SPORTS The game against South Florida represented a homecoming in more ways than one.
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SUBWAY ODE, p. 6
Bri Bosak writes a traditional ode to SEPTA, critiquing a controversial Facebook page.
MODERN MESSAGE, p. 7
In a guest column, Brandon Baker explains how he came out to his mother – in an email.
BIG CONCERT, p. 12
See photos from the Big Sean concert in print and online.
Player faces kidnapping, assault charges
Security instructed to confiscate old ID cards
Arrested junior defensive tackle is removed from team while charges pend.
Guards and police officers are ordered to confiscate invalid Owl Cards.
SEAN CARLIN JOEY CRANNEY The Temple News The football team has temporarily cut ties with junior starting defensive tackle Kamal Johnson pending the outcome of his weekend arrest on charges of kidnapping and assault, the university announced yesterday, Oct. 8. A Temple student reported a Sept. 27 incident on the 1600 block of North 15th Street to police on Thursday, Oct. 4. The 21-year-old female told police that her boyfriend forced himself into her apartment, assaulted her and locked her inside a bedroom for more than three hours, refusing to let her leave. The student was released at 3:52 a.m. the following morning after the alleged incident, according to police. The student reported the incident to the police a week later and showed signs of scratches, bruising and a contusion on her head, a spokeswoman with the police department said. The student told police her boyfriend had been abusive to her during the couple’s three-year relationship. Johnson turned himself in to the Philadelphia Police Department’s Central Detective Division on Friday, Oct. 5, a spokeswoman with the police department said. He was charged with kidnapping for ransom, unlawful restraint, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and false imprisonment. A preliminary hearing for
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The area near Main Campus faces challenges with integration between students and residents. A task force was commissioned last fall to target the issues. Its findings are set to be made public next week.| TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN
13 months later, neighbor relations report to debut The report suggests new positions, initiatives and money be established to boost relations. SEAN CARLIN News Editor
ore than a year after it was commissioned, a task force charged with evaluating student-community relations is set to release its findings within the next week. The Community and Student Off Campus Issues and Concerns Task Force was formed in September 2011 by then-President Ann Weaver Hart and tasked with analyzing and developing recommendations for a “comprehensive approach to addressing and changing destructive, unsafe, and uncivil student behaviors in the neighborhood communities surrounding” Main Campus, ac-
cording to a copy of the report provided to The Temple News on yesterday, Oct. 8. Acting President Richard Englert said the report would be published online within the next week. The report, dated Feb. 7, lays out five recommendation areas and 22 strategies to help “Temple move forward with efficacy and unity to promote a strong and healthy campus and community.” The report includes a proposed “annual budget” of $551,020 that would be used for new resources – including salaries for new positions, employee benefits and program budgets. Dean of Students Stephanie Ives, who chaired the task force, said the total amount does not necessarily need to be allocated in one year.
Of the recommendations, two were made before the final report was submitted and have been approved. The first was a recommendation that requires students to update their local addresses twice a year, which will be implemented through a question about a living address when logging into TUportal. Ives said the process of asking students to update their addresses will begin on tomorrow, Oct. 10. The other recommendation already approved was the creation of a public affairs specialist position within University Communications who would develop plans focusing on positive interactions between students and the community, according to the report. Assistant Vice President of University Communications Ray Betzner said the position was created
with the elimination of a staff writer’s position and Jazmyn Burton was named to the post. Ives said that approximately 10 recommendations are in the discussion phase at the moment. The report’s first recommendation area centered on a revision of the student conduct process that includes a rubric for behavioral violations and streamlined process that is resolved within three to five days of the referral of the incident. Ives said the expedited process would lead to a better connection between students’ consequences and actions. “Our student conduct process is extraordinarily efficient, but we were looking for ways to make it even more so,” Ives
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Temple security officers began confiscating expired Owl Cards from students and faculty who have not yet converted to the new cards that were distributed earlier this school year. Both AlliedBarton security officers and Temple Police have been directed to confiscate the older cards from students and faculty if individuals try and use them to enter campus buildings or parking lots, said Capt. Jeffrey Chapman of Campus Safety Services. “Those Owl Cards, someone could have been expelled from [the] university and still gain access...we don’t want those IDs circulating,” Chapman said. “They are meaningless. They don’t work for anything.” The confiscation of IDs from students and faculty who have not yet received their new cards began on Oct. 1, and has stirred up at least one dispute. Joyce Lindorff, a keyboard professor at the Boyer College of Music and Dance, said that while walking into the Tuttleman Learning Center entrance to Paley Library on Thursday, Oct. 4, she witnessed one of her graduate students upset with a security officer. Lindorff said the security officer was arguing with the student, who was asking for her identification back. The security officer had a stack of old Owl Cards that she had confiscated
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CeaseFire to receive Drop in crime comes with cost $1.5 million grant Program run by the School of Medicine targets youth in combating violence. KATE KELLY The Temple News Philadelphia CeaseFire, a violence reduction program run through the School of Medicine’s Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy, will receive a $1.5 million federal grant that will allow it to continue fighting gun violence in Philadelphia. CeaseFire is modeled after an initiative that started in Chicago and has spread to more than 15 cities and five countries around the world. “The program itself is a public health violence intervention program that was actually
started in Chicago about 12 years ago,” Philadelphia CeaseFire program director Marla Davis Bellamy said. “It was founded by an epidemiologist in Chicago who thought that he could utilize his public health approach to stop the spread of disease, of HIV/AIDS in Africa, to stop the spread of violence in Chicago.” Treating violence as a disease to be eradicated, the program uses outreach workers to target “carriers,” or young people engaged in high-risk activity that leads to gun violence, Bellamy said. “What you’re trying to do is identify those people who are engaged in all this high-risk activity so if in fact you are able to infiltrate them or able to treat them or provide some type of
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CSS credits a $2 million initiative started last year as cause for decrease. JAD SLEIMAN The Temple News
A recently released university report shows a nearly 30 percent drop in reported crimes on Main Campus and in surrounding neighborhoods. But the added security didn’t come cheap. Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone credited an extensive $2 million CSS initiative launched early last year as the biggest reason for the decline. The plan largely relied on bringing in increased security patrols from the Philadelphia Police Department, AlliedBarton security con-
tractors and Temple’s own police force. A federally mandated annual security and fire report released by the university on Sept. 28 shows there were 91 crimes reported on or near Main Campus by students, staff and visitors in 2010, and 61 in 2011. The cost then comes to roughly $66,600 per additional crime prevented. The incidents recorded fall under Cleary Act reporting requirements, which cover serious offenses such as murders, robberies, assaults and sexual violations. Daniel Carter, director of the 32 National Campus Safety Index in Centreville, Va., points to the success of the significant, costly security improvements made at the University of Pennsylvania’s campus a decade ago as an example of what Temple may
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Local residents find computer access at Paley Computers at library provide applications, web access free of charge. MICHAEL CHAU The Temple News There are 14 computers in front of Paley Library’s circulation desk that Temple students and faculty cannot use. Instead, these computers are exclusively for public use and are the only provider for public Internet access on Main Campus. Paley Library has an average of 50 to 70 people per day
using the guest computers, said Stefan Del Cotto, bibliographic assistant. Steven Bell, associate university librarian for research and instructional services, said the staff of Paley takes the responsibility of providing public access for computers seriously. “There’s always been that responsibility of being open to the public,” Bell said. “Temple libraries take very seriously the Temple University mission, which is to serve its community.” Some North Philadelphia residents said that they prefer using Paley for Internet access rather than public libraries in
the city. “A lot of high school and middle school kids go [to the Free Library] and a lot of times they don’t have a lot of selfcontrol, so there’s still a lot of noise,” Cassandra Lee, 59, of Mount Airy, said. “Then you still have to wait a lot of times for computers. [At Paley] with the guest computers, the wait is usually not that long.” The number of people that use the guest computers at Paley is on par with the computer usage at the local Free Library of Philadelphia. The closest Free Library to Temple, the Cecil B. Moore branch, is located at 23rd Street
and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. In September, approximately 63 to 72 people per day used the branch’s computers, said branch manager Heather Sparks. While the number of users is similar at both libraries, the Free Library limits usage to 30 minutes a day per person. Paley on the other hand, allows members of the public to use the computers up to two hours a day. The Cecil B. Moore branch is open five days a week, seven to eight hours a day. Paley, on the other hand, is open seven days a week with guest computer services open between 10 and 14 hours a day.
The library is utilized by people other than students. Fifty to 70 non-students use it every day. | AIMEE WANNER TTN
Public access would continue at the proposed library on Broad Street, but the specifics are still undecided, Bell said. Paley helps to ease the shortage of Internet access in the surrounding neighborhood by promoting the program in an area that has a large number of households lacking broadband. Penelope Myers, department head of access services at Paley, said the program is paramount to everyday life. “Let’s face it. We can’t even do anything these days without computers. You can’t even apply for a job at McDonald’s or Fresh Grocer without going online,” Myers said. “So, A, you have to have access to a computer, and, B, you have to know how to use a computer.” At the suggestion of Supervisor of Circulation & Reserve Kathy Lehman, Paley now also employs students specifically to help assist guest computer users. “We help people with their résumés, we help them attach a file, if they’re applying for a job they can send their résumé,” Myers said. “It’s something that we have taken very seriously. But the rest of the university has been slower to catch up.” Temple Libraries brought up the idea of making more computers available for public access at the TECH Center, but the idea was dismissed, Myers said.
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Johnson is scheduled for Oct. 23. Johnson has been removed from the football team pending the outcome of the criminal investigation, the university said in a statement yesterday. His status as a student and his scholarship status have not changed, the statement indicated. Following a May 30 arrest, linebacker with the football team Praise Martin-Oguike was suspended from both the team and the university after being charged with rape and sexual assault. At that time, Assistant Vice President of University Communications Ray Betzner said by suspending Martin-Oguike, the school was acting in accordance with standard practice. “In cases where criminal charges have been filed against students, it’s Temple’s practice to suspend the student until the cases have been adjudicated,” Betzner said in June. However, in light of the Johnson case, Betzner said the university doesn’t have a policy to suspend students regardless of the criminal charges filed against Michael Chau can be reached them. “We have the ability, but it’s at firstname.lastname@example.org. not mandatory,” Betzner said. “The university makes decisions on disciplinary actions on a caseby-case basis.” The university can impose an interim suspension on a student before any criminal charges have been filed and separate from judicial proceedings if the student is deemed a danger to campus as a whole, according to the Student Conduct Code. Dean of Students Stephanie Ives said the decision to suspend a student depends solely on the charges alleged against the individual. “You’re taking allegations and you have to determine what code violations apply,” Ives said. “The severity of the charges applies to what code violations we apply.” Ives couldn’t comment on whether Martin-Oguike had appeared before a Student Conduct Hearing since his arrest. Coach Steve Addazio refused to comment on Johnson’s place with the team after the Owls’ 37-28 win against South Florida on Saturday, Oct. 6. Johnson posted bail the same day as the homecoming game. Johnson started the first two games of the season for the Owls. He registered seven tackles in three games.
Decreased crime statistics credited to program’s focus on area west of campus REPORT PAGE 1 be able to replicate in North Philadelphia. “Temple’s location in an urban environment warrants a greater investment in physical security, also known as target hardening, than institutions in other environments may need,” Carter said. “It is probably best to look at a cost benefit analysis over a period of many years. Once [measures are] in place you may not see continued year-to-year declines at a high rate, but that does not mean the crimes are not being prevented.” Assistant Vice President of University Communications Ray Betzner, had a son who attended Virginia Tech during the 2007 massacre that left 32 dead. He notes a trend among universities across the nation, both urban and rural, investing more in security. The CSS plan placed a distinct focus on the blocks west of Broad Street where an “explosion” of development brought in an estimated 4,000 more student residents throughout the past three years, Leone said. The annual security report also shows a corresponding rise in crimes committed on public property, from 33 in 2009 to 61 in 2010, the year before the initiative was enacted. “We started seeing an increase in crime, an uptick every time, every year as we see more and more students around the campus,” Leone said. “We said, ‘Hey, we got to do something.’ We realized we needed more resources to do that.” High risk areas sometimes saw upward of a 50 percent increase in patrols, Leone added, while the average increases of Philadelphia Police and AlliedBarton patrols hovered around 30 and 25 percent, respectively. The CSS initiative also
sought to optimize existing security measures. Roving bike cops replaced many of the university’s stationary security kiosks, which could only cover a block in any direction, and additional security cameras were installed throughout Main Campus. But even with more police strolling down Cecil B. Moore Avenue and neon green clad security officers rolling along on Fuji mountain bikes, theft and violence remain very much a reality in the North Philadelphia streets surrounding Main Campus. An off-duty police officer was slain during a holdup just blocks from much of the recent student housing developments less than two weeks before the first day of classes, and a Sept. 19 shooting emptied subway cars at the Susquehanna-Dauphin Broad Street Line station. Joseph Chism, a junior international business major, lives among the targeted blocks just west of Main Campus. “It’s a big thing as a Temple student living off-campus to know when and where to go and not to go certain places,” he said. He added that although he takes precautions, he seldom feels in danger. “Every other block you’ll see a cop,” Chism said.
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ID ruling sparks debate Realignment made at cost Political-affiliated organizations offer differing opinions after voter ID law is halted. JOHN MORITZ Assistant News Editor A preliminary injunction on the Pennsylvania voter identification law was ordered by Judge Robert Simpson on Tuesday, Oct. 2, allowing voters without proper photo identification to vote in the upcoming presidential election. In his ruling, Simpson wrote, “The proposed changes are to occur about five weeks before the general election, and I question whether sufficient time now remains to attain the goal of liberal access.” Simpson further estimated that between 1 and 9 percent of voters did not have proper forms of ID. The injunction postpones the implementation of the law, Act 18 of the Pennsylvania Election Code, until after the November elections. Further review will occur on Dec. 13, during a Status Review with Counsel Conference. “[A Status Review Conference] is a meeting among attorneys. Its purpose is not so much to decide anything, as it is to lay the groundwork for how that decision will be reached,” said Mark Rahdert, the Charles Klein professor of law and government at the Beasley School of Law.
Temple issued new Owl Cards at the beginning of the semester that came with an expiration date for students, allowing the IDs to be used as valid forms of photo identification in Pennsylvania. “Temple, all of us have the IDs, so it would not have been an issue at all,” said Erik Jacobs, a senior political science major and chairman of Temple University College Republicans. He added that TUCR is “vehemently opposed to the injunction.” Dylan Morpurgo, a junior political science major and president of Temple College Democrats, said that while Owl Cards cover Temple students in terms of voter ID, the injunction has a much larger impact on local residents. “For the surrounding community, this is a big win. This is a win for civic involvement and voting rights,” Morpurgo said. “The North Philadelphia community is one of the communities most drastically impacted by this law.” According to a July press release by the Pennsylvania Department of State, 91 percent of registered voters in the state also had a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ID number. Of the reported 758,939 voters without state ID, 167,566 were labeled as inactive voters, “most whom have not voted since 2007.” In Philadelphia, 186,830 registered voters were without ID. 50,648 were inactive. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has been taking steps to assure people
without ID could obtain one, including waiving the $13.50 fee for an identification card for those who signed a form saying they had no other form of voter ID, according to the PennDOT website. Had the injunction not been passed, voters without photo identification would have been able to cast preliminary ballots that would have been counted upon showing proof of identification following the election. Following the December Status Review Conference, another trial will be set to determine whether a permanent injunction will be passed. “I think in the long term the voter identification law will be upheld,” Rahdert said, citing that the United States Supreme Court has upheld similar voter identification laws in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board. “The challenge will be for the state to provide a means of photo identification that is both easily obtained and at minimal or no cost to all individuals who are entitled to vote,” Rahdert said. “I don’t think that the current law, in my judgment at least, meets that standard, but I think that there can be changes to the law that will satisfy that standard, particularly if adequate time is given for all individuals to determine both for their additional photo identification and then for obtaining it.” John Moritz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.
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Scholarships will apply to students in the Los Angeles study away program. LAURA ORDONEZ The Temple News The film and media arts department will create five new scholarships for students applying to the Los Angeles study away program during the spring semester. The new $1,000 scholarships will ease any uncertainty about the number of scholarships available for students within the film and media arts department, a confusion for some caused by the realignment of the former School of Communications and Theater, said Nora Alter, film and media arts department chair. “It didn’t occur to anyone that the scholarships would be affected,” said senior film and arts major John Sabbatelli. The Board of Trustees approved the formation of the Center for the Arts and the School of Media and Communication this summer. With the alignment, only SMC students qualify for all former SCT scholarships. The only scholarship that is still available for FMA and theater students is the Shackleton scholarship, according to the SMC website.
Sabbatelli waited until his senior year to participate in the Los Angeles program – in order to gain enough knowledge and experience – while planning to apply for the Lew Klein scholarship during the fall of this year, he said. However, the scholarship was restricted to SMC students by the time he tried to apply. He would have been eligible five months ago, he said. Like Sabbatelli, senior film and media arts major Christine Boegemann encountered similar difficulties. “The alignment affected my pursuits because it rendered me ineligible for some of the greatest scholarship opportunities that just one year ago were available to me,” Boegemann said. “I would like for the administration to recognize the imbalance it has carried out by favoring SMC majors over theater and FMA majors in its decisions to exclude them from these opportunities to fund their education.” Boegemann said that, from her personal experience and those of her peers, the administration never asked them how they feel about being a part of the Center for the Arts during the alignment process. FMA faculty members said that the scholarship issue is part of the transition phase toward the consolidation of the Center for the Arts. For now, a dialogue between the department
Many recommendations to be left to 10th president TASK FORCE PAGE 1 said. “We will adjudicate the process. We’ll have the referral in on Monday, the student in by Wednesday and the entire process can be done by Friday.” The task force also recommended the creation of a community and student mediation program. In addition, the report outlined a recommendation expanding the Good Neighbor Policy and forming a campaign with tangible programs. “We felt with existing resources we could go ahead and create a very well-known, understood campaign to discuss what it means to be a good neighbor,” Ives said. Other recommendations involved student interaction with the community including the “Blockster” program which would partner Temple student
block leaders with block captains in the community. The report also state support for the creation of the North Central Neighborhood Improvement District, introduced by City Council President Darrell Clarke. The NCNID was met with conflicting emotions from the community in the spring. Council held public hearings on the bill in March and May, but the NCNID never came to a vote. The creation of a long-term agreement with Philadelphia police and the state Liquor Control Enforcement to supplement Temple Police off-campus was also supported by the task force, which said Liquor Control Enforcement “utilizes specific strategies to reduce the negative impact of underage drinking on local communities.”
The task force recommended forming a Campus Community Committee which would consist of administrators, community members and students, who would meet on a regular basis to discuss issues and build relationships with the community, a point that Englert emphasized during an interview yesterday. “The real issue isn’t the report. It’s, ‘What’s the best relationship between Temple University and its students and its immediate neighborhoods?’” Englert said. Many issues in the report would be left up to incoming President Neil Theobald when he takes office January 2013, including a recommendation that all first-year students be required to live in universitymanaged, on-campus residential facilities beginning in 2013,
unless the student can prove he or she is living with a family member. Englert said an issue like this wouldn’t be able to happen overnight. “That’s a major policy direction that affects all new students. It may affect some peoples’ wants or interests in coming to Temple,” Englert said. “That’s a policy decision that has to be made and that’s most appropriately left to a new president.” While many of the recommendations would be left to Theobald, Englert said the to-be 10th president has been briefed and will be prepared to handle the issues when he takes office. “I’ve talked to him about it a couple of times and, when he comes on Jan. 1, he will be fully aware of the task force,” Englert said. The 14-person committee,
made up of nine university representatives, a realtor, a resident and two students, as well as five consultants, met as a whole six times between October and December 2011. Subcommittees met regularly to discuss program and service development, outreach, communications, academic inquiry and disciplinary interface. The task force then reported its findings to Hart in January. Englert said that because the university was in a transitional phase, Hart thought it would be reasonable to hold implementation of the report until a new president took office. Sean Carlin can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.
Mentors target high-risk youngsters CEASEFIRE PAGE 1 intervention, they’ll turn their lives around,” Bellamy said. “[This program] was not a law enforcement kind of approach, it was community-based, and given that it really kind of centered on the involvement and engagement of community.” Outreach workers spend two to three hours a day canvassing neighborhoods and speaking with community members to identify members of the target population, which consists of people ages 18 to 25. The workers are expected to maintain a caseload of 15 clients and help create a riskreduction plan by compiling information about the clients’ education and work history and their goals and ambitions. The outreach workers, who Bellamy said act as mentors or role models for their clients, typically have backgrounds and personal histories that allow them to connect to the target population and gain credibility in the community. “These are individuals who have kind of made mistakes in their lives, kind of been there done that, and now recognize the mistakes that they’ve made
and really committed to trying to help some people not make mistakes,” Bellamy said. “All too often, we talk to young people who have not had the same kind of parenting, mentoring growing up and often times these outreach workers really kind of serve in that capacity for them.” Case managers are required to visit their clients at home six times per month, as well as speak with them on the phone three times per week. “One of the clients in ‘The Interrupters,’ in the documentary [about Chicago CeaseFire], he kind of talks about his outreach worker being kind of like a gnat, somebody who’s constantly in your ear,” Bellamy said. “So that’s the whole point, to constantly stay in their ears about turning their lives around, about doing something differently, kind of leaving that whole life of crime behind them.” The program operates in the 22nd Police District, where Bellamy said homicide and gun violence rates have historically been some of the highest in the city. CeaseFire concentrates its efforts in Police Service Area 2, which spans from Lehigh Avenue to Montgomery Av-
enue, and from 22nd Street to 33rd Street as well as parts of northern Fairmount Park to the Schuylkill. Main Campus and the surrounding neighborhood are located directly east of the area in PSA 1. Temple students are able to participate in the program as part of their studies. This summer, Bellamy said that criminal justice majors worked with clients directly to help them develop their résumés and gain employment. Ida Goldkorn is a secondyear Ph.D. student in the criminal justice department who works with CeaseFire to evaluate program impact and interpret violence data. Goldkorn said the target area’s proximity to Temple gives the program a greater sense of reality and immediacy. “We live on campus and we kind of have our own world and we hear about these shootings that are happening off campus and a lot of people just avoid the area completely because it’s just so dangerous but it’s right there,” Goldkorn said. “That’s part of what made the collaboration with Temple a natural thing because it’s our backyard, it’s where we go every day, it’s
very real to us. It makes sense that Temple was involved from the start given the high level of violence in the 22nd [Police District].” Philadelphia CeaseFire was initially funded by a $250,000 grant from the state that allowed it to establish the program and operate for two years. The new grant will come from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, part of the Department of Justice. Bellamy said that collaboration with another communitybased violence prevention group is what allowed the program to win the grant. The program became fully operational in 2010. “This particular grant was limited or restricted to cities only, so given those requirements, we reached out to PhillyRising [Collaborative], which is doing a lot of community engagement work,” Bellamy said. “We reached out to PhillyRising because we had a relationship with them to see whether or not they would be interested in collaborating with us and then we would submit the grant on behalf of the city. We will be working in tandem with PhillyRising, who has a presence in the 22nd Police Dis-
trict.” Goldkorn also emphasized the importance of collaborating with organizations and groups that are already doing similar work in neighborhoods around the city. “There are already a lot of organizations in Philadelphia that address youth violence in particular but they’re quite disconnected,” Goldkorn said. “They didn’t really know about each other or what they did. It was really important to have a place for all of these people to connect and see what’s already out there and how they can complement one another. That’s one key aspect, verbalizing these agencies, churches as well, that provide resources to the target population.” The grant will allow the program to hire more outreach workers, bringing its total staff from four to 10. It will also enable the program to expand into the 39th Police District and thus begin servicing another area afflicted with high rates of gun violence and homicide. Kate Kelly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
administration and students is ongoing. “The chair of the department has been very responsive to this issue,” FMA assistant professor Allan Barber said. “We are trying to establish scholarships for FMA students to replace the scholarships these students could have applied for when we were [in the] School of Communications and Theater.” The department is also looking into developing new scholarships to help students pay for other study away programs, like Japan and London, Alter said. While certain major areas of change have yet to be examined by the schools within the Center for the Arts, some believe the alignment is favorable. “There is positive energy emerging as a result of this change,” Barber said. “For example, there is a lot of synergy coming from [Tyler School of Art] students taking courses over here.” The criteria and application deadlines for the new scholarships are soon to be released by the department. Laura Ordonez can be reached at email@example.com.
Incident questions ID check procedure OWL CARDS PAGE 1 under the directive of CSS, Lindorff said. When Lindorff asked the security officer for her badge name, Lindorff said, the officer “turned it around” to hide it from view. Lindorff then went to CSS, but was unable to get word on the situation, she said. “I really didn’t like seeing our campus turn into a police state,” Lindorff said. “All these really diligent students are getting their IDs taken away.” Police and security officers advised students attempting to enter buildings with old ID cards between Sept 10. and Sept. 30 that their cards would no longer be effective after Oct. 1, Chapman said. New Owl Cards were activated for use Sept. 11. Scott Brannan, director of the Diamond Dollars office, who tracks the distrubution of the new owl cards, could not be reached to confirm the number of students and faculty who have yet to recieve their cards. University Communications indicated Brannan is on vacation and that no one else at the university could access that information. In regards to an AlliedBarton security officer hiding her name tag, Chapman said: “That’s inappropriate, for them to not say what their name is. They didn’t do anything wrong, I don’t know why they would do that.” Students who have not received their new Owl Cards may do so by visiting the Diamond Dollars office at 1910 Liacouras Walk. Faculty must pick up their new cards at the Student Center. John Moritz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.
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ennsylvania Judge Robert Simpson ruled on Oct. 2 that voters in the upcoming election would not be denied if they did not fulfill the photo ID requirement outlined in the Pennsylvania voter ID law – at least in this election. The law, signed in March by Gov. Tom Corbett, would have required all voters to show a state-issued photo ID in order to have their vote counted. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court sent the case back to Simpson in the Commonwealth Court on an appeal. Simpson said in his ruling that he questioned whether there was sufficient time for voters to attain the necessary identification. As John Moritz reports on P. 1, the injunction postpones the implementation of the law until after the November elections, when it will be reviewed further on Dec. 13 during a Status Review with Counsel Conference. While The Temple News is relieved to hear the Pennsylvania voter ID law – a law that could have disenfranchised mi-
n short, Temple’s decision to update Owl Cards was done in good faith. The new cards were issued in time to comply with the nowtemporarily derailed voter ID law, by adding an expiration date. Still, some haven’t put in the effort to receive their new IDs. The Temple News has applauded the university – specifically the Diamond Dollars office – for its painless process of issuing the new IDs. Those who haven’t received the new cards need to do it; it’s been nearly one month since the new IDs took effect. However, an incident last week showed a flaw in Temple’s communication process. When students flashed their old Owl Cards in Paley Library, students were rightfully denied access. But the security guard, acting under university direction, confiscated the old IDs before turning her badge, so as to mask her identity. If the old cards aren’t to be used, the university should have adjusted the process so that the
The recent injunction on the commonwealth’s voter ID law is a temporary victory. nority voters including students and members of the North Philadelphia community – will not be implemented in the upcoming election, we encourage students to not let the issue be forgotten like a subject absorbed just long enough to spill onto the pages of a midterm blue book. Simpson’s ruling is only a temporary victory in the fight against the Pennsylvania voter ID law. The right to ensure every voter is able to cast a ballot in future elections is still at risk. The Temple News supported Temple Student Government’s initiative toward redesigning and re-carding more than 45,000 students with Owl Cards to meet the expiration date requirement of voter ID law. We also continue to support state initiatives that push to distribute a valid form of photo ID to voters even though they aren’t required this election. Poll workers can ask voters for photo IDs in November, but cannot turn away qualified voters – or deny them their rights – if they don’t have one.
The university has poorly communicated its IDconfiscation policy. former IDs were exchanged for the new ones. Instead of confiscating IDs at buildings – which evidently makes for an adversarial interaction – Temple should instruct guards to simply turn students and staff away, and point them toward the path of receiving a new ID. And the guards should be reminded that their identity needs to be readily available, too. Captain Jeffrey Chapman of Campus Safety Services said Temple doesn’t want unauthorized people, such as expelled students, who possess the old IDs to have access to buildings. This argument is equally as flawed as the process itself: Students or staff who have received the new IDs may still fall under this category. The Temple News urges the university to rethink its strategy in terms of checking Owl Cards. The current process lacks common sense, much like the voter ID law.
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Yes, they can provide a useful distraction.
No, they just add another responsibility.
Yes, nothing relieves stress more than petting a cute animal.
Maybe, but it depends on what type of pet.
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Pets can be a student’s best friend
Kimelheim argues that pet ownership can be a great stress reliever for college students.
ecently, my roommates and I acquired a pet rabbit to brighten up our little home. We’ve received a lot of flak for this decision, from both people doubting our choice of animal, and those questioning the wisdom of a few of college students owning pets. I’m not going to bother dealing with the first assertion, because anyone who hates bunnies is clearly a sociopath, and also talking extensively about my feelings concerning rabbits makes for a boring and myopic article. However, I’m willing to go to bat to defend pet ownership in general, and to prove how it presents a fantastic opportunity for college students. First off, pets are stressrelievers. There’s a reason why videos of cats being adorable are so popular on YouTube. There’s also a reason why animal-assisted therapy is, in the words of the American Humane Society, “[growing] in mainstream healthcare acceptance and practice.” College students live busy lives, and petting a soft, furry creature is a great way to unwind after a long day of classes. It’s certainly healthier than developing a crippling alcohol dependency or binging on “Say Yes to the Dress” repeats.
In addition, pets teach you important lessons about responsibility. Maybe you can live off of Ramen noodles and 40s, but little Cupcake sure can’t. Pets provide you WITH a reason to get up every day and focus on something besides yourself. If raising a child is a video game, owning a pet is like playing the tutorial level. You experience the joy and pain of taking care of something, but unlike a child, you can leave your pet in a cage for the day. For an example of personal growth I’ve experienced since becoming a pet owner, my rabbit Gizmo needs to eat fresh vegetables to be healthy. You know who else needs fresh vegetables to be healthy? People. I am never running out of romaine lettuce again, and both she and I will benefit from it. One of the most important initial steps you can take to become a responsible pet owner is to do research on the type of animal that best suits your lifestyle. If you’re athletic, a dog could be a perfect fit, while the more sedentary among us might go for a goldfish, hamster or Tamagotchi. Consider your living environment. For example, those of you who live in small apartments should make sure that your new furry friend will be comfortable
in a confined space. Do you live a residence hall? Owning a pet is a wonderful way to learn all about your hall’s policy on animals. Mainly, that you are not allowed to have them. Sorry about that. Maybe you should have been more responsible and had a talk with your RA before you decided to bring a German shepard to live on the seventh floor of Johnson Hall. See? Lessons all around. Finally, owning a pet is fantastic for your social life. Anyone who has dated in college is probably familiar with the classic “watching a movie” seduction technique. Basically, you invite the object of your affections to your house, apartment or dorm in order to “watch a movie,” which essentially means cuddling on your bed streaming Netflix for 20 minutes before your crush gets bored enough by your bad taste in film to make out with you. It’s a chestnut because it works – natural, non-threatening ways to lure someone into your den of inequity are few and far between – but it can grow a little stale. Inviting your paramour to your place to “come see my pet” is a fun, unique spin on this old trick. You still achieve your goal of being alone with them in private, but you’ve accomplished it
in a far less hackneyed way. In addition, you come off as a sensitive and caring, but also with a sense of animalistic vitality. Did you happen to rescue your pet? Even better. No one can resist a well-told tale about the time you saved Sprinkles, hounded by fleas, scurvy and the rains of North Philly, from her meager shelter in a trash can on 17th and Diamond streets. Even if you don’t have romance in mind, pets make excellent social lubricants. Don’t want to trudge all the way to the library to work on your group project? Invite your classmates over to “play with your pet” as you study. Need an excuse for skipping your friend’s party or open-mic night? Just tell them Buttercup is sick and requires around-the-clock care. First day of class icebreaker? You’ve now got a killer interesting fact. Pets: helping college students win friends and influence people since whenever they were first domesticated. Overall, pets are awesome companions, and any college student with the appropriate space and ability for their care should highly consider acquiring one. Jordyn Kimelheim can be reached at jordyn.kimelheim@temple. edu or on Twitter @JordynK91.
Elections distort federalism distinctions
Ordonez promotes awareness about the national election and its municipal repercussions.
s Nov. 6 approaches, we need to clarify how our votes are regarded during national elections. To do so, we must go beyond our craving for primetime debates and sound bites and take a look into the effects the presidential election has on our local communities. In Philadelphia, these effects are exemplified by Mayor Michael Nutter’s relation with the Obama administration. “Whose values do you want in the Oval Office?” Nutter asked at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. “Well I know who I want, I know who Philly wants, I know who Pennsylvania wants...and I know who the middle class needs: President Barack Obama.” Whether he knows what Philly wants doesn’t matter. Even if the he was the lone Democrat
in an entire city of Republicans, Nutter would still be expected to prompt us to reelect his party’s leader. From the Democratic platform to dozens of appearances on national television, Nutter is out to prove that a good relationship with the White House translates into benefits for the city. Those benefits include federal grants, which Nutter is trying to obtain by campaigning for Obama. Joseph P. McLaughlin, director of the Institute for Public Affairs, said Nutter’s actions are neither unusual nor worrisome. “Democratic presidents have had strong relationships with mayors of the nation’s big cities since the New Deal,” McLaughlin said. “Roosevelt believed that cities could not recover without direct federal aid, and that was the beginning of a relationship that has persisted for more than
eight decades.” Since the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009, Philadelphia has received 50 grants totaling $351 million. According to the city’s website, the bulk of that money – $131.7 million – has gone into the Philadelphia’s economy and workforce. The rest went to fund transportation and infrastructure, public safety, sustainability and shelters for the homeless. There is no doubt these programs provided the city with a solid ground for economic recovery, however, the influx of federal aid needs to be extended if the city wants to sustain such recovery. The Philadelphia School District has submitted an application for the federal “Race to the Top” competition, which involves the distribution of more
than $400 million to school districts that wish to finance education reform programs. Wouldn’t it be nice if the mayor could bring some extra grant money back for the city’s struggling education system? Hence, Nutter’s engagement in the campaign is aimed at catching the eye of the Obama administration. If Obama is reelected, Nutter is hoping to count on strong funding for his last two years. “Big cities don’t have the kind of voting power they used to have – the nation has become more suburban – but city residents are a critical constituency for Democrats,” McLaughlin said. “The cities are overwhelmingly Democratic, but turnout is often problematic, and Democratic presidential candidates tend to propose policies that will
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Reading up on library importance
Scott recognizes the importance of the university library and argues that a new one would be a welcome addition to Main Campus.
can still remember signing up for my first library card. It was such an empowering feeling, walking through the aisles stacked high with books, knowing that I could take any of them home with me any time I wanted. It was the culmination of a love that started to blossom when I was four and first sounded my way through “The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race.” Libraries have carried a special energy to me ever since. But when I first was able to walk through the stacks at Paley Library, well that was closer to a religious experience. I’ve talked to plenty of people who have complained about the layout and odor of the stacks, but I haven’t heard nearly enough talk about the sheer majesty of it. The amount of information that
those shelves contain is nearly incomprehensible. So, as you can imagine, when I heard last May that a plan was in the works – although not finalized – to build a new library where the Student Pavilion currently stands, I had a pretty strong reaction. You might expect that I would be in vehement opposition, but I was absolutely ecstatic. I love Paley with all my heart, but I love the idea that Paley symbolizes even more. So if Temple wants an updated facility and make it much more modern and a tad more grandiose, you can count me among the supporters. One of the critical complaints levied at Paley is that it isn’t a facility for the new millenium. It’s hard to argue with that,
really, seeing as it was built 46 years ago. But even though the bricks and mortar may be nearing the half-century mark, the books, staff and other resources remain timelessly useful for students who are seeking to go above and beyond the most common classroom expectations. This is a modern digital time, after all, where any student can find enough information online to write a paper or pass a class. This is a reality of the modern education system, and it is definitely a good thing. If you’re working on a paper about democratization theory, you can find hundreds – maybe thousands – of journal articles or book excerpts that can teach all you need to know about the subject. But if you walk up the stairs at Paley, you can bear witness to
the enormity of information that is that field. You can pick up texts by Samuel Huntington and other scholars who made that subject what it is. You can walk along an aisle and see, with your own eyes, the incredible volume of work and research that predates you in a way that results on a Google search cannot convey. Speaking from personal experience, it can add both a level of intellectual insignificance and quiet determination. The library makes it possible for students to pursue their academic goals in a way that a home laptop or the TECH Center simply cannot match. With all this in mind, I find it appropriate that Temple has decided to include a new library
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“But the fact is that cities don’t count anymore — at least not in national Republican politics.”
On nytimes.com in “How the G.O.P. became the anti-urban party”
“The digital age is changing almost everything about journalism who a journalist is, what a story is, which media should provide news when and where people want it, and how we engage with communities. The only thing that isn’t changing is the why of journalism. We still need good, honest, independent reporting - the fair, accurate, contextual search for truth - to run our communities and our lives.”
On philly.com in”Joining forces to pull top-notch journalism into the digital age”
“And those are the voters Obama’s courting this election season: the other 47 percent who can name Kim Kardashian’s ex before they can name the author of the Declaration of Independence, who really miss ‘The Hills,’ and think Libya would make a cute name for a baby girl.”
On foxnews.com in “If only Celebrity in Chief Obama had been asked about his iPod in debate”
“Mr. Obama continues to claim his Republican challenger would raise taxes on middleclass families by $2,000 a year. He said in the debate that the GOP candidate’s plan could never be revenue neutral without closing deductions and loopholes for average Americans, insisting, “It’s math. It’s arithmetic.” If so, it’s some kind of new math.”
On washingtontimes.com in “Miller: Obama’s truth deficit”
“It’s not easy. Ambition is still stigmatized in women…One recent study showed that when women and men with equivalent qualifications tried to negotiate for a better salary in job interviews, women were penalized far more than the men — they were perceived as ‘demanding’ or ‘not nice’ — and evaluators were less inclined to hire them.”
On latimes.com in “Women in the workplace: How ‘good girls’ fight back”
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“What is your worst
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“I was walking out of SEPTA and I stepped in a large puddle of piss, soaked my sock in piss, it was terrible.”
“I was on the bus [and] two guys...[were] screaming a bunch of racial remarks to each other. It was so bad.”
“This one dude was ranting on the bus, and literally turned to my friend and said ‘YOU’RE AN ALIEN!!’”
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JOHN PALMIERI SAYS ON “AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE FOR A HISTORIC MANSION” ON OCT. 2 AT 7:44 A.M. This is an exceptional property that Temple needs to improve. My idea: create several residences for visiting scholars. Come on Temple. This is a manageable project. Exterior repairs, new systems, interior renovations, and landscaping shouldn’t exceed $5 million. Imagine the positive press, contribution to the neighborhood, and benefit to the university and it’s mission.”
DIANE SAYS ON “HILLEL RECEIVES GRANT TO SEND STUDENTS OVERSEAS” ON OCT. 2 AT 1:05 P.M. “unite student organizations and clubs in appreciating Israel and Jewish discourse.” It is absolutely repulsive that the Temple News is lumping “Israel” and Jewish discourse together. As a Jew, I don’t believe it is possible to “appreciate” the racist, apartheid state of Israel, and I can only hope that the ensuing discourse is one that highlights the realities of the oppression that non-Jews face in Palestine.
JOHN SAYS ON “STANSBURY: RESTAURANT WEEK PRICES NOT PALATABLE” ON OCT. 2 AT 4:41 P.M. “In its original conception, Restaurant Week was aimed at a more adult-professional crowd. It wasn’t even necessarily trying to attract the average college student, but the pull of a delicious meal has inadvertently caught our attention.” Better start saving them pennies. Or just, you know, wait until you’re a professional. These kids man…no patience.
TEMPLE STUDENT SAYS ON “HILLEL RECEIVES GRANT TO SEND STUDENTS OVERSEAS” ON OCT. 4 AT 11:40 A.M. Instead of spreading hateful rhetoric, this grant aims to spread knowledge, factual information and a chance for Jews and non-Jews to build bridges. By spreading anti-Israel propaganda and polarizing groups, the only thing that happens is further distancing. If you had ever been to Israel yourself you would know that as a non-Jewish citizen of the country you are entitled to all rights as Jewish citizens. In fact, the Arab minority makes up 40% of universities in Israel as per requirement of the government to ensure equal opportunity among the top schools in Israel. That’s not oppression, that’s progression.
Delivering an ode to SEPTA BRI BOASK
In traditional ode form, Bosak derides the ‘People of Septa’ Facebook and discusses SEPTA’s charm.
1 Recently a website was brought to my 2 attention. A Facebook, you might have seen. 3 Vicious. A Facebook that many decry. 4 For its comments are cruel, and pictures mean. 5 Calling a mother with her kids, “Welfare 6 Collecting Savages” is never OK. 7 Rather than make fun of the poor and fat 8 And mentally ill, to which I despair, 9 The People of Septa Facebook should pay 10 Homage to the real things of which we chat.
11 About the baby turtles being sold, 12 That man, his Shakespearean soliloquies. 13 When I spoke with Carolyn Mack, she told 14 me about all the funny things she sees. 15 Mack, a senior major in public health, 16 says that, “Without SEPTA, I would be stuck.” 17 “Or I might be out a lot of money.” 18 Honestly SEPTA, you are pretty stealth. 19 One reason I wish that site didn’t suck 20 And misconstrue what makes SEPTA funny.
21 Oh Market-Frankford line, oh Broad Street line, 22 Oh regional rails-a-shining... The way 23 you afford me a few glasses of wine 24 and a ride home when I call it a day, 25 it’s for these reasons a “thank you” seems fit. 26 And of course, your people-watching is great. 27 So I guess I don’t find SEPTA too shabby, 28 I’ll even admit, I really like it. 29 In reality, what I truly hate 30 Is having to ride home with a cabbie. Bri Bosak can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @BriBosak.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Re: Courses’ online practice problems costly Dear Editor,
I am taking three introductory science courses this semester. Thankfully, I was able to save some money by purchasing used textbooks. Though velocity might change over time, introductory physics largely doesn’t. But I still had to spend large sums of money for each of my introductory science classes on online homework problem sets. These problem sets are pro-
duced and then sold by the large textbook publishers and are a required component of many introductory science courses at Temple. I’m more than happy to complete problem sets for my classes and I understand that online homework is easier for professors to grade. But prices for required online homework websites are astronomical and add additional burdens to already tight student budgets. And
there’s little-to-no incentive for textbook publishers to reduce the price of online homework sets because they realize students are required to access the sites, and must do so regardless of the cost. Many of my professors realize the growing cost of textbooks is a burden for students and have recommended that we purchase used or older editions of our books to save money. I would like to see them also address the growing cost
of online problem sets. Perhaps Temple could create its own online online homework site for students – or work with textbook manufacturers to reduce the costs for the student body. That’s a change over time that I think everyone – particularly those of us in introductory physics – could get behind. Sincerely, Melody Kramer Class of 2017
Philly needs a nation-minded mayor in Nutter ELECTION PAGE 5 help with turnout.” Nutter, in his capacity as the leader of the United States Conference of Mayors, is attempting to persuade big-city mayors to endorse the White House by boosting voter turnout. Would the situation be different under Mitt Romney’s administration? “Nutter’s aggressive campaigning for President Obama will help Philadelphia, provided that President Obama wins the election. If Romney wins... not so much,” McLaughlin said. “Republicans would generally cut aid programs.” However, the aggressive campaigning may have more than one purpose. It is possible that Nutter is canvassing so intensely in hopes of securing a cabinet position if Obama is reelected. If that is the case, we
cannot disregard the possibility of Nutter’s personal ambition being bigger than his desire to help the city. So far he has denied he would accept a job at the White House. The election in November is not about choosing one man, but a complex set of relationships. In Pennsylvania, the election is a choice between Nutter-Obama and RomneyCorbett policies, each one consistent with their respective party’s platforms. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or an ambivalent independent voter, you need to understand the important link between campaigns and local policies. Only then will you understand what the options are. Laura Ordonez can be reached at email@example.com.
Collegiate libraries, both old and new, hold sacred status LIBRARIES PAGE 5 in its 20/20 plan. As the university attempts to build itself into a greater institution for higher learning, it must consider all of the responsibilities that title comes with. The university is constructing Morgan Hall, a dorm facility that will be the tallest building in North Philadelphia. This will enable it to house more students and, more importantly, to put more students in close quarters where the free expression of ideas can thrive. Several classroom buildings are at various stages of construction, some even finished and hosting classes. The purpose of these is rather obvious: to provide a more modern and efficient place for students to learn. Temple athletics is moving to the Big East, which will help further a sense of community
and pride among the student body in the unique way that only competitive athletics is able to do. And, with a new library facility, Main Campus would create a new and improved haven for the most dedicated students to master their chosen fields outside of the classroom. Paley has been and will continue to be another home for me. I’m not naïve enough to pretend that the place isn’t without its faults. But, I have enormous appreciation for the goals of the facility and hope that a new library would continue to fulfill this role – even if I won’t be here to enjoy it. Zack Scott can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @ZackScott11.
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After intense campaigning, Thom Green and Ariel Peredo won the title of 2012 Homecoming King and Queen. PATRICIA MADEJ The Temple News
rom Temple’s largest “T” cake to the pep rally and BBQ, students were getting increasingly excited last week for the big Homecoming game versus the University of South Florida on Saturday, Oct. 6. But Thomas Green and Ariel Peredo added a bit of nervousness to their excitement. After weeks of campaigning and stepping outside of their comfort zones, they were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. Green didn’t even think he’d initially run for Homecoming King, but with support from his friends, he decided he’d try it anyway. “I still had this driving ambition to make a difference,” Green said. Peredo, however, knew running for Homecoming Queen was a perfect way to start off her senior year. “I really wanted to do something to show my Temple
pride and also leverage my connections. I wanted to get people hyped for Homecoming, and I knew this was a great way to do it. It felt right,” she said. The senior management information systems major was already highly involved in the community, and thought the title of Homecoming Queen would give her the extra leg up to help out as many people as she can. During the campaign, the nerves got the best out of both candidates, especially for Green. He put himself out there as much as possible and decided that though he’d be completely stepping out of his comfort zone by approaching random strangers, it was necessary, he said. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t moments where he felt like quitting. “I learned how to cope with people, and rejection and rudeness. I also learned a lot about myself. I looked at it as a way to face my fears, which was the main reason I decided to run,” Green said. Peredo had difficulty going up to strangers as well, even
though she considers herself an extrovert. She said she had the hardest time dealing with the question, “Why should I vote for you?” “I don’t want to sit here and read you off my résumé,” Peredo said. When their names were announced at the game on Saturday, both students said they were excited. Green’s friends, however, pointed out that he didn’t look as thrilled as they expected him to be on camera. “I still have to fulfill all the promises I made, so it wasn’t matter of celebrating, it’s now a matter of doing,” Green said. However, Peredo said the week was full of celebration, especially considering in addition to Homecoming, it was also her birthday weekend. “[Winning] made me feel sort of like a celebrity,” she said. “I don’t do things to get recognition. I do things because I’m passionate for them, so it was a great feeling to be on the field while my family and friends were there watching.”
Thomas Green (left) and Ariel Peredo were crowned 2012 Homecoming King and Queen on Saturday. | LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN
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Coming out not a cookie-cutter process
Guest Columnist Brandon Baker recalls the story of how he came out.
y eyes began to twitch – as tends to happen when I get nervous – and my hands started to shake profusely as if someone had just pressed the “vibrate” button somewhere on my body, even as each of my fingertips lay firmly and perfectly pressed in alignment with the keys of my keyboard. Pausing and taking a deep breath to absorb the reality of the moment, I moved my fingers from key to key, fluidly tapping each with a delicacy equivalent to that of the words I was typing. Finally writing my signature at the end of the letter after
ADVISING OFFICE, p. 8
Meet Siobhan Brooks-King, the adviser for the LGBT minor and a women’s studies professor. LIVING DESK 215-204-7416
having typed relentlessly for a solid five to 10 minutes, I barely hesitated before clicking “send” and pushing in the oak drawer of the desk that held the keyboard, throwing all of my thoughts in a mental recycle bin as I did so as a means to disconnect and repress everything I was either feeling in that moment or, even more intimidating, about to feel rush over me like a title wave. I had just completed the 21st-century process of coming out to my mother: I’d sent an email. I don’t recall much of what I did in the hours leading up to my mother coming home from work that day, but I do remember silencing my thoughts with a lot of Kelly Clarkson and Heart songs on my iPod with my head shoved under the covers of my bed, occasionally lifting the
physical and symbolic barrier between myself and the “real world” to eat a snack or grab my Nintendo DS to play a video game. My “calm before the storm” came in the form of superficial entertainment – I had no desire to analyze my email or what reaction my mother would have in the lead-up to what was about to transpire. Despite any shock she may have, I knew even at the age of 16 that if someone couldn’t love and value me for the “me” I love, any act of rejection really meant nothing – even coming from my mother. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous when I heard the garage door open below me and the kitchen door slam shut seconds later. My mother is not the type of person who is left speechless – ever. Whereas my demeanor is contemplative and thoughtful, hers is typically less calculated, more effortlessly opinionated and quick to pounce on a problem like a cat on a mouse. Yet somehow, as she approached the threshold of the den where I had relocated myself moments earlier, her striking act of si-
PLAYING WITH FIRE, p. 14
Nadine Thomas and Jacki Tate want to start Temple Flow Arts, a student group for poi. LIVING@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM
lence spoke every thought and opinion she would otherwise be screaming out loud. I could feel the acceptance by the presence of her maternal eyes attempting to meet mine, yet I could sense the disappointment through her lack of action and speech. The way her eyes fell on me was all-at-once new and yet somehow familiar, full of love but left dumbfounded by what I’d said and how I’d said it. And though our initial postouting moment involved little in the way of speech or on-thesurface emotion, it didn’t take longer than five minutes and the uttering out loud of the words “I’m gay” – side-by-side and more tangible than they’d felt in their pixelated version – before tears streamed down my face and simultaneously flooded down hers. The deed was done. But it’s worth noting that despite any tension felt with my mother in those first few minutes, days, weeks and even months, things did – yes, really they did – “get better.” Time did heal our wounds, even if they did leave in their wake a series
of scars as a reminder of the pain and anxiety I had felt during that freeze-frame moment. Four years later, I better understand the disappointment I felt from the eyes of my mother came not from the fact that I came out as gay, but from my apprehensions about telling her for so long, which may be a more common reaction among parents than many, myself included, tend to realize in the moments leading up to and during the coming out process – those lonely moments where nothing else seems to matter in the world but your own thoughts, feelings and fears. Today, I jokingly add a preface to emails I send my mother assuring her I’m not breaking life-changing news in the words to follow. But truth be told, I don’t think she much cares how I communicated the message with her – she’s just happy I did it at all. Brandon Baker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Despite dealing with full course loads, some students find the time to be pet parents.
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“With a B.A. in women’s studies and my research dealing with women’s studies, I have found a nice home in the department,” Brooks-King said.
THE TEMPLE NEWS: WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU CAME TO TEMPLE?
Siobhan Brooks-King: Before Temple, I was actually in a small town in Wisconsin called Appleton and I was completing my dissertation at Lawrence University, a liberal arts college in Appleton. Prior to that I was at UC Santa Barbra – I’m originally a Californian – so from there I went to the Midwest then I slowly inched myself toward the East Coast.
TTN: HOW DID YOU END UP AT TEMPLE?
SBK: I was looking for an urban school. I used to teach at [State University of New York] in New York City and I was sort of looking for another urban environment where the population is diverse, where students have different backgrounds and different classes, so I saw the position for Temple and applied and I was really excited when I got it. So I feel like, in a way, I’m returning to a home of sorts, being here at Temple.
TTN: WHAT IS YOUR ROLE HERE AT TEMPLE?
SBK: Here at Temple, I am the adviser for both the LGBT and women’s studies programs. Well LGBT, as many people know, is a minor on its own, but at the same time an extension of the women’s studies programs. So I am the undergraduate advisor for both, and also my research deals with LGBT issues. Basically, I serve as a liaison between the students and the department...I am the go-to person for people asking about events, I am sort of the voice of the students and I also work with the Queer Student Union.
TTN: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TEMPLE SINCE YOU’VE BEEN HERE?
SBK: I love Temple. I love the enthusiasm of the students, I love their dedication to their education, a lot of the students here...they work, they’re students, they’re juggling all these different identities and I love what they bring to the classroom. I learn a lot from my students as they learn from me. I love the fact that it’s an urban campus and I love the fact that I meet students from all over. At first I thought I would be meeting students primarily from the New York and Philadelphia region, but I’ve met students as far back as from my home state, California, [people] who also chose to come to Temple because they wanted something different, for the diversity here...it’s been a real privilege for me to be here at Temple.
TTN: CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR BOOK?
New LGBT adviser brings experience to department. NICKEE PLASKEN The Temple News As a women’s studies professor, LGBT adviser and a respected author in sociology, Siobhan Brooks-King has certainly been deemed one of Temple’s true triple threats. King earned her bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from San Francisco State University and received a Ph.D. in sociology from New School University. Brooks is also author of “Unequal Desires: Race and Erotic Capital in the Stripping Industry.” Her book delves into the racial and social hierarchy in strip clubs and reveals fascinating primary research regarding black and Latina women in the industry. At Temple, Brooks serves as adviser of not only the women’s studies major but of the LGBT minor as well. In her third year at Temple, Brooks has certainly contributed to both the women’s studies and LGBT departments with her role as adviser.
SBK: The book is called “Unequal Desires: Race and Erotic Capital in the Stripping Industry.” It came out two years ago from SUNY press. The premise of that book is the following: I looked at three strip clubs – one in the Bronx, one in Manhattan and a lesbian strip club in Oakland. And what I did was [extend] a theory that was coined by sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. [That theory is called] social capital, which is basically a way people move up the capitalist ladder. So for example, you could be poor but if you are placed in a private school, you are learning middleclass ways and it’s easier for you to climb up. I wanted to look at race as a form of social capital by itself. So what I did was I looked at racial stratification between black and Latina women who were strippers. The only qualification was their bodies and how they looked. I coined the term “racialized erotic capital” because what I found in the study was basically that mixed race women of color, women of color who were not black, women of color who were thin and fit that [idealize beauty] moved up in the hierarchy of stripping. And I also noticed that in the lesbian club, those ideals translated in an all-women space, an all-black women space. So basically, darker skinned blacks and Latinas worked in clubs where there were very low expectations of their services. Men would come in and get angry when the women
Siobhan King-Brooks is a professor of women’s studies, LGBT studies adviser and author. | NICKEE PLASKEN TTN would [refuse] their money for a lap dance – men would want to touch them without paying them. Men felt entitled to do that and would try to bargain down the women. [I found that] the stereotypes about black and Latina women being on welfare ironically translated into the clubs.
TTN: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON NATIONAL COMING OUT WEEK?
SBK: I am so excited about it. I am going to be on a panel for round table discussions held on Wednesday. I think the queer students really deserve, first of all, the visibility. That’s one thing as the adviser that I am trying to push just a little bit more, is the visibility of the minor and just of queer issues on campus. I’m also excited [about] the discussions that we are planning on having particularly in our political climate with gay marriage and [other] gay and lesbian topics that are circulating in the White House and also on the ground level. We’ll be examining what these changes mean for the LGBT community, as well as with other political issues, and basically where LGBT issues fit into all that. So I’m really excited about National Coming Out Week. Nickee Plasken can be reached at email@example.com.
Dancer comments on violence in thesis
Kiara Aguayo said she hopes to be a voice for victims of violence with her outdoor thesis performance on Nov. 30. COURTNEY REGAN The Temple News A high crime rate continues to slip its way onto a list of enumerable things Temple is well-known for. Violence and abuse are prevalent on many college campuses across the country, regardless of whether it is brought to the forefront or swept under the rug. Though the Bell Tower is a daily platform for students to voice their opinions, a different form of expression has started to take stage there. As Main Campus students walk past the Bell Tower to and from class, 10 are leaping and bounding into making a change. One of these students is senior dance major Kiara Aguayo, who is using her abilities to bring awareness to abuse victims through a performance as part of Boyer College of Music and Dance’s BFA Senior Dance Concert. Aguayo and nine other dancers are focusing their performance on awareness and help for victims of abusive relationships. Aguayo is hoping to counteract the trends of violence through her routine. “Imagine being in detrimental amounts of emotional or physical pain, due to abuse, then walking across the center of campus where others are dancing to give voice to your pain,” Aguayo said. Following the performances,
the dancers plan to hand out cards currently the featured dancer in the with contact information for vic- newest Temple Made commercial. tims of violence to be able to anonA performance like this is Temymously reach out for help while ple’s first, as there has never been learning to cope with their pain. a site-specific performance durAguayo and her dancing a BFA coners will use the Bell cert before. The Tower as their practice concert will take platform in order to place on Nov. “give everyone access 30 and Dec. 1 in to what could be conConwell Theater. sidered a serendipiAguayo’s pertous act.” formance will be The dancers colNov. 30 at 1 p.m. lectively practice an and 2:30 p.m., approximate total of and also at sunset four-and-a-half hours a at the Bell Tower. week with each dancer Kiara Aguayo/ senior dance major Following the providing about two sunset perforhours a day based on mance, interested their availability. viewers can watch the rest of the “All nine dancers and I are concert in Conwell Theater. going through a deep process,” Aguayo and her dancers are Aguayo said. “We are gaining hoping to reach out and inspire strength, unity and a piece of our- both the lives of students directly selves that we hold securely hidden. impacted by violence and abuse as Not only are we ‘talking’ about do- well as those who have dealt with it mestic violence, but we are inviting in some other way, shape or form. all of those around us to talk about “In fact, we are admitting this it, too. To stop it. To tell every vic- to ourselves every time we dance tim that a better version of yourself because whether you have been is obtainable, help is available.” raped, been abused, seen abuse, Aguayo began dancing when held someone who was falling apart she was 15 years old. She originally or simply understand that there are studied dance at Drexel University unfathomable feelings in this world, as one of four dancers to begin the your voice matters,” Aguayo said. first freshman dance class there. Courtney Regan can be reached at Following an ankle injury, she firstname.lastname@example.org. transferred to Temple, where she is
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Senior dance major Kiara Aguayo’s thesis comments on violence and domestic abuse. Aguayo’s thesis will be performed by the Bell Tower on Nov. 30 | LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012
Pride comes out to play at Outfest As a kickoff to National Coming Out Week, the Gayborhood played home to the 22nd annual Outfest on Oct. 7. organizations and events set up throughout the streets of Center City. The main stage of the event in the Gayborhood hosted various events including a utfest, an annual celebramagic show, Miss Philly Gay and Mr. Philly tion of Philadelphia’s LGBT Pride, drag queen performances, high-heeled community, occured on races and a penis-shaped bagel eating contest, Oct. 7 in the Gayborhood in among other events. conjunction with National Coming Out One of the drag performances, Brittany Week. Lynn’s Drag Mafia, consisted of performances The celebration, which is the largest beyond what is considered to be the norm for coming out day event in the world, repdrag queens. The Drag Mafia, unlike other resents the LGBT community in Philadrag shows, does not use lip-synching, but delphia and all that it has to offer those instead all of the performers sing live and throughout the city. involve comedy in their rouDespite rain and colder tines. temperatures being in the “We give you more of a weather forecast, 20,000 Broadway-show style cabastill visited the “Gayborret/burlesque show than the hood” for Outfest, centered normal drag shows you see in around a main stage at 13th town with people lip-synching and Locust streets. one after another,” said Ian “They call it the GayMorrison, alumnus and founder borhood…there is literally of the Philadelphia Drag Mafia, no other place like this,” whose stage name is Brittany said Sicily Stump, a freshLynn. “When people are lookman social work major at ing for a funny host or something Sicily Stump / Temple. freshman social work major different from outside of the drag The Gayborhood is a community, I think they always mecca for the LGBT comcome to my show because they munity with many gayknow that it’s going to be something friendly businesses. that they don’t usually see all of the time.” “To see young people and older people, Although drag queens have populated coupled and not and racially diverse and Philadelphia for years now, the drag popula[transgender] people…It is pretty darn amaztion has grown in recent years thanks to the ing to see this sort of connection,” said Datelevision show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” vid Rosenblum, legal director of the Mazzoni In addition to drag queens, the rest of Center. “So you see people with stars in their the LGBT community was also represented eyes because they’re seeing the opportunithrough Outfest. ties.” The support of the LGBT community in The Gayborhood played host to various Philadelphia was demonstrated through the
TAYLOR FARNSWORTH The Temple News
“They call it the Gayborhood... there is literally no other place like this.
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Color meets chemistry in Good Old War shows fighter strength on ‘The Color Revolution’ DesignPhiladelphia offers an array of events including a presentation by design historian and author, Regina Lee Blaszczyk. TAYLOR FARNSWORTH The Temple News DesignPhiladelphia, a festival that encompasses different aspects of design, is returning to Philadelphia for its eighth year, running Oct. 10 to 14. The festival is hosting more than 120 events and showcasing different aspects of design, including interior design, fashion, architecture and jewelry, among other forms of art. The designs will be presented in different settings including workshops, studio openings, lectures, discussions and street events. “Design in Philadelphia is strongly associated with Philadelphia’s story,” said Hilary Jay, founding director of DesignPhiladelphia. “Our intent is to demonstrate, support [and] promote the ability to generate innovation, solve problems and enhance daily life.” The creation of DesignPhiladelphia has brought many more opportunities to the community, Jay said. “It has given [the design community] a forum for expressing what they do to people who normally wouldn’t have
the opportunity to see and expe- market crash in 1929, she said. rience things like the inside of Blaszczyk has expanded architectural firms and jewelry upon what Fortune Magazine making workshops and lectures had originally stated in the aron museums and the futures ticle “Color in Industry” and of large museums,” Jay said. has made connections with how “People are hungry for experi- the use of color in fashion and ences and Philaindustry has had delphia offers an effect on the that through its lives of ordinary programming.” people. Among the The color events occurring revolution is the during the festiidea of colors val is a discusbecoming more sion with awardaccessible to orwinning design dinary people in historian, Regina the respects of Lee Blaszczyk. color being addBlaszczyk’s ed to cars, fashpresentation, Hilary Jay / designphiladelphia ion, pots and titled “Pan Am among founding director pans, Blue and Powother things. der Room Pink: How Chemistry Before that point in 1930, color Created Vintage Modern,” pres- was not accessible to ordinary ents her outlook on the fashion people, but only accessible to industry and how the chemical those of higher class. industry has impacted the color “A lot of people who study revolution. fashion, for example, don’t necThe basis for this talk is re- essarily look back down the lated to her most recent book, supply chain to acknowledge “The Color Revolution.” The the fact that the chemical indusidea for “The Color Revolution” try is very important in creating began with an article published new dyes, new paints and new in Fortune Magazine in February of 1930 – just after the stock DESIGN PAGE 11
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Alternative rock group featuring former Temple students is establishing itself and its sound. A&E DESK 215-204-7416
The folk trio from Bucks and Montgomery counties is embarking on yet another extensive tour by opening for Dispatch. JENELLE JANCI A&E Editor Some bands go on tour. Good Old War goes on performing marathons. The three-part harmony folk group from the Philadelphia area tours 300 days out of the year. The band has completed five North American tours in 2012 alone. The group, which performed at Union Transfer in late August, will be returning to Philly to perform with Dispatch at the Tower Theatre tonight,
Oct. 9. The performance will be one of the first of the band’s two-month tour. The August show at Union Transfer was originally scheduled for last May, but was postponed for a medical emergency, which drummer and vocalist Tim Arnold said was for keyboardist and vocalist Keith Goodwin. “[Goodwin] had some medical back problems or something,” Arnold said. “He was in severe pain at the end of that tour. We had to cancel like three shows.”
Arnold assured that Goodwin is back to his normal self. “He’s back on his feet, dancing,” Arnold said. The musicians of Good Old War, comprised of Arnold, Goodwin, and guitarist and vocalist Dan Schwartz, try to take care of themselves while on tour to maintain stamina, Arnold said. However, such extensive touring seemed to take a toll on all the members, as evident by a series of unfortunate events before a television performance this past year.
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Columnist Kevin Stairiker guides readers through the history of music-recording mediums. ARTSandENTERTAINMENT@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM
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The indie-pop band Tilly and the Wall will perform at the First Unitarian Church tomorrow.
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Local folk group to open for Dispatch GOW PAGE 9 “There’s lots of crazy nights that happened, but nothing too wild,” Arnold said. “I got really sick and we had to do Conan O’Brien. I had like f---ing bronchitis or something. [Goodwin’s] back went out – some bumps in the road, but nothing too crazy. We try to keep it chill when we’re on the road.” Although it may seem as if frequent touring would tire a band of its own songs, Arnold revels in becoming more familiar with his band’s music while maintaining some variety in live performances. “We try to add little things into some songs live that are a bit different, like some guitar solos here, some jamming there – not too much,” Arnold said. “But it’s good to play a song that I know really well. Once you know a song that well you can kind of relax with it and enjoy it live. Maybe in a year or two I’ll get sick of some songs, but as of right now, I’m having a great time.” Arnold said he is particularly excited to hear the live performance of “Not Quite Happiness” come together – a delicate ballad from the band’s newest album, “Come Back As Rain.” “We’re just figuring out how to do it live,” Arnold said. “We’ve been doing it with just three vocals and a guitar. We’ve tried it with the whole band, so we’re just trying to figure it out. Once that one’s ready to go, it’s going to be really sweet.” The constant performing during a tour is also beneficial to the band’s already tight threepart harmonies – a staple characteristic of Good Old War’s
music. “I think it makes them tighter,” Arnold said. “We’ll rehearse before shows too. That only keeps us in shape.” The back-to-basics nature of their harmony rehearsing makes it convenient for the band. “We’ll pretty much do it wherever we can fit three people and a guitar,” Arnold said. Arnold, charismatic on stage and frequently spewing stage banter, keeps the live show interesting for audiences. At Union Transfer in August, he performed a cover of “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song).” The now-crowd-favorite began by Arnold messing around during a sound check. “We were sound checking one day, and Jason, our sound guy, was like, ‘Let me hear your vocals,’ and I started singing that,” Arnold said. “[Goodwin] kind of called me out one day on it and was like ‘Yo, let’s do it,’ and I was like, ‘All right, let’s try it.’ And we ended up doing it a lot actually.” Despite all of the fun that comes about from constant touring, Good Old War is always happy to return home to the Philadelphia area, Arnold said. Arnold and Goodwin are from Bucks County, Pa., and Schwartz is from Montgomery County, Pa. “About Langhorne – I like all of the land. I don’t like all of the traffic,” Arnold said. “It’s a nice place. It’s not too shabby. And Philly – it’s wild. It’s a wild town. And I love that. It’s great.” Live performances in Philly are particularly exciting
Good Old War is known for its three-part harmonies, which are enhanced from the constant performances touring provides the band. | COURTESY ANDY PATCH for Arnold. “That’s the real deal right there,” Arnold said. “You guys are the genuine article, you know? It feels like home.” Even with a handful of tours under his belt and having self-proclaimed being nearly everywhere in the U.S., Arnold still has a few locations on his tour-stop wish list – including Europe and South America. Aside from dreaming of international tours, Arnold and Good Old War have already begun work on another album.
“We’ve talked about the idea of the record and how we’re going to maybe approach it, but it’s just songs right now,” Arnold said. The band took a “team effort” approach on “Come Back As Rain,” proudly stating how equal the contributions were from each member – from the songwriting process to the final recordings, as Arnold noted in a previous interview with The Temple News. Arnold said the band plans to continue to trend with the new album.
“It’ll just grow,” Arnold said. “I’m very sure that we will all be working on this album [and be] very committed to each other’s well being.” When asked if Good Old War’s fellow Philadelphia area native, Doylestown musician Anthony Green of Saosin, Circa Survive and The Sounds of Animals Fighting fame, would make an appearance on the upcoming record, Arnold said it is a possibility. “That’d be cool,” Arnold said. “We’ll see. I’ll ask him. He
might deny me, but that’s cool.” Regardless of what the next album brings, Arnold said that, for now, Good Old War is going to give each performance the utmost energy. “I feel like, even if I am exhausted or something, I just have to put that in the back of my mind and play the show and have the most fun I possibly can,” Arnold said. “You just have to go for it. Sink or swim.” Jenelle Janci can be reached at email@example.com.
Alumni band visits city Outfest event draws pride Find Vienna played at World Cafe Live Oct. 7.
JACOB HARRINGTON The Temple News Sharing a meal together, Find Vienna spoke in between the noise of a fellow artist’s sound check. Everyone seemed a little tired, as the band members had been touring for three weeks, playing venues like World Cafe Live. Find Vienna, originally from North Wales, Pa., consists of drummer Mark McGuire, singer-guitarist Pat Mencel, bassist Paul Mencel and guitarist Ian Walsh. Paul Mencel and McGuire are former Temple students. The band’s first show was at Mitten Hall. The group met each other in their high school jazz band, with Walsh joining later. The band discussed the tour, their favorite place to play in Philadelphia, Union Transfer, and their tour van – a 15-passenger vehicle that they affectionately call “Baunach the Hedgehog,” named after their tour manager Michael Baunach. “It’s hard to be a band in Philly,” McGuire said. For a band that’s released two successful EPs, signed a major management deal and is at work on its debut full-length, the members appear battlehardened. “The band sustains itself,” Pat Mencel said, discussing the troubles of being an indie band struggling to make it. “We’re in this for the long haul.” “I want our music to have a mood or fit a season,” Pat Mencel added. Despite humble beginnings, the band remains ambitious. “Think big, dream big,” Pat Mencel said. “We’re at a difficult stage in our lives. Even though we had good management, and still do, it was like,
‘How do we sustain ourselves? How do we continue to be a band?’” “The chips are down,” Walsh said. “You make that decision that this is what you’re going to do, you say I’m going to be in a band and if I’m 35 before I can get married and have a kid, that’s fine.” Pat said the reality of maintaining a musical career is the underlying theme of the band’s EP “In Flight.” “Through all the bull----, can you stick it out through the end?” Walsh said. “But we’re f---ing broke. You can’t really have a plan ‘B’ and really pursue this.” “Every cent we have is in this band,” Walsh added. Before their set, The Kin played, and McGuire and Pat Mencel praised their tour mates, singing along with them through the dressing room wall. “There’s a great camaraderie on this tour that we’ve never experienced before,” McGuire said. Before Find Vienna took the stage, the members huddled up into a circle and chanted: “There’s no place like home,” before walking out onto the stage and launching into their set. Fans close to the stage could be seen singing along, looking straight up at the band members as they worked through their songs with precision and style. Each band member has his own enthusiastic groove, matched by the fans dancing and singing in the front row. During the song “Balance,” Paul Mencel worked his way across stage to rock out next to Walsh during an instrumental bridge. Their instrumentals were precise, with every little part contributing to the whole of the song and adding to the sonic landscape. After the band’s final song, “You Know How,” the members exited stage right. As he headed backstage, Paul Mencel said to Banauch, “The light guy was
the s---! He f---ing crushed it!” As the band started to pack up and remove its gear from the stage, the crowd demanded more by chanting: “One more song!” The band members discussed with Banauch whether or not they could do an encore while the crowd continued to chant. “We have to,” Pat Mencel said. After their encore, band members mingled around the lobby with fans, signing autographs and taking pictures. Kim Poehlmann, who was wearing a Find Vienna T-shirt, spoke about the show in the lobby, with the four members of the band milling around nearby. Poehlmann, who was seeing Find Vienna for the third time, said the set was “too short” and that “the bass was pumping,” adding how Find Vienna has progressed with time. “They’ve changed so much on this tour,” Poehlmann said. “They’ve become more open.” Find Vienna has come a long way, and its members have no problem admitting that they still have a long way to go. Jacob Harrington can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Drag queens performed in the Gayborhood to celebrate Outfest.| MEAGAN POGUE TTN organizations and causes that were present such as voting registration for the upcoming election, the LGBT committee of the Philadelphia Police, animal adoptions, Philadelphia’s Gay Men’s Chorus, “Free Hugs,” and more. Vendors were also present, supporting gay pride with rainbow merchandise, among other things. One of the organizations that participated in Outfest was the Mazzoni Center. The Mazzoni Center, which has been in existence for 34 years, offers support to those in the LGBT community by providing services such as HIV testing, legal help and counseling. Although the festival represented different aspects of the community’s support, it also hosted activities and groups that are available to those in the LGBT community, as well as those who support it. Organizations such as Team Philadelphia, which participates in the Gay Games, an Olympic-like event with representation from around the world for members of the LGBT community, represented sports in the gay community.
The Team Philadelphia organization is host to 1,200 athletes, who are all involved in the LGBT community. “We promote wellness and community,” Robert Szwajkos said of Team Philadelphia. Not only does Team Philadelphia have representation throughout the city, but also within Temple itself. Outfest began as just a block party in Philadelphia in 1990 and has expanded into a festival that attracts thousands of people to support the LGBT community in the city. “I have been out since the mid-80s,” Rosenblum said. “I used to live right in the neighborhood and this was a teeny tiny block party. They actually called it the block party.” Started in 1990, the festival has grown to not only attract those who are part of the LGBT community, but also those who support the ideas of equality. “Everyone is welcoming, no one is trying to hate on anyone,” said Max Cohen, a public relations major, who came to Outfest to support his sister, who is part of the LGBT community.
Since the festival’s creation more than two decades ago, the LGBT community in Philadelphia has continued to expand. “It’s nice to see the next generation and that there’s an energy amongst the community and that we’re not all of these different little pieces, but we are working toward making the world a better place and more integrated into society in general,” Rosenblum said. Outfest has allowed those who are in the LGBT community to be recognized and feel accepted for who they are and what they stand for, regardless of how they identify. “Going to Outfest and [Philly] Pride for the first time, it felt like home,” freshman Isaiah Gaffney said. “Everyone was really accepting and caring and really nice, at least for one day or two days out of the year. It’s weird as soon as you leave Outfest or [Philly] Pride and you go back to Broad Street, everything just has less colors and looks bland.” Taylor Farnsworth can be reached at email@example.com.
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‘Love Story’ show crosses an ocean
Used games spark debate
After being a novel, movie and successful musical in London, “Love Story” is making its American debut at the Walnut Street Theatre. DESIRAE HOLLAND The Temple News “Love Story, The Musical” is making its American debut at the Walnut Street Theatre after success in Chichester’s Minerva Theatre in London. America’s oldest theater opened its 204th season with the show, which is playing through Oct. 21. “Love Story, The Musical” tells the story of two young college graduates meeting unexpectedly and falling in love. The musical shows the way love manages to overshadow the young couple’s financial differences and unforeseen problems that occur. Originally a romance novel written by Erich Segal in 1970, “Love Story” tells the tale of two struggling young romantics from different walks of life. It was transformed into an Academy Award winning movie years later. Rending the same iconic romantic journey, “Love Story” brings a more intimate experience to live theater. Lisa Marie Gargione, an ensemble member in the production “Love Story,” said the
musical is the ‘60s generational love story. “If ‘The Notebook’ is our love story, then ‘Love Story’ is our parents’ love story,” Gargione said. Fellow ensemble member Charles Hagerty said what makes the musical more intimate and special is the touch of live music audience members get to experience. “It’s something about singing and music on stage that audience members will buy into,” Hagerty said. “The music taps into emotions that are hard to express in just a screen shot of the face or dialogue, it kicks [the emotion] up another level.” Gargione said she feels similarly about the musical element. “Music has such a wonderful way of filling in a void or feeling in the gaps of emotions that you might not feel when watching a movie,” Gargione said. “The music adds layers to the [production]. The music brings the story to life.” The original production crew for the “Love Story” performance in London was involved in America’s production
with director Annabel Bolton. “[Bolton] the director, which is very rare for a director, was not one to raise her voice ever or to get flustered with us,” Hagerty said. “She kept everything calm and was very calm, which is very rare in our profession.” Gargione praised Bolton for her work on the show. “[Bolton] treated ‘Love Story’ as a precious little love story and was very delicate,” Gargione said. “She really worked with each and every one of us.” Gargione said “Love Story” is powerful, despite many audience members already being familiar with the plot. “Most of the audience members that come to the show have already seen the movie and know what is going to happen,” Gargione said. “But, the fact that audience members still go on this journey with us and still get affected the way they do, is beautiful.” Desirae Holland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DesignPhiladelphia brings color and innovation to Philadelphia DESIGN PAGE 9 pigments that allow for certain colors or certain qualities to appear in fashion or interior design,” Blaszczyk said. Blaszczyk’s emphasis on the chemical industry in fashion draws from the idea that the chemical industry is what created new concepts in regards to colors in fashion, as well as everyday life. Without the expansion of the chemical industry, those advances in the addition of more color would not have been possible. The “Pan Am Blue and Powder Room Pink: How Chemistry Created Vintage Modern” event is not focusing on just the chemical industry as a whole, but will focus more specifically on the Delaware Valley DuPont company and
how three “colorists” there impacted the color revolution. Blaszczyk will discuss specifically how the DuPont chemical company was run in the 1920s through the 1960s, while also explaining the fashion industry today versus that of the past. “The fashion industry today is very different than the fashion industry that I study as a historian,” Blaszczyk said. “That was really a very different world than the world that we live in today. Today we live in a very global world where...the fabrics might be made in one country, the sewing might be done in a second country [and] the assembling might be done in a third country, while the designing is done here.”
Blaszczyk will be touching on these ideas and more at her event in conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia at the Chemical Heritage Foundation on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. To check out more events happening during DesignPhiladelphia visit designphiladelphia. org. Taylor Farnsworth can be reached at email@example.com.
SAMANTHA TIGHE Save & Quit
Columnist Samantha Tighe discusses the future, relevance and controversy of used video games.
he debate about the validity of used games has been raging for decades. Most gamers can attest to having purchased a pre-owned game at some point of their lives. Buying a video game at a discounted price is actually quite a bargain. Rumors have also been circulating for years about the impending crackdown on used games by video game developers and companies. It’s no secret that for every pre-owned game that is sold, the companies take a profit hit, begging the question: What if the used games market becomes obsolete? Very rarely do I purchase a game at full retail price. Unless it’s something that I’ve been dying to play, I’ll usually wait around until it gets cheaper. Even a brand new game has a used game counterpart somewhere. For example, about a week after “Skyrim” was released, one of my old roommates managed to get a used copy that surfaced. Essentially, he got a new game $10 cheaper than what it was retailing for. In grand scheme of things, he still would have purchased “Skyrim” even if a used game version were not present at that particular GameStop – but a deal’s a deal, so he acted upon it. GameStop, arguably one of the world’s largest video game retailers, makes a decent chunk of change out of used game sales. In this year’s 10-K form, GameStop reported that used games attributed to almost 31.9 percent of the company’s gross profit. Let’s say that, worst case scenario, the next generations of consoles have security features built into them that prevent a game from being used on another console. In other words, when you purchase a video game, it is yours exclusively forever and can’t be sold. You wouldn’t even be able to let your friend borrow it. What would that do to GameStop? I imagine, for a couple years, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and even the Nintendo Wii would still be fairly popular un-
til major game titles start releasing on the new consoles. Eventually, most gamers would make the switch and, with almost 30 percent of its profit gone, I’m sure GameStop would take a hit. Additionally, the video game rental company, GameFly, would be out of business unless it would specifically work with companies and developers on creating a solution. It’s no joke though – there are companies out there that rely on the used game market to make profit. If that profit or market were crippled, I’m sure a lot more companies would be going out of business. What I’m saying does appear to be a strange doomsday approach to the situation. However, it’s not like I’m completely coming out of left field with these musings. Video game companies have already dipped their feet into this cesspool with the use of SecuROM. Some of you may cringe at the word “SecuROM,” and others may not know what the hell I’m talking about. SecuROM is a built-in protection feature for CDs and DVDs and has been used in several big title games like “Mass Effect” and “Spore.” Its original purpose was to prevent video game piracy – supposedly SecuROM games can’t be copied or downloaded illegally. That purpose is fine; one can’t really condone illegal downloads. However, one of SecuROM’s controversial features is the limit of activations granted to a particular game. That means that if I purchase a computer game with SecuROM on it, I only have between three to five activations – depending on the game – before it shuts me out. So, say I need to completely wipe and restore my computer. When I re-download that particular video game I’m already up to two activations. SecuROM also doesn’t uninstall itself from your computer when you uninstall a game it is attached to, which starts to get into the userprivacy realm. There are ways around it, and if you call the particular
video game company you can deactivate certain computers or raise your activation limit altogether. It’s a hoop that people have to jump through, an unnecessary step many have to take to simply play or sell a game they had already purchased. It’s true, SecuROM’s presence has declined due to the general outrage because of it, but it opened the door for future preventions. Although most games don’t use SecuROM exactly, many do have security features that resemble it. Companies have been toying with other ways to goad gamers to buy new. Developers have been releasing purchase codes for additional game content, like new guns or quests. This key can only be entered once, an incentive to get players to purchase a new game. Furthermore, we consumers don’t have concrete information to go on regarding the next generation of the Xbox and PlayStation. Hell, we don’t even have names. The rumor mill has been turning, but most of these speculations can be taken with a grain of salt. There are some people out there who are claiming that future video game purchases will all be done online via Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network and that these games can only be used by your account. At this point, consumers have to wait and see what the future holds for used games. Development wise, we’re at a crossroad. It wouldn’t be entirely surprising to see some limitations posed on previously owned games, but it also depends on how we react. We do have a lot of power – they need our money to run their companies, but do gamers have the collective willpower to boycott? Samantha Tighe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music distrubution evolves through time KEVIN STAIRIKER Fear of Music
Columnist Kevin Stairiker delves into the history of music-recording mediums.
ow long did it take the last piece of music to download onto your computer? I bought the new Mountain Goats album the other day – legally – from the Merge Records website, and the download took three and a half minutes. Three and a half minutes to get a nearly 40-minute album that probably took months to record. 2012 is pretty crazy. As CDs slowly creep back further and further on store shelves and records, though climbing, remain a niche market, the MP3 is the obvious dominator in music listening. Whether this is good or bad is really meaningless, because it’s already happened and people that listen to music are pretty steadfast in their ways. This is not a thought piece about that, however. The history of how music has been released is a pretty varied and weird one. The phonograph was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison, but it took Victor Talking Machine Company to popularize the selling of 10-inch records in 1901. But before even that, there was sheet music. Before the invention of records, famous entities like Tin Pan Alley made its dimes by selling sheet music to the public to perform on differ-
ent-tuned pianos in alleyways. As novel as it sounds, there was a time when this method was the only way for early songwriters to peddle their wares. Recently, singer and songwriter Beck announced that he would be selling his new album only in the form of sheet music, thus bringing the form full circle. Despite annotated music’s relevance, as soon as wax cylinders started catching on, the music-listening public soon shunned sheet music in favor of merely listening to the tunes instead of having to play themselves. Early jazz bands and classical performers recorded performances straight to records, playing all at the same time with the louder instruments relegated to playing in the back of the room to attempt to balance the sound. However, there were no microphones early on. In the beginning, musicians would merely play in the direction of a horn-shaped appendage. This form of acoustic-style recording was thankfully short-lived once radio became a force in entertainment in the 1920s. The first acts recorded in the new “electrical” fashion were the hometown heroes of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performing such club bangers as Tchaikovsky’s “Marche Slave”
at the Academy of Music for Victor in 1926. Seventy-eight RPM records were the industry norm until the introduction of the Long Player record in 1948. I know what you’re thinking right now. “Kevin, this column is nearly half way done and you’re only just now getting to records and I’m totally not even bored yet.” Thank you, unnamed reader. If you thought wax cylinders were exciting, wait until you read on. Columbia Records found itself on the forefront of this new technology following the ending of World War II, with new records featuring microgrooves that could now hold up to 20 minutes of music. Sold on a 12-inch record – though not for the first time – LPs almost instantaneously became the popular mode of music release once record executives found out that they could pump more music out to a rabid public wanting more Frank Sinatra for their collective buck. Records were able to fit more music by lessening the RPM from 78 to 33 1/3. Sneaking up quietly alongside the record was the advent of the cassette. While never nearly as popular as vinyl or CDs, cassettes did manage to catch on with listeners in the ‘70s and
‘80s, coincidentally around the same time as the first onslaught of music piracy. The popularization of the Walkman in 1980 allowed people to actually carry around their music on the go, albeit for however long the batteries lasted. Cassettes were, and still are, relatively cheap to make, allowing bands without sizable funds to have something presentable that fans can buy at shows. And of course, we have the CD. Released in the U.S. in 1983, compact discs enjoyed the similar immediate success that formats before it had. It also allowed record executives to release whole discographies on an entirely new medium, with the general population more than willing to replace its entire collections for the privilege. After the CD – well, nothing. I’m not sure about you, but all of my CDs currently take up a shelf in my room at home and serve no purpose other than something to look at. Your car might have a cassette or CD player, but you’ve more than likely found a way to plug an iPod into it some way or another, you rascal. After the CD, there’s a good chance that there will be no physical medium to replace it, and that the MP3 and whatever comes after it will be the standard. And you know
what? That’s OK. There’s a line from a recent Father John Misty song that sums this all up pretty nicely: “Try not to dwell so much upon/How it won’t be so very long from now/That they laugh at us for selling a bunch of 15 year olds made from dinosaur bones singing ‘oh yeah’/Again and again/Right up to the end.”
FIVE OTHER TCHAIKOVSKY JAMZ: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36: Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64: Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1. Waltz Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11: Andante Cantabile Kevin Stairiker can be reached at email@example.com.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
JACOB HARRINGTON The Temple News
Tilly and the Wall After a four-year hiatus, indie-pop band Tilly and the Wall is back with a new album, tour and Twitter account.
Tilly and the Wall formed in Omaha, Neb., in 2001, born from the same music scene of acts like Bright Eyes and Cursive. The band’s blend of infectious indie-pop is unique for its use of a tap dancer in lieu of a drummer. The band was on hiatus for four years, during which members Jamie Williams, tap dancing and percussion, and Derek Pressnall, guitar and vocals, became parents together of two
children. Vocalist Kianna Alarid also had a child. Keyboardist Nick White and vocalist and guitarist Neely Jenkins went to Los Angeles, where White toured with another band. Tilly and the Wall returned earlier this month with a new album “Heavy Mood,” out Oct. 2, and a tour. Tilly and the Wall is playing at the First Unitarian Church tomorrow, Oct. 10. The Temple News: Everyone isn’t in Omaha anymore. Is it weird now that you’re spread out to write an album? Neely Jenkins: Yeah, there are definitely different chal-
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012 lenges with songs, you know, how to get each other’s song to one another. But it’s actually getting a little bit easier demoing or fixing a demo and sending it obviously to a computer. It’s good. It’s a good change. As far as practice goes, it’s a little harder to do. That’s why we’re all in Omaha right now, to kind of hash everything out and get ready for a big tour. I just sat down and kind of revisited our older songs and sat down and learned new songs. Tomorrow morning we’re getting together to do a photo shoot and after that we’re all [getting] together
[to] start practicing. TTN: Was it a hiatus, a break up or just you all living your lives for four years? NJ: Oh no, definitely not a breakup. No, no, no. We’ve always, you know, even when we stopped touring we were like, “We should definitely do this again.” I can’t even remember the exact moment when we were like, “We need to do this again.” It just sort of happened and we were like, “Let’s do it.” So we all had all that we’d been, you know, working on the past
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BIG SEAN CONCERT G.O.O.D. Music performer Big Sean provided the soundtrack for Homecoming 2012 at the Liacouras Center on Saturday, Oct. 6. | TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN
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Band brings indie-pop to Philly TILLY PAGE 12
and started hashing it out here, TTN: What influences then went into the studio and are on the new album? Some hashed even more out there and songs sound very rebellious then next thing you know we’re and young, where did that ready to go back out on the road come from? again. NJ: I think just kind of the TTN: Do you miss Oma- pain that we’ve gone through. ha and its music scene? Do I’ve always felt like even from you like L.A.? the first record NJ: I am in that we always love with Los just wrote what Angeles because we believe or it is so different what we thought from Omaha. or that we’re inYou get to be fluenced by art outside all the in some certain time and I love way and I still that, I love hikthink that that’s ing through the where it comes mountains, it’s from, you just great people. Neely Jenkins / musician know? It comes Omaha is still from your life such a big place in my heart. and what’s bothering you and I love Omaha. Good people, what you see and how you peragain. Omaha is just easy. I ceive things. So, for some cool love that about it. There are so reason, all of us were bought many positive things going on together and we all just admire here. It’s a smaller city but there each other’s music and ideas so are so many different artists, so much that it just works. many different bands. TTN: What do you want
to say about the new record? NJ: I started a Twitter account with Tilly recently. That’s the new thing. That wasn’t so popular four years ago. I just love reading about people who are like, “I’m rocking out to it in my car,” “I’m cleaning to it,” “This is my Monday song, and this is my Tuesday song.” I don’t know why I’m almost crying about it right now, it’s so weird. It’s so cool that you can make people happy, and I think that’s really what this world should be about. It’s an honor to bring something like that to someone’s lives. TTN: Does it make you happy to see people come to your shows and dance and have a great time? NJ: Who wants to go to a show and just stand there? You have to have the crazy. We just bring the crazy.
the Philadelphia Orchestra and six other performing arts companies. After learning about the building’s interior, the tour will conclude with a visit from a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and a dancer from the Pennsylvania Ballet, who will discuss what it’s like to perform there. Regardless of how long you’ve called Philadelphia home, these tours and others held by Philadelphia Hospitality, Inc. help educate people about what goes on inside the places that many of us pass each day.
work, new and old, at the Soap Box in West Philly. The Soap Box is an independent publishing center that gives authors or artists the equipment, resources and instructions on binding, printing and other techniques necessary to independently publish their work. While you’re waiting for the readings to begin, the Soap Box also has a library dedicated to the small handmade publications. The works of at least seven zinesters will be highlighted throughout the night, including Sassyfrass Circus, How Not to Flirt, Deafula and Sub Rosa. Whether their zines are focused on satire, politics, feminism, cartoons or random musings, the Philly Zine Fest Zine Reading will showcase a wide variety of local artistry.
“It’s so cool that
you can make people happy... that’s what this world should be about.
After a four-year hiatus, indie-pop band Tilly and the Wall has returned with a new album featuring the group’s trademark upbeat sounds. |COURTESY JASON MEINTJES
PHILADELPHIA OPEN HOUSE OCT. 12-14 FREE - $45 AVENUE OF THE ARTS, OTHER LOCATIONS Most of us have walked by many Philadelphia landmarks, namely on Avenue of the Arts, and can recognize some by name. However, there’s probably a smaller amount of individuals who have been inside each of these buildings, even fewer for a full tour. Philadelphia Hospitality, Inc. is hosting several tours of the city’s most historically well-known places. The first tour focuses on the past and present of City Hall. Participants will check out the building’s most essential and grandest rooms, as well as the City Council Chamber and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The next day, tourists can see the Union League at Broad and Sansom streets, one of the nation’s leading private clubs founded in 1862. The tour, led by the director of library and historical collections, will show the building’s expansive Civil War collection of rare books, American paintings, military weapons and other artifacts. On the last day, the series will end at two of the most famous buildings in the city on Broad and Spruce streets. Participants will visit the Academy of Music first, the oldest grand opera house in the country. Afterward, the tour will head to the Kimmel Center, home to
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SWANS OCT. 13, DOORS AT 8 P.M., SHOW AT 9 P.M. $20 UNION TRANSFER Swans’ front man Michael Gira said he chose the band’s moniker because that’s what best described the sound the band going for. “Swans are majestic, beautiful looking creatures. With really ugly temperaments,” he stated. The New York-based band was initially active from 1982-97, becoming one of the few bands that began during the New York no-wave scene to continue on into the ‘90s. After 10 albums, the band took a 15-year break. In 2010, Gira brought Swans back to life and it has released two albums since. The band’s newest, “The Seer,” was released on Aug. 28 and was welcomed with nothing less than four stars from some of the most popular music publications such as Allmusic, Pitchfork and Spin. The A.V. Club, who gave the album an “A,” stated, “It’s the most harrowing, exhausting, cathartic, transcendental piece of music Gira has ever put to tape. And that’s from a man whose had many.” Some similar artists are Death in June, Throbbing Gristle and Current 93. Gira has also said, “The Seer” is the ultimate culmination of any music he’s ever made. The opener for Swans’ performance at Union Transfer on Saturday, Oct. 13 will be folk band A Hawk and a Hacksaw, featuring Jeremy Barnes, the former drummer for Neutral Milk Hotel.
PHILLY ZINE FEST ZINE READING THE SOAPBOX, 741 S. 51ST ST. FREE OCT. 14, 5:30 P.M. As a prelude to the 10th annual Philly Zine Fest on Saturday, Oct. 27, several of the artists and writers contributing to the event will read from their
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FORGOTTEN PHILADELPHIA THROUGH NOV. 9 FREE FAIRMOUNT PARK WELCOME CENTER, 16TH STREET AND JFK BOULEVARD Art exhibition “Forgotten Philadelphia,” shares stories of “hidden gems” like abandoned historical buildings or parks that many residents aren’t aware of. These stories are told by local artists and writers through poems and short stories that speculate on a specific site’s past. Literary magazine Philadelphia Stories selected 15 sites proposed by artists near the area, based on the diversity of the site’s location and whether or not it’s in danger of disappearing. Some of the locations that made the cut are the dilapidated Divine Lorraine Hotel on Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue, Girard College, the Tyler School of Art at Elkins Park, Metropolitan Opera House and Laurel Hill Cemetery, one of the few in the country to be designated as a National Historical Landmark. After these sites were chosen, they were assigned to local writers and poets to interpret in any way they chose. A few described their literal reactions to the sites, while others created fictional residents or visitors and wrote of their relationship to the area. The variety of these stories and the artworks that complement them create an unusual exhibit that highlights unique places in the city that are sometimes overlooked. -Cheyenne Shaffer
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Fire lights up new Main Campus culture Nadine Thomas and Jacki Tate are looking to start a new club around free-flowing art such as poi, juggling, hula-hooping and more. PATRICIA MADEJ The Temple News While walking by Founder’s Garden at night, students might be able to catch something rather unusual: lights and, as of late, fire spinning around in the air. Students Nadine Thomas and Jacki Tate have both mastered the art of poi, and are now sharing their talent with the rest of Temple in hopes to start a group soon. Poi is a form of rhythm and dance that originated from New Zealand by the Maori people. It can be practiced through various mediums
that include the use of LED lights, glow sticks, fabric or fire. Often times, passers-by will stop and watch Tate and Thomas, they said. So much so, that they’ve decided they should try to form a club with not only poi, but many other forms of free-flowing art such as juggling, hula-hooping, gloving, devil sticks, Diablo and more. The two expressed always being open to having their onlookers chat with them and learn as they watch on the sidelines. They even have extra poi on hand for anyone who wants to try it. The police don’t bother the two too much, they said, with most officers stopping to watch along with
the rest of the crowd. Despite hectic schedules, they can still be found at the Founder’s Garden on Tuesday and Sunday nights around 9 p.m. And though the skill may be daunting to observe, Tate and Thomas said poi isn’t as hard as it seems. “I don’t want to say it was hard to learn, just different. It’s about walking and moving your hands. It’s all muscle memory,” said Tate, a sophomore legal studies major. Tate has been practicing poi for about two years. She got her start when she saw a professional show and it immediately captivated her.
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Nadine Thomas performs poi with fire. Thomas hopes to start Temple Flow Arts, a student organization for poi. | JESSICA REPKO TTN
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Limit relationships and drinking
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Both Green and Peredo plan to use their new title to their advantage especially in the community and education. Green is the director of external affairs at Babel, as well as Main Campus Program Board. In the future, he wants to perform plays for students in the area, and integrate poetry as a bigger part of lesson plans, he said. “I want them to know poetry isn’t just the boring stuff we have to read – it’s a way to express yourself,” Green said. Peredo is executive embassador of the Associaton of Information Systems and an intern for Teach for America. She also works in the Fox Center for Undergraduate Advising as a peer advisor. With her crown, Peredo wants to continue showing Temple pride by attending games and getting students excited to be part of the university, she said. She plans to collaborate with Youth Action, a studentrun minority organization, with Media Meltdown Productions to put on talent productions in
local schools. As a product of the Philadelphia public school system, education is extremely important to her. “I’m one of many success stories. There’s a lot of diamonds here, and I know that’s cliché. But I’m one of those people that’s really going hard, doing a lot of great things. I want to encourage people to get involved and advocate success,” Peredo said. Though their current weekend has been chaotic, the two are already planning something together. Both feel as though college should be advocated earlier rather than later in high school years, and would love to host group tours for middle schoolers. But, before they can start any of their planned projects, the first duty of the two students is to decide which charity to donate the collected T-shirts from the “Tees for Temple U” event. Patricia Madej can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARY CARR Let’s Be Blunt
Columnist Cary Carr answers reader-submitted questions and offers advice to the LGBT community.
ith the presidential election just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about our incredible lack of human rights. In honor of National Coming Out Week, I’d like to give a little advice to any and every member of the LGBT community – let your opinions be heard because your voices, thoughts and actions are more important now than ever before. I consider myself lucky. I grew up with an extremely open-minded family and managed to migrate to a group of very diverse and sexually liberated friends. Granted the chance to see how beautiful, intelligent, brave and empowering the LGBT community is, I was baffled at how anyone could discriminate or hate this group of people without even knowing them. But within this community, I’ve also witnessed a lot of suffering. I watched as my friend’s parents sent him to a therapist because of his sexuality and listened as another friend de-
bated whether or not to tell her dad that she was gay, knowing that he would be disappointed. I saw the aftermath of a boy in my high school, afraid and ashamed of his sexuality, commit suicide, and I listened as students and parents continued to portray being gay as some sort of disease. So now is your chance to stop more pain from happening. Whether you’re straight or gay, you can make an impact. I don’t care if you do it by signing a petition, voting for a certain candidate who will move us closer to equality or wearing head-totoe rainbow for the entirety of NCOW. Just do it. Because the more you show support for individuality and the harder you hold your LGBT friends’ hands, the louder our government will hear our message – we are gay, bisexual, transgender or whatever the hell we want to be, and we are damn proud of it. Now, back to the basics.
QUESTION: HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT SEEKING OUT INTERNSHIPS RELEVANT TO YOUR MAJOR?
Answer: Lucky for you, there are plenty of options. You can always take the simple path and visit the Career Center or go to your department’s advising office to get some clear-cut advice, but truthfully, to get your dream internship, you’re going to have to attack it head on. I have two options for you that seemed to work out pretty well for me. First, research! Research the places that you could see yourself working at in the future then reach out to them about any opportunities to intern. Some companies might not list
options on their websites, but that’s where the work comes in – you need to find an email, a phone number or both and get in touch with them. Even if they don’t have an internship program, your enthusiasm might persuade them to consider one, making you an all-star. Want some expert advice? Go to your favorite professor. Believe it or not, they’re there to help and have a lot of knowledge on the most stand-out programs. My wonderful journalism professor Larry Stains helped me discover the American Society of Magazine Editors internship program, which I would have never even considered. It might not always be easy finding the perfect internship, but it’s not just going to be handed to you. You need to fight for it, just like you need to fight to find the perfect job out of college.
Q: HOW DO I NOT END UP BLACKING OUT AT PARTIES?
A: Ah, the problem that plagues most of us college students. Let me just say, my freshman year was a series of blackouts, yet somehow, it was the best and most ridiculous year of my life. I dove into tubs of jungle juice, pre-gamed much too hard and fully took advantage of the cheapness of High Gravity 40s. But, alas, there comes a time when we can no longer use the “but I’m a freshman” excuse and must gain a sense of responsibility and self-control. How to go about this? You need to set your limits. Now, I understand the difficulty of this situation because I’m still working on it, but there are some simple tips. One: Never, ever take more
than two or three shots before you leave the house. Two: Resist the urge to continue buying drinks at the bar after you already have your buzz going – you’ll just end up with an empty wallet and an upset stomach. Three: Keep the next day in the back of your mind. No one wants to end up lying in bed with the remnants of last night’s makeup – i.e. fake eyelashes stuck to your forehead – or a vodka and Redbull-induced headache.
Q: I’M IN A LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP AND MY GIRLFRIEND HOOKED UP WITH ANOTHER GIRL. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
A: I may be biased on this issue because I’ve been cheated on before, and I know firsthand how badly it hurts – like that whole ripping your heart out with pliers and then feeding it to your dog kind of hurt. And I don’t think that kind of pain is worth it. I mean, you have to be realistic here, people who cheat once often do cheat again. I’m not saying every time, but it’s a strong possibility, and if you take that person back you have to be willing to go through this all a second time. And trust me, it hurts worse the next time around because not only do you feel betrayed but you also feel kind of foolish. But if you honestly think saving your relationship is worth that risk, then you’re going to have to be prepared to fully forgive your significant other because it’s never going to work otherwise. Cary Carr can be reached at email@example.com.
Online presence is crucial
JOHN DAILEY Eternal Intern
Columnist John Dailey explains how social media can give employees a more complete portrait than just a résumé and cover letter.
he first thing almost any employer will do is search for you online. This should be assumed to be a fact. Just ask anyone you know who has participated in the hiring process. And why wouldn’t they? It’s easy, fast and provides a whole lot of information about who the candidate is as a person. At first, the novice job searcher may be offended at what seems to be a gross breach of privacy. “What I do in my free time is my business,” they might say. Regardless, the practice isn’t likely to go away, so you may as well embrace it. In fact, managing your web presence can be just the thing to put you ahead in today’s job market. Thanks to modern technology, you have the opportunity to show how multi-faceted, experienced and talented you really are. Gone are the days of simple résumés and cover letters. Huzzah! Well not really, but it’s a start. Here are some things I wish that I had done more of along the way to manage my own web presence.
GET YOUR BLOG ON
Your blog is the hub of all that is your professional identity and could serve as a way to tie all of your online efforts together via linking. Blogging shows employers that you are relatively social media-savvy and that you think about more than the average, drunken bear. The content on your blog should be kept relatively professional, yet still human. Show that you have thoughts about the industry that you are interested in. Discuss your opinions on trends or cool pieces of news. Reflect on relevant issues and experiences. Don’t be afraid if you’re not the greatest writer or feel like you don’t have much to say. Those skills will come with
time – and this could be a way to develop them. WordPress is my platform of choice. And then there’s Tumblr, the alternative. This is something that I’ve only very recently been exposed to by a speaker in one of my classes. I thought it was really neat. For those unfamiliar, Tumblr is a blog where you post images or quotes that essentially stack on one another like puzzle pieces to fill the webpage. The viewer clicks what catches their eyes to view in more detail. It is very simple in design. Tumblr is a great tool to showcase your work. The obvious use would be for those working in photography or Web design, but the possibilities are much greater. Many things can be presented with an image: stylized spreadsheets to show how well you present data or pictures of you doing volunteer work or designs for a structure you built in AutoCAD or almost anything else. Use everything from school projects to things that you’ve done at an internship – just blur any sensitive information. Think of Tumblr as your running portfolio that you continuously add to throughout your collegiate career.
FOLLOW THE LEADERS
Twitter, in my opinion, is better as a news network than as a social one. Professionals tend to gravitate toward Twitter as a way to speak about their industry and this has given Twitter a professional skew. Any intern or job seeker should be aware of this and accordingly keep the heavy social activity on Facebook, while using Twitter to promote their professional brand and ideas – tweet out your blog posts, for instance. Because of the high concentration of professionals on Twitter, it’s a great way to understand what’s going on in an industry. Make sure to follow
the opinion leaders and news sources for your industry. You may even find yourself getting involved in the conversation.
LINK YOURSELF IN
Don’t use LinkedIn like a résumé. That’s redundant because you already have a résumé. To stand out, focus on your skills and development. Write succinct paragraphs about your experiences and various lessons learned while serving in a given position. LinkedIn is also an effective way to catalogue professional contacts that you may need to call on in the future. When scouting positions, look to your network and see if anyone you already know has insight into an organization.
DON’T BE AN IDIOT
We are forever being told to beware what we put online. This message is old and tired, I know. But like a warning label stating not to iron clothes while wearing them, it has to be included or someone is going to do it. Unless you are aiming to possibly work in some sort of entertainment industry, putting pictures – or even worse, videos – online of yourself doing a keg stand or stumbling around Old City at 3 a.m. is not a good look. Keep specific social mediums exclusively for your social life and others for professional networking. Still, watch what you put out there because it ultimately is public. These suggestions are intended to be used on an ongoing basis, sort of always just running in the background. And doing them can even help you understand yourself. John A. Dailey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012
Pets are companions, not burdens for some Despite being full-time college students, some find time to dedicate to pets.
REBECCA ZOLL The Temple News Living with others sometimes means picking up the slack of roommates, generally by cleaning up after them. While some students may see this as an extra burden they don’t need, there are a few who take on the responsibility willingly through a different kind of roommate – a pet. And though it may seem daunting to carry on that responsibility, there are some roomies who manage to make it work. Amanda Havens is a fifthyear architecture major who owns a pitbull-type dog named Toby, who Havens said is almost 4 years old and gets along with all of her roommates, except one. “[My roommate is] kind of standoff-ish toward [Toby], and he senses it,” Havens said. “[Toby] specifically chews on her things and he’s been peeing on her stuff and just her stuff, no one else’s. Before she moved in he never had accidents in the house. Even when I got him, he was trained.” The pup also seems to love his own personal space, Havens said. “In three of the bedrooms, he develops a man cave and finds a very tiny spot and just lays there until one of us gets home,” Havens said. “He had a man cave in the living room at one point. He finds these really strange, small hiding places.” Havens said that while she’s OK with it, most of the extra responsibility falls on her since she is the owner. “He gets a little expensive
when it comes to food because he has food allergies, so he has to have a specific type of food,” Havens said. “And as for walking him, [my roommate] helps me out a lot and we have a backyard and grass. We specifically got that house for the dog.” Havens said she wouldn’t change having a dog, because at the end of a long, stressful day, she comes home and Toby is excited to see her, laying down to bond and always wanting to cuddle. “No matter what happens, he’s at home waiting for me,” Havens said. Matthew Dempsky, a 3L law student, owns a Russian tortoise named Koopa Troopa. The turtle may not be as cuddly as a dog, but she seems to receive just as much love as Toby. “As far as pets go, we really lucked out. We really like her a lot,” Dempsky said. “She’s fairly well-behaved and likes to crawl all over us if we let her.” Koopa Troopa also likes to eat. “[We give her] mostly vegetables and leafy greens,” Dempsky said. “She also eats fruit. She recently just started eating green apples.” Both Dempsky and his roommate agreed to get a pet together. “We cleared it ahead of time, formulated a plan on how we were going to keep it and feed it,” Dempsky said. “We originally planned to get a water turtle, but we found out that it’s expensive to keep them in a habitat. We decided to get a tortoise instead. They’re easier to take care of, a little bit
lower maintenance, but a little bit more expensive to buy.” Some pets are bought at pet stores and some are adopted from shelters, but Max Cohen, a junior public relations major, got his cat Phillip from the streets. “He was there when we came home one night,” Cohen said. “He apparently followed my one roommate home and walked with her for blocks. He was being friendly rubbing against her leg and he came in the house. We were like, ‘All right, you’ve earned your keep, you can stay.’” Cohen and his roommates discovered that Phillip was mute, and had an interesting experience bathing him. “We had him in the sink and he was meowing up a storm but nothing was coming out so it was just like a silent cat meowing,” Cohen said. “We felt so bad but it made our lives a lot easier. Other than that, he’s really friendly and playful. He’s definitely the friendliest cat I’ve had.” Cohen lives with five other people, so Phillip is easy to take care of. “If his food is low, then someone will change it. We don’t really have a system yet,” Cohen said. “In the neighborhood, there’s so many strays everywhere and most of them are friendly. I think you should always adopt over buying because it means so much to take in the cats,” Cohen said. Rebecca Zoll can be reached at email@example.com.
(Above) Senior Amanda Havens owns Toby. (Below) Koopa Troopa is 3L law student Matthew Dempsky’s pet. | STEVEN REITZ TTN
Merging cultures proves challenging LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ
The Temple News
Luis Fernando Rodriguez
During NCOW, living editor recalls trying to balance two cultures growing up.
rowing up, my Latino heritage was always at the forefront of my upbringing. My parents made sure that while I was growing up in America – where they knew I’d have countless opportunities – I needed to learn about their cultures and fuse them into my identity. They succeeded. My parents split up the task of making me bilingual: Mami would speak to me in Español, and Papi would speak to me in English. It was a great plan, and when I made it to pre-K I was a master linguist – along with probably the majority of students in that Miami classroom born to immigrant parents. After six years of living in the se-habla-Español bubble that is Miami, my parents made the decision to move hundred of miles up north to the town of Marlborough, Mass. Not to say that the town I grew up in wasn’t diverse, but it led me to grow up as one of the minority as opposed to one of the majority. Being a minority in my hometown actually caused me to seek out more of my Latino heritage, rather than push it to the side. I made efforts to learn about my heritage and seek out the history of the ancient Mayan, Aztec and Inca cultures. As opposed to the other ancient cultures we were taught. I was always disappointed when my teachers would tell me that the history of Central and South America were not on the curriculum. At one point during my freshman year of high school my appreciation of my heri-
tage turned into obsession. All I could talk about was my heritage and I even went to the point of sometimes dressing head to toe in clothes themed to Colombia and Honduras, the countries my parents are from. A lot of my identity struggles were due to the fact that I was hiding from myself. I was hiding the fact that I was gay by draping myself in tacky shirts with Colombian and Honduran flags on them. I was literally wearing my heritage on my sleeve, to hide another part of myself. After my freshman year of high school, my parents decided we should move back to Florida – this time to Orlando. I was once again a part of the majority since my high school was majority Puerto Rican. It was no longer special that I was Latino. I was one of the many, instead of one of the few. It took my last three years of high school in Florida to start coming out to people, and accepting myself. This opportunity to be in a new place, with no friends and no ties to any of the people who knew me as the boy who was overly obsessed with his heritage, provided me the time to reflect. After some time I was able to realize that I was more than where my parents were from. I was my own person. The first two weeks of October mark the end of Hispanic Heritage Month and the beginning of LGBT History Month. These past two weeks have made me look back at the transition I took from being wrapped up in one aspect of my life to accepting another. Since coming to college I’ve ditched the whole gimmick of hiding behind my heritage and got involved in LGBT-
related organizations. It really helped me become more comfortable with who I am. I was more free to accept myself as gay when I got to college and even worked as an executive board member of Temple’s Queer Student Union for two semesters. This came with a price, as I basically abandoned my Latino heritage – save for when I’d talk to my mom on the phone or the one time I managed to find a Colombian restaurant in Philadelphia. In the last month I’ve done a lot more reaching out to my Latino peers on Main Campus, through interviewing people like AdEL’s president Julie Malave and observing events like last week’s salsa dancing event Baila Conmigo, and have found that now it’s time for me to go out there and reconnect with the community I seem to have abandoned. I was afraid that being openly gay would automatically make it more difficult for me to reach out to my Latino peers. But, by assuming this, I was only causing a disservice to myself and giving my fellow Latinos less credit than they deserve. I’m going to use the rest of my time at Temple to make sure I take full advantage of the Latino and LGBT community that is here and have a healthy balance between my two cultures. I’ve followed the advice of many people I’ve spoken to here, when they said that you have to go looking for your community. It won’t come to you. Luis Fernando Rodriguez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New culture at Temple FIRE PAGE 14
From there, she started taking classes and hasn’t stopped since. However, Tate has only recently started to practice with fire. “I was a little nervous, yeah. The thing that caught me off guard was that it’s really loud. Especially since it’s whooshing by your head. It’s unnerving,” Tate said. Thomas, a senior English major, has been practicing poi since April 2011. She practiced for a few months until she upgraded to using fire. “I was terrified,” Thomas said. She has the entire experience caught on tape, along with some yelling, swearing and complaints about how loud the fire was. Thomas argues practicing with fire is not necessarily about skill. “It’s not about a set level of expertise, it’s about being comfortable,” Thomas said. Both girls take all the appropriate precautions and measures to ensure safety. They keep towels as well as water nearby. Thomas wants to start the group because she wants a setting where people can talk, become friends and learn from each other instead of through YouTube vid-
eos and tutorials. “People want to be involved, and be a part of this crazy art that’s going on,” Thomas said. Neither Tate nor Thomas has ever competed with their skill, but have hopes to attend the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, which celebrates community, art, selfexpression and fire. All the way in Nevada, the two hope it’s something their future group can do if they ever grow large enough. Thomas has even made enough connections in the Philadelphia poi community to offer a 15 percent discount code for any person looking to buy their own poi at homeofpoi.com. The two have taken their group to social media by setting up a Facebook page at Temple Flow Arts. They’re constantly updating practice times and any changes within the group. With the help of the student body, Temple Flow Arts has potential to grow into a hugely popular group on Main Campus. Patricia Madej can be reached at email@example.com.
GENDER ROLES AND STEREOTYPES WITHIN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY / STUDENT CENTER, 200A / OCT. 9 / 7 P.M. – 9 P.M. / FREE A staple of National Coming Out Week, panels facilitate well-rounded discussion on issues facing the LGBT community on Main Campus and beyond. This year the panel will focus on expectations of men and women within the LGBT community, and explore the dynamics of gender roles in the personal lives of LGBT people.
Nadine Thomas wants to start Temple Flow Arts, a student organization for enthusiasts and newcomers of poi. | JESSICA REPKO TTN
CLASSIFIED A love letter to theater gays
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215.204.9538 Temple University Main Campus OMG!! Jesus Christ! What comes to your mind when you hear “Jesus Christ”? Have you ever read why He said and how He interacted with all different people? The book of John records his interactions and conversations. Is Jesus, Liar, Lunatic or Lord? For a free copy of John or a free Bible, to discuss, contact Glen at the Student LIFE Center, 2123 N. Broad St. 215.765.3626 www. studentlifecenter.org Acting Lessons in Swarthmore, PA: Michael Kay is accepting students for a beginning “Method” Actor’s Workshop. Mr. Kay, Assistant to the late Sidney Kay, International Acting Teacher, trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre NC, the Actor’s Studio NYC, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) London, England. Register Now: 610328-9425; email: mikekayacting@ gmail.com International Students Welcome. Student LIFE Center welcomes students from around the world. Both seeker and serious Bible students are welcome. Free Bibles and other books, some in Chinese and other languages also available free of charge. Please come on by 2123 N. Broad St. Or email glen@ studentlifecenter.org, 215.236.9304 Want to post a classified of your own? Go to TEMPLE-NEWS.COM/ CLASSIFIEDS for the most up to date listings!
Marcie Anker Starving Actor
Columnist Marcie Anker explains why theater gays are unlike any other.
s I peacefully sit in the computer lab, pretending to do work, watching this fella openly and unashamedly pick his nose with both his index and middle finger, I remember why I love gay men. At this point, I can’t even be repulsed by this guy because he clearly has no sense of hygiene or shame and it makes me sad. Unlike this nostril-digger to my left, the men in the theater department are among the cleanest, fittest, sexiest people I have ever been around – it’s too bad for me that most of them are gay. Sometimes I find myself accidentally wandering into the Fox School of Business building looking like a lost puppy, and I think to myself, “I bet all the business guys are straight, there’s probably, like, one gay guy in this entire building.” In the theater department, people typically assume the opposite: gay until proven straight. Finding the straight male is like finding the needle in the haystack. If he says he’s straight, just wait. You get the point. Let’s face it, in the theater department we’re all a little gay. In honor of National Coming Out Week, I’d like to take this time to come out – and share my undying love and appreciation for the LGBT community in the theater department. Had you going there for a minute, didn’t I? I often hear people, straight men especially, rationalizing the female-gay male relationship by claiming, “It’s because they’re like one of the
girls!” If I wanted to hang out with someone as dramatic, emotional and neurotic as myself, then I’d seek out the nearest straight theater guy. I repeat, straight. I’m not sure where these notions of gay men being equivalent to women originated, but it couldn’t be more wrong. I tried to get my two main men to come shopping with me once, and boy, it’s nothing like the movies. Neither of them had any interest in being my personal shoppers, nor were they even remotely enthused about the prospect of accompanying me to a dressing room. What I’m trying to say is, forget everything you think you know about gay men and women, because in the theater realm, nothing is the way it seems. In our department, unlike other departments across Main Campus, the theory of “gay until proven straight” is the norm. It’s this unspoken assumption among theater women that all the men are gay, and if they aren’t, well, they are and just don’t know it yet. I can’t express to you the awkwardness of trying to find out if a guy is straight or gay: “So, do you, um, well, do you like, I mean, not to be rude, but, OK...are you gay?” That’s certainly gotten me into trouble before, and I know my fellow theater ladies understand. I was having lunch with my friend the other day when the topic of gay men came up and she said, “Whenever I see a gay guy on campus, I just assume he’s in the theater department.” And that isn’t necessarily an unfair assumption, because in our department we have the special privilege of having a high number of LGBT students. Personally, I love having so many gays in the department. Although, it is unfortunate that the most talented, physically fit and all-around interesting men are in one major and not of my own sexual orientation. I’m sure I’m not the only girl who has felt the pangs of unrequited love from a gay man in the theater department. But I mean, come on, musical theater major Travis Battle is just the epitome of male perfection – look him
up – you can’t expect me to not want to be with him for the rest of my life. I’m working myself up, back to the point: I love theater gays. And even more than having extreme admiration for them, I hold the utmost respect for them as well. Being a straight woman, I can’t imagine how hard it must be for these young LGBT men and women to hold strong while pursuing their dreams, whether it be singing, dancing, acting, directing, playwriting, designing, et. cetera, it can’t be easy. I have many friends who were bullied in high school or middle school because they wanted to act in the school musical instead of try out for the basketball team, or friends who were reproached by their parents or peers because they wanted to take dance classes instead of math classes. And to those bullies and unsupportive peers, I’d say come see one of our shows, come sit in on one of our classes, come listen to the voices of these men and women and then I dare you to accomplish the same. The truth is, these young people in our department are equipped with such extraordinary physical and intellectual skills that deserve to be recognized and respected. Also, no gay man I know of would be caught dead picking his nose with two – let alone one – finger in public. Gross. To all of my LGBT loves in theater, keep doing exactly what you’re doing. To everyone else, come see “Spring Awakening” so you can understand exactly what I’m talking about. Just be careful, you might find yourself the victim of unrequited love when you see these men do their “thang.” I’ll be there. Watching. Drooling. Swooning. And waiting for you to bring me my freaking baked goods. For free. No? Whatever. Happy National Coming Out Week. You know you love me, Marcie Marcie Anker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DRAG SHOW / STUDENT CENTER UNDERGROUND/ OCT. 10 / 7 P.M. – 9 P.M. / FREE A Temple first, this drag show is set to feature student participants strutting their stuff and donning their best genderbending apparel. The theme for this show is: be you.
NCOW FEST / BELL TOWER / OCT. 11 / NOON – 1:30 P.M. / FREE The Bell Tower will be the scene of an outdoor festival celebrating the LGBT community on Main Campus. Typically, this is where students get a chance to meet the people in charge of putting NCOW together and hearing why they’re passionate about LGBT issues. Students will also get to meet with representatives from HEART, Campus Philly, Queer Student Union and other LGBT-friendly organizations on Main Campus.
COME OUT, SPEAK OUT / STUDENT CENTER UNDERGROUND / OCT. 11 / 7 P.M. – 9 P.M. / FREE To close NCOW this year will be the Come Out, Speak Out. This is an opportunity for students to tell their coming out stories, talk openly about why they’re allies and more. An open forum for discussion, students are welcome to ask questions and learn more about the LGBT community.
ART MARKET AT TYLER / TYLER SCHOOL OF ART / OCT. 12 AND 13 / 11 A.M. – 7 P.M. / FREE Current students, alumni and local artists will be taking over the Tyler School of Art atrium. The event will feature more than 60 vendors selling a variety of crafts, jewelry, photography and more. Among the vendors will be the Tyler School of Art photography program. A portion of the money made will go toward Tyler School of Art scholarships. -Luis Fernando Rodriguez
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Owls improve upon underdog status The volleyball team experiences unexpected success. JAKE ADAMS The Temple News The Owls find VOLLEYBALL themselves caught in the middle of an identity crisis. With a 14-5 record and second place in the Atlantic 10 Conference, the volleyball team is in limbo between underdog status in the conference and a spot as a legitimate contender in every match, with aspirations of serious championship contention. “I think throughout the season we’ve been thinking we’re a contender in every match even though the other team might see us as the underdog,” junior outside hitter Elyse Burkert said. “The downfall of being the underdog is that they don’t take you seriously, at least at first,” junior outside hitter Gabriella Matautia said. “We’ve been showing [other teams] that that’s just not the case.” Temple sits at 4-1 in the conference nearly one-third of the way into the A-10 season. Temple trails only Dayton, which it lost to on Sept. 29. Though second place in the conference doesn’t equate to underdog status, it was a mentality the
team had early in the year. “It’s great to be 4-1, but we really don’t want to change the approach we took from the beginning of the season,” coach Bakeer Ganes said. “We’re still looking from match to match.” “Even though we had a good start and we had some good wins and we were able to compete with some of the teams we were not able to compete with in the past, we still have a long way to go if we want to get better,” Ganes added. One of those “good wins” was against Xavier, which the Owls knocked off in upset fashion at home 3-2 on Sept. 28. It was an outcome that should have sent a message to the conference that Temple is no longer a joke, which is exactly how Dayton responded the next night, Ganes said. “The way Dayton came out, it was definitely influenced by the performance we had against Xavier,” Ganes said. “Dayton came out with the mindset that they’re going to send a message to everybody in the conference, they’re going to send a message to us, because they know they can’t take us easy.” “I imagine that the [opposing] coaching staff will tell the team that they cannot take us lightly [from now on],” Burkert said. Temple opened the A-10 season with back-to-back wins
against Rhode Island and Fordham before upsetting the Musketeers. Following the Dayton loss, the Owls recovered Friday, Oct. 5, at La Salle with a straight set victory as they tried to maintain the momentum they had before their first conference loss. It’s a far cry from what the team went through last season when they were 2-3 at the same point. The Owls had the same slate of teams as well, but instead fell to Xavier in straight sets and Fordham in four. The difference thus far has been a combination of improved play and confidence, Burkert said. “I think our minds are right with that, that we’re confident but we don’t think we’re going to win every game without working really hard and playing a good game,” Burkert said. A telling sign of that may have been the victory against the Explorers. While a straightset win generally indicates a lopsided match, that wasn’t the case. Temple struggled on offense, hitting just .150 on the night. The team felt off, possibly due to being on the road for the first time in weeks and possibly from dealing with the loss to Dayton. “We do have high expectations for ourselves,” Burkert said. “It’s a good sign for a team to win when they don’t have
their best game, and that’s how it was in that game.” Last season this same team may not have pulled off a victory, much less a sweep, playing their “B” or “C” game. And that’s where it helps to have an improved roster. Temple has several individuals at or near the top of several categories in the A-10. Senior libero Chelsea Tupuola leads the conference with 5.40 digs per set, setting the tone for a defensive unit that has improved dramatically from last season. Sophomore setter Tiffany Connatser sits in second with 11.34 assists per set. And the beneficiaries of those sets, Burkert (4.20 kills per set) and Matautia (3.78), sit in second and fourth in the conference, respectively. “I think we need to focus on staying aggressive throughout the game, even when the blocks are big or maybe the sets aren’t quite right,” Burkert said of the duo’s approach the rest of the season. “We can’t ever become timid.” The team is also second in the A-10 in aces per set with 1.48, with Matautia leading all individuals with .39 per set. They aren’t overpowering teams, but as a unit they’ve proven they can hang with everyone in the conference. It puts the Owls in a position of making a deep run in the playoffs.
Sophomore setter Tiffany Connatser (right) averages 11.34 assists per set, ranking second in the A-10. | HUA ZONG TTN But for now this underdog-turned contender is focusing on another surging squad, Duquesne. “We need to go in with the mindset of we need to prove that we deserve to be here, not we should just be here,” Matautia said. “So moving forward we really need to be prepared, be-
cause we know nobody’s going to take us easily, hopefully, and nobody’s going to give us anything for free,” Ganes said. Jake Adams can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @jakeadams520.
Lineup set for match Goalie shift pays off GOLF PAGE 20 four tournaments at Temple. The highly-touted freshman out of Pittston Area High School has claimed three straight Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week honors and A-10 Player of the Week once. His stroke average of 71.2 is the lowest on the team. Matthews said he hopes to continue his strong play with a good showing at Philmont. “The most important goal for me is for the team to go out and play well, hopefully we can put something together and make a run at winning,” Matthews said. “With the way I’m playing individually, my goal is to go out and win, if I have a chance on the back nine on Sunday I’ll be happy.” Crescenzo has been the unsung hero this year for the golf team. His 73.9 stroke average makes him not only third on the team, but it is 3.8 strokes less than his 2011-12 average of 77.7. Crescenzo, a Cheltenham, Pa., native, also has a dis-
tinct advantage heading into the Big 5 Invitational as Philmont Country Club is the course he has played most of his life. “It makes this tournament really cool, it’s good for me because I know a lot of the members well and makes it a little more interesting and exciting,” Crescenzo said. “It’s not only special for me though, it’s special for everyone, a lot of people’s families will be there so it’s a really good time.” Behind Bibeau, Matthews and Crescenzo, Quinn said he expects sophomore Paul Carbone to start, and sophomore Conor Dunne has the inside track at claiming the fifth and final starting spot for the tournament. Carbone, a Huntington Valley, Pa., native, has played in every event this season for the Owls and has a stroke average of 75.6. Dunne’s first event this season was the Macdonald Cup where he tied for 73rd with scores of 80 and 79.
GOALIE PAGE 20 in games like that,” Mullen said. “To start like that, you feel a lot more comfortable in the net and you feel like you’re in control.” “Starting off with that big win against Montclair, that was huge for my confidence,” Mullen added. “Unfortunately, we didn’t beat Penn State, but we put ourselves in a position to win and hopefully we’ll beat them next time.” While physicality is important for the goalie, it’s been the mental aspect of Mullen’s game that has impressed his coach. “He’s been great,” Roberts said. “He’s the man in control Anthony Bellino can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org out there and he’s playing the or on Twitter @Bellino_Anthony. way you’d expect an upperclassman starter to play. Mentality and those intangibles are so important for a goalie and he’s brought them to the rink every single night.” Mullen said he has been juggling the typical roles of a goalie with the new responsibilities he inherited this year. “The biggest thing [for a
After giving his team what he called “a mandatory” two days off following the MacDonald Cup, Quinn had the Owls at Philmont preparing to take on the 19-team field on a course that he said is sure to be challenging. “Philmont is going to be a great course for this tournament, they are going to have it set up just like a PGA event,” Quinn said. “The team’s been working hard, this is the kids’ favorite event of the year, they really look forward to it.”
goalie] is to stay focused on the puck even if it’s down on the other end,” Mullen said. “It’s big knowing where everybody is.” “Another big thing for me has been on power plays and stuff calling out different formations and defensive setups we have to do,” Mullen added. “That was something new for me but I think I’m getting a handle of it.” Another big aspect of a goalie’s game is that of the guys playing in front of them. It’s been the combination of Mullen and his defensive core that has opened the doors to a more aggressive style of defense, Roberts said. “They’ve played incredibly well together,” Roberts said. “[The defense] wants to play for him and they want to help him out and make sure they’re not letting him down.” “Because [Mullen] has been so reliable, he allows our defense to take more chances
and be a little more aggressive because he can bail them out,” Roberts said. “It causes them to make better plays because they know if they do something bad he’s going to be there...We had that with [Neifeld] and now we know we have that in Mullen.” Mullen said he understands the importance of not only good communication and play, but also of the chemistry that a defense and goalie combination has to have. “The guys have been great,” Mullen said. “There have been a couple games that they’ve bailed me out a few times and overall we’re meshing really well this year. Everybody’s getting along and playing really well.” Andrew Parent can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @daParent93.
Dubrow establishes cross country credibility RUNNER PAGE 20 how much of a talent she was.” Track & field coach Eric Mobley recalls Dubrow making a similar impression when she came to visit the team for the first time. “We try to have our recruits come and be a part of our team for a couple days and that way we can get a good vibe for them,” Mobley said. “We do that to see if this place is a good fit for her, and to see if she’s a fit for us. When [Dubrow] came on her visit, we really liked her energy. We really were excited about her, and she kind of just fit in with the program.” Although Jelley said he had his eye set on Dubrow from as early as her sophomore year in high school, for Dubrow, it was not until her senior year when she finally started to distinguish herself as an athlete. “I was always at least an average runner in high school,” Dubrow said. “But it really wasn’t until my senior year of high school actually that I had a really good breakthrough.
That’s when I kind of realized that.” For Jelley, bringing in Dubrow was not just a short-term solution to the team’s problems, it was a long-term one. The same way redshirt senior Travis Mahoney has influenced top level recruits for the men’s team, such as juniors Will Kellar and Phil Fanz, along with sophomores Cullen Davis and Matt Kacyon, Dubrow was brought in to play a similar role on the women’s team. “I was trying to get one athlete that I could bring in that I knew was going to start tearing things up,” Jelley said. “One that I could point to and say, ‘Look at what she’s doing. You want to be a part of that, you want to do what she’s doing? Come on in and join us.’ [Dubrow] is absolutely that person.” If she was brought in to play that role, according to Mobley, she’s doing her job. Dubrow has not only impressed early on in cross country, but on the track & field team as well.
Her rookie campaign was spent slashing multiple school records during the indoor and outdoor seasons, concluding with a performance at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships. “In order to get top-level athletes in recruiting, a lot of times you need top-level athletes already on your team,” Mobley said. “The better our athletes perform, the easier it is to pull some top-level recruits. We want them to have people that they can run with and inspire to be just as good as.” Dubrow, who has competed in cross country since sixth grade, referenced Jelley as one of the deciding factors on choosing to come to Temple. His resignation and departure to the University of Maryland so close to the start of the season surprised some on the team this summer, but newly hired coach Adam Bray, who recently said “the sky is the limit” for Dubrow, has alleviated any concerns about the changeover that she may have initially had, Du-
brow said. “I feel completely comfortable with coach Bray,” Dubrow said after her most recent race. “He has been awesome for us, and made the transition go as smooth as it could possibly go. He was all over the course cheering for us today. I’m really happy with the way everything is going. Coach Bray is like a blessing in disguise. He’s great.” With junior Anna Pavone held from the team’s first two meets due to injury, Dubrow placed 100 spots higher at the Paul Short Invitational than Temple’s next-best finisher, sophomore Chelsea Carleton. “I think [Dubrow] leads us really well,” Carleton said. “She’s always motivated and ready to do better for herself. She’s just a really hard worker and she finishes hard in all of her workouts. She’s become a really good leader for our team.” Although Dubrow said she still gets some pre-race nerves, she says she is much more com-
fortable having gone through a season of cross country and track & field. As she progresses throughout her collegiate career, Mobley said she has the talent that will enable her to evolve even further as a competitor. “I think [Dubrow] is realizing that she can be very, very good and that she’s trying to take the necessary steps to move in that direction,” Mobley said. “The potential for her to get better is ultimately there, and she is definitely moving in that direction.” By the time she’s a senior, Dubrow would like to see herself achieve the marks that she said “any runner would set as a goal.” “It’s hard to say, just because I don’t know how far this is going to take me,” Dubrow said. “I’m hoping with the improvement and progression that I’m making – hopefully I’ll be at the NCAA Championships. As far as after, I have no idea. It’s kind of vague right now, but I just want to go as far as this
can take me.” Early on in her high school days, Jelley doesn’t remember Dubrow’s track statistics being extraordinary. But even then, he said, there was something special about her. “She might not have been elite as far as her track times sophomore year,” Jelley said. “But running her race, you could tell she was a competitor.” “You can teach kids, and you can get them stronger, and you can get them ready to compete,” Jelley added. “But you can’t teach that part. You either have it or you don’t. That’s what I was excited about watching her as a sophomore. I just said to myself the moment I watched her race, ‘That’s going to be a good one.’” Avery Maehrer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @AveryMaehrer.
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Highly ranked defense bails out offense Temple has one of the best defenses and worst offenses in the country. JOHN MURROW The Temple News Entering WOMEN’S SOCCER the final season in the Atlantic 10 Conference before joining the Big East Conference, the women’s soccer team had one goal: win the A-10 tournament. How the team was going to achieve that goal did not matter. The Owls knew at the beginning of the season that it would have one of the toughest schedules in team history. Hofstra, James Madison, the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton would provide stiff competition for the young team. After 14 games, the team
has come to rely heavily on its defense to keep the Owls in games, coach Matt Gwilliam said. “The reason we are in every game is because of our strong team defense,” Gwilliam said. “Our front line, back third and goalkeeping have all done very well for us.” Through games until Sept. 30, the Owls’ defense was ranked No. 82 out of 330 Division I women’s soccer teams in goals-against average. The team has allowed 13 goals through 14 games. “I think to this point, we have done really well defensively compared to last season,” junior defender Karly O’Toole said. “It is not just the back four that has helped us. It’s the midfield, the forwards and the goalkeepers that has contributed defensively.” Although the Owls are 4-82, the team doesn’t believe the
record indicates their play to this point in the year. “We have been playing in a lot of close games this season,” redshirt-senior goalkeeper Tara Murphy said. “We are a pretty solid team defensively. Our back four is pretty tight, our goalkeeping has been good and we will find ways to win close games.” After losing redshirt-junior forward Jackie Krostek to a torn ACL last season, her addition to the defense has been a strong asset, Gwilliam said. “We slid [Krostek] in the back in the second game of the season,” Gwilliam said. “She is very composed and she really helps us in the backfield.” Along with Krostek, O’Toole, a transfer from Syracuse with Big East experience, has helped this defense get to where they are now, Gwilliam said. “[O’Toole] is another one
of those special players on defense,” Gwilliam said. “She is an experienced player and has been our leader on defense.” At the beginning of this season, the Owls planned to lean on their defense. With an offense that has struggled to this point, a strong defense is something that this program has been trying to instill each year. “I believe that we have looked to the defense to win us games,” Krostek said. “Offensively, we will find it, but it is the defense that will win close games for us.” O’Toole said she was unsure what to expect from the defense entering the new season, as the Owls have the youngest roster in the NCAA. “We have a lot of new faces in the back,” O’Toole said. “With the addition of two freshmen and Krostek that I have never played a game with, we have molded and really come
together as a group.” With a strong overall defense has come strong goalkeeping from the Owls. Temple is ranked No. 12 in the country in save percentage. “As goalkeepers, we have been doing well,” Murphy said. “We have been defending well and our defense has been shot blocking for us as well.” Along with Murphy, freshman goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff has provided for a unit that has allowed an average of 0.93 goals per match and a combined five shutouts on the season. “The goalkeepers play a huge part in our defensive success,” O’Toole said. “They see the whole field and they are constantly communicating with us. They keep us in tact and keep us in line, telling us when to step and when not to step. They are truly unbelievable at communicating with us.” This season, the Owls have
had trouble scoring the ball offensively. Through 14 games, the Owls have scored six goals on the season and have scored two goals since Sept. 9 at Princeton. Temple is tied for No. 314 in the country with .43 goals per game Through the first six weeks of the season, coach Gwilliam said much of the team’s practice time was spent on defense. Since then, much of practice has been shifted to the offense side after the defense got its rhythm. “I think we are still trying to figure out how to win games and defensively, we have done well,” Murphy said. “We are still trying to figure some things out, but we are still in a very good position to succeed.”
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Former leading scorers turn into assist men Cody Calafiore and Vaughn Spurrier assist other scorers. TYLER SABLICH The Temple News Although MEN’S SOCCER he has one goal in 11 games, senior midfielder Cody Calafiore said not to mistake his lack of goal scoring for a lack of production. “Someone that states my production is down simply because my goals are down clearly hasn’t watched many of Temple’s games,” Calafiore said. “I work 150 percent every single time I put on that Temple uniform and I do whatever I can to help my team win.” Junior midfielder Vaughn Spurrier has zero goals in 11 games, but justified his lack of goal scoring much like Calafiore. “Production in soccer is a
difficult thing to gauge,” Spurrier said. “There are people who are vital to the team’s success who will never have their name on the statistical sheet. I think it would be unfair to say someone’s production is down just because they aren’t scoring goals.” The pair’s goal tallies are perhaps not where they were expected to be more than halfway into the season. With the loss of Tyler Witmer, who finished second on the team in points and goals in 2011, Calafiore and Spurrier were figured to be heavily relied upon in 2012. “Coming into the season I had high expectations for myself,” Calafiore said. “I knew I needed to be on the scoring sheet in a lot of games so our team could be successful. So far, coming into the conference games, I haven’t produced as many goals as I had wished to.” Calafiore led the team with six goals last season and Spur-
rier was thought to be poised for a scoring outbreak in 2012 after finishing third in points as a sophomore last year. Statistics aside, Calafiore remains one of the most crucial players on the team. He has consumed the role of being a veteran leader with ease. In Friday’s Atlantic 10 Conference opener against St. Bonaventure, he communicated relentlessly with his teammates, encouraging them and directing them when they weren’t where they needed to be. And just like any good leader, Calafiore came through in the clutch. With the final seconds ticking off in the overtime period, he gathered a loose ball and sent it into the box, finding junior defenseman Jake Lister for the game-winning goal. “I don’t worry too much about my goals and assists because I know I play a huge role in my team’s success,” Calafiore said.
Spurrier, despite failing to tally any goals thus far, has erupted with six assists in 2012 after recording only two in 2011. He’s tied for No. 5 in the nation in helpers. Being one of the highest assist men in all of soccer, Spurrier is quick to credit his teammates. “I’ve gotten more assists this season because of good offthe-ball movement from players around me,” Spurrier said. “We’ve had a more attackingoriented tactical system this year versus last.” While Calafiore and Spurrier have been producing in other areas, most of Temple’s goals have been amassed by freshman midfielder Jared Martinelli. Martinelli, the highly coveted prospect from Mechanicsburg, Pa., leads the Owls with six goals. With seven assists, his 19 points is first on the team. Martinelli has the same amount of shots on goal, with 28, as Calafiore does total shots. His 1.73
points per game average ranks second in the nation among all rookies. “As a team we’ve been very productive offensively,” Martinelli said. “[Calafiore] and [Spurrier] are great guys to play with. Even though they may not be scoring a lot, they are setting other people up and are most important in getting our attack going.” Neither Calafiore nor Spurrier is surprised at just how important Martinelli has become to the team. “We all knew the first time we played with him that he was a special player,” Calafiore said. “The only downfall to playing with a freshman that’s having this much success is only getting one season to play with him. He gives us a whole new threat from the outside. It’ll be real exciting to see how he does next year in the Big East.” “I think coach [David MacWilliams] expected that he
needed to find goals somewhere so he recruited wisely, picking up a great attacker,” Spurrier said. “We knew that Martinelli was capable of great things when we signed him.” After winning their first two conference games this weekend and improving to 5-0 at home and 6-4-1 overall, the Owls’ new offensive pursuit seems to be clicking. “[Calafiore and Spurrier] are doing other things that are setting up the table for [Martinelli],” MacWilliams said. “They’re players that the other team identifies and watches out for. So then we have 3-4 other players that can finish it and do well. It’s difficult for teams to shut them all down.” Tyler Sablich can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @TySablich.
Owls run down Big East return JACOBS PAGE 20 for 64 yards, the team was able program back from the ashes,” to utilize the tandem effectively Addazio said. “They scraped for the first time. and they fought. It’s been a team With Brown and Harris effort by the university and both starting to see significant the fan base to bring this thing time, it adds an element to Tem- back.” ple’s offense that teams must While Saturday’s game prepare for. The team becomes was homecoming for Temple harder to defend, harder to an- alumni, students and staff, the ticipate and challenging to stop. day marked a homecoming of With 261 yards rushing, its own for the school as the Senior running back Montel Harris lunges for one of his two touchdowns in the Owls’ win. | JAZMYNE ANDERSON TTN the team’s passing game opened Owls returned to Big East play. up. Like in games against Penn Although the team will enjoy State and Maryland, redshirt- this win, players know that they junior quarterback have their Chris Coyer used work cut out play action to air for them as FOOTBALL PAGE 20 the ball out and they compete classmen, including 12 seniors. Conference in turnover margin. man, young players are fighting “It’s a great win, but we take shots down in their inauThe Bulls have 38 freshmen, South Florida was ranked last. for positions all over the roster. can’t stop,” Smith said. “We the field. However, gural season none of whom started against “The two turnovers were Sophomore Anthony have to keep working hard in the unlike in previous conference Temple. painful, because they both came Robey has won a starting posi- weight room and media room.” games, Coyer’s return. They Temple, on the other hand, back in our own territory and tion at cornerback in the place of “We’re susceptible like passes were on tarcan’t block has one of the youngest rosters we put our defense in a short senior Maurice Jones. Freshman any young team,” Addazio said. get, and his receivgame-winin the country. The Owls have field, which makes it really hard defensive back Tavon Young “We’re going to coach like cra- ers caught them. ning kicks ev48 freshmen, 18 of whom have and that resulted in points and a forced a fumbble Saturday. zy and push, but I’m not naive Seven players ery week, and Steve Addazio / coach played this season. Temple ranks missed field goal,” Bulls’ coach Sophomore Jalen Fitzpatrick is enough to think that we can’t caught passes of relying on No. 3 in the country in number Skip Holtz said. the team’s leading receiver in a swing, because we’re a work in 10 or more yards as timely gameof first-time starters with 15. True freshman Kyle Friend squad that includes true fresh- progress right now.” Coyer distributed changing The Owls have nine returning has taken the job of starting right men Khalif Herbin and Samuel For the first time since the the ball evenly for his best pass- plays won’t lead to consistent starters this season, and started guard from sophomore Jaimen Benjamin. opening week of the season, the ing day on the season. He com- success. But for now, the team four freshmen on Saturday. Newman, who has battled injury “[Benjamin] has been Owls don’t have any time off pleted 80 percent of his passes looks to be headed in the right Yet, it was the inexpe- throughout the season. He joins working really hard in practice before their next game. Temple for a career-high 16 completions direction. rienced Owls who won the redshirt-freshman Zach Hooks and he was able to give us a will travel to face Connecticut and a 166.6 quarterback rating. turnover battle against the sea- on the young offensive line. boost,” redshirt-junior quarter- on Oct. 13 in another Big East Ibrahim Jacobs can be reached While Coyer moved the soned Bulls. Bulls’ redshirt“There’s a lot of mistakes back Chris Coyer said. “We’ve showdown. at email@example.com, ball efficiently on offense, the or on Twitter @ibrahimjacobs. senior quarterback B.J. Daniels that are going to be made with got a lot of talented young regame ball went to Athletic DiJoey Cranney can be reached rector Bill Bradshaw. The move fumbled twice, losing one, and two freshmen offensive line- ceivers on this team and it’s at firstname.lastname@example.org threw an interception at the end man,” Addazio said. “You just good to get a boost from them.” to the Big East was not an easy or on Twitter @joey_cranney. of the game. Bulls’ redshirt- have to keep weathering these While the team’s youth has one, and the school has shown senior running back Demetris things and punching back. been paying off sporadically so that it is excited about the new Murray also lost a fumble. That’s the mindset that we have far this season, the Owls cauera of college football in PhilaComing into the game, right now.” tioned that Saturday’s win could delphia. Temple, despite its youth, was While four starting posi- have its disadvantages if the “Bill Bradshaw and the athranked first in the Big East tions have been filled by fresh- team doesn’t stay focused. letic administration brought this
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Owls run over Bulls in win
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Redshirt-junior quarterback Chris Coyer finishes a touchdown run early in the first quarter of the Owls’ 37-28 win against South Florida on Saturday, Oct. 6. Coyer finished the game with with 221 yards of total offense. | JAZMYNE ANDERSON TTN
YOUTH PREVAILS Young Owls overcome veteran Bulls in Big East win. JOEY CRANNEY Sports Editor
oach Steve Addazio was emotional after his team’s 37-28 win against South Florida on Saturday, Oct. 6, the first game Temple has played in the Big East Conference since the team was kicked out in 2004.
“It’s emotional for me to think of what Temple went through and where they’ve come from,” Addazio said. “I see the people here and I think, ‘Wow, tough times don’t last, but tough people do.’ We’ve got some tough people at Temple. I felt so excited to be a small piece of that.” The win improved Temple’s record to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference – a testament to the resilience of the Owls’ young roster, Addazio said. “It’s just a step, but a step,”
Addazio said. “I felt honored to do that. These kids battle and represent the university with their work ethic, the way it should be represented.” “It shows that we’re mentally tough and train hard every day,” redshirt-freshman linebacker Nate D. Smith said. “We can compete with anybody. We can definitely compete in the Big East.” Smith has been leading an effort on defense in which the underclassmen are taking over as the team’s top playmakers. Of the Owls’ four starting fresh-
men, the two on defense were the team’s leading tacklers on Saturday. True freshman linebacker Tyler Matakevich had 15 tackles, including two for a loss, in his first career start. Smith extended his team lead in tackles by adding another eight. The efforts of the Owls’ underclassmen is all the more important when considering South Florida’s roster, which returns 17 starters this year and has a senior class of 24. On Saturday, 19 of the Bulls’ 22 starters were upper-
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The Owls rushing attack of Montel Harris and Matt Brown led the team to victory.
hen Temple took home the Mayor’s Cup in August by beating Villanova, the Owls probably didn’t expect to go 36 days without another win. The Owls, who defeated South Florida 37-28 on Saturday, Oct. 6, for Temple’s first win against a BCS team since the bowl win in December 2011, needed a victory so that they could get off to a good start in the Big East Conference. “The taste in our mouth from all those losses, it just hurts,” redshirt-freshman linebacker Nate D. Smith said. “We just said, ‘Enough is enough,’ and we need to start playing Temple football.”
While the team has said all year that it defines Temple football as a power-running game that opens up play-action passes, the team failed to prove that on the field and establish any sort of identity after games against Villanova, Maryland and Penn State. “We needed to get our run game going, that’s who we are,” coach Steve Addazio said. “We went for complete balance against Penn State and sometimes you just need to sit there and say, ‘This is who we are and this is what we are going to do.’” The team’s success has hinged on its ability to establish its running game early and stick to it throughout the game. The Owls carried the ball 51 times and got their first meaningful contribution from transfer senior running back Montel Harris. “That was in the back of my mind all day,” Harris said. “I did not get a chance to show Temple fans how well I could play. I really wanted to come out here and run the ball and get a win.” Addazio preached all year that he wanted to run a twoback offense in which Harris and senior running back Matt Brown were featured. However, Harris went down with an injured hamstring in week one and didn’t eclipse 25 yards on the ground until he exploded for 133 yards against South Florida. With Brown rushing
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Goalie steps into starting role Chris Mullen has earned the title of starting goalie. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News As time wound down in the first period of Temple ice hockey’s matchup with Penn State on Sept. 30, junior goalie Chris Mullen was busy making save after save. As the Ice Lions put a flurry of shots on the first-year starter in the closing seconds of the period, Mullen didn’t re-
lent, making several acrobatic stops in succession to preserve the 1-1 score and skated off the ice to thundering applause from the Temple supporters after the horn sounded. The man behind the mask had just made a statement that he was Temple’s No. 1 goalie. “[Mullen] solidified his situation [last weekend],” coach Jerry Roberts said. “We want to have someone solid and reliable but we want to have that leadership that a starting goalie has to have, and he’s done that. He’s bailed us out when we needed him to and he’s done a lot more than what we thought he was ca-
pable of doing.” Having backed up former Owl Will Neifeld for two seasons, Mullen was forced to watch as Neifeld blossomed into Temple’s best goalie in years. After Neifeld left the team for personal reasons at the end of last season, Mullen has taken the reins in stride and hasn’t looked back. For Mullen, going from backup to starter has been a natural transition. “I feel like it’s been pretty smooth,” Mullen said. “We started off with big games off the bat with [Lehigh University] and right with [Montclair State
University] and Penn State too. Those were huge games for us. [The transition] had to be smooth and it was. I feel like I’ve played pretty well.” Mullen made a name for himself in the Montclair State and Penn State games. He saved 39 of 43 shots against Montclair and then saved 32 of 36 shots that came his way against a juggernaut of a Penn State offense. Many of his bigger saves came in the first periods of both games, including the end of that first period against Penn State. “That gives you the confidence and boost that you need
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Junior goalie Chris Mullen takes on new responsibilities this year since he was named starter. | PAUL KLEIN TTN
Big 5 brings excitement Runner leads the pack Golf sets lineup in time for Big 5 Invitational. ANTHONY BELLINO The Temple News The golf team competes in the most anticipated tournament of the year this weekend at the Big 5 Invitational at the Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. The Owls will head into the tournament after their first weekend off since Sept. 1, giving coach Brian Quinn more time than usual to put together his starting lineup. With that and the added emotion of playing in the team’s native area, Quinn GOLF
said the Owls have a chance of duplicating what his 2008 squad did by winning the annual Big 5 tournament. “We set our schedule up that way to have the off week before the Big 5 tournament on purpose,” Quinn said. “I would say this team has the ability to be better than the 2008 team.” Temple has been in contention in some of its tournaments throughout the fall season, but hasn’t put together a winning team effort. If they want to contend this weekend, the Owls will need big performances from senior Devin Bibeau, freshman Brandon Matthews and junior Matt Crescenzo. Bibeau is a senior who Quinn has called “the leader
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of this team.” Through the first four tournaments this season, Bibeau’s stroke average of 73.5 is good for second place on the team. This being Bibeau’s last appearance in Temple’s home tournament, he said it’s an event he and the rest of the team look forward to each season because of the hometown camaraderie. “It’s a lot better having it at one of our home courses, a lot of family and friends will be there supporting us,” Bibeau said. “It really gives you a great mindset, knowing the course well. My game [has] been slowly improving and playing at a course you know gives us a big advantage.” Matthews has been nothing short of great during his first
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Jenna Dubrow runs ahead for women’s cross country. AVERY MAEHRER The Temple News CROSS COUNTRY During one track and cross country recruiting trip back in the 2008-09 season, former Temple coach Matt Jelley noticed one runner who stood out from the rest of the pack. “Wow, who’s that girl from Jackson?” Jelley asked. “Her? She’s a sophomore,” someone answered. “I’ll be talking to her in a couple years,” Jelley responded.
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The men’s and women’s soccer teams tackle scoring in different ways this year. SPORTS@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM
That girl from Jackson Memorial High School is Temple sophomore Jenna Dubrow, whose 13th place finish last week was the best placement and time in the seven years the women’s team has run the 6K race at the Paul Short Invitational, breaking a record she set last year when she finished 40th overall. The race marks the eighth straight meet in which Dubrow has led the team, as she has quickly emerged as the bona fide star of the roster. “[The race] went very well,” Dubrow said after the event. “I wasn’t expecting to be 13th. I wanted to be high up in the places, but 13th was a nice surprise and I felt really strong.” “This is the strongest that
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I have felt, and the hardest that I’ve been able to push myself,” Dubrow added. “But I definitely feel like there’s more to come. Hopefully next race I can dig even deeper.” Jelley, a former coach of Toms River North High School nearby Jackson, N.J., remembered Dubrow from that recruiting trip. For a coach looking to build a program that had only recently been resurrected from a 20-year hiatus, Dubrow made a lasting impression. “[Dubrow] was on my radar for a long time,” Jelley said. “When it got to the point that she was a senior, she was one of the first people that I wanted to go after and bring in. I knew
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