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Columnist Victoria Marchiony explores how an alumnus found success in a Ridge Avenue arts venue.

Bri Bosak continues the discussion surrounding the privatization of state liquor stores.

Dispute Seven schools slightly up tuition despite freeze leads to student shot Some colleges, schools must up tuition to operate specialty programs. KHOURY JOHNSON The Temple News

A weekend shooting stemmed from an altercation between neighbors.

Although Temple’s base tuition was kept level for the current fiscal year, some schools

and programs still saw a tuition increase. Thanks to a base tuition freeze made possible by a leveled state appropriation, the majority of students in the university saw their tuition stay the same this year – $13,006 for instate students and $22,832 for out-of-state students. But, seven schools within the university faced an increased, or differential, tuition rate.

The Boyer College of Music and Dance, the School of Media and Communication, the College of Engineering, the College of Science and Technology, the Fox School of Business, the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and the Tyler School of Art’s architecture and fine arts programs saw a slight increase in tuition for this year, according to a summary for approved and ac-

tive tuition differentials. In addition to these schools seeing an undergraduate tuition increase, their graduate programs also saw an increase per credit ranging from $20 to $36 for in-state students. The tuition differentials were held constant for in-state and out-of-state students in every school that saw a tuition increase except for Fox and the School of Tourism and Hos-

Temple runs past city rival Villanova in the Fourth Annual Mayor’s Cup.

ALI WATKINS SEAN CARLIN The Temple News A 19-year-old student was hospitalized and a 27-year-old man is in custody after a shooting early Sunday, Sept. 2, west of Main Campus, according to police. Philadelphia police responded to the 1900 block of Gratz Street at 3:30 a.m. where they found the student shot in the neck. Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said in an email that the student was taken by Philadelphia Fire Department paramedics to Temple University Hospital where he was listed in serious, but stable condition. The shooting stemmed from an earlier fight between two houses on the block that had students in them, Leone said. He said that two students initially became involved in an altercation with people from another house on the block that included students and non-students at a party. After the initial fight, more people joined in on Gratz Street, intending to fight. While the victim was watching his friend, who was not a student, fighting,


JOHN MORITZ Assistant News Editor A $100 million fundraising effort to increase financial aid and university endowment is being kicked off this fall as part of a campaign developed through the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Board of Trustees. The unnamed fundraiser, which was announced along with the freeze in base tuition on June 28, calls for a five-year marketing campaign that will reach out to alumni and friends of the university to raise money for student scholarships. “Rising student debt is one of the major issues facing this nation today. Temple is committed to being a national leader in the effort to offer an affordable quality education,” said Board


Raucous bus video goes viral Video of group trying to flip Owl Loop bus spread online during the past week. SEAN CARLIN JOEY CRANNEY The Temple News One person has been charged with disorderly conduct after a mob on 18th Street near Arlington nearly led to an Owl Loop bus being flipped. Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said that at around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, two Temple police bike officers were flagged down while they were patrolling on the 1600 block of Berks Street and told that a large group was trying to flip a Temple shuttle bus at 18th and Arlington streets. Leone said that officers dispersed the crowd and a

Temple defeated Villanova 41-10 in the Mayor’s Cup on Aug. 31. See Page 20 for related stories.| TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN

Campaign aims to raise $100 million Fundraising effort targets alumni and friends of the university.

pitality Management, where out-of-state students’ undergraduate tuition differential was nearly double that of their in-state counterparts. Out-ofstate graduate students also saw a raise per credit of $13 more than in-state students in these two schools. When asked why more specialized schools saw an increase

of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor in the press release announcing the campaign. “This is going to be an all-out effort. We are going to ask everyone who cares about the university to step up and take action. We need them to invest in our students.” Development on the campaign was started by Institutional Advancement during the last fiscal year, and was proposed to the Board of Trustees in the spring with the help of the Office of Marketing within Enrollment Management. The campaign officially launched July 1, David Unruh, senior vice president of institutional advancement, said. The campaign comes after the university cut $113 million from the budget within the last three years, according to the June press release. The appropriations budget is currently at $139.9 million for the 2012-13 academic year. The university plans on spending $50 million of the


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Construction making progress Science building project closes two entrances to adjacent buildings. SEAN CARLIN News Editor A little more than five months after the Board of Trustees voted to begin construction on the science, education and research center on the east side of Main Campus, officials said that the structure should start sprouting out of the ground later this semester. The $137 million project located at 12th Street and Polett Walk between the College of Engineering building and Gladfelter Hall broke ground earlier this summer, James Creedon, senior vice president of construction, facilities and operations, said. Construction started with shoring up the areas surrounding the construction site. In early July, the south entrance to the College of Engineering building and the west entrance to Gladfelter were

closed off and their windows sealed with plywood to sound proof the building and prevent damage from the construction going on outside, Creedon said. The sidewalk in front of the construction site was also closed and Creedon said two or three food trucks were moved north on 12th Street out of the way of the construction, but are still in operation. “We haven’t had any problems, any complaints,” Creedon said of the operators of the food trucks. “They don’t like when they have to move at all, but there’s got to be some flexibility.” Deputy Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said that CSS has kept an officer on throughout most of the day at 12th Street and Polett Walk to direct traffic, which differs from what CSS used to do, which was to typically keep an officer at the intersection only during peak times and class changes. Leone also said that they are monitoring foot traffic in the area to see if they need to close down additional The site between Gladfelter Hall and the College of Enstreets during peak hours on gineering building will soon house the seven-story science, education and research center.| ANDREW THAYER TTN






Specialized schools see tuition differential TUITION PAGE 1 in tuition, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Anthony Wagner said the equipment used in those schools makes them more expensive to operate. “You go over to the Tyler School [of Art] and walk through the building and look at the equipment that they use, look at the material that they use everyday in their classes, and it’s just more expensive to provide that instruction,” Wagner said. “All majors are not created equal in that regard.” Senior Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies Peter Jones said that more in-depth attention

to students within the schools tuitions that include whether the adds to the cost of them. costs exceed that of others in “There the university, are all sorts of a plan for use reasons [for an of the addiincreased tutional revenue ition],” Jones that will favorsaid. “For exably impact ample, if you students, the find yourself in identification [Fox] or in Tyof performance Anthony Wagner / executive vice ler, then you’ll measures that president, chief financial officer and find yourself treasurer could be used in a lot more to validate the one-on-one inachievement struction.” of the potenSchools cannot raise tuition tial outcome and that there’s a at will, however, Wagner said. favorable market that reflects He said that there are four main demand and favorable pricing at criteria that the university looks other institutions. at when considering differential After obtaining a differ-

“All majors are

not created equal in that regard.

ential tuition, Wagner said that the college is expected to come back and show what they’ve gained through that increase. “Once a differential is in place, we’re looking for the college to come back and show what they’ve accomplished with those additional dollars.” Wagner said. “At the end of the day this is focused on the students. [We’re asking] ‘Is this going to improve their academic experience?’” Wagner added that even though these schools saw an increase in tuition, everyone benefitted from a level base tuition, because the base tuition applies to every student as opposed to differentials.

“The base tuition staying the same is a big deal because there’s a significant number of our students that all they pay is the base tuition,” Wagner said. “So, the base tuition applies to everybody and the differential would on top of that. Literally, every undergraduate student at Temple benefitted from no base tuition increase.” Jones added that the tuition is fair with regard to what they’re getting in return. “Is a student at Temple now paying a dollar more than they should?” Jones said. “The answer is no.” Of the tuition differentials for this year, in-state students saw the most substantial in-

crease in Tyler’s architecture program. Its in-state tuition rose $700 this year, to $14,332. The smallest increae in tuition came in SMC, which saw a $300 raise in tuition, bringing its in-state tuition from the base tuition of $13,006, to its current rate of $13,306. Khoury Johnson can be reached at Sean Carlin contributed to this report.

Effort to benefit endowment, student aid Neighbors CAMPAIGN PAGE 1 money that’s raised in the coming years directly toward student financial aid and scholarships, Unruh said. The remaining $50 million will be placed into the university’s endowment. The university’s endowment garners an additional 4.5 percent annual interest, which is invested into a variety of programs such as faculty support and financial aid. Interests exceeding the 4.5 percent amount are placed back into the endowment to create growth. The uni-

versity’s endowment as of June 30, lies at $262 million, Unruh said. This number is signifigantly smaller than two other state-related schools in Pennsylvania. Penn State boasts an endoiwment of $1.83 billion. The Univeristy of Pittsburgh leads the commonwealth with an endowment of $2.54 billion, according to official reports from both universities. The campaigning includes a series of videos featuring Bill Cosby, an alumnus and former fullback on the football team, which will be advertised

through social media. Cosby is also a member of the Board of Trustees who, Unruh said, “proactively called President Englert and [Board of Trustees Chairman] Patrick O’Connor pledging his support [of the campaign].” “Our immediate plan calls for us to use Dr. Cosby’s videos widely...we will be using them through social media and through e-mails to alumni,” said Unruh, who also stated there were no plans to feature Cosby on public advertisements such as billboards or television ads.

The financial aid fundraiser coincides with the beginning of the Temple Made campaign, a separate marketing effort “that is about the university in a more broadly defined way,” Unruh said, “creating a more recognizable brand...students can come and be ‘Temple made.’” Both campaigns also enter at a time when Temple prepares to move into the Big East Conference. “It turned out to be a wonderful coincidence,” said Unruh, who noted that the change in conferences brings Temple

into competition with other institutions that are leaders in academics and research. In addition to the campaign, the university added $8 million to the university financial aid budget for the 2012-13 academic year, bringing the total allocation to $90 million, according to an Aug. 29 press release.

“This does not please us about eliminating a service,” Bell said. “We understand the position of students who are affected by this.” But, even before the university’s budget reduction, the staff at Paley had already been thinking about the future of laptop borrowing. Bell said that students use their own personal laptops at Paley, and those who do not have their own, are increasingly using their cell phones for quick service. “The overwhelming number of students who bring their own laptop or other computing device to campus [and] the availability of laptops to loan at the TECH Center – all points to the fact that we need to find better ways to use our library resources to help a greater number of students achieve academic success,” Bell said. Bell and other librarians analyzed 3,152 laptop loan agreements made in 2011 and 2012. Those loans were made

to 802 students, with 46 per- think that it was a good idea cent of them borrowing one that they cut the program,” time and another 16.7 percent junior environmental studies borrowing twice. major Josh Good said. “But if Bell said he considered it really wasn’t working out the the confluence of factors when way that they planned for it to making his then I guess it might decision, inhave been in the cluding the best interest to get decline in rid of it, save some usage, the money and put it very small elsewhere.” number of Others agreed students who with Good, but were using said they probably this program would have used regularly Steven Bell / the loan program if associate university librarian it had been adverand the budget cuts – tised better. plus the cost “After hearing to acquire about it now, I think and maintain laptops and the it’s a good idea,” Mark Radziadded number of student work- ak, a sophomore film and meer hours needed to operate the dia arts major, said. “Most of service. the kids that live here, like [my Some students said the roommate and I], we have troudecision to cut the program ble with our connection with shouldn’t have been made, but our laptops and more laptops are understanding of the rea- couldn’t hurt in the library. And soning. you could use those laptops in “Well I don’t necessarily the library for better use.”

An alternative to the Paley loan program is found at the TECH Center, which also loans laptops to students. There are 40 PCs and 10 Macs available for individuals to borrow and use inside the facility. But unlike Paley’s program, students cannot keep the computer overnight and may only use it for up to three hours. “The laptops are popular during times when the TECH Center gets close to full, such as the end of the semester or around mid-terms,” Gerald Hinkle, executive director of computer services, said. “If most of the desktop computers are occupied, people often borrow the laptops and use them in the lounge areas or other casual seating. During non-peak times, some people still prefer them to desktop machines for use in the lounge areas, collaboration tables or breakout rooms.” Hinkle said that the staff at the TECH Center surveys students every spring, and in a recent survey, about 95 percent of students said that they own computers. Of that, about 94 percent now have laptops, up from 74 percent in 2007, Hinkle said. Personal computer ownership leads to a decrease in laptop loans – a main factor contributing to Paley shutting its program down. Though the laptop loan program is no more, Paley does have other electronics that it offers to students such as flip cameras, Kindles and an iPad loan program, which Bell has said is hugely popular. “We will continue to explore technology and services that will benefit Temple University community members.” Bell said.

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Paley discontinues laptop loan program Library cancels its lapop program amid budget cuts and declining use. DOMINIQUE JOHNSON The Temple News Paley Library has been offering students the opportunity to check out laptops on loan for years, but because of budget cuts and a lack of student interest, the library has ceased the program. “The usage of laptops had become stagnant,” Steven Bell, associate university librarian, said. “During the 2009-10 year, we had 5,600 loans of laptops, 2010-11 it was 4,800, 2011-12 around 4,500.” This year, the library has seen a 6 percent budget cut and in the last year, there was a 4.8 percent cut in the library’s budget, which required Bell and others to make some difficult decisions.

“We understand

the position of students who are affected by this.

Dominique Johnson can be reached at

As a result of budget cuts, Paley Library will end its laptop loan program.| AIMME WANNER TTN

concerned after gunfire SHOOTING PAGE 1

the man who he was fighting produced a gun and shot the victim in the neck, Leone said. Philadelphia police recovered a .22-caliber handgun and took a number of students and others to Central Detective Division as witnesses to the incident, Leone said. CSS was informed of the incident, but did not respond because the victim was already taken to TUH and a suspect was in custody. Residents on the block likend the noise of the gunshot to that of a “firecracker” and said that people rushed toward the scene until they realized that it was a shooting, at which point they proceeded to back off. Students on the block said the incident brings to light safety issues in the area west of Main Campus where more students are moving toward. “You’ve got to be safe I guess. It’s kind of a fact of living here. At the same time, it doesn’t make us feel comfortable,” Ricky Reichert, a junior marketing major, said. “We feel like we take the necessary precautions to avoid those situations.” Other students added that it was alarming to see their block’s name in the news for a shooting. “I mean, it’s a little concerning,” junior international business major Zach Cohen said. “We live right here, so it was kind of weird to see.” The university sent out a TU Advisory at 5:27 a.m. Sunday stating the location of the incident, that a student was shot and taken to the hospital and that a suspect was in custody. Anybody with information on this incident is asked to contact the Philadelphia Police Department’s Central Detective Division at 215-686-3093. Ali Watkins and Sean Carlin can be reached at


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School of Medicine receives grant on heart attack damage Group will use grant to study ways to prevent damage after a heart attack. AMELIA BRUST The Temple News The Temple University School of Medicine received an $11.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, to “develop new approaches to prevent, slow or reverse damage to the heart after a heart attack,” according to a press release. The grant-funded program, “Improving Cardiac Function after Myocardial Infarction,” consists of four core areas: surgery and therapeutic intervention, cell and tissue evaluation, gene therapy and administration. Each area is budgeted for a staff of at least five people, with the exception of administration, which will have three. Dr. Steven Houser, professor and chair of the department of physiology and director of the Cardiovascular Research Center, said that does not include students recruited to work on the program. Researchers will have five years to develop and test therapies. The program is scheduled to meet monthly. “Five years in the grand scheme of science is a very rapid time frame,” said Houser, who leads the program. “Since most members of this team are in the same building, communication and collaboration will be easy,” Dr. Walter

Koch, professor and chair of the department of pharmacology and director of the Center for Translational Medicine, said in an email. A heart attack occurs if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked. In 2008, more than 616,000 people died of heart disease, almost 25 percent of deaths in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control. In 2010, coronary heart disease alone was projected to cost the United States $108.9 billion, including the costs of healthcare services, medications and lost productivity, according to the CDC. Houser will lead a project to study the heart’s calcium levels after a heart attack. “In disease, the calcium levels go up. We’re trying to develop strategies to prevent calcium from getting too high,” Houser said. “Calcium is absolutely essential to contraction [of the heart muscles].” Koch will lead the individual project, “Exploring GRK2 Inhibition in Repair of Post-MI Cardiac Failure.” GRK2, or G-protein coupled receptor kinase 2, is an enzyme that regulates the signaling of proteins in the heart. “The goals of this project,” Koch said, “are to determine the role of GRK2 in cardiac stem [and] precursor cell function and the role altered GRK2 expression and activity may play in cardiac repair through regeneration.” “Moreover, this project will explore large animal pre-clinical models of GRK2 inhibition in

The Temple University School of Medicine received a grant to help prevent damage after a heart attack. | HUA ZONG TTN heart failure through gene therapy,” Koch said. Gene therapy is a technique that puts a new gene into the heart to produce a geneticallyengineered protein. Houser said the technique could bring the biggest challenges to the program. Koch’s team involves 20 people, including clinical fellows, junior faculty, graduate students and technicians. Three or four people will work specifically on studies funded by Temple’s grant. His project will

Gilman scholarship awarded to fourteen washed over me when I found out I won the scholarship. It was a great feeling to know that all that hard work I had put into it was worth it and now I could afford the trip to India,” senior biological anthropology major MATTHEW HULMES Rica Perez said. The Temple News According to the scholarship’s website, it is awarded The Benjamin A. Gilman mainly to students who are not International Scholarship was typically represented in study recently awarded to 14 Temple abroad programs, including students, giving them the oppor- students with financial need, tunity to study throughout the students with disabilities, those world. pursuing careers in science and Eight recipients will be engineering and students with studying away this fall in Rome, diverse ethnic backgrounds. Japan, the The averUnited Kingage scholarship dom, Egypt, awarded is apDenmark and proximately France, ac$4,000 and is cording to the given to more Office of Eduthan 2,300 stucation Abroad dents across the and Overseas country. Campuses. The Students remaining stumust meet a cerdents received tain criteria to scholarships be considered for summer for the scholarprograms in ship. Students India, Brazil, must receive Jamaica and a Federal Pell Rica Perez/ senior biological China. already anthropology major Grant, Students be accepted into who received a study abroad the award talked about being program and plan to study for overwhelmed when they found at least four weeks in one counout that they had been selected try – not including Cuba or any for the scholarship. country on the Department of “Winning the scholarship State’s Travel Warning list. was a bit unexpected,” senior For recipients like Domisociology major Candace Co- nique Moore who studied in pio said. “I was confident in my Brazil, the scholarship allowed application and I put a lot of ef- an opportunity to do something fort to make my essay stand out. that didn’t seem possible. However, I was made aware that “It felt as if it were the key the Gilman is a very prestigious that opened the door to limitless scholarship. I researched the list possibilities,” Moore, an Engof students who had received lish alumna, said. “Prior to getthe awards the previous summer ting accepted into the program of 2011 – many came from Ivy and awarded the scholarship, League and other well-respect- I have never fathomed having ed universities across the nation. the opportunity to study abroad. I am grateful to be recognized Thus, this enabled me to create and rewarded for my work.” a dream and then actually see it “There was a relief that to fruition.”

International study abroad scholarship allows students to go overseas.

“It was a great

feeling to know that all that hard work I had put into it was worth it and now I could afford the trip to India.

also examine GRK2’s effects on cardiac regeneration after a heart attack. “This is a new area of research for my lab and we are excited about the possibility,” Koch said. “One reason for being part of this group is to take advantage of the large animal expertise,” regarding the program’s mice and pig models, “and carry out a final pre-clinical study,” Koch said. “Our project will be a big user of the pig core in order to test whether GRK2 in-

hibition can reverse heart failure that occurs in these pigs after they have a heart attack.” Researchers will seek Food and Drug Administration approval for animal testing in early 2013. “There are always issues in this type of research...for one, you cannot readily study a large number of pigs compared to the mice we typically work with,” Koch said. The grant, Houser said, can bring Temple prestige. “It made my boss happy,”

he said. “Program project grants in today’s world are very difficult to get.” In addition to research conducted at Temple, a drug study will be conducted at the University of Cincinnati. Amelia Brust can be reached at

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Main Campus. “We’re monitoring the flow Moore also described her and seeing if there’s a need for time abroad, visiting Brazil’s us to at some point during class rich culture, thanks in part to the break, close off Norris Street, Gilman Scholarship. close off Diamond Street, tem“I learned a lot about my- porarily until we can get people self and most importantly the across the street and reduce world that I live in. While there, some of the traffic,” Leone said. I learned Portuguese and studLeone added that flashing ied Afro-Brazilian culture and hazard lights will be added on pop music,” Moore said. 12th Street before Polett Walk Others talked about their to alert drivers traveling northtime away and the experience bound on 12th Street of the upthey took from studying abroad. coming intersection. “I ended up in Dhrangadhra, The seven-story building is India, and it was an amazing ex- currently in the stages of buildperience,” Perez said. “It was ing the substructure and support like no place I had ever been structure for the facility and and the life was much simpler Creedon said that construction and slower, being that it was a would start rising out of the small town and the people were foundation later in the semester. helpful and sweet.” Creedon talked about the Petra Brayo, a senior neu- change in academic experience orscience major, added that that he believes will come out being abroad in Denmark was of the new center, which will a learning experience in how other cultures act. “I am now in Copenhagen, Denmark, and it is interesting,” Brayo said. “There are similarities to back home, but the Danish culture is really different. It 19-or-20-year-old man from anall comes down to the Danish other university was arrested for notions of a welfare nation- disorderly conduct. state. There this sense that every He said that the bus wasn’t piece of the land belongs to ev- damaged and the three people eryone, so you have the duty to on the bus, the driver and two keep it clean and safe.” students, were shaken up, but While most students em- weren’t injured. phasized the experience they “On the bus, there was the got out of studying abroad, driver who’s OK – shaken up, Moore said that there should but OK – and two students who be no excuse for not getting out were OK so there were no inand trying to study abroad. juries, but nonetheless they’re “Most importantly, if you sitting on a bus that’s getting want to study abroad, the best rocked, that can’t be good,” Leway to do it is to just do it,” one said. Moore said. “Don’t allow obLeone said that for a short stacles to be factors as to why period of time after the incident, you don’t do it.” traffic was curtailed from the

be connected to the engineering building and Gladfelter. “On the first floor we’re going to be creating some brand new, large lecture halls, which are also going to change the academic experience. That’s one of the things we don’t have a lot of is really big lecture halls that can be divided into smaller lecture halls with a lot of flexible space,” Creedon said. “Coming from Barton [Hall] to the new science building is going to be a world of difference.” Creedon said that researchers and faculty should be moving into the building in Spring 2014, and classes should start there later that fall. The demolition of Barton Hall in the center of Main Campus should come shortly after the new center is completed. He estimates that the best case scenario would be that the demolition would start

in Spring 2015. Nothing will take Barton’s place after it is demolished; the university plans to use the space currently occupied by Barton, which stretches roughly west form 13th Street to Liacouras Walk and south from Norris Street to Polett Walk, as a green space, Creedon said. Creedon added that he believes the green space is “really going to change the dynamic, the core of [Main Campus].” Sean Carlin can be reached at or on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.

Arrest in attempt to flip shuttle bus

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area until the crowd was completely broken up. Some on the block, like Jeremy Morales, estimated that upwards of 150 people were on the street at the time of the incident. Morales was in his 18th Street apartment with his roommate when the noise from the disturbance drew him outside

VIDEO PAGE 1 as the crowd grew larger. He said the people in the street allowed cars to pass through at first, before an Owl Loop bus was blocked in the middle of the street. “When the bus came through, people were blocking it,” Morales, a junior sports and recreation management major, said. “Someone tried pushing it, then people started trying to tip it.” Morales said the attempt to tip the bus lasted two to three minutes, and was ultimately unsuccessful as Temple Police eventually showed up and the crowd dispersed. A spokesman for Philly Transportation, LLC, who runs Temple’s shuttle buses, declined comment other than to say that there’s “student behavior issues that have to be looked at.” Patrols will be paying more attention to this “problematic” area near 18th and 19th streets, Leone said. He also said that the

university has seen an elevated number of alcohol-related issues with students from other universities at Temple. “Probably about a third of the people we’re getting involved with alcohol-related stuff are people from other universities,” Leone said. “So, we got our students that we’re contending with, but now because it’s becoming more of a party area with students living in housing outside the campus.” Videos of the incident surfaced last week and Leone said that they are viewing videos and pictures to identify those involved. Sean Carlin and Joey Cranney can be reached at


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Lamenting laptops


nce again, Paley Library has to make due with reduced means. Facing a 6 percent reduction from an already reduced 2011 budget, Paley staff was forced to critically examine its programs, hours and staff to make some difficult decisions. As reported by Dominique Johnson in “Paley discontinues laptop loan program,” p. 2, Paley will be ending its laptop loan program this year amid declining utilization by the student body. The Temple News recognizes that budget cuts must result in some cost containment action. The Paley staff made the right decision by considering recent trends toward personal computer possession. While the laptop loaning program was undoubtedly a valuable service, the other resources offered by Paley, including its vast library and knowledgeable staff, are absolutely invaluable. By maintaining the same hours of operations and avoiding staff size reductions, they have successfully minimized the negative effects that will be noticed by the student body. That said, the ability to rent laptops for extended periods of time is still an important one

Finding the funds


his summer, the university announced a fiveyear $100 million fundraising campaign, targeted at alumni and friends of the university, developed through the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Board of Trustees. The fundraising effort was announced along with the university’s base tuition freeze for this fiscal year. The money raised in the campaign is to be funneled back into the university’s endowment and into student financial aid. The Temple News supports this campaign as it continues to address the problem of student debt that the current generation of students face. Instead of raising its tuition this year like many universities across the country, Temple kept its base rate level at $13,006 and $22,832 for instate and out-of-state students, respectively. Through the fundraising campaign, the university shows that it is working to make an education on North Broad Street affordable and accessible. The campaign is also utilizing the prominence of university alumni, including Bill


As Paley’s laptop loan program ends, the TECH Center must consider its own lending services. for students. The TECH Center, which also maintains a laptop lending program, should change its policies to accommodate students who previously rented from the library. In lieu of the overnight lending program once offered by Paley, the TECH Center program should extend its rental time span from the three-hour window it currently offers. For longer assignments, most notably those that get clustered around midterms and finals, three hours is simply not enough. Because these times also serve as the TECH Center’s most bustling weeks, the importance of longer laptop lending time frames is magnified further. The Paley staff examined the writing on the wall – higher rates of computer ownership among students, reduced interest and unmanageable costs – and made a decision that protected its most important services. While it is unfortunate that this decision had to be made, The Temple News believes it is more important to accept it. But it would benefit students if the TECH Center alters its laptop lending program to make it more amicable to students with more time-consuming assignments.

Temple’s financial aid campaign exemplifies its commitment to education. Cosby. The campaign plans to use videos from Cosby to distribute online in support of the campaign. David Unruh, senior vice president of institutional advancement, said that Cosby called Acting President Englert and Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor pledging his support to the campaign. This action from Cosby shows that the campaign has already started reaching its target of alumni and friends of the university. By involving and engaging alumni such as Cosby, the university will undoubtedly draw more of an interest in the campaign than simply announcing the fundraiser. The use of alumni also puts a face on the campaign that would normally be absent. All of this comes in addition to the $8 million already added into the financial aid budget for this year. While The Temple News understands the constraints that come with cutting back the budget and lessening the financial burden on students, it fully supports the fundraising campaign and its potential impact on students’ wallets.



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believe Pennsylvania should privatize its 608 liquor stores.

Pennsylvania is the No. 1 buyer of alcoholic beverages in the nation. Last year, total purchases fell just shy of $1.9 billion.


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Bosak argues that removing the state from the liquor equation would remove much inefficiency.

eople who claim that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board should hang on to their stores because they offer the state a sizeable amount of revenue are just plain wrong. Starting from the top – literally – the three PLCB board members are appointed by the governor and approve their own CEO. That means, aside from the initial nod from the governor, the agency operates with very little oversight. But lest I lead you to believe it is the greedy businessmen rife with corruption who are the culprits responsible for the state system’s negative income – I should tell you the real truth. The state itself is responsible for its own struggling liquor stores. Why? Well each year while crafting the annual budget, Pennsylvania’s legislature and the governor’s Budget Office decide how much the PLCB will transfer to the state without actually consulting them. So, if liquor sales bring in more money than is expected, the PLCB can pocket some cash after sending money to the state. On the other hand, if sales are less than expected, the PLCB dips into its bank account to make up the difference. Until a few years ago, this wasn’t a problem.

But financial statements made public by the PLCB show that between the fiscal years of 2008-09 and 2010-11, the governor’s Budget Office and legislature overestimated by $49.2 million how much in profits Pennsylvania’s 608 liquor stores could transfer to the treasury. The liquor board paid the $49.2 million, essentially using all of its equity and then some. Put in simpler terms, the PLCB ended the 2010-11 fiscal year $32.2 million in debt. And given the financial state of Pennsylvania’s overall economy, privatizing the liquor store system seems like a pretty reasonable argument. Not to mention that from inventory, to distribution, to pricing, to the number of outlets and hours of doing business, Pennsylvania maintains one of the tightest, most restrictive liquor control systems in America. Who wants that? But to argue for privatization and expect a free market in return is foolish. Take states like West Virginia or Michigan, where you can buy alcohol from privately owned retail outlets. It is important to recognize that these states do not have an entirely free market either. They tax alcoholic beverages, restrict retail license numbers and hours of sale and mandate a three-tier distribution system where pro-

ducers, wholesalers and retailers are separately owned in most cases. Therefore, while privatization of existing control systems would change the ownership of wholesale establishments and retail stores, it would not lead to a perfectly competitive market. So basically the government is still earning a pretty penny off your wine, but they are saving you the hassle of going to one of their stores to get the damn thing. Plus, they are saving themselves money on the typical overhead costs associated with maintaining a store, like utilities or rent on commercial space. They also save money on employee paychecks, pensions – they are technically state workers – and court fees. Unfortunately, for those hoping that privatization was their chance to stick it to Gov. Tom Corbett (myself included), he’s still kind of winning. But when 69 percent of Pennsylvanians support privatization, according to a 2011 Qunnipiac University survey, it feels scarily close to freedom. Let’s talk about that number anyway – 69 percent – 69 percent of recently polled Pennsylvanians agreed that the state system should go private. Really? When was the last time 69 percent of Pennsylvanians agreed with anything about our


state? That in itself says something about the frustrating reality that is Wine & Spirits. Perhaps the best example of a massively inefficient government-run private agency, the PLCB shops are as mind-numbing experience as they come. And, of course, I’m familiar with the argument about employees losing their jobs. My own father manages one of these condemned stores. I have friends who also work at state stores and, let me tell you, they will be the first to point out that some employees contribute to the inefficiency problem. Unfortunately, the union protects these employees. I do not want my tax dollars going toward that. If we have to pay some form of tax regardless, I think it’s only fair that we get to choose where and when. When Gifford Pinchot created the board at the repeal of Prohibition, he said his goal was to make liquor sales as “inconvenient and expensive as possible” – something 69 percent of Pennsylvanians can agree the state has seemed to pull off year after year. So let’s try something different and break with tradition for once. I know just the way to celebrate. Bri Bosak can be reached at or on Twitter @BriBosak.

Recommendations outweigh true value


Salah argues that, while they may have some value, letters of recommendation are accorded too much weight.

rguably the most unnecessarily substantial criterion for applying to medical, law or graduate schools is the letter of recommendation. Someone has to rant about how wonderful you are and how there is no one in the world that deserves a spot but you, or chances are you won’t be the first to fill a seat. Is that really fair? The honest answer is no, but admissions for programs across the country don’t happen to see it that way. “The letters carry about a third of the decision in the application process,” said Deindre Dockery, an academic advisor and admissions officer at Saint James School of Medicine. “They can be the deciding factor when we receive an application, especially when grades are not as high as they should be or when there are two similar applicants.”

Furthermore, the person with the best recommendation letters is not always the best pick. In March 2011, I applied to a medical school in the Caribbean. My science grades weren’t what they should have been, but my reference letters were very strong. Still, one letter was even from a professor I had for a class that didn’t remotely relate to the school I was applying for. The person who interviewed me said that the letters gave me huge leverage, which is truly unfair. It’s unfortunate, because these reference letters aren’t solid evidence that an applicant is a good fit for the spot. There are serious flaws with them that demonstrate that being worth one-third of the final decision is irrational. Even if an applicant goes to a former professor, how well can a professor know a student? You only see this pro-

fessor for maybe three or four hours a week for only a handful of months at a time. Even if you happened to have taken a small class with them, it’s not likely that a professor will have a good insight into the student’s character. Because it is doubtful that this teacher knows the applicant so well, his title would have much more significance, taking away from the purpose of the letter. This, naturally, can lead to someone who does not have many strong connections being at a serious disadvantage. If the deciding factor between two applicants is that one of them has a stronger reference, then the other, who might be more qualified in every other sense, may unfairly fall between the cracks. Furthermore, this is a severe disadvantage to students who are more reserved or shy than others, including those that find it difficult to reach out and

make their presence known. Some students are not naturally outgoing. They may not have the time or face complications reaching professors during their office hours. There are many people who prefer staying in the background and avoiding the spotlight. Sometimes they may even have a mild case of social anxiety. None of this creates a legitimate ground to reject an applicant. When the application processes start to focus on a person’s personality or character more than their actual compatibility with the position, it’s these people who are the most negatively affected. Finally, it doesn’t make sense to put emphasis on words from someone the admissions office doesn’t know, because no one is going to hand in a letter with a fully up-to-date list of their defects and flaws. Basi-



“The conventions cost about three times the $18.2 million that each party gets from the federal treasury. The Republicans raised the balance for their gathering in Tampa this week from any legal donor, including corporations and individuals who can write big checks. The Democrats sought the high ground by banning corporations and mega donors from underwriting next week’s convention in Charlotte. But they left loopholes that allow companies to donate in-kind services, such as office space, and they reneged on promises to disclose contributors promptly.”

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“Stimulus, bailouts, TARP and Obamacare are just a few of the commonly used terms of economic promise repeated by our country’s current political leadership. All these efforts have failed to spark our economy and have resulted in the same outcome: more money taken from family budgets to fuel expanding government. There are three immediate steps we must take to get our country working again: create a competitive tax rate, repatriate foreign profits for investment at home and remove the regulations that prevent us from becoming energy-independent.”

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Philly should wipe out illegal street riding


Colatriano argues that a local ATV park and more police action would reduce unlawful ATV and dirt bike use.

hile hanging outside Johnson & Hardwick residence halls, you hear the revving of engines in the distance with the sound getting progressively louder until it’s at a point at which nothing else is audible. Blurs pushing 80 mph southbound on North Broad Street race by while other motorists pull aside and pedestrians jump back a few feet from the curb to avoid drivers’ showno-mercy habits. You are given a moment of reprieve from the intolerable noise level, though not for long. Suddenly, the sirens in the distance steadily pick up in volume. While unable to discern the direction from which the sirens are sounding, not long passes before a police brigade

equal in size to the riders races off in hot pursuit. This is most likely the closest you will get to feeling like you are in a Michael Bay film, and it’s simply sitting outside your residence hall watching as ATVs and dirt bikes race by. For the uninformed, this isn’t some unique experience. People riding ATVs and dirt bikes habitually race down Broad Street as though it’s their own racetrack with absolutely no regard to other motorists, pedestrians or even the police. The funny thing? Philadelphia has a no-chase policy, meaning that both the riders and the police are, at times, at fault. Because there is so little the police can do, other possible methods of deterrence have

been discussed. Recently, there has been a debate about whether or not a park built specifically for ATV and dirt bike riders would curb such examples of illegal street riding. I think that all options for deterring riders should be explored, including an ATV and dirt bike-only park. Fortunately, G-Team Racing Motorcycles, a prominent motorcycle center, has the same concerns. “G-Team Racing Motorcycles say they have reached the critical mass needed to support a family-oriented, membership-driven ATV park,” Alex Wigglesworth wrote in “All revved up and nowhere to ride,” on Aug. 13. A park dedicated to these vehicles would allow people who own them legally

to ride legally. A much more convenient option than driving hours away outside of the city in order to ride, right? Though, the people who want to ride legally are not generally the ones who cause problems with the police. It becomes apparent that there is a standoff between these riders and the authorities. What ultimately happens when this standoff reaches its boiling point is irrelevant because this is a persistent issue. How much does Philadelphia police presence alone deter illegal riding when almost every Temple student is as familiar with the riders as they are with other Temple quirks like the overly

“With school starting and vacations ending, this is the month, the season of the list. But face it. We’re living in the era of the list, maybe even its golden age. The Web click has led to the wholesale repackaging of information into lists, which can be complex and wonderful pieces of information architecture. Our technology has imperceptibly infected us with ‘list thinking.’”


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Sorry, but adding a personal element into the mix (interviews with police, etc.) does nothing to enhance public safety, and opens the process up to abuse and cronyism. The biggest move forward in concealed carry was the adoption of getting the ‘good old boys’ out of the system and allowing anyone who met the legal requirements get a license. One look at New York is enough to tell you that licenses there are only given to people who are famous enough or rich enough to catch the mayor’s ear. The sad thing is, these are the people who (like Mayor Bloomberg) could easily afford private security, unlike the ‘little people’ who are most likely to be crime victims. The only real way to stop these crimes is to expand the ability of law abiding citizens to be armed, and this means eliminating the stupid and dangerous fiction of a ‘gun free zone’. One look at where these mass killings take place should make it obvious that the whole concept is bankrupt. You don’t see these types of killings anywhere citizen carry is allowed. Giving citizens back their Second Amendment rights is the only way to solve this problem. Everything else is just a fantasy.


I live in Massachusetts and I am a gun owner. The system of discretionary licensing in my state has led to abuse of power and unfair policies among Police Departments in the way they process, evaluate, time and issue licenses. The results are waiting times from eight to 40 weeks depending on geography, the whim of the chief of police and the alignment of the planets, nothing because of the person background. A CORI check takes a week, an FBI NICS check one hour at most. That’s all the timing needed. More than that is abuse of rights. The result of our system is more power given to some obscure self-important bureaucrat at the firearm licensing office who makes decisions without any statewide standard or judicial review. Given that your personal history of mental health (e.g. depression) is not accessible to anybody unless a court has issued a sentence toward you because you’ve been deemed dangerous or you have been committed to an mental institution, there is no added benefit in that area even in the very strict Massachusetts system. I don’t advise Pennsylvania to consider the Massachusetts system even for a millisecond. The Second Amendment was put in the Bill of Rights and not somewhere else exactly because, like other fundamental rights, it must be outside the scope of government control and potential suppression.


Wow, let me catch my breath after reading this. I feel like I have been slapped hard in the face and then hugged by a pretty girl. Okay, wipe the cupcake drool off your face and snort the rest of that snot out of the way. This is a most accurate, interesting, depiction of this ‘life’. The words are like palpable emotions. Sparks of honest feelings fly off the page. I can’t figure out whether it is funny, or angry, or both, but it sure has impact. Somebody once said that until an actor discovered his own self he could never figure out who his character would or could be. Katniss Everdine, put down your bow–here comes Marcie Anker. Pop would have truly enjoyed this.


Now that students are moving farther and farther off campus and into North Philly, there really needs to be more awareness of how to stay safe in the city. We have been told over and over again that we need to be aware of our surroundings as we walk home, but little specific advice has been offered on how to proactively protect ourselves. Temple should make this information more readily accessible beyond just a short presentation during orientation that half the room probably wasn’t paying attention to in the first place. Giving out pamphlets to off-campus landlords, placing information online, or hosting safety seminars are just a few things that Temple could do to help its students assume responsibility for their own safety.

friendly squirrels around Main Campus? The riders are obviously looking for a thrill popping wheelies three blocks at a time. If a park dedicated to ATV and dirt bike riding is built within a reasonable range of Philadelphia, then this thirst for danger could be appeased. Of course, such a project requires a large budget, which GTeam Racing cannot fund alone. This is where the city should step in. The city of Philadelphia has an obligation to its citizens to provide public streets that are safe. An ATV park could possibly provide an alternative option to the people who ride on the streets of Philadelphia, for those who choose to utilize it. Of course it would be impossible to deter all riders because many of the ATVs and dirt bikes on the streets are obtained illegally. If documentation is required to use the parks, then those with illegal bikes obviously will not go there. If there is a fee to use these parks, then the likelihood of a park of this nature being utilized is further decreased. Why pay to use a park that could possibly be miles away, when one could ride around the streets of Philadelphia with the uncertain chance of repercussions? A change in police policy could take care of this hiccup.

A petition to the Pennsylvania State Senate has surfaced on to contest the “can’t chase” policy currently in place and further crackdown on the sale of illegal vehicles at auctions. This is the problem that needs to be somewhat rectified if a park dedicated to riding them is built. Philadelphia Police have found a way to begin cracking down on illegal vehicles without an official change in policy. As of Aug. 21, there have been a reported 95 police seizures of ATVs and dirt bikes in the month of August alone, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. In order for a park to be successful, Philadelphia police need to continue to crackdown on illegally purchased bikes and unlawful riding. If a park is to be built, G-Team and other supporters need government involvement in order to fund and maintain it. Though all of these efforts are in vain if the “can’t chase” policy is not lifted. These riders need to realize that they share the streets with roughly 1.5 million citizens of Philadelphia and should not be putting others in danger for a cheap thrill. Chelsea Colatriano can be reached at chelsea.colatriano@

Death penalty system results in rampant inefficiency


ack in January 2011, former Gov. Ed Rendell sent a simple message when speaking to the General Assembly on the death penalty: Fix it or get rid of it. Capital punishment turns into a de facto life sentence, Rendell said, when the “lengthy MICHAEL CHAU appeals process” stretches out a “15, 20, or 25-year lapse Chau argues to between the imposition of the Pennsylvania’s death penalty and actual execulegal gridlock over tion.” Legal experts say the costs capital punishment of carrying out protracted death is a sign that the sentences through the legal syscan be enormous. It can state would be tem cost up to three times as much better off without as imprisoning an inmate for it. life at high security, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Not only are the executions of those on death row repeatedly stayed, but since the death

Letters seen as unfair to some LETTERS PAGE 5 cally, you wouldn’t turn in a letter telling the school or boss in charge of accepting you about frequent tardiness or poor work habits. You would be digging your own grave. Instead, you’re going to find someone who will make you look like an angel – the letter is not going to depict the most honest you. The requirement of having letters of recommendation shouldn’t be so essential in the admissions process because they do not always come from reliable sources or even fulfill their most basic function. Working hard and achieving high scores should be what distinguishes a student. Yes, the letters should be given in as a reference, but to consider them so deeply is unjust. Hend Salah can be reached at

penalty was reinstated in 1974, Pennsylvania has only executed three people. As if that wasn’t enough, all three were executed only because they voluntarily gave up their appeals. And now, with Gov. Tom Corbett’s Aug. 8 death warrant signing, Terrence Williams, a Philadelphia native, may be the fourth person put to death under the 1974 death penalty law. His execution is scheduled for Oct. 3. Will the state finally carry out a non-voluntary execution? Corbett said in a radio interview that the problem is not with the state’s system, but at the federal level. “Once the appeal goes to the Third Circuit...then it’s out of our hands,” he said. “If you look at other circuits it goes through much more smoothly. The Fifth Circuit is...where Texas is. They have a different view on the death penalty.”

Is Texas better at executing those they put on death row? Absolutely. They execute more than a dozen people a year. Good for them. But honestly, is that something we want to aspire to here? The Fifth Circuit – comprised of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi – is very much the South. Digging through the court rulings of the Fifth Circuit proves that rulings are very much in line with those three states’ cultural values. So why is our governor comparing our Mid-Atlantic judicial values to Southern ones? On top of that, Williams’ case isn’t without controversy. Even though Williams has exhausted his ability to appeal his death sentence, his lawyers have filed additional petitions for his case arguing that Williams was physically and sexually abused as a child and that the two people he murdered were also his

abusers. None of that was revealed during his trial, and “several jurors now say they would have voted for life in prison without the possibility of parole instead of death if they had known,” said Williams’ attorneys in a statement. Obviously there are parts in the system, whether at the state or federal level, that are dragging when it comes to carrying out death sentences. We definitely aren’t running our gallows as efficiently as they are down in Texas. But all this legal gridlock when it comes to capital punishment seems to be pointing at real ambivalence. There’s an internal conflict we have in Pennsylvania about executing those sentenced to death. Maybe it’s about time we come to grips with that. We aren’t New York Liberals, but we definitely aren’t Conserva-

tive, gun-toting, Texas Rangers either. We’re Pennsylvanians. What does that mean exactly? Your guess is as good as mine. But at least maybe, and perhaps vainly in my collegestudent, idealist heart, I hope we can recognize our internal differences enough to step back a little and say, “Maybe we shouldn’t waste all this money trying to execute someone in a state system that is desperately trying to tell us through gridlock that it’s just not working out.” So, let’s stop playing around here, because this game is costing our state millions. If we’re not going to execute people, let’s not waste all that money pretending like we are. Michael Chau can be reached

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Re: Penn State scandal and collegiate athletic power Dear Editor, From what I have read, it appears that everyone is missing the real common denominator underlying the Penn State sex abuse scandal. It is my understanding that the Penn State football program “earns” approximately $60 million in profit per year to which some of the money is used to subsidize other PSU sports teams and pay for academic scholarships earmarked for athletes. Further, it is my understanding that none of the money is used to reduce the cost of tuition, books, lodging, etc. I must have been under the false impression that some table scraps made it to the students. Oh, wait a minute; students? What are students? Do they attend PSU as well or do they just serve as a front for the mission statement?

Didn’t college sports spawn from the belly of college academics back in the day when men carried clubs and dragged women around by their hair? But there had to be a better way to live. That’s why men finally got the idea to put down the club and go off to college so they could learn to read, write, speak and listen. Imagine that, a rationale to create an institution to promote thinking with the attainment of knowledge so as to produce understanding. Somehow the dudes preferring the clubs decided it would be better if they hijacked the universities and convert them to athletic facilities, disrupting the whole concept of the learning institution. This expression has now become an oxymoron because the only “learning” going on is that of studying a playbook and engaging in self-promotion

hoping to attain that holier-thanholier of titles, “celebrity.” The reason for Mr. Joe Paterno’s cover up is to protect, preserve and defend his almighty empire. There was no way he was going to allow the exposure of child rape to jeopardize his royal highness-ness. And now all the king’s horses and all the king’s men can’t put humpty dumpty PSU football back together again. Gee, all those poor athletes who are being punished for Pa’s misgivings now have to go somewhere else to ply their trade. Folks, it’s time to throw the college sports baby out with the bath water and permanently sever the twisted and corrupting umbilical cord that has had a strangle hold on college academics. From this day forward PSU will be split into two separate and entirely different institu-

tions. One shall be referred to as PSU Academics and the other as PSU Sports and never again the twain be joined at the hip like some two-headed Siamese twin. When the day finally arrives that PSU has its priorities straight, this revolutionary concept can spread all across our great country. But only this time the careers of athletes will not be incubated on the backs of students. As John Houseman used to say, “They [will have to] make money the old fashioned way...they [will have to] earn it.” Sincerely, Joe Bialek Cleveland, OH

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For the women of the Temple equestrian club, horseback riding is more than just a sport.



questrian is an activity of elegance and beauty, but requires just as much intense mental, emotional and physical strength as any sport. For the students involved in Temple’s equestrian club, there aren’t any huge crowds or overwhelming exposure, it’s just them and their horse – a feeling that not too many people have ever felt or understood, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. “The crowd doesn’t really matter,” said senior advertising major and club captain Sarah Jagiela. “The girls that are involved are a great group and we all get to know each other very well. It’s really more about having fun and getting to ride.” Jagiela started loving horses at a young age, which created

longlasting memories, endless rides and a passionate love for horses. There’s still a picture of her first ride hanging on her refrigerator door back home in Schnecksville, Pa., and since that moment, she never looked back. “I was always obsessed with horses and dogs when I was little,” Jagiela said. “I actually had my heart set on becoming a vet for years before I decided I wanted to go into communications and advertising. My mom called up a local stable and I’ve been lessoning ever since.” Bianca Lee Lupo, a sophomore international business major and club vice president, grew up a street away from a show barn, so it didn’t take long for her to realize that this was the sport for her. “It was kind of impossible for my parents to keep me away,” Lupo said. “When I was 6 years old, the trainer of the

show barn came over and asked my parents if I could do lead line – she needed one more rider to run the class. My mom said I could do it and I have been riding ever since.” Since riding, Lupo has noticed that the relationship between her and her horse is very powerful. “I fell in love with horses because of the feeling I had when I was around them,” Lupo said. “They are beautiful animals and the bond that you can create with a horse is a magical feeling.” Kimberly Dutill, a junior tourism and hospitality management major and club cocaptain, started riding as a kid during her summers, but now is approaching the sport with more intensity. “Riding as an adult has put a new layer on it,” Dutill said. “Not only is it just fun for me, it’s an escape from all the stresses of life. Riding takes complete

mind body concentration.” Equestrian, although it appears to be a sport of pageantry and showmanship, can have serious physical demands, Dutill said. “Riding uses muscles that you don’t use every day,” Dutill said. “So after those first three or so rides, yeah, the next few days are going to hurt.” Equestrian consists of two different disciplines – English and Western. For English – which is more popular in this part of the country – Temple’s equestrian club competes in flat and jumping classes. Flat classes are judged by the rider’s ability to control and manage the horse, while jumping classes are judged by how well the rider can get the horse over fences of variable heights. Western includes rail classes and reining classes, and



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Joseph Labolito, university photographer, discusses how he started his 30-plus year career at Temple and his involvement with the Temple Made campaign. | INDIRA JIMENEZ TTN

Joseph Labolito Labolito explains how a pork sandwich started his career as university photographer. NDIDI OBASI The Temple News For University Photographer Joseph Labolito, being on Main Campus feels just like home. “I still live in the same zip code,” Labolito said. “One of the reasons I like Temple so much is because I feel like I’m a part of the city here, it’s very comfortable.” Many of the photographs that have been seen on brochures and school sports’ advertisements, as well as the recent Temple Made campaign, have most likely been snapped by Labolito. With more than 30 years of capturing the events and spirit of Temple, Labolito has been able to preserve precious moments of college.

The Temple News: When was the first time you knew you wanted to be a photographer, and how did you get started on that path to your career?

Joseph Labolito: I had an uncle who was what I guess you could call an advanced amateur and he got me interested in it, and then in high school I worked for the yearbook, which in a lot of ways is similar to what I do now – just on a much grander scale. From there I went to Philadelphia College of Art that I jokingly refer to as “the other school” on Broad Street. There, I had some really cool teachers that showed me images that I hadn’t seen before, that I’d never had access to. You guys now

have access to images all over the place – they just keep flowing at you. I don’t want to say it wasn’t like that, but they were a little more precious and you had to go get them, they didn’t come to you. There was one picture, an Irving Penn photograph of a bunch of Hell’s Angels from 1969 or 1970, just an incredible photograph. It tied together studio techniques and this really perfect control of the medium with reality. Here’s these bikers that just threw themselves in the studio. It was a great picture and I still remember it to this day that I looked at it and said, “You know, I could do that.” That’s where it started.

TTN: How did you join the Temple community as a photographer, and how has this experience been for you so far?

JL: Oddly enough, I was doing some documentary work for the City of Philadelphia. The Free Library has always collected my work. I included one of those images from a Ninth Street documentary. It turns out the boss of the boss that was hiring me liked the restaurant that I had photographed. That Saturday he went down to the sandwich shop and they had taped my archival selenium toned image right to their greasy wall. And he said to the owner, “That guy that took that picture that came in here, what did you think of him?” Now, not for nothing, but I’m an Italian guy, I was in the middle of the Italian Market, in a small sandwich shop. I was right in my element there. “Oh, nice kid, nice kid,” [the owner said], and that Monday he hired me. And I still joke around that it was a pork sandwich that got me hired. Now, granted, did I always make those documentary photographs? Yeah. And [then I] started looking back at the Hell’s Angels picture. Being at Temple, I worked for...Peter Liacouras. The guy was just an incredible guy. I mean, he had the vision of what this place could be. The opportunities and the variety that I’ve been exposed to even working here – and by all accounts I’m an educated person – but I never would have had this level of diversity, just from arts to sciences to athletics to real estate to politicians and everything in between. Really, it’s been great for me. I’ve had a ball.

TTN: You recently shot photos for the Temple Made campaign. What does this campaign mean to you, and how did you go about capturing the spirit of the campaign through your photos? JL: Obviously there’s a lot more people involved in that than me, for sure. I think that my part of it was making photographs of what started as the Cherry Crusade kids. And if you think about it, in some ways it goes back to the Irving Penn photograph that I keep referencing. There’s that realism, but yet you still have a controlled studio where you’re really trying to work the medium at a certain level. And that was really attractive to me.

TTN: What has been the most challenging assignment for you to do (either at Temple or elsewhere) and what effect did it have on you as a professional photographer and/ or person? JL: For me, it’s never been one assignment, like one assignment defines you. I’ve been at this for 35 years. For me, it’s always been trying to keep the bar up there, keep working at a certain level. I always surrounded myself with people that really knew what they were doing. I was always chasing that. So for me, that’s had some effect on how I work here. I don’t want to be the in-house guy at Temple. Even though that’s what I am, that’s not the way I think. I want to be grander than that. The last thing I want to do is make pictures that are formula, if you will. If I start taking the same picture over and over again, I’d go crazy. In a job like this you’d go crazy because you do the same assignments every year. I want to try to do something completely different than the year before, or the last time I took a picture. So that’s the hardest part, it’s not one assignment, its longevity and keeping the bar high. You set your own bar. Ndidi Obasi can be reached at

White is all right, even after Labor Day


Jenelle Janci

Guest columnist Jenelle Janci takes a stand against the ageold fashion rule.

t’s pretty safe to say that I have never been one to follow fashion rules. I wore a Spice Girls T-shirt with a velour skirt on the first day of kindergarten at age 6, a neon hair extension to my cousin’s wedding at age 8 and suffered from a notable scene-kid phase in my early teens. There is undoubtedly a picture of me floating around MySpace in bright blue pants and a purple Cobra Starship hoodie. So, almost needless to say, I find the “no white after Labor Day” rule completely preposterous. My first problem with the rule is that it’s nondescript. Do you mean to tell me that I am required to exile all of my white T-shirts for an entire season? You do realize that this would include my Peewee’s Playhouse shirt, don’t you? Forbidding me from wearing such a closet-staple is a crime in itself, if you ask me. Additionally, if it were truly shameful to wear white

in the winter, wouldn’t white sweaters, scarves, mittens, corduroys, fur coats and the associated fuzzy articles of the white variety be banned from production by merchandisers worldwide? If this rule were as well-practiced as it were versed, bunnies could sleep much sounder knowing that their alabaster fur wasn’t at risk of being robbed for the Angora market. When the rule comes to distressed white pants, however, an absolutely impractical “statement piece,” the rule should extend to before and after Labor Day. Those are just never appropriate. Secondly, when is it ever OK to begin wearing white again? Apparently I’m not alone in this thought, for Google attempts to answer my question with 318 million results. I wonder why the mysterious day of white reinstatement isn’t more celebrated. We could all get together and look like we’re going to some “Laguna Beach” theme party that Lauren “LC” Conrad invited us to in hopes

of pissing off Kristin Cavallari, or perhaps if our hemlines were a little longer, like a troupe of hopefuls waiting for their confirmation or First Holy Communion. It could really be something special. Additionally, doesn’t the term “White Christmas” have any significance to you? Bing Crosby would be embarrassed that you’re actually trying to avoid wearing white during the snowy season. That’s like praying for water but refusing to do a rain dance. It just doesn’t make sense. Also, an online source I wish I had stumbled upon sooner named “WiseGeek” raises an excellent question: Where do brides fall into this equation? Do Vera Wang and Pnina Tornai make special “eggshell” and “cream” colored gowns for those unfortunate post-Labor-Day brides? Is a bride who truly deserves to wear white on her special day any less deserving because she planned a fall wedding? Fashion police are insensitive and impractical to matters such as these.

I’d also like to say that I personally take offense to the “no white after Labor Day” rule, for I am nothing but white after Labor Day. I don’t have a bit of Italian, Greek, Puerto Rican or any of the lovely bronzing ethnic genes in me. Am I myself out of style once the warm weather fades away too? If I’m wrong in the matter, then I don’t want to be right – because tan chicks in the winter will never stop being weird to me. So, my fellow fashion rogues, I dare you to keep wearing white during these impending winter months. Let’s reclaim white once and for all. Jenelle Janci can be reached at

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99 problems at Philly’s Made in America



ay-Z, Drake, Maybach Music and… Pearl Jam? While not the band you expected to follow three of rap’s biggest acts, Budweiser Made in America Festival brought these big name performers to Philadelphia on Sept. 1 and 2. Some of the biggest names in rap and hip-hop collided with some of the biggest names in rock to make the festival a can’t miss event. The excitement and anticipation for the Made in America Festival has been building since May, when Jay-Z formally announced the inaugural event in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with an American flag in the background and


Columnist Kevin Stairiker reflects upon his unusual encounters at Made in America.


ave you ever seen someone actually go crazy? I mean literally and unequivocally lose their mind, to the point that you might be worried for not only their safety but for your own as well? That’s exactly what happened to the man wearing only American flag pants standing next to me when Kanye West appeared during Jay-Z’s closing set during day one of Made in America. I had watched him slightly mesmerized for nearly an hour, occasionally rapping along with

Mayor Michael Nutter by his side. The festival was held in front of the museum on Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

“I think it’s great

because it has something for everyone.

Carly Kleiman, senior

Temple students seemed to be in favor of this choice of venue, considering its location is approximately three miles away from Main Campus. “I think it’s awesome that


it’s on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, I love it there,” Kleiman said. “It’s a smart idea Nutter is building a fence because it’ll keep people out who didn’t buy the tickets,” Kleiman said before the event. The fence enclosed the area so onlookers couldn’t see or, supposedly, hear the performers. Seth Resnick, a junior engineering major at Temple, also seemed to be in favor of the festival’s location. “Made in America...on the parkway is a great idea. It has great views of the city as well as being a historic landmark,” Resnick said before the concert. Resnick also noted the location’s accessibility from Main Campus. “It’s relatively accessible if you take the subway. [It’s] just


“All of these

kids needed something extra, something that their overpriced Budweisers weren’t getting them.

Jay-Z with drool inching down from his mouth toward his chin. When Kanye came out, it was as if Zeus himself flew down in a golden chariot from Mt. Olympus. Only minutes before he exited the realm of normal consciousness, he had casually asked if I had any acid I could sell him. To his disappointment, I did not, and he was one of a surprising many throughout the day who, of all of the more than 40,000 people there, came to me in the hopes for a random assortment of drugs that I didn’t have. Look at the headshot attached to this column. Does that look like someone who would sell you Molly before Skrillex started his set? Or someone who maybe had some “spare weed” as the Dirty Projectors mesmerized the audience with the tightest set of the festival? Exactly. All of these kids needed something extra, something that their overpriced Budweisers weren’t getting them. I watched a girl run, stumble, and fall all in the span of about two yards as she tried desperately to make it to the EDM tent. I saw two dudes with a bag of bootleg Drake Tshirts make bank and run out




“Gallery crawl” promotes local art, Old City history First Friday offers both the Philadelphia art scene and the rich history of Old City. JENELLE JANCI A&E Editor Whether one is a visitor, local, art connoisseur, or curious student, First Friday is an excellent way to explore Philadelphia’s rich culture and history. Concentrated primarily between Second and Third streets between Arch and Race streets, First Friday is a monthly open house for galleries in Old City, drawing large, diverse crowds. First Friday is a rain or shine event, and is proudly never canceled – even when it falls on a holiday. “It can rival even some of the sporting events,” said Arthur Meckler, vice president of the Old City Arts Association,


Columnist Victoria Marchiony speaks to Temple alumnus Ola Solanke of the Arts Garage. A&E DESK 215-204-7416

established in 1991. Meckler, who considers himself and his Third Street furniture store Reform a part of the “second wave” of businesses to participate in First Friday, began participating in the monthly event in the early to mid-1990s. Previous to that, he still attended First Friday – but then, just as a spectator. Meckler said that, without a doubt, First Friday is the most successful ongoing monthly event in Philadelphia. “There’s nothing that compares to it,” Meckler said. Additionally, it’s a relaxed way to dip one’s feet into the Philadelphia art scene. “There’s no right or wrong way to do Old City on First Friday,” Meckler said. Aside from the galleries’ exhibits, First Friday draws street musicians, vendors and tons of energy, making for an incredibly festive atmosphere. While it’s a fun way to spend

a Friday night, First Friday is a great asset to the city. “It’s an economic engine for Philadelphia,” Meckler said. Restaurants in the area love First Friday for the business it brings them, and hotels receive business from those who come from out of town just to experience the event, Meckler said. While the popularity is great for the city’s economy, Meckler notes the difficulties of dealing with such a large and diverse turnout. “It is actually sort of a victim of its own succes,” Meckler said, who noted that sometimes the rowdier, younger crowds can deter the more serious buyers from attending. Additionally, Meckler said his business profits not on First Friday, but days later. “I seldom sell anything on First Friday, but very often people do come back,” Meckler said.



Spoken word poet Saul Williams will perform at World Cafe Live tonight. ARTSandENTERTAINMENT@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM

Life and death at 27 “27,” a theater piece about partying with rock stars in the afterlife, features a Temple alumna. CHRISTINA MORGENEIER The Temple News Imagine that when a person passes away, they don’t enter the pearly gates. Rather, they join an eternal party where musical legends like Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain live forever. Enter “27,” an original performance piece by New Paradise Laboratories. It will premiere during the Philadelphia Live Arts & Philly Fringe Festivals this month. “If you like to have your mind blown, you’ll like ’27,’” said Whit MacLaughlin, the film’s artistic director. He is responsible for helping to bring this experimental performance piece to life. The last in a trilogy about parties, “27” will take a slightly different turn by focusing on a funeral revelry.

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ON THE FRINGE, p. 13 The Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe festivals return.




Parked: A semester at the Arts Garage Victoria Marchiony Parked

Columnist Victoria Marchiony discovers how the Arts Garage became a mecca for Philly artists.


ombine the artistic freedom of Andy Warhol’s Factory with the entrepreneurial determination of a bull with an MBA and you’ll get something resembling the Arts Garage, the venue where I’ll be “parked” this semester. To get started, I sat down with the venue’s Executive Director, Ola Solanke, to find out how the venue came to be and what it’s all about. After coming up in the New York City arts scene, Solanke found the fragmented arts community in Philly disappointing. “The idea stemmed out of my observation that a lot of artists struggle to showcase their work and settle for ill-equipped venues,” Solanke said. “I wanted a warehouse setting that was much more permissive in terms of allowing the body of work to be shown.” The Arts Garage – a live art, entertainment and nightlife venue that features literary and contemporary performance artists and nightly DJ dance music – is located at 16th Street and Ridge Avenue. The road to completion, however, has been grueling. Solanke has been working on the Arts Garage for a long time. It all began in 1994 when he was a senior majoring in risk management at Temple. In the nine months leading up to graduation, he dedicated himself to putting together the business plan for what he hoped would become a home for a community that he saw as underfunded and fragmented.

“When I started this idea, funding for the arts was eroding at an exponential rate,” Solanke said. “Arts endeavors were not being supported by the government in terms of grants and incentives and things of that nature.” Without funding to move forward, Solanke put the idea on hold and took a job with a risk management company, where he worked for the next 17 years. Throughout his business career, he continued tweaking his plan for an arts venue. “Nine pages turns into 35 and you have to scale it back down to 15,” he said. After two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, everything changed for many Americans – including Solanke. “I was spending three out of four weeks traveling for work...after 9/11 the aviation industry became more scary – I didn’t want to travel extensively anymore,” Solanke said. Simultaneously, former Mayor John Street was compelling citizens to reclaim Philadelphia and clean up the rapidly dilapidating neighborhoods. “There was a lot of abandonment and the city wanted to encourage developers,” Solanke said. So, Solanke quit his job and started shopping. “I drove around for six months looking for a venue for the Arts Garage,” Solanke said. “I wanted something close to the colleges, within walking distance to most surrounding neighborhoods. When I saw this block, it seemed like an ideal low budget type of project.” Solanke purchased 11 properties easily, but found himself challenged by Philadelphia politics in the form of licensing, inspection and conflicting development plans. “Other developers who are building condos have a different idea for the community, but we have overwhelming community support,” he said. Despite early gains, however, funding once again presented a hurdle for bringing plans to fruition. “Banks weren’t funding [restaurants and bars] so most of the work that had to be done

required painstaking labor,” Solanke said. “I did most of the work myself. When you’re not being financed you have to get creative.” Throughout the course of three years, Solanke, with the help of an occasional laborer or mechanical specialist for harder projects, constructed what is now the Arts Garage. And I thought writing a business plan sounded daunting. Today, the Arts Garage plays host to events and showcases featuring a wide range of art forms. The two floors have been used for video shoots, film screenings and rehearsal space during the day, and typically hosts live events at night. “We invest in all of the equipment that artists would need to showcase their work, so a lot of artists are now coming above ground to do things,” Solanke said. “Underground artists whose work wasn’t very well appreciated are now getting to a point where they can book a venue and a show.” As a perfor- The Arts Garage owner Ola Solanke stands outside his venue, a location he decided on after six months of mance poet, I un- searching. He did a large amount of the building’s renovation on his own. | ABI REIMOLD TTN derstand the difficulty of finding a group renting the space paint that he so sincerely wanted to why I picked the Arts Garage time and space for your art to be the walls to go with an event elevate. for my column, I don’t know displayed in a way that makes theme. If that kind of flexibility “There are now a num- how else to convince you except you proud, without breaking doesn’t excite the artist in you, ber of venues that are taking a for continuing to be relentlessly your bank. One of the reasons I want to know where you’ve page from the Arts Garage. [It] enthusiastic (which I promise to I was attracted to the Arts Gabeen seeing art. makes me proud in a sense that be) for the next 12 weeks. ‘Til rage is because Solanke has the Now an established venue it tells me that whatever we set then, Temple. business savvy to make a venue with 11 staffers and a rapidly out to do is working,” Solanke function, but the passion of an Victoria Marchiony can be expanding client base, Solanke said. “It’s a great accomplishartist (he was a DJ in his formareached at is deeply satisfied that he man- ment in terms of what I’m able tive years) and commitment to aged to make an imprint on to contribute to the city.” doing it right. Example? He let Philadelphia’s arts community If you don’t yet understand

Alumna featured in Philly Fringe ‘Made’ event brews performance detailing age 27 unusual crowd 27 PAGE 9 About the concept of the play, MacLaughlin said, “I love the music of the 27-ers – Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse and Jimi Hendrix. [It’s] a party in the afterlife involving the 27 Club of genius musicians who died too young meeting a ‘normal’ person.” MacLaughlin said that there is a certain mysticism surrounding the age. Twenty-seven is a crossroads for young people toward either failure or success. It is a period in a person’s life when they come to realize their younger days are nearly finished. “Twenty-seven is the age where you definitely have life’s backpack on your back and you’re wondering what you’re going to need down the line,” MacLaughlin said. Emilie Krause, a Temple alumna, is one of the stars of the show. She had performed in one other experimental piece before joining the cast of “27.” In order to earn a role, Krause had to create a short video about “descent” and post it to YouTube along with all the other hopefuls who were auditioning. Being involved with a collaborative

work forced her outside of her comfort zone. “It actually kind of scares the pants off me. There’s a certain kind of safety in performing other people’s work,” Krause said. Krause said that this is the first devised theater piece she’s ever worked on. Rather than one person creating the piece and allowing others to bring his or her words to life, everyone had a say in the development of the production. Krause will share the stage with four other actors who all collaborated throughout the course of three months. “Everyone involved has poured themselves into the project, and having audiences come into the room and experience what we made from scratch makes me feel extremely vulnerable,” Krause said. “27” will have live music performed onstage by Alec MacLaughlin, a musician from central Texas. He has performed in a variety of musical roles and is branching out to add theatrical composition to his résumé. Alec will be playing the guitar with trigger samples in a style that can best be described as both meditative and harrowing.

New Paradise Laboratories was created in 1996 in hopes of creating pieces that step away from traditional theater. Instead, it seeks to display wide varieties of work performed by ensemble casts. Whit MacLaughlin said that it was a pipe dream that came to life. Since its inception, it has created 15 productions in 15 years. In addition, it has attracted a loyal core of individuals dedicated to the vision New Paradise wishes to fulfill. “New Paradise Labs was a way to make a kind of work that I had dreamed about for a long time – immersive, crazy, very visual and muscular,” MacLaughlin said. MacLaughlin and Krause both said that Philadelphia’s local arts scene is exceptional. Although it has been often overlooked by individuals in the past, more people are starting to appreciate the cultural contributions made by this city. Now in its 15th year, the Live Arts & Philly Fringe Festivals are succeeding in its mission to make Philadelphia a notable place for the performing arts. Despite what kind of entertainment a person may enjoy, this month long event is sure to

STAIRIKER PAGE 9 have something for everyone. “27” is just one of several cutting-edge performances debuting within the next few weeks. Events are scheduled to be performed at various venues in the Philadelphia. “27” will run from Sept. 5 through Sept. 16 at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place. Christina Morgeneier can be reached at

of stock in about 20 minutes. I stood by as a man in a Neil Diamond tour T-shirt rapped along to Rick Ross’ fantastic “MC Hammer.” That’s America, I guess. And with all of the boys and girls clad in their red, white and blue getups, I couldn’t help but put everything in the larger context of what “Made in America” really means in 2012. The song that gave the festival its name wasn’t performed that night, but its shadow loomed large. Some would argue that Made in America was merely a tool to sell a lot of beer and get young people to vote for Obama in the coming election. It would be hard to argue with those people, especially since the word “Budweiser” was printed on literally everything and a pre-recorded message from the president himself was broadcast a scant two songs into Jay-Z’s set. So it goes. People that attend music festivals in the 21st century and still complain about the rampant, and sometimes downright disgusting, corporate sponsorship still don’t seem to get that that is the only way to put on a music festival these days. As I stumbled through the crowd packed

tightly to view Skrillex playing songs from his giant, flying Arwing, I heard someone compare the proceedings to Woodstock. While those awful ‘60s purists might scoff at the thought, the guy was pretty close to being right. If Woodstock happened in 2012, it would probably look a lot like Made in America, right down to Jimi Hendrix taking a sip out of a Budweiser after playing the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” And I bet even the drooling guy with the American flag pants could get down with that. Kevin Stairiker can be reached at



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a little bit of a walk,” Resnick said. The performers on the bill were just as excited as the fans to play such a large-scale music festival. Gary Clark Jr., a singerguitarist of Austin, Texas, was more than thrilled to participate in the event, and the fact that he was picked by Jay-Z didn’t hurt either. “It was a great feeling,” Clark said. “He’s a formidable artist in the game, and one I’ve respected for some time. I was thrilled he considered me to join in.” After one look at the lineup on Made in America’s website, the diversity of the performers is undeniable. From Passion Pit to Odd Future to Skrillex, there was something for everyone. Whereas Pearl Jam might have been just enough to draw in the older crowd, the diversity of the performers on the bill were more than enough to draw in music lovers of nearly any genre, while pushing other fan bases out of their comfort zones and exposing them to bands and rappers they may have otherwise written off.

“I think it’s great because it’s something for anyone – any age, style, type of music,” Kleiman said. Clark is also all for the different variety of music genres that the festival presented fans with. “I think diversity and variety makes things more interesting,” Clark said. With a star-studded lineup, tickets for the festival ranged from $99 to $175. However, the prices didn’t deter Temple students from attending. “I think it’s really reasonable for the price, because a Jay-Z ticket alone would Gary Clark Jr. / be double the musician price,” Kleiman said. Mahoney had similar thoughts. “I thought that for the amount of performers I want to see, it evens out,” Mahoney said. At about 10:30 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 1, those who invested in the tickets were rewarded by some surprise performers. “[Since] you have been so good to me, Philly, I’m going to be good to you tonight,” Jay-Z told the crowd at the event. Sub-

“I was

thrilled [Jay-Z] considered me to join in.

sequent performers included Big Sean, Pusha T and Kanye West. Other artists present at the event included Common, 2 Chainz, Memphis Bleek, Chris and Neef and Swizz Beatz. Walking into Made in America, patrons were greeted by the various food and merchandise tents, with lights strung above them that gave off a bit of a homey feel, sort of like being in your friend’s backyard – if you had an extremely rich and entitled friend. In an attempt to stray away from the norm, and not just have concert goers sitting around, waiting for the next act they want to see perform, Made in America offered everyone alternative options that included things like a dance tent and a mini shopping area that included tents selling anything from actual food to vintage journals. An outdoor game area was also part of the festivities. Although not all the performers were actually “made in America,” the diversity of the lineup and unusual choice of venue made the event a mustsee Philadelphia attraction. Kate Trowbridge can be reached at

(Left) The Benjamin Franklin Parkway offered festival-goers a clear view of Center City Philadelphia. (Above) Festival-curator Jay-Z performed on Sept. 1. | JULIE TOUCHSTONE TTN



If you like improv and professional wrestling, Philly Improv’s Pro-Mania 2K12 is an attendance no-brainer. As part of the Philly Fringe Festival, ProMania will take place weekly starting this Friday. The troupe will be parodying tropes of the various absurdities regularly featured in professional wrestling past and present. Pro-Mania 2K12 is one of the many assorted events that the Improv Theater will be putting on for the Fringe Festival, along with the Grimacchio Variety Hour and Myths & Monsters, among others.


When LCD Soundsystem announced in 2010 that they would be ending their career as a band after three albums, fans were (and continue to be) pretty upset about it. Luckily, their last show at Madison Square Garden was filmed and edited down to feature film length, named “Shut Up and Play the Hits.” Interspersed between the chaotic footage of the show itself, the surrounding days of the band are chronicled. Also, LCD front man James Murphy is interviewed by author Chuck Klosterman for the film. The movie is part of the Trocadero’s annual Midnight Movie event, and is, sadly for those 21 and older.


the members need some extra cash. This is not the case for Mission of Burma. Coming up on their fourth album since reuniting in 2002 after parting ways in 1983, Mission of Burma has fallen into the small percentage of bands (along with Dinosaur Jr.) that has managed to stay relevant long after their supposed heyday. After the release of their first full-length album, “Vs.,” Burma called it quits suddenly and then came back two decades later – chugging along harder than their original run. They’ll be playing in support of their newest album, “Unsound.” Opening the show is local Philly band Purling Hiss, who has currently been making the rounds opening for many major touring acts that have come through Philly recently, including Wilco and Dinosaur Jr. Their brand of rock and roll recalls days when bands didn’t mind being referred to as rock and roll. See them before they eventually go off on a headlining tour so that you can say that you did.


Leave it to the Franklin Institute to combine two of life’s greatest joys: science and food. Once a month, the Institute hosts this event in the hopes of teaching people more about the science and under workings of the food that they make regularly. The main focus of this month’s event is “Sugar Content in Food,” which will consist of learning about how much sugar is in everything from soda to seasonal foods. Unhealthy foods will be stacked up against healthy foods in an attempt to get people to eat healthier, or at least to think long and hard before eating sugary snacks. Free with a Franklin Institute general admission ticket, Kitchen Science is for all people that like food…so everyone. -Kevin Stairiker

When bands reunite, it’s generally because one or all of

Monthly art gallery open houses draw crowds to historic Old City FRIDAY PAGE 9 A colleague of Meckler’s, Albert LeCoff, is co-founder and executive director of the Center for Art in Wood on 3rd Street, a gallery that frequently participates in First Friday. Since its relocation from 5th and Vine, the Center for Art in Wood has received noticeably more publicity, LeCoff said, noting the prime location of the Old City area. A beautiful clean white space with enormous windows, LeCoff’s office mimics the design of the gallery space, which he said was intentional. The open atmosphere of the gallery is reminiscent of the open atmosphere of First Friday – its layout encourages one to wander, which is a frequent suggestion as the best method for exploring First Friday. The pieces displayed in the Center for Art in Wood are created from using wood, paper included, as its main medium. “Paper is thin wood, and wood is thick paper,” LeCoff said. The center’s current show, allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2012, is on display until Oct. 20 and will be a part of September’s First Friday on Sept. 7. The show is the product of the center’s 17th “International Turning Exchange Residency.”

The artists who participated lived, collaborated and traveled to galleries together for two months. Four of the artists that participated this year were from Philadelphia, two were from Australia and one was from North Carolina. They utilized the studios and dormatories at University of the Arts. LeCoff said one artist described it as the “summer camp I’d always wanted to go to.” The program allows photojournalists to participate, as well. However, the photojournalist participants often do much more than just document the ITE. One created a functioning pinhole camera from a tree stump. Another eye-catching piece on display was a photo of a stump being chainsawed framed by the same stump in the photograph. The pieces featured in the exhibit vary enormously, from style to size. Wooden bangles are on display and available for purchase and huge, woven installations from the same show hang over the gallery. LeCoff, who formerly served as president of the Old City Arts Association, is passionate about the community aspect of those who make First Friday a reality. “I believe in collaboration be-

tween all types of organizations,” LeCoff said. Another essential factor to First Friday is its outstanding location in the distinct and historic Old City Philadelphia. “What’s always been here is the history,” Lecoff said. “I don’t care about us or other organizations – we may move. But the Constitution Center and Independence Hall, Carpenter’s Hall – they’re never going to move. They’re not going to change their addresses. So we should work together to promote the rich culture that’s in Old City.” While First Friday is a great way to acquaint oneself with the area, the “gallery crawl,” as LeCoff described it, is more than just a time for newcomers to explore the culture of Old City. “This validates Philadelphia being a city of craft, and historically, Philadelphia is a city of craft,” LeCoff said. Jenelle Janci can be reached at

The Center for Art in Wood recently relocated from its previous home on Fifth and Vine streets to 141 N. Third St. The center is a frequent participant in First Friday. | ANGELO FICHERA TTN



writing and acting in “SLAM,” the 1998 Sundance Film Festival winner, to appearances on HBO’s “Def Poetry” and roles on TV shows, such as “Girlfriends.” When talking to Williams, it’s clear he fully comprehends the impact that he makes through his art. Williams does not seek the approval of others, though. “My father was a minister. The difference between ministers and evangelists [is that] ministers preach to people who show up,” Williams said. “[An] evangelist goes out and tries to get more people to show up, I guess I have that in common with him.” Saul Williams will be performing tonight, Sept. 4 at World Café Live.

Saul Williams

From print to the stage, spoken word poet and musician Saul Williams’ work is always full of intensity.

Spoken word poet, musician, songwriter, actor and author Saul Williams uses his international travels and teenage love for hiphop as inspiration for his work. | COURTESY ANDREW GURA

ASHLEY KEMEMBIN The Temple News While spoken word poets are not considered mainstream, Saul Williams doesn’t believe in putting a title on his art. “I am just a guy who primarily likes doing things that I enjoy,” Williams said. A majority of his work has a central theme of advocating for changes in the world. “I am waiting for things to change for the better, not necessarily for people of color, but for all franchises – gays, women and poor,” Williams said. Williams used these influ-

ences to form the theme of iden- chose 100 of the 8,000 submistity for his new book, “Chorus,” sions as inspiration, selecting released words from each poem t o d a , to create his own origiSept. 4. nal pieces. The cre“I had a lot of fun,” ation of Williams said. “Chorus,” A Newburgh, w h i c h N.Y., native, Williams’ he dubs background has had a a “literlot of influence on the ary mix man he is today. tape,” “I was exposed to was ina lot,” Williams said. Saul Williams credibly Newburgh was a fan interhigh-crime area when active. Williams was living Williams put an open call there, and is still known today as out to Facebook and Twitter for the murder capital of New York. his fans to send in poetry. He Williams’ parents, his mother, a

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schoolteacher, and his father, a pastor, encouraged him to love despite his surrounding area. “When I was young, I aspired to be a rapper and an actor,” Williams said. Growing up, Williams’ greatest influences were pioneers of the hip-hop culture, such as Public Enemy, Run DMC and LL Cool J. These influences are prominent in his poetry, which bears a sound and flow like an old school hip-hop record. Williams, who is also known as a musician, songwriter, actor and author, never strayed far from his childhood dreams. His repertoire includes

THE TEMPLE NEWS: How did you start doing poetry professionally and what was your “aha moment”? SAUL WILLIAMS: My “aha moment” happened at a poetry meeting in Brooklyn on March 16, 1995. I was in grad school for acting and that was the first place I read at. During that moment I realized I had a connection with performing. I had come to a complete innocent.   TTN: Where do you draw your passion from? SW: Passion is not like oil where I can just go drill from it. Passion is always there. As an artist, I am inspired by other artists. I am inspired by food. I am inspired by good books. I am inspired by good conversation. I like clothes. I like fashion. I like walks in the park. I like good food. I like good wine. The problem isn’t finding passion. The problem is trying to tame the passion. TTN: As a poet and a musician, do you view your poetry and your music as the same? SW: No, I don’t think they are the same thing. Although, there is music in poetry and

there is poetry in music. What poetry attempts to do is attempt something with words. Music, on the other hand, brings about a million ideas without ever having to say a word. TTN: You just recently returned from Swaziland. What was it like? SW: Overall my experience in Swaziland and other countries in Africa was having this connection with the people. The people were beautiful. People were crazy kind, people were intelligent, super connected with what was happening in the world. At the same time, yes, people were impoverished and all of that. But, you know, people treat poverty differently. You go to some countries and people see poor as degrading. In Swaziland, on the other hand, you see the poor with other poor together and thanking. TTN: How did your recent travels affect your newest work? And would you recommend any of those places to someone to visit? SW: After I left Swaziland, I went to Columbia, and I was recording the album I am working on currently. I heard something in the music that sounded like something I had heard in Ireland mixed with a type of old Columbian  music. Out of the places I traveled, I would just say go anywhere. Realistically, I would say as Americans we need to travel, because you know not what, but how we are exposed to the rest of the world really implicates us in a bunch of bullshit. When we wage war and say “Oh, they are crazy over there,” 86 percent of us haven’t been there to see. And it becomes a certain type of arrogance to exert and assume that we know something about reality. Ashley Kemembin can be reached at

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Festivals host 145 live shows across city The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and the “unfiltered” Philly Fringe Festival include unique and affordable performance. NICHOLE BALDINO The Temple News A cultural playground rich in history and the arts, Philadelphia is becoming a performing arts destination, as evident by the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe. Start the semester right with a celebration of that culture during the Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, happening Sept. 7 to 22. It’s a perfect way to explore the city of Philadelphia, especially for those who are hoping to become more familiar. Live Arts is a festival of invited artists showcasing unique and highquality performances. It’s an opportunity to highlight Philadelphia as a unique performing arts destination, inviting the region to see shows often only seen internationally. Philly Fringe is an unfiltered festival providing a platform for new and established artists to present their work to the public uncensored. It’s sort of like a huge openmic, allowing everyone to express themselves however they’d like. “We don’t turn anyone away,” said Craig Peterson, director of Live Arts Brewery and Philly Fringe. Peterson would like the show to reach about 250 performances by next year, he said. This year there will be 145 shows and the highest ever seen so far has been just less than 200. Artists have full control of everything from costumes to dates to venues. “Most are not looking for the typi-

cal venue,” Peterson said. Some shows are occurring in graveyards, parking lots and basements. “It’s up to the artist’s vision,” Peterson said. Live Arts and Philly Fringe are special in that they eliminate any artistic barriers, allowing all work to be shown to an audience, regardless of the medium, topic, theme or performers. Both festivals create a cityscape filled with incredible theater, dance, music and arts performances. “Philly Fringe is about taking chances,” Peterson said. “[The performances] can open your eyes in a different way.” Best of all, the performances are super affordable on a student budget. All Live Arts shows are $18 for students and can range from $25 to $60 for non-students, so students can take advantage of their Owl Cards. Most Philly Fringe performances range from $12 to $30. “It’s the perfect thing to leave campus for,” Peterson said, describing the festivals as young, fun and full of energy. As far as which shows Peterson recommends, he said it really depends on what people respond to and how. “You’ll just have to wait until the curtain goes up,” he said.



A great way to become acquainted with Philly and its residents, this show turns five Philly living rooms into full stages. Bring a dish for the pot luck dinner afterward. Locations are revealed one week after tickets are purchased. $18 students, $35 others. Dates throughout September.

on a “verbose” love letter and dies, prompting him to remove all uses of literary devices from the school system, until 10 years later when a new teacher resolves to bring them back. SkyBox at the Adrienne 2030 Sansom St. $20 Weekends in September

A human circus, up close and personal. Merriam Theater 250 S. Broad St. $18 students, $20 to $55 others. Sept. 18, 20-23, times vary.

Mixing drinking themed sketch comedy with interactive games like “Name that Tune” and “Would You Rather…” Urban Saloon 2120 Fairmount Ave. $15 Sept. 15 and 22, 8 p.m.



The show follows a near death experience in a suburban mall food court transitioning into a nightmarish forest, pieced together by incredible technical stage work. Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center 300 S. Broad St. $18 students, $30 others. Sept. 20-23, 8 p.m.


A seriously cool art exhibit that relies solely on public participation, occurring in the Philadelphia sky. You have to see it to believe it. Sept. 20 – Oct. 14


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“Conversations” puts our daily life into dance. Mount Vernon Dance Space 1730 Mount Vernon St. $15 Sept. 8, 8p.m. and Sept. 9, 2:30 p.m.


An interesting look at family ties, putting relationships to music. Mascher Space Co-op 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. $15 Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 8, 4 and 7:30 p.m.


ments and the musician composes on the spot. Ruba Club 414 Green St. $20 Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.


Real life iPod shuffle, Philly style. 55 artists shuffle their songs, with record-speed set breakdowns and flawless transitions. World Café Live 3025 Walnut St. $25 Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.


Electronic, computer-generated music mixed with imagery, text and song. Painted Bride Art Center 230 Vine St. $15 Dates throughout September.


An intimate portrayal of the vulnerable transition from a teenage girl to a woman. Studio X 1340 S. 13th St. $20 Dates throughout September.


A look at what it’s like to grow up in a world full of Twitter, celebrity, text messages, pop music and pornography. Gershman Y Blackbox Theater 401 S. Broad St. $15 Sept. 6-9, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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Breakfast: A worthwhile morning mission


Brianna McGrody Food for Thought

Columnist Brianna McGrody stresses eating a balanced breakfast in order to stay healthy.


o long sweet summer, the fall semester has begun and now, instead of being awoken by the sun shining in our eyes, we are awoken by quite possibly the worst sound in the world: the alarm clock. And, if you’re anything like me, you probably hit snooze multiple times, causing yourself to be late and rushing out the door. In which case, nutrition and being healthy is the last thing on your mind. However, maybe it’s time to reevaluate our mindsets in the morning. Let’s stop thinking of waking up and actually getting out of bed as the day’s greatest triumph and start thinking of what most of us seem to forget: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We’ve heard it dozens of times before and studies show that starting your day off with a well balanced breakfast reaps health benefits. In fact, eating a healthy breakfast each morning can boost energy, turning you into an alert and active student, instead of a sluggish and sleepy mess. Not only does eating a good breakfast leave you bright-eyed and fueled for a day full of classes, it can also help you lose weight. If you start the day off right with a nutritious meal, you will, in return, eat

less during the day. How many of us completely skip breakfast because we are short on time? Or how many of us count a granola bar and coffee as a “breakfast?” That will fill you up for a mere 30 minutes, only to be left with a growling stomach and a brain too groggy to even comprehend what your professor is saying. When breakfast is skipped or considered a measly 100-calorie bar, our bodies are starving by lunchtime, causing us to eat larger meals and stuff our pie holes to feel satisfied. It’s a vicious cycle that will last all day, causing weight gain and other health issues, like a slow metabolism. But the problem isn’t realizing breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The real problem in trying to eat a healthy breakfast while being a student and, for many of us, maintaining a job or other responsibilities, is finding these healthy breakfasts and getting them quickly. After all, we are on a college campus that throws greasy, fast foods in our faces. But if you look past the temptations, you can find a great deal of health foods on Main Campus and ideas of what to eat at home in your apartment or dorm. For instance, consider the Student Center’s breakfast options. Einstein Bros’ bagels aren’t the only option you have for breakfast. Inside the refrigerators you can find fruit cups and yogurt, which can be grabbed quicker than standing in line. Fruit is full of healthy nutrients that’ll wake you up and get your day started in the right direction. The same goes for yogurt. You can eat it quickly, and yogurt is jam-packed with vitamins and good bacteria essential for a healthy body. Another great option for eating healthy on campus is the Johnson & Hardwick cafeteria. While stopping at J&H might be more time consuming, there is an array of healthy foods to grab there. Just like the Student Center, J&H has yogurt available that you can add granola and fruit to, making it even healthier. You can also find oatmeal at

J&H. Oatmeal is a great breakfast because it is full of enriching nutrients that can help boost your immune system and level your blood sugar. If you don’t prefer the taste of plain oatmeal, try adding in cinnamon or fruit. It is easy to overlook oatmeal when J&H offers a multitude of cereals at the push of a button, literally. But a lot of those cereals are high in sugar and low in nutrients. If you’re trying to be healthy and feel full until lunch, skip the sugary cereal and go for the oatmeal. Although healthy breakfast found on campus will do your body good, I prefer eating my breakfast in my apartment or while sprinting to class in the five minutes I’ve left myself to get there. Whether you live in the residence halls on Main Campus, have your own apartment or are commuting to class, you can make healthy breakfasts at home in a timely manner. One of my favorite things to make for a quick breakfast is hard boiled eggs. I boil them at night and leave them in the fridge for the morning. Hard boiled eggs contain protein that is essential for weight loss and that will leave you feeling fuller longer. Grabbing one out of the fridge is easy and fast. Another healthy option I love making at home is wheat toast with peanut butter. Peanut butter is also full of protein that will keep you full until lunch. You can also make oatmeal packets at home or in the dorms in just a matter of minutes. These quick, healthy foods are just the beginning of what you can make or grab on the go. So, next time you want to skip breakfast or think of a breakfast bar as enough, consider these foods as something more substantial and healthy. If you start your day smart, the healthy benefits will continue throughout the rest of your day. Brianna McGrody can be reached at




Preparation for extended stay abroad comes with obstacles #TTNWeekly The Temple News wants to see campus through the eyes – and filters – of its readers. Every week there will be a new prompt for you to photograph. All you have to do is shoot and hashtag #TTNWeekly on Instagram so your photos can be found. This week we wanted to see your perspective on the Mayor’s Cup game. Thank you to those who submitted and kept their eyes off the game long enough to take a quick photo.




AMELIA BRUST Temple on Thames

Columnist troubleshoots before leaving for a semester abroad in London.


y checked suitcase weighs 45 pounds. Add another 15 pounds of shoes and coats – along with my laptop – for my carry-on luggage. And, don’t forget my 2-pound shoulder bag. At a grand total of 62 pounds worth of possessions, I think I’ll be covered for my four-month trip to London. Too much? I like options. The School of Communications and Theater’s – pardon me, the School of Media and Communication’s – Fall 2012 London program runs from Sept. 6 until Dec. 16, but I will remain in the U.K. with family until after Christmas, or until the world ends; whichever comes first. In that time, I’ll be writing from the South Kensington neighborhood of London letting you know how I “get on” and get around the city known for its crafty navigational loopholes. Before I left, I needed to fill out some paperwork, none more taxing than the U.K. Tier 4 (General) Student Visa application. I suppose it’s my own fault. If I didn’t take an internship, I could have avoided the anxiety of dealing with the U.K. Border Agency. But, no, I just had to boost my résumé.

My first attempt failed. I suppose it’s also my fault that I didn’t doublecheck what counts as an acceptable passport-style photo. I received an ominous letter stating my application was not processed, which meant I may need to re-apply and therefore re-pay the $500 fee, prompting my mother to tell me I would have to “fight this.” Thankfully, U.K. bureaucrats have more common sense than I gave them credit for, and I was allowed to resubmit the same form with a different photo for just $12 in shipping. Then the phone question: Would I get one? Yes. Would I get it here or in England? Here. Contract, or pay-asyou-go? Contract – through PicCell Wireless, which specializes in global phone plans. Finally, there was the issue of money. Both Temple and the Foundation for International Education, which provide accommodations and classrooms for the program, recommended $3,500 to $4,000 in spending money for basic food and personal needs. Meals are not provided, though we do have a communal kitchen in the dorm. While I did not score a paying job this summer, I will be using my baby money – gifts I received from friends and family shortly after I was born – that were cleverly deposited in the bank. That, plus the magic of compound interest will keep me in Pret a Manger sandwiches and ginger beer. I practiced packing my suitcase weeks ago, after I had recurring stress dreams of forgetting what day it was and trying to rush to the airport. In one nightmare, I was directed to run all the way around the airport, up several flights of stairs, ending up in what looked like a YMCA, lined with bunk beds. It was full of families who had also missed their flights. There was no door. It was like travelers’ purgatory. When the anxiety passed, I could get excited about London. You can classify me as an Anglophile. When I went there last year, I was in my element. I’d imagined Lon-

don so much, that it felt as close in my bedroom as it did when I walked down Piccadilly Road. Going to London seemed like the shortest distance I had ever traveled on a plane. Now, I would get that sensation again for four months. When I got the acceptance email from SMC Study Abroad in February, I screamed. I jumped and twirled around my room in Elmira Jeffries. The next song I listened to was “Wondering,” by Dirty Pretty Things. Bet you thought I was going to say “London Calling”? Nice try. That’s what I posted on Facebook. When I arrive, the Olympics trash will be disposed and traffic will resume as usual. You remember traffic, that thing everyone was frightened of but never came because the locals buggered off for two weeks? I actually watched these Games. I even teared up during the opening and closing ceremonies. I’m sorry, but you won’t get “Gregory’s Girl” and Arctic Monkeys in any other Olympics. Perhaps the best outcome of the London Games was the U.S.’s awareness of England’s best-kept secret: London Mayor Boris Johnson. That’s right, Americans now know who Boris is, and how fortunate we are. My favorite quote – there are so many to choose from – came from the “Proust Questionnaire” in Vanity Fair’s June 2012 issue. When asked to name his favorite fictional hero, Johnson responded, “The mayor in ‘Jaws.’ He stuck up for the business community of Amity Island in the face of public hysteria.” He’s the U.K.’s answer to Vice President Joe Biden. I disembark tomorrow. I’d hope for the best, but that’s not the English way. So instead, I will plan for the worst, say nothing and be mildly amused all the same. Amelia Brust can be reached at



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Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festival are a great way to experience Philadelphia’s large art scene in and around the city. All art mediums are expressed through the city-wide festival, and Temple will get a taste of it as well. The Call Me Crazy Dancers is a dance ensemble, live music and spoken word act that incorporates many styles of art, dance and music ranging from jazz to ballet. Though they performed at the festival last year, they are offering a new performance, “Day for a Dream.” The contemporary approach to jazz and incorporation of many difficult dance techniques is what creates a great experience for dance and art lovers.

PHILLY ROLLER GIRLS / LIACOURAS CENTER, 1776 N. BROAD ST. / SEPT. 8, / 6 P.M. / $20 Roller skating has been a part of America’s history for hundreds of years, but when it became tedious and a cheesy date – it took a turn for excitement. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association created a new realm for women to come together on a track and skate their way to victory. The sport was popularized through “Whip It,” starring Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore, creat-

ing a sense of what the sport is – but nothing replaces the real thing. The women come from all walks of life, backgrounds and lifestyles, but have one common goal: skating their way to victory. Philadelphia has its own league, the Philly Roller Girls, which is broken up into three home teams and two traveling teams competing nationwide. So if you are tired of the conventional football and baseball season, head to the Liacouras Center for a flavorful night of aggression, speed, anger and pure excitement.

WELCOME BACK BLOCK PARTY / 1800 N. BOUVIER ST. / SEPT. 8 / 1 P.M. / FREE Block parties are a regular occurrence in the city of Philadelphia. They allow neighbors to come together and engage with their community members as well as allow kids to run through their street as many suburban kids do in their grass-filled yards. This year, Temple’s WHIP Radio Station is adapting this tradition practiced around Main Campus by hosting their own “Welcome Back Block Party.” The block party will have more than 20 acts varying from DJ’s to live musical performances. Alumnus DJ Damage, Temple BBoyz and R&B singer Cody Kahmar are just a few who will be performing. This is a great chance to get the authentic feel of a hip-hop show, experience a great crowd, great music, dancing on–and off–stage and of course a sense of community.

NEIGHBORHOOD BIKE WORKS AT TEMPLE CONTEMPORARY / TYLER GALLERY, 12TH AND NORRIS STREETS / SEPT. 13 / NOON-3 P.M. / FREE With Temple being in such a densely populated city, bike riding has become a popular method of transportation for many. Though riding a bike may be something one masters at a young age, biking in a city is usually not. Bike Temple is teaming up with Neighborhood Bike Works to offer students a bike workshop. Students will be able to get a free bike tune up, as well as advice on fixing and preserving a bike. Also discussed will be information on riding safety rules of thumb necessary for riding through the city. Starting Sept. 17, students will have the opportunity to take Urban Riding Basics, a course provided by Bike Temple for a more in-depth lesson on riding through the busy streets of Philadelphia. Meetings will be held in the various schools around Main Campus through September. -Saba Aregai




Pride remains important for LGBT students SARA PATTERSON QChat

Sara Patterson hopes to serve as the voice for Temple’s LGBT community with her column.


aking over the QChat column can be a bit of an intimidating task. It’s up to me to represent and speak for Temple’s LGBT community, which – with a community as diverse as ours – is virtually impossible. As intimidating as it may be, I’m also incredibly excited to be writing QChat this semester. Not only does it get me one step closer to fulfilling my life goal of becoming Carrie Bradshaw, but isn’t it every writer’s dream to be able to write about something they are passionate about? As a lesbian, LGBT issues

are something that I am extremely passionate about. With this column, I hope to act as the voice of Temple’s LGBT community and to bring up issues that affect us both on a national scale and right here at Temple. I also hope to provide insight for Temple’s straight students and give them a first-hand perspective from someone with different experiences than themselves. A phrase we hear a lot in regards to LGBT issues is “gay pride.” It means different things to different people, but gay pride is the idea that rather than give in to the shame and discrimination put upon us for years, we – as the LGBT community – are comfortable with and proud of who we are. I am proud to have this voice and to go to a school that gives me the opportunity to raise it. I am proud to represent Temple’s LGBT community. I am proud to be the first female writer of QChat. And I am proud to be gay. Gay pride as we’ve come to know it began on June 28, 1970. The first gay pride parade was held in response to the Stonewall Riots that had occurred a

year before, where patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City’s West Village, fought back against police officers who violently raided the bar. The few hundred people who started marching on Christopher Street grew into a few thousand by the time the group reached Central Park 51 blocks later. Similarly, that one simple march has grown into a global celebration. There are pride events in 57 different countries. They range from events done illegally in Russia – as the Russian government has banned gay pride events – to the São Paulo Gay Pride Parade in Brazil, which gets more than one million Brazilian Reals ($491,836) in funding from the government, was named the biggest pride parade in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records with 3.2 million participants in 2009. They range in tone, as well. Some use the time to reflect on those who helped get us as far as we’ve come, those we’ve lost to AIDS, hate crimes or suicide. In most cities, though, pride is a celebration. More than just a parade, pride becomes a citywide block party, turning entire

streets into dance floors. Celebrities and politicians take the opportunity to publicly show their support of the LGBT community. If you were at Philly Pride this year, you were lucky enough to have Wendy Williams ask you, “How you doin’?’” Let’s be honest, when it’s up to a bunch of gays and drag queens to throw a party, it’s going to be one hell of a party. It’s our way of showing the world that no matter what setbacks our community faces, we’re not going anywhere and we’re not changing for anyone. On the other hand, pride is a time for action. It’s the one time a year when the area’s LGBT community and allies are all together. What better time to organize for gay rights? For the past two pride events here in Philadelphia, I’ve volunteered with the Human Rights Campaign. My jobs have been nothing more than handing out stickers or selling T-shirts, which doesn’t seem like much. But if that’s what it takes for me to feel like I’m making a difference, then I will sell those T-shirts like hotcakes and I will give a sticker to every single person who walks by me.

It’s so easy to feel powerless when it comes to the fight for gay rights, especially as young college students in Pennsylvania, where it doesn’t look like a vote for marriage equality is coming anytime soon. This is why pride is important for us. If we all stayed in the closet and didn’t speak up, our legislators wouldn’t even have to worry about our rights because there would be no one to challenge them. But when two million people line the streets, that sends a message that we are voices that demand to be heard. As college students we don’t have much money, we don’t have political positions and we don’t have much influence. What we do have is a voice. And when all those voices come together with pride, we can raise money and we can elect people like Brian Sims, who this year became the first openly-gay Pennsylvania state legislator. Two million voices speaking together can influence a lot of people. Gay pride isn’t just a rainbow-colored block party, and it isn’t limited to the month of June, the month that President Barack Obama has declared to be “Lesbian, Gay,

Bisexual, and Transgender Month.” Gay pride is fighting for equal rights. It’s refusing to listen to political leaders or religious zealots when they try to say there’s something wrong with us. It’s changing your Facebook to say “Interested In: Women” when you could very easily leave it blank. It’s wearing a “Legalize Gay” shirt or holding your partner’s hand and not worrying about what other people think. Gay pride is continuously working to make yourself and those around you more tolerant, so one day a 14-year-old can be out at school and not have to worry about getting bullied to the point of wanting to commit suicide. It’s trying to make the world safer and more accepting for the generation that comes after us, in the same way those who were at Stonewall on that June night in 1969 made the world safer and more accepting for our generation. Sara Patterson can be reached at

Males need a voice in relationship columns

JOHN CORRIGAN That’s What He Said

Columnist provides a voice for relationships from the male perspective.


hat in the blue hell do I know about relationships? I’m clinging to mine. My girlfriend and I argue on days that end in “y.” I have no advice for men, I simply have experience. For almost 24 months – because my girlfriend counts in months like we’re a drooling newborn – my Facebook relationship status has blown minds. Despite the hair pulling, heavy drinking and dry heaving – and that’s just me – my girlfriend and I have ridden this roller coaster in every direction. For all those dudes desperate for a lover’s loop de loop, hang on to this column and soon you’ll learn how to throw your arms up in the air on a daily basis. Women have always had advice columns where men are perceived as either the enemy or the elusive goal. Psychiatrists, professors and doctors have been stirring the sugar-free male “haterade” for years, leaving women with a couch, a crutch and Lorena Bobbitt thoughts. Guys need an advocate. Since journalism is about giving a voice to the voiceless,

I have volunteered to not only defend my gender, but also shed some light on some dark, cloudy issues surrounding the opposite sex. I’m not “Hitch,” nor am I a guru. I’m simply a writer who hopes his experiences can inform, inspire and, at the very least, entertain those dudes out there wondering why they’re reading the Living section. College relationships are complex: You want to party, you want to be free and you want to find yourself. However, you hear about those guys who found their wives during college, and you get the itch. You want someone with whom you can talk to about things that the other guys don’t want to hear. You want someone to impress, someone to make laugh and someone to have “fun” with. On the other hand, there are instances where your girlfriend is solely around to humble you. When skies are gray, she’ll bring the rain. While you’re partying with your friends, she is plotting your demise. Just when you think the late night joy ride is finished, buckle up for the bitter guilt trip. Your girlfriend doesn’t travel alone. She brings new family, new friends and this new monthly medical condition into your life. Are you prepared to watch the Phillies with a heightened focus on the players’ physiques? My girlfriend doesn’t like attention – she sends her Christmas cards through PostSecret. Therefore, I’ll spare her name in this column and refer to her as the smattering of synonyms that Merriam-Webster offers for “girlfriend.” I refrain from using pet names in public, as should you. If you’re going to perform public displays of affection, don’t hold back. Toss her on the Bell Tower and let freedom

ring! Give those bookworms in the library something to take notes on. I asked one of my best friends why he hasn’t pursued any ladies during college. His retort: “My apartment is dilapidated and I don’t have enough money to woo her.” Now that is depressing. This University of Pennsylvania student is under the impression that perfection is necessary for relationships. Listen, women know that we’re financially struggling college students. They don’t anticipate fancy cars, expensive feasts and lavish apartments. They merely expect attention, honesty and affection. Believe me, women will let you slide on some outrageous offenses as long as you’re willing to improve. When you’ve arrived wasted at her autumn classic or written a song about her highly unlikely lesbian affair with her best friend, then you’re a war veteran with a purple heart and probably a couple black eyes. Hopefully, you can learn from my mistakes and copy my successes. Being in a relationship is an ego trip. While there are plenty of other options on the market, you’re all sold out. You’re the orphan who found a home. If this doughy hunchback of manic neurosis can keep an enchanting beauty coming back for almost two years, something must be working. I hope that you keep coming back for more, too. John Corrigan can be reached at




City riders travel to compete against country schools EQUESTRIAN PAGE 7 which are rodeo-style events. which horse we will be lesson“Riders can choose which ing on, and groom them and get discipline they want to lesson ready for the lesson,” Jagiela in each week,” Jagiela said. said. “This includes brushing “Not all schools in the area of- the horse, cleaning out their fer Western leshooves and sons, but we are tacking up. Aflucky enough to ter the lesson, have a trainer we do it all in who knows a lot reverse. We also about Western usually give the riding and have horse a treat. access to a few Carrots and horses that can apples are the go Western.” most popular, Every week, but mints are the women of the also a favorite.” equestrian club The equestrain about an trian club comhour away from petes in the Main Campus – Sara Jagiela / club captain Intercollegiate away from the Horse Show Ashectic environment of the city sociation, where it rides against life at Temple. schools like Penn, Drexel, Salis“The club gives me a bury, University of Delaware chance to ride in an environ- and Washington College. ment where you wouldn’t think “Almost everyone in the you would be able to continue club goes to shows and it’s how riding,” Jagiela said. “It’s a we do most of our team bondgreat escape from the city once ing,” Jagiela said. “We have or twice a week to get out in the a huge amount of team spirit, country and enjoy the outdoors watching and cheering for evand bond with the horses.” eryone in their class and helping When the equestrian club girls get ready for their class by enters the barn, it is business as mounting their horse and cleanusual. ing their boots.” “We get up there, find out This past year, Jagiela and

“It’s exciting to

have a girl from a city school win that ribbon as opposed to a girl from some of the schools out in the country.

some of her teammates found success in post-season competition, which continues to excite the captain. “Last season I made it to regionals and one girl from the team made it to zones. We had girls from the team win highpoint rider at a couple shows,” Jagiela said. “It’s exciting to have a girl from a city school win that ribbon as opposed to a girl from some of the schools out in the country where they have their barns on their campus.” For the girls of the equestrian club at Temple, riding is more than competing and getting ribbons. It is a chance for them to escape civilization into a world they cherish, a world where the dominant species is a four-legged, majestic animal that only these girls can understand. “I’ve always loved horses and when you’re riding, there is no comparison,” Jagiela said. “Having such a strong connection to this huge, powerful creature is beautiful, really.”

Temple equestrian club travels to a barn outside Main Campus to ride during the week. The club competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association against other colleges. | COURTESTY TEMPLE EQUESTRIAN CLUB

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Boyer opens with night of diversity Boyer College of Music and Dance showcased diversity in its Global Dance and Music show. REBECCA ZOLL The Temple News Boyer College of Music and Dance presented its Global Dance and Music show on Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m., which was comprised of four pieces. Giving context to the night was the slogan, “Selected works from our diverse artistic community.” “I thought the show gave a lot of different spectrums of entertainment – emotionally and visually,” said Michael Nguyen, a graduate student in the dance department. “It was a great show.” “I thought [the performance] presented a really diverse range of offerings,” said Julie Johnson, a first-year Ph.D. student in the dance department. “Moving Past and Through,” a contemporary piece, started off the show. Accompanied by a single drum, which added a somewhat tribal effect, it featured three female

dancers moving with one another. They moved from one side of the stage to the other, and although they all started dancing individually, they came together at the end and finished in sync. The second piece was called “Undercurrents.” Before the lights came on, there was a slow, low humming. As the humming got louder and higher, the lights came on and there were three dancers on stage, two of which were lying down in a sleeping position and the third – who was responsible for the humming – was sitting up with a wooden box in front of her. As her humming continued, the two sleeping dancers started moving and getting up very slowly. They were moving as if the humming was controlling them, which added drama to the piece. The dancers remained in contact with each other. At one point, the male dancer picked the female dancer off the ground and and held her as she danced. The humming became chanting and the dancers continued to move in the same loose, snake-like way. The dance ended with all three dancers curled up, lying on top of one another. The next piece was danced by six ballerinas, dressed in

navy green leotards and light skirts that flew out as they twirled. A harpsichordist playing classical music accompanied the dancers, who were smiling brightly throughout the choreography. As the dancers did double pirouettes and chassés across the floor, they moved together and kept their ballerina postures. They all assembled at the end, took their bows, then ran off stage. The final dance piece was a Macedonian Folk Dance. This added a new element to the show, since participating audience members performed it. Karen Bond, the graduate coordinator at Boyer, called the audience down to teach them the folk dance. About three quarters of the audience participated. Once everyone was standing in a circle, Bond spent about five minutes teaching the dance, then the music came on. Audience members became excited when it was time to move, starting the piece by walking in a line. As soon as the footwork came in, there were a few minor crashes, but people were in good spirits. After dancing for a few minutes, the music stopped. Bond thanked the participants

Audience members were brought on stage to perform a Macedonian folk dance during Boyer’s Global Dance and Music show, held Aug. 31. | COURTESY BILL HEBERT and thus, the performance was finished. Freshmen dance education major Leslie Cornish said she came to the performance because she wanted to meet some of the other dancers in her program, and said some of her professors strongly encouraged it. “I think it was very inter-

esting to see the different genres represented,” Cornish said. “The live music was an additive to the performance, so I really liked that.” This was the first show of the fall semester presented by Boyer. The next show will be Call Me Crazy Dancers’ “Day for a Dream” – part of the Phila-

delphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe. Rebecca Zoll can be reached at

Fans, in costume, go extra mile for Mayor’s Cup Temple fans go big for first football game of the season, donning more than just cherry and white. NDIDI OBASI The Temple News The weather was warm, the smell of hot, juicy burgers was enticing the crowd and the lights in the stadium were shining bright. The new season of college football has finally arrived. Temple fans of all ages came out in full force this past Friday, Aug. 31, to watch the Owls take on and defeat Villanova 41-10. There was no shortage of cherry and white throughout the stands as fans boldly expressed their love and support for their school. “I decided to paint my face because I really want to get into the spirit for Temple and this Temple game,” said Caylan Williams, a freshman university studies major. Like Williams, this was the first football game for many freshmen. “It’s amazing. I can’t wait,” Williams said. “I’m pumped.” Dressing up for football games can become expensive,

but many managed to keep costs low while still making a statement. “We like to dress up in football attire. Since we don’t always have the money to buy stuff we just kind of make it our own,” freshman biology major Andrew Garrett said. “We just do whatever we can to be creative and show our school spirit.” “I try to look the craziest and just have a good time,” freshman chemistry major Susan Gramlich said. Both Gramlich and Garrett had various designs and drawings painted on their bodies, as well as bright cherry and white stripes painted into their hair. Dressing up for football games offers many people the opportunity to wear funky costumes that they would otherwise not get to show off elsewhere. “I like to go over the top with things, and dressing up like a super hero just seemed like something that made sense because I’m a big Batman fan,” junior theater major Trevor Flocco said. Flocco replaced the Batman symbol with an owl and put it on his chest, wore a cape and covered his boots in fabric. “I just joined Cherry Cru-

sade and it’s all about being a part of a big team and a bigger picture that is just a great experience in general, to have something in common with other people,” Flocco said. “You can just have fun, cheer on the team and be a part of the team together.” This sentiment of unity was something that was easily seen throughout the whole crowd that night. “In high school you don’t always have the chance because you’re not in the ‘in’ crowd. But in college you get to change all that. You get to definitely show school spirit and just have Temple pride,” Garrett said. Whether it was a quirky costume, wacky face paint or a creative homemade ensemble, Temple fans did not fail to proudly represent and cheer the football team on at its first game and victory of the season. Ndidi Obasi can be reached at

Students show Temple pride at the Mayor’s Cup game on Aug. 31. (Below) Trevor Flocco manipulates a Batman costume to make his own super hero.| TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN




Fifth-year senior hopes to stay healthy for his last season Andrew Trainor is recovering from a broken clavicle and separated shoulder. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News ICE HOCKEY For most of the play-

ers who endured the trials of a lost season a year ago, the belief is that the upcoming season will be a complete turnaround. Fifth-year senior defenseman Andrew Trainor doesn’t feel any differently. “I think we have a pretty good team this year,” Trainor said. “I think we have a good shot to go as far or even further than the team that went to the [American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II National Tournament] two years ago.” While much of his sights are set on a deep playoff run, one of Trainor’s bigger goals is

to stay off the injury list. While his teammates struggled to find a rhythm in the first half of last year’s season, Trainor was forced to sit and watch after going down with a broken clavicle and separated shoulder in the season’s second contest at Gulf Coast University in Florida on Sept. 23, 2011. “After that, the chiropractor told me it was just a separated shoulder and that I could play and I played the next day,” Trainor said. “But I went to the doctor a day after that and found out that I had broken my collarbone and had to sit out for a while.” “That was a painful lesson in physics,” coach Jerry Roberts said. “[Trainor] went up one on one against a guy his size and it was like a car accident when they hit.” While Trainor dealt with months of rehabilitation, the losses mounted quickly for the

Owls as they played on without know when the other team’s top their defensive leader. Temple line is on the ice, [Trainor’s] lost 11 consecutive contests and on the ice. When he was hurt, did not win a game until Nov. we had to keep rotating and ad11, 2011. justing to find Though the that player or Owls picked up players who their play with could fill that four victories in role and it was five tries after very challengthat, it was clear ing.” that Temple was Though missing the physiTrainor came cal presence and back in game leadership qualiPat Schramm / senior forward action on Jan. ties that Trainor 7, 2012 in a possesses. game against Rowan University “It was a huge loss,” and finished out the season from Roberts said. “At least seven there, his bum shoulder proved or eight of those losses were to be a lingering problem, one against top-end talent teams, that could hamper him throughand when you don’t have one out the upcoming season. of your best skaters to go up “I’m still rehabbing it,” against those top teams it makes Trainor said. “I was supposed to it hard.” get surgery in the offseason but “When he’s in there, he’s I didn’t. I still have some sorea guy who can take on any ness but I’ve been working hard top line,” Roberts added. “We all summer. I’ve been going to

“No one loves

hockey more than [Trainor]. He breathes and sleeps hockey.

the gym a lot trying to put on some weight and muscle there.” Trainor’s health will be one of the more significant factors toward the outcome of a season with high expectations, due in part to skill and otherwise in valuable experience. “No one loves hockey more than [Trainor],” senior forward Pat Schramm said. “He breathes and sleeps hockey all the time. It’s infectious. You see how he prepares and how he does, and it makes the younger guys do the same. “[Trainor] plays the game the way that we as a team need to play it,” senior defenseman Matt Benedetto said. “He shows up on time and he does everything right. When he’s not playing it hurts because he’s a good role model. He’s been there a long time, and whatever he does everyone else will follow.” From the perspective of

Trainor, the position of having to worry about health and conditioning to last a full season is unfamiliar territory, but something he will have to accept as the season unfolds. “I never thought I’d have to focus on staying healthy like I have been, but I want to get out there and play and help my team go as far as we can,” Trainor said. “This is the last year for a lot of our core guys. Half the team is leaving after this year.” “We’ve had each other for a long time and this is the last shot for me and some of the other guys to have a special season,” Trainor added. “This is my last year and I don’t want to be watching it from the stands.” Andrew Parent can be reached at or on Twitter @daparent93.

Senior leader provides stability for young roster Devin Bibeau is the only senior on the golf roster. ANTHONY BELLINO The Temple News When Devin Bibeau takes the first tee at Bethpage Country Club on Sept. 16, he will take it as the lone senior on Temple’s roster – a roster that has gone through a lot since Bibeau was recruited. In the past year Temple has seen two of its top golfers leave the program for various reasons, making Bibeau the leader of the young squad. Former golfer Connor McNicholas left the team in 2011 following his arrest relating to a crash that left two friends dead in Horsham, Pa. McNicholas was convicted of two counts of vehicular homicide in June. Steve Burak, another one of the Owls’ experienced players, transferred after the Fall 2011 season. Bibeau is now relied on more heavily as both a leader and a golfer for a team that is looking to make a name for itself in collegiate golf as it prepares to enter the Big East Conference in the 2013 season. “I’ve been the oldest on the team the past two years and had to keep the guys from getting disappointed,” Bibeau said. “I had to convince everyone to work through the problems we had been through and that the problems would eventually be OK.” Bibeau’s quest to become captain was also an uphill battle. He redshirted his freshman year because coach Brian Quinn didn’t think he was ready for the collegiate game. He was given an option to stay on the team’s roster and not play in the starting five, essentially wasting a year of eligibility, or redshirt and work academically and athletically to get his game to the level where Quinn wanted. Bibeau’s improvements as a player so far at Temple are something he said he never could have foreseen. “There’s really no GOLF

comparison. [Quinn] has helped my game get to a level I never believed I could reach,” Bibeau said. “Mentally I’m so much better than where I was in high school. [Quinn] changed me for the better.” Quinn also sees the improvements Bibeau has made throughout his career – notably his improvements as a golfer, a student and a leader. “When [Bibeau] came into school he wasn’t ready to play college golf yet,” Quinn said. “He used his redshirt year to work on his school work and his golf game. He changed his entire swing around. It’s unbelievable how much better he’s gotten since he’s been here.” “During the summer he sometimes drives down from Boston to have me watch him hit golf balls, then he drives right back home,” Quinn added. “He’s our leader on and off the course, everyone looks up to him as the captain.” His teammates also realize the changes he’s made since McNicholas and Burak left the team, stepping up and taking the leadership role during a rough time. Sophomore Paul Carbone, who spent a year playing with Bibeau, is one of the young players that look up to the lone senior. “[Bibeau] knew what he lost and took it upon himself to help us with anything we needed – either grades or at practice,” Carbone said. “After what we went through, anybody can be a captain, but it takes somebody just like [Bibeau] to be a leader.” Bibeau said he has realistic expectations for his senior year but just wants to help the program improve before he moves on from collegiate golf. “I’m using this time to work as hard as I can academically and as a golfer,” Bibeau said. “I’d like to leave Temple with my head up.” Anthony Bellino can be reached at Anthony. or on Twitter @bellino_anthony.

Senior placekicker Brandon McManus earned Big East Specialist of the Week honors after kicking two field goals, five extra points and booting a 61-yard punt in the Owls’ 41-10 win against Villanova. |KRISTON BETHEL TTN FILE PHOTO

McManus thrives as specialist KICKER PAGE 20

McManus could finish his career as the most decorated specialist in Temple history. In addition to the field goal record, McManus passed Paul Palmer (1983-86) on Temple’s all-time points list against Villanova and is now 50 points behind Bernard Pierce for that record. Another full healthy season for McManus, who has started 38 consecutive games for Temple since his 2009 debut, will place him at No. 1. A Big 33 selection from North Penn High School, McManus was the only freshman to play every game in 2009. He tied Pierce for most points on the team in his first year, led the team in scoring his sophomore year and placed second behind Pierce in his record-breaking season last year. He was named to the 2011 All Mid-American Conference Second Team and to the 2012 College Football Performance Awards Preseason Watch Lists at placekicker and specialist. McManus was asked to take on the role of team punter before his junior season in addition to his contributions at field goal and kickoff. In his first year on the job last season, McManus led the MAC and set a team record at Temple for punt average in a season with 45.8 yards per punt. He is one of eight specialists in the country who handles all kicking duties for his team. McManus, who prior to 2011 hadn’t practiced punting since high school, said he pays more attention to punting when balancing his training regimen, mostly because of his confidence in the other aspects of his

game. instead of letting McManus at“Out of high school, I knew tempt a 43-yard field goal. The I was good at kickoff,” McMa- Owls failed to convert, and the nus said. “I thought I was one Wildcats scored a touchdown on of the best kickoff guys in the the ensuing drive. country and I still believe that “I probably should’ve now. I focus more on punting kicked the field goal,” Addazio because I’m new to it. I’m try- said. “It was the right thing to do ing to become a legit and elite for demeanor, but we have a lot punter.” of confidence in our field goal McManus is well on his kicker. That’s a really makeable way. After his punting efforts field goal for him.” on Friday, which included a 61McManus said he prides yard boot, he is Temple’s active himself on being a leader, and leader in career not reinforcing average yards per the stereotype punt. of a kicker who Redshirt-jukeeps his head nior quarterback down and doesn’t Chris Coyer said fit in with the rest McManus’ abiliof the team. ties put the whole “I’m not like team in a position that in any way,” to win. McManus said. “A 61-yard “I always thought punt does a lot I was a leader for field posifrom the get-go. I tion,” Coyer said. Brandon McManus / senior watch football so placekicker much and I’m re“[McManus] can boot it down the ally encouraging field that far, and we know once to other people. I know what’s we get inside the 35-yard line, right from wrong off the field. we’ve got a pretty good chance I know how to help these guys to get that field goal.” grow up at college.” “We really stress winning While the team voted safethe field position battle, and we ty Justin Gildea, defensive end know special teams is the only Marcus Green and offensive way to do it,” McManus said. lineman Martin Wallace, as “We have [senior running back] team captains, Coyer said McMatt Brown on punt returns, Manus is just as worthy of that and you never know what he’s title as any of them. going to do with the ball in his “[McManus] has fit in from hands.” Day One,” Coyer said. “There’s The team’s confidence in something to say about a kicker McManus’ leg is so great that it who will go down on kickoff led to Addazio second-guessing and actually put his nose in on a decision he made in the second a tackle.” quarter against Villanova when “He always provides enhe went for it on fourth down ergy,” Coyer added. “Off the

“We really

stress winning the field position battle, and we know special teams is the only way to do it.

field, he’s a funny guy. He likes to have a lot of fun, but he gives everyone juice. He’s been here a long time so there’s a lot we can draw from him as a leader.” Addazio said the team will have to continue to rely on McManus throughout the team’s first season back into the Big East Conference. “[McManus is] a great kid,” Addazio said. “I think he’s terrific. I love his competitiveness and he’s a heck of a football player. I hope he keeps playing at that level. We need every weapon we can get.” “I know these people respect me and what I’ve done here, and that’s all I really need,” McManus said. “They know that I’m going to do my job.” Joey Cranney can be reached at on on Twitter @joey_cranney.

MAYOR’S CUP Watch Steve Addazio and players talk about their 4110 Mayor’s Cup victory.


Coyer leads by example JACOBS PAGE 20 ing and a touchdown, while netting another 125 yards on special teams against Villanova, Brown flourished in the spotlight on a team devoid of Bernard Pierce. Brown’s emergence, coupled with a relentless defense that is adamant about finishing plays and creating turnovers, will be Coyer’s best friends throughout the season. In all likelihood, this team will not score 41 points again all year. The competition only gets better and its ability to continuously run the ball all game is not realistic. What they managed to do though, is hide a majority of their game plan from future competition. The use of athletic playmakers – such as sophomore wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick, freshman wide receiver Khalif Herbin and sophomore running back Kenny Harper – to run a spread offense gives Coyer an entire bag of tricks that he and Addazio have yet to use. “We didn’t get that piece going,” Addazio said. “We have a piece there that we did not get going tonight. Utilizing [the players] in a spread component is something that we will get some mileage out of.” The challenge for Coyer this season is not to be what Pierce was to this team last year. He doesn’t need to put the entire offense on his back and try to run down the field. His strong supporting cast can carry most of the load for him. He just needs to be consistent, make plays when called upon and play smart football. Most importantly, he needs to lead. Coyer may not be the best player on this roster, but the team belongs to the “Fat Cat.” Ibrahim Jacobs can bereached at or on Twitter @ibrahimjacobs.



Owls improve under second-year head coach VOLLEYBALL PAGE 20 dealing with an injury early in the 2011 season. Tupuola is outpacing last season’s mark of 4.25 digs per set. She’s currently recording 4.33 digs per set. Her 58 digs during the tournament helped secure the MVP award. The team as a whole has improved in nearly every single category, with the only noticeable exception being serve-receive, where the team is averaging 1.4 errors per set compared to 1.1 last year. “Compared to last year I think we’re further [along] with the offense, and we have multiple people who can score now,” Ganes said. “I think defensively we are much, much better than we were last year just because we really worked

on the system we play.” The team said they’ve embraced Ganes’ coaching and is now working to be able to exploit each other’s strengths on the court. “We’re a lot more comfortable,” Tupuola said. “[Ganes] puts a whole amount of effort into our program, not just by coaching but doing little things, making sure that we get the best treatment we can.” Connatser said she learned a lot from her freshman year and is now able to contribute more consistently. “I know all of the girls better, I know all of their oncourt tendencies,” Connatser said. “When I came in last year I knew how they played in practice, but I wasn’t sure how

it was going to translate in a game.” “I know who’s going to excel in which situations and how to put my hitters in the best situation possible for them,” she added. Ganes admitted that the team is still a few years away from being at the level he wants them to be, especially with the move to the Big East less than a year away. But with a Big 5 tournament championship already under wraps, progress is being made. Jake Adams can be reached at or on Twitter @jakeadams520 .

Sophomore Tiffany Connatser fulfills the role of team setter, improving team chemistry.| TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN

High school provides field hockey talent pool SISTERS PAGE 20 Temple when she was making her college choice, and I’m glad it worked out this way,” Emily Fuertsch said. Before joining the Owls, Amanda Fuertsch was a welldecorated field hockey player at Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown, Pa. As a four-year letter winner, Amanda Fuertsch was a captain as a senior and led her team to a 23-3 record. She was named to the All-Area Team and to the All-Southeastern Pennsylvania Team. For coach Amanda Janney, Amanda Fuertsch’s on-the-field accolades added to her interest in recruiting. “I believe in recruiting the player and the family,” Janney said. “I know [Emily Fuertsch’s] mentality and dedication to the program was very impressive to me, so I figured if [Amanda Fuertsch] had even half of her older sister’s dedication, that she would be a great player for us.” For Amanda Fuertsch, her interest in Temple was more than just for field hockey. “My sister played a big part in me coming here, so I was already familiar with the

campus,” Amanda Fuertsch and you could see that she was said. “Coming from a rural just a really intense, tough atharea to being in the city with so lete.” many things to do, the new atAfter coming in this summosphere is something that re- mer with no clear spot in the ally interested me as well.” lineup, Shronk used her toughJanney said that bringing ness and hustle to play her way Amanda Fuertsch onto the team into a starting role, Janney said. out of a strong “[Shronk] high school such has the athletias Owen J. Robcism, hustle and erts was a big win all of the intanin recruiting. gibles,” Janney But while said. attending one This seaof Amanda son, Shronk has Fuertsch’s club started all three games, Janney games for the found another Owls, and Jangem. ney said that Owls’ freshshe expects her man forward to continue to Taylor Shronk is play at a high also from Owen level all season. J. Roberts High Shronk School, and was a Amanda Janney / coach said the team teammate alonghas supported side Amanda her through her Fuertsch. transition to the “[Shronk’s] dad was yell- college level. ing in the stands, and I was “It’s been exciting,” thinking ‘Who’s this kid, and Shronk said. “This team is like who’s the dad, and can this kid a second family, so any queshandle the dad?’” Janney said. tions I’ve ever had, they were “[Shronk] was totally respond- there to answer them and help ing and played a great game, me work on my game.”

“I figured

if [Amanda Fuertsch] had even half of her older sister’s dedication, that she would be a great player for us.

With both Amanda Fuertsch and Shronk going to Temple together, their chemistry on the field hasn’t changed. “[Shronk] and I have played together ever since seventh grade,” Amanda Fuertsch said. “So we know how each other works on and off the field, even though we haven’t gotten to play on the same side of the field or together very much, I think our chemistry is definitely still there.” However, Emily Fuertsch’s season hasn’t exactly started off on the right foot. Although she has played in two games, she has only logged 10 minutes of time, mostly due to injury. Janney said that Emily Fuertsch has been battling shin splints throughout the past two years. “We’re hoping to get [Emily Fuertsch] back for midSeptember,” Janney said. “But when she does get in, she’s kind of like a point guard, she’s a good passer and her on-thefield intelligence is very good.” But Janney said that off the field is where Emily Fuertsch really shines. “[Emily Fuertsch] is one of

the most responsible people I know. If something needs to get done, she is on top of it,” Janney said. “Any assignments I give the team, she’s the first one to get them in, and she’s just always putting the team first.” Janney said much of the success from young players such as Amanda Fuertsch or Shronk rides on the family aspect of the team and their ability to work together. Shronk said that she knows the importance of the young team needing each other. “This season I really hope to get everyone working together, like they have in years past,” Shronk said. “To really get this young team together and playing well will help us win the A-10’s.” Colin Tansits can be reached at or on Twitter @colin_tansits.

Mechanicsburg, Pa. standout chooses Temple Rowers excited Freshman Jared Martinelli strives to make an impact. TYLER SABLICH The Temple News MEN’S SOCCER Temple or Pittsburgh: those were the only two options freshman soccer standout Jared Martinelli ever truly considered when making his college choice. In the end, he said it wasn’t all that hard a decision. “I definitely got a better feel for Temple,” Martinelli said. “I liked the coaches and the school. I just liked everything about it.” Martinelli, a product of Cumberland Valley High School located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., scored 67 goals in his high school career. He erupted his junior year, tallying 31 goals and dishing out 12 assists. His senior year numbers were almost identical, recording 32 goals and 11 assists. Martinelli’s high school production earned him MidPenn Conference Player of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. He was also named Pennsylvania All State in those two years. In 2010, he was tabbed an ESPN RISE All Star. Coach David MacWilliams is relying on Martinelli to provide an offensive boost this year in his first season. However, he admits it may take some time for him to adjust to Divi-

sion I soccer. “It’s a lot more physical at the Division I level,” MacWilliams said. “Like there is with most players, I think there’s going to be a transition period.” Martinelli sees things a little differently. In the season opener against Virginia Tech on Aug. 31, he found himself already inserted into the starting lineup. The freshman said he feels the pressure to produce immediately for the Owls. “I want to score some goals and create good teamwork,” Martinelli said. “I just want to make things happen out on the field.” Martinelli nearly did just that in his first regular season action in a Temple uniform, during each of the Owls’ first two games of 2012. In the 73rd minute against the Hokies, he sent a ball into the box from the right side, setting up a one-timer for redshirt sophomore Charles “Chas” Wilson. However, the shot was stopped by Virginia Tech’s junior goalkeeper Kyle Renfro. Martinelli played 75 minutes and recorded three shots, none of which landed on goal. The Owls went on to lose the opener 1-0. In a rugged battle against James Madison, Martinelli almost carried the Owls to an overtime win in their second game of the season on Sept. 2. In the 96th minute, Martinelli drilled the post before gathering the rebound and missing wide.

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Men’s soccer adds freshman Jared Martinelli, a 2010 ESPN RISE All Star. | SAM OSHLAG TTN FILE PHOTO The game went into double overtime before ultimately ending in a draw. This weekend may have been just a glimpse of what’s to come for the promising freshman, and while his prolific goal scoring abilities are no secret, MacWilliams acknowledges that Martinelli is more than a one-dimensional player. “He’s a good distributor of the ball,” MacWilliams said. “He has an overall great feel for the game.” Like most collegiate athletes, Martinelli started playing soccer at a very early age. As is also the case with many athletes, he credits a particular family member for the passion he holds for the game. “My dad loves soccer,” Martinelli said. “He’s always motivated me to play.” Even before his breakout junior season in high school, Martinelli saw himself as a Di-

vision I soccer player. Growing up, he also played baseball and even experimented with basketball to a much lesser extent. However, during his sophomore year at Cumberland Valley, he found his niche. “I just started to find myself progressing as a soccer player,” Martinelli said. “I kind of thought at that point that I would be able to play [Division I] someday.” Other than Temple and Pittsburgh, Martinelli also drew offers from Penn State, Akron, Clemson and Virginia. “We’re excited to have him,” MacWilliams said. “I think he’s going to help us a lot – both this year and for years to come.” Tyler Sablich can be reached at or on Twitter @tysablich.

anna Sutor said. “I’m very excited to see “This is the most excited what new things [Grzybowski] I’ve been for any season at Tem- has to bring,” Sutor said. ple,” senior Paige O’Sullivan Sutor, Adell and O’Sullivan said. “This year is kind of more were members of the Varsity 8 [about] excitement than transi- boat last year and likely candition.” dates to man the boat again this The team said it’s looking year as leaders of the team. for some stability in the coach“It’s been awesome,” Grzying staff coming off a season bowski said. “Everyone is exthat could be defined as a re- cited and enthusiastic.” bound year for a “I think program looking to you’re going to make a name for itsee big things self once again. from the team this Grzybowski year,” O’Sullivan helped the Owls said. earn a silver medThe Owls al at the Memoreturn to action rial Murphy Cup on Oct. 13 in the last year and also Navy Day Reoversaw the Lightgatta. Last seaPaige O’Sullivan / senior son, Temple finweight 8 become rower the first boat on the ished fourth in the team to be ranked Women’s Colleby USRowing, where it reached giate 4+ Final while the ChamNo. 10 in March 2012. pionship Eight “A” Team took “I think we bonded bet- sixth in its race. ter [last year] than we have in Jake Adams can be reached previous years,” senior Brittany at or on Adell said. Twitter @jakeadams520. In her lone season in Philadelphia, Grzybowski said she has already fallen in love with the city and plans to stay at Temple “as long as they’ll have me.” “She knows what to expect from us so there’s no sliding by,” Adell said.

“This is the

most excited I’ve been for any season at Temple.




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W Senior placekicker Brandon McManus kicks field goals, extra points, punts and is Temple’s kickoff specialist. He is one of eight specialists in the country to contribute to his team in each of those areas. | TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN

HERE’S THE KICKER... Brandon McManus handles all kicking duties for the Owls. JOEY CRANNEY Sports Editor


our years ago in the inaugural Mayor’s Cup, Brandon McManus, then a true freshman,

made his collegiate debut. Redshirt-senior placekicker Jake Brownell missed a 35yard field goal early in the second quarter, and McManus was inserted into the game before converting a 25-yard field goal and adding three extra points in a 27-24 loss to Villanova. McManus has kicked every field goal for the Owls since. His journey came full circle in

the fourth annual Mayor’s Cup on Aug. 31, when McManus became Temple’s all-time leading field goal kicker, surpassing Bill Wright (1985-88) with the 47th and 48th field goals of his career in the 41-10 win. “I knew last year at the bowl game I tied Bill Wright with 46, and these two gave me a chance to break the record,” McManus said. “I’m honored to

break the record at such an established school like Temple.” As a result of his efforts, McManus was named Big East Conference Specialist of the Week. “[McManus] is a real weapon,” coach Steve Addazio said. “He’s a great kicker. I’m really happy for him.”


Owls named Big 5 tournament champs

The volleyball team went 2-1 to win the Big 5 tournament. JAKE ADAMS The Temple News Last year the Owls left the Big 5 tournament sitting at 2-3 under first-year coach Bakeer Ganes. This year the team is in a very different position at the same point of the season, with a record of 4-3 and the title of Big 5 tournament champions. “I think our development is much, much better than it was last year at this point,” Ganes said. “I’m actually very satisfied with the progress that we have been making so far. Obviously, we still have a long way to go but I’m really satisfied with what we have accomplished so far.” The Owls won the tournament with a 2-1 record, dropping one match to Villanova in five sets. The 2011 tournament left the Owls with a clouded team identity. Ganes was working with a roster that featured only one senior, outside hitter Collin Wallace. The offense was young, with then sophomore outside hitters Gabriella Matautia and Elyse Burkert being fed by freshman setter Tiffany Connatser. This year there are still VOLLEYBALL

plenty of new, young faces, but they aren’t being forced to learn on the run the way last year’s squad did. “Every time you bring in new kids you have to spend a lot of time integrating them into the team, making sure the team chemistry is the way we want it,” Ganes said. The offense has one year under its belt and senior libero Chelsea Tupuola, named Big 5 tournament MVP, leads a more polished defense. “We did pride ourselves in our defense last year, but this year [Ganes] knew coming in that we were obviously going to be smaller,” Tupuola said. “But he focused a lot on preseason and defense and we’re a lot more confident.” The extra year has led to more wins thus far, and individually, the team has improved. Connatser is averaging 10.5 assists per set, up from 9.73 at this point last season. She also has eight aces thus far, after having just 19 all of last season. Sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Iacobini is second among hitters with a .286 attack percentage and 33 kills. Last year she didn’t post 33 kills until Oct. 30 against Saint Louis. Burkert is knocking down 4.29 kills per set thus far. She posted 274 kills in 87 sets while



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hen the top two quarterbacks on the roster have the nicknames of “Juice” and “Fat Cat,” the general consensus is that you would choose the former to start over the latter. Nobody would confuse the starting quarterback with a pocket passer. His teammates call him “Fat Cat” because his build likens him more to throwing fullback rather than a running quarterback. But the “Fat Cat” can move. Redshirt-junior quarterback Chris “Fat Cat” Coyer showed why he could be the leader the offense needs to succeed in the Big East during the team’s 41-10 victory against Villanova on Aug. 31. By no means was his stat line eye-popping – he completed 5 of 11 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown, while adding 80 yards and another touchdown on the ground. What won’t be seen in the box score is the show Coyer put on for the 32,709 fans in attendance.

Coyer could simply be heard. He was heard making audibles at the line of scrimmage. He was heard leading his team on and off the field. He is probably still being heard by the Villanova defensive back whom he planted while throwing a block for a run. “We probably don’t need to be doing that too much, you know what I mean?” coach Steve Addazio said about the block. “He takes enough shots. Our kids are tough kids and competitive kids. It’s hard to take that away from a guy. But I would probably rather not see him do that too much more.” What wasn’t heard was Addazio complaining about Coyer’s turnovers, because he didn’t commit any. What wasn’t heard was Coyer complaining after the game about how he wanted Addazio to call more passing plays. “You have to play it by ear,” Coyer said. “Maybe next week we throw a little bit more, maybe we don’t. It all depends on how the game is played.” Addazio admitted that he called mostly running plays for the offense against Villanova, but not due to a lack of confidence in Coyer. “I came out here today and I wanted to get something established,” Addazio said. “I wanted to establish that toughness, I wanted to see that. I wanted to see us have the ability to go out there and smash mouth them a little bit and that’s my call.” However, the title of the team’s best player belongs to senior running back Matt Brown. With 145 yards rush-


First-year assistant takes head coach job Rebecca Smith Grzybowski is the new coach for women’s rowing. JAKE ADAMS The Temple News Just weeks after the 2012 London Olympics, the Owls announced the departure of coach Jason Read, a regular member of Team USA’s rowing team and 2004 Olympic gold medalist, who served at Temple for one season. Former assistant coach Rebecca Smith Grzybowski is set to replace one of Temple’s most decorated student-athletes. Read’s resignation was made official Aug. 20, a week before the start of the semester. Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw named Grzybowski his successor three days later. Grzybowski’s hiring almost didn’t happen, as she had accepted another job at a different institution unofficially. But when asked to replace Read, she said she couldn’t say no. Now she’s scrambling to make sure the team is as prepared as possible when the season begins. “[I’m] just trying to get a handle on everything that needs to get done,” Grzybowski said. ROWING

Freshman Amanda Fuertsch looks to her older sister, Emily Fuertsch, for leadership. | HUA ZONG TTN

Sisters contribute to field hockey family The Fuertsch sisters bring experience to Temple. COLIN TANSITS The Temple News For the past few years, field hockey has preached that the Owls are the “TUFH family.” This season, that sense of family has gotten a little stronger. FIELD HOCKEY

This summer, freshman midfielder Amanda Fuertsch went through a dynamic transition from high school to college. But that transition to collegiate athletics has been made easier because of her sister. Emily Fuertsch, Amanda Fuertsch’s older sister, has been a defender on Temple’s field hockey team for two years. “I was really pulling for [Amanda Fuertsch] to choose



Jared Martinelli brings an impressive high school résumé to the men’s soccer team. SPORTS@TEMPLE-NEWS.COM

“Everyone’s been very open. I keep waiting for someone to pinch me and wake me up.” “Right now I feel absolutely ready,” she added. “I feel confident.” Grzybowski joined Temple’s coaching staff last year under Read after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Bucknell. Nicknamed “J.R.,” Read is arguably the most accomplished rower in Temple’s history. From 1997-2000 he helped the Varsity 8 win four consecutive Murphy Cups, Big East Championships and Dad Vail Varsity 8 Championships. No rower had ever won four years in the Dad Vail Regatta. He also competed with the U.S. National Team beginning in 1995 and, along with his Olympic appearance, bore the flag at the 2011 Pan-American Games to help his team qualify for the London Games. Read left the team to pursue other professional opportunities. The move comes just nearly one year after he was hired to replace former coach Tim Hagan, who ran women’s rowing since 2004. Grzybowski will become the third head coach for Temple’s upperclassmen. “I feel like it’s been a seamless transition,” senior Jo-



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