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VOL. 92 ISS. 25
All the Rage
City’s bid for grant calls for overhaul of Norris homes
Faculty voice concern over decentralized budget model
Rave culture continues to evolve despite questionable activities.
Department officials fear competition from decentralized budget could disrupt education.
New proposal would replace Norris homes with new housing, retail and park space. SARAI FLORES The Temple News
ALI WATKINS The Temple News
A $30 million grant that would allow for the removal and redevelopment of a North Central Philadelphia public-housing community located near Main Campus may be in the works for the City of Philadelphia. The Norris Apartments, which contain 147 low-income housing units between Berks and Norris streets east of Main Campus, are the subject of a proposal to be torn down and replaced with 297 mixed income Gold-LEED certified homes, a 10,000 square-foot workforce development center, an 8,000 square-foot community center, 2,000 square feet of commercial retail space, 75 underground parking spaces and a new one-acre community park. The proposal is an extension of the $30 million CHOICE Neighborhood Improvement Grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development that Philadelphia is one of six finalists for. Sen. Bob Casey made the announcement under the Temple Regional Rail station abutting the Norris Apartments last week, saying that the $30 million grant would create 600 construction and 300 permanent jobs and would leverage an additional $125 million in funding toward transformative redevelopment in North Central Philadelphia. The North Central redevelopment plan is backed by the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the city’s Office of Housing and Community Development and Temple, which will all be playing key roles if Philadelphia wins the five-year grant. Temple’s has promised $1.2 mil-
Despite optimism from the central administration, professors and academic faculty are concerned that the university’s new budgeting model could signal trouble for schools and colleges by upping the stakes with enrollment numbers. Starting July 1, the university’s budgeting model will reverse itself, putting more financial control in colleges’ hands and taking some major budgeting decisions away from central administration. Under the old budgeting model, tuition dollars and cash flow went largely to Temple’s central administration, which would then allocate funds to the university’s schools. Under the new decentralized model, the direction of cash flow is largely reversed, with schools seeing tuition dollars first and choosing which of their individual programs to allocate to. It’s a system that administrators have said will encourage entrepreneurship and innovation among programs. By directly tying tuition dollars to schools’ budgets, the university’s schools are more accountable for their enrollment numbers. Declines in enrollment mean direct hits to budgeting numbers, and increases mean more tuition dollars directly flow to schools’ administrators to dole out. But there’s concern that this heightened focus on enrollment — and with it, tuition dollars — could inspire shifts in colleges’ curriculums, with each of the university’s 17 schools competing for student interest, and each of their programs of
A dancer from Vinyl Doll Productions, a dance performance crew, performs with a hula-hoop at an event in the city’s Allegheny neighborhood on March 29. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
ne RED light glows above the door of a row house on a rainy Saturday night on 19th and Somerset streets.
It’s around midnight on March 29. jumpy gray cat and tightly parallel-parked cars. BY Inside the house, there are colorful beads and Following the sound of dubstep music leads KERRI ANN balloons. The balloons don’t have strings attached, to the party, where five DJs are set to play until RAIMO and a sufficient number of people keep one in their 5 a.m. hands, the end tightly squeezed between their finThe basement is smoky and smells of spray gers so they can inhale as they please. paint. There are college-aged ravers everywhere you look. “Let me get that.” A yellow balloon is passed to a boy Despite concerns about drug use and other illicit bein a backward hat. havior, the city’s rave culture continues to evolve. ParticuHe closes his eyes, quickly inhales and then pinches the larly in areas with large populations of young people, like opening of the balloon shut and passes it to a friend. When Temple, raving remains relevant. he opens his eyes, they’re glassy and glazed over. But there’s also a large contingent of those who have A table is lined with beads to make “kandi” bracelets, or been involved with raves since their start in the 1980s, and friendship bracelets for ravers. Adhering to the social code, those who acknowledge the sub-culture’s adverse history. A DJ with the 1-2 a.m. slot at the party reminisces with the finished bracelets can be shared or traded, but are never his friend about Warehusk, an event where Philadelphia ravto be purchased. The nearby streets are mostly desolate, except for a
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Bringing the power of word to high school
A baseball history
‘The bitter end’ After 87 seasons, the baseball team will be cut in July. JEFFREY NEIBURG The Temple News
High School Journalism Workshop, a course offered in SMC, teaches newsgathering skills. CLAIRE SASKO The Temple News Students spend the majority of High School Journalism Workshop off campus, without classmates. Professor Maida Odom said this is all part of experiential learning. Students in High School Journalism Workshop travel independently to different high schools in Philadelphia to help students and teachers create school newspapers. Odom, a journalism professor and the course instructor, stresses the importance of this type of hands-on learning. “I think it’s an opportunity to do some good and also learn something at
Senior Jennifer Nguyen (right) talks with local teacher Christine Swift as part of a high school journalism workshop. | CLAIRE SASKO TTN the same time,” Odom said. “It’s part of an overarching notion of community-based education where a lot of your learning doesn’t take place in the classroom, and I think that’s very important, particularly for journalists.” The program started eight years ago and was originally intended for interns, but quickly opened up to undergraduate students. Acel Moore, professor and retired editor from the Inquirer, and Dorothy Gilliam, the first female African-American reporter at the Washington Post, were the first to foster the program.
Odom said the program tends to challenge some students’ comfort levels when they begin. “What is interesting is students enter the high school class – this used to happen a lot – and they’d come to see me in the first few weeks and say, ‘This school is like a prison, it’s horrible, I don’t ever want to go back there,’” Odom said. “And then they come back to me at the end of the semester and say, ‘I love these children, I want to be a teacher.’ And so I think in that way it has changed some lives.”
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One summer after he retired, James “Skip” Wilson and his wife got home from a weeklong vacation in Avalon, N.J. There was a new plasma television sitting in their living room. “What the hell happened here?” Wilson thought. The late Jesse Hodges, a former Temple All-American, bought the TV for his old coach. Each year during the 1960s, a group of players from the baseball team got together for a dinner in New Jersey. Hodges went to pick Wilson up to drive him to the dinner one year and had noticed an outdated television set that Wilson had in his living room. “I didn’t want to ruin your eyes for the World Series this year,” Wilson remembers Hodges saying to him. “I bought this thing so you and your wife wouldn’t have those lines going
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St. James students collaborate
‘Humans Kissing Dogs’
TU Believe and Renew TU answer questions on security, present platforms to audience at General Assembly. PAGE 2
Local middle school students worked with Tyler students on graphic design projects to be sold at an upcoming exhibit. PAGE 7
Photographer Chris Sembrot’ series “Humans Kissing Dogs,” is exactly as it sounds. PAGE 9
Tickets debate before election
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Trying minors as adults
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through the middle anymore.” But the lines are blurring even further now – this time, for Wilson’s former program instead of on his TV. On Dec. 6, 2013, Athletic Director Kevin Clark walked into the Student Pavilion and made a brief announcement. The Board of Trustees had approved his recommendation to cut seven sports. Clark began listing the disbanded programs to an emotional group of student-athletes. Baseball was the first to be called. Senior pitcher Matt Hockenberry joked earlier in the morning that the program would be cut after studentathletes were sent an email from their academic advisers. “We thought someone got caught plagiarizing and they were going to make an example of someone – it was the academic advisers,” Hockenberry said. But Hockenberry’s joke became a
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Owls emphasize kicking
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STAFF REPORTS | TSG Debates
Meghan Guerrera (left), of Renew TU, speaks at the first Temple Student Government debate. (Top) Members of TU Believe Julia Crusor (left), Ray Smeriglio and Blair Alston, along with Ifeoma Ezeugwu (left) and Rachel Applewhite promote their tickets’ platform.| ERIC DAO TTN
TSG tickets talk security at first debate In preparation for election, students got first opportunity to ask candidates questions. JOE GILBRIDE The Temple News Temple Student Government held its first debate between the candidates running for the leadership of the student body during its General Assembly meeting on March 31. The competing tickets, TU Believe and Renew TU, laid out their platforms and addressed questions from students at the TSG meeting. In an opening statement, Ifeoma Ezeugwu, presidential candidate for Renew TU, promised to make sure stu-
dents were recognized for their accomplishments with a monthly video series covering student achievements in the arts, sciences and other less publicized fields of study. TU Believe’s presidential candidate Ray Smeriglio highlighted how his administration, if elected, would work with Temple to improve dining and safety services and expand LGBTQ safe-zone training programs. Students asked how the candidates planned to make Main Campus and the surrounding area safer, in the wake of recent attacks on Temple students last month. Rachel Applewhite of Renew TU said they plan to expand transportation options like the Owl Loop shuttle and TUr Door. “To make sure students aren’t standing outside in a vulnerable environment, we need to increase where
to them, they know” the requirements from each school students have majors or minors in. The teams debated ideas to get students more involved and aware of TSG. Julia Crusor of TU Believe said her team plans to restructure the TSG General Assembly meetings to incorporate student voices more in decisionmaking. “It will be a biweekly group setting with smaller committee meetings, students will be allowed to attend,” Crusor said. Renew TU had their own plans to increase student involvement called “opening Temple’s eyes,” which includes “getting students to read more emails, letting faculty know about opportunities and getting students’ attention when walking through campus,” Applewhite said.
[shuttles] can travel to,” Applewhite said. Smeriglio said his ticket would focus on security inside campus buildings, ensuring Owl Cards are needed to access all facilities. Current student body president Darin Bartholomew and his administration have already worked with Campus Safety Services this semester to discuss heightened building security after a professor was attacked and robbed in Anderson Hall last fall. Speaking about plans to make academics as much a priority as athletics, Ezeugwu said Renew TU would introduce cross-school advising for students studying multiple majors across different schools. “By enhancing advisers, we can create a better network for students,” Ezeugwu said. “They’ll be well-informed so when students need to go
On the topic of diversity, Renew TU favored creating a Diversity Week to celebrate the multitude of student backgrounds in the Temple community. TU Believe argued it was more important to educate students on the diversity already present at Temple, without creating new programs. TSG election commissioner Dylan Morpurgo said both teams were told the topics of the questions – excluding ones delivered by students – prior to the debate, allowing them time to prepare their answers beforehand. Elections will be held Tuesday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 9 online via Owl Connect. Joe Gilbride can be reached at email@example.com.
Students for Monteiro plan walk-out, Bell Tower protests Students said talks with university have stalled. JOE BRANDT The Temple News The student coalition to reinstate African American studies professor Anthony Monteiro is now circulating a petition and planning to walk out of class Wednesday, April 9, as part of an “all April long” effort. Students for Monteiro, the coalition between People Utilizing Real Power and Temple Democratic Socialists, consists of a core of about 30 students who since March 31 have gathered signatures and distributed fliers and pamphlets near the Bell Tower and on Polett Walk. “We’re shooting for 1,000 [signatures],” sophomore music therapy major and TDS president Stephen Cozzolino said. “We set a goal for 50 a day and we’ve actually been getting about 100 a day. It’s going well so far.” On the afternoon of Friday, April 4, when the group was gathering their belongings to avoid the impending rain, the petition had more than 400 signatures. The petition made four demands: to reinstate Monteiro with tenure, fire Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Teresa Soufas, have students and commu-
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nity members on the Board of Trustees and “create a mutually beneficial relationship between the community and the university.” “We want to get student power on campus,” political science major and PURP member Paul-Winston Cange said, adding that his goal was 2,000 signatures. Cozzolino said the pedestrian response had been mostly positive. “Not everyone knows about the issue,” Cozzolino said. “But once we explain it to them, they sign.” Cozzolino said that Molefi Asante, the chair of the African American studies department, came to the petitioners’ table in front of the Bell Tower to state his position on the Monteiro case. Along with Soufas, Asante has drawn heat from the protestors for his perceived role in Monteiro’s contract not being renewed. Soufas has said the decision was made in collaboration with the department due to a shift in academic focus. Asante and Monteiro didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment. “[Cozzolino] didn’t know it was Asante,” freshman undeclared and TDS member Andrew Mattei said. Mattei said Cozzolino tried to get Asante to sign the petition, mentioning Asante by name in his “pitch.” “You could see the looks of terror
Students for Monteiro promoted its cause at a booth set up near the Bell Tower last week. Members are planning to hold a walk-out and protest in the same location on Wednesday, April 9. | ALEXIS WRIGHT-WHITLEY TTN on [the petitioners’] faces when they found out it was [Asante],” Mattei said. The walkout is planned for Wednesday at 1 p.m. in front of the Bell Tower. Joie Wu, a freshman economics major and TDS member, said the coalition plans to start a rally once the walkout begins. PURP member and junior second-
ary education in social studies major Walter Smolarek said the walkout’s purpose is to “put additional pressure on the administration.” Students for Monteiro’s last meeting with the administration was on March 14 with Ken Lawrence, senior vice president for government, community and public affairs.
“We’ve seen communication between us and the administration really break down since then,” Smolarek said. “We need to let them know this wasn’t a one-off thing.” Joe Brandt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @JBrandt_TU.
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STAFF REPORTS | CONSTruction
Housing complex planned for West Pagoda Four-story building with retail space set for corner of Carlisle and Oxford streets. MARCUS MCCARTHY Assistant News Editor The former West Pagoda Chinese takeout on the corner of Carlisle and Oxford streets was torn down during spring break to make way for a four story apartment complex with retail space. The building will include 12 apartments and a balcony on the fourth floor with the plans showing the building rising roughly 10 feet taller than neighboring buildings, according to the City of Philadelphia. Additionally, the first floor is to be retail space. On Aug. 21, 2013, an appeal by Michael Mattioni, a local real estate, estate planning, corporate and taxation lawyer, was approved by the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Appeals in order to construct the building, which is planned to be much taller than the one floor West Pagoda building that preceded it. The property was bought in December for $250,000 by J.B. Richards
(Left) The former West Pagoda building prior to its demolition during spring break. City documents show plans for a four-story housing and retail structure to be built on the site. | MARCUS MCCARTHY TTN Construction, LLC, a company with offices in Northeast Philadelphia, according to property records. The property’s 2013 estimated market value, prior to the new construction, was $30,000. The owner of the property is Huang Hui Qiu and the licensed contractor is CRP Builders 2 LLC, according to a building permit posted at the construction site and approved by the Department of Licenses and Inspections on March 13.
Neither Qiu nor the overseeing inspector from Philadelphia L&I returned multiple calls for comment. The architecture firm that designed the building is Harman Deutsch, which has offices located on the 600 block of 12th street. Additionally, an attached structure is planned to be constructed adjacent to the building. This attached structure will be three stories with apartments in each of the floors including the base-
ment, according to the City of Philadelphia website. This construction takes place across the street from the new bar and restaurant, Masters, which is still in the process of renovating a previously abandoned building. Masters’ property estimated market value jumped from $18,000 in 2013 to $187,200 in 2014, according to property records. The Temple News reported in February that Masters is planned to be a
two-story establishment with a bar and restaurant on the first floor and a study lounge on the second floor. Temple announced at a Board of Trustees meeting this past October that it would demolish the nearby buildings that used to house Temple Garden and the Gateway appliance store. Marcus McCarthy can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @marcusmccarthy6.
STAFF REPORTS | administration
Career Center changes face with new director Rosalie Shemmer pledges to expand staff, improve the center’s presence. MARCUS MCCARTHY Assistant News Editor Rosalie Shemmer took over as senior director of the Career Center last month and observed a department in need of reform to stay relevant at an evolving university. After spending 14 years in academic and career advising at other institutions, Shemmer noted that Temple’s Career Center is underresourced, among other problems that she said she plans to change. Shemmer said one of her top priorities is to put the focus on students. Soon after arriving at Temple, she met with Student Body President Darin Bartholomew. Shemmer said they discussed expanding online career planning programs, marketing the Career Center’s initiatives and creating a panel that included students to explore possible improvements, all changes that Bartholomew said are welcome. “When you go to Career Center events there’s just kind of this feeling that they don’t meet the expectations of Temple University,” Bartholomew said. “They kind of need to get the Career Center to a level where it matches Temple University and where we’re at now.” Shemmer’s previous post was the
Rosalie Shemmer meets with Career Center staff. Shemmer took over the office in March after serving in a similar position at Manhattanville College for six years. | ABI REIMOLD TTN director of the career center at Manhattanville College from 2008 until February. “[At] Manhattanville College, the career development department at the time really didn’t have the resources and it really wasn’t functioning very well,” Shemmer said. “So I’m proud to say six years later we had a great department, very student focused.”
Shemmer said that Temple’s Career Center is under resourced with nine staff members. Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Peter Jones said this number is expected to change in the future. “No specific numbers or time frame are available at this point as decisions are being made about which hires to prioritize,” Jones wrote in an email.
“However it is the case that the center will be significantly enhanced during the coming year.” In the 2014 Princeton Review 378 Best Colleges report, the University of Pittsburgh, a fellow state-related university received positive recognition with its career services department coming in ranked at 20.
Pittsburgh’s career services offers programs like guaranteed internships or post-graduation advising. According to its website, Pittsburgh’s career services has a staff of 25 serving 18,429 students. Pennylvania State University, also a state-related institution, has an enrollment of 45,518 on its main campus and a staff of 38 at its career services, according to the university website. “[A] piece that was important [at Manhattanville] and is important here is connections with alumni are absolutely key,” Shemmer said. However, Temple’s alumni participation has stagnated around 7 percent due to having long been a commuter school. Pittsburgh’s alumni participation rate last year was 35 percent and Penn State’s rate was 30 percent. Temple’s career advising is shared between the Career Center and the individual colleges. Bartholomew said the place for a university-wide career center is if a student is a dual-major, minoring in another college, or are just interested in attending job fairs for a different college. “I think we can offer a lot of support and I hope that’s what we’ll be,” Shemmer said. “We will be the hub for the university career center and in many ways, especially those schools and colleges that need that support...we can provide that support.” Marcua McCarthy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @marcusmccarthy6.
STAFF REPORTS | research
Fox research studies location of business meetings Distance from headquarters to company meetings could be a sign of trouble, study says. LOGAN BECK The Temple News New research out of the Fox School of Business is aimed at holding companies more accountable with annual meetings where they release earnings reports to clients and shareholders. Fox School of Business finance professor Yuanzhi Li and New York
University finance professor David Yermack collaborated on a research project that studied the relationship between a company’s performance and the location of the company’s annual general meeting. Li and Yermack’s study analyzes how and where these annual meetings are held. Primarily, the duo wanted to test its hypothesis that if companies want to avoid conflict or will be presenting embarrassing information, they push the meetings further away from the company’s headquarters. In this way, clients may be less likely to attend the meeting to avoid extended traveling and the company could avoid difficult questions from
clients. Factors considered in the study were the distance from major airports. Companies that choose to move annual meetings report a six-month stock performance that is approximately 3-12 percent below their competitors. “My co-author David Yermack specialized in corporate documents, which is my major field,” Li said. “We always wanted to write a paper together on corporate documents.” Their paper, “Evasive Shareholder Meetings,” studied approximately 20,000 annual meetings from 2006 to 2010, covering thousands of companies. The inspiration for the study came
from German economics professor Ekkehard Wenger, whom Yermack met while teaching in Germany. The professor’s job was to attend all of the annual meetings in Germany, and in doing so was able to predict the locations of the meetings. Also known as shareholders meetings, public companies in the U.S. are required by law to hold annual general meetings each year, which often deliver crucial information like reports on earnings and the rest of the company’s operations. Companies are also required by the Securities and Exchange Commission to post their annual reports online. “We can’t watch tens of thousands
of meetings but we can measure the locations they use,” Li said. According to the Wall Street Journal, companies like General Electric Co. and Verizon Communications Inc. are notorious for switching their annual meeting locations to different places throughout the country each year. Several companies have a variety of reasons as to why they switch their annual meeting location, including an aim to increase percentage of shareholder participation in multiple areas. Logan Beck can be reached at email@example.com.
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Foster student discussion As tension has risen over speak face-to-face with Presiprofessor Anthony Monteiro’s dent Theobald and Board of removal from the African Amer- Trustees Chairman Patrick ican studies deO’Connor, partment, there Temple student government members of have been cries activist group should prioritize student- Students for for greater student access into administrator interaction. M o n t e i r o administrative staged a sit-in decisions at the university. De- in front of the president’s office. spite the presence of an active It should not be this difficult for student government, the gap students with grievances to gain between student opinion and the audience of top officials. administrative action has been While TSG frequently inexposed in recent weeks. vites lower-level administrators With a new round of TSG to speak at its weekly general elections to be held on Tues- meetings, the meeings should day, April 8 and Wednesday, serve as a forum of discussion April 9, candidates on both between students and the most tickets should prioritize student important members of the adinvolvement in administrative ministration. decisions. TSG should also take better In the wake of the off- advantage of its non-voting repcampus attacks in late March, resentation at Board of Trustees the current TSG administration meetings by speaking on behalf held a town-hall style meeting of students more frequently. between students and repreNo matter who wins the sentatives from Campus Safety upcoming elections, the next Services. The meeting fostered TSG office should be diligent an hour of open discussion be- in maintaining an open channel tween the two groups that has between the administration and been rare in recent years. students. On March 10, in order to
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Budget type poses issues Using words like “enter- ing popular classes that are less prising” and “ambitious,” the in line with Temple’s academic administration’s claims of sup- mission. port for its new “Like, we decentralized could create Temple’s decentralized budget model a major in the budget model comes with outline somestudy of porsome inherent drawbacks. nography and thing like a cure-all for the probably have university’s budget woes. The a huge increase in enrollment,” budget was proposed by Presi- Richard Joslyn, a member of the dent Theobald himself and is College of Liberal Arts Budget will go into effect in July. Priorities committee, told The But the new model isn’t Temple News. “Is that the right perfect, and the issues associ- thing to do?” ated with implementing it are The College of Liberal Arts well worth mentioning. could have the most to lose after A decentralized budget the decentralized budget is imreverses the incoming cash plemented. The large majority flow to the university, sending of courses offered in Temple’s money directly to schools and general education program are colleges rather than the central in the CLA. Under a decentraladministration. Specifically, it ized budget, that could change means schools and colleges will as colleges realize that students receive tuition money their stu- taking classes outside their madents have paid, rather than it jor means a loss of potential being divvyed up from the uni- money. versity’s large pool. That doesn’t sound like the To keep the money coming kind of healthy academic cliin, schools and colleges will be mate Temple wants to promote. responsible for keeping enrollA 1996 review of the dement numbers up. centralized budget model at InFor the administration, this diana University’s Bloomington creates an incentive for schools campus, where Theobald was and colleges to cultivate pro- senior vice president, said that grams that attract students. But the model, which had been on concerned faculty have rightful- campus for five years, had a ly pointed out that the competi- negative effect on the collegition for money between schools ality of Indiana’s academic cliwill also increase competition mate. Overall, the model was for the interests of students. This would likely harm found to be a success at Indiana. Temple’s academic climate in a But in quantifying the overall success of the program at Temnumber of ways. Most obviously, the need to ple, the administration should pique student interests could be be measuring its effect on acaeasily assuaged by administer- demics, not just the budget line.
CORRECTIONS In an article that appeared in print on April 1, titled, “Beyond the Mat,” a quote was misattributed to men’s gymnastics coach Fred Turoff. Turoff didn’t say that Temple has had 11 national champions, he said the team “spawned several.” Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Joey Cranney at email@example.com or 215.204.6737.
March 29, 1995: A Transit Workers Union Local 234 strike leaves students scrambling to get to class on time. SEPTA’s current contract with the union expired at midnight on Sunday, April 6.
Wait one year to replace Fling Cherry-On Experience Day is disrespectful to the family of Ali Fausnaught.
n April 18, 2013, the day after Temple’s then-annual Spring Fling, I got a text from my cousin, Nico Scipione – who attends West Chester University – asking about his friend who hadn’t returned to campus. “Hey Chels, do you know what happened to Ali?” he said. Scipione, now a sophomore, was a close friend of Ali FausChelsea Ann naught, the 19-year-old Rovnan West Chester student who fell to her death from a rooftop near Main Campus on Spring Fling last year. “She was my good friend, man,” Scipione said. The tragedy of Fausnaught’s death brought to light the real reason why most Temple students looked forward to the university’s Spring Fling: It was an excuse to drink, attend block parties and skip classes
for the day. It wasn’t the displays of clubs and organizations that lined 13th Street and Liacouras Walk that had students out and about on that afternoon each year. Yet, administrators denied that the event’s cancellation was related to Fausnaught’s death. Instead of acknowledging that her death played a role in its decision, Temple’s administration has acted as if the two incidents had nothing to do with each other. It hasn’t even been a year since the anniversary of Fausnaught’s death and Student Activities has already decided to find a replacement for Spring Fling, called “Cherry-On Experience Day.” It is set to take place Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at the Geasey Field Complex off of 15th Street, close to the western edge of Main Campus. The event will include food, activities and a movie on the track. “If anything, that’s going to encourage more drinking,” sophomore engineering student Justin Carpenter said about the event being moved from a Wednesday afternoon – as Spring Fling was held for decades – to a Saturday evening. It’ll prevent kids from skipping class, of course, but Carpenter said he believes “college kids look for any reason to drink.” With or without the name Spring
Fling, students are still going to drink. They really are not to be underestimated when it comes to making fools of themselves on the weekends, let alone on a Saturday evening. “Think about people getting into dorms,” Carpenter said. “You don’t necessarily have to be stone-cold sober to get in. So unless you’re falling all over yourself, arriving comatose drunk and [the stationed police officers] are using Breathalyzers at the gates, it will be easy to get in.” “No one’s going to go,” added Carpenter, who said he has no intentions of attending the event. Overall, the decision to replace Spring Fling with Cherry-On Experience Day is insensitive regarding last year’s accident. While it can be argued that President Theobald canceled the event as soon as he was able, to simply ignore the death of a visiting student is disrespectful at best. Main Campus would have gotten along just fine without a Spring Fling replacement. Spending even one year without an outdoor block party is a small price to pay when an innocent woman has died. Chelsea Ann Rovnan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Would weapons prevent attacks? Students at Kutztown can carry concealed weapons. Should Temple allow the same?
s I was packing my bags for Thanksgiving break during the Fall 2012 semester, I was listening to National Public Radio. A story came on covering Kutztown University students lobbying the Pennsylvania System of State Higher Education to be allowed to carry firearms on campus. In April 2013, those students succeeded in changing their school’s policy. According Kutztown’s Policy A&F-030, dated April 19, 2013, students are still banned from carLuke Harrington rying weapons to class, but students and faculty with the proper licensure may request Kutztown’s chief of police for an exception to be allowed to carry weapons into campus buildings. As of January, PASSHE – of which Temple is not a member – decided to delay a formal ruling on whether to allow weapons in open areas on its member campuses, according to the Inquirer. Other PASSHE schools, including West Chester, Millersville and Shippensburg universities, have followed suit in a variety of ways. Millersville and Lock Haven University now allow license holders to carry concealed weapons in open spaces on campus. On March 21, multiple Temple students walking west of Main Campus were attacked by a group of teens. One was hit with a brick and needed emergency surgery. It was a series of allegedly unprovoked attacks. The situation is exacerbated by the disconnected and disorganized initial response from Philadelphia Police in the area, as the attacks occurred mostly outside of Campus Safety Services’ jurisdiction, where a significant subset of Temple students live. At the moment, there seems to be no deeper motive or excuse than that these were acts of mindless violence. The “knockout game” – where unsuspecting people are punched and sometimes knocked unconscious – was a trend in Philadelphia last fall. There are plenty of video recordings of this “game” on YouTube. During the Fall 2013 semester, a Temple medical student was punched in the head while boarding the Broad Street Line at Erie Avenue. Temple falls under the purview of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education, as do Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh, a separate entity from PASSHE, so a ruling for schools like Shippensburg and West Chester would have no effect on Temple policy. Temple’s current weapons policy prohibits carrying firearms on campus, even for those with a license, except safety officers. Should those students living off campus consider arming themselves while in their own homes or at any other time while off campus where Temple Police does not patrol? It’s hard to say. If Philadelphia Police are going to laugh at students in need simply because a precinct building is closed, then what are students to do if more are attacked? Also, the chances of a student getting mugged between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. are probably lower than at night. This kind of lax response doesn’t make students who live off campus feel like the police are going to be there when we really need them: after dark. Luke Harrington can be reached at email@example.com.
Children at home, adults in court
How “mature” are the teens that allegedly assaulted students in March?
n March 21, a female Temple student was hit in the face with a brick. She could have easily been killed. Her jaw was in bad enough shape that surgeons needed to mold it back together. The group that attacked her – allegedly a team of five underage girls hailing from West and Northwest Philadelphia – are reported to have attacked three Jerry Iannelli other students walking within five blocks of one another that evening. The clamor from students and members of the media following the attacks has been fervent and steady. The university did not send out a TUAlert warning students of any impending danger, though this can be potentially tied to the fact that Philadelphia Police waited hours to alert Campus Safety that a student had been attacked. Television news crews were stationed on Main Campus for multiple nights. There is a petition to expand Temple Police’s patrol zone, in an effort to prevent attacks of this nature from happening again. It would be quite valiant of most Temple students to fight for greater transparency in their police department, but this does not actually seem likely.
Rather, there is a constant, gnawing fear that comes with walking this campus in the dark hours: That you are perpetually the target of a masked man wielding a knife, and must walk home stiff-spined and fist-clenched each night to remain safe and alive. There is a sizeable amount of underclassmen that are content with chalking this up to “black crime” and carrying on each week, batting no eyelash when three juveniles are apprehended by Philadelphia Police and tried as adults for crimes that seem remarkably immature in their execution. In Pennsylvania, a juvenile aged 15 or older may be tried as an adult if he or she used a deadly weapon or has previously been adjudicated for one of nine crimes, including rape and kidnapping, according to the Juvenile Law Center. A Philadelphia Police blog post from March 26 stated that five girls turned themselves in to police following the attacks. Three of the five have been charged as “Direct File Juveniles” – i.e. charged as adults – in relation to the assaults. The teens, Najee Bilaal, 16, Zaria Estes, 15, and Kanesha Gainey, 15, are charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime, terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. The Pennsylvania court system considers these adolescents fully mature human beings, and this should make students
feel neither safer nor satisfied. Something to note: According to state court records, Bilaal has been arrested six times since Dec. 2011. If there is a teen in this situation that “should have known better” at this point in the game, it’s Bilaal. Even with Bilaal’s history taken into account, there’s a wealth of evidence that – logically – suggests juveniles transferred into adult court face tougher challenges both during trial and after adjudication. According to a study published in the “Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology” in 2006, juveniles are awarded longer prison sentences for violent offenses, and are more likely to become repeat offenders upon their release from adult prison as opposed to a juvenile detention center. These are 15- and 16-year-old teens, and if convicted, they will most likely not be rehabilitated by the American justice system. According to the aforementioned study, juveniles tried in adult court are more likely to receive probation earlier in their prison sentences, but this seems to be one of the few silver linings in the process. Efficacy issues aside, the heart of the issue here is the relative lack of outrage that students seem to feel as, yet again, our own justice system may send black children to adult prison in a few months’ time. According to a 2000 study conducted by the Bureau of Justice As-
15- and 16-yearold teens, and if convicted, they will most likely not be rehabilitated by the American justice system.
sistance, a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, 55 percent of youthful inmates were black as of 1998. In the same year, 48 percent of adult inmates were black. “Numerous reports have shown that youth of color are over-represented in the populations held in detention facilities and transferred from juvenile to adult court,” a 2007 study commissioned by the nonprofit Campaign for Youth Justice, titled “To Punish a Few,” said. Youth adjudicated in Philadelphia county from 1998 to 2006 actually seem to be getting younger: The percentage of youth aged 16 and under in Philadelphia courts actually grew from 51.7 percent of adjudicated youth in 1998 to 57.3 percent in 2008. A 2012 study conducted by the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice deduced that there is no correlation between the amount of youth transferred into adult court and a reduction in youth violence. Before hankering for widersweeping police protection, keep in mind that simply locking away those that harm us does not solve the systemic disparities in race, education and poverty in America. Yes, these girls allegedly beat multiple groups of students, nearly killing one. But do their actions truly seem like the premeditated machinations of mature adults? Perhaps we should assume that foolish acts of crime occur because one is a juvenile, rather than despite the fact. Jerry Iannelli can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @jerryiannelli.
Look both ways, not at your cell “Distracted walkers” have become a problem on Main Campus.
n light of the high volume of TU Alerts in recent weeks, it comes as no surprise that students are staring at their phone screens more often than usual, anticipating the next crime scare. On a slightly more peaceful day in Templetown, students can use their phones to fake phone calls while passing clipboard-wielding activist groups, listen to music to block out the Bell Tower Bible-guy, read PowerPoint slides on the way to their midterms or use Twitter to make the long Michael Carney walk across Broad Street more entertaining. With a huge social media presence and Wi-Fi available in locations as isolated as the Student Center’s bathrooms, Temple promotes an electronically social campus anytime and anywhere. However, many students take this initiative literally and use their phone during any opportunity that presents itself. While this is fairly normal for any crowd of twentysomethings across the U.S., distracted walking is becoming a serious issue around the mosttrafficked corners of Main Campus, like the intersection of 13th Street and Montgomery Avenue – directly outside the Student Center – and anywhere across Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Nearly late for class, I rushed across the crosswalk that connects Morgan Hall to the rest of campus and saw a familiar sight. On Broad, I noticed a cluster of about a dozen students tightly packed halfway across the street while cars passed them on both sides. Too impatient to wait for the light to change, these students browsed Facebook, checked emails and tweeted until traffic stopped. Why this phone ritual couldn’t be done at the corner at a safe distance from speeding, two-ton machines is still a mystery to me. It’s not like students don’t get clipped by cars either: In addition to the nominal bumps and near-misses that probably occur around Main Campus on a daily basis, students standing on Broad truly are in danger of losing their lives. In 2011, Temple student Peter Eckerson was run over twice near the corner of Broad and Oxford Streets
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by the same driver, who was later shot and killed by police. That same week, I was leaving the Student Center when I saw two girls walking directly towards each other with their eyes glued to their phones. Admittedly, I hoped for a collision. Just inches away from each other, one phone made a sound and both girls suddenly became aware of how close they had come to walking into each other. The fifth-most popular proposition on Visualize Temple, a web portal where students can propose changes to Temple’s campuses and policies, is to build a pedestrian-only bridge across the in-
tersection of Broad Street and Pollett Walk. The blocks surrounding the Student Center are an indisputable nightmare of glazed eyes and swerving traffic. On the days when a crossing guard is stationed at the corner outside the Student Center’s main entrance, he or she is essentially tasked with blocking a proverbial river of students armed with nothing but a single sandbag. When there is no guard, traffic stands still in four directions until a single car can inch itself into the migrating herd of students. I find myself constantly walking
JESS RUGGIERIO TTN in a zig-zag around campus to avoid those who are too focused on their phones to pay attention to their surroundings. Since distracted walking is becoming increasingly dangerous – according to a study published in “Public Health Reports” in Oct. 2013, pedestrian fatalities in distracted driving accidents increased 45.2 percent from 2005 to 2010 – it is only a matter of time before a pedestrian reading about a TU Alert becomes the subject of a TU Alert him or herself. Miehael Carney can be reached at email@example.com.
In The Nation BOMB SCARE AT UCONN A bomb threat that prompted an alert for classes to halt and students to shelter in place was issued by officals Thursday at the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus. University officials said the phoned-in threat was targeted at the building that housed the admissions department. Local police said the university was on lockdown for fear of the threat involving a gunman. The all clear was issued three hours later after it was determined the threat was invalid.
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James Zogby, a Temple alum, wrote an article published by the Huffington Post, among other online blogging sites, on Saturday in which he argued that the theories of Temple’s founder, Russell Conwell, would fit in with the Republican Party ideals of the 21st century. Zogby, a 1975 graduate of Temple’s department of religion, is the president of the Arab American Institute, a nonprofit organization to encourage Arab Americans to particpate in American politics.
CRIME MAN ARRESTED AFTER STUDENTS REPORT HARRASSMENT A man believed to have mental health issues was arrested near Broad Street after three students reported harassment on Wednesday evening, April 2, police said. Michael Campbell, 26, of the 3000 block of Crosby Street, was charged with two counts of harassment after bike cops pursued him to the area in front of the Cecil B. Moore subway station near Morgan Hall, Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said. Leone said the first victim, a female student, reported a man walking down Broad Street from Norris Street around 5:30 p.m., when he said he was going to punch her in the face. The student was able to duck and ran away toward Norris Street, Leone said. Two more female students reported being targeted in the area, Leone said. One told police she was bumped by the suspect and fell to the ground, another was spit on. No serious injuries were reported. Leone said another male student saw the incidents and began chasing the suspect near Montgomery Avenue down Broad Street before the suspect was apprehended by police and taken to Temple University Hospital for examination due to a perceived mental health condition. -John Moritz
POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN LET OUT SHOOTING U.S. Marshals helped detain a second suspect in the Feb. 23 shooting outside the Let Out nightclub that left one student injured after he was grazed by a bullet more than a block away. Jermill Edwards, 33, of North Philadelphia was arrested Friday, April 4 by Philadelphia police and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and firearms charges. Bail was set at $500,000. Police also arrested a man in February who they said was the driver of the car Edwards allegedly used to flee the scene after the driver admitted himself to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with a gunshot wound to the knee, the morning after the incident. Police said the incident, which occurred around 2 a.m., stemmed from an argument within the club that turned into 29 shots being fired between the suspects and Let Out security guards after the suspects were removed from the club. No charges were filed against the guards, who police determined had permits to carry. -John Moritz
11-YEAR-OLD SHOT OFF-CAMPUS
An 11-year-old boy is in critical condition at Temple University Hospital after police say he was struck as a bystander to a shootout near Gratz and Oxford streets. The shooting happened around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, April 7. Police said they found 15 bullets on the scene. The boy was hit in the shoulder and rushed to the hospital after ducking into a nearby row house for cover. Police have not made an arrest and are asking for anyone with information to call the Central Detectives Unit. -John Moritz
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New proposal could push out Norris homes in favor of redevelopment NORRIS PAGE 1 lion toward neighborhood improvement programs set to be dispersed during a period of five years and contingent upon receipt of the $30 million grant. If Philadelphia receives the grant, Temple will be partnering with EducationWorks to provide high school training programs that would offer afterschool tutoring, college and career training as well as counseling to residents in the newly built homes. Temple would also be creating a new position of CHOICE neighborhoods coordinator. “As the lead education partner we’re really responsible for coordinating the activities of all the partners and that includes the school district, Philadelphia Health Management Corporation and the United Way who are focused on helping child care centers improve their capacity,” Assistant Vice President of Community Relations and Economic Development Beverly Coleman said. “Coordination is on a large part of the services that we would provide. We also work closely with the school district to track the progress of youth from Norris homes.” The plan was originally developed by Asociacion de Puertorriquenos en Marcha, a Latinobased community nonprofit that has been in the North Central Philadelphia community for 45 years. “When this opportunity came we just thought it was perfect to make this a choice neighborhood where people want to live in,” said Nilda Ruiz, president and chief executive officer of APM. “I think we’re getting there ... people are looking at it and wanting to live here so the grant just seemed to fit our mission and what our vision is for this area.” APM recently opened the Paseo-Verde apartments, a mixed-income complex that contains 53 apartments located across the regional rail tracks from the Norris Apartments. If Philadelphia receives the grant, APM would be responsible for relocating residents to housing units during the development and working to help bring relocated residents back into the neighborhood once the affordable housing units are built. “We would relocate them to other properties. We have some rental units. So if we have any vacancies we could move them there,” said Ruiz. “They also will get a voucher and they can also chose where they want to go.” Donna Richardson, president of the Norris Apartments’ tenant council and resident of North 10th street across from Norris Apartments, has
A planned redevlopment of Norris Apartments would remove the current structures and replace them with new houses, retail space and a park. | COURTESY OCHD been involved in the ongoing discussions for the redevelopment proposal and relocation of tenants. “The residents have truly, truly put their trust. I mean, over 30 years they [had] no trust in PHA and Temple,” Richardson said. “But now they’re building a relationship and I like to see that relationship continue and no one betray the residents and make them feel like all hope is gone.” If implemented, the PHA-owned 297 affordable mixed income housing units would be set at the market rate and qualified families would be provided vouchers and down payment assistance. If Philadelphia is not selected, APM will continue with its plans to do community redevelopment and beautification in North Philadelphia, Ruiz said. “If we don’t get it then maybe we’re talking
another 10-15 years because it takes time,” said Ruiz. Officials have estimated the winner will be announced in three to six months with a tour of where the proposed development will take place by officials from Washington scheduled April 8. “You have a lot of good families here and you have a lot of working families,” Richardson said. “[There] are a lot of people who are sitting off of five generations. You don’t have that in a lot of places, so we’re fine with [taking the houses] down and bringing them back up as long as the residents are their main concern.”
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Theobald’s decentralized budget model draws fears of increased competition from colleges BUDGET PAGE 1 study competing internally for school dollars. a political science professor and member of the Although budgeting allotments were always College of Liberal Arts Budget Priorities Comloosely tied to enrollment numbers and growth mittee, an advisory body that provides funding projections, the new decentralized model puts an advice to the dean. Joslyn said there are worries added pressure on programs by directly tying an- among the university’s faculty that traditional acnual budgets to tuition, upping the stakes when it ademic values could be undermined by the need comes to student enrollment. for numbers. That added pressure isn’t just felt at a col“To me, it’s a double-edged sword. People lege level. With the more direct decision making could care more about quality of teaching and they process that comes with the new could refresh their curricula… budgeting model, schools themthat would be the good thing,” selves will determine the funding Joslyn said. “The bad thing is allotted to their specific courses of doing things to grab credit hours study. Programs with higher enand money that might not be so rollments and potential for growth worthwhile. Like, we could crewill see more funding, which could ate a major in the study of porbe tough news for smaller departnography and probably have a ments with lower enrollment rates. huge increase in enrollment. Is “We’re going to be more rethat the right thing to do?” sponsible for the health of tuition Temple’s Chief Financial revenue,” said Kevin Glass, AssisOfficer Ken Kaiser said the dilutant Dean of Finance for the Coltion of academics couldn’t haplege of Liberal Arts on enrollment pen under the new plan, with numbers. “So if we have a produccourses of study and curriculums tive department…it’s not a done still being held accountable to deal, but it’s more likely that we central administration. Dumbing Richard Joslyn / professor down courses to encourage enfund their departments because the enrollment growth is stronger.” rollment, he said, is a short term It’s a hard fact to swallow for some of the solution. university’s smaller courses of study, many of “That might work for one semester, but its which are being faced with the reality of low en- not going to do the students any good, it’s not gorollment numbers and smaller budgets. ing to do Temple any good,” Kaiser said. As colleges adjust to the new model, there is But Joslyn said the effects of the decentralconcern that these low numbers could lead some ized model have already made their way in to programs to resort to new means in attempts to colleges’ discussions on new programs. A heightdraw student interest. ened awareness of enrollment numbers makes “[The new budgeting model] is necessitating more strenuous requirements difficult to justify, us to make sure that our curriculum is reviewed he said, with many colleges concerned that traperiodically, our majors are attractive [and] our ditional academia won’t draw as much student classes are attractive,” Glass said. interest — or tuition dollars. But that theory concerns Richard Joslyn, “You’d like that discussion to take place
create a major in the study of pornography and probably have a huge increase in enrollment. Is that the right thing to do?
without the financial implications hanging over your head, but that’s going to be difficult,” Joslyn said. One factor in those discussions has been the university’s general education program, required for every one of Temple’s undergraduates and largely based in courses offered through the College of Liberal Arts. With schools now fiercely competing against each other for students’ interest, requiring students to study outside of their own college or major means budget hits. It’s a heavy concern for Joslyn’s College of Liberal Arts, which offers the majority of the university’s GenEd courses, and attributes a hefty portion of its budget to the credit hours. “We generate, by far, the most credit hours by teaching other college’s students in our courses,” Joslyn said. “If that declines for any reason, we will be hurt financially tremendously.” There has already been interest from some of the university’s schools in offering General Education courses that they never before were interested in offering, Joslyn said. “When the other colleges see how much of the tuition revenue their students are paying ends up getting transferred to CLA because we’re teaching them, there will be temptation to figure out a way to pull them back in to their own colleges,” Joslyn said. Despite concerns, schools and colleges will be forced to reckon with the new model in less than two months. As for the administration’s notion that the new system is an overarching positive change for schools and colleges, Joslyn is skeptical. “That is something that you hear,” he said. “To me, that’s just rhetoric so far. I want to see the actions that back up the rhetoric.” Ali Watkins can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @AliMarieWatkins.
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Tyler students collaborated with a middle school.
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An artistic connection
ALEXA BRICKER The Temple News
he eyes of students from the seventhgrade class at St. James School lit up as their mentors, Tyler School of Art graphic design master of fine arts students, showed them around the collegiate studio for the first time. Despite their differences in age, the master’s candidates and middle school students have experienced a semester of partnership. During the past few months, the Tyler and St. James students have teamed up for this semester’s graduate thesis project, pioneered by program head Kelly Holohan. Holohan said she has wanted to do a community outreach partnership for a long time and has been doing research to see what she and the graduate students could do to make a difference in their community. “I went to an AIGA conference recently and I went to some of the breakout sessions
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A student at St. James School works with a graphic design student from Tyler School of Art. As part of the graduate program’s thesis project this semester, instructor Kelly Holohan arranged the partnership between the local middle school and graduate students. | KARA MILSTEIN TTN
Students chase title of Pokémon master Anime Club hosted a live-action role play Pokémon competition.
Donnell Powell and Eric Mozes created a sculpture is displayed at a City Hall art show entitled “Boundaries Therefore We Brake.” | ANDREW THAYER TTN
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Alumni sculpture moves to City Hall Two graduates will have artwork on display near the mayor’s office. ALEXA BRICKER The Temple News
Donnell Powell and Eric Mozes did not major in art while at Temple, but before the last semester of their senior year, a community arts practices course led by program director Pepon Osorio caught their eye. Since neither of the 2012 graduates had fulfilled the prerequisites for the course, Powell, a School of Media and Communication alumnus, and Mozes, an architecture alumnus, decided that they had to do whatever they could to enroll. “We read the description of the class and the research one seemed way more interesting, so we said, ‘Alright, we’re just going to email [Osorio] and see what we can do,’” Mozes said. Powell said what may have really convinced Osorio to accept them was the fact that he and Mozes had founded their own organization called Color
My Sidewalk, which promotes positivity and community outreach. Since this type of initiative is the foundation of the course, the two said they believe it helped their case. Once accepted into the class, Powell and Mozes were assigned a Philadelphia artist, Marilyn Rodriguez, to work with during the course of the semester. Part of the project was to create a sculpture for Rodriguez using found materials. The final product, a mixed-media sculpture entitled “Boundaries Therefore We Brake,” represents the outline of the Philadelphia skyline, with each of the found materials carefully selected to represent each neighborhood. The piece will be displayed in a City Hall exhibit called “Bike Parts,” opening night of which will take place on April 9 from 5-7 p.m. Powell said he and Mozes used items such as ink cartridges from the northern section to represent row homes and a handicap sign from the west to represent the large community of seniors. They were even able to salvage a bookcase to use as
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ANDREW THAYER The Temple News Vibrantly colored wigs, Pokémon badges molded from Shrinky Dinks technology and chocolate Pikachu treats were just a few of the creations that could be seen on Main Campus this past Saturday. The campus transformed into Indigo Plateau as the Temple Anime Club and Temple Gamers Guild held the first-ever Pokémon League Challenge. Students and non-students alike “battled” bosses in various Pokémon-themed challenges dispersed throughout Main Campus, earning badges and testing their Pokémon knowledge. Anime Club’s vice president Hilary Valentine, a junior English major, was the leader of efforts to organize the liveaction role playing Pokémon
event. “I’m a huge Pokémon fan, I always have been,” Valentine said. “I’ve always wanted to become a Pokémon trainer and a lot of people that I know want to be Pokémon trainers, so I thought it would be interesting to actually bring it to life. Using Temple as a field to play around with that idea [was] really interesting.” Participating students, known as trainers, started their journey in the Student Center where they were given their first Pokémon card that informed them of the eight gym destinations they were to go to first. The challenges varied in difficulty and style, ranging from a Pokémon Snap-themed scavenger hunt to Pokémon trivia and one stop that entailed battling a “gym boss” in a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos to attain the gym badge. Freshman information science and technology major Greg Calhoun served as one of the eight bosses who peppered visiting trainers with Pokémon trivia, providing only the Pokémon’s description and Pokédex
number. “I’m really happy that people have been able to get my event,” Calhoun said. “I was a little concerned at first that people would really, really struggle because especially if you haven’t played the games in a while, it can be hard. But people really seem to be getting it.” If trainers wanted to take a break from the action, a PokéMart stop provided Pokémon-themed desserts and event T-shirts. Trainers could purchase “antidote,” lemonade in a test tube, potions consisting of cinnamon jelly beans, watermelon rock-candy and purple-dusted chocolate rocks, and chocolate Pikachu candies formed in silicone molds. Temple alumna Stefanie Guarnieri, who serves as the Anime Club’s director of fundraising, said she created the majority of the desserts. Proceeds from the sales went toward funding the event. “If this is run successfully we would like to do it again
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Anime Club director of fundraising, Stefanie Guarnieri sold Pokémon-themed desserts and treats as part of the live-action role play event this past Saturday. All of the proceeds went toward funding the event, which was free to students. | ANDREW THAYER TTN
Virtual sports a reality for new club Temple’s new eSports club plans to gain membership. BRENDAN MENAPACE The Temple News Sophomore Jonathan Yacovelli loves watching professional baseball. Equally exciting for him is the thrill of watching competitive online gaming. Whether they are playing their favorite games against other people or watching teams battle out it out on the screen, students like Yacovelli in the eSports Club said they are passionate about the world of online gaming and the community it has built. Competitions can take place in quiet dorm rooms or sold-out arenas, but now the club plans to establish itself on Main Campus. ESports are competitive video games such as “League of Legends,” “Defense of the Ancients,” “Counter-Strike” and “StarCraft.” Players can join their friends and other players worldwide in competitions, along with watching professional competitors participate in their favorite games. Yacovelli, president of the eSports club, said he became hooked on online gaming once he got to college. “I was a console kid when I was growing up, but when I got into high school I played more online games,” Yacovelli said. “When I got to Temple, my one roommate played ‘League’ and he got me into playing it a lot. Since then I’ve just watched everything and have been playing it nonstop.”
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Do yourself a favor and do it yourself but today, they worry about the implications of replacing natural oils with carcinogens, irritants, allergens and more. Petrochemicals are found in everything from deodorant oy Elisabeth makes her to lip balm and shampoo. Like own laundry detergent shampoo, all of these things can – her clothes aren’t just be homemade. Some students clean, they’re environare doing just that – but more mentally friendly. can follow suit. Do-it-yourselfers obtain “[The image of] pouring independence from corporate chemicals over your head, I control when realize, is kind of dramatic,” they take said sophomore communicacleaning and tions major Shelbie Pletz. “But personal care if you think about it, shampoos into their and conditioners are essentially own hands. chemicals. When put on your DIY projscalp, chemicals are absorbed. ects improve That’s why a lot of people who Toby Forstater health, can can’t have gluten must buy proGreen Living s t r e n g t h e n fessional shampoos [without] communities, gluten. These things are found promote environmentalism in a lot of products and can get and improve personal finances. into your bloodstream.” With all of these incentives, Another potential carcinomore students should get begen, irritant, menstrual disruphind the DIY movement. tor and allergen – formaldehyde “There are so many bene– is commonly found in shamfits to DIY,” Elisabeth, a junior poo. These chemicals are cheap art education major, said. “[For and make a product suitable for example], the knowledge of an apathetic consumer, but DIY getting this new skill you didn’t can actually be cheaper. have before. And, you’re not “It’s just so expensive,” susceptible to the lies or misPletz said of purchasing what leading information on packaglabels call “natural” products. ing labels.” “I was spending $20 on shamThere are many reasons to poo, $20 on conditioner and make your own laundry deter$20 on style gel. It was not necgent. Elisabeth gave a short lecessary.” ture at a recent Students for EnThat is why she spoke in vironmental Action meeting to front of a group at Students for convince students of this, and Environmental Action about is even running a workshop to her non-shampoo solution, a make laundry detergent today trend called “no-poo.” at 7 p.m. in Room 223 of the Start by massaging baking Student Center. soda into the scalp, then rinse. Buying laundry detergent Then drench your hair in apple is convenient, but just because cider vinegar, then rinse. That’s we’re young and don’t see it. The basic pH of the baking many negative health results soda and acidic pH of the vinnow doesn’t mean chemicals egar provide won’t manifest a good clean as ailments later without dryin life. The Toxic ing hair or Substances Constripping it of trol Act of 1976 nutrients like only covers toys commercial and food containshampoos. ers. P l e t z Of the did admit to 80,000 chemicals “smelling like on shelves today, a salad” at just 20 percent Joy Elisabeth / junior first, but she are publicly dissaid the effect closed, according fades quickly. to the EnvironAnother note mental Protection Agency. Furis that no-poo can take a few thermore, the cleaning industry weeks to become effective, but doesn’t have to prove a chemieveryone who has stuck with cal’s safety. According to the the treatment for longer than a Safer Chemicals, Healthy Fammonth has raved about how soft ilies coalition, companies are and clean their hair stays, Pletz “not required to adequately test said. Hair can stay oil-free for existing and new chemicals.” longer than a week. “You have more say in “All I can say is give it a what you make and use,” Elisatry,” Pletz said. “I love it and I beth said of bypassing manuthink you will, too.” factured chemicals for homeDIY isn’t limited to home made goods. “[The products care and personal products, are] exactly what you want and Elisabeth said. She loves craftno one can tell you otherwise. ing homemade items of all That’s what I love.” kinds. She praised DIY merChlorine, a chemical widechants, such as the jewelry venly accepted by society for its dor who often sells in the Stuuse as a cleaning agent and pool dent Center on Mondays and purifier, is great for ridding Wednesdays. They give an opclothes of stains. However, it portunity to artisan immigrants deteriorates clothes faster. Inand local crafters who work tostead of bleaching their clothes gether, she said. into tatters earlier than neces“It is a social thing and you sary, students should preserve can involve many friends in it,” their wardrobe with simple DIY Elisabeth said. “It’s just fun, efforts. and being able to save money is The EPA determined that a huge component. You can buy the use of chlorine increases the cheaper, more simple things lint, which can be linked to to make something more comdryer fires. Additionally, many plicated, than realize it’s not so wastewater treatment plants complex.” struggle to remove the large From healthy to creative, amounts chlorine being disDIY projects should be adopted posed. Chlorine poses a serious by students. Being environrisk to the environment and use mentally conscious should bemust be limited. And chlorine come the new normal, and DIY isn’t the only serious chemical detergent and no-poo should be to stress. rising trends. Around World War II, petroleum-based cleaners started Toby Forstater can be reached to overtake shelves. Quality at firstname.lastname@example.org. was replaced by quantity. For those trying to save a buck, it seemed like a good fit. Scientists then realized the vast array of products petroleum provides,
Some students said they prefer to make their personal products.
Jonathan Yacovelli (far left), the president of Temple’s eSports club, plans to add members to the organization this semester. He hopes to diversify the interests of the group’s members. | ALEXIS WRIGHT-WHITLEY TTN
ESports unites student gamers ESPORTS PAGE 7 His roommate Alec Mur- lege tournament. This led phy is the club’s vice president, them to recruit people to play as well as a Cherry Crusade “League of Legends,” Yacovelli member. said, and to start a club for it. “I’ve been involved with What was originally going to video games pretty much since be a “League of Legends” club 1999,” Murphy said. “When we was shut down by the activities got to school last year, a couple board because they thought it of friends and I was too simiwere like, ‘Man, lar to the Gamthere’s no real ing Guild, so video game or eSYacovelli and ports presence on Murphy made campus.’” the club appeal After recruitto players of ing a few more inother games as terested students well. through friends Yacovelli as well as through said he hopes Reddit, eSports the club will Club became an host in-house Jonathan Yacovelli / sophomore official student tournaments organization this year with help for a variety of games. Murphy from Riot Games – the compa- said they plan to get teams tony that makes “League of Leg- gether for each of the games the ends” – and a sponsorship from members play. the eSports Association. The group hosted its first Yacovelli and his friends official meeting on April 2, but had a “League of Legends” club leaders said they have had team together previously, with trouble since then finding a perwhich they competed in a col- manent location for their meet-
“[We] were like, ‘Man, there’s no real video game or eSports presence on campus.’
ings since they formed so late in the semester. The meeting allowed members to meet the executive board and discuss future plans for the club. “We want to expand members and get more people so it’s less central to ‘League’ and more spread out to everyone and every game,” Yacovelli said. “We want to try to make more events, too.” The club also hosted a viewing party to watch professional games on Saturday, as viewing is a major part of the eSports community. “This is a pretty big thing,” Yacovelli said. “They had a tournament last year and they sold out the Staples Center within an hour.” Murphy and Yacovelli said they hope that by advertising through fliers and word of mouth, they can gain more members, noting that some students have shown interest recently. As Yacovelli spoke in the TECH Center about the club,
senior chemistry major Soon Kwon perked up as he heard “StarCraft” and asked Yacovelli for more information on the club. “I haven’t played ‘StarCraft’ in so long,” Kwon said. “I started playing again last semester and got bored of it quickly because I didn’t have anyone else to play with, so this is seriously perfect for me.” Yacovelli said that despite his console gaming past, online gaming is where the real excitement is, as it has a fan base beyond just players. “For competitive gaming and watching it, you can know people and see stories about older guys, like 50-plus, and dads that watch it,” Yacovelli said. “They don’t play it, but they understand the concept of the game. Personally, I think it’s a lot more fun to watch than it is to play at times.” Brendan Menapace can be reached at BSMenapace@temple.edu.
For TSG goals, community integration needed Candidates for Temple Student Government should prioritize the community.
s Temple Student Government prepares for its upcoming election, the candidates from both ballots need to guarantee a plan that supports both the student body and the Philadelphia community. “Renew TU,” an all-female ballot of relative newcomers, will compete with “TU Believe,” a mixed-sex ballot of TSG veterans, for the privilege to provide that for students. Lora Strum Juniors Ifeoma Polarized Ezeugwu, Rachel ApCampus plewhite and Meghan Guerrera of Renew TU are offering a platform of cultural awareness and civic action. If elected, candidates with Renew TU plan to implement a series of initiatives to bring together the diverse array of student organizations to create a powerhouse of students working toward a common goal: community assimilation and tolerance. “Our students are Temple Made,” Ezeugwu said. “They are doing what they believe is right. It falls to us to work with the university to get the funding we need. That’s how we can get [our goals] done. We’re getting people on our side.” On the opposing ticket are Ray Smeriglio, Julia Crusor and Blair Alston of TU Believe, whose myriad backgrounds and established relationships with many students on Main Campus have created a platform reliant upon student participation and enthusiasm. TU Believe promises high
visibility that will help them to break down verbal and social barriers among students, administration and TSG to create a symbiotic world for all. “We’re all 100 percent real,” Alston said. “We want students to see that.” Though each of the candidates seem to be well-liked by the student body – a reminder of students’ unity and an overarching sentiment that we can come together – there’s still something students need from both groups: the ability to guarantee that today’s policies will work tomorrow. Temple’s currently most discussed issue, student safety, is confronted by the agendas of both tickets. To improve student safety, not only the students and Temple administration must be considered – the Philadelphia community is an integral aspect. If TU Believe is elected, the first group they plan to address is the students, to determine what they would like to see the other two parties do to increase their security. They will then, as stated in their platform, audit the university to make sure it’s functioning at max capacity to protect students both on and off Main Campus. TU Believe will advocate the increase of security measures, whether it’s their proposed increase in technology or emergency evacuation drills. That’s for the students and the administration to decide. Renew TU, however, takes a different approach. Instead of viewing campus safety as something divisible between the three aforementioned groups, they instead strive for a unified approach. Already outlined in their platform is a partnership with Diamond Dishes, a program to provide food for the community from Temple’s kitchens and to staff soup kitchens with student-volunteers. Within North Philadelphia, they will work
to create gardens for aesthetic pleasure and environmental sustainability. They will also expand the Adopt-A-Block program to encourage students to be good neighbors. Lastly, they intend to increase participation in the Kids to College program, so young students from the community can see that they too can be Temple students, eventually. “We can do all we want for safety on campus, but it starts with actually building a relationship with our neighbors,” Ezeugwu said. “Students need to acclimate and become a part of the neighborhood. That’s the first step.” TU Believe isn’t wrong to address students first and establish a working relationship with their peers to create new policies that will end student fear and confusion. They also aren’t wrong to step up to administrators and demand they increase efficiency and procedural efforts for safety. That is of the utmost importance. However, TU Believe should also remember the essential task of including the community. Renew TU may not be as focused on students working with the administration to establish policies together, but they aim to plan activities that will integrate all three parties involved. For the long term, Renew TU has created a sustainable plan to increase not just student safety, but safety and connectedness for the community at large. When you cast your vote, remember you are voting for more than yourself – you are voting for your community and your school. Lora Strum can be reached at email@example.com.
are exactly what you want and no one can tell you otherwise. That’s what I love.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT A JUKEBOX OF COVERS
BY THE WATER
As a part of its April Fools’ tour, indie rock band Jukebox the Ghost stopped by World Café Live on April 1 to play a mixed set of orginal songs and covers. ONLINE
Beginning this week, artists and amateurs are asked to audition for the “Invisible River” dance held in July. This performance combines water and dance on the Schuylkill River. ONLINE
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They call it puppy love Philly photographer Chris Sembrot photographs owners kissing their dogs. ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF Living Editor
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MTV puts savory twist on a classic
nat Sweeney’s rescued pit bull Nanook loves peanut butter – he’ll do anything for a treat. That’s how Sweeney, a freelance
Philadelphia graphic design artist and painter, motivated her pet to pose for Chris Sembrot’s recent project, “Humans Kissing Dogs” – just a half a teaspoon of peanut butter was all it took for Nanook to enthusiastically lick her in the mouth. Sembrot, a local commercial photographer and self-described “huge dog fan,” said he wanted to depict owners and their dogs in a way that hadn’t been done before. “I’d never seen anything like it so I feel like it was a way to finally shoot dogs and dog owners with their pets,
expressing their love for their pets – and not in a contrived way, in an outof-the-normal environment,” Sembrot said. Sembrot said he’d seen a few of his friends “literally open-mouth kissing their dogs,” which became the inspiration for the theme. Rather than the typical displays of affection between human and canine, the project took interspecies intimacy to a new level. photographs in which dogs of all sizes licked the inside of their owners’
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Philly brothers produce primetime television for the millenials. TOBY FORSTATER The Temple News MTV has once again put eight strangers under one roof. But this time, they all have knives. “House of Food” offers a clever twist of popular millennial classics like “The Real World” and “Hell's Kitchen.” The difference: the whole cast is randomly selected to live together, they’re millennials and now, culinary students. However, feuding cliques have already formed in the first episode, which aired last Monday. “It’s a season full of crazy twists and turns,” said creator and executive producer Mike Duffy, one of three Philly brothers who spearheaded the show. “Any time you take a group of passionate, 20-something cooks competing in one house, things get interesting. It’s like a powder keg of food and hooking up.” The concept is simple but original, Duffy said. There are dozens of cooking shows out there, but few are directed toward the millennial generation, or those born after 1980. “What ‘House of Food’ does do is take a group of millennials who are passionate about food and considering it as a career, [and] give them the opportunity to see what it is like to be a professional chef,” Duffy said. The new classroom for the 20-somethings is Los Angeles in some of the highest-acclaimed restaurants within the city. A few chefs in the area, like Brendan Collins, Casey Lane and Brooke Williamson, are the instructors. Each cast member is chasing an apprenticeship under an all-star chef. However, it’s not all about the cast. Duffy said MTV wanted to create a show designed for its viewers – the millennial generation. Not only can viewers expect to see the cast learning, but they can also learn a thing or two about cooking. However, Duffy said he doesn’t want the show to
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Starving Artists Two entrepreneurs have found a niche in order to find success in the art world. food Hawk Krall illustrates food across the city. ALBERT HONG The Temple News Hawk Krall has had enough with hot dogs for the time being. Krall has been known as the “hot dog guy” for his comic-style interpretations of the food in Philly, like at the dog-devoted restaurant Hot Diggity, where a gallery of his hot dog art hangs on display. Instead, this local freelance illustrator and artist is hard at work making custom pieces, painting murals and drawing editorial cartoons on different aspects of city life, which includes food other than franks. Beyond the city, though, his knowledge of hot dogs is vast with his past experience blogging about them and other food around the country for the website Serious Eats and Philadelphia City Paper. But bouncing back and forth between writing and art grew tedious for Krall, he said. One of his articles for the Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine had
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him writing about the best hot dogs in America. He was sent to places like Detroit and Cleveland to eat at eight hot dog places a day. “That was very intense. That maybe burned me out on eating hot dogs,” Krall said. “It all just becomes mush in your mind and you don’t really appreciate it.” Considering art was his original career aspiration since he graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. ,for illustration, Krall’s status of “hot dog expert” seems to be a bit wearisome for him nowadays. “For a while, every interview I did was like, ‘What’s the craziest hot dog you ever ate?’ or ‘How many hot dogs have you eaten in your life?’” Krall said. “It didn’t really help me as an artist.” But the questions grew into requests, too. “I just got weird emails from people who wanted me to eat at their hot dog restaurant in Arkansas,” Krall said. Besides his unconventional name, Krall has made himself stand out with his cartoon illustrations. Inspiration came to him back in his days of delving into underground comics by artists like Peter Bagge, Dan
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Music Artists U helps artists become financially stable. EMILY ROLEN The Temple News No one is coming. That’s Andrew Simonet’s mantra for artists. “No one is coming to knock on your door to transform you into an artist that has made it,” said Simonet, choreographer and founder of Artists U. “It just doesn’t happen. Artists are so powerful, skilled and hardworking. In fact, I think they overwork, but they treat themselves like they’re waiting to be saved by someone.” Artists U is a grassroots, artistrun platform used to empower artists to strategically plan for future artistic endeavors, provide a community of other artists and teach practical tools for easing some of the suffering that can come with being an artist. It is located not only in Philadelphia, but also Baltimore and South Carolina. Artists U selects 12 artists to participate in this free program, where they meet three times a month with other artists who train them to be more
efficient with their time and money. Simonet said the idea came from past experiences with his co-directors at Headlong Dance Theatre, a dance company based in Philadelphia. “Together, we kind of made every mistake you can possibly make,” Simonet said. “I think a lot of individual artists encounter the world and they think the world is right and give up. We were like, ‘Nah, let’s do it another way.’” Simonet said he started Artists U in 2006 because of how many artists were coming to Headlong for advice with contracts, time management, press releases and budgets. Artists U strives to provide clarity for longterm planning and a community for its members through one-on-one meetings with mentors and monthly workshops. “I’ve always been struck by the fact that incredibly accomplished and recognized people are all too often exhausted and broke,” Simonet said. “Even people who are successful, they can stay broke and overwhelmed if they don’t make plans and think about the long-term.” Artists U produced its first graduating class in 2007. Aaron Cromie, a graduate of the first Artists U class,
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more than a decade underway, and company that Tossas described as rave culture itself was still primar- “the jack of all trades” for Philaily underground. delphia’s rave scene. On weekends, the basement of Many of the original God’s ers used to party a couple of years Lancaster Hall on 51st and Warren Basement loyalists still reminisce ago in an abandoned warehouse in streets housed hundreds of young on their time spent there, Fegan Kensington. During high school, ravers. said. the DJ said he remembers taking “Radical audio visual experiFor insiders – those who heard a bus from Yardley, Pa., to Kensence – that’s what ‘rave’ actually of the spot via word of mouth from ington every Friday – staying the a friend who had already attended, means,” Fegan said. “So when you weekend, then withstanding the go to rave, from the second you read about it on now-defunct online anticipation for the next weekend’s walk in the door your mind is to forums like Rave Links or received rave. be blown – decorations and lights a flyer on South Street – the spot “S--- comes and goes,” said his everywhere. Then you get on the came to be known as “God’s Basefriend, who wished to remain anonment.” dance floor and the music’s literally ymous, about Warehusk. “EveryOn weekdays, the basement just taking you from dancing a little thing is temporary in this scene.” was used as a cafeteria for the bit, to completely controlling your Two girls face each other – one Global Leadership Academy Char- body… Then take the immense slowly shakes her head, engrossed ter School. Tru Skool, the organi- lighting that you put in. That’s all, in the LED-glove performance unzation that hosted raves at God’s like, five or six hours of the install winding in front of her. Basement, would rent the location before the show.” from the bishop of the church that A RISKY WORD owned Lancaster Hall. DRUG USAGE: FROM GOD’S The event at 19th and SomerHundreds of ravers would flock set streets was not labeled as a rave, to God’s Basement to party to local BASEMENT TO THE ELECTRIC FACTORY The massive outcry against but as art – a place for electronic DJs spinning EDM. Fegan said the dance music DJs, graffiti artists, events would usually end around 6 God’s Basement in 2008 stemmed from the fact that the NBC 10 revendors, dancers and guests to cel- a.m. port acknowledged that drug usebrate street art under one roof. God’s Basement age was occurring. “Today, people throw around saw its final days During investigathe word ‘rave’ like it’s f------ can- shortly after Philadeltion, they found dy,” said a 22-year-old Philadel- phia’s NBC 10 did an that drug use was phia-based EDM DJ and promoter undercover investigasuspected – espewho requested to go by his DJ- tive piece on the spot cially the use of ecname, Syfer. in 2008. Fegan is quick stasy. It’s detrimental to some be- to mention that a video Nitrous oxide cause the word carries a load of of the report is still on balloons, alcohol negative connotations. YouTube. and marijuana In “Rave Culture: The Altera“God’s Basement were found. tion and Decline of a Philadelphia – that was the place to “They weren’t Music Scene,” Tammy Anderson, be. That was the PhilaOK with open drug sociology professor at the Univer- delphia rave scene,” Feuse,” Tossas said of sity of Delaware, depicts a promot- gan said. “The parties Tru Skool. “You er who had his event canceled for were controlled by us. would get yelled merely putting the word “rave” on We didn’t have outside at. You would get an event flyer. security. It was myself Brian Fegan / EDM DJ kicked out.” Now, the word is still cause for working the door, takIn 2002, thenskepticism. ing money, myself patU.S. Sen. Joe Biden “Back in the day, if you heard ting people down, mythe word ‘rave,’ you thought about self taking sound [equipment] in introduced the Reducing Americans’ Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act. fun,” said Brian Fegan, an EDM DJ and out.” who performs as Kyng of Thievez. For God’s Basement insiders, Even before the introduction of the “You thought about people smiling the spot was more than just a place act, major rave venues in Philadeland enjoying themselves. Nowa- to party. God’s Basement was a phia had been shut down because of days, you hear ‘rave’ and you think community started by a mutual de- suspicions of illegal drug usage. The RAVE Act was later reabout kids dying.” votion for electronic dance music. vised, and the Illicit Drug Anti-Pro“It was such a family vibe. liferation Act passed in 2003, which That love is starting to come back DANCING IN “GOD’S BASEMENT” essentially held rave promoters acNear the start of the new mil- …there are a lot of us who are from countable for patrons’ drug usage. lennium, Fegan was 13 years old that era who are working together “Everybody wants to deny when he attended his first rave in the background making things drugs, you know, ‘Drugs have happen,” said Nicole Tossas, 27, nothing to do with it,” Fegan said of Philadelphia’s EDM scene. “No, drugs do have something to do with it. They do.” While performing at a recent party, a Philadelphia DJ requested that a nitrous tank in the establishment be shut off before his set. “Right before I went on and played, I went over to my boy and said, ‘Please do me a favor and shut that off during my set.’ I got 10 minutes into my set, and got all of those kids dancing,” the DJ said. On the topic of drugs and EDM, a Philadelphia-based event promoter who requested to remain anonymous, mentioned the cancellation of a Zeds Dead concert a Rave attendees enjoy a live DJ at an event in the Allegheny neighborhood couple of years ago. of Philadelphia on March 29. | ABI REIMOLD TTN Five people at the Electric Factory were rushed to Philadelphia underneath a bridge in Brooklyn, who became involved in Philadel- hospitals after overdosing before N.Y., tagging along with some older phia’s rave scene by working coat- the concert in December 2012. Pofriends who were already rave loy- check at God’s Basement. Tossas said she started skip- lice believed ecstasy was the drug alists. involved in at least two of the overIt started at 11 p.m. and ended ping school when she was 17 to doses, according to reports. travel from New York to Philadelat 9 a.m. Zeds Dead, an electronic music “It was an absolutely awesome phia to attend raves. duo, had its show canceled that eve“My whole social circle time,” Fegan, 27, said about his first ning. stemmed from that one venue and rave. “I was in love right away.” Anderson said MDMA, or Fegan said he enjoyed the rest its crazy times,” Tossas said. “molly,” is the recent drug that is a Tossas and Fegan now work for of his teenage years in Philadelphia force of the newer, commercialized when the rave scene in the city was Light It Up, a production and retail culture. Continued from page 1
wants to deny drugs, you know, ‘Drugs have nothing to do with it.’ No, drugs do have something to do with it.
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“In the past, the vibe used to be ‘peace, love, unity, respect,’” Anderson said. “Some of these events today you see some of that, but really the ethic today is being taken over by getting messed up on molly, and sort of dancing, or in some
venue, “flow arts” – performances like swinging poi, hula hooping and LED-lit glove performances – are all gaining greater momentum. “These performances go perfectly with EDM music,” said Genni Biddy, 21, the creator of Vinyl
Dancers from Vinyl Doll Productions perform at an event on March 29. |ABI REIMOLD TTN events, a hooking up objective has entered in.” Peace, love, unity and respect, or PLUR, worked as the guiding acronym for ravers.
BRINGING EDM TO MTV
Nowadays, it doesn’t take a trip to insider hideouts to hear EDM. “I do think we’ve seen a commercialized resurgence, mostly because dance music DJs found a way to commercialize their sound, and primarily that was through adding lyrics,” Anderson said. In 2000, Anderson fell in love with EDM while downloading music online. “I quickly grew to adore what I would later learn were house, trance and techno music,” Anderson wrote in “Rave Culture.” “The relative absence of lyrics and the fast beat pattern stimulated and liberated my thoughts from what seemed like constant messages of materialism, machismo and heterosexism in commercial radio.” In the past, getting into many of the raves in Philadelphia required insider communication and access to knowledgeable ravers who knew about the underground hotspots. Eventually, more and more legitimate venues realized the opportunity to profit from EDM, pushing the culture from the underground scene into a more mainstream environment. Anderson wrote of “corporate raves,” or the fusing of authentic rave culture with a business motive. Now, popular Philadelphia venues host EDM DJs with significant mainstream acceptance. Soundgarden Hall on Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street opened in September 2012 and has housed DJs with ranks on Billboard 200, like Diplo and Tiësto. “On the underground EDM scene, [the opening of Soundgarden Hall] was a really big deal,” said a Philadelphia EDM-based promoter who requested to remain anonymous. “It’s that mainstream scene. Sometimes those kids will make it to the underground parties and they’ll be like, ‘I’ve been to Soundgarden six times, and I’ve never been to a party like this.’”
DEDICATION AND BRUISES: ADDING PERFORMANCE TO RAVE CULTURE
Regardless of whether the event is at an underground or mainstream
Doll Productions, a group of five female dancers and hula hoopers that performs at EDM events in Philadelphia. Anderson said she recalled ravers weaving glowsticks in her experiences of Philadelphia’s rave scene, but groups weren’t explicitly asked to perform or make a presence at events. Mary Shaw, 31, co-creator of Vinyl Doll Productions, started hula hooping in 2009 while she was attending raves and living in Charleston, S.C. Practicing hooping requires “dedication and bruises,” she said. “I would be bruised all over my hands,” Shaw said. “Anywhere where you have bone and the hoop touches it, I was bruised.” For events that Vinyl Doll Productions perform at, Shaw said she makes the outfits – usually crop tops and boy-shorts – because it’s less expensive than ordering clothing online. “We want to bring this sexy appeal to the stage,” Shaw said. “But also, when you’re hooping, you can’t really wear a lot of clothing because you need the hoop to stick to your skin.” After moving to Philadelphia in 2010, Shaw said she sees a major focus on underground rave culture and local DJ talent in the city. Shaw said she wants to work as not only a co-creator of Vinyl Doll Productions with Biddy, but as a mentor. “Surprisingly or not, there are a lot of old heads in the scene, and they’re the ones that aren’t doing the drugs anymore. They’ve learned from that, and they’re strictly just in it for the music,” Shaw said. “I feel like more old heads in the scene should be teaching the younger crowd, rather than bashing them on Facebook.” A decade age gap spans between Biddy and Shaw, but both started attending raves in their teens. “I’m a mother of four, and I have to have a reason to go out and party now because I have a family,” Shaw said. “Now, I’m not just attending raves. I go to the ones that I’m working and I strictly just dance. That gives me the release that I need to be happy in my normal, day-to-day life.” Kerri Ann Raimo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Watching a manic Mania Corrigan travels 17 hours to witness wrestling history.
owe Harley Race a beer. I offered the wheelchair-bound legend a Budweiser after stumbling upon the hotel where most of the wrestlers stayed. Sheamus posed for photos, Alberto Del Rio did the same even though he was accompanied by his chilJohn Corrigan dren way Cheesesteaks past their and Chairshots bedtime and Jerry Lawler donned sunglasses past midnight. At the bar across the street, I asked if Pat Patterson wanted a brew since I was paying for Race’s. “You’re paying for Harley? Boy, he’s a cheap son of a b----,” the original Intercontinental Champion joked. Race said he would share a cold one when he returned from changing out of his Hall of Fame attire, but my friend and I bailed around 2 a.m. because we needed to rest up for WrestleMania XXX. The greatest Mania of all time. Hearing “Real American” in person sent goose bumps down my nine-inch pythons as Hulk Hogan kicked off the highest grossing entertainment event in the history of the Mercedes-Benz Silver, er Superdome. And then Stone Cold appeared. And then The Rock. And then blood trickled as I pinched myself harder and
harder over this historic summit between the three biggest stars in wrasslin’ history. I was disappointed about zero returns and only two entrances in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but Cesaro slamming Big Show over the top rope dispelled my apathy. Personally, Del Rio left the strongest impression of the 30 grapplers. I’ve always enjoyed his ring work, but his character has been stale for a couple years. However, after watching him take time for the fans while caring for his kids, I found myself rooting for the Mexican aristocrat. I don’t care if he portrays a villain, at least I’m emotionally invested. In the most upsetting outcome of the event, John Cena defeated Bray Wyatt. Sure, it was refreshing to see Cena outside of the main event and the title picture, but the “Eater of Worlds” deserved to feast on the Cenation. AJ retained her Divas Championship against the Bellas, Natalya and every other woman in the WWE Universe. It was pretty cool for Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff to share the screen with Hogan and Mr. T, three decades after their tag team main event at the inaugural WrestleMania. On the 17-hour drive to New Orleans, I thought about those old-timers and all the miles they covered in the territory days before the luxury suites and tour buses. WrestleMania transcended the public’s perception of professional wrestling and wove it into the fabric of American pop culture. For instance, my friends and I weren’t just staying at the Holiday Inn – we were crash-
ing DDP Yoga’s headquarters. With success stories Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Scott Hall entering the WWE Hall of Fame, Diamond Dallas Page and his yoga empire took over the hotel. For $80, you could eat a healthy breakfast and partake in a Q-and-A with Page. Sorry, bro – if I’m dropping that much dough, you better leave the gluten in the waffles. Parading along Bourbon Street, we saw every wrestling shirt ever sewed and heard echoing “Yes” chants and “Woos.” We even bumped into our friend Gabriel, who we met after WrestleMania 28 in the “bad part of town” as our terrified Miami taxi driver revealed. Ignoring the adage about never talking to strangers, my friends agreed to split a cab with this lonely Canadian man despite my apprehension. Two years later, I keep in touch with him the most. That’s the essence of WrestleMania weekend. Wrestling fans commandeering a city, befriending each other over favorite characters and matches. It’s the one time of the year our guilty pleasure becomes a mainstream phenomenon. Like the “#YESMovement.” In 2012, Sheamus kicked off my first WrestleMania experience by pinning Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds, enraging fans in Miami and then around the world which spawned the “YES” chant revolution. This year I came full circle as Bryan defied the odds by beating the dictatorial Triple H, in perhaps the best match I’ve seen live, to advance to the main event – a triple threat with corporate darlings Batista and Randy Orton. When Batista tapped out to the “Yes
Lock,” the past seven months of Bryan’s trials and tribulations finally paid off in one glorious moment: winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in front of 75,000 arm-pumping “#YESMovement” diehards. The jubilation of that crowd, strangers high-fiving over their hero’s triumph, illustrates why I watch pro wrestling. Unfortunately, Bryan’s confetti-raining celebration won’t be the snapshot in fans’ minds when reminiscing about WrestleMania XXX. Ask my co-workers – I predicted Brock Lesnar would end the Undertaker’s undefeated streak. Despite complaints that the 21-0 streak shouldn’t end especially at the hands of an already established star like Lesnar, the story makes sense. The streak was the closest sports element left in sports entertainment. It was the only win-loss record that mattered in WWE. As a former UFC Champion, Lesnar has sports credibility. If anyone could defeat the Deadman on the Grandest Stage, it would be a legit fighter. When the “Beast Incarnate” cleanly pinned Undertaker after a third F-5, it was like a gunshot went off in the Superdome – 75,000 people gasped, blinked and then booed. I wasn’t aboard the Titanic, but I witnessed the streak end. Now where’s Harley? I need a beer.
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Artists U members. | COURTESY ANDREW SIMONET nancially plan, and three years after that I bought a house. If I hadn’t been part of Artists U, I don’t know if I would have been able to manage that.” said the program was essential One of Simonet’s goals to his 18-year career and life as with Artists U is to give artists an artist in and out of Philadelenough freedom so they can phia. enjoy life, which, ironically, “There is the inspiration is no downfrom where more side to learncreative work ing how to be comes. empowered “We need and be finanto think not just cially knowlabout the next art edgeable and project, but it’s, have support ‘OK, where do I from other artMike Armine / musician and live? How is my ists,” Cromie teacher health?’” Simsaid. “A lot of onet said. “That things helped me be a better is a tool that artists are good businessperson and there was at – they start with nothing and a lot of encouragement along make a plan to make somethe way, which really helps.” thing and then they create it. For Cromie, a freelance That is something artists have, director and mask and pupbut they leave it in the studio.” pet designer, learning where Instead of just providing to draw the line was essential a few answers for artists who to his work and becoming a seem to be having a hard time healthier person. As a freewith money or time managelance artist, Cromie faces chalment, Simonet said he hopes to lenges that artists in companies give many artists the tools they typically do not have to deal need to prevent them from with. struggling. “I learned how to under“We have no idea what stand when you’re working you should do – you know too hard for not the right comwhat you should do,” Simpensation and how not to burn onet said. “We’re here to help out, because it is a difficult you figure that out. We’re not lifestyle,” he said. telling people what to do, just After going through Arthelping with strategic planists U, Cromie was able to straning; think long-term about tegically plan for his future. where you want to go.” “It demystified the process of saving and buying a house,” Emily Rolen can be reached at Cromie said. “I started to firstname.lastname@example.org. Continued from page 9
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a classroom lesson. “So, for the viewer, they are able to watch the first few episodes of ‘House of Food’ and connect with the students themselves, and then actually have their own learning curve,” Duffy said. Most chefs in the food industry either go to culinary school or head directly into the industry. They find their way by climbing a ladder from mom-and-pop shops up to places like Lacroix Restaurant, a top restaurant in Philadelphia. The culinary school concept comes from Duffy’s younger years. His brother, Bryan Duffy, went to culinary school in Philadelphia. Mike Duffy said he has learned a lot from his brother, but he has also worked in restaurants on the Main Line and Bala Cynwyd, Pa., where he grew up. Despite all of his success, including his own production company, Ugly Brother Studios, Duffy said he was humble but confident of his show’s growing popularity. “I’m like everyone else where I just love food,” Duffy said. “I happen to have this professional chef brother and that certainly helped me. But the viewing experience is built for regular people to love it and learn a little something. Hopefully their mouths will water a little, too.” The show airs Mondays at 10 p.m. (Top left) John Rittew and Joe Marchese skate on American Street. (Bottom left) Kyle O’Neal does a wallride on American Street. (Right) Magastowo Lakasono, a Temple Graduate, skateboards in West Kennsington. | MIKE WOJCIK TTN Continued from page 9
Clowes and Chris Ware. After graduating from Pratt in 2000, he was ready to start a full-time career in illustration, but he said it proved more difficult than expected. Through promotions and diligence, Krall was able to get some recognition by Baltimore City Paper, where most of his starting work in illustration took place. After about 10 years of maintaining day jobs, Krall has now been able to commit to art professionally full-time for about four years. ADVERTISEMENT
“In the beginning, I always thought there was going to be this one breakthrough and it was just going to go from there and everyone was going to know who I was,” Krall said. It’s still a struggle for Krall at times financially, but with his years of experience in paintings on wood, editorials, black and whites, food menus and more, he’s been receiving many calls for his services. Now, he’s working on a window mural depicting the surrounding neighborhood for Elixr Coffee, which should be ready this June, and a food map of Philadelphia for anoth-
er customer. Some might recognize the mural he made in the back of Pizza Brain in Fishtown. Whether it’s drawing streets of a neighborhood or local food, Krall said he hopes to insert more of himself into his art by offering his own perspective. For example, with Elixr’s mural, Krall said he’s going to paint in a way that’s reflects how he connects to that neighborhood. With food, people can expect Krall’s art to offer more of his ideas on the hidden gems of Philadelphia when it comes to cuisine. He said he feels that
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too much attention has been put on the well-known restaurants most commonly found around Center City. Like his current relationship with hot dogs, Krall is looking for something different. “Nobody was really exploring [not as well-known food] especially in Philadelphia,” Krall said. “Now there’s a million blogs that go everywhere, but I still think Philly has a ton of food that people don’t know about.”
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The end result was several portraitstyle photographs in which dogs of all sizes licked the inside of their owners’ mouths, resembling a “make-out” kiss. Sembrot said Sweeney’s photo, the first that he took of the six final photos on his website, is the “kind that stops you in your tracks.” And since he previously met the photo editor at the Huffington Post, Sembrot sent his work to the him. Soon after, the photographs went viral, appearing on BuzzFeed, Perez Hilton’s blog and foreign websites in Finland and Spain, among others. “I was not expecting to get that kind of reaction,” Sweeney said, adding that Sembrot carefully asked her permission before using the shot he ultimately picked, where Nanook’s tongue is visibly in her open mouth. While she said she’s seen mostly negative comments from viewers who think the photos are disgusting or weird, Sweeney said “any publicity is good publicity.” Sembrot said this is the most attention he’s ever received for his work, which he anticipates will help him gain business as more people become familiar with his name as a photographer. He also said he isn’t perturbed by any opinions that the photographs are “just gross,” as Huffington Post user Scottb219 wrote on March 26 in the comment section. “I think mostly all the comments about how gross it is comes from nondog owners or people who are taking the images at face value,” Sembrot said. “No one that knows the intention of what it was and what the inspiration was would [think that].”
POETS TO PERFORM On Wednesday, Moonstone Arts Center will host a poetry reading at Fergie’s Pub. Located on 1214 Sansom St., the reading will feature poets Lynn Hoffman and Candace Riggs. Hoffman, a published novelist and Riggs, a competitor in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, will begin at 7 p.m. An open reading will follow Hoffman and Riggs. -Emily Rolen
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After observing his friends open-mouth kiss their dogs as a sign of compassion, photographer Chris Sembrot decided to create “Humans Kissing Dogs,” a photo project. | COURTESY CHRIS SEMBROT Still, Sembrot said he wouldn’t kiss his own dog, a boxer and Jack Russell terrier mix named Sadie, or be featured in the “Humans Kissing Dogs” project himself. In order to find willing subjects, Sembrot said he pitched the idea to an ad agency in Philadelphia to gain support and then turned to a dog grooming business in Fishtown called Groovehound. A friend of Sweeney’s who works at the ad agency recommended that Sembrot reach out to her. “When he called me he was like, ‘Anat?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m the dog w----,’” Sweeney said, laughing. Sweeney’s husband fully supported her participation, she said,
though he did seem “a little disturbed” when he saw the final photo. Though Sweeney didn’t receive any monetary compensation for posing with Nanook, she said that wasn’t what mattered to her. “I looked it as an artist helping out another artist,” Sweeney said. “We’ve got to stick together, kind of thing.” Though his intention was to use the photographs as “self-promotion,” Sembrot said he believes the work shows the power of photography. “I want to continue with the project,” Sembrot said. “One of the women I photographed, her dog needs a really expensive surgery. She did a
Kickstarter [campaign] to get money, but now it’s not really enough, so I want to help her out with that. My dog was a rescue, so I want to do something to endorse that, and encourage people not to purchase dogs through a breeder.” Currently, Sembrot is working on another ongoing project, titled “Urban Surfers.” Sweeney is also preparing for her own creative endeavor, an exhibit in California for which she’ll illustrate 15 famous quotes. Erin Edinger-Turoff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @erinJustineET.
Finding the face behind the local musician Local artists have lives extending beyond music, including teaching and working desk jobs.
ho are musicians when they’re not playing a gig? If you’ve grown up on Hollywood portrayals, you probably picture big hair, a big wallet and a Photoshopped jawline. But if you’ve had the pleasure of living with a musician, you probably picture someone who thinks playing the drums at 11 p.m. is perfectly acceptable. Point being, the world has concocted its ideas of musicians. Some imagine the VIP rock star wearing Jared Whalen pants made out of Concrete God knows what, Colored while others think Basements of the starving artist playing outside of Starbucks. However, in reality, most do not fall into either of these categories. For some, music is a career, a fulltime job. They dedicate their lives to playing music, doing whatever is necessary to make it to the next show. For most, however, music is not a full-time gig. Whether it’s the need of a steady paycheck or just another passion, most musicians have day jobs or spend their days in school. More likely than not, fans would not recognize the dude swinging the guitar around on stage if they saw him on the street.
Take Mike Armine, for example. Armine is the vocalist of Philadelphia metal band Rosetta. Formed in 2003, the band is still going strong. Rosetta released its latest album last year, toured Europe and Australia in 2012 and is now preparing for another international tour. A Google search of Armine’s name reveals what you would expect of a heavy band’s vocalist: intense show photos, screaming crowds, and Armine’s arms covered in ink. But that’s a narrow scope of who Armine actually is. In fact, Rosetta only tours a fraction of the year. The majority of the time, Armine is in the Philadelphia area working his other job – teaching high school students. Armine teaches Advanced Placement psychology and sociology at Haverford Senior High School in Havertown, Pa. These two separate worlds keep Armine in a constant state of work overload. “There have been times where I've had to grade papers at the back of a venue,” Armine said. “Or [I] write lessons in the tour van just to keep things balanced. Conversely, there are times where I have to answer Rosetta emails or book tours during the school day. It's very stressful when these worlds collide.” While the workload can be overwhelming, Armine said the real balancing act is in identity management. “Sometimes, students think that my love for f----d up heavy music, tattoos and skateboarding makes me the ‘cool teacher who does not give a s--.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. Students are pretty shocked with I have to come down with a heavy hand and let them know that I have
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Walker is like many local artists. high expectations, standards and low Dreams of a career in music are meathreshold for bulls---.” His students are not the only ones sured against bills and the necessities of life. College graduates who play coming to conclusions, however. “For the most part, my cowork- music know this song and dance well. “It’s kind of a yin and yang, push ers think I'm in one of those bands that and pull,” Walker said. paint their nails black “I really sometimes and wear eyeliner,” wish that my music life Armine said. “I find could make the financthis amusing. The best es my professional life is when they ask, ‘Are does. Especially when you in one of those it comes to loans.” screamo bands?’ I alWalker has been ways smile wide when actively pushing his I answer.” music by consistently For Armine, more gigging in the tristate pleasure comes from area and working on a just playing music and not focusing on record Mike Armine / musician and new album. teacher “I really believe labels and music sales. music is life, and it “I'd rather contribute to the development of young really is a goal of mine to become a people and play music on the side,” name-worthy musician,” Walker said. Armine said. “I can keep my sense of “I don’t care about fame, I just desire self while paying the bills at the same sustainability.” Both of these artists are different time.” Another young professional who people with one actively persuing a hits the Philly stage is Brian Walker. career in music, while the other is conWalker, 25, has been writing music for tent where he is. Both have day jobs, the last eight years and fronts alterna- but they are different in nature and tive band A Day Without Love. Out- purpose. But that’s the point, isn’t it? side of music, Walker works as a human resources specialist for Comcast. The Philadelphia musician is not Additionally, he is an academic, a stereotype. This city is filled with having earned a bachelor of arts in creative individuals of all walks of life business psychology and a master of – and are all walking different direcarts in industrial organizational psy- tions. But what connects them is their chology. passion for music. And that passion For Walker, playing music is the keeps them going, regardless of where end goal. they want to end up. “As someone who has written Jared Whalen can be reached at over 500 poems in the past 12 years email@example.com. and 115 songs, I really think I have the drive and motivation,” Walker said. “I really hope that I can become a fulltime musician.”
been times where I’ve had to grade papers at the back of a venue.
What people PHILLY TECH WEEK KICKS OFF WITH TETRIS @Delcotimes tweeted on April 5 that to start off Philly Tech Week, are talkthe tallest game of Tetris was played on the side of the Cira Centre ing about building this past Saturday. Last year, the Cira Centre building also in Philly displayed an enormous game of Pong. Philly Tech Week continues with events throughout the city, running until Saturday. – from news and store openings, to music LONGWOOD GARDENS NAMED CREAM OF THE CROP events and restaurant opening. For @CBSPhilly tweeted on April 6 that Longwood Gardens in Kennett breaking news and daily updates, Square, Pa., has been recently named “Best Public Garden” by follow The Temple News on Twitter USA Today. The gardens extend beyond 1,000 acres with more than 20 indoor and outdoor gardens. @TheTempleNews.
On Sunday, Fair Food and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture will hold its third annual Philly Farm and Food Fest at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Annex. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the fest is a one-day marketplace that will feature more than 100 local food producers, including farmers, chefs and food artisans on the floor selling their products. Started by Fair Food and PASA in 2012, the Fest’s focus is to give a chance for small businesses to introduce themselves to a bigger audience and gain new customers. General Admission tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. –Albert Hong
FOOD AND TECHNOLOGY On Friday, Philly Tech Week will host a panel discussion at the Parkway Central Library called, “A Side of Tech: How Technology Influences Local Food Practices.” Moderated by Nic Esposito, the panel will feature Mark Headd, Amy Laura Cahn, Ryan Kuck, Paul Steinke and Kelly Herrenkohl for a discussion on how technology can complement the efforts in creating a “healthy, socially inclusive and sustainable food future.” The event is free and attendees can register and learn more about the event at phillytechweek. com. –Albert Hong
FESTIVAL BLOSSOMS The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia kicked off on April 1 and has events the rest of the month. On April 14, the centerpiece event of the festival, “Sakura Sunday,” runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fairmount Park Horticulture Center. Experience martial art demos, the Harajuku fashion show, Japanese food vendors and more. Admission is $5. –Kerri Ann Raimo
GAMES FEATURED AT ARCADIA @PhillydotcomENT tweeted on April 5 that an exhibit at the Acardia University Art Gallery called "Free Play” has visitors participate in an array of games and activities that comprise the exhibition. Using the concept of playtime, these artists explore some present-day social and philosophical issues. "Free Play" runs until April 20.
MADE IN AMERICA RUMORED TO HEAD TO L.A.
@phillymag tweeted on April 3 that Jay Z and Live Nation have teamed together once again in attempts to bring Made in America, the Labor Day weekend festival in Philadelphia, to Los Angeles. PhillyMag reported that the two festivals would be running during the same weekend to cut down on the number of attendees.
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Designing for future with local students ST. JAMES PAGE 7 for some of these topics,” Holohan said. “Everyone I talked to and everything I’ve read said you need to start with a relationship you already have.” Following this advice, Holohan contacted one of her friends, St. James’ principal David Kasievich, about starting a collaborative project. The partnership turned out to be a perfect match, she said, as St. James places a lot of emphasis on education in the arts. After the graduate students settled on a theme for the project and decided how to involve the middle school students, they pitched their idea to St. James’ administrators. Holohan said the administrators “fell in love” with the project. However, she said, the logistics were not easy to work out. “We had to figure out how [we could] schedule all of these kids, and the [graduate students] with their schedules and soliciting donations for the poster project,” Holohan said. “That was the biggest challenge – those logistics, time and money. But we worked it out.” Once it was decided that the seventh-grade class was a good fit for the project in terms of how challenging the material would be, Holohan said it “really took off.” The Tyler students planned to create posters for the project that focused on the words of St. James’ school pledge, spreading messages of leadership, knowledge and positive change in the community. The students were split into four groups. After meeting twice to demonstrate the process of screen printing and to brainstorm ideas with the
seventh graders for the design of the posters, the groups met one additional time to create the final product, something the St. James students said was their favorite part. “My hands were really one of the only ones that got really dirty,” Jonathan Newlin, one of the St. James students, said. “I actually put my hands in the paint, so at first I had a blue thumb and then I got my whole hands blue.” While the students have participated in other art projects at St. James, they said they never had the opportunity to learn about and participate in this type of art. “At first I wasn’t really sure what [printmaking] was, but then they showed us different examples, like the Obama poster, and then I got really excited about it,” St. James seventh grader Ainyae Holmes said. Once the posters were finished, Holmes said 24 copies were made so the students would be able to take some home and post around the halls of St. James. The remainder will appear in a public exhibition at Tyler on May 9. The exhibit, which will be held in the Tyler atrium from 5-7 p.m., will showcase the final products of this collaboration, but will also have work from the graduate students who created their own pieces inspired by the St. James students. The posters created by the students from St. James, as well as the work of the graduate students, will also be available to purchase. All proceeds will go toward raising awareness for St. James, as well as contributing to supportive and creative
programs for students. Graduate student Nikki Eastman said apart from the artistic aspect of the project, getting to know the students from St. James and to be part of a community outreach program was what she enjoyed the most. “The kids were a little bit shy and reserved at first, and now they have completely opened up and they’re running around our studio, picking things up, playing on my computer – it just feels very comfortable now,” Eastman said. “I think that was a really cool transformation to see.” As someone who is interested in using art for social change, Eastman said this project was a great example for the type of work she would like to pursue in the future. “I would really like to do work that is involved in designing for social good,” Eastman said. “I’ve dabbled in that here as an undergrad and in other classes, and it is something I definitely want to pursue further.” Both Holohan and Eastman said they would love for this partnership to become a longterm relationship, with each new class of graduate students working with students from St. James on a variety of projects. “If we do [the project] again I would run it like a graduate project, but it wouldn’t be the same,” Holohan said. “It would be with St. James, but it could be with a fifth-grade class or an afterschool program at St. James, wherever the need is coming from.” Alexa Bricker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The work of St. James students and Tyler students will be displayed in the Tyler atrium on May 9 during a public exhibition from 5-7 p.m. Some of the posters created by the collaborations will be for sale. | KARA MILSTEIN TTN
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The posters created by Tyler graduate students and St. James students were based on St. James’s school mottos. They will be on display in Tyler this May. | KARA MILSTEIN TTN
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Senior year elective project yields a City Hall exhibit SCULPTURE PAGE 7 the outline itself. “I used to live in a warehouse and one of my roommates found [the bookcase] on the street, in a school’s parking lot dumpster,” Powell said. “With the closing of a lot of the schools in the city, we thought, ‘Let’s tell this story through this bookcase that got abandoned by its home, which was once the school.’ It’s basically a lot of vignettes of different stories that are connected to the neighborhoods, but also tells the story of Philly in general.” Two years after the piece was delivered and installed in her home, Rodriguez found a new opportunity for the sculpture to be showcased in a much more public space. Last summer, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia held a competition for artists to submit unique bike rack designs. In partnership with the coalition, City Hall also put a call out to local artists to submit pieces that represent sustain-
ability and the city’s bike cul- and screamed when we heard,” ture. Powell said. When Rodriguez discovWhen it came time to inered the competition, she said stall the piece in City Hall, Powshe knew the sculpture that ell and Mozes received another Powell and pleasant surprise. Mozes had “When we made for her went into City and her family Hall, we found out would be perthat it was going fect. to be placed right “[Rodrioutside of the mayguez] had beor’s office,” Mozes come like our said. “There are mentor from different exhibiclass,” Powtion spaces in City ell said. “She Hall, like on the sent us a link third floor and fifth on Facebook floor, but we had and said, ‘You no idea this space guys have to existed.” submit the Powell says Donnell Powell / alumnus piece.’” they’re not sure Powell and Mozes heard how they were given the spot, back a week after submitting which is the first piece visitors their work that it had been se- see in the exhibition. The way lected for the public exhibition the piece stands out visually at City Hall. among the rest may have been a “We were in our living factor, he said. room and I jumped up and down “A lot of them when you
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agers are treated in society. “I’m personally troubled by the decision to try these young women who assaulted Temple Odom said she believes students as adults,” Odom said. some college students’ upbring- “This doesn’t in any way detract ings affect their initial views of from that fact that it was horthe classroom. rible what happened. But this “A lot of our students come decision to try these children from suburban or rural school as adults and to be dismissive, districts, where they’ve had a I wonder if it corrects the probvery different educational ex- lem.” perience than the students and Odom said the situation teachers they meet in Philadel- hints at a larger issue that needs phia classrooms,” she said. to be addressed. Odom said she hopes “Now, if the problem is High School Journalism Work- the relationship between the shop will spread community awareness of the and Temple, inner workings [where] we and challenges of know that there urban school sysare some tentems, which, she sions, that’s said, people may worth addresstend to overlook. ing in a positive “This class way,” Odom offers experiensaid. tial education Christine Christine Swift/ Carver teacher for our students, Swift, a teachand it offers an er at George opportunity for Wa s h i n g t o n students in the Philadelphia area Carver High School of Engito become empowered, engaged neering and Science, located at civically and to feel like they’re 16th and Berks streets, said she being listened to,” Odom said. doesn’t detect many tensions With the recent attacks on between the high school stuTemple students by Philadel- dents and Temple community. phia teenagers, Odom stressed However, she said that during the importance of a second look her nine years of teaching at at the way some inner-city teen- Carver, she’s noticed the effects
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our kids are homeless. Some come from crazy backgrounds.
of Temple’s expansion and has seen her fair share of “frat boys smashing bottles in parking lots at night.” Swift said students at Carver are typically dedicated to their work. “Our kids come from all different situations,” Swift said. “Some of our kids are homeless. Some come from crazy backgrounds. But something, somewhere in their background motivated them to try for something more, and now that they’re here, they want to try more. That’s why some of these kids won’t leave our buildings until 5:30 [p.m.].” Carver is a magnet school with selective admission requirements. Students who are accepted must have an “excellent behavior record with no discipline reports,” according to the school website. Senior journalism major Jennifer Nguyen frequently visits Carver for High School Journalism Workshop. She also visits Benjamin Franklin High School, a public school located near the intersection of North Broad and Spring Garden streets. “Ben Franklin is the [high school] that I feel like I have to work a little harder to reach the students, especially since the school’s graduation rate is a
look at them, they speak bike,” he said. “When you look at ours, it doesn’t speak bike, it speaks Philly. It’s the outlier of the exhibition – it really is.” “Boundaries Therefore We Brake” will remain installed outside of the mayor’s office for the next four months. Powell and Mozes are still deciding what will ultimately become of their artwork after the exhibit comes to a close. “[The piece] can sell, we listed it with a price, so it could become the property of a buyer,” Powell said. “It has to stay up for the whole four months, but if it doesn’t sell I think we have to take it back to [Rodriguez]. As much as we would want it in our new crib, I think it’s only right that we give it back to her.” Alexa Bricker can be reached at email@example.com.
Donnell Powell (left) and Eric Mozes created “Boundaries Therefore We Brake.” | ANDREW THAYER TTN
lot lower than Carver,” Nguyen said. “It seems like a lot of students don’t know where to go or who to turn to for support. Just showing that you’re there and encouraging them to do something, even if it’s just the school newspaper, I think it means the world to some students in the area.” Though Nguyen focuses on art and fashion-based feature writing, she said High School Journalism Workshop has made her more passionate about public education as a topic. She said the course has made her aware of many issues involving urban education. “[For] the government, in terms of funding schools, education seems to be at the bottom of the list,” Nguyen said. “That in itself can tear down students.
Why can’t students get proper, simple education? That can lead to students feeling defeated and like they can’t achieve as much as others.” Because many neighboring schools have closed, there has been an influx of students at Ben Franklin. Nguyen said this has produced a hectic and less cohesive school environment. Swift said Carver recently suffered many budget cuts, forcing administrators to terminate programs that connected Temple students to the high school. High School Journalism Workshop has had its smallest enrollment ever this year, at just four students. Odom said she is worried that students are losing interest in the class. Students like Nguyen are hoping to foster interest
among students and journalists in High School Journalism Workshop. “We don’t talk about [public education] as much as we should,” Nguyen said. “For journalism students, it gives us an outlet for seeing what is going on and a chance to properly inform through our writing. The students, they don’t feel like anyone cares. It’s something people should be aware of. Education is a very important part of life.” Claire Sasko can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A student from George Washington Carver High School works on a layout for his school newspaper with Temple’s High School Journalism Workshop course.| CLAIRE SASKO TTN
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ACTIVE SEMESTER FOR SORORITY Last Wednesday, members of Temple’s newest sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, joined members of the Northeast chapters of Alpha Xi Delta on the “Today Show” in New York City in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day. The sisters promoted their partnership with Autism Speaks and the “Light It Up Blue” campaign. With the campaign, prominent buildings are illuminated in blue to show their support and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day. This is the Light It Up Blue campaign’s fifth year, garnering support from over 100 countries. April is Autism Awareness Month, and throughout the month, Alpha Xi Delta sisters are encouraged to “light it up blue” for autism. The sorority members have supported autism awareness since 2009, and this year they have been working to raise funds and awareness of their philanthropic partner in order to help find the missing piece of the autism puzzle. “Whether it’s showing support for our philanthropic partner on the ‘Today Show’ or lighting a chapter house or campus monument with blue lights, Alpha Xi Deltas are dedicated to raising awareness of autism” said Jaclyn Dziepak, educational leadership consultant for Alpha Xi Delta. In addition to the activities in New York, Alpha Xi Delta at Temple will be raising awareness by hosting an Autism Awareness Night with the Philadelphia Phillies on April 14 and having a can shake on April 22 to raise funds and awareness for Autism Speaks. -Lora Strum
CHARITABLE WORK FOR FRAT
Students dressed up for a live-action role play event on Main Campus this past Satruday, a competition to become Pokémon masters by completeing various tasks. The Anime Club hosted the event for the first time in its history. | ANDREW THAYER TTN
Pokémon enthusiasts participate in LARP
Last Wednesday, dozens of fraternity men donned brasseries on Liacouras Walk to raise funds for breast cancer research. Decked out in lingerie, the fraternity men braved rainy conditions to host a can shake to support the fight against breast cancer and to raise funds for Relay for Life. The Relay for Life event, held this past Friday, raised money for the American Cancer Society. The fraternity men and sorority women have held a series of can shakes and fundraisers throughout the month to raise money for the event and support the cause.
LARP PAGE 7 next year, have a round two,” Guarnieri said. “If we sell everything that we have then we would actually make a little bit of a profit, but our main goal is to break even.” Approximately 30 trainers participated in Saturday’s event, many completing all of the required challenges necessary to become a Pokémon master. Sophomore Spanish major Joe Claffey, a participant who earned the title of Pokémon master, said he enjoyed being able to physically complete
the challenges. “[The best part was] walking around and collecting gym badges and then facing the Final Four,” Claffey said. “I was not expecting to do miscellaneous activities, like I thought I would have to pull out my Gameboy and play it but it was actually doing fun activities involving Pokémon. Just [to] do something that you’ve kind of always wanted to do since you were a kid, and it was just fun to come out and support two clubs at the same time.”
- Lora Strum While there was some confusion among trainers about the order of events and where to go, Valentine said she thinks Temple’s first Pokémon League lived up to expectations. “I thought it was successful, we had a few hiccups but for the first time we’ve ever done anything this big with Anime Club I thought it went really well,” Valentine said. “Everyone had fun and that’s all that really mattered to me.” Andrew Thayer can be reached at email@example.com.
staff spotlight | niki mendrinos
Welcome Center leader promotes school spirit Niki Mendrinos runs Experience Temple Day on Main Campus. PAIGE GROSS The Temple News Thousands of pretzels line the inside of the Liacouras Center, along with bundles of cherry and white balloons as perky students in khaki pants and owl-inspired attire smile and answer questions for the hundreds of families pouring into the information sessions. Foam fingers are worn by some of the Owl Ambassadors who led families around for tours, and spontaneous dancing is not only allowed, but encouraged. Signs point to tours, the bookstore at the Student Center and residence halls around Main Campus. This is the work of Niki Mendrinos, head of the Welcome Center at Temple and what she called an “owlstanding” Experience Temple Day. “These events are run well, organized well and we have a great group of people that assist with the planning,” Mendrinos said. “The outcome is a little bit kooky, but where else can you do that?” Mendrinos said recent attacks
involving Temple students off campus have raised more concern in parents than usual, but she said she assures all those who visit that security has tightened. She said she will walk with tour groups and answer questions from parents if that is something of concern to them. Mendrinos joined the Temple community in late 2000 after leaving Pace University in New York City, where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree and worked in the admissions office for a few years. Mendrinos said she knew she would not have a “typical day” of work when she took the job in the admissions office 14 years ago, but since then her responsibilities have grown to include putting on all large events, overseeing marketing and publications, creating the touring program and reviewing applications for prospective students. During the fall, Mendrinos spends most of her time reviewing and making decisions on applications, while the spring is devoted to planning events for prospective and accepted students. About half of graduating students are transfers from another school, usually starting at a community or online college to save money while learning the basics in their field. Mendrinos said reviewing ap-
plications was tough at first because she wanted to see many of the applicants succeed. “Sometimes you get an applicant that you read their stuff and wonder, ‘Who is this person? This kid’s application is amazing,’” Mendrinos said. “Often they have these incredible obstacles, and they’ve overcome them to get here.” Since accepting the position at the Welcome Center, Mendrinos’ biggest accomplishment has been revamping the tour program for prospective students. Each semester, 10 to 12 students are chosen out of about 300 applicants to become Owl Ambassadors, who can be seen all over Main Campus giving tours and helping families during Experience Temple Days. “I’m looking for students who are strong communicators, good at public speaking, who can deal with difficult situations and genuinely love their school,” Mendrinos said. Mendrinos said once a student is hired to be an Owl Ambassador, they usually stay in the program until they graduate, even if they study abroad or are away for a year. Sophomore kinesiology major Vanessa Novinger said her job as an Owl Ambassador is “one of the most fulfilling jobs on campus.” Her coworker, sophomore musical theater
major Taylor Ressler agreed, saying it has allowed her to “grow as a person and a communicator.” Mendrinos called Ray Smeriglio one of her right-hands in the Welcome Center, as an experienced Owl Ambassador. He’s now on the Temple Student Government “TU Believe” ballot, running for the position of student body president. “He is a mover and a shaker, certainly one of the best representations of what it means to be Temple Made and Temple proud,” Mendrinos said. Mendrinos said students who become Owl Ambassadors often have good chances at jobs and internships due to their work ethic and dependability. While working with the students in the tour program is close to her heart, Mendrinos said that the reactions from families are the best part of her job. She said prospective students often leave tours feeling better about the university than when they came. “I do love [Experience Temple Days], it gives you a great rush to put it all together and get positive feedback,” Mendrinos said. “It’s great knowing that you played a pretty considerable role in their decision.”
GREEK WEEK 2014 Temple University Greek Week 2014 began April 4 with the theme “Monsters University.” Currently trending throughout Greek members’ Facebook pages, Greek Week 2014 is an event where fraternities and sororities gather for a week of events to support their philanthropic causes and encourage inter-council bonding. The kickoff with Relay for Life in Pearson and McGonigle Halls precedes a week of events, like: Capture the flag last Saturday, Greek Gods and Goddess and the Greek Olympics on Sunday, Bone Marrow registry and game night on Monday, movie night at The Reel and Letter Checks today, American Red Cross Blood Drive and the Greek Sing on Wednesday, and the Can Creation and Phillies game and tailgate on Thursday. Profits from ticket sales on Thursday will benefit the American Cancer Society. Finally, the events will close on Friday with the banner competition and awards ceremony. For more information, including times and location for each event can be found on the Temple University Greek life’s Facebook page with hashtag #TUgreekweek2014. -Lora Strum
TALIB KWELI TO VISIT Main Campus Program Board will host a night of music with Talib Kweli, a Brooklyn-based rapper who has collaborated with Kanye West, Melanie Fiona and Miguel among other artists, tonight beginning at 7 p.m. The event will take place in the Temple Performing Arts Center and students may enter free of charge by presenting a student ID card. The doors for the event will open at 6 p.m. Kweli, a known activist along with his career as a recording artist, will also take questions from the audience as part of an interactive dialogue aspect of the appearance. The hip-hop musician is well-known for his political expressions and opinionated stance on social issues in America. -Erin Edinger-Turoff
NEW STUDY ABROAD DEADLINE
Students hoping to study abroad in either Rome or Toyko through the Temple Study Abroad program have until April 15 to submit their application to do so. This was an extension of the original deadline, which was in March. There is additionally an increased scholarship opportunity. Students can now be awarded at least $1,000 and up to $2,000 to cover the expenses of studying abroad. Students with questions should contact the Study Abroad Office, which is located in the Tuttleman Learning Center. Paige Gross can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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After Rateska Brown’s exit, report says Roxas to transfer ROXAS NAMED AS ONE OF FOUR OWLS TO BE DEPARTING TEAM Sophomore guard Meghan Roxas has received approval on her request to transfer and will look to move to another institution prior to the 2014-15 season, according to a report from Bret McCormick of All Star Girls Report. Roxas was reportedly granted her release from Temple and will begin searching for a new school. Before the news of Roxas’ intent to transfer, in an interview with junior guard Rateska Brown – where she announced her own decision to transfer from Temple – Brown said that former Owls forward Jacquilyn Jackson and two unnamed Temple players would be transferring during this offseason. With Roxas’ release, six players have left the Owls program in the last two years – including Jackson, Brown, May Dayan, Leah Horton and Sally Kabengano. Roxas declined a request for an interview and a spokesperson for the team declined to comment. Last season, Roxas averaged nine minutes and played in 27 games, scoring 2.4 points per game. –Brien Edwards
GYMNASTICS MEN’S TEAM WILL SEND THREE TO NATIONAL QUALIFIERS
On Monday, the NCAA announced three members of the men’s gymnastics team will compete in the National Qualifying Competition on April 10 at the University of Michigan. Sophomore Jon Rydzefski and freshman Jakob Welsh will compete in the all-around category, with
DiPietro, who graduated from the school in 1976, returned to be an assistant coach after graduating from Gloucester County College. He became the head coach in 1988 and remained there for 15 years, winning three straight state championships from 1991 to 1993. He is the winningest head coach in Camden Catholic softball history. He left Camden Catholic when he got the head coaching job at La Salle in 2003. He came to Temple in 2008. – Evan Cross
BASEBALL TEAM OPENS HOME SCHEDULE AT CAMPBELL’S FIELD IN CAMDEN Sophomore Evan Eigner is one of three members of the men’s gymnastics team who will compete at the National Qualifying Competition on April 10. | HUA ZONG TTN
qualifying scores of 81.150 and 80.650 respectively. Sophomore Evan Eigner qualified in the still rings with a score of 14.725. The only Eastern College Athletic Conference team that made the National Qualifiers was William & Mary. The Tribe received an automatic bid by winning the conference tournament in Annapolis on March 28. – Steve Bohnel
Before the move, the women’s team was sharing tent space with the men’s crew team. Now with their own tent, coach Rebecca Grzybowski said having the tent closer to the river is more convenient for the team, instead of trotting across the St Joe’s boathouse parking lot to get their boats to the bank of the river. The Owls look to move into their permanent home within the year. – Danielle Nelson
OWLS RELOCATE TENT The women’s rowing team has temporarily moved its tent to the opposite side of St. Joseph’s boathouse until the East Park Canoe House is renovated.
DIPIETRO HONORED BY CAMDEN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
Softball coach Joe DiPietro has been elected to the Camden Catholic High School Hall of Fame.
The Owls opened their home schedule on a rainy Friday afternoon at Campbell’s Field in Camden, N.J., where the ballpark brought four more attendees than during the opener at Ambler last season. Despite low attendance, the Owls defeated Cincinnati 7–5 in the team’s first game at the home of the Camden Riversharks. Coach Ryan Wheeler said he noticed the team’s energy while it played in an upgraded facility. “I felt like the kids were excited to come here and play,” Wheeler said. “We got here and the guys were really jacked up and it transferred into our play.” Members of the team say the park is a huge upgrade from Skip Wilson Field. The Owls play 10 of their final 13 home games this season at Campbell’s Field. – Jon DiMuzio
Rhule places emphasis on kicking game FOOTBALL PAGE 22 deal. He would run with them, and as a bonus, he would run with the skill players. Despite giving himself a generous head start, Rhule quickly fell behind his players. “At least I didn’t pull anything,” Rhule said. “That was the win.” The football team continued its 14-day spring practice schedule last week, with a total of three sessions held at Camden High School in Camden, N.J., and Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, N.J. The Owls finished last season with a 2-10 record, junior center Kyle Friend said practices and meetings this spring have been run more seriously than in the past. “We know we have a lot of work to do based off of our record last year,” Friend said. “People are taking it more seriously because it’s about winning or losing.” The coaching staff has placed a large emphasis on the team’s kicking game during the spring season, after a 2013 campaign in which Temple missed six extra points and went was 3 for 9 on field goal attempts. “You see when they put the ball on the stick they’re kicking very accurately, it’s just the snaps and everything together,” Rhule said. “It’s about 50/50 right now. We’re emphasizing it every day so it’s getting better and better and better, but it’s got a ways to go.”
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leg down and drive your hips backwards without opening up your back,” Garofolo said. The next position, the finish, involves extending the legs, leaning back and using your hands to pull the oars. The recovery includes swinging your body forward. Garofolo said assistant coach Mariana Folco, volunteer
Freshman quarterback P.J. Walker (left) runs alongside sophomore linebacker Tyler Matakevich near the end of the team’s April 5 practice at Paul VI High School. The team will hold an additional three practices next week. | HUA ZONG TTN One possible solution is newcomer Michael Bittner – a junior from the soon-to-be-extinct men’s gymnastics team who kicked during his time at Catasauqua High School. Rhule said Bittner hasn’t been getting many reps due to class conflicts, but that he has potential going forward.
assistant Andrew Grzybowski and graduate assistant Taylor Wasserleben helped guide her in the right direction. “They really did a good job of explaining it to us,” Garofolo said. “We didn’t go out on the water right away. We used the erg machine for quite some time till we had the basics of the techniques. I don’t think getting the basic steps down was the hardest part. Putting the steps together in a full motion was probably the hardest part about
“He’s a tremendous men’s gymnast and once you’ve been a college athlete, you know how to handle pressure and you know how to perfect your technique and your craft,” Rhule said. “We’re excited for him to come out here.” Jim Cooper Jr., will return to the 2014 roster, along with red-
shirt-junior Mayes and redshirtsophomore Colby Perry. Rhule said redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Khalif Herbin is the starting returner, but mentioned he would have to compete for the job. “We’re trying to play him at tailback, play him at wide receiver,” Rhule said. “He’s dead-
ly with the ball in his hands so we’re trying to get the ball in his hands as best we can.” Redshirt-sophomore Saledeem Major, who played his first season of eligibility at Clark Atlanta University, walked on to the team last fall. He will play his first season with the Owls later this year.
get our hands out together and After each individual we start to break our knees to learned the techniques, Braccia come up together and on our said the team applied them in drive, drive all at the same time the boat with four or eight other so we can get maximum power women. and maximum speed by all get“In all ting our blades UP NEXT points of those in at the same Knecht Cup three steps [fintime. So basicalApril 12-13 ish, recovery ly every motion and catch] in the that you do with stroke you have to be complete- your body has to mimic the perly locked on with the person in son in front of you.” front of you,” Braccia said. “We Men’s novice TJ Kuhar swing our bodies over together, said when he first came in the
fall, he was surprised by how tough rowing was after playing basketball and football in high school. He credits assistant coaches Gus Goettner and Brian Perkins for his improvement. “The hardest part on the water is just how technical you have to be with everything because the littlest thing can throw the boat off,” Kuhar said. Coach Gavin White said he is happy with the improvements the novices have made since the fall.
“Sal is a good athlete and he’s kind of a combo guy, so he can do a little bit of everything,” Rhule said. “We’re trying to see what he can do so we put him out there and he got a lot of reps.” “He’s been a pleasant, pleasant surprise,” Rhule added. Freshman quarterback P.J. Walker is gearing up for his sophomore campaign, after an impressive rookie year in which he earned the starting job midway through the season. “P.J.’s best when he’s live. He can kind of run around and move, have a little stress on him. But we’re just trying to really teach him the game. We’re putting a lot on him. Even though it might slow him down a little right now, it’s the best thing for him in the long run.” “We owe it to him to develop him, not just use what he can do well.” On the injury front, Rhule announced on Saturday that Shahid Lovett will be out for the spring due to a knee operation. Redshirt-freshman offensive lineman Dion Dawkins returned to practice in limited capacity after suffering a broken foot last fall against Louisville, but he not taken any team reps yet. The Owls will return to practice on Tuesday at Camden High School. Avery Maehrer and Nick Tricome can be reached at email@example.com.
“The biggest thing is that they have become more posed,” White said. “They have matured a lot.” After winning their first medals of the season, the novices said they still have a lot to work on. “I learn things every day,” Braccia said. “There is always something that I can fix.” Danielle Nelson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Dan_Nels.
TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014
Patrick Vanderslice (left) pitches during a 2014 game against Cincinnati. Members of the 1948 baseball team sit in the Erny Field dugout. | ANDREW THAYER TTN/COURTESY TEMPLAR
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harsh reality as he sat next to six teammates who would transfer weeks later, in hopes of continuing their baseball careers at a program with a more promising future. Hockenberry said he was baffled and that he couldn’t believe that Clark and President Neil Theobald – who had been at Temple for less than one year – could make such a major decision. “They were never a part of the history, they were never a part of the school,” Hockenberry said. “I’ve been here longer than them. They never asked me what it’s like to be a Temple baseball player or what the team means to me or any of my teammates or coaches.” The board reversed part of its decision in February when it reinstated the crew and rowing teams after funding for a new boathouse surfaced. But men’s gymnastics, men’s indoor and outdoor track & field, softball and the baseball program Hockenberry has called home for the past four years are still set to be eliminated on July 1. The administration didn’t consult with members of the baseball team before making the cuts. It didn’t ask coach Ryan Wheeler about how to permanently solve facilities issues. It didn’t consult with players about frustrations in the 22-minute ride to Ambler Campus and whether it affected their well-being as student-athletes. It didn’t talk to former coach James “Skip” Wilson, who helped build the program to become the most decorated among Philadelphia schools. While many involved in the program remain frustrated, the university maintains that the cuts are necessary for Title IX compliance and to create better experiences for the student-athletes that remain. After its 87th season is complete in May, the Owls will leave the diamond for the last time.
‘JOE PATERNO OF BASEBALL’
THE GLORY DAYS
Rod Johnson’s girlfriend, who’s now his wife, called Wilson in 1976. She wanted Wilson to bring Johnson onto the program. So Wilson traveled up to Spring-Ford High School to watch Johnson, a second basemen, play. It just so happened that Johnson’s teammate, Jay Hallman, threw a no-hitter with Wilson looking on. Both joined the Owls and now sit in the Temple Hall of Fame. Johnson is third all-time in the program with a .399 career batting average and Hallman is fourth all-time with 24 wins. Wilson said recruiting was easy for him during the early days. He remembers baseball talent in the Philadelphia area as much better in the 1960s and 1970s than it is today. “I was out to games every night of my life watching high school, sandlot, American Legion,” Wilson said. “I went all over the city and state, anywhere from a 75-100-mile radius.” In 1972, Wilson led the Owls to a 33-15 overall record and the program’s first appearance in the College World Series. The Owls fell to Arizona State 1-0 and finished in third place. Wilson estimates that 99 percent of that team came from the Philadelphia area. Five years later, in 1977, Temple got back to the College World Series after going undefeated (9-0) in MAC play. Temple finished the year with a 34-9 record and an eighth-place finish. In Wilson’s first 25 years, from 1960-84, Temple had 22 winning seasons and 14 conference championships.
Hockenberry has only been a part of the baseball program for four years, but he’s not ignorant to its history. He likened Wilson, the 46-year Temple baseball coach, to the late Joe Paterno at Penn State. “He established this program that’s a winning program,” Hockenberry said. Before Wilson’s tenure, Temple played as an independent – without any conference affiliation – until 1958. Then, under Wilson’s predecessor Ernie Casale, the Owls joined the Mid-Atlantic Conference. Temple won the MAC title and advanced to its second NCAA tournament in program history in 1959 – Casale’s final season. When Wilson took over the program in 1960, he took Casale’s successes and established a winning program. In his first 10 seasons, he led the Owls to nine winning seasons and two NCAA tournaments. In the 33 years prior to him taking The Owls have had three home facilities during their 87-year history. | AVERY MAEHRER TTN over, Temple made just one NCAA tourney. Wilson would go on to coach until the middle of 2005, leading the Owls to 12 NCAA appearances – including two trips to the College World THE RIDE To this day, Temple has never played a baseSeries. Under Wilson, Temple captured 10 confer- ball game on Main Campus. The program played its first 78 years at Erny ence titles and sent approximately 100 players to Field in Mount Airy before moving to Skip Wilprofessional leagues, including six to the MLB. Joe Hindelang pitched at Temple from 1965- son Field in Ambler in 2004. Hindelang recalls the countless trips from 67 before being drafted by the New York Yankees. He ranks 10th on the all-time career strikeouts list Main Campus up to Mount Airy, and described them as a “bonding experience.” at Temple with 200. “It’s not about earned run averages and bat“His motto was ‘I’ll play anyone, anyplace, any time. But don’t cheat me,’” Hindelang said. ting averages or setting career records and indi“He was competitive as all hell. He was a great vidual records,” Hindelang said. “It’s the experiences. It’s about relationships. It’s laughing at infield coach and was tough as nails.” Hindelang, who played both basketball and some of the crazy things we did. The school, with baseball while at Temple, would go on to coach Clark and Theobald, use, ‘Oh, the trip out to the for 27 years, including 14 at Penn State – where Ambler Campus.’ It’s just ridiculous.” Erny Field is now used by Arcadia Univerhe’d coach Wheeler. He credits his ability to coach for so long to things he learned as a player sity. Wilson remembers it being the “best field in the city.” at Temple. “It was well manicured and well taken care “A lot of what I did in my 27 years of coaching, I took and learned from Skippy,” Hindelang of,” Wilson said. “I don’t think being off campus said. “He made the opposing coach uneasy. He was too big of a deal.” Wilson said he doesn’t know why the prowould squeeze with his cleanup hitter or third hitgram left Erny Field in favor of Ambler. ter. He just put constant pressure on you.” “When they compare it to other fields, it’s like a Little League field,” Wilson said of the field
that has his namesake. The lack of an on-campus facility was one of the many reasons the university used to justify the baseball program being cut. Playing off-campus is a reality known to every Temple baseball player before they enroll at the university. Hockenberry said he sees it as an advantage when the team travels to other universities. “The fact that we have to travel to our own field makes every other weekend that we travel to a different team’s field much easier because it’s always like we’re playing a road game,” Hockenberry said. A solution to that problem was thought to be settled back in November when Wheeler – with the assistance of Clark – helped strike a deal with Campbell’s Field to host 11 of the 12 Owls home games against American Athletic Conference opponents. Campbell’s Field, home to the Camden Riversharks, was named “Ballpark of the Year” in 2004 by Baseball America. Camden, N.J., is across the Ben Franklin Bridge, much closer to Temple than Ambler. “I was ecstatic,” Wheeler said. “As we were going through it and I knew it was getting closer, we started to share it with recruits, with alumni, with the players on the team. It was making a huge difference, I was very excited about it.” “We are truly excited to be able to provide a first-class venue for our team to perform in this historic season,” Clark said in a statement released Nov. 7. Less than one month later, Clark recommended to cut the program.
The baseball program at Temple is no stranger to adversity. In 1994, the program was set to be dropped along with men’s and women’s gymnastics. Temple was dealing with a university-wide budget crisis. What was different in ‘94 was that word got out before the Board of Trustees voted. “They came out and told us they were going to drop it, which gave us time to fight it,” Wilson said. Former Temple baseball player-turned attorney Ed Hayes led the fight against the university and the team eventually staved off a vote. The damage was done, though. “It was a very shallow victory,” Wilson said. “It became very difficult for me to recruit, because the kids weren’t sure if there was going to be a program or not, they just weren’t sure.” The university also cut the program’s scholarships from nine to four, even though the NCAA was allowing 11.2 scholarships at the time. As Wilson got older, his relationship with the athletic department began to sour. Wilson took a fall in 2005 at Ambler, right behind the third base dugout. At 75 years old, he required two artificial hips from the fall. Wilson retired shortly after. It wasn’t just his injury that led to him retiring. Wilson said he was no longer getting his message through to his group of players. “What happened the last few years, and I was 74- and 75-years-old, kids weren’t as nice as they were before,” Wilson said. “They didn’t want to listen to the basic fundamentals, and I’m a basic fundamentals guy.” “I had three rules: Come on time, be prepared and try,” Wilson added. “Those rules weren’t hard to follow, but they didn’t want to follow them at the end.” Temple hasn’t had a winning season since Wilson’s departure.
THE WHEELER ERA
When Hindelang took over at Penn State in the summer of 1990, Wheeler was a young shortstop coming off of his freshman year. Wheeler, whom Hindelang described as skinny “like angel hair spaghetti,” was concerned about getting cut. That didn’t happen, as Wheeler had a successful career as a Nittany Lion before being drafted by the California Angels. “He’s a wonderful success story,” Hindelang said. “Temple could not have hired a better guy.” When Wheeler got hired, after spending 11
seasons as an assistant coach at William & Mary, Penn and Richmond, the first thing he did was contact Wilson. “I called him and we had a great conversation,” Wheeler said. “Once I got up here after a few weeks I met up with him to let him know that I’m a big believer in the past. Respecting that tradition and respecting the job that he did was the least that I could do coming in here. That got out very quickly to alumni and that sort of got people on board.” Growing the alumni base was something Wheeler wanted to do immediately. There were dinners, banquets and golf tournaments to raise money and bring baseball alumni together. “That’s one of the things that hurts about this cut,” Wheeler added. “I’ve met so many wonderful people that have been associated with the program through playing here.”
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Wheeler was just as blindsided as everyone else was on Dec. 6, 2013. “It took a few days, three days maybe, for it to really sink in,” Wheeler said. “I would be spending 15 hours on it every day. I’d go to sleep and wake up and say, ‘Did what you just go through, is that real? Yeah, it’s real, they cut the program.’ It was tough, those first few days, to just really come to grips with this being over.” Temple has had a consistently small budget for baseball in recent years. During the 201213 season, Temple’s baseball team spent a conference-low $166,355 on operating expenses. No other team in the American had less than a $300,000 budget that year. Wheeler said the program has always been filled with fighters, and that was part of the great tradition at Temple. “I want these kids to go out in that same tradition, in that same manner – fighting until the bitter end,” Wheeler said. “That’s what I’m seeing from them now and that’s why I’m so proud of them.” Before the season started, the baseball team took on the slogan “Band of Brothers” for the season. The slogan was decided on in the fall, before the cuts were announced. Hockenberry said that after the cuts, the slogan stuck and had more meaning. As a senior leader, Hockenberry wants the program to go out on a high-note, battling until – as Wheeler put it – “the bitter end.” “I want our program to be remembered as the team that didn’t give up,” Hockenberry said. “We’re still committed to the weight room, we’re still committed [to the] classroom and we’re just trying to prove that Temple shouldn’t have cut us.” “So we’re the team that didn’t give up,” Hockenberry added. “We’re not going to stop fighting.” Jeff Neiburg can be reached at jeffrey.neiburg@ temple.edu or on Twitter @Jeff_Neiburg.
TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014
player spotlight | jaymie tabor
Tabor among Big East’s elite attackers The senior is fifth in the conference in scoring this season. NICK TRICOME The Temple News Jaymie Tabor spent the first semester of her freshman year at the University of New Hampshire, but it wasn’t a good match. “I liked the school,” Tabor said. “But lacrosse-wise, it wasn’t the right fit for me. It was just so far away from home too. I wasn’t happy with lacrosse, so it made me unhappy with a lot of other things. It wasn’t the right situation for me to be in, so I had to make a change.” That change for the Downingtown, Pa., native was a transfer to Temple. She was able to play in the spring just in time for the 2011 season, but said it wasn’t an entirely comfortable situation at first. “Coming into it… it’s a whole different thing,” Tabor said. “I got here and everyone already knew each other, so it was a hard transition.” But three years after her arrival, Tabor said transferring
is one of the best decisions she but she plays with big personality and that, to the day, has just ever made. “She wanted to come to grown.” In her first season, Tabor Temple,” coach Bonnie Rosen said. “I had a long talk with put up 15 goals in 14 games. her to make sure it was what The next season, she scored 21 she really wanted and from the goals and an assist in 17 games. moment she got here, this is the In 2013, despite missing three games with a concussion, Tabor place she wanted to be.” Now in her senior year with scored 27 goals and three assists the Owls, the attacker leads the in 13 games. “I worked really hard each team in scoring with 25 goals and three assists for 28 points, year,” Tabor said. “Coming in, with five games left in the regu- halfway through [my freshman lar season. She is fifth in the Big season], I wasn’t expecting much. I fought to earn my spot East Conference in scoring. Tabor has come a long way and that’s how it’s been since I since her early playing days in got here.” Tabor said she is still a little 2011. “When I got here I was a shy, but realizes that she would little shy,” Tabor said. “It’s just have to become more of a leader as other upperclasslike anything that you go into UP NEXT men graduated. blind. I didn’t re“When I ally know how it Owls vs. Louisville was a freshwas going to be, April 11 man, there but it turned out to be good. The girls are great were seniors that I looked up and a lot of the seniors took me to and admired,” Tabor said. under their wing because I was “That is what I want to be for the younger kids now.” new.” She tries to lead by exIt took some time, but she got fully acclimated about half- ample with her play rather than way through her freshman sea- with words. “We have this thing where son, as she recalls, with her role it’s like, ‘Who can change the expanding each year. “She came in as a pretty momentum?’” Tabor said. “I quiet person,” Rosen said. “She feel like I really embody that, still keeps to herself a little bit, like I can pick people up really
well by what I do on the field.” But scoring goals will do that. “That too,” Tabor said with a laugh. “That changes momentum.” Tabor has always felt comfortable being the goal scorer on the attack. She played some midfield in high school, but she said that was only because they needed someone to fill a hole. However, Rosen said that Tabor would have excelled at that position. “She is one of the most dynamic offensive players I’ve ever coached,” Rosen said. “Honestly, she probably could be one of the best midfielders in the country, we just focused her as an attacker. She can be a great defender and she causes turnovers, but she’s definitely that player that speaks with her physical play and has learned to have a voice.” Had Tabor not made the decision to transfer to Temple three years ago, she says she probably wouldn’t be playing lacrosse anymore. Now, the fact that she is in her final season is hard to grasp. “I can’t believe it,” Tabor said. “[I] can’t believe this is it.” Nick Tricome can be reached at email@example.com.
Jaymie Tabor, who is nearing the end of her Temple career, runs across Geasey Field during competition. | COURTESY JOSEPH V. LABOLITO/TEMPLE ATHLETICS
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of the stick on it,” senior Matt Crescenzo said. “It’s still no excuse.” In his eight years of coaching at Temple, Quinn said he has seen only one other tournament with worse weather than what he experienced at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate. “The changing of the day, from morning to afternoon, that was so severe,” Quinn said. “It was such a clear advantage for those teams earlier… That hurt us.” “It’s tougher when you are not swinging well and when you’re coming off winter, to hit the ball well in those conditions,” Matthews said. Days later, the team went on to finish tied for 10th at the Furman Intercollegiate. Matthews and Crescenzo placed fourth and tied for 26th out of 111, respectively. But Quinn said the team could have done more. “We’re a better team than we scored… I was a little disappointed with our finish,” Quinn said. “Bottom line, we got unlucky,” Matthews said. “You’re going to get some bad ones. You just have to fight through it.” The team will look to improve in the standings it plays at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. Last year, the Owls played strong and finished in second place. Expectations to match that finish are high among the players. “We expect to win,” Crescenzo said. “We have the ability and our team is good enough to win that event.” The team’s confidence, golfers said, comes from playing a tough schedule. The Owls are playing in a highly competitive schedule to help prepare them for the American Athletic Conference Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., – which will be held April 2729. “I think this semester’s schedule is one of the toughest in the country – it pushes all of the kids to become better players,” Quinn said. Michael Guise can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @MikeG2511.
Coach Fred Turoff pushes a piece of equipment across the floor of the McGonigle Hall gym. The men’s and women’s gymnastics teams have shared facilities for the past 32 years. The men’s squad will be cut in July, but the women’s team will remain and continue using the McGonigle gyms. | HUA ZONG TTN
McGonigle gym limitations blamed for cuts GYMNASTICS PAGE 22 Temple’s administration for the past 32 years. Now, the setup is one of the reasons the men’s team is slated to be cut in July. “I think the administration’s intent here is to make training facilities as good as they possibly can,” Turoff said. “For the teams that remain, to fund them maximally at the NCAA limit level.” After the Board of Trustees voted to cut the men’s team in December, President Theobald said on numerous occasions that facilities were one of the primary factors for eliminating the program. But Temple is not in a unique situation when it comes to both the men’s and women’s team practicing together. Only three teams in the country have separate facilities for men and women: Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska. One of those schools, Michigan, has two facilities that are far larger than what Temple has in the 8,000 square-foot McGonigle gyms. The women train in the 22,000 square-foot Donald R. Shepherd Training
Center, while the men practice the entire field of practice.” in the Loken Training Center, “It’s hard when we have to a 10,500 square-foot facility. have one coach over here and Both feature resi and free-foam one coach over there, we don’t pits for every individual event. really know what’s going on Most of the other Big Ten in either side,” senior female schools have similar facilities, co-captain Heather Zaniewski including Penn State, the only said. “We have to run across if other school in Pennsylvania we need to spot for something. to sponsor colSometimes it’s lege gymnashonestly just a tics at the Dividistraction.” sion I level. The And even if Nittany Lions Temple wanted practice in the loose-foam pits, White Building, it wouldn’t be which is 13,400 able to install square feet, feathem. Turoff tures various pits said there are and has a team several I-beams lounge with a underneath the flat-screen TV. floor of both But conwhich Fred Turoff / coach gyms, cerning Temple’s would complifacility, gymnasts said the lack cate the process. of pits isn’t the main problem Either way, the men’s team for the Owls – it has to do with doesn’t view the pits as a necesthe building itself. sity. “The biggest limitation is “The only reason you the wall separating the gyms,” would ever need pits is if someTuroff said. “Because that one’s scared of something,” semeans the coach can’t oversee nior male co-captain Scott Had-
“Would I like
to have a bigger gym so we wouldn’t have to set up and tear down every day? Of course.
dway said. “I don’t think many guys here are scared of doing something.” On the other hand, women’s coach Aaron Murphy would prefer foam pits for gender-specific reasons. “When these girls get into college, this is the home stretch of their career,” Murphy said. “For the guys, their bodies are getting stronger, so they can sustain a facility like ours a little bit better. If we had foam pits, we could take some more turns, and it wouldn’t hurt the body as bad, which in turn would allow the competitions to maybe be a little more successful.” Murphy added that although Temple’s facility may not be among the best in the country, the team does the best with what it has. And even though McGonigle may not match up with some of the best schools in the country, it stacks up relatively even with those in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. William & Mary’s men’s and women’s teams practice in
a 5,000 square-foot gym in the basement of William & Mary Hall. Coach Cliff Gauthier said in an email last week that his team also has a 750 square-foot area where the ceiling is 12 feet high, which limits what his team can do in that part of the gym. One limitation the Owls have is the necessity to set up equipment each day. But like any other obstacle McGonigle poses, Turoff said it hasn’t stopped his teams from practicing and competing. “Would I like to have a bigger gym so we wouldn’t have to set up and tear down each day?” Turoff said. “Of course I would. But I realize the limitations in this building. And until they build another building that has more gyms, this is what we have to do.” Steve Bohnel can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @SteveSportsGuy1.
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Cuts raise questions on shared gymnasium The men’s and women’s teams split gym space, but so do most other schools across the country.
STEVE BOHNEL The Temple News
f you enter through the left door leading into Gymnasium 143 in the back of McGonigle Hall, you might bump into something. There’s an elevated runway that leads up right to the front door. It serves as the vault
runway for the men’s and women’s gymnastics teams. Both programs have been sharing Gyms 143 and 144 in McGonigle since 1982, the year when Temple lost a Title IX lawsuit to former Temple badminton student-athlete Rollin Haffer and was forced to equalize the facility. Men’s coach Fred Turoff came up with a specific plan: put the uneven bars where the parallel bars and pommel horses were, and move the latter two apparatuses into Gym 144. That, along with sharing the floor and vault, was acceptable to
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Coach Fred Turoff lifts a mat during an April practice in McGonigle Hall. The men’s gymnastics team has practiced in the same location for the past 32 years. | HUA ZONG TTN
Rhule: ‘I like the intensity’ Owls will train for two more weeks before the Cherry & White game. AVERY MAEHRER NICK TRICOME The Temple News
The deal was simple at the end of Saturday morning’s practice. The kickers would line up for a field goal and if they missed, the rest of the team had to run from the goal-line to the 40. But if they made it, they got to walk. Tyler Mayes kicked one that barely made it through the uprights, but coach Matt Rhule didn’t cut the team any slack. He told them that college uprights are narrower than a high school’s field. Rhule made them run, but cut them a
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Members of the football team run toward the end of a practice at Paul VI High School. The Owls will hold seven more spring practices around the Philadelphia area, as Chodoff Field is being resurfaced. The annual Cherry & White game will be held later this month. | HUA ZONG TTN
CREW & ROWING
Novices rise to the occasion
‘Tournament rusty’ golfers struggle in early-season play
The rowing team’s Novice 8 boat won silver last weekend.
Tough schedule, harsh weather conditions have hurt the team this spring.
DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News Their oars began clanking together as they navigated a turn on the racecourse, alongside five other boats at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta last fall. But the Owls crashed – twice. In the first racing competition of their rowing career, the novices on the women’s rowing team found themselves in a bind on a 6,000-meter racecourse in October 2013. Five months later, the women’s Novice 8 and Novice 4 both earned their first victory of the season when they went head-to-head against Bucknell and Duquesne last Saturday. In March, the Novice 8 boat on the women’s team and the Novice 4 boat on the men’s team both earned silver medals ahead of some of the nation’s
Gavin White folds his hands during a race on the Schuylkill. White said the novices on his team have become more poised. | KARA MILSTEIN TTN top programs – including Virginia and Drexel – at the Murphy Cup in March. “The coaches have been nothing but helpful in shaping us into rowers,” freshman Rachael Braccia said. “This is a sport some of us, my fellow novices, have never done before. I have never picked up an oar. To look back at it, sitting in a boat that I have never seen before, never touched before and then splitting a silver medal and being second out of 15 teams is unbelievable.” Throughout the fall, the novices on both the men’s and women’s teams invested much of their time to learn more about the sport, while their
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coaching staff taught some of the techniques required for success both on the ergometer – an indoor rowing machine – and in the boat. The women’s team receives several walk-ons, as the team holds open tryouts in the fall. Freshman Sydney Garofolo said the novices spent much of the time in the erg room learning some of the basic steps for techniques like the catch, finish and recovery. The catch pertains to bringing your knees up leading to a compressed position. “At the catch, your goal is to get to at a controlled rate and then drive your
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throughout the winter. The rust was evident. Quinn said he knew his team would be rusty, and that the studentathletes are “working some of the kinks out.” The trip to Florida allowed the MICHAEL GUISE team to play 36 holes a day, but did not The Temple News prepare players for competition. “We were tournament rusty,” sophAs coach Brian Quinn’s father omore Brandon Matthews said. “We would say, “There are no moral victo- weren’t swing rusty or golf rusty.” A week after the Tiger Invitaries in golf.” The Owls have been off to a slow tional, the team tied for 13th at the start during their first three events Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate in of the spring season, and Quinn said Williamsburg, Va. Players said an unlucky set of tee times the team has had only UP NEXT hindered the team’s “marginal” success this Princeton Invitational performance all weeksemester. April 12-13 end. The first day, the In the first tournament of the spring, the Tiger Invita- Owls competed in the morning wave tional in Opelika, Ala., the golf team while it was pouring rain and nearfinished 14th out of 15 teams. Before freezing temperatures. The afternoon the invitational, the team spent a week wave played in warm, sunny condiin Florida to practice during Spring tions. The next day the Owls played in Break. The team was able to practice cold weather again. “I would say we got the short end their putts, after only being able to practice almost exclusively indoors GOLF PAGE 21