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Barack Obama •

ECONOMY: Obama has made private sector growth under his administration a sticking point and wants to cut out top-down policies.

STUDENT LOANS: Student loan repayment has been capped at 10 percent of income under the president, who supports the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which doubled funding for Pell Grants.


HEALTH CARE: President Obama is adamant about his support of the Affordable Care Act and its role in holding health insurance companies accountable and strengthening the effectiveness of Medicare.


TAXES: The president supports cutting taxes for middle classes and small businesses, but not for the rich. He doesn’t want a tax break for millionaires and has accused Republicans of supporting millionaire tax breaks. NATIONAL DEBT: Obama blames most of the debt and deficit issues on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Much of his plan to lower the deficit revolves around the ending of those two wars. LGBT RIGHTS: During the president’s first term, he signed a law making it a federal crime to assault based on sexual orientation, gender or gender identity and spearheaded the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In May, he also said he supports same-sex marriage. Sources: and




A majority of Temple students will vote to re-elect President Obama, a poll finds. JOEY CRANNEY The Temple News




hile the most recent Gallup poll has former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney up five points among likely voters in the 2012 presidential election, a majority of Temple students plan to vote to re-elect President Barack Obama, according to a Temple News poll of 405 students between the ages of 18 to 29. The findings of The Temple News poll are consistent with Gallup polls of young voters. Among likely voters aged 18 to 29, Obama is expected to carry 58 percent of the vote nationally, according to the most recent Gallup poll. Among Temple

students, Obama will carry 65 percent of the vote, according to The Temple News poll. Obama is particularly favorable among young women at Temple. Of 207 female Temple students who will likely vote in the upcoming election, 77 percent said they’d vote for Obama, 13 percent said they’d vote for Romney and 8 percent are undecided, according to The Temple News poll. Sophomore criminal justice major Amber Martin said she’s voting for Obama because she believes he has earned the chance to continue the work he’s been doing since he took office in 2009. “I think [Obama] is trying his best. It takes time to fix things,” Martin said. “He’s doing it slowly but surely. I believe he came into a big mess and he’s just trying to fix it. I think Romney will make even a bigger mess than President [George]

Of 207 female Temple students who will likely vote in the upcoming election, 77 percent said they’d vote for Obama.


Mitt Romney •

HEALTH CARE: Gov. Romney has stated that a main factor of his health care plan revolves around working with Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

ECONOMY: To tackle unemployment and a slow economy, Romney has a five-point plan to economic success and has said he wants to balance budget through cutting waste and spending.

STUDENT LOANS: Romney wants to cap Pell Grants to increase only at the rate of inflation, but also lauds a plan he implemented in Massachusetts that gave a scholarship to high school graduates in the top quarter of their class.

TAXES: The governor has said he wants to cut taxes and reduce regulations for businesses, but limit the number of deductions and exemptions, though he hasn’t been clear with the specifics of his plan.

NATIONAL DEBT: To solve the issue of the rising national debt, Romney said he will consolidate agencies and measure federal wages compared to private sector counterparts. He also wants to reduce non-security nondiscretionary spending by 5 percent immediately and cap federal spending below 20 percent of the economy.

LGBT RIGHTS: Romney has said he defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

No ID needed for Political groups next week’s vote center of Q&A Recent injunction leaves officials scrambling to clear up confusion. LAURA ORDONEZ The Temple News On Nov. 6, registered voters throughout Pennsylvania will cast their ballots amid the confusion spawned by recent court decisions on the state’s voter identification law, which requires state-approved picture identification to vote. In August, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson upheld the law after it was challenged by civil right groups on the grounds that it

would disenfranchise voters in the presidential election. Two months later, on Oct. 2, Simpson placed the law on hold after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court asked him to evaluate the state’s ability to ensure access to proper documentation before Nov. 6. “It is not mandatory to have a picture identification in order to vote,” said law professor David Adamany, a university chancellor and former president. “Although poll workers have been told to ask people for picture identification, they can’t require it.” “The injunction placed on the voter ID law will ensure the integrity of the the electoral process. No one will be denied


A recent discussion focused on college Democrats and Republicans. MARY KATE ALLISON The Temple News With Nov. 6 days away, Election Day became the subject of the most recent Dissent in America teach-in. Roughly forty people were in attendance at Anderson Hall on Oct. 26, at the teach-in, which was set up in a question and answer format, rather than a debate, so audience members would be able to ask questions about issues that they were interested in.

Temple University College Republicans Chairman Erik Jacobs and Temple College Democrats President Dylan Morpurgo began the teach-in by opening the floor for questions from the audience. The audience, based on questions, was mostly interested in the issues of women’s rights, college funding, global warming and illegal immigration. In response to a question on Republican candidate Gov. Mitt Romney’s stance on women’s rights regarding health care, Jacobs answered, “He is pro-life, but is open to exceptions including pregnancies resulting from rape, incest and pregnancies that put the


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Voters will be asked, but not required, to show a state-approved photo ID. Voters without an acceptable photo ID are still allowed to vote. All first-time voters are required to show a proof of identification. A state-approved photo ID (including a PA driver’s license, a non-driver’s ID, a PennDOT ID, a U.S. passport, a U.S. armed forces ID, or a student or employee ID) or a non-photo identification such as a current utility bill are acceptable. A college or university ID is an acceptable photo identification for voting if it has an expiration date.


If the enjoined voter ID law is upheld, all voters will be required to show a state-approved ID to vote. Source:

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Nearing election, some students remain undecided POLL PAGE 1

Bush did.” Romney fares better among young men at Temple, but still trails Obama by 12 points, according to the poll. Of 108 likely male voters at Temple, 41 percent said they’d vote Obama, 30 percent said they’d vote Romney and 18 percent are undecided, according to the poll. Sophomore actuarial science major Fred Kucherovsky said his vote for Romney is based more on what he considers to be the failures of the Obama administration rather than his hopes of a Romney administration. “I wouldn’t say that I’m so much for Romney as I’m voting against Obama,” Kucherovsky said. “I’m not really enthusiastic about either candidate, but I’m voting for what I consider to be the lesser of two bad options.” Kucherovsky selected health care as the issue that matters most to him in the election. Kucherovsky wants to be an actuary for an insurance agency, and the Affordable Care Act passed by the Obama administration has a negative impact on his industry, he said. If elected president, Romney would work with Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, according to the plan for office on Romney’s

website. “I’m just really against [the Affordable Care Act],” Kucherovsky said. “My current health care will get more expensive and be worse. If Romney is going to appeal [it], then that’s my No. 1 issue.” Overall, students picked health care as the issue most concerning them in the context of the upcoming election. Specifically, a majority of students who said they’d vote for Obama identified health care as an issue that matters most to them, including senior computer science major Andrew Pawloski. Pawloski voted for Obama in 2008 and said though he’s not thrilled with Obama’s first four years, he has earned his vote again in 2012. “I think I feel the way a lot of students do, and a lot of people who voted for Obama in the past,” Pawloski said. “Some of the promises he made the first time around haven’t been made. But the question is, ‘Is Romney going to address these in more effective ways than Obama?’ And I don’t think that’s the case.” Among undecided voters, economic issues are most important. Unemployment, taxes and the national debt were three of the five most important issues voted by Temple students. Senior risk management and mar-

keting major Myles Federico is undecided and said his vote will be based on the candidates’ economic policies. “I originally thought Romney, because he’s business savvy, but I think Obama has done better in the debates and is a more personal candidate,” Federico said. “The debates have swayed me to be undecided. Romney kept saying he has a five-point plan, but he hasn’t said too much about that plan.” Junior broadcast journalism major Tanya Hubbard said she voted for Obama in 2008, but is undecided in this election due to what she perceives as a failure of the Obama administration to pass legislation. Hubbard said she wasn’t disappointed in Obama’s first four years, but discouraged. “It’s not that I feel like [Obama] is not doing everything he can, it’s that the Democrats and Republicans are so divided that Republicans aren’t going to let him get anything done,” Hubbard said. “Nothing against him, but I need a president in office who can push bills and get things done.” The Temple News poll indicates Temple students who identify issues with the economy as most important to them are more likely to vote for Romney. Unemployment and national debt were the two most

important issues to Romney voters, while they were third and fifth most important issues to Obama voters, respectively. “I realize in the next four years I’m going to be actually searching for a job,” Kucherovsky said. “I just feel like [Romney is] better equipped to have the economy in the right state where I’m going to have a better chance to get a quality job.” “Part of it’s who I believe is going to make our economy better, but I also just don’t agree with some of the things Romney has said at all,” Martin said. “I feel that sometimes he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. And if he doesn’t know these things, how can we trust him in the White House to know what he’s doing?” According to The Temple News poll, 77 percent of Temple students are likely to vote in the upcoming election. Ten percent of students polled indicated they were undecided if they would vote in the election, while the remaining 13 percent said they would not vote at all. Election Day is Nov. 6.

election code to require voters to provide proper photo identification before casting their ballot. Adamany said poll workers have received poor guidance from the Pennsylvania Secretary of State’s Office, which may result in voters being turned away because of misconceptions about the law. He recommended Temple students to carry either a driver’s license or an Owl Card when voting in order to avoid any hassle from election officials. “Either one should be sufficient even for poll workers who have been given wrong instructions,” Adamany said. “If a student who has such identification is turned away, he or she should immediately notify the chief elections officer in their place of voting.” Redesigned Owl Cards issued earlier this year comply with the voter ID law, which requires all forms of proper photo identification to have an expiration date in order to vote. Aichele said all first-time voters are required by law to show proof of identification at the polling place. A student ID, a driver’s license or a utility bill will meet the requirement, she said. Robin Kolodny, political

science professor, said there are other precautions students must take if they want their vote to count. “First, no one can deny you the right to vote if you [are registered],” Kolodny said. “Second, you have to recall the address you registered under to make sure you go to the right polling place.” Kolodny also stressed the importance of voting on the machine rather than using a provisional or absentee ballot. “It is vastly preferable in Pennsylvania to vote on the machine,” Kolodny said. “Provisional ballots are treated much like absentee ballots, they often do not get tallied at all.” Aside from the non-implementation of the voter ID law, there is another issue that might create a muddle on Election Day. Zack Stalberg, president of the Committee of Seventy, a nonprofit government watchdog group based in Philadelphia, said he is concerned about a backlog in new voter registrations. The deadline for registering was Oct. 9. “Theoretically, the city was supposed to have processed all those applications by Oct. 26,” Stalberg said. “As of [Oct. 24] there were still 28,000 new

registrations that had not been processed in the city of Philadelphia.” Stalberg said it is likely that some people who applied on time will either not get registered or will not know that they are registered. “All we know is that if you’re registered before the deadline, you should have been processed by now,” Stalberg said. “As far as we can tell, there is not a good excuse for the situation.” For Kolodny there is another step to be taken in order to enhance the process at the polling places. “Everybody’s voting experience will be better if there is more vigilance,” Kolodny said. “Democrats and Republicans are entitled to have somebody there to watch what is going on and report any problem to the city.” The debate over safeguarding the integrity of the electoral process will continue beyond the presidential election. In Pennsylvania, voters will again argue for and against the voter ID law and the proficiency of election officials as the 2013 primaries come closer. “Changes have to be implemented in a rational way, in which everybody knows the

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their legal right to vote. Every registered voter who wishes to vote can now do so,” Dylan Morpurgo, president of Temple College Democrats, said. Erik Jacobs, chairman of Temple Univeristy College Republicans, said the student organization vehemently opposes the injuction. “Having an ID is a necessary part of daily life,” Jacobs said. “ Any legitimate vote canceled out by an illegitimate vote is voter suppression.” Pennsylvania Secretary of State Carol Aichele said in a conference call last week that election officials have been instructed to ask for photo ID so that voters begin the process of acquiring acceptable forms of identification for future elections. “Once the court [issued the injunction on the law] the number of photo IDs requested have dropped off a cliff,” Aichele said. “We had about 10,000 IDs issued through PennDOT, and about 2,500 Department of State ID cards.” Aichele said there were virtually no requests following the injunction. The voter ID law was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett on March 14 and amended the

rules and in which everybody has the time to apply them,” Stalberg said. Adamany said the ID law will be subject to further legal challenges. Stalberg and Kolodny said they believe the law will stand and that voters will have to show proper identification by the time of the next Pennsylvania primary. Carson Whitelemons, a researcher for the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonprofit policy institute based in New York, said the injunction on the law is not a guarantee against limited access to the polls. As of July, there were 758,000 registered voters in Pennsylvania and 186,830 in Philadelphia lacked state-approved identification, she said. “Urban areas pose their own problems because people living in densely populated areas are actually less likely to have the state IDs required to vote,” Whitelemons said. In comparison to Pennsylvania, non-battleground states have stricter voter ID laws in place. According to an October report issued by the Brennan Center for Justice, Indiana, Kansas, Georgia and Tennessee have “no photo ID, no vote” laws that are in effect for the general election.

“More than 1 million eligible voters in states that recently passed voter ID laws fall below the federal poverty line and live more than 10 miles from the nearest ID-issuing office open more than two days a week,” Whitelemons said. Although the national discussion has been largely focused on the voter ID laws’ impact on the presidential election, Jacobs and Stalberg deemed local elections to pose bigger challenges. “In Philadelphia alone, there have been many cases of overvoting, illegal voting and illicit voting as recently as our primary and mayoral elections,” Jacobs said. “Where elections in Philadelphia get nasty, when people try to cheat, are really on local elections where there is something very tangible at stake,” Stalberg said. “If your candidate wins he can get you a job or a scholarship. The president won’t.” Laura Ordonez can be reached at

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mother’s life at risk. Gov. Romney plans to take birth control off of insurance policies, since he’s pro-life.” Jacobs response was met with mixed reactions, most of which were outrage from women in the audience who expressed concerns with the government’s role in regulating women’s health care. The question prompted a debate between women in the audience whose views differed on health care. President Barack Obama’s recently installed Fair Pay Act was also the center of discussion for part of the teach-in. Morpurgo explained: “The Fair Pay Act was enacted so that

women get the same pay as men in the same positions.” The audience seemed satisfied with this answer, until Jacobs added” “Yes, that is what the Fair Pay Act does, but actions speak louder than words.” When asked what the president plans to do about college funding, Morpurgo said that Obama plans to reduce college tuition by 50 percent in the next 10 years and has already increased Pell Grant funding and maintained Stafford loans. Jacobs rebutted that the Republican candidate wants to get less involved with education. “Gov. Romney plans on getting the federal government out of education, which means he plans on ending the federal government’s involvement with

student loans,” Jacobs said. When the subject shifted to global warming, Morpurgo said Obama plans to focus on green energy. “Obama believes in global warming and he doesn’t laugh it off as being nonsense,” Morpurgo said. “He is taking action to get rid of America’s dependence on foreign oil and is looking into renewable energy sources.” In contrast, Jacobs said more evidence is needed before global warming can be taken seriously. “Gov. Romney wants to empower natural gas and clean coal as energy sources. He doesn’t believe in global warming since he believes that more evidence is needed,” Jacobs said. “In my opinion, green en-

ergy companies should be sent to the free market and see how they do.” The teach-in’s final subject centered on each candidate’s approach to illegal immigration. Morpurgo said he agrees with Obama’s stance on immigration. “I belive that if [immigrants] are very sick, they should be treated at the hospital, regardless of whether they are here legally or illegally,” Morpugo said. “Obama has also increased numbers in deportation of illegal immigrants, but he is not inhumane to them. He recognizes that they are people too.” Jacobs responded to Morpurgo and said that, while Obama has increased deporta-

tion, illegal immigration is still a problem in the country. “Sure, he’s increased the numbers in deportation, but there are still 12 [million] to 20 million illegal aliens still here,” Jacobs said. “I agree with Gov. Romney that we should enforce our laws in regards to illegal aliens, they’re breaking the law by being here and shouldn’t be allowed to continue to be here as free riders.” Members from TCD and TUCR had planned a debate for Tuesday, Oct. 30; he event was canceled due to the hurricane. Mary Kate Allison can be reached at

CORRECTIONS The Temple News incorrectly reported last week that construction on a new library was set to begin. No construction date has been set. The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Angelo Fichera at or 215.204.6737.




Sandy spares campus, pounds shoreline Main Campus saw minor damages from Hurricane Sandy. JOHN MORITZ ALI WATKINS The Temple News Temple was largely unscathed after taking on Hurricane Sandy in the late evening hours of Monday, Oct. 29. The system, which many news outlets have dubbed a “superstorm,” decimated areas in New Jersey, Delaware, and New York City, but left Philadelphia on its feet. While Sandy left minor marks on campus, no major damages or incidents were reported. Downed tree limbs and minor water leaks were reported, but despite Philadelphia’s Frankenstorm frenzy, Sandy passed campus by without any major hazards. Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone credited the university’s quick recovery to the extensive prepa-

rations and foresight practiced by the university community. “The students remained inside being very patient and cooperative…Temple’s executive leadership remained here throughout the storm,” Leone said. “The Temple police, Facilities Management, Computer Services, Dining Services, and Student Affairs were all working together supporting our university throughout this emergency.” Facilities personnel began the clean-up process early this morning, said Mark Gottlieb, superintendent of Service Operations. The university experienced continuing power outages at Ambler and Fort Washington campuses, but had restored power to Ambler by Tuesday night. However, Fort Washington remained without power Wednesday; professors from the campus were offered the option of holding classes at Ambler, said Ray Betzner, vice president of university communications. No power outages were reported on Main Campus, Leone

said. Several damages on Main Campus included twisted, torn and missing Temple “T” flags that hang from lamp posts throughout campus. Leaves and tree limbs were scattered on Polett Walk and many other campus streets. On the corner of 12th Street and Cecil B. More Avenue, stops lights continued to flash green, yellow and red simultaneously to the confusion of drivers brave enough to test the storm. Another light, at the corner of 11th and Diamond streets was turned around by the wind. Leone said the Philadelphia Streets Department had been notified. SEPTA reopened several transportation routes, including the Broad Street and MarketFrankord lines, 80 percent of bus routes in the city and several trolley lines, beginning at noon Tuesday. By Wednesday, the transportation authority had restored its Regional Rail line. Throughout the region, high winds and storm surges decimated low lying coastal ar-

eas, and left millions on the East Coast without power. In New Jersey and Long Island, wind gusts peaked at 90 mph, according the National Weather Service. In New Jersey, the storm surge left many coastal towns such as Seaside Heights and Atlantic City under water. In New York City, subways and road tunnels were flooded with water hours after they were forced to shut down by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The storm knocked out power for 436,000 PECO costumers in the Philadelphia area, including 32,000 in the city, according to a company press release. At least 50 people were killed as a result of the hurricane and subsequent storm in the United States. Total losses from the storm could cost the U.S. up to $30 million, according to Eqecat, a risk consulting firm that specializes in catastrophes.

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Little-known fund helps misfortunate Fund aims to help students in dire need of financial help. EDWARD BARRENECHEA The Temple News During the past four years, more and more students have been forced to look for other means of getting by and a littleknown program at Temple has been there to help in extreme cases of need. Through the help of private donors, students in need of emergency assistance have been able to apply for help through the Student Emergency Aid Fund since 1994. Director of Finances and Accounting David Broadus manages the program, which acts as a life preserver to students in precarious situations, through the Student Affairs office. Financial awards given out by the program increased from 2011 to 2012 with 116 awards given out in fiscal year 2012

and 99 awards given out in fiscal year 2011, Broadus said. He added that the amount of students participating in the program has increased each of the last four years. According to program guidelines, the fund is designed to help students deal with unforeseen hardships during their college careers. Broadus also emphasized that this program should be considered as a last alternative to financial aid, loans and other funding. Students have to show that they are in an extreme emergency situation in order to receive aid, such as money for medication, textbooks or food. “The fund is on a firstcome, first-serve basis,” Broadus said. Applicants can only apply once a year. The guidelines explain that students may receive increments up to, but not exceeding, $400 for emergencies, except on rare occasions. Broadus said the money is a gift to students and doesn’t need to be paid back. “Exceptions can be made,

depending on the individual’s circumstances,” Broadus said. One example of an exception he stated was if someone initially applies for the fund in order to have food on the table, and in the following week, there was a fire that caused destruction to the applicant’s home. Special circumstances like this could get Broadus and the program to perform beyond the means of the guidelines, he said. Once the student reports his or her grievances, the process of the Student Emergency Aid Fund begins. The fund has a current balance of approximately $10,000, Broadus said. The balance will remain, until a student is directly informed of the program by a Temple staff member. “Students are usually referred to me for funding,” Broadus said. “Students who identify themselves to the university’s financial aid office, the office of the Dean of Students or referred by [a] member of the Temple community will be considered for aid.” Numerous departments,

such as Campus Safety Services and Counseling and Student Financial Services, are involved in the referral process. Each case is different, and after the initial referral from a department, they will have to fill out an application for the program. Qualified students then meet with Broadus to discuss further details about the fund. In order for students to apply for funds, they must contact Broadus to set up an appointment. “One of the reasons for the meeting is to go over the guidelines, determine if they are eligible for funding, before they fill out an application and spend more time,” Broadus said. From the initial meeting, up to qualifying a student for the program, the process takes 15 to 20 minutes, he said. Broadus said the amount of students referred to the program may have increased because of financial obstacles such as the economic downturn and the rising cost of higher education. The fund started in 1994 under a program called Temple Way that partnered with the

United Way. According to the university’s website, Temple Way was an annual campaign that collected funds from a number of organizations, and distributed it to individual health and social services around Philadelphia. Four years ago, Temple began to transition more of the operation from the United Way to the university. One of the main reasons for the transition was that when donations came through the United Way, the organization took a small administrative fee from the donations. Now, every dollar given to the fund by donors is set aside for students. Donations are mainly made by alumni, parents, staff and the Temple community, Broadus said. “This is all outside contributions, no Temple funds are used,” Broadus said. United Way donors from when the program started in 1994 are still donating today. Broadus said that a small amount of donations still come through United Way. “I am not a direct partner

with the United Way, but I still get a check from them,” Broadus said. The program is not widely advertised because it does not receive money from Temple to spread the word about the program, Broadus said. He added that since the fund has a “modest” amount of money, it wouldn’t be able to handle an onslaught of aid requests. Broadus said he feels very committed to the program, especially when it comes to helping students with situations they cannot foresee or control. “It is a wonderful feeling to receive the level of appreciation from our students and folks that contribute to the Student Emergency Aid Fund,” Broadus said. “Donors truly give from the heart. Members of my Temple family are big time advocates for students.”

veloped, the verification system is ranked as one of the most important topics that needs to be addressed. The verification system requires Temple to certify every piece of data on an application when it is randomly selected by the federal processor. Then, Temple sends out missing information notifications to the respective students and their financial aid cannot be awarded until their requirements are satisfied. The verification system is the root of many issues at SFS, Fennell said. “We did not begin the verification process until late spring, early summer. I can tell you that is too late to start the process. I want to start the process in early spring,” Fennell said. “If I start asking for documents in March and you and your parents get them to me in April, I will have you wrapped up in May. Once you are wrapped up, you know what your award is for the fall.” “Part of my plan is to give the students much more time to figure out how to pay and what their aid is going to be,” Fennell added. “Time allows you to plan and planning allows you to be successful. In my opinion, we weren’t giving students enough time.” However, Fennell also said that part of the responsibility falls on the students.

“I always think of financial aid in terms of a partnership. I want to help the students as much as I can and I am willing to do as much as I can, but I do always need the students and sometimes the parents to do a few things as well,” Fennell said. Fennell said he believes that starting the verifications process sooner will result in less students needing to visit the office at the beginning of fall semester, reducing the wait time that many students face. Sophomore music education major Daniel Young is one of those students who has been caught in the unfortunate situation. “In the last three semesters between myself and my mother, we have logged over 20 hours on hold with financial aid and that is unacceptable,” Young said. Young is not alone. At the Oct. 15 Temple Student Government General Assembly meeting, TSG Student Body President David Lopez held an open forum where students could voice their concerns about SFS. Some of the complaints included not being able to reach an operator when the student calls, having to visit the office multiple times to address a problem and not being able to set up an appointment.

Speaking on the issue of long waiting times, Fennell said he comes from a system that has low wait times for students no matter what time of the year. “When I came from ASU, the longest wait time we would have at the beginning of the fall, which is the busiest, was 20 minutes and that was for half of a day. Where here, unfortunately, it could be two hours and we could have that for several days,” Fennell said. “We don’t do enough to create a smooth process for them to come through. So, in doing that we have too many manual steps, we have too many steps and the website and other things do not provide enough [information].” Furthermore, Fennell and his team have plans to develop a new website to include more detailed information and utilize the financial portion of the TUportal for a more comprehenCraig Fennell brings more than 20 years of experience to his sive overview of student aid. new role as director of SFS. | ABI REIMOLD TTN After graduating from Iona College in New York with de- student financial roles as associ“I’m still learning some of grees in history and economics, ate director at Duke University the processes, so I try to be careFennell worked on Wall Street and the Massachusetts Institute ful,” Fennell said. “You can’t for Chemical Bank before leav- of Technology and director at make a decision until you have ing and starting a job at Iona Marist and Newbury Colleges. everything you need and know College’s student financial serAs for his relocation, Fen- everything you need to know.” vices. nell has yet to try a cheesesteak Fennell never left the finan- or Hooter, he said. Laura Detter can be reached at cial services business, which he Fennell and his team have jokes is a detriment to his wal- hopes to noticeably change SFS let, and now joins the SFS office and the financial aid system by with more than 20 years of ex- the time the 2013 financial aid perience. Fennell has worked in season begins in January.

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SFS director brings plan, experience to role Director came to Temple in April after nearly a decade at Arizona State. LAURA DETTER The Temple News Craig Fennell has a list hanging on his office wall with nearly 20 processes in the student financial aid system that he wants to improve during the next year. “Unlike saying I have a dream, but I don’t know if it will ever come true, this is more like a vision and I have seen it before, so I know it is doable,” said Fennell, the new director of Student Financial Services. Fennell joined Temple in April after departing from Arizona State University, where he spent nearly 10 years as executive director of student financial assistance. He replaced former director John Morris, who retired but continues to work on a part-time basis. “[At ASU], we accomplished a lot and the office kind of ran itself. I wanted to come back closer to family and friends, [who] are in New York and up and down the Eastern seaboard, so I saw Temple was open and I applied and I got the job,” Fennell said. On the list Fennell has de-


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in an area that maintains the unique urine smell of Philadelphia mixed with the trash aroma that lines the desolate streets.

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(66%) (32%)

*Sources: The New York Times exit polls, US Census Bureau

52% 50%


quite tragically, to persuade this 13 percent to reconsider their decision. And so attention must be turned to the 10 percent who reported that they were undecided as to whether they would be voting on Nov. 6. The Temple News would like to encourage that 10 percent to reclassify themselves as definite voters. Whatever investment of time and energy required to vote is well worth it. On the municipal, state and national stages, the issues have been very real. The repercussions are, to be frank, massive. The Temple News urges all eligible and registered voters to use the remaining times before the election to ensure that they are well-informed on the stances of the candidates and cast a ballot that best represents their own personal beliefs. This encouragement stands regardless of which candidate these voters ultimately decide to support. The Temple News does not believe its place is to endorse a particular candidate. But it does believe in endorsing democracy, which only functions if the citizenry is engaged, critical and active.


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tatistics support the oft-cited claim that young people are comparatively apathetic about voting. In 2008, a year that featured a presidential candidate who supposedly resonated with young people like few others, less than half of the eligible voters ages 18 to 24 bothered to cast ballots, according to the United States Census Bureau. And yet this was viewed as a great success, because it still marked a 2 percentage point increase from the 2004 election and a whopping 9 percentage point jump from 2000. These numbers may seem depressing, even dismal. But the truth is that they are worse than that. They are disgraceful. The Temple News believes all voters, regardless of party affiliation or political ideology, should view voting as a responsibility entrusted to them and to act accordingly. This especially holds true for young voters. With that firmly held belief in mind, The Temple News would also like to mention its pleasant surprise when the results from a campus-wide poll showed a mere 13 percent rate of refusal to vote. It is too late,

The Temple News encourages all students to excercise their right to vote.


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Voter initiative

of The Temple News, and we applaud it and its volunteers. More information on Mighty Writers can be found on P. 17. The bond formed between creative individuals and Philadelphia youth at Mighty Writers is something that The Temple News hopes to see students echo. While the university doesn’t require students to register service hours each semester, The Temple News encourages students to dedicate their time and talent to an outreach effort. In the Living section, readers will see the community service efforts provided by individuals, campus organizations and students as part of their classroom requirements. The Temple News encourages more Temple professors to consider incorporating some kind of service into their courses to get students off Main Campus and into the community. Whether it’s cleaning North Philly streets or donating to our neighbors along the East Coast affected by Hurricane Sandy, we hope this issue inspires you to pay it forward.

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his week, The Temple News presents its first Service Issue. The Living section’s content contains articles focused on community service projects and the people who do them, both in the city and at Temple. While the efforts of students and Temple organizations receive coverage by The Temple News staff on a weekly basis, a special issue was created to highlight these acts. Half of this issue’s advertisement revenue – $1,187.72 – is being donated to a charity chosen by The Temple News staff: Mighty Writers. The Philadelphia-based nonprofit offers resources and instruction to students ages 7 to 17 to help them improve critical thinking and writing skills, always enforcing their message that the pen is mightier than the sword – even in the smallest of hands. Mighty Writers offers a free daily afterschool academy, night and weekend writing classes, a Mighty Teen Scholars program, SAT prep courses and college essay writing classes to more than 1,000 kids each year. The organization’s mission is consistent with the core values

The Temple News presents its Service Issue to recognize those who volunteer.

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No matter the side, voting is a duty


Scott introduces a section of election coverage designed to challenge students to vote.

s you probably have noticed, this edition of The Temple News’ News and Opinion sections have adopted an election theme. When the idea for this theme was initially concocted, I can assure you the motivation was never to convince college students to vote for a particular candidate. As such, you won’t find any endorsement here in this article. That is not to say that I don’t have an opinion on the matter – what would an Opinion editor be without one? – but to say that I believe there is a more important issue at stake. According to the U.S. Cen-

sus Bureau, only 49 percent of people ages 18 to 24 voted in the 2008 presidential election. That’s compared to an already dismal 64 percent of the general population that voted. And that was an up year for our demographic. It’s hardly a secret that young people rarely bother to vote. Perhaps we’re a disillusioned bunch. Perhaps we’re under the belief that no one will hear our voices. Or perhaps we just need a reason to be excited. In this Opinion section, you can find opposing articles on who college students should vote for, a piece on the importance of third party candidates

and an article praising the efforts of state election officials. If you visit our website, you will also find a series of Letters to the Editor, all thematically linked to the 2012 presidential election. What I hope you find is a reason to be excited about the election. I hope that if you’re someone who is registered but unsure if you should bother voting, that you decide sometime while reading this material that you should. Avoid hitting that snooze button. When your boss calls, start coughing into your phone. Email your professors and tell them those essays will have to wait. Do what it takes to

exercise what many call a right, but what is really more accurately described as a duty. Democracy doesn’t work if the “demos” are easily dissuaded from activity. And, not to harp on this point, but we do live in a society where your vote does actually matter for something. There are several countries in this world where people either have no votes at all or might as well not. There are populaces where people turn out to voting places knowing full well that the result will be a 99.9 percent victory for the incumbent no matter what. Yet we’re the complacent

ones. Who you vote for is of shockingly little importance to me. You could write in my name for all I would care. Don’t, because I’m certainly not 35 yet. But you get the idea. Democrat. Republican. Libertarian. Socialist. Yes, there are real differences between these groups. But the bigger difference will be the one you make on Nov. 6. Zack Scott can be reached at or on Twitter @ZackScott11.


Obama most aware of student issues


Bosak endorses President Barack Obama, praising the work he’s capable of doing for young voters.


his election is important. As Taylor Garland, president of Penn State Students for Barack Obama explained, the issues that define this election are ones that will form the foundation of our country moving forward – just one more reason that the youth vote is as important as ever. “Regardless of where we go to school or live, we are faced with the same issues as young people,” Garland said. “The growing divide between the rich and poor, the fight for equality for all and the need to make both college and health care affordable for everyone are the same issues faced by young people.” These issues will shape our nation for generations to come, no matter who we elect. So let’s make sure we elect the person with our best interests in mind.


President Barack Obama knows how to create jobs. We have had 31 consecutive months of job growth that added 5.2 million private sector jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And

he has provided detailed plans on how he would further spur job growth in a second term. By cutting tax rates for domestic manufactures, ending tax breaks for outsourcing, creating subsidies for insourcing and training workers by investing $2 million in community colleges, President Obama has said we can generate 1 million new manufacturing jobs by 2016. And when you hear President Obama say that he will “invest in a nation at home,” he means half of the savings from ending overseas operations will be put to repairing roads, bridges, highways and ports – an infrastructure improvement program that will require thousands or even a million jobs.


laws passed to protect the rights of the LGBT community. And beyond establishing the White House Council on Women and Girls and other positive legislation for women, he understands that a woman’s health care choices are personal decisions best made with her doctor – and without interference from politicians.


The Affordable Care Act was one of the most monumental laws passed by the Obama Administration. As a nation, it is a big step forward considering we are the only country that spends way more on health care per person than most countries with free, universal health care. In terms of affecting us as a group specifically, it allows us to be covered under our parents’ policies until we turn 26. As a result, 91,000 young adults gained insurance coverage in Pennsylvania as of December 2011. It will also help us in years to come. Effective under the law by 2014, if you’re unemployed with an income up to $15,000 per year as a single person, you may be eligible for health care coverage under Medicaid, and if your income is less than $43,000 as a single and not offered affordable coverage by your job, tax credits can help pay for insurance. Plus, we are now covered for preventive services with no co-pay costs. Health care plans can no longer exclude, limit or deny coverage to anybody based on pre-existing conditions and women can no longer be charged a higher premium than men.


Obama cares about protecting the rights of every individual. And the laws he passed to ensure these rights are important as they affect many in our diverse Temple community. In terms of creating an atmosphere of equality in the White House, President Obama has led by example. He has appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history including more women appointees than any other president, the most U.S. gay officials, the first transgender appointment and the first Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy, Kareem Dale, a legally blind man. President Obama has also passed legislation to empower these disenfranchised groups. The repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and the presidential memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other in federally funded hospitals, were two of many

Romney policies will help save students

Obama cares about protecting the rights of every individual.



O’Donnell argues Gov. Mitt Romney offers a fresh perspective for college-aged voters.


ver feel like your parents’ “career advice” doesn’t align with the real world? Maybe they’re baby-boomerera optimists who chirp that queasy “follow your dreams” trope as your student debt balloons to the size of a small mortgage. Or maybe they insist you “ride out the recession” in graduate school, driving you straight into debtors’ prison. Things have changed since their time. The economy is bleak. About 50 percent of today’s college graduates can’t find jobs. Politics are bleak, too. But some politicians’ ideas are still better than others. If either candidate can promise you the same shot in life your parents had, it’s Mitt Romney.


Let’s start with the unemployment rate – 7.8 percent as of last month. Here’s something darker: the loss of construction and manufacturing jobs that aren’t likely to return will probably mean a long road back to full employment. Manufacturing shrunk from 31 percent of employment in 1950 to 4 percent today. This is because new technologies

allow us to produce much more with far fewer workers – the same reason we don’t all farm anymore. Construction was fueled by the housing boom. We now have more houses than we can buy. These workers need to be retrained for new industries like health care and technology services. That’s Romney’s plan. Obama proposes a $447 billion “American Jobs Act” designed largely to subsidize construction. He also claims he’ll add 1 million manufacturing jobs. This is nostalgia. And it overlooks the next generation – us – who have no intention of working in these industries. Most of us want upwardly mobile, professional jobs which actually can bounce back. They would do so more rapidly if A m e r i c a didn’t have a 39 percent corporate tax rate – the highest in the world. Romney wants to lower it to 25 percent. This would increase government revenues by encouraging firms to invest in America and would help college grads start careers.

rising and hordes of baby boomers are retiring, all of whom are living longer and all of whom left fewer kids – us – to foot the bill. If taxes stay fixed, only 1 percent of revenue will be left for discretionary spending – like education, the environment, food stamps and infrastructure – by 2020. By 2052, all money will go toward entitlements. To avoid this, your lifetime tax burden must increase to 71 percent. We must reduce these programs’ costs. But Obama champions security for seniors, meaning he will leave entitlements unchanged. Romney is our advocate on this. He proposes raising the retirement age, which could close 70 percent of Social Security’s funding gap.

“If either


After paying your new taxes, check your health insurance bill – it’ll cost one third of your income by 2030. T h a t ’ s because, currently, insurers are almost monopolies. Why? People who accept their employer’s health insurance receive tax credits, while those who shop around don’t. Employers, in turn, can only choose from the handful of insurers licensed by their state. If consumers could shop for good insurers at low prices, competition would drive down insurance costs. Insurers could restore profitability by pressuring hospitals to lower prices. Hospitals have the tools: Philly’s life sciences industry churns out cost cutting innovations each day. But only competition spurs frugality. “Obamacare” proposes to solve a problem of costs by

candidate can promise you the same shot in life your parents had, it’s Mitt Romney.


But a job won’t do you much good if 71 percent,the number projected by economists Alan Auerbach and Laurence J. Kotlikoff projected for future generations in 1994, of every dime you make for the rest of your life pays for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. No kidding. If these programs aren’t curbed, your future is ruined. Today, roughly half of the taxes taken from your paycheck go to just those three entitlement programs. Meanwhile, health care costs keep



“Do you intend to vote? If

yes, in person or via absentee ballot? If not, why?


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“Yeah. Ballot because I registered back home over the summer.”

“No, I’m not voting. I don’t like either candidate, and I haven’t researched them well enough.”








“Yes. Via ballot because I’m from California, and it’s complicated over there.”




Third parties can offer glimpse of variety



Reimold argues that third party candidates deserve equal attention.

nions sizzle in my frying pan as I crack an egg and turn the dial to National Public Radio: the morning routine. I relish this time, before the day starts, during which I can nourish my body while giving ear to some colorful audio news stories about my city and world. Recently, though, I find myself hitting play on the Misfits CD that lives in the kitchen than tune in to WHYY. Almost as egregious as the fundraisers that halt normal programming begging for listeners’ support is the monotonous presidential race coverage. For months, the media has given us a tedious stream of “Obama did this” and “Romney said that” tidbits from the campaigns that will just get buried under the next day’s barrages. Personally, I prefer to wash my breakfast down with “Some Kinda Hate.” Searching for options is daunting in a political system gridlocked by two huge, powerful parties. Political discussions that my professors have facili-

tated in classes this year mostly show disillusionment with the two potential presidents that are fighting for our vote but won’t necessarily be responsive to our interests if elected. A few weeks ago, I stumbled across the Project Vote Smart website, and its VoteEasy presidential candidate matchup. I rated how important certain policy issues are to me. At the conclusion of the quiz, I found Rocky Anderson to be my presidential soulmate. I had never heard of him before, so I looked him up. Everything I read sounded great. Anderson co-formed the Justice Party, as a platform to run. The Justice Party emphasizes escaping from a two-party system locked down by corporate interests, while perusing sustainable social, economic, and environmental policy that will benefit the general public. According to OnTheIssues, Anderson’s platform reads like a left-leaning college student’s dream. He’s willing to address all the issues that bug us and

steer politicians’ hands out from the pockets of the corporations we despise. I’ve been of voting age for two years, but haven’t bothered registering until recently because of an overwhelming apathy toward politics that I share with many of my peers. Many young people are cynical because they feel that their vote cannot make a dent in a government filled with politicians who cater to the big businesses that fund their campaigns. Even though the media has been blasting us for months with information and updates about the race to the White House, few Pennsylvanians have heard about Anderson and his campaign. When he came to speak in Harrisburg in August, only 15 attendees bothered to come and listen. Why the lack of attention and publicity? Why don’t we see any Anderson campaign swag? Primarily, this is because ballot restrictions in Pennsylvania and other states make it extremely difficult for third parties

to slip onto the ticket. Without the funds to canvas for his name and vision, it becomes very difficult to get the required 2 percent of Pennsylvania’s population to sign a petition that would allow a third party on the state’s ballot. I came across a website for The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Reform Coalition, and found that it is headquartered in Swarthmore. I headed out there the following Saturday to meet Bob Small, one of the coalition’s co-founders and a member of the Green Party. He was able to give me some insight into the failure of third parties in our current political climate. Like any political party, the success rate of third parties is dependent on how many votes they get. But instead of rallying others and spreading the word about their candidates, their time and energy is spent attempting to get their candidates on the ballot. The coalition has worked for the past few years to try to pass a ballot access bill that

would ease the process for third parties. The bill would end the requirement that in order to run local candidates, third parties must also run national candidates. “Third parties generally get caught up in trying to get our candidate on the ballot, and since most of us are volunteers, that’s all we have time for,” Small said. All of this reminds me of a line from a Misfits song that I so often choose to listen to instead of the reports on attacks made by neck-and-neck presidential candidates: “This is a static age we live in!” The album produced in 1997 turns into some kind of morning prophecy. Without more variety and color in our political options, our once vibrant and passionate democracy will continue to remain gridlocked and stagnant. Abi Reimold can be reached at

Office effective despite registration conflicts


Moritz offers praise for state election officials working to ensure citizens are registered to vote.

une 18, 2012, was the day that I was born, or at least that is what my voter registration form said. It was a good two weeks beyond the voter registration deadline on Oct. 9, and I had been waiting with increasing anxiety and frustration to see my application process on the website. Then one Saturday, I checked my mail to find the very form I had filled out more than a month prior, with a birthday labeling me barely four months old highlighted in yellow ink. In my rush to re-register in the Pennsylvania at one of the registration porto-booths set up in and near Main Campus, I had mistakenly written the date of my birth 19 years after the actual event. Apparently, I haven’t learned a lot in those 19 years. Luckily, the voter registration office of Philadelphia County – which has been out of the spotlight – quickly handled my mistake. I took note that the

staff has been working diligently during election season, while controversy swirls about a voter ID law that has left many voters disillusioned with the voting process. W h i l e state representatives and officials have come under fire for the enjoined law, which as of this Election Day will not be in effect, the people of the state’s voter registration office have been working tirelessly through a non-partisan effort to get as many people registered as possible. When I received my letter that my registration could not be processed due to an error, my first thought was that, for the second time in as many years, I would be ineligible to vote due

to the inefficiency of the bureaucratic system that handles voting. The letter informed me that I had until Oct. 22 to resubmit my registration. It was late Sunday, I was stuck on Main Campus the next day and I know that the Postal Service never works that fast, even to send something down Broad Street. However, my calls to the office Monday afternoon were answered by a woman named Donna, who assured me that her office would take the time to process my registration even beyond the deadline. Donna even took the time to take down my information, speak with her supervisor and tell me exactly what I had to do to make sure I would be able to vote Nov. 6.

“Various voter

registration offices deserve credit for working beyond the time they are required.

I made a mistake, and that was my fault. If I had been told “tough luck” by the woman at the voter registration office, I would have accepted the consequences of hurrying my registration. Last year, however, I was denied my vote by another office in another state, and it was not my fault. My freshman year, I decided I would continue to vote in my hometown in Connecticut. I submitted my application for an absentee ballot well ahead of schedule and waited. My wait continued, and by the time I realized that my form had been lost in the system, it was too late. The city clerk, whose office handles voter registration in my hometown, was running for mayor, and would have had my vote, had his office sent me one. Too bad he ended up losing the election. I care about my right to vote, and I was mad when my

absentee ballot failed to be delivered. That was actually a large part of my decision to re-register in Pennsylvania this fall. While the state rightfully deserves criticism for an unjust law that could disenfranchise thousands of voters in future elections, the people in the various voter registration offices deserve credit for working overtime to handle the influx of registrations for a major presidential elections. From my own experience, not every system works as well, and the residents of this state should be thankful that there are people looking out for and working to fulfill our enfranchisement. John Moritz can be reached at or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.

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STEVEN BELL WROTE ON “FARRADAY: LIBRARY PATRONS SHOULD STUDY MANNERS” ON OCT. 23 9:19 P.M. Thanks for sharing this message Bridget. The number one complaint we get at Paley Library is about the noise levels. Just clarifying that the second level has a “noise tolerant” side (the east or 12th st)) and a quiet zone side (the west – or 13th st side). The good news is that Temple students make heavy use of the Paley Library. Unfortunately with so many students in the building there is bound to be noise, especially when students are socializing. The challenge is balancing the needs of those who want quiet and those who want to socialize. The staff of the TU Libraries wants to help every Temple student to achieve academic success. Your call for students to respect the study needs of their fellow students when in the library is a much needed reminder.

SEAN SAYS ON “COLUMNISTS SUGGEST FRIEND ZONE EXIT: START BEING A FRIEND” ON OCT. 23 AT 12:39 P.M. I agree with a lot of the ideas in this article, but it is written in an overly hostile tone. It would have been more helpful and I would take it more seriously if both sides of the argument were discussed; I believe the article would also have more credibility if it was joint authored by a male and a female, instead. Don’t get me wrong, this column makes interesting and important claims, but honestly it sounds more like a bitter response to past experience (that even may have been misconstrued, considering how one-sided this article is), rather than a useful piece of writing that all Temple students can apply to their own individual lives.

JONAH COOPER SAYS ON “SMASH COMMEMORATES LOSS” ON OCT. 22 AT 5:12 P.M. This was a very well written article. Thank you very much.

JULES SAYS ON “JIMENEZ: THRIFTY THREADS MAKE URBAN FASHION AFFORDABLE” ON OCT. 24 AT 2:25 P.M. Well written article. You have a bright future.


President Obama understands that higher education is a necessity and has been working toward making it a reality for everyone. He also understands the crisis on our hands with $8.1 billion in defaulted private loans and student loan debt has been estimated to be as high as $1 trillion. In 2010, Obama increased funding for student loans and Pell Grants. He also cut subsidies for private banks that were providing loans to college students, which provided $40 billion in savings, helping to

expand the Pell Grant program until 2020. Obama also called on Congress to keep rates on new subsidized Stafford loans at 3.4 percent instead of doubling them this past summer.


In Obama’s Announcement Speech in Springfield, Ill., Feb. 10, 2007, he said: “Let us be the generation that reshapes our economy to compete in the digital age. Let’s set high standards for our schools and give them the resources they need to succeed. Let’s recruit a new army of

teachers, and give them better pay and more support in exchange for more accountability. Let’s make college more affordable, and let’s invest in scientific research, and let’s lay down broadband lines through the heart of inner cities and rural towns all across America.” Let’s be that generation. Let’s give him four more years to succeed. Bri Bosak can be reached at or on Twitter @BriBosak.

Romney talks jobs for grads ROMNEY PAGE 5 spending more – roughly $1.7 trillion between 2014 and 2024. Romney addresses the problem directly. He will end employer tax credits and allow us to purchase insurance from any state.


Math quiz: After cutting your income 71 percent then docking one-third of what’s left for health insurance, how much is left to repay student loans – currently $26,000 worth on average? Answering “not enough” isn’t an option, since student loans can’t be cleared by bankruptcy. That’s why federal Pell Grants and Stafford loans aren’t

doing us a favor. Since the higher education industry can’t quickly scale-up – new college dorms are expensive – handing college students $65 billion in tuition subsidies simply inflates prices. Private schools raise tuition 80 cents for each $1 of new Pell Grants. Public schools cut aid by 60 cents. Obama doubled Pell Grants from $18 billion in the 200809 school year to $36 billion in 2011-12. That equals roughly $11.5 billion in tuition hikes and lost aid – or about $4,000 per U.S. student. Tuition subsidies were meant to help the poor. Now fed-

eral aid reaches families making up to $200,000. Romney will help curb tuition subsidies – and thus tuition – by refocusing aid on the needy, lowering student loan burdens for the rest.


Your student loans should buy more than a future spent nobly repaying your parents’ Social Security debts while your headaches go untreated by Gucci-priced health care monopolies. Policies matter. Vote for good ones. Carl O’Donnell can be reached at




This year, The Temple News has decided to begin a new tradition with its Service Issue. This week, instead of the Living section, readers will find six pages of content dedicated to different service initiatives and those who take the time to give back to their community. Whether its service projects by students who plant trees for class credit, or those who go above and beyond what is asked of them like senior placekicker Brandon McManus and Capt. Eileen Bradley of Campus Safety Services, everything and everyone featured in this section merits a recognition. On Page 17, readers will see a story on Mighty Writers, a Philadelphia based organization that promotes literacy and writing skills to middle and high school students. The Temple News has decided to donate half of this week’s advertising revenue – $1,187.72 – to Mighty Writers for its work in Philadelphia. - Luis Fernando Rodriguez, Living Editor

Project makes lasting impact Students have raised more than $160,000 for various charities as part of their entrepreneurial marketing class. MELLISA PASCALE

“I am using ‘10-

10-10’ as the first step to honor my grandmother.

Frank Fusaro / senior entrepreneurial major

So far, UnLitter Temple has held an open mic night at Saxbys to fundraise. Stube said the program is completely nonprofit. “Any money that is not used goes back into UnLitter Temple [for the next event],” Stube said. Its next fundraising endeavor, Stube said, will be held on Oct. 31 in Alter Hall, where UnLitter Temple members will be selling dirt pudding. The time is still being determined, but the group has pointed interested parties to its Facebook page for




Capt. Eileen Bradley, Philadelphia’s first female officer, is now a local liason. LIVING DESK 215-204-7416


Canned food drive allows students to bid for dates in auction. LIVING@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM


The Temple News is donating money from the Service Issue to Mighty Writers.




Eileen Bradley

Philadelphia’s first female officer finds her place at Main Campus as a liason between the local community and the university. NICKEE PLAKSEN The Temple News Captain of Special Services Eileen Bradley of Campus Safety Services has worked with Temple’s police forces since 1972 after her graduation from Temple. She was the first woman to patrol the streets of Philadelphia and has climbed the ranks of Campus Safety Services. Bradley does much more than patrol the streets these days. She acts as a liaison between the local neighborhood communities and the resident student population living in the surrounding areas of Temple. Her re-

sponsibilities are important to keeping the peace in the neighborhoods and showing students and locals alike that they can get along and help each other out. “I want to show people that we are much more than a police department,” Bradley said. The Temple News: How did you start out as a police officer? Eileen Bradley: My whole career has been through Temple. First, I graduated from Temple but I was also the first woman police officer to patrol the streets of Philadelphia, but it was through Temple University Campus police in 1972. I started out as a patrol officer – and there were

female police officers in the Philadelphia Police Department, but none of them were on the streets patrolling. And [one other girl] and I were the first women in Philadelphia to patrol. TTN: How did the men police officers handle the breakthrough of women patrol officers? EB: It was very, very difficult in the beginning because it was something new and they were not used to having women on patrol. Most of the time [women] just worked in the juvenile division or inside in the office. So, at the time I was a little bit of a trailblazer and it was a little difficult at times, but there were plenty of people around to help me. It was kind of like a man’s world at the time, as far as the police force is concerned. TTN: How did they treat you? EB: Sometimes [they were disrespectful] when making an arrest, but sometimes I found it was a little easier, because I think people were taken aback… and even today, I think women can sometimes talk people into situations more when they don’t have to revert to using force for something. I believe in certain situations women can be more effective… not just because you’re a woman though. TTN: How long were you a patrol officer and what have you been doing since then? EB: I was a patrol officer for eight years and then I was promoted to sergeant. And at that point I was going to leave and go to the Philadelphia Police Department but I got promoted to sergeant and about a year later I was promoted to detective sergeant where I conducted investigations for a while. After that, I was a lieutenant for many years and then in 2005 I was promoted to Captain of special services. That includes special events, dealing with student government, dealing with all the student organizations and victims’ assistants. Anytime someone was a victim of a crime, I would contact them and make sure that they are OK, see if they need anything, see if they need help with their classes or their books… you know, if they missed class [because of what they went through] I would contact professors and let them know… myself and two or three other people take care of that. I take care of anything involving Temple student organizations, especially Temple Student Government. TTN: Have your responsibilities


changed in your position today? ers come out, the cheerleaders and EB: I still have two victims’ assis- the Diamond Gems come and even tants, but basically I’ve leaned more a couple hip hop groups from [Boyer into community relations. So I deal College of Music and Dance] come with all the neighbors, I’ve known out. It’s really a cross thing, but it’s a them for years – so I deal with any really good thing for the neighbors… community complaints and anything and it’s really for the neighborhood that’s happening in the community children. We usually have about 350 that affects the university. I’ve just children come out and I’ll get about launched the Adopt-A-Block pro- 100 student volunteers. For Thanksgram with Temple Student Govern- giving, we’re going to give out turment and other students. Over the keys to the needy families in the area. years I’ve seen more and more stu- I am doing that also with Temple dents move into the neighborhood, Student Government – we’re doing it so we’re getting the student organi- as a joint project. I just try to say that zations to adopt a block where we’ll the police department is not always a place them to clean the block and negative experience – we are much meet the neighbors. It’s community more than a police department. Our service but it’s also based on the task constituents are the students – and force and the Good Neighbor Policy. the neighbors – but mostly the stuThey put a task force dents. My job is to together to deal with see that the students neighborhood isare OK. And that’s sues… because you why we’re here. know, sometimes colTTN: What would lege students and loyou say is your bigcal neighbors don’t gest challenge as exactly have the same liaison between hours of operation. the local commuTTN: What is nity and the stuyour opinion on dent population? the influx of stuEB: The biggest dents moving into challenge is trying to Eileen Bradley / captain, special the neighborhood? show the neighbors services EB: I believe it’s that it is, in fact, only a good thing, I believe a small percentage of the neighborhood is really revital- students that cause problems. I try to ized with the stores and I believe that act on it right away, if they have to this program is just one [place to go before the University Disciplinstart] – there are many other things ary Committee or if they have to that can be done, too. I think it’s a go out and do community service. good thing for the students and the Most of the time, if I go to a house neighborhood and the neighbors after hearing about an issue, I do not can see that it’s only a small per- even have to go very far. Most of centage causing issues. Most of the the students already know and they students can bring vitality and re- understand. But the biggest issue vitalization to the neighborhood. the neighbors complain about is the TTN: What other community trash. I think it’s a matter of [educatprojects are you working on? ing students ]when trash day is, [and] EB: One of the big projects that what the rules are. I run a program at I have coming up – which is really the beginning of the semester called good for the university, students and Welcome Wagon. We go to four difneighbors too – is we have an annual ferent quadrants around the campus neighborhood’s children’s party for and give out trash information, recy350 of the neighborhood children. I cling cans… the neighbors will come have numerous student organizations out too, I’ll hand out smoke detectors that are going to come out and help and try to reeducate. Because I think too. This is another good thing that they want to be responsible adults, the students do to give back to the but they just don’t know. We need to neighborhood, and I do it through just educate them because we have my department, but they all come out students moving in all the time. and volunteer. The Liacouras Center Nickee Plaksen can be reached at gives me the Center for free, we have entertainment – the basketball play-

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students can bring vitality and revitalization to the neighborhood.

Greek life on Main Campus leads way in service efforts Students involved in Greek life take part in service efforts depending on who they pledge with. JULIE ZEGLEN The Temple News They can be found on Liacouras Walk and by the Bell Tower on any given day – students donning lettered T-shirts, rattling change-filled containers and calling for donations to breast cancer research and domestic violence awareness. Yes, those ubiquitous Greeks. It’s not all can shakes and bake sales, though. President of the Interfraternity Council and Phi Kappa Theta member Kevin Bargeron said philanthropy is among the four pillars of Greek life, which also includes scholarship, brotherhood and leadership. “The primary reason that Greek organizations exist is brotherhood and sisterhood, but the second is philanthropy,” Bargeron said. Temple boasts more than 1,000 students involved in Greek life throughout 36 registered organizations on Main Campus. Among these are the four sororities that make up the Panhellenic Association and the 10 fraternities that form the Interfraternity Council. There are also six Multicultural Greek Council fraternities, eight Multicultural Greek Council sororities, four National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and three National Pan-Hellenic Council sororities. Each group employs the four pillars and, in turn, is involved with service. Every Greek chapter on campus officially supports at least one health or social problem by raising money and awareness through events and activities. Delta Phi Epsilon holds a minimum of two major events each school year to benefit its chosen causes. In the fall, it hosts “Deepher Dude” to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. “It’s basically a male beauty pageant,” said Courtney Bradley, vice president of programming and a senior tourism and hospital-

ity major. “Each of the fraternities in the IFC picks one guy to participate. There’s swimwear, formalwear, a talent portion and a Q&A. We sell tickets and raise money during the show, and all of the proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.” This year Delta Phi Epsilon raised approximately $8,700 for the CFF. In February, Delta Phi Epsilon also holds its “ANAD Week” in support of the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Fraternities and sororities do not limit themselves to supporting one or two causes. Alpha Epsilon Phi requires its members to participate in Initiative Hour during which members can volunteer anywhere in the community. Many choose to visit the Inglis House to assist adults with physical disabilities. The minimum service quota for each Greek organization to receive accreditation from Temple is five hours for each member. “We far exceed that,” said Bargeron, a senior philosophy and pre-law major. Collectively, the groups log thousands of volunteer hours per semester. For many prospective recruits, Greek organizations’ involvement with service is an incentive to join. “When I went out for recruitment, I really wanted to get involved with philanthropy,” said Erika Marchiondo, a junior marketing major and member of Alpha Epsilon Phi. “Like the AIDS Walk that we do, it means so much more to [those who benefit from it] than a walk. It’s such a great cause.” “I joined the organization because I didn’t feel connected to anything at Temple, and when I learned more about what the organization was and what we stood for, that’s why I stayed,” Bargeron said. Bargeron estimates that students may be as much as 60 percent more inclined to join a fraternity or sorority because of the service

The men competing for “Deepher Dude” pose with Delta Phi Epsilon members. Deepher Dude raised money for cystic fibrosis research. | COURTESY COURTNEY BRADLEY aspect it offers. “It’s good to give back. A large group of people can have a lot of power with these philanthropies,” Kristen Hartman, Alpha Epsilon Phi’s vice president of philanthropy and senior therapeutic recreation major, said. Hartman said community service can be difficult for people to initiate on their own, but that by making it a requirement for all members, a certain amount of social anxiety can be removed. But the power of those can shakes should not be underestimated. Hartman said they often raise hundreds of dollars, all of which goes directly to their respective charities. The Temple University Greek Association serves as the governing body for all Greek organizations on campus by creating programming and supporting the development of each individual organization. It organizes events such as Greek Week and Greek 101, which teaches new members the intricacies of Greek life at Temple. “This year, under TUGA’s guidance,

Greek groups are putting an emphasis on serving the local community,” Cori Shearer, TUGA president and Delta Phi Epsilon member, said. “This means they will be participating in trash cleanups, block parties and a Halloween trickor-treat on campus for kids who live in nearby neighborhoods.” Shearer, a junior public relations and management information systems double major, said all students are invited to participate in Greek-organized service activities. “If you see us canning, donate,” Shearer said. “We had 40 new students working at [a Greek-sponsored event] during FreshServe. I think that a lot of people don’t realize how involved we are.” Shearer added students are also welcome to visit TUGA’s office in the Student Center Village, where all the student organizations are, with questions or concerns about Greek life. Julie Zeglen can be reached at




For some students, ‘Terror’ is a job Dressing up with blood and guts is a part-time job in the city for students who work at Eastern State’s Terror Behind the Walls. JENELLE JANCI A&E Editor


hile most jobs for students don’t entail fake blood, fangs and color contacts, working at Terror Behind the Walls is not your average part-time job. Terror Behind the Walls is a production at the Eastern State Penitentiary on 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue. Once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, Eastern State Penitentiary is a historical landmark. Although TBTW is held at Eastern State Penitentiary, the separation of the two is stressed – TBTW is a theatrical production and Eastern State Penitentiary is a historical site. The TBTW “Scream Team” includes actors, event staff and FX makeup artists, many of which are Philadelphia-area college students. For junior English major Emily Rupert, working at TBTW has become a fixture of her fall season. “For a lot of people, [their

reason for working at TBTW is] because they love Halloween,” Rupert said. “But for me, it’s become what Halloween is. That’s what I know it to be now.” While Rupert originally applied at TBTW on a whim last year because her roommate did, senior communications major Kara Koser started seeking out possible positions for this year in February. “That is something I’ve always thought about doing,” Koser said. “When I would go to haunted houses I’d think, ‘Those people aren’t really creatures, they’re actors.’” Although the positions at TBTW vary, both Rupert and Koser are actors in the production. Koser’s role is stationary but Rupert is considered a “titan” changing roles each night. “It’s kind of more fun than having a position,” Rupert said. “It’s fun to experiment with different things and to get to be different characters each night.” Despite both Rupert and Koser having acting positions, neither of them have any professional acting experience.

However, Koser said that those in charge of hiring for TBTW are less concerned with what you have done and more concerned with what you can do. “I’m very in touch with my creative sides – acting and arts and all of that stuff,” Koser, who also auditioned for American Idol and The Voice, said. “I didn’t have any real experience in plays or anything, but the audition process for [TBTW], they weren’t really concerned with how much experience you had – just more so if you could bring it or not.” Rupert, who shares a similar lack of acting experience, had a similar outlook on the hiring process. “I can be a little wild about things, so I feel like that helps more than any theatrical background,” Rupert said. “Terror is just a place where you can sort of let loose.” Working at TBTW has an additional benefit, Rupert said – stress release. “One of the reasons I wanted to do it again is because it’s almost relaxing,” Rupert said. “You get to be somebody else,

Junior Emily Rupert moonlights as a member of the Terror Behind the Walls “Scream Team.” (Left) Last year, she performed as “Shakes,” a crazed barber.| ANGELO FICHERA TTN



Corpses serve as ‘Wheel’ connections for city audience for band cyclists at Philly Bike Expo A local music group uses unconventional instruments to play songs for the dead. MAURA FILOROMO The Temple News A Philadelphia-based orchestra plays soft and flowing music of the 1500s, originally written for the dead, as gravestones and crypts loom in the background. A cemetery is certainly not the typical venue for musicians, but then the Divine Hand Ensemble is not a typical group. In September, the ensemble performed a concert at Laurel Hill Cemetery. There were violins and cellos set up next to mausoleums. There are many reasons, besides playing in a cemetery, that makes the Divine Hand Ensemble unlike any other. They use the first electronic instrument invented – the theremin – created by Leon Theremin in the 1920s. It is often used as a spooky sound effect in sci-fi or horror movies. The Divine Hand Ensemble is led by Mano Divina, a master theremin player currently ranked third in the world. The instrument is unique in that the player does not touch anything, but instead moves his or her hands through the air controlling the pitch and volume. “There is no other instrument in the world you play without touching, strumming. You are literally pulling notes out of thin air,” Divina said. The 10-member group features classical harps, violins,

violas, cellos, guitars, glockenspiels, marimbas and the theremin. “We specialize in music that is powerful, creative and moving,” Divina said. The Divine Hand Ensemble puts the theremin back into the forefront. “Very seldom is it used musically,” Divina said. “Most people use it as a sound effect. We bring it out to the front to show people it exists and then also that serious classical music can be performed on it. It’s not just a novelty.” Divina also uses the theremin to replace the vocals in operas. “I call what we do the sound of electricity singing,” he said. Divine Hand Ensemble is also unique in that it specializes in funerary music. This type of music originated in the 1500s and was created and played exclusively for the dead. “The concept was that the funerary violinist would stay at the grave after the mourners left throughout the night to play music that would help the deceased soul realize it was dead, cleanse them of their sins and send it on to the afterlife,” Divina said. Divina said prior to the emergence of funerary music, the only music performed at funerals was targeted for the mourners of the deceased, not the deceased themselves.


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The third annual Philadelphia Bike Expo hosted cyclistfriendly events. TAYLOR FARNSWORTH The Temple News The Philadelphia Bike Expo returned to the city for a third year at the 23rd Street Armory on Oct. 27 and 28 to help promote cycling throughout the city. Philadelphia is ranked as one of the Top 20 bike-friendly cities in the country. The number of people commuting by bike in the city has increased by more than 150 percent in recent years, according to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. With an expanding cycling community throughout Philadelphia, the representation of cyclists of all levels is growing. “There really isn’t anything like this on the East Coast,” Isis Shiffer who was involved in organizing the event with Bilenky Cycles, a bike shop based in Philadelphia, said. The Philadelphia Bike Expo brings together cyclists from all backgrounds, from competitive cyclists who race in all disciplines, including mountain, track, road and cyclocross, to those who ride as messengers, commuters and leisure cyclists. The expo, which is in its third year, attracts vendors from all across the country to come and display their products and

The Philadelphia Bike Expo hosted a fashion show, combining staples of biker fashion like cycling socks with high-fashion high heels.| TAYLOR FARNSWORTH TTN services to the city of Philadelphia. Vendors showing at the expo included bike shops, cycling clothing vendors, cycling related T-shirts, jewelry, bike parts and messenger bags. Not only were there products available for the competitive cyclist, but there were also some that were relevant for anyone in the city of Philadelphia and beyond. Although the expo brings together people from all across

the country, it continues to have a hometown feel to it, said vendor Mary Elizabeth of alloneword, a handmade custom cycling hat business that she runs in Alameda, Calif. “In San Francisco it seems like a big town show, but here it seems like, ‘You’re my neighbor, come on down,’” Elizabeth said. Cycling in general is seen as a promotion for an ecofriendly lifestyle, as there is not


Activewear store Lululemon on Walnut Street hosts a free weekly yoga session at DIG Yoga. ARTSandENTERTAINMENT@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM

as much waste involved as there is with driving a car, but cycling as a sport is not free from waste entirely. When getting flat tires, the tubes and tires go to waste. Some companies have discovered a way to reduce the waste even more by incorporating the eco-friendly ways into products. “It’s about sustainable adventure, an eco-friendly lifestyle and how to reduce your



The U.K.-bred band that played in Philly on Oct. 16 talks about songwriting and stage fright.



Orchestra performs in venues, cemeteries DIVINA PAGE 9 The name “funerary music” might give the impression of being bleak or depressing, but it is delicate and often peaceful to hear. The Divine Hand Ensemble started incorporating one funerary piece per show to see how others would respond. After receiving positive feedback from audience and thousands of hits for its funerary YouTube videos, the ensemble started to include more pieces in performances. The Laurel Hill show was the first time the members performed a whole set of it. Divina noted that the reason for the disappearance of funerary music dates back to Pope Gregory XVI. He decided it was “unlawful to intercede on behalf of man for God,” Divina said. The structure of the music is composed differently because it was not meant for living. People become more interested in the theremin and funerary music as Halloween approaches. Divina even made his debut on a Halloween. However, the group members’ repertoire expands greatly beyond spookier sounds. Their sets often include contemporary music such as works by Queen and movie soundtracks. They take these songs and turn them into classical pieces. Divina noted that they begin holiday shows in November, playing songs for all denominations. The group plays across the city in all venues. “Temple is one of the places we have yet to make a performance. We would love to bring our group to Temple,” Divina said. Often people are surprised to see the theremin and do not know such an instrument exists. The group holds question and answer sessions after each performance. Most of the feedback has been positive, but there have been negative critics as well, Divina said. “One organization thought it was a magic trick,” Divina said. “They refused to accept the fact that it was real. Every now and then you’ll come across a person who just refuses to believe it’s happening.” The Divine Hand Ensemble is profiled in the new documentary called “21st Century Classical Music,” which is set to air on WHYY at the end of the year. It is a sequel to the documentary “Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey,” which tells the story of the instrument’s creator and history. The new documentary shows how current musicians are using the theremin and follows the Divine Hand Ensemble crew as they establish themselves as classical musicians in the new millennium. The group thrives by being original and creative. In the spirit of that, they have done another thing no else has. They filmed a 30-minute steampunk symphony. Steampunk is a genre of science fiction that is typically set in the Victorian Age. Divina is a fan of steampunk but realized there is not any music that matches the genre’s period – the early 1900s. In this video, “A Clockwork Universe,” the musicians play classical music corresponding to the time of steampunk with visuals depicting that time. Divina said this music moves many different types of people. “We have goth kids sitting next to little old ladies that are there for operas,” Divina said. “There is something for everyone.” Maura Filoromo can be reached at


Peace of mind doesn’t cost a dime Lululemon, an activewear store, hosts a free yoga session every Friday. CHELSEA FINN The Temple News For years, the yoga inspired athletic-wear store Lululemon has been giving people opportunities to share the yoga experience without paying the hefty price of a weekly class. The store has given free classes in Rittenhouse Square and also hosted classes in the store itself. In September, Lululemon moved its efforts to a brand new yoga studio on Fourth and Monroe streets called DIG Yoga. DIG offers many different types of classes in its new studio, but decided to work with Lululemon this season so that the community would get an opportunity to try out the studio with different instructors each week for free. “Cost can be a deterrent but this offers awesome instructors,” said DIG employee Shivon Pearl. DIG hires those who thoroughly enjoy the practice of yoga. Pearl said that yoga teaches her to not take herself so seriously and it reminds her that everything is temporary in flux. Adrienne Ribblett and Nadia Ouazzi, both sophomore communications majors, said that they have also been positively influenced by the weekly yoga session thanks to Lululemon and DIG. When yoga was conducted in the Lululemon store, all the merchandise would be pushed to the sides of the room to make space. As more people began to show up, it became necessary to move yoga sessions somewhere else. DIG offers a space that is “calming and clean,” Ribblett said. Ouazzi added that the layout and white color scheme in DIG makes participants realize they’re going into the studio not only for a physical workout, but a mental one as well. “Yoga has taught me to relax and to live a healthy life in order to get good results,” Ribblett said. Ouazzi stated that yoga has

taught her to live in the moment. Yoga teaches people of all ages different lessons – mentally and physically – and that is why Lululemon finds it crucial to give community members the chance to try it for free. “I played football in school previously,” Lululemon employee Kyle Walker said. “So yoga has been something I’ve been doing just over a year, it’s something different.” He emphasized that it’s great for everybody to have the opportunity to get out and meet others and that Philly has a strong yoga community. DIG co-owner and instructor Mariel Freeman said free member involvement creates a stronger yoga community because, “we tell our friends, they tell their friends, and then more and more people have the opportunity to check it out.” “Fluency in yoga is all about finding and creating greater and more meaningful connections,” Freeman added. Freeman said she fully supports the idea behind Lululemon’s complementary classes because yoga is normally considered “a luxury and a privilege.” Many people, especially college students, can’t afford weekly classes, which some-

(Top) Yoga enthusiasts, or “yogis,” stretch before the free yoga session. (Bottom) The weekly free session is held at DIG Yoga on Fourth and Monroe Streets. | MEAGHAN POGUE TTN times come to $20 a session. “Freeman is an awesome person,” Walker said. “This opportunity should be taken up by anyone slightly interested in yoga.” Temple’s yoga classes at the IBC Student Recreation Center and last year’s yogameditation club began Ouazzi and Ribblett’s practice of yoga. However, the students said they wanted to experience community classes off campus in an environment filled with other

yoga-lovers of all ages. “I wanted the opportunity to work with others and find out what style of yoga I personally liked,” Ribblett said. “Lululemon gives me that opportunity.” For those who fall in love with the DIG studio, the company offers different types of yoga sessions. Currently, the free yoga sessions hosted by Lululemon at DIG Yoga take place on Fridays at 6 p.m. Freeman said yoga new-

comers should “leave your obligations outside the [yoga studio] and bring an open mind and willing heart to your yoga mat.” Chelsea Finn can be reached at

The pumpkin craze done right BRIANNA McGRODY Food for Thought


McGrody tells readers how to enjoy pumpkin treats, sans the calories.

t seems as if every fall, people go completely bonkers about pumpkins. When we think of pumpkin food or flavored beverages, we usually think of high-calorie desserts or drinks with a lot of carbs like pumpkin flavored beer. But pumpkin can be used in a number of different recipes that are both delicious and healthy. Doesn’t pumpkin ice cream or a pumpkin smoothie sound awesome? Laura Martin, a sophomore sports management major, never considered the different options for using pumpkin. “I love pumpkin-flavored things like coffee and bread but I never considered other options,” Martin said. “I think it is

pretty cool so I’m going to tell my roommates about them and try them out.” The pumpkin is healthy for a few reasons. Being a fruit that comes from the cucurbitaceous family, which includes different squashes and melons, the pumpkin is a great source of Vitamin C and dietary fiber. It is low in calories and contains a ton of minerals that benefit human health. If the recipe calls for canned pumpkin, the health benefits are generally the same, so don’t worry if you’re not willing to cut up the actual fruit.

mon, nutmeg and cloves. The recipe requires that all the ingredients be mixed together until smooth, refrigerated until chilled and then placed in the freezer until completely frozen. The recipe is not only quick and simple but is also a healthier pumpkin dessert as opposed to pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread.

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can actually be used in a number of different recipies that are both delicious and healthy.


An extremely versatile use of pumpkins is pumpkin-flavored frozen yogurt. As found on, the recipe calls for: 1 can pumpkin puree 1 1/2 cups low-fat plain Greek yogurt 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground cinna-


Another recipe I love is sort of like a pumpkin brownie. As found on, pumpkin bars are yet another healthier choice when it comes to pumpkin flavored desserts. This recipe calls for: 1/2 cup flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 cup canned pumpkin 2 tablespoons non-dairy

milk 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract It might seem like a lot of ingredients, but the recipe is pretty easy. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, combine the dry ingredients followed by the wet ingredients, mix everything and spread the batter into an oiled pan. Bake for 20 minutes and the outcome is bars that are perfect for the fall weather – and a healthy treat.


If you love to drink pumpkin-flavored beverages in the fall, I suggest making your own pumpkin spice smoothie. As found on, the pumpkin spice smoothie is great for breakfast or even a daytime snack. The recipe includes: 1 cup nondairy milk 1/2 cup canned pumpkin 1/2 of a banana 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 a teaspoon ground ginger and pinched nutmeg and cloves Mix all the ingredients in a blender until smooth and enjoy. Canned pumpkin can be

found at just about any grocery store and usually is priced around $3 or less. These three different recipes and the thousands of other pumpkin recipes online show just how flexible the pumpkin can be. In fact, it can even be a healthy treat. If you’re a pumpkin addict and can’t get enough of your pumpkin fix this fall, try out these recipes, create your own or do a quick and easy search for more. Brianna McGrody can be reached at




Columnist Victoria Marchiony explores WritersBloq, a literary collective.


am weary of the Internet. I think it’s making us socially challenged, stupid and mean. I’ve heard rumors that it can foster true collaboration and human connection but I’ve rarely seen evidence of it. There always seems to be some trade-off. For instance, Craigslist can get you a really cheap couch, but might also get you murdered. Thankfully, I think I finally encountered an online community that seems to offer the good stuff without the double-edged sword. It’s called WritersBloq, and it’s a collective of writers, created by writers, for other writers built entirely upon an earnest “we’re-in-this-together” mentality. I would paraphrase their mission, but, again, they’re writers: “On Writer’s Bloq, writers are able to create their literary portfolio and gain a reader-


Writers collective unites artists Bikers bond at 3rd Philly Bike Expo ship that will open publication doors. Our community is based on creative cooperation and promotion of ideas. It’s based on writers who love the craft, readers who live to explore it, and everyone who shapes the work along the way.” I hope you took a deep breath of that fresh air. This remarkable project was conceived by Columbia University MFA graduate and WritersBloq CEO Nayia Moysidis following her troubling, though almost universal, experience of trying to get published. Though she had been prepared for rejection, after spending four months sending her novel to almost 100 different publishing houses, she found herself deafened by the silence she received in response. Working for Simon and Schuster, however, Moysidis discovered that the game looked very different from the publisher’s perspective. “I was surprised that I started to sympathize with the publishers,” Moysidis said. “They want to publish people but financially they’re struggling. They need to make a profit so they need writers with a competitive advantage who have a

following.” Couple the risk with a huge pile of manuscripts and it starts to make sense why only 0.03 percent of submissions make it to print. Realizing that being an unknown writer, even a wildly talented one, posed a huge risk for publishers, Moysidis spoke to about 500 writers and identified a resounding frustration that there wasn’t a central place for their work to go. “When writers work together, it’s less high-profile than it is for, say, the music industry – it’s more intimate,” Moysidi said. In response, she created an online community where writers could share their work and gain the attention they deserved. Wr i t e r s B l o q launched in 2011 and now has about 1,500 members, seven of the most popular of whom were featured readers at “Unsolicited,” the website’s first live event, which was held at The Strand in New York City earlier this year. Of those seven, four were contacted by publishing industry professionals after the event – the dream was becoming a reality. Then they raised more than $15,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to fund the six-city


online or in person, artists need somewhere to show off and share their work.

Bloqparty tour, sponsored by Moleskin and The Impossible Project, which stops in Philly at the Arts Garage on Nov. 6. In addition to creating an avenue for writers to get the exposure they need on the long road to getting published, WritersBloq is launching a tour of 1920s-style literary saloon events where members get to come together in person to hear readings by a traveling group of the site’s most popular writers who will present their work alongside an exhibit of commissioned art illustrating their vision. Community interaction is built into the events – not only will a local guest reader be featured alongside the touring group, but the venues were selected via suggestions from natives. Of seven recommendations from Philadelphians, five pointed to the Arts Garage. Now for the reasons I’m so excited about the Bloqparty Tour – because, let’s be real, they don’t pay me extra for enthusiasm. First, WritersBloq is tackling the seemingly insurmountable challenge of getting talented writers discovered in a dying publishing industry. While everyone, my journalism professors included, will quickly tell you that the future is online, that nobody will be publishing in 10 years and that our attention spans will be shot to 150 characters by then anyway, WritersBloq is holding space

for people who insist that writing is important and that there is a way for the art to thrive in the digital age. Moysidis envisions a “union of publishing and digital” where writers can get the traction they need to publish through followings cultivated online. “The future isn’t as bleak as it seems,” she said. Additionally, the Bloqparties themselves are remarkable because they are tangibly connecting an online community. While it’s useful to open the door to interaction online, to actually, physically walk through a door and exist in space and time with someone is invaluable. Whether online or in person, artists need somewhere to show off and to share their work. The fact that the Arts Garage stood out as a hub for the arts community in all of Philadelphia where an event like this can land is pretty cool. Victoria Marchiony can be reached at

Edgar Allan Poe’s house is located on the corner of Seventh and Spring Garden streets. During his time at this residence, Poe wrote his famous works “The TellTale Heart” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Congress declared the house an official U.S. memorial in 1978. |TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN

Poe’s work shows Philly’s influence Edgar Allan Poe lived in the city in the early 1800s. His work demonstrates the impact of his time in Philly. JACOB HARRINGTON The Temple News On the corner of Seventh and Spring Garden streets, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site sticks out from its surroundings. A large, metal raven stands by the wrought iron gate that encircles the old brick house, now maintained by the U.S. National Park Service. A few trees with knotted old branches are lined outside. Down the block on the corner of Seventh and Green streets, a mural of Poe is painted on the side of a house, with a quote from one of his stories, “Hop Frog.” Poe lived in Philadelphia between 1833 and 1844, during which his wife was suffering from tuberculosis. “His life is like putting the pieces of a puzzle together,” said National Parks Service tour guide Maria Schaller. Although the city most closely associated with Edgar Allan Poe is Baltimore, Philadelphia was his home for six fairly successful and productive years in which Poe published some of his most widely read and acclaimed works like “The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” among many others.

In 1978, Congress designated Poe’s house on Seventh and Spring Garden streets as the official U.S. memorial to the writer. In addition to living at a few different locations in Philadelphia during his time in the city, Poe spent time in Boston, New York and, his place of burial, Baltimore. The Edgar Allan Poe House is the last remaining residence of Poe’s from his time in Philadelphia. Poe’s life is marked continuously by tragedy – his father abandoned him and his mother died of tuberculosis at the age of 24. Thirty-six years later, his young wife Virginia died of the same disease at the same age. A frequent theme in Poe’s work is the death of young, beautiful women, and it is clear that these two deaths weighed heavily on him for the rest of his life. “Annabel Lee” is considered by most literary critics to be a loving dedication to his deceased wife. Although the original decorations and furniture are no longer present, details of the house show its history. The walls are covered by paint that is chipped and scarred. The rooms are empty, the narrow stairs creak, the walls are bare and the floors are painted black. Low rafters hang in the basement, covered in dust and cobwebs.

Exhibits sum up Poe’s life in detail, shedding light on his time in Philadelphia – a productive and creative period in his career. The guided tour takes guests through the rooms where Poe, Virginia and her mother lived. In the upstairs room of Virginia’s mother, Schaller excitedly removed a floorboard near the window to show guests the prop heart tucked underneath it. Schaller said the basement is similar to the one described in “The Black Cat.” Katherine Henry, a professor in the English department and expert on romanticism, said Poe’s time in Philadelphia was “a formative experience.” “His time here was marked by social unrest, race riots and ethnic riots, and it showed in his writing,” Henry said. Henry said this can be seen in “The Devil and the Belfry,” in which the old state house’s bell is featured. While in Philadelphia, Poe rubbed elbows with Charles Dickens. The two bonded about literary criticism and the fact that they were both victims of copyright infringement, as their books were being re-printed and sold overseas. “Poe and Dickens had a sort of falling out eventually when Poe wanted Dickens to

help him get his books printed in England and Dickens declined,” Henry said. “Poe became friends George Lippard, activist and fellow gothic writer. Poe and Lippard both wrote early science fiction, and Poe’s influence can be seen in H.P Lovecraft’s ‘At The Mountains of Madness,’” Henry said. Poe also kept company with James Russell Lowell and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Henry cites her favorite Poe work as “The Casque of Amontillado,” a macabre tale about someone being murdered in a particularly horrible way: immurement, in which someone has a brick wall built around them. “It’s funny,” Henry said. “People don’t think about his humor.” Helen McKenna, a National Park Service employee who works at both the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site and Independence Hall, said her favorite part of Poe’s house is a reading room decorated in the style Poe himself described in his essay, “The Philosophy of Furniture.” The room is not part of the original house, but it does have the full works of Poe available for visitors’ reading pleasure. “My favorite part of his

personality is just that he was so volatile in some ways,” McKenna said. “He’s a real gentleman and he’s very intelligent. He was proud and arrogant. He was kind of an impressive character. People who knew him well were impressed with his conversational abilities.” Poe’s death is his last great mystery – he died on Oct. 7, 1849, after he was found four days earlier incoherent and incapacitated wandering around Baltimore. No solid explanation has been uncovered for his death except for theories including disease, murder, suicide or alcoholism. “One of the things that’s fascinating about Poe is that you just can’t make blanket statements about him, he was a very complicated character and someone who deserves a lot of study,” McKenna said. “This time of year everybody wants to talk about spooky-spooky Poe and he’s got a lot more going for his character and legacy than that.” Jacob Harrington can be reached at

BIKE EXPO PAGE 9 impact as an adventurer,” Davidson Lewis, founder of Green Guru Gear said. His Boulder, Colo.-based company utilizes the waste from bikes and other products and materials to create things like bags. “We set up recycling programs at bikes shops and climbing gyms,” Lewis said. Not only does the bike expo provide opportunities for vendors, but it also gives the community a chance to learn more about the sport through different events and workshops. The workshops included bike fittings, women’s cycling discussions and more. Beyond the workshops were books signings, alley cat races, “fix-a-flat” contests, parties, raffles and a fashion show, among others. The alley cat race, held on Oct. 27, was an informal kind of bike race that incorporated different checkpoints and tasks completed by competitors. “They have to run up the art museum steps, they have to boat across the river…I’m really nervous, but we do have a life guard,” Shiffer, who organized the race, said. With events such as the alley cat race, cycling is being emphasized as a fun activity that is more than just a mode of transportation. Another event at the bike expo was the fashion show featuring the products of various vendors. The fashion show, which was held at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, brought cycling styles, from traditional cycling spandex to more fashion-forward pieces that were modeled by both men and women. The women wore heels with their cycling socks, whereas the men wore traditional cycling shoes to show off trends. “Here in Philly, so many more people wear my hats [than in California],” Elizabeth said. “It is great to see them represented in the city and the fashion show.” Cycling in Philadelphia is more than just getting from point A to point B: It is about the connection to the community. As recognized throughout the weekend at the Philadelphia Bike Expo this past weekend, there are opportunities and connections to be made through cycling. From the fundamentals of buying a bike and bike repair, to the community-oriented activities such as the fashion show, the Philadelphia Bike Expo aimed to demonstrate the growth of the cycling community in the city in years to come. “I want everyone to be on a bike and not feel intimidated,” Shiffer said. Taylor Farnsworth can be reached at




Daughter The Temple News sits down with Daughter. The band played in Philly earlier this month. VICTORIA MARCHIONY The Temple News Some people are born entertainers. They crave spotlight, and will use whatever art form they’re best at as a means to get attention. Others perform because their art is so engrained

in who they are that they have no choice but to make it and share it – because it is the fundamental means through which they process their experiences and engage with their lives. The three members of Daughter belong to the latter camp. Despite rapidly gaining notoriety following their forma-

tion in late 2010, Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella don’t foster delusions of grandeur, glamour or world domination. Rather, they have been taking their success in stride and maintaining a remarkable sense of humility and gratitude for having found a band that they’re excited about making music with. Their unique sound combines Tonra’s hauntingly ethereal voice and gut-wrenchingly poetic lyrics with Haefeli’s production skills and innovative musicality and Aguilella’s percussive heartbeat to create music that falls somewhere within the net of experimental folk. Though the band is only rounding the corner of its twoyear anniversary, Daughter has already acquired contracts with two independent labels, recorded two EPs and a full-length album, toured across Europe and is now embarking on its first U.S. tour. The group played at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., on Oct. 16. THE TEMPLE NEWS: Tell me about your background. How did you get together? IGOR HAEFELI: I met

[Tonra] at [The Institute of Contemporary Music and Performance in London] and we started doing music together there with [Aguilella] a bit after we finished, around December 2010, and it all just sort of fell together. ELENA TONRA: We recorded “His Young Heart,” our first EP, which was very rough and homemade. TTN: When did Aguilella join you? IG: Kind of during that process when we started going on tour and stuff. REMI AGUILELLA: We were all doing different programs in the school, and I think it was a great place to meet. They didn’t put us in a band together and say, “OK write some music.” I personally played with quite a few people and eventually played with [Haefeli] and [Tonra] and said, “These are the guys I would like to do more music with.” TTN: Is there a structure to your songwriting? ET: It’s a bit unstructured. In terms of “The Wild Youth,” it was very much songs written on guitar and voice. I would write the skeleton of the song.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2012 [Haefeli’s] more of the production side of things and then for rhythms and percussion, [Aguilella] would be involved in that. For the work we’ve done for the album it’s been based on a guitar loop or [Haefeli] has brought an ambient sound. We’ve really tried to come at sounds from a different perspective. It’s not always consciously about structure, just about sounds and things like that. TTN: Is the live performance aspect the most challenging piece for you? ET: The stage aspect is always going to be quite difficult. As a personality I don’t think I’ll ever quite be totally comfortable being on stage, which is quite funny that I’ve chosen to be in a band. It’s one of those love-hate – not love-hate – loveawkwardness relationships. TTN: Has there been anything particularly challenging for you guys? RA: People usually have this idea of being on the road, how it’s going to be like, especially friends and family. They don’t realize it’s going to be a lot of travel, a lot of dedication. It’s what I love personally so it’s fun to do it but it’s always

weird to bring friends on board. Coming to see a sound check they don’t realize I’m going to be busy all day long even if it seems like I’m going to just be playing a show and that’s it. IH: With every single thing comes pressure. Sometimes the sum of all those things is a bit hard to deal with. If I look at it in a bigger picture I really enjoy it and it’s all really good but every single thing is something to get stressed out or unhappy [about]. We’re still very much at the start. We’re still figuring out how things are, how we want things to be. It’s not like we’re a big band or anything. TTN: Is there anything you absolutely love and wouldn’t trade for the world? ET: As much as [being on stage] is nerve wracking, before you go on, you get stressed out and nervous. For me it’s probably also the best thing. Maybe it’s a vain thing. If an audience gets really into it that’s the best thing. I really feel like that’s it. It’s just getting the confidence to go out there in the first place. Victoria Marchiony can be reached at




Students scare as part-time job TERROR PAGE 9 you get to freak people out, and sometimes you get to yell at them – and that feels really good. It’s sort of therapeutic, in all honesty.” Rupert laughed as she realized the irony of her job’s benefits. “Instead of paying someone $50 an hour for therapy, I get paid for my own therapy,” Rupert said. As an actor in a theatrical production, a job requirement to be a part of the Scream Team is to scare attendees. Koser is not shy about her affinity for this aspect of her job. “I just get this confidence and this rush when I can scare

someone, just knowing I got that rise out of them,” Koser said. Being the cause of shrieks and squeals has given Koser a unique perspective to basic human qualities. “People’s body language – you would think people are made of spaghetti and rubber bands, how they are scared,” Koser said. “It’s funny to be on the other side of that because you can literally see raw human emotion. That is a person’s impulsive reaction to being frightened, and that’s great.” Koser also enjoys the benefits of working with a professional FX makeup team. On

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average, the process takes any- said there is a downside to wearwhere from 20 to 40 minutes, ing multiple FX makeup proKoser said. ductions several times a week. “It’s really cool because “My skin’s really oily and they use maybe five kinds of sensitive right now – just beproducts, but they create such cause you’re supposed to have exquisite pieces because of how terrible skin for the month of they are able to October if you finagle that mawork at Eastern terial,” Koser State,” Koser said. said. “It’s one of For Koser, the things that seeing herself you accept.” with horror In addition makeup for the to sacrificing skfirst time made incare, Scream her realize that Team members she would really must be willing be a part of the to work diffiTBTW produccult hours, often tion. not getting off “If you’re a Kara Koser / senior of work until 2 communications major a.m., even on a doctor or something and you school night. put your white coat on for the “If I were only doing terror, first time, you’re like, ‘I’m re- it would be fine,” Rupert said, ally doing this,’” Koser said. who balances TBTW with a Rupert also enjoyed seeing full-time course load, an internherself in scarier form. ship and another job. The odd “It’s always interesting to hours caused Rupert to adjust see yourself afterward and see her lifestyle accordingly. how terrifying you look,” Ru“I have to rework my life pert said. around the hours – and that’s reHowever exciting, Koser ally hard to do,” Rupert said.

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ing a tapping on their shoulder while walking down the same hallways. While Rupert has yet to experience anything firsthand, she said a coworker from last year had a particularly chilling experience. “Someone that I work with last year, she said that her room had a light that would go off if she pressed the button and the wall would fall over,” Rupert said. “She said it was happening and she wasn’t doing anything. She said at one point, [her and her coworker] said, ‘If you’re in here, make the light go off’ and the light went off.” However unusual the benefits may be, from ghost stories to ghoulish makeup, both Rupert and Koser beam while describing their experiences as Scream Team members. Jenelle Janci can be reached at


After a two year absence, the 215 Literary Arts Festival is returning to Philadelphia from Nov. 1-4. The event is curated by the popular Philly arts and gossip website, Philebrity. The Opening Night Balkan Part will feature a performance from the West Philadelphia Orchestra. Producer Starlee Kine of “This American Life,” author Anna Godfarb of “Clearly, I Didn’t Think This Through” and storyteller Juliet Hope Wayne from radio

show “The Moth” will all be performing, among others. The Opening Night Balkan Party is just the beginning – the festival will also feature a mobile light installation made to mimic a campfire, which author readings will be held at. Other events include Literary Speed Dating, a reading with “Familiar” author J. Robert Lennon and a book and record fair.


The Day of the Dead, Nov. 1, is a traditional Mexican celebration to honor the lives of those who have passed. With regular admission fee, Penn Museumgoers can see a Day of the Dead altar in the Rotunda created by Philadelphia artist and muralist Cesar Viveros. The event will also showcase dancers, storytellers and crafts. University of Pennsylvania

students of the culture will be sharing personal stories about how The Day of the Dead is celebrated in their homes. Guests will also have the chance to have their faces painted as sugar-skulls.


Presented by the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, Scratch Night takes place on the first Monday of every month from now until May 2013. It will focus on the experimental artistic experience and helping beginning artists by adding onto their creative ideas and critiquing them. November’s Scratch Night will feature three artists: Shadow Life, P.I.G and !!!!!!!!!!!KEEP IT UP. Both Shadow Life by Josh McIllvain and

!!!!!!!!!!!KEEP IT UP by Vince Johnson and Adam Lovitz are experimental and personal narratives, while P.I.G by Ilse Torlin Zoerb depicts themes of family and food. For any further questions, contact Craig Peterson at 215-413-9006 x 22. Reservations to the event are not needed but are appreciated.


According to its website, the Mind Body Spirit expo is the biggest health and human potential expo in the Northeast, and has also toured in Oaks, Pa., and Edison, N.J. The famous event will be three days focused on freeing and transcending the soul and spirit. Famous speakers, varying from spiritual ministers to chant artists, will be featured. There will also be many activities to choose from, including 150 exhibitors displaying things from

treatments and remedies to jewelry, along with psychics and other services such as meditation as well as free yoga classes. There will be a concert Saturday and free lecture Sunday morning. Many other lectures and individual workshops will come at an additional cost. For more details, visit or call at 215-599-3976.

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Koser noted similar difficulties in her schedule. “It stings – the aftermath of having to go to my 8 a.m. in the morning,” Koser said. While skin problems and sleep deprivation are common side effects of working at TBTW, some employees claim to get much more than they bargain for at Eastern State Penitentiary in the form of paranormal encounters. The long hallways of the wagon-wheel infrastructure of Eastern State Penitentiary have caused both Koser and Rupert to be a bit on edge while walking alone at night, they said. On the way to take her break one evening, Koser had a strange experience in one of the hallways. “I had this experience,” Koser said. “I don’t know if it was a spirit or anything like that, but the air was so cold. Freezing.” Koser said she asked her manager if there were any fans or vents in that particular area of the hallway; he said there were not. She also said she has heard stories of workers feel-

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Workshop helps college and high school students Temple’s High School Journalism Workshop gives college students firsthand experience in Philadelphia public schools.

BRI BOSAK The Temple News For many students, the decision to pursue a future in journalism begins at an early age, often discovering their passion while writing for the high school newspaper or directing the school’s morning news show. Unfortunately, not all students are afforded such opportunities because of the economic realities of urban education. In fact, the average urban student has no exposure to journalism in high school. Luckily for students in Philadelphia who find themselves in that situation, an initiative called Prime Movers Philadelphia has been implementing change. Heading the initiative is the School of Media and Communication. Students who register for the High School Journalism Workshop through the department of journalism work with teachers and local journalists in leading a journalism club at local high schools in the city. This course allows Temple students to work directly with Philadelphia high school students. There, Temple students help the high schools develop its media productions and individual students develop his or her journalistic voice. The students meet once a week at Temple and twice a week at a nearby high school. For the Temple students involved, the program is as much a learning experience for them as the students they assist, said Maida Odom, internship coordinator for the department of journalism. As part of the program, students spend time discussing readings from urban education experts who detail some things they might see when they arrive at their assigned schools. Among the issues explored in those readings is the lack of resources faced by urban school districts, the pressures that teachers face and how outside forces like a student’s home life can affect learning. Once inside the actual classroom, Temple students gain firsthand experience overcoming obstacles like how to put out a newspaper or create a webcast in a place where resources are scarce. “Public schools can be a difficult place to work,”

Odom said. “The buildings can be old and intimidating and it is not uncommon for students to tell me they don’t want to be there or feel frightened.” Senior journalism major Jesse Papineau said he felt weary at first. “The program showed me that there are so many misconceptions about innercity schools that are mostly unfounded, and won’t be assuaged until you visit and experience it firsthand,” Papineau said. In the end, he said that Prime Movers Philadelphia turned out to be an extremely beneficial experience for him both as a journalist and as a person. A lot of students can relate to Papineau’s experience, Odom said. “By the end of the program, students feel very committed and often tell me that they don’t want to stop helping out,” Odom said. Odom added that as a result, many students choose to pursue another educational opportunity like Teach for America. “I would recommend it to any of my peers,” Papineau said. “It was truly an eyeopening experience for me.” Started by Dorothy Gilliam and Acel Moore, a former award-winning columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the program – the first intensive journalism mentorship program of its kind – gives students afterschool journalism experience and training in print, broadcast and online media. Originally based in Washington, D.C., the program was designed to help schools in districts that have no budgetary ability to create school newspapers and radio station experiences for its students. With the help of funding from the John S. and James Knight Foundation, Prime Movers Philadelphia launched in 2007. In its first year, the program helped six schools but since then has expanded to 20 area schools. Students interested in the program can register for High School Journalism Workshop during the current registration period for Spring 2013. Bri Bosak can be reached at


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215.204.9538 Temple University Main Campus OMG!! Jesus Christ! What comes to your mind when you hear “Jesus Christ”? Have you ever read why He said and how He interacted with all different people? The book of John records his interactions and conversations. Is Jesus, Liar, Lunatic or Lord? For a free copy of John or a free Bible, to discuss, contact Glen at the Student LIFE Center, 2123 N. Broad St. 215.765.3626 Acting Lessons in Swarthmore, PA: Michael Kay is accepting students for a beginning “Method” Actor’s Workshop. Mr. Kay, Assistant to the late Sidney Kay, International Acting Teacher, trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre NC, the Actor’s Studio NYC, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) London, England. Register Now: 610-3289425; email: International Students Welcome. Student LIFE Center welcomes students from around the world. Both seeker and serious Bible students are welcome. Free Bibles and other books, some in Chinese and other languages also available free of charge. Please come on by 2123 N. Broad St. Or email glen@, 215.236.9304 TEMPLE STUDENTS Come One and All !!! It’s time to EAT, MEET, AND GREET. If you have been searching for a friend, and a good home- cooked meal, your prayers have been answered. Mt. Olive Holy Temple 1469 N. Broad St. (corner of Broad & Jefferson St.) is hosting a dinner & social on Sunday November 11, 2012 at 3:00pm (FREE Homecooked food). A musical consort will follow.


Dates to be auctioned off in food drive Can-A-Date will allow students to bid on dates with canned food being donated to Philabundance Hunger Relief. CHELSEA FINN The Temple News When a canned food drive is mentioned, people may think back to their grade school days of going into their parents’ cabinets, grabbing a can of green beans and throwing it into a cardboard box in their homeroom. Usually the prize for turning in the most canned food would be a class pizza party. Tomorrow, Nov. 2, Having Ambition N’ Devotion for Service, with the help of Temple College Democrats, WHIP Radio, Temple Student Government and Temple’s Progressive NAACP, will be hosting a different kind of canned food drive. Can-A-Date will be a canned food drive, date-auction hybrid where students will be allowed to bid for dates using canned goods. “Each year we have a theme for the event, and this year we decided to have this interactive date auction relate to the most critical part of the year for the future of this country, including college students – the 2012 Presidential Election,” said H.A.N.D.S representative Anthony Copeman. “The auction will not only be a great way to help with a local charity but will also be a great way to get students excited for the nearing election.” Can-A-Date organizers are bringing in six women and six men from different organizations to be auctioned off. The purpose of the event is to accumulate canned goods to be donated for Philabundance Hunger Relief, along with an attempt to build hype about the upcoming election. H.A.N.D.S.’ main attempts are to serve the community while maintaining a fun and exciting

Homecoming Queen Ariel Peredo will be auctioned off for a date on Nov. 2, as part of Can-A-Date, a canned food drive and date auction.| LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN environment at the event. Can-A-Date will be hosted in the Owl Cove located in Mitten Hall at 7 p.m. Sonia Galiber, a political science major and TCD executive board member, is representing her organization, a co-sponsor of the event. She is also trying to bring awareness to the importance of voting in the election, she said. “I am hoping to further spread the importance of students partaking in this upcoming election,” Galiber said. “It is crucial that we as young people have our voices heard.” The senior management information systems major and recentlycrowned homecoming queen Ariel Peredo, on the other hand, decided to join because of her strong association

with different charities. Peredo is the Main Campus campaign coordinator for Teach for America and is involved with the off-campus organization Youth Action, which aims to promote education for minorities in Philadelphia. “I decided to auction myself off because my values align with the mission of H.A.N.D.S. and program objectives of this event,” Peredo said. Galiber said she hopes the excitement of this event will help raise money for the cause and help bring canned foods to families in time for the holidays. “I am excited for the event to come, [it’s] going to be really fun. The program will be filled with music, per-

formance and for some, the most important part, food,” Peredo said. There will be performances by Temple Bhangra, Temple B-Boys and recording artist “The Fresh Princess BriaMarie.” The bigger the size of the can and the more cans that a student brings, the more bidding dollars he or she will get in exchange to bid for a date. The dates will occur at the event after all bids have been made. Chelsea Finn can be reached at

Kicker recognized for service Brandon McManus received one of college football’s highest off-the-field honors. JOEY CRANNEY Sports Editor Senior placekicker Brandon McManus is the football team’s leading scorer. By the end of this season, he’ll most likely be the program’s alltime leading scorer. One of eight spe-

cialists in the country who handles all kicking duties for his team, McManus leads the Big East Conference in punt average (44.7 yards) and is tied for first in field goals made per game (1.43). He has been named Big East Specialist of the Week three times and was named the College Football Performance National Specialist of the Week on Oct. 14 after he kicked a game-winning field goal to beat Connecticut in overtime the day before. However, the highest honor McManus received this year wasn’t for the contributions he provides as kicker and punter of the football team, but for the service he has helped dedicate to the North Philadelphia community. McManus was named to the 2012 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works team in September. One of college football’s most prestigious off-the-field honors, the Good Works team is made up of 11 FBS football student-athletes who have provided outstanding community service. McManus, who’s a part of a family of four in Hatfield, Pa., said his privileged background is what drives him to help others who are less fortunate. “I come from a family where I have everything,” McManus said. “It’s definitely different coming here and seeing the struggles that people go through. Being here really helps you see how blessed and fortunate you are. I think a lot of people feel entitled. We have a free education and we play football here at this great university. To give back really shows character.” McManus participated in 11 community service events sponsored by the football team in the 2011-12 academic year, the most of anyone on the team. He was a part of annual events such as the Thanksgiving food drive, Diamond Street cleanup and Read Across America, as well as numerous hospital visits and Ronald McDonald House visits.

Senior placekicker Brandon McManus was named to the 2012 Allstate American Good Works team, an honor for athletes involved in service efforts. | ANDREW THAYER TTN McManus was project manager for the 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event held at the Philadelphia Art Museum. McManus and teammates worked in tents and helped hand out water bottles for the event, which raises money for breast cancer awareness. McManus said Race for the Cure is his favorite event that he’s volunteered at. Two of his aunts have been diagnosed with breast cancer. “I got to work with so many neat people,” McManus said. “I really enjoyed the project and seeing everyone’s faces and how blessed they were to have us helping there.” One player is nominated by coaches from every team in the country for the Good Works award. Coach Steve Addazio selected McManus because he had done the most for his community, Addazio said. “We’ve got some really good guys here, good people,” Addazio said. “They want to do things. They want to help. They want to make a difference. That’s the really cool part.” McManus didn’t have any prior history of community service before arriving at Temple as a freshman in 2009.

Temple’s coach at the time, Al Golden, implemented a system of community outreach with the football team and inspired McManus, among others, to help out. “[Golden’s] idea was that we have to give back to this community,” McManus said. “We’re here in the city and we’re all around the struggle. Not only has the community gotten better, but the university itself.” “In addition to giving back to the community and helping others less fortunate, there are great benefits of the overall development of the student-athlete,” Golden said. “It teaches them life skills and gratitude as opposed to entitlement.” Prior to Golden’s arrival at Temple in 2006, the football team’s community outreach program was non-existent. Golden said he instituted this service as a way to promote the idea of Temple football despite the team’s lack of success on the field. “I think it ingratiated a program that disappointed so many for so long it endeared them and embraced us in the community,” Golden said. “People knew that we were an organization that wanted to build roots in Philadelphia and

wanted to give back.” The program Golden built is now one of the most recognized in the country. McManus was the third Owl in as many years to be named to the Good Works team. Wayne Tribue received the honor in 2011 and Amara Kamara won the award in 2010. Temple is the only school in the country to receive three consecutive Good Works awards. “I think [Golden] did a great job of promoting it, and obviously we’re trying to promote it because we think it’s got really great value,” Addazio said. “Other places do a lot too, but we do a lot here and I think it’s tremendous. It’s what it’s all about.” McManus said the idea of community service is a collective goal, and it would be remiss to recognize him and not honor the program or his other teammates who help out. “I wouldn’t say I’m any different than these guys,” McManus said. “We all go out and put as much time as we can out there. I like to go out as much as possible. I like to do as much as I can.” Joey Cranney can be reached at or on Twitter @joey_cranney.




Project grows with North Philly roots


Guest columnist reflects on her past experiences with Philadelphia Urban Creators.


an you imagine growing up not knowing what a fresh tomato tastes like? Well, never getting an opportunity to bite into the sweet, savory and always-juicy fruit is not all that uncommon for our neighbors in North Philadelphia. I was recently introduced to Alex Epstein, a junior sociology major, who co-founded Philly Urban Creators with local high school students and community members after a few service learning trips to New Orleans. Epstein introduced PUC, an urban farm organization, to my “Education and Liberation for Here and Abroad” elective class as an option for our end-of-thesemester service learning requirement. I’ll be honest: Community service instead of a research paper sounded like a good idea for my grade, but farming in North Philadelphia – with my obnoxious fear of anything creepy,

crawly, slimy or basically anything involving manual labor – was not on the top of my list. Of course my schedule, which seems to be purposefully constructed for me to never have a social life during the week, cut out most of the other indoor service learning options. So I decided to toughen up and make the 15-minute walk to Dakota and North 11th streets. The farm is a culture shock in an area that maintains the unique urine smell of Philadelphia mixed with the trash aroma that lines the desolate streets. Being on the farm is a totally different atmosphere – it’s almost like being inside a transparent bubble, separating you from the outside world but still being able to see it. The farm looks clean and wellkept and even smells fresh. The farm was considered a dump before PUC took over, Denzel Thompson, a co-founder of the farm, said. “Every time I walked by that plot, there were 12-foot weeds, like Shaquille O’Nealtall weeds, trash, tires – it was like North Philadelphia’s dump site for trash,” Thompson said. Thompson, from Franklin and Susquehanna streets, is an 18-year-old home-schooled high school senior. He met Epstein when he was 14 years old in an after school program. I could see in his eyes and hear in his voice how passionate he has become in just four years about urban farming, which he said he hopes to continue pursuing. “People here were waiting for a change to come to them,”

Thompson said. “We decided to bring the change to them, and once we did that, they changed.” When Epstein, Thompson and the rest of their crew decided to build the farm – with nothing but their bare hands – the first thing they did was reach out to neighbors. “We talked to the community,” Thompson said. “We asked what they wanted to grow. This is for them, not for us. It’s for everybody.” My first day there was in September on a brisk Saturday. Epstein introduced me to the rest of the farming crew, including members as young as 5 years old. He quickly got me started pulling weeds in the damp dirt alongside volunteers from New York 2 New Orleans Coalition, an organization Epstein once was involved in. The most interesting thing I noticed was how involved the kids from the neighborhood were. They jolted from their homes in excitement, just to pull weeds. They talked to me about what they planted, where they planted and even, sometimes, told me what to do. They were just as much my boss for the day as Epstein and Thompson. It was also exciting for me to see how passionate they were to eat new vegetables or fruits. To make the transition from potato chips to tomatoes, while at the same time taking kids off the streets and putting them into a safe environment, is a healthy and forward-thinking step for the community. “The little kids are great,”

“You can’t make

a change without considering the community it’s ultimately going to affect.

Philadelphia Urban Creators gears up for the winter by implementing high tunnels in the garden to lengthen the growing season of crops. | LAUREN HERTZLER TTN Thompson said. “They’re crazy sometimes, but before they didn’t really know anything. They didn’t know how to spell or talk or anything. The more they came though, the more we taught them, they started speaking more and they learned how to plant. We expect when they get older, they won’t make any of the mistakes that we made.” Thompson and Epstein are hoping that the kids from the neighborhood will continue to take care of the farm once they leave. Since the kids are starting at such a young age, I have no doubt that they will maintain the same zeal for the farm – if not more – than the initial PUC crew has. My second day at the farm I spent putting up a tarp and do-

ing some composting. PUC has been collaborating with Temple’s dining services by using leftover fruits and vegetables to make some of the best soil. Children who were familiar with the farm chatted with me about how it has given them something to be interested in, a place to hangout and a wide variety of new friends. Epstein urged me to take home some peppers and tomatoes, which are still somehow sprouting up in this crazy fall weather. My third and most recent work day at the farm was a little different, because we headed to a new lot they are working on near Dauphin and Carlisle streets. Being in a new spot raised questions from curious neighbors. It wasn’t long until

our small group grew, as community members stopped by to help out. I see community service, something I’ve done a heck of a lot of, a little different than ever before after this experience. And I’ve realized that you can’t make a change without considering the community it’s ultimately going to affect. If you get involved with PUC, you aren’t going in to help people who are in need. You, instead, are assisting a community that is truly trying to build itself back up. There is no way this farm could sustain if it wasn’t for the involvement of the neighbors. Lauren Hertzler can be reached at

Project E.D.U. implements new Class offers exposure structure for future initiatives to urban sustainability Group hopes to increase initiatives with more precise mission. DESIRAE HOLLAND The Temple News The room filled with dialogue as the small group of executive board members of Project E.D.U. sat in a circle on Oct. 17, to discuss some of the current problems occurring in the student-operated organization. “We can all agree that one of the major problems with the organization is that we have too much on our agenda,” Project E.D.U. President Nicole Kibblehouse said. “We are juggling too many programs at once.” Nodding in approval, the group began to discuss ways to reshape the organization. Project E.D.U. is a young student organization founded by Alex McNeil, a 2009 social work alumnus. Project E.D.U. is a service organization aimed at building strong communities in the surrounding area through education-based programs. Project E.D.U. represents the “education for the development of unity.” The mission of the organization is to establish relationships between Temple students and the community. Executive board member Tim Wiackowski, an education major and Philadelphia native, said giving back to the community is an important part of the program’s make-up. “We are guests here [in North Philadelphia] and we want to be good guests in this community that has been hosting us for the four to five years it takes for us to get our education,” Wiackowski said. In helping the community, Project E.D.U. aims at providing academic coaching for local middle and high school students, working with Philly Eco Kids to provide a greener future, advancing art education in the

community, collecting books for operation bookshelf, providing an adult literacy service and prepping students for a college career through Avid. In exploring ways to better focus Project E.D.U.’s main agenda in helping the community, Kibblehouse said the organization should focus its efforts on two to three programs a semester until it expands more. Being a fairly new organization, Project E.D.U. is still developing and creating a name on Main Campus and in the North Philadelphia area. Since they are still building a name for themselves, the organization does not have as many hands to help out in their community service efforts as they would like. Therefore many of its programs get neglected. Although the organization is still working out some kinks, Project E.D.U. members are involved in a few community service programs. One of the major programs Project E.D.U. members participate in is the Diamond College Access Program, organized through Temple’s Community Learning Network. The program sends Project E.D.U. members into a local high school to tutor and assist students with homework. Benjamin Franklin High School is one of the Philadelphia high schools Project E.D.U. works with. Another active program Project E.D.U. members participate in is the adult literacy program. Walter Smolarek, the adult literacy coordinator for Project E.D.U., said the organization is heavily involved in helping adult literacy through the Temple University Pan-African Studies Community Education Program, which helps adults obtain their GED and show them ways to polish their résumés.

“[Working with] the program not only makes the students’ résumés look better, but it gives them a sense of purpose being that they are able to help someone in need,” Smolarek said. “Education is our right, [and] with education becoming more and more expensive, it becomes unattainable for people surrounding the Temple area. So we bring education to the community.” Not only is Project E.D.U. involved in helping the community outside of Temple, the organization also helps Temple’s student body by providing workshops. The workshops are dialogues that provide tips for student tutors serving high school students, middle school students and adults. Wiackowski said the workshops are very helpful because they translate what they learn in class into real-life experiences. “Working with Project E.D.U has been very eye-opening for me,” Kibblehouse said. “You get taught how to teach people in class, but what if someone doesn’t understand big words, so this program shows you methods for teaching people that have a hard time learning.” Desirae Holland can be reached at

Students take part in local green service project for class credit. REBECCA ZOLL The Temple News Green vs. Gray is a general education course that explores different ways of preserving and improving urban environments. Students learn about many green initiatives involving the planning, installation and maintenance of trees. Students also participate in community service to make the city more sustainable. “You have to get involved. It could be tree planting, cleaning up a vacant lot, volunteering and teaching children about the environment,” said Joshua Decker, a freshman theater and French double major. “I’m specifically working with the Temple Community Gardens.” Anna Bair, a freshman film major, has chosen to work with children for her service project. “I’m going to mostly help out at the Penrose Community Center, teaching little kids about gardening and things like that,” Bair said. “I really like kids and I think it will help me because I’ll be able to relate to people more.” Both Decker and Bair decided to take the class not only because it fills a general education science requirement, but also because they were interested in learning more about the environment. “[The environment] is an interesting thing,” Decker said. “I’ve never lived in a city so learning about the environment from the point of view of a city and urban setting, it’s quite interesting.” “I’m not really good at science, but I like the environment, so I figured this would be a good fit for me,” Bair said.

In addition to the regular coursework associated with the class, community service on the side might seem like a bit much for some. But Elizabeth Wellborn, the instructor of the course, has a good reason for it. “I believe that, as a highly industrialized and digital society, that we have become very disconnected from nature,” Wellborn said. “Green vs. Gray emphasizes hands-on learning and reconnecting with dirt, with trees, with water, with community...and finding out what it might mean to truly live sustainably.” Bair is one of the students who has benefitted from the hands-on learning provided by the course, she said. “I am definitely learning a lot more about the environment and I’m learning a lot of little ways I can do my part to not waste things,” Bair said. “I think the community service is going to help because teaching other people is a good way to learn yourself.” Wellborn, who previously worked as a community planner and designer with an environmental consulting firm based in Charlottesville, Va., created the class herself. “I helped put together this course as one course in a city greening series. The other [course in the series] that professor Eva Monheim and I hope to launch in the next few years centers on food systems,” Wellborn said. “I like to call environmental community service ‘stewardship,’ as I think we all have a responsibility to care for and manage landscapes and the environment.” Wellborn said she has several students that took her course and are still actively involved in

green community service. “The course material and hands-on approach in Green vs. Gray combines my interests in biology, geology, soils science, landscape architecture, planning and environmental activism,” Wellborn said. “Although the course just recently became official, it is full of informative material about the environment, which affects our daily lives.” Rebecca Zoll can be reached at




Mighty Writers advocates strength in literacy skills The nonprofit after-school program in South Philadelphia promotes literacy and writing skills to local middle and high school students. ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF

The Temple News Every time senior communications major Jaimee Swift steps into the Mighty Writers building, tucked into a corner on Christian Street, she said she is “inspired by the youth and their tenacity and zeal for writing and life.” Upon entering the building the first things seen are fully stocked bookshelves. Children sit attentively listening to a story being read aloud, intently

focused and quiet. The love of reading and writing is evident in such a scholarly environment. Mighty Writers, a nonprofit offering after-school tutoring and educational opportunities for elementary- to high-schoolaged students, gets Philadelphia’s youth college and career ready by strengthening writing skills. The program is known on Main Campus because of supporters and volunteers who are among Temple’s students and staff. George Miller, a journalism professor at the university, is on the board of directors. Lo-

cal volunteers, some of whom are Temple students, work with students at the Mighty Writers center at 1501 Christian St. “Volunteering at Mighty Writers has definitely changed my life,” said Swift, the president of Temple’s chapter of Her Campus, a national online magazine for female college students. She heard of the organization through a former Her Campus Temple member, and has since gotten involved with volunteering at Mighty Writers. Youth coordinator and alumnus James Owk and another youth instructor, Rachel Loeper, lead after school instructive sessions that include time to do homework, followed by time in which they lead classes of their own curriculum. In addition, Owk heads the Team Scholar Program, which is designed to immerse high school students in preparation for college. The Mighty Writers program provides tours of colleges, instruction of how to navigate FAFSA and interactive learning using hip-hop artists’ success stories. The class recently read Jay-Z’s “Decoded” to explore a modern interpretation of the American dream. Mighty Writers provides free services for attending students. In order to attend, students must go through an application process that involves submission of an essay and examples of their previous work, and are expected to be very committed to their assignments in both school and in Mighty Writers’ programs. (Above) Youth Coordinator James Owk helps Alain Nguyen do his homework at the Mighty “Most of my students [will Writers center on Oct. 25 (Below) The Mighty Writers building is located on the 1500 block of potentially be] first generation Christian Street. | URSZULA PRUCHNIEWSKA TTN [college students],” Owk said. self,” Owk said. “The commuOwk, a first generation rate kids’ we can emonies. “College students should nity is a wealth of connections college graduate himself, said first get them engaged and then he stumbled upon the job of get them writing,” Leyman said. get involved because they want and positive action, all it takes The organization’s founder, to, not for credit,” Owk said. is to get involved.” teaching at Mighty Writers coincidentally. Along with jobs at Tim Whitaker, ended his own “That’s what a community like Erin Edinger-Turoff Mighty Writers such as his, vol- 30-year journalism career to this deserves.” can be reached at Volunteers go through an unteer efforts are a major contri- start Mighty Writers in 2009, and this hands-on form of in- interview process, and should bution to the program. Development Director struction has been catering to be committed just like the stuMaggie Leyman said mentor- Philadelphia’s youth ever since. dents, workers said. The genOwk described Whitaker as eral opinion of Mighty Writers’ student interaction and workshops are designed to be fun “an OG.” A student in his class volunteers seems to indicate, experiences that draw students giggled at the description, lean- though, that this effort does not in and encourage them to write ing over his current assignment, go unrewarded. a research project on the history “You can either take my with clarity. “Our workshops incorpo- of Halloween and harvest cer- word for it, or come see it your-

10-10-10 benefits multiple charities TEN PAGE 7 more information. On Oct. 4, the team went throughout campus and picked up trash and disposed of it in an environmentally-friendly way. “We had 23 students show up, and four local residents saw what we were doing and came

out to help, too,” Levine said. Their next cleanup day is scheduled for Nov. 4 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. They meet at the outdoor track located at 15th and Montgomery streets. Volunteers will be supplied with gloves and trash bags. Also,

students can post on UnLitter Temple’s Facebook page or tweet any streets they would like to see cleaned for UnLitter Temple’s consideration. Stube said she hopes younger students “help and continue [UnLitter Temple] in the future.” Senior entrepreneurship major Dan Falco chose a unique charity as part of his project. “My group is working for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International,” Falco said. “We knew that by choosing to work with DFGFI we would be able to tug at the heart strings of others in a way that would not make them feel uncomfortable or depressed, but rather excited and inspired to help the declining gorilla population. I mean, how can you not have fun promoting gorillas? Slap on a gorilla suit and everybody’s having fun.” DFGFI also plans to receive support from Lehigh Valley grocery stores and upcoming Eagles’ tailgates for donations. “So far, ‘10-10-10’ has been a great experience,” Falco said. “I’m having a lot of fun with it and I’m realizing how relentless you have to be in order to get what you want from people. My group is awesome, my charity is stellar and on top of it all we’re supporting a great cause.”

Despite vastly different interests and charities, all the students involved share an equal amount of gratitude toward [Wilcox] for her dedication to the “10-10-10” project. By holding weekly group sessions and continuing to monitor the progress of each group, Wilcox has set a new standard for community service at Temple and ensured that the “10-10-10” project will continue to thrive. “This is the first project throughout my educational career where I am empowered and motivated,” Readinger said. “[Wilcox] has made me feel that the ‘10-10-10’ project could be my legacy and my lasting impact on the Temple community.” Jessica Smith and Melissa Pascale can be reached at



Sophomore steady in the boat Eleanor Oken fits into role as coxswain. LIAM MCKENNA The Temple News Despite being a sophomore, coxswain Eleanor “Ellie” Oken has established herself as one of the most experienced Owls of the women’s rowing team. Oken led her boat to a 10th place finish in the first race of the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta on Oct. 27. This came a week after Oken led the same boat to a seventh place finish at the Head of the Charles Regatta, one of the world’s premier rowing events. None of the Owls had raced on the Charles River in Boston before, except for Oken, who had raced the course twice. Oken’s unique experience mirrors her background. Oken is the only rower on the team not from the Northeast. She attended high school in Portland, Ore. “Temple actually found me through one of my coaches in high school,” Oken said. “My coach was on an Olympic team, which the coxswain was from Temple, so they connected and found me.” However, Temple did not begin recruiting Oken until March of her senior year of high school. “That was really late in the game for college applications,” Oken said. “The nursing program had already closed its applications, so the coach had to pull a few strings to get them to let me apply.” “I pretty much had to race every single weekend to the end ROWING

of school,” Oken added. “So, there wasn’t really any time for me to come out [to visit]. I kind of winged it.” Before joining the Owls, Oken never anticipated rowing for a team whose boathouse was a tent, as is the case for the Owls. Temple offered Oken a few surprises, beginning with Hurricane Irene. “I remember my first day coming down here, the parking lot was flooded, so we couldn’t do anything,” Oken said. “We had a dock here which was like vertical. It was crazy, got totally pushed up.” “The next time we came down here, we had to take a bunch of stuff out of the canoe house,” Oken said. “We were cleaning it out with shovels. And then we were still using the second tent, and it was just filled with trees and debris. It was wild.” Oken soon settled into her new team in a new city. However, homesickness inevitably crept into Oken’s mindset on occasion, and still does, she said. Oken’s parents have only been able to see their daughter race once, at last year’s Dad Vail Regatta. “It was really awesome to show them around,” Oken said. “Show them around Temple, Philly and then to have them watching the regatta, such a huge regatta, was really cool.” “Everyone else has parents here every weekend, so just to have mine watch me in college once was really, really awesome,” Oken added. Making the move to the East Coast was not the only major travel in Oken’s life. Oken was born in Eugene,

Ore., but during her middle school years, a job opportunity at Vanderbilt University for her father meant her family had to move to Nashville, Tenn. The summer before high school, her family returned to Oregon, but this time to Portland. One of Oken’s new neighbors had recommended a summer rowing program to her. This was the spark to Oken’s rowing career. “I was like, ‘Hey, that sounds really cool,’ and I went down, and I loved it,” Oken said. “I had so much fun being on the water.” Gaining an interest in rowing in Portland, a place where the rowing culture is far smaller than Philadelphia, Oken was able to use the long rivers and fewer boats to her advantage. Quickly, Oken realized her stature meant she would be a coxswain. “When I started out, I was about 5 [feet], 1 [inch] and 95 pounds,” Oken said. “I could barely carry an oar, so they kind of nudged me into the coxswain seat.” “It’s also kind of my personality to be in charge,” Oken added. Upon first meeting Oken, new coach Rebecca Smith Grzybowski noticed Oken’s personality. “[Oken’s] definitely a coxswain,” Grzybowski said. “Coxswains are a little bit sassy, and they like to be organized and be in control, so [Oken] definitely gets it done.” “She is on the top of her game when it comes to preparation: studying course maps, taking turns, studying the competition,” Grzybowski added. These same traits are noted

by Oken’s teammates. “[Oken] definitely has a wealth of knowledge about everything when it comes to rowing,” senior Joanna Sutor said. “She knows pretty much everything about boat rigging, steering, the different mechanics of the boat and she is very good at keeping us calm during situations [when] we might get frantic.” Heading into the spring, though, Oken would like to get more aggressive with her coxswain style. Currently, she is very technical, and getting more aggressive can be a struggle for her, she said. “Every day when we’re on the water, I try to be a little more aggressive,” Oken said. “So hopefully for spring, I can make it a habit.” Being aggressive will be crucial for the team heading into the spring, as courses are generally straight, she said. As for Oken’s personal life, the coming weeks serve as a time to focus on family again. As Thanksgiving approaches, Oken would like to head home because both her and her father’s birthdays fall around the holiday. “Thanksgiving is a really big family time, and it’s really hard to be away from them then,” Oken said. “It’s such a short break and flying takes almost all day, so it’s kind of a push to get home for Thanksgiving.” Liam McKenna can be reached at


Mahoney sets goals in final A-10 season RUNNER PAGE 20 is among the best moments of his career, he said. “It ranks up there,” Mahoney said. “I came back for a fifth year. With cross country, there’s so many guys that are so competitive. To come out here and actually put it together and go out my last year at A-10’s and come out with a win, it ranks high. It’s big.” A mile into the race, Mahoney was in ninth. About 10 minutes in, he was hovering around fifth place. A few moments later, Mahoney was spotted in second. The man in front of him was La Salle senior Alfredo Santana, the defending champion of last year’s race. The event, hosted by Temple, was held in the same location it was seven years ago when the university made its return to cross country at the Belmont Plateau. Mahoney wasn’t the only runner that day familiar with the course. Santana and the rest of the La Salle team use Belmont as their training course as well. “I thought it was going to be more of a push earlier,” Mahoney said. “Everyone kind of stayed relaxed and the Philly guys, me and [Santana], we kind of both know the course. It’s just trying to stay as relaxed as you can when running the course, use up hills and the down hills and the flats and stay relaxed.” The race was neck-andneck before the runners disappeared into the woods from the eyes of those watching. As the runners’ reemerged from the trees as they rounded the final turn, the home crowd – parents, students, the women’s team,

among others – erupted as Mahoney was revealed with an insurmountable lead against Santana. Mahoney’s final race time was 25 minutes, 1.5 seconds. “At the top of the hill I stayed on top of him, and dashed to the side to make my move,” Mahoney said. “I have a little longer stride than he has so it played into my advantage to make that move at that spot with the downhill. So I used the downhill and just got excited and used it through to finish. It was awesome to cap my last A-10 Conference with a win so it meant a real lot.” While Mahoney’s final season is quickly winding down, there are still several notable events left before his departure later this fall. NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals are on Nov. 9 at Penn State, while the NCAA Championships will be held Nov. 19 at Louisville. There is still plenty more he’d like to accomplish, Mahoney said. “I want to go on to regionals and try to do the same thing,” Mahoney said. “I want to try to stay relaxed and stay up with the pack and if I can, go for the win. My ultimate goal is to make it to nationals and just give it my best shot there. It will be my last race in a Temple singlet and my last college race so I’m kind of enjoying this now. It’s real nice. It’s awesome.” Avery Maehrer can be reached at or on Twitter @AveryMaehrer.

Club hockey remains relevant on national stage when I started seven years ago, it goes up every year because we usually add things. We work with the players and Campus Recreation helps with [the expense].” The club takes part in fundraising every year to help lessen the financial burden that comes with playing on a hockey team. Ticket admission to home games is $3 for adults. Temple will hold its annual alumi game on Feb. 9, 2013, when each Temple participant pays $250. The most significant piece of fundraising is the Philadelphia Flyers’ raffle, which includes top prizes of box seats to Flyers’ games. Campus Recreation will also potentially sponsor one or two fundraisers for all club sports, Young said. Team apparel is bought in bulk and redistributed online by Under Armour. The club raised $11,000 last year, the most the team has ever raised. “[The expense] is the nature of ice hockey,” Roberts said. “A lot of the players that we pull come from junior teams where they’re paying anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000 for the season. Other players are looking at $3,000 to $5,000. Hockey’s an expensive sport and everyone knows it going in.” “It fluctuates with what we’ve done,” senior defenseman and captain Jordan Lawrence said. “We’ve traveled more and we have different gear for players that are better quality each year. Campus Recreation operates at a budget and although they help a lot, we do have to come up with a lot of the money.”


Northeast Skate Zone in Northeast Philadelphia was first opened in 2002 and housed Temple ice hockey as its original tenant. The Owls remain there to this day, with few problems, Roberts said. “We couldn’t be happier with Northeast,” Roberts said.

“They give us a ton of schedule flexibility and they work with any requests that we have. It’s our home and we would never consider leaving.” The Owls enjoy priority ice time at the Northeast Skate Zone, which is also home to youth hockey clubs and is used to host Flyers’ events. Temple usually fills the 9 p.m. slots on Friday and Saturday nights. Temple banners marking past conference championships and other achievements decorate the walls while the Temple logo is displayed at the rink. Campus Recreation provides an ambulance service for every home game, which requires an emergency medical technician on-site. A team trainer and a CPR certified supervisor is also in attendance, in case of sudden injury. Despite the friendly confines at Northeast, it comes at a price. Ice time is costing the team $27,000 for 73.5 hours this season at $370 per hour, not including the postseason. “Ice is not cheap,” Roberts said. “The typical rate for any facility is between $300 to $350 an hour and refrigeration systems are extremely expensive to run. Making ice and maintaining ice is [expensive].” On top of the cost, there is the issue of transportation. Northeast Skate Zone is located approximately a half hour away from Temple’s campus. The club practices twice a week, and usually plays twice on the weekends on Friday and Saturday nights. “A lot of the D-I sports have facilities on campus while we have a half hour drive to ours,” Lawrence said. “We have to drive a half hour to practice and games and it’s a big commitment.” For a team to be considered NCAA eligible, it must have a men’s team, women’s team and an on-campus facility. With these restrictions, club hockey has thrived as a result.



The American Collegiate Hockey Association, the governing body of club hockey, allows recruiting to a certain extent, with restrictions in place. A coach cannot recruit a player from another university, Roberts said. A coach or club is also forbidden from offering financial assistance to a player specifically for ice hockey in the form of a scholarship, grant or financial aid. With no incentive option available, a coach at the ACHA D-II level must sell themselves based purely off of the school and team, Roberts said. “A lot of people call recruiting advertising,” Roberts said. “We don’t have anything to offer to anyone other than [an] opportunity to play ice hockey. It’s competitive. I’d say 100 percent of the time, every player we’ve spoken to in my time here has been in contact with at least one other ACHA school.” “We go to a lot of [prospective recruits’] games,” Roberts added. “We speak to coaches and meet with the families. We try to engage the coaches of the players as much as possible because they have constant contact with players. We’ve found that if we can convince the coach that a certain player is the best fit to come to our school, the coach can be the bug in the player’s ear and can push that player toward Temple.” The glamour and stature that comes with the NCAA brand, coupled with the relatively small number of D-I and D-III schools forces many collegiate-hopeful players with NCAA dreams to come to terms with reality. It’s situations like those where club hockey members such as Temple tend to pounce. “People associate club hockey as being something that’s casual and not really that great,” Roberts said. “They think of it as a glorified beer league and it’s far from it. We come in with the sales pitch that we can offer a very similar ex-

Coach Jerry Roberts recruits club hockey players under similar restrictions to the NCAA guidelines, but cannot offer them any financial assistance. | SAM GRINNAN TTN perience to the NCAA experience.” “[D-III schools] are small, especially up in the northeast region,” Frain said. “I haven’t heard of half of these schools that these guys go to. When guys get out of college and are looking for a job, it’s better to go to a school like Temple and play a sport than a small school where nobody’s heard of it.”


Club sports are unique in that the players govern themselves, within a structure. Each club team has a set of officers who are in charge of certain duties within the club, Young said. In addition, the players in each club write their own constitution each year, basing it off of an outline given by Campus Recreation with a certain set of rules that must be included, Young said. “The students run the club,” Young said. “We have to sign off on [the constitution] to make

sure it’s got the right language in it and that it’s fair.” The officer positions cover a number of duties each club team must fulfill, varying from sending checks to Campus Recreation, budget handling and the newly implemented position of safety officer held by senior forward Sean Nealis, requiring a player on the team to be CPR certified. Lawrence is team president on top of his captaincy duties, and senior defenseman Matt Benedetto is vice president and treasurer. “I take more of the hockeyrelated things,” Lawrence said. “I make sure Campus Recreation has everything they need and at the same time that our team runs smoothly.” Players are eligible to play for five years in the ACHA, and while that may seem like a long time for some, the former starplayer turned coach Frain said he feels otherwise.

“I loved it,” Frain said. “It’s a huge family and you spend so much time together. You go to class together, you go to lunch together during the day and things like that. I spent more time with these guys during that time than I did around my family.” “If I could’ve played 10 years, I would’ve stayed an extra five,” Frain added. “It was really hard to gradually know that you’re not going to play competitive hockey like that anymore. I stress to the guys to not take this for granted because I saw it and guys I played with saw it that by the time you’re a senior, it’s gone like that and there’s no going back...I’d go back in a heartbeat.” Andrew Parent can be reached at or on Twitter @daParent93.




Transfer happy with move Wilson said the decision to leave the Blue Hens was not mutual and that he had no intentions of transferring at the time. He said Delaware cut him from the team due to a nagging back injury he endured while playing TYLER SABLICH under Hennessy. “That’s kind of a sore subThe Temple News ject,” Wilson said. “I got hurt MEN’S SOCCER After a dis- a lot and [Hennessy] wasn’t agreement at Delaware that led willing to give me another shot to his transfer, redshirt-sopho- even though I contributed on the more forward Charles “Chas” squad. I fit into their system but Wilson has made an immedi- he didn’t utilize me to the best ate impact for the men’s soccer of my ability, that’s for sure.” Wilson first suffered the team. Playing on the front line for back injury early in his freshthe Owls, Wilson is second on man year at Delaware, a season the team in goals (5) and third in in which he was limited to one game. In the middle of 2011, his points (11). “The system that we play second season with Delaware, here is the same one that I the injury flared up again. He was held to played back in nine games, high school,” Wilregistering son said. “I was two goals and able to fit in right one assist. away. [Temple] “No didn’t have a lot athlete is alof target-strikers, lowed to be which is my priremoved from mary position. I a roster for inwas able to just jury’s sake at plug into that spot Delaware and and be a useful probably any part of the team.” other NCAA While Wilschool,” Henson’s fit with Temnessy said. ple is evident, the Dave MacWilliams / coach “It wasn’t a reason as to why good cultural he ended up here fit for both of in the first place is a bit murkier. Delaware coach us and truly wish him the best Ian Hennessy said Wilson’s de- with [MacWilliams] at his new parture was “mutual” because home.” Delaware is approximately neither side believed Wilson was a strong fit for their system. 25 minutes away from Salesian“It worked both ways,” um High School, where Wilson Hennessy said. “Sometimes it’s was a three-year varsity letternot a decision that either one winner. Wilson, a West Chester, makes, but rather a mutual re- Pa., native, helped lead Salespect for the program to just go sianum to two Delaware State Championships in 2007-08. The different ways.” Hennessy said Wilson left team compiled a 44-8-4 during Delaware because of a lack of his time there. Coming out of high school, playing time and a desire to play in the Big East Conference next Wilson said a lot of the schools that originally recruited him season. “[Wilson] wanted a lot were out of his price range. more playing time, and we just When he was cut from Deladidn’t think at the time that he ware, Temple became a nowas a good fit.” Hennessy said. brainer. “I knew some of the guys “I think [Temple coach] Dave MacWilliams has done a good on the team here already,” Wiljob with the program. I also son said. “They asked me to think the attraction of the Big come join them here.” Following Wilson’s deparEast had something to do with ture from Delaware, MacWilit.”

Charles Wilson transferred from Delaware amid controversy.

“We knew

Temple hosts recruits at the Temple Open to showcase the university.| AJA ESPINOSA TTN

Recruits attend showcase FENCING PAGE 20 really pride ourselves in. It’s junior foil fencer Epiphany nice that someone looking from Georges said. the outside can immediately see “I think our team is actually that.” stronger,” Georges said. “We While the fencing family had a pretty strong team last has a strong bond, its members year. But we got a lot of good are always shifting. Temple’s freshman come in, mostly in all-time leader foil.” in sabre wins, With the Kamali Thompnew faces comson, graduated ing in, comafter last seabined with the son. In addition team’s small to the departure roster, the five of Thompson, recruits make a pair of twins up one-third of competing in the 15-member both epee and team. Nikki Franke / coach foil, Krystal and “It’s a Danielle Jones, whole new dyrespectively, left big holes to fill namic with the recruits comin Temple’s team. While a key ing in,” Franke said. “Every competitor in each weapon was year your team is different. But lost, Franke’s squad had a busy they have to develop their own offseason. personality. They all have been Five freshmen were re- blending in and developing cruited to Temple for this sea- their own personality, so that’s son, something that comes with great.” a steep learning curve, but also “It’s an easy transition,” great potential. And with the Georges said. “They catch on newcomers on the squad, los- really quickly. They work really ing Thompson doesn’t mean the hard and that is all you can reteam will necessarily regress, ally ask for.”

“We lost some

really key seniors this year, and everyone has to step up.

The hard work of the recruits do not go without notice from Franke, who has seen her fair share of recruiting classes. “We lost some really key seniors this year, and everyone has to step up,” Franke said. “I can’t say how happy I have been with the freshmen. They have worked extremely hard and have done everything we asked them. From the day they walked on this campus they have worked hard and done everything I have asked of them.” Franke said she wants to see the current recruiting class graduate, giving her at least four more years of coaching on her résumé. When asked at what point she would find a recruiting class that she would see graduate and then end her coaching career, it was probably the one fencing question the legend could not answer. “I don’t know,” Franke said. “I haven’t gotten to that point yet.” Ibrahim Jacobs can be reached at or on Twitter @ibrahimjacobs.

Team tries for 12th game FOOTBALL PAGE 20

“We saw a window of weather pointing loss of the season, opportunity and hit it. But the Addazio said. most important thing we need“We just really looked ed to get done got done.” like the weight of the season While players have a day caught up with us, and that’s off Monday, coaches hold too bad,” Addazio said. “Not meetings that usually run late shocking, but disappointing. at Edberg-Olson Hall, but I’d like to see us against this Addazio said the staff had to Top 10 team, play better.” leave campus before 5 p.m. The game against PittsAddazio burgh was a lost power in his virtual musthome in Media, win for Temple Pa., but was forif the school tunate enough to wants to get have it running bowl eligible, again by Tuesa goal Addazio day night, he set at the besaid. ginning of the The timyear. Now, in ing of Hurriorder for the cane Sandy is Owls to win unfortunate in the six games the face of this needed to be week’s game Steve Addazio / coach eligible for a against the Carbowl game, dinals, who Addazio has called Temple would have to beat the best team the Owls will either No. 12 Louisville or face all year, he said. Cincinnati, both of which have “We need to accelerate been ranked, in addition to right now, but it’s harder be- winnable games against Syracause we’re playing one of cuse and Army. the Top 10 teams in America,” “We have three wins right Addazio said. “It’s a great op- now and to get three more portunity and it will be a great would be really challenging experience for our football because we don’t have the team. If we all fire and execute, extra game we’re supposed to we’ll be right in the middle of have,” Addazio said. “We’re the game.” going to have to get one of This week’s fractured these next two to do it. We schedule is even more ham- can, but we’re going to have to pering when considering the play really well. I wouldn’t be team’s 47-17 loss to Pittsburgh shocked if we did. We have to on Oct. 27, the most disap- do it to stay in the middle of

“I’ve always

believed in my heart that with every challenge comes an unbelievable opportunity.

this.” Temple is also hampered by a shortened 11-game schedule that came as a result of the Owls’ sudden departure to the Big East Conference. The university has been working with Hawaii for more than a month to schedule a 12th game in December, a source confirmed, something Addazio said the team needs. “I’ve always wanted a 12th game. I knew we needed it,” Addazio said. “But it’s out of my hands. I don’t know if any of that is going to come together. I don’t have a great feel for that right now.” Despite the challenge the team faces this week, and the rest of the season in trying to become bowl eligible, Addazio said the team remains vigilant on the task at hand. “I’ve always believed in my heart that with every challenge comes an unbelievable opportunity,” Addazio said. “So that makes it’s exciting. Our players are really excited. They have that bright-eyed look.” The team will have its usual Thursday practice before departing for Kentucky on Friday. Saturday’s game is scheduled to start at noon. Joey Cranney can be reached at or on Twitter @joey_cranney.

about [Wilson] before coming to Temple. We were looking for another forward so it was a great fit for us.

liams gladly scooped him up, he said. “[Wilson] is a guy that really plays his back to the goal,” MacWilliams said. “He’s a guy that likes to get in the box and get on the end of things, whether it’s in the air or on the ground. That’s something we haven’t had in a while.” Prior to his transfer to Temple, MacWilliams said he was already familiar with Wilson and his potential to light up the scoreboard. “We knew about him before coming to Temple,” MacWilliams said. “We knew he scored a lot of goals playing for [club team] FC Delco. We were looking for another forward so it was a great fit for us.” Looking ahead, Wilson still has two years of eligibility left following the 2012 season. With the offseason approaching, both Wilson and MacWilliams believe his role on the team will grow even further as Wilson is given time to become more accustomed to his new home. With more time to get to know one another and more time for Wilson to build even better chemistry with his Temple teammates, both Wilson and MacWilliams believe his role and responsibility on the team will only increase. “As everyone gets more familiar with me I think my success and my role will absolutely expand,” Wilson said. “The more time he has to get used to our system, the more he will do well,” MacWilliams said. “We’re looking for good things from [Wilson] for the rest of this year and for years to come.” As for Hennessy, he insists he isn’t going to linger on his decision to let go of Wilson or how the situation was handled. “There’s always going to be regrets. You could always do better or worse,” Hennessy said. “But that’s not the way we think at all.” Tyler Sablich can be reached at or on Twitter @TySablich.

Freshman overcomes challenges SOCCER PAGE 20

to choose a school based on she is going to be great througheducation first. After visiting out her four years at Temple.” multiple schools, she decided to Along with the support and play for Temple. guidance she has received this In her first season with the year at Temple from Gwilliam Owls, Rachel played in each and his coaching staff, Rachel of the team’s 20 games, while said her high school club coach starting 14 of those matches. Dave Burgess acted as a father Rachel tied for the team lead figure to her while she played in goals with two. under him. Leading all fresh“[Burmen with 19 shots gess] was this year, 10 of always there which were on goal, to help me,” Rachel also tied for Rachel said. second on the team “He was one with four points. of the nic“The hardest est coaches part of adjusting to I have ever the college game had and he has been playing was always with girls that are willing to four years older help.” and have more exWhen Jourdan Brill / senior midfielder Rachel began perience than I do,” Rachel said. “The at Temple, other girls’ size, Gwilliam strength and techniques has also said he started to use her as a taken time to adjust to.” target forward. He began to Entering Temple as a fresh- watch her as a midfielder, and man, Rachel didn’t expect to be with her size, pace, athleticism, an immediate impact player, she strength and one of the best left said. Rachel said she expected foots he has seen, Rachel will to do the dirty work and start fill in the shoes of the departing at the bottom of the barrel, but seniors at the end of the 2012 with hard work and dedication, season, Gwilliam said. she turned out to be one of the “The future is very bright Owls’ first-year impact players for [Rachel],” Gwilliam said. on offense. “Her growth and evolution has “[Rachel] is definitely go- us excited. We talk about coning to be a leader of this team,” sistency a lot here and [Rachel] senior midfielder Jourdan Brill is a poster child for consistency. said. “She is very strong on the Every day we know what we ball, very smart on the field and are going to get from her. She is

“[Rachel] is

definitely going to be a leader on this team. She is going to be great throughout her four years at Temple.

completely on board with making us better as a leader and as a player.” While Rachel is becoming a leader on the field, many of her teammates and coaches will tell you that she is a shy and quiet person. “[Rachel] was very shy at the beginning of the year,” Brill said. “Now, she is really opening up and getting to know the girls.” Rachel said that she has not overcome her challenges without the help of her family. Her two brothers and her mother are the reason she is where she is today, Rachel said. “My mom is more than a mom to me, she is also my best friend and my rock,” Rachel said. Rachel said whenever she steps on the field, she feels comfortable knowing that her father is watching her play the game he first taught her. “It makes me feel a sense of comfort that my dad once was here at Temple and I know that he’s watching me and all of my games,” Rachel said. “[My dad] would always say, ‘That’s my little girl.’ That will always be in my head.” John Murrow can be reached at or on Twitter@johnmurrow12.




Mahoney posts best finish in history

Preparation changes due to weather Hurricane Sandy alters the football team’s schedule.

Travis Mahoney places first in the A-10 Championships.

JOEY CRANNEY Sports Editor FOOTBALL As Hurricane Sandy made its way over the region at the beginning of the week, not even the football team was spared from its damaging effects. The storm forced the team to have an under-prepared practice Tuesday following a day off Monday, leaving Temple scrambling to put together game preparation for Saturday’s match-up against No. 12 Louisville. Coach Steve Addazio ran practice late Wednesday to try to make up for lost time. “We just have a lot of work that we’re trying to finish up,” Addazio said. “This week has been a little crazy. I think they responded well to the week. You get out of your routine and you get disrupted, but we’re managing it fine. We’re getting our work done.” Addazio said Monday he wasn’t sure if the team was going to be able to run Tuesday’s practice, but weather permitted the team to have its usual walkthroughs. Addazio said it was a normal Tuesday practice, but it wasn’t as typically well prepared. “We didn’t know what time we were going,” Addazio said.



Paying for the puck Ice hockey players pay $2,600 each to help provide funding for the most expensive club sport.| SAM GRINNAN TTN

The ice hockey club self manages through effort of coaches, players.



hough Temple ice hockey has the word “club” attached to its name, the team’s management and players’ daily grind resembles that of any NCAA sport at the university. Members of the ice hock-

ey club receive no academic benefits. They have to pay for the majority of their equipment and apparel. They attend class and study for exams like any other college student. But they play hockey too, while maintaining a devotion that mirrors any student-athlete dressing for one of Temple’s 22 NCAA teams. Club teams at Temple are generally run by the members themselves and assisted by Campus Recreation. Running and maintaining a hockey team, however, is not a simple task.


As coach Jerry Roberts put it: “Hockey is expensive.” Campus Recreation provides a fraction of a club team’s expenses, and the club is responsible for all other fundraising, Director of Campus Recreation Steve Young said. The ice hockey club receives the largest piece of Campus Recreation funds annually, and the allocation increases every year. Campus Recreation provided $23,100 to the ice hockey club this year, a $1,100 increase from last season. The players then chip in

with player dues divided to $2,600 per player before the start of the season, Young said. Player dues include funding for uniforms, pads, helmets, sticks, and other equipment and accessories required for the average hockey player. Though Campus Recreation provides the money for minor equipment such as pucks for practices, most of the equipment expenses and duties fall on the players. “It’s expensive,” assistant coach Ryan Frain said, who played from 2006-11. “From


Freshman inspires team with resilience Paige Rachel chooses Temple to honor her father. JOHN MURROW The Temple News WOMEN’S SOCCER After

losing a loved one and suffering a career-threatening injury in the same year, some people might have simply given up on a goal to play soccer. For Owls’ freshman midfielder Paige Rachel, she said giving up will never be an option. Rachel began playing soccer when she was 5 years old. Rachel’s father was her first coach. She credits him with teaching her the game she loves. While a freshman at Central High School in New Hampshire, Rachel’s father passed away in January 2008. Four months later in May, Rachel tore her ACL while at a soccer tournament in Connecticut. “My mom went to all of my tournaments, but that was the one tournament she could not go to,” Rachel said. “When I told my mom I had torn my ACL, she drove straight to Connecticut. It was about a three-and-a-half-hour drive, but she made it in less than two hours.” With two of the hardest times in Rachel’s life just four months apart, Rachel said she never felt that she could not

come back from the injury. “I said to myself, ‘What can I do?’” Rachel said. “My dad would have told me to do something.” Two months after tearing her ACL, Rachel began her road to recovery in July 2008. After about a year of rehabilitation, Rachel was back on the field without any physical limitations. “I knew I would come back stronger, both mentally and physically,” Rachel said. “If I could get through that, I could get through anything.” In her sophomore year of high school, Rachel began to look at colleges. After numerous soccer showcases, Rachel was deemed a Division-I soccer talent. Rachel was considering schools like the University of Albany, Northeastern University and American University. Along with the schools Rachel was already considering, Rachel’s mother asked her daughter to consider one last school, Temple, the same school that Rachel’s father had received his law degree from in 1985. “During the recruiting process, we were able to build a relationship with [Rachel] and her family,” coach Matt Gwilliam said. “We knew right away that [Rachel] was going to be a great fit with our program.” Rachel’s mother told her



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Fencers compete at the Temple Invitational, hosted at McGonigle Hall. | AJA ESPINOSA TTN

Temple hosts fencing, recruits Temple holds country’s largest individual fencing tournament. IBRAHIM JACOBS Assistant Sports Editor Eleven hours later, Nikki Franke was still on her feet and running around. The Temple Invitational that began at 9 a.m. on Oct. 27 at McGonigle Hall still needed Franke’s guidance to draw to a close at 8 p.m. The same feet that guided Franke to two Olympic performances and have supported her in 40 years as director of fencing wouldn’t get a break until she obliged a request for an FENCING

interview. She had one request of her own, to conduct the interview sitting down. “I’m tired,” Franke said. “It’s a lot of planning and trying to organize everything. This is the earliest we have ever been done. So I’m pretty happy about that.” The Temple Invitational is the largest event of its kind in the country. With more than 600 fencers from more than 30 schools, the event requires an enormous amount of planning, something Franke said she doesn’t mind doing. “It’s a great recognition for our school and for the quality of our program,” Franke said. “For teams to want to travel here is great. It is a worthwhile tournament for fencers to make that commitment with time and


Charles Wilson fits in with the men’s soccer team after a controversial departure from Delaware. SPORTS@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM

money to want to come here.” Not only does the event provide Temple an ability to showcase its skills, it also gives the school an opportunity to invite possible recruits to see Temple compete, Franke said. “We had a couple recruits today that came out on their own, and that provides great visibility,” Franke said. While Franke said she was too busy to spend extensive time talking to the younger fencers watching the event, she expressed satisfaction in what the girls looking on saw. “One girl came up to me and said, ‘I just love the team and I just love how they interact,’” Franke said. “It’s really a family and it is something we


years CROSS COUNTRY Seven ago, Temple announced that cross country would be returning to the university’s athletics department. The program was shut down in 1986 to help fund student activities programs like intramural and club sports. But a push to reintroduce it in 2005 by then track & field coach Stephanie Scalessa was successful. “There is a whole element of track & field from the 800 meters and up that is really fueled by cross country,” Scalessa told The Temple News that season. “In those events, we weren’t having much of a showing. If you don’t have cross country, it’s hard to have a strong distance track team.” That year, on one chilly Saturday morning at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia, Temple made its return to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship, one of the biggest and most competitive races of the year. It didn’t go well. Both the men’s and women’s teams placed 13th out of the 14 teams that participated. Freshman Angela Washko led the Owls in the 5k race with an 80th place finish, while freshman Adin Mickle was the top Temple finisher in the 8k, placing 95th overall. The placements defined the two teams as ones that were still far from being competitive forces in the A-10 Conference. For the men’s team at least, that day may have very well arrived. On Oct. 27, redshirt senior Travis Mahoney bested the competition at the A-10 Championships, winning the men’s 8k and leading the men’s team to a program-best fourth place finish. “Unbelievable,” first-year coach Adam Bray said. “Unbelievable job. It just shows how talented he is. The kid puts in a lot of hard work and you see it out here on the course in how good he is.” “The team overall did an outstanding job,” Bray added. “Those guys, we were talking all week about if we can score 100 points, I think we can get fourth place – that was what I was projecting just off of years past. Today, those guys went above expectations.” The Owls ended up with 127 points, six away from earning second place. “In the grand scheme of things [six points] is very small in cross country,” Bray said. “In my opinion, this is a very good team and the guys have come to life here, especially in the past couple of weeks. That’s very exciting to see. I think we probably surprised a few people in the conference in the way that they ran.” Mahoney first ran the A-10 Championships in 2008, when his 40th place finish contributed to the team earning a 10th-place finish, the highest at that point in program history. Saturday’s race



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Week of 30 October 2012. Delayed until 01 November because of Hurricane Sandy.

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Week of 30 October 2012. Delayed until 01 November because of Hurricane Sandy.


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