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VOL. 93 ISS. 4

Adult trial for brick assault defendant Zaria Estes could face decades in prison if convicted.


PATRICIA MADEJ Managing Editor

Heating up


Sophomore Robert Sagel confronts a Drexel player during the men’s soccer team’s 2-2 draw on Sept. 13. | Page 21

For local nurse, a taste of tradition A Temple nurse is a finalist in Frito-Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” contest. ALEXA BRICKER Assistant Lifestyle Editor

As a little girl, Meneko Spigner McBeth was never allowed to eat wasabi, as her grandmother said it was too spicy. Now the Japanese condiment is a key ingredient in her chip flavor, wasabi-ginger, which is a finalist in FritoLay’s “Do Us A Flavor” competition. The Temple University Hospital medical-surgical nurse said it wasn’t until college that she discovered her favorite flavor combination of wasabi and ginger, a perfect accompaniment for the sushi rolls she grew up eating. “When I first tried [wasabi], I fell in love,” McBeth said. “I didn’t try ginger until later, but then I tried it with

aria Estes, the 15-yearold girl who assaulted a Temple student by hitting her in the face with a brick, which sent her to the hospital on March 21, will be sent to trial as an adult. The decision was made in court by Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner on Sept. 9. Estes filed a motion to reconsider on Sept. 12. Estes was arrested on March 26 and charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy, possession with an instrument of crime with intent, terroristic threats with intention to terrorize another, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. The maximum sentence for aggravated assault in Pennsylvania, a


felony, is 20 years in prison. Estes was part of a group of girls who attacked four Temple students in three separate incidents within a halfhour span west of Main Campus. The


SEPTA station blamed for widespread rash More than 100 students reported rashes on their legs. JOE BRANDT Assistant News Editor


Sayoko Wilson, 82, heavily influenced Meneko Spigner McBeth’s wasabi-ginger chip flavor. McBeth could win up to $1 million as part of the Frito-Lay contest.

the wasabi, and I fell in love with the combination.” McBeth’s grandmother, Sayoko Wilson, was born in Kobe, Japan, and

Katz’ Board of Trustees position to remain open the regular appointment process for the Board’s 24 perpetual four-year term positions: the full Board votes to approve a current member for four more years after receiving the nomination from the Trustee Affairs comBOB STEWART mittee. The Temple News The Trustee Affairs committee is The death of Lewis Katz four chaired by Daniel Polett and includes months ago left the university’s Board board Chairman Patrick O’Connor, of Trustees with one of its 36 posi- who chooses the rest of the committee tions left open. Although the position members as well. How the new member comes beopened in May, the trustees will give fore the Board is also more consideration to codified. He or she who the replacement will be nominated by will be rather than the Trustee Affairs when it will happen. committee, which “The Board can will then notify the function effectively entire board “at least with 35 trustees,” said 30 days prior to the Michael Gebhardt, inmeeting of the Board terim university counsel and secretary to the Michael Gebhardt / interim at which the vacancy university counsel is to be filled,” acBoard of Trustees. cording to the univerThe committees are functioning as usual as none of sity bylaws. If the nominee has never the committees Katz served on were served on the board before, his or her at the minimum membership require- qualifications will accompany the notification. ment at the time of his death. Technically speaking, the reKATZ PAGE 6 placement process works the same as

Administrators said the board will elect a new trustee at a later date.

“The Board

can function effectively with 35 trustees.

emigrated to the U.S. in 1950 with McBeth’s grandfather, a soldier in the American Army, and McBeth’s moth-


Concern over a rash which spread among Temple students has resulted in the removal of two benches – the suspected cause of the ailment – from the Cecil B. Moore SEPTA station on Main Campus. Between 100 and 120 Temple students in the past year reported having the rash on the backs of their legs which caused itchiness, redness and large bumps, according to reports last week by CBS 3 and the Daily News. Some students told the Daily News they suspected the rashes were caused by sitting on the benches at the


form.” Since Temple’s athletic cuts were announced on Dec. 6, 2013, Sugai has seen teammates transfer, request for redshirt years and abandon the proEJ SMITH gram he was so proud to be a part of. Sports Editor For Sugai, the team bonding after the cuts is actually what he misses Reyn Sugai’s pregame routine has about Temple baseball. always been elaborate. “I definitely miss the brotherHis socks must go on left to right, hood,” Sugai said. “[The program] then he puts on his pants, his jersey and turned into a real family after we got his hat. cut. People left and things happened. Since he was four years old, the People were all looking out for themformer Temple baseball player has selves. The people who stayed dekept this routine through many differ- veloped an immediate bond. We were ent uniforms, but his superstition had going to stick together no matter what never faced a blue jerand go out with a bang. sey until this summer. I had never been a part Where Are They Now? Now at the Uni- The first of a series examining how of a team that was moversity of Northern the athletic cuts have affected the tivated by one goal or Colorado, Sugai did ev- lives of student-athletes and coaches. one situation like that erything the same way before.” he had always done it Sugai, who started – from the socks to the hat, exactly the his collegiate career at Fort Scott Comsame. But somehow, when donning his munity College in Kansas, still rememnew school’s apparel, everything felt bers the day he committed to Temple. wrong. “I was between some other pro“I’ve never worn blue in my life,” grams and it really came down to two Sugai said. “Putting on a different let- schools,” Sugai said. “I was having tering and logo was tough. I’m still such a hard time because the other going through it, I really don’t feel as school offered me a lot of money and much pride as I did in a Temple uni- it was a really good baseball program.

Former baseball player Reyn Sugai loved Temple for its journalism program.

LIFESTYLE - PAGES 7-8, 16-18

Professor preserves memory

Geeks gather on Wednesdays

A network of local leaders serve as liaisons between campus police and the surrounding community. PAGE 2

English Professor Matthew Smith was inspired by his grandfather to document the stories of others. PAGE 7

On Wednesdays, Nerd Nite brings presentations and beer to Frankford Hall. PAGE 9

CSS works with block captains

Cecil B. Moore station while wearing shorts. The direct skin-to-surface contact may have transmitted the rash. One student who spoke to the Daily News noticed the rash develop within 10 minutes of sitting on a bench at the station. She went to Student Health Services and was given a topical cream and later oral steroids as treatment. She redeveloped the symptoms after sitting on the bench again. An SHS administrator, Mark Denys, told the Daily News the rash is not a major threat and there is no certain correlation between the rash and the subway benches. Denys told CBS 3 the bumps were not bug bites.

Missing the ‘brotherhood’

NEWS - PAGES 2-3, 6

OPINION - PAGES 4-5 ‘Bike Life’ a nuisance

Zaria Estes.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - PAGES 9-10, 12, 14-15


Former Temple baseball player Reyn Sugai.

But I also knew that Temple had both the things I wanted, they had baseball and they had good schooling.”



Belmont hits 50-year mark




staff reports | community

TU Police connect through captains Local leaders serve as liaisons in the newly extended patrol zone. MARIAM DEMBELE The Temple News For years, “block captains” have served as the unofficial liaisons between Temple and the surrounding community. With the Aug. 29 extension of the Temple Police patrol zone, these connections serve as a way for officers to stay in touch with the community now included in the university’s coverage. After the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee was established in 1965, it began a campaign for block cleanliness and beauty. The committee created a system of block police officers to oversee block captains. In turn, block captains serve as the leaders on their block to unite residents, communicate with city officials and pursue the goal of a cleaner block. Citywide, there are an estimated 6,500 block captains, according to the PMBC website. The block officer overseeing the 22nd district, near Temple’s location, could not be reached for comment. In the community near Temple, block captains’ responsibilities have grown to surpass these original goals, according to interviews with two block captains. They often serve as the voice of the community. Beyond keeping the streets clean, they aim to maintain a positive relationship between Temple students and local residents. “The main goal is to try to keep peace and harmony,” said Estelle Wilson, a block captain on the 2000 block of North 15th Street. The block captains have worked with the Temple Police to work toward this goal. Every month, Captain Eileen Brad-

ley, project director of Campus Safety and the main liaison between Temple police and the block captains, attends meetings with the local residents, Temple students and block captains, where they discuss current issues. “This way they’ll have an avenue to express their concerns,” said Bradley. “[To] make sure that they know that there’s someone here that they can speak to.” Wilson said the monthly meetings serve as a platform to explain what’s happening in their neighborhoods and hear about what Temple’s doing to address current issues. Guadalupe Portillo, the block captain of the 1400 block of West Norris Street and part of Temple’s housekeeping staff, said the main topics this semester will include the noise level on the weekend and a trash overflow problem. Captain Bradley and Monica Hankins, external relations coordinator of Campus Safety, host “Welcome Wagon” meetings at the beginning of the semester to address the trash issue. At these meetings they hand out recycling bins and discuss good neighbor practices. “[It’s] to remind the students about when trash day is, how to have a safe party and various things of that nature,” Bradley said. Since Bradley and Hankins started meeting with block captains, Bradley said they’ve made progress and have seen the issues decline. However, Portillo and Wilson said they were more uncertain about the progress so far. “Year-to-year, it’s different,” Wilson said. “Sometimes it seems like it’s an improvement and sometimes it doesn’t and we’ve been having these meetings for years.” Portillo said she believes it’s difficult because the students in the area are constantly changing.


Monica Hankins-Padilla (top), the external relations coordinator of the Good Neighbor Initiative, helps inform those in the neighborhood on how to keep the area clean and things they can do to feel safe at Welcome Wagon at 18th and Berks streets on Sept. 10, 2014. A Temple police officer checks out the 10 points of being a good neighbor on the back of a Welcome Wagon T-shirt at 18th and Berks streets on Sept. 10, as a part of the Good Neighbor Initiative.

“I think it’s just matter of education because every year it’s a new group of students, but the block captains don’t change,” Bradley said. Portillo said a fellow block captain on Gratz Street said she was happy to see the Temple Police patrol zone extended due to the fact that there are many students living in that area. Wilson argued that the extension should have gone farther north, toward York Street. “I think splitting it right at Susquehanna [Street] was wrong,” Wilson said. “There are a lot of students up that way. They’re not protected.” Wilson and Portillo cited the ex-

pansion of students living past the new boundaries of the police force. “How far are they going to be able to go?” Portillo said. “Somewhere along the line they’re going to have to let the Philadelphia police take over more of that territory because [the Temple police] can only go so far.” As for the relationship with the Temple police, Wilson said it’s improving. “The line of communication is pretty good, sometimes it can get a little hairy,” Portillo said. For block captains like Wilson and Portillo, having a strong connection with Captain Bradley and Hankins

is vital when their message doesn’t go through the Temple Police, “whenever we have a problem we can call [Captain Bradley],” Portillo said. “She’s always cared,” Wilson said. “Some of the others are getting better.” Bradley said she hopes to forge a stronger relationship this year between the students and the community. “Ninety percent of the Temple students want to do good and want to be good neighbors,” Bradley said. “We just have to offset that other percentage that wants to, in fact, cause some disruptions to the neighborhood.” * Mariam.dembele@temple.edu


CSS officers to train reaction with new digital simulator The new machine will test officers when to use their firearms. CINDY STANSBURY The Temple News Charlie Leone describes training Temple Police officers to know when to use their weapons as a completely different process than training officers on how to use their weapons. “We are always taught how to use something, but being taught when to use something, you got to keep that up because that’s the real important thing, when do you use your weapon,” said Leone, executive director

of Campus Safety Services. Leone anticipates that by semester’s end, officers can practice weapon-usage scenarios through a simulator the department plans to install in its new training room. The new training area will be located in the CSS administrative headquarters at 1101 W. Montgomery Ave. The new training area will consist of one multipurpose room for training or community meetings and a second space for hands-on training. Officers also go through a training process while in police academy, but the new facilities will be used for additional practice.

Leone said the simulator, the Training Lab from TI Training, will be purchased as soon as the training area is finished. “It’s one of those shoot [or] don’t shoot scenario type things but not only with guns,” Leone said. “It works with your [baton], it works with your pepper spray, it works with your taser.” Leone explained that the simulator will present officers with one of hundreds of different scenarios and allowing them to respond however they see fit. Potential scenarios include a virtual bystander coming at the officer and simply showing an ID card and another featuring someone who approaches the officer with a knife.

“It’s a screen, but it has that realism, that even with the flashlight you use if you’re going in a dark room, you put the flashlight on and it shines it like a flashlight and moves with it,” Leone said with excitement. “It’s really interactive – crazy interactive.” Videos can also be customized for Temple, giving officers an even more realistic experience, Leone added. Additionally, training sessions can be recorded, giving the opportunity for mistakes to be identified and corrected. Policies on certain scenarios can also be displayed on the screen, giving officers further opportunity to learn.

“[The simulator] really impressed the heck out of me,” Leone said. Leone said TI Training showed the product in a demonstration at the TECH Center. Police from Bensalem – whose department had just purchased the simulator – also attended. TI Training’s website explains its technology. “Visually, our scenarios incorporate realistic gunfire, explosions and bodily injury,” the website reads. The company says its goal is to “prepare law enforcement personnel to be highly effective in life and death situations.” Leone said the simulator “gives our folks an opportunity

to really train and not always look for different areas to [experience these scenarios].” Currently, Leone said, officers trained by creating roleplaying scenarios for one another. He said the officers are excited about the new technology. “I think it’s good it gives them that feeling, because this is the kind of environment you really want to be super careful in when you use your weapons,” Leone said. “We’ve been doing well, but you always want to be careful.” * cindy.stansbury@temple.edu

No change in university’s overall national ranking An administrator described the results as a ‘disappointment.’ JARED WHALEN The Temple News Temple was one of five schools to tie for the No. 121 overall position among the 201 ranked national universities in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. The ranked institutions are placed into categories based upon the college’s mission and sometimes its location. These colleges are then judged according to up to 16 academic performance indicators. Temple is categorized as a national university. In the past four years, Temple has moved up 11 spots. This has made Temple one of the nation’s top 30 gainers among all national universities

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during this period. The initial feelings were bittersweet, though, for those who wanted to see Temple’s ranking improve again this year. Provost Hai-Lung Dai said he felt “disappointment that we did not move up, but at the same time relief that we did not go down.” “The bases for this are, of course, that in last many years we’ve set a goal of improving the quality of the university and then as a consequence we like to see the result in the improving of our reputation in ranking,” Dai said. The annual ranking works off of a two-year turnaround, meaning that this year’s results are based on analysis of data from the 2012-13 academic year. The administration is confident and hopeful for Temple’s future reputation. “This is a multi-year effort, and finally we are beginning to see the results,” Dai said. “So I am actually anticipating in a couple years we’ll do better and better. Our goal is to get to


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tation among high school guidance counselors and its undergraduate business programs. Additionally, Temple was praised for its reputation as being one of the best schools in the nation for veterans. “By any measure of excellence — from our graduation rates to our facilities, our appeal to prospective students and our research enterprise — we are an institution on the rise,” President Theobald wrote in a press release last week. Two-thirds of the U.S. News ranking is based on quantitative merit, mostly evaluating undergraduate quality, and one third is based on perception – referred to by Dai as a “beauty contest.” The perception portion comes from surveys and reputation. This process forms a feedback loop, with rankings improving as perception improves and vice versa. The ranking is also directly influenced by certain financial factors,

including financial aid, tuition and the percentage of alumni who donate. Although Temple had a record-breaking amount of money donated or pledged this year, the alumni participation rate remained at seven percent, a low number when compared to other state related institutions. Initiatives that administrators said they believe will be reflected in future rankings include increased financial aid, the enactment of the Fly in 4 program and Temple’s growing research initiative. Additionally, one of the biggest moves in the last year is improving Temple’s student selectivity measures. “We see the general upward mobility of the student quality indicators,” Dai said. “Advising the proper path and asking the students to follow is having an effect on graduation rate and retention rate after the first year,” Dai said. * jared.whalen@temple.edu




exclusive | building security

Anderson secure, overcrowding arises ID checkpoints have left the building’s entrances congested. RACHAEL CLARK The Temple News Almost a year after a professor was robbed in his Anderson Hall office, new security measures in the building have exacerbated a pre-existing crowding issue. At peak hours between classes, as many as 200 students enter and exit the building and its classrooms at once. With small hallways and ID checks at chokepoints, a bottleneck is created at the main entry and exit points of Anderson. The robbery which spurred the new security occurred on Oct. 29, 2013, when Darryl Moon entered Anderson and went up to the Intellectual Heritage offices on the second floor. He assaulted an 81-year-old professor and took his wallet. The professor suffered lacerations to his face and head in addition to swelling and bleeding in his brain. A security camera caught Moon leaving Anderson through the second floor mezzanine doors. This weekend, Moon was sentenced to 17-35 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and robbery charges in June. In March, the Board of Trustees approved a $300,000 increase in security spending for academic buildings in response to the October robbery. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said security was improved by adding alarms and sealing all “convenience doors” over the summer. Leone categorized convenience doors as doors not on the first floor of Anderson Hall, where AlliedBarton security officers monitor traffic. The second floor mezzanine doors — through which the perpetrator of the October robbery is suspected to have entered the

Students leave through one of Anderson Hall’s exits. Students and staff said the chokepoints to enter the building have recently grown in congestion.

building — are among the doors now sealed from students exiting, outside of an emergency. Leone recalled a separate incident last year when a man with a criminal record entered Anderson through those doors wearing stolen attire from Temple’s dental school. “He was let in by an unknowing student,” Leone said. “He then stole things from the upper floors.” Temple Police apprehended the suspect the next day, Leone said. He said students frequently exited from the mezzanine doors, reducing traffic at the entrance and exit on the first floor. Jim Creedon, senior vice president for construction, fa-

cilities and operations, told The Temple News in an email that those mezzanine doors allowed “non-authorized individuals to enter and avoid security.” An AlliedBarton security guard, who wished to remain anonymous since he was not authorized to speak to the media, said that he “didn’t know about these changes.” The man has worked at Temple for seven years and said he has “never seen the building so busy.” Leone said that this semester the AlliedBarton district manager moved to the Temple Police headquarters. “I felt with the growth of the university and adding many more resources from AlliedBar-

ton, we needed representation in our headquarters for improved communication and collaboration,” Leone wrote in a followup email. Sophomore and actuarial science major Kelly Petrarca said crowding “reaches a climax in between classes when there are too many students in too small hallways.” “With only 10 minutes between my classes across campus, I don’t have the time to spare,” Petrarca added. Leone said Anderson was designed for holding offices, not classrooms. The structure of the building is not capable of handling such large amounts of students, he said. The building’s elevators

“can barely keep up with their demand,” he added. “The building was built in a time when security was not even a thought for an academic building,” Creedon said. Creedon said one possible solution to the crowding problem is to move classes exclusively to the building’s lower floors. Currently, multiple classes are held on each of the building’s 12 floors throughout the entire day. “That could open up some capacity and encourage students to use the steps more often,” Creedon said. Both Creedon and Leone agree they are interested in a long-term solution to the dilemma. Leone said Temple is


considering a long-term project involving a redesigned lobby with a larger entrance, more ID checkpoints or automatic swipe technology, which will be in the soon-to-be-opened SERC building. “With the reality of what is required and expected today, some inconvenience will occur until we can construct a long term solution,” Creedon said. In his conclusion, Leone said the “overall goal is always to improve security.” * rachaelclrk@temple.edu Joe Brandt contributed reporting.


Temple Fest incident results in charges The commonwealth charged a student for the altercation.


Police footage showed the alleged offenders on the day of the brick assault near the edge of Main Campus.

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ESTES main incident happened on the 1700 block of Norris Street, where a 19-year-old Temple student and her boyfriend, a then 21-year-old Temple student, were walking home. The group approached the couple and began to harass them, pulling the female student’s hair and earrings and calling her a “dumb b----,” the student told The Temple News in March. Estes allegedly hit the female student in the face with a brick. As a result, she sustained a mild concussion, a fractured jaw and needed oral surgery. She described her appearance as “one of the most disgusting things [she] ever saw.” The two other girls charged, both 16 years old, were also initially charged as adults. After their cases were considered in court, adult charges were dropped. The brick incident hap-

pened one block west of campus and the remaining student body was not alerted of the what happened until an official statement from the university was issued three days later. Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services, said the brick assault was a motivating factor to expand patrolling borders for the Temple Police. The expansion, which is already in effect, covers about 25 city blocks and now patrols the area where the incident happened. “I think it certainly had us ask the question, ‘Are we doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for the students?’” Leone told The Temple News earlier this semester. Estes has a status hearing scheduled for Sept. 26. Her trial date has not yet been set. Her attorney, William Davis McFadden, did not return a request for comment. * patricia.madej@temple.edu

MARCUS MCCARTHY News Editor The student accused of assaulting a Jewish student and using anti-Semitic slurs on Aug. 20 during Welcome Week was recently charged, as confirmed by court records. The defendant, Abdel Aziz Jalil, was arraigned on Sept. 10 and charged with simple assault

and recklessly endangering another person. Aziz Jalil was listed as a student at the university as of Monday night. On Aug. 20, senior managing and information systems major Daniel Vessal alleged that Aziz Jalil punched him after approaching the Students for Justice in Palestine table at Temple Fest to discuss the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza. Vessal also alleged that while on the ground after being hit, Aziz Jalil called him an anti-Semitic slur. In a statement released by SJP on Aug. 21, Aziz Jalil was

quoted as saying, “I’m sorry for what I did; I admit that I lost my temper.” However, he said he slapped – not punched – Vessal and denied being driven to do so by anti-Semitic sentiments. He denied having used any ethnic slurs. Five days after the incident, President Theobald announced a university investigation of the events that transpired. The investigation’s findings were then passed on to the District Attorney, Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said on Sept. 2. A protest was planned for

Aug. 28 on Main Campus, but was subsequently delayed twice and canceled the third time with the announcement of the commonwealth’s charges. On Sept. 10, Aziz Jalil posted his required $10 bail. Aziz Jalil is being represented by Raymond C. Geary, a 1993 alumnus of Temple’s law school. Aziz Jalil is scheduled for a status hearing on Oct. 1. * marcus.mccarthy@temple.edu ( 215.204.7419 T @MarcusMcCarthy6

Anderson robber given 17-35 years in prison Darryl Moon pleaded guilty to robbing and assaulting a professor last October. JOE BRANDT Assistant News Editor The man who beat and robbed an Intellectual Heritage professor in his Anderson Hall office last October will face 1735 years in prison, according to court documents. Darryl Moon, 46, of the 3000 block of North Sydenham Street, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault and rob-

bery in a June hearing. He received his sentence Friday, and the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County released Moon’s criminal docket on Saturday. Moon entered Anderson around 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 29, 2013 and went up to the Intellectual Heritage offices on the second floor. He punched the victim in the face, demanding his wallet before putting a knife to the professor’s throat, according to a post on the Philadelphia Police website. After obtaining the wallet, Moon hit the victim again. A security camera caught Moon, who is not affiliated

with Temple, leaving Anderson through the second floor mezzanine doors, which were sealed off this summer to improve security. In a January review of security procedures, Campus Safety Services initiated a plan to improve building security, including delayed-egress alarms on doors not on the first floor. That type of alarm allows people to exit the door without triggering it, but it will sound if someone enters afterward. The 81-year-old professor suffered lacerations to his face and head in addition to swelling and bleeding in his brain, later recovering at Temple Universi-

ty Hospital. He is not scheduled to teach classes this semester. Philadelphia police arrested Moon on Oct. 31, 2013. He had previously pleaded guilty to robbery charges in 1989, 1990, 1991, 2001 and 2007. A few days after the robbery, Temple Student Government submitted to administrators a plan to improve safety, which proposed changes to building security and a review of roving AlliedBarton officers. * joseph.brandt@temple.edu ( 215.204.7419 T @JBrandt_TU




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A call for consistency Steve Spurrier, the head However, Praise Martincoach of the University of Oguike was kicked off the South Carolina’s football team and expelled in Spring team, said in a press confer2012 when a sexual assault ence last week that he will charge was brought against never allow him. He was a player who No exceptions should be later cleared of is convicted made for athletes in the all charges, and of domestic is a starter for courtroom. abuse to play the team this on his team. season. “We’re not going to have To prevent this unfair ina guy on our team that has consistency, a standard must done that,” Spurrier said. “I be adopted by football orgacan’t understand that why evnizations when dealing with ery coach doesn’t have that these charged players. rule and why every company Football organizations doesn’t have that rule for their should rely on the American employees.” judicial system or undeniable Both professional and proof, like the video of Rice college football organizations hitting his then-fiancée, to dehave wrestled with the issue of termine if a player is eligible how to fairly treat players who for the team, as this system have faced criminal charges. has always been the final word The NFL is entangled in acin determining one’s guilt. cusations of inconsistently When the judicial system punishing Ray Rice following convicts a player of domestic his admittance of hitting his abuse, is undeniably guilty then-fiancée. or admits to the crime, they Temple received criticism should never be allowed to last year for allowing Kamal play for the university again. Johnson, a starting defensive The zero-tolerance policy is tackle, to play the majority of one that all teams – includthe 2013 season despite pleading Temple sports programs – ing guilty to two counts of disneed to adopt. orderly conduct and one count of harassment.



Vigilance with TU Alerts Although more yellowrequire them to do so. We can vested bicycle cops will now only hope he stays true to his be seen in the area surroundword. ing Main Campus, the Clery Knowing that more police Act does not require Temple to officers are keeping watch of send out alerts regarding crime the surrounding area is good in the extended reason for Although Campus Police’s students to patrol area. When the jurisdiction has expanded, feel grateful the new area is not off-campus toward Tembrick assaults mandated for TU alerts. ple’s adminhappened at istration. But the end of March, which alwe should not forget the major legedly influenced Temple’s source of discontent in the afdecision to enlarge the patrol termath of the brick assaults. area, students were left in the In order for students to dark. We fended for ourselves truly feel at ease, Temple and learned about the incident should promise that despite at the same rate as the rest of the fact that it meets the Clery the country – through local and Act’s standards without pronational media outlets. viding TU Alerts in the new TU Alert and TU Ready patrol area, it will uphold itself purport to be resources for to a standard of transparency the student community, acand concern when it comes to cording to Temple’s website. students affected by crime – Because students live in this whether that crime occurs in area, we should be the first to the old or new patrol zone. know about crimes that hapThis problem transcends pen nearby. legal regulations. As an instituThe extended patrol area tion, Temple has a responsibilappears to comply with this ity to keep its students as safe concern. Though Charlie Leas possible. Hiding in Clery one, executive director of Act loopholes would only Campus Safety Services said serve as a recipe for another that the expanded border will uproar like the brick attacks. result in more alerts in the offcampus area, the law doesn’t

CORRECTIONS An article that appeared in print last week incorrectly stated that Alexandra Davatzes published research about a rock that is 3.5 million years old. Her research was based on a rock that dates back 3.5 billion years. The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Avery Maehrer at editor@temple-news.com or 215.204.6737.


Nov. 17, 1996: Earlier this week, on Nov. 11, John Coltrane played a sparsely attended show at Mitten Hall. According to this article, the show was poorly received. The performance will be screened at Paley on Sept. 23.

Commentary | Student Affairs

A more personable president

Neil Theobald should make a bigger effort to connect with students.


few weeks ago in my Journalism and Society class, my professor displayed a picture of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

“Does anyone know who this is?” he asked. An abundance of hands shot up. Everyone started chatting excitedly about the upcoming Made in America concert. “OK, OK,” he conSAVANNAH tinued, pulling up a picPUKANECZ ture of a gray-haired man in a suit. “Now, can anyone tell me who this is?” Only one or two people raised their hands, and the loud chatter became nervous whispering. “It’s Neil Theobald,” a girl finally said. More confused murmuring. “The president of our school,” she continued, clearly perturbed. As a freshman who has only been on campus a few weeks, I had no idea that we even had a president – so the ability to recognize him on sight was completely lost on me. I thought I had been doing a pretty good job of keeping up with the plethora of information shoved down my freshman throat. But that got me thinking – is it actually my fault that I couldn’t put a name to the man who is supposed to be the face of

Temple? To his credit, President Theobald certainly does make an effort to make his presence known amongst the students and professors he presides. Compared to Temple’s previous president, a woman named Ann Weaver Hart, he makes an effort to appear at a good deal of Temple sports games. In addition, freshman anthropology major Nancy Dordal said Theobald will sometimes come through student dining areas and randomly introduce himself – although I personally have yet to experience one of these encounters. Dordal is also a member of Theobald’s freshman seminar class, where he meets with President’s Scholars – who receive full rides to the university – once a week to give them advice on classes, business management and more. But what about those of us whose tuition isn’t enitrely paid for by the school? We also have questions – but many of us can’t even recognize the man we’re supposed to be asking them to. President Theobald should spend more time with the student body. A seminar with a few students once a week isn’t enough for the student body to familiarize itself with his face and feel comfortable with the fact that he’s supposed to be the image of our university.

By contrast, Jack Melnick, a freshman at Villanova University, said his school’s president makes a noticeable effort to connect with students. “He holds office hours like a professor and anyone can go and talk to him,” the ROTC student said. Although I’m sure Theobald is an extremely busy man, it strikes me as odd that a freshman at a nearby school already knows who his president is, while my class was left in the dark. Temple’s website has six inspiring commitments that Theobald made in his inauguration speech in October 2013. While ideals are important, so are individual students – we’re the reason his position exists to begin with. Theobald does speak at the annual New Student Convocation, which all freshmen are invited to at the beginning of the year – but having a more personal option to meet our president, even something as simple as one or two office hours open to all students would be sufficient in broadening his image. I, for one, think Neil Theobald is more important and relevant to my life than Kimye. And I’d happily receive any efforts from him to prove me of that.

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students once a week isn’t enough for the student body to familiarize itself with his face.

* savannah.lee.pukanecz@temple.edu T @SavannahPukes




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‘Bike Life’ a nuisance Dirt bike and ATV riders are not a benign campus presence.


eek Mill is a proud supporter of Philadelphia’s “Bike Life.” “Anyone can express themselves however they want when they’re on the bike and that’s where passion comes from,” the rapper from North Philadelphia said in a Supercross.com interview. Bike Life groups have received attention for their loud presence and antics, claiming that they are not hurting anyone, but the groups are more than a nuisance – they are a danger to VINCE BELLINO drivers, pedestrians and Temple students alike. Bike Life has become an integral part of Philadelphia’s culture. This lifestyle is heavily popularized by groups like the Philly Hang Gang, famous for its members’ YouTube presence, disregard for traffic laws and support by celebrities like Meek Mill. Dozens of videos can be found online of groups of riders weaving in and out of traffic, performing tricks and avoiding the police. Members of the group, like “Pupo, King of 95,” named for a contest that he won by holding a wheelie for nearly 12 miles on I-95 against a rival rider, claim that their group is not a gang in the typical sense. Members of the Philly Hang Gang are not violent; in fact, members claim that the rides with their friends are what keep them out of

trouble. The Philadelphia Police Department sees these riders in a very different sense. Because its No. 1 concern must be for the safety of the citizens of Philadelphia, it sees the groups of riders as dangerous to civilians. The PPD is often at a loss when dealing with the riders. Bikers’ fearless riding techniques, coupled with the police department’s policy against chasing perpetrators unless there is an immediate threat, creates a tough position for the police involved in confrontations. When groups see police approaching, they will generally flee. They claim that police will “bump” them with their vehicles and that they are not safe if they are pulled over. New laws allow bikes and ATVs to be confiscated and destroyed if the riders are caught, but riders often evade police successfully. Riders claim they do not negatively impact Philadelphia, but there are incidents that suggest otherwise. On March 13, 2012, a 14-year-old boy died in a bike accident in Frankford, when he collided with a wall attempting to flee from police. Many others have told the Daily News and AroundPhilly. com of knowing someone who died or received severe injuries after crashing due to unsafe or reckless driving. There are many claims that bikers’ vehicles cause damage to the properties they ride on. Because of the illegality of riding dirt bikes and ATVs on Philadelphia streets, there is often a lack of proper registration and insurance. This creates an issue to people who have had their property damaged. If a rider is uninsured, payment for damages may be slow to come. Despite the bikers’ claims of being

a group that helps its participants lead a better life, the groups associated with Bike Life in Philadelphia are not helping to enhance the city. At best, these groups can be considered a nuisance, getting in the way of drivers and interrupting pedestrians. At worst, these groups are a dangerous pack, ignorant of the safety of both bystanders and its own members. Temple’s Campus Safety Services also sees the bikers as a negative presence. Charlie Leone, the executive director of CSS, said no Temple students are a part of these groups and the bikers generally avoid Main Campus. However, their presence near such a large student population is a huge liability. “They may disregard traffic signals or go on sidewalks,” Leone said. Leone also cited the PPD’s “live stop” program as what he believes to be one of the most useful tools for controlling the bikers. Live stop is a program that allows a vehicle to be towed and impounded if the driver has an expired license or does not have insurance. The groups of bikers that can often be heard and seen tearing down Broad Street are a nuisance and a danger to everyone near Main Campus. They are an inconvenience to day-today activities and no one should have to worry about the potential danger of reckless drivers and their illegal vehicles on the way to class. * vince.bellino@temple.edu T @VinceTNF


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Commentary | Student Affairs

An uphill battle for a On-campus living vital safer Main Campus for freshman experience Expanding the police jurisdiction alone will not eliminate crime.


he university recently announced campus police’s expansion of patrol borders. The new patrol zone is bound by 18th Street to the west, Susquehanna Avenue to the north, Ninth Street to the east and Jefferson Street to the south. Before this extension, Temple Police was not responsible for incidents involving Temple students just beyond campus borders. Shouldn’t campus police have been dedicated to protecting Temple students all along, despite regulation boundaries? With room and JENNY ROBERTS board costs pushing many upperclassmen to rent apartments just off campus, the police should have been patrolling areas highly inhabited by Temple students much sooner. Sophomore Kiana Mann lives in an offcampus apartment. “The amount of kids living off campus is growing every year and the majority of those students populate streets that just weren’t covered in the patrol borders before,” the pre-med biochemistry major said. Last spring, when I first chose to attend Temple, the university’s location and safety weighed heavily on my mind. Shortly after my decision, I saw a newscast about a female Temple student who was attacked and beaten in the face with a brick by a group of young teen girls, only a block off campus. Suddenly, I found myself questioning my choice. The girls attacked two other students that day, all within a five-block radius of campus. The old patrol borders ended at 16th Street. The victims were only a few blocks from campus jurisdiction. Even though Temple Police weren’t able to intervene in the attacks, they could have warned other students, but because they weren’t legally obligated to do so under the Clery Act, they did not. Despite the ongoing threat to students, Temple sent out no TU Alerts or TU Ready announcements. They issued an official statement three days later. Students only initially heard about the incident via Philadelphia news outlets, where I first heard the story myself. Despite how untimely the expansion may

seem in the wake of the brick attacks, at least it’s happening. As one could imagine, after the news of this incident, people didn’t respond well when I told them my plans to attend Temple. All I heard from people were safety tips for how not to get mugged and questions about whether or not I’ll be carrying pepper spray. I couldn’t help but to feel wary of my new surroundings. And as the Fall 2014 semester began, I was new not only to Temple, but also to the city itself. I definitely couldn’t have told you the actual boundaries of Main Campus during my first week. So if I had mindlessly wandered a block off campus and something dangerous had happened, I’m glad that the Temple Police would’ve come to my aid. But what shocks me is that if I had been a freshman last fall and something had happened, I wouldn’t be so lucky. Not all students feel dissatisfied with safety, though. Cara Hobaugh, a sophomore visual studies major, said that Campus Safety Services does a good job of making students feel safe. “I was walking towards Morgan Hall around 2:30 a.m. and a Temple cop pulled up next to me,” she said. “He told me there was a man walking suspiciously behind me for awhile and he escorted me back to my dorm.” Inevitably, however, crime will still happen despite the efforts of police. The Temple Police, or any security force for that matter, can only do so much, especially in a big city. Moving forward, what CSS really needs to do is keep students informed. In the case of the brick incident, Temple students were most upset that they didn’t learn of the attacks through Temple in the form of the university’s TU Alert system. Even with the expansion of the patrol borders, the Clery Act still doesn’t require Temple to send out alerts for incidents in the new patrol zones. Charlie Leone, executive director of CSS, said that just because alerts are not legally required for incidents in the new patrol borders, doesn’t mean they won’t be sent out anyway. “I’m anticipating more alerts,” Leone said. “If we feel there’s a threat to students, TU Alerts will be issued.” Hopefully, with the institution of these new patrol boundaries, CSS will more efficiently and effectively respond to crime, as well as keep students informed of happenings in and around Main Campus.


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* jennifer.roberts@temple.edu

Dorms’ community aspect benefits new students.


ith off-campus housing options like The View at Montgomery, University Village and Oxford Village available to students of all ages, first-year students are opting out of living in Temple’s residence halls. However, freshmen moving straight into off-campus apartments should consider the long-term consequences. Living in 1300 Residence Hall during my first year was one of the best decisions I could have made for my college career. The majority of the friends I have today are people I met my freshman year in the southeast wing of 1300’s second floor. In fact, most of us met via the open-door policy. Had I not lived in a residence hall, chancCHELSEA ANN ROVNAN es are I wouldn’t have met the people I am fortunate to call my closest friends today. Residence halls are ideal for first-years because everyone is starting fresh. Mike Fischer, a junior film major, lived in Hardwick Hall his freshman year, Morgan Hall North his sophomore year and is currently residing in The View at Montgomery. The most important thing for freshmen is to meet people, Fischer said. “If you get homesick, who would you turn to?” he said. “You would turn to your friends, but where are your friends? They’re off at other schools, too. So, you need to find new friends.” And meeting lifelong friends in residence halls isn’t unheard of – in fact, it’s quite common. “My best friend now and the girl I’ve lived with the past two years was my neighbor in 1940 [Residence Hall],” Alexis Fullman, a junior biology major said. Quite similarly, Fischer is currently living with a friend he met and lived with last year in Morgan. And believe it or not, that’s how my boyfriend and I met, too – on the 12th floor of Morgan North. Allison Macolino, a junior tourism and hospitality management major, is beginning her second year as a Resident Assistant of a co-ed floor of freshmen in 1940. After living in Johnson and Hardwick Residence Halls her freshman year, and observing a floor of freshmen throughout her sophomore year as an RA, Macolino said she believes the residence hall experience is essential to a student’s development. “There should be a step in between home and the real world,” Macolino said, “and [living in a residence hall] kind of gives them that step that they need.”


“You don’t have the bills and rent that you have with an apartment, and if anything ever goes wrong there is someone to help you,” Fullman said. Living in a residence hall gives the student a chance to meet people through programs set up by Residential Life. Sean Killion, associate director of student services in the Office of Housing and Residential Life, said he thinks that students have more than enough time to consider living off-campus in their sophomore, junior and senior year. “A student’s first year is very critical for their long-term success,” Killion said. “And our view is that getting them situated and settled first is the best thing for them.” Fullman, however, doesn’t think that living in a residence hall teaches students anything that they couldn’t learn on their own off campus. “What [living in a residence hall] does, though, is group people of the same age group together making the experience more enjoyable,” Fullman said. “You are with people who are new just like you and don’t know anyone either so it helps to know you aren’t going through the transition alone.” Killion emphasized the importance of a student’s first semester here. “Our department is structured in a way that really helps students with the transition process from high school to college,” he said. For the most part, off-campus apartments don’t offer the same social opportunities that residence halls do. Apartment complexes close to campus are predominantly occupied by upperclassmen, who have moved past the “let’s make new friends” mindset and are more career-driven. “Freshmen in the residence halls seem to be really social since they don’t have any major friends established yet,” Fullman said. “And I’ve noticed the older you are, the more established your friends are even if you just met them. Therefore, you just kind of want to be left alone.” Residence halls strive to create a sense of community. Fischer believes that they, especially ones like Hardwick with its communal bathrooms, “bring a sense of unity and a better opportunity of meeting people.” “In the residence halls, there is moral and mental support from your RA,” Fullman said. “Plus, they teach and tell you where things are and how to handle things.” Freshmen may think signing a lease to an apartment gets them out of the policies that come along with a residence hall, but in essence they’re signing up for more responsibilities – ones they may not be ready to handle yet. * chelsea.ann.rovnan@temple.edu





At least 117 colleges and universities have acquired militarygrade equipment ranging from slacks to mine-resistant, armored personnel vehicles. Florida State University police told the Chronicle of Higher Education that they use the equipment to make their budget go further when covering a university enrollment near 42,000. The equipment is usually acquired from the Department of Defense through a funding program, called the 1033 Program. Gear obtained through the 1033 Program is free to participating departments who only have to pay the cost of shipping. According to the Chronicle’s FOIA requests, no Pennsylvania or New Jersey institution has participated in the program. –Allan Barnes


New research from the Chronicle of Higher Education has found that less than half of millennials who graduated college do not donate money back to their alma mater. Student loan debt grew by six percent each year from 2008-12, according to data from the Institute for College Access and Success. A source in the Chronicle story said he believes the lack of financial support has more to do with choices in where to donate money. “[Millennials] have far more choices than people their age did 20 years ago,” said Scott M. Mory,a top fundraising executive at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. “The Internet has fueled that,” Mory told the Chronicle. “The growth of the nonprofit sector has fueled that. The culture of volunteerism that pervades the generation has fueled that.” According to the Chronicle’s study, a positive college experience is associated with larger donations. Alumni who reported positive experiences with university resources reported higher levels of volunteering and giving. –William Rickards



To students from George Miller’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods class, last Monday at first felt like any other day of class. Senior journalism major Nicholas Cutrona and his classmates were divided into groups to perform exercises on video editing. The teams headed out to shoot at Dilworth Park, the newly opened park next to City Hall. Each team came back to Miller with the same story: the students were not allowed to shoot video at the park. At first they thought a certain guard was causing the difficulties. “It was multiple [representatives] that kicked them out,” Miller said. “It wasn’t just one.” The students were stopped by Community Service Representatives from the Center City District, who said they needed a permit in order to set up and shoot. Filming was not allowed during the construction, but was permitted after completion. Paul Levy, president and founder of the Center City District, emailed Miller after the story printed in the Philadelphia Daily News. He sent an email to Miller apologizing to the students for the incident. Levy stated in the email that his staff was in error and that they had been following the no photography policy as if it was still an active construction site. –Paul Klein

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Jerri Williams, a SEPTA spokeswoman, told CBS 3 that in response to the complaints the benches were powerwashed, disinfected, painted and then sealed, but didn’t say if there was a definite connec-

tion between the benches and the rashes. At first, the benches were enclosed in wooden barricades after the treatments were applied. SEPTA advised students to wear pants for the time being. The Broad Street Line station is one of the last in the city with wooden benches along the platforms instead of metal ones.


Each receptacle is labeled for each form of disposal and includes a list of examples explaining how they are categorized.

Students create green disposal A student organization worked with university administrators to implement the initiative. LIAN PARSONS The Temple News Temple’s first composting program debuted Aug. 23 in the Howard Gittis Student Center dining hall. The program was led by the Office of Sustainability and Students for Environmental Action in a partnership with Sodexo, the company that supplies food to the university. The program, is exclusive to the Student Center, which generated more than 350 tons of waste last year – most of which came from food products, program organizers said. “We are really excited about that fact that when people are in that building, that they’re actually passively learning,” said Kathleen Grady, director of sustainability. Grady said she believes integrating composting into a regular mealtime routine will help people become more sustainable by habit. “I think that they’re going to be more environmentally conscious,” Grady said. In the first two weeks of the program’s implementation, organizers announced there was a 99 percent compliance rate with only one percent of the waste improperly thrown out, known as contamination. The program It is the only location where SEPTA has received complaints about the rash, Williams told the Daily News. * joseph.brandt@temple.edu ( 215.204.7419 T @JBrandt_TU


Some students said the Cecil B. Moore SEPTA station benches, which were recently removed, caused their rashes.

is allowed three percent con- Management were present at tamination. the meeting. The eco-representatives “Administrators received it have facilitated this by educat- well,” Nemtuda, a junior enviing students on how to dispose ronmental studies major, said. of waste in the appropriate re- “At the meeting, it was decided ceptacles. that a Summer 2013 work group “That says to me for the would form to look into how second week of this actually things could be implemented being in operation that we’re from a different departmental meeting both of our goals – end. Then after a year of planwe’re minimizing our waste ning, preparation, and patience and students are really getting the new composting program it,” Grady said. has come to fruition.” Students Students for Environfor Environmental Action mental Action began conductreached out to ing petitions other instituand an email tions like Ithacampaign for ca College, the both the stuUniversity of dent body and Idaho, Plymfor the adminouth State Uniistration in versity, Seattle 2012 to gauge Kathleen Grady / director of Pacific Universustainability sity and Lehigh interest for the composting University in program. The the process student organization researched of gathering research. These both the environmental and fi- other institutions contract with nancial benefits of composting Sodexo and have compostable and brought their findings to the serviceware in their retail dinadministration. ing locations. Temple is the first Donnie Irvandy, then- university in Philadelphia to impresident of Students for Envi- plement a composting program, ronmental Action, and Morgan organizers said. Nemtuda, then-campaign manSodexo is responsible for ager, presented the organiza- providing materials that are tion’s findings and petition to composed of plant-based fibers administrators in March 2013. and other organic components Representatives from Sodexo instead of plastic for the Student and Temple offices like Student Center’s food court. Center Operations, SustainabiliAustin Smith, campaign ty, Business Services and Waste director of Students for Envi-


minimizing our waste and students are really getting it.

ronmental Action, said Sodexo welcomed the project and found how to make the campaign a reality. Nemtuda said she is optimistic about future student participation. “People are extremely fast learners,” she said. “It takes less than 30 seconds of an interaction and then they’re knowledgeable about these practices available to us.” Composting is environmentally and financially beneficial. For every ton of waste sent to the composting facility instead of the landfill, $75 is saved, as the tipping fee for the landfill is more expensive than that of the composting facility. Smith emphasized that the project is largely studentrun. He said he was skeptical of student interest at first, but was surprised by the number of people who volunteered to be eco representatives, particularly underclassmen. “It’s really cool that students put in time [outside of class] to make this happen,” Nemtuda said. “And they’re still working on it to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible.” The next step in the program is to expand composting to the Morgan Hall dining complex. * lian.parsons@temple.edu

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This particular replacement is more complex due to Katz’s prominence on the board. Katz served as an influential senior member of the Board and donated significant funds to Temple. In November 2013, Katz pledged $25 million to the university. It was announced in May that the money would go to the School of Medicine and would adorn his name. “You just don’t find a lot of people like that in the world,” Gebhardt said. “When he said something, people listened.” Ultimately, that vacuum may need to be filled by a current member of the Board who has already earned the respect of his or her peers. In selecting a candidate, the trustees value a connection to or interest in Temple as an institution and a community on some level, Gebhardt said “That’s not only something we value but [it could also be] the reason they want to serve as well,” Gebhardt said. While the Board will continue to focus on the individual they hope to complete the search by the end of the year. O’Connor issued a statement through a spokesperson. “Conversations are ongoing to fill the vacant seat on the Board, with the goal of an announcement later in the fall,” the statement read. Katz and six others died on May 31 during a takeoff from an airfield near Boston after attending a fundraiser. Days prior to his death, Katz and fellow trustee H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest won a bid for co-ownership of the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com.


Lewis Katz died in May, leaving his position on the board open, something administrators said isn’t an immediate issue.

In early June, a memorial service was held on Main Campus with hundreds in attendance including former President Bill Clinton and former Governor Ed Rendell. The first full Board meeting of the school year is scheduled for Oct. 14. * robert.stewart@temple.edu





The Temple Music Preparatory program, part of the Boyer College of Music and Dance, offers classes for the community. PAGE 8

Temple Update, a product of SMC, was recently nominated for two College and University Production awards. PAGE 17




Two professors from the Department of Psychology released a study on the adolescent brain. PAGE 8 PAGE 7

Professor turns memories into stories Matthew Smith teams up young writers with those affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia. EMILY SCOTT The Temple News


or Matthew Smith, memories are not a thing of the past. They are stories he hopes will continue. In memory of his grandfather who had Alzheimer’s, Smith started The Spaces Between Your Fingers project. “It became really important to him to pass on some of his experiences, and so we started taking walks together when I was younger,” Smith said. These walks sparked the foundation of his project. In its early form, the project was a parable Smith wrote about his grandfather, the walks they would take to the duck pond in Ardmore and the strong holds that memory can have. Smith wanted to create a story he could share with his younger cousins who did not have the opportunity to spend as much time with their grandfather. SBYF emanates from a letter Smith received after his grandfather passed; a letter, he said, that described that spaces exist, whether between “words and pages” or “reflections and mirrors,” and not to keep them apart, but to “hold everything together.” “I was actually driving down the road one day, and I had my hand out the window and I was feeling the wind lace through my fingers,” Smith said. “I remembered the story he told me, and I remembered him.” After receiving positive feedback from family, Smith wanted something more. He decided to take a road trip across the country in 30 days.

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English Professor Matthew Smith runs a nonprofit called Spaces between Your Fingers, which aims to preserve memories by recording stories in writing.

With the concept of memory in mind, he decided to print out 3,000 oversized postcards, take his “crappy” Volvo without air conditioning and drive west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Smith asked strangers to send him back on the postcard either a memory or piece of advice they’d want to pass on to future generations. “I hyperlinked from town to town,

I would meet someone interesting and ask them where to go next,” Smith said. Smith hoped to distribute 100 postcards a day to 100 strangers. He also used his YouTube account, Matthew Smith, as a channel to post videos of the subjects. Smith saw the advice he collected as a way of connecting generations. “Asking older people to try and make sense of what they’ve been

through and try to pass it on before it’s lost was the reason that advice seemed like the way to do it,” Smith said. Smith recalls approaching his first participant at 7:30 a.m. at a turnpike rest stop, an older gentleman with silver hair, leaning on his car. He approached the man, stammered a few words of his story, and was immediately rejected, as the old man refused to take a postcard.

A passion for family medicine Medical student Seneca Harberger was named a 2014 Pisacano Scholar. SIENNA VANCE The Temple News Seneca Harberger did not always want to be a doctor. Now a fourth-year medical student, Harberger is a recipient of the $28,000 Pisacano Scholar Award, an honor that was given to only seven fourth-year medical students across the country identified as future leaders in family medicine. “When I was a kid, becoming a doctor wasn’t anything that I considered,” Harberger said. “I think that I had an opposition to it because it felt like I was just going along with my family. It wasn’t a real choice of something that I wanted to do until I was teaching.” Harberger said his family exposed him to the medical world while he was growing up in York. Harberger’s father, a family doctor, had his own practice in York, while his mother worked as a nurse practitioner. Harberger said that his brother followed their example and became a family doctor as well. After graduating college with a physics degree, Harberger pursued a teaching career at EXCEL High School in West Oakland, California. During his

After that, Smith said he wanted to make sure people didn’t look at him as a “salesman.” By practice, Smith was able to discover a tactful way to get people to listen to his story and share their own. “The first thing I would say was ‘Hey, I’m doing a project in memory of my grandfather.’ That would put down


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posthumous live releases. The label will release “Offering.” Students can view Some students are excitJohn Coltrane’s ‘66 edly gearing up for the rare reTemple performance lease. “He offered new sounds on Sept. 23. and methodologies that helped jazz evolve to its current state,” VINCE BELLINO Keeland Bowers, a freshman The Temple News jazz performance major, said. The release of “Offering” Death has never slowed comes as a surprise because the flow of John Coltrane’s mu- the famed concert has only sic. Since his passing in 1967, previously existed in low qualnumerous Coltrane live albums ity bootlegs. In a statement rehave been released. Now, Tem- leased by Impulse!/Resonance, ple will become a part of the the label confirmed that the legendary jazzman’s legacy. performance Recordings will be availof Coltrane’s perable in full formance at Temwith the ple’s Mitten Hall highest posin 1966 will be resible sound leased on Sept. 23, quality. titled “Offering: The Live at Temple 1966 concert University,” with a was recorded record release celby WRTI ebration on Main (90.1 FM), a Campus. Te m p l e - a f Coltrane, who Keeland Bowers / freshman filiated radio began his career station that in Philadelphia, specializes in played with Miles Davis and classical and jazz music. Thelonious Monk and is known In an August 1967 article for pioneering the saxophone in the Evening Bulletin, shortly with his avant-garde style of after Coltrane’s death, John S. jazz music. Wilson commended the saxoThe majority of his record- phonist’s originality and creings were released on Impulse!/ ativity, saying Coltrane played Resonance Records, from 1959 COLTRANE PAGE 8 to present day, including his

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For fourth-year medical student Seneca Harberger, medicine runs in the family.

time working there, he realized the students were struggling not only with education, but also with health issues. “Not everyone was sick, but I don’t know if there was a single kid whose family did not have a single health issue related to them,” Harberger said. “West Oakland and Philadelphia have very similar health outcomes in underserved communities. There were a lot of food deserts, low nutrition and poor access to primary care in the area.” Harberger said it was apparent that his students were struggling and felt like he could

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do more to help people in the community. “You see people who are really fantastic at teaching, and I saw colleagues where that was really their niche,” Harberger said. “My students were struggling with education, and there was a huge way I could have intervened, but I saw other issues in their lives and their families’ lives where I thought I could be more effective.” With this mindset, Harberger enrolled in Temple’s School of Medicine in 2011. Through his studies, he began to realize that the family medicine specialty was not a popular

choice for students. “If there’s a choice to either go see an open heart surgery one afternoon or work in the clinic to help patients with high blood pressure, most students would pick the surgery,” Harberger said. “Family medicine has a lot of trouble attracting people to that path because it is not the most sexy stuff.” Harberger, on the other hand, said he enjoys the “unsexy” aspects of family medicine. “Family medicine may not help like trauma can when



new sounds and methodologies that helped jazz evolve to its current state.”




Study links young minds, decision-making Studies from the Department of Psychology offer insight into the role the brain plays in risky behavior in young adults. LORA STRUM The Temple News It’s 11 p.m. Saturday night. The air is warm and exciting. Main Campus and its surrounding streets are flooded with students – many of which, Dr. Laurence Steinberg said, are at risk. Though students don’t intend for anything to go wrong when they go out, Steinberg said this is more than just oversight for young adults. This is a result of their brain’s heightened desire for risky behavior, he said. “The parts of the [adolescent] brain that are easily aroused by reward and [the parts that] need self-control are not communicating as well as they will in adulthood,” Steinberg, a psychology professor in the College of Liberal Arts, said. Steinberg has explored the adolescent brain for more than 40 years, 28 of which he’s spent at Temple researching and publishing with his collaborators. Steinberg’s most recent book, “Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence,” features some of his most prominent findings, including three key differences between the adolescent and adult brain that influence decision making.

“[The] brain is very easily aroused by rewards, both anticipation of rewards and also by the actual reception,” Steinberg said. This intense desire for a reward, whether a piece of chocolate or a night out, is an important difference between the mature and the developing brain. In addition to a hyperactive reward center, younger brains have a less developed sense of self-control and foresight, Steinberg said. When the reward center is stimulated, most young adults do not have the developmental strength to weigh future consequences against immediate rewards, according to Steinberg’s studies. Steinberg said what strength young adults do have does not communicate well with the brain center’s controlling impulses. The result is a young person willingly engaging in risky behavior, like underage drinking, without the ability to fully consider the ramifications of his or her actions, he said. As potent as “sex, drugs or money,” Steinberg said, “being in the presence of one’s peers” activates the brain’s reward center instantly. He said the addition of another person of the same age has three avenues of influence: direct peer pressure known as “explicit,” implied pressure from a young person’s desire to “fit in” and the simple presence of one’s companions. Steinberg’s colleague on adolescent studies, Dr. Jason Chein, recently investigated whether exercises in impulse control reduce risky behavior. “[Cognitive control] is one’s ability to control behavior,” said Chein, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. “Anytime there is a potentially impulsive response where the ap-

propriate response requires a different approach, cognitive control comes into play.” Chein and Steinberg found that impulse control develops gradually, peaking just after college. However, it is not only impulsiveness that influences risky behavior, they said. Chein found that one’s ability to evaluate potential gain or loss is also important. In adolescents, these factors are lacking, but are good “potential targets for intervention,” he said. This intervention corresponds to Chein and Steinberg’s developing research into Working Memory Training, a study through which a subject is asked to remember select information over a prolonged period of distraction. This gives subjects practice at having an end goal, rather than giving in to impulsiveness. Preliminary results show that Working Memory Training increases cognition and decreases impulsiveness when alone. When peers surround subjects, however, the situation changes. “We’re finding that people in Working Memory Training are reducing the amount of risk-taking they engage in when their friends are watching, relative to when they’re alone,” Chein said. Though the addition of Working Memory Training decreases risky behavior, this decrease shows that subjects are still, if not more, susceptible to peer influence. Steinberg was careful to mention that the adolescent brain is not an “excuse” for bad decisions but rather an “explanation.” The brain is very easily influenced by experience, particularly in the college years, he said. He also said that this plasticity is not a scapegoat and must be handled

carefully. “[Knowledge of the young brain] should guide how we respond to it,” Steinberg said. “Teenagers shouldn’t be punished to the same extent that we punish adults, even when the crimes are identical.” Steinberg and his collaborators’ research into crafting an appropriate response was recently used in the U.S. Supreme Court, where new rulings have eradicated the death penalty for young offenders. Similar ideas were recently tested on Main Campus. Steinberg met with university officials regarding student welfare off-campus. Police patrol the Gratz and Diamond Street areas every evening, with increased vigilance on Friday and Saturday nights. Police sometimes provide intoxicated students with amnesty if they require an escort home. Though Steinberg suggests that the best approach is to remove the temptation toward risky behavior, he does believe that police presence is “the most important thing we can do.” To eliminate risky behavior off-campus, Steinberg suggests it would “be better if the drinking age is lower [and then] Temple could provide on-campus places where people can party and be better supervised.” Though the research is still in its early stages, Chein and Steinberg intend to continue to research the adolescent brain and hold that college is not “just a matter of learning, but actually seems to enhance how the brain develops.” * lora.strum@temple.edu

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er, who was a newborn at the time. McBeth said that when her grandmother came to America, she was introduced to another style of cooking that was quite different from what she was accustomed to in Japan. “[My grandparents] moved to my grandfather’s hometown in Pittsburgh, and his mother taught her how to cook soul food, which she mastered quickly,” McBeth said. “My grandmother would celebrate holidays by cooking both traditional Japanese and soul food dishes for our family.” On these occasions, Wilson would make McBeth and the other children in her family “special sushi rolls,” usually with fried egg and cucumber. “It was not the kind of version you could get at a sushi restaurant,” McBeth said. Though McBeth admits she has never been able to make rolls quite like Wilson, she said this childhood favorite is what sparked the idea for a kettle-cooked wasabi-ginger chip after she saw an advertisement for the July 2013 contest. “I found out about [the Lay’s competition] in the last edition [of it],” McBeth said. “But I didn’t know about it until voting time, so I said to myself that if they have it again next year, I’m going to try.” Exactly one year later, McBeth found out that her chip flavor would vie for taste buds across the country. This past July, McBeth joined three other finalists, Matt Allen, Chad Scott and Julia Stanley-Metz, for “finalist orientation” at Frito-Lay’s headquarters in Plano, Texas. While there, McBeth and the other contestants got to tour the factory, meet the chefs who created their “inspiration dishes” and sample the new flavors for the first time. “I was overwhelmed by how good the flavor of my chip came across,” McBeth said. “I was truly blown away – it is an amazing chip and slightly addictive once you get to taste them.” The finalists were required to keep their statuses in the competition hidden from friends and family until July 16, when an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America revealed the four remaining flavors. “We were really excited, especially after we saw ‘Good Morning America’ and the [anchor] was like, ‘Wow, this is really good,’ compared to how she reacted to the other ones,” Karema Brahbam, a colleague of McBeth’s, said. “She wasn’t allowed to tell us, so we only knew two days before to tune in, and we were really surprised.” McBeth said her coworkers and family were excited to spread the word and get people to vote


Meneko Spigner McBeth is competing against three other finalists for the chance to win $1 million in the Frito-Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” contest.

to save the flavor with any medium they could. People shared their favorites on the “Do Us A Flavor” website and via Twitter, Instagram or text message. “We went into a patient’s room, all of us, and turned the T.V. on, and that’s when we found out everything,” Kaity Heron, McBeth’s coworker said. “She looked adorable, so we were screaming and later that week she was on a bunch of different local networks.” After her string of television appearances, McBeth delivered five boxes of her wasabi ginger chips to her fellow nurses for a taste test. They immediately started spreading the word. “Every hashtag counts as a vote, so we were hashtagging pictures of our kids, normal pictures, but with the ‘savewasabi’ hashtag,” Heron said.

“We’ve been trying to get as many people to vote as we can, on Instagram – with posting Facebook statuses, everything.” The voting process, which ends on Oct. 18, will seal the fate of the finalists. The contestant whose chip receives the most votes will win $1 million, while the three other finalists will be awarded $50,000. “I would try not to let it change my life too much, other than paying off my house,” McBeth said of the possibility of winning the million dollars. “I will definitely still be going to work.” As a mother of three young girls, Ingenue, 8, Ilania, 4, and Ileigh, 2, McBeth said the money would also help prepare her family for future expenses. “[The money] would probably be the best

thing that could happen to us,” McBeth said. “It would definitely help us save for my girls’ college tuition.” There is one thing McBeth says she will treat herself to if kettle cooked wasabi ginger becomes Lay’s newest flavor. “If I did win, I would treat myself to just one splurge – a sports car,” McBeth said. “I spend all my time in a big minivan, even on days without my girls.” “I would love to have a car just for me,” she said, laughing. * alexa.bricker@temple.edu T @alexa_bricker17

Paley Library to screen Coltrane’s 1966 performance COLTRANE PAGE 7 a style that was never the same from album to album. “Offering,” from his album “Expression,” is “an exploration of all the resources of a saxophone – an utterly awesome performance,” Wilson wrote in the same article. Sept. 23, the release date for “Offering: Live at Temple University,” would also be the late Coltrane’s 88th birthday and 48 years since he performed at Mitten Hall. According to Relix, a media outlet that has already had access to the performance, the Tem-

ple show differs from other performances Coltrane played at the time – instead of the spiritual, world style of jazz he commonly played, his performance at Temple is chaotic and unpredictable. The record release event will be held in the lecture hall on the ground floor of the Samuel S. Paley Library. It will be sponsored by Temple University library, Impulse!/Resonance Records and Ars Nova Workshop, Inc. The event will feature a discussion panel as well as a time to “celebrate the occasion.” The concert will also be released as a two-CD digi-

pak and as a two LP gatefold. “Offering” came at a unique point in Coltrane’s life – while he had only months to live before he would pass from liver failure, earlier versions of the performance show that Coltrane was still performing as he had many years prior. By the time Coltrane performed at Temple, he had become involved with a variety of spiritual beliefs. Liner noted that on his albums, Coltrane confirms religious experiences, and many biographers believe it is likely that his eclectic live performance was a result of his changing views.

“Offering” captures Coltrane at the end of his years as a musician, performing on Temple’s campus in Philadelphia, the city where his legacy began. * vince.bellino@temple.edu T @VinceTNF


Temple graduate Steve Walz’s band, Hopscotch Jefferson, will release its new EP “Ham & Fireworks” in November. PAGE 14

CONTEMPORARY BALLET HITS THE STREETS BalletX will perform at The Bridgette Mayer Art Gallery’s 2014 Benefit Exhibition. Three dancers will perform improv for art goers. PAGE 2




Film students tackle the 10 day challenge Local high school students compete in a multi-state contest to write, shoot, edit and score a four-minute short film in 10 days.


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our high school film teachers think 10 days is long enough to make a movie. The 10 Day Film Challenge, started by Gary Joseph, Mick McCleery, Damiso Josey and Mike Nicholson, began as a way to test their students and evaluate the skills kids learned throughout the school year. Joseph, the executive director of the program, said he and his filmmaking friends would participate in the 48-hour film project – a competition that requires participants to write, shoot, edit and score a short film in just two days. “We loved being a part of that challenge, and thought that we could convert it into something for our schools,” Joseph said. In Spring 2010, Joseph, who teaches at Hammonton High School, introduced an adapted version to his film class with some requirements. The students had 10 days of class time to create a short film of about four minutes that included a particular character, character’s occupation, a prop and a line of dialogue that had to be included in their short film. Once in groups, the students drew genres out of a hat, and with the requirement and their creativity, produced short films as final projects. “It just worked out,” Joseph said. “They performed like they should have, and it became clear that this was something that we needed – it gives the students something to look forward to and work toward, and it gives the teachers something to teach for.” The following year, Joseph extended the idea to some of his friends – other film teachers in the area posed school competitions. “I started looking up schools in the area that had film programs, and just reaching out, emailing everyone that I could find that might be interested,” Joseph said. Joseph said that he got at least a 50 percent return email rate from teachers that wanted their schools to participate. “From there,” Joseph said, “the program has grown like a weed.” Josey, a 1999 Temple graduate and one of the founders of the 10 Day Film Challenge, said he believes the program will change education on a national scale for film students. Josey is now an administrator at Hammonton where he was previously taught video production, but spent his early career producing at ESPN and ABC. Now that the challenge is functioning on a national level,

AN AERIAL VIEW Contemporary circus Tangle Movement Arts takes to the air with aerial stunts to empower women with their newest show, Loop. | Page 12



Wednesdays are for nerds

With album, Alex G gains new attention

Nerd Nite Philly gathers at Frankford Hall for “Discovery Channel with beer.”

“DSU” has brought local musician Alex Giannascoli opportunities outside the city. TIM MULHERN The Temple News Alex Giannascoli sits perched on the edge of his bed in his South Philadelphia home, strumming his Fender acoustic guitar. Inside, a mattress is covered with a plaid fitted sheet and one pillow. Elsewhere, a stack of records leans against the wall next to an electric guitar, and his MacBook is placed next to a set of headphones on a desk. An open window on the far side of the room is the only source of light in the scarcely-furnished space. Giannascoli, a 21-year-old Havertown native who makes music under the nickname Alex G, warns that the room is “hot and smelly.” The bedroom is where he spends his time when he is not touring or doing odd jobs on the side to supplement his burgeoning music career. “My high school and my sister, Rachel, were always really supportive of my

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Alex G released his newest album in mid-June and with it, gained a larger following.

music,” Giannascoli said. “I started playing the piano when I was young, and eventually made GarageBand songs and began to record things when my family got a Mac.” “Back then, [the songs] were pretty bad, but when I was 13, music was something I latched onto because it was an identity for myself,” he added. “Now, making music is ingrained into me. I cannot see myself doing anything else.” He described himself as “reclusive,” but quickly clarified the statement by saying that he tends to follow a similar schedule of work and seeing friends each day. Giannascoli credits his fellow Philadelphiabased friends in Rasputin’s Secret Police and Brandon Can’t Dance as his inspiration

for following music as a passion and career. “DSU,” released by Orchid Tapes in mid-June, is the first Alex G release to gain the multi-instrumentalist serious attention from the media and listeners outside of his immediate fanbase. High praise from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork magazines was, in part, due to the work of Orchid Tapes. “This is my first time working with a label of this size. Orchid Tapes really distributed “DSU” and marketed my music so people could recognize it online, outside of my Bandcamp profile,” Giannascoli said. The singer-songwriter wrapped a cross-country headlining tour in support of the record on Aug. 17 with a sold-out show




fter a long day of class, listening to four lectures over the course of five hours, the only thing I wanted to do was go home and spend some time playing my favorite video game. Instead, I was seated in the middle of a bar and restaurant with a throng of people listening to the ALBERT HONG historical connections between underwear and moveable type printing. And I was enjoying it. This is the setup for Nerd Nite Philly. It’s held on the first Wednesday of each month at

Frankford Hall, where a gathering of nerds and geeks listen to other nerds and geeks talk about a plethora of topics for 18-21 minute presentations and also watch performances from local artists. For just $5, you gain admission and happy hour specials. Just think of it as “the Discovery Channel with beer,” which is how the event is described on its website. Nerd Nite originated from Boston back in 2003 and has grown in popularity so much so that it is held in cities all around the world, from Aachen, Germany to Zurich, Switzerland. Gina Lavery, Chris Cummins and Jill Sybesma are the current co-bosses for the Philly iteration, which was started by Melissa McCartney and Michelle Bland near the end of 2010. Cummins, a writer who regularly contributes to sites like Geekadelphia and Den





Planting seeds for permanent solutions The Homegrown Music Festival hosted musicians in community gardens and urban farms. BRIANNA SPAUSE The Temple News Food and music rang from all corners of Philadelphia last weekend – and it was all homegrown. The Homegrown Music Festival took place from Sept. 12-14 in community gardens and urban farms scattered across the city. Co-founders of the first-of-its-kind festival – African American United Fund, Jr Music Executive Program, Uptown Theater Development Corporation and PhillyEcoCity – organized 35 musicians at 11 green spaces to celebrate the local culture. “The Philadelphia Homegrown Festival is an attempt to be able to provide exposure for local music artists while raising awareness about food justice issues and what the local farms and gardens are doing in response to it,” Aisha Winfield, founder of Jr Music Executive Program, said. Pop-punk band Could’ve Been Kings planned to have its first festival experience at Weaver’s Way Farm at W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences in Roxborough on Saturday. Due to heavy rain on Saturday, seven performances were rescheduled for last Sunday. Originally, event programming on Sunday was reserved for one event, which would feature educational workshops hosted by Philly Urban County Fair and complimentary performances beginning later in the day, but plans were adjusted accordingly. “The idea behind what [Homegrown] stands for is something that we fully support,” senior media studies and production major and drummer of Could’ve Been Kings, Larry Iaccio, said. “There is so much untapped potential within the streets of Philadelphia that oftentimes it gets overlooked because we do not know how to properly syndicate that potential to a wider, more receptive audience.” Homegrown offered musicians like Iaccio the opportunity to get their name out into the public and gain local attention. “Homegrown not only gives artists like ourselves a place to showcase our talent and product, but it allows us to bring the attention back to the local communities through two of the things that everyone loves: food and music,” Iaccio said. The festival wrapped up with the more informational event on Sunday at North Philly Peace Park in conjunction with Philadelphia Urban


A panel discussed the importance of urban farming in communities as part of this year’s Homegrown Music Festival, which took place Sept. 12-14.

County Fair, where visitors were welcomed to a potluck-style meal and a series of workshops like “Intro to Backyard Chickens,” “Gentrification and Choice Neighborhoods” and a panel session on “Making It Work: Challenges and Benefits in Urban Farming.” “This is about providing people with a palate; to let them taste the music and taste the food,” Aissia Richardson, president of African American United Fund, said. “This is about real food, and this is about real musicians that are committed to the real art of music.” The sounds of local music rolling out of the gardens was the incentive to stop in, Winfield said, but inside the gates a community celebration was taking place. It was the goal of the Homegrown Music Festival to provide neighbors, listeners and gardeners alike with the means to take initiative in the quality of food they consume. Each garden and farm that participated in the festival makes its home in a low-income neigh-

borhood, and most fall in food deserts – areas limited to no access to fresh food – Winfield said. “There will be a longtime opportunity to volunteer and come back,” Winfield said. “I think the community knows that [the gardens are] there, but doesn’t necessarily know how they can get involved or what things are available for them.” Spreading out the events across the city was a means of planting seeds for a permanent solution. Volunteers present at each site worked to demystify the community gardening process, and encourage neighbors with the opportunity to get involved in a project that would help to sustain a self-reliant and healthy community where they make their homes. “What the festival is about is neighbor to neighbor – it’s about building relationships,” Richardson said. “There’s something powerful about eating together, which is why I’m glad that we have a mini-market going on at some of the sites. When you break bread, it’s almost like you

break a barrier. You get to understand someone over sharing a meal.” “Music, I think, does the same thing,” Winfield added. “It breaks a lot of barriers that may naturally exist.” The Homegrown Festival is projected to be an annual celebration that will bring the music back to Philly near the end of the summer festival season. Jr Music Executive’s initial goal in support of the Homegrown Festival was to give local artists a chance to grow in a time where grandscale Philadelphia festivals, like Made In America, don’t showcase local talent, Winfield said. “We’re doing this as a labor of love, but also because we know we have something special,” Richardson said. “We know we can help people to be able to take themselves to the next level.” * brianna.spause@temple.edu T @briannaspause

Taking contemporary ballet off the stage BalletX, a local dance group, brought ballet to the public. GRACE MAIORANO The Temple News


Contemporary ballet dance company BalletX performed at 30th Street Station.

BalletX, a Philadelphia-based contemporary ballet company, broadened its performance medium beyond the proscenium stage and into the public scene by transforming the dimensional relationship between the dancer and audience. At the 2014 Fringe Festival, this dancer-to-audience barrier was broken amidst the ordinary hustle of 30th Street Station and the Bridgette Mayer Gallery. The company, founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, strives to be innovative with its impressions of ballet dance. BalletX incorporates techniques of classical ballet with flares of modern and jazz, accompanied by an array of music genres, not limited to the traditional balletic sounds of Tchaikovsky. In May, BalletX performed at The Porch at 30th Street Station. With the Philadelphia skyline serving as a backdrop, the company presented a medley of four pieces from its repertoire, intermingling its choreographed movement among the erratic mundane of Philadelphia street life. “It’s great to be a part of the Fringe Festival in an area where [the city] is really building out,” Cox, artistic and executive director said. “We jumped at the chance to perform at The Porch. We are looking for any opportunities to have our dancers performing, and Fringe was a great opportunity for a live performance.” As a performance space, The Porch vanishes the “fourth wall,” which can sometimes isolate the dancers from the audience, allow-

ing bystanders of 30th Street Station to grasp a deeper connection to the fluidity and emotion of the pieces. “It’s very intimate,” company member Richard Villaverde said, who is starting his third season with BalletX and first year at the Fringe Festival. “We’re distracting by bringing art to a beautiful part of the city that is normally loud and busy. It’s beautiful.” “Doing Fringe is great because sometimes we all get stuck in our own little world and our own interests,” Villaverde said. “We forget to look out of the box or think about something else. Doing the festival introduces people to this new contemporary form of dance.” BalletX members said this alternative form of performance does not strip meaning from the pieces. “You get to see the dancers so close; you can walk around and see every angle of their movement,” Cox explained. “The crowd has such a great time with the company performing outside.” “As long as you connect with your partner, people will understand where we are going,” Villaverde said. The BalletX Fringe experience reached beyond West Philadelphia, into the Washington Square district of the city. The Bridgette Mayer Art Gallery’s 2014 Benefit Exhibition, showcasing the work of 250 local, national and international artists, featured improvisational dance pieces from three BalletX company members. Like The Porch, the Gallery is an inventive platform for BalletX performances. “It’s an interesting set-up,” Cox said. “It’s very new for us. It’s very ‘Fringe’ for us.” BalletX’s performance innovations, both on traditional and nontraditional stages, reflect its

style innovations. The company harnesses classical ballet fundamentals and attaches it to their creation of contemporary artistry channeled through musicality and movement. “[Contemporary style] is what comes out of their bodies after training for so many years as a classical dancer,” Cox said. “‘Contemporary’ meaning ‘current’ movement style.” Aside from BalletX’s participation in Fringe, where it experimented with staging presentation, the company will return to the established stage of the Wilma Theater for its Fall 2014 season. Jorma Elo, a highly pursued choreographer who has worked at companies like American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, is partnering with BalletX for a second time to create a world premiere piece. The performance, blending techniques of classical and contemporary ballet, is currently untitled. “I’m really excited to work with Elo,” Villaverde said. “He’s such a brilliant contemporary ballet choreographer. It’s going to be a great experience working with someone who is so well-known.” In an extension of balletic perception, the domain of BalletX empowers its members to progress by exercising elasticity of their artistry using various methods of dance. “Adding jazz and modern elements to ballet creates a very versatile dancer that can mold to a lot of different forms,” Villaverde said. “It’s nice to be challenged by having your mind open to something different. And this is very important in a company like BalletX.” * grace.maiorano@temple.edu






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NERD Geek U.S., joined the team last year after giving his first presentation about movie novelizations. The previous month, he delved into one of his passions: board games and the influence that pop culture has had on them over the years. “I fell in love immediately with the event,” Cummins said. “I just have always been a fan of science fiction, and I write about pop culture for a living so this stuff just comes naturally to me.” He and the others are responsible for organizing a lineup of local guests willing to speak about interesting topics every month. Luckily, they don’t have too much trouble. “Almost all of our speakers are local, so these events give you a great sense of some of the awesome projects that people in Philly are working on,” Lavery said, who works full-time at the University of Pennsylvania and is a student at Penn’s School of Design for City Planning. In the end, as long as it doesn’t involve partisan politics or self-promotion, speakers who are passionate and genuinely interested in a variety of topics are welcomed with open arms. “Our speakers are always enthusiastic, regardless of whatever topic they cover, and their nerdiness and excitement quickly captivates the audience,” Cummins said. “We want the event to be a loose, fun and informative one.” That passion for what they know and want to inform people about is what essentially defines a “nerd” or “geek.” Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, weekend librarian and first-time visitor to Nerd Nite, said she identifies herself strictly as a geek but still relates to what the night is all about. “Librarians love information,” BergsonShilcock said. “For me, when I’m geeky about something it’s in service to helping people find information or having something to myself that I’d like to share.” Victoria Watts, local full-time musician who played her music between presentations, is also a self-proclaimed nerd at heart, having graduated with a history degree at the top of her class. “I really appreciate Nerd Nite,” Watts said. “It’s filled with people who appreciate learning and it’s something you don’t have to go to; it’s more of a lifestyle choice.” “We should all aspire to never stop learning,” Cummins said. “People can be introduced to all sorts of topics outside their realm of experience, and that kind of learning is exhilarating.” * albert.hong@temple.edu

Bands Mineral and Into It. Over It. performed a reunion show at Union Transfer on Sept. 11.


Artists take to the aerial bar for dance Tangle is bringing its new show, “Loop,” to North Philadelphia. STEPHANIE ROCHA EMILY ROLEN The Temple News Life is tangled – at least it is in the mind of Lauren Rile Smith. “There’s always people saying that women can’t be strong and untangle themselves,” Rile Smith, founder of Tangle Movement Arts, said. “So we are here to prove that we can.” Tangle Movement Arts, a local circus acrobatic arts company, will unveil its newest show, “Loop,” at the Philadelphia Sound Stages, located on North 5th Street, Sept. 18-20. “Tangle was inspired by the possibility of making performances about the relationship between people, either supporting each other emotionally or supporting someone by holding them physically,” Rile Smith said. The group was showcased for the first time at the 2011 Fringe Festival. Since then, they have produced a major show every spring and fall, along with small installations in the summer. Rile Smith said Tangle’s name originated from the inspiration of the possibilities that arrive when things get complicated. “We are really emphasizing on the relationships between women in the range from passionate to platonic,” Rile Smith said. “We utilize that through circus and aerial and that’s something new that we did this year.”


From Sept. 18-21, Tangle’s newest show, “Loop,” will premiere at the Philadelphia Sound Stages. The group formed in 2011 and performs two new shows every year.

“Loop,” Tangle’s newest show, reveals the importance of community and diversity among women. “We think that in this world there is not enough of powerful women being shown,” Rile Smith said. “I think that relationships between women are erased, I think that they are made secondary to other story lines and the range

of relationships between them are not explored.” The show emphasizes those feminine relationships and follows two separate storylines of women chasing independence and personal growth. Rile Smith said each woman in Loop brings her own personality to the aerial bar, but it is evident in each performance.

“Everyone that’s a part of Tangle has had some sort of background with this kind of stuff, some have been gymnasts for years and others apart of circus and acrobatics,” Rile Smith said. Collaboration is an important aspect of creating the shows and choreographing with the women, Rile Smith said. “I think we each have a different

interpretation.” Rile Smith said. “But I love that we have intensive collaboration with people who are adults and who all enjoy doing the same thing that I do.” * artsandentertainment@temple.edu ( 215.204.7416





Join Education Abroad & Overseas Campuses September 15th - 19th, 2014 for the 4th annual Study Abroad Week (SAW), a weeklong event dedicated to the study abroad opportunities at Temple!

Calendar of EVENTS 9:30 10:00 10:30


< Foundations of Study Abroad TUTTLEMAN 200

Temple in Spain TUTTLEMAN 200


12:30 1:00 1:30

Temple Japan TUTTLEMAN 200 Study Abroad in Australia & New Zealand TUTTLEMAN 300 Study Abroad in Latin America TUTTLEMAN 200

Where in the World Extravaganza & Scavenger Hunt BELL TOWER

Where in the World Extravaganza & Scavenger Hunt BELL TOWER

Study Abroad for Fox/ STHM Students SPEAKMAN 012

Study Abroad for Education Students SHIMADA RESOURCE CENTER RITTER ANNEX


Study Abroad for CLA Students 1810 LIACOURAS WALK SUITE 301





Study Abroad in Asia TUTTLEMAN 300

Financing Study Abroad TUTTLEMAN 200

Study Abroad for CST Students BARTON 108A

Temple Rome TUTTLEMAN 200

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Hopscotch Jefferson musicians Steve Walz’s (left) bluesy guitar and Hank Brady songwriting abilities formed the band in 2012. The band’s EP, “Ham & Fireworks,” will be released in November.

Musical alumnus stays close to home

Hopscotch Jefferson will release its new EP in November of this year. EAMON DREISBACH The Temple News When most bands are asked to describe their music, they will throw out a few genres or a list of artistic influences typical to their preferred musical style. Hopscotch Jefferson gives a slightly more descriptive answer. “Folksy, blues, deer jerky-cool, favorite older cousin punk Elvis,” guitarist Steven Walz said. Hopscotch Jefferson will be dropping a new EP in November. The EP, titled “Ham & Fireworks”, makes its

debut with an album release show at the Grape Room club on Nov. 7. With influences in genres ranging everywhere from blues, to grunge, to pop-punk, the group promises that this project will showcase its varying musical styles. While this latest release was prerecorded at a studio, the group’s demos are typically recorded on the spot. Now together for two years, Hopscotch Jefferson’s lineup consists of guitarist/ lead vocalist Hank Brady, guitarist and Temple alumnus Steve Walz, bassist Pat Shire and drummer Anthony Brunke. The group got its beginnings from an idea to combine Brady’s songwriting ability and Walz’s bluesy guitar stylings, with Brunke joining later on to help record demos and Shire climb-

ing aboard further down the road to substitute for a former bassist at a gig. After throwing around several bizarre ideas (Hopscotch Stevens and the Studs, Chili Davis and the Moonlight Diners), the name “Hopscotch Jefferson” was eventually born from the band member’s attempts to make each other laugh by coming up with ludicrous names. Each musician in the group brings a new sound to the table, with the member’s individual influences including artists like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Soundgarden. In their time as a band, the fourman musical collective landed gigs everywhere from The Silk City Bar to Arcadia University, and managed to win the Hard Rock Café’s Philadelphia Rock Artist of the Year Award in 2013.

Between finding motivation for songwriting and putting together tracks, Walz said recording an album is no easy process. “Some songs basically write themselves in a few minutes with the right riff or rhythm. Other songs could take months to get it where you want it,” Walz said. “As cliché as it is, influence for a song can come from anywhere. Songs can come from personal experiences or be completely made up.” The lead single off of the band’s new EP, “Dirty Love Song,” pairs rapid-fire vocals with a twangy, heavily strummed guitar featured song. The music video for “Dirty Love Song” can be found on the band’s YouTube channel. While some artists find it difficult to get a foot in the door within the

Philadelphia music scene, Hopscotch Jefferson has found various ways to promote themselves. “We get gigs through friends, family, or other bands,” Walz said. “You’ve got to network with everyone you can.” Aside from its EP debut at the Grape Room, Hopscotch Jefferson will be performing at the Silk City Bar on Sept. 16. * eamon.noah.dreisbach@temple.edu

Philly artist goes from guitar licks to graphic design Graphic designer Greg Christman recently designed the summer tour poster for Tigers Jaw.

Most recently, Christman designed Tigers Jaw’s Summer 2014 tour poster, a vintage-esque piece in soft pinks with clean black font. Christman recalled the experience with a grin, noting how Tigers Jaw is one of the first bands in a

very long time that he has been excited about. “I did a poster for their show in Bethlehem, probably about four or five years ago,” Christman said. “I met Tigers Jaw after the show and they were

super stoked about a poster I did.” Christman said the real serendipity came a few years later at a Target in South Philly. Christman was late for work and received a distressed call from his wife about their young son in

VICTORIA MIER The Temple News Greg Christman has some choice words for Billy Joel. “I grew up in that s----y song ‘Allentown’ by Billy Joel. The worst song ever written. Ever.” But Christman, 30, father of two, is quick to admit a few things – not only is Billy Joel’s song mostly about Bethlehem, anyway, but his hometown also had a positive impact on his career. Christman, a graphic designer who created art for popular bands like The Wonder Years and Bayside, said he began his career on the flip side of the coin – as a musician, not a designer. “Allentown has a really great music scene,” Christman said. “I started off being in some crappy punk and pop-punk bands.” Though he is quick to laugh sarcastically at how his time was spent during his teen years, Christman holds music dear to his heart. When his high school offered design classes, teaching students the basics of software like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Christman soon discovered he had a knack for design – one that could meld seamlessly with his love for music. “I did my first logo for my awful band in like, 1998? I used the pen tool on Microsoft Paint,” Christman said. “It was pretty terrible.” From there, Christman began to design show fliers for different punkrock bands in the area, quickly finding he truly enjoyed the work. Those beginning phases of involvement with both the music and the design world proved as a jumping-off point for Christman. In college, Christman continued his work, doing posters for Pissed Jeans, Paint It Black and Slingshot Dakota. He said that doing “good work for good people” can help get any artist noticed by new partners, collaborators and clients.

need of diapers. “So I’m rushing to Target,” Christman said. “And sure as s---, who’s in front of me? Ben [Walsh] and Brianna [Collins] from Tigers Jaw. Of course I had to be really awkward and introduce myself.” Much to Christman’s surprise, Walsh immediately recognized Christman and asked if he was the designer who did the flier for their show in Bethlehem a few years back. Collins mentioned how he had that poster still hanging in his house. From there, the band got in touch with Christman to do the design work for their next tour poster. “Most of it is really word of mouth and meeting people,” Christman said. “I think the whole music scene is collaborative, so it’s really cool when you get to do that stuff.” Currently, Christman is taking a new path. Up until now, he has been working a full-time job outside of his design. Christman said he is transitioning into doing design for a living. “I’m excited about leaving my current position to take a job working full-time at home and hanging out with my kids,” Christman said. Christman hopes that making design his “full-time gig” will open even more possibilities. He hopes to work with different up-and-coming artists in the area. “It’s a shame, I still want to play music, but I just don’t have time,” Christman said. “I have five guitars sitting underneath my couch and I’m begging to touch them. So when someone asks me to do a punk flier or a music poster, I’m like, ‘Hell yeah! I don’t care what you pay me, I just want you to get them screen-printed and made.’” * victoria.mier@temple.edu


Greg Christman designed the tour poster for Tigers Jaw, Bayside (pictured) and The Wonder Years.




Making movie magic in only 10 days


FILM PAGE 9 the directors hope to partner with short film, “Sketcher, ” about a high Temple as a sponsor of the program. school student who has the power to “I am always pushing students make his drawings come to life. to look into Temple if they are interSince the programs expansion, ested in film and television,” Josey the directors have implemented trasaid. “The experience that I gained ditions for the winning teams, infrom the [film] program was invalu- cluding showing many of the top able.” films at local and national film fesNot only would partnering with tivals. Temple assist the program financial“Sketcher” visited the Philadelly, but Joseph said he believes that phia Independent Film Fest in June, having the backing of a major uni- and the team plans to take the film to versity would help spread the pro- the New York City Indie Film Festigram nationally and show the kids val in October. involved that there is As the 10 Day a future for students Challenge communieager to learn and ty grows, Joseph said develop their film he feels that this is skills. the year to start givSince 2011, Joing back. seph and the other Along with the creators have spread multi-state expanthe competition to sion, Joseph and more than 50 high the other directors schools in six states. noticed that while High schools many school districts compete against wanted to participate other schools in their in the program, they state, with the same lacked the equiprequirements: charment. acter, character’s oc10 Day, Inc. was Gary Joseph / founder cupation, props and a created in 2011 as a line of dialogue. nonprofit organizaGermantown Academy in Fort tion in response to this need, with the Washington took the prize for best mission to bring the advancement of film in Pennsylvania, with their high school student filmmaking with

On display now until to Oct. 26 at the Mercer Museum on 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown, there are press release images from the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit will examine the media’s role in this movement. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Another opening at the Print Center on 1614 Latimer St., will display the work of six photographers and show how their professions impacted their work from wedding photography, computer science, venues, interest and backgrounds. -Jasmine Johnson

“It gives

the students something to look forward to and work toward, and it gives the teachers something to teach for.


Since its beginning in 2011, the creators of the 10 Day Film Challenge spread their program to more than 50 high schools in six states.

digital media and technology. “We’re seeing younger siblings of kids that have graduated in class, and they’re excited to start the program,” Joseph said. “Their siblings are going on to graduate and participate in the 48 Hour Challenge.” Joseph said that eventually he and the other directors want their positions at the 10 Day Challenge to become their full-time careers, as they still get to help guide kids

towards something the future could hold. “Because of this experience, kids are continuing to do this as a hobby,” Joseph said. “And for some – their careers.” * paige.gross1@temple.edu T @by_PaigeGross


Radio 104.5’s Summer Block Party Series at Festival Pier came to a close on Sept. 13 with a lineup of Brick + Mortar, Wolfgang, Sir Sly, Vance Joy and headliners, Grouplove. An early afternoon rainstorm did not prevent the crowds from coming in masses, where they were greeted with free Turkey Hill ice cream to compliment the free concert. It has not yet been confirmed if the radio station’s annual Winter Jam will also be held at Festival Pier, but will be hitting Philadelphia in January regardless of location. -Brianna Spause


The 10th Annual Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show will be held Sept. 19-21. More than 100 artists will showcase their work in Rittenhouse Square for the annual fall event. The festival dates back to 1932 and will feature the work of both student and professional artists. The curator of the event is Dara Zuckernick, collector and owner of Blank Canvas Gallery. This year, the show will feature guided tours to the public. Tours are free, but an RSVP is required. -Emily Rolen


After starting out on Bandcamp, local musician Alex Giannascoli was recently featured in Rolling Stone and Pitchfork magazines.

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at The Fire, and is about to hit the road with California indie rockers Gardens & Villa for a two-month nationwide stint. “I had to get used to not showering,” Giannascoli said. “The first couple of days were difficult, but once I got in the groove of things, it was amazing. We really had one objective every day, and that was to get to the show and play.” The upcoming tour opening for Gardens & Villa places Giannascoli

in a position he said he relishes. “I’m looking forward to [the tour] because I enjoy being the underdog,” Giannascoli said. “It is way easier to go into a show when people don’t have expectations because then you can put on whatever kind of show you want. I can be whoever I want to be and I don’t have to uphold this character that I think people want to see.” After receiving critical acclaim and accolades from the press, “DSU” is beginning to reach international listeners. The South Philly resident said it is “safe to say” the LP is getting a U.K. release. On Nov.

10, London-based Lucky Number Records will release “DSU” to the European market. Giannascoli said that he is taking an indefinite break from attending Temple. He plans to use the money earned from record sales and touring to pay off his student loans. The leader of the DIY scene in 2014 has hopes that listeners appreciate his music both personally and on a larger scale. “I hope people can appreciate my music as a universal art form,” Giannascoli said. “I hope there is a quality in my music that, when you listen, you take from it what you


might take from looking at a picture or seeing a movie that you really like. It affects you, because you think of yourself, but also because you admire the technical skill required to create the art. I just hope my music is memorable.” * timothy.mulhern@temple.edu

On Sept. 20 there will be live jazz at the Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration. The festival is free and will take place on two blocks of South Street. There will be shopping, food and over 15 live performances. Performers include The Sun Ra Arkestra, The Apreggio Philadelphia Freedom Jazz Orchestra, and the Clef Club Band.

-Emily Rolen


There will be a Chinatown Night Market featuring one of the city’s largest food truck festivals on Oct. 2. There will be craft beers, live music and a diverse selection of food trucks up and down 10th and Arch streets for the night. The October installment of the market is the final food truck festival for the season. -Emily Rolen

TRENDING IN PHILLY What’s happening this week in Philly from news and event coverage, to shows and restaurant openings. Based on Philly area: food, music, stores, etc. For breaking news and daily updates, follow The Temple News on Twitter @TheTempleNews.

BEN & JERRY’S IS BACK IN RITTENHOUSE @phillymag tweeted on Sept. 12 that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is back in Rittenhouse. The shop is now open and plans on giving out free ice cream sometime this week.

EAST PASSYUNK HOSTED SIDEWALK SALE @PhillyMagEvents on Sept. 12 tweeted that the East Passyunk Avenue Antique and Vintage Sidewalk Sale was held this past weekend. Between Tasker and Morris streets shoppers could find antiques and vintage items while shops between Morris and Mifflin streets were selling goodies.




@PhillyInquirer tweeted on Sept. 11th that the Free Library of Philadelphia received its largest grant to date. The William Penn Foundation will donate $25 million to the library over the next three years.

@uwishunu tweeted on Sept. 12 that the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival is returning on Sept. 28. The festival will have more than 40 food trucks lined up on Main Street and is adding a beer garden.

@ArtAttackPhilly tweeted on Sept. 14 that the Magic Gardens has Rochelle Dinkin’s “The Spiritual Journey of the Mystical Heroine” on display. The collection features colorful mixed-media works that tell the story of a hero.




Love of music brings adults, children together A Boyer College program provides music education for the Philadelphia community. GLYNNIS COWLEY The Temple News cret.

Mark Huxsoll said Temple has a best kept se-

The secret, he said, is the The Music Preparatory program, a division of the Boyer College of Music and Dance. The Temple Music Preparatory Division is an outreach program that offers non-credit courses in music and dance for children and adults. The program was started in 1968 for children from local public schools with an interest in music that were otherwise financially unable to take lessons. Though the program was originally intended for children, it has expanded to include adults with class options now ranging from newborns to the elderly. Huxsoll, director of the program, looks forward to the classes for adults, which include Beginning Piano for Busy Adults, Guitar for Busy Adults and Singing for Busy Adults. The classes are focused on working around adults with full schedules. “Being located at Temple Center City is great,” Huxsoll said, “It's a great location for people getting off work. These classes for busy adults allow a pathway to a non-pressure situation to learn a music subject in a social way.” The division also offers small class sizes so there is an opportunity for individual attention. Classes usually have about six to eight people, but the maximum is 12. If a class is particularly popular, Huxsoll said they will allow 15 people maximum. Two new classes are available in the program for adults: Reducing Stress Through Mindfulness and Song and Creativity and Collaboration, Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble. “Reducing Stress Through Mindfulness and Song makes use of meditation techniques and singing to achieve stress release. It gives adults a pleasant way to relieve stress,” Huxsoll said. “Creativity and Collaboration, Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble is a class for people to learn how to do more improvisation and collaboration. It teaches a freer way to express yourself in a non-threatening way.” Even though many classes are offered, not many people seem to know about the Temple Music Preparatory Division, Huxsoll said. Barbara

The Temple Music Preparatory Program, which began in 1968, offers various classes for the community.

Di Toro, associate director of the Temple Music Preparatory Division, said that turnout for classes changes. “During bad economic times, people take more credit classes, and during good economic times, people are more willing to take non-credit classes,” Di Toro said. The Temple Music Preparatory Division also offers a class for incoming freshman in music theory. “There is a theory intensive summer program for incoming freshmen, which happens two weeks before classes start,” Di Toro said. “Freshmen were coming in without much knowledge of music theory, and this class helps them.” Suzuki training courses, which teach young children music through imitation, are offered through the division. “Suzuki is teaching young children instru-

ments the way they teach language,” Di Toro said. “They imitate how the teacher holds the instrument and learn to play mostly by listening,” Di Toro said. Cathy Shankman started to play the cello in 2005. In 2007, her teacher, Tom Kraines, started giving lessons at the Temple Music Preparatory Division. She followed him to the program. Shankman was a flute teacher and performer in Chicago and has a Masters of Music in music performance. Now she takes private lessons with the Temple Music Preparatory Division. “I’ve always wanted to play cello, and I decided it was time to jump in and give it a try. I look forward to every lesson." “Each of my probably literally thousands of questions is met with equal enthusiasm from my teacher,” Shankman said. “Taking cello lessons through Temple Music Prep has been an amazing and enriching experience.”


Despite the many programs offered, Mark Huxsoll says his goal is not to make everyone into a professional musician. “We want to make real music and dance lovers. They are the ones that buy tickets and CDs and support the arts. That’s our goal,” Huxsoll said. Giving back to the community is also a large part of Temple Music Preparatory Division. “We have the ability to harness the energy and learning that goes along with Boyer to teach people who just want to learn about music," he said. "Being connected to the university is a huge benefit, and as a result, kids go on to join Boyer or other Temple schools,” Huxsoll said. “We are one of Temple’s best kept secrets, but we want to be less of a secret.” * glynnis.cowley@temple.edu


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Temple Update, a product of the School of Media and Communication, is in the running for two nominations for the 2014 College and University Production Awards.


Temple Update shows take the spotlight TUTV shows were nominated for Emmy Awards for two 2013 episodes. KARLINA JONES The Temple News Things are spicing up in the School of Media and Communication as two accredited Temple TV shows are waiting for the results of their Emmy nominations. Temple Update is currently in the running for its fourth nomination since 2011 for the College and University Production Awards. OwlSports Update is also in the running for the first time. Executive Producer and Media Studies and Production Professor Peter Jaroff said he is pleased with the results of the crew and is happy to be nominated again, but happier about his students gaining the experience they need. “We’re very happy to be nominated. It’s exciting, but the main point of Temple Update is to give students the same experience as a newsroom, to have quality broadcast journalism and have some fun along the way,” Jaroff said. The April 25, 2013 episode helped the students gain experience in breaking and live news. “Some days there is more news than others,” Jaroff said. “There was a lot of news that week.” Temple Update Producer and senior media and production major, Karina Cheung, said the stories were particularly compelling that week. She had the opportunity to help cover the research of Dr. Howard Palamarchuk, from the School of Podiatry, about the students and staff that traveled to help runner’s injuries at the Boston Marathon, but ended up dealing with injuries from the bombing.

“It was a really sad piece,” Cheung and the following has picked up signifsaid. “How hectic it was. How grizzly icantly,” Senior said. “People are startit was, all of the wounds. It was very ing to catch on to what we’re doing.” Senior said the dedicated group moving,” Cheung said. Another tragic story in the episode that he has worked with in the past was about a West Chester freshman, couple years have become like a famstudent Ali Fausnaught, who died af- ily and were able to form a bond while ter falling off a rooftop at a party on working together. “We have really grown into a tight Temple’s campus. “It was huge that we we’re able to knit family,” Senior said. “There’s a cover such a big story breaking live,” sense of brotherhood and sisterhood Temple Update and OwlSports Update amongst all of the crew members.” As a part of both nominated anchor and Senior Broadcast Journalism major Chase Senior said. “It was shows, Senior is prideful in the success in a timely fashion we were able to both groups have found in the past year to receive these nominations. cover.” “Everyone has Jaroff and his stushown a lot of pride and dents believe that epibravery,” Senior said. sode was so strong beJaroff has seen cause of how hard all students come and go of the students worked within Temple Update. to put it together. Though some may think “The students beit would be challenging lieved it was the best to start over with new show,” Jaroff said. faces, Jaroff believes “It was a good effort they will still have a overall with everysmooth transition. body being involved.” “Some of the stuSenior was not Peter Jaroff / executive producer dents I have worked only on board for the with for eight semesters, Temple Update episode that was nominated, but also an some of them are new,” Jaroff said. “I anchor for the March 27 OwlSports have confidence that they will turn out more excellent programming.” Update episode that was nominated. OwlSports plans to improve itself “We provide them everything from the latest scores and games to by starting The Matt Rhule Show this the recent happenings of each sport. semester, which will highlight previWe give compelling stories that they ous football games and preview the wouldn’t know if they didn’t watch coaches of the upcoming games. Both shows will find out the winOwlSports Update,” Senior said. To provide high quality sports ning results on Sept. 20. “It wouldn’t have been possible news, Senior and others from OwlSports Update had the opportunity nu- without everyone involved,” Cheung merous times to travel to away games. said. “It was a great team effort.” Senior has been with OwlSports since it first started in Fall 2012 with a * karlina.jones@temple.edu small group of people that has started to grow in the last six semesters and Editor’s note: Chase Senior has previously freelanced Students involved in TUTV produce its own shows. at The Temple News. He played no role in the editing has gained recognition, he said. process of this article. “The crew has grown immensely

“The main

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sash schaeffer TTN


“What do you think of Dilworth Park?” CLAIRE SASKO TTN

“It was beautiful. I’ve never got that close to City Hall. The new subway station is dope.”



“Architecturally, it’s a really nice design. Once they’re done with this, there are other areas of the city that can be improved.”

“I’ve only just heard about it, but I really want to go. The pictures look so intriguing.”









AROUND CAMPUS CAN WE TALK? The Teaching and Learning Center is hosting “Can We Talk” on Sept. 17 in room 111 of the Tech Center. The program runs from 3:30-5 p.m. and is designed to assist faculty members in understanding the difficulties associated with teaching a course involving race and diversity. Interested faculty members should visit the Teaching and Learning Center registration system to register and learn more information.

–Alexa Bricker

FESTA DI ROMA The annual Festa di Roma exhibition will take place on Wednesday evening in the Tyler School of Art. The event highlights artwork created by students while studying at Temple Rome. This year’s showcase will feature the Postcard Project, miniature artwork from The Tiny Biennale and miscellaneous works from Rome graduate students. Festa di Roma runs from 4-6 p.m. in the Tyler Lower Atrium. aaron windhorst TTN

Seneca Harberger is currently focusing his medical studies on the North Philadelphia community.

For student, medicine runs in family someone gets shot,” Harberger said, “But I can help them afterward to make sure that they’re getting their care. Also, though violence is a problem in Philadelphia, high blood pressure and diabetes affect way more people, so it is important that the family doctor focuses on those things.” Concurrent with his medical degree, Harberger is pursuing a Master of Arts in urban bioethics, with a thesis focused on health issues affecting North Philadelphia’s homeless population. “[Harberger’s] future patients will be very lucky,” said Nora Jones, the Director of Bioethics Education. “He was in two of my introductory seminars and was simply phenomenal.” Jones said that Harberger always visualizes how doctors can change the health care system and become some of the best providers for the underserved population. “He is one of those practitioners that has a holistic view of patients and where they are in the healing process,” Jones said. “He is very thoughtful and is, of course, inclusive of other students.” Harberger has worked with other Temple University Medical students in service projects geared


toward the underserved North Phila- eat every day?’ Or we said things delphia community. He said he sees like, ‘I know that you don’t eat fruits many different medical attitudes in and vegetables, but what’s preventthe area. ing you from doing that?’ It was “We have attitudes in medicine great because we saw the patients that interpret behavior based on our on a weekly basis. We were able to own experience,” Harberger said. get comfortable with them and get “For example, I’m a middle-class to know them individually.” white guy from cenThrough the tral Pennsylvania, so “Stop MRSA” proI may have a different gram, Harberger reason for skipping and other students an appointment than treated undera single mother living served patients and in North Philadelphia. distributed free anIt’s important that we tibiotics. understand the reasons “We got to behind that.” help people who Harberger served do not have good as a coordinator for resources outside both the Temple Emer- Nora Jones / Director of Bioethics of the ER,” HarEducation gency Action Corps’ berger said. “For Homelessness Initiame, these are the tive (TEAC) and the ‘Stop MRSA’ patients that I want to interact with study through Temple Department who are struggling with the medical of Emergency Medicine. care.” As a coordinator in TEAC, Harberger continued servicing Harberger served men’s shelters that even more patients when he was on focused on mental health and sub- rotation at the Community Volunstance abuse. teers in Medicine, a non-profit pri“Our overall goal was to pro- mary care, medical and dental clinic mote health literacy,” Harberger serving the needs of the uninsured said. “Instead of telling patients to and underinsured residents of Chesstop living unhealthy lifestyles, we ter County, Pennsylvania. asked questions like, ‘What do you “[Harberger] came on a fourth-

“He is one

of those practitioners that has a holistic view of patients...

year rotation and was such a natural teacher,” said Dr. Mary Wirshup, the vice president of Medical Affairs at CVM. “He’s the best candidate in family practice that I’ve seen in years.” Wirshup said that Harberger’s commitment to direct patient care reflects the reputation of Temple’s Medical School. “Temple Medical School is outstanding because it focuses so much on patient care,” Wirshup said. “[Harberger] is a student that does this and should be commended. He is definitely a future leader in medicine.” Harberger hopes that he can inspire others to be leaders in family medicine through winning the Pisacano Scholar award. “I wanted to apply to show that leaders in family medicine are not just leaders because of their innovations,” Harberger said. “If I think about what my dad was doing in his office, he was a leader in family medicine because he led his patients to better choices and showed them what was important. Family med doctors will always be leaders because of that.” * sienna.vance@temple.edu

PHOTOGRAPHER IRIS DAWN PARKER Photographer Iris Dawn Parker will be leading a presentation on her personal journey as an AfricanAmerican artist living and working in post-apartheid South Africa on Wednesday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. She will also be discussing her piece “My visit with Madiba,” which was inspired by her visit last year with Nelson Mandela. This event is sponsored by the School of Media and Communications and the Maxine Edelson Elkin Endowed Lecture Fund and will take place in Temple Contemporary on the first floor of the Tyler School of Art. –Jess Smith

BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO Temple Theater is presenting a production of “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” on Sept. 17 at the Adrienne Theater, located at 2030 Sansom St. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and offers a glimpse into the lives of two American soldiers and an Iraqi translator during the Iraq War. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for students and senior citizens and $10 with a TU student ID. The show is intended for mature audiences.

Youth tell stories of elderly through nonprofit their guard a little bit,” Smith said. It was all about making conversation and humanizing the participants, rather than just obtaining information from them, he said. From Philadelphia, Smith embarked on a counterclockwise route that included stops at Wisconsin, California and Texas. Smith had nothing planned, he said, but to attempt to discover a place that appeared offbeat and hope for the best. On his eighth day of the first road trip, Smith said he met the oldest man on Earth at the time, Walter Breuning. A supercentenarian living in Montana, Breuning was 113 years old during their encounter. “He was telling me a story about his grandfather, who had fought in the civil war, and that kind of blew me away,” Smith said. One year later, Smith decided to take a second road trip. Smith also instituted writing workshops with the help of the Alzheimer’s Association. “It was taking the same idea of the postcard and passing on memories, ideas and advice to future generations, but applying it to the population that needed it most,” Smith said. SBYF is now a nonprofit organization. Smith is currently looking for new writers who have an interest

–Jess Smith


–Alexa Bricker

100% PHILADELPHIA In collaboration with FringeArts and part of the 2014 Fringe Festival, German artist collective Rimini Protokoll will host 100% Philadelphia. This event brings 100 selected Philadelphia citizens onstage to represent the city’s diverse population of 1.5 million. Part-theater, part-data analysis, this performance runs from 7-10 p.m. Friday through Sunday in Temple Performing Arts Center.

–Jess Smith


Matthew Smith inspires people to document stories of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

in conserving memories. Volunteers team up young writers, who become biographers, with people who have Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Smith developed the program so that writers can conduct interviews and work towards a specific memory of the interviewee. “It is this really cool process

where the participant takes their memory, that is sometimes kind of blurry or out of focus, and gives as much detail as they can to the writer,” Smith said. The idea of advice on the road trip fueled the project, Smith said. For him, it’s the experience of slowing down and reflecting that counts.

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“Everyone focuses on the postcards and the library, but what I’m most proud of is the experience that we’ve built that connects different generations and creates reflection,” he said. * emily.scott@temple.edu T @emilyscott315

Poet LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs will be reading her work in Temple Contemporary, located in the Tyler School of Art, on Sept. 18 from 6-8:30 p.m. Diggs has been featured in places like MoMA, The Walking Center, the Brooklyn Museum and The Whitney. The event is sponsored by the Graduate MFA Creative Writing Program. –Claire Sasko





Brunson announces Villanova commitment FIVE-STAR POINT GUARD WAS A TEMPLE TARGET Jalen Brunson didn’t need words. The five-star point guard merely had to unzip his sweatshirt, revealing a white T-shirt with “Villanova Basketball” emblazoned on the front, to announce his college decision. Brunson will head to Villanova, a Big 5 rival of Temple’s, announcing his verbal commitment to the school Wednesday evening. Brunson’s choice, announced in front of a myriad of cameras and reporters, was delivered a day after it was reported and confirmed by his father, Rick Brunson, that Jalen was deciding between Villanova and Illinois Wednesday. The Adlai E. Stevenson High School senior out of Lincolnshire, Illinois was heavily recruited by Temple. Per last Tuesday’s reports, it was clear the school had dropped out of the running for the 6-foot-1-inches, 180-pound point guard. Rick Brunson played for Temple from 1991-95 and built a notable pedigree under former coach John Chaney for the Owls during his four-year career with the team. He played nine NBA seasons before retiring in 2006. Brunson was reportedly set to join Temple as an assistant in June, before reports of his arrest and charge for attempted sexual assault emerged a week later, effectively ending any further notion of his potentially joining the Owls’ staff. The open coaching spot was filled with Aaron McKie’s hiring last month. -Andrew Parent


Each year, Temple cross country pays tribute to Roswell Friend, a former runner who took his own life after a battle with depression in 2011. “Roswell walked into the room and lit it up,” Regina Friend, Roswell’s mother, said. “He had over 1,200 friends on Facebook and he knew every single Continued from page 22


Field for the first time. But the good times last Saturday seemed to stop there, as Temple struggled against a Navy offense that scored 31 points with a lopsided 487 rushing yards. Despite Chandler’s four solo tackles that day, the Owls defense was hard-pressed to find a way to stop Navy’s rushing onslaught. After a tough 2013 season, in which the Owls went 2-10, Brown stressed the importance of sticking to the basics in a new year, along with the maturation of junior and fellow defensive back Tavon Young. “I knew I had to take over and bring everybody along,” Young said. “Everybody else is young and hasn’t gotten through the system yet.” But like many others, the veteran knew Chandler was going to find his way to the field once he saw him in action. “I felt like he was going to come in and make an impact early,” Young said. “Once I saw him in a couple practices in camp, I knew that he was going to play this year.” Brown said Young serves as a mentor for Chandler. “[Young] kind of grooms ‘Champ’ and those guys,” Brown said. “He is like the leader of that group, and Champ is just following right in play. Those guys go at it and compete to see who is the best.” Regardless of his position on the depth chart, however, Chandler prioritizes the team’s success before his individual accomplishments. “I just want to win games,” Chandler said. “Just help anyway I can.” * nick.tricome@temple.edu T @itssnick215

Massachusetts at the Conference Cup Tournament in Lancaster, then split a weekend road trip with a 6-1 against Rutgers last Friday, then a 3-0 loss to No. 4 Duke. The Owls beat Delaware 5-1 on Friday before falling to No. 3 Maryland on Sunday, 3-0. -Nick Tricome



Rachel Steinman has started all six of the team’s games in the 2014 season.

one of them. … I’m glad to know that he became the young man I raised him to be.” Friend’s love for running came in the 11th grade after he failed to make the basketball team, and knew his mother’s expectations. “My rule is that you have to do something extracurricular,” Regina Friend said. “He did not like that, but after a little time with the team you could not stop him. He was obsessed with track and field as well as cross country. You could not take him away from it.” Regina Friend said she believes her son’s love and passion for running masked much of the depression. “Roswell had been dealing with depression like any other person,” Friend said. “He had a therapist and he was very hard on himself like many young kids tend to be. It just got to be too much for him … Roswell had completed all of his credits and was ready to graduate.” “Seeing all of his friends get jobs and move out on their own scared him,” she added. “He felt a lot of


pressure for it, which he shouldn’t have. Roswell felt like he would lose face somehow if he were forthcoming about what he had been dealing with was too much for him. A lot of young adults feel like they should be able to go through these changes on their own.” -Dalton Balthaser


Former Temple women’s basketball standout Candice Dupree helped the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury secure the 2014 WNBA Championship on Friday, tying for the game-high with 24 points in the title-clinching contest. The Mercury outlasted the Chicago Sky, 87-82, en route to clinching the title in a three-game sweep. Dupree is a former Temple All-American and won 2006 Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors. She was selected sixth overall by the Sky in the 2006 WNBA Draft, and played four seasons with Chicago before she was traded to the Mercury in 2010. -Andrew Parent



With a 3-1 start to the season, the Owls earned the No. 16 spot in the first week of the Penn Monto/ NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. A 3-1 start at this time last year, that included a 3-0 upset over then-No. 6 Penn State on Sept. 6, had the Owls in the No. 11 spot. They retained a place in the Top 20 rankings until the end of last season. This year’s preseason poll left Temple unranked entering the season. The Owls began their season with back-to-back wins against Northeastern and the University of

The golf team’s schedule, released Monday, has the squad participating in six tournaments this fall. The team first tees off on Sept. 22 at the Hartford Hawk Invitational in Hartford, CT. The team’s only local tournament will be the Temple Invitational Oct. 11-12 in Hundington Valley, PA. Last season at the Temple Invitational, the team finished fourth, which was their second best finish all season. The team finished off play for the fall at the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic in Charleston, South Carolina. -Michael Guise

Sugai finds new home after sports cuts SUGAI PAGE 1

Former Temple middle infielder Reyn Sugai was forced to transfer in order to keep his baseball career alive.

Sugai’s decision came the next day, on a treadmill. “I woke up and went to my physical education class,” Sugai said. “The first thing I saw on the TV ... was a Temple University student. As soon as that happened, I shut off the treadmill and turned off the TV and called my parents.” Despite the fiscal benefits of going elsewhere, Sugai said he chose Temple for its journalism program, and nearly stayed because of it. Sugai said he considered giving up his baseball career in order to finish his degree at Temple, but ultimately chose to continue his baseball career, sacrificing his chance to remain

part of the academic program he schools in the country, I’d say.” cherished. Sugai, now training for the “Temple was everything spring with his new team, has I was looking for,” Sugai said. had a hard time adjusting to “[Temple was] yet another definitely perchange of fect. They scenery. covered both “Things things. They are a lot played in a redifferent ally good conhere,” the ference and middle-inthe schooling fielder said. was second to “I’m still none. Being not really in a big city, adjusted or there was a lot Carl Iwasaki / Northern Colorado coach attached yet. of exposure I’m not fully and media acinvested like tion going on. It was probably I was at Temple yet, so it’s a lot one of the better journalism different.”

“I told him way

back in November, ‘Hey Reyn, listen man, I know it’s been hard but it’s not your fault’

Sugai joins a Northern Colorado baseball team with four Hawaii natives, as well as his coach, a native of Honolulu. In approaching his new transfer player, Northern Colorado coach Carl Iwasaki made sure to reassure Sugai that his struggles to find a safe haven in his college career was not a result of anything he had done wrong. “I told him way back in November, ‘Hey Reyn, listen man, I know it’s been hard but it’s not your fault,’” Northern Colorado coach Carl Iwasaki said. Through the cuts, Sugai still regrets the missed opportunity of finishing his journalism degree at Temple, as well as the


student body. “I wanted to leave college with a Temple degree,” Sugai said. “[I miss] the opportunity and the people you meet on a daily basis the campus was unreal.” “[I miss] being around your peers and instructors that have been through the programs and been in the same situations that you want to be in as a student. I really cherished those kind of experiences and I learned a lot,” he added. * esmith@temple.edu ( 215.204. 9537 T @ejsmitty17




player spotlight | transfer students

to make them feel comfortable and that Temple is a good option for them,” Hatakeyama said. “We want them to have ing Temple herself. a really good feel about things However, while Mc Cullough played a role in Nich- and know who we are.” For transfers, the process olson’s choice, the freshman recalled significant dialogue with is a little different, as junior Ganes regarding what each side defensive specialist Kayla Yinwas looking for. For Ganes, gling learned. Yingling spent her first calling and emailing recruits is nothing new, and the commu- year playing collegiate volleynication goes beyond just the ball at the University of Buffalo. Despite being from Spring players. “The main thing that plays Grove, Pennsylvania, just two into recruiting is relationships hours from Philadelphia, Tem– relationships with club di- ple wasn’t on her radar coming rectors, club coaches and high out of high school. “I didn’t even think about school coaches,” Ganes said. However, Ganes said it’s Temple, actually,” Yingling said. all about the H o w e v e r, players in the after a season end. at Buffalo, Yin“It all gling said she comes down to felt a change what the proswas needed. pect wants,” “It was Ganes said. mainly [former “So you kind Buffalo coach of have to find Todd Kress],” their niche.” Yingling said. For Ganes and assistant Akiko Hatakeyama / recruiting “We didn’t see coach and recoordinator eye-to-eye.” After decidcruiting cooring to transfer, dinator Akiko Hatakeyama, finding the niche it was up to Yingling to look at for Nicholson’s teammate, an- schools and see if they offered other freshman and outside hit- her preferred major of sport ter Dara Peric was a little differ- and recreation management. ent than most recruits. Peric is She also looked for teams that from Belgrade, Serbia and nev- needed defensive players, and er visited Temple before com- then sent emails out to respecmitting. While Peric had been tive coaches. Having exchanging UP NEXT been through emails with Big 5 Invitational a tough first Hatakeyama Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. year at Buffalo, almost every day, that didn’t curb her nerves Yingling contemplated taking with arriving at Temple for the a semester off to give herself time to find the right school and first time. “I was nervous because ensure that she wouldn’t have everything was so new for me to transfer again. The option of and the fact that I can’t speak sacrificing half a year wasn’t my language anymore because necessary, though, as she ultino one understands me,” Peric mately wound up at Temple. “When I came on my vissaid. “The good thing is that we started practicing right it, I didn’t really know what I away and I got to meet the girls would think of it because I’ve a day after I came here. I made never experienced the whole a connection with them and I city thing,” Yingling said. “I fell in love with it. I love it here loved it.” As the recruiting coordi- and I’m glad I chose [Temple].” nator, Hatakeyama said she is used to dealing with emails * greg.frank@temple.edu from prospects. For Hatakeya- T @G_Frank6 ma, the message to each one is simple. “I’m sure they’re considering other schools but we want Continued from page 22


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[recruits] to have a really good feel about things and know who we are.

Junior forward Kelly Farrell controls possession in the Owls’ 3-2 defeat of Drexel on Sept. 7.


For O’Connor, transfer students playing vital roles Kayla Cunningham leads a revamped offensive attack. OWEN MCCUE The Temple News Kayla Cunningham was homesick. Last fall, she was playing field hockey in the Big Ten Conference at Indiana University. Originally from Whitehall High School, Cunningham said she felt Indiana was too far from home. She also heard about Temple from Owls’ sophomore midfielder Elaine Byerly, a former club teammate of Cunningham’s. Despite having not played last season per the NCAA’s transfer policy, Cunningham said she feels playing for her club team this summer helped her wear off some of the rust. “Playing on the summer league team did help me get back into things like shooting and first touch, also getting a little experience playing with girls that do play in college,” Cunningham said. Cunningham joins a newlook attacking unit for the Owls that also features sophomore Gina DiTaranto and junior Kelly Farrell.

“Their presence up front has been fantastic,” coach Seamus O’Connor said. The aggressive, attacking style of play was something missing from the Owls last season, a season in when they scored just 17 goals. Whether it’s been pushing the ball forward or getting more shots on goal, this year’s squad has been able to wear down opponents along with enjoying more scoring opportunities. The additions of DiTaranto and Cunningham and the continued growth of Farrell, a sophomore, are a big part of it. D i Ta r a n t o , a Strath Haven High School product, said she transferred from the University of Delaware two years ago because she thought another school would give her a better opportunity to develop as a player. This season, DiTaranto has provided quite the scoring punch for the Owls as she is tied with Farrell for a team-leading four goals. The center midfielder gives credit to her coach for how easy it has been to adjust to her new team this season. “[O’Connor] is a great com-

municator and from the start un- mates. Farrell, who is tied for derstood my situation and made a team-leading 15 shots with me feel comfortable making the Cunningham, has already surtransition,”DiTaranto said. “He passed her 12 attempts on goal has given me my confidence from last season. With a year of collegiate back and enabled me to enjoy experithe game again.” UP NEXT ence on Farrell, a SouthOwls at Delaware her side ern New Jersey naSept. 19 at 4 p.m. and newtive out of Timber Creek High School, transferred found confidence in her scoring from Old Dominion two years abilities, Farrell said she feels ago. Farrell wanted to be closer she is always ready to put presto home and felt Old Dominion sure on the defense. “My first thought when I wasn’t a good fit for her after a change in coaching staff took receive the ball is ‘attack the place before goal’ or if that’s not an option she joined to set someone else with a good the team. opportunity at net,” Farrell said. The three have already built Her club soccer coach, some chemistry on the field. a friend of Farrell has been impressed by O’Connor’s, how comfortably the three have s u g g e s t e d played together. “You would never be able T e m p l e might suit to tell that [we] have only played Kelly Farrell/ forward her better. together for only about a month The ju- now,” Farrell said. “It’s crazy. nior, who switches between for- I always know where they are ward and attacking midfielder, going to run or where they will transitioned well to the Owls play the ball. Spending everylast season in leading the team day with each other and pracwith three assistant and tying ticing three times a day during for the team-lead with seven preseason, [we] really built a lot of chemistry together.” points. O’Connor, though, said he wants Farrell to take on a new * owen.mccue@temple.edu role. He wants her to be more aggressive taking shots rather than just setting up her team-

“My first thought when I receive the ball is ‘attack the goal.’


Halle McCullough serves in the Temple Invitational.


In new setting, Ross has ‘come a long way’ As a transfer student from Hartford, Patrick Ross is expected to excel. MICHAEL GUISE The Temple News Patrick Ross did not play in a single match for the golf team last year. Yet, his impact reverberated across the team. The redshirt senior, who joined the team in Fall 2013 after transferring from Hartford University, is looking to help his team turn around the woes from last season. Coach Brian Quinn, who called Ross a “true teammate,” said Ross is held in high esteem by his teammates.

“I think he was a leader last year,” to worry about competing. “That was a big year for me,” Ross Quinn said. “He is definitely someone who all the kids look up to and respect said. “I felt that I could work a lot with and he will absolutely be a leader and [Quinn] and get better and not have to be one of the captains of the golf team.” worry about how I was going to do.” Quinn said he has noticed the imLeadership is something Ross said he values, and that he understands what provements in Ross’ game. advice and experience an upperclass“He has really come a long way man can bring. this summer, but UP NEXT “I consider he was really talHartford Hawk Invitational myself a leader of ented before he Sept. 22. the team,” Ross came down here said. “We have a bunch of kids on the and that is all on [Ross],” Quinn said. team who can bring a lot to the table “He has done a phenomenal job. He and be that upperclassman to talk to.” has been a great player all his life.” Despite having not yet taken a Ross, who had one year of eligicompetitive swing for the golf team, bility at his disposal when he jumped Ross said he feels he is more ready to Temple, was offered the opportunity than ever. He attributes this to his red- to play last season last season days beshirt year, during which he was able to fore the team’s first tournament, but work on his golf swing without having declined. He said he felt like he had

more to gain by choosing to sit out and acclimate himself with his new teammates as opposed to playing as a “one and done.” “I’m a lot better for redshirting last year than I would be if I didn’t,” Ross said. For this season, Ross said it’s all about consistency. “If you look at the best golfers in the world, consistency is what it is about,” Ross said. “Anyone can have a good day but it all depends on how bad your bad rounds are.” Ross said he must be more confident in himself, as he said he put in the work as a redshirt last year. “You have to trust yourself,” Ross said. “You practice a lot, every day for hours and we’ve been doing this for years now and we have the skill. Don’t

think ahead.” Quinn, who has been working on the mental aspect of golf with Ross since the Dunmore, Pennsylvania native arrived on Main Campus, believes Ross is too hard on himself. He said he preaches that “the most important shot in golf is your next one” and wants Ross to avoid the potential negative energy after a mistake. “[Ross] beats himself up a little too much,” Quinn said. “I wish he could let that go a little bit and take things a little lighter. “You are going to see a lot of good things out of him.” * michael.guise@temple.edu T @MikeG2511




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Top-tier competition stalls Owls

Freshman Joonas Jokinen turns after the ball in Temple’s rain-soaked 2-2 draw with La Salle Saturday. The Owls are 1--1-3 through their first five games.

The Owls have struggled offensively, netting six goals in five games. STEVE BOHNEL The Temple News It’s been a different type of start this season. In 2013, the men’s soccer team was 4-1 through its first five matches, posting shutouts in all four of its victories. This fall, the Owls are 1-1-3. These struggles can, in part, be traced back to the fact that Temple is facing stiffer competition than it was a year ago. The Owls have seen Penn State, Drexel and Duke in its non-conference schedule this fall, compared to teams like Saint Peter’s, Wofford, and Hofstra, Temple’s first three opponents last year. The Nittany Lions are currently ranked No. 16 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America coaches’ poll, and the Dragons won the Colonial Athletic Association last year, qualifying for the NCAA tournament. Owls Coach David MacWilliams said his team’s inexperience against bigger programs has showed through the season’s first couple of weeks.

“We’re a young team,” MacWilliams said. “Unfortunately, we came out on the short end against some of these teams, but in order to get to the [NCAA tournament], you have to play teams with a high [rating percentage index]. You can be 14-0 and not play anybody, and that’s not going to help you.” MacWilliams added that he doesn’t necessarily agree with how a team’s RPI is calculated. “Wins are wins,” MacWilliams said. “There’s a lot of parody in college [soccer] today … some teams play only five home games, and then there are some teams that only play three or four away games the whole year, and we don’t punish those teams for not playing enough away games. I think we need to do that more to create a balance in the RPI.” Sophomore defenseman Robert Sagel said another characteristic that makes facing elite competition is the experience Temple lacks. “They have top players, they’re big programs and have a lot of experience,” Sagel said. “Most of them have been at that high level for quite a while. They’re not strangers to it, and our goal is to get up to that level as well.” Corner struggles Goals have come at a premium for Temple thus far this season, as the Owls

assists for 15 points in 2013, starting in 10 of Temple’s 20 games as a freshman. Three of those goals came while Foran helped to fill in for an injured Youtz at The senior and sophomore for- the time, who missed four games during wards, respectively, tallied back-to-back the season with an injured forearm. Despite the injury, Youtz came up goals in the victory. with 16 goals and seven assists for 39 Youtz has tallied four goals and an points in 2013, leading the team in goals assist for nine points through Temple’s scored and finishing second in all of Difirst six games. vision I in goals per game with an averForan came up with her first goal age of 2.44. of the season on Friday, an added two Foran said she was eyeing to take assists to the one she had recorded in on a larger role in her second year before a 6-1 win against Rutgers on Sept. 5. the season began, and she has come far Both have started in all five of the Owls’ from the quiet, reserved person she was games up to this point. as a freshman 12 months ago, Youtz said. Coach Amanda “Miles,” Youtz Janney said she was UP NEXT said of Foran’s prolooking for Foran to Owls at Bucknell gression. “When take a step forward Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. she first came in she heading into the 2014 played great from campaign. Although the beginning, don’t get me wrong. But the sophomore struggled to get into the you can just see improvement every goal column through the team’s first four games, she has still managed to progress. single game, and the confidence every “This was a huge game for [Fo- single game. That is what we need from ran],” Janney said after Friday’s game. the younger players on our team.” Youtz, meanwhile, is moving up in “She has been playing great for us, but the record books during her final season. has had trouble finding goals. To get two With 46 goals career goals to this point, assists and a goal today was outstanding Youtz is tied for fifth on the program’s for her.” all-time scoring record. She is also fifth “We were just talking about that on in points with 113 to her name, needing the sidelines, about how it felt great to four more to move into fourth. have two back-to-back goals, give-andgo’s,” Foran added. “We just wanted to get back to how it was last year, and that * nick.tricome@temple.edu T @itssnick215 [first goal] was the one to really set it off.” Foran registered five goals and five


have tallied six of them in five matches and pick them off. I need to do a better this fall, tied for No. 98 in NCAA scor- job swinging them in there, putting on [Sagel’s] head, stuff like that.” ing offense. One of the aspects contributing to this statistic is Temple’s failure to con- A Drop in Defense Temple’s defense was dominant vert from set pieces, especially corner from the start last year, allowing one goal kicks. Temple has earned 29 corners, 15 in its first five matches. They rode that more than its opponents. Yet, the Owls momentum through the rest of the fall, have only converted on two of these op- finishing tied for ninth in the nation in portunities, both of which came off bro- goals against average, at 0.67 per match. This year, it’s been a different ken plays in the box. UP NEXT story. MacWilliams The Owls have already said there are a few Owls at Fordham surrendered seven goals in reasons his team Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. five matches (1.40 GAA), hasn’t been able to which ranks them at No. 116 in GAA capitalize from this area of the game. “We haven’t executed, both on our amongst Division I teams. MacWilliams said the loss of two service and on our runs in the box,” MacWilliams said. “Part of it is we aren’t key defenders from last year has been getting enough guys in the box … part a significant factor as to why his squad of that is the athleticism of some of the hasn’t performed as well defensively this teams that we’re playing … end-to-end, season compared to last fall. “We had [2014 graduates Sawyer we have to be a little more mobile in getting forward and getting guys in the Hemmer and Nolan Hemmer],” MacWilliams said. “They were both big parts box.” Junior forward/midfielder Jared of our defense. It’s tough replacing those Martinelli, who has been the primary guys. … We have a little less experience corner-kick taker during the past two [defensively] … we just have to be more seasons, takes accountability for the consistent.” team’s struggles with corners. “Part of that is my fault,” Martinelli * steve.bohnel@temple.edu said. “I’ve been floating some balls in, T @SteveSportsGuy1 and keepers have been able to come out

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Sophomore Katie Foran teamed up with senior Amber Youtz for two goals Friday.


probably next to [Van Cortlandt Park] up in New York, in the entire east coast.” Glatts isn’t the only runner who knows the course well. In total, there are seven members on the men’s and women’s teams combined who ran the course in high school. Every Wednesday, the PCL has meets at Belmont. In fact, the course plays a crucial role in the evaluation and the recruiting of runners from the surrounding areas. “I would say [Belmont] is a distinct advantage because kids who are familiar with this course and don’t like the course, are kids that typically are afraid to train hard and work hard,” Snyder said. “Kids that know the course and love the course are the kind that grind and are bluecollar kids that I love to have here. Those kids are representatives of what we are trying to build here at Temple.” The Belmont Plateau first opened in 1964 and is celebrating its 50-year anniversary this season. The high school course at Belmont was originally designed at 2.3 miles. Then in 1974, the course was extended to 2.9 miles. After 15 years at 2.9 miles, the course was changed to 3.1 miles, a 5k, in 1989. The original college course was designed for five miles. In 1999, the men’s college course was significantly redesigned at its current distance of 8,000 meters. The original women’s course was set at three miles and was later extended to 5,000 meters in 1999. During the 50 years that the course has been open, it has hosted many of the current coaches in the Big 5. Saint Joseph’s men’s cross country coach, Mike Glavin, and Villanova men’s cross country coach, Marcus O’Sullivan, each ran for their respective schools in college. The women’s distance coach at Villanova, Gina Procaccio, also ran at Villanova. All three coaches have run the course several times. Bringing together all of these coaches is something Snyder said he looks forward to, and that he feels the rivalries are important to school history. “Going through the transition that we’ve gone through with conference realignments and schools shifting different places, I feel like a lot of traditional rivalries have been lost over the couple of years,” Snyder said. “The neat thing about this race is that we are able to keep the continuity of the city rivalry that has existed for a pretty darn long time.” Not only does Snyder find the history important, but the athletes do as well. For junior Ryan DeBarberie, being a part of the history is important. “It’s pretty cool to put myself in the history too,” DeBarberie said. “To say that I competed in all of these races here where a bunch of great athletes have competed also, it means a lot.” One of the original runners from when Temple first started using Belmont, Bill Mahoney, received both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the university. Mahoney was the first runner to win the Big 5 championship four years in a row, and each year setting a new record for best time. “Fifty years later, it still brings out the emotions of competitiveness,” Mahoney said. “This course in its original form is much more difficult than any other.” * edward.lefurge@temple.edu T @Ed_LeFurge_III


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Ganes focuses on future

Sean Chandler secured his spot as starting cornerback.

The volleyball team recruited players two years in advance.

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GREG FRANK The Temple News Not all canceled flights lead to frustrated travelers. Just ask Emily Nicholson. The freshman middle blocker is a native of Denver, Colorado and committed to Temple last spring after visiting the university on her high school’s spring break. While eating breakfast the morning she was expecting to return to Denver, Nicholson received a text from her dad saying her flight had been canceled due to inclement weather. This forced Nicholson to stay at Temple for two extra days, which she said sealed the decision. “Those two extra days had a huge difference for me,” Nicholson said. “By the end of that second day I didn’t want to leave.” Nicholson was also considering Temple’s American Athletic Conference foe Cincinnati, as well as Florida Gulf Coast. But after her two extra days on North Broad Street, her mind was made up. “I called [coach Bakeer Ganes] right when I got back,” Nicholson added. Nicholson was already friends with junior middle blocker Halle McCullough prior to committing to Temple. McCullough is from Colorado Springs and played with Nicholson on the same club team in high school. Nicholson said McCullough’s choosing Temple sparked her interest in join-



Freshman defensive back Sean Chandler tackles Navy’s Jamir Tillman on Sept. 6 in a 31-24 loss.

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that.” It’s hard not to, considering they grew up a short walk apart. “[Foran] lives five minutes from my house,” Youtz said. NICK TRICOME “We’ve been very close, famThe Temple News ily and everything, and I think Amber Youtz and Katie it just helps to be on the field Foran don’t need to do much together now.” In Delatalking on the ware’s circle earfield. ly in the first half The two of Temple’s 5-1 Dauphin, rout of the Blue Pennsylvania Hens on Friday, natives just Youtz interceptknow where ed an attempted the other is goDelaware clearing to be. ance. She closed “We come in on goal with from the same Foran alongside high school,” her and dished Youtz said. it off to the “We really just Amber Youtz / forward sophomore, who played a lot. promptly deposWe know each ited the ball in the back of the other’s style. Most players need cage. to talk to each other on the field. About 3 1/2 minutes later, I just know where she is going the two of them connected on with the ball, and she knows an almost identical play, the where I’m going.” roles reversed this time. “We just automatically have that chemistry,” Youtz added. “And it’s great to have FORWARDS PAGE 21

meets for 50 years.

ean Chandler said he was going to start at cornerback. As a freshman, though, he knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task. “I told him it was going to be hard,” defensive backs coach Fran Brown said. “But it happened. It was something that he thought would happen, but it was still something where I thought he was going to come and contribute, not start right away like that.” “It’s been nothing but hard work and dedication,” Chandler said. “It’s been a big change from high school. I’m still even getting used to it now.” Yet, Brown said the transition went a little smoother than expected. “He is a football guy,” Brown said. “He is a gym rat when it comes to football. He’s not complacent, he understood that ‘I have to bust my butt every day in order to keep something.’” When the former two-way player at Camden High School arrived at training camp, he impressed from the outset. “He really is one one of the guys that stood out right away,” junior linebacker Tyler Matakevich said. “For him to compete at the level that he was competing, I mean he was going just as hard, if not harder than some of the vets. That is what you love from a new guy like that. “You love seeing that,” Matakevich added. “Just throughout camp, he just progressed and got better and better. He just kept competing, and it got to the point where

they wouldn’t even throw to his side.” There was a point in training camp, Matakevich recalled, in which the team ran two-minute drills for three consecutive days. All three times, Chandler, who goes by the nickname “Champ,” came up with an interception to end it. “A guy like that, just competing, from my perspective I love having a guy like that out there with me,” Matakevich said. The work Chandler put in at training camp had him entering the season as one of the team’s “tough guys,” a revivedtradition from former Temple coach Al Golden’s era that gave him the right to wear a single-digit number on his jersey based on a selection by his teammates. “He had a majority of the votes,” Matakevich said. “Coming from an older guy, I was shocked. He got the number and some kids might take a step back and he’s just progressively just keeps getting better and keeps competing.” Chandler and his coaches also feel he adjusted well to the team’s defensive scheme. “He is able to check things on his own without being told all the time,” Brown said. “That is the difference. You usually got to tell that to freshmen, but he kind of knows it. He watches a lot of film and he knows his playbook.” In Temple’s home-opening loss to Navy, Chandler made the first start of his collegiate career. In front of his family, Chandler relished the opportunity. “It was definitely a good feeling,” Chandler said, with his mother and sister watching in the stands as he ran through the tunnel of Lincoln Financial


Old teammates use Belmont Plateau course reaches half-century mark Plateau has renewed familiarity Belmont hosted competitive Katie Foran and Amber Youtz have spent years together.

“We know each

other’s style. Most people need to talk ... I just know where she is going with the ball.

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ED LEFURGE III The Temple News For Owen Glatts, not using the full length of Belmont Plateau during a pre-season race is about as big of a violation as there is. “It’s almost like benching Larry Bird,” the Temple cross country runner said. Glatts, who took part in the third annual Friend Big 5 Invitational at the course, said he believes Belmont’s difficulty is what makes it unique. “Belmont is one of the hardest courses in the state,” Glatts said. “That’s how it got its reputation. I mean, the hills have names. If you bring that up to any local runner, it sends chills down their spine because they’re such brutal hills.” Glatts knows this because the Belmont Plateau not only features an invitational for all of the Big 5 schools every year, but it also plays host for a plethora of high schools and league championships, including Philadelphia Public League and


Redshirt junior Alex Izewski (second from left) races in the Big 5 Invitational Friday.

Philadelphia Catholic League schools, the Inter-Ac League championships and PIAA District XII championships. The course has also featured collegiate championships and invitational tournaments as well. It held the Big 5 college championship, as well as the


Mid-Atlantic Conference, East Coast Conference and, currently, the Atlantic 10 Conference championship meets. Temple cross country coach James Snyder feels Belmont is unique because so many people use the course. “The interesting part about

Belmont that makes it stand out is that there is a lot of people that are familiar with it,” Snyder said. “It’s the most commonly used cross country course in the state of Pennsylvania. I would say [Belmont] is one of the most commonly used courses,


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Volume 93 Issue 04  

Issue for Tuesday September 16, 2014.

Volume 93 Issue 04  

Issue for Tuesday September 16, 2014.


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