OPINION Zack Scott offers a satirical eulogy by sharing his stories of the now-defunct Temple Garden.
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PROJECT HAITI, p. 7
A RUN THROUGH HISTORY, p. 20
An orphanage in Haiti gets funded by Temple’s student group, Project Haiti.
The cross country teams are primed for their Big East move next season after 19 years of extinction.
California Shop leaves now-Temple property vacant Temple now owns official the property left empty by Temple stumps Garden’s closure. for Obama A pro-Obama event highlighted the last week of campaigning.
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The now vacant and shabby five-story building on the 1500 block of North Broad Street,
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between Rite Aid Pharmacy and Zavelle Bookstore, was recently purchased by Temple as part of its 20/20 plan, the university’s framework for campus development. The only lasting business in the building’s history was Temple Garden, a Chinese restaurant established in 1991, which closed recently. Throughout the years, the building accommodated myriad businesses, from beauty and
nail salons to an optical store, along with residential apartments. Temple Garden was the only business in place by the time Temple bought the building in August 2012. The university negotiated an extended lease with the restaurant owners, which started in October 2009 under the prior building owner and ran until Sept. 30, 2012.
Richard Rumer, associate vice president for business services, said the restaurant’s owners received adequate notice to evacuate the location. “However, they were delinquent tenants and left the place a disgrace,” Rumer said. Rumer said the university dealt with late rent and tax payments from the owners, in addition to unwillingness to maintain regular communications
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MTV star arrested near bar
Owl pride takes diverse shape in director’s collection and students’ décor trends.
The final week of campaigning before Election Day was highlighted by an appearance from California Attorney General Kamala Harris as organizations focused on voter turnout initiatives. Harris visited the Beasley School of Law on Thursday, Nov. 1, on behalf of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign to mobilize his supporters into action. After introductory remarks from Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who is also an adjunct professor at Temple, Harris took the stage in Klein Hall to address more than 50 attendees composed of law students, alumni and community members. “The outcome of the election can come down to a few votes in a swing state,” Harris said. “What you do in
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with school officials. Once the lease expired, maintenance workers evaluated the location and reported it stank of food waste, Rumer said. The owners of Temple Garden could not be reached for comment. Rumer said the university does not have current plans for the building.
Brandon Swift was detained and charged with disorderly conduct last week. JENELLE JANCI A&E Editor “The Real World: St. Thomas” cast member and 2012 alumnus Brandon Swift, 23, was arrested Nov. 1, outside the Draught Horse on Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said in an email that officers were monitoring a large crowd Brian Forman, executive director of Computer Services, collects owl figurines. For more, see P. 14.| ABI REIMOLD TTN
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Lessons from Irene applied while preparing for Sandy Administrators were in unmarked territory during Hurricane Irene last August. JAD SLEIMAN The Temple News As Hurricane Irene curved menacingly up the Eastern seaboard in 2011 while university students were making preparations for a new semester, Temple officials were largely facing a big decision. By the time Sandy made landfall in New Jersey as a tropical storm last week, Temple was ready.
Such powerful storms seldom threaten Main Campus, providing university leadership with unique lessons in emergency preparedness when they do. Irene didn’t affect classes when it rolled through the area in August 2011, but it did force planners from a wide cross section of the university to have serious questions that led to them having ready answers when Sandy forced the campus to close on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30. “We really weren’t sure what was going to happen,” Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said, referring to the days and hours leading up to Hurricane
Irene. “It was virgin territory.” A series of university meetings held before last year’s storm discussed worst case scenarios involving everything from flooding to power outages and whether Temple’s buildings could stand up to sustained hurricane force winds more commonly found whipping waves on Southeastern coastlines. Last week’s “Frankenstorm,” much like Irene, largely spared Temple and Philadelphia as a whole. Still, many in the nearby area experienced power outages, flooding and fallen tree limbs.
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While Hurricane Sandy caused minimal damage to Main Campus, administrators prepared for it with lessons from Hurricane Irene in August 2011. | JOHN MORITZ FILE PHOTO
City controller report yields little results City controller said the city needs time to react and make changes accordingly. CINDY STANSBURY The Temple News
Construction projects near campus were the subject of a report by the city controller in October, which highlighted a lack of respect for residents. | CINDY STANSBURY TTN
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Nearly a month after the city controller issued a scathing report on developers’ treatment of the area around Temple due to lack of enforcement by city departments, developers and neighbors report little change in the area. The report by City Controller Alan Butkovitz divulged a
vast amount of issues involv- tution, it takes a while for things ing the way conto happen.” struction activity Butkovitz is run in North said he needs Philadelphia. to provide the Local decity with an veloper and opportunity to vice president improve condiof Temple Area tions. Property Associ“ We ’ v e ation Nick Pizzogot to give the la said he hasn’t city a good noticed anything faith chance to change so far. get results,” he “I haven’t said. “We will Nick Pizzola / developer at some point noticed anything first hand,” Pizgo back and rezola said. “It got the attention of inspect construction sites, but the city, but, like any large instiREPORT PAGE 3
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attention of the city, but, like any large institution, it takes a while for things to happen.
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Increased communication in preparation SANDY PAGE 1 James Creedon, senior vice president for construction, facilities and management, drove to Bethlehem, Pa., to find his home without power two days after the storm had passed. He led an operations team in hurricane proofing Main Campus in the days before the Sandy arrived. Vehicles had to be fueled, potential debris had to be cleared or secured, generators had to be prepared and staff – many of whom would weather the storm on Main Campus – had to be protected. “On a typical day we are off running operations and reporting to different people, but during these emergencies everyone had to come together and work together,” Creedon said. The complex plans and procedures needed to pull off such a feat largely arose during the drum up to Hurricane Irene a year earlier, Leone said. “This time we probably increased in our communication within the university and the executive leadership with the on site command having
these planning meetings ongoing while the storm was coming,” Leone said. “Absolutely everything from computer services to Student Affairs to Dining Services, all these groups that were in there, now we see how beneficial it was for us to work together.” The organization was apparent to freshman kinesiology major Shauni Kerkhoff, who said she was surprised to find dining hours at Johnson and Hardwick cafeteria unchanged in the midst of the wind and rain. “I come here like every day and it was really just running the same as it always had,” she said. “The staff was really polite and nice even though a lot of them had to stay the night there. One lady said she wasn’t getting off work until 12:30 that night.” Leone said officers pulled 12 and 24-hour shifts to make sure Main Campus was secure during the storm. He said one lesson moving forward to the next emergency would be providing more for the critical staff that stays behind. University planners see
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Main Campus emerged from Hurricane Sandy with little damage, apart from some fallen branches, much like last year when Hurricane Irene hit the area.| JOHN MORITZ TTN such lessons as a silver lining in the storm clouds. Creedon noted a renewed interest in using social media to communicate with students and their families after receiving positive responses to the university’s outreach over Facebook and Twitter during the storm. “We had a team monitoring [social media] and respond-
ing so that people could feel a sense of calm,” he said. A wide spectrum of university officials will contribute to and evaluate innumerable after-action reports in the coming weeks, but officials said surprises are still possible. “There will always be something in it that will throw you a curve and you’ll have to
react to it,” Creedon said. “You hope you’ve got it covered next time.” Jad Sleiman can be reached at email@example.com.
Swift charged with TSG meeting focuses on Sandy disorderly conduct volunteerism, pres. election ARREST PAGE 1 of patrons leaving the bar at approximately 2 a.m. Thursday morning. When the group began to get rowdy, the officers approached it in attempts to disperse the crowd. After some pushing and fighting began, officers began to separate the crowd. Swift, however, refused to leave, Leone said. Leone said the male began yelling at the officers, stating, “I don’t have to leave,” among other things. “He got carried away by one of his friends, but he then came back yelling at officers,” Leone added. The defendant came back to the scene two or three times, Leone said, and, after he became unruly, he was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct. Swift was taken to Temple Police headquarters where he was held for 45 minutes to an hour, Leone said. Swift was then given a citation and released. Leone said the officers worried others could follow suit and create a larger incident. Swift was arrested in February on similar charges, court records show.
Leone said during the Febuary incident, also outside the Draught Horse, Swift refused to leave the scene, Leone said. Swift was vocal about the recent incident on his Facebook page, posting the following status: “Always voice your opinion even if its [sic] the Police!” the post read, criticizing members of Temple’s police force. “I will always say what I gotta [sic] say to you dirty filthy liars AND I hope this gets back to yall…Sorry for the rant all but it was necessary.” Swift declined comment to The Temple News. Swift was a member of the past season of “The Real World,” which aired from June to September. He graduated from Fox School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and legal studies in January. Jenelle Janci can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sean Carlin contributed to this report.
Brandon Swift sits at the Bell Tower. The January 2012 alumnus was arrested last week. | JENELLE JANCI TTN
Groups step up in final days
Student Activities is running a food drive for hurricane victims this month. LAURA DETTER The Temple News Hurricane Sandy and the presidential election were the focus of this week’s Temple Student Government General Assembly meeting. After Sandy left many parts of New York and New Jersey in shambles, Student Activities, in conjunction with student organizations, are hosting an online food drive to benefit hurricane victims. Associate Director of Student Activities Chris Carey along with program director Adriane Reilly discussed the food drive, which will benefit the Salvation Army of New Jersey. The food drive, which runs from Nov. 5 to Dec. 5, is a competition between student organizations to see who can raise the largest amount with all the proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army of New Jersey. The drive was originally purposed as a November food drive due to the nature of the season, but after Hurricane Sandy the office redirected the purpose. “We figured this online module of food collection is a more effective way for student organizations to succeed in their food drives, so we had things all set to go when Sandy came through the Northeast. Then we decided to adapt the purpose of this food drive to benefit the people who are most affected,” Adriane Reilly said. The office is trying an online food drive, compared to a traditional food drive, to help unite the fundraising efforts of student organizations and attempt a new method. “The problem with doing it online is that you have to develop a new strategy around it,” TSG Student Body President David Lopez said. “A social media strategy with getting information out through Twitter, Facebook,
and email…It will be interesting to see how well it really works and I think we just need to push it and advertise it the right way.” Although Reilly does not have a monetary goal set for the total relief efforts, she does have one goal in mind. “I know Temple students are motivated and kind hearted and I would really like to be able to showcase the efforts of our student organizations,” Reilly said. “[The goal is] to just be able to show that our students noticed the need created by Hurricane Sandy and took action to help.” During the second portion of the meeting, Lopez, who is the former president of Temple College Democrats and was an intern at the White House during the summer, presented students with information about voting on Election Day. “Generally speaking, Temple students don’t realize how much of an impact they have in an election,” Lopez said. “When you look at the amount of students that go to this campus and the amount of students who turn out to vote, the numbers are not indicative
of what Temple students stand for.” Lopez discussed the polling locations, times and the standing of the voter identification law, which states that in Pennsylvania, it is not required that a voter present a valid form of identification, unless it is their first time voting at that particular location. Lopez said TSG is also having volunteers both in the residence halls and off-campus helping students learn the location of their designated polling place. “The goal of our university now needs to be motivating students to get out and vote and actually get them to care,” Lopez said. “We can have so much more strength as a university with the local legislators, if people actually looked at this university and the students who attend this university as a very important voting bloc.” Students can find out their registration status and polling location at canivote.org. Laura Detter can be reached at email@example.com.
the next [few] days is going to have everything to do with the outcome of this election.” During the half-hour presentation, Harris urged the audience to reach out to their communities in order to increase voter turnout. “There are two things that give constituencies power in politics, unfortunately,” Harris said. “The ability to write a check or turning out to vote.” “Vote is the expression of one’s voice,” Harris added. “Make sure everyone knows that their voice matters, take the role of leadership.” Outside of voter turnout, Harris spoke about how the election is framed in terms of public policy, not just the re-election of the president. In relation to students, Harris described how the president has dealt with student debt by doubling the funding for Pell Grants. She then touched on the issue of personal choice, and how individuals should be able to make decisions about their own bodies and lives. “Do we want a society that tells us that we are not capable of making a decision, that it would [be] made for us?” Harris said. In this regard, Harris asked law students to reflect upon the power of the president to appoint Supreme Court justices, its impact on public policy and the likelihood of new appointments in the next four years. Dylan Morpurgo, president of Temple College Democrats, said the presentation was “inspiring” and called Harris “really entertaining.” Morpurgo also highlighted the organization’s mobilization efforts in the final days before the election. He said TCD volunteers have been working to get out the vote on Obama’s behalf on Main Campus and, specifically, in residence halls. Vice Chair of the Temple University College Republicans Darin Bartholomew said his organization has been participating in phone banks in order to lobby for Gov. Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates. “There’s been a lot of enthusiasm in all races, not just the one at the top,” Bartholomew said. Bartholomew added that during the election season, TUCR has seen record attendance at its meetings and a lot of participation from its members in campaign-related events. Both groups were scheduled to hold a debate on Tuesday, Oct. 30, but had to cancel it because of Hurricane Sandy. While Bartholomew has been lobbying for the Republican candidate, he said he hopes that each side of the ticket respects the outcome of the election. “I hope that everyone is respectful, win or lose,” Bartholomew said. “It’s about what’s best for America at the end of the day.” Laura Ordonez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Carey of Student Activities discussed a food drive at the TSG meeting Monday. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
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Re-inspection of sites is months away REPORT PAGE 1 that’s months away.” The report addressed a slew of issues including illegal dumping of construction debris, lack of dust screens and filters at construction sites, missing air vacuum hoses and street lane closures without proper permits. Most of the issues, Butkovitz said, are due to a lack of communication between the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the Water Department, the Police Department, the Public Health Department and the Streets Department. Maddie Penney, a junior anthropology major, resides next to a current construction site and said the constant work has made it hard to sleep. “The spotlight is [on] all night, the construction is a bit earlier than 7 a.m., so it’s kind of hard to sleep,” Penney said. “It’s always been that Temple construction has been worse than other construction.” Penney added that following the report, nothing about the status of her area had improved. Pizzola said he believes the reasoning for the lack of progress could be due to an insufficient amount of manpower. He said he remains hopeful for future changes as a result of the report. Fellow developer and TAPA member Peter Crawford has seen changes in development, but they have been slight.
“Some of the inspectors gal dumping of debris she sees have told me that there’s been a while cleaning the vacant lots. directive. They check for trash “For the past several years in construction,” Crawford said. there has been short dumping “I’m not aware of any substan- that we can identify as constructive changes in the procedures, tion debris,” Robinson, also a just that the inspectors are pay- resident of the area, said. “They ing more attention to the quality think that they can bum-rush a of life issues.” poor African-American comCrawford added that the munity with no recourse.” inspectors were aware of the She added that the lack quality of of concern for the life issues community by those before the rein construction is port and that blatant to the resithe report dents and does not itself called go unnoticed. for minimal “They’re just change. out of control,” “It was Robinson said. just that the R o b i n s o n ’s city departgroup, in addition to ments need cleaning up vacant to communilots, will report decate a bit betbris that is dumped. Judith Robinson / director, ter,” he said. She said that unless susquehanna clean-up pick-up Crawdebris is blocking ford said he doesn’t think much the street, it might take 90 days will change involving construc- to be removed by the city. tion in the short-term as a result Robinson also said that of the report. since the release of the report, However, Judith Robinson, she too has seen little improvedirector of Susquehanna Clean- ment. up Pick-up, intends to use the “I’ve seen some scaffolding report to change the way things come down, [but] I don’t know are done around Temple. if that’s Licenses and Inspec“Every time that there’s a tions,” she said. City Council hearing I’m goCindy Stansbury can be reached ing to introduce that report,” she at firstname.lastname@example.org. said. Robinson’s grievances with Construction debris litters a vacant lot near 17th and Norris streets. A report issued by the city the local construction are vast, controller in October highlighted a slew of issues concerning construction in the area including stemming mostly from the illelitter and a lack of dust screens and filters at construction sites. | CINDY STANSBURY TTN
that they can bum-rush a poor AfricanAmerican community with no recourse.
Lunch trucks emerge unscathed by hurricane went around the campus and looked at the trucks to make sure the tanks were secured and any debris was cleaned up. We took a look around and saw no safety hazards,” Leone said. CSS did not issue any letLAURA DETTER ter of warning or expectations to The Temple News the vendors, but rather depended on their previous experience Despite high winds and rain with Hurricane Irene and snow from Hurricane storms to propSandy, the food erly prepare trucks on Main their trucks. Campus reported With the no damage. exception of “We had Insomnia Cookno calls about ies, which any damage. It opened for busiwas mostly just ness on Oct. 30, leaves and shrubthe vendors did bery,” Deputy Nikolas Harelidis / susan’s blue not open for Director of Camtruck business until pus Safety SerOct. 31. vices Charlie LeNikolas one said. Harelidis of SuLeone attributed the secu- san’s Blue Truck on 12th Street rity of the trucks to the steps said he did not open on Monday vendors took before the arrival and Tuesday because there was of the storm. little business. “We did a lot to prepare the “Not many people eat off campus and make sure there was of food trucks during a state of nothing out there that could hurt emergency,” Harelidis said. people if the winds got high. We Perhaps the biggest effect
Despite loss of business during storm, lunch trucks weren’t damaged.
people eat off of food trucks during a state of emergency.
Bill and Sylvia Ndreu work on the Five Dollar Foot Long Truck on 12th Street. They reported no damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy last week. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
of Hurricane Sandy on the vendors was the loss of business. Harelidis estimated that he lost more than 100 customers between the two days. Likewise, Ergun Cimen of E&E Gourmet Truck on Montgomery Avenue said he lost around 700 customers. “It’s business. It goes up and down,” Cimen said. As for the food, neither Harelidis or Cimen reported the loss of any inventory due to spoilage or expiration. Bill Ndreu of the Five Dollar Foot Long Truck on 12th Street said he picks up fresh food either daily or every other day, so he simply did not order food for those two days. Overall, the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the food trucks on Main Campus were minimal and pale in comparison to the woes other businesses are facing in New Jersey and New York, where extended power outages and flooding have hampered business. Laura Detter can be reached at email@example.com.
Sub-campuses go dark during storm The Fort Washington campus remained without power until last Thursday. JOHN MORITZ Assistant News Editor While Hurricane Sandy spared Main Campus last week, both the Ambler and Fort Washington campuses fell victim to the power outages and high winds that battered Southeastern Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. While power was returned to Ambler by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, Fort Washington remained in the dark until 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, when power was restored by PECO, Saul Katzman, director of finance and operations at Ambler
and Fort Washington campuses, said. Following the restoration of power at Fort Washington Thursday night, it was discovered that a high-voltage switch outside the building was damaged by the storm. The switch was replaced by, and at the expense, of the building’s owner, Fort Washington Office Park on Friday, Katzman said. Fort Washington Campus was operating on a normal class schedule on yesterday, Nov. 5, while faculty was running through a final systems check on the campuses’ software and electrical programs, Katzman said. At Ambler, the location of the athletics fields which play host to Temple’s varsity baseball, softball and men and women’s soccer teams, experienced
three downed trees which crews had cleared out of the campus paths on Tuesday, while spending the rest of the week clearing debris from the campus and fields, Katzman said. “We were very, very fortunate that only three trees were damaged on the [Ambler] campus,” Katzman said. Larry Dougherty, senior associate athletic director for communications, said the athletic fields at Ambler Campus did not sustain major damage from the storm. Women’s soccer finished its season the weekend before the storm, the men played its first game back at Ambler on Saturday, a 2-0 shutout of St. Joseph’s. While Fort Washington was closed through the week, professors were offered the opportunity to hold classes at Am-
bler. Due to the nature of classes held at Fort Washington, which largely include both credit and non-credit classes, a variety of options were available to students, including make-up sessions at later dates. “There was certainly communication between faculty and students,” Katzman said. Backup generators at Ambler Campus provided power to several buildings during the storm, including the Administration Building, which had full power during the storm. Other buildings were provided with partial power that serviced telecommunications equipment, stairwell and restroom lighting, Katzman said. The Fort Washington Campus, which consists of two buildings that Temple leases from Fort Washington Office
Park, does not have its own generator. Instead the campus relies on service generators that the office park uses for all its tenants. The morning after Fort Washington’s power was restored Thursday, Nov. 1, an estaimted 38,000 PECO customers remained without power in Montgomery County, where both Fort Washington and Ambler campuses are located, according to a company press release. By Saturday, the company said 15,000 in the county remained without power. “We are still reviewing what happened,” Katzman said. “On Tuesday morning the cleanup started, as far as we can tell everything went smoothly considering the severity of the storm.”
Katzman added that lessons could be learned from the storm. “We certainly are looking at what happened and what, if any, improvements or changes can be made, that is something that is ongoing,” Katzman said. John Moritz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org on Twitter @JCMortzTU.
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Across the aisle
he Temple News has dedicated significant amounts of space, time and ink to covering various events and meetings held by Temple University College Republicans and Temple College Democrats in the past. This issue is no exception, as evidenced by California Attorney General Kamala Harris visit to Temple, as reported on P. 1. While the article centers on a visit organized by an outside group, Obama for America, it also discusses the efforts of both student organizations to mobilize student voters. These efforts represent but a small sampling of what TCD and TUCR members offer to the Temple community. They engage in fruitful dialogues and invite guest speakers. They work tirelessly to create an informed and politically active student body. They provide a setting for students to establish and then cultivate political identities and ideologies. Furthermore, they consistently communicate closely with each other to coordinate group efforts, like teach-ins and debates. While it is unfortunate
Camaraderie in crisis
he arrival of Hurricane Sandy was coincidentally in line with the production of The Temple News’ Service Issue, a Living section dedicated to the work people do simply because it’s right. Accordingly, we urged students last week to go out and volunteer. This week, we want to reiterate that point with a stronger focus. As the days have passed and the gusts have settled, The Temple News is, put simply, floored by the devastation not far from Main Campus. Sandy is gone, but the effects from it are not. Students, faculty and alumni hail from across the country – including the shores in New Jersey and New York that were subject to what some have dubbed the storm of the century. More than 100 U.S. lives have been counted lost so far and the homes and livelihoods of many others were torn apart by unforgiving winds. In the days after Sandy ripped through the region, life
Political groups on campus can teach a thing or two to those on a national scale. that their last debate before the presidential election, originally scheduled for Oct. 30, had to be canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, The Temple News still believes that their dedication to open, friendly discourse is worth commending. The Temple News would also like to urge both groups to continue working closely with each other and promoting cosponsored events. It is very easy to become gripped with a sense of pessimism about perceived unfixable inefficiencies and unconquerable differences in the American political system. But the efforts of TUCR and TCD may show that, on some level at least, a degree of friendly tolerance and shades of compromise are still possible. In a political system so often defined by the gridlock it seems to create, this is a positive example. The Temple News hopes that others on larger scales look upon the microcosm of discussion available at Temple and seek to emulate it.
The Temple News urges students to aid hurricanedevastated areas. for Temple looked a whole lot like it did before; SEPTA powered up, classes resumed and weekend parties ensued. When natural disasters like this occur, it’s easy for physical distance from the damage to evolve into mental distance. While Temple wasn’t particularly hit hard, it’s only right that students assume the moral and civic responsibility of banding together for the good of our families and friends affected by Sandy. Students and organizations must act now. In return, The Temple News ensures readers that any story fit for its pages relating to Sandy will be reported on. If students or organizations have a story to tell or events to cover, we implore them to contact editor@ temple-news.com. After all, an informed citizenry is only made possible if the informants are doing their jobs, too.
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they broke up due to arguing over ‘little things.’ What exactly are these little things you ask? Dwarves? Freshmen?
John Corrigan / ‘That’s What He Said,’ P. 16
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ELSE’S Public musicians hit sour notes SOMEONE OPINION
Iannelli argues that the Liacouras Walk music needs to stop.
ear nameless Liacouras guitar player: No, the stunning, off-putting silence that you hear from passersby does not mean that they cannot hear you, and that you need to sing the same third of Radiohead’s “High and Dry” that you warble at us every day even louder. It means, quite frankly, that very few Temple students enjoy your carefully chosen set list, and simply believe that, if they ignore you, you will blissfully fade away into the ether. I’m speaking for the populace of Main Campus as a whole here when I say that we do not just have an issue with you, good sir. What is your name, by the way? Is it Todd? You look like a Todd. This fall, more than any
other semester that I’ve been a part of here at Temple, has been overrun with outdoor “performances,” varying from your aforementioned guitar antics, to unsolicited four-person dubstep raves, and even inexplicable drum-only covers of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” that sound far less like fully-fledged pop songs and far more like wholehearted attempts to summon Cthulhu out from under the Bell Tower itself. It has been a rough semester on many eardrums. In choosing such a public
venue for your “art,” you have brought a level of deserved scrutiny upon yourself that you may not be prepared for. While I admire your bravery in the face of an unwitting audience, ramming your music down our ears each and every day is not helping your cause. “Expressing yourself” is one thing, but forcing your thoughts and opinions on the public is another entirely. For example, I enjoy writing, and often post things for the public to see online. Do I go so far as to read
such a public venue for your ‘art,’ you have all brought a level of deserved scrutiny upon yourselves that you may not be prepared for.
my own essays out loud to every stranger I see? No, because I don’t believe that every human being on campus needs to hear my thoughts and agree with me. That’s arrogant, and may be why so many of us are angered by your public concerts. Secondly, we, as a society, look up to and are attracted to musicians because they are impossibly “cool” without any perceived effort. I am attracted to Beyoncé because I wholeheartedly believe that she’s actually one of Aphrodite’s illegitimate children that escaped Mount Olympus, creates pop songs via magic and never has to exercise. Jay-Z is cool because he’s apparently so gifted that he doesn’t even have to write his own lyrics down.
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Writing skills deserve more focus
Salah argues that high schools and colleges need to put more emphasis on students’ writing.
or the past three years, I’ve been working as an English and reading comprehension tutor at a private high school in North Philadelphia. Working there has taught me many things, but what truly stood out to me is that writing proficiency, while undoubtedly a very important skill, is being overlooked in the college admissions process. Of the 21 students I work with, at least 10 have been accepted to attend Temple in Fall 2013. Eight of them scored less than 500 on the writing section of the SAT, despite the fact that Temple’s average score on that section, according to the university’s 2011 student profile, is 549. Five of the students I tutor are placed in remedial English and have to attend a summer program to officially enter Temple in the fall. Four of them have a “C” average in their high school English classes and none of them have ever gotten higher than a “B” on a paper.
Last year, I was doing a review with the kids I tutor on sentence structure. We turned it into an exercise in which each person would write three paragraphs on how we could clean up the streets of Philadelphia. When I looked at their work I found that the students had really awesome ideas, but were having trouble expressing them without awkward phrasing or run-on sentences. This indicates that writing is being poorly taught in high school. After four consecutive years taking high school English, students should at least be on an intermediate level of writing. There should be a standard that all students have to meet in order to progress with the rest of their class. This also raises the question of how important the personal statement section of the university application is. Of the essays that I read, only four of them seemed collegiate and structured. The others were lacking in proper style and orga-
nization, and often went off on unrelated tangents. Still, several of the unstructured ones were accepted. It isn’t Temple’s job, or any other university’s for that matter, to reteach things that should have been taught and reinforced in high school. What’s the purpose in taking so many English classes if the same techniques and skills will need to be retaught upon the students’ entrance into a college? If Temple held a high regard for writing skills, surely the admissions office would more strictly enforce the minimum requirement in that section. Temple is not the only college that does not seem to give much importance to the writing aspect of an applicant’s eligibility for admission. Some universities don’t even take the writing section into account. For example, Stanford University considers only the cumulative score of the math and reading sections. It takes the writing section into
account as a reference or when other scores or application criteria are not exactly up to par. I find that both unfair and ridiculous. Math and reading are only a part of what makes a good student. In order to do anything, you must have some level of proficiency in writing. Even a mathematical genius would face problems in his endeavors if he lacks the ability to write without grammatical or style errors. That is not to say that writing should outweigh the value of math, reading and science scores. The point is merely that it needs to hold just as much importance to admissions as those other subjects do. A college education is made up of all these criteria, and so no part should be held with lesser value. The contrary only points to the idea that someone who is good at math is smarter than someone who is an excellent writer, which is in no way the case. Hend Salah can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A somber eulogy for Temple Garden
Scott presents a satiric eulogy to commemorate the closing of Temple Garden.
e are gathered here today to mourn the passing of Temple Garden. For years, this fine establishment has been a bastion of culinary excellence for the Temple community. Its loyal customers know well its reputation for excellent customer service, convenience and a menu filled with edibles that could only be rivaled by the other 15 or so nearly identical Chinese restaurants within walking distance. I, personally, can speak to many of Temple Garden’s virtues. Back in February 2010 a blizzard ravaged Main Campus, leaving classes closed for two days and freshman – like myself – stranded and experiencing withdrawals from a lack of grease in their systems. Who was there during this time of need? Let me get to that. In these desperate times, a young protagonist – me – dared to believe that Temple Garden could come through and deliver
delicious foodstuffs. I called and, sure enough, was told that it would be but a mere 30 minutes until they showed up in the lobby of the residence hall like some sort of knight in the shiniest of armor. I placed an order for three freshman with rumbling stomachs desperate for nourishment. Two hours later, we had called four more times and repeatedly been assured that the food was on its way. But this hunger had induced desperation, so I suited up in my thickest jacket, hat and gloves and proceeded to plod my way forward. I arrived at the restaurant and heroically announced my presence. After engaging in a short dialogue with the cashier, a car pulled up and I was delivered my food while actually inside the facil-
ity. Plus he didn’t ask for a tip. Now that’s service. I learned a lot about myself that day. Namely that I despise the cold. But pushing you into self-discovery was one of Temple Garden’s great hidden characteristics. Even the most typical order demanded you to ask important questions about yourself like: “Are you really that desperate?” and “Is this what chicken tastes like?” Temple Garden sometimes threw customers off with its inherent quirkiness. If you weren’t prepared, you might even have mistaken this individuality for incompetence. For instance, one time I engaged in a five-minute argument with the woman who answered the phone because she refused to believe that my
“If you would
like to share your stories, the reception will be at Temple Star. The food there is better anyway.
area code was 609. Luckily my phone was broken at the time and only worked on speakerphone, because I never would have believed that this actually happened had I not had two witnesses there to testify that it was not some sort of dream. This is just another element to the joy of Temple Garden. No matter who you were or why you were calling, the workers wanted you to have a unique experience ordering from them. Who else had the foresight to turn ordering dinner into such an adventure? And let’s not forget about the food. As its sign so boastfully read, it served both Chinese and American cuisine. I never had the nerve to inquire about the American delicacies, but I assume that those items maintained the same high standards as the rest of the restaurant’s fine menu. And what a fine menu it was. Did you try those crabmeat wontons? They were almost always edible. Plus Temple Gar-
“There are two things I’ll predict about Tuesday’s election: one is that America’s biggest voting bloc — the center-right/ center-left — will win; the other is that there’s going to be a big civil war within the Republican Party and a small civil war within the Democratic Party starting the day after the election, as they’re each forced to accommodate this center-left/centerright victory.”
Thomas L. Friedman,
On nytimes.com in “The Morning After the Morning After”
“This, in a nutshell, is where Pennsylvania gun laws stand: One of the state’s most active gunpolicy watchdogs spends much of its energy trying to make sure an uncontroversial measure to increase penalties for illegal gun purchasing doesn’t turn into a sly legislative giveaway to the gun lobby.”
On citypaper.net in “Man Overboard! A long-shot win for gun policy advocates”
“Philadelphia’s Chinatown is growing, thanks to three generations of concerned citizens, and the forecast remains positive. Buildings and people may come, but there is something magical about this place that captures people’s hearts and forever leaves an imprint in their memories.”
On philly.com in “Chinatown’s past key to its future”
“In response to the single set of dismal economic and budget facts, the campaigns have asked America two very different questions about them. The Democrats have asked: Who is responsible? The Republicans have asked: Who can fix it?”
On washingtontimes.com in “Young: Choosing the way out”
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VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
“Do you think Temple
should become a tobaccofree campus?
SIHAM MILLER TTN
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“I think that as long as there are designated smoking areas, it shouldn’t be a problem. Let us live.”
“I don’t smoke and I still think it shouldn’t be banned. People have a right to do what they want.”
“I think everyone should be allowed to smoke if they want to.”
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Liacouras Walk musicians should refine skills indoors MUSICIANS PAGE 5
JOHN SAYS ON “TYLER OFFERS COURSES TO NON-ART MAJORS” ON OCT. 31 AT 1:16 P.M.
Hello, Re; Roger Anliker My dad and Roger served in WW2 together and have kept in touch monthly for nearly 60 years. They have some great stories particularly the time right after the war when they were both selected to study/teach in Biarritz, France. My dad is planning to visit Roger around the 2nd week of November, 2012. I read some comments on this site and thought I would encourage any and all to write something so that I can print the letters out and give them to Roger. If you happen to read this after the 2nd week of November, 2012, and you would like to send Roger a note feel free to e-mail anything to me and I will give to my dad to give to Roger. Cheers, John Palmer
SEAN CRIST SAYS ON “COFFEEHOUSE LOSES STEAM AFTER FIRST YEAR” ON NOV. 3 AT 7:31 P.M
I asked a man staning in the lobby about MUGSHOTs and he said “they were in the wrong area.” There is a 20 story biulding going up down the street. How could they be in the wrong area?
MATTHEW KNUDSON SAYS ON “RE: COURSES ONLINE PRACTICE PROBLEMS COSTLY” ON NOV. 2 AT 1:05 P.M.
I couldn’t agree more. I’m an Econ major, and online courses have been a nightmare. The pearson rep assured us that buying a brand-spanking new textbook would give us access to MyEconLab, the online problem sets. I spent 110 dollars on a new book specifically because I had been told it was going to come with the online courses, and that the website was “undergoing changes” and I might not be able to buy it online; I got the book, no access code, and ended up having to spend 55 dollars extra. I don’t mind having to pay for learning tools, but 55 dollars to do something professors can do for free on BlackBoard seems a little wasteful.
The musicians you all look up to don’t publicly care about their craft whatsoever, but pushing your music on us unwillingly like a melodic Jehovah’s Witness proves that you care far too much, and it’s infuriating. Moreover, what makes musicians attractive and admirable is their creativity, originality and sheer dedication to their craft. Placing a “four on the floor” beat under the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song requires none of these things, and it’s why we aren’t receptive to most of your performances. It takes actual commitment to memorize Wes Montgomery songs on the guitar. Learning the chords to a Counting Crows song merely takes fingers. Far too many amateur musicians foolishly believe that “regular folk” find stringed instruments to be some sort of arcane witchcraft, and that learning how to use basic power chords properly somehow turns you into a god among men. This
implies that we – the public – are stupid and uninformed, and it’s insulting. While traveling through the Netherlands this summer, I encountered one of the finest groups of street performers I’ve ever witnessed. It was a fivepart jazz band with members all roughly in their early 20s. They were seemingly just goofing around in public on a Saturday evening in a public square next to a pharmacy. But they were incredible. Their guitarist played scales that I could barely understand, their saxophonist had true soul and their drummer had the touch of a man twice his age. They displayed talent that could only come from years of practice and sweat, and earned my spare euros that night. Maybe one day, you can too. Jerry Iannelli can be reached at email@example.com.
Smoking policy enforcement insufficient
A JUSTIN LAI
Lai argues that Temple should better implement its current anti-smoking policies.
cleaner and better smoke-free environment for everyone at Temple starts with the enforcement of the smoking policy. The policy contains a written commitment to a smoke-free environment for all students, staff and faculty at Temple. Under these rules, Temple’s smoking policy states that there is no smoking within 25 feet of any entrance, exit or operable window of university buildings. Violation of the policy results in a minor offense under the student code of conduct. However, this commitment put forth by the university continues to be undermined. The problem with this commitment starts with the lack of enforcement of the policy itself.
Although this rule is stated, Temple does not actively push penalties on those who do not adhere to it. This issue is perpetuated by students, visitors and sometimes even faculty and staff, who continue to smoke within the non-smoking zones. The root of the problem may lie not in the offenders, but in the university’s ineffectiveness to clearly state the rules. Unfortunately, Temple actually encourages this behavior by placing ashtrays in front of door entrances and exits, which basically advocates smoking well within 25 feet of a building. In order to address this issue, the policy needs to be made aware to Temple students and faculty. Every day, regardless of whether it is in front of Tuttle-
man Learning Center or the TECH Center, there is always someone violating this policy. Awareness of the policy is as simple as having signs in front of entrances, exits and windows. At Ambler Campus the policy is better implemented by having smoking signs on buildings and next to ashtrays. Keeping ashtrays away from the 25 feet zone would not only keep smoke away from public areas but also allow smokers to easily follow the policy. Temple needs to enforce its smoke-free policy. Temple security and police could warn students who are in violation. Enforcing this policy benefits everyone at Temple, reducing air pollutants and the adverse effects of those who are passively
exposed to tobacco smoke. Passive exposure to smoke can cause eye irritation, nasal congestion and aggravation of existing health conditions, especially in individuals suffering from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Enforcement of this policy could also start a push toward the bigger picture: for a completely smoke-free and healthy campus, which Temple should strive for. Improved air quality will benefit everyone. More than 825 campuses of many colleges and universities in the U.S. have gone 100 percent smoke-free, according to an October report of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. Pennsylvania schools, including Baptist Bible College, Community College of Bea-
ver County, Eastern University, Lackawanna College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Reading Area Community College and Widener University have committed to the smokefree initiative. Temple should join these schools in setting an
example. Additionally, there are ways students can get involved in trying to promote antismoking campaigns. Groups like the Student Coalition for the Prevention of Tobacco and events like the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15 are active movements that can strengthen the fight for cleaner, healthier campuses. Justin Lai can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patriotism and worship are different
B BRI BOSAK
Bosak argues that patriotism doesn’t exclude accepting imperfections.
eing American means never having to say you’re sorry. Or at least that message has been conveyed time and time again through this election cycle. From the Republican primaries way back in January — when the crowd at the South Carolina debate jeered then candidate Ron Paul when he said America ought to consider applying the “golden rule” to foreign policy — to the most recent debate where Gov. Mitt Romney attacked President Barack Obama for his supposed “apology tour.” Even before the foreign policy debate, Romney has used similar rhetoric quite successfully throughout his campaign. During his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in August, Romney said, “I will begin my presidency with the jobs tour. President Obama began his with an apology tour. America, he said, had dictated to other nations. No Mr. President, Ameri-
ca has freed other nations from dictators.” And just one day after the foreign policy debate, the message was echoed again – this time in an advertisement titled “Apology Tour,” published to Romney’s YouTube channel. The 30-second clip begins with a sound bite from the final debate, “The president began what I have called an apology tour, of going to various nations in the Middle East and criticizing America. I think they looked at that and saw weakness.” The ad continues, showing Romney at the debate in Boca Raton, Fla. “The reason I call it an apology tour, you went to the Middle East and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. You skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region,” he said, then echoing the earlier sentiment about “[freeing] other nations from dictators.” And even after every fact checker has labeled the “apology tour” claims false, the ad still received nearly 1,500 likes out
of almost 500,000 views. Maybe 0.3 percent of people liking it isn’t high, but what about all those people who booed Paul’s comment that, “We endlessly bomb these other countries and then we wonder why they get upset with us”? At the time, I remember wondering why people were booing him. Just because they didn’t like what they were hearing? Wait a second. What’s so wrong with him simply stating the facts? And what does that say about how we perceive ourselves as Americans in the world? In a June 2009 article by Nile Gardiner of the Heritage Foundation, a research institute that promotes conservative public policies, entitled “Barack Obama’s Top 10 Apologies: How the President Has Humiliated a Superpower,” he said, “At the core of [Obama’s] message is the concept that the U.S. is a flawed nation.” In case you haven’t picked
up a history book or read any newspaper articles in the last say, 50 years, let me share something with you: We’re not perfect. What Obama said in reality was more along the lines of this comment, made to a crowd gathered at the Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of Americas opening ceremony in 2009, “The United States will be willing to acknowledge past errors when those errors have been made.” As Americans, we do need to acknowledge our past errors as a nation. It’s not un-American. And people who acknowledge them aren’t weak and they aren’t unpatriotic. In fact, I think those people who call them unpatriotic are really the unpatriotic ones. Patriotism is defined as love for or devotion to one’s country. You may not agree with Obama politically, but you cannot question his patriotism. According to the PolitiFact review of the “apology tour” claims, the speeches made dur-
ing Obama’s foreign travels in 2009 showed that, while he criticized past U.S. actions like the torture practices at Guantanamo Bay, he never offered an apology. Obama, rather, was skillfully wielding the chief instrument of foreign policy: diplomacy. In that same PolitiFact report, John Murphy, a professor at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign that specializes in presidential rhetoric and political language, said, “Obama used conciliatory language for diplomatic purposes, not apologizing. It’s much more a sense of establishing reciprocity.” His efforts to establish a safe place for America in the world prove his devotion to make this country as secure as possible. And I think to question such a thing is rather unpatriotic. Bri Bosak can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @BriBosak.
Temple Garden provided one-of-a-kind experience GARDEN PAGE 5 den had the audacity to not use spaghetti noodles for its lo mein, unlike other restaurants I could name. I always found this important, because if I’m ordering Chinese food at 2 a.m., I want the people on the other side of the phone to hold the same high
standards that I clearly have in mind. A key to Temple Garden’s delicious food was undoubtedly its relaxed, family-friendly environment. One time, when I dared to visit in person, I was greeted at the door by a child,
no older than four, running in and out of the kitchen area. Upon peering in, I also noticed an infant bouncing in some sort of contraption. By allowing its fine chefs to bring their kids to work, Temple Garden kept its cooks stress-
free and fully engaged with their job of providing top-notch food to the Temple community. These are but a small sampling of the anecdotes and stories available about an establishment that truly – and literally – touched the hearts
and stomachs of many Temple students. If you would like to share your stories, the reception will be at Temple Star. The food there is better anyway. Zack Scott can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @ZackScott11.
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The Saint Franics Xavier Orphange in Haiti receives donations and support from Temple Project Haiti. LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ Living Editor
Meredith McDevitt, vice president of Temple Project Haiti, visited Saint Francis Xavier Orphanage last spring break and delivered toys, clothing and more to the children. | COURTESY PROJECT HAITI
SUM-THING NEW, p. 8
The new Sushi and Dim Sum Busz offers traditional food during the daily lunch rush. LIVING DESK 215-204-7416
hen Andrea Echeverri sat in her window seat on a plane to Haiti last spring break she anticipated what would await her when she landed in the third world country. As she looked out the window she was expecting to see green landscapes and mountains like when she visits her native country of Colombia. “I [saw] some green going on and all of a sudden we get to this bay-looking area and it just all turned brown, like dirt or sand,” Echeverri, a senior public health major, said. “You just don’t see green anymore and that was really striking to me. I didn’t expect to see the [bigger picture] of what causes that kind of poverty [so soon].” Immediately seeing the lack of natural resources before even stepping foot on Haitian soil, Echeverri was hit with the reality of why she went to Haiti in the first place – to serve. Temple Project Haiti, founded a little more than a year ago, is a student organization dedicated to fundraising for the Saint Francis Xavier Orphanage in Petite Place Cazeau, 3 miles away from the capital Port-au-Prince. Echeverri, president of the organization, and Meredith McDevitt, the vice president, began a chapter of Project Haiti on Main Campus after students from Penn State did a presentation on the organization at the Newman Center – where both students attend mass.
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Faculty and students use owls as collectibles, fashion statements and home décor. LIVING@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM
For the first year of Temple Project Haiti’s existence, Echeverri and McDevitt chose to keep the service trip to the two of them. Along with Father Jerry Wild of the Newman Center and Penn State alumnus Mike Greehin, the pair embarked on their journey. “I was really excited,” Echeverri said. “I was almost overwhelmed with joy to be there because we had been talking about it for the past six months, and we had heard from other people about the country and the situation. I just really couldn’t wait to see the kids, because that’s what the whole point of the group [is].” The first four days of the trip were spent in the Saint Francis Xavier Orphanage where the group brought suitcases with them filled with clothing, toys, medicine and toiletries. The Kornberg School of Dentistry gave a donation of more than 1,500 toothbrushes, 500 tubes of toothpaste and dental floss. Although all the donations went to the orphanage, the owner Esperandieu Cenat made sure there was a trickle-down effect throughout the local community. “Cenat made it very clear the orphanage was part of the community,” Echeverri said. “He shared the donations with two other orphanages in town.” During the group’s stay in the orphanage, the majority of the time was spent interacting with the children living there. McDevitt recalls the cultural and language barriers that were apparent upon
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gray over the weekend. And I was like, “My God, Dick, what happened to you?” And he was like, “I went out to the desert and did this thing called Burning Man.” It was like Moses had come down the mountain with tablets – it was really dramatic. He explained to me what this event was like. He told me, “Well there’s this huge stick figure, and we fill it with like 500 pounds of diesel fuel and explosives and then they light it off in the middle of the desert, after spending a week of doing art and making installations and living communally in this incredibly harsh, unforgiving environment.” And I thought to myself, “Well, OK, I’m in.” So, that was 1992 and I went every year for about 15 years after that. Well, I went for 14 consecutive years then I’ve been back a few times since.
TTN: Did you have a role at Burning Man?
MW: Early on it was very unstructured but I guess beginning in the late ‘90s, they introduced the idea of themed camps – which are groups of people who pull their resources and creative energies to create a kind of meaning-centered encampment and to provide services to other “burners” throughout the courses of the event, or to host parties and giveaway events. It was just much more themed and our themes varied a lot over the years. Initially, we had a coffee tent and then Burning Man kind of centralized that idea and we had a brewery on site and brewed our own beer and served many different beers that were brewed ahead of time. There was a yoga camp one year. You could always – and I always tried to – volunteer to do something with the main camp. Whether it was slinging ice, or helping with lighting lamps in the evenings or helping out the Danger Ranger crew which was the all-volunteer public safety force there, there were always things to do.
TTN: Why did you stop going?
music MATT WRAY
Professor takes sabbatical to work on book about suicide in Las Vegas. NICKEE PLAKSEN The Temple News
For about 15 years, sociology professor Matt Wray spent about one week out of every year in the Nevada desert attending Burning Man, a weeklong arts festival. Although he usually spends his semesters teaching at Main Campus, he is currently on sabbatical working on his current book in the middle of the woods in New Hampshire. His book is focused on the suicide rates of Las Vegas and the sociology behind the phenomena. Wray was able to take a few minutes away from work to chat with The Temple News about a few interests that have shaped his studies and curriculum teachings at Temple.
The Temple News: How did you get involved with Burning Man?
Matt Wray: I got involved with Burning Man because I was working at Greenpeace in San Francisco and one day after Labor Day Weekend, our chief radio operator came in – and he was a tall guy, probably 6 feet 4 inches, and he had a big, bushy, black beard and black wavy hair – and it was completely dusted white, it was like he had gone completely
MW: I stopped going in part because I moved away from the West Coast and getting back to Blackrock City, which is in the far, northwest corner of Nevada, proved logistically difficult and expensive. I had two young kids who came along – who, bless their little hearts – prevented me from realizing my Burning Man fix every year. And it happens every Labor Day Weekend, which is when each semester is starting up so it is a very difficult time of year to split and take off for 10 days. So those were some of the reasons. It wasn’t for lack of desire.
TTN: So, what are you up to now?
MW: I am here in the woods in [New Hampshire] writing. [The book I am working on now] is really an examination of a problem that I first discovered in 2001 when I took a job at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. I was in town to interview for that job when I happened to be flipping through my [TV] in the hotel and I saw this show about suicide in Las Vegas and it was then that I found out that Las Vegas had an extremely high suicide rate. That doesn’t necessarily surprise anyone when they think about it for a few minutes but it’s consistently high for decades and it’s not really explained. The usual explanation that everyone leaps to, is that it must be involved with gambling and gambling losses. It turns out to not really describe the problem very well. There’s actually a whole lot more that is going on. So then it became kind of an empirical puzzle that I wanted to solve. You know, if it’s not gambling, then what is it? So I became very interested in the city, I became very interested in the kinds of lives people were living there and then started my research project really in earnest when I got funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a program called the Health and Society’s Scholars Program, specializing in population health and epidemiology. So I relocated my family and I spent two years in Boston where I tried to figure out the answers to the questions that I had posed to myself, that I really didn’t know how to answer. So this is the result of posing those questions, solving a problem from the top-down, looking at the problem statistically and looking at it
Matt Wray left on sabbatical to work on his book dealing with Las Vegas suicide rates.| COURTESY MATT WRAY through the path of sociology and epidemiology.
TTN: Where are you now and why are you there?
MW: Temple was very nice to give me sabbatical for the semester and I was very lucky to win a fellowship at a place here called the MacDowell Colony and they provide space for artists and writers, composers, playwrights and interdisciplinary artists to do their work in peace and quiet and with a tremendous amount of freedom to do and create what you want to create. So it’s pretty cool.
TTN: Do you have to pay them for occupying this space?
MW: They spend a lot of time every year raising money from foundations and from private donors who believe in the arts, believe in the creative process and believe in the mission of this organization. So they give us room and board and they are very nice studios. We have access to these studios 24 hours a day – every single one of them, each with a nice little fireplace.
TTN: How long are you allowed to stay in the studio and how long will you be there for? MW: I think the maximum stay is about eight weeks. I’ll probably be there about that long.
TTN: Do you think you’ll be done writing the book by then?
MW: I believe I will have a very solid draft in hand. It is coming together very nicely, so I am excited.
TTN: Do you have a title for it yet?
MW: The working title is “Death in Vegas: Suicide and SelfDestruction in the Neon Metropolis.” Nickee Plaksen can be reached at email@example.com.
‘Busz’ line rolls out fresh sushi and more The newest truck to open in the Busz franchise outside Tyler School of Art takes a quality-over-quantity approach. MIKE RUSSO The Temple News Philadelphia native Juno Park, who opened Busz Sushi & Dim Sum on Oct. 28, is no amateur in the food industry. Having worked with and around food in delis and restaurants for years, he knows his way around a kitchen – particularly his latest wheeled and trailerhitched one. The former founder and owner of Noshery Gourmet Cafe at Avenue North, which he started in 2008 and sold three years later, has gone mobile. His chain of Busz food trucks, which can be found on Norris Street between 12th and 13th streets in front of Tyler School of Art, have found increasing popularity among the community on Main Campus, among students and staff members alike. “We focus on quality, not quantity or options on the menu,” Park said while taking a break from managing the two trucks he operates. “Our burger truck does burgers right. We have a wood-burning grill to get that authentic chargrilled taste. And we use handmade dough for all of the dumplings we sell from Busz Sushi & Dim Sum.” Dim sum is a popular Chinesestyle dish that normally consists of
a dumpling packed with fillings and cooked in an assortment of different ways. The customary style is to steam them, but they can also be fried. Busz Sushi & Dim Sum offers a wide selection of filling options to choose from, such as chicken and mushrooms, seasoned pork, vegetables and the best-selling chicken curry. The food truck also offers traditional-style makizushi sushi, usually consisting of fish or vegetables, or a mixture of the two with rice wrapped in nori, which is the Japanese name for edible seaweed. Busz Sushi & Dim Sum’s menu boasts more than 25 options of makizushi rolls, varying from a simple tuna and rice roll to their signature Northern Liberty roll, a combination of shrimp tempura, avocado and spicy tuna, all wrapped in nori. Every roll at the new Busz is made to order – the sushi is never premade and refrigerated, Park said. Park and his employees masterfully create these rolls with professional speed, making it seem easy – but Park assures it is not. To create the “perfect roll,” a bamboo mat called a makisu is used as a tool to ensure a flawless cylinder, every time. Park said he picked the cur-
Busz Sushi & Dim Sum receives an order of supplies. The newly opened lunch truck is located on the 1300 block of Norris Street.| LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN rent locations of his Busz trucks so that they were in close proximity to each other and Wingo Taco, which specializes in tacos and is owned and operated by one of Park’s friends, Nam Kim. Park said he did this because he wanted to create “a food court environment for students, where they have choices of food made with high-quality ingredients and
can expect high-quality service.” Park added that food trucks like his are helping to revitalize the street food of Philadelphia, and that a college campus is the perfect location for them. Park is hopeful that sushi being prepared the same way it has been for centuries, with fresh ingredients and experienced chefs, will offer variety to a typical stu-
dent’s rushed lunch break. Along with this truck, the Busz brand continues to expand; another Busz truck is set to open near Temple Towers later this year. Mike Russo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SUITCASE SINGER Rebecca Loebe, full-time touring musician and former contestant on “The Voice,” recently played for an intimate audience in a living room close to Main Campus while on tour.
JENELLE JANCI A&E Editor
woman with a feminine floral dress, cowboy boots and flowing brunette hair walks into the kitchen. Her bright eyes and warm smile appear the moment she sets her guitar case on the linoleum tile. While most musicians coyly wait for their fans to approach them, this one does things a little differently. “Hi, I’m Rebecca,” Rebecca Loebe beamed, immediately extending her hand to every inhabitant of the kitchen. A natural “Miss Congeniality,” folk singer-songwriter Loebe has mastered the art of making friends on the road.
“It’s all about just meeting people, you know?” Loebe said. Loebe, no stranger to tour life, said she survives long jaunts on the road by crashing on couches and finding friends wherever she can. She’s had plenty of practice doing so – she estimated that she drives 30,000-50,000 miles a year on tour, not counting those traveled in cars she rents or on airplanes. She estimated being on the road for 150-200 days out of a year. Living life out of a suitcase wasn’t always Loebe’s plan. The Atlanta, Ga., native attended Berklee College of Music to study recording, and worked at a recording studio as an engineer before receiving some advice that would eventually lead her to be on the other side of the
studio glass. “When I was a senior [in college] and I was considering what to do with my life, I told one of my teachers that I was considering going in to recording full-time and going out to L.A., working in a studio,” Loebe said. “He said, ‘You know what Beck, you could do that, but I think you’d be happier doing something more creative.’ I just thought that was really good advice. I think he was right, you know?” Loebe has without a doubt found success in her creative endeavors. The 29-year-old was a contestant on the first season of “The Voice.” During her audition, both Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera turned their chairs around, thus offer-
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“[My teacher] said, ‘You know what Beck,
you could do [studio engineering], but I think you’d be happier doing something more creative.’
Rebecca Loebe / former ‘The Voice’ contestant
Warby tour creates a spectacle Music remains Eyeglasses company Warby Parker visits Philadelphia on its “class trip” with an educationoriented showroom at various locations throughout the city.
a family matter
TAYLOR FARNSWORTH The Temple News Warby Parker visited Philadelphia while on its “class trip” visiting different cities with a school bus, which serves as a mobile showroom. Warby Parker, a New Yorkbased eyeglasses company founded by University of Pennsylvania alumni, sells glasses with prescription lenses for prices starting at $95. The company keeps its prices lower than most other prescription eyewear because it does not sell through boutiques, and they don’t hire designers. Instead, it keeps its own operation. Anyone can order glasses online, as well as trying them out through their home try-on program. In order to expose its company and glasses to more cities around the country, Warby Parker began its “class trip” in New York on Oct. 10. The company then traveled to Boston and Philadelphia. Warby Parker was stationed at various locations in Philly for two weeks, starting on Oct. 24 and ending on Nov. 4.
Guest columnist praises her parents’ musical learnings and discusses their influence on the holidays.
An attendee of Warby Parker’s “class trip” tour tries on a pair of frames inside of the schoolbus showroom. The bus is touring major cities across the U.S.| TAYLOR FARNSWORTH TTN The “class trip,” which is to last six months, will visit cities including Nashville, Atlanta, Dallas, San Diego and Los Angeles. “[The turnout] has been great,” Taylor Bennett, social
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media coordinator at Warby Parker, said. “I mean, [the school bus] is a great visual anyway, so it attracts a ton of attention.” Along with the showcasing of the brand’s glasses
drawing attention, the visual of the school bus itself attracted crowds of people who were previously unaware of Warby Parker. “I like what they got go-
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long with embarrassing nicknames, fanny packs and baby pictures, the music taste of our parents is a topic that makes many a skin crawl. I, however, couldn’t be bothered less. For the first 13 years of my life – you know, before I became best friends with the Internet – my dad was my main source of
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Philly folk singer-songwriter Ryan Tennis talks about his transition from athlete to musician. ARTSandENTERTAINMENT@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM
music. A hippie of yesteryear, he has been in multiple musical groups, one of which was a country duo with my uncle – an act that landed them a nationally broadcasted spot on the 1980s talent program “You Can Be a Star.” Although my dad was never successful enough to quit his day job, he still plays open mics occasionally and considers music a big part of his life, which in turn, makes it a big part of mine. Don’t let the Jimi Hendrix and Woodstock posters in our basement fool you – the man is up to date on modern music. Ever since he got a satellite radio subscription, good ol’ Jack Janci has been leaving me more burned CDs of new artists than I know what to do with. Every car ride I share with my dad, primarily our two-hour trips to and from Temple, turn into battles of, “Wait…but have you heard THIS?” It’s an exhausting and not always agreeable back-and-forth, but by the end of it we’ve both heard a number of new artists we wouldn’t have heard otherwise. Although she hasn’t been in
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Check out photos from Hop Along’s first show back in Philly at The Fire after a full U.S. tour.
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Parents’ Musician practices elusive persona music not so shabby JANCI PAGE 9 a band herself (but the thought is highly pleasing to anyone who knows my mom), my mother is also passionate about music. Besides the fact that she fell for my dad while he was in a band – and who could blame her? The love for musicians must be genetic – my mother’s love for music is evident when a tune with her particular groove begins playing. While her main musical paramours remain Daryl Hall and Jackson Browne, my mom gets all weak in the knees when it comes to soul and doo-wop singers – another gene she passed down to me. Put on Sam Cooke’s “Twistin’ the Night Away” when we’re around if you’re prepared to see two ladies lose their s---. It’s some magical stuff. My mom’s also pretty upto-date on current music. She nearly wore out her copy of Bruno Mars’ “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” from overplay, and shocked me with an “I already know them” when I asked her if she had listened to the Lumineers. Ever since she’s had a Facebook account, my mom’s been unstoppable. Other than bragging about my cool parents, I find it relevant to discuss how their musical tastes have shaped our holiday celebrations. What would Thanksgiving be without my mom humming “I Can’t Go For That” while we make green bean casserole that I can, and most certainly will, go for? Even more prevalent is my dad’s musical influence over our Christmas celebration. Every year my dad and his two brothers perform a medley of Christmas carols and original tunes – a setlist that has rarely changed in my lifetime and I don’t foresee altering anytime soon. My personal favorite of the event, just beating out the trio’s classic rendition of the Chipmunk song, is an original by my dad entitled “Everybody’s Getting Something From the Liquor Store This Christmas.” Every once in a while my dad retreats back to his country roots, and this is a prime example. The song, which always sounds to me like it would benefit from a pedal steel guitar whining over my dad’s strumming, was inspired by my brother’s job at our neighborhood wine and spirits store. By the second verse, my father has listed each family member’s alcoholic beverage preference. It’s a real treat. I’m aware that not all families incorporate music into their holiday traditions as much as mine. However, as those of us who live away during the school year prepare to retreat from our Temple abodes back to our lives at home, I encourage everyone to embrace their family’s musical influence and their influence on holiday gatherings, whether they be the Rat Pack or the Wu-Tang Clan – because Lord knows one day our kids will be asking us what was on our obsolete iPods.
Al Spx, better known as Cold Specks, will play at First Unitarian Church this week. SAMANTHA STOUGH The Temple News
While most artists pride themselves off of their current cities, Al Spx of Cold Specks defiantly proclaims her lack of one. “I’m not based out of anywhere,” Spx said. Spx’s lack of a stationary home hasn’t always been the case. Originally from Etobicoke, Canada, the 24-year-old lived in London for several years. Before Spx was signed onto a label, she compiled collections of songs and demos and started playing shows in Toronto. But thanks to word-of-mouth, she was eventually discovered by her manager, Jim Anderson. Singing is a relatively new endeavor to Spx, who claims to have only been practicing music as of late. “Singing has only been part of my life the past couple of years,” Spx said. According to Rolling Stone, Spx is one of seven children and was encouraged by her family to pursue a career in law. Her use of a pseudonym is intentional – Spx is aware that her family may not be approving of her chosen career path, Rolling Stone stated in a description of her video “Winter Solstice” that they posted. Cold Specks’ debut album, “I Predict a Graceful Expulsion,” came out last May. The album’s sound is what others describe as “doom soul,” as exemplified by her rich, soulful voice with ghostly undertones
Al Spx, better known as “Cold Specks,” started singing only a few years ago. The 24-year-old is originally from Canada, but spent several years in London before adopting the belief that she’s “not based anywhere.” | COURTESY AUTUMN DE WILDE paired with southern and gospel influences. The album has received praise from critics like Pitchfork, a popular independent music website. Pitchfork awarded her a rating of 7.7 out of 10. But Spx is vague about the concept of the album. “I think it’s just about letting go,” she said. Spx has been on her current tour to promote the album
for about a month, which began on Oct. 8. However, this isn’t her first time on the road – she is currently amidst her third U.S. tour. “It’s been going well,” Spx said. “It’s a good, big country, [but it’s] a long drive.” Her multiple, extensive trips have resulted in Spx finding it hard to distinguish one from the other. “They’re all blurring to-
gether,” Spx said. Even though being thrown into the spotlight may drastically affect the lives of many artists, Spx is not fazed. “Nothing’s changed,” Spx said. “I’ve just been traveling a bit more.” Such frequent travel has made Spx accustomed to life on the road. “I don’t get homesick,” Spx said. “[Touring] is very fun.
I get to travel with my friends.” Cold Specks will be performing at First Unitarian Church on Friday, Nov. 9. Samantha Stough can be reached at email@example.com.
‘Four eyes’ meet four wheels
ing on here. The school bus really is the attraction,” attendee Ian Pathey said. Pathey had not heard of Warby Parker before seeing the school bus when it was located outside of the Anthropologie store at 18th and Walnut streets on the bus’ last day in Philadelphia. The company’s name is derived from two characters, Zagg Parker and Warby Pepper. They were two of Kerouac’s earliest characters discovered in his personal journals. The four founders of the company then combined the two characters’ names to form the company’s name, Warby Parker. “The company itself really does support education and the name of the company did come from two Kerouac characters, so there are definitely literary roots with the company,” Bennett said. “Kind of just a classic education setting – it looks like a professor’s study.” The company’s connection to education, especially books, is also reflected in the school bus, which includes elements such as a map of the country, a chalkboard and books, includJenelle Janci can be reached at ing a few works by Kerouac, firstname.lastname@example.org. lining the wall of the bus in addition to the wooden displays for the glasses. The visuals of the school bus and the educational setting brought back memories for some of their days in school. “You hear about the school bus and it’s just funny. People often have flashbacks of, ‘Oh, I haven’t done this in years,’’’Bennett said. The school bus itself, besides being a mode of transportation as a traveling showroom for the company’s glasses, promotes much of what the brand stands for.
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Warby Parker offers glasses, including the prescription lenses, starting as low as $95. The company’s name was inspired by two Jack Keroac characters, an example of the business’s tie to literature.. | TAYLOR FARNSWORTH TTN Warby Parker supports ed- huge inefficiencies in the [eyeucation and charitable organiza- glasses] market, and that what tions, as for every they’re doing, pair of glasses especially with that is purchased, the buy a pair, another pair is give a pair, is donated to somea really good one who is in cause,” Lois need through the Lee, an attendbrand’s partneree, said. ship with VisionAside from Spring, along as philanthropic supporting other endeavors, Kristopher Ison / attendee Warby Parker organizations and causes which attracted new help to aid the community. customers on Nov. 4 with their “I can see that there are stylish, affordable spectacles.
“I think it’s
cool...attracting a younger generation nationwide.
“I think it’s cool…attracting a younger generation nationwide,” Kristopher Ison said. Ison had not known of Warby Parker before visiting the mobile showroom. “It’s more young and hipster,” Ison said. “I see it going a long way.” Despite a decrease in attendance of the Warby Parker “class trip” immediately after Hurricane Sandy, many people from across the city came to see what the company has to offer during its two-week visit in Philadelphia.
With its wide array of glasses styles, the company is making an impact on the country as it travels by promoting education through its mobileshowroom school bus concept. Taylor Farnsworth can be reached at email@example.com.
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No need to ‘justify’ Timberlake’s solo work
KEVIN STAIRIKER Fear of Music
Columnist Kevin Stairiker defends Justin Timberlake’s “Justified” on its 10th anniversary.
n Nov. 5, 2002, a former boy band member released his first solo album. As a 10-year-old with no real interest in music, much less pop music, the album came and went without interest from me until Christmas time. My cousin Joey had received the album from his mom, so naturally he brought it to our family gathering on Christmas morning. As the CD played on the system,
I was totally confused throughout. It took a few years to come around, but when it finally clicked, I was smitten. “Justified” was an album for the ages. Justin Timberlake in N’Sync was an entirely different beast than in “Justified,” to the point that it might as well have been a different person. Flanked by his equally clean compatriots, boy-band Justin was the guy whisper-singing “This I Promise You” into your ear as 10 shooting stars shot across a fall sky at the exact same time on the most perfect night of your life. The Justin of “Justified” was lecherous and knew exactly what he wanted. He felt for you, seniorita. He was going to have you naked by the end of that song, dammit. To paraphrase BigGhostFASE, that’s some grown man stuff. Other than the music itself, that’s the obvious draw of the album. Never before – or since – had a former boy band member really broken out in an entirely different direction, grown musically and been so successful doing it. But who really cares about why it was important? It will always come back to the songs and how good they were and continue to be. The track listing alone is pretty audacious. The
album starts with “Seniorita,” which completely confounded me as a 10-year-old. Why is the first voice we hear Pharrell’s? Why is he introducing Timberlake on his own album? It doesn’t matter. As soon as the shaker meets that keyboard line, it’s all over. Bodies are on the floor and smiles are on the faces. You can hear the confidence indirectly behind everything happening, and then at the end, JT lets you know exactly how the rest of the album is going to roll: “Gentleman, good night. Ladies, good morning.” Herein lies exactly what made 10-yearold me, and probably males of other ages, so conflicted. This album is the audio equivalent of Timberlake lowering his sunglasses and coyly saying “…ladies?” Even today, it’s not uncommon to receive a few looks of “Oh really, you like this?” if something like “Rock Your Body” or “Right
For You” comes up on a playlist – which happens just as often as you’d imagine. When it comes to pop music and boy bandcentric music in particular, society tends to skew more toward a primarily female listenership. While this isn’t necessarily wrong, it’s also not wrong to think that there were probably thousands of other 10-yearold boys that weren’t even sure if they were allowed to like a Timberlake record. How would the 10-year-old explain that he enjoyed “Rock Your Body” because the beat and groove completely destroyed and reconfigured your brain simultaneously? “Justified” appeals to me because of how forwardthinking it was at the time, blending sounds and melodies in ways that the radio really wasn’t playing in 2002. This was a 21-year-old guy blending Prince and Michael Jackson for
“Never before –
or since – had a former boy band member really broken out in an entirely different direction, grown musically and been so successful doing it.
younger listeners in a way that they hadn’t heard before. Also, the album may have one too many ballads near the end, but other than that, it is a perfectly paced hour-long party record that could still be played today like it hadn’t been released a decade ago. Of course, a large amount of credit for the record goes to the usually-unheralded Timbaland, who has co-songwriting credits on nearly every song. The guests are largely forgettable, though I’m sure Bubba Sparxxx probably enjoys those yearly checks for his work on “Right For Me.” Even Janet Jackson, “Ms. Jackson If You’re Nasty,” takes a backseat to Timberlake. Of course, both Timberlake and Janet Jackson would eventually share equal billing during that infamous time when a breast nearly tore our whole nation apart. With “Justified” turning 10, it’s only natural that our increasingly nostalgic culture starts looking back on our very recent history. The reason that “Justified” actually deserves further investigation is that current radio conventions can be traced back to it. Timberlake would go on to arguably top himself with “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” but that column-sized love let-
ter can wait for whoever The Temple News employs to write frivolously about pop music in 2016. “Justified” is a universal language at this point. At one point in your young life, there is a chance that you have danced yourself into a complete stupor to “Like I Love You” or embarrassingly tried to recreate the beat boxing magic midway through “Rock Your Body.” To compare it to another album from a bygone era, to say it’s “Our Generation’s Blank” is stupid, so I won’t. But it is something special. And as soon as Chris Kirkpatrick releases his album, maybe we’ll be able to say that about more former members of N’Sync’s solo material.
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ing themselves as coaches to her. Loebe subsequently chose Levine as her coach. While she didn’t win, she made it to the show’s “battle round” and views her time on the show in a positive light. “I had a really good experience with my battle round,” Loebe said. “I really aimed to make it sound like a really good duet and I think we totally succeeded at that.” When asked if she would consider another TV appearance, Loebe didn’t hesitate with her response. “You know, I feel like I really lucked out,” Loebe said. “I had a really good experience with it. I feel like I played with fire and didn’t get burned, so I don’t want to tempt fate again by trying another TV show. I think once was enough.” While more TV may not be on Loebe’s to-do list, she’s got plenty of other goals in mind. “I’m interested in collaborating with other artists on a CD with a different band – like
a guest band,” Loebe said. “I’d love to tour opening for some of my idols and I’d love to play bigger venues.” Loebe has circulated a handful of odd performance spaces. Recently, she was asked to perform with the children of the PS 22 Chorus of New York City. Her performances of “Swallowed by the Sea” and “Mercy” can be found on the chorus’ YouTube channel. The school’s chorus is a viral sensation, and its blog boasts more than 49 million views of PS 22 Chorus videos on YouTube. Even after appearing on national television, Loebe is far from being “too good” to play an intimate show. On Oct. 27, she played an acoustic house show on 12th and Thompson streets, sharing the bill with Temple students. “I played a gig in Philly that was outside of town and my friend Brittany was like, ‘Man, my friends would love to see you, but they don’t have cars so they can’t come,’” Loebe
said. “So, I had the day off, and thought, ‘Let’s go play for those people if they’d like to see me.’ If they want to hear the music and couldn’t get out to it, I’d rather play for them than not.” Relationships Loebe fosters on the road lead to more than just performance spaces and possible shelter. Many of the people and experiences she encounters on the road ultimately serve as her muse. For example, her song “Land & Sea” is about being the first car on the scene – what Loebe described as “car zero” – in a three-car pileup on her way to Philly from Pittsburgh. Also, on a flight to Chicago a few years ago, Loebe sat next to a young man who had a trying adolescence. He was seemingly on track to be a high school dropout until he fell in Rebecca Loebe recently performed in a living room near Main Campus. | ABI REIMOLD TTN love with a girl who attended college in Chicago. His par- than a week after he received Loebe’s most recent work “It’s the closest I’ve come amour made a deal with him – if his diploma, on his way to be- is a full-length album, “Circus to giving birth,” Loebe said. he graduated high school, he’d come a husband. Loebe wrote a Heart,” released in September. fly to Chicago and marry her. song about the experience and She described the process as Jenelle Janci can be reached at email@example.com. Loebe met the young man less titled it, “Chicago.” “long and painstaking.”
Irritation surrounds the growth of mobile gaming
SAMANTHA TIGHE Save & Quit
Columnist Samantha Tighe discusses the accessibility and downsides to mobile gaming.
he term “gamer” has evolved during the last two or three decades. Once, it was a term used to describe the masses that spent hours at their local arcades. When gaming systems were released to the market, gamers shifted their attention to their own television sets. I can remember my first real console, the original PlayStation. I would sit around and spend hours playing “Spyro the Dragon” and “Crash Bandicoot.” As time passed, arcades became a rarity while gaming consoles exploded in popularity. Nowadays, most video games no longer have limitations on how or where they can be played. Quick, let’s take a small poll. How many of you have a smartphone? OK, how about some sort of game or app on your cell phone or tablet that you play when bored? It’s no joke, video game accessibility has exploded – you would be hard-
pressed to try and find a person our age who does not play some type of game. Mobile gaming has become its own platform of sorts – entire websites and even magazines are dedicated to them and the products they use. It is because of video games like these that the term “gamer” now has broader distinctions. According to the research company Newzoo, in the United States alone approximately 100 million people have admitted to playing or owning some type of mobile game. To put that into perspective – the population of the U.S. is a little more than 300 million people. The fact that more than one-third of our population plays video games is staggering. Mobile gaming is quickly becoming a fast growing trend in the industry. Mobile gaming is a broad subject, so let’s take a quick look at a well-known company – how about Zynga? It is the proprietor of such hits like “Draw
Something” and “Hanging With Friends.” Zynga has been experiencing great success on the market – despite feeling a decent amount of turbulence within the company itself – we’re talking a revenue of more than $1.1 billion last year alone. Zynga doesn’t limit itself to just mobile gaming either; it first skyrocketed to popularity by creating several insanely popular Facebook games like “FarmVille,” “Mafia Wars” and “CityVille.” Come on, we all have experienced those annoying “FarmVille” notifications that people feel the need to send. It is through mobile gaming that the “everyman” is able to experience what gamers enjoy. Not everyone is thrilled with the increased popularity of mobile gaming or the rise of the “casual gamer.” To these die-hard players who slave over their consoles, the term “gamer” should be reserved for those who actually spend the hours playing some
of their favorite franchises, not for those who play “Words With Friends” on their cellphones. Charles Mattioli, a graduate student studying statistics, dislikes mobile games. “Mobile gaming started this whole free-to-play gaming design and it sucks,” Mattioli said. “Now you can’t just buy a game, you need to keep putting money in just to play it, or it’s designed in a way where it’s impossible to level up without purchasing ingame content.” When pressed for an example, Mattioli quickly obliged. “Take a look at ‘Tiny Tower,’” Mattioli said. “You can’t just buy the game, you have to keep buying coins to make it go faster and to actually play the game.” Mattioli has a console of choice – the PlayStation 3 – and said he has put hundreds of hours into his current gaming obsession, “Dark Souls.” To him, only people like himself should be re-
ferred to as gamers. “We’re the ones putting hours upon hours into our games, building our characters and their skillsets and getting the best weapons,” Mattioli said. Whether you’re taking sides in the argument surrounding mobile gaming or you don’t care, you can’t ignore the fact that it’s a specialty that has been changing the industry, especially since it’s an area that has been proven to make an enormous amount of profit. With simple interfaces and specific goals, everyone – from your parents to your grandparents – can play. It’s just something we all have to deal with. Until a new word is created to describe these people, I guess you’ll just have to accept the fact that your great-aunt Susan, who plays “FarmVille,” is as much of a gamer as you are. Samantha can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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HOP ALONG AT THE FIRE Fresh off a U.S. tour, the band returned to Philly on Nov. 4 with Kite Party and Johnny Foreigner. JESSICA REPKO TTN
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Ryan Tennis, a former college football player and high school English teacher, finds success in his music. VICTORIA MARCHIONY
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Though collective opinion will tell you that music prodigies who waltzed from the womb singing and playing the guitar are the only ones with a prayer of “making it,” collegefootball-player-turned-highschool-English-teacher-turnedfull-time-musician Ryan Tennis is proving everyone wrong. Despite finding his artistic passion well after puberty, the former Davidson College football-player’s commitment to his craft has led him to play venues up and down the East Coast as well as in Ireland, Argentina, Thailand, Bangladesh and Costa Rica, and to share those stages with industry heavyweights such as Shawn Colvin, Jonatha Brooke, Ellis Paul and Kenny Loggins. This year, Tennis has worked tirelessly to create his first full-length album, “Pack Light But Bring Everything,” which he released at a live show at MilkBoy Philly on Oct. 20. Tennis and his band brought his unexpectedly diverse, funky 12-song album to life in a showcase that made his hard work and artistic evolution obvious to those who were familiar with his previous, more acoustic style. Tennis is refreshingly honest about the artistic challenges
of being a full-time musician and the process of music-making that others are either comfortable glossing over – or have forgotten about. “I just try hard,” Tennis said. “I’m not good at deception and I’m not the world’s most subtle person, it’s just not who I am.” THE TEMPLE NEWS: When did you get into music? RYAN TENNIS: I was a football player all the way through college and that was more my identity and then got more into music casually after college just because I was loving it, but I didn’t think anything would really come of it. I was like, “If I ever play a concert, my life would be complete.” I got to do my first iterations of playing shows, mediocre or worse, far away from the place I eventually called home. The early elements happened [in California] but I’ve learned so much from hanging and playing in Philly. TTN: What did you do before you were working fulltime as a musician? RT: I worked as a fund raiser for the United Way in San Diego for a number of years. I taught high school English. I wasn’t that great of a teacher. I went and taught at the private high school that I went to and I didn’t have to be certified, which was trouble because I didn’t have to know how to
teach. My heart wasn’t in it – I like kids and I love reading, but that doesn’t make a great English teacher. TTN: How was it starting out later in life? RT: Most musicians and artists go through their early, unseemly stages when they’re a kid or in high school, so people will still say “Oh, what talent!” but when you’re 25 and doing that it’s not cute. When you’re in high school there are hopefully people encouraging you, whereas no one really owes that to you when you’re 26. TTN: What was it like working with your producer, Pete Donnelly? RT: The thing we met on immediately was that we didn’t want it to be perfect, we wanted it to be musical. The week we were doing band recordings I got the worst cold of the whole year. We laid down vocal tracks assuming we’d replace them later but ended up keeping most of it anyway. Even though my voice sounded gruff, it sounded musical – you could tell I was part of this band. I’ve worked with a lot of great producers, but [Donnelly] doesn’t tell you what to do. Instead of saying, “I want you to play this,” he’ll tell us what he wants us to think about or where he wants us to come from. He’s like, “I want the music to tell us what to do, I’m not going to just have some idea about how
PRIDE DAY SUN., NOV. 11 $12 IN ADVANCE 10 A.M.- 2 P.M. PHILADELPHIA ZOO 34TH STREET & GIRARD AVENUE WAYGAY.ORG The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia Family Pride, Stimulus Productions, William Way LGBT Community Center and the Philadelphia Zoo are joining forces to present a day of reduced admission prices for the fourth annual Pride Day. Aside from saving a few bucks on tickets, attendees will enjoy live music and free face painting. There will also be LGBT resources available. The Philadelphia Zoo is America’s first zoo and features more than 1,300 animals.
PA BEER FESTIVAL SAT., NOV. 10 1 P.M.-4P.M. AND 7 P.M.-10 P.M. $15 FOR DESIGNATED DRIVERS, $40 FOR GENERAL ADMISSION 1101 ARCH ST., PENNSYLVANIA CONVENTION CENTER, HALL D Philadelphia means business when it comes to beer, accompanied by quality craft-brewing locations and a long history of great-tasting beer. Featuring a new influx of beers, the festival will be holding 270 craft beers for tasting. The event will be broken into two sessions, the first from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and the second from 7 p.m.10 p.m. at which you can enjoy live music and drink Rogue, Boxcar, Blue Point and Terrapin, just to name a few. Flavors from more than 100 American and local breweries will be provided. Unlimited one-ounce samples and an official PA Beer Festival cup is included with a $40 admission fee. Designated drivers will be charged $15 to enjoy the non-alcoholic festivities they offer including food, prizes and merchandise. Attendants must be 21 or older to enter. The festival will also be offering discounted transportation for the safety of attendants. Come out and try some new brews.
it’s supposed to sound.” TTN: Where is the continuity if it’s so diverse? RT: I think it’s in two things. It’s in the songwriting. The style of the lyrics that I write are just really honest and there’s not a ton of frills. It’s mostly about me or experiences I’ve had. The way I sing and the lyrics are written, I’m not trying to put on any airs, I’m trying to sing and speak in as honest a voice as I can. The other thing is that there’s just a really strong groove. TTN: What do you want people to feel when they listen to the album? RT: I want their toes tapping. I want people to be moving. When I go see live music I want to go see a band that’s funky as hell – something with a good groove. It’s fun to see a singer-songwriter with [an] acoustic guitar but eventually that can get boring. Rhythm is the best way to get them there. It’s pretty conversationally written. Hopefully there’s some more depth and truth that you can reveal things on more than one level. The emotional and lyrical and rhythmic energy are all coming from the same place and feel cohesive both to express a feeling and to hopefully elicit that feeling. Victoria Marchiony can be reached at email@example.com.
HOOP DANCE WITH THE SPIN COALITION MON., NOV. 12 $10 (YOUR FIRST CLASS IS FREE) 8 P.M.-9 P.M. 938 S. 8TH ST. Calling all Philadelphia Hula Hoopers, a brand new organization has just assembled to bring together the hula hooping community as well as other forms of selfexpression. The South Philly Spin Coalition is a local organization made up of a community of hoopers to provide a studio for those who have a passion for this art form, to instruct and guide Hula Hoopers of all levels. SPinCO is the first in the city to provide hula hoopers with a place to thrive and come together with others to perfect new moves and improve skills. They offer different approaches to Hula Hooping such as fitness, technical work, advancement skills and choreographing techniques. Led by seasoned professionals, Monday night spin sessions offer instruction on combining flowing and control of the hoop. SPinCO is bringing together a tight-knit community of people who love music and maneuvering, it is an art form that brings happiness “full circle.”
DREXEL’S FARMERS MARKET TUES., NOV. 6 11 A.M.-3 P.M. 33RD AND MARKET STREETS Now in its fourth year, Drexel University will be hosting a farmers market on its main campus. The farmers market will give residents the opportunity to buy locally grown foods from King’s Dutch Country Goods. Stands will also provide fruits, vegetables, cheeses, yogurts and home-style baked goods. Drexel is pushing for sustainable and environmentally friendly ambitions throughout the campus, doing so by adhering to the three principles of reduce, reuse and recycle. Purchase the freshest fruits and veggies your hands can grab and support local farmers at this event. -Michael Russo
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Owl collections, décor take flight on Main Campus Brian Forman’s love of owls extends beyond the university’s mascot. ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF
The Temple News
Brian Forman has collected more than 70 owl figurines. His owl collection gained attention when it was featured in the TUPortal banner image.| ABI REIMOLD TTN
Instead of candid shots of students around Main Campus, or run-of-the-mill publicity shots for the Temple Made campaign, TUPortal is sporting a new, decorative banner featuring a collection of owl figurines that may come from an unexpected source. The varied collection of Hooter’s kinfolk belongs to Brian Forman, who is executive director of Temple’s Computer Services, a Temple alumnus and an avid owl figurine collector. His collection extends much beyond what TUPortal users can see when they log into their accounts. He owns a collection of more than 70 owl figurines. A selected group of these are displayed in Forman’s office, which was discovered as pictures were being taken for the Temple Facebook page. After coworkers became aware of his diverse owl assembly, a colleague who works on the TUPortal site suggested it be featured on the display banner. “There [were] 24 likes on the photo, I believe that’s an
all-time high for the TUPortal page,” Forman said. Currently, there are 25. Forman said collecting runs in his family. “[I have] an aunt who used to collect [ceramic] chickens. I thought, ‘What should I collect?’ And I’m a Temple Owl, so owls [were the answer],” Forman said. However, not all love for owls on Temple’s campus is expressed through collection. Maryanne Hayde, a senior communications major and RA in 1300, said in her experience, “[If you] put an owl in front of anything, Temple students get excited.” College mascots often instill significant pride in their students, no matter how unusual they may be, like the North Carolina School of the Arts’ Fighting Pickle. At Temple, students have the fighting owl Hooter to rally behind and incorporate into their décor. Hayde remembered a friend who has owl jewelry, along with owl potholders and other accessories. Owl themes are common, and a staple among dorm furnishings, students said. Marissa Rubin, a freshman anthropology major, went the
traditional Temple-pride route, hanging posters from every Temple game on one of her walls. Another freshman, environmental studies major Samantha Schuetz, said she had an extensive list of owl-themed products. “I have two owl mugs, dangly owl earrings, an owl clock necklace, an owl body pillow, an owl backpack and an owl shower curtain and waste basket,” Schuetz said. Those with a passion for owls can easily fuel their desire to embrace the theme with clothing, accessories and household items. Many stores use owl designs in all of these products, often considered chic by shoppers. “I always thought owls were pretty cool, I already had half my owl stuff before picking a college, but being a Temple Owl gave me a reason to find more,” Schuetz said. Infatuation for the nocturnal bird can be more than simply based on school pride, but an expression of style. On the online community marketplace Etsy, where people can buy and sell clothing, accessories and décor, searching
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215.204.9538 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.
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ELECTION NIGHT AT THE DRAUGHT HORSE PRESENTED BY TIPAC/ THE DRAUGHT HORSE, 1431 CECIL B. MOORE AVE. / NOV. 6 / 7 P.M. – 10 P.M. / FREE TO ENTER Temple Israel Public Affairs Committee is hosting an election night watch party where students can go in after voting and watch as the next president of the U.S. is announced. Discounted drinks with the purchase of drink tickets will be available. The Draught Horse will have multiple network coverage during the show so everyone can watch their favorite pundits.
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Temple University Main Campus OMG!! Jesus
JULIUS CAESAR /STEPS OUTSIDE TOMLINSON THEATER / NOV. 8 / 7 P.M. – 8 P.M. / FREE, DONATIONS ACCEPTED Theater fraternity Alpha Psi Omega presents an hour-long cut of this Shakespeare classic. The show is put together entirely by students and will run through Nov. 11.
Christ! What comes to your mind when you hear “Jesus Christ”? Have you ever read why He said and how He interacted with all different people? The book of John records his interactions and conversations. Is Jesus, Liar, Lunatic or Lord? For a free copy of John or a free Bible, to discuss, contact Glen at the Student LIFE Center, 2123 N. Broad St. 215.765.3626 www.studentlifecenter.org Want to post a classified of your own? Go to TEMPLE-NEWS.COM/CLASSIFIEDS for the most up to date listings!
AUTUMN DANCE CONCERT / CONWELL HALL, FIFTH FLOOR / NOV. 9 / 7:30 - 8:30 P.M. / $5 WITH STUDENT ID, $20 REGULAR PRICE The Autumn Dance Concert will feature 12 pieces that have been designed, produced and choreographed by students. For those who can’t make it on Friday, there will be repeat performances on Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Luis Fernando Rodriguez
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Group provides funding to orphanage HAITI PAGE 7 their arrival. “When people come to Haiti, [the locals] know it’s for a reason – usually service,” McDevitt, a junior painting major, said. “At the beginning of the trip kids would just call me ‘blanc’ and by the end of the trip they called me ‘godmother.’ They speak Creole, and [I noticed they started] calling me something different from ‘blanc’ so I asked the translator what it meant and he said ‘little godmother.’” Echeverri, who also shared the nickname, “blanc,” said her favorite part of the trip was when the children began opening up. “When we got there we were some of the first white people the children had seen. There was also an age difference and language barrier,” Echeverri said. “We were all about getting on their level and playing with them. And when [Greehin] started talking to them in Creole they totally came around. They went from [being shy] and staying in their tent, to us playing this huge game of tag that set the [mood] for the rest of the week.” The rest of the time was spent playing with the children and building rapport, Echeverri added. “We would talk to them in English and they would make fun of us, mimicking us – you know how kids are – they would say exactly the same thing with no accent at all, and not know what they were saying,” Echeverri said.
Part of their stay in Haiti also involved going to a nutrition center for a day where children are left by their families – but on the condition that the children are visited at least once a week by their parents, unlike an orphanage. “I was filled with joy from a public health aspect because this is a nutrition center and [the children] were getting powdered milk, regular meals and medicine that they need,” Echeverri said. “The idea is for the kids to get better, so they can return to their families.” However, Echeverri said one of her biggest concerns with the nutrition center was that since it was at capacity, children were not getting the individual attention they needed. Both Echeverri and McDevitt cite the time they spent getting to know the children as the most memorable part of the experience, for both the children and themselves. “I think they had a lot of fun having someone to play with after school,” McDevitt said. “That’s mostly what we did on the trip. Show them that we care. They really enjoy having someone to color with and run around with. They don’t have anyone to play with besides each other so I think they were happy about that.” “They kind of have a set schedule they follow: They wake up, they eat breakfast, go to school, go home, play around, have an evening lesson, pray at night and go to bed. We got to break their routine,” Ech-
everri added. “We would walk them to school, and they got to share with us what they do.” After four days at the orphanage and one in the nutrition center, the group left to meet up with Penn State Project Haiti at an orphanage that the Penn State chapter has helped to establish and maintain. The time spent with the group from Penn State allowed Echeverri and McDevitt to brainstorm and come up with more ideas for the Temple chapter. Since returning to the U.S., Temple Project Haiti has grown to have between 20 to 30 active members, with around 10 of those members expressing interest in going to Haiti this upcoming spring break. For the academic year the group has set a goal of raising $5,000 for the orphanage. Recently the group passed the $1,000 mark – mostly through bake sales and donations. The group’s fundraising efforts go 100 percent toward the orphanage and none of the money is used to pay for travel to Haiti. All Project Haiti members must pay for plane tickets out of pocket; the group does this to maintain its status as a student organization on Main Campus, since Haiti is on the U.S. State Department’s Travel Warning list. “We go as individuals, we can’t go as a group,” Echeverri said. “So we can’t say [the trip to Haiti] is part of the group’s purpose. It’s a decision every person has to make on their
own.” Echeverri works as a research assistant on Main Campus to make money to pay for her trip, while McDevit has support from her family and parish. A fundraising event planned for this semester includes a clothing drive where used clothes will be collected and sorted through to see what can be donated to the children. The clothes that don’t fit the criteria will be resold money will go to the orphanage. Artists for Haiti will be a silent art auction at which people will be able to bid on student-submitted work. All of the money raised will go directly to the orphanage. Since the trip last spring, the orphanage has grown to house 18 children, and plans are being made to move into a bigger space that can fit 50 by March. McDevitt will not be going on the trip in the spring because she will be studying abroad in Rome, but she hopes she can go in the summer by herself to lend a hand to the orphanage, she said. “It was probably the most moving experience in my entire life,” McDevitt said. “The things you see there will definitely be there in your mind and heart – I know that sounds really cheesy but you can’t forget.” Luis Fernando Rodriguez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Above) Esperandiu Cenat owns the Saint Francis Xavier Orphanage, which receives aid from Project Haiti. The orphanage has grown to house 18 children. | COURTESY PROJECT HAITI
Knowing when and how to argue is half the battle
JOHN CORRIGAN That’s What He Said
John Corrigan discusses dealing with arguments and knowing how to pick your battles.
hy can’t Tina’s brother go over to his girlfriend’s house?” “Because he is only 17 years old, John. Nobody can drive him and there is nowhere for him to leave his bike.” “He has two feet, dear.” “Would you really let your brother walk 45 minutes on a
major road at 2 a.m.?” “If my 11-year-old brother had a girlfriend for more than a year and tonight was their only chance to bump uglies, I’d make sure to leave the key in the mailbox.” “You’re ridiculous. You just don’t get it.” I still don’t get it. I never get it. And you can bet that I wasn’t getting it that night. Arguing in relationships is as natural as injuries to Michael Vick. You have to expect them and experienced lovers can even anticipate them. Sure, when you’re courting that hot brunette in English 802 you’re not considering her venom toward Chinese food. During the honeymoon phase of your relationship, everybody agrees to anything because you want to make your significant other happy. However, the conformity caused by puppy love will soon turn you into a rabid Rottweiler, barking about privacy, intimacy, anxiety and jealousy. Although you don’t want to succumb to the tension, sometimes you just can’t control your emotions and, subsequently, arguments ensue. Women trap you with trick questions in which the answer is
simply lighting the match for a predetermined explosion. Beware of sarcasm – responding to those words masked as humor is like tip-toeing through a minefield. Newly single people will tell you that they broke up due to arguing over “little things.” What exactly are these little things, you ask? Dwarves? Freshmen? No, the little things are daily occurrences that accumulate with time and rot your psyche. You don’t even realize the little things until it’s too late. She hates that you never excuse yourself after flatulence, you hate that she is always late when you pick her up and you both get frustrated when the other is texting during a conversation. Some might call it nitpicking, but I call it a couple’s cancer. Chalie Robinson, a junior communications major, suggests an age-old remedy of relaxation. “Try to keep a cool and calm head, no matter what,” Robinson said. “Your partner still loves you and you love them, and you can work through anything.” While treating the little
things can be easily cured by politely speaking up, arguing about friends, family and even pets is a more serious predicament. Regardless of whether you care for her friends, you absolutely must befriend them and treat them with respect. Your girl’s ladies can be your support team or your worst enemies. If you have an issue with one of her friends, delicately mention it to her but don’t harp, because she will interpret that as a reflection upon her. As for your friends, men won’t change. She just has to deal with them. I’ll confess that arguing about family has damaged my relationship – however, sometimes you have to suck it up and realize everybody’s family is crazy. That’s why you flee to college. As for pets, if Rudy treats you like the mailman, let your girl know that her pooch needs to be restrained unless she’s compensating for your ripped shirts. I’ve never agreed with the adage that you shouldn’t bring up politics or religion at the dinner table. Unfortunately, arguments about beliefs can’t be fixed with a simple round of
tonsil hockey. We are civilized people who shouldn’t be scared to offend people with our beliefs, yet society has grown soft and sensitive to any connotation, statement or suggestion that might be deemed discriminatory. The foundation of America is that we can believe whatever we like and our opinions should be respected. By shying away from intellectual discussion, you can’t expand mentally or spiritually. If your significant other doesn’t agree with your beliefs, don’t dwell on such an insignificant matter. Neither of you are going to change so you can’t expect otherwise. It’s healthy to have differing opinions. If you can’t move beyond the intellectual stalemate, then perhaps you aren’t mature enough for a relationship. Now, the most important facet of arguing with your girlfriend is the make-up process. First, you must admit that you were wrong unless you have a witness or concrete proof that whatever happened is not your fault. Let’s flip all the cards: Your girlfriend has what you want and your access has been denied
until the dust has settled. After you accept responsibility, you sincerely apologize verbally, and then intimately apologize. Finally, well, you wonder how you could have disagreed with this woman in the first place. Her gentle touch, the warm breath against your ear, mumbling how she loves you, the euphoria that has captured your senses – imagine if every act in the bedroom was this passionate. Imagine if every hostile feeling could lead to such a sensation. Imagine, if the only reason women ignite arguments is to obtain the make-up sex. Hey, I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. John Corrigan can be reached at email@example.com.
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Orchestra gives composers’ work exposure ConTemplum gives students the opporunity to have their original compositions performed for an audience. SAM STOUGH The Temple News
ConTemplum is a student organization that allows both graduate and undergraduate students to write and perform their own contemporary classical music. It has been an official organization for approximately four years now, but it existed several years before that, conTemplum president and third-year doctoral student Ryan Olivier said. The main goal conTemplum strives to achieve is “anything we can do to promote new music,” Olivier said. “We try to facilitate whatever [members] want to do.” Essentially, if someone comes to conTemplum with a composition in mind, it is the group’s job to acquire the funds, the venue and the appropriate performers to bring the composer’s vision to fruition. ConTemplum has also done collaborations in the past with the film department, Tyler School of Art and the Boyer College of Music and Dance. With a fairly even split between graduates and undergraduates in the group, conTemplum holds a concert for undergraduate pieces in the fall and graduate pieces in the spring. The undergraduate concert was held Nov. 1 at Rock Hall. The entire Temple Composers Orchestra performed four orchestral pieces, as well as five pieces of chamber music. The concert started with “Nereids” composed by Erin Busch. “Nereids” refers to friendly sea nymphs from Greek mythology, according to the program notes. It was an intricate piece that seemed appropriate as the backdrop for a hero on some sort of great quest, show-
casing gracefully coordinated string instruments and a rising and falling of action akin to that of an epic tale. Then followed “build.break” by Andrew Taylor, which teetered on the more avant-garde side of the spectrum. It featured an eerie key and an exponentially increasing level of suspense that kept audience members on the edge of their seats. The program noted, “much of [Taylor’s] music is focused on articulation of queer and transgender narratives and navigation of normative structures.” “Janvier” by Alexander Goodhart was a more somber piece dedicated to his mother, Lida. The performances with the full orchestra reached a close with “Excalibur” by Julian Mykytiuch, which was a reference to the sword used by King Arthur. The piece had a medieval, powerful effect – paired with the legendary story it derives its name from. And so began the chamber music, starting off with “Andante and Allegro Energico” by Alex Kruchoski, a piece using the viola and piano. “The themes for this piece came to me, as most do, while I was supposed to be working diligently on another piece,” Kruchoski said. “My pursuit was the development of feisty motives and angular harmonic language. As a violist, I also wanted to add something fun to the repertoire: a new piece that rests well on the fingers, the bow arm and the C string.” “Desert Island Suite” by Kenneth Glendon Brown was performed solely on piano by the composer himself. Divided into five movements, Brown said the piece should take the listener on a very intimate and dynamic journey through the emotions of the composer. “The story is told in reverse chrono-
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Adam Vidiksis conducts the Temple Composers Orchestra at a dress rehearsal for conTemplum’s show on Thursday, Nov. 1. | COURTESY CONTEMPLUM logical order. Thus, the Broken Nocturne happened first, followed by a period of ‘Courtly Dances,’ after which the ‘Swan Song’ necessitated the ‘Elegy for Acquaintances.’ Last is the ‘Prelude for the Rest of My Life,’ representing my present,” Brown said. Then, there was the “Two Pieces for Solo Clarinet” by Anthony Ciesielka, divided into two pieces that demonstrated the capabilities and personalities of clarinet in different ways. The first piece alternated long strings of notes with bursts of flourishing sound, while the second was continuous in nature. “Duet for Violin and Piano in Eflat Minor” by Eric Crossen had the two instruments contrasting each other in a pleasing manor. “I have spent the better part of a month constructing it and making changes to fit the need of the music. I
started with a simple idea, I wanted a soothing melody over top a percussive rhythmic background, and really built off of that,” Crossen said. The final piece of conTemplum’s concert was “Sonata for Violin and Piano” by Daniel Fox, which had three movements. The piece started with “grand gestures followed by short outbursts,” but ended with “the music [finding] peace and [ending] quietly,” Fox said. With a creative outlet outside of the classroom that these musicians and composers require, one of the most notable aspects of conTemplum is that people dom’t need to be a composition major to have your music reviewed and performed. Sam Stough can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
the word “owl” produces more than 160,000 items that can be bought. Urban Outfitters also carries multiple owl accessories and home furnishings, like pillows, cookie jars and shower rings. Some students said they enjoy the ability to incorporate both of these displays of owl love into their lives. But if collecting were actually something of interest to any students, they would do well to note Forman’s strategy for accumulation. “I find them in my travels and a lot of family and friends who are out and about will buy them for me,” Forman said on how he has managed to develop such a collection. But that doesn’t mean Forman hasn’t endured his fair share of teasing for his collecting habits. “I saw a tweet from a student who said the collection was creepy, and must belong to an old lady,” Forman said. Taking the tweet in stride, Forman said it does not discourage him from displaying his owl figurines. “I don’t wanna play favorites,” Forman said about his owl collectibles. “I like them all.” Erin Edinger-Turoff can be reached at email@example.com.
‘Budget’ travel not worth In order to understand, ask the right questions the cost of convenience
AMELIA BRUST Temple on the Thames
Columnist Amelia Brust discusses why budget airline prices may fly high.
as air travel ever really that cheap? As far as I know, it wasn’t. From its earliest days commercial flights have been for the rich, privileged and jet set. Today, things seem not to have changed much. Ever book outside of economy class? Not pretty. So I was skeptical when I heard former study sbroad students talk about using budget airlines Ryanair and EasyJet to book flights. I had heard of these mysteriously cheap companies, but only in passing. They received a boost in the mid-90s when the European Union deregulated the airline industry. Megabus in the sky, that’s how they make it seem. Flights everywhere everyday, tickets under £100 round trip, book early enough and you can get £5 or even £1 tickets. You see the similarity? Of course, you’re limited to one bag and the seats aren’t that nice. But who cares? For £1 from London to Amsterdam I’ll sit in the middle between a screaming baby and a power cougher. Oh, if only I could. The cheapest flights from
London to Amsterdam on these sites were between £107 and £130 round trip, and those were for reservations more than two months in advance. Even in pounds, that’s not exactly a bargain. Where are people finding these super saver flights, on fly.co.uk? What a joke that site is: £25 for a ticket, plus £190 in taxes, in very small print, and it leaves a day after you specified. So I gave up on the plane idea. It’ll just be buses and trains for me. But I still did some research into the matter. Disclaimer: What I am about to describe I have not personally experienced. Therefore, I leave it up to you whether to take my word at face value. Yes, relatively speaking, EasyJet and Ryanair are cheaper than British Airways or United Airlines. But with the dollar worth slightly more than Confederate money in Europe, it’s difficult to see the savings, so let’s just come clean about one thing: Traveling to and within Europe is not cheap. So, these budget airlines cut costs in any way they can. There are fees – oh, buddy are there fees. Ryanair is a notorious offender in this arena. Ryanair has contemplated charging for using the bathroom on the plane – that is, if you can find one since two on each aircraft were taken out to add more seats. They already charge for checked bags, booking with a credit card and printing out your own ticket. The Irish company even once charged flyers retroactively. Flights from Barcelona to Madrid in July were charged nearly £7.20 per passenger to make up for Spain’s airport tax increase in June. If a city has multiple airports, like London, chances are your flight will leave from the least busy airport, i.e. the hardest one to get to. You’ve also got to be careful the airport you arrive at is close to the center of town or has a way of getting to the center of town. If you miss your flight or your flight is canceled, don’t count on being reimbursed for your ticket. Both
EasyJet and Ryanair have been cited for delayed or nonexistent compensation on such occasions. And when it comes to customer service – actually, let’s not. If you want to know what that’s like, watch BBC’s “Come Fly With Me,” made by “Little Britain” comedy duo Matt Lucas and David Walliams. It’s not surprising these companies aren’t up-front about their policies. Both have gotten into trouble with the Advertising Standards Authority, the U.K. self-regulatory body that monitors the country’s advertising industry for misleading ads. Ryanair has a track record of even making controversial and criticism-inducing statements as a way of drumming up cheap publicity. EasyJet has made false claims of its low emissions. Look, any time you have to cross a body of water to get to another country, even an area as narrow as the English Channel, you bring a catalogue of delays upon yourself. And the more heavily traveled your destination, the longer those delays take. Schengen Agreement or none, flying in Europe is a hassle. Of course EU residents don’t travel abroad every week, but they do so far more than we do. And they will use these companies because they’re practical. If Southwest Airlines had terrible customer service but was still the cheapest way to get from Chicago to San Francisco on a weekend, you’d do it, wouldn’t you? Amelia Brust can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SARA PATTERSON QChat
Columnist Sara Patterson answers common questions regarding the LGBT community.
was talking to a friend recently about how busy I’ve been this semester, with class and work and writing this column. At the mention of my column – which I force all of my friends to read, of course – her face changed. “Oh! I have a question,” she said. She then leaned in close to me and whispered, embarrassed, “This is probably really stupid, but what do all those letters mean?” I realized all this stuff that I considered common knowledge maybe wasn’t so common. So, I asked my friends, “What do you want to know about the LGBT community? What have you always been curious about, but never asked because you were embarrassed or thought it might be politically incorrect?” Q: What’s the deal with all those letters and what do they mean? A: I use the term “LGBT” because it’s the quickest to write and the simplest to say, but the more inclusive term for the entire community is LGBTQIA. It’s a mouthful. The first two are the easiest to decode: The “L” stands for lesbian, or homosexual women; the “G” stands for gay, or homosexual men. The “B” stands for bisexual, people attracted to
both sexes, while the “T” stands for transgender – someone who identifies with a gender different from the one they were born as or, potentially, one that doesn’t necessarily fit into what the general public considers male or female. “Q” has been used as questioning or queer. Someone who is questioning is still trying to figure out their sexuality and doesn’t really know where they fit between straight and gay. Queer is kind of an all-inclusive term, it refers to pretty much anyone who doesn’t fit into a strict heterosexual stereotype. “I” stands for intersex, which is, according to the Intersex Society of North America, a person born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. “A” can stand for ally or asexual. An ally is a heterosexual person who supports and advocates for gay rights and an asexual person is someone who doesn’t feel sexually attracted to either sex. Q: “Queer”? But isn’t that used as an insult? A: Yeah, in the past, “queer” has been used as an insult or a slur directed toward the gay community. In recent years, however, it’s been reclaimed. Today, you are much more likely to see someone proudly calling themselves “queer” rather than someone else saying it as an insult. Queer is also the term used by a lot of LGBT groups, like Temple’s Queer Student Union, for example, because it covers pretty much everyone in the community with just one word. Q: How do you know if someone is transgender? And what do you refer to them as? A: As a rule, I wouldn’t assume someone is transgender unless they flat out tell you. Making an assumption in that case will lead to an awkward, and sometimes offensive, situation. Use common sense and manners. Refer to him or her using whatever pronouns he or she gives you. Most of the time, you will be able to tell from names or clothing what gender someone is expressing. But if you really don’t know and really don’t
want to make an assumption, just ask. Q: What’s the deal with gay marriage? Why is it taking so long? A: Same-sex marriage has been a major political issue since at least 1996 and the passing of the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA is a federal law that reserves same-sex marriage rights to the state, which means that a state that hasn’t legalized same-sex marriage cannot recognize a marriage performed in a state that did. So, if a couple gets married in New York, where same-sex marriage is legal, and moves to Pennsylvania where it is not, it is like they were never married in the first place. That’s why it’s taking so long, because we have to wait for each individual state to legalize it. DOMA also defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman, although that part has been found unconstitutional in many courts and is set to be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. How do you meet other gay people to go out with? I have no idea. And, quite frankly, if anyone has suggestions, I’m open to them. Q: Why did they have to kill off Willow’s girlfriend on “Buffy”? A: I don’t know. It’s been 10 years and I’m still not over it. Now, this nearly doesn’t cover every question someone might have, but hopefully it’s a start. Hopefully I answered some question that you never felt comfortable to ask. If anyone has any more, you are more than welcome to ask me. The biggest threat to the LGBT community has always been ignorance and fear, and the way to fight that is through education and understanding. Maybe I’m a little optimistic, but I’d like to think that if everyone just asked a question about something they didn’t understand rather than making assumptions based on stereotypes, everybody would get along much better. But that’s just me. Sara Patterson can be reached at email@example.com.
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Akiko Hatakeyama works with setters as an assistant coach. She played for Temple in the 1990s. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
Alumna returns to court as coach
Assistant coach discusses her volleyball history. JAKE ADAMS The Temple News
VOLLEYBALL After 13 seasons competing and coaching in Europe for various clubs, Akiko Hatakeyama returned to Temple this year to become an assistant coach. Hatakeyama was originally supposed to join the team last season, but red-tape issues with her visa delayed her arrival. Now she serves as a recruiting coordinator for coach Bakeer Ganes, who she worked with at volleyball camps held by former Temple coach Bob Bertucci. She works with the setters during practice. A native of Japan, Hatakeyama grew up just outside of Tokyo, and was a part of the 1997 Owls squad who earned the first NCAA Tournament berth in program history. That year, Temple won the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship, earning Temple’s bid in the big dance before falling in the first round. It would spark a run of three consecutive years as conference champions and NCAA Tournament appearances. The Temple News: How did you get into volleyball? Akiko Hatakeyama: As
a Japanese [girl] I was really tall and the coach from the volleyball team, he recruited me to be on his team and that team happened to be really strong, so that’s how I got into the competitive volleyball field. TTN: What made you go to Temple? AH: I wanted to find something different. All my life back in Japan I played volleyball and I wanted to find something different that I could stand out compared to other people. I wanted to be different, I think. TTN: Being on that NCAA Tournament team in 1997, what was that like? AH: It was a very good experience. I really liked the team, everybody wanted to compete. Everybody was determined to win the A-10 Championship, and then we executed it, and [made] it to the NCAA [tournament] for the first time. Obviously that was a great experience. I wish we won. TTN: What was it like to join the United States Professional Volleyball League in 2000? AH: It was good. It was a really small league to start with, but everybody who was on the team loved to play volleyball and we wanted to get better, and all the little girls looked up to us. It was a really good opportunity for all the
kids who play volleyball to be a good role model and we got to do what we like for a living. TTN: So why did you end up going to Europe after that? AH: The USPV, it fell down, it went bankrupt. But prior to that I also played in Portugal, and I came back to play in the USPV League. Obviously I wanted to continue playing, I was still young. So I wanted to keep going as long as I could. I really liked the life in Europe, I learned a lot. It’s different from the U.S., different from Japan. And luckily I had an offer in Europe so I went back. TTN: Did you ever consider doing beach volleyball? AH: Yes, but I wish I had access to the beach more. Of course, back then when I was still active as a player, [the] beach wasn’t that popular, especially in Japan. Beach was like nothing, and now it comes more and more. But back then it was not an opportunity. If I had an opportunity back then I probably would have thought about it seriously. TTN: So what made you decide to come back after all those years in Europe? AH: Well, I stayed in touch with coach [Ganes]. In the beginning of my career as a player I didn’t think I was going to be a coach. But as I continued to play [I thought], “Hey, maybe I can share some-
thing that I learned as a player to a current player.” I started thinking about becoming a coach later on in my career as a player. This position opened up and I knew the coach, and I went to Temple. It just worked out perfect. TTN: Is it good to be back at Temple? AH: I’ve been to so many different countries, but I’m back in Philadelphia. It’s something. And I like it here. I always liked it here. TTN: What does the future hold for you? AH: We’ll see. I don’t know yet. This is my first year as an assistant and I’m still learning a lot, so as the year goes by I will see what I want to do. Right now, I just do my best every single day and become an even better coach. Jake Adams can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @jakeadams520.
HOCKEY PAGE 20 role for the current ice hockey for the remainder of the game season. and must go through the player “The idea of safety officer contact system with Temple is that someone is always aware University Hospital, Camof Campus Recreation’s injury pus Recreation Director Steve protocol,” coach Jerry Roberts Young said. said. “For away games where Junior forward Pat Schthere isn’t alramm experiways a trainer or enced the sysan EMT, there’s tem first-hand always someone after a collithere in case of sion with a emergency.” University of Campus Maryland, BalRecreation has timore County also responded defenseman to the recent inin November crease of aware2010. After ininess of contial evaluation cussions in ice from the hoshockey. pital, Schramm Prior to the reached out to 2010-11 acaCampus Recredemic year, the ation’s POC and Jerry Roberts / coach department imset up an applemented a concussion proto- pointment with a Temple Unicol that set up a player contact versity Hospital doctor. system in which a player with “Once you start having a head injury contacts a Temple headaches, you have to wait two University Hospital contact in weeks after that and that’s what order to get examined at the I did,” Schramm said. “I played hospital. the waiting game.” The protocol also requires As someone who has been any team to evaluate a player around Temple ice hockey for upon a physical blow to the 10 years, Roberts praised the head. If a player shows any type improvement in injury awareof symptom related to a concus- ness and player treatment imsion, the player is then held out plemented by Campus Recre-
trainer during all home games, having access to training and rehab for guys with injuries...in our world, it can’t get any better.
Both Janney and Briglia said sophomore midfielder Nicole Kroener and freshman midfielder Taylor Schronk, were integral parts of the team. “[Kroener] was a huge asset to the team,” Briglia said. “She’s in the midfield and I played a lot with her in the midfield, and she’s just a really hard worker and would always hustle for the ball.” Kroener and Schronk started in all 21 games for the Owls, and Kroener was tied for second on the team with 10 assists. “We recruited [Schronk] and we knew she was a talented player,” Janney said. “But I had no idea that she’d be a starter for us for all 21 games.” Youtz was named as the A-10 Offensive Player of the Year, and both Youtz and Briglia were given A-10 First Team honors. Freshman forward Alyssa Delp and Schronk were named to the A-10 AllRookie Team. “Forty of our goals were from freshmen and sophomores. It’s amazing for us to have such a talented young group of players,” Janney said. “We obviously have great upper classmen leadership – we couldn’t ask for better leadership from our junior class and Briglia, but the future is certainly bright for us.” Colin Tansits can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @colin_tansits.
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Program demonstrates effect on players Nick McMahon was one of the first on the team to take advantage of Davis’ services after suffering a tear in his Achilles tendon during an alumni tournament game in May. He participates in at least three rehab sessions per week with Davis. “I went to rehab over the summer at a local place and it wasn’t half as good as [Davis] is,” McMahon said. “I thought I was going to have to go to Center City every day and I wasn’t going to be able to do that because of school and work. To have something like this available on campus, it’s huge. I would not be playing if it weren’t for that.” The installment of a graduate extern in athletic training goes along with the emergency medical technician group service provided at ice hockey games since 1998. The move is one part in a series of recent improvements by Campus Recreation in dealing with injuries to club members. The department requires every club to appoint one player safety officer, someone aware of Campus Recreation’s injury and concussion processes. The safety officer is also CPR certified for the position. Senior forward Sean Nealis assumed the
within a minute of each other in Temple’s season opener against No. 8 Virginia, Youtz began her breakout season. “[Youtz] was definitely someone we looked to on the field to really get the whole team going,” Briglia said. “I think [Youtz] brings a lot of passion and motivation to the team, and I think a lot people admire [Youtz] for that.” The Dauphin, Pa., native went on to have a recordbreaking season that was highlighted on a weekend late in September when Youtz had back-to-back hat trick performances. By the time playoffs rolled around, Youtz was ranked amongst the top scorers in the nation. “It’s kind of intimidating because I feel like a lot of the pressure is on me,” Youtz said. “But at the end of the day, I know my team is going to support me no matter what, and if I am having a bad game it won’t matter because everyone else can step up.” Youtz’s 22 goals and 54 points this season are the fifth highest single-season totals in Temple history. “I think it helps [Youtz’s] confidence,” Briglia said. “It’s something she kind of shies away from – wanting that recognition, but it’s an accomplishment either way. I think even if [Youtz] may not think about it now, I think later on she’ll know that it meant something.” Beyond Youtz’s breakout year, other young players were able to step up as well.
ation. “What they have now, I don’t see how it could get any better,” Roberts said. “As far as we’re concerned, having a trainer during all home games, having access to a training and rehab facility for guys with injuries and having a resource to reach out to for concussions – in our world, it can’t get any better.” “In my opinion, this is the best thing that Campus Recreation has done for the club sports because we ensure that our players are safe and we’re able to minimize and reduce injuries,” Roberts added. “There’s no improvement than can possibly be made.” Andrew Parent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @daParent93.
Addazio said. “My guess is they might play [multiple quarterbacks]. But they’re going to do what they do, and what they do is pretty darn good. They’re a fast-playing, hard-firing team.” Cincinnati is ranked No. 1 in the Big East in scoring offense and No. 2 in total offense, while Temple is ranked last in the conference in total defense and scoring defense. Cincinnati has the No. 1 Big East rushing offense, averaging 226 yards per game on the ground. Temple gives up an average of 162 rushing yards per game, ranked last in the conference. Addazio said the team’s defensive struggles are due to a combination of a lack of depth on the defensive line and inexperience. “We started the season with depth on the defensive front, but that’s widdled down for various reasons,” Addazio said. “We need to get better pass rush. Our freshmen linebackers make some great plays for us, but they make some mistakes in underneath coverage.” “We’ve played as many young guys as we can,” Addazio added. “I think we’re going to continue to play young guys. We’re going to continue to do whatever we can schematically to generate more pass rush. I like the young guys, but up front that can really show.” On Oct. 20, Temple had a chance to be in sole possession of first place in the Big East with a win against Rutgers, but the Owls blew their halftime lead. The Owls allowed 35 unanswered points in the second half, the beginning of
their three-game losing streak that now places Temple at fifth in the conference. Addazio said team mistakes at inopportune times have cost Temple in its past three games and have contributed to the Owls’ inconsistency. “What’s happening is we’re playing explosive teams and we’re exchanging blows with those teams,” Addazio said. “It’s more about teaching guys how fragile it is. It might not seem like it, but when you go back and watch the tape, it’s a handful of plays, three on offense, three on defense, and all of a sudden the complexity of the game is different. We have to learn how to strain long enough to make those plays.” “It has a lot to do with depth and inexperienced guys getting a lot of playing time, but I think we’re on schedule,” Addazio added. “I don’t think we’re really far off. Losing three in a row, it’s not that I thought it couldn’t happen, of course I thought it could happen. But as a competitor, you don’t want to lose one let alone three in a row. Think big, focus small. That’s where I’m at right now. We have to focus small.” Temple’s game against Cincinnati is scheduled to kickoff at noon at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday. With the team’s current 11game schedule, the Owls will have to win out in order to become bowl eligible. Joey Cranney can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @joey_cranney.
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Revivitalized runners hit stride for Big East HISTORY PAGE 20 “If there wasn’t a cross country team, I probably wouldn’t have come,” Flynn said. For decades, Temple’s cross country program had a long and cherished history at the university competing in the Eastern Athletic Association. The late former coach Jack St. Clair spent 20 years with the team from 1963-83, including a 1965 season that featured a career-best 13-2 record. St. Clair also coached the men’s and women’s track & field teams and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1979. The Atlantic 10 Conference succeeded the EAA in 1982. The 1982 season featured the first-ever A-10 cross country championship meet, and it was hosted by Temple at Belmont Plateau, a course that St. Clair helped design. St. Clair retired in 1983, making way for his replacement, Chuck Alexander. Although Alexander would coach the track team until 1999, he would spend just three seasons coaching the cross country teams. In May 1985, the Board of Trustees voted and approved a proposal that would take away eight sports from varsity athletics: men’s cross country, fencing, swimming and wrestling in addition to women’s cross country, bowling, badminton and swimming. The cuts were led by then Athletic Director Charles Theokas in an effort to place more of an emphasis on club sports and to better meet
the student population’s recreational needs. “While we recognize that every sport is a key sport to its participants, we have to think of the 30,500 students who are not student athletes, and simply want to exercise, have pick-up games, engage in intramural activities and represent Temple in club sports without an athletic grant-in-aid,” Theokas said in a press release announcing the decision. As a result of the proposal, the track & field teams were forced to carry on without a cross country counterpart. For 20 seasons, the university kept the program out of its athletics department. Eight years ago, things began to change. Stefanie Scalessa became the first woman to serve as a head coach for a men’s sport in the then 110-year history of Temple athletics as she was hired to run both track & field teams in 2004. Around the same time, Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw began looking into the logistics involved in resurrecting the cross country program. “I talked to the director of admissions about it and he told me that there was a lot of interest when they went out and talked to prospective students for Temple about cross country for men and women,” Bradshaw said. “That sort of got it going and we investigated and did thorough research and found out that it was relatively inexpensive to just add men and women’s cross country to our already existing men’s and
women’s indoor and outdoor that was still in its infancy, Jeltrack programs.” ley was hesitant to take the gig Most universities that have and join Scalessa on the coachtrack & field programs also have ing staff. cross country teams because “I had a lot of people advishaving one greatly reduces the ing me,” Jelley said in August. costs associated with the other. “[They said], ‘Don’t take that “If you’re going to have a job. If you want to coach in Dicommitment to indoor and out- vision I, and if you want to get door track for men and women, to a good place, that’s going it really makes sense to also to be a career killer. You can’t have a men’s and women’s do it, because it’s impossible cross country program,” Brad- there.’” shaw said. “When I had arrived on “We went through the chan- campus, the best they had finnels with the administration and ished was second-last in the the Board of Trustees and the region,” Jelley said. “The best athletic comthey had ever finmittee of the ished in the cross board and came country A-10’s to various apwas 13th. They provals,” Bradhad never had a shaw added. distance runner “It was a relaover 1500 meters tively smooth score at the conprocess since ference meet.” we weren’t reScalessa really creating signed the folEric Mobley / coach or asking for a lowing spring new sport with having to hire after the conclusion of the outcoaches and pay those salaries, door track & field season, and add athletic grants or drop any was replaced by current head sports.” coach Eric Mobley. Bradshaw said Scalessa Building a program from “readily embraced” what end- the bottom up is difficult, Moed up being a third job for her bley said. and was instrumental in the “It’s very hard when you’re sport’s return to the university. starting a cross country proAlthough she was hired as the gram, because typically athletes coach for indoor track in the will go to a program because winter and outdoor track in the of the history of the program,” spring, she picked up the duties Mobley said. “If the history was of the cross country team for the in the ‘80s and ‘70s and before, 2005 and 2006 seasons when some of the newer student athTemple filled in its old spot in letes, they don’t know that histhe A-10. tory. So it takes a while – five, Matt Jelley succeeded Sca- six, seven years to really build lessa in 2007. For a program a program to where you want it
“It’s going to be
tough, but I think we’re moving in the right direction.
to be.” Mobley said having a cross country is useful in gaining competitive advantages in outdoor and indoor track. “It’s huge,” Mobley said. “If you look in the past toward some of the track & field programs, you gave up a lot of points by not having that distance area to focus on. So by having cross country it means you expand your track team that much more to be able to cover all of the event areas.” Jelley resigned in August, taking a job at Maryland. Mobley hired one of his former student-athletes from when he was an assistant at Akron, Adam Bray, as his new cross country coach. On Oct. 27, redshirt senior Travis Mahoney became the university’s first conference champion in cross country as he won the A-10 Championship and led the team to a fourth overall finish at Belmont Plateau. “It was very satisfying to see, in a relatively short period of time, that program coming from just beginning to being fourth in a very competitive division one conference,” Bradshaw said. “It’s always fantastic to have a relatively young program and to have a conference champion in cross country is very huge for the program,” Mobley said. “I think he’s still scratching the surface – maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself – but we’ve got big plans for him in the upcoming weeks.” Next year, the cross country
program will enter into a new era along with the other varsity sports at Temple, as it transitions into the Big East Conference. With the men’s team still relatively youthful, and the women’s team still struggling in A-10 play, the transition won’t be easy, Mobley said. “It’s going to be tough,” Mobley said. “Three out of the last four years on the women’s side, a Big East team has won the NCAA Championships. So, yeah, it’s going to be tough, but I think we’re moving in the right direction with coach Bray. He’s really out here recruiting hard and trying to make the program better.” “It’s definitely one of the best cross country conferences around,” Mobley added. “We’ve got our work cut out for us, but I think we’ve got some things in place to where we’re moving in the right direction.” Regardless of what the Big East will hold when Mobley and his athletes join the conference next season, there is one certainty that remains: Temple cross country will exist. And that, despite the program’s tumultuous road up to this point, is a whole lot more than what could be said just a few seasons ago. Avery Maehrer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @AveryMaehrer.
Defense-led Owls finish season outside of playoffs Women’s soccer fails to produce offense in 5-12-3 season. JOHN MURROW The Temple News Upon the beginning of the 2012 season, Temple knew it had a tough task at hand as the team had to fill in the offensive gap left behind from former captain and forward Niki Conn. In her four seasons with the Owls, Conn led the team each year in goals, points and shots. At the completion of her career in Fall 2011, Conn ranked second all-time with 27 goals and third all-time with 62 career points. Temple opened the 2012 season with the youngest roster in NCAA women’s soccer, as 15 freshmen joined the Owls in a youth movement coach Matt Gwilliam said he was excited for. With more than half of the squad beginning their collegiate careers, the team was unsure how quickly it would take to develop both trust and chemistry, redshirt-senior goalkeeper Tara Murphy said. “All season, it didn’t matter what class you were on this team,” Murphy said. “I was sur-
prised by how quickly we were able to work together and come together as a unit.” The Owls finished the 2012 season with a scoreless tie against city rival La Salle on Oct. 28, ending the season with a 5-12-3 record and placing 14th out of 16 teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Temple lost five matches in 2012 by a score of 1-0, and seven of the team’s 12 losses were settled by one goal. “No matter what the records may show, we played together and had fun doing it,” Murphy said. Although the team was recognized mainly for its strong defensive play in 2012, the Owls ranked No. 317 out of 321 teams in NCAA Division I women’s soccer in scoring offense, averaging .50 goals per match. “I was surprised with our inability to capitalize on chances this season,” Gwilliam said. “Sometimes, things just didn’t bounce our way offensively.” Temple finished the 2012 campaign with 10 goals. Freshman midfielder Paige Rachel, senior midfielder Jourdan Brill and senior midfielder Kate Yurkovic led the Owls with two goals each. “[Temple’s] defense re-
ally improved a lot this season,” Yurkovic said. “Last season, we didn’t score a lot and didn’t work well as a defensive unit either. This season, we were one of the better defensive teams in the nation.” The Owls finished the 2012 season ranked No. 101 out of 321 teams in goals-against average, allowing 22 goals in 20 matches. Temple allowed an average of 1.10 goals per match in 2012, after allowing an average of 2.56 goals per match in 2011. Between Murphy, senior goalkeeper Gillian Kacsuta and freshman goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff, Temple finished the season with seven shutouts and a .350 shutout percentage, which ranked No. 114 in the NCAA. Murphy started 10 matches for the Owls and allowed 14 goals and an average of 1.32 goals per match this season. Murphy recorded a team high 82 saves, recorded two shutouts, along with a save percentage of 0.854 while posting a record of 2-6-1 when in goal. “[Murphy] is a great teammate,” Kerkhoff said. “Every practice she helps me and there has never been a moment where she hasn’t offered to help. She has been an all around great leader and has been extra help-
ful to me on and off the field.” In her first collegiate season, Kerkhoff impressed as she recorded a shutout in her first collegiate start against Iona on Sept. 7. This season, Kerkhoff allowed eight goals and 0.81 goals per match. Kerkhoff saved 63 shots, recorded four shutouts and posted a save percentage of 0.887 with a record of 3-6-1. “[Kerkhoff] is an awesome player,” Murphy said. “She is a hard worker in everything that she does, open to coaching, very receptive to everything that I told her, and she will do great next season.” After transferring to Temple from Rhode Island in 2010, Murphy said a lot has changed in three seasons with the team. “Over the three years I have been with [Temple], the team has changed a lot in terms of work ethic,” Murphy said. “We have worked a lot harder as the years went on. We have worked together and made sure everyone was working on their fitness this year and even keeping up with school work.” The main goal for Temple in future seasons is to make postseason play, Gwilliam said. The last time the Owls were in the postseason was 1995, when the Owls competed in the A-10 tournament. They will not have
Temple finishes its season ranked No. 317 out of 321 Division I women’s soccer teams in scoring offense. | PAUL KLEIN TTN a chance to end their 17-year drought as they will be competing in the Big East Conference next season. Temple hasn’t posted a winning record since 2000. When the 2013 season begins, the Owls will be losing eight seniors from the 2012 roster. The young roster has the talent and the ability to fill the shoes of the seniors that will
not be back for another season, Gwilliam said. “We will miss not having the leadership aspect,” Gwilliam said. “The eight seniors had a drive to really help me change this program around and we will miss them being on board with the process.” John Murrow can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter@johnmurrow12.
Men’s soccer unphased by stiff playoff competition SOCCER PAGE 20 five teams that have beaten the Owls, Virginia Tech, Cal Poly, Cal State-Northridge, Villanova and Saint Louis, are a combined 56-31-6. The 10 teams the Owls have defeated are a combined 52-110-15. While VCU has not lost since Oct. 12, Temple will have no shortage of momentum and confidence heading into Thursday’s match either. The Owls have put up three straight shutouts heading into the postseason, thanks in part due to the recent stellar play of sophomore goalie Dan Scheck. Scheck, who was consid-
ered the team’s second option coming into the season, quietly worked hard in the offseason and has won over his coaches and teammates. Competing against junior goaltender and former starter Bobby Rosato, Scheck concluded the regular season with a .950 save percentage and a 0.27 goals against average in eight appearances. Rosato had a .750 save percentage and a 1.52 goals against average in 12 appearances. Scheck allowed two goals in 38 shots and registered five shutouts in eight starts. MacWilliams said he be-
lieves Scheck will receive the starting nod against VCU in the opening round. “[Scheck] has come in and done a tremendous job,” MacWilliams said. “Moving forward, he’ll probably start. We’ll evaluate that within the next few days, but that’s what it looks like.” Despite the stiff competition that lies ahead of them, the Owls’ new starting goaltender said she feels confident they can compete in the tournament regardless of who stands in their way. “It doesn’t matter who we
play right now,” Scheck said. “We’re on a three-game win streak. Our defense is playing really strong. Even the front guys are playing well. The team as a whole is just so strong right now. We’re going to give them a good game no matter what.” Senior midfielder Andrew Dodds said he hopes that his veteran presence can make a difference. Dodds, who scored the game-winner against St. Joseph’s Universtiy on Senior Day on Nov. 3, said he’ll be there to motivate an inexperienced Temple squad. “You just have to go in with
everything you got and hope for the best,” Dodds said. “I know we have a young team but the senior leadership and experience should be able to get them ready and excited for the game.” Like Scheck, Dodds said he believes the Owls are playing so well lately that going up against a nationally-ranked team doesn’t factor into his perspective on the first round match. “It’s a soccer game,” Dodds said. “It doesn’t matter what the rankings are. You have to play to win the game and anything can happen in the tournament.” In a tournament that con-
tains No. 17 Xavier, No. 21 Charlotte, a St. Louis team that was just recently ousted from the Top 25 and a Dayton squad that battled Xavier to a draw, there will be no easy games in what will be the Owls’ last A-10 tournament before moving to the Big East Conference in 2013. Tyler Sablich can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @TySablich.
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LONG DISTANCE RUNAROUND The cross country teams are ready for their Big East move after 19 years of extinction.
AVERY MAEHRER The Temple News
hen it came time for freshman Steve Flynn to make a decision on where he would spend his collegiate running career, Temple was at the top of his list. “Temple was my best option,” Flynn said. “I thought it would be a place where it would have a better and more personalized training, and one where I’d be able to have a connection with my coach. The team has more quality, and I was getting good money here, so I thought it would be a great opportunity.” As little as eight years ago, however, Temple wouldn’t have been on Flynn’s radar. The cross country program was still rooted in extinction, having been eliminated by the university after the 1985 season.
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Quarterback may not change despite turnovers Temple will evaluate play at quarterback this week. JOEY CRANNEY Sports Editor Despite a deFOOTBALL cline in production in the past four games, redshirt-junior quarterback Chris Coyer still gives Temple (3-5, 2-3) its best chance to win, coach Steve Addazio told reporters after the football team’s 45-17 loss to
No. 11 Louisville on Nov. 3. Addazio played Coyer and junior quarterbacks Clinton “Juice” Granger and Kevin Newsome in the loss, the third consecutive game that Coyer was pulled. Coyer went 2-for8 passing for 20 yards and lost two fumbles against Louisville before Granger came in for the first drive of the fourth quarter. Addazio will continue to evaluate quarterbacks this week and didn’t name a starter for Saturday’s game against Cincinnati (6-2, 2-1), he said during a Big East Conference telecon-
ference yesterday, Nov. 5. “I’m trying to look at the body of work,” Addazio said. “I thought [Coyer] played really well in that game until he turned it over. I don’t want to minimize that, but up to that point he had probably played one of his best games. I liked his leadership and his energy.” In the team’s first four games, three of which came against unranked, out-of-conference opponents, Coyer had an average passer rating of 134.7. He completed 55 percent of his passes, averaged 117
yards per game and threw five touchdowns. In the past four games against Big East Conference opponents, Coyer has had an average passer rating of 91.7. His completion percentage is down, his average passing per game has dropped to 90 yards and he has passed for three touchdowns. Coyer has also turned the ball over at a much higher rate recently. In his first four games, he threw two interceptions and lost one fumble. However, Coyer threw interceptions in back-
to-back games against Connecticut and Rutgers and has lost four fumbles in his last four games. “I can’t stand for turnovers,” Addazio said. “They’ve creeped up on us, but I have to look at the body of work and see who gives the team the best opportunity to win, and that’s really what it’s all about. We’re working, [Coyer], [Granger] and [Newsome] are developing and we’ll see how that plays out on Saturday.” Cincinnati is undergoing a similar controversy at quar-
terback after Bearcats’ junior quarterback Munchie Legaux was benched during the team’s most recent game against Syracuse on Nov. 3. Senior quarterback Brendon Kay came off the bench in the third quarter and led Cincinnati to a come-frombehind victory. Addazio said the team’s preparation won’t change despite its opponent’s uncertainty at quarterback. “I think you prepare just like you’re going to prepare,”
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Hockey emphasizes health Graduate assistant oversees ice hockey health and safety. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News
The field hockey team finished with its best record since 2007. | MAGGIE TRAPANI TTN
Early exit ends season Field hockey is ousted from A-10 playoffs. COLIN TANSITS The Temple News FIELD HOCKEY After the final whistle blew on senior Katie Briglia’s season during the field hockey team’s 5-2 loss to Massachusetts in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships on Nov. 2, she said more good than bad came out of the year. “We accomplished a lot with this team,” Briglia said. “We reached a lot of the goals that we set out for ourselves at the beginning of the season, and I think we came up short on
winning the A-10, but overall we did get a lot accomplished.” With a 12-9 record, the 2012 season proved to be one of the program’s best years under coach Amanda Janney. Since 1992, the field hockey team has had three seasons with 12 or more wins and all three years Janney was the coach. The 12-win total from this season was the most since 2007 when the Owls went 15-6. “Even though we faced a lot of Top 20 teams, we felt like we needed to have a winning record,” Janney said. “It’s something that has eluded us in the past, and it was a huge team goal for us this year.” But having a winning record would be tough with a schedule that had Temple facing seven teams ranked in the Top
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20 nationally. There to answer any doubts Janney had about having a winning season was sophomore forward Amber Youtz. As of Oct. 29, Youtz led her team and conference with 21 goals, ranking sixth in NCAA Division I with 1.05 goals per game, and her team and conference best 52 total points ranked seventh in the nation with 2.60 points per game. “We knew [Youtz] had the talent to be a great scorer and a good leader on our offense,” Janney said. “But we didn’t know if it would be until [Youtz’s] senior year when she would really have that break out year.” When she scored two goals
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Alyssa Davis ICE HOCKEY said she didn’t know what to expect when she attended her first Temple ice hockey game as the team’s trainer. “The first ice hockey game, I was really unprepared,” Davis said. “I didn’t take ice bags because I thought, ‘They’re hockey players, they’re not going to want ice.’ And I was just bombarded with guys saying ‘Can you tape this?’ That was a little shocking.” Davis is this year’s Cam-
pus Recreation graduate extern, specializing in athletic training. Davis, the first graduate extern hired by Campus Recreation, oversees all of Temple’s 27 club sports, as well as the rugby sevens squad. It is the first time Campus Recreation has hired an athletic trainer to tend to club members to go along with the Emergency Medical Technician group on-hand for games. The job entails attending both men’s and women’s rugby practices and games, and practices for ice hockey, Davis said. She also accommodates student athletes of all club sports at the university, working in treatment and rehabilitation. Davis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in athletic
training at the University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh’s lack of a strong graduate program led Davis to look at other schools in order to pursue her studies in the sports medicine field. “[Pittsburgh] has club sports, but they don’t have athletic trainers covering them,” Davis said. “They push [club athletes] toward student health and I didn’t really like that. I liked the idea that I would have this opportunity and actually be involved here.” Campus Recreation also added four athletic trainers to work under Davis to help oversee games for club soccer, baseball and lacrosse, among others. Junior ice hockey player
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Soccer playoff match-up set Men’s soccer faces VCU in A-10 playoff opening round. TYLER SABLICH The Temple News SOCCER If the level of MEN’S competition the men’s soccer team has had success against in 2012 is any indication, the Owls may have their hands full in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament. Fifth-seeded Temple faces fourth-seeded Virginia Com-
INOFFENSIVE SEASON, p. 19 The women’s soccer team’s offensive woes doomed the Owls in their 5-12-3 season.
monwealth University, ranked No. 19 nationally, on Thursday, Nov. 8 in Charlotte, N.C. The Rams come into postseason play with a 10-2-5 overall record and an in-conference record of 6-1-2. VCU is unbeaten in its last six games, going 4-0-2 in that span. The Rams’ most notable wins this season came against No. 17 Xavier and No. 21 Charlotte. VCU is led by junior forward Jason Johnson, who had 32 points – 13 goals, 6 assists – in the regular season. “Every team in the tourna-
ment is a quality team,” coach Dave MacWilliams said. “We have our hands full but I think the guys are going to be up for the challenge.” Although Temple will bring a 10-5-3 overall record and an in-conference record of 6-1-2 into the tournament, the Owls have struggled to beat teams with a record above .500 this season. Of the 10 teams Temple beat in the regular season, the only one to finish above .500 was La Salle (10-6-3). The
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