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Garden moves due to new construction

JOHN MORITZ News Editor Conflicting statements between President Theobald and the Philadelphia Eagles concerning negotiations regarding the football team’s lease of Lincoln Financial Field raised eyebrows last week amid the university’s continued interest to build an on-campus football stadium. Theobald’s statements were published in the Chronicle of Higher Education on April 10, in which he said the Eagles were looking to double the team’s rent to $3 million per year, on top of $12 million up-front to pay for renovations to the 68,500-seat stadium. “We’re not about to give them that kind of money,” Theobald told the Chronicle. “They clearly believe we do not have a viable option.” Theobald had openly spoke about his desire to build a football stadium on Main Campus that would be complete by the time the university’s contract with the Eagles ends in 2018. In addition, Theobald had spoken about the possibility of agreements being struck to compete at the University of Pennsylvania’s

Amid inflating costs of higher education, Temple and other universities increasingly rely on part-time professors.

Temple Community Garden’s main garden, located on the corner of Broad and Norris streets, is undergoing relocation and talks are underway between students, administrators and SEPTA to place it near the Temple Regional Rail Station. TCG, a student-run organization, has been preparing for the move since Fall 2013 and hopes to have its permanent location by the end of this planting season, although nothing is finalized yet. Jim Creedon, senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations, said moving the garden will be a way to improve the Regional Rail station. “This space will give them great visibility, more property and they won’t be stuck behind a fence anymore,” Creedon said. “SEPTA is OK with it, so now we just have to make it all happen.” Director of Sustainability Kathleen Grady said the move was necessary, as demolition of the buildings on Norris Street would interfere with the well-being of the garden and the safety of students. “[TCG] thought it could be an opportunity to learn about container gardening, while it’s not ideal,” Grady



pon earning his master’s degree in 2010, Ethan Levine immediately began looking for work and fell into post-secondary education. Two years later, he was teaching 13 classes a year at three different colleges in New York, traveling 500 miles a week. He received less than $30,000 a year in compensation. Since the 1970s, colleges and universities across the country have increasingly relied on adjuncts – part-time professors hired to short-term contracts, often without job benefits – as a cost-saving way to fill teaching positions. Students, professors and administrators agree that adjuncts play an important role in a college education. Working a job in their field while teaching at the same time provides valuable insight, advocates say. However, some tenured and parttime professors question whether adjuncts are utilized less for their knowledge, but more for the convenience of their cheap pay, turning colleges into something like corporations. In 2012, the Coalition on the Academic Workforce reported that 75 percent of college instructors in the country in 2009 were part-time professors, non-tenured track professors or graduate assistants. Just 25 percent of professors were adjuncts nationwide in 1975, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Here at Temple, 43 percent of educators in 2013 were part-time professors, according to the provost’s office. Compensation for Temple’s part-time professors ranges mostly between $2,500 and $4,000 for three-credit courses, according to the faculty union. Meanwhile, tenured professors


An award for a family deep into the fight For Kevin and Keisha Diggs, and their mother, a life focused on gaining HIV awareness. ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF Living Editor


The Eagles rejected statements President Theobald gave to Chronicle of Higher Ed.


EMILY ROLEN The Temple News

When 17-year-old twins Kevin and Keisha Diggs were recognized for their work at AIDS Fund with the Ferrara Family Volunteering Award this spring, they ran the coat check in between posing for photographers. Their mother, senior social work major and the outreach coordinator for AIDS Fund, Terrie Hawkins, said the twins didn’t expect people to “make a fuss” over their contribution. Due to Hawkins’ own involvement at the organization, Kevin and Keisha have been donating their time to the AIDS Fund since they were 3 years old. The organization is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that aims to promote awareness of HIV and AIDS. “I always thought it was just a natural thing of life,” Kevin Diggs said. “We never really talked about it or anything. Like we’ve talked about it, but it wasn’t anything beyond what she’d say to us at AIDS Fund. For us, it’s just being a normal family.”

Talks on Linc reveal discord

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The Temple Community Garden is looking to relocate near the SEPTA tracks for new season.



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A track & field history


The historic men’s track & field program will be eliminated after this season. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News As a ripe collegiate track prospect at Cardinal Dougherty High School weighing his potential Division I opportunities, Paul Hines never really had a choice. Growing up in the Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, Hines went to school and ran with Jack “The Saint” St. Clair’s children, and saw the coach frequently during services at Holy Angels Parish in the city. “He would take the collection in Sunday mass,” Hines recalled. “He’d whack me in the chest as he went by and say,





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Students for Monteiro distrupted a lecture by trustee H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, demanding to meet with the provost. PAGE 2

Brian Foley, a senior academic advisor, is a professional fast walker. He will participate in the Alumni Reunion 5K. PAGE 7

A spoken-word event has gained regional attention and now has its own program on 88.5 WXPN. PAGE 9


Unacceptable TSG voter turnout


Last Saturday, the track & field teams hosted their first home meet in more than 30 years. | ABI REIMOLD TTN


Monteiro protests continue

Franklin Field. Citing the president’s travel schedule, Assistant Vice President of University Communications Ray Betzner declined to make the president available for comment, but said the president stands by his statements. A scheduled interview with Athletic Director Kevin Clark was canceled. The Eagles, who also could not be reached for comment last week, told multiple media outlets, including the Chronicle, that they were blindsided by the president’s statements. “In our last meeting, Dr. Theobald asked us to give them time,” Eagles President Don Smolenski said in a statement given to the Inquirer. “We have not heard from them since. We do not consider statements in the press to be negotiations with us and we are mystified as to why Temple hasn’t communicated with us on this subject in over a year.” Theobald traveled to Washington earlier this month to speak with the Chronicle about his Fly-in-4 initiative when he was asked about negations with the Eagles, Betzner said. The statements have since


‘You’re coming to Temple.’” Hines wound up running for the man he’d known for the better part of a decade starting in 1972. Now a longtime track coach for the boys’ and girls’ teams at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, Hines occasionally looks back on what panned out as a productive career at Temple. His accolades include a career-best four-minute, 10-second time in the mile, and being part of Temple’s 1974 distance medley relay that at one time held the school record. Now coaching the sport in which he once made his niche, Hines has watched his former



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Temple police guard the entrance to Sullivan Hall on Wednesday, April 16. Protestors entered the hall, which contains the offices of the president, during a Board of Trustees meeting in March to stage a sit-in. Security guards were also stationed at the entrances to Anderson Hall last week to prevent the protesters from entering. | ERIC DAO TTN

Security tightens as protests continue Students for Monteiro disrupted a lecture by Trustee H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest last week. JOE BRANDT The Temple News Students for Monteiro, the student coalition supporting the reinstatement of African American studies professor Anthony Monteiro, drew heightened security around Main Campus and was promised a meeting with Provost HaiLung Dai during two demonstrations last week. The student-protesters, accompanied by Monteiro’s community supporters, marched around Main Campus and held a rally at Sullivan Hall on April 16, where they protested the week before. Students disrupted the Provost’s Lecture Series with trustee and media mogul H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest the next day. During the Q-and-A portion of Lenfest’s speech, coalition member

and junior political science major Felix Nnumolu asked Lenfest if he was aware of Monteiro’s situation. Lenfest replied that he was, but said Monteiro’s situation was part of a procedure and declined to comment further. Brett Wise, a junior political science major and another coalition member, said he approached Dai after the event, and he promised to meet with Wise “sometime before graduation.” “For [Dai] not to make time for students seems kind of irrational,” Wise said. In anticipation of the April 16 protest, Temple police officers were outside Anderson and Gladfelter halls and security guards were checking identification at the front doors instead of inside. The protesters did not march to these buildings. “We just want people to feel safe,” Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said. “We don’t know what [the protesters] are going to do. It’s just a precaution.” Prior to the march, about 15 students were in the Charles L. Blockson

Collection in Sullivan Hall before they were told to leave for “security reasons,” junior political science major and coalition member Paul-Winston Cange said. Temple police officers were also posted at the entrance to Sullivan Hall and crowd control barriers were again in place on Beasley Walk by the time the protesters arrived. Between 70 and 80 people gathered for the rally to hear speeches by students, community members, activists and Monteiro himself. “The university’s behavior over the past year regarding the African American studies department has been totally dishonest and totally dishonorable,” Glen Ford, the executive editor of the Black Agenda Report, said. “It’s a deplorable example of racist and cutthroat capitalist behavior.” “Allow my firing to stand,” Monteiro said in his roughly 20-minute speech. “I can tell you, President Theobald, in fact I can guarantee it, that you will be held in utter contempt by your neighbors in North Philadelphia.” Monteiro, a non-tenure track as-

sociate African American studies professor, was notified in February that his contract would not be renewed for the next academic year. Students for Monteiro claimed the decision was a “retaliatory firing” in response to his activism and called for the firing of College of Liberal Arts dean Teresa

Soufas, student representation on the Board of Trustees and better relations between Temple and the surrounding community.

Joe Brandt can be reached at or on Twitter @JBrandt_TU.

Mark Taylor Lewis, coordinator for Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal, speaks in support of professor Anthony Monteiro. | ERIC DAO TTN


Trustees transfer authority on projects up to $500,000 The Board of Trustees voted earlier this month to increase the president’s authority in approving spending projects. MARCUS MCCARTHY Assistant News Editor Capital expenditures under a new threshold will not require approval by Temple’s highest governing body, the Board of Trustees, as decided by the board on April 10. Intended to cover routine capital projects, this threshold has risen at a high rate as the university’s small projects have become increasingly expensive. Under the new Approval of Capital Expenditures policy, all capital projects, like construc-

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tion or renovation, that are under $500,000 will not have to be voted on by the board, and can be passed with the approval of the president. In 1969, the original establishment of the policy at Temple set the threshold for board approval at $25,000. Nearly three decades later, that number increased to $150,000. The threshold moved again in 1998, doubling to $300,000. During the combined trustees facilities and executive committees meeting earlier this month, the policy was amended and the threshold was moved to its highest level yet at $500,000. The policy’s threshold rose at a yearly rate 38 percentage points faster than annual inflation, which is 4.4 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. Jim Creedon, senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations, said the move will make the process of project approval simpler to increase efficiency.

“It’s flexibility in time,” Creedon said. “It just gives us – in that area [below] $500,000 dollars – the ability to get a project started three or four weeks ahead of when it normally would have, and that can be a big advantage to us.” The general body meetings of the board are not regularly scheduled but occur roughly several times during the academic year. The facilities and executive committees meet roughly six times a year. The projects that are typically under $500,000 are maintenance or small renovations, Creedon said. Examples of recent projects that don’t require approval now include a ceiling replacement, security camera installation and renovations to the swimming pool at Pearson Hall. Creedon said in the last two years there have been between 40 to 50 capital expenditure requests annually that needed board approval. The number of requests has been increasing in recent


years, Creedon said. Launched in 2009, the university’s 20/20 Plan commissioned six projects to construct new buildings or renovate existing ones. Temple’s new Visualize Temple plan is set to continue construction on Main Campus. Details have not been announced of what the plan entails besides the construction of a $190 million library on the site currently occupied by Barton Hall. In October, the board approved an $800,000 demolition of four vacant properties along the 1500 block of North Broad Street, which include the former Temple Garden property and Gateway appliance store. The Fiscal Year 2014 operating budget set aside $33 million for Facilities Management. Marcus McCarthy can be reached at marcus. or on Twitter @marcusmccarthy6.





Smeriglio looks to experience for answers Ray Smeriglio said coming out was an inspiration for calls of transparency. JOE GILBRIDE The Temple News Ray Smeriglio, student body president-elect, said it is important for his administration to have transparency, whether speaking to students on Main Campus or bringing them into decision-making at meetings. As an openly gay man, Smeriglio said he wants to lead by example in being transparent and set a precedent for large institutions to facilitate the gay rights conversation. “I want to show people that being yourself is enough to become student body president,” Smeriglio said. “The comingout process was a huge part of my life, too big a part not to openly express to people.” Since his second semester, Smeriglio said he has crafted his path to the presidency, starting with his involvement as an Owl Team Leader at summer orientation. “In the Owl Team I saw a diverse group of leaders who were outspoken and very excited about Temple,” he said. After getting involved with Temple Student Government,

Smeriglio said he learned from past student leaders Julian Hamer and David Lopez and gained the desire to run for office. He said he saved his presidential run for his senior year to have the most experience behind his campaign. Now heading for the office he sought after for so long, Smeriglio said he is not concerned with short-term planning. “We want to put forward initiatives that can affect the class of 2018, 2019 and 2020,” Smeriglio said. He said one initiative he plans to introduce right away to benefit future classes is improved freshman and transfer orientation and an academic leaders program to get students to speak directly with school and college deans. Smeriglio’s campaign ticket, TU Believe, and the opposing ticket, Renew TU, both had platforms that reflected closely on their immediate experience. As an Owl Team Leader and TSG spokesman, Smeriglio campaigned for improving orientation and communication resources. “We didn’t want to promise more than we could get done,” Smeriglio said. “We don’t want students disappointed in us because we put initiatives on our platform where we have no experience to change things effectively and swiftly.”

Ray Smeriglio was elected to serve as the next student body president earlier this month. A former Owl Team Leader, Smeriglio’s platform calls for changes to the orientation process and dining services. | AJA ESPINOSA TTN Looking ahead, Smeriglio said one area where immediate change is needed is in the customer service at Sodexo. “I have heard complaints from every kind of student,” he said. “It’s a big reason students move off campus.” Smeriglio said one student

recently told him she was so frustrated with the service at Tony Luke’s that she walked away in the middle of her order. Smeriglio said he would work to make sure students and Sodexo workers receive respect. He said improving customer service is important to keep

the university growing. “Prospective students come and eat here,” Smeriglio said. “They’re on the ground experiencing this problem, and it’s a big turn-off. Poor customer service is unacceptable. We’re losing on an investment.” That growth, Smeriglio

said, is something he wants to stay on the upswing. “We have a good size in terms of students,” he said. “But we need to expand our resources.” Joe Gilbride can be reached at


Local church joins fight for African-American graveyard Coalition is asking city to preserve South Philly site that contains thousands of bodies. SARAI FLORES The Temple News A coalition of more than 65 activists have caused the city to halt $500,000 in renovations on the 124-year-old Weccacoe playground in Queens Village after the discovery of an historic cemetery unearthed the remains of more than 5,000 African Americans. Joining in the fight is the Church of the Advocate, located on 18th Street several blocks from Main Campus, which has hosted weekly meetings of the Friends of Bethel Burying Ground, who support preserving the graveyard. The Friends of Bethel Burying Ground has asked the city to replace a nearly 200-year-old, six-inch water main located at the beginning of the burial ground that has the potential to wash out the graves located underneath if broken. The activists have also asked the city to dismantle a small building housing urinals that have been determined to be right above the graves, schedule an engineering study, replace the fencing around the perimeter of the burial ground and work with the coalition to commemorate the African Continued from page 1


said. “With demolition, we just really want to make sure it is safe for students.” Junior environmental studies major and president of TCG Katy Ament said the move will work in favor of their organization, mainly because of the visibility factor for the garden. “We’re behind those big red walls right now and apparently it is easiest to maintain,” Ament said. “We’ve asked them to take them down or put in peep holes, but the red walls were staying

Americans buried there. “The fact that the City of Philadelphia has had to be persuaded to secure this valuable and significant historic site, as it would any other in Philadelphia County, is telling,” said Joseph Certaine, the leader of Friends of Bethel Burying Ground. “At the Bethel Burying Ground, the remains of the interred lay just inches below the surface. We don’t want any further desecration of these graves.” The Rev. Renee McKenzie-Hayward, vicar to the Church of the Advocate, said the city should take the burial ground more seriously. “From our perspective we say our ancestors are buried in this and so this is sacred ground and we just want it to be treated in that kind of way.” The Bethel Burial ground became one of the first privately owned African-American cemeteries when it was purchased by the trustees of the Mother Bethel Church in 1810 for $1,600 as a third of an acre of land outside the city limits to be used as a cemetery. At the time, blacks were not allowed to be buried in cemeteries with whites. The property was active until 1864 when Bishop Benjamin Tucker Tanner reported the cemetery was “not credible to us as a church.” The trustees of Mother Bethel later sold the cemetery to the city for $10,000 in 1889, when it was turned into Philadelphia’s first ‘pocket park’ for children. “If there were revolutionary sol-

there. Of course, knowing that nothing would be totally permanent, we wanted to figure out a more stable space.” The idea to work with SEPTA came from a lot on 46th and Market streets. The lot sits next to the 46th Street Station stop on the Market-Frankford Line in West Philadelphia, where Walnut Hill Community Farm has a 30-year lease of the space for farming and gardening. “We were hoping to get something like that,” Ament said. “It looks like we are going to be able to move there, but the timeline is unknown.” The club recently held a Spring Feast on April 11 on Main

diers buried here that they didn’t know about, if there were white Union Civil War heroes buried here, would you walk over them?” said Terry Buckalew, an independent historian who specializes in 19th century Philadelphia African-American history. “Would you allow people to walk over the graves?” Buckalew discovered the cemetery eight years ago while working on a documentary about civil rights activist Octavius Catto. After searching through cemetery return records, Buckalew was able to find information on 2,500 individuals buried there. In 2013 the site was recognized as a historical marker and archeologists were able to conduct three investigations last summer confirming the remains through coffins, grave shafts and bodies. More than two-thirds of the remains were identified as children who died of typhoid fever and tuberculosis. The remaining bodies were identified as many African-American leaders and pioneers that created one of the first free black communities in the United States, including Emilia Brown, Ignatius Beck and the Laws family. Of the individuals identified only six living descendants have been traced. “I’m for respecting anyone who has died and been buried in this area but I also think that one of the ways to celebrate what’s happened here is to let the children enjoy the space,”

Campus. A total of $100 was donated to help the Church of the Advocate’s Supper Club and the remaining $650 is being used to cover the cost of rebuilding garden beds, restocking garden supplies and renovating the infrastructure in their new space. Creedon said the lot on the corner of Broad and Norris streets will be made into an open area for students, where grass will be planted, in addition to new lights and benches for the space. The project will cost $280,000 and will be completed by the fall, Creedon said. Emily Rolen can be reached at

Workers excavate a tombstone inside the Bethel Burial Ground in Queens Village, South Philadelphia. | COURTESY TERRY BUCKALEW said Linda Scheffield, a resident on the 400 block of Catharine Street for 12 years, “I mean, this has been 100 years. There’s no one left down there to be bothered by the water drainage.” Councilman Mark Squilla, whose 1st District includes the Weccacoe playground, said a study will be completed shortly on whether or not to abandon the six inch pipe or determine if the Philadelphia Water Department can replace it. The burial ground takes up one third of the site and stretches from the entrance of Queen Street to the alleyways in Laurence Street. “This debate about desecration,

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drawn criticism from those who say the president is posturing to draw support for Temple building a stadium in North Philadelphia. “We are not interested in negotiating things within the media,” Betzner said. Theobald said in November that the Eagles were looking to increase the team’s rent, but did not cite specific numbers.In response to the Eagles’ statements, Betzner said the university speaks with the Eagles on a “regu-

that’s out of our hands, we’re only saying our playground work doesn’t overlap the cemetery,” Duncan Spencer, the chairman of the Friends of Weccacoe Playground said. “Whether there’s traction to the argument that children shouldn’t be playing above it I don’t know.” A community conversation about the future of the burial site will be hosted by Mayor Nutter’s administration on May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the African American Museum of Philadelphia on Seventh and Arch streets.

lar basis,” but he could not say when university administrators last sat down with representatives from Eagles to discuss rent negotiations, or whether Theobald would even have been present at those discussions. Betzner called the university’s relationship with the Eagles “very strong.” He said a decision on where the Owls will play past 2018 will be made through a combination of factors including finances and fan experience. The university is preparing to unveil its Visualize Temple campaign – a project

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that is expected to include millions of dollars in campus projects – later this year, although it appears that a football stadium will not be a part of the initial announcement. Betzner did not give a timeframe for when Temple plans on concluding negations with the Eagles concerning the team’s future at the Linc. He added that the university has not yet reached out to other venues regarding leasing options. John Moritz can be reached at or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.




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Temple’s tenure problem The 28 departments within gist may operate a successful Temple’s College of Liberal practice by day or a bilingual Arts consist mainly of social professor may work as an insciences like More than half of the terpreter for the psychology, hisUnited States tory and anthro- professors in the College of Embassy, but pology. For the Liberal Arts are adjuncts. there are often most part, reno outside “casearch in these fields advances reers” to speak of for historians on the backs of seasoned, ten- or sociologists other than those ured academics who can devote in academia. their lives to rigorous study At the moment, it is unclear and authorship. Anthropology as to why the college operates professors need funding to ex- with so many adjuncts, but it cavate. History professors need outwardly seems to be a simple money to write. matter of cost. Temple pays As such, it is worrisome its adjuncts roughly $2,500 that more than half of the col- to $4,000 per course, while lege’s professors are part-time its tenured professors earned adjuncts. around $120,000 in 2013. Of course, there are some While the number of adbenefits to learning from ad- junct professors nation-wide juncts, who often choose to has risen in the last decade, teach part-time to help bankroll Temple’s administration should their full-time careers. Many still take care to provide a more fast-moving professions – like stable environment for its sojournalism, graphic design or cial science professors, as well computer science – are best as afford a larger percentage of learned from men and women instructors the ability to conwho still have one or both feet duct serious research. in their respective industries. It stands to reason that stuHowever, there are of- dents will benefit from a more ten no “industries” to speak of stable learning environment as when one delves into the so- well. cial sciences. Yes, a psycholo-

Building without support President Theobald has dential community. The university should flouted his goal to build an oncampus football stadium when have realized the importance of speaking in front of potential strengthening community relations after the donors, but his administration Before building a stadium, controversy has remained President Theobald should surrounding the dismissal largely silent better acquaint himself of African on details when with the local community. A m e r i c a n the idea has been discussed publicly else- studies professor Anthony Monteiro, who has enjoyed vocal where. In an article published in support from community leadthe Chronicle of Higher Educa- ers. While the nonrenewal of tion on April 10, Theobald said Monteiro’s contract was not the Philadelphia Eagles are at- a decision directly made by tempting to hijack negotiations Theobald, the president has to use Lincoln Financial Field nonetheless suffered from its by nearly doubling Temple’s backlash. In March, when respondrent and charging $12 million up-front to pay for stadium up- ing to a protestor who asked grades. The Eagles called his why the president had never apparent bluff, claiming they visited the Charles L. Blockhave not met with Temple’s son Afro-American Collection administration in more than a located directly beneath his offices at Sullivan Hall, Theoyear. Now Theobald’s adminis- bald said it was because he had tration is sealing its lips. Inter- “never been invited.” The uproar following his view requests that we extended to Theobald and Athletic Direc- response forced his quick and tor Kevin Clark last week were awkward exit from the room. Theobald still has a lot of denied. The university needs to learning to do when it comes to stop acting coy about building understanding and dealing with an on-campus stadium, which the North Philadelphia commuwould likely be built west of nity. If he continues down the Broad Street. It should engage path he is headed with the footin discussions with the commu- ball stadium, he is only setting nity if it has serious intentions himself up for future failure of building such a burdensome and embarrassment. project in the middle of a resi-

CORRECTIONS In an article titled, “Gymnastics will move on as a club after cuts” that appeared in print on April 15, Campus Recreation Director Steve Young was mistakenly referred to as “Steve Jones.” The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Joey Cranney at or 215.204.6737.



Feb. 18, 1969: In Student Government elections, only 2,494 students vote in a class of more than 36,000. Last week, only 6 percent of the current student body voted in the TSG elections held from April 8-9.


Trapped in my sister’s shadow Growing up with a wildly successful older sibling can make branching out hard.


By Taylor Freisher

t started with a tap on my skin, then a second one for emphasis. I was young, probably 3 years old, with the neatest bowl-cut this side of Lancaster could see. There was another tap on my forearm with a voice behind it saying, “Piz—“ I was in speech therapy. “—za!” My mom was teaching me how to say “pizza,” which is probably why it’s my favorite word. I struggled with my syllables, only saying the first halves of words like “piz” instead of “pizza.” They told my mom to count the syllables by tapping on my forearm with her index and middle fingers. I’d make an Anne Sullivan joke, but it would be in poor taste. While childhood amnesia doesn’t give me an entire recollection of these memories, I could tell you with certainty why I was there. She had mousy brown hair tied in a pink scrunchie with a five-year age gap, putting her at the brink of her “ugly stage.” She was my sister. I was her shiny new toy, her almostas-cute-as-Holly-from-“Breaking Bad” baby sister. I was never one for speaking, so she assumed the role of Professional Speaker at 8 years old, paying at a rate of two Dunk-a-Roos per hour. Relatives would ask me pointless questions that I already knew I had no time to answer due to my busy schedule as a 3 year old. Instead, my professional speaker took the liberty of answering these bothersome annoyances. “What are you doing, Taylor?” “She’s gonna watch this movie with me and then we’re gonna go play Barbie ‘cause she likes to do stuff like that,” my

sister answered. We were having the time of our lives, the two of us, one being chattier than a mom reminiscing about high school and the other taken to looking at mime school applications – I was an overachiever, even at 3 years old. But there was one tiny Achilles heel in our brilliant plan: I didn’t learn to speak. I obviously overcame my short-lived disability, but it certainly cast a mold for our futures. My sister could do it all, and I could only do some. As we both grew older, it became clear she was the star of the show. The Beyoncé, if you will. I wasn’t even Kelly Rowland in this analogy – no, I was the Michelle Williams of the family. She was picked by Teen Vogue to attend a Fashion University, allowing her to rub shoulders with Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger and Tim Gunn. She got scholarships upon scholarships thrown at her, one even allowing her to meet Tom Hanks. She was in Temple’s honors program. She interned at Vogue. She studied abroad. Twice. She’s gone skydiving in the Swiss Alps. She temporarily lived abroad for a few months, working on organic farms in Spain and France. She has a food blog. She works as a copywriter for Anthropologie. She’s better than you. It’s a copy-and-paste success story: a high school nerd-turned-powerhouse, dominating her 20s. While she claims it all just happened out of sheer luck, even a blind man could see that she had a personal drive unmatched by her peers. Success wasn’t just a seven-letter word, it was an ingredient she put in her power smoothies, along with beets, strawberries and bee pollen. I was at a disadvantage. She set impossible standards for me. I was nowhere near as good or as qualified to achieve the things she had achieved. I got an “A” on my calculus test the same day she was awarded a prestigious scholarship that paid for her summer abroad in Italy. I was overshadowed, and found everything else

to blame. I played victim, waiting for the flood of pity to pour in as I self-handicapped my situation. Perhaps it was the age difference? I used to logically think that a 16 year old couldn’t accomplish the things a 21 year old could. Now, at 21, I still haven’t done the half the things that she has. But I tried. One day, while killing time in the Annenberg Hall atrium, a friend from a previous class began talking to me. He persistently asked me questions about what he should be doing to further his career in advertising. At one point, he apologized for bombarding me with all of his inquiries. “You just seem like you really have your s--- together,” he said. Me? Really? The girl who accidentally ate part of her napkin when taking a bite of a soft pretzel? Who was ecstatic that her dog ate her cat’s vomit because it meant that she didn’t have to clean it up? Who accidentally called it a “crappuccino” to a customer on her third day as a barista at Starbucks? The fact that I was able to write a dozen of these anecdotes meant that he must be mistaken. But hold on, wasn’t I the one who applied to a handful of scholarships, internships and jobs? Was accepted into the honors program, but decided it wasn’t for me? Made my own website? Actively reached out to professors to talk about career opportunities? I forced myself into ambition, all for the sake of keeping up with my sister. I was pushed around and I pushed back. I planned for everything. I planned for failures and for successes. My backup plans had backup plans. I realized I was never at a disadvantage. I had the upper hand. I had a sister whose perfection drove me to try, even if I failed. He was right. I did have myself together. Taylor Freisher can be reached at






Large vote, low turnout TSG candidates should do more to promote themselves.


In Japan, a puzzling curfew Temple Japan’s dorms have a curfew for women only. By Leah Rosenbloom TOKYO – While trying to schedule housing for a summer program at Temple Japan, I came across a discrepancy in dorm availability. TUJ offers two dorms: the Hiyoshi Men’s Dorm and the Kitazono Women’s Dorm. At first glance, there is nothing amiss: It’s normal to separate study abroad students by sex, and TUJ offers housing to both. However, there is a glaring issue: the Kitazono Women’s Dorm has a curfew of 11 p.m. seven nights a week, whereas the Kiyoshi Men’s Dorm has no curfew. The reasoning? “The safety of female students is of highest priority,” Temple Japan’s documentation reads. “While the emphasis on safety specifically for female students does reflect a cultural difference that might take a bit of time and effort to get used to, this rule ensures that Kitazono residents are guaranteed housing where they may live safely and focus on their studies.” On the surface, this is not equal opportunity housing for both sexes. Many parts of a society’s culture take place after 11 p.m. – and not all activities after that time involve typical nightlife, like drinking or clubbing. Many festivals, celebrations, concerts and events take place at night and would not allow female students time to return to the dorms by 11 p.m. Moreover, TUJ needs to provide both sexes with the freedom to experience Japanese culture in their own way.

The women participating in the program are all adults and should be allowed to decide for themselves how they wish to do this. It would be one thing if the curfew applied to both dorms – as it stands, locking up only the women gives them an inherently second-class experience. The second glaring oversight is that the curfew doesn’t actually protect women. In a foreign country, the chances of getting lost on the subway or even on the street are higher than usual, so I was prompted to ask what happens if you return after curfew: You are locked out. Someone comes and locks the building for the night and the guard on overnight duty doesn’t have a key. Now the female student is potentially alone, without safe lodging for the night and is forced to go out and find another place to stay. If – as is customary with traveling abroad – the female student isn’t carrying an exorbitant amount of cash on her at the time, she might not have enough to find safe lodging for the night. This leaves the student alone in a strange place after 11 p.m., which, as we all know, is one of the least safe positions to be in. TUJ is helping to perpetuate the rape culture that dictates we should lock up women rather than teach men not to commit crimes. TUJ is condoning the attitude that any woman indecent enough to be out after 11 p.m. is asking to be victimized. Not only is the curfew unjust and discriminatory, it is not in the spirit of women’s safety. I understand there is a cultural difference here, but when I attend Temple – no matter the campus – I expect fair and equal treatment.

Perhaps the greatest hypocrisy is that Main Campus has a high crime rate. During the three years I’ve been a Temple student, I’ve been informed of bomb threats, homicide threats, a professor being assaulted in an academic building, off-campus shootings, drug busts, suicides, accidental deaths, you name it – I can name specific instances of all of them. How is it that Temple students – including females – are trusted and expected to deal with all of this, and yet not allowed to be out after 11 p.m. in Tokyo? At best it’s unnecessary, and at worst, it’s bigoted. Walking off campus for me means being extremely cautious, vigilant and responsible – three qualities that I pride myself in being. After living safely for three years, independently and with no curfew – as most female students have – I think I deserve that freedom wherever I choose to attend Temple. I understand TUJ does not own or operate the Kitazono Women’s Dorm. It does, however, have a choice as to where it puts funding for a women’s dorm, and I don’t think Kitazono adequately represents the equitable experience Temple strives to provide for all students. While I had initially hoped to find my niche among other study abroad students in the dorm, I have since decided to take my business elsewhere. I can only hope, in the future, that Temple will eliminate such an obsolete and offensive practice as having a women-only curfew. Leah Rosenbloom can be reached at

ith a flurry of cheers, cries and red streaks covering the walls, you would have thought that Philadelphia was setting out to march on Broad Street for a reenactment of the 2008 Phillies World Series parade – but, unfortunately, it wasn’t. Rather, Romsin McQuade this was the university’s annual student government election, where Temple students had the opportunity to elect a new student body president and co-vice presidents. But, as another year passed, voter turnout dropped again to a count of 1,716 – and yes, that’s out of the roughly 27,500 undergraduates who were eligible to vote. At a rate of nearly 6 percent, it’s important to ask: At such a large university, why is the voter turnout so low? In general, undergraduate student government elections aren’t known to attract droves of students. According to a 2005 University of Iowa study in which dozens of U.S. universities were sampled, the average voter turnout was 18.8 percent. As an umbrella organization that represents other student organizations and the student body, Temple Student Government consists of 26 individuals working in various wings of the administration. The elections catapulted the TU Believe ticket into the spotlight. Vice President of External Affairs-elect Julia Crusor said the party would focus on campus development, dining experiences and a Big Brother, Big Sister-esque program for students. Since these initiatives apply to the average Temple student, one would think there would be a much more active voting population among Main Campus students – but the fact remains that there is not. Take, for instance, continuing studies student Logan Monighan, who, like myself, was stunned upon receiving an email on the day of the election. It was the first time she had even heard about the elections. To her, something seemed different about the elections – primarily, the lack of publicity. “I feel that at the Student Center they usually have bul-

letins of things that are coming up, but I’m not in there very frequently so I can’t speak,” Monighan said. “I’ve seen billboards for other organizations but nothing campus-wide [about the elections].” Just months ago, the Student Center was filled with an inordinate number of billboards with the word “Homecoming” on them. Homecoming, a relatively unimportant event where students elect a Homecoming king and queen – fairly ceremonial titles – garnered more attention than the elections, which have a direct impact on 27,500 undergraduates. Posters were displayed at the Student Center and students stood by the Bell Tower and Liacouras Walk canvassing for hours – all over a minor event. Students like Monighan are not anomalies. In fact, for an event that impacts such a large number of people, students are stuck searching for information that should be more openly avilable. Still, it’s not as one-sided as it may seem. Election Commissioner of Promotions DeVaun Brown admitted that, because of the lack of time in preparation, the turnout “was really disappointing.” Brown also explained another quandary stifling the elections: “You have students that may want to get involved who just don’t know, and then you have students who do know but don’t want to get involved.” Reaching only a small amount of the student population inadvertently means that, as Brown said, only campusengaged students vote. Considering that the TSG president also receives a non-voting seat on the Board of Trustees, it’s evident that the organization has a decent amount of representation at Temple and it’s necessary that students invest in clicking a few links and listening to a debate or two. After all, it’s their university, too. “Usually the people who do run are involved and the people who support them know them personally,” Brown said. Again, students do have a voice, but the difficulty lies in finding out where to vote and making the process more accessible and fluid. Even though TSG should make information more widely known, students should also take the opportunity to reach out and engage themselves in a process that affects them. While TSG has a voice on Main Campus, as do students, it’s clear that when it comes to the elections, both sides are muffled. Romsin McQuade can be reached at romsin.mcquade@


Would collective bargaining have saved Temple’s cut teams? A look at unionization in college athletics.


orthwestern University’s football team has broken new ground in the contentious world of collegiate athletics. Its effort to form the firstever college athletes’ union, which would allow student-athletes to collectively bargain with universities, is being fronted by former Northwestern quarterback Kain Luke Harrington Colter and Ramogi Huma, president of the nonprofit Na-

tional College Players Association. Together, they have formed the College Athletes Players Association, which aims to bargain with schools and the NCAA to better protect players’ health and well-being for both the short- and long-term. Representatives from the union argue that college athletes, especially in money-generating sports like football and basketball, should be regarded as employees of their universities, and be granted better health insurance coverage for potential injuries suffered at practice and during games, extending even after graduation. The National Labor Relations Board in Chicago ruled in favor of the players, regarding them as employees

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of the colleges and allowing their case to move forward. The union said it does not plan to bargain for universities to play players. Instead, the players are seeking better healthcare benefits as part of scholarship packages. As the rules stand, it is possible for an athlete who has suffered an injury that renders him or her unable to compete to lose their scholarship and be forced to pay for their own healthcare treatment for the injury. Collective bargaining came about at the turn of the century as a means by which laborers and workers could better the conditions of their employment. Industrial facilities have the responsibility to keep their employees safe despite more dangerous working con-

ditions, all separate from workers’ salaries. What difference is there between workers at a nuclear power plant or an offshore oil rig and full-contact college athletes? In this context, couldn’t this also apply to Temple’s own discontinued athletic programs? From my perspective, it does not look like a collective bargaining agreement could have saved Temple’s cut sports. Temple does business with a multitude of union organizations, from teachers, to nurses, janitorial staff and security. Hypothetically, it could bargain collectively with student-athletes in the same way if such a union existed. As any other company would, Temple would consider every solution possible before termination of employment.


But no employment is ironclad, and many job cuts come at no fault of either employee or employer. Regardless of whether the hospital nurses, professors or food service workers are under collective bargaining units, sometimes jobs must be eliminated. One way in which union contracts would improve the current situation is that after a round of layoffs, those that have lost their jobs often have the first opportunity to reclaim their slashed positions. Hypothetically, a union could ensure that if the university had the funds to expand, it might be required to funnel that capital back into discontinued sports programs. Luke Harrington can be reached at




IN THE NATION LAW ALLOWING REFINANCE OF STUDENT LOANS TO BE PROPOSED Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, announced intentions to introduce legislation that, if passed, would allow the interest rates on current federally sponsored student loans to be refinanced. Interest rates before July 1 of last year for federal student loans were 7 percent as opposed to the current 3.86 percent. Warren said this could save a borrower of the eligible loans up to $1,000. The Department of Education oversees thousands of student loans and made $41.3 million in profits in 2013 off of these loans. Warren said she will introduce the legislation “in the coming weeks” and doesn’t expect much controversy or opposition as it “is a common sense proposal.” -Marcus McCarthy

LEGISLATORS CALL FOR COLLEGE RANKINGS TO INCLUDE SAFETY In an open letter, 12 U.S. lawmakers urged the editors of the influential U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings to include campus safety in their decision-making process. The letter was written by Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, and was signed by nine other Democrats and two Republicans. “Institutions that fail to adequately respond to sexual violence should not receive accolades from your publication,” the letter reads. “Parents and students deserve to know whether these institutions are fulfilling their obligations.” The annual report ranks colleges nationwide on seven criteria with varying weights to each. A spokesman for U.S. News told the Huffington Post they welcome discussion on the proposal. -Marcus McCarthy

LOCAL NEWS NINE PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGES ACCUSED OF TITLE IX VIOLATIONS Nine Pennsylvania public universities are facing formal complaints of Title IX compliance issues that the nonprofit women’s advocacy group, the Women’s Law Project, filed with the U.S. Department of Education. The institutions in question include Bloomsburg, Cheyney, Clarion, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville and Shippensburg. There have been no formal investigations announced by the Department of Education regarding the complaints. Title IX, a 1972 federal law intended to provide equal opportunity in collegiate sports between men and women, mandates that college athletic programs must have the gender ratio of the student body mirrored in the gender ratio of athletic scholarship money. Women’s Law Project alleged the nine universities have long failed to meet this mandate. In February, Temple came under investigation for similar accusations of Title IX compliance issues. No official ruling by the Department of Education has been announced. Investigations typically take up to six months. -Marcus McCarthy

PENN BASKETBALL PLAYER CHARGED IN QUAD BURGLARIES A former basketball player at the University of Pennsylvania has been charged in connection to eight burglaries that occurred at the Ivy League institution’s West Philly campus in March. Anthony Bagtas, who was a freshman guard for the Quakers, was first arrested on March 24 in connection with one of the burglaries, the Daily Pennsylvanian reported. He was arrested again on April 10 in connection with the other burglaries, which occurred around the university quad. Bagtas was removed from student housing following his first arrest and subsequently met with administrators who agreed to revoke his status as a student, according to the Pennsylvanian. Bagtas was charged with burglary, theft, trespassing and receiving stolen property. He is awaiting a status hearing in May. No other students have been charged, but Penn police are continuing to investigate the incidents, according to the Pennsylvanian. -John Moritz

Adjunct professor Jennie Shanker teaches her sculpture class last Thursday morning in the Tyler School of Art. Shanker is a part of the movement to unionize a local organization of area adjunct professors. | ANDREW THAYER TTN

In classroom, a rise in adjuncts ADJUNCTS PAGE 1 at Temple, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, earned an average of around $120,000 in 2013. Though there’s no concrete solution, some adjuncts and professors said unionization might be beneficial. Adjuncts at Temple have attempted to unionize several times in the past, but last called off a bid in 2012 because the university refused to “provide information needed to contact potential members of the new collective-bargaining unit,” according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Some adjuncts have instead joined forces with the American Federation of Teachers to organize on a citywide level. The union would provide job security, potential higher pay and work benefits, so adjuncts like Levine wouldn’t have to take on 13 courses, with fear of some being dropped and given to full-time faculty. “It took me a while to realize how out of control that was in terms of the volume of work I had taken on,” Levine said. “It was a really good awakening to have in terms of college politics.”


Universities break down their educators into full-time and part-time positions. Those who teach full time are categorized into tenured, tenured track and non-tenured track professors. Parttime professor positions mostly include adjuncts and graduate students who also teach courses, nicknamed “gradjuncts.” Not all adjunct situations are as extreme as Levine’s. Both administration and faculty agree that adjuncts could be professionals who work by day as journalists, painters, or dancers and teach classes on the side. Administration and faculty also said there are some who simply have a “love for teaching” – referring specifically to retired professors who come back to universities or colleges to instruct. “Some part-time adjuncts or faculty teach for free in some of the professional schools,” Chief Financial Officer Ken Kaiser said. Faculty and administrators agree that these types of adjuncts have valuable, qualified knowledge to bring to the classroom by working in their field of expertise while instructing. However, some students and faculty said schools like the College of Liberal Arts benefit more from tenured professors who are required to conduct research and publish scholarly work. Within CLA, 55 percent of professors teach part-time, according to the school’s finance office. Phillip Yannella, an English professor and former president of the faculty union, said he believes the careers in CLA are in “distress” and graduates of the school are often left with no choice but to adjunct at various institutions. “If you’re paying people relatively little money to teach courses, you seem to be sending the message that teaching, well, isn’t very important to the university,” said David Harrington Watt, a tenured history professor.


Brandyn Ortiz, a sophomore kinesiology major, registered for a general education statistics class in the fall of his freshman year taught by an adjunct through an in-class computer program. Ortiz said he didn’t understand the material and approached his professor several times since his grades weren’t posted on Blackboard, and received no help. “I ended up not going to the class because when I would go there, I wasn’t learning much,” Ortiz said. Ortiz failed the class and retook it the next

semester with a full-time professor. “Completely different criteria, completely different material, taught in a completely different way and this wasn’t in a computer class, it was in an actual classroom,” Ortiz said. He received a “B” in the class. Anthony Bobo, a transfer sophomore and social work major, experienced a similar situation with an adjunct professor, where he ended up withdrawing from the class because of the profes-









THE TYPICAL SALARY FOR TENURED sor’s lack of professionalism, among other factors, he said. “There were numerous occasions where she mentioned that she doesn’t get paid enough and how she was overworked,” Bobo said. “I’ve heard of other adjuncts openly complain that they’re not getting paid enough.” Bobo said when he arranged to meet with the adjunct to discuss his grades, they met in a classroom because she did not have a formal office to herself. Levine said adjuncts often don’t have offices to work in or meet with students, and if they do, it’s usually shared with other professors. “I probably didn’t have too many students approach me because I didn’t have office hours,” Levine said. “Even if I did have my own space, I couldn’t have committed to hanging around [campus].” Levine said full-time professors get to set their class schedules ahead of adjuncts, which sometimes forces part-time professors into classes they aren’t fully qualified to teach. In an interview, Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Peter Jones said administrators are aware of the problems and have steps in place to assure a quality education, including student feedback forms, peer reviews and midsemester reports. “Are there some things that could be improved? Yes,” Jones said. “As an advocate for students, I’d like to think every student in a class has a private space where they can go and meet with an instructor. So the fact that some adjuncts have to meet with students in a hallway or in a public space is not something that I think is good and I wish that we could get enough space so that adjunct faculty could be assigned somewhere where they could do that.” However, some students, like Antony DiBruno, a junior psychology major, prefer adjuncts to full-time faculty.

He said there have been times when he felt like a contracted professor got comfortable within his or her position, which compromised DiBruno’s learning. “I know I’m paying to play,” DiBruno said. “As long as I know I’m doing good in the class, I don’t feel the need [to fill out a student feedback form], even if I have to educate myself.”


Yannella said that out of every dollar a Temple student pays the university, about 20 cents goes toward that student’s education. Tuition and commonwealth funding are Temple’s main sources of income. Kaiser, the CFO, said tuition dollars go solely toward the university’s operating budget. Students are paying for faculty’s salaries and work benefits, Kaiser said. If an average three-credit undergraduate course has a tuition cost of roughly $1,500, it would take less than three students to cover an adjunct’s earnings. Professors, both full time and part time, have speculated that the money is going less toward instruction and more toward the administration. Yannella, who has been at Temple for about 37 years, said CLA consisted of one dean, an assistant and a secretary in the 1990s. Despite no significant increase in university enrollment, the dean’s office now has roughly 40 employees in administration and the academic affairs division. “[Universities] have switched to the business model,” said Dennis Stromback, a graduate student and teaching assistant at Temple. “The administration is getting larger. The bureaucracy is getting larger.” Stromback said he believes the situation is a “failure of the market system.” “The product is getting worse,” Stromback said. “It’s an example of how the business model can’t be applied to everything, certainly not education.”


Jennie Shanker is an adjunct in the Tyler School of Art who teaches two sculpting classes. Shanker was one of the first to join United Academics of Philadelphia, a local organization of the AFT. Together, they hope to organize 15,000 adjuncts in the Philadelphia and metropolitan area. “People who are in unions have larger salaries, more respect, they have more security,” Shanker said. “There are things in adjunct contracts that I’ve seen that we don’t even know can exist.” For example, she hopes that “adjunct tenure” will come of unionization, meaning that adjuncts would be guaranteed a certain number of classes while remaining part time. In addition to job security, the union would fight for health, dental and other benefits. Kaiser said that if the adjuncts wanted to unionize, it’s within their right and the university “couldn’t stand in their way.” “Temple is like every other school. They’re not different,” Shanker said. “But I think that there are big questions raised when a new city is being developed in front of your eyes and over a large percentage of the faculty are paid and treated so poorly.” Patricia Madej can be reached at patricia.madej@ or on Twitter @patriciamadej.




The Career Center offers networking tools to students in the Tyler School of Art, connecting them with Philadelphia artists. PAGE 8

Mylina Andrew teaches Human Sexuality. She draws on her experience as a rape counselor to impress sexual health and safety on students. PAGE 8



Columnist Lora Strum argues that Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign needs some adjustments in order for college students to benefit. PAGE 8 PAGE 7

From quick cashier to trophy winner Brian Foley, an alumnus and staff member, has been a competitive fast-walker for years. PATRICK MCCARTHY The Temple News

Brian Foley realized his potential to become a competitive fast walker when he worked as a cashier in a grocery store as an undergraduate student and had to quickly check food prices throughout the store. | SERGEI BLAIR TTN

Brian Foley proudly shows off his 12 gleaming trophies, glistening in the corner of his office, shining among the hanging diplomas. “When people see the trophies they always ask if they are linked to running, and I tell them, ‘No, they are all [for] fast-walking,’” Foley said. The senior academic adviser has spent the last 21 years at Temple. Foley graduated with his first degree in criminal justice, followed by two master’s degrees in educational administration and human resource management. Yet, all of his academic and personal success aside, Foley said the immense pride he takes in his competitive fast-walking accomplishments is second to

Truck will expand in summer

One scholarship winner said Temple runs in her family.

Cloud Coffee will add a second truck to the business after a fundraiser in April.

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Food truck

For family, college in their blood

Before she was born, senior neuroscience major Jaslyn Johnson already had a close relationship with Temple – she thinks it’s practically in her family’s genes. Her mother and father met while working at Temple University Hospital. Growing up on Allegheny Avenue, Johnson has always been just a few minutes from Main Campus. When her older sister, broadcast journalism major Jalene Johnson, became a Temple student in 2009, Jaslyn Johnson followed her lead and enrolled in 2010. She was shortly followed by her youngest sister, secondary education major Javon Johnson, in 2011. Her younger brother, 17-year-old Joshua Johnson, attends Temple’s Math/Science Upward Bound Program, which aims to encourage and enable the academic skills of talented high school students interested in majoring in a math or science field in college. Jaslyn Johnson said if her family isn’t “Temple Made,” she isn’t sure what is.

none. One of his best mile times recorded clocks in at 10 minutes and 38 seconds. This pace would complete a 10K race in about one hour. It gives him a four-minute pace time to get from Temple Towers to Annenberg Hall. “I’ve always been a natural walker,” Foley said. “I think it’s my long legs. I’m 6 feet tall. I don’t drive, so I often walk a lot. Walking you can do anywhere, anytime. You don’t need a gym or any special equipment.” He first learned of his ability working as a grocery store cashier when he was an undergraduate student. The supermarket had no scanners and items were commonly missing price tags. The position granted a lot of time to practice his nat


Swimming for the Non-Swimmer fulfills the aquatic requirement for kinesiology majors, but draws participation from many students who never learned to swim when they were growing up. | CLAIRE SASKO TTN


In class, testing the waters Students who are inexperienced swimmers can receive support in a kinesiology course. CLAIRE SASKO The Temple News


randon Yarde plants his feet on the wall of the swimming pool and pushes backward. He glides through the water with ease. As his momentum slows, he floats on his back and gazes upward, relaxed. Just last semester, the senior kinesiology major had no idea how to swim. Now, Yarde joins 25 other

students in a pool in Pearson and McGonigle halls twice a week for Swimming for the Non-Swimmer, a two-credit kinesiology course. The class is encouraged for students with minimal swim experience. Louis Schoener, the course instructor, said roughly 40 percent of students who take the course each semester never learned how to swim. “There are about eight or nine [students for whom] just

getting their feet off the bottom [of the swimming pool] was a major accomplishment in the first week and a half to two weeks,” Schoener said. Among them is Yarde, who grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. “I lived in the city,” Yarde said. “There aren’t really a lot of pools. I know a lot of people that know how to swim have had pools in their backyards or something like that, but not me.”

Swimming for the NonSwimmer fulfills the aquatic requirement for kinesiology majors. For this reason, Schoener said many students are inclined to participate, regardless of their skill level. Ian Mee, a junior kinesiology major, works as a lifeguard for the class throughout the semester. “I would say over 60 per


Cloud Coffee, located in front of the Tyler School of Art, opened in January 2013 to bring more coffee culture to Temple, something co-owners Kristen Mills and Matthew Craig said they felt Main Campus lacked. The two have recently announced that Cloud will be expanding, taking on a second truck to sell their products citywide. Although the truck parked on Main Campus is technically mobile, Tyler alumni Mills and Craig said they usually decline invitations to serve their coffee at events like weddings and parties because the design and structure of the truck make it unfit to travel. “Expanding is something we’ve been talking about since the day we started,” Mills said. “We said that this thing that we wanted to do was a lot bigger than how we understood it at that time.” After searching the Internet for a suitably mobile truck,


Local children inspire a charitable block party Alpha Kappa Lambda and HootaThon will host a fundraiser. ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF

Living Editor

HootaThon gets its marketing strategies from Beyoncé. Freshman nursing major

Mackenzie Abate, the Dance Relations chair for HootaThon, said the organization was inspired by Beyoncé’s recently suprise-released album to embark on a surprise advertising campaign. In March, HootaThon members obscured billboards around Main Campus with posters that all read the same thing: “$100,000 For the Kids.” HootaThon was estab-

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lished at Temple last year, when it held its first dance marathon fundraiser in November. The organization is based on a yearlong fundraising initiative that culminates each year with the all-night dance competition. All of the money raised benefits The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Last year, Abate said she and her fellow members raised more than $60,000, which she called a successful

first year. Based on that figure, members of HootaThon believe a total of $100,000 raised is an attainable goal for 2014. “Since CHOP treats so many children, over a million a year with various things that include cancer, obviously it means all the kids are included, we’re raising money for all of them and making sure they all Sean Casey (left) and Mackenzie Abate organized this year’s can benefit from our events,” charitable block party. | COURTESY MACKENZIE ABATE






First Lady’s FACULTY spotlight | Mylina Andrew fitness plan The anatomy of a sexuality class at college

The “Let’s Move” campaign needs adjustments for college students.


ollege students maintain that leftover pizza is a reasonable breakfast on Saturday morning, but Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative argues otherwise. The First Lady’s Let’s Move plan uses body weight, height, sex, age and activity level to compute our body mass index. Michelle Obama’s goals are relevant, considering issues with childhood obesity in this country. Even as college students, we should follow her lead and develop healthy habits. Temple has taken measures to ensure its eateries help hungry consumers make calorie-conLora Strum scious decisions, including Polarized signs in the Student Center Campus food court highlighting meals under 600 calories, green apples that advertise Cosi’s “Lighter Side” items and vending machines emphasizing that “calories count.” Some students said this impacts the decisions they make before purchasing food. “When choosing something to eat, I’m generally most concerned with the food item’s caloric and fat contents,” freshman advertising major Megan Sawey said. It should be noted that if calories always determined health, eating well would be simpler. Let’s Move doesn’t acknowledge the negative effects of calorie consciousness. Calorie counting and BMI rules can lead to food obsessions and eating disorders, including orthorexia, the obsession with healthy eating. “A few years ago, I watched my caloric intake like a hawk,” Sawey said. “Recently, though, that habit has definitely dissipated. I’ve learned that I can’t be a successful runner, or functioning human for that matter, without a good amount of calories.” According to Temple’s Wellness Resource Center, 20 percent of college students struggle with eating disorders. Turning food into a number ruins students’ ability to measure the nutritional value of a meal, which contradicts the entire point of a balanced diet. On Main Campus, some students think more of their peers should be aware of this. “Oftentimes, people that count calories do not eat enough and thus lack essential nutrients,” said sophomore early childhood education and special education double major Lauren Hassall. “Unless someone eats an excess of food every day, counting calories is not necessarily the best way to be healthy.” Hassall teaches group fitness classes at the IBC Student Recreation Center. Along with exercise opportunities like those taught by Hassall, Temple offers free nutrition counseling, grocery store tours, group fitness classes and myriad eating establishments to provide a more complete approach to healthy living. This may be the adult version of the Let’s Move campaign – college-aged students can set realistic and attainable goals for their eating habits. While Let’s Move restricts students to a select percentage of “bad” calories, Temple’s nutritional guidelines argue that there are no “bad” foods. Chips, pizza and candy all have their place in a balanced diet. The university advocates students’ awareness of their own needs and desires to make an informed personal decision. “It is important to be mindful of what I eat, but calories are not the sole indicator if a food is healthy or not,” Hassall said. Students who follow the Paleolithic diet, or are vegan or vegetarian, have different caloric needs, which Let’s Move doesn’t take account for due to its more simplistic message geared at a younger generation. “I am vegan [and] there are ample options available,” said freshman anthropology major and president of the Temple Vegan Action Network Kristen Welser. “I certainly never have to go hungry, and I very seldom am unhappy with the taste of my food.” Temple now offers grocery store tours to show students how to fill their carts to satisfy their wants and nutritional requirements. Some said this helped them to be less picky in their purchases and feel more comfortable while shopping. When it comes to working out, Hassall said the activity should be to reduce stress and release endorphins to make healthy living more sustainable. Let’s Move urges exercise, comparing an hour of jogging to the calories of a cheeseburger. Food again becomes a number, something college students don’t necessarily benefit from. Though Temple supports the Let’s Move campaign in some ways, the approach that gives students personal freedom is the best course of action. Lora Strum can be reached at

For one professor of Human Sexuality, teaching anatomy is highly important. PAIGE GROSS The Temple News

Mylina Andrew will only teach Human Sexuality in a spacious classroom. “Students come into this course with many different sexual experiences or levels of experience,” Andrew said. “I always insist on being in a large room, because having personal space when you are learning about sexuality is a very important component.” Andrew has been teaching Human Sexuality, a historically popular class at the university, for the past five years. The course fulfills the human behavior general education requirement and draws the interest of a broad group of students, Andrew said. “I just have that comfortable attitude about Mylina Andrew, a professor of Human Sexuality, created a workshop to counsel survivors of [sex],” Andrew said. “I put great emphasis on sexual assault and rape. | AJA ESPINOSA TTN what I think students – what everybody – will have to know in their lifetime.” said she discovered her love of counseling, espe- emotions attached to being sexually assaulted, Kendall Raines, a freshman international cially in groups. Andrew received her graduate along with discussing the confidence necessary business major, said she took the class because degree at Villanova, where she created a work- for masturbation and positive sexual interaction she wanted a change of pace. shop to counsel survivors of sexual assault and with a partner. “I’m learning things about myself that are Andrew emphasizes the importance of being rape. extremely helpful to know, sexually safe on a college campus. She said she In 2000, she returned to Temple especially when it comes to stresses that one in every two women will be sexto teach. She said she got involved my health,” Raines said. “I’m ually assaulted, coerced or harassed by the time with many clubs and support groups hearing so many stories from they graduate from college. Since alcohol and on Main Campus, like the Clothesline people with different experidrug use are the most common way that sexual asProject. The group aims to prevent ences than me.” saults happen on college campuses, Andrew said violence against women and promote “I thought it would be a she encourages students to learn how to say “no.” awareness for eating disorders, which good idea to take the class be“Partying on campus is just going to happen,” can result from being sexually ascause of my major, in order to Andrew said. “If students are using alcohol or any saulted. further understand how people other substance, however, they can’t make good In her Human Sexuality class, think as sexual beings,” Maya judgments. They are completely vulnerable.” Andrew said she puts emphasis on Crockem, a freshman psycholAndrew said during her 14 years of teaching, students knowing human anatomy ogy student, said. “Now that every semester a student has self-disclosed that and keeping an open mind. I’m almost done the course, I they have previously been assaulted or coerced. “How will you know how to can see that the class is imporproperly use birth control?” Andrew While Andrew said these moments are valuable Kendall Raines / freshman tant and beneficial from a persaid. “How will you know how to and important, she also strives for some more sonal standpoint as well.” check yourself for disease, if you lighthearted moments. Andrew said her back“It’s fine to have fun,” Andrew said. “This is don’t learn the anatomy of yourself?” ground in nursing has helped a period of your life where you are experiencing Andrew said she introduces the class by givher become comfortable with human anatomy who you are and it’s fine, but you have to be reing students a survey that was created in 1989 and sexuality. She pursued nursing school before sponsible about it.” about their sexual behaviors. The survey gives the attending Temple to earn an undergraduate degree students a broad overview of the class material, in psychology. Paige Gross can be reached at as well as introducing the most common form of Andrew was a nursing assistant at research and data collection in the field. cer Community Behavioral Health Center to fiDuring the course, Andrew talks about the nancially support herself as a student, where she

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Tyler school of art | internships

For art students, a time to intern The Career Center has an individual department fair that helps Tyler students to connect with potential employers. ALEXA BRICKER The Temple News For Tyler School of Art students looking for internships this summer and beyond, Temple career coach Ashley Jones said that like most other fields, networking is key. “I don’t know how many internships happen just because of a conversation,” Jones said. “Just thinking about who you know right now – professors, peers, administrators – and trying to tap into what they have, but also the connections that they have.” Each semester, the Career Center holds a career fair for all students, but Jones said individual departments also hold their own fairs, which she said are great ways for students to get in touch with alumni and other professionals within their field of study. “You often just need that Temple connection,” Jones said. “To be able to say, ‘I’m a Temple student, I see that you’re doing this. Can you tell me about any opportunities?’” In addition to department career fairs, Kari Scott, the Student Life coordinator for Tyler, is assisting students as they attempt to make connections with artists in Philadelphia. She operates an art mentor program and runs other events that involve the participation of Tyler alumni. Through Student Life, Scott has created a summer program which pairs Tyler students with local artists, galleries, curators and people in other fields who are in need of interns. Scott said it tends to be a more complex process to seek interning opportunities in the fine arts fields, so programs like this can be instrumental to Tyler students receiving hands-on career experience.

Ashley Jones of the Career Center helps students at Tyler as they prepare to apply for internships. | COURTESY ASHLEY JONES These internships are unpaid and only available for rising seniors, but they offer students an opportunity to work with artists in their medium, something students said is important, especially in Philadelphia. “There is really an emphasis placed on internships in the art field,” freshman fine arts major Sam Leask said. “Especially in Philly, where there are so many different galleries and art museums.” Tyler students also receive a weekly newsletter to keep them updated on internships, jobs and upcoming events at the school. “[Scott] sends out emails every week to students with a long list of internships,” Phoebe Mikalonis, a freshman graphic and interactive design major, said. “I’m not really looking right now as a freshman, but that’s where I would look first.”

Scott compiles the newsletters each week based on contacts she receives from artists she’s personally familiar with. Additional contacts are added when alumni and other artists are referred by Jones to the OwlNetwork, which is managed by the Career Center through TUPortal. Jones said that while many of the more competitive internships, like those with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, require applications to be turned in early in the year, less formal internships are within reach for any motivated Tyler student who reads the newsletter and keeps a watchful eye on the OwlNetwork. However, students in majors like art education have other opportunities that are part of their department’s curriculum. These internship options often place students in the workplace of their various fields. “I’m currently observing at Friends Select School in the city and, as a [college] student, I’m technically just supposed to be watching,” senior art education major Nicolette Schultz said. “But the teacher I’m with actually lets me work on this with her and get more involved, which is great.” Jones said there are plenty of opportunities available for Tyler students to take advantage of, but another important thing students must keep in mind is thinking ahead to the future. While other majors place a heavy emphasis on internship experience and job exposure, Tyler students need to consider their body of artistic work, which will allow them to promote their skills post-graduation. “The one unique thing for [students] in studio art is that they are doing a lot of work in the classroom right now, so they have a lot of time to build up that portfolio,” Jones said. “Sometimes it’s hard to take advantage of the opportunities you have because you have so much going on, but [Scott] has so many things that it would be a good idea for students to take advantage of them.” Alexa Bricker can be reached at



StrEAT Fest in Manayunk celebrates spring with a variety of events and entertainment, including a wide array of food trucks with an even larger food selection. PAGE 12

Alumni Jai Mathew and Curly Castro are using their voices as vices to reach a larger audience. Castro raps about social activism while Mathew attempts to break through hemispheres. PAGE 10




Bars attempt to break record Directors of a Philadelphia bar crawl hope to draw 15,000 participants. KERRI ANN RAIMO The Temple News The calculations seem simple: 10 bars in eight hours. “Anyone can really do a bar crawl. Anyone can tell people to go from point A to point B,” said Ray Sheehan, president of Philly2Night and a 2002 Temple graduate. “What makes it somewhat challenging are all of the different rules, all of the different things we need to do to make sure that we’re complying with the Guinness World Records.” On May 3 from noon-8 p.m., Philadelphia will attempt to beat the preexisting Guinness World Record for “Most People on a Pub Crawl,” with posters for “The Crawl” sprouting up throughout the city. “Philadelphia is a very passionate city. We want to be the best at everything that we do,” Sheehan said. “We have a rich nightlife. We have a rich bar scene. We have a ton of facilities that lend themselves to an event like this.” South Bend, Ind., is also hosting a bar crawl, coined “Bend it till it Breaks,” on the same day in hopes of also breaking the Guinness World Record. Kansas City, Mo., is the reigning champ with 4,885 participants in the event organized by Crawl for Cancer in June 2013. Young Variety, an organization comprised of young professionals devoted to rais-

Spoken word poets and artists performed at The Philadelphia Moth StorySLAM launch in January at WXPN’s World Cafe Live. | COURTESY THE MOTH

‘The Moth’ flies to spotlight Story swapping has gained enough popularity in Philadelphia to earn a weekly program on 88.5 WXPN. JOE BRANDT The Temple News


fter a song by math-rock band American Football, Philadelphians are treated to a taste of classic folk tradition that’s a bit different from the traditions of house-show music – personal stories told before a live audience, later broadcast on the radio. Last week, radio audiences heard a few seconds of censor bleep for Iggy Pop’s phone number. Ameera Chowdhury, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, shared the punk star’s number during her story of her phone conversations with Iggy Pop when she was 17 years old. “This is that thing you throw peanuts at. Take a shot, sucker,” Iggy Pop’s answering machine went, according to Chowdhury. The Moth, where Chowdhury told her tale of teenage lust, started as story swapping on a porch on sweltering summer nights in Georgia. Since then, The Moth has grown to a nationwide storytellers’ collective with about 200 public radio stations blasting its “Radio Hour” over the airwaves each week. George Dawes Green, a Georgia-born poet and winner of the 1995 “Best First Novel” award, called his storytelling and porch-dwelling friends “The Moths.” Green dropped the “s” in 1997 when he moved to New York City, holding more story swapping events in living rooms and later in clubs to accommodate the growing crowds.




‘Watermelon Magic’ promotes healthy, farm-grown food Spring Garden Pictures’ first film is designed as an educational and entertaining look at plant growth. ALBERT HONG The Temple News

Sylvie, who stars in “Watermelon Magic,” waters plants in a still from the movie. | COURTESY RICHARD POWER HOFFMANN

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It’s like modern claymation. Local filmmaker Richard Power Hoffman has used more than 200,000 photos to create a stop-motion feature film documenting the growth of a watermelon with two goals in mind – to captivate and to educate. Spring Garden Pictures, a local nonprofit organization, along with film distributor BIG & Digital, has brought its first major film to four science museum theaters across the country. Most recently, the film has premiered at the Franklin Institute in both 2D and 3D, where it will run through October. “Watermelon Magic” is a story about a young girl, Sylvie, who learns about the process of plant development by starting a watermelon garden and the value of healthily grown food. She also learns the importance of sharing when it comes time to sell the watermelons at the mar-



Sylvie is played by Sylvia Green Hoffmann, the daughter of the writer, producer and director of the film, Richard Hoffmann. Richard Hoffmann is the co-founder and executive director of Spring Garden Pictures, founded in 2009. Raised in West Philadelphia, Richard Hoffmann graduated from New York University with a bachelor of fine arts in film and ended up moving back to Philly with his wife, where he started Coyopa Productions, a film studio that created award-winning short films and documentaries. He eventually started making more personal films, like “Fridays the Farm,” a short documentary about his family joining a community-supported agriculture farm, which gained international recognition as it was shown in places like Japan and Korea. With his family being members of farms for nine years, Richard Hoffmann said he began to appreciate the shares of locally grown produce they would buy in their weekly drives to the farm. This, along with the familial aspects, was part of the inspiration for the creation of a fun yet educational story filmed at two local farms: Hillside Farm and Longview Farm.





Music bridging differences

Alumni use their voices to connect cultures

Jai Matt has found success abroad, particularly in the UK and Poland. | SERGEI BLAIR TTN

R&B pop artist Jai Matt bridges Western and Eastern cultures. SERGEI BLAIR The Temple News Building a bridge is no easy task for anyone. For Jai Mathew, building a bridge is a personal calling. Mathew, a 23-year-old Temple alumnus, is in the business of making music that not only showcases him as an artist, but also as a bridge builder between Western and Eastern music. His latest single, “One Thing,” to be released later this month, encompasses a blend of traditional Indian and American pop vocal and instrumental elements. “This is something the audience hasn’t heard and something they have yet to experience,” Mathew said. “They haven’t heard an Indian man singing R&B pop with both Western and Eastern runs and riffs, and I’m sort of bringing those two worlds together by making it mainstream.” Mathew, an India native who goes by the moniker Jai Matt on stage, already has an extensive collection of recorded music, featuring original and cover songs. He also stars in many professionally produced music videos that were shot in Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia. “One Thing” was written by Mathew and produced by Foreground Music, a production label based in Paris. The up-and-coming artist works with a French producer and uses Skype as means to create music. “There’s a lot of cyberspace, emails and Skype chatting going on all the time,” Mathew said with a chuckle. “[My producer] sends me a beat, I write on that beat and then we have Skype sessions composing it. He’s an exceptional producer, so I have to make an exception in working with him.” In a field dominated by a slew of ambitious young artists, Mathew said he doesn’t fall under pressure by trying to rise above the competition. He said he knows how to satisfy his audience’s musical appetite. “I’ve been in this industry for nine years and I’ve gotten to learn myself as an artist and songwriter,” Mathew said. “Music is perception, and if you bring about sound that people can enjoy in the Western culture, they’ll take it. People like [music differently] in America and you need to bring it forward if you want to make it in this business.” Mathew does this by making a global connection. “Bringing those two cultures together is very possible – you just need to blend it in correctly, and I think we’ve done just that with [‘One Thing’],” Mathew said. In 2012, Mathew’s song “Kiss the Sky,” produced by Robert Mączyński, commonly

referred to as Robert M., received high acclaim in Poland, where it became a dance hit. Mączyński, who is a renowned Polish DJ and music producer, invited Mathew to perform during Poland’s Eska Music Awards that year. Mathew sang on stage with dancers in front of a crowd of 33,000 and called the moment a “tease of stardom.” The award ceremony is annually televised live on Polish public mainstream channel TVP, and has given awards to Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ke$ha and OneRepublic, among many others. But it was his education at Temple that Mathew said helped him be prepared for spotlight when he found himself on television and radio being interviewed by foreign reporters. Mathew earned a bachelor’s degree from Temple’s media studies and production program in May 2011. “I’m not going to lie, I was never shy of the camera,” Mathew said. “All of my experience here [at Temple] did help me in terms of learning the work behind and in front of the camera. All those details I learned became very helpful when I was on tour.” While at Temple, Mathew participated in the London study abroad program in Spring 2010, where he interned at Blow Up Records, a London-based independent record label. “I’ve had those opportunities where I was in the room with people from the industry doing big things,” Mathew said. “For me it’s all about surrounding yourself with people who are at that level in order to get to that level.” After the decision to leave his family in Northeast Philadelphia, the artist moved to Los Angeles in August 2011 to pursue his career. Today, he lives in New York City, a recent move he was advised to make to prepare for flying to Europe frequently for career purposes. To get where he is now wasn’t easy for the singer. Mathew grew up in Kerala, a state in southwest India. With the help of his three aunts, who already had been living in America, he and his parents came to the U.S. when he was 14 years old. Although he had a good start to learn English while in Kerala, Mathew said he pushed himself harder in learning the language and losing his distinct accent in the process. While discovering his early musical abilities, Mathew’s parents invested in getting the youngster guitar, piano and vocal lessons. “Music is a very emotional and innate part of me,” Mathew said. “Even while I was 3 years old, I would sing and dance around the house. Music is very intense in my soul, and it’s kind of hard to explain because not a lot of people experience that. But once you experience it and you know you were supposed to do something, you can’t stop until you get there.” Sergei Blair can be reached at

Curly Castro centers his music around social activism. | ANDREW THAYER TTN crowd] got really into it.” After the first performance, McDaniel and his group performed at Greek events for the Hip-Hop Society and at the former Owl’s Nest during showcases. The group eventually PAIGE GROSS performed at the University of PennsylvaThe Temple News nia’s Armory, which was a significant performance for Castro. Philadelphia rapper Kinte McDaniel, “That was the night for me, when I realwho goes by his stage moniker Curly Castro, ized this was it,” McDaniel said. “I wanted to chose to attend Temple after his first visit in quit school at that point to pursue the music, 1995 because it felt like his home in Brookbut I got my head on straight and finished.” lyn, N.Y. Soon after graduating in 2000, McDaniel McDaniel, who said he considers himjoined forces with a rival rap group in Philaself “your friendly neighborhood rapper,” delphia to become the “super group” Bohedropped his latest album, “Fidel” last year, mian Fifth. which features themes of rebellion against For a few years, McDaniel jumped bewhat many rappers have made their riches off tween groups but eventually decided that of: sex, money and drugs. working alongside others’ His latest EP, “Brocareers was overwhelming dy,” released in March, and left the group to become does the same. a solo artist. “Some name drop Once McDaniel started cars or books or people,” writing music on his own, McDaniel said. “But I he said his ideas about endrop little bread crumbs acting change were able to of black power – Africanshine through. McDaniel American icons.” has collaborated with fellow McDaniel’s icons are artist Zilla Rocca often, and prominent in history for Curly Castro / Rapper recorded a few songs on “Fibeing the cause of change del” with him. – the biggest issue Mc“He's the most enthusiDaniel said he believes astic and selfless rapper I've Americans face today. McDaniel cites Malever met, which are two characteristics that colm X as someone he looks to for examples run counter to the makeup of most people and said his rebellious nature and ability to who want to rap,” Rocca said. “He's incredcontrol a crowd are traits he admires. ibly reliable, original, and unafraid to convey “Fidel” features songs about growing up his ideas.” in an African-American community and exMcDaniel said he feels that the country’s periencing racial confusion attending a prebiggest problem at the moment is the mixture dominantly white school. of classism and racism in the media. “I experienced eight years of school, be“I feel that America is obsessed with ing the black kid at the bat mitzvahs,” Mcthe villain of the moment,” McDaniel said. Daniel said. “All of my black friends won“Right now, it is the people of Arab descent, dered why I was hanging with the white kids, people we used to ignore like they were invisand the white kids wanted to know why I ible, and now we’re afraid to fly next to them wasn’t home in my neighborhood with the – our fellow Americans.” rest of the black kids.” While McDaniel doesn’t consider himHis song, “Colored Water Fountain,” self anti-American, he said he respects and examines the role of the media and those in wants to eventually move to one of the uppositions of power feeding off of, and taking wardly mobile countries overseas that have advantage of, African-American culture. universal health care and longer maternity When McDaniel came to Temple 18 years leaves, as they put more value on quality of ago, he considered himself a “hip-hop head,” life. but said his appreciation didn’t blossom into McDaniel said that while many people writing until his sophomore year. McDaniel believe change can be achieved through started as a hype-man for his friends who permeetings and politics, he wants to take a more formed, but decided to try his hand at rapping forward and musical approach. when he got into spoken word poetry. “I would like to see America on the inMcDaniel and some friends formed a cline, a movement that we haven’t had in a group out of their dorm room in Peabody long time,” McDaniel said. “I want to emHall called Nemesis and performed their first body the word ‘activist’ by being active. I spontaneous show in front of the Bell Tower want to be able to enact the change that needs during the week of Spring Fling. to happen here.” “I remember that I had to go to class after that because I had my book bag on,” McDanPaige Gross can be reached at iel said. “I was nervous as all hell, but [the

Rapper Curly Castro finds inspiration from historical African-American leaders.

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Vocals, lyrics may be most important part in a song Local musicians say “relatability” shouldn’t be forced when writing.

P The Philadelphia Moth StorySLAM launched this past January at WXPN’s World Cafe Live. Now, The Moth has its own program on the station. | COURTESY THE MOTH Continued from page 9


WXPN recently picked up the radio incarnation of Green’s tradition, broadcasting the Peabody Award-winning “The Moth Radio Hour” every Tuesday at 10 p.m. “I have been a fan of The Moth since it began and always wanted to put it on XPN,” said Bruce Warren, assistant general manager for programming and 22-year veteran at WXPN. “Those who know XPN know that we’re primarily a music station, but I always felt [The Moth] could fit in on the airwaves here.” It also fits on the station because it seems to be a growing trend across the city. “Philly has a robust storytelling, spoken word, and poetry community – anchored in part by what the folks at First Person Arts have been doing,” Warren said. “So connecting with the spoken word community on the radio and in person for events seemed to make a lot of sense.” A typical show consists of three to five personal stories with a message. “Our shows feature storytellers from all walks of life,” said Sarah Austin Jenness, producing director for The Moth. “You’ll have a homeless man, a doctor, a celebrity.” In addition to the Radio Hour, The Moth holds events in American cities. Jenness, who joined The Moth in 2005, said the visits to other cities became a necessity as the program grew and people from outside New York expressed interest in sharing stories. “It was tough to get them all to New York, so we figured we’d go to them,” Jenness said. The two main events are Mainstage events, which feature stories from bigger names like Jonathan Ames, creator of HBO series “Bored to Death,” and Adam Savage of “MythBusters” fame.

The other type of event, called a “StorySLAM,” is held weekly in New York City and at least once a month in other major cities, including Philadelphia. At the open-mic StorySLAMs, audience members can tell stories to three judges who are also selected from the audience and will pick the night’s winner. The story must be five minutes long and fit in with the night’s theme. After enough StorySLAM winners are picked from one city, they can go on to a GrandSLAM to compete among the best from their city. “The show is built out of the open mic aspect,” said StorySLAM manager Robin Wachsberger, a self-described “slamhead” who used to tell stories of her own to The Moth. “It’s not like standup where you hide behind a persona. There’s a light charm to it, there’s no bells and whistles. It’s just a microphone, a stage and a crowd.” Jenness, who used to work in theater and on documentaries, called The Moth “an intersection of a documentary and a play.” While many of the stories can be humorous, others can be quite powerful. Paul Teodo, a hospital administrator in Chicago, told a story of one of his hitchhiking adventures, when he got a ride with serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Teodo did not learn it was Gacy until years later, but recalled that Gacy asked for sexual favors and he only escaped after threatening to take the wheel and crash the car, killing them both. “What I expected was that there would be an audience for the show – it would bring in some new listeners and our current listeners would discover how powerful the show is,” Warren said. “All signs seem to be pointing in the right direction here.” Joe Brandt can be reached at or on Twitter @JBrandt_TU.

eople listen to music for different reasons. Some relish in a catchy guitar riff while others live for a pounding bass line, and many lose themselves playing air drums like John Bonham. B u t something that can set a song is Jared Whalen apart Concrete the vocals. Colored Lyrics, or Basements poems put to music as some would put it, are varied like anything else. Good lyrics are what makes you sing along louder than necessary while driving or what gets a chorus stuck in your head for hours at a time. The power of vocals can be felt whenever a lyric sends chills down your spine, or when a listener is taken aback by a crowd singing – or yelling – along with a vocalist. In the local music scene, lyrics play an important role. Without sounding too against the corporate music industry, it’s obvious that indie artists have more freedom with what they can say than would a Top 40 artist. Whether it’s to speak out on a sensitive topic or to sing about seemingly nothing, many indie artists use that freedom strongly. And since Philadelphians are known for speaking their mind, why would their musicians be any different? Take Rob Blackwell of the pop-punk band Reward. Blackwell, a media studies and production major at Temple, admits that he isn’t writing his

lyrics to be profound, just honest. “Forced ‘relatability’ really annoys me, so it influences me to write very selfcentered songs,” Blackwell said. “It makes me want to do everything for myself. I'm not a person going through anything unique, so I feel like pure expression of my situation will be more relatable than just name dropping Jimmy Eat World or something.” For Blackwell, lyrics are a product of influence. “I take a lot out of just people expressing themselves,” Blackwell said. “I just look at bands I like and see how much they put into what they're saying. Someone putting it on the line really gets me excited about how important and special music, grade, you can relate to a specifically lyric writing, is as an art.” Another lyricist of note is Justin Harrison, former vocalist of the now defunct progressive hardcore band Trophy Wife. Known for lengthy lines of prose painted in wide brush strokes of abstract symbolism, Harrison takes a different approach in his lyric writing. “Every song is formed differently,” Harrison said. “I often freewrite about things that happen in or around my life for therapeutic purposes. It makes for a great coping mechanism, and most of the time parts of these poems become parts of songs. My dreams also make their way into my poems. They leave me with questions you can hear throughout a lot of my songs. Occasionally a poem may be my response to a question from my dreams.” When listening to Trophy Wife, it makes sense that some of the lyrics may be dreaminspired. But just because it’s fitting doesn’t mean it goes without scrutiny. “I think this style intrigues a lot of people,” Harrison said. “I also think this comes off ‘too abstract about spe-

cific things’ or ‘not relatable’ to some people. I understand their reasoning for thinking this way. I don't always know what I'm talking about when I'm just writing things out. It's just an experiment at how it will sound.” Whether they come as concrete depictions of the human experience or as intangible metaphors wrapped up in word pictures, lyrics ultimately end up in the ears and minds of listeners. No matter how direct the initial message may be, there is always room for interpretation. “What makes music special is that once a song is released into the world, it isn't the artist's anymore,” Blackwell said. “They have their own stories and meaning attached to it just like everyone who listened to it does. A song about stress in college could help someone get over a breakup. Meaning is totally dependent on the listener.” Most vocalists I’ve talked to feel this way. While they may have have had an agenda when writing them, they can’t control, nor would they want to, how people interpret their lyrics. “How people interpret my lyrics doesn't hold much importance to me,” Harrison said. “I just want them to know how they interpret it themselves.” In the end, it’s in the hands of the listener. Perhaps that’s why we have such a strong attraction to lyrics. Everyone can relate to them because they can choose their meaning. So whether the lyrics are angry and frustrated or obnoxiously positive, the listener can apply them however he or she pleases. Luckily for us, Philly has some good music for us to discover and decipher. Get listening. Jared Whalen can be reached at

Philly2Night will attempt to break bar crawl record CRAWL PAGE 9 ing funds for children with disabilities, and the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, which works to improve the conditions for the city’s police officers, are two charities chosen to benefit from Philadelphia’s crawl. Although the bar crawl will support local charities, it has prompted some dread, due mainly to comparisons to the city’s “Erin Express” St. Patrick’s Day crawl. Regardless, the event’s website cites more than 150 locations that plan to participate in the crawl – 21 bars participated in Kansas City’s – in areas throughout the city, from venues as large as XFINITY Live! to dives like South Street’s Bob and Barbara’s. McGillin’s Old Ale House, named one of the “50 Best Irish Pubs in America” by Complex magazine, will

Facebook event so far. participate, but owner ChrisAnd although a bar crawl topher Mullins said because itself seems alcohol-centric, of the frequency of bar crawls Guinness World Records does and large crowds that stop by not require participants to McGillin’s on the weekends, drink alcono special planhol to beat ning at the bar the record. is necessary. “ConStill, he said sumers don’t expects many have to participants. drink a drop “I have of alcohol a feeling that to particiwe will [break pate,” Sheethe record],” han said. Mullins said. “But Guin“It seems like there’s a lot of does Ray Sheehan / Philly2Night ness planning that’s require all involved.” participants Although to check in Sheehan and business partto at least 10 locations in an ner for the event, Dennis eight-hour window, and they Gaudenzi, president of Upmust drink at least five ounces, anticipate of an alcoholic or nonalcoholic 15,000 participants, less than beverage.” 1,000 have joined the crawl’s However, there is some

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fine print. “It’s a massive event that requires a lot of logistics and coordination and communication,” Sheehan said. Gaudenzi said the event has been in the works for well over a year, and staff will be using a smartphone app to check participants in at the various locations. He was aware of South Bend’s attempt to break the record, but was surprised to hear the city’s attempts will occur on the same day. “Philadelphia pride goes a long way,” Gaudenzi said. “With our passion for sports… We feel like there’s a lot of passion behind putting our stake in the ground and setting a world record.” Kerri Ann Raimo can be reached at




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StrEAT festival showcases cheese curds, spreadable bacon Manayunk celebrates spring with biannual fest.


he sun was up and burning especially hot on April 12 as the streets began to crowd. And no, I’m not talking about the day-drinking festival students organized to “Save Spring Fling” a few blocks off of Main Campus. A short ways away in Manayunk was a different kind of festival. Strawberry lemonade, barbecue sauce and cocktails were just a few of the items at StrEAT – the neighborhood's Brianna Spause biannual food Caught in festival. The fest the Act celebrates the coming summer months with its fruit of honor as food trucks lined up on Main Street. “We picked strawberries for the StrEAT Food Festival because it’s a summer/springtime fruit,” events coordinator Shannon Geddes said. ADVERTISEMENT

“With the great weather happening, we feel like it’s a perfect fruit to highlight. Many other festivals don’t highlight specific foods, so we think it’s something that makes our event so much more unique and different.” The outdoor festival was a culmination of different cultures and flavors that satisfied any type of craving one could dream up, and that was just the beginning of it. StrEAT was the kick-off to Restaurant Week, where staples of Manayunk’s growing food culture like Bella Tratoria, Taquaria Feliz and several others are offering three-course meals at a set price until April 25. The motto seemed to be, "You dreamt of it once? We’ve got it." Buffalo bleu cheese tater tots? Check. Pulled pork grilled cheese? Check. Vendor Mike Orashewsky of Bacon Jams was handing out answered prayers left and right. “Get your bacon here. Spreadable bacon, people!” “I see their expression change from curiosity, to a little trepidation to, 'Oh my God, this is delicious,' and then they give me money for it,” Orashewsky said. “So it’s a fantastic dynamic. Our favorite thing to do is

to go to events like the Manayunk StrEAT fair where we get to get out and sample it with the public. We’ll go all over the country – anywhere where people are enjoying bacon, which is apparently everywhere.” Not only are the vendors eager to tour with their products, but also to bring different cultures to Philly. What is a cheese curd? In short, it’s the un-aged version of the cheddar cheese you know and love. They were battered, fried and submerged in strawberry salsa at your dipping pleasure. It was gooey perfection. “These are better than the ones I had in Wisconsin,” Natalie Newnam cried out from her seat on the sidewalk – merely one bite in. We weren’t the only ones raving about The Cow and the Curd’s Wisconsin delicacy. The truck received the "Best of Philly" seal of approval when it won Philadelphia’s Best Food Truck in 2013. Be careful what you say though – it’s not a mozzarella stick, and you will be corrected. It would be a tough call to determine the most popular truck that made it out to the festival. At any given time, a crowd of bodies attempting to ADVERTISEMENT

form a line snaked through the streets and packed the sidewalks. Perhaps the best bet would be declaring the truck that ran out of its specialty first, in which case we would have a tie. As I was snacking on the last set of lobster tacos with strawberries and kale – it was much better than it sounds, I promise – from the Surf and Turf truck, I ran into Felix Rodriguez. It seems as though we had something in common, despite our different tastes in cuisine. “I’m eating the last ribs from Oink and Moo BBQ truck,” Rodriguez said, wiping up smudged sauce from his face. “They are delicious – so tender. I’m having fun, we just got here and this is the first line we decided to make and it was definitely a good choice.” The massive lines painted the neighborhood with energy and excitement to try whatever was next. “If you’re willing to wait, you will stumble upon the hidden treasures these food trucks have to offer,” Manayunk resident Eric Shapiro said. “The food is spectacular, and you never come across any of these trucks in Manayunk. I just wish they were here more than [twice] a year. I want

these food trucks at my convenience, just like all of the college kids." The attractions not only included a feast, but shopping, live entertainment and a pet-friendly atmosphere. Local restaurants reached out to accommodate their four-legged friends by leaving out water on their front stairs. I do, however, have two regrets for which I can only blame myself: investing in some sunscreen would have been a great idea and I probably should have saved some room for Zsa’s strawberry ice cream that I heard so much about. But who could save room when every step introduced a new smell that demanded a taste? Surely I couldn’t. “We always have to worry about weather and whether people are going to show up, but I think that was answered in spades,” Manayunk Development Corporation board member David Decca said. “It’s a beautiful day, and this is probably the largest turnout we ever had for this, I’m certain.” Brianna Spause can be reached at





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t has been two weeks since the Ultimate Warrior ascended to the heavens and the wrestling world continues to speculate on the circumstances surrounding his untimely death. After appearing as the headliner for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 and in hindsight, eulogizing himself on “Raw,” Warrior collapsed the next day while walking to his car and was rushed to an John Corrigan Arizona hospiCheesesteaks tal, where he was and Chairshots pronounced dead. It was Benoit-level shock for me. I flashbacked to reading David Shoemaker’s “The Squared Circle: Life, Death and Professional Wrestling,” in which dozens of legends’ careers are analyzed and their impact on sports entertainment is measured. Although Warrior had not passed when Shoemaker’s book was published, the wrasslin’ scribe included Parts Unknown’s favorite native due to rumors in the early ‘90s claiming Warrior had died, and an imposter was shaking the ropes years later. The section serves as a much needed breather in Shoemaker’s captivating yet depressing tome. As you can imagine, several hundred pages about your heroes dying will cripple your spirit. Personally, the most depressing chapter deals with the murder of Bruiser Brody. Anti-authority way before Daniel Bryan and Stone Cold, Brody personified independence by jumping across

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“It’s definitely a big part to why I made this movie, because I want people to hopefully connect more with their food and I want kids to get to know what real food is,” Richard Hoffmann said. “It’s good to learn about your food and where your food comes from. While there is an emphasis on healthy eating, the film also aims to teach kids other lessons. “It’s about the food but it’s also about the relationships that we have with our family and nature,” Tina Ratterman, president of BIG & Digital, said. “It’s a really heartwarming movie.” The film was funded through a Kickstarter campaign earlier in 2013 and raised close to $40,000. With a relatively small budget supporting a small team with editing and creating an original soundtrack, the film’s shooting was done with Hoff-

territories and bending promoters to his own whim. Defining the modern brawling style, the scraggly bearded 6-foot-8-inch madman terrorized opponents, painted rings with his blood and sold out arenas spanning the globe. And then on July 16, 1988, Brody was stabbed to death in a locker room shower in Puerto Rico. Although Jose González was initially charged with first-degree murder and then later reduced and tried for involuntary homicide. González was acquitted on all counts, citing self-defense. The most interesting aspect of the Brody chapter is how Shoemaker references a “shoot interview” on YouTube where the traditionally reserved grappler speaks openly about the inner-workings of his sacredly hushed business. You can find tons of “shoot interviews” where wrestlers reveal their thoughts on past characters, matches, co-workers and bosses. In 2014, it’s almost passé. But in 1987, pro wrestling’s magicians had not yet exposed their tricks to the public. It’s almost unfathomable to believe Brody, of all people, would be the man to peel back the curtain even a smidge. It’s more jarring than listening to the Undertaker comment on Triple H’s DVD. So whose voice can be heard conducting this historic interview? Dave Meltzer? Bill Apter? Mike Adamle? Shoemaker doesn’t know – but I do. It’s my uncle. “It was my first job,” he, who wishes to remain anonymous, said. “I was a weekend sports anchor/weekday reporter and photographer for a

small NBC affiliate in southern West Virginia.” One year before Brody’s death, my uncle foggily recalls the rebellious brawler was scheduled to compete at the Brushfork Armory. “I don’t remember how the studio interview got set up,” he said. “I was wrestling-minded at the time, so I probably noticed the card and may have initiated contact with the promoter.” Within the first three minutes of the video, Brody commits sacrilege by revealing his real name, Frank Goodish, and that he used to produce the World Class Championship Wrestling television show. Only because he assumed the camera wasn’t filming yet. “I honored Frank’s wishes by never showing that part on the air,” my uncle said. “But now the raw footage is out there on the Internet. I guess it’s for the best because now people get to see a different side of him.” As the scarred caveman pontificates on the health of the industry, he claimed that wrestlers were no longer “fat and blonde,” but “well-conditioned athletes” as evidenced by his and fellow competitors’ high school and college athletic background. Explaining how it feels to be cheered in one city and jeered in another, Brody offered a glimpse into his psychological prowess by breaking down the different crowds’ rationales for their reactions toward him. In the most surprising moment of the interview, Brody said that cable TV and WWE’s international ex-

“So whose voice

can be heard conducting these historic interview? Dave Meltzer? Bill Apter? Mike Adamle? Shoemaker doesn’t know – but I do. It’s my uncle.

mann’s Canon 5D DSLR camera. Richard Hoffmann used time-lapse photography to show a sped-up progress of plants growing as well as shutter-burst and freeze frame photos to have the actors and actresses move in a staccato motion. With more than 200,000 pictures taken, he was able to get a much higher resolution as well. He hopes that these methods will get kids more interested in the science of plant life and give educators a kid-designed way to present the information rather than showing a documentary designed for adults. “The main thing for me is to try and get kids excited first about the process and let them take it from there,” Richard Hoffmann said. “In this film, we speed up the time so you see how cool it is how plants develop and grow, but yet it’s in a fun story that kids care about.” “From the first time I saw it, I thought it was a very fun and creative way to pres-

pansion was best for business, even though he etched his legacy as a journeyman. Brody justified this head scratcher by expressing the potential benefits of global access thanks to cable TV projecting the wrasslers into foreign homes. “He blew me away with how articulate he was,” my uncle said. “I was impressed with his depth as a person, as well as his depth as a character.” These days, my uncle only follows sports entertainment during “WrestleMania” season. But he becomes reacquainted with his old love whenever he’s on the phone with his proud nephew. “In the 27 years since that interview, I have been privileged to cover a handful of Final Fours, two NCAA basketball championships, the Stanley Cup finals, the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, the Daytona 500 and two U.S. Open golf tournaments,” my uncle said. “The interviews I conducted during those events have been long forgotten or soon will be, but the 22 minutes with Brody speaks louder today than it did back then. And that’s not because of the interviewer, but because as was the case with his matches, Brody carried it.” In the aftermath of Ultimate Warrior’s untimely passing, the one positive is that after years of estrangement, the tassel-bound, face painted superhero was able to mend fences with Vince McMahon to say goodbye to his fans. On the other hand, Brody didn’t have that platform of the WWE Universe. But he did have a borderline “shoot interview” to connect with his fans long after his untimely death. It might be a grainy video for a small-town news station, but knowing Brody a little better as we do now, I think he’d be satisfied. John Corrigan can be reached at

Sylvie holds up a watermelon seed to the camera in a still from her father’s film, “Watermelon Magic.” | COURTESY RICHARD POWER HOFFMANN ent a film,” Ratterman said. A clip of the movie was shown at the recent Philly Farm and Food Fest, where the focus was on the local food market.

“If you’re thinking and buying more locally, you’re supporting a local economy, the farmers that are growing the food,” Richard Hoffmann said. “You’re supporting

TRENDING IN PHILLY What people PENN’S LANDING, A SUMMERTIME HAVEN are talking @uwishunu tweeted on April 19 that the Spruce Street about in Harbor is going to be opening June 27 and lasts for the duration of the summer. The Penn’s Landing Marina will Philly – transform into a summertime community featuring events, from news food, a boardwalk and an “urban beach.” and store openings, to music events and restaurant HOMELESS RECEIVE DONATION FOR LEGAL HELP opening. For breaking news and @NewsWorksWHYY tweeted on April 19 that an anonymous daily updates, follow The Temple donor has given the Homeless Advocacy Project $50,000 to News on Twitter @TheTempleNews. be used toward extended free legal services for the homeless. NewsWorks reported that the donor plans to give this same amount each year.

your neighbors, really.” Albert Hong can be reached at

OUT & ABOUT GENO’S DRAMA In 2006, Geno’s Steaks gained national attention with its controversial sign that read, “This is America: When Ordering ‘Speak English.’” Some Philadelphians and tourists hailed the sign as discriminatory, but former owner Joey Vento defended it. Ultimately, the Commission on Human Rights deemed the sign as being acceptable. This controversy has been translated into a play from InterAct Theatre Company and debuted at the Adrienne Theater earlier this month. Written by A. Zell Williams and directed by Matt Pfeiffer, the show will be having its last few performances every day until Sunday. –Albert Hong

ILLUSTRATOR HONORED The children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” can be revisited at The Rosenbach Museum and Library until Nov. 2. The museum honors the author and illustrator of the book Maurice Sendak in its exhibit, ”Sendak.” The exhibition digs deep beneath Sendak’s work, exposing his stance on political issues that appeared in some of his children’s books. The exhibition contains about 10,000 objects, including letters, personal items, drawings, sketches and archival documents. The exhibit is included with the cost of museum admission. –Chelsea Finn

LOCAL CHEF ON ‘CHOPPED’ One local chef is making an appearance on the Food Network’s “Chopped” tonight at 10 p.m. The Northern Liberties restaurant Suppa’s Chef Georgeann Leaming will compete against three other chefs in turning baskets of mysterious ingredients into a full three-course meal under a set time limit. Each course will then be judged by a panel of experts and subsequently is named a winner. Suppa, located at 1040 N. American St., will be hosting a live viewing from 9:30-11 p.m. –Albert Hong

Celebrate the Philadelphia Science Festival’s “Astronomy Night” on Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. Telescopes and star maps will be provided at 26 locations throughout the city, so bring a blanket and view the night sky for free. Check the Philadelphia Science Festival’s website for a full list of participating locations. –Kerri Ann Raimo

SCIENCE FEST TO HOLD ADULT AFTER-PARTY @PhillyWeekly tweeted on April 18 that the Philadelphia Science Festival will be hosting an after-hour party kicking off the festival on April 25 at the Franklin Institute. The 21+ event will feature hands-on activities, music, shows and will have Yards Official Science Festival beer on tap. Tickets are $15 for non museum members.

TEMPLES TO PLAY FREE SHOW @R5Productions tweeted on April 18 that UK group Temples will play a free summer concert on Aug. 6 at Morgan’s Pier. The psychedelic rock band released its newest album, “Sun Structures,” this past February.






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ural talent, he said. “I would have to fast-walk back to check the price of items and things like that,” Foley said. It was not until his current position did he find a place to harness his capabilities. Several years ago, Foley’s supervisor approached him and explained that the office would participate in the annual Fun Walk and 5K Run. Hosted by Campus Safety Services, the walk is open to faculty and students. Starting at Founder’s Garden on 13th Street, it takes racers to Diamond Street and then north to Broad Street. Circling in at Cecil B. Moore Avenue, racers navigate through pedestrian traffic to complete their laps. This year, the event will take place on April 26, as part

of Alumni Weekend on Main Campus. Foley missed a few races for personal reasons and scheduling conflicts, but said he finally participated one sunny spring afternoon in 2008. He remembered noticing an underlying competitive nature to the event. He was instantly hooked. “When I saw what was going on, I quickly left my boss behind,” Foley said, laughing. “To this day, [six] years later, she still reminds me that I left her behind on what was supposed to be a staff development activity.” Campus Safety Services Capt. Eileen Bradley has been hosting and participating in the annual event for the past 16 years. She had met Foley prior to his first race day, but noticed a different attitude in him almost immediately. “Brian is intense – a very, very intense walker,” Bradley

said. “I’ve never seen anyone so serious about it. He’s perfected his style. He’s had a few little walking battles [with other faculty]. I always have to holler at him, ‘This is not a race, it’s a walk!’ It’s always a lot of fun.” Finishing in the Top 3 spots in 12 different walks, Foley has no plans of slowing down. He has also completed two Broad Street Runs, averaging a faster mile pace while fast-walking than running. He said one day he hopes to complete the Broad Street Run with a full run. “Some people often ask me if I’m going to retire, like Michael Jordan or something,” Foley said. “I think there will come a time at some point, maybe. But I’m probably going to run out of room [for trophies] on my shelf first.” Patrick McCarthy can be reached at

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Tragedy struck the Johnson family this past fall when Jaslyn Johnson’s father suffered a debilitating accident and was no longer able to work. His position at the university hospital had allowed him to receive his tuition remission benefits for his daughters, but the injury forced him out of work and compromised that bonus. Jaslyn Johnson said she and her sisters were faced with the possibility of putting their college careers on hold. “My sisters and I didn’t think about [college] initially,” Jaslyn Johnson said. “It was more so we were in shock and in the moment, we were trying to just make sure that he was OK and that he would get better.” By winter break, Jaslyn Johnson said her father was showing improvement in his recovery and was able to start physical therapy. Jaslyn Johnson and her Continued from page 7


Abate said. HootaThon has collaborated with Interfraternity Council member Alpha Kappa Lambda to host a block party on April 25 that will benefit the philanthropies of both organizations. Alpha Kappa Lambda focuses on raising money for CHOP, specifically honoring members of the fraternity who battled cancer at the hospital.

younger sister submitted their tuition remission forms to the university for their spring semester, but were informed that their father’s benefits no longer applied since he had exceeded his 30-day leave of absence. Jaslyn Johnson said the idea of taking out a student loan was troubling since graduating with debt was never part of her plan. In what she called a lucky moment this year, Jaslyn Johnson was a recipient for the PECO scholarship, which is given to students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. After receiving the scholarship, Johnson said she didn’t need to worry about whether she would graduate on time. “I would definitely say [the PECO scholarship] gave me a piece of mind and stability,” Jaslyn Johnson said. “This scholarship was right on time, I really needed this in order to graduate. It was just perfect.” Jaslyn Johnson said the thought of her father being in the hospital during the Fall

2013 semester weighed heavily on her mind. Her father’s experience influenced her interest in medicine since she was young. “Hearing stories about how my dad would [help someone recover] from going into shock or possibly dying, it inspired me to pursue medicine and to take an interest in healthcare,” Jaslyn Johnson said. She said she’s happy to know now that her goals to follow in her father’s footsteps are still attainable. She’ll graduate in May, as she planned, thanks to the scholarship. For the family-oriented student, graduating on time means getting the opportunity to help support her family even sooner. “I get to start working a year earlier, which means I get to start helping pay the bills and being there for everyone in my family,” Jaslyn Johnson said. She said she has always held a close relationship with her family, but her father’s needs have given her and her siblings a united front. “I think our relationship

Abate, a sister of Delta Epsilon Phi, said as a member of Greek life on Main Campus herself, she was familiar with AKL and its philanthropy, which led her to think the partnership would be a good fit. “When I heard that their local philanthropy was CHOP I said, ‘We’ve got to collaborate, they’ll bring a whole lot of new people to our event and give us a whole new awareness and be able to spread the word to a community that we might not

have been able to reach otherwise,’” Abate said. Senior strategic communications major Sean Casey, who is president of IFC and a brother of AKL, said the fraternity has been hosting a block party benefitting CHOP for the past four years. Now that it has partnered with HootaThon to create more awareness and expand the overall charitable purpose, Casey said he expects the most successful fundraising year yet. “The extensive network we

Jaslyn Johnson was awarded the PECO scholarship, which is given to students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. | SASH SCHAEFFER TTN with one another keeps us strong as individuals,” her older sister Jalene Johnson said. “Our relationship sources as a support system that gets us through any trial we experience, such as my

father’s accident.” Jaslyn Johnson said she has a new appreciation for her opportunities during higher education, which she said she’s sure to be reminded of even after

graduation. “Career, here I come,” Jaslyn Johnson said.

now have access to – because a lot of the time people hear about fraternity events, and because we do events so frequently, it kind of gets drowned out because people are like, ‘Oh, they’re doing yet another event’ - that HootaThon [has provided, as well as] a level of legitimacy, if that’s the right word, and has allowed us to take it to a whole new level,” Casey said. “Our record right now was last year. We raised $2,000, and I’m hoping to double that number. I’d like to hit $5,000 for this event.” The event was registered with the City of Philadelphia in February of this year, when Casey and other AKL members obtained a permit to shut down the block of Norris Street be-

tween 15th and 16th streets for the day. The event is planned to be an all-day affair, officially between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Casey said as part of the process to obtain the permit, AKL knocked on every door on the block to ask residents for their signature of approval. Abate stressed that the event is “completely dry” and that anyone spotted with alcohol at the event “will be gone immediately.” The block party is intended to be family-oriented. “As much as it’s for raising money for the Children’s Hospital [of Philadelphia] and for the students of the Temple community, it’s also for the people in the neighborhood,” Casey said.

“It’s just really cool to also give back in that way at the same time, too.” The block party will offer a moon bounce, various tables of food for purchase, a variety of games and performances from groups, including the Hungry Ghosts. Casey said AKL will run a can shake throughout the party. A number of student organizations that Abate has contacted will participate in fundraising efforts with tables at the event. Fifty percent of all proceeds raised by each group will go toward the overall cause.

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host something like this as well, but we just want to get enough money to help us get started and hopefully have the truck running by mid-summer.” The second truck will have the Cloud logo to be easily recognizable, but the owners said they may add a lightning bolt to complement the truck’s weather theme. Although they are still unsure of how they plan to manage both of the trucks, Mills and Craig plan to be more present within various Philadelphia neighborhoods and events like First Fridays, the Night Market and film festivals. Mills and Craig said they are also looking forward to the approaching deadline for applicants for this year’s Cloud Prize, which calls for artists across the nation to submit their artwork for consideration by a curator. That curator will choose between one and three recipients to receive an award of up to $1,000. The deadline for submissions, along with the $20 submission fee, is May 26.

“The Cloud Prize is the thing that I get most excited about,” Mills said. “It’s basically our way to tap into us being artists and looking for ways to give back to other artists. What I’d like to see from the submissions is an inside view of what people are doing. I’m really open in terms of what I think art is, so I encourage everything, from performance to paintings.” Mills and Craig said they anticipate having to adjust their management strategies as they take on the operation of an additional truck. “It took a year and a half of doing this for us to realize that taking on another vehicle would mean that Matt and I need to figure out these things together, but it’s doable,” Mills said. “It’s almost like we need to go smaller to go bigger. We know that what we’re doing is something that people see as vital and relevant.”


Craig found one for sale in Arizona. “We wanted something that was already done and ready to go so we could just get it here, paint it and get the permits together – just something more doable for us,” Mills said. “The one we found was actually a coffee van, and it’s big and already has the setup in it. It will allow us to just pull up somewhere and start selling coffee.” After buying the truck, Craig and Mills said they realized they would need to fundraise for a new paint job, permits and the expenses of transport. The owners will throw a fundraising party on Sunday from 6-11 p.m. at Crane Arts on 1400 N. American St. Admission to the party, which will include music and raffles, is $10. “We want to raise as much money as possible,” Mills said. “We have to put in money to

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(From left) Keisha Diggs, her mother Terrie Hawkins and her brother Kevin Diggs spend significant time working at the AIDS Fund, where they aim to spread awareness of HIV and AIDS and lessen stigma surrounding the disease. | ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF TTN

HIV activism is routine for twins of student


VOLUNTEER PAGE 1 When he and his sister found out about their award in March, they didn’t consider their volunteering to be exceptional. For as long as they can remember, they’ve helped with the setup and cleanup of AIDS Fund events, including various bingo nights. They also help with mailing efforts and preparation for AIDS Walk, the most important yearly event for AIDS Fund. “They’re like a fixture, because they greet the guests when they come in for bingo, and at concessions they serve the guests, and then they break down [after an event],” Hawkins said. “It’s like an eight-hour workday. Sometimes it can get tedious, but they know at the end of the day that it was so much worth it.” Both high school students said they plan to continue their efforts at AIDS Fund once they begin college. Both said they will likely follow in Hawkins’ footsteps, starting at the Community College of Philadelphia before transferring to Temple to finish their undergraduate degrees. Keisha said she is primarily interested in art, which she already pursues at Charter High School of Architecture and Design, while Kevin has participated in the Mock Trial events at Constitutional High School.

As someone living with HIV, Hawkins said she’s immensely proud of the twins’ effort, but she also wants AIDS and HIV to become less stigmatized – to lose the “shock factor” that is still associated with the disease. “I just want [people] to be more open, instead of thinking of it as this is a chronic disease,” Hawkins said. “I just wish that stigma of HIV wasn’t so apparent now, because a chronic disease can be hypertension, it can be diabetes. It’s just still such a hard conversation to have with someone.” In her experiences within the social work department at Temple, Hawkins said she participated in an internship for which she went doorto-door in West Philadelphia, offering free HIV and hepatitis C testing. She said most people still assume they aren’t at risk due to misconceptions about who contracts HIV. Keisha Diggs said this tendency is one of the first things she and her brother became aware of because of the AIDS Fund. “Some people still think that you only get HIV from having sex with the same sex,” Keisha Diggs said. “It’s not true. If people understand that not only the same-sex

couples can get it, but also heterosexuals, then people would probably stop freaking out.” Kevin Diggs added that many people are “pretty immature” about the disease. Their volunteering experience is something Hawkins said she hopes will become the norm, resulting in less negative attitude about HIV/AIDS. “I think, for example, we have families involved in the schools, and we have the PTAs, and that’s part of the norm,” Hawkins said. “If you do fundraisers, you have the families associated with the schools, and everybody works together. That’s the mentality I want [society] to have when it comes to HIV and AIDS.” When Hawkins found out about her own diagnosis, she said her own understanding of HIV was slim to none. As far as she knew, she said, “HIV could be anything.” She said she recalled feeling alienated from her family due to their misunderstanding of the disease. She said the first thing she decided to do was educate herself, and then make sure her children were educated. “When I found out my status and I was able to conquer it and overcome it, I knew that was go-

ing to be the main focus for them,” Hawkins said. “I don’t want them to be surprised or unaware about what HIV is, how it affects people and how people can be exposed to it. The only way I felt I could fight HIV stigma was to start at home.” Hawkins said she thinks Temple has taken steps toward the proactive attitude she’s tried to instill in her children. She’s coordinated with the Wellness Resource Center to bring AIDS Fund representation to Main Campus, including the presentation of an AIDS memorial quilt and timeline at various events. One thing she’d like to see introduced, Hawkins said, would be to distribute free condoms in more places around Main Campus. Her children make her proud every day, Hawkins said. “When it comes down to it, when I ask them to help me out, they don’t give me a hard time,” Hawkins said. “Of course I overwork them, but besides that I can’t believe how they’re just willing to step in and help me out, and not only help me out but to be willing to accept what I’m going through.”

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er way around.” Senior kinesiology major Vincent Omekam said Schoener frequently dedicates time outside of class to help students. “One girl in the class, she wouldn’t get in the water,” Omekam said. “I don’t know what happened to her, or if she was afraid or what. And then like four days in, she finally gets in, and Schoener spends a lot of time with her. And now look how she’s swimming.” Omekam said the class has helped him personally as well. “[Swimming for the NonSwimmer] fulfilled an aquatics requirement, and it was an opportunity for me to develop a very basic yet essential life skill that everybody should have,” Omekam said. “It’s fun at the same time. It’s different from my other classes. It gives me a break from the tough stuff – senior capstones and figuring out what I’m doing with my life.” Omekam said he initially strug-

gled with relaxing in the water, but with Schoener’s help, he’s been able to establish his confidence as a swimmer. “Just putting [students] in a situation where you know they can do it, and they might not believe you, but you know they can do something,” Schoener said. “And once they do it, then you’ve gone one step further than you were before. Then suddenly they get that sense of confidence in the water and they’re able to do things.” Yarde, one of the few students who had no previous swim experience, said the class isn’t what he expected. “It’s been kind of challenging because I didn’t know how to swim at all, but since it’s not boring, the challenging part of it isn’t that bad,” Yarde said. “I didn’t want to take this class at all. That’s why I’m taking it my last semester senior year. But now that I’m here, I know it’s not bad.”

Another kinesiology course, titled Swimming, is targeted toward students who feel more comfortable in the water. Schoener said Swimming for the Non-Swimmer covers just the basics of learning how to swim. Campus Recreation also offers swimming courses that are open at no charge to Temple students, staff, administration and their children. These instructive sessions are part of the Learn to Swim program, divided into three levels: Water Exploration, Primary Skills and Stroke Preparation. Omekam said regardless of how a person gets there, it’s important for many students to overcome the fear of swimming. “It’s been a great experience so far, to say the least,” Omekam said. “Just try. Just get in the water.”


cent of the class knows how to swim,” Mee said. “They’re just taking the class because they have to take it. So [Schoener] really just focuses on the kids that don’t know how to swim, and lets the kids that know how to swim just go through the class.” Mee said he’s only had to get in the water once, when a student had a cramp in his leg. Schoener said Mee is helpful and frequently stays after the scheduled class time while Schoener works individually with students who need extra help learning how to swim. “A lot of times it’s more like psychotherapy,” Schoener said. “Basically for those people for whom the class is intended, what you’re trying to do is get them to acknowledge that this environment is not something that’s controlling them – it’s the oth-

During the next few weeks, students will begin to see a new brand of energy drinks in dining halls and vending machines around Main Campus. This new drink, called Avitae, looks and tastes like water, but has added caffeine. Norm Snyder, a representative for Avitae, said that while the company is not trying to replace any morning cups of coffee, he believes its energy drinks offer a healthy alternative. “A lot of people load up their coffee with cream and sugar, and they turn a low-calorie beverage into an extremely high-calorie beverage,” Snyder said. “So instead of having that second or third cup, or fourth cup, go to the 90 milligram, or you could drink the 125. There is something for everyone.” The drink comes in three levels of caffeine: a 45 milligram which is equivalent to half of a cup of coffee, a 90 milligram, which is a full cup of coffee, and a 125 milligram, which is about a cup and a half. All variations are calorie and carbohydrate free. While Avitae was started in the Midwest, Snyder said the company has begun to move through Philadelphia and is now sold in places like Whole Foods, Wegmans and Walgreens around the city. “Now with the help of Sodexo, we are now going to go to places like Temple, Villanova, St. Joe’s and Drexel, and go through the Big 5,” Snyder said. “And have some fun with it, it’s a brand you can have fun with.” - Alexa Bricker

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Earth Day will be celebrated on Main Campus this year with an active outside event hosted by the College of Engineering. There will be a one-mile walk and a three-mile run today, with no pre-registration charge required. Participators have the potential to earn a T-shirt and various prizes depending on how quickly they finish either of the races. The start of both races will be at Pollett Walk and 13th Street, both beginning today at 11:30 a.m. The Earth Day Walk/Run is open to students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Those Temple community members who are participating in Human Resource’s “Ready, Set, Move!” challenge can earn points by participating.

-Erin Edinger-Turoff

CREDIT FOR LIFE Graduating students who want to improve or monitor their credit scores as they prepare to enter the job market and undergraduates who are thinking ahead to the day of buying their first home or car should be aware that their student loans will impact their credit rating. All federal student loans are listed on credit reports. The Finance/Bursar’s Office will host a free workshop on Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. that will present and teach strategies. All students are invited to attend. The session will be held in Room 200B of the Student Center. Students are encouraged to bring questions about their personal credit reports. Multiple examples will be presented. -Erin Edinger-Turoff

ODD GIRL OUT The world premiere of “Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls” will take place in Randall Theater on Wednesday night from 7–9:30 p.m. The docurama illustrates the hidden world of bullying and aggression among pre-teen and teenage girls. The play is based on the book by nationally and internationally renowned researcher and author Rachel Simmons. The play is adapted and directed by Douglas C. Wager. “Odd Girl Out” will run through May 3 with three matinée performances at 2 p.m. on April 26 and 27, and May 3. Tickets are $5 with Student I.D. The show contains adult language and serious subject matter related to teen suicide. It is only intended for children and teens ages 12 and up. -Jessica Smith


“Do you think the Cherry

On Experience was a success?


“No, absolutely not, because Temple ignores the local and student community. They live in their own little world.”



“No, because I was there and there were only about 15 people, and if it was a success more would’ve showed up.”



“I thought it was a success. They had the laser tag things going on. It was fun, [even though] I didn’t know it was happening [that day].”







Track holds first home meet in more than three decades MEN’S TRACK COMPETES IN FINAL HOME MEET BEFORE JULY’S CUTS Former Owls ran on Temple’s track one more time when they competed in the “Alumni Mile” at the Owls Alumni Invitational on April 19 – the team’s first home event since the 1970s. Most of the alumni were content to just keep up with the rest of the runners, but 2009 graduate and current assistant coach Marquise Stancil streaked well ahead of the pack. “It was great,” Stancil said. “Just being able to run again with some of my former teammates that I had great times with was great. It kind of reminds you of why you came out to practice every day and who you ran for.” Tucked among the crowd were members of the 1968 track team as Peter Julicher, Joe Connelly, Michael McSweeney, Joe Smith and Larry Stone returned to the track they once competed on. The group captured the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America cross country championship in 1966. After the Board of Trustees voted to cut men’s track & field last December, the event marked the final home event the team will compete in. “We are very disappointed that they dropped the track program here,” Stone said. “I can’t tell you how upsetting that is.” –Stephen Godwin

ment will be played in Ucansville, Conn., and that the 2016 and 2017 men’s tournaments will be played at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. The 2015 men’s tournament will be played at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. –Avery Maehrer


The men’s and women’s track & field teams hosted its first home meet since the 1970s last Saturday, as both teams won first at the Owls Alumni Invitational. | ABI REIMOLD TTN


ROWING EVENT CANCELED, CREW EARNS TWO MEDALS AT SIRA The rowing team’s regatta against Bucknell was canceled last Saturday because of conditions on the Susquehana River. Meanwhile, the crew team earned two bronze medals at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta, but the team wasn’t entirely satisfied with the results.

“We are a little disappointed,” Zephyr Dippel said. “All the boats that made the finals were really gunning for first place.” –Danielle Nelson

BASKETBALL MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CONFERENCE TOURNEY LOCATIONS ANNOUNCED The American Athletic Conference announced last week that the 2015 women’s basketball tourna-

The American Athletic Conference announced on April 15 that Temple’s game against Houston was moved from Oct. 18 to Friday, Oct. 17. The game, which is scheduled to be played in Houston’s new 39,089-seat stadium, will now be nationally televised on ESPNU. – Avery Maehrer



Senior shortstop Sarah Prezioso was named the American Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week for the week ending April 13. This season, Prezioso leads the team in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, RBIs and home runs. – Avery Maehrer

golf spotlight | Matt teesdale

Teesdale, team search for momentum As final event nears, the junior is aiming to make a final push. MICHAEL GUISE The Temple News For Matt Teesdale, there are no longer 18 holes in a round of golf – at least in his mind there aren’t. To help snap out of his spring struggles, the junior said he now breaks each round into three six-hole games in which he tries to shoot par for each. Teesdale isn’t the only golfer aiming to shake off the rust from a harsh winter that forced the team to practice mostly indoors. As Teesdale has struggled this spring, so has the rest of the golf team. At the Furman Intercollegiate, Teesdale finished 84th out of 111 golfers. His score of 231 was the third-best on the team. At the Tiger Invitational, Teesdale placed 76th, with a score of 245. Only five golfers finished with a worse score than Teesdale at the event. Last weekend, Teesdale tied sophomore Brandon Matthews for 48th overall at the Wolfpack Open.

“He’s an amazing player “[Teesdale’s] got all the tal- the Top 10 at three events, won ent in the world,” senior Matt a share of the title at the Princ- – he is really the key for us beCrescenzo said. “He just needs eton Invitational, averaged 74.5 cause he is that good,” Quinn to figure out what works for strokes per round and earned said. “If he gets going a little, him. If he does that, he will be Atlantic 10 Player of the Week that will raise our program to a new level.” honors. awesome.” In his third year on the “He has so much talent, it’s Teesdale said he has talteam, Teesent and believes he can com- crazy,” Matthews said. UP NEXT dale also “ H e ’ s pete with anybody on the golf probably one of The American Tournament brings a course. leadership “If you put the practice in, the most talentApril 27-29 aspect to you should be confident,” Tees- ed kids in the the program, players said. country,” Quinn said. dale said. “He’s got no problem tellTeesdale finished tied Consistency for Teesdale for 25th at the ing kids what they need to do,” has been a Middlebank In- Crescenzo said. point of emWith one more event betercollegiate at phasis. Lately, Kingsmill Resort fore the American Athletic as Teesdale River Course. He Conference Championship, the admitted, his had the lowest golfers are running out of time game has been score on the team, to shake off the rust from their sporadic. To 220, and was the return from what was a harsh help fix this, most consistent winter that prevented them from he said he Brian Quinn / coach Temple golfer at practicing outdoors. has been us“I’m actually really excited the tournament. ing the mind game to help him focus. He did not shoot higher than a for where we are at,” Matthews “We just need him to turn the 74 during the three days of the said. “I think we are going to be corner a bit and just trust him- event. Teesdale also finished pretty good.” Quinn said he believes self a little more and if he does tied for 30th at the Princeton that, I think that helps our team Invitational, shooting a two-un- Teesdale has picked up momenimmensely,” coach Brian Quinn der 69 on the final day to move tum during each week of competition. from 53rd to 30th. said. “He’s pretty close to hitting “He has the ability to play As the team’s No. 3 player, Teesdale has a lengthy list of ac- really good,” Crescenzo said. his stride,” Quinn said. complishments at the collegiate “He has more ability than anyMichael Guise can be reached level. Last spring he finished in one on the team.”

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that,” Rhule said. The football team is nearing the end of its 15 NCAAallotted spring practices, which will culminate this weekend with the annual Cherry & White game at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pa. The team held two practices last week, the first of which Rhule called “by far the best” one of the year. “We’re still battling some things,” Rhule said. “Guys understanding exactly how to compete and play at this level day in and day out.” “I said to them [Wednesday]: How does this team get itself to practice like this all the time?” Rhule added. Redshirt-senior defensive back Anthony Robey, who has been sidelined with a “core” injury this spring, said the team is more competitive this year than it was during 2013 – when players were still dealing with the transition to a new coaching staff. In particular, Robey and the defense were adjusting

Offensive lineman Kyle Friend (center) looks to make a block during a recent practice session.| HUA ZONG TTN to defensive coordinator Phil ter position now than we were. Snow’s style of play. We’re more strong and we have “Coach Snow said it would more chemistry as a secondary.” take a year to fully understand Returning quarterbacks the defense,” Robey said. “It’s P.J. Walker and Connor Reilly showing out there on the field.” are expected to see less action Junior defensive back Ta- during this year’s Cherry & von Young has also noticed a White game, Rhule said. Walkdifference this spring – one he er, however, has impressed his attributes to teammates this UP NEXT extra work durspring. ing the offsea- Cherry & White Game “P.J. is April 26 at 1 p.m. son and a more more confident trusting attitude and smarter toward the coaching staff. with the ball,” Young said. “We’ve made way more “He’s a leader. He knows what plays than we had last spring,” he’s doing.” Young said. “We’re in a betRhule said some players

further down in the depth chart have also been catching his attention during recent practices, including redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Romond Deloatch and redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Jullian Taylor. Although the team’s practice tour around the Philadelphia area will end this weekend, Rhule isn’t ruling out the possibility of venturing outside Main Campus for next year’s spring training camp. Rhule said the experience has been a teambuilding venture and enabled the Owls to take the Temple brand out into the local community. As for the perceived increased quality of play this spring, Rhule partially attributes it to the hardships the team went through last season. The roster remains young, Rhule said, but an extra year of experience has left its mark. “We’re light years ahead of where we were at this time last year,” Rhule said. Avery Maehrer and Evan Cross can be reached at

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its next nine games. After the UConn loss in the conference opener, however, the Owls have won three of their last five, topto make the tournament is by ping Villanova on April 5, and getting a win in the regular then beating the Bearcats and season finale, although there the Golden Eagles last week. is a possibility for the Owls to A setback was a 15-6 loss make the tournament even with to the top-seeded Louisville a loss. Cardinals, a game where the “It doesn’t get any more Owls were able to hold Louexciting than going down to the isville to four goals in the first last game of the season against half only to trail by two. The a pretty good traditional rival,” game slipped away from TemRosen said. “It’s the way you ple in the second half though, should get yourself into the when the Cardinals outscored tournament. You earn it. We the Owls 11-4. know what the situation is, but Last Saturday, the team lost we got to go in and earn our 13-6 at Georgetown. The Hoyas spot.” led 10-3 at halftime. Getting a win against Heading into the game Georgetown, which clinched against Cincinnati, the team’s the second seed in the confer- four seniors said they felt like ence tournament with a 5-1 they had to prove themselves to record in the Big East, would the conference after the loss to have put Temple under better Louisville. circumstances. “We’ve just UP NEXT But the prior been building Owls at Rutgers game against and building,” April 25 at 7 p.m. Marquette was Rosen said. “The one that carried more impor- Louisville game was a tough tance. loss, but we were getting a lot “We knew that Marquette better heading into that game.” was a must win,” redshirt-sophRosen said that there won’t omore goalkeeper Jaqi Kaka- be anything easy about Friday’s lecik said. “There was no ‘ifs,’ game, but the confidence is ‘ands’ or ‘buts.’ It really would there. have helped our chances to get “We’re going to take it a win against Georgetown, so one step at a time,” sophomore we knew that the pressure was midfielder Nicole Tiernan said. on for this weekend, but we also “This week will be a good week knew that mostly Rutgers is go- of practice, we’re going to foing to be a big game for us.” cus on the little things. It’s goNot only was the Mar- ing to be a lot of pressure.” quette victory a conference win, But Tiernan said that the it was Temple’s first win on the team will run with the opporroad all season. The Owls had tunity. lost all four of their previous “We know what we’re road match-ups this season. capable of,” senior attacker But going into this road Jaymie Tabor said before the trip, players said it didn’t seem team’s road trip. “We’re ready.” to matter. “We don’t really think Nick Tricome can be reached about how we pay on the road at or on Twitter @itssnick215. compared to at home,” senior midfielder Lea Britton said. “It doesn’t matter where we are playing.” After an opening day win against St. Joseph’s University, Temple dropped seven of





Coach Eric Mobley (second from left) hugs a student-athlete during last weekend’s home meet. Eulace Peacock (middle), at one point considered the fastest man in the world runs during a 1936 event. All-American Travis Mahoney runs on the track near Geasey Field during his senior year.| ABI REIMOLD TTN/COURTESY TEMPLAR/TTN FILE PHOTO

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schools – and teams – drop by the wayside. His high school, Cardinal Dougherty, shut its doors in the Spring 2010. So did his former elementary school. The school in which he’s nestled a comfortable track coaching career, formerly Chestnut Hill Academy, is now Springside Chestnut Hill Academy as the result of a merge. All were changes made within a few years. All occurred before the hammer dropped a few months ago in December in the form of an announcement that seven sports were set to be eliminated from Temple’s athletic department. While the Board of Trustees reversed a portion of its decision in February when it reinstated the crew and rowing teams, five sports remain on the chopping block, including men’s indoor and outdoor track & field. “My past is disappearing,” Hines said. “My initial reaction when it happened was not favorable. To keep a track program alive and running doesn’t cost that much money.” As is the case with every program affected by the cuts, men’s track & field has its share of history and stories – some frequenly talked about today, others lost in time. Jesse Owens’ longtime rival, Eulace Peacock, donned the Temple ‘T’ across his chest. Bill Cosby once attended the university on scholarship to compete in track as his primary sport, not football. Temple track & field enjoyed the guidance of a full-time coach for the first time in 2004, 18 years after the loss of its cross country program. And while cross country was reinstated in 2005 and will continue, men’s indoor and outdoor track & field will bow out as a Division I program for the final time on July 1.













The men’s track and cross country teams joined Temple’s varsity palate in 1925, when Bert Barron guided the programs from its inauguration until 1927. After Max Younger had a taste of coaching the team until Spring 1928, the program discovered its first Hall of Fame coach when Ben Ogden was brought in, kicking off what would be a 30-year coaching tenure as the cross country and men’s track coach. One of Ogden’s feats as the Owls’ coach came by drawing in a young wunderkind athlete by the name of Eulace Peacock in 1933. Peacock tied the world record in the 100-meter dash at 10.3 seconds in 1934. He would later beat the man who would quickly become the country’s most celebrated track star. As Peacock flourished in a Temple uniform, an up-and-coming collegiate star at Ohio State, Jesse Owens, had already made a name for himself by tying the 100-yard dash record of 9.4 seconds. With the “Buckeye Bullet” fresh off of winning four NCAA championships in 1935, it made

Peacock’s victory in the 100-yard dash at the Amateur Athletic Union Championships that year all the more surprising, as he beat Owens and Marquette University’s Ralph Metcalfe, a prestigious athlete in his own right. From 1935 up until the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, the trio stood out as the best the country had to offer in track & field. Peacock defeated Owens and Metcalfe a few times in that span, and was known as the fastest human on the planet for a brief period of time. However, a sprinter’s hamstring is his accelerator. And when Peacock first pulled his in Milan with Team USA in 1935, it kicked off a string of nagging hamstring issues that would permanently hamper the career of Temple’s young superstar. Peacock later tore the hamstring at the 1936 Penn Relays, and failed to return to form in each of his three later attempts while trying to qualify for the 1936 Olympics. This left Owens clear to qualify for the games, and his legend flourished that summer in Nazi Germany. While Peacock was left to become a major “what if?” in the years to follow, he remains a prominent figure in Temple track history and still holds the school’s long jump record at 26 feet, 3 inches.


After Ogden bowed out as a 30-year Hall of Fame track coach at Temple, his assistant, Gavin White Jr., took over the head coaching reigns. The team was thin and limited in resources when White took over in 1958. So White improvised. Having decided to look at Temple’s other athletic programs for athletes to compete for the team in their respective offseasons, White quickly discovered an abundance of options. One such find occurred when he decided to pay a visit to the gymnastics team during a practice. “I’ll never forget this,” White said. “I went to the gymnastics team, asked them if they ever pole vaulted before and every damn kid raised their hand.” Also delving into basketball and football for throwing options, White began building a more balanced team that eventually regained its respectability. Hillel Levinson (200-meter) and Jim Zaffarano still hold school records from 1960 and 1964, respectively.


When White left the coaching ranks in 1967 to embark on a 21-year stint as Temple’s athletic director, the team had quality and a few individual standouts. What it would soon have, however, was an old-fashioned coach, even for the time. Jack St. Clair took over the reigns of Temple’s program after guiding Cardinal Dougherty to eight Philadelphia Catholic League and city championships in 13 seasons. Referred to as “Saint” by many of his runners, St. Clair helped build a team that could compete at the regional and, on occasion, the national level. “To a lot of guys, he was a father figure,” Hines said. “Sometimes with fathers, it’s a lovehate relationship.” “But guys that went to Temple still talk about him,” Hines added. “Those of us who ran at Temple and Dougherty, we get together and we like to tell stories about him.” Upon the start of a new decade, St. Clair’s Owls featured a versatile standout by the name of Jim Elwell. A utility runner, Elwell has his name etched on the outdoor record book for three events – the 110-meter hurdles (1971), the 400-meter hurdles (1971) and as part of a 400-meter hurdle shuttle relay in 1972. One of the final achievements of the St. Clair era came in Spring 1971, when Elwell teamed up with Scott Poole, Nick Cordasco and Doug Scott in the distance medley relay to advance to the NCAA final, weeks after winning the MAC Championship in the event. The quartet each earned honors as the first All-Americans in the team’s history.

Temple spends less on its track & field student-athletes than any other school in the American Athletic Conference. The program will be eliminated on July 1.| AVERY MAEHRER TTN


The success of St. Clair’s teams followed into the George Alexander era upon St. Clair’s retirement in 1983. Alexander had been the women’s coach since 1977, and gained control of both programs when he became the men’s head coach after St. Clair’s departure. Alexander oversaw George Steinbronn’s record-setting tear in 1984. Steinbronn still owns records in the indoor 1,500-meter, as well as the outdoor 1,500-meter and the DMR along with Wilson, McGovern and Linwood. Steinbronn also competed in the 1984 NCAA Championships in the 1,500-meter. Unbeknownst to the team at that point, Temple President Peter Liacouras and newly appointed Athletic Director Charlie Theokas were finalizing a recommendation that had been in the works since the year Steinbronn erupted in 1984. The final plan, passed with a stamp of approval by the Board of Trustees on May 13, 1986, placed eight varsity sports on the chopping block, including men’s and women’s cross country. The decision devastated the team in its wake, and prevented any significant distance talent arriving at the university for the better part of 25 years. The team became more sprint and jump focused, though middle-distance runner Elliot Gaskins rewrote the record book three times in 1994. “I was perplexed as to why they would drop that sport because it’s not a costly venture,” said Bill Bradshaw, Temple’s athletic director from 2002 to 2013. “If you look at a roster on indoor and outdoor track, there are a lot of distance runners and when you don’t have cross country, you’re limiting that area of track to score points in.”


When a young Stefanie Scalessa was hired to take over the men’s and women’s programs in 2004, she became the first woman to coach a men’s team at Temple in its history. And she did it under rather strenuous circumstances, taking over a men’s team devoid of numbers, depth, talent and funds, among other necessities. “I want to say there were probably about 20 men on the team when I started,” Scalessa said. “It was a pretty small team. There were some strong kids individually, but as a team, we had absolutely no traction.” Scalessa said her predecessor, George Phillips, who coached from 1999 to 2004, had petitioned to reinstate the cross country programs for both the men and women. When Scalessa arrived at Temple, she had an athletic director in Bradshaw who had already taken interest in the issue, and was willing to take action. Cross country is the school’s least expensive varsity sport, which made the process and eventual approval easier on part of the president and

the Board of Trustees of reinstating the program. Cross country returned in Fall 2005, and it had its own coach within two years with the hiring of distance coach Matt Jelley.


In conjunction with Eric Mobley succeeding Scalessa as head coach in 2008, the program experienced much of the success envisioned when cross country was reinstated. The team kicked off a five-year string of Top 4 finishes in the outdoor Atlantic 10 Conference Championships in 2009. In 2010, the men finished second in the A-10 meet, its highest ever finish in the conference. The men won three individual titles in the meet that year, while that number doubled in the next. Thrower Bob Keogh and distance runner Travis Mahoney earned All-American honors in 2011, the first to do so since Gaskins in 1993. Mahoney, the most decorated distance runner in the team’s history, had his big break that year in taking the All-American honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as a junior. He has five Temple records to his name. “Things were turned around for us when I was a senior,” Mahoney said. “We had a couple of great 800 [meter] runners and it definitely seemed to become a more distance, middle-distance oriented program. We were doing great.” Heading into this year, a revamped assistant coaching corps featuring the full-time additions of James Snyder, Aaron Watson, Tamara Burns and Marquise Stancil was one aspect addressed by a new initiative on the part of the athletic administration to invest in the program. Such a recent investment in the program added to the track & field team’s shock at its inclusion in the list of varsity sports set to be terminated on July 1. “I’ll never be at peace with it,” Mobley said. “I’ll never be at peace with a decision to cut any track & field program, but it’s something that’s out of my control.” “I’m upset because without it, there is no Eulace Peacock,” Mobley added. “Had I been a student-athlete here, there is no Eric Mobley. I’m just upset at the opportunities that have been taken away from these young men.” Mahoney, 23, is now flourishing with the New Jersey/New York Track Club and he is distancing himself from the institution that helped him get there. “I feel betrayed,” Mahoney said. “It’s tough because I’m running for this team now and a lot of the kids on my team went to very good athletic programs, and they’re proud of it. Honestly, I’m not proud of it anymore. Once they cut the program, I don’t want to be affiliated with Temple anymore.” Andrew Parent can be reached at andrew.parent@ or on Twitter @daParent93.




CREW spotlight | BRIAN Reifsnyder

After illness, a return to the Schuylkill The sophomore is nearing his Dad Vail debut, after ulcers prevented him from doing so last season. DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News Brian Reifsnyder had to watch. As a freshman, he had been preparing the entire season for the Dad Vail Regatta. When an illness prevented him from being in the boat, he found a bike as an alternative. “[I] followed every Temple race, including the women’s that weekend,” Reifsnyder said. “I felt like I worked so hard to be in one of those boats to see what Dad Vail was like.” In April 2013, just weeks before his first opportunity to row out of the Varsity 8 boat at the Dad Vail, the 6-foot-7-inch crew member was sent to the emergency room, where medical professionals performed an endoscopy procedure by placing a tube with a camera down Reifsnyder’s throat. Doctors discovered ulcers on his esophagus – a diagnosis that prevented him from eating for almost a week and caused him to lose nearly 15 pounds. One year later, Reifsnyder is preparing for another Dad Vail – this time on water. He and the rest of coach

Brian Reifsnyder (third from left) rows on the Varsity 8 boat during an April race.| KARA MILSTEIN TTN Gavin White’s crew team will compete at the annual event May 9-10 on the Schuylkill. Reifsnyder, now fully recovered, said he believes that the ulcers he suffered from last year resulted from both academic and athletic stress stemming from adjusting to his first year in college. After spending a couple of days in the hospital, Reifsnyder had to restrain from any physical activities for about a month as he regained his weight.

Reifsnyder spent the remainder of the season on the banks of the river, which as assistant coach Brian Perkins said, caused difficulties for the Varsity 8 boat. “When Brian got sick, we had lost a guy, a big, strong kid, who had earned his way in there and was gelling with the boat,” Perkins said. “To lose him at the last minute affected all the boats.” “It really impacted that boat, but it also impacted the entire program,” Per-

kins added. The Varsity 8 boat did not make it out of the semifinals of the Dad Vail in 2013. Now in his second season on the crew team, Reifsnyder has regained his seat on the Varsity 8 boat and made strides both academically and athletically in what has been an eventful season thus far. Just days after the Board of Trust-

ees approved a plan to eliminate the crew program last December, Reifisnyder rowed to a personal best on the ergometer machine, an indoor rowing machine, at 6,000 meters. “Coach White’s workout plan is working,” Reifisnyder said with a laugh. When the Owls raced against Bucknell and Williams on the Schuylkill in March, Reifsnyder reminded co-captain Zephyr Dippel that it was his first time racing at 2,000 meters on the Schuykill. “I know he is real hungry,” Dippel said. “More so than other people. When he talks about being able to race in the Top 8 in the Dad Vails [he] gets a whole new serious race face. You kind of don’t recognize him for a second. That’s when you know he means business.” Although it has been close to year since Reifsnyder was diagnosed with ulcers on his esophagus, he still takes medications to prevent any other developments. Reifsnyder said he is not deterred as another opportunity is quickly approaching to row in the Dad Vail. “I want to be able to say I won the Dad Vail my first time racing in it,” Reifsnyder said. Danielle Nelson can be reached at

tennis | tournament struggles

Despite late surges, Owls falter against conference rivals Both the men’s and women’s teams were shutout last weekend. GREG FRANK The Temple News The momentum came to a definitive halt – both in Memphis and Tampa, Fla. The men’s and women’s tennis teams were playing well heading into their respective American Athletic Conference tournaments, as the men’s team had won 11 of its past 13 matches and the women had won three of their past four. But against their conference foes, both teams were shut out in the first round of the tournament. The men’s team lost to nationally-ranked Louisville, while the women fell to Central Florida. The men’s team finished the regular season on a month-long seven-match winning streak that boosted its record to above the .500 mark after it started the year on an eight-match losing streak. Coach Steve Mauro had pointed to improved doubles Continued from page 22


sion symptoms, and Haug was scratched from the lineup of Temple’s second game against Towson on April 9 with recurring symptoms. “It’s just a horrible situation for them,” senior shortstop Sarah Prezioso said. “They’ve been trying their best to come back. But when they are OK to come back, something happens where they end up feeling worse the next day. We’re not at all pushing them to come back.” DiPietro said he followed the proper procedures for concussions. “They all had a baseline test done in the fall, which acts as a guide to where they are,” DiPietro said. “When they have a concussion, they have to pass everything and get back to that baseline. They were all cleared. When the trainer gave me the OK to let them play, that was the only time we let them do anything.” Haug was cleared again last Tuesday, and she said she felt well after practicing. McKeon will probably not be as lucky,

play throughout the winning streak as something to be proud of and said he was confident going into the conference tournament. Mauro said earlier in the season that he had difficulty scheduling matches in the conference since he likes to schedule a year in advance and last year Temple was still competing in the Atlantic 10 Conference. As a result, Temple played just one match – at Connecticut – against a conference foe. “I think that had something to do with it,” Mauro said. However, Louisville had played against just one conference opponent in The American as well. With all the players on the men’s team returning next season, Mauro remained positive after the defeat and acknowledged that, after this loss, the competition in The American is nothing to turn a blind eye to. “For us, we use this loss as motivation for next year,” Mauro added. “We’re just happy to be playing in such a strong conference.” Freshmen Vineet Naran said Louisville would be tough,

but added that Temple was competitive throughout the match – despite being shut out. “They were a good team,” Naran said. “We tried our best and it was just a matter of a couple points that made the difference.” “I guess our expectations were to win and we didn’t,” Naran added. The women’s team drew Central Florida in the first round and dropped a 4-0 match in Tampa. While Mauro was in Memphis with the men’s team last weekend, upon hearing the news of the loss, he said the women’s team did not meet his expectations. “It was a difficult loss,” Mauro said. The women’s team competed in four conference matches during the regular season, but played UCF for the first time in the tournament. “The girls fought hard and I think if we played them a different time it would be a different outcome,” Mauro said. Freshmen Anais Nussaume attributed UCF’s strong play to its ability to play outdoors all season. Temple was forced to

DiPietro said. Pasquale had injured her shoul“[The athletic trainers] told der, which she said was conme I should not expect her back cerning. for the rest of the year,” DiPi“When we learned it was etro said. “Maybe she would her hand, we were kind of rehave the opportunity to come lieved that it wasn’t anything back, but I don’t think they’re that serious, like her shoulder,” very hopeful.” Prezioso said. “We weren’t too “It’s been really frustrat- upset about it at first.” ing,” McKeon said. “I thought “Originally when they told I’d be back a lot quicker. I was me four to six weeks, I was hopback for a weekend. I wasn’t ing to come back within three,” feeling well, and ever since then Pasquale said. “And it didn’t it’s just been on and off a lot.” go as planned. Just because of The biggest loss, though, where it is in my hand, and the has been Pasquale. With the fact that I’m a catcher, I’m a program playing its final season power hitter. I feel like I would after the Board have just ended UP NEXT of Trustees apOwls at Stony Brook up fracturing it proved a plan again.” April 23 at 2:30 p.m. last December W i t h to eliminate it after this year, Pasquale, Haug and McKeon Pasquale will have to transfer to out, other players have had another institution if she wishes to step up – particularly for to play out her final season of the Towson doubleheader. Aleligibility. though Haug played in the “It’s devastating to the first game, White, Santos and team,” DiPietro said. “You lose Nelons were all unable to play. an All-American, it’s going to Senior Kate Roth made her first hurt you. [Pasquale] tried to hit, career start, freshman pitcher and she said she still felt some Amanda Gatt played first base discomfort in her hand, and I and got her first career hit. Seguess she just didn’t want to nior pitcher Kylie Kristovich take a chance.” played outfield and recorded Prezioso said that the her first hit as well. Freshman team had initially thought that Cassidy Trause made the game-

The men’s tennis team’s season ended with a 4-0 loss to Louisville. | ABI REIMOLD TTN practice much of its spring season indoors at nearby Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Center. However, Nussaume said the team wasn’t entirely disappointed with the way things ended. “It’s sad to lose first round,” Nussaume said. “But UCF is one of the better teams we had tying hit in the second game. “People have been stepping up and doing what they’re supposed to do,” Pasquale said. “The people we are playing right now are doing a fantastic job.” Much of the offensive responsibilities have fallen on the shoulders of Prezioso, DiPietro said. “When we had all these injuries, people asked me, ‘How come you keep her at the top [of the lineup]?” DiPietro said. “Because she sets the tone for the whole team.” “I’m just going to do what I have to do to help the team,” said Prezioso, who leads the team with a .402 batting average. “I don’t really feel pressured. I have confidence in my teammates.” Still, players say the season has been tough at times. “We just try not to think about [the injuries], and just play the game,” Prezioso said. “We’re rolling with the punches, I guess you could say.” Don McDermott can be reached at

played all season. So I still believe that most of us did play well during the conferences matches.” The outlook now shifts to the future for both teams, as the women’s team will lose seniors Jordan Batey, Carly Bohman, Alicia Doms and Yana Mavrina to graduation. All members of the men’s team are eligible to Continued from page 22


Sophomore Reagan Oliveri started off this season in the allaround, scoring a 38.175 at the George Washington Invite. She was in and out of that category all season, but Murphy said he has been impressed with her overall mental toughness that stems from the way she practices. Oliveri said that she practices in a manner that creates as close to an atmosphere to actual competition as possible. She said her main mental obstacle is on the balance beam, even though she finished second in that event at the USAG individual finals, resulting in first team USAG All-American honors on the apparatus. “Me and [assistant coach Deirdre Mattocks] had a conversation about beam and how I get really nervous in a competition on beam,” Oliveri said. “I was never able to bring those nerves and that feeling to practice… During these last few weeks her and I collaborated and figured out ways to make me as nervous as possible in the

return next season. Mauro remains optimistic for both teams for their second year in The American. “We know we’re going to get better,” Mauro said. Greg Frank can be reached at or on Twitter @g_frank6.

gym so I could work out like I was in a meet.” Looking ahead to next season, Murphy has focused on two areas to improve in particular: making the vaults more difficult and cleaning up the current routines. Murphy said the key to improving vault scores is adding a twist to the shapes his gymnasts take in the air, whether it be a “tuck,” “pike” or “layout.” This results in a higher start value, increasing the potential for better scores. Murphy added that cleaning up is about the little mistakes in routines: legs being bent, toes not being pointed and legs splitting are a few examples. Murphy said the conference will continue to be competitive, but he’s got his eyes on one school in particular. “I heard that William & Mary recruited pretty well,” Murphy said. “I think they’re going to be a powerhouse next year, but definitely look out for Temple.” Steve Bohnel can be reached at or on Twitter @SteveSportsGuy1.


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Brian Reifsnyder is set to make his Dad Vail debut next month, after missing out his freshman season due to illness. PAGE 21

The men’s and women’s tennis teams were both shut out in the first round of The American tournaments. PAGE 21

TRACK HOSTS FINAL HOME MEET The men’s track & field team competed in its final home event, crew earned bronze, other news and notes. PAGE 19




Owls prep for Cherry and White Matt Rhule said the team held its best practice last week. EVAN CROSS AVERY MAEHRER The Temple News


ith Chodoff Field in shambles as it continues being resurfaced ahead of summer training camp, the Owls have had an earlier-than-usual start time to their spring practices: 5 a.m. Since each of the practices have been held off campus, the team has had to take transportation into account when forming its schedules. But, at least for one day last week, coach Matt Rhule bumped the start-time up to 6 a.m. “They were fired up about

Point of No Return Senior Gabe Pickett leaps during the Owls Alumni Invitational last Saturday. It was the men’s track & field program’s final home event. | ABI REIMOLD TTN



Pasquale redshirts as injuries continue The team has dealt with a short-stacked roster since March. DON MCDERMOTT The Temple News On March 4, the Owls celebrated a victory against Niagara in the Rebel Spring games. With it, came some costly losses. Senior catcher/first baseman Stephanie Pasquale injured her left hand and junior outfielder Lacey McKeon suffered a concussion. Three days later, freshman infielder Jessica Haug also sustained a concussion. Now, a month and a half later, injuries have become a theme of the Owls’ season. Pasquale redshirted the season and McKeon may be out for the year, while Haug and other players have been in and

out with injuries and illnesses. Sophomore second baseman Leah Lucas missed time with a cut leg and senior pitcher/ first baseman Brooklin White, freshman outfielder Toni Santos and senior third baseman Devynne Nelons have all missed time with the flu. “I think [the injuries] affected [us] in a huge way,” coach Joe DiPietro said. “Some players that I had hoped to kind of get some on-the-job training, but at a slower pace, they’re now in a starting role. “Then the sicknesses,” DiPietro added. “When it rained it poured, and we could never catch a break where we had a healthy lineup for any consistent time. It’s changed pretty much by the game.” McKeon and Haug both were cleared to play against Memphis on April 5. But after the series, McKeon was once again out with concus



Last tourney spot still up for grabs The team can clinch fourth place with a win against Rutgers. NICK TRICOME The Temple News


Sophomore midfielder Kara Stroup runs across Geasey Field during a loss to Louisville.| ANDREW THAYER TTN

The scoreboard hasn’t caused many smiles for the Owls this season, but it did against Cincinnati. Temple played one of its most convincing games of the season on April 13, beating its conference opponent 19-3 with 14 names on the score sheet on Senior Day. That was the last home game of the season. Now, the Owls are looking to clinch the fourth and final spot in the Big East tournament in a road game against Rutgers on Friday. After splitting a two-game road trip this past week with an 11-7 win against Marquette last Thursday and a 13-6 loss to Georgetown last Saturday, Temple is tied for fourth in the

Big East standings with a 3-3 conference record. Villanova, which also beat Marquette, also holds 3-3 conference record. Rutgers, meanwhile, sits in sixth with a 2-4 conference record heading into the final game against Temple next week. The Owls are behind Connecticut (9-6, 4-2 Big East), Georgetown (8-7, 5-1 Big East) and Louisville (11-3, 6-0 Big East) ahead of them in the Top 3 spots. Villanova will wrap up its regular season Saturday against Connecticut. If the Owls beat Rutgers and Villanova loses, Temple is likely to clinch the fourth seed. Should Temple and Villanova both finish with wins, there would be a three-way tie with the Owls, Wildcats and Huskies that would be decided by goal differential. Temple’s best opportunity



Women’s team climbs in scoring, Murphy says ‘look out’ for Owls next year Despite a rough finish, underclassmen improved throughout the season. STEVE BOHNEL The Temple News While sifting through the record books in his office earlier this season, women’s gymnastics coach Aaron Murphy found something he found to be rather remarkable. Spanning from Feb. 1 at the Ken Anderson Invite through Feb. 22 at a meet against Rutgers, the Owls consecutively beat 11 teams head-to-head – an achievement the program had not accomplished in 25 years. “I was glad I was by myself in the office,” Murphy said. “Just kind

of taking the time to myself, and being excited for helping the girls accomplish that.” Throughout the season, the Owls steadily improved – starting this season with a team score of 186.775 and peaking with a tally of 192.325 at Ursinus College. “Jumping up five points is huge in gymnastics,” Murphy said. “Because if you’re jumping five tenths, you’re doing a good job.” One example of the team’s advancement is freshman Briana Odom. Starting off the season competing on three out of the four individual events, Odom worked her way into the allaround by the following week, and competed in that role throughout the year. She saved her best performances for last, scoring a career-high 38.475 at

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the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, and then bettering that mark at the USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championships with a 38.500, good enough for first team USAG All-American in the category. Murphy said Odom’s success as a freshman has been an “eye-opener”. Odom said that she didn’t have very high expectations coming into this season. “Coming into college, I was really trying to focus on one event to just get me into competition,” Odom said. “I really just wanted to compete in a couple meets this season. To say that at the end of my freshman season I competed in every single meet we were in, and competed in the all-around… I really surprised myself a lot.” Odom’s success highlights the po-

tential of the youth in the program – a group that will need to improve next season due to seven seniors departing, Murphy said. One of those seniors is captain Heather Zaniewski, who doubted if she would be able to compete in her final season due to a right shoulder injury back in August. Her leadership proved to be key throughout the season, especially when injuries knocked several regular competitors out of the lineup. “I think people mostly look to me to comfort them,” Zaniewski said. “Just to tell them that it’s OK, stuff like this happens… we all have each other’s backs, we have girls who can go up there and still get a great routine even after someone gets hurt.”



Reagan Oliveri competes at a 2014 meet. | ERIC DAO TTN

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Volume 92, Issue 27  

Issue for Tuesday April 22, 2014.

Volume 92, Issue 27  

Issue for Tuesday April 22, 2014.


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