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Bri Bosak supports making state-related schools fully under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know law.
Interim provost appointed to permanent spot Hai-Lung Dai is working to fill four interim deanships by summer. SEAN CARLIN News Editor Not much has changed for Hai-Lung Dai. Days after he dropped his interim title and was formally appointed provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, his most prevalent thought didn’t seem to be about his new role or a feeling of relief that he was chosen. “I think this week my biggest challenge is answering all of the emails,” Dai said. In his first major move as president, Neil Theobald named the former dean of the College of Science and Technology and senior vice provost for International Affairs provost after Theobald said Dai “earned the trust of his colleagues” during his tenure as interim provost throughout the last year. “His broad experience in teaching, research, and education makes him an outstanding choice to be provost, and I am confident that he will be an outstanding contributor to the university leadership team,” Theobald said in an email announcement. While Dai is described by his peers as an excellent researcher and administrator, the depictions of Dai give little credence to the Taiwan native’s accomplishments across the country and his more than 20 years of experience at the University of Pennsylvania before he came to Temple.
Dai was born in Taiwan and graduated from National Taiwan University in 1974 where he majored in chemistry and mi-
nored in physics, when he was 20 years old, before serving two years in the military. After his service in the military, Dai came to the United States for graduate school and received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981. He did three years of post-doctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before he moved to Philadelphia in 1984 to work at Penn. Dai was promoted to full professor in 1992 and then served two terms as the chair of Penn’s department of chemistry. Interim Dean of CST Michael Klein was at Penn when Dai became department chair and lobbied for him to become the head of the department. “I have enormous respect for his passion for research and education and this coupled with his exemplary interpersonal skills make a formidable leader,” Klein said in an email. “I recognized his rare talents early and campaigned for him to be the chair of chemistry at Penn when he was relatively young and the rest is history.” In 2002, Dai was named a Hirschmann-Makineni Professor of Chemistry and he also served with the Penn Science Teacher Institute during his tenure at Penn.
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A student worker in the library’s Urban Archives uses work experience and film interest to assist in the documentary storytelling of Philadelphia in the early 1900s.
Lessons in Faith
After coming to Temple, some students may question their faith. Others find it near campus. JOHN MORITZ Assistant News Editor
or Christian Matozzo, the decision to move into the apartments at Temple’s Newman Center was more than just the typical housing selection. “I was being called,” Matozzo, a freshman journalism major, said. Matozzo, who formerly commuted to Main Campus, said that moving into the Newman Center, which serves as Main Campus’ Roman Catholic Church, provided more than the
relationships fostered at Temple’s residence halls, it helped him connect with his religion on a community level while living the already hectic life of a college student. The Newman Center is one of two centers devoted to religious life on Main Campus, along with the Edward H. Rosen Hillel Center. In addition, local churches around Main Campus provide service opportunities for Temple’s worshipping population. Nationwide, a growing number of young people identify themselves as not belonging to any organized religion.
According to a 2012 survey of 192,000 incoming freshmen by the Cooperative Institution Research program at the University of California-Los Angeles, 23.8 percent of freshmen reported having no religious affiliations, up from 11.95 percent in 1990. According to a Temple News Web poll of 80 readers, 8 percent indicated they attend religious services at centers or churches around Main Campus. Still, the predominate number of respondents, 66 percent, said they do not attend religious worship. “One of the changes is that
students, young people of that age, are sort of uncertain of the direction that they want to head religiously,” Phil Nordlinger, director of Hillel at Temple said. “At Temple, it’s tough to engage students in religious activities, it is tough to find an entry point,” said the Rev. Renee McKenzie-Hayward of Church of the Advocate, an Episcopal church located several blocks from Main Campus on the 1800 block of North Diamond Street. McKenzie-Hayward said that it has been difficult to re-
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Debris catches fire at high-rise Small fires occurred on the 18th floor of Morgan Hall. JOHN MORITZ Assistant News Editor Fire in the high-rise of the Morgan Hall complex yester-
day, Feb. 11, halted work in the building and caused gridlock at the intersection of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. At least three separate fires were reported in the building, all caused by burning construction debris, said Ray Betzner, assistant vice president for university communications.
The fires caused workers to evacuate and sections of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue to be shut down, although reports indicated no injuries or damage to property. Betzner said Temple is still awaiting the full report by the fire marshal. Fire radio reports indicated
that the fire was placed under control at about 12:45 p.m. Workers on the ground said that there was fire in the electrical room on the 18th floor of the building. A worker on the tower, John Brown, said he was work-
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TRANSITION TO NORTH BROAD
In 2007, Dai came to Temple as the dean of CST and a Laura H. Carnell Professor of Chemistry. He was later named senior vice provost for International Affairs in 2010. When asked what the major differences are between the two schools, Dai called Temple the “best value in town.” “Often people ask me, ‘Is it worth it to go to Ivy League [schools]?’” Dai said. “I say, ‘Come to Temple.’ It’s a much lower tuition and you receive
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Bystanders look on as firefighters contain a fire on the 18th floor of Morgan Hall. The $216 million, 27-story residence hall apparently received little damage from the fire.| ANGELO FICHERA TTN
TSG aims to foster higher education The program promotes importance of college to teens. LAURA DETTER The Temple News
Ofo Ezeugwu is implementing an initiative to encourage college for local teenage students. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
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Temple Student Government Vice President of External Affairs Ofo Ezeugwu is implementing a new program aimed to show local middle school and high school students that higher education is a viable option for them. The program, Kids-toCollege, will allow panels of five university students to visit seven local schools and organizations, including Women’s Christian Alliance, People for People Middle School and Cross Roads High School, to speak about campus life and higher education.
“The goal is to open up their eyes to higher education overall. We just want them to realize that higher education is a viable opportunity and is definitely available to them. We are willing to help them realize that,” Ezeugwu said. The program is fulfilling a promise Temple Advocating for Progress made in its platform last spring. Ezeugwu originally designed the program to bring the middle and high school students to Main Campus to attend classes or sporting events, but was forced to adapt due to new child clearance requirements. Ezeugwu said that obtaining child clearances is too expensive and time consuming for the scope of this program. “We kind of took a different approach to it. So what I
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Little headway on Right-to-Know law Nothing came of legislation introduced in December 2011. AMELIA BRUST The Temple News More than a year after an amendment was proposed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to the state’s Rightto-Know law, no change has been made. State Sen. John Blake plans to formally introduce a new amendment to the law, one that repeals the special requirements for state-related institutions. The senator’s Chief of Staff Luc Miron said the senator hopes to achieve “a balance of
what information is disclosed.” Blake introduced the bill informally last fall. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal in 2011, light was shed on the law when reporters and police said they were denied requests for a 1998 abuse complaint filed against Sandusky, a former Penn State coach, as well as information on Sandusky’s severance package from Penn State and emails exchanged between university officials. However, Terry Mutchler, executive director of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, said the debate over the law dates as far back as the
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NEWS IN BRIEF
Attempted robbery near 18th and Berks streets Philadelphia Police are searching for three suspects who allegedly attempted to take a woman’s cell phone last week. On Feb. 4, at approximately 1:10 p.m., a 21-yearold woman was on the 1800 block of West Berks Street when three suspects approached her from behind, grabbed her and tried to take her cell phone, police said. After an unsuccessful attempt to grab the cell phone, the suspects fled west on Berks Street, police said. The first suspect is described by police as a 16- to 19-year-old black male of light complexion and stocky build. He was last seen wearing a black jacket over a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The other two suspects are described as black males in their late teens. Anyone with information is asked to call the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-686-TIPS, 215-6863093 or text tips to 773847. - Sean Carlin
Two sexual assaults reported to Temple police Two sexual assaults were reported on Main Campus in the past two weeks. The first case consisted of a sexual assault that was reported Feb. 4, stemming from an incident that occurred in Temple Towers the prior weekend, said Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone. The case involves two Temple students: an 18-year-old female victim and an 18-year-old male. No charges have been filed yet and the case has been referred to the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit, Leone said. The second case involves a sexual assault that stemmed from an off-campus incident over the weekend. Temple police have not apprehended a suspect in the case, and are working with the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit to pursue further leads. The victim, a male Temple student, allegedly met the offender, another male whose affiliation is unknown, at a party and went back to the student’s residence. A description has been released of the suspect: a black male, believed to be of college age, husky build, dark complexion, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches and 180 pounds wearing a red cap. -Ali Watkins
New building in the works for TU Japan The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has approved a proposal by Temple Education Support Services to prepare and submit a bid for a 50-year lease and construction of a building in Tokyo. The move was submitted by TESS’ Board of Directors for the “Japan Akasaka Building Project” last week. -Sean Carlin
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Debt, ranking, among Dai’s priorities the exact same quality of education.” Just five years after he came to Temple, Dai was named interim provost in June 2012 shortly after former Provost Richard Englert was appointed acting president. “He is literally one of the top people in his field,” Englert said. “It’s important as provost who is at the top of his or her field. You always want a provost who’s shown that academically that person is really nationally highly regarded.” As interim provost, Dai said he approached the job as if the interim title wasn’t attached to the job. “When I was interim, I didn’t take it as it was an interim,” Dai said. “At that time I worked closely with Acting President Englert and also at that time President-elect Theobald. We actually pushed through several major initiatives.” During his time as the interim provost, the university worked to implement revamped scholarships for the Fall 2013 freshman class, which the university recently unveiled. The university also began a search for more than 70 tenure and tenure-track faculty positions, which is still going forward. Dai said most faculty hired through
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New Provost Hai-Lung Dai spoke to The Temple News Feb. 8. | ANDREW THAYER TTN the search would start this fall or next spring. In October 2012, Englert commissioned a search advisory committee to recommend provost candidates to Theobald. The search was limited to tenured university professors and the committee presented three candidates to Theobald on Jan. 30. Therese Dolan, chair of the committee, said Dai had a high academic standard, which made him stand out as a candidate. “He had excellent academic
credentials, he had shown leadership in the past, he seemed to us to be a very solid and distinguished individual that would lead us,” Dolan said. “One of the things that touched many of us....he said he left Benjamin Franklin’s university to do Benjamin Franklin’s work.”
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As Temple approaches the midpoint in the semester, Dai has a series of challenges ahead of him. The university currently has five interim deans and Dai
said although the challenge will be “detrimental” to his health, he hopes to have four of the positions filled in the College of Education, the School of Media and Communication, the College of Health Professions and Social Work and University Libraries by the end of the semester so they can start in the fall. The other interim position is in CST. Dai said he’s in discussion about how to approach that deanship. “The current interim dean,
Michael Klein, is doing a fabulous job,” Dai said. “To add another search, is nearly impossible, or so the timing is off. I’m in discussion with President Theobald as to what we should do.” During the next several years, Temple will be moving to implement a decentralized budget system, which Dai is familiar with from his days at Penn. Englert said this experience will bode well for him as the university transitions. “He has first hand knowledge of how the University of Pennsylvania implemented decentralized budgeting,” Englert said. “He, along with [Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Anthony] Wagner co-chaired a task force. That task force was charged with how best to look at decentralized budgeting.” Klein added that, as provost, one of Dai’s former roles as the conductor for the Philadelphia Chinese Musical Voices Choir will come into play. “To conduct, you don’t have to know how to play all the instruments, you just have to know how they fit together,” Klein said. “That’s why he fits at Temple.” Sean Carlin can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.
Mayor hears ballot issues from Nov. election Students experienced voting issues during November’s election. JOE GILBRIDE The Temple News Months after November’s presidential election, city officials are planning to address issues that caused widespread problems for voters at Temple and the city as a whole. Mayor Michael Nutter held an open session on Feb. 6, in City Hall, at which voters aired dissatisfaction with the voting process and provided suggestions for what the city could do to fix Election Day problems. The mayor’s staff listened to voters’ stories and promised to improve the process in future elections. Managing Director Richard Negrin said the city was largely successful in handling more than 700,000 votes. He recognized that problems were prevalent and said the mayor had challenged his team to hear from voters and come up with solutions to the issues they faced. “It was large and busy and not just because of the presidential election,” Negrin said. “There was a lot of confusion around voter ID and many polling places moved from their usual locations.” Samantha Monroe had an experience typical of many voters. She arrived at her polling place, which had changed since 2011, and poll workers could not find her name in the rolls. Monroe said after producing multiple forms of registration and ID to prove she was regis-
tered, she was told to cast a provisional ballot. “It bothered me,” Monroe said. “I had to fill it out right in front of the poll worker.” Jennifer Lan worked as a judge of elections on Nov. 6, and said the privacy for voters casting provisional ballots could have been improved. “The voter doesn’t feel like they’re casting a vote,” Lan said. “If they could at least get behind the curtain and have privacy, it would be a lot better.” PennPIRG, a local election watchdog group, estimated at least 557 Temple students had to vote using provisional ballots, as The Temple News reported in November. Their votes were not counted until months after the election had past. Their names did not show up on the registration book at their polling places, but many voters said they were registered, some of them for years prior. More than 27,100 voters were forced to cast provisional ballots, more than double the number seen in the 2008 election. The issue has plagued city government and election officials, who know the numbers were not a coincidence. Nina Huizinga spent Election Day working at her polling place, which covered many students from the University of Pennsylvania. She said the number of provisional ballots coming into her location was so high and unprecedented they had to call in for more. The same situation occurred at polling places near Temple as well. Nathan Shrader, a political science Ph.D. student who works at Temple’s Center on Regional Politics, researched
the provisional ballot situation. Shrader said provisional ballots first came as a result of the 2002 Help America Vote Act, which strengthened voting standards in reaction to the controversial 2000 presidential election. It established a statewide, centralized voter registration list, and required first-time voters to provide a proof of identification. “Voters who were not on the list or didn’t have ID were entitled to cast a provisional ballot,” Shrader said. “Those have increased since 2000.” The recent election marked a surge in provisional ballots around the country. Cleveland, an election focal point, saw an increase of 2,500 provisional ballots. But nowhere was the increase more drastic than in Philadelphia. “Provisional ballots have not been with us very long,” Shrader said. “There have been complaints in past elections, but locally this is the most controversial.” Carol Jenkins, leader of the 27th ward in West Philadelphia, said her election experience was terrible, in part because of a flood of provisional ballots coming through her ward. She said the city sent mixed messages to poll workers as to which voters would have to vote with provisional ballots. “I was told that if you called the city and they verified the person was registered, they could vote on the machine,” Jenkins said. Jenkins said she, like many other poll workers in the city, ran into busy phone lines when trying to confirm a voter’s registration. Without any contact to the city, she decided to let vot-
ers confirm that they were registered by going to the state’s online system on their smart phones. “Then I got a call from the Commissioner’s Office,” Jenkins said. “They said I cannot let them vote on the machine.” City officials have been investigating the causes of the provisional ballot influx and other issues that plagued voters at the polls. Officials cited the increased number of polling location changes as one probable cause. City Commissioner Stephanie Singer released a report investigating provisional ballot procedures in the city. She found that 14,000 provisional ballots were cast by registered voters whose names had appeared in the poll books at their proper polling place. The report suggested that the number came from voters going to the wrong polling places and casting a provisional ballot when they found their names were not in the book. The report found an additional 5,000 provisional ballots came from voters whose names were not on the poll books at all. It said the cause may be attributed to a programming error in the Pennsylvania Department of State’s voter registration database. “There are 20 verified cases in one division alone,” the report indicated. “At the time of release of this report the best estimate is that thousands of provisional ballots were cast because of this error.” Angela Lee of PennPIRG said her organization will not be pursuing any legal action against the city or state concern-
ing the election mishaps. Even with thousands of provisional ballots counted months after Election Day, Shrader said the votes had no impact on the election. All races in the city and state had already been called by the time the provisional ballots were counted. The impact for the individual voter was different, however. Many Temple students cast their ballots, only to have their votes ignored as the races were decided. Voters at the mayor’s open session said the provisional ballot situation represented a general mishandling of the election by the city. Shrader and his colleagues at the Center for Regional Politics hoped the city would improve future elections by better integrating technology into the voting systems. Shrader said the provisional ballot situation could be a catalyst for a muchneeded change. “There must be a way of centralizing the technology,” Shrader said. “Using a database instead of poll books could help mitigate these problems in the future.” The mayor and his team have said they will continue their efforts to improve elections in the future. Voters can share their Election Day issues and offer suggestions at the next open session on Feb. 28 at Bright Hope Baptist Church at 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Temple students are invited to share their own voting stories and help solve these issues before the next election comes around. Joe Gilbride can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fire causes intersection of Broad and Cecil to close FIRE PAGE 1
ing above the 18th floor and saw smoke on his way down to the street. Broad Street was shut down between Jefferson Street and Montgomery Avenue; portions of Cecil B. Moore Avenue in front of the building were also closed temporarily. The Broad Street Line continued
operation as normal and pedestrian traffic was open on both streets. A SEPTA bus remained stationed on Cecil B. Moore Avenue, near the building, as officials closed the street. Thaddeus Moore, driver of the bus, said he didn’t see smoke, but let all his passengers out when his bus was blocked
by fire trucks. Moore said SEPTA passengers had to walk to 12th Street to take a detour. Construction officials declined comment. Student passersby gawked at the scene, many taking pictures of the high-rise and firefighters on camera phones. No TU Alert was sent out to students during the incident.
Betzner said that there was never a danger to students, and that there was no need for them to make changes to their actions. In February 2011, a fire at a construction trailer on the site of the then unnamed tower caused officials to evacuate nearby 1300 Residence Hall. The $216 million residence hall, which features the 27-sto-
ry tower, is scheduled to open this fall. John Moritz can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.
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Hillel, Newman Center offer religious gateway
cruit students for religious activity because the university no longer shares the names of students who listed religious preference on freshman surveys to groups outside of the university. Additional competition from the numerous campus groups and activities also plays a role in students not participating in religious service, McKenzieHayward said. The Church of the Advocate hosts a student worship group called Tree of Life that also connects students to service opportunities in the North Philadelphia community. Tree of Life was formed in November 2012 when the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry moved to the Madeira Center across the street from the Church of the Advocate and took on its current namesake. The community is headed by Peer Minister Rand Williamson, a 2012 alumnus who graduated with a degree in science. Tree of Life holds three weekly prayer meetings, as well as a monthly supper club, in which students prepare food and serve it to members of the local community. In addition to the Tree of Life program, McKenzie-Hayward said that her weekly Sunday congregations, which gather 20 to 25 parishioners, often feature a few Temple students. The Newman Center, which sits across from White Hall at 2129 N. Broad St., has been involved with students since 1921 when it began on campus as the Newman Club, a Catholic religious group named after the English Cardinal John Henry Newman. In 1975, the Newman Cen-
ter was opened to become Temple’s Catholic center. Formally part of the St. Malachy Parish, the Newman Center acts as a semi-autonomous church headed by Father Shaun Mahoney. The Newman Center holds weekly mass at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, as well as a daily mass, adoration and night prayer. In addition to the main building, which houses a meeting hall, offices and a student library, the Newman Center owns an apartment house across the street where up to 22 students can live in a Catholic community. Currently 16 students live in the building, Mahoney said. “Knowing people are friendly and have the same values as you, that’s not what you get from dorms, it’s refreshing,” Matozzo said. Mahoney said that while the center experienced a decline in membership a few years ago, it has risen recently. Around 180 people attend Sunday mass at the center, Mahoney said, adding that he expects close to 800 to come through for Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 13. In order to spur involvement in the community, Mahoney said the Newman Center provides activities such as “Open Mic Night” and community service opportunities to encourage students to participate in religious service. “We have a variety of things that are offered, people can participate at whatever level they are comfortable,” Mahoney said. “The hope is that by virtue of the service, by virtue of connecting with people who are interested in the faith, that it presents a new look at what
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faith is all about.” Mahoney said religion serves an important purpose in the lives of young adults, specifically college students who often must make decisions about their spirituality. At the Newman Center, Mahoney said he and other administrators, as well as fellow student leaders at the center have to offer a place for interaction about the challenges of college life. Mahoney referenced the three tenants provided by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students: sobriety, chastity and excellence as areas of reflection when working with college students. “I think in a university, many young people are having that type of experience, where they are forced to direct attention to the question, ‘Do I believe or don’t I believe?’” Mahoney said. Mahoney said that in his own college years, it was an encounter with an atheist that led him to reexamine his own religious upbringing. “A university is a place with a lot of ideas and values, and certainly Temple with its emphasis on diversity, there’s a great variety of ideas and values around, that in a way sometimes helps to just challenge people,” Mahoney said. Another organization focused on bringing religion to campus life, Temple Hillel, provides Jewish students with a center for worship and service. Part of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, and located on the 1400 block of Norris Street, Hillel moved into its newly built location in 2009 after an 80-year history on North Broad Street. Hillel provides weekly Fri-
Anthony Wagner, Temple’s executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, leads a Bible study at the Newman Center yesterday. | JOHN MORITZ TTN day night Sabbath services to both Conservative and Reform sects of Judaism. The center is focused on providing a “pluralistic” approach to Jewish observance, Nordlinger said. Holiday meals and services are also part of the center’s worship services. Elana Friedman, a rabbinic intern from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pa., works 15 hours a week at the center, which has a partnership with an Orthodox rabbi who holds classes at the center. In addition to worship services, Hillel offers community service opportunities and birthright trips to Israel for students sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Nordlinger said. “The way that Hillel works is that we are a student-driven
organization, whatever our students bring to us is the way we get involved with events and activities,” Nordlinger said. As part of its student driven program, Nordlinger said Hillel relies on its student members to encourage their peers to become active in Hillel and talk about the opportunities that the center offers. “We are not of the persuasion that people are just going to come into our door, we recognize that we need to go out and find them on campus. Through the dialogue and through the relationship building, we attempt to connect students and inspire students to live a Jewish life,” Nordlinger said. In the past few years, Hillel has seen a rise in student participation from 850 to 1,000 on an annual basis, up from 550 a few
years ago, and out of an estimated population of 1,600 Jewish students, Nordlinger said. Both Hillel and the Newman Center are part of the Interfaith Council, which helps bring together Temple students of varying faiths and religions. Last semester, the council ran a Thanksgiving meal open for students to sit down and share their religious beliefs. Both Mahoney and Nordlinger said they have run programs of service and worship between the two centers and their members. On Feb. 15, Hillel has organized an interfaith Sabbath program to promote dialogue between students of different religions. John Moritz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.
Current law excludes state-related schools LAW PAGE 1 1980s. “Because these institutions sit in a unique place, [between private and public funding]... there’s a long history to it. After the Jerry Sandusky scandal people went ballistic,” Mutchler said. Mutchler said that on the subject of Penn State’s public record access, “I think the realistic view is that [Penn State] could’ve been the most pro-disclosure university in the world and it probably wouldn’t have stopped what happened.” Current legislation classifies the four state-related institutions of Temple, Penn State, Lincoln University and the University of Pittsburgh apart from commonwealth agencies,
providing them with their own requirements. The four universities must, as of May 30 of every year, file a Form 990 or an equivalent, salaries of all officers and directors of the institution and the highest 25 salaries paid to employees of the institution that are not included as officers and directors. The universities must also keep a copy of such information with the university library and website for at least seven years. Temple posts its Form 990, Form 990-T, director salaries and Top 25 salaries on the university’s “public information” page of its website. The proposed amendment, House Bill 311, rewrites the law only to include a state-related institution’s affiliates as part of the institution. However, under
Blake’s bill, Senate Bill 1377, Temple would need to designate an open records officer to publish and handle requests for public records on the university’s behalf. Mutchler held an open records officer training course at Penn State last year. “They’re really going to need to put a structure in place,” Mutchler said. “Every university’s going to need to get a handle on what records they do have.” With officers allowed up to five business days to respond to requests, Mutchler said a university would need “a full-time staff of eight to 10 people.” All bodies would be still exempt from disclosing information under 30 conditions, such as records that if disclosed
“would result in the loss of federal or state funds by an agency or the commonwealth,” employee records of “grievance material, including documents related to discrimination or sexual harassment,” or even “information regarding discipline, demotion or discharge contained in a personnel file.” All bodies would be also exempt from disclosing “a record of an agency relating to or resulting in a criminal investigation, including: complaints of potential criminal conduct other than a private criminal complaint...a record that includes the identity of a confidential source or the identity of a suspect who has not been charged with an offense to whom confidentiality has been promised...a record that,
if disclosed, would...reveal the institution, progress or result of a criminal investigation, except the filing of criminal charges.” Temple also posts its student body profile, individual school and college tuition rates, annual crime reports by Campus Safety Services, school policies and Board of Trustees meeting minutes, the annual operating budget and state appropriations budget requests. A common data set of admission requirements, tuition rates and recent university-wide academic attendance rates can also be found on the site. Crime reports are posted as per the Clery Act, a congressional statute requiring colleges and universities receiving federal aid to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime
log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees, according to the Clery Center for Security on Campus. Temple also participates in the Voluntary System of Accountability, a program designed to provide greater accountability for public higher education. VSA was initially funded by the Lumina Foundation, which approved a $250,000 grant to Temple in 2005. Amelia Brust can be reached at email@example.com.
CSS to be part of new hall Program will focus on middle Temple Police will have a substation at the new Morgan Hall residence complex. ALI WATKINS The Temple News Tony Luke’s wont be the only new inhabitant of Temple’s highly anticipated Morgan Hall. Campus Safety Services has confirmed that it will be moving in to the 27-story residence hall facility along with upward of 1,275 students this fall. A new Temple Police location, similar in function to the substation on Polett Walk, will be located on the ground floor of the building on its Park Avenue side. “When you’re looking at university housing, 1300 is a large facility, Temple Towers is a fairly large facility and now this,” Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said. “We’re going to have quite a number of students on that south end living, so we want to make sure we have peo-
ple close by.” The substation will house office space, a charging station for the famed T3 police scooter and extra officers to patrol the area. Morgan Hall will also use an estimated 80 to 100 security cameras to maintain a safe environment for students and community members alike. Leone said he expects to hire about six officers to staff the facility and actively patrol Morgan Hall and the surrounding area. The construction of this substation is taken care of in construction costs, he said, so the biggest expense to CSS will be these new officers. “The big cost is going to be the bodies,” he said. “You’re probably talking over $200,000 just for that.” Leone added that there would be extra costs, possibly another $100,000, to staff the office. Although the cost of new officers is high, Leone said with such a unique building, CSS wants to have its bases covered. “It’s a big unknown, [Morgan Hall] is the first type of
structure that we’ve been involved in,” Leone said. “What are our calls going to be like? How many service resources, how many service calls are we going to see in there? Things of that nature.” The southwest end of campus has seen an influx of students in recent years with facilities like the Edge, Oxford Village and the Avenue North complex. Consequently, CSS has made a point of maintaining a consistent presence in areas heavily traveled by students, Leone said. The new residence hall, located on the east side of Broad Street, requires that presence to be extended. “With this growing, we just wanted to make sure that, [we increase] not just the patrol presence, but have a fixture that students can come in to if they have questions,” Leone said. “It’s helpful to have somewhere to go.” Morgan Hall is set to open its doors to students this fall. Ali Watkins can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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came up with was instead of us bringing them to the school how about we go out to the schools and almost be a panelist and a session for them,” Ezeugwu said. At the hour-long sessions, Ezeugwu will moderate the conversation and five undergraduate students will share their experiences attending classes, managing a social life and living away from home. “You will not see any panel, unless we are forced to, with any student that is the same major or has gone necessarily the same way. We want students to draw and be able to make connections with these individuals,” Ezeugwu said. Freshman journalism major Brittany Boston is a panelist for the first program scheduled for Feb. 19. Boston will share her experience of transitioning from an out-of-state suburban Catholic
high school to a large public university with the hope to show the students that “being away from home is not as scary as it may seem.” “I really want them to just want to go to college,” Boston said. “I hope that they start taking their classes seriously, and preparing for standardized tests and college essays. I want to be an inspiration to these students that they can go to college and succeed regardless of where their family is or current situations.” Boston and Ezeugwu said they realize that family life and money are major hurdles for some local students, but want the young students to think about the long-term benefits of a college education. “When you look at the socioeconomic standing they are in, a lot of times it makes more sense to them at the time to just get a job and get right to working and making money. When in reality, if you go to school you
will be reaping many benefits after that because of what it allows you to do,” Ezeugwu said. Ezeugwu created the program based on his experience working at local schools during his undergraduate studies and the desire to give back to the community. “It is TSG being able to give back in a different way,” Ezeugwu said. “We do Adopta-Block, we do clean-ups, we have gone to soup kitchens in the past years. I think that this is a very different twist and speaks directly to the students.” Ezeugwu encourages any student interested in participating in Kids-to-College in the future to contact TSG. Laura Detter can be reached at email@example.com.
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Presenting the provost
ast week, President Neil Theobald named Hai-Lung Dai provost. Dai, who has served for the past several months in the position in an interim capacity, certainly has the academic credentials for the job, but his vision for the university is what makes him the right choice. In a recent interview with The Temple News, Theobald said that once the provost position was filled, the university’s four interim deanships could be addressed. While it is not an instantaneous process, it seems as though the interim dean situation will be resolved quickly. Dai told TTN that the university hopes to have four of the five deans named by the end of the semester so they can start in the fall. This expedient start to Theobald and Dai’s tenures as president and provost, respectively, represent a fresh look at Temple, which should encourage students. The university also showed the foresight to appoint a provost who obviously knows how to operate under a decentral-
hen it became clear in early November 2012 that the use of provisional ballots had reached exceptionally unusual numbers, The Temple News expressed its concern that this method might alienate voters from the process by silencing their voices to some degree. With this concern in mind, we are glad to see city officials taking the issue seriously and attempting to locate the root causes. As reported by Joesph Gilbride on P. 2, open discussions have been held recently and will continue to be held in the near future for provisional voters to raise their concerns and share possible solutions. Voting is a special duty, one meant to be treated as sacred by those participating in the political system. Its value is maximized when it is unencumbered, allowed to be as smooth and simple a process as possible. In conception, provisional
Provost Hai-Lung Dai has shared an impressive vision for Temple. ized budget, which Temple is working to implement during the next few years. Dai worked under such a system at the University of Pennsylvania, and has expressed that he’ll encourage collaboration between the deans, an issue often raised under a decentralized system. Above all, Dai has shown a willingness to confront an issue that Theobald has made a top priority in his short time at Temple: student debt. Dai has said administrators plan to announce initiatives to encourage students to graduate in four years. Among these, Dai said enhanced academic advising will be part of the university’s plans to decrease student debt and increase its four-year graduation rate. While the specifics of these plans haven’t been announced, TTN looks forward to hearing what the provost and president have planned to increase efficiency at Temple. So far, both Dai and Theobald have been extremely open with students, an attitude we hope continues.
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Temple alumni watch their fellow Owls compete in the ice hockey club’s annual alumni game against former players from the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Northeast SkateZone. The game ended in a 4-4 draw. |ANDREW THAYER TTN
City investigations into provisional ballots are worthy of praise. ballots are terrific. They are a far superior alternative to merely turning would-be voters away. But when their use becomes as rampant as it became this past Election Day, consequences are unescapable. By being forced to vote provisionally, people were deprived of the feeling that their votes truly mattered. Ballots cast in this matter were not counted until at least a week later, a time when most people had accepted the results and moved on to different topics. It is not hard to see why this may be disheartening to some. The Temple News would therefore like to commend the city of Philadelphia for recognizing how less-than-ideal this method of voting is and moving forward with a critical analysis of what, exactly, went wrong. Hopefully, such a problematic situation does not happen again.
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Open records are our rights
n annual transparency report card released late last month by Sunshine Review declared Pennsylvania to have one of the most transparent state governments in the country. The high mark from the nonprofit dedicated to increasBRI BOSAK ing accountability in state and For Argument’s local governments is no small Sake feat, given Pennsylvania’s pretransparency laws. Bosak sings viousYes, what Pennsylvania is the praises of currently being praised for was government once a glaring weakness in our fair state’s bureaucracy. The transparency. Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, also known as the Pennsylvania Sunshine Law, is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of governmental bodies in Pennsylvania. It’s been around since 1998, but the first 10 years of its existence were mired by the presence of loopholes that rendered its good intentions irrelevant. Prior to 2008, the law pre-
sumed that government records were not public unless someone who wanted the documents could prove otherwise. But under the new law passed by state legislature and signed by then Gov. Ed Rendell, the presumption was flipped. Government agencies now have the burden to establish why a record should not be released. The law begins with the basis that all records held by commonwealth agencies, local agencies, judicial agencies and legislative agencies are publicly available. Nevertheless, 30 categories of records are still exempt from disclosure. Among these exemptions are certain universities – Temple included – that fall under the definition of “state-related institution,” which is explic-
itly not included as one of the “commonwealth agencies” subject to the law. Due to the fact that Temple and the other three universities – Lincoln University, Penn State and University of Pittsburgh – are both publicly and privately funded, they are not required to release any documents, school records or correspondences between officials to the public. Instead, they are required to submit an annual report to the government detailing tax information and disclosing the salaries of the 25 highest paid employees as well as all officers and directors. But under proposed amendments to the current law, that privilege of privacy would cease to be for these universities. During the last session
should any staterelated university be able to play the public and private game to its advantage.
of the General Assembly, two lawmakers – Rep. Eugene DePasquale, D-York, and Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna County – introduced legislation that would require the four staterelated universities to comply with all parts of Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Act. To many, the proposals may seem timed to fit the Sandusky scandal, especially given the calls from lawmakers to provide future taxpayer dollars to Penn State only if the school submitted to the current law. But to DePasquale, the exemption for schools in the Right to Know Law has been misguided from the start. The fact that Penn State has used its exemption from the law as cause not to release the documents makes the amendment timely, he said. Blake also said that his interest predates Sandusky’s indictment. Instead, he expressed concern on the basis of how
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Coffee withdrawal a steamy hot issue
I JERRY IANNELLI Twentysomething Handbook
Iannelli issues a cautionary tale about the dangers of excessive caffeination.
’ve been a jittery guy for as long as I can remember, and I always thought it a natural extension of my body until I noticed that I was drinking six cups of coffee a day. Yes, those who know me well constantly poke fun at my perpetually quaking legs, wringing hands and tapping feet; habits that I foolishly thought to be an inevitable extension of my psyche and physiological makeup and not the blatant product of injecting 100 percent freshground Colombian directly into my eyeballs every single morning. I had a cup in the morning. I had a cup at lunch. I had a cup before naps. I had a cup to relax. I had a cup to write. I had a cup when I was bored. When the novelty of the lifestyle wore itself out after a few years, I found myself trapped in a spiral of spiking, crashing and debili-
tating migraines. Greeting each morning with a gigantic “middle finger” before I’d ingested my first mug had grown old. So I decided to stop. My wake-up call came in the unlikely form of a weekend road trip to Pittsburgh in order to visit a Temple buddy of mine that had been living back in his hometown during our dear winter break. I refused to leave my home without a silo of fresh backup coffee in a large mug. I finished it an hour into the ride. I pulled my Caravan over twice to refill at passing truckstop Starbucks kiosks along the way. I left a record store early to go drink coffee in my car. We spent two hours in a museum full of dinosaurs, walruses and prehistoric ground sloths – murderous animals that my 5-yearold psyche would have adored – and the only thing on my mind
was where my next mug was coming from. I ended up downing two full pots of green tea at a noodle house to compensate. I resolved to break the cycle immediately upon return. As I am apt to do, I automatically did some smartphone research on the matter whilst devouring a sandwich made entirely out of cured meats and french fries in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Apparently, too much caffeine can directly raise blood pressure, increase migraines, destroy healthy sleep patterns and cause you to constantly spike and crash throughout the day like a stuttering Volkswagen bus. Turns out, the threshold for “too much caffeine” lies at two-to-three cups a day, a benchmark that I was virtually doubling by mid-afternoon. I routinely drank a 20-ounce iced coffee, possibly an entire day’s
worth of caffeine, before taking an afternoon nap. I had no right to get angry when sight-destroying migraines surfaced during primetime television later that night. This was my fault. As such, I decided to slowly wean myself off of coffee using tea until I eventually needed nothing at all. I knew I faced a comically uphill battle, and within mere hours of quitting coffee, my life had devolved into a caffeinebased episode of “24,” every second lucidly ticking by as I patiently waited for sleep, death or Jack Bauer to arrive and loudly ask me if I’d seen the president of Kamistan. I think at that point I may have been hallucinating. My roommate, a novice drummer, kindly decided that my first night post-coffee would involve listening to a stuttering,
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Guilty pleasures shouldn’t have shame
H TJ CREEDON
Creedon shares his pleasures, sheds the guilt and encourages others to do it, too.
i, I’m TJ. Hi TJ. Well this is awkward. I guess I should just come right out and say it. It’s kind of embarrassing. But I am a reality TV junkie. That’s not the only confession I have to make. I also love musical theater, I have watched “Napoleon Dynamite” an innumerable amount of times and I shame-watched every episode of “Glee” until I couldn’t stand it. These things are what I like to call my guilty pleasures. Well I don’t like to call them that, but that’s what they are: The things that make me who I am, which I don’t want anyone to know about. I’m not talking about the brownie-batter-at-midnight kind of guilty pleasure. What I’m talking about is the kind of entertainment we enjoy that makes us look any less cool than the Fonz. I’ve been gathering strange hobbies and interests little by little. One day I was sitting at home with nothing to do, and
the next I had watched one too many cycles of “America’s Next Top Model” on Bravo. I have an obsessive personality, to say the least. For some, this leads to drug or alcohol problems. For me, thankfully, it has led to listening to “Thrift Shop” 100 times just to learn all of the words perfectly. But why do I hide the fact that I’ve seen every episode of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” at least twice? Why is it that I always plan on telling anyone who asks that I’m listening to Mumford and Sons instead of whatever show tune I’m actually listening to? It’s because I – and all of us – have a crazy, irrational fear that just because we like something slightly strange, we’ll be ridiculed and humiliated forever. Sure, my close friends know all of this stuff about me, but they already like me, so I don’t need to impress them with my taste in music or my only slightly honest appreciation for shows like “Lost” or “Game of Thrones.”
For me, it started in middle school, also known as the worst years of everyone’s lives. I was getting hassled enough for liking to sing and being in plays, so why would I dare mention that I watched “Charmed” with my mom every Sunday night? It only got more intense freshman year in my dorm room. With an open schedule and the kind of free time I would kill for at this point in my college career, I had all the time in the world to watch every video on YouTube of Natalie Weiss singing and every afternoon to marathon binge on shows like “Wife Swap.” We call something a guilty pleasure so we don’t have to be ashamed if anyone finds out that we like it. And we say, “Oh that? No I don’t really like it. That’s just a guilty pleasure.” It’s a mechanism that we use to convince ourselves that we belong in the niche of society in which we think we belong. Here’s the thing, though. Everybody has his or her weird interests. To stop caring about what
other people think of you is easier said than done. But you know what? Watching Lifetime does not make me less of a man, because at 4 a.m. there’s not a whole lot on TV, and I’d rather watch reruns of “The New Adventures of Old Christine” than the “700 Club” any day. We should all stop pretending to feel guilty about doing the things that we enjoy and stop judging people’s worth depending on the number of times they have seen [insert indie band that no one besides you have heard of] in concert. So, as my favorite YouTube personality Miranda Sings would say, “HATERS BACK OFF,” because I’m going to keep watching “Smash” no matter what you think.
“Moderation. Remember that? It was once held up as an indisputable virtue, virtually synonymous with prudence.”
on nytimes.com in “The Land of the Binge”
“In our effort to raise awareness about heart disease, including designating February America Heart Month, let’s not pretend adults are the only ones at risk. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 2,000 children die each year from sudden cardiac arrest. Clearly, prevention must start with them.”
Darren and Phyllis Sudman
on philly.com in “Add kids ot healthy heart efforts”
“Americans of the ‘Y’ Generation, or those of us under 35, are facing a crisis. We are precocious, impatient, impulsive and ostentatios, but above all, we have the hope that our lives, and our happiness, lie on the long road that awaits us.”
Tyler Randolph Boyd, on washintontimes.com in “Generation Y facing a tough future”
“To attract young people, the GOP needs to open the tent flaps to Libertarians - a group not always welcomed int he past.”
on foxnews.com in “Why young Libertarians could save the GOP”
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“What is your preferred caffeinated drink? ”
“I’d say coffee.”
“Tea. Specifically, Earl Gray.”
“My favorite drink is a caramel macchiato.”
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Morgen Snow says on “Smith: Poster removal heals tension” on Feb. 8 at 12:35 p.m.
Great job, Jess! I hope people see this and understand the sexist implications of a poster like this hanging in a health institution. The choice to be abstinent is a fine one, but it is no more valid than the choice to have safe, consensual sex.
mikey may says on “Controversy grows around closing of Joe Frazier’s Gym” on Feb. 7 at 2:48 a.m.
Why is it that the people who often say all the good things about someone after they’re gone do the least but have the most resources…?why dont Foreman,Holmes and for that matter Ali get together and save the gym,these people profited the most from Joe…and they have the means to do it,to add insult to injury,why doesnt Stallone himself do it by himself.…guess no press in that,no money or fame either…just makes you wonder why those who have so much do so little and especially for those who helped them become or were part of who they are.
Brie says on “Counseling and help, weeks away” on Feb. 6 at 6:46 p.m
Though I am currently a MSW grad student at Temple, last year I was an undergrad here. As a psychology major, I was fortunate to get an internship last spring at Tuttleman. Five other undergraduate interns and myself researched and began to develop a Self-Help Center offering materials for students to utilize during the wait period. In no way am I defending this wait period though. I have written papers and done several projects on this issue last fall in my grad classes and I agree that it is a serious issue. I am not sure if the Self-Help Center is still being offered, but if it is, that could have been something to include. Good article though! I am glad that this issue is finally being addressed!
Anonymous insults page can inspire friendly digs
Salah argues that the Temple Insults page is harmless, but the trend stills needs monitoring.
s there something you want to say to someone, but don’t have the guts to voice it? Are you tired of holding back that one comment you’ve been dying to make? Well, there’s finally a solution. It’s called Temple Insults. A Facebook profile under that moniker has been set up specifically to allow people to anonymously offend whoever they want. All you have to do is send the insult and the name of your target to the page’s admin, who will post it on your behalf. A lot of the posts are pretty funny. Yes, it can be quite amusing. But the principle of the matter is filled with some moral ambiguity. Is it really OK to call people names or insult them publicly? It is, after all, an obvious form of bullying. Words are sometimes more hurtful than physical pain, and much harder to forget. Researchers at Purdue University concluded in a study called “When hurt will not heal: exploring the capacity to relive social and physical pain” that emotional wounds are remembered more vividly by the brain than physical ones. Basically, sticks and stones may break some bones, but words can hurt till infinity. Still, this particular page seems harmless. For the most part, it’s a bunch of kids sending posts to mess with their friends.
Nothing there seems to be particularly malicious, and most of those commenting are just joking around. None of the posts are really hardcore horrible. A lot of them are just lame. At the collegiate level, this doesn’t seem to be too much of a problem. But what’s to stop this precedent from catching on elsewhere, like a high school or middle school? The percentage of bullying is already alarmingly high. According to The American Justice Department, one out of every four kids will be subjected to bullying of some kind during their adolescence. This kind of page would be extremely attractive to the high school age group, as it is more interested in technology than anything else. It’s a lot easier, and is less likely to be detected. I don’t mean to sound like some overeager whistleblower, though. I understand that the page has a major flaw that could render the attempts at using it for cyberbullying useless. The person being verbally attacked is supposed to be “tagged” in the post for it to show up on their profile for more people to see. However, if this person is not subscribed to the Temple Insults page, they can’t be tagged. If a mutual friend decided to “tag” them, this would only expose them as the person who was dedicat-
ing the insult. This removes the anonymity of the posts, making the whole point of the page invalid. Whoever wants to post the insult might as well post it on Facebook themselves. This obstacle could stop most kids from creating and/or using it. While it is still a risk, it won’t be as fun if it can’t be anonymous. It could also land a lot of people in serious trouble, which makes it a waste of effort and time. There is a plethora of other ways to insult and ridicule people that would keep them under the radar. Honestly, while this could conceivably have repercussions somewhere down the road, Temple Insults isn’t really much of a threat to anyone. It’s comprised of some people having fun and messing around. I actually joined in and asked them to create a post about my friend being a lonely cat lady and having imaginary friends. We both thought it was hilarious, as lame as it sounds. In some ways, this could be an outlet for some of the stress that Temple students are under as the semester drags on. I think the page should change its name to “Insults Anonymous,” though. It’s catchier. Hend Salah can be reached at email@example.com.
Women in combat hides deeper issue
Campbell argues that warfare shouldn’t be treated like an employment status.
ith Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s decision to lift the ban on women in combat, no longer will a significant portion of those in service face the career barrier they once experienced. Examples of women being unqualified for promotions because they did not serve in official combat roles despite having combat experience have been thoroughly documented. Furthermore, the ban represented a longstanding lack of faith in the physical and mental abilities of women in service. The women of our military can now be fully recognized for their contributions as the result of this equality-seeking measure. Even more importantly, women will now have access to proper training for the styles of combat they have unofficially participated in for years. In the most obvious way, this speaks well of American culture and progressivism. But even with that said, the conversation surrounding this decision is not fully satisfying. Something about casting professional combat duty – the business of killing – as an em-
ployment issue is disheartening. I’m frightened by our prioritization of achieving equal opportunity in dishing death over a willingness to confront the military industrial complex and our country’s involvement in unjust wars. What does this reality say about modern American liberalism? Are we confused or have we really become this cynical? This is especially concerning during an era of highly dissatisfying American foreign policy. Consider the Iraq War. In 2004, Koli Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, said it was his belief that the U.S./U.K. invasion of Iraq was a violation of international law buttressed by American claims of weapons of mass destruction and links to al-Qaeda. The Iraq War took the lives of at least 111,151 Iraqi civilians, 4,807 coalition soldiers and 16,623 Iraqi military and police. During the war several human rights abuses occurred, including the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse, Haditha killings and Mukaradeeb wedding party massacre. The war is characterized by a lack of post-invasion planning and commitment to rebuilding the nation we so thoroughly desta-
bilized. And this sort of reckless and cynical foreign policy is nothing new. Almost every American conflict since the Korean War has garnered immense criticism. At best we are accused of an irresponsible use of the military, while at worst claims of neo-colonialism and hegemony cast a very dark shadow on our foreign affairs. With this in mind, where is the victory in gaining the privilege of participating in such wars? Perhaps there exists a more optimistic and productive perspective on the issue. It is possible the lift on this ban and the logical inclusion of women in the Selective Service System will persuade Americans like myself to put more significant pressure on our representatives about rethinking the way we approach foreign policy. With the certainty of a more significant number of our daughters and mothers returning home in caskets, the incentive to address this issue should only increase. Duncan Campbell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open records essential to open politics BOSAK PAGE 5 much money in state tax dollars the universities received each year. In the past year alone, the four state-related schools received more than $500 million. Yet despite taking in hundreds of millions of dollars from the state each year, the funding is still not enough for the schools to be considered public, which ultimately begs the question of whether their internal records should be made public. In 2007, the legislature agreed with former Penn State President Graham Spanier that disclosing the university’s relationship with donors, corporate funders and outside vendors would put Penn State at a competitive disadvantage to other large universities with which it competes. But that is simply not true. The legislature could exempt donors as well as ensure the privacy of certain proprietary information and research in order to keep universities competitive with one another. With these and other safeguards in place, there is no reason why the four state-related universities couldn’t comply with the Right to Know Act. To be clear, I – like most open-records advocates – acknowledge that had these
changes been in place, there still would have been little to stop the abuses committed by Sandusky. I am grateful, however, for the attention it has brought to increasing the transparency in major institutions – from public to private and everything staterelated in between. No longer should any staterelated university be able to play the public and private game to its advantage. Again in the case of Penn State, it is simply not fair for Spanier to argue that salary information be kept private, when nearly 7,000 Penn State employees – including Sandusky – participate in the State Employees’ Retirement System, a public scheme. Schools like Ohio State and the University of California – which are similar in nature to Temple or Penn State – do not enjoy the same blanket protection that is afforded by Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Act. In fact, many colleges and universities across the country operate just fine being subject to openrecord laws. I think Temple would too. Bri Bosak can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @bribosak.
College students easy targets for coffee chains IANNELLI PAGE 5 two-hour live rendition of the drum track to Metallica’s “Sad But True,” a song I neither enjoy nor tolerate on a good day. Through noise-canceling headphones, copious amounts of ibuprofen and sheer willpower, I managed not to murder him and stash him in our crawl space. But the thought was certainly entertained. Throughout the healing process, I constantly asked myself just how I’d gotten this far up the Arabica tree. Do I blame Starbucks for placing a cozy, addiction-coddling, legal drug dealership every 10 feet to ensnare sleepy college students with hip music and an acceptable place to read in public? Of course I do. From the outside looking in, coffee houses are a borderline criminal enterprise: An opinion corroborated by the fact that Dr. Evil invests in Starbucks at the outset of “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.” Coffee houses are comfy, cozy, warm and typically full of smart, introspective and intelligent people. None of this is an accident: They sell an addictive product that briefly makes you sharper while sacrificing your long-term energy and health. The longer you hang out inside a Starbucks, the more likely you’ll leave having had six cups of Joe, contemplating whether or not you now have the ability to travel through time. You will be back. They know this. Ever wonder why coffee has constantly gone hand-inhand with reading and political action? Turns out, introverted
people need more sleep than their extroverted counterparts. Multiple scientific studies have deduced that “thinking people” are typically more tired than those that gain energy from speech and company. Do coffee chains know this? Of course they do. Introverts are exhausted and love books. We hang out in warm places with headphones on for hours. And we’re being preyed on by large coffee chains. SBDC Net, a small business research website, even recommends that upstart coffee houses partner with universities for advertising tie-ins and find loyal customers in young, impressionable students. Mostly though, I blame myself for getting caught up in the cycle that comes with collegiate life. Getting enough sleep each night is hard, especially when juggling work, class and a social life at 21. Enjoying a 6-ounce morning cup of coffee is a pickme-up; needing a Venti at 5 p.m. is a problem. I was relying on caffeine for everything: ideas, writing, energy, charisma. A crutch is a crutch, whether you obtain it legally or not. Spending some time away from baristas helped me realize just how often I was using caffeine to mask other areas of stress in my life. And yet, after four hours of sleep before my first day of the semester, I woke up and poured myself another cup.
“Throughout the healing process, I constantly asked myself just how I’d gotten this far up the Arabica tree.
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LOVE AND SYLLABI Two couples that work together on Main Campus strike a balance between their home and work lives.
JULIE ZEGLEN The Temple News
hose who have been lucky enough to find love in the workplace can easily imagine the unique dynamic that comes with professional together time. For two married pairs of professors, though, spousal bonding goes beyond making dinner together side-by-side. Nancy Boykin and Dan Kern of the theater department and Mary Myers and Daryl Carrington of the landscape architecture and architecture departments discuss their work at Temple and students’ reactions to their partnerships, the principles of sustainable design and the discomfort of trashcandwelling.
MARY MYERS AND DARYL CARRINGTON
Students of the sustainable design gen-ed may be surprised on the first day of class to see more than one professor at the front of the room. “Usually we’ll introduce all the teachers, and I’ll say, ‘By the way, we’re spouses, we have different last names,’” Myers said. Myers and Carrington met while working at a landscape architecture and planning firm in New York City, their first jobs after graduate school. They came to Temple 10 and six years ago, respectively, from North Carolina State University, and now serve as associate and adjunct professors in the landscape architecture and architecture departments.
They co-created sustainable design with the intention of it always having three professors – a landscape architect, an architect and a planner. “[Sustainable design] operates on these three different levels,” Carrington said. “Planning is large-scale and policy oriented. How you set it up results in degrees of sustainability, how you use the landscape, how you build upon the land. Planning, landscape architecture and architecture make a very strong structure for triangulating the issues.” Carrington added, “When the gen-ed opportunity came along, it was a great opportunity for us to work together, but to work together in a way that could enrich the experience of the course for the students because of our different points of view and how we came from different schools to arrive at the same conclusion, or similar conclusions.” The two of them are joined this spring by planner Jeff Harris. Outside of Temple, Carrington works as the director of sustainable design at J. Davis Architects. Myers is no longer in practice, but teaches and conducts research at Temple. While students’ reactions to hearing their teachers’ marital status is never dramatic, Myers and Carrington said they believe the disclosure serves a useful purpose in the classroom. “It gets a smile and it gets it personal,” Carrington said. “The point is that we’re trying to get a large class engaged, so to have a kind of rapport with the class...Their knowing that we have a rapport [with each other] helps that.”
“The point is that we’re
trying to get a large class engaged...Their knowing that we have a rapport [with each other] helps that.” Daryl Carrington / architecture professor
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Mary Myers and Daryl Carrington have been married for 25 years and teach sustainable design together. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
Romance capital not exclusive to couples
Single guest columnist will be venturing to Paris on Valentine’s Day.
n my 21 years of being single, I have often considered how well I’ve managed blowing off loneliness. In fact, I really like doing things on my own. Being single is freeing and eye-opening – you come to conclusions on your own that can make a profound impact on your lifestyle, and realize that your friends rock. It’s also refreshing to realize what sort of problems I’ve been able to avoid without all the drama of a relationship. But once a year I commiserate with the masses of people suffering from a nauseating case of “Single Person’s Disease” on Valentine’s Day. Pass the merlot and Nutella, please. I guess I was lucky I grew up as a flower shop owner’s
daughter – I have come to The idea of love being any know Valentine’s Day solely part of Valentine’s Day is totally as a commercial holiday. In our lost on me. A box of chocohousehold, we lates doesn’t started preparing mean you love for the lovers’ A box of someone...But holiday a week chocolates doesn’t if anyone cares after Christmas, to ‘fess up some mean you love long-lost feelevery square inch of surface someone...But ings for me, I space in our like dark chocoif anyone cares late – just for house covered by heart-shaped balto ‘fess up some the record. loons, hundreds This year long-lost feelings upon hundreds in particular, it for me, I like dark seemed like evof roses and countless packs chocolates – just for ery last one of of memo-centric my friends was the record tart candies. If coupled up into the reminder that some cute and I’m perpetually single wasn’t disgusting relationship – which enough to make me feel sick, made it the perfect time for me the sugar definitely was. to flee to London for the semes-
ter. However, I was not prepared for the massive epidemic of coupledom that seems to have overtaken most Londoners. I’ve only been here for a month and a day rarely passes when one fails to see two lovebirds walking hand-in-hand down the street, holding onto each other on the Tube, drunkenly snogging in McDonald’s late at night – they’re everywhere! Having the opportunity in London to arrive in other countries in a heartbeat, one of my friends here suggested a trip to Paris for her 21st birthday. I jumped at the chance to get my passport stamped again. The catch? It’s during Valentine’s Day weekend. To top all this off, Valen-
tine’s Day is not celebrated in Europe with the same materialistic concentration as in the United States. There are still loads of Valentine’s Day dinner specials advertised, stuffed plush hearts hanging in store windows and commercials for monogrammed greeting cards from comically named companies like “Funky Pigeon,” but the holiday is a much mushier affair. Tradition has it that lovers are to spend the two weeks prior preparing sonnets for their beloved. Can someone catch me while I swoon? I mean, gag me. Who wants a love poem? Gross. So here I go, heading straight into the lion’s den, des-
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Service dog helps theater student overcome Josh Kachnycz finds independence thanks to his service dog, Lavender. LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ Living Editor As Josh Kachnycz rehearses in the curtained off, centralstaged set on the Tomlinson Theater stage, for his lead role in “The Liar,” his most trusted companion sits in the empty front-of-house – waiting. Lavender, a Labrador-Golden Retriever mix, spends her days as Kachnycz’s service dog and can be seen with her owner at almost any given point in the day. Whether it’s in the Annenberg atrium where Kachnycz
spends a lot of his time or just walking around Main Campus, Lavender is there. It is not uncommon to see Lavender greeted by multiple people at once, with petting all around. “I would be overwhelmed with that attention,” Kachnycz, a senior theater major, said. “She kind of just lets people come to her [as if she’s saying] ‘I am a princess and I deserve this attention.’” At 2 years old, Kachnycz was diagnosed with central sleep apnea, a condition that causes him to sometimes stop breathing during sleep, due to the brain not sending signals to muscles that control breathing. When these lulls in breathing occur Lavender fulfills her duty and wakes Kachnycz. “The events are so infrequent it doesn’t make sense for
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Andrew Dinsmore was known to wrestling fans as “Hydra.” Find out what led him to a Temple. LIVING DESK 215-204-7416
me to sleep with a [continuous positive airway pressure machine] because I wouldn’t be able to get normal sleep with that so instead I use a monitor that tracks my respiration and my heart rate,” Kachnycz said. “If I either stop [breathing] or drop below a certain number of breaths per minute it will [sound] an alarm.” When the alarm sounds, it’s Lavender’s duty to wake Kachnycz so he can breathe normally again. Lavender will wake Kachnycz, first by nudging him, and then putting her weight on him if he is in a deep slumber. For Kachnycz, receiving Lavender in his junior year of college, after being on a fouryear waiting list he signed up for during his junior year of
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Theater major Josh Kachnycz received his service dog, Lavender, to help with his sleep apnea and gain independence. | LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN
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Columnist introduces readers to one of her favorite games while explaining gaydar. LIVING@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM
ONE OF US, p. 17
“One of the Guys” showcases friendships between LGBT and heterosexuals.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2013
Andrew Dinsmore, formerly know as Hydra (above,) is now an English major at Temple. To see the man behind the mask go to temple-news.com/multimedia for a video interview. | COURTESY ANDREW DINSMORE
Before attending Temple as an English student, Andrew Dinsmore was known in the wrestling community as “Hydra.” DUSTIN WINGATE Multimedia Editor Andrew Dinsmore, a senior English major, is not the typical man-on-the-street student. Behind the ear-to-ear smile and lean façade, lies a “creature from the deep” and the distant roar of cheering fans surrounding a wrestling ring. The Temple News met up with Dinsmore to get the inside scoop on Hydra, “The Man Monster.” The Temple News: How did you first become involved in wrestling? Andrew Dinsmore: I was really interested in it as a kid. It was my dream. I started training in 2004. I was home schooled in high school. Instead of going to college, I graduated, and the only thing I wanted to do was go to wrestling school, because I had a lot of down time. TTN: Where did you wrestle? AD: I did professional wrestling. [When you’re a professional wrestler] you’re sort of an independent contractor. I
worked for one company home-based in Allentown. TTN: What is wrestling like for you? AD: The ring is like a stage. It’s like you’re going to the theater. The ring is the center stage, and the audience surrounds the ring, and there is a little entrance way. They play your music, and you come down. It’s very theatrical and a lot of pageantry. You get in the ring, your opponent comes out and you wrestle. TTN: Did you have a wrestling trainer throughout your career? AD: Chris Hero, he became my mentor sort of outside the ring as they say, because I didn’t really have anybody to look up to. He kind of guided me as a person and helped me develop. TTN: How does wrestling inspire you? AD: I’d watch wrestling on TV. I’d go to the shows and see the crowd’s reaction. It’s like being at a sports game, and the team is down in the last quarter, the last inning, whatever, they come back from behind, and in wrestling you have that every show. You can always have something exciting going on. TTN: Who or what is “Hydra”? AD: Hydra was the creature from the deep. The Man Monster was one of my monikers. I was training for a year, and when you’re training, you do all the grunt work. I was doing ring work, when the guy that’s supposed to be Hydra didn’t show up. They had the costume, and said, “Hey Andy, we think you’re ready.” They called me into the ring and said, “Look, this is your chance.” TTN: How did you wrestle those bigger than you? AD: I’m not the biggest guy in the world, and these guys are easily twice my size. I had to come up with a way to interact with them in a realistic manner. I garnered all of the comedic attributes,
so I thought I was stronger than I actually was. TTN: Where do you find yourself today after your professional wrestling career? AD: I think wrestling has certainly humbled me. It’s made me accustomed to dealing with bad bosses and horrible situations. So now something like taking on a full schedule doesn’t seem that difficult, it just seems like something I have to do. TTN: Did you use the character of Hydra at all outside of the wrestling ring? AD: The story of Hydra did not end in 2009. I was contacted in 2011 to appear on Activity TV’s program “Let’s Eat!” It was a kids cooking program. Myself, and my co-host Chef Kurt, would make various simple dishes for kids. It was really cool to see how kids reacted. My character didn’t really speak – he was very animated. I think that really translated well to the kids. That was definitely a good postscript to my wrestling career. TTN: Where do you see yourself in the future? AD: I’m going to try to get into Teach for America. I want to go after my teaching certificate or master’s in education. TTN: Do you see yourself having a future in wrestling? AD: I think I’ll dabble in wrestling, but I don’t think it’ll get to the point it was at before where I was completely immersed. TTN: Any advice for Temple Students? AD: Don’t let people tell you what you can’t do. Don’t put limits on yourself. Dustin Wingate can be reached at email@example.com.
Actor gains stability with canine companion JOSH PAGE 7 high school, meant a lot more than a life-saving companion. It also meant independence. “I need Lavender and the monitor to sleep,” Kachnycz said. “So before I had her I commuted from [my parents’] home. Now that I’ve got her, I’ve got tons more freedom. More than I can describe. It’s a lot easier and convenient, and I get to have more fun.” Kachnycz added that while his nightlife is now more possible, Lavender is not able to join for all of his plans, despite her being certified for public access. “I went out for someone’s birthday at a bar a couple of weeks ago and the scene was a little more than Lavender could handle in terms of [volume] and rowdiness,” Kachnycz said. Since Kachnycz’s condition is only present when sleeping it hasn’t affected his aspirations in theater. “I was kind of bit by the theater bug in high school,” Kachnycz said. “Some friends of mine noticed how expressive I was. My freshman year I tried out for ‘The Music Man,’ wound up getting the lead, and ever since then acting has been something I love, and storytelling is my passion.” Originally admitted to Temple as part of the musical theater concentration, Kachnycz said he switched into the acting concentration so he could have the option to take a variety of
theater classes like directing and stage combat. Currently cast in “The Liar,” Kachnycz is able to hone his skills in wordplay given the show’s script is performed in iambic pentameter. Director of “The Liar” and chair of the theater department Doug Wager said Kachnycz shows professional-grade command of the play’s text. “I think [Kachnycz] has a natural affinity for the relationship between language and behavior,” Wager said. “He is one of those actors, who in terms of his voice work, is skilled enough to be able to manipulate language in a way that’s organic to character choices he’s making. So there’s no disconnect between the words and his actions. That’s a combination between training and talent.” During rehearsals for “The Liarm” Kachnycz would bring Lavender along. “Usually an assistant stage manager will sit with her and keep track of her,” Kachnycz said. “[She’ll usually] sit on my coat and if she gets antsy they’ll just give her a treat.” Bonnie Baldini, a sophomore theater major and an assistant stage manager on “The Liar,” was one of the people that would sit with Lavender during the rehearsal process. “She was pretty adaptable, [it took] maybe a day or two [for her to get comfortable,]” Baldini said. “She was tentative at first but she was still very sweet and professional as
a dog.” Wager added at one point in his professional career he would also bring his dog to work without any issue. “When she’s in the room suddenly everyone’s relaxed,” Kachnycz said. “They’re all smiles and more at ease. [Wager] doesn’t seem phased there’s a four-legged furry creature.” Baldini also noted the positive aspects of having a pet present during the rehearsal process. “The idea that dogs relieve stress and tension is very true,” Baldini said. “We’ve had a good rehearsal process for many reasons but its always nice because she’s like our cheerleader.” Now that the show has gone into full dress rehearsals in preparation for the Feb. 15 opening, Lavender will be held in the men’s dressing roombecause of the cast and crew’s increasing responsibilities. Upon graduation, Kachnycz plans to stay in Philadelphia to pursue work in what he considers his forte, classical theater. “I love Philadelphia,” Kachnycz said. “This is where I grew up and where I have connections.” Kachnycz can be seen as Dorante in “The Liar,” running from Feb. 15 through Feb. 24 in Tomlinson Theater. Luis Fernando Rodriguez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @TheLuisFernando.
Josh Kachnycz portrays Dorante in Temple theater’s production of “The Liar.” The show runs Feb. 15 through Feb. 24. | LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2013
City archives, a hidden Temple Jon Kohl’s experience at Urban Archives earned him his position on the documentary “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.” PATRICIA MADEJ The Temple News
ome students go to work to find a lousy tip waiting for them on the table. Jon Kohl discovers seemingly forgotten 1964 footage of The Beatles when they toured Philadelphia. In January 2011, the film and media arts and history double major started working at Urban Archives located in the basement of Paley Library, which led him to working as an assistant producer and researcher with “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment,” a 12part documentary telling Philadelphia’s story through the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. Urban Archives opened at Temple in 1967 and aims to document Philadephia and its growth through old film footage
and 100 photographic collections. Urban Archives is also a smaller unit of the recently renamed Special Collections Research Center. Kohl said the goal is to categorize and make the film accessible to the public. “I am a film preservationist, so basically, either we have this kind of schedule where we’re very slowly chipping away at all this film that will eventually one day be transferred and fully restored and hopefully one day be put on a website,” he said. Kohl, who plans to graduate in May, got the job by accident. He walked in looking for a picture and left with employment. His boss John Pettit, assistant archivist, hired him. A film and urban studies double major when he was an undergrad, Pettit said he saw a lot of himself in Kohl. “His background made him
a great candidate, and so far the work he’s done has really paid off,” Pettit said. “He’s an incredibly tireless worker.” But meeting Pettit and getting the job at the Special Collections Research Center may be the luckiest thing that’s ever happened to Kohl. Being at what he calls the “hub of all the Philadelphia journalism archives,” the producers of “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” came to Urban Archives not only looking for footage, but a team member as well. With his experience in film preservation, film arts and history, Kohl was the perfect man for the job. “First and foremost, I’m a history and film major, and I think it’s the best kind of marriage between those two things,” Jon Kohl, a film and media arts and history double major, has worked at Paley’s Urban he said. Archives since January 2011. The student uses his knowledge of archival footage in his position as an assistant producer and researcher of a Philadelphia documentary. | STEVE REITZ TTN
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Eclectic mix Cayetana welcomed in DIY scene of artists to rock NoLibs
Punk sweethearts talk about their December demo, show experiences and future full-length. CARA STEFCHAK Managing Editor
Three self-proclaimed high-kicking, boisterous PhilaWXPN is presenting a winter musical festival delphia ladies found something in common with a downtempo, at The Fire starting today, Feb. 12. dub, funk-master DJ – their erend T.J. McGlinchey, Nate KYLE NOONE band name. Skiles Band featuring Slowy The Temple News Vocalist-guitarist Augusta and The Boats, Brad Hinton Koch, bassist Allegra Anka and The 2013 Northern Liber- Band, Swedeland, Dan Collins, drummer Kelly Olsen came toties Winter Music Festival will Small Houses, John Francis and gether in September 2011 to be held today, Feb. 12 to Feb. special guest Ben Arnold. form the indie-punk band CayThe night will allow for 16. The festival will take place etano. However, shortly after, at The Fire on West Girard Av- some of Philadelphia’s best they had to switch their band songwriters to honor another enue. name for legal reasons because This will be the ninth annu- songwriter who is sometimes it mirrored that of an already esal festival and will include more underrated. tablished Greek DJ. They adapt“I think he’s just one of than 30 artists, ranging a broad ed the feminine A and continued those songwriters I like withmusical spectrum. under the name Cayetana, a out really being The diverse female band that sounds like – aware of how lineup allows a well, they’re still trying to figure intensely awenumber of musithat out. some his work cal styles to be “People say we sound like is” McGlinchey showcased and things I don’t understand,” said of Morrigives music fans Koch said. “Hey, Kelly, how son. around the city would you describe our sound?” We d n e s a reason to con“Our sound?” Olsen, 29, of day’s lineup vene in Northern South Philly said from behind consists of AsLiberties. the counter of South Fourth bury Park duo “This festiStreet’s Milk & Honey Café, Brick+Mortar, val is an opportuwhich she manages. “Gangnam as well as Ruby nity for Northern Style.” the Hatchet, Liberties to host “Yeah, put that one in there. Revolution, a great show,” Sheryl Crow, too,” Koch, 24, Jay Purdy / the extraordinaires I Love You, Jay Purdy, lead also of South Philly said. singer Swear and singer of festiCayetana has garnered the Shake, City val performers, The Extraordiattention of the Philly punk naires, said. “I like to imagine Rain, and Black Stars. scene with a three-track demo American Babies will be it as a gala event, where dignithey self-released in Decemtaries from West Philly, South taking the stage Thursday night, ber 2012. Featuring the songs Philly, Center City and beyond as well as The Fleeting Ends, “South Philly,” “Mountain are invited to tour the grounds, Ross Bellenoit, Joe D’Amico Kids” and “Ella,” the demo has enjoy a beverage and talk mu- Band, and Mike Mizwinski of been making its way onto webMiZ. Fans can expect to see sic.” sites including Punknews and If The local radio station some great guitar work all night. You Make It, as well as receiv“Thursday is the night if presenting the festival, 88.5 ing kudos from The Menzingers you’re into guitar players, with WXPN, is known for hosting vocalist-guitarist, Tom May. area music events including its folks like Ross Bellenoit, Brad “They’ve jumped head first annual XPoNential Music Festi- Hinton, Tom Hamilton and with their clothes on into the Mike Miz playing in their reval held in July. pool at the raging party that is The Festival will kick off spective bands,” Joe D’Amico the Philadelphia punk scene,” tonight with a tribute to Van May wrote of the ladies, who WXPN PAGE 11 Morrison that includes Revstarted playing their instruments
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imagine it as a gala event, where dignitaries...are invited to tour the grounds, enjoy a beverage and talk music.
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(Left to right) Bassist Allegra Anka, drummer Kelly Olsen and singer-guitarist Augusta Koch sit in Milk & Honey Café on South Fourth Street. Cayetana self-released a demo in December 2012, which has been well-received by the DIY scene. |CARA STEFCHAK TTN around the same time as the band’s formation. “The contemplative and sometimes poignant lyrics delivered in a sincere and oft-urgent croon are perfectly complemented with a locked-in rhythm section comprising of melodious bass lines and driven, hoppy work on the skins.” Anka and Olsen met at The
State University of New York at Oswego where they played in a joke hardcore band called Meat Grinder that Olsen said she “wouldn’t call music.” “I had my bass and bass amp because I tried to start stuff in New York with people, so I had fiddled on a lot of different instruments, but nothing ever
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Ecce Shnak, featuring Temple students, prides itself on crowd interaction during shows. ARTSandENTERTAINMENT@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM
panned out, so when I came to Philly I wanted to start a band and play music,” Anka, 26, of West Philly, said. “I put a bug in [Olsen’s] ear and we just went from there.” The two met Koch, who made the move to Philly a year
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FLIRTY FILMS, p. 13
Columnist Joey Cranney picks his Top 10 movies to watch on a date with that special someone.
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Urban Archives experience lands student film job URBAN PAGE 9
So far, he has assisted on the third part of the documentary and plans to continue until the 12th is released, which is expected in 2015. The job has had its share of ups and downs, Kohl said. At times, Kohl digs through footage caked with 50 years of dust on its reel, and it is his job to make sure he is able to remove the debris without damaging its contents. But with struggle comes reward. “The most fun part was the people who were brought in,” he said. Kohl had the opportunity to meet the people brought in for the interviews, which varied greatly. One day, he met a North Philadelphia woman who lived during the 1964 Columbia Avenue Riots, which took place on what is now Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Another day, Kohl had the opportunity to meet Mayor Michael Nutter. The film process itself is not difficult, Kohl said, because right now the documentary centers on piecing together interviews with old collected footage gathered from places like Philadelphia City Archives, City Planning Commission, the Library of Congress and, of course, the Special Collections Research Center and Urban Archives. The Special Collections Research Center may be one of the biggest storage places of older film in the city, especially considering it tripled in size
when the Philadelphia Inquirer gave its old footage to the center during the newspaper’s move this past summer, Kohl said. “Actually, Temple has become a repository for the journalistic history of Philadelphia,” he said. Uncovering dust was but one aspect that prepared Kohl for working for “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.” “It’s a weird privilege, because this footage gets deported and thrown into a can, and no one sees it for 30 or 40 years,” he said. “You’re the first person to see this footage for a very long time. It’s a rediscovery process.” And rediscovery it is – packed away on the shelves sits old, mundane footage in a neglected box labeled “BEATLES,” which holds footage of a concert held right here in Philadelphia, Kohl said. Another part of Kohl’s job is to assist history making productions in finding footage. Recently, he worked with a woman looking for images of Temple alumnus Bill Cosby for an upcoming documentary. “Urban Archives was my introduction to public history,” Kohl said. “‘Philadelphia: The Great Experiment’ introduced me to documentary, really. And just through these experiences I think [I] realized that’s what I like to do most – to make history public and easily accessible and to present history in ways that can really inform people.”
Jon Kohl operates the reels in Urban Archives. Kohl’s job includes sifting through boxes of film containing footage that no one has seen in decades. He once discovered footage from a Beatles concert in Philadelphia. | STEVE REITZ TTN Kohl is not only using his current employment at Urban Archives to propel his career but his education as well. Finding footage categorized as the “atomic destruction of Philadelphia” inspired him to make his thesis and final film project about the Cold War as it happened in Philadelphia. Temple has tools lurking all around its campus for students to take advantage of to pursue
their career, but it seems Kohl may be one of the few that discovered Urban Archives, what Kohl thinks is as rare of a gem as the film it preserves. “The whole digital age we live in, nobody really wants to be bothered with a roll of film, because we have iPads, iPhones. Urban Archives is a treasure chest of physical materials,” Kohl said. “I’m not too sure that people have really taken advan-
tage of it and are willing to respect that.” Nonetheless, Kohl is confident that Urban Archives will continue to grow, with hopes that it’ll help other students just like him. From helping companies with historical, non-fiction books to art events in the city, and now helping with “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment,” the growth is surely visible. “It’s growing, it’s re-
ally growing,” he said. “And I think in 10 years it could be the Philadelphia Media Archive, or something like that.” To watch “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment,” visit HistoryofPhilly.com. Patricia Madej can be reached at email@example.com.
Group plans tour, full-length Valentine’s Day options for singles and couples alike CAYETANA PAGE 9
Regardless of your relationship status or personal stance on Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of event options throughout Philadelphia. TAYLOR FARNSWORTH The Temple News
Cayetana’s demo was featured on If You Make It. The band hopes to tour outside Philly this summer and release a full-length album this year. | CARA STEFCHAK TTN and a half ago, at a party where the three talked about forming a band. Koch said she was strictly a shower singer whose only band experience came from a ska band she played in during high school called The Blue Bananas. She used YouTube and the help of musically-talented friends to learn guitar basics. “I think it was kind of cool that we all started at the same level,” Koch, a server at Monk’s Café, said. “I had always wanted to play guitar and had started but would get really frustrated and stop, but having a goal – I always wanted to be in a girl band – was perfect inspiration to actually do it.” “The first practice, I thought we would just get together and make a bunch of noise and maybe never do it again, but we wrote some stuff that we still use,” said Anka, who works at a medical clinic. “We clicked right away – it was awesome.” All three said they’re inspired by female musicians, whom they’ve seen a lot more of in the DIY scene. “I don’t care what kind of music it is or what level of drum playing they’re at, but every woman I’ve ever seen play the drums I’ve always been impressed with,” Olsen said. “Maybe because I know I have a hard time at it sometimes, but
the second I see any other girl play the drums it makes me want to go home and practice more.” The band recorded its demo in approximately 10 hours, in what Anka described as a mostly “painless” process sans Koch eating an entire pizza before having to sing and feeling nauseous. “We had no idea what we were doing – it’s a totally different process because it’s not like playing a show or practicing because everyone is on their own, so it made for some awkward goofiness, but it was fun,” Koch said. “I didn’t think the demo was going to happen in such a positive way. I didn’t really think much about it, I guess.” “We never expected any kind of reaction out of anybody,” Anka said. “We put it online so that our friends could hear it.” Cayetana has been playing shows in Philly, and the members said they hope to start lining up tour spots elsewhere for this summer, as well as continuing work on their full-length album, which they hope to release this year. “We’re really excited about writing a full-length and focusing on writing musically and structurally, which is something we didn’t really think about until this demo came out,” Anka
said. “We’re focusing on the whole point of this, which is the three of us making music.” Cayetana’s next show is Sunday, Feb. 17, with Modern Baseball, Smoother, Gunk and Marietta at The Fire on West Girard Avenue, the venue where the band had one of its first shows in September 2012 with Catnaps and Candy Hearts. Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee asked the ladies to play her record release show for “Cerulean Salt” on March 1 at The Golden Tea House. “I get really nervous [playing live], but it’s really fun but really nerve-wracking and I make stupid jokes and [Olsen] just smiles all the time,” Koch said. “Musically we’re getting stronger for sure – trying to noodle out. [Olsen] is getting crazy on the drums – literally – she’s beating them up.” “I’m blushing just thinking about it,” Olsen said, who admits her brain tends to shut off once she starts playing a show. “There’s a bit of feeling kind of on the spot, but I think we’re getting better with rolling with the punches if something goes wrong.” Cara Stefchak can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @CaraStefchak.
Love is in the air, Philadelphia. Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia offers more than just the typical Valentine’s Day events of fancy dinners for couples and the bar scene for singles. Opportunities for both single and coupled Philadelphians alike allow everyone to experience culture and love throughout the city. With Love Park being a Philadelphia landmark, Valentine’s Day in the city is always an occasion to be celebrated for either Brotherly Love or for more romantic affairs. Although there are always the options of fine dining dinner dates, there are plenty of more options to expand the horizon of what is to be expected for Valentine’s Day from either a sweetheart or friend.
EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY
For a seemingly morbid look on love for Valentine’s Day, Eastern State Penitentiary is hosting a Valentine’s Day event – “Valentine’s Day Love Stories.” This event at the penitentiary highlights romance, something not often thought about inside the walls of the penitentiary. “Valentine’s Day Love Stories” highlights the lives of Elizabeth Velora Elwell and Albert Green Jackson, two inmates who found themselves falling in love at the penitentiary in 1862, secretly meeting in the cold cellar of the penitentiary during their stay. Although an atypical Valentine’s Day location, the penitentiary promotes the idea that love can be found anywhere.
CLAY STUDIO DATE NIGHT
The Clay Studio on Second Street offers a more creative approach to the holiday with its “Valentine’s Date Nights,” from Feb. 14-17, offering the option for couples to learn to craft something out of clay while having the option to enjoy champagne, wine, chocolate and other goodies during their clay date.
MAGIC GARDENS TOURS
Other creative Valentine’s Day date options include candlelit tours of the Magic Gardens for $12, where attendees will not only get a private tour of the Magic Gardens, but will also have the opportunity to hear creator of the Magic Gardens’ Isaiah Zagar’s story of his wife’s influence on his art, specifically the Magic Gardens.
LOVE LETTER TRAIN TOUR
Another seemingly unexpected place for love is the Market-Frankford El train where Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program will lead the “Love Letter Train Tour.” Attendees will have the opportunity to see love-inspired murals throughout the city.
NIGHT SKIES IN THE OBSERVATORY
For a more scientific take on the holiday, the Franklin Institute is offering its “Night Skies in the Observatory” event that highlights stargazing and is led by Derrick Pitts, the institute’s chief astronomer.
Although Valentine’s Day is most thought of as a holiday for couples, the “Puppy Love” Valentine’s party is an event that gives an option for pet owners to “bring the one you truly love” to an event catered to “man’s best friend.” The event
will be hosted by Emmy winner and daughter of the late Drexel president, Maria Papadakis, and will create an environment and activities suitable for both humans and their dog companions. Attendees of the event may either bring their own dogs or will be paired up with a dog looking for a date. Proceeds of this event will benefit the Pennsylvania SPCA.
SINGLE AND READY TO MINGLE
There are plenty of options for coupled Philadelphians, but for those who are not pro-Valentine’s Day, there are events such as the “Cupid is Stupid” anti-Valentine’s Day party at the Field House on Filbert Street. More than 500 single people from throughout the city are expected to attend to mix and mingle at this 21-plus event. The party will offer music, drinks, dancing, prizes and the chance to meet your future sweetheart.
DOWN & DERBY ROLLER DISCO
Another option for anyone single on Valentine’s Day is the “Down & Derby Roller Disco,” hosted at The Blockley, which will be converted into a roller rink for the night. The event, which is a roller disco, offers old-fashioned skating for couples or singles looking to meet their match. At the event, the dress code is very specific. “Knee high tube socks, neon tanktops, headbands, wristbands, Fros and Flattops” for guys and “thighs of steel on two inch wheels, with striped short shorts to seal the deal” for girls. Philadelphia has tons of options for singles and couples alike for this Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. Taylor Farnsworth can be reached at email@example.com.
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WXPN festival lineup offers artist variety WXPN PAGE 9 of Joe D’Amico Band said. Prominent Philadelphia MC, Reef the Lost Cauze will headline Friday night of the festival, bringing his raw style of hip hop to Northern Liberties. “[It’s] a very hectic scene. I don’t really do perfection well,” Reef the Lost Cauze said of his performances. “My set has always been controlled chaos.” Bok Nero, Rone, Chalk & The Beige Americans, Sammy Dimes, and Jahn Q. Publaq are also scheduled to perform Friday night. Saturday’s lineup will feature Philadelphia’s own, The
Extraordinaires. Conversations With Enemies, Anjuli Josephine, Quilt, Tinmouth, and OhBree are also scheduled to perform. The night will also serve as Anjuli Josephine’s release party for her new EP. Artists said that the festival will bring exposure from new fans and bring different types of music and people together in the Philadelphia music scene. “The idea that people have to stick in one circle or one scene so to speak is kind of eliminated,” Reef the Lost Cauze said. “It makes for dif-
ferent audiences and different experiences. That is just something that this festival does. “It brings different bands and fans together,” D’Amico said. Many artists on the bill are friends and collaborators, familiar with each other from performing around the city. “I’ve known most of these guys for years,” McGlinchey said. “It’s fun when we all get to be in the same room playing tunes that we all can sing along to.” Artists said The Fire is the prefect venue for the event.
“When The Fire is full to the brim with people it really comes to life,” Purdy said. “There’s something about the geometry of that room. I almost wish they’d install a chandelier in that place that was safe to swing from, because at around 1 a.m. that starts sounding like a really good idea.” As well as having a great venue, the festival is known to feature some of the best lineups around. “The Fire’s Winter Music Festival is one of a number of cool things they do each year,” D’Amico said. “They usu-
ally hand pick some of the best bands and put some great bills together for it.” Purdy, who has played the festival in the past, said this year’s lineup is as strong as ever. “We’re honored to be part of it,” Purdy said. The festival will serve as a showcase for local talent and a chance for fans, new and old, to take part in the music, including performers themselves. “I know there’s a lot of bands that I’ve never seen or I’ve never heard of that I plan on checking out,” Reef the Lost
Cauze said. Speaking of what can be expected from the festival: “Amazing local talent performing songs you might not be aware of how much you love, or you might already know, either way, great music,” McGlinchey said. Tickets range from $8-$10 and are available at www.iourecords.com. All shows are 21plus. Kyle Noone can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ecce Shnak The experimental group featuring four Temple students is pushing boundaries, pressing buttons and begging the crowd to join in on the fun. JENELLE JANCI A&E Editor David Roush begins writing furiously on a chalkboard. His etchings read, “Fast…Loud.” Roush turns around, laughs and points to his note. “This is our music,” he said. Two words seem to vastly underplay the variety of sounds Ecce Shnak provides. Roush, the band’s vocalist-guitarist, shows no loyalty to a particular vocal style, performing everything from a harsh scream to rap to delicate, skilled falsetto. Roush, along with trumpet and synthesizer player John Slavin, bassist Michael Corso, keyboardist-guitarist Jordan Ryan, keyboardist Drake Tyler and drummer Bill Ricci make up the experimental band Ecce Shnak. Four of the six members are current Temple students. Roush studies classical guitar performance; Slavin, jazz music education; Ryan, jazz performance; and Ricci, biology. “We were all nerd music students at Temple,” Roush said. “I had a music history class with [Slavin], and I saw [Ryan] kick a-- at keyboard.” The band, having been together for a little more than a year, is currently working on recording a three-song EP with Kyle Pulley of local Philly band Dangerous Ponies. The band was scheduled to play Connie’s Ric-Rac on Feb. 8, but the show was canceled due to inclement weather. The band’s next live performance will be a show organized by Philly Socialists on March 21 at The Fire. The band is excited about the show being 18 and over. “It’s annoying – I remember being under 21 and having to sneak in to the venue or just being so bummed I couldn’t get in,” Slavin said. “[We are trying to do more 18-plus shows], and house shows are a great way to do that, and luckily The Fire is setting up 18-plus shows now.” THE TEMPLE NEWS:
[From left] Jordan Ryan, Michael Corso, John Slavin, and David Roush are four of the six members of the experimental band Ecce Shnak. Ryan, Slavin, Roush and drummer Bill Ricci are all current students. | CHRIS MONTGOMERY TTN Are you guys missing a member? JOHN SLAVIN: We had a lady that was with us for the beginning of the band. Then, we didn’t have a lady for a couple of gigs, and the band sort of stopped playing for a little while over the summer. I was in Ghana, [Ricci] was hiking everywhere, [Tyler] was in India, [Ryan] was in York, Pa., [Corso] was in Philly, [Roush] was in Philly. But we were all like, doing different stuff. We came back, tried out a different lady – she played with us at Johnny Brenda’s. We’re still thinking about it. TTN: What’s the energy like sharing the stage with so many people at once? DAVID ROUSH: We try to flirt with each other. [Ryan] and [Slavin] – when they flirt, the music kicks a--. When their relationship grows cold, the music starts to get timid and barren
– emotionally barren. One thing that’s really important is goofing with the audience. If someone is particularly interested or responsive, you don’t want to leave that person sitting there, not hanging with you. So goof with them, try to get them on stage, joke with them – that’s how you keep the [show] alive. JS: [Roush] and I have talked multiple times about how we’re tired of going to shows and playing shows where people aren’t dancing or involved. They just sort of stand there with their pint glass in the back. Which is fine, to go out and want to drink and have fun and see a good band, but we aim to try to get people involved in the set as equally as we are involved with each other. TTN: I was going to call you guys out on that, because you talk up your live performances a lot on your BandCamp profile.
DR: Does it sound arrogant? TTN: It sounds like you’re going to bring it. It sounds confident enough that it warrants an interview question. So, what can someone expect from your live performance? JR: Sweat. BILL RICCI: Expect to be offended. JS: I’d say, expect to at moments feel borderline uncomfortable. DR: If you feel OK, let us tickle you a little bit. And tickle us back, as long as you don’t jump on our stuff. We had a really bad experience where this not nice boy jumped on our art project that we made that symbolized our vitality and our friendship...and this [guy] just jumped up and down on top of it. Expect to play, have the chance to play and be a little spooked. Let yourself be tickled and tickle us back. We are the
tickle monsters. TTN: Who writes the songs? DR: I write most of them, but we are going to try to write more as a band. TTN: When you’re writing songs, where do you draw inspiration from? DR: My dear, dear friends are the No. 1 inspiration of my writing – relationships. My study of classical guitar jumps in a little bit – nothing profound, but little jokes, or I learn a chord or two from it. All of my friends who are musicians influence the sh-- out of me. JS: Outside of his compositions, what we all bring in – I know everyone has different musical backgrounds that influence the way his songs end up coming together as well. Me, specifically, I end up bringing in sounds I’ve heard from bands around Philly that we’re friends with – specifically Dan-
gerous Ponies, who have been incredibly kind to us and gave us a ridiculous first gig that we couldn’t have asked for a better one. Rexedog, Shark Tape – a bunch of different bands. TTN: The lyrics are pretty humorous in a lot of the band’s songs. What’s the benefit of making your audience laugh along with getting them to dance? DR: Well, I think it allows them to take some of the insults and hits that might be in there a little bit more lightly. I need to get voice lessons – I like my voice, but I need to be able to really sing. But one really good thing about me with my vocals that I’m proud of is when you’re at a show and you understand a lyric or two in the din of a live performance, and it makes you laugh, it immediately identifies you with whoever is performing. Lyrics to me are so important. TTN: What’s the story behind the album cover for “Jordan, You Have Woman in Your Beard?” [The album cover features Roush in only his underwear posing on a roof with a bedazzled guitar at his side.] DR: A couple of years ago, my friend Deborah and I were playing around on a roof in New York City, and I took my pants and shirt off. She is a very fun photographer, and it was a cool, weird, sunny, but cloudy, day. Then I started flirting with this guitar that my friend, this gorgeous French lady named Elise, made with me. It was just a flirty, sexy, goofy time with this here guitar that I try to dink around with when I’m waking up too early in the morning on a Tuesday. Jenelle Janci can be reached at email@example.com. To watch Ecee Shnak perform “Shadows Grow Fangs” visit temple-news.com/multimedia.
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VALENTINE’S PARTNER YOGA AND THAI MASSAGE WORKSHOP / SATURDAY, FEB. 16 / 3 P.M.-5P.M. / $70 / MAHA YOGA / 1700 SANSOM ST. Yoga isn’t just a personal journey or workout anymore – join your special someone or loved one in a yoga workshop Valentine’s Day weekend. Maha Yoga is offering a chance to practice and teach those of the community how to
practice partner-yoga. Valentine’s Day weekend will be the perfect opportunity to join in this fun practice of partner-yoga, as well as having a Thai massage workshop incorporated into the practice. There will be other Valentine’s Day indulgences, such as chocolate treats, found at the workshop. Justicia DeClue is the co-owner and lead teacher of the studio and is very excited about this event taking place after years of having it at Maha Yoga. Although DeClue is excited about the romantic connection that partner yoga can give, she is also insistent that it is not just for couples. “I love connecting with a
partner, not just romantic partner,” DeClue said. “Also, I’ve tried this with my mom, and that’s really cool. She’s older and not as confident, so it’s a cool way to support someone else who may not have been comfortable on their own.” People of all different levels of yoga are encouraged to practice together. Not only will there be lessons for more advanced yogis but simple lessons for beginners as well, so everybody can stay within their comfort zone, but can also reach out of it if they would like. Yoga has been increasingly known to be a practice that not only exercises the body, but the mind as well with dif-
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ferent life lessons incorporated. Partner yoga teaches much more than single lessons, but more about lessons involving others. “It’s about the conversation and learning to give and receive,” DeClue said. “Most people have a natural inclination to one or the other, helping and giving or the opposite. You can work on which one isn’t natural, and create an even exchange. Partner yoga builds trust between partners.” Building trust between partners is essential for everyday relationships, and building trust in a different way than verbal communication can be what makes a relationship grow stronger.
With yoga becoming increasingly popular in Philadelphia and among college students, this can be a perfectly unique date with that special someone. These types of workshops and activities stray away from the usual dinner and a movie. Registration costs $70 per
couple. Maha Yoga will host the event at its Center City studio on 1700 Sansom St. at 3 p.m. on Feb.16.
NICOLE BRIDAL TRUNK SHOW / JAN. 16-FEB. 23 / 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. / NICOLE BRIDAL AND FORMAL SHOPPE / 261 YORK ROAD, JENKINTOWN, PA. / THE NICOLE BRIDAL SHOP The trunk show is a much anticipated bridal show, not only for those who are getting married in the near future, but those interested in wedding planning. Take a family member who may be in the midst of wedding planning for an enjoyable afternoon.
DOUG MAIN AND THE CITY FOLK CONCERT / SATURDAY, FEB. 16 / 7 P.M. / FREE / CIRCLE OF HOPE / 1125 S. BROAD ST.
Indie folk music has recently taken a turn in the industry, proving to be a favorite among students from all over the country. The indie folk group Doug Main and the City Folk is coming to Philadelphia for a free concert. With an incredible amount of instruments, varying from the cello to the accordion to the violin, this Michigan-native band has a unique sound that is sure to be accepted in Philadelphia.
LIFE, LEGEND AND THE LANDSCAPE IN JAPANESE PRINTS / JAN. 7-APRIL 28 / LIBRARY HOURS / FREE / PARKWAY CENTRAL LIBRARY / 1901 VINE ST. Travel to a different world of Japanese culture through rarely seen prints that will be displayed in the Parkway Central Library. Not only are these represented from prints, but from books as well. The beautifully detailed plants and landscapes depicted in the art are worth the trip. -Chelsea Finn
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Watch movies, don’t make Spiderman flicks weave distinctly moves, on Valentine’s Day different webs JOEY CRANNEY Honorable Mention
Cranney gives his top picks for movies to watch – and pay attention to – on a date.
hen I was a junior in high school, I dated a girl who hadn’t seen The Sixth Sense. What’s worse, she didn’t know the ending. After we finally watched it together, her crazed expression of disbelief at the film’s stunning conclusion matched Bruce Willis’ as he suddenly discovers his ghoulish nature. Being with her as she experienced the movie for the first time must have been equally as satisfying as my own first viewing, for which I was 7 years old. Whether that feeling of satisfaction continued after the movie ended, I cannot comment. I can say that watching The Sixth Sense with my then-girlfriend who hadn’t seen it before has created a much more fond memory than whatever canoodling followed after the credits rolled. Watching movies with your significant other can mean so
much more than a ploy to make a move on the couch in your mom’s basement. When done correctly, it can be an engaging and intimate experience. Maybe I’m a romantic. Maybe I’m a movie nerd. Maybe I don’t have the libido of some of my male counterparts. But in every relationship I’ve been in, I’ve always valued the ability to watch movies while laying on the couch with someone as one of the greatest benefits of having a girlfriend, even without the fooling around. Fortunately, I’ve been in relationships in which my girlfriend(s) shared my appreciation – for the most part, I think – for movie-watching without the pretense of what might happen during a lull in the action. The girlfriend whom I’ve had the longest relationship with – close to two years – was particularly on an even keel with me when it came to watching movies together. Most of our date nights consisted of either going to the movie theater or watching movies together at home. I can’t recall a single instance in which either of us interrupted a movie we were watching to make a move. Let the movie end, then do what you will. That was kind of an unwritten rule of our relationship. In the interest of further examination of the subject, I reached out to her to ask her if she always understood that rule. She articulated what we – and most couples, for that matter – never really spoke of. “When you watch a movie alone with someone, there are moments of electricity between the two of you during that viewing experience that you may not verbalize, since you’re wrapped up in the film,” she sent in a text. “But when the movie ends,
those electric moments still hang in the air and often lead to intimacy.” That sounds about right. “Sorry for making you make out with me during Shaun of the Dead that one time when I knew you actually wanted to watch the movie,” she added. Oh yeah. That happened. Random acts of passion aside, we had a healthy run of platonic movie nights throughout our relationship. Our first Valentine’s Day together, we weren’t actually together. We were still at a stage where we knew something was going to happen, but it hadn’t happened yet. We watched “No Country For Old Men” together at her house, on separate couches, if I recall correctly. Nothing happened. While some may look at that Valentine’s Day as a failure, couples on this upcoming Valentine’s Day would do well to take a note from our genuinenatured desire to be with each other on the year’s most romantic day. Don’t overdo it, enjoy each other’s company and choose from these movies to watch together, hopefully on the same couch.
mantic. “The Wedding Singer” however, breaks the mold. It’s a warm-hearted story of guy meets girl, guy falls in love, girl has boyfriend, guy plays song on airplane, guy kisses girl, everyone’s happy.
A modern-day love fantasy set in the romance capitol of the world, “Midnight in Paris” is a date-night movie dream come true. The main character – played by Owen Wilson – is literally transported into the romantic era of the 1920s, where he falls in love with Pablo Picasso’s mistress. It’s a love story 100 years in the making.
5. THE PRINCESS BRIDE
Chicks dig penguins, man. Few of my movie-watching escapades with girls has brought about as much sheer astonishment as experiencing the brutal reality of an emperor penguin and their plight to save the ones they love.
“Adventureland” is one of the more relatable love stories for the college-aged audience in recent memory. Before he was channeling Mark Zuckerberg, Jesse Eisenberg plays James Brennan, a nerdy kid who falls in love with the cool girl at his summer job at a 1980s amusement park. A truly great summer romance movie.
6. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
10. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
9. THE WEDDING SINGER
Somewhat of a cult romantic comedy from the 1980s, “The Princess Bride” is nonetheless an epic of a love story that feels like it would have been welcomed in any decade. Westley’s dangerous journey to rescue princess Buttercup carries a kind of familiarity to classic fairy tales that few movies can boast.
4. GOOD WILL HUNTING
Though its known as the tale of a genius born into unfortunate circumstances, “Good Will Hunting” is actually a love story hidden behind that complex and original idea. The theme is that life’s purpose, for anyone – even a mathematical prodigy, is to find love.
3. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
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“It’s a Wonderful Life” usually gets played seasonally around Christmastime, but its messages about family, friendship and love should be welcomed in households year round. Every relationship in the world can learn a thing or two from George Bailey and Mary Hatch.
I could have included at least five Pixar movies on this list, but “Up” stands out because of the imaginative and mature way it tells the story of Carl and Ellie, lifetime lovers who become separated by death. The montage of their life – a four-and-a-half minute masterful piece of filmmaking – is one of the greatest scenes in romance history.
1. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” is the greatest love story of our time because it’s the most realistic, even with all of the futuristic-style memory erasing. As Joel and Clementine choose to stay together even after seeing all of the horrible things that will happen, “Eternal Sunshine” gives every couple who watches it hope.
The Truman Show, Ocean’s 11, Rocky.
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“Little Miss Sunshine” has something for everyone. Overall, it’s a depressing look at the materialistic nature of modern society – yet manages to maintain a feeling of lightheartedness thanks to its outstanding cast.
I wanted to stray away from picking Adam Sandler romantic comedies. While they’re usually pretty funny, they’re rarely ro-
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Date-night favorites I haven’t seen – Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, Say Anything. Joey Cranney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MATT KIRK Captain Kirk
With “Spider-Man” starring Tobey Maguire as your perfect poor guy Parker, Kirsten Dunst as the beautiful Watson and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn this movie is tough to top in terms of star power. Despite surprising performances from Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dennis Leary and especially Martin Sheen in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” a host of independently great and well casted actors including James Franco, J.K. Simmons and Rosemary Harris make “SpiderMan” impossible to catch in this category.
Kirk compares 2002’s “SpiderMan” with 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.” PLOT
ave you ever wanted to escape your life for a day and switch places with someone else – someone who can do the things you can’t? I think we all have, which is what makes the mild-mannered Peter Parker’s transition into the cool and cocky Spider-Man the ultimate inspiration. Parker: The punching bag, the loser, the geek, the poor kid, the unlucky one – we’ve all felt like him at some point. So when Stan Lee’s story of lowly high schooler Parker’s transformation into New York’s brave new hero finally made it to theaters in 2002, the movie took off. With a near-perfect cast, new high-swinging effects and an amazing symphony of suspenseful music, “Spider-Man” took the summer by storm. The picture had it all from a caged wrestling match, to high-tech gliders, to an inverted kiss that caught every couple’s imagination. The record-breaking box office numbers spurred Marvel into a full commitment to telling Spider-Man’s journeys and the stories of other Marvel heroes, which currently dominate cinema’s summer months and keep comic lovers like me wanting more. The sequel, “Spider-Man 2,” kept up the pace in 2004 and lead into highly anticipated end to the trilogy in 2007. But the third and final film of the series left moviegoers like me utterly disappointed. Despite discouraging reviews, “Spider-Man 3” still went on to top the box office in 2007, making it a success in the financial sense at least. Overall, the trilogy was incredibly popular, as it should be, and was still prevalent enough to leave movie buffs bewildered when news surfaced of another Spider-Man film set to premier in 2012. As a proud owner of “Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man 2” and tolerant owner of “Spiderman 3” – it was a gift – I was quick to write off the movie upon seeing the trailer. My first thoughts were: Why make one now? It can’t possibly compare to “SpiderMan.” James Franco is too good-looking to be Parker, too cocky. Where’s Mary Jane Watson? It’s only being made because it’ll make money no matter how bad it is. I didn’t see it in theaters, and I wasn’t going to at all until recent reviews from friends encouraged me. So after seeing the film, I have to say, I was completely wrong, and pleasantly surprised by “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Selecting a slightly younger cast, a different main villain, romantic interest and explanation for Spidey’s webs, “The Amazing Spider-Man” managed to separate itself far enough from the previous rendition to be appreciated in its own right. By the end of the movie only one question remained:
The plots of both SpiderMan films were well written and led to many jump-off-of-yourcouch moments. However, it becomes apparent when watching them back-to-back that the original Spider-Man’s plot does a much better job with the development of Parker and the beginnings of his heroic career. While “The Amazing SpiderMan” sticks closer to the comic’s tale in this regard, the story develops very quickly – almost as if it can’t wait to get to the action.
When it came to the action, the choice of villain and advancement of special effects truly separate “The Amazing Spider-Man” from its predecessor. With four separate battles between Spidey and the Lizard, you get a great look at the terrifying monster set on a personal vendetta. The action is smoother, creative and at times comical, truly a fun ride. While the action in the original SpiderMan was stellar, battles with the Green Goblin were brought down by his ridiculous costume design. If you haven’t seen “The Amazing Spider-Man” and liked the first trilogy, you should get on that. The tale of Parker is truly one that should be told and retold – even if only five years apart. No matter which series you embrace, the characters will implore you to look within yourself and discover the kind of person you should be. When it comes to these films, which is better is really a matter of personal opinion, so I’ll tell you, the original “Spider-Man” is better. Both recognized that inheriting the power of Spider-Man’s story comes with a responsibility to getting right. The ending scene of “Spider-Man” takes you on a victorious ride with Spider-Man as he beautifully swings through New York from skyscraper to skyscraper, aweing audiences and making them want to return for the sequel, or anything Marvel put its name to. Ultimately, Marvel’s mass production of superhero films and the establishment of its brand are the most important things to happen to comic-based movies – and “Spider-Man” marks the beginning of this. Matt Kirk can be reached at email@example.com.
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here’s a talent that some lucky homosexuals have. Some are born with it. Some have to struggle and develop it after years of hard work. It’s a talent that one can use in all facets of life, from making friends to getting ahead at work to meeting someone special. It’s called “gaydar.” Gaydar, as some of you may know, is the ability to spot another gay person long before the first reference to Lady Gaga lyrics or “The L Word.” For decades, people have been able to rely on a simple glance at hair or clothes to determine whether or not someone played for their team. A trend has emerged in the last few years, however, and it has put everyone’s gaydar on the fritz: hipsters. Hipsters have ruined plenty of great things. We all know that. We have to drink PBR at parties even though nobody likes it. Sorry, photojournalism majors, but the time and money you’ve spent on a college education will be for naught because Instagram just released a brand new filter. Everyone assumes my thick black-framed glasses are fake, when really I picked
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out these frames when I was 14 years old and they are very necessary for my astigmatism and extreme near-sightedness. But now, hipsters have ruined gaydar. There’s a game that my friends and I like to play while at a party, hanging out around Main Campus or walking around the city. It’s a game that hones both your eye for fashion and your gaydar. I call it: “Gay or Hipster?” As you see immaculately dressed people with alternative hairstyles, you try to figure out if they are gay or just a hipster. The premise may be simple enough, but it’s harder than it seems. A boy wearing skinny jeans with a dress shirt, cardigan and bow tie? A girl wearing combat boots, a flannel shirt and a slouchy beanie? Two girls in sundresses having a picnic in Rittenhouse Square? All of these could go either way. My friend, Jared Manders, is pretty confident in his gaydar, claiming to have 90 percent accuracy. He bases it mostly on physicality and mannerisms, although he couldn’t really tell you what those are exactly. “I can’t really explain it,” Manders, a sophomore theater major, said. “There’s almost always a hint of gayness. I don’t want to say femininity because it’s not that. It’s just gay mannerisms.” While style used to factor into it, Manders said that it no longer works since coming to Temple where, he said, “Everyone dresses hipster chic.” The fact is hipster style is all about being just out of mainstream – which is something that gay people know quite a bit
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about. Hipster style is an evolution of gay style. We knew nothing about “manscaping” before “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Tegan and Sara were rocking the mullets before that girl who works at the bike shop did while Ellen DeGeneres and k.d. lang wore men’s suits long before it became cool to raid your grandfather’s closet. As hipster style encroaches on gay style, I have to ask: What exactly is “gay style”? Is there such a thing? The way we dress is our best way of expressing ourselves. The clothes we wear say a lot about where we’re from, how much money we have and what kind of music we listen to, but do they say anything about our sexual preference? Now, there are dozens of subcultures in the LGBT community and they all have their own style, but I think overall, yes, our sexuality does affect how we present ourselves. I mean, how else would you explain the fact that at a fancy New Year’s Eve party all of my straight girl friends wore high heels and sparkly dresses while I wore oxford shoes, corduroy pants and a cardigan? My favorite part of my lesbian style is the androgyny it allows. Being a part of the LGBT community, we’re already messing with established gender roles, so what’s the big deal if we wear men’s clothing? I feel absolutely zero need to conform to what our society considers “feminine.” I love that I have the freedom to play around with fashion without worrying about any stigma. I’m talking about dress shirts, suspenders, blazers – the whole nine yards. I rarely wear dresses, I wear men’s shoes and yet I still consider myself feminine. Plus, there’s the added bonus of being able to shop anywhere. While I was trying on men’s vests in Forever 21, my friend complained about how unfair it was that I could shop in any section of the store. Although the LGBT community has put its own unique twist on fashion over the years, as we can see by “Gay or Hipster,” the new gay fashion gaming sensation that is sweeping the nation, it’s getting harder to differentiate gay from mainstream. Well, that’s because gay is becoming part of the mainstream. We can no longer use outdated and tired stereotypes to assume someone’s sexual orientation, at least not after junior high. A girl can have short hair without being a lesbian just like a man can wear a bow tie without being gay. We have metrosexuality. Lesbian chic was a serious trend at New York Fashion Week last year. So, the next time you’re walking around campus or Rittenhouse Square trying your hand at “Gay or Hipster?” and you see a girl wearing a flannel shirt and Rachel Maddow-esque glasses with half of her head shaved, just remember: I’m a lesbian, not a hipster.
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Vegan dates an acquired taste Vegans find some obstacles when searching for potential dates. JESSICA SMITH The Temple News Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches and many students are consumed with thoughts of seeking or safeguarding romance. This can be much harder for some than others considering different tastes and backgrounds. However, recent articles argue that no group of people have a harder time finding love than vegans. “Veganism is still a minority pursuit,” wrote Robin Banerji in an August 2012 BBC World Service article, “Vegan dating: finding love without meat or dairy.” “Vegans looking for vegan dates sometimes have a hard time,” she continued. Despite the growing vegan
population, it remains a relatively small group. So how do they reach out to fellow single vegans? “There are social groups everywhere geared toward veganism,” said Jennifer Jovinelly, a sophomore biology major. “It’s not difficult to meet people.” Such groups, like Temple Vegan Action Network, can be found on Main Campus. TVAN is an educational group that advocates abstaining from any use of animal products. Corey Waters, a graduate student and sociology major, is a member of TVAN but doesn’t find his role as a vegan difficult, especially regarding dinner dates. “Vegan food is everywhere and in every restaurant I have ever frequented,” Waters said. “You just need to be attentive.” In today’s society, veganism has become increasingly catered to. There are numerous restaurants in the city that cater to vegan and vegetarian crowds.
Even the dining halls on Main ally mad,” Delaney said. Campus offer menus that are Though, like Waters, Delsuitable to vegan needs. aney agrees that the menu for It’s not as difficult as non- vegans is pretty expansive and vegans might assume to find can include a lot of non-vegan commonality among students. favorites. PETA lists notable “Being vegan can make it snack examples, such as Oreos, hard to find a significant other,” Kool-Aid and Fritos. said Jesse Del“Sometimes aney, a junior it’s hard to sync Vegan food is up your snack environmental studies major. everywhere and in choices or find “But it’s a lot that every restaurant restaurants like anyone who have options for has a passion. I have ever both of us,” DelYou want somesaid. “But I frequented. You aney one who you can don’t mind those share it with or just need to be complications at least enjoy it since I always attentive with you.” get to pick where D e l a n e y, we eat. They alalso a member Corey Waters / sociology ways have food graduate student he loves, but he of TVAN, is currently dating just didn’t reala non-vegan, ize the food was which she feels can sometimes vegan.” complicate things. There are many websites “When I tell my significant dedicated to committed nonother we have pancakes in my vegans who are trying to please apartment and he asks if I made their vegan partners. They help them or if they’re ‘real,’ I get re- distinguish what is and isn’t
American students abroad not immune to predisposed notions
ANNIE NARDOLILLI Rome If You Want To
Columnist comments on prejudice felt during her first weeks studying in Rome.
never really thought people could take one look at me and know I’m an American. With my big curly hair, brown eyes and skin that tans in the summer, I thought my Italian heritage and I would be able to blend into the Italian landscape with relative ease. But I have been quite surprised to find that most people here know I’m American without me doing anything. And that’s a little weird. I don’t really know what it is about me that gives me away before I even open my mouth. Maybe it’s because I’m much taller than your average Italian. Maybe it’s the fact that, unlike most Romans I’ve seen, I actually wear colors other than black. Really, I think it’s my calves that give me away seeing as every single Italian woman, no matter the size, has no definitive calf muscles and wears super-narrow Italian boots to prove it. Of course, thanks to a deadly combination of 10 years of basketball, seven years of marching band and Eastern European genetics, I happen to have large calves even by American standards, which is great if I have to walk backward on my toes for half an hour but not so great if I want to wear fashionable boots. I definitely think it’s the calves. There’s an interesting sentiment toward Americans here in Rome. On one hand they really like us because we contribute to the economy and have that whole down-home American thing going on and, on the other hand, we tend to drink a lot, are generally ignorant of European history and culture and like to think it’s our way or the highway. You can tell a lot of preconceived notions about Americans come from pop culture. It’s a pretty frustrating barrier for those of us who don’t fit the American stereotype, which, like any stereotype, doesn’t really define any of us. The intimidating prejudice against Americans is everywhere. The locals look my friends and I up and down and
judge our outfits, easily identifiable as thrift store finds from back home. The second any of us say anything in English, eyes roll and whispers are abound. Storekeepers would rather speak English with us than let us use our Italian. I admit to being overly perceptive sometimes, but I still stand by the assertion that no matter how nice we are or how culturally sensitive we can be, I find I can read what so many a Roman passersby are thinking just by the looks on their faces: look at the big, dirty, dumb Americans. But while being in Rome has made me hyper-aware of the prejudice toward me, it has also thrown back the curtains on my own prejudice. I have three roommates here, one of whom is a friend from Temple while the other two are from a different university. The second I saw them, a million things went through my head: straight-haired, perfect skin and about 12 pairs of heels each – I realized I was going to be rooming with sorority girls, my secret arch nemeses. These last few weeks here in Rome my friends and I have talked about them a lot, making fun of the things we hear them say and judging the things they wear out. Never mind that they have only had the utmost consideration toward us, like asking if we want some of their leftover dinner or requesting our permission before they invite their friends to our common area late at night. From what we know about girls like them, they must actually be really dumb and fake, because they have a million sorority shirts and wear designer jeans and because the only time I’ve seen them eat carbohydrates was when they drunkenly made an entire box of pasta at 3 a.m. But now I’m beginning to realize this prejudice against stereotyped sorority sisters comes from a place of fiction, of pop-culture references and movie depictions. In truth there has always been something secretly romantic to me about the
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idea of being in that quintessential college sorority, of wearing letters and looking pretty in pictures and going to fraternity parties. Unfortunately I have never fit that so-called sorority girl mold, having been a bit overweight for most of my life and having been more interested in graphic novels, marching band and playing MMORPGs rather than what are considered more feminine pursuits. I was never a Girl Scout, I still don’t know how to do make-up right and I rarely shave my legs in the winter. But even though I don’t think I could ever be in a sorority, I am not justified in being rude or judging others for being what I’m not. We all have our stereotypes and our prejudices, but that doesn’t make them OK. Sometimes stereotypes and prejudices are harmless, but history has also taught us that it is the very act of stereotyping that has led humanity to commit some of its worst offenses. Maybe Americans are seen as the rich, fat casts of the world because our reputation precedes us, but give us a chance and get to know us and you’ll find we’re not really all like that. Maybe sorority girls tend to dress the same and talk about superficial stuff, but in reality we all do. As the great philosopher and revelator of our time, Cady Heron, once said: “Calling someone stupid doesn’t make you any smarter – all you can do in life is try and solve the problem right in front of you.” If we could just let go of our prejudices toward each other, I’m certain we’d get along much better. Maybe the United Nations should watch “Mean Girls.”
vegan and give recipes that are suitably delicious for everyone. With all the help designated for guiding vegans and nonvegans to perpetual bliss, opinions differ on whether a vegan diet and lifestyle even factor into looking for a potential date. “It’s a big plus, but it’s not a deal breaker,” Jovinelly said. “The person must [at least] be vegetarian, though. That’s where I draw the line. Other people might draw it elsewhere.” Waters, however, does not allow diet to hold much stock in choosing potential dates. “My choice to interact with people is based on countless factors, excluding their relationship with veganism,” Waters said. “Vegan advocates can benefit from forming social ties of any kind with non-vegans because they can then encourage them to question the act of consuming other animals.” Waters added that, if dating a non-vegan, he would attempt to convert them, but not to the
point of agitation. “Above all, I model the behavior,” Waters said. Delaney, despite a successful relationship with a nonvegan, notes that veganism is still important in her love life choices. “Eating meat isn’t a huge deal for me, but you shouldn’t be eating it every meal,” Delaney said. “I definitely need someone who can appreciate vegan food, even if they’re not vegan. Food is kind of a big deal when it comes to dating someone.” Jessica Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dan Kern and Nancy Boykin (left) and Mary Myers and Daryl Carrington (right) say working with their spouses isn’t a burden on their relationships. | ABI REIMOLD TTN Myers added, “It’s a really open atmosphere where we value different perspectives. They can see that we don’t agree on every issue, perhaps, or that our particular professional slant is one that the other person hasn’t thought of. The conversation might be different from one semester to the next. And for us it keeps it interesting as well. It’s a class we really enjoy teaching.” Although working and living together could seem daunting to some, Myers said the work environment adds something new to their relationship. “It is a lot of together time, but it’s a special time because you know in your other together time you might be thinking
about domestic things,” Myers said. “You’re in a different mindset and this is incredibly intellectually stimulating. It’s really fun.”
NANCY BOYKIN AND DAN KERN
When Dan Kern saw Nancy Boykin’s headshot at the Alabama Shakespeare festival they were both acting in 25 years ago, he knew he had to find a way to make her fall for him. His prospects were not good, he said. “She was already living with somebody in New York,” Kern said. “She was not particularly open to my overtures, in the beginning. But I was persistent.” The quickly changed – the
two later married. In 2001, Boykin and Kern left California State University in Los Angeles to teach at Temple and seek better education opportunities for their then middle-school-age son. They have since taught assorted acting, musical theater and directing classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and Kern has been named head of graduate acting. Outside of Temple, they both work as professional actors, including in the Arden Theatre Company’s current production of Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame,” in which they play a legless elderly couple restrained to dustbins. “It’s about losing your abil-
ity to connect, losing your sight, losing your hearing, having very little to hold on to,” Boykin said about the play. “It’s a rather absurdist set of images. He’s eating a dog biscuit, and we’re in the two trashcans, so we can’t quite kiss.” “It’s not what you would call commercial fare,” Kern added. Kern’s directing career has allowed them to work together in other capacities, too. “I’ve actually directed her in a number of shows,” Kern said. “It’s hard in one sense. Acting is a very personal thing, and then you have your personal life, you live together, so I think talking about the work and sep-
arating it from who’s doing the dishes or cooking the meals or whatnot is not always easy. But I think we’ve managed pretty well.” Boykin and Kern have made it a point not to publicize their marital status to students. “I’ve always tried to keep that quiet,” Boykin said. “I know now that by the time the students reach their junior and senior level, they usually know, but in acting I and acting II and he’s around, I don’t usually say, ‘Oh you can go and see my husband.’ I say, ‘Dan Kern is in charge of acting and you can make an appointment.’ And I have had students, when they’ve finally realized, come
running up and say, ‘Oh my gosh I didn’t realize!’ But I don’t really publicize it because I think it makes it easier to have two separate [identities].” Theirs is now a Temple family, as their son now takes acting classes at the university as well. Julie Zeglen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New show attempts to bridge gap Singles
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“One of the Guys” to showcase LGBT and heterosexual friendships. ALEXA BRICKER The Temple News Few undergraduates can say they have been part of a large-scale production in their careers. However, for Michael Busza and the cast of his show, putting together a full-length Web series is exactly what they’ve done. What started off as a pitch for a media production class quickly grew to be so much more for Busza, as he has been diligently working on his show, “One of the Guys,” since last semester. “One of the Guys” is a roommate comedy centered around three homosexual men – Madison, Alex and Jonathan – who come to realize that the fourth roommate they acquired, Ethan, is straight. The relationships gay men have with straight men and the dynamic of the four sharing a house is something not distant from Busza’s own life and the people he interacts with on a daily basis. “The show examines the relationship between gay men and straight men that hasn’t really been done before,” Busza said. “It is one that I have definitely experienced in my life and am really looking forward to sharing.” Busza added that producing a comedy with subject matter so close to his heart has had a profound impact on him. He hopes that the show will have a similar effect on those who watch it and will be a factor in continuing to make this university a more accepting and nurturing place for all students. “We’re working for LGBT advocacy in a subtle way, but a way that resonates with the 18- to 25 year-old audience that we are looking at,” Busza said.
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who plays the role of Alex on the show. “It is really a joy to work on a project that speaks so openly about sexuality and the relationships between gay people and straight people. It’s such a huge part of our everyday lives.” Busza said he understands now that this is what he wants to do for the rest of his life and feels so thankful to be part of a school that is so supportive of his project. “The fact that Temple awarded me the scholarship makes me feel like Temple does care about what I have to say and does support me,” Busza said. “The fact that Temple’s first full-length Web series is an LGBT project says a lot about Temple, and the fact that they would stand by us is a move in the right direction.” The first episode of the show is set to premiere on Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. on OneoftheGuysTV.com.
tined to spend the most couplecentric day of the year in the romance capital of the world, floating in masses of overlyaffectionate couples publicly declaring their love for one another. I am really looking forward to fulfilling my own status as forever alone. Cue the montage of me drunkenly singing along to Carly Simon’s “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be” surrounded by empty bottles of cheap wine. I’m classy, I know. But for once in my life, I refuse to let my life imitate that of Bridget Jones. While some cynics might look at this trip as one of the most depressing getaways they’ve ever booked, I will be wholeheartedly embracing it. I am a million levels of excited to traipse around “La Ville-Lumiére” with some of my best friends, taking supercorny “romantic photos” in front of the Eiffel Tower and scouring the Pére Lachaise Cemetery for Jim Morrison’s grave. Despite the sickening business of being single on Valentine’s Day in the one city drawing the most passionate couples in the world, I’m still going to the one of the most exciting places on Earth. It’s going to be pretty rad. In the meantime, I still have to see all those couples on the Tube during my morning commute. Crack open the next bottle of merlot.
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Student-produced “One of the Guys” will premiere on Feb. 19. | COURTESY AMANDA NEUBER “We aren’t out there picketing and demanding rights, but this is definitely an aspect of my life that I have wanted to share.” In addition to representing the relationships between gay men and straight men, the cast is also focused on promoting the idea of “acceptance through comedy.” They acknowledge that the dynamic between the characters is often very comical, but along with being funny, the cast and crew’s major goal is to encourage the equality that everyone deserves – gay or straight. Aaron Palmer, a junior theater major, plays the role of Jonathan. Palmer said he feels blessed to be a part of a show with such a positive message of acceptance. “Being a part of this show has definitely been one of my favorite projects in college,” Palmer said. “I am very proud to be able to represent the gay community in such a good light, especially when the LGBTQ community is so underrepresented in television.” This underrepresentation is something that Busza and the cast are addressing. Busza said
that while society as a whole is moving in the right direction, he hopes that by creating a show like this, people will continue to be open-minded. Promoting a message of open-mindedness for the audience has also led some of the cast members to find a part of their world that they did not know was there. “It is definitely really interesting being the only straight guy on the show,” said Jeff Familetti, a junior musical theater major, who plays Ethan. “It lets me look at a whole different world that I’m not used to. I have a lot of friends that are gay but actually living with them is really interesting and fun.” Though the progress that the cast and crew have made is unfounded, the journey to get there was not an easy one to make. Busza said he believes the project would not have gotten anywhere if it were not for the incredible dedication and support of the cast and crew. “The first two episodes were funded entirely out of my pocket,” Busza said. “It was very guerilla filmmaking and there is no shame in that. We all
chipped in and pulled it together because it was a story that needed to be told.” Having to overcome these hurdles, Busza admits that while it is one of the most tiring things he has ever done, it is also the most exciting and has opened many other doors for him. Last month Busza received the MarcDavid LGBT Scholarship Award, which has helped the show immensely. Still, the cast is unable to air episodes two and three and has planned a Kickstarter campaign. “The Kickstarter is going to go for two weeks, beginning on Feb. 19 and ending on March 5,” Busza said. “We’re hoping to raise $1,000 during that period.” For Busza and the cast, being part of “One of the Guys” has meant more than producing a show. Awareness for LGBT rights is a big factor, but this project has also affected them all on a truly personal level. “Being a part of this production has made me much more comfortable in my own skin,” said Matt McWilliams, a sophomore theater major
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Remaining schedule could halt progress Jake Adams Double Dribble
The women’s basketball team has been playing better, but the toughest test lies ahead.
he easy part is over. The Owls have six games remaining in the Atlantic 10 Conference season and it’s nothing short of a gauntlet to the finish. Temple (11-12, 4-4 A-10) will face four teams with a record of 5-3 or better in confer-
ence play to close the season. “It’s always important to play well down the stretch,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “We’re obviously not worried about what we’ve done in the past but what we’re doing now.” “I feel like the last couple of weeks we’ve had some really, really good moments and sometimes been obviously that rock in the road where it’s a little bumpy,” Cardoza added. “But I feel like we find a way to get back on track.” Temple took down Saint Louis (10-13) at home Sunday, 54-50. The Billikens came into the game 4-3 in the conference, so the win helped push Temple a few spots higher in the standings. Solid win, but nothing flashy. Temple has a tendency this season to play its best against similarly skilled teams. They’re 8-3 (3-1 in the A-10) against teams with a winning percent-
age between .333 and .666. So the win against the Billikens was to be expected. “I felt like our effort today was really good, and if we continue with that type of effort I’m sure good things will follow,” Cardoza said after the game. Despite playing well against those opponents, the Owls are just 3-2 (1-1 in the A-10) this season against teams with a .333 or worse winning percentage. One of those losses came against a previously winless Kent State squad. La Salle was the other. They simply haven’t shown up against easy competition. Senior center Victoria Macaulay said there’s an easy solution for it. “Just trying to make sure we don’t play on their level,” Macaulay said. “Every game is a game, so every game we got to go out there, we got to play our best, bring everything to the
floor.” A-10 cellar dwellers Xavier and Rhode Island, a combined 2-14 in-conference, are easy trap games for a team that falls for the bait quite a bit. This team’s inexperience is likely to blame compared to previous seasons – when the Owls earned first-round byes in the A-10 tournament in 2011 and 2012. “Sometimes it’s not always going to be the same as the last couple of years, but you still got to work hard and you’ve still got to fight for that position even thought things aren’t going well,” Macaulay said. “We obviously don’t have past experiences,” freshman guard Meghan Roxas said of the young blood on the team. “We’re learning every game. I feel like every game we come in we know a little bit more about how the other team is doing.” Then there are the big dogs to worry about.
Butler, Fordham, St. Joseph’s University and Dayton remain on the schedule and all are jostling for one of the four first-round byes in the A-10 tournament. They’re a combined 27-6. They won’t go down easy. “We just go one game at a time, and right now we’re really happy with how we performed [against Saint Louis],” Cardoza said. As would be expected from a young team, the Owls have had trouble this season against top competition. They’re just 2-7 against teams with better than a .666 winning percentage. One win came against a ranked Syracuse squad. Another came against then-2-0 Seton Hall. The Owls already faced Duquesne and Charlotte, the other two teams fighting for a bye in the conference tournament with a combined A-10 record of 15-2, and lost by a com-
bined score of 88-131. The team is saying all the right things, right down to the “one game at a time” mantra, but their track record this season says this is going to be tough sledding. They could go 0-6. They could go 6-0. They could finish somewhere in between. Depends which team shows up. “You never know what happens,” Cardoza said. “For all we know we could go on a [six-game] win streak. You never know what can happen and I’m not going to count my team out.” Don’t count them out, but you can’t dismiss reality. Jake Adams can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @jakeadams520.
Lacrosse fields youth Marquart chooses tennis The lacrosse team has high expectations for its 2013 season. BRIEN EDWARDS The Temple News Senior midfielders Stephany Parcell and Charlotte Swavola couldn’t help but look at each other with a smile when asked about the lacrosse team’s 2012 exclusion from the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament. Not because it is a fond memory, but because they said it will define the 2013 season. “We have something to prove,” Parcell and Swavola said simultaneously. Although the Owls lose eight seniors, including their top two scorers and starting goalkeeper, experienced underclassmen combined with a large recruiting class, have the team excited for redemption following the disappointing end to last season. “It’s really easy to see it as a fresh new year, with lots of dreams ahead of us,” coach Bonnie Rosen said. “They’ve all gotten better. That’s why we have a very exciting season ahead of us.” Last year, with a record of 9-8 overall and 3-4 in-conference, Temple had collected its second winning season under the sixth-year coach. However, last season also marked the second time the Owls had missed the A-10 tournament under Rosen. “We didn’t win games we had to win to get in, last year,” Parcell, last year’s leader in goals, said. “I don’t think that’s going to happen this year.” After beginning the season with a 6-3 non-conference record, including a 5-0 start, the Owls finished 2012 with a 3-4 record against A-10 opponents. The combination of an overall winning record, but no postseason berth, marked Temple’s 2012 season as a disappointLACROSSE
ment, players and coaches said. “Those returning, particularly, our seniors, have a greater sense of urgency of what they want to accomplish and realize it doesn’t just get handed to you,” Rosen said. “You don’t just walk into an A-10 tournament, you have to earn it. And how your season begins, isn’t necessarily how it’ll end.” “That should have never happened. With the team we had last year, we should’ve made A-10,” Parcell said. “The team we have this year should make A-10”. Temple returns a number of players with experience. Fifthyear senior Jackie Mercer, seniors Kellee Pace and Megan Chlada, juniors Jaymie Tabor, Lea Britton, Colleen Guinan, and a healthy Kelly Syphard, are among the top returning players for Temple. “The sophomores and juniors contributed a lot, in their two or three years here, so it isn’t like we are inexperienced,” Swavola, the top returner in assists and ground balls, said. Also in the group of returners is a trio of goalkeepers competing for the vacancy at starter. Redshirt freshman Jaqi Kakalecik, sophomore Rachel Hall and senior Meghan Clothier look to compete for the starting job. “Our goalie position is one of our strengths and one of the challenges from a coaching standpoint,” Rosen said. “We have three very good goalkeepers. There is no frontrunner right now.” During the offseason, Temple acquired 13 freshmen, who are expected to play a big role this season. “When we signed this class, we were extremely excited,” Rosen said. “They have already exceeded our expectations of what we thought they would be.” Temple’s 13 additions fill nearly half of its roster with freshmen.
“We’re pretty young, but they’re coming right along,” Parcell said. “They’re definitely going to make an impact.” “What we’re already better at, from day one, is that we are deeper in our talent, deeper in our numbers, and deeper in our ability,” Rosen said. “We obviously had tremendous scorers last year, but people have been ready to step up into those roles.” Besides the larger numbers on this year’s roster, the addition of the freshman class and healthy returning players also enhance the 2013 Owls in another way – speed. “When you talk about speed, we have returners who are healthy and with this freshman class we brought in 13 people who are really talented. I think you’ll notice the speed through the midfield, in particular,” Rosen said. “The one difference is that we will be faster. That’s just something that is already noticeable,” Swavola said. “That’s an improvement that will be really cool.” In Rosen’s six seasons coaching at Temple, the Owls have advanced to the A-10 tournament four times, including a 2008 A-10 championship and NCAA tournament berth. Temple has won consistently in recent years, which makes the team confident that the 2012 season was likely a blip, rather than a start of a trend. “If we prepare hard, and we can stay healthy, and make great gains in our game from the start to end of the season, there will be a great story to be told,” Rosen said. Brien Edwards can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @BErick1123.
A scholarship gives Marquart a chance to play tennis abroad. EVAN CROSS The Temple News
Kristian MarMEN’S TENNIS quart wanted to be a martial artist. When he was 7 years old, his father came into his bedroom and told him he was going to either play tennis or take taekwondo lessons. Marquart picked taekwondo. “I said I wanted to do taekwondo because of the Jackie Chan movies,” Marquart said. “I tried it for a few months, and all the Asian kids were much more flexible. I didn’t enjoy it at all, so I changed my mind. I wanted to be a tennis player.” That decision has served him well. Marquart, a sophomore, has taken his second choice and turned it into a college scholarship, something that he spent much of his life trying to get. “The main goal from the beginning was to bring me to college tennis, or to try to make me a professional,” Marquart said. After he decided to play tennis, he began practicing every day. Marquart grew up in Moscow, Russia, where he attended the Spartak Tennis Club, a prestigious training ground that has trained many professional tennis players, including two-time Grand Slam winner Marat Safin and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva. Mikhail Youzhny, currently the 30th ranked player in the world, also trained at Spartak. Marquart has met Youzhny, and considers him his athletic idol. “Not only is he a good tennis player, but he also knows how to behave and how to treat people off court,” Marquart said. “I think it is pretty hard for
a player who is being told he is the best in the country.” Eventually, his family moved to Munich, Germany, to help further the swimming career of Marquart’s younger sister. Marquart continued to flourish, winning the Munich Championship as a sophomore in high school. By then, he knew he wanted to attend college in the United States. “I always knew education in the U.S. is much more expensive than Germany,” Marquart said. “So I knew if I practiced hard, I could get a scholarship to play tennis. This was the goal from the beginning.” To get a scholarship, he knew he had to be a good student and a good tennis player. “My parents came to Germany just to make sure me and my sister had a good education and became successful in life,” Marquart said. “They told me that education is always first. When I did that, I could do what I liked, which was play tennis.” Marquart, an international business major, said Temple was his first choice, mainly due to Fox School of Business and the tennis program. He fit right in when he arrived in January 2012. “Kristian is a pleasure to be around,” coach Steve Mauro said. “He’s a 4.0 student. He’s a good kid on and off the court.” Marquart said he is a big fan of the school’s location, as well. “I like the fact that it’s in Philadelphia,” Marquart said. “It’s not in some village where you need four hours to get to a city. Temple is pretty close to Center City. I didn’t want to go somewhere where there was just the university and nothing else.” Marquart and his teammates take advantage of that. Freshman Hicham Belkssir, a good friend and teammate of Marquart, said the team often goes to Center City to dine. “We go sometimes to restaurants to eat,” Belkssir said.
“We hang out in study hall or go to the TECH Center together to do homework. We don’t go to those big parties off campus.” Marquart said tennis and schoolwork take up most of his time, so when he does have free time, he usually hangs out with his teammates. “If I have free time, I meet with other guys from the team,” Marquart said. “We don’t only meet to practice, but to hang out with each other, get some good food, talk a little bit. Nothing crazy.” Tennis is not the only sport the players are fans of. “We like talking about soccer,” Marquart said. “[Freshman] Nicolas [Paulus] and I support Bayern Munich, and a few other guys support Barcelona. We sometimes end up in a discussion about them.” “We watch soccer matches together,” Belkssir – a Barcelona fan – said, adding that both Marquart and himself believe their team to be better than the other. Marquart still has more than two years before he has to decide what he does after Temple, but he already has a general idea. “A business job is the long term goal,” Marquart said. “If tennis is going well and I am improving, I might play some futures or try to go pro. I might go collect some work experience somewhere and then get my MBA. It’s only my third semester. I have some time to decide.” While he figures it out, he will be leading the Owls in their quest for an Atlantic 10 Conference title. “Kristian is one of our team leaders,” Mauro said. “He’s working harder this year, and he’s got a good game. He’s gotta put some more work in, but he’s definitely as talented as anyone in the A-10.” Evan Cross can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @EvanCross.
Linemen, local recruits define 2013 class FOOTBALL PAGE 20 body that everybody on the team follows.” Kiser Terry, of Feasterville, Pa., Todd Jeter, from Monroeville, Pa., and Brian Carter, from Harrisburg, Pa., are the three members of the class that were selected to play in the Big 33 Classic, a collection of Pennsylvania’s best high school players. Terry is a 6-foot, 3-inch, 260-pound defensive tackle out of Neshaminy High School. He was ranked a three-star recruit by Rivals.com Standing at 6 feet and weighing 169 pounds, Jeter
played defensive back and wide receiver at Gateway High School. He was a 2012 All-State selection after registering 322 receiving yards and making 27 tackles. “The fact that he’s a 6-foot corner really stands out,” Rhule said. “In today’s football you’re going to play with a lot of 5 [foot] 9, 5 [foot] 10 corners, but if you can get a 6-foot corner, a guy with that kind of length and his speed — he ran 4.4 on the summer camp circuit, so he was on college coach radars — we know all the intangibles about him...he has the requisite size to
make a difference at corner.” Carter played on both sides of the line at Harrisburg High School, where he was a threeyear starter. A 6-foot, 4- inch, 280-pound prospect expected to play defensive tackle, Carter selected Temple over Connecticut. Zaire Williams, a threestar running back from Timber Creek High School in Sicklerville, N.J., was ranked the No. 36 running back in the country by Rivals.com. He chose Temple over West Virginia, and is joined in the backfield in the 2013 class by running back Ja-
had Thomas of Elizabeth, N.J., ranked as the fourth-best running back in New Jersey. The Owls also signed Jim Cooper, Jr., a specialist from Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, N.J., and punter Paul Layton, a senior mid-year transfer. Twenty of the signees come from Pennsylvania or New Jersey, while two come from New York and from Virginia. This year’s class is a step back from the national footprint established in last year’s class under Addazio, where Temple recruited players from Florida and
Connecticut, two states where he has major ties. Rhule said his recruiting strategy is tailored to doing the best you can with the footprint you’ve established rather than branching out. “The basis had been set, in Pittsburgh, and the basis had been set in South Jersey,” Rhule said. “We were able to come in and add some guys, and with the New Jersey guys we were able to hold onto them.” Though he has been a part of recruiting classes throughout his six-year history at Temple, Rhule refused to compare this
year’s class to previous years. “I love all the guys I’ve recruited. Let’s be honest, every coach is going to say they love their class,” Rhule said. “I’m really excited about these guys because they stood by us and we beat some really good teams on them...I just really am excited about the totality of our class and how it fits our needs.” Joey Cranney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @joey_cranney.
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Bob Kelly among those who played against Owls ALUMNI PAGE 20 nice to have a relationship built between the older alumni and the younger alumni.” The alumni event featured a roster of Temple ice hockey alumni in a full 60-minute game against a select group of Philadelphia Flyers alumni. It raised money through the standard $3 admission price, but also via a Flyers raffle that included prizes such as Flyers regular season tickets and a puck signed by Flyers forward Sean Couturier. “Especially for a game [against Monmouth University] that we normally wouldn’t have a lot of people at, it was good that we were able to get a lot of new people out here,” Roberts said. “Hopefully they liked what they saw and they’ll keep coming out for more.” Though the fundraising and publicity are positives for the club, the biggest bonus of the event lies in its way of keeping former Owls in touch with the program and its current members, Roberts said.
“Our primary goal is we’re trying to promote alumni involvement and keep guys involved,” Roberts said. “It was effective in that we got the alumni on the ice and to see the current team and keep them involved with the program.” The option of sharing the same ice with a few marquee names of Flyers past didn’t hurt for some of the Temple alumni, as the Flyers side featured classic names such as one of the key cogs in the 1970s “Broad Street Bullies” era in Bob Kelly (197080). Other notable Flyers alumni included Joe Watson (1967-78), Brian Propp (1979-89), Dan McGillis (1997-2002), Todd Fedoruk (2000-04, 2006-07), and goalie Neil Little, who played two games for the Flyers amid playing much of his professional career with the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate. The game was one of several annual cameos taken on by
the Flyers alumni squad in the efforts to raise money for several various charities around the Delaware Valley. “We do about 10-12 games a year and we raise close to $100,000 per year for charity,” Kelly said. “We do different events for autism, breast cancer, juvenile diabetes and whatever the charity is somebody wants us to play for, that’s what we do. We don’t pick them, we just help them raise money by helping out with what we do.” “Nobody wants to be an alumnus, but this is fun,” Kelly added. “Temple’s a great school for kids to go to. We’ve played other schools too and it’s great to interact with them. We’ve played teams like University of Delaware and others, and it’s a lot of fun.” Andrew Parent can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @daParent93.
The ice hockey alumni squad played former players from the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-4 draw at the Northeast SkateZone on Saturday, Feb. 9. | ANDREW THAYER TTN
Third base open to begin season BASEBALL PAGE 20 2012 campaign second on the team behind Nikorak with 12 doubles accompanied by a .265 average and 22 RBI in 132 at bats. Fellow senior infielder Knabe recorded his second career home run in 2012, adding to a .226 average in 84 at bats. The third candidate for the third base job is Peterson, a junior college transfer in his first season with the Owls. While Wheeler said he will miss the offensive production along with the leadership that Nikorak provided Temple, Knabe said the departure of Nikorak may have a positive effect on the Owls. “[Nikorak] brought a lot of offensive impact to our team last year,” Knabe said. “He was a leader both on and off of the field, but I think [Nikorak’s] departure may actually be a positive thing for this team. In the past, guys were looking up to him and depending on him to lead the team. Now, guys are fighting harder to fill in his role and the competition is a good thing for us.” The Owls are taking a new approach to the 2013 season, as Temple is not entering the sea-
son with one true captain. “I want Nick to go out there “I sat down with our staff and be Nick Lustrino,” Wheeler earlier on in the year and de- said. “I want him to go out there cided that we did not have that and play and not to try to do too one guy that has emerged as our much. He is like the quarterback captain,” Wheeler said. “As a of our infield. He can bat second group collectively, our seniors in the lineup or last, basically have done a great job leading like a second leadoff hitter, but this team. My he always does seniors are really his job.” my captains and With the each one brings addition of sevsomething differen freshmen in ent to the table.” 2013, the Owls Without will look to find a true captain, playing time sophomore infor the future fielder Nick Lusleaders of the trino may break team as well, out as a leader of Wheeler said. the Owls in 2013 “It is defialong with the senitely a good Ryan Wheeler / coach nior class, Wheelfreshman er said. class,” Knabe As a freshman in 2012, said. “They still have a long way infielder Nick Lustrino had a to go but they definitely have a quick impact for Wheeler’s lot of potential to help this team. Owls. Lustrino finished fourth The Owls will begin the on the team with a .291 batting season with the attitude that average, recording 53 hits and a they are the conference under.380 on base percentage. Lustri- dog, Wheeler said. Finishing the no is expected to start at short- 2012 season with a 19-34 record stop this season and become (7-17 A-10), the Owls finished a potential leader for Temple, 12th in the A-10. Wheeler said. “I think a lot of people out
are really my captains and each one brings something different to the table.
there aren’t giving us the credit yet, so I am certainly playing the underdog card,” Wheeler said. “We need to go out there and earn that respect. We need to let our actions speak louder than words. We can’t talk about being good, but we need to prove it. We haven’t won anything yet.” After dropping 17 of 34 games last season by three runs or less, the Owls hope to exit the A-10 with a bang, Yarborough said. “I would say that this was the best fall that we have had in my four years here,” Yarborough said. “The guys are excited to start the season and we are all a little anxious to prove what we can do.” The Owls will open their 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 15, in Cary, N.C., against Wright State at noon in the USA Baseball Complex Classic tournament. “This season, we need to get over that last hurdle and believe that we can win,” Wheeler said. John Murrow can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JohnMurrow12.
Defense losing games inside DEFENSE PAGE 20 Someone that could provide inside help on defense is freshman forward Devontae Watson. The 6-foot, 10-inch, 210-pound recruit from Ambridge, Pa., has played in four games this season, totaling 10 minutes of action. Against Alcorn State on Dec. 17, he received six minutes of action, totaling four points, three blocks and four rebounds, all career highs. He has played two minutes since. “Devontae is working real hard at it,” Dunphy said. “He is not quite ready yet, but it is coming. Every day is better and better. He would have helped us defensively. The way we were playing anybody would have helped us defensively.” While Watson is regarded as the most raw talent of the three freshmen on the team, he is one of only two high school players ever to record more than 1,000 points, rebounds and blocks in his career. Freshman guard Quenton DeCosey has totaled 171 minutes while fresh-
man forward Daniel Dingle has seen a recent increase in playing time, giving him 10 more minutes than Watson on the season. Temple will have to look for an answer to fix its defense when it continues conference play against Duquesne on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Liacouras Center. The Dukes’ two highest scoring players are guards, and they have the second-to-last ranked field goal percentage offense in the A-10. Still, Dunphy knows that Temple must find a solution to its defensive struggles if it wants to push itself back into postseason contention. “We are not a very good defensive team at this point,” Dunphy said. “We need to get it back.” Ibrahim Jacobs can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @ibrahimjacobs.
Despite opportunity, freshman lost playing time BASKETBALL PAGE 20 Horton hails from Macungie, Pa., where she starred on Emmaus High School’s basketball team. As a junior and senior, she was the program’s focal point. She was named first team all-conference in both of those years, averaging 15 points per game during her final two seasons. Shifting from Emmaus’ goto player to a role player fighting for playing time at Temple proved to be a much more difficult task than Horton anticipated, she said. “It’s college basketball. You don’t think you’re going to come in and start playing right away,” Horton said. “It was a big adjustment for me because in high school I was basically the main player. You just have to find your way.” Temple (11-12, 4-4 Atlantic 10 Conference) is an inconsistent team packed with a bevy of young players who are yet to find their niche. While Horton is no longer welcome to practice or travel with the Owls, her fellow freshmen continue to learn and become more involved. Forward Sally Kabengano, whose defense Cardoza praises,
has averaged 30 minutes in 22 games, while making 19 starts. Guard/forward Erica Covile played in 16 games, averaging 18 minutes, before dislocating her knee. Guard Meghan Roxas has averaged 14 minutes in 21 games and has improved her jumper since the beginning of the season. Guard May Dayan has chipped in with an average of 14 minutes per game in 22 appearances, and freshman forward Jacquilyn Jackson has averaged 14 minutes per game, becoming a vital backup to redshirt-junior forward Natasha Thames in the process. Horton was perhaps expected to fill the role currently held by Jackson. Of the six rookies that Cardoza recruited, only Horton and Jackson were built to go up against opposing power forwards in the paint. However, it took Jackson until Dec. 21 against Villanova to log more than five minutes in a game, playing 13 minutes that night in a loss to the Wildcats. On Jan. 7 against Western Michigan, Jackson played 18 minutes, the same amount Horton did on Nov. 14. While Horton won’t be
seen in an Owls uniform for the rest of this season, Cardoza said she hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Horton returning to the team next fall. “It all depends on how important it is to [Horton] to be on the court,” Cardoza said. “At this point, I just don’t feel like that’s where she is. Her heart and soul wasn’t into it. I just felt like [her dismissal] was the best scenario for us at the time.” With her future with the team in her own hands, Horton said that she will “absolutely” be back. “I’ve been working at my conditioning and working with our trainer almost every day,” Horton said. “I’m looking forward to getting back with the team and being able to contribute.”
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Coach Tonya Cardoza (left) discusses the women’s basketball game against Saint Louis with assistant coach Way Veney on Feb. 10. | MAGGIE TRAPANI TTN
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The Owls announce their 2013 recruiting class on Signing Day.
TYLER SABLICH The Temple News I n what is a transition season for the Owls, five rookies have received extensive playing time while freshman forward Leah Horton has been left on the outside looking in. Horton, a 6-foot, 1-inch power forward, has been dismissed from the team for the remainder of the season due to her poor conditioning. “I just felt like [Horton] had many opportunities to get herself on the court,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “I don’t think she put everything into being on the court. It got to a point where we’re in January, and she’s just not in the shape I feel like she should be in.” Having played in just three games this season prior to being informed she won’t be suiting up any longer, Horton made her Temple debut on Nov. 11 against Nebraska, in which she played six minutes and scored her first collegiate point on a free throw. Three days later, on Nov. 14 against Seton Hall, she played a career high 18 minutes while scoring three points and grabbing five rebounds. On Dec. 6 against Kent State, she played four minutes in what ultimately proved to be her last appearance of the season. Horton’s chance to become a critical member of the team was there for the taking, as it was for the other five freshmen. However, Horton’s conditioning wasn’t up to the standard that Cardoza set for the team. “[Cardoza] basically just told me that I need to get in shape, and that I need to focus on that if I want to play again,” Horton said.
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JOHN MURROW The Temple News Entering its final season in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Temple will take a different approach to the 2013 season with the absence of one true captain. After leading the Owls in nearly every offensive category in 2012, former infielder Steve Nikorak became the 25th player in Temple baseball history to be drafted. In the 32nd round (981st pick overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, the Chicago White Sox selected Nikorak, the first Owl selected since outfielder Sean Barksdale was selected in the 38th round by the Houston Astros in 2009. “[Nikorak] was a very wellBASEBALL
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Temple’s defense ranks 12th out of 16 teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference, allowing opponents to score 66.5 points per game. The Owls have won their last three games by one point in the midst of their defensive struggle. | AJA ESPINOSA TTN
Season hangs on defense Poor defense results in consecutive onepoint victories. IBRAHIM JACOBS Assistant Sports Editor
emple’s last three games have all been decided by one point. While it has emerged 2-1 from these contests, all of which it trailed at some point in the second half, the closeness of the games doesn’t correlate well with a team that has missed 20 free throws the past two games. The Owls haven’t set themselves up for success due to their lapses on defense. The reason the Owls can’t escape teams and coast in games with a larger margin of victory is their defense. “We are not playing great basketball at this point, we need to find a way to get our defense
Owls adjust to loss of leader The baseball season begins without Steve Nikorak.
just battling and getting in better positions and I think we will be fine.” Temple’s inability to get to its defensive spots early enough has led the Owls to taking more fouls, especially among its inside players. Redshirt-sophomore forward Anthony Lee, the team’s leader in fouls at 3.3 per game, fouled out of the team’s last contest. This, coupled with senior forwards Rahlir HollisJefferson, Scootie Randall and Jake O’Brien all having four fouls in the contest, left the Owls with thin depth down the stretch of the tightly-contested game. It was the second consecutive game that O’Brien, HollisJefferson and Lee all had four or more fouls. “We are not doing our work early enough, we are playing behind too many guys,” Dunphy said.
Temple signed 23 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, including three Big 33 selections and the New Jersey Offensive Player of the Year. It was announced Feb. 6 as part of National Signing Day. The 2013 class is made up of six offensive linemen, five defensive linemen, three linebackers, three defensive backs, three tailbacks, two specialists and a quarterback, mostly from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In a half hour press conference at Edberg-Olson Hall, coach Matt Rhule discussed the makeup of the class, his recruiting techniques and his outlook for the 2013 season, his first as head coach. “We really want to build a program that’s not about what you try to do, it’s about what you do,” Rhule said. “Guys that go out and get it done...that’s what you want...when the game’s on the line, who’s going to make a play?” The class headliner is quarterback P.J. Walker from Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, N.J. Walker passed for 2,168 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior and led his team to a New Jersey state title in 2012. The Newark-Star Ledger named Walker New Jersey’s 2012 Offensive Player of the Year. “We walked into his high school, and the security guard said, ‘Are you guys here for P.J.?’ and we said, “Yeah,’” Rhule said. “We asked what kind of a kid he is, and he said, ‘You won’t find anyone better.’ That’s really, at the quarterback position, what you want. SomeFOOTBALL
rounded player,” coach Ryan Wheeler said. “We relied on him to play good defense and he was a catalyst for us on offense.” The Owls will begin the 2013 season without last year’s leader in hits, doubles, RBI, at bats, runs, slugging percentage, walks, on base percentage, total bases and home runs. The absence of Nikorak has created an open competition between three veteran Owls at third base. Senior infielders Henry Knabe and Elijah Yarborough as well as junior infielder Derek Peterson will be fighting to replace Nikorak at third base in 2013, Wheeler said. “It has been really exciting,” Yarborough said about the open infield position. “The competition has made us compete each and every day and has made us work a lot harder in practice.” Yarborough finished the
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much more solid,” coach Fran point. We need to do our work Dunphy said on Feb. 6. earlier on the post-up guys, we Temple ranks 12th out of are struggling with that.” 16 teams in the Atlantic 10 ConTemple responded by alference in total lowing Dayton team defense. to shoot 48 perDunphy attribcent in a 72-71 uted his team’s Owls’ victory defensive perforon Feb. 9. The mances to a failwin against ure to get to spots Dayton was the quick enough, third consecuallowing oppostive game that ing post players the Owls have to have their way allowed their with the Owls. opponents to Temple allowed shoot a higher 23 points to Fran Dunphy / coach percentage than Charlotte senior them. forward Chris Braswell on Feb. “Right now teams are 6 in a game the 49ers shot a sea- shooting such high percentages son high 60.4 percent from the because they are not shooting field on Feb. 6. jump shots, they are pounding “Charlotte obviously shot it inside,” Wyatt said after the it very well,” Dunphy said after Charlotte win. “If you shoot a the game. “Some of that is them, lot of shots in there you are goa lot of it is us. Our defense re- ing to make a lot of them. We ally needs a lot of work at this need to do a better job in there
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Flyers faceoff against Owls alumni Temple and Flyers compete in annual alumni game. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News ICE HOCKEY On the ice, Ryan Frain doesn’t look too far removed from his playing days. Of course, the former Temple ice hockey standout and all-time leading scorer would disagree after skating with his fellow former Owls in the annual Temple ice hockey alumni game against the Philadelphia Flyers alumni squad on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Northeast SkateZone. “When I got off the ice a lot of the guys were ragging on me a little bit,” Frain said. “The skill level has dropped a tad since I haven’t been on the ice competitively for about two years now. I’m just doing what I can out there.” Though Frain laughed off his individual performance, the former player-turned-assistant
Flyers alumni battled against Temple alumni in the ice hockey club’s annual event Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Northeast SkateZone. | ANDREW THAYER TTN coach talked highly of an event deemed largely successful after three years of raising money for the squad, while also garnering some bonus publicity. “We put a lot of time and effort into this,” Frain said. “I
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know [Coach Jerry Roberts] worked his rear off to make this event a success and it’s nice to get the alumni out here again and raise some money here for the club. That’s the name of the game.”
“Bringing these guys back at any age is pretty cool,” Frain added. “Some of the older guys who were here remember the games that I played in and they remember you, and it’s pretty
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