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Students’ travels to Israel during the break offered cultural lessons not found in class.
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President addresses issues facing Temple The Temple News sits down with the university’s new president. SEAN CARLIN News Editor
ince Neil Theobald was named Temple’s 10th president in August, the university community has been waiting to see what changes the former Indiana University senior vice president and chief financial officer would bring to North Broad
Street. Last week, The Temple News sat down with President Theobald to gauge his thoughts on a number of issues Neil Theobald facing Temple. The Temple News: You’ve had a few months between being named president and actually leaving Indiana. Can you take us through a typical
day of prepping for Temple, but still focusing on your job as a senior vice president and CFO? Neil Theobald: It ended up being a seven-day-a-week job. Generally, I would do my IU job until about 6 p.m. I’d have two separate email accounts, an IU email and the Temple email, and about 6 p.m., I would start on the Temple work and that would go until about 10 p.m. and did that pretty much around the clock. I wouldn’t want to do that as a regular job, but we had committed to my boss at IU that
weekend and during the holiday weekend. The 18th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service channeled the sentiment behind King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered at the Lincoln Memorial five decades ago, into abiding dedication to community service. Freshman education majors Shannon Reilly and Jenna Lee said volunteerism should begin at an early age. On Friday morning, Reilly and Lee, alongside other students from the School
of Education, volunteered their time to teach KIPP Elementary Academy students about King’s A public hearing legacy. “Our team connected the was held for some to five values that KIPP stands support the idea and for, which are excellence, teamwork, integrity, joy, and deter- to air out concerns. mination to what MLK stood for,” Lee said. “So it was easy JOEY CRANNEY for them to understand and Sports Editor pledge to carry on with.” The celebrated civil rights The Philadelphia Commisleader once envisioned educa- sion of Parks and Recreation tion as the combination of intel- held a public hearing on Boathouse Row Jan. 16, discussing MLK PAGE 2 Temple’s proposal to build its
A member of the crew team speaks at a hearing on Temple’s proposed boathouse. Its former home was condemned in 2008.| ABI REIMOLD TTN
Crew teams speak up MLK Day spreads service for proposed boathouse Initiatives through Day of Service benefit community. LAURA ORDONEZ The Temple News Martin Luther King Jr.’s lifelong concerns of the education and moral growth of children, volunteerism and equal access shaped several of the community service projects led by Temple students, alumni and employees throughout the
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own boathouse. At Lloyd Hall gymnasium in a hearing that lasted more than two hours, dozens of members of the public spoke to the 14-person commission arguing for and against the proposal. Temple is trying to acquire a half-acre plot of land to build a new boathouse on Kelly Drive south of the Strawberry Mansion Bridge and north of the East Park Canoe House, Temple’s rowing home until it was condemned in 2008.
The university submitted an analysis to the city in October arguing for the public good of the boathouse that had to undergo a period of 30 days of public comment before Wednesday’s meeting reviewing the proposal. Proponents of the new boathouse argued in favor of giving the student-athletes, who have been forced to share space in a tent, a home to call their own, as well as the public inter-
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Suit filed against Temple
Lawsuit suggests Temple was wrong to suspend volleyball player from team. SEAN CARLIN News Editor
Volunteers participate at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event at Bright Hope Baptist Church, at 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. | LAURA ORDONEZ TTN
A former volleyball player has filed a federal lawsuit indicating that she was removed from the team and had her scholarship revoked after reporting to the school that her ex-boyfriend, a Temple football player, assaulted her, according to court records.
Emily Frazer and Andrew Cerett, a former punter on the football team, dated on and off from August 2010 to January 2011, according to court records. The two broke up due to Cerett’s obsessive, controlling and disturbing behavior, the lawsuit said. At approximately 10 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2011, Frazer, a sophomore at the time, was in a friend’s room when Cerett came into the dorm to speak with her. The lawsuit states Cerett forced himself into the room. Frazer and her friends fled to another room, where Cerett forced his
way into the room again and beginning yelling at her, according to court records. Frazer ran into her room and, as she tried to shut the door behind her, he kicked it open and screamed at her, threatening to kill her, court records state. Friends apparently restrained him and forced him to leave, before calling Temple Police. The lawsuit also states that as he was leaving, the man punched through a window in the hallway and spread his blood along the hall. Frazer spent the night at her roommate’s home in New Hope,
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Remodeled budget moves forward A decentralized budget model is likely to be in place for fiscal year 2015. SEAN CARLIN News Editor After a lagging economy caused family incomes to stagnate and university state appropriations to level, administrators began to think about changes to counteract these downturns. “Increasingly along the way we were asking, ‘What are fundamental changes that we can make to help us be more efficient, but without sacrificing excellence?’” said Executive Vice President, Chief Financial
Officer and Treasurer Anthony Wagner. That’s when officials started to view decentralized budgeting as a budget model that could be suited for Temple. A decentralized budget allocates funds to schools and colleges and gives power to the deans, instead of the current model which largely keeps resources in the center of the university. “It’s really about creating a polarity, so that you have both strong decentralized operating units, but a strong central administration that’s helping to coordinate and guide the work and activities of those units,” Wagner said. While the university has been looking into the idea for a
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few years, it appointed a steering committee last year to seriously explore whether the model could fit at Temple. Members of the committee, made up of financial officers, staff, administrators and deans, traveled to Indiana University for two days in December to learn about how Indiana uses their decentralized budget model — called Responsibility Centered Management. Temple has been working with Indiana Bloomington’s Director of Budget and Planning Aimee Heeter and now-retired Senior Associate Vice President Doug Priest throughout the process, but from going to Indiana, members of the steering committee were able to meet with about 30 people from Indiana
who are involved with the various aspects of RCM. When Wagner returned from Indiana, he said the most important thing he took from the trip was the “entrepreneurial spirit that runs through the entire university.” While he said Temple has that spirit, he hopes a new budget model will bring more to the university. “Quite frankly, it was a fundamentally different mindset in that regard,” Wagner said. “Decentralized budgeting will help us institutionalize that here and reward strong program and financial management by schools and colleges.” Though the redesigned budget is not coming to Temple specifically because of Presi-
dent Neil Theobald, who was Indiana’s senior vice president and chief financial officer and worked with RCM for 20 years, the choice of Theobald allows Temple to use a person who university officials called an expert in this subject matter. Senior Associate Vice President for Finance and Human Resources Ken Kaiser told The Temple News in December that the hiring of Theobald “boosted our ability to do this right.” Theobald, who said he’s met with deans and faculty about the restructured budget, said the budget allows funds to be used more efficiently by giving schools the ability to spend on what is important to those particular programs.
“My knowledge of what is really needed in the school of engineering, and the school of business and the school of law is obviously pretty limited because I’m a long way away,” Theobald said. “The deans of those schools and the faculty of those schools are in the position to know how to most effectively spend funds. It has a logic to it that I think resonates with people.” Deans responded positively to the idea of the budget, Theobald said, although he warned that with increased freedom to spend on specific needs, comes increased responsibility. “They’re held accountable, there’s two sides to that,” Theo-
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bald said. “While they make the decisions and have the authority, they also have the responsibility.” One potential issue with the model is that it could pit schools and colleges against each other, which is something Wagner said the administration is working to avoid. “That’s something that we don’t want to do,” Wagner said. “What we want to do is exactly the opposite. We want to create incentives in the model that encourage deans to collaborate, not to compete.” Wagner added that from working with Heeter and Priest, administrators have been able to learn from issues Indiana has had in the past with the program and avoid those when the model
is implemented at Temple. “We have the benefit of being able to learn from their mistakes,” Wagner said. “One of the things that happens regularly in our discussions with Doug Priest and Aimee Heeter is that they’ll say, ‘This is the way we’ve done it at IU, but if we could go back to the beginning, this might be a better way to go about it.’” A decentralized budget will be run parallel to the current budget model in fiscal year 2013-14 to show deans what their budgets would look like under the plan. The following year, fiscal year 2014-15, the plan would go live but would leave some room for error for deans. “We would essentially have
a hold-harmless [policy] that year meaning the deans would know what their budgets would be under decentralized budgeting, but there’s no fiscal cliff,” Wagner said. “The following year, which is ‘16, is when it’s truly live and the training wheels are off and you’re managing with whatever resources are under that.” Temple has been slowly implementing traits of the decentralized model into some summer sessions and other academic programs in order to ease the transition, Wagner said. Administrators have not set how funds will be allocated under the plan, but Wagner said it will most likely be tied to credit hours within schools, but may include a further breakdown
based on credit hour and major. “If the College of Engineering teaches a course, they get the tuition for that course, for all of the people taking that course, those credit hours,” Wagner said. “Those methodologies spread the revenue across the universities and it finds its home wherever the actual teaching is occurring.” Though the administration is working to implement this budget model it needs to be formally approved by the Board of Trustees in order to go live, Wagner said. Sean Carlin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.
CSS reports lower-than-expected crime over break In contrast to previous years, patrols weren’t reduced over break. ALI WATKINS The Temple News When winter break rolls around, students know: use a little extra caution around Main Campus. Streets are emptier than usual, the hustle that usually defines campus is absent and countless off-campus houses sit vacant. Usually, an empty cam-
pus means higher risk for crime. Last year’s winter break began with a string of armed robberies. This year, Campus Safety Services noticed a different trend in the crime statistics. “We do see, usually during the break, some crime,” said Deputy Director of CSS Charlie Leone. “[But] we had it. It really was a lot lower than anticipated.” CSS reported one robbery and subsequent arrest during the 2012-13 break, a 66 percent decrease from 2011-12 when there were three reported robberies. The decrease in numbers,
Leone said, can probably be attributed to adjustments and re-evaluations from CSS. With such a dynamic campus, CSS took a hard look at how patrols were being managed and readjusted strategies to combat crime spikes both before and during break. “It seems like every semester break we have to re-evaluate how we plant our resources. So this semester we took a look,” Leone said. This evaluation found that, while many students will go home for a short time, many local students will spend most of
her mother to stay in her dorm with her at night for months after the incident, according to court records. In May 2012, Frazer was removed from the volleyball team and had all of her scholarship revoked. The lawsuit states that this was done by the university in retaliation for insisting that Cerett be disciplined. After a grievance process, 50 percent of her scholarship was reinstated, but she was not allowed to return to the volleyball team, according to court records. Cerett was not listed on the 2011 roster for the football team following his suspension and is
not currently a Temple student. The lawsuit names Temple, Allied Barton Security, Campus Safety Services and Cerett as defendants. Frazer states that her Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated from the incident. Assistant Vice President for University Communications Ray Betzner said the university has no comment on the pending litigation.
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Pa., because she was terrified, according to the lawsuit. On March 18, 2011, a decision was issued from the university discipline board which suspended him until Aug. 29, 2011. Court records state that Cerett would continually follow Frazer to and from class and would regularly sit outside her dorm building. Frazer apparently told the university of his actions, but no action was taken, according to the lawsuit. After the incident, Frazer’s grades dropped as she suffered emotional trauma and required
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ligence and character. Amidst jazzy banners and peaceful slogans, the children shared their dreams with the volunteers. Some longed for a gun-free world while others wished for food and shelter for the homeless. “Many of them know about recent incidences of violence and inequality in education,” Reilly said. “Since it’s a charter school, the students attending were picked from a lottery, and they are aware not everyone has the same educational opportunity.” “Witnessing that type of compassion in a child 7 or 8 years old showed me that the future can be so bright if she shared her same compassion with her classmates,” Lee said. On Monday morning, hundreds of volunteers arrived ready to roll up their sleeves and take part in a variety of service projects sponsored by Temple, Global Citizen and MLK 365. The Office of Community Relations and the Computer Recycling Center delivered 26 computers at Bright Hope Baptist Church in an effort to bridge the digital divide that is persistent in the community. Jonathan Latko, assistant director of the CRC, said that 50 percent to 60 percent of people
in some areas of the city lack computer access. “As the world moves along, more and more things need access to the Internet,” Latko said. “If you don’t have the skills to build a résumé or fill out online forms you aren’t going to reach the next level of education that you need to survive in this information society.” The CRC averages 30 to 40 donations per year, which allows the center to set up small computer labs in the communities surrounding Temple, Latko said. The newly established computer lab will be made available to the church administration and the children in the church’s afterschool program. “The children will have an area where they can come, grow and learn,” Shenneca Tilghman, director of youth and children ministry, said. While Latko’s team set up the computer lab in the basement section of the church, other volunteers cleaned and colored the adjoining rooms with light green paint. Andrea Swan, director of community and neighborhood affairs, toured the site along with President Neil Theobald to greet the volunteers and other community leaders. “We had close to 600 people volunteering around Main Campus as well as Girard Col-
lege,” Swan said. “There was more engagement this year than last year.” Theobald commended the volunteers for their service and emphasized that “being involved is key.” Swan and Theobald also visited Columbia North YMCA where volunteers renovated the site by moving out unused materials and by preparing the second floor to be turned into an afterschool center. “The volunteers were invaluable, we couldn’t have done this without the support of the university,” Roger Jackson, executive director of the YMCA branch, said. As the morning went on, volunteers eased up by cramming themselves into a room to watch the remainder of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Temple alumni, students and senior officers, Theobald and YMCA staff shared the room as they listened to the Obama’s speech. “I’m proud that people took such an important day and carved a niche out of the it to give back to their community,” Swan said. Laura Ordonez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
break on campus. “We still have a high population of students around the area,” Leone said. This recognition prompted Leone and CSS to change strategies. Rather than reducing patrols during break, Leone said, numbers remained consistent to match that presence of students. “This year we just made sure that our numbers stayed very strong throughout the break,” he said. “We made sure that we kept our numbers the same way we keep them during the regular semester.” Leone also indicated police
competency and real-time adjustments in the lower numbers. “I really think our folks are getting that whole ‘aha’ moment,” Leone said, adding that police leadership is taking initiative to make real-time changes when problems arise. “If [commanders and supervisors] see something happening, they know they can adjust a deployment. They can look at crime trends and make adjustments before anybody even talks to them. They’re making real-time changes, which is great.” Along with this proactive mindset on the street, Leone also
credited the positive changes to advancements in CSS communications. Twitter and other social networking sites have made it much easier to communicate with students, he said, and have made the channel of communication between police and students much more accessible. “Hopefully all of this came into play,” Leone said. “We definitely saw a reduction of residential burglaries in the area.”
The first Owl Academy will be held before Cherry and White Day.
gram assigns specific blocks to student organizations to clean every month. “Adopt-a-Block has gone very well so far, but there still is room for improvement and we do recognize that,” Lopez said. “[This] semester we are going to tighten things up a little bit and have more of a scheduled time frame for people to go.” Torres and Lopez will require participating student organizations to clean their respective blocks one time between Thursday and Sunday of the first two weeks of every month. Lopez expects that the program will yield another 1,000 hours of community service in the spring. Another main focus for TSG this semester is to hold the first Owl Academy in preparation for the annual Cherry and White Day in Harrisburg, Pa., on March 19. On Cherry and White Day, students and TSG representatives travel to the state capital to talk with elected officials about supporting higher education funding. This year, Lopez and his administration are going to host the Owl Academy, which will train 10 to 20 current students about all aspects of university funding and budgeting. “I think this is going to be a really good opportunity for us to get more students engaged and it will be helpful for us to have more students who know a lot about what is going on in the commonwealth,” Lopez said. Cherry and White Day may be the only opportunity students have to advocate in Harrisburg due to the uncertain future of the Pennsylvania Association of State-Related Students rally. At the fall conference for PASS, representatives from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh disagreed with Temple and Lincoln University representatives about the future
of the PASS rally in Harrisburg. Representatives from Temple and Lincoln said the rally in Harrisburg is an important tradition that should continue, while the other representatives did not. Another PASS conference will be held in early February to further discuss the mission of PASS and the standing of the rally. Aside from advocating in Harrisburg, TSG is taking an official stance and advocating on Main Campus for students to have access to the information on the course and professor evaluations. “We believe that students should have access to the information on these forms. The information on the forms should still be anonymous, but it should be a collective average of the professor’s performance,” Lopez said. “[Students] should be able to use it and be able to determine whether or not the quality of their professor is to the standards of which they like.” Although Lopez and his administration are tackling the Kids-to-College program, improving the Adopt-a-Block program and starting the Owl Academy as a part of the Cherry and White Day in Harrisburg, Lopez’s personal focus is to continue to represent the students. “My intention for next semester is to really put us at an advantage since we have a new university president, and we will have a new provost. I think it is more important now than ever for me to be there and let them know where we stand, what it is that we need, and what it is we want,” Lopez said.
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TSG aims to build on initiatives from the fall LAURA DETTER The Temple News Temple Student Government Student Body President David Lopez and his administration have prepared a slew of initiatives for the spring including the start of a Kids-to-College program, the first ever Owl Academy and improvements to the Adopt-a-Block program. Vice President of External Affairs Ofo Ezeugwu is spearheading the Kids-to-College program, which aims to educate local middle and high school students about Temple. “When we created our platform last year, one of our biggest plans was to execute our Kids-to-College program,” Ezeugwu said. “We will be putting together diverse collections of our students into panels to speak at recreation centers and high schools with students and let them know Temple is just as viable an option for them as it was for me coming all the way from Maryland.” Ezeugwu said the Kids-toCollege program is just another way for students to reach out to the local community. “We take up residence in their communities, [we are] their neighbors, and we need to find deeper ways to give back,” Ezeugwu said. “Our biggest influence and impact on these students will be felt by connecting with them on a personal level.” Last semester, TSG, along with other student organizations, completed more than 1,000 hours of community service through the Adopt-a-Block program initiated by TSG Director of Local and Community Affairs Anthony Torres. The Adopt-A-Block pro-
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est in beautifying an otherwise unused piece of land. Senior Paige O’Sullivan was one of many members of the rowing team who spoke into a microphone positioned in front of the commission at the front of the filled gymnasium last Wednesday arguing for why Temple’s proposal should go through. “I was surprised to hear a lot of opposition,” O’Sullivan said in an interview afterward. “I just hope the commission hears the passion that we havefor our students and each other, and I really hope they take under consideration our alternative.” John R. Galloway, chairman of the Dad Vail Organizing Committee, Inc., and a spokesman from the office of Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., whose district the boathouse is being proposed in, were among those who spoke in favor of Temple’s proposal at the hearing. Women’s rowing coach Rebecca Smith Grzybowski said in an interview that the diverse backgrounds of those who spoke in support of Temple’s proposal played to the university’s favor. “I think there was clearly a lot of support for Temple,” Grzybowski said. “For our proposal, from people who are really passionate about the environment, people who are really passionate about rowing and people who are really passionate about Temple.” Opponents of the proposal say that Temple hasn’t fulfilled all the requirements of a city ordinance passed last year, requiring any entity seeking to transfer ownership of public parkland to
give back an equal plot of land to the city. Temple included in its proposal a pledge to donate $1.5 million to renovating the East Park Canoe House to fulfill that requirement. Members of the public, including representatives from the Philadelphia Parks Alliance and Fairmount Park Conservancy, said that doesn’t solve the problem of taking away public parkland for private use. “There is no way that donating $1.5 million to the East Park Canoe House can be translated into the prerequisite of substitute land,” one woman said. Ken Lawrence, senior vice president for government, community and public affairs, who, along with University Architect Margaret Carney, answered questions from the Commission and the public throughout the meeting, said in an interview that Temple’s offer to help restore the canoe house was made because the university didn’t have parkland to provide. “We do not have substitute land, which is why we proposed the contribution to go toward refurbishing the public building that’s currently condemned,” Lawrence said. “If in conversations there’s something else that needs to be worked out, then we’re willing to have those conversations with the city.” Lawrence said that if the city determines that the $1.5 million Temple pledged to EPCH would be better suited for another piece of land, then the university is willing to negotiate with the city on those terms. The $1.5 million, in addition to an estimated $10.4 mil-
lion for construction and $2.1 million for site improvements, would bring the total cost of the projct to $14 million, Carney said. Representatives from the Philadelphia Parks Alliance and the Fairmount Park Conservancy also voiced concern that the university didn’t have conversations with some stakeholders while it was developing its proposal. Temple met with members of the Schuylkill Navy, which represents many clubs and universities in Philadelphia, as well as the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee, Inc., and city officials while putting together its proposal, according to the proposal’s alternatives analysis. “There’s no list of stakeholders that you’re required to talk to,” Lawrence said after the hearing. “We talked to stakeholders who we felt were immediately impacted by the development. You talk to who you can talk to. There’s no required number of groups that you need to talk to and there’s no list of groups that you need to talk to.” The moment of the hearing that got the largest response was when junior rower Ali Watkins spoke in favor of the proposal. She said, referencing the Bible, that “small men follow the letter of the law, but great men follow the spirit.” Considering the arguments, the Commission will present its official recommendation to City Council, which has the power of approval, sometime before March 9. Joey Cranney can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @joey_cranney.
Union head loses election An anonymous email was sent before the election attacking the former president. JOHN MORITZ Assistant News Editor Elections for the Temple branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees were decided amongst controversy earlier this month surrounding emails sent to members deriding the former president and calling for more accountability. Paul Dannenfelser, the former president of AFSCME local 1723, which represents administrative, technical and professional employees at Temple, was defeated by Donald Deigh in the elections held Jan. 10 at the local headquarters on Walnut Street, pending confirmation by the election committee. Cynthia Harmon-Williams, who previously served as Dannenfelser’s vice-president and resigned in January ran alongside Deih. The election committee had 10 days to hear claims of improper electoral conduct in the process. Dannenfelser said that possible misconduct could be found in an email sent prior to the election. “I think there were some irregularities of election rules and laws that could be the cause of some protest,” Dannenfelser said. Deigh and Harmon-Wil-
liams, who are awaiting confirmation by the election committee, declined to comment on their campaign, the anonymous email or what his plans are for future contract negotiations when the current contract expires this fall. In an anonymous email sent the night before the elections to union members, Dannenfelser was criticized for his leadership of the local. “Currently the president does not work for Temple University; he has been gone for more than two years, working for another employer. Why didn’t we the members receive a letter in the mail just like the postcards to inform us that their president is not currently working for Temple? If he was not an employee of Temple University, would he have been your president,” the email read. Dannenfelser, who is currently employed full-time as a council representative at the AFSCME district 47, while maintaining union leave as part of the university, said that his position at the district and local levels were separate, and did not conflict one another. The letter also condemned Dannenfelser’s handling of contract negotiations, which took more than two years to come to an agreement in 2009. “As you all know our last contract negotiation was a failure; we went two years without a contact or raise but Paul was collecting money from our union dues as Salary unknow-
ing to our members,” the email read. “I wouldn’t characterize them as a failure, I would characterize them as going on for a long time,” Dannenfelser said. The negotiations ended in 2009 with a 3 percent wage increase for all bargaining unit members, followed by 2 percent increases each of the following three years, according to a contract summary. Other contract changes included increased vacation time and increases to family cost sharing for employee health benefits. Dannenfelser also defended his salary and said that he was paid part-time as president of the local, without benefits, and that his earnings were accessible via financial reports that were made public to the executive board and sent out to members. Dannenfelser declined to publicly release his salary to the public, and called on the other ticket to address the issue, “one of my questions for [Deigh and Harmon-Williams], are they thinking of taking less of a salary?” Dannenfelser said local 1723 is made up of about 350 to 375 members, representing a larger bargaining unit of about 700 Temple employees. Dannenfelser estimated that 80 to 100 members showed up for the vote. John Moritz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.
we’d get the budget completed, which is an every two year process at IU, and get my successor prepared. TTN: On New Year’s Eve, right before you took over, you were at the men’s basketball game honoring the men’s basketball program on its 1800th win. Being out and about on campus, is that something that you plan on building and maintaining at Temple? NT: Oh, absolutely. You’re not going to know what’s going on sitting in that office. It is so very easy to get isolated. One thing we’re going to do next fall, and I mean “we” because my wife is going to do it with me, is that we’re going to teach a class for incoming freshmen. Obviously part of it is...[giving] a decent class to a group of students, they will be the major reason for doing it because they’ll be the beneficiaries of the class. There’s also an interest I have in staying in touch with a group of students and not only them, but then through them, the things that they’re involved with just so I know what’s going on on campus beyond what comes into this office. Same thing with faculty, I’ve been to the faculty president’s house for dinner, plan on meeting with people and getting out to talk with individuals. Universities have to be – because they’re so complicated – bureaucratic because sitting in the president’s office, you can’t deal with every detail that’s going on. But if you allow that bureaucracy filter, you never really know what’s going on in all these places. So, you have to use the bureaucracy for the purpose for which it exists, but then you’ve got to go out on your own and just meet [people] personally, and interact with people, and talk with people and listen to what their concerns are. TTN: Some presidents around national campuses normally bring a fair amount of change to their cabinet. So far, you haven’t. Can you take us through how you approached that when you became president? NT: There’s a really good group of people here. I’ve known a number of my friends that have moved into presidencies across the country and there are campuses that are in major difficulty. When you’re in a situation of major difficulty, you have to make major changes. That’s not Temple University. This is a very strong university. The things that we need to work on – fundraising, marketing – those are things where the structure is in place, we just need to make them more of an emphasis and put more resources behind them. We’re not in the situation where we need to break everything down and start all over again. The core of this university is strong. TTN: The only major change there’s been to any kind of position was that Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement David Unruh resigned. Can you talk about this change and your vision for institutional advancement? NT: He and I discussed it, there are things he’s interested in working on, I’ve spent a lot of time doing fundraising. We just want to do things in different ways and that happens when new leadership comes in. He’s out doing consulting across the country now and is very successful. So, it’s just a chance for him to do something different. We have a team in place. Tilghman Moyer is the interim, who’s very good. As things go on down the line, maybe we’ll search, maybe we won’t, I don’t know. We’re just going to see where we end up. TTN: You’ve talked about fundraising a lot and certainly when it comes to curbing costs and cutting tuition, or keeping tuition level as Temple did last year, getting to know the
legislature is important. You already talked about meeting with legislators. How often do you plan on going to Harrisburg and who have you met so far? NT: I met with Senator [Dominic] Pileggi, the majority leader of the Senate. I met with Senator Shirley Kitchen, who is the local representative. I had breakfast with her and had wonderful discussions with both of them. I’m in Harrisburg Monday and Tuesday for the next six weeks. I meet with the governor [soon]. I’ve been meeting with local government officials as well, same kind of thing asking, “What is it we can do to benefit Philadelphia and the region?” TTN: I’m sure you’re aware of the proposed changes to the Pennsylvania Rightto-Know Law. Can you talk about how these changes would impact Temple and your thoughts on those changes? NT: I do not know how the past situation was. I come from a state that is right-to-know. So, I’ve worked under, with the exception of donor information and research, I worked in a state that had right-to-know. I’m not quite clear how that constrains things in Pennsylvania. I’ll have to find out. TTN: A proposed change would make Temple have to disclose the same amount of information as a fully state funded school. Would you support that? NT: I don’t know, I’m not ducking the question. I’ve worked in a situation where everything was right-to-know. It’s one of those things where unless you’ve experienced something, you don’t really know. Maybe there have been materials that have gone out at Indiana that have actually been damaging to the university, but they didn’t know it because they didn’t know any other way to do it. Ask me that question again in three months after I’ve seen how things work here and how they would change and then I might have a sense. Right now, it’s not something that is uppermost in my mind, that’s for sure. I could be educated and learn that I’m wrong. TTN: You’ve talked in prior interviews and you’ve talked today about marketing the university more effectively. How do you plan to do that and how have you already started that? NT: We are very, very leery of ever adding an administrative position because cost containment is also one of the real focuses. With the approval of the board, and I’ve talked with the faculty, we’re going to add a vice president for marketing. At least once a day, if not more than once a day, I will make a statement to someone about Temple University and their reply will be, “Oh, I didn’t know that.” There are so many great things that go on here. We do not do nearly a good enough job of telling our story. If you’re going to recruit new students, recruit new faculty, they have to know what a wonderful place this is. It’s not bragging, it is letting people know the return they will receive by coming to school here, by being a faculty member here, by donating money here. This is a really important place and people need to know that. TTN: Have you named the vice president for marketing? NT: There’s a search going on right now. Ken Lawrence, who’s the vice president of [government, community and public affairs], is chairing it. I would estimate given how these things go, that one would be chosen in early April. TTN: Issues with the neighborhood are nothing new and we had talked previously about the Community and Student Off-Campus
Issues and Concerns Task Force. How do you plan on addressing the recommendations in that report? NT: Kevin Clark, the one person I brought from Indiana, he’s my senior adviser, met with Vice President [Theresa] Powell and a number of people on her staff and there are a number of recommendations he’s going to take the lead on. There are specific agenda items that they are going to work on. TTN: One of the attributes you bring from Indiana is an awareness and working knowledge of the decentralized budget model. Can you talk about how your working knowledge of it will aid Temple as it transitions to that model? NT: In December, we had 10 people from Temple come to Bloomington and meet with deans, faculty members, staff members, we tried to get every perspective on how this works. It’s not that IU has all the answers, that’s not the point. That university has done this for 20 years and they’ve run into so many different circumstances. We had them up for two days to talk. I’ve been very closely involved with it for 15 years, so I think I know where the emphasis needs to be. You have to have a model that’s predictable. The idea behind decentralizing budget, is that you want to have people make the most cost effective decision. In other words, “Where can I get the most outcome, for the least cost?” Well, the only way they can do that is if their action has a predictable outcome. I’ve dealt with it as a department chair, as a faculty member, I’ve dealt with it at a school level, a campus level and university level. I think I have a pretty good understanding of it from all sides and I can talk to the individual faculty member about how it affects them in the classroom all the way up to the highest level. TTN: What’s the biggest difference and difficulty so far transitioning from a campus like to Bloomington to Temple? NT: Traffic. I go out and about a lot and I’m used to being in a small town where there is no traffic and to get from one side of the town to the other takes 10 minutes. Here, if you’re going to go, you have to plan to leave at a time. I have found people here more welcoming than I had ever imagined. Every group I interact with is interested in what we’re doing at Temple. Temple’s clearly very important to this community. People were nice to me in Indiana, but nothing like this. Here, I’ve found that people really want to be helpful, really want to be involved and it’s great. TTN: Apart from tuition and funding, what are your key concerns and what do you have on the docket that you feel is urgent? NT: Something that underlies a lot of this is that we’ve got to provide incentives for students to graduate on time. The whole affordability issue is important because people are borrowing money and taking on debt – that’s the real problem. The key to limiting student debt is to graduate on time, if at all possible in four years. The biggest part of the money people borrow is for living expenses. So, one of the things I’ve been talking with the cabinet about is what we can do to remove any roadblocks that might exist for people to graduate on time. That’s the one real area of focus right now. Sean Carlin can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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E D ITO R I A Ls
he beginning of spring is historically linked to the idea of new beginnings. So with the start of the Spring 2013 semester today, The Temple News would like to encourage Temple Student Government leaders to focus on completing their goals and resolutions to better community relations and support higher education funding and awareness among the student body, as well as continue with programs enacted in the past that have been proven to further that end. The importance of such goals has only become more imperative with the incoming leadership this semester of Neil Theobald taking on the role of Temple’s 10th president. It’s an important time for student leaders to show new university leadership what matters to the student body. As Laura Detter reports on p.1, TSG Student Body President David Lopez and his administration are leading the Kids-to-College program, an initiative to show local middle and high school students how the university can be a higher learning option for them. The Temple News hopes that a program like Kids-to-College will result in the university considering opening up more access and resources to students in North Philadelphia to actually make that future a viable
response, the university has offered $1.5 million to renovate its former home, the nowcondemned East Park Canoe House. That project could put that building back to use in the public’s name; a fair exchange in lieu of the required land offering. Temple is the first body to try to obtain park land since the ordinance was passed in April 2011. Although City Council finds itself in a predicament – if members approve the proposal, they open the gates for others seeking to bypass the law – some suggest that the support of Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., who oversees the district with the land in question, means it’s nearly a done deal. If Council does approve the boathouse, the city should re-evaluate the law and, in clear language, define worthy substitutions for land. Otherwise it defines the law as being murky water – and others might jump in.
juliana coppa TTN
TSG is starting the semester with big plans. Students should follow suit. choice. In the past, The Temple News has supported TSG’s Adopt-a-Block program, an effort to instill a level of respect among community residents and students by having student organizations clean different blocks at least once a month. TSG reported more than 1,000 hours of community service logged through the program so far. It’s important for students to get involved this semester in efforts that better the community beyond Main Campus’ borders, and take some responsibility for the area some have taken residency in. Most importantly, students should get involved in the fight for higher education funding during Cherry and White Day, a day for TSG representatives and students to talk with elected officials in Harrisburg, Pa. The continuation of the Pennsylvania Association of State-Related Students rally is still in discussion, so the former opportunity becomes more important than ever for student advocation in Harrisburg. TSG has provided valuable opportunities, but they are useless if the student body doesn’t take advantage of them. So take a stand in the spring semester with TSG to work toward betterment of the communities you belong to.
“I resolve to no longer pass harsh judgment on those unfortunate souls who use Instagram to take artistic shots of their morning coffee.
Marcie Anker / Starving Actor
Student crew members spoke at a recent hearing on behalf of a proposed boathouse. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
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city VIEW In 2011, the 11 licensed Pennsylvania casinos brought in $3.5 billion in gambling revenue. This ranked No. 2 overall in the nation, trailing only Nevada. The Philadelphia region specifically was No. 9, with $1.09 billion.
Source: USA Today; American Gaming Association
uilding a flagship boathouse for the university’s crew teams has proven to be a challenging course for the university over the past few years. Even though opposition to the university’s proposal exists, no one’s contesting that the teams – which currently operate under tents and a fledgling promise of having a home base like their competition – deserve a boathouse. It’s the location of the house that have some, more specifically the Philadelphia Parks Alliance and Fairmount Park Conservancy, up in arms. The 2011 city ordinance that stands in Temple’s way executes a clear point: Those seeking to take park land away from the public should offer an equal amount to the city in return. The Temple News stands behind the intentions of that law, but questions the pigeonholing nature of it. Entities like Temple, without sizable land to offer in return, have their hands tied. In
Pursuit of a new boathouse has revealed obstacles in a city ordinance.
There have been plenty of detractors from further casino licensing in the state. Some have pointed to high levels of crime amongst compulsive gamblers. Some studies claim that 65 percent of compulsive gamblers have committed crimes.
Percantage of hospital inpatients who also identified as compulsive gamblers.
Source: “Pathological Gambling: A Review of the Literature,” The Journal of Gambling Studies
ANGELO FICHERA TTN
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Stop the resolution, find a real solution
Barrenechea argues that a yearly resolution isn’t necessary if you’re motivated to start now.
ew Year’s resolutions have been a part of history since 2000 B.C. when the Babylonians began their New Year by repaying debts to their borrowers. These old traditions are woven immensely into the fabric of our society. Disregarding this practice during the past is as imaginable as ignoring New Year’s Eve in Times Square today. However, defeat has seemingly become its own tradition in contemporary America. Chances are you made yourself a special New Year’s resolution to lose those extra pounds that you gained while eating delicious sandwiches from the food trucks before that cheerful midnight on Jan. 1. Chances are almost equally high that you didn’t take the extra steps necessary to keep it, at least not for long. So why even bother having a resolution in the first place?
I would guess that these pipe dreams are just a cry of desperation. We see all sorts of models on television, posing their chiseled chest or voluptuous backside in order to create the illusion of the perfect figure. Our self-image is at constant war with Ryan Gosling or Megan Fox, and we are losing the battle. We all want to have the perfect body, but some of us struggle to maintain the discipline needed to get the job done. This is why so many people fold on their pacts so quickly. This is why these resolutions are useless. If you do not put the effort to maintain a consistent routine, you will never accomplish your goals. Sometimes, we just need some form of assurance to compensate for our failure of losing the beer belly while chugging Bud Light at the Draught Horse during the early part of the year. You probably started off by ex-
ercising slowly, possibly adding a few more reps at the IBC Student Recreation Center. After some time, the routine becomes sporadic. You begin to work your creative muscles instead of your chest muscles by making excuses for skipping your workout. A few months pass by and you decide to sleep through the semester, and give yourself a pat on the back for trying. Finally, your body becomes an eyesore and you decide to change your lifestyle once again. I understand the insecurities that flow through the mind: We can’t help but procrastinate and delay the inevitable; you will simply put if off and find the closest McDonald’s. The New Year’s resolution is like a rickety, crude contract my 8-year-old niece can make from crayons and construction paper: It’s cute, but does not hold weight. We all have taken this sacred oath in one form or another. Each year, we proudly
Senior status means wisdom
With graduation looming, Scott attempts to pass on lessons he’s learned.
ith my tenure at Temple rapidly winding to an end, I’ve begun to reflect on just how perfect the owl is as a symbol for the university. No, the general education program does not require a class in nocturnal hunting or turning heads in a 180 degree fashion, but there is a pervasive intent to prepare students for the moment they are kicked out of their cozy nests and must learn to fly into adulthood. As I begin to flap my arms wildly – who can afford wings in this economy? – I find solace in two things. One is that the avoidance of the fiscal cliff has kept my Icarusean dreams alive. The second is that I have a medium to express everything I’ve learned to a younger audience. So I asked myself this: “If I could sit my freshman self down and try and prepare him for the next handful of years, what would I say?” And then, most importantly, could I apply ap-
propriate subheads that are lyrics from hip-hop songs. Luckily for you, the answer to both was a resounding yes. “Who wants to help me, I’m looking for a muse” – Atmosphere, Spaghetti Strapped Who here among us is not guilty of procrastinating on an assignment? Exactly. So I think we can all agree to put down the stones since none of us are in a position to be casting them. But I think we can also all agree that no one has ever said: “Wow. That worked out so much better than it would have if I had done it in advance. I’m so glad I dramatically restricted my ability to plan this out, dedicate sufficient time, edit profusely and turn in/present a finished product that I can be proud of.” That doesn’t seem to stop some people from pretending that the difference between work gradually created through meticulous effort and work rushed
announce our stance for a lifechanging goal. Most of us have something we want to change about ourselves, and we try our best to redeem our unmotivated ways by finding fast alternatives. Since so many resolutions have something to do with changing body structures, information regarding beauty and health is easy to obtain. However, after months of gathering tips from the Internet, our laziness has generated bodily handicaps in the form of extra pounds, low self-esteem and frequent trips to the 7-Eleven on Liacouras Walk. The wonderful dress you bought last year now resembles a skintight nightmare that could be mistaken for a straightjacket. This is the time when we usually plead to ourselves to stop being lazy, and construct a plan that will eventually wither away. So what is the solution? Discipline. You don’t need to rehash broken promises made
in the past year to accomplish your goals. As the old Nike commercials said, just do it. Stop procrastinating and begin a routine that fits your lifestyle. Do not create impossible goals, but devise a plan to organize your life in small, simple steps. I never understood the idea of setting goals for the New Year, as opposed to starting any time. If you truly want to lose weight, save money or anything else that you want to change about yourself, why can’t you start now? Forget making senseless pacts with yourself, and start jogging today. Edward Barrenechea can be reached at email@example.com.
Reflection time after first term
A JESSICA SMITH
Smith reflects on everything learned after one semester at Temple.
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rite of passage for most high school graduates is a commencement party attended by family and friends, and associated with a generous supply of cash and checks. However, only future Owls can sympathize with the endless line of concerned relatives who all want to know: “Are you sure about Temple?” I found this question insulting. As if they thought I didn’t take my own college selection process seriously enough that I picked a name from a hat. I had weighed my options and Temple offered everything I wanted. I dreamt about the fast pace of the city and all the exciting opportunities it presented. But all my confidence began to wane in August when I packed my first suitcase. As I pulled up outside my dorm on Cecil B. Moore Avenue for move-in day, I began to wonder if I really was sure about
Temple. The journey from high school to college is a difficult transition for everyone to make, but it’s especially challenging for freshmen on Main Campus who hail from a variety of backgrounds and now find themselves in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. Unlike other young adults getting dropped off in Happy Valley or other picturesque university towns, we’re smack in the middle of the real world. Like many Temple freshmen, I’m not a Philadelphia native. Instead, I reside in the cozy western suburbs where the city skyline looms like a faraway Oz and the biggest crime is a fender-bender outside McDonald’s. It’s still jarring to hear distant booming and know instinctively they aren’t fireworks. Another concern exclusive for city schools is traveling –
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Philly museums should draw bigger college crowds
Ries argues that students should explore Philadelphia’s various museums.
Charlie Ries Op-Ed
ne of the greatest things about going to a university in Philadelphia is that you’re never bored. There is always a new band to see, an unfamiliar restaurant to eat at or a uniquely insane person to get yelled at by. The cultured sights and sounds of this city don’t stop there, though. With the vast number of museums, Philadelphia is a great city for the arts. The Barnes Foundation, at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, stands head and shoulders
above all other art venues in the city. Its staggering collection, which houses arguably the greatest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist arts in the world, was assembled by Albert Barnes in the early 1900s. Perhaps the most unique component of the Barnes’ experience is the atmosphere that the arrangement creates. At most museums, the art is hung monolithically on sterile white walls, as though to signify its importance through placement. This sort of pretentious atmosphere only serves to dehumanize the art. The typical museum’s authoritative voice robs the viewer of an untainted appraisal of – and connection with – the art based on its own merits. Such an atmosphere is not found at the Barnes. It refuses
to condescend to the observer by placing the art on a pedestal. Paintings clutter the walls in near rhythmic patterns, playing off the aesthetics and styles of both the other paintings and the room itself. Art hangs over doorways. It’s jammed into corners. By stripping the recognized masterpieces of their grandeur, the art can be viewed as though for the first time. A genuine connection and appraisal can be made. But perhaps the greatest feature of the Barnes is that it
has recently been moved from Lower Merion – not exactly a trek to Mordor but still an inconvenience for curious Temple students – to its current home on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. And really, there has never been a better opportunity for Temple students to visit than the present. Now it no longer exists in recreational isolation like proponents of the move made it out to be, but is instead surrounded by places to eat and things to do. Although something was surely lost when the collection was moved out
Foundation] refuses to condescend to the observer by placing the art on a pedestal.
of its scenic original home, perhaps it is fitting that a visit to the Barnes should now exist unpretentiously in between a ride on the subway and a cheap cheesesteak. Located just off the Broad Street Line, the collection is right at our fingertips, and admission is only $10 with a Temple ID. Tyler students even gain free admission. But the Barnes isn’t the only museum in town. If you’re looking for a more general overview of art’s history and various movements, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a great and varied selection. If the grand philosophic meaning in a blank canvas or a pile of household appliances is more your speed, then there’s always the Institute of Contemporary Art. If you’re interested in local artists or taking classes in art, the Woodmere
Art Museum showcases a great collection of Philadelphia-area artists and offers classes as well. Regardless of your tastes, Philadelphia is a great city to view art. The number of museums that reside within a short SEPTA ride is staggering. And you’re absolutely right. With all the options that abound in the city and most offering some sort of student discount, there is no reason Temple students shouldn’t be out enjoying the summation of human history’s artistic culture. With all of this within a short reach, no one has any excuse not to go out and make his/ her own opinion. Charlie Ries is a freshman communications major.
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
“What is your New Year’s resolution?”
“To do more volunteer work and not curse as much.”
AMANDA SHAFFERN ttn
SENIOR | PSYCHOLOGY
Opinion DESK 215-204-7416
“To celebrate Shabbat and keep up with my religious traditions.”
“To disconnect from social media... rely less on it in social settings.”
JUNIOR | MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
SOPHOMORE | UNDECLARED
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
OPINION Unedited for content.
David says on “iannelli: pop culture piracy harms consumers” on jan. 17, 2012 at 12:05 a.m.
And how are we to stop this scourge of piracy? Are we to throw all these evil thieves (mostly poor college kids who would rather not spend 20 bucks on music that they can only play on their computer while also swimming in debt) into jail? Pass laws such as SOPA or PIPA that trample on our rights just to protect wealthy artists who could swim in cash?
lori says on “salah: presentations in class not for everyone” on dec. 29, 2012 at 3:34 a.m.
As a Temple alumna in the working world, I have a different perspective. Most people will need to do a presentation at some point (probably several points!) in their chosen careers, no matter what that career may be. College is a time for learning. You and your friend need to learn how to present effectively in front of groups of people. If you are familiar with your content, you should be able to explain it to others using any medium, with a little help and practice.
Joy says on “panel discusses the injustices of US crime, doing time” on dec. 18, 2012 at 11:42 p.m.
I have read your story and that is one of the reasons no one should have faith in the law. Being ignorant of the law is no excuse, but they do not care about you being a human being. Jail/Prison is warehouse for humans. It is another slave machine. I would like to work in some sort of program similar to this case, I wil graduate with Masters degree in Criminal Justice for this reason.
Casinos not worth the gamble
Daraz argues that Philadelphia should avoid further casino construction to hinder rapid deterioration.
hiladelphia used to be known and revered for its rich history, beautiful architecture, fascinating arts and delicious cuisine, but I’m beginning to worry that the city will soon become widely known as poverty stricken, corrupt and dangerous instead. We have allowed the city to deteriorate. And as this deterioration begins, casinos flourish. Currently, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has received six proposals for a second gaming license within Philadelphia, which means that a new casino will most likely open in the near future. This is just after SugarHouse opened within the city limits in September 2010 and two casinos – Harrah’s Philadelphia and Parx – opened right outside the city in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Frankly, casinos are a detriment to our fair city overall and to college students specifically. Casinos are a profit-driven industry. The fact that there are so many proposals fighting for gaming licenses in Philadelphia means that business is more than good. In fact, according to a
USA Today article by Matt Villano titled “Philadelphia emerges as East Coast gambling hub,” Philadelphia represents a huge chunk of the national gambling revenue. Citing Director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas David Schwartz, the article states: “11 licensed casino operators in Pennsylvania cleared $3.5 billion in gambling revenue in 2011 — a figure second only to establishments in Nevada, which cleared $10.7 billion.” Most people with full-time jobs don’t have money to blow, at least in this economy. That holds especially true for college students. But that doesn’t stop some from remaining hopeful and using whatever money they have to try and win big at a casino. You know; the business that derives its profits from making sure that exact thing doesn’t happen. Regardless of wins and losses, the possibility of a person – students included – getting hooked and beginning to gamble religiously is very real. Gambling can become such a severe addiction that people like
Steve Salvatore, the medical correspondent for CNN, have even likened its strength to that of alcoholism. To make matters worse, according to MayoClinc.com, gambling addiction tends to form in the late teenage years, which just so happens to be when young adults are heading off to college for the first time. Just a quick look at some of the symptoms – a list that includes lying to hide gambling, borrowing or stealing money to gamble, revolving your life around gambling and getting a thrill from taking big gambling risks – reveals how damaging it can be to a student’s relationships, aspirations and overall academic life. A major reason that this addiction could be harmful is that compulsive gambling often turns people into criminals. According to “Pathological gambling: A review of the literature,” an article published in the Journal of Gambling Studies by Henry R. Lesieur and Richard J. Rosenthal, approximately two-thirds of compulsive gamblers admit to having committed crimes to help finance their
addictions. That is not to say that everything about the casinos is inherently bad. They can bring an influx of potential jobs that will be available for students and other city residents to take. Obviously, this is quite a good thing. But considering all the negative repercussions casinos also tend to bring, it hardly seems like it’s worth it. The city would be better off searching for job creation through some other industry. Philadelphia has suffered enough. Instead of bringing in more crime and corruption, we must concentrate on bettering the city. Opening up more casinos will only make the deterioration of Philadelphia more rapid. Gambling might be fun and capable of relieving stress, but the trouble it brings drastically outweighs the few benefits. Rose Daraz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lessons abound throughout collegiate experience together at the last possible second is comparable enough that it justifies the opportunity cost. If procrastinating is shooting yourself in the foot, then that’s the equivalent of pretending that you can walk it off because the hospital is too far. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t spend my entire senior year of high school getting A’s on English papers I’d written the period before. Those days have vanished into an ether of one-part nostalgia and nine-parts relief that it’s over. And they will for you too. So make sure you’re prepared to adjust accordingly. Don’t expect divine inspiration to just strike at the last moment, and don’t expect others to help you out of every jam. It’s your work, so you have to put the time and effort in. “It’s more than just a pause and a chuckle” – Lupe
Fiasco, SLR The notion that a sense of humor is necessary to survive not just college, but life in general, is hardly novel. But it is worth repeating simply due to the magnitude of truth that lies behind that principle. It’s inevitable that [fecal matter] will get real at some point. How you handle those situations ultimately says more about who you are than you may think. No one comes out of those situations better than the person who can keep a steady perspective. Part of that is knowing how to laugh at a situation when it clearly deserves it. So, yes, taking the time to stop for a second and laugh about something means more than just the summation of those words. It means keeping your cool. I’m not sure how much time, energy and money went
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into the medical research, but I do know that four out of five doctors say laughter is the best medicine. Keep that in mind the next time stress is ailing you. “No need to speed, slow down and let the leader lead” – Rakim, Follow the Leader But the most salient lesson I want to impart is the importance of balancing your swagger. Confidence is certainly vital to survival in the collegiate jungle. So you should never question if you belong or if it’s OK for you to use “swagger” in an article. At the same time, this world essentially quantifies each person as some combination of the sum of their accomplishments and the sum of their potential. So it’s important to remember that – chances are – you haven’t accomplished anything yet. But what about the people
before you in that lecture hall, or the person whose hand you shake at that interview for an internship or even the handsome chap in the picture accompanying this article? Most of those people have accomplished something to earn that position, and most of those people can help you get to where you want to be. The other guy made a semi-clever reference to the Greek myth of Icarus a few paragraphs back, so cut him some slack. So while confidence may be key, humility is imperative to maximizing the collegiate experience. Understand that, and don’t take the help your professors and various mentors offer for granted, and you’ll be aces. If you’re reading this and thinking that this was all intuitive and kind of annoyed that I seem to be taking the time to
lecture you about such basic stuff, then congratulations. As I wrote at the beginning of this article, this is all stuff I wish I had known back then, so the fact that you know it reflects that you mastered these principles at some point, and that’s great news. But if you’re reading this and thinking that I’m wrong or that these may apply to other people but not you, well, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Zack Scott can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @ZackScott11.
Transition to college life has led to growth since we do eventually have to leave campus for one reason or another. SEPTA makes it easy to get around, but it can be intimidating. The subway at night is terrifying. Have you ever seen “Midnight Meat Train”? Don’t. Also, any time of day can be aggressive. Most riders are experienced with transit and aren’t keen to answer naïve questions. Issues not unique to urban freshmen are making friends and surviving classes. I’ve been lucky enough to have a ton of hometown friends to fall back on, but the first week was painfully awkward. It’s also no secret that high school does little to prepare
us for the intensity of college courses. Professors usually don’t care enough to learn your name, let alone give individual leeway when it comes to grading. With one semester under my belt and another quickly approaching, I can say that all my concerns at the beginning of the year have been addressed and solved. I don’t fear for my life walking at night anymore, thanks to the security provided at Temple. While many upperclassmen have gotten past the novelty, I’m still impressed by the TU Alert System and presence of campus police almost
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everywhere I turn. I’ve found that flipping to the back of Temple’s personalized yearly planners, handed out during orientation, reveals a handy-dandy guide to SEPTA – an invaluable tool for any freshmen who will have to venture out eventually. Keeping a list of directions in my phone has helped prevent any overwhelming feelings of lameness derived from needing to study the map at the station. Now I know that buying tokens in advance is always a good idea when I’m too far off campus to walk or lost in the “Temple party shadowland.” After a while, it was easy to
make friends, thanks to the support and guidance of the extracurricular programs. Aside from my roommates and friends from my building, I spend the majority of my time with the various clubs and organizations I’ve joined. Classes became manageable once I fell into the rhythm. The work may be harder, but there’s more time and resources to get work done. I no longer feel as if I’m drowning in a sea of faces in my lecture halls. The main objective of college is balance – finding a happy medium between constant fear and relaxing into a false sense of security or weighing
the benefits of intramurals with the possibility of overbooking ourselves. It’s a struggle, but it’s doable. As a freshman, I don’t have everything figured out yet, but I know that I made the right choice for me. Now I can answer with complete confidence that yes, I’m sure about Temple. Jessica Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Whether you are a business, political, or community leader, you must know that there is no more defining issue for our city than the quality of education offered to all of our children.”
Carole Haas Gravagno and Cathy M. Weiss, on philly.com in “Old way failed; give Hite a shot”
“Personal redemption and winning back the public’s trust are two different things. One allows you to rebuild your personal life, but the other allows you to repair damaged relationships, rebuild your professional reputation, and continue to make a difference. In Lance’s case, I think he has a long way to go.”
on foxnews.com in “My message for Lance Armstrong – It’s not about forgiveness, it’s about trust”
“Whereas renewable energy schemes and scams require tens of billions in annual taxpayer and consumer subsidies, hydrocarbons generate millions of jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars annually in royalties, taxes and economic activity.”
on washingtontimes.com in “Obama’s wishful thinking on green energy”
“Listen closely to Obama’s inaugural address. He’ll speak about soaring hopes and national unity, as he did four years ago; it’s still an inaugural address, after all. But this time there will be some steely notes as well, reminders to his opponents that he won the presidential election and that the voters were sending Washington a message. The Obama who takes his second oath of office on Sunday is the same man he was four years ago, but he’s a very different politician.”
on latimes.com in “McManus: Obama, Version 2.0”
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Birthrigh The David Project partnered with Temple’s Hillel Center to send students to Israel during winter break. ERIN-EDINGER TUROFF The Temple News
long with an $8,000 grant given to the Hillel Center, The David Project sponsored a free trip opportunity to Israel for Temple students. Student leaders were selected to attend the trip, including the leaders of Temple College Democrats, Dylan Morpurgo, and Temple University College Republicans, Erik Jacobs. Temple Student Government Student Body President David Lopez was also a considered candidate for the trip, but was unable to attend due to other commitments. Alex Tung, a sophomore strategic communications major and the student president of Temple Israel Public Affairs Committee, attended the trip along with Morpurgo and Jacobs. A Jewish student at Temple, Tung became involved in the trip after The David Project contacted the Hillel Center to find out which students were
leading pro-Israel campus organizations. Each of the 12 universities given the opportunity to send students on the trip had one pro-Israel advocate per group of students. Tung expressed that it was a clear choice for her to bring Jacobs and Morpurgo, who would be able to share their experience in Israel with their student organizations and provide meaningful insight. “We strategically targeted [student] leaders on campus that would reach a broader audience,” said Phil Nordlinger, director of Temple’s Hillel Center. Nordlinger added that choosing these student leaders facilitated The David Project’s objective to offer a trip that would “improve the way people think and talk about Israel on campus.” The David Project, which began in 2002, has grown significantly as a pro-Israel organization that advocates for students to assume leadership roles, and supports their efforts to expand understanding of Israel on college campuses.
n the novel “Tom Sawyer Abroad,” Mark Twain writes, “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with
them.” Twain did much traveling during his lifetime to test this hypothesis true. Throughout the course of his career he traveled to various locations across the United States, and in 1867 he set his sights abroad, venturing on a tour of Europe and the Middle East. Much like Twain, I got to test this same statement on my most recent journey abroad, to the land of Israel. CINDY STANSBURY I am going to assume it is known that, as of late, Israel has been making headlines around the globe. Cindy Stansbury Some headlines, admittedly, are less flattering than others. This provides the Jewish state, its citizens and reflects on her its army with a certain negative social stigma. I have birthright trip to heard all the judgments – Israel is a bully, the army full of murderers, the citizens are belligerent, it’s Israel this winter isoverly conservative, dangerous. The list goes on and break. on. Ignoring such judgments, I registered for my free birthright trip to Israel and departed for the country on Jan. 2 to test Twain’s statement. Upon my arrival into Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, I was informed that this trip composed of American Jews was going to be accompanied by eight Israeli soldiers.
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During their 10-day stay in Israel, students visited the Dead Sea, Old City Jerusalem and other Israeli landmarks. Students that went on the trip sponsored by The David Project include Erik Jacobs, Alex Tung and Dylan Morpurgo. For more photos, see temple-news.com/slideshows. | Courtesy ALEX TUNG & DYLAN MORPURGO
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Delores Harvin toured with Stevie Wonder before she began working in undergraduate admissions. Living DESK 215-204-7416
A truck on Norris Street proves that serving coffee is truly an art. Living@temple-news.com
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Delores Harvin performed in the USO tour and was a backup singer for Stevie Wonder. | luis fernando rodriguez
DELORES HARVIN Before Delores Harvin started working on Main Campus as a receptionist, she toured the world singing for the USO tour and Stevie Wonder. LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ Living Editor Delores Harvin began touring with her all-girl band Better Days at the ripe age of 16, having landed a contract for the band to perform as part of the United Services Organization tour. Following her time with Better Days, Harvin went on to tour as part of Stevie Wonder’s backup singers and, at 20 years old, went on to perform in at least seven different countries. The Temple News caught up with Harvin to get more details about her life on the road before working her gig on Main Campus. The Temple News: What do you do at Temple now? Delores Harvin: I am a receptionist and tour coordinator for the [Welcome Center] and Undergraduate Admissions. TTN: What does your job entail? DH: Meeting and greeting, checking the system for [student] files. I have to schedule tours and correspond back and
forth with the [tour] groups. TTN: Before you started working at Temple you were a backup vocalist for Stevie Wonder. How did you get involved with that? DH: One of my friends, Shirley Brewer, was in our [band] here in Philly, and she kept saying “Stevie’s looking for girls, Stevie’s looking for girls and I’m going to interview.” And I was like, “Yeah, right.” But she interviewed and he actually took her, then one of his other backup singers, Denise Williams, left the group and they needed another backup singer, so then they called me. I’ll never forget it, it was a Friday night and my friend Shirley called and she said, “Delores, they need another singer. Can you come out here, tonight?” So I just started throwing things in the suitcase and running around the house, and my father is running around behind me asking, “Are you sure you want to do this? Are you sure this is what you want to do?” I said, “Yeah, Daddy. This is what I want to do.” So, I had to go to Texas and I never got to interview because Stevie was already on the road [as part of] The Rolling Stones’ tour. I had to go out and fake it “‘til you make it,” and as soon as I got off stage, [Wonder] said, “You’re hired.” TTN: Were you living in Philadelphia prior to going on tour? DH: Yes, I was living in Philly and I was in an all-girl band called Better Days. We worked for USO and the [U.S.] Department of Defense. We had to travel all over: Portugal, Spain, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Germany and Cuba. [I] was touring before [I started working with] Stevie. We started that band when I was 16. TTN: How long were you touring with Stevie Wonder? DH: The first time, it was two years, and the second was two months. TTN: What was it like working with Stevie Wonder? DH: He was a lot of fun; he was very creative. We used to chase each other around the hotel and have water fights. We just acted silly. Wonderlove used to jump trains at night – I never did that. We used to have pool parties and have a good time on the road. TTN: Do you have any memorable stories from on the
road? DH: It was just wild. The Rolling Stones were wild. It was hard because we had to do every major city twice. It was like being in the army. You gotta hurry up and you’re on a plane everyday. It was hectic but it was a wonderful time in my life. TTN: Did you get to meet any prominent people on the road with Stevie Wonder? DH: With Stevie you met everybody. Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson – everybody. You would see somebody everywhere. On The Rolling Stones’ tour, The Jackson 5 would come visit us and come into our dressing rooms – they were friendly. Michael [Jackson] wasn’t who he [became] then, he was very quiet and shy. TTN: Was there a moment you felt very star-struck to meet someone? DH: No, actually I ran. I couldn’t stand to be around them. I was like, “Oh no, this isn’t me.” But one day I did break right into Aretha Franklin’s rehearsal because I loved her that much – plus I knew her keyboard player. She’s just my idol. TTN: How was the USO tour? DH: It was very rewarding, very hard; lots of fun and lots of guys. For an all-girls band that was a wonderful thing. TTN: How did you get involved with USO? DH: Our band’s manager actually signed a contract so we could tour overseas. TTN: How did you end up at Temple? DH: After Stevie, I worked one other job at Eastern Music Systems Corporation. I just wanted something more so my son could go to college. I applied here and I got accepted and I’ve been here ever since. TTN: Is music still a part of your life? DH: I still sing at church sometimes. TTN: How do like your Temple life now that your touring days are over? DH: I’m happy. My supervisor makes our job so much fun and he’s just a wonderful person. When you work for somebody that you like, it’s a wonderful thing. Luis Fernando Rodriguez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tongue-in-cheek blog gains alumna notoriety “Your LL Bean Boyfriend” gains popularity and provides comedic outlet. JESSICA SMITH The Temple News Temple alumna and Maine native Liz Pride has taken the romance novel formula and applied it to catalogue models with her Tumblr page, “Your LL Bean Boyfriend.” The blog uses pictures of L.L. Bean male models – found on the brand’s website – and adds captions that briefly describe humorous and passionate love stories. As the site’s headline states, “He will build you a table and then have sex with you on it. It doesn’t get much hotter than that.” “It started basically because of a plethora of free time,” said Pride, who created the site in early December. “I had been Facebook chatting with my friends about our ideal type of man and I made a joke that mine would be an L.L. Bean model. I opened up another tab and started writing captions for their catalog pictures. I was on a roll and did about 60 that night.” With insistence from friends, Pride published her captions on a new Tumblr page. The link spread like wildfire across the Internet and now has more than 10,000 followers – and it’s still growing. “I had no idea it would be so successful,” Pride said. “I hit 300 followers at one point and mes-
saged my friends thinking it was so funny. Twelve hours later, it was 2,000 people and it had been shared on Facebook almost 9,000 times. I was pleasantly surprised – once I got over the initial panic attack.” The insane popularity of the blog has earned Pride a quasi-celebrity status. She receives questions and comments daily from admiring fans, mostly women, who completely identify with the model obsession. “It’s really funny,” Pride said. “I love reading the comments and seeing that people have a great sense of humor about it. I don’t know what I would do if people actually took it seriously.” Although Pride admits she hasn’t reached the status of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” there are some fans that take their adoration to new heights. “Every once in a while, I get some strange messages,” Pride said. “Some people really want to be friends with me and they’ll send me detailed descriptions of us hanging out in Portland or meeting up with our L.L. Bean boyfriends together. I find that kind of weird because they’re a stranger and I’m just a normal person in my pajamas.” Less than a week after starting the site, Pride attracted media attention from her hometown and landed a spot on the front page of the Portland Press Herald. “I get a lot of recognition from Maine,” Pride said. “Very little happens there that’s newsworthy. The L.L. Bean company hasn’t officially recognized me, though. I went into
“Your LL Bean Boyfriend” features photos of male models from the designer’s website followed by romantic captions written by alumna Liz Pride. their store back home and bought shoelaces and no one said anything. I was just a customer.” Loyal fans to the blog begged Pride for more, which spurred the creation of sister-site Your L.L. Bean Girlfriend. As expected, it uses catalogue pictures of female models with similar captions. “I got a lot of requests for doing a girlfriend page,” Pride said. “People messaged me saying things like ‘I’m a lesbian and I would really love to have a L.L. Bean Girlfriend page’ and some straight guys wrote in wanting the same thing.” Despite unexpected stardom, Pride isn’t a blogging newcomer. She also co-founded and contributes to the feminist blog FoxJuice that she started with other Temple
alumnae. “We were drinking and reading Cosmopolitan,” Pride said. “We were so annoyed with how women’s magazines are structured that we fired off all these ideas of what we would do if we had our own magazine. From there, we started having serious meetings and sending emails about making a website with women’s vibes. There’s music, articles and funny pictures. It started out as an anti-Cosmopolitan, but that’s not what it is at all. It’s just a very fun outlet.” Pride said her Internet success hasn’t made her change her life path, but it has put things into perspective. “These blogs are a very different writing style than what I do on
a regular basis,” Pride said. “They follow the very cheesy, romance novel language. I would love to pursue a career in comedy, but I never really thought too seriously about it. My plan after graduating last May was to get my master’s degree in public health. I live in University City now and I’m thankful for the opportunity Temple gave me to show off my skills and everything I learned there. If people want to keep reading things by me then I’ll keep putting them on the Internet.” Jessica Smith can be reached at email@example.com.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Robin’s reaches final chapter The 76-year-old iconic Philadelphia bookstore closed its doors. NAVEED ASHAN The Temple News
or Larry Robin, picking up a few night shifts evolved into a lifelong career. As a Central High School student in 1960, Robin began working night shifts for his grandfather’s bookstore at 6 N. 13th St. His grandfather, David, founded Robin’s Bookstore in 1936 – a Depression-riddled year – with sons Herman and Morris. After 76 years in business, Robin’s Bookstore shut its doors at the end of 2012. “I’m going to miss the interaction and sharing information with customers,” Robin said. Despite facing censorship battles and location changes, the store managed to survive longer than any other bookstore in Philly. Seventy-six years later, however, things have changed. The former entrance of the bookshop sits between Zavino Wine Bar Pizzeria and Barbuzzo. The narrow doorway leads to the second floor that was once adorned with books, but is now void of merchandise The “Robin’s” sign that hung above the first floor has
Grassroots organizers plan for festival Ladyfest Philadelphia, an activism, arts and music festival is returning to Philly. JENELLE JANCI A&E Editor From meeting at each other’s houses in the evenings to designing flyers and reaching out to bands, a handful of Philadelphians are extending themselves past their day jobs in the name of Ladyfest Philadelphia. Ladyfest Philadelphia is an activism, arts and music festival dedicated to the artistic, organizational and political work of women, transgender, intersex, queer people and their allies. Organizers are currently planning the July 7-8 event to be held at the Rotunda. From Olympia, Wash., to Chicago to New York, there have been Ladyfests all across the country – including one in Philadelphia 10 years ago. Organizer Sara Sherr was an attendee of several previous Ladyfests, which inspired her to create her monthly women’s rock performance series called Sugar Town. When Sherr heard that her
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disappeared. Fifty years ago, Robin’s Bookstore was considered a refuge for the counterculture revolution. The bookstore moved to the corner of 13th and Sansom streets in 1960 and Robin began working in the paperback department. The same year, President John F. Kennedy was elected and the social and political content of America was drastically changing. This spurred Robin’s Bookstore to add more contentious literature regarding anti-war, race relations, human sexuality, women’s rights and civil rights to its collection. “We were more than just a commercial institution,” Robin said. “We sold books that many bookstores would not sell.” Of those controversial books was Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Cancer,” known for its explicit and outspoken depictions of sexuality. The store sold upwards of 7,000 copies and was the only bookstore in Philadelphia to sell the banned book. In 1964, Philadelphia District Attorney James Crumlish, Jr., sued Robin’s Bookstore after refusing to remove the book from its shelves. Though Robin’s lost, the Supreme Court later reversed another similar case, making it legal to sell “Tropic of Cancer” in the United States. In 1981, the store moved to 110A S. 13th St., its third and
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Larry Robin, owner of Robin’s Bookstore, stands outside his North 13th Street store in the ‘70s. | COURTESY GREG JONES
DRGN King prepare for release A producer for Mac Miller and the Roots and a Philly musician create an album making its mark in Philadelphia. INDIRA JIMENEZ The Temple News All it took was an eclectic, yet mutual, taste in music and a Philadelphia convenience store to make a force to be reckoned with in the Philly music scene. It has been proven to be quite the recipe to unite Brent “Ritz” Reynolds, hip-hop producer, and University of the Arts alumnus and Philly musician Dominic Angelella to create DRGN King. “We had so much trouble coming up with a band name, and there’s this amazing little food store down the street from Brent’s house called Dragon King, where you can buy like Sour Patch Kids and fried rice, and we stole the band name from them,” Angelella said. Angelella has been playing in bands since age 13. “‘Yeah,’ I said to myself, ‘I live a few blocks from Dragon King, so that’s what the band’s gonna be named,’” Reynolds, known for his work for artists such as Mac Miller and The Roots, added with a laugh. For a novice listener to understand the sounds of DRGN King, it doesn’t hurt to know about the different, yet deeply rooted, pasts that have influenced the band’s present and future in music making. “Brent and I are the kind of people who have been doing it for a while, for different things, like for me it was always something that I knew I was good at and the only real thing I wanted to do,” Angelella said. “When
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Columnist Kevin Stairiker recognizes Frank Ocean’s work in reuniting the duo on a remix. A&E Desk 215-204-7416
I came here for school, I just found a bunch of people I liked playing with. It’s been the thing for me.” “Similar to [Angelella], it all started in middle school,” Reynolds said. “I’ve always had an interest in music, you know, I was a true hip-hop head, collecting records up through high school, and by that time I knew that I wanted to mostly produce, you know, making tracks, and I’ve been doing it for a while now. That’s been the gradual process from like tinkering with it, while always having a passion for it, to where I have a studio in South Philly and still doing it.” Two musicians with polar opposite experiences, Reynolds and Angelella were unaware that their paths would cross at a chance studio session, locking in their partnership for the long run. “At the time I was kind of a jack-of-all-trades. I always wrote songs but wasn’t too confident in songwriting at the time. I was playing guitar for like everybody I could in the city, and [Reynolds] and I kind of bonded over just liking weird music and wanting to make our own version of that,” Angelella said. “Yeah, and we kinda have known each other just from being around Philly and making music, and just over time we made a lot of music, and we decided that we needed to form a band,” Reynolds said. It came as a surprise for the duo, too, both not only wanting to further their musical explora-
A Philadelphia convenience store influenced the naming of DRGN King, a group fueled by the collaboration of hip-hop producer Brent Reynolds and University of the Arts alumnus Dominic Angelella. Their debut album comes out tomorrow, Jan. 23.| COURTESY DRGN KING tion and creation in the Philly music scene but also having similar tastes in their personal music libraries. “I’ve been collecting records for a while, like the way I got into creating music was just studying records from the ‘60s and ‘70s, like jazz or soul or classic rock stuff. But I honestly try to listen to as much as possible...and just being aware of general current stuff, just everything,” Reynolds said. “I like songwriters in weird rock bands and rappers, like that’s what we bonded over, was this mutual love of stuff like Ghostface Killah and [The Beatles’] Magical Mystery Tour.
Basically there’s a big ocean of music from the past and present,” Angelella said. Thus, this combination of experience and mutual tastes in music was the birth of DRGN King, with its debut album titled “Paragraph Nights.” The title song “Paragraph Nights” provides a love ballad between the young and restless and the search for a perfect night in the city. Others differ, however, such as “Holy Ghost,” with its euphoric and simple sound, and the cool, retro-inspired “Menswear” and “Altamont Sunrise,” reminiscent of Reynolds’ and Angelella’s adoration for ‘60s rock and soul.
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The critically-acclaimed HBO series “Girls” held a viewing for two new episodes. ARTSandEntertainment@temple-news.com
“Paragraph Nights” does not just provide a new and exciting sound for audiophiles to become addicted to. It has an underlying and infectious ability to relate to its audience, something that can’t be denied and won’t be ignored. DRGN King’s debut album “Paragraph Nights” is set to release tomorrow, Jan. 23, on Bar/ None Records. Indira Jimenez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Drexel graduate and West Philly native Candice Martello will release her album this summer.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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friend Grace Ambrose was talking about bringing Ladyfest back to Philly, she was eager to contribute. “[Ambrose] is someone I’ve known in the music scene for a while, so when I found out she was organizing another Ladyfest, I wanted to get involved again,” Sherr said. Sherr, a 1992 alumna, and her fellow organizer Kristina Centore said Ladyfest was heavily inspired by the Riot Grrrl movement of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. “It was women standing up in the punk scene and kind of reacting against the fact that it was more of a boys’ club in music and that girls were just the girlfriends to the bands, so a lot of women started forming their own bands, and playing their own instruments,” Centore said. Although the movement originated more than 20 years ago, Centore said the ideas of its foremothers are anything but outdated. “I think a lot of what they were initially reacting against is still relevant today,” Centore said. “Sometimes it can be in more insidious ways and less visible, but it’s still there.” For Sherr, an example of this made major news in 2012. “I think women in general are still raising the same questions and seeing the same issues come up,” Sherr said. “On
a larger scale, during this past election cycle, you had old Republican men saying ridiculous things about rape.” Sherr isn’t blind to the often-negative connotation that is attached to the word “feminist.” “Sometimes women think ‘I don’t want to describe myself as a feminist, we’ve moved past this’ and just be jaded about it when these issues are a real thing,” Sherr said. When one looks at the big picture, the goals of Riot Grrrl aren’t unlike any other feminist movement, Sherr said. “I think Riot Grrrl is just one way of being a feminist,” Sherr said. “This is their way of expressing their feminists beliefs – through their music. I think a lot of feminists want pretty much the same things. They are things that I think a lot of human beings want in general, when you look at the big issues.” Although both Sherr and Centore are active in organizing Ladyfest, they don’t always work together. Although only 20 to 30 people are currently involved, there are about 10 different subcommittees. Sherr, who has a background in music – she was a 1990s music critic and a promoter – uses her penchant for the scene to scope out artists to put on the Ladyfest bill. What does Sherr look for
when she’s booking bands? “It’s a combination of things,” Sherr said. “Sugar Town was very much inspired by the music of Ladyfest – very punk focused. You know, something really unusual that you don’t see women doing in mainstream outlets, and I think that’s what Ladyfest is a part of. It’s a combination of bands I like and bands that I think are really pushing boundaries a little bit.” Appropriate for an event such as Ladyfest, Philly specializes in girl-power acts, Centore said. “There’s a lot of really great female-fronted bands here in Philadelphia,” Centore said. Philadelphians won’t have to wait until summer to get a taste of what Ladyfest will have in store. On Jan. 26, Kung Fu Necktie will hold a benefit show for Ladyfest, also celebrating the 12th anniversary of Sugartown. Hosted by Juliet Hope Wayne, the benefit will feature performances by Radiator Hospital, Bike Crash and Batty, including DJ sets by Grace Ambrose and Shabazz. There will be a $7-$10 sliding scale donation at the door, and the event is 21 and over. On Feb. 16, The First Annual Galentine’s Cover Band Show will also benefit Ladyfest Philadelphia, featuring cover bands of various girl-fronted
bands. The event will also be a launch party for a photozine organized by DIYPHL. Centore is happy to share the fundraiser, she said. “It’s cool that we’ve found other organizations to partner with us,” Centore said. Aside from the apt musical talent, the lively arts scene in Philadelphia creates the perfect environment for an event like Ladyfest, said both Centore and Sherr. “There’s a really great climate here to have people planning things in a grassroots way,” Centore said. Sherr expressed similar feelings. “There’s a lot more women involved in the scene than ever before at all different levels,” Sherr said. “The DIY scene is really strong. There’s a lot of different kinds of places to do different kinds of shows that maybe wouldn’t work in a bar space.” That combined with the still very-present feminist activism makes Sherr optimistic about the festival’s success. “I think it just makes sense here,” Shurr said. “It’s kind of a perfect storm.” Jenelle Janci can be reached at email@example.com.
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Kevin Stairiker prasies Ocean’s remix with the estranged members of Outkast.
s far as new artists are concerned, Frank Ocean certainly ruled 2012. Not only was his first full album, “Channel Orange,” released to nearly-universal acclaim, but he managed to do what was thought to not be possible: bring together the two volatile halves of Outkast. Though it’s technically only for a remix of a song that André 3000 was already on, it’s still pretty significant, especially considering that the last official pairing of the duo was for the 2006 soundtrack to the perfectly unremarkable film “Idlewild.” Though Big Boi recently released his second solo album, “Vicious Lies and Dangerous
Rumors,” and André 3000 has dropped some guest bars on tracks by Rick Ross and Drake for some reason, it was seeming more and more like any kind of Outkast reunion would never happen. When Big Boi hit the interview circuit for “Vicious Lies,” he was quoted as saying that though André was approached to rap on a few of the album’s songs, he “must’ve been too busy doing some Gillette s---.” It was also revealed that Ocean had originally wanted “Pink Matter” to be an Outkast reunion, but André didn’t want a reunion to take place on someone else’s song. Despite the very public nature of the group’s disagreements, the remix eventually came out anyway, which is certainly a win in the fans’ eyes. Make no mistake; despite the presence of one of hiphop’s most beloved duos, “Pink Matter” is very much a Frank Ocean song. Before I had even devoured the rest of “Channel Orange,” “Pink Matter” was one of the tracks I paid the most attention to. The alliterative language of the song, from talks of dueling senseis and probably the only mention ever of the Dragon Ball Z character Majin Buu in an R&B song, is hypnotizing even without the lurching beat behind it. On an album loaded with great slow jams, “Pink Matter” was already the best of the
bunch before Big Boi dropped a verse on it. The song begins in a very halted manner, with Ocean discussing peaches and mangos with the clear intent being metaphorical. It doesn’t take long for Frank to get his unhingedMarvin Gaye on, nearly yelling about “pleasure over matter” until you know exactly what he’s getting at. The actual groove of the song doesn’t drop until two and a half minutes in, just at the point when you become afraid that it is never coming. But when it does start, there is nothing else. For all the hype, the remix itself is pretty lazy. Other than Big Boi saying the word “remix” at the very beginning and inserting his verse in there, “Pink Matter” is essentially the same great song it was. Sir Lucious Left Foot’s verse is pretty lazily misogynistic at some points, which clashes with the essence of the song, but Big Boi’s natural flow carries it to the finish line. Interestingly, Big Boi’s verse is wedged directly in between Ocean’s singing and André’s absolutely killer verse with the only overlap being Pat-
ton’s quick shout out to one of his own pseudonyms as Dre’s verse begins. It comes across as somewhat of a pompous move, albeit a forgivable one. The baton pass from Big Boi to André is a great moment, and even though their verses are unrelated and stitched together, there are flickers of classic Outkast here with both sides taking the idea of “Pink Matter” and going in opposite directions with it. For André Benjamin, that means fitting as many disjointed syllables about love into the groove as he can. For Antwan Patton, it means attempting to match the funk presented in the song but with lyrics, detailing some scenes I wish I could type in this column. Any real or fake animosity is hard to linger on with the amount of talent on display on the “Pink Matter” remix. With Big Boi’s verse falling into place, “Pink Matter” is still the same oozing slow jam it was before, but now there is the extra layer of accomplishment on top. During the last couple of years, the bureaucracy of the
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loaded with great slow jams, “Pink Matter” was already the best before Big Boi dropped a verse on it.
music industry has often been the blame for the complete lack of partnership in Outkast, but it’s starting to seem like André 3000 simply can’t be bothered to work on music. Maybe Justin Timberlake was right in his recently released promo video about releasing music and André needs no less than 10 years to be in the right place mentally for another Outkast record. Whatever the case, the world, or at least the part of the world that is aware that Outkast made more songs than “Hey Ya!” and “The Way You Move,” is waiting in baited breath for one of the best partnerships in hip-hop to continue to work out their differences. If they don’t, I suppose Big Boi can continue releasing solo albums and André can shape his facial hair.
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Bookstore closes after decades in business final home. A second floor was added, and Robin began holding poetry readings and open discussions with political speakers, marking the store as a prominent place in the community. Though it has endured for many years, business has always proven difficult, Robin said. As of late September, the store’s website began promoting 60 percent discounts on its merchandise, assuring customers that the end has finally come. “We were losing money, and you can’t continue on forever,” Robin said. The bookstore struggled
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during the 1990s. According in Philadelphia alone, according to the store’s website, half of to the store’s website. People are the independent now embracstores across ing cheaper and the nation went more accessible bankrupt around methods for that time. reading, such as Stores such e-books, rather as Barnes & than carrying Noble and Boran uncomfortders are partially ably heavy load to blame for the of books. In the decline of indeage of Amazon. pendent stores. com and other National chains online retailers, that sell movies, Larry Robin / owner reading actual music and books surpassed tiny local book shops, hardback and paperback copies withering away at least a dozen are slowly dwindling to a cultic
more than just a commercial institution. We sold books that many bookstores would not sell.
fascination. Despite having closed the doors of his grandfather’s bookstore, Robin will continue to hold poetry readings, children’s programs and other book-related events through Moonstone Arts Center, a nonprofit organization he co-founded with his wife in 1983. Future events will include weekly poetry readings at Fergie’s Pub on 12th and Sansom streets and a program at the end of the month about the turn of the century African American journalist, Ida B. Wells. Dissipating bookstores, like that of his grandfather, will
result in more lost than just the physical store, Robin said. A level of communication is hindered by the advent of the Internet, Robin said. “With the Internet, you can find exactly what you’re looking for,” Robin said. “But what’s most important is to find what you weren’t looking for.” Naveed Ahsan can be reached at email@example.com.
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University City screening promotes the second season of the show “Girls.” SARA PATTERSON The Temple News HBO’s critically acclaimed show “Girls” returned for its second season on Jan. 13, after winning the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. To promote the new season, HBO invited a number of the show’s Facebook fans to a reception and advanced screening of this season’s first two episodes in University City on Jan. 17. The series follows a group of 20-something girls as they navigate collegiate and postcollegiate life in New York City and is heavily influenced by creator Lena Dunham’s own experiences. Dunham, 26, who also stars as protagonist Hannah Horvath, won the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and has been nominated for Emmys for her acting, writing and directing. While being praised for its realistic and hilarious take on modern women and relationships, the show has been criticized for its lack of diversity and vapid characters. The event, part of HBO’s Girls Night Out promotion, was held at Rave Cinemas at 40th and Walnut streets. Along with a photo booth and love gurus, the reception featured an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Playing in the background were tunes from the show’s soundtrack, including indie-pop artists such as fun., Tegan and Sara and Grouplove, as well as Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” which was used in a memorable scene in the show’s first season. One attendee, Russell
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Singer-songwriter Candice Martello has an album expected to be completed this summer. Martello, of West Philadelphia, also plays primarily bass in the band Ghost Light. | abi reimold TTN
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Philadelphia singer-songwriter Candice Martello is currently working on an album, due to be released by the summer. JENELLE JANCI A&E Editor Candice Martello’s family tree is rooted in music. With her brother being a drummer, her godfather a bassist and former music reviewer, her aunt an employee of radio and her dad a recreational guitarist, it’s no wonder that Martello seems to befriend every instrument she meets. “Whenever I find an instrument, I’m sort of able to pick it up pretty fast,” said Martello, a Doylestown, Pa., native. While the Philadelphia singer-songwriter sticks to acoustic guitar for her solo project, she also plays bass in Ghost Light in addition to playing ukulele, drums and “a little piano.” Although her live solo performances are anchored solely by her voice and her guitar, the result is far from minimalistic. Martello’s soulful, heart-wrenching voice has the capacity to fill a room, while her unusual yet relatable lyrics connect with audiences. Martello, 23, graduated in 2011 from Drexel University with a degree in discography. She might have studied music at school, but Martello’s method of music making is anything but formulaic. “Sometimes it comes out, sometimes it doesn’t,” Martello said. “Sometimes I go for months without writing anything.” The recent months have been kind to Martello, however, who is currently tracking and mixing for an album due to be out by summer. Following the album’s release, Martello plans to do a tour, which currently has little boundaries besides “as much as my money will take me.” THE TEMPLE NEWS: How did you get into music? CANDICE MARTELLO: My brother is also a musician. My godfather, he’s a bassist, and used to do a lot of music reviews. My aunt was into radio. She works for an oldies radio station in New York. Music has always been a really big part of my family.
TTN: How did you pick up learning the guitar? CM: Well, my dad used to play me the same three songs to go to bed – the only three songs he knew on his guitar. My brother played drums, but I didn’t want to play drums because, you know, I wanted to be different I guess. So I just had my dad teach me those three songs and kind of surpassed him in knowledge of playing. TTN: What songs did he play you? CM: They were like all his friends’ songs that his friends wrote in high school. TTN: How is the vibe different when you’re playing with a band rather than on your own for your solo project? CM: It’s very different. I haven’t really gotten my solo band together per se yet, but I am in this other band called Ghost Light. It’s louder. Being on stage with other people takes the pressure off. There’s a lot more energy, I would say, than just playing an acoustic set. It’s a whole different experience. TTN: Who are some musicians that inspire you for your solo work? CM: I really love Cat Power a lot. Her earlier stuff and her progression with music is really inspiring to me. She started off very minimalist and worked up to a full band. I like Metric. I’m really influenced by a lot of female singers because, I mean, I’m a female singer, and that’s just how it goes I guess. Patti Smith, Yeah Yeah Yeahs – a lot of those people. TTN: A unique thing about a lot of your songs is that you personify inanimate objects, such as the tree in “Tree Song” and the pills in “Vitamin.” What do you like about writing lyrics this way? CM: It’s weird. A lot of lyrics will get reused throughout music because everybody kind of feels the same thing, and you’re basically saying the same thing. I find it difficult to put myself in the song completely, because then I just come up with generic lyrics because I’m feeling too much. So, I separate myself by per-
sonifying objects and that usually ends up being exactly how I’m feeling. I remove myself from the situation to get a more grand-scheme thought. TTN: Do you write your lyrics first or do you write the music first? CM: It depends. I’ll write lyrics to a guitar part and a melody, and I’ll end up changing one or another. I’ll find a melody that I like but I don’t like the lyrics, so I’ll have to change that. If you go down my GarageBand list, there will be like “Version 1 of Tree Song.” Like, [what audiences hear] is version four of that song. That changes a lot. I’m not sure which one ever comes first. TTN: Having gone to college in the city and now a resident of it, what do you think is unique about the Philadelphia singer-songwriter scene from other cities, if it’s different at all? CM: There’s more of a community in Philadelphia, because it is small. People help each other out. The whole com munity thing – the basement shows, the church shows, the colleges and stuff – I’d say the music scene as a whole is really great here. There’s a lot of great music coming out of Philadelphia. Jenelle Janci can be reached at email@example.com.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
HBO series holds event in Philadelphia girls page 10 Abdo, 20, saw both sides of “Girls.” “I think it’s great. I think it’s really fun. I don’t think it’s ‘the voice of our generation,’” Abdo said, referring to a scene in the show’s pilot episode in which the main character claims that she may be just that. “I respect Lena Dunham,” Abdo said. “I do have a lot of issues with her, but I like the fact that she makes you think and that she forces you to have an opinion and talk that out. So, if anything, it sparks discussion, which I think is good in any piece of television or film or media whatsoever.” Horvath and her friends Marnie Michaels, Jessa Johansson and Shoshanna Shapiro,
have drawn comparisons to another group of four female friends on HBO: Carrie Bradshaw and the ladies of “Sex and the City.” “Obviously there are these very cliché characters and very specific roles they are trying to fill through the four girls and it’s like ‘Sex and the City’ in that they have these four very different personalities,” Abdo said. Like fans of “Sex and the City,” “Girls” fans have taken to describing themselves in terms of the characters. Abdo considers himself a mix between Marnie and Shoshanna with a little bit of Jessa, while Nicole Grabowski, 21, said she is “definitely Shoshanna.” “I do think [the show is] applicable to a lot of people
our age and in our generation,” identified with the show’s world Grabowski said. “All of these was demonstrated by how things, these real life situations they reacted to the episodes: happen through these, like, re- a scattering of applause when ally outrageous Shoshancharacters. It’s na dean interesting clared, “I dynamic.” only want Attendees to date were a group of people almost excluwho want sively 20-someto date thing men and me bewomen. As an cause that HBO representais called tive commented self-rewhile introducNicole Grabowski / attendee spect,” to ing the episodes, the guy the group was who blew “exactly the kind of people that her off after sex and groans of Hannah and her friends would “oh no” during a scene in which be hanging out with.” Horvath attempts to cut her own Just how much the group bangs.
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Season two of “Girls” picks up after Johanson’s surprise wedding in the season one finale. Horvath is taking it slow with her new boyfriend, played by Donald Glover from “Community,” while trying to distance herself from ex “main hang” Adam Sackler. Michaels, after moving out of her apartment and breaking up with her boyfriend, now finds herself jobless after being downsized. College student Shapiro embraces her womanhood after losing her virginity, and Johanson returns from her honeymoon only to realize that she has no idea where her new husband lives. While most of the screening’s attendees were fans eager for a sneak peek of the new season, for some, like Anita Gade,
the screening was an opportunity to see the show for the first time. “I thought it was a very raw portrayal of girls,” said Gade, a student at the University of Pennsylvania. “Unlike most shows that have a lot of clichés or fillers, it was a very clean show and something that I can relate to and identify with.” “Girls” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO. Sara Patterson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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Sequels abundant in 2013 video game releases
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Columnist Samantha Tighe discusses the anticipated releases of game sequels.
he undertone of a new year always seems to be one of renewal. Once the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, your life experiences sort of reset. You have not only been gifted a new slate on which you can learn from the mistakes you have faced within the last year, but you have an opportunity to better yourself. It’s refreshing to look at a January calendar and see that you have hundreds of unblemished days to look forward to, much like sitting down on your couch and loading up a newly purchased game. Let’s take a moment, before we settle and watch some scenes pass us by, to take a gander at not only what we have watched, but also what we have to look forward to. The year 2012 bore witness to the introduction and conclusion of some of the largest franchises in video game history. The ever-popular story of Commander Shepard from “Mass Effect” was finished, we saw a long-dormant gaming series be reawakened with “Diablo III,” and we were brought back in time to colonial America with “Assassin’s Creed III.” Of course, these are just a few shining examples amongst dozens of other games that deserve recognition. Turning our attention to this year, we’re able to see not only the announcements of new series, but also sequels to some of our favorite gaming titles. Here is just a small sampling of
what we’re going to be seeing this year in terms of sequels.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Release Date: Feb. 5
The Sly Cooper series was first released in 2002 with “Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus.” Players control the great Sly Cooper, the latest prodigy in a long line of Master Thieves. Passed through generations within his family is the Thievius Raccoonus, a book that holds abilities mastered by his forefathers, skills that are highly sought-after by those outside the Cooper family. After the Thievius Raccoonus was stolen from him, many of its pages – and secrets – were lost, so it has been his mission to restore his family’s keepsake, with the help of two henchmenturned-friends. This time, Sly Cooper and his friends will be traveling through various eras in time to continue gathering pages of the Thievius Raccoonus. I consider Sly Cooper a breath of fresh air – it tends to shy away from the typical ‘hackand-slash’ engines in games and focus more on stealth. It also mixes a cartoonish world with the gloominess that typically pairs itself with film noir and old mystery-style landscapes,
a bizarre combination that actually works. If you haven’t checked out the “Sly Cooper” franchise, I highly recommend you do, because it actually has some quality gameplay.
Dead Space 3 Release Date: Feb. 5
On the same day as “Sly Cooper,” we have another anticipated game releasing, “Dead Space 3.” The murky and dark story of Isaac Clarke has been one filled with horror – this once-engineer had the misfortune of being sent to the mining spaceship, USG Ishimura, to investigate a distress beacon. After his own spaceship crash-lands and is no longer functional, Clarke is forced to venture deep within the Ishimura and comes face-to-face with the horrors inside of it. In the second game, “Dead Space 2,” players are still fighting the Necromorphs – the twisted enemies in the series – with Clarke, but they are also able to witness his deteriorating mental state – it is becoming harder for him to distinguish reality from the images in his mind. In “Dead Space 3,” Clarke returns yet again, but this time he has a companion with him –
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Scavenger hunts are not only for young children at birthday parties anymore. Watson Adventures is a company that hosts various scavenger hunts on a regular basis in Philadelphia as well as other cities. Watson Adventures is hosting a scavenger hunt at Reading Terminal Market that incorporates scavenger hunt questions, which allows those who participate to try some of the interesting foods Reading Terminal Market has to offer. Not only is the scavenger hunt intended to be fun, but it also allows those who participate to explore the Reading Terminal Market with a new perspective.
Rockers Closet, a consignment boutique in the city, is offering the opportunity for people to swap their old clothing for merchandise that Rockers’ has in store. Instead of simply donating unwanted clothing, this event gives the opportunity to both get rid of unwanted garments while adding new articles of clothing to your wardrobe. The quality of the garments that are brought to trade decides what variety of clothing that they can be traded for in-store.
Sergeant John Carver, another man who bore witness to Necromorphs. His addition to the series helps streamline a co-op experience for the players, who can now undertake the game with a friend. Clarke and Carver must traverse the frozen planet of Tau Volantis in a mission to find out the source of these monstrosities and how to stop the threat for good.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Release Date: October
Pokémon has been one franchise that has been pumping out games ever since Red and Blue versions were released for the Gameboy. We’ve seen the Pokémon count rise, though there were originally 151 Pokémon, there are now more than 600 species roaming around. It should be no surprise that, nearing the end of 2013, the world will be seeing another set of Pokémon games for the Nintendo 3-DS. The even more exciting aspect of this news, however, is the fact that Nintendo is finally updating the gameplay engine, and players can finally look forward to 3-D graphics and a battling system that bears resemblance to the one seen in Pokémon Stadium. These are requests that have been thrown at the developers for years and now that they’re being implemented, the buzz for these games is high. Details about the new generation are still scarce but
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the three starters have been announced and minimal battling and gameplay have been revealed. I’m sure, in the coming weeks, Nintendo will be releasing additional announcements and information about the games, but it’s nice to see Pokémon starting to update itself. I just want to be given the opportunity to mess stuff up with my Gengar. Again, consider this just a tasting of what is to come. There are other titles I have my eye on, games that will have their own time to shine. Until then, best wishes for this upcoming year, and I hope that you stay organized and studious this semester – because we’ve all made that New Year’s resolution. Samantha Tighe can be reached at email@example.com.
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Israel experience made more accessible david PAGE 7 “Basically, The David Project is all about building relationships on campus, and the goal is, [in order] to provide Israel advocates, we want to teach them to talk and bond with other students on campus. There are a whole lot of different ways. Nothing can compare to going to the country and seeing it with your own eyes,” said Bella Shapiro, a campus coordinator with The David Project who worked with Temple students. The project differs from the Taglit-Birthright Israel organization, which sends Jewish Americans between ages 18 and 26 on trips to Israel in peer groups at no cost, provided that they have never been there previously. By comparison, The David Project’s trip was specifically developed to send nonJewish young people to Israel – a unique opportunity for many. Some students who have
been to Israel on birthright speak highly of their experience, including sophomore public relations major Mike Hall and sophomore early childhood education major Arielle Simon. Both students were also supportive of The David Project sponsored trip to Israel, and considered it to be a great opportunity to spread knowledge of everything Israel has to offer, historically and culturally, to all people. “Living in the U.S. and being Jewish, I was always part of the minority,” Simon said. “By going to Israel, for the first time in my life I was able to be part of the majority.” Simon added that sharing the experience with her peers allowed her to “form life-long friendships.” Upon learning about The David Project trip, she expressed her excitement at the opportunity for other students. “I think it’s important and
necessary to open this trip up to everyone because Israel has so much history,” Simon said. “There is something there for everyone to learn.” Hall’s sentiments were similar to Simon’s, describing the Birthright trip he took last May as his greatest life experience thus far. “I think it’s great that grants [and trips] like this exist,” Hall said. Nordlinger said Temple was lucky to be among the selected schools. “It shows that The David Project is interested in working with diverse collegiate settings,” Nordlinger said. This was the first year the Hillel Center partnered with The David Project. The collaboration provided new opportunities that Nordlinger said he hopes will continue. There are other options available for students to travel to Israel, including the Jew-
ish National Fund trip and the Alternative Break Israel trip, a program through the Greater Hillel of Philadelphia promoting volunteer opportunities. The Hillel Center’s website offers more information for students interested in applying. For students unable to attend the trip offered by The David Project, these opportunities could be an appealing alternative, Nordlinger said. Those students who took the trip to Israel during break shared the Hillel director’s hope that a partnership with The David Project will continue. Tung, who traveled to Israel previously during her senior year of high school with a youth group, said the trip she went on during winter break was exceptionally interesting and a profound experience for everyone involved. As Main Campus’ student pro-Israel advocate on the trip, Tung said she was excited to ex-
perience the country with such a diverse group of peers. “Bringing non-Jewish people to Israel is such a cool idea because it allows them to experience Israel without any biases. We had Palestinian speakers, Ethiopian refugees, military personnel. Obviously the country is so complicated, and that was a big thing that was coming up,” Tung said. “We didn’t focus on the conflict, because that would be unfair to the country.” Bringing a differing group of young people into a diverse region to experience it first hand is something Tung said she believes will help promote a more realistic perception of Israel, and help get past the negative focus on conflict in order to appreciate everything Israel has to offer. “The most rewarding part was seeing everything with my own two eyes,” Jacobs, a senior political science major, said. “You see a lot of things in the
[news] media and you’re not sure what to believe. Now I have experience and have talked to people from here.” Jacobs plans to promote understanding by having pro-Israel events on Main Campus, with full understanding that there are also currently anti-Israel groups on Main Campus, he said. The trip taken to Israel this break was not intended to sway students politically, but rather to provide insight from a diverse, multicultural place in the world. Students who traveled overseas during winter break took away a unique, personal experience. Shapiro said she hopes this experience will spread the idea that for “every student, Jewish, Israel advocate or not, there’s something about Israel that can be related to everyone. It’s a universal place.” Erin Edinger-Turoff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students from 12 universities took part in The David Project trip to Israel. Students were invited based on their campus involvement.| Courtesy Alex Tung & Dylan Morpurgo
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Yes, the monsters that everybody hears about on the news were going to be eating, sleeping, breathing and living with 40 unsuspecting Americans for five days. Hold onto your hats folks, this is where it gets interesting. The soldiers were sweet. Yes, sweet as in nice, kind, polite, caring – fill in any other positive adjectives of your choice here. It was completely against what I had been expecting. I pictured severe, intense,
judgmental and damaged. Instead I got...“like me.” In the state of Israel, all citizens are drafted into the military immediately upon the completion of their senior year of high school and serve for a mandatory 2-3 years. So while you and I nap in college lecture halls and drunkenly stumble down Broad Street, they defend their nation. Much to my surprise, this practice doesn’t make them super soldiers, or emotionally cold. It doesn’t make them anything
other than what we are: teenagers. Natan, Ortal, Eden, Ore, Mika, Inbar and Idan were the soldiers that I had the honor to meet, and they have since changed my outlook on the Israeli Army. During those five short days I got to know each of these young people fairly well. This is what I learned: They love to listen to Rihanna, they think beer tastes great – especially when consumed quickly and in large amounts – they think clubbing is awesome, enjoy poking fun at Chris Christie, and love to eat. They laugh, they date, they have lives and meeting them was by far the most meaningful part of my travels. They taught me something important about the world. People are people; everywhere and in every situation they are just people. Screw the geographical and the situational differences because, at the heart of it all, everyone’s the same. Everyone smiles, jokes and loves the same and the world would be a less cruel place if everyone got a chance to realize that people are really not so different from you. So the next time I pass by an anti-whoever protest or hear a judgment about the Israeli people or army, I will repeat Twain’s quote aloud and I will add: I have traveled with these people, I know them and I like them. Cindy Stansbury can be reached at email@example.com.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Matthew Craig and Kristen Mills founded Cloud Coffee last November as part of the Cloud Project, an initiative to expose customers to art while they get coffee. | Hua zong TTN
Truck unites coffee and art on campus Cloud Coffee combines art appreciation and caffeine. SAMANTHA STOUGH The Temple News Last November, when Cloud Coffee first opened on Main Campus outside of Tyler School of Art, founders Matthew Craig and Kristen Mills were determined to not only serve quality coffee, but also combine a business with an art project. The owners of Cloud Coffee both received their master’s degrees in painting from Tyler last year. Unlike the careers most art students pursue after graduation, like trying to work for a gallery or teaching, Craig and Mills found a different path. “We’re very familiar with [Main Campus] and what [it] was missing, and that was good coffee,” Mills said.
Craig added that Cloud Coffee should be a special part of a customer’s day and not just a routine. “Starbucks is there, Saxbys is there. Those places are fine, but they’re not really special. They’re just sort of places to go,” Craig said. “I think it makes a big difference when you’re at school, and you’re hyper stressed, and you can look forward to [your next cup of coffee].” Therefore, Main Campus was and still is the most desirable main location for their cart. In contrast to the mass-produced coffee that chain shops provide, Cloud Coffee strives on having quality beverages and fresh food items, including locally roasted coffee and locally baked goods. The idea for the Cloud Project began when Craig and Mills began casually discussing it toward the end of their last semester at Temple. They wanted to still be able to express themselves, as well as expose
a wider range of people to art. Cloud Coffee was the solution they came up with, allowing the exchange between the artists and their customers to happen while still being able to receive income. “It was kind of a joke for a while, but then we started talking about it really seriously,” Craig said. “Philadelphia seems like a place where people can [achieve] things. It seemed extra obtainable here.” “As artists, we ultimately want to work for ourselves,” Mills said. “We thought it just might be the right place at the right time to do something like this.” Cloud Coffee is the first business venture for Craig and Mills, and it’s been a welcomed challenge. “It’s scary because we’ve never [ran a business] before, but at the same time what else is there better to do?” Mills said. “Why not just be risky and go for it? [Cloud Coffee] is a different kind of dream, but may
records and he could see the glimmers of early mythology that predated them. “I’ve always been interested in the idea of ritual and the idea of ritual performance,” Williams said. “It’s been a way for culture to embody their mythology.” As for his inspiration for the choice of dance and opera, Williams said the story begged for the combo. “Over time, I realized that opera was a format that could actually express these different genres of performance in the same context,” he said. Williams said he also felt inspired by Ballets Russes – a 20th-century ballet company directed by Sergei Diaghilev – where there was collaboration between the choreographer, composer and the visual designer to create a complete work. “A complete work of art is attractive to me because I like to deploy various types of performance genre to express my ideas,” Williams said. The dance opera features professional dancers alongside Temple dance students. “[‘Wolf-in-Skins’ pushes] the expected vision of what a medieval court would look like,” said Beau Hancock, one of the professional dancers in the play. “It’s looking at what’s
expected. [There are] very clear gender roles, calling into question what we assume.” “It’s really cool, really interesting,” said Alec Moss, a junior film and dance major, who is one of the dancers in the dance opera. “It’s something that a lot of people haven’t seen before. It’s kind of new and inventive.” In addition to the theme of gender roles, there is the whole aspect of myth and folktale. “We can see ourselves in some of the relationships,” Hancock said. “I think that’s what myth and folktale is about on some level. How we make our own choices.” Music does not take a backseat to the dance in the opera as it is filled with musicians playing live, opera singers giving words to the action and several dozen dancers. The way they move is graceful throughout the play, dancing to each other’s steps. It is a massive production, also featuring dancers from New York. This is only the first act of a larger production. Williams said he is very interested in how people will respond to his opera, considering this is the first time he is showing it in full production. “I encourage people to come to this production with
be just as relevant.” “There’s satisfaction because we have some control over it, too. We can involve other people or evolve into different things,” Craig said. Along with selling locally roasted coffee, and other localmade goods, it is also the duo’s goal to try and expose art to more people through the business itself. They plan to do that primarily through gallery visits and collaborations with other artists and entertainers. “How I see art is that it’s a symbolic exchange. [The Cloud Project] is a relational work,” Mills said. “We’re engaging ourselves in something that’s meaningful.” Being a mobile cart, Cloud Coffee can move around and do things such as collaborate with art galleries or other businesses, which is something that the owners consider as a great advantage over a stationary location. Its first time being open was in front of galleries during First Friday last November. But,
the owners plan to create their own events in the future, in addition to visiting galleries. “Something we’re thinking about doing is an artist’s prize, where we call for work like images, video, sound or whatever, charge a nominal fee for a juror, and pick an artist out of that, which will benefit the artist’s practice or their studio,” Mills said. Craig said he wants Cloud Coffee to act as a resource for Philadelphia artists. “We’re trying to connect with other makers and producers,” Mills said. “We’re always a part of something.” On the business end of things, the future looks hopeful for Craig and Mills. In the beginning, they scraped together what funding they could mostly through friends and family members. However, they recently reached more than their $2,750 donation goal on their Kickstarter page – they received $2,977, as of press time – which will allow them to receive fund-
ing to help continue their business, and passed a recent inspection “with flying colors.” “[The support] is amazing,” Craig said. “It’s been an emotional roller coaster but I think we’re getting to the point where we’re going to survive, and it’s going to be awesome.” Craig and Mills’ dedication to quality beverages and creating a conversation about art has allowed Cloud Coffee to fill a new niche among Main Campus’ food trucks and cafés. The next step for Cloud Coffee is to be consistent and gain more patrons for the business now that the new semester is underway. The business will maintain its primary location in front of Tyler, but also plans to travel from time to time. “We both recognize that it’s definitely worthwhile, so we are not going to give up,” Mills said. Samantha Stough can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wolf-in-Skins ushers in start of the semester Temple brings Celticinspired “Wolf-inSkins” to Conwell Dance Theater. MATTHEW HULMES The Temple News Act one of a new dance opera is coming to Main Campus the first weekend of spring semester. It’s one of the most enormous projects to be constructed by creator Christopher Williams, the opera’s director and choreographer. “Wolf-in-Skins” is a dance opera about Welsh culture and is set in the medieval era. Stripped to its basics, the story is about a kingdom with a curse on it, where there are no women in the kingdom, so the king makes a group of men dress up as women for a mock court. Incorporating themes that focus on sexuality and gender, it follows the journey of a central, mythical hero and his various bouts with transformation. The audience watches as he passes through the underworld and grapples with issues of identity. Williams said he got his ideas from medieval literature and ancient Welsh culture. He was interested in early written
Wolf-in-Skins’ first act will premiere at Temple on Jan. 25. | COURTESY ANDREW JORDAN an open mind because a lot of opera goers come into a piece expecting to be told a story and have a really succinct piece of theater,” Williams said. “On the other hand, dance operas tend to go into a production with an open mind allowing themselves to experience something and allowing it to sink into their subconscious mind and have their own interpretations of it.” Williams said he is very interested in how people will respond to his opera, considering this is the first time he is show-
ing it in full production. Hancock said he decided to be in “Wolf-in-Skins” because it was helpful to be a part in a variety of creative processes. “I think Christopher’s [piece] is quite unique in its scale that there’s so many elements and so many participants,” Hancock said. “I hope they enjoy it, I hope they enjoy themselves,” Moss said. “I hope they become enlightened to the different ways that dance can be applied to the forms of art and entertainment.”
“Wolf-in-Skins” will be presented on Friday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Conwell Dance Theater. Tickets are $5-$20 and can be purchased at DanceBoxOffice. com or by calling 215-5462552. For more information visit PhilaDanceProjects.org. Matthew Hulmes can be reached at email@example.com.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Self-reflection is necessary year-round
MARCIE ANKER Starving Actor
Marcie Anker opts out of the tradition of New Year’s resolutions.
h, welcome back my loyal readers. I bet you thought you’d seen, or read, the
last of me. I hope all of your breaks have been as unproductive and uneventful as mine. I’d like to say that I have something of interest to share with you, but unfortunately, that is not the case. I’ve slept until noon, eaten far too many burritos and read the collected works of Jennifer Egan. I could say that I’ve made a resolution to correct these character flaws, but I think New Year’s resolutions are pointless. If anything, 2013 is already a hassle for me because I have to make the switch from writing 2012 on all my papers to writing 2013. But typically, the new year means new “resolutions” for the more ambitious creatures among us – but not me. To me, 2013 means another year of refusing to give in to Twitter – #overmydeadbody. I mean, sure, I’ve tried doing the whole New Year’s resolution thing. I’m going to go to the gym five times a week, I’m going to stop eating mac and cheese every night, I’m going to give up food for a month, I’m going read more books, I’m going to learn how to read, I’m going to finally learn the difference between
communism and socialism and I’m going to learn whether or not “New Year’s resolution” is capitalized. We’ve all been there. But, I’ve decided to be more realistic with myself this year. If there is one thing I’m going to resolve to do, it’s this: I resolve to no longer pass harsh judgment on those unfortunate souls who use Instagram to take artistic shots of their morning coffee. It’s not their fault, it’s society’s. There. I said it. Why do we have to wait for a new year to make changes in our lives? And most of the time, they aren’t even useful changes; they’re ridiculous life-altering changes like “I’m going to lose 200 pounds in three weeks,” or “I’m going to make myself unrecognizable to the world in my pursuit to become Scarlett Johansson.” Junior theater major, JT Murtagh, shares my sentiments. “As far as setting New Year’s resolutions, I don’t think they are worth it. I believe it’s setting someone up for failure. Most people choose ridiculous resolutions like losing an enormous amount of weight or changing something else drastic about their personality or life,” Murtagh said. “When it comes to resolutions I don’t usually
make any. When a friend asked me if I was planning on any resolutions, I said, ‘Being the same badass I was this past year.’” That’s my kind of resolution. The other night at dinner, my mother, after a few glasses of wine, insisted that we go around the table and share what each of our resolutions were for the new year, citing that hers was to learn Gaelic. After gently suggesting that perhaps she amend that resolution to enjoying one glass of wine at dinner instead of three, the conversation turned sour. How can I be expected to keep a straight face when my mother, in all seriousness, tells me she has resolved to learn Gaelic? Is that still even a language? My point is, that is how I feel when I read Facebook status updates where people detail their newly minted plans to save the world or revive Latin. Choosing small, doable, and necessary changes are far more beneficial. Which is why, on top of my Instagram resolution, I further resolve to – drumroll, please – turn my column in on time. You’re probably wondering why I’m not mentioning any theater-related resolutions. After all, that’s what I do, right?
Right. But theater resolutions are obvious: audition more, read more plays, write more, network more – more, more, more. I should be doing all of these things regardless of resolutions. However, I can understand why some people like to make resolutions. Especially in theater, resolutions often manifest into challenges that actors set for themselves. Senior theater major Anna Lou Hearn has set a challenge, rather than a goal, for herself. “I want to conquer comedy for the first time in my next show. I’ve really only ever played the ‘injured young woman’ part and I’m excited to overcome the obstacle in this new challenge,” Hearn said. Hearn will be appearing in the Temple theater department’s upcoming production of “The Liar” by David Ives this February. And, whether she knows it or not, Hearn is already quite a funny gal, especially when she gets angry and hits me. Junior theater major Emily R. Johnson is far more eloquent than I in describing her relationship with resolutions. “New Year’s resolutions are necessary. I make them every day of the New Year. Selfreflection ought to be practiced often. What gets tricky is when
people stop continuing to improve themselves because they start their resolutions late or break them early on,” she said. I couldn’t agree more. We shouldn’t only practice self-reflection once a year, it should be a continuous process. As far as Johnson’s own personal resolutions go, she said, “I spend most of my time exercising my mind and preparing it to withstand the experiences that my characters’ lives demand me to experience. However, I am not confident that my body can handle sense memory and emotional recall the way that my mind can. Therefore, I’m going to work on my health, hydration and fitness so I won’t be held back by physical weakness.” I should probably follow Johnson’s lead with resolutions that better me and my craft; but, alas, my resolution quota is full for 2013. So, whatever your own resolutions may be, it’s important to remember these two things: I’m still poor, and I’m still hungry. Resolve that. Good day. Marcie Anker can be reached at email@example.com.
Wayfinding in cyberspace no easy task
CHRIS MONTGOMERY superuser do
In his first technology column, Montgomery explains his background in computers.
that we, as citizens of the 21st century, need to start thinking critically about how we interact with these tools and how they affect and control us. Here’s the big question: Are you more in control of your computer or are you subject to the designs of some unknown software or web developer? Of course, some balance must exist between the two, but, since we are living in the future, it’s about time we start taking some responsibility for our futuristic selves. In this column, I hope to address some things that can make your computer-assisted life easier, safer, fitter, happier, more productive, and dare I say, more engaging. But really, I’m more interested in figuring this whole thing out myself. On a side note, it’s interesting to compare our relationships with computers to our relationships with our minds. Are we actually thinking our thoughts, or do they think autonomously? Are we actually controlling our computers, or are we just following pathways already laid out for us? I should give a shout-out to Zack Scott, TTN’s opinion editor. He wrote a column
titled “Gen-ed needs to power up students’ computer skills” in the Aug. 28, 2012, issue of The Temple News. In Scott’s column, he argued that Temple needs mandatory computer literacy courses to make sure students are well-equipped for digital learning and creating. I was happy to see this in the first issue I had the privilege of publishing on the web, and it certainly planted an idea in my head. As a journalism major, it’s pretty clear that my future in this profession is incredibly uncertain. I’m reminded by my friends and professors every day that I’ll only find certainty in my own ability to adapt the craft and industry of journalism to current and developing technologies and anticipate future trends. That is, I assume that anything I’m taught in school about the future of journalism is either out of date already or not telling the whole story. It’s pretty frightening, actually. I think it’s safe to attribute most of my computer skills to my experiences outside of Temple. My first experiences with a computer were with my grandfather’s Apple Macintosh IIsi in
the early 1990s. My uncle, then an employee of the typeface department at Adobe Systems Incorporated, supplied me with a plethora of computer games, back when Macs had the best games. I remember that one of the things I desired the most was a CD-ROM drive so I could play “Myst,” even going so far as to double-check the back of my machine for the drive every so often. I even drew a picture of my dream computer, with a CD-ROM drive, in chalk on the outside wall of my mom’s condo in Ardmore. I think the drawing is miraculously still there. I should check on that. I’ll get back to you. In elementary school, we had a class dedicated to learning how to use computers. I remember using Telnet and playing “The Amazon Trail,” a game designed to teach children about science and history while navigating the game world with CAD commands. In middle school, I joined the technology club and produced and edited videos for various teachers. While in high school, I convinced my mom to sign us up for America Online. This led to my continuing journey through
cultural discovery, using sites like Allmusic, IMDb and Wikipedia to expand my knowledge of music, movies and everything else. Without my exposure to cyberspace, the “consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators,” I would have no culture. Now, to graciously spare you the details of my many college years, I’ll sum it up: I’m here, somewhere in between a curious web designer and a terrified multimedia journalist, writing this column not only to clarify my own thoughts on our use of technology but also to hopefully encourage you to get better acquainted with the digital world. When the governments of the future force citizens to accept cybernetic implants, you’ll be wishing you knew how to fight back. Chris Montgomery can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-deprecation leads to body image issues
CARY CARR Body of Truth
Cary Carr explores body image issues in a new column.
hate New Year’s resolutions. I always promise myself I’ll quit smoking or drink more water or drink less vodka, but then end up falling back into my bad habits, only hurting myself. But this year is different. This year I have a resolution that could affect my friends, family and relationships. I’m more motivated and more convinced that this one change could benefit my life in both the short and long term. In 2013, I will stop calling myself fat. Now, realistically, I know I’m far from heavy. In fact, most people would consider me pretty thin. I work as a go-go dancer and a professional cheerleader, and I frequent the gym five days a week. My life basically revolves around being fit, yet I still pick apart my body, totally obsessing over what I call the “tummy pooch” or my muscular thighs. I wasn’t always this way. In middle school I could scarf down an entire cheese pizza without feeling a morsel of guilt and I considered calories or grams of fat useless information
reserved for the overly-worrisome. But as I got older and broke into the horrors of high school, I discovered something quite disturbing: The ideal female body is inspired by stickthin models in magazines and plastic Playboy Bunnies on reality television. First thought: How the hell do these women have huge breasts and Barbie-doll waists? Second thought: What can I do to look the same way? I ended up with an eating disorder, an unhealthy relationship with the scale and a poor body image that followed me into my college career. And now, with graduation right around the corner, I can no longer accept that feeling fat, or not skinny enough, is just a part of my female mentality. But breaking a habit can be hard when others surround you with the exact same attitude. At work, when it’s time for me and my fellow go-go dancers to get dolled up, dressing ourselves in lingerie-esque costumes and highlighting our bodies with glitter, there is no shortage of self-deprecating
comments. Someone’s always complaining about their “flabby arms” or “manly calves” or declaring their plan to lose 10 pounds and stop eating carbs. How is this possible? How can girls hired partly due to their slamming bodies be so unhappy with their weight? And it’s not even just young women in ongoing battles with their reflections. My mom, the most beautiful woman in the whole world – I swear I’m not being biased – recently quit smoking and is trying to shed the extra weight. While she is certainly doing it the healthy way, she often times beats herself up over a tiny piece of cake or missing a workout. She should be celebrating her amazing willpower to kick a nasty health-deteriorating habit, not worrying about an extra five pounds. And guys, I haven’t forgotten about you. Although I do think the pressures on men to be thin are much less severe, I’ve seen more than one male beat himself up over not measuring up to the David Beckham’s of the world.
In fact, one of my best friends claims he feels even more pressure to be thin as part of the gay community. I’ve watched him yo-yo diet, struggle with binging and purging and idolize other men with super-skinny physiques. I hate – no, despise – that the people I love are so hard on their bodies. And I can’t help to think that my constant negativity when it comes to my own looks just perpetuates their low self-esteem. I want to surround everyone I meet with positivity. I want to spread a healthy body image around like a disease, forcing my peers, my family and my friends to catch on to the idea of not only accepting but also loving themselves, flaws included. So I’m asking all of you to join me this year in throwing out the “I feel fat” phrase and replacing it with positivity. Sure, it’s going to be rough, but I promise to cater this column to the obstacles you may face along the way. I will delve into the wacky world of Photoshop and how it has skewed our perception of
reality – seriously, I don’t buy that Beyonce’s cover photo on GQ Magazine was untouched. I will break the myth that being fat or thin is somehow correlated with certain personality traits, and I will try to inspire you to eat and workout to get healthy – not skinny. Whether you think gaining the freshman 15 is the end of the world as you know it – it’s not – or you’re convinced that reaching a target weight can solve all your problems – it won’t. I promise to be honest and thoughtful in relating my own personal struggles to the body image issues you find yourself facing. It might sound weird or corny right now, but I promise it won’t in a few months, so say it with me: I am beautiful the way I am, and I love my body the way it is. Cary Carr can be reached at email@example.com.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Rhule wants winning Big East season highly of, but he came back to college football for reasons he said stem from his love for Temple. “I didn’t come back to the college game, I came back to Temple,” Rhule said. “That’s a big difference. I really like it here. Since the very first day that I came here, it’s been the right fit for Julie, myself and Bryant – my family.” Rhule, who has 15 years of coaching experience on the collegiate and professional level, was introduced as Temple’s new football coach on Dec. 17, less than two weeks after it was announced that Addazio was departing to take the head coaching job at Boston College. Rhule’s hire has been a popular one among the football staff and players, some of whom were mentioning Rhule’s name on Twitter less than an hour after Addazio’s abrupt departure. At the press conference announcing his hire, Rhule was reunited with dozens of players in attendance, many of whom he recruited himself while he was recruiting coordinator in 2007 and 2011. There was a feeling of content and relief as the players formed a line in the front of the room, waiting to hug their old coach turned new.
“I just think that with all that they’ve been through, I’ve been there through all those changes,” Rhule said. “I had been there when [Golden] left. I was there for the bowl game. They saw me, maybe, as a stable person through all those things and they knew I wanted to be here.” Detractors of the Rhule hire voice concern over Rhule’s lack of head coaching experience. Rhule, who served as offensive coordinator under Golden but has never been a head coach, won the job amid a coaching search that reportedly included candidates such as Mario Cristobal formerly of Florida International and Todd Bowles of the Philadelphia Eagles, both of whom have served as head coaches before. When asked about his lack of head coaching experience, Rhule called it a “great criticism.” “Al Golden came here, I thought he did a great job, and it was his first job as a head coach,” Rhule said. “Steve Addazio came here and took us to a bowl game in his first year as a head coach. Everybody starts somewhere.” Rhule said he has spent his first three weeks as head coach
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busy recruiting and assembling thing about Phil Snow: whoever his staff. we have, they’ll play better after Rhule hired Allen being coached by him.” Mogridge of Central Florida, It appeared Rhule had acBrandon Noble of Coastal Car- tually made his most signifiolina and Marcus Satterfield of cant hire weeks earlier on Dec. Tennessee at Chattanooga as 29, when it was reported that assistant coaches, as well as ap- Nevada offensive coordinator pointing former Director of Op- Nick Rolovich was leaving to erations Ed Foley accept the same to assistant head job at Temple. coach. Two weeks, Rhule made and a reported his most signifidoubled salary cant hire to date later, Rolovich when he named rescinded on his Phil Snow as his decision and dedefensive coordicided to stay at nator on Jan. 15. Nevada. Snow had spent “At the end the last three of the day, I just years as defenreally want peosive coordinator ple who want to Matt Rhule / coach and defensive be here,” Rhule backs coach at said while reEastern Michigan after two fusing to address Rolovich speyears off from the Detroit Lions’ cifically. “Life takes us in differlinebackers coach position. ent directions, people have to do Rhule, who is still diagnos- what’s best for them. I want our ing the talent of his team, said kids to know when they go out Snow will get the most out of on the football field and they’re what the Owls’ defense has to being pushed and strained and offer. cajoled by the coach, that the “When you look at defense, coach really wants to be there it comes down to the personnel,” with him for the long haul.” Rhule said. “I don’t even know Rhule said he’s “close” to who we have on the defense to hiring his new offensive coorsay that yet, but I do know one dinator. Satterfield’s name has
thing I think about is that Temple hasn’t proven it can win the Big East yet.
come up as a potential in-house hire, while Rhule stressed the importance of maintaining stability at the position, which has seen three different offensive coordinators in the past three seasons. “I’m probably close, but I feel great about Marcus Satterfield,” Rhule said. “I’ve talked to a lot of candidates for a lot of positions. There’s a lot of people that want to work here. But especially at that position, I want somebody that wants to be here. I don’t want to keep changing coordinators every year.” Rhule said he wants to run a “multiple offense” that he explained means forming an offense around the talents of its players. Last season, the football team seemed to do the opposite, running the ball 468 times in 11 games despite returning one out of five starters on the offensive line. “I want to utilize different personnel groupings,” Rhule said. “If we have the players, we might as well use them. If we don’t have them, we’re not going to play them. But anyone that’s good enough to help us win, I want to get them on the field.” Addazio said he expected junior quarterback Clinton
“Juice” Granger to be the starter heading into spring ball at the end of last season. Whether Granger or redshirt-junior quarterback Chris Coyer would fit better as a starter into the style of offense Rhule described, he wouldn’t speculate. “I haven’t seen either one of them throw a ball yet, to be honest with you,” Rhule said. “They were doing that based off their system. For me, I don’t know where those guys are right now.” Rhule also detracted questions about conference realignment, saying that “doesn’t concern” him. He said he has a broader picture of the Big East in his first season as a head coach. “When I look at the Big East, the biggest thing I think about is that Temple hasn’t proven it can win in the Big East yet,” Rhule said. “This is our first year back after being in it previously and we went 4-7. Whoever they send to us to play in the Big East, it’s our job to beat them and try to go to a bowl game as a member of the Big East, which hasn’t happened yet.” Joey Cranney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @joey_cranney.
Offense suffers through poor shooting, Randall’s cold streak OFFENSE PAGE 20 it wasn’t. “We are not as good as people think we are,” Dunphy said. “Especially if we are going to shoot it at the percentage that we have been shooting it recently. When we get open looks we aren’t knocking shots down.” Temple hasn’t won three consecutive games since Dec. 5, when it knocked off Villanova before losing to No. 2 Duke by 23 points in a game in which they shot 39 percent from the field. The offensive struggles have only continued from there, a statistic that has the Owls worried about their consistency. “We need shots to start falling more consistently,” senior guard Khalif Wyatt said. “We are getting good shots and good looks, we just aren’t making them. We need to be more consistent at making shots.” The Owls’ offensive struggles are something they were not as custom to last season. The team is coming off a season in which it was ranked second in the A-10 in scoring offense, field goal percentage and threepoint percentage. In a 16-team conference, Temple’s ranking has plummeted this season. The Owls are ranked second-to-last in field goal percentage, third-to-last in threepoint percentage and 10th in scoring offense. From the season onset, it might have appeared the Owls wouldn’t fall off in these statistical categories. Despite losing Ramone Moore and Juan Fernandez, Temple received the much anticipated return of redshirt-senior forward Scootie Randall. Randall, though he had
been sidelined all of last season with a knee injury, got back on the scene in a large way. In the season opener against Kent State, Randall scored a career high 31 points while going 5-for-12 from beyond the arc. Since then, Randall’s scoring has dropped off dramatically. Randall has eclipsed 20 points in a game once since the season opener, as his scoring average has dropped to 11.3 points. After being widely expected to lead the team in threepoint percentage, Randall’s 25 percent mark on the shot ranks above only junior guard Dalton Pepper and sophomore forward Anthony Lee. “We are going to need Scootie to make more shots for us to be the best team that we can be down the stretch,” Wyatt said. “Scootie is a confident guy, I don’t think he is going to start guessing himself.” Dunphy, who elected to not start Randall for the only time this season on Jan. 12, against Saint Louis, said the forward sometimes passes up open shots. “[Randall] is tentative, he is playing very, very tentative,” Dunphy said. “He is in a little bit of a funk and he needs to get out of it for us to be good.” While Randall acknowledged he has not hit as many shots, he said he “wasn’t worried about it” and that he doesn’t doubt his ability to hit shots. “As a player who has been playing the game for a while, these kinds of things happen,” Randall said. “It’s not really a slump so much that I’m just trying to find other ways to help
the guys out.” “I don’t want him passing up open jump shots,” Dunphy said. “If you are a shooter, you need to keep shooting and he will get out of it.” While Dunphy said he is confident Randall will turn his shot around, the Owls’ struggles extend past the forward’s jump-shot ability. Temple is currently shooting 41 percent from the floor, and 30 percent from the threepoint line. These represent 6 and 10 percentage point declines from last season, respectively. If the scoring does not change, the Owls will have fallen from the second-highest scoring team in the A-10 at 75.0 points per game, to the 10th ranked offense in the conference at 68.8 points per game. Whether it is taking the wrong shots, or not hitting the right ones, Temple knows that its offensive production needs to change in order to have a successful season. “We are in a funk, no question about it,” Dunphy said. “Our offense is struggling, but we need to find better ways to score baskets at this point. We are in a stretch here where we have to play our best basketball and we are not doing it on the offensive end. Hopefully we will find a way to make easier plays and get easier baskets.” Temple will get its next chance to improve on its offense tomorrow, Jan. 23, against Dunphy’s former team, the University of Pennsylvania. Ibrahim Jacobs can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @ibrahimjacobs.
Khalif Wyatt (top) and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (bottom) start as seniors on a team that hasn’t won three consecutive games since Dec. 5. The Owls shot 46 percent in their most recent loss, an 81-78 defeat to St. Bonaventure. | HUA ZONG TTN
Aligning with like institutions is advantageous, AD says BRADSHAW PAGE 20 and included discussions about the issues of schools leaving, future expansion plans and the Big East’s ongoing media rights negotiations. The media rights deal will be a hybrid combining football and basketball rights, and is expected to be announced sometime within the next month, Bradshaw said. With reports that the Catholic 7 is pursuing its own media rights deal for basketball, Bradshaw said the deal won’t interfere with the Big East negotiations because the Catholic
7 doesn’t have football as a bargaining chip. “The nature of money is in football,” Bradshaw said. “In most leagues, 70 percent of media rights go to football and 30 percent goes to basketball, and those are leagues that have very good basketball.” The recent football exits and the splintering of Big East basketball are just the most recent spikes in what has been an ongoing deterioration of the Big East since West Virginia, Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced their all-sports exits in July
2011. Louisville, the school with the largest athletic revenue among all-sports Big East schools, and Rutgers announced in November 2012 that they’d be leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference, respectively, effective 2014. With 12 football schools, the Big East intended to break up the conference into East and West divisions for the 2013 season, where the winners of each division would play in the new Big East Championship game.
Those plans have changed with the departures of Louisville, Rutgers, Boise State and San Diego State. Temple announced its revised 2013 football schedule on Jan. 18. The Owls were scheduled to host Boise State and travel to San Diego State, but will instead host Louisville and play at Cincinnati. Bradshaw said more fans will be in attendance for the Louisville game than would have been there for the Boise State game, while stressing that the football schedule has
improved from when Temple competed in the Mid-American Conference. “Clearly in football, the schedule that we have is a much better one,” Bradshaw said. “The access to bowls is clearly a more favorable postseason. And our access in the BCS has improved dramatically. Before Louisville and Rutgers left, the league was the sixth best Division I conference, and it still is sixth, even with Boise out and San Diego State out.” Despite a year’s worth of realignment and outrage from
fans who are disappointed in the withering of the Big East, Bradshaw remains firm on his stance that Temple is in a good place. “We’ve been resilient. You have to look at it objectively, not emotionally or subjectively,” Bradshaw said. “You can take opinion and line it up against the facts. The facts say that where we are in football and basketball is a very good place, better than we’ve been. Do you know anybody who would disagree with that?” Joey Cranney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Season hits low with loss, benching of senior leaders
JAKE ADAMS Double Dribble
The women’s basketball team is at the low point of its worst season under coach Tonya Cardoza.
ar too often the past few weeks coach Tonya Cardoza has said the same thing. “This is a tough one to swallow.” The Owls (7-10, 1-2 Atlantic 10 Conference) spent the break, and the start of the A-10 season, finding different ways to lose almost every game. Fall behind by 20 at the half? Check. Blow a second half lead? Check. Play sloppy throughout and fall just short? Check. It hasn’t been pretty. Temple just doesn’t seem like a Cardoza-coached team. “We lose the game to [Virginia Commonwealth University on Wednesday] because we don’t box out, we don’t put a body on them, and then we come in here and right from the very beginning that’s what we
do,” Cardoza said. In the loss to VCU there was some noticeable tension between freshman guard Tyonna Williams and other players on the team. “I can’t lose my head like that though, because it affected my game,” Williams said after that game. “I’ve just got to do better in situations like that.” This can’t be a case of lacking talent. The Owls, although young, are loaded with multiple players who can do plenty on the court to contribute. As Sunday’s 65-45 drubbing at the hands of Duquesne (14-3, 3-0 in the A-10) indicated, the fault belongs largely to the senior leaders. Senior center Victoria Macaulay’s ability to dominate goes without mention. Redshirtjunior forward Natasha Thames is one of the better defenders on the team and a solid scorer,
even if she doesn’t put up a ton of shots. Cardoza benched them both Sunday for not competing hard enough. They played a combined 25 minutes. “If we’re yelling at our younger guys to do things and they’re not doing them, then it’s not fair,” Cardoza said. “I think it starts with them. If they’re not doing it, then if we’re going to lose I’m going to lose with the younger guys that don’t know any better.” “That was just a message that needed to be sent, that if you’re not going to do the things that are asked, the things that are important, the things are going to help your team win and you’re capable of doing those things, and you just choose not to, then you’re not going to play,” she added. For some of the younger members of this squad, the mes-
sage is already crystal clear. Cardoza praised Williams, freshman guard Erica Covile and freshman forward Jacquilyn Jackson for stepping up their efforts after the team had a heartto-heart a few weeks ago. “I felt like [Covile], out of everybody, has changed the most,” Cardoza said. “She’s committed to trying to be a better defender, trying to communicate.” “[Williams is] a competitor, she’s going to give you everything she has,” Cardoza added. “It might not always be pretty but you know that she’s going to compete and try her best to do what’s needed for her team.” A coach should not be praising her underclassmen and benching her seniors, though. Cardoza can only do so much, substitute players so much, experiment so much, before she simply must blame certain play-
ers for a lack of effort. For Macaulay, she talked at the beginning of the year about how she wanted to improve upon her breakout A-10 season last year. For the most part she has. But senior leaders don’t get benched. “It’s just about doing the little things that are going to help the team and if you’re not going to do those things then there’s no reason for you to play,” Cardoza said. The Owls better hope Macaulay and Thames were humbled by this. It’s a tough pill to swallow for any athlete, but there’s a lesson behind it. If not, expect to hear Cardoza repeat those dreaded words several more times. Jake Adams can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @jakeadams520.
Rakus returns from torn ACL to win ECAC Coaches’ Choice Award Sophomore gymnast is standout of young women’s season. SAMUEL MATTHEWS The Temple News GYMNASTICS After the Lindsey Ferris Invitational, hosted by George Washington on Jan. 13, sophomore Taylor Rakus of the women’s gymnastics team won the Coaches’ Choice Award of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference following a high scoring display on the balance beam in her first collegiate competition. The award is given weekly to the gymnast most deserving, as deemed by the coaches of the ECAC. Rakus was competing for the first time since tearing her ACL at Pennsylvania’s State Championships her senior year in high school. “When it happened I was devastated,” Rakus said. “As
much as I tried to tell myself it was just a sprain, I knew my gymnastics career was going to be put on hold for quite a while. I was afraid I would never be able to recover fully and be the same gymnast as I once was.” Women’s gymnastics coach Aaron Murphy was in attendance at the State Championships recruiting Rakus and witnessed the injury first-hand. However, Murphy was still confident that he wanted Rakus to be an Owl. “[Rakus’] mom even asked me, ‘I’m guessing you don’t want her on your roster after getting hurt?’” Murphy said. “I said, ‘No I want Taylor Rakus on my team, and to come to Temple. She’ll have to sit out her freshman year but we’ll train her so hopefully she’ll be ready by sophomore year.’” Rakus did have to sit out her entire freshman year as a medical redshirt, an experience that she described to be bittersweet.
Schedule stands in way of playoffs hockey PAGE 20 and foremost, and probably the second and third [surprise] for us,” Roberts said. “Mullen had the edge going into tryouts, but no one had a guaranteed spot going in and he more than solidified himself in that first semester. Not only was he the strongest goalie, he was our most consistent player and probably our best player.” Despite some sporadic individual surprises, the biggest surprise for this Temple team is that it finds itself in danger of missing regionals for the second consecutive season. The Top 10 ranked teams in the ACHA Southeast region advance to the regional tournament. During the break, the Owls found themselves on the outside in the 11th spot. Yet a much-needed 6-4 win Sunday in the latter half of a two-game set with the University of Maryland-Baltimore County gave the Owls a split over their rivals, as well as a crucial confidence booster. “I think that we are taking things one shift at a time right now,” Roberts said. “The players are more excited than they have been in a few years for January hockey because we have a really challenging schedule ahead of us. We’re either going to punch our ticket or take ourselves out of the picture in these next few weeks.” “The guys know that we very much control our own destiny ,” Roberts added. “We’ve
been trying to get the players to focus on one shift at a time. We don’t want the players to be focusing on the games as a whole. We want them to be focusing on the task at hand for each individual shift.” Any late playoff push from Temple will have to happen amid a difficult final schedule. The Owls’ five final games include top conference opponents in Liberty (14-6-1), Virginia Tech (13-7-3) and Rowan Universities (15-4-2). All are apparent locks to participate in the regional tournament. “We’re on the bubble,” Lawrence said. “We control our own destiny right now. We have a lot of games to play against teams that are above us and we need to come out and play hard day in and day out. Playing well against those teams will give us confidence and it works in your favor because you’re more prepared to play those teams come regionals.” “At this point, we’re on the outside looking in to get to regionals and right now every game is a must win,” senior forward Kurt Noce said. “We’re taking it one game at a time.” Andrew Parent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @daParent93.
“It was a little upsetting,” had to take off from gymnasRakus said. “Watching all my tics,” Zaniewski said. “It is very friends go out and compete and hard to go to practice every day have so much fun but at the and watch everyone train and same time just watching taught compete without you. The time me a lot of what to expect the and energy it takes to get back to full gymnasfollowing year. tics is also very From sitting tough.” back and observRakus did ing, I knew how make it back to hard I would full gymnastics have to work form and made over the next it into Muryear to break into phy’s starting a very talented beam lineup. lineup.” At the annual J u n i o r Lindsey Ferris Heather ZaInvite, Rakus niewski also nailed her rouknows what it’s like to have to Heather Zaniewski / junior tine and posted gymnast a 9.600. Her sit out because of injury for an score helped extended period of time. The lead Temple to a first place team team captain had to sit out the score of 48.175 on the apparamajority of her sophomore sea- tus, beating out the University son because of five fractures in of Pennsylvania, North Caroher feet. lina, Cornell and host George “I can relate to Taylor’s in- Washington. jury because of the time we both “When I saluted the judge
“It is very hard
to go to practice every day and watch everyone train and compete without you.
for the first time in two years I was overwhelmed with emotion,” Rakus said. “Especially after hitting my routine, I was so happy and proud to be a part of the Temple gymnastics team and contributing to the first place finish the beam team achieved. I have never felt so overwhelmed with happiness and accomplishment in my life.” “It takes a lot of focus, especially being in your first meet back from being out of the competitive realm for two years,” Murphy said. “It’s hard to come back and hit that [beam] event, and she did it really well. It was absolutely tremendous that she would get up there and score a 9.600 for her first score as a college athlete.” Rakus herself said she was surprised to win the week’s ECAC Coaches’ Choice Award. “I definitely did not expect to win any awards, especially not after my first-ever collegiate competition,” Rakus said. “I was and still am honored to
have been given that award the first week of the season, it really shows that all my hard work did pay off and encourages me to keep working even harder for both myself and my team.” Rakus continued her form with an even better showing on the beam at the team’s most recent meet at Pittsburgh this past Saturday, Jan. 19. She scored a 9.650, a half of a point higher than her award-winning performance the previous week. Now, Rakus feels that her knee is no longer an issue. “Because I was able to redshirt and use all of last year to rehab my knee back to full health, I rarely have problems with it,” Rakus said. “I owe it all to my physical therapists and athletic trainers for helping me back to being 100 percent and could not have done it without them,” she added. Samuel Matthews can be reached at email@example.com.
Cardoza sets example with benching CARDOZA PAGE 20 about scoring got me really focused on the whole game plan.” Perhaps lost in the limelight of Cardoza’s milestone is the recent progress of sophomore point guard Tyonna Williams. Williams, who averaged almost five turnovers per game during the six-game road trip, has a combined five turnovers in her last four games. Against Western Michigan, she delivered 12 assists to go along with no turnovers. “[The sixth-straight loss against Howard] was a big eyeopener for me,” Williams said. “I had to look in the mirror and figure out what I was doing wrong.” Even with Williams’ emergence as a viable point guard, Freshman guard Meghan Roxas played 19 minutes in the Owls’ 65-45 loss to Duquesne. Temple the team’s success was short- shot 31 percent, including 13 percent from three, in the loss. | HUA ZONG TTN lived. The Owls went on to drop their next two games, first los- catch-up and we really didn’t while Thames, who grabbed 12 from the floor, including 2-ofing 53-51 to VCU in the A-10 get a lot of production from the rebounds against Western Mich- 15 from three-point range, and igan just as recently, played 19 committed 25 turnovers in a 65home opener on Jan. 16, in guys.” 45 loss to the Dukes. which Macaulay A blow- minutes. The Owls (7-10) are on Relied upon to mentor and narrowly missed a out loss to put-back to tie the Duquesne on lead by example for the plethora track to finish with their first game in its closing Jan. 20 may of young talent on the team, losing season since 2002. If seconds. have marked Cardoza said Macaulay and there’s any positives to take Sophomore the low-point Thames simply failed to fulfill from the recent 2-8 stretch, Cardoza hopes it’s that the Owls guard Rateska of the season their duties. “[Macaulay and Thames] learn from the debacle against Brown led the way for the Owls, with a career high as Cardoza have been here the longest,” Duquesne. “Hopefully it just sends 22 points in the benched Ma- Cardoza said. “If we’re yelling Owls’ losing efcaulay and at our younger guys and [Ma- a message,” Cardoza said. “If fort. Temple shot Thames due caulay and Thames] aren’t do- you’re not going to do the things 29 percent from the to lackluster ing what we ask, then it’s not we ask, and you’re capable floor en route to its performanc- fair. If we’re going to lose then of doing those things but you seventh loss in nine es. Macaulay, we’re going to lose with the choose not to, then you’re not younger guys that at least don’t going to play.” games. Tonya Cardoza / coach who was just “That was a two games know any better.” Tyler Sablich can be reached With two of its top pertough one to swallow,” Car- removed from A-10 Player of at firstname.lastname@example.org doza said. “I felt like right from the Week honors, played six formers being made unavailor on Twitter @TySablich. the start we were trying to play minutes before being lifted able, Temple shot 31 percent
yelling at our younger guys and [Macaulay and Thames] aren’t doing what we ask, then it’s not fair.
Matt Rhule takes over as football coach, compiles staff of assistants, sets vision for 2013.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Bradshaw deflects Big East changes
for all sports. The move was instigated by the late December announcement of Boise State’s intention to back out of its 2013 Big East football agreement and remain in the MWC. In basketball, the so-called JOEY CRANNEY “Catholic 7” schools: St. John’s, Georgetown, Marquette, DeSports Editor Paul, Seton Hall, Providence Despite more schools an- and Villanova, decided to break nouncing their intention to away from the Big East in middepart the Big East Confer- December, and form their own ence in football and basketball, basketball conference, effective Temple’s athletic department sometime in the next 27 months. Bradshaw called the Cathoremains in a much better position than it has been in the past, lic 7 “not a significant loss for Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw us,” adding that Temple will only miss playing Georgetown said in an interview on Jan. 19. out of the “There’s bunch. no question that “ T h e y where we were, should’ve left. in terms of havThey should ing sports in two have probably different conferleft a while ences, and where ago,” Bradwe are now is a shaw said. “I much better place always thought in every respect,” the Big East Bradshaw said. was built on “The level of a fault, a fault competition that that was gowe’re playing Bill Bradshaw / athletic director ing to have an in a league with like institutions, with similar earthquake sometime. Those enrollments and commitment schools should’ve gotten out to athletics, missions of the uni- much sooner.” Athletic directors and presversity, all of those things in the league we’re in now are similar. idents of Central Florida, CinIt’s definitely a step up in rev- cinnati, Connecticut, East Caroenue from where we’ve been, in lina, Houston, Memphis, Navy, competition, in access to bowls, San Diego State, South Florida, Southern Methodist, Tulane and all in an upward way.” San Diego State, which was Temple met in Dallas on Jan. 11 scheduled to join the Big East to discuss these issues. Bradshaw said the meetfor football in the 2013 season, announced on Jan. 16 that the ing was “very encouraging” Aztecs would be remaining in BRADSHAW PAGE 18 the Mountain West Conference
Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw remains optimistic of Big East future.
thought the Big East was built on a fault, a fault that was going to have an earthquake.
Coach Matt Rhule returns to Temple after spending a season as assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants. Rhule coached at Temple from 2006-11 under head coaches Al Golden and Steve Addazio. | SABA AREGAI TTN
JOEY CRANNEY Sports Editor
att Rhule isn’t happy with his office furniture. The arrangement of the two couches, two chairs and computer desk in Rhule’s office on the second floor of Edberg-Olson Hall was put in place by former football coach Steve Addazio and hasn’t been changed since Rhule moved in as head coach on Jan. 1.
“It should be like the Oval Office,” Rhule said in an interview on Jan. 17, preferring that the desk move to the wall opposite of the door. “When you walk in, I should be staring you in the eye. Now when you walk in, you see what I’m looking at on the Internet.” Boxes sit unopened in a corner. A shelf that Addazio cleaned out – apparently rather quickly during his sudden exit on Dec. 4 – is now filled with books on football and coaching, including “Wooden: A Lifetime
of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court,” written by legendary men’s basketball coach John Wooden. On Rhule’s desk lays a bag of cigars sent by his old boss, Al Golden. But far bigger transitions await Rhule than the arrangement of furniture. He’s inheriting a program that has won 19 percent of its Big East Conference games in 15 seasons, while taking on a recent history of Temple coaches who have bolted for more prestigious FBS schools when the
opportunity presents itself. Rhule begins the first head coaching job of his career in a sport ill with re-alignment, at a university with an uncertain future in a fractured conference. Rhule, who coached at Temple from 2006-11, returns after a brief stint as offensive line coach with the New York Giants. Rhule had a cozy spot with the 2012 Super Bowl Champions, working for coach Tom Coughlin, who Rhule speaks
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Veterans benched for lack of effort Ten-game stretch ends in bad loss to Duquesne. Tyler Sablich The Temple News The women’s basketball team’s last 10 games have been a tumultuous battle, complete with eight losses and marred by inconsistency. By the end of the stretch, the Owls’ two most reliable veterans had been benched.
Temple is 2-8 since upsetting Syracuse on Dec. 2, a stretch that includes a deflating 0-6 road trip and a 20-point loss to Duquesne on Sunday, Jan. 20, in which senior center Victoria Macaulay and redshirt-junior Natasha Thames played a combined 25 minutes. The Owls returned home from the road swing on Jan. 7, to beat Western Michigan, winning their first game in more than a month. Macaulay shot 11-of-19 from the floor en route to 22 points and six rebounds.
Freshman guard Erica Covile chipped in a career high 13 points. “We needed a win like [beating Western Michigan] for our confidence and for our sanity,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. Temple snapped its losing streak just in time for the Atlantic 10 Conference opener against St. Bonaventure on Jan. 13, a special game for Cardoza. The Owls knocked off the Bonnies 67-59 to win back-to-back games for the first time all season, and Cardoza captured her
100th career win in the process. Macaulay led Temple in the win over St. Bonaventure with her seventh double-double of the season, recording 23 points and 12 rebounds. With consecutive strong performances under her belt, Macaulay admitted the previous road trip was a struggle for her. “I realized that rushing my shots wasn’t doing anything to help my team,” Macaulay said. “For me to be patient tonight and not really worry as much
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Owls set eyes on ACHA playoffs Club needs a late playoff push to save its season. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News As the Owls ICE HOCKEY prepared for a five week break after wrapping up its final game at Penn State on Dec. 8, a 1-3 skid in their final four games had left something to be desired for all involved. But nothing hurt more than yet another “what if” loss to their up-state rivals. “We lost to Penn State and
it was a big game for us at the time,” senior forward Jordan Lawrence said. “We had played [PSU] pretty tough early on [in a 4-3 loss at home on Sept. 30] and that was a disappointing loss because we just didn’t come to play. We finished on a downside and we struggled. The first half was a little disappointing but the season isn’t over yet.” “It was frustrating that we didn’t play the way that we wanted to,” coach Jerry Roberts said. “In that game we did a lot of things that beat ourselves.” In their quest to make it back to the American Collegiate Hockey Association re-
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Sophomore gymnast Taylor Rakus returns from an ACL injury to win ECAC Coaches’ Award. Sports Desk 215-204-9537
gional playoffs after failing to qualify last season for the first time since 2005-06, Temple appeared to be well on its way early on with starts of 4-0 and 7-2 in its first set of games. A 5-2 loss at Rowan on Oct. 13 that yielded three separate player suspensions, including a six-game ban on then-leading point scorer Joe Pisko, marked the beginning of a rocky, upand-down stretch for the team, as it went 6-7 in 13 games before the break. Freshman forward Cody Vassa has been nothing short of sensational in his rookie season, leading the team in scoring with 29 points while his 13 goals
are second on the team behind Pisko (15). “Going into the season, we talked [fellow freshman forwards Jayson Marbach and Greg Malinowski] and they’re both good players and at times better than we thought they would be,” Roberts said. “But to have a freshman in Vassa who wasn’t on our radar in September being top scorer toward the end of the year, that definitely raises some eyebrows.” Yet nobody has pleasantly surprised Roberts more than his new starting goalie, junior Chris Mullen. “Chris Mullen is the first
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Victoria Macaulay and Natasha Thames’ benching was the tipping point of a floundering season. Sports@temple-news.com
Senior guard Khalif Wyatt led all scorers with 31 points in the Owls’ 81-78 loss to St. Bonaventure.| HUA ZONG TTN
Offensive struggles breed stretch of inconsistency Production on offense is down from last season. IBRAHIM JACOBS Assistant Sports Editor MEN’S BASKETBALL As Temple fell to St. Bonaventure 8178 Saturday, Jan. 19, the Owls had given the Bonnies their first conference win and allowed them to snap a six-game losing streak. The same Owls team
that had beaten No. 3 Syracuse at Madison Square Garden, then 15 days later was within one possession of No. 6 Kansas with two minutes remaining and boasted the Atlantic 10 Conference’s second-leading scorer had surrendered a victory to a previously 7-9 team with zero conference wins. On paper, the loss looks like it should have come as more of a surprise. To coach Fran Dunphy,
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