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University cancels Spring Fling in ‘14 aimed mainly at commuter students to showcase student organizations and performers, but as the campus has become increasingly residential, drinking has become more of a component of the day. Sean Carlin The decision to end the The Temple News event came after a series of meetings after Spring Fling and he third Wednesday of during the summer among highApril will just be an level administrators. ordinary day for most After the most recent Spring students next year. Fling, President Neil Theobald After last April’s Spring commissioned Provost HaiFling was marred by drinking Lung Dai and two vice presiand ended with a 19-year-old dents – Jim Creedon and TheWest Chester University student resa Powell – to look into the falling to her death from the roof future of spring activities, but of an off-campus row house, Theobald said that it’s been clear university administrators have for months that the event would ended the decades-long event, not carry out as usual. citing goals for the day that have “It’s kind of been hijacked been “undermined” by drinking by a group of people that make in recent years. this into a bacchanal, a drinking The newly built Morgan Hall, now the tallest building in North Philadelphia, offers a room with a view, but it also keeps stuIn the past, the event was fest,” Theobald said. “We’re not dents from flooding the surrounding community. PAGE 2.| Abi Reimold TTN involved in that.” While the event has been a mainstay at Temple for years, university officials determined that the day met less of the goals But as he seeks to fill one Preliminary site for it had set for Spring Fling in the more deanship and two interim past and became a detriment to new library to be vice presidencies, the univerthe academic climate. sity is working on its master released this fall. “This used to be an event plan through Visualize Temple that seemed to have a real benSean Carlin Campaign brings which could change the face efit to the college community The Temple News of Main Campus, including the 60 percent increase because it was the only opportupotential of a new library on the nity that all of these commuter in recent alumni Less than two months be- east side of Broad Street and an students came together,” Dean fore his inauguration, President increase in residence halls. donations. of Students Stephanie Ives said. Neil Theobald has been a culti“We spent the summer try“This particular event has reSEAN CARLIN vator for change during his first ing to gather information from ally transformed into something year in office. The Temple News students, from faculty, from where students perceive it as an Four deans have been staff,” Theobald said. “The President Neil Theobald is preparing for the release of a new excuse to drink and a drinking Following last year’s an- named to positions that were goal here is to say ‘what is the Visualize Temple plan. | PAUL KLEIN TTN holiday.” nouncement of a $100 million previously filled by interims, strategy over the next decade Four months ago, Spring a new master plan for the unicould alter Main Campus would campaign for student scholar- a permanent provost was put and how do you operationalize Fling captured the attention of versity, and is receiving input be the addition of a new library ship, increased resources and in place and he has been at the that?” from a Visualize Temple web- that was mentioned in the 20/20 the area after Ali Fausnaught, a a renewed focus on donors led helm for most of the first year Temple has been workfreshman at West Chester Unithe university to set its one-year of a scholarship campaign that ing with SmithGroup, an ar- site where students and faculty plan, which was the basis for a versity, died after she fell from could weigh into the discussion number of construction projects fundraising record, gathering has led to the largest fundraising chitectural and planning firm, the roof of a row house on the with their own ideas. year in the university’s history. throughout the process to design Funding PAGE 3 Theobald PAGE 3 A signature change that Fling PAGE 3
After tragedy struck, officials put an end to tradition turned “drinking fest.”
Univ. raises President develops campus plan record total of funds
Opera dept. adds artistic director Ansari headlines for teaching and conducting to his fondness of collaboratively working with other musicians in an enriching environment. “I always loved working with people and making music Shayna Kleinberg with people,” Ryvkin, who is the The Temple News artistic director and cconductor of Temple Opera Theater and asOpera may not be native sociate professor of the departto North Philadelphia, but few ment of voice and opera, said . people realize the prestige of Ryvkin first realized his the voice and opera department love of music when he was a at Temple - a department that very young boy living in St. Penow proudly houses a highly tersburg, Russia. acclaimed conductor behind its “My family wanted the curtains. children to play music. It was One of the many new pro- very traditional,” Ryvkin said. fessors recently added to the “At that point, no one in my staff roster for the 2013-2014 family was ever a professional school year is Russian native musician.” Valéry Ryvkin. He has exerted It wasn’t until Ryvkin was his musical talent all over the a teenager that he started to secountry, attributing his passions riously think about becoming a
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Valéry Ryvkin offers a wealth of conducting experience to the opera department. | ABI REIMOLD TTN musician. Ryvkin’s drive to study music landed him at Mannes College, a noted music school
in New York City, where he received a degree in music theory
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Temple’s annual Welcome Week festivities came to a conclusion on Saturday night with nearly the exact same sight as years past: kids flooding out of the Liacouras Center, flushed and smiling, being herded away from oncoming traffic by police officers. Unlike years past, however, attendees pre-gamed their Saturday nights with a comedy
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“One of the Guys” earns emmy nod
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A s part of a new initiative developed by Temple Student Government and the city’s Commissioner’s Office, students in residence halls will recieve Philly voter forms. PAGE 2
A web series created by Temple students is up for College/ University Production Long-Form Fiction Emmy. The Emmy Awards will air on Sept. 22nd.
Philadelphia weaver Erin Riley depicts unique college culture in her work.
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show. The Welcome Week guest performer spot, held in previous years by rappers as varied as Wale and Big Sean, was occupied by comedian, actor and soon-to-be author Aziz Ansari. Tickets were distributed four hours before show time and a small drove of students lined up in advance around the block to get free tickets. Ansari, most currently known for his role as Tom Haverford in “Parks and Recreation,” has slowly become a household name (or, at the very least, a dorm room name) since his days as one-third of
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The family of Kevin Kless, 23, who was killed in January 2012, has sued two Center City bars for providing alcohol in excess to son’s killers.
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Students living on campus allowed to register in Philly. Marcus McCarthy The Temple News Political participation isn’t typically what
first-year students expect to hear about during their first floor meeting, but for this year’s incoming Temple students, voter registration is on the agenda. All on-campus residents will receive an official voter registration form and attached letter explaining the details at
their first floor meeting of the year. This form must be mailed to Philadelphia County Voter Registration Office before Oct. 5 if they have never registered in Philadelphia and plan on voting here in the 2013 election. City Commissioner Al Schmidt, in partner-
ship with Temple Student Government, Temple Residential Life and Temple Residence Hall Association began this initiative to avoid college students walking into polling places on Election Day without having previously registered for that location.
“This is something I saw as a problem when I first came into office,” Schmidt said. “We want anyone who wants to vote, to be able to vote.” In last year’s presidential elections, a report released by the local governmental watchdog group PennPRIG stated
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that 27,395 provisional ballots were cast in Philadelphia, with a large amount of those votes coming from college students who were voting for the first time in new districts. College students coming from out-of-state
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TUH active in reducing wait times Despite hour-plus waiting averages, TUH among quickest in city. Matthew Hulmes The Temple News People living around Temple University Hospital might have to wait to see a doctor, but the good news is that the wait is less than that at other major hospitals, according to new federal data. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published new data for 2013 that shows the average wait time for patients at Temple before being admitted as an inpatient is 320 minutes. This is the lowest inpatient wait time in the area, when compared against other Philadelphia hospitals such as Jefferson Hospital, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Einstein Medical Center. Patients seeking care at Temple Hospital spend an average of 54 minutes waiting in the emergency room before being seen by a healthcare professional, a wait time that comes in second only to Einstein Medical Center, where the wait time is an average of 51 minutes. Jefferson University Hospital also had an average wait time of 54 minutes. The average time that patients have to wait to see a doctor after being admitted is also low for Temple, which clocked in at around 118 minutes. Robert McNamara, professor and chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Temple Hospital, said there are multiple factors that determine how long it takes for a patient to
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The view east over Cecil B. Moore Avenue from the recently opened Morgan Hall.|ABI REIMOLD TTN
Morgan keeps students close Temple’s largest residence keeps more than 1,200 students on Main Campus. ALI WATKINS Assistant News Editor
hey came in minivans, in pick-up trucks and college-budget clunkers, piling mattresses and microfridges on the Cecil B. Moore sidewalk as Friday morning dawned on campus. And within minutes, Morgan Hall’s inaugural class of residents was swallowed by the skyscraper’s terrace. Across the street at Avenue North, just feet from the perimeter of the insular court-
yard, a banner reminded students of the importance of respecting their surrounding local neighborhoods. It was a striking juxtaposition on move-in day; a call for community involvement outside of a structure that, University officials say, was built in large part to isolate students from their North Philly neighbors. Welcoming more than 1,200 upperclassmen and freshmen residents, Morgan Hall, the $216 million apartment-style dorm facility, has been hailed as the new standard of college living. Gone are the days of sterile common rooms, quads, and mass produced furniture – the facility boasts more than 30 residential floors filled with modernized living arrangements, a range of new dining options and innovative meeting spaces.
It’s the epoch of dorm architectural prowess, but despite its accolades, some have questioned the building’s isolationist design, saying that it drives a wedge between Temple students and locals, a relationship that has been riddled with tension for decades. But Ray Betzner, assistant vice president of University Communications, said that Morgan Hall’s isolation is, in a backwards kind of way, a manifestation of community involvement in the development process. “To understand the context of why this makes sense for Temple, go back to when the 2020 plan was first being put together,” he said. “ We had a number of conversations
CSS aims to curb bike thefts Bike registry and free lock giveaways part of new program.
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It’s a common sight on Philadelphia streets: lonely, broken bike locks hanging from sign posts, a constant reminder for the city’s riders that sometimes even a lock isn’t enough to keep your wheels safe. For riders on Temple’s campus, biking to class comes with the same risk. But new data shows that the petty crime is actually higher at other city
universities. At Temple, bikes thefts are fairly common, but Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the school is no different from many other colleges or cities across the country. For example, according to a recent article by the Philadelphia Inquirer, new police data has shown that the University City neighborhood leads the city in bike thefts. This year alone, 12 incidents of bike thefts have been reported at the Temple campus, and only two were resolved. However, Leone feels that the Temple Police have made bike thefts a priority, regardless of
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the low ratio. Campus Safety Services has created a number of initiatives to give students an ease of mind while peddling to their next class. Yesterday, Aug. 26, a new bike registration program became available online to all students. “Our officers, as well as the Philadelphia Police, can use the registration information to check someone acting suspicious on a bike,” Leone said. The Temple Police has also promised a more aggressive approach in checking suspicious activities around locked bikes. However, with so much emphasis on stronger patrols through-
out Main Campus, Leone said students should also take further precautions. “It’s important to teach bike riders the proper way of securing their bikes,” Leone said. “A U-lock for the frame and wheel, with a cable for the other wheel makes the bike more difficult to steal.” Most of the thefts occur due to improper locking techniques. Some riders use cable locks that can be easily cut or they park their bikes onto unsecured objects, rather than designated bike racks. In order to promote awareness of these issues, Campus Safety Services is giving away free locks to the first 500
Temple cops deliver baby Mother, baby safe at Temple Hospital after birth on Broad. Cindy Stansbury The Temple News On the corner of Broad and Oxford streets on Monday, Aug. 26, a small gathering of four soon became five, as officers Justin Busam and Chris DeRose delivered an infant girl amid the chaos of the busy city street. Earlier that night, when Kamille Young departed for the hospital with her boyfriend it soon became clear that her third child was not going to wait to meet the world any longer. The two officers were then flagged down by the couple for assistance. “Nine times out of 10 it is a false alarm,” Busam said, describing his initial reaction to the couple’s plight. Busam, a trained EMT, went on to explain that upon performing a quick examination of the mother, he quickly realized that this was no false alarm. DeRose gathered supplies and Busam readied the mother to meet her newest child. “First push, the baby started crowning. Second push, I had the baby all the way up to head and by the third push, the baby was out within two minutes,” said Busam, “I wrapped the baby in the father’s T-shirt and put the baby on the chest, umbilical cord and everything still attached.” Both officers explained that to remove the umbilical cord in the field was not ideal, and they did not continue to perform any procedures before before the family and baby were transported to Temple University Hospital. Healthy baby Aamanee, weighing in at 6-pounds-8ounces, was born at 12:42 a.m. on Broad and Oxford streets. Since the event, the two officers visited mother and child and report that both are doing extremely well. “It felt really good to finally do something different; to do something good. I mean we do good everyday when we catch criminals, but there’s always a victim involved with that, so it’s a bit negative,” DeRose said. “This was positive all around,” added Busam, “This couldn’t have gone more perfect than it did.” Cindy Stansbury can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A wheel is all that is left of a bike chained to a rack on the 1500 block of North 15th Street| John Moritz TTN students who successfully join the bike registration program.
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Theobald PAGE 1 including the newly-minted Morgan Hall. Previously, the library was slated to be built on the west side of Broad Street, but Theobald said that it is going to be on the east side of Broad Street. “It’s certainly going to be on the east side of Broad and by October or November, we’ll have an exact site,” Theobald said. The master plan will be finished in February, but Theobald said a preliminary version would be announced in the fall to solicit input on any changes that could be made. Of the changes that could be made to the campus, none would be bigger than an oncampus football stadium, which Theobald said has also entered the discussion. “Every university would like an on-campus stadium,” Theobald said. “Certainly we’re looking at it and it’s under consideration.” As the 27-story Morgan Hall enters its first academic year in operation, Theobald said more residential housing would most likely be a part of the plan. “We have excess demand
for student housing, so there almost certainly will be housing of some sort [in the plan],” Theobald said. “Clearly we’re going to have more on-campus housing.” Other than working with the administration on the university’s master plan, the president is also embarking on a new freshman leadership course with his wife, Sheona Mackenzie, which will meet once a week. She was a school psychologist in Indiana and retired when Theobald took the job at Temple. He said he can share the sense of transition with the freshmen in their class. “I’m in a position now where I can share learning with them,” Theobald said. He is set to lay out his agenda and vision for Temple during his inauguration this fall, which he said will center on issues that he has harped on since he was announced as the university’s 10th president in August 2012. When he returns from Notre Dame next week, he plans to make the inauguration his top priority. Theobald said to not expect
any surprises in his inaugura address. “There are generic issues: affordability, research, competency, our role in social issues. What I need to do in the inaugural is find out where Temple specifically is in all [of this].” Though issues like affordability and student debt will be addressed as he sets his vision for the university, Temple’s role in the area also comes into question. “We’re not Penn, we’re not Villanova, we’re not St. Joseph’s. We’re Temple. We’re Philadelphia’s public university,” he said. “What does that mean and what does that imply?” He said he’s working to get a grasp of what Temple means to the area and how that affects the university’s strategy moving forward. The inauguration is set for Oct. 18 and will be held at the Baptist Temple on Broad Street. Sean Carlin can be reached at email@example.com or follow on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.
$65.8 million from more than 45,000 donors. The $65.8 million raised by the university in fiscal year 2013 breaks the previous high of $63.6 million in fiscal year 2008, which coincided with the Access to Excellence fundraising campaign during Ann Weaver Hart’s tenure as president. Though officials said the record-setting year was a combination of added resources to the Office of Institutional Advancement and energy surrounding the university from the scholarship campaign, Tilghman Moyer, interim senior vice president for Institutional Advancement, said the record is in part because of a sound strategy coming into last year. “Any good fundraising results come from a good plan,” said Moyer, who took over as the interim senior vice president when David Unruh resigned from the position in December. “We will continue to focus our efforts on attracting new donors – individuals who haven’t given before – and also focus on those alumni who have given in the past and focus on asking for increased support.” Of last year’s donors, more than 3,000 were alumni who have received degrees in the last decade, a nearly 60 percent
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1900 block of North 18th Street. While Fausnaught’s death was described as devastating by administrators, Powell said the incident wasn’t the reason for the cancellation of Spring Fling. “Her death was extremely tragic and just a shock,” Powell said. “But she is not the reason for this move. It was just the culture that this is now a day to drink and that was most disturbing to us.” The ubiquitous drinking that has enveloped Spring Fling in recent years has also started to draw students from other universities to North Philadelphia because of the culture that has surrounded it. Though drinking seemed to
play much of the role in the demise of Spring Fling, administrators said its effects started to seep into the classroom. Along with scores of students who skipped their classes for the day, officials reported hearing of professors who contributed to it by canceling class. “There’s nowhere we said, ‘cancel class,’ there’s nowhere we promoted skipping class, so there’s just something wrong with this position,” Powell said. Temple Student Government Student Body President Darin Bartholomew said he was asked by administrators to make the academic case for Spring Fling, which he couldn’t because “it’s very hard to make
an academic case for an event where classes are canceled.” “If any student rationally thought about that question and tried to put themselves in my position, you can say a lot of things that quite honestly aren’t true, but if you are going to answer with any sort of integrity, it’s very hard to make that case,” Bartholomew said. Instead of Spring Fling, Student Activities, TSG and Main Campus Program Board, along with other students, are working on finding other events for the Spring, though officials warned that no single program will replace Spring Fling. “We will continue to find spring programming that will
achieve the goals that we had set: engagement in campus, feeling that sense of school spirit, providing students and student organizations the opportunity to be involved and demonstrate what it is that they’re all about,” Ives said. “We want to find a way to fulfill those goals.” Ives added that she expects to receive recommendations on spring programs within the next few months. Sean Carlin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.
Students participate in the Spring Fling fair this April. University Administrators announced that the fair and other Spring Fling activities will be cancelled in 2014 while they look for alternatives. | TTN FILE PHOTO
2013 fundraising dollars reach an all-time high. | John Moritz TTN
increase from the previous year, according to the university. Along with a strategy to identify new donors and keep tapping into frequent donors, Moyer said the scholarship campaign provided some of the energy and support to encourage people to donate. The plan was announced in August 2012 while Richard Englert was acting president, and aimed to raise $100 million for student scholarship in five years. Of the funds raised last year, $16.5 million was directed to support for scholarships – the type the $100 million campaign aims for. While that only represents roughly a quarter of what donors gave to Temple, it rose 88 percent from fiscal year 2012, when $8.8 million was directed to student scholarship. “The scholarship initiative gave something that many people could identify with, so that aided greatly,” Moyer said. “A successful fundraising operation doesn’t happen in a vacuum, it happens because of a lot of buzz and awareness.” Moyer noted that added resources to Institutional Advancement aided the office’s ability to advertise and court donors to give to the university. Almost three years ago, Hart approved a three-year investment plan for the office after an extensive review of its operation. Moyer said during the past two years, the office has built a “strong team,” and last year’s success shows the beginning of a “payoff on this investment.” A more unified leadership has also led to confidence in the university which aided in fundraising, Moyer said. Since fiscal year 2013 began, the university has named a president, filled its interim provost position and named a slew of deans to positions which had been previously been held by interim deans. “It gives the appearance of senior leadership being solidified,” Moyer said. One of the factors that contributed to the successful fundraising effort was President Neil Theobald’s understanding of how fundraising works. At Indiana University, Theobald was in charge of a seven-year capital campaign that generated $1.2 billion for the university. While Theobald was impressed by the record-setting fundraising year, he said he was more astounded by the amount of donors who gave to the university last year. “It wasn’t just the amount of money we raised, which was
fabulous, it was the number of people that donated,” Theobald said. “You’ve got more alumni seeing really good things going on here and they want to give back.” Temple is in the process of overcoming an institutional mindset that previously did not place fundraising on its list of top priorities, Moyer said. Fundraising only became a top concern for the university over the last 10 years, he said. Though fundraising has been a larger concern for the university, it has still largely fluctuated since fiscal year 2004. Since the previous high in 2008, fundraising dropped off to $42.4 million in fiscal year 2009, rose to $50.9 million in fiscal year 2010, and dropped to as low as $38.8 million in fiscal year 2012. While fundraising dipped from $49.6 million in 2011, to $38.8 million in 2012, officials said the pervious administration still held fundraising as a top concern. “There was no less focus from the pervious administration,” Moyer said. “It’s been a steady emphasis on fundraising. Despite the $17 million increase from 2012 to 2013, Temple still lags behind other institutions like Penn State – which raised more than $260 million last year. Moyer said he attributes this to the tradition of fundraising at those schools. “Those institutions, in particular Penn and Penn State, have invested in their institutional advancement offices long before we have,” Moyer said. “It’s only been the last 10 years that Temple has made a significant investment in alumni outreach and fundraising.” “Part of it is it just has not been a priority of the institution at the level it has been at those institutions,” Moyer added. “That has changed.” Since Temple has only made fundraising a top priority since the early 2000s, Moyer said it gives the university an opportunity to study and learn from its peer universities. “When we look at schools like Pitt and Penn State, other state-related universities that look like us, [we ask] ‘Why are they able to raise so much more money than we are?’” Moyer said. Sean Carlin can be reached at email@example.com or follow on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.
Morgan aimed at keeping students out of community neighborhoods with students and community members.” “What we heard from community members was very clear. They said: ‘Build more on-campus housing, stop the students from moving in to our neighborhoods.’” Morgan Hall, Betzner said, was the university’s answer- a building designed to keep students on campus, a self-sustaining environment that allowed the community to come in, but kept students from buying up properties on the booming west,
and, especially, south ends of campus. The sheer height of the structure- a North Philadelphia record of more than 25 storieswas also a response to community concerns. “Community residents told us, ‘Don’t buy up a lot of land around you,’ So we had to go up, since we couldn’t go out,” Betzner said. But although Morgan Hall drew nearly 1,300 students out of those neighborhoods, Betzner was quick to point out
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that the Good Neighbor initiative still holds true, especially on a campus where an estimated half of roughly 14,000 residential students call off-campus neighborhoods home. “There’s no doubt about the fact that Temple continues to interact with the neighborhood around us,” he said. In addition to providing the requested barrier between students and the local streets, Morgan Hall’s dining facilities have also brought more than 100 new jobs to North Broad Street. So-
dexo, the company that operates Morgan Hall’s array of new restaurants, brought on 120 new hires to staff the facilities. Asked how many of those hires were local, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Michael Scales said he couldn’t say for sure. “But you can bet it’s at least 99% probably 100%,” he said in an e-mail. Betzner said that since the original sit down with community members, frustration with off-campus student housing has died down. But, he said, the de-
mand for on-campus housing is still high. “Even if we’re not hearing as strongly from local residents about students moving in to the neighborhood as we did, say four, five years ago, we’re still hearing from students that they want to live on campus,” he said. “So that will probably continue to be a factor.” Despite the questions brought on by Morgan Hall, Betzner said Temple continues to consider Philadelphia an integral part of its college experi-
ence. “I don’t know how granular it gets when you’re talking about the four streets around us.” he said. “But, we’re Philly…if we wanted to separate ourselves from the community of Philadelphia, we couldn’t do it.” Ali Watkins can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @AliMarieWatkins.
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Those who choose to attend Temple University should know they aren’t in for the “typical” college experience. Attending college in the middle of an urban landscape is undoubtedly an alternative to life in a “college town,” and with an alternative environment comes an alternative learning experience. Students at Temple need to know more than just the material studied in their courses. Mastering the subway system and Philadelphia’s neighborhoods is just as important as registered courses. Becoming streetwise is essential as well. While red Temple “T” flags hang in only certain areas, the entire city of Philadelphia is campus to a Temple student. With no disrespect to professors, The Temple News argues that the most valuable learning takes place outside of
the classroom. This learning can happen on Main Campus at one of the university’s approximately 300 registered student organizations, or off-campus through an internship or study abroad program. Temple seems to be no stranger to the concept of outside-the-classroom learning, as the Philadelphia Experience program marries this outside knowledge with General Education courses by encouraging students to get out into the city to supplement classroom learning. The Temple News urges the freshman class and transfer students to get involved early in their careers at Temple. Students should apply themselves in the classroom, but know that the time spend in lecture halls is just a fraction of the Temple learning experience.
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Oct. 1961: Dr. King pays Main Campus a visit
The Acre of Diamonds The founding ideas of this university and the basis for its mission statement have roots in an old sermon that Temple founder Russell Conwell used to orate in his post as a minister in Philadelphia. The sermon, though delivered with a somewhat elitist tone, has a valuable moral that seems pertinent now more than ever for the university and its surrounding community. The lecture tells the story of Al Hafed, an old Persian farmer who became discontent with his wealthy life after learning of diamonds and the enormous riches they command. He leaves his family and his farm behind in search of the diamonds, but exhausts all of his resources in his desperate pursuit and eventually kills himself. The story ends with Al Hafed’s successor discovering a field of diamonds in the garden brook of Al Hafed’s old farm, long after Al Hafed was already gone. The moral of the story, which has come to be known as Conwell’s “Acre of Diamonds” speech, reminds us of the value of self-betterment. It teaches us that prosperity lies within. Cast into a modern light, the “Acre of Diamonds” speech should serve as a reminder of the university’s role as an institution of higher learning in a city that continues to prove itself incapable of properly educating its children. The Philadelphia School District is in a state of crisis. Hampered by rising pension costs and a drop in attendance, the district closed 23 schools in June to help fend off a $304 million budget shortfall. Almost 4,000 school district employees were given layoff notices. It took a last-ditch effort in midAugust to redirect $50 million to the schools just so the district could open on time. Other emergency funds raised allowed the district to hire back some music
teachers and secretaries, while restoring fall sports programs. The recent speech given by President Obama announcing a new college rating system offers an incentive for Temple to become part of the solution. Among other things, the new system would reward colleges for lowering the cost of tuition and admitting a high percentage of low-income students. Out of the incoming class of 2017, it is estimated that 738 out of roughly 4,300 are from Philadelphia. Specific numbers about the Philadelphia School District were unavailable. While Temple can’t fix the city’s broken public schools, it can do more to lower costs to offer opportunity to those who somehow emerge from the system. Temple happily labels itself as the “diversity university,” and continues to actively pursue international students, but it’s a disservice to the university’s mission to turn its back on the youth in our own city. There is an acre of diamonds in Philadelphia; it’s the children whose faces you might have seen on the news recently. They’re being forced to move to different schools, are afraid of getting beat up in unmonitored hallways and graduate from high school at a rate 15 percent below the state average. President Obama’s new plan for making college more affordable is welcome news, but before the university begins scrambling to juice its numbers, it should first consider digging through the unplowed garden in its backyard. Like Conwell said in his speech: “The ‘Acres of Diamonds’ which I have mentioned through so many years are to be found in this city, and you are to find them. Many have found them. And what man has done, man can do.”
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In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 23, we revisit Dr. King’s visit to North Philadelphia on Oct. 21, 1961. “Students must renove every vestige of prejudice from his minds,” King stated.
Are primary care physicians the future? If Temple’s medical program is to remain cutting-edge, it must focus on primary care. By Christopher Baumert Philadelphia is a city of “firsts.” It is where colonists first declared independence from England. It was the first planned city in the New World. It is also the location of the first American hospital and medical school. I take special pride in having served the underserved communities of Philadelphia – a city to which American medicine owes so much – as a medical student at Temple. During my recent time there, Temple Health was spending more than $100 million a year on charity care, much of it on an uninsured or underinsured population in a turbulent surrounding community. Many uninsured Philadelphians end up in Temple’s Emergency Department; in fact, applicants to the medical school and ER residency are lured by the prospect of seeing one penetration wound – that is, a gunshot injury or stabbing - per day. Dr. Amy Goldberg leads a robust program caring for trauma patients, and is one of the most brilliant educators that I encountered while at Temple. While caring for that population and spending $100 million annually to do it is a noble cause, I don’t look at that as a statistic to be especially proud of. From a business perspective, any health system that gives away that much free care is shooting itself in the foot. More importantly, from a patient care perspective, that number shows that our health care
system is failing in its medical duties, no matter how good we are at robotic surgery, trauma care or research. The United States spends 17.9 percent of its yearly gross domestic product on health care, far more than the second-most developed country – the Netherlands – spends per year. However, according to the most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. ranks 30th in infant mortality, one of the World Health Organization’s primary indicators of health. How can Temple and other communities in the United States avoid growing debt from health care spending while actually improving the health of the populations they serve? In my opinion, giving that population a relationship with a primary care physician is the answer. Insurance companies are increasingly realizing the costsavings and quality that primary care physicians bring to a health care system, especially through the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care, which advocates for comprehensive, coordinated and accessible primary care for patients and their families. According to the nonprofit Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, a collective of insurance companies, employers, doctors, nurses and patients, some of the benefits of patientcentered care include lower costs of care, improved outcomes for conditions like cancer and heart disease, improved life expectancy, decreased mortality
rate and reduced impact of socioeconomic disparities. Family physicians also decrease the mortality rate more than other primary care physicians. Why? As a family physician now working in a PCMH in Billings, Mont., a city with remarkably similar problems to Philadelphia, I have realized firsthand what a family physician provides: a window into the major health determinants in the families and community that I serve. For example, I recently saw a child brought in for care by his depressed mother whose husband was battling alcoholism, and who was also struggling to care for her diabetic mother. While these relatives may never have seen a physician otherwise, at this same visit I can treat what might be the most important factor in the child’s health: his family. More importantly, working in a PCMH, I can refer this family to in-house services including behavioral health for the mother, home health for the grandmother and substance dependence treatment for the father. If Temple and other academic health systems in Philadelphia and the U.S. want to improve outcomes while reducing astronomical spending on emergency and charity care, let them serve as role models to other health systems and prevent those costs by investing in the PCMH model. This transition can start with medical schools and their affiliated health systems acknowledging that approximate-
ly 90 percent of graduates going into internal medicine and 40 percent of graduates going into pediatrics will eventually specialize. They must also recruit more family physician faculty, increase the number of family physicians in their administrations, invest in partnerships with local community health centers to provide students and patients the opportunity to experience effective primary care and lobby at the national level for payment reforms to increase valuation for primary care services. Targeted investment in primary care is a long-term strategy to combat the continued rise of costs and to improve wellness. Just maybe, with a sustained investment in preventive and primary care, we will eventually see charity care costs and bullet wound numbers decrease. No hard feelings to Dr. Goldberg, but I’m hopeful that we can decrease the need for doctors in her profession in the coming decades if we appropriately prioritize medical education If Philadelphia medical schools are to “create the next generation of health care leaders,” let them look toward primary care. Philadelphia has been at the forefront of medicine in the United States in the past, and it can be again if its academic medical centers lead the way by investigating in-patient centered primary care. Christopher Baumert, MD; Family Medicine Resident Physician and 2011 Graduate of Temple University School of Medicine.
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Temple’s towering new Fortress of Solitude
The largest dormitory in Main Campus history opened last week. But is it designed to keep riff-raff in, rather than out?
o you know why we built Morgan Hall, Jerry?” Ray Betzner, Assistant Vice President of University Communications, asked me during a phone conversation on Aug. 15. “ N o t particularly,” I responded. “It’s because we received an overwhelmJerry Iannelli ing response from local residents stating that they don’t want more students moving into their community.” That should tell you all that you need to know about the monolithic new skyscraper dominating the skyline of Main Campus, as well as why the Temple Made campaign seems to be imploring students to act like “Good Neighbors” all of
a sudden, rather than secondstring mascots for our football team. In case you don’t live near a window, the largest dormitory in the history of Main Campus opened this August in the form of Morgan Hall, named so after a generous $5 million donation from Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan, real estate developers based in King of Prussia. Mitchell Morgan holds degrees from both the Fox School of Business and the Beasley School of Law, and spends much of his time nowadays acting as the chairman of the Temple’s Board of Trustees’ facilities commitee. Conceived during former Owl-in-Chief Ann Weaver Hart’s administration, Morgan Hall boasts 33 floors of living space and 1,275 student beds. It is unquestionably the tallest building on Main Campus and is easily viewable from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. In a section of Philadelphia where
buildings rarely clear five stories, it dominates the North Philly skyline in the same way that the Burj Khalifa makes every other building in Dubai look like a hobbit hole. Despite advertising in brochures that the building is “the opposite of an ivory tower,” Morgan Hall is much closer to a collegiate Fortress of Solitude than the university may care to admit. Morgan residents are encouraged to utilize the building’s 30,000 square-foot outdoor terrace, eat their meals within the confines of the adjoining cafeteria and use the newly-renovated Cecil B. Moore transportation hub to explore anywhere in the city that doesn’t immediately border Main Campus. Even the courtyard connecting the two buildings is raised a full story above street level. The complex is essentially a self-containing terrarium where students are only compelled to leave if their journey requires a train ride.
In essence, the university is forced to build “up” because the surrounding community no longer wants it building “out,” and for good reason. Raising a family sandwiched between row homes full of Temple students is often a nightmare. We stock our basements with drum sets and subwoofers and get offended if we aren’t allowed to blast music at 3 a.m. We get angry when residents alert the police that our best friends are wrestling shirtless on our living room coffee tables. At the same time that construction workers are polishing the stainless steel countertops in Morgan Hall’s basement cafeteria, school employees are stringing banners across buildings around Main Campus advertising the university’s “Good Neighbor Initiative,” demanding that students “Respect The Block” and stop using local residents’ lawns as tiny landfills for rear-projection televi-
Catcalling: A student’s guide
Bad luck doling out compliments on the street? You clearly aren’t doing it right.
hen you’re wandering down the street on a weekend night, bored, tired and probably intoxicated, you may begin to stumble in the figurative sense when an attractive woman crosses your path. So many things must be running through your mind. As she approaches, you realize you have mere seconds to get your point across. Quickly, you weigh your options. “Hey, sexy!” is always a good bet, isn’t it? It is exactly what you’re thinking, and what woman doesn’t appreciate honesty? But that isn’t you. You’re not an animal, and you want to make sure your comment is well received. You’re running out of time, so you blurt, “Your legs look good in that skirt and you’re really beautiful.” You’re sure you made her night. Unfort u n a t e l y, not nearly enough students understand that “catcalling”—read: street haGrace Holleran rassment — is one of the most widespread and pervasive forms of sexism that women face every day. So pervasive, in fact, that in a study conducted by Holly Kearl for the American Association of University Women in 2009, 95 percent of the 811 college-aged women surveyed reported that they’d been verbally harassed in public at one point in their lives. But what constitutes street harassment? Obviously, it’s wrong to shout vulgarities at women and follow up with threats when they don’t respond…but that doesn’t really happen, right? I regret to inform you that it does. And it does right here on Main Campus. When junior biology major Ashley Anderson was solicited by a man in his car with a typical, “Hey sexy, how you doing?” she responded by flipping him off. “He proceeded to pull over and drive slowly next to me, and curse me out for not reciprocating his shallow idea of romance,” Anderson said. When catcalling takes a less direct form, many people confuse it for harmless flirting. “A lot of men think that catcalling a woman is a compliment, and that she should be
sions and beef jerky wrappers. The policy, issued in 2011 by the Division of Student Affairs, has been deemed so important that it’s being integrated into the university’s Temple Made campaign for the 2013-2014 academic year. The policy’s main statement of purpose is that “Students and student organizations are expected to maintain a safe, clean and respectable environment for the health and wellbeing of themselves and their organization members, guests and neighbors.” It goes on to delineate that students should responsibly dispose of waste, refrain from damaging the property of neighbors and act as conscientious party hosts. Anyone that’s taken a stroll down Park Avenue on a Friday night knows that students aren’t upholding their end of the bargain. No one understands this more than the local residents forced to sweep broken glass off
of their sidewalks every Sunday after the events of the weekend cease, and the university receives phone calls on a neardaily basis discussing studentneighbor relations, said Betzner. Complaints about the actions of students are warranted, and unless we all begin acting like the areas surrounding the Temple community are residential neighborhoods - and not hotel bars at off-strip Las Vegas casinos- the confines of Main Campus may quickly begin to look more like Hong Kong than Philadelphia. If it represents anything, the constant sight of Morgan Hall towering over Main Campus serves as a daily reminder that those living the “collegiate lifestyle” mesh well with absolutely no one except themselves. Jerry Iannelli can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @ jerryiannelli.
Nixing the “N” word Neither Riley Cooper, nor anyone in Philadelphia, needs the “N” word in 2013.
am unapologetically in both negative and positive black. There are no words, ways; from both white and actions or comments that black students. Most of the can deter me from my un- time, I hear people recite it in wavering pride. Not even hate- lyrics, or blacks using it to reful sentiments like, “I’m going fer to me endearingly. However, to jump over there was a time where I heard a this fence white person say it with a little and fight bit of venom—they’re more every nig- than fortunate that it wasn’t said ger here” to me, but I digress. What all of could shake these situations have in comthe feeling. mon is that they’re contextually Yes, Ri- outdated. Using the “N” word ley Cooper, to demean us is clearly frowned Thomas Mickens your drunk- upon in our society, and softenJr. en stupid- ing the word as a way to desenity amongst sitize its original meaning is just your buddies at a Kenny not needed anymore. Chesney concert at Lincoln FiI would argue that no matnancial Field - the same build- ter how much we try to justify ing in which both you and the the word, its evil origins will Temple Owls play home games, never go away. As long as we’re no less - won’t break me or my using it, the historical negativity peers. What once surrounding the brainwashed the will forevThe seething word people before er be perpetuatme into thinking hate of the word is ed into society, they were inferi- still alive, and if it and Temple’s or has become a campus is certerm of embrace continues to leave tainly not imto the decedents to it. our mouths...we muneWhat of those who enthe dured the pain of will continue to be word still conthat word. It’s a to do is treated as such. tinues new day, Riley. create a divide Those words amongst the can’t hurt us races and cause anymore. more friction. So long as the To Blacks before me, the word is around we will continue “N” word meant that they were to be treated like “N” words. second-class citizens, that their Even President Barack Obama value was lesser than a human mentioned in his press conferbeing’s. Blacks could have eas- ence regarding the Trayvon ily let the word continue to of- Martin verdict that he has been fend and belittle them. If that treated as such throughout his were to happen, there would be whole life. “There are very few a hell of a lot more racists like African-American men in this Riley Cooper around. Instead, country who haven’t had the we flipped the script on society experience of being followed - we dropped the “er,” added the when they were shopping in a “a“ to soften the blow a bit and department store,” Obama statcreated our own positive mean- ed last July. “That includes me.” ing. That includes me too, and It’s funny how the English just about every African-Amerlanguage works sometimes. ican that’s been in any kind Since the reinvention of the of store. The seething hate of “N” word, it has become one the word is still alive, and if it of the most polarizing words in continues to leave our mouths, American society. Whether it’s mark my words, we will conused with a negative connota- tinue to be treated as such. tion or as a sign of embrace, If college is supposed to be there is always trepidation at- a snapshot of American progtached to the use of the word. In ress, we are in a world of trouble. a sense, we are fueling the fire As a black man on campus, I apwith its continued use. Through preciate how the positive usage hundreds of generations of Afri- of the “N” word helped weaken can-American history, we have its bigoted meaning. That being built this monster, and now it said, now that the word has just has a life of its own. become a mere prop in AfricanAs college-aged students, american culture, I see no point we hold a responsibility to fig- in continuing. ure out if keeping this word Thomas Mickens Jr. can be around is truly beneficial. reached at email@example.com. I have seen it used in several ways on Temple’s campus,
flattered,” Sarah Giskin, junior linguistics major, said. But it’s never that simple. “Even though the man’s intentions may be completely innocent, from his point of view, he can never truly know what he may be triggering for the woman,” Giskin added. What you’re saying could sound harmless to you, but that doesn’t matter. Calling out to a woman can make her feel her safety is in jeopardy, and that certainly isn’t going to make her night. And what are your good intentions, really? There seems to be a false pretense that women constantly need affirmation, apparently in the form of compliments from strangers on the street. To clarify things, I can almost guarantee that shouting something vaguely compli-
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mentary at a woman won’t do anything but make her walk a little faster. With that in mind, the myth of the Good Samaritan Catcaller can peacefully be put to rest. There is a reason why women carry pepper spray and why I walk down my own block holding my house key between my knuckles “just in case.” We live in a culture where crimes are committed against women simply because of their gender, and street harassment does a great job of making women feel a little more afraid. Thankfully, Philadelphia is noticing. In April, Hollaback! Philly launched an ad campaign that got people talking. Subways began to carry messages like, “Nice a-- is not a compliment,” and, “In a perfect world, what would your sister/daugh-
ter/girlfriend hear as she walks to the subway?” Around the city, stencils of the crossed-out words “Hey Sexy” can be found on sidewalks, expressing solidarity with the anti-harassment movement. If you want to really make a woman’s night, you can also shout something different: “Hey, leave her alone.” Just don’t worry about scoring any numbers. Students, we are not exactly known for the safety of our campus, but helping each other feel safe is more in our control than we think. And if you’re actually reading this article for some tips on how to harass women, my advice is simple: don’t. Grace Holleran can be reached at grace.elizabeth.holleran@temple. edu or on Twitter @coupsdegrace.
Tuesday, august 27, 2013
in The Nation
posted by CSS, Leone said the bulk of action came outside the area where Temple Police must report in accordance to the Cleary Act. That area included under the Cleary Act goes as far as 16th Street to the west, Susquehanna Avenue in the north, the SEPTA tracks in the east, and Jefferson to the south. However, Leone said Temple and Philadelphia police have increased patrols beyond those blocks, especially after the last fall semester when a mob of students threatened to tip a bus near 18th and Arlington Streets. “We realized parties started really early and really hard,” Leone said. “We geared up.” Leone would not say for sure whether crackdowns on off-campus drinking would be as tough for the whole semester, but did say that he hoped the number of arrests and citations should serve as a warning to students engaging in dangerous activity. “Hopefully people realize that we are out and about and there are things we don’t want to see people doing,” Leone said. -John Moritz
Loan Rates change As Congress prepares to return to Washington following the August recess student loans can be crossed off of the to-do list for now. Student loan interest rates had doubled on July 1 after previous loan legislation had expired, sparking extended debate in both chambers during the summer legislative session. But after months of partisan bickering, a bipartisan bill arrived at the Oval Office early this month and was signed by the president Aug. 8. The new bill ties federal student loan interest rates to the 10-year treasury note, effectively lowering interest rates in the short term. The bill also puts a cap on how high the interest rates can rise, with undergraduate, graduate, and PLUS loan interest rates capped at 8.25 percent, 9.5 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively. Under the new legislation, interest rates will be locked in at the time a loan is taken, and extend for the life of the loan. Today’s college students will receive their federal Stafford loans at 3.86 percent interest, a substantial reduction from the 6.8 percent rate that would have remained had an agreement not been reached. Despite the low rate, the bipartisan agreement has been met with harsh criticism, with many saying the bill is a short-term solution. The 3.86 percent rate is only locked in until 2015, at which point the rate will be determined by the current market. But there’s more to the change than meets the eye. Although tying the student loan rate to the Treasury note means interest rates will fluctuate with the economy, it will more than likely mean higher interest rates over time. And, according to USA Today, the change will also lead to notable increases in government revenue collected from federal student loans- upwards of $700 million, the paper estimated. -Ali Watkins
Sex Assault at UV An employee installs equipment at one of Morgan Hall’s dining areas. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
keep numbers off the books. New Mascara volumizes in Students have reportedly gathered over 170,000 more ways than one signatures on a petition, and have met with Secretary of San Francisco-based cosmetics company Education Arne Duncan and other administrators to address Benefit Cosmetics unveiled a new line of mascara this the complaints, according to McClatchy newspapers. month that purports to, um, volumize something other than eyelashes. Their new add, posted on YouTube on Florida Pi Kappa Alpha susAugust 21, features a smattering of fit male stars who pended for Drugs, Nude Pics apparently gain a little extra blood flow when they spot the perfectly fanned out lashes of Benefit’s models. It’s Social Media 101- don’t post anything on Facebook that you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see. We’d tell you where, but we don’t know if we can write But for the boys in Florida International University’s chapter it in our paper. -Ali Watkins of Pi Kappa Alpha, it was a lesson learned the hard way.
A sexual assault at Univeristy Village was reported to Campus Safety Services by the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit Sunday night, Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said. The assault was reported to SVU by the complaintant shortly after the incident occured around 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Leone said the victim was not a Temple student, and no arrests have been made. -John Moritz
Arrest MAde in Phone Grab
One man has been arrested after he allegedy made of with student’s cell phone along Broad Street around 11 p.m. Thursday, August 22. Saquan Scarborough, 22, of the 1600 block of Marshall Street, was charged with robbery and is currently in custody, Leone said. FIU announced last Wednesday that they would Leone said that the student was walking be suspending the university’s chapter after photos suralong North Broad Street Thursday night when Scarfaced on the fraternity’s Facebook page of an array of illicit Students pressure DOE on borough allegedly asked him to borrow his phone. 91 CITED FOR BOOZE and illegal activities, including alleged photos of brothers Sexual Assaults The student agreed, and then Scarborough allegedy In what was both the first weekend back for dealing drugs and shots of naked women that the boys had many Temple students and the last weekend of summer began walking off with the phone. Student activists are pressuring the Depart- allegedly brought in to the house. The fraternity’s internaAfter the student followed Scarborough ment of Education to levy sanctions against universities tional chapter told Riptide, a blog of the Miami New Times, before classes began yesterday, 91 people were arrested that fail to comply with federal legislation regarding that they had no previous knowledge of the Facebook page, or cited for some type of alcohol related offense around for about a block, he is accused of punching the student in the eye and running away, Leone said. sexual assault on campus. The calls come in the wake and would hold the FIU chapter to their universal standard campus, deputy director of Campus Safety Services Scarborough was aprehended a short time later on Charlie Leone said. of alleged administrative abuses at several universities, if the allegations proved true. The page has since been While only 19 arrests or student code of con- the 1200 Block of West Diamond Street. including PA’s Swarthmore College, where instances of removed, Riptide reports. -John Moritz duct violations were listed in the weekend crime logs campus sexual assault were mishandled in order to
Lack of primary care leads to crowds at TUH WAIT PAGE 2
Nicole Gigliotti is a patient interviewer at TUH.|ANDREW THAYER TTN be seen, including the number is going to be treated and the of beds available for patients, time someone shows up to be the severity of the patient who seen by a doctor. “Mondays are
always busy, across the board, across the country, the highest volume day in any emergency is Monday,” McNamara said. This contributes to a longer wait time. He also discussed a triage system which determines who is seen first, despite who shows up at what time. “When you come into an ER at Temple, you’re immediately seen by a nursing staff member who then does what is called a triage assessment, and they determine your level of severity of illness on a scale of one to five,” McNamara said. An example would be someone shot in the chest or not breathing, who would be seen immediately, as opposed to people assigned a number lower on the list.
The real issue, according to McNamara, is the lack of access to primary care that also drives the volume at Temple Hospital. “The crisis in North Philadelphia health care is the lack of primary care providers. Look at it from a patient’s prospective. Why does Temple have 80,000 emergency department visits? Because there aren’t family doctors, there isn’t after hour care available. If it’s 8 p.m., where are you going to see a doctor?” There have been complaints over ER wait times, said hospital staff. Nicole Gigliotti, a patient interviewer in the emergency department at Temple, said, “For some people, they wait for hours and hours, it depends on the time of day that they’re there and what hap-
pened to them.” “Of course some people will get antsy, they don’t want to be sitting around all day, especially if they think that their complaint or their child’s complaint is something that is really serious.” Despite the low wait times, Temple has made some improvements in order to help with wait issues. The hospital has restructured its emergency department to become more efficient. “When patients come in, they have to see the nurses and us, the patient interviewers,” Gigliotti said, “Before, they used to immediately go to patient interviewers so we could just get their name, birthday or put them in as a new patient and then they went to a nurse
right after that. But now when they come in, they tell the nurse at the front their complaint, so some people see the doctors right away.” Both Gigiliotti and McNamara pointed out that it would be more likely that a patient would be critical of the hospital then offer praise, but they both were very supportive of Temple University Hospital. “There’s 10 times the stories of people who got a bed where they had to wait, but the stories where the people didn’t have to wait, those are the stories you don’t hear. “We want people to have good experiences,” McNamara said. Matt Hulmes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New registration campaign after electoral disaster Registration PAGE 2 or another district in Pennsylvania have the option of voting in their home town or applying for a absentee ballot, or they can choose to register to vote in Philadelphia by submitting the registration form given to them at their residence halls or around campus, Schmidt explained. If the latter option is chosen, the student’s hometown will be notified of the change and they’ll be removed from the voter rolls there. The student will then receive a voter registration card in the mail as a confirmation, which will say where their assigned polling place is.
The letter accompanying the registration form reads, “If you wish to vote in Philadelphia, you must register in Philadelphia,” along with the details of the registration process. These voter registration forms will also be available for everyone at the information desk in the Student Center, the Temple Student Government office in Room 244 and also in the Student Center. Darin Bartholomew, Temple’s student body president, was one of the backers for the registration initiative. “It happened pretty quick-
ly, probably less than a month,” he said. “It goes to show the importance of voter registration.” Unlike some of the campaign-associated voter registration efforts seen around campus in the past, this initiative has no party affiliation. “There’s nothing partisan about this,” Schmidt said. “We would like everyone to register, no matter how it’s done.” At the floor meetings, students can also give the registration form to their resident assistant, which will then be mailed out. Precautions have also been taken to ensure the confidential-
ity of these submitted registration forms through established guidelines for the resident advisors, Bartholomew said. Temple is the first school in Philadelphia to adopt this initiative. The Office of the City Commissioner has also been meeting with Drexel University and reached out to the University of Pennsylvania to establish a similar program. Schmidt explained that he hopes to continue this program and expects it will happen every year. The upcoming Nov. 5 election will see races for city offic-
es such as the district attorney, one of nine city controller positions and various judge posts. These offices are in charge of prosecuting in criminal cases, auditing the mayor and city council and overseeing trials, respectively. Assuming students have sent in their registration and received the voter registration card, on Election Day they are required to show an accepted form of identification if it is their first time voting at this polling place, along with the voter registration card they received in the mail.
Due to a Commonwealth Court judge’s ruling, the controversial 2012 voter ID law has been delayed in its enforcement until at least after this November election. This means that if this is someone’s second time voting at the same polling place, they don’t need to show ID. “We want to educate [students] that if they want to vote here, they can vote here,” Schmidt said. Marcus McCarthy can be reached at email@example.com.
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013
(From left) Aaron Palmer, Jeff Familetti, Stephen Fala and Matt McWilliams star in “One of the Guys,” an award-nominated web series. | COURTESY ONE OF THE GUYS
Making the grade
Michael Busza’s web series used what he calls “acceptance through comedy” to earn a MidAtlantic Emmy nod.
JESSICA SMITH Asst. Living Editor
enior communications major Michael Busza has some words of wisdom to impart as a convocation speaker for the School of Media and Communication: do your homework. It might just earn you an Emmy nomination. “I’m just so over the moon,” Busza said. “It’s crazy to think that our gay little TV show could actually be making a difference somewhere.” That “gay little TV show” is called “One of the Guys,” a six-part web series that depicts the
fictional shenanigans of three gay friends and their straight roommate. Created and directed by Busza, the show earned a 2013 Mid-Atlantic Emmy nomination in College/University Production Long-Form Fiction for its third episode, and it all started as part of a class project. Kristine Trever Weatherston, assistant professor for the media studies and production department, gave an assignment that sparked the start of the exciting road to an Emmy nomination. “I teach a class where students get to write, produce and direct their own pilots,” Weatherston said. “Last fall, Busza pitched his show and assembled a team to produce the first episode. He approached me to help turn the show into a series. I thought the show was fabulous, so I said yes and became their executive producer.” Busza worked alongside two student producers in an effort to establish stability for the show and work on casting and filming the production. “When we first started, I was just looking to
Richie loves Temple Richie Jr. of Richie’s Deli and Pizza opens up about his love for Temple and family.
Richie stays active on social media throughout the day, frequently tweeting photos of food. | ABI REIMOLD TTN world. He’s constantly tweeting, posting pictures of mouthwatering food on Instagram and adding friends on Facebook. His website, iloveriches.com, lets students place orders online so they can quickly grab a sandwich and juice on the way to class. Although he delights in making everyone near and far from campus wish they were at Temple enjoying a wrap or a cup of coffee, he wants to communicate with his followers on a personal level as well. “I love shouting out [to] the groups of incoming freshmen so they can get to know me,” Richie said. “I like to keep in contact with Temple alumni as well. Over spring break, I tweeted that I was in London and some Temple London students
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reached out to me on Twitter and we got together. It [was] so crazy.” Keeping in touch with former Owls is important to Richie because the business got its start right on Temple’s campus. At a time when Richie says there was nowhere on campus to take a break or eat, Richie’s grandfather opened a lunch cart, and business boomed from there. The entire family got involved, and in the 1970s Richie’s parents established a lunch truck in an empty lot where the Tuttleman Learning Center now stands. “I grew up with it and into it in the North Philly area,” Richie said about the business. “My dad was so driven,
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Boles, another executive producer and assistant professor in the legal studies department at the Fox School of Business, said. “I learned about his Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the show and contributed financially. As a prize, I earned a guest spot in one episode.” With the help of 58 assorted financial backers, “One of the Guys” was able to fully commit to a six-part series. The show became a certified success. “One time, this adorable old lady stopped me on the street,” junior theatre major Matt McWilliams said. “She told me I was her favorite character and I was thinking, ‘How did you possibly find out about us?’” McWilliams, who portrayed the character Alex, said that he could never have anticipated the recognition he and the show’s cast received. His fellow actor Stephen Fala, a 2013 theatre graduate who played the character Madison in the series,
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Fitsporation finds new platform on Instagram Janci questions the effects of fitspo’s imagedriven nature.
ARIANE PEPSIN The Temple News Temple has a long list of celebrities that it can call its own - Bill Cosby, Hall and Oates, Tamron Hall and many other notable Owls. But perhaps one of the most well-known faces to ever grace Temple’s campus isn’t a musician or TV personality – it’s Richie Jr. If you visit the food pad at 12th Street and Polett Walk on a weekday, you’ll almost always see a long line outside of Richie’s Deli and Pizza. With a business that started small and has been in his family since the 1960s, Richie said the happiness and satisfaction of the customers is something that has always been just as important to him as his own success. “The greatest thing about my job is the students, not the money,” Richie said. “Every semester there’s new students to meet. Whether they’re artists or business majors, they’re people who are going to be something someday. I want to be the best that I can be for them.” Richie’s presence is also well-known in the social media
get an A,” student producer Jen Parmer, a 2013 media studies and production graduate, said. “I never realized how big it would become and how much work it would require.” Parmer was not alone in her initial stance. Senior film and media arts major Jaime Sweet, her fellow student producer, was also surprised by the intensity of her commitment to the web series. “I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into,” Sweet said. “I had to take on many roles, from keeping track of our budget to heating up the food Mrs. Busza would make us all for dinner.” In order to produce beyond the dwindling cash availability after the first episode, the cast and crew developed a Kickstarter campaign to raise money through pledges. Within a day, their goal of $1,000 had been surpassed, and it went on to double during the following two weeks, thanks to motivated friends and faculty. “Busza is a former student of mine,” Jeffrey
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ale, sneakers and half-naked girls fill up my Instagram
timeline. I’m not interested in horticulture, footwear or even girls for that matter. However, every summer, I find my eyes yearning for more and more “fitspo. “Fitspo,” short for “fitsporation,” describes posts, largely photos, which aim to inspire the viewer to diet and exercise. The trend has taken over Tumblr, and recently became prevalent on Instagram. I’ve found myself in a
routine where every summer, fitness becomes my main priority. I’ve yet to spend a summer in the city, so when I’m in my hometown of Phillipsburg, N.J., I tend to use diet and exercise as a way to beat small-town boredom while simultaneously undoing the damage of a semester cozying up to food trucks. Fitspo is the gasoline to this fire. While fitspo seems to promote a healthy lifestyle, many have argued it’s merely a veiled image of its pro-anorexic predecessor, “thinspo.” The New York Daily News cited the blog Blisstree in an article more than a year ago calling out fitspo on this matter. While fitspo Instagram accounts are mentioned, it’s pretty indisputable that its popularity on the filter-friendly network is bigger than ever. Just a simple search of the tag “fitspo” garners more than three million results. And you all thought cappuccinos donning artful foam reigned supreme on the ‘gram. I can’t help but think there’s something in Instagram’s very nature that makes its teaming up with fitspo a dangerous combination. In a much-shared article, Slate.com deemed Instagram the most depressing social networking site, blaming its
“image-driven nature” for giving us a skewed perception of our peers’ worlds. I can think of a handful of girls’ profiles I routinely check up on in a self-deprecating manner. Often, I find myself scrolling through their new outfits and fun adventures with my right hand while my left hand is in a bag of candy. Apply this behavior to a slew of photos of rock-hard bods, and it’s nearly a recipe for disaster. However, not all fitspo accounts are entirely vain. Healthyandfit93, an Instagram account run by 19-year-old Georgia Betts, features more images of smoothies than spandex. The account has more than 4,000 followers. Betts, of Melbourne, Australia, said she originally started the account as a way to motivate herself, not others. “Over the last few years I have struggled with my eating patterns and trying to lose weight,” Betts said in an email. “I was constantly dieting/starving myself, then naturally my body would rebound and I’d binge until I regained the weight and the cycle went on. Having my Instagram was initially a
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Fall into rhythm with campus fashion trends Rembert advises students to avoid the ‘fashion time trap.’
ang up the bikinis and pull out your backpacks because the new semester we have been saying we were so excited about, but secretly dreading, is upon us once again. It feels like just MELONEE REMBERT yesterday we were sayFashion Faceoff ing our goodbyes and planning that three month break we were all waiting for. Now the weather is a bit cooler, the shorts are a little longer and sleep is about to become your best friend. Fall semester can be especially daunting to freshmen. You’re in a new place full of new people. You want to look your best, but you don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard. The first couple weeks of classes feel like a blur and slowly but surely you feel yourself changing. You’re not that 12th grader anymore. Your mom doesn’t wake you up every morning. You’re going to sleep when you want, the parties are great and you’re just living life. But soon it becomes a routine. Your classes don’t feel so easy anymore, the professor you thought was awesome just assigned a seven-page paper. You fell asleep after waiting an hour at the financial aid office. Your roommate won’t stop pressing the snooze button. Welcome to college. All of this chaos makes it easy to forget about
your appearance. That hoodie and sweatpants that you threw on to go to your 8 a.m. Monday morning turns into, ‘Oh, I’ll just wear these yoga pants’ Tuesday, ‘Where are my black leggings?’ Wednesday and ‘That T-shirt from 8th grade summer camp isn’t so bad’ Thursday and—well, you see what’s happening. Lounging clothes have become everyday clothes, while your used-to-be favorite maxi dress collects dust in your closet. Your life is quickly turning upside down. You find yourself asking questions you thought you would never ask: Where did these bags under my eyes come from? Is it bad that I can’t remember if I showered today? What happened last night? The pressure can become quickly overwhelming. Our appearances and minds suffer simultaneously. I’ve found that looking my best makes me feel good, even if I’m terribly tired. Of course it’s OK to reach for those yoga pants once in awhile, but wearing them everyday is ill-advised. You can still look great without trying too hard. Just a T-shirt and jeans can be dressed up with a big necklace or a pop of color. Statement shoes can always turn an outfit from plain to quirky. Finding a good handbag instead of a bulky backpack makes a world of difference when you get to class late and have to squeeze through a row of people to find a seat. Stores like Buffalo Exchange and Second Time Around offer you some slightly used, but otherwise useful pieces for less than $20. Doing these small things to keep up your appearance not only helps you look great, but feel great as well. Melonee Rembert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photographer to visit Tyler Photographer Bea Nettles will speak with Tyler students this September. ALEXA BRICKER The Temple News
Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this fall, Tyler photography students will turn a listening ear to the lectures of world renowned artists. In both the spring and fall semesters, Tyler hosts lectures with artists who are willing to speak and share advice with interested students and offer some words of advice. As part of this Visiting Artist Lecture series, the school is set to host photographer Bea Nettles on Sept. 18. Nettles, who has been working as a professional photographer since 1970, hopes to share what she has learned during the span of her career to eager young artists. “The focus of this lecture will be my photography’s unique ability to reveal the passage of time and place,” Nettles said. “Much of my work is autobiographical so my life experiences are apparent in my work.” Many of the books of work that she has compiled in the past 40 years as a photographer have been inspired by events in her life and her own experiences. Students and staff who at-
tend the lecture can expect to keep that creative spark in his get a glimpse into Nettles’ life more than 50 years of teaching, on a professional, but also per- he said that he truly enjoys helpsonal level. ing the youth. “The theme of much of “My whole life is predicatmy work deals with family life, ed toward keeping hope alive, motherhood, aging and passing so I adore helping young people through many of life’s trials,” –people in formation,” Fink Nettles said. said. “If I can be of service to With so many art students them, I am blessed to be able to hoping to be in their shoes do so.” someday, professional artists In terms of how students like Nettles come to Temple to can benefit from coming to provide a these lectures, Fink look at how believes that listentheir caing to the experireers have ences of artists like blossomed Nettles and himself during their can only be of great lifetimes. benefit. Though “[People] come the artists in and share what it mostly talk is to be alive through about their seeking out art,” own life Fink said. “The [Tyexperiences ler students] can do and work, Bea Nettles/ photographer nothing but grow photografrom that.” pher and As witnesses previous lecturer Larry Fink to the major events and movesaid the real meaning is to en- ments of the past five decades, courage young people to keep Nettles and Fink have both had their imaginations alive. career opportunities young art“The main point I always ists can only dream about. Now want to get across to the students they can share that with the new is that life is a game,” Fink said. eneration of artists at Temple. “The imagination is imperiled Alexa Bricker can be reached at in the not very creative process Abricke1@temple.edu. of capitalism.” Knowing how important it is to encourage young people to
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much of my work deals with family life, motherhood, aging and passing through many of life’s trials.
Lieberman suggests that fall accessories be celebrated.
hate to admit it, but I’m actually kind of excited to start wearing big, comfy sweaters and boots again. Hey, I have to be optimistic about something while transitioning from summer to fall. I MAURA LIEBERMAN try to think of HallowFashion Faceoff een, warm apple cider and Thanksgiving. However, even if the weather is getting cooler, your style doesn’t need to suffer. As sundresses and wedges are departing from clothing stores, ankle booties and colorful jeans are making an appearance. This season, you can stock up on the latest trends while still utilizing many of the clothes you currently have. We still love to dress up for the first week of classes just like in elementary school. Although your back-to-school schedule may leave you feeling beyond stressed out, you can still look oh-so-chic by keeping a few guidelines in mind. Classroom outfits don’t need to be lackluster just because you’re sitting in a large lecture hall. Wear clothes that are unique to your personality and that make you stand out. You don’t need to mix and match 10 patterns. Wear what you think suits you and don’t be afraid to experiment. I’m a huge fan of accessorizing plain outfits and putting my own personal twist on a pair of plain blue jeans and a white T-shirt. Scarves are great fall staples. Try wearing a few statement necklaces that can really transform your outfit. Stack on some of your favorite rings, throw on your personalized bracelet and your outfit just became fabulous. You should feel comfortable and confident in your outfit. Don’t wear something that doesn’t show your true personality. The first week is when you want to make the best impression on your professors and your classmates. The first week of classes will be very hectic and you don’t want to be running from class to class in a pair of
uncomfortable too-tight shoes. You don’t want to put up a façade of your true self, and an outfit can definitely do that. Summertime may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that all your summer clothes have to go right to the back of your closet. Instead of sandals, pair your dress with the new fashion trend for the fall: ankle boots. This way, you can make your outfit transition from the hot, sunny days of summertime to the cooler, laidback days of fall. Be sure not to wear anything ultra-tight and ultra-short. You’re not going to a club. Pair a casual dress with a pair of gladiator sandals, and boom - your outfit is complete. For a chilly fall morning, pair the dress with a long cardigan, or throw on a sweater. You can even sleep in for an extra 10 minutes if you’re already prepared. On that note - yes, we’ve all rolled out of bed minutes before class starts more than a few times before. I’m willing to accept that lazy days happen, maybe a little more than every once and awhile. Instead of wearing your three-sizes-too -big ripped up sweatshirt to class, choose sweats that represent something to you. Throw on your favorite Temple hoodie, a pair of jeans and some canvas shoes. You are in college so it’s fine to convey that through dress. But you’re at least going to want to change out of the clothes you wore to bed. Be smart about coverage. If you just bought a new dress, and it’s 60 degrees out, chances are, you’ll regret wearing it. But you don’t need to eschew the dress until next spring. If dresses are your thing, pair them with tights, boots and a sweater for a comfortable, and still fashionable, look. Similarly, don’t wear shorts when you know the air conditioning will be blasting in your 8 a.m. class either. Even if your outfit is killer, don’t let your feet be killed. You may be excited to get back to school, but even if you dress up for class, you can look just as fashionable and welldressed with sandals or another one of your go-to fall staples. Maura Lieberman can be reached at email@example.com.
The Greeks come rushing in Rush Week is a busy time for Temple’s Greek organizations. MARY SMITH The Temple News The term ‘Rush Week’ may bring theatrical images of wild parties and hazing to mind for anyone who has watched Hollywood’s depictions of Greek life in the United States, but Temple’s Greek leaders say this isn’t the case with their organizations. They maintain that the stereotypical image of the Greek life Rush Week does not apply here. The Greek organizations on our campus mostly follow their own individual schedules and rules for accepting new members into their organizations. Delta Phi Omega is a citywide sorority that follows a complicated rush calendar because of the variance of schedules between its participating
universities. Each school has a Rush Week every month to accept new members, which in return adds constant growth to the organization. “Rush Week is very flexible and it usually depends on how the executive board plans it for that year,” Divya Thomas, President of Delta Phi Omega, said. “It’s usually held in the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. We used to wait for Drexel [University] to come back into session to start rush but we have realized that each school should start rush respective to their start date.” Delta Phi Omega isn’t the only Greek organization playing by its own rules. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority does not participate in set rush weeks, but offers prospective members the opportunity to participate in events to mingle with the sorority sisters. They can attend campus-based programming and community service opportunities as a part of their intake process on a need-
basis. Others, like Temple’s PanHellenic Association sororities, may experience some upcoming recruitment changes for the new school year. “With the number of students coming out for sorority recruitment increasing each year, we generally begin prepping the semester prior,” Lili Zheng, Council President of the Pan-Hellenic Association, said. “[We] stay in contact with fellow executive board members and chapter presidents throughout the summer. During the spring semester, we go over the logistics concerning the expected number of girls who might be coming for recruitment.” The Pan-Hellenic organization has a history of a demanding recruitment process where prospective members had to attend events for multiple hours a night for a week straight. Luckily for incoming members of Greek life at Temple, this will
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STANDING UP FOR AZIZ ANSARI
Victoria Marchiony continues her weekly column “That Was Fun” by experiencing an a capella concert at Lower Merion High School this August. PAGE17
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Traditional methods, contemporary topics Philadelphia artist Erin Riley depicts issues facing young women today through her weaved tapestries.
LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ The Temple News
rin Riley was browsing through an online forum when she came across a video that stirred something inside of her. “It was these two people on a road and then a car comes by and it crashes,” said Riley, a Philadelphia-based artist. “You can tell there’s more people around and they’re all cameraphoning the accident, but there’s humans inside of this car and no one’s doing anything. I think it made me realize that so much of how we live is behind a screen and when something is right in front of us we can’t break from that.” Combining traditional methods of weaving while depicting modern situations, Riley uses her art to tell the stories of young people, specifically women, by highlighting the little moments. Not only do the pieces display intimate moments, but creating them is also an intimate process with pieces taking anywhere from 40 to 80 hours to complete, not including prep work. “It’s what a weaver would make if they were 27 years old and grew up on the Internet,” Riley said. “There’s always this conversation of, ‘why are you a weaver?’ I think my work is two-dimensional, it could be referred to as paintings, but the weaving part of it is just how I’ve connected to make it work.” Hickeys, bong hits, selfies and used condoms are among some of the subjects Riley showcases in her work. “I’m super drawn to images of girls where it shows they put a lot of effort into themselves to take the picture, and yet there’s always this weird thing going on in the background,” Riley said. “I like the details [in] selfies,
Artist Erin Riley portrays selfies and mirror shots in her work and has an exhibit at the Paradigm Gallery and Studio in Philly. | LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN
self-portraits [and] mirror pictures, also party girl pictures. Pictures of either girls passed out or girls drinking [make me feel] sort of like the voyeur of the vulnerable person you shouldn’t really be looking at, but there’s documentation of that all over the Internet.” The emergence of picture and video sharing smart phone applications like Instagram and
it’s like to be a guy. Unless there was a piece where I did have some guys and I think it was important as far as the [message].” Growing up as social media was entering the mainstream, Riley said, has also had an impact on how she lives her life today. “I think growing up on the Internet – as a 14-year-old who was learning, developing on the Internet – I realize that Courtesy ERIN RILEY so much of how I date and how I interact with other Snapchat, along with searchpeople is through Facebook ing through Facebook photo and the Internet,” Riley said. albums, has been a large inspi“I’m super inspired, but also a ration for drafting pieces, Riley little bit worried and interested said. in how there’s all these differAs of now, Riley does not ent things and all these different plan on including men as subTumblrs and websites dedicated jects for her pieces. “I don’t do men. I think to collecting [images of] girls. it’s more important to do things It’s a bizarre world.” Before depicting the lives from my perspective,” Riley of young women today, Riley’s said. “I don’t really know what
weaving focused on her family throughout her undergraduate years at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Riley has since earned her Master of Fine Arts at Temple. “I have two sisters, and I grew up with a single mom, and [I was] just [influenced by the idea of] what is a woman, how to be sexual and respectful,” Riley said. “Back then I was working more toward daddy issues, stepfather things and drug addiction – both of my sisters were then struggling with drug addiction so I was obsessing over it personally, so in my art it was very reflective.” Riley added that through her work she was able to create conversation within her family, and it led her to explore the topics she depicts today. “Just the idea that college girls start with drinking, and in my family it went from drinking to drugs, but in many cases it doesn’t do that,” Riley said.
“What I was interested in seeing was this party girl thing where maybe it does go wrong or maybe they do start experiencing other things or darker things.” In the future Riley said she believes her pieces will begin taking on a more serious tone. “My work is changing, I think it’s going to be a little more serious, a little more grown up,” Riley said. “My work changes [whether or not] I’m in a relationship, too. When I’m single it feels a lot more sexual because I am a little freer because of dating and seeing new people. Now I have a boyfriend so I might have time to focus on more serious pieces. I just did a Plan B pack piece and some birth control pieces, just topics more toward feminism and a little more current.” From Aug. 30 to Oct. 12, Riley’s work will be exhibited at Paradigm Gallery & Studio in Philadelphia, alongside the work of paper cut artist Joe Boruchow. “This show is going to be small tapestries,” Riley said. “Girls, online [inspired pieces], more subtle pieces of gestures and less sexual – but with nudity. [There will also be] object pieces of things girls will have in their purse and landscape pieces of roads and highway memorials. It’s a very big mix of things which I’m excited to do.” Among the pieces will be self-portraits of Riley, depicting herself in nude photos she would send boyfriends. Riley does not have Snapchat, but she can be found on Instagram and Facebook. “I’m always looking at blogs or Tumblrs just as a daily thing, and some people send me stuff,” Riley said. “I just collect everything in a folder and decide what’s next or what needs to be made.” Luis Fernando Rodriguez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @theluisfernando.
Love Obsessed creates jewelry to withstand generations A Philadelphia-area based Etsy jewelry shop is gaining attention. BRIA TOPPER The Temple News Stacy Dill never expected her hard work to pay off when she started a new business. She also never dreamed anything she created would be featured in national and international magazines. Shortly after her son was born in January 2012, Dill decided to try something new in her life. Because of her love of vintage wear, Dill opened an account on Etsy featuring handpainted vintage jewelry called Love Obsessed. Dill felt that stores didn’t impress her taste, and she wanted runway inspired pieces before they trickled down into stores. Despite her desire to make jewelry, Dill had no idea if it would even sell online. “I never knew if anyone else would want [to buy] it or not,” Dill said. “But if I poured my heart and soul into it and no one bought it, at least I could walk away knowing I did my best.” Dill’s first piece was in-
spired by vintage rhinestone jewelry she had in her personal collection. “I never wore it because it was too fancy for everyday wear,” Dill said. “But I thought if the stones were a bright color, it would look really amazing. I wanted to create a line of jewelry that would become future heirlooms.” Love Obsessed pieces combine current runway trends with vintage style. Dill creates a variety of different items, from earrings to sunglasses. Every piece is designed and painted in Dill’s studio, located in East Greenville, Pa. Dill’s current inspirations vary from period movies to fashion blogs. Even city life gives her ideas for new pieces. “I love fashion blogs and seeing what girls are wearing,” Dill said. “I love going to the city to people watch. I am inspired by the runways with the $10,000 gowns, but also by the average girl who put together an amazing outfit from her thrift shop finds.” “I love period movies like ‘Marie Antoinette’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ - the clothes, the colors, the love,” she added. “It all tells a story, and I try to do that with my jewelry. I just want to make something that people
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love and that makes them feel good when they put it on.” Because quality and craftsmanship is important to Dill when she makes new pieces, she strives to create the best possible pieces for her customers. These
two things keep customers coming back and creating whole collections, she explained. “I get emails from my customers all the time, telling me how many pieces they have in their collection, or how they
Stacy Dill of LoveObsessed creates unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry sold on her Etsy account, which has appeared in Marie Claire and Vogue Australia. | Courtesy STACY DILL
have really changed the way they buy new pieces for their wardrobe now because they want items that last,” Dill said. After painting her first bracelet, a friend told Dill she would like to buy it. “I put three pieces up on my Etsy shop and one person bought all three pieces a few days later and wanted more,” Dill said. A little traffic on her Etsy shop soon turned into something much bigger. A few fashion blogs found her shop and mentioned them. The attention snowballed and now Love Obsessed has been featured in Marie Claire, OK!, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour and LaurenConrad.com. Vogue Magazine even named Love Obsessed one of the 10 best shops on Etsy. “So much has happened to me, beyond my wildest dreams,” Dill said. “When I launched this line, I never dreamed that it would ever be in magazines.” Love Obsessed is run by Dill, although she has help from her niece or a friend during busy times. “I make the jewelry, take the pictures, edit the pictures, maintain my Etsy shop and website, ship orders, email customers and talk to bloggers,”
she said. “It can be exhausting at times.” As Love Obsessed receives a high demand, Dill has thought about hiring a full-time employee. “I’m still a small business, trying to grow while maintaining what Love Obsessed is all about,” Dill said. “Maybe someday I will be able to hire someone to help me, but for now I just have to keep my nose to the grindstone.” Although her life can be hectic, Love Obsessed does benefit her family life. “It allows me to stay at home with my son Nicholas and take care of him,” Dill said. “My husband is a student at Drexel University so on days that he doesn’t have class he takes care of him so I can make new designs.” Despite attaining the fame she doubted Love Obsessed would have, she still has one dream that hasn’t come true. “My dream is just to one day be walking down the street and spot someone wearing Love Obsessed,” Dill said. “It hasn’t happened yet, so my fingers are still crossed.” Bria Topper can be reached at email@example.com.
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Punk rock, pro-wrestling collaborate for round two Wrestling and punk music to combine at Morgan’s Pier on Aug. 28. DAVID ZISSER The Temple News Last year’s Road to Ruin Fest, a three-day venture that saw punk stalwarts such as Tigers Jaw and Iron Chic perform alongside several members of the CHIKARA wrestling roster. Capping off the weekend was Philadelphia’s own Pissed Jeans performing a rendition of the Agnostic Front hardcore classic, “Victim in Pain” with wrestler Ultramantis Black and Dragonfly of the CHIKARA wrestling promotion joining them on vocals. This year on Aug. 28, this match made in heaven, albeit one that’s undoubtedly caked in a palpable layer of sweat and body odor, returns in the form of a free Pissed Jeans concert at Morgan’s Pier. Opening up for the Sub Pop Records hardcore quintet is none other than professional wrestler and full-time punk rocker Ultramantis Black. Eye opening? Certainly.
But the combination makes more sense than some would think. “I’ve known the fellows in the band for many eons and have performed with them in the past in various musical and wrestling combinations,” Black said. In addition to being a seasoned pro wrestler with more than a decade of experience under his belt, Black has been an active member of the punk community for 25 years. “I first started listening to punk around the 8th grade level of education. I was just always emerged in metal/skateboarding/lunatic subcultures as long as I can remember,” Black said. “I found professional wrestling on the UHF channels when I was very young as well. I suppose having an eye and ear for the absurd and fringe – whether it was the circus-like showmanship of pro-wrestling or the alluring oddity of loud, fast, and noisy music - led me to both.” At first glance, the worlds of professional wrestling and punk rock couldn’t appear to be any more different. While one of the main caveats of DIY punk is the elimination of any division between performer and audience member, professional
wrestling’s main appeal lies in the fact that it’s a larger than life spectacle. However, both vehicles of entertainment can often prove to be therapeutic. “I think many of us just have issues in general,” Black said. “For me, wrestling is more a form of escapism, whereas the punk rock world is cold hard reality.” While Black is bringing his wrestling credentials to the world of punk, there is another side of the equation. Enter Jeff Guerriero, also known as Jeff “Cannonball,” the frontman of Black Kites, bassist of Altered Boys and mastermind behind RTF Wrestling, a brand new New Jerseybased independent wrestling federation that features punk bands performing during the intermission. In addition to being a wellseasoned, traveling punk rocker, Guerriero is a three-and-ahalf year veteran of the squared circle. His love for the sport began before most are capable of forming coherent sentences. “I got into wrestling when I was, like, two or three years old just because my dad was a fan, and ever since I was little, whenever that was on I would immediately watch it,” Gueir-
Wrestler Zach Gowen reflects on his WWE career and future in the field Gowen discusses working with Hulk Hogan and discovering his faith.
o you remember where you were when “Rowdy” Roddy Piper yanked Zach Gowen’s leg out of its socket? Although this wasn’t the first time a pro-wrestler made good on the promise to “tear his opponent limb from limb,” this had been unlike anything my 11-year-old eyes had seen. When Diesel tore off the legendary “Mad Dog” Vachon’s artificial leg to swing at Shawn Michaels in 1996, everyb o d y knew that Va c h o n John Corrigan had exCheesesteaks perienced and Chairshots a m p u t a tion. Everybody knew “Mad Dog” Vachon. Nobody knew who this random fan was that Piper had assaulted on Smackdown in 2003. But we knew that we would never forget him. “What makes my story unique is that I lost my leg to cancer when I was eight years old,” Gowen, 30, said. “I didn’t really understand what was going on because I was just a child. All I knew was that I was in a lot of pain, and that I was very sick. I just wanted to get through it, and by the grace of God, I did. It was my love of pro-wrestling that got me through a lot of hard times in my life.” While Hulk Hogan was masquerading as this wrinkly, tanning bed tortured Captain America, Gowen brought a sense of legitimacy that was missing from World Wrestling Entertainment. Hogan and Piper might be two old guys throwing fake punches for five minutes, but Gowen literally has one leg and he does moonsaults. “I was signed [to a contract] when I was 19, and then I was on TV when I was 20,” Gowen said. “It was amazing and overwhelming all at once. Honestly, I wasn’t equipped mentally and spiritually to handle that lifestyle. Two weeks before I was on TV with the Hulkster, I was bagging groceries.” Imagine not being allowed
to drink a beer, but you’re ap- before the fame is unique, his pearing on national television post-limelight situation is all too every week with household familiar with former wrestlers, names that have transcended athletes and celebrities. wrasslin’. “I was lost for a long time “I didn’t have a father and found the answer in external growing up,” Gowen said. “My things such as drugs, alcohol, father figures were Roddy Pip- gambling and women,” Gowen er, Hulk Hogan and said. “That Vince McMahon stuff worked because I saw them for a while, every week. Piper but the probwas always kind lem is when to me and helped I crossed that me out a ton when threshold and he didn’t have to. Zach Gowen / wrestler my solution I will always be became the grateful of him.” problem. Then I had to look inAs for the Hulkster, let’s ternally for healing.” just say Gowen had a preLuckily, Gowen had a partscreening of the infamous sex ner in his corner who was patape. tiently waiting for the tag. “I remember they took me “I didn’t have any relationto his locker room my first day ship with any kind of higher on Smackdown to go over what power until I was 26,” Gowen we were going to do that night,” said. “I turned my will and life Gowen said. “When I walked over to God. I lived for the rush in, he jumped out of the show- and the thrill of the high and er butt naked. The ‘Immortal’ the drink for a long time, but Hulk Hogan walked up to me it wasn’t until I was able to get like nothing is out of the ordi- outside of myself and ask for nary, saying ‘Hey, how ya doing help that I felt relief. Now I’m brother?’ I was like ‘Hey, hey just swimming in the benefits of Hogan, nice to meet you.’” this new way of living.” Despite working for the That once pimply-faced kid man who could have destroyed now raises a 15-month-old son his fond childhood memories, with his fiancée. He wrestles evGowen remains complimentary ery weekend on the independent of McMahon. circuit and travels to schools “[McMahon] is very much during the week. like the character that he por“Wrestling promoters trays,” Gowen said. “He is very wanted me to talk with stuassertive, demanding, intelli- dents to boost attendance for gent and a maniac. Those are all the shows,” Gowen said. “Afterms of endearment because he ter I spoke, I realized how good has to be that way to handle all it felt to share my story with those egos and personalities in young kids. I tell them to work that locker room. I have all the hard, be nice and help others. respect and love in the world for When I arrive, they don’t know [McMahon].” who I am. It’s only when I tell Unfortunately for the over- them I wrestled John Cena that night sensation, Gowen’s rapid I have their attention,” Gowen downfall mirrored his meteoric said with a laugh. rise. His last match with WWE Since the WWE currently occurred in October of 2003 promotes anti-bullying with its where he lost to the “Japanese “Be a Star” campaign, I can’t Buzzsaw” Tajiri. Gowen was help but wonder why Gowen written out of the storylines in hasn’t been asked to return. order to nurse an injury, and “I don’t define myself by then he was released from his what job I have or how much contract in February of 2004. money I make,” Gowen said. “I was released because of “I define myself by how much personality conflicts with the love I bring to the world on a other wrestlers and manage- daily basis. Ultimately, I can’t ment,” Gowen said. “It goes ask anything more from wresback to my emotional immatu- tling because wrestling has been rity and not being able to han- overly kind to me. But if I went dle that type of responsibility. back to WWE, I think it would When I was fired, I was really be an amazing opportunity and bitter, angry and hurt for a long a match made in heaven.” time. I saw myself as a big, bad John Corrigan can be reached professional wrestler and that’s at firstname.lastname@example.org. not who I was anymore.” Although Gowen’s story
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rero said. However, with age came wisdom, and with wisdom came a realization. “Ever since I could remember, when I was younger my dad would be like, ‘What do you wanna be when you grow up?’ and I’d say, ‘Pro wrestler,’” he said. “But as I got older, I kind of realized, ‘Oh wait, you gotta be real big. It’s not realistic.’ However, around middle school I found [Extreme Championship Wrestling], and I was kind of like, wait a minute, I could do this.” ECW was a smaller promotion that chose to highlight “Joe Everybody” with a propensity for bashing each other with steel chairs rather than the tanned, muscle bound giants that dominated the landscape of World Wrestling Entertainment and World Championship Wrestling. And with his attention recaptured by the blood-soaked, ultraviolent product, Guerriero reset his sights on becoming a pro-wrestler. “I think that’s a similar thought process that I had with hardcore,” Guerriero said. “When most people think about playing music, they’ll be like, ‘Oh, that’s for rockstars, but when you hear punk it’s like,
‘Hey, I can do this too.’ To play punk, you don’t have to be a super talented, rock star kind of guy. And to be a wrestler you don’t have to be [6 foot, 4 inch] with solid built muscle.” RTF Wrestling, the brainchild of Guerriero, is fresh off its first iteration. Along with a main event that featured Guerriero taking on Danny Demonto in a thumbtack death match, Meletov Record’s Old Wounds, as well as Damaged Goods and Draize performed their own unique take on hardcore punk during the intermission. “The first show we did was probably 70 [percent] to 30 [percent] as far as fans go, with the majority going to wrestling fans over punk fans,” Guerriero said. “But the majority of the wrestling fans stayed inside and watched the punk bands. My big goal is to turn some punks into wrestling fans and to turn some wrestling fans into punks.” While Black and Guerriero approach the merger of wrestling and punk from opposite angles, they both share extremely comparable ideas on the merits of professional wrestling as well as punk music as an art form. “I think another similarity I’ve always noted is that both
require a very unique level and type of passion within the soul of the participant,” Black said. Be they creator of the art or patron of the art. “The one thing I always think that a lot of people don’t realize about wrestling and how similar it is to punk is that it’s an art form,” Guerriero said. “With wrestling, you’ve got two guys working together who both have characters that they’ve worked on. And every band has music that they’ve worked on. And when you make a match together you put these two characters together and you write a story. You have so many different ways to make the art form work.” “There are so many different stories you could tell,” Guerriero said. “Just like with a band there’s so many different things you could do. Both of them are creative outputs. I think a lot of people, when they look at professional wresting, they don’t see the creative output part.” David Zisser can be reached at email@example.com.
With new online startup, meeting with strangers Grouper, a social gathering website, aims for groups of friends to meet. SINEAD CUMMINGS The Temple News Shark Week themed Instagram, Pop Rocks and tequila were involved. It was a pretty standard Grouper. A new concept, taking the potential for disaster away from blind dates by setting up drinks between two sets of friends, Grouper acts as a social club. As a fairly new start-up, founded by Michael Waxman in 2011 and available in 20 U.S. cities currently, Grouper is catching attention for its innovation. “Our goal is to introduce you to awesome people who you don’t know, but should,” said Lexi Aiassa, one of the member concierges for the company. Aiassa said she is there to make sure Groupers are “epic.” With a simple sign up pro- Part of the fun of Grouper is to upload a “Groupergram”, an Instacess, becoming a member is gram photo pertaining to the theme of the night | Courtesy JULIE almost effortless - besides hav- TOUCHSTONE ing to part with $20. The one- per takes place, one of the mem- anyone who has become tired time fee covers the first round ber concierges emails the loca- of their routine and anyone of drinks and is an incentive to tion, which could be any bar in who wants to try a new way to make sure no one bails. the city that date, Grouper provides a unique Information is the Grouper way to meet 20-somethings and pulled from Facevenue team make a Thursday night more book once you are has scouted memorable. a member. out. Grouper goers don’t necesG r o u p e r ’s J u l i e sarily have to be single to parwebsite names Touchstone, a ticipate. three main areas of recent Temple As a social club, Grouper is users’ profiles that graduate, was open to anyone wanting to meet it uses to match assigned to new people, although it does try potential meetups: PYT in North- to match up similar individuals their likes and inern Liberties with a chance of romance blosterests, their Facefor her Grou- soming between them. And if all Lexi Aiassa / consierge book friend list, to per, and was someone does is talk incessantensure the person given Shark Week as the theme ly about their significant other, isn’t matched with someone for her “Groupergram.” chances are they will be marked they’re familiar with and their “Members used to email poorly in the survey taken after tagged photos. and text us awesome photos of the Grouper, which means bad Fill out a few basic ques- their Grouper, so we realized Karma. tions, invite two friends to the Instagram would be the perfect Karma is the points earned Grouper for next Thursday and outlet to share those with other if the other group had a good the process is complete. members,” Aiassa said. time, and the experience went From there, the adventure There is also Grouper well, with no one being late or of Grouper begins. No informa- Texts, which shares real texts rude. The more Karma points tion is provided on the other trio submitted after going on the received, the more fun the Groubefore the Grouper. Only two three-on-three dates. per experience becomes. truths and a lie from each per“It was a cool, new start-up For more information, visit son is given out, which could company with a fun way to go their website at joingrouper. be both insightful and terrify- out and meet different people,” com. ing, depending on the answers Touchstone said. given. Sinead Cummings can be Similarly, Nate Wineland, “The two truths and a lie who was a part of the same reached at sinead.cummings@ is a fun icebreaker since part of Grouper, said he joined because temple.edu. the fun of Grouper is going in he was looking to try something blind,” Aiassa said. new. The night before the GrouFor anyone new to the city,
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BringMeThat.com offers delivery services in Philadelphia New website offers a lists of thousands of resturants that deliver. SARAE GDOVIN The Temple News The convenience of food delivery used to be restricted to pizza and the occasional Chinese restaurant. But now, more and more restaurants are offering delivery for their customers. Websites like GrubHub and Seamless have made it easier by providing information on delivery to restaurants in large cities. A new website, BringMeThat. com, is taking that idea and expanding out of large cities, bringing a database of food delivery nationwide. BringMeThat is a website that provides restaurant menu and location information for restaurants that already deliver. Customers can order right from the website to have the food delivered to their door. By typing in an address, customers are given a list of restaurants that will deliver to their location. The website was launched at the end of 2012 by Jason Liang in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. He chose this as the first location because it was his hometown and no online delivery platform existed there at the time. Since then, he has grown the company
and hired five other employees. “Whenever I go home, there are no good delivery services,” Liang said. “I want to create a site for the entire country, not just one for every state, that you can rely on.” Liang aims to make it easier for anyone ordering food by ordering online. After the order is placed through BringMeThat, it will be emailed, faxed, or in some cases, called in to the restaurant. The order is then in the hands of the restaurant, which provides the delivery. The website is based on an algorithm that finds restaurants that currently deliver. Their menu and location information is included on the site. In some cases where a restaurant does not have delivery, BringMeThat works with some of the 400 third party delivery services across the country. Liang wants to have a strong focus on customer service throughout the ordering process. He encourages customers to call about any issues and features a satisfaction guarantee on the site. BringMeThat will provide a full refund if a customer is not completely satisfied. However, some of these issues must be directed to the restaurants themselves, such as food quality or delivery. BringMeThat also encourages customers to recommend any restaurants that currently deliver, but are not yet on the website. “About 90 percent of the
time, orders go through smoothly, and the other 10 percent is handled with our customer service staff,” Liang said. “We want to focus on going out of our way to make amends to any issues.” Websites like GrubHub and Seamless provide the delivery for restaurants, and therefore charge them a fee for the service. BringMeThat has no fee for including the restaurants on the website. The restaurants featured may have partnered with BringMeThat, or the team just places the available information for customers. However, some orders will charge the customer a small fee for the service, and delivery fees and order minimums vary depending on the restaurant. “We found that many restaurants actually reach out to us to be placed on the website,” Liang said. “It costs the restaurant nothing to be on the site, so many see it as free marketing.” Liang said the website is growing fastest in cities that other delivery websites have not yet targeted, such as college towns and small-to-mediumsized cities. “We want to capture the 80 percent of cities that the other websites are not in, and then rely on that branding to expand into larger cities,” Liang said. “We want you to know that you will have complete coverage wherever you go.” As for Philadelphia, Liang
Bringmethat.com, a food delivery service that originated in Ohio, recently introduced a Philadelphia chapter. | Courtesy BRINGMETHAT.COM said that business is expanding even with the competition of GrubHub and Seamless. There are 344 restaurants to order from in Philadelphia. The website includes chain restaurants that deliver, such as Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s, and restaurants like Marathon Grill and City View Pizza. However, much of their traffic in the area comes from the suburbs, where the competitors do not service. As with many delivery services, the website has been growing on college campuses. Although not many of the restaurants on and around Temple’s campus are on the site, others in
the city will deliver to the 19121 and 19122 area codes, such as Darling’s Diner in Northern Liberties and Tiffin, an Indian restaurant on Girard Avenue. The website currently services over 7,700 restaurants in Delaware, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Liang wants to expand that to 10,000 restaurants in 10 states, including New Hampshire, Virginia and Georgia, in the coming months. His ultimate goal is to be nationwide in the next 12 months and hopes to develop an app for the website. Sarae Gdovin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under 21: Inexpensive alternatives for the underage For under $21, visit Long In The Tooth Records located on 2027 Samson St. This record store has a wide selection of new and used vinyl making shoppers able to score some music for just $10 to $15. The store even has a shelf dedicated to exposing Philly bands allowing for serious exploration of the local music scene. Long In The Tooth Records is open from 12 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 12 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Before of after checking out the tunes, cool down with gelato before the summer comes to an official end at Capogiro found around the corner at 119 S. 13th St. Its website boosts a variety of flavors to choose from including nutella, thai coconut milk and dulce de leche with small cups starting at $5.13. Capogiro’s is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 to 1 a.m., Saturdays from 9 to 1 a.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. -Patricia Madej
Ansari buzzes about relationships during Welcome Week performance the sketch group behind MTV’s “Human Giant” series, along with Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel. After breaking through to a large audience in the movie “Funny People,” Ansari parlayed his success into parts of other films such as “30 Seconds or Less” and “This Is The End”, and even showed up for a splitsecond cameo in the video for Kanye West and Jay-Z’s music video for “Otis.” When the Main Campus Program Board first announced the news on its Twitter, reactions were mixed, if only for reasons summed up by @themikeyc123, actuarial science sophomore Michael Ciccone, “we can’t turn up to a comedian.” @Curt_ Rosenbauer let MCPB know in more succinct terms how he felt with a hearty “BOOOOOO” tweet reply. Whether or not the naysayers wishing for a more apt soundtrack to “get turnt to” actually went to the show or not, there was hardly a frown to be found amongst the faces leaving the Liacouras Center on Saturday night. What brought on MCPB’s decision to inadvertently anger a few Twitter followers? “We wanted to try something different, something the campus hadn’t seen in awhile,”
said Amy Bendekovits, Senior Tourism and Management student and Vice-President of the MCPB. Bendekovits was “very pleased” with the turnout, and said that “comedy shows are popular if we have the right people.” Comedy shows are technically nothing new for MCPB, as Bendekovits cites last year’s show by a partial representation of the cast of “The Daily Show” and a comedy show with headliners Key and Peele in 2011, just as they started their show on Comedy Central. The process of picking a Welcome Week performer is just about as cut and dry as imaginable. “We start brainstorming for Welcome Week and Homecoming in May,” Bendekovits said. “A group consisting of me, the president, two co-chairs and our advisor start a really long e-mail chain and just brainstorm and figure out who we can afford and would be popular and so on.” Ansari began his set previewing jokes from the upcoming Roast of James Franco, and then moved right into material culled from previous tours “Dangerously Delicious” and “Buried Alive”, the latter of
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which was recently filmed for a future concert special at the Kimmel Center this past April. The main theme of the night was the way relationships are approached and handled in a modern age. In a particularly funny exchange, Ansari tried and failed numerous times to connect on a bit about text messages between new acquaintances when some front-row audience members seemed to misunderstand his prompt. “It’s a simple question!” Ansari laughed to the rest of the audience. Ansari appeared to have hit his mark with his subject matter, as cries of “So true!” rang out from the stadium numerous times. As is customary with any performance of any kind in the 21st century, the occasional hollow light of a cell phone illuminating texting hands shone out, sprinkled throughout the arena. However, in a show where a fair number of the jokes revolved around the haplessness of texting one’s way into a romantic relationship, maybe the audience can’t be blamed for that particular misstep. Immediately post-show, groups of students could be heard attempting to retell favorite bits to each other, and most
Aziz Ansari poses with fans at his meet and greet after his Welcome Week performance that ended the week’s festivities at the Licouras Center on Aug. 24| ANDREW THAYER TTN agreed that a comedy show is a good change of pace. “I had to look up his stuff on YouTube beforehand,” said Jordan Sowell, an undeclared freshman. “But I really liked it and was very surprised.” Nelson Pun, a recent trans-
fer student in the film department, identified what might have been a key factor in the high attendance. “I was excited when I first heard about it and it was free,” Pun said. “Free is important.” senior theatre major Trevor
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Boyer College of Music and Dance Most modern movies fail this simple test
Chelsea Colatriano reflects on women’s roles in film through the Bechdel Test.
Conwell Dance Theater Conwell Hall: 5th Floor 1801 N. Broad Street GLOBAL DANCE AND MUSIC SHOWCASE Selected works from Boyer’s diverse artistic community Friday, August 30 at 7:30 PM FREE, no tickets required PHILADELPHIA FRINGE FESTIVAL “As Pretty Does”: Dance Theater piece by Keila Cordova Friday, September 6, 9:00 PM. Saturday, September 7, 2:00 and 8:00 PM Tickets $20/$5 with OWLcard Tickets available at the theater right before the show or in advance at the Fringe Festival Box Office at (215) 413-1318 or online at www.livearts-fringe.org GALATEA_RESET An opera, performed by robots and people, based on the stories of Acis, Galatea, Polyphemus and Pygmalion. Friday, September 20 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, September 21 at 2:30 and 7:30 PM Tickets $20 general admission/$10 Temple Employees/$5 with OWLcard FREE LECTURE - DISCUSSION “How to succeed as a professional performer in Musical Theater” –Wanjiru Kamuyu Wanjiru Kamuyu is a former dancer with Urban Bush Women and performer in The Lion King and Fela! Wednesday, October 2, 2:30-4:00 PM in Conwell Dance Theater FREE, no tickets required DANCE ALUMNI SHOWCASE 2013 Featuring dances by Wanjiru Kamuyu, Jessica Warchal-King, and Craig Scull. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 7:30 PM Tickets $20 general admission/$10 Temple Employees/$5 with OWLcard FREE LECTURE – DISCUSSION “Kinetic Storytelling” – Charles O. Anderson Thursday, October 17, 2:30-4:00 PM in Conwell Dance Theater FREE, no tickets required REFLECT AND RESPOND “Restless Natives” by Charles O. Anderson Set in a fictional juke joint called HOME, Restless Natives combines mournful celebration and passionate dance in a blues-saturated commentary on loving and being loved in 21st century America. Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26, 7:30 PM Tickets $20 general admission/$10 Temple Employees/$5 with OWLcard TEMPLE STUDENT DANCE CONCERT A juried selection of the best student choreography of the season Friday, November 15, 7:30 PM, Saturday, November 16, 2:30 and 7:30 PM Tickets $20 general admission/$10 Temple Employees/$5 with OWLcard BFA SENIOR DANCE CONCERT Choreography by graduating seniors Friday, December 6, 7:30 PM and Saturday, Dec. 7, 2:30 and 7:30 PM Tickets $20 general admission/$10 Temple Employees/$5 with OWLcard ENDINGS Showings by Repertory Classes and Graduate Choreographic Projects Classes Friday, December 13, 7:30 PM - FREE no tickets required
For on-campus ticket sales go to the Liacouras Center Box Office: 1776 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. Open Daily 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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hy can’t more women discuss bodily functions in movies, à la “Bridesmaids?” It saddens me. I tend to enjoy the movies that have fully realized characters I can relate to. Yes, I am a woman and other women talk about their bodily functions together – it’s not just a “man” thing. So, b e ing the strong, indep e n d e n t and reChelsea Colatriano sourceRoll Tape f u l woman I am, I scoured the Internet for information about how women are portrayed in movies and why. I wanted to know what the experts thought. I figured I couldn’t be the only woman who feels that we are not being portrayed as realistically as we should be. We don’t purely talk about men, clothes and lipstick colors, regardless of other people’s opinions. A l i s o n Bechdel, a cartoonist, created The Bechdel Test. This was a fun, yet thought-provoking idea that gauged the role of women in a\movies. The test had seemingly simple criteria the film must have at least two named women who talk to each other about something other than another man. Easy, right? Apparently not. According to movie website Film School Rejects, some of the most prolific films of modern times - including all of “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II” fail the Bechdel Test. These two series represent two of the most important adaptations brought to the screen. These high profile movies fail this seemingly simple gauge for women, though the problem may be able to be traced to lack of female presence behind the screen. According to the Women’s Media Center’s publication “The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2013,” only 9 percent of the directors of the top grossing movies in 2013 and 18 percent of overall production roles were comprised of women.
As an aspiring filmmaker/ writer/director/producer/anything to do with movies, this statistic is unsettling. In terms of on-screen roles, women comprised only 11 percent of protagonist characters in 2011, and 33 percent of characters overall. This is another troubling statistic, especially since statistics show that moviegoers are pretty evenly split when it comes to gender. While it is a fact that women are not featured in films as main characters as often as men, the Bechdel Test and the overall amount of women in a film cannot, and should not, dictate whether a movie is good or bad. “Zero Dark Thirty” technically does not pass the Bechdel Test, even though it was directed by a woman, Kathryn Bigelow, and based on a real female CIA agent. Even though it has two main characters who were women, all they talk about is one man. So I decided to put my own scripts I’ve written to the test. Out of the past three scripts I’ve written, only one passes the test. Granted, they are short film scripts so there isn’t much room for character development, and the two that don’t pass are male-centric. However, perhaps my scripts don’t pass the test because I’m so used to watching films that feature male protagonists rather than female protagonists. The dialogue about the portrayal of women should be open. The Bechdel Test is not a hard and fast rule to measure whether a film is inclusive towards women, however it does raise some questions regarding the portrayal of women in movies. The fact that Bechdel felt the need to point out that women are often misrepresented in movies shows that the issue needs attention and shouldn’t be ignored. Films, TV and all other types of media immediately reflect our society. As an aspiring filmmaker, I want to represent all walks of life with dignity.
profile movies fail this seemingly simple gauge for women, though the problem may be able to be traced to lack of female presence behind the screen.
Chelsea Colatriano can be reached at chelsea.colatriano@ temple.edu.
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OUT & ABOUT NEON VIBE 5K
Groups of a capella performers entertain audience members at Lower Merion High School at their 8th Annual Summer Benefit Concert. | COURTESY PROJECT PHILLY A CAPELLA
Without instruments, the fun remains
Columnist Victoria Marchiony attends a Project Philly concert as a part of her weekly column, “That Was Fun.” his summer, I’ve been living with my parents in the Philadelphia suburb of Lower Merion. Overall, it’s not terrible. There’s ample parking, trees and a stocked fridge I don’t have to pay for. It’s even socially bearable because some of my best friends are back in the area on their breaks. The downside is the lack of affordable leisure activities – you can only make an evening of going out for pricey drinks, or worse, froyo, beVICTORIA MARCHIONY fore you That Was Fun start worrying about paying off your college loans and wish there was something more fun and less expensive to do. Luckily, just when I started to lose hope that I would never leave my house again, I was invited to the 8th annual Project Philly Summer Benefit Concert at Lower Merion High School. Admission was free and Lower Merion is closer to my house than the high school I actually attended, so I had absolutely no excuse not
to go. I got one of my trusty hometown friends who loves a cappella on board and patted myself on the back for making Friday night plans like a real person with a social life. Project Philly is a local nonprofit organization comprised of collegiate and post-collegiate young adult singers, most of them amateurs who perform and run educational workshops to spread the joy of a cappella. Though concert admission is always free, Project Philly accepts donations for local arts-related charities. The concert I attended raised money for the Ani Fiordimondo Performing Arts Scholarship Fund, which pays for recipients to attend the Walnut Street Theatre summer camp. I actually attended that camp way back in my musical theater days, and thought it was really cool that the project was contributing to such a worthy, yet somewhat obscure cause. If I were the type of person who could ever be counted on to have more than 13 cents and old gum wrappers in my wallet, I certainly would have donated. So anyway, it was Friday night, and we were pumped to hear some a cappella. In true Main Line fashion, we parked in the “no parking” lot despite warnings from numerous signs saying what amounts to, “no, seriously, no parking, we will tow you.” We figured that the likelihood they would tow my car, as well as the numer-
ous BMWs we were parked in there with, was pretty slim. We went inside to grab seats, and I immediately spotted five different people I know. A few of them were college friends whom I have never seen outside the city. Others included my two best friends from elementary school who I haven’t been in the same room with since before puberty. Suddenly, my hometown felt claustrophobically homey. Luckily, the lights went down promptly, which might be my favorite thing about suburban activities in the northeast. The show began, and my violation of the cardinal error for an a cappella audience member promptly became evident. By the end of the first song, my head was reeling with indigence. “Where are the coordinated dance moves? Why weren’t you always in tune? Why don’t I want to buy this version on iTunes?” This internal drama is bound to occur when you’ve seen Pitch Perfect more recently than actual live a cappella. The answers of course were No. 1: Because people don’t do that in everyday life. No. 2: These are humans and a cappella is extremely difficult. No. 3: These people didn’t have teams of professionals working on their arrangements. Still, I had a hard time shaking my disappointment, until finally one of the groups
covered “Plane” by Jason Mraz. My mind was completely blown, and I remembered why I love a cappella. Other exceptional renditions were a mash up of Britney Spears’ “Crazy” and Olly Murs’ “Troublemaker,” Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” and Adele’s “Skyfall.” Despite being an overall enjoyable experience, like most amateur performances, the show was really long, and by the end of the second hour my legs ached from sitting. This, combined with the eerily silent suburban-dad type crowd made me a little punchy, so after intermission we migrated to the back of the auditorium where we proceeded to goof off à la high school assembly. Partially to entertain ourselves, and partially to show what I felt was properly enthusiastic support, we clapped and mouthed the lyrics to each other and danced in our chairs. This reinforced my belief that fun exists wherever you decide to invite it, and that good company is the most important thing when planning any excursion. That’s not to imply that I only enjoyed myself because of my friends. The groups did a really impressive job and I had a great time watching other people do something I could never do: sing on key. Hats off to you, Project Philly. I had fun.
Neon Vibe 5K at Campbell’s Field and Riverwalk in Camden N.J. takes place on Aug. 31. Neon Vibe 5K is an “after-dark, fluorescent glow light fun run” open to all ages. Pets are excluded. In a similar fashion to the popular ’color runs,’ participants will be doused with paint at checkpoints throughout the race. The difference is, these ‘glow zones’ are equipped with UV lights and dance music to invoke a party vibe and energize runners as they pass through. Once they have crossed the finish line, runners are invited to stay and celebrate at the “Aftervibe” post-race dance party. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network affiliate in each of the race’s locations nationwide. Funds from the Philadelphia-area race will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Race registration is currently open and costs $45 in advance or $50 on the day of the race, and includes a Neon Vibe tshirt, glow paint powder and a runner’s bib. More information can be found on the official website at theneonvibe.com or on Facebook at facebook. com/TheNeonVibe/. -Victoria Marchiony
PERFORMING ARTS TAKE OVER WITH THE PHILADELPHIA FRINGE FESTIVAL From improv shows where none of the content is planned to full productions where performers have several weeks to prepare, the 2013 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, opening Sept. 5, offers a variety of options for audience members of all tastes. In its 17th year, the festival has 16 featured productions and more than 100 independently produced programs throughout the greater Philadelphia area, through smaller factions of the Fringe festival in Center City, Fairmount, the suburbs and more. Amongst the featured productions, many come to the festival from outside the confines of Philadelphia. “All the Sex I’ve Ever Had” comes to Philadelphia from Toronto. Produced by Mammalian Diving Reflex, this panel discussion will have Philadelphia senior citizens openly discussing their past and present sexual experiences with audiences. From Italy, “On the Concept of the Face Regarding the Son of God” is a theatrical piece that aims to make audiences question the concept of faith. Other featured shows come to PhiladelVictoria Marchiony can be reached at phia from Oklahoma, Thailand, England, Norway firstname.lastname@example.org. and Greece. Featured productions originating in Philadelphia include the dance shows “Hush Now Sweet High Heels and Oak,”“Moses(es)” and the plays “Pay Up” and “The Ballad of Joe Hill.” In “Pay Up,” by Pig Iron Theatre Company and University of the her debut EP. Arts, audiences will be treated to a choose-your player. Although that talent is not own-adventure and pay-as-you-go approach to featured on this particular album, it theater. Upon entering the show, which takes is absolutely worth a search on Youplace in an eight-room warehouse, audience Tube. She’s currently on tour pro- members will be given five $1 bills and instructed moting her new album and recently to choose five of eight plays to view throughout made a stop in Philadelphia. She’ll the course of their time there. Once audience play a few more U.S. dates in New York and Virginia before departing members hear a bell, they have three minutes to for a long stint in Europe. June will decide which play they will see next and pay $1 to continue her U.S. tour in September view it. and is slated to play the Austin City The Rainy Day Players, made up of Temple Limits Festival in October during students, will be a part of Center City Fringe with both weekends. Whether you can make the trek the independently produced play, “Asylum.” The to another state to see her play, or can play received funding from a Kickstarter camsimply pull up her music online, def- paign. initely go for it. You certainly won’t For more information on the 2013 Fringe Festival regret it. go to fringearts.com and check back in with The Nia Prater can be reached at nia. Temple News for more Fringe coverage once the email@example.com festival is in full swing. -Luis Fernando Rodriguez
Valerie June: A voice to be reckoned with
Up and coming songwriter Valerie June combines the blues and country in
n her website, Valerie June defines her sound as “organic moonshine roots music,” and I can hardly think of a better description. Her d e b u t album “Pushin’ Against a Stone,” r u n s through blues and country. Yes, it’s hard to Nia Prater c l a s s i f y Play On a young, multi-instrumentalist from small-town Tennessee, but you sure won’t be able to forget about her. One of our local radio stations,
WXPN 88.5, named June their “Artist to Watch” for July. In the same month, she was also featured on NPR’s “10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing” list with her immensely mature, “Workin’ Woman Blues.” The album was produced by Kevin Augunas, who has worked with Cold War Kids, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Dan Auerbach, the lead guitarist and vocalist of The Black Keys. Auerbach lends those talents on several songs as backup to June. My introduction to June’s music was in the form of a music video for her song “You Can’t Be Told,” a swaggering bluesy tune that’ll have you clapping your hands and stomping your feet as soon as you hit play. I know I was. Here, you can really notice the Auerbach influence. In the video, June stands, guitar in hand, in front of a crowd in
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some cavernous basement. She sings with a clear Southern twang, a voice full of soul and determination. She moves her head to the beat, her long, interwoven dreadlocks shifting along with her. I was totally sold. And her album does not disappoint. It’s 11 tracks long and runs just under 45 minutes, but even so, it leaves a lasting impression. It’s a work that came to be after June managed to raise $15,000 on Kickstarter. I have to say, her backers certainly got their money’s worth. “Wanna Be On Your Mind” almost has a retro, ‘60s girl group, love song feel to it, while “Shotgun,” with its haunting and echoing tones, is very much a murder ballad. Though it’s hard to pinpoint one specific genre, the album at its core is definitely Americana. In addition to the guitar and ukulele, June is also a skilled banjo
NEW PIZZA SHOP COMING TO FISHTOWN PROGRESS ON PHILLY BIKE SHARE @Phillymag tweeted on Aug. 24 the owner of Joe’s Pizza on @philebrity tweeted on Aug. 23 that plans for Philadelphia’s What’s 16th and Samson streets is set to open a “mega pizzeria” in FishBike Share are coming together in time for next summer. The $10 to going on town. An article by FoodBooz Philadelphia further explains the res$15 million project will let Philadelphians and tourists borrow bikes taurant will fit up to 140 people and is to be built across from 2424 in the city, from the Delaware River to Temple’s campus, according to their arStudios, located at 2424 E. York St. There is no confirmed date of ticle. Similar projects have seen rapid success in other U.S. cities, brought the pizzeria’s opening or name of the future restaurant. including the biggest bike share project in New York City. to you by Twitter. MORE OPTIONS FOR BRUNCH ECO-FRIENDLY TAKES ON NEW IMAGE REUNITED WITH BEN FRANKLIN From restaurants, to music to store @uwishunu tweeted on Aug. 24 that the Benja@Phillymag confirmed on Aug. 23 Sa@PhiladelphiaCP tweeted on Aug. 25 that min Franklin Museum reopened its doors this past openings, Twitter is the go to for brina’s Café will be adding another location the 5th Annual Naked Bike Ride was a success. weekend after a “two-year revitalization.” Admisthe latest updates. For breaking to the Main Line in Wynnewood by the end of A full article by CBSPhilly reported that hun- sion to the museum is $5 for adults and $2 for kids the year. No set date is in place at this time. dreds of people bared all on this bike ride that throughout the year at Franklin Court. The museum news and daily updates, follow The restaurant specializes in brunch and din- spanned 10 miles over Philly on Aug. 25. The recognizes Franklin and all of his contributions to The Temple News on Twitter @ ner options. This will be their fourth location. event is held to promote bike riding as an eco- Philadelphia and the United States with their exhibifriendly solution. TheTempleNews. tions.
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TEMPLE DINING OPTIONS
Richie Jr. is known for his ability to memorize customer faces and orders during a high-energy lunch hour. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
Food pad favorite utilizes Twitter and open seven days a week, all the time. We’ve always been a familyoriented business and if you needed something, we were there. Temple has a family feel between the vendors, workers and students and I love that.” Many students have said that they feel the love from Richie and they’re grateful for the personal touch of the conversations that often occur as they order their food. Tyler Lutz, a senior finance major, has been eating at Richie’s since his freshman year and said he appreciates Richie’s disposition. “Richie is a true-blue guy that respects his customers. His business offers superior service and superior food with a smile,” Lutz said. Junior advertising major Sarah Shur said she enjoys stopping by Richie’s, even when it’s during a hectic time of day. “He’s busy no matter what, and he runs a great business,” Shur said. “I love him and his food. He’s an awesome person.”
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Richie has always lived and parade after the Phillies World Seworked with his parents. His dad, ries victory to visits from PhiladelRichie Sr., is retired but often vis- phia Eagles football players. Even its the business. Richie Sr. wanted with all of the excitement, Richie to come back to the Temple lunch said his favorite experience has been scene, so he and Richie the expansion of Jr. opened a lunch truck Temple and of the called Richie’s Lunch family business as Box, located on Norwell. ris Street in front of the “So much Tyler School of Art. happens that I can’t The truck is typically even remember open for a few hours a half of it,” Richie day. said. “I love look“I take care of my ing back on how parents and I’m so apmany friends I’ve preciative of them,” made and the love Richie / Richie’s Food Truck I get from them. Richie said. “There have been rumors that Seeing where evmy dad and I are comeryone goes from peting and don’t get along. That’s here, whether they’re news anchors, not true and I’m insulted that anyone councilmen, celebrities or whatever, would think that.” is amazing.” Being from the Philadelphia If you visit Richie on a daily or area and working in North Philadel- weekly basis, it most likely means phia from a young age, Richie has that he knows your face and your interesting stories to share - from order as soon as he spots you. Many students leaving campus to go to the people wonder how this is possible,
a family feel between the vendors, workers and students and I love that.
but Richie said he believes that it all just comes with the territory and the way he runs his business. “I’m grateful, and it makes me want to remember who supports me in what I do,” Richie said. “I may not recognize you right away if I see you on the street somewhere, but when I’m at Richie’s and I have my game face on, it’s just the way my mind works.” Outside of work, Richie enjoys having time to partake in various activities. He enjoys collecting cars, attending car shows, going out in Center City, traveling and riding motorcycles. During the fall and spring semesters, he concentrates on keeping busy and staying refreshed for the business and the customers. “I’m happy with where I am and what I do, and I want to give as much as I can to my guests,” Richie said. “If I had the opportunity to pick any place to be, it would be at Temple with all of you guys.” Ariane Pepsin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Karate class instills life lessons Sensei Hiroyoshi Okazaki believes karate should be meaningful. JOHN CORRIGAN The Temple News Considering the crime-ridden reputation that surrounds Main Campus, perhaps taking a course in selfdefense isn’t such a bad idea. Although Michael McKeon only received two credits for taking karate, he said the course provided him with skills to last a lifetime. “I learned more than just how to punch and kick,” McKeon, a 2013 Temple graduate who majored in physics, said. “I learned the philosophy behind the development of the technique and the method for proper
training and execution. I learned the values of a practitioner of karate from three of the best instructors in the country.” Fifty-two-year-old Sensei Hiroyoshi Okazaki has been teaching karate at Temple for more than 15 years. “I was born in Japan, and then moved to Philadelphia when I turned 18,” Okazaki said. “I came here to work with my uncle who actually created the course for Temple in the 1960s.” Okazaki’s uncle, Master Teruyuki Okazaki, still educates beginners on the principles, ethics and rules of competition. He also offers an advanced class that teaches increasing concentration as well as body movement. Experience is not a prerequisite, and is not even an advantage at that. Okazaki said he prefers students en-
ter the course with a blank slate. “We try to teach students what real martial arts is all about,” Okazaki said. “Nowadays, all you see and hear is about fighting. We are teaching from the basic psychological aspect.” Okazaki explained how the grading process mixes mental and physical prowess. “During the semester, we have two quizzes about the history of karate as well as the techniques,” Okazaki said. “For the final, they perform the sequence of movements they learned throughout the year.” McKeon said that after enjoying the class immensely, he was inspired to join Temple’s Karate Club. “As a former president of the Karate Club, I can say that I have had no more rewarding an experience at Temple,” McKeon said. “We dove into the history of the martial
arts and tried to uncover the reasons why each move is carried out a certain way. We traveled up and down the East Coast for competitions, and recently as far away as Arizona. The combination of the club and class experiences helped me earn my black belt last May.” For a fun athletic course to complement your roster, McKeon suggests signing up as soon as possible. “I would recommend anyone passionate about exercise to try the class and also the club,” McKeon said. “There is nothing to lose and a world of knowledge to gain.” While the health benefits are certainly intriguing, Okazaki revealed what he believes to be the main reason to practice martial arts: “Karate perfects your character.” John Corrigan can be reached at email@example.com.
More often than not, college students are trying to manage their time wisely, under a lot of stress, and trying to find time to eat between classes or after meetings with different clubs and organizations. On Temple’s main campus, students have a variety of choices when it comes to chowing down– two dining halls, the Student Center food court, and different food trucks and establishments. According to the Temple University Dining Services website, students living in campus residence halls of Johnson, Hardwick, Peabody, White Hall, 1940, or 1300, are required to have at least the Standard 10 Meal Plan of 10 meals per week with $150 Diamond Dollars, which costs students, or their parents, $1,391 per semester. For a little more flexibility with dining time, or when hunger sets in and requires two meals during one meal period, students can choose Premium meal plans, although they range in price from $805.00 to $1,815.00 per semester. If these options don’t sound appealing, students can always go a different route and eat at the food pad near the Tech or stop by a food truck. Students still enjoy the food that is available through their meal plans, but many prefer to branch out from the Temple dining hall experience and try new things. Lauren Shinbrot, a junior early-childhood education major, is amongst students who are fond of what the food trucks have to offer. “I prefer to eat at a food truck because in my opinion, the quality of food is better and it’s still cheap,” Shinbrot said. “Plus, it’s on the way to classes so it’s convenient.” Temple students do have the ability to diversify their eating arrangements day by day. Those who tend to stick to the dining halls can still enjoy food trucks, and food truck connoisseurs are not excluded from dining halls, where cash, cards and Diamond Dollars are all accepted. Adventurous palates need not be limited on campus. -Ariane Pepsin
STUDENTS CRITIQUE GEN-ED PROGRAM
While reuniting with friends and local festivities have students excited for the start of another school year, some students will face General Education classes that are disliked by many of their peers.Insomnia Cookies still charges $1.25 for one cookie. Students fear a class overlooked by an advisor that they needed to be able to graduate in four years. Touchy fire alarms still interrupt the warmest mid-winter showers. These issues have surfaced in the student discourse for years, but they are merely whispers compared to the bellowing over the gen-ed program.Carly Walsh, sophomore hospitality and tourism management major, believes the program wastes valuable time due to systematic flaws. “It’s stupid that we have to take a U.S. Society as well as a World Society,” Walsh said. “The U.S. is part of the world so they should be able to incorporate it into the same class.” Matthew Hirst, junior psychology major, said he feels the effectiveness of the Arts requirements is underwhelming. “Most of the art classes are about art history with nothing that stimulates creativity,” Hirst said. “They pretty much just bore students. Gen-eds should try to stimulate creativity in students so they can figure out what they want to do in their lives.” The most criticized gen-ed mentioned by students is Science & Technology, which might not come as a surprise considering the program requires two of those courses, which is more than any other gen-ed. Elizabeth Crossley, sophomore marketing major, doesn’t see science appearing anywhere in her future. “We should not have to take two sciences,” Crossley said. “Just taking one is stupid for me, because never in my life will I need to use the information.” Tyler Cameron, junior public relations major, echoed Crossley’s sentiments. “I don’t remember anything I learned,” Cameron said. “It’s not even pertinent to anything I’m studying.” -John Corrigan
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
“What made you choose
to continue your education at Temple?
LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ
“It’s a really well known school on the East Coast, so why not come to Philly? It’s a big school and respected.”
SOPHOMORE | COMPUTER SCIENCE
“ I loved the atmosphere here. Every time I come I feel like I belong here.”
FRESHMAN | DANCE
“I really like the city life of it a lot, and the diverse [student body.]”
FRESHMAN | PSYCHOLOGY
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Study abroad takes Intern gets perspective preparation, patience from unexpected source Wilson discusses the process of moving to London for the fall semester.
A wise m a n named Saint A u gustine once said, “The world is a Christasia Wilson book Across the Pond a n d those who do not travel read only one page.” Two years ago at my freshman orientation, I barely listened to anything, but when it came to information about studying abroad, I was all ears. I’m not sure if I was excited to hear about the Study Abroad program because I love to travel or the fact that I would leave everything and everyone I know. Spring semester of sophomore year is when I made the decision to apply to study in London for the fall semester. The worst part about the whole process was waiting to hear if I was even accepted. A lot of things ran through my mind as the days ticked down to receiving that fateful email. Where was I going to live if I don’t go to London? Would I even have time after junior year, or ever, to
go to London for 14 weeks? Nevertheless, I forgot all my doubts the moment I checked my email in mid-April and saw the email that read, “Congratulations, you have been accepted to study abroad in London this fall!” All I could do was cry because, for once, it seemed like everything was right. Then, it began to sink in how much this was all going to cost. For months I was so excited about getting into the program that I didn’t fully think of how, or who, would pay the bill. Of course I applied for scholarships, but those aren’t guaranteed. Instead of being a Debbie Downer, I handed over my deposit to secure my spot in the fall. With that small action, I was one step closer to having tea and biscuits. The process after sending in my deposit has been significantly less stressful, between signing forms and making sure to take the right classes, which finally happened after three trips to my adviser. The hardest part was applying for a visa because one mistake can cause the British Consulate to reject your request to study in London – which is why I probably annoyed the post office with a million questions before sending it in. With only a few weeks left in the United States, it has not fully hit me yet that I’ll be on a plane going to a country where I don’t know a single person. Deep down, I don’t want it to
be a reality. The scariest thing about this whole experience is leaving friends who have been a major part of my life for the past two years. Of course I’ll miss my family, especially calling my mom whenever I need her, but they will always be there. As crazy as it may sound, my biggest fear is that my friends might forget or replace me. They say real friends will always be there no matter where you go, and I know that’s true. I have the type of friends who will Skype and constantly bug me on Twitter while I’m away, but it would be a lie if I said I wasn’t afraid of all the changes that will happen in my absence. Regardless of the ups and downs, this will be one of the greatest experiences of my life. Hopefully, I will break out of my shy shell and come back to Temple ready to take over the world. What happens when you take a girl from New York, place her in Philadelphia and then send her off to London for a whole semester? Well, there will be adjustments, hard times and a few tears, but a ton of learning experiences and fun. Follow me as I try new food, experience nightlife, intern, maybe fall in love, get lost and try to track down Kate Middleton and the new royal baby in London. Christasia Wilson can be reached at christasia.wilson@ temple.edu.
Katro describes her meeting with two Fox News anchors.
This summer, I traveled down to Washington D.C. to m e e t w i t h t w o experienced F o x News anchors in hopes that they would Esther Katro be able INTERNal Update to assist me in my professional growth as a journalist. I needed their direction to decide where I should continue to intern for the next two years that I have left to complete at Temple. While I spent this summer commuting between two internships in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, I traveled down the coast a day early, ready to hear their uplifting words of how impressive my internship experience has been and how there’s probably no longer a need for me to attend school anymore and how I should immediately start working at a national news bureau. Yes, immediately. As I hopped off the Megabus at Union Station, slipped on my heels and confidently strolled down the street to Fox News, I proudly gave my name
to the security guard and walked through the glass doors displaying the canvassed pictures of all of Fox’s on air-talent. I clenched my portfolio tightly, ready to display my body of work to the two professionals sitting across from me. I listed off my internship experiences and fixed them with a steady gaze in anticipation of their words of praise and admiration at all I had accomplished at such a young age. “Looking over your résumé, it seems that all your time is spent attending classes and working,” they said. “Are you getting a full college experience?” This time I directed my eyes to the floor as my mind tried to dilute the saturated response. Every journalism professor I ever had has encouraged me and other students in his or her class to get as much experience as possible. Journalism is a skill that is perfected while working rather than in the classroom. So why were my two years of college suddenly being contradicted by the two anchors in front of me? As I filtered through the information, I argued that broadcast journalism itself is a social field where I’m constantly meeting new people and attending events that I otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to. Nevertheless, the anchors maintained that I will be working for the rest of my life. So
why start now? And is it all worth it? At a previous internship, I was told by the man who ran the teleprompter that while film school prepared him with the technical skills, it could not have possibly prepared him for the people that he encountered while working in media field. When I declared as a journalism student at Temple, many adults tried to talk me out of it, using statistics and the rise of the digital age to enforce their opinion. Through my internships in large media markets in big cities, I have learned that this field is underpaid and those people who keep it alive are overworked. Yet the people that work in both broadcast and print journalism have an incredible passion for what they do. The people in this field are storytellers and, even when I’m not in a newsroom setting, stories are constantly writing themselves in my mind. It is my hope to share my stories of past and current internship experiences, the good and the bad, to prove that interning is a great partner to school work where you can learn to grow both personally and professionally. However, I’ll let you, the reader, decide if interning and taking a full course load is worth it each and every week. Esther Katro can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“One of the Guys” gets one of the nods said he was also surprised. “Stereotypical bros would come up to us in the gym and tell us they love the show,” Fala said. “It’s exciting to know that our audience reached beyond the gay community.” The overall message of “One of the Guys” has been fueled by the intentions of the cast and crew to create a series that speaks to everyone. Above all, the show has been praised for starting the conversation about the true representation of gay characters in the media. “Sure, there [are] gay characters on TV, but you never really see honest, straightforward interactions,” McWilliams said. “The truth of it is, gay people have straight friends. There’s a very interesting dynamic there and our show normalizes those relationships.” This vision of normalcy came from Busza’s personal feelings of neglect and lack of understanding. “As a gay man, I frequently feel underrepresented or misrepresented by the media,” Busza said. “I really wanted to show the different facets of gay culture that exist in real life. It became increasingly important for me to essentially eliminate sexual orientation as a primary defining characteristic.” Senior music theory and theatre double major Aaron Palmer, who plays Jonathan in the show, said that he appreciated the capacity for outreach that was ultimately one of the defining aspects of “One of the
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(From left) The characters of Alex, played by Matt McWilliams, and Jonathan, played by Aaron Palmer, get into a food fight in the pilot episode of “One of the Guys.” The characters are having a pop diva-themed party in the scene.| COURTESY ONE OF THE GUYS Guys.” “It isn’t only relatable to the LGBT community,” Palmer said. “Everyone has dealt with feeling like an outsider at some point in their life and had to adjust, compromise and stand their ground to fit in.” Win or lose, the Emmy nomination has been a dream come true for the Temple stu-
dents and faculty involved. “Most graduating seniors ask themselves, ‘Did I do enough?’” Fala said. “And you know what? I actually did. I have something to be proud of.” The experience brought staff and students together in a unique partnership. The bond established by creating the web series was clear in the
excitement that staff producers Weatherston and Boles expressed about the nomination. “It’s the greatest honor in the world to see my students’ work come back with accolades and awards,” Weatherston said. “It validates every life decision that I’ve made to get me here as a professor.” With the final two episodes
shot this summer and premiering in the fall, Busza sees no possibility of a second season. Instead, he is content with the experiences that the past year has granted him and the lessons he has learned. “If you have something important and honest to say, people will value that and listen to you,” Busza said. “If
you find something you care enough about to lose sleep over or spend every waking moment on, you can do anything. You’d be surprised how far you can get on nothing but passion and pure will. And a lot of coffee.” Jessica Smith can be reached at email@example.com.
Columnist confesses complicated relationship with fitspo way of keeping motivated and accountable to eat healthy wellbalanced meals.” In the same way other fitness accounts make you yearn for a thigh gap, Betts’s account makes you crave fresh greens and lean protein. The focus on food is undeniable, and it’s no surprise that Betts hopes to break into the restaurant business one day. “I really love motivating other girls like myself to be
healthy and happy,” she said. “My overall goal is to get my name out there and one day open my own little café where I can share all my food creations with everyone.” While Betts is familiar with the Instagram fitspo scene, she said she sees a distinction between her content and the fitspo on Tumblr. “I’m really not that into Tumblr,” Betts said. “I don’t use it all that much, but from what I
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have seen, there is much greater influence on body image.” Although I originally thought Instagram was the culprit, Betts’s comment made me realize it’s not the site, but the curator. We choose who we follow and those monitoring fitspo accounts choose what content to post. Additionally, I couldn’t think of many times I’ve actually looked at fitspo to “pregame” the gym. Most instances I could
think of involved me looking at images when I’m lying in bed, feeling lazy or already feeling less than my full potential. I’m convinced there’s a healthy way to process the fitspo of oiled-up chicks, but I can’t say with good conscience that type of fitspo is good for my obsessive personality. I once broke a VCR by incessantly replaying the “Summer Lovin’” scene from “Grease,” consumed a nearly 20-ounce family-size
bag of peanut M&Ms in one sitting at age 4 and still know more facts about Teddy Geiger than I’m proud to admit. I have no sense of moderation. That being said, bloggers like Betts have the right idea – encourage fitness by making followers crave healthy food, not flattering selfies. “I believe it’s so important to be confident with yourself,” Betts said. “Too many days are wasted comparing ourselves to
others and wishing to be something we aren’t.” With this food for thought from Betts, the war on fitspo is finally clear - the road to fitness doesn’t start by looking for inspiration externally, but internally. Jenelle Janci can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @jenelley.
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Ryvkin to strike a chord with Temple and piano. After graduating, Ryvkin continued his studies at the Julliard School, where he earned his master’s in collaborative piano. For the majority of his life, Ryvkin was a pianist, but he said his switch to collaborative piano was due to his love for the synergistic product that resulted from the efforts of aligning his creative ideas with other musicians. “I felt too bored being a pianist practicing alone for eight hours a day. I wanted to make music with other people,” Ryvkin said. “I love people. I love working with them and making music together. Therefore, that led me to play for singers, and chamber music eventually led me to conducting. The more people I can work with, the more people I can make music with.” Upon receiving his master’s in 1988, Ryvkin began teaching at a school that had a small ensemble of about 10 instruments. During that time, he discovered his passion for conducting. “I had to lead the musicians somehow, but I did it and I liked it.” Ryvkin said. “I began taking some lessons in conducting after that.” In 1990, Ryvkin landed his first serious conducting job while working as a prep course master at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif. “[The job was] through playing the piano for opera companies,” Ryvkin said. “Working with the singers and educational institutions like the Music Academy of the West, [the conductor position] landed in my hands because I was there, and I knew the conductor was not going to be available. They offered me the position in the summer
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Ryvkin’s career as a musician began with his experience as a pianist. He has served as artistic directoe for the Santa Barbara Opera, as well as a conductor and prep course master. He will teach at Temple beginning this semester.| ABI REIMOLD TTN of 1990. It was a full orchestra and very complicated.” By “very complicated,” Ryvkin undoubtedly described his own position as a prep course master for which he was required to have a very extensive skillset. “In the professional opera world, the job of the conductor is to be there completely and know every single thing – piano, stage director, the singers, work out details – bringing it all together, keeping the tempo, the music, the singing, etc.,” Ryvkin said. “Conducting is like directing, it’s a virus,” he said. “You just want to do it more and more.”
After becoming more known by opera companies as a musician and coach, Ryvkin eventually landed his own company in California in 1995 where he became music director. “When I started in Santa Barbara at 34 [years old], it was a new company,” Ryvkin said. “It was 3 or 4-years-old, a mom and pop company founded by a husband and wife. I took over as teaching director with a $500 or $600 dollar budget, and it grew to a $2 million dollar budget. I brought the quality up. The artists, directors, singers, all of it got improved and all of it got on a different level.” Ryvkin was the artistic di-
rector for the Santa Barbara Opera from 1999 to 2008 where he worked to transform the opera from a small, low-budget company to a highly accomplished and trustworthy opera company acknowledged on a national level. But despite Ryvkin’s efforts and achievements as conductor, the magnitude of responsibility that comes with the job is strenuous and tiring. “It became a highly respected regional opera company,” Ryvkin said. “It was good enough for composers to trust us. It was important to have a base and a company of my own, however small but professional, where I could invite singers and
musicians. It was feeling like, ‘Yes, you are a conductor now, as opposed to someone who is trying to be a conductor.’ It was a valuable experience that went way beyond music.” Ryvkin described his time as a pianist as much easier than being a conductor when the entire orchestra relied on his ability to lead effectively. As a pianist, he said he prepared singers once in awhile, but the success of the entire performance was not his responsibility. “The energy, the singers, everyone on the stage feels it,” Ryvkin said. “The conductor is almost like the heartbeat – he or she doesn’t sing or present any notes, but a conductor in good
form gives the performance completely different energy. A famous conductor once said that conducting is the profession of the second part of life. You have to mature to really become a good conductor.” Ryvkin’s career took off after his great success with the Santa Barbara Opera. Ryvkin became the art director of two different companies, one in North Carolina and the other in California. Between juggling two operas and a family, Ryvkin began to find it difficult to manage both responsibilities. “You are no longer just a creative artist,” Ryvkin said. “You now have to prep, fundraise, do administrative jobs, spend day and night on the phone, constant emails and then maybe 10 minutes looking at the score and starting the music and such. Between family – my daughter, being a father – and an administrator, there was very little time left for music.” Ryvkin decided to start teaching as a way to settle down without giving up on the music industry that has given him such joy in life. Despite the challenges that arose from the responsibilities of conducting, Ryvkin said that the hurdles he faced were nothing compared to the end results. In his new position at Temple, he said that he looks forward to collaborating with other creative musicians. Ryvkin will appear with the Temple Opera for the first time this fall to perform the opera “Albert Herring” by English composer Benjamin Britten. The show will debut Nov. 15. Shayna Leigh Kleinberg can be reached at Shayna.kleinberg@ temple.edu.
Temple Greek organizations prepare for Rush Week GREEK PAGE 8 no longer impact their schedules, according to the Student Affairs Office. “The calendar for Pan-Hellenic recruitment has changed,” Christopher Carey, Director of Student Affairs, said. “So [now] they don’t have to come out every single night.” Despite their recruitment process, all Greek organizations can agree on one thing: the future of their organization is im-
portant, and therefore requires a planning process to ensure its sustainability. Some sororities and fraternities begin planning for recruitment as early as an entire semester or months prior to the actual time of rushing. “In order for groups to have long term sustainability, they should really consider what their expectations are so that they can meet them and be prepared, ” Carey said.
Greek leaders said many Greek members see preparation and organization as a key to successful recruitment, yet tend to work at their own pace. Keeping an organized recruitment plan is important with such a massive amount of students at Temple and their growing interest in Greek organizations. “We have been planning since the middle of the spring,” Interfraternity Council Presi-
dent Sean Casey said regarding planning for upcoming fall recruitment. “We’ve worked to successfully secure Greek representation at new student orientations, set the dates for rush and are preparing to make sure every chapter follows the rules during recruitment week.” Other groups such as the Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. do not rush at all. Their prospective mem-
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bers go through a formal process of contacting their national website along with getting in contact with one of the sorority’s sisters for acceptance. They pride themselves on building strong bonds between sisters who have an interest in community service and strengthening their GPAs. Despite operating on different schedules, each Greek organization is working towards
common goals of maximizing recruitment and minimizing any preconceived notions of chaos – while still maintaining the Greek life grandeur that Hollywood has played up so well. Mary Smith can be reached at email@example.com.
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season to his new role as an Hback. Although a quarterback competition is nothing new for Temple, training camp has been a bit different for Coyer as he is no longer a part of it. Reilly said Coyer has been like another coach to him, as Reilly battled against Granger for the starting quarterback position. “I’ve seen them both be so competitive,” Coyer said. “It’s really great to see that both of them want it so bad. They’ve both been battling really hard to earn that job.” As Coyer enters his final year with the team, there is no animosity or anger over his position change. Despite a few more bumps and bruises along the way, he loves his position move. “I’m having a great time,” Coyer said. “I get to go out and have so much fun just playing football, it’s great.” The most important aspect of the offense for Reilly, Rhule said, will be the running game. “We won’t know about our running game until we go out there and face some people,” Rhule said. “But we have to be able to run the football to keep everything manageable. We have a stable of running backs, but our quarterbacks will play better if we can run the football adequately.” Although there’s no clear depth chart, Rhule confirmed that the top two running backs
right now are junior Kenneth Harper and freshman Zaire Williams. Both follow a string of running backs who have shaped the offense in seasons past: Bernard Pierce, Montel Harris and Matt Brown. “They have definitely been a big influence on me and my work ethic,” Harper said. “They taught me a lot about how to go hard in everything you do, and kind of put everything you’ve got forward and let everything happen as it should happen.” On the defensive side of the football, four athletes received single-digit numbers. Senior lineman Sean Daniels (No. 1), fifth-year senior linebacker Blaze Caponegro (No. 6), sophomore linebacker Tyler Matakevich (No. 8) and fifthyear senior Levi Brown (No. 9) were voted on by the team as athletes that represent toughness—a tradition started while Rhule was an assistant under former head coach Al Golden. “You have no idea,” Daniels said. “I remember my freshman year, seeing it on the wall and I was like, ‘Man, I want to be one of those players.’ And to get No. 1 is just—you can’t really explain it. Temple is a really tough place to play and to be one of the toughest players on the toughest teams out there, that’s a huge honor.” Matakevich, who was the Big East Rookie of the Year last season, gained 15 pounds
to help with physicality on the field as Rhule has challenged him in various aspects of the game since his tenure began earlier this year. “In the spring, [there was a] brand new coaching staff, brand new scheme, so it took a little time adjusting to it,” Matakevich said. “From the spring till now, everybody’s knowing their assignments. In the spring, we had maybe two or three plays in, now we have a whole playbook in. I’m really, really excited for the season and this defense.” Matakevich and his teammates will begin their season this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in South Bend, Ind. They will compete against a Notre Dame squad that played for a BCS Championship last year. “We’ve been to some great The football team is wrapping up training camp as the athletes prepare for a road matchup that places,” Rhule said. “We’ve will be nationally televised. | TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN played UCLA, we’ve played teams like Louisville and CinPenn State, we’ve played Mary- debut as a starter in front of years. about as big an audience as a “Think about six or seven cinnati on the horizon. land. But Notre Dame is Notre young quarterback can experiyears ago,” Rhule said. “Did any “I want people to look at Dame. I have a tremendous ence. of us really imagine that Temple Temple with the respect that I amount of respect for what “I’m trying to take a deep would be on national TV playing think they should,” Rhule said. they’ve done in the past and breath, count to three, slow evNotre Dame on NBC in front of “When they don’t, I want our what they did last year.” erything down,” Reilly said. that many million households? players to go out and do some“It’s the same thing that we “It’s definitely going to be a Now that we’re here, let’s not be thing about it.” want to build here long term,” “I wish I could do someRhule added. “We want to build great experience. But once we nervous about it. Let’s go have enter the field on Saturday and fun and play.” thing about it, but I can’t,” Rhule the same program here at Temthe ball hits my hand, it’s just a There is no denying that added. “No one wants to see me ple. To do that, you have to go football game.” the Owls have come a long way running down the field. But they out there and play them and go Rhule expressed his belief from where they were when can do something about it.” let it all hang loose. We’re gothat the very fact that Temple Rhule first arrived as an assising to go play and have fun. The Avery Maehrer can be reached players might be tight, but the is competing against the Fight- tant coach back in 2006. Still, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on ing Irish is indicative of how far the doubters remain, as Temple coaches aren’t.” Twitter @AveryMaehrer. Reilly will be making his the program has come in recent readies for a conference with
Owls to host games against Cardinals and Cougars got a tremendous arm and he’s got weapons around him. He’s a tremendous quarterback.” Rhule also gave credit to Notre Dame’s star defensive tackles: senior Louis Nix III and junior Stephon Tuitt. The duo combined for 20.5 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks in 2012. At a combined weight of 629 pounds, they are both excellent run stoppers as well. This will likely be Temple’s toughest matchup of the season. It may be difficult for Connor Reilly to win his first game as a starter.
Saturday, Sept. 7 at 12:00 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls’ home opener will come against a team that had the 11th best passing offense and 15th best total offense in the nation last year. Redshirtjunior quarterback David Piland returns after a solid year, throwing for 2,929 yards and 16 touchdowns with a completion percentage of 57.1. While he led a high-octane offense, he was prone to turnovers, throwing 12 interceptions. Houston, which was picked to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference, also boasts two young wide receivers in ju-
nior Daniel Spencer and sophomore Deontay Greenberry. The duo combined for 88 receptions, 1,148 receiving yards and six touchdowns last season. Houston’s running backs, led by redshirt sophomore running back Kenneth Farrow, are fairly unproven, so the key to stopping the Cougars’ offense is to shut down the passing game by forcing Piland to make poor decisions.
tions, coach Tommy Tuberville has not yet picked a definitive starting quarterback. Redshirt senior Brendon Kay will likely start, but senior Munchie Legaux will also get playing time. Legaux got more playing time last season, but Kay put up better numbers, throwing for a higher completion percentage and a much better touchdownto-interception ratio. Senior linebacker Greg Blair will lead the defense. Last LOUISVILLE year, Blair led the Big East ConSaturday, Oct. 5, time TBA, at CINCINNATI ference and finished 12th in Lincoln Financial Field. Friday, Oct. 11, 8:30 p.m., in the nation in tackles with 138. Along with Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Ohio. Louisville (No. 9/9) is one of The Bearcats are coming 2012 was the first season where the toughest opponents Temple off back-to-back 10-3 seasons he got much playing time, and will face all year. The Cardi- and were the only team other he’s advanced so much that he nals, widely picked to win the than Louisville to garner first was named to both the Bronko conference, are coming off a place votes in The American Nagurski Trophy and the Bednarik Award, watch lists this Sugar Bowl victory and are led preseason poll. by a Heisman Trophy candidate Despite the high expecta- preseason. in junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater threw for 3,452 yards, 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions with a completion percentage of 68.5. He threw for 324 yards and five touchdowns against the Owls last season, leading the CardiTemple played four games nals to a 45-17 win. over the course of the trip. The Louisville’s defense is led by senior middle linebacker Green leaves Temple Owls fell 82-52 to Evreux, a French Preston Brown. Brown led the Kyle Green, an incoming fresh- Pro B team, in their first game on team in tackles last season with
109. It was Brown’s first season as middle linebacker and he has been mentioned by head coach Charlie Strong as a team leader. Brown will be looked to anchor a defense that finished 23rd in the nation last season. Louisville is a team without a lot of holes, so Temple’s best hope for a win is likely that Bridgewater has an off game which seems unlikely for the potential top pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Cincinnati’s defense is good, but beatable, so if Temple manages to stop the Bearcats’ running game, they can put pressure on the quarterback, whoever it is, to beat them.
adding eight rushing touchdowns. Both of his top receivers are returning: juniors Rannell Hall and J.J. Worton combined for 79 receptions, 1,225 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. With all the main pieces from CENTRAL FLORIDA Saturday, Nov. 16, time TBA, at last year’s 68th ranked passing offense, the Knights should Lincoln Financial Field. The Knights, like Cincin- improve and be tough to stop nati, want to match or surpass through the air. The Knights have lost some the success of 2012. UCF went key defensive pieces from last 10-4, won the Conference USA season’s team, including safety regular season title and defeated Kemal Ishmael, the 2012 CBall State 38-17 in the Beef ‘O’ USA defensive player of the Brady’s Bowl. They are picked year. Redshirt-junior safety to finish fourth in a conference Clinton Geathers, who finished that should be more challenging with 117 tackles last season, will than C-USA. UCF has a strong passing look to step up and lead the deoffense led by junior quarter- fense. Much like Houston, Temback Blake Bortles, who threw ple’s best hope is to stop UCF’s for 3,059 yards, 25 touchdowns passing attack. and seven interceptions while
Freshman guard no longer with team BASKETBALL
OWL SCHEDULE FB at Notre Dame 3:30 p.m. WSOC at Mount St. Mary’s on NBC 7:00 p.m. MXC vs. Lehigh Invitational in Lehigh University FRIDAY (Bethlehem, Pa) MSOC at Saint Peter’s WXC vs. Lehigh Invitational 4:00 p.m. in Lehigh University WVB at Buffalo (Bethlehem, Pa) 7:00 p.m.
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FH Conference Cup WSOC at Loyola Unversity Tournament: Maryland vs. 1:00 p.m. New Hampshire 12:00 p.m. CCT 3rd Place Game 1:00 p.m. FH CCT: Temple vs. Ohio State 2:30 p.m. CCT 1st Place Game WVB vs. Niagara in 3:30 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. 3:00 p.m.
man, is no longer enrolled at Temple, according to reports. The 6-foot-5-inch guard, along with guard Josh Brown and forward Mark Williams, was a member of the 2013 recruiting class. Unlike Brown and Williams, who were regarded well and recruited by other high-major schools, Green’s signing was met with surprise, as his talent was more indicative of a mid-major player. Green graduated from Camden Catholic with a school record of 1,734 career points. Temple has not yet confirmed Green’s departure. The story was first reported by Josh Verlin of City of Basketball Love. -Evan Cross
European trip recap From Aug. 14 to 23, the Owls took a preseason trip to Europe, playing professional teams in France and Italy and visiting other cities on off days.
experience playing professionally in the NBA. The AND1 brand was founded in Philadelphia. Aug. 16. They also lost the next day, -Avery Maehrer dropping a 91-89 overtime game to Boulogne, a league mate of Evreux. On Aug. 20, Temple rebounded WWE signs former Owl with a victory against the Montava Morkeith Brown, the former Sting. The two teams scrimmaged Temple defensive end, has signed for four quarters, and while Temple won the first three, a final score is a developmental deal with World not considered official. If there was Wrestling Entertainment, accordone, Temple would have won 92- ing to Scout.com. The 28-year-old Brown, who 79. The next day, the Owls got their turned down a contract with the only official victory of the trip, topTampa Bay Buccaneers to pursue a ping Liomatic Perugia 78-43. Sophomore guard Quenton wrestling career, signed a one-year DeCosey averaged 15.5 points per deal and will report to WWE’s new game, and junior forward Anthony Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. It has been rumored that WWE Lee put up 12.3 points per game. -Evan Cross is looking for physically impressive former athletes to fill their develLiacouras to play host opmental system with, and Brown, The AND1 sneaker brand will who measured 6 feet, 6 inches and be holding a tournament this week- weighed 260 pounds in 2011, fits end on campus at the Liacouras that bill. -Evan Cross Center, as 12 teams will compete for a $100,000 grand prize (the largest Live owl joins team in streetball history). Some athletes Stella, a three-and-a-halfparticipating in the event have had
year-old great horned owl from the Elmwood Park Zoo is set to attend Temple football home games this year, with a sideline view at Lincoln Financial Field. The owl has attended a few events during training camp, where members of the team including senior Chris Coyer and coach Matt Rhule were able to hold Stella (with protective gloves, of course). -Avery Maehrer
VOLLEYBALL Senior receives honor Senior captain Gabriella Matautia has been named to the All-American Athletic Conference Preseason Team. Last season, Matuatia tallied 437 kills as she went on to become an Atlantic 10 First Team selection and a member of the A-10 All-Championship Team. She also had 14 double-doubles during her junior year, and her 41 service aces led the Owls and all conference athletes. -Rich Fogel
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Student transfers from third-ranked program in country Redshirt freshman Donovan Fraser gets fresh start as an Owl. HOON JIN The Temple News MEN’S SOCCER Growing up on Long Island, soccer was not the most exciting sport for redshirt-freshman Donovan Fraser. Even his father, who is from England, never liked the game. Still, he signed his son up for soccer when Fraser was four years old. Like his father, he did not enjoy it at first. “Honestly, I didn’t even like soccer in the beginning,” Fraser said. “I just had a lot of friends on the team, and we just had a lot of fun out there. One day, I was running around and apparently was good at it. I just ran with the ball and really enjoyed it.” Even at a young age, Fraser
was always a striker and had a knack for scoring goals. Watching professional players in that position got him into the game even more. He idolized English Premier League stars like Didier Drogba of Chelsea and Arsenal’s Thierry Henry. Fraser continued to become a dominant player during his time with Half Hollow Hills High School West, where he was a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School All-American and won the Suffolk League IV championship every year. He was ranked the No. 58 recruit in his class by ESPNHS. As a result of his success, Fraser had several opportunities to play at the collegiate level. Fraser decided on the University of Maryland, a team that was ranked third in the nation last year. But being at one of the best
programs in the country had its drawbacks. Fraser knew with all of the talent on Maryland’s roster, there would be a good deal of competition within the team. After suffering injuries throughout last season, the chances of Fraser actually playing on the field were diminishing. “Being at Maryland, you’re surrounded by so much talent and the amount of time you deserve is difficult at times,” Fraser said. “The coaches say one thing [about playing time] and change it. It’s always changing. Looking towards the future, did I really want to see if I can get on the field or not next year? Or be eligible elsewhere?” Temple coach David MacWilliams understood where Fraser was coming from. “He came in as a highly recruited player,” MacWilliams said. “I don’t know if he had a lot of time there, but felt change was necessary.”
“He’s a competitor and wants to play,” MacWilliams added. “He might not have a lot of opportunity there [as opposed to] here, so he came to a team that was successful last year and we were looking for a goal scorer and I think he fits both of us really.” While he couldn’t see himself playing needed minutes in Maryland, Fraser had another option: transfer to another school where he’ll be eligible to play. That school ended up being Temple. “The goalie on the team, I played with him before college, and his dad said the Temple coach is looking for a striker and [that’s why I] always thought of Temple on the back of my head,” Fraser said. Last season was a disappointment for Fraser due to injuries, but now with a new team, he feels he can bring a lot more to the table.
“As a striker, scoring goals will be my goal,” Fraser said. “But besides that, I just want to help this team win and bring them to the next level. We did well last season having a winning record, and have to have a winning record again. We have a tough schedule, but I’m looking bigger—looking at the NCAA and get into the tournament.” “Yeah, I think that bunch of our guys will have a good year this year,” senior captain Ryan Bradbury said. “And [Fraser] will definitely be on the stat sheet a lot.” Although Fraser is coming to a new system and a new team, MacWilliams hopes that chemistry will not be an issue heading into their first game. “We’re looking at different formations to get the chemistry going and it is a learning process for the new players,” MacWilliams said. “That’s going to
take some time, and hopefully guys will pick this up quick. But we will get stronger and better as the year goes on.” Bradbury isn’t concerned about chemistry. He believes it will take only the preseason games to get used to one another and won’t be an issue going into the regular season. “We play a ton of practices and get familiar with everybody,” Bradbury said. “Maybe [in the] first couple preseason games, [we] will feel each other out. But, once we get into our first regular season game, I think we’ll be fine then.” Bradbury and the men’s soccer team will start their season this Friday in Jersey City, N.J. as they take on Saint Peter’s University at 4 p.m. Hoon Jin can be reached at email@example.com.
Head coach reminisces on playing days with Temple Brian Quinn enters his sixth season leading the golf team. CHASE SENIOR The Temple News To many GOLF sports aficionados, what matters most with head coaches is the job they do between the lines, and the compiled win-loss record over a given season. It happens a lot in athletics, no matter the level of competition. If a particular team doesn’t live up to expectations, the coach is usually shown the door regardless of what has been accomplished in previous years. This is true even in the college ranks, where the tutelage of student athletes, on and off the field, is vital. Former Temple star golfer and current coach Brian Quinn takes that task seriously. “That’s in my DNA, that’s just how I am,” Quinn said. “I love these kids. I treat them like they’re my own. You get so close to these kids, you’re driving in vans with them for long periods of time and they make a major impact on your life, so you want to make sure that when they leave, [they] are first and foremost the best human being possible and also a great student athlete.” His golfers attest to that sentiment. “There’s not much to say besides he’s an unbelievable man and an unbelievable coach,” sophomore Brandon
Matthews said. “He’s there for me with whatever I need. He’d take his shirt off his back for me. He’s done such a great job with not only me, but basically everybody that has come through our program and it’s absolutely unbelievable with the things that he’s done.” “We’re like his kids,” junior Matt Teesdale said. “He’ll do anything. He’ll bend over backwards and give his shirt off his back for us. You really can’t explain how much he’ll do for the kids on the team.”
really changed my game from the swing aspect and the course management.
Matt Teesdale / junior
A four-year letter winner at Temple from 1987 to 1990, Quinn went on to play professional golf for 16 years, winning a total of 17 professional tournaments. “My time at Temple was great,” Quinn said. “We had a great coach, John McDonald. We had a great program and quite honestly, I feel like a lot of what [McDonald] had done for us, I’ve tried to do for these kids. We always had the best of everything. He would always
try to give us the best opportunity to play in tournaments and try to have the best facilities to play and practice at.” Quinn returned to North Broad Street to become the golf coach in 2007. Quinn’s professional experience on the Asian, South African and South American PGA Tours has made Temple an attractive destination for golfers looking to take their talents beyond high school. “He knows what it’s like out there,” Matthews said. “He knows what it’s like to hang out there and to [play golf] for a living. You can’t replace his knowledge, and you can’t duplicate it. He has so much knowledge of the game, being there and going through that. It’s priceless.” “He really changed my game from the swing aspect and the course management,” Teesdale said. “Before I came to Temple, I wouldn’t play as smart. He got me playing a lot smarter, thinking about my shots more and really focusing on what shot needs to be hit at a certain time. He does a really good job with the team and obviously he has some players out there that are making noise in the golf world.” Coming out of high school, Quinn originally wasn’t planning to attend Temple, but his last-second decision wound up paying major dividends for his collegiate and professional career, as well as his life off the course.
“My brother had gone to Temple and played on the golf team,” Quinn said. “I was either supposed to go to University of Maryland or North Carolina, and at the last second the coach called me and said ‘Hey, can you come down and take a look at the school?’ and when I got down there, I just really liked the coach. He was a great guy, very personable, plus my brother played on the team, and I was like ‘what a great fit that would be.’ “I met my wife at Temple,” Quinn added. “It’s a great school. I’m very proud of being at Temple and coaching at Temple, and the strides the university has made over the last 20 to 25 years are just unbelievable.” Having spent many years around Temple, Quinn praised the transformation of the university. “I think Temple has done an amazing job as a university, making this as safe an environment as possible for the students,” Quinn said. “The Tech Center, all the athletics stuff that they have built here, all the dorms they have built. They’ve done an amazing job, and I think they should be very proud of what they’ve done.” Quinn’s résumé on the course as a player and coach is impressive, but it’s his work behind the scenes that puts the Temple golf team in a great position. Chase Senior can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Chase_Senior.
Brian Quinn was a four-year letterwinner when he played on the golf team from 1987 to 1990, later going onto win 17 professional tournaments. | FILE PHOTO TTN
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Shearer said. “I never really thought that I would be here. It was always a goal of mine, but it’s hard to imagine what it’s like until you’re here.” While it was always a goal for Shearer to play Division I field hockey, for Hunt, it didn’t look like a possibility a few years ago. “I always wanted [to play], but I guess I wasn’t confident enough in it,” she said. “So throughout the whole recruiting process, I didn’t approach it as aggressively as I should have, and I was kind of standoffish about it.” Hunt didn’t start talking to coach Amanda Janney until March of her senior year at Cumberland Valley High School, which, for most, is late in the recruiting process. Her East Coast Field Hockey club coach is the one who talked to Janney and set everything into motion. “My club coach had actually talked to [Janney] about me and it’s because of him, really, that I’m here,” Hunt said. “[Janney] talked to him and then she recruited me without really seeing much of me,” Hunt
said. “Just off game film. I’m still really thankful to her for the opportunity and all.” The realization that she was going to be playing Division I field hockey didn’t sink in until she was offered a spot on the team and made her decision. Now, Hunt finds herself as a starter heading into her last season, and she sees herself as a changed person. “I’m a very quiet reserved kind of person, but I think field hockey and [coach Janney] have kind of pushed me to leave my comfort zone and step up as a leader,” Hunt said. Then there is Doyle, who is entering her second season as a team captain. She too has seen herself change since leaving Merion Mercy Academy for Temple, in terms of her play and what she demands of herself. “I think I just really matured as a player, if nothing else,” Doyle said. “I think I’ve become more patient on the ball learning how to read plays better and see the field. I wasn’t as patient as a freshman.” “Also, with what is demanded of me, I feel that I just
demand more of myself than the coaches did,” Doyle added. “I think this goes with any player, in any sport from freshman year to senior year, you demand more of yourself. You expect more from yourself and I just try to challenge myself every day at practice to get better.” This season won’t be routine. The team made a conference change from the Atlantic 10 Conference to the Big East Conference, allowing the Owls to play new competition. For the seniors, it’s almost as if it’s one final challenge for them. “It’s definitely a challenge and we’re going to have some really tough teams, but I’m really excited about it,” Hunt said. “It’s a great way to go out, no matter what happens. It’s a great last challenge and I don’t want to go out easy.” The field hockey season kicks off this weekend with the 2013 Conference Cup Tournament at Geasey Field. Nick Tricome can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @itssnick215.
collegiate soccer experience. “I’m sure what’s on everybody else’s scouting report about us is that we’re a young team, a young team that hasn’t played together that long,” O’Toole, a defender, said. “To them, that’s like a walk in the park. For us, it just gives us an opportunity to prove that we shouldn’t be taken lightly,” Though the seniors believe most will see their team’s inexperience as a flaw for the current season, midfielder Ward sees the silver lining to the abundance of fresh faces. “It’ll help [having the new girls] because no one really knows who we are yet,” Ward said. “I think we’ve been improving. It’s building, and with these new girls, they’re just going to add to it. It can’t hurt.” Recent success with Temple’s 2012 freshmen class also gives the team optimism. Last year, Temple started some freshmen players and ended the year represented by sophomores, goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff and defender Erin Lafferty, on the Atlantic 10 Conference AllRookie team.
“The sophomores, they made a big impact last year, [and this year] I expect that [the current freshmen] will do the same,” O’Toole said. Even with last year’s underclassmen success stories, Temple has not recorded a winning record since 2000 and has struggled to gain popularity in recent years. For their final season donning an Owls jersey, the Temple seniors want to help shift the perception of the program by molding the future faces of the team. “I want to be part of the change that’s going on here,” Krostek said. “I want this year, my senior year, to be the changing year.” Krostek, the team’s most tenured athlete, believes that it is the seniors’ responsibility to prepare their young teammates for a physically challenging transition. “I think the biggest [difference] between high school and college [is that it’s] a more physical game,” Krostek said. “So, if we can get on [the freshmen] during practice, [that can make] the transition from high
school to college easier. I think if we treat every practice like it’s a game, just make it as realistic as we can, that’ll only help the girls’ transition into their first or second season.” The Owls’ experienced players also understand that mental toughness is equally important for young players to learn at the collegiate level. When facing big name opponents, O’Toole advises young players that placing every opponent on even ground will absolve the intimidation they may feel. “This team has nothing to lose and all to compete for,” O’Toole said. “We may be the underdog but we will never ever back down. Don’t take the name for what it is. Whatever has happened with past records, it doesn’t matter anymore.” The group of seniors agreed that in 2013, they desire victories, but more importantly, they want their final year to carry weigh. Brien Edwards can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @BErick112.
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Teams see changes in leadership Moving on without Mahoney
The search began for a new captain after the loss of Kacper Rams. DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News
With a new season about to start, the roster for both tennis teams looks very different compared to last season’s. For the first time in three years, women’s tennis will have four seniors on their team: Jordan Batey, Carly Bohman, Alicia Doms and Yana Mavrina. “It definitely gives us more maturity, and hopefully they will lead the younger players,” coach Steve Mauro said. “They have been in a lot of tough matches so they know what it takes. So hopefully their experience will help them and help their teammates.” On the other hand, the men’s team, which has no seniors, needs a new captain. Last year’s captain, Kacper Rams, graduated in May, but Mauro is not eager to choose a captain yet. However, Mauro said junior Kristian Marquart is being considered. “[Marquart] is one that I expect to be a captain,” Mauro said. “But we will wait and see how the fall season plays out.” The men’s fall season will begin on Sept. 7 with the Navy Blue Invite and conclude with the ITA Regional Championship on Oct. 22. During that time, the team will play five tournaments where Mauro will get the opportunity to see who would best fulfill the role of captain. “The main thing for us is finding a player who leads by example,” Mauro said. “He doesn’t necessarily have to be the most outgoing or the most vocal, but a player who leads.” Marquart is quite familiar with being a leader. “I used to be class representative and school representative at my high school in Germany, and I also was the team captain for the tennis club games in GerTENNIS
The Owls are preparing for a leadership change, as the men lose Kacper Rams and the women see a roster with more seniors than in seasons past. Coach Steve Mauro says he expects junior Kristian Marquart to be a captain this year. | FILE PHOTO TTN many for a few years,” Marquart said. “Being the captain of Temple men’s tennis team is going to be a challenge [but] I am going to look forward [to it].” Rams, who was the captain for a year, has set some examples for the next captain to follow. “[Rams] did a good job as captain,” Marquart said. “He really worked hard and tried to push every player to his limits on the court.” On the women’s side, Mauro won’t have to worry about leadership. He has been coaching the four seniors since their freshman year at Temple– a year with a similar amount of seniors. “There were five seniors when I came on the team, and it was a great experience for me,” Mavrina said. “I enjoyed a great atmosphere that they created [on] the team and learned a lot that year.” Now the seniors have the chance to be good examples to their teammates and encourage them to become better student athletes. “I will act as a role model for all my teammates,” Doms
said. “With this, I mean that I will do things right, on and off the court, so that all my teammates follow the same steps. That way, the whole team will work hard and will have a good performance. Also, I will try to help my teammates, especially all the freshmen. I understand that it is really hard to get used to everything and that it is a big change for those who come from different countries. Therefore, it is very important to have good communication between each other.” Mauro has watched the seniors grow and develop on the tennis court. Whether it was their improvement on their serves or volleys, or just working as a team during doubles matches, Mauro is pleased with their improvement since freshman year. “Their games are a little more complex, whereas when they were freshmen they had one style of play,” Mauro said. “Now, they have developed where they can adapt and play against different styles. Overall, they have become better players, especially in doubles where
they have a little bit more court awareness.” As the years have passed, the seniors continued to excel in the classroom as well. “Academically, all four have done well since their freshman year,” Mauro said. “They have matured and become more leaders as opposed to freshman year when they were following the system. Now they are leading as the upperclassmen.” As the semester approaches and the fall season looms, the seniors are excited to help their new teammates balance both school and tennis. “Being a student and taking part on the tennis team at the same time makes you stronger in different ways,” Doms said. “You learn how to organize your time so that you have time enough to study, practice and travel; to put effort on and off the court, to push yourself when you are tired during the day and still have things left to do.” Danielle Nelson can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @Dan_Nels.
Owls add eight newcomers to roster
Senior Elyse Burkert enters her final season with the volleyball team as it transitions to the American Athletic Conference. | FILE PHOTO TTN
Coach Bakeer Ganes says team will need to win road matches to succeed. RICH FOGEL The Temple News VOLLEYBALL The Owls are gearing up for their opening game against Buffalo on Aug. 30. This year’s roster has eight new faces and is a much younger team than seasons past. Coach Bakeer Ganes and his assistants are preparing for a new conference as well, as the team moves to the American Athletic
to see if he can push forward and create a team that’s competitive here. It’ll depend on the team leaders as well. For me, as a team captain and leader, I’m trying to keep a consistent apANDREW PARENT proach to this season. I think we can rise to the occasion if need The Temple News be and I’m looking forward to COUNTRY The men’s it.” CROSS Junior Jenna Dubrow will side of Temple cross country be assuming more of a leaderwill jump into the 2013 season ship role as a top runner on a without their perennial No. 1 relatively younger women’s runner of the last five years. squad this year as opposed to Former Temple standout seasons past. Anna Pavone is Travis Mahoney graduated from the lone senior on the team, and the program last fall, bowing out in November as the first figures as the team’s No. 2 runAll-American in Temple cross ner behind Dubrow entering the country history. Former distance season. “As far as being a leader, coach Adam Bray went as far as because it is a young team, I to call Mahoney “the best track guess [Pavone] and I, and the & field athlete in school hisother older girls will take care tory” in a November interview of the younger girls, and we’ll last season. try to help them,” Dubrow said. “Losing [Mahoney] cer“But since we have a new coach, tainly is a detriment to our program,” first-year distance coach I think we’ll all be working toJames Snyder said. “He left big gether to enter this new phase of shoes to fill and certainly was Temple running. I think it’s all one of the faces of our team going to be a group effort.” Heading into the season, both in track and cross country. Snyder said he intends on showA guy like Travis, you don’t recasing Pavone and Dubrow as place a guy like that in a year. the leadership core of the team. He’s a special kind of athlete “My intent for them is that we were glad to have come they’re going to be our leaders through our program.” of the team,” Snyder said. “I’ve “We have some young guys been in touch with both of them who can step in,” Snyder said. this summer, and they’re both “We don’t just need one perhaving great summers. They’re son, but a team of eight to 10 guys working together, trying coming in healthy and that’s my to bring the whole team along. big goal. Summer training is all That’s how you can make up about getting in the work, but from a loss like that, working to- also coming in excited to train gether with the guys you have.” harder throughout the fall and being ready to The men’s race. And I feel squad will be like with these without its top ladies, that’s two runners where we are from last searight now. I’m son in Mahoney excited about and junior Culwhere we are len Davis, who moving fortransferred to ward with this the University group. They’re of Pittsburgh in going to be a May, the same great group to school Bray is work with.” now coaching Snyder at. also didn’t Sophomore suppress his Steve Flynn, e x c i t e m e nt who gained when discusssome spotlight Jenna Dubrow / distance runner ing incomingas a freshman freshman Ralast year, also chel Flynn, transferred this who could work her way in as summer to George Mason Unia Top 5 mainstay on the team in versity, per his Twitter. her freshman year. Davis enjoyed a breakAn Archbishop Carroll through cross country season a graduate, Flynn earned All-Delyear ago as a sophomore, when co honors twice in high school, he consistently placed as the and also finished sixth in the Owls’ No. 2 runner and also 800-meter run (2 minutes, 12.93 took the top spot in the Owls’ seconds) in the New Balance opening meet at the Friend Invitational. Flynn was one of the Outdoor Nationals meet in June. “I’m really excited about younger faces on the team, but her,” Snyder said. “She’s put was figured to play a role in the in the best summer of training team’s Top 5 in 2013. she’s ever had, and she’s going Three-year cross country to be somebody we’re looking veteran Philip Fanz was another to build our program around departure as the would-be senior here in the future.” runner left the program after For now, though, the focus cross country last year. for many on the women’s squad “[Davis] was consistently remains fixed on getting back our second or third guy and into the rhythm of a season and that’s a pretty decent loss,” serunning with one another as a nior Will Kellar said. “That’ll whole team once again, Dubrow be hard to make up. We also lost said. [Flynn and Fanz]. I don’t know “We’re looking forward to who will be in the Top 5 at this running with each other again,” point or in what place, but I Dubrow said. “In a way, it does guess we’ll see at the start of the get hard to run by yourself all season.” the time because cross country Kellar, and junior Matt Kais such a team sport. You’re all cyon, who held his own as a Top running together in the same 5 fixture last fall, highlight the race all year. We’re all definitely Owls’ returnees heading into looking forward to seeing each September. other, being able to run and push Despite some heavy losses heading into this season, a new each other together again.” Both the men’s and womcoach could make all the differen’s teams begin their fall ence, Kellar said. season in Bethlehem, Pa. this “It really depends on [Snyweekend as they participate in der] coming in,” Kellar said. the Lehigh Invitational. “I learned last year that a good coach can do a lot to a team. 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Conference. “Preseason camp is going really well,” Ganes said. “It’s exciting because we have eight newcomers, and this camp makes it easier to become acclimated with the team. The players have been doing a really good job, working very hard. They all came back from the summer in great shape.” In previous years, the team has not had a preseason, but this month Ganes was able to get all the girls into school earlier to start practicing. “It’s exciting to be able to work on game scenarios and game drills,” Ganes said. “In the past we have not had a full squad before the season starts, but now
we have the ability to all work together, which is nice.” The 2013 version of the volleyball team will be led by seniors Gabriella Matautia and Elyse Burkert. Both athletes excelled last year as juniors. Matautia was selected to the first team All-Atlantic 10 and Burkert was selected to the Miami (OH) Invitational All-Tournament team. They led the team last year in digs and kills, while starting all 30 games. “I want to start out strong this season, help get our team off to a good start, and finish the season at my best,” Matautia said. “We have depth on our team and a lot of new players that bring additional strengths. I think together we have a great chance to compete against these big teams, and better our overall record compared to last year.” The team is coming into 2013 as the seventh most improved team in Division I from 2011 to 2012, as they won 11 more games last season. They finished 19-11, placing fifth in the conference and landing a trip to the conference tournament for the first time since 2009. The Owls have eight newcomers to the roster: Mary Claire Tuohy, Caroline Grattan, Kirsten Overton, Halle McCullough, Tyler Davis, Kayla Yingling, Sandra Sydlik and Emily Carlin. Five of the eight are incoming freshman. This season will feature a slew of new opponents, as the team moves to its new conference. “The American Athletic Conference will be much more competitive and give our team a chance to push ourselves and
see what we can achieve,” Burkert said. “I personally am excited for the new competition and chance to play at a higher level.” The new conference will also affect how much the team travels. “Our competition this year is a little more geographically spread out with our new conference, which means we will travel more,” Matautia said. “We have to win as many matches on the road as we can. This isn’t always an easy task because we play a tough match Friday night, travel on Saturday, and then play against another team on Sunday. We have to figure out early in the season what we need to do as a team to be ready for each competition so that we can be more successful when we are on the road.” This year, Burkert and Matautia face an adjustment to their new roles as the most experienced athletes on the team. “I think as a senior more people look up to you because you have done it all more than anyone else on the team, so in that sense I will be more of a leader,” Matautia said. “With my co-captain from the past two years gone I think I have taken on a little bit more leadership as well, but everyone on this team seems to be self-motivated and we all really push each other and hold each other accountable.” The volleyball team begins its season in New York this weekend, as it participates in the University at Buffalo Invite. Rich Fogel can be reached at email@example.com.
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leader, because it is a young team, I guess [Pavone] and I, and the other older girls will take care of the younger girls and we’ll try to help them.
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Notre Dame awaits Owls Matt Rhule enters his first game as coach against a national powerhouse. AVERY MAEHRER Sports Editor
Redshirt-junior quarterback Connor Reilly, who won the starting job over senior Clinton Granger and freshman P.J. Walker, will take his first collegiate snap in South Bend, Ind. against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. | PAUL KLEIN TTN
New conference, new schedule In first season in The American, Owls face tough opponents. EVAN CROSS Assistant Sports Editor Every matchup is crucial in a season with only 12 regular season games, but some are more intriguing than others. Here are five games to watch in the upcoming season in the American Athletic Conference. FOOTBALL
Saturday, Aug. 31 at 3:30 p.m. in South Bend, Ind. This is the first game of the season for two teams in completely different stages. Temple is rebuilding with a new head coach, Matt Rhule, and does not seem likely to sniff the top 25 this season. Notre Dame (No. 14/11) is coming off an appearance in the national championship game last season and is hoping to return to a BCS bowl. The Fighting Irish are led by senior quarterback Tommy Rees. Rees received significant playing time in 2011, throwing
Roster full of inexperience Seniors hope to inspire young team under new coach. BRIEN EDWARDS The Temple News WOMEN’S SOCCER Featuring a roster of 24 underclassmen, this year’s women’s soccer team is set to be a youthful one. “I’m excited to see what was brought in with our young chickens,” fifth-year senior Jackie Krostek said. Krostek and fellow seniors Karly O’Toole and Amanda Ward followed that statement with laughter, acknowledging that the senior class seems more like senior citizens going into the new season. “I think [Krostek] should sure feel old,” O’Toole said. “[Coach Seamus O’Connor] has already been pulling the grandma jokes,” Krostek said.
With a roster largely filled with underclassmen players, Temple’s trio of seniors will be responsible for grooming the new era of Temple women’s soccer. “This is the start of a new page, a new chapter in Temple soccer,” Krostek, a forward, said. “If they’re willing to follow, we can lead them as best as we can.” 2013 will mark a major transitioning period for Temple. This season, the team will be led by first-year head coach O’Connor and will play in the new American Athletic Conference, but it is the team’s underclassman-heavy roster that headlines the dramatic changes. Of the 28 athletes on the current Owls’ roster, there are 11 freshmen and 13 sophomores. Aside from junior defender Alyssa Kirk, the three seniors are the only members of the team with more than a season of
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for 2,871 yards, 20 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with a 65.5 completion percentage. His role was usurped by Everett Golson last season, but Golson has since been suspended for academic reasons, and Rees is starting again. “I look back to just watching TV and seeing [Rees] going and how many guys can go in there... in the last drive and replacing somebody and go in and win the game, and that’s what he’s done.” Rhule said. “He’s a competitor, he’s a gamer, he’s
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econd-to-last. That is the ranking the Owls were handed in Newport, R.I. last month at the American Athletic Conference Football Media Day. The only team picked by the media representatives to finish worse is a Memphis team that has just seven wins during the past three seasons. “It motivates me to work harder,” first-year coach Matt Rhule said. “I hope it does the same thing to our seniors. For some people, the correct answer is to say, ‘Those things don’t matter to me.’ They matter to me.” Proving the doubters wrong will be no easy task for Rhule, as he is inheriting a team that went 4-7 last year under former coach Steve Addazio. Rhule faces a new conference and new opponents throughout the season, a number of whom the Owls have never faced before. Now, less than a week before the season kicks off, the roster is starting to take shape. Rhule announced Aug. 22 that junior Connor Reilly will be starting this weekend against Notre Dame. After a strong spring in which he led his team to victory in Temple’s annual Cherry & White scrimmage, Reilly came into training camp as the
presumed favorite to land the starting quarterback position. But quickly, it became clear that Reilly was part of a bona fide competition, as senior Clinton “Juice” Granger and freshman P.J. Walker both impressed during camp. Reilly was a walk-on last year for the Temple baseball team, becoming the university’s only two-sport athlete on campus. Those days are over. “I’m not going to continue doing baseball anymore,” Reilly said during camp. “As soon as coach Rhule told me that I was looking to be the starter, I stopped playing baseball and I’ve been focusing 100 percent on football.” The focus has paid off. “Juice has played great, and he’s put himself in a position where he could start for us and would play really well if he did,” Rhule said. “We just made the decision that Connor—we felt, as a team, that Connor would do the best job for us, so we’re starting him.” Reilly said he was smiling when Rhule informed him of the news, and that the decision was based on last Wednesday’s scrimmage. For Granger, who was one of nine athletes on the team to earn a single-digit number awarded for “toughness,” the news came as a disappointment. “Ultimately, it’s not my decision, it’s up to the coaches,” Granger said. “You just need to stay humble and hungry and continue to just keep working.” Last year’s starting quarterback, senior Chris Coyer, has been transitioning this off-
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Team faces challenge in Big East Shearer, Doyle and Hunt prepare for tougher competition. NICK TRICOME The Temple News Senior year gives any student a lot to think about. It’s a time of reflection and optimism for the future, all while trying to enjoy what is left in the present. The case is no different for the seniors on the field hockey roster, as midfielders/defenders Mandi Shearer, Molly Doyle and forward Lauren Hunt prepare to enter their final season with the team. “It’s crazy,” Doyle said. “I was actually thinking about how I’m going to be a senior. I think I have changed so much as a person and a player. It’s been such a growing experience.” More than three years have passed since these three players were brought together, along with redshirt junior goalkeeper Lizzy Millen, and all of them say they have seen themselves change just as much as the team FIELD HOCKEY
over the past few years. “Every year is so different and I think, looking back at the three seasons we’ve been through already, the growth of our team is just incredible,” Shearer said. “Each year, I feel like we’ve been getting better and better recruits and that our morale gets lifted.” “I feel like our dedication and hard work just improves every year,” Shearer added. “I don’t know when that started, but it was definitely there for my freshman year, and now I’m excited for this season, because I feel like, out of my four years, this will be our best and our potential is just exponential.” Shearer is a team captain for the quickly approaching season, something that was tough for her to imagine when she was still attending Elizabethtown Area High School. “Looking back at high school, I always knew that I did want to play, but it’s crazy that I’m now sitting here a week before my senior year, and be- Senior midfielder/defender Molly Doyle is entering her final ing a captain is just incredible,” season with the team, while gearing up for a conference move to the Big East. | ANDREW THAYER TTN
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Issue for 27 August 2013. First issue of the Fall 2013 semester. First issue of Volume 92.