SPORTS The football team is forced to deal with the loss of 13 starters as it makes its return to the Big East.
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SUMMER WARRIORS, p. 7
Owl Team leaders created a friendly nest on Main Campus as most left for the summer.
BIG SEASON, p. 20
COOKING QUEEN, p. 9
Temple is set to prove itself a worthy Big East competitor.
Temple alumna Christina Wilson is a top contender on Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen.”
Layover affords new president time to listen A grace period allows Neil Theobald time to do what many praise him for: listen and learn.
“To bring his
ideas to Temple is just a gamechanger for students.
Patrick J. O’Connor / board of trustees chairman
The Liacouras Center still upped its contribution to the university. AMELIA BRUST The Temple News In recent years, the Liacouras Center has seen a rise in revenues, something credited to an increase in non-Temple events held at the arena. But officials said revenues could drop this fiscal year. “We’re hoping that it has a positive impact…in the area,” Richard Rumer, associate vice president for Business Services, said. “We have seen an increase in the number and type of events.” The arena has a capacity of approximately 10,200, in comparison with the now-demolished Spectrum in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, which held more than 18,000. Aside from being the home of Temple athletics, the Liacouras Center has a place in North Philadelphia arts and entertainment. Past events include gospel concerts, comedy tours and Cirque du Soleil. The arena had 274 total events in 2011 and 2012 combined. Rumer said that hosting non-Temple events year-round, especially during the summer, improves revenue when the neighborhood experiences a decrease in activity.
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fter a nearly year-long search that looked at approximately 150 applicants, the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee settled on their choice earlier this month: Dr. Neil Theobald. Theobald, a 55-year-old administrator at Indiana University and first-generation college student, was formally approved as Temple’s 10th president by the board on Aug. 7, and will begin Jan. 1, 2013. Temple’s new chief was the unanimous choice by the Presi-
dential Search Committee, and even after interviewing about 25 people for the job, Theobald impressed enough to earn a five-year contract with a base pay of $450,000. It was his first attempt to become a university president. Theobald’s credentials include being the senior vice president and chief financial officer at a major Big Ten university, but what sold many at Temple was his focus on first-generation college students – which he is one of – and an obsession with maintaining access to higher education.
Temple’s newly named president wasn’t even supposed to go to college himself.
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Officials project less revenue at center
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Redesigned IDs ready for pick up Republicans New Owl Cards act as PNC Bank ATM cards and comply with the state’s voter ID law. LILY FRONDEN The Temple News Temple students, faculty and staff are receiving new Owl Cards due to a combined effort by Computer Services and Diamond Dollars. The new cards are part of Temple’s plan to update the IDs about every six years. “It has always been the intent of both Computer Services and Campus Safety to re-card the university at a regular interval, and we’ve really settled
on about six years,” said L. Scott Brannan, the director of Diamond Dollars and the Access Card Office. Brannan talked about the Owl Card’s new “contactless” technology. This will allow users to tap the card against a card reader instead of swiping it. The new technology is currently being installed in all new electronic door swipe systems. “Ultimately, we want to roll that same technology out to dining services so we can speed up lines,” Brannan said.
The Johnson and Hardwick cafeteria, the Student Center, Starbucks, the TECH Center and others could all benefit from the expedience of the new cards. The new Owl Cards allow PNC Bank customers to use their IDs as ATM cards, but must activate this service through the bank first. The biggest challenge was trying to get the new Owl Cards into the hands of more than 45,000 people, Brannan said. The logistics of the distribution process required
sending the information to the printer in May to allow Temple to sort and distribute the cards by the beginning of this semester. The last Owl Cards were released in 2005 when Temple switched from the use of social security numbers to TUID. Barbara Dolhansky, associate vice president of Computer Services, said that Temple was successful in getting cards out to the same number of students. Brannan and Dolhansky
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The second floor of the Student Center was lined with students yesterday, Aug. 27, as they waited to get their new Owl Cards. Old cards will remain valid until Sept. 10, when Temple will start using the newly issued IDs. | KATE McCANN TTN
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await Cain’s stop on Main Campus Former presidential candidate chooses Temple for his College Truth Tour. SEAN CARLIN News Editor Nearly nine months after suspending his presidential campaign, pizza king Herman Cain is set to launch a college tour to discuss the country’s economy. Temple’s on his list. The College Truth Tour will visit 30 college campuses across 14 states and focus on how to fix the economy and keep students from going straight from school to the unemployment line, according to the tour’s website. Cain will come to Main Campus on Oct. 19 and while specifics of the tour remain sketchy, Temple University College Republicans Vice Chairman Darin Bartholomew said that the visit is likely to be a three part event. He said that the first two parts would be closed to the public and involve meetings with community and business leaders in the area. The tour would culminate in a public gathering on Main Campus later that night. While the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO was a Republican presidential candidate, Bartholomew said, Cain’s decision to visit Temple shows the university’s diversity of ideas. “It’d be really easy for a guy
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Owl Cards will provide valid Former candidate to talk IDs in time for Nov. elections jobs, economy on tour CARDS PAGE 1 urged that students keep using Morpurgo said. their old Owl Cards until Sept. Morpurgo was part of the 10. The ID card system inte- initiative through Temple Stugrates with multiple sysd e n t tems around Main CamGovernpus including Diamond ment to Dollars, security card bring access, Kronos time the new keeping, parking, meal expiplans and library circuration lation. All these systems dates to must be switched to the the Owl new cards at the same Card. time, said Dolhansky. “It The new Owl Card doesn’t also allowed the design just enteam to add an expiraa b l e tion date to qualify the Scott Brannan / director, diamond students dollars office card as a valid voter ID to use in Pennsylvania. t h e m “The timing of it was per- to vote, it enables the faculty, fect,” Brannan said. professors, all the staff, anyone Dylan Morpurgo, a junior who works in the [Student Cenpolitical science major, agreed. ter], all the local residents who “On Temple’s end, it was work at Temple are now able just great timing for everyone,” to use that Temple ID to vote,”
want to roll that same technology out to dining services so we can speed up lines.
CAIN PAGE 1 Morpurgo said. The new cards’ design had not been finalized when Pennsylvania enacted a new law requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls. All the cards have been preprinted with the photos from the system and are ready to pick up at local campuses. Branan said that the office’s hours will be flexible as students pick up the new cards. “We are opening early and closing late,” Brannan said.
like Herman Cain to say ‘Let’s go to the Ivy League School, [University of Pennsylvania] or let’s go to Villanova, they’re a much more Republican campus,’” Bartholomew, a junior management information systems major, said. “I think it really says a lot about Temple University and the diversity here and how open we are to different views.” TUCR didn’t lobby to bring Cain to Main Campus, but Bartholomew said that the group would probably be bringLily Fronden can be reached at ing local Republican candidates firstname.lastname@example.org. to Temple as well as holding events with Temple College *Times and pick-up locations Democrats on the importance of for each campus are listed at temple.edu/owlcard. voting and to educate voters on the new voter identification law. “We are going to try to work with the City Commissioner’s Office to try to get both of the commissioners up here
to talk about the importance of voting, the new voter laws,” Bartholomew said. “That hasn’t been finalized yet, but we are working together on a number of things.” President of TCD Dylan Morpurgo said that the two organizations would also be participating in a Dissent in America teach-in on Oct. 27, leading up to Election Day. Morpurgo, a junior political science major, called the teachin a “debate without debating.”
Schools realigned by BOT Media and art schools were restructured and renamed this year. DOMINIQUE JOHNSON The Temple News
In a move to showcase its fine arts and media programs, the Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the Center for the Arts and the School of Sean Carlin can be reached Media and Communication this at email@example.com or on summer, which shifts departTwitter @SeanCarlin84. ments between the schools. The Center for the Arts now includes the Boyer College of Music and Dance, Tyler School of Art and the Division of Film, Media Arts and Theater, as part of the realignment approved by the board in June. The School of Communications and Theater has also been renamed the School of Media and Communication includes the departments of advertising, strategic communication, jourproblem of student debt. nalism and media studies and “It is very important to production. keep access open and tuition af“The name change was the fordable,” Kaiser said. “We all result of the provost’s plan to reknow about student debt and organize the school, moving the with a zero percent base in- arts programs together,” Andrew crease, it is decreased.” Mendelson, chairman of the Temple’s base tuition this journalism department within year will remain at $13,006 and SMC, said. “This was the result $22,832 for in-state and out-of- of more than a year discussion state students, respectively. with faculty and administration. The departments of film and meSiobhan Redding can be dia arts and theater were the two reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. programs that were moved to the new [Center for the Arts]. So before this, there was no plan to change the school’s name.” Mendelson added that without theater in the school, a name change had made sense, one that would better represent the remaining departments. He said there will be few changes in the school, and the curriculum of the journalism program will very much stay the same. “This doesn’t mean we are sitting still,” Mendelson ty,” at the Student Center. said. “We are continuing to exIn April, Andrew Mendelperiment with new courses in son, chairman of the Journaljournalism, including courses ism Department in the School this fall in business practices of Media and Communication, for freelancers, photographic spoke to The Temple News relighting, writing about film and garding the then-proposed cuts. more. In the spring we will be “I guess in an age of belt offering a new course in data tightening I’m not surprised,” journalism.” Mendelson said. “I would say Officials said the Center that most students who read for the Arts adds an element to news do so online. I think that Temple that allows it to show off news is available, that [newspaits programs within the center. pers are] a dated concept.” Acting President Richard EnJohn Moritz can be reached at glert told The Temple News that email@example.com. he’s excited by the new center and said that it marks Temple’s achievements in the arts. “The Center for the Arts is really an opportunity for us to showcase the arts, putting Temple University front and center as one of the truly great arts universities on the eastern seaboard,” Englert said. “Plus, I believe that it will attract fundraising dollars for the arts. We will be able to compete very well for fundraising dollars for the arts.” Linda Fiore, director of marketing and communications at Boyer, said that the consolidation into the Center for the Arts
Vacant positions cut to save money in budget Retirements and cuts to vacant positions save $15 million in the FY 2013 budget. SIOBHAN REDDING The Temple News As part of its plan to keep the university’s base tuition level, Temple examined reducing costs throughout the budget, but a big chunk of that simply came from cutting positions that were already vacant. Senior Vice President of the Office of Management and Budget Ken Kaiser said that after Temple instituted a hiring freeze in fiscal year 2009, many
positions were left vacant without a replacement. As officials looked at ways to reduce the university’s costs, Kaiser said they found some positions had been left vacant for an extended period of time. “What we found was there were a number of positions that had been vacant for over a year and in some cases more than two years,” Kaiser said. While the positions were empty, Kaiser said they were still fully budgeted, but had no one to fill the job. The university cut 180 vacant positions with 95 that were already vacant and 85 that came from retirements. In total, Kaiser said that Temple saved approximately $15 million in salary from the
elimination of vacant positions and retirements. The savings, Kaiser said, allow Temple to operate more effectively. “These were positions that were fully budgeted but not filled. By getting rid of them we could absorb work and do things more efficiently,” Kaiser said. “We have taken every opportunity to be efficient.” Of the 85 retirements that Temple saw, 71 of them came from a retirement incentive put forth by the university. While Temple is saving money from the cuts, it’s unlikely that any of these positions, which were mainly clerical and administrative in facilities management, will be brought back. “You can’t say you cut the
budget without keeping the positions eliminated,” Kaiser said. “They are off the books permanently.” The recession played an enormous role in Temple’s accumulation of vacant positions in recent years, since the university instituted a hiring freeze during that time. When asked if the positions were meant to be left vacant, Kaiser said, “If I was asked that three years ago, I would say they would be filled. All budgets have been challenging since 2008 though.” Kaiser said that tuition wouldn’t have been able to be kept level, if it weren’t for cutting the positions and said that the university understands the
Offices cancel subscription to national newspaper for a classroom, not something Student Activities is fit to program,” Carey said. Residential Life did not respond to questions about the cost and specific number of copies they purchased and disJOHN MORITZ tributed in the lobbies of stuAssistant News Editor dent residence halls, which are Two university offices have mostly closed to faculty and canceled subscriptions to the students who do not live in the New York Times readership halls. The New York Times program that provided students readership program also offers access to more than 200 daily classroom subscription servicMonday to Friday national edies. tions of the newspaper. At least one Student Temple professor Activities and currently requires Residential students to read Life both purthe New York chased papers Times. Scott through the Gratson, director program, which of the communiis a nationcations program ally run colwho teaches arlegiate service gumentation in that distributes the School of Mefree copies of dia and Commuthe New York nication, requires Times to more than 200 stu- Chris Carey / associate director of that students read student activities the New York dent bodies, Times in order to according to a prepare for curbrochure on the rent events quizzes and debates paper’s college education webon international and domestic site. issues. Chris Carey, associate di“More people can say who rector of Student Activities, said is the on ‘The Bachelor’ than there were fears that the subwho is the president of Iran,” scriptions his office purchased Gratson said, and specifically and distributed in the Howard praised the New York Times Gittis Student Center were befor its lengthy international secing picked up mostly by nontion. students, including administraGratson also uses the New tors and faculty. The 75 daily York Times as director of the copies distributed by Student New York City study away Activities cost $5,524 a year, program, which offers internCarey said. ships and course opportunities “It would be a better fit at Manhattan Marymount Col-
Newspapers cut amid fears that they weren’t reaching the target audience.
“It would be
a better fit for a classroom, not something Student Activities is fit to program.
lege. Students in this program are required by Gratson to use the New York Times to prepare for living and communicating in the city. While Gratson doesn’t require students to purchase a subscription, he said in an email that the “decision [to cancel the program] makes it harder for them, assuredly.” “I find it absolutely inane,” Gratson said of the recent cuts to the readership program. In addition to the class subscriptions, the New York Times also offers digital subscriptions that allow students to connect
through university servers to the New York Times website, or through mobile application access. The newspaper currently restricts online views to 10 articles per month for those without a digital subscription. Universities that subscribe to its readership program are also eligible to receive a guest speaker from the New York Times to talk to students. Last year, Jim Rutenberg, a political reporter for the New York Times, came to Temple and gave a lecture, “An Analysis of the Contemporary Republican Party in the Age of the Tea Par-
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Students walk by an empty bin previously reserved for the New York Times. Residential Life and Student Activities canceled the readership program. | KATE McCANN TTN
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Theobald’s resume, story impress board PRESIDENT PAGE 1 Theobald, who grew up in Peoria, Ill., was slated to move on to the assembly line after high school, said Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick J. O’Connor, but a scholarship from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., changed all of that. The first-generation college student received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1988, and was brought on by the school to become a faculty member until 1993, when he headed to Indiana. Theobald said that, about 10 years ago, he was brought into the provost’s office and has moved up the ranks since to his current senior vice president position. During Theobald’s time managing the budget at Indiana, mean SAT scores for incoming students shot up and the campus’ financial aid endowment more than doubled from $150 million to $370 million. This record of making higher education affordable and improving the quality of the education, was something that put Theobald over the top. “He certainly understood the nuts and bolts of colleges and universities, in terms of their accessibility and affordability,” said O’Connor, who chaired the Presidential Search Committee. “He spent his career ensuring that kids could get an affordable and excellent education.” O’Connor added: “To bring
his ideas to Temple is just a game-changer for students.” Acting President Richard Englert also praised the new president for his academic prowess and fiscal responsibility. “Without a doubt he is the right person at the right time,” Englert said. “He comes with a great, great background, in finance, in academics.” Theobald has tried to find an even balance between lowering the costs of higher education and improving its quality, he said in an interview with The Temple News. “It doesn’t do you any good to simply lower costs if you lower quality at the same time. We have to train students and prepare them for a very competitive economy when they graduate,” Theobald said. “You can provide access, you can provide opportunity, but if it’s not affordable to students, you really undercut yourself.”
After Ann Weaver Hart, former president, announced last September that she would not be returning, the Board of Trustees created the Presidential Search Committee to look for her replacement. The 15-person committee consisted of one student, two faculty members and 12 trustees who, O’Connor said, considered about 150 people for the presidency, and interviewed be-
tween 20 and 25 people for the position. Though the process encompassed the entire 2011-12 academic year, O’Connor said he wouldn’t change how the search was handled and it didn’t narrow down its search until only a few months ago. “In June, we had three outstanding candidates,” O’Connor said. “One, a sitting president at a 35,000 student university, one a provost of a major Midwestern university and [Theobald]. All of them were better than the ones we looked at before. So, we had amazing choices in June and July.” O’Connor credited Englert for taking the role of acting president because he said it enabled the committee to continue searching for the right candidate. The board chairman also said that while there were some calling for the names of the candidates to be made public, it wouldn’t have been feasible. “There was a cry that we should have been more public,” O’Connor said. “What you can’t do to these candidates is go public because if they’re not chosen, their own job at their own institution is at risk.”
EASING THE TRANSITION
Until Jan. 1, Theobald will remain at his administrative post at Indiana and Englert will stay on as acting president, but Theobald’s work at Temple has
already begun. Theobald said that he’ll be on Main Campus for a few days starting Sept. 5, and will focus on getting to know the issues surrounding Temple. “[The] biggest part of this is listening,” Theobald said. “There’s no way in the world that I know what’s best for Temple University.” Englert said that he is working to make sure that Theobald is “ready to go” on Jan. 1, and said that Theobald has taken well to it and is a “quick learner.” While Theobald will be balancing work at Indiana and being briefed on the issues at his next job before taking residence in Englert’s current office, O’Connor said that he has already educated himself about Temple and has studied what is going on around the university. “He’s a listener. He’s not a guy who came in who is arrogant, who pontificated and told us what his ideas were,” O’Connor said. “He listened to what our needs were, he studied the issues at Temple.”
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adds opportunities for students to get involved with faces from other schools. “Students will continue to receive the highest quality educational experience,” Fiore said. “Students will be excited as the formation of the new center opens up many opportunities for dance, music, theater, art and film students to interact with each other and faculty.” One change that many students who reside in the School of Media and Communication noticed is that tuition has risen slightly. Though, Mendelson said the increase has been on the table for quite a while. “A differential tuition for [SMC] has been under consideration for a few years,” Mendelson said. “Specialty schools like Tyler and Boyer (and many of our peer communication schools) have a slightly higher tuition to cover the higher costs for all the equipment and software students need to use. This higher tuition will allow us to acquire more cameras, lights, Sean Carlin and John computers and other pieces of Moritz can be reached at equipment.” Senior Vice President of email@example.com. the Office of Management and Budget Ken Kaiser said the move to increase tuition in the school was actually proposed 18 months ago and that it also eliminates most fees in the school. The board also approved
the reorganization of academic units within the College of Education as well as the establishment of two new academic units, the Department of Teaching and Learning and the Department of Psychological, Organizational and Leadership Studies, in place of the college’s three previous departments. Englert said that many restructurings focused more on efficiency and cutting costs than moving departments around. For example, Englert said, buildings were consolidated on the Fort Washington Campus and the university renegotiated its lease in Center City in order to cut costs. The restucturing were first proposed by Englert, former provost, in his White Paper documents last year. “There were a lot of types of restructuring that we’ve done,” Englert said. “Some focused on showcasing the arts, others focused on reducing administrative expenditures around the university.” Dominique Johnson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sean Carlin contributed to this article.
Off-campus housing project overcomes challenges Commercial retail space remains under construction in the housing complex. SEAN CARLIN News Editor Heading north on 10th Street in the shadows of the SEPTA Regional Rail tracks, Diamond Green still has the look of a construction site. But after months of work being done on the five-story building, its tenants are finally moved in. The 92-unit, 350 bedroom complex held its move-in period last weekend after months of dashing to complete the building. The project was put together by Mosaic Development Partners, Orens Bros. and Metamorphosis Community Development Corporation. Mosaic was awarded the bid to work with Metamorphosis to redevelop the land in
2009, but Greg Reaves of Mosaic said that the project had trouble getting off the ground because of a tough economy. “There was really nothing going on in 2009, 2010 it was almost impossible to get a loan for any kind of project like this, so Orens [Bros.] was instrumental in helping us make that happen,” Reaves said. The $20 million project broke ground in November 2011 and Reaves said that early on, they were delayed because of issues with the land and said because of what they found underground, the project was nearly a month behind schedule. “We found a 5,000-gallon underground oil tank, we found that there was a basement structure that we didn’t know about that had long, huge concrete columns that we were unaware of,” Reaves said. “We found rows of tires that were buried underground.” Reaves added that the
weather helped the project out tremendously, and said, “If we had a normal winter, we probably wouldn’t be opening [on time].” Both Reaves and Jonathan Orens of Orens Bros., credited Metamorphosis and the community for making the project work, and said that members of the community were hired for various posts throughout the project. “Any community group wants members of the community to help. We understand that you have to open that door,” Orens said. “Without the community, we don’t do this project.” More than 100 applicants from the neighborhood near Diamond Green applied for jobs and its project manager Derek Connolly said that at one point 15 or 16 people from the community were working at the site in various positions. Officials at the site have
also been working to accommodate students who need a place to put their belongings before they were able to move in. Orens said that they have been “bending over backwards” to accommodate tenants and have even been storing some people’s belongings in the unfinished gym inside the building until they are able to move in. The first floor retail space at Diamond Green remains unfinished, but Orens said they have already received interest from businesses and groups for space on the first floor including a deli, Metamorphosis, a barber shop and the Fraternal Order of Police. Orens expects the space to be complete at the end of 2012. Sean Carlin can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.
Two workers move parts at the Diamond Green housing project at 10th and Diamond Streets. | HUA ZONG TTN
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The popular arena has experienced an uptick in non-Temple related events recently.| SAM LEVINE TTN
“We think it will have a tremendous impact…if you get people to come to the area if they’ve never been,” Rumer said. According to Ken Kaiser, senior vice president of the Office of Management and Budget, the Liacouras Center’s total revenue in 2012 was $3,225,000, compared to $3,143,846 in 2011. In an email, Kaiser referred to a 2013 budget from Rumer, which predicts $2,650,000 for the upcoming fiscal year. From those earnings, the Liacouras Center saw “about $2,470,000” in revenue just from outside events and “about $2,560,000” in 2012, Rumer said via email. “We’re not aiming quite as high this year,” Rumer said. The building’s net income decreased, to $571,279 in 2012 compared with $631,590 in 2011, said Eric Clein, director of finance for the Liacouras Center. However, the Liacouras Center’s annual contribution to
Temple has risen, from $82,106 in 2011, to $161,230 in 2012. Kaiser said the budgeted contribution for 2013 is $188,630. Both businesses and law enforcement are aware of larger crowds for events at the arena on North Broad Street. For Charlie Leone, deputy director of Campus Safety Services, the Liacouras Center events require outside cooperation. “We’ll come up with a couple different traffic patterns, try to have the garage empty… we’ll work with the Philadelphia Police [Department] if there’s a large event,” Leone said. “Even with a commencement, we have Philly [police] helping us with traffic outside.” When concerts or other performances come to the Liacouras Center, Leone said CSS “has learned to do some research on the concert, look for past incidents and look at some previous venues.” The Liacouras Center now implements bag checks and body pat-downs at the door, in addition to bringing in specialized security for large or special events.
“We do a post-mortem of the concert,” Leone said. Leone said that while CSS “doesn’t want to get police too involved,” the office maintains a steady number of officers for outside events. “We don’t have to hire more people,” Leone said. “We’ll bring in people to work overtime.” The Liacouras Center pays CSS for extra patrol, allowing more officers to stay on Main Campus, he said. Although, Leone said the number of officers has remained the same for past two summers. “There’s somewhat less activity [compared to the school year]…we get a lot more activity in the summer than we used to.” Around the corner, managers of the Draught Horse, a bar and restaurant, use similar tactics to prepare for outside events. Dining Room Manager and Events Coordinator Michelle Ziegenfuss said the restaurant refers to past events to judge what popular menu items and how many staff should be available.
“We definitely do prepare for staffing,” Ziegenfuss said. “It’s more imperative to have enough people.” Ziegenfuss said the restaurant had not recently seen serious security problems during Liacouras Center events. “When they had the gospel comedy series, and the Bassnectar concert, we got lots of crazy overflow…It really depends on the crowd,” she said. Outside events also mean increased revenue for the Draught Horse in the summer, when most students are away from Main Campus. The Liacouras Center does not always formally notify local businesses of a large event, but Ziegenfuss said the restaurant is usually prepared in any case. “Since we are a kind of staple of the community…we kind of hear about things through the grapevine,” she said. Amelia Brust can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Getting carded Temple began distributing new Owl Cards yesterday, Aug. 27, providing students, faculty and professors with a valid form of identification as per the Pennsylvania voter ID law, which requires voters to produce a photo ID before casting a ballot in the upcoming Nov. 6 election. In the past, The Temple News recognized that this controversial law may present obstacles for eligible voters. We have supported Temple Student Government’s initiative toward redesigning Owl Cards with the expiration date requirement of the voter ID law, and are pleased to see all 14 universities under the Pennsylvania State System of Higher education have also adapted cards with expiration dates. As Lily Fronden reports in “New IDs ready for pick up” p. 1, re-carding more than 45,000 students for the first time since 2005 was possible through the efforts of Computer Services and Diamond Dollars. While The Temple News applauds the university for distributing students with IDs that will ensure they have a voice and vote in the upcoming election, we find it important to distribute information about what this new law will mean for Pennsylvania.
Temple’s new Owl Cards shield students from a questionable voter ID law. The Temple News has previously stated we do not see voter fraud as a serious threat. An analysis by the investigative reporting project News21 found that of 2,068 reported fraud cases since 2000, only 10 of them were alleged in-person voter impersonation. The report found that the cases of fraud were most prevalent in absentee ballots and voter registration – instances that would not be eliminated with this new law. Opposition of the law has been heard from civil-rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, who sued Pennsylvania in state court fearing the law would disenfranchise minorities, students, senior citizens and the disabled. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson upheld the law on Aug. 15. The Temple News encourages Pennsylvania college students to exercise their right to vote this November and to inform friends, family and community members of the new law so that their voices and votes can be expressed. We continue to support campus initiatives that assist voters at Temple and in the surrounding community.
Steering the ship
New leaders have a chance to be open and build a trust with the student body and staff.
With campaigning for financial aid money, keeping tuition at bay and hoisting the tallest building in North Philadelphia, the university is an institution on the rise. But administrators should prioritize old business before the towering ship overshadows the conversations of yesteryear. Commissioned by former President Ann Weaver Hart, a report outlining concerns and issues stemming from students living off campus has still not met public discussion. The report, delivered to Hart in January, could have indicated ways to better acquaint students moving into the neighborhood before actually doing so. Acting President Richard Englert and other top officials should bring that conversation to the forefront. Allowing the report to collect dust undermines the efforts of a task force that worked hurriedly to issue a comprehensive report. Temple shouldn’t wait for Neil Theobald, the university’s 10th president, to arrive in
January in order to get to work on pressing issues with which current administrators are wellversed. That being said, The Temple News recognizes the number of concerns and issues Theobald will be delivered during his transition to Temple and commends him for getting an early start. Theobald’s approach to communication with students and faculty thus far is refreshing. His willingness to field questions from both groups, and from reporters, in person and via email, represents what could be an era of increased openness. Englert, who has been equally accommodating, could kickstart that better than anyone. At the end of the spring semester, we urged officials to open doors, rather than close off meetings that will affect students and staff, and to opt for transparency whenever possible. From the looks of it, both captains steering the university this year are heading in that direction.
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Theobald’s approach inspires optimism
N BRI BOSAK
Bri Bosak welcomes Temple’s 10th president by providing a few tips to stay on the student’s side.
ot long before the start of classes, Temple’s Board of Trustees introduced the soon-to-be 10th president. Neil Theobald, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Indiana University, is slated to assume the presidency Jan. 1, 2013, releasing Richard M. Englert from his position as acting president. As students, we must also pledge to form active and open lines of communication with our new president. Theobald said he expects to return to Temple several times between now and January, so he will be ready to, “hit the ground running.” His goal throughout the coming months is to understand what the trustees, faculty, staff, students and community members feel are the most pressing issues. Let’s make sure he’s ready by making our needs known. Then let’s follow through to ensure our needs are met. This is an exciting time for Temple. We are Big East bound. We are leaders in the crusade for affordable higher education. We are responsible for the changing face of North Broad Street. We have a big year ahead of us and it is up to us to make the most of it. Let’s take this opportunity to tell Theobald what is important to us as students. I’ll take the first initiative.
JUST SHOW UP
Like children at a dance re-
cital, scanning the audience for a familiar face, we notice when you come to see us. When former president Ann Weaver Hart didn’t show up at last year’s Convocation, we noticed. You’ve made a great start by meeting with staff, students and faculty in town-hall style public meetings. But alas, that is only a start. We want you to be visible, honest and a good listener. Walk around campus and greet students. Show your school spirit by donning a Temple sweatshirt to a football game. Get to know different campus groups, hear them out and be fair. Dr. Theobald, when you make an effort, we notice. You have offered to make yourself accessible by hosting barbecues and having a visible presence on campus. If you continue to make yourself accessible to us, we will respond.
BE PHILLY PROUD
Here in Philadelphia, we carry around a good deal of pride. Pick up on it and embrace it, consider yourself one of us now. You said you would seek to join the chamber of commerce in order to form a close relationship with the business community. More importantly, you said you would take an active interest in the city’s public schools. We want to see you stay true to your commitments. We want to know how you will reach out to the city’s public schools. Many of our students already
do, perhaps you can speak with them. And now that you’ve chosen to live in Philadelphia, get to know the issues facing our city, particularly those concerning our North Philadelphia community. It will help you understand us. A big problem last year stemmed from student relations with our North Philadelphia neighbors. This surely won’t be going away. Acknowledge the development, we pass it on our way to class each day. Be realistic in your approach to situations, we want solutions that will actually work.
STAY TRUE TO YOUR ROOTS
Theobald, we heard about your nearly 20 years at Indiana University. When you become our president, remember your role as a professor. You said that eventually you would like to teach a class and that you’re willing to deal with the faculty union. When you do, put yourself in fellow faculty members’ shoes. Also, remember that you’re becoming a Temple Owl the year we join Big East football. You have already acknowledged that the change of conference will allow us to take advantage of numerous opportunities. Support our cause and guide us as we build our brand in new markets. Remember your responsibilities as a chief financial officer. We heard about your extensive fundraising career at Indiana and we were listening
when you said you want to contain cost and increase financial aid here. We are proud to be the only state-supported university not to raise tuition this year. We hope you continue to make the difficult choices necessary so that we always can have access to higher education. And when you think about financial aid, remember what it meant to you as a father of three adult children. Remember the sacrifices you had to make as a parent, and keep in mind the sacrifices many students and their parents make each year to be able to come here. Remember your role as a first generation college student and the sacrifices your own parents made to provide you with an education. Never lose sight of the importance of affordable, quality higher education and stay committed to your promise of providing it. Theobald, when you spoke with us, we listened. We passed you a hat during that first meeting — a token of our hospitality — but also a sign that we believe in you. Along with the hat, we pass along the expectation that you will be receptive to our needs, at least by providing a listening ear. Temple has a lot to look forward to in the coming year — I hope a president that will work to create a more open and connected community is one of them. Bri Bosak can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philly needs to open gun control dialogue
Michael Chau argues that recent events have prompted the need to think twice about gun control issues.
n light of the recent shootings across the country, the national debate on gun control has resurfaced. Gun violence in Philadelphia is a perennial problem. Temple, nestled right in North Philadelphia, is no stranger to such violence. According to crime data from the Philadelphia Police Department, the city is on pace to have its highest number of homicides since 2007. A major disaster may have been averted, when in late July, police arrested a man riding the Broad Street Line who was carrying an AK-47, revolver and extra ammunition in his bag. Despite the growing violence, I’m always amazed at the alacrity with which proponents of gun rights respond to calls for stricter regulation. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, said
after the Texas A&M shooting: “When it gets back to this issue of taking guns away from lawabiding citizens and somehow know that’s going to make our country safer, it’s just I don’t agree with that.” Pennsylvania’s own state representative Daryl Metcalfe, one of the biggest proponents of gun rights in the state, wrote on his Facebook page: “Our communities are safer when law abiding citizens are able to bear arms in defense of themselves, their family, their friends, their neighbors and their property.” The common theme in these statements, and similar statements by other gun rights advocates, is that there is a fear that the government will take guns away from law-abiding citizens. However conflicted you or I may feel about how much gun access
should be restricted, this is not the debate we should be having right now. The debate we should have and the legislation we need should be on the issue of restricting access to firearms for those who are not law-abiding citizens, namely people with the dangerous potential to go on shooting sprees. We need to move beyond the polarizing political rhetoric that prevents us from having a serious discussion about reasonable gun control. That means making it tougher for criminals, people with mental illness that may pose a public threat, or any individual not fit to safely own a firearm, from getting their hands on a gun in the first place. How can we translate it into real, practical legislation? States
like New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts have laws in which those seeking gun permits are first referred to their local police departments where a gun applicant undergoes a thorough vetting process. Measures like this, along with extensive background checks that screen for criminal activity and mental illness, can provide an extra layer of security for gun violence prevention. Yes, this may mean longer waiting periods and a more thorough screening process that may reveal unsavory personal information. But isn’t that cost worth the extra layer of protection for public safety? I’m not saying that any person who’s ever been depressed or been to a counselor should be banned from owning a fire-
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“We are not going to make any progress on our biggest problems without a compromise between the center-right and centerleft. But, for that, we need the center-right conservatives, not the radicals, to be running the G.O.P., as well as the center-left in the Democratic Party.”
Thomas L. Friedman, on nytimes.com in “We need a ‘Conservative’ Party”
“The School District’s discipline policies have been criticized as unfairly punishing black and Latino students and creating a pipeline to prison. The activist group Youth United for Change’s 2011 report “Zero Tolerance in Philadelphia” made that claim, saying that “every year, tens of thousands of young people – and especially youth[s] of color and students with disabilities – are being criminalized in Philadelphia schools or are being pushed out of school by the use of out-of-school suspensions, disciplinary transfers to alternative schools, and expulsions.”
on philly.com in “The injustice schools ignore”
“We’re fighting for the life of the country here. There must be only one mantra: WIN. If you can’t or won’t help us do what’s necessary to save the nation, then get out. We need focused warriors who will fight the war – on OUR terms – and WIN.”
Monica Crowley, on
foxnews.com in “GOP needs to win for country, so Akin must go”
“Virtually every entertainment and media company has been buffeted by the digital revolution, but the music industry was the first to see major economic consequences and a dramatic shift in the buying habits of a new generation.”
on usatoday.com in “Real cost of ‘free’ downloads”
Safety boils down to assuming responsibility
O MATT HULMES
This summer, crime has surrounded Main Campus. Hulmes thinks it’s up to students to protect their back, not campus police
n Aug. 13, police officers opened fire on a man on North Broad Street between Susquehanna Avenue and Dauphin Street after robbing a Temple student. For those of you who don’t know, the geographic boundary of where Temple cops have jurisdiction is from 16th Street east to Ninth Street and from Oxford Street north to Susquehanna Avenue. So, when I say right on the border, I mean on the very edge of Main Campus. It’s strange. I know I should feel affected in some way by the fact that another student got robbed so close to Temple. But I don’t believe it could happen to me when day after day I try to be careful going out. When I first arrived at Temple, my father told me what to look out for. Be aware of the signs, know where you are and
don’t block yourself off by listening to music. Face everyone, look at everyone, so if someone does rob you, you will be able to describe them. Whatever makes it harder for the criminal, the better. After all, a thief is looking for an easy hit. But what can Temple do to help us out? If you’ve lived in Philly and go to school at Temple, then you’re going to become familiar with the reputation that the streets next to Temple have acquired. Every day I have my mother yell at me to stay away from those streets, so I’m well informed about how bad it is supposed to be. Yet, it doesn’t really bother me. I still go out. Thousands of other students live near Temple, so there must be other people who feel the same as I do walking through the neighborhood. Can Temple do anything
about it? My father, a long time detective who recently retired from the campus police, believes Temple is doing everything it can to fight a reputation it no longer deserves. The first thing that people have to know is that the reputation Temple has acquired is mostly from the past. Temple was known for many years as a commuter school. Students live right near Temple, and while there still may be some thugs, there’s fewer than before. Also, Temple has opened up its communication with the neighboring community and its leaders, so both sides remain informed. Temple also maintains open communication with the realtors near campus. There have also been technological advances. Cameras are placed around campus in order to capture the faces of anyone com-
mitting any crimes. This has also helped when someone commits a crime off campus, because even though they are doing something illegal off camera, when they pass through campus, they are seen going in or out, before or after the crime. This is actually how they caught the man who was robbing students earlier this month. Temple has also placed powerful lights around the buildings, keeping the campus brightly lit at all times and has immediate contact with the other police stations around Philadelphia. Everything Temple can do within its budget to keep the students safe is already underway. They are always looking for more to do, keeping proactive. When a crime happens so close to campus, it still leaves a feeling that Temple is not in a good area. But crime can occur anywhere. The real question is what
more can be done. Crime is going to happen. What we have to do is make sure we’re prepared to take care of ourselves when that happens. But it’s also important to know what’s going on around us as well, what steps our schools and society is taking to protect us. Whatever we do, we have to make the best of it. We can’t rely solely on other people protecting us, but that doesn’t also mean we don’t voice ourselves on what we think isn’t working. Safety has to be a team effort. Temple is doing its part, so it’s up to us to do ours. Matt Hulmes can be reached at email@example.com.
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“What part of beginning classes are you most excited about?
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“Getting to work with new people and getting more in depth with my major.”
“New experiences, meeting new people and having fun.”
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ASFANDYAR SAYS ON “AN INITIATIVE SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PROMOTE POSITIVE BODY IMAGE” ON AUGUST 5, 2012 AT 9:05 P.M.
Enough with the b-------! The self-esteem movement must be defeated! There exists no society in the world where a certain body image is not idolized and promoted heavily. Fashion, art, and music are all reflections of a civilization’s ideals, values, and morals. Can anyone here name one successful civilization in the history of mankind that has not consumed its art, fashion, and music with ideals of perfect beauty?! No! Primitive animal “societies” and full-blown human civilizations alike have rigorous standards of beauty with dreadful consequences if the social “par” is not met. What makes us think ours should be any different?! Stop complaining and conform to the beauty standards, peeps. We’re Homo sapiens after all, quit the hippy-dippy self-esteem b-------. Put up or shut up. If you want to look good, don’t make a B.S. movement to boost your self image, just hit the goddamn treadmill.
RASIM SAYS ON “PRETZELS BECOME NEWFOUND LOVE” ON MAY 30, 2012 AT 5:11 P.M.
If you could have watched my face light up as I was reading your post, then you would know how excited I was when I saw your pictures of this awesome dessert! Yep I was like a kid in a candy store, and even though I’ve never tried this before, I think it’s my new favorite chocolate candy!! I’m crazy about blueberries and love chocolate-covered pretzels so this is just about to kill me. I gave up processed sugar for Lent, but maybe I could make it with unsweetened chocolate and some agave nectar. Yep I think it’s definitely doable! I’m going to have to buy some blueberries today so I can make them. Thanks for making my eyes light up in child-like delight!!!
JACOBS WRITES ON “COLUMNISTS SUGGEST FRIEND-ZONE EXIT: START BEING A FRIEND” ON MAY 1, 2012 AT 2:55 P.M.
I enjoyed this article immensely. That said, I have to take issue with its protest against that awkward, self-inflicted social condition, accurately described by the authors as an inaccurately labeled romantic dead-end, known colloquially as the “friend zone”. Not the whole article, just the third paragraph from the bottom, where our authors–attractive young women, to be sure–lose my confidence in their analysis by talking in generalities about the nature of the friend zone created by a female’s unrequited attraction to a man. Women, as many men can attest, are just as capable and just as likely to have subversive goals in a seemingly platonic relationship. For the authors to assert that women either “deal with it in the friendship, or leave” is to say that women are somehow blessed with a greater sense of self-awareness, and are less likely to create that vacuous, unpleasant “friend zone” in their relationships. That they have a predisposition towards emotional equilibrium that us rutting, sex-hungry men lack. This is gender stereotyping, and it’s bollocks. Though there is something good to be gleaned from the authors’ assumption that the feminine collective is more astutely aware of its expectations in a relationship than men. Should I ever decide to ask either author to go out on a date and they accept, I can do so with the confidence that, should I find nothing interesting about them other than a strong writing voice and a pretty face, I needn’t worry about even the possibility that they might assault my text inbox, voicemail, or Facebook page with smiley faces or sweet nothings (or at its worst downright stalking me), because their assumption that the rest of the female population is rational and emotionally well-adjusted must be an indication of their own rationale and self-awareness. So, should the opportunity arise that I am both single and in the Temple area, I will make it a point to have our mutual acquaintance, introduce me to the both of you, because there is very little more attractive in my book than a woman with a snarky and adamant writing voice.
ROBERT SAYS ON “GLBT CLIMATE SURVEY YIELDS GENERALLY POSITIVE RESULTS, LEAVES ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT” ON MAY 21, 2012 AT 4:12 P.M. So it sounds like the overwhelming majority of this identity group is comfortable at Temple, and for the most part has met with indifference. That’s pretty much all anyone can ask for – to be left alone to pursue your own academic success regardless of sexual preference. Temple’s student retention rate is 88%. That means that 12% of the entire student body actually leaves. A lot more seriously think about leaving than actually leave. So the real question is why is the general student population more likely to consider leaving Temple than the GLBT community at only 16%? Has there ever been a “Task Force” that has ever concluded anything other than “there’s more work to be done”? Not as long as there is money to spend, and advocacy is the goal rather than tolerance! Why else would you segregate GLBT into a “community”? Separate but equal may be an ill-advised objective. I thought that didn’t work.
More summer courses would behoove Temple CORYANDAR GILVARY
courses, while they may sound like an oxymoron, really benefit many students. The student body should be receiving more opportunities as it begins to crave more. These classes – held during six weeks which usually include being in a classroom for two or three hours in one sitting – go by quicker than you would think. The courses offered are usually general education classes or lower level courses that are required in many majors. This allows students to graduate on time, in case they couldn’t manage their time effectively enough during their college careers or even to graduate early by getting all their gen-eds out of the way in the summer. While many students believe that summer courses are awful and feel too rushed, I had a very positive experience this summer. I took one course during the Summer Session I and saw many benefits to taking the class. Specifically, the small class size and the lack of crowded facilities were huge positives. I was able to go to the library in the middle of the day and actually get a computer and a study room, something that seems impossible during the fall and spring semesters. The class sizes are so small that I was able to get all my questions answered by my professor and easily follow the accelerated course because of the individual attention. Like all classes, however, you get
Gilvary saw the benefit of taking a class during the summer, but hopes Temple will incorporate more options in the future.
what you put into them. If you do not want to exert any effort when the sun is shining outside, then steer clear of summer classes. When we had the repetitive heat waves this summer my class size went from 20 people to about five. People would even leave in the middle of class in packs as if they already had a pool party planned and class was just a good way to kill time before it. It is probably these students, which find attendance optional, that complain about the work load. Summer classes are quite clearly divided into two groups. You have those that cannot resist cutting class to tan on Beury Beach and those who are dedicated to continuing their education during the hottest months of the year with the personal attention from professors. That is not to say that summer courses are without their faults. The biggest problem I have is with the lack of variety. The selection is very limited. Not all the gen-eds are available and there is only a small selection of courses for each required subject. Beyond that, I didn’t like that there were barely any honors classes available in the summer. Throughout Temple’s campus there are many honors students who must fulfill certain requirements to maintain that distinction. While some of the classes come from your major, most of them are fulfilled through gen-eds. If any student wanted to accelerate his or her studies through summer classes, limited options could definitely cause problems. While I believe Temple should be expanding its summer courses, not all schools believe that is the right plan. In fact, some places are going in the opposite direction. In California, after some education
budget cuts, one of the first things legislators got rid of was most community college summer programs. This led to outraged students. Many had to commute further to continue their studies in the summer months and, again, faced a very small selection of courses. But eliminating summer programs is not the answer. Students aiming to earn higher degrees want to spend less time in their undergraduate programs. The best way to answer this need is to provide a wider selection of summer courses and advertise all the great benefits throughout the campus. When economic times are tough, students in general seek out graduate degrees to be more competitive in the job market. In 2010, while applications once again increased, enrollment for graduate programs dropped. This shows that schools are becoming even more competitive, so opportunities to boost GPAs and buff up transcripts are more important than ever. That is exactly what summer classes can offer. Students need a large variety of summer courses to really compete for spots at top graduate schools. College is already such a crazy, hectic time for students. Temple should work to give students every advantage possible. My advice to Temple would be to invest in summer courses. I already took one and loved the experience. I just wish I had more to choose from.
“My advice to
Temple would be to invest in summer courses.
Coryandar Gilvary can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Strict gun laws could help avert tragedies GUNS PAGE 5 arm. But I think it’s a national debate we ought to be having. What kind of mental illnesses should or should not preclude someone from owning a firearm? The fact is, the national statute of preventing “those adjudicated as mental defectives or incompetents or those committed to any mental institution” from owning a gun is simply not cutting it. People like James Holmes from Colorado and Thomas Caffall, the shooter from Texas A&M, prove that the system needs improvement. After the A&M shooting, Caffall’s stepfather was reported calling his stepson like a “ticking time bomb.” Both the shooters from Virginia Tech and Tucson, Ariz., had warning signs and problems with their mental health. There needs to be an avenue for institutions or qualified professionals to raise flags about potentially dangerous people who may pose a risk if they come into possession of firearms. Ever since 9/11, we’ve all had to endure more stringent airport security
checks. If we realize the necessity to do it for commercial flight travel, shouldn’t we recognize the necessity to carefully check those who want to purchase a gun? In response to the Colorado theater shooting, Mayor Michael Nutter called for “more reasonable gun regulations and procedures [that] need to be in place.” This means figuring out more effective ways to get guns out of the hands of those unfit to own a firearm, like those who are too mentally unstable. That is the debate and the “soul searching” President Barack Obama has called for that the country needs to be having. The question of restricting access to firearms for law-abiding citizens isn’t the issue at hand here. That’s a discussion for another day. Michael Chau can be reached at email@example.com.
Gen-ed needs to power up students’ computer skills
here a r e certain expectations that come along with being a member of Generation Y. We’re supposed to be more ZACK SCOTT civic-mindthan our Scott argues the ed predecesimportance of sors. We’re incorporating supposed to care more computer skills about the into the gen-ed e n v i r o n Most curriculum at ment. importantly, Temple. we’re supposed to have grown up submerged in the sea of technology. Recently, I came face-to-face with such expectations on a trip back home. My parents’ computer had been on the fritz and they asked me to take a look at it. They had apparently been hammering away at it (almost literally) for several days and were about to give up hope. Desperate, they asked me to take a look. Then they stood back, agape, as I did some basic things like virus scans and diagnostic tests. Ultimately, I was unable to deduce what the problem was, but I did learn something else. I had never demonstrated any interest in computers. Of course my parents knew this. But that didn’t stop them from believing that I, being a young, college-educated adult, should be able to magically fix any technological problem they might face. There was an expectation that I should have learned to work with computers at some point in my life. More people than just my parents believe this, I’m afraid. Regardless of major, people are going to expect that you be able to effectively work a computer. That said, I do not believe that Temple is doing enough to prepare its students to face such expectations. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been exposed to valuable computer information in the classroom. I’ve learned how to use various design programs and the intricacies of Microsoft Excel. But most of what I’ve learned about the fundamentals of computers happened elsewhere. It was learned through talking with friends. It was learned through Googling answers. And it was learned through enlisting the help of the Tech Center support staff. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed to stop by for help. Not because I can’t recollect, but because I’m a little too embarrassed to say.
But all those times my computer automatically installed an update that was giving me problems, or I got a virus, or even that one time when my USB drive stopped working for some weird reason, they were always there to help. And I dutifully paid attention and asked questions so that the next time I had these problems, I was equipped to handle them myself. I’m grateful I had them to help. But if I had been luckier – or just plain smarter – I wouldn’t have picked up on all these tips. This is where Temple should step in. A course focusing on computer literacy and other essential computer skills should be added to the general education program. Technically, similar classes already do exist as part of the science and technology gen-ed requirement. But, of the five stated goals for the program, not a single one deals with preparing students to deal with the growing influence of technology. Instead, the program mainly focuses on ensuring that students understand the scientific method and are capable of applying it to their lives. Of course this is an important lesson, but it lacks the practicality of teaching computer literacy. Students don’t need to be taught how to do anything advanced. Just being taught how to master important applications like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, the differences between Macs and PCs, computer security tips and general jargon would make all the difference. Knowing these basic things would enhance a student’s ability to meet workplace expectations post-graduation. Subsequently, an exemption test could be offered to those students who believe they already possess the requisite knowledge. This way Temple is rewarding students who have taken the time to learn such crucial lessons outside of the collegiate classroom while also ensuring that every student leaves the university being exposed to it. Additionally, such a computer literacy class could be deemed mandatory while also replacing one of the science and technology courses so as to avoid piling on excessive requirements on students. Ultimately, through the introduction of such a requisite computer literacy course at Temple, the university would fulfill its primary role in ensuring that its students are prepared for life past enrollment. This generation, which has grown up embedded in the technological world, is and should be held up to certain expectations. By modifying the gen-ed program, Temple could help make these expectations more reachable. Zack Scott can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Returning students on Liacouras Walk enjoy Welcome Week activities at TempleFest. | AMANDA SHAFFERN TTN
Fly in, Fly out
late and I would freak out [thinking] that they were lost somewhere or they went here home or they were hurt. I know it s a y sounds silly. You know they’re 18, but they love when they come in they look like such baOwl Team Leaders see orientations as more than just a summer job. training for bies and they have no idea what they’re dothe simple ing.” Not all Owl Team Leaders were able fact they to lead students within their own major or wind up stand out is tested again through challenges, school. Wlotko, an education major, had learning about the university themselves,” such as creating a mock Temple commercial LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ students in the College of Health ProfesLawrence said. and making a poster of the typical Temple sions and Social Work. Living Editor Part of training includes going on a student. “I didn’t know much about their major two-day retreat where they camp and do a Kyle Lawrence, the program coordinaso I focused more on them getting to know ne of the most formative experiseries of bonding exercises. tor for the Office of Orientation, stressed each other,” Wlotko said. ences for almost every Temple A campfire during the retreat where the creativity as one of the most important qualSome of the more common questions student is freshmen orientation. Owl Team Leaders answer questions and ities an Owl Team Leader should possess. asked by freshmen were It’s a time when incoming freshshare personal stories is “I think when you’re working with a related to drinking and men can test drive being on their own for where a lot of the strongroup of 20 incoming students it’s really partying around Main a few days and get a more complete verger bonds between the important to think on your feet and be flexCampus. sion of what to expect when they arrive on Owl Team are made. ible,” Lawrence said. “You have a group of “We were told to try move-in day and begin their college career. Questions during around 20 different students from all walks and get out of that situaOrientation is a rite of passage, which the campfire vary from, of life, from all different areas of the countion and try not to have to involves a lot of planning and preparation to “What was your fatry.” talk about that,” Wlotko make sure all of the elements come together vorite toy as a child?” After the pool of applicants is narrowed said. to create a memorable experience for the into deeper topics like, down even farther, individual interviews are Mela said she mostly coming class. “What was the scariest the last step in bringing the Owl Team down talks to the new students For the 32 students that make up the moment of your life?” to a final group of 32. about different things to Owl Team, ensuring freshmen will be pre“I think that’s the Questions in the final interview are do on Main Campus, outpared once they begin their time at Temple Chynna Mela / owl team leader question that people scenario-based, and ranged from how they side of the party scene. is not the only thing they have to look forgot really emotional would answer students’ questions about “I’ll say, ‘This is college and everyward to. and really opened up and told stories they drinking or partying to handling conflicts one’s doing something different on the “I knew I wanted to be an Owl Team hadn’t really told people in their life,” Lewor if they thought the job would be too difweekends, here are some of the things that Leader after my orientation, after they did is said. ‘Fly In, Fly Out,’” said Ashley Lewis, a ficult. “Afterwards there’s always big group Temple offers like Free Food Fun Friday, “I thought [when I left the interview] junior media studies and production major hugs and everyone’s like, ‘Oh my gosh. and there’s the Pearl,’” Mela said. “You reit was really hard and I did horrible, but I and one of four returning Owl Team LeadI’m so glad you shared that story and if you ally want to express to them the different guess I didn’t since I got the job,” sophoers. need anything please let me know,’” Law- things they can do.” more education major Sirjana Wlotko said. Lawrence makes sure the Owl Team Upon applying for a position with the rence said. “So I always feel really positive Applicants are usually told whether presents the whole story about the social Owl Team, Lewis entered a three-part apabout that.” they were selected for the Owl Team before scene at Temple. plication process. Once training was complete and the “I think sometimes [freshmen] come The first part of the process is a basic spring break and then meet in early April. Owl Team had time to bond, the orientation During their spring meeting the Owl Team in with preconceived notions of what life in application, two recommendation letters, sessions began. This summer all orientaLeaders get promotional group photos that college is going to be like,” Lawrence said. a 1,000-word essay prompt and a creative tions lasted two days and Owl Team Leadwill be put on postcards and sent out to in“So I want to make sure they hear the whole piece that could be anything from a photo ers typically had two orientation sessions a coming freshmen. story, and that not all students go out and collage to a poem as long as it fits on a week. Before orientation sessions begin, the drink on weekends and not all students par8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper. “It was definitely easier this summer,” Owl Team goes through multi-day training ticipate in high-risk behavior.” This year was one of the most competisaid Chynna Mela, a senior secondary Engsessions where they listen to presentations Through managing new students, long tive with more than 100 applicants . lish education major and returning Owl Team from various Main Campus resources and hours and monotonous schedules, the 32 After applications are received, a select Leader. “I felt like a mom last summer – I services. members of the Owl Team still create – if number of applicants move on to group instill worry about them but last summer espe“The Owl Team throughout my years terviews where their creativity and ability to OWLTEAM PAGE 16 cially. Someone [would be] like five minutes
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18, but when they come in they look like such babies and they have no idea what they’re doing.
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Alternative dining establishments open near Main Campus Aprons opened its doors this summer, offering an alternative to take-out dining. ALEXIS SACHDEV The Temple News There’s no shortage of fast food options around Main Campus. In any one-mile radius, cheesesteaks and take-out Chinese offerings are abound. Yet this summer, the neighborhood has played host to two starkly different restaurants, to which both students and locals have taken a liking. Aprons, at 1621 Cecil B. Moore Ave., boasts a menu of Southern home-style cooking and traditional Italian cuisine, and offers dine-in and take-out options. Owners Leon and Mary Kelly closed Aprons’ former location on Germantown Avenue in 2008, and opened this location in the former Patterson’s Palace building on May 26. “I came to see the building early last year,” Mary Kelly said. “I fell in love with the building and it just so happens that it became available and that’s how we came here.” And though Mary Kelly, originally from Mississippi,
and Leon Kelly of Trenton, N.J., opened in a neighborhood predominantly inhabited by college students, most of the restaurant’s customers are not students. “As far as business goes, it’s not even so much the local community,” said Rodney Davis, a business partner of the Kellys. He said it attracts visitors from throughout the entire city. However, Davis acknowledged that Aprons opened at a time when most students were away from campus for summer vacation. Now that the Temple community has returned, he and the Kellys are waiting to see what will happen. Mary Kelly, who is the sole chef of the establishment, describes the cuisine as “comfort food.” The menu boasts options including Mississippi-style catfish, southern fried chicken, collard greens, crab cakes and classic Italian pasta dishes. According to Mary Kelly, though, the two most popular dishes are the braised beef short ribs and the Southern fried chicken and waffles, which is served with homemade sweet potato waffles. Mary Kelly and Davis agreed that despite the central location and healthier options that Aprons offers, the prices
may be a deterrent for students. The establishment does offer a more college-budget friendly option in the mornings, though, with a $1.99 breakfast special. The restaurant also serves as a venue during the week. On Thursdays, Aprons opens its doors for spoken word events, with drink tickets for attendees. Several blocks down Cecil B. Moore Avenue, there is Maple Buffet, an eat-in Chinese restaurant near Main Campus. The establishment offers a lunch buffet for $7.29, and a dinner buffet for $9.99, as well as takeout and à la carte options. Owner Karen Chen opened Maple Buffet, located at 1521 Cecil B. Moore Ave. on July 11. “Business has been picking up little by little,” Chen said. With the abundance of Chinese take-out joints on and surrounding Main Campus, Chen still said there’s no apparent competition, as Maple Buffet offers a different dining experience. And the menu is broader, too, offering options including Japanese sushi and udon. While these two restaurants have garnered local attention in recent months, owners are still unsure as to how students will respond now that the semester is in full swing.
Aprons offers a restaurant experience different from other take out options near Main Campus. The restaurant is one of a few that opened in recent months. | JACOB COLON TTN
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Seasoned Owl offers advice, wisdom to incoming freshmen
H Cary Carr Let’s be blunt
Advice columnist Cary Carr answers questions she should have asked when she was a freshman.
ello my little lovebugs. My name is Cary Carr, and from this point on I am going to be providing you with advice on an array of subjects. Now, before you blow me off as another smug upper classman who thinks they’re qualified to guide others just because they’re a step closer to graduation, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I have been through a lot of drama since I became a proud Owl. I’ve struggled with body image woes, had my fair share
of heartbreaks, done my fair share of heartbreaking, freaked about awkward roomie situations and even found myself crying in the corner of 1300 like a lost puppy (hey, we’ve all been there). And my major? Well, I only considered changing it about a dozen times. I have made a lot of dumb mistakes and somehow managed to make it to my senior year in one piece, now with a steady relationship, a few internships stamped on my resume and a pretty solid living situation.
Still not convinced? Well, the most important thing you should know about me is that I’m honest. No, seriously, genuinely honest. If I think that skirt is ugly, I’m going to tell you it’s ugly. And if I think your girlfriend is being a jealous biatch, I’m going to suggest you dump her and move the hell on. Your best friend might tell you what you want to hear, but I’m going to tell you what you need to hear. And isn’t that what you came here for? Now that you have a taste for what I’m all about – sort
of bittersweet, eh? – I’ll give you some of my most fantastic what-I-wish-I-asked-as-a-freshman Q&As. Question: If I end up meeting a guy and we might want some, um, alone time, how do I go about asking for some privacy without creeping my conservative roomie out? Answer: Listen up – there is no easy solution for this. Unfortunately, as a freshman, you are doomed to share very close quarters with another person, and that person may not be as sexually liberated as you, or
they may just not have any opportunities to get some loving of their own. Should you ask them to give you some one-onone time? Hell to the no. That space is just as much theirs as it is yours, and by suggesting that you want them out of there just so you can have sex may end up making them feel uncomfortable, alienated or both. You’re going to have to smarten up and do what all freshmen must do – wait until yo u’re positive your roomie will be either out of town or out partying for the entire night and call-in for a quick-
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Put in this context, Guy Mandia may just be Temple’s MVP – most valuable performer. Mandia, 20, a once prominent high school athlete from Drexel Hill has spent the last two years of his Temple career honing his skills as an actor, singer and dancer in productions like “A Chorus Line” and “Urinetown,” and has been cast as Action in the national tour of “West Side Story.” “I was in the middle of my human sexuality class, presenting my final project when I got the acceptance call, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s New York – what do I do?’” Mandia said. “So I left class – usually our teacher had us do feedback – but it was my ‘emergency.’ The voicemail said to call them back, and that they had a ‘present’ for me.”
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At its core, the world of theater functions not entirely unlike that of a sports team. A director, like a coach primed to crowd-please and rake-in successful reviews to make top rank, works arduously to draw-out latent talents amongst players. The producers, meanwhile, map out the schematics of “the game” to set a solid foundation. And the actors, like all great competitive sports players, give 100 percent of themselves in a collaborative effort to make it to Broadway – their version of the Super Bowl.
Mandia first auditioned for a role in the production in early March in New York City after receiving word about an open casting call, walking on stage wearing bright-white sneakers to stand out from the rest of the all-black donning theatrical pack. “I went in there expecting nothing, expecting to be cut after the first round, but I got called back for every part on the Jet side [of the casting],” Mandia said. After the fourth round of callbacks, Mandia was encouraged to read for the part of Action – a character he describes as “a psycho” – where his skills shone through and allowed him to be selected among two others to specifically audition for the role, eventually being offered the gig. From there, Mandia’s decision was not difficult. “I always told my parents that if the opportunity arose I would definitely take it, and they’re all for it because they don’t have to pay [tuition],” Mandia said. As of now, Mandia will not be returning to Temple, but expressed feeling thoroughly prepared for his new role thanks to his time spent at the university. “When you’re in school, you’re learning the techniques of acting, and I feel like I learned what I need to know right now in the two years I was here,” Mandia said. “I’m really comfortable with how I’m going to take on the part – any part, really – at the age I am right now.” From here, Mandia moves on to the rehearsal process of the production, beginning on Sept. 24 and leading up to the premiere date of Oct. 29. Having already done promotional photoshoots for the play in addition to an action-packed, Broadway-esque commercial filmed in Chicago, Mandia has learned to appreciate and embrace the “anything can happen,” live element of his work. “It’s just a really big treat to see so many faces looking at you wide-eyed, and you’re just putting on the performance of a lifetime. It’s amazing to think what’s going through their heads while you’re performing,” Mandia said. “It’s great to hear little gasps and sniffling noses if you’re doing a good job, so I think live theater as opposed to movies or something is a lot more interesting, I like being on stage with all of the costumes, sets and lights.” Peter Reynolds, head of the musical theater department at Temple, emphasized the immense progress made by Mandia since he first began working with him as a freshman. “We did an improv exercise during ‘Urinetown’ rehearsal where the cast was playing with different physical personas for The entrance to 1300 Residence Hall. This hall is the show,” Reynolds said. “Guy made a bold physical choice that Guy Mandia will not be returning to Temple this made me double over with laughter. That was definitely a moment year and will gain real life experience in the national when I thought, ‘This guy – Guy – really has something!’” tour of “West Side Story.” | PAUL KLEIN TTN Brandon Baker can be reached at email@example.com.
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Alumna makes Top 3 on ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Chef Christina Wilson competes in season 10 of “Hell’s Kitchen.” JENELLE JANCI The Temple News
hether on the field in her former days as a high school athlete or in the kitchen on Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” chef Christina Wilson is a selfproclaimed natural competitor. Wilson is a Temple alumna and South Philadelphia resident. As of last night’s episode, she is one of three finalists competing for a head chef position at Ramsay’s restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Steak, in Las Vegas. The former Owl attributes her edge to time spent in high school in Phillipsburg, N.J. “You work and you play sports, and that’s basically all you do. I think it really encouraged and nurtured the natural competitiveness I have inside of me,” Wilson said. “There are so many rivalries, it’s just how that town is. You have to be the best at everything you’re doing.” The transition from hometown athlete to urban chef wasn’t immediate, nor extensively preconceived. Wilson, who originally attended Westchester University on a basketball scholarship, worked at a country club and an American continental restaurant in Conshohocken, Pa., to help pay for college.
“It wasn’t until I was taking classes at Temple. I bartended and I worked in kitchens to pay for school, and I loved it,” Wilson said. “I really just fell in love with the kitchen.” Working at places with such extensive menus allowed Wilson to get her “hands in a lot of different things,” an experience that proved valuable by her landing a position at the popular Lolita on South 13th Street. South 13th Street, between Chestnut and Sansom streets, was an avoided area of the city until Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney opened a handful of restaurants and boutiques on the block. Although a decent portion of the block’s Chef Christina Wilson stands inside Ali’s Middle East Food located in the 12th Street Food Pad Vendors. Wilson returns to the stand ocreconstruction had been casionally to enjoy the food she loved during her time at Temple. | PAUL KLEIN TTN completed when Wilson a large hand in the Philadelphia your 25 solid, strong restaurants to compete with the country’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” experienced joined staff at Lolita, she recalls food scene, her loyalty lies in with really strong chefs behind best young up-and-coming the often overlooked difficulty witnessing the development of New York. them and changing menus and chefs for a position at Ramsay’s of reality television – keeping fellow popular restaurant Bar“I think that, maybe in just that kind of innovative approach restaurant. her new gig a secret from many buzzo. the way the cities were settled, to cooking and how it’s evolv“Coming off of working friends and family. “It was really fun to see there’s a much purer influence ing. In New York, I feel like that at a Top 50 restaurant that was “It’s very weird, because [Turney] and [Safran] research on ethnic food specifically happens in restaurants every busy every night, I actually felt you can’t tell everybody right for Barbuzzo and go to Italy in New York than there is in day.” ready,” Wilson said. away,” Wilson said. “That was and Spain, and go to Lancaster Philadelphia,” Wilson said. Working at one of those Wilson, who is admitted- a really difficult process – tryand look for driftwood for the “New York is so big. There are influential Philadelphia restau- ly more of a fan of Ramsay’s ing to decide. You have to look tables,” Wilson said. so many more options. To me, rants gave Wilson the experi- other shows “The F Word” and at your family and close friends Although Wilson has had Philly’s great in that you have ence and confidence she needed “Kitchen Nightmares” than WILSON PAGE 11
Philly Naked Bike Ride Participants shed their inhibitions at the “bare as you dare” event last weekend. Philadelphians stripped for the Philly Naked Bike Ride on Saturday, Aug. 25. Paint and small pieces of fabric were used for the bikers to cover up. |INDIRA JIMENEZ TTN
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Zombie Nation, p. 13
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SCAMMA D Scamma D is a self-made Filipino rapper from Drexel stuck in constant culture clash after four mixtapes about his experiences in America. JOSH LEVY The Temple News These days, many Americans take the Constitution for granted or confuse its meanings, from politicians to those people on corners who you pretend to ignore while you walk to class. But one Drexel rapper goes another direction with it, using it to inspire him. Jake Lee, better known as Scamma D, takes his freedom of speech not passively, as most people do, but almost as a challenge by recording and expressing himself as much as he can in the relatively short time he’s been here. Scamma D was born and raised in the Philippines by Korean and Filipino parents, who never thought he would grow up to be a rapper. In the Philippines, Scamma D never became too rooted to any one culture – he isn’t fluent in either of his parents’ languages and attended an international school with kids from all over the world. Because of his lack of roots to stick to, he identifies himself with a phrase his principal used for him and his fellow students, “Third Culture Kids.” After graduation, his goal was to attend Temple, but he decided to attend Drexel. He said he loves Temple’s campus and its unique atmosphere that combines many different classes of people into one community, but is content just being nearby. He frequently visits to collaborate and record with other students.
In a way similar to how now-popular Childish Gambino came up with his name, Scamma D found his name through a rap name generator. He eventually decided to keep it because of its lack of deeper meaning, to let his music speak for itself without people’s expectations based upon his name. One of Scamma D’s favorite things is freedom; freedom from expectations, freedom of speech, freedom to be a musician and freedom from any one culture. Scamma D knows he does not fit the stereotypical rapper image, but he urges listeners never to judge a book by its cover. With freedom from any one culture tying him down and no fear of fitting in, he assimilates very well and has a self-stated mainstream style. Instead of struggling to set himself apart just to be unique, he has made music how he felt he should. After starting off recording more than 180 songs in his Nokia phone, Scamma D has released four mix tapes. Each one, as he says it, is better than the last. The most recent, “The Effect 4,” was released last July and, along with the first three, is available free online. Currently he is working on his first album. The Temple News: When did you first get the idea that you would want to become a rapper? Scamma D: I have a friend, great friend of mine, his name is Giordan Almendras, and it was in ninth grade biology class. I had no idea about rap
Scamma D’s former principal assigned him and his international school classmates with the title “third culture kids,” a phrase that he uses to describe his multicultural background. | HUA ZONG TTN music. You know, I heard it here and there, but I never really got into it. It was in that time period I felt like, “My God, my whole life I had been obeying.” I felt trapped. You know, iPods were pretty new in the Philippines and he showed me a song, it was by Young Buck and the title of the song was “Get Buck.” And I heard this music and I was like, “God damnit, what the hell is this? It’s so nice. It makes me feel like breaking a wall and feeling like Superman.” And that’s when later on I asked some of my close friends, “Can you see me as a rapper?” Let’s just say it was embarrassing. TTN: Can you explain “Third Culture Kids?” SD: TCK came out because I am not an American, and I never will be. My mother has always told me I’m not actually Filipino because it’s not in my culture. I’m nowhere near Korean culturally, but I’m half Korean. One of the most important things people always say is stick to your roots. Well, when you grow up in an international school and you’re not very cultural to your native country, you don’t have roots. My
principal told me that we were third culture kids, and that meant the world to me. We assimilate well wherever we go, we have no sense of home. Home is everywhere, but nowhere. That’s TCK. It’s not meant to be a music brand, it’s meant to be an identity. It’s how you live. TTN: When can we expect your first album do you think, or is it too far in the future at this point still? SD: It’s pretty far. I mean, I have five songs down, but things change. I’ve never been one to give a date, but here’s what I promise: Don’t anticipate my album, it will come when it comes. Just know that I will always, always put out music when it’s demanded. I have a lot of music ready to be put out when people ask for more. I actually put out music when people ask for it. But the album? I think I would need four to five months for that. TTN: Why did you name your mixtapes “The Effect”? SD: “The Effect” comes from my ideologies that I don’t make content, content makes me. My environment is the effect of my music, meaning when
I experience things that become music, I interpret it in abstract ways and try to be as creative as I can. I released “The Effect” on the very first few months I arrived in the U.S. and I didn’t know what to name it. A lot of people name it something that adds status, but for me I called it “The Effect” because my surroundings affect me and whatever affects me creates the music, and the creation of the music is the effect of my environment, hence, I don’t make content, content makes me. So that’s where the philosophy of “The Effect” came about. TTN: You’re kind of like a dealer of experiences. You get it and then ship it off to more people. SD: Yeah, yeah. I really like to do that. Because, as a musician at this point in my life, I can’t really help people. I’m not doing anything noble, I just make people’s experience more bearable at the very most. And at the very least I make your heads bob. Josh Levy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Abusive musicians play different tunes
e c e n t l y, C h r i s Brown came out with his fifth album. I haven’t listened to any of it, and I probably KEVIN STAIRIKER won’t ever get around to Fear of Music hearing it unless someone’s car radio is blarColumnist Kevin ing it while I walk down Stairiker explores the Broad Street. Along with a drudge of middling radifferences in public dio singles, a new Chris perception of the Brown album means people will inevitaabusive tendencies that bly bring up the moment of Chris Brown and that he is arguably most John Lennon. famous for. You know what it is, I know what it is, there’s no need to explain it deeply. Although that event took place three years ago, it will inevitably come up in conversation every single time that Brown is mentioned for the rest of his tenure as a singer, dancer or whatever. It’s still a fascinating case of what should have been the complete obliteration of a career that somehow morphed into something that sold more records. Although I personally don’t care one iota about the man, I know that there are still millions that swear by him. That’s got to be
an accomplishment, right? After all, he’s not the first pop artist to be brazenly guilty of domestic violence and have a large fan base, right? Right. When our heroes die young or in a tragic way, history tends to scrub their personal records clean so that younger generations can drink up and idolize their visionaries without having to go much beyond the surface. Music is the easiest medium to accomplish this with. That’s exactly how I started devouring the music of John Lennon. Like 97 percent of the world’s population, I was introduced to Beatles songs at an early age and devoured their catalog quickly. I moved on to post-Beatles solo albums and quickly confided to myself that Lennon was not only my favorite, but also the best of the Beatles. Then came bootlegs and biographies and documentaries and every single interview I could find. One of the most interesting interviews I found was a book collection of the 1980 interviews Lennon and Yoko Ono did with Playboy right before he was murdered. In it, he gives a short run down of nearly every song he had written up to that point, with a clear focus on Beatles songs. When the interviewer arrived at “Getting Better,” John had this to say: “It is a diary form of writing. All that ‘I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved’ was me. I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically... any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn’t express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women.
That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who go for love and peace.” Wait, what now? Why had no one mentioned that to me previously? If someone had told me all that while I was on my first listen of “Imagine,” would I have been able to appreciate it the same way? It shook me up when I was younger. Lennon is just one of a myriad of artists throughout time that may have made classic music, but also found the time to do some pretty unfortunate things. The large percentage of people would say that, like with Chris Brown, they could forget about past improprieties and move on. And what is the real difference in these cases? One is a revered cultural icon, the other a good dancer? Brown’s episode was markedly more public, It didn’t help that the person he assailed also happened to be a famous pop singer and said-singer’s graphic bruises were released to a public who always seem to have their pitchforks at the ready. But since the world learned of Lennon’s past improprieties as an admission of a sordid past, his problems were quietly swept under the musical history rug. And also “Imagine.” To most people, this doesn’t matter. Shut up and play the song, keep your personal life to yourself. We thrust these people up on pillars and get surprised when the view is less than we expected. What’s the line that musicians can’t cross before they’re not allowed back around
Dancers of all levels welcomed in “Le Grand Continental” The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival is hosting a one-of-a-kind dance piece with a diverse cast in front of the Art Museum steps. REBECCA ZOLL The Temple News “5, 6, 7, 8,” chants Sylvain Émard, the choreographer for “Le Grand Continental,” a dance piece for the Live Arts Festival happening in early September. This half-hour long show will be performed by dancers ages 10 and up, of all skill levels, whether they’re professional dancers or beginners. The show, which incorporates line dancing and contemporary dance, originally started in Montréal three years ago with only 60 amateur dancers, and has grown to more than 150 dancers. It was most recently presented in Mexico City, with the movements being inspired by Latin dance. Now, the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival gets to host this one-of-a-kind performance. Many people will be partaking in the experience, including quite a few families. The Bass family, comprised of Candace, 36, Kiara, 13, and Larry, 10, all have had previous dance experience. “I have danced all my life. I teach and perform,” Candace said. “I’m excited, but...I’m not nervous.” Candace’s daughter Kiara, who has danced since she was three years old, said, “The rehearsals aren’t too hard, but they’re a little tedious sometimes. But it’s going to be worth it in the end.” Kiara’s brother Larry has been dancing since he was 5 years old. “I heard about this from my mom, and she thought it would be fun for us [to do as a family],” Lar-
ry said. “I am excited for the perfor- danced in New York with the origimance and not scared.” nal cast of Broadway’s “Lion King.” Kara LaFleur, 29, felt comfortÉmard himself was always fasable signing up for this experience cinated by dance, but started dancknowing that it wasn’t just for pro- ing at what is considered a late age fessional dancers and that anyone in the dance world. could do it. “I was 23 when I decided to “I lost about 40 pounds in the train as a dancer, but before that, I past six months. I ran my first 5K was an actor, ” Émard said. in July, and I decided if I could run He was always interested in a 5K I could do a 30-minute dance line dancing and one day he decided performance,” LaFleur said. “So he should do something about it. I’ve come a long “Since I alway and practices ways worked with have been kicking professional dancmy butt, but it’s been ers, I wanted to do in a really good way, this project with and I feel better evnon-professional ery day.” dancers,” Émard Celeste Disaid. “I decided to Nucci, 51, an actress propose this idea to and singer, has nevthe dance festival in er been much of a Montréal and they dancer, and said that were happy to get joining this group involved.” Sylvain Émard / choreographer would be a lot more Although he’s fun than going to a working with a gym. nonconventional “The rehearsals cast, Émard is are very challengnonetheless pasing, but it’s really fun,” DiNucci sionate about the performance. said. “The more we learn, the more “It’s very exciting to see so intimidating it is that I’m going to many people dancing together doactually remember everything.” ing the same choreography,” Émard In addition to Émard teaching said. “It’s refreshing and touching the choreography, many assistants and moving.” are there for the dancers during reLe Grand Continental will be hearsals so that they can help out performed on Saturday, Sept. 8, at if anyone has questions. Among 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., as well as Sunthese assistants is Duane Holland, day, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. in front of the who has many years of professional Philadelphia Museum of Art steps. dance experience. Rebecca Zoll can be reached at “I am one of the original email@example.com. bers of Rennie Harris Puremovement,” Holland said. “I’ve danced with Ronald K. Brown and I’ve
the proverbial watering hole? I could fill a whole column with some of the stuff that GG Allin did before he died and that dude still has a pretty sizeable fan base. The front man of Lamb of God will soon be standing trial in Prague for attempted manslaughter. It’s all relative. It’s incredibly interesting to see how the barometer swings on issues like these. On one end, there are people who will forever vote for Brown as MVP in the category of “Douche That I Hate Forever,” and on the other end, there are people who would gladly choose “Hey Shut Up I Like This Song Get Over It.” To which distinction he rightfully deserves is something for meaningless Billboard Charts to decide. Lennon, meanwhile, recently was honored with a children’s choir singing (what else?) “Imagine” at the Olympics’ closing ceremony that ended with the children forming an overhead portrait of his face, so history’s been pretty good to him. Time heals all wounds as long as the time is the length of a catchy song.
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“Rock And Roll High School”-The Ramones “School Days”-Chuck Berry “School Spirit”-Kanye West “The Headmaster’s Ritual”-The Smiths “(What A) Wonderful World”-Sam Cooke Kevin Stairiker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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exciting to see so many people dancing together doing the same choreography.
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Chef Christina Wilson still craves Middle Eastern food from one of her favorite places to eat on Main Campus. | PAUL KLEIN TTN and really put them under a micro- go home. So, I got used to it.” scope, and really try to decide who you In addition to privacy, Wilson also can truly trust and who you can’t. It’s missed what she considers a very imharder than I think most people real- portant element to a pleasant kitchen ize.” – music. Although Ramsay is seemingly “I love music and I love it in the portrayed as a near villain on televi- kitchen,” Wilson said. “I think it gives sion, particularly on “Hell’s Kitchen,” a different energy and keeps you happy Wilson speaks of him with nothing but and excited and it kind of sets this readmiration and respect. ally great pace, and you put more love “He is wonderful. He has really in the food.” high standards in an intense kitchen,” Wilson’s taste in music is as eclecWilson said. “He is really funny and tic as her cooking experience. She charming and enloves Drake, Nicki Minaj, couraging and just Ray Lamontagne, Coldkind of like your play, Rihanna and Otis cool uncle that you Redding – just to name a don’t get enough few. When it’s suggested time with.” that she should consider The atmosphere putting out a cooking playof “Hell’s Kitchen” list, Wilson’s voice beamed was trying, but not with excitement as she prowithout its benefits claimed that she has truly for Wilson. considered it. “I learned more In addition to a poin those six weeks tential cooking soundtrack Christina Wilson / “Hell’s Kitchen” of filming than I did contestant and hopes of owning a seain the previous five, sonal restaurant on the Jersix, seven years of sey Shore, Wilson has a cacooking,” Wilson said. “He sets us up reer goal that would please the palates for success. He gets mad when we do of all Temple students – she hopes to bonehead things and don’t execute.” one day own a food truck on Temple’s Ramsay’s high standards weren’t Main Campus. the only factors that made “Hell’s “Honestly, when I made the deciKitchen” utilize her tough mentality. sion [that I was] going to pursue this “There are cameras literally every- career, the first thing I ever wanted where,” Wilson said. “You’re kind of was a food truck on Temple’s camforced to deal with it right away. And pus,” Wilson said. “After all the years it’s hard, because you don’t get private of going there, there was never really time to relieve. And chefs – we’re crazy. anything healthy to eat, and it would We’re nuts. After work, you need to be drive me nuts. I wanted to have a nice able to get on the treadmill or go have smoothie truck, with vegetarian options a beer with your friends, or whatever it and things that people should be eating is that is your release. It has to happen. when they are trying to be in an enviAnd you don’t get that. You can’t grab a ronment when they need to be active minute of privacy, there’s always some- and open and ready.” body watching you. And you get used Jenelle Janci can be reached at to it. It’s like the military or any other email@example.com. kind of camp – either you adapt or you
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Philly Summer Eats
‘The Walking Dead’ peaks gamer interest
The city has many unique summer dining experiences. JENINE PILLA The Temple News When it comes to Philadelphia, the popularity of the food scene goes hand in hand with that of the Liberty Bell. But don’t let the hype surrounding cheesesteaks and Stephen Starr joints place blinders on your eating experiences. In the summer months, Philadelphia’s food scene blossoms with fresh, seasonal ingredients, refreshing spirits and seating lining the streets, rooftops and backyards of restaurants everywhere. There may not be enough days in the summer to get to experience it all, so here are a few must-eats to keep you cool while the weather’s still warm.
FRANKLIN FOUNTAIN 116 MARKET ST.
Brothers Eric and Ryan Berley’s soda jerks are serving up summer treats with a style that pays homage to a time our grandparents call “the good ol’ days.” Complete with hot fudge sundaes, banana splits and 25 soda flavors, Franklin Fountain has a menu that is reminiscent of when Clark Gable ran the big screen. The past is kept alive through the use of locally sourced ingredients, lack of preservatives and candy-making machines dating back to the ‘30s as well as the staff’s genuine love for their products. Soda jerk Patrick Haggerty, a sophomore elementary education major, speaks of the oversized sundaes with an obvious passion for the handmade treats. Pastry chef Davina Soondrum said Franklin Fountain is “where ice cream meets art... that is crafted with love.” The passion of the Berley brothers is seen in the mission statement that hangs in the parlor above a portrait of Ben
Franklin. It reads, “The Franklin Fountain aims to serve an experience steeped in ideals, drizzled with drollery, and sprinkled with the forgotten flavors of the American past.” So let the sounds of Billie Holiday and the chime of the old register take you on an adventure of what once was.
JAMAICAN JERK HUT 1436 SOUTH ST.
Days where the sun lingers and a nice breeze blows, the outdoor dining area of the Jamaican Jerk Hut is where you want to be. The colorful tables and authentic Jamaican cuisine provide a nice break from the hustle of the popular South Street shopping area. As told by the Hut’s website, the term ‘jerk’ refers to the traditional method of cooking spiced meat over an open fire. But don’t let your unfamiliarity with the menu items scare you away from this summertime gem – the Hut’s employees can recommend what is best for newcomers. The classic jerk chicken dish and the beef patties are nice dishes to ease you in, but for those more seasoned eaters, the oxtail stew is recommended by many Jerk Hut goers. Along with great food, the Hut hosts karaoke, live reggae music and movies in its parksized yard equipped with traditional smoker grills and plastic palm trees. There are new events every week so be sure to check their website, jajerkhut.com, for the full calendar.
ITALIANO’S WATER ICE 2551 S. 12TH ST.
If you’re a newbie to the tristate area, you probably know as much about water ice as you do the SEPTA railways. If that is the case, then Italiano’s is the first place you need to be when the summer heat keeps beating. This South Philly stand is a tra-
dition for many Philadelphians and offers more than 20 flavors from iced tea and ginger ale to the classic lemon, made daily with hand-squeezed lemons. Another staple is their gelato, a layered treat of the water ice and hard ice cream of your choice. The Italiano family, who can always be found outside reminiscing with the neighbors, has kept their family’s water ice tradition alive for 38 years. Just be sure not to wait too long, because the stand closes promptly at the end of the summer months. One more thing for the newcomers – don’t go looking for a spoon with your water ice here, because it is known that all good water ice is served spoonless.
MEMPHIS TAPROOM BEER GARDEN 2331 E. CUMBERLAND ST.
The Memphis Taproom Beer Garden is a summertime must in the heart of Fishtown that allows you to enjoy the weather while soaking up the neighborhood. The Beer Garden, open from April to October, is equipped with a hotdog truck that dishes out artisan dogs like the Mackinac, layered with chili, cheddar cheese, raw onions, yellow mustard and macaroni salad. Sticking to the Memphis Taproom way, there is a plethora of canned craft beer offered to pair with your all-beef or vegan hotdog creation. The Beer Garden is topped off with a large projection television that airs Phillies’ night games as well as episodes of “Twin Peaks.” But don’t get too rowdy, for the Memphis Taproom is smack in the middle of a residential area that doesn’t want to be awoken by your reaction to a homerun by the Phillies. Jenine Pilla can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAMANTHA TIGHE Save and Quit
Columnist Samantha Tighe explores a world of zombies in a game inspired by the popular show.
ell friends, it’s that time of year again. Summer has officially passed and the fall semester is already getting into full swing. Soon, the first homework assignments will be due, upcoming papers will be announced and the appointed chapter readings will be ignored or put off until the last minute. There is one ray of sunshine, aside from the influx of people returning to Temple, and that is the entertainment. The fall brings with it new television shows, new seasons, and most importantly, new video games. For some of you horror fans (or rather, zombie appreciators), you may have caught a few episodes of “The Walking Dead” series that has been airing on AMC, which is adapted from a comic series by Tony Moore. Although the show has had its high and low points, last season’s finale was pretty good and the third season is scheduled to air in October. If you can’t wait a couple more weeks, I have a solution for your rotten-flesh zombie cravings – “The Walking Dead” video game. The people at Telltale Games have hunkered down and created a compelling video game series based upon “The Walking Dead” lore. Players control Lee Everett – a formerly incarcerated man with an ambiguous background who must survive in a world where the dead walk and crave flesh. Early into his journey he finds Clementine, a young girl who has been surviving on her own due to the absence of both of her parents. The duo quickly become inseparable, as their goals of survival become intertwined. “The Walking Dead” video game promotes itself with action and adventure. Players control Everett as he meanders around predetermined environments. Through interactions with the various people Everett meets, players are able to shape how the world views them. Personalities can be helpful and friendly, standoff-ish, or even the strong, silent type. Players will also notice that certain objects in the world can be manipulated – some help drive the story, others give the players clues to help them form their own opinions about what is happening, and some improve relations with members of the same group. Every player’s decisions shape the game’s outcome. Another incentive to play, aside from a few action-button sequences, game controls are fairly easy to comprehend and master. Be warned though, it is a zombie game, so expect a decent amount of gore – some of the scenes and actions I had to play through were even making me a bit squeamish. There’s a reason “The Walking Dead” game is generating so much buzz – the storyline is absolutely riveting. The people Everett and Clementine meet have their
own families and goals, with survival being of the upmost importance, of course. Also, during any playthrough, Lee will be forced to make several gut-wrenching decisions – choices that not only test the morals players want Lee to uphold, but also choices that can alienate others with certain members of the survival group, with some even deciding who lives and who dies. Players are also exposed to the horrors that accompany the zombie apocalypse. If you are familiar with the general “Walking Dead” universe, you’ll be pleased to hear a couple key characters make cameo appearances during Lee’s story, a sign that what is occurring is tangled with what else is happening across the United States. Like typical Telltale fashion, the entire game is broken up into five episodes, each released weeks apart. The first episode, “A New Day,” was used more like a taster of what is to come. The player is introduced to Lee and is filled in on what is occurring and, sadly, players already are forced to make a couple of hard choices. The second episode, “Starved for Help,” was one that was more emotionally disturbing. Without ruining it, there’s a horrible twist that, although it can be seen a mile away, is troubling. After finishing that episode, you can’t help but dwell on what occurred. Now, I know Telltale’s recent productions have been a bit underwhelming, especially the “Jurassic Park” travesty that they released a couple months ago, but the developer actually did something right this time. “The Walking Dead” game does an amazing job in creating characters that are likeable and some that you can’t help but hate. At the same time, though, players have to face reality – is it worth keeping a person you hate around if it meant Everett and Clementine will live? “The Walking Dead” game is available on a variety of platforms – it can be downloaded from Telltale’s official website for PCs and Macs, purchased for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and is even available for later generation iOS devices (like the iPhone and iPad). The flat purchase fee can be considered a season pass – buying the entire game allows episodes to be downloaded as they are released. *Only two episodes were released upon submission of this article – the third is due out sometime this month and is titled “Long Road Ahead.”
reason [the] game is generating so much buzz – the storyline is absolutely riveting.
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Too much free time during syllabus week? Head to South Street and explore Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, the fully-mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery and community arts center created by Isaiah Zagar. The Magic Gardens features
thousands of hand-made tiles, mirrors, glass bottles, bicycle wheels, intricate statues and sculptures, and embedded text within the walls, holding reference to Zagar’s family as well as elements of the larger world. Zagar’s largest artwork spans across half a block on South Street and inspires creativity and community engagement through folk, mosaic and visionary art. Self-guided tours allow visitors to spend as little or as much time as they want to explore the elaborate form of art without the nuisance of a monotone tour guide. Trained guides are, however, available to answer any questions. Check out the Magic Gardens while the weather is still nice.
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where you’ll learn all about the city’s history, culture, and of course, favorite foods. The tour includes five stops, including a visit to a mom-and-pop pizzeria, soft pretzel bakery, the famous Reading Terminal Market and more. Attendees will learn how some of the locals’ favorite foods got their start, and walk away with a mind full of new knowledge and a stomach full of cheesesteaks, tomato pie, cake truffles, soft pretzels and cheese-whiz fries. The tour, led by fun and dedicated guides, also includes an up-close and personal look at City Hall and views of the city’s prominent architecture. Be a Philly foodie for a day and take a break from the Ramen noodles and Easy Mac. For more information on availability and tickets, check out the website. Shauna Bannan can be reached at shauna.bannan.@temple.edu.
#TTNWeekly The Temple News wants to see campus through the eyes – and filters – of its readers. Every week there will be a new prompt for you to photograph. All you have to do is shoot and hashtag #TTNWeekly on Instagram so your photos can be found. For our first issue we wanted to see how freshmen spruced up their residence hall rooms after move-in day. Below are the rooms of four students who shared entries with The Temple News.
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Experience is invaluable, regardless of major
John Dailey Eternal Intern
Columnist John Dailey extols the virtues of internships.
s a college student you have the amazing and once-in-alifetime opportunity to just experience life. Internships are a major, and often underestimated, vehicle for this. My name is John Dailey. I’m a senior marketing major and management information systems minor, and I’ve been an intern/co-op four times in my five-year collegiate career. I’d like to explore the different aspects of internship/co-op experiences through this column. This week, I’ll extol the virtues
of why someone gets involved in an internship. Personally, I’ve been motivated to pursue internships and co-ops predominantly, like so many students, through a need for monetary security. I need a job. That’s really why I started my internship journey. That being said, I have always had a hunger to learn about how organizations work. When I got my first teenage job at a deli, it was mostly because I wondered what it was like to be behind that counter. Then, in college, I realized there was more. The opportunity to actually experience a wide variety of different organizations – and meet the people who ran them – was at my door. I was hooked. However, I really lacked a sense of direction. I knew that I had this great chance and that I had to seize it, but in hindsight, I could have applied – and developed – my talents in a more focused way. If this message resonates with you, you are not alone. I believe there are many students out there who were like me –
wide-eyed, driven and in need of guidance. Throughout the last few years, I’ve had the privilege of wearing many hats. First, I helped manage content and media for an expanding nonprofit, engaging the homeless via running. Next, I worked with the advertising sales team of a large business publication. After that, I spent seven months – and about $1 million – as a full-time co-op at a much larger pharmaceutical manufacturer. Most recently, I worked with a blog uniting the tech community in Philadelphia. Some things I did right, but I’ve also messed up a whole bunch of times. Regardless, I’ve learned a lot. Most people see internships as a vehicle for professional growth. Working as an intern is certainly a way to pick up some skills, nourish your résumé and, for the luckier among us, secure a job after school. However, I have found that there are more benefits to be had than just the professional ones. Through this column, I’d like to share some of the obser-
vations that I’ve made, while also exploring what it means to be an intern with you. Like almost everything else, there are pitfalls to avoid. There are absolutely organizations out there that want to take advantage of the free labor interns provide without giving much in return. Some supervisors are either poor leaders or are inexperienced and therefore fail in doing their part to help you grow and learn. And then there are interns that fail to approach the opportunity before them in a way that maximizes their own returns. A good deal of time, energy and personal confidence can be saved if one is smart about their choices when selecting and going through an internship. On a more positive note, if you aim carefully and hit that sweet spot by landing the right position within the right organization that has the right culture, your world could be illuminated. It is for this reason that I say this: When it comes to either doing an internship or not, your major does not matter.
Whether you’re working toward a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or fine arts, an internship can provide a wealth of opportunity that may impact nearly every aspect of your life for the better. Obviously, a paid opportunity will fill your pockets with spending money or allow you to save a fistful of dollars. Perhaps you’ll even land a great fulltime gig. Aside from the monetary aspect, you could also build up your personal confidence, which you then carry into nearly every aspect of your life. It is amazing how legitimate praise from a supervisor can make you feel like you can do anything. I can honestly say that after having been put into many diverse situations during my experiences, I have come out much more confident as an individual. Being thrown in front of a group of professionals for a presentation that you’ve learned about only hours before or making 300 phone calls trying to sell things to people who are really disinterested, does indeed make
one more prepared to speak to that attractive member of the appropriate gender identity at the other end of the bar. Aside from the additional confidence, interning is a great way to meet like-minded friends that share a passion for a particular field. The power of a good friend cannot be overstated when it comes to networking – or for personal fulfillment. One thing that I’ve definitely gleaned while running the gamut as an intern is that you can learn a great deal through experience, both about yourself and the world. Experiences are something that can never be lost or taken away. Why would anyone not want to collect as many as possible? Develop a work ethic. See what you like and what you don’t. Expose your strengths and weaknesses. Grow as a person. John Dailey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columnist plans to offer insight on life in theater
Marcie Anker discusses the ins and outs of what it’s like to be an actor and theater major while squashing common stereotypes.
MARCIE ANKER Starving Actor
irst off, I’d like to thank the Academy for bestowing this invaluable honor upon my ever-humble and grateful shoulders. Mom, Dad, my dear family, thank you for supporting me post-stardom – I certainly couldn’t have done it without you. And to my loyal fans, I genuinely appreciate all the cupcake baskets and cheese platters you leave in my driveway, you have impeccable taste. And in turn, thank you to my
critics who scrutinize the waxing and waning of my pant size and hypothesize on the likelihood of pregnancy from my excessive cupcake and cheese consumption. Thank you all for mercilessly judging me. Because of your judgments, I now have skin like a crocodile – impenetrable. Thank you and goodnight, my dear Academy. When I lie in bed at night this is how I picture my Academy Award acceptance speech going. But for now, I’m just
Marcie Anker, “The Professional Student: Acting Edition.” It sounds like a superhero memoir. But alas, Marvel has rejected my pitch about the sassy supersenior student. So we will just go with this – “Marcie Anker: The Life of the Starving Actor (Help Me, I’m Poor – Sad Face).” You’ll notice that I refrain from referring to myself as an actress. Tell me, is a female painter a “paintress?” A female musician a “musicianress?” A
female potter a “pottress?” Although, admittedly, pottress has got a ring to it. The answer is “no.” So please, don’t call me an actress. I’m an actor, an artist. Call me a feminist, call me sexist, call me what you will – just don’t call me an actress. Now, I’ll try to keep my inherent actor’s snark at bay, but I can’t make any promises. The preconceived notions and misconceptions about actors and theater majors are endless. Contrary to popular belief, there
is, in fact, a difference between “actor” and “performing circus monkey.” We will not do special tricks, sing, dance, spin on our heads, etc., for you upon request in the middle of a party. And no, I will not recite a monologue from “Romeo and Juliet” just because you bought me a drink – make it two. Many people don’t, or won’t, distinguish theater from film, and that is something I’ve come to terms with as a stage
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actor. “Oh, you’re a theater major? So, like, you wanna be a movie star? Oh my god, you could have totally played that girl in the ‘Hunger Games,’ or, like, Kristen Stewart’s character in ‘Twilight’ because, like, let’s be honest, you’re so much prettier than her. And she cheated on the sparkly vampire!” My ears have bled to that tune more than once. When I was in high school, the back-handed comparison to a sub-par movie star would have been the ultimate compliment. To me, being an actor meant being a viciously sexy, unbearably charming movie star who lived in Hollywood, wore dresses without needing Spanx, and used Benjamins as toilet paper. Talent, work and failure weren’t words that existed in my acting fantasy. But boy, did I get a reality check when I arrived at the Temple’s theater department – the ultimate humbling experience. A lot of people are frightened of “theater kids,” and frankly, I don’t blame them. I’m terrified of my colleagues on a daily basis. And I’m sure – or at least I hope – they’d say the same about me. Unpredictable, emotional, loud, volatile and dramatic are all valid descriptors. I’ve strayed. The training I have received thus far is extraordinarily atypical, so attempting to describe a “typical” actor’s lifestyle would be nearly impossible. What I can tell you is this: I’m 23 years old, and in the past four years of theater classes I’ve screamed, cried, laughed, barked, mooed, oinked, hissed, kissed, jumped, rolled, crawled, slapped, danced, sung, not to mention feasted my eyes on an unnatural amount of
nudity (jealous?) I couldn’t be happier. The actor lifestyle isn’t about structure, it’s about destruction and reconstruction. It’s about falling down between the cracks of normalcy into an abyss of raw, unhinged emotion and finding out who we really are. Acting is not about pretending, acting is about telling the truth. Let me tell you, having a truthful breakdown – in character – while simultaneously thwarting drool and snot leakages – as yourself – in front of 15 strangers is an incredibly cathartic experience as an actor. Some may think that isn’t as fun as it sounds, but that’s what I do. We theater folk are a rare breed. You might be saying to yourself, “OK, I get it, but what about a job, do you have a job?” To that I’d reply, “How exactly do you describe this elusive ‘job’ of which you speak?” Does having a job mean having rehearsals from 6-10 p.m. every night? Why then, yes. Yes, I do have a job. However, if said “job” means having an income, a bi-weekly paycheck, well, no comment. Help me, I’m poor – sad face. In my world, the realm of theater, the chances of landing a paying job are about one in every 30 auditions. I figure I’m at the halfway point. Any day now. Until then, sit back, relax and enjoy my embarrassing failures and impending successes as I tread the boards. Donations to the “Feed Marcie Anker Fund” can be sent to Barton Hall, third floor – cupcakes and cheese platters preferred.
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Owl Team Leaders create bonds OWLTEAM PAGE 7
not friendships – mutual respect. “We all lived together, we all worked together,” Wlotko said. “I think at the end we all really respected and cared about each other. My favorite part of Owl Team was the people that I worked with.” Mela said it surprised her how Owl Team Leaders became so close in just one summer. “We have this way of just coming together and forming the Owl Team family. As corny as that sounds we really are,” she said. In his three years as the program coordinator, Lawrence has seen this bond with past groups. Owl Team Leaders Brittany Lewis (center) and Chynna Mela (right) lead their orientation “Obviously it’s a group groups in a discussion.| LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN of 32 individuals so I’m not each other and I think that they telling me, ‘Oh I just had lunch Luis Fernando Rodriguez can be expecting them all to become do,” Lawrence said. “A lot of the or dinner or I’m living with one reached at email@example.com. friends, but I do want them to time I will catch up with an old of the other Owl Team Leaders have that mutual respect for Owl Team Leader and they’ll be from my year.”
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National Collegiate Safety Awareness Month University Events • September 2012 Date Event August 31, 2012
Mayor’s Cup | Free Food & Fun Friday (Student Center Atrium, 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.)
September 3, 2012
Labor Day Picnic
September 4, 2012
Welcome Wagon (Norris & Carlisle St., 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.) | Wellness Resource Center Open House (Mitten Hall, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
September 5, 2012
Urban Riding Basics (Ambler Campus
September 6, 2012
Welcome Wagon (16th & Berks St., 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.)
September 7, 2012
Free Food & Fun Friday (Student Center Atrium, 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.)
September 8, 2012
Owl Football v. Maryland
September 11, 2012
Welcome Wagon (Susquehanna & Park Avenues, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.)
September 13, 2012
Urban Riding Basics (Tyler School of Art Temple Gallery, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.) | Welcome Wagon (Rain Date)
September 14, 2012
Free Food & Fun Friday (Student Center Atrium, 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.)
September 17, 2012
Urban Riding Basics Class (Annenberg 129, 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.) | Opportunity Knocks (Johnson, Hardwick, Peabody Halls, 7 p.m.)
September 18, 2012
CARE Team Info. Session (Student Center 3rd Floor North, Dean of Students Conference Room, 3 p.m.)
September 19, 2012
Urban Riding Basics Class (Anderson Hall 1221, 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.) | Opportunity Knocks (White Hall & 1940, 7 p.m.)
September 20, 2012
Urban Riding Basics Class (Ritter Hall Annex 179, 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.)
September 21, 2012
Office of Student Conduct/Dean of Students Open House (Student Center 3rd Floor North, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.)
w- Bright Hall Lounge, 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.)
Free Food & Fun Friday (Student Center Atrium, 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.) September 24, 2012
Urban Riding Class (Alter Hall 35, 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.) | Opportunity Knocks (1300 & Elmira Jeffries, 7 p.m.)
September 26, 2012
Urban Riding Basics Class (Engineering Building 102, 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.) | Opportunity Knocks (Temple Towers & the Edge, 7 p.m.)
September 27, 2012
RAINN Day | Urban Riding Basics Class (Old Dentral School 1a/1b, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.)
September 28, 2012
Free Food & Fun Friday (Student Center Atrium 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.)
September 19, 2012
College Day on the Parkway
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Carr opts for firstyear independence CARR PAGE 8
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ie. Just be sure to have easy-topull-over outfits on-hand in case you suddenly see that doorknob turning. But don’t worry, by sophomore year, you’ll hopefully have your own room so you can do your own thing, no questions asked. Q: I got straight A’s throughout high school, and I just got my first C, which I totally don’t think I deserve. What’s the deal? A: Ah, high school. Class for eight hours a day, get home, eat dinner, possibly go to the gym or sport practice or whatever other extracurricular activity you occupy your time with. Do homework, go to sleep, wake up and repeat. Sound anything like your college experience? Nope. Do not beat yourself up about a less-than-perfect grade freshman year. Unless you’re one of those people who feels like their entire life is finished unless they have a 4.0 GPA (it’s so not), then having a couple of subpar grades is not the end of the world. Your first year in college should be a learning experience on how to manage your time and how to balance partying, schoolwork, organizations, work, etc. You are going to stumble along the way, and that’s totally normal. It’s not easy transitioning from the comfort of home to this whole new world where there are random toga parties on a Wednesday night and a single homework assignment that somehow manages to take five hours. Give yourself a break. Soon enough, you’ll think col-
lege is a total breeze. Or you’ll just stop caring so much about grades and realize that in the end, it’s experience and passion that matter most. Q: How do I tell my best friend that I want more time to do my own thing and meet new people without hurting his/her feelings? A: It’s always tricky when you end up at the same school as your high school BFF. Of course, you don’t want to leave him or her in the dust, but you also need to find your independence, meet new friends and get that college experience. Feeling like they would rather sink into the comfort of your warm and cuddly friendship than step out into the new, scary world of a big campus? Instead of hurting their feelings by forwardly asking for some alone time, try to encourage them to take on their freshman year by storm like you want to. Know that they’re super into dance? Find out when the most rocking dance team’s auditions are. Maybe they are obsessed with working out? Let them know about that awesome group fitness class on Tuesday nights. Before you know it, you’ll both have new groups of friends and then you’ll be introducing one another and soon enough you’ll practically know everyone on campus. Well, probably not, but you get what I’m saying. Now go get your mingle on. Cary Carr can be reached at email@example.com. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jasmine Shames, a transfer sophomore linguistics student will be living at home this year, and said as far as food options go, she’s glad. Shames, who attended Alvernia University in Reading, Pa., last year, said she lived on Alvernia’s campus, and food options were dismal. “I missed healthier decisions,” she said. “When I lived on my college campus, they had french fries and grilled cheese like, every day, and that was it.” “I think the options [at Temple] are a lot better,” Shames added. “I’m really impressed.” Corinne Miller, a French and education second-year senior, said she eats on Main
Campus about twice a week, but is seeking more variety. “I would like more salads and healthier menu options,” Miller said. “You can get salads at a few different places, but it’s all the same kind of garden salad.” Miller said she usually just cooks at home because of the unhealthy options on Main Campus. “I have a very specific diet,” Miller added. “I would eat out more if I didn’t restrict myself so much.” Alexis Sachdev can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @lexsachdev.
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Owls set out to prove themselves worthy Defense adjusts DEFENSE PAGE 20
Temple players celebrate during training camp at the Edberg-Olson football complex on Aug. 13. The Owls open up their season against Villanova on Friday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field. | ANDREW THAYER TTN
BIG EAST PAGE 20 erage attendance last year was 28,060, a 7,545 increase from 2010. Edberg-Olson underwent a $10 million expansion and upgrade this summer, including a 15,000 square-foot addition. Now that it has been thrust into Big East competition once more, Temple is far better prepared for success this time around. Attendance is up and the Owls finally have the university support they need. More importantly, they have a coach with a résumé chock full of competition in a power conference and a team that says it has nothing to lose. “This is the start of a new era,” coach Steve Addazio said. “A lot of work has been done here by a lot of people. Now we take that next step and build this thing and keep it growing.” “There’s nowhere to go but up,” Brown said. “The most dangerous person is the one that has nothing to lose. We’re going to represent and do what we say we’re going to do.” After their unceremonious departure from the confer-
ence eight years ago, the Owls were met with a lukewarm Big East welcome at the end of July 2012. Media representatives from each team in the conference picked Temple to finish last in the annual preseason media poll. “Preseason polls are preseason polls,” Wallace said. “I understand why they did what they did, but I’m not going to get too hung up with the noise that comes with it. We just have to play our game.” “Maybe it’s because we’re new to the conference,” senior placekicker Brandon McManus said. “I know what we’re capable of and the team knows what it’s capable of. We’ve got a great bunch of players here. Everyone wants to win.” For McManus, getting into the Big East means an opportunity to transform not only the culture of the school that he plays for, but also the city that he lives in. “Hopefully we can make Philadelphia a college sports city, because it’s such a profes-
sional sports town,” McManus said. “But we’re all excited and just glad to be in the Big East.” “I think this is the start of a new era, not just for Temple, but for Philadelphia,” Addazio said. “It’s major college football. I think it’s tremendous and I couldn’t think of a city that would embrace it more than Philly.” Addazio said progress will be made this season, regardless of how many games the team wins. “We’re way further ahead to compete in the conference,” Addazio said. “Will that translate in season one? I can’t answer that. But I can tell you that our facilities, our program, the support and alignment in our university, those things are all where they need to be.” Brown, thrust into the starting position following Bernard Pierce’s departure to the NFL, said he’s embracing the challenge of proving to the Big East that this is a different Temple team from eight years ago. “We’re definitely going to
show them that we’re worthy of playing in the Big East,” Brown said. “We’re not the Temple that you’ve seen previously.” “There’s never intimidation,” Brown added. “Only motivation and determination.” The determination Brown is speaking of is a determination to not let history repeat itself. Joey Cranney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @joey_cranney.
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Freshman wide receiver Samuel Benjamin lines up at training camp on Aug. 13. The Temple offense will be forced to replace seven starters this season.| ANDREW THAYER TTN “It does not matter the man as long as they know the scheme,” Wallace said. “If they know the scheme and they know how to execute it well enough, the man itself is just a
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Protecting the quarterback and the offense is a group effort, however, and how Wallace views his new offensive line could characterize the entire team this year.
“I have seen a lot of guys out here working hard,” senior defensive end John Youboty said. “I have seen a lot of guys that were probably hesitant out there getting more experience over time and getting stronger and more depth.” While the defense might not have individual athletes that stand out at first, the unit has already found how they want to characterize their play. “Toughness, that’s our motto, being Temple tough,” Gildea said. “Going and hitting people every play and every game. I want that to be our identity, coming out and smacking people.” Coach Steve Addazio reiterated Gildea’s statement, and has established toughness as the focal point of the entire team. If they are to survive and keep up in the power conference that is the Big East, they will have to stick to their motto. “They will know they were in a football game after they play Temple, they can count on that,” Addazio said. “I don’t know what the outcomes are going to be, but they can count on the fact that this team is going to come after them.”
Runners keep moving
Brown and Harris team up at running back for them face the biggest challenge after losing the majority of their unit. “Our offensive line has a depth issue right now, that is just a fact,” Addazio said. “If we are healthy, I like our five guys. Our five guys right now are ahead of where our starting five guys were at the start of last year. The problem is we have less depth. If we have a rash of injuries it is going to be a problem.” Wallace is the one starter who is returning, playing right tackle and blocking for the lefthanded Coyer’s blindside. Wallace said he knows the team will be depending on him to anchor the line and protect his quarterback. “I have to know my stuff, I can’t take a day off, I can’t take a snap off,” Wallace said. “Every day I have to think that if I do not do my job, [Coyer] is out of the game.”
are going to throw somebody in there that is going to make plays and do what he has to do.” Junior defensive back Zamel Johnson will be asked to step up in the secondary facing the departures of Kee-ayre Griffin and Kevin Kroboth, something Johnson said he and the rest of the team constantly prepares for. “If you are in the [No. 1] position you need to play like you are [No. 1],” Johnson said. “If you are in the [No. 2] position you need to play like you are [No. 1]. You never know when your time is going to come.” Senior defensive back Justin Gildea, who tied for the team lead with three interceptions last season, said he has to provide leadership and stability to the defense. “We lost a lot of good leaders last year,” Gildea said. “Trying to replace them is really hard. We are looking for guys that have been here for a while to step up and show these younger guys how it’s done and how we work.” Lacking returning starters who were the faces of the defense, a young, largely unknown group will take the field missing their top four tacklers and top three sack leaders from a year ago.
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Redshirt senior Travis Mahoney spent the past four years with Jelley on both the cross country and track & field teams. Mahoney said it’s too early to tell what Jelley’s departure will mean for the team. “That’s something we’ll find out this season – maybe even into next year,” Mahoney said. “What [Jelley] did with us isn’t going to drop into the gutter in just a couple weeks though.” Like Mobley, sophomore Jenna Dubrow, who in her freshman season last year emerged as the star of the women’s team, voiced motivation toward winning the conference this fall. “We’re going to be more bonded together,” Dubrow said. “We know each other better, and since this is our last year in the [Atlantic 10 Conference], we were all talking about how we really want to have a good showing.” Like Mahoney, Dubrow is taking a wait-and-see approach before determining what variances, if any, will come with a new coach. “Right now, it’s not affecting anything,” she said. “We still have our summer schedules that we’re still on. The changes could be anything – it could be a different style of training. There’s a whole bunch of factors.” Sophomore Matt Kacyon, who similarly to Dubrow emerged as one of the top performers on the men’s squad last year, pointed out that the team has a particularly strong group
of freshmen coming in, which should help them going forward. He doesn’t expect any significant differences from a new coach. “There shouldn’t be too much change,” Kacyon said. “We’re all where we should be, and training wise, we know what we’re expected to do. We’re pretty much just losing a really good friend – and a great coach.” Both Kacyon and Dubrow said that, having experienced time in collegiate athletics, their expectations are higher than last year for the upcoming season. Mobley hopes that an early season rise to the top will provide some motivation going forward. “As we bring in freshmen who can challenge for some spots, our goal is to push our top athletes to take it up another level and bring some of the other athletes who were on the team up to that same level,” Mobley said. “When you rise to the top, we’re expecting you to stay up there and bring other athletes with you.” Mahoney said it’s the incoming class, not the departure of Jelley, that he’ll be focusing on moving forward. “By far, we have the deepest talent pool coming into this season,” Mahoney said. “If all goes well, and we get a good coach, this fall we can improve drastically in both the region and in the A-10’s.” Avery Maehrer can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @averymaehrer.
Young roster led by ‘best recruiting class in history’ The golf roster has one senior and two freshmen recruits.
ANTHONY BELLINO The Temple News Temple’s golf team has been performing over par for the past few years. Whether it be former standout Steve Burak transferring, or the dismissal of Connor McNicholas from the team last season, the golf team has had its share of misfortune. Now, with the incoming 2012 recruiting class, coach Brian Quinn said the Owls will have something to look forward to.
“This is the best recruiting class in the history of Temple golf,” Quinn said. The class is headlined by 2010 Pennsylvania state champion Brandon Matthews from Pittston Area High School. Along with his state title, Matthews also won the junior state championship and the prestigious Patterson Cup, which is held in Philadelphia. Matthews also had interest from San Diego State, University of Maryland, Louisiana State University, Mercer and Charleston Southern University. He has had a full schedule since ending his high school season in October 2011, including college visits and tournaments. “I’ve been playing a lot of
tournaments and visiting coach Quinn,” Matthews said. “I’m just taking the steps to become a factor on the team, which is my main goal.” Matthews has been one to set lofty goals for himself after winning the state title in his junior year. “I want to help the team succeed in any way that I [can],” Matthews said. “If I’m playing well maybe I could even get some individual medalists in the tournaments.” Quinn is counting on Matthews to not only contribute this year but have a successful four years as a collegiate golfer to get the Owls back to where they want to be. “The tournaments he’s won
really shows you what a quality player he is,” Quinn said. “I’m really excited to watch [Matthews] grow as a player over the course of his career.” Matt Teesdale is another recruit that has Quinn excited. He is a transfer from Montgomery County Community College and will have three years of eligibility. With a depleted roster last season, the Owls were consistently one score short, which cost them precious strokes for most of their tournaments. Quinn said he will have to rely on both Matthews and Teesdale if he wants the team to succeed this year. “Both of these players hit the ball really long and strike it
very well,” Quinn said. “I need to get them to manage their games to achieve lower scores in tournament play.” “I expect them to come in and challenge the others to be the best they can be,” Quinn added. “It’s great that we will have team competition and the freshmen will benefit from having a great leader in [senior] Devin Bibeau.” Bibeau is also looking to this recruiting class to make his senior year a memorable one. “I’m very happy with the team heading into my last year,” Bibeau said. “Hopefully with this class and the people we are bringing back, we can make a run to be one of the top teams in the [Atlantic 10 Conference].”
Bibeau also acknowledged that this class is important to rebuild after a sub-par last two years. “We’re looking to get our feet back on the ground after the last two seasons,” Bibeau said. “We just want to reach the goals we set for ourselves and maybe win some tournaments.” The recruits will get their first chance at a college tournament when they open up their season on Sept. 16 at the McLaughlin in Bethpage, N.Y. Anthony Bellino can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @bellino_anthony.
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Position battle at goalie highlights ice hockey preseason GOALIE PAGE 20 Senior forward Sean Nealis explained the frustration that built up as the season went on. “In any sport, if you aren’t winning games you get frustrated,” Nealis said. “It turns into offense blaming defense, defense blaming offense, players blaming coaches, and there’s a lot of frustration that builds up. I think that was part of it.” In filling the void left by Neifeld this season, Roberts will likely rely on the duo of junior goalie Chris Mullen and sophomore goalie Eric Semborski. Mullen backed up Neifeld in the previous two seasons, and will likely have the edge for the starting spot going into the preseason, Roberts said. “Mullen has the edge because he’s older,” Roberts said. “He made strides last year and got a lot better, and he has some experience. But I think Semborski is going to fight for it like no one is expecting him to.”
After playing in a limited role for two seasons, Mullen is embracing the prospect of being in a starting role for the first time since he manned the net at Haverford High School. “This is without a doubt the most excited I’ve been going into a season at Temple,” Mullen said. “Just from growing as a player the past two years and learning from [Neifeld], I’m definitely ready to go.” “I’m excited and all of the above for this year to start,” Mullen added. “It’s a big one for me.” Despite Mullen being the more experienced of the two goalies, Roberts said nothing is set in stone yet. “In the past few seasons, we knew we had a definitive No. 1 goalie in net,” Roberts said. “This year there’s no clear cut No. 1 going in, and they’re both going to get a chance to prove themselves.” With a position battle in net
proving to be a major point of interest heading into the season, senior forward Kurt Noce said he has faith that either one of his teammates will come through. “I’m really excited with having both of them really contribute to the team this year and for both of them to have the opportunity to get a lot more playing time then they’ve had,” Noce said. “[Mullen] has always been a really good goalie for us when he’s played, and I can definitely say that the whole team has all the confidence in the world in him if he’s the starter.” “I’ve practiced with [Semborski] a few times this summer and he’s worked on his game a ton,” Noce added. “If there comes a point where he has a chance to step up, we all have confidence in him that he’ll step up.” Andrew Parent can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @daparent93.
Will Neifeld stands in goal on Feb. 7 at the Northeast SkateZone. Neifeld left the ice hockey team at the end of last year for personal reasons.| PAUL KLEIN TTN FILE PHOTO
Offense, leadership lost with the departure of leading scorer The field hockey team must move on without Bridget Settles. COLIN TANSITS The Temple News FIELD HOCKEY In 2011, Bridget
Katie Briglia dribbles the ball during a game against Virginia on Aug. 24 at Geasey Field.| HUA ZONG TTN
Settles was the face of Temple field hockey. With 20 goals, Settles was one of the nation’s top scorers. But it’s no longer 2011, and the field hockey team must move on and find a way to replace the graduated AllAmerican. This season, coach Amanda Janney has been given the task of replacing her team’s leader both on and off the field. “The leadership [Settles] provided is among the best I’ve seen at Temple,” Janney said. “We have had a tradition of great leaders and she continued it, setting the bar high.” Forward Katie Briglia is the lone senior on the team, and as co-captain will have to step into a leadership role. Last season, Briglia had a team high five assists while scoring nine points for the Owls.
But for Briglia, Settles’ presence off the field will be missed the most. “[Settles] took a lot of pride in what she did, even more so off the field,” Briglia said. “That’s what I learned most from [Settles], to take pride in something you believe in.” Along with Briglia, Janney said that other players will be stepping up to fill the void left by Settles. Junior forward Lauren Hunt will be counted upon heavily, along with sophomore forward Amber Youtz. Youtz will be taking the forward position played by Settles, and is looking to build off of a strong freshman season. “I’ve done a lot more fitness and work this summer,” Youtz said. “I’m definitely more prepared for this season, and our practices are even more intense than last year.” Statistically, Youtz is one of the top offensive threats for the Owls. She scored four goals, and had the second most shots on goal on the team, behind Settles, last season. As an incoming freshman
from Dauphin, Pa., last year, Youtz worked her way into a starting role, eventually playing alongside Settles as a forward. Youtz said she hopes to teach the new incoming freshmen what Settles taught her. “As an incoming freshman with those seniors, they taught us everything that they could,” Youtz said. “And that’s what we hope to do with our incoming freshmen class so that they could have the same kind of impact on the team that we did last year.” Janney said that she is very excited about the offense-heavy freshman class that features five forwards. “I’m pretty excited about the speed of our freshmen forwards, it’s one of the strongest freshmen classes we’ve ever had,” Janney said. “We’re really excited about the scorers we have on our team this year.” But for Briglia, replacing Settles leadership will be one of the toughest tasks. “One of the biggest things I took from [Settles] is to take pride in your team off the field,” Briglia said. “She showed me
how to take pride and lead by example.” Janney said that Settles’ style of playing hard and with pride hasn’t disappeared this year. “[Settles] winning mentality and hard work ethic has carried over to this team,” Janney said. “You can see it in [Briglia], where [Settles] would bring practice to another level, now everyone is.” For the 2012 season, replacing Settles isn’t on the minds of players such as Youtz or Briglia. They’re more focused on taking what they’ve learned and moving forward. “It’s going to be tough with younger players, having to kind of find their own way,” Briglia said. “But I think with some time and practicing together, it should work itself out.” Colin Tansits can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @colin_tansits.
Underclassmen, recruits added to existing young roster Volleyball returns two seniors and brings in a strong recruiting class. BRANDON STONEBURG
The Temple News Volleyball coach Bakeer Ganes will enter his second season at the helm with plenty of challenges. Ganes and the team will look to improve upon last season’s 8-20 record with a roster that includes only two returning seniors. In addition to that, half of the roster will be playing their first match as Owls. But Ganes said there will be no negative effects on team chemistry with the addition of the four true freshmen. “It’s definitely a challenge,” Ganes said. “But the kids we already had have strong character and the new kids have fit into our philosophy really well.” Ganes will welcome freshmen Alyssa Drachslin, Sandra Sydlik, Alicia Wennberg and Regina Trabosh, juniors Annemarie Boehm and Paula Renteria and senior Jingyu Zhang. The class has international experience as four of the student-athletes have experience playing in Germany, China and Norway. “We’ve been recruiting VOLLEYBALL
[Boehm] for almost a year and a sophomore and was named sechalf and I recruited [Renteria] to ond team all-conference. West Virginia while I was there Sydlik is a 5-foot-10-inch and recently she reached out to setter from Berlin. She played us,” Ganes said. in the highest amateur league in Drachslin is a true fresh- Germany and had a successful man defensive specialist out of career with the Junior National Southern California. She will Team. play defense and libero for Wennberg is another true Temple after being the starting freshman with an extensive inlibero for her ternational réhigh school sumé. She’s an for three outside hitter years, helpfrom Stavaning lead them ger, Norway to consecuand she started tive league every game titles. She was as a junior named to the and senior first team allfor her high league in both school. Wenof her last two nberg brings years at Rivervaluable exside Poly High perience to Bakeer Ganes / coach North Philly School. “I really after having respect the a standout coaches and the girls have been career with the U19 National really supportive,” Drachslin Team, the National All-Star said. “The returners are so wel- Team and the Junior National coming. I’ve only been at prac- Team. tice a week and I already don’t Trabosh is a libero from feel new anymore.” Trooper, Pa. She was named to Renteria will have two the first team all-league three years of eligibility left after times and first team all-area two years at West Virginia Wes- twice. leyan. Her value comes in her Boehm is a middle blocker versatility as she can play both transferring after spending two defense and outside hitter. She years at a Catholic university in led WV Wesleyan in kills as a Germany and time on the Junior
“In general, we
have a real young team. We wanted to bring in more maturity and the kids bought into it.
National Team at the German Championships in 2005 and 2006. “We have two freshmen defenders who played great in the preseason and [Boehm] is starting to really mesh with the team,” senior outside hitter Elyse Burkert said. Zhang, a Tianjin, China native, is a 5-foot-10-inch outside hitter. She was part of the roster last season but watched from the sidelines so she’s still familiar with the team. She played the 2008 and 2009 seasons at Saint Petersburg College in Florida. While there, she was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American First Team. Zhang is listed as one of two seniors on the roster. “Zhang is going to be a big part of the team and we’re really excited she can play this year,” Burkert said. The only other senior on the roster besides Zhang is Chelsea Tupuola, a defender and liberio, who Ganes named as one of the team leaders. “In general, we have a real young team,” Ganes said. “We wanted to bring in more maturity and the kids bought into it. We hope the new players can contribute right away.” Because the team was young last year as well, there
Junior outside hitter Elyse Burkert serves at McGonigle Hall.| PAUL KLEIN TTN FILE PHOTO were freshmen and sophomores who were able to gain valuable playing time and experience, Burkert said. “The younger players look up at the older players,” Burkert said. “We’ve set a standard of being positive and working hard this year.”
The team went 2-2 at the University of South Carolina Invitational last weekend, Aug. 24-26. Brandon Stoneburg can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @b_stoneburg.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2012
Defense building identity
Offense remains grounded
The defense will have to adjust to the loss of six starters.
The running game won’t miss a beat this season.
IBRAHIM JACOBS Assistant Sports Editor
IBRAHIM JACOBS Assistant Sports Editor
While last year’s defensive captains Adrian Robinson and Tahir Whitehead are fighting to make NFL rosters, the depleted defense they left behind is trying to figure out a way to replace them. The defense deals with the loss of six starters from last year. Across the board, the team has had to adjust, but the linebacker corps could see the biggest uphill battle, losing Whitehead, as well as Stephen Johnson, who led the team last year with 123 tackles. “You cannot replace [Whitehead],” defensive line coach Sean Cronin said. “There are some young guys that we think have the ability at one point to be better than him. But right now we need guys to pick it up for make up for the ones we lost.” One player who could be asked to shoulder the load on his 6 foot, 2 inch, 300-pound frame, is junior defensive tackle Levi Brown. Brown was named to multiple preseason All-Big East teams, but he, along with the rest of the defense, doesn’t want to make excuses about lost talent. “I just know that I am working as hard as I have ever worked to play my best football,” Brown said. “We can’t focus on last year. We have to move on with the team that we have now. We
Senior right tackle Martin Wallace’s job this season will be much the same as last. However, as he looks to his left at the rest of his line, that will be a big change. Perhaps more noticeable, is that the players behind him are almost completely different from the Temple team that took the field opening day last year. In what would be the Owls’ last year in the Mid-American Conference, they saw three different quarterbacks start a game. They saw perhaps their best offensive weapon in history score 27 touchdowns and depart for the NFL. They saw four of their five starters on the offensive line graduate, along with two of their leading receivers. Redshirt-junior quarterback Chris Coyer, who at times was the third quarterback on the depth chart, but also started four games last year and was the offensive MVP of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, is slated to take charge of this year’s fractured offense. “I am very confident in my capabilities and I am confident that I will stay healthy and run this offense through an entire season,” Coyer said. “As a leader on this team and a leader of the offense of course people are going to look to me [to lead the team].” The team could also be looking to senior Matt Brown, the team’s second-leading rusher last season, who has big shoes to fill in replacing Temple’s all-time leading rusher Bernard Pierce, something Brown said won’t be an issue. “[Replacing Pierce] is going to happen, it’s already been happening,” Brown said. “He was a good player who brought good talents just like the new backs are good players who are going to bring good talents.” Senior running back Montel Harris, who transferred from Boston College after last season and is eligible to play immediately, will have to help Brown pick up the slack. “[Brown] is going to do a great job,” sophomore wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick said. “He is one of the best football players I have ever been around. He and [Harris] both are going to do a great job. I don’t think we will miss a beat.” Harris and Brown will be expected to carry the load for an offense that has a commitment to running the football. The tworunning-back approach that was used last year will be used again this year to utilize both players, Addazio said. “Brown is our starting tailback and he and [Harris] have had a great camp,” coach Steve Addazio said. “I like the way they are practicing and I like the way they are playing. They are dynamic and exciting.” While stability in the offensive playmakers may have been established with the emergence of Coyer and the addition of Harris, the players who block
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The Owls scrum during training camp practice on Aug. 13. Temple re-enters the Big East Conference this season after being kicked out of the conference in 2001 due to a lack of competitiveness. | ANDREW THAYER TTN
NOTHING TO LOSE Temple re-enters the Big East Conference with a chip on its shoulder.
JOEY CRANNEY Sports Editor
hen senior running back Matt Brown found out that Temple would be competing in the Big East Conference for the 2012 season, he didn’t believe it. “I heard about it through my little brother,” Brown said. “He told me, and I thought it was him fabricating. At first I thought everybody was making it up, like a joke, but it’s true. The Big East is here.” Senior offensive lineman Martin Wallace said he was in the car with his dad when he was notified that Temple was getting into the Big East. “I got an email or a text,”
Wallace said. “I looked at my dad and I said, ‘OK it’s official. We’re in the Big East.’” “At first I was like, ‘wow we really did it, we’re really here,’” Wallace added. “Now as the days get closer to the first Big East game, it’s becoming more of a reality. It’s a next step in my college career.” Temple will compete in the Big East for football this season for the first time since its 2004 departure, three years after the Owls were asked to leave the conference due to a lack of competition, university support and poor attendance. In 2001, Temple went 4-7 and 2-5 in the Big East, finishing third to last in the conference. From the time the Owls
joined the Big East in 1991 until 2001, Temple had 11 consecutive losing seasons and finished in the bottom third of the conference every year. The Owls practiced on the newly dedicated Edberg-Olson Hall, a $7 million project that barely resembled the multimillion dollar complex that stands on 11th and Diamond streets today. For home games, Temple shared the 30-year-old concrete disaster that was Veterans Stadium with the Phillies and Eagles. In 2001, the Owls had an average attendance of 18,440, ranked No. 94 out of 115 in Division-I football. The problems were so great that they led to a conference formally voting out one of its members for the first
time in the history of collegiate athletics. But thanks to a lifeboat contract deal with the MidAmerican Conference and the efforts of coach Al Golden, who in less than five years transformed a winless independent in 2005 to a Temple team that earned its first bowl berth in 30 years in 2009, the Owls found themselves back on their feet again. Now, Temple is coming off the second bowl victory in program history and three straight winning seasons, something that hasn’t happened here since Wayne Hardin was coaching the team in 1975. The Owls play at Lincoln Financial Field where their av-
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Team stands behind goal Owls await hiring of new coach out his two-year period with Temple, including the 2010-11 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association Goalie of the Year award, the 2010-11 MACHA MVP award and a spot on the 2011-12 ACHA D-II Select ANDREW PARENT Team. The Temple News Following Neifeld’s highlighted 2010-11 season that saw ICE HOCKEY When the ice hock- the Owls win 20 games and get ey team takes the ice at Millers- a taste of the ACHA national ville in the season opener Sept. tournament, the 2011-12 season 15, it will do so without its star proved to be a disappointing goalie of the previous two years. one. Amid a 9-18 season last Temple lost 11 of its first year that coach 12 contests en Jerry Roberts route to a 9-18 dubbed a “mess,” record and former Temple missed out on goalie Will Nethe ACHA Reifeld decided to gionals for the call it quits after first time in six a decorated twoseasons. year stint with the It was team. shortly after “There was a missing the point last season regional tourwhere I didn’t see Will Neifeld / goalie nament that things going in relations with the right direction, and I didn’t Neifeld and his coach began to feel it was right for me to come go awry when Neifeld began back,” Neifeld said. “I felt like it missing practices and games was time to move on.” during the final few weeks of After transferring from the season. Long Island University’s C.W. Though Neifeld cited an illPost campus prior to the 2010- ness for his absences, Roberts 11 season, Neifeld played a benched him for his last game key role in Temple’s run to the at Temple in the team’s seasonAmerican Collegiate Hockey ending loss against Penn State Association Division II National on Feb. 18. Neifeld ultimately Tournament in his first season. left the team for unrelated perHe also amassed numerous sonal reasons. individual accolades through-
Ice hockey needs a new goalie following Will Neifeld’s abrupt departure.
“There was a
point last season where I didn’t see things going in the right direction.
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The field hockey team moves forward without last year’s leading scorer, Bridget Settles. SPORTS DESK 215-204-9537
Track coach Eric Mobley is in search of an assistant coach. AVERY MAEHRER The Temple News
CROSS COUNTRY The men’s and women’s cross country and track teams find themselves in a state of flux as the student-athletes await the announcement of a replacement for coach Matt Jelley, who resigned from Temple to take a position at the University of Maryland on Aug. 8. Track & field coach Eric Mobley said he has multiple candidates for the position, but as of now, the position remains vacant. When asked about a timeframe in which a hiring would occur, Mobley jokingly said he would have preferred to “hire somebody yesterday.” Mobley said the coach will be in place before the team’s first meet at the Friend Invitational on Sept. 15, and “hopefully” sometime this week. In terms of what he’s looking for in Jelley’s successor, Mobley said he does not want someone who will provide a complete overhaul. “I want to make sure they do their due diligence and try to find out what was successful for some of the athletes and kind of incorporate that with their train of philosophy,” Mobley said. “And then, as time
Junior sprinter Alex McGee carries the baton. Temple hopes to hire a new coach by Sept. 15. | JAZMYNE ANDERSON TTN FILE PHOTO
goes on, you make more and more changes.” That said, Mobley expects the coaching shift to have some effect on the teams this season. “It’s always huge to have that transition,” Mobley said. “You’ve got some students that have only had one coach through all of high school and
VOLLEYBALL, p. 19
The volleyball roster is loaded with talented youth thanks to its incoming recruiting class. SPORTS@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM
college. All they’ve known is that previous coach.” Mobley remains confident, however, that whomever he brings in will have a similar mentality as the rest of the coaching staff. If he can find that person, Mobley said, “we shouldn’t skip a beat.”
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