P.M. $10-$15 Twenty-five competitors will be putting their chili making skills to the test in front of some of Philly’s most notable chefs and critics. If sampling chili is your thing, then you won’t want to miss this.

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Explore outside Pa. with affordable bus options

Planes, trains and automobiles may be the fastest, or more comfortable, way of traveling across state lines but for those of us living on a college budget, our best bet when it comes to travel may be in the form of a doubledecker. With fares as low as $1 – if reservations are made far enough in advance – companies like Megabus and BoltBus throw students a bone when it comes time to leave the Keystone State. Here are some locations you can get to via either of the two services.


Only a two-hour bus ride away NYC is a perfect destination for a day trip, especially with spring break less than a week away.

Once you get to the city, pay $10 to buy a MetroCard – unlike Philadelphia, New York has long left the world of tokens behind – and receive a 70-cent bonus, which should get you five one-way trips.


For those students looking to add some more stamps to their passports, Megabus offers service to Canada for as low as $35 each way, if you have enough foresight to book your trip a month in advance. A quick online search can bring up hostels with rates as low as $20 a night for shared or private rooms. The Toronto Transit Commission offers a variety ways to get around with bus, subways and streetcar routes

expanding all throughout the city. Fares run between two – three dollars.


Only a three-hour bus ride away, Megabus makes the nation’s capitol good for a day or weekend trip. Whether it be for White House tour, sight seeing with an abundance of memorials and monuments or checking out Museums, D.C. has something for everyone. The “Metro” is how to get around once there. Fares depend on a variety of factors such as whether or not you’re traveling during peak hours, method of payment and destination. -Luis Fernando Rodriguez


Escapes from city life found within city limits How to leave the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia without taking a step outside city confines. NICOLE SOLL The Temple News Philadelphia is a city known for its sights: big buildings, historical landmarks and lots of pavement. Most of the time, when you’re in the city, you know it. From Independence Hall to the Rocky statue at the Philadelphia Art Museum, it’s hard to get away from the classic Philly scenery. Sometimes even the most diehard fan of the city wants to escape. But what do you do if you can’t afford to leave the city limits? Thankfully, Philadelphia is also full of hidden spots.


Fairmount Park, which runs along the Schuylkill, is the largest green space in Philadelphia with 4,180 acres. Within the park lies several areas of greenery that can transport you someplace not just outside the city, but outside the country as well. The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is a traditional Japanese garden on the west side of Fairmount Park. The garden was originally built in New York, but moved to Philadelphia in 1958 and features a koi pond, a tea garden and a courtyard garden all in the style of 17th-century Japan. Fairmount is also home to several other gardens and arboretums making it the perfect place to visit on a sunny spring day.


The Barnes Foundation, originally located in Merion, recently moved to Philadelphia. The new building is a near reconstruction of the original house, which still stands in Merion along with its 12-acre arboretum, so that moving through the museum feels more like you’re going through Barnes’ 20th-century suburban home than it does a museum on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The museum features the outstanding art collection, featuring Impressionist and Modernist painters like Renoir, Matisse and Picasso, all collected by Dr. Albert C. Barnes throughout the first half of the 20th century.


Located in Northwest Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill is a far cry from the bustling atmosphere of the rest of the city. Instead, it looks more like a quiet Main Street town and is a great place to go to escape the city

for a day. Chestnut Hill is also home to some of the best shopping in Philadelphia along with restaurants, which you can enjoy at a cheaper rate thanks to March being Chestnut Hill’s Restaurant Month. You can also save some money while exploring the area by skipping the shopping and taking a walk through several parks instead.


For a historic escape, you can check out the Laurel Hill Cemetery. In North Philadelphia, this cemetery houses famous Philadelphian names like Rittenhouse and Widener along with Philadelphia legends like Harry Kalas. The cemetery also provides a stunning view of the Schuylkill from above. And on March 17, the cemetery will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day tour focused on the Irish history in Philadelphia with a reception afterward featuring food, music and drinks.


Despite being in the heart of the city, Chinatown can provide an escape for a day into another culture. Enter through the Chinatown Friendship Gate at 10th and Arch streets and spend the day there, starting the morning off with dim sum, a Chinese brunch featuring numerous types of dumplings, shopping in the afternoon, followed by dinner at any one of the area’s East Asian restaurants.


If you’re missing the ocean, look no further than Penn’s Landing. While it’s not quite the same as the shore, Penn’s Landing runs down the Delaware River from Vine Street to South Street, and is about as close as you can get to the sea in Philly. The waterfront, which was originally a commercial area, has become a riverside park including a huge amphitheater area known for concerts and fireworks. There are also several historic ships docked at Penn’s Landing, including the Moshulu, which is now a restaurant, the Gazela and the USS Olympia. And if those ships aren’t enough, you can also check out Independence Seaport Museum, which celebrates Philadelphia’s waterfront. Nicole Soll can be reached at nicole.soll@temple.edu.

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Spring break a global calling for some A number of students will take their talents overseas for spring break, whether they be volunteering, studying or role playing. RACHEL MCDEVITT The Temple News After a grueling seven weeks spent trying to keep up with classes, student organizations and friends, spring break will be a welcomed escape for many students. Plans for the break are as diverse as the student body, with agendas varying from touring the East Coast with Temple’s Gospel Choir, to checking out the nightlife in Harlem or working for a living in Delaware County. But for some students, staying in the the U.S. just won’t cut it for spring break. The students who make up Temple’s chapter of Project Haiti have been planning since September to do some good this spring break in one of the world’s poorest countries. The small group of students will visit two orphanages and a nutrition center in Haiti, to bring donations and attention to children in need, but the donations are not limited to just the bare necessities. Project Haiti will take hygiene products, but also toys, arts and crafts materials. “It’s the kind of stuff that they don’t have access to, being where they are,” Carly McColgan, a sophomore speech pathology major said. The group has been fundrais-

ing through regular bake sales, the cation. It’s something I really look “Artists for Haiti” art drive and sale forward to.” in December and a “thrift shop” Senior Fox School of Business clothing sale that will happen on student Ashcon Zand was not lookMarch 6. So far the group has raised ing forward to his spring break, but $2,700 to donate to the children in that was only because he didn’t read the orphanage they his syllabus closely sponsor, St. Francis enough. Xavier Orphanage, The managein Petite Rivière de ment information l’Artibonite, Haiti. systems and SpanWhile they visish major enrolled in it, the group will unhis honors business dertake some paintcapstone without ing projects around realizing the class the building, but included a mostthey will also make expenses-paid trip time to play with the to South Australia children. They have during spring break already planned a to present the reBecky Baro / therapeutic search the class has hide-and-seek game recreation major using glow-in-thebeen assembling for dark bracelets. a startup company in “For me it’s more about the the regional capital, Adelaide. kids...once you meet them, you just Zand said his class of seven stucan’t stay away,” group president dents was given an enterprise manand senior public health major An- agement consulting project, which drea Echeverri said. “They are so is usually reserved for MBA stugrateful, and you can see that in ev- dents. The project allows students to erything they do.” provide consultation to a company “Volunteering somewhere that through extensive research. is so different than where we are “They have a product and they living is going to be very fulfilling,” don’t know how to market it,” Zand sophomore therapeutic recreation said. “So we’re figuring out what major Becky Baro said. “I don’t they have, and where they should think it’s taking away from my va- go with it.”


somewhere that is so different from where we are living is going to be very fulfilling.

Zand said the amount of work he has put into the capstone is more than he has ever done for a class. As a whole, the class will have done hundreds of hours of research and put together at least an 80-page report for the company they are advising. The workload has been so much that Zand has not even had time to think about what he will do for the rest of his time in what has been declared the world’s fifth most liveable city, according to the Global Liveability Survey. Adelaide is famous for its vineyards and beachfronts, and “Mad March” is especially exciting, with 10 different festivals popping up in and around the city. “I’m just happy to be in Australia, really,” he said. “I never thought I would be going to Australia for like, 20 years.” Students who have not been working toward their spring break all year long should not be discouraged from plans to go abroad. One Temple senior is traveling the world this break through the power of imagination. Math and computer science major, J.B. Parkes, is donning his James Bond best and heading to Mogadishu, Somalia, this spring to gain valuable intelligence on a top-

secret new technology developing in the area. At the very least, he’s going to act like it. Parkes is part of a live action role-playing society, in which people come together and take on characters to act out a unique scenario. “I had done theater in high school and played video games all my life,” Parkes said. “And [live action role-playing] is the love child of these two activities.” This particular game is called “Consortium,” and will be held in Boston, at MIT, which can seem like another country. The buildings around the university will represent landmarks from the real Mogadishu, and Parkes will be part of a secret organization, fighting to get control of the new resources, covering up scandals and dodging unfriendly foam darts from the enemies – all while trying to bring Somalia under the influence of his group. “Today I’m J.B. Parkes,” he said. “But [during] spring break, I might be a 007, working for MI6 to take down a terrorist cell, trying to steal the energy-rich materials for weapons. I can’t wait.” Rachel McDevitt can be reached at rachel.mcdevitt@temple.edu.

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place? Only at the musically indebted Bus Stop Cafe. Along with a full food menu, the Bus Stop Music Cafe features live music three times a week varying from full jazz jams to an acclaimed open mic. Located in Gloucester County, the combination cafe/live music venue/musical equipment store/used record store/ restaurant/music lessons workshop is a true one stop shop for everything related to music and hanging out.


Comedy clubs have been sprouting all throughout the tri-state area throughout the last few years, and it’s no small wonder: There’s been a small but noticeable increase in both funny people and people venturing out for new laughs. There are dozens of comedy outlets in the area, the Comedy Cabaret in South Jersey, one of five of its locations, and has been consistently booking great bills and selling out most shows at the same time. Shows are every Friday and Saturday night, but the more intrepid can test out their first five minutes of material at the Wednesday night open mic.



The proliferation of pizza places with titles featuring words like “famous” or “king” certainly cheapens the allure of potentially great restaurants, but how many can lay claim to being featured on a program called “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”? Panzarotti Pizza King, located in the very-nearby Camden, has been rolling dough for years but only recently was made famous for it by the Food Network. “Generous portions” are promised so don’t plan on leaving with anything but a full stomach. Kevin Stairiker can be reached at kevin.stairiker@temple.edu.

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Treat visitors to real Philadelphia


John Corrigan provides a potential itinerary when hosting visitors new to Philadelphia.

hile hitching a ride to State Patty’s Day, Atlantic City or anywhere other than Broad Street provides plenty of college memories, sometimes your non-Temple friends flock to your North Philly nest for the weekend. How do you show them a good time? Megan Black, sophomore therapeutic recreation major, puts a foreign spin on the standard bar-hopping experience. “When we have a big group, about eight to 10 people, we go sake bombing,” Black said. “We had a few rounds at this place called Nara Japanese Restaurant on Penn’s campus.” If you can prevent yourself from getting sick, your stomach will be aching for some late-night munchies. Diners such as Midtown III on 28 S. 18th St. are open 24 hours and feature sandwiches, breakfast and alcoholic beverages for collegefriendly prices. For the best kept secret in Old City, stop by Pete’s Pizza Joint on Second and Chestnut

streets for a couple of huge slices of pizza or some Philly themed grub such as the Rocky Cheesesteak and “Smokin’ Joe’s Homestyle Chicken Cutlets.” Pete’s serves only pizza after 11 p.m., but you can stuff your face for about $3 a topping-covered slice until 3 a.m. As for the hangover cures, Black said she prefers to stay on campus for some midmorning brunch. “The next morning we usually recover at Owl Breakfast & Lunch,” Black said. “I go with a bacon, egg and cheese or an omelet. Something greasy gets the job done.” Straying off campus leads to numerous brunch destinations such as Green Eggs Café with three locations: South Philadelphia, Northern Liberties and Center City. There you can eat delicious morning fare while saving the environment. Recycling, composting waste and growing herbs and spices on the rooftop garden are essentials of Green Eggs Café management. This is helpful because with dishes such as the

Smoked Atlantic Lox Omelet and Crème Brulee French Toast for about $11, you’ll be too comatose to care about planet Earth. Sick of cereal, egg sandwiches and muffins? Las Cazuelas Restaurant takes brunch south of the border on the weekends with Huevos Rancheros, sunny side up eggs with ranch dressing and ham on tortillas. Even French toast isn’t safe as Las Cazuelas creates Pan a la Francesa, a Mexican variation topped with sweet milk and mixed fruit. Located on 426 W. Girard Ave, the restaurant’s dishes are less than $10. Since partying across campuses is the norm, you don’t have to gather around the Xbox or watch a “Dance Moms” marathon all day until the night time festivities.   Philadelphia offers plenty of fun, affordable activities for the college crowd. As the spring weather rapidly approaches, dust off your Frisbee for the disc golf course at the Sedgley Woods in Fairmount Park.

Whether you’re looking to pass some time or you’re practicing for Temple’s Ultimate Frisbee Club, competitions at Sedgley Woods are free of charge. If you’re interested in absorbing Philadelphia’s vast array of museums, take the road less traveled and check out the Simeone Automotive Museum. For $8 with your student ID, you can tour more than 60 of the rarest racing sports cars from the past half-century. Located at 6825 Norwitch Drive, the car enthusiast’s heaven is only about a sevenmile along I-76. Perhaps you’ve sworn to refrain from imbibing after the night before and need a good chuckle with your buddies. ComedySportz offers an improv contest between two teams vying for laughter from the audience. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this hidden Philadelphia gem blends the intensity of a Flyers game with “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Located at the Playground at the Adrienne on 2030 San-

som St., ComedySportz runs two evening shows every Saturday, which students can enjoy for $14 with their ID. For those who can’t wait eight months until Halloween, Ghost Tours of Philadelphia will test your fear factor with a haunted trolley as well as a ghost hunt. Explore Old City, Society Hill and Independence Park after dark and learn about the history you won’t find in your textbook. Get those tickets in advance for $15 so you can save some cash. So next time you’re scrambling to find a party for your friends, take a chance to appreciate the strategic setting of Main Campus in proximity to the heart of Philadelphia’s vibrant nightlife. John Corrigan can be reached at john.corrigan@temple.edu.




Rail provides easy getaways


Zeglen rounds up a list of short trips students can take using the Regional Rail.

hile growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia with few visits to the nearby city, and only traveling by car, public transportation seemed foreign and glamorous to me. My first foray into the world of SEPTA’s Regional Rail came in high school when several friends and I trekked from Downingtown for a day trip to the Franklin Institute. From this and subsequent trips, the train came to symbolize freedom, an escape from the monotony of tiny Main Streets and quiet roads. Of course – and I’m sure commuters can empathize – now that I rely on it every Thanksgiving and spring break, the Paoli/Thorndale Line seems a lot less exciting and a lot more like another monotonous part of going home. However, the Regional Rail can also provide adventure for those who spend their days within city limits, as most Temple students do. “With more than 70 percent of city workers using public transportation to commute into Philadelphia

each day, when most people think about SEPTA they visualize a hectic rush hour ride,” said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. “But our multi-model system serves five counties and covers 2,202 square miles, and our customers can also use SEPTA to venture out into the tranquil open spaces of the suburbs.” For the days when you just need a change in scenery, there’s no way more efficient – and environmentally friendly – than the Regional Rail. Here’s a quick guide to some out-of-the-way spots ideal for provoking a new mindset.


While Drexel and Penn are accessible by the Market Frankford Line, there are tons of other universities within an hour’s train ride. Saint Joe’s is only four stops away at Overbrook on the Paoli/Thorndale Line, Bryn Mawr is 10 stops and Villanova is 12 stops. Chestnut Hill College is on the Chestnut Hill East line. Philadelphia University can be reached via the Manayunk/ Norristown Line or the 32 bus. Whether the visit is for seeing another take on “Spring Awakening,” checking out a rival

sports team or partying with former high school friends, other schools will surely offer a fresh perspective on our own esteemed university.

this neighborhood of Philadelphia is pretty excellent for a Saturday evening out – if you don’t mind putting up with all of those St. Joe’s and Villanova kids. Start out your night SCOTT ARBORETUM by grabbing Itching for some dinner a nature fix that Despite its at one of the Fairmount Park pubs just can’t satgoofy name, many and small isfy? Located [Manayunk] is restaurants, at Swarthmore College in pretty excellent for like Manayunk Tavern Swarthmore, a Saturday evening or Bayou Bar Pa., the Scott Arboretum fea- out – if you don’t & Grill, then end it by hittures pristine mind putting up ting up some natural landthe local scapes with with all of those of bars. Stanflowers not St. Joe’s and dards like typically found K i l d a r e ’s , within city limVillanova kids. Mad River its – at least not and J.D. in the ground – McGillicuddy’s offer dance such as daffodils, azaleas, lilacs, magnolias and more. The floors and a more typical colgardens’ collections will vary lege scene. Hopping on the depending on the season, but Manayunk/Norristown line to the land is sure to be lovely the Manayunk stop will get and walkable year-round. To you right by the main stretch, check out this little slice of where most places are concenparadise, take the Media/El- trated.

wyn Line to the Swarthmore stop.


Despite its goofy name,


The BMFI is not your average movie theater. Any given night will host a combination of international and

art house standards alongside a box office smash. For instance, this week you can catch both “Silver Linings Playbook” and Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki’s “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” It’s also a community-run non-profit organization that focuses on film education, so your ticket money goes to a good cause. On top of all of this, students get in for $7, all the time. Take the Paoli/Thorndale Line to Bryn Mawr for some alternative film action.


What does Delaware have besides tax-free shopping? In Wilmington, there’s the Grand Opera House, which will host big names like Stephen Sondheim and Melissa Etheridge in the coming months, and the University of Delaware Center for the Performing Arts. In Newark, check out the University of Delaware’s Resident Ensemble Players Theatre, currently showing “Hamlet.” Get to both cities via the aptly titled Wilmington/Newark Line. Julie Zeglen can be reached at julie.zeglen@temple.edu.

The Regional Rail serves not only as a way for commuters to get to and from Main Campus, but also as a way for students to take trips when they want to spend time away from the city. The nearest station to Main Campus is located on Berks Street, between Ninth and 10th streets. | DALEXIS PEGUERO TTN

Old country aligns with modern venues LANCASTER PAGE 7

freshman psychology major, said she goes about 10 times a year when she’s home in her native Lancaster. “We’ve gotten more and more restaurants, and a diversity of restaurants,” Cliff said. “Different ethnic foods, and obviously [Pennsylvania] Dutch cooking.”


Satisfying the stomach can also mean fulfilling retail therapy needs in Lancaster, where the average farmers’ market is seriously outdone. Root’s Country Market just outside the city and Central Market in the downtown area bring crowds of locals and tourists for their charming environment and showcasing of local products, both food and goods. Bridget Boxleitner, a freshman kinesiology major from Lancaster called Central Market “a must” if you are visiting. Shoppers do not have to stop at the markets, however. “We were recently ranked in the Top 25 cities for shopping in the country,” Cliff said. The 300 block of North Queen Street is particularly known for its unique and fun shopping, he added. Baugus said she enjoys antique shopping on Columbia Avenue. The well-known, large shopping mall Park City dwarves, but does not overshadow, downtown Lancaster’s selection of shops, which have what Cliff called a “funky” appeal.


Shopping, amongst other urban activities, takes to the streets

on First Friday, when street vendors and musicians entertain exploring attendees. Galleries stay open later, and dining options are more plentiful due to extended hours and often specialty dishes for First Friday customers. In many ways similar to Philadelphia’s own First Friday events, the Lancaster version also focuses on showcasing local artisans and culture. “I always thought that First Fridays were a Lancaster, or small town, thing,” Baugus said. “It’s really cool, everyone’s so friendly. You can go up and talk to the artists.” As a Lancaster native, Baugus said she and her friends frequent First Friday events. Jennifer Baker, director of the mayor’s office of special events in Lancaster, said that the event brings in as many as 3,000 people a month Lancaster offers a mix of entertainment venues and scenic, old country charms. | CINDY RAU TTN to attend the celebration of the arts. “Launch Music Conference and countryside charm and Amish atFranklin & Marshall College and Gallery. The Ware Center, a part of Festival” will take place in historic tractions, and mix that in with some Millersville University are amongst Millersville University, is a local downtown Lancaster, where aspir- nightlife and city experiences,” Cliff nearby schools that guarantee a colperforming arts center that offers ing musicians can attend panels said. lege-age turnout. traveling students an alternative to and seminars to make connections A weekend getaway in Lancast“[First Fridays offer] innovative Philadelphia’s Liacouras Center. It within the industry along with parer is not a trip into isolated country exhibitions, performance and peroffers everything from opera and ties and concerts. Nearly 200 artists navigable by horse and buggy, but to haps a few surprises,” Baker said. jazz to poetry slams and ballet. of all musical styles from around the a cultural expedition offering itself Theaters and art galleries are in “The director [of The Ware country will be performing. to students open to their neighborgreat abundance making art easily Center] Harvey Owen said there’s Even with the urban appeals ing area. accessible, including The American Music Theater, Sight and Sound something here for everyone, every that Lancaster has to offer, visitors Erin Edinger-Turoff can be reached Theater and the Fulton Theater, night. There’s always something are still only a short drive from natuat erin.edinger-turoff@temple.edu. cool and fun going on,” Cliff said. ral escapades. Scenic experiences which will host productions “A ChoAlong with ongoing events at are in abundance along the Susquerus Line,” “Dream Girls” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor The Ware Center, music lovers who hanna River and surrounding parks. “[Lancaster] allows you to apDreamcoat” this spring. Both mod- need a mental reprieve before the madness of finals may find solace preciate the countryside,” Klinefelern and classic artwork is always on in a specific event in Lancaster next ter said. display in galleries such as the De“You can have a nice mix of muth Museum and Christiane David month, from April 25-28.


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Senior leader gets chance at 3rd base Competition at third base brings out the best in infielder. John Murrow The Temple News Prior to beginning his final season with Temple, senior third baseman Henry Knabe was used primarily as a bench player who occasionally earned a start in the Owls’ lineup. In three seasons with the Owls from 2010-12, Knabe spent time in the field at shortstop, second base and third base. After putting in an offseason in which he primarily focused on his swing, the 5 foot, 11 inch Califon, N.J., native has made a noticeable impact in the offensive production and has been a regular in Temple’s starting lineup through eight games this season. “I think [my success] has a lot to do with the work that I put in this offseason as well as the confidence that comes with being a senior,” Knabe said. Through his three years with Temple, Knabe compiled a .257 batting average with eight doubles, one triple, two home runs and 22 RBI. In eight games this season for the Owls, Knabe has started in six games with a batting average of .375, good enough for third best on the team behind sophomore shortstop Nick Lustrino and freshman catcher Michael D’Acunti. Knabe has added nine hits, two doubles, one home run and six RBI to his 2013 résumé. Entering the new season, coach Ryan Wheeler said it was going to be an open competition between junior Derek Peterson, senior Elijah Yarborough and


Knabe. Through eight games, Wheeler has moved Peterson to first base while Knabe and Yarborough continue to battle over playing time at third base. “We have Knabe, Yarborough and Peterson, and it has just been a battle since Day One in the fall,” Wheeler said. “Just when one guy starts to pull ahead, the other guy seems to rise to the occasion and pass them.” “We ended up moving Peterson over to first; it was the only way to get at least two of the three in the lineup at the same time,” Wheeler added. “Right now we are kind of just letting it play out and one of them will emerge I am sure, but right now everybody seems to be doing a good job contributing.” In the Owls’ first game of the season against Wright State, it was Knabe that got the start at third base. To this point, he has proven to Wheeler he has earned the opportunity. “[Knabe] started off swinging the bat very well so that has put him maybe a little bit ahead of [Yarborough],” Wheeler said. “They have both done a real nice job for us. It’s going to continue to play itself out. If there is one thing that sort of puts Knabe ahead, it’s his offensive production.” The offensive success Knabe has had early this season did not come without hard work. As a player who has been unhappy with his swing in the past, Knabe practiced at the Jack Cust Baseball Academy in Flemington, N.J., during Summer 2012. “I worked a lot on staying through the ball, keeping my hands through the ball, trying to back spin it to all fields and started working on my hands a

little more, changing my stride and making sure my hands were getting through the ball,” Knabe said. This season, Knabe has found himself primarily hitting either third or fourth in Wheeler’s lineup and earning the reputation as a power threat. Along with his hard work off the field, Knabe has proven that he can be a leader of the Owls this year. “[Knabe] has been around for three years now and he understands what it takes to go through a season,” Wheeler said. “He’s played quite a bit over his time. He does a good job at helping the younger players and he has been really helpful in talking to them and trying to help them to understand the ups and downs of the season.” “Henry is a savvy vet. He’s one of the best,” Peterson said. “He has had a lot of experience, he really knows the game inside and out, and he has prepared a lot of us newcomers and freshmen of what to expect, while making us feel very comfortable.” While Knabe has achieved his goal of making an offensive impact early in the season, he said he will not be completely satisfied until he sees Temple in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament at the end of May in Charlotte, N.C. “I would really like to make the playoffs and win some games there too,” Knabe said. “I haven’t been there yet in my time with Temple so I would really love to go to the tournament.” John Murrow can be reached at john.murrow@temple.edu or on Twitter @JohnMurrow12.

High-scoring first halves propel undefeated Owls The lacrosse team outshot opponents 70-38 in the first half to start the season. BRIEN EDWARDS The Temple News LACROSSE Despite Lafayette starting the first period of its game against the Owls on March 2 with three unanswered goals, the stat sheet favored Temple by the end of the first period – again. “I think we just come out strong, playing as a team,” freshman attacker Rachel Schwaab said. Consistently being able to take several first half advantages against opponents has been important in leading Temple to its second consecutive 4-0 record. “We have been trying to play a fast-paced game at times and see what we can find, so that leads to a lot of shooting,” coach Bonnie Rosen said. In its 15-12 victory against the Leopards, Temple’s runs of three and five unanswered goals were created by early shot opportunities. At the end of the first period, Temple had a total of 18 shot attempts, scoring on half of them. In comparison, Lafayette recorded 13 shot attempts. Having the first half advantage in that category has been essential for the Owls all season. “We’ve been trying to push an aggressive pace,” Rosen said. “An aggressive style that leads to taking a few more shots.” In the second half of games, Temple has outshot its opponents 46-33, but in the first half, the disparity is much larger.

During its four-game winning streak, Temple has attempted 70 shots in first halves, while opponents have attempted 38. “We like to set the tone,” senior midfielder Charlotte Swavola said. “It’s something that we strive to do. And by setting a tone, you set an example. So that if the first line sets a tone, anyone coming in after that is part of it and is on the same wavelength.” “We focus a lot on getting the right shots. Not taking the shots that we’re not sure of,” Schwaab said. Of the 70 first half shot attempts, 53 have been on goal and 32 resulted in points for the Owls. “Obviously we care most about finishing our shots not just taking shots,” Rosen said. “I think overall our attack has been smart and looking for good opportunities, taking risks when necessary. I’ve been happy with our overall offensive production.” A 32 goal production off of 53 on goal attempts gives Temple a 60 percent scoring percentage in the first half. For the Owls, their shot percentage is largely attributed to their ability to stay poised and prepare in the days preceding games, Swavola said. “It’s usually an experience thing to develop the discipline, to know what is a good opportunity and our younger players have had a really good head for it, so far,” she said. “We’re willing to work to get that really good look on goal, instead just the one that’s there right now.” “As far as the good shooting percentage, we do a lot of individual work,” Swavola added. “We really promote it within

our own team to go out, have the work ethic and discipline to go out and practice their shots.” Other first half statistics have helped the Owls continue to add to their unblemished record. In the four games played this season, Temple has yet to go into the second period with a deficit on the scoreboard. Evening the score or taking a lead going into halftime has played a crucial role in close wins against Rutgers and Lafayette, while big leads have given the Owls the cushion they needed to defeat Niagara and Lehigh. “It’s always great to get out ahead in the goal scoring or to get out by a bunch of goals to give the cushion,” Rosen said. “It allows an early season team and a younger team to settle in. So it’s been great to take the lead early and it gives us the cushion to keep pushing without worrying about getting scored on.” “I think we can be a lot better,” Rosen added. “I think there is a lot more to our game than what we’ve seen in terms of the way we’ve attacked, but really, this kind of goal production has been great.” Against Lafayette, the Owls started the game poorly, but finished the first half strong, like they have four games in a row. With a quarter of the regular season at a close and a perfect record achieved, Temple will try to continue starting games with the same aggressive offense in hopes that it will continue breeding the same results. Brien Edwards can be reached at brien.edwards@temple.edu or on Twitter @BErick1123.

The men’s gymnastics team will host its second home meet of the season on March 23. Gymnastics hosts three home meets combined this season. | KELSEY DUBINSKY TTN

Gymnasts travel for meets Budget PAGE 20 schedule this year are trips to Illinois, Colorado and California. Even though men’s and women’s gymnastics competes so often on the road, both sides agree that it does not affect their performance. “We leave in enough time beforehand so we can get a good night’s rest before,” men’s coach Fred Turoff said. “So it won’t affect the competition, we’re OK with that and we’re used to it.” “I think that at this level, these gymnasts have been trained so well that they can do a routine pretty much any time of the day whenever called on,” Murphy said. “Whether it’s us getting out of a bus or climbing out of a 15 passenger van, at this point, whatever the circumstance, they should be able to get out and perform.” Student-athletes on the men’s and women’s gymnastics teams said that while they’d like to have more meets on campus, they accept traveling as a reality of competing in a Division I sport.

“It doesn’t really bother me traveling a lot,” John Leonard, a junior on the men’s gymnastics team, said. “It does take up a lot of time, but that doesn’t really affect me too much.” “I think it would be great to have more home meets,” Heather Zaniewski, a junior and team captain of the women’s team, said. “It would be a lot better to have that home atmosphere, the home crowd and everything. It is obviously a lot easier and it makes you a lot more excited to be there. Just not having to travel and be right at home, it really makes your competition and the spirit of the whole entire team a lot better.” Although both Turoff and Murphy agree that traveling does not affect their team’s performances, both also agree that they would like to have more home meets if the budget could allow it. “It would be nice [to have more home meets],” Turoff said. “But I won’t do it unless the budget gets increased, and it’s just one of those things that

I have to work with; all of us coaches have to work with it.” With extra budget money for home meets, Murphy talked about his desire for Temple to host a dual meet, meaning men’s and women’s gymnastics would compete simultaneously against another school that also has a men’s and women’s gymnastics program. “[Turoff] would bring in a men’s team, and I would bring in the women’s team and we would compete together at the same time,” Murphy said. “And if I was able to have that, oh my gosh, it would be killer.” “I think that it would be awesome to have more home meets because we would have more recognition,” Murphy added. “People would know that our men’s and women’s programs exist here.” Samuel Matthews can be reached at samuel.matthews@temple.edu.

Despite losing season, Owls continue play BASKETBALL PAGE 20 While the Owls’ inconsistency this season has been highly documented, it’s their tendency to play down to their opponents’ level that has baffled Cardoza the most. Xavier had lost eight of its previous 12 games before knocking off Temple. “That’s been the most frustrating thing,” Cardoza said. “You beat Syracuse who’s a Top 25 team. You play at St. Joe’s when they’ve had a great year, and you take them into overtime. And then you go to Kent State who’s won three games and you don’t pull that out. And then there’s games down the stretch where all you have to do is make one play, and because of whatever, we don’t make that one play.” Senior center Victoria Macaulay, who played her final home game in the loss against Fordham on Sunday, March 3, is not used to entering the first round of the conference tournament as the proverbial underdog. The Owls were a combined 72-28 in her first three years at Temple, but the team’s transi-

tion season has taken a toll on its senior leader. “It’s rough,” Macaulay said. “You don’t ever want to be in this position and for a long time. [Cardoza] has basically been begging us to just do all of the little things, and we still have not done it. That’s why our record is the way it is, because we’re not disciplined.” The disheartening season hasn’t been easy on one particular rookie, either. Freshman forward Sally Kabengano, who has started 25 games and is fifth on the team in scoring at six points per game, said she hopes the team can learn from and build off its struggles. “It’s been really tough,” Kabengano said. “You don’t want to see something like this, of course. You want to win, you want to do well. But we have to see it as a lesson. You don’t want to feel the way we feel and you don’t want to look the way we look.” Unless Temple can rip off a string of upsets and win the A-10 tournament, its season will come to an end following

this weekend’s activities. Below .500 teams do not qualify for the WNIT, and knocking off the likes of conference rivals Dayton (26-1, 14-0), Charlotte (24-4, 13-1), Fordham (22-7, 12-2), St. Joe’s (20-8, 11-3) and Duquesne (22-6, 11-3) seems like an insurmountable task for Cardoza’s Owls. However, Xavier is seemingly beatable, and sleeper teams making deep runs in postseason tournaments is nothing new. If the Owls can get their heads on straight and do the little things that Cardoza asks, Macaulay said Temple is not to be ruled out just yet. “Some people may be hot, some people may be cold,” Macaulay said. “It all depends on the players. If we really want it, we can get it.” Tyler Sablich can be reached at tyler.sablich@temple.edu or on Twitter @TySablich.


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Tournament berth doesn’t forgive forgettable season

JAKE ADAMS Double Dribble

Owls back their way into A-10 tournament after a frustrating season wrought with losses.


fter 29 gut-wrenching games, the regular season is finally over. And the Owls (12-17, 5-9 Atlantic 10 Conference) can focus on the only thing left that matters: Win the A-10 tournament.

Temple took its grand ol’ time to figure out if it was an A-10 tournament team. Right up until the end it kept everyone, probably including itself, guessing. “It’s been really tough,” freshman forward Sally Kabengano said. “You don’t want a season like this, of course. You want to win, you want to do well.” “You don’t ever want to be in this position, and for a long time coach has been basically begging us to do all the little things and we still have not yet done it,” senior center Victoria Macaulay said. It’s an interesting story, how the team got to this point. The season started when last season ended. When the all-too-often-mentioned Shey Peddy, Kristen McCarthy and BJ Williams graduated, they left behind a huge void that needed to be filled. The next blow was losing sophomore guard Monaye

Merritt to an ACL tear in May 2012, forcing fellow sophomore Tyonna Williams to take her place at the point. The transition wasn’t easy and as much as Williams played well this year, all parties probably can’t wait to have the right pieces back next season. The Owls spent the months leading up to the season—and let’s be honest, many games this season—scrambling to figure out how and where everyone fit in. The only sure lock was Macaulay, but even she didn’t play like the star she should have been every game. The experimentation gave mixed results. At times, the Owls played like a young, talented and scrappy squad. Then there was the mistake prone, unproven and even unenthusiastic Temple team that showed up. Sometimes the two sides would make an appearance multiple times in the same game. “And then there’s games where, down the stretch, all you

have to do is make one play,” coach Tonya Cardoza said of the most challenging season of her coaching tenure. “And because of whatever, we don’t make that one play.” Simply put, they lacked senior leadership. The Owls opened the season with three wins in the first four games. The contests were low-scoring, typical of a Cardoza-coached team. December through January was one of the most grueling stretches in recent memory. Youth finally reared its ugly head during a six-game skid that mercifully ended with a win against Western Michigan. And the A-10 season, well, it had its ups and downs. The Owls never won three games in a row during the conference season. The Owls had some great games this season, starting with their 74-67 comeback victory at home against then-unbeaten Syracuse. An overtime loss to

rival St. Joseph’s University and keeping pace with the class of the A-10, Dayton, for 30 minutes showed just how tough the Owls could be at their best against top competition. But the season was also marred by bad losses. Just days after upsetting the Orange in November, Temple played one of its worst games of the season, losing to previously winless Kent State, 71-62. The Owls’ loss to Virginia Commonwealth University nearly cost them a seed in the A-10 tournament, as their fate remained undecided until the final week. And Temple forgot to show up in a 71-55 drubbing at the hands of La Salle, a team that was 5-13 at the time. “That’s been the most frustrating thing, the inconsistency,” Cardoza said. “You play Syracuse and you beat Syracuse, who’s a Top 25 team,” Cardoza added. “You play St. Joe’s when you haven’t had a great year and you take

them into overtime. And then you go to Kent State, who’s won three games, and you don’t pull that out.” And let’s not forget the Duquesne game, when Macaulay and redshirt-junior forward Natasha Thames were benched for lack of effort. That’s about as low as low points get. But somehow, someway, this squad managed to hold it together just long enough to get to where it is now. The A-10 Tournament, where records don’t matter and it’s all about who can get hot. “You don’t want to feel this way we’re feeling, you don’t want to look the way we look,” Kabengano said. “So it’s been a lesson and hopefully we learn from it.” The marathon is over. Now it’s a sprint to the finish. Jake Adams can be reached at jacob.adams@temple.edu or on Twitter @jakeadams520.

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nary offensive basketball player,” Dunphy added. “He can do things that others cannot at a pace that is unbelievable. It looks like he is going in slow motion. He has a great feel for the game and he is as intelligent of a player as I have ever coached.” Dunphy has coached his share of scoring champions at Temple. Aside from Christmas’ three straight years leading the conference, Ramone Moore led the conference in scoring for much of last year. A late lapse in scoring contributed to dropping to third on the season-ending list. Moore’s scoring average dipped in each of his last seven games to close last season out, dropping from 18.8 to 17.3. Wyatt has seen the inverse trend. Since Jan. 19, Wyatt has scored 30 or more three times, and his average has risen from 16.1 to 19.6. As the average soars, so does Wyatt’s confidence. “[Wyatt] is an extremely confident player,” redshirt-senior forward Scootie Randall said. “He is going to come out

and bring whatever it takes to help us win and that’s his whole mindset.” The numbers don’t always tell the full story, however. While Temple is in the midst of a tournament push, Wyatt has been at his best, and comes up big in key moments. Hitting the game-winning shot against Dayton on Feb. 9 preserved a victory that would have looked very poor on the Owls’ March résumé. Last Thursday, against Detroit, Wyatt scored zero first half points. He followed that up with a 20-point second half, including 12 points in the final two minutes. Among these were a banked-in three pointer and another deep ball made off-balanced with a defender in his face. Wyatt’s performance elevated the team to an 83-78 victory. “You live with Khalif doing some of those things because of his ability to live in the moment and make great plays,” Dunphy said. “I let the game come to me,” Wyatt said. “I don’t take

that many shots, I don’t force that many shots. Points and averages don’t really come into my mind.” Wyatt has been crucial to Temple’s late-season success, but a scoring title and the possibility of winning the Player of the Year award are not a concern that Dunphy, or the rest of the Owls are worried about. “[Wyatt] has won a lot of awards in his life,” Randall said. “He is going to bounce back from it either way and won’t let it interrupt anything that we have going on.” “I hope he downplays [the award], because the reality is that it’s not that important because it is an individual award,” Dunphy said. “He will look back on it later and say it’s nice, but it is not a discussion he and I will have. I don’t ever talk about individual things.” With teams keying in on Wyatt, scoring hasn’t been as easy. Wyatt said one of the biggest challenges this season compared to last was the way he is being defended. “It’s harder to score, teams

try to not let me catch the ball and frustrate me,” Wyatt said. “It comes with the territory I guess. It’s about going out there and staying focused for 40 minutes and just playing your game, don’t let anybody decide how you play.” Whether or not Wyatt lets other team’s pressure affect his play or mentality is unknown. Dunphy acknowledged that Wyatt has matured this season, but that pressure to perform every night could be a factor. “I would hope [there is no pressure], but there probably is,” Dunphy said. “The pressure does get to you on occasion, but as Billie Jean King once said, ‘Pressure is a privilege.’ He is a privileged guy to have everyone looking to him to score. The other part of that is that other teams don’t want him to score.” Dunphy only quoted half of King’s line. The full quote reads: “Pressure is a privilege, and champions adjust.” Ibrahim Jacobs can be reached at ibrahim.jacobs@temple.edu or on Twitter @ibrahimjacobs.

New recruits adjust to city, grow accustomed to doubles Sam Rundle and Santiago Canete join tennis from Australia and Spain. EVAN CROSS The Temple News Sam Rundle has been in Philadelphia for six weeks. So far, he only sees a few differences between the city and his hometown of Perth, Australia. “I’ve never had this kind of weather, like snow, in Australia,” Rundle, a freshman, said. “The cars driving on the other side of the road, and the measuring system, like pounds and miles, are different. It’s pretty similar [otherwise].” Rundle and his teammate, freshman Santiago Canete, are both new to Temple after joining the men’s tennis team this semester. So far this season, Rundle is 0-4 in singles matches, all in the sixth flight. Canete, a native of Madrid, Spain, is 4-4 in singles, playing five matches in flight four and two in flight five. “I think I’m doing pretty well,” Canete said. “I started out winning my first singles matches. I’m happy, and I think it will be better.”


Mauro said the Owls benIn doubles, Canete is 3-4. Most of those matches have efit from outdoor courts. been played in the first flight “We’ll have a better chance with senior Kacper Rams. Run- [when we play outside] because dle is 4-3 so far, usually playing the surface is a little bit slower,” with sophomore Kristian Mar- Mauro said. “That helps some quart in flight three. In Canete of our players, especially Sanand Rundle’s first doubles tiago.” match, they played with each On Saturday, Canete faced other, defeating senior Ricardo George Washington senior AlGarcia and sophomore Francesc exander van Gils, losing 6-4, Terns-Campius 8-1 in the sec- 6-2. This was Canete’s biggest ond flight. challenge of the season so far, “[Santiago] is getting bet- as van Gils was named to the ter and better,” Atlantic 10 AllConference first coach Steve Mauro said. “He team last seawill be a good son. college player “Santiago by the end of the played a kid season.” who was probCanete said ably one of the the biggest difbest players in ference between the A-10 last tennis in Spain year,” Mauro and tennis in the said. “He fought U.S. is the speed hard. The match of the courts. was actually Santiago Canete / freshman close, just a few “Here they play a much points here or faster style of there where I tennis,” Canete said. “In Spain I think it could have changed the would have to rally a lot of balls outcome of the match.” from the back of the court. Here, Meanwhile, Rundle played there are much more volleys.” junior Viktor Svensson, and lost “In Australia, everything’s 6-2, 6-2. outdoors, and here everything’s “I’ve seen Sam play a lot indoors,” Rundle said. “I guess better,” Mauro said. “Sam has it’s the same for other players, improved every match. Today but it did take a while to adjust.” was a little bit of a setback.

“In Spain I

would have to rally a lot of balls from the back of the court. Here, there are much more volleys.

I don’t know what exactly it was.” Rundle lives in the Edge near Main Campus, saying that “it’s nice” and he “couldn’t ask for anything else.” He said he also has been doing some sightseeing. “I’ve been around campus with the tennis team, and a couple of my friends that live off campus,” Rundle said. “I’ve also been into the city, which is quite nice.” While Canete is enjoying Philadelphia, he said he prefers Spain. “My homeland is much better,” Canete said. “I like it here, the only problem is the language. I lived in the states when I was [7 years old], and I’ve been to a British school in Madrid, but I don’t know too much. I’m learning now, trying to improve.” Rundle and Canete both said they can compete in the NCAA. “I think I’m getting better every day,” Rundle said. “I’m happy,” Canete said. “I think I will get better.” Evan Cross can be reached at evan.cross@temple.edu or on Twitter @EvanCross.

TRACK PAGE 20 the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America for the men’s team and Eastern College Athletic Conference championship meets for the women’s team, and with it came some positive results and few regrets, Mobley said. “We had some really good performances that we were happy about,” Mobley said. “Both meets feature [NCAA D-I Championship meet] competitors, and even though we didn’t have any this year, it was good to see how we performed and matched up with that level of competition.” The season’s final weekend saw a few Temple runners turn in personal-best performances that kept Mobley happy. Junior sprinter Lionel Wilson crossed at a personal-record time of 48.54 seconds in the 400-meter dash Saturday, and sophomore distance runner Alex Izewski nearly broke alumnus Travis Mahoney’s 3,000-meter school record of eight minutes and 20.8 seconds, crossing with a mark of 8:21.34. Mobley also pointed out a 4x4 relay team consisting of Wilson, senior Damian Myers, junior Carlton Stafford and junior Gabe Pickett that produced a 15th place finish in 3:15.86, the relay’s fastest time all season. “We ended on a good note for the men’s season,” Mobley said. “You always wish you could have gotten more from everybody across the board, but overall we had a good weekend and it was a good end of the season for us.” The women’s bout in the ECAC meet saw sophomore thrower Margo Britton place as the runner-up in the shot put, as Britton tossed a 14.99-meter throw in the final round. Junior Anna Pavone, sophomore Michelle Davis-Timothy, senior Tonney Smith and sophomore Jenna Dubrow also impressed with an 11:43.63 finish in the distance medley relay, eclipsing the school record of 11:55.61 set by the same group a week prior in the Atlantic 10 Conference championship meet. “The women’s team this year has been another example of just realizing how good you can be by working toward becoming a better team and teammates to each other,” Mobley said. With the spring season starting March 22 at the University of South Carolina with the Weems Baskin Invitational, the Owls will have nearly three weeks to reflect and prepare for the upcoming season. For Mobley’s brief time of

reflection and assessment, everything comes back to working as a team in the so-called “individual sport” of track & field. “Overall, it was a solid indoor season,” Mobley said. “We had some really good performances. The level of consistency could be a little bit better depending on the level of meet and maybe just continuing to come together as a team could help. I thought we worked on that toward the end of the year, and it’s something we’ll continue to work toward in spring.” Andrew Parent can be reached at andrew.parent@temple.edu or on Twitter @daParent93.

BRAY RESIGNS TO TAKE JOB AT PITTSBURGH Adam Bray resigned from his positions as head coach of the cross country teams and assistant to the men’s and women’s track & field teams, coach Eric Mobley said Sunday. Bray left Temple after accepting a full-time distance coaching position with the University of Pittsburgh in January. The position will remain vacant for the remainder of the spring season, Mobley said. “He was only part-time here,” Mobley said. “I’m coaching them right now, and we’ll open the search up for the fall at the end of outdoor season.” Bray’s departure marked the second distance coaching change in roughly four months for Mobley’s Owls after former distance coach Matt Jelley also left Temple for greener pastures in August, accepting a full-time distance coaching position with the University of Maryland. “[The distance team] has undergone the most changes with losing their coach in the fall and losing another coach in the middle of the indoor season,” Mobley said. “They’ve done very well with the coaching changes. They’ve really gotten together and focused on the running and not worrying about the stuff that was outside of their control.”

-Andrew Parent

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Owls to face Xavier in A-10s Women’s basketball earns No. 10 seed for conference tourney. Tyler Sablich The Temple News

The women’s gymnastics team travels for nine of its 10 matches this season due to budgetary constraints. The cost to host its lone home match, the Ken Anderson Invitational, was $8,885, coach Aaron Murphy said. | KELSEY DUBINSKY TTN

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL As losers of five straight, the Owls have managed to backpedal their way to a spot in this weekend’s Atlantic 10 Conference tournament. In the midst of its worst season since 2002-03, Temple (12-17, 5-9 A-10) has locked up the No. 10 seed and will take on No. 7 Xavier (13-15, 7-7 A-10) on Friday, March 8, at St. Joseph’s University in the Hagan Arena. “[I expect them] to play with the passion and the desire to win,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “We might have glimpses of that, but not for 40 minutes. So I think going into the [Xavi-

er] game, if we’re committed and we stay together and defensively we’re communicating, that’s all you can ask for. If shots go in then that’s fine, but it’s the little things.” Temple and Xavier will go into the first round with a strong familiarity of each other, having played just two weeks ago at McGonigle Hall. The Owls lost a heartbreaker when Xavier redshirt-senior forward Jessica Pachko sunk the game-winning layup with six seconds remaining, and sophomore point guard Tyonna Williams failed to hit the buzzer-beater. Pachko, who had 14 points and nine rebounds in the win against Temple, is second on the team in scoring and first in rebounding, averaging 10 points and seven boards per game. Redshirt-senior forward, Amber Gray leads the Musketeers in scoring at 11 points per game.


Track concludes Balancing the budget indoor season Coaches decide to limit home meets due to budget constraints. Samuel Matthews The Temple News


aron Murphy has been walking through Temple’s campus as the coach of the women’s gymnastics team for seven years now, not that many students know it. “It’s bad enough that there are cases that I’ve been walking around campus, and I happen to have a Temple gymnastics sweatshirt on and someone comes up to me and goes, ‘Oh, we have gymnastics at Temple?’” Murphy said. Due to budgetary confinements and the way gymnastics is judged, the men’s and wom-

en’s gymnastics teams have a total of three home meets this season combined. That ranks last among Temple sports teams that have the ability to host home events on Main Campus. Using women’s gymnastics lone home meet of the season, the Ken Anderson Memorial Invitational as an example, the total cost of hosting the event was $8,885, Murphy said. That total came from the cost to set up the equipment for the event, and to pay judges, announcers and scorekeepers. Union workers must be paid to set up the mats, vault, bars, balance beam and other necessary equipment that it takes to host a gymnastics meet. Murphy said the cost of set-up for the Ken Anderson Memorial Invite totaled $6,200. In addition to the set-up costs, judges must be brought

in, paid for their services and compensated for travel. A Division I gymnastics meet is only allowed to have half of the judges within a 50-mile radius to the school to score the competition. Since the Ken Anderson Memorial Invite had four events running, eight judges – two for each event – had to be brought in. Four judges came from within a 50-mile radius of Temple and four came from outside 50 miles. All judges are compensated for travel. For the Ken Anderson Memorial Invite, the cost of judge’s expenses totaled $2,385, Murphy said. In addition, Temple paid $300 for scoreboard operators and announcers, bringing the total to $8,885 for the women’s team’s only home meet of the season. That $8,885 is a direct hit

on the women’s gymnastics budget, making it very hard to schedule more than a couple of home meets per season. However, Senior Associate Athletic Director Kristen Foley said the number of home meets per season is a decision that is made by coaches. “We allow our coaches to decide the scheduling parameters,” Foley said. “We allocate a certain budget for all of our sports and they certainly can decide how many home and away meets that they want.” Foley declined to specify the budget details for gymnastics or other sports. With the money that men’s and women’s gymnastics saves by not having frequent home meets, they are able to travel all across the country to compete. Most notably on the gymnastics

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Men and women set personal bests at championship meets. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News

TRACK & FIELD While discussing the idea that track & field is more commonly regarded as an individual sport rather than a team sport, Eric Mobley challenged that notion. “[Track & field] has a lot of individual events, but if you don’t act like a team with the same goal in mind, you just have a bunch of individuals out there,” Mobley said. “You don’t have a clear idea of how good a team we can be if you don’t start having that mindset in which if you become better teammates, the team gets better.

“That’s when you get that whole team aspect and invest it in the program itself and your teammates,” Mobley added. “Otherwise, you just have a bunch of individuals doing their own thing out there. That’s what all track & field programs try to work toward and that’s what we’re working toward also.” In that respect, the fifthyear track & field coach feels this past indoor season was a successful one for both the men’s and women’s teams. “This indoor season has given athletes an idea of what to expect for spring,” Mobley said. “We spend this season focusing on becoming a better team and I think the indoor season was really good with that.” The indoor season ended Sunday with the conclusion of


Wyatt makes case for A-10 POY Senior guard could win first POY award in 13 seasons. IBRAHIM JACOBS Assistant Sports Editor K h a lif Wyatt is trying to bring an honor back to the men’s basketball team that Temple hasn’t had in 13 years: the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year award. Averaging a conferencebest 19.6 points per game with two regular season games remaining, the senior guard is creeping closer to capturing the scoring title and, potentially, Player of the Year honors. It is a possibility, as much as he doesn’t want to think about it. “[The Player of the Year award] will just come with me playing the way I have been and trying to win as many games as possible,” Wyatt said. “If we win and I play well, anything can happen. But it’s just about trying to win and doing what my


teammates need me to do.” Temple, despite being the A-10’s all-time leader in schools who have had a player win the Player of the Year honor, has not had a representative since Pepe Sánchez in 2000. In Temple’s final year in the conference, Wyatt is looking to become the school’s 10th, and last, A-10 Player of the Year. “[Winning the honor] would mean a lot,” Wyatt said. “The Atlantic 10 is a great conference with great players and this is probably the best the conference has been since I have been here. To be the A-10 Player of the Year would mean a lot to me and my teammates and my coaches.” His résumé includes a 19.6 points per game mark, 1.8 points higher than the secondleading scorer, Rhode Island guard Xavier Munford. Despite

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torching the Owls for 30 points last Saturday, Munford has two games left to pass Wyatt. If Wyatt’s average were to remain consistent as the season ends, Munford would need to average 44.2 points in each of his last two contests to tie Wyatt. Wyatt has a good chance of becoming the first Te m p l e player to lead the conference in scoring since Dionte Christmas in 2009. “ I t ’s been very fun,” Wyatt said about the scoring Fran Dunphy / coach run. “My teammates have been depending on me and I have been coming up for them. There’s no added pressure, I just try to take what the defense gives me and do whatever it takes to win.”


we need a basket, that’s who we turn to because he can not only score, he can create opportunities.

The Player of the Year award, however, is not always given to the conference’s highest scorer. Christmas failed to win the honor despite leading the conference in scoring for three straight seasons. When Andrew Nicholson of St. Bonaventure led the A-10 in scoring and collected the honor last season, it was the first time the scoring title and Player of the Year award were aligned since 2005. Wyatt, however, can do more than score. Averaging 4.1 assists per game, Wyatt ranks seventh in the conference. Facilitating, as well as his ability to take over a game, leads to his success, coach Fran Dunphy said. “He wants the ball in his hands at the most critical times,” Dunphy said. “Whenever we need a basket, that’s who we turn to because he can not only score, he can create opportunities as well.” “He is just an extraordi-

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Henry Knabe gets the first significant playing time of his career as a senior at third base. Sports@temple-news.com

Senior guard Khalif Wyatt averages 19.6 points per game, which leads the A-10. | MAGGIE TRAPANI TTN

TWO PAIR, p. 19 Sam Rundle and Santiago Canete join the tennis team from Australia and Spain, respectively.

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