SPORTS The conflict in Israel has affected Owls playing basketball at home and overseas.
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Temple’s theater department takes on black comedy in its final show of the semester.
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Kim Fuellenbach argues international students hit a wall when interacting with U.S. peers.
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A city arts program makes the most of trash through recycling and Dumpster-diving.
Disability Resources official moves to community college During her 17 years at Temple, Associate Director of Disability Resources and Services Wendy Kohler has promoted a belief that there’s “not one size that fits all when it comes to
Salon set to debut on TV Reality show, episode to feature Mecca Unisex Hair Salon.
During her time, she has helped many CCP transfer students adjust to Temple. She said she enjoys the high level of energy and the dynamic environment Temple students bring into her office, but she also sees the same characteristics in CCP students. “[There’s a] heightened energy level at Temple and I have the same feeling at CCP,” Kohler said. Kohler said she always
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individual’s problems, she said she would try to accommodate the needs of the students so that they enter a system and said Disability Resources and Services staff are basically “working themselves out of their own jobs” so they won’t be needed in the future. During her time at Temple, Kohler worked with the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, which supports Temple with scholarships for students
THE COST OF INTERNS According to a National Association of Colleges and Employees survey of 20,000 graduating seniors from the class of 2011, 52.5 percent reported working internships during their college careers...
LAURA DETTER The Temple News Mecca Unisex Hair Salon, located in Progress Plaza just south of Main Campus, is preparing to be cast as the subject of a new reality show and will also be featured in an episode of MTV’s “Made.” The salon, which has been part of the Temple community for more than 15 years, will soon have its very own reality show, produced by ADR Productions. ADR producer Robin Flak started pre-production interviewing and filming at the salon less than four months ago, but has yet to formulate the premise of the show. “As of now we don’t have the information of what the story is and an actual formula, but once we find out overall what Mecca is working toward, that will be the formula and every episode will highlight that,” Flak said. Mecca owner Henry Collins approached Flak about the show and ADR jumped on board because of the potential story line. “I think a lot of times you have people who watch reality TV to either really want to be
found the interaction with Temple students mutually inspiring and beneficial. In her position at Disability Resources and Services, she said she was able to combine her qualification as a school psychologist as well as knowledge gained as a residential director at Peabody Hall. Kohler said her main goal was to make Temple a more accessible environment for all students. Rather than attempting to work directly toward an
52.5% 47.5% Worked internships during college
Didn’t work internships during college
...of those, 52 percent were paid.
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learning.” Kohler will take that belief with her to her new job at the Community College of Philadelphia. Kohler, who has also worked in Residential Life during her time at Temple, recently accepted the position of director of the Center on Disability at CCP and will spend her last day at Temple today, Nov. 27. “I will miss Temple tremendously,” Kohler said. “It wasn’t easy [deciding to leave].”
Wendy Kohler’s last day at Temple will be today, Nov. 27.
Of that 52 percent, 61 percent had job offers after graduation.
Of that 48 percent, 38 percent had job offers after graduation.
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Internship programs are a necessary, but questioned, system. JOHN MORITZ The Temple News
n the most recent jobs report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics before the 2012 presidential election, the unemployment rate inched up, from 7.8 to 7.9
percent. In 2010 and 2011, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that the average price for a four-year institution of higher education cost a student $22,092, a more than $9,000 increase from a decade earlier when adjusted for inflation. Still, another study by Rutgers University’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development in 2011 showed that 62 percent of college grad-
uates working a job that did not require an undergraduate degree said they would need more education to further their careers. In the midst of a shrinking economy and rising costs of education, the ability of all students to further their education through internships has been the subject of numerous reports, which aim to discover how students can become disadvantaged in a smaller job
market. According to a National Association of Colleges and Employers survey of 20,000 graduating seniors from the class of 2011, 52.5 percent reported working internships during their college careers, of those, 52 percent were paid. According to the survey, 61 percent of students working paid internships in the for-profit sector had job offers at the
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with disabilities. The endowment has awarded Temple $1.1 million since 1981, which is used for scholarships and a fund endowment, according to Disability Resources and Services’ website. Thomas Wilfrid, the executive director of the Newcombe Foundation, said Kohler stands out among the administrators dealing with disability issues. “In my five years of ex-
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Lab hosts disorder research Grant allows researchers to study cerebral palsy. LAURA ORDONEZ The Temple News For Stephanie Gill, a 27-year-old online entrepreneur with cerebral palsy, walking down the street from her home in Las Vegas sometimes feels like standing on a cliff edge, at which point her only goal is to not fall. Every step is a conscious effort to stay balanced. The postural strategies she developed during the years, like seesawing from side to side or walking up on her toes, allow her to survive the jammed streets of her city. Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder in which the brain does not send the right signals to the muscles. This disorder, which causes movement problems, is the result of abnormalities in the developing brain before birth and early childhood. Gill has mastered balance, but hasn’t gained much knowledge about her condition. “Even if it was severe, how would I know?” Gill said. “Not to pull a Lady Gaga but I was born this way.” In early October, Gill flew from Las Vegas to Philadelphia to participate in a research
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University-owned properties to be assessed Officials plan to find out which buildings they should utilize. CINDY STANSBURY The Temple News Since Temple’s founding, it has been purchasing properties to expand its footprint in North Philadelphia. Temple has changed greatly during its existence, but this tradition of expansion has not, particularly on North Broad Street. Various buildings spanning from 1500 block to the 2100 block of North Broad Street have been purchased by the uni-
versity during a period lasting four decades, said Senior Vice President for Construction, Facilities and Management James Creedon. These properties include the building that housed the now-defunct Temple Garden, purchased by the university in August, and the Alfred E. Burk Mansion, bought in 1970 according to the Office of Property Assessment, on the 1500 block. The university does not own the properties housing Zavelle Bookstore, the Rite Aid or The Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Temple officials said no plan has been made as of yet to utilize the properties differently, said Richard Rumer, associate
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vice president for business services. “We have a plan to make a plan,” Creedon said. “We have an awful lot of holdings and we need take a look at them and put more focus on them.” Creedon said this process is a cycle that Temple has participated in since its founding, and the university has been acquiring properties for years. Creedon cited plans to use the Burk Mansion at 1500 N. Broad St. as a potential honors college that never came to fruition. Plans need to be made to make use of such forgotten properties, he said. Creedon said that while no The Burk Mansion is one of a number of properties the university owns on North Broad Street. Temple plans to assess these properties for development. | CHARLES HADDAWAY TTN PROPERTY PAGE 2
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Episode of ‘Made’ to feature salon MTV PAGE 1 like someone or to really not want to be someone,” Flak said. “I think what I really want to do with the show is to show that there still is humanity in these places and that people don’t need to be impressed by drunk drama to have the incentive to watch the show.” Through pictures kept on his phone, Collins shows off celebrity regulars at Mecca including Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, Mayor Michael Nutter and NBA coach Avery Johnson, while boasting that the salon has an atmosphere that he is proud of. “If the TV executives and camera people think it is worth their while to come in here and film, then [evidently] they see something interesting going on,” Collins said. “I feel good about knowing maybe we do have something unique going on here in the shop.” The salon moved from 15th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue to Progress Plaza on July 1 to acquire more space. The salon has a long connection with Temple – Collins estimates that
more than 100 students stop in his shop on a weekly basis. Flak said he recognizes that Temple can be an advantageous aspect of the show, but did not consider Temple when he chose to film it. However, Flak said, he is reaching out to university students. “I am trying to get kids who are starting in screenwriting and film involved in this now because I think a lot of times people go through four years of college never doing anything really concrete, but I’m trying to give people an awesome and unique experience,” Flak said. As of right now, Flak said he and his crew are unsure if ADR will shoot the entire show or sell it to a network. Therefore, Flak said he is uncomfortable predicting an air date. Mecca will also be featured in MTV’s “Made” series with Derek Frazier, the youngest son of legendary boxer Joe Frazier. After his father’s death in November 2011, Frazier decided to honor his late father by training and stepping into the boxing ring for the first time.
Female student dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound just before the holiday. SEAN CARLIN News Editor
Yusef Beatty, 33, works as a stylist at Mecca Unisex Hair Salon. The salon will be the subject of two MTV reality television shows in the coming months. | ABI REIMOLD TTN The MTV episode follows Frazier’s journey and is set to air next month. “They knew I was his barber, so they incorporated us into
the show,” Collins said. “We walked him into the ring when he did his first fight.” Mecca plans to keep its regular business hours while
filming the reality show. Laura Detter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Abi Reimold contributed to this report.
Facilities replaces tables in front of vendors Workers began installing the tables earlier this month. MARY KATE ALLISON The Temple News In a move to brighten the area around the food vendors on 12th Street between Polett Walk and Montgomery Avenue, workers have began installing new picnic tables, and getting rid of the old seating arrangements. Carpentry Supervisor Don Kirk said the new picnic tables are being put in place as part of a project to update outdated public locations throughout Main Campus. “This change has been long overdue, the picnic tables at the food court were very old and the new ones will be a great improvement,” Kirk said. “All
Senior advertising major Mike Negri, 23, eats at the new picnic tables.| ABI REIMOLD TTN the changes we’ve been making around campus will improve Temple’s appearance.” Some of the vendors sounded excited for the change, although they said Temple didn’t ask their opinion before
the tables were installed. “I appreciate the improved picnic tables. However, it’s really up to the students to decide whether they like them or not,” Richie Jr. of Richie’s Deli said. “Temple Facilities Man-
agement didn’t do a survey of the students, even though the students’ reactions are the ones that matter. The food stand owners weren’t asked by Temple if we wanted new picnic tables, even though I do think
said. These properties will be evaluated for conditions and safety, Creedon said. “What we’re going to be looking at over the next year is ‘What is our overall strategy from 1500 [block] all the way up to 2100 [block]? What is it that we want to acquire, what is it that we want to sell?’”
Creedon said. Creedon added that the university has also hired Michael Salove Company to find “commercial real estate opportunities for Temple.” The main focus would be on renting the retail space created as part of the Pearson-McGonigle Hall renovation, space in Morgan Hall and the parking
garage at 10th Street and Montgomery Avenue, he said. “They have worked with Penn and Drexel and we hope they can help us land some interesting tenants,” Creedon said in an email. Creedon said he remains confident that plans will eventually come to light, but the university is still at a preliminary
that it’s a good change.” Kirk said that officials have received a generally positive reaction from the implementation of the tables. “We’ve been getting a good reaction in regards to replacing the tables,” Kirk said. “The previous tables were very old and worn out. They’d been due for replacement for a while.” The project will cost $84,000 and will be completed in the coming weeks, said Senior Vice President for Construction, Facilities and Management James Creedon. The old benches will be recycled as scrap metal, Creedon said. Mary Kate Allison can be reached at email@example.com. Sean Carlin contributed to this report.
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action stage. “We want to do an assessment of everything that we own,” he said. Cindy Stansbury can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sean Carlin contributed to this report.
Kohler ends 17-year stint at Temple KOHLER PAGE 1 perience administering annual scholarship grants to more than 40 colleges and universities,” Wilfrid said in an email. “Wendy Kohler stands out as a thoughtful, caring administrator whose insights have helped Temple improve its office of Disability Resources and Services and also helped the Newcombe Foundation improve its Newcombe Scholarships for Students with Disabilities program.” Wilfrid recalled that in 2008, the foundation asked eight colleges where they provide scholarships and asked how the foundation could adjust to allow university staff to do their jobs better. “[Kohler] and her Temple colleagues had the courage to respond honestly, explaining
how some of our guidelines were mismatched to student needs and how alternate guidelines would help them improve services,” Wilfrid said. “After we bounced Temple’s ideas off the other institutions in our program, our Foundation’s Trustees approved changes to their policy, which have now been in effect for several years.” When Kohler leaves, Disability Resources and Services will go into a transitional phase and she is convinced that, “everything will be covered.” A replacement for her position has not yet been named. Kim Fuellenbach can be reached at email@example.com.
Few facts released in believed suicide
A female student is dead after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Nov. 20. Temple police responded to the Liacouras Center garage around 5:20 p.m. and found a female student with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on the fourth floor. Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the student was pronounced dead at the scene and police recovered a gun. A TU Alert was issued at 6:03 p.m., and a follow-up alert was sent at 6:29 p.m. with additional information. Acting President Richard Englert sent an email to the Temple community the day after and said the university is not releasing the name of the student out of respect for her family. “This is a terrible tragedy for all involved and most especially for the immediate family and loved ones of the deceased,” Englert said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the student’s family members, friends and all those affected by this tragedy. While we can never adequately explain why these things happen, we can support each other through the loss.” Englert added at the end of the email that Tuttleman Counseling Services would be available to help anyone affected or “personally touched” by the incident. Sean Carlin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.
HELP IS HERE. In light of this incident, The Temple News reminds its readers of the facts surrounding suicide and ways to receive help. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, suicide is the secondleading cause of death among college-aged people in the country. Anyone in need of help should not hesitate to contact the many resources available: •Tuttleman Counseling Services is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The office accepts walk-in appointments and offers confidential meetings. •Counselors can be reached at 215-204-7276. •The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be contacted at 1-800-273TALK.
Wendy Kohler sits in her office. Her last day at Temple is today, Nov. 27, before she moves to the Community College of Philadelphia. | SAM LEVINE TTN
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For-profits face suits from unpaid interns INTERN PAGE 1 time of their graduation, compared to 38 percent of students who worked unpaid internships and one third of students who had no internship experience. In addition, among the 50,000 total students surveyed, those who worked paid internships were more likely to spend their time working on professional tasks. No government or private organization accurately tracks the exact number of paid and unpaid internships, although some studies have reported a rise in unpaid internships in recent years. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, unpaid interns in the for-profit sector are individuals not considered employees by meeting six criteria outlined by the FLSA, according to the Department of Labor. Under the FLSA criteria, an unpaid internship must be given for intern’s educational advantage where the employer does not benefit from the intern’s labor. The intern must not replace regular employees, and the intern is not necessarily guaranteed a job when the internship ends. The intern and the employer must also understand that the internship is not paid. Between September 2011 and March 2012, the New York law firm Outten and Golden LLP, filed three class action
lawsuits against the Hearst Corporation, Fox Searchlight Pictures and “Charlie Rose” on the behalf of separate clients who all worked as unpaid interns in accused violation of the FLSA standards. Outten and Golden own a website titled unpaidinternslawsuit.com, where it advertises seeking potential clients who have worked as unpaid interns for Fox Searchlight, Hearst, or “Charlie Rose” to join their cases. Elizabeth Wagoner, an employment attorney for Outten and Golden who has worked on the cases, said that corporations often defend their case by claiming that they are “training programs” – an exception that has been upheld by the Supreme Court. Wagoner said that while such exceptions have been upheld, if interns are performing work benefiting the company, legally they should be considered employees and paid as such. On the website dedicated to the lawsuits, the firm states that the practice of unpaid internships “curtails opportunities for employment, fosters class divisions between those who can afford to work for no wage and those who cannot, and indirectly contributes to rising unemployment.” “The only people who will be able to work these professions will be those who can af-
ford to work for free,” Wagoner said. According to a 2012 NACE survey of employers, those surveyed said they planned on increasing summer intern positions by an average of 8.5 percent, most of which would be paid. At Resources for Human Development Inc., a Philadelphia based non-profit specializing in social services, Human Resource Director Roger Lenz helps oversee a paid internship program that hires students from nearby colleges and universities to work paid internships conducting research and shadowing employees in fields like political advocacy and children’s services. During their internships, students are paid a $750 stipend per semester, mostly to pay for commuting costs, Lenz said. “We wish it could be more, but that’s all we can afford,” Lenz said. “We would feel guilty if they didn’t make any money at all for this experience.” Lenz said that while he has never hired unpaid interns, he believes students generally have a desire to work hard regardless of how they are paid, but some students may be disadvantaged by financial constraints. “I think that if it was not a paid internship...it would maybe discriminate against people at lower socioeconomic levels,”
Lenz said. “We believe that there is kind of a two-way relationship here that advantages both sides, we do get their innovation and we get their energy and we get their youth which really helps us,” Lenz added. “At the same time, they’re getting valuable additions to their résumé that could give them a competitive edge when they are ready to go out into the workplace.” Allison Berger, a senior psychology major, completed a paid internship through Disney, where she worked at a restaurant in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Paid hourly for her work as a server, Berger also received lodging at the park, which was deducted from her paycheck. “I started the internship not really knowing what I wanted to do with my life,” Berger said. “That kind of led me to where I am now, and I really like the service industry.” While at Disney, Berger said, she was able to take a leadership class, and other students had the option of taking marketing classes in networking and résumé building for a small fee. In addition, Berger said Disney offered team building exercises, volunteer opportunities and extensive training for the internship job, which she said later helped her career opportunities in subsequent restaurant jobs.
“I was hired just because I was trained in the Disney-way,” Berger said. Berger said she received two premiums while working at Disney, and that the compensation affected her ability to work the internship. “I probably wouldn’t have done it if it weren’t compensated because I wouldn’t have had a way to pay for my housing or pay for my food every week,” Berger said. “Definitely knowing in the back of my head that I was getting paid...on those bad days it was kind of easier to justify going into work.” While sophomore entrepreneurship major Jason Gelman said he would have taken any internship to help gain real work experience, the internship he landed at Temple Apartments gave him a special company experience – so much so that he renamed the business. Gelman said he was hired to what was then called Temple Apartments this semester after competing for a marketing internship he saw posted on Craigslist. Gelman and one other intern were put in charge of helping two landlords market and sell leases to houses they own in the streets around Temple. For their work, Gelman and his partner both received $700 commissions on the houses they leased. In addition, Gelman and his partner set up a Facebook page for the company and developed
a new title: Urban Life Management. “They said we could control the entire aspect of the business, they own the the properties so they want someone to go out and market them and sell them,” Gelman said. “I really thought it would be beneficial because I’m an entrepreneurship major.” “It’s all on us, we’re getting what we put into it,” Gelman said about the commissions. “[Being able to work a paid internship] gives you a different outlook, you’re working to the full extent and in the future... that would definitely make it easier going into a job knowing that I’ve been on a personal level with a company.” For employers like Lenz, applicants for entry-level positions that have internship experience are at a definite advantage in the hiring process. Lenz also said the connections interns build with the company are a major factor that help them to later get hired over other applicants. “The one thing that is very difficult to understand from someone’s history is how are they going to work not just in this job, but how are they going to do in our [company’s] culture, it’s a big intangible,” Lenz said. John Moritz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.
Officials mark beginning of construction on residence hall The $100 million project is run by the Goldenberg Group and a local church. SEAN CARLIN News Editor
The VEPO lab at Pearson Hall is host to a research study on cerebral palsy. It allows researchers to study how individuals respond to balance challenges.| LAURA ORDONEZ TTN
VEPO lab receives 4-year grant for disorder study THERAPY PAGE 1 study, conducted in the Virtual Environment and Postural Orientation lab at Temple, which explores how individuals with the disorder respond to balance challenges. “There aren’t a lot of physicians or researchers who are really asking questions about why adults with CP have these problems, or how to alleviate them,” Elizabeth Thompson, a neurological physical therapist and researcher in the study, said. Gill saw her participation in the study as an opportunity to improve her body knowledge. For this, researchers at Temple devised a virtual environment and moving platforms in the VEPO lab to challenge Gill’s balance. First, Gill wore 3-D glasses, a safety harness and bulblike sensors to track her muscle activity as she stood within the “cave,” a three-wall virtual environment. Gill’s field vision was fully covered by the scene of a spinning room while the ground beneath her feet wobbled. “The virtual environment wasn’t as intimidating as I thought,” Gill said. Then she stood on a Wii
balance board connected to a television that detects leaning and shifting in posture. In both instances, Gill felt like walking on the uneven surfaces of Las Vegas. Once again she struggled to keep her balance even though the risk of falling during the study was very minimal. “The platforms weren’t slowly moving at all,” Gill said. “Our ability to learn about this process is a little complicated by the fact that each person has very different types of muscle tightness or spasticity, very different levels of muscle strength or weakness,” Thompson said. “These factors seem to have a significant effect on how difficult it is to stay balanced.” The VEPO lab, located in Pearson Hall, received a grant for four years from the National Institutes of Health to fund the balance study. Dr. Richard Lauer and Dr. Carole Tucker are in charge of the study that began April 2012. “We’re hoping to understand more about how balance and posture are processed differently in a person’s brain when they have CP, and to use that information to improve
physical therapy for people with CP,” Thompson said. All participants are compensated $25 upon completion of the two-hour study and reimbursed for transportation expenses. “I just knew this was something I was going to do,” Gill said. “Plus, I love traveling.” “I’m incredibly grateful to the participants,” Thompson said. “We have a lot of conversations with the adults with CP, asking them about their everyday lives and how they feel like their health changes as they get older.” Thompson said all participants have been enthusiastic about the research project. They gave researchers feedback on what movements and activities are hard for them as well as new ideas for future studies, she said. Back in Las Vegas, Gill awaits for the results of her test as she continues with her everyday movement challenges, none of which had prevented her from finishing her contract work with Microsoft. Laura Ordonez can be reached at email@example.com.
screen televisions. The first floor contains 11,000 square feet of retail space, while the top floor will have a club lounge. There will also be 80 on-site parking spots for the residence. The group was awarded a $6 million Redevelopment As-
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Officials broke ground on a $100 million student residence project on the grounds of the former John Wanamaker School at 12th Street and Montgomery Avenue on Nov. 19. The 14-story, 832-bed facility began construction and will be completed for Fall 2014. “We are confident that this new complex will fill a critical need for secure, stylish, and affordable residences for Temple University students,” said Ken Goldenberg, president and CEO of the Goldenberg Group, in a press release. “The Goldenberg Group’s strong track record of completing developments that have transformed neighborhoods and changed lives supports this vision.” The site was bought by the Goldenberg Group and Bridge of Hope Community Development Corporation – a branch of Bright Hope Baptist Church – in 2008 for $10.75 million from the Philadelphia School District. The residence will house 238 studio, one and two bedroom apartments on floors two through 13, furnished with flat-
Officials broke ground Monday, Nov. 19, on a student residence project at 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. It is set to be completed in Fall 2014. | COURTESY GOLDENBERG GROUP
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ating back more than 50 years, Temple has been acquiring property near Main Campus, particularly on North Broad Street. While much of that area has been developed in recent years with the construction of the Liacouras Center and the renovation of Pearson and McGonigle halls, the 1500 block – most of which was acquired during the last couple of years – has not yet been the recipient of major alterations. Facilities officials have said that there is a plan to look at the university’s holdings on Broad Street during the next year to decide what to do with its vast array of properties. While it’s encouraging that the university is going to decide what to do with its holdings, plans should have been in place when the properties were acquired. Instead, some properties like 1524 N. Broad St., which used to house Temple Garden, sit vacant. The university needs
nternships have grown to be synonymous with the collegiate experience. They are a source of conversations, summer plans and even newspaper columns. Their influence has become even more prominent in these troubling economic times, as they can provide soon-to-be job seekers a way to wedge themselves into the minds – and hopefully payrolls – of employers. The intentions of these students is warranted as evidenced by a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which revealed that 61.2 percent of paid interns working in for-profit sector positions received job offers at graduation, compared to just 33 percent who did not have any internships. The survey and other internship-related statistics are reported on in greater detail by John Moritz on P. 1. What is troubling is that the percentage of unpaid interns who received job offers upon graduation was 38 percent, only 5 percentage points greater than those lacking any internship experiences and training. This further increases the competition for paid internships. Not everyone can receive one of these most desirable positions, but not everyone can
Temple’s recent property acquisitions should have come with concrete plans. to determine what it can do to utilize such holdings, or sell them if they are not being used. At least one plan was announced publicly on the Facilities Management website to create an Honors College on the site of the Burk Mansion at 1500 N. Broad St. But that plan – which still is on the website – seems to have fallen through. The Temple News applauds the university’s work in the management of its new retail space created by the renovations of Pearson and McGonigle halls, Morgan Hall and the parking garage at 10th Street and Montgomery Avenue. By hiring a firm to assess how it can move forward in deciding how to rent out this space, the university shows that it’s committed to making the most out of its new properties. But the university’s lackadaisical attitude toward the 1500 block properties is troubling.
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Unpaid internships are a luxury many students simply cannot afford. tolerate the circumstances of an unpaid internship. To reiterate, the present economic situation this country faces is dire. In lieu of a paid internship, the 5-percentage-point enhancement of employment odds an unpaid position can supply certainly is desirable. But many do not enjoy the type of fiscal security necessary to accept an unpaid internship. Because of this, unpaid internships function essentially as forms of workplace discrimination, relegating the cash-strapped to mere onlookers. The Temple News understands that some students have few, if any, paid internship opportunities available and must decide between full-time employment and a full-time unpaid internship. Such students are encouraged to carefully evaluate their available prospects and decide what suits their best interests both in the present and the years beyond, when they leave Temple’s nest. The Temple News would also like to encourage students to look out for exploitative practices in any unpaid internships they may accept. If you are contributing work that is helping your employer profit, you deserve to be compensated for it.
Billy Dufala, of the Recycled Artist-in-Residency program, explains recycling at Revolution Recovery.| ABI REIMOLD TTN
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Pop culture piracy harms consumers OPINION
B JERRY IANNELLI
Iannelli argues that illegal downloading is crippling the economy.
ecause I am a nerd, I gleefully spent the past month following our dear nation’s election season roughly as close as retirees follow baseball, and it stunned me that absolutely nobody brought up the future of illegal downloading in America at any point. If you care about art whatsoever, the future of intellectual property rights is the most important thing that affects your future, whether you realize it or not. Illegal downloads are the reason that Pink’s new song sounds like Rihanna’s new song which sounds like Ke$ha’s new song which sounds a lot like “Gangnam Style.” Bootleg movie files have now forced Denzel Washington to keep making movies about safely stopping various forms of travel. Our generation has absolutely crippled a huge American industry, and if our reelected president isn’t going to discuss it, I sure as hell will. The basic argument for the legality of free music and movies tends to go as such: “Taylor Swift doesn’t need my $10. She’s loaded. Downloading ‘The Avengers’ isn’t going to put Robert Downey Jr. out of a home. That movie literally made $1 billion.” I cannot argue with these
statements. At the top end of the entertainment industry, things sure seem to be booming at Industrial Revolution-era rates. T-Swift’s “Red” recently went platinum in one week. Adele has enough cash laying around from the 10-million-plus copies that “21” sold to swim daily in gold coins, Scrooge McDuck-style. Nine of the Top 10 highestgrossing films of all time came out in the past 10 years, despite rampant online bootlegging. Do not let these figures fool you. We are destroying entertainment from the ground up. As record companies and film distributors lose cash, they begin to rely more and more on gigantic, blockbuster successes to stay in business. The billion that Warner Bros. just made off of “The Dark Knight Rises” sure was wonderful, but in today’s economy, those profits represent a dangerously large portion of their total income for the year. Increasingly, movie studios have needed to bank on two or three massive, guaranteed bestsellers like “Avatar” in order to stay in business, rather than a string of smaller, more creative successes. Distributors can no longer take on a risky indie flick, due to the fact that one bomb at the box office could force them to slash entire departments of honest people. Good luck pitching a
film like “Juno” to 20th Century Fox in today’s world. Likewise, where record companies used to be able to bank on multiple platinum records per year to stay afloat, most are lucky if they get a small handful in 2012. Labels are increasingly pumping promotional money into identical shlock like Flo-Rida and LMFAO, rather than critically groundbreaking artists like Frank Ocean or Kendrick Lamar, because Flo-Rida’s fans actually buy his music. In May, a group of Spanish scientists published an article in Nature, a science journal, entitled “Measuring the Evolution of Contemporary Western Popular Music,” which proved that the past decade contained the most sonically similar pop songs in history. Put simply: this is bad and entirely our fault. You know who else you’re hurting when you steal music and movies online? Your own friends. Major labels cannot afford to pump money into unsigned acts anymore, and the indie labels that would sign amateur college bands are vanishing faster than Marty McFly in “Back to the Future.” Film producers cannot gamble and hire inexperienced kids out of college anymore. Your free copy of “Moonrise Kingdom” might have just prevented your film-
major friends from paying their student loans. Case in point: I came across an interview in New York Magazine with one of my favorite bands, Grizzly Bear, from Sept. 30. It was titled “Music’s New Math.” The article floored me. Despite the fact that the band is unquestionably one of the most popular and critically adored rock groups inhabiting the nearest planets in our solar system, multiple band members still cannot afford health insurance. The band’s past two albums entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 8 and No. 7 respectively. Just 20 years ago, this would have afforded the band enough financial freedom to possibly tour the world in a private jet with a fully-functioning Dairy Queen taking up the plane’s last six rows. Today, the band’s success has yet to allow lead singer Ed Droste to move out of his 450 square-foot apartment in New York. So the next time you attempt to torrent that new album from that really popular indie band you like, please take the time to consider that it may quite literally be killing them.
Jerry Iannelli can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @jerryiannelli.
Block relationships essential to safety
W ZACK SCOTT
Scott argues that living to the east of Main Campus teaches the value of community in staying safe.
hen I tell people where I live, I’m usually greeted with wide eyes and a fearful and quivering: “On the other side of the tracks?” Yes, I live in the mystical land that exists past 10th Street. I’ve lived there for more than a year now. And no, it is not Mordor, as some people seem to believe. I used to try and defend my humble abode. I would talk about how nice my neighbors are or how I have never had a single problem dealing with anyone. But all I ever seemed to get in response was people on the verge of resting a hand on my shoulder and telling me that denial is but the first step. So I relented. I quit. I just plain gave up. I started telling people it was about the money. I started telling people that rent was just so cheap that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
Basically, I lied. Yes, the price is pretty cheap and it definitely made my decision easier. But I assure you that I don’t lay awake at night wondering what might have been if I could have scraped together a few more bucks a month. The truth is that if there was a palpable difference in safety or convenience, I would happily fork over a little bit more green to pay for it. Not only do I reject the notion that living on the other side of Broad Street is somehow safer, I actually think the opposite is true. When my roommate and I were viewing apartments, we ended up sitting outside of our current place for about an hour because the person who was supposed to be showing it to us – an outside realtor – completely forgot we existed. It could have been rather unpleasant. Instead, we had a nice chat with our now-neighbor about how, in his
words, “everyone on this block looks out for each other.” That point was reiterated to me the first day I moved in as well. And they wasted no time proving it. I got scolded later that week for trying to leave my apartment at night while wearing headphones. And it doesn’t stop there. I can’t tell you how many times one of my neighbors has noticed when I’m feeling a little sick or am walking with a little bit of a limp. They’re always quick to remind me how important it is to take time to rest every once in a while – advice I have a history of not being smart enough to take. It may sound a bit overbearing, but I can attest that they are genuine about their concerns. Earlier this month, I got stopped while trying to leave my apartment and asked which direction I was heading. One of my neighbors had heard gunshots and, while he wasn’t sure
how far away they had been, he absolutely knew the direction and was not about to let me walk that way. It took me a solid minute to convince him that I would be careful. That’s right, gunshots. I’m not trying to pretend that there are no dangers inherent to living on the other side of the tracks. But those dangers are really the sort of risks that everyone in North Philadelphia faces, not something specific to those of us inhabiting the land to the east of the Temple University Regional Rail station. We’re not immune to the overall risks living in this part of the city provides. But the sense of community we have – something I’ve never perceived when visiting friends who reside elsewhere in the apartments surrounding Main Campus – goes far in offering some layer of pro-
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Global students cope with boundaries
S KIM FUELLENBACH
Fuellenbach argues that international students at Temple feel relegated by lack of inclusiveness.
urveys about the Temple Made campaign will ask students whether Temple is a place for everyone or if the campus is multifaceted. Advertising and valuing these characteristics are the campaign’s crucial point. Temple wants to be a diverse place in which everyone finds somewhere to fit it in. Temple is proud to be very international. I agree that this is all true. For me, a student from Germany, Temple is more international than any other place I have been to in the last few months. Coming from Germany, or really any other place outside the U.S., makes you a member of the international community instantaneously. In my first week, I was invited to the GermanAmerican meet-up without even
being aware that there was such a thing. But the people I’ve met at Temple come from all over the world. To be honest, the one group I’m having a hard time locating are the “real Americans” who are willing to talk to me outside of class. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t out there. It’s just really hard to find them. Emily Haffenden, a junior British exchange student studying American history and politics, shares this frustrating experience. “Before I arrived, I had the idea that I would go home with a lot of American friends,” she said. “Now, I mostly know internationals.” Her opinion shows that the international students want to be in touch with the American com-
munity because they believe the friendships they can make will have a positive impression on them and will further enhance their experience at an American university. But it also shows that this is often not the norm. The international students stay together as a group, as a model of Temple’s claimed diversity, but lacking the most obvious element. This situation can’t be caused by lack of will. Most of the incoming international students had to justify why they wanted to spend a semester or a year abroad. I am sure that the majority named a variation of “getting to know the American situation from an inside perspective” as one of their reasons. I know I did. And nor can the reason be
lack of trying. International students – myself included – are everywhere: At Free Food, Fun Fridays, in student associations, throwing and attending parties and drinking coffee after classes. Believe it or not, internationals live lives quite similar to everyone else’s. The international students came to Temple all on their own – they didn’t bring their friends. They came with open minds and interests in learning about a different life. It’s sad to admit, but a lot of international students are underestimated by the student body at large – sometimes for trivial reasons such as speech errors. I’ve witnessed it. But does this aforementioned student body
“To say gender relations have changed dramatically is an understatement. Ever since the sexual revolution, there has been a profound overhaul in the way men and women interact. Men haven’t changed much – they had no revolution that demanded it – but women have changed dramatically.”
on foxnews.com in “The war on men”
“At least Corbett stopped short of saying he’d refuse the option of increasing the Medicaid rolls. Despite his opposition to what he and other GOP critics call Obamacare, Corbett should put the interests of the state’s nearly 1 million uninsured citizens first.”
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board, on philly.com in “Corbett wrong to oppose Medicaid expansion”
“In reality, we are unlikely to maintain the same level of borrowing and spending for the next three decades without a significant change in interest rates for our debt. Even a modest 1 percentage point increase next year, for example, in effect would wipe out all the deficit reduction included in last year’s Budget Control Act. In other words, we would have to shoulder the burden of fiscal restraint without any actual deficit reduction – all pain and no gain.”
Sen. Mike Lee,
on washingtontimes.com in “After fiscal cliff comes fiscal avalanche”
“Rather than eliminating the [filibuster], the better approach would be to amend it in such a way as to preserve the ability for minorities to fight against one-party steamrolling while scaling back the filibuster’s capacity for obstructing everything.”
Los Angeles Times Editorial Board, on latimes.com in “Senate filibuster in need of reform”
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“If I download anything I get it from Hulkshare. But if I really like an artist I’ll actually buy their stuff.”
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Neighborhood ties critical to security
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Ray says on “Re: Sidewalks not sidebikes” on Nov. 18 at 9:24 a.m. On 11/14, I was at Broad & Cecil B. Moore and was amazed at the number of sidewalk bicyclists I encountered there and throughout the campus and surrounding neighborhood. Far too many were weaving in and out of pedestrians and many were in view of Phila. & Temple Police with nothing being done. It’s the same situation on the Penn campus and throughout Center City. Police enforcement to curb these behaviors is a joke. Any attempt to call out these bicyclists for their dangerous actions usually brings a middle-finger response.
Susan Williamson says on “Apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound kills student” on Nov. 21 at 3:52 p.m. Yesterday afternoon, the light of another individual went out, for reasons unknown. This light went out in the shadows of a parking garage. Alone, in the recesses of a cold, cement parking garage. Today, it’s business as usual. The matter-of-fact notice, the alert, of a life having left this world is not spoken. There are no announcements that staff is available should students or staff even be having difficulties financially, academically, if they are experiencing holiday despair, relationship difficulties, personal difficulties or if they are being bullied. April 12th this year USA Today published an article about student suicide being all too common. Last night, when I read the Temple “alert” it was the second time I was “taken-aback” by a position, the byline of a person taking their own life on campus, or anywhere for that matter. The first time was when a young man ended his on Liacouras Walk – a response was quick that it was not a Temple student. Does it matter? By the makeup of our humanity, we are all in this together. What as a public research university, do we do about that? Sunday, when on campus, I sometimes see people walk into the Temple Baptist Church. Will this young woman be remembered? Or the young man before her? Or the countless, named and nameless others whose life is cast into the shadows, this is Temple, isn’t it? I want to believe, and I still believe. Being aware of the shadows, having walked through hell many times, too many times, I believe in the goodness of the human soul that sometimes seems like it’s being replaced what, I don’t know. There is HEART, isn’t there? Or are we at “clear” and the paddles to jolt us back are at-hand? Maybe I don’t understand. Maybe I’m old, my thinking getting fuzzy, and this is the way things are done now. Mmmmm, no, I don’t think so. People do still care, I know they do. I’ve spoken with other people who also care. I care. I see efforts of others who care, in this season, and at other times. I believe in a force, an energy, a universal causality greater than we are. I know many others do too. We can’t possibly be the pinnacle, what a cosmic joke that would be. How about Templars show what it really is and means to be “Temple Made” by demonstrating regard other than a byline of an extinguishing of a life. And PLEASE whoever you are, where ever you are, please don’t give up ever. In life, you will fall. And when you fall, wings will be there to catch you, don’t forget. Reach out and don’t stop reaching out until someone finally hears you and helps you. This way you can go on to do your work, you can go on to return the favor by helping others in their times of darkness. Rascal Flatts sometimes helps…Enter the choir…awaken the Temple.
Michelle C says on “Apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds kills student” on Nov. 21 at 1:42 p.m. A very sad affair. I’m from the Temple U, Japan campus and got the alert. My heart goes out to their family and friends.
Victoria says on “Editorial: PASSIng up unity” on Nov. 15 at 12:39 a.m. I think you might have missed the point and confused some of the facts. History does have a tendency to repeat itself, so instead of putting so much work into coordinating a rally that may send the wrong message, as they have in years past, doesn’t it make more sense to wait the two weeks between the original rally date and the release of the budget? More time to organize an effective rally that promotes a more positive message about what the state-related schools bring to Pennsylvania, as well as to see the actual projected cuts, couldn’t possibly hurt. And in regards to the “regionalized” rallies, I think you’re confusing them with the concept of sending small groups of student leaders from each university to speak to the more influential leaders of congress, or maybe the PR initiatives we’ll be working on, all together, throughout the year.
What says on “Iannelli: Public musicians hit sour notes” on Nov. 12 at 1:10 p.m. “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 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.” Uh.
COMMUNITY PAGE 5 tection. On one occasion, some friends dropped me off at my apartment. As I got out of the car, one of my neighbors called me over and offered me a slice of pizza. My friends started laughing because of how weird they thought it was. Why? That pizza was delicious and I’m never too proud to turn down a free slice. What I took from my friends thinking a congenial relationship with my neighbors was odd was that they didn’t understand the sense of community that exists on my block. But it’s exactly this sense of community that inspires such a feeling of safety and renders the stereotype of those who reside
east of the tracks simply false. I know that, as long as I am a respectful and friendly neighbor, I’m not going to be all on my own. I’m going to have an entire block looking out for my well-being and joining with me to make sure that all our homes are afforded a level of security, one which other students generalize the area as lacking. Of course I still need to maintain individual safety practices – I no longer walk while wearing headphones at night – but at least I have peace of mind provided by the efforts of my neighbors. Zack Scott can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @ZackScott11.
Foreign students must fight cliques on campus INTERNATIONAL PAGE 5 realize English is the international students’ second, third or maybe even fourth language? It can only improve with practice. That’s another reason why international students came to study at Temple: They are interested in perfecting their English speaking. Drawing a line between internationals and Americans, even emphasizing it with regard to Temple’s diversity, will not help the process of integrating everyone into the university’s
community. Temple is a diverse place, and part of that is the strong international community the university boasts. But sometimes we should get past the places we come from and focus on the experiences we want to share while we are all on Main Campus. Kim Fuellenbach can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pennsylvania should consider more direct democracy
I BRI BOSAK
Bosak argues that, despite mixed results, ballot initiatives remain something Pennsylvanians should strive for.
n an election where Republicans maintained the majority in the House of Representatives and Democrats kept control of the Senate, a victory from President Barack Obama meant that Washington saw no real change. But for states voting on ballot initiatives, the story was a stark contrast. Back again this year were many of the same issues that appeared on ballots throughout the last decade, issues like marriage, marijuana, gambling and, of course, taxes. This time, however, many states took a different approach than in years past at the polls. Some of the most notable initiatives took place in Colorado and Washington, where voters passed measures to legalize marijuana use for adults above the age of 21, taxing it similarly to alcohol or cigarettes. Another landmark decision was made by Maine, Maryland and Washington, where citizens voted in favor of referendums endorsing marriage equality.
In total, 38 states voted on 174 propositions this November, including 42 initiatives, 12 referendums and 117 legislative measures. But as a Pennsylvanian if you are not exactly familiar with initiatives and referendums or aren’t exactly sure what they all mean, there is a reason. And it’s not you. It’s because we don’t have any in Pennsylvania. Essentially ballot measures are proposals to enact new laws or constitutional amendments or repeal existing ones by placing them on the ballot for approval or rejection by the electorate. Depending on the state, there can be several different kinds of ballot measures. An initiative is a proposal of a new law or constitutional amendment that is placed on the ballot by petition, which entails collecting signatures of a certain number of citizens. Of the 24 states to have the initiative process, 18 allow initiatives to propose constitutional amendments and 21 states allow initiatives to
propose statutes. In most cases, once a sufficient number of signatures have been collected, the proposal is placed on the ballot for a vote of the people, known as a direct initiative. In some cases, the proposal first goes to the legislature, and if approved by the legislature, is not voted on by the people and recognized as an indirect initiative. A referendum is a proposal to repeal a law that was previously enacted by the legislature and is placed on the ballot by citizen petition. A total of 24 states permit referendums, most of them states that also permit initiatives. It’s easy to applaud statewide ballot initiatives, particularly when you think solely in terms of direct democracy and giving power to the people. And especially when those ballot initiatives work for a greater good, like the three states which voted for marriage equality, the first time in the world that rights were given to same-sex couples through a popular vote. Even so, many are still concerned that statewide ballot ini-
tiatives may go the way of special interest groups. For instance, consider California and genetically modified food. Proposition 37 called for labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms. According to a USC Dornsife/ Los Angeles Times poll, it enjoyed broad popular support as of September, by 61 percent. But in the weeks following that poll, support dropped to 44 percent. The reason being that between one poll and the next, voters saw the start of what the Los Angeles Times called a “major television advertising blitz by opponents aimed at changing voters’ minds on the issue.” Just how big? Approximately $41 million in campaign contributions have been made to the “No on 37” campaign, according to the Los Angeles Times. And among the campaign’s largest funders were the “Big 6” GMO and pesticide corporations: BASF Plant Science, Bayer, Dupont, Dow Agrosciences, Syngenta and Monsanto. These six corpora-
tions dominate the world’s seed, pesticide and genetic engineering industries. Collectively they have contributed more than $20 million to oppose the labeling measure, misleading voters by spinning the law’s logical labeling exemptions into “arbitrary” loopholes that allegedly would result in an “illogical” and “illconceived” law. As a result, California voters rejected the proposition with roughly 53 percent of the vote. And in these big dollar proposition campaigns, it is not uncommon for voters to be subject to a great deal of misinformation. So what hope does this leave for Pennsylvania? Well, I think if we are to achieve any sort of progress, our first concern is the self-interested politicians that are resistant to reform. Bri Bosak can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @BriBosak.
Learning to maximize clarity through Twitter
Barrenechea argues that Twitter users should post and follow more judiciously.
s the sun shimmered along the foot of my bed, the morning greeted me with seven loud chirps. The sounds came not from outside my window, but from the inside of my smartphone. It was Twitter alerting me that something was waiting for me – something I thought would be newsworthy or at least worthwhile. I was wrong. Two of the tweets read: “This won’t hurt at all” and “Drove passed it like before...” What does that even mean? I was not grading these tweets for grammar, but for clarity. The thought of trying to decipher the “hurt” described above made me drop my phone and lay myself back down to bed. I know most of my followers in real life, and they seemed very interesting to talk to. Naturally, I wouldn’t have followed them if my encounters with these people led me to believe otherwise. However, sometimes your
experience with Twitter doesn’t turn out the way you expect. In 2006, Twitter had the concept of creating a way to quickly send a status report to a group of people. However, the idea of what the content should be has always been interpreted by the user. What constitutes a good or bad tweet? Everyone seems to have an account and a voice – even if that voice is incomprehensible. There are two key elements to this popular social network: following and being followed. The first option seems easy enough, just click on whoever you think can stimulate your mind. The second option is a bit difficult, but possible to achieve. Stephen L. Johnson, an assistant professor of management information systems at Fox School of Business, discussed how insubstantial posts can have consequences. “When someone uses Twitter to share random incoherent
phrases, they are unlikely to attract much of an audience,” Johnson said. If you’re out to accrue followers as an Internet socialite, your first priority has to be your followers. Your message has to be clear and precise. A tweet is related to the sound of a loud, swift chirp of a bird. The description suggests a short, yet strong message, reassuring that a deep thought was initiated prior to typing the post for public view. However, there are some users who rely on Twitter to communicate to specific people: friends, schoolmates, co-workers and others users who they share a personal relationship with. As a sort of makeshift texting device, Twitter has been bombarded with illogical phrases, broken sentences and poor grammar. To potential followers, these tweets do not have significance, and it becomes jumbled communication in the public feed when it is not set to private.
Twitter feeds contain a wide spectrum of intelligence. Establishing yourself as a good writer in the community and standing out from the crowd takes effort. However, I sometimes feel that Twitter has developed a stereotype of being a cesspool of ignorance. “Asking what people say on Twitter is a lot like asking what people talk about on the phone,” Johnson said. “Human communication ranges from the banal, trivial and mundane to the profound, insightful and consequential.” It seems almost effortless to post a tweet online. With the popularity of Twitter expanding beyond the billions, everyone is jumping into the bird’s nest. Applications such as Instagram, the photo-sharing network that was recently bought by Facebook for approximately $1 billion, have options to share your postings through Twitter. Apple has also joined the flock by implementing
Twitter into its operating system, allowing third-party applications to integrate with the social network with ease. I don’t believe I can be as funny as Dave Chappelle, nor as politically savvy as Bill Maher. So, I’ve largely disregarded the urge to post something witty into the birdhouse, instead mostly using Twitter to follow people. Following someone coherent and entertaining not only brightens up your day, but it can also set an example of good tweeting for budding writers. Ultimately, this means the responsibility for the quality of a Twitter feed falls on the person clicking the follow button. I could have saved myself the hassle of deleting my notifications from my phone by following the right people. #FML. Edward Barrenechea can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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up of 33 scenes in approximately two hours, which is no short order Living Editor for any director. “[When] doing Shakespeare n the final mainstage producwhich is comprised of a lot of scenes tion of the Fall semester, Tem– but never 33 – there will be maybe ple takes a turn for the morbid 20 scenes in a Shakespearean play with the black comedy “The but given the length of [“Bette and Marriage of Bette and Boo.” Boo”] some scenes Set in the late are literally seconds 1940s and early long,” Kern said. 1950s, the play chron“On average each icles the marriage of scene is two minthe characters Bette utes long. It’s kind and Boo through the of hard to grow eyes of their son, momentum in the Matt, whose chargrowth of the plot acter is based on the and the growth of playwright Christothe characters when pher Durang himself. it’s so segmented Director Dan as it is and that’s a Kern said the play Ethan Botwick / portrays matt challenge. Each reis about growing up hearsal I was workin the baby boomer ing six to eight generation in an upper-middle-class scenes in a four-hour span which Catholic family. means I was spending 30 minutes on The show runs two acts, made LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ
very specific views of this play because it’s so close to his heart.
a scene. That’s kind of a funny way of working.” Kern took on the challenge of directing his actors through the 33 scenes – which jump in chronology – managed to get the rehearsal process running faster than expected. “He knew what he wanted, how to get there and how to just do it,” said Ethan Botwick, a junior theater major who plays Matt. “We were doing a run by the end of the second week.” Matt is the first lead role for Botwick, who made his mainstage debut last semester in Richard III. Botwick faced some challenges with his role, which is not only based on the life of Durang, but was also played by the playwright in the original run of the show. The characters of Bette and Boo are also based, loosely and satirically, on Durang’s own parents. “It was a little intimidating at first because this is a semi-autobiographical play,” Botwick said. “I did
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Graduate and undergraduate actors perform “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” a satire on the life of playwright Christopher Durang.
some reading about this play and I watched interviews with him talking about it. He has very specific views of this play because it’s so close to his heart. So I just tried to do as much research on [Durang] as I could, just to be true to that.” Botwick’s character also takes
on the role of narrator, addressing the audience directly – a challenge for Botwick since a lot of his monologues to the audience were in the form of a college essay. To remedy the challenge of essentially lecturing to the audience Botwick had to find
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Documentary class emphasizes application Genres of media production provides a hands-on introduction and experience in the documentary production process. INDIRA JIMENEZ The Temple News Students in the genres of media production course showed up to the first day of class not knowing which genre they were going to study that semester, since every semester a different one is explored. They soon discovered their professor, Detroit transplant Kristine Weatherston, was going to lead them through the world of documentary production. Weatherston, a new addition to the media studies and production department, is not one to be
shy around media production. “This is my seventh year teaching media production,” said Weatherston, who earned her master’s degree in media arts from Wayne State University, and was a doctoral candidate in media art and text from Virginia Commonwealth University. “I used to have a small production company in Detroit, and I also worked for the NBC affiliate in Detroit, WDIVTV, as a commercial producer, and I’ve been making media in terms of television and video, art, film, photography, text, writing all kinds of different media formats, probably since I was in eighth
grade.” The seasoned media arts aficionada made her base in Detroit, but transitioning from the Motor City has still taken some adjustment for Weatherston. “I think Philadelphia is awesome,” Weatherston said. “It’s not that much like Detroit...but Philadelphia is big, so it took me a while to acclimate to its size and population, but I really love it.” Despite the name of the course insinuating it is solely a theory class exploring different kinds of media genres, Weatherston has her students learning in a hands-on manner. The students
were split into five groups and assigned to shoot, direct and produce their own long-form narrative documentaries focused on a topic of their choice. “The first day we started talking about ideas and the power of the camera, how to capture life stories that represent the universal truth – ones that we can all connect with,” Weatherston said on the process of picking a topic and creating a base idea for a documentary. “It has this power to educate, illustrate and illuminate facets of the world that we don’t regularly see in everyday life.” The five different documen-
taries cover a wide variety of topics – from light-hearted to serious ones. “Going Steady: Dating 2.0,” for example, focuses on college dating and love life. An untitled piece aims to provide a look on the food truck culture on Main Campus. A piece with the working title “My Basement’s a S--- hole” provides a look at punk and DIY shows and subcultures in Philadelphia. “Death and Dignity,” meanwhile, weighs in on the debate over the practice of physician-assisted suicide and use of euthanasia in
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Student goes viral after a photo of him and his 16th century doppelganger got posted on Reddit. LIVING DESK 215-204-7416
RUNAWAY TRAIN, p. 16
Columnist Amelia Brust details her experience with London’s trains during her fall break. LIVING@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM
KITTEN-IN-CHIEF, p. 16 Alumna Anna Goldfarb takes on the blog world and moves into print with her new book.
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the business of boxing. And after spending all that time in a gym, I started messing with it just to stay in shape and to give me something to do. Then I started training little kids and I just decided one day I wanted to compete and take it seriously. So I’ve been boxing for about five years, since I finished college.
TTN: How do you get involved in boxing matches and how did you get the opportunity to fight in the match on Dec. 8 at Pearson and McGonigle halls?
AB: Well, there are different sanctioning bodies in boxing. It’s not like baseball, with AA and AAA leagues or levels of minor leagues, but it’s more like a free-for-all – for lack of a better term. Everybody’s a free agent, unless you’re working with a promoter. So, I’m fortunate enough that, through my Temple connection, Brittany Rogers – she’s a promoter associated with the fight – thought of me when the card was being put together here. Because I went here, that kind of tied it together and another promoter, Russell Peltz, also went here, so there’s that Temple connection there. I guess I am lucky I decided to go here and not somewhere else. They reached out to me. I don’t have a manger or a promoter or anything – I’m basically a free agent. I learned the boxing business and I surrounded myself with a lot of good people. I have a really good team of advisors around me and we all make decisions, but I don’t have contractual obligations. So I kind of get the best of both worlds.
TTN: Can you tell me more about the match at Temple on Dec. 8? Is there a reason it’s at Temple?
music Alex “Macho” Barbosa Alumnus makes return to Main Campus to fight in a Dec. 8 match.
AB: Well, North Philadelphia has such a rich boxing history. The Blue Horizon, which is literally three or four blocks from [Main Campus], was such – and still kind of is – [the symbol] of North Philly boxing. North Philly boxing goes way back. I’m not too sure, but I believe [Rogers] was the one who said, “Hm, maybe we can bring it back to Broad Street.” And with all the renovations that happened here, this place looks so awesome. Just being in here gives off that old school, nostalgic feeling. This place is going to be rockin’. [Rogers and Peltz], they went and put it together and got television involved, which makes it kind of a big deal. You know, Bryant Jennings [and] Teon Kennedy are both kind of big deals. There are a lot of really good Philadelphia fighters on the card – there are 10 different fights on there – and it’s really going to be a good night. I know Philly is going to be out there supporting because Philadelphia is fighting. I just hope Temple comes out strong and supports it like they would for a basketball game.
TTN: Are you considered a professional?
AB: Yes, every time I fight I get paid. The headgear is off, we use smaller gloves...It really is different from the amateur ranks.
NICKEE PLAKSEN The Temple News
TTN: How often do you have matches?
Alumnus Alex “Macho” Barbosa has been boxing for five years, starting just after graduating college in 2006. He double majored in political science and criminal justice, but decided to take a different career path before he got involved with politics. Although he hasn’t been boxing as long as his younger brother, Barbosa is undefeated. He has won all four of his fights and hopes to keep his immaculate record at his upcoming match on Dec. 8. The match will be held at Pearson and McGonigle halls, will include eight fights and will be shown live on NBC Sports Network Fight Night series at 9 p.m.
The Temple News: What is your background in boxing?
Alex Barbosa: I got involved right after college, actually. It was right at the time when my little brother was about to begin his pro career and [he] came to live with me. So I basically became his handler, his go-between, his trainer and his manager, so on and so forth, so I actually began to learn
AB: Well, I’ve been a professional for a little over a year. I have fought four times, this is going to be my fifth, but in all honesty it all depends. You can fight as frequently as you can – it’s about how connected you are. I know that most fighters won’t fight every month, but some do. It really varies depending on the fighter and the team around them. They all make those decisions, but it’s not regulated, it’s up to the individual.
TTN: Where do you see your boxing career going? Would you like to take it further? AB: I want to, and I believe that I can win a world title at 118 to 122 pounds, the weight I fight at. Honestly, I believe I can do that and then be done, having accomplished what I wanted to in boxing, because I have different aspirations. I want to be a great fighter, but I also want to use boxing as a platform. I have always been interested in politics and I’d like to jump into politics as soon as I’m done fighting. I want to accomplish this first through dedication, hard work, having faith and being consistent – that is what is needed to succeed in boxing. It really takes hard work – it’s the alternate platform, the alternate résumé.
Alumnus Alex “Macho” Barbosa hopes to have a political career once he’s done boxing.| NICKEE PLAKSEN TTN
TTN: Where do you work now?
AB: I work at LA Boxing in Cherry Hill, N.J. I am a boxing instructor. I teach a lot of classes, primarily basic introductory boxing classes. Just to give people the basics of boxing and the ideas and concepts behind how to do it and also work out at the same time. I have a lot of fun doing it. I like dealing with people and I like helping people work hard to get to where they want to be. Everyone has an idea of where they want to be and sometimes you just need that push, you need that little motivation and I get to provide that on a daily basis, so I am very lucky. And it’s crazy because it has nothing to do with my major at all.
TTN: What is your training regimen?
AB: I train everyday, [there’s always something to do]. My father built an idea in my head and it’s basically, you always want to be doing something. He says, “Something is always better than nothing.” Parents are smart people, they know what it takes and sometimes we just have to listen. There’s never a dull moment and it’s always a challenge. It’s supposed to be hard.
TTN: Have you ever been injured?
AB: Eh, nothing that couldn’t be fixed – nothing too bad, just a few bumps and bruises – nothing I didn’t sign up for. But you know I have a job to do, on [Dec. 8] and in my profession. All it takes is one punch to change everything. I respect that. I have too much respect for this sport for what it is to be thinking that I can just go in and walk all over everybody. Nickee Plaksen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media takes notice of sophomore’s museum doppelganger After a photo of himself went viral, Galuppo looks for ancestral ties to his newfound 16th century doppelganger. ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF The Temple News Reddit.com, a popular photo and link-sharing site that allows people to contribute funny or surprising news, was the first to showcase the uncanny similarity in appearance between Max Galuppo and a 16th-century nobleman in the painting “Portrait of a Nobleman with Dueling Gauntlet,” part of the John G. Johnson Collection, 1917. When Galuppo, a sophomore political science and religion major, and his girlfriend, Nikkie Curtis, visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Curtis first took notice of the painting. “I didn’t notice the painting at all, and my girlfriend [Curtis] said, ‘You gotta see this,’” Galuppo said. At first, he said he didn’t see the resemblance, though many news reporters certainly did, as Good Morning America and the local ABC and CBS stations were quick to interview him. “Now that I see the comparison, it’s clear,” he said, in reference to the picture Curtis first snapped of Galuppo and his painted doppelganger. Galuppo has received a massive amount of media attention, but is not fazed by the focus he has come under. Articles about his look-alike painting can be viewed on websites like Philly.com, Buzzfeed.com, Huffingtonpost.com and several entertainment news site aggregates.
“I heard Ripley’s Believe It or Not wants it for a book in the U.K.,” Galuppo said. He admitted to being amused by the attention he has received, but not worried that he will have to endure extended press scrutiny, even though the story and photo has circulated the globe. “It’s at the point where it’s surreal, it’s everywhere. It’s in Hong Kong and Croatia,” Galuppo said. The massive awareness of his one-of-a-kind find is exciting, but not overwhelming for the Temple student. “I fully expect it to be dead in another week,” Galuppo said, referring to the Internet’s fixation on his discovery. The attention he has received is not the aspect Galuppo finds most exciting about his newfound twin, but has rather inspired him to research his own genealogy in hopes of finding long-lost ties to the man in the painting. “The painting is an enigma, no one knows who painted it,” Galuppo said. “There’s almost no information on the painting itself.” This is something he hopes to change, as he knows that his family on his grandfather’s side is from Florence, Italy. Florence is close to the area in Italy that the painting is thought to originate from, called Emilia. The goal Galuppo currently has in mind is to trace his routes back to 1562, the date the work of art was supposedly painted, and look for ties to the portrait he saw
When Max Galuppo posted his museum photo on Reddit.com it went viral and led to media attention. He plans to find out if he shares any relation the subject of the painting. | COURTESY NIKKIE CURTIS at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Galuppo plans to investigate using Ancestry.com, which helps aspiring genealogists look into their family history to discover information about their ancestors. He said, as of Nov. 16, no discoveries have been made with this method, but he is determined to find some evidence leading him in the right direction. “I’ve been trying to team up with a genealogist to figure it out,” Galuppo said. Since he doesn’t know any background information about the painting, such as the name of the man it features, his search is undeniably challenged, but not impos-
sible. Ancestry.com features a new option called AncestryDNA, which tests human chromosomes called autosomes, containing trace elements of one’s entire family tree, a complete genetic record. Available to order today, this could help Galuppo to uncover a connection to his 16th-century doppelganger, although he did not mention using this testing as a strategy at this point. “Some people have said, ‘you need an agent, and you need to make money from this,’” Galuppo said. “But it’s really just for fun.” He conceded that the mystery
of “Portrait of a Nobleman with Dueling Gauntlet” provides a fun, entertaining inquiry into his family’s past. In addition to his more realistic research, some Reddit.com users have developed their own theories. One such user, “Anjz,” commented on the posted picture of Galuppo and the painting: “There is only one other reason for this – he’s a time traveler!” Erin Edinger-Turoff can be reached at erin.edinger-turoff@temple edu.
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Material turned to medium for artists through RAIR
RAIR Philly, an organization that provides artists access to recycled materials, is currently fundraising through Kickstarter. JENELLE JANCI A&E Editor
he folks at Recycled Artists-in-Residency take the idea that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” to a completely different level. Recycled Artists-in-Residency, or RAIR Philly, aims to provide artists with access to recycled materials through Revolution Recovery, a Philadelphia recycling services company. “The mission is to create awareness about the waste stream through art and design,” Fern Gookin, RAIR co-founder, said. “That’s the ultimate goal.” Gookin became involved with Revolution Recovery when she was getting her master’s degree in sustainable design at Philadelphia University and was interested in doing her thesis on an artist program in the facility. Artists had come to the company looking for material before, but unfortunately those who worked for Revolution Re-
covery didn’t have enough time to properly supply them. Gookin was then introduced to co-founder and artist Billy Dufala, who had come to the site before in search of materials. “Instead of just writing a thesis,” Gookin said. “We put it into practice,” Dufala added. Dufala’s office is somewhat of a trophy mantle of his most prized finds from the recycled material. Odd trinkets adorn his windowsill; a stack of recovered records towers on his desk; and newspapers with headlines reading “Kennedy shot to death” and “Oswald Shot to Death” have a safe home in his drawer. “They’re all time capsules, in some regard,” Dufala said of his finds. RAIR’s studios are the end of a methodized process of receiving and recycling. Material is collected by specific Revolution Recovery dumpsters at job sites or by contractors or anyone
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RAIR co-founder Billy Dufala walks through the Revolution Recovery recycling center, where RAIR’s offices and studio are located. Artists who participate in RAIR can pick through the material for art projects. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
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Filmmaking students make the big screen Students displayed their films at the TU Film Showcase at Ambler Theater. JOHN CORRIGAN The Temple News
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Philadelphia Photo Arts Center will present photos from its third annual Philly Photo Day on Dec. 6. KYLE NOONE The Temple News What seemed to some like a normal Friday in Philadelphia will soon become a work of art. Oct. 26 was Philly Photo Day 2012, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s third installment of its project showing life in the city through images from everyday people. The nonprofit organization, located at 1400 N. American St. in Old Kensington,
gathered images submitted by Philadelphia residents for display in the city-wide project. The only requirements were that photos had to be taken within city limits and on the date of Oct. 26. The project serves as a portrait of the city, drawn through the people who live in it. “It’s unique to Philadelphia because it’s from Philadelphia,” said the organization’s assistant director, Christopher Gianunzio. Photo Day was a massive success this year with the Photo Arts Center receiving nearly 2,000 submissions. Gianunzio said the project has “grown exponentially” since its inception three years ago. Participants sent photos electronically to
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the Photo Arts Center’s webOne thing that distinsite and tweeted photos using guishes this year’s project from #phillyphotoday. previous exhibits is that, for “It’s basically a way for the first time, the project will us to engage with the city as a become mobilized. Specific whole, through photography,” works from the collection will Gianunzio said. be featured on The arts 40 billboards center will citywide, and feature every even on SEPTA photograph rebuses across the ceived, creatcity. ing an “openPhiladelended” exhibit phia Photo Arts for viewers and Center opened Christopher Gianunzio / assistant resident’s to director approximately enjoy. The three years ago, main exhibit just before the will be at the arts center facility, first Philly Photo Day. It is a and opens with a free reception member-based organization Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. The exhibit that along with curating events will be showcased in the center and exhibitions, offers local for three months. photographers a wide range of
“It’s unique to
Philadelphia because it’s from Philadelphia.
services. These services include a number of classes, workshops and available lab time with some of the center’s state-ofthe art equipment. The organization was created by executive director Sarah Stolfa, along with founding board members Tom Callan, Martin McNamara, Mary Brown and Stuart Rome. Their mission was to “provide essential resources for the construction of a vibrant and influential contemporary photography community that would keep artists living and working in Philadelphia.” The organization is funded through memberships, donations, grants, events and fees
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Guest columnist Taylor Farnsworth takes a stand against the UGG boot trend. ARTSandENTERTAINMENT@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM
Grant Schmidt’s journey to the silver screen has been anything but a quiet ride. “I am taking 20 credits this semester and 20 more next semester because I have been on-set all the time for the past three years,” Schmidt, director of “It Was a Quiet Ride,” said. The 22-minute motion picture premiered with five other short films at the Temple University Student Filmmaker Showcase on Nov. 14. About 50 people attended the Ambler Theater for the free screenings and subsequent Q&A sessions as a part of the Ambler Theater Fall Cinematheque Series, a diverse collection of classic films featuring the Coen Brothers as well as works from local filmmakers. Originally, Schmidt wrote the script about his conflicting relationship with his ex-girlfriend. However, the audition process sparked an innovative idea. “I didn’t like any of the guys who auditioned,” Schmidt said. “The two girls who auditioned, Emily [Johnson] and Rakel [Joyce], were so compelling that
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Kingston, Pa., rockers Title Fight will play in Philly on Nov. 30 at Union Transfer.
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‘Halo 4’ reignites fervor among fans SAMANTHA TIGHE Save & Quit
Columnist Samantha Tighe discusses fan loyalty to the “Halo” series.
t was cold outside. Our shaky breaths clouding and rising in the air as we gripped our jackets tighter, miserably bouncing from one foot to the other in a sad attempt to produce more body heat. All we wanted to do was be warm. I looked to the poor sap I had dragged along on my little escapade, one of my very close friends, and judging by the look on her face it was apparent she regretted coming with me. Although I wanted nothing more than to return home to my warm bed and sleep, I had no room to complain. In fact, neither could the rest of the people in line. Yes, my friend Christine and I were queued up in a line outside of our local GameStop on West Chester Pike, along with a couple dozen others – all fans of a mega-hit video game series whose main protagonist has transcended typical video game boundaries to become a widely recognized icon in pop culture. I’m talking about Master Chief and, in extension, the “Halo” series. I was standing outside on Nov. 5 for the midnight release of the highly coveted “Halo 4.” The “Halo” series was first released in 2001 on the original Xbox gaming system. It was considered a leading game for the Xbox – in order to garner interest for Microsoft’s new console, it was released exclusively for that platform. Most modern-day gaming consoles have a strategy like that in mind.
However, “Halo’s” popularity, and in extension its demand, was mind-boggling. It was getting near-perfect reviews, it was selling millions of copies and it was winning awards. This one game morphed into an entire series, some games even going so far as to expand on the universe found in “Halo,” moving beyond Master Chief. “Halo 3” was the last game players were able to control the heroic Master Chief, and that was released in 2007. Although several smaller “Halo” games have released since them, none of them continued with the Spartan’s storyline. That was, of course, until “Halo 4.” Seconds after all our cellphones disclosed midnight, the doors opened. The mood was light, fun. A group of teenagers in front of us had spent most of the time in line crowded around an iPhone belonging to someone in their group, eagerly speaking about improvements and gear that was rumored to be available. Tyler Gniewosz, a senior at Upper Darby High School, was excited to be a part of the action. “I own every ‘Halo’ game out there,” Gniewosz said. “I’ve been waiting for months.” Gniewosz had received
“Halo” as a Christmas present, in addition to a new Xbox. “Everyone I knew was getting ‘Halo,’” he recounted. “We’d all play multiplayer.” As we spoke, it soon came to my attention that Gniewosz was pleased on the timing of the release date. “I don’t have to skip school tomorrow, we have off because of the elections,” he pointed out, to which his friends also expressed their approval. I was back and seated in my apartment a little before 1 a.m. I allowed myself the opportunity to change into my pajamas before turning on my Xbox 360 and putting my new prized possession in the disk tray. Not wanting to miss a thing, I watched the cinematic cut scenes play out with a bated breath, spent some time readjusting to “Halo’s” unique shooting and playing style and just played. The game picked up four years after the events that occurred during “Halo 3,” showing what had become of Master Chief during that time. Being a fan of visuals, I was thrilled with how vibrant and crisp the landscapes appeared and happy that the weapons returned with a vengeance. Though I felt myself grow weary, I was not able to put the controller
“Though I felt
myself grow weary, I was not able to put the controller down, unable to stop playing.
down, unable to stop playing. Finally, I heard my roommate begin to stir and was aware that she was getting ready to work the morning shift at her job. Looking out of the window confirmed my suspicion – the sky was starting to brighten. I could not put off sleep any longer. Having played nearly six hours straight, I went to bed. After a quick nap and a few classes, I was thrilled to happen across another “Halo” fan that was satisfied to have the latest addition of the “Halo” series in his possession. “I’m true to Master Chief,” senior management information systems major Christopher Guecia said when asked why he picked up a copy of “Halo 4.” “I really wanted to see what happened to him, I wanted to see where his story was going.” By now I’ve logged a few dozen hours playing “Halo 4” – after finishing the campaign I spent the rest of my time getting utterly destroyed in multiplayer. It’s not entirely surprising to many players that the “Halo” series is what peaked their interest in first-person shooters, a game where they honed their skills in annihilating enemy players. So, I’ll just hold my tongue and grumble to myself, maybe even try to get better, as a little teenage boy skipping school continuously headshots me from across the map. Samantha Tighe can be reached at email@example.com.
Portrait of Philadelphia captured by many PHOTO PAGE 9 for lab resources at the center. Part of the Philly Photo Day project was funded by a Knight Foundation Challenge Grant given to the organization. The organization also surpassed its goal of $5,000 through a Kickstarter campaign for the project. Gianunzio praised the support given to the organization by the local community. The center aims to communicate and connect with the Philadelphia community through art with this project. “It’s a way to maintain an open dialogue with the larger community through photography,” Gianunzio said. Along with Philly Photo Day, the arts center will hold lectures featuring prominent photographers and exhibits like “99 Days,” a group exhibition showcasing the works of Stefan Abrams, Gabriel Angemi, Andrew Fillmore, Thilde Jenson, Jay Muhlin and Brian Ulrich. The exhibit also opens on Dec. 6, and will run through Feb. 23. As Philly Photo Day gains momentum with each year, it looks like this project is here to stay. “I don’t see it stopping anytime soon,” Gianunzio said. For more information on Philly Photo Arts Center or Philly Photo Day, visit philaphotoarts.org. Kyle Noone can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film students draw from life experience FILM PAGE 9 I decided to flip the script into ture’s beauty, even in a lesbian issue. It became more the city.” powerful than your cliché comAs each direcing out story because this was tor discovered somesomething any couple could re- thing during filming, late to.” Schmidt learned that Chris Collier, Ambler The- sometimes life imiater’s director of special pro- tates art. grams, introduced the six direc“While I was tors, all in their junior and senior shooting ‘It Was years of the film and media arts a Quiet Ride,’ my program. brother actually “We are very excited to came out of the closspotlight new films and local et,” Schmidt said. “I talent,” Collier said. was shell-shocked Kicking off the showcase because he happened was “Temple’s Inside Joke,” a to be dating a beauticomedic documentary follow- ful girl.” ing Temple comedians as they A l t h o u g h participate in Rooftop Com- Schmidt’s brother edy’s National College Comedy was inspired by Competition. his work, two crew The crowd cackled as members didn’t members of Temple Univer- share his brother’s sity Comedy Club performed at sentiment. open mics throughout the city, “One crew telling raunchy one-liners and member actually honing their craft. dropped out of the Director and comedian Jor- project because he dana Lipsitz was the only film- didn’t feel his commaker not in attendance. She pany would be comis currently studying abroad in fortable associating London. with such content,” Grant Schmidt, director of “It Was a Quiet Ride,” was one of several Temple students who had their films featured in a showcase at the The laughs continued as Schmidt said. “He Ambler Theater on Nov. 14.|RYAN GEFFERT TTN Taylor A. Shuster’s “Streets of approached me right ing a girl,” Joyce, a senior film Philadelphia neighbors. “As an aspiring teacher, I restaurant KC’s Alley. Nature” blended animal noises away and I respect major, said. “But I was imDespite efforts to estabwant to help make a difference After all of those rewrites, with the concrete landscape of how he handled the situation. pressed by the efficiency and lish friendly relations between in the community,” sophomore crew changes and backed-up Center City and On the other time management of everybody Temple and the surrounding early childhood education macourses, Schmidt could use a Broad Street. hand, my female on set. People who criticize the community, such as the Good jor Hofmeister said. break, he said. “I was inproduction asmessage don’t understand how Neighbor Policy and the Com“I hope to decrease the “I guess you could say spired by this sistant walked it could easily apply to a heteromunity and Student Off Camachievement gap and remove school is my extracurricular,” book we read in out two days pus Issues and Concerns Task the next generation of North Schmidt said. “Film is my pasMosaics class before shoot- sexual couple as well.” During a 10-minute interForce, the documentary fo- Philadelphians from the stig- sion.” called ‘The ing because she mission, attendees wearing apcuses on students’ reluctance to ma,” Hofmeister said. “Seeing Death and Life didn’t agree with John Corrigan can be reached parel with the Temple “T” logo emerge from their cozy campus [‘Finding North Philly’] reafof Great AmeriCatholic characat email@example.com. flocked to the concession stand cocoon and explore the North firmed my career choice.” can Cities,’” ters portraying to receive a free box of popcorn. Philadelphia community. After directors Ethan SacShuster, a Bethlesbians.” Chris Collier / ambler theater’s Once the lights dimmed, Temple’s Meaghan Hof- chi and Michele Elaine Hannon lehem, Pa., naJoyce, the director of special programs Samuel Angus Campbell’s meister tagged along with her screened their films, “Stray” tive, said. “As actress who “Finding North Philly” showed friend on the train ride to Am- and “Walks in Beauty,” attendmy first solo diplays Marie in movie-goers a perspective on bler, but ended up connecting ees were encouraged to chat rected project, I the film, quickly Temple students’ lack of comwith Campbell’s film on a deep- with the directors during the experimented with a dream-like got over portraying a lesbian. munication with their North er level. networking after party at local quality. I wanted to discover na“I was nervous about kiss-
very excited to spotlight new films and talent.
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RAIR turns trashed treasures into art RAIR PAGE 9 who comes by to drop it off. studio space?’ I’ve done that before, Once emptied outside, the mate- and that’s kind of like my [method rial is pushed to one side of the prop- of operation]. That’s how I operate. erty and fed through a belt that leads If I have something that’s valuable to to workers who hand sort it by type, someone else and I know they can use including aluminum, rubber, cardboard it, I’m trying to facilitate to them.” and dry wall. “It’s easy to throw it away,” DuAlthough Dufala’s office is some- fala added. “It’s a little more work to what separate from these notably find it a new home.” dustier parts, he strolled through the The extra work can often spawn plant greeting workers with a friendly something magnificent, Dufala said. confidence that would make one think He recalled a particular project that otherwise. was on display this past July through Dufala speaks highly of Revolu- August by Abigail DeVille. DeVille tion Recovery and its team, praising constructed a torqued ellipse based their efforts to become closer to a zero upon Richard Serra’s 1998 piece. The percent waste facility. piece was entirely created from re“All they see is they want to do cycled materials through RAIR. Even more,” Dufala said. without a full-time staff, Dufala and The materials gathered here have Gookin boast a long list of artists that the potential to become the medium for have been provided material through artists who sift through the piles – an RAIR. act that could be dangerous and cer“It just shows you the potential tainly daunting if not approached with that it has,” Gookin said. care. In addition to providing artists ac“I can’t stress cess to materials, RAIR enough how much it’s also hopes to educate the safety first,” Dufala community about where said. trash goes once it’s disWhen it comes to posed of. diving into the trash, “The thing I would Dufala was quick to hope is to make people admit his initial hesia little more in tune with tance. what it is that they use “You need to and what it is that they build up the courage,” discard,” Dufala said. Billy Dufala / co-founder Dufala said. “You That common, deneed someone to hold tached way of thinking your hand, because it’s f---ing terrify- is something both Dufala and Gookin ing to do it.” would like to change. However intimidating, Gookin “A lot of people don’t think about said artists find value in taking the time what happens to trash once it leaves to acquire recycled mediums. the site,” Gookin said. “When you put “Artists seem to like working with your trash out on the curb, or you put these materials because they have this it into a dumpster, no one ever thinks intrinsic value,” Gookin said. “They about where that goes, really. It’s just have this history to them no matter if sort of, ‘Out of sight, out of mind, it’s it’s like a two by four that came off of gone.’ But to actually see where it goes another job site or a newspaper article and what happens to it really opens from 50 years ago. No matter what it is, your eyes to the issue of waste and that it [has] had this life to it.” there’s so much of it and it’s something Aside from historical value, recy- that we have to deal with. Just getting cled material is an often overlooked but people to think of the volume of waste cost-efficient resource for artists. and the consequences.” “We’re really changing the way Dufala said he believes seeing the that artists think about sourcing ma- trash for oneself is a worthwhile educaterial,” Gookin said. “The stuff is all tion. around you. You just have to look.” “You come up here, and you’re Dufala’s experience in the arts has immediately getting educated on what given him firsthand knowledge of the is happening on the back end of that amount of material that is disposed of industry,” Dufala said. “You see dumpby artists. sters in the cities, the trash cans, the “As an artist, I know how wasteful waste management – but you don’t reartists can be,” Dufala said. “I’ve done ally see what happens to it afterward. some work in the theater. I know that For me, I want to throw the creative set building and things like that are in- process into this mix and see what hapcredibly wasteful.” pens.” Dufala, however, prides himself Dufala, who teaches a course in on a different mindset. found objects at his alma mater Phila“Say I tear down a wall in my stu- delphia Academy of the Fine Arts, is dio,” Dufala said. “I’m trying to get all a former member of the experimental that drywall off and say, ‘Who needs Philadelphia band Man Man. this drywall? Is anybody fitting out a Dufala’s creative tendencies com-
“It’s easy to
throw it away. It’s a little more work to find it a new home.
bined with Gookin’s experience in the sustainability community make him confident of RAIR’s success. “With her ties to the sustainability community and my ties to the art community, when this does happen, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be broadcast far and wide,” Dufala said. Although RAIR has been active for two years, Dufala and Gookin found it fitting to wait to fundraise until some footing had been established and a specific goal had been placed. Now with a clear vision, the co-founders felt ready to fundraise, having launched their Kickstarter fundraiser on Nov. 4. As of Nov. 26, $13,940 of its $15,000 goal has been pledged. Rewards for pledging vary from a tour of the studio to Sanborn maps from the 1920s to a dinner prepared by Dufala’s brother Blaise, a food sculptor. With the money they raise, they hope to start an application process for artists who are interested in sourcing materials through RAIR. “I feel like we’re scratching the surface,” Dufala said. “I feel like this is kind of the tip of the iceberg. I would hope that there’s a whole lot more to dig into in time.” Jenelle Janci can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Top) RAIR’s studio, where artists turn trash into art, is located at the Revolution Recovery. (Bottom) Billy Dufala holds a newspaper from President John F. Kennedy’s assasination that he found in the trash.| ABI REIMOLD TTN
Confronting the ‘UGG-ly’ truth of winter
ith the season for North Face jackets and UGG boots upon us, the question is raised as to whether it is even possible for college students to stay warm and comfortTAYLOR FARNSWORTH able in addition to keeping personalized style elements to how they dress. Guest columnist When observing people on Main Campus, there is an overTaylor Farnsworth whelming population of those argues that Main wearing comfortable but seemCampus’ winter ingly unstylish outfit combinastyles need an tions in order to bear a long class and cold weather. upgrade. schedule As college students, it is hard enough to roll out of bed in the morning after spending late nights and early mornings studying, let alone dressing nicely each day for class. I admit that at times it may seem more convenient to pull on a pair of sweatpants, comfy boots and a fleece sweatshirt and trek off for yet another long day of classes, anticipating the minute you can get back to your room and finally have a rest. But the sight of so many students wearing duplicate outfits incorporating the UGGs-andNorth Face combination makes me cringe. Where has originality gone? Has the whole world be-
come a group of little minions, following whatever “trend” the UGG boots and North Face jackets provide? When I say, “trend,” I certainly am not referring to something that I would hope to see as a widespread fashion, but something that has in fact spread, against all styleoriented wills. Wo r l d - r e nowned street style photographer and blogger Scott Schuman, better known as The Sartorialist, has posted a feature of a few women wearing UGG boots, but only as “Weekend Feet.” If a world-renowned street style photographer can acknowledge some women wearing UGGs as being stylish, maybe there is hope for finding a way to incorporate these not-so-stylish boots into one’s wardrobe in a more fashion-forward manner. The major point of Schuman’s blog posting though is likely that these boots are only incorporated into these women’s wardrobes as weekend wear, not
everyday wear as it is seen at so many colleges, especially here at Temple. Although the classic style of UGG boots could possibly be incorporated into an outfit in a more stylish manner as The Sartorialist suggests, most college students do not care. Yes, comfort is key for college students, so why can’t the lessthan-stylish classic style of UGG boots be upgraded to something a bit more stylish, yet equally comfortable? Maybe consider the line of more fashion-forward UGG boots, which are not far from the price of the classic style. Where college students go wrong in the process of finding comfortable clothing to suit their stressful class schedules is that they fail to look for outfits which may be just as comfortable, but even more stylish than the “UGG-liness” which they seem to incorporate into their everyday lives. Simply incorporating styles
“Where has the
originality gone? Has the whole world become a group of little minions?
such as lace-up boots instead of UGGs with comfortable jeans, or dare I say jeggings, with a more stylish, but equally comfortable top, could change the dynamics of how you present yourself to the world on a daily basis. Does anyone really want to be known as the girl who dresses sloppily in the same old combination every day? I highly doubt that anyone wants to be known that way. Even if they do not care about being on top of trends, they should at least care to present themselves better. Most college students don’t realize that it is so easy to transition out of the routine of boots, sweatpants and North Face jackets by simply finding those equally comfortable and warm, but more stylish combinations which really are so readily accessible. I personally will not be caught out in public wearing sweatpants, UGG boots and a North Face, but I do acknowledge that not everyone cares about trends as much as me. There are simple ways to remain warm and comfortable in these approaching winter months instead of appearing like a mess to go to class on a daily basis.
Warmth and comfort are always a priority for me, even if I do dress in a more stylish manner. When choosing my purchases, I look for pieces that can be either dressed up or dressed down, so if I did purchase a pair of boots, I would want them to look good with a nice dress as much as I would want them to make a pair of comfortable pants look presentable. I personally would like classic styles of UGG boots to be burned because of their lack of style – or just encourage students to think more about how they present themselves instead of seeming so sloppy in the same old combinations. Taylor Farnsworth can be reached at email@example.com.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Title Fight Title Fight members – Kingston, Pa.’s sons of punk – are pioneering simple yet influential music. INDIRA JIMENEZ The Temple News Hand-me-downs and brotherly nuisances aren’t the only things that 22-year-old Ben Russin grew up being accustomed to. The familial tradition between twin brothers Ned and Ben Russin was that of the underground house shows and music in Kingston, Pa., a small town in “the Valley,” also known as “Wyoming Valley” and “Wilkes-Barre Valley,” which includes Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and the towns sur- Title Fight, a punk band from Kingston, Pa., performed on the main stage of the Vans Warped rounding the cities. Tour in 2012. The band will play in Philly on Nov. 30. | DANIELLE PARSONS TTN This prompted the creation cluding the band’s newest al- grew up going to shows in Wil- I guess, but you know we’ve of the Russin boys’ and combum “Floral Green” in 2012 kes-Barre, it’s a really thriving had 55-year-old guys come up pany’s brainchild, Title Fight, – and one underground music music scene, and when we were with us and say, “We really like an alternative punk musical act scene to make Title Fight a teenagers we would go to the your music, you know, it’s realthat packs a punch – a surprisname in Pennsylvania house [Positive Numbers Youth Crew ly cool,” and it’s really an honor ingly pleasant punch of teenage show subculture. Not only did Festival in Wilkes-Barre]... to hear. We try to reach out to wonder years. the band gain a huge fan base in Kingston and Wilkes-Barre had people who may have never Formed in 2003, origiits native Kingston and the U.S. a large impact on our music and heard of us, and also bands that nally with just Ned Russin on – being part of major festivals lives. The way that people treat sound like us. bass, Ben Russin on drums and like playing the main stage of it, how you get out of the valley TTN: A common mischildhood friend Jamie Rhoden the Vans Warped Tour in 2012 – and see everything beyond rural conception with your band on lead vocals and guitar, Title but also has gone on European Pennsylvania, it’s a huge thing is that many kids either label Fight started performing its muand North American tours. also, if you were to tell me when you guys as post-hardcore, sic at local shows throughout As part of its “Floral I was younger that I would be pop-punk or other genres. the valley. Fast forward to 2007, Green” tour, the band will play doing this, I would say “shut So straight from the source, when it added Shane Moran a show at Union Transfer in up” and I wouldn’t believe you. what would you guys call your on second guitar, and the band Philadelphia on Nov. 30. TTN: Is there a certain sound? became a force to be reckoned THE TEMPLE NEWS: audience that you guys are BR: You know, I don’t with, creating an undeniable Do you think that Kingston trying to reach with your mu- think any of us have an answer resonance of teen angst and and the surrounding area has sic? for that, we just kind of roll simple melodies that pumps up influenced your music and BR: We don’t try to reach our eyes and say punk or rock the crowd. lyrics? only one audience, obviously n’ roll. We have so many influIt took five and a half years, BEN RUSSIN: Yeah, ab- now our audience is relatively four guys, three albums – insolutely. Where we’re from, we young – a young demographic, TITLE FIGHT PAGE 13
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KEVIN STAIRIKER Fear of Music
Columnist Kevin Stairiker details the dread of deciding the best studying music.
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Choosing the right ‘notes’
Title Fight shows versatility
What music to play while studying can be a completely make or break move. After all, whatever collection of songs you choose can sometimes directly influence how close you are to breaking down in hysterics at the TECH Center. However, the music that you allow yourself to work to should be the least of your worries at the point when you start to actually get around to working. But it is important. I’m not sure about you, but if I choose to get audible with my memorizing, then the go-to is the Ramones. Along with being my favorite band when I was 13, the repetition of the Ramones’ songs makes the best background noise to soundtrack me cramming random words and sentences into my brain. It’s even better if I’m in my room while studying so I can turn lines from the songs into melodic bits of information pertinent to whatever I’m studying. Nothing quite fits studying for a quiz about colonial invaders eradicating Native American way of life like “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg).” There was also the unfortunate time when I filled out a Scantron “C-A-B-B-A” in the sorry hopes of making it almost spell out “gabba” after listening to “Pinhead” far too many times before the test. While most students will
ences from all over, and I think the problem with music nowadays is that people don’t check out music when it’s categorized in certain genres. I think it takes away from [the music]. Our sound has really progressed over the years that we don’t put a label on it anymore. TTN: Do you guys feel pigeon-holed in certain genres? BR: Yeah I think people’s perceptions can be a little skewed sometimes, [but] as long as people have an open mind and check out our music and like it for what it is, you know that’s all that matters to us. TTN: You guys will be performing with Tigers Jaw from Scranton, along with other bands in Philadelphia on Nov. 30. What’s your favorite thing about Philly? BR: I like cheesesteaks a lot – that was delicious, a good late night snack, Fishtown, shows in Philly are really cool. We’ve played during the summer for the past four years, the Rocky steps and all that stuff. I’m sure there’s cooler stuff, but that’s what mostly comes to mind. TTN: After being a part of Vans Warped Tour and tours in Europe, what would you say would be the best thing while performing a live set? BR: First of all being able to play your music live, and seeing people’s reaction when you’re playing your music, and when you’re in a room full of people going off and going crazy to your music, it’s extremely gratifying and worth it.
be spending their days studying for finals, others will be facing the onslaught of papers or end-of-term projects. These pressure-cooker situations are the proverbial toast in which music can be spread all over. For papers that are only oneto-five pages in length, sometimes I challenge myself to play music I don’t like and refuse to stop until I finish my work. It can be painful sometimes but it always gets the work done quicker if you pick something bad enough. What’s that latest Mumford & Sons album called again? If your final paper is any longer than five pages, treat yourself to something that not only has your love, but is upbeat enough to keep you energized when your cocaine boost just can’t anymore. For times such as these, the easy pick is always The Meters. The best go-go band of them all was born in the mid-‘60s and pumped out New Orleans funk until 1977. Especially with its first two albums – 1969’s self-titled record and 1970’s “Look-Ka Py Py” – a groove is locked in place early on, and if you can get in the same sort of pocket they were in, papers can go by very quickly. There is no better test of humility that I know of than the slow realization of your own head bobbing to The Me-
fell off a cliff a long time ago, presumably on top of a pile of everyone else’s.
ters in the quietest of quiet sections that Paley Library has to offer. I think it can certainly be agreed upon that if it’s easier for you to scroll through thousands of songs than to study for a final, your priorities fell off a cliff a long time ago, presumably on top of a pile of everyone else’s. In more cases than not, it’d be best to not have any music playing at all while you’re doing work, especially if you’re easily distracted. Surely no one will fault you for being one less anonymous face in the TECH Center who will eternally never realize how loud that Usher song is in his or her headphones. But if you do, pick something nice. As long as it isn’t Christmas music, you’re already off to a good start in the decisionmaking process.
FIVE SONGS TO GIVE YOU THAT EXTRA KICK WHILE STUDYING: “Chinese Rocks” – Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers “Weed Party” – Band of Horses “Cocaine Blues” – Johnny Cash “King Heroin” – James Brown “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue” – The Ramones Kevin Stairiker can be reached at email@example.com.
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LOTUS FRIDAY, NOV. 30 9 P.M. $33.15 THE ELECTRIC FACTORY 421 N. SEVENTH ST. The music scene this past fall has been on fire with top performers like the Philadelphia-based band Lotus, headlining some of the biggest events the city has seen. Performing at FDR Park this past September, Lotus put on a larger-thanlife performance, packed with four openers followed by a two hour and 10 minute set. Filled with the band’s feel-good electronic funk music, Lotus kept the crowd grooving under the night sky, closing out one of the last outdoors events of the year. Lotus fanatics have been craving for more, and with that the band will be making its third appearance to the city this year. After bringing in the New Year at Festival Pier in 2011, Lotus has been loving the Philadelphia crowd, making it one of the last stops of its tour. The multi-genre-based band incorporates features of rock, jazz, funk and electronica to produce pure grooving beats for fans to get down to. Incorporating new styles and covers with an illuminated light show behind them, Lotus will be bringing it down in their hometown for a holiday-filled finale.
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LIVE ANIMAL CENTER BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR NOW THROUGH NOV. 30 2 P.M., MONDAYSTHURSDAYS $5 PER MEMBER/ $7.50 NON-MEMBER ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES OF DREXEL UNIVERSITY 1900 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARKWAY Each month, the Academy of Natural Science dedicates a new theme to showcase in the museum and give a one-of-akind tour. Through the month of November there will be a dedication to the animals of the center, which focuses on the rehabilitation of the animals to be released back into the wild. Most of the featured animals are unwanted or exotic pets such as birds, reptiles and a vast collection of mammals from different areas of the world. Go behind the glass and ask questions, meet animals and watch as the tour guides provide care for the animals. Tours hold up to 10 members and they must all be older than eight years of age. Get close-up views of some of the biggest birds the East Coast offers as well as exotic birds from the jungles and rainforests. This type of showcase is usually only open for researchers by appointment. This event is for one month only.
BOMB THE MUSIC INDUSTRY! DEC. 2 $10 7:30 P.M., ALL AGES THE FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH OF PHILADELPHIA 2125 CHESTNUT ST. Seeing a show at The First Unitarian Church is a right of passage for devotees of the Philly punk scene. Alternative music lovers of all ages are welcome to see Nassau County, NY rockers Bomb the Music Industry! take the stage at the Chestnut Street venue. Fellow Nassau County-natives and supporting act Laura Stevenson and the Cans will offer a noticeably different sound, with Stevenson’s sweet feminine alternative-pop vocals providing listeners with melodic hooks. While this may seem like a NYdominated show, Philadelphia is represented in the other supporting acts. Indie post-hardcore band Luther will perform, as well as quintessential Philly punk group Glocca Morra. With four acts for $10 dollars, this show at The First Unitarian Church is an easy way to open your eyes and ears to a handful of new tunes.
MT. AIRY YOGA CLASS MONDAY, DEC. 3 7 P.M.-8:15 P.M. $15 SUMMIT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 6757 GREENE ST. With fall semester soon to end, stress and fatigue are the two barriers standing in every student’s way. Final projects and exams are something nobody can avoid, frustrating students with each passing day. Relieving stress is a crucial way to get your head back in the game, and taking a quick break can be the solution. Rejuvenate yourself, connect with your inner peace, clear your head and reach that sense of calm. Seated and standing yoga poses will focus your energy on your body, opening muscles for relaxation. Moving from that, there will be a number of stretches and exercises you will be taken through. Back bends, inversions and core poses will concentrate your body, strengthen your center and perfect the balance of your body. This class is primarily focused on beginner level stretching, breaking the limits to a full range of motion in your body. Get comfortable and take a breather from the daily troubles of your day, reach for success and Namaste.
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CARY CARR Let’s Be Blunt
In Cary Carr’s last column, she advises readers to smile, plan ahead and get creative.
s I write this, I am sitting in Whisper night club’s dressing room, killing time between my 20-minute sets. I am wearing fishnet stockings, a matching black and pink skirt and bra, glitter on my stomach and black combat boots. If you had told me freshman year that I would end up working as a gogo dancer, I would have laughed because, when it comes down to it, I’ve never felt all that comfortable in my own skin. In fact, I have a long history battling with the idea that I need to be a size zero to be beautiful. And while I no longer count my calories and work out seven days a week, I still have yet to find peace with my body. It’s not always easy to find inspiration to be a more confident woman, especially when I’m constantly surrounded by other dancers picking their own bodies apart, complaining about their so-called flaws, when in reality they’re all gorgeous. But the other night, at Whisper’s two-year anniversary party, I met a burlesque dancer with an eye-opening amount of confidence – the kind of poise and sexiness that I can only hope to acquire one day. She strutted around between sets, freely changing costumes and looking
in the mirror with something none of us dancers ever wear: a genuine smile. And when she performed, her happiness seriously shined through. She not only had the choreography down, but she radiated confidence, making eye contact with everyone in the audience and bearing no shame about her revealing outfit. So what was her secret? What separated her from all of us insecure gals fighting our own images in the mirror? She simply mastered the art of not caring what anyone else had to say, including society. So maybe we should all take a bit of advice from this standout burlesque dancer. Sure, a gal bearing pasties might not be your go-to source, but her who-gives-a-s--attitude is clearly working for her. And once you stop sweating the small stuff and give yourself a much-needed break, life decisions don’t seem so daunting anymore. As this is my last column – I know, I’m sad too – here’s my final piece of advice: Let it go, smile more, care less and eat more cake.
you misspelled your own name won’t go undetected. And honestly, it can be pretty rewarding when you see the final product of all your hard work. You’ll be proud to hand it in and won’t be freaking out over whether or not you’re going to pass or fail. Also important: make sure you set aside some you time to relieve that overwhelming thiswill-never-end feeling. Double stress-reliever points if you get your butt to the gym. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, energetic and creative. Breathe easy—it will all be over soon.
“Once you stop
sweating the small stuff and give yourself a much needed break, life decisions don’t seem so daunting anymore.
Q: HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO BALANCE MULTIPLE PAPERS AND TESTS DURING FINALS WEEK?
A: Get ahead! Seriously, make a schedule right now. Each night, dedicate a couple hours to working on a research paper, studying or finishing that final project. Having designated dates planned in advance will ease your stress and make you feel a whole lot more prepared. Cramming is never a good idea, and while you may think your professors won’t notice, your sloppily done paper in which
POTLUCKS WITH A PURPOSE: BLACK GOLD - COMPOSTING ON CAMPUS / TEMPLE CONTEMPORARY, TYLER SCHOOL OF ART / TODAY, NOV. 27, 7 P.M. – 8 P.M. / FREE The Green Council will host its first “Potluck with a Purpose,” where students will have the opportunity to discuss the possibilities of composting on Main Campus. Students for Environmental Action will be passing around a petition calling for the use of biodegradable containers in the Student Center.
THE AMERICAN IDEA OF MUSEUMS: A CONVERSATION / PALEY LIBRARY, LECTURE HALL / NOV. 29 / 4 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. / FREE Guest speakers will lecture on how the history of American museums differs from the European model of museums. The lecturers include, Steven Conn, a professor at Ohio State University, Susan Glassman, director of the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia, and Blake Bradford, director of education at the Barnes Foundation.
Q: I’M TOO BROKE TO BUY MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY NICE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. WHAT CAN I GIVE THEM?
A: I know it’s totally cliché, but it really is the thought that counts. You don’t need to empty your wallet to get your mom a Kindle or your best friend a new Michael Kors watch – is it just me or is anyone else obsessed? Even when people have asked me for specific presents, I always find that they like my surprises better. Just recently, I surprised my boyfriend with a birthday present that didn’t break the bank when I asked my talented roomie to paint a picture of the two of us. And every time I write my mom a poem as a present, she ends up in tears. But if you aren’t quite the creative type, there are cheap things you can scrounge together. One idea: get a mason jar, fill it with fruit – my personal favorites are strawberries and kiwi – and then soak vodka in it for a few days. Tie a bow on it,
TEMPLE MADE: BEHIND THE SCENES / EDWARD H. ROSEN HILLEL CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE / TOMORROW, NOV. 28 / 7 P.M. – 9 P.M. / FREE Neiman, the advertising agency behind the Temple Made campaign, will offer an inside look on the mechanics of the campaign that kicked off this year. Light refreshments and hor d’oeuvres will be served.
OWLCAPPELLA’S WINTER CONCERT / ROCK HALL / DEC. 1 / 7:30 P.M. – 9 P.M. / FREE OwlCappella will have its annual winter concert, although entry is free there will be raffle tickets sold to raise money for OwlCappella’s upcoming EP. The winner of the raffle will win the opportunity to choose a song for OwlCappella to perform in its spring concert.
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and you have a simple-to-make concoction that barely costs a thing. Or get a cute, little basket, decorate it with some personal pictures and fill it with the special someone’s favorite treats. Put that wallet away and get creative.
Q: HOW DO I DEAL WITH A TEACHER WHO I DON’T LIKE?
A: Before I begin, let me remind you that we all have had to deal with teachers who are less than interesting, fair, normal, etc. at some time during college. For instance, I once had a teacher who didn’t come to class, and when our class called him to ask if he would be coming in, his response was “class was optional today.” Um, is it just me, or does an optional class still require the teacher? Mind you, this was at eight in the morning in Center City while it was raining. And while I really wanted to throw my binder full of useless notes on how to form a paragraph – seriously, I think we can leave that lesson behind in elementary school – at this certain professor, I instead worked my hardest for the remainder of the semester and ignored his screw ups. Because in the end, there’s not much you can do but grin and bear it. And while you may cringe at the sound of your professor’s voice, other students might enjoy his or her lecture because each of us has our own preferences when it comes to teaching methods. Just remember, you can’t win them all.
Olivia Katulka and Jessica Rodgers film a scene for their documentary “Going Steady.” | LAURA ORINGER TTN
Pennsylvania. And the last one, “Flush,” is a critique on the best and worst toilets on Main Campus. Each group went through the process of pitching ideas, conducting intensive research, holding technical and production meetings and writing, all culminating in each group’s narrative innovation. Olivia Katulka, a senior MSP major, took the class in order to gain more knowledge and experience for her concentration in TV production. But Katulka found the class to be so much more. “This class has definitely Cary Carr can be reached at shown me a desire to do email@example.com. lance documentary [work], not necessarily as my career, just to do more things regarding production and being able to tell a story that’s improbable to me through documentary,” Katulka said. Katulka, who is part of the “Going Steady” team, added, “Weatherston has shown so many different documentaries that range from comical to heart-wrenching. Documentaries are more than informative, they can tug at your heart strings, make you cry and see different aspects of different
people’s lives around the world and learn about various things you’ve never known before.” Nick Lucier, a junior MSP major who is also a part of the “Going Steady” team, has also been charmed by the allure of the documentary genre. “[The class] opened my mind to trying other things that are more long term than television production,” Lucier said. The five documentaries created and produced by the students will have an opportunity to be shown to Temple students and faculty on Dec. 11, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The location is still to be determined. The genre of media production course is an introductory course for any type of student, whether they are a novice or a veteran in media production. Weatherston sums up the unique nature of documentaries in this one simple idea for anyone interested in creating documentaries: “It’s not news, it’s not propaganda, it’s not journalism – it’s sort of its own way of showing and expressing interesting facets of the world, people, places, things.” Indira Jimenez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Britain fosters its love of railways
AMELIA BRUST Temple on the Thames
Columnist Amelia Brust details her British railway experience during her fall break.
few weeks ago, Temple London got a week-long fall break from classes and internships – I know, our lives are so hard. To most, the word “break” translates loosely from the original Latin form of “to travel.” During my break, I embraced my full Anglophilia and backpacked through the north of England and Scotland, relying heavily on trains. Using East Midlands, Northern Rail, Virgin and TransPennine Express trains, I moved effortlessly from national parks to former industrial giants. While ancient Greece had perhaps the world’s first railway, a single track to deliver cargo from the sea, trains as we know them are an English invention, born of the Industrial Revolution of the early 1800s. The first twin-track railway stretched 35 miles from Liverpool to Manchester. The trains were built mostly by Irish immigrants, called navigational engineers – or navvies, the same ones who later went to the U.S. and built the American railways, along with the Chinese immigrants. In replacing carriages, and the canals built just a few years earlier, they were all the rage
after their unveiling. More than 150 years later, trains are still an integral part of British life and culture. They possess a kind of romanticism, taking passengers through the most remote rolling countryside to and from the dense bustling cities. A ticket collector roams through the aisles. If you go to the dining car at the front you’ll find a woman selling snacks and booze from a “trolley.” It’s easy to see why Britain chose to simply beef up its trains rather than everybody buying a car. When done right, trains are so much more efficient. No tolls, no bridges, no stops at the gas station. When you’re a small country you can do that. To be fair, the U.S. could have done it a long time ago, but now it’s probably too late. So we have to make do with Amtrak. Woo hoo! I booked all my tickets through the massively convenient TheTrainLine.com, with tickets costing £44, or $70. Cleverly, I chose to pick up all tickets at the station. What I failed to factor in was that the first journey began at St. Pancras International station at 6:10 a.m. on Saturday. Now, maybe I forgot to mention in my last columns that the Tube does not run between 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.? I forgot myself. And so at 2 a.m., I was borrowing a roommate’s computer to check the best night bus to get me across town in time to find the station, find the ticket kiosk, print my ticket, buy coffee and board the train. All of this would have to be done on no sleep, having come back from a concert just a few hours earlier, and in the freezing wind that chose to befall London that evening. Such elements resulted in me sitting on a bus bench in Trafalgar Square at 4:30 a.m., wearing a beret under my sweatshirt and my pea coat, clutching the bulging duffel bag and lunchbox I would be carrying around for the next eight days. It got better after that. St. Pancras was awash with early voyagers, almost all of
them alive and moving briskly with their suitcases. Traveling so early in the morning brings on an adrenaline rush you won’t find anywhere else. On the East Midlands train I took that day to Chesterfield, which proved to be my favorite company, I got a seat at the table with two other young and sleepy travelers. To any riders, I highly recommend getting the table if you can. The elbow room is significantly greater and you get a full-sized window. The Northern Rail train from Liverpool to Oxenholme was slightly less comfortable, and the TransPennine Express train to take me from Windermere to Glasgow was 10 to 15 minutes late. Hardly deal-breakers. To use the bathrooms most trains have a small passageway between cars, accessible by opening a pair of sliding Star Trek doors, where the bathroom is located. While waiting on the platform at Windermere, three or four trains passed through the station without stopping, giving an insight into what trainspotters were talking about all this time. I never understood the appeal before – and let me be clear, I don’t refer to Irvine Welsh’s interpretation of injecting heroin into the “tracks” of your forearm. I mean the other kind. The conductor signals the station by blowing the horn, and before you realize it a hundredton caterpillar flies past you, causing everything around you to shake and tremor until it’s gone, and you can faintly see the red Virgin logo fade into the distance. I’ll miss them when I go home. The promptness, the smooth ride, the quietness of the cars, it all links to an English sensibility that everyone in the country is connected, and by God if one person arrives on time, that means we all arrive on time. Amelia Brust can be reached at email@example.com.
TransPennine Express transports travelers throughout England and is one of the few train operating companies that runs 24 hours a day. | AMELIA BRUST TTN
Alumna transitions from blogger to published author
Anna Goldfarb, author of the blog Shmitten Kitten, tries her hand at print with her first book, “Clearly, I Didn’t Think This Through.” ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF The Temple News
Anna Goldfarb released her book, “Clearly, I Didn’t Think This Through.” Goldfarb graduated with a master’s degree in journalism in 2008. | COURTESY DOM SAVINI
Anna Goldfarb was an aspiring writer when she began studying in Temple’s master of journalism program. Although she was constantly being told the print industry was dying, she managed to make her education work for her in the blogosphere. Goldfarb, creator of the blog Shmitten Kitten, recently published her first book “Clearly, I Didn’t Think This Through: The Story of One Tall Girl’s Impulsive, Ill-Conceived, and Borderline Irresponsible Life Decisions.” In her recent book signing and reading in Annenberg Hall, she returned to the place where her affinity for blogging began, and her love of writing found an outlet that would ultimately bring her success. Goldfarb, who graduated in 2008, remembered discovering her passion for blogging and similar writing during one of her classes. “I had to take a computerassisted research class, and that class changed my life, because part of the coursework was to create a blog,” Goldfarb said. “I started Cupcake Brigade, about short guys and Fall Out Boy, it taught me how to write a blog.” Initially, she said, she was interested in writing about the music industry, but Goldfarb said living in Philadelphia
wasn’t the environment that she felt she needed to do that, preferring New York’s music scene. In lieu of abandoning music coverage, Goldfarb said her transition to writing about her personal experiences was something out of her comfort zone, but also what she has now come to enjoy. On initiating this change of writing style, she said, “you’re really putting yourself out there. I can honestly say I wouldn’t have started if it weren’t for [that computer-assisted research] class. It’s overwhelming to start a blog.” Luckily for Goldfarb, her willingness to try her hand at a new take on writing paid off. She credits the popularity of her blog, Shmitten Kitten, with her success in the writing industry, noting her experience with blogging throughout college and graduate school as being important learning opportunities. During that time, she took a lot of notes on how to have a blog, she said. “You need to have consistency, so your readers know what to expect,” Goldfarb said. “One of the reasons I started Shmitten Kitten was because I heard the Metro needed a relationship columnist, and I knew they would need to see something that made me look applicable. Having a blog will showcase your skills, and your
employers will be able to see that.” Goldfarb recommends aspiring journalists and writers of any kind take advantage of the opportunity to write a blog. Starting a blog is a major commitment, as she described, stressing that it will consume the author’s time. “It’s the worst feeling in the world when you don’t do a post and you feel that you haven’t contributed,” she said. “That’s bloggers guilt. I’m a junkie, I seek that blogger high.” Her consistency with Shmitten Kitten has led to the establishment of a large reader base, its target audience mostly women, potentially of all ages, who appreciate Goldfarb’s lighthearted and entertaining approach to relationships. According to the selfproclaimed “kitten-in-chief’s” About Me page, Shmitten Kitten is a “blog about dating for people who would probably never read a blog about dating.” The success of her blog allowed Goldfarb to receive the attention of a literary agent, who came to her after reading her work. She said she was excited by this offer, and felt very lucky to be approached by an agent. “He wanted me to put a book out, and I was like, ‘yeah, I think I can do that. My schedule’s pretty open,’” Goldfarb said. Appropriately, she said the
most rewarding aspect of the success of “Clearly, I Didn’t Think This Through” was her parents’ pride in her accomplishment. “I think they can’t believe that this woman who doesn’t get dressed until 2 p.m. on a Wednesday is accomplishing this great thing,” Goldfarb said. In conversation, the author is charming, quirky and immediately likeable, laughing at her experiences living with her parents as a woman in her 30s and dating guys who are 5 inches shorter than her 6-foot-1-inch stature. Goldfarb said, “I wanted [the book] to feel like you were talking to me, like exactly how I talk. I try to be true to how I talk.” Goldfarb, who wants women to be inspired by her writing, said the decline of the print journalism industry is a “legitimate concern” but doesn’t believe there is a lack of opportunity for today’s students. “You just have to put the work in and keep getting better,” she said. “And have fun with it, because then you can take it so far. Most people who are successful just found something they like to do and ran with it.” Erin Edinger-Turoff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Coffey memorial blood drive enters its third year
Keep the Drive Alive is held annually on Main Campus and in Manhattan, Kan., to commemorate Kevin Coffey, a deceased student. DIANA DAVID The Temple News The average person may not be aware that every day there are people who are in need of blood transfusions – more than 44,000 according to the American Red Cross. Eligible blood donors, less than 38 percent of the U.S. population, are encouraged to donate frequently, especially those with Type O blood. In the spirit of regular blood donation, the third annual Keep the Drive Alive: The Kevin Coffey Memorial Blood Drive was held on Nov. 21, to honor Coffey, a Temple student who died in a bus accident in September 2010. Coffey, a regular blood donor, has been the inspiration for annual blood drives on Main Campus and in his hometown of Manhattan, Kan. This year the blood drive displayed a good turnout of donors in the Student Center Underground. Throughout the venue donors could be seen waiting their turn, getting mini physicals and lying down on tables getting blood drawn. Donors were given free travel mugs.
Keep the Drive Alive was coordinated by Coffey’s closest friends: Amanda Folk, Christine Boegemann, Jake Adams and Brooks Rudy. Due to Coffey’s rare blood type, his generosity enabled him to donate whenever he was eligible to do so. Coffey inspired many of his friends to be regular blood donors as well. “The importance of donating [blood], besides the fact of natural disasters, is because there are patients all over who are suffering from thin blood diseases. The operations that they have might call for blood transfusions in order to help fight their disease,” said Adrienne Gaugler, a senior film and media arts major. Gaugler said it was her third time donating blood and her motivation to do so was inspired by the memory of Coffey. Gaugler added Coffey’s kindness, humor and extraordinary knowledge of the world made him an exceptional international business student in the honors program. “Kevin was an inspiration to a lot of people,” Gaugler said. “He was smart. He traveled the world and he was just an overall inspiring kid.” Folk, a senior kinesiology
major and one of the coordinators of Keep the Drive Alive, said her first time donating was through the memorial blood drive held for Coffey two years ago. “I’m still nervous, but I’m still donating,” Folk said. Folk added that the importance of donating blood throughout life and not just when disasters strike is an important part of making sure hospitals are always in supply of blood. “People need blood every single day of every single year so it’s super important to give,” Folk said. Since Folk will be graduating soon, she said she will be unable to actively coordinate Keep the Drive Alive like she has in the past. “All of his really close friends are still here,” Folk said. “Next year, it’ll be a little bit more difficult so my organization and one of the fraternities at Temple have decided to join together to try and carry on the tradition of the blood drive for the next couple of years.” Gaugler said the process of donating blood is a very meticulous one. Donors have to be cognizant of what kind of physical activities they have engaged in
during the past year in order to be even considered to donate blood. “There are a lot of restrictions when it comes to donating blood,” Gaugler said. “The packet distributed to potential donors lists certain countries that if visited during a certain time period [prevent] you [from doating blood] and there are restrictions about piercings and tattoos [attained] within the past six months.” Sick and anemic people are not allowed to donate, Gaugler said. Usually, a blood sample is taken to see whether or not the donor is anemic. There are certain weight and height limitations for donors in high school and college. Gaugler said that the questions asked include sexual history as well, because of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV and AIDS. This year Keep the Drive Alive filled up all the scheduled time slots for blood donations and took walk-ins. Students interested in donating blood can check the full guidelines at Redcrossblood.org. Diana David can be reached at email@example.com.
Donors lie down on a table while getting their blood drawn at Keep the Drive Alive on Nov. 21. | LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN
BETTE PAGE 7 ways to make his monologues more conversational. “It had a lot to do with coloring the words and making everything as specific as I could and for a while it did sound very professor-like and me just lecturing to the audience,” Botwick said. “You know you find certain ways to color the things and make them interesting and along the way I speak in a more conversational voice.” Botwick added that part of his character’s goal as a narrator is to attempt to intellectualize his family, “because he thinks by doing that he’ll solve or figure out why he is the way he is.” Kyra Baker, a senior theater major, plays Bette, her first lead role in a mainstage show at Temple. Unlike Botwick, Baker had to test her comedy skills playing a satire of Durang’s mother. “That was difficult, trying to find this wacky lady who is going through these very serious problems,” Baker said. “That was the hardest thing for me to bring together, I had a really hard time understanding how this was a comedy the first time I read the play. This [role] has definitely been more challenging.” As Bette, Baker had to balance being the source of comedy while suffering through an alcoholic husband and miscarriages, which were problems indicative of the times. “I think after we’ve gotten a few performances under our belt it’s become a lot more relatable to a lot of people, since it’s so hard to find happy families,” Baker said. “I mean now people go to therapy and stuff and that’s good but the starting point of the play is 1948 when Bette and Boo get married and it was of the times to sort of not self reflect so they kind of [get married] without knowing who each other was.” Baker added she is still aiming to connect with her character throughout the run of the show. “Sometimes I don’t even think it [has] clicked all the way, it [has] been clicking more and more but I think there’s time to grow and I think that’s right because she’s still getting to know herself,” Baker said. “I think I really click most with this character in the second act because in the first act when she’s younger she does not know who she is. She knows what she likes, she likes cute things and she wants to have a big family but I think in the second act she [has a better grasp of] who she is.” The outlandish nature of Bette and the rest of the characters inspired
the design of the set, which is circusthemed with striped tents setting the stage and all of the actors sitting around the edge when they are not an active part of the scene. “The characters are archetypal, clowns if you will, of a unique type which led to my choice of scene design with the circus motif,” Kern said. Unlike the “clowns” everyone else in the cast played, Botwick had the only grounded of the 11 characters featured in “Bette and Boo.” “It really helps you feel how crazy [Matt] felt because these people are insane and I’m just this regular normal person and how am I supposed to deal with these larger-than-life sort of characters,” Botwick said. “So it definitely helps to get me into those places I needed to be.” “Bette and Boo’s” cast is evenly split between five undergraduates, four graduates in the master of fine arts acting program and one in the MFA directing program. “I think the graduate actors come to the material with a greater sense of the style of the piece, a greater sense of skill with comedy in general, certainly a lot more experience,” Kern, who is also the head of graduate acting, said. “So I think they were kind of able to set the bar as it were and I think the undergrads were able to get a much better sense of where the world of the play lives as a result of working with the grads. The great thing about [having] a graduate class like ours, working alongside our undergraduate program, is the fact the undergrads get to see how a professional would approach material and what their work ethic is.” Both Baker and Botwick credit working with the graduate students as inspiration to work harder on the production. “I loved working with the graduate actors,” Botwick said. “To know these people had professional experience and I was just able to pick their brains all day and just watch them perform and pick up little things – even just watching them warm up and the kind of stuff they do to develop their characters was very interesting. I like having professionals around because any of those questions or fears I have for when I graduate I can confide in them.” Playing in Randall Theater, “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” will run through Dec. 1. Luis Fernando Rodriguez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Top) Kyra Baker and Tim Dugan portray the characters of Bette and Boo. (Bottom) Boo, Bette and Matt – portrayed by Ethan Botwick – in one of the final scenes of “The Marriage of Bette and Boo.” | LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN
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Transfers, bench provide offense in third game hit a three-pointer and graduate guard T.J. DiLeo made two free throws. The Temple starters accounted for 72 of the team’s 77 points. But the two transfers stepped up in game three against Delaware. “[O’Brien] and [Pepper] are going to get more comfortable as the season goes on,” senior guard Khalif Wyatt said. “I think [Pepper] played his best game [against Delaware]. He was playing with a lot more confidence and was comfortable.” “I think those two guys were more focused and more confident coming into this game,” redshirt-senior forward Scootie Randall said. “I think with more and more people scoring, it takes the pressure off the [starters] to come through. I
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think they’re going to be great on this team, a lot of talented for us in the next stretch of guys,” O’Brien said. “When games.” teams double down on them O’Brien, a 6-foot-9-inch it frees me up for some open forward with an outside shot, shots.” has scored 18 of his 22 points Pepper has yet to assert so far this seahimself in his son from beyond first season of the arc. He shot eligibility at 2-for-4 from Temple. Afthree on Nov. ter playing 23 13 against Kent minutes in the State, 1-for-2 season opener against Rice and against Kent 3-for-5 against State, he was Delaware. His on the court for .545 three-point four minutes percentage leads against Rice. Khalif Wyatt / senior guard He shot 1-forthe team. “[O’Brien’s] 4 against Kent a valuable asset because he can State and turned the ball over step away from the basket and four times, and couldn’t get make shots,” Dunphy said. “His anything going against Rice. minutes will go up as well.” However, Pepper was more “We have a lot of weapons aggressive against Delaware.
[Pepper] are going to get more comfortable as the season goes on.
He took a season-high six shots, including five three-point attempts. He had six points, three rebounds and an assist in 15 minutes. “[Pepper] probably can be one of our best defenders,” Wyatt said. “He’s strong and aggressive and can get to the rim. Right now he’s hitting threes, but he can do a lot more. As the season goes on, I think he’s going to show [everybody].” Dunphy said Pepper is still shaking off the rust of having to sit out last year after transferring from West Virginia. “I think it’s one of the hardest things to do in all of college sports, doing what he did,” Dunphy said. “To be a player and being told you can transfer, but you can’t play next year, it’s a hard thing. You don’t feel a part of things. And he’s working
through that.” DiLeo continues to play significant minutes as the team’s sixth man. DiLeo had three points, three assists and a career-high four steals against Delaware. Though sophomore guard Will Cummings has made the start at point guard in the first three games, DiLeo has played better in more minutes. DiLeo is averaging 4.7 points per game in 25.7 minutes while Cummings averages 3.7 points in 16.3 minutes. DiLeo averages more assists, rebounds and steals per game than Cummings, and has committed less turnovers in more minutes. “We know what we’re going to get out of [DiLeo] each game,” Randall said. “He’s a very unselfish type of guy and wants to help the team win in whatever way possible.”
Despite the fact that the Owls are off to their best start since the 2000-01 season, Dunphy said Temple has to “get better at everything” before the upcoming two-week stretch when the team plays five games in 14 days. “It’s great to win games, but it’s even better to win games when you’re playing well,” Dunphy said. “I’m happy to be 3-0, I’d like us to be playing a little bit better basketball right now, but we’ll take it and move on.” The stretch begins tomorrow, Nov. 28, at Buffalo (2-5). Joey Cranney can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @joey_cranney.
Owls take shelter from fire Sloppy play results in loss ISRAEL PAGE 20 ed with everything that is going portance of going home to be on in Israel.” with their families and plane While Dayan has worried tickets have been purchased.” constantly for her family’s safeCoach Tonya Cardoza and ty, Peddy learned how to man- the rest of the Owls stay up-toage the situation with the help date with the news as much as of her team. possible and make it a point to “[City officials] keep us make sure one of their newest updated with all members is security alerts,” OK and coping Peddy said. “If as best as posanything happens sible. our coaches and “ We ’ r e teammates make a family so sure that we are we’re defiOK.” nitely going “Israeli to look out for teammates talk[Dayan] and ing about ‘Relax, make sure,” don’t be afraid Cardoza said. of the bombings. “Obviously May Dayan / freshman guard It’s normal,’” she she’s not the tweeted on Nov. 14. type of person that’s going to sit Despite the security mea- here and moan about it or whatsures several players in the Is- ever.” rael D-I league have left to stay “She’s not going to let anywith family, Peddy said. body know that something’s “Some players have been bothering her unless you’re moved out of their city to a asking her questions,” Cardoza safer place, practices have been added. “So she’s not really talkcanceled and games have been ing about it, but we’ve made a postponed,” Peddy said. “Some point to talk to her about it to players have expressed the im- see how she is doing.”
away, I have no idea what’s going on. It’s hard to be here and not be with them.
TURNOVERS PAGE 20 Dayan didn’t let the stress affect her on the court, maintaining the importance of her other family: her teammates. “When I play basketball I try to be focused on basketball,” Dayan said. Peddy, meanwhile, said she was less focused on her career and more worried about keeping safe and adjusting to the unfortunate lifestyle that comes with living in Israel. “However, I don’t think that I would ever get to a point where I would be completely comfortable with this situation, but I thank everyone for their efforts in trying to keep me safe and also giving me a piece of mind,” Peddy said. Peddy’s next scheduled game is on Dec. 3. Dayan takes the court again for the Owls tomorrow, Nov. 28, for the first time since the firing ceased. Both players said they hope the truce continues. Jake Adams can be reached at Jacob.firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @jakeadams520.
ing to keep happening. I have against Bowling Green on Nov. to get in the gym even more, 28. I have to change the way I’m “I saw them play [Nov. 19] playing.” against Purdue,” Cardoza said. However, Cardoza said she “I don’t know a lot about them. isn’t pointing the finger at one But I do know that it doesn’t individual player. When asked matter what [Bowling Green] if she would does, because if consider a linewe turn the ball up adjustment to over, we’re not help remedy her going to win.” team’s sloppy Coached play, she said it by Jennifer wouldn’t make Roos, Bowling a difference unGreen (3-2) til the team as a went 24-7 overwhole begins to all and 14-2 in value the ball. MAC play last “We’re all season. The turning it over, team is led by guards and post guard Tonya Cardoza / coach senior players,” CarChrissy Steffen, doza said. “The thing is, most who is averaging 12.2 points of the time we’re playing pretty and 4.8 rebounds per game. good defense and we’re getting The Falcons also present a really good stops. But if you’re strong front court, consisting of getting stops and then going redshirt-senior center Danielle down the other end and turning Havel, who averages 10 points the basketball over, it defeats and 6.8 rebounds per game, the purpose.” and redshirt-junior power forAmidst the turnover epi- ward Alexis Rogers, averaging demic, the Owls will now shift six points and 6.5 rebounds per their focus to the road match-up game.
matter what [Bowling Green] does, because if we turn the ball over, we’re not going to win.
As for the Owls, Cardoza said the team did not participate in a Thanksgiving tournament due to scheduling conflicts. Williams, distraught over her own play, said she spent her week-long break just trying to get better. “[The Rutgers game] was upsetting,” Williams said. “That was a game we should have won. I know the days off that I have, I’ll be in the gym and I’m hoping my teammates will be in the gym. We have to find it inside of ourselves, we have to want to get better.” Tyler Sablich can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @TySablich.
Senior class leaves legacy as martyrs FOOTBALL PAGE 20 successful amid conference realignment and others call disappointing after the program’s most successful season in 30 years in 2011. The season muddles the legacy of the senior class, which went to two bowl games but didn’t have success in the Big East. The class finished with 30 wins, one shy of the record set by the 2011 class. The class helped captured the first bowl win at Temple since 1979 in the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl, but lost in the 2009 EagleBank Bowl. Coach Steve Addazio said the class’ greatest contribution was the willingness to compete in the Big East this season on short notice. “They were trail blazers,” Addazio said. “They took their senior year and had to come in with six months notice into this conference and they had to lay themselves down so everyone else could walk over them in the future. They cut a path and we’ll take that path and we’re going to grow on it.” Addazio spoke of the development of his young team throughout the season. The Owls played 19 freshmen against Syracuse and played 15 freshmen per game on average. Addazio said the emphasis on the underclassmen will continue in the offseason. “Tuesday [Nov. 27] will start the most difficult, most competitive offseason training program that’s ever been done
here at this university,” Addazio said. “We are going to get going for the next season, and it’s going to be one rough, competitive, tough deal. That’s what is going to happen here.” “It’s going to be harder. It’s going to be more of a grind,” Addazio added. “It’s going to be more of win/lose. We’re going to develop toughness. We’re going to get bigger and stronger. And they’re excited about it. They can’t wait for it.” The offseason will not be without some major losses, however. Brown and senior running back Montel Harris move on, leaving a hole to be filled by an inexperienced backfield. Safety Justin Gildea, defensive end Marcus Green and offensive lineman Martin Wallace, captains on both sides of the ball, will graduate. The Owls will also lose the program’s all-time leading scorer Brandon McManus, who has kicked every field goal at Temple since his freshman year and has handled punting duties for the past two. “[McManus] was a great player here,” Addazio said. “He’s done tremendous things. We’re going to really miss him. He’s a playmaker. He’s a weapon. He’s a hell of a football player. He’s a bona fide Division I BCS football player.”
McManus, who will train in the spring and hopes to play professionally, said he and the senior class made it their mission this year to prove those wrong who thought Temple could never be competitive in the Big East. “Everyone picked us dead last in the Big East, and it was definitely a rebuilding year,” McManus said. “The senior class was tough. It was a small group, but it was tight -knit. We knew what we had to do coming into the Big East to try to put Temple on the map.” Brown Steve Addazio / coach and Harris developed an amicable relationship after initially butting heads about playing time. Brown earned the starting role before the season prior to Harris transferring from Boston College and warranting a large portion of the carries. Brown said he opened up to his teammate at some point in the season and accepted his share of carries. Now, he calls Harris his “best friend” and the two plan to train together in Atlanta in the spring to prepare for the NFL Draft. “[Brown’s] a unique per-
trail blazers... They had to lay themselves down so everyone else could walk over them in the future.
son,” Harris said. “There’s not too many guys like him. I’m just glad I came here and was able to meet him. We have a great relationship.” Addazio also singled out Brown as a senior who he’s built a relationship with. Addazio disciplined Brown when he first arrived at Temple, suspending him in Spring 2011 for getting into a verbal altercation with a teammate and an assistant coach, but the coach has entrusted the roles of running back, punt returner and kick returner to Brown during the past two seasons. Addazio gave Brown perhaps the biggest hug of any of the 12 seniors on Senior Day. “Matt and I have got a unique relationship,” Addazio said. “I believe in Matt and I’ve stuck with Matt through these hard times. Matt is who he is, and he’s a volatile guy who’s very competitive. But what I appreciate about Matt: He’s a Senior Montel Harris became Temple’s ninth 1,000-yard competitor. I love competitors. rusher in his only year with the team.| HUA ZONG TTN I’m going to go the extra mile go out there, I’m a soldier, and ing about,” Addazio said. “But for these guys that go the extra I think that’s what he respects we’re going to grow. I like the mile on the field. Matt Brown about me.” reload. I really do. A year or two and I have gone the extra mile.” Addazio now has a full year years from now, this team is go“When [Addazio] first got to recruit to the Big East and ing to be full of a bunch of good here, I learned a hard lesson,” a full offseason to prepare for football players and in a really Brown said. “Since then, I feel the conference’s elevated talent good place.” like we’re the same type of perlevel. A tall task for some, but son. We always came together, Joey Cranney can be reached at Addazio wouldn’t have it any then we’d get into it a little bit, firstname.lastname@example.org other way. He said he’s never but we’d come back together. or on Twitter @joey_cranney. felt more energized by a team in It’s love. He knows that I’d run his coaching career. through a brick wall on that “Does that mean we’re football field for him, no matter going to be 12-0 next year? how angry or sad I was. When I Well that’s not what I’m talk-
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Point guards contrast speed and consistency larities end there. The different style of play each player brings to the court offers a chance for the offense to perform at different levels. Cummings played sparingly his freshman season, averaging 6.3 minutes a game. IBRAHIM JACOBS While he lacks the experience Assistant Sports Editor that DiLeo has, he possesses a speed element not found anyMEN’S BASKETBALL C o m i n g where else on the roster. With into the season, coach Fran the speed Cummings plays at Dunphy had made it clear who however, mistakes are more would be receiving the major- common, something DiLeo has ity of playing time and starting avoided throughout his career. minutes at each position on the “With [DiLeo] we know floor. With his two through five what we are going to get out positions being filled with up- of him each and every day,” perclassmen or the previous redshirt-senior forward Scootie season’s starters, only one ques- Randall said. “He is not going tion remained: Who would play to hurt us in any way, he is a the point guard very unselfish spot? type of guy and Numerihe just wants to cally, the point help the team in guard is the ‘1’ any way posposition, howsible.” ever, three games Cummings into the season, started the secno clear No. 1 ond half and has emerged. played the first Last season, minutes Fran Dunphy / coach four Juan Fernandez against Delastarted in every game for the ware on Nov. 25 before sitting Owls at point guard and aver- the final 16 minutes after comaged 32.3 minutes per game. mitting his third foul. This led In his absence, sophomore to extra playing time for DiLeo, Will Cummings has received who, for the third straight game, the starting nod in every game, received more minutes despite yet trails graduate T.J. DiLeo not starting. in playing time. Cummings has “It doesn’t bother me at averaged 16.3 minutes per game all,” DiLeo said about coming compared to DiLeo’s 25.6, off the bench. “I think it’s part something Dunphy said he isn’t of the coaching strategy. I’m concerned about. happy I am in there, but [Cum“I think they are a good mings] is a great player and he two-headed monster for us at helps out the team a lot.” this point,” Dunphy said. “They Dunphy echoed Randall in both do different things.” describing DiLeo as unselfish. While the two guards both “[Cummings] made a really play the same position, the simi- nice drive to the basket in the
T.J. DiLeo and Will Cummings have both earned minutes at point guard.
“I think they
are a good twoheaded monster for us at this point.
Men’s basketball has shuffled its lineup at point guard between Will Cummings and T.J. DiLeo.|TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN second half, the first guy off the bench to cheer him on is DiLeo,” Dunphy said. “It’s all about the team for him. If the roles were reversed and Will played 29 minutes and T.J. played 11, you wouldn’t hear one word out of him.” Aside from the playing time differential, the players have posted relatively similar numbers. Cummings has 11 points on the season, giving him a higher point-per-minute rate
than DiLeo who has posted 14. The one area they differ is the assist to turnover ratio. For every four assists, Cummings turns the ball over five times compared to DiLeo’s one, a number that Dunphy said is more indicative of the player’s styles than talents. “As we go through practices it’s usually the same thing,” Dunphy said. “With [DiLeo] there is a reliability there, and [Cummings] is starting to get
better and understand his role.” “[Cummings’] quickness and his willingness to defend and do whatever it takes on offense is real key to what we are trying to do,” Randall said. Temple’s next matchup will be tomorrow, Nov. 28, at Buffalo, and while no indication that Cummings will not start has been made, both players will likely see substantial minutes. “They are learning every day and I think they are going
to be a good tandem throughout the year,” Dunphy said. “I am impressed with how they are playing off of one another as well.” Ibrahim Jacobs can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @ibrahimjacobs.
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the Owls had a similar competition schedule to years past. “[Hammond] would have grown frustrated and he would have been left behind because we would have been in race boats,” Perkins said. “He would have never had time to get out and hone in on the skills needed to get down the course, so he would have quit out of frustration or been left aside.” “Twenty-two out of 30 guys who raced this year were, for whatever reason, not wearing a Temple uniform last year,” Perkins added. Among those rowing as an Owl for the first time is junior Zephyr Dippel who transferred
from Philadelphia University two years ago but was landlocked last season due to a herniated disk. Dippel said he understood the reason for the Owls’ minimal schedule during the fall. “I think next year, we won’t have as many new guys,” Dippel said. “This year, we had a lot of new guys, and we had to teach them the Temple stroke.” However, Dippel noted some drawbacks and reservations he had about the lack of competition. “I want to race more in the fall,” Dippel said. “I want to get as much racing experience as possible, even though the races
we would have done are head races.” “It’s still a race; it’s still game day,” Dippel added. “I really like that ritual of getting ready for a race.” The preparation for the Frostbite and Braxton regattas were inevitably a bit more peculiar than previously since they were the only competitions. Prior to the regattas, White said the team was eager to please the staff and “ready to bite someone’s head off.” “We were hungry to race because we have all of this built up...it’s almost like we have built up testosterone,” Dippel said.
However, competitive spirit was fostered before the the regattas began. With a roster of more than 40 rowers needing to be trimmed to 30, the incoming freshmen had to compete with the upperclassmen to make the team. “Inner-squad competition is better than anything else,” senior Mike Mirabella said. “You don’t want to not be in the top boat in the spring.” As tension and anticipation built toward the regattas, Perkins and White thought they had a decent team. However, they were not quite sure just how well the team would do in their lone weekend of competition.
By the conclusion of the Owls’ events in the Braxton regatta, Temple had finished with four first-place finishes. “Sometimes, a weapon becomes dull and blunted if you don’t use it, but that wasn’t the case,” Perkins said. “This fall we did enough competitive stuff during practice that they stayed feisty and were ready for [the regattas] mentally and physically.” “The energy level [at the regattas] was about an 11, and we only needed them at about an eight,” Perkins added. Despite the partial benefits for the young team this year, Perkins anticipates competing
more in the fall in future seasons. “Truth be told, if I do a good job of recruiting, this will never happen again,” Perkins said. “We shouldn’t have to go every four years and repopulate the Earth.” “So this will be a bit of a problem again in four years, and the challenge is for me to manage this so I don’t have to go on a spending spree in 2017 and find all new guys again,” Perkins added. Liam McKenna can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Runners hope to follow footsteps of Mahoney season without the Old Bridge, N.J.-native at the Friend Invitational, a Temple hosted event thrown in honor of the late Roswell Friend, a graduate who died in August 2011. Sophomores Cullen Davis and Jenna Dubrow impressed at the meet, as both placed in their respective races. Mahoney returned to cross country action for the first time in nearly two years on Oct. 2 at the Paul Short Invitational, placing sixth out of the 332 athletes who participated in what is consistently one of the largest pools of talent in the country. His finish was the best at Paul Short in school history, just one of the many records Mahoney would slash by the season’s end. Mahoney would go on to win his next three races: the Leopard Invitational, A-10 Championship and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. He was the first Owl to win at any of the three events. The A-10 Championship was a particularly notable event this year due to a number of reasons. For starters, it would be the final time both teams would
participate in the meet before transitioning to the Big East next season. In addition, the event was hosted by Temple for the first time since it did so during the first A-10 Championship back in 1982, as both races were held at nearby Belmont Plateau. With Mahoney’s victory at the A-10 Championship, the men’s team earned a programbest fourth-place finish, coming within six points of earning runner-up status. Dubrow led the women’s team at the event, more than halving her placement last year with a 25th place finish. Aside from junior Anna Pavone, who cut her previous placement in half as well, the rest of the team struggled to keep up and placed 14th overall. Bray said he recognizes the team is in need of improvement. “I think the men’s team is definitely further ahead than the women’s team,” Bray said. “The women are young. But you add some more pieces to the puzzle, and they can improve. A lot of it is confidence. That contributes a lot to success, and that’s what I’m trying to instill in them.”
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The women’s team was hampered by the departure of freshman Christin Bettis who left the team due to personal reasons before the conference meet. In addition, freshman Janie Augustyn redshirted due to injury problems before the season. Dubrow came into the season having led the team in each meet her freshman year. Her streak continued to 10, before it ended at the regional meet, where she was bested by Pavone for the first time. She was, however, able to jump back on top at the team’s final meet two weeks ago at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. “Training-wise, we’ve trained together all season, and even last year,” Dubrow said. “It’s nothing new. We’re always used to helping each other out and working together. [Pavone] did step it up, but that particular race wasn’t really my best. But ECAC’s turned out good for me. But it is a help when you have a teammate there to help you. You feel like you’re not alone and you have someone to
work with.” “I’m very happy with how we and everyone else on the team improved,” Dubrow added. “Coach Bray guided us properly and made the coaching transition smooth.” As for his part with both teams, Bray said he was able to bring a sense of organization to the teams that was lacking in the past. “I think I was able to bring more of a structure than what they had in the past,” Bray said. “It was kind of ‘go as you please’ in the past. Now we’re at practice and doing what is expected every day. And they need to bring intensity to practice. At meets, they need to do things a certain way and carry themselves a certain way.” “It’s been a learning process for a lot of them,” Bray added. “They’re still learning, there’s no doubt about that. We still have our up and down moments, but we’re getting better as a whole. That includes me. I don’t have all the answers. As a coach, you have to be willing to grow with the athletes.” Bray, who has already re-
cruited some runners to next year’s roster, remains optimistic about his team’s chances next season, with one notable exception. “Here’s the thing – we’re losing [Mahoney],” Bray said. “He was our top guy, and that’s a big miss. But if those guys get just a little bit stronger and maybe one of those guys rises out a little better, the team next year will be better than the team this year. That I can guarantee you that if they all stay healthy and continue to improve.” Mahoney himself has voiced a positive outlook at the team’s future after he departs this season. “The guys are talented that are coming up,” Mahoney said after regionals. “I’ve always been in the spotlight the past two years but it’s hard to not acknowledge the guys behind me. [Will Kellar and Matthew Kacyon] are well ahead of where I was at two years ago. These guys have been tearing it up as well and they’re talented. They’ll make something of it, if they want to.” Kellar, in particular, is a
student-athlete who the team will learn a lot about this spring, and who has shown the potential to become an even better runner on the cross country course during his senior season next year, Bray said. As for this season, however, what will likely be remembered is Mahoney and what he was able to accomplish for the program. Because for the first time ever, among the many Oklahoma State, Iona and Stanford jerseys down at the national event in Louisville, Ky., there was one that read Temple. For members of both teams, his journey to that point remains a source of great admiration. “He’s a role model,” Dubrow said. “What he’s done, we all want to do, obviously. He got as far as you can and did amazing at the end of his career. I strive to do the same thing. He wasn’t always that good, he worked up to it. That’s inspirational to look at for anyone.” Avery Maehrer can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @AveryMaehrer.
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Temple’s bench outscores Delaware’s bench by 16 points. JOEY CRANNEY Sports Editor
After a disappointing second game, the men’s basketball bench had its best performance so far this season in the Owls’ (3-0) 80-75 win against Delaware (2-4) on Sunday, Nov. 25. The Temple bench was the difference in the game, outscoring Delaware’s by a margin of 22 to six. Graduate forward Jake O’Brien and redshirt-junior Dalton Pepper, transfers who have had to fight for playing time early, each had their best game of the season thus far. O’Brien shot 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and led the bench with 13 points in 19 minutes. Pepper had six points on two treys in 15 minutes. “The depth for us was great,” coach Fran Dunphy said. “[O’Brien] coming off the bench, [Pepper] coming off the bench. It’s great to have this much depth and we’re working at managing it.” The bench performance came after a virtual no-show against Rice on Nov. 17. In that game, Temple bench players combined to put up five points in 49 minutes. O’Brien
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Conflict in Israel affects Owls at home and afar. JAKE ADAMS The Temple News
hile the crisis in Israel is taking place nearly 6,000 miles away, it has changed the dayto-day life of May Dayan, who hails from Ashdod, Israel, and whose family resides there. “I call them after every class, before every class, 10, 15 times a day just to make sure that everything’s fine and they’re fine,” Dayan, a freshman guard on the women’s basketball team, said after the Owls’ game against Rutgers on Nov. 21. The Israeli conflict began when Israel retaliated against sporadic attacks from militant groups within Palestine by firing rockets of their own into Gaza on Nov. 14. The two sides exchanged primarily aerial and artillery assaults for eight days until Egypt helped initiate truce talks that have both sides operating under a cease-fire. While Dayan has been dealing with the experience from home, two former Owls found themselves in the middle of the crossfire. Former women’s guard
Shey Peddy plays for Hapoel Rishon-Lezion in Israel and former men’s guard Ramone Moore had been playing for Israel’s Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Moore was in Rishon, Israel for less than a month before returning to the U.S. during Thanksgiving break to get away from the attacks.
Moore played in one game on Nov. 12 for five minutes and went 0-for3 shooting on the night. The team’s next game on Nov. 19 was played despite the fighting. “It was a great experience, it was a great country,” Moore said. “I just thought it was unsafe for me. I tried to stick it out for a little bit.”
For Peddy, in Rishon, Israel, and Dayan, who grew up in Ashdod, Israel, the fighting has been especially stressful, although for different reasons. Peddy resides roughly 45 minutes from where some of the missiles were fired, she said via email on Friday, Nov. 23. She
tweeted about games being canceled and hearing sirens and explosions when the fighting began on Nov. 14. “I have never been in a situation like this where bomb sirens are going off every day, so I would be lying if I said it was easy,” Peddy said. Dayan grew up dealing with the sporadic fighting, but
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she was always with her family, which she said made things easier. “When I was there and it happened at least I knew what’s going on and what we’re doing,” Dayan said. “But now when I’m away I have no idea what’s going on...it’s hard to be here and not be with them in this situation, but they’re doing fine.” Dayan said her home city is among those hit hardest, with sirens going off multiple times a day to warn citizens to seek shelter. It’s something she grew accustomed to for most of her life. “Every time they’re out and the siren goes on and then they need to go to the safe place,” Dayan said. “They’re doing fine...but my sister doesn’t go to school, my mother doesn’t go to work.” Peddy said Rishon was one of the safer places in Israel. Two rockets struck the fourthlargest city in the nation, and she’s been told that’s the first time they have ever been hit. She said she’s felt safe, even though her family has expressed concern and wants her to return to the U.S. “I am a family person so I have been in contact with my family every day,” Peddy said. “I know they are still worried about me so I keep them updat-
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The football season ends in loss to Syracuse. JOEY CRANNEY Sports Editor
For maybe the first FOOTBALL time in his life, Matt Brown had trouble speaking his mind. The senior running back, always an honest, abrasive interview, was trying to summarize his four-year playing career to reporters after Temple’s seasonending loss to Syracuse on Nov. 23. Brown wasn’t emotional after his last game; he tends to leave that all on the field. But when trying to compare his journey to the fluctuations of a heart monitor, Brown had a rare moment when he struggled to find the right words. “It’s like that...what’s that little green monitor at the hospital?” Brown said. “When you’re living it’s going up, and when you flat line it’s going steady. It goes up and down. That’s life.” Though he sat out his last game due to injury, Brown was a part of a class of 12 seniors who played in their final game at Temple in a 38-20 loss to Syracuse on Senior Day during Thanksgiving break. The loss marked the end to a polarizing 4-7, 2-5 Big East Conference season that some declare
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Turnovers cause concern Women’s basketball struggles to protect the ball. TYLER SABLICH The Temple News WOMEN’S BASKETBALL C o a c h Tonya Cardoza is wondering when her team will be hit with a wake-up call. The Owls (3-2) are averaging 24 turnovers per game through their first five games, a statistic that hindered them once again in a 66-50 loss to Rutgers (2-1) on Nov. 21. “I’m hoping that it burns inside of them, so that they start valuing the basketball,”
Cardoza said. “Because it’s not going to matter who we play against. We could play against a high school team, and if we’re turning over the basketball we will lose the game.” Rutgers scored 29 of its points of Temple turnovers. To put matters into an uglier perspective, Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer was without her most productive player, senior center Monique Oliver. Oliver came into the game averaging 13 points and eight rebounds but was sidelined due to an injury. Temple senior center Victoria Macaulay struggled even with Oliver out of the lineup. She shot 2-for-8 from the floor,
recording six points and six rebounds while turning the ball over four times. In the Owls’ three wins this season, Macaulay averaged 21 points and 13 rebounds per game. In the team’s two losses, she averages six points and six rebounds. Temple’s starting point guard, sophomore Tyonna Williams, took responsibility for the team’s turnover woes. Despite scoring a season-high 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting against Rutgers, she committed a game-high seven turnovers and is averaging five turnovers per game. “It falls on me,” Williams said. “Until I get better, it’s go-
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Coach Tonya Cardoza encourages her team to protect the basketball.| MAGGIE TRAPANI TTN
Mahoney ends historic run Freshmen adjust schedule, roster Mahoney finishes decorated season as All-American. AVERY MAEHRER The Temple News As crosscountry coach Adam Bray became aware of his impending hiring back in September, one of his first phone calls was with redshirt senior Travis Mahoney. During the conversation, Mahoney relayed to his future coach what his goals were for his final season with the team: become the Atlantic 10 Conference champion, the Mid-Atlantic Regional champion and
an All-American at the NCAA Championship event in Louisville, Ky. “Yeah, we can do that,” Bray said. Mahoney proved the firstyear coach right, placing 37th at nationals on Nov. 17, and becoming the first cross-country athlete in Temple history to achieve All-American honors. The finish caps off a season in which both the men’s and women’s teams adjusted to a new style of training while also gearing up for next year’s transition to the Big East Conference. “[Mahoney] is the best track & field athlete in school history, there’s no doubt about
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it,” Bray said. “I’ll argue that he’s one of the best athletes in Temple history with what he’s accomplished.” “This year, we got to the conference meet and he felt good and he caught fire a little bit,” Bray added. “His talent came out, you saw it. His determination and talent have carried him through the success he’s had. He’s setting the bar high for guys who are following him, and he’s taking Temple athletics to a new level that it needs to be at.” While Mahoney has been the obvious standout star of the program, both the men’s and women’s teams kicked off their
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Crew shortens its fall schedule to prepare freshmen for spring. LIAM MCKENNA The Temple News CREW Last year, the crew team graduated 15 seniors – nearly half of a normal crew roster. Assistant coach Brian Perkins related this large loss of rowers to nature, and put the issue of collegiate recruiting into perspective. “You ever see a boa constrictor eat a deer?” Perkins said. “It has this giant bubble; the bubble passes through, and the boa constrictor says, ‘I’m
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hungry again.’” After the crew team lost roughly half of its roster last season, the proverbial boa constrictor became hungry again. This resulted in more than 20 new rowers joining the Owls’ squad, and the roster bulging to 42 rowers. In order to row competitively for the Fall 2012 season, the Owls were required to thin their roster to 32 rowers. With so many rowers new to the team, Perkins and head coach Gavin White opted to compete only once in the fall, and spend the majority of the season evaluating rowers’ talent. “I think it was the only option available to us, and we
made hay,” Perkins said. “We cut the roster down to 30, and I think we have the right 30 guys here.” Perkins said the strategy paid off in the case of novice freshman Evan Hammond, who began rowing three weeks before the only weekend of competition at the Frosbite and Braxton regattas from Nov. 1011. Usually, the inexperienced do not pose a threat to experienced rowers, but Hammond’s time of six minutes, 36 seconds in a 2,000-meter practice course was among the Owls’ best times. Perkins said Hammond may not have made the team if
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