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City crisis not lost on Tyler school
Track star sues for $10 million Complaint cites coach, associate A.D. on charges of abuse.
Cuts to Philadelphia School District affect Temple art students.
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ALEXA BRICKER The Temple News To students, it may seem like a dream come true to have the first day of school postponed. For parents in the Philadelphia School District, watching their kids board the bus to school is one rite of passage they are not taking for granted. For the past few years, the district has been struggling to provide children with the education they deserve due to financial instability. “It’s a really upsetting situation we’re dealing with right now,” Michele Daniels, a mother Owls fall to Notre Dame 28-6 in the season’s opener in South Bend, Ind. on Aug. 31. The match-up marked the first time Temple of two children attending school played Notre Dame, as well as Matt Rhule’s first game as head coach. PAGE 22.| HUA ZONG TTN in the district, said. “I just want my kids to be able to get a good
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Ad campaign changes face Who are the trustees? New ad inititaive channels “Temple Made” and stresses neighbor relations. SEAN CARLIN KATE KELLY The Temple News Entering its second year, the Temple Made campaign has maintained some of the same concentrations on athletics and academics that were a staple to it last year. But two banners in the Student Center indicate a new aspect of it: the Good Neighbor Initiative. Stemming from the university’s official Good Neighbor Policy that was created in 2011 with an aim at encouraging students to build relationships with their residential community and provide responsibilities for stu-
Though they operate mostly behind the scenes, BOT decisions are felt by all. the Board of Trustees, who manages correspondence between the board and the university adIn June, all 36 of Temple’s ministration. Moore said the board’s deTrustees met at a public meeting cisions don’t always in which they voted to happen under the increase undergraduMeet the Trustees public spotlight. By ate tuition, among An introduction to a series. the time the board is other decisions. The ready to move forvoting moved quickBanners in the Student Center use the ‘Temple Made’ design ward with a policy, he said, they ly, and the trustees pushed the to highlight ‘Good Neighbor.’ PAGE 2.| EMAN SALAM TTN have deliberated for weeks or hike through unanimously. months, often discussing it outMany of the most important dents in the community, the ini- tive should be communicated, side the public meetings. When tiative came after administrators administrators gathered more decisions affecting the universiit comes time to vote, they have met with students to gauge how information for the initiative ty result from the work of Temsettled most issues, and voting ple’s Board of Trustees, who best to brand the policy. outside of the policy itself. “Students quickly said, While conducting focus meet over the course of each moves quickly. “I don’t see conflicts aris‘This should not be about a pol- groups with students for the year to decide the direction the ing,” Moore said. “The memicy, it won’t go anywhere if it’s Community and Student Off- university will take in the future. bers usually have full faith and As important as their deciabout a policy,’” said Andrea Campus Issues and Concerns confidence in the committees to Caporale Seiss, senior associate Task Force, which was commis- sions are, the Board of Trustees make the right decision. There dean of students. sioned by former President Ann tends to keep a low profile. is very seldom second guessing “I like to stay invisible,” After hearing from stu- Weaver Hart, administrators said George Moore, secretary of dents about the way the initiaBOT PAGE 3 CAMPAIGN PAGE 3
JOE GILBRIDE The Temple News
he university is facing serious allegations of neglect and punitive damages of $10 million as a former athlete brings a suit against the school, a former coach and an associate athletic director. Track & field coach Eric Mobley and Senior Associate Athletic Director Kristen Foley are co-defendants in the suit, along with the university. The complaint, filed by Ebony Moore, a thrower with the university from 2009-2011, alleges that Mobley, Foley and others in the athletic department committed a variety of offenses, including harassment, gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, mental anguish and intimidation, among others. On Thursday, Aug. 29, James Bucci, a lawyer for the defendants, successfully argued for the case to be heard in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Bucci could not be reached for comment yesterday, Monday, Sept. 2. Moore declined to speak with The Temple News before the time of press. “Temple will vigorously defend itself against this claim,
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‘Be/longing’ to the art of movement Marketing grad to Temple-funded project exhibits art from Asia. CHELSEA FINN The Temple News Imagine being able to communicate with anybody in the world, whether you speak his or her language or not. Temple professor Kun-Yang Lin does just that through the art of dance. Since childhood, Lin lived in a household where gestures and movements of the body were crucial for everyday interaction. Growing up, Lin’s
father spoke Mandarin while his mother was Taiwanese, and they never learned each other’s languages while raising a family together. “My urge for creating has been a healing force in my life,” Lin said. “The process of making art and sharing it with my dancers, students and audiences nourishes me at the deepest levels of my soul.” As a young boy in Hsin Chu, Taiwan, Lin said he had always been an observer and was curious about why people moved a certain way. He faced many challenges when realizing
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Jason Kasher kicks off his own business, Paid To Run. ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF
Dancers practice the art of Asian movement at the Kun Yang Lin/Dancer studio on South Street.| ABI REIMOLD TTN
Jason Kasher would rather run a thousand miles than buy a plane ticket to Florida. It was this realization, which struck him as he perused overpriced tickets to visit family, that sparked an entrepreneurial idea that he now considers
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New persepctive on music
A new residence hall on the corner of 12th and Montgomery streets is being built by a private developer. PAGE 2
Lauren Waksman won tickets to see the vice president in Scranton by tweeting at the Office of the VP the day before the event. PAGE 7
Ben Runyan of City Rain talks about life and music - from past struggles to current successes. PAGE 9
Temple loses bid on property
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his occupation. The Temple graduate, who majored in marketing, plans to run across the country, but it isn’t to escape from his responsibilities - it’s the kickoff of his own business. After graduating in the fall of 2012, Kasher said he has $30,000 in student loans to pay off. He also wanted to get back into running, something he said he enjoyed in high school and during the beginning of his un-
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Ice Hockey refuels Team says stamina was a problem toward the end of games last year, switches to an uptempo style of play. PAGE 21
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COPS REGISTER BIKES, BUST THIEVES In the first week of Campus Safety Service’s new bike registration program, Temple police use video to catch two bike thieves.
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New program amid old fears Students, CSS discuss safety concerns around Main Campus. CINDY STANSBURY The Temple News
The unnamed residence hall on 12th and Montgomery streets. Despite a rainy summer and an accident in July where no one was hurt, the building is expected to open next fall. | AMANDA SHAFFERN TTN
University loses bid on property Building will compete with Temple housing next year. JOHN MORITZ News Editor
he as-of-yet unnamed residence hall being constructed by a private firm in conjunction with Bright Hope Baptist Church on North 11th Street and West Montgomery Avenue is on schedule to open in the fall of next year, despite an uncharacteristically wet summer, an official with the development firm said. Kevin Trapper, a senior vice president with the Goldenberg Group, the development firm in charge of the project, said work on the steel structure has been completed and the bright red and orange side paneling is currently being installed. Trapper said construction on the building is expected to be finished in June 2014 and will be completely furnished by
move-in next fall. Construction on the site faced a scary incident in the first week of July, when a crane lifting a set of stairs into the structure shifted weight, sending the stairs crashing through a layer of concrete 15 feet below. Trapper said that no one was hurt and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspected the incident. No other incidents or accidents have occurred since, Trapper said. The slanted columns that some students said appear unsteady are “purely aesthetic” Trapper said, and “100 percent part of the design.” The property, which formerly housed John Wanamaker Middle School, was bought by the Goldenberg Group and Bright Hope Baptist Church in 2008 from the School District of Philadelphia for $10.75 million. Ray Betzner, associate vice president for university communications, confirmed that Temple submitted a losing bid for the property, though he could not say what plans the university had for the property.
Citing the continued development of the university’s 20/20 plan, which was transitioned into a new project called Visualize Temple last spring, Trapper said that the Goldenberg Group is in contact with university officials over the development of the remaining 2.5 acres of the property between West Montgomery and Cecil B. Moore avenues. “We want to continue to be good neighbors and an asset to the university,” Trapper said, while noting that there was no formal agreement between the group and the university regarding the renting process for students. The university had such an agreement with the Edge, but due to the completion of Morgan Hall, the university chose not to renew its contract, which required the private apartment complex to rent out a set number of beds through Temple’s residential life department. The university maintains a similar type of contract with Elmira Jeffries, the privately owned residence hall on 15th and Jefferson
streets. Trapper guessed that the majority of students renting space in the new building will be Temple students. The leases offered will be for 12 months. The Goldenberg Group has not released pricing options on the rooms, though Trapper said they will be competitive with university housing and other local developers. In addition to its neighbor relation to the university, the Goldenberg Group is maintaining a “community development,” as well as a financial relationship with Bright Hope Baptist Church across the street, Trapper said. While not disclosing the aspects of the financial agreement, Trapper said the arangement had been restructured a year ago so Bright Hope “could get finacial benefit earlier.” The church could not be reached for comment by the time of press. John Moritz can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.
On a campus located in the 12th most dangerous city in the country, according to the FBI’s 2012 uniform crime report, Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said his team of police work day to day on improving the safety of the students. According to published crime statistics, they have. The constant stream of students into crime-ridden North Philadelphia neighborhoods continues to present a challenge for university officials, who have been candid about their intention to build more on-campus housing in efforts to keep students close. Safety escort services, including a new program in which students can be accompanied by university police to their front door, have
found a place on campus, but the safety climate around the university continues to change. Despite drops in crime numbers, Leone said student perception of campus safety is still a challenge. “If I said to you, ‘Do you feel 22 percent safer this year?’ what would you say?” Leone asked in a recent interview with The Temple News. “This year we have had 22 percent less crime, but do you feel that amount safer?” For many students, the offcampus risks are just a part of the Temple package. “It’s North Philly, so there’s really not much you can do,” sophomore political science major Erinn Kovar said. Leone said the TUdoor Owl Loop program has seen a 20 to 30 percent increase in usage in the past five years. Last semester, more than 50,000 people utilized the system. But CSS’s greatest challenge, Leone said, is the differences between on and off cam-
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College Dems., Reps. accept variety Campus political groups accept nontraditional ideas. MARCUS MCCARTHY The Temple News
At a time when national politics are riddled with polarized partisanship, Temple College Democrats and Temple University College Republicans have taken a different approach than their respective national platforms: both have embraced ideological diversity within their ranks. Temple College Democrats find cohesion in social issues such as gay rights and abortion, while economic thought ranges across the political spectrum. Temple University College Republicans have the opposite situation, with conservative fiscal
policy largely agreed upon but a diversity of opinions on social issues. Joe Oleksak, chairman of TUCR, said a large number of members in the organization support gay marriage. He said these varying viewpoints are good for the party. “I really enjoy the diversity of opinion,” Oleksak said. “It makes us stronger as an organization.” While both TCD and TUCR accept diversity within their ranks, straying from party lines at other college political organizations has, in at least one instance, been met with criticism from higher levels. After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act in June, Stephanie Petelos, chairwoman of the College Re-
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Anderson new dean at College of Ed. Former Columbia professor says he is an unlikely pick. SEAN CARLIN The Temple News Gregory Anderson didn’t want to become a dean. The former higher education policy officer at the Ford Foundation thought that after his time at the philanthropic institution, he’d go back to the Teachers’ College at Columbia University, where he was already a tenured professor. “I hadn’t thought of myself as a dean,” Anderson said. “I actually thought I was going to go back to Columbia University, put on my tweed jacket and do my professor thing again.” But after opening up to the idea, the Canada native took the job at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Ed-
ucation. Four years later, he’s in “I really believe in the pubthe midst of his first semester at lic mission of Temple UniversiTemple’s College of Education, ty,” Anderson said. “I believe in a change he didn’t think would colleges and schools of educahappen. tion making a huge difference in Anderson had been ap- families’ and children’s lives.” proached by search firms in Anderson has undergraduthe past for other jobs, which ate and graduate degrees in sohe declined, and he was finally ciology from the University of asked what his ideal job was. He Toronto, which he attended beresponded with fore leaving the a slew of condicountry for his tions, including doctoral work that the job must at the City Unibe on the East versity of New Coast, in a big York. city with a large Though he public school diswas born and trict and a public raised in Canuniversity. ada, Anderson “I felt like Gregory Anderson / Dean of said moving to College of Education New York gave I was setting up something imhim options possible so I could justify that I that weren’t available in his wasn’t going to leave,” he said. home country. But after being presented “It’s a much smaller acawith the open dean position at demic labor market,” Anderson Temple, he found an opportu- said. “As wonderful of a county nity he couldn’t pass up. as [Canada] is, it lacks a certain
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researcher, you do your work, try to impact change.
dynamism.” After receiving his Ph.D. from CUNY and spending six years as a professor at Columbia, Anderson moved to the Ford Foundation as a higher education policy officer in educational opportunity and scholarship programs. While he said the move “surprised everybody,” it gave him a new perspective on how to make a difference. “As a scholar or researcher, you do your work, try to impact change through your research. But, to be truthful, your audience is much smaller,” Anderson said. “When I was thinking about the work that I care most about, which is to have impact transform how universities and colleges operate to be more equitable and democratic, I was able to move the needle from a different vantage point.” After receiving his Ph.D. from CUNY and working as a
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Gregory Anderson joins the College of Education this semester. The dean seeks to tackle challenges in the Philadelphia School District. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
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professor at Columbia, Anderson moved to the Ford FoundaCAMPAIGN PAGE 1 tion as a higher education policy found that students needed more “This will be my second officer in educational opportuthan just a policy that lays out year [living off campus],” Hob- nity and scholarship programs. “The dean has a lot of auwhat students should be doing son said. “Last year we live on in the neighborhood. Monument Street. That was tonomy to change a college and Rather, Seiss said, students more like, a closed-off street. It a university from the vantage reported needing references for was kind of like a tighter neigh- point of one academic unit,” things such as guides for when borhood. There were a lot of Anderson said. “I still feel that and how to take out the trash Temple kids but there were a I’m a dean who, first and foreand ideas for connecting and lot of locals too that we got to most, is a faculty member, but I’ve learned to value the admincommunicating with communi- know.” ty members. The initiative now While sweeping debris istrative side.” President Neil Theobald includes not just the policy, but from the sidewalk in front of his information including safety, house, Hobson pointed down neighborhood history and city the street to his neighbor, Heordinances. lyn Cheeks, who has lived in Students are also able to her house on Willington Street contact administrators involved since 1960. Cheeks expressed with the initiative for questions positive sentiments about her publicans Federation of Alaabout their neighborhood. Act- student neighbors. bama, was quoted in AL.com as ing almost as a “Temple 311,” “The students along here saying, “We’re governed by the Seiss said they have already re- seem to be very mannerly and Constitution and not the Bible.” ceived questions, including one helpful,” Cheeks said. “I can’t Afterward, the online mestudent living off-campus who really speak for all of them be- dia site Buzzfeed reported that put her trash out like she was cause a lot of them just moved “some members of the state supposed to, but found that it in but the ones that are already party’s leadership were furiwasn’t picked up. After consult- here are willing to pitch in and ous…and they began discussing ing with a neighbor and Temple, help me. When I go shopping ways to oust her from the parshe found out that she didn’t put for my groceries, they come and ty’s steering committee, which the trash close enough to the help me.” always guarantees a spot for the curb. Cheeks acknowledged that college Republican chair.” “This is exactly what we some students are less willing to Petelos has not posted anywant,” Seiss said, referring to engage than others. thing regarding gay marriage the student inquiry. “We don’t “They don’t want to speak, since. want students to be afraid to ask you don’t speak,” Cheeks said. On Thursday, Aug. 24, the us questions.” “You try, but it don’t work. But Alabama state GOP voted not Other than the Temple the group that’s in here now, to oust Petelos from the steering Made banners in the Student they seem to be nice. They don’t committee. Center, the initiative is being come down and have dinner or “[Gay marriage] is an issue advertised by an electronic sign anything like that, not to say that is currently in the midst of at Broad Street and Cecil B. they couldn’t.” internal Republican debating,” Moore Avenue, as well as magWhile his experience has Anthony Christina, chairman nets and decals. been largely positive, Hobson of the Pennsylvania Federation As the initiative works acknowledges the potential for of College Republicans, said. through its first semester with conflict between students and The issue is especially relevant heavy branding, Seiss said the long-term residents of the area. in Southeastern Pennsylvania, overall goal of it is make sure “It’s kind of a clash of cul- where a Montgomery County that students feel what it means tures a little bit,” Hobson said. clerk began issuing marriages to be part of a community. “You could say there’s a tan- licenses to gay couples in defi“Students are coming gible tension between the two ance of the commonwealth’s here for four or five years, but parties and it’s definitely worth definition of marriage. we want them to see that they starting [the Good Neighbor “[The Temple University should be part of this com- Initiative] to take a step forward College Republicans] are one munity, it’s a part of them and in a good direction. [Students of our best chapters,” Christina it’s part of their development,” could] be more respectful to said. “They’re entitled to make Seiss said. “Whether or not you people who call this their home, their own decisions as long as stay in Philadelphia, you’re go- who’ve lived here their entire they stick to our core beliefs.” ing to be a part of a community lives but I mean, Temple kids Oleksak explained that somewhere.” are Temple kids. There are still TUCR has rarely taken official On the 1700 block of Wil- going to be a lot of kids out here stances on issues and doesn’t lington Street, just above Cecil on Friday nights causing a ruck- plan to for the near future. B. Moore Avenue, some new us and everything.” “I try not to go out and student residents are already speak for the whole group,” he practicing neighborly behavior. said. Sean Carlin and Kate Kelly Owen Hobson, a junior broadThe issues TUCR members are community beat writers for The casting, telecommunications are closer aligned on are fiscal Temple News. They can be reached and mass media major, spoke at firstname.lastname@example.org. ones affecting college students, about his experience living in such as the graduate unemployNorth Philadelphia on the front ment rate and student loan debt. steps of his recently constructed These will be the issues that apartment building. TUCR will be more focused on
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said Anderson’s experience in different aspects of higher education played a large role in him becoming the College of Education’s dean. “He’s a very experienced academic, very experienced in fundraising, very experienced as an administrator,” Theobald said. “All of the pieces are here.” As Anderson works through his first semester at Temple, he said he’s looking forward not only to shap-
ing leaders in the college, but working with the Philadelphia School District. The district, he said, offers Temple a chance to live up to its mission and help shape a solution for the school system, which is in the midst of steep financial problems. “We should be facilitating opportunities for kids in North Philly to succeed,” Anderson said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re always going to come to Temple, but we should be providing the core competen-
cies they need to be successful in education and in life.” “If Philadelphia can find out what ails itself, then education reform is possible nationally,” he added. Sean Carlin is the administration beat writer for The Temple News. He can be reached at email@example.com or follow on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.
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Joe Oleksak (left) and Jess Cooper lead the Temple University College Republicans and the Temple College Democrats, respectively. Both groups are open to varrying ideologies, a practice that has gone punished at other levels of politics. | AMANDA SHAFFERN TTN for the coming year. TCD members don’t have the same solidarity in economic thought, but find strong unity in their beliefs on social issues. Jess Cooper, president of TCD, said almost every member is in agreement on these issues. “The fight for social justice is what brings us together,” she said. “It’s like 99.9 percent [who agree].” Oleksak believes views on issues don’t have to be seen as absolutely divided by party. “Some people think all Republicans believe this and all Democrats believe this,” he
said. “That’s not necessarily the case.” Last year, two individuals within the ranks of TCD and TUCR, Sonia Galiber and Darin Bartholomew, respectively, teamed up on Temple’s Student Government, of which Bartholomew is now student body president. TUCR and TCD do have one requirement: supporting and promoting the election of their parties’ candidates in all levels of government for the general elections. Supporting a candidate in a primary is not allowed.
Temple University College Republicans will have their first meeting Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. The location has yet to be finalized but will be posted on their official Facebook page. Temple College Democrats meet on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in Room 220 of the Student Center. Marcus McCarthy is the TSG beat writer for The Temple News. He can be reached at marcus. firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Twitter @Marcus.McCarthy6.
Board oversees budget amid economic struggle BOT PAGE 1 during the public meetings.” Moore said the Board of Trustees is in charge of the university’s strategic direction, its financial well-being and the fulfillment of the university’s mission. They rely on 16 committees to get the job done, each one comprised of at least five trustees with expertise in a particular area. “Because of how large the board is, it is very difficult to make decisions by the consideration of the whole,” Moore said. “The committees make it a longer process, but not more difficult.” Moore said the committees do not divide the board members when it comes to decision making. “These are not different city-states developing policies,” Moore said. “Every member wants to see Temple do well and provide a quality education for its students.” The Board of Trustees asks a lot of its members, and Moore said the process to become one is long and difficult, and the board hopes it will produce members who are faithful to Temple’s mission. Of the 36 voting members on the board, 24 are elected by
the existing trustees and 12 are appointed by the governor, the Speaker of the State House and the president pro tempore of the State Senate. Moore said most trustees are elected and appointed because they have an interest in higher education, strong ties to Temple, or a personal relationship with members on the board and state officials. Though, Moore said, each person has different qualifications for who they want on the board. “The governor is interested in fiscal responsibility, so his appointees reflect that,” Moore said. Gov. Tom Corbett also serves as a non-voting member on the board, along with Mayor Michael Nutter and the State Secretary of Education, Carolyn Dumaresq. The non-voting members rarely attend meetings, and usually designate a person to stand in their place. Moore said the Board of Trustees has a good relationship with Corbett’s stand-in, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley. “He is very active in coming to board meetings and participating and expressing his opinion,” Moore said.
A history with Temple is not required to serve on the board, and some of the board’s longest standing chairmen have come onto the board without any experience with the university. The current chair, Patrick O’Connor was not a Temple graduate. “If they don’t already have strong ties to the university, once on the Board of Trustees, they develop them,” Moore said. “The board does not always look for a strong history, but, more importantly, fresh ideas.” Lew Gould, chairman of the budget and finance committee, said the board is always looking for new ideas to help Temple achieve its mission for the future. Amid an economic slump in Pennsylvania and the world beyond, Temple’s budget has become a vital issue, as the board decides where to get the funds to continue Temple’s mission to improve and provide for students. Gould said the changes made to the budget in the past five years have been hard, but necessary to keep the university operating efficiently. While funding from the
state has steadily decreased over the past five years, Temple has reduced its operating cost by more than $100 million. Earlier this year, when the state refused to increase funding for the university again, the board decided to increase tuition by 2.8 percent. In order to offset the rise in tuition, the board also approved a 9.5 percent increase in the financial aid budget, raising it to over $93 million. Despite the board’s efforts to aid students with the cost of education, the future may call for more hard decisions on the budget. Gould said Pennsylvania’s revenues would have to increase by hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure Temple would get more funding from the state next year. “Unless there is a dramatic increase in the economy, I’m convinced the best we can hope for is level funding,” Gould said. “If even the best of times were to return, I know from talking with the governor that he sees an even greater need for more funds in areas other than education. It’s not realistic for Temple to think they’re suddenly going to get more.”
Gould said the board is working hard to make sure stagnant funding from the state does not mean another rise in tuition for students. “We have to find other revenue sources,” Gould said. “We are aiming to increase revenue from research and alumni donations. Both these sources hit new highs this year, and we can anticipate they will grow in the future.” Gould said the research effort has become the highest priority from both the Board of Trustees and President Theobald. In 2012, the board established a task force for research and the commercialization of the research enterprise. Gould, the chair of the task force, said the board allocated $50 million to be spent on research projects over four to five years. The university already put in $10 million into the program last year, and will add another $10 million this year. Gould said the goal of the program is to fund projects that will be commercially viable and bring in more research dollars. The board wants to have a research revenue that is more comparable to the other large
state institutions, Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh, Gould said. He added that while both Penn State and Pittsburgh bring in more than $700 million each from their research, Temple only earns $180 million from research revenue. Counting on the success of the program, Gould said, the board expects Temple’s research revenue to exceed $300 million. In the meantime, Gould and the budget and finance committee will get to work on next year’s budget, taking into consideration the needs of students and the university as a whole. The Board of Trustees will hold its next public meeting on Oct. 8. Throughout the semester The Temple News will be profiling members of the Board of Trustees, discussing with them important factors of their membership including history with the university, business interests and their own views on how to steer the school. Joseph Gilbride is the Board of Trustees beat writer for The Temple News. He can be reached at joseph. email@example.com. Follow on Twitter at @TempleNewsBOT.
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Trust in the board? They are car salesmen, newspaper executives, famous comedians, judges, lawyers and businessmen. Many of them are not even Temple graduates, but their names will be most familiar to students because they adorn our classroom buildings, walkways and residence halls— they are the Foxes, Alters, Morgans and Whites and they are all members of the Board of Trustees, the often secretive organization that makes some of the largest decisions affecting Temple. It was these people who earlier this summer unanimously voted to raise tuition 2.8 percent, who last year selected Neil Theobald to become the university’s 10th president, and in Spring 2012, when deciding on a name for the 27-story residence hall being erected on Broad Street, it was one of their own—Mitchell Morgan and his wife Hilarie— whose $5 million donation sealed their names in stone.
The board – composed of 36 voting members who are elected either by current members or appointed by city and state officials— are the behindthe-scenes force that wields the most power to affect the course of the university. In “Who are the trustees?” on Page 1, The Temple News presents its first part in a series designed to shed light on the people who act on behalf of all students, faculty and staff. It is important for our readers to become familiar with the people behind the names, who often donate large sums of money and receive large power in return. How do they make their money? What is their history with the university? What are their thoughts on the future of higher education? The Temple News will be publishing a series of profiles on these individuals throughout the semester answering the questions about what we feel our readers should know.
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‘Expansion for Growing University’
Spring Fling has flung On the eve of what was to be President Neil Theobald’s first Spring Fling, one can only assume he anticipated a cheerful celebration with his student body in honor of collectively surviving the colder months together on Main Campus. A mere 24 hours later, the man went to sleep debating the future of Main Campus’ avowed “drinking holiday” with the tragic death of a 19 year-old visiting student casting a towering shadow over the day’s events. Spring Fling was never meant to turn into the “bacchanalian” affair that current students know it as today. It was designed to be a day for the university’s many commuter students to gather on campus, bask in the year’s first wave of breezy weather, collectively show off their new pairs of khaki shorts and enjoy a day of activities planned by an average of 200 vendors and student groups across Main Campus. Professors were still encouraged to hold classes as normal and the event was supposed to coexist peacefully with the university’s academic schedule. That certainly does not describe the Spring Fling that Temple’s current students have gotten used to. If the contemporary Spring Fling era had its own dedicated mascot, it would have been an anthropomorphic Gatorade bottle filled to the brim with $10 vodka. Professors would jokingly describe the sweaty mass of Main Campus partygoers as “excited” – often with an added wink – and subsequently ask what the event’s purpose was before cancelling class for the afternoon. Student responses would range from conservative – “We don’t really know” – to
brutally honest, “We just drink on campus all day.” The university was, in effect, hosting a school-sanctioned BYO affair, complete with added carnival games and barbecue kebabs. Once the April sun set, students would routinely stumble into Templetown houses and continue to guzzle various intoxicants until their bodies gave way. It was not a matter of if, but when someone would get seriously injured during the proceedings. Whether Temple’s previous administration had known about the university’s collective blood alcohol content during the event for years and had been letting it slide is a matter of debate, as well as if the cancellation was in any way influenced by the death of visiting West Chester student Ali Fausnaught last April. While university officials do not cite Fausnaught’s premature death as a reason for the elimination of Spring Fling, given the timing of the verdict, it’s certainly hard to argue that the tragedy in no way influenced the decision-making of President Theobald and his staff. What isn’t up for debate, however, is the intent of the Theobald administration moving forward. Having been President for a scant nine months, Theobald inevitably found himself at a crossroads after surviving the first Spring Fling of his career. The cancellation sends a clear message to Owls everywhere: after Theobald’s formal inauguration on Oct. 18, any distractions to the academic community will no longer be tolerated.
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Sept. 15, 1957: Peabody Hall opens as a women-only dorm in time for the 1957-58 school year. Fifty-six years and one gender integration later, the building still stands and acts as a reminder to any Morgan Hall residents that dormitory architecure has come a long way in the past half century.
Why is Temple recruiting in China? Should Chinese recruitment focus on more than numbers?
by Ethan Jacoby
his past June, Temple held alumni receptions throughout Asia to promote its presence globally, specifically in China. Many members of Temple’s delegation attended, including Provost Hai-Lung Dai and President Neil Theobald. Since Spring 2010, my career and travels have brought me to China on a full-time basis. Although the journey that led me to China has been a difficult one, it has been fruitful, as I developed and refined my life and skills personally and professionally while I have been here. Since graduation, and especially since I have been in China, I have had very little contact with Temple’s alumni relations office and its programs. After a year and a half in China studying Mandarin, I decided to explore Temple as a way to branch out and ex-
pand my knowledge of various career opportunities and paths that could benefit from my expertise here. It was then I found out about the alumni reception. And unfortunately, I found out a lot about the objectives of “higher education” in the 21st century. I attended a recent reception held at a traditional “da ting,” a large reception hall for banquets in China. Shanghai cuisine, along with some wine, helped ease what was a somewhat tense and nervous scene at first. Having no clue what to expect given the 10-word invitation, I hoped to make some connections and learn something about the locals’ experiences at Temple. Like most Chinese networking events, the focus was on the success stories of alumni from companies such as Ford Asia and the experiences of the provost and president doing business. Like security guards, hefty development officers stood in the corners of the room glistening with sweat and their “T” lapel pins shining in the light. After the greetings and pep talks were done, I wanted to find out more about what
the purpose of the trip was and how it would affect Temple in the future. It was not long after my initial approach that this weary group of delegates had their sights set on closing the event and getting a good night’s rest en route to their third city in two days, with the next city being Beijing. Needless to say, there was little information conveyed about a plan from the presentation of the delegation. It was little more than a promotion to fundraise and promote enrollment; a major effort of travel and planning for an hour and a half of networking all done at the Westin Hotel in Shanghai’s most prestigious district, the Bund, on one night. A week later, I got back in touch with a senior member of Temple’s international development team to express interest in my involvement in their recruiting efforts. After a little bit of selling, I found out that she and the provost would be in Beijing, as Dai’s services would be badly needed. How strange that a development effort that started four weeks prior required some of the same members of the delegation to return. Could this
time have been spent in Philadelphia, accruing less overhead and less of a burden on the department’s budget? If Temple’s provost is serious about building a strong relationship with China that will grow not only the incoming but outgoing student body, it needs to give serious thought to holding more events to promote its programs that already exist with universities in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The university could perhaps even take a page from European education standards and require a rigorous immersion program to complete a successful study program. The “China dream” isn’t going away anytime soon, and applications from Asia to U.S. and other western universities will flow for some time. If the administration’s stance is purely to raise overseas enrollment and fundraise abroad, “Temple Tough” might be a slogan best used for students who will need to be strong if they are not already equipped to deal with the realities of post-graduate America. Ethan Jacoby is a STHM graduate of the Class of 2002.
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Naked The NCAA’s consistency problem bike guide The NCAA doesn’t sell jerseys online, but Temple does.
What better way to celebrate green transit than with nudity?
f you had the misfortune to be caught driving in Center City on Aug. 25, you probably had to deal with the traffic congestion created by hordes of scantily clad cyclists, rollerbladers, and skateboarders. I am of course talking about the fifth Annual Philly Naked Bike Ride. The ride is one of the greatest public spectacles in Philadelphia culture. A recurring event since 2009, the bike ride exists to raise awareness Luke Harrington for two major causes. The first – in no particular order – is to promote eco-friendly transit, mainly through bicycling, but their message really encompasses any mode of transport that doesn’t produce pollution. The second is to advance positive body image and bodily health messages in a world that perpetuates aggressively high standards of personal beauty and declining standards in health and fitness. Or, to put it bluntly, “less gas, more ass.” The PNBR accomplishes both of these goals by sending entirely nude bicyclists of all genders on a harrowing journey through five Philadelphia neighborhoods. Data on the ride is intentionally kept scarce, but in 2012, roughly 2,600 riders – many of them Temple students – participated. Many people think a sea of exposed humanity cavorting around and clogging traffic is an offensive sight. Philadelphia Magazine blogger Joel Mathis even went so far as to claim that the event contains enough nudity to “kill your libido dead.” The ride isn’t exactly permitted by the city code either. According to Chapter 10-1102 of Title 10 of the Code of General Ordinances of the City of Philadelphia, the “lewd exhibition of the genitals” is defined as obscene. Now, let’s multiply that by about a few hundred people on a single afternoon and throw in the disruption of street traffic along many major thoroughfares in Center City. It doesn’t get much lewder than this. But, due to the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in the case of Miller v. California, all instances of alleged obscenity must pass three qualifications to actually be regarded in court as obscene. Specifically, the third and final rule can be applied to save the Philly Naked Bike Ride from the jaws of the city judiciary: “The work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artis-
he college lifestyle exists as a series of double standards that are accepted simply because that’s just how things are. Pick a major you love, but not if it doesn’t make you a lot of money. Get an off campus job, but have enough time to make y o u r Dan Craig main focus your grades. Play a revenue sport where the school profits from selling jerseys using your number, and make no money from it. That last one probably doesn’t apply to most students, but it becomes an incredibly interesting contradiction when you consider that the NCAA banned the sale of jerseys on ShopNCAASports.com on Aug. 8 after ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas uncovered that users could type in the name of a player and receive search results for said player’s corresponding jersey number. It’s known by students that you can find the numbers of our basketball and football teams’ best players hanging on the racks of the school store. However, you could give the store the benefit of the doubt and assume the numbers are randomly picked and have no relation to any specific players. I decided to test that assumption. The first time I went in, I asked if there were any Khaliff Wyatt jerseys left over from the basketball season. The employee politely told me there were no basketball jerseys in right now, only football jerseys. I walked in the next day and asked if there were any jerseys for Connor Reilly, Temple’s new starting quarterback. The man working there said he didn’t think so and couldn’t name the players whose numbers were available. He claimed he needed to give himself a refresher on the roster.
I then checked to see what players’ numbers were available, and quickly noticed that the numbers four and five were available as football jerseys. Anyone with a basic knowledge of Temple football knows that these are the numbers of wide receivers Ryan Alderman and Jalen Fitzpatrick, respectively. None of this is particularly damning. But it does shed some light on the situation. The fact is, they knew whom I was talking about and engaged with me about the possibility of buying a specific player’s
tic, political or scientific value.” It is this third rule that validates the bike ride as a protected form of free speech under the First Amendment. Also, because the bike ride advocates for greater support and participation in green transit and for improving the bike infrastructure of the city, it can have real political impact. For many years, the city of Philadelphia has been adapting its transit systems to become more bike-friendly. Many arterial streets, like 12th Street, 13th Street, Pine Street, have had their lanes redrawn to include bicycle lanes.
Many SEPTA buses now come with bike racks for commuters who need a little extra help getting to work. These are all political issues at heart, in that they had to be approved by city government to come to fruition. Philadelphia’s bike community needs to shore up support, and what better way to bring their cause to light than to do it en masse, and in the buff? You can’t exactly ignore the ride when it passes you in the street. In fact, thousands of onlookers responded not with jeers, but with iPhones and various other recording devices to preserve this day
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jersey. Also, there were the numbers of two football players, both skills players, available for purchase. Is there really much of a difference between typing in a player’s name online and uttering it out loud in the school store? If you went to a basketball game last year and looked out across all of the fans and students, only one number was apparent: Wyatt’s No. 1. If you go to shop.owlsports.com, the official web store of Temple University Athletics, you’ll see three basketball jersey numbers: No. 1, No. 32 and No. 4. In other words: Khaliff Wyatt, Rahlir HollisJefferson and Juan Fernandez. It’s not an accident. Again, if the problem of NCAA schools profiting from its athletes is such an obvious issue, why was the NCAA linking player names to actual products in the first place? More importantly, how do schools like Temple still sell the jersey numbers of its players and get away with it? Are these two concepts not one in the same? Who is responsible for speaking up about this? Banning one but not the other is incongruous, but I’d argue that in-store sales are going to continue at Temple for the same reasons that I spent last summer at an unpaid internship. It’s the same reason that I took an unpaid internship this summer. It’s the same reason most college students will do the same. College students, whether they spend their workdays by a copy machine or on the gridiron, are not in a position to negotiate for real work benefits. Are Alderman and Fitzpatrick going to host a boycott of the school bookstore, or are they going to keep quiet and go out every Saturday this fall and try and increase their chances of making it professionally? I’ll let you answer that one. The rules aren’t always fair or logical. Yet considering that most of us will gladly accept unpaid internships, and considering Wyatt didn’t say a word publicly about all the No. 1 jerseys hanging in the bookstore last year, the only conclusion I can draw is that we’d all much rather try and make the game work for us than risk our chances by rebelling against it. Dan Craig can be reached at daniel. firstname.lastname@example.org.
for uhh… posterity? Genitals exist, everyone possesses them, we might as well not waste time and energy denying it. The demonstrators are not having sex in public, and moreover I don’t believe there to be a very sexual overtone to the event at all and I wholeheartedly believe that the ride does a great job of drumming up support for an otherwise stale topic. I can’t speak for anyone else, but greener modes of transit don’t exactly sound like titillating conversation to me. Luke Harrington can be reached at luke. email@example.com.
Visualize harmony, rather than hatred Visualize Temple sheds light on the dark desires of certain students.
have no idea what possessed me to click on the link in that Visualize Temple email, one of the many Temple-related messages I received over the summer. I guess I wasn’t alone on this. The feedback site, powered by the web collaboration platform MindMixer and introduced by Temple’s administration last spring, has fostered more than 8,500 interactions and gained more than 5,000 unique users so far. It allows users to submit policy Nina Lispi proposals intended to improve the community. Users can comment on ideas and award anywhere from one to three stars based on how much they like each proposal. Whether it was curiosity or masochism that led me to log on, I was sur-
prised to find that the ideas on Visualize Temple are as diverse as a Temple brochure photo. Policy suggestions range from the sublime – “More dining options!” – to the ridiculous, like “More spider hunting facilities.” Most of the ideas on the site are overwhelmingly positive, or at least well-intentioned. But before I could even get upset that the site was displaying my middle name alongside my comments, I ran across some ideas that made me see cherry red. User Courtney L W’s idea, titled, “Less hood, more college” reads, “It’s frustrating always worrying about safety. Things will happen anywhere, but I would love to see the surrounding areas have fewer ‘locals’ and more students. I want to feel safe coming home after a late night studying or out, and feel surrounded by many people doing the same.” Posts like this make me wonder why students like Courtney L.W. choose to attend Temple. Does she realize that her idea of fewer “locals” means pushing real people with families to feed, clothe and house out of their residences? These are people with real com-
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munity ties. How do you expect to have these ties if you, like Courtney L.W., are afraid your neighbors are going to hurt you? In the words of user Timothy J. V, “‘Locals’ is just veiled racism. Do low-income neighborhoods make you feel ‘unsafe?’ If you can’t handle living near people whom you don’t know, you should probably transfer to a school farther away from human beings and closer to nature and animals and farms.” The truly revolting fact about this is that Courtney L.W.’s post earned 37 stars. That means more than 12 people think it’s an awesome idea to pull a University City and ignore Temple’s commitment to being “good neighbors” by gentrifying the surrounding area, already full of people who don’t have a ton of other options when it comes to affordable housing. The median household income for the zip code 19121 is $14,984, according to the Pew Charitable Trust’s most recent State of the City report. That’s the second-lowest median income in the entire city. It’s below the poverty line for a family of two people. Guess who can afford to pay predatory landlords $600 a month to live in one room? Not these folks.
But if I can afford to push these people out, they can just, like, move into public housing, right? If user Thomas E.B gets his way, they won’t be able to do that either. He writes, “Temple needs to join with the city and declare eminent domain over the housing project along Berks between 11th and 10th. Take that over, clean it up, and turn it into housing.” Are you serious, Thomas E.B.? You want Temple to reach deeper into its pockets to put some more expensive housing in that same community? In addition to being pretty offensive, this idea could use a rethink in terms of dollars and cents. I’ll echo the sentiment of Harris M. B., who commented, “It is incumbent upon the Temple community to harmoniously co-exist with our neighbors.” We’ve already committed to receiving our education here in North Philadelphia. Let’s open our minds about exactly what it means to live among North Philadelphians.
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Can we help our public schools? Temple’s new scholarships should help local students.
eath throes” are defined as being the final stages before something fails or ends, the sudden violent movements and twitches made by the dying in a very painful and unpleasant process. This is also the term the nation is applying to describe the status of Philadelphia public schools. In a system that has long Jessica Smith been spiraling downward, students wondered all summer if they’d be returning on time in September, or if they were returning at all. The latest blow came in Mayor Nutter’s last-ditch effort to keep schools opening on time by agreeing to a $50 million borrowing plea on Aug. 15. The pledge from City Hall allowed the district to keep their promised Sept. 9 open date by rehiring 1,000 employees that were laid off at the end of the previous school year. The city plans on selling municipal bonds to borrow money from investors, promising an additional $60 million. Meanwhile, state lawmakers have pledged $120 million in state aid. Superintendent William Hite cited safety concerns in an interview with ABC Action News while discussing the plans for the loaned money that included hiring back about 900 noontime aides. “It’s the bare minimum of what we need in order to have adequate schools,” Hite said. “All classrooms will have a teacher, all buildings will have principals [and] all buildings will have individuals to monitor students in the hall and cafeteria.” Amidst all of this, Temple prides itself on being “Philadelphia’s public university.” But how many students are actual products of Philadelphia’s education? The answer is too few. While this fiasco was taking place, more than 45,000 donors were contributing to Temple’s recordbreaking, $65.8 million summer of fundraising, the majority of which is set to go towards their $100 million scholarship campaign. The pool of donors included more than 3,000 alumni who received degrees in the last decade. On one hand, the public school system is abandoning students who can barely look forward to their high school graduations, let alone college. The act of operating with bare-bones faculty, a lack of teachers and an unacceptably low number of guidance counselors, who actually facilitate the college application process, is leaving many students unable or unwilling to realize their full potential. On the other hand, “Philadelphia’s public university” may be raising money to make itself more affordable, but the prestige of upper-level education is still cruelly out of reach to the very students that this university was founded to educate. The situation cannot continue to be ignored, even by the comfortable Temple students who are products of the suburbs. Temple students need to keep in mind that there are potential Owls out there being denied their basic right to education because of circumstances wholly out of the children’s control. Let’s hope that the promise of new scholarships brings the promise of new life to those trapped in this awful situation. With every small motion made to help, the barely breathing system moves closer to maintaining a steady pulse. Jessica Smith can be reached at email@example.com.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
In The Nation NEW COLLEGE RANKINGS IN ‘15
The college ratings system is in line for a major overhaul from Pennsylvania Avenue, per an announcement late in August from President Obama. It marks latest move in the administration’s struggle to push its affordable education agenda, an effort that has floundered in a fiercely partisan congress. The new ratings system, per a White House memo, differs sharply from the widely regarded industry standard: the U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings. The President’s plan would pit programs’ effectiveness against the cost of a degree, effectively creating a “best value” college ranking system. After the rankings system is established, the administration’s hope is that it can eventually be tied to federal student loans. “After this ratings system is well established, Congress can tie federal student aid to college performance so that students maximize their federal aid at institutions providing the best value,” reads the White House announcement. A sign advertising Temple’s Owl Loop bus program which has seen 20 to 30 percent increase in The program bears slight echoes to the use amid continued off-campus safety fears. Page 2 | CINDY STANSBURY TTN now-defunct – and heavily criticized – No Child Left Behind system installed under the Bush administra- tently anti-drug climate in Washington, as many pro- pose to public safety, public health and other law marijuana activists have braced for federal resistance enforcement interests,” it reads. “A system adequate tion, which tied the performance of public K-12 to state law changes since Colorado and Washington to that task must not only contain robust controls programs to federal dollars. Under the Obama voters elected to legalize recreational marijuana use and procedures on paper; it must also be effective in administration’s plan, schools that are considered in the November 2012 election. practice.” “good values” would receive more taxpayer dollars Along with a statement from Attorney Cole’s memo reiterates that under federal to fund programs and deepen the well of federal General Eric Holder, Deputy Attorney General James law, the sale, possession or use of recreational maristudent loans available to their students. Cole issued a statement to U.S. attorneys across the juana is still illegal, and said the Justice Department The administration says the new rankings continues to be focused on ending the distribution of system will be available before the 2015 school year. nation, saying that the federal office had decided to trust state legislatures to regulate and manage the marijuana to minors, combating the violence that is -Ali Watkins use of the drug within their borders: associated with the drug and preventing marijuana FEDS OK STATE POT LAWS “The Department’s guidance in this memo- from crossing state lines, among other things. randum rests on its expectation that states and local The DoJ will not, however, stop the new Despite conflicts between state and governments that have enacted laws authorizing laws from going into effect in Colorado and Washingfederal law, the Department of Justice announced marijuana-related conduct will implement strong ton. The announcement has led many to speculate if last week that it will not seek to squelch marijuana and effective regulatory and enforcement systems more states will soon follow suit. legalization in Colorado and Washington states. that will address the threat those state laws could The move came as a surprise in a consis -Ali Watkins
MAN KILLED BY PUNCH
A 49-year-old male died after being punched in face by an 18-year-old male on the 1600 block of North 17th Street earlier Saturday morning. Philadelphia plain-clothes police officers witnessed the event and arrested the suspect, Charlie Leone, acting executive director of Campus Safety Services said. Leone said the officers apprehended the suspect on the 1500 block of Bouvier Street around 1 a.m. The victim was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 2 a.m. According to a report by 6 ABC, the teenage suspect is facing homicide charges -John Moritz
GUN SCARE AT AMBLER
Temple’s Ambler Campus students awere advised to continue their schedules as normal after reports of an armed individual in a parking lot were deemed not credible Friday afternoon, said Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone. Shortly before 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, Leone said an administrator at the campus offices received a phone call warning of an armed individual in the parking lot. Temple and Upper Dublin Township Police investigated and found no such individual. The campus was not locked down, Leone said, and no alert was issued to students until a general TU Advisory was issued throughout the student body notifying them of the incident shortly after 3 p.m. While no official lockdown was issued, Leone said there was unofficial communication between the Ambler staff about staying inside. Leone said that the campus was never in danger and CSS only chose to issue the alert after they received numerous calls from students who had heard rumors and inquired whether it was safe to return to class. -John Moritz
Cops walk students to doors Bars sued in grad’s death pus environments. “We do have a lot more [safety] resources dedicated to our campus,” he said. “We have extra patrols, we have extra lighting. Those are the things that keep crime down. The further you go away from campus, you’re relying more on street lighting [which is] city resources.” “Going to the Tech Center late at night all the time, I love using the Owl Loop,” junior psychology major Stacy Finnegan said. “At night, it’s easier than having to look over your shoulder every five minutes at 2 a.m. walking home.” Finnegan still expresses doubt with a program that emphasizes walking over a trip on the Owl Loop bus. “I don’t know how much more safe I would feel with someone walking me to my door,” she said. Prior to this semester, Leone said the walk program was an informal practice. For this semester, it has been formalized. To access these services, a student should dial 8-WALK. Terah Stivers, a sophomore social work major who lives on Diamond Street, said she feels completely safe on campus. But, she said, students should be aware of the risks when venturing off campus. “I have never felt unsafe [off campus] but I am definitely a lot more cautious,” Stivers said. Kovar spoke bluntly about
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Diamond Street, describing it as an area where “a lot of s--- goes down.” But Leone said most of Diamond Street’s poor reputation is based on student perception rather than actual danger. “The reality of it is that we really haven’t had any [crime] increases along a particular corridor,” he said. The main culprit of crime on students, according to Leone, normally involves expensive smartphones, which can easily lure a criminal to a student. “I just say to students, ‘Would you walk around with $200-300 in your hand?”’ he said with a laugh. Finnegan had a different take, saying she uses her phone as a crime deterrent. “If I feel like I am being followed, I’ll pull it out and be like, ‘Oh, hi,’” she said, mimicking conversation. Leone said that the danger with this practice is two-fold, saying the distraction may not be worth the risk. Junior biology major Kyle Kalinowsky said he agreed. “I feel like safety is a lot about knowing what’s going on around you, so if you don’t know what’s going on and you’re focused on a cell phone call, you’ve got a lot more liabilities,” he said. Being aware of the environment that surrounds you is a top safety tip of Leone’s, who says common sense is the best
safety tool around. “If you keep your brain focused on where you’re going and use some preventive things, chances are you’ll be a lot better off if something happens to you,” he said. Stivers also said that confidence goes a long way in preventing crime. “You have to get into the city mindset…know where you are, (and) even if you don’t, act like you know where you are,” she said. Evan Rotunno, a junior social services major, is an outlier when it comes to safety in North Philadelphia: He seeks safety for his off-campus apartment in the form of a gun. “I have my gun at my house,” Rotunno said. “I don’t bring it to school, but it’s used for a little of both protection and fun.” Leone said he does not condone students taking this level of protection into their own hands and said these weapons could be used against the student as opposed to the attacker. Instead, the acting executive director of CSS said that he advises prevention before selfprotection. “The thing about any sort of weapon is that you have to be extremely careful because you may not be proficient in its use,” Leone said. Cindy Stansbury is a crime beat writer for The Temple News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
may cause. “The family wanted to bring attention to this problem,” Barrett said. “They wanted to bring awareness that both bars were not supposed to serve drinks while their patrons were EDWARD BARRENECHEA drunk.” On the night of Jan. 13, The Temple News 2012, Kless started his night The family of a Temple at Lucy’s Hat Shop. The degraduate who was fatally beaten fendants, Kenneth Enriquizmore than a year ago after an al- Santiago, Steven Ferguson and tercation in Old City has filed a Felix Carrillo were in the same wrongful death lawsuit against bar. According to the official the two establishments that the complaint, Lucy’s Hat Shop family believes served the men continued to serve Kless and his attackers alcohol when they alcohol while were already inebrithey were ated. visibly inKevin Kless, toxicated. 23, was beaten to Santiago, death by three men Ferguson after a verbal alterand Carrillo cation in Old City left Lucy’s in January 2012. a short time Attorney Michael later and Barrett, who was entered G hired by the Kless Lounge. The estate to pursue the suit said that wrongful death suit, Michael Barrett / Kless Family all three men claimed that both attorney were again the G Lounge near served alcoRittenhouse Square and Lucy’s Hat Shop in Old hol while inebriated. As the three defendants City continued to serve alcohol to the three men while they were left the lounge later that evening, they began to argue with not sober. “This was a very sad and Kless and his company, which unfortunate death,” Barrett said. ultimately lead to a fight. Kless Under the Pennsylvania was left bleeding on the ground, Dram Shop Act, a business or where he soon died. Throughout the ordeal, all individual who serves alcohol to someone who is already ine- three assailants were still conbriated is legally responsible sidered to be intoxicated, acfor any damages that the person cording to the complaint.
Killers of Temple grad were underaged, too drunk, suit claims.
this incident happened is because the two bars served alcohol to minors.
Santiago, Ferguson and Carrillo were charged with the beating of Kless in early 2012. Ferguson pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and is currently serving a five to 10 year sentence while the other two are serving a lighter sentence after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Barrett also said that the bars served two of the assailants, Ferguson, 20, and Santiago, 19, who were under the legal drinking age at the time of the incident. The penalty for supplying alcohol to minors can include the establishments’ loss of their liquor licenses, fines and criminal charges. “The reason this incident happened is because the two bars served alcohol to minors,” he said. “The responsibility is with them.” Barrett claimed that both bars did not try to stop the flow of consumption, as they were trained to do. According to the complaint, a bartender at Lucy’s Hat Shop said that on a typical weekend, about 99 percent of the bar is “buzzed.” “Instead of saying, ‘Would you like another?’ they should have known when to stop serving,” Barrett said. Both the G Lounge and Lucy’s Hat Shop were not available to comment. Edward Barrenechea is a crime beat writer for The Temple News. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @EddieB_TU.
School turned blind eye to harassment, Moore says cannot comment further on current litigation,” Larry Dougherty, the senior associate athletic director for communications, said in a statement. In the complaint, Moore alleges that Mobley neglected her by denying her access to the training facilities and proper coaching, “allowing the plaintiff to be verbally abused and bullied by coaching staff and teammates,” and used threatening language when Moore tried to protest. Moore also stated that the actions of her coaches caused “mental distress” that lead to
her attempting suicide by jumping out of her dorm room window. Moore alleges that her attempts to notify the university of the coaches’ actions led to Mobley telling her to “never contact my f—— boss, or else you will be dismissed from this team.” Karen Auerbach, a spokeswoman for the track team, declined comment on behalf of Mobley. Gabe Pickett, a senior jumper for the track & field team, spoke to The Temple News about his former teammate.
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“I knew [Moore], she seemed like in high spirits,” Pickett said. “She was always saying hi, talking in a nice Southern accent” On the allegations Moore brought against her former coaches and school, Pickett said, “I haven’t been a witness to anything. If it happened, it happened away from me.” During her time on the track team, Moore broke the school’s all-time record in discus throw with a mark of 37.65 meters. That record was surpassed in 2012 by Margo Britton.
On May 20, 2011, Moore received an email from Student Financial Services informing her that her athletics aid would not be renewed for the following year on the recommendation of the athletics department, according to records. Moore stated in her complaint that she disputed the department’s request at an NCAA panel held on July 28, 2011. Moore said the panel ruled in her favor, however, she was dismissed from the team. Athletic records show that she was not on the following
year’s roster. Moore is a native of Stratham, Ga., where she graduated from Winder-Barrow High School before transferring from Jacksonville State University, athletic records show. Under docket information provided by the Court of Common Pleas, Moore is listed as the pro se filer of the complaint, meaning she is representing herself. John Moritz and Andrew Parent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MY SISTER, MY BROTHER
FASHION FACEOFF: TU STREET STYLE
APO, a co-ed fraternity on Temple’s campus, is open to both men and women who are interested in community service-based Greek Life. PAGE 17
Melonee Rembert and Maura Leiberman stopped Temple students with striking style on campus this past week and reveal their favorite stores. PAGE 8
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
RICHIE EXTENDS HOURS, MENU
Richie Jr. is now open on Saturdays after expandnig the menu by adding hot dogs this fall. PAGE 17 PAGE 7
Lauren Waksman is thrilled to meet Vice President Biden in person at his appearance in Scranton, Pa., as her friend Eve Zhurbinskiy looks on. |COURTESY LAUREN WAKSMAN
Student wins ticket in 140 characters
Lauren Waksman, who considers herself Joe Biden’s No. 1 fan, met him after a lucky tweet.
HEND SALAH The Temple News
emple student Lauren Waksman is such a passionate supporter of the vice president that she made her voice heard in a mere 140 characters. Twitter’s popularity has made it a forum for everyone, from politicians to college students and many more. If there is anyone in the world who still believes that participating in social networks is no more than frivolous banter with no true value, they have finally been proven wrong. Lauren Waksman, a junior political science major, was personally invited by Vice President
Joe Biden to attend his conference on Aug. 23 at Lackawanna College in his hometown of Scranton, Pa. Her spurof-the-moment opportunity arose after frequent tweets to the vice president’s Twitter account somehow caught his attention. Waksman had come across an article that said President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden would be nearby and was immediately excited. She
attempted to get tickets to the event, but when that proved impossible she said she was upset. She then took to the Internet and tweeted the Biden administration. “Question for VP (what else is new): if you’ll be in Scranton on Friday, can you get me in?” the tweet said. “Tickets might be gone by the time I get there.” A couple hours later, she received an email from his press secretary telling her that they
saw her tweet and asked her to give them a call. Waksman said she initially expected the Biden office to tell her to stop sending them so many tweets and that she was annoying them. Instead, she received the shock of her life. The vice president was not seeking her out to ask her to stop spamming his Twitter. In fact, she was told they were big fans of her tweets and wanted to offer her two tickets to the event. They even tweeted her back. “Naturally, I freaked out,” Waksman said. “I was just in shock. I hung up and called my friend that went with me and we screamed on the phone for 10 minutes. I started getting calls and tweets from everyone. A bunch of Temple accounts tweeted me, and so did the Pennsylvania College Democrats.” She drove two and a half hours up to Scranton, Pa., and was given a VIP pass. She and her
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Truck veteran reflects on student diets Burger Busz considers food truck health options. ARIANE PEPSIN The Temple News
Hanoch Guy is the professor of Jewish Humor, a class that focuses on a unique culture. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
Don’t laugh at Jewish humor Jewish humor strives to celebrate heritage. JOHN CORRIGAN The Temple News Mel Brooks and Woody Allen are serious subject matter in one course available to students. For students in Hanoch Guy’s Jewish Humor class, those filmmakers become part of the curriculum. “Being funny is subjective,” Guy said. “You have to surprise or shock the audience to be funny. Humor is an element of language that can bend into absurdity or contradiction. It is deeply connected to the soul and persecution of the Jewish people.”
Aaron Stevens, a senior media studies and production major, reminded students to not judge a book by its cover. “People might think when they see Jewish Humor, the whole class will be about Jerry Seinfeld and Seth Rogan,” Stevens said. “It’s really more of a culture class. The humor is that since we have had 3,000 years of ignorance, we can get to the punch line before you.” Stevens believes that taking Jewish Humor is worth the experience of being taught by Guy, rather than absorbing the content. “He’s a great guy, very knowledgeable,” Stevens said. “A little long-winded, but come
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trucks need to find something that they can specialize in, rather than having an old-style food truck that serves everything from cheesesteaks to fried rice,” Park said. “The 13th and Norris corner offers specialized trucks and a wide variety of options. It’s like a street food court.” The specialization of Park’s two food trucks is explained in their respective names. The Burger and Cheese Busz gives students the option to go the fast-food route with options such as the Texas Hold ’Em burger with barbecue sauce, ba-
con and cheese, or in a healthier direction with something like the tomato pesto grilled cheese, which features a sun-dried tomato pesto with spinach, provolone and roasted pepper. Typically, the most popular items are those of the fast food variety. “Our best sellers are typically burgers like the Texas Hold ’Em or club burger, but we do have a wide variety of customers who only get specific burgers that they like,” Park said. “But what allows us to satisfy [customers] is having the specialized burgers that ca-
ter to specific tastes like the Italian-flavored Rizzo or the spicy Pyro.” Originally, Park opened the Burger Busz in March 2011 and sold the wide variety of burgers that are still on the menu today. When he was asked by a few Tyler students if he would provide more vegetarian options, he ventured into the world of grilled cheese. This prompted him to open the Cheese Busz in September 2011. Due to his experience with making sandwiches
According to Temple’s Center for Obesity Research and Education, one-third of college students are overweight. The typical college lifestyle often seems to obstruct healthy eating with a combination of factors, including minimalistic budgets, a lack of cooking supBURGER PAGE 18 plies and busy schedules. When hunger strikes, many students look to food trucks to provide them with a filling, reasonably priced meal. But are they catering to the sometimes unhealthy eating habits of students? Some of these popular trucks are the Burger and Cheese Busz and Busz Sushi and Dim Sum, located on Norris Street near the Tyler School of Art. Owned and operated by Juno Park, the “Buszes” are frequented spots in a food truckladen area of campus. Park aims to cater to many students tastes with his differently specialized trucks and observes the resulting student dietary choices. Park, who previously owned Noshery Gourmet Cafe in the Avenue North complex on Broad Street from 2006 to 2009, said he feels he knows the secret that keeps students coming back Burger Busz food assembly line displays a line of condiments during construction of a burger. for more. “I think the other food Owner Juno Park said burgers are his most popular item.| TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
Trending on campus: Brotherly Love opens doors to jobs student street style
ESTHER KATRO INTERNal Update
Katro describes her appreciation for the sense of camaraderie in the Philly job market.
t’s just, I haven’t left Philly yet.” This quote, from the ever-relevant “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” character Charlie Kelly, admitting to having never left Philadelphia, has a certain relevance to my own life. His confession was prompted by debating whether or not to road trip with his friends to the Grand Canyon, thereby forcing him to leave the confines of his home turf. Maybe it’s for a different reason than Charlie’s, but I can relate his homebody nature to those native Philadelphians whom I’ve encountered through my internships in the city. When I first started interning in New York City while attending classes at Temple, I felt sure I had the longest commute to and from the West Village twice a week. As a Philadelphian myself, I grew accustomed to believing that the majority of people, with a few exceptions, choose to live in the city they work in. After struggling through crowds of people for expensive Big Gulp sodas, I learned firsthand that there isn’t enough room or money for everyone to happily live and work together in New York City. In Philadelphia, however, the cracked bell rings brotherly love. At every internship I’ve attended, toured or interviewed at, I have always either spotted Temple pennants or met with Temple alumni. People like to hire their friends. Maintaining strong current and future professional relationships with your classmates and professors here at Temple
is paramount. From my experience, it seems that the majority working in Philadelphia were born, raised, attended school and live in Philadelphia. And what better way to truly experience that love than to have had the opportunity to experience Philadelphia sports first-hand this summer? I was lucky enough to do just that as an intern with Fox 29 WTXFTV located in Old City. OK, so our city’s teams didn’t actually do that well this summer, or even for the past couple years. Nevertheless, I was excited to learn how the fourth largest media market decides what sporting news is important and how it conveys the important news to its public, especially given that a losing season isn’t something that boosts citywide moral of P h i l l y sports fans. I should preface the aforementioned by stating that this was my first internship with a local news station. While it doesn’t necessarily matter what order you do your internships in, I decided to start interning at the network news level first to observe how news stations are run. I chose to pursue that before an internship with a local affiliate in order to gain hands-on skills that can better prepare me for, yes, the real world. My shift as a sports intern would start at around 5:30 p.m. and would go as late, or early, as 1 a.m. It’s not that we were airing our show that early but rather we had spent all day gathering sports footage and didn’t want to leave the station until we had edited our package. Again, it’s the passion that drives the people in this industry to put in the long, overnight hours. It’s great to experiment with bizarre hours as an intern to see if you can handle work-
ing the night-shift without committing to a long-term contract. We are college students, so employers tend to understand our relationship to short term commitments rather than long term – although interning will help you to adjust to working straight through, rather than taking those college naps or gym breaks throughout your day. So when it came time to decide on my fall internship, I decided to continue with Fox 29 to work the morning shift. “Good Day Philadelphia” interns are expected to be at the studio at 3:30 a.m. for a 4:30 a.m. morning show start time As college students, we’re taught critical thinking skills in the classroom. Yet in order to be better informed to fully experience and analyze life outside of the classroom, we must have the drive and energy. Once starting an internship, whether or not you plan to continue for more than one semester, make sure you are distinguishing yourself from university to workplace by going out of your way to meet and sit down with people at the company. This will also expose you to experienced professionals who can help you network for a future job. Becoming a familiar face in a workplace creates open doors for the future, particularly during a conversation with your internship coordinator about continuing with the company for another semester. If employers can speak for your good work, then there’s a chance that they will allow you to stay, since your experience is now valuable to them. Just make sure that there’s still room for you to grow as a professional at your current internship. If it’s a small company and you know how to do the job, then expand into a medium-sized company.
to be better informed to fully experience and analyze life outside of the classroom, we must have the drive and energy.
Esther Katro can be reached at email@example.com.
Arriving: A series of unfortunate events
CHRISTASIA WILSON Across the Pond
Wilson describes the confusion and nervousness that she experienced during her travels to London. LONDON – Jet lag, getting lost, heavy bags and starvation sums up my first two days in London. While driving to the airport on my departure date, I began thinking there was a problem with my visa. London dates are written out as date, month and then year instead of the traditional American order. This caused me to believe I had to leave on Dec. 12 instead of Dec. 15. Anyone who has dealt with visas knows that you must leave
the country by or before the date written, so this caused a short, unnecessary panic attack. After about 15 minutes of hyperventilating for no reason, I moved on to face the real problem: my luggage seemed to be over the weight limit. Two suitcases, a carry-on and pocketbook didn’t exactly make the cut. My mother, brother and I ended up playing a game I like to call, “Do You Even Wear This Item Of Clothing At School?” If the answer was no, then that item came out of the bag. I put my brother to good use and threw clothes at him to fold. Unfortunately, he didn’t obtain my mother’s packing gene and I had to re-roll after him. With all the commotion of repacking my possessions, we arrived at JFK Airport. After a long check-in and an hour spent at Starbucks, it was time to go through security. That’s when it all hit me that I was actually leaving the country. I didn’t want my mother to see me cry as I went through security, so I waved once without looking back. A million things were running through my mind, until I received a text that said, “You’ll be fine, and I know that because I believe in you. So stop being a punk and get on
that plane.” With butterflies still fluttering in my stomach, I got on my Tuesday night flight and slept the whole way to London. At 10 a.m. London time, I arrived at Heathrow Airport. After struggling to find a friend I planned to meet, I felt the nerves set in again. Luckily, we found each other after an hour and headed off to the Tube, the British name for the subway. Naturally, we got lost on our way home and were the last Temple students to check in. As much as it pained me to separate with three months’ worth of clothes, it was definitely a good thing I had scaled back on luggage. Carrying heavy objects is not easy to manage in London’s small streets. The next day, all of the students went to an orientation with Foundation for International Education, the program Temple uses to send students abroad. I got to meet people studying abroad in other programs, from places like Panama and Puerto Rico. It’s been a chaotic trip so far, but it helps that the legal age to drink in London is 16. One night, some of us decided to take advantage of this by vis-
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Street style on campus proves that comfort doesn’t equal a style sacrifice.
s the first week of classes comes to an end, many students have managed to maintain polished looks. The weather was sunny – for the most part – allowing for summer style. T h e first week o f classes tends to be when s t u d e n t s (LEFT) McLeod is chic casual. (RIGHT) Cohen is girly comMELONEE REMBERT want to fortable. | MELONEE REMBERT TTN Fashion Faceoff m a k e the best style as classic, girly and comMR: Where do you priimpressions. fortable marily shop? We chatted up fashionista MR: Do you have any tips BM: Intermix, Barney’s Olivia Cohen, a senior biology for college students on a bud- Co-Op, J. Crew and Gilt.com, major, about her fashion influ- get when it comes to fashion? a store with brand name pieces ences, her favorite stores to OC: You should find stylish that are discounted. You can peruse and her excitement over clothes that are also inexpensive find a lot of great pieces on sale fall pieces. and rock them. from various stores, and Gap Melonee Rembert: Where MR: Are you excited for has a lot of great basic staples. do you get the majority of any trends for fall? MR: How would you deyour fashion ideas from? OC: Blue leather of all scribe your style? Olivia Cohen: I follow sorts, along with winter maxi BM: Simple, not too trendy, blogs, such as “Cupcakes and skirts. classic, comfortable and practiCashmere” and also window Afterward, I spotted gradu- cal. As a student, a lot of trends shop. I also read Gabi Fresh’s ate student Belinda McLeod, a are not practical. I want to look blog. first-year student of the adult comfortable and put together. MR: Do you have any and organizational development MR: What fashion looks fashion icons? program. As a teaching assis- are you excited about for the OC: Lauren Conrad. tant, she tries to display herself fall? MR: Where do you pri- professionally while still apBM: Boots, animal prints marily shop and get your pearing modish. She keeps up and jeans. looks from? with the trends by rocking fashMR: Do you have any OC: Forever 21, Marshall’s ionable accessories, like jewelry fashion tips for college stuand virtually anywhere with and print tops. dents? great deals. MR: Do you have any BM: You should wear what MR: Do you believe in fashion icons? looks good on you and not inlooking more trendy or more Belinda McLeod: Gwyn- vest too much in fashion trends. classy and timeless? eth Paltrow is one of my favor- Dress simple and accessorize. OC: I buy whatever I like ites because she dresses com- You can make a simple outfit the most and whatever looks fortably, yet stylishly. pop with fun bracelets, neckbest on me. I also look for comMR: Do you have any go- laces and earrings. fortable pieces that are still fash- to fashion items? ionable. BM: Jeans are a must. Melonee Rembert can be MR: How would you de- Many people don’t buy the cor- reached at melonee.rembert@temple. edu. scribe your personal style? rect, form-fitting jeans, but the OC: I would describe my correct jeans can make an outfit.
For students, stores to manage a cheap style
MAURA LIEBERMAN Fashion Faceoff
am always looking for good deals. Stores like TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Ross offer great stylish pieces at a fraction of the price one would pay at stores like American Eagle and Urban Outfitters. These discounted department stores are also gold mines for finding everything
that could be needed in a wardrobe. From casual to formal wear – including active wear, pajamas, shoes and even jewelry – Marshall’s has it all. You can find one on 10th and Market streets in Center City, right across the street from The Gallery at Market East. Marshall’s isn’t limited to clothing, so you can find last minute decorations for dorms or apartments, too. Sometimes busy schedules can get in the way of personal shopping times, which is when online shopping can save you. It’s quick, easy and you can often find exactly what you want. For a more sophisticated business casual style like McLeod’s, online shops like Gilt and Asos offer quality, classic styles.
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Button-up blouses, blazers, and simple jewelry can add class to any outfit. For cheaper alternatives, check online stores like ModCloth and Lulu’s. Celebrities and bloggers are great sources of inspiration for personal style, but it can be obvious when you’re blatantly imitating them. When shopping, instead of saying “Would so-and-so wear this?” decide first if it will actually look good on you, and how you can style it to fit your personality. Putting your own spin on outfits helps dress you ahead of the curve. Maura Lieberman can be reached at maura.lieberman@ temple.edu.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT UArts and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society get together to bring Philadelphians this year’s Pop Up Garden which includes a new beer garden. PAGE 10
Temple alumn Matt Eyre started a T-shirt company, Wear Liberty, inspired by iconic Philadelphia images. PAGE 13 PAGE 9
Ben Runyan of City Blog run by college Rain opens up about grads unleashes the life and music. geek in us. DAVID ZISSER SAMANTHA TIGHE Asst. A&E Editor
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The Temple News
en Runyan is an optimist. Runyan is a When Tricia Ennis started musician. Runyan her blog “All Geek to Me,” she is a Temple alumn. didn’t plan on bringing the difRunyan is an Apple employee. ferent facets of geek culture into Runyan is a survivor of postone place – she was just a bored antidepressant withdrawal. But college student who wanted to above all, Runyan is an optiwrite about things that interested mist. her. Runyan, 26, is the frontman “I was spending all my time of the Philadelphia-based elecgoing to classes, going to work tro-pop duo City Rain. Although and going to my internship, and the band has been on the scene not really spending any time dofor the last three years, it truly ing a lot of creative stuff. I really began to gain notoriety with the needed to write,” Ennis said. release of its single, “The OptiThe Temple class of 2011 mist.” Along with a music video class graduate wanted to do for the song that has more than something outside of her film 200,000 views on YouTube, major. Yes, she loved to make movies, but she also liked to “The Optimist” sparked a viwrite. A personal blog appeared ral campaign that encouraged viewers to hold up a sign that to be a legitimate choice. She felt a kinship towards declared in the same way that nerdy entertainment ventures the song did that, “There’s an but, unlike other geek-centered optimist in me.” Runyan is looking to conmedia, she felt no need to find tinue his motif of unbridled a specific niche. Instead, she hope and positivity following wrote a little bit about everypalpable darkness with the Sept. thing - covering blockbuster 19 release of his latest song and movie mega hits, zombie-inmusic video, “Join The Human fested television shows and the Race.” fantasy novel that has become “I like to think of it as the the most pirated TV show of all little or big brother of ‘The Optime: “Game of Thrones.” timist,’ I’m not sure which,” Ru“It was just somewhere nyan said. where I could write about stuff The video, which was shot without talking the ears off my in Runyan’s childhood home in family and friends who did not Chestnut Hill, is partially autocare that some crazy thing just biographical. happened on a game show, or “The video is about a boy that Joss Whedon was making who grows up and is very insu‘Much to Do About Nothing’ lated and sheltered and is shown a movie, which was one of my a selective view of the world. first posts,” Ennis said. At the end, he breaks out with GEEK PAGE 11
other people and is finally signing onto life,” Runyan said. “But I think the bigger message is about creativity in the music industry, and how the Internet and music technology have given tremendous opportunity to people that are creative, but maybe not in a traditional sense, [so they can] create things and to be noticed. And I truly believe that you need to get out there, and you need to meet people,” Runyan said. “You have to listen to people, you have to look people in the eye, and you have to be a part of a group.” City Rain is a band that has undergone several evolutions. The first iteration was a solo project of Runyan’s that was largely experimental and fully instrumental. City Rain first evolved with the addition of guitarist Jarrett Zerrer. After briefly flirting with the hipsterdance-party scene, City Rain morphed into the cinematic electro-pop rock duo that it is today. The final piece of the puzzle was a member change that saw Scott Cumpstone taking over guitar duties. The City Rain of 2013 is one that is not privy to shying away from big hooks or cranking up the reverb. “I kind of have a flare for the dramatic,” Runyan said. And although he has aspirations of scoring movies and TV shows aside from City Rain, Runyan’s love of cinematics has become an integral part of the band. “I enjoy doing the videos as much as I enjoy doing the music,” Runyan said. “That part is equally important. The visual concept of it is just as much fun.” In addition to hearty por-
Success tips from Matt Striker
The famous wrestler shares tricks for college students on success.
hile analyzing pro wrestling matches may seem like an easy gig, joining the World Wrestling Entertainment commentary team is tougher than getting ahold of Student Financial Services. With all of John Corrigan the unwritCheesesteaks ten rules and seats and Chairshots few available, how can aspiring broadcasters possibly earn camera time on Monday and Friday nights? That question has finally been answered by Matt Striker. A former high school social studies teacher in his hometown of Queens, N.Y., Striker resigned from his position following an investigation concerning his use of sick days – he was actually wrestling on a tour in Japan. The school board discovered Striker’s part-time profession after he made his national television debut on WWE Smackdown in Philadelphia against Kurt Angle. “I wrestled as Matt Martel, which I believe was a play Ben Runyan of the electro-pop rock band City Rain recants on Rick ‘The Model’ Martel,” on past struggles, current ambitions and the future of the music Striker said. “I’ve had a close industry.| DARRAGH DANDURAND FRIEDMAN TTN association with Philly from my days of going down to Forman tions of synth and vocal lines in a good place now, he didn’t Mills as an [Extreme Championwith the reverb cranked to level get there without first weather- ship Wrestling] fan to my days of wrestling in that same arena. 12, another consistent theme of ing a tumultuous adolescence. the music of City Rain is posiRunyan was first put on Philly is the den to my living tivity. And although Runyan is RUNYAN PAGE 12 STRIKER PAGE 11
‘Oh, Sugar!’ shows the sweet side of Philadelphia’s candy history The owners of Shane Confectionary and Franklin Fountain curated an exhibit. SARAE GDOVIN The Temple News
“Oh Sugar!” tells Philadelphia’s candy history story through artifacts and exhibits. | AJA ESPINOSA TTN
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Philly’s got a sweet history. In a new exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum, “Oh, Sugar!” tells Philadelphia’s history in the business and details sugar’s journey from cane to candy. The exhibit features more than 100 objects from the collection of brothers Ryan and Eric Berley, owners of Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionary in Old City, including machinery, molds and other candy making tools. Ryan and Eric Berley were inspired to showcase the vast collection of candy making artifacts that they have amassed, and the Independence Seaport Museum became the perfect place to do it. “Two things really drove us to curate this: one, the objects we have collected over nine to 10 years dealing with candy and sugar history, and two, a curator at the museum was a customer at the [Franklin] Fountain,” Ryan said. The Berley brothers began to talk with the curator about their collection of artifacts and
their interest in the history of candy making. Philadelphia has a rich history of candy making from the sugar trade. This exhibit explains how sugar begins its life as the plant of sugar cane, and its growth in India, China and the Caribbean. In Philadelphia in the 18th century, sugar was a treat for the wealthy because of the expensive process it took to produce it. It was originally refined in Europe or Great Britain, and then shipped to seaports in Philadelphia and other colonies. However, because of the expense, small sugarhouses began to process the cane as a way to gain independence from trade. The exhibit also talks about the influence of sugar during wartime in the United States. In the decades after the Civil War, Philadelphia held some of the largest sugar refineries in the world. Sugar was an ingredient in gunpowder and dynamite, and was therefore rationed during World War I. During World War II, it was again rationed, in part because the attack on Pearl Harbor cut off sugar cane supplies from the west. To tie the exhibit closer together with their ownership of Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionary, the Berley brothers featured the story of candy making in Philadelphia. Due to the large population of immigrants from France, Germany and Italy who were trained in
confectionary, they found places to begin working in candy shops near the Delaware River front. By 1900, the city was home to 117 large-scale confectionary manufacturers, 418 retail confectioners and 1,011 candy stores. The large-scale production of candy now made it affordable to more than just the elite. These shops were often decorated just as elaborately as the candy they sold, and these details can be seen today in Shane Confectionary and Franklin Fountain. Shane Confectionary began as a wholesale confectionary supply house in 1863, and is the oldest continuously run confectionary in the United States. The Shane family took over the establishment in 1911, and it became a retail candy location. The Berley brothers bought the location in 2010, and began restoring the building to reflect what it was in 1911. The brothers were able to collect most of their artifacts for the exhibit from candy shops here in the Philadelphia area. A majority comes from three shops that went out of business, as well as objects and tools they obtained when they purchased Shane Confectionary. Other pieces have come from antique shopping. The tools on display in the museum and others in the brothers’ collection are still used to make candy at their shop today.
The exhibit displays many different pieces of equipment for viewers to take a closer look at. Examples of the candy made were on display, featuring the popular clear toy candy. To make it, boiling sugar was poured into molds of animals and toys. Children could play with the candy and eventually eat it. The exhibit also includes an apron and cape for visitors so they can try on what a real candy maker wears. Ryan, who has had experience curating in the past, found similarities and differences between this and running his ice cream shop and soda fountain. “The challenges are similar in building a store or building a museum exhibit to accommodate a wide variety of people who want to visit,” he said. “Once you build the exhibit, you hope they come, but most of the work is behind you. In the store there is constant daily work.” “Oh, Sugar!” runs until Feb. 17. The Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will hold events throughout its run, some of which will be presented by the Berley brothers. Admission with a college ID is $10. Sarae Gdovin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
Playing with online dating UArts Pop Up Garden reopens with newly added brews
Marchiony experiments with popular site OkCupid.
ey, ur cute.” “hi.” “Sup sexy?” You may recognize these as the standard awkward introductory emails every female regularly receives on OkCupid. While the site is theoretically intended to facilitate dating, I’ve never been sure where messages like t h e s e are supposed to lead to. I n r e sponse, I recently sat down with a Victoria Marchiony f r i e n d That Was Fun and created the most generic OkCupid profile of all time as an experiment to see if the people sending me these ridiculous messages were actually reading about me first. What happened next shocked me. The steady trickle of emails dried up almost completely. This made me wonder if these guys with the lame comeons were genuinely interested but didn’t know what else to say. However, I’m not convinced. I got to thinking about how the culture of online dating is simultaneously different yet exactly the same as real-life dating. Some people will want to be straightforward. Some will make a joke to ease tension. Some will insult you to get a reaction. So if it’s the same crapshoot, why are we so obsessed with the thin veil of protection that the Internet provides us? Why would we prefer to email someone for six weeks while using our favorite coffee shop’s WiFi before acutally meeting them in person for coffee? Instead, compliment someone in line and chat for two minutes before asking them out. If you get rejected, chances are you’ll never see them again. The second option seems a lot more enticing. Yet you, like me, are too busy twiddling with your phone, perhaps on the Ok-
The garden offers food, beer and a change of scenery.
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Marchiony advises to not take dating sites so seriously and to keep an open mind. | AMANDA SHAFFERN TTN Cupid app, while waiting for with his awesome friends, who your latte to look up and make became the adventure buddies eye contact with anyone, let featured in many of my best alone strike up a conversation. stories from paradise. I also We’re terrified of the vul- stumbled upon a boyfriend-like nerability of living in the mo- character that ended up setting ment. We’ve convinced our- the bar for my future suitors. selves that we are perpetually When I got back to the too busy for whatever may be in Philadelphia suburbs three front of us. We’re more unset- months ago, I updated my protled by the possibility of having file to see if I could use the same one unfulfilling encounter than trick to make some friends here. with having 75 unfulfilling en- Maybe I left serendipity in Hacounters online, where you can waii, or maybe I’m doing someat least make yourself sound as thing wrong, but this new seswitty, nonchalant or exciting as sion on OkCupid has produced you wish you were in person. more bad date anecdotes than Besides, it’s much easier good. to reject and be rejected online. Seriously, how many guys It’s nice and anonymous, and in this city can actually love you don’t have to wait for the beer, cats and adventure? other fish in the proverbial sea Online dating can be really to swim by since they’re right depressing or really fun. Many there waiting for you. of us with online dating profiles This is not to demean on- may be prone to queasy discomline dating. We use it because it fort when we reflect on the fact works for us. Because we really that we’re 20-somethings, who are busy and scared of rejection should be in the best mingling and don’t know how to walk shape of our lives, trolling for up to someone in a coffee shop dates, sex or friends online. without seeming like a creep. Overall, though, I’m a fan. Way back in the day, circa There’s no harm in keeping the 2011, I thought online dating virtual door to my heart open, was for people more than 30 and I’m glad that our generation years old who wanted to quit is gradually starting to embrace the rat race of dating and find it in the daylight. a spouse. Then, last semester, I The key is to avoid taking moved to Hawaii and OkCupid it too seriously. Whenever I’ve basically saved my sanity. For used it as an opportunity to meet three months, I was living in a new people and try new things, jungle in Maui, 20 miles from I’ve had a worthwhile experithe nearest town, without a car, ence, even if the date didn’t lead money or friends. anywhere. What I did have was InI don’t know when I’ll ternet access. So I decided to meet the next leading man in use online dating as a social my life, but I know that enjoynetworking tool. Dating sites ing and sometimes mocking the are designed for users to inter- process is a good way to kill the act with minimal pressure, so it time in between. felt like a safe venue to hunt for Victoria Marchiony can be companionship. I went on with reached at email@example.com. the intention of finding cool people to spend my days off. I met a local guy through OkCupid who connected me
Finding a green space in Philadelphia can be challenging – especially one that provides beer. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has established an outdoor community space in their annual Pop Up Garden, transforming a would-be vacant lot into a beautiful escape. Classes may have started, but hanging out in the Pop Up Garden has the ability to make it feel like the easy days of summer are not yet over. Located on Broad Street between Spruce and Pine streets, the garden sits across from the Kimmel Center on the University of the Arts campus. Students from the university sometimes perform in the garden, providing free entertainment for visitors. This will be the third year for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society garden, which opened May 29 and will close mid-October. However, this is the first year the garden has provided alcohol and food. Welcoming visitors at 5 p.m. on weekdays, the garden is a place to have happy hour while enjoying nature. “The idea was to create a space for the community, to allow for gatherings and to highlight Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s work,” said Fran Lawn, the director of landscape management and training within the organization. “This year is different, as [it’s] the first year with a beer garden. We have reached to audiences we may not have engaged in the past. It has been very successful and has become a space that has multipurpose use, an interesting collaboration between a nonprofit and a restaurant.” The relaxed vibe of the Pop Up Garden is enhanced by not only the earthy ground and tree canopy, but by the fairy lights hanging throughout, as well as the picnic benches and umbrellas. With a drink and food truck parked in the lot, it feels like wandering into a campsite. “I think I heard someone
Garden-goers can find picnic-style food for as low as $12. | ALEX UDOWENKO TTN quote once that [the garden] Temple may have Beury ‘felt like Maine,’” Lawn said. Beach, and Rittenhouse Square Groundswell Design Group is always a popular spot to relax created the look and feel of the in the grass, but the Pop Up Garspace. They won both “Best den has something unique to ofOverall Project” and “Best Pub- fer besides craft beer and great lic Space with Public Access” food. What makes the space for their work on the 2013 Pop truly special is the variety of Up Garden from the Slant In- plants that can be found within ternational Landscape Design the garden. Competition. “We wanted to highlight Picnic style foods are avail- some unique plants, tropicals, able for $12 or less, as well as rare plants you usually don’t local craft beers and summery see,” Lawn said. “The trees refreshments. The restaurant are urban tolerant trees that we Four Corners has also paired up chose for unique seasonal inwith the garden. terest and to create a nice wow Some of the snacks to try on factor.” the menu include pie in a jar and Sitting in the space can be chipotle short ribs. One bite of relaxing, therapeutic and pictureither can conjure up memories esque. Even though it’s located of summer barbecue and beach so close to City Hall, the garden days, something not everyone is offers a balance to the concrete ready to give up quite yet. and skyscrapers. First time visitors will be “I think it is a great idea asked to become a member of and something I wish I had the Pennsylvania Horticultural known about earlier,” said SarSociety, although there is no ah Schlosbon, senior English entrance fee. A name and email major. “It is great to be able to address must be provided, along sit outside to drink and enjoy the with ID. Once a guest has done warm weather before it gets too that, they receive a card that al- cold,” lows access to the garden. HavSinead Cuming the card allows guests to mings can be reached at bring their friends into the firstname.lastname@example.org. den.
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dance masters: Martinus Miroto from Indonesia, Katsura Kan from Japan, and Hsu-Hui Huang from Taiwan. Temple funded one half of the project. The funders included Independence Fellowships in the Arts as well as Temple’s summer research program. At a school where people from all over the world come to attend, it is important that these influences from throughout different countries can come and share something that they can all enjoy and be a part of. The answer to those questions is what Lin wants to work on throughout the Be/longing project, by working alongside the other three dance masters in Taiwan and Indonesia. Ken Metzner, the executive director of Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers had the opportunity to observe the two weeks of movement exploration. “It was very interesting,” The Temple-funded Be/longing project at Kun-Yang Lin studio tells the story of Asian art Metzner said. “[Lin] would give through carefully studied movement abroad.| MEGHAN POGUE TTN a list of words that went along with belonging, such as rejeche was interested in dance, such After being raised in Tai- soul and answer questions per- tion, and ask [the other three as disapproval from his family wan, Lin spent some time in taining to self-identification and masters] to show rejection with because, as their only son, they Europe and eventually moved how members of a community their bodies, and each person wanted him to pursue a profes- to the United States, where he can interact with one another. would show it differently. The sional career that could support spent time in New York and Lin proposed an idea that idea would be to see how they his family. Then he was told by Philadelphia. Lin believes in would let him travel to Indone- could all show one thing and una doctor that the structure of his the idea of carrying our history sia and Taiwan to find this ful- derstand each other through the bones would not support danc- within our bodies. Having an fillment that would enhance his movement.” ing. Despite a lower back injury, issue with home and identity, creativity, so he could spread During the two weeks of Lin sees his creative outlet as Lin wanted an opportunity to be it to the community. The trip movement exploration, Lin nourishment. able to reach deeper within his would also involve three other and the other men would prac-
tice movement together. They would speak English to one another, though they could speak more fluently with their bodies. Metzner refers to this as, “deep learning and showing movement through beautiful exchange.” At the festival that was held as the two weeks came to a close, Lin wanted to highlight Temple and show how much it supported him. The project will eventually manifest itself into choreography and will be created and shared in Philadelphia. The project was process-based and enriched the artistic process for Lin, who aims to pass this creative energy to his students. Metzner reiterated how important this is for the community. “Community building is important. We need to find the best in each other and build on that,” Metzner said. “This project and self-finding that Lin is doing can become a window or prompt for others. Dancing may be Lin’s journey, but this can push others to go on their own personal creative journey.” With this project, Lin shows others that research does not have to be all about sitting in a lab and looking through books, it can also be done creatively and as a way to find oneself. “Dance, as well as this whole project, it’s all very poetic and hard to describe,” Metzner said.
Kun-Yang Lin is the creative director of Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers (KYL/D) and uses his dances to celebrate the body, mind and spirit. Many of his dancers are Temple graduates. He has very diverse dancers due to the result of his approach. Instead of looking for physical attributes he picks dancers who are courageous and open. There are two big shows coming up in the future for KunYang Lin/Dancers. The first being at the Painted Bride in Old City, Nov. 7-9 and March 18-22 in the Mandell Theater at Drexel. Metzner foresees that the Be/ longing Project will influence a great deal of the dancing that is done at future shows. Lin said he scatters his shows around the city so that the community can be brought together in order to enjoy the shows and creative energy. Even the location of his studio was carefully chosen – being close to the Italian Market, Lin was reminded of his home and Taiwan, which he hoped would influence him. Lin is a teaching artist that treats his job as a responsibility to the community and will continue to give back to the community throughout the unspoken language of dance. Chelsea Finn can be reached at email@example.com.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
Matt Striker’s success cheat sheet room that is New York. It was like a second home because the fans knew who I was.” After a few years of wrestling as a condescending educator, Striker shifted from the squared circle to the broadcast table. “I had always been quickwitted,” Striker said. “[Former ECW commentator] Joey Styles mentioned in a production meeting that I would be a good fit for the vacant spot on ECW’s broadcast team. When I was a kid, I used to have my GI Joe figures act in a wrestling federation. I would do all kinds of commentary and talk to myself a lot. I always knew I belonged in that chair, but it was a surprise to some other people.” And with that, Striker’s WWE commentary class is in session.
STORYTELLING: “I loved
Gordon Solie, Jim Crockett and Bob Caudle,” Striker said. “They had the nice monotone voices, and gave me the history, and told me why that submission hurts. But there’s no room for that anymore. The WWE wants storytellers. It doesn’t matter that Jack Brisco won the [National Wrestling Alliance] title in 1970-whatever. Tell me why that matters for John Cena.”
CONNECTING: “Josh Matthews
and I were really friendly, so we would talk about the direction we wanted to take the characters,” Striker said. “We would look around the world
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at pop culture and see what we could apply to the WWE. For instance, “Twilight” was the hot movie, and girls scream for Taylor Lautner. So on Friday night, Randy Orton would have been made akin to Lautner.”
and Henry was watching him through the mirror in the gym. There’s something interesting brewing here, let’s keep our eyes on it.’ Then [McMahon] would say, ‘Ah, that was good.’”
ton and Sheamus are scheduled to face each other at WrestleMania,” Striker said. “So how can I tell that story step by step? Maybe I had a St. Louis connection for Randy Orton, or maybe the last time Sheamus was in Philly, he put John Cena through a table.”
with people that I know don’t know as much as I do, I’ve surrendered my ego a long time ago and it has really allowed me to learn,” Striker said. “Just because I know who Buzz Sawyer was doesn’t matter. It doesn’t mean anything to selling a John Cena match. All of my wrestling knowledge in the world didn’t really matter unless I could apply it to the current product.”
PREPARATION: “Say Randy Or-
BROADCAST SCHOOL: “In this
day and age, everyone has a podcast,” Striker said. “Going to broadcast school I’m sure has benefits, but I hate to see people go through the motions and do what they think they’re supposed to do. All the sudden, someone comes along and works outside the box. When Howard Stern came along, people called him crazy. Now people call him a genius.”
TRANSLATING VINCE MCMAHON: “If [McMahon]
wanted me to get a point across, he would say it to me in his own words,” Striker said. “For instance, ‘Talk about how Sheamus is so strong that Mark Henry is afraid of him.’ So then I would turn around and put it in my own words: ‘You know, Mark Henry is the world’s strongest man, but just the other day I saw Sheamus bench pressing 550 pounds,
PARTNERS: “As far as working
BANNED WORDS: “No words
are banned,” Striker said. “There are some phrases [that are] not part of the dialogue, but there are good reasons why. For example, a championship is not a belt. A belt holds up your pants. Someone that doesn’t watch wrestling might ask, ‘Why are they fighting over wardrobe accessories?’ When you say how you’re coming after me for the championship, then it adds importance.”
wants you to look good,” Striker said. “You have to look the part. Perception is reality. Put on a nice blazer, comb your hair, carry a little compact with some makeup to put under the eyes. Those are a few tricks to be more camera-friendly.”
PHYSICALITY: “I think [Mc-
Mahon] enjoyed watching me get beaten up,” Striker said with a laugh. “I think the joke amongst the producers was that Striker takes a pretty good ass kicking. You hit [Matthews] a few times, he might break. You can’t really slam Renee [Young]. But if you want to convey that the Big Show is pissed off, Striker can take a good punch.”
STAND OUT: “I would just take
chances, because it’s better to ask for forgiveness than for permission,” Striker said. “I would show up to [Classics on Demand] tapings in a sleeveless Hulkamania shirt and no one would question it since it fit the product. If you want to fall in line and be a good little soldier, that’s cool. But if you want to be something, try things and assume everyone is on board until someone speaks up.” Released from his WWE contract in late June, Striker now works for Championship Wrestling from Hollywood. “The first call I made was to get re-certified for teaching,” Striker said. “So if anyone wants to have a pro wrestling class on Temple’s campus, tell the people to make it happen.” If his lessons on WWE broadcasting are any indication, this wrestling historian would be a sleeper pick on any Owl’s roster. John Corrigan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being geek: the curators of all things nerd The small personal project lasted a few months and was updated when Ennis had the time. However, she said the turning point occurred when some of her blog posts were retweeted by celebrities, including Syfy president Dave Howe. “It was something that I posted on maybe a couple times a week until one of my posts got tweeted by an actor, and got read by a couple hundred people and I was like ‘oh, maybe I should write more,’” she said. It was a catalyst for Ennis. Now that her work was gaining attention, it was the opportune time for expansion. Her blog evolved into an actual magazine-style website and two friends of hers, fellow Temple alumna Kait Calabrò and Arcadia graduate Monica Piluso, joined her editorial and writing team. “I started writing for the
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blog in the summer of 2012 right after I graduated Temple,” Calabrò said. “She wanted to do more stuff on the blog, and she needed more people than just herself to be doing it.” As “All Geek to Me” grew, it started reaching more than 4,000 visitors per month. Several other correspondents were brought on board to help manage and create content. In addition, “50 Shades of Geek,” an original web series created by Ennis, Calabrò and Piluso that focuses on fandom pick-up lines, began releasing on an almost monthly basis. Then, while browsing the Internet one day, Ennis came across a new award show, the Geekie Awards. It was their first year and they were calling for nominations. When she first brought it up to her writers, Ennis only considered entering their web series. A few months
later, they entered the entire website instead. “I figured, ‘What have we got to lose?’” Calabrò said. “It’s a great way to get the site out there. So I think we submitted late February and we didn’t find out we were nominated until June.” It was in June that the ladies received word “All Geek to Me” received a nomination in the ‘Best Retail Store/Website’ category. With this nomination, they also received tickets for the award show in Los Angeles on Aug. 18. “We’ve never been to an actual award show,” Piluso said. “We said, you know, it’s the first one and it wouldn’t have all the grandiose like the other award shows. And then we go there, and there’s a red carpet, R2D2 and the Star Trek Enterprise bridge.” Although “All Geek to Me”
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lost the category to the “Nerd Machine,” no ill will is held towards their competitors. In fact, the team hopes to use their nominations as a steppingstone. They plan on adding more site content, including introducing more multimedia projects and a podcast. They also plan on re-entering the Geekie Awards next year. “When we got nominated for the Geekies it was like the first time people other than myself, [Piluso] and [Ennis] were reading our posts,” Calabrò said. “So it was kind of a surreal moment where you’re like, ‘oh my god.’ You always dream that people are going to read what you write but I never thought people actually were.” Samantha Tighe can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @SamTighe.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS “BRAZIL” FRIDAY, SEPT. 6 MIDNIGHT RITZ BOURSE Landmark Theatres is giving audiences a second chance to relive characters such as Jeff Lebowski, Miss Piggy and Dr. Frank-N-Furter on the big screen with its Midnight Madness series at the Ritz Bourse. Since May 2009, Landmark Theatres has been screening films such as “Muppets in Manhattan,” “Space Jam” and “Jaws” through seasonal midnight screenings. Landmark Theatres, which opened in 1974, began having midnight screenings right away so audiences that weren’t interested in mainstream evening shows could view cult classics such as John Waters’ “Pink Flamingos” and David Lynch’s “Eraserhead.” Although they lost some popularity in the 80s, the midnight screenings returned with strength. “Starting around the late 1990s we started to bring them back again and they were popular,” said Mark Valens, the film buyer for Landmark Theatres. “Especially films for audiences 18-to-40-years-old who wanted to revisit a movie from when they were a kid and didn’t have a chance to see it in a theater, or wanted to experience it with an audience. It’s a unique experience to see something like ‘The Big Lebowski’ with an audience at midnight. It’s a fun group of people.” Dallas, New York and Los Angeles are other cities where similar midnight screenings by Landmark Theatres have had notable success. “I’m always searching for something that might have not done well in its first release, or being popular but somewhat forgotten and trying to revive it to see if there’s a cult audience for it,” Valens said. “Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but we’re always looking for something new to play on the midnight circuit.” On Aug. 30, the Ritz at the Bourse played a staple in midnight-movie going, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” featuring a full shadow cast. “We just started doing ‘Rocky Horror [Picture Show]’ this year because we got a lo-
cal Philadelphia cast together and they wanted to do it on a monthly basis,” Valens said. A new addition to the Ritz at the Bourse is the screening of what is considered in some circles to be “the worst movie ever made,” “The Room,” beginning at midnight every second Friday of the month starting Oct. 11. The next midnight screening in the series will be “Brazil” on Sept. 6.
WANDERLUST YOGA BLOCK PARTY SATURDAY, SEPT. 7 NOON – 8 P.M. PIAZZA AT SCHMIDT’S Group exercise and zen meet in this free festival. Visitors can take any of the 90-minute classes offered, which are taught by local Philadelphia teachers.
HEMP HEALS MUSIC FESTIVAL SATURDAY, SEPT. 7 4 P.M. - MIDNIGHT FESTIVAL PIER Listen to the sounds of Matisyahu and others live while getting educated on the value of hemp in health and possible economic benefits from the legalization of marijuana. The event is $35.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
‘Traveling Light’ is headed to the Fringe Festival
MFA candidate’s play will make its Philadelphia debut at the Fringe Festival.
his week I am taking a detour in my regularly scheduled film-oriented programming to introduce you to a very important person in Temple’s theater departm e n t . Yo u ’ l l laugh, you’ll cry and you won’t regret readChelsea ing about Colatriano L i n d s a y Roll Tape Harris-Friel’s journey. Master of the Fine Arts candidate in playwriting Lindsay Harris-Friel’s play “Traveling Light” is making its Philadelphia debut in the Philly Fringe Festival after a successful run in Minneapolis, produced by Theater Pro Rata.
“Traveling Light” is based on the lives of playwright Joe Orton and Beatles manager Brian Epstein. They both died tragically within three weeks of each other. Orton was murdered and Epstein committed suicide. The possibility of a connection between the two icons creates a dialogue about what it means to live in London and be gay in the 60s. The play is set in a graveyard in 1967 where Orton and Epstein meet to discuss the script that Orton is writing for the Beatles. The play explores human connection during a time that many people associate with the term “free love,” according to Harris-Friel. “In the course of the night, they make connections, swap clothes, evade, seduce and escape the police,” she said. “The play has a lot of timely themes, such as the need for tolerance and police brutality, as well as being an exploration of loneliness, the artistic condition, class differences, love and [the] willingness to take risks.” Of course Harris-Friel has a way with words when it comes to her play. This idea has been
her baby for about 10 years. “I think I got the first seed of an idea in the summer of 2004,” she said. “I started reading as much as I could about [Orton and Epstein] over the following year, all the while thinking, ‘Imagined meeting plays are so passé, this is a terrible idea.’” But Harris-Friel’s love of the Beatles and Orton’s plays caused her to dig deeper and research more about the lives of these two individuals and how they could have intersected. “When I noticed the odd coincidence of both Brian Epstein and Joe Orton dying so horribly within three weeks of each other, it got stuck in my head and I had to do some research. The overlap in their lives was intriguing,” she said. After doing some investigating, Harris-Friel was able to begin writing the play, not only as an exploration of this possible connection, but also as a way to work through her own life and the social issues she noticed in Philadelphia. “Writing the play helped me deal with a lot of things that were going on, like the class
differences and creative differences in Philadelphia,” she said. One of the challenges she faced, however, was how to toe the line between fan fiction and factual evidence while writing the play. “If you don’t write it carefully, then it’s just a love letter to Brian Epstein and Joe Orton and then it’s just an Easter egg hunt: ‘Let’s see how many historical facts we can talk about,’” Harris-Friel said. “A lot of the setup of the play is true, what happens in the play itself, in the cemetery, when it’s too late to be night and too early to be morning, is fiction. Two of the characters, the police who come along and tangle with them, reflect attitudes that existed in society at the time and put the relationships in context.” While the play is inspired by history, Harris-Friel said her use of creative freedom is just as important to the play as the facts themselves. “The scholarship exists in the play’s setup, but the fiction, and maybe the truth, exists in what these characters could have been and what they could have done. Hopefully, the value
is in the fiction, the emotional truth of the story,” she said. The play has had a successful run in Minneapolis. It was named one of the best plays of 2010 and was lauded by critics from Lavender and Metro magazines and the Southwest Minneapolis Patch website. The performers are excited to be bringing their work back to Philadelphia to share at the Fringe Festival. All of the actors are Philadelphia natives, as is Harris-Friel. However she is no stranger to the Fringe Festival - she has self-produced for Fringe. “Being able to have written this in Philadelphia, and produce it here, working with this community and for this community, makes me overwhelmed with gratitude.” “Traveling Light,” produced by Liam’s Sofa Cushion Fortress, will be playing at The Skybox at The Adrienne Theater Sept. 6-14. Tickets are $20 and can be bought at the door or online at fringearts.com. Chelsea Colatriano can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Optimism is a key ingredient for success, says Runyan “I think that common knowledge in the late 1990s and early 2000s dictated that if someone was creative or eccentric or whatever the buzzword is, whether it’s ADD, manic depression or bipolar, you’re labeled as that and given these drugs. And being young and impressionable, it’s easy to be like, ‘Oh, that’s just what I am, they’re doctors, of course they know right,’” he said. The endgame of Runyan’s carousel with antidepressants was a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor called Lexapro. “At the age of 23 I took myself off of those medications, and I had a pretty crazy withdrawal period,” Runyan said. “After being off them I went through a lot of physical changes where things kind of evened
themselves out. But this was over the period of years. So it was really something that I felt like stripped away my identity and my humanity for a while, cognitively, emotionally and physically.” Fortunately, he has found himself on the other side. “A big part of my comeback story is the fact that it all kind of came back, and now I don’t need medication. I’m just Ben and I manage that the best that I can,” Runyan said. “I was recently reading an article from Jeff Tweedy from Wilco about how he had fallen into this dynamic where he had felt compelled to [mess up] his own life to write good music. From watching documentaries about Marvin Gaye, he really truly believed that he needed to cre-
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ate this drama in and around his life.” “Luckily for me, I found that the best music I’ve created has come through the other side of struggle and getting through struggle. So that bodes well for my career and my mental health as well,” Runyan said. In addition to taking himself off medication, Runyan found catharsis through music. It was at Temple where Runyan, who previously had no musical experience outside of a short spat with the school band in the fourth grade, was introduced to FL Studio, commonly known as ‘FruityLoops,’ a digital audio workstation that allows the user to create beats, loops and other essentials for dance music. “I don’t know what I would’ve done in 1985,” he
said, though Runyan was quick to add that he has since learned how to play instruments. Runyan, a tall lanky fellow who, despite having a beard, is relatively clean cut, sports few blemishes. But a noteworthy one is the “no excuses” tattoo that he has chosen to embroider on his bicep, a constant reminder to avoid the pitfall of complacency. “Us as humans have a finite idea of what we’re capable of,” Runyan said. “And the reality is that I never gave myself enough credit for what I’m truly capable of. I think it’s Will Smith that said in ‘The Pursuit of Happyness,’ ‘If you want something, go out and get it, period.’ And I put it there to remind myself when I’m doubting myself and being a wuss and going, ‘No
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Tin Angel, located at 20 S. 2nd St., doubles as both a restaurant and venue for all types of musicians. Its small, decorative inside delights both the performers as well as members of the audience. | ALEX UDOWENKO TTN
Great tunes, atmosphere at Philly’s Tin Angel This venue provides an intimate experience for all musicians, from its acoustics to appearance.
hough I’m hardly an expert, I usually consider myself to be pretty in-theknow as far as music is concerned. Even if I haven’t been there, I usually can recognize the names of different concert venues around Philly, either from word of mouth or Nia Prater from reviews. However, Play On I recently came across a place that I had never heard of before: Tin Angel. Tin Angel is a listening room that sits one floor above the Serrano Restaurant on 20 S. 2nd St. It’s a smaller space that can only seat up to 115 people, resulting in a very intimate performance. This November will mark its 21st year of operation, and it’s as well frequented as ever. This place was unfamiliar to me since its shows are mainly for people more than 21-yearsold. The restaurant and venue both serve alcohol. But having just turned 21 during the summer, I thought that there was no better time to expand my horizons than by paying Tin Angel a visit. Serrano and Tin Angel are separated by a tall
staircase, the walls around it lined with pictures of past musical acts. If customers make reservations to eat at the restaurant before the show, they’re able to receive reserved seating upstairs. The restaurant felt warm and cozy, and the food was quickly served. There’s even a TV above the bar for sports lovers. The menu is more on the expensive side for a college student budget, though I found that the food is worth the price. Ticket prices for Tin Angel shows can be as low as $10 for lesser-known acts. I ended up paying $12 for my ticket, which was a definite plus. Tin Angel consists of a long room with walls that are completely covered in colorful murals. The reserved tables and chairs are varying distances from the stage, but all of them offer decent views. However, if you’re just there to see the show, you can file in with everyone else and take a seat on one of the stools along the walls. There’s even a ledge above it for your drinks. And speaking of drinks, there is a two-drink minimum for Tin Angel. Luckily, if you did have dinner downstairs before, glasses can be brought from the restaurant into the venue. If not, customers can order right from their chair or the bar all the way in the back of the room. They have a pretty decent selection to choose from with something for all tastes. I won’t lie, with the seating you will be in very close quarters. The reserved tables seat four and depending on the number of people in your party, you might just have to share with another group. I suppose there’s never a wrong time to try and make friends.
The stage itself is small, which can make for more stripped or acoustic sets, though it is able to hold a whole band and equipment if the act wishes to try. The type of acts booked here primarily fall under either the singer/songwriter or folk labels. The size of the place is conducive to that kind of sound. Because everything in the room is so close together, the sound is clear regardless of where you’re sitting. So whether you’re right next to the stage or all the way back by the bar, you can still be drawn in by the performer’s captivating words or rustic musicianship. The night I went, the acts on tap were Tall Tall Trees and Valerie June. Tall Tall Trees, the stage name of Mike Savino, engaged the crowd through hand claps and marveled with his live looping and banjo. It was a banjo that lit up, I might add, the remote to which he gave to an audience member so she could control the colors of the lights during the show. Though Tall Tall Trees’ sound carried more of an airy feel and Valerie June was much more gritty and earthy, the venue played off of their tones equally well. Despite the tight squeeze in seating, the experience and atmosphere is well worth the occasional nudging of elbows. Nia Prater can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wear Liberty finds inspiration from what’s missing Temple alumn Matt Eyer shares Philadelphia on graphic tees with his company, Wear Liberty. BRIA TOPPER The Temple News
Temple alumn Matt Eyer said he’s been into graphic tees since he could dress himself. His collection houses more than 500 graphic Tshirts. Once he moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple in 2006, however, he became disappointed with the city’s selection. “It was all sports stuff or just basic graphics thrown onto a shirt without any thought. I wanted to do something different, and that’s how Wear Liberty started,” Eyer said. After coming across several limited edition T-shirt designs online in 2008, Eyer started following and connecting with the national and international artists that were involved in the industry. Eyer also began brainstorming a list of design ideas and, after awhile, finally decided to talk to the artists he had been following for so long. Wear Liberty is a solo operation for Eyer, minus the help from the artists that design the tees, but the process of creating new shirts requires a little help from the city itself. “My major influence comes
from Philadelphia, specifically the art, history, culture, food, architecture and people,” Eyer said. The initial design starts with Eyer brainstorming an idea or image. This could vary from a building to Benjamin Franklin. From there, Eyer makes a rough sketch or description of how he wants the design to appear on the shirt. The final step is up to one of the artists that Wear Liberty works with. “[The artists] include their own ideas and styles into the designs, and that’s what makes them so unique,” Eyer said. Wear Liberty’s individual style sets it apart from most Philly-themed shirts, said Eyer. “You won’t find any sports teams or logos on Wear Liberty shirts. That’s all been done before,” Eyer said. Because of Philly’s thriving arts and crafts scene, Eyer sells Wear Liberty at various events through the year. “I have lots of events coming up in the next few months. [On Sept. 6] I’ll be helping Drink Philly celebrate their three-year anniversary First Friday festival. I’ll be releasing a brand new design that night,” Eyer said. The First Friday festival takes place at the Arden Theatre in Old City and includes free food and drinks. Through Eyer’s time at Temple,
he gained more than an education. While earning a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media, Eyer made connections that would later help him get an internship at Ropeadope Records. With the help of his professor Andy Hurwitz, who founded the label, Eyer was able to enter the business. “Aside from music, Ropeadope puts out lots of different graphic tees, which obviously caught my attention,” Eyer said. “After my time as a music-marketing intern, I presented some of my ideas to the owner of the label. We scheduled a meeting, grabbed some lunch and the next thing I know, he created a position for me as art director for their brand new T-shirt line. That was right around the time I started Wear Liberty.” Other than being a part-time project, Wear Liberty has become many things to Eyer since its creation. “Every single time someone tells me that they like my shirts or designs, it makes me super happy. If you buy one, I get even more happy. But the best is when someone who already owns a shirt hits me up to tell me how much they like it and how many compliments they get on it,” Eyer said. As far as what the future holds for Wear Liberty, Eyer is hopeful.
SPY: THE SECRET WORLD OF ESPIONAGE For under $21, the special exhibition, SPY: The Secret World of Espionage at the Franklin Institute features CIA artifacts and stories, shedding light on some of the most covert operations in history. The exhibit also includes a real spy gadget. Admission is at a reduced rate of $18 Thursday through Saturday evenings. Members of the Franklin Institute can get tickets for as low as $10. In addition to the spy gadget, other artifacts that the exhibition shows are a tooth that was used to contain and smuggle film, a CIA-made robotic catfish and a laser maze. The exhibit runs until Oct. 6. -Sinead Cummings
GREENFEST PHILLY Greenfest Philly will be held on Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Headhouse Row, located on 2nd Street between South and Pine streets. The event will have live entertainment, food, a beer garden and informational sessions on what it means to live green. Its website boosts attendance of more than 100 vendors and exhibitors for festival goers to check out. Though the festival doesn’t have their musical lineup up yet, last year’s performers included Cheers Elephant, Mount Joy, Abstract Verses and You Do You. Festival goers can find vendors and exhibits from organizations such as Drexel Smart House, Philly Aids Thrift and Yumtown USA. Admission to the event is free, but this year the festival is offering a “Greencard” for $25, which gives attendees $10 towards food, two beers, a shirt and much more. There will also be a free bike valet. Greenfest Philly is sponsored by the Clean Air Council. To find more information, visit greenfestphilly.org.
Wear Liberty creates Phillyinspired clothing.| COURTESY PHILLY RAW ARTIST STAFF
“I started Wear Liberty in 2010 with one hoodie design. I now have over 10 designs, have sold at over 15 events, have [Wear Liberty] in two stores, and there’s lots more on the way. Wear Liberty is just the beginning,” Eyer said. Wear Liberty can be found online at wearliberty.net, Jinxed at the Piazza at Schmidt’s and the National Liberty Museum in Old City. Bria Topper can be reached at email@example.com.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has options for kids, families and friends through both audio and self-guided tours. For students who babysit or have younger siblings, there is a tour that allows kids to imagine they’re a knight getting ready to be in a tournament. The “Arms and Armors” collection will be viewed, followed by opportunities for drawing and writing. There is also a chance for kids to make their own rug through the “Discover Design” program, where Islamic art is studied for its colors and patterns. Lastly, interesting landscape paintings from all over Europe can be studied through the program “Looking at Landscapes.” The Philadelphia Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and until 8:45 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays. It’s located at 2000 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Admission for students is $14.
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NEW IRISH BAR COMES TO THE CITY GENO’S “SPEAK ENGLISH” SIGN STAYS What’s going on @foobooz tweeted on Aug. 30 that after much heated contro@phillymag tweeted on Aug. 30 that Saint Declan’s Well, a new versy, Geno’s “Speak English!” sign remains hanging at the famous in the city, Irish bar opened Aug. 29 in University City. The new bar, located at 3131 South Philadelphia cheesesteak shop as a part of Joey Vento’s dying Walnut St. will have a variety of 19 different types of beer from microbrought wish. The restaurant is under new ownership by Geno Vento, Joey’s brews to draft selections. The restaurant’s website does not yet have a son. It’s reported that Geno does not agree with the sign. to you menu. Employment applications are still being accepted. by Twitter. From restaurants, to music to store CONCERT IN THE PARK RESCHEDULED ANSARI: FROM PHILLY TO NETFLIX openings, Twitter is the go to for FAMILY JAMS AT MAGIC GARDENS the latest updates. For breaking @uwishunu tweeted on Aug. 29 that Magic @PhillydotcomENT tweeted on Aug. 29 @uwishunu tweeted on Aug. 28 that Philanews and daily updates, follow The Gardens, located on 1020 South St., will hold that comedian Aziz Ansari plans on premier- delphia Weekly’s “Concert in the Park,” which its PECO Family Jams on Sunday, Sept. 8 ing his new special, “Buried Alive” on Netflix on was canceled due to weather, has been reTemple News on Twitter from noon to 4 p.m. The event will have food, Nov. 1 before releasing it as a $5 download. scheduled to Sept. 4. The free concert, located @TheTempleNews. crafts and additional entertainment. Admission “Buried Alive” was filmed in April at the Kimmel in Rittenhouse Square, begins at 6 p.m. Get for students is $5.
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Community fears for city art future BUDGET PAGE 1 education for themselves. That’s all I want.” The poor financial situation is a heartbreaking reality for many families living in Philadelphia. Though it is a devastating problem now, this has been a long-term issue plaguing the district for many years. “All facets of education are changing,” Lisa Kay, an art education professor at Tyler, said. “It is an issue between the state, district and the city, but the current uncertainty of the district is disconcerting.” While the school district continues to fight for funding from the state, members of the Tyler community are doing their part to ensure local children do not lack exposure to art. Students and staff are all working with members of the community to attempt to provide solutions to a worsening situation. “In this environment, all teachers are helping fund their school district’s programs,” Kay said. “Art teachers, like many teachers, buy supplies, art materials and write grants to support their programs.” Fortunately, the Tyler community has had a longstanding bond with the community and are members said they’re utilizing these resources to the fullest to assist in any way they can. “We are committed to art education and urban education,” Kay said. “[We] are fortunate enough to have relationships with many wonderful cooperating teachers and fine arts administrators. We support each other and prepare our students to work in urban environments.” Tyler faculty have been applying significant energy to providing aid to local schools, but the call to action has not stopped there. Temple students, from all areas of education, have recognized the need for change as well. “It was super scary for me when the [Philadelphia School District] music education program went away last year,” Kristine Yang, a senior music education major, said. “I was interning for a program, the
Philly String Project, which was also canceled temporarily, and it broke my heart.” The canceling of programs involving the arts is not an uncommon occurrence across the board. “These schools just don’t have the money to run these important programs and it’s just really, really sad,” Yang said. “I came from a district that was always really involved in the arts,” Sarah Kenner, a senior violin performance major, said. “The arts are a great way for young kids to express themselves, and to take that away leaves kids without that essential way to express their creativity.” Along with having long term effects on students, financial instability also creates a difficult environment for future educators, Kay said. “We do not like the fact that job situations are unstable, but this is not peculiar to art education or Philadelphia,” Kay said. “What we are doing at Tyler is to prepare students to be art educators in this changing environment.” The strong foundations that Tyler has made in the community are allowing graduates of the school to do something rare; not only for the city, but their field as a whole. “We have an excellent relationship with the School District of Philadelphia and all of our students do work within the field,” Kay said. “They understand the challenges that they will face when entering the workforce.” The reality is that until the district becomes more financially secure, the quality of the education Philadelphia school children receive will continue to be threatened. “I just pray that it gets better so that I can send my kids off to school with no worries,” Daniels said. “There are so much problems with money around here, and I would just like for someone to see it and do something about it.” Alexa Bricker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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APO members Brian Malone (left), Rick Getts (top) and Soon Kwon share a lighthearted moment together. | DAN PELLIGRINE TTN
Brotherhood is no longer ‘no girls allowed’ APO is a co-ed fraternity that aims to serve the community. MARY SMITH The Temple News In Temple Greek life, it’s sometimes acceptable to call a woman a fraternity brother. Being a fraternity brother doesn’t only refer to men these days, as the concept of co-ed fraternities has been introduced on campus. Women interested in Temple Greek life are not only exploring sororities, but co-ed fraternities. With an increasing number of female students looking to join the Greek community, the opportunity to join co-ed fraternities provides more variety
and opportunity to many aspiring Greeks. Alpha Phi Omega is the largest collegiate fraternity in America. The organization has chapters established on more than 350 campuses in America, one of those being at Temple. The fraternity was originally restricted to male members, but the board opened its gates to women in 1976 once the female college presence grew around the country.“ All of our members love that it’s co-ed. There is still a strong sense of brotherhood even though we’re not all men,” Temple APO President Kelly Sanford said. “The Zeta chapter at Stanford University was one of the first to accept women into their chapters in 1970. Other schools’ chapters started following in Stan-
ford’s footsteps, and eventually the national office could no longer ignore the issue at hand. In 1976, women could be nationally recognized as brothers of Alpha Phi Omega. Sanford said APO’s acceptance of women into their brotherhood was a very proud moment. “I believe that our chapter is very successful at Temple,” Sanford said. “If you want your organization to prosper, why not allow as many people to join as possible? I would never tell someone, male or female, that they are not welcome to volunteer or serve the community with us.” Joining APO provides a multitude of volunteering experiences, but Sanford said there are many different opportunities and benefits that
follow when one joins any organization on a college campus. “Although we love service, I think that most of our members would agree that we love Alpha Phi Omega because of the bonds and friendships we make with our brothers,” Sanford said. Although outsiders may think of Greek organizations as a pure social opportunity, they are also platforms for service and leadership. The Alpha Phi Omega chapter at Temple strives to unite a goal and service-oriented group of students, according to members. “Our goals are to continue serving the Philadelphia community and Temple University,” Sanford said. “We’re not a social fraternity, but a service fraternity, meaning we focus
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Former student plans to run off debt undergraduate education. When the light bulb was sparked by expensive plane tickets, he put the two together to create a strategy. Paid To Run was the resulting business plan that 23-year-old Kasher developed. Using a network of friends and family that he said are “scattered in different places throughout the country,” he will trek from Florida to the state of Washington, back to Pennsylvania and eventually to Florida again. It won’t just be for a Forrest Gump-inspired time of reflection, however, since Kasher still intends to turn a profit to pay off his remaining student loans and even make money for other business ventures. He plans to charge companies who invest in Paid To Run for advertising opportunities, which will be achieved through his social media documentation of his journey, as well as the company-representative clothing he will wear while actively traveling. “When I pitch the idea to any prospective businesses, I tell them that the idea of me wearing your company shirt, or your company polo, whatever it might be, is a great thing,” Kasher said. “There are people that are [going to] see this. But I tell them that the most important thing that I’m doing, [which] gets a lot of people interested, is not the run
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itself, but following me during this stuff. People are interested. They like how odd it is. They’re curious and they want to see what is he going to be doing next. I tell all my sponsors that the social media aspect is the most appealing thing.” He said he plans to update his blog frequently while he runs across the country to keep those following his progress updated. This will also allow family and friends, who he said have been “very supportive,” to track his location. Kasher has set two main goals for himself as he plans to embark on his Paid To Run venture, the first being that he will run 1,000 miles in six months. Kasher said he has been dedicated to training over the past few months, running between five and seven miles each day. He plans to meet his 1,000 mile goal by running six miles each day throughout his journey. Secondly, he aspires to raise $100,000, which will more than cover his student loan debt. In a calendar found on his Paid To Run website, investors can purchase ‘ad space’ for a day or multiple days. The price is listed per day, and increases continuously from the starting date of Sept. 1. Washington’s Martial Arts Training Center in Reading, Pa., was
Jason Kasher runs between 5-7 miles daily.|COURTESY Jason Kasher
one of Kasher’s first sponsors, he said. Though confident in Paid To Run, Kasher recognizes the incredulity that could be inspired by his decision to take such a risky business gamble. He did obtain a full-time occupation as an operations manager at a logistics firm in Carlisle, Pa. after his graduation from Temple, but considers leaving that job for Paid To Run to be a worthwhile personal investment. “I’ve been able to achieve something in six months of my own
free time,” Kasher said. “[I’m] doing something that I love better than I would have been able to do if I worked full-time for an entire year. It’s a huge risk, but it’s something I know I have to take at some point in my life.” Even if he doesn’t reach his full monetary goal, Kasher said that the learning experience from starting Paid To Run will benefit him as a business owner. He credits the Temple Made campaign for inspiring his self-made agenda. “I really feel as though it’s a good message,” Kasher said. “Whether or not people think right now is the perfect opportunity [to try something], maybe it’s worth doing it.” He said he believes that many of his peers and advisers think that they should wait for the opportune moment to start their own business, but he disagrees. “How can you guarantee that five years from now, I’m [going to] have a perfect moment?” he said. “If all I do is wait for that perfect moment, I’ll be waiting for the rest of my life, and I’ll never take that chance.” Erin Edinger-Turoff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEXTBOOKS CAN OPEN CONCERT DOORS Buying books online could save students even more money this fall–if they’re fans of Trey Songz. Amazon.com is currently offering a deal to any account-holding students who purchase or rent books for their fall semester of school through Amazon Student. On Thursday, Sept. 12, a concert at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia will be free for any students who register for the event after proving a textbook purchase from Amazon. After purchasing or renting any book through Amazon.com, students can use the confirmation code from that purchase to register for attendance through an event portal, also on Amazon.com. The Electric Factory, located at 421 N. 7th St., will open its doors to student attendees by 7:30 p.m., before the start of the show at 9:15 p.m. Students who have registered through Amazon.com receive an email confirmation that gives the V.I.P. access to the concert. Students must provide a copy of their confirmation email and their student identification card in order to enter the concert. The first 1,000 V.I.P. ticket holders to arrive will be awarded an unspecified Amazon giveaway at the door. According to Amazon.com, attendance is on a first come, first serve basis. Registered students are advised in their confirmation email to arrive early so as to be admitted, since it is not guaranteed for latecomers if the venue is filled. -Erin Edinger-Turoff RICHIE’S EXTENDS MENU AND HOURS There is more to sell and more time to sell it at the food pad this semester. Richie’s Deli and Pizza has advertised new menu additions, namely hot dogs, starting this fall semester. Richie has frequently tweeted about the new hot dog option, seen by his many student followers on Twitter. “Try the breakfast dog #newitem #hotdog #eggs #long[roll] #breakfastallday #richies,” Richie said in a tweet last Thursday, Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. He thinks that hot dogs are a positive addition for students looking for a diversified menu. “They’re 100 percent beef, gluten-free and come on a Philly hoagie roll. You can build it your way if you want to,” Richie said. There are variations to choose from along with the build-your-own hot dog. Choices are named after different sections of the city, such as a North Philly dog, South Philly dog, Old City dog. So far, the student response has been positive, according to tweets often sent by students to Richie about his food. “Just when I thought @iloverichies couldn’t get any better…footlong, gourmet hotdogs! The man has done it again!” Twitter user @Greg_Pinto said. Operating hours at Richie’s Deli and Pizza have also been extended to incorporate Saturdays, beginning this past Saturday, Aug. 31. -Ariane Pepsin
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on, what professor isn’t?” After he moved from Israel to Philadelphia at age 30, Guy pursued his Ph.D. in modern Hebrew poetry at the defunct Dropsie College. Although Guy applied to teach at the University of Pennsylvania as well as Temple, neither school responded to the budding poet at the time. “Once I arrived to America, I got in touch with the chair of Temple Hebrew,” Guy said. “He invited me to teach an evening class without pay. Then I become an adjunct for Temple in 1971.” Guy said more than 300 students were enrolled in the Hebrew program in 1973, which is astounding compared to the “16 or 17” students he noted who are currently enrolled in the Jewish studies program. “The university cut down the major and the minor [last year], which was an arbitrary decision,” Guy said. “It was quite a shock because we weren’t asked, and now the department is a candidate for slow death. However, I don’t think it is particularly Hebrew. I think the language as a whole is no longer appreciated.” Stevens was grateful that Jewish Humor was one class in the Jewish studies program to survive cancellation since he said it was one of the few avenues left for exploring his ancestry.
“I would highly recommend the class,” Stevens said. “If you’re trying to expand your knowledge of different ethnicities and challenge yourself, this is a great way to go. I know I learned a lot about my heritage.” Matthew Doyen, senior history major, disagreed with Stevens. “My friend suggested I take the class with him and assured me it would be a good time,” Doyen said. “Maybe it was because I’m not Jewish, but I definitely did not look forward to the 80 minute lecture. The only thing I remember is that what is funny is not always humorous.” The curriculum consists of analyzing works of Hebrew humorists such as Mendele and Sholem Aleichem. Although frequent student chosen clips from YouTube are presented, Guy, an author of two books with a third on the way, maintains that the class is certainly writing intensive. “Students realize the class is not about telling jokes,” Guy said. “From my own experience, people are a bit intimidated to tell jokes in front of the class. So the final project is a great win for the students because some of them actually stand up and try their hand.” The final project allows complete creativity by encouraging students to demonstrate what they have learned through any medium they desire. “You
Hanoch Guy stands at the front of his Jewish Humor class this fall as students look on. | ABI REIMOLD TTN are only limited by your imagination,” the syllabus states. “Some of my favorite projects over the years include an interview with contemporary Jews such as Woody Allen [and] a tremendous biographical project on Lenny Bruce,” Guy said. “One time, a student did a dialogue with their grandmother, which was funny because she only spoke Yiddish.” Stevens fondly recalls his final project as being similar. “I wrote a two-page poem about having a Jewish mother,”
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Burger and Cheese Busz owner Juno Park said burgers are the most popular item at his truck.| TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN and paninis that he acquired at Noshery, the truck was successful. However, he decided to make full use of his kitchen and combine the two trucks into one. “I realized I could use the second truck to open in a different location and offer burgers and grilled cheese there to generate more revenue and offer another location, so I’m working on opening at 13th and Cecil B. Moore,” Park said. “But once the old grilled cheese spot opened up, I decided to open up a sushi truck, rather than leave it open for another truck to fill the spot.” Busz Sushi and Dim Sum opened in October 2012 and offers more than 20 different sushi rolls and four different varieties of dim sum. It is located just a few steps down from the Burger and Cheese Busz, which Park enjoys because it allows a wide variety of options to work together on the corner of 13th and Norris streets. He even helped his friend, Nam Kim, open up Wingo Taco and get settled into the Temple food truck lifestyle.
“Some people thought it was a bad idea to help bring in a competitor, but my intention was to provide options for the customers,” Park said. “The market has gotten bigger, which is evident by the fact that all of us are doing pretty decent business.” Although it is less than a year old, Busz Sushi and Dim Sum has become popular on campus. Ashley Leeper, a freshman media studies and production major, is a Philadelphia native who appreciates the rarity of having a sushi truck on campus. “Having something like the Sushi Busz is a good balance to the other trucks. I like it,” Leeper said. “Although I like the Burger Busz, too. It’s bad for you, but it’s really good.” With all of the different dining possibilities, making healthy choices when it comes to food truck eating is definitely achievable. The question is, do students make the right choices when it comes down to it? From what Park said he has seen,
male students seem to be less concerned about their health. “A lot of the male customers seem to not be too worried about eating healthy food, or maybe they’re just getting their burger fix, and they eat healthy otherwise,” Park said. “Most female customers are usually much more concerned about eating healthy. In general, I think Temple students are health-conscious people.” One of the more unsuccessful menu items that Park said he’s had happened to be one of his salads, the BLT salad. After seeing no interest, it was changed to a Club Ranch salad with chicken. It’s now the bestselling salad. Still, burgers hold the top spot as the preferred choice at the Burger and Cheese Busz. Matthew Edwards, a sophomore musical theater major, said he enjoys getting a fastfood fix. “I prefer the more fast-food options at the Busz as opposed to healthier ones” Edwards said. “The fries are great here, too.” He does believe, however, that there should be more places that offer healthy, vegetarian or vegan dishes. Park agreed. “There are some places where you can eat well, but there could be more,” Park said. “I’d love to see someone do a hummus truck, or a truck that’s exclusively vegan.” Many of the food trucks on campus provide healthy options that any busy student can enjoy. Though, like Park’s discontinued BLT salad, they may not be the most popular. Ariane Pepsin can be reached at email@example.com.
Stevens said. “It was like if Phil Collins wrote a ballad about his mother. It was very stream of consciousness, but still funny because she would constantly butt in during the poem.” Doyen was also inspired by a legendary singer for his project. “I altered Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ to ‘We Didn’t Eat the Kosher,’” Doyen said. “I changed the lyrics to Jewish foods and celebrities and played the instrumental in the background.”
After more than 40 years of educating at Temple, Guy reveals why he continues to enlighten students on a subject that’s popularity has seen a sharp decline in recent years. “I like the contact with the students,” Guy said. “From my first session, I tried to create trust between the class members so they can say whatever they want and be confident that nobody will laugh at them. Teaching has always been a wonderful experience for me and I may do it in the future, although I am
getting a little tired.” Despite his lukewarm review of the class, Doyen said that a roster without Guy would be bittersweet. “[I think] he should retire soon, because he is too out of touch with the students,” Doyen said. “[But] I couldn’t imagine any other professor at Temple handling the course.” John Corrigan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilson gets lost in love with new London home LONDON PAGE 8
iting a pub. We took a late bus and visited Westminster Abbey, home to Big Ben and the London Eye. Unfortunately, we also learned that all pubs close at 11 p.m. with limited bathroom availability at night. Even though our rooms are smaller than Johnson & Hardwick, I’m determined to make this an experience of a lifetime. No matter where I’ve gone, I’m still amongst “those Ameri-
cans,” talking loudly and looking lost while buying groceries. Even though some things seem cheap, I have to keep the pounds to dollars conversion in mind Thankfully, I found a cheap grocery store called Sainsbury’s. It’s clear that this is not going to be a smooth transition, but I’m officially along for the ride. It turns out Princess Kate and Prince William live in our neighborhood, and we’ve heard
rumors that Prince Harry goes to TJ Maxx like any ordinary person. Needless to say, I will be on the lookout for members of the Royal Family. Unfortunately, I think the Queen pretty much keeps to herself. Christasia Wilson can be reached at christasia.wilson@temple. edu.
Waksman tweets her way to a VP meet and greet TWITTER PAGE 7 friend had the choice of picking any seat and decided to sit in Biden’s family and friends section. “It was amazing,” Waksman said. “They talked about making college affordable, which is a huge issue for everyone, especially now.” After the event, one of Biden’s staff members took them into the college’s basketball locker room. Ten minutes later, the vice president came in to talk and take a few pictures with them. Instead of just shaking hands, he hugged them both. “It was the best moment of my life,” Waksman said. Waksman said that she considers him one of her heroes because he had gone through many hardships in life and still came out successful. He lost his
first wife and daughter in a car accident and was sworn into the Senate the next day while sitting with his two other children in a hospital. She also admires him for writing the Violence Against Women Act, which she believes is extremely important. Eve Zhurbinskiy, a high school student who attended the event with Waksman, said she shares the same respect and admiration for the vice president. “Joe Biden is the reason I want to pursue a career in politics,” Zhurbinskiy said. “He has a long list of legislative accomplishments, is really bipartisan and is really friendly. He’s overcome so much personal tragedy and has never given up. Joe Biden is someone who cares about the ordinary citizen and
will gladly take time out of his really busy day to talk to you and make you feel important.” Waksman is an active member of the Temple College Democrats and recently attended the College Democrats of America convention in Washington D.C. She said she aims to participate more in campaigning in the future and hopes to get into politics after graduation. She said meeting Joe Biden gave her an even greater motivation to build a career in politics without losing herself or compromising her beliefs. Both girls said they will never forget the unexpected opportunity. Hend Salah can be reached at email@example.com.
For male and female APO members, volunteering APO PAGE 17 on volunteering.” Even though APO takes pride in the work they do for the nearby community, Temple University Greek Association President Cori Shearer said there’s more to co-ed frats than
volunteering. Alpha Phi Omega is technically not represented by TUGA since they are a co-ed fraternity. “I personally believe coed organizations simply cater to a different type of student,”
Shearer said. “Our organizations are single sex and came into existence due to the context of the history of our country. For example, sororities came into existence when women began attending college as a means
of a support system. [The same goes] for cultural-based organizations.” Whether one’s motivation for joining a Greek organization is purely social, purely for volunteering, or a bit of both,
Temple Greek presidents have said there are multiple benefits to belonging to a Greek organization at Temple. With Rush Week approaching, prospective Greek members have some time to decide if
they want to rush and what type of organization best fits their personal goals. Mary Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
Outside hitter chooses Temple for last year
gest difference. We took buses everywhere we went the last three years. Schools we played at Radford were schools I have never heard of, so it is really cool to be a part of a conference with really well known teams.” RICH FOGEL Carlin’s situation is unique The Temple News in that she is coming to a new VOLLEYBALL After just one team but already has experience. “We only had two seniors visit to Temple’s campus last [Gabriella Matautia and Elyse spring, Downingtown, Pa. naBurkert], so that is a really small tive Emily Carlin knew where senior class,” coach Bakeer Gashe wanted to spend her final nes said. “It is huge for us that year of college. we brought another senior like “I fell in love with the cam[Carlin] onto the team to propus, and I heard nothing but vide leadership and experience good things about Temple from a number of a people,” Carlin because we have a large number said. “I really felt like there was of new kids that came in. She no other choice for me than to becomes a large part of our team in that aspect, but we will have come to Temple.” After winning the 2009 to see if that translates into sufPennsylvania State Champion- ficient playing time.” Carlin knows where she ship with Bishop Shanahan High stands on this School, and team. She rebeing named alizes she is a MVP of the senior but does Pennsylvanot want to step nia Volleyball on anyone’s Coaches Astoes. She is sociation State more concerned Championship about how she all-tournament carries herself team, Carlin on the court. chose to con“This is tinue her play my first season at Radford here,” Carlin University in said. “I want Virginia. She to come in and quickly burst Emily Carlin / senior lead with my onto the scene actions and not necessarily be a at Radford, winning Freshman vocal leader until I feel comfortof the Week honors in her second week of collegiate play. able. I don’t want to think I have Carlin left her mark there, end- the right to have to come in and ing her junior year at No. 10 all- start telling people what to do. I understand where I am with all time in kills. After Carlin’s junior season, the girls, but I kind of want to do she decided Radford was not the my best to lead with my play on place for her anymore, and real- the court and listen to the other ized she wanted to come home leaders.” This past weekend at the for her senior season. University of Buffalo Invitation“I chose Temple for a numal, Carlin finished second on the ber of different reasons,” Carlin team in kills with 21 and fifth in said. “It was close to home, it’s digs with nine. a great location in the city and After going 1-1 in Buffalo, now that I’m older I can actually Carlin and her teammates will enjoy it.” return to action Friday at the PaComing into a new team as triot Invitational in Fairfax, Va. a senior can be difficult, but CarOn the schedule for Temple are lin thinks the transition has gone matches against Copper, George smoothly. Mason and her former team— “I think I have adapted well, I am already best friends with all Radford. Carlin is excited for a fresh the girls,” Carlin said. “They’re start and wants to prove that she a great group of girls to work can compete on this level. With with, as well as the coaches. I a different system in place it am really open to anything, so may take some time to work out any coaching style I can adapt, the changes, but Ganes believes and coming in early in the spring Carlin is ready since she came really helped me with the transiin during the spring and worked tion.” Radford University plays with coaches and training staff. “I am so excited to be here,” in the Big South Conference, Carlin said. “I am here to listen which is primarily made up of and learn, and with a great group Virginia, North Carolina and of girls and coaching staff it is South Carolina schools, so traveasy to do that.” eling is not as big an aspect of the experience as it is at Temple. Rich Fogel can be reached at “I have never really flown email@example.com. anywhere for competition,” Carlin said. “The traveling is definitely going to be the big-
In her final year of eligibility, Emily Carlin chose to leave Radford for Temple.
comfortable. I don’t want to think I have the right to have to come in and start telling people what to do.
OWL SCHEDULE FRIDAY MTEN at Navy Invit. All Day WSOC vs. Marshall 1:30 p.m. MSOC vs. Wofford 4 p.m. VB at Radford in Fairfax, Va. 5 p.m. FH at Penn State 6 p.m.
MTEN at Navy Invit. All Day FB vs Houston Noon VB at George Mason in Fairfax, Va. 7p.m.
SUNDAY Tennis (M) at Navy Invit. All Day FH vs Richmond Noon
WSOC vs Rider Noon
WVB vs. Coppin St. in Fairfax, Va. 3 p.m.
MSOC vs Hofstra 2:30 p.m.
Team off to best start ever support, like the weight room.” Though the two freshmen’s success has come against some of the weaker opponents on Temple’s schedule, the Owls’ defense, which has earned four shutouts, gives Mello and Guenter confidence that they can continue to produce. “It’s comfortable that while [the opposition] has the ball, I trust [that the defense] won’t let them score,” Mello said. “You play more comfortable when you know that your defense is good, then the midfield can work the ball and play free.” Off the field, Mello and Guenter said it has been easy to build a comfortable relationship with their new teammates, who have made the transition easier. “It’s really easy to get along with everyone there,” Guenter said. “They’re really open. I think everyone on the team gets along well.”
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The Owls have had their share of fun when it comes to the cultural difference between them, such as Guenter’s pronunciation of certain words like ‘aluminum’ and the team’s attempt to speak Mello’s first language, Portuguese. “I asked them to speak Portugese,” Mello said. “They’re not good at it.” The competition will progressively increase for Temple this season, but Mello and Guenter are happy that their collegiate career has begun on a positive note. “Everyone says the games are going to get a lot harder when we get to conference games, but starting off with wins is great and getting playing time is awesome,” Guenter said.
Brien Edwards can be reached Clara Guenter, a native of Bonn, Germany, is currently playat firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @BErick1123. ing in her first season as an Owl. | PAUL KLEIN TTN
Freshmen could be ‘top flight’ from my home country,” Karina said. The coach Karina is referring to is Frederika Girsang, who was nationally ranked No. 4 in Indonesia and has been with the team since 2009. With the insight of Girsang, Mauro knew it would be valuable to have Karina on the team. “I know she will be a very strong, solid college player,” Mauro said. There are many areas in her game Karina would like to improve on, but one particular area stands out. “When I am leading the set 4-1, I like to choke,” said Karina. “I need to have more selfcontrol, so that is what I want to work on this season.” Nussaume has also made extraordinary strides on the tennis court. As a junior player, Nussaume represented Thailand in many international tournaments, such as the Hong Kong ITF Junior Tournament, Kenya International Junior Champion-
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ship and the ITF East African 18 & Under Junior Circuit, where she reached the quarterfinals. She was ranked as high as No. 427 in the world. Now that Nussaume is on a college team, she has very high expectations for herself. “I am to be No. 1,” said Nussaume. “[Nussaume] trained in France at a very high level academy,” Mauro said. “I believe she will be a very strong player as well. She has a good work ethic and should excel in school.” When Nussaume was considering where she would go to college for the next four years, a city was never an option. “When you think of all the American dream colleges, you think of colleges near the beach, like in California,” Nussaume said. “But when I visited here, I liked it. The campus was not too big and not too small. It was convenient and close to Center City.”
After a long recruiting season on the men’s side, Vineet Naran, who is from Colonia, N.J., is the lone recruit on a very young men’s team. “Vineet has been training in Florida for the past couple of years,” Mauro said. “I believe that with his passion for tennis, he will get better and better as the year goes on.” Naran spent the last five years playing tournaments in the Northeast, including competition in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. “Last summer, I won a sectional, which was pretty big for me,” Naran said. “This summer, I played a Challenger, which is a pro tournament. I ended up losing in the first round, but it was a really good experience.” Naran hopes to make a difference on the team this year in order to work his way up in the lineup. “I don’t know the spot that I am playing yet, but a general goal is to win as many matches
as I can to make the team better and improve on my fitness, so that when I play, I can last longer in a lot more matches,” Naran said. Each player has their individual goals, but winning seems to be the common theme that is echoed on both teams. “They have good work ethic, so hopefully that will be a positive impact on the team,” Mauro said. The fall season gives the freshmen a new opportunity to showcase their talent, improve on their weakness and transition to a new team in preparation for a long season. The men’s team begins its season this weekend at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. and the women’s team kicks off its fall schedule on Sept. 20 with the Cissie Leary Invite at the University of Pennsylvania. Danielle Nelson can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @Dan_Nels.
Women’s basketball schedule released An American schedule The full schedule for women’s basketball was released for the 2013-14 season. Entering its first year in the American Athletic Conference, Temple faces road and away matchups against each conference opponent: Memphis, Louisville, UCF, USF, Connecticut, SMU, Cincinnati, Houston and Rutgers. Two of those teams, Connecticut and Louisville, played in the national championship last year. Other notable matchups include a game against Villanova on Dec. 19 and a game against Penn on Jan. 22. The season opener will be at La Salle on Nov. 8 at the Tom Gola Arena. “We are so excited to play in the American Athletic Conference and to usher in this new era of women’s basketball,” Temple head coach Tonya Cardoza said in a press release. “Obviously, this is the most challenging schedule in the history of the program. We are excited to bring outstanding competition to Philadelphia, and we can’t wait to take the court. Our fans will see some great games.” The 2014 American Athletic Conference Championship will be held March 7-10 in Uncasville, Conn. -Avery Maehrer
Temple’s men and women tennis players were recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for their academic excellence. The men’s team received the status of ITA All-Academic Team. Five men’s players – Maros Januvka, Kristian Marquart, Kacper Rams, Sam Rundle and Hernan Vasconez – were named 2013 Division I Men’s Scholar-Athletes. Likewise, three women’s players, Carly Bohman, Alicia Doms and Jasmine Merali were named 2013 Division I Scholar-Athletes. To receive ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must be a varsity letterwinner with a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the current academic year and is enrolled in the present year for at least two semesters. Marquart, a junior from Germany, maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout the school year. Bohman, a senior from Ontario, finished the school year with a 3.98 grade point average, which included a 4.0 during the fall. To earn the ITA All-Academic Team award, the players must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2. The men’s team had a 3.59 for the 2012-2013 academic year. -Danielle Nelson
Team ranked sixth
Before the season even kicked off last weekend, junior Amber Youtz had already collected a Big East accolade. The forward has been named to the Preseason All-Big East Team. She is one of four unanimous selections out of a vote conducted by the conference’s eight head coaches. The coaches were not allowed to vote for athletes on their individual teams. “We’re really proud of Amber for getting this honor,” head coach Amanda Janney said in a press release. “I’m glad the other Big East coaches recognized her accomplishments from last year, and we’re hoping she makes a name for herself in the new conference.” Youtz scored 22 goals and 54 total points last season, taking the honor as the Atlantic 10’s Offensive Player of the Year and ranking seventh in goals for all of Division I field hockey. A preseason poll was also released, which has Temple projected as sixth prior to their first year as an affiliate of the Big East. Rutgers (fifth), Providence (fourth), Louisville (third), Old Dominion (second) and Connecticut (first) are all projected ahead of Temple, based on the coaches’ poll. -Nick Tricome
FOOTBALL Athlete returns
For the first time since week seven of last season, sixth year medical senior offensive lineman Sean Boyle got on the field on Saturday, Aug. 31, serving as the long snapper on field goals and extra point attempts. Boyle has undergone five shoulder surgeries over the course of his collegiate year. “It’s a process,” Boyle said during training camp. “Everybody faces some kind of adversity in life and mine happens to be injuries from playing football. It’s something you’ve got to attack the same way you would attack learning a playbook, the same way you’d attack getting in the weight room. “ Boyle played in every game during his freshman and sophomore seasons before his shoulder problems began. He missed the entire 2010 and 2011 seasons. This season, Boyle has one main objective in mind. “My ultimate goal is to stay healthy,” Boyle said. “I think that’s a huge goal on everybody’s list. And obviously I want to help the team do as best we can. I want to contribute as much as possible, just so we can have a memorable season for my sixth try.” -Avery Maehrer
Owls off to a winning start
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
Dave MacWilliams said 11 because he’ll be utilizing his can instill a huge amount of Williams said. “Because the top conference move helped team’s depth to its full advan- competition within the team. teams play in the top conference tage. MacWilliams said that can only and they want to be playing in in recruiting process. HOON JIN The Temple News The Owls will look to use their squad depth to not only improve themselves, but to win games. With a plethora of new players coming in, coach David MacWilliams still hasn’t come up with a starting 11, even after the team’s first game Friday when it beat Saint Peter’s in overtime 1-0. “Not yet,” MacWilliams said when asked if he has a starting 11 in mind. “We’re still trying to figure out what’s best for the team because we still have injuries. We’re not sure what our starting lineup’s going to be.” MacWilliams isn’t too worried about not having a starting
“The nice thing [about having depth] is that we can start other players and we won’t miss a beat,” MacWilliams said. One issue the Owls might face during the season is chemistry. This problem was perhaps expected since half of this year’s roster consists of new players. Last Friday, sometimes the final pass was too heavy or the synergy between the midfielder and the striker was not cohesive. But with time and preparation, MacWilliams feels that chemistry won’t be an issue later in the season. “[Chemistry] is just going to get better and better,” MacWilliams said. “We have new players coming in, and it’s going to take some time for those guys to settle in and fit their style to the system and function at 100 percent.” Still, having a deep squad
be a positive. “I think competition’s going to help us,” MacWilliams said. “We had a good attitude from the team yesterday from the bench. They cheered on the team and I was pleased with the bench yesterday, which is a good sign.” “I think competition is always a good thing,” senior captain Ryan Bradbury said. “It pushes you to train harder and really makes you better. I think every athlete has to look forward to competition. What stood out the most to me was how well the team came together. Everyone showed up ready to play and left it all on the field.” Although they have yet to play in the American Athletic Conference, the move is already benefiting the team. “I think the conference has helped us recruit players,” Mac-
it. We have 11 new players on the team and I think playing in it had an impact.” Bradbury believes that playing in The American will help the team perform at a higher level. First year coach Matt Rhule will now look to pick up his first “The new conference win against Houston this Saturday. | HUA ZONG TTN will definitely be a good thing for the team,” Bradbury said. “We’re here because we want to win and want to be the best, and to be the best you need to beat the best teams. The new conference allows us to play some of the best teams in the country evDEFENSE PAGE 22 ery week.” territory, a short run on the sec- the season opener with uncerThe Owls will look to repond play, and a 32-yard touch- tainty on special teams after the licate their success from their down pass from Rees to Daniels loss of kicker/punter Brandon first game going into their next on the third play. McManus. Senior punter Paul match against Wofford College “I think the very first play, Layton played well, punting five on Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. the safeties went the wrong times for an average of 48 yards, way,” Rhule said. “We blitzed including two balls downed inHoon Jin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. on one side and they spun the side the 20 yard line. other way... It was a good run by On the other hand, freshthem.” man kicker Jim Cooper had a On both of the long plays to poor start to his college career, begin the drive, junior corner- missing attempts from 32 and back Anthony Robey saved the 43 yards. He also had his only touchdown by forcing the ball extra point attempt blocked. tournaments. carrier out of bounds. On both “I felt confident going out True freshman Evan Notouchdown passes, Daniels beat there,” Cooper said. “Small taro could play a big factor Robey down the field. correction, I needed to just anchoring the back end of the “They max protected and close my hips off and I didn’t. lineup. threw a post,” Rhule said of the I had a second opportunity. The “[Notaro] is a point A, first play. “[Robey] didn’t stay coaches never lost faith in me, point B golfer,” Quinn said. high on it. So the next time... he which is why they’re such great “He’s a good ball striker. I think got high on it, and they threw a coaches. I didn’t capitalize on it, he’s going to be that consistent post corner. They max protect- so that’s just something I’ve got guy that we desperately need. ed, and they made it a one-on- to work on and get better at.” We need a consistent guy who one, and their kid made the play Cooper was a U.S. Army can come in here and shoot 71 and our kid didn’t. I thought for All-American at Mainland Reto 73, 74 for us. the rest of the game, he kind of gional High School in Linwood, “If we had that guy last settled down and played really N.J. year, we probably win seven good football.” “Obviously, it’s a huge cultournaments,” Quinn added. Niklas’ touchdown was the ture shock,” Cooper said of the If Temple can maintain a last score of the half, and was transition. “But really, to tell balanced lineup throughout the the only play of the drive. The you the truth, when I was out season, it could be a force to be catch more than doubled the there, it was just me and my reckoned with. 270-pounder’s career long and team. They’re very supportive Although the full schedwas just his second touchdown and they helped me out a lot.” ule has yet to be released, the catch of his career. Matakevich led the Owls Owls’ season will get under“The play before the half, with eleven tackles. He continway the weekend of Sept. 15 the freshman middle linebacker ues to be one of the Owls’ best at the McLaughlin Tournament [Jared Alwan], wasn’t his fault,” defensive performers, but his at Bethpage Red Golf Club in Rhule said. “Looked like it was teammates will have to step up Farmingdale, N.Y. his fault on film, but it wasn’t in order for Temple to be suc“I’m pretty happy this his. Guys missed the call, and cessful. could be my last year that I get we turned one down the middle “I think we stuck to the to play with such a good team, of the field.” game plan,” Matakevich said. so hopefully we can do someRhule said he was hoping “They were just fortunate thing special,” Crescenzo said. the defense could force Rees enough to make plays, and we “Personally, I’d like to win a into making some mistakes. didn’t. We did move the ball college tournament. As a team, Rees played sparingly in 2012, up and down the field, so we the main thing is to win [The but played full-time in 2011 and can definitely take a lot of good American] and go to the NCAA threw 14 interceptions. things out of this. We just have Tournament.” “He’s a really smart, tough to come in tomorrow and get football player,” Rhule said. ready to work so we can be Chase Senior can be reached “He didn’t turn the ball over. ready for Houston.” at email@example.com or on Twitter @Chase_Senior. That is the first thing you want Evan Cross can be reached at from a quarterback.” The Owls also came into firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter
Kicker squanders opportunities
Opener set for later this month Matthews, Teesdale and we have a solid four or five guy, Crescenzo look to build with Brandon Matthews and off successful summers. Matt Teesdale driving the ship, CHASE SENIOR The Temple News With the golf season right around the corner, the Owls are preparing to make their American Athletic Conference season debut this fall. Coach Brian Quinn has plenty of talent returning for another year, and the sense from Quinn and his players is that this group of players has a lot of potential. “I honestly think we’re going to have a great season,” sophomore Brandon Matthews said. “We got Matt Teesdale, who is an awesome golfer, awesome kid. He can go really low any day of the week, same thing with Matt Crescenzo. Crescenzo proved himself this summer.” Led by Matthews, Teesdale, a junior, and Crescenzo, a senior, Temple has arguably one of its most talented rosters of the past few years. “I’m pretty pumped,” Crescenzo said. “To be honest, this is the best team I think we’ve had in awhile.” “We desperately need a four and a five guy to step up,” Quinn said. “If we do that, I think we can compete with just about any team in the country. If
up to my expectations, I think I can beat anybody,” Matthews added. “But if they go out there I think we could be a really, re- and beat me on that given day, ally solid golf team.” then they play better than me Matthews had a great and there’s nothing I can do. All spring season, finishing among I can do is just give it my all evthe top 10 on the leaderboard ery single day.” in 11 of 12 events. He also won Matthews gets much of the the Atlantic 10 attention, but Conference Teesdale has Rookie of the just as much Week a consupport from ference-record his teammates. eight times en “ W h e n route to claimTeesdale is ing the A-10 playing well, Rookie of the there’s not Year Award. many people in Matthews the country that continued his can beat him, good play in amateur-wise,” the summer. Matthews said The DuPont, of his friend Pa. native was Brian Quinn / coach and teammate. an alternate “ M a t t for the United States Open, won Teesdale, without a doubt, is the 109th Golf Association of one of the most talented players Philadelphia Open Champion- in all of college golf,” Quinn ship, claimed the Patterson Cup said. “Amazing player, great and then reached the quarterfi- kid. He’s just learning to mannals of the U.S. Amateur, which age his game and how to play a featured players from all across little bit and working on some the globe. things with his golf swing, but “Expectations will definite- a super, super kid and has a trely be higher,” Matthews said. mendous upside.” “They’ll keep getting higher as With Matthews, Teesdale I keep playing, and hopefully I and Crescenzo, Temple has keep rising to my expectations three proven golfers atop the and keep doing what I think I lineup, but the fourth and fifth can do.” positions will be crucial when it “If I play good enough and boils down to the Owls winning
need a four and a five guy to step up. If we do that, I think we can compete with just about any team in the country.
Graduate assistant faces alma mater in home debut Temple beat Ohio State in season opener. NICK TRICOME The Temple News Amidst the excitement on Saturday in both South Bend, Ind. and on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Owls were having a big day of their own at Geasey Field. Temple played its first official game as a Big East Conference affiliate and got off on the right track by beating the Ohio State Buckeyes 4-1. It was a good win for the Owls, but for the recently hired graduate assistant coach Danica Deckard, Saturday’s game had a bit more significance. Deckard was on the sideline for her first game with head coach Amanda Janney and assistant coach Kelly Driscoll, just a few weeks after being announced as the new graduate assistant. In her first game, she helped guide the Owls against the team she played on for the past four years. “It was definitely an eerie feeling,” Deckard said. “Obviously, I have a lot of pride in FIELD HOCKEY
my alma mater. I loved playing there, I loved the coaches from there. It was a weird feeling, but I’m glad that we here at Temple were able to get the win.” Deckard graduated from Ohio State last year, with an impressive four-year playing career and a bachelor’s in education and human ecology to show for it. She led the Buckeyes in goals in both her junior year with 11 goals and her senior year with 13 goals. She also earned two All-Big Ten Second Team selections. Given the Owls’ situation as a new team in a more competitive conference, having someone with experience in a conference like the Big Ten could help them make the adjustment. “I think the Big Ten, especially, plays a very physical game,” Deckard said. “There are a lot of tough players, and I think having that skill and bringing that into the Big East is something that will definitely help.” It helped in Saturday’s win, according to Janney. “Moving into a new conference, we have to be used to not being intimidated by big name teams.” Janney said.
“Having [Deckard] train with us, she helped get our team ready, so we weren’t intimidated,” Janney added. “The girls have been playing great against her in scrimmages and getting used to playing against other players. She helped us train to get ready for a big game like this.” Deckard also puts an important emphasis on fitness, which is an aspect that has been important to the team in recent years. “She seems really into field hockey as a whole and fitness as well, which has been a huge focus for our team in the past,” senior midfielder/defender Molly Doyle said after the announcement of Deckard’s hiring. “After my freshman year, [Janney] set out to make the team more fit,” Doyle added. “I think she saw that we were really skilled players, but that a fitness piece was always missing when we were going up against really competitive teams. She really made it her mission to make fitness a priority on our team.” The payoff from the heavier focus on fitness was present in Saturday’s win.
The Owls hosted the Conference Cup Tournament last weekend, where they lost to the Maryland in the final round 5-1. | ANDREW THAYER TTN “You could see it in the game today,” Deckard said. “They came out and I thought that they looked very fit. They came in from the summer and the preseason very fit, so it works better because we are able to come and get right into playing.” Deckard has not been at Temple for long, but her connection to the school goes back a few years. Janney tried to recruit her to the team as a player five years ago, but Deckard opted to go to Ohio State. Although Deckard is here now, neither she nor Janney expected another opportunity for
her to come to Temple. “I knew a couple former players and they got me in contact with [Janney] and it all worked out,” Deckard said. “It all happened very quickly over the summer. I was never expecting to come back, but I’m glad to be here.” “It worked out well for us,” Janney said. “We contacted her Ohio State coaches and they gave excellent recommendations of her. As soon as we knew that she was interested in going to grad school, we knew it was a perfect fit.” The players were aware of Deckard’s connection to Ohio
State. It was another factor that made them more excited to go out and win, along with it being the first game in a new conference. “It’s a tough situation with her just coming from Ohio State, but it definitely made us all excited and wanting to come out there and win,” freshman forward Katie Foran said, who scored her first goal at the Division I level on Saturday. Nick Tricome can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @itssnick215.
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Coach to make roster by week’s end Coach Ryan Frain builds team around an up-tempo style. SAMUEL MATTHEWS The Temple News The tryout on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Northeast Skate Zone rarely saw a break in action as the Owls were up and down the ice all night. “It was nonstop,” senior goaltender Chris Mullen said. “But I think that’s all part of it. With 20 minute periods you’ve got to be able to play a full 60 minutes if you want to win. And previous years we’ve got burned because we didn’t have legs at the end of the game, and that’s one thing we’re certainly trying to change.” Those end-of-game struggles are part of the reason why first-year coach Ryan Frain wants his team to be a hard-hitting, up-tempo team this year. Frain made it clear he will not let poor stamina be the reason for losses. “That’s absolutely what we’re trying to put in place here, up-tempo and hard work,” Frain said. “We are going to be fast, hard-hitting, hardworking, putting pucks on net and crashing as well, so that’s going to be our motto this year. From this hard work, it’s going to lead to ‘W’s’ on the scoreboard.” Frain’s new focus on speed and hard work is something the team believes will be an effective strategy to help them pick up more wins throughout the
The ice hockey team held its first set of tryouts last week, as coach Ryan Frain attempts to place a greater focus on speed and hard work. The Owls will open their 2013 season on Sept. 21 against the University of Maryland.| DAN PELLIGRINE TTN
course of their tough schedule. “It’s definitely [an effective strategy],” senior forward Joey Pisko said. “Especially in the third periods this year, because we do have a real tough schedule and a lot of games are going to come right down to the wire. That extra step and that extra gas in the tank is something that we’re going to need. So [Frain] has the right idea, getting us in shape early and getting us ready for the schedule.” Overall, Frain is pleased with the way his team looks in these early stages. “The squad looks pretty solid,” Frain said. “Obviously some looked a little better and were on the ice a little more than others. But that’s why we have five tryouts. It allows us to get the kinks out, get their hands back and skate a little bit, and we need to get them in the best condition possible.” Pisko was also pleased with the way the team is progressing. “Everybody looked a little better,” Pisko said. “I think the guys who have a shot at the team are starting to show themselves now and playing the way they should be, and I was definitely happy to see that.” Frain is expected to have his final roster determined by Sept. 5 or 6, giving him and his team a little more than two weeks to gel before the puck drops on Saturday, Sept. 21, when the Owls take on the University of Maryland Terrapins. Samuel Matthews can be reached at samuel.matthews@ temple.edu.
Reilly shows promise in South Bend who has been on the sideline for some of those plays, I’ve got a little bit of a perspective that he might not have,” Coyer said. “I’m trying to help him out with anything I can.” “I think his performance is something he can build off of,” Coyer added. “That’s something that’s going to be great for the team going forward.” Although Reilly played well, he did not exceed Rhule’s expectations - that’s how the first-year coach thought and hoped his quarterback would perform. “I just love coaching the kid,” Rhule said. “I’m out there yelling at him on the field, ‘What are you doing?’ And he’s, ‘Yes, sir.’ He’s a winner.” Equally encouraging is the protection Reilly received during Saturday’s game. Against a defense that included 6-foot-6, 322-pound Stephon Tuitt and 6-foot-3 357-pound senior Louis Nix, Temple’s offensive line held its own, led partly by the strong play of sophomore line-
man Kyle Friend. “I’m pleased,” Rhule said. “I challenged them in the fourth quarter. I thought in the end they started hitting our quarterback, and I was frustrated. But I tell you, they went straight. They got out of what they were doing. They played. They rushed.” “Nix is a great player,” Rhule added. “Have a ton of respect. I thought [Friend] did a good job. We hopefully neutralized [Nix] a bit. I didn’t realize how big he was until I walked by him. My gracious.” Reilly also praised the play of Friend as he battled against the Notre Dame defense throughout the game. Rhule said in the week leading up to the game that his team was “probably not sleeping,” thinking about Nix. “Kyle Friend did a phenomenal job up front,” Reilly said. “I think he got a little help from the guards, but Louis Nix was not a problem for this game.” Temple has one more game against a currently ranked team
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this year, a home matchup against No. 9 Louisville on Oct. 5. On Sept. 7, the Owls will welcome Houston to Lincoln Financial Field for the home opener at noon. There is little denying that Temple failed on Saturday. The team lost to the Fighting Irish 28-6 as they squandered numerous opportunities to get back into the game. The Owls, as Rhule said multiple times in his post-game press conference, “shot themselves in the foot.” But if there’s one silver lining to Temple’s failure, it is this: A road matchup against a championship caliber Notre Dame team is about as difficult a season opener as any collegiate team can expect. Aside from perhaps the Cardinals matchup later this fall, the Owls kicked off their season with the most difficult game of the 2013 season. It should only get easier from here. Avery Maehrer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @AveryMaehrer.
Notre Dame held the Owls to just six points in the season opener. The matchup was the first time the two teams have played each other in history. | HUA ZONG TTN
Redshirt sophomore aims to help depleted men’s squad Team will depend on Alex Izewski to transition his track success this fall. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News CROSS COUNTRY As kids, Alex Izewski and his brother, Josh, were competitive in the pool as opposed to on the track. “Growing up, the first thing I ever did was swim,” Alex Izewski said. “I swam from the age of six until my freshman year of high school.” While swimming seemed to be the sport of choice for the two brothers growing up in the Philadelphia suburb of Doylestown, Pa., there was just one problem: they weren’t tall enough. “My dad had always run his whole life,” Alex Izewski said. “So we would always go to 5K races as a kid. My brother made the transition from swimming to running and I followed. There it
got to a point where, with swimming, you have to be pretty tall to be a swimmer and we were both figuring out, ‘OK, we’re not growing anymore, we’re going to be 5-foot-7.’ And that’s when I decided that I can go out there and run pretty good without training and I’ll give it a try. From sophomore year on, it just stuck with me and I really love it.” After the two brothers made the transition from the water to the track, they both starred for the track team at Central Bucks East High School. Josh, two years Alex’s senior, took a scholarship at the University of Florida and was a productive member of Florida’s distance unit for four years. The younger Alex Izewski, as he did with the switch to running, followed his brother to Florida in 2011, but transferred to Temple last winter. After a winter and spring in which Alex Izewski established himself as one of Temple’s premier distance runners, the red-
shirt sophomore has three years of athletic eligibility to show that he can be the top runner for Temple’s distance squad moving forward. “[Alex Izewski] is our top guy, there’s no doubt in my mind,” coach James Snyder said. “[Alex Izewski] does a lot of things really well, but I think the characteristic about him that stands out the most is he’s chosen to live the lifestyle of a runner. To be excellent at this sport, you have to live the lifestyle. You have to sacrifice a lot of things, and you have to say no to a lot of things and [he] does that.” “[Alex Izewski] is a runner,” Snyder added. “That’s his life and that’s a pretty special thing. He’s got all of his chips in the middle of the table right now with [running], and we’re hoping we can cash in later in the season.” Entering a season with Temple missing its top two performers from last year in recent graduate Travis Mahoney and
junior Cullen Davis, who transferred to the University of Pittsburgh, Alex Izewski is primed to help fill the void – both on and off the course. Although he is embarking on his first cross country season in two years, Alex Izewski proved his worth last year with races such as his eight minute, 21 second performance, just shy of Mahoney’s school record of eight minutes and 20 seconds, in the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America championship meet last February, as well as his eighth place mark of 31 minutes and five seconds in the 10,000-meter run at the Atlantic 10 Conference championships in May. “Between [Alex Izewski] and [junior Matt Kacyon], we’re going to have a really big one-two punch, and then we have [senior Will Kellar],” sophomore Will Maltin said. “[Alex Izewski] is somebody who’s not the most outspoken kid, but he clearly has the potential to be the top kid on our
team, and I wouldn’t doubt him being one of the top kids in our conference.” Alex Izewski, hardly the loud type, leads more by his example on the course and the track, Snyder said. “[Alex Izewski] is going to do what [he] does best, and that is he’s going to train his butt off, take care of his business and do all the right things,” Snyder said. “Distance running is a lifestyle and that’s what he does best. He prioritizes, he takes care of his business on and off the course, he’s in the ice bath after practice every day. He strives to be great, and having his brother to look up to over the years I think helped in that regard. It’s my hope that the other guys look up to [him] in those same ways.” “I would definitely say that I’m a leader by example,” Alex Izewski said. “I’m vocal, but I’m not very vocal. I’ll give anybody advice, I’ll talk to them and encourage them, so I’m vocal that way. But I’m more of a person that guys will look up
to to see what kind of training I’m doing and what I’m doing in meets and get an idea of what they want to do off of what I’ve done.” Although the road to get to this point hasn’t been straightforward or easy, Alex Izewski said he couldn’t be happier with his current position as a key cog on Temple’s distance unit. “One of the biggest things I don’t miss about [Florida] is how far it was,” Alex Izewski said. “My parents can come to my meets and that’s definitely one thing I like about here better. Our program is going in the right direction. With Snyder and [newly hired graduate assistant Aaron Watson] being here, they’re two guys who can really help our program succeed. I’m really enjoying my time here.” Andrew Parent can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @daParent93.
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Program adds three new freshmen to fall roster. DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News As a child, freshman Anais Nussaume didn’t play tennis willingly. “When I was small, I used to lock my racquet in the bathroom so I did not have to play,” Nussaume said. Fast forward to today. This past recruiting season, the women’s tennis team added Nussaume, a Thailand native, to its roster. Indonesian powerhouse Dina Karina will also play for Temple beginning this month. “They both have the capability to be first flight,” coach Steve Mauro said. “We just have to see how the fall season goes, but they both have the potential to be there.” The talented freshmen possess a wealth of experience on the tennis court that stretches from regional to international competition. With the fall season quickly approaching, the women are eager to help the team have a successful first year in the American Athletic Conference . “I just want to win,” Nussaume said. Karina, who was ranked second in Indonesia according to Mauro, also played on the international circuit at numerous tournaments and championship matches, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations school games, Indonesia International Junior Championship and the Thamrin Cup International Junior Championship, where she reached the finals but was defeated. Nevertheless, she earned a world ranking of 295 by the International Tennis Federation. With such an outstanding resume, Karina had many options on where to spend her collegiate career, but she said it was the familiarity of home that compelled her to choose Temple. “The assistant coach here is Indonesian, so I have someone
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exceeds any amount from a Temple quarterback last season under former coach Steve Addazio. “It’s an important thing not to turn the ball over because that leads to lost games, so my one job was to protect the ball,” Reilly said. “I thought I did pretty well as far as distributing. There are a lot of things I need to work on in terms of getting the ball out quicker, but I think overall the offense can move the ball and we did move the ball. We just have to capitalize on our opportunities.” Coyer, who had 53 total yards in his new position at Hback, said he’s proud of Reilly after making his collegiate debut. “As a receiver and someone
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Two 32-yard touchdown receptions by DeVaris Daniels. A 66-yard touchdown catch by Troy Niklas. A 45-yard rush by Amir Carlisle. A 51-yard catch by TJ Jones. Those five plays accounted for the majority of Notre Dame’s offense – 226 yards and three touchdowns. Had Temple been able to limit those long gains, the game would have been much closer. “Playing a good team, you can’t miss calls and you can’t give things away,” coach Matt Rhule said. “You can’t play 65 great plays and five bad ones.” Notre Dame had 12 possessions in the game. Four resulted in touchdowns, four ended in punts, two resulted in missed field goals, one ended in a fumble and the final possession expired along with the fourth quarter. Of the four touchdown drives, three lasted less than 90 seconds and took three plays or less to complete. Even Notre Dame’s fourth scoring drive relied on big plays to succeed. There were two 25plus yard gains: a 33-yard pass from senior quarterback Tommy Rees to sophomore wide receiver Chris Brown and a 14yard run by junior running back George Atkinson III that included a 15-yard late hit penalty on senior safety Abdul Smith. “We’re definitely disappointed,” sophomore linebacker Tyler Matakevich said. “We’re never completely satisfied with how we play, but we played tough. We didn’t quit; we just gave up some big plays that definitely cost us in the end.” The first two Irish drives followed the same template: a long first play to get into Temple
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Junior quarterback Connor Reilly (right) led the team in both passing and rushing in the team’s 28-6 loss to Notre Dame last Saturday. He threw for 228 yards, more than any Temple quarterback threw for during the 2012 season.| HUA ZONG TTN
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“I think we shot ourselves one sack, you know what I ond quarter as Reilly brought Reilly impresses in the team within one score of collegiate debut against in the foot,” coach Matt Rhule mean? That’s impressive.” said. Perhaps the most impres- the Irish. His 228 passing yards the Fighting Irish.
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OUTH BEND, Ind.— The Owls failed Saturday against Notre Dame. Freshman Jim Cooper missed two easy field goals and an extra point attempt as he faced, in his words, a “culture shock.” The running game was almost nonexistent as the team’s quarterback had almost twice as many rushing yards as the leading running back, freshman Zaire Williams. The defense allowed the Irish to march down the field on two back-to-back drives as Notre Dame was able to take a 14-0 lead in just twoand-a-half minutes of possession.
Yet Rhule’s team showed signs of hope in South Bend, Ind. last weekend. In front of a green sea of 80,000-plus spectators, junior Connor Reilly made his collegiate debut against a Notre Dame squad ranked No. 14 in the nation. Although he had no touchdowns, Reilly threw for 228 yards and zero interceptions. In 46 passing attempts, he was sacked just once. Reilly led the Owls inside the 20-yard-line three times in the first half, adding a fourth visit in the second half. “Connor proved to everybody, in my mind, he’s a competitor,” Rhule said. “He’s out there, running around, getting first downs. He doesn’t take it to the ground. He gets hit. He’s probably a little banged up and he keeps playing. So to throw that many passes and have just
sive moment of the day for Reilly, however, came on an incomplete pass. As the first half came to a close, Reilly threw a Hail Mary from midfield as it nearly rebounded into the hands of an Owl. Reilly’s display of arm strength showed a notable improvement over last year’s starter senior Chris Coyer, and represents the kind of offensive system change Rhule has encouraged since his arrival. “I was definitely nervous after the first snap, but once the ball hit my hand, I felt good,” Reilly said. “It felt good to get hit, although I’m going to have a lot of bumps and bruises tomorrow.” If the atmosphere of Notre Dame got to Reilly, he didn’t show it. As the game progressed, the Owls formed a comeback of sorts towards the end of the sec-
International freshmen impress in early team action
This season, Mello has re- petition in [its collegiate athlet- Mello and Guenter said the bigIngrid Mello and Clara Guenter are finding ways corded two goals, both coming ics],” Mello said. “In Temple, gest challenge they’ve faced in in the Owls’ 2-0 victory against specifically, they are very good adapting to American and colto contribute.
BRIEN EDWARDS The Temple News International freshmen students who are new to the country probably expect they’ll need a substantial amount of time to get into the flow of college life. “In Brazil, my coach said to come [to Temple] and just work because you’re a freshman,” freshman Ingrid Mello said. “It’s not about getting into plays.” “I thought the transition would be harder getting used to everything,” freshman Clara Guenter said. The early indication is that they both thought wrong. In the first four games of the 2013 season, Mello and Guenter, both midfielders, have adjusted to their locale changes to become offensive weapons in the Owls’ starting lineup. WOMEN’S SOCCER
NJIT. Guenter has also netted a goal, which came in the 4-0 shutout win against Delaware State. Both players have started every game. “Having done it myself, it’s a very hard thing to do,” said coach Seamus O’Connor, who has lived in Ireland for most of his life. “They don’t give themselves enough credit.” The freshmen duo share a similar backstory as they’ve come to Philadelphia after spending their entire lives in countries other than the United States. “Sometimes I think about how I’m playing here [and] I’m not in Brazil,” Mello said. “It’s surreal.” Before attending Temple, Mello lived in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais in Brazil. She was the 2012 MVP for her high school team, the American School of Belo Horizante. “In Brazil, there’s no com-
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in academics, they’re [a Division 1 program] and very competitive. I thought it was the best option.” Guenter’s hometown is Bonn, Germany, where she attended the University of Applied Sciences. Guenter also spent more than a year of her high school career as an exchange student in New Zealand, attending Waiuku College. While Mello has visited the United States for past vacations, Guenter had never stepped foot on American soil until her first day of preseason practice with the Owls. “I wanted to play soccer while I was at college,” Guenter said. “In Germany, we don’t have college sports at all. So, I made the decision to come over here. Temple was the best choice athletically and academically.” Considering where their soccer experience comes from,
legiate soccer is the physical demands. “What [Temple does] is pretty much the same as we do in Germany, except it’s a lot more physical,” Guenter said. “I’ve never lifted before in my life. It’s more professional here. In Germany, we really didn’t have the time to do the athletics as much. We did more technical stuff, and the players would just have to work on physical parts of their game on their own time.” Mello said she appreciates the new resources at her disposal within Temple. Since the college game demands more from her physically, Mello thinks Temple facilities will help her growth as a player. “I think it is better [at Temple] because we have those classes, the structure and other things to use,” Mello said. “In Freshman Ingrid Mello of Brazil recorded the first two goals Brazil, I didn’t have that much of the season in a 2-0 victory against NJIT, as the Owls remain undefeated headed into this weekend. | PAUL KLEIN TTN SOCCER PAGE 19
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