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HISTORIC LOSS, p. 20
Penn State defeats Temple for the 38th time in the series’ 81-year history by a score of 24-13.
SKY LIGHTS, p. 9
“Open Air,” an installation by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, lights up the Philly skyline.
Mother paying burden of son’s death The IRS is charging a mother taxes on a loan after her son died last summer. CINDY STANSBURY The Temple News The death of a child is a level of pain no parent ever wants to experience. But for the mother of a Temple alumnus who died in August 2011, financial stress has also surfaced as a
Coalition fights for fair labor A group delivered letter to president on behalf of fair labor rights. SEAN CARLIN News Editor Barnes & Noble and Temple are both affiliated with the Fair Labor Association, but one group on Main Campus is looking for the university to go further in its efforts to have Temple’s memorabilia made in laborfriendly factories. The Coalition of Students Against Sweatshops delivered a letter on Sept. 19 to Acting President Richard Englert’s office and to Temple bookstore manager Jim Hanley, requesting an opportunity from Englert and Hanely to meet with the student group to discuss ways to make sure any gear with the Temple logo is coming from factories with labor-friendly practices. “As students of Temple University, we want to know
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result her son’s passing. The late Roswell Friend, 22, passed away between Aug. 18 and Aug. 23 of last summer. A member of the men’s track & field team before graduating in 2011, he was last seen going on a run. Housemates found a note on a whiteboard from him that read: “I’m sorry guys.” Days later, his body was found in the Delaware River. His mother, Regina Friend, a year after the untimely passing of her son, was recently in-
formed that she owes $14,000 in taxes to the IRS on a $55,400 Parent-PLUS loan taken out to pay for her son’s education. Roswell Friend transferred to Temple from Morgan State University to major in broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media and to compete on the men’s track team. “I was excited,” said Regina Friend, recalling the day her son’s Temple acceptance letter arrived. “Then I went online, looked up the tuition, called him and said, ‘How do you plan to
pay for this?’” Regina Friend said that Temple was significantly more expensive than Morgan State and, in order to compensate financially, she applied for and received a parent-plus loan. Parent-PLUS loans are taken out by a parent, as opposed to the child, to help pay for college tuition among a slew of other expenses. Regina Friend borrowed $55,400 on behalf of her son, she said. “He was doing something positive. I’m not having to bor-
row money for something that’s negative. So I’d mortgage my soul,” she said. “All parents do it.” Roswell Friend had received a job offer from Comcast and with his starting salary, his mother said, the Parent-PLUS loan would have easily been paid off. After her son passed, the loan was forgiven by lender Sallie Mae. This appeared to be the end of her financial troubles until she was informed that the IRS had taxed her $14,000 on
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Many of Temple’s graduate programs rank in the Top 60 nationally. JOHN MORITZ Assistant News Editor
he disparity between Temple’s overall ranking and the rankings of individual programs reflect the university’s commitment toward quality faculty and providing affordable education to motivated students, administrators said. In the latest U.S. News and World Report college rankings, Temple ranked No. 125 among national universities, out of 1,600 ranked schools, and No. 60 among public universities, out of 115. Several graduate schools within the university also placed within the Top 60 in their respective categories, including Fox School of Business, which ranked No. 52, Beasley School of Law at No. 58, the School of Medicine, which ranked No. 47 in research, the College of Education, which was ranked No. 53 and Tyler School of Art, which was ranked No. 13 among fine arts programs. Twelve fields of study were
ranked within the Top 20 nationally. In Beasley, legal writing ranked ninth, part-time law ranked seventh, and trial advocacy ranked second. At Fox, insurance was ranked sixth and international business ranked ninth. Criminology in the College of Liberal Arts ranked No. 11. In Tyler, ceramics ranked No. 13, painting and drawing ranked No. 10, photography No. 20, printmaking No. 10 and sculpture No. 9. The data that goes into ranking includes “assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and...high school counselor ratings of colleges and graduation rate performance,” according to U.S. News and World Report. “[U.S. News and World Report] is conducted in a way that they base almost 50 percent of the indicators [on] student characteristics, so in a way it reflects [on our] students...but also partly our admissions process and our admissions goals,” Interim Provost Hai-Lung Dai said. While the rankings of the institution as a whole include aspects such as alumni giving, an area which Temple ranks
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this gain. In an email, financial professor Ronald Anderson explained the government’s motivation. “This situation is like the exact opposite of winning a lottery,” Anderson said. “IRS rules dictate that when an individual has a windfall gain, that taxes must be paid on the gain.” He also said that the government only forgives this tax in cases of mass federal crisis.
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Wyatt fined by A.C. court for soliciting Men’s basketball player expresses remorse for soliciting undercover prostitute. SEAN CARLIN News Editor Men’s basketball senior guard Khalif Wyatt was reportedly fined and ordered to perform community ser- Khalif Wyatt vice after appearing in court Friday, Sept. 21, for charges stemming from his June arrest. Wyatt appeared in Atlantic City Municipal Court Friday. He was fined $1,000 and ordered to perform community service after being arrested for soliciting a prostitute and resisting arrest more than three months ago,
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Student Pavilion closes in preparation for library The Pavilion closes for general use, but remains open for some activities. MICHAEL CHAU The Temple News With talked-about, but not official, plans for a new library on North Broad Street, the Student Pavilion has been closed for general use and scheduled for demolition. The Pavilion, located at 1901 N. 15th St., is scheduled to be demolished in May 2013 to make way for the possible new library, said Director of Campus Recreation Steve Young. The Board of Trustees approved a $17.5 million budget in March for the design of the new, 21st century library. Funding for the construction of the project will consist of $140 million
from the state, including $90 million in annual capital grants and $50 million from bond debt, officials said in the spring. No formal approval for the project to move forward has been made. The Pavilion is now used as extra space for intramurals or athletic clubs until its demolition, but student organizations and non-Temple groups can also rent the court space for special events and activities. While the 32,000-squarefoot facility was closed for general use, the newly renovated Pearson and McGonigle halls have added recreational space to Main Campus. Young said it has piled on to an increasing amount of fitness space for students that he’s seen grow during his 27 years at Temple. “I don’t know what the number would be. I can’t say it’s 100 times better because it would be like 2,000 times better,” Young said.
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“When I started here, keep in mind there was [almost] no fitness, there was a weight room that was shared by classes, students, and athletics,” Young said. “And there was one weight room, maybe 3,000 square feet. We now have over 40,000 square feet of fitness space just for students.” The newly renovated Pearson-McGonigle not only improves and adds upon existing facilities, but also new recreational amenities that weren’t available at Temple before. One of those new recreational facilities is the 26-foot rock climbing wall that sits in front of Pearson and McGonigle’s capacious atrium. Though the 1,135-squarefoot rock climbing area is modest in size, the climbing wall is free for students living on Main Campus.
The Student Pavilion closes to make way for a new library. The space lost by closing the Pavilion has been supplemented by Pearson and McGonigle halls. | HUA ZONG TTN
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Grieving mother struggles to pay loan taxes “Unfortunately, with Roswell’s death, this is tragedy piled upon tragedy,” Anderson said. Roswell Friend’s former housemates, who he lived with on Willington Street until his death, were unaware of the financial troubles that his mother now has to face in the wake of her son’s death. “It was a surprise to us,” former housemate Travis Mahoney, a senior exercise and sports science major who also competes on the track team, said. “We didn’t even know [he] had any loans, we thought it was all paid for.” Mahoney said that he and
other friends sold wristbands in honor of Roswell Friend, to help ease the financial burden of the funeral costs immediately following the incident. Other friends also sought to raise funds through a program called Friends4friend. These students donated their profits to suicide awareness. Though these two fundraising efforts succeeded, none directly sent money Regina Friend’s way for the purpose of paying off the debt she now faces. Regina Friend is still looking for ways around the IRS charge, expressing that she is looking not just for herself, but
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for all the other parents who face similar issues. Her taxes will be filled in the coming weeks if a solution is not found for fear of additional charges on top of the $14,000 fee. “It’s just a shame that she can’t just be allowed to move on, I mean she can’t really move on, but be allowed to stop dealing with this [and be at the point] where things don’t keep piling on one year later,” Mahoney said. “I cannot tell you how hard this is,” Regina Friend said.
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A picture of Roswell Friend was posted on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near Broad Street after he went missing in August 2011.| ANGELO FICHERA TTN FILE PHOTO
Graduation rates, SAT scores, lead to rise in univ. rankings RANKINGS PAGE 1 very low, graduate school rankings are focused more on faculty and students. “[Fox School of Business] has a higher ranking, so I think that made a huge impact on my decision,” Ayten Huseyin, a freshman international business major, said. “Temple has a historical mission for access to excellence,” Dai said. “We want to provide education opportunities to whoever wants to learn. As long as you have the will, you want to learn, we will take you in, that’s the mission of our founder Russell Conwell.” Dai also said that as a staterelated institution, Temple has a “mandate to educate the populous of the state of Pennsylvania.” “We could increase tuition by 20 percent, and then reduce the student intake by 20 percent, then we would immediately get our ranking up,” Dai said. “That we would not do.” Without including Temple Japan, Temple had 37,257 students in 2011, according to that year’s student profile. Of that, 27,572 were Pennsylvania resi-
dents. In the same profile, the freshman class had an average grade point average of 3.39 and a combined SAT average of 1,114 on a 1,600 scale. Last year, the university accepted 62.8 percent of applicants, said William Black, senior vice provost of enrollment management. He said the university plans on admitting roughly the same number of students in coming years. The university’s primary quality in identifying incoming students is high school GPAs, which the admissions office weights on a standard scale, giving more weight to AP and honors classes, Black said. Using a 100-point scale, the admissions office gives 50 points to a student’s GPA and class rank, 40 points to their SAT/ACT scores and 10 points to subjective categories such as a personal essay and letters of recommendation. Students must receive a minimum score of 48 to be initially accepted, although lower scores are eligible to be placed on the waiting list, Black said.
In academics, Dai said that the university does track its rankings, but that it’s not a primary focus when creating curriculum or allocating funds. “Rankings certainly matter,” Dai said. “We want the students [to] feel that when they graduate [they] are graduating from a highly ranked university.” Dai gave the example of graduation rates as one of the primary areas that the university is working to improve. The university’s six-year graduation rate of 67 percent is nine points higher than the 58 percent national rate reported by the National Center for Education Statistics. Though higher graduation rates could lead to higher rankings, Dai said the university strives to do so in a way that “maintains academic rigor” for students. Because so many of the university’s programs are at various stages of development, the university has to take different approaches to building and maintaining the quality of academics.
At the College of Science and Technology, new faculty have been hired to replace those who have retired and plans to hire more tenured faculty are in place. In highly ranked programs such as clinical psychology, ranked No. 26, Dai said one of the problems the university faces is tenured faculty being sought out and hired by other institutions. In addition to hiring new faculty, Dai said that the development of faculty research and an increase in publishing scholarly works are important steps. “That will certainly increase our rankings in these different fields, colleges, as well as the university as a whole as a research university,” Dai said. The university’s announcement this summer of an $8 million increase in financial aid for the current academic year, followed by a $100 million fundraising campaign toward financial aid, could also affect the rankings. A change in culture at the university, which includes improved infrastructure, a larger
resident student population and the Temple Made campaign are all areas that university officials said will bring a larger focus to the school, and possibly, a rise in rankings. Behind increased graduation rates, increased student SAT scores were the No. 2 reason Dai named for a rise in university rankings. Dai credited the rise in SAT scores and overall competitiveness to prospective students becoming more attracted to the university. “We have seen a steady increase in the quality of the students applying and being admitted to the university,” Black said. “The reputation of the institution, rankings nonwithstanding, has been growing, particularly in what we consider our primary market.” Admissions has seen a rise in the number of applicants at the university, with last year’s applying class being the largest in school history, which allows the university to be more competitive in its selection process, Black said. “I think a selective admissions process is the only way a
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what ‘Temple Made’ really means. How is Temple made?” the group’s Facebook page reads. Amy Kessel, a member of Temple’s branch of Net Impact, a student business group, said that the main goal of the group is to get the university to sign on to the Worker Rights Consortium. The consortium is an independent labor rights monitoring organization with more than 175 college and university affiliates, including the University of Pennsylvania, St. Joesph’s University and Rutgers University, according to its website. If Temple were to sign on with the consortium, it would have to adopt a manufacturing code of conduct, provide the consortium with a list of the names of factories involved with the production of Temple’s logo and pay an annual affiliation fee of either $1,500 or 1 percent of gross licensing revenues, whatever is greater. Kessel, a senior business management major, said she expects the acting president to be in favor of the group’s proposal. “We’re expecting that [Englert] will really go for this because it’s a win-win situation,” Kessel said. “It’s great for Temple, it’s great for the students, it’s great for the workers and everybody wins. We’re looking forward to meeting and talking
about this with him.” Net Impact is one of 19 organizations that has signed on with the Coalition of Students Against Sweatshops, and Kessel said that it’s the most active. While the coalition is pushing the Worker Rights Consortium, Hanley said that both Barnes & Noble and the university are currently affiliated with the Fair Labor Association, which provides a list of vetted companies that the bookstore can work with. Hanley said that the bookstore is allowed to deviate from the list, but must have the company vetted by the Fair Labor Association before it is able to buy from the company. The coalition is also asking that the bookstore feature $250,000 worth of wholesale Alta Gracia products in various styles and sizes throughout the store. Alta Gracia is an apparel brand that is made in the Dominican Republic and advertises paying its workers a living wage, according to the company. The group requested that the brand be displayed prominently in the store and that the bookstore’s workers wear the brand as its uniform. Hanley said that he’s worked with students concerned with the issue before and would be willing to work with them again. He said that currently, he has Alta Gracia apparel on the wall to the right of the book-
The Coalition of Students Against Sweatshops is seeking to get all of Temple’s merchandise made my companies that have fair labor practices. | HUA ZONG TTN store’s entrance and has other clothing by the brand throughout the store. Hanley added that last February, Alta Gracia gear was displayed in the store’s center aisle and sold very well. “It’s a worthy cause,” Hanley said. “We’re doing well in support of Alta Gracia and we’re doing well in support of its cause.” The bookstore wouldn’t be able to cater to all of the coali-
tion’s demands, Hanley said. Workers in the bookstore are obligated by Barnes & Noble to wear their current uniforms. Hanley said that Alta Gracia can’t provide all of the clothing choices offered at the bookstore. Hanley said that he looks forward to meeting with the students and that he met with students on this issue last fall. The group will be contacting Hanley soon and it has yet
to hear from the president’s office about meeting, Kessel said. She said the letter provided dates that the group could meet in a three-week span and that members will send another letter if they don’t hear back by the time the three weeks pass. Sean Carlin can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.
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school can propel itself ahead of other schools,” David Reilly, a freshman math major, said. Exemplified by the recent start of the Temple Made campaign, Black said that the ways in which admissions has recruited students has changed in the last four years. “We didn’t really used to talk much about the quality of the academics at the university in our material,” Black said. “That changed.” John Moritz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.
Remorse expressed for arrest WYATT PAGE 1 according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Wyatt was arrested in Atlantic City, N.J., on June 10, for soliciting a believed prostitute, who was actually a police officer, and resisting arrest, while celebrating his 21st birthday. “Khalif Wyatt has expressed remorse for his actions and has apologized for the embarrassment that has come to his family, team and university,” men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy said in a statement. “We have taken appropriate action with Khalif [Wyatt] and believe the matter is now behind us.” Wyatt expressed remorse in a statemen, which read: “I want to apologize to my family, teammates, coaches and Temple University for the embarrassment that my actions have caused. I take full responsibility for my actions and have learned from this mistake.” It’s unclear whether Wyatt has, or will be, disciplined by the university or the team. Under the law, Temple could not disclose if any disciplinary action was taken against Wyatt, according to University Communications. Sean Carlin can be reached at email@example.com. or on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.
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Renovated halls make up for closed space at Pavilion PAVILION PAGE 1 “It’s brand new. Never had a rock climbing wall before, I love the aspect about it,” Mike Joie, a sophomore criminal justice major, said. “I never rock climbed before, except in my seventh grade middle school. It’s a lot of fun, it’s a great workout too.” New multipurpose courts at Pearson-McGonigle will replace the four synthetic courts at the Pavilion. An entirely new third floor was also added to Pearson-McGonigle and houses four hardwood, multipurpose courts where students can play basketball, volleyball and badminton. Pearson and McGonigle’s newly constructed third floor adds more than just its hardwood courts. The renovations have also added security. Quan King, operations manager of Campus Recreation, said that enforcing the bag policy at the Pavilion was challenging. Students would often shed
their excess items courtside and sometimes they would be lost or stolen. “It was very difficult to enforce something where our patrons were apathetic toward it,” King said. At its renovated location, Campus Recreation has enforced its bag policy more strictly and encouraged patrons to use lockers. King said these measures have cut down on theft. When the Pavilion was open, lockers were in a separate room. Now in Pearson and McGonigle, lockers hug the thirdfloor wall, in full view of the courts. Part of the security measures include clamping down on unauthorized individuals. It provides a place for individuals to interact and make friends. “That’s something [about] the culture of informal recreation,” King said. “We not only
[want to] nurture that, but kind of steer that in a positive way.” That means “not influencing our patrons negatively with outside influences” and preventing individuals who “don’t have access [from] being able to sneak in,” King said. Students not only have to show their identification cards to get into the halls, but they’ll have to swipe their Owl Cards a second time if they want to use the multipurpose courts. Above the first floor climbing wall lies a new fitness mezzanine equipped with cardio and other workout machines. The area is still under construction and is slated to open by mid-October. The space carries speed bags and heavy bags, and will feature two flat-screen televisions and fitness gaming systems like the Wii and Xbox. Despite having areas in the Temple University Fitness Center and IBC Student Recreation Center, the mezzanine adds ad-
ditional another fitness space for students. “I don’t think we really need it. We have pretty good fitness space, and it’s a separate site to manage. So it’s not what you would call an efficient piece.” Young said. “I don’t know if I would have gone that direction if I had the final say, but the architects like the idea of the mezzanine looking out on Broad Street.” Young said that the mezzanine will not go unused. “It’ll get used, without a doubt. If you’re a faculty member in here, you’re a kinesiology major, you’re a dance major, you have classes over here, why would you pick up and go a block and a half to the IBC or the TUF when you can work out right there?” Young said. Michael Chau can be reached at email@example.com.
A sign hangs at the entrance to the Student Pavilion, signaling that it’s now closed. | HUA ZONG TTN
LGBT community argues for deeper change in mindset Students and faculty call for more areas of improvement for LGBT community. LAURA ORDONEZ The Temple News
Students talk at the Sept. 19 Purple Circle meeting. Members of the LGBT community have called for more outreach in addition to the new website. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
A week after the LGBT website launched on Sept. 12 in response to the universitywide Gender and Sexuality Assessment, students and faculty expressed mixed feelings about its effectiveness, many arguing the university needs a deeper change in mindset. While students and faculty generally approved of the website as a first step, many indicated that there are other areas that need improvement. Dylan Morpurgo, a junior political science major and president of Temple College Democrats, said the location of the website might need to be changed from its current location as part of the executive office of the president’s website. “I think the new website is in a location that most students aren’t going to see since it’s on the president’s page,” Morpurgo, financial director of Queer Student Union, said. “Maybe a different location would work better.” Assistant Vice President Anne Nadol said that the website would be kept where it currently is because it covers a widespread area of issues, but it
could be moved in the future. identity were not discussed in “We didn’t want to put it gender courses and classes, like only in student affairs or only sociology. in faculty because it really cov“They talk about man and ers everything. At this point, the woman, gender equity and plan is to keep it [on the presi- wage gaps,” Brooks-King said. dent’s website] since the survey “These classes mention that and the survey results came out there are only two sexes and that of the president’s office,” Nadol sex is the same as gender.” said. Students wish the idea of Women’s studies profes- gender was more sophisticated sor, Siobhan Brooks-King, ex- in terms of how it is defined, she pressed several concerns voiced added. by her LGBT-identified stuThe open dialogue between dents. Brooks-King “Overall, and her students students I work is the type of rewith reported lationship that feeling physiHEART plans cally safe, but to foster among not included in teachers and the campus,” students. Brooks-King “Our desaid. “Many of partment is them are not working toward aware that QSU implementing exists.” an ally training There is an program across Siobhan Brooks-King / women’s assumption that studies professor the institution,” all students are HEART Direcstraight, Brookstor Kimberly King added. StuChestnut said. dents called for measures that The ally training program are sensitive when it comes to will allow teachers who suphousing. They recommend- port the LGBT community to be ed gender-neutral roommate identified by students who need choices and gender-neutral to speak about their issues. Albathrooms, the latter being a lies will be identified through worrisome issue for transgender specific designations such as students that feel intimidated of stickers and posters, Chestnut using the bathroom assigned to said. them. “There are lots of faculty She said students said that and staff who wish to be identransgender issues and gender tified in that way,” Chestnut
students I work with reported feeling physically safe, but not included in the campus.
added. This program is considered especially important for those students who are not members of any organization within the LGBT community. “If you as an individual want to have support from an ally, all you need to do is identify a faculty or staff member who has one of these stickers,” Chestnut said. “They’re wanting to be available to support students in that capacity.” “What we’ve learned through our own research is that there are three professionals students trust to get health information from,” Diedre BerryGuy, healthy lifestyles program coordinator, said. “One being a medical doctor or nurse, two being faculty and three being a health educator.” Both Chestnut and BerryGuy emphasized the importance of students finding role models in faculty members in order to promote an open and unprejudiced environment on Main Campus. “People need to start accepting the LGBT community as the norm, not something out of the norm,” Carolyn Thorn, a music therapy major, said. “It shouldn’t be a surprise any more.” Laura Ordonez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wheelchair basketball slashed amid cuts Budget cuts and decreased activity led to the end of the program this year. HAYON SHIN The Temple News Initiated in 1983, Temple’s wheelchair basketball team, the Rollin’ Owls, has served as the only available team sport for Temple and the community’s disabled students. That changed this fall when a $110,000 budget cut for Campus Recreation forced the discontinuation of the team among other cutbacks. “You have to make a decision,” Director of Campus Recreation Steve Young said. “Do you squeeze everything and then make everybody unhappy? Or do you take a look at what is not efficient…what do we do that is an up and above, an enmity that we give, that in a real world, folks could do without.”
Along with the Wheelchair Basketball Club, other cuts included the discontinuation of towel services at Temple University Fitness Center and IBC Student Recreation Center, a reduction of facility hours during non-academic portions of the year and a reduction on gym hours at Temple Administration Services Building. This didn’t come as a surprise to coach Tribit Green. “I kept saying ‘this year is the year we’re going to get cut,’ but we kept going, but I knew there was going to be one year where we would financially be over-budget,” Green said. Wheelchair basketball was cut because, in terms of costefficiency, Campus Recreation would be spending $20,000 on one student that had enrolled in the program for the academic year 2012-13. The basketball team has seen a gradual decrease in Temple student participation during recent years. From 2007 to 2012, numbers have fluctuated from one to four Temple students.
To make up for the required Adding to the cost, every number of at least five players, game the team played had to be wheelchair basketball alumni, away, which this year amounted as well as students from Phila- to nearly 26. The bus would delphia Community College, often be vandalized because it were included in the program. was parked outside instead of However, as the in a garage and students graduthis added more ated or moved money for reaway, the propair. gram couldn’t C o a c h sustain itself the Green had resame way, leadtired four years ing to smaller ago, but was teams. asked by Young The student to come back who enrolled for as a part-time Fall 2012 was coach for disrecommended to abled students play for the Phil- Steve Young / director of campus because he was recreation a certified theradelphia McGee Sixers and is now apeutic recrecurrently part of a team there. ation specialist. Overall, Campus Rec“It was important that disreation was facing a cost of abled students were included in $20,000 as well as the prospect the advertisement in the publicof buying a new handicap ac- ity of recreation…it was always cessible bus if it were to con- a struggle to get this program tinue the program. on equal footing as other proGreen, 71, said that the grams,” Young said. club wasn’t struggling finan“I’m not angry about it,” cially until only a few years ago. coach Green said. “I saw it com-
“You have to
make a decision. Do you squeeze everything and then make everybody unhappy?
ing. I was just hoping that we could hang around for a couple more years because what happened is that this program isn’t about basketball at all…at least about 200 to 300 students used this program to get their volunteer hours.” He recalled that the team was “one big family,” where everyone supported each other and learned to appreciate and respect each other. It was a program that helped set these disabled students up for life, Green said. “If they were to get a job, they’re already prepared,” Green said. When asked what Temple’s attitude toward the disabled community was like, he said, “Temple has a history of doing more, but there’s also a lot more that needs to be done.” Young said the most negative feedback he received as a result of the budget cuts was the result of the discontinuation of towel services at the IBC Student Recreation Center and Temple University Fitness Cen-
“We need more money because if it was up to us, we’d leave the facility open later at night because the typical student may want to work out from 10 [p.m.] to midnight.” Young added that while he didn’t like the fact that they had to cut wheelchair basketball program, it made the most sense financially. “It wasn’t a pleasant thing to do at all, but I think that if you look at it from a very pragmatic view,” Young said, “it had the smallest impact compared to a lot of things on that list.” Hayon Shin can be reached at email@example.com.
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n this issue of The Temple News, readers will find our annual Lunchies insert, created to highlight the lunch truck culture unique to Main Campus. In this year’s edition, we bring to our readers’ attention trucks that have arrived on Main Campus since our last Lunchies, trucks that have been serving up food for many years and trucks that offer affordable options when a Diamond Dollar budget just isn’t cutting it. Also, guest columnist Annie Nardolilli offers insight into what truck owners experience aboard their rolling restaurants on a day-to-day basis when she spends a day on the Five Dollar Foot Long truck, learning that inside each lunch truck is a worker or owner with a story. The Temple News has also compiled a Top 10 list on P. L4, voted upon by our staff. Listed are the lunch trucks and stands that we feel provide students with quality food, service and character. We acknowledge that The Temple News staff is not the only consumer of food around Main Campus – although the newsroom fridge is excessively full at times – so in addition to our staff-wide vote, an online survey, via a Google document distributed on our social media sites, was open to Temple students. We hope the votes acquired – which required a
s reported by Cindy Stansbury in “Mother paying burden of son’s death,” P. 1, the Temple community suffered a terrible loss in August 2011 when Roswell Friend, a Temple graduate, committed suicide. His passing has left a serious financial burden on his mother, Regina Friend, because of standing student loans. She had originally borrowed $55,400 on behalf of her son. Lender Sallie Mae has since forgiven the loan. The Temple News would like to applaud the financial institution for its act of compassion. But the IRS is taxing this loan erasure, as is standard policy, to the tune of $14,000 under the pretenses that it is a windfall gain. The idea that such an incident could be construed as a gain surpasses the realm of unreasonable into something darker. The IRS does not have
The Temple News invites readers to taste-test lunch truck culture in this issue. Temple email address – more accurately represent the opinion of the university as a whole. We encourage any students who have not stepped up to place an order at a lunch truck or who have not eaten at the 12th Street Food Pad Vendors, to put down the colorful Fiestaware and move away from the Johnson & Hardwick cereal bar – the Frosted Flakes will be there when you get back – and try something outside of Sodexo dining. The Temple News applauds food trucks on Main Campus that dedicate themselves to buying locally produced goods, including, but not limited to, Yumtown, located at the corner of Norris and 13th streets and the Sexy Green Truck, located on Montgomery Avenue between 12th and 13th streets. As the university builds its infrastructure to become more sustainable, we hope the food on Main Campus will follow suit in the way ingredients are purchased and menus are displayed. We hope you find our coverage useful in navigating your way to an affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition to the four-page insert, visit temple-news.com/lunchies for additional Lunchies coverage. We know you didn’t order it, but it’s free of charge.
JOEY PASKO TTN
Chiptune artist, somekidwithagameboy, performed at the PhilaMOCA Art and Music Festival Block Party. His music is created by mixing equipment, gameboys, a Barbie keyboard and other children’s toys.|CHARLOTTE JACOBSON TTN
GOT SOMETHING TO SAY?
POLLING PEOPLE Do you think Philadelphia deserves its own Marvel superhero?
The mother of a late graduate faces unnecessary, unfortunate circumstances. a protocol intact to forgive such individual taxations, regardless of circumstances, with the sole exception of large-scale economic crashes. As it appears that there is no hope of this tax being removed, The Temple News would instead like to commend those who have responded to this tragedy in the spirit of charity. This includes those who have attempted to ease the financial burden faced by Regina Friend after Roswell Friend’s passing, as well as those who have sought to ensure that similar hardships are not duplicated. The Temple News would also like to stress that its full support goes out to the Friend family during this difficult time.
Yes, and Venom (from Spiderman) will be a great fit.
Yes, but the city should have its own unique superhero.
No, it just doesn’t work the same way as New York or Los Angeles.
I don’t care one way or another.
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*Out of 38 votes.
Before you eat, load up on the facts
Subway provides nutrional information for all its products. But the numbers are based on sandwiches with no extras, despite the fact that such add-ons are free. This can alter the numbers significantly. Below you can see how these add-ons affect the nutritional values, as well as how they compare to another famous fast food sandwich.
560 CALORIES 7 G. FAT 1,580 MG. SODIUM
900 CALORIES 41 G. FAT 1,970 MG. SODIUM
“Is that why the only people
550 CALORIES 29 G. FAT 1000 MG. SODIUM
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I know personally who listen to country music are coincidentally people I wish I didn’t know personally?
Kevin Stairiker / “Fear of Music”
FOOTLONG TURKEY BREAST SANDWICH Source: Subway and McDonalds
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Neighbors can keep students in check
live on a pretty rocking block. Literally. Those of you familiar with the “flip the bus” video may understand, but those of you who live on the 1900 block of 18th Street can testify. If neither ring a bell, let me BRI BOSAK explain. The North Philadelphia Bosak details her neighborhood west of Temple is first-hand experience bad, but not for the reasons you with the crowds that might typically expect. Unruly behavior – like the incident on tried to “flip the Aug. 26 when as many as 150 bus” and argues that students tried to tip over a Temple shuttle bus – has recently become student disrespect is more prevalent in the area near the cause. 18th and 19th streets, prompting Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone to label it as “problematic.” But having rented the same apartment as last year, I can attest that my block wasn’t always this out of control. So why are students acting out now? Obviously alcohol largely factors into the equation. Having
witnessed the mob trying to overturn the bus, I can confirm that students and other present partygoers were heavily under the influence of alcohol. But at what point do you drink so much that you lose sense of what is rational? That standing on a car or trying to topple a bus is OK? When you feel like you can. With a changing neighborhood marked by an influx of student housing and a shrinking number of resident occupied homes, students aren’t worried about waking the neighbors. Traditional considerations, like whether the music is too loud for the sleeping 5-yearold next door, are no longer cause for concern when students inhabit the entire block.
The 1900 block of 18th Street is a prime example of this development. At present, the total number of resident-occupied properties are outnumbered by student apartments 39 to eight. The result is that every night of the week a party can be found raging into the morning. Destructive behavior, like trying to tear down a wooden fence, is commonplace. Thursday nights are celebrated by setting off fireworks in an empty lot. And everybody yells, a lot. Ryan Rickus, a senior kinesiology major, has lived on this block for three years and has witnessed much of the development occur. He said that when he moved in, “The only new apartment was
on my block and others like it, we fail by mistaking those responsibilities for freedoms.
across the street and students were moving into it for the first time.” As for most of the new apartments now occupied by students, “They were just vacant lots,” he said. That means that even as local residents remain, they are becoming increasingly outnumbered as developers buy land to create more housing for Temple students. And once student apartments dominate the street, the remaining residents are less inclined to stay. Until just recently, there were nine – not eight – resident occupied homes on my block. Why does it matter to us that all this is happening? Because as student-dominated blocks grow more common, we must have an increased awareness of our responsibilities. Unfortunately, on my block and others like it, we fail by mistaking those responsibilities for freedoms.
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Subway can’t stand by fresh claims
ubway is one of the most popular franchises in the entire world. The company has even set up shop on Liacouras Walk, despite another being right around the corner on the 1500 block of Cecil HEND SALAH B. Moore Avenue. Part of that is undoubtedly For customers at because of Subway’s claim that the two Subway its customers “eat fresh.” When you really look at it, this claim locations at Main is questionable at best. Arguably Campus, Salah the healthiest sandwich at Subis the turkey breast on wheat argues eating healthy way bread. It seems to be the option isn’t an option. that those trying to find a healthy alternative to other fast food items go to. But a big part of the turkey’s “freshness” is that it’s loaded with preservatives. According to the 100 Days of Real Food website, Subway ingredients are prepackaged and full of chemical additives that are sent to stores as is. The wheat bread, for example, is made with more than 50 ingredients, includ-
ing flour conditioners and refined flours, many of which are unhealthy. Beyond just the additives that can make the food unhealthy, the “weight loss” possibility the sandwiches offer is misleading. The turkey breast foot-long sandwich without toppings or condiments is approximately 600 calories. But Subway doesn’t charge for such extras, so the average customer puts at least one condiment and cheese on. Two slices of cheese are approximately 60 calories. If you add mayonnaise to the sandwich, that’s another 220 calories. Even the fat free honey mustard sauce is roughly 40 calories on its own. Added together, the “healthiest” sandwich comes in at almost 800 calories. In a 2,000 calorie diet, this sandwich takes up almost half of the allowed calorie count for an entire day. To stay under that calorie limit would likely mean that many things essential for the
human body cannot be consumed through diet alone. Things like nutrients, iron and vitamins needed to maintain a healthy body could be lacking. Aside from the high-calorie count and vitamin deficiency in the sandwiches, the high level of sodium alone is extremely harmful. Using the turkey breast sandwich as an example, the sodium in a foot-long is 1,580 mg. In two slices of cheese there are 90 mg of sodium, and 140 mg in the fat free honey mustard sauce. For a 2,000 calorie diet, the recommended daily amount of Sodium is 2,400 mg. A sandwich at Subway contributes more than half of that. The phrase “eat fresh” could be construed to mean that the
food is made in front of you, but this is also untrue. All the ingredients are already cooked, so all you really get to see is everything being slapped onto a sandwich and wrapped up on the spot. They do the same thing at any other fast food place too, McDonald’s included. Actually, a McDonald’s Big Mac and a Subway sandwich are not worlds away from each other. While the turkey breast at Subway has approximately 1,800 mg of sodium, with condiments included, the Big Mac has about 1,000 mg. Where the Subway sandwich has about 800 calories, the Big Mac has 550. That isn’t to say that Subway and McDonald’s have the same
McDonald’s Big Mac and a Subway sandwich are not worlds away from each other.
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“I think a few things are going on. The first is that many Muslim countries lack a tradition of free speech, and see ridicule of the prophet as part of a larger narrative of the West’s invading or humiliating the Islamic world. People in these countries sometimes also have an addled view of how the United States handles blasphemy.”
Nicholas D. Kristof,
on nytimes.com in “Exploiting the prophet”
“So, this is my plea to all Western editors and producers: Display the Muhammad cartoon daily, until the Islamists become accustomed to the fact that we turn sacred cows into hamburger.”
on foxnews.com in “A Muhammad cartoon a day”
“In our knowledgedriven society, it is more important than ever for students of all ages to not only master their schoolwork, but to have a safe place where they can build upon what they learn in school, explore new ideas and concepts, and develop a true love of books and literacy. Though the school day ends in midafternoon, learning shouldn’t have to. That’s why I am proud that the Free Library is the “school after school” for so many Philadelphia students.”
Siobhan A. Reardon,
on philly.com in “Libraries keep learning going after school”
College branding obscures real message
he Bell Tower on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. By this point, that ominous date, time and place must sound familiar. More than 950 people have RSVP’d on Facebook, and that number will only go up, despite the fact that CHELSEA COLATRIANO no one seems to know what will happen. Colatriano argues It’s not only the event of the semester that everyone’s talking that the Temple about, but it also must be the most Made campaign seductive mystery to hit Temple betrays the intentions in recent memory. Why would so many Temple of higher education. students be going to an event on a Thursday night, prime “studying” night might I add, with absolutely no idea what kind of chaos will ensue? Quite simple: Temple Made. It’s been impossible to avoid the game faces, posters and the statement: “Self Made. Philly Made. Temple Made.” I’m sure it must ring a bell. And what is Temple Made selling? A product, essentially. It
seeks to bottle up the “essence” of the university, encompassing what appears to be school spirit and the Big East move, and attempting to sell it to the masses, even beyond the reach of the students. Yes, Temple Made is selling a product along with an ideal, not too different from Apple, McDonalds or Urban Outfitters. Neiman is the Philadelphiabased agency that worked with Temple to create the branding campaign. A press release from Neiman reads, “In a world of higher education marketing sameness, Neiman has been tapped to help Temple University reveal its unique identity through a new brand transformation assignment.” Translation: Every other university is doing it, so we have to keep up with the competition. Just these two words, “Temple Made,” carry so much meaning among Temple students that they are willing to flock to an
event that they know nothing about. Quite a marketing campaign isn’t it? Bravo, Neiman. That is the kind of influence most brands aspire to get to, and Neiman has reached that status with Temple Made in about two months. But doesn’t such a high profile campaign distract from what should make Temple a respectable university? Shouldn’t Temple’s credentials, such as its high-ranking academics and move to the Big East, be able stand on their own without a branding campaign? Or is Temple first and foremost a business, as I’ve come to fear? “It might blur the line between education and business,” Tom Carney, sophomore anthropology major, said. One of the university’s goals is to make money off its product – a degree. Temple Made, however, is a shockingly blatant reminder of that fact. Essentially, before this campaign was launched, the
line separating higher education from business was carefully toed. Now, I feel that I can equate Temple Made advertising the Big East move with the improved sense of community with the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5. Both are supposed to be bigger and better than before, after all. Yes, Temple Made may have improved the feeling of unity on campus. It perpetuates the idea that Temple students are independent, yet have a great sense of community and pride in the university and Philadelphia. “It is great walking around campus and seeing posters and signs,” Carney said. “It feels like there is a sense of unity when I walk the campus, am in the classroom or when I’m at a football game. I think it was launched for that very reason: unity.” A strengthened sense of
“But there is, at least, one last chance for what Ornstein calls the “broken branch” of government to heal itself. After the election, lawmakers may return to Washington to try to steer clear of the fiscal cliff and strike a deficit deal. If members pull that off, the 112th Congress might even be able to avoid the ignominy of being at the bottom of the heap. All that’s required is that they do what legislators are elected to do: make the compromises necessary to govern.”
USA Today Editiorial Board,
on usatoday.com in “Do nothing Congress adjourns”
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VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
“Do you think Temple
should have to advertise or should its academic and athletic programs speak for themselves?
MILENA CORREDOR TTN
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“I think this is a good idea because it represents a prideful thing for the Temple community.”
“I guess they could... but I guess it should be done to say that at least we have a team and if the team wins, then they win.”
“Maybe they should advertise their academic programs because I go to the school and I don’t really know much about it.”
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SENIOR | FINANCE
JUNIOR | HISTORY
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DON KARNS SAYS ON PROTEST MET WITH GATHERING OF STUDENTS ON STEPS OF PALEY LIBRARY ON SEPT. 20 AT 10:35 P.M. Thanks for a fair article. Would like to have had Christ mentioned since this was foundation for our visit, our message and our reason for living.
CLAIRE SAID ON SALAH: ABANDONED ANIMALS ARE STARVING FOR ATTENTION ON SEPT. 16 AT 10:31 P.M. I am in total agreement with you. It has become all too common in these tougher economic time for people to abandon their pet due to their inability to care for them. It is technically against the law to release animals like that and can result in a hefty fine if an animals previous owners are tracked down. What I find so distressing is that because of the great number of feral and abandoned animals, many are euthanized upon intake into county shelters. This goes particularly for kittens and puppies because it is unlikely there is a potential owner looking for them. The spay programs will hopefully make a difference in the long run, but we have yet to see any significant results. The best thing people can do if they find a stray animal that responds positively to human contact and can be easily trapped or leashed is to have them washed, frontlined, fixed, and fully vetted and then placed into a foster for forever home. In Philadelphia, all of this can be done for a cat for around $100 and between $100-200 for a dog. There are free clinics for pitbulls and pit mixes and often chihuahuas.
Students’ respect for neighbors at a low NEIGHBORS PAGE 5 As the number of students living nearby rises, it should make my block feel safer, quieter and cleaner. But it doesn’t. Rather than paying each other respect, living amongst peers has created a student mentality where everyone feels free to behave however they want, without worry of discipline from an authority figure. Each week, the sidewalk is littered with just as much trash as the week before, and private property continues
to be vandalized and destroyed. Now, we have no one to blame but ourselves. At a time when we invest so much effort into preparing for our futures and convincing others that we’re really adults, our actions should emulate our intentions – inside the classroom and out. Bri Bosak can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @BriBosak.
Subway health claims debunked SUBWAY PAGE 5 nutritional value, but they’re not as different as people may think. While it is true that a Subway sandwich without the extras can be a better alternative than other fast food restaurants, it hardly constitutes as healthy. Everything added to the ingredients to make it look and taste fresh discredit its nutritional value. The high calories, lack of
vitamins and obscene amounts of sodium in the sandwiches make for a meal that can harm more than it helps. Being the better option in fast food does not in any way make it a good one. Hend Salah can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colleges shouldn’t be a commodity TEMPLE MADE PAGE 5 school pride can definitely be credited to Temple Made’s influence. After all, successful advertising can create a bond between the consumer and the company. Brand loyalty. “Building a brand, if you want to call it that, means working to ensure there are more successes than failures – and it can only be done by the academic and adminis trative staff working together, with good leadership,” Paul Temple wrote in “Branding Higher Education: Illusion or Reality?” in Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education. “Nobody else can do it. That is the reality: branding, as a route to success, is the illusion.” Temple Made has instilled brand loyalty. It is a facade. By no means is this campaign tangible. Actual academic success? That is tangible. The campaign has obviously tugged at the heartstrings of the student body
and it has been welcomed with open arms. Temple students, however, should keep in mind that Temple Made is a marketing campaign for a business that seeks to increase its profits, created by Neiman, which also works for Comcast Sportsnet and Dietz and Watson. When Sept. 27 rolls around, I imagine a mass congregation at the Bell Tower, the heart of Temple’s Main Campus. Excitement and wonder will fuel the crowd, just like at the launch of a new Apple product. But what, exactly, is the difference?
successful advertising can create a bond between the consumer and the company. Brand loyalty.
Chelsea Colatriano can be reached at email@example.com.
Gender in football something to be tackled
E MICHELLE KAPUSTA
Kapusta argues that fans who protest the increasing role of women in sports are out of touch.
arlier this month, the National Football League officially kicked off its regular season. As fans across the country dusted off their jerseys, planned their tailgate parties and gathered around the TV, history was being cemented before their eyes. On Sept. 9, Shannon Eastin became the first female ever to officiate in an NFL regular-season game. She was a line judge in the St. Louis Rams-Detroit Lions game. Eastin is part of the league’s replacement referee crew, which will be officiating games this season while the Referee Association is involved in a labor dispute with the league owners. Never before has a woman donned an NFL referee uniform. To see Eastin and the NFL break such boundaries is truly inspiring. The message being sent is that there is no place for sexism in the league. After all, it is 2012, why shouldn’t females be given the same opportunities as their male counterparts? Coaches and players have
praised Eastin’s job and noted her place in history. “She was confident and in control,” Chargers coach Norv Turner told the media, after Eastin officiated a preseason matchup between his team and the Green Bay Packers. After the game, Turner told the media that he took a picture with Eastin to mark the moment in history. Some of the players shook hands with her to commemorate it. And the hat and whistle she used in the game are expected to be displayed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. However, not everyone appreciated that a woman was on the football field. Sexist comments flooded blogs and social media sites. Some male commenters on an ESPN blog agreed that they did not care if Eastin was on the field, as long as she could “make a good sandwich.” And on Twitter, someone tweeted that Eastin did not belong on the football field, but rather “in the kitchen.” I tend to think that most of these pig-headed comments
were from people who made a bad attempt at a joke. But I’m sure for some male commenters, it does reflect the way they feel about the opposite sex. Other fans refrained from ripping Eastin, but seemed curious about her resume and knowledge of the sport. The fact is that Eastin is a 16-year veteran of officiating games. She referees in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference of NCAA Division I’s Football Championship Subdivision. So I have to wonder does it really matter what gender is calling a team’s penalties? “You’ve never paid for an NFL ticket to watch someone officiate a game,” NFL Executive Vice President Ray Anderson has stated. On Sundays, I don’t care who referees the games as long as teams are getting fair calls. The whole issue of people disliking Eastin as a referee is ironic, especially since fans have been expressing their displeasure with all the blown calls by the replacement officials. The refs they are referring to almost
always happen to be males. Eastin’s gender is totally irrelevant to how she referees games. She should only be judged on her job performance. I can’t imagine what the uproar would have been like if she actually played in a game, but perhaps we are headed to that milestone much quicker than we think. Recently, ESPNW and the Ventura County Star ran stories highlighting females who play football on their high school teams. Erin DiMeglio plays third-string quarterback for South Plantation High in Florida and Hannah Greene is the backup kicker for Nordhoff in California. DiMeglio and Greene are not alone in their feats. More than 700 girls are currently playing football nationwide, according to Women’s Sports Foundation. If you’re still skeptical about women transitioning into professional “male” sports, just know that it has already been done. In fact, it’s history. In 1992, Manon Rheaume
became the first female goaltender for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. Rheaume retired in 1997, and today she runs a foundation in which she uses her experience as the first female NHL hockey player to inspire young girls to reach for their dreams while overcoming obstacles. The recent attacks on Eastin show that sexism is still alive in the U.S. However, we could be close to a day when women actually suit up for an NFL game. Unless fans are willing to abandon their team, they’ll be cheering for the females making plays. Michelle Kapusta can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dangerous chemicals available in a store near you
Ordonez argues that consumers must be more aware of the things they buy.
can of SpaghettiOs is a must-have for long study sessions, inclement weather and visitors. It is delicious, cheap and easy to make. Everyone knows this. What is less known is that SpaghettiOs cans are made with Bisphenol A, an industrial chemical that has been linked to heart disease, cancer and diabetes in adults. This chemical is targeted at a specific type of consumer, the incautious one. But we, as consumers, need to stay aware and act to ensure our safety. The Breast Cancer Fund reports that “nearly 200 scientific studies show that exposures to low doses of BPA, particularly during prenatal development and early infancy, are associated with a wide range of adverse health effects in later life.” There are subtle threats to the human health that a critical consumer base, Temple students included, is capable of avoiding. This imperceptible – yet common – chemical is just one of
those threats. The studies cited by the Breast Cancer Fund define BPA as an endocrine disruptor. Simply put, it disrupts the hormones and glands that are in charge of our body growth, production of insulin, behavior and other vital functions. It’s a scary label considering the number of products made with this chemical. Other than in Campbell’s soups, BPA is also found on the linings of food and beverage cans, plastic wrappers, hard plastic bottles, ATM receipts and until recently, baby bottles and sippy cups. Throughout time, BPA leaches into the food and liquids that are contained in cans and plastic containers, especially when these containers are microwaved or cleaned in a dishwasher.
The production process behind BPA, largely the same as it was back in the 1960s when it was introduced to domestic products, is finally being questioned by the federal government. But what exactly is Capitol Hill doing about it? The Food and Drug Administration considered BPA to be safe up until 2008. It was not until July, and by request of the American Chemistry Council, that the FDA banned the use of BPA in the production of baby bottles and children’s drinking cups due to “some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.” A bit too late for us grown-up Temple students. As for adults’ safety, the FDA has deemed the current
depend on informed decisions in order to avoid profits to be placed above our safety.
BPA levels in products to be safe. Yet there are multiple sources of exposure, and sometimes many of these products surpass the BPA limit set by the FDA. Progresso, Del Monte and Campbell canned foods have the highest BPA levels out of the 19 name-brand foods that were tested in an independent study conducted by Cosumer Reports in 2009. The aforementioned brands dominate the shelves at Fresh Grocer and 7-Eleven, and are certainly stacked high in college dorms and apartments. Still, the FDA is hesitant to banish all these BPA-containing products. Why is the FDA so stubborn? A plausible answer is the lobbying effort of big chemical companies to obstruct any advance toward strict regulation. Nothing new really, tobacco companies made similar efforts in the past. As doomed as all this sounds, we are in a position to induce rapid change. Luckily, there are a few ways to do so. I
suggest three. As consumers, we can boycott Campbell, Progresso and other companies that do not demonstrate rigorous safety regulations. As citizens, we can place this issue on the national agenda by supporting laws intended to protect our health. There is one so far, the Chemical Safety Act passed in late July by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. This law intends to regulate the safety of chemicals used in the production of everyday products. Lastly, we can opt for fresh food and reusable glass bottles and stainless steel containers. We must depend on informed decisions in order to avoid profits to be placed above our safety. Our parents did not, how could they? They didn’t know. But we have a chance to choose differently. Laura Ordonez can be reached at email@example.com.
LIVING Aging out without fear temple-news.com
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Tari Sloan has become a role model in spite of a seemingly negative foster care system. ABI REIMOLD TTN
MORGEN SNOWADZKY The Temple News
ome students have a fairly simple description of where they’re from, answering the question with a single location. Others specify they were born in another country and immigrated to the U.S., or grew up across the country before moving to Pennsylvania. Tari Sloan, a senior English major, explains that she’s been making the transition from home to home for the last seven years. Now, she’s preparing herself for life after “the system.” Born in Georgia, Sloan’s biological mother died when she was 4 years old. After four years of being raised by her father, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, he was declared unfit to raise her. For five years, Sloan lived with other family members in Georgia until she became part of “the system” at age 13. Her first home within the foster care system was with her uncle and his fiancé in Pennsylvania, through a program called Kinship Care. Following this stay, Sloan’s living quarters varied from foster homes, youth shelters and girls’ homes. Sloan graduated high school early, when she was 16 years old and then decided to come to Temple. Since she was a minor at the time, she wasn’t allowed to live in the residence halls and had to spend an additional year in her girls’ home in Doylestown, from where she commuted. Following this, Sloan lived in a residence hall and then in her own off-campus apartment. Being one of the oldest girls in the home, Sloan was granted more freedom than her housemates, but tried to take advantage of this in a positive way. “I was the source of fun and enjoyment [in the girls’ home]. I’d use my freedom to go buy Christmas presents and things like that. I tried to give back and do as much as I could,” Sloan said. She acknowledged the negative environment and the stigma that is typical of the welfare system’s reputation. This negative view is a result of the “selfish people” who get involved in the system, since there is a financial element to becoming a foster parent. She explains that it’s a never-ending cycle, in which kids don’t have examples of positive, caring lifestyles to emulate. “I like the fact that I’m forced to do this stuff because it makes me a better person and I’m able to be a positive example,” Sloan
said, in reference to her seemingly uphill struggles. Her positivity is reflected in her attempts to mend bridges with those she may have hurt through her foster care experience, mainly her uncle, who she stayed with first. The two hadn’t spoken in years after a falling out, but Sloan has recently come to terms with her past and has made amends, she said. One of the biggest differences between Sloan and some others in the system is that she’s learned to use the system to her advantage. Some kids decide to sign themselves out of the system early, and others don’t fulfill the requirements necessary to continue after turning 18 years old. To be part of the system after entering adulthood, one has to pursue secondary education, whether it’s college or technical school, and maintain a certain grade point average, as well as work a job for at least eight hours per week. People who “age out,” or turn 18 without a plan to pursue secondary education, are at a high risk for many things, including substance abuse, breaking the law, homelessness and unemployment, according to a study published by the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. As Sloan explains, most students have parents or other family members to lean on emotionally and financially, even after turning 18. However, people who age out are often left with nothing, Sloan said. Money, health insurance and certain grants for school are pulled out from underneath them. To avoid this fate, Sloan has made a point to take advantage of programs the system offers. Until she turns 21 next year, Sloan will continue to check in with a judge every six months and have her health monitored by the state. She will graduate this spring with her degree in English and a minor in LGBT studies, as
““I like the fact that I’m forced to do this stuff because it makes me a better person and I’m able to be a positive example.”
Tari Sloan / senior english major
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take over as new norm Looking around Main Campus, most students have body art, but not all inked students share the same perspective on living with tattoos. ANNA MCALLISTER, REBECCA ZOLL The Temple News
Advertising major Sarah Jagiela flaunts her forearm tattoo |
Snapbacks, Vera Bradley bags and iPhones might be considered among the top trends for students today. But the one accessory students are rocking that isn’t always noticeable to the naked eye is tattoos. Some students are adorned with sleeves, others with inconspicuous small designs. Tattoos have become mainstream to the point where they’re practically standard issue. Tattoos were considered to be taboo 20 years ago, but now, it’s almost rebellious not to get one. Jacob T. Weber, a junior business major, has a tattoo on his back of a Celtic raven holding two coins in its
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talons with his grandfather’s initials. “I got it because the raven symbolizes the bird that carries your spirit to heaven when you die,” Weber said. “And in ancient Greece [when you die], they [would] put two coins on your eyes to pay the gatekeeper to get into the afterlife.” Kelly Connelly, a senior risk management and insurance major also has tattoos related to family members, with a portrait tattooed on her left thigh. “It’s my tattoo for my dad,” Connelly said. “It has his portrait and a bunch of space stuff like Star Trek and Star Wars. It’s a lot of stuff that is important to him transferred onto me.” Both Weber and Connelly’s tattoos have not af-
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“Starving actor” Marcie Anker admits she’ll never date a fellow theater-artist.
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Julie Malave facilitates the Latino community on campus through AdEL.| LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN
ple within the organization and, sort of was mentored by the old president and I became more involved and stuck with it.
TTN: WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF ADEL AS A STUDENT ORGANIZATION?
Julie Malave Latino organization president strengthens ties with her heritage through involvement. LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ Living Editor For junior anthropology major Julie Malave coming to Temple meant a chance to better acquaint herself with her Latin heritage. Although Malave is the daughter of two native Puerto Ricans, she had few ties to her roots growing up at the Milton Hershey School – a boarding school she attended from fourth through 12th grade. Malave is now the president of Asociación de Estudiantes Latinos [Latino Student Association] which is the umbrella organization for all the
Latino organizations on Main Campus. Malave was also the vice president of Esencia Latina, a dance troupe that is under the AdEL umbrella.
THE TEMPLE NEWS: HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INVOLVED WITH ADEL?
Julie Malave: I was looking for Latinos on campus, and I knew a few [people involved]. My boyfriend is actually a brother in Lambda Theta Phi and we’ve been dating since my freshman year [of college] so he actually introduced me into the group because he heard about it though his organization. I got close to a lot of peo-
JM: It’s very broad because AdEl is one of the few Latino organizations that encompasses all Latinos – it doesn’t cater specifically to the [fraternities]. So the three main missions of our organization [are] to educate, celebrate and unite the Latino community on campus.
TTN: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE LATINO COMMUNITY ON MAIN CAMPUS?
JM: I couldn’t give a complete description of the Latino population because all of those people don’t attend AdEL meetings. The people that do attend [general assembly] meetings, and generally all of the other Latinos I know, are very family-oriented. It’s very much our organization trying to be part of the culture. It’s close-knit, a lot of fun, everybody seems to be very open and, generally, I would say we want to keep that family feeling.
TTN: WHICH GROUPS FALL UN-
DER THE ADEL “UMBRELLA”?
JM: Any of the Latino organizations. There’s Lambda Theta Phi, Lambda Theta Alpha – the Latino fraternity and sorority – Esencia Latina, which is a [dance group I used to dance for]. They do salsa, bachata, merengue and all types of [Latin American] dance. We work a lot with the Spanish Club but not as closely. Right now we’re trying to mend the relationship with them because it seems as if there was some kind of disconnect between the organizations. Any Latino group we try to mentor.
TTN: WHAT IS PLANNED THIS ACADEMIC YEAR FOR ADEL?
JM: We do all of our planning [by semester]. One event that everyone looks forward to that we do annually, which isn’t really geared toward academia, is our potluck called “AdEL Thanksgiving.” We work together to find someone with a house big enough to support all of our members. We each bring a meal, and it’s really a great time for us Latinos to unite in a setting that isn’t [school-related]. Every Monday is a different program, we have so many coming up. It’s just one of those things where you have
to keep up with the listserv and see the flyers. We try and not do the same things every year.
pretty involved but there’s always room for more.
TTN: HOW HAVE YOU MANTTN: HOW ARE MEETINGS RUN AGED TO STAY IN TOUCH TO EDUCATE PEOPLE? WITH LATINO CULTURE SINCE JM: We have an A-B set up. Our A meetings are more COMING TO TEMPLE? [geared toward] educating or having a topic of discussion. Our B meetings are more administrative, and we plan our fundraisers and community service projects. During our A meetings we’ll have game night [sometimes], so when I say they’re educational I don’t mean a class where you’ll be sitting, listening to a lecture the whole time. We’ll have dance instructors, professors and this semester one of our members will be hosting a cook-off.
TTN: HOW CONNECTED ARE YOU TO THE PHILADELPHIA LATINO COMMUNITY?
JM: I’ve become more connected because I’ve been a part of AdEL for so long, and working for Latinos for Obama, I’ve [even] had the opportunity to meet Councilwoman Maria Quiñones. I’ve been teaching Zumba for a couple of years now so I’ve taught at places like Norris Square Senior Center and there’s a huge Latino population over there. So I’d say I’m
JM: I sought out the culture. I think if you really have a passion for something that you’re interested in you have to take extra steps, especially in a place like Temple where [Latinos] are such a small minority. I tried asking around the Student Center, asking my friends and becoming involved with AdEL and meeting Latinos. I became more involved with Latinos for Obama, I began dancing with Esencia Latina and I joined the Spanish Club. I’m really trying to embrace my heritage because when I was at Milton Hershey [School] it wasn’t really [a place] where you could be an individual, so I’m embracing a little part of me. I would recommend anyone looking to enrich themselves with their culture to find it, because they can’t expect it to walk up to them – especially for Latinos at [Temple]. Luis Fernando Rodriguez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Band enters conference with new swagger Now that Temple’s athletic program has joined the Big East, the marching band has stepped up their game in terms of intensity and skill level. PATRICIA MADEJ The Temple News The kickoff game between Temple and Villanova on Aug. 31 signified more than the football team’s first game of the season – it marked the school’s first season in which it returns to the Big East. But apart from the uniformed players, others have noticed a change in tone while performing on the field – namely, the marching band. Grace Holleran, a sophomore and trumpet player in the band for the past two years, has noticed a significant change between practices last season and this season. “The students all seem a lot more focused, but I’ve noticed a difference in the leadership,” Holleran said. “They expect a lot more out of us, and we give it to them. It’s more serious.” “I feel like there’s a better sense of community,” she added. “We’re getting a lot more done a lot faster.” Holleran, a music therapy major, said the band learned an entirely new field show in just three practices, which is especially notable considering the band is the biggest it has been in about 87 years. “Last year’s band wouldn’t have been able to do it,” Holleran said. “That was the biggest proof that there’s bigger energy and focus,” she said. Part of the secret underlies in the leadership. Senior Alex Gonzalez, one of three drum majors, expressed passion and faith in the performers behind him. “Being in the Big East brings a whole new level of intensity and focus,
and a whole new level of skills to the band and ideas of how we’re going to develop in the future,” he said. “Now Temple has a mentality that we are an amazing football school, so we want to be an amazing band to an amazing team.” Gonzalez, an applied math and Spanish double major, said he has held band close to his heart his entire life. His father convinced him to learn to play the clarinet in elementary school, and it has taken him a long way. Temple’s music performance program has been entertaining its audiences for about 90 years. And freshmen will notice a complete change of style from high school band to band on a collegiate level. They will have gone from training for competitions and judged performances, to a more fun, entertaining mentality. Now, band is completely devout about pumping up the crowds, and instilling some of that extra school spirit seen broadcasted so often on ESPN. This comes from heavy practice, adding up to six hours a week. Gonzalez attributes the harder practices and new level of intensity to band director Matthew Brunner, who he claims has a larger understanding of what is happening to the university. Upon declaring the new drum majors, Brunner sat the three down, asking them what they wanted to do. Their opinions mattered, Gonzalez said. Brunner has been the director of the band for the past four years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and a graduate degree in instrumental
conducting from Ohio University. He also earned his Doctor of Music in wind conducting at Indiana University. Gonzalez said for the first time in his five-year involvement with the band, the group sings Temple’s alma mater in its entirety. For a moment, they put aside the cheers and recognize the pride they have for the school. Brunner wants to go back to a style of tradition, while maintaining a level of excitement, Gonzalez said. “He’s done such a great job of finetuning how [great] the band is and how excellent they are that year,” Gonzalez said. All the band’s performances will now be televised, requiring more effort at practice. “What we’re pushing is sound, look and quality. Especially now [that] we have all these eyes on us,” Gonzalez said. And although Gonzalez attributes this greater sense of community toward being in the Big East, he recognizes that the activity has stepped up in popularity throughout the recent years. “In years past, we hadn’t had the best retention rate, and now band is something people want to come to and look forward to and make better,” Gonzalez said. “To be honest, being a drum major and knowing that kind of band is behind you is rewarding. To know that they’re ready to work, and create something wonderful, is great.” Patricia Madej can be reached at email@example.com.
Members of the Temple Diamond Marching Band play the song “Payphone” on Sept. 19. | KELSEY DUBINSKY TTN
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CITY LIGHTS A LITTLE BRIGHTER “Open Air,” an art installation by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, lit up the Philly skyline on Thursday night. KYLE NOONE The Temple News
eams of light danced across the Philadelphia skyline Thursday night as people throughout the city watched in amazement. Sept. 20 was the grand opening of “Open Air,” a collaboration between the Association for Public Art and artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. “Open Air” consists of more than 20 powerful searchlights forming a 3-D light installation that can be seen anywhere in a 10-mile radius with the right weather conditions. According to event presenters, it is the first project of its kind in the world. It is also an interactive project, meaning the beams of light
Museum makes history with renovations The Philadelphia History Museum reopened after renovating for three years. SAMANTHA STOUGH The Temple News After being closed since 2009, the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent has completed its renovations with a tremendously more contemporary atmosphere. The renovations required approximately $5.8 million in funds. There was a time when the museum was funded completely by the city of Philadelphia, Museum Director Charles Croce said. However, now only 20 percent of the funds come from the city. The rest were donated by people and corpora-
tions who supported the cause. Anyone familiar with the museum’s former condition will be taken aback by the modifications made to the building itself. A front desk made from reclaimed wood from Independence Hall greets guests upon arrival. Fresh paint, redone electricity and plumbing, an increase in space, and a newly climate-controlled environment just scratch the surface of the freshened amenities. One of the most notable improvements would be the elevator – a tool the museum did not have before. Only about 10 percent of the museum’s more than 100,000 objects could be shown at a time with the old setup, Croce said. Many more objects, both “ordinary and extraordinary, the public and the private,” can now be unveiled and rotated with the
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react to voices and sounds. A free iTunes app was even created to allow Philadelphians to record their messages to be played in coordination with the installation, along with messages from Philadelphia celebrities like Questlove and Tina Fey. In honor of the historic project, a grand opening celebration was held on the inner drive of Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 21st and 24th Streets, which was closed from traffic. It marked the second time in the month of September that the parkway played host to a major artistic event, after the Made in America Festival on Sept. 1 and 2. “When it’s closed off for fun events like this it’s a great use for the parkway,” spectator Bridget Barber said. Masses came out to enjoy
and experience the opening of “I’m interested to see what “Open Air,” which featured the happens,” Joseph Battista, who unveiling of the project as well lives in one of the buildings the as live perforsearchlights occumances and an pied, said. “To get array of food people out here on trucks. a Thursday night By 7 p.m., on the parkway is the sun was a good thing.” setting over The weather the horizon definitely didn’t and people hurt the atmobegan fil- Monica Malpass / 6 ABC Anchor sphere. ing into the “I like the parkway and fact that everyone enjoying the came out to enjoy food trucks. it. It’s a nice night Foo Truck, Lil and I think it’s Dan’s, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, a great idea to do this outdoor Lucky Old Souls and Local 215 art,” spectator Rob Markwowitz all provided the growing crowd said. with delicious food throughout After a countdown to the night. Anticipation for the launch that was displayed on groundbreaking night was alOPENAIR PAGE 10 ready underway.
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Candy Hearts signs to Bridge Nine Band named first artist on New Found Glory guitarists’ label, Violently Happy Records. CARA STEFCHAK Managing Editor
bass and Matt Ferraro on drums. The band, which has been together for two years, began a 13-stop fall tour with Boston band Daybreaker on Sept. 21. On Sunday, Sept. 23, Candy Hearts stopped in Philly to play at The Fire on Girard Avenue with Heartwell, an indie punk four-piece band from New Jersey, and Philly bands Cayetano and Catnaps. The band’s new EP “The Best Ways to Disappear,” scheduled for a Nov. 6 release, will be the first off New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert’s record label Violently Happy Records, an imprint off Bridge Nine Records. In addition to Swift, Loveland said the band’s musical influences include the Weakerthans, Lemonheads, Gin Blos-
Singer-guitarist Mariel Loveland may be the only woman to feel compelled to give the finger to Ryan Gosling. “I watched ‘The Notebook’ and I was giving it the middle finger the whole time,” Loveland, 24, of Ramsay, N.J., said. “But I watched [‘Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless’] three-part special on Netflix and every time I watch those tour movies it’s like a countdown to how long it will be until I start crying. I never, never cry during movies, but legitimately like three minutes in, I was in tears.” Loveland is one-fourth of the New Jersey/New York based pop-punk band Candy Hearts, comprised of Kris Hayes on guitar, Christian Migliorese on CANDYHEARTS
Candy Hearts singer-guitarist Mariel Loveland performs at The Fire on Girard Avenue. | KATE MCCANN TTN
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The 12th Street Arts and Music Festival hosted by PhilaMOCA and the Institute Bar was on Sept. 22.
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a screen near the stage had ex- everybody in the audience to sipired, the festivities began. At lence, so it was pretty moving,” 8:35 p.m., the Master of Cer- spectator Kameron Schleifer emonies for the night, 6abc said. Action News anchor Monica A contest to determine Malpass welcomed the crowd the first message to be heard saying, “The first in the U.S. through the installment was and we got it.” won by Friends Select School After getting the crowd of Philadelphia. After technifired up, Malpass introduced cal difficulties, members of the Executive Director of the As- school sang their message live sociation for Public Art Penny from the stage to cheers from Balkin Bach, who the crowd. played a major D u r role in bringing ing the delay, “Open Air” to the caused by city. Bach was folfaulty Internet, lowed by Mayor crowd favorite Michael Nutter Rahzel was who praised both summoned Bach and Lozanoback to the Hemmer for their stage by fans efforts to bring and performed Kameron Schleifer / spectator an this special event encore to Philadelphia. performance Next to speak while Lozawas Lozanono-Hemmer Hemmer, who was worked out the voted Wired magazine’s artist kinks. of the year in 2003. LozanoFinally, the stage was set Hemmer brought the lights to an and audio of Friends Select apex, towering over the center School’s choir flowed through of the parkway and explained the loud speakers, coordinating the process and project. with the lights above, becoming Performances came from the first interactive message to renowned beat boxer and mem- be played with the installation. ber of The Roots Rahzel, and Other messages submitted singer-composer David Moss, by the public were played with who shared his avant-garde the lights following Friends Sestyle of singing, ranging 4.5 oc- lect School. taves, with the crowd. The night The night was something also featured poetry from Philly to be seen and spectators witYouth Poetry Movement’s Ja- nessed a first in the world of art. mar Hall and Kai Davis, who “I think it’s awesome that it wowed the audience. was done first here, I love Phila“I really enjoyed the love delphia so I’m glad they picked poem. It really brought the it,” Steve Gray, who witnessed whole group together. It brought the show from the grass outlin-
brought everyone in the audience to silence, so it was pretty moving.
ing the parkway, said. Many spectators considered it a highlight for Philadelphia. “I think it’s a great moment for the city,” Barber said. “Open Air” will run nightly until Oct. 14 and feature many events. For more information on this interactive project and scheduled events, visit openairphilly.net. Kyle Noone can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Top) Beams are projected into the Philadelphia sky as a part of the “Open Air” exhibit. (Bottom) Rafael Lozano-Hemmer presents his installation.| ABI REIMOLD TTN
Ubisoft game finds life on PCs 1812 Productions takes on election humor with improv
SAMANTHA TIGHE Save & Quit
Ubisoft’s game “I Am Alive,” released Sept. 6, places gamers in a post-catastrophic, fictional town.
Am Alive” is a postapocalyptic survival game set in the fictional, shattered city of Haventon. More than a year prior to the game, the world experienced some type of catastrophe that is referred to only as “The Event.” You take control of the protagonist – an unknown middle-aged man who has returned to Haventon to locate his wife and young daughter, both of whom he had lost contact with prior to “The Event.” Your self-induced mission divides, however, when you rescue a young girl by the name of Mei who had been separated from her mother. Soon, your priority is to get her to safety. As you move throughout the city, it is important to keep an eye on your health and stamina bar as you play because every action that requires some type of physical exertion – running, climbing, swinging, etc., takes a toll on your stamina. Once you deplete it completely, you enter a crisis mode and have a few seconds to try and make it to a ledge or some sort of solid ground in order to rest. Failure to do so results in losing your grip, which usually leads to death. If you manage to make it to a place where you can breathe, you’ll find your stamina bar’s max capacity has decreased. In order to get it back in original shape, you’ll need to cut into your supplies. The items scattered in Haventon are few and far between. You’ll soon find yourself hoarding them, for once you use up your supply, you’re done until you happen across another food can or bottle of painkillers. It’s in your best interest to survey the areas you come across, as you can usually find a couple good items stashed behind cars or up on ledges. Your stamina bar is not your only enemy in this game, there are plenty of people who wish you and Mei harm. In the beginning, you manage to get your hands on a gun that has no bullets. However,
many of the hostile men you come across don’t realize that, and your empty weapon can be an intimidation tool. By simply pointing your gun, men can surrender or follow your demands, which can line them up for a good old-fashioned push off a cliff or kick into a fire pit. There are men and women in the game who are also defending their home turf – backing away from their camps can usually diffuse the growing situation. Your gun is not your only weapon – you also have your trusty machete, which can be used for a melee attack. As the story progresses you can get your hands on a bow and single reusable arrow – you have to pick it up off the bodies of your enemies to get it back – and, if you’re feeling particularly generous, you can happen across a shotgun. There are non-hostile people in Haventon who are hurting or have some type of craving and can use your help. This is the morality factor of the game – you only have a limited amount of supplies, but would you be kind enough to help a man who had his arm crushed by giving him your last first aid pack or giving another person two bottles of highly coveted pain killers? Sometimes all you get is a thank you, maybe even a small gift. But by helping out these victims, you are given some hints as to what occurred during and after “The Event,” and most importantly, you are given a “retry.” If you happen to die at some point within the game, you are given a chance to use one of your retries, which usually drops you back to just before you engaged the hostiles. Helping a victim or coming across a retry in the level increases your retry count. Using them all, however, results in you being re-spawned back at your last save point. There is no manual saving in this game, save points are usually found at the beginning of the mission or, if it is particularly long, somewhere midway.
“I Am Alive” does have its positive and negative aspects. The atmosphere of the game is fitting – trash and bodies litter the ground, abandon cars decorate the streets of the city, earthquakes have caused many great divides, and the aftershocks that you feel occasionally lead to places that were formerly unreachable. In the emergency shelters, you can find signs begging for help, food or water and as you explore, you can come across spray-painted warnings directed toward looters. The color palette has a predominantly sepia overtone, highlighting the fact that this earth is now a very bleak place, but the lack of color – although intentional – is also boring. My biggest complaint with the game regards the controls – they are buggy and occasionally very frustrating. Although the world is a decent size, it becomes apparent how very bland it is – there is no real interaction. Then, there’s the fact that, at the end of the game, there isn’t any resolution to the unknown man’s storyline – without giving too much away, you are just left to wonder. Finally, there are some small quirks that a stickler like myself was irritated by – one of which is the proof-reading that apparently did not occur on the subtitles. Poor grammar, letters that weren’t capitalized and missing words are noticeable, but in all honesty they really don’t affect the game. Overall, I would recommend at least checking it out. In a market where post-apocalyptic shooters are doing well, it’s interesting to find a game that shies away from the usual fantasy and carnage elements and instead, focuses more on a more realistic approach. It’s not a long game; you could probably beat it in a couple of hours and it’s not expensive. It has its downsides and frustrations, but it was an entertaining experience and I don’t regret the purchase. Samantha Tighe can be reached at email@example.com.
The comedy troupe is preparing for the annual performance of its improv political comedy. the lead-up to a presidential election,” said writer and Associate Producer Greg Nix. “It’s For the past six years, much easier to present a satire Philadelphia’s own 1812 Pro- when people know what you’re ductions has kicked off the fall satirizing. If I write an awesome theater season with “This Is The joke about the 2010 Missouri Week That Is,” a satirical politi- congressional primaries, you cal play tackling the news with probably aren’t going to get it the same style as The Onion unless you’re from Jefferson and “The Daily Show With Jon City.” Nix spoke about the elecStewart.” tion coverage and how a story With a presidential elecbecomes a joke. Writing the tion less than two months away, show involves combing through “This Is The Week That Is: The hours of political news. Election Special” could not “Almost any story that have better timing. dominates a This year’s news cycle election spemakes our job cial will feature easier, exclud“Presidential ing tragedies Idol,” an electhat are too sention pageant sitive to joke topped off with about,” Nix a swimsuit comsaid. “That said, petition, and all sometimes Anthe topical news thony Weiner Greg Nix / associate producer you could ask for or Herman Cain and writer from the show’s comes along new team, featurand you say a ing a trusty head little prayer of anchor, aboutthanks.” town reporter Nix also and TMZ parody titled “Hey detailed the writing process and B------.” Creative director of the unique format of the show. 1812 Productions and the direc“The show is basically brotor of “This Is The Week That ken into two halves. The first act Is” Jennifer Childs is featured is a political sketch revue in the as Patsy, a recurring character in vein of Second City, with elaboeach year of “This Is The Week rate costumes and big producThat Is.” Patsy is a South Philly tion numbers. The second half resident who speaks for the avis our version of the news, a la erage Philadelphian on politics “Weekend Update” slash “The from the soapbox of her stoop. Daily Show,” Nix said. The presidential election Nix and fellow writers gives the “This Is The Week Childs and Don Montrey reThat Is” production staff ample write the second half of the amounts of material to work show nightly. with. “The second act is rewritten “I think the show is espeevery day to reflect whatever’s cially relevant this year, mostly in the headlines,” Nix said. “It’s because more people tend to
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story that dominates a news cycle makes our job easier.
pay more attention to politics in
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Institute Bar and PhilaMOCA host family-friendly art and music party The 12th Street Arts and Music Festival brought vendors and performances.
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The Temple News The residential block between The Institute Bar and PhilaMOCA on 12th and Spring Garden streets is not at all new to hosting block party events, but the 12th Street Arts and Music Festival is the first of its kind at the location. The Mad Decent Block Party, formerly hosted by Mad Decent and The Institute Bar, grew too large for the venue a few years ago and has since moved to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Since then, The Institute Bar and PhilaMOCA teamed up to organize this new event. Free for attendants, it showcased local musicians and artists. The roped-off street with a DJ set up in front of PhilaMOCA’s building gathered a small crowd midway through the festival, which was scheduled to be up and running from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. Stands varied from informative vendors to local aspiring career artists selling their work, and performers mingled amongst crowd members as they waited for call times. Residents of the block were out and about, having their own garage sales next to the stands and letting their kids weave in and out of festival-goers. Attendee Stephanie Ricci had a positive attitude about the smaller event. She attended the Mad Decent block parties held at 12th Street, and remembers the last one in particular as being one of the best parties she had been to. “Block parties are about being free and good fun,” Ricci said, expressing her frustration with high-priced events. The 12th Street festival appeals to this mentality, though “not as good crowd-wise,” Ricci said. She said she hopes that next year the event gets more publicity and attracts more student attention.
Political comedy troupe reinvents
The one-man Mariachi performer, TACO, walked up and down 12th street during the PhilaMOCA Art and Music Festival Block Party, often walking up to people and singing to them.| CHARLOTTE JACOBSON TTN There was a much more relaxed atmosphere than that of the Mad Decent days. Charlie Collazo of The Institute Bar, one of the event’s coordinators, said previous events began with “great music and people coming out and getting along and truly enjoying themselves while still showing some respect for the neighborhood,” but that it became too much in year three. “The people attending it lost sight of what it was about,” Collazo said. The 12th Street Arts Festival attracted a more mature crowd, with attendees bringing their dogs, milling around eating cheeseburgers sold outside The Institute Bar or grabbing a beer. Information stands for The Ultimate Body Applicator, an independently sold detoxifying body wrap product, and Green Mountain Energy, which advocated clean and renewable energy sources, also set up displays at the festival, although they both noted that the crowd was not as receptive as they had
IMPROV COMEDY: THE N CROWD Friday, Sept. 28 Every Friday through Dec. 21 8 p.m. $15 Actors Center 257 N. Third St. phillyncrowd.com
Did you spend the majority of your childhood glued to the TV watching “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Keeling over with laughter at the comedic stylings of Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie? Well, now’s the chance to experience something close to it in reality by seeing Improv Comedy: The N Crowd. The entire show is based upon suggestions from the audience, making each show completely different from the last. So come prepared with ridiculous things to yell and shout when asked. This group has been around since 2005 and has performed more than 300 shows in all parts of Philly, including the Philadelphia Improv Festival and the Philly Fringe Festival to name a few. Philadelphia Style magazine has called this “Philadelphia’s premier improv comedy troupe,” and in 2012, the group was named the Best Comedy Club. So bring a pal and be prepared to laugh for 80 minutes at completely unscripted comedy.
hoped. One fundraising stand plenty of attention, though Jon included a dunk tank, a chance Swartz said he’d hoped for to dunk friends of a biking acci- more interest. dent victim for a dollar, and also One of the most eye-catchsold raffle tickets for “booze ing craft stands displayed an imbaskets.” pressive collection of handmade A one-man Mariachi per- ceramic flasks, the work of local former by the name of Taco artist Chase Brown. A former circulated the area, sporting University of the Arts student, outrageous cowboy attire and he called ceramics a hobby, drawing the rapt though he has attention of one his own kilns young girl, who and is clearly he allowed to quite skilled at strum his guitar his craft. after she fol“I’m just lowed him for doing someseveral minutes. thing I like doTe m p l e ing,” Brown, Stephanie Ricci / attendee whose alumnus Jon stand Swartz, a former was very popuTyler School of Art student, lar, said. He can often be found and his brother, David, also an at events outside PhilaMOCA, alumnus, manned a stand for and frequents craft shows in their company, Black Ink. The Philly. His friends’ band, Post company specializes in illustra- Sun Times, performed around tion and fine art. The brothers 4:30 p.m. live nearby and decided to set Natives of West Philly, Post up at the 12th Street Festival, Sun Times members Adam Feras they do at many arts events. guson, Robin Carine and Matt Eccentric, colorful paintings Kay performed at the 12th Street and prints at their display drew festival, their first outdoor show
GO WEST! CRAFT FEST
are about being free and good fun.
Saturday, Sept. 29 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free The Woodlands 400 Woodland Ave. gowestcraftfest.com Enjoy original arts and crafts, live music, food and fun at the GO WEST! Craft Fest. This year will showcase a number of original artwork, hand-constructed and upcycled clothing, candles, knitwear, ceramics and much more from more than 50 vendors from the Philadelphia region. All purchases support local and independent small businesses. There will be four different performers, beginning at noon. The bands will be performing bluegrass, jazz and world music. There will also be performances of aerial flights from Tangle’s Tiny Circus. The food will include Black Orchid Food’s vegan specialties and West Philly’s award-winning Lil’ Pop Shop. Along with the crafts, food, and fun, you’ll be able to briefly step away from the concrete jungle. The Woodland’s, a historical landscape, is on 54 wooded acres accompanied with an 18th century mansion, gardens, historically significant trees and an apiary. The festivities will take place in the main entrance along Woodland Avenue. The rain date is on Sunday, Sept. 30.
in Pennsylvania. Their “reggae/ dub rock” style is something they hope can appeal to a large audience, and they have enjoyed playing at events like Bob Marley’s People’s Fest in Delaware this past summer. In addition to their band, they generate their own “apocalyptic reggae newspaper,” which they compared to the satirical production The Onion, calling it absurdist. Their energy was catching and the crowd gathered enthusiasm during their performance, during which Carine shouted, “We are your musical guide for the upcoming apocalypse!” “I hope more people come out next year,” Ricci said, flashing a smile before cheering on Taco. Although arguably less lively than its predecessor Mad Decent, the 12th Street Arts and Music Festival brought culture, crowds and characters to the block.
a collaborative process that happens mostly through e-mail and starts with a discussion of what worked in the previous show and what is about to become especially topical.” 1812 Productions might seem like a laughting matter, but the troupe takes comedy very seriously. “‘Theatrical’ is the key word in how 1812 approaches comedy. I’ve trained with [Upright Citizens Brigade] and read The Onion every day and am generally a pretty huge comedy nerd, so I try to keep an eye on how the comedy landscape is dealing with current events,” Nix said. “When we’re creating ‘This Is The Week That Is,’ we’re constantly asking ourselves ‘How is this different from “The Daily Show?” What can we do that is unique?’ And we try to answer it a lot of different ways.” Nix hopes that his political comedy will strike a chord with Philadelphians, despite an ennui among many regarding the subject. “I think people are way more concerned about Chase Utley’s knees or Michael Vick’s everything than Philly politics,” Nix said. “It’s been tough to get a read on what’s funny to Philadelphians, but luckily we can always make fun of Mayor Nutter’s voice.” When asked about what he hopes the audience will take away from “This Is The Week That Is,” Nix had a simple request: “I just hope they laugh.” The show will run previews with post-show discussions Sept. 27 through Nov. 4 and opening night is on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Plays and Players Theater on 1714 Delancey Place. Tickets cost $22-$38. Jacob Harrington can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FREE MEDITATION CLASS
Monday, Oct. 1 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Free Library of Philadelphia – Philadelphia City Institute 1905 Locust Street meditationinphiladelphia.org
Do you ever feel like you need a break? Meditation is a great way to seek out that relaxation that you need. Heal your mind, body and soul through this free mediation class. This one hour session, which is the third in its series, will focus on “The Medicine of Forgiveness: Learning to Let Go.” This will be offered at the Philadelphia City Institute on Rittenhouse Square and led by Gen Kelsang Tenzin, who is a resident teacher of the Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center, a non-profit organization holding classes throughout the city. The organization was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, a Buddhist master. Its aim is to integrate spiritual understanding into its participants’ and students’ daily lives. According to the organization’s website, meditation is a method to acquaint people’s minds with causes of happiness. If you can’t make this session, check the website for upcoming events. You don’t have to practice Buddhism to join the event and no registration is required.
LOVE LETTER MURAL TOURS
Ongoing every Saturday, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-2:30p.m. $17 Mural Arts at the Gallery. 901 Market St., level 2 muralarts.dreamhosters.com
Created during the summer of 2009 by Stephen Powers, a West Philadelphia native, Love Letter is a series of more than 50 rooftop murals around the West Philly and Market Street corridor. On this tour, take a trip on the Market/Frankford El along with a Mural Arts Program tour guide to learn about the history of the art and famous project. The story is about a boy who falls in love with a girl who wants nothing to do with him, but upon finding out she was employed by SEPTA and rides the train every day, he created love letters above the SEPTA rails for her to read. The project has received praise both internationally and nationally. It has also gotten acclaim in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and on PBS. Powell describes the project as his “chance to put something on these rooftops that people would care about.” The tour starts at the LOVE Park Visitor Center located at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard. -Patricia Madej
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Renovations incorporate interactive technology HISTORY PAGE 9
The Philadelphia History Museum revamped its interior appearance with more than three years of renovations, costing $5.8 million. The museum reopened to the public on Sept. 22. It houses pieces dating as far back as 1680. | LARA STRAYER TTN
building’s newfound space and flexibility. “Our hope is to show as much as possible,” Croce said. Elements of Philly’s past and present are blended in an appealing and dynamic way in the galleries – with history spanning from 1680 to now. One moment, you may be gazing upon George Washington’s desk or William Penn’s wampum belt, the next, buttons in support of the relatively current Occupy Philly movement. Not only has the museum updated, but it has changed how objects are viewed. “We’re not telling you what to look at,” Croce said. Instead of being crowded by lengthy descriptions, iPads are installed throughout the galleries so that a visitor can pick and choose which objects they’d
like to know more about, resulting in a much more personal and tailored way of digesting information. Hours at the museum will be Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admissions cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students and teenagers and free for children 12 and under. Samantha Stough can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candy Hearts joins New Found Glory tour CANDYHEARTS PAGE 9
soms, Best Coast and fellow Bridge Nine band Lemuria. In a statement announcing the release, Gilbert described Candy Hearts’ sound as, “truthful lyrics sung to a sweet, honest melody over a 90s-alt-rock-meets-east-baygritty-punk-rhythm. The female front women[Loveland] reveals a lot in her lyrics that I think will give music fans a place to go when they need to feel like they’re not alone.” “I feel like my lyrics are very internal thoughts,” said Loveland, who graduated from SUNY Purchase with a degree in creative writing and minor in studio composition. “There are a lot of songs about feeling nervous in relationships, realizing that you’re not helping yourself feel better and not doing things
that are right for you but you do them anyway.” The songwriting process for Loveland starts acoustically, as she writes all the songs before arranging them with her bandmates. “The Best Ways to Disappear” was written during a period of reflection in Loveland’s life, but doesn’t musically stray away from the pop-punk and ‘90s influences the band has in their former full-length releases, “Ripped up Jeans and Silly Dreams” in March 2010 and “Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy” in September 2011. Both former full-lengths were released on CD, with the latter also available on cassette. Loveland said that vinyl for “Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy” was pressed and
will eventually be available for purchase. “When I wrote a lot of these songs [for ‘The Best Ways to Disappear’] I came right back from a tour and a lot of stuff happened in a lot of different areas of my life,” she said. “I didn’t have any work at the time, so I just stayed in my apartment to try and write. I thought about my life and the people in it.” “It might sound totally lame, but you realize things about yourself when you’re just sitting there thinking about it, and those are the kinds of things I tried to write down,” she added. “A lot of the record deals with people who disappear and then pop up again like nothing happened, and also disappearing to yourself – kind of like a brain-body disconnect in
Candy Hearts frontwoman Mariel Loveland (right) and guitarist Kris Hayes (left) met in college at SUNY Purchase.| KATE MCCANN TTN
a way.” Loveland said those familiar with Candy Hearts will hear a cleaner sound from the upcoming release, since it was studio produced as opposed to the DIY recordings the band has previously done in her basement. A four-song acoustic EP was released digitally in June on their bandcamp to help finance plane tickets for a 10-day Los Angeles trip to record with Gilbert, who discovered the band through Twitter. “I thought I would hate [Los Angeles] because I’m very much a New Yorker, New Jersey person where I’m like, ‘Why are you all walking so slow, get out of my way,’” said Loveland, who has been a New Found Glory fan from a young age. “We were late getting to the studio one day because of traffic and we were beeping and cursing out the window and we call [Gilbert] and he’s like, ‘Oh me too, whatever’ – it’s just different.” Candy Hearts will be joining New Found Glory for the East Coast dates of its “Sticks and Stones” 10-year anniversary tour, which includes a stop in Philly at the Theater of the Living Arts on Dec. 9. “I remember last year going to see them play and I was backstage with [Gilbert] and Hayley [Williams] and the guys, and they were walking out because they were leaving and I walked across the stage and was like, ‘I wonder what this looks like with people out there,’” she said. “I hope it’s not too frightening.” “‘Sticks and Stones’ was the album of my childhood that got me into really, really lov-
Bass player Christian Migliorese performs in Candy Hearts, recently signed to Bridge Nine.| KATE MCCANN TTN ing music,” she added. “When I was old enough to decide what records I wanted to buy, it was that record and I remember listening to it on repeat over and over, so I’m so super thrilled to be able to go on that tour.” Prior to the winter tour with New Found Glory, Candy Hearts will be playing Fest 11 in Gainesville, Fla., at the end of October and doing an 11show tour with Citizen and State Champs beginning Nov. 8. The tour includes four shows in Canada where Loveland said the only thing scheduled into
the itinerary so far is a stop at St. Catharines, Ontario vegan restaurant and bakery Rise Above – a fitting stop for a candy-named band. “I’m thrilled for the EP to come out,” Loveland said. “I feel like these songs out of all the other songs I’ve written in my life are so much more of myself than ever before.” Cara Stefchak can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @CaraStefchak.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
SAMANTHA STOUGH The Temple News
The post-hardcore Nebraska band is still touring 17 years since its inception.
The Omaha-based band Cursive is made of anything but rookies. Active since 1995, the four current members are Tim Kasher on lead vocals, guitars, and organ, Ted Stevens on guitar, Matt Maginn on bass, and Cully Symington on drums. Ten albums, their latest being “I Am Gemini,” and a barrage of changes later, they are still making music as strong and captivating as ever. What started out as a four-man group of friends has evolved into a sound that is a blend between indie rock and post-hardcore. Despite changes in members, a small hiatus between 1998 and 1999 and high expectations built on more than a decade of progressively more complex and conceptual albums, Cursive is a band that not only provides nostalgia for its older fans, but also relatable lyrics and a powerful sound for newcomers to enjoy. Cursive will be performing with Minus the Bear on Sept. 28 at the Electric Factory. THE TEMPLE NEWS:
Cursive belongs to the Omaha record label Saddle Creek. | COURTESY OF DANIEL MULLER Have you toured with Minus the Bear before? TED STEVENS: Yes, we have. It’s been 10 years or so. TTN: Are you excited to come to Philly in particular? Have you been here before? TS: Yeah, we like Philly. Last time we came through, I had a blast, and we’re excited to come back. TTN: So, you guys have been together for a while now. How do you keep it interesting and fresh? TS: Good question. You know, the more songs you know, the better. You aren’t worried about being stuck by the same set every night. That helps. We’re trying hard to mix
it up, trying new instruments, bringing in new people, bringing in new producers – things like that can help as well. TTN: What about your fan base? Have there been a lot of new people coming in or kind of the same crowd over the years? TS: You know, it’s tough to say. I like to think that we have an old fan base that, hopefully [will still] check us out. I think there’s a lot of people that first knew us when they were really young, and people that are our age or older – people that really appreciate the first two albums. And, then I think there comes a second wave of fans that have followed “Domes-
tica,” “The Ugly Organ,” and since then as well. But, it’s really nice to see when you come to a city to play, and you see the kids in the front row. I think kids will always stand in the front row. I did when I was that age. It’s nice to attract that audience, and it’s nice to know that they’re coming to check us out, for whatever reason. That’s just how a lot of music works I think. I like to see older fans, but I think people’s lives change, and so do their priorities as far as going out and having a good time changes. Whatever’s going on we’re happy with it. Samantha Stough can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Country themes isolate listeners
Stairiker explores the often confusing lingo of country music in Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah.”
KEVIN STAIRIKER Fear of Music
ne of the genres of music that continues to fascinate me is contemporary country music. I don’t listen to it with any sense of regularity, but every time my curiosity gets the best of me, I check out whatever is on the country charts and it’s always interesting at least. Like listening to most genres of music for an extended period of time, trends start to develop and certain aspects become noticeable and more jarring as time passes. In regards to country music, one of the more apparent trends is how incredibly exclusionary it is. The knee-jerk reaction to something like this would usually be a very resounding “duh.” Country music is usually derided and defined by its clichés. Just as similar fools would call hip-hop nothing but the glorification of violence and excess, country music is generally shrugged off for, well, being country music. Unlike hip-hop however, country music artists not only wear that as a sign of pride, but the songs tend to carry a very
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“if you’re not with us, you’re against us” mentality. Take a song like Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah.” Before doing research for this column, I wasn’t aware that “Truck Yeah” was a song, and I certainly hope it’s not a real thing that real people say. At the onset, the song thunders in with a bellowing AC/ DC-style riff, but then remembers by the chorus that it is, in fact, a Tim McGraw song, so the necessary background banjo and fiddle are thrown in. The lyrics are a literal laundry list of what it means to be “country proud,” including, but not limited to: watching football, drinking beer and going to church on Sunday. By the time the chorus is nearly finished, McGraw is putting all of his cards on the table. “If you think this life I love is a little too country – truck yeah.” Despite “truck yeah” not really being an appropriate response to that proposition, it begs the question: Who is McGraw talking to? I would be willing to bet that outside of ardent country music listeners and asinine music columnists, no one is listening to this song. What is the point of addressing country music haters that aren’t listening? One of the many “Truck Yeah” – author’s note: I will never tire of typing that – related YouTube videos was a similarly proud song called “Where I Come From” by the duo Montgomery Gentry. I had thought Montgomery Gentry was simply one impossibly-named man, but a quick Wiki search proved me wrong. Right off the bat, the protagonist of the song is on the defensive, angrily telling the listener to not dare insult his upbringing and in return, he won’t “cuss” our “city lights.” This brings to the forefront one of the obvious reasons for the divide between country music fans and non-fans. The cliché of country music fans only living in rural areas while “everyone else” lives in a glossy city setting is a vastly outdated concept, especially when you consider that the upper echelon of country musicians play to large crowds in those same huge cities when they tour. Listening to music in 2012 means that you don’t have to live in a specific setting or be in a certain tax bracket to truly understand or appreciate the music, hence why I was able to so thoroughly enjoy “Watch the Throne.” There aren’t any other genres of music I know of that so adamantly and confidently shun people that aren’t fans in
the songs themselves. Because the lyrics are already so defensive, it makes those people who simply don’t like the music appear even worse for disliking it, further growing the weird divide. Of course, it pays handsomely to be a country musician, which is why there have been so many successful crossover artists in the past few years. Why is it that someone like Lionel Richie gets a free pass into “Countryland”? Though born in Alabama, Richie’s musical output was never anywhere close to country music, yet when he released his strange all-country-tinged duets album earlier this year, it went platinum. It’s currently the second best-selling album of the year behind that British female singer whose name I can’t remember. The album sold largely based on big names such as Shania Twain and Willie Nelson, and also that it was pimped to an absurd amount in Wal-Mart and on the Home Shopping Network. Other than hip-hop, country music is one of the best music-related businesses to be in. It’s always been a strange and foreign beast to me, and on paper, it still makes no sense whatsoever. There are millions of untold people that feverishly listen to country and brashly echo the sentiments of songs like “Truck Yeah.” Is that why the only people that I know personally who listen to country are coincidentally people who I wish I didn’t know personally? Still, there simply is no other genre of music where the fans overwhelmingly buy the music they listen to. Could this be why the artists are so fiercely defensive about the people that listen? Appealing to the base is one of the basic tenets of being popular in anything, and country music does it better than most political candidates. One day it’ll all make sense, but until then, I’ll keep my respectful distance.
5 JOHNNY CASH SONGS ABOUT MURDER: -“Delia’s Gone” -“Cocaine Blues” -“Folsom Prison Blues” -“Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” -“Austin Prison” Kevin Stairiker can be reached at email@example.com.
THE LUNCHIES AWARDS
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
The Temple News Presents
very year, The Temple News dedicates an issue to appreciate the food trucks and vendors that are a staple of Main Campus culture. Whether it’s the no-name carts that make sure the food speaks for itself, the “Buszes” that are slowly monopolizing Norris Street, or one of the veteran food spots on the 12th Street Food Ven-
dor Pad, there are options for everyone. In this year’s Lunchies, you will learn about new trucks that have opened in the last year, find out how to eat on any budget and spend a day with the couple that runs the Five Dollar Foot Long truck. Most importantly, once you flip the page you’ll be introduced to the winner of this year’s Lunchies Awards and the rest of the Top
10, which features new trucks that have knocked a few Lunchies regulars off our list this year. Join The Temple News as it continues to be the eyes, ears and taste buds of the Temple community. Visit temple-news.com/lunchies for more content, and to add your own opinions – just keep them tasteful. -Luis Fernando Rodriguez, Living Editor ILLUSTRATION DARCY STACKHOUSE TTN
Food-truck veteran reflects on 27 years of business Even though he’s had family come and go at Temple, the owner of Ali’s Middle Eastern has found a secure spot on Main Campus. JENELLE JANCI A&E Editor There’s far more to Ali Ibrahim’s résumé than just falafel and chicken kebobs. A musician, former handball player and soccer enthusiast, Ibrahim is approaching his 27th year on Main Campus with his business, Ali’s Middle Eastern, located in the 12th Street Food Pad Vendors. Ibrahim studied business management at St. Joseph’s University and hotel/restaurant management at Community College of Philadelphia in the mid-1980s. After catering, play-
ing percussion and singing in a Middle Eastern band, Ibrahim was ready to start his own business at Temple, where six of his 13 siblings got their education. “I used to have a lot of friends at Temple, and they used to try my cooking,” Ibrahim said. “I used to cater a lot, so they encouraged me to open a business somewhere here.” Ali’s Middle Eastern wasn’t always nestled between Richie’s and Adriatic Grill. When Ibrahim started, he owned a food truck on 13th Street and Montgomery Avenue – a spot he loved for its central location. That’s not to say he isn’t content with his current placement.
“It’s building up, it’s getting better and better,” Ibrahim said. Of Palestinian descent, Ibrahim was born in Damascus, Syria, but spent most of his adolescence in Kuwait before coming to the U.S. at age 21. His experience with the English language helped him during his transition. “My father had a very well-known laundromat in Kuwait,” Ibrahim said. “Most of our customers were English, Americans or Europeans. So we used to speak English all the time with them.” There was just one difference – Ibrahim was used to hearing a British accent, not an
American one. “We were like, ‘Oh my God, what the hell is this? They don’t speak English! It’s different,’” Ibrahim said. Ibrahim adjusted quickly, and is proud of his decision to move. “I love America,” Ibrahim said. “This is my country. I’ve been here for 31 years.” Ibrahim almost had a chance to show his patriotic spirit by playing handball in the Olympics. “I played for Philadelphia, and we won the U.S. National Championship [in 1992],” Ibrahim said. “They held a tryout for the
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EN s The Temple News staff voted on our Top 10 picks for the 2012 Lunchies Awards. ILLUSTRATION DARCY STACKHOUSE TTN
Burger & Cheese Busz
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Owner forms friendships with customers ALI’S PAGE L1 Olympics in Philly. I went to the tryouts, and I busted my Achilles tendon. But it’s OK. I had a lot of fun. I made a lot of friends.” Making friends seems to come naturally to the charismatic Ibrahim. One of them, loyal customer and former Temple student Christina Wilson, recently stopped by to pick up her favorite dish – the chicken kebob platter with extra hot sauce. Wilson was named the winner of season 10 of “Hell’s Kitchen.” “She was a regular customer,” Ibrahim said. “At least of the five working days, she’d come by three times.” That was for good reason, Wilson said. “I’d eat half for lunch and save the rest for dinner,” Wilson said. “That was sort of my longevity meal, because it’s so much. I could never eat that all in one sitting. It’s like seven bucks, and I eat for the whole day!” Ibrahim said that although he watched a few episodes of the show, he didn’t realize it was Wilson until she stopped by in late August. “One time I was watching and I
thought, that lady, she looks familiar to me,” Ibrahim said. “Then when [Wilson] came in I said, ‘Oh Christina I’m sorry!’” Ibrahim said he always enjoys Wilson stopping by. “She loves to talk,” Ibrahim said. “When she came in, she kept talking, asking questions. I really admire her a lot and I wish her all the best.” Wilson is far from being the only
customer of Ali’s Middle Eastern to get that special attention. It’s nearly impossible to order without someone stopping by to say hello or give the latest soccer scores to Ibrahim. “My customers are like my family,” Ibrahim said. “Honest to God.” Jenelle Janci can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Namesake greets customers in more than one way The large cartoon face of a laughing Vietnamese woman with a red hat is the first thing that greets students at Tai’s Vietnamese Food at the 12th Street Food Pad Vendors. The cartoon image is in fact a depiction of the restaurant’s namesake, Tai, who greets everyone with the same wide smile as the one in her cartoon – hat included. This cartoon – as well as the large visual menu and electronic signboard plastered across the front of the vendor – was implemented just before this semester. This was a pleasant surprise for returning students. Standing in a crowded line, Dionna Davis, a senior criminal justice major, said she believed the new design was nice. “I think it attracts more people. I don’t remember it being this crowded before,” Davis said. Tai reaffirmed this senti-
ment. She could not, however, give any details on how much the renovations cost. “I don’t know, my boss paid,” she said with a laugh. Robert Schmidt, a senior history major, said he thinks the vendor’s display looks a lot better. Nearly all the items offered by this popular food stop have been strategically photographed with bamboo place mats and ceramic plates. “I like that they’ve got better pictures of the food,” Schmidt said. “The menu is generally much easier to deal with.” This Vietnamese food vendor is one of the only restaurants on 12th Street that has most of its food options featured in photos – a perfect match for the visually inclined. -Hayon Shin
Ali Ibrahim and Christina Wilson formed a bond while Wilson attended Temple. She recently won TV show “Hell’s Kitchen.” | PAUL KLEIN TTN
Rookie trucks put twist on traditional food items New and soon-to-open trucks make their way into the campus lunch scene. JESSICA SMITH The Temple News
If you’re interested in breaking the usual lunchtime routine, look no further than K-Town Express on North 13th Street, across from Barton Hall. Rolling in last April, K-Town has steadily been gathering more attention. Featuring burritos, wings and tacos, its menu boasts such novelties as kimchi fries, short ribs, potato shrimp and the Korean hoagie creation known as a “koagie.” The concoction is made using chicken, pork, shrimp or tofu, and topped off with a choice of sesame, honey wasabi, ranch or a variety of other sauces. The food had junior biochemistry major Janette Pham returning for her second visit. “I realized it was here during my second summer session,” Pham said. “I tried it recently and it was pretty cool.” Pham brought along her friend,
senior chemistry major Linh Duong, who was happy with the first bite of her beef koagie. “I like it,” Duong said. “It’s new. I like traditional Asian food.” The girls couldn’t help but be attracted to K-Town’s “poppy,” eyecatching design. “No truck has images like this,” Pham said, pointing out the colorful display on the truck donned with large pictures of menu items. “It’s like you can point and say, ‘I want that one,’” Pham added. “It’s a little expensive, but I’ll come around again.” K-Town hails from Chinatown with two other locations in Cherry Hill and Cinnaminson, N.J. Worker Chris Liao has been impressed with the new Temple spot. “So far, so good,” Liao said, glancing at the crowd surrounding the truck. As accessible as it is delicious, K-Town conveniently delivers, caters and has the option to order online.
Family owned and operated, the Say Cheese food truck, which is occasionally found between 12th and 13th streets off Norris Street, is bringing back childhood memories to many students. Serving up its second year
at Temple, its comfort food menu is a haven for grilled cheese lovers. The “standard issue” sandwich is comprised of three slices of bread, two types of cheese, two vegetables and a sauce with the option of adding bacon. For those with smaller appetites, the $4 “recruit” sandwich only takes the normal two slices with one choice of cheese, one veggie and a sauce. Described by critics as “comfort food at its best,” the truck lists gourmet sandwiches for $6, like the spicy, chip steak sandwich called the “El Duke,” the grilled buffalo chicken sensation known as the “Wild Bill” and the classic Mary D, made with provolone, parmesan, marinara sauce and meatballs. Sides include the soup du jour, french fries and sweet potato fries. Compared to the usual meal combo, Say Cheese is a real bargain – adding chips and a 12-ounce soda tacks on 75 cents to any menu item.
Watch your back, Insomnia Cookies, there’s a new sheriff in town. Sitting on 12th Street between Norris and Berks streets, Cookie Confidential is a local and organic cookie food truck that caters to a very unusual variety of tastes. Taking the tail end in the line of seasoned Polett Walk trucks last April,
Cookie Confidential sells such audacious flavors as peanut butter hot dog, cheesesteak, chipotle chocolate chip, peanut butter bacon, bacon chocolate chip and maple bacon oatmeal. While appealing to some very strange tastes, the truck also offers classics like snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, ginger snaps and sugar cookies. “Well, I wouldn’t have any of those flavors,” said freshman Valeria Chernaya, gesturing to the list of unusual cookies. “But I’d probably try the normal ones.” Apart from the alarming menu, Cookie Confidential has some killer prices. Cookies only sell for 95 cents each – $5.50 for a half-dozen and $10 per dozen. It also has such yummy creations as cupcake push-pops for $3 and cupcake jars for $3.50-$5.50. The prices just edge out Insomnia Cookies, but Cookie Confidential’s hours don’t honor the plethora of Temple night owls. It remains to be seen whether its expansive menu will give Insomnia a run for its money or send customers running in the other direction.
There’s been a buzz around Main Campus about the not-yet-opened food truck, Wingo Taco, located on the corner of 13th and Norris streets. With only whispers of rumors about when
the truck will open, its website plays coy, displaying only the Wingo Taco logo and the epic promise of “coming soon.” The menu displayed on the side of the truck looks promising with items such as tacos and burritos, accompanied by Korean-style garnishes of kimchi, sesame slaw and kimchi fried rice or Mexican-style garnishes of rice, tomato salsa, Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream or corn salsa. With sides of crab sticks, scallops and potato wedges, its featured advertisement for Korean fried chicken with soy, garlic or spicy sauce is a teasing temptation for the puzzled students. “I’ve been curious,” said junior journalism major Justin Wagner, while ordering from the nearby Burger and Cheese Busz. “I walk by every day and wonder when they’re opening,” he said. “I think they’re slowly working on it, though – there have been some changes.” Only time will tell what to expect from Wingo Taco. The only precursor we can give to eager Lunchies readers is that it’s coming soon. We hope. Jessica Smith can be reached at email@example.com.
Couple serves up low prices and personality
Guest columnist spends a day aboard the Five Dollar Foot Long Truck.
ou should have been here earlier! The construction workers were some comedians today.” As I stepped into the Five Dollar Foot Long truck, located at 12th and Norris streets, this was how I was greeted by the two people inside. Sylvia Ndreu, wearing a Temple basketball T-shirt, worked at the front window handling the orders. Billy Ndreu, the chef, unpacked a box of eggs. “The construction workers earlier this morning were a riot,” Sylvia said. “I told them they should hang around until you get here!”
As I looked around, it was immediately apparent that the couple takes particular care of their food truck. “Food safety is our No. 1 concern,” Sylvia said. Each morning they meticulously check the temperatures on all of their appliances to ensure they’re up to the standard. The vending machine must be below 40 degrees, the steam table above 155 degrees. “All of the machines have to be bleached down daily,” Sylvia said. “It takes time, but it’s worth it.” As Billy stepped outside to move the couple’s pick-up truck to a closer spot, Sylvia stepped in his place to prepare an order – a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on a Kaiser roll. As the bacon sizzled on the griddle, she told me it came from a farm in Haddonfield, N.J. “Everything is fresh,” she said. “We get the freshest bread, freshest produce – all from Jersey.” “We know it tastes better, and the kids keep coming back,” Sylvia added. Billy came back into the truck to finish the sandwich Sylvia started to make. “Billy used to be a gourmet chef,” Sylvia said. I asked him why he left, and he said that the catering business just wasn’t fruitful anymore. “Our landlord decided to hike our rent, so we decided to try a food truck,” Sylvia said. “It’s only five days
a week. It’s perfect.” As the two shared a brief conversation, I began to realize that a few of the words they were using were not in English. I asked them what they were speaking, and Sylvia told me it was Albanian. “I was born in Albania, but I came here when I was 6 months old and I haven’t gone back,” she said. “Billy’s from Naples.” As an Italian minor, I was immediately intrigued. “Naples?” I asked. “Yes,” Billy said. “In 1958, I caught the very last boat to Ellis Island. No joke, the very last one.” Living only a few feet away from the streets where the famous Feast of San Gennaro is held, it was in New York City that Billy learned to cook from a Neapolitan woman named Anna. “She taught me everything,” he said. Billy showed me a box of his chicken tenders – not pre-packaged from a factory, but individually hand cut and breaded by him. “People from other trucks are always trying to get a peek at how he does it,” Sylvia said. Besides being known for its good prices and good food, Sylvia and Billy’s truck is known for something special – their interaction. Part loving couple, part irritated friends – any given conversation between the two of
them can go from complimentary to downright petulant in a matter of seconds. The pair met in New York City 30 years ago, and have been together since. “That’s what happens when you sneak out to the club when you’re underage,” Sylvia said. “I say we’ve been married for 60 years because we work together. It’s like overtime.” As one kid stepped up to the window to pay for a sandwich, he asked Sylvia whether they take debit cards or Diamond Dollars. “Sorry sweetheart,” she said. “We don’t take either of them.” Realizing he had no cash to pay for the sandwich that was just made, Sylvia told him not to worry. “If you don’t have it, dear, I’ll just put your name down,” she said. He thanked her and walked away with his breakfast. I told her that was an awful lot of trust to put on a college kid. “Yeah, but what are you going to do?” she said. “Should we let a kid starve? Ninety-nine percent of the time they come back, and they appreciate what you do for them.” As she looked out the window at a crowd of students, it is apparent how much she appreciates Temple folk. “My regulars, I can tell when they’ve just gotten a bad grade on a test or something, but I tell them they’ll get it next time,” Sylvia said.
“They always do.” One man came up to the window and before saying anything, Sylvia called out an order, “Ham and cheese, no ketchup.” The man smiled and walked away. Sylvia shook her head like a knowing mother. “He gets it every time,” she said. It’s apparent that the operation has devoted fans. I asked Billy what his secret is, and he told me, “It’s all in the hands. You can give two pizza guys the same ingredients and the pizza will come out different. It’s all about who’s making it. I think these Temple folks like us just like we like them, you know? We care.” Suddenly, Sylvia got excited. “Ah, here comes one again! How you doing, dear?” As I looked out the window, I saw it was one of the construction workers Sylvia had mentioned earlier. While chatting, Sylvia made him a cup of coffee. I asked the gentleman why he keeps coming back to the truck. “That’s easy,” he said. Sylvia hands him the fresh coffee, and he takes a sip. “They make it just like I would make it.” Annie Nardolilli can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Dining on any budget Whether students are scraping by or in the mood to splurge, there’s an option on Main Campus.
KYLE NOONE The Temple News Lunch trucks are a long-standing tradition at Temple that has been keeping students happy and not hungry for years. What started off as a few trucks for commuters to get a quick bite has grown with the university into a campus-wide network of deliciousness. The trucks are as diverse as the students they serve and while many menus are dirt cheap, some can get pretty steep. Here’s a guide to eating well on Main Campus on any budget, from penny pincher to high roller.
Every student knows the feeling. Your wallet is light from spending all of your money on partying – or books. It’s not a fun situation, but stretching your weekend scraps to allow for a full stomach isn’t as hard as it may seem. On the way to class, get some energy at Famous Hot Pretzels & Best Fresh Ground Coffee by getting – well, a hot pretzel and a freshground, small coffee. This combo from the stand on 13th Street near
Paley Library will only cost you $2 and kick your morning into gear. They also have hot tea and all kinds of snacks. After a couple classes it’s time for another meal. Try Eddie’s on Montgomery Street, right outside the Student Center. You can get a slice of pizza and cold drink for $2.50, adding a topping for an extra 25 cents. Eddie’s also has cheap sandwich combos like a cheeseburger and french fries for $3.75. Last, but not least, treat yourself on the way back from class with a fresh cookie or brownie from Insomnia Cookies. Insomnia is just down the road from Eddie’s on Montgomery Street. Insomnia may be designed for night owls, but what’s wrong with a little sugar rush after a long day? A regular cookie at Insomnia costs $1.25, and flavors vary anywhere from double chocolate chunk to white chocolate macadamia nut. They also have deluxe cookies like s’mores and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup for $2.25 if you still have some pocket change from the day.
ON A BUDGET
Even when a student’s not completely broke, he or she is usually on a tight budget. Between rent, tuition and living expenses, college gets pricey. Cooking your own food is a cheap way to eat, but the college lifestyle moves quick and sometimes there’s only time to eat on the run. Relax, students, it can be done. With a little bit more cash to work with it’s time for a hearty breakfast. Looking for something more than a caffeine jolt and some carbs? Hit up the Five Dollar Foot Long Truck on 12th and Norris streets. This truck offers a wide array of specials and combos, including a six-inch bacon, egg and cheese hoagie for $2.75. If breakfast isn’t your style, try a lunch special instead. Once hunger sets back in, grab a quick gyro at Ebi’s Halal lunch cart, which specializes in Middle-Eastern cuisine. The cart is located at the intersection of 13th Street and Polett Walk and offers chicken, lamb and combo gyros, as well as falafel dishes and salads.
Even the most financially sound
students have to let loose sometimes. It’s Friday, the checks are cashed and the stomachs are empty. It’s time for a little splurging. Money’s no object now and the options are endless – maybe treat your taste buds to a trip around the world? Start the day off with some Mexican cuisine at Chris’ Taco Stand on 13th Street in front of Tuttleman Learning Center. This local favorite serves up all kinds of tacos and quesadillas and sometimes has a revolving menu. Some of the staples include chicken, pork, chorizo and black bean tacos. The tacos are $2.50 each or three for $7 and come on sixinch corn tortillas with a plethora of topping options. Customers mix and match tacos or gorge on their favorite. Afterward, wash down the tacos with some authentic Mexican soda from the cooler. After Chris’ Taco Stand, try something a little more tropical at Jamaica D’s Caribbean and American Food on 12th and Norris streets. Jamaica D’s offers Caribbean specialties like Jamaican beef patties and coco bread as well as American foods
like french fries and chicken fingers. For a real taste of the island, get the traditional Jamaican jerk chicken. A large portion is $11 and comes with a pick of three of the truck’s 11 side dishes. For someone looking for something a little less filling, try the small, which comes with two sides for $7, or the medium, which comes with three sides for $9. Finally, the taste bud journey comes to an end with a French twist. The Creperie on Norris Street outside of Tyler School of Art has been a popular hangout for hungry students for years. The truck serves an abundance of savory crepes, but this trek is destined to end with the most decadent dessert around: a sweet crepe. The renowned truck offers more than 15 variations of the dessert on the menu, and countless options for students to get creative, including Oreo cookie crumbs and cheesecake spread. Kyle Noone can be reached at email@example.com.
ILLUSTRATION DARCY STACKHOUSE TTN
Mapping out students’ top campus menus 1
Students say... The Temple News sought to learn which food trucks and vendors students prefer to eat at most. Here are the results of our online poll:
U Got Munchies 32%
The Creperie 20% 5
Richie’s 10% Bagel Hut 7%
Sexy Green Truck 6% 10
3 ©2012 GOOGLE MAPS / ILLUSTRATION DARCY STACKHOUSE TTN
1. U GOT MUNCHIES
Location: 2012 N. Broad St. Owner: Adam Zeserman, Donald Altman, Alexander Kipphut and James Maropoulos Year Founded: 2012 Signature Item: Munch Burger Price range: $2.59 to $16.99.
2. THE CREPERIE
Location: In between 12th and 13th streets on Norris Street. Owner: Bill Zacharatos Year Founded: 2003 Signature Item: Savory Chicken Crepes
Price range: $5 to $6.
5. SEXY GREEN TRUCK
Location: Food Pad. Owner: Richie Jr. Year Founded: 1969 Signature Item: Wraps and cheesesteaks Price Range: $2 to $7.50.
Location: In between 12th and 13th streets on Montgomery Avenue. Owner: Selim Zeka Year Founded: 2009 Signature Item: Wraps and Paninis Price Range: $1.75 to $7.
4. BAGEL HUT
Location: Montgomery Avenue and Liacouras Walk Owner: Jo Ciallella Year Founded: 2007 Signature Item: Everything Bagel Price Range: $0.85 to $5.50.
Location: In between 12th and 13th streets on Norris Street. Owner: Andrew Tantisunthorn and Elaine Belmont Year Founded: 2011 Signature Item: The Joy Price range: $7 to $8.
Location: Montgomery Street, between 12th and 13th streets. Owner: Eddie Year Founded: 1980 Signature Item: Pizza Price Range: $1.50 to $6.25.
8. ALI’S MIDDLE EASTERN
Location: Food Pad. Owner: Ali Ibrahim Year Founded: 1987 Signature Item: Falafel
Price Range: $2.75 to $7.
9. BURGER & CHEESE BUSZ
Location: 13th and Norris
streets. Owner: Juno Park Year Founded: 2011 Signature Item: Texas Hold ‘Em Burger Price Range: $2.25 to $7.25.
10. TAI’S VIETNAMESE
Location: Food Pad. Owner: Linda Vuong Year Founded: 2001 Signature Item: Bourbon Chicken Price Range: $3.75 to $7.25. -Joey Cranney
Yumtown 5% Eddies 3% Ali’s Middle Eastern 2% Burger & Cheese Busz 2%
Tai’s Vietnamese 2% Other 11% *Out of 244 votes.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
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TATTOOS PAGE 7 fected their employment. They keep their ink mostly covered and, although Connelly has had to wear more sweatshirts than normal, she doesn’t regret her tattoo, and neither does Weber. Professor Nick Peterson teaches honors English and literacy and society in the English department. He was 23 and 30 when he got his two tattoos, one of which is on his right arm and the other on his upper left arm. “I got two Tarot cards. The first one I got is ‘The Fool,’ because the fool represents someone who is going out into the world. He’s also kind of naive and leaving the nest. It fit me pretty well in my situation,” Peterson said. He got the first one when he was just getting out of college. “The other one is ‘The Hermit,’ which I got seven years later to pair up with the fool. The hermit represents gaining experience, and...stopping to reflect upon it. One goes out into the world, the other stops to reflect on the world,” he said. Neither of his tattoos have affected his employment, he added. Although tattoos are very
common among students, there are those blank slates that don’t bear any. One such student is Veronica Hall, a sophomore theater major. “Body art is a form of art, and treading the line is difficult between whether it’s self-expression or self-mutilation. It’s a subjective opinion,” Hall said. Hall said she believes that if someone has a judgment or opinion about someone else’s tattoo, they should keep it to themselves because they’re not in the right place to judge. Another student without any ink is Isabel Szelagowski, a sophomore theater major. “I think that tattoos are a form of expression and I believe in expressing yourself in any way you want,” Szelagowski said. “So go ahead and do it. I think it’s beautiful.” “I think they’re beautiful because they mean so much, even though it’s a little piece of art,” Szelagowski added. “But it’s art no matter what.” For most people, getting a tattoo is a serious decision. Song lyrics, quotes and symbols can be meaningful tattoo options. But for people like
Luke Staab, a freshman university studies major, not all tattoos have to be so serious. “I was on senior week with my friends and they thought it would be funny if they paid for someone to get a dumb tattoo,” Staab said. “They wanted to do it on a visible part of the body, but I said I would get it on my butt. So I got the actual words ‘your name’ in cursive tattooed on my butt. I don’t regret it though because it’s a great pickup line, like ‘Hey baby, I have your name tattooed on my a--.’” Meghan Henry, a senior environmental studies major, has a tattoo of a star on her wrist that she strongly regrets. “I got it because I was stupid and 16 years old. I regret getting it because I don’t like where it’s at and I don’t like what it is,” she said. “I didn’t think about it enough before I got it. It was an impulsive decision.” Jackeline Vega, a career coach at the career center, said tattoos don’t always affect employment opportunities. “I wouldn’t say a student with a tattoo [jeopardized his or her chance] of gaining employ-
ment. What I would say is in an interview, you should always be aware of first impressions and how that might affect the employer’s decision,” Vega said. She said the most important thing when interviewing for a job is taking away all possible distractions, such as covering up tattoos and removing piercings. She also said that not all jobs care if employees have tattoos. “If it’s a corporate position or if it’s in sales and you’re in front of customers then yes, absolutely [they would care],” Vega said. “It definitely depends on the environment you’re working in and the culture of the organization. Some companies are more lenient and are more open to it.” The new norm or not, it seems this skin-deep accessory is here to stay. Anna McAllister and Rebecca Zoll can be reached at email@example.com.
Kelly Connelly, a senior risk management major, was inked with a lower back tattoo. | NICKEE PLASKEN TTN
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Main Campus boasts select options for alternative diets Students continue to struggle in their hunt for Main Campus food that satisifes their special dietary needs, as well as their appetites. ALEXIS SACHDEV The Temple News Public airways have been amassed with overwhelming dieting propaganda in the last 30some years. “Don’t eat carbs,” preach some. Others discourage consumption of vegetables, while still others swear by baby food. While Gerber might have the secrets to healthy infant nutrition, adults have clashed over how to best feed their bodies. And whether we’re swearing off the sourdough or living off legumes, no one school of thought has it quite right. Among the slew of fad diets, there exists lifestyle diets: vegetarianism, veganism, glutenfree and more. The commitment to alter one’s lifestyle, however, can often be overshadowed by the availability and diversity of food options. And living on a college campus – meccas of fried, greasy goodness – can strictly limit those possibilities. In a study conducted by gastroentologists at Mayo Clinic earlier this year, nearly 1 percent of Americans live with Celiac’s disease – a disease causing gluten allergies. It is “four times more common now than it was 50 years ago,” according to the study. The shift toward a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle has also been on the rise: According to a 2012 study done by the Vegetarian Times, approximately 7.3
million Americans are vegetarians, and approximately 1 million are strict vegans. USA Today reported in April of this year that around the country, several university campuses have noted this national shift, which has been especially popular among college students, and are altering their dining options accordingly.
A cousin of vegetarianism, veganism forbids meat, as well as all animal byproducts, including dairy, eggs and, often, purchasing furs and leather. Sophomore history major Paul Devastey is a non-strict vegan, adhering on most days, but allowing himself meat on occasion. Devastey started as a vegetarian and had a “gradual process” into veganism, he said. He has been a vegan for more than six months. “For one, my brother is already a vegetarian, he does it morally,” Devastey said. “So there isn’t that much meat in my house to begin with.” “Me, I never liked cheese as a kid, I never liked cereal. I’d have it with water. Now I do it with coconut milk,” he added. Devastey said the change to vegetarianism was difficult, but moving into vegan territory wasn’t as difficult. Once a wrestler, Devastey admitted to missing meat sometimes, and will occasionally allow himself to eat it. “At nicer restaurants, I will,
but not at fast-food restaurants or anywhere around [Main Campus],” he said. Devastey will get tomato pie pizzas or falafel at the Middle Eastern establishments on Main Campus, but steers clear of the typical American food. “At home, I do eat veggie burgers,” he said. “This one veggie burger at this one place on campus is just horrible, and they just squash a few pieces of broccoli.” In regards to the limited vegan options on Main Campus, Devastey said he’s “surprised.” “Temple’s a pretty big art school, so I would think there would be more vegan restaurants close by, but I guess there’s not a demand,” he added. Devastey did note that there is at least one vegetarian option at most establishments on Main Campus, but vegan can be more difficult when he orders something without knowing it comes with cheese. “You just get pissed off because they don’t even tell you,” he said. Devastey, a commuter from Northeast Philadelphia who eats mostly at home, noted that it must be more difficult for vegans who have to cook at home. “I would just eat Ramen noodles,” he said. Vegan options on Main Campus can often be limited to tofu or veggie burgers, as Devastey said. While Eddies and the Sexy Green Truck – both located on Montgomery Avenue outside the Student Center – offer veggie and Boca burgers, little else is available for vegetarians or vegans.
Often, those who adhere to a gluten-free lifestyle do so for health purposes, especially a gluten allergy. Gluten-free diets often don’t count calories or servings, but instead stress eating as many vegetables and lean proteins as the eater chooses. This spin of the diet is known as Paleo, and is based off what cavemen ate in the Paleolithic era. Gluten is found in its natural state in many grains, including oat, wheat and bran; finished products containing gluten include bread, pasta, cakes and other baked goods, processed meats such as hot dogs, and beer, according to Mayo Clinic. The diet instead stresses legumes, seeds, quinoa, vegetables, eggs, fresh meat and dairy products. Devastey, who used to work in a grocery store, said the store’s gluten-free options were limited to a small section of an aisle. “It’s really expensive, it’s more expensive than buying organic,” he said. Tai’s Vietnamese, located on the 12th Street Food Pad Vendors, sells a chicken salad that strays far from the tired grilled chicken and iceburg lettuce offerings of Tai’s neighbors. With chicken similar to Korean barbeque, and a large serving of fresh veggies, including cucumbers, red onions, lettuce, julienned carrots and tomatoes, Tai’s salad has garnered many gluten-free fans. While chickpeas are considered very starchy, as is rice, they are still gluten-free for those craving carbs. Ali’s Middle Eastern, also on the food pad, offers a falafel
Paul Devastey, a non-strict vegan, stands in front of Sexy Green Truck, one of his preferred food trucks for his dietary needs. | KELSEY DUBINSKY TTN platter consisting of falafel balls, rice, hummus and a small serving of lettuce and red onions. Qdoba is also a viable option. Self-proclaimed “glutards” will skip the burrito and opt for a lettuce bowl with chicken or
steak, black beans, fresh salsa and guacamole. Alexis Sachdev can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @lexsachdev.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Interdepartmental relationships: friend or foe?
Marcie Anker Starving Actor
Marcie Anker reflects on pros and cons of dating someone in the same field.
h, relationships. Have one, lose one, love one, hate one – you name it, I’ve been there. I’m certainly in no position of authority to give any sort of relationship “advice” to anyone – human or beast. It isn’t advisable to accept guidance from someone whose love life is eerily comparable to that of Nancy Botwin’s on “Weeds” – minus the guns and drugs, mostly. If I were to give relationship advice, it’d be a “do as I say, not as I do” type of lecture, and, let’s be honest, that’s horrifyingly boring. And frankly, it’s neither appropriate nor admirable to tell a young lad to hide in the bathroom and then, when all’s clear, run like the wind away from a bad date, now is it? Although, if someone were to ask me for a graceful exit strategy for inadvertently burping in a guy’s mouth mid-kiss, I’d have expert advice. (Hint: Pretend it was purposeful, guys love quirk). Hence why I am neither
the advice nor the relationship columnist. Therefore, this is not – I repeat, not – a column aimed to advise. Rather, it is a column aimed to inform. In my ripe old age of 23, I’ve dated quite an array of fellas: valedictorian, frat bro, burn-out, stalker, musician, older dude and Marine, just to name a few. I like to mix it up. However, I have never in my life had a relationship with a fellow theater-artist. Hookups are different because, let’s face it, everyone in the theater department has locked lips with everyone else at some point or another (sorry, Dad). But seriously dated? Never. And why not? You’d think that dating someone in the same field, with the same schedule, sharing the same interests would be pictureperfect compatibility – not for me. I prefer to keep my work and play as two separate entities – “work” being the relationship and “play” being theater. When I think about interdepartmental relationships, I always wonder how much professional and private competition and jealousy there must be. Because for me, if I was dating another actor, I’m fairly certain I would implode from the sheer drama that must accompany that particular relationship. I’ve had non-theater boyfriends who morph into the green-eyed monster and rant and rave like a petulant child when I’ve had to do romantic or sexual scenes with another actor. “It’s just acting,” I explain, to which I am met with the response, “There’s no such thing as ‘just acting,’ it’s cheating.” You can see the seemingly never-ending battles I’ve had to face when choosing to date men outside of my field. Feel bad for
me, sad-face. Although I don’t personally choose to date my fellow actors and directors, there are a number of interdepartmental relationships that not only work, but thrive. “There is a lot of comfort dating someone in the same field as you,” said senior theater major Sofie Yavorsky, “to live an actor’s life is a difficult one, so when you date another actor they hopefully will understand all the troubles you deal with on a daily basis – troubles that a business major would not comprehend.” That makes enough sense. After all, business majors don’t have to fret over Shakespeare scansion or bizarre late-night rehearsals that involve interpretive dance. No, business majors fret over...what’s the best place to buy a pant suit? That’s what they do, right? I kid, I kid. Now, dating an actor of the opposite sex is one thing, but dating an actor of the samesex is a whole other ball game. Male and female actors who date members of their same sex face unwanted, yet inevitable competition and jealousy issues. Theater alumnus Calvin Atkinson has been dating his boyfriend, senior theater major Michael Grant for two and a half years, and as strong as their relationship may be (they live together, they’re adorable), they’ve had to deal with a bit of professional jealousy, both men being young, attractive and equally talented. Of this issue, Atkinson said: “There have definitely been some big challenges in dating someone of my same gender in a field like theater, especially since we can ostensibly play the same types of character.
So when cast lists would go up or even if someone got assigned a certain role in class, there was an element of competition... the process of overcoming the jealousy and competition took a while. We definitely would get upset at each other when one of us wasn’t supportive enough of the other.” Personally, I cannot imagine being in a relationship with another female actor. The women in the Theater department are the most multi-talented, interesting and all-around most stunning women I’ve ever come across in my life. However, being in a relationship with a woman who was auditioning for Juliet at the same time I was would drive me literally insane. It’s hard for me not to feel jealous, or competitive with my closest friends, my roommates, who are some of the most talented actors I’ve ever met. Call me selfish, I don’t care, but I want theater to be “my” thing. Adjunct professor Cheryl Williams and her husband Eric Kramer have been together for 23 years. They are both actors and their relationship has flourished as time has passed. “I’m still blown away every time I see [Williams] onstage, or teaching a class, and stand in awe of her ability to move an audience, or help a classroom full of fledgling actors find their wings. I revel in audiences’ joy in her performances, and it always thrills me to see how much her students value the passion, devotion and commitment she brings to her teaching, whether in the classroom, or while working one-on-one,” Kramer said. “The most rewarding aspect is seeing your loved one ‘knock it out of the park,’” Williams said. “I remember
when Eric was hired at Marriott Lincolnshire in Chicago for ‘Mame.’ He only had a put-in rehearsal [I believe], with dancing, singing...a lead role plus chorus. We rehearsed together from tapes sent by the theater in our living room. When I went to see his first performance, I was weeping and shouting at intermission, ‘That’s my husband, isn’t he wonderful?’ And no, the audience didn’t think I was crazy, they applauded and shouted right along with me.” Williams and Kramer’s story is the epitome of “The Notebook” for young theater couples – we aspire to have what they have. Look at faculty members in the theater department and you’ll find that almost every one of them has a spouse or partner in the same field. Head of Musical Theater Peter Reynolds and Brandon McShaffrey, an alumnus and producing director and co-founder of Mauckingbird Theatre, have been together for 13 years. Go on, let your gasps out, but Reynolds and McShaffrey are different from other theater couples because they are both directors. Reynolds said he “couldn’t imagine not having the same passion as his partner.” Reynolds describes their relationship as an “ebb and flow...there is the joy of coming home and caring about the same things, talking about the same things, sharing the same love for students, but also, [we] can’t get away from [theater].” McShaffrey shared similar views when he said the pros and cons are inseparable. “We know the time it takes and what it takes to do what we do,” he said. “We do exactly the same thing, but we both have
different opinions. There is very little competition.” McShaffrey and myself both believe that relationships would be more difficult if the couple consisted of two actors or an actor and director because the hierarchy and competition are factors that cannot be ignored. McShaffrey offers some advice by saying, “find someone who loves and appreciates the art, but who isn’t necessarily in it. Leave the show in the rehearsal space. Have a balanced life. Find other things to talk about. Take a vacation somewhere without theater!” In general, as far as interdepartmental relationships go, there is a baseline rule which Reynolds highlights so perfectly. “Attraction won’t carry a relationship. Respect what they do or you’re in trouble. Respect their art, you don’t have to ‘like’ everything they do, but you have to respect it,” Reynolds said. Relationships in the realm of theater are as unpredictable and unexpected as theater itself. There’s the good, the bad and the ugly – but the glue to a successful theater relationship is a little something Aretha Franklin spelled as R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Goodnight, my dear bornagain theater lovers, Marcie, P.S.: Where are my cheese and cupcake platters? I’m poor – remember? Marcie Anker can be reached at email@example.com.
CANDY CLASS WITH RYAN AND ERIC BERLEY OF FRANKLIN FOUNTAIN / TEMPLE CONTEMPORARY, TYLER SCHOOL OF ART, 12TH AND NORRIS STREETS / SEPT. 25 / 7 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. / FREE The Berley brothers, owners of Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery, will be providing a hands-on demonstration and an illustrated lecture on Philadelphia’s relationship with candy. The brothers will cover everything from taffy to using antique casting metal molds. At the end of this candy masterclass, attendees will get to leave with their own piece of rock candy. Through Oct. 12 there will also be a display of the Berley brothers’ candy collection viewable at the Temple Contemporary. Those interested in trying out the candy can always go to the Shane Confectionery at 110 Market St.
TEMPLE SOCCER TOURNAMENT / GEASEY FIELD, 15TH AND NORRIS STREETS / SEPT. 28 / 6:30 P.M. – 10 P.M. / $5 PER PERSON, $30 PER TEAM Hosted by the International Student Association and The Society of Emerging African Leaders, this soccer tournament hopes to bring students together for a mini World Cup. Those attending can look forward to free snacks and drinks, not to mention a night of soccer, a true international pastime. Registration to compete in the tournament closed Monday, Sept. 24, but all are welcome to join the crowd and see which student team makes its way to victory.
SIXTH ANNUAL BAILA CONMIGO / HOWARD GITTIS STUDENT CENTER UNDERGROUND / SEPT. 28 / 7 P.M. - 10 P.M. / FREE
NAUGHTY BUT NICE: RE-ARTICULATIONS OF VALUE IN NEOBURLESQUE STRIPTEASE / GLADFELTER HALL, 10TH FLOOR CHAT LOUNGE / SEPT. 27 / NOON - 2 P.M. / FREE
For those looking to brush up on their formal dance skills before going out on a Friday night, the brothers of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. will host a night of Latin dancing and food. Estilo Dance Studio owner, Mike Andino, also a brother of Lambda Theta Phi, will provide salsa lessons. Participants feeling inclined to continue their dance training can make their way down to Estilo’s studio in South Philadelphia for more lessons, or wait another year for the next Baila Conmigo.
Students can spice up their Thursday afternoon between classes with this free talk on the dynamics of neo-burlesque striptease. The first part of the discussion will focus on the freedom and empowerment burlesque performers are provided through their art. The second half of the talk will be on the concept of “tease” and how burlesque performers use teasing their audiences to their advantage. This talk will surely be mentally stimulating at the very least.
-Luis Fernando Rodriguez
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Positive outlook helps transition of aging out TARI PAGE 7 well as only $320 of debt. Along with her friend and fellow LGBT rights activist, Francisco Cortes, Sloan plans on moving to San Diego, Calif., within the next year or so to complete law school. She wants to become a civil rights lawyer, “Like Jessica Biel in ‘Chuck and Larry,’” she said. “Just being sexy and fighting for the gays.” Cortes met Sloan through their mutual involvement in Queer Student Union, for which Sloan is now the events coordinator and Cortes is the vice president. They bonded and got closer when they participated in Philly AIDS Walk last year. Cortes recalls Sloan revealing her participation, non-dramatically, in the system at this time. “She’s very open and very honest. She just fully accepts it as a part of her and her growing up. It’s just a part of the story,” Cortes said. He said that sometimes people may be a
little taken back or surprised at Sloan’s past in foster care, because she’s so grounded and self-motivated. He also relayed her sincere dedication to and investment in the gay rights movement as an ally. The move to California was originally a playful dream and joke between the two. Then, Sloan and Cortes got serious and decided they were both ready for a change, and wanted to go somewhere their backgrounds would be useful. They are both looking forward to the new experience, and are especially excited about the weather. Cortes said he wants “to be able to go out in his bathing suit during Christmas time,” and Sloan said she wants to “be able to grocery shop in her bikini.” Morgen Snowadzky can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tari Sloan turns 21 years old next year and will age out of the foster care system.| ABI REIMOLD TTN
Planning can get in way of greater work opportunites
John Dailey Eternal Intern
Risk-taking and sponteneity in the professional world are important.
lanning is for sissies. If you want to really get all there is out of life, learn to adapt. While achieving some lofty goals may require that you plan every last detail, planning as a college student is, generally, a waste of time – especially when seeking internships. Throw caution to the wind and embrace a little chaos by intentionally putting yourself in situations where you are clueless. When looking at internships, some people enter college believing that they know exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives and develop a tunnel-vision plan that will get them where they want to be at that time. However, you will change as you experience life and your goals and priorities will likely follow suit. You can’t predict how you will evolve – this is just one of the main reasons that I strongly advise that you resist the urge to plan it all out. It can be scary to not have a defined next step, but it could be worth that small price. Think about your self-identity in grade school and then compare that to high school and where you are now. I’d be willing to bet there are some major shifts in thought processes during that time – unless you happen to be stuck in some sort of
a Freudian life-stage loop, in which case, I wish you luck. But this is not my only argument against planning. Let us consider your own experiences once again. How many times has an opportunity seemingly materialized out of the blue that, in hindsight, was revolutionary to your world at the time? How would your life be different if you did not answer when opportunity knocked? Planning can make you quite myopic or, dare I say, intellectually lazy. That’s right. I went there – for those of you who craft a plan and adhere to it as if was mandated by your respective deity. I feel that it would be appropriate to quote my grandmother, a devout Catholic. “John, God laughs at those who plan,” she has told me more than once. That is because in her 80-some years, she has seen some of the best-laid plans crumble. If you are solely focused on your almighty plan, you may be blind or otherwise unwilling to change that plan because it is simply easier to stay the course. This is a mistake and will close off some potentially awesome experiences for you. After all, the worst decisions often make the best stories for a reason. That’s why we learn from them and can share the knowledge gained from having to adapt. Often, you will be surprised at your own ability to acclimate to a situation, but you have to give yourself the chance. Because you are forced to think more in unfamiliar situations, you will more likely value and understand yourself better. This is my true point: You should seek to understand yourself, especially what makes you happy at a core level while understanding that you will change with time. I’ll offer you some of my own experience as an example of why not to plan. Two months before getting my highest-paying and arguably most resume-nourishing experi-
ence as a procurement co-op at a major pharmaceuticals company, I had no idea what I was going to do for that summer. I was desperately seeking something to occupy my time and it just so happened that I struck gold there. Going into it, I didn’t even know what procurement was. Now, I think it is a great career option that would allow me to deal with multiple operating areas of a company, while constantly using my noggin. Had I planned more, I likely never would have even applied for that position, which has enabled me to put aside some money and broaden my view of the corporate, nay, professional world. I now better understand how different functions actually work within an organization and am much more marketable. Recently, Fox School of Business, of which I am a student, held its annual Senior Reception, where employers come to meet soon-to-be grads. I was in attendance and found myself speaking with employers knowledgably about procurement positions—while most recruiters were surprised that I knew what it was. Honestly, I didn’t plan much to begin with because of a lack of understanding how to. Nonetheless, I’m kind of happy that I didn’t. If I had planned more, I likely wouldn’t have met the people that I did and forged the relationships, both professionally and otherwise, that I have now. Sincerely, I hope that you keep my words in the back of your mind and leave yourself open to new experiences. Experience is what makes a life rich and the only thing holding you back is your own fear. Don’t be a sissy. John Dailey can be reached at email@example.com.
Independence necessary for healthy college relationships
Cary Carr Let’s Be Blunt
Cary Carr provides insight on nightlife and relationships during college.
he other night, as I was hanging outside of my boyfriend’s window staring at the city lights, I had a truly terrifying thought. For the first time in my life, I realized I had no freaking clue where I will be by this time next year. This spring, I’ll have a diploma in my hand, and during the summer I’m sure I’ll be busy job hunting like a mad woman, but by September, well, I’m not really sure. Of course, I know where I’d like to be – in New York, drinking a skinny iced latte from Starbucks and editing at one of my top choice magazines GQ, I’m looking at you. But is that reality? I’m not really sure. And there’s only like a million different ways my life could work out. For all I know, I could end up living in North Dakota, working as a dog groomer and raising two sets of triplets. And who is going to be there to give me advice? I mean, I have my wonderfully loving mom and stepdad, but as a 22-year-old college graduate, I’ll essentially be on my own. Here comes the lesson that applies to you ambitious college students: Take all the advice you can get while it’s still there. News flash – the real world doesn’t have advising offices when you suddenly rethink your career in biochemistry. And
there’s no equivalent to the Student Career Center when you’re desperately searching for a relevant art history internship. I know far too many students who never take advantage of these resources, and they’re seriously missing out. You might be thinking how badly you can’t wait to get the hell out of here, away from the useless assignments, freed of your parents’ consistent complaining about your grades and released from the torture of that party across the street that blasts dubstep versions of Britney Spears every Tuesday night, but you’ll miss the comfort and reassurance of it all. Well, maybe not that last part, but you get the point. Now go be good college kids and utilize all that free stuff Temple gives us. You paid for it, after all.
Q: I WORK LATE ON THE WEEKENDS. WHAT ARE SOME GOOD AFTER-HOURS PLACES IN THE CITY?
A: I feel your pain. I, too, work in the nightlife industry, and it can be a total drag when your work hours happen to coincide with prime party hours. Fortunately for you, I happen to work at one of the most popular clubs in the city – Whisper, located at 1712 Walnut St. – and it has an after-hours permit, so it’s open until 3:30 a.m. Double bonus – the later it gets, the busier and better the dance floor is. But I’ve also heard that Lit UltraBar, located at 460 N. 2nd St., can be pretty awesome on the weekends. ZeeBar is another great nightlife venue, but it is membership only, so unless your people happen to know people, it might be kind of a hassle to get in.
Q: DO YOU THINK THAT TEXTING A BOY FIRST MAKES YOU SEEM TOO DESPERATE?
A: I hope this isn’t a serious question because we are so beyond this. Listen, us girls can and should do what it takes to get what we want. And if that means texting a guy before he
texts us, then so be it. Who made these weird rules anyway? Truth is that guys like a girl with confidence, and if they’re intimidated by a measly text then you don’t want to be conversing with them anyway. Just don’t blow up their phone if you don’t get an answer because that could potentially make you seem a bit, um, scary. I actually got involved with my past two boyfriends by being the initiator. With my ex, I sent him a Facebook message and let him know that I thought he was cute. Turns out, he had been thinking the same thing about me. And with my current sweetie, I texted him and started a casual conversation that resulted in our long-term relationship. If they don’t answer, then forget about them. On to the next one!
Q: HOW OFTEN IS TOO OFTEN TO SEE YOUR BOYFRIEND DURING THE WEEK?
A: It’s funny you ask because I am actually having the same exact problem. Balancing classes, jobs, extracurricular activities, friends and family can be overwhelming. Add a boyfriend into the mix, and suddenly your whole life seems like a giant balancing act. I see my boyfriend almost every night. Granted, he always comes over an hour before my head hits the pillow, but sometimes it seems like we’re smothering each other. And too much of a good thing can cause some serious relationship problems, and trust me, we definitely have some things we could work on. Everyone has different boundaries and everyone’s relationship is unique, but the important thing to remember is that your “you time” should come first. Just make sure that your relationship isn’t taking away from the things that make you happy all on your own. For me, it’s getting lost in magazines, slurping pumpkin iced coffee and obsessively watching reruns of “30 Rock.” But hey, like I said, everyone’s different. Cary Carr can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Sept. 27 / 5 p.m. / Student Center Room 217C / FREE
MONTHLY SPEAKER SERIES: DAVE ISAAC
Students, faculty and staff can engage in conversation and ask questions to Dave Isaac, an online reporter at the Camden Courier-Post who covers the Philadelphia Flyers.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Tupuola brings California experience to Temple VOLLEYBALL PAGE 20 versity of Arizona, Tennessee University and Temple. Upon her arrival in Philadelphia four years ago, she was surprised by the fast-paced nature of the city and grew to love the cold weather, including the snow storm that shut down the university, Tupuola said. “That was so awesome, never had a snow day,” Tupuola said. “East Coast is definitely more fast-paced than West Coast, or California in general.” A year later, Tupuola was introduced to Matautia, who shares her Samoan background. Tupuola spent days at a time in Matautia’s dorm room during her sophomore year, watching movies and studying, she said. “I was always in her room, and for some reason I could only study in her room,” Tupuola said. “During finals week I lived in her room. And it grew from there.” Now the two said they are inseparable. “Our culture is very giving,” Tupuola said. “Probably
people think we’re intimidat“Having my mom here, ing a lot, but once we get close seeing that I got [Tournament to somebody it’s a done-deal, MVP and Best Libero] here, you’re family.” which I honestly didn’t expect “[She’s] my [partner in at all,” Tupuola said. “I was so crime],” Matautia said. happy that she got to see that.” Tupuola plays what Ganes Tupuola tallied 7.7 digs per said is the least respected posi- set in the team’s home tournation in volment, one week afleyball. This ter recording 6 digs year, Tupuola per set in the Miami has garnered (OH) Invitational. two tournaShe leads the ment MVP Atlantic 10 Conferawards, Allence in digs per set To u r n a m e n t for the season, with Team recogni5.37. tion and Best Her success has Libero. helped the Owls get “Going off to a fast start, Gabriella Matautia / junior out with a outside hitter winning the Temple bang,” MatauInvitational and tia said of her starting the season friend’s final season. “[People] 12-4, including 2-0 in the A-10. don’t realize you can’t hit the The wins have made the postball if you can’t save the ball game routine a little more enin the first place. She’s digging tertaining, at least for Tupuola’s these really good hitters.” teammates, Matautia said. Tupuola’s mom was pres“That girl loves to get ent for two of those awards at down,” Matautia said. “We the Temple Invitational. will make her dance whenever
game we always play ‘Wobble’ and we’re like, ‘Get up, Chelsea!’
Defenses know what to expect JACOBS PAGE 20 Owls had been held to 59 yards through the air, and managed to get 65 yards and their only touchdown on their last drive. Redshirt-junior quarterback Chris Coyer finished the game completing 50 percent of his passes for 124 yards, but with numerous missed opportunities. He overthrew junior tight end Cody Booth, who was wide open in the end zone, early in the second quarter. Overthrowing open receivers, coupled with dropped passes, are mistakes the team cannot afford if they want to be successful at this level. “We had the opportunity to make some plays that we didn’t make,” coach Steve Addazio said. “In that kind of game we need to make those plays. When you need to throw the ball more and you don’t throw and catch properly, you are behind the clock. That’s the liability of that stuff.” While he did miss some open receivers, neither Coyer nor Addazio placed the passing inefficiencies entirely on Coyer’s shoulders. “We need to throw and catch with a much more consistent basis,” Addazio said. “That’s a positive [that receivers are open], the negative is that we just didn’t make the play.” “We definitely had some struggles in the passing game,” Coyer said. “I need to throw it better, and we need to catch it better. That’s really all there is
to it.” While dropped passes and missed opportunities are a concern, the bigger issue is that the Owls haven’t decided if they want to run the ball behind Coyer, or utilize senior Matt Brown and fifth-year senior Montel Harris. With Harris returning from a hamstring injury, he and Brown both saw significant time for the first time. “Having both of us in the game is a great combination,” Harris said. “You want to put as many playmakers on the field and that’s what we are trying to do so we can make plays and score points.” Temple has the talent to stretch the field on any team they play. With Brown, Harris and sophomores Jalen Fitzpatrick and Kenny Harper, the team has the speed to compensate for the size it lacks. Aside from Coyer, Harper possesses the most size of the offensive weapons, weighing in at 225 pounds. Coyer doesn’t need to throw the ball for 300 yards a game, but teams need to think he can, and be afraid of putting seven or eight players in the box. The Owls have said all season that their identity will be running the football. Both Maryland and Penn State have proved that they know that and want to shut it down. Without success running the football, the identity hasn’t been established. “I think we [have an identity],” Addazio said. “Our iden-
we want. She’s got this secret dance move that she refuses to show anyone else. That’s why after the game we always play ‘Wobble’ and we’re like, ‘Get up, Chelsea!’” The Owls hope to continue the early season excitement, dancing included. But for Tupuola, her final games will be some of the hardest she’s ever played, especially when her family visits for the team’s senior day, she said. “I definitely do not see myself after [this season playing volleyball], but I will be a part of volleyball,” she said. “It’s going to be definitely hard [playing in front of them], because they were a big part of me playing when I was at home.” But for now it’s all about stopping the next opponent, Xavier, on Friday, Sept. 28. Jake Adams can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @jakeadams520.
The volleyball team has a 12-6 record and has won six consecutive matches. | TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN
Owls’ problems exposed FOOTBALL PAGE 20
tity is real simple. We are going to run a power-run game and we are going to run option football and throw the quick game and take some play-action strikes down the field. That’s kind of who we are and what we want to do.” The offensive strategy thus far has allowed teams to crowd the line of scrimmage, opening up deep passes downfield. Teams are going to dare the Owls to throw the ball deep and beat them in the air, and until Coyer and his receivers can get on the same page and punish teams with the deep ball, the running game will continue to be stifled. The team has another bye week before it begins conference play. Now that the Owls are in the Big East Conference, teams will outsize them on a weekly basis. If the Owls can make a commitment to running the football and executing play action passes for big yards, they will keep defenses honest. If they can’t, their identity crisis could give them an uphill battle as they take on conference opponents.
Penn State is better than Temple at football for more than 70 years, wrong. In outgaining the Owls by a margin of 491 to 237 yards, Penn State exposed the holes in Temple’s defense, which had problems pressuring Nittany Lions’ senior quarterback Matt McGloin, covering and tackling all game. McGloin went 24-for-36 passing for a career high 318 yards and a touchdown, and added two rushing touchdowns. Nine different Penn State wide receivers recorded a reception. “[McGloin] had a tremendous amount of time back there,” Addazio said. “You give a quarterback that much time, they’re going to make some plays. We knew we had to pressure him, but we gave him too much opportunity to sit back and throw the ball.” On the game’s first score, Owls’ junior defensive back Zamel Johnson and senior defensive back Vaughn Carraway blew coverage on Nittany Lions’ sophomore wide receiver Allen Robinson and allowed him to split the two defenders on a 41-yard scamper to the end Ibrahim Jacobs can be reached zone. at firstname.lastname@example.org or on “[Robinson] just got up and Twitter @ibrahimjacobs. made a play,” Johnson said. “I knew the slant was coming, so I played heavy on the slant. I feel like he gave me a little push off when he jumped, but in the end he made the play and I didn’t.” The 184 rushing yards al-
lowed was a season high for Temple. Nittany Lions’ junior running back Zach Zwinak rushed 18 times for 94 yards and senior fullback Michael Zordich rushed 15 times for 77 yards. “As a unit, we need to come together and make plays like we usually do,” redshirt-senior linebacker Nate D. Smith said. “We have to make the plays that are presented to us.” Offensively, the Owls gained a season low of 237 total yards and 124 passing yards. Redshirt-junior Chris Coyer went 13-for-26 passing for one touchdown, and led the team with 84 yards rushing. “We definitely had some struggles,” Coyer said. “I need to throw it better and they need to catch it better. [Penn State] started having success early with pressure and we never really got on track.” Coyer overthrew junior tight end Cody Booth, who was wide open in the end zone with 10 minutes and 29 seconds left in the second quarter, forcing the Owls to settle for a field goal. Addazio said missed opportunities are what cost the team the game and that the Owls need to make more big plays. “There’s a series of those plays, and you have to make more than you don’t,” Addazio said. “We have to throw and catch on a much more consistent basis.” “We put in two good weeks of work of preparation, so it def-
initely hurts to miss on those opportunities in this game,” Coyer said. The Owls’ running backs were almost a total non-factor. Senior running backs Matt Brown and Montel Harris rushed 14 times for a combined 49 yards. “They’re very strong up front,” Harris said. “They have two great defensive tackles that fly around to the ball. That’s definitely the best front we’ve faced so far.” While progress has been made against Penn State in the past two years, the Owls said after Saturday’s game they’re more concerned with facing the problems that await them this season. “I like our team,” Addazio said. “It’s a young team, but it’s our job as a staff to build it, and we will.” “I’m anxious to watch the film and teach off that tape,” Addazio added. “We have a bye week. We needed the last one and this one to develop the team heading into Big East play.” Joey Cranney can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @joey_cranney.
Board installs strategy to fund boathouse Temple’s former home for football, the Mid-American Conference, and the Big East. Temple received $50,000 a year from the MAC and the school hopes to receive $6 million to $10 million to participate in the Big East once contracts are negotiated, Katz said. “That’s why we worked so hard,” Katz said. “Hopefully some of that money will be used to get people to come to our games. We should do everything in our power to get people to fill those stadiums.” “We should get Temple football to be something that Philadelphia adopts for Philadelphia,” Katz added. “It’s the only real college football program in our city, and somehow we have to market it for people to be interested in it, and that costs money.” While Temple’s move to the Big East increases the school’s athletics budget, Englert said it also allows Temple
to improve upon its profile as a research insititution. “Joining the Big East, we join institutions that we want to see as our peers in research,” Englert said. “The University of Cincinnati, The University of Connecticut, Rutgers University – those are top notch research institutions, those are the kinds of institutions we want to be shoulder to shoulder with.” The board addressed new ways to increase fundraising and participation as a way to ensure that Temple doesn’t make the same mistakes it made when it was asked to leave the Big East in 2001 due to a lack of university support and poor attendance. Newly appointed Assistant Vice President and Associate Athletic Director Mark Ingram gave a presentation on the Owl Club, the fundraising organization for athletic development, and included strategies for increasing the school’s donor
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base. with the university. March 1 Ingram proposed introduc- and June 1 deadlines will be set ing a priority points system to for donors hoping to gain priorgive incentives to donors to ity seating and other benefits for renew their membership. The football and men’s basketball, point system would delegate respectively, Ingram said. one point to a donor for every “When you’re a season $100 given, two points for a ticket holder and things don’t go donor who owns season tickets right with the team, removing and three points that commitfor every conment and not secutive year in buying tickets which a donation the next year is is given, Ingram easy to do,” Insaid. gram said. “But “We want it when you make to be very clean a gift and buy and transparseason tickets, ent and easy to you’ve made understand,” Ina different ingram said. “It will vestment in the Lewis Katz / chairman program reward those who that may not be able makes people to make a large want to stay gift, but have spent a long time in.” with us.” Ingram said the school Ingram also plans to es- needs to increase the size of the tablish “giving deadlines” as a Owl Club, which has 1,900 nonway to keep donors involved student members, overall. Tem-
“We should get
Temple football to be something that Philadelphia adopts for Philadelphia.
ple ranks last among Big East football members in the size of similar alumni fundraising programs. Cincinnati, which has a full-time enrollment of 30,793 as opposed to Temple’s 31,413, has 5,200 members in its alumni organization, Ingram said. While discussing innovative ways to raise money, Ingram said the school needs to cautiously approach the way it goes about fundraising one of its ongoing projects, a new boathouse for the men’s crew and women’s rowing teams. Temple has been a part of ongoing negotiations with the city to secure a plot of land north of the team’s former boathouse, the East Park Canoe House, and south of the Strawberry Mansion Bridge to build a new boathouse on Kelly Drive. Ingram said that the school needs to develop creative methods to raise the $8 million to $10 million needed for the project. “If we are not very care-
ful about how we approach that project, it will fall flat on its face,” Ingram said. “Rowing isn’t a sport where a large group of fans watch on television like football or basketball, so there is a narrow group of prospects for that so we have to be very careful about who we approach for that.” “We can’t announce that the boathouse is happening and everybody get on board because the 1,000 or so prospects that we have will all give $100 and we’ll be sitting with $10,000 for a $10 million project,” Ingram added. Senior Associate Athletic Director Kristen Foley said the city is still evaluating surveys submitted by Temple for a new boathouse at the city council session in June 2012 and hopes to have the process complete by the end of October. Joey Cranney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @joey_cranney.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Owls drop 18 matches in unconventional tournament Temple remains confident despite its showing at Cissie Leary Invitational. EVAN CROSS The Temple News After her doubles victory at the Cissie Leary Invitational with sophomore Rebecca Breland on Sunday, sophomore Maame Ama Osei said she’s only getting started. “That was a warm up,” Osei said. “You’ll be hearing more YMA&B. Young Money, Ama and Becky.” Although Osei was the only one who mentioned a hip-hop record label, her confidence has spread throughout the team, despite the Owls winning six of 24 matches throughout the tourna-
ment last weekend. Coach Steve Mauro, said the team is not up to full strength yet. “We still have a couple of players that weren’t here that hopefully will be in the lineup,” Mauro said. “[Freshman] Sara Pilic and [sophomore] Cristina Grimaldi, we haven’t seen [freshman Minami Okajima] so I think with the addition of those three to six that were here today, I think that we should be pretty strong.” The Cissie Leary Invitational, like most fall tournaments, is a back draw tournament, meaning that all the athletes are put into a 128-player bracket. Fall tournaments do not count toward a team’s record, but they do count toward the individual player’s record. There were no set times for the matches other than the start time. As courts opened up, the
athletes were called to certain “I believe that a lot of these courts to play matches. Mauro girls, they have this preconsaid the schedule hindered the ceived notion about Temple, athletes. about us that we’re cheaters “This touror something nament is relike that,” Osei ally confusing,” said. “They try Mauro said. to call the shots “No one knows before we can. what’s going on.” They’re calling Many of the all the scores. tournaments that They’re just Temple competes trying to take in have a unique advantage.” scoring system. “[It’s hapInstead of having pened] too officials at every many times,” match, they have added. Mama Ama Osei / sophomore she a few that wan“And I’m only der around and a sophomore.” monitor the courts. For the most However, Mauro said the part, the players keep track of scoring is done fairly. the score and make their own “For the most part they do calls. a good job, but it’s tough to call Osei said she thought the your own [matches],” he said. Owls were being taken advan- “Sometimes the officials are tage of. here, so overall our girls do a
“I believe that
a lot of these girls, they have this preconceived notion about Temple, that we’re cheaters.
good job of making the correct call. Overall, I’m not really concerned about the line calls.” Mauro said teams especially don’t like losing to Temple, compared to other teams. “I just feel that people don’t expect to lose to us,” Mauro said. “When they do lose, they always have excuses, so they do take us a little bit for granted.” Despite the controversy at the Cissie Leary Invitational, junior Jordan Batey said she’s excited for the upcoming season. “I think it’s going pretty decently,” she said. “This shows me what I need to get ready to work on for the rest of the season.” “I think I need to focus on my ground strokes and just being more consistent in terms of grinding it out in the matches and things like that,” she added. “I think for the most part I was really pleased with my serve so
far this tournament. I can focus more on my backhand and things like that.” Breland also said she’s looking forward to playing some more tennis. “I feel like the season’s going to go pretty well. We have a pretty good team,” Breland said. “No. 1 through 6, I think we’ll be playing pretty high up in the lineup and the season should go well if everybody plays their game, and just do what they’re supposed to do and go out there. We can win.” Evan Cross can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @EvanCross.
Friends score two goals on club’s third line HOCKEY PAGE 20 the same team for the first time, they didn’t expect to be taking the ice against Millersville University in the season opener as part of a line with junior forward Pat Schramm. “[Roberts] never told us we’d be on the same line,” O’Donnell said. “He definitely did it on purpose but he never told us why. Hopefully we stay together.” Although he lined the two friends up together in the season’s first game, Roberts emphasized the strategy behind the move. “[O’Donnell and Vassa] have really similar playing styles,” Roberts said. “Usually in building lines we try to focus on a strong pairing of players and a third player who complements them and brings something to the table that the two others don’t have. [O’Donnell]
was paired with [Vassa] because of their playing styles and we thought they would play well together and mesh well with [Schramm].” “[O’Donnell] and [Vassa] are higher-skilled players and you need someone in there who’s going to bring an intense and physical style of play like [Schramm] can,” Roberts added. “The way their line operates is someone dumps it in the zone and Schramm will go in the corner and get the puck to [O’Donnell] and [Vassa].” Roberts’ move paid off as O’Donnell and Vassa both tallied goals. “Both of those goals were blue collar type of plays, where rebounds got put in,” Roberts said. “They weren’t pretty or flashy, just simple, hard-nosed hockey plays.” “Playing with [O’Donnell]
definitely helped a lot in that first game,” Vassa said. “Everything seemed to flow a little bit because we play the same type of hockey. It helps having [Schramm] in the center to throw his body around a little too.” “Familiarity helps as a line,” Roberts said. “Players don’t have to spend as much time on the ice looking at what their teammates are doing. They’re able to focus more on the game and executing individually. Any time we have the opportunity to pair up players like that, we try to do it.” While the season is still in the experimental stages, Roberts didn’t shy away when discussing the potential of his third line. “We recognize there’s some potential here,” Roberts said. “They definitely have chemistry on the ice and we recognize
the potential they have to be a solidified line that we can count on throughout the season. Having that line stay together and becoming a group that will be relied on for offense is something we’re considering.” While the line of O’Donnell, Vassa and Schramm has potential, the star potential in both O’Donnell and Vassa is something that has caught the eye of their coach. “We see both of them in a year or two being a really big part of our team,” Roberts said. “They could play a much larger role than they do now on offense. They are on the third line right now, but given time they could play a crucial role for us.” Andrew Parent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @daParent93.
Coach Jerry Roberts combines players on lines with similar playing styles, like O’Donnell and Vassa.| PAUL KLEIN TTN
Carbone seeks consistency Sophomore Paul Carbone hopes to be a consistent scorer for golf. ANTHONY BELLINO The Temple News
The field hockey team enjoys a three-game winning streak.Temple (5-5) plays at Longwood (28) on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. | ANDREW THAYER TTN
Youtz opens up offense YOUTZ PAGE 20 coach Amanda Janney said that the team needed someone to step up. “We’ve been looking for a leader on the field, someone to take over the scoring that [Settles] provided for us last year,” Janney said. “[Youtz] is such a great player and she was able to put the game in her hands on Sunday.” After her freshman season, in which Youtz started in all 22 games for Temple and was named to the 2011 A-10 All-Rookie Team, she said she knew that someone would need to replace the gap that Settles was leaving, and worked even harder this summer. “After losing [Settles] last year I knew that I would have to step up as one of the returning forwards,” Youtz said. “So I just worked a lot on my fitness because I knew I would have to step up my game.” Coming into her sophomore season, Youtz didn’t miss a beat. In the Owls’ season opener against No. 7 Virginia,
Youtz scored two goals in a losing effort. Youtz continues to keep working to get better throughout the season, Janney said. “She just works so hard cutting for balls,” Janney said. “She’s become more of a playmaker, and she’s learning to see the passing lanes for herself.” Youtz is bound to see a heightened level of attention from opposing defenses intent on keeping her away from the goal, Janney said. But for Youtz, keeping the defense busy while her teammates score is something she hopes for. “Another one of the goals I have is to be able to be that unselfish and know that I’m helping my teammates by clearing space,” Youtz said. “Anyone who knows the game of field hockey knows that I’m doing my job.” With Youtz at the top of the scouting reports for other teams, players like Delp will be given opportunities to make bigger
impacts on the game, Youtz said. “[Delp] will be able to step up her game and show people what she can do, and I think I can clear space and give [Delp] more opportunities,” Youtz said. For Janney, having Youtz taking shots isn’t a bad thing. She has a .686 shots on goal percentage and has scored 30 points this season. Expectations are high for Youtz, and Janney said that she wants to continue to be relentless on the frontline. “She has the talent and the skills to score multiple goals in every game, we know [Youtz] is going to take around five shots a game and we want to make sure [Youtz] is putting them away,” Janney said. “But we are looking for [Youtz] to step up.” Colin Tansits can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @colin_tansits.
GOLF Sophomore Paul Carbone felt like he struggled on the first day of the Navy Invitational on Sept. 8. The following day, Carbone’s 20th birthday, he fired a (-1) round of 70 en route to an eighth-place finish in Annapolis, Md. “The first round I was confident, but I didn’t hit the ball my best,” Carbone said. “No matter what you do you have to stick it out for your teammates, even though I ended up shooting 74.” Since the team’s opening meet, Carbone shot rounds of 77 and 75 at The McLaughlin on Sept. 15 to 16 to tie for 69th. Carbone said the difference between this year and his freshman year so far is his determination to continue working hard, and not settling. “Last year I started off well and got a little full of myself,” Carbone said. “It showed in the spring and really took a toll on me. I need to work harder to improve my score every time I play, whether it’s by one shot or five.” Coach Brian Quinn said Carbone is a player who has the potential to shoot under par every time he steps on the golf course, but needs to work on his consistency. “[Carbone] has the ability to be really good,” Quinn said. “He is starting to realize how much work and dedication it
takes to play golf at this level. bone]. He’s been working really He will become much more hard every day at practice.” consistent.” Heading into the rest of “He has to have a more their fall schedule, the Owls consistent effort, and with that have higher hopes about their the better he will play,” Quinn ability than they have in the added. “I’m proud of him to re- past two years. The young rosalize where he’s at. If you are ter consists of Bibeau, Carbone, your own judge and juror you junior Matt Crescenzo, sophocan go far not only in golf but more Mike Amole and freshin life.” man Brandon Matthews. Quinn At Navy, the Owls finished said the third-place finish is just third overall, behind North Da- scratching the surface of what kota State and St. Bonaven- the team can do and the levels of ture. Temple finished 10th at golf that they are able to reach. The McLaughlin. Carbone said “I think the kids learned a he realizes his lot at Navy, we team’s potential burned a lot of and doesn’t have shots just on deexpectations cision making heading into the alone,” Quinn week because it said. “When we forces him into focus and hit shooting higher shots we know scores. we can hit, we’ll “I have no see a jump in expectations, I scoring, I feel just want to work we can get better hard to be the each week.” best I can be and Carbone my teammates do said he thinks the same, it just with the young takes heart and roster the Owls Brian Quinn / coach have, that reachsoul,” Carbone said. “We have ing the Top 50 the potential to in the country is win tournaments every week if not out of reach in the next year we work hard and use our heads or two. on the course.” “[Quinn] said we need Senior Devin Bibeau also to shoot low and everybody’s sees all of the work that, not qualifying for their spots,” Caronly Carbone, but the entire bone said. “It’s going to come team has put in to achieve their down to once we click we can goals for the season. really do some damage.” “As a team, we want to see Anthony Bellino can be reached just how good we can be. For us it has come to a point where at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Bellino_Anthony. nothing is a stretch, we know we can contend each week we play,” Bibeau said. “We’ve all stepped up this year with our work habits, especially [Car-
starting to realize how much work and dedication it takes to play golf at this level. He will become much more consistent.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Owls yet to find identity
Committee plans for Big East The Athletics Committee talks fundraising and the Big East move. JOEY CRANNEY Sports Editor The Athletics Committee of the Board of Trustees discussed strategic fundraising, increasing the university’s donor base and using Temple’s entry into the Big East Conference as a school-wide opportunity during the committee’s last scheduled meeting of the year on Sept. 19. Acting President Richard Englert, a guest at the meeting, said Temple, which is playing in the Big East in football this season and will enter the conference for most other Olympic sports in 2013, has a chance to showcase itself as a university through athletics. “The Big East is not just athletics, it’s an entire university relationship,” Englert said. “When we are on TV for a Big East game, we suddenly are in new markets. We have the opportunity to showcase our faculty, students and programs. The Big East gives us new opportunities that we haven’t had in the past.” Athletics Chairman Lewis Katz outlined the difference between the revenue sharing in
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Owls suffer familiar fate Penn State extends winning streak against Temple. JOEY CRANNEY Sports Editor
TATE COLLEGE, Pa. – For someone who hasn’t been paying attention for the past two years, Temple’s 2413 loss to Penn State on Saturday probably looked like just another typical defeat amongst the Owls’ regrettable history against the Nittany Lions. Penn State’s win was the 37th consecutive victory and
the 38th overall in a series that dates back to 1931. Since the series was revived in 1975 after a 23-year break, Joe Paterno led the Nittany Lions to 28 wins against the Owls, and most of the games weren’t close. The average margin of victory in a Penn State versus Temple game when Paterno was coach was 25. There were 13 occasions when the Owls were shut out or held to only one score and 13 occasions when the Nittany Lions scored 40 points or more. As part of the series’ recent seven-game agreement that has taken place during
the second half of the last decade, Temple was outscored 154-9 in former Owls’ coach Al Golden’s first four games against Penn State. But in the past two years, things have been different in games that were very winnable for Temple. Golden led an inspired effort at Beaver Stadium in 2010 where the Owls led at halftime before being shut out in the second half and losing 22-13. In coach Steve Addazio’s first year with the team last season, Temple led for more than three quarters of the game, but a Nittany Lions’ touchdown with two minutes and 42 sec-
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JAKE ADAMS The Temple News Senior libero VOLLEYBALL Chelsea Tupuola mans the volleyball team’s backcourt, working toward the adage that the best offense is a good defense. “On the court, when we go up to hit, I can hear [Tupuola]. She yells out where I can hit, what’s open,” junior outside hitter Gabriella Matautia said. “A lot of the times I just listen to her and I get the point. She’s
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Defense sparks offense Chelsea Tupuola establishes the team’s offense at libero.
onds left in the game gave way to a 14-10 Penn State win. Temple’s efforts against Penn State in the last two seasons, and its subsequent rise to the Big East Conference, made Saturday’s game a matchup of equals, not the unfairly perpetuated rivalry that embarrassed the Owls in years past. Unfortunately for the Owls, the team that showed up Saturday in front of a crowd of more than 92,000 and a nationally televised audience couldn’t prove to the rest of the country, which has been operating under the idea that
also really good at communicating on the court. She takes charge of the passing and the defense.” “The big asset [Tupuola] has is a high volleyball IQ,” coach Bakeer Ganes said. “She’s not the most athletic kid, she’s not the fittest kid, but she’s always in the right spot.” Tupuola began developing her volleyball IQ growing up in California, where she learned to love the sport at one of her sister’s college camps at Humboldt State University. She was the youngest of five, all of who played multiple sports, except her. After spending time as an outside hitter, where she was
undersized, her club coach decided she would be best served becoming a defensive specialist. While Tupuola didn’t agree right away, she learned to use her raw passing talents. “It took me a long time to accept it,” Tupuola said. “I actually did learn to love it. I love it because you piss off a lot of hitters and it’s so much fun. You can ask [Matautia], we’re always on the same side because she does not want to hit against me because she knows I will piss her off.” After a few years of learning her new position, Tupuola received interest from the Uni-
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The football team hasn’t established itself in the run or pass game.
TATE COLLEGE, Pa. – After Temple beat Villanova with 301 rushing yards to open the season, the Owls showed they had the ability to utilize their playmakers and win with the power-run game. When they came out against Maryland the next week, they showed that they had the ability to throw for 178 yards when the running game wasn’t working. After losing at Penn State on Saturday, the Owls showed that they really haven’t decided what they can, or want, to do on offense. Temple threw for 124 yards and ran for 113 more against the Nittany Lions. However, for much of the entire game, the
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Chemistry brews on third line Cody Vassa and Brady O’Donnell bring experience to the third line. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News ICE HOCKEY When freshman forward Cody Vassa joined Temple’s ice hockey team, he had a friend on the squad from day one. Vassa and sophomore forward Brady O’Donnell both grew up playing youth hockey in the Delaware Valley Hockey League for the now-defunct Lehigh Valley Comets. Though
they played in different age groups, the two knew each other well in their youth. O’Donnell’s brother played with Vassa during the 2003 and 2004 seasons with the Comets in the “squirt” age group. O’Donnell and Vassa also saw each other play multiple times in the DVHL and the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League. The Comets merged with the Bethlehem Blast after the 2010-11 season, to form the Lehigh Valley Flames, where Vassa finished out his youth career last year. While O’Donnell and Vassa knew each other for years in their youth hockey days, they
are now getting the opportunity to take the ice as teammates for the first time. “We didn’t play together before college, but I knew [Vassa] growing up,” O’Donnell said. “I knew how he played and we are a lot alike.” “We found out at tryouts this year that they knew each other,” coach Jerry Roberts said. “I didn’t know anything about the extent of their friendship or anything, we just knew they were from the same area and knew each other from hockey.” Though Vassa and O’Donnell were dressing for
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Youtz scores two hat tricks Amber Youtz scored six goals in the Owls’ last two wins. COLIN TANSITS The Temple News With six goals in 48 hours, Amber Youtz was able to carry the field hockey team to back-to-back wins this weekend. The sophomore from Dauphin, Pa., had two hat trick performances, one on Saturday in a 7-3 win against Colgate and the other in a 5-4 win on Sunday against Bucknell. She was named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week on Monday
Sophomore forward Amber Youtz leads the Atlantic 10 Conference in goals (12) and points (30). She was named A-10 Player of the Week on Monday. | ANDREW THAYER TTN
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for her efforts. Youtz said the concept of working together as a team supercedes all of her personal achievements. “I would say almost all of my success comes from my teammates, because they are the ones setting me up for goals and I’m just there to finish it,” Youtz said. Youtz has scored 12 goals in 10 games this season, tripling her total from her freshman year. Along with leading the Owls in goals scored, Youtz also leads the team in assists. She has six assists this season, including one on Sunday that led to a game-winning goal from
freshman forward Alyssa Delp. “One my goals this year is to have the same number of goals as I do assists, because that’s what I usually work for,” Youtz said. “But I want to do whatever I can to make our team succeed, whether that’s scoring or assisting.” Delp said that Youtz’s passfirst mindset is a big part of the team’s success. “[Youtz] is always where she needs to be and she is always there for everybody, and when she plays with confidence, she is probably our biggest asset,” Delp said. Since losing leading scorer Bridget Settles last season,
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25 September 2012