SPORTS With the demolition of the Student Pavilion set, tennis players will be left without a home court.
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The theater department debuts its double-cast performance of the 2007 Tony-winning musical running through Nov. 4.
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The abandoned Reading Railroad inspired concepts by Temple and Penn design studios.
Housing policy leads recruits to hotels University officials declined to talk specifics on housing policy impacts. JOEY CRANNEY Sports Editor University Housing and Residential Life is working with University Counsel to amend a change in housing policy that has restricted the way the school has been recruiting students and student-athletes.
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The university’s guest policy was changed at the beginning of this semester to prohibit non-student minors from staying overnight at residence halls, among other tweaks. The changes were spurred by a recommendation during the summer from the Task Force on Institutional Integrity, which was created to analyze Judge Louis Freeh’s report on Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. A month and a half after the new policy was placed into effect, the university is trying to
amend it again. The task force’s report cautioned the university that a complete ban on overnight stays for non-matriculated minors may have negative consequences, such as its impact on student-athlete recruitment. When Temple hosts recruits on official athletic visits, the prospective student either stays overnight on Main Campus or is housed elsewhere off campus, depending on the sport, said a university official who requested to remain anonymous. The change in housing
policy has eliminated the oncampus option for this semester. This changed has caused athletic recruits to stay in area hotels, Michael Scales, associate vice president and director of University Housing and Residential Life, said through a statement sent to University Communications. The housing policy has only partially affected Temple’s three revenue sports: football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. The contact period for
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T Hundreds of sorority sisters flocked to the Bell Tower earlier this month. This semester, 446 students registered for recruitment, a 100 percent increase from last fall.| JOHN MORITZ TTN
DOMINIQUE JOHNSON The Temple News
heresa Henneman stood among a long line of grey-sweater clad women waiting on the steps of Paley Library earlier this month. A short time later, Henneman was one of more than 200 women to rush through the arch of the Bell Tower, unzip their drab jackets unveiling neon T-shirts printed with Greek letters and rush into the awaiting arms of their new sorority members screaming from the plaza below. “In short, pretty awesome,” the sophomore therapeutic recreation major and transfer student said of receiving a bid to Delta
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Sororities this semester have seen a 100 percent increase in recruitment.
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Business school and LexisNexis form partnership to track election campaigns.
LexisNexis and the Fox School of Business have formed a new partnership in order to support the university’s newly released media index to track and score the presidential, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and gubernatorial campaigns throughout the country, across social, broadcast and print media. David Schuff, one of three professors from Fox who is working on the research project, said the partnership between LexisNexis and the university could have a larger benefit to society. “In 2008, we did a similar project on the election on the presidential primaries,” Schuff said. “So this is a follow up to that study that’s more comprehensive.” The goal of the project is to look at how candidates’ use of social media and how their exposure in using it would result in campaign outcomes. The index, Translating the Effectiveness of Media into Performance, analyzes mediarelated data from more than 900 candidates nationwide by using customized software designed by Schuff and the other Fox professors, and direct access to the extensive content resources of LexisNexis. “Part of what we wanted to do was to also integrate broad-
Voter registration deadline passes, turning focus to issues and turnout.
Politically affiliated and non-partisan student organizations on Main Campus are preparing for the upcoming election on Nov. 6, by boosting interest among students and community members. Now that the voter registration deadline has passed, activities throughout the rest of this month aim to increase voter turnout and to explore in-depth issues voiced by political campaigns. “Between all of the organizations on campus registering people to vote, I think
when football programs can officially sponsor recruiting visits doesn’t begin until Nov. 25, according to the 2012-13 NCAA Recruiting Calendar. Women’s basketball had a contact period from Sept. 16 to Oct. 6 and men’s basketball’s recruiting period began Sept. 9 and will continue throughout this semester, according to the recruiting calendar. However, the three revenue sports have not housed recruits on Main Campus in the past for the most part, The
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City controller’s report calls out developers near Main Campus Lack of oversight, enforcement on construction cited by controller. CINDY STANSBURY The Temple News In the near-campus streets, construction has been constant in recent years. Dirt whips through the air carrying leftover debris from forgotten projects, as pieces of concrete form into mountains in the vacant lots. The sound of jackhammers demolishing gritty cinderblock awakens the neighborhood and the frustration of those tucked
away in their beds. On Oct. 10, City Controller Alan Butkovitz sent out a report – the North Philadelphia Construction Review – detailing the issues with the Temple area construction and is now demanding change. Butkovitz states in the report that in this area there is not enough oversight and enforcement on construction projects, which allows for extensive and frequent code violations. These code violations include illegal dumping of construction debris, lack of dust screens and filters, missing air vacuum hoses, street lane closures without proper permits
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and stairs built beyond where codes allow them to be, according to the report. These violations are said to inconvenience those living in the area. “As our city continues to grow and new construction projects take place, the city needs to take an aggressive approach to protecting the quality of life for citizens in the surrounding neighborhoods,” Butkovitz said in the report. The report largely blames the issues on the lack of communication and enforcement from various departments in the city including Licenses and Inspections, Streets, Public A clutter of trash from construction fills a vacant lot near Main Campus. Last week, a report was released outlining issues with Temple-area construction. | CINDY STANSBURY TTN REPORT PAGE 3
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Project east of campus to be completed in spring Paseo Verde to be split between affordable and market-rate housing. ABI REIMOLD The Temple News Fenced-off construction areas, the humming and beeping excavators and men in hardhats have become a fixture in the landscape near Temple, while development surges in the surrounding area. However, the construction that commuter students may watch develop while waiting for an outbound SEPTA Regional Rail train is not related to the university or its students, but is part of an effort to revitalize the neighborhood that Temple shares with low-income Philadelphians. Paseo Verde, a commuteroriented residential complex being constructed at Ninth and Berks streets, is sponsored by Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, or Association for Puerto Ricans on the March. Construction began in February. Mayor Michael Nutter, City Council President Darrell Clarke and SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey joined the developers for a groundbreaking ceremony in April. The building is set for completion in Spring 2013 and residents of Paseo Verde will be linked to the SEPTA train stop. The “green” complex features both affordable and market-rate housing. APM plans on moving its headquarters to the building’s ground floor, which it will share with social services, a health center, pharmacy and a Latino restaurant. The complex is part of APM’s vision to revitalize the neighborhood.
“Paseo Verde translates to walking through the green fields,” APM President and CEO Nilda Ruiz said. Developers received a grant from Bank of America and Platinum LEED certification for the building, the highest possible Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating. Solar panels will be used, as well as low-flow fixture faucets, ENERGY STAR lighting and Green Label carpets. The building includes four blue roofs and three green roofs to reduce storm water runoff, Joanna Cuevas, project manager at Jonathan Rose Companies, said. Green roofs will be accessible to residents, and a community garden will be planted on the second floor. APM believes that promoting sustainability is beneficial to both the community and its residents’ wallets. “We believe that people thrive when the have access to outdoor space rather than being cooped up in a house,” Ruiz said. “People feel better, and when they feel better, they do better.” APM aims to improve the financial situation of the neighborhood. “People can improve their economic situation two different ways: make more money, or reduce expenses,” Ruiz said. “[Our] effort is to lower utilities and teach recycling, so that [the residents] can do more with their money.” A Financial Opportunity Center on the ground floor will help money go further. People can check their credit and see what benefits they qualify for. Employment coaches will help connect residents to employers. The building is split into two different types of residencies: 120 affordable housing units and 40 market-rate hous-
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Construction workers have been building Paseo Verde since March. The housing complex, which won’t be targeting students, is set to be completed Spring 2013. | ABI REIMOLD TTN ing units. Those vying for an affordable unit must fill out an application and have their income checked, Cuevas said. While APM is a Latinobased organization, its service to Latinos is not exclusive. “APM is for everyone,” Ruiz said. All who qualify are accepted on a first-come basis. Paseo Verde is one project with two funding streams. The budget for affordable housing is approximately $16 million, the market-rate is $31 million and the total project costs $47 million. The project is financed on federal, state and city levels, and receives tax credits for providing low-income housing, Cuevas said. While APM officials said they discussed the project with Temple administrators, students will not necessarily be sought out as residents. “We are looking for a diverse population,” Cuevas said.
APM plans on targeting Philadelphia Gas Works employees and Temple employees as potential residents for the market-rate housing. APM officials said they believe Paseo Verde will ease the tension between the university and the neighborhood. “There’s an attitude that ‘we’re over here and you’re over there,’ and the tracks create a natural barrier between the two communities,” Ruiz said. By developing in the neighborhood on the east of the railroad tracks, Ruiz said she believes that the stark contrast between Main Campus and the area directly east will be lowered, and students and residents will feel welcome on either side. “[The development] is convenient for a variety of people, and is a perfect location to allow for communities to interact,” Cuevas said. The Temple stop on the
Regional Rail is the fourth busiest stop in the SEPTA system. Developers hope that this strategic location along with employment coaching will help residents obtain jobs. APM has hope for the area, but knows that change won’t happen over night. “We are continuing to build. I don’t see us doing any less in the next 20 years of developing the area. It takes time,” Ruiz said. APM holds monthly and quarterly meetings to ensure the community is interested and engaged with the steps that it is taking, Ruiz said. “We want to have a clean, safe, walkable community,” Ruiz said. Abi Reimold can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University looking into sorority expansion SORORITIES PAGE 1 Phi Epsilon on Oct. 4, one of Temple’s four general interest sororities. “Temple is a large university. Coming in as a transfer student is a little hard and I figured [joining a sorority] would make everything easier with meeting people and getting involved with school,” said Henneman, now a member of the largest sorority class in Temple history. More female students than ever have participated in sorority recruitment at Temple this fall, with more than a 100 percent increase from last year, Interim Director of Student Activities Chris Carey said. While the rates of women joining sororities have been steadily increasing throughout the last five years, Carey said that Fall 2011’s 190 women registered seemed to represent a flat-lining in growth. This fall, however, the interest in recruitment exploded, Carey said. Starting at the beginning of October, 446 female students registered for recruitment within the Temple University Panhellenic Association, which represents the four general interest sororities: Alpha Epsilon Phi, Delta Zeta, Phi Sigma Sigma and Delta Phi Epsilon. The 11 other sororities at Temple are within the National Multicultural Greek Council and the Temple University National PanHellenic Council also known as the “Divine Nine” historically African-American fraternities and sororities. Sororities within the Multicultural Greek Council and PanHellenic Council go through a separate recruitment process outside of campus recruitment, Carey said.
During her last week at Temple, former Student Activities Director Gina D’Annunzio worked with the Panhellenic sororities to hold events inside the Student Center where recruits met in large meeting rooms and made connections with the sisters in their prospective sororities. Of the women who registered, 261 officially received bids from one of the four sororities during a Bid Night event held at the Bell Tower. The girls in the four sororities dressed up in brightly colored clothing, cheering as they welcomed new members. “I’m just looking for that family experience, that sisterhood bond for life, and I really want to give back to the community,” Abby Zeppenfelt, a sophomore media studies and production major, who received a bid from Phi Sigma Sigma, said. With a total of 139 women receiving bids during last years’ recruitment process, the average new member size of 35 women per chapter grew to 63 in 2012, Carey said. Carey took over the role of interim Student Activities director on Oct. 6, and said he will begin the next step in the process by working with new member educators to develop strategies to work with the larger new member classes. Within Temple’s fraternities, new member sizes have largely stayed the same, with approximately 115 new members rushing this fall into 10 Interfraternity Council chapters at Temple, Carey said. Carey also attributed the lower numbers to fraternities hosting spring rush classes, whereas, sororities only recruit
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New sorority members gather at the Bell Tower on Thursday, Oct. 4. Sorority recruitment saw a 100 percent increase from last fall. | JOHN MORITZ TTN in the fall semesters. The rise in Greek life has come as more students – now close to 7,000, according to university estimates – move to the area surrounding Main Campus. Additionally, Temple is constructing Morgan Hall, which will provide more than 1,200 beds to students living on campus. “It is a changing demographic of students, there’s a lot of students who are looking for this type of community experience and this social connection,” Carey said. Carey also said that the rise of Greek institutions’ presence on campus, particularly sorori-
ties, through events such as fund raising and service projects has helped to build an increase in interest amongst students. “It’s a good combination,” Carey said. “By increasing the number, we were allowed to offer more bids and overall, all four sororities were able to get more young women involved in Greek life. I believe I can speak for everyone in Greek life when I say that we are more than excited to see Greek life expanding,” Sophie Rumbelow, a senior psychology major and president of Alpha Epsilon Phi, said in an email. In response to the rise in sorority recruitment, Temple is
currently researching adding at least one more Panhellenic sorority to Main Campus, Carey said. “We have to look at the final numbers and have some discussions, this is another formalized process that [the Panhellenic Association] has laid out for how expansion takes place,” Carey said, adding that while no plans are in place, the university is also looking at expansion in terms of the entire Greek system. John Moritz can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.
cast and print media into that too,” Schuff said. “First of all for a comparison, so we could compare social media to broadcast and print media, and also because we know [it is an] influence to poll numbers and fundraising.” One of the main reasons that the university entered into the agreement with LexisNexis, Schuff said, is because it contains a vast pool of data that includes television transcripts, news stories and both broadcast and print media data. “What we’re looking to do is a couple of things. We’re looking to better understand how media can influence success in campaigns and this can also help people who are running these campaigns and are looking where to invest,” Schuff said. Each candidate’s TEMPO score is drawn from data points derived from blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, web analytics from Alexa – a web information site – and print and broadcast media mentions compiled by LexisNexis, which includes more than 20,000 news sources, as well as campaign websites. “The reason why we stuck to the election was because it was actually something that was interesting to us,” Schuff said. “It also seemed very timely to do this because it’s campaign season. There’s been a lot of buzz about social media being used in campaigns, so we were looking at this and saying, ‘You know in 2008 and now, those were the things campaigns used heavily.’” Schuff said that campaigns could have an overall approach when delving into the realm of social media, but sometimes don’t necessarily understand the benefits of having it. In addition to regularly updating the TEMPO index for the presidential race until Election Day, Schuff and his team plan to draw conclusions on the relative influence of social and mainstream media on each other, as well as their combined effects on donations, poll results and election wins or losses. Schuff added there is always potential to go beyond just the political campaigns. “Beyond political campaigns, if you replace campaign outcomes with brand outcomes or financial success of sports team you could look at their social media presence or their print or broadcast presence,” Schuff said. “One of the things we could potentially do is apply this to things like sports or entertainment, other areas where you have, I think any area where you have a brand the project has potential implications.” No financial transactions are involved with the program. Instead, Schuff said there is a joint cooperation where the university helps the company with press releases in return for the use of its data. Dominique Johnson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Initiative sends in energy teams Four buildings on Main Campus will play host to Temple’s new energy teams. MATTHEW HULMES The Temple News After keeping tuition in check this year, Temple is now looking to reduce the energy waste with its conservation campaign. Temple’s plan is to reduce its energy consumption by 25 percent in the next two years. It’s attempting this by testing out a new program that involves sending energy teams into four buildings on Main Campus: Alter Hall, Sullivan Hall, 1940 and Speakman Hall. “We’re creating energy teams of building occupants,” Kathleen Grady, sustainability coordinator in the Office of Sustainability, said. “They’re going to help identify the problem, they’re going to come up with the solution, and then they’re going to help us implement these solutions.” The teams are responsible for gathering information on each building and figuring out
where the problems lay in the building. teams’ respective buildings. Bresser credited the inProblems can be rooted from sight of the students working micro-fridges plugged in with with the energy teams and said, nothing inside, or heaters and “The kids have a different point air-conditioners that are broken of view, and lots of valuable inand haven’t been fixed, Grady sight that I wouldn’t otherwise said. get.” Kurt Bresser, Temple’s There are also unique deenergy manager, is responsible vices that the Office of Sustainfor the budgetability has been ing of energy using to reduce and has been energy. Bert, a working with plug that acts each energy as a timer, is team. He talkbeing used in ed about these Sullivan Hall problems in deto reduce entail and said the ergy waste. issue of broken Grady said appliances has people often forced people to leave devices, find their own Kurt Bresser / energy manager such as copisolutions. ers, in sleep “In some mode instead instances they’ve resorted to of being turned off, which bringing in their own heaters,” consumes energy. With Bert, Bresser said. people will be able to turn the The energy teams are copier off wirelessly and set composed of faculty members it to a schedule for when they and staff who work inside the aren’t around. buildings, as well as students The program is only in its volunteering to help out. There pilot phase – it’s about a month are students who gather infor- old – and Bresser said it’s “too mation on the number of out- early to know the success of it lets, lighting fixtures and other yet.” electrical components in each “The first indication of
“The kids have a
different point of view, and lots of valuable insight that I wouldn’t otherwise get.
how successful it’s been will be on the Nov. 30 initial report... that’ll be the first thing that we’ll see on the record that will reflect the work of the energy teams,” Bresser said. If the program does well, it may move to other buildings throughout Main Campus, as well. “We’re going to figure out all the things we’re going to do wrong and try to fix them before we send them to Anderson and Gladfelter,” Grady said. She encouraged anyone interested in starting a program in their building to contact her office. She said that many students and organizations on Main Campus, like Net Impact and Students for Environmental Action, are getting involved in the program. Students can take an energy conservation pledge as well as find other ways to pitch in and help reduce energy waste by going to the Office of Sustainability’s website. Matthew Hulmes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Issues recognized by developers
Housing policy changes underway POLICY PAGE 1 Temple News confirmed. On-campus housing for recruits had been used sparingly among Temple’s non-revenue sports in the past prior to the housing policy change, the university official said. Eight non-revenue sports, including baseball, field hockey and volleyball, have had contact periods overlap with the time since the new housing policy was enacted, according to the recruiting calendar. No coaches were made available for comment from Athletic Communications and an interview request with Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw was denied. Attempts to ascertain costs associated with recruiting were unsuccessful. Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law only mandates that Temple release certain financial information. Meanwhile, students’ siblings who are minors haven’t been able to stay overnight while visiting Temple as a possible college destination, and students who are parents haven’t been able to house their children overnight on campus.
University Housing and Residential Life is working with University Counsel to include exemptions in the policy for student-athlete recruits, other recruits and others falling under special circumstances, Scales said through University Communications. An interview request with Scales was denied. The change to the guest policy was first recommended because the university had no policy regarding non-matriculated minors staying overnight. The task force recommended the university review its overnight guest policy, and University Housing responded with an immediate moratorium on overnight visits by non-Temple minors. However, the task force stated: “Respecting the need for the temporary moratorium, the Task Force cautions that a complete ban on such visits could have unintended negative consequences.” Joey Cranney can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @joey_cranney.
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City Controller Alan Butkovitz blasted developers near Main Campus in a report released Wednesday, Oct. 10. Butkovitz cited a lack of enforcement and oversight by numerous city departments.| CINDY STANSBURY TTN
REPORT PAGE 1 Health, Water and Police. Peter Crawford, a landlord in the area and member of the Temple Area Property Association disagreed with the city controller’s report. “My big issue with the report in saying that the current system is broken is that it’s a disservice to the inspectors. I think they’re doing a great job,” Crawford said Crawford went on to explain that he believes the report is a gross misstatement and that inspections and regulations are currently tough enough. He also said he feared that this report would hinder the construction progress already being made in the area. “There are bad apples. There are always going to be a few bad apples. But, let’s not use the bad apples as a way to hold back progress,” Crawford said. Crawford’s view differed with that of Mark Zwick, the president of TAPA, who said: “I think it’s a problem and I’d like to work with the city to make it a better place for everyone.”
Zwick’s take was echoed are angry about that?” Pizzola by TAPA Vice President Nick said. Pizzola, who expressed perShanee Satchell, a senior sonal inconvenience due to the secondary math education maway construction has been op- jor, said she has faced the iserating in the area. sues Pizzola discussed from a “They’re not only hurting resident’s perspective. the communities, but they are “It’s woken me up. It hurting the other landlords,” blocks cars from going down Pizzola said. the street,” Pizzola said Satchell said. the building sys“One time tem works by a they were landlord hiring working on a contractor and plumbing for not monitoring a new buildwhether the coning and the tractor is followstreet was ing codes until flooded with the project is almuddy waready done, when ter. The dirt the landlord restayed even ceives a fine. though the Nick Pizzola / vice president of water As a landdried temple area property association lord, Pizzola said up and when he has fallen vicit rained our tim to the issues plaguing the street was always muddy.” construction program. In order to rectify these isThe problems are not only sues, Butkovitz recommended limited to illegal dumping and the implementation of two building codes, but noise ordi- main programs in the report. nances as well, Pizzola said. The first is a mobile ap“It’s 7 a.m., you got power plication that the department tools, you don’t think students employees can use to upload
only hurting the communities, but they are hurting the other landlords.
media documenting violations, to a centralized location. This would permit each department to view it, document it and decide further action. The second program involves the development of a “Memorandum of Understanding” among the five departments. Butkovitz said this memorandum will provide “guidance to and authority for any inspector observing building code violations to immediately address the conditions observed.” While construction throughout the city should be supported, the projects should be done legally, Butkovitz noted in the report. “We need to embrace the revitalization occurring throughout our city, but we also need to ensure that all projects are done in compliance with all codes and regulations,” Butkovitz said. Cindy Stansbury can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
over 5,000 people have been registered,” Dylan Morpurgo, a junior political science major and president of Temple College Democrats, said. “We will be now moving into informing students where to vote and how to vote.” TCD will ultimately provide information in the hope that students will support the president and the Democratic Party, Morpurgo said. Similarly, Temple University College Republicans istaking part in get-out-the-vote efforts with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign. “Our No. 1 goal is winning and making sure Barack Obama is a one-term president,” Erik Jacobs, a senior political science major and TUCR chairman, said. “We want to make sure all of our members vote, and hope to foster as many votes for Romney and Ryan and other down ticket races in the Philadelphia region.” After several debate viewing parties, both organizations will have their own debate on five topics concerning both parties’ platforms. The location, time and the topics are yet to be determined. “Our debate last semester had good attendance, was goodspirited and a little bit contentious,” Morpurgo said. “We heard from audience members that it was great.” Unlike the presidential debate, this discussion won’t produce winners or losers, Morpurgo said. Despite the marked differences between both organizations, Morpurgo and Jacobs said that TCD and TUCR have a good working relationship. Early in the semester they cosponsored several events and press conferences, Morpurgo said. Kevin Arceneaux, associate professor of political science, said that both groups play an important role in the election by engaging young voters who often are overlooked by national campaigns. “Based on the way campaign strategies are unfolding, [candidates] seem to think that the bulk of undecided voters comes from middle-aged people,” Arceneaux said. “Presidential candidates don’t seem to visit college campuses that
much.” While the Queer Student Union and Occupy Temple identify as non-partisan organizations, the groups use the election as a platform to draw attention to the relationship between elected officials and the organizations’ goals. “We generally don’t support Democrats or Republicans,” Walter Smolarek, a senior secondary education major of Occupy Temple, said. “Both maintain the same system of exploitation, oppression, et. cetera.” Smolarek said that he and other members have been working on the Peta Lindsay campaign, a socialist presidential candidate who visited Temple earlier this month. Smolarek said Lindsay represents the need for mass movements and struggle to bring about change. “Our orientation is that we can’t wait for politicians and elected officials to benevolently give us all the things we need,” Smolarek said. “We have to organize and fight to have them.” Morpurgo, who is also the financial director of QSU, said that the LGBT advocacy group decided to endorse President Obama given that his party is the only one that advocates issues that are important to LGBT citizens. “Romney has pledged that he would be opposed not only to marriage equality but also to civil unions,” Morpurgo said. “Before the election we will be informing our members why they should be voting for the president based off [LGBT] issues, we don’t get involved in anything else.” Arceneaux recommended all these organizations to persist on “shoe leather” politics – to knock on doors, make phone calls and volunteer for the campaigns. A special challenge is posed by people who are not interested in politics or turned off by the bipartisan nature of politics, he said. “If they want to reach out to these kind[s] of people, it would be in their best interest to discuss political issues in a way that seems relevant to these people’s lives,” Arceneaux said. Laura Ordonez can be reached at email@example.com.
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hen a task force commissioned by Acting President Richard Englert released its report detailing how the findings of the Freeh Report could be applied to Temple, one of the most central tenets was the need for transparency. To best serve the protection of minors, such absolute transparency was deemed vital. Otherwise, it was conceivable that the needs of such vulnerable parties could be subjugated to a powerful institution seeking to protect its own image. Temple, wishing to prevent such an occurrence, did the honorable thing by promoting such openness. With that in mind, it becomes strikingly ironic that the university has since chosen to muddle the vision of those who look to inspect the effects of the policy changes enacted to serve the best interests of minors. The Temple News has reported previously on a change in University Housing and Residential Life policy concerning overnight guests who are not Temple students. Such a blanket policy was in fact said by the task force to possibly have
ast week, The Temple News reported on the findings of the university’s neighborhood relations task force that was commissioned in September 2011. The report outlined 22 strategies within five recommendation areas that could improve Temple’s relationship with the community. An area that the task force neglected to tackle was the issue of rampant development off Main Campus and the problems the constant construction causes to Temple’s immediate neighbors. Last Wednesday, Oct. 10, one day after The Temple News reported on the task force’s findings, City Controller Alan Butkovitz released a report detailing the violations developers in North Philadelphia have committed in the area surrounding Main Campus. As Cindy Stansbury reports on Page 1, Butkovitz outlined the failures of five Philadelphia departments in regulating construction in the area. While these are private developers that Temple doesn’t have control of, the Community and Student Off Campus Issues and Concerns Task Force should have better addressed the issues of off-campus development and
Refusal to discuss revisions to the guest policy mark incomplete commitment to transparency. a negative impact on the recruitment of students and studentathletes. As reported by Joey Cranney on Page 1, this guest policy revision is currently under review and may potentially be amended to better balance protection and safe, traditional visits. In the meantime, The Temple News has sought to learn how exactly the university is handling current visits affected by this policy – namely, recruits. Requests to interview university officials on this matter were denied – including Associate Vice President and Director of University Housing and Residential Life Michael Scales and Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw, as well as five coaches. This, unfortunately, begs the question: Just how serious is Temple about maintaining absolute transparency if it refuses to talk about the policy and its current repercussions? The Temple News sincerely hopes that the university will back up its claims of transparency with true openness in the future, rather than attempt to cloud the vision of those who wish to question decisions that so directly affect students’ lives.
Temple is working to improve community relations, but landlords must cooperate. how it affects the residents of North Philadelphia. Temple is a magnet for students. The developers fill the housing void for those who seek to spend their college years near Main Campus. The university should use its prominence and position to be a voice of a reason. The attitudes and practices of the developers who provide the off-campus housing that students move into should be taken into account. These landlords and construction teams need to have the same respect for the community that Temple preaches to its students. The Temple News reached out to landlords near Temple and applauds Mark Zwick, the president of the Temple Area Property Association and Nick Pizzola, the association’s vice president, for agreeing with aspects of the report and expressing their willingness to work with the city to fix the problem. However, landlords like Peter Crawford of TAPA, who told The Temple News that the report does a disservice to the city’s inspectors, are still in denial of the issues. Landlords like this need a reality check into the problems flooding the streets of North Philadelphia.
“Having done it so much, it’s not
that big of a deal. It’s scary going off the edge, but that’s scary whether it’s 35 feet or 220 feet.
Steve Young / director, campus recreation
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Temple won its second game in the Big East against the University of Connecticut on Oct. 13.| TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN
GOT SOMETHING TO SAY?
POLLING PEOPLE Will you be attending the Herman Cain appearance on Oct. 19?
Yes, as a supporter.
Yes, but I do not support his policies.
No, I’m not particularly interested in hearing him speak.
I wasn’t even aware he was coming to campus.
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*Out of 23 votes.
College Truth Tour aims to discuss state of the student On Friday, Oct. 19, former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will visit Main Campus as part of his College Truth Tour. According to its official website, the tour’s primary goal is to conduct “a serious discussion on how to fix this economy.” Below are some of the statistics Cain cites as motivation for the tour.
*Source: College Truth Tour
OF BACHELOR’S DEGREE-HOLDERS
hold student debt loans
under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed.
“This year, the majority of unemployed Americans have at least some college education—the first time in our nation’s history this has occurred.”
“The total amount of student loan debt in the United States is estimated to be between $867 billion and $1 trillion dollars, and default rates for student loans continue to rise.”
OF ADULTS AGED 18-34
say that, due to economic conditions, they have moved back in with their parents after living on their own.
“Among adults of all ages, 82 percent say it’s harder for today’s young adults to find a job than for previous generations.” ANA TAMACCIO TTN
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Landlords fuel resident strife
Bosak argues better municipal practices and the suggestions outlined in the task force report can lead to better community relations.
onstruction debris littering roads and sidewalks. Streets closed without a permit. Dust and runoff coating cars, streets and the entire neighborhood. Sound familiar? For those of us living in the area between Girard Avenue and West York Street, and Broad Street and North 19th Street it should. It’s how City Controller Alan Butkovitz described our neighborhood in a report released Oct. 10. Butkovitz said the report was brought on by numerous complaints from permanent residents, who felt helpless against the developers buying up properties around Temple. In the developers’ haste to produce more properties for Temple students, they often violate building codes among a variety of other offenses – with little regard for
the people who have to live in the neighborhood – both permanent residents and students alike. Butkovitz reported that investigators from the Office of the Controller visited 19 sites throughout the spring and summer and found that five city departments – Licenses and Inspections, Water, Streets, Public Health and Police – failed to monitor and enforce the city’s rules regarding construction sites. He said the findings of the report point to a lack of understanding among the different agencies as to who was responsible for enforcing certain regulations. Along with creating a Memorandum of Understanding among the city agencies to provide direction and authority for inspectors to address building code violations, Butkovitz also proposed developing a mobile app to allow department
employees to store pictures and videos of violations. The timing of Butkovitz’s report is pretty ironic, considering that the task force charged with evaluating student-community relations is set to publish its findings online sometime this week, more than a year after it was commissioned. In September 2011, thenpresident Ann Weaver Hart created what is now known as the Community and Student Off Campus Issues and Concerns Task Force, “to develop recommendations for a comprehensive approach to addressing and changing destructive, unsafe, and uncivil student behaviors in the neighborhood communities surrounding Temple’s main campus,” according to a copy of the report given to The Temple News. The report said a lot. Too much to address at once. But
basically the report, like Butkovitz, proposes a variety of strategies – 22 to be exact – in an attempt to improve the climate in the local off-campus community. The task force summarized the “strategories” into five areas of recommendations: revise student conduct process; influence student culture; enhance infrastructure; create shared ownership; and enhance communications. But what I think people should take from both the city controller’s and Temple’s reports is the large role developers have in shaping permanent residents’ impression of Temple students. I would hardly say Temple students are perfect – boisterous parties and public urination prove otherwise – but developers’ disregard for anything but the green is cost-
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Cain will still serve cheesy partisan pie
Scott argues that Herman Cain’s college tour is rooted in a misleading premise of nonpartisanship.
hen Herman Cain comes to town on Thursday, Oct. 18, it will be but one of many stops on his robust road trip. In fact, it will be stop No. 27 of 30 on his College Truth Tour. Cain makes the point of his tour very clear. As the official website collegetruthtour.com states, “How do we ensure that a student doesn’t walk across the stage to get their diploma and go straight into the unemployment line?” It doesn’t require a detective to understand why this message would resonate particularly close to the students he refers to. Cain himself has been a politically polarizing figure, but that hasn’t stopped him from claiming that his tour has nonpartisan intentions. “This is not a Republican, Democrat, conservative or liberal issue,” his website states.
“This is not about any particular president, congress member or corporate leader. This is about the facts. This is about the Truth.” Quite an honorable endeavor. And if that was all there was to it, then I suppose this would be a much shorter article. But one of the advantages of being stop No. 27 is that there are records of what he said at the previous 26 locations. Which is why I must ask: If this isn’t a conservative issue, then why did he tell students at the University of Miami that “I believe we must take the conservative message to college students,” as reported by the Miami Hurricane? And if he intends to have a discourse on economic policy and not get dragged down into the battles of the politicians themselves, then why did Central Michigan Life report that he
declared to a crowd at the University of Central Michigan that “politicians propose stuff that will pass. Businessmen propose stuff that will fix the problem”? That sure sounds like a dig on politicians to me. Even the subject matter has been inconsistent. Sure, he has spent plenty of time talking about the tax code, government spending and “ObamaCare,” all matters that obviously affect the employment opportunities for college students on a very direct level. But that Central Michigan Life article also mentioned that he announced: “We are the Saudi Arabia of coal.” Besides for those majoring in coal mining, this point hardly seems salient. On an even more fundamental level, Cain can’t even seem to develop a consensus on some basic personal details. In talking about the won-
ders of the American Dream to the Central Michigan crowd, Cain brought up an inspiring tale of personal persistence when he asked the audience, “Do you think I ever imagined by age 60, 62, I’d be running for president of the United States? Only in America can that happen.” The very next day, Cain dutifully answered that question with a resounding “yes” when he told the audience at Michigan State, as reported by the State News, that as a child, he was determined “to be vice president of something, somewhere.” Then he promptly added: “And I almost pulled it off.” The point of this is not to make it seem like Cain is some sort of terrible, manipulative liar. While he has been guilty of several contradictions, that shouldn’t be seen as an indict-
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Politics and professors don’t mix
Salah argues that there is no place for political endorsements in the classroom.
rior to the upcoming election, some professors at Temple have been speaking freely about their political affiliations in the classroom setting. Naturally, this has raised the question of whether this is appropriate. To me, a big consideration is context. It may be acceptable for the discussion in a class related to politics, but it still remains a very sensitive topic. While some may try to give an unbiased opinion on both candidates, it is very difficult to keep from unintentionally favoring the one that they prefer. The bias may not essentially be a bad thing, since we all have our own political views, but changing the minds of students isn’t part of the role as a professor. Whether it is a politics class or not, this isn’t what the class is for. If politics is not a common theme in the classroom conversation, then it doesn’t make sense for such a subject to come into play during a lecture. It sidetracks the main issues that are supposed to be taught, and can negatively affect the stu-
dents’ take on the lesson, the teacher or the class as a whole. Creating a heated political discussion that doesn’t impact the intended lesson plan may take up a significant amount of the time allotted for the class. During this time in the semester, it is crucial that adequate time is spent talking about the topic on which the class is based, because upcoming midterms and other exams need time for clarification. “It wastes time because I’m not there to listen to their opinions about politics. I’m there to learn about what the class is actually about,” Cigdem Erkan, a sophomore English major, said. Furthermore, a teacher has quite a lot of influence on students. Last I checked, professors aren’t hired to be political advocates for either side of the election campaign. However, some professors see this differently. They believe that speaking about the importance of voting is important to encourage students to vote. Talking about the teacher’s own affiliation is meant to inform their students about the
reality of the presidential candidates, and which side would be the better choice for office in the next term. “I think that professors who don’t do this with students are doing them a disservice,” said Wilbert Jenkins, a professor of history. “It is important for professors to talk to students about their political views to give them a better understanding on which candidate has more to offer.” While this opinion may have merit, it can still cause problems. Some students are bound to have different views, and an argument can easily develop. This situation can lead to some serious tension. I saw this before in one of my classes. The teacher endorsed one candidate and lambasted his opponent. It dissolved into a huge argument between him and several of the students. In the end, one student stopped the professor and asked him to just return to the original lesson plan. The student was later reprimanded for speaking out. Granted, it was a little rude, but the professor’s ongoing ar-
gument perpetuated it. I believe that, while the student should have been more respectful, it was necessary to turn the professor’s attention back to the subject at hand. This was especially important at the time, because we were supposed to discuss the upcoming midterm. The professor should have been focusing on that for the benefit of his students. The election is a very sensitive subject to visit in class. Even if the professor is not trying to impose his or her own opinions on the students, it is difficult to remain unbiased when speaking about both candidates and their policies. Extensive arguments can develop because both sides may be passionate about their own views and refuse to give in. The lecture isn’t an ideal time for these things to come out, as the time should be dedicated to more important things, such as the subject being taught. Hend Salah can be reached at email@example.com.
“Right now, the labels required on food give us loads of information, much of it useful. What they don’t do is tell us whether something is really beneficial, in every sense of the word. With a different set of criteria and some clear graphics, food packages could tell us much more.””
On nytimes.com in “My Dream Food Label”
“Alas, more and more, America’s media resemble the statecontrolled press in Venezuela, where, despite an exit poll showing him losing, President for Life Hugo Chavez easily won another six-year term on Oct. 6. The opposition party was limited to three minutes of advertising per day, while Mr. Chavez opined on the airwaves as long as he wanted. Think of a nation that has slipped into the Twilight Zone, where the only channel is MSNBC.”
On washingtontimes.com in “Knight: Buying Obama’s whoppers”
“Take a breath, people. Obama’s reelection was never as assured as it seemed in September, and it’s not nearly as imperiled as it seems in October.”
On philly.com in “The American Debate: A wake-up call for Democrats”
“Can that be right? Should a man who committed such a crime ever be allowed to own a dog of his own? We think he should. Vick served about a year and a half in federal prison, finished three years of probation and acted as a spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States, speaking out, particularly to young people, on the evils of dogfighting.”
Los Angeles Times editorial board,
On latimes.com in “Michael Vick: dog owner”
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
“Do you think professors should interject their political views into class discussion?
STEVEN REITZ TTN
OPINION DESK 215-204-7416
“It doesn’t really bother me, it gives you a different perspective on someone’s view, and that can help ...change your view.”
“I disagree with it, some positive discussion may stem from them ... but I think that it’s a breach of their duties to interject their personal values into our classes.”
“By now most people already have their own political views so an influence is not going to change them that much, so I do not mind them discussing it.”
FRESHMAN | POLITICAL SCIENCE
SENIOR | RISK MANAGEMENT
FRESHMAN | UNIVERSITY STUDIES
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WILLIAM MANN SAYS ON “ANKER: A LOVE LETTER TO THEATER GAYS” ON OCT. 9 AT 5:59 P.M.
I moderate a group on Yahoo called ‘GayTheatre’ and I HAD to repost this article to our members! Gay Theatre on Yahoo Groups is a forum for those who present, create, or just enjoy gay-themed theatre in the world. It is a great resource for gay theatre information, a place to promote your work, writing, productions, to just talk about things you’ve seen, or to find out what might be happening in your neck of the woods, or a far away place that you may be traveling. We’re scouting for information and new members. Spread the word to your theatre friends. There is a national calendar of gay-themed productions, a collection of links to production companies, performers, playwrights and other LGBT theater resources, and an e-list for promoting and discussing all of the above.
STEVEN BELL SAYS ON “SCOTT: READING UP ON LIBRARY IMPORTANCE” ON OCT. 9 AT 11:03 P.M.
Great column Zack. Your passion for the Library really comes through in this column. I really appreciate that you have dedicated it to sharing your thoughts about the great value the library adds to the Temple community. Thanks also for your support of the plan to build a new library. I hope it will open before you graduate but if not, come back to visit. If I had one thing to add here, I would hope you would also mention the dedicated temple libraries staff. They provide the personalized help that makes a library more than just another building.
ROB SAYS ON “HONORS TO GUARANTEE FOUR-YEAR HOUSING” ON OCT. 9 AT 11:32 P.M.
My son was accepted at Temple for 2012/2013, but opted to go to a local Connecticut school due to finances. Now that he has received an NROTC scholarship for his remaining 3 years, he will be going to Temple. He has excellent grades. What are his chances for on-campus housing? I, as a parent, am very concerned about his safety considering the location of Temple. It seems to me that Temple is way behind in the amount of housing it has considering all of the out-of-state students. Sending them into the neighborhoods for 3 or 4 years, with certainly no chance of housing as juniors and seniors is crazy.
LYNN SNYDER SAYS ON “CARR: LIMITS RELATIONSHIPS AND DRINKING” ON OCT. 14 AT 9:33 A.M.
Dear Advice Columnist: You give really good advice to college students. Why not write a column for parents about letting go of their children, how to best support their children, what to do when parents see their children making mistakes, etc. That would be an interesting read!
Bike bill seeks to bring drivers and bikers together The city of Philadelphia has seen a major increase in twowheeled commuters lately, with NAVEED AHSAN U.S. Census data reporting a 151 percent increase from 2000 to 2009. As you might expect, this Ahsan argues that a has prompted lawmakers to try new bill concerning and ease the transition from four Philadelphia cyclists wheels to two by imposing rules that will benefit those without a has good intentions, car. but questionable According to a report from the Philadelphia Department of methods. Public Health, the city is aiming to increase bike commuting to 6.5 percent by 2020. Stephen Buckley, the director of policy and planning for the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities has said that the administration’s goal is to turn the 220 miles of bike lanes the city currently has into 300 miles. The Nutter administration is working hard to build a new reputation for Philadelphia as a proverbial bike-friendly city. Among all these plans and statistics is a bill that is worth mentioning. The Complete Streets Bill is intended to alleviate the uneasy relationship between bikers and motorists as well as promote bicycle safety. While the bill does have good intentions, in some cases, it goes too far. For example, the issue of bike safety that the bill addresses is a bit more complicated than one might expect. While cyclists have become a more common image on the city roads, the number of bike-related deaths have, in fact,
decreased. Philadelphia was ranked No. 17 on the annual feature, “America’s Best Bike-Friendly Cities,” on bicycling.com. When you look at how rapidly fatal bike accidents have happened, it’s not hard to see why. According to the Philadelphia Traffic Data Management System, four cyclists died from accidents with motor vehicles in Philadelphia County in 2002. In 2011, there was not a single fatality in such accidents, according to the Office of Transportation and Utilities. Although accidents have dropped, it does not mean that the two groups have gotten along famously. In fact, I would argue that there has been a developing distaste between drivers and cyclists. But as far as establishing a healthy relationship between the two-wheelers and four-wheelers, the bill is far too extreme. On the bicyclist’s end, this new law, if implemented, will impose a $100 fine for going through a red light. Currently, the fine for doing so is only $3. The city will also add a new-and-improved Complete Streets Handbook,
which will lay out the rules and regulations of the road. As for the drivers, the Complete Streets Bill will prohibit drivers from opening a car door into traffic, and prohibit parking in bike lanes. On the driver’s side, why such actions have not already been deemed illegal is somewhat puzzling. But implementing large fines for cyclists who break rules creates almost as much confusion. Regardless, drivers and cyclists must form some cohesiveness to be able to share the roads together. This is what the city hopes to fix if the Complete Streets Bill is passed, to mitigate the unpleasant rifts. The main objective for the Complete Streets Bill is to provide a city in which drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all can travel without harm. The roads are meant to be shared; cyclists aren’t going anywhere.
“The issue of
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Empowering students key to neighborhood CONSTRUCTION PAGE 5 ing students more than we may initially believe with local residents. Take for instance, trash. Most of the trash on my street is construction debris. Residents complain about it. And when some students see it, it only creates a justification to throw their empty box of cigarettes on the ground too. Then residents complain more. It’s a vicious cycle. One of the strategies proposed by the task force calls for landlords to assume a more proactive role in the neighborhood. But how? The report said, “Landlords should be active in helping to address student behavioral issues and improve neighborhood relations by supporting dialogues between students and residents, understanding Student Code of Conduct expectations, and helping to initiate various forms of civic engagement.” Obviously landlords have proven they don’t care, and without an incentive to, I am not sure how we can make them. But I do think we can do more as students to empower ourselves, and that is where I think the report is onto something. I think the expansion of the current Off Campus Living office would be useful in not only informing students of their rights as renters, but also as a way of holding landlords and development companies more responsible.
The proposed strategies seem legitimately helpful. Developing and maintaining a student survey to rate landlords, maintaining updated information about local rental markets, local regulations regarding leasing, city resources and services and providing technical support to students experiencing landlord difficulties all seem like positive developments. I know when I transferred to Temple I would have benefited by an office with these types of resources. And, when I came back from studying abroad this summer, I found out my landlord built a wall in the entrance of my apartment to hide my room in order to pass inspections. I wish there would have been a place for me to go for help. Bad landlords are a dime a dozen around here, and I hope that Temple implements these changes. Temple can be that voice of authority for students. And the city agencies can help by holding landlords more accountable. At the end of the day, I think Temple students feel just as helpless against these powerful development companies as local residents, but by empowering both, I believe we can start to create that culture of shared ownership that we all seek. Bri Bosak can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @BriBosak.
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bike safety that the bill addresses is a bit more complicated than one might expect.
ment of his intentions. By every account, he doesn’t seem to be using this tour to further any personal political ambitions. In fact, he has repeatedly denied any interest in running for president ever again. With political blemishes quite like his, why would you? The point is to illustrate that college students should be wary of anyone who appears under the guise of friendship, presenting a helping hand and waving a bouquet of “unbiased” information, advice and friendly discussion. To expect that Cain has nothing but our best interests at Naveed Ahsan can be reached at heart is foolish. email@example.com. He may not be seeking to further his own political image, but he is most certainly serving as an ambassador for conservatism. Not that there is anything wrong with that. But what is wrong is that we have to pretend that he’s here
to just pat on us the back and offer himself in camaraderie. Let’s not be naïve. Maybe there is some part of Cain’s College Truth Tour that is rooted in altruism, but it would be a small minority at that. The overarching goal is to further the conservative cause, specifically in terms of economic policy. That is exactly what Cain, who was rapidly accruing conservative followers in the Republican primaries just several months ago, would be expected to do. So let’s not sugarcoat why he is speaking to students on Main Campus. Be honest with your intentions, Mr. Cain. Because if there’s one thing I hate more than worrying about my employment prospects, it’s being lied to. Zack Scott can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @ZackScot11.
Encountering crime with a new outlook
arrived in Philadelphia after a 25-hour trip from my native home, Germany, to what was a very warm welcome. Literally, it was about 90 degrees. I was happy to finally be here. But, it wasn’t long before my experience cooled down after hearing KIM FUELLENBACH about the surrounding neighborhood. “Philly is dangerous,” said Fuellenbach my roommates as soon as I had details what it’s dropped off my bag in my new like moving to the room. “You shouldn’t go out alone, at least not at night. It’s North Philadelphia too dangerous.” neighborhood from I thought they were being overprotective, but I still considGermany. ered it helpful advice. However, throughout the course of the next week, it became clear to me that this information is in the Top 5 things to talk about with someone who is new to the city. I bought running shoes and the shop owner was worried that I walked up to his shop by myself. When I tried to improve my
level of security by going to buy a bike, I was advised not to ride it home because it is safer to go home by bus. I started to wonder how much attention I really had to pay: Where could I go? How would I stay safe? These are some questions that popped into my head. I felt that it was time to put the hearsay aside for a minute and see what was going on objectively. In doing so, I was introduced to a Google Map from 2010 called “Philadelphia Safety Map.” It was originally posted in an online chat room, Philadelphia Speaks, by user “dorydorado.” The map itself contains a color-coded breakdown of the city by an arbitrary measurement
of safety. It is intended to be a guide to safe spots in Philly, but is not based on any crime data or anything of the sort. But while Main Campus – referred to in the key as “Templetown” – is colored green for safe, the area immediately surrounding it indicates that you probably shouldn’t hang out in the vicinity. Is it really fair to say that? I’ve never been a fan of generalizations. Probably because, even though I’m German, I don’t walk around in leather pants and eat Sauerkraut and sausages all day. While this is probably taken a bit to the outlandish side of stereotypes, it doesn’t change the fact that crime
I’m German, I don’t walk around in leather pants and eat Sauerkraut and sausages all day.”
around Main Campus should be considered as a serious topic. This map, and the sentiments about the area it represents, should be taken more as a reminder that safety is important rather than an overgeneralized assessment of potential danger. Just look at the consequences of this reputation. When I tell people I have a bike, they often smile and say something like, “You better ride fast.” I do ride fast, but not because I’m fleeing. People who have told me I should not talk to any of the people living here will probably not distinguish between someone with bad intentions and a construction worker. Neither does this map. The map also doesn’t show improvements throughout the last years. I don’t speak from my own experience, but a small minority of voices in the sea of warnings sometimes tell me it’s already much safer. I don’t mean to play
the dangers down, but I don’t see how focusing on the negative aspects helps anyone in their daily lives. To put it simply, staying safe comes down to a simple principle, which one of my classmates cleverly phrased as: “Just don’t be stupid.” But this principle doesn’t only apply to Temple. Wherever you are, especially in a city, you have to be careful. And you’ll be fine as long as you don’t do anything reckless. I don’t want to spend my year at Temple caged in my room. Of course, I also want to be safe. But I certainly don’t want my time here to be ruined by a few red pixels. Kim Fuellenbach can be reached at email@example.com.
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Temple theater students are performing the Tony Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening” through Nov. 4 at Tomlinson Theater. JENELLE JANCI The Temple News
lthough a play set in 1800s Germany may seem irrelevant to today’s audiences, the cast and crew of Temple’s production of “Spring Awakening” beg to differ. “The show is full of hot issues in our society today,” choreographer Maggie Anderson said. “It’s completely relevant, even in our Temple culture.” “Spring Awakening” is based upon the once-banned German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind and was adapted by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik for the stage, debuting on Broadway in 2006. Its original Broadway cast included Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff of the TV show “Glee,” and John Gallagher Jr. of HBO’s “The Newsroom.” “It’s a sexy, edgy, heartbreakingly beautiful show that’s really about the passion of trying to connect with one another – to touch and be touched, on both a physical-
YOUNG AT HEART, p. 8
ly and metaphorical spiritual level. It’s appealing because it’s half rock concert, half classical theater,” Anderson said. Peter Reynolds, head of Temple’s musical theater department and director of “Spring Awakening,” jumped at the opportunity to bring the show to campus by put-
“All these topics
were there and very, very prevalent, even in the 1800s, but they weren’t talked about.
Griffin Back / spring awakening blue cast
ting Temple on a fast-track notification regarding the play’s rights. The show opened on Oct. 12 and will run through Nov. 4. Reynolds decided to double cast the show to provide ample opportunity for performers, dividing the selected actors into “blue” and “orange” casts.
Director of Campus Recreation Steve Young will rappel off of a Center City building for a cause. LIVING DESK 215-204-7416
“I’m probably most excited about this piece because it resonates so powerfully with young people,” Reynolds said. With characters facing hardships still considered hot topic issues in today’s society, the more-than-a-century-old play still resonates with audiences today. “I think it’s really interesting that in the story of the show all of these really tough, tough topics like abuse, teen pregnancy, sexual awakening in young people – all these topics were there and were very, very prevalent, even in the late 1800s, but they weren’t talked about,” blue cast member and sophomore Griffin Back said. “It’s interesting how now, in 2012, all of those issues are huge, but we can talk about them. That’s really the only difference.” While the show is set in 1800s Germany, the innermost feelings of the characters are revealed through contemporary rock-style songs, said junior Katie Johantgen, who portrays Wendla in the Orange cast. She said she feels this is a
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(Top) “Spring Awakening’s” orange cast performs “Totally F-----” (Above) Blue cast’s Ian Monaco, Kathryn Brunner and Griffin Back sing “Those You’ve Known.” | LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN
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Temple SMASH was more than just laughs this past Thursday with a show dedicated to a friend. LIVING@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM
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Steven Young: Outward Bound is an [international] nonprofit adventure education program. Here in the United States, there are about seven or eight schools. Many of those schools have put programs into the inner city, urban environment – Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia, Boston, New York City.
TTN: WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND IN THE OUTWARD BOUND PROGRAM?
SY: I’m an Outward Bound alumnus in North Carolina from my days back as an undergrad at West Chester [University]. I got involved way back in the late ‘70s. Eventually, I got a degree in health and physical education at West Chester and went on and worked for four years in the woods as a wilderness instructor for Outward Bound and for Outward Bound-styled programs. A lot of their clientele are folks like you or me, who would pay money to go on a [27 to 30] day trip...backpacking, hiking, whitewater canoeing, climbing – it might be in the snow, it could be paddling down in the everglades...It has different segments to it – challenges, smallgroup process dynamics, that kind of [thing]. I ended up working for about four years for programs that dealt with adjudicated youth. So it was kids from the state of Pennsylvania who were in detention centers, who may have 12 months in detention. They could go on the course that we had and if they did well, maybe their detention stay would only be 30 more days, or maybe they would cut off the rest of their detention. Sitting in detention typically does not rehab a 15-year-old who’s been in trouble. In fact, they’re sitting in detention all day reading comic books, [learning] war stories from other delinquents. Instead of them coming out with a new attitude and a new view on how to cope or how to be successful, instead they just do their time, come out and next thing you know, they’re even a little bit further behind the eight ball. The Outward Bound course is one that challenges folks to look at things in a different perspective. In 1985, when I was done with that, I came to Temple for my masters for one year and was hired after that first year and I’ve been here ever since.
TTN: WHAT DO YOU DO HERE AT TEMPLE?
Director of Campus Recreation has been at Temple for more than 25 years.
NICKEE PLAKSEN The Temple News Director of Campus Recreation Steven Young spent four years taking camping trips in the wilderness with ad judicated youth for 30 consecutive days. Young used to be a wilderness instructor and course director for Outward Bound-style programs. Outward Bound is an Outdoor Leadership Program that challenges the youth to become leaders through outdoor adventure courses. But, that was more than 25 years ago. Young has since been working at Temple. And although it has been some time since Young has worked in the wilderness, he said he will be supporting the program by participating in a unique fundraiser. Young is rappelling off of the Tower Plaza III in Center City. While most may find this task to be frightening or risky, Young believes it to be “pretty mundane compared to what [he] used to do in the woods.”
THE TEMPLE NEWS: CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT
SY: I am the director of the campus recreation programs, so our charge is to provide productive leisure opportunities for the students, as well as the employees, here at Temple. We manage the [IBC Student Recreation Center], we manage [Temple University Fitness]...We now have some space up here in the Pearson McGonigle complex, including the climbing wall, the student pavilion...We share a lot of gym space and outdoor space with athletics, we run a fitness operation up at the [Temple Administrative Services Building]. We also have intramural sport clubs and aquatics programs.
TTN: SO, WHAT EXACTLY WILL YOU BE DOING ON NOV. 2 FOR THE OUTWARD BOUND FUNDRAISER? SY: Friday, Nov. 2, I will rappel off of Tower Plaza III down
in Center City, which is one of the three buildings where Temple Center City is, west of City Hall. I believe it’s 1515 Market St., but I do not know yet what time it will be. So, I’ll rappel 22 floors, which is [around] 240 feet. In the outdoor world, a rappel is for after you climb up, it’s used as a way to descend back to the bottom. It’s not that much of a challenge, the climbing up is typically the tough part...and I’m not climbing up, I’m taking an elevator. It’s a pretty unique way to raise money...and it’s a great way to bring an outdoor adventure into a city, and you’re still doing a rappel, but instead of off a mountain or a huge rock cliff, you’re doing it off a skyscraper. So it’s a unique way to do it.
TTN: SO FAR YOU’VE RAISED ABOUT $5,000 FOR YOUR FUNDRAISER. HOW DID YOU RAISE THAT MONEY?
SY: They reached out to me from Outward Bound Philadelphia. I am on a list of the Outward Bound alumni. They reached out telling us they are doing this building adventure to raise money for Outward Bound Philadelphia. So here I am, it’s about 28 years since I’ve done all that stuff, but I thought, “Jeez, here’s a terrific opportunity to support a really great cause...it gives me a chance to do something that, back 28 years ago, I did hundreds of times.” I
Steve Young will rappel off a building in Center City on Nov. 2 for Outward Bound.| NICKEE PLAKSEN TTN haven’t done it in a long time, but I figured why not get a chance to raise money for a great cause? I thought I had the capability with either friends or colleagues to maybe raise enough to get to the first level. You needed to reach $2,000 to get on the roster to do the rappel. [Raising] $3,000 gets you a helmet cam, so I’ll get a DVD of the event. So I thought I could at least get the $2,000. Because of the Temple Made splash that was coming out, they were interested. I’ll probably get some red and white eye black – [I’m going] to try to Temple it up as best I can – because they’ve put a little bit of money in and they allowed me to contact colleagues here for contributions for support of Outward Bound Philadelphia. What they do is they put [each person on the roster up on a website and allow people to donate contributions online]. You can explain in a letter basically what you’re doing and you can go on the website and see my letter. It even shows you the most recent contributions and their personal messages to you. I can change my picture, I can edit my letter, I can change my goal as well.
TTN: DO YOU THINK YOU’LL CHANGE YOUR GOAL?
SY: I’ve been moving it up as I go along, because I put it in as $2,000 [since] I just wanted to get the slot to be able to rappel. As I hit each goal, I pushed them up a little bit. Now that I’ve gotten past $3,000, I’ll get the helmet cam, which will be pretty interesting.
TTN: ARE YOU SCARED?
SY: Not really, actually since I was one of the top fundraisers for the event, they invited me down to a charter school – the [Russel] Byers Charter school on Arch Street in Center City – where that charter school has sent kids, through Outward Bound Philadelphia, to week- or two-week long courses. So they have kids who have gone through some of these things in the wilderness. So they had kids rappelling off of the top of their roof – it’s a three-story building. They had ABC6 News there and things like that and they invited me down just to get a taste. So it was nice, I got a chance to go down and see the rig and how it was hooked up. I got a chance to get in a waist harness, which I hadn’t done in [about] 25 years. And I got a chance to rappel off the three floors. I’m not saying it’s like riding a bike, but having done it a few hundred times, easily, it was good to get back on the edge. Having done it so much, it’s not that big of a deal. It’s scary going off the edge, but that’s scary whether it’s 35 feet or 220 feet. Nickee Plaksen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greek & Life Boutique not exclusive to Greek life After a semester of being open, boutique sees signs of success. INDIRA JIMENEZ The Temple News Broad Street is home to some of Temple students’ favorite hot spots: U Got Munchies, Pearl Theatre and many more. Now there is a hotspot for fashion emerging: Greek & Life Boutique, located at 2152 Broad Street. Opened in January by Jordan Jackson, a former Temple student who participated in Greek life on campus, and co-owner Melanie White, the store has been a success among the campus community and especially with the fraternities and sororities of Temple. “Back in 2006, during my sophomore year at Temple, when I was pledging a fraternity, in order to get our Greek merchandise we would have to go to University of Delaware,” Jackson said. “I was in a Greek community, I knew a lot of people in the Greek community and everybody had the same issue – there was nothing around here, no place really to get what you need to rep your
fraternity or sorority to the fullest.” When someone walks into the lower-level entrance on Broad Street, they are instantly immersed in the cool factor of Greek & Life. Murals dedicated to the different Greek organizations at Temple, Greek memorabilia on display, racks of trendy threads for fashion-forward students and even a cozy corner customers can veg out in can be found at the location. Sophomore marketing major and employee of Greek & Life, Nafisa Rawji, said she is proud to be a part of the Greek & Life atmosphere. “[I’ve been working there] since September, but I’ve been a loyal customer long before then,” Rawji said. However, many students have been hesitant to make the trip to the boutique, with the notion that the store is only for those in the Greek community, Jackson said. “That’s why it’s called Greek & Life. Greek life is kind of a seasonal thing, so we wanted to make sure that we had other things in the
store that anyone can come buy any time of the year,” Jackson said. “You don’t have to be Greek to walk into the store – there’s something for everybody here.” Besides the colorful and bold paraphernalia available to members of the Greek community, there’s a variety of items featured at the boutique. Accessories like backpacks, snapbacks and jackets are available for men, while women have an abundance of clothes, iPhone accessories, hair adornments and fun and flirty jewelry pieces, some of them designed by White for her line Melanie Marie. “We have something for everybody, as far as the Greeks go, and for the non-Greeks. I mean there’s clothes, there’s jewelry, anybody can walk in here get something, not even just students, we’ve had people come in here from the streets,” Jackson said. Another misconception of the boutique is that it’s specifically catered to the historically African-American
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A portion of the mural inside Greek & Life Boutique displays Greek organizations found on Main Campus. | INDIRA JIMENEZ TTN
ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT fans Exhibit tracks railroad advancement Film connect at temple-news.com
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Temple and Penn design studios collaborated to produce visions for the abandoned Reading Railroad.
The Philadelphia Film Festival returns for its 21st year, from Oct. 18 to Oct. 28.
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or most, dealing with the Reading Railroad places them – via their tiny-metal thimble, iron, Scottie dog or other game token of choice – between Income Tax and Oriental Avenue, costing between $25 and $200 of pastel-colored Monopoly money per visit. Sixteen students from Temple’s landscape architecture studio of Spring 2012 took on the abandoned three-mile Reading Railroad Viaduct as a comprehensive urban design project, sans trips to the Boardwalk or collaborations with Rich “Uncle” Pennybags. Instead, a partnership with Temple and the University of Pennsylvania’s senior architecture studio formed to take inventory, analyze and design the railroad lines–55-blocks of unused, untapped space that runs above and below ground level from Vine Street to 13th and Noble streets to the west, and to the 800 block of Fairmount to the east. The findings and designs from the semester-long project are on display through Nov. 30 in an exhibit called “above | below | beyond” at Next American City’s Storefront for Urban Innovation at 2816 W. Girard Ave. The exhibit held its opening Friday, Oct. 12, from 6 p.m. to
TAYLOR FARNSWORTH The Temple News
Mason jar terrariums and tea lights hang in Next American City’s Storefront for Urban Innovation. The installation is part of “above | below | beyond,” an exhibit of development ideas for the Reading Viaduct. | CARA STEFCHAK TTN 10 p.m. as part of DesignPhila- also see the layer of how the delphia, a festival created to world started to change and showcase innovative design and transition into the way things build community relationships. are now.” “You can just Temple’s feel the history class, under at the site,” said the direction landscape archiof professor tecture alumna Lolly Tai and Amy Syverson, late adjunct who was a coprofessor Stusponsor of the art Appel, exhibit. “You can broke students feel all the differinto groups ent layers of what complete Diana Fernandez / landscape to happened there inarchitecture alumna detailed including when ventory work it was built as the that cataloged excitement of the exactly what industrial age and all that mo- was on the site. Groups of four mentum of development was to five students then worked on happening, and then you can master planning and analysis
“It’s real, it’s
feasible and it’s tools that people can use everyday.
work. During the close of the semester, students worked individually to develop in-depth designs for one portion of the railroad. “It was our purpose to take student work and show people that after our presentations it’s not just shoved in a box somewhere,” said landscape architecture alumna Diana Fernandez, another co-sponsor of the exhibit. “It’s real, it’s feasible and it’s tools that people can use everyday.” A 385-page volume was produced of their work, which illustrated designs that turned the area currently overgrown with rich vegetation, into a linear green space, a transit track, a concert venue, bike paths and
a sculptural park, among other diverse concepts. “There’s no set idea for what we want this site to become,” Fernandez said. “The exhibit is opening the conversation for anyone to come in and have all this information, take all of our anaylsis, all these ideas we came up with and use them to create their own and develop the site the right way through community involvement.” Penn’s senior architecture studio, under the direction of professors Julie Beckman and Ariel Genadt, had students focus on the elevated portion of the railroad in the Chinatown and Callowhill neighborhoods.
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Pop-up playground to appear on Walnut St. The “Hidden City” project will open to the public on Oct. 18. ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF
The Temple News Walking down Walnut Street, large buildings tend to overshadow the small green spaces along the way, but if one stops to look at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s popup garden near 20th Street, a small oasis invites passersby in. Part of the aptly named “Hidden City” project, which creates tucked away community spaces such as the pop-up garden, colorful chairs along a table give a sense of a place of gathering. The community has come together to plant and beautify the space, and now has united once again for Public Workshop’s new project, the pop-up playground, which will be built by volunteers within the garden. Public Workshop, an organization that unites communities through interactive design work, is at collaborating with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s pop-up garden. Together, they are creating a unique playground structure with the help of volunteer craftspeople. The construction event is part of one of Public Workshop’s projects, Tiny WPA, which reaches out to young people in the community
in the hopes that they will seek to become community leaders through public construction and design efforts. As part of Tiny WPA, building the playground in Center City is a major source of community bonding. Alex Gilliam, the founder of Public Workshop and the driving force behind the pop-up garden playground event, called its initiative “multi-tiered”: that the focus should not only be on the final product, a structure that will be available to families for their young children to play on and explore, but also on the process of creating of it. “I don’t believe everyone can be a designer, but I believe we can engage people in meaningful design,” Gilliam said. The playground-building project attracted people of all ages and skill levels, ranging from high school and college students hoping to get involved with a community activity to experts with design experience. Gilliam himself was actively involved on site. The project originated based on an idea from Hilary Jay, the founding director of DesignPhiladelphia, who contacted Gilliam about the popup garden space and suggested using it as a community design opportunity. A volunteer date on Oct. 13 included her organization’s involvement, though there were other opportunities beginning in early October to
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An adaption of the C.S. Lewis book “The Screwtape Letters” will be at the Merriam Theater Oct. 19-20. A&E DESK 215-204-7416
The Philadelphia Horticultural Society will debut its latest ‘Hidden City’ project on Walnut and 20th streets on Thursday. | ANDREW THAYER TTN participate in the creation of the playground. Thursday Oct. 11 was the date of a community “Buildathon,” during which volunteers of all ages could get together for hours of experimentation with the construction of the playground. The “highly visible public space,” as Gilliam called the garden, facilitated community feedback and support. “It’s been hugely empowering,” Gilliam said. Appreciative comments that he and the volunteers received allowed them
to “supercharge” their work, he said. As the Tiny WPA project hopes to accomplish with it’s efforts, volunteers included many young individuals between the ages of 16 and 26. Encouraging high school and college students to be active community members and potential leaders through constructive work is a trend that Public Workshop hopes to nurture within Philadelphia and other large, urban areas. Amongst the young work-
ers were people who stepped in off the street after walking by who noticed the ongoing project. In unlikely outfits for construction, but yet still without qualms, passersby were welcomed in as volunteers to build for the day. Though volunteers could sign up to take part in the playground project on Public Workshop’s website, Gilliam said spontaneous participation was welcomed. People are inspired by the work and innovation of oth-
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Famed fashion photographer The Sartorialist returned to Philly for a book signing Oct. 13. ARTSandENTERTAINMENT@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM
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The Philadelphia Film Festival is presenting two weeks of films at various locations throughout the city for the festival running Oct. 18 to Oct. 28. The festival, which is celebrating its 21st year, presents both domestic and international films. The festival includes movie screenings, industry panels, director Q&As, among many other events. Some events included in this year’s festival are a screening of “Signs” with M. Night Shyamalan present, a Q&A with Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis, as well as a screening of “Not Fade Away” with director David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos.” The festival will also be presenting films that have connections to the Philadelphia area. The opening night film screening will feature “Silver Linings Playbook,” which was filmed in and around Philadelphia in 2011. From director David O. Russell, also director of “The Fighter,” the film is based on local author Matthew Quick’s book and features actors including Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, who is portrayed as a spirited Eagles fan. Local talent will also be represented at the festival. Philadelphia films being presented include “Detonator,” “Alaskaland,” “This Time Tomorrow,” “Future Weather,” “From the Shadows,” “La Camioneta” and “The Atomic States of America.” “La Camioneta,” a documentary film by Mark Kendall, who grew up in Ardmore, Pa., portrays the story of one school bus on its journey to becoming a camioneta, a vehicle most commonly used for transportation in Guatemala. “The idea for the film came from the conversation I had with the driver [of a camioneta when I was visiting Guatemala] where he told me that the bus we were riding on came from a school district 20 miles away from where I was living at the time,” Kendall said. The journey of the school bus being transformed to a camioneta begins in Pennsylvania where the film starts its documentation at an auction where a man from Guatemala buys the bus. From the point of its purchase, the bus makes its journey to Guatemala where it then undergoes a massive paint job, is given a new name and ultimately, a ceremony occurs that is associated with the final stage of the transformation from school bus to camioneta. “The nuts and bolts of the idea are that it is self-journey and transformation of one commissioned American school bus, yellow and black, exactly what we’re used to seeing,” Kendall said. “It seems very static and
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Philly-born singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben will be revisiting World Cafe Live on Oct. 24.
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Alumnae-sponsored exhibit opens development dialogue University of Pennsylvania both Temple and Penn students. architecture alumna Susan Kol- Blank cards are available for ber spearheaded the exhibition exhibit attendees to donate their from start to finish, along with input and ideas about what the Syverson and Fernandez. areas could become, in hopes “Above | below | beyond” of continuing a conversation on features the Storefront window the ongoing development. filled with more than 25 maCenter City District took son jar terrariums and tea lights interest in developing the Viasuspended from duct after seewooden railroading the success esque planks, of its New York which all hang counterpart, the over a circular High Line – a platform covered former elevated in a map of the freight-rail line Reading Viaduct. turned public Photography, ilpark in Manhatlustrations, modtan’s West Side. els and informaIts first comtion regarding pleted section the history of opened in 2006, the railroad fill and its second the location of a in 2011. Next American “ [ T h e City, a nonprofit High Line] based in develjust proves that oping American raised infracities to bring structure would information to make for such Amy Syverson / landscape those working to incredible architecture alumna an improve them. opportunity for “It’s an exhibit unlike any a park because you experience other because it’s so interac- the city completely differently,” tive, it’s so engaging and it’s Syverson said. “You’re at a difsomething that is accessible to ferent level of buildings, you anyone,” Fernandez said. “You see these views that are unobdon’t have to be a designer to structed, you’re over top of trafunderstand what we’re showing fic. When you go down into the you. It’s so expressive of what submerged portions, it’s a comthe site is like.” pletely different world where At the back of the store, a you don’t hear anything except table is setup displaying limit- birds or people talking.” ed-edition idea trading cards for “It doesn’t feel like you’re $2, which feature designs from in a city at all,” Syverson added.
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“I want people
to walk away being able to envision...what it might look like for that space to not be an abadoned industrial relic that’s crumbling.
“Above | below | beyond” held its opening Friday, Oct. 12, in collaboration with Next American City and DesignPhiladelphia. The exhibit of photography, designs and models will be on display through Nov. 30. |CARA STEFCHAK TTN “It’s incredible.” An environmental and feasibility analysis was commissioned in 2010 of the entire viaduct from the Center City District in collaboration with Reading Viaduct Project, the City’s Department of Commerce and the Department of Parks & Recreation. Renovating the viaduct was found to be less expensive than demolishing it, which was estimated at $50
Poetry brings new rhythm to Arts Garage VICTORIA MARCHIONY Parked
million, according to the study. Studio | Bryan Hanes and Urban Engineers produced renderings after being commissioned in 2011 by the city of a public park that would be renovated in an area of the Viaduct owned by SEPTA. Entrances to the park would exist on North Broad Street at Noble Street, at 13th and Noble streets and on Callowhill between 11th and 12th streets. By the end of the year, preparation of construction and bid documents are anticipated to move the project forward, according to the Center City District. Syverson said that the three recognize that other groups like VIADUCTgreene, which also hosted a DesignPhiladelphia event, could potentially have its ideas developed soon. But with their student work, Syverson
Columnist Victoria Marchiony describes the poetry, art and atmosphere at the “Activism Through Art” show.
he week before last, I gave you a look behind the scenes about what it took for Temple’s chapter of Invisible Children to pull together a nine-day exhibition at the Arts Garage. This week, I got the opportunity to participate in the “Activism Through Art” showcase and see the result of months of hard work first hand. The event I attended was the poetry showcase Monday, Oct. 8, co-hosted by Hyphen, Temple’s literary arts magazine, and featuring Babel, Temple’s performance poetry collective. I would have attended even if I wasn’t a Babel member, but the convenience of the overlap can’t be denied. The obligation also encouraged me to tackle the daunting task of leaving my house after suffering a long cold bike ride from South Philly earlier that day. Despite a day of freezing, windy, generally nasty weather, the evening air was surprisingly mild and still and made for a pleasant commute. Nicole Counts, the co-artistic director of the exhibition whom you may remember from my interview two weeks ago, said that she thought the unfortunate weather had decreased attendance. I, on the other hand, consider drawing a crowd of around 20 people to hear poetry on a Monday night, when there were eight other days of events to choose from, to be a rousing success. The poetry event itself began at approximately 7:30 p.m. and lasted about 40 minutes, with few enough participants to allow each one to present multiple poems if they chose to but with a sufficient number to make for a diverse listening experience. Hyphen focuses on written word while Babel is geared toward spoken word, so the juxtaposition of styles was refreshing and unique. I’m ac-
customed to slam performance poetry competitions, where there are strict time limits, typically large crowds and multiple rounds that can last for several hours. The opportunity to come together in a relaxed, intimate setting to indulge in art – and still have time to do something afterward – was a breath of fresh air. The Arts Garage is mostly exposed brick, which I have a romantic soft spot for – even though it usually accompanies rooms that run cold, and I’m prone to losing circulation in my extremities. Though it was admittedly a little drafty, I was happy to sacrifice some body warmth for how inviting the space felt. Invisible Children had reserved the entire second floor, complete with a stage for live events, a bar area and a back room for the actual art exhibition. The stage spans the width of the room and extends all the way to the back wall, where there is a small window with a beautiful south-facing view of the Philadelphia skyline. The image of twinkling buildings jutting into a dark sky – and a wall of that exposed brick – provided the most appropriate backdrop to a poetry reading I’ve ever encountered. I know I tend to get a little “meta,” but I honestly felt like I was in a movie, playing a college poet living in a city. And, it was awesome. The actual exhibition was contained in the back room, and each wall featured a diverse range of mediums and messages. I was surprised and impressed to see a variety not only of styles – there were photographs, collages, graphic prints and paintings – but also subjects, ranging from local to international issues. I am very glad that the event was free, as all the work was available for
sale and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to invest in a few pieces for my growing art collection. Several other works would have come home with me – including an $80 illustration for a children’s book that featured a Tim Burton-style character looking out a window at an upside down skyline, representing doom and uncertainty, but alas, the college budget prevented it. A fifth wall in the hallway that connected the exhibit to the main space served as the anchor for community interaction. A huge brown piece of paper invited visitors to answer the question: “What does activism mean to you?” Answers varied from serious to silly to responses that had clearly been pulled from a Merriam-Webster dictionary iPhone app, but reflected a level of community involvement that even high-end museums now strive for. I’ve seen similar displays at the Franklin Institute and the National Museum of American Jewish History, as well as many art museums throughout the country. I am currently enrolled in a seminar entitled “Introduction to Community Arts,” where we investigate practices of community engagement and evaluate the importance not only of producing work, but also of facilitating space for conversation where communities can be built and flourish. To me, the simple brown paper exemplified the community engagement that Counts and her Invisible Children team strived for with the exhibit. And, the answers that littered the page represented a great success. The exhibition had started a conversation and lit the spark of awareness that is crucial to ignite activism and make changes. Victoria Marchiony can be reached at email@example.com.
said it hopes to get people involved at a personal level. “[VIADUCTgreene] doesn’t have enough time and energy to catalog the plethora of ideas that are out there, so if you just see one final design you almost miss how amazing it is that there is so much volume of excitement behind this, so we want to get that exuberant underground response out there,” Syverson said. “They need to be in a realistic mindset, but we can think big because we’re students. We just want to get people talking, even if it’s about whacky stuff.” Syverson and Fernandez, both employed at Appel’s firm, Wells Appel, as landscape architects, plan to continue aiding the effort of development after “above | beyond | below” is done by fueling the project’s
blog with new ideas and updates on events regarding the railroad. A Kickstarter project for the exhibit was successfully funded yesterday, Oct. 15, for the amount of $5,850. The three plan to use the money to cover the cost of exhibit materials. “I want people to walk away being able to envision for themselves, being able to envision what it might look like for that space to not be an abandoned industrial relic that’s crumbling, but to be something that’s really positive for the city,” Syverson said. “I want people to see themselves using that space and see what the potential could really be.” Cara Stefchak can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @CaraStefchak.
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Fashion photographer Scott Schuman and blogger Garance Doré hosted a book signing at the Barnes Foundation for Schuman’s book, “The Sartorialist: Closer,” on Oct. 13. TAYLOR FARNSWORTH The Temple News Renowned street style photographer Scott Schuman of “The Sartorialist,” and his girlfriend, blogger Garance Doré, visited Philadelphia for a book signing at the Barnes Foundation Oct. 13. Schuman’s book, “The Sartorialist: Closer” features a collection of photographs of men and women whom he has photographed throughout the world for his street-style blog, “The Sartorialist.” “The Sartorialist” blog, as well as the book, features images that have been taken of both everyday people on the streets showcasing their unique perspective on style, in addition to those who are involved in the fashion industry, such as models and publication editors. “I really feel like he’s transitioned a lot from shooting just street style to shooting international photographs and also shooting in the back alleys of America,” said Christina Ho, a medical student in Philadelphia. “Not just fashionable people… but also what American life is.” The book showcases not only photographs, but some of the stories behind the images. Noted in the beginning of the book, Schuman said why the book is titled “The Sartorialist: Closer.” He said that is because he has always felt a distance to people and always wanted to
understand individuals on a dif“I just like that [Schuman’s ferent level. He also noted that photography] doesn’t come off since starting “The Sartorial- as forced. It is very fresh,” said ist” blog, he strived for diver- Huffington Post Beauty Editor sity and that now, at the point of and alumna Dana Oliver. “I this book, he is approaching, or also like the way Garance capcoming closer to his goals. tures women in photography.” In those respects, Schuman Although Philadelphia’s has become closer to his goals, style was represented at the as well as those on the streets event, Schuman’s work makes around the world, and on Sat- the statement of street-style urday, he bephotography came closer to being about Philadelphians more than just and Philadelphia the latest trends. style. “I think he “This is the definitely idenfirst opportunity tifies with peoI’ve had to meet ple who have him, so I wanted both a high and to come and tell low sense,” him how much of Meredith Bona fan I am of his ner said, a work,” Ho said. Meridith Bonner / retail analyst Philadelphia reSchuman tail analyst. “It and Doré sat at a isn’t necessarily table at the end of the Annenberg about wearing the newest and Court at the Barnes Foundation, most expensive things, but it is signing copies of Schuman’s much more accessible and it’s book for the hundreds of people a way for us all to identify with who were in attendance. fashion.” Not only did Schuman Schuman visited Philadeland Doré sign books, but they phia for the book signing on brought the event to a more per- Saturday, but he had also visited sonal level by engaging in con- the city once before for the sake versation with each and every of photographing street style for attendee, even shaking hands his blog – and left disappointed with introductions. with what he had seen, he said. The crowd that showed up “I think it was interesting a for the event was more than just couple years ago that he came people involved in the fashion to Philadelphia and was verbal industry, but also every-day peo- about being disappointed with ple who feel as though they are what he saw,” Bonner said. “I represented in both Schuman’s think that there is variety of and Doré’s photography. style here that doesn’t necessar-
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ily pigeonhole people.” Still, his return to Philadelphia and the crowds that attended his book signing proved that he has garnered fans in the city. Schuman and Doré’s visit to Philadelphia brought fans of their work from around the city to meet and interact with the two prominent fashion industry individuals. “Coming to events like this and meeting [Schuman], and just seeing what he does is really inspiring to people like me because I’m a blogger myself,” said Naira Wright, a fashion design student at Moore College of Art and Design. “It just really inspires me and how I take pictures, as well as what I look for in other people as well.” Taylor Farnsworth can be reached at email@example.com.
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Columnist Brianna McGrody advises students to be wary of tempting coffeehouse beverages that are high in sugar and fat.
hen was the last time you considered how many calories were in the drink you were consuming? So many of us have the inclination to hit up our favorite coffee shop before heading to class, getting anything to help us stay awake for the duration of the day. Many of us, however, don’t realize what actually goes in the drinks we consume or how unhealthy they can be for us. I’m not trying to convince anyone to go without his or her daily dose of caffeine or favorite pick-meup, but rather to pay attention to liquid calories that are easily consumed. The average female, age 19 to 30, should have around 2,000 calories per day depending on how active the person is, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the average male, age 19 to 30, should have
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had to leave the city in order to see it from a different perspective. “I think an important aspect about telling stories about places like Philadelphia is that you have to leave here, you have to get perspective and you have to look at it through a larger lens,” Politz said. “It is so easy to be here and the danger of not [leaving], you have the danger of falling into this cycle of sentimentality and romanticization of the people here and the life here.” Both Kendall and Politz expressed their connections to Philadelphia and the significance of screening their films at the Philadelphia Film Festival. “[The Philadelphia Film Festival] allows us to have a great hometown screening and let people who worked on the project, people who are connected to us, to experience the film in a great theater in a great place at this wonderful film festival and it allows us to make it our own thing,” Politz said.
Liquid calories pack on solid weight BRIANNA McGRODY Food for Thought
fixed and almost kind of singular. It’s something that we’re so used to seeing that we often couldn’t really imagine that there’s another dimension to its voyage as it continues to serve people.” Another Philadelphiabased film showing at the festival is “Detonator,” a film directed, written and produced by adjunct professor Keir Politz, and Damon Maulucci. The movie, filmed in Philadelphia, follows a man who is going through a transitional phase in his life, living in the suburbs with his wife and son, when a problematic friend reappears in his life and brings forth issues from the past. As a filmmaker, Politz expressed his connection to Philadelphia, having grown up in a working class neighborhood in the city. “I want to tell different stories because I feel that Philadelphia can be so misrepresented in the national and international spotlight,” Politz said. “It gets this really sort of thinly superficial rendering of what this city is.” Despite Politz’s deep connection to Philadelphia, said he
around 2,400 calories again depending on his activity level, according to the USDA. Most of these calories should be concentrated on actual food and getting the proper nutrition we need. Unfortunately, many drinks, whether hot or cold, tend to have a lot of calories we would be better off without. Take the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks for instance. The latte that everyone is raving about contains 310 calories and six grams of fat, in a 16-ounce, or grande-sized, cup. The average piece of pizza also contains around 300 calories. If you’re someone who likes to count their calories or really watch what they eat, you should also watch what you drink. Typically lattes are around 80 to 100 calories depending on what type of milk you choose. While that might not seem like too much, it is the special flavored lattes or drinks that add up calories. Saxbys Coffee specialty lattes range from 200 to 500 calories depending on size and milk. Even though the weather is getting colder, everyone still loves to get their favorite frozen drink. But frozen drinks with whipped cream on top are the worst kind of drinks you could order if you are concerned about what you are eating. A Frolatte from Saxbys averages around 570 calories for a small. If you decided to get a large you would be downing more than 1000 liquid calories. That could be close to almost half of the calories you should be consuming in a single day. The problem with consuming liquid calories is that they are completely empty. Drinking a 300 to 500 calorie coffee drink isn’t going to give you any nutritional value. It won’t fill you up either. Instead it will feel as if you are just having a normal drink, and you’ll still feel hungry and the need to eat an actual meal. If you pair your latte with food, you could be eating a breakfast extremely high in calories and low in what you ac-
tually need to pick you up in the morning. And, if you go for the frozen Frappuccino, you would most likely go over your calories for the day. A regular cup of coffee or an iced coffee is the better choice. In fact, some studies show that coffee actually has some health benefits. Plain coffee is extremely low in calories. Just be wary of adding in a ton of sugar, milk and coffee creamer – that’s when it becomes a not-so-healthy drink. The average female should only have about six teaspoons of sugar per day, according to the American Heart Association. The average male should have about nine teaspoons. I don’t think anyone actually adds that much sugar to their coffee, but I am sure the majority adds about one or two. That might not seem like a lot or a problem, but considering how much sugar is in the other food we eat all day it, it could easily add up. The same goes for coffee creamers. Coffee creamers are high in calories and fat. If you add in cream and sugar you are creating a high-calorie, high-sugar drink. Milk can also contribute to how many calories are in a drink. If you are conscious of what you are drinking, consider low-fat milk, steer away from creamers and go easy on the sugar. Nobody is going to give up their precious coffee in the morning, but it is beneficial to know what we are drinking and the amount of sugar and calories we consume by just sipping on something. Next time you stop by a store to order your favorite drink, be conscious of what actually goes in there and what you add in yourself. Brianna McGrody can be reached at email@example.com.
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C.S. Lewis novel takes stage at Merriam Theater Max McLean, star and co-creator of “The Screwtape Letters,” adapted the novel to a play, which will make its Philadelphia debut Oct. 19. MARY KATE ALLISON The Temple News Max McLean said his adaption of “The Screwtape Letters,” a C.S. Lewis novel, began by checking his inbox. “The project actually came to me while I was working on another show,” McLean said. “A Drew University professor attended the play and sent me an email telling me I’d make a good Screwtape and that’s what got this all started.” McLean, teh star and cocreator of the adaption, had been familiar with C.S. Lewis’ novel prior to his work on the stage adaption. “I read it in my 20s and it was the second or third Christian book I read after reading the New Testament.” However, McLean originally hadn’t thought the book was something fitting for the stage. “I hadn’t originally thought of it as stage literature,” McLean said. “[Lewis’] writing style is dense language for the stage– it needed to be thinned out. If you listen to Lewis’ book on tape, it’s over six hours long, in contrast to our stage adaptation that’s 90 minutes long.” Besides condensing the novel, McLean also put heavy importance on the way he portrayed the lead character, Screwtape, particularly with his voice. “I imagined Screwtape’s voice as queer – it’s both soothing and annoying at the same time,” McLean said. “It’s soothing in the fact that it tells you
what you want to hear and it’s annoying because at the same time, you know that he’s trying to doom you. He effectively gets in your head.” From the beginning of the process of adapting the novel for the stage, McLean said he kept himself in mind for the role of Screwtape. Knowing his impending role didn’t alter the accuracy of the stage adaption, however. “Ninety-eight to 99 percent of the words are taken directly from the book,” Mclean said. Although “The Screwtape Letters” was written in 1942, McLean believes that it is still relevant to people in today’s culture and society. “Human nature hasn’t changed,” McLean said. “It’s still the same as it was in 1942. We still have the propensity for greed, selfishness, ego, pride, arrogance, the ‘What’s in it for me?’ question. We label someone as a jerk if they do something bad to us, but if we do something bad to someone, we make up excuses for our behavior. In my opinion, the book is the best example of reverse psychology in all of literature and one of the great literary creations of the 20th century. Lewis keeps the morally-inverted world of Screwtape consistent throughout.” “The Screwtape Letters” has been a successful production thus far, but McLean said he had his doubts in the beginning. “Theater is a crapshoot, we don’t know how audiences will respond to the piece,” McLean
said. “However, saying that, I also knew that Lewis was a popular author and that the public knew his writing fairly well. I felt that if it was presented as a faithful adaptation, it would have a chance at being successful, but there are never any guarantees in theater, it’s a risky business. It took a while to get traction, but it found its audience.” While some actors may believe in the ability to lose themselves in a role, McLean is not one of them.
“The idea of becoming your character too much that you forget yourself is completely mythological,” McLean said. “I always know what I’m doing when I’m acting as Screwtape, I know who I am and I know the character that I need to portray. My objective each night is to play the character while keeping in mind what the character wants, how I should use my body, voice and mind to make choices that best convey the character.” The role has, however,
given McLean insight into some aspects of himself. “It’s made me much more aware of my own selfishness, my own pride and my own laziness, the things that Screwtape uses to destroy and make healthy souls malignant,” McLean said. “It’s a good thing to become self-aware.” Playing Screwtape is both a mentally and physically challenging experience, McLean said. “Screwtape is much smarter than me and he uses language
much better,” McLean said. “He’s really good at his job and the challenge of the role makes it fun. Screwtape is like Shakespeare’s Iago in ‘Othello’ on steroids with a bit of Hannibal Lecter.” “The Screwtape Letters” will be at the Merriam Theater Oct. 19 to 20. Mary Kate Allison can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Philadelphia-area native Jesse Ruben will return to the city on Oct. 24 at World Cafe Live in support of his new EP, debuting Oct. 19. JENELLE JANCI A&E Editor Singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben wants to do more with his music than just woo the ladies. Originally from Maple Glen, Pa., Ruben, a Christopher Reeve Foundation Champion’s Committee co-chair, utilizes his talents for more than his own advancement. His single “We Can,” featured on his EP “Thoughts I’ve Never Had Before Pt. 1,” is about conquering his goal of running a marathon in honor of his best friend who became paralyzed. Ruben, who is currently training for his third marathon, said he tried to get the song picked up by the Obama campaign. Although his hopes of providing a political soundtrack were unfruitful, the song has been inspirational to many, Ruben said. Ruben said he’s had fans tell him that they listened to the song during important moments in their lives – from crossing the finish line at a marathon to proposing. Ruben graduated from Upper Dublin High School and attended Berklee College of Music to study songwriting. After his time in Boston, he moved to Nashville before settling in his current location, New York City. Despite the many places he’s lived, Ruben is returning home to Philadelphia to play at World Cafe Live with Ron Pope on Oct. 24, a venue he considers his “favorite place to play.” Ruben is currently touring in support of the release of his latest EP, “Thoughts I’ve Never Had Before Pt. 2,” to be released Friday, Oct. 19. THE TEMPLE NEWS: Why did you end up moving to New York City? JESSE RUBEN: I’m a northeast kid, you know? As much as I liked it [in Nashville],
I’m a northeast guy. I love New York. It’s not for everybody, but I love living in New York City. It’s like perfect for my lifestyle, it’s perfect for my personality and it’s just an amazing place to live. TTN: You still reference Philly a lot in your songs, too. Why is that? JR: I tend to write about stuff that I think about a lot. Somebody just asked me recently, “You seem to be writing about weddings a lot, about having kids and stuff.” And it’s like, well, a lot of my friends are getting married and having kids – it just comes out. But yeah, I grew up in Philly so that stuff is going to come out, for sure. Philly, New York, Boston, Nashville – all of these places have come out in songs in one place or another. I’ve lived there, I’ve been there, I know what it’s like there. TTN: Do the girls that your songs are about, assuming that there are specific girls that you’re writing about, ever hear the songs? Has anyone ever come up to you afterwards? JR: For the most part, they know. I want people to know. It’s kind of a cool thing, I think – even the sad ones. My ex actually hated it, because I wrote like two nice songs for her and then all of these really sad awful ones, and she just got so sick of it. For the most part now, there’s sort of an unspoken agreement that I have with people in my life and they know – if you’re a part of my life, anything you say or do could be used in a song. TTN: Tell us about your new EP being released on Oct. 19. JR: It’s called “Thoughts I’ve Never Had Before Pt. 2.” I released Pt. 1 like, four months ago. Those were songs that I was playing a lot at shows and that people wanted to buy, so I wanted to release them. Pt. 2 is like my favorite thing of mine that I ever released. These are the
“18 IUS SOLI (THE RIGHT OF SOIL)”
Friday, Oct. 19 6:30 p.m. Free – please RSVP The Ibrahim Theater at International House 3701 Chestnut St. ihousephilly.org Documentaries are a shot at exposing and promoting the truth, and that is the intention of “18 Ius Soli (The Right of Soli).” Its aim is to encourage awareness by exploring the law that restricts Italian children of immigrant parents from gaining citizenship until they are 18 years old. The film will tell the lives of 18 kids who are affected by this, and their struggle of becoming a legal “Italian.” Not to mention that the actual process of obtaining legal citizenship is difficult enough. Their parents come from all over the world, from parts of Africa to South America. Anyone who comes to the viewing is welcome to attend a reception after the screening led by Fred Kuworno, the direc-
songs that I wrote that I thought would never see the light of day – the songs that I wrote for very specific reasons and that were very personal, even for me. And over time, people heard them and said, “You have to play these. You have to show people these songs.” I wanted to give them their own moment. TTN: What inspired you to invest so much of your time into work with the Christopher Reeve Foundation? JR: One of my best friends, eight years ago, became paralyzed. His name is Zach. I wrote a song for him on my first record called “Song for Zack,” and I sent it to the Christopher Reeve Foundation. I sent them the song and said I’d like to help in any way I can and [that I’d] I’d really like to work with the organization. They loved it, and I started going to some of their events. I played a couple of their fundraising events and two and a half years ago they asked if I would like to run a marathon for them. I said yes, because I am a crazy person. I did it again with my twin sister last year, and I’m doing it again this year. Last year, I became cochair on the Champion’s Committee there. It’s a really great group of people, they’re doing really good work. The thing people ask all the time is, “Why are you doing this again?” and, at the end of the day, if my best friend woke up tomorrow morning and said, “Man, I want to run a marathon today,” he can’t. He just cant. It’s physically impossible – he can’t move. Until the time when he can, and we have a cure for this – because we will have one – I’ll just do whatever I can to help out. I want to be a part of something that’s much bigger than my tiny little world called “How many songs have I sold on iTunes today?” It’s just important to me. Jenelle Janci can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @jenelley.
Guest Columnist Indira Jimenez explores Philly thriftstore options.
s fall begins, many fashion aficionados are in search for Cosby sweaters, used Doc Martens and everything in between, all while still trying to stay within the college student’s budget. Sprucing up cool weather wardrobes on a budget can be accomplished by exploring Philadelphia’s thrift store scene. Thrift and resale stores are becoming quite the fashion trend themselves, and Philly has a few gems where one can get an abundance of fashion-forward pieces for bottom dollar.
Fashionista Type: Sophisti cated Hipster Location: 1713 Chestnut St. A favorite among Temple students, Buffalo Exchange is a hop, skip and a jump off the City Hall SEPTA stop, and one is instantly enthralled when walking into the fashion hot spot: mannequins featuring hip pieces, “racks on racks on racks” of used clothes, a mixture of clothes brought in by the public as well as vendors that do deals with the Buffalo Exchange company. “I started working here because of my love of resale fashion,” said store employee
SECOND TIME AROUND
Fashionista Type: High-end Aficionada Location: 1728 Chestnut St. Less than a minute walk from Buffalo Exchange, lovers of high-end designers and labels can get their fashion fix with Second Time Around, a resale store that claims “Resale Goes Upscale.” Unlike Buffalo Exchange, the store has a much more exclusive and selective collection, including Chanel, Ferragamo and Cole Haan, to name a few. “We look for high-end designer to brand name, so we tell people to take from like Chanel to J. Crew, generally nothing older than two years,” said Lisa Johnson, store manager of the Philly location and 2010 alumna. In addition, the store has a vintage selection that contains retro pieces that follow current trends and styles, and are in mint condition. So what’s the store’s demographic? “It’s really a range, because we’ll take urban brands, so we get people in their 20s and 30s,
and then we have designer stuff so, all in all it goes from like 20to 60-year-olds in the store,” Johnson said. If one can’t pass up the allure of owning vintage or current designer pieces, check out Second Time Around.
Fashionista Type: Charitable Clothes Addict Location: 1125 S. Broad St. What’s better than getting clothes for inexpensive prices? Getting clothes for inexpensive prices, while also giving back to the community. That’s what Circle Thrift on South Broad Street is all about. It partners with the church Circle of Hope to give the clothes and items on sale to low income families and individuals around the area, while also prompting customers to donate their own clothes to Circle Thrift for families and community members in need. “We have some younger kids, and mostly actually families from the neighborhood who come in here,” said Tomas Dadamo, an employee of Circle Thrift. “Our stuff is lower priced than thrift shops around, so we’re tailored less to the retro image and more about providing low income families with good stuff.” “I hope for two things: that college students who can afford, while their wardrobe is changing, to donate clothes, and also to come here and find stuff that would be more inexpensive here,” Dadamo, who has worked with Circle Thrift for about a year, said. Circle Thrift offers the best of both worlds: enlarging the ever changing wardrobe of a college student, and helping the less fortunate in Philadelphia. Indira Jimenez can be reached at indira.jimenez.temple.edu.
Park inspires volunteerism POP-UP PAGE 9 ers, according to the theories of Public Workshop, and volunteers worked in a very thoughtprovoking environment. The playground did not have restrictions, limitations or even a concrete final goal, but merely the expectation that it would become a “landscape to build off of,” Gilliam said. Goals of the project were to improve the neighborhood and provide youth with leadership and design experience. As Gilliam described his favorite designing day so far,
tor, among many other big names involved in this film, as well as others who have an expertise in the field of immigration. Remember to RSVP ahead of time if interested.
Lombard St. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21. For more information, visit Phila Flea Markets on Facebook, or sign up for its free email list to be the first to know when the next flea market will be held.
Saturday, Oct. 20 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free Seger Park Playground 1020 Lombard St. philafleamarkets.org More than 75 vendors will take part in the South Street Antique and Vintage Flea Market, whose proceeds will benefit the Seger Playground. There will be all kinds of knickknacks there, from furniture to jewelry and cheap clothing, to name a few. This special outdoor event happens twice a year. However, indoor events are regularly scheduled to take place Saturday mornings during the winter at Ninth and Spring Garden streets. Both indoor and outdoor events are held by Phila Flea Markets at 1020
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SOUTH STREET ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE FLEA MARKET
Siobhan O’Neill, who has been a part of the Buffalo Exchange family for a little more than two years. Most of the clientele who come to this resale shop are all over the place, fashion for the young as well as fashion for the old. Since the store works mostly by seasonal trends, the popular sections vary from season to season, but there is never a shortage of interesting pieces. And what about more exclusive brands? “It’s pretty common to get higher-end pieces,” O’Neill said. Also, the store went under a huge renovation last December, allowing more room for merchandise. Head down to Buffalo Exchange for the mix of unique styles along with traditional staples for every fashionista or fashionisto.
Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Oct. 20 7-9 p.m. Free Public Ledger Building 600 Chestnut St. freetoursbyfoot.com Philadelphia, the sixth largest city in the nation, is known for much more than its rich history. Many works have been inspired by its mysterious hauntings, and Philadelphia Ghost Tours will take you to further explore them and any other happenings. Whether or not the spectators believe in the supernatural, they’ll be entertained. Listen carefully to many stories as the free two hour walking tour will make stops at many famous,
his enthusiasm for community participation was clear in his exuberant tone. “We had the most perfect mix team-wise,” Gilliam said. “Three teenagers, four college students, one expert and two young ladies off the street.” This varied age group working cohesively together was the positive interaction that Tiny WPA and other such public projects created by Public Workshop aim for. “That’s what civic engineering and leadership is all
and not-so-famous, haunted places. The one-mile long tour will go from various places such as Independence Hall and City Tavern and Washington Square, to Pennsylvania Hospital and Old St. Joe’s. Guests will likely be in for a scary night with possible ghostly sightings. If attending, be sure to meet outside the Public Ledger Building on Sixth and Chestnut Streets. Groups of six must reserve. Remember, the tour is free, but the tour guides would appreciate any tips.
THE LANDSCAPE OF LOSS: NEIKIRK, BRAHMS, CHAUSSON
Sunday, Oct. 21 4-6 p.m. Free Ethical Society Building 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square annieneikirk.wordpress.com
This free concert sponsored by the Theodore Presser Foundation will feature the New York Times praised
about,” Gilliam said. Though the completed structure provided a unique and creative area for the community and local children, in particular, to enjoy, the process of building the pop-up garden’s playground was the main focus of Public Workshop’s project. Erin Edinger-Turoff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Momenta String Quartet as well as Silvie Jensen, a singer. They will be playing songs written by Anne Neikirk, who happens to be the doctor of musical arts in the Boyer College of Music and Dance. The ultimate theme of the concert will be about loss and separation– more specifically, about a father being separated from his own daughter. In order to convey that, Neikirk has teamed up with poet and feature Penelope Cray. Along with that, The 4-Leaf Horn Trio will be performing. At 3:30 p.m., both composer and poet will talk about their inspiration to give insight into the performance. Surrounded by the beauty of trees and nature, the concert will appropriately take place in Rittenhouse Square. -Patricia Madej
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Drum circle serves to educate
Alokli West African Dance is more than just a drum circle. Gorlin said he wants to “let people know about African culture.” In Africa, there are thousands of ethnic groups, and Gorlin said that any song a person plays and dubs “African music” is being too broad in his or her description. Alokli released a songbook and CD of West African music. “Almost no one else in the world has stopped and documented these songs,” Gorlin said, citing the reason as the fact that such music is “hard to notate.” Gorlin described the difficulty of playing such music as similar to the challenges of playing jazz music. Though the music is written out, the sound and style cannot be formally taught without audio reference, which is why the songbook comes with a CD. Alokli began in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but Gorlin has relocated his work to Philadelphia, which, according to the organization’s website, creates “music and dance indig-
MELLISA PASCALE The Temple News On any given Sunday, students passing by Tuttleman Learning Center may hear some intense drumming. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dan Gorlin, founder and director of Alokli West African Dance, has been holding community classes on West African music. Alokli, meaning “the branch of a tree,” in Ewegbe, the language of the Ewes of West Africa, is a dance-drumming club that started on the West Coast. Gorlin, originally from Los Angeles, established the program in Philadelphia about 11 years ago. Instructors Gorlin and Peace Elewanu, an internationally celebrated dancer, teach and perform the music of West Africa with students. One of Alokli’s main goals is to preserve the tradition of West African music. Some of the most common instruments they use besides drums are bells, rattles and xylophones.
enous to the peoples of Philadelphia.” Gorlin first encountered the music of West Africa when attending the California Institute of the Arts for classical piano. There, he said he met an African family and their cultural music, and sort of got “sucked into it.” Gorlin became more intrigued with the culture when he traveled to Africa in the 1970s. Alokli, Gorlin said, does shows for special events, such as the Philadelphia marathon, but mainly performs and offers classes in schools. From elementary to college education, Alokli brings the culture of Ghana and other West African countries and ethnicities to students. At Temple, these classes are open to anyone. The class does not count as credit for current students, but it is free for anyone interested. Mellisa Pascale can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dan Gorlin teaches a student how to play drum on Oct. 14. Gorlin is the founder of Alokli African Dance, a drum circle that meets Sundays on Main Campus. | SABA AREGAI TTN
CONWELL DANCE THEATER
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Small defeats and colossal mistakes, everyone knows what its like to fail. This New York City based dance company presents an evening length piece for four people that takes place in and around a 16 foot tall structure designed to collapse during the performance. It was commissioned by Temple University as part of its
lecture and performance series.
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$20 general admission; $15 students and senior citizens; $10 w/Dance USA Philadelphia pass, Temple staff; $5 with Temple student Owlcard Conwell Dance Theater 5thfloor of Conwell Hall NE corner of Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue For on-campus, cash only sales: Liacouras Center Box Office, 1776 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. Open Monday-Saturday, 10-5. Purchase tickets online at www.liacourascenter.com or Call 1-800-298-4200. Performances in Conwell Dance Theater are supported in part by the Rose Vernick Fund and Temple University’s General Activities Fund.
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Rock musical creates dialogue for youth SPRING PAGE 7 benefit to the show’s ability to connect with audiences today. “If it were a modern story, I don’t think it would have the same impact,” Johantgen said. “I think it’s the divide of the world of the play in the 1890s era, and then jumping to contemporary rock music that really hits it home.” Aligned with the original Broadway performance, actors in Temple’s “Spring Awaken-
ing” use handheld microphones during these intrinsic musical moments to clarify the divide from one world to another. During rehearsals, the actors used water bottles to mimic the size and weight of the microphones. A somewhat unusual theatrical feature considering modern theater is accustomed to lapel microphones, using the handheld microphones has been a welcomed challenge to “Spring Awakening’”s casts . “You can’t hold a handheld mic without feeling sort of like a badass or a rock star,” Back, who plays Melchior, said. “Spring Awakening” also requires the actors to FOR AD RATES, CALL: reveal more of themselves than the average musical – literally. A sex scene between characters Melchior and Wendla includes Temple University Main Campus partial nudity. Reynolds OMG!! Jesus Christ! What comes to and Anderson said they ensured the utmost care your mind when you hear “Jesus of their performers who would be involved in the Christ”? Have you ever read why scene to provide a safe and He said and how He interacted with comfortable atmosphere. Their efforts seem to have all different people? The book of been fruitful, as both Johantgen and Back, who John records his interactions and act in the sex scene in difconversations. Is Jesus, Liar, Lunatic ferent casts, spoke of the scene confidently. “I’ve been joking or Lord? For a free copy of John or
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about it so much with my family and friends that [it has] helped me to not be so nervous,” Johantgen said. Back, however, took a different approach when telling his family about the nudity clause. “With my family, I just kind of told them to prepare themselves and don’t tell my grandma,” Back said. While Johantgen and Back have similar positive outlooks on the scene, both casts insist that the scene, as well as the entire show, is executed a bit differently by each cast. Although both casts learned choreography and vocals together and have nearly identical stage blockings, their depictions of their characters are individualistic, providing the audience with two distinct shows. “The show is the same structure, but the characters are all personal,” said Dionna Eshleman, a junior portraying Ilse in the ‘Blue’ cast. “I really do suggest that everyone sees both casts, because it’s literally like you’re seeing two separate shows.” Double casting the show required Reynolds to direct twice as much, which has been both a draining yet positive experience for him, he said. “Absolutely more challenging, more tiring, but more
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rewarding as well,” Reynolds said. An additional challenge Reynolds faced while directing was helping actors enter the time period during which the play occurs. “The biggest challenge is trying to help them wrap their brains around a world where you don’t have cell phones or computers or tweeting or texting – you have nothing – maybe a book,” Reynolds said. “And you’re being told by every adult around you that all things sexual are bad.” The condemnation of sexuality is a loud theme in “Spring Awakening.” The play opens
with Wendla begging her mother to tell her how babies are conceived. The male characters face anxiety and confusion regarding their sexualities as well. The struggles of the characters can be used to teach modern audiences how to approach young people’s sexuality today, Reynolds said. “We cannot remind ourselves enough how important it is to take care of young people, to nurture young people and allow young people to be what they’re supposed to be and help them understand that sexuality is an absolutely natural part of who we are as human beings,” Reynolds said. “It cannot be
squashed, it cannot be manipulated and it cannot be denied.” Back feels similarly about the show’s ability to encourage modern audiences to reflect. “This show, for all audiences, but especially for people our age – this show is so important because it may take place over a century ago, and the situation that the characters are in might be seen through a slightly different lens than ours, but these are our stories being told on stage,” Back said. Jenelle Janci can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @jenelley.
National Coming Out Week sets Temple apart from others
Workshop. Mr. Kay, Assistant to the
“Spring Awakening’s” blue cast performs ‘Totally F-----.’ | LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ
SARAH PATTERSON QCHAT
Columnist Sara Patterson discusses Temple’s celebration of National Coming Out Week .
oming out. It’s a rite of passage for every LGBT person. It can happen at different times. There are some brave souls who come out during high school, some who come out during their first semester of college and some who will not come out until well into their adulthood. It can happen in different ways. Face to face, in a letter or even with a simple click of a mouse on Facebook. Everyone has their own
way they are comfortable with more liberating. and their own time when they Knowing how important are ready. How you do it and it is for LGBT people to come when you do it isn’t important. out and have a safe space to What’s important is the act of do so, Oct. 11 was declared coming out. National Coming Out Day in Coming out of the closet 1988. It is a day that encouris a process. It’s a process of ages the LGBT community to figuring out who you are, ac- come together and come out. cepting who you are and sharNot satisfied with just ing who you are with others. one day, Resident DirecIt’s one of the most important tor Nu’Rodney Prad created things an LGBT person will do National Coming Out Week in their life. It begins with the in 2009 as a way to educate realization that you’re a little students about what National different than your friends. Coming Out Day is. NCOW You’re not is an entire week of interested events and activities People spend a centered on bringing in dating the same people lot of time trying awareness and visthey are, to Temple’s to minimize ibility your celebLGBT community. their differences rity crush NCOW has is a lot difgrown and evolved and here we are ferent than during the past four their celeb- publicly declaring years. rity crush. “In the beginthem It’s learnning, we were liming to become OK with the ited to what we could speak fact that you’re different, and on,” Prad said. “It was about eventually becoming proud of going into issues and discussthat fact. And then, one day, ing them as a group.” you work up the courage to What began with simply celebrate your difference and the idea that “Gay is Okay” share it with the people who in 2009, now encourages stuare most important to you – dents to “Be You.” This year, which is hard. People spend a NCOW featured a panel dislot of time trying to minimize cussion on gender roles and their differences and here we stereotypes, a student festival are, publicly declaring ours. As at the Bell Tower and, for the difficult as it may be, it’s even first time, a drag show. Prad
and NCOW co-chair, Resident Director Temple Jordan, said she hopes the events provided not only fun and entertainment, but also education about an important part of the LGBT community. Most importantly, NCOW sets Temple apart from other universities in terms of LGBT visibility on campus. “When you see yourself represented in an institution, it allows you to say, ‘Other people can do it and so can I,’” Jordan said. “It’s important for any institution to do that.” National Coming Out Day isn’t just a day for LGBT people to come out of the closet; it’s also a day for anyone to come out as an ally. Jordan stressed the fact that you don’t have to consider yourself part of the LGBT community in order to participate. “Every minority group needs their own space,” she said. “But we still need to bridge that gap with allies. People who want to support us have an opportunity. We’re stronger when we have people behind us.” Coincidentally, National Coming Out Day marks an anniversary for me, personally. It was one year ago right around this time that I came out to all of the important people in my life. It took a while. There
were months full of anxiety about how I was going to do it. I liken my coming out process to riding a roller coaster. From afar, it looked like no big deal – fun, even. All these other people had done it and I would, too. But as I got closer to actually doing it, like being on the line as it creeps closer to actually getting on the ride, the nervousness and doubt set in. “I don’t know if I can do this,” I thought. “Maybe this isn’t the right time – I think I’ll wait and try again when I’m a little older,” and I’d get out of line, head hung in defeat. I cannot tell you how many times I told myself that I was going to tell someone, anyone, only to chicken out at the last minute and put it off for another day, week, month. But once I finally decided to do it, once I finally made it to the front of the line and buckled myself in, it was over in a flash. The words were out, the ride was over and I was still alive. And then, of course, I just wanted to ride it again and again. I was excited to tell the rest of my friends, the rest of my family, maybe even everyone who reads The Temple News. Sara Patterson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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First scripted TUTV show to premier this week New studentdeveloped TV show is the first of its kind at Main Campus. JENINE PILLA The Temple News The red carpets will unravel Thursday, Oct. 18, for Temple’s digital cable station TUTV’s premier of “Quarter Life Crisis,” a series that follows eight eclectic college students trying to find their places in the world through their experiences both in and beyond the classroom. “These students take a page out the book of life and learn about the world and themselves through the lens of true experience,” said Michael Busza, a junior communications major and co-creator of the coming-of-age series. “This show is my call for our generation to turn on its consciousness, tune back into life, and log the hell out of Facebook,” Busza added. The first scripted show to appear on TUTV, “Quarter Life Crisis” begins when students are left to run the classroom when their professor fails to show. The classroom is filled with very noticeable stereotypes, such as the teacher’s pet, the sexually ambiguous one and the immature artist, who work together to show “that stereotypes are actually avoidable
social constructs,” according to the mission statement of the show. “Every stereotype is paired with someone that challenges them. For example, Geo, the sexually ambiguous one who thinks he knows everything about the entertainment industry, works with Mae, a celebrity who shows him he can’t judge a book by its cover,” said Lauren Pokedoff, a junior communications major and Busza’s partner. Described by Busza to be a “meta-narrative of our perspective of our education,” “Quarter Life Crisis” aims to show there is more to education than what is learned by looking at a blackboard. “Education transcends the classroom. It shows we can take charge of own life and journey. Education doesn’t end after you leave the professor,” Busza said. Pulling from TV-show influences such as “Will and Grace” and its success with openly homosexual main characters, Tina Fey and the writers of “Saturday Night Live,” the idea for “Quarter Life Crisis” came to life last summer while Busza and Pokedoff were on a service trip in West Virginia. “We set out to do the project because the media studies and production program [at Temple] has been based on production of sports, news and studio but not creative original content,” Busza said. This discontentment with
what higher education has failed to offer is shown as a theme in the show: One must not rely strictly on the institution and knowledge is best uncovered through experience. The creation of the show gave everyone involved a glimpse into the background of production and the work that goes into every part. Guy Mandia, a junior musical theater major, plays sexually ambiguous Geo Monroe, who he describes as “openly sassy and flirtatious.” Mandia credits “Quarter Life Crisis” for his first opportunity to be in front of the camera in an actual role and not as an extra mulling around in the background. “To develop the character [of Monroe] I spent a couple of nights thinking about what he has been through and how he describes himself and shows himself in public. I developed Geo as a person – there would be no ounce of Guy when I was Geo.” This was also junior sociology and Spanish double major Lauren Williams’ first time in front of a camera. She plays Corrine Cassidy, who she describes as “the teacher’s pet, kiss a-- who has no friends.” Williams said the production of “Quarter Life Crisis” was both fun and difficult but gave great insight into what the entertainment industry is about.
The eight-person cast of “Quarter Life Crisis” take on roles of people their own age.| COURTESY AMANDA NEUBER
“There were times we had to figure out how to do things on our own,” Williams said. “It was really a fun way to experience things.” In 2011, Busza was awarded the Lew Klein Excellence in Media Scholarship which, in conjunction with funding from TUTV and independent donations, set the production of “Quarter Life Crisis” in motion. The cast and crew give major credit to professor and general manager of TUTV Paul Gluck for their success. “[Gluck] took us under his wing. He told us ‘I believe in your project so I believe in you.’ It’s great to have that support,”
Busza said. Gluck offered the students a connection with the industry they yearn to work with and was both a “professor and professional,” Busza said. “He was very helpful. He pulled us out of crisis, we would call him like ‘Help!’ and he would respond immediately,” Pokedoff said. Along with Gluck, Busza and Pokedoff give much credit to Temple and TUTV for the opportunity to spread the message of “Quarter Life Crisis.” TUTV is a Philadelphia public access channel that reaches anyone in the community with a television.
“I’m a Philly boy, a Philly kid, and Temple has been a big part of my growth, I am very Temple Made,” Busza said. “TUTV has been there from the get go, it’s great to participate in something Temple related.” “Because it’s a college aged audience, it’s relatable. There are so many different characters, each person could identify with at least one person on the show,” Williams said. Busza and Pokedoff will be celebrating the red carpet premier of “Quarter Life Crisis” Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at The Pearl. Jenine Pilla can be reached at email@example.com.
Taxis ‘knowledgably’ go their own way in London
Ameila Brust Temple on the Thames
Amelia Brust splurges on cab rides in London, an international luxury.
t night, when few other cars and pedestrians are out, you can hear its low puttering. Coming around the corner, a shiny black hatchback lures you in with its glowing golden sign. And then, as quickly as it came, the taxi disappears. Obviously, being a fulltime student and unemployed, it’s a rare day that I take a taxi anywhere. Taxis never cease being the most extravagant form of public transportation, aside from Hummer limousines. But everyone knows those are for
jerks. Let’s be honest, unless you are an executive or going into labor, getting a cab only seems like a reasonable idea when it’s 1 a.m. and raining – and you’re by yourself. I’m not saying I regret the £24.00 ($38.57) ride, I’m saying those were extenuating circumstances and I try to avoid those circumstances at all costs. Don’t judge. There are worse things than having a car to yourself, when you’re tired and just want to go home. I hopped inside and it seemed the outside world melted away. Street noise was next to nothing. The soft pitter-patter of drops on the windshield reflected the traffic lights of Trafalgar Square. My cabbie had the radio tuned to some nostalgia station, so I listened to “Pretty Woman” and “Daydream Believer.” Then he almost hit a pedicab, to whom he yelled, “You f---ing pr--k!” And so I came back to reality. In his defense, he was a very good driver. None of the usual hairpin turns and slingshot maneuvers that most cabbies seem to be so fond of. You’d have to be a good driver to use London streets. In order to get their cab license, cabbies here must pass “The Knowledge,” the ultimate driving course through which
they prove their familiarity with London’s 320 routes, 25,000 streets and 20,000 landmarks, just within the six-mile radius that is Greater London. It takes two to four years to pass “The Knowledge,” which I’m starting to think is, as Martha Stewart would say, a very good thing. Most cabs are the traditional black cab, often emblazoned with a British Telecommunications logo or Vodafone union jack. I’ve even seen a pink one. Then there are the minicabs, named inaccurately, I feel, as they are bigger than the black cabs. They look more like minivans, which I guess makes sense, since “van-cabs” is even more confusing. All right, I get it now. Anyway, minicabs are for hire, and always charge more. However, with minicabs you can, and should, negotiate a price when you order them so you are not taken aback at the airport when the driver asks for £60 when it was £40 the other way. Riding in cabs is fun, I think. Cabbies drive the way we’re not supposed to drive, but always wish we could; we wish we could drive like the road is ours and everyone on it must move or else, no shame. That is how London cabbies drive all day every day. They have
tricks up their sleeves, using taxi lanes, not giving pedestrians the right of way, and taking the tiny alleyways, called mews, that were originally built to take horses to the stable and meant for private access. Plus, London cabs are bigger than most American cabs, able to sit up to six people “comfortably” and with a higher ceiling and bigger doors. They are kept clean, too. In addition to the various fees drivers can tack onto your fare, like booking in advance and using a credit card, there is also a soiling charge. That’s right! Your urine could be worth up to £40.00, almost $65.00. But suppose you can control your bowel movements, and you give the driver reason to like you? He may strike up a conversation with you, ask you where in America you’re from, see if he’s been to anywhere you may have heard of, and then try to find a shared experience the two of you may have had. Although not all cabbies have a Cockney accent, invariably, whatever story they tell seems to include the phrase “Ehn so, I told ‘im, I said, I said ‘Ay, listen,” I said,” et. cetera. One last piece of advice I will share on this subject: Never question a cabbie’s sense of di-
A traditional black cab drives through London. | AMELIA BRUST TTN
rection. That goes double for anyone coming from a grid city, which London is most certainly not. If you say Queen’s Terrace and he says Queen’s Gate Terrace, and all you have to show for it is a piece of notebook paper on which you scribbled
Google map directions, remember: He has The Knowledge. Amelia Brust can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greek boutique sees business increase beyond Greek life GREEK PAGE 8 fraternities and sororities. Con- son put it, “stupid slow,” plans trary to this belief, Jackson in- are in the making to assure that vites all to take part of the Greek the boutique will be filled with & Life lifestyle. customers ready for the Greek “If you look & Life experion the wall, ence. you’ll see ev“We’re just ery fraternity, trying to get the every sororword out more, ity that Temple we’re talking has, whether about getting it’s a black one, a table to put whether it’s a in the Student white one, or Center, espeLatino,” Jackson cially in the said. spring, with just The boumore markettique opened in ing,” Jackson the beginning said. of Spring 2012, Nafisa Rawji / boutique employee Rawji said and its success, she believes due to the prevalence of Greek that the brand’s popularity will activity in the spring semester, expand to the Temple commuhas been on the rise. While the nity. summer months were, as Jack“It’s a baby in terms of
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that since we go to such a diverse and large school, it becomes an integral part of the Temple experience.
business,” Rawji said. “I really hope that since we go to such a diverse and large school, it becomes an integral part of the Temple experience.” Events are also the key for inviting in more customers as well as keeping a fresh perspective on the boutique. Jackson said, one event that’s in the works is the “Sip, Swap, and Shop.” More targeted for the female customer of Greek & Life, fashionistas can sip on a mixer while being able to either swap one of her older and unwanted garb for other fashion maven’s items, or just purchase new items featured in the store. The event is planned for the end of this month. Indira Jimenez can be reached at email@example.com.
Greek & Life Boutique offers Greek life-oriented items and everyday street wear for customers looking to expand their wardrobe outside Greek memorabilia. | INDIRA JIMENEZ TTN
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012
Meeting the family isn’t easy
John Corrigan That’s What He Said
John Corrigan gives advice on meeting a significant other’s family.
ot so much butter, dear.” “Yeah Dad, you’ll have that beer belly down to a six pack.” “And don’t forget you’re going for a few laps around the block tonight.” Is he fat? He doesn’t look chubby. If they think he’s overweight, they must think I’m Norbit. Do I agree with her and her mom? Do I defend her father’s girth and possibly sound like a brown noser? See, this is why I never come over for dinner. Dudes don’t want to meet the family. Unless your girl was raised by a MILF or has a hot older sister hanging around, we aren’t interested. I’m in a relationship with you, not your family. That’s called marriage. My friend Roosh suffers from an extreme case of “linger-
ing-familyisis” – his girlfriend consistently tricks him into attending family events. She’ll invite him to dinner, he’ll decline, they’ll talk about other things and then an hour before the dinner she’ll text him, “So are you coming to dinner or nah?” “Nah” is a dangerous word – to the untrained eye it suggests indifference, but in reality, “nah” implies forced obedience. Although I maintain a decent GPA, put bread on the proverbial table and treat their daughter like royalty, my girlfriend’s parents still have had one major beef with yours truly. Since women believe their men should wait with bated breath for her majesty’s arrival, “fashionably late” has transformed into injury time during a soccer game. If I claim that I’ll pick her up at 6:30 p.m., we both know I shouldn’t pull up to her house until 6:45 p.m.. And when I arrive at her abode, I usually honk the horn to indicate my presence. Well, her parents find my beeping disrespectful and would prefer that I walk up to the door to say hello and escort her to the chariot. Call me brash, but I can’t follow this archaic notion of rummaging for a parking spot and then peeping in to make small talk. We have places to go. Connor Farnan, a junior criminal justice major at Holy Family University, respectfully disagrees. “Many people in today’s generation are quick to honk, but I think it’s pertinent to walk in and meet the parents because it is courteous and gentleman-
like. They want to know their daughter is safe and treated right,” Farnan said. So now I call when I’m close rather than ruffle any more feathers. Sure it’s time-consuming, but compromise is the foundation of relationships. Remember the awkward tension of Temple orientation? Add alcohol as well as crushed expectations and then you’re ready for family parties. You have to introduce yourself to aunts, uncles, cousins, the pastor. I’m not a people person, that’s why I hide behind a keyboard. They’ll barrage you with repetitive questions: “What’s your major? Where do you work? So how did you and her meet?” I should just wear a nametag scribbled with “journalism, KYW, Fresh Grocer produce aisle.” How are you supposed to look these people in the eye once you’ve heard their stories? Aunt Sylvia kicked grandpa out of Easter dinner. Uncle Frank hibernates up in the mountains for six months without his family. Of course I’m going to stare at Bobby’s mole now. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that walking through my front door is equivalent to entering a flash mob at Chuck E. Cheese. My brothers are screaming newfound obscenities, stealing cell phones to prank call Mr. Softy and pouncing on the closest victim. Since the lock of my bedroom door has become a casualty of their madness, strain-
ing my back to push the bureau in front of the door is well worth the elbow grease. Everybody is simply more comfortable around their own family at their own home. We judge each other’s parents based off our own parents because we don’t know any better. As my parents plop on the couch Saturday night savoring each moment of solitude before the ogres emerge from their slumber, my girlfriend’s parents are returning from their weekly neighborhood pow-wow at the local pub. When my girl describes how the steam from her father’s head fogged the car window after an argument, I wonder how many crimes I would have to commit before my easy-breezy dad laid the verbal smackdown. Don’t get me wrong, my girlfriend’s family is full of wonderful people. They practically leave a plate at the dinner table for me, offer me to join their Wildwood crabbing escapades and even sent flowers to my mother when she was in the hospital. I’m lucky to be treated with such hospitality from people who could easily give me the cold shoulder. “Hey, can you pass a burger over here? Thank you.” Yeah, I’ll take the heat off her father. He too was once a young buck annoyed by his doe’s herd. Families interfering with promising relationship – it’s hereditary. John Corrigan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMASH commemorates loss Temple SMASH starts the year with a performance in memory of one of their own. LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ HAYON SHIN The Temple News Memories were made inside a small cluttered studio last Thursday, Oct. 11. It was an hour of full-blown comedy and electrifying tunes that the Temple SMASH crew had pulled off with incredible talent and energy to remember someone who once did the same. Chocolate Pudding for a presidential candidate, a charismatic lawyer whose only words are “pumpernickel,” unruly politicians who are visited by God and a heartwarming performance by Hills Like White Elephants – these are just a few of the things that one would see during this most recent episode of Temple SMASH. “To put this show on, we have had an amazing group of new students, joining and returning. It’s a vastly collaborative effort...they all worked really, really hard,” said Jonah Cooper, a senior media studies and production major. Complementing each performance was the one-man acoustic band, Hills Like White Elephants. The soulful music, played by Ziggy Gamble, had the entire audience captivated and mesmerized as he performed original songs. “I was really impressed, his music made me feel so relaxed and at peace with myself,” said Emily Colby, a freshman theater major who played the apathetic daughter in the “Green Party Party” sketch. But behind the comedy and subsequent laughs lies a sobering thought. This episode was more than just the average quarterly show – this one held a special significance, as it was dedicated to SMASH head writer Jonathan Schifferdecker who passed away a week before Fall 2012 semster began. “Every sketch that was in
this episode was either written by Jon [during] the summer before he passed away, or it was inspired by Jon or friends who knew Jon,” said director Rita Kraynak, a junior majoring in media studies and production. “Some of them were inside jokes they had together...every single piece was inspired by Jon.” Two of the live skits and one of the digital shorts were written during Schifferdecker’s last writing meeting. After that meeting was when he got into a fatal car accident. SMASH was a very big part of Schifferdecker’s life at Temple, where he transferred to after watching SMASH’s first season online. “A part of me felt as if we were [still] doing the show with Jon,” said Cooper, who is also the executive producer of SMASH and a close friend of Schifferdecker. About 40 percent of the show was written by Schifferdecker, and the other 60 percent was inspired by him. Cooper even reached out to alumni of SMASH to come back and write pieces, in Schifferdecker’s memory. The program consisted of four different segments and between each segment were comedic digital shorts such as “Dorm Room Scrunchie,” an exaggerated reenactment of what goes on in dorms when one person wants to leave a sign on the door to tell his or her roommate that the room is “occupied.” Three of the four skits were satirical comments on the current political state of the country. The first one, titled “Presidential Debate 2012,” was a particularly cynical and tongue-in-cheek view of the potential leaders of our nation with one candidate being a sleeping clown and the other a jar of chocolate pudding. The second, titled “God Shot,” had the crowd roaring with laughter as they watched two misguided Southern presi-
A SMOKIN’ GOOD NIGHT: CELEBRATING BOXER JOE FRAZIER’S LIFE AND A PHILLY LANDMARK/ STUDENT CENTER, UNDERGROUND / OCT. 16 / 6 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. / FREE Tyler School of Art’s architecture department and The National Trust for Historic Preservation will be hosting a screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary, “Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears.” A panel discussion historic and local preservation will follow the screening. Panelists will include a Tyler architecture student, along with representatives from the community and other preservation efforts. The event is free, with movie concessions provided.
A CONVERSATION WITH ANDERSON COOPER /
TOMLINSON THEATER / OCT. 18 / 2 P.M. – 3 P.M. / FREE Anderson Cooper will join students in Tomlinson Theater following the Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Awards, where he will have been presented the Excellence in Media Award. The Q&A is free and first come-first serve.
FRESH GROCER SUPERMARKET TOUR / FRESH GROCER / OCT. 18 / 3 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. / FREE Student Health Services’ nutritionist will be leading a tour of Fresh Grocer to hands-on give tips on how to save money, eat well-balanced meals and try new food. The deadline to register for this free event is Oct. 16. To register email email@example.com and make the subject line: Grocery Store Tour. Include your name, phone number and tour date.
LOW KEY TAKES TEMPLE / STUDENT CENTER, ROOM 217CD / OCT. 19 / 7:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. / FREE A cappella group Low Key will be having a cabaret performance, featuring covers of U2’s “Beautiful Day,” Sara Bareilles’ “Uncharted” and more.
Actors perform a skit titled “Pumpernickel” at Temple SMASH’s first show of the semester. | COURTESY CALVIN WOODRUFF
dential candidates being told by “God” that they were in fact not told to run for the presidency by him and that they should stop lying to the masses. The last political skit was titled “Green Party Party” and shared the story of a family with an overzealous father and an apathetic teenager. However, the crowd favorite seemed to be the third skit titled “Pumpernickel,” the only skit that wasn’t a comment on politics. In a court room, a defending lawyer fights his case with an emotional appeal that has the entire room sympathizing and moved when ironically his client is more than happy to admit to his crimes and all the evidence points to guilty. They called it the infamous “Pumper-
nickel Technique.” It consisted of one man, on a stage, wailing and roaring one word: “Pumpernickel.” “Production was hectic, but we made it through and I think we put on one of our best productions yet,” Kraynak said. Yet overcoming grief with humor and celebration, instead of mourning, the life of one of their dear members and coworkers was said to be the power of the Temple SMASH team. “Everyone was really determined to do the best they could do,” Cooper said. “I’m very proud of [the cast and crew.]” Luis Fernando Rodriguez and Hayon Shin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BABYLON THE EXPERIENCE: WE THE POETS / STUDENT CENTER, UNDERGROUND / OCT. 19 / 8 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. / $5 Babel, Temple’s poetry collective, will be having its first show of the semester. The show will be hosted by Noel Scales and Homecoming King Thomas Green, and will be streamed online via WHIP Radio’s “The Weewo Show” and iHeartRadio. -Luis Fernando Rodriguez
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The football team carries a 2-0 Big East record into the Owls’ next game against Rutgers on Oct. 20. The Scarlet Knights are the only team ahead of the Owls in the Big East standings with an in-conference record of 3-0. |TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN
Student, teacher do battle FOOTBALL PAGE 20 Addazio take the head coaching position at Cheshire High School where Pasqualoni went to school and coached from 1972-75. Addazio coached at Cheshire from 1988 to 1994 and compiled a 61-12-2 record. During one stretch, his team won 34 games in a row and three consecutive state titles. His Cheshire teams were nationally ranked in 1992 and 1994. Addazio left Cheshire to join his old mentor Pasqualoni, then head coach at Syracuse, and serve as his offensive line and tight ends coach. From 1995-98, Pasqualoni and Addazio led the Orangemen to a 35-14 record and four bowl appearances. Pasqualoni stayed on at Syracuse for another six years, while Addazio took a job at Notre Dame in 1999, where he coached for three years. Addazio has been coaching at major college football programs, including Indiana and Florida, ever since, but his path hadn’t crossed with Pasqualoni again until last weekend’s game. Pasqualoni coached in the NFL for six years before agreeing to take the UConn job in 2011. Saturday’s game was the
first time the two coaches had ever worked against each other on opposite sidelines. The game had all the makings of an Addazio and Pasqualoni led match-up, a low-scoring brawl that could have gone either way. The Huskies jumped out to an early lead by dominating the first quarter. UConn outgained Temple by a margin of 192 yards to 11 yards in the first 15 minutes and quickly went up two scores. But Temple held its own in the second quarter. The Owls completed a six-play, 80-yard drive with a 24-yard touchdown run by senior running back Montel Harris just before halftime. Addazio said Pasqualoni and the Huskies outplayed Temple in the first half, and his team felt fortunate to be down only one score. “I told them at halftime, ‘We just got their best shot and we’re still standing,’” Addazio said. “Now let’s go out and play football.” The Temple defense rebounded in the second half. The Owls held the Huskies to 101 yards of total offense in the second half and didn’t allow another UConn score. Addazio said he had to
make adjustments on both sides of the ball at halftime after seeing what his old coach had planned for the first half. “I’m very impressed with [Pasqualoni’s] football team,” Addazio said. “I’m not just saying that because he’s my mentor, I’m just telling you. They had a great game plan.” The defense held, and the offense put together one more scoring drive at the end of regulation to set up senior placekicker Brandon McManus’ game-winning, 29-yard field goal in overtime. In addition to it being a well-fought contest against Pasqualoni, this game was a homecoming for Addazio. More than 60 friends and members of his family were in attendance for the game. “To come home and see my family and my friends and the people I grew up with, that’s pretty special,” Addazio said. “But beating UConn because of Coach P, no. I’m going to walk out of here and wish them nothing but success as they roll forward.” The game was also a homecoming for Owls’ true freshman linebacker Tyler Matakevich, a Stratford, Conn., native. Matakevich led all players with 19 tackles after recording 15
last week in his first collegiate start. Matakevich’s game came in front of what he called “two buses full” of friends and family. “There’s no better feeling in the world,” Matakevich said. “Not only to win in Connecticut, but to be 2-0 in the Big East right now.” “We didn’t really talk about it too much, but we knew it was a homecoming for coach Addazio and [Matakevich],” redshirt-junior quarterback Chris Coyer said. “That definitely adds something to the win.” Addazio said Pasqualoni told him after the game that his team didn’t give up, before the two coaches shared a hug at midfield. “[Pasqualoni is] the best,” Addazio said. “There’s very few people like him in our business. We need more guys like [Pasqualoni] in our business. I’ve been in it a long time, and I know that.” Though the protégé was quick to credit his mentor for being the best, on Saturday, Addazio was better. Joey Cranney can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @joey_cranney.
Sophomore switches positions Sophomore Alyssa Kirk adjusts to a role change. JOHN MURROW The Temple News WOMEN’S SOCCER Entering the 2012 season as the only sophomore on the women’s soccer roster, defender Alyssa Kirk is continuing to adjust to a role that she has been unfamiliar with in previous years. After a freshman year in which Kirk was used primarily as a defender, coach Matt Gwilliam said that he has been experimenting with Kirk at different positions as she is now adapting to a role as a utility player for the team. “[Kirk] is learning the game,” Gwilliam said. “She was one of the only freshmen here when the new coaching staff took over and [Kirk] is a big part of the learning curve and what we are trying to do here.” While at Neshaminy High School, Kirk earned a number of awards, including the “Ms. Defense” award for three straight years, from 2009-2011. Along with being the team captain her senior year in 2011, Kirk was known primarily for her defensive game while in high school.
“I was a good defender ally does.” in high school and winning After starting three games awards gave me confidence,” for the Owls and appearing in Kirk said. “I was also able to 17 total matches last season, score goals in high school and Kirk has seen increased playcoach Gwilliam saw that other ing time this season, as she side of me.” has started in nine of Temple’s Beginning the 2012 sea- matches to this point and has son, Kirk believed she was go- made an appearance in each of ing to be used as a defensive the 16 contests. player. After 16 games “It is this season, Kirk has very imporfound her role on the tant for me team as more of an ofand it means a fensive player. lot,” Kirk said “Throughout this about her inseason I have played creased playa few different poing time this sitions,” Kirk said. season. “I like “Right now, I am more to see that my of a striker and I have Alyssa Kirk / sophomore hard work has the opportunity to defender been noticed score more.” by the coach“She has been more of an es. Now, I believe I have to get offensive player than a defend- better with every year.” er for the team,” freshman de“[Kirk] is one of the hardfender Erin Lafferty said. “You est workers on the field,” Lafcan always count on [Kirk] to ferty said. “She works her butt get back and get the ball from off for this team.” her opponent and win it from This season, Kirk shares anyone.” the same goal that many of her On the field, Kirk is re- teammates and coaches do, garded as one of the fastest and as she wants to make it to the most fit players, in addition to Atlantic 10 Conference tournabeing the team’s hardest work- ment. er, freshman goalkeeper Shauni “I want to make it to the Kerkhoff said. A-10 tournament and do well “The fact that [Kirk] is there,” Kirk said. “It would very fast is a large part of her mean the world to me persongame,” Kerkhoff said. “If she ally. I just want to shock everymakes a mistake, she works to body in the A-10.” get it back right away and usuAlong with making the
get it is good, but now I just want to score more goals.
A-10 tournament, one of the personal benchmarks Kirk set for herself this year was to score her first collegiate goal. On Sunday, Oct. 14., she achieved that goal. Kirk netted her first career goal in the 28th minute of the Owls’ game against Massachusetts, helping lead them to a 2-0 shutout win. Through 16 games, Kirk has recorded 13 shots, three of which were shots on goal. “It definitely felt 10 times better than I even thought it would. I have been waiting for it all year and to finally get it is good, but now I just want to score more goals.” On and off of the field, Kirk has been an all-around great player and person, Kerkhoff said. She is really good at communicating and always keeps her spirits up regardless of the situation. “I don’t want to be a quiet player,” Kirk said. “I want to stand out and help our team in any way possible.” John Murrow can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @johnmurrow12.
came in 13th at the race, while Carleton, running in her third cross country race at Temple, placed 113th. “Adding them to the team completely changed the dynamic,” Bray said. “You add two or three runners to the team and it automatically becomes that much better. Obviously, without those two, the team goes from being a fifth-place team to maybe a ninth-place one.” “That’s a really big deal for [Pavone] to come back and run close to a two-minute [personal record], the fastest she’s ever run before, in her first race of the season,” Bray added. “It shows how talented she is and what her commitment level is to being good.” Bray has implemented a rest day every week for the team to recover. Pavone said the team had no days off last year, only an “easy day” in which they had lighter workouts. As someone who has been with the team since the 2010 season, Pavone said the training along with other factors is making a difference.
“Compared to last year and my freshman year, everything was unorganized, and a lot of people had confidence issues and were always negative,” Pavone said. “But now our coach is really stressing no negativity and he’s stressing the rest periods.” As for Pavone, Bray said she has played a big part in bringing an “energy” to the team. “I think she’s trying to figure out what her role on the team is in terms of leadership,” Bray said. “But [Pavone] is doing a really good job, and she’s even been helping with the recruits on campus. She’s more than willing to be a host for a visit, which is great because she has a great personality.” “She’s still young in the sport, and she’s still learning,” Bray added. “But she’s the kind of person where if I say, ‘Anna, do this,’ she’s going to do it, and she’s going to do it 100 percent.” Avery Maehrer can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @AveryMaehrer.
Brandon Matthews helps his team to a first-place finish among Big 5 schools at the tournament. | PAUL KLEIN TTN
Owls place sixth in Big 5 meet GOLF PAGE 20 Rookie of the Week awards and one A-10 Player of the week and will probably add another of each, but there is still more untapped potential that is to be desired, Quinn said. “Brandon [Matthews] played really well winning the tournament. Once again I think he could’ve played a lot better though,” Quinn said. “I think he made a couple of decisions out there that cost him a few shots and made him work really hard to win that tournament individually.” Brandon Matthews showed great resiliency coming down the stretch on Sunday after a three-putt bogey on hole 16. He went on to make a birdie on the par-three 17th that he made a double-bogey on in the first round. He followed that with a bunker save for par on 18, which he concluded dramatically with a Tiger Woods-style fist pump when his 15-foot putt went in the hole. As a team, the Owls finished sixth overall, and came in first amongst the Big 5 schools, but Quinn said there was more to be desired from his team who gave away a lot of shots. “I’m looking at trying to win the whole tournament, quite honestly our finish [Saturday] is what kind of cost us that,” Quinn said. “I’m overall happy with the way the kids hung in there but I expect them to play a little bit better than they played. They can certainly play a lot better.” Senior Devin Bibeau was 10 shots higher than his freshman teammate, shooting a two-
day total of 155. Following Bibeau and Brandon Matthews were junior Matt Crescenzo (156), sophomore Paul Carbone (165) and junior Russell Hartung (165). Last week Quinn said Philmont would be playing like a professional golf course. He wasn’t exaggerating, as the winning team, the Hartford Hawks, finished with an overall score of (+49). He credited Philmont with setting up such a challenging golf course. “The course played extremely difficult, it was a championship setup and the greens were really fast,” Quinn said. “The kids had a little trouble adjusting to the greens, the better players jumped leaps and bounds as they adjusted and Brandon [Matthews] is a perfect example.” Temple has one tournament left on its fall schedule, at the St. Barnabas Health Intercollegiate held at Fairmont Country Club in Chatham, N.J., this weekend. Quinn said this team still has to keep working to get where they want to be on the leader board, mainly in the area of giving away shots with bad decisions. “We still all have quite a bit of work to do so we’re not giving away any shots, that’s the key,” Quinn said. “If we can learn to be a little bit more frugal with our shot making and our decisions, I think we’ll start doing a little bit better.” Anthony Bellino can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Bellino_Anthony.
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Sophomore steps game up Nicole Kroener used her summer to improve her game. COLIN TANSITS The Temple News Nicole Kroener knew she had a lot of work to do after her freshman season. Now as a sophomore, she has stepped into a major role. Along with working out with the team in the spring, the Morgantown, Pa., native spent most of her summer living in Philadelphia to play for the New Jersey High Performance team, working with coach Amanda Janney. Kroener, a midfielder, said she attributed her work ethic this summer to her expectation of having an increased role for the field hockey team this year. “I knew I was most likely going to have to step up into the center mid,” Kroener said. “I got to play with a lot of the girls who were on the national team, and that was a great experience.” The work that Kroener did during the offseason is what Janney said has made the biggest impact on her sophomore year. “It’s pretty obvious, [Kroener is] kind of like [sophomore Amber Youtz], you know those two girls take it to heart how important it is to get in shape and they worked hard in the summer,” Janney said. “[Kroener’s] fitness is not in question for us. She is a fast, fit player and just really strong. She’s one of our strongest kids in the weight room.” Kroener has emerged this season as one of most important players for the field hockey team. Janney said that last year, she knew that Kroener’s role would transform. “[Kroener] is kind of our quarterback on the field,” Janney said. “[Kroener] runs the middle. She’s all over the field. She’s great on attack and she’s great on defense.” Kroener has scored six goals and has seven assists this season. However, Kroener’s success this year wasn’t there in her freshman year. Although she started in all 22 games, Kroener never had a set position and took three shots all year. Kroener said last season was more of a learning process than anything else. “I learned a lot. The speed of the game was much faster,” Kroener said. “And I had a lot of strong seniors who really helped me, like Kaylee Keener. She was great to work with in the midfield. [Keener] really directed me.” Last season for Temple, FIELD HOCKEY
The tennis courts have been closed for public use pending the demolition of the Student Pavilion next year. The tennis teams will play their spring matches at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Center in Manayunk. | ANDREW THAYER TTN
Tennis teams unsure of future TENNIS PAGE 20 we had our own tennis courts,” Marquart said. “I’m sure every university we play against, all of them will have nice tennis facilities.” Mauro said the removal of the courts comes at a bad time with the move to the Big East. Without tennis courts on campus, recruiting becomes more difficult, Mauro said. “I think it’s always easier to recruit a player if he sees that you have courts on campus,” Mauro said. “Traveling does take a great deal of time, and between their studies and their training, there’s only so much time in the day.” Talasnik said driving to another facility to practice takes a toll on a tennis player’s daily routine. “It would be a lot more problematic, a lot more complicated if we had to drive to practice every day,” Talasnik said. “In terms of liability with the
school, there would be a lot of complications.” The club team members would try to find another facility to play at next year, even if it was just recreationally, Talasnik said. “I’m sure they would try to find a place, but I don’t think there’s a lot down here,” Talasnik said. “I think the closest is [Legacy] in Manayunk, in terms of separate facilities. I think they would try but I don’t know how well they would succeed, if at all.” Eric Knauss, a junior mechanical engineering major, plays weekly at the tennis courts. He said he was surprised by the news that the courts are being removed. “I’m kind of bummed out,” Knauss said. “It’s already hard enough to play tennis anywhere, because there’s only five courts for the entire campus. I don’t know why they’re getting rid of
the tennis courts.” Talasnik said he would go to the courts just for fun even without his commitments to the club team. “Before I even played club tennis, I always went to the courts just to play,” Talasnik said. “Just to go somewhere for school, as a tennis player, that doesn’t have tennis courts, kind of sucks.” Marquart said he likes to have fans come to cheer him on, and removing the courts would diminish the number of people who attend. “If people are willing to watch us, they are not willing to drive 15 minutes by car,” Marquart said. “The courts will be here, it will be easier for people to come and watch and cheer for us.” Mauro said he likes the current courts, in part, because of the atmosphere. He said students and other athletes are al-
ways walking by and hanging out. “There’s a lot of interaction with people outside walking around,” Mauro said. “It [helps] the whole atmosphere, and the whole program.” The Pavilion has been closed to general use pending its demolition next year, but intramural clubs and student organizations can still rent court space for special events or activities. The men’s and women’s tennis teams conclude fall play this weekend, but are scheduled to host matches at Legacy in the spring. Evan Cross can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @EvanCross.
Technique established at first meet Rowing works on funadementals to start the season. LIAM MCKENNA The Temple News The women’s rowing team opened its season at the Navy Day Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 13, with the Novice 4+ boat highlighting the day with a second-place finish. For the team’s new coach, Rebecca Smith Grzybowski, and the rest of the Owls, the focus early on has been technique. “[Grzybowski] and I have the same philosophy that we have to get the technique better,” graduate assistant Colleen Greway said. “We know that we can get there if we stick to the training program, but the technique is a lot more difficult to master.” In working on the Owls’ technique, Greway tries to focus on the women’s bodies. “When you look at men, compared to women, men have a lot more upper body strength than women do,” Greway said. “We’re really trying to make everything happen from the core down because women’s strength is in their cores and hips.” In focusing on the woman’s body, Temple is trying to utilize its female coach. Grzybowski is the only female head coach in Big 5 rowing. Grzybowski said women have extremely strong lower bodies – specifically the legs and quads. She said though some spectators may not realize
it, rowing is a very leg-driven participated in the collegiate 8+ sport. final, and finished third overall. “[Core] is a critical part of “Everything we were learnwhat [we] do because it con- ing in practice really came tonects our handle to our legs,” gether like pressing on the legs Grzybowski said. and getting our catches in toCreating core strength also gether,” Joye said. helps the Owls build endurance, Following the collegiate juGrzybowski said. nior varsity 8+ final, sophomore “You stay strong for a race stroke seat Moira Meeks said that lasts 10, 12, 15, 17 minutes the team’s focus on technique in the fall,” Grzybowski said. had helped her boat to its Top “When they race and get to the 10 finish. end, they say, ‘That actually “As other teams are workfelt easier than ing on getting I was anticipatfaster and rowing.’” ing all eight, I G r z y think us taking bowski and time out and Greway’s focus rowing by sixes on technique and working on resonated with our technique rethe Owls durally benefited us ing Saturday’s today,” Meeks regatta. As each said. “When it race concluded, comes to races rowers evaluthat count, we ated their perare going to step formance based Brittany Adell / senior stroke seat our game up on their technique. and we’re going to be looking Senior stroke seat Brittany technically better than all these Adell said she can improve her boats.” technique following the Owls’ As the Owls focused on first race of the day, the colle- their core technique, one of the giate 8+ final in which her boat beneficiaries that a lot of the finished in the Top 10 with a women cited was the catch. time of 17 minutes, 19 seconds. “Our catches felt much “[I need to work on] techni- stronger than they have been,” cal stuff, the posture like sitting Meeks said. “[Grzybowski] and up more,” Adell said. “Stuff that [Greway] have been emphasizcoach is on us every day for.” ing dropping your blades in “Rowing is a sport which quicker and keeping the legs no one really masters,” Adell down.” said. “There are people on this “Everyone was trying to river who row every day that get better catches,” Adell said. are Olympians who still work Catches were not just a topon technique.” ic reserved for the juniors and A second boat, led by junior seniors of the team. The novstroke seat Victoria Joye, also ice 4+ boat was driven by solid
people on this river who row every day that are Olympians who still work on technique.
catches. Freshman stroke seat Grace Kroner lead the novice’s tempo, and noted the boat’s catch synchronization. “Since we were all catching together, we were all moving together and getting our blades in strong and just pushing really hard,” Kroner said. “We were all catching together which is something we’ve really been focusing on,” Kroner added. “That helped get us where we were.” As a product of technique, Grzybowski said catch is a critical part of the stroke. “If we really lock onto [the catch], we can really send the boat as far we can with every stroke moving together,” Grzybowski said. “It’s going to make a big impact in the spring – overall boat speed.” Preparing the Owls for another regatta this weekend, Grzybowski said he intends to continue working on technique. Specifically this will be, again, working on core strength but also refining the catch’s end. However, Grzybowski said while the Owls have executed their technique very well, they need to get into a “race mentality.” The Owls’ compete again next weekend in Boston at the Head of the Charles Regatta beginning on Oct. 20.
Bridget Settles led the team in offense and took the team’s penalty strokes. This season, Kroener has been taking the Owls’ penalty strokes. Janney’s decision to put Kroener in the role of shooting the strokes came as a surprise to some, including junior defender Mandi Shearer. “I didn’t even know [Kroener] had a penalty stroke until the very first time [Janney] told her to go in,” Shearer said. “I was a little surprised because I thought [Janney] would choose somebody else, but after that, [Kroener]’s been chosen and she’s the person I would pick too.” With being chosen to take a free stroke, a certain amount of pressure has been put on the underclassman. But Kroener said she has been used to that kind of pressure since her days at Twin Valley High School. “There’s a good amount of pressure, but I try not to think about it,” Kroener said. “I took a lot of the strokes for my team in high school, so I try to go back to those days when it was kind of easier.” Janney said Kroener doesn’t seem to show any signs of being under pressure in stroke situations. “[Kroener] is a pretty even-keeled player and I know that she can handle pressure,” Janney said. “A lot of those strokes [are] about dealing with the pressure and not thinking too much.” For Shearer, Kroener’s consistency is what makes her such a strong teammate. “[Kroener] is one of the most dependable people that I can count on, she’s very accountable and very dependable on the field,” Shearer said. “That’s the kind of person you need in the center.” As her sophomore season has progressed, Kroener has grown more into the offense with her first collegiate goal coming in a game against Rutgers on Sept. 2. Kroener scored the second goal to win the game for the Owls in overtime. But to Shearer, Kroener is more than just an offensive threat or a defensive stopper. “I would absolutely dedicate the main stability of our team to [Kroener],” Shearer said. “No. 1 because she plays the center and No. 2 because she’s just that solid of a player. I think [Kroener] is the difference in the midfield.” “[Kroener] is already playing like an upperclassman, with the leadership ability, she leads by example,” Janney said. “The future is bright for Temple field hockey with [Kroener] and [Youtz] being so young.” Colin Tansits can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @colin_tansits.
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Nicole Kroener prides herself on her speed. Players said she is one of the most fit players on the team. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
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Temple wins coaches battle Steve Addazio got the best of his old mentor. JOEY CRANNEY Sports Editor
E Coach Steve Addazio attributes much of his success to his former coach, Paul Pasqualoni. | TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN
AST HARTFORD, Conn. – When Steve Addazio was growing up in Farmington, Conn., he always wanted to become a football coach. At the time, the premier football program was Ohio State. Addazio said he dreamed that one day Connecticut would have a Division I football school that the state could rally around like they did in Ohio. Addazio’s realization came full circle on Saturday, Oct. 13, when he led the Owls to a 17-14 win against Connecticut for two
consecutive wins in the Big East Conference for the first time in Temple’s history. “To come in today and to see this field and see Connecticut playing big-time football, as a Connecticut guy, I think is terrific,” Addazio said. “But as a Philadelphia guy, what’s really terrific is we’re getting out of here 2-0 in the Big East with a young team that has grit and the city can be proud of.” The win came against Huskies’ coach Paul Pasqualoni, under whom Addazio served as an assistant for six years and who the coach still refers to as his mentor or “Coach P.” Addazio worked with Pasqualoni as his offensive line coach at Western Connecticut State from 1985-87 before Pasqualoni recommended
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Tennis teams prepare for season without courts The tennis courts are set to be demolished next year. EVAN CROSS The Temple News Steve Mauro came to Temple eight years ago to coach the men’s tennis team. Since then he has picked up other duties, including coaching the women’s team and teaching tennis classes. After this season, Mauro will not have the resources to do his jobs on campus, nor will the tennis teams have courts to call home.
The tennis courts are set to be removed along with the Student Pavilion in May 2013 in order to make room for a proposed library. Mauro learned of the plan to remove the courts last year, but there are still no plans to build new courts, nor is there a definitive home court for the Owls in 2013. “There’s really no plan right now,” Mauro said. “It’s kind of up in the air, so we’re really not sure what the plan is for us.” Mauro said the team already drives to the Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Center in Manayunk to practice on indoor courts, and it is possible that will become Temple’s
home court. But, Mauro said it would be “really advantageous” to the tennis program if Temple had courts on campus. Of the 16 teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference, only Duquesne and Saint Louis don’t have their home matches on campus. Temple typically hosts tournaments at the Pavilion, but will not this season. When the Owls make the move to the Big East Conference next season, Temple will join Providence as the only teams in the conference which don’t host tournaments on campus. Providence has announced plans to build an on-campus court, however.
The future of the club tennis team is also at stake. Jordan Talasnik, the president of the club team, said the team will probably disband after the spring semester. “We don’t have the capacity to drive somewhere every day to practice,” Talasnik, a senior finance major, said. “Obviously, it’s really convenient for us to practice here, because it’s right on campus.” Director of Campus Recreation Steve Young said Facilities Management has not given Campus Recreation any conclusive information regarding the long-term status of the tennis courts. Talasnik was informed
ANTHONY BELLINO The Temple News This was the first collegiate tournament freshman Brandon Matthews’ father was able to see his son play in. Matthews made it memorable for his father by winning the Big 5 Invitational at the Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., during the weekend. “It feels great, it’s great to come in here and win your own tournament on your home turf,” Matthews said. “I’ve been really working hard the last couple weeks. Playing this course a lot really helps and I played it very well.” Matthews carded a firstround score of five-over par 76 on Saturday, Oct. 13, but came back Sunday with a one-under 69 to win the tournament. Matthews spent about an hour on the range with coach Brian Quinn and his father after his round on Saturday. The freshman struggled hitting his driver all afternoon, not putting himself in position to hit low scores. On day two, Matthews GOLF
shot the one-under par round of 69 in front of about 10 family members and friends, which was good enough to give him a one-stroke victory against Binghamton sophomore Bryce Edmister and Princeton junior Greg Jarmas. Matthews said it felt amazing to be able to win on Temple’s home course with so many people who have been close to him since he was a junior golfer. “Playing like I did with family and friends here was the best feeling in the world,” Matthews said. “For them to be here and watch me do this is absolutely great.” Matthews holds a very close relationship to his father, Ted Matthews, who has mentored his golf game almost his entire life. Due to the amount of traveling done by the golf team, this is the first time Ted Matthews was able to see his son golf in college. “I wouldn’t want to be any other place,” Ted Matthews said. “It’s great to see him play this well at this level.” Brandon Matthews wasn’t always primarily a golfer, his father said. He made the switch to golf from baseball around age 12. Once Brandon Matthews made golf a priority, his father said he knew his son had a spe-
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affect his effort, but having home facilities is nonetheless convenient. “If they are going to be removed, everything will be a little bit more complicated,” Marquart said. “For us, it is much better if the courts would stay. It’s better for the team, it’s better for our results, it’s better for everyone.” Marquart said he would especially like to have courts on campus, given Temple’s move to the Big East Conference next season. “Now we’re moving to the Big East Conference, and I think this would be perfect if
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Matthews wins Big 5 Invitational Brandon Matthews shoots 69 on the final day to place first.
of the pending closure of the courts at the beginning of the semester. He said they could play only away games, but that plan comes with one major hitch. “It would be a possibility, but we would never have time to practice,” Talasnik said. “We couldn’t practice on their courts. It’d just be the same thing, going somewhere else to practice would be too hard. It’s really an inconvenience to the club team.” “We’ve grown a lot in the past couple years,” Talasnik added. “It sucks to see the progress halted by the facilities.” Sophomore tennis player Kristian Marquart said he will not let the removal of the courts
Anna Pavone has a strong showing in her first race of the season. AVERY MAEHRER The Temple News The women’s cross country team looked a whole lot different last weekend than it did just a few weeks ago. At the Leopard Invitational last Saturday, sophomore Jenna Dubrow still led the team with her sixth-place finish. But after that, the team saw junior Anna Pavone place 21st and freshman Christin Bettis finish in 39th place as the team placed fifth overall. For Pavone, the event was her first cross country race of the season. She suffered a stress fracture in her pelvis this summer, so the decision was made to come back slow after getting cleared from an MRI. The extra time off helped Pavone in some ways, but for her, it was still tough watching her teammates race from the sidelines. “Right now, I feel like it’s a good thing, because I’m more relaxed and ready to go,” Pavone said. “But when I watched the races before the first and CROSS COUNTRY
Freshman Brandon Matthews carries the lowest stroke average on the team after his Big 5 Invite win. | PAUL KLEIN TTN cial talent. “He played a lot of baseball and it really transitioned into a golf swing and really took to the game a lot,” Ted Matthews said. “Baseball took a backseat to golf, we worked hard at it and [this] is an accomplishment of
what we worked on for all this time.” Quinn reiterated what he has said of Brandon Matthews prior. The freshman has won three Atlantic 10 Conference
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ROLE ADJUSTMENT, p. 18
Sophomore Alyssa Kirk has adjusted to playing multiple positions this year. SPORTS@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM
second meet, I wanted to be out there too because I knew I could run with those girls. It was tough to watch that.” While Pavone was making her season debut, Bettis was making her collegiate debut. “I think [Bettis] did awesome, because this was her first time back to practice since she wasn’t cleared until last week,” Pavone said. “She didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know what to expect my first meet here either. She didn’t finish bad at all, but I think she can finish better in the future.” Coach Adam Bray said he was impressed with Bettis’ performance, but like Pavone, sees potential for even more. “I thought [Bettis] did a really good job,” Bray said. “She had a few moments where she showed she was kind of rusty and was kind of a deer in the headlights, but she handled it pretty well. She made some mistakes, but she learned from them.” Without Pavone and Bettis at the Paul Short Invitational, the team’s most recent meet going into last weekend, the gap between Dubrow and the team’s second-best finisher, sophomore Chelsea Carleton was a significant one. Dubrow
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Nicole Kroener is one of the field hockey team’s most improved players.
Week of 16 October 2012