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Coffeehouse loses steam after first year Owner of Mugshots said bad business has caused her to focus on other shops. LAURA ORDONEZ The Temple News Jason Mercado, the only barista at Mugshots Coffeehouse on the 1500 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue, continues to serve freshly-brewed coffee and baked goods even as the coffee shop is up for sale on Craigslist for $65,000. The coffeehouse was opened in October 2011 in the lobby of the Beech Interplex

Design yet to start on libary Officials said construction will begin late this year or early next year. DOMINIQUE JOHNSON The Temple News Construction for a 21stcentury library is in the beginning stages with the recent closure of the Student Pavilion, which is scheduled to be demolished in May 2013. The Board of Trustees approved a $17.5 million budget in March for the design of the new library. Funding for the construction of the project will consist of $140 million from the state, including $90 million in annual capital grants and $50 million from bond debt, officials said in the spring. “We have about 60 days of contract development to finalize,” James Creedon, senior vice president for construction, facilities and management, said.


student residences as a local alternative to Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and 7-Eleven. A year later, Mugshots’ owner Angela Vendetti decided it was time to hand over the keys. “This coffee shop has been slow,” Vendetti said. “It’s not making the sales it is supposed to be making.” Vendetti said she will focus more on Mugshots’ other two locations, in Brewerytown and Fairmount, given that she said the stores are more profitable and employ more people. “I cannot allow the Cecil B. Moore [Avenue] location to drag down the financial stability of these two other coffee shops,”

Vendetti said. “I don’t have the energy or the time to develop it, it needs a new operator that can invest himself in it.” Mercado attributed the business slowdown to its minimal presence on campus and the confusion brought by its location in a dormitory setting. “Some people may not know we are open to the public,” Mercado said. “Many people have asked if the coffee shop is only open for dorm students.” Vendetti said she has received two serious inquiries about her Craigslist’s post. While one of the interested buyers intends to convert the busi-


Mugshots Coffeehouse on Cecil B. Moore Avenue appeared on Craigslist recently. Its owner intends to sell the shop due to poor performance.| ANDREW THAYER TTN

Cain pitches plan to Temple Former presidential candidate talks about the American Dream, jobs on Main Campus. ALI WATKINS The Temple News Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain brought his College Truth Tour to Mitten Hall Friday, Oct. 19, to talk politics, the economy and Godfather’s Pizza with a crowd of approximately 200. Advertised as a non-partisan event, the tour has stopped at 19 other campuses across the country, and gives the former pizza business CEO a platform to speak candidly to students about the challenges facing the nation and, more specifically, his 9-9-9 tax plan. “A lot of people ask, ‘Why do you call it a Truth Tour?’ Well, the answer is very simple,” Cain said as he took the stage. “There are a lot of lies out there. And we want to make sure that you heard the truth about the American Dream, and the truth about your American Dream.” Stressing values of hard work, flexibility and persistence, Cain used his own business background with Pillsbury and Godfather’s Pizza as testament to the value of determination. Cain also stressed how difficult the current economic

downturn has made it for college graduates to secure jobs, and urged the crowd that change is needed. “This economy is stagnant and if we don’t get this economy growing, you might end up running in to the same barrier that the graduates last spring ran into,” Cain said. “Fifty percent of college grads last spring can’t find jobs.” To fix this economic problem, he said, complete restructuring of the tax code is necessary. “You hear the word ‘reform’ the tax code. That hasn’t happened in decades. When you hear politicians say ‘reform’ tax code, that’s code for: ‘We’re not going to do anything different from what we’ve always done.’ We need to replace the tax code,” Cain said, leading in to his much-anticipated description of the 9-9-9 tax plan. The tax plan, which received thunderous applause from the audience, was largely the foundation for Cain’s campaign, and would include a restructured tax plan of 9 percent personal income tax, 9 percent corporate tax and 9 percent na-


Unnamed donation establishes LGBTadvocacy scholarship. CINDY STANSBURY The Temple News

and community affairs committee, in conjunction with Campus Safety Services Capt. Eileen Bradley and CSS External Relations Coordinator Monica Hankins, created this program to address complaints in the community. “I meet with local residents that have been here for years and they complain about Temple students and their parties, the trash they leave, and how they don’t take care of the property,” Torres said. “We are trying to do something for them to see that Temple University does a lot.” Nearly 20 student organizations have expressed interest in the program, including the National Society of Collegiate

Students involved with LGBT advocacy on Main Campus are now eligible to receive financial rewards for their efforts following the launch of a scholarship targeting students who are active in the LGBT community. The MarcDavid LGBTQ Scholarship is worth $5,000 that will be awarded to one student who displays leadership and advocacy in the LGBT community. Financial need will also be considered for the award. The scholarship was made possible by an anonymous donation. Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs Andrea Seiss explained the process of developing the scholarship, which was announced during National Coming Out Week. “The Office of Institutional Advancement brought it to us and said that they had somebody who wanted to donate money to this and we collaborated with them,” Seiss said. “Our goal was to have it out by the fall so that it could be ready for the spring.” “I was very excited when I heard that somebody wanted to do this,” Seiss said, with noticeable enthusiasm. LGBT advocate and professor of speech communication Scott Gratson said he is excited as well, and that the scholarship is a great way to emphasize the work that students do toward LGBT inclusion. “I am thrilled about this new scholarship,” Gratson said. “I think that the chance for Temple to have the good efforts and activism of one of our students recognized in this manner is not only a statement as to what Temple could become, but also



Former presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks to attendees at his Truth Tour on Oct. 19.| SAM LEVINE TTN

Groups to clean streets, block by block Adopt-a-block is set to launch on Oct. 27 and will mandate monthly cleanings. LAURA DETTER The Temple News

Temple Student Government’s Adopt-a-Block program will launch Oct. 27. The program seeks to build relationships between students and local residents. | NICKEE PLAKSEN TTN

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Anthony Torres has a plan to help build the relationship between Temple students and local residents. Starting on Oct. 27, Torres’ new program called Adopt-aBlock will assign student organizations to a specific block in the community, for which the organization is mandated to clean at least once a month. Torres, Temple Student Government director of the local


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Cain makes tax plan large part of tour tional sales tax, according to PolitFact. Despite coming under harsh scrutiny, the plan still evokes strong support in certain circles. “9-9-9 has become very popular with people for two reasons,” Cain said. “No. 1, it treats all businesses the same. No. 2, it treats all taxpayers the same. What a novel idea, everyone gets treated the same at a low rate. 9-9-9.” Outside of his tax plan, Cain also spoke with students about the importance of staying informed during such a critical election. “Know the facts, you don’t have an excuse to not know the facts. It’s called the Internet,” Cain said. Cain also commended Temple University College Republicans for sponsoring the event, and highlighted the efforts of Temple College Democrats for promoting it. “[TCD being involved] is a good thing, and here’s why,”

Cain said. “When you have to make a decision, strip away the label...Washington is messed up because of both political parties.” With Nov. 6 quickly approaching, Cain highlighted the importance of youth votes, and indicated a shift in youth political loyalties. The critical nature of young voters was the primary motivation for targeting the Truth Tour to college students, Cain said. “We focus on the college crowd because...young voters turn out in large numbers for [President Barack] Obama, but I happen to believe that that is shifting back,” Cain said. “The youth enthusiasm is shift in... now that they’ve been able to see Gov. [Mitt] Romney through an unfiltered media lens.” Sophomore history major Beth Burns-Lynch, member of Temple Democratic Socialists, came out on Friday night to hear Cain speak, whom she defined as “hilarious”, and also to par-


take in constructive conversation. “Political dialogue is important,” Burns-Lynch said. “And even when you have people like Herman Cain, who claims this is a non-partisan event. Whatever, it’s important for people to get out and get involved.” Despite no further plans of running for public office, due to what he briefly referred to as “vicious character attacks,” Cain was adamant that he plans to continue spreading information and continuing in civic involvement, as well as return to talk radio full-time. “Success is a journey, not a destination,” he said, reflecting on his bid for the Oval Office. “And that means that you have to be open to changes in direction, open to new opportunities.”

Ali Watkins can be reached at allison.watkins@temple.edu.

Former presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks at Mitten Hall on Friday, Oct. 19. His Truth Tour focuses on the American dream and his tax plan. | SAM LEVINE TTN

Internal search speeds provost selection Along with the provost position, Temple looks to fill dean vacancies. JOHN MORITZ The Temple News The search for a permanent university provost has begun, with candidates to be selected internally from tenured faculty. Acting President Richard Englert released an announcement through university communications earlier this month, well before future president Neil Theobald assumes his position on Jan. 1, 2013. Interim Provost Hai-Lung Dai, former dean of the College of Science and Technology, assumed the position in July after Englert became the acting president. Englert cited the need to begin appointing permanent deanships as the reason for starting the search before Theobald’s arrival. The search for deans will include both internal

and external candidates, and is scheduled to begin immediately, Englert said in an interview with The Temple News. Four schools, including the College of Education, the College of Health Professions and Social Work, the College of Science and Technology, the School of Media and Communication, as well as University Libraries, are currently run by interim or acting deans. Both Englert and Theobald stated that the decision to conduct an internal search for the next provost was a mutual decision between both of them. “Dr. Theobald, I think, is really smart in recognizing that he comes from outside the university,” Engert said. “He recognizes he needs there a team member who understands the university, who understands how the university works, knows the faculty and is very familiar with the history of how the university operates.” An internal search will expedite the process of finding a new provost, potentially allow-

ing the university to fill the position by February – an important factor in the search for new deans, Englert said. “When people apply for deanships, one of the first things they are going to say is, ‘Who is the president, who is the provost?’” Englert said, adding that it would be optimal for the university to have new deans in place by the beginning of Fall 2013. Due to the confidentiality of the search process, it is unknown whether Dai will be nominated for the permanent provost position, or what role he will fill in the nomination and selection process. Candidates who will be considered must be tenured faculty members who have administrative experience. The committee will meet to decide what personal qualities they wish to see in a candidate, Englert said, while noting that leadership will be a broad factor in the decision. “It would be premature for me to say any specific qualities,

but obviously somebody who is a great academic leader, academic leadership is critical for provost,” Englert said. The committee will release a more detailed list of qualities being looked at in prospective candidates, in order to give faculty a better understanding of how to apply, Assistant Vice President of University Communications Ray Betzner said. The search will be headed by a committee consisting of three tenured or tenure-track faculty members, two students including a representative from Temple Student Government, a graduate school nominee, three deans, one university officer and one non-faculty staff member. Englert said the committee will be formed by the end of this week. TSG Student Body President David Lopez said he plans to accept the nomination on behalf of TSG. “I think we have seen a lot of changes and can expect a lot of changes as far as everything related to athletics, and

just the pride of the university as a whole, so the academics need to excel at the same pace, that’s the most important thing, and that’s kind of the job of the provost at the end of the day,” Lopez said. “I think someone within the university would be best fit to fill that role.” The committee process will depend on the schedules of those appointed, Englert said, and will typically review nominated candidates and ask to look over résumés before narrowing down to a pool of three to five finalists to review with President Theobald. Theobald will ultimately have the final call in which candidate is submitted to the Board of Trustees for appointment in February 2013. John Moritz can be reached at john.moritz@temple.edu or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.

TSG addresses gen-ed criticisms Questions from students will be given to director of General Education. LAURA DETTER The Temple News For 15 minutes of the Temple Student Government General Assembly meeting yesterday, Oct. 22, attendees had the opportunity to voice their concerns about the university-wide general education program. This discussion marked the second open forum in which TSG Student Body President David Lopez and his team has asked for feedback from students. Lopez along with Director of Academic Affairs Patricia Boateng selected Monday’s topic. “TSG wants to do open forums in general and I thought it would be a really good idea to have one on the general education program as a follow-up to the gen-ed report,” Boateng said. Some of the concerns raised during the meeting included: the difficulty of gen-eds compared to major classes, the

number of books required for gen-ed classes, the disparity between the level of difficulty among mosaic classes and why two science classes are required when the other areas only require one. “These classes can take a ton of hours per week and weigh as heavily as my major classes. It is important to broaden my horizons, but it shouldn’t affect my GPA that heavily,” John Shaw, junior MIS major said at the meeting. The most common complaint that Boateng said she often hears is that students feel that the program contains too many classes and detracts attention from their major and class sequence. “I think that when students can’t make a connection between what they learn in geneds and what’s going on in their life or what’s going on in their major that’s when they have issues,” Boatend said. “They almost feel that they are wasting their time, to be honest.” Similar to the open forum on Student Financial Services, Boateng plans to present the comments from Monday’s meeting with Director of General Education Istvan Varkonyi

Unnamed donor funds award LGBT PAGE 1 the great work that our students do to increase inclusion for everyone.” Although he acknowledged Temple’s involvement in the scholarship, Gratson also credited the donation that made the scholarship possible. “I see this scholarship to be a very kind and thoughtful statement from an even more [benevolent] donor,” Gratson said. Gratson added that Temple has come a long way in LGBT activism since his arrival on Main Campus in 2002. “Temple is moving, very clearly, in the right direction when it comes to LGBTQ inclusion, that is certain,” Gratson said. “There is still a way to go but I also know that we have come a far, far way since this discussion started years ago.” Kayla Feifer, a junior psychology major and the president of Purple Circle, a discussion group aimed for LGBT students, said this scholarship fills a void that many students have in this community. “I feel like it’s a great opportunity, it’s definitely something that’s a need, more recognition,” Feifer said. “They are definitely targeting a group that may need help more than others. Unfortunately, a lot of families do not agree that their child is LGBT, so they’re less willing to help [financially].” The deadline to submit applications for the MarcDavid is Nov. 9. Cindy Stansbury can be reached at cindy.stansbury@temple.edu.

Temple Student Government’s Patricia Boateng speaks about issues concerning the general education program at the meeting yesterday, Oct. 22. | ABI REIMOLD TTN and invite Varkonyi to a future meeting. “My committee and I thought it would be refreshing to not just take questions, but then also be able to provide answers not just from us students, but from someone who is in charge of it and has a perspective from the inside,” Boateng said. “We thought that would be more beneficial to the students.” Other topics discussed at Monday’s meeting included Sustainability Week events and

the Zombie Run this Sunday, Oct. 28. The grounds and sustainability committee is supporting the Sustainability Day Fair at the Bell Tower on Wednesday, Oct. 24, starting at 11 a.m. The fair is in celebration of Sustainability Day on Wednesday and Sustainability Week, which began yesterday. Furthermore, in the spirit of the season, the local and community affairs committee is supporting the Zombie Run, a 3K race that features obstacles

and zombies as hindrances to the runners, on Sunday, at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Student Center. Monday’s TSG general assembly meeting allowed students to voice opinions about the gen-ed program and learn about events that various student government committees are supporting. Laura Detter can be reached at laura.detter@temple.edu.


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Full design of project is still 6 to 8 months away LIBRARY PAGE 1 vice president for construction, facilities and management, said. “So construction will probably begin late this year, the early part of next year.” Creedon said estimating the start of construction did not need board approval, but awarding additional construction contracts does require further approval from the trustees. Construction for the new library will happen west of Broad Street, taking the place of the Pavilion at 1901 N. 15th St. and a parking area. Paley Library would eventually be closed and renovated into another learning center with new technology, meeting rooms, classrooms and public spaces. Creedon said that although he didn’t know the exact cost for renovation, he said that new construction would not have been significantly more. “Paley was identified as being needed to be upgraded,” Creedon said. “Plus, we would have considerable cost in locating a temporary site for a library while we renovate and [it would be] difficult ... to keep it open while we renovated.” The Pavilion is currently used as extra space for intramural activities or athletic clubs until its demolition, but student

organizations and non-Temple groups can also rent the court space for special events and activities. Many students were unaware of the changes with the Pavilion and the future of Paley and feel that a new library would not inconvenience them. “I think it’s a good idea,” Morgan Watkins, communications studies major, said. “With technology progressing I think that it would be nice to have an upgrade.” Watkins said he would like to see a bigger and more advanced version of Paley once the new library is built, complete with possible study lounges where group study sessions could be held. He added that in terms of what is done with old Paley he would like the idea of it being a meeting place for students. “I think that would be a good idea,” Watkins said. “I’m a transfer student, so I think it would be a nice place to go somewhere and meet new people.” Anthony Wagner, executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, said that none of the $140 million in grants has been spent. The $140 million in grants

is currently in the hands of the state, Wagner said. Creedon added that the university plans to put a lot of time into planning space in the building. “It is too early to estimate when a design will be ready,” Creedon said. “After we finalize the contract, we plan to invest time in making sure we develop the space program, in other words, what goes inside correctly before we launch the full design.” Creedon said that design hasn’t started and the university will not discuss with the Temple community what will be going into the library until early 2013. A design of what the library will look like is still six to eight months away as the university is still negotiating contracts with the architect, he said. Currently, the university has received proposals from project managers to assist design with cost and logistics which are currently under review, Creedon said. Dominique Johnson can be reached at dominique.johnson@temple.edu Haley Kmetz contributed to this report.

The university has released a preliminary vision for what its new, 21st-century library on North Broad Street will entail. Temple has not acquired a final design for the structure, but construction is expected to begin in coming months. | COURTESY TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Potential buyers inquire about space COFFEE PAGE 1

The owner of Mugshots said that a prospective buyer wants to convert it into a gyro shop. | ANDREW THAYER TTN

ness into a gyro shop, another wants to keep it as Mugshots and also have the Fairmount location as its seller of baked goods. “It is a great opportunity for someone who wants to start a business with minimum start-up costs,” Vendetti said. “Plus, all legal documents are up to date and I’ll also be here through the end of the year providing training and assistance.” If the business is to remain a coffee shop, there are several things the new owner must take into account, Mercado said. “This is not an investment, the place requires time and en-

ergy and personal dedication,” Mercado said. “Promotion is key.” Vendetti expressed confidence in the future of the business. More and more people are developing a taste for quality coffee and relationships as the neighborhood develops, Vendetti said. She added that Mercado will be moved to the Fairmount location once the coffee shop is purchased and that none of her employees will be laid off. Ben Chera, a senior economics major and volunteer with the Sustainable Business Network, said the sale is unfor-

tunate given Mugshots’ participation in SBN. “Mugshots is a local business who is dedicated to supporting the local community. They support local farmers whenever possible,” Chera said. “All of this in comparison to Starbucks who has a huge foundation and a pretty broad and unfocused mission.” “Locally owned businesses give more back to the community,” Vendetti said. “I hope the message gets out so that we can see the community thrive.” Chera said that some Temple students are very passionate about supporting local business-

es while others are controlled by the big brand corporations. “It is difficult for local businesses to thrive in the Temple area because local people may not want to support something that they don’t understand,” Chera said. “Whereas, they understand the big brands more easily.” Mugshots will remain open until a sale is definitive. In a last effort to increase visibility and sales, the coffee shop will now open its doors from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Laura Ordonez can be reached at laura.ordonez@temple.edu.

Officials say program will Veterans hope for sole figure dissuade residents’ animosity tic changes since more students have moved into communities Scholars. with the developers.” “Since a lot of the organizaThe three major points tions live around here it makes where Bradley and Wilson said sense to give back to the neigh- they believe the community reborhood we’re in,” Julie Furdel- lationship lacks are education, la, a senior psychology major communication and respect. and vice president of commu“Most of the issues with nity service for NSCS, said. the students is trash and I think To r r e s , that is just a matBradley and ter of education. Hankins said The students move they never exhere and they don’t pected the proknow all the rules gram to create and regulations,” as much interBradley said. est from stuW i l s o n dent organizaagreed, but also tions. attributed the stu“You get dents apathy to the the flavor that problem. students really “People are Eileen Bradley / campus safety want to give services captain of special services young and a lot of back to the them have never community,” lived on their own, Bradley said. a lot have come from suburban However, Adopt-a-Block is areas and are not accustomed to designed to address a much big- living in the city and they try to ger problem in the community: do things they would normally the relationship between Tem- do at home and that’s where ple students and local residents. the problem comes in,” Wilson Block captain of the 2000 said. “We have to find a way block of North 15th Street Es- that we can get along, that we telle Wilson has lived in the area can respect each other because for more than 60 years and ex- respect goes a long way in life. perienced first-hand the evolu- And that is one of the things that tion of the neighborhood. is lost. Young people are going “I’ve seen the good times. to be young, but when you have When I first moved here it was no respect for the community very nice,” Wilson said. “I have that’s where the problem comes seen some changes that I don’t in.” like and we’ve had some dras-


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flavor that students really want to give back to the community.

Building a stronger sense of community will not only aid in the appearance of the community, but will help to diminish the attitude of “us against them” that students and residents embody, Bradley said. “This way it is just like a little town, where they look out for each other too because they know each other,” Bradley said. Right now, it is uncertain if the Adopt-a-Block program will help or hinder the relationship between students and residents, but Torres, Bradley and Wilson believe there is nothing to do but try. “I think it is definitely a step in the right direction, but I don’t know if it will necessarily solve all of our problems,” Furdella said. “It will definitely get people talking, especially if everyone commits and really goes out at the same time.” Laura Detter can be reached at laura.detter@temple.edu.

Officials said there is no “go-to” person for Veterans Affairs on Main Campus. ALI WATKINS The Temple News

When senior risk management major Justin LoPiccolo first came to Temple after being in the Coast Guard for six years, he felt said he felt overwhelmed. “I really felt like I was just thrown into this completely different world,” he said. “If you go right out of high school, you have counselors you can go to, it’s a little more formal of a process. What I found was that it was like, ‘OK, I’m on my own.’” Veterans have operated without a central figure to direct questions to at Temple, which is something that many feel should be changed. Some hope that incoming president Neil Theobald will establish such a position, veteran advocates said at a recent town-hall style meeting. “They don’t have that one go-to person, they kind of get sent to a lot of different people,” said Debbie Campbell, senior assistant dean at Fox School of Business and adviser to Temple Veterans Associations. Responsibilities are currently spread between a large group of faculty, all of whom have other primary responsibili-

ties, Campbell said. Along with the lack of a specific director, TVA, a student organization, also struggles to claim real estate on Main Campus. The group has no designated meeting space or office, a problem that has exacerbated in recent years with an influx of veterans. While the Ambler Campus has set aside space in Bright Hall for TVA, Main Campus organization is still drifting. “A lot of times we’re here in this space in Alter,” said Campbell, adding that the focus on Alter Hall tends to scare away veterans studying at other colleges within the university. “I think [they need] a dedicated space on campus…a place where they could go hang and help each other, a place where they could go and get resource info about Tuttleman Counseling Center, or different things that TVA is offering. A place where they could go just to vent to each other.” LoPiccolo added that it’s difficult to sift through Temple’s website to find veteran’s resources. As Temple began welcoming post-9/11 veterans and embracing the Yellow Ribbon program and GI Bills, numbers of veteran students rose dramatically. Campbell said that, during the past few years, the university has seen a massive increase in students receiving veteran benefits. In an effort to address the problems facing these students,

the university initiated a task force dedicated to investigating and facilitating veteran affairs. Organized three years ago and covering everything from recruitment to Veteran Affairs funding, the task force has helped identify and solve a number of problems specific to Temple vets. “It’s morphed a little bit as the needs have changed,” Campbell said. “When we started the task force we might have had over 100 students that were post-9/11, and now I think we’re up to 535 students that are getting benefits, so it’s definitely grown.” LoPiccolo said that a central director for veterans would be helpful. “I think having a central point would be advantageous to veterans because veterans would have a role that they can recognize and go to for advice,” LoPiccolo said. “Having a central position that’s unaffiliated to a school would be very helpful to direct veterans through the system.” With the growth, Campbell sees an even greater need for a designated director. “I would love it, students would love it. We need it,” Campbell said. “I don’t necessarily think they don’t feel supported, but I think that they feel disconnected when there are issues with the VA and their benefits and Temple doesn’t have that go-to person.” Ali Watkins can be reached at allison.watkins@temple.edu.


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Share the streets


ommon sense. That’s what Temple Student Government’s Adopt-a-Block program boils down to. The program, as reported by Laura Detter on Page 1, will assign organizations to different blocks that the groups will be required to clean at least once a month. At the least, the program, if all goes as planned, will afford individual blocks a cleaner landscape. In a community so often defined by the debris that line it, that’s a feat in and of itself. But, in reality, it may polish something more: studentcommunity relations. Adopt-a-Block may instill in community residents a level of trust and respect for students if the organizations keep to their word, adequately communicate and spend time interacting with the North Philadelphia. With fewer resources and in a smaller fashion, Adopt-a-Block accomplishes what City Council President Darrell Clarke aimed to do with his North Central Neigh-

Steps toward inclusion


emple took a major step toward LGBT inclusion on Main Campus recently when the university announced the creation of the MarcDavid LGBTQ Scholarship. As Cindy Stansbury reports on Page 1, the $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to one student and was made possible by an anonymous donor. It will be given based on a student’s leadership and advocacy in the LGBT community either on or off of Main Campus, with some consideration given to financial need. The MarcDavid Scholarship seeks out students for their individual activism in the LGBT community, which is something The Temple News applauds. By focusing on students’ activity in the LGBT community, the university shows its commitment to inclusion for all on Main Campus as it moves toward a more welcoming climate. In May, the university released the results of a survey measuring the LGBT climate on Main Campus and, in September, launched a website that

TSG’s effort could be augmented by further student participation. borhood Improvement District – sans the taxes and power struggles. Still, as Julie Furdella of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars acknowledged, Adopt-a-Block is far from a one-shot solution. Any progress by the effort can be derailed by a weekend of partying that trashes the street and disregards neighbors. That’s why it’s equally as important for TSG to explore ways of pushing for the same work by the students who share stoops and sidewalks with longterm residents – in other words, the ones organizing the parties. Getting student-neighbors to chip in as much, if not more than the organizations, is imperative. The longterm residents of North Philadelphia have a reason to take care of their streets. All students – regardless of organization affiliation – need to find one, too.

A new scholarship for the LGBT community is an important step for Temple. serves as a clearinghouse for information related to LGBT matters on Main Campus. While this scholarship is not connected to the task force and is the result of a gift given by an anonymous donor, it demonstrates the progress the university has made toward more adequate inclusion on Main Campus. The Temple News agrees with LGBT advocate Scott Gratson’s assessment of the scholarship: “I see this scholarship to be a very kind and thoughtful statement from an even more [benevolent] donor.” The Temple News encourages the university to take further action above the website to promote a welcoming campus environment for the LGBT community. After plans for the website were announced in May, administrators labeled it as a first step toward dealing with LGBT issues on Main Campus. The administration should start to roll out further responses to this survey and ensure its first step is not the only one.


“There is nothing ‘tough’

about ‘totally never sleeping, dude.’ Quit pretending that’s working for you.

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Common colds bug students


Iannelli argues that a few habit changes can help college students avoid winter sickness.

hile holiday movies will tell you it’s the season for drinking hot chocolate and hitting your least-favorite friend in the head with a rock-filled snowball, real college students know that all winter truly represents is the few months of the year where they’re constantly apologizing for coughing onto strangers. Yes, the Mid-Atlantic’s oft-demonic winter weather absolutely ravages Temple’s collective immune system each and every year. Classes are slept through, entire weekends are spent indoors memorizing the packaging on Vick’s VapoRub and the “flavors of the season” quickly switch from pumpkin to phlegm.

I used to be one of those feated and I knew I couldn’t people, spending my Decem- continue leaving my home bers breathing loudly out of my wearing sweatpants and hope mouth in public because my for a future wife or job opportunostrils had nity to spring stopped workAfter two solid up. After two ing. However, years of healthy solid years after neglecting my health, healthy living, I can of gaining 20 living, I can confidently tell you c o n f i d e n t l y pounds and coming down you that I that I feel more tell with a horrific, feel more atattractive, I’m way tractive, I’m vomit-inducing winter illmore enmore energetic and way ness during ergetic and I I have not had a have not had a my freshman year, I realized since Decold since December cold that I needed cember 2010. to take a far 2010. Through a few more active easy steps, role in managing my own im- you can join me. mune system. First and foremost, take an I felt terrible, I looked de- hour out of your day and actual-

ly get some blood moving. Getting some exercise three to six days a week does wonders for your energy level and immune system. It really doesn’t matter what you do in the gym exactly, as long as it lasts from 20 to 40 minutes and you’re sweating profusely by the time you finish. Short, intense bursts of exercise a few times a week are really all that you need. I tend to combine weightlifting, biking and yoga in a given week, for example. Any longer than 40 minutes, and your stress hormones begin to shoot up and you’ll tire yourself out even more. Exercise increases your body’s level of leukocytes, which kick germs out of your bloodstream like Chris Rock in “Osmosis Jones.” Keep


Lying is a politician’s best friend



Bosak discusses the tactical use of lying by both presidential nominees and looks at proposed solutions.

his election cycle, it seems like each candidate is running much more of a corporate marketing campaign than a presidential race – quite unappealing if you ask me. And even duller of a prospect, is that may be where we’re headed. When the presidential election rolled around in 2008, a lot had changed since 2004. With Facebook as the most popular social networking site on the Internet, Obama’s campaign realized that, in the modern world, being successful in politics is more about brand management than anything else. The campaign created a strong brand based around change. “He had strong favorability ratings and an aura of positivity around him,” said Doug Usher, managing partner of Purple Insights, a research group, in an article by Adweek, “He was a Brand.”

The whole political candidate package conveys a single brand concept, turning the entire political process into one big sales presentation. Each campaign has a platform, a message and an agenda. To get elected, politicians need you to buy into their product. In order to do this, they often lie. Yes, candidates legally have a right to lie to voters just about as much as they want, according to the free speech clause in the First Amendment. That means it is up to the consumer to figure out who is lying and who’s not. And after watching Obama and Romney duke it out in Colorado and New York, it appears to me as if the only thing up for debate is the truth. But should the burden really fall on us to figure it out? Granted, fact-checking websites have increased the

ease and ability we have to look up information about what each candidate is saying, but the increase in these websites and the need for these websites is what has me concerned. I think it’s ludicrous that lying is an absolute justifiable strategy. I know, I know: Lying has routinely been part of the political election process. “You can say anything you want during a debate and 80 million people hear it,” said then Vice President George H.W. Bush’s press secretary Peter Teeley in 1984, adding a “so what?” to the fact that reporters might document a candidate’s debate lies. “Maybe 200 people read it or 2,000 or 20,000.”

Does this mean our debate system is flawed? I don’t know. But there is no denying that the candidates are lying more frequently and more brazenly than ever before and, as Teeley pointed out, significantly more people will hear those lies than will learn the truth. Somethingneeds to be done. Which is probably what CNN anchor Candy Crowley thought when she stepped in during an exchange about the fatal attack on the Benghazi consulate during the Hofstra town hall debate. While she has received both criticism and praise for confirming what was on the transcript in the moment, her actions show the limits of fact-checking for debate moderators.

“I think it’s

ludicrous that lying is an absolute justifiable strategy.


Library patrons should study manners


Farraday details a guide on how to behave in Paley Library.

t’s midterm time here on Main Campus, which means that numerous people invade my secret lair, Paley Library. This leads to people doing very obnoxious and disrupting things because they don’t know how to behave in the library. Therefore, I’ve compiled a guide to library etiquette for the misguided and sleep-deprived students who seek peace and solitude during exams in this study sanctuary, starting from the basement and working my way up. In the basement is Media Services, where pretty much anything flies. Here you can rent DVDs of all sorts for free. There are some couches which you can study on if you can’t find anywhere else to go, but background noise is permitted so it might be hard to concen-

trate. Social interaction is also perfectly acceptable on the main floor. But be aware of the “quiet zone” on the left. The quiet zone isn’t tightly enforced, and people are prone to run into people they know and start talking. It isn’t acceptable to ask them to be quiet, and you’ll probably receive many glares for doing so. If you really need absolute silence, it’s best to continue up those stairs. The mezzanine, the balcony overlooking the main floor, is like the Narnia of the library. It’s a magical place, but only for librarians and hardcore researchers. Unless you need a rare book or artifact to study for research, I suggest staying away from that floor. Leave it to the pros. The second floor is for


I’ve compiled a guide to library etiquette for the misguided and sleep-deprived students.

“quiet discussions,” which kind of sounds like a harlequin romance novel. Although, if you’re into that kind of thing, I would check the main floor. If you want to study with friends, or eat a noisy snack while you read or listen to music on your headphones, this is the place to do it. Just don’t, under any circumstances, do those things in the far corners of the floor. These areas are for silence only. You can’t hear the people talking or eating from the middle and front of the floor. It’s so secluded that there isn’t even a wireless signal. The people who go to those corners to read silently consider that space sacred. They will not hesitate to clear their throat loudly in a passive-aggressive manner or blatantly tell you to shut up and go to the discussion section of the library. The third floor is for silent studying only. Don’t bring a friend there, unless you don’t actually like them and are trying to avoid talking. Even though there are rooms in the back that are for group studying, don’t

use them unless you are going to be quiet because they do not block sound inside or out. Don’t answer your phone. Take it out to the elevator section if the call is important. Don’t eat noisy food or meals with an obnoxious odor. Don’t listen to music or anything that produces noise on your laptop unless you have really good headphones that do not leak sound. All of these things I’ve discerned from my own personal experiences of spending countless days in Paley trying to find peace and quiet to study. Most of the rules I’ve outlined aren’t official. They’re just guidelines of etiquette so you know how not to be a disruptive jerk in the library. Follow them and maybe you’ll avoid being scolded for speaking loudly while listening to loud music and calling your aunt about a big plate of lo-mein on the third floor of the library. Bridget Farraday can be reached at bridget.farraday@temple.edu.



“Like chocolate and coffee, gum is now being rehabilitated. It turns out that sugar-free gum can actually prevent cavities in children. Instead of banning it, we should require children to chew it in school to promote their oral health”

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, On nytimes.com in “Your Assignment for Today: Chew Gum”

“Thank goodness that Republicans are calling not only for welfarespending restraint, but also for fundamental government reform, reform that would return to the states the flexibility and authority to run public-assistance programs that they enjoyed in the New Deal era, before LBJ brought in social engineers.”

Robert W. Patterson,

On philly.com in “Saving safety net from the left”

“But here’s the truth, that Matthews hasn’t seemed to have learned: the respect you give is the respect you get. If the president wants respect, than he better stop acting like a potentate and more like a president of the United States. Romney gave the president the respect he deserved at the debates and during the course of the election.’”

Bradley Blakeman,

On foxnews.com in “MSNBC’s Matthews claims it’s unconstitutional for Romney to challenge Obama”

“What concerns them, from a pragmatic perspective, is a finding by the appeals court that gays and lesbians constitute a ‘suspect class’ – a politically marginalized group, like racial minorities, women and some others, that requires special protection under the law. Under long-standing Supreme Court precedent, laws that disadvantage those groups must be subjected to ‘heightened scrutiny’ by the courts in determining whether they violate equal protection of the laws.”

Los Angeles Times Editorial Board,

On latimes.com in “Is Defense of Marriage Act ruling too favorable?”


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This article is a very shocking and scandalous attempt to make Rutgers look bad — or at least, that’s how it appears. Why would it appear to be hype and nonsense? Because in an attempt to accuse impropriety and unfair conduct in its description of these events (citing, on numerous occasions, various policies of Rutgers University), this article makes no effort to take those policies into consideration in its primary conclusion. These disciplinary hearings are conferred to determine whether the breach of conduct is serious enough, and certain enough, to expel or suspend a student. This student was not separated from the University in this way (at least, this is not mentioned in the article). And so the outcome is consistent with the findings of the panel. The grades are still assigned by the course instructor(s), as is the case at any accredited institution of higher learning, based on their judgment. Plagiarism accusations serious enough to merit an inquiry could easily be valid and believable enough to warrant a failing grade, but perhaps is not certain enough or severe enough to warrant expulsion. M. Z. might consider himself lucky, rather than pushing the envelope. Perhaps the defense team at Rutgers could use the text of this comment — what I have said here seems enough to have this case tossed out of court with prejudice.


Is there some special meaning to doing this in front of Paley Library?



World hungry for vegan living Melonas argues that veganism is an easy and essential decision. ALEX MELONAS OP-ED


his article has two aims: to inform and to challenge. As to the former, the evidence is clear: The way we produce meat, milk and eggs is unsustainable. According to the United Nations report “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” the worldwide farmed animal industry generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, trucks and other forms of transportation combined. It is also a major source of land and water degradation and reduced biodiversity. The Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production found the farmed animal industry responsible for an “increase in the pool of antibiotic-resistant bacteria because of the overuse of antibiotics, air quality problems and the contamination of rivers, streams and coastal waters with concentrated animal waste.” And, in 2010, a report published by the United Nations Environment Programme urged a global shift

toward a vegan diet to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. Now to the challenge: Eating meat, dairy and eggs is a totally unnecessary activity. According to the conservative American Dietetic Association, a vegan diet is appropriate for all stages of the life cycle. In fact, evidence suggests that it may offer protection against many degenerative diseases. We don’t need to eat meat, dairy and eggs then. It’s a choice we make. So why do we do make that choice? We like the taste. It’s a bit more convenient. We’ve always done it. But is that really it? Taste, convenience and habit? To answer that question we should put it up against the costs of making that choice. Is it worth it? If this was merely personal behavior, it might be. But it isn’t. Most of the meat, dairy and eggs you eat come from the farmed animal industry responsible for all the damage described above. Your choice is causing harm to the environment and, well, everybody

else. By supporting this industry you are, in a sense, causing that harm. Causing harm when you don’t need to is wrong. Eating meat, dairy and eggs isn’t necessary, so the harm you are causing isn’t necessary. So you should make a different choice and go vegan. I want to make this challenge even more targeted. “Going green” means changing your behavior in ways that are more environmentally responsible. And we are asked to do so by environmentalists. Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Take shorter showers. Walk or bike to work. Recycle. This is a pretty typical list. Well, given the evidence, why isn’t moving toward veganism on the menu, so to speak? Is that considered too radical, too demanding a change, perhaps? This concern makes some sense for advocacy reasons. “Roll down your car windows instead of using the AC to save the environment” is seemingly a less challenging request than “Go vegan to save the environ-

“Well, given the

evidence, why isn’t veganism on the menu, so to speak?

ment.” But for the environmentalist, it simply doesn’t work. Deciding not to eat meat, eggs and dairy is one of the most – probably the most – significant changes you can make. It certainly has a more significant impact than buying a Prius. Going vegan is as simple as changing to a compact fluorescent light bulb. You simply choose the black bean burger instead of the animal-derived alternative. If the environmentalist chooses otherwise then how can she ask anybody to change any behavior? Be the example. If you really are an environmentalist, every time you sit down to a steak dinner, you are probably in direct conflict with your ethics. There you have it. For most of us, our food choices are, quite literally, destroying the planet. There’s the information. The challenge should be obvious. Alex Melonas is the president of the Temple Vegan Action Network. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science.


Changing habits can keep students healty HEALTH PAGE 5 your body strong, and you’ll keep the cold from wearing you down. Along with exercise, college kids seemingly take pride in neglecting their sleep habits as well. Without rest, you’d be stunned at how poorly your body handles everyday activities, such as discussing the daily barometric pressure with strangers or not dying of meningitis. Your immune system spends far more time repairing itself and stomping out germs during sleep than during your waking hours. Get six to eight hours a night, and you’ll cut your sick days in half, or away entirely. There is nothing “tough” about “totally never sleeping, dude.” Quit pretending that’s working for you. Lastly, some slight diet tweaks are probably in order to keep your lungs free of fluid this winter. Science pretty much agrees that you need a standard level of nutrients every day to stay healthy, so start taking a basic multivitamin each morning just to make sure your immune system has enough nutrients to run smoothly. Maxi’s cheesecaketaco meat-squirrel pelt slices may be delicious, but they probably don’t have enough vitamin

C in them to make sure that your white blood cells survive the winter, or enough vitamin D to properly combat seasonal depression. Also: quit drinking soda. Too much sugar causes your mood to spike and crash constantly, destroys your body’s ability to fight off bacteria and can directly lead to diabetes, which is virtually drinking so much sugar that it actively begins poisoning you. You’ll get out of your body what you put into it. While I can’t promise that following this plan will absolutely keep you out of the hospital this winter, I can promise slowly working this routine into your daily life will sure as hell help you feel happier, stronger, better looking and more motivated as the outdoors become increasingly unbearable. Personally, anything that I’ve “sacrificed,” like Pepsi and a whopping 45 minutes away from cable television, to live healthier has been completely worth the trade-off. Now get some sleep, please. I’m tired of getting sneezed on. Jerry Iannelli can be reached at gerald.iannelli@temple.edu.

Debate fact checking worth considering FACTS PAGE 5 A contested claim about a direct quote for which there is a record is easy to check, but more complicated issues could pose a problem. And if the factchecker is wrong on that specific fact in the moment, it could be an even bigger disaster for all parties involved. One journalist, James Poniewozik, proposed “popup fact-checking” as a possible solution, in an Oct. 17 article for TIME Magazine. Poniewozik wrote that, “As long as networks [are] devoting resources to fact-checking candidates, it would be more useful to viewers to have fact-checks appear in the lower third of the screen during the debates themselves.”

I agree that this could be a worthwhile solution, but definitely tricky. Fact-checking can take minutes, hours and even days. Who would be charged with such a burden? Who is paying them? And how can we guarantee they are non-partisan? In an age in which there is already a lack of transparency due to the misleading advertisements and commercials, the only thing that seems more troublesome to me is the candidates trying to manipulate us the very same way. Bri Bosak can be reached at bribosak@temple.edu or on Twitter @BriBosak.

Joking about race is not a laughing matter



Salah argues that there is a double standard for who is allowed to make certain jokes.

ne of the most common jokes made by comedians today is about racial stereotypes. They tend to create both laughs and anger, depending on the comedian. But no matter who says them, there is a major doublestandard when it comes to jokes of that nature. It’s not just the content of the joke but also the person saying it that determines our reactions. Often, jokes based on race are made by someone of that same race. Usually, that situation presents no problems. But when they are also used by people who are not a part of that race or ethnicity, who are considered outsiders, there is more scrutiny. This examination can lead to two possible outcomes. The first possibility is that the joke is accepted. Perhaps it’s not “too offensive” or the audience is more open-minded. Sometimes the jokes only lightly play upon

known stereotypes, so they don’t cause a stir. The second is that the joke causes a negative reaction from members of the audience, who – for some reason or another – decide that the comments have gone too far. This kind of joke often is more intolerable when it comes from a white comedian. When white comedians make comments like this, they are often automatically labeled as racist. For instance, a joke about Muslims was made on the show “Have I Got News For You” by Sharon Horgan in the United Kingdom. Muslims in the U.K. were outraged because of it, and no one seemed to find it funny. Conversely, how many times have you turned on Comedy Central to see a comedian of any race making jokes about white people. Somehow, there is nothing wrong with this. Another example is IndoCanadian comedian Russell Peters, who very often relies on racial jokes or stories to get

laughs. One of the groups that he mostly makes jokes about are Asian-Americans. No one seems to have a problem with this. However, in 2008 a picture of Miley Cyrus jokingly squinting her eyes was leaked onto the Internet, and the world went into an uproar. How dare she make her eyes that way? People claimed that she was clearly making fun of Asians. She faced a $4 billion lawsuit for the incident. The same thing happens in other forms of entertainment, such as music. Eminem is one of the most popular rappers of our time, but he is still constricted in terms of racial verses or jokes in his music. While he does have a choice in what he writes, his limitations are formed because of his diverse fan-base, which he might not want to offend by using certain words. Whether he is popular with all ethnicities or not, he is still white, and that alone cre-

ates a red line that he shouldn’t cross. Some other rappers do not have any constriction in their music, and their jokes have no limits. Ultimately, the question is: Is all of this really fair? If a comment is merely a joke, it shouldn’t matter who made it. There should be no pass given or taken away based solely on skin color or racial background. If we want to limit or eradicate these kinds of jokes, then this should be the case for everyone, regardless of ethnicity. We live in a world where people of all races and religions are supposed to coexist. This may not entirely be the case today, but we should be trying to progress in that direction. By creating a difference between us, we are perpetuating the problem. Because Temple is so diverse, this issue is even more important here. All races and ethnicities interact with each

other constantly, and the wall that exists between them because of these comedic distinctions is more serious. The greater the difference we create between us, the closer we are to ruining the peace we have on campus. It may seem insignificant, but it is still a divider between people across the world. We should be trying to put out the fire fueling the sensitivity, rather than igniting it. When it comes to entertainment and comedy, we should all keep an open mind. It is a very delicate subject, and crossing the line can sometimes be accidental. Nonetheless, it is very important to erase the wall that exists between people of different races or backgrounds. Hend Salah can be reached at hsalah@temple.edu.

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Thrift store hopes to bring in student clientele Robinson Urban Thrift closed its doors last January, but reopened Oct. 17 with a new look and a new drive to succeed. SAMANTHA STOUGH The Temple News


hen Dolores Johnson closed her 15th Street thrift store to make renovations, she knew she was making a huge gamble. But being surrounded by the Temple community meant there was some hope. Kehmari Norman, a sophomore film and African-American studies double major, came to Johnson with a vision to make the shop more accessible to the public. Johnson, after carefully reviewing Norman’s plans, agreed to allow Norman to prove her talents and bring forth a new era for Robinson’s Urban Thrift, located at 1542 N. 15th St. “I was very interested in it. It was a challenge, but it went well,” Norman said. “[The store] used to be dry and cluttered.” The space the thrift store occupies has been in Johnson’s family for six generations, and ever since the store became hers, Johnson has aspired to sell vintage attire and items to Philadelphians. Veronica Moyer, a freshman

university studies major said she likes thrift stores because they provide budget-friendly attire and she’s a “poor college kid.” “[Thrift Stores] are cool because you find unique clothes,” Moyer said. “They’re great conversation starters.” Asked if a nearby thrift store would be beneficial for Main Campus, Nara Allen, a junior media studies and production major said, “Most definitely, we need a thrift store. I love to shop, and you can get things cheap.” Johnson did get attention from some students by hosting art shows of student work. However, there have been several obstacles she has had to face along the way. Johnson said she used to only get customers through word of mouth, not advertisements, causing the level of clientele to not reach its full potential. Micheal Spencer, a freshman university studies major brought up the issue of the store’s lack of formal advertising and its location being slightly hidden from the most active parts of Main Campus. “I think it’s beneficial [to have the store,] but I wish it was more visible to the students,” Spencer said.

The thrift store reopened Oct. 17 after cramming all the tweaking, repairing and redecorating into just three weeks. Norman not only painted murals for the store, but also advertised the store by circulating flyers, which she made herself, throughout Main Campus. Norman aiding Johnson in renovations spurred the store to go through an extensive metamorphosis in hopes to prevent it from further remaining inconspicuous to potential customers. “This has been my biggest artistic challenge,” Norman said. “My goal with [Johnson] is to

make this place more attractive to students.” The amount of painstaking effort and creativity that Norman and Johnson have put forth in the store is most apparent in their décor. Not only did they put fresh paint on the walls, but Norman tried her hand at painting murals to bring bright colors into the shop. One of Norman’s designs is her version of a piece by Keith Haring, one of her favorite artists. On another wall, speech bubbles reminiscent of comic books, reads, “Buy it cheap, wear it well.” Customers will also see vinyl covering an-

other wall, and freshly-stocked shelves on the other. More astounding yet is that Norman has not been painting very long. “My first time painting was last year. But, I feel like I have a natural gift for it,” Norman said. Johnson has always targeted her neighborhood clients in North Philadelphia, but she along with Norman want to attract more students. They both said they realize college students need to live cheaply, and a thrift store is just the kind of place to




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to 1985. I went to graduate school [and] majored in educational technology.

TTN: What was that program like?

MB: Back in 1980, the personal computer was just coming out. I learned computing on the original Apple. So the program was basically computers, photography and just different forms of media. At that time it was called educational media and later it changed it to educational technology. If it still exists, I would have no idea what it would be called now. Basically, it was what is now referred to as project-based learning – there was no such thing back then, but it was the forerunner to project-based learning. They were doing things with media and doing hands-on projects.

TTN: What kinds of projects would you work on?

MB: Well, it sounds really feeble at this point, but we would do slides with the tapes, we would make our own [transparencies] for an overhead projector and at this time that was really cutting edge. I also did what was called MultiImage, which was the precursor to PowerPoint, where we would do anything from three to six slide projectors and then a tape would synchronize with it for the [voice audio]. And then some advances, we had this thing called a Florox machine, which [produced] these super duper slides that would take maybe 20 hours to do one slide and now you could probably do it in an hour and a half on the computer. So this was all really free computer for the most part. Like I said, the original Apple in no way compares now to the technology we have today.

TTN: How did you run such a brand new program?

Marilyn Bamash


A volunteer hospital clown started out as one of the first computer teachers in the School District of Philadelphia. NICKEE PLAKSEN The Temple News

A Temple alumna and one of the first computer teachers in the School District of Philadelphia, Marilyn Bamash, has had a first-hand perspective through the development of technology. Bamash first attended Holy Family College – now a university – but then discovered Temple’s media program. With a master’s degree in educational technology, Bamash was qualified to become a teacher in a brand new position. Bamash was a pioneer of the computer-teaching department in Philadelphia, which she describes as the “stone age of computers” in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. She is now a volunteer clown at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa., where she lifts the spirits of sick people and their loved ones.

The Temple News: When did you attend Temple and what was your major?

Marilyn Bamash: First of all, when I went to Temple my name was Marilyn Shore. I went to Temple from 1980

MB: Basically, at this time we had graduated to the Apple 2. In the School District of Philadelphia, if you had this computer room, you could ask the school district – they had a license for all their software, called MECC – to put the programs on a 35-inch disc, which [most people] probably don’t even know ever existed. So we would do math programs, spelling programs and the kids could come into the computer lab and learn math, reading, spelling. Then there was a precursor to Apple Works and Microsoft Word, which was called Fred Writer. That was when we first started teaching word processing. I mean, you are going back to the stone age of computers. And this program was really nothing like we have today.

TTN: How long did you teach in this field?

MB: I taught computers from 1988 to 1990.

TTN: What did you do after that?

MB: OK, so this is where life gets really interesting. At this point, I taught gifted support, where the kids were really bright. So I had a classroom where I had one modem with one computer attached to it, and we could access the Internet on one computer. There was a program called Africa Quest – and I can’t remember how much it cost but it was expensive at the time – there was this team that went to Africa and we could dictate the direction we wanted them to go, we got all kinds of feedback, and we would all crowd around this computer and we would “chat” from this one computer. It was the only one hooked up to a phone line and a modem. Then I became what we call a facilitator...I had 13 to 15 schools in the Germantown area where I would go to the schools and help teachers implement computer programs into their classrooms because this was the point when it was becoming a real big deal.

TTN: So what do you do now?

MB: I am a volunteer with Bumper “T” Caring Clowns and this group goes into the hospital – I go into Lankenau [Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa.] – and once again, I am a clown trainer and I am on the board of directors of the Caring Clowns. I do go into other hospitals to train, but basically [I service] Lankenau Hospital.

Marilyn Bamash volunteers as a hospital clown at Lankenau Medical Center.| LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN MB: I was in the waiting room waiting for my daughter to have surgery when a clown came in… and I had just finished teaching and I said to my husband, “That’s it, that’s what I’m going to do.” I became a Caring Clown right then and there. I called the number on the card [that the man had given me] and here I am.

TTN: What role do you play in the hospital?

MB: I basically just go around to people in the waiting rooms, people in chemotherapy, radiation, oncology and the hospital rooms themselves and the people who are lonely, the people who are waiting anxiously for their loved ones to come out of surgery… I just kind of provide some light humor to get them through the day. I usually give them a smiley sticker and tell them to remember to smile because it’s a hard day. It’s not always fun, it can be very, very heavy and it can be...Well, some people are very glad for the company and some people just cry their hearts out.

TTN: Do you enjoy your job?

MB: I feel that I get a lot from it. I feel very fulfilled when I leave there, feeling like I’ve helped people to lift the burden, just for a few minutes. I can’t change the diagnosis, I certainly can’t change stage four cancer, but at least I give [them] a hug and I [tell them] that my thoughts and prayers are with [them]. So hopefully, that kind of [helps them] through the moment. Nickee Plaksen can be reached at nicole.plaksen@temple.edu.

TTN: How did you get involved with that?

Performance series brings Broadway to Broad Street “Mr. Gershwin Goes to Washington” kicked off the Broadway to Broad Street series on Main Campus. LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ Living Editor Tomlinson Theater had the tables turned on performing arts students, and the general public, in the audience, as four Broadway professionals treated them to a concertstaged reading. On Sunday, Oct. 21, “Mr. Gershwin Goes to Washington” kicked off the Broadway to Broad Street performance series at Temple, presented by the George and Joy Abbott Center for Musical Theater. The Philadelphia leg of the three-city, three-night show was preceded by a New York City performance on Oct. 20 and followed by a final performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 22. The show featured threetime Tony nominee Marc Kudisch as presidential hopeful John P. Wintergreen, who seeks to win the election and, on the way, falls in love with Mary Turner, played by AnneCarolyn Bird. Lauren Worsham plays Diana Devereaux, a woman that causes a Clin-

ton-like scandal for Wintergreen and David Garrison is featured in six comedic roles including the vice president and two of Wintergreen’s opponents. Local WHYY reporter and alumna Tracey Matisak played the role of narrator. Matisak said she had only rehearsed two hours before the show opened, to familiarize herself with her lines and get musical cues for some of her lines. The rehearsal also served as a chance to make minor script changes. “We made a few lastminute changes to the script, which was kind of like the news world where you make your last-minute changes and just roll with it,” Matisak said. The dialogue of the 1930s-era show was made more topical with allusions to the current presidential election, with references to the Occupy movement, binders full of women, “the 47 percent” and the campaign slogan of “change.” “Most of the dialogue was new, but the basic story is from the 1930s and we sort of mushed some scenes around and tried to come up

with a new sort of ‘[The Daily Show with Jon Stewart],’” said writer and director Laurence Maslon of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The election satire was made of songs chosen from brothers George and Ira Gershwin’s three political musicals: “Strike up the Band,” “Let ‘Em Eat Cake,” and “Of Thee I Sing” – the latter of the three was the first musical to win a Pulitzer Prize. “The timing of it was great because the election is just a few weeks away and I think this particular show was a moment of comic relief in the midst of the stress and tension around the election,” Matisak said. “Gershwin” is only the first of the planned Broadway to Broad Street events. “The idea is to have a regular series of events where people from the professional world of musical theater – which in our case means Broadway – come down to [Main] Campus periodically throughout the school year to perform and do professional workshops with students,” said Doug Wager, theater department chair. “Primarily

“Mr. Gershwin Goes to Washington” was performed at Tomlinson Theater on Oct. 21 before its final performance in Washington, D.C. | LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN musical theater students and students in voice and opera, but open to everyone.” The series comes from the George and Joy Abbott Center for Musical Theater, which in itself is part of the Abbott bequest – a gift from the Abbott family to Temple in 2007. “It’s part of what Joy Abbott was envisioning when we developed the George and Joy Abbott Center for Musi-

cal Theater as a way of creating a professional mentoring mechanism to provide our students with a sense of what the art form demands on a professional level in terms of craft, skill and talent,” Wager said. “It’s focused as a way to give our students exposure to working professionals.” The next series of events will be workshops and master classes, and then lead to a concert-staged reading of

George Abbott’s “Boys From Syracuse” in late-April, featuring students and a full orchestra in Tomlinson Theater. Luis Fernando Rodriguez can be reached at luis.fernando@temple.edu.



Rockabilly comes to Philly


Into the Mist October events represent the exposure of the LGBT community. In narrative form, Brandon Baker explores the ‘makeup’ of the city’s drag culture.

Bettie Page opened a store on Walnut Street featuring ‘50s pin-up clothing.


TAYLOR FARNSWORTH REBECCA ZOLL The Temple News Bettie Page, a clothing store and brand that offers styles suitable for women of all body types, has opened a location on Walnut Street. The store opened during Labor Day weekend, and is the first Bettie Page store to open on the East Coast. The store, which is named after the pin-up model and burlesque dancer of the ‘40s and ‘50s, embodies those time periods with retro-styled clothing. “The clothing style here is very inspired by [Bettie Page] and that era, that cut, the feminine, below-the-knee length, curvy,” said Jennie “Cupcakes” Wilson, assistant store manager. “It’s not about stick thin, straight up and down, size zero...if you’re a size zero that’s perfectly fine, but if you’re a size 16 we embrace that, too.” Jan Glaser and his wife, Tatyana Khomyakova, opened the first Bettie Page store in Las Vegas in 2007. Since the opening of that location, they’ve expanded to seven additional store locations on the West Coast and now to the East Coast. “We have a lot of people that come to Las Vegas from all over the world, and they are very excited to see our stores,” Glaser said. “We had a lot of people come from the East Coast; New York, Philly, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis. We thought that since a lot of our clientele came from there, it would make sense to open stores there.” Glaser grew up in Philadelphia, across from Fairmount Park in the ‘50s. When making the decision to expand the company to the East Coast, it was only natural to start in his hometown. “It was kind of an emotional decision [to open a Bettie Page in Philadelphia],” Glaser said. “My grandma was working in a shop on the 1400 block of Walnut [Street] in the 1950s. I had relatives that worked at Wanamaker’s, which is now Macy’s, in Center City, so it is kind of ironic and a little bit emotional to come back.” Bettie Page stores in the future will expand to New York, Boston and other locations on the East Coast. The brand offers sizes from 2x-small all the way to a 4x-large, offering options that suit women of all shapes and sizes. “We think that you’re beautiful no matter what, so we’re going to offer [sizes up to a 4x],” Wilson said. “So many stores don’t. Everybody deserves to look awesome and look classy and look beautiful, so we’re going to offer that to everybody.” In addition to offering clothing that is suitable for women of all shapes and sizes, the brand’s clothing has more classic styles, which can be worn day or night. “There is something elegant and classy about wanting to go out,” said Rebecca Hendrixson, manager of the Bettie Page store in Philadelphia. “If you see the way people walk up and down the streets, you’ll sometimes notice nowadays more so than in 2000, that people are dressing a bit more elegant, or more classy than they would for every day.” Not only is this store set apart from most with its size range, but there is also a couch and television set up in the middle of the store so while shoppers browse, they can also sit down and watch Bettie Page herself perform burlesque on a TV. In addition to women’s clothing, the store stocks a line of clothing for men called Sailor Jerry. The store also offers jewelry, phone cases, children’s clothing, shoes and more to attract an array of people to the shop.



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he thick black crust of the mascara sprinkles to the floor like snowflakes. He twitches as he curls the cosmetic wand in a brush stroke against his thin lashes – all four layers of them – finally yielding the rubber-bristled rod to his side and blinking three times before staring into the mirror, wearing near-perfect lashes and a thoughtful gaze. Josh Plock’s transformation into Misty Maven has only just begun. “Misty, can you pass the black liner?” asks Omyra Lynn, one of Misty’s several roommates and a fellow Gayborhood drag performer, who sits about three six-inchheels length apart from Misty at a makeup station dropped into the middle of their kitchen like a Kansas home in Oz. “God, y’all are always borrowing



Record store still spinning Phenomenal Records attracts big names, from Meek Mill to Method Man. PATRICIA MADEJ The Temple News Passersby looking in might not realize how popular Phenomenal Records, located at 1432 Cecil B. Moore Ave., is to the rap industry. Just a block from Main Campus, the quaint store is often quiet, except when famous artists stop by. The walls lined with posters, books and CDs are just the beginnings of what is offered. Doubling as a CD store, Phenomenal Records is also a recording studio with some of the best up-and-coming artists working there. Selling primarily rap, R&B, hip-hop and gospel used and new CDs, as well as books and magazines, the store attracts famous and local artists as well as everyday customers.

Waka Flocka Flame recently stopped in for a meet and greet in the store before his show at the Theater of the Living Arts. Young Chris, Meek Mill, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Fat Joe, Freeway and Ludacris are other famous rappers who have promoted their records and merchandise there. Aside from its big name instore meet and greets, Phenomenal Records has a recording studio located in the rear of the store. Artists pay $50 per hour to work on mix tapes in the studio. Meek Mill was the first to record there when he was 15 years old, store musical engineer Bear-One said. Up-and-coming artists STF and OCP have worked in the store as well. Milan Flores, who is employed at Phenomenal Records, sees the success that these big names bring. “When they come in here, they usually have whatever they’re promoting and do autographs, signings, meet and greet, interviews, questions,

all of that,” Flores said as he pointed to the Wall of Fame – the store’s mural of pictures and autographs of all the artists that have been in the store. And when the bigger names come in, Flores said the store fills up immediately. Ludacris drew its biggest crowd just a few years ago. “It generates a lot of revenue, it lets people know we’re still here giving out good music,” Flores said. He said he sees people from all walks of life come into the store, from middle schoolers spending their allowance on the newest CDs, to older women purchasing gospel music. “This one 13-year-old kid came in here looking for an Arab mix tape. He spent his last $5 on it,” Flores said. The store workers pride themselves on ordering whatever it is that the store doesn’t carry. Flores also said it’s not only North Philadelphians who account for the majority of the store’s profits. He has spoken

to people from New Jersey and Delaware that make special trips to Phenomenal Records. Store owner Jay Stanback has used his knowledge and connections from within the music business to bring big names in his store, as well as work with them. In addition to owning the store, Stanback is also an experienced consultant who tells up-and-coming artists where they should put their money. “I used to hang out in New York with a friend that introduced me to a lot of people,” Stanback said. “I had shortcuts to labels.” He said being connected to The Source, a well-known hip-hop magazine, helped him when he decided to open the business 10 years ago. Stanback attributes his recording success partially to Bear-One. Outside of being a DJ and producer, Bear-One makes the beats and essentially puts the songs together.


Despite the modern music’s tendency to go digital, Phenomenal Records is still thriving. The store is located adjacent to campus at 1432 Cecil B. Moore Ave. | TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN


Creators of self-publications will gather Oct. 27 for the 10th annual Philly Zine Fest. ARTSandENTERTAINMENT@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM


For Halloween, columnist Samantha Tighe tells readers what video games give her the chills.




Scary songs to play in the dark


alloween parties are all generally the same. Friends – or strangers – gather together to wear costumes and get drunk while listening to “Monster Mash” or the theme to KEVIN STAIRIKER “Ghostbusters.” It’s as American Fear of Music as baseball or self-loathing. As listenable as Halloween-related Columnist Kevin party music can sometimes be, Stairiker discusses there’s something about late Ocand fall in general that begs songs he considers tober for darker songs. When Sepgenuinely scary. tember turns to October and the outside turns from the summer weather you were just getting accustomed to, to a bitter chill, music generally follows suit. Thankfully, the average fall brood syncs up pretty well with everyone’s favorite candy-based Pagan ritual. The king of terrifying songs that would usually freak out a Halloween party is undoubtedly Tom Waits. Spread across 16 albums, Waits can always be counted on for at least two or three ominous tracks per album that would fit well on a Halloween-themed mix. Take a song like “Dave the Butcher” from “Swordfishtrombones.” Right

away you’re feeling a little uneasy from just looking at the title. And then there’s the song itself. As a two-minute instrumental, it doesn’t have much time to come in and leave its mark and yet it’s still singularly creepy. The whole song consists of the pounding of dissonant, ugly chords on an old keyboard with a decrepit circus melody bellowing from a second keyboard on top. It’s the soundtrack to a nightmare of running through an abandoned circus after dark while being chased by the titular butcher. Naturally, it’s a party favorite. But where people like Tom Waits excel in the area of blatant terror, there are different variations on the theme. Sufjan Stevens is generally seen as a guy who makes all kinds of pretty music, whether it be acousticbased or steeped in electronics. Nestled near the beginning of 2005’s “Come On Feel The Illinoise” is the quiet but terrifically foreboding “John Wayne Gacy Jr.” As an origin of sorts to the fun, part clown and part convicted murderer, the song didn’t have to do much to be dark. It’s a testa-

ment to Stevens’ sense of lyrics and melody that a song as simple and quiet could be as crazy as it sounds. The major takeaway from the song is the notable last verse, which is the icing on the creepy cake that is “John Wayne Gacy Jr.” “And in my best behavior/I am really just like him/Look beneath the floor boards/For the secrets I have hid.” In 2009, a band called Dead Man’s Bones released its eponymous debut album. The album was firmly Halloween-themed, from the song titles like “My Body Is A Zombie For You” and “Werewolf Heart” and the eerie children’s choir that accompanied the band on most of the tracks. The music is quite good, but there’s a pretty good chance the band would have flown under the radar if one half of the duo wasn’t the current title-holder of Man of Your Dreams Champion Ryan Gosling. Splitting instrumental and vocals duties with compatriot Zach Shields, the album is the perfect mood-setter for Halloween. There aren’t any genuinely scary songs, but it makes a great party playlist al-

ternative to hearing “Thriller” for the quadrillionth time. No listing of music in the key of Halloween would be complete without the true kings of the craft, the Misfits. It would be a fool’s errand to name check just one song since literally the band’s entire catalogue is, as a Wal-Mart circular would say, spooktacular. Lead singer and total jerk Glenn Danzig held a fascination with B-movies, the occult and all sorts of otherworldly horror lore, so it only makes sense that songs like “Teenagers From Mars” and, uh, “Halloween” are celebrated seasonal favorites. Like a horrorpunk Kiss, the Misfits delivered songs about black magic and the devil with a straight, usually painted face, which is what makes the rock band’s discography so celebrated. Other than Christmas, there aren’t many days on the calendar that conjure up so many songs. And compared to that holiday, which I’m sure will be thrust upon us the moment that this one is through, Halloween-inspired songs can be listened to all year round. However, there’s nothing

better than driving on dirt roads at night listening to the Misfits’ “Last Caress” to get you in the spirit for celebrating spirits. After all, there’s a sizeable amount of the population that asserts Halloween as a celebration for the devil, so why not play his favorite songs to get psyched up for it? When “Monster Mash” grows stale, thrust this column in the face of your party’s playlistmaker and demand that he or she make a change for the terrifying.

FIVE MORE SONGS THAT WILL GET YOU KICKED OUT OF THE HALLOWEEN PARTY: “They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!”-Napoleon XIV “God’s Away On Business”Tom Waits “Me and the Devil Blues”Robert Johnson “Halloween”-Sonic Youth “Lady Godiva’s Operation”The Velvet Underground Kevin Stairiker can be reached at kevin.stairiker@temple.edu.

Mayday Parade Pop-punk band Mayday Parade will be co-headlining Union Transfer with The Maine tomorrow, Oct. 24. JENELLE JANCI The Temple News Work ethic is built into the foundations of pop-punk band Mayday Parade. Having endured rigorous tours and an unexpected lineup change in a career of only seven years, the band is tougher than its catchy hooks let on. The band once toured for seven months straight without a break and continues to perform back-to-back tours. Its current co-headlining tour with The Maine immediately followed a sold-out tour in the U.K. Mayday Parade consists of vocalist and pianist Derek Sanders, bassist Jeremy Lenzo, lead guitarist Alex Garcia, rhythm guitarist Brooks Betts and drummer Jake Bundrick. Guitarist and vocalist Jason Lancaster left the band since its inception in 2005. Lancaster is currently pursuing a career with his new band, Go Radio.

However, the sudden loss of Lancaster mid-tour didn’t deter Mayday Parade from continuing its stint on the road or from making music together – the band is currently promoting its third major release, a selftitled album. Mayday Parade will coheadline Union Transfer with The Maine tomorrow, Oct. 24. THE TEMPLE NEWS: How did you guys move forward after Jason Lancaster left the band? DEREK SANDERS: That was pretty early on in the history of the band. We had only been a band for a year, maybe a year and a half, at the time he left. It was definitely tough, especially because he left in the middle of a tour. I mean obviously, he sang and played guitar, so there were a lot of parts that we had to figure out how to cover right away so we could play a show the next day without him. That was the only really difficult part was how to

adapt our set right on the spot and finish the tour. After the tour was done, we had a month off to spend time reworking everything to work with just the five of us. That was it. We just kept on going after that. TTN: Having been veterans of big festivals like Warped Tour and Bamboozle as well as completing headlining tours, do you have a preference of what type of show you prefer? DS: It really just depends. I like being able to do both. Instead of just doing one, I like being able to mix it up. Sometimes the series festival kind of shows can be very fun and can be a very cool experience, and sometimes the smaller, more intimate shows can be pretty awesome as well. It just kind of depends, and we enjoy being able to do all of it. TTN: A lot of your fans were introduced to your band at a really young age. Do you feel as if you’ve grown with

Mayday Parade earned popularity among the alternative pop-punk scene for its catchy hooks and upbeat music since it started in 2005. | COURTESY TOM FALCONEN your fanbase? DS: I don’t know. It’s interesting that I think a lot of our fans have grown up, or grown with us. We definitely have fans who have been listening to us for five years, six years, or seven years or whatever, and it’s pretty cool. It’s pretty cool to see. I don’t know, we don’t ever really like consciously talk about that or think about that or talk about adapting our sound or anything. We write the music we want to write, and will continue to do it. That’s how it goes, you know? TTN: Your super popular album “A Lesson in Romantics” has a lot of beach imagery and is a summer album for a lot of people. Do you guys put that into your persona as a band, or was that strictly that album? DS: That’s just kind of how it came out. What’s funny is that we actually recorded “A Lesson in Romantics” in January I believe, so it certainly

wasn’t during the summer at all. TTN: What makes your new self-titled album distinct from your other work? Are there any major changes or ways in which the band has grown? DS: It’s hard to say specifically. Obviously, we were like 19 when we started this band and we’ve all evolved and grown a lot – as people, as friends and as musicians. Hopefully we grow as a band. I think our sound has changed a little along the way. I’m sure it will. I think in general, it’s pretty much the same idea – us writing music that we want to write, creating music that we love. That’s the goal really with this band, I suppose. TTN: Having just completed a sold-out headlining tour in the U.K., is it surreal to be so popular overseas? DS: Yeah, it’s really kind of crazy. We’ve done a whole lot of international stuff these

last few years and it’s crazy to go to these places that you never would have imagined even going to. [Plus] there are a whole lot of fans there, people coming out for shows, singing along in other countries. We were just in Manila before the U.K. It was our second time over there, and it’s crazy. Great market. We’ve been to the U.K. seven times now, it’s been cool to see it build and grow from the first time we went there until now. TTN: How do you guys keep stamina on these extensive tours? DS: I don’t know. We’ve just been going at it for so long that we expect to stay busy and work hard. I think it’s just part of who we are and the goals that we set right when we started this band. The whole idea was just to go out there and work as hard as you possibly could to make this happen. Jenelle Janci can be reached at jenelle.janci@temple.edu.

Fifties style swings into Philadelphia BETTIE PAGE 9

“It’s really mixed. Guys will come in and be like, ‘I love Bettie Page, look, I have a tattoo of her.’ Young girls will come in and be like, ‘Look at the pretty dress.’ Then teenagers come in and just want to play dress up,” Wilson said. “It is every age. We’ve had women who are in their 90s and we’ve had women who are in their teens.” Despite the Philadelphia location having only been open for a short period, the store has plans to become involved with different aspects of the community. It hopes to focus on more than just making sales, but instead on building a following.

“I think the both of us [Wilson and Hendrixson] go toward loyalty more than just trying to make a sale,” Hendrixson said. “The closer you get to the community, the more bonds you make.” Taylor Farnsworth and Rebecca Zoll can be reached at artsandentertainment@ temple-news.com.

Retro dresses are displayed in the storefront of the newly opened Bettie Page on Walnut Street. | MEAGHAN POGUE TTN




Campus-adjacent record store hosts famous faces RECORDS PAGE 9 “He used to work with Universal [Records], so he’s got the background,” Stanback said. “He knows everyone. He’s a dope DJ, and we can really advance you to the next level you need to be at and consult you in the right direction.” Stanback and Bear-One have been working together since 2006. “It’s been a life-changing experience,” Bear-One said. “Jay is also a really good friend of mine through the industry. And Phenomenal, that’s my heart. It’s the best independent record store in the city. It gets no fresher.” Since Phenomenal is smaller compared to other big name companies, Stanback said larger recording labels enjoy working with him better. They don’t have to work around red tape, but are able to get directly to the source more easily. The owner

said sometimes he’ll end up doing bigger numbers than some of the biggest name stores. Stanback attributes a lot of his success to his location as well, and claims that if it wasn’t for being next to Temple, he might be out of business. He said when he first opened the store, it was ranked No. 162 in the most popular record stores in the tri-state area. Now it’s up to No. 15, he said. But although the store is doing well for itself, it’s not entirely what it used to be. Stanback said this generation wants everything instantaneously. He personally calls it the “oatmeal era” because they want everything in a few minutes. Soon, he thinks everything will go to Internet downloading. Stanback said he believes this is why he feels record stores are a “dying breed” that will be obsolete in about five years.

However, that doesn’t concern him in terms of business. “I work other angles, so I can protect myself and be viable in this game,” Stanback said. He said he can close tomorrow, knowing he could down in history as being the store to sell Meek Mill’s first mixtape. But right now, he said he’s not concerned. “Now I’ve been here so long, it’s a place to go. Cool little mom-and-pop place,” Stanback said. Phenomenal Records is working on a new website layout, and also a new line of clothing to sell online at phenomenaluniverse.com and in the store. All of the store’s products can also be purchased online, including some mixtape downloads. Patricia Madej can be reached at patricia.madej@temple.edu.

Phenomenal Records also serves as a recording studio and meet-and-greet host. | TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN

West Philly zine fest to celebrate do-it-yourself art Local “zinesters” will gather Oct. 27 to promote their selfpublications. CHEYENNE SHAFFER The Temple News Despite being in a society where writers and artists flock to blogs for a quick form of self-expression, the “zine” has managed to thrive. On Saturday, Oct. 27, the zine will be celebrated the 10th annual Philly Zine Fest, taking place at The Rotunda in West Philly. And, to take advantage of its proximity to a certain holiday, this year’s theme will be “Hallow-zine.” A zine is a self-published booklet or magazine with a small circulation usually less than 1,000. Any topic can be covered in these publications, such as a few musings written by one person or a collection of political cartoons drawn by a group of friends. Since zines are self-published, readers can get a more candid perspective of the author’s thoughts than they could in a major newspaper or

magazine. Although the popularity of the Internet eventually overshadowed the zine, the art form is kept alive by zine enthusiasts. Sarah Rose, one of the organizers of Philly Zine Fest, is one of them. “At 10 years old, this festival is kind of institution,” Rose, who has been involved in organizing Philly Zine Fest since last year, said. Of course, as with any festival, it takes effort to put it all together. “We set a date and create a registration form. We then open registration to the public and decide what sort of activities we’ll have. Last year, we had some workshops and a film that weren’t well-attended, so this year we’re doing a trivia game and a costume contest to go along with our Hallow-zine theme,” Rose said. Once registration is full and the tables and music are booked, Zine Fest is ready to begin. This year, 40 to 60 tables are set to be at the event. “I think the most difficult part of the fest is balancing organizer stuff with tabling my own zines. I want to talk to and trade

zines with everyone and go to all the activities, but I also want to talk about my zine as well,” Rose said. “Being an organizer has helped me to be more practical at setting boundaries and being able to accept that it’s fine not to be able to accommodate everyone’s requests.” Rose’s love for zines started in high school after a member of a queer pen pal group she belonged to sent her one in the mail, she said. “I kind of dove head first into zines, which was a nice segue into punk and queercore and other things I never would have been exposed to in the small, conservative southern town I grew up in,” Rose said. Since then, she’s been creating her own zine, “Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric,” which deals with issues relevant to her life as well as the lives of others, like abuse, addiction, queerness and poverty. Besides gaining a creative outlet, Rose experienced other benefits from getting into the zine community as well. “I’ve made a lot of really rad friendships with people I admire from being involved with

zines for awhile,” Rose said. “This year, I’m most excited about seeing old friends and making new ones.” Fiona Murray, another exhibitor at Philly Zine Fest and one of the creators of “Threadbear,” also found companionship in the zine community during those formidable years of high school. “I made a personal comic zine that was mostly complaining about being in high school,” Murray said. “I printed maybe a hundred copies for each issue, and handed them out to friends and strangers at punk shows, yet I was surprised to hear from people all over the country who had somehow come across them. Zines have always seemed like a natural form of self-expression for me. I think there would be a lot more zines if blogs didn’t provide that outlet for creativity.” Murray procrastinated on making more issues until she met fellow artist Connie Ambridge and began entertaining the idea of making collaborative comics, she said. They exhumed the name “Threadbear” from Murray’s old zine and put out a

new issue in Spring 2011. Although Ambridge, a sculptor, was not new to artistic endeavors, “Threadbear,” was her first exposure to the process of making a zine. “As an artist, I’m always looking for venues to exchange ideas and creations,” Ambridge said. “Zines were always in my peripheral vision but I never thought I had anything worth putting in one until we began collaborating.” After coming up with the publication’s content, many zinesters use a distribution source, or a “distro,” to make several copies of their zines. However, Murray and Ambridge decided to take the phrase “do it yourself,” literally. “‘Threadbear’ is decidedly not photocopied, which is pretty unusual for a zine,” Murray said. “Creating a completely hand screen-printed zine is something [Ambridge] and I are both passionate about. The printing is a big part of the creation as all of the pages have quite a few hours into them, but we think the result is worth it.” Ambridge agrees. “Making things by hand is

kind of a point of pride for me,” Ambridge said. “I’m always trying to learn how to become more self-sufficient and learn new ways to make things... There is much more personality in a zine that has all of the flaws of hand-printing. I feel like ‘Threadbear’ is an example of glorifying the imperfect and the personal, which is what is great about zines.” Despite the laborious process of making their zine, Murray and Ambridge are excited for the chance to socialize and trade ideas with other artists in the city they call home. “Philly Zine Fest is the most exciting one for me,” Murray said. “There are amazing talents here who are so passionate about making beautiful, inspiring things. We’re super lucky to be surrounded by these incredible zinester creatures each year.” Cheyenne Shaffer can be reached at cheyenne.shaffer@temple.edu.

Halloween season offers gaming treat


Columnist Samantha Tighe discusses her favorite scary video games.


ot chocolate, pumpkin spice lattes, obnoxious quantities of candy – I’m going to come out and say that fall is the greatest time of the year. It’s no surprise that there is a significant amount of video games out in the world that try to capitalize on the basic fears humans have. In honor of the quickly approaching Halloween holiday, I have composed a list of games I would consider to be chilling or have some fantastically horrifying tones.






became the big game in my household. We would sit around and watch as my roommate toiled through the hellish estate in an attempt to figure what the hell was going on. It wasn’t until I played it on my own that I saw how disturbing the actual story is. The player controls a man named Daniel who awakens in an eerie mansion. Like the title suggests, he is suffering from a case of amnesia – he can’t remember exactly what brought him to that house to begin with. As Daniel begins to piece things together, unnatural forces begin to make their presence known. It plays on human fear and the mind – players have no gun or weapon, and if they come across a monster or other horror, their only real option is to run and hide. Then there’s the evercreeping darkness – if you run out of fuel for your lantern, you’re plunged into blackness. Daniel has a sanity meter to measure his psychological wellness. Staying in the dark for a prolonged period of time or looking at an enemy causes it to plummet and, eventually, end the game. It’s more than just a scary story; it’s a mind game. You hear sounds as you play and as Daniel’s sanity decreases, the players are subjected to sights and sounds that may not be real. It’s weird, creepy and scary.


Imagine being stuck on a spaceship, more specifically a broken down mining vessel. It’s dark and you’re confined to your suit. Simple mining tools are your only defense. You board the ship and unexpectedly you’re confronted by copious amounts of blood. As you walk through the dark hallways you hear moaning and shuffling around you. Suddenly something falls behind you and you’re attacked by a Necromorph. I will forever deem “Dead Space” the scariest game I’ve ever played, and it’s not only because I’m easily startled by things that jump out at me. It’s because Isaac, the protagonist in the game, is alone and trapped. As you play the game you realize that there’s something mentally wrong with Isaac, something is toying with his mind. What got me the most, however, is the setting. The vacuum of space is absolutely terrifying – put yourself in Isaac’s shoes. You only have your suit and a limited amount of oxygen. These monstrosities that are trying to kill you have you cornered and you have nowhere to run. Not only that, but occasionally there’s no real ambient sound, no soundtrack playing in the background. All you hear is Isaac’s breathing as he walks

down a hallway, one lone flickering light in the distance. I took a lot of breaks while playing this game.


I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t know about this game – not many people do. It was created and released in Russia in 2005 and eventually released to English-speaking countries a year later. Feelings about “Pathologic” have always been a bit mixed – it was critically praised in Russia but received lukewarm reviews in the United States. The storyline of the game revolves around a ruined town suffering from an unknown disease. You choose one of three possible characters to play as, each experiences the core storyline different ways in addition to the various outcomes you can get based on your decisions. From the start, players are told that they only have 12 in-game days to finish the story. If, by chance, you don’t finish a specific quest by the time the clock strikes midnight, the quest is failed and you must continue on. It’s hard to talk about what makes “Pathologic” so alarming without giving away the main mystery of the game. I will tell you this though – there are three major landmarks within the town: the Polyhedron, the Abat-

toir and the Apiary. Depending on which character you choose to play, these buildings will tie into the story differently.


It’s true, Harlan Ellison’s short story was turned into a computer game back in 1995. If you haven’t read the original story, I highly recommend you do, because it helps explain what is occurring and why. Players take control of five characters that are held captive and tortured by a supercomputer named AM, who previously destroyed the rest of humanity. The characters are dealing with some type of issue, whether it is psychological or that they committed past atrocities. Each character is trapped within his or her personal hell. If they can overcome the obstacles they face, they are promised the opportunity to try and destroy AM. Things are not as easy as they seem, as the game progresses the player is slowly shown why the characters are damaged and what had happened to them. It’s a true horror game – the tone is dark, the storyline deranged and the world’s appalling. The speech AM gives on its hate for mankind is legendary.


How could I make a list of horror games and not include “Silent Hill?” What’s great

about the series is that everyone seems to have a specific “Silent Hill” that scared them the most. For me it was always “Silent Hill 2,” but I’ve heard a lot of stories regarding the first “Silent Hill.” The atmosphere and the monsters are what really make the series, and the town of Silent Hill shifts per person and per game. It has become a cornerstone in horror games. It’s a title that is easily recognizable, and I’m satisfied with ending my list with this franchise. If you haven’t played a “Silent Hill” game and like horror, I implore you to check out the beginning of the series. “Silent Hill” really kicked the door open for the current generation of horror games. This is just a small taste of what is floating around out there. If you’re looking for a way to kill some time during this lovely fall season, pick up a horror game. I’d also love to hear any of your own personal game favorites that you thought should have been included, so shoot me an email. Until next time, happy hauntings. Samantha Tighe can be reached at samantha.tighe@temple.edu.




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my shit,” responds Misty, rummaging through her mess of a makeup bag, which is loaded with a motley assortment of MAC- and Halloween-branded products. At last finding the liner in a bottom corner of the bag and passing it along to Omyra, she continues with her own makeup process, with which she is already behind schedule as she prepares for an Outfest performance of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” scheduled for the afternoon. “People don’t realize how long it takes to be a queen,” Misty groans with the cynical, high-pitched tone of a schoolgirl. “I wish I could just slap on cheap makeup like every other queen – but hey, I like being pretty.” Walking into the queens’ work station on this morning is an all-at-once daunting and captivating experience – almost like walking into an exclusive party you were notably uninvited to. A shirtless queen and roomie – Navaya Shay – sits at one of three chairs adjoined to a white- and hot pink-colored makeup table, touching up her fire-red, female faux-hawk and blotchy eye makeup while sipping on a 16 oz. can of Bud Ice. “Now these are some fierce-ass lashes,” she mumbles to herself. Gallivanting about the kitchen just behind her, floating around like a mother making sure her kids are ready for school, Satine Harlow – the blonde, buxom beauty and couch-crashing queen of the home – struts from side to side of the room in a half-attempt to prepare for her own outing. “I don’t know what the f--- I’m performing today,” she boisterously shouts, making one final pace to the end of the room. She lets out an exaggerated laugh, fixes her chest-length black jacket, and walks outside into the cold fall air to catch a cab. The growing collection of divas inhabiting the home has led outsiders to dub it “Navaya Shay’s Drag Halfway House” or, alternatively, the “Wayward

Home for Lost Drag Queens.” The queens themselves prefer their own title: “Justin Bieber’s Cave of Sexual Magic.” The particular kitchen space where the queens have chosen to congregate is reflective of the girls’ personas. “Inner beauty doesn’t get you free drinks,” reads a prominentlydisplayed refrigerator magnet. A speaker system peeks out from two cabinets just above the stove, reverberating Lady Gaga and Rihanna tunes from wall to wall as the ladies prepare their makeup at a disaster zone of a makeup station, which looks as if a hurricane has just blustered through and left empty coffee cups and fabric scraps in its wake. Hanging from an amber-colored cabinet’s handle, meanwhile, is a wig of flowing, frizzy blonde hair Navaya and Omyra are playing tug-of-war over. “That’s not how you f---ing comb it – let me do it!” shouts Omyra, yanking a thick black comb from Navaya’s hand and moving it against the tangled locks of hair with the force of a cheese grater. But despite the disorder, the queens – many of whom quickly file out of the home following a few hits of a blunt and chugs of beer, leaving behind only Omyra, Navaya and Misty – appear devoted to sticking by unwritten rules of respect. “People know not to perform this or that song, because they’ll know it’s mine,” Misty explains as she applies a thick line of ivy green face paint connecting her hairline and the corners of her eyes in a sharp V-shape. “You want to own a song, but you also aren’t really trying to one-up anyone,” she continues, setting her brush down on the table. Only 20 minutes into her makeup process, her face is already decidedly more pointed and polygonal, with her mulatto skin now a shade or two lighter and skin blemishes on her cheek caked over with graytoned foundation. Compared to her counterparts, Misty is noticeably more particular with the handling of her makeup, touching the

brush to her face like an artist using a paintbrush rather than slathering on hodgepodges of color with the carelessness of a 3-year-old attempting to color inside the lines. She briefly gazes into a small, dirty rectangular mirror connected to a silver-rimmed spotlight placed in front of her before continuing with the application. The thoughtfulness of her makeup is perhaps representative of her three years spent as a professional makeup artist, working New York Fashion Week runway shows, charity events and beautifying personal clients. By the time Misty hits the one-hour mark, her face begins to look more like an experimental canvas, placing a second layer over her green eye makeup – this time of a sky blue color – with an expressed intention of blending colors together for a more “natural” look. Her eyelids now feature sparkly green glitter – “glittery shit,” as she describes it – that phase her into the fine-tuning of her fake lashes, which she had drunkenly placed into her wallet the night before, requiring her to use drug store Halloween lashes in their stead. “I don’t recommend doing this,” she says, carefully holding the pointed end of a pair of scissors to the corner of her left eye and snipping away at a corner lash. “Today’s not my day for false—” “I already gotta poop,” blunders Navaya in the background, storming back into the kitchen. She grabs her crotch and waves her newly-wigged hair from side to side in front of an enormous fan situated next to the makeup table. “I call this my Beyonce look.” Misty, amused, picks up a red-striped white tube sock with two elastic bands connected to its ends – a gaffe used to “tuck” male genitalia – and playfully gives its ends a tug as if aiming to fling it like a rubber band at Navaya. Unfazed and doing a onceover glance in a wall mirror while clenching her breasts together, Navaya licks her lips and paces to Maven, jiggling

her silicon chest. “Don’t you wanna rest your head in them?” The girls chuckle. Two hours later, Maven and Omyra have put the finishing touches on their makeup. Maven lugs a large blue Tupperware container from the basement as Omyra races upstairs to sort through her own wardrobe. She dumps the bin’s insides onto the kitchen floor, revealing her wardrobe options for the day. Spread across the floor is a neon yellow jacket, silk hot-pink undies that would fit perfectly into any Victoria’s Secret collection, a Kris Jenner-cut wig Misty grimaces at, zirconia-studded black high heels, a silver-sequined blouse and a strikingly ordinary beige sweater – among other pickings that her gray-and-white cat Koopa gnawed into as Misty stood undecided. She ultimately settles on a black corset she had stitched back together with an old sewing machine, a combination of three black bras, eggplant leggings to be placed over a foam-padded attachment to her legs, a Shakira-esque wig, a thin-fabric black blouse, a biker-style black leather jacket and a tiara to top off the outfit like a cherry on a sundae. “I’ll go out in the winter in lingerie – I don’t really care,” she says, tossing on her revealing, busty blouse. Fully clothed and seemingly ready to go, Misty picks up her wig and shakes it as one would an old, dust-collected rug. “This is the part where I really start to look like a woman – my friends call me ‘Jisty Plaven’ before I put this on, because I look like a halfmale, half-female without it,” she laughs, coronating her head with the wig and plumping up her curls with her delicate hands. She smiles, smacks her lips and walks to the mirror. The finished product of Misty Maven is markedly different from the person demonstrated four hours earlier – her black hipster hat has been replaced with voluptuous, twirling strands of auburn-tipped hair that fall down her face; her partially-zipped red hoodie has

Misty Maven (second from right) performs at Tabu’s Sinful Sunday event on Oct. 21.|MILENA CORREDOR TTN

been substituted with an effeminate black jacket that hugs her body like a Catwoman suit; her bare feet now boast vixen black high heels with fur collars that collapse as they rise to her ankle; and her face, only slightly resembling previously masculine traits, features smooth, creamy mocha skin with coal-colored eye shadow and plump lips that rival the perfection of a porcelain doll. She turns from the fulllength mirror placed against the wall of the kitchen and moves back to the table, packing up her makeup collection and tossing it into a suitcase she intends to relocate to the dressing room of a

local bar, where she plans to perform later. Beneath the mounds of makeup products is a white tabletop stained with the evidence of her daily work – pink imprints of blush and various black scribbles from liner pencils. Misty traces her line of vision to the left and right of the table, scanning for anything of importance left behind, before smirking and maneuvering her personal mirror for one last glance. Content, she reaches her arm to the spotlight atop the mirror and switches it off. Brandon Baker can be reached at brandon.baker@temple.edu.




Philadelphia’s radio station Power 99 has curated one of Philly’s biggest hip-hop and R&B concerts annually for the past 30 years. The show is known for bringing some of today’s top music artists, such as Ne-Yo, Drake and Nicki Minaj, just to name a few. Powerhouse is hosting a three-day concert with old, new and up-and-coming artists. The concert is set to begin tomorrow, Oct. 24, and run through Friday, Oct. 26. The first night of performances is dedicated to up-and-coming artists such as Machine Gun Kelly, Tito Lopez and Curren$y. The second night of performances is dedicated to old school R&B performers. Scheduled to perform at the Tower Theatre are Jagged Edge, Ginuwine, 112 and SWV. The last night, for the “mega show,” Trey Songz, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Miguel, Keyshia Cole, Usher and French Montana will perform at the Wells Fargo Center.



Are you on a budget but want to see some of your favorite bands perform? In conjunction with its 17th anniversary, the Electric Factory is pricing a limited number of concert tickets for $17, with no additional service charges. Each $17 purchase comes with a free T-shirt. The Electric Factory is one of Philadelphia’s oldest concert venues. It is a standing-room-only venue, capable of holding between 2,500 and 3,000 people, which is perfect for dancing all night long. Some performances that are gracing the Electric Factory’s legendary stage this October are Cat Power, Citizen Cope, Deftones with Scars On Broadway, The XX, Joshua Radin and A Fine Frenzy, just to name a few. Get your tickets fast, for the slashed ticket prices won’t last long. The anniversary deal is running until Oct. 27.


Tucked in Chinatown, Abakus Takeout, an urban street-wear and sneaker boutique, is inviting Philadelphians to celebrate the scariest time of the year. Abakus Takeout is launching a line of hoodies in collaboration with Mishka and wants to celebrate its new

release with a Halloween party. Dress up in your alter ego, favorite cartoon character or boy band Oct. 27, for the Night of the Living Dead Halloween party. The party starts at 6 p.m. with an open bar and music by DJ Art and Wreckless. The best costume wins a prize.


Spoken Soul 215, a group of spoken word performers, is presenting Philadelphians with a taste of live music, painting and spoken word all at the same time. Spoken Soul 215 aims to provide a platform for inspiring poets, musicians, emcees and lyricists. The organization was launched in 2005 under the direction of Philly-native Perry “Vision” DiVirgilio. Today, Spoken Soul 215 will bring The Harvest, an intimate open-mic experience, to University City’s World Cafe Live. Spoken Soul 215 welcomes those who wish to perform as well as watch the local talent. - Desirae Holland

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African dance company steps onto Main Campus Step Afrika! brought stepping and traditional dance during its first visit to Main Campus on Oct. 18 at Temple Performing Arts Center. ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF

The Temple News A booming shout of “brothers and sisters” resonated around Temple Performing Arts Center’s Lew Klein Hall as the Step Afrika! performance began last Thursday, Oct. 18. Step Afrika!, a world-renowned stepping dance company from Washington, D.C., visited Main Campus for the first time, though it has performed in Philadelphia previously. After a brief description of the origination of stepping and of Step Afrika!, the performance began.

C. Brian Williams, a graduate of Howard University, who learned to step at his Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, founded Step Afrika! in 1994. Stepping is an AfricanAmerican tradition that began in fraternities and sororities in the early 1900s, when AfricanAmericans began to attend colleges and universities in larger numbers, and students were looking for a method of expression with their peers. Williams researched cultural origins and background of stepping while living in Africa, and went on to found Step Af-

rika! to express the captivating dance for audiences worldwide. The show kicked off with a traditional stepping dance by seven dancers, four men and three women, who displayed their athletic ability and skill with their art. Eye-catching movements kept the audience focused on every moment of the dance, especially as the Step Afrika! performers worked cohesively as a group to create intricate patterns with their own bodies. One movement involved the dancers lining up and balancing on each other, one woman on her male partner’s

shoulders, and another perched on a crouched partner’s back, while rhythmically tapping drumsticks to create a unique beat. During the show, rhythm was generated by the clapping, snapping and stomping of the dancers, and during one dance, skilled drummers created an African-style beat. Several costume changes and elements of acting livened the performance, giving background to the styles of dance being performed. Jakari Sherman, the artistic director of Step Afrika!, said he joined the company in 2005

when he found Step Afrika! after college and went on a trip to South Africa with the company to learn about new styles of dance. The company dedicates a substantial amount of effort to taking such trips in order to incorporate elements of African dance into its performances. This makes for a very entertaining and well-rounded show, offering styles created by influence from both stepping and traditional African dance. Along with the captivating performance that Williams called a “highly energetic experience,” it

also kept the audience involved by taking volunteers onstage. “It’s highly interactive,” Williams said. “The audience is the sixth man or woman...we encourage the audience to participate.” Volunteers were taken onstage during the performance and taught basic stepping moves. In addition, audience members were encouraged to clap, call out and express their excitement or appreciation for stepping throughout the duration of the show.


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Theater productions go beyond actors on stage

Marcie Anker Starving Actor

Anker wants audiences to know they’re watching more than actors in theater productions.


magine a group of naked men and women in a dark, empty room mumbling strange incoherencies and running around like chickens with their heads cut off. You might think these people are performing some sacrificial ritual to honor the leader of their nude cult, or you might think they are insane homeless squatters preparing to eat someone’s flesh. You’d be surprised to find out you’re wrong. These people are, in fact, actors without designers. Audience members who aren’t familiar with the theater process might see me in a show and just assume that I am always just naturally as attractive in person as I am onstage – that my clothes always look and fit so perfectly, and that there is

always a beautiful angelic glow surrounding me wherever I go. False. As much as I’d like to believe that I emanate a golden glow on a daily basis, it’s just not true. As an audience member, it’s easy to mistakenly base the success of the show solely on the actors, because after all, they are the only people that the audience gets to see. But actors are just the tip of the iceberg: The foundation of a show, the people that bring a show to life are the people behind the curtains. Being on stage is one thing, but there is a whole other world living backstage. You’ll find people behind the curtains, under the stage, high above the stage, in the pit, in the wings, in the booth – everywhere – all making the show work like a well-oiled machine. The machine can’t function unless all of its parts work. A lot of people assume that being a theater major means being an actor, but it doesn’t occur to some people that there is far more to theater than just acting. In our department, we are lucky enough to have incredibly talented scenic, lighting, costume and sound designers as both faculty members and students. The most exciting part of the rehearsal process for a show is getting to see the design presentations. I love that day in rehearsal when you get to meet the people that are going to bring your show, and your character, to life.

Last semester I was in Temple’s production of “Top Girls” by Caryl Churchill, and I can’t even begin to describe the level of excitement that our cast felt when we finally got to see thirdyear MFA costume design candidate Rachel Coon’s costume renderings and third-year MFA scenic design candidate Colin McIlvaine’s set design. For that particular show, I got to wear a corset that Coon designed and built. How many people can say they built a corset from scratch? Not me, that’s for sure. “I started out in musical theater and eventually realized the power of a costume,” Coon said. “I love the notion that I could give each actor the skin of their character.” To my surprise, several of the MFA design candidates began their theater careers as actors. With a similar trajectory to Coon, McIlvaine said, “Honestly, I started acting in high school because of a girlfriend. I transitioned into scenic design because I enjoy shaping the world of the play. I always loved playing with block and scenic design is like a several thousand dollar set of blocks.” Well, I owe a big ol’ thank you to that high school girlfriend, because without her, we might not have had some of our brilliant sets. Third-year MFA lighting design candidate Christopher Hetherington took a different route to the theater world.

“I was always drawn to art as a kid, and at the same time I was always around computers. I was a bit of a nerd – still am. It seemed only natural to be drawn into the middle school tech crew for the shows. It just blew up from there. Once I got behind a lighting console, I knew what I wanted to do,” Hetherington said. And, wow, if you’ve ever seen the magic he creates behind that console, you’d know it was what he was meant to do as well. Lawyers are liars. Farmers are hicks. Truck drivers are crude. Doctors are foreign. Politicians are cheats. Stereotypes are everywhere and they are virtually unavoidable. No one is safe. We are all victims to it and we are all guilty of it. Like actors, designers face unwanted misconceptions and stereotypes. Perhaps you’ve heard of the term “techie” to describe basically any person in theater who isn’t an actor. And perhaps upon hearing that term, you picture some high school boy wearing all black and probably a little bit of makeup, lingering backstage. Designers are not – I repeat not – techies. “The word ‘techie’ is actually considered a bad word for most people involved with theater design and production,” McIlvaine said. “It conjures awful images of ramshackle high school plays and community theater.” So, for all you people, theater majors or otherwise, who use “techie” to describe design-

ers – don’t. Or else. Despite the annoyance that “techie” evokes in designers, McIlvaine doesn’t consider that to be the chief misconception. “The most prevalent misconception toward scenic designers is that we are just glorified carpenters,” McIlvaine said. “A professional designer will ideally never pick up a drill or hammer during the course of their process.  We provide the big picture for the world of the play, while the technical director engineers the show.” Lighting designers face a different set of stereotypes. “They are lazy, take lighting way too seriously, always have a wrench on them, never turn a design in on time. Some [stereotypes] are true – some are more related to being an electrician. I like to think that I don’t fit into any of those categories,” Hetherington said. But we theater majors learn to just take these stereotypes in stride. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right? If people want to assume that all actors are crazy, I’d be happy to oblige them. Although the set of skills required to succeed backstage are vastly different than those required to succeed on stage, all of us share a singular passion. We all have the same respect and love for theater. “I think the hardest part of my job is similar to that of an actor,” Hetherington said. “During our design process we let ourselves open up and become vulnerable. We are sharing our

emotional responses to the show with an audience of people we have never met. Our designs are just as much about how we feel as it is about making an audience have that same emotional experience.” No matter where we are in relation to the stage, we are all an equal part of a collaborative art. I’m a poet, and I know it. See what I did there? Anyway, I think Coon sums up basically every person involved in theater in a single sentence: “I did not choose theater, theater chose me.” Amen. If you don’t want to take my word for it about the incredible skills of these three MFA candidate designers, come see Temple Theater’s production of “Spring Awakening.” Coon, Hetherington and McIlvaine designed the costumes, lights and set, respectively. And while you’re there, because obviously you all are currently purchasing tickets, imagine the gruesome scene I described in the beginning and then tell me how the art of theater could be possible without designers. Viva la theater! I know, that’s not Spanish. Forgive me, I’m poor - sad face. Marcie Anker can be reached at martha.anker@temple.edu.

Ditching bad habits and attachments vital

CARY CARR Let’s Be Blunt

Advice columnist Cary Carr answers readersubmitted questions.


y boyfriend brought an important point to my attention the other day: I’m a mess. As we were discussing this advice column, he poked fun at me, reminding me how often I’m tripping over my own feet. And I must admit, I can’t argue with him. I put all of the whites and colors into the same laundry load, I always forget to zip up my purse, I gravitate toward danger and I routinely break my phones.

So why the hell would any of you take advice from a gal like me? Well, turns out, those of us who are the biggest messes – those of us who repeatedly screw up – we tend to be a little bit more enlightened on what to avoid doing. You know that super perfect friend you have who has never had a bad breakup or worn her pants backward all day – guilty – she won’t be able to help you. Why, you ask? Because she’s never had to deal with craziness like deciding between two friends – also guilty – and she’s never made any horrifying mistakes. What does she know? I, on the other hand, can relate with you when you’re trying to recover from that blackout on Friday night. And I won’t judge you when you desperately need advice on how to let your best friend know she reeks of egg salad. I’ve been there. I’ve done that. I’ve probably done it twice. And I, the expert in all things messy, will guide you to the cleaner route than I have taken. So yes, I am a mess – a big, hot mess. But I’ve done it

for the greater good. Now, I can lead others to the less destructive path. Plus, being perfect is so boring anyway. What’s life without a little gum in your hair and a bit of broccoli stuck in your teeth?


A: Funny you ask because I’ve been wondering the same thing lately. It’s hard enough being a full-time student, working to make enough money to survive and struggling to maintain a semi-decent social life. Adding organizations on top of that can be a major stressor. I currently write for a few publications, dance for Philly’s lacrosse team and edit for Her Campus on top of two jobs, and recently I’ve been considering cutting down. It’s just not feasible to get involved in a ton of extracurriculars and to give them all your one hundred percent effort. So maybe your best bet, along with mine, is to pick the one or two activities or or-

ganizations that you enjoy the most. Yes, I said enjoy. Forget about what you think you should do and focus on what makes you the happiest because if you force yourself to dedicate two nights a week to meetings that make you want to rip your hair out then you’ll end up half-assing everything. But if you narrow your extracurriculars down to things that you look forward to doing, then you’ll gain much more out of it than a measly addition to your résumé. It might be hard saying no to people or turning things down, but that’s a skill you’ll need to acquire to make it in the “real world,” whatever that is. So ditch the guilty conscience for not being able to do it all and save your energy for what really matters – your happiness.


A: Before I answer this, you should know that I am kind of an obsessive studier. I make my own study guide a week in advance and devote hours each day to preparing. I lose a good

amount of sleep reading PowerPoint slides, highlighting like a maniac on my notes and going over my material even during other classes. This is probably not the healthiest method to adopt, so here’s what I would do if I could change my own habits: pick certain hours of each day to focus on one major project, test or paper. Devote that time fully, no interruptions – hello, cute puppies on Instagram – just full-on, giving it your all study time. Most people I know combine studying with talking to their friends, watching a new show or checking their Facebook. This just makes getting everything done so much more exhausting. So tweak your habits a bit – focus and then get some much-needed rest.


their room and all that’s left is the dishes they always forgot to clean up, the unmade bed with sheets that haven’t been washed in weeks and a strange odor lingering on the furniture. But then you’ll turn that room into your own personal gym, an office or a second kitchen – hey, why not? – and the pain will start to fade away. You’ll have some “you” time, and you’ll get to relax, like really relax, for the first time in years. You just need to embrace that personal time and not be so caught up in fears that your baby is going to get drunk at a party or get lost in the city. The truth is, your kid will probably make a ton of mistakes, but that’s called growing up. And isn’t that what you’ve worked so hard to raise them to do right anyway? Cary Carr can be reached at cary.carr@temple.edu.

A: News flash: it’s not going to be easy. But your best bet is to not make it any harder than it has to be. Sure, it’s going be super weird when you walk past

Local thrift store reopens to public Step team explores African culture THRIFT PAGE 7 help them out. Johnson said the goal is to keep most things less than $10. But frugalness does not mean students are willing to sacrifice quality or style. Fortunately, Norman has started to help Johnson buy clothes for the thrift store since she has the unique perspective of being part of the demographic that Johnson is targeting. Although Norman’s main goal was to impact Johnson’s business in a positive manner, she said there is much that she

has learned throughout the process. “It helped me grow, and now I feel more powerful,” Norman said. “I feel like I can do anything.” Additionally, they are further reaching out to the community by donating some clothing to the Salvation Army and the homeless. The cooperation between Johnson and Norman is one of few like it outside Main Campus. Their relationship could serve as a catalyst for more col-

AFRIKA! PAGE 15 laboration between students and local residents. Only time will tell if students and the North Philadelphia community will use a place like Robinson’s Urban Thrift to save money on vintage clothing. In the meantime, the thrift store plans to continue to progress with its changes and push itself to gain further recognition.

Lauren Harris, a sophomore early childhood education major who volunteered to work the event, said she was thrilled to be a part of Step Afrika! coming to Main Campus. “I’ve seen them six or seven times,” she said. “I absolutely love them.” Step Afrika! is a vehicle of expression for college students like Harris who appreciate its Samantha Stough can be energy and originality. Along reached at with simply being entertaining samantha.stough@temple.edu. to watch, the company recruits dancers from around the coun-

try, all of whom are college graduates. Education is highly valued at Step Afrika!, which started Step Afrika! Scholars, a program that gives back to the community by providing scholarships to college students. Some students can even win scholarships by simply attending a show. “We like to promote education,” Williams said. The Step Afrika! show was an energetic experience for some audience members who

couldn’t help but contribute to the enthusiasm provided by the dancers. The community felt resonated throughout the show, encompassed by Williams statement: “We share our culture with you, you share yours with us and we part as friends.” Erin Edinger-Turoff can be reached at erin.edinger-turoff@temple.edu.




Sustainability Week efforts include saving bats and cemetery bike rides This year’s Sustainability Week encourages students to get involved with learning and action through service projects on and off Main Campus. HAYON SHIN The Temple News It’s that time of year to rethink the difference between biking and driving, between leaving the television on in your room during that 30-minute trip to Maxi’s or turning it off and reconsidering the decision to spend $1,000 on that new desktop computer when Temple has some that could be bought for $100. This year’s Sustainability Week, run by Temple’s Office of Sustainability, has events varying from saving bats to upcycling sheet music. At least 10 student organizations are taking part. Beginning Monday, Oct. 22, and ending Saturday, Oct. 27, Sustainability Week is taking place in various locations like the nearby Penrose Playground, Ambler Campus and Cobbs Creek in Fairmount Park. Kathleen Grady, sustainability coordinator from the Office of Sustainability, said, “This year’s Sustainability Week is focused on two things: sustainability and action. This is what makes this year’s Sustainability Week unique. We’ve never

done service projects before and we’re doing them at places like Cobbs Creek and the Penrose Playground.” The Office of Sustainability said it’s committed to three things: advancing academic initiatives and research, creating a sustainable campus and improving outreach and engagement. Through activities during Sustainability Week, it hopes to accomplish all of the above. This two-fold purpose is about raising awareness of general issues of sustainability as well as showcasing to students how they can get involved at the local level and participate in outreach to their own immediate community. This culture of change is encouraged to be adopted by many students who would normally feel that they alone can not create a large difference in the world. Guest speakers and workshop leaders include Benjamin Weiss of the Susquehanna Permaculture Guild who will be giving a talk on regenerating the wild using sustainable human systems, and bat conservationists Brent Sewall and Brenda Malinics, who plan on exploring what threatens bats and how

they can be helped. Boyer College of Music and Dance is celebrating sustainability by promoting the “three R’s” of sustainability, “reduce, reuse and recycle,” doing so through an activity called “Music Swap,” which recycles lightly-used sheet music. The Office of Sustainability is also hosting a breakfast and a lunch for students while simultaneously running a workshop on conserving energy. A workshop is also taking place at Ambler Campus where students will learn how to identify and remove invasive species. Temple’s Computer Recycling Center is giving a behindthe-scenes tour for students to help them gain an understanding of how 80 tons of computers are recycled every year and how students can take part by buying refurbished computers instead of new devices. In the spirit of Halloween, Sustainability Week is hosting a Halloween Costume Fun Ride that plans to take participants biking to Laurel Hill Cemetery for a free tour. One student organization working in conjunction with Sustainability Week is Temple’s

Vegan Action Network, which will be focusing on the environmental impact of animal agriculture combined with a “Meet your Meat”-style video clip. They plan on holding a table on Oct. 24. Events such as these appear to have made quite some impact on Main Campus during recent years. Sustainability presence, said some Temple students, is strong and extremely apparent. Students looking to score a free meal and talk about sustainability issues on Main Campus can take part in the Green Council’s Potlucks with a Purpose, a self-described innovative approach to cultivating dinner conversation that allows experts and professionals to speak in an informal way to students. The first one of the year is Oct. 30 at Temple Contemporary at Tyler School of Art. This month’s focus is composting on campus. Hayon Shin can be reached at hayon.shin@temple.edu.

After graduation, determination needs to trump bleak job prospects


Eternal Intern

Columnist argues that while unemployment statistics for recent graduates are gloomy, positivity is key.


hile I can’t validate that pretending to be happy will make you so, I can vouch for the fact that focusing your mind on what could be, helps to keep you determined. Some people seem to effortlessly glide through life without getting hung up on what could be holding them back, but others have to actively try to achieve this mindset. Life isn’t always smooth and full of jubilation. Some days we must carry on while the rain drizzles down and gray clouds separate us from the hope-filled sky – this seems particularly accurate on the day this is being written, as it is quite literally that type of weather. It is a difficult job market

for college students. Solid opportunities for internships and employment, when found, are often highly competitive. In fact, according to a Rutgers University study published in May, 51 percent of U.S. students who have graduated since 2006 have found full-time employment. Worse yet, 11 percent remain totally unemployed. I realize that advising these unemployed graduates to smile in order to trick their brains into believing they are happy may be akin to soliciting a friendly middle finger. However, the alternative of wallowing in selfpity in one’s pajamas is selfdefeating. With the aforementioned figures in mind, the chances of getting a few rejection letters are fairly high for even the most qualified students. As someone who has received a number of application rejections, I can relate that it almost always stings – even if you didn’t really want the position. I am an “obsessive regretter,” as I like to call it. So for me, determination has been a matter of putting my head down and continuing to trudge along, while trying my best to block out the self-doubt. My view is rather existential because I tell myself that the worst that could happen is that I die or become terribly maimed. If neither of these has occurred, then I have no reason to stop. Some students have obstacles that force them to think

outside the norm in order to remain positive. For Kazuhiko Koyanagi, a senior accounting and management information systems major and international student from Japan, it’s a matter of looking at the options available to him. He said “a big minus” for him professionally, in the United States, is that he is much more limited in his ability to secure an internship than other students. “I am forced to accept that, as an international student, I cannot get an internship where I get paid,” he said. “Here in the United States, an internship seems to be the best way to get a good job.” This is the reality that many international students face. They know that even if they are to get an opportunity to apply, it will be a struggle to obtain legal approval to get a job locally. “For most international students to get a full-time job here, they will need sponsorship and that is expensive and requires lots of legal work,” Koyanagi said. “It can be expensive and it’s just not that easy.” Koyanagi will walk down the aisle at graduation this coming January, but isn’t yet sure as to where he will be working. Still, he’s not afraid. “I already have experience in a foreign culture, the United States, and I know two other languages besides English,” Koyanagi said. “I can go back to Japan, I can stay here or I can

go someplace else – I’m not really worried about it.” Koyanagi is an example of how one international student remains undaunted by focusing on his personal skillset and other opportunities. The worldview that international students have is definitely impressive. They are seemingly freed from what many of those of us who were born here see a defined path. Sometimes there are barriers to doing an internship or landing an awesome job. Other times, organizations may just fail to see what a great candidate you are. I’m also graduating in January, so from one student on the job hunt to the rest of you out there: Regardless of the complication, I guarantee that it’s almost never as bad as you think it is. We Temple students are, in our own right, determined and driven individuals. I’m sure you’ve seen Temple Made advertisements. Let’s do the advertising campaign justice. If you experience any setbacks in the job search, then search yourself for positive motivation and try again. Don’t give in. Just keep your chin up. John A. Dailey can be reached at john.dailey@temple.edu.

ENERGY WORKS SEMINAR / MITTEN HALL, ROOM 250 / OCT. 23, 12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. / FREE Learn how to make your home more comfortable and green all while enjoying a complimentary lunch. The advice offered at this event hopes to reduce your carbon footprint and lower the cost of your electric bill. This workshop is part of one of the many events offered during Sustainability Week.

OPEN MIC FEATURING TU COMEDY / JOHNSON AND HARDWICK DINING HALL / OCT. 23, 6 P.M. – 8 P.M. / FREE WITH MEAL PLAN Johnson and Hardwick dining hall will be serving up jokes instead of just pizza as TU Comedy Club takes some time out to offer comic relief during midterms. Mocktails will be served to ease your sorrows so grab a virgin drink and have a few laughs.

THE ENVIRONMENT IN ANIMATION / ANNENBERG HALL, ROOM 3 / OCT. 25, 11 A.M. – NOON / FREE Professor Patrick Murphy will discuss how the environment is presented to consumers in mainstream film and televised animation. This discussion hopes to provide context to many of the things we see on our screen in relation to environmental issues and portrayal.

DISSENT IN AMERICA TEACH-IN: ELECTION 2012 / ANDERSON HALL, ROOM 821 / OCT. 26, 3 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. / FREE With the presidential election two weeks away, the Temple College Democrats and the Temple University College Republicans will be hosting a teach-in on the issues of the 2012 election. Students who are undecided will be able to hear about issues from the mouths of politically active college students rather than cable news pundits.

OWLCAPPELLA’S HOWL-OWEEN SPOOKTACULAR! / ROCK HALL / OCT. 27, 7 P.M. – 9 P.M. / FREE OwlCappella will be hosting a night of a cappella music in Rock Hall joined by a cappella group Dischord from the University of Pennsylvania and Germantown Friends School A Cappella. Costumes are encouraged to be worn by audience members. -Luis Fernando Rodriguez




Defense allows for team’s offensive ability Effective defense translates into effective offense. JAKE ADAMS The Temple News Baseball has saVOLLEYBALL bermetrics, a new-age category of stats that can track a player’s ability in everything from range on the field to wins above replacement. Volleyball may not have sabermetrics, but if it did, it would definitely track how effectively a good dig sets up a team’s chances for knocking down a kill. Volleyball’s connection between offense and defense is far more symbiotic than many sports, as there’s an immediate effect from defense to offense with a dig leading to a set which leads to a hit. Football doesn’t have it, and certainly not baseball. In the perfect play in volleyball, the libero digs the opposing team’s hit, passing it perfectly in front of the net slightly to the right of the middle of the court. This allows the setter to read all of her hitting options and set the ball to who she feels has the best chance at getting a kill. If the setter takes that good pass and sets the ball right in a hitter’s sweet spot, then the op-

posing defense is in trouble. are even more powerful trends. “It’s a great feeling,” senior Temple is 12-0 this season when libero Chelsea Tupuola said the Owls win the hitting perabout kills. “If [a pass is] up and centage battle and 15-2 when I know that [sophomore setter they hit at least .150 in a match. Tiffany Connatser] can get to it, They’re also 11-1 when they reI have no doubt in my mind that cord at least 13 kills per set. our offense is going to put that The records in these catdown.” egories indicate the team excels “The ball just goes right at converting a good pass into a into the setter’s hand, and you good hit. If the passes are bad have all three at a higher options, and rate, the the other team offensive doesn’t know stats, eswhere to go,” pecially junior outside hitting perhitter Elyse centage, Burkert said. would be “It’s great to drastically get that pass.” different. The Owls “ I t pride themdefinitely selves on their shows that defense behind it’s not just Chelsea Tupuola / senior libero one-sided, the leadership of Tupuola. definitely The squad averages 17.9 digs both sides,” Tupuola said. “I per set this season and opposing think it’s a little bit of both, but teams average 17.1. In games our offense has improved so where the Owls win the dig bat- much since the beginning of the tle they’re 12-3, and 3-5 when season. We’ve complemented they lose. our offense numerous times.” “As an offensive player, Last weekend was a perfect when you get a ball and you just microcosm of the Owls’ season. plant it and the other team digs Temple beat Fordham Friday, it and you thought it was a kill... Oct. 18, night 3-2 thanks to the it’s just such a bummer,” Burk- Owls’ ability to dig the ball and ert said. “It makes a huge differ- effective hit off good passes. ence.” Sunday, Oct. 20, was the opFlip the stats to what hap- posite, as the team lost in every pens with those digs and there major category and fell in five


in any sport is ideal, and if you have good communication on the court you’re definitely going to have better flow.

sets to Rhode Island. One would expect most teams to have a winning record when they win in these categories, but Temple almost always comes out on top, indicating just how important that diggingto-hitting connection is in volleyball. The intimacy of offense and defense in volleyball isn’t just felt from dig to pass, but in how the two halves communicate. The more a team talks, offense to defense and defense to offense, then success is more easily reached. “Communication in any sport is ideal, and if you have good communication on the court you’re definitely going to have better flow on the court,” Tupuola said. Blocking plays a role in that equation, forcing teams to hit to parts of the court where Temple defenders are at, but the undersized Owls average just 1.7 blocks per set. It’s not the deciding factor on this team. “If you can block a ball better than we have in the past then The volleyball team averages 17.9 digs per set and opponents it really opens up to control the average 17.1 digs per set. | HUA ZONG TTN FILE PHOTO ball much better on defense and it really puts our hitters in oneTemple is at its best, working as is,” Ganes said. on-one situations,” coach Baone unit. keer Ganes said after Friday’s Jake Adams can be reached at “The good thing is about win over Fordham. “It kind of jacob.adams@temple.edu this group, we know what we goes hand in hand.” or on Twitter @jakeadams520. need to do in order to be sucHand in hand is just how a cessful and we know how imvolleyball offense and defense portant for us team chemistry should work, and that’s when

Offense, defense outmatched in second half FOOTBALL PAGE 20

Coach Steve Addazio’s team allowed 35 unanswered points in the Owls’ loss to Rutgers. | TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN

the third quarter. That’s a good football team that, to their credit, did that.” Rutgers made it four touchdowns in a row after scoring on the two consecutive drives that followed. Nova led drives of 49 and 26 yards that concluded with touchdown passes of five and 10 yards to senior wide receiver Mark Harrison and senior tight end D.C. Jefferson, respectively. On the ensuing possession, Temple’s second of the fourth quarter, Rutgers’ junior defensive tackle Jamil Merrell forced Owls’ redshirt-junior quarterback Chris Coyer to fumble, which was picked up by Rutgers’ senior linebacker Khaseem Greene and returned 20 yards for a touchdown. With a little less than 11 minutes remaining, the game that Temple led for the first 30 minutes was over. “I had three turnovers and we aren’t going to win a game like that,” Coyer said. “We have to give credit to them. They

turned the momentum on us and we weren’t able to get it back.” Compounding the Owls’ lack of defensive capability in the second half was their offensive inefficiency against the No. 3 scoring defense in the country. In Temple’s six drives in the second half, the Owls averaged seven yards. The Owls crossed midfield twice during their 11 minutes and 14 seconds of possession time in the second half, and didn’t make it past the Rutgers’ 44-yard line. In the entire fourth quarter, the Owls gained one yard. Coyer passed for four yards and an interception in the second half, in addition to his fumble. Senior running back Montel Harris rushed six times in the second half for 31 yards. The Scarlet Knights, with their No. 2 rushing defense in the country, haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 10 straight games, dating back to November 2011. Harris finished with 81 yards on 19 carries. Harris said he doesn’t know

why the offense was so unsuccessful in the second half. When asked if it was more due to Rutgers’ success or Temple’s failures, Harris said it was a “little bit of both.” “We just didn’t make enough plays in the second half,” Harris said. “We had a good game plan, we just didn’t execute the plays.” Coming into the contest against Temple, Rutgers was allowing 256 passing yards per game. Coyer went 7-for14 passing for 65 yards and a touchdown. Temple’s 191 yards of total offense was a season low. Temple was on track for almost 300 yards of total offense at halftime, but the Rutgers’ defense suffocated the Owls in the second half. “At the half we talked about keep doing what we were doing,” Coyer said. “We talked about not getting complacent. It’s a [scoreless] game. That was the mindset we wanted to take into the second half.”

Addazio said Rutgers didn’t do anything differently schematically in the second half. His halftime adjustments for his team was to keep plugging along. “We were going to go out there and keep playing like we were in the first half, but we didn’t do that,” Addazio said. “We let up a couple of long drives and didn’t sustain any drives.” “We did not play well,” Addazio added. “We had penalties, dropped balls, missed blocks, turned the ball over. We played like crap in the third quarter and the game got away from us.” Temple continues its Big East grind with a road trip to face Pittsburgh on Saturday, Oct. 27, at noon. The Owls haven’t beaten the Panthers since a 34-33 Big East Conference win in November 1998. Joey Cranney can be reached at joseph.cranney@temple.edu or on Twitter @joey_cranney.

Owls suffer from inconsistency

A IBRAHIM JACOBS Tuesday Morning Quarterback

The football team hasn’t had a complete 60-minute effort in its conference.

s Temple watched its team squander away a 10-point second half lead against conference foe Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 20, the fans, players and coaching staff, seemed to be searching for answers. How would Temple survive this game and make it dramatic? How would it come back from a 23-point first half deficit and make it a two-point game with three minutes left like they did against Maryland? When would it get a game-saving blocked kick with a minute left like it did against South Florida? When would it drive the field and score with 19 seconds left to force overtime against a Connecticut team that missed four field goals? The answer is that the Owls simply couldn’t. And they can learn something from it. After jumping out to a 10-point lead against the conference’s top team and posting a shutout in the first half, everything seemed to be going right for Temple, until the sec-

ond half started and everything worse. Temple gained one net went wrong. After being held yard of offense and had a fumscoreless in the game’s first 30 ble returned for a touchdown, minutes, the Scarlett Knights prompting Addazio to turn would pounce on the Owls for to junior quarterback Clinton 35 points in the second half. “Juice” Granger to replace an Temple responded with 49 total ineffective redshirt-junior quaryards. terback Chris “That was Coyer. The one of the worst Owls didn’t third quarters I need Granger have seen in a at quarterback long time,” coach as much as Steve Addazio they simply said. “You are needed juice in talking about taktheir tanks. ing a game where “ W e you have comlooked like we plete control of a were fatigued,” football game in Addazio said. the first half and “It looked to we came out in the me like we just third quarter and ran out of gas.” Montel Harris / senior running back I don’t know how Condimany points we tioning isn’t gave up in quick a problem for fashion but we totally blew the the team. In two games this seathird quarter out.” son, the Owls have come out in The Owls might have been the second half and blown teams blown out on the scoreboard in away. Temple simply has a the third quarter, giving up 21 problem stringing together two points, but the fourth quarter was halves of good football. The is-

“It was a sad

day in the locker room. Letting them come back with 35 unanswered points is unacceptable.

sue is that in half of the games they will show up with a dismal first half, only to respond with stellar second half performances. In the other games, Temple seems to fall asleep in the second half after turning in admirable first halves, and it cost them against Rutgers. “It was a sad day in the locker room,” senior running back Montel Harris said. “Coming out and letting them come back with 35 unanswered points, that is unacceptable.” Temple was a second-half team in its loss against Maryland, it was a first half team when it beat South Florida, it was a second half team when it beat Connecticut and it was a first half team in what would have been a monumental win against Rutgers. The inability to have a uniform performance in any game can’t lead to consistent success when your team has less talent, experience and size than any other team in the Big East Conference. Rutgers exposed that, and when you play top-tier talent, you need to be on

the ball for 60 minutes. Turning in sub-par performances, even in half of a game, won’t be overshadowed by previous success. Temple will eventually begin to recruit Big East-worthy talent to its program and its ability to contend with strong conference opponents will increase. The Owls will develop talent and progressively add the experience the team needs. But for now the Owls cannot expect to win unless they prove they can string together 60 minutes of consistent football. Ibrahim Jacobs can be reached at ibrahim.jacobs@temple.edu or on Twitter @ibrahimjacobs.



Coach ready for Big East move SOCCER PAGE 20 your playing days? What was it like to travel and to showcase your talents on a professional level? DM: It was a great experience. It’s something that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life, not only playing professionally but playing for my country. It’s one of the greatest experiences that you could have. TTN: After leading the Owls to back-to-back 10-plus win seasons back in 2003-04, did you think that you were going to be here for the long haul? DM: You never know what’s going to happen. You try and take one day at a time in order to try and improve on some things. I know we had some tough years but I think the program is back on track and that we’re heading in the right direction. We’re very competitive and looking for even bigger and better things. TTN: As a Division I soccer coach, what’s the most challenging aspect of this job? DM: The recruiting aspect is probably the biggest challenge, and I think that goes for any collegiate sport. Recruiting and finding your niche, I think, is the toughest part of the job. TTN: What has been the most rewarding part of your Temple career? DM: The fact that I can affect or mold the way these kids play has been the greatest part. That also goes for some of their lifestyles. Whether it’s on the field or off the field I can have an effect. The toughest part is you lose those kids every four years. It’s tough because you have some great kids that come through the program and in four or five years you have a new crop of kids. It’s always changed so we’re always rebuilding and tweaking all the time. TTN: Do you think [midfielder] Jared Martinelli is the most talented freshman you’ve ever coached? DM: Probably. [Tony] Donatelli [2002-05] was

good, but he didn’t have the stats that Martinelli does. TTN: Considering the defense has been solid all season, is defense something you’ve always prided yourself on as a soccer coach? DM: The old cliche is “defense wins championships.” I think that’s where you have to build it. You have to make sure you’re sound in the back. When it comes down to close games, if you can’t keep the ball out of the net it’s going to kill you. Defense is one of the many things we pride ourselves on. TTN: What does the transition to the Big East mean to you, considering that you’ve been here for so long? DM: I’m really looking forward to it because I’ve always wanted to coach at the highest levels. And that’s no disrespect to the Atlantic 10 because I think that is a very good conference. [The A-10] is not perceived to be that way outside of the conference, but it truly is. I think the Big East is the No. 1 or 2 conference in men’s soccer, so it’s definitely going to be a challenge for us. TTN: Can Temple be competitive in the Big East? DM: Recruiting is going to be a big key. We have a good nucleus here, but I think we need to increase our depth so if we have injuries we can sustain them. I think the key is having a lot more depth than what we have right now. TTN: What has the progression of Temple soccer been like from the time you took over until now? DM: It’s been steady. We’ve had a couple bumps in the road but right now we’re poised to be consistent and stay competitive. The bar has been raised now so we have to get better as far as recruiting, as far as facilities, and everything else. We’re going to be playing some of the highest level of competition throughout the country. Tyler Sablich can be reached at tyler.sablich@temple.edu or on Twitter @TySablich.

Coach to appeal player suspension HOCKEY PAGE 20

“It’s a tough situation,” assistant coach Ryan Frain said. “We were down 5-2 with a minute left with the top line out there to get some production and stuff happens. The guys were frustrated being down three goals. We hadn’t won at Rowan in five years and things got chippy at the end and it started. Fighting’s part of the game and it’s unfortunate that it happened and that the penalties were handed out like that.” While the suspensions to Mullen and Marbach were expected, the same cannot be said for that of Pisko, whose sixgame suspension caught the Temple brass by surprise. Roberts will appeal the suspension to the MACHA board this week in the attempt to reduce it, Frain said. Roberts couldn’t be reached for comment after the club’s loss to Rider. “I can’t find a reason why they’d give Pisko six games,” Frain said. “It’s mind-blowing to me. It sucks and we’re trying to go through the appeals process but for now we have to move forward and play our game as if he was in the lineup.” Pisko, who led the team in goals (12) and points (17) before the suspension, will await

the league’s verdict this week on his appeal. “I had that feeling that I was one of the guys targeted as far as the review went,” Pisko said. “I had zero penalty minutes when the game was over and after that review was done, I was one of the guys that got hit the hardest. I don’t know why it was me, I don’t agree that it [should’ve been] me and I don’t agree with what came out but it is what it is for now.” Marbach served his suspension in Friday’s loss to Virginia Tech and promptly scored a goal upon his return in Saturday’s defeat against Rider. Mullen has one game left on his suspension and will be active for Saturday’s away game against Montclair State. Roberts will be back behind the bench next weekend. The only player left outstanding through next weekend will be Pisko, for the time being. “I said to [Roberts] on the phone that it’s been a learning experience watching from the other end of it,” Pisko said. “I’m not used to not playing and it’s good to see the other side of it, but one game’s enough for me.” Andrew Parent can be reached at andrew.parent@temple.edu or on Twitter @daParent93.


Temple gains home advantage which at Bray’s estimate of a mile and a half away from campus, is close enough for the teams to run to. “We have practice at the same time every day,” Bray said. “Sometimes kids have class conflicts, and they obviously have to go to class. They just have to work around it. Some people have to work out a little earlier or work out a little later, it’s just something they have to do. That’s the same at every college. Every university runs into those problems.” Temple is not alone. Other Atlantic 10 Conference teams such as Dayton, Butler and UNC Charlotte all travel to practice facilities off campus. St. Joseph’s University and La Salle, which competed against Temple earlier this year in the Friend Invitational, also practice at Belmont. Other schools in the conference, however, are placed in more convenient locations. Saint Louis practices at Forest Park, just a short jog from its campus. Xavier almost exclusively uses grass parks close-by, with only occasional off-campus van trips. The rural setting of Rhode Island gives it many accessible options on


campus, again, with only occasional off-campus visits. The mountainous and hilly landscape of Massachusetts provides the team with several options as well. But for whatever problems or hassles that stem from a lack of on-campus options for cross country training, the traveling may finally pay off – this weekend at least. The Owls will host the rest of the conference this Saturday, Oct. 27, as Belmont Plateau will be the site of the 2012 A-10 Championships. “It’s a big process, to host them,” track & field coach Eric Mobley said. “We bid for it about three or four years ago, so we were up in the rotation. We bid this year because we thought it would be good for the program and to have the meet at home.” Home-field advantage is not something Temple cross country has been used to since the program was brought back in 2006. In that time, the university has never hosted an event with more than three teams participating. “I think it’s going to be to our benefit to race there,” Kellar said. “We’ve been training there, pretty much all semes-

ter. And not only have we been training there, but it’s so close. It’s really convenient for us to not have to travel half way across the state or up and down the East Coast to get to the meet.” Bray said he hopes the advantage will be “huge.” “I expect that it’s going to be pretty muddy and sloppy,” Bray said. “It’s been wet the past couple weeks, and there have been high school meets there so it’s being run on. That’s another advantage that goes in our favor because we know what the course has to offer, and we’ve done workouts on it.” The A-10 Championships only allow 10 runners per team to compete. The men’s roster, which features 10 runners, won’t be an issue. The women’s squad, however, has 18 on its roster, meaning some will not get the chance to participate. “Some kids are working out really well, and they just can’t put it together in the race,” Bray said. “So sometimes that makes for a tough decision. Ultimately, I’m going to put people out there who I feel are going to give us the best opportunity to be successful. And if

I know certain individuals have worked really hard and they put in the time and it’s a bubble kid, I’m going to give [he or she] an opportunity. That’s the way I work.” While the fact that Temple will be hosting its final A-10 Championships before moving to the Big East Conference next year might seem like an orchestrated effort, Mobley said it is nothing but mere coincidence. He said the bid was put in before the transition was announced. Still, for Kratchman, she said the team’s last A-10 Championships at Belmont is giving everyone even more motivation to do well. “I think everyone is pumped,” Kratchman said. “I definitely know that everyone is looking forward to it. This was my course in high school. This is my home course. Being a senior, I’m ready to give whatever I have left and leave it all on the course and I think we’re all just ready to show the Atlantic 10 Conference that we belong here and we’re moving on to the Big East and that we can handle the competition.” Avery Maehrer can be reached at avery.maehrer@temple.edu or on Twitter @AveryMaehrer.

Ambler makes for lower attendance Women’s soccer has lowest attendance in the A-10. JOHN MURROW The Temple News I n Spring 2004, Temple opened the Ambler Sports Complex at Ambler Campus for four teams that were unable to play on Main Campus due to limited space in North Philadelphia. The baseball, softball, as well as both the men’s and women’s soccer teams call the Philadelphia suburb of Ambler home. In the team’s ninth season at Ambler, the women’s soccer team has experienced low attendance, but has seen a steady increase since last season. “I have seen the attendance rise a lot this year,” coach Matt Gwilliam said. “We have really engaged the local community this season. With soccer camps, soccer clinics, and parents, we have had good support from our fans this year.” Prior to the opening of the Ambler Sports Complex in 2004, the women’s soccer team used the Temple Stadium in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Philadelphia. Temple Stadium, opened in 1928, held a capacity of more than 34,000


people. It was also used by Temple’s football team and men’s soccer team, Philadelphia Bulldogs, Philadelphia Spartans, and was even home to the Philadelphia Eagles for two games. Since 2008, the women’s soccer team has attracted an average crowd of slightly better than 156 per match. In 2011, the average attendance per match was 100, and after seven home games in 2012, the average attendance per match has risen to 154. Of the four Temple sports teams that play at Ambler, the women’s soccer team has averaged the highest attendance this season. This year, the men’s soccer team averaged 131 people per match through five home matches, while in Spring 2012, the baseball team averaged 148 per game and the softball team averaged 91 people per game. In order to get to each game and practice, the women’s soccer team takes a Temple shuttle bus to Ambler Campus – just as baseball, softball and the men’s soccer team does. Gwilliam said the 40-minute drive gives the team the opportunity to prepare and focus on the day’s task. “It is actually nice sometimes,” freshman defender Paula Jurewicz said about the commute to Ambler. “It is a

nice, relaxing ride. It gives the team a chance to listen to some music and get in the zone.” For the teams that play at Main Campus, the attendance numbers are higher than those of the teams that travel to play at Ambler. This year, the field hockey team has averaged 289 people per game while playing at Geasey Field. The volleyball team has also drawn more attendees while playing at Main Campus, as the team has drawn an average of 248 people per match this season through eight games. In Spring 2012, the women’s lacrosse team averaged 337 per game at Geasey Field, while the women’s basketball team averaged 2,170 people per game in 2011-12. The largest average attendance of any varsity sports team that plays at Main Campus is the men’s basketball team, with an average attendance of 7,851 per game in 2011-12. In the Atlantic 10 Conference, the women’s soccer team has the lowest total attendance, with 1,078 people, and lowest average attendance per match of the 15 teams in the conference. Through eight games, Dayton has the highest total attendance in the conference with 7,598 people and the highest average with more than 949 people per match. The average

attendance at an A-10 women’s soccer match is 338 people, 184 more than Temple’s average. The low home attendance has not had any strong effect on sports this season, Jurewicz said. Her only wish is that more people would show up to cheer the team on while playing at home. In Fall 2013, Temple will begin play in the Big East conference in all sports. Notre Dame currently leads Big East women’s soccer in home attendance with 11,582 as well as leading the Big East in average home attendance with 1,287 through nine matches in 2012. Upon entering the Big East, Temple would rank last in average attendance if the figures remain the same entering the 2013 season. “I think the move to the Big East will bring more people to our matches,” Gwilliam said. “[Temple] is moving to one of the best conferences in the NCAA. Playing teams such as Notre Dame and Georgetown should not only attract more Temple fans, but also more college soccer fans.” John Murrow can be reached at john.murrow@temple.edu or on Twitter @johnmurrow12.

Prestigious recruit leads golf fer that was set in stone. Matthews’ high school coach and close family friend Len Benfante said many of the big schools such as Texas and North Carolina look for kids who play national tours all across the country from the time they are in seventh grade. “We did a video and sent it to all the schools and we basically waited,” Benfante said. “It seemed to be a tough sell because he didn’t play a major national schedule which can be very expensive.” Benfante said he sat down with Matthews and his family and asked them to consider Temple’s offer. “We discussed it and said Temple would be a good fit for [Matthews]. I think he came to the realization that, without the national schedule, big schools weren’t interested,” Benfante said. “I sat him down and said,


‘We’d all like to see you stay close to home and consider Quinn’s offer.’” Matthews came on an official visit to Temple and said he enjoyed Philadelphia, Quinn and the players who would eventually become his teammates. During Matthews’ senior year at Pittston Area High School in April 2012, he was informed that he was accepted to Temple and gave a commitment to Quinn. It was a long recruiting process for Matthews, but he said Benfante and his family were with him every step of the way. “[Benfante] was behind me 100 percent. He left it up to me and gave me his honest opinion about everything,” Matthews said. “He’s like a second father to me.” Through five collegiate tournaments, Matthews has

two individual wins. He outlasted 18 other teams at the Big 5 Invitational for Temple’s home tournament and won the Hartford Hawks Invitational by making an eagle on a playoff hole. Matthews’ score of 64 during the second round of The McLaughlin was the secondlowest round in school history and the lowest since 1973. Quinn said Matthews’ success early is not only good for the athlete, but for Temple as well. “Anyone that performs well is great for the university as a whole,” Quinn said. “[Matthews has] been all over the media. It’s great for golf and the university. I have a lot of pride in Temple. Kids want to go somewhere where they can succeed and I want that to be Temple.” Benfante also said he’s happy to see the spotlight Matthews is taking on after rock-

eting onto the collegiate golf scene. “Until now [Matthews] hasn’t really gotten any national exposure,” Benfante said. “Hopefully it leads to bigger and better things for [him].” Matthews has exceeded the expectations of everyone, including Benfante, who said he learned early after meeting Matthews that he could never doubt him when there’s a golf club in his hand. “I knew he’d compete but I never thought he would do this well this soon. He’s proven me wrong once again,” Benfante said. “I’ve been coaching golf for 20 years and Brandon Matthews is the best I’ve ever seen.” Anthony Bellino can be reached at anthony.bellino@temple.edu or on Twitter @Bellino_Anthony.

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Brawl leads to suspensions Hockey coach, three players suspended for fighting. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News

HALF EFFORT Meltdown in second half squanders firsthalf lead. JOEY CRANNEY Sports Editor


fter Temple’s 35-10 loss to Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 20, in which all of the Scarlet Knights’ points came in the second half, the Owls said they didn’t know how the game slipped so suddenly out of their hands. “We’ve got to go back



and look at the tape and see just what happened in the third period,” coach Steve Addazio said. “It’s hard to watch the team you watched in the first two periods and watch the team in the third period and ask, ‘What happened there? What was that?’” Temple (3-3, 2-1 Big East Conference) gave up 35 unanswered points to No. 17 Rutgers (7-0, 4-0) and was outgained 261 yards to 49 yards in the second half. After building a 10-point lead in the first half, the Owls had their lead erased 10 minutes into the third quar-

ter, and went scoreless in the second half. “I’d say it’s one of the worst third quarters I’ve seen in a long time,” Addazio said. “We had complete, utter control of the football game in the first half and [when we] came out in the third quarter, we just totally blew it up. It was fairly disappointing.” Rutgers got the ball at halftime and the Scarlet Knights made the most of their initial second-half possession. Rutgers’ sophomore quarterback Gary Nova led his team on a six play, 75-yard drive, capped

off by a 32-yard pass to senior wide receiver Tim Wright. On Rutgers’ next possession, Nova executed a 10-play, 89-yard drive, ending on another 32-yard touchdown pass, this time to sophomore running back Jawan Jamison. In two drives totaling seven minutes, Rutgers took the lead and didn’t look back. “I thought they played like a big-time team,” Addazio said. “They had to come alive in the third quarter and make some plays and they made plays in


The cross country practice course will host the A-10 Championships. AVERY MAEHRER The Temple News Ever since her days as a runner at Central High School in Philadelphia, Temple senior Rayna Kratchman has known Belmont Plateau as her home course. “There’s not much area beside the concrete of Broad Street to run on here,” Kratchman said. “Going to Belmont, it might be a little bit of a drive, but it’s definitely worth it and


Coach Dave MacWilliams said he believes the A-10 Conference is underrated when it comes to men’s soccer. He said Temple is ready for its Big East move. | PAUL KLEIN TTN

Coach reviews career TYLER SABLICH The Temple News MEN’S SOCCER

Philadelphia native Dave MacWilliams took over a depleted men’s soccer team that was in the midst of a massive rebuilding phase in 2000. Since then, he has played an intricate role in the program’s gradual transition to the Big East Conference. MacWilliams, Temple’s fourth-longest active tenured coach, became the Owls head coach after being relieved of that same position with the Philadelphia KiXX. He played high school soccer at


Training area to play host


Dave MacWilliams discusses 13-year tenure at Temple.

ICE HOCKEY While stiff penalties as a result of fighting in hockey is a relatively new concept, the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association has little tolerance when it comes to in-game fisticuffs. The association made that clear when Temple junior forward Joe Pisko and junior goalie Chris Mullen received suspensions of six games and three games, respectively, after an all-out brawl that took place during Temple’s 5-2 loss to Rowan on Oct. 13. Coach Jerry Roberts and freshman forward Jayson Marbach were suspended for Temple’s 6-2 loss to Rider University on Saturday, Oct. 20. After a few bouts of pushing and shoving along with some minor hits from both sides, the brawl didn’t reach full height until Rowan senior goalie Brien Bennett pulled Pisko out from behind, after which Pisko turned around to retaliate and was immediately jumped by Rowan sophomore forward Alekos Polis. “It’s ironic because I warned the ref three times about [Bennett] throughout the game, so it was pretty funny that he [pulled me out],” Pisko

said. “He pulled me out and from there it reached a boiling point.” “Somebody tied me up and I looked up and saw that Marbach and Mullen were fighting and I thought to myself, ‘OK I can’t get into a fight here, we have a big game next week and those two are going to be out already,’” Pisko added. “So I kept my cool there thinking I was going to be in the game next week and then Thursday night before Virginia Tech I get the call that I wasn’t going to be playing.” Fighting in front of the net ensued with Mullen joining in seconds later and fighting Bennett. “I saw [Bennett] going after Pisko,” Mullen said. “Their goalie waved me down and I said no. I didn’t want to fight. We were losing and I wanted to keep as much respect in the club as we could.” “I wasn’t even looking and suddenly everyone started screaming and I looked down and Rowan’s goalie is fighting Pisko,” Mullen added. “I went down instantly. I’m not going to let my teammate get jumped and you have to stick up for your teammate in that situation.” Eight suspensions were handed out in total in the coming days after the fighting, four to each side with three players and the head coach of each team receiving suspensions.

Frankford High School, was an All-American at Philadelphia University and played 10 years of professional soccer. MacWilliams was also a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic soccer team. In their last season in the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Owls are 7-5-2 overall and 3-1-1 in conference play under MacWilliams. He has compiled an overall record of 93-116-23 throughout his 13-year tenure as Temple’s head coach. MacWilliams, who said he believes the A-10 conference is underrated in terms of men’s soccer, said he is looking forward to the challenge of playing in a powerhouse conference such as the Big East. The Temple News: What drew you to this program 13


The volleyball team has success when its defense can set up its offense. SPORTS DESK 215-204-9537

years ago? Dave MacWilliams: I think [Temple] has a history. Temple was one of the schools I was looking at coming out of high school. I wanted to stay local. At this stage, it was great because it was my hometown. I coached professionally here and I thought it would be great to coach collegiately here also. TTN: At what point did you know you wanted to coach soccer? DM: At a very young age, well young compared to what I am now. When I was playing pro I wanted to keep soccer as my profession. So not only playing professionally but coaching as well. TTN: Can you describe


we’re able to have a lot better quality of practice.” About a four-mile drive across the Schuylkill River, Belmont Plateau at Fairmount Park is the main training course for the men’s and women’s cross country teams at Temple. While coach Adam Bray and his team do sometimes utilize the on-campus track near Geasey Field along with the training facilities of Pearson and McGonigle halls, simulating the terrain of a cross country course many times requires them to travel off campus via team vans. “It’s not that big of a deal,” Kratchman said. “It’s just kind of what we’ve been used to.”

Despite it being the norm for the program during the past several seasons, the ride to and from campus sometimes causes difficulties for its student-athletes. “Absolutely [it can cause problems],” junior Will Kellar said. “For some of the team, people have classes at 5:30 [p.m.], and we have practice at 3 [p.m.], so it’s so hard to get back in time, especially with a 25-minute commute.” Besides Belmont, Temple has also practiced at various parks in Philadelphia, like Valley Green and Fairmount East. Kelly Drive has also been used,


Golf’s ace in the hole Brandon Matthews chooses Temple despite big offers. ANTHONY BELLINO The Temple News Brandon GOLF Freshman Matthews didn’t have Temple on the top of his recruiting list when he was in high school. Instead, he had his eye on schools such as LSU, North Carolina and Texas, which were all expressing interest in him. But when none of those schools made the 2010 Pennsylvania State High School Golf Champion a concrete offer, Matthews selected Temple.


Women’s soccer is one of four teams at Temple that plays its home games at Ambler. SPORTS@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM

Temple, to Matthews, is a local school with a team led by coach Brian Quinn – someone who built a relationship with Matthews early on in high school. “Philadelphia is close to home and it’s a great place,” Matthews said. “I love it down here, I can’t ask for a better place, coach or team.” Matthews’ relationship with Quinn started when he was still in high school at a tournament he was playing in during the summer. Matthews said that the two instantly had a connection and he even began taking lessons from Quinn. “I just loved the way he taught,” Matthews said.

“[Quinn] never pressured me and said he would help me out with anything I needed.” “I only want kids interested in coming to Temple University,” Quinn said. “I’ll help [the recruit] in any way, shape or form with anything you need. I’m not one of these guys pressuring kids into coming to my school.” Eventually Quinn made a scholarship offer to Matthews, and while schools such as LSU, North Carolina, Charleston Southern, Mercer, San Diego State and Texas all showed interest in Matthews, none of them were committed to an of-



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